March 30, 2013

Freak Out - Models Own - Mirrorball Collection

"Mirrorball is our first ever collection of nail frostings - a glide-on glitter that will revitalise your entire polish collection. Wear alone or over your favourite colour polish to give a frosting finish, taking nails from boring to BLING!" - modelsownit.com

So last month the modelsOWN polishes had a 2 for £8 deal at Boots, since each bottle sells for £5, I made my way to Boots and bought myself Aqua Violet from the Beetlejuice collection and today's polish Freak Out from the Mirrorball collection. Although the 2 for £8 deal has finished, Models Own polishes have a 3 for the price of 2 offer at Boots now along with their new ice neon and fruit pastel collections.

Essentially these polishes are technically top coats with craft glitters and flakes. I do love the way these look and have been meaning to try and add some more polishes like these to my collection. Although these do look gorgeous there is one thing I really dislike about these kinds of polishes, which is they take so much effort to remove, either that or I'm too impatient. Anyway, as I knew it'd be difficult to remove the polish, I thought I'd try swatching it over different colors on paper before I applied any to my nails. In the end, the blues won me over and I applied Freak Out over a blue gradient.


As I have had this for over a month now, I have worn this twice. The second time I wore this was over Barry M's black nail polish. Personally, I think I prefer this combination over the previous one. I suppose it's because this way all the colors from the polish stands out better with the black contrast.


All in all, these polishes are fun to experiment with different colors and so long lasting the problem you're more likely to experience is trying to remove them. Have you tried any models own polishes? Anything from their latest collection? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below.

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March 27, 2013

MakeupGeek Eyeshadow Starter Kit Review


So some time last month, I mentioned that the lovely folks from Makeup geek had sent me a couple of eyeshadows. After playing around with their shadows, I thought I should finally share my thoughts.

Disclaimer: Although these were sent to me, these opinions are purely my own. These products were not sent to me for review.

"These are all highly-pigmented 
Half the price of MAC shadows without sacrificing quality
This kit is for the eyeshadow pans only 
These pans can be placed in empty palettes (Mac or Z-Palettes)
With a separate palette, you can build your own custom palettes
All our shadows are cruelty-free
These eyeshadows are Talc and Paraben-Free
We ship worldwide at affordable rates"
- MakeupGeek.com

I love the packaging on these. The quote on the packaging sticks out to me the most. For those struggling to read, it says "As Makeup Geeks, we stay true to who we are. Cosmetics are not used to change ourselves, but to enhance the exquisite and unique people that we are. To be a Makeup Geek means to be reflection of our inner beauty."


"These nine shades are specifically chosen by Marlena to be the best shadows to get your collection started and will serve as a solid foundation for the most stunning looks. The starter kit has a nice blend of shimmer and matte shadows that will make you fall in love with the Makeup Geek brand." - Makeupgeek.com

The photos of the shadows are pretty accurate, except for Unexpected and Drama Queen. I struggled to get the photo to turn up well for some reason. They both have a purple tinge to them. I've written down the color descriptions as on the makeupgeek website so you have a better idea what those colors are like.  

Unexpected - Light and subtle pink matte purple blend
Prom Night - Pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmery finish
Drama Queen - Densely dark purple with a shimmery finish
Cocoa Bear - Matte golden brown
Mocha - Matte warm medium brown
Corrupt - Intense matte black with small bit of sparkle
Créme Brulee - Medium sand color with a soft matte finish
Shimma Shimma - Shimmery highlight
Glamorous - Bronzy, shimmery gold

Eyeshadow colors from L-R are:
Unexpected, Prom Night, Drama Queen, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Corrupt, Créme Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Glamorous

So, do the shadows live to their own hype? 
These are definitely highly pigmented. Having said that, you will definitely have to use some form of eye primer for the best results. You can alternatively attempt to use up more product and try and pack them on by layering but I find it easier to use primer as it helps the product last longer once applied.

My three favorite colors out of these nine are definitely creme brulee, corrupt and drama queen. Corrupt is officially my go to black shadow and although I generally steer clear from neutral colors, I love creme brulee's soft sand shade. I love the subtly dark purple of drama queen but I just wish the shade wouldn't change it's color with the lighting so much.

The different finishes seem to apply equally well. If there are any duds within the collection, it certainly isn't in the starter kit. Although this set isn't particularly colorful, the brand does have a wide variety of colors available at their online store.

The 9 eyeshadow starter kit costs $49.99 all together which is roughly £33, but if you'd like to buy just certain colors, a single pan costs $5.99 which is a little over £4.60. If you don't have a place to store the eyeshadow pans safely, there's the option of buying eyeshadow compacts for $7.99 which translates to roughly £5.30. As someone who owns many colorful shadows, I tend to struggle whilst searching for a neutral shadow to finish of my look, with these 9 shadows I definitely feel that I don't particularly need to search for any other neutral shadows to add to my collection.

Would I recommend these? Most defintiely yes. I applied this on and was surprised to find the look stayed completely put for 8 hours. They're much cheaper than many brands out there. I've also already bought a whole bunch of shadows myself looong before receiving these. I just find that I haven't taken any self shots with those shadows yet. I find if I'm ever travelling, I'll opt to take my Z-palette out of all  of my other palettes.

You can check out my previous look of the day post from last month using 5 of these shadows in this starter kit, I'll try and post up a second look using some of the other shadows in this set some time in the next month.

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March 25, 2013

10 Beauty Products I'm Lusting After

I'm currently trying to not spend my cash on anything and everything. I've been window shopping online for things but I don't want to make an impulse buy and regret it later. So I thought I'd share what's on my makeup lust list. Although there are several things I admit I would like within each brand, I thought I'd make this list neutral by only listing one item per brand.

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any of these companies and I haven't been paid to write this post.

I think the most sensible way to order the list is to start from the top of my face and work my way downwards. From the eyes, to the cheeks, the lips and finishing with nail products.

Sephora's Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Vol 2
Disney is definitely my Achilles' heel, pair it with makeup and oh god I feel the senseless urge to buy the full collection. Disney has collaborated with Sephora in the states and has been releasing limited edition Disney collections based on different princesses. Towards the end of 2012, the theme was Cinderella, they're currently on Jasmine and if they release an Ariel sometime soon with packaging as beautiful as this I may feel compelled to find a way to try and get this. 

This retails for $55 which translates to roughly £36 which is quite steep. It contains 15 eyeshadows, one blush and a bronzer. As I generally find most of the colors in this palette to be rather safe, I find it almost bearable that I'll never be able to own this. For us British makeup addicts, Sephora USA doesn't ship to the UK and Sephora France doesn't have any of the items in this collection which surprises me as Sephora is a French brand. *sigh* On that note, can we please have Sephora in the UK? 

With Disney constantly collaborating with different makeup brands/outlets, it always baffled me as to why Disney don't just create their own makeup brand because I can guarantee they'd rake in a load of money from it. It turns out, Disney ARE releasing their own makeup brand called Beautifully Disney. I think the cosmetic range will be exclusive to Disney Parks though however you should still be able to buy them online. The collection has a good vs evil theme as the collection also includes a Wickedly Beautiful theme, you can check out some images here. The only reason Beautifully Disney didn't make it on my lust list is because the packaging on the Sephora collection is stunning!

Click on to see what else is on my lust list!
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March 24, 2013

NOTD: I'mPerfection inspired

Today's nail art is inspired by the speckled eyeliner look from Illamasqua's latest collection called I'mperfection. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, you can take a look over here. I was hoping to pair up my nails with the speckled eyeliner makeup however, I'm trying to avoid makeup for now so my skin can get a decent breather from all of the products.
I genuinely love the way my nails turned out, I keep staring at my nails like a magpie. It was also really simple and easy to do as well. I generally tend to find myself appreciating any nail art that is relatively simple to do.

Aside from the base coat, all the products I used are in the above image. I've used Illamasqua's top coat as both my base and top coat. I've used Barry M's black polish for the tips of my nails and used L'oreal's confetti top coat for the black and white dots. I recently bought L'oreal's top coat in confetti but have actually just gotten around to using it. I'll put up a review once I've become much more acquainted with it.

Method
Apply your clear base coat
Line the tip of your nails with a black polish
Apply your second coat of black polish
Wait a minute or so for drying
Apply confetti top coat on the upper half of your nails
Apply a second layer for more dots
Apply a clear top coat 

So that's that, if anyone does ever try this out feel free to send me pictures, I'd love to see how it turns out!

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March 21, 2013

Lumpy Space Princess Makeup - Adventure Time

So after dressing up as Lumpy Space Princess for comic con and posting my Lumpy Space Princess inspired nail art, I'm finally posting up the makeup I wore with my costume.


It's overall a really simple and easy lavender makeup look with nothing special. Since I had so much purple going on already with my costume I thought it made sense for the actual makeup to be effortless. Either way, with me dressed up the way I was, people were generally commenting on my costume as a whole rather than solely focusing on the makeup itself. I did however, get many people complementing me for going the extra mile with my purple brows.

After priming my eyes, I added NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk on my lid and on the bottom lid as another form of primer. Next, I added Sugarpill's loose eyeshadow in Paperdoll all over the eye lid right up to and slightly over the crease, I did the same to the lower lid. Then, I applied my white liquid liner, Illamasqua's precision ink in Scribe, on my lower lash line. I then added a winged line on my upperlid with Illamasqua's precision ink in Abyss. I used my Revlon photoready powder in medium/deep as a neutral eyeshadow to fill up the space between the lid and the eyebrows. Next, I used Lush's Emotional Brilliance in Feeling Secure on my eyebrows then added mascara.

After I finished with my eyes, I cleaned up any fallout then added my foundation and powder on my face. Next, I added Illamasqua's lipstick in Test and finally, I used Illamasqua powdered metal in Thalia as a blush on my cheeks.

Products Used

Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Paperdoll
Illamasqua precision ink in Abyss & Scribe
LUSH emotional brilliance in Feeling Secure
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in No 9
Revlon PhotoReady Powder in Medium/Deep
Illamasqua powdered metal in Thalia
Illamasqua lipstick in Test
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara
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March 20, 2013

Lumpy Space Princess Nails ~ Adventure Time

So last weekend I posted up some photos of my costume as lumpy space princess for the local comic con. Today I thought I'd give you a close up on my lumpy space princess nails. 

Lumpy Space Princess is definitely my favorite character out of Adventure Time. I was just watching tv with my younger sisters one day and this cartoon just randomly turned up on tv and I thought it was one of the silliest and most hilarious thing I'd ever watched. Especially when Lumpy Space Princess would turn up. She has a variety of sayings and quotes such as what the lump? or Oh my glob! She generally tends to use Lump as a sort of curse word but it just sounds so silly you can't help but giggle. 

Whilst chosing my base color for these nails, I instantly went for Illamasqua's Jo'mina polish. It was the perfect lumpy space princess purple. Out of my hair, my dress and my nails I definitely thought my nails were the perfect shade of purple for it. I drew in the yellow stars using a toothpick and was surprised that the results weren't so bad after all. The black nail art pen came on much more thick than I would have liked for the face details though. Overall, I still thought it looked pretty cute enough to wear. 

Products Used
Inglot Nail Art Pen in Black - Discontinued but seems to be the same as any old nail art pen
Illamasqua nail varnish in Jo'mina - purple
Barry M nail varnish - yellow

Expect a post on my lumpy space princess makeup soon. 

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March 19, 2013

LOTD: Purple Brows + Cracked NOTD

Today's look of the day post includes not only my makeup but my nails and purple, LOTS of purple. 

I'll start off with the makeup, the actual eye makeup itself is pretty simple and nothing exciting. It's a kind of panda eyes look. All I did was use NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean on both the upper lid and lower lid and then used Makeup Geek's black eyeshadow in Corrupt on top of it and blended it upwards. For the eyebrows, I simply used Lush's Emotional Brilliance in Feeling Secure. You can use the brush they supplied or just use whatever brush you use to do your eyebrows. If you generally fill in your brows with a pencil, then you can just use an angled eye shadow brush. 

I have tried to use other very pigmented shadows in the past on my brows but I've always struggled to get a decent color out of them as I have dark eyebrows. Lush's emotional brilliance range definitely makes it much easier. I didn't even apply any shadow on top of it either and it didn't budge throughout the whole day. However, I will warn you, the purple in their range stains red after you've removed it. I first freaked out thinking it may have been my skin reacting but it is just a stain and it should wash off within 24 hours I believe.

Although in general I've always steered clear of the cracked nail fad, I really liked it on me this time. What happened was simple, I was already wearing Illamasqua's nail polish in Baptiste but decided I wanted a lighter colored purple polish on my nails, so instead of removing my polish, I decided to grab Nails Inc polish in Hoxton Crackle and just paint it over as I had hoped the effect wouldn't work but it did. Surprisingly, I thought it actually looked cool. I suppose it's generally a matter of what colors you combine as I had seen the effect several times before in general but always thought it looked tacky. However, I do believe I've fallen in love for this combination.

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March 18, 2013

New Purple Hair

First off, no it's not real, it doesn't make me love it less. I originally bought this for a fancy dress event but thought I'd reuse the whole costume for comic con. When the wig finally arrived in the mail I tried it on and I instantly fell in love with it.


For ages, I've always wanted colored hair but as it's taken so long for me to grow out my hair to it's length that I've generally been too scared to bleach and dye it as I don't want to damage it. Plus, hair dye eventually fades and you'll have to redo the color.

This specific wig is a synthetic wig, which means I can't style it using any heat or i'd risk destroying it. It isn't one of the really cheap wigs you get from generic fancy dress places either, this one has managed to last multiple wears quite well whereas my experience in the past with fancy dress parties, the wig would only last one night. On the plus side, as it is synthetic, I can walk in the rain without having to worry about the wig losing it's style or frizzing up massively. 

There are some minor inconveniences with wearing a wig though, if you're wearing it for a long period of time  your scalp will find it hard to breathe which would potentially lead to an itchy scalp. Aside from the fore mentioned inconvenience of not being able to change the style there's also the worry of the wing potentially sweeping the wig away off into the unknown leading to a massively embarassing moment. It hasn't happened to me...yet. I don't know if it's a common experience either.

For those of us who really want to try out a new hair color but don't want to risk the hair damage to their natural hair, I'd definitely recommend finding a wig. Once I'm bored of the purple, I'd imagine I'll be looking to try out a red wig or some crazy multicolored one.

So overall:

Pros 
Quick solution, just pop it on
Low Maintenance*
Colored hair without the damage of dye
Don't need to worry about rain*

Cons
Hard for hair to breathe*
Can't style hair*
Wind

*These pros/cons specifically apply due to the wig being synthetic.

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March 17, 2013

MCM Birmingham Expo & Comic Con 2013

This isn't beauty related blog post, but it's a post about semi related to another passion of mine, one that I've had before I even began to dabble with makeup at all. Comic books, video games and a bit of fantasy, I'm sure some of my dorkyness has been reflected with my choices of themed makeup.   
My favorite cosplayers were by far the two females who dressed up as Bilbo and Gandalf as a Hobbit tribute. Thought it was pretty damn awesome. There were two people dressed up as Skyrim characters which was really impressive. There were so many other people who dressed up and there are a lot more awesome photos out there, I just got distracted with things there to really go around and take many photos. These photos are a minuscule fraction of the many many costumes this weekend.
Oh cosplayers. As a teen, I used to look online at comic conventions all around the world with envy. This of course was back when I was living in a country where there was never a comic con of sorts. However, since I've been in the UK, I've already attended three cons without dressing up for any of them. I have done the fancy dress things several times at uni though and dressed up as Batgirl, Trinity from the Matrix, Hit girl from Kick-Ass, Nyan cat (the meme), the Comedian from Watchmen and even the world's biggest damsel in distress princess peach. So yesterday, I finally decided to rectify this and dressed up as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time for the comic con.
It was fun having random people gasp and be all ermergerd, it's Lumpy Space Princess and get my photo taken. There were plenty of other Adventure Time cosplayers too, I didn't get photos with everyone of them though as I was mostly distracted by all of the nerd galore in the stalls. I did manage to bump into another LSP (top right) which was amusing. I also found a fionna (top left) and flame princess. Overall, it was a pretty fun day. The comic con experience was definitely enhanced by dressing up for it. Expect a Lumpy Space Princess makeup and nail art post this coming week.

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March 14, 2013

My Little Pony Makeup Series - Babs Seed

Back in December, I began a my little pony makeup series, (link). I've thus far only completed the cutie mark crusaders. Since there's recently been a new member to the cutie mark crusaders, I figure it's only fair that I create a look based on her, Babs Seed. 

I was stuck on ideas initially as I didn't particularly like the color scheme but then I noticed her green eyes and bam, inspiration. I think that this look is the first time I've somewhat pulled off a cut crease mildly successfully. I think with a little more practice i'll be able to perfect it soon.

Just a side note, I won't be actively making my little pony looks for a while but I'll probably randomly decide to do a few characters in a row, get bored, move on to something else, then come back and do some more, etc.

Method
After priming, I placed all of my neutral colors on my lid.
Next I drew a pink line with various pink shades. Starting with the lighter tones, moving to the darker ones.
After blending, I added green shadow on my bottom lash. Then I lined my eyes and did my brows.
Done!

Products Used
Sugarpill eyeshadow in Acidberry
Makeup Geek eyeshadow in creme brulee
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss
BH cosmetics 120 palette 1st edition
(bottom tray)
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March 12, 2013

Makeup Storage Solutions 2

Here's the second part of my recent storage solutions, you can find part one here. These storage boxes came in three different sizes, small, medium and large and are available from home bargains. I opted for the large and medium size boxes.
The large box I used to store a whole bunch of random items; jewelery, bangles, pendants, necklaces, rings, earrings, hair accessories, watches, my Illamasqua shadows and pure pigments along with a lush lip scrub and clinique eye cream. As you can see from the top right picture, you can take out some of the dividers to make a compartment slightly larger which is really handy and what I love about these boxes. However, you the partitions arent on every single side, they're only along the rows, so you can't make a huge square to store some wider bangles. I bought this large box at £2.49. 

As you can see, I've used this medium sized storage box to store makeup related items only as opposed to mixing in jewelery like the previous one. I've put all of my sugarpill loose eyeshadows, inglot gel eyeliners, Illamasqua sealing gels, some false lashes, lip balms, lipstick colors i dont use too often and other loose eye products. I removed most of the partitions in this one to make more room for all of my pigments. Instead of storing just 3 of my sugarpill loose eyeshadow pigments in one column, it can now fit 5 of them instead. 

The one main flaw I have with the range is that the bottom of the compartments have a curve to them instead of just being square, which makes things just slightly more annoying for storing some things away. You can buy the medium box for £1.49 at home bargains.

I tend to leave the medium box on my shelf with the rest of my makeup whilst the larger one I store away in a drawer to keep it out of the way.

So that's all for now but as the collection will eventually grow some more, expect to see some future makeup solution posts. If you want to see some more of my previous storage methods, check out my uni setup and my home setup.

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March 11, 2013

BH Cosmetics Haul

Here's a quick short post to show you guys my 1st edition 120 color palette from BH Cosmetics. I was majorly please by how well packaged it was! Underneath the amazon box was a layer of bubble wrap, the box for the palette, then some more bubble wrap and finally the palette. I've uploaded some pictures:
There's a light sticky layer on top of each tray to ensure no eyeshadow dust falling everywhere. I was really impressed by the crazy amount of packaging done to make sure the product didn't break at all. The palette cover seems to be made of some metal, which surprised me and the inlay trays seem to be plastic. I had read that the palette was small which lowered my expectations. Ultimately, I was impressed as each eyeshadow pan was bigger than I had imagined. 
The left photo is the top layer whilst the right one shows the bottom layer. I'll put up some proper photos when I write up a proper review.

 This originally costs roughly £30 I bought this on Amazon.co.uk for £16.75, however there is now an even lower offer to purchase it for £15. As far as I'm aware, there are five different editions of this palette, I figured I'd just stick with the original. I can't put up a proper review of this yet as I haven't touched it.

I think with this new purchase, I won't be looking into buying new colorful eyeshadows for quite a while. I already own so many powerful and pigmented shadows, I just felt like I needed to buy something to fill in missing shades that I won't be using too often. Look out for a full on review in the future, I'll put up some swatched eventually too.
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March 09, 2013

Makeup Storage Solutions 1

Having re-relocating recently, I've had the joy of reorganising my makeup collection. For a while I just had things everywhere in a chaotic mess. However, whilst at home bargains, I came across a few items that I thought would be handy. Here's what I did with a remote control holder I bought there for only £2.99.


I've used pencil holders bought from stationary stores in the past for storing makeup brushes and pencils but I find that they don't really have much space in them. Using a remote control holder though, I find I have plenty of room. The longest space was wide enough to just fit in my Z-palette which I was mostly pleased with. I filled the space with most of my more rectangular palettes and filled up the remaining space with my brushes.

In the small left space I just threw in all of my eyeliners and lip pencils (there's admittedly a sharpener thrown in the bottom of there too). In the right space, I've kept my smaller brushes and some more everyday items such as my Skin Base Foundation, my powder, mascara, primers and a nude lipgloss by Guerlain that I tend to throw on pretty often.

You can see on the shelf that I threw a few of my Nails Inc polishes in front of the container to for aesthetics. Also a wild Batman appears. Overall, for just £2.99 this was definitely a decent investment. Look out for part 2 to see what else I managed to find at home bargains.

In the meanwhile, for further storage ideas check out how I organised stuff while at uni and whilst I returned home.

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March 07, 2013

Blood Splatter Nails, Upcoming Facebook Page


I fancied doing some red nail art to match my clothes, so I decided to try out a bloody splatter look. It's pretty simple to do and I was able to do both hands reasonable well. It is a messy look and I did find cleanup of my right hand (pictured bottom right) difficult. 

Method
Paint your base color on (Scorch by Illamasqua)
Next, grab your red polish (Throb, also by Illamasqua) and pour it onto some paper. 
Then grab a straw and dip it onto the red polish. (Don't inhale for your own sake)
Then blow into the straw, really harshly, don't be soft. 
Repeat until desired coverage of blood. 
Finish!

There you have it! 

On a side note, I've started up a Facebook page. If you're a fan of my nails or makeup do like it. I don't think I'll be putting up photos of reviews. It should ideally focus on new looks. I will of course whore out the odd review post or two.It is also nifty as you could always receive updates on your facebook feed whenever something new is out. I'm a shy blogger in the sense that I don't talk to people I know about it X_x On the plus side you get a mini spoiler on the cover page on hair shenanigans. ^^

Thanks guys!
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March 04, 2013

LOTD: Gold & Black

Title speaks for itself. This was a look I did previously but didn't have the time to take photos of originally, so I redid it, mostly because I actually liked the results. It's nice to do a dark look for once, I think its the first look I've posted up which is mostly black. I was surprised by how much I liked the color combination together as someone who generally prefers stupidly super colorful makeup looks.


Method
After priming, I used NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean on my whole eyelid and lower eyelid. 
I then drew the wing of the line and filled up the gaps beneath. Then add black eyeshadow everywhere.
Next, I placed Illamasqua's pure pigment in Ore in my inner lid and applied it on about 1/3 of the lid
I then added Sugarpill's Goldilux in the inner corner, then blend.
Finally, I filled in the brows, added eye liner and mascara. 

Products Used
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Ore
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux & Stella
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss
Mascara & Eyebrow cake
Illamasqua lipstick in Test

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