July 05, 2015

Depotting Lipsticks Without Heat

Back when I first began blogging, I did a little tutorial on depotting lipsticks with heat. I decided that I wanted to depot all my NYX Macaron lipsticks into a lipstick palette. The crazy colours are impractical but for shoots & creating new lipstick shades they're great. I knew I wanted one side of my MAC duo pro palette to be filled with these colours & then add the regular ones to the other side. If I needed a blue based red, I could just mix a standard red with a blue. If  I wanted a lighter shade of beige, I'd just lighten it with white. As there'd be so much mixing involved, having it perfect & neat in the palette didn't matter. I also avoided the heat as I didn't want to run the risk of melting the palette & wells.

 1. Designate a well to each lipsticks. (Optional - especially if you plan on filling it over time)

 2. Spray Anti-Bacterial spray on the palette as a safety precaution. Mine is from a brand called 'The Pro Hygiene Collection'. It's awesome cause you can actually spray it on makeup and it evaporates in a minute or so without altering the product

3. Using a spatula, or the end of a cotton bud (with the cotton removed) scoop out your lipsticks and place them into the wells. Most wells will be a lot smaller than these. So you'll find the bullet actually has too much product. If that's the case, you could try slicing off the bullet, then scooping out product into the pan. Then return the bullet back into the tube.

 4. Mash them using a lip brush. Make sure to clean the brush between shades as you don't want them to mix too much. Then clean up the sides with cotton buds & anti bacterial spray to finish!
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July 03, 2015

Life Lately | June in Photos

It's been a little quiet on the blog over the end of the month, what have I been up to? 

Midnight Birthday Surprise Lemon cake | 10k steps a day challenge | Partner's birthday desert
 Blue Hair | Topokki Birmingham | Makeup School Bad Girl Smoky Eye
Milkshake Weather | New York | Batman PS4

June kicked off with celebrating my lemon obsessed partner's birthday, which meant indulging in a lot of naughty treats. We somehow have managed to maintain the tradition of gifting each other a little something at midnight on special occasions. After a naughty start to the month, I've been attempting to balance things out and improve my health. At work we've been challenged to manage 10,000 steps a day for 6 weeks and were given pedometers. Pedometers have been a huge eye opener. I was shocked by how few steps I've been taking in my daily routine. 

I've been stupidly busy this month, with makeup school, overtime and even a few social gatherings. I also managed to top up my dye, which ended up a lot bluer than I'd like but it's finally washed out most of the blue tones. Makeup school has been going well and I can safely say I've gotten over my fear of applying makeup on other people. As it's in the Custard Factory and the weather has been so warm, I've managed to drag a few people into the Vintage Salon to indulging in the most heavenly milkshakes I've tried. 

I've been working as much overtime as possible so I can travel this summer and managed to book my flights to New York! I'm super excited and nervous about travelling. I somehow also managed to scrape up enough spare cash to purchase a PS4 to play the new Batman Arkham Knight game. It's the reason why things have been a bit quiet over the last week or so on the blog and social media. I'm 80% through the main story line though so things should be kick-starting soon!

Side Note - I've worked on destashing a lot of makeup items, check out my blog sale page!
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July 01, 2015

Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks & Studded Kiss Giveaway

Hey guys! So I've been meaning to run this little giveaway since my blogiversary. However, I thought I'd wait until my new blog layout was finished, it needs a little fine tuning that needs doing but for the most part it's finished! 

As it's been 3 years of blogging I thought it was fitting to giveaway 3 items! I've included something safe and nude, a vampy shade and a slightly girly colour, so hopefully there'll be at least one the winner will fall in love with! This giveaway is open internationally and ends at the end of the month! To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below. Best of luck to you all!
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June 26, 2015

IMATS London 2015 Wishlist

There's less than a month until IMATs 2015, so let the countdown begin! I already purchased my ticket well over a month ago. I'll just be attending on the Sunday as I currently spend my Saturdays completing a makeup artistry course. I was originally not keen on attending however, there are quite a few interesting brands on this year's exhibitors list. I'm trying to build up my own  professional makeup kit and I'm also not currently spending much on makeup for myself, so I need to make sure that whatever I get isn't for me and for the kit.

IMATS London 2015 Wishlist

So for myself, I'm currently lusting after Makeup Forever's HD Foundation, we've been using this in class and it really blurs over my large pores and it has really good coverage that can be built on. I'm super excited for Lit Cosmetics glitters having a stall here in the UK! I used to watch so many American Youtubers and Bloggers rave about them. I'm hoping to pick up any unique mix of blends there. 

For a long time, I've also had my eye on  NARS Strada single eyeshadow. It's a beautiful grey lilac shade with gold shimmer. As it's such an unnatural colour though, I don't think I could possibly justify paying full price for it, I really hope that this year they have it available at IMATs as they didn't last year. The final thing on my personal wishlist is the Zoeva Mixed Metals palette. I really can't justify another palette or more eyeshadow right now. Realistically, I don't think I'll be able to get it as the stockist, love makeup, seems to only sell their brushes. 

Kit Wise, I'm thinking of purchasing a bunch of Zoeva brushes as my rose gold set have easily become my favourite. While I personally am not a fan of lipglosses, and don't own many. I'm considering getting a few of Urban Decay's Revolution Lipglosses to fill in the gaps with this. Realistically, I'll end up getting a few nude shades and a red.

Another thing I'd like for my kit, are some primers/bases. Particularly, a few colour correctors. Makeup Forever's Skin Equalizers seem like a perfect fit. Unless there's a really good discount, I'll probably only pick up the redness-correcting base and the anti-dullness base. Last on my list, I'd like some sort of light-reflecting product in my kit, as YSL will be there, I have my fingers crossed for their famous Touche Eclat to be on a good discount.

Are you attending IMATS this year? If so, what's on your hitlist?

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June 23, 2015

Top 5 Favourite Purple Nail Polishes

If you follow me on Instagram you may have come across an image where I realised my purple lipstick addiction also happens to be a purple nail polish addiction. The amount of purple polishes I own could easily last me a lifetime. So my favourites, in no particular order are...

If you were to tell me that I'd ever be in love with a Claire's nail polish, I'd laugh in disbelief. However, glitter and purple is a winning combination with me. Naturally as a glitter polish, the only issue with it is trying to remove the polish as it's incredibly long lasting.

Models Own Chrome Mauve is a debatable one. Some may argue it leans pink. I'm unsure how I never heard of the chrome range as the liquid metal finish is such an awesome finish. It's quite similar to my Nails Inc Primrose Hill polish which is a grey purple that leans more grey. I find Chrome Mauve to be a grey purple that leans more purple.

Illamasqua's Jomina is described as an electric lilac, which is really spot on. It strikes me as the shade of purple Barbie would be branded with if they had gone for purple, Barbie purple. As with all Illamasqua polishes, this applies easily and effortlessly and does not chip for almost a week. Easily a must have!

Picture Polishes' Imperial is the most unique nail polish I own. Which is standard for so many indie nail polish companies. Imperial has a purple base (duh) with scattered holographic blue flecks and small gold glitters.

Illamasqua Baptiste is described as a deep royal purple with shummer finish. My older photos are much better but Baptiste is a gothy, rich and elegant shade of purple. The clincher is the metallic / shimmer finish.

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June 21, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury's Birkin Brown Matte Revolution Lipstick

Move over Velvet Teddy, there's a new brown lipstick in town. Well, it's not particularly new now and in all honesty it reminds me of a lipstick version of Lime Crime's Salem liquid lipstick. After enjoying my first matte revolution lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, I knew I'd have to try out another. If you're unfamiliar with the matte revolution lipstick range, it's a set of 10 lipsticks that coordinate her 10 looks and are created with specific celebrities in mind.

Birkin Brown is a gorgeous soft chocolate cream lipstick that is inspired by the likes of Naomi Campbell and Jane Birkin. As it's part of the sophisticate look, it's not naturally as dark as it appears here. However, when you pair it with Charlotte Tilbury's Foxy Brown lip cheat it turns into a super intense dark brown. A closer look at it, you can see the 3D glowing pigments create a slightly shimmery almost metallic look up close. 

I'm personally kicking myself for not taking photos of this before switching up hair dye colours. I found Birkin Brown suited my green based turquoise a lot and dark lipsticks with this hair seem too harsh on me. 

As I mentioned during my Sexy Sienna review, I admit to being swept away with rose gold packaging and square lipstick bullet. As silly as it sounds, it really makes whipping it out and applying it such a treat to do. 

While the formula was alright with Sexy Sienna, it was a lot easier to see all the faults with the darker Birkin Brown lipstick. I found I absolutely could not apply this without prepping the lip and a lipliner as the lipstick would not stick to certain parts of the lip. I find with a lipliner it lasts around 6 hours before needing a touch up.

Overall, Birkin Brown is a mixed bag. If it weren't for the fact that I love this shade, I may have regretted this purchase. However, if you're not keen on splurging £23 on a lipstick, MAC's Paramount looks like a spot on dupe for it. 

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June 19, 2015

Too Faced Rock N Roll Palette Lookbook

Although Too Faced's Rock N Roll palette comes with it's own little lookbook, I thought I'd share a few of my own looks that I've created and tend to reuse whenever I use this palette.

To get this look I applied Glam Rock all over the lid then muted it down with New Romantic. I used Rockabilly on the brow bone and Punk along the lower lash line. After applying some eyeliner, I used glitter adhesive above the liner and applied the glitters. For full directions check out this post.

This is my most worn look, which I've previously paired with Illamasqua's Atomic lipstick. I applied New Romantic all over the lid and blended Ska into the crease and lower lash line. Then I added depth to it by using heavy metal in the outer corner. I used NYX's butter lipstick in Licorice on the lips.

I created this navy smoky eye by first adding a lot of kohl liner across the lid and blending it out a little. After that, I patted Heavy Metal all over the lid and then blended in pop on the crease bone.

This final looks is quite similar to the second one, but is less of a banana crease. I started the look by applying New Romantic into the crease and Rockabilly into the brow bone. Next I applied Rap on the lid and into the inner corner. I created a V shape on the outer corner with Ska and also applied Ska on the lower lash line. I deepened the V shape with Heavy Metal and finished off the look with eyeliner and mascara.
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