So as you can see I got some very bright colours, and a mixture of mattes and colours that are matte but have particles of glitter running through them.
I'm not going to do any swatches on this post because what you see in the pan is what you get, but if you do want swatches just let me know. They eyeshadows themselves are lovely, quite buttery and super pigmented. The only downside to these eyeshadows is that you sometimes get a bit of fallout.
I also want to comment on Inglots customer service as it is fantastic. All the Sales Assistants are very friendly and knowledgeable, and they don't have the stuck up air that some shops have. The lovely lady who served me remembered me from my first visit to the shop, which I always think is lovely as you feel like they are making a effort.
As for the freedom system, I think it is brilliant. There is always a colour in a palette that you don't like, and this eliminates that as you get to pick all the colours yourself. They also make lovely gifts as you can pick a mix of eyeshadows, face powders etc and make a really nice customisable palette for someone.
The only issue I have with the freedom system is that they products are not named. I have a pretty bad memory and can't remember what colours I picked up last time, and I was worried that I would pick up a colour I already had. Luckily I didn't but I feel like this is a mistake I will make in the future.
So yea, lots of Inglot love from me, its such a shame there is only one in the UK, but I am grateful I live in London. Whilst I was in Westfield I had a cheeky spend in Mulberry too, so maybe I will do a post on my new baby in the future....
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
So as you can see I got some very bright colours, and a mixture of mattes and colours that are matte but have particles of glitter running through them.
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
This was very out of my comfort zone to wear, but I really liked it when I looked in the mirror and one of the first things my friend said to me when I met up with her is how she loved my eye make up, I am still undecided, what do you think of this look? Is it too much and do I look like a hooker or is it still wearable?
Sorry for the lack of face, but I forgot to pack my foundation so all I did today was my eyes, I couldn't even be bothered to sort out my eyebrows!
Expect a post tomorrow about my experience at Inglot and what I got there.
Monday, 27 December 2010
If I remember rightly it was £40 for the five mini brushes, and it came in a cute tartan bag. The five brushes are:
- 187, this is the duo fibre brush and I have used it for my foundation a few times and it gives a lovely flawless finish.
- 168, I have been using this for my blush and I find it blends out very nicely.
- 252 This packs on colour really well, in fact I have never had a brush that transfers this much colour.
- 219 A pencil brush which once again transfers a lot of colour. I actually have the sigma version of this brush, and I have to admit the MAC one is slightly better, more colour transfers and although the hairs are just as soft on both, the MAC one is slightly denser so they don't move as much, which is what you need if you are being precise in the crease.
- And finally the 209, a eyeliner brush. This is the only one I haven't used as to me it looks quite thick. I will give it a go though with my trusty Bobbi Brown gel liner and see if I can get a nice thin line with it.
This is my first experience with MAC brushes. I own a set of Sigma brushes which I have owned for two years and are the only brushes I use. As much as I love my Sigma brushes and think they are good, the MAC ones are slightly better, but then again they are a lot more pricey aswell.
A couple of the Sigma brushes I have are the same ones as the ones in the set, so I can do a proper comparison if anyone is interested, so you can see the difference in the way it applies shadow and how it looks.
I am quite happy with this little set and I think it was a nice way to try out a few MAC brushes for a cheaper price. Does anyone have a brand that they would recommend for brushes? I am really loving my Illamasqua ones too so I think I should branch out.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
On my days off I am very tired and ill and can't really be bothered to post which makes me sad. I am also getting frustrated at having to use my iPhone for pictures as the quality is so poor.
Basically what this all means is I won't be posting until after Christmas now, when hopefully I should get a camera as well, yay! I actually get a full 4 days off for Christmas, which is a lot in retail so hopefully I will come back rested and with more inspiration.
Happy holidays everyone!
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
It may be that I am not used to glasses this size? I think the square shape suits me, but I am unsure. What are your opinions? And sorry about the reflectiveness of the lenses, they are plastic at the moment, need my optician to put in prescription lenses for me!
Also excuse my face, this is after a day of work with very little make up!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
I'm quite impressed with how neat the tips are considering I never do French manicure style nails. The pink is China Glaze Sugar High and the purple tips are Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess. I used two coats of the pink and one for the tips. It didn't last long however, by the end of the day I had major chips.
Monday, 6 December 2010
So after going to Illamasqua on Saturday, I decided whilst I was in London I should check out Inglot. For those of you who don't know, Inglot it a Polish make up company that has been around for over 25 years, but we only have one in the UK and it is in the Westfield Shopping Center in London.
Above is the two palettes I got. The top one is from the boyfriends parents to me for Christmas so I can't swatch it, but the bottom one is for me to do more girly looks with. The palettes where £20 each, which for five shadows I think is brilliant. They have different styles of palette, I opted for the magnet style ones that you can stack up but they had your normal on a hinge style palettes that had a mirror in the top.
The palettes are not pre made with the shadows. Inglot have a thing called the Freedom System. Basically you go in the store, they give you a flat metal board and you pick from the hundreds of shadows which ones you want to go in. They have colours ranging from neutrals and pastels to the brightest neons and everything in between. The palettes also come in different sizes and you can get circle pans too. As well as eyeshadow you can fill the palettes with concealer, face powder, lipstick etc.
I only checked out the the eyeshadows, and they where all so good. They where very pigmented and felt buttery on the fingers. Below are some swatches of the lighter eyeshadows I got, please excuse the goosebumps!
I had such a amazing time in London on Saturday, and I would really recommend going to Inglot if you can, a 5 pan square palette with the eyeshadows costs £20, a 10 pan square palette with eyeshadows cost £35 and a circle pan palette costs £32 so great value for money and a brilliant place to go if you don't own any palettes! I think if I ever manage to get to 50 followers I will have to do a giveaway with one of these palettes because they are amazing, but I know how awkward the limited location makes it to try them out.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
After all this we had a little private shopping session in the room the masterclass was in, which is great because it was so packed downstairs in the beauty hall that I probably would've made purchases I regret. I decided I wanted to get a eyebrow cake because I am a little bit obsessed with brows. Mika helped me pick out the right shade, and he also helped me pick out a intense lipgloss as I wanted to try one of them too. In the end I got the ultimate eye liner, a eyebrow cake, intense lipgloss, blending brush and eyebrow brush. I will do a little haul blog tomorrow.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
So first off we have MAC Cream Blush in So Sweet, So Easy. Its a very bright baby pink, and I love using it in colder weathers because it gives me the effect of being a Ski Bunny. You know the ones in all the snuggly clothes, but sit around the lodge rather than actually skiing? Yea that's me.
We then have NARS Multiple in Orgasm. So this is one of the products that I have rediscovered. I'm still not overly keen on it, but have been using it daily as a cheek highlight. I get a lot of compliments on my skin when I wear this, but despite me using it and it looking good I still don't like it. Not sure why. Bit weird to have a product I don't see the hype in to be on my favourites, but I guess I have been using it.
Next is MAC lipstick in Violetta. I am normally a pink lipstick kind of girl, but it being a bit colder I have moved into more berries and darker colours. This is the perfect berry colour for me, it looks a lot different on the lips then in the tube, but it is a beautiful colour. I got mine from the Venomous Villains collection, but you can get it from MAC Pro, so I don't need to worry about running out!
Then we have a nail varnish. Essie Angora Cardi. I love purple, and purple is such a good colour for November, albeit a cliche one, but I still enjoy. This is a lovely polish with a great formula, you only need two coats and you can walk out the door.
My last favourite is NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I love this foundation. I have used it pretty much every day since buying it, and if I haven't used it it's because I wasn't wearing make up on that day.
So there are my favourites for last month. Can't wait to read other peoples favourites, also I will be talking more in depth about my all time favourites at Lady of the Lanes blog tomorrow so be sure to check that out! I am so glad its finally December because I am so excited for Christmas!
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
As usual I wish I was using a camera as apposed to my iPhone because it is pretty useless at capturing the colour. And in the second picture you can see my geeky new hat!
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow, Mont Blanc
Concealer - MAC Moisture Select in NW15
Blush - MAC So Sweet So Easy Cream Blush
The white, light grey and blue from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette
For the thing underneath the eye that is meant to be a snowflake, MAC Petrol Blue Power Kohl, Collection 2000 Silver Glitter
MAC White Kohl
MAC Saint Germain L/S
Monday, 29 November 2010
01. Cleanser: Good Things Stay Clear cleanser
02. Toner/lotion: Lush Breath of Fresh Air
03. Cream/moisturizer: Good Things Mattifying Moisturiser
.04. Facial mask: Lush Mask of Magnaminty
05. Exfoliator: Lush Ocean Salt
06. Make-up remover: Baby Wipes (eek!)
07. Shower gels/soaps: Lush The Olive Branch
08. Body lotions/creams: I tend to use massage bars from Lush.
09. Anticellulite/firming treatment: I don't use any, I don't think they work.
10. Body exfoliator: Lushy Buffy
11. Hand cream: Bliss Intensive Hand Cream
12. Lip balm or lip treatment: Carmex, always on the lookout for new ones though!
13. Perfume: Marc Jacobs Daisy
14. Shampoo/conditioner: Phillip Kingsley Itchy Scalp shampoo and Philip Kingsley conditioner (can't remember which one)
15. Mask or other treatments: I can't afford any atm :(.
16. Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc.
17. Powder: MAC MSF Natural
.18. Blush: MAC Melba
19. Mascara: MUFE Smokey Lash mascara
20. Lipstick/lipgloss: MAC Viva Glam Gaga
21. Eyeshadow: I like my Urban Decay Naked Palette at the moment.
22. Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner
Thursday, 25 November 2010
There is so much I would like, but have also asked for some bits for Christmas so will have to be careful when doing a order.
Any other Black Friday offers us Brits can take advantage of?
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
The formula on this is amazing, its lovely and opaque, and not streaky. I normally do three coats of whatever polish I wear, but this is only after two coats, so you can see how opaque it is.
I'm not quite sure why, but I always lust after Essie polishes, despite the fact that I know most the time the formula is pretty poor. But when they get it right, they get it really right!
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Fathom is gorgeous, and the sparkle in it makes it ideal for the party season. I tried to get a decent swatch picture of it, but using a iPhone as a camera, and poor lighting does not make for a good picture.
I also got Kielhs Lip Balm #1. I am generally very fussy with my lip balms. I only really like Blistex and Carmex because I love the tingle feel it gives. Elizabeth Arden's eight hour cream worked wonders for when my lips started to crack too, but it just didn't wow me.
I am always on the lookout for a balm that will give me super soft kisseable lips, and I have heard good things about the Kiehls one so I thought, what the hell, I have 20% off, plus its winter, my lips need this. I'll give it a go and post a review.
That's my very small haul. I was so tempted to get Strada eyeshadow, which is a beautiful pale purple, but I have asked for a similar colour from Sugarpill for Christmas and have already spent way to much money this month. Did anyone else take advantage of the offer?
Friday, 19 November 2010
First up we have we have the shampoo. I got this in the Itchy/Flaky scalp formula, as I have a very dry scalp and suffer from eczema from the back of my neck and all over my scalp so I have to be quite careful about what I use or else I end up with lots of open sores on my head.
This shampoo gives me such a lovely shine. It smells pleasant too and isn't heavy so your hair isn't slicked against your head. It has worked really nicely on my scalp too, I haven't had as much itchiness and I haven't had any flakes or scabs on my head.
The only issue I have with this shampoo is that my hair type has now changed. This shampoo treated my bad scalp, and now it is healthy it is producing a lot of oil. I don't think using this shampoo is helping much for the oil production of my hair, as this is designed for a more dry scalp. My hair is getting greasy quite quickly now, but I refuse to get a new shampoo until I run out of this one because at £19 it's not that cheap.
I also got the re-moisturizing conditioner. My mum got me the litre size because she thinks that you use more conditioner than shampoo. But anyway, the litre size was £40. Pretty steep but it is a litre, and I'm not even a third of the way through in five months.
I'm not going to change hair conditioner any time soon as I am very happy with this. It makes my hair lovely and soft and I'm sure I don't get as many split ends.
Although it is very hydrating its not too heavy. I like my hair with a lot of volume and I feel that this conditioner allows me to have that whilst having soft hair.
So yea, I like Phillip Kingsley products and these have worked well at repairing my hair and scalp. I am on the hunt for a new shampoo, for oily hair now, but I will be sticking with this conditioner.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Nars Sheer Glow - Mont Blanc
MAC moisture select - NW15
NARS Laguana Bronzer
MAC Oh So Fair Beauty Powder
NARS Orgasm Multiple as highlighter
Eyes - From the UD naked palette
Whisky liner on the waterline
Brows done with ELF brow kit in Dark
NARS Lip Pencil in Bettina
MAC Lipstick in Hug Me
I hate the way blogger puts in huge gaps between lines. Anyway, remembered my love for the ELF brow kit, and I never really like the orgasm multiple, but it is growing on me now. Its nice to mix up products every now and then!
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
I loved how it turned out and ended up getting a couple of products which I will post about tomorrow. The picture doesn't show how bright the blush is, but its so beautiful. I also had such a lovely time in the store itself, one of the sales assistants is leaving to start her own range and have taken my details so hopefully I will be getting a bit of assisting work which is super exciting! Anyway here are the products she used (as copied from the face chart) which are all NARS obviously:
Sheer Glow foundation
Blush in Desire
Luxor multiple as a highlighter
My own eyeliner
Fathom eyeshadow (I need this it's gorgeous!)
Melusine eyeshadow duo
Tash Kent lipstick
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Illamsqua Precision Ink. Yet another product that I have heard good stuff about through blogs. I am really interested in Illamasqua at the moment because all the products I have tried out from them have been amazing. I especially liked their lip products, but I feel I should use up some of what I already have before getting more.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Nars sheer glow foundation in Mont Blanc
MAC moisture select concealer NW15
MAC Melba blush
Eyes (MAC unless stated otherwise) :
Green from Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette
Purple from Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette
Black gel liner
Concrete for brows
I have staff training later so I shall see how this goes down. Also I have been loving my NARS sheer glow foundation!
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Top Row : Dazzlelight, Honey Lust, Sable, Scene, Twinks
Middle Row : Blanc Type, Wedge, Mulch, Concrete, Sketch
Bottom Row : Brulee, Charcoal Brown, Antiqued, Smut, Carbon
I think my most used are Blanc Type, Brulee, Wedge, Sketch and Carbon. Concrete is another colour I use a lot, but I tend to use it as my eyebrow colour rather than on the eye. I also use Dazzlelight a fair bit as a highlighter, but I have quite a few shimmery highlighters which is why it doesn't get used as much. I also love Sable and Mulch a fair bit, but sometimes find it hard to create a look with them.
I love my palette, it definitely shows I prefer more neutral tones, but I think I have a good variety and I can create a lot of looks from these shadows, albeit neutral ones.
So yea I hope you found this helpful if you was looking into making your own palette or just wanted to have a good nosey as I know I love seeing posts like this. Have a lovely afternoon!
Monday, 8 November 2010
Anyway yesterday was the second and last day of the catwalk trends boot camp. It was taught by Nicci Jackson and we covered using glitter with stencils, manga/geisha, supernatural and ethereal.
It was of the same format, theory in the morning practical in the evening. Nicci used students in the class to demonstrate the looks and she created them from scratch. I think that this course is different ever time it is taught because she did the look to suit the person she was using as the model.
Nicci is very inspiring and I found yesterday to be very exciting and it was my favourite out of the two days. It was a bit more avant garde, and I couldn't wait to come back from lunch and start the practical.
I had a lovely lady do a geisha look on me, which was very full on, and a lot harder to do then you would think, having a white base is a bitch!
We then swapped and I did ethereal make up on her. I don't have any decent quality pictures but hopefully someone will upload some soon so that I can steal them. I used a paler foundation on her and a mix of purple, silver and blue to create a out of this world look.
I also used a Illamsqua blush, that I am lusting after. We used a lot of different brands during the course, including MAC, Illamasqua, Bella Pierre, Dermalogica, Sleek and Chanel. It was nice to use a variety of products as its so easy to get stuck in the MAC rut.
Overall I really loved this course, a lot more so than the London College of Fashion one I did. I feel like it was better value for money and I was a lot more inspired. This course allows for a lot of creativity, where as the LCoF one was more like show and recreate.
I feel like MUSE as a company is amazing as well. They care for their students and will invite you back to events. If you do some of the longer courses as well they post assisting jobs on their facebook page and you can also go in for the day on future courses for free to refresh yourself.
The class size was small and Nicci took the time to learn every ones names which makes everything a bit more personal. All the girls are lovely and most of them, like me had heard of MUSE through Pixiwoo.
I am definently going to do the three week course they offer. Its very pricey but I want to do make up as a career and feel like this would be a great way for me to learn. They also offer a shopping day on the course which has a lot of industry discounts, great for building up your kit. They also offer 0% finance, which is how I think I will pay for the course.
So yea I had a amazing time at MUSE and would definitely recommend them as a make up school and would like to say thank you for making this a great weekend!
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
The picture quality is poor but it shows the shimmer in the product and you can get a clear idea of the colour. The one on the left is Petrol Blue and the one on the right is Undercurrent. They are both gorgeous colours and I think they are quite unique, I know I have nothing in my collection like these!
After swatching them on my hand I tried to smudge them but found they did not budge. 5 hours later the swatches are still on my hand so I am very impressed with these.
I think the fact that they didn't smudge means you could get away without setting them with powder too and I may even try using them as an eyelid colour.
Apart from the two pearlglides I was not impressed with this collection at all. I was tempted by the Romancing lipgloss, but not enough to get it. Everything is pretty but nothing else is truly unique or that pretty.
I think the sets are good for a person just starting to collect MAC, but I think someone who has quite a few of their products will already have dupes for most the colours in the palettes. However I do really like the brush bag sets, and I was tempted by the purple eye bag which had a fluid line and pigment in them as I don't actually own that much purple.....
Anyway today was a good shopping day and I also managed to get two pairs of sensible flat shoes and a pair of trousers, yay!
Thursday, 4 November 2010
So I have a selection of brushes, these are the ones that I use most days, basic things like a blending brush, eyeliner, blusher brush etc. Mascara, that's pretty essential, tweezers because I hate stray hairs, two eyeliners, one black one white as I think both are essential, a liquid eyeliner, primer potion, my mineralise skin finish natural, concealer, two lipsticks, one is viva glam gaga for every day use and the second is violetta for a more daring evening wear look, I also have my usual foundation (studio fix fluid) in a sample pot that I got a long time ago so that I don't have to lug around the full bottle, and last but not least my Urban Decay naked palette. I love this palette and it has all the right colours for creating lots of different looks. It is also a decent size and isn't heavy to it makes it great for weekends away. Oh I forgot my beauty powder in Oh So Fair. This is my go to colour at the moment, I was going to bring another blush but I thought for 4 days, really? But yea, this is what I took home, I think I did a pretty good job of choosing essentials!
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Tomorrow I have a interview and a trial shift so I need lots of luck and expect a FOTD and probably a NOTD too!
On Wednesday I am going back to my parents house in London. My mum and I are going to the MAC tartan tale preview shopping event at Kings Road and then we will have a nice dinner. I am going to make my boyfriend give me some money so I can buy myself my Christmas present from him and I am after a couple of the glosses, they look so pretty!
Thursday and Friday will be quiet, but then the most exciting part of the week will be the weekend! I am doing a two day catwalk trends boot camp at London MUSE which is a make up school! The course looks so fun, from what I remember we will be doing power brows, glitterati, anime inspired stuff and more whimsical stuff, hopefully this will make me a bit more creative and improve on my technique. I will be taking my camera along to document what I have been getting up to so expect everything to be posted on here too!
Have a great week everyone.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW15
MAC Blanc Type e/s to white out my face a bit
MAC Carbon and Sketch e/s to contour my face
MAC redd lipliner
MAC sketch e/s
A cheap white eyeliner
MAC l/s in dare you for the tears
Matted out with foundation
The blue eyeshadow from the urban decay book of shadows