Friday, August 22, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Shadows

It's been a few months since I've reviewed any of my Geek Chic shadows, I've already reviewed a few shadows from their Walking Dead and Game of Thrones inspired collection. Aside from today's set, I still have 2 more to go through. Since the new season of Doctor Who will be out soon, I thought I'd pick things up again with their Timey Wimey collection. Although I'm not a Whovian, I chose these shadows as they seemed to be the most unique on the Geek Chic website. The set takes inspiration from the whole Dr Who universe, including Torchwood.

Don't Blink, Bad Wolf, We Are Coming, Bigger on the Inside

Don't Blink is a silver tinsel filled with silver, holographic and iridescent glitter on a silver base. It's a surprisingly nice highlighter shade when dusted on lightly and also makes for a great silver smoky eye. Fun fact, Blink was the first Dr Who episode I watched and it creeped me out.

Bad Wolf seems rather Gray in the pot and on the Geek Chic site but is actually a pearlescent royal purple with a soft gold iridescence and studded with sparkling golden gems. When blended out, I found the shadow matched the sample clamshell more.

We Are Coming is a rich chocolate with a shifting golden copper highlight, it also contains a mixture of ruby and sapphire glitter. Whilst this shadow was quite pigmented, I did get a lot of fallout. It's my least favourite shadow out of all four too.

Bigger On the Inside is my favourite shade of the lot. It's a blue based shadow, glowing with a metallic golden light from the heart of the time vortex, glittering with gold sparkles. However, because of it's complexity, it was difficult to apply evenly on the lid.

Although I would never have thought to pair these 4 shadows together, for reviews sake, I created a look using all of them and was surprised with the results. First, I blended Bad Wolf (pearlescent purple) and We Are Coming (chocolate brown) into my crease. Next, I patted Bigger on the Inside (blue) all over the lid and dusted Don't Blink (silver) under the brow bone. I finished the look off with We Are Coming on the lower lashline, eyeliner and false lashes.

The products in this review are only sample sizes and cost $1.25 whilst a full sized tubs cost $5.99. Although the samples are a more cost effective way to trial all the Geek Chic Cosmetics shadows you're interested in, the clamshells aren't easy to work with and I find each time I shut them they cause a little eyeshadow cloud so I lose a little product.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Holy Grail Products #3 The Blackest Eyeliner Urban Decay's Perversion Eye Pencil

I think anyone who has gone through some form of an alternative phase in their life or for those of us where it wasn't just a phase, has had black eyeliner as a staple in their makeup routine. As someone who has gone through several different black eyeliners, I've finally found one that I'll be committing to. Urban Decay's 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Perversion is the blackest black eyeliner I've ever used. As an added bonus, they're waterproof too.

What is it?
It's eyeliner, it's pretty self-explanatory. There isn't really much to add to that except that Urban Decay's eye pencils are excellent quality and definitely a hyped product amongst makeup addicts.

Why is it holy grail worthy?
Aside from it being such a dark black eye pencil, it's creamy formula allows comfortable application both on the lid and on the lash line. You can just use this on the lids and create a smoky eye by blending. It's long lasting, although not as much on the water line. The first time I used this it genuinely surprised me how dark my eyes were by the end of the evening. I've found a lot of eyeliners I used would refuse to apply over eyeshadow, or if they would, it would require heavy layering, Perversion glides on easily. Whenever any liquid liners of mine start fading out, I'll fill in the gaps with this pencil. If it weren't for my double-ended Naked eyeliners that I use for work, I'd have finished up the pencil by now.

Application Tips
I don't have any application tips for this, just a few general usage tips. Since the eyeliner is very creamy, it can break easily whilst sharpening. Don't try and make the tip too pointy as it will definitely crumble. The other thing is that because it's waterproof and very dark, it's rather difficult to remove. You'll need some heavy duty makeup remover or you can just save what's left for the next day. (I'm not serious, it was just a joke)

Price and Availability
The main downfall of these eyeliners is their price which used to be £14 but has gone up to £15. It's why I don't have more shades. However for the quality, I definitely think it's worth investing in a colour that you know you'll get a lot of use from. They're also quite easy access as they're available in Sephora, Ulta and Macy's in the states whilst here in the UK they've recently launched in Selfridges and have been available in Debenhams and House of Fraser for a while.

Have you tried Urban Decay's Perversion liner? What is your favourite black eyeliner?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rainbow Honey's The Worst Possible Thing

Sometime last year I included indie nail polish brand, Rainbow Honey, nail polishes in a wishlist and a while later decided to try one of them out. The Worst Possible Thing is a sheer layering polish shimmering with opalescent flakes in purple and blue, a multitude of holographic and iridescent glitters. I adore how complex the indie polish is, the jewel encrusted finish makes it a unique addition to any polish addict's collection.

Since I'm out of black nail polish, I chose to layer the polish over Illamasqua's deep royal purple Baptiste nail polish. I found using the glitter nail polish as a top coat wasn't particularly effective as my nails had some chipping over the next few days. I avoided it as I dislike the effort of removing glitter nail polish. Any one full sized Rainbow Honey polish costs $10 (£6) on the official Rainbow Honey site which currently only deliver to US & Canada. They do have quite a few international stockists that should be able to deliver to most countries but the prices vary depending on the stockist.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Colorful Gradient Eyeliner

Back when Lime Crime's uniliners first released, I used to look with envy at tons of crazy makeup art done with them by extremely talented artists. However, when I finally got around to collecting all the colours I was interested in, I kind of just stuck with a few colours and ignored the rest. So in order to break out of a rut, I finally got around to using two of my least used Lime Crime uniliners and created a gradient eyeliner look with them.

The reason why I hate wearing brown eyeshadow is that on my skin tone it's impossible to capture on camera. I've used 5 different eyeshadows and on my lid and you can only really identify the highlighter shade. Whilst I love the dual colour liner, I had to layer on the orange liner (6th element) for vibrancy. Certain shades in the uniliner range tend to dry up a bit and as 6th element is one of them, applying layer over layer caused it to crack which ruined the effect.

Products Used
Makeup Geek Shadows in Shimma Shimma, Creme Brulee, Glamorous, Cocoa Bear, Mocha
Lime Crime Uniliners in 6th Element and Orchidaceous
Barry M Kohl Eyeliner
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
NYX HD Grinding Powder
Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Melted Nude

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