Friday, 28 March 2014

Femme Fetale Haul & Swatches

Femme Fatale are a mineral based cosmetics company based in Australia. You can find their website here

I recently came across the company and was amazed at their range of duochrome eyeshadows. I'm a huge huge sucker for indie products and loose eyeshadows, add a duochrome into that list and I'm sold!

They offer free international shipping (which is amazing!) for all sample orders. Samples come in baggies with 1/8tsp of product - enough to get a good feel for the shadow. They do two sampler packs - 5 shadows for $5.50 or 10 shadows for $11.

I ordered 10 samples on 19th March and they arrived with me on the 28th - a great turn-around time for a indie brand! Included in the package was a freebie sample (mine was Deepmoss) and a sticker.

Femme Fatale samples & freebie
Each sample has a sticker with the name and ingredients list, and whether or not the shadow is vegan and/or lip safe.

The quality of these shadows are fantastic and I will definitely be ordering more over the coming weeks. Application is smooth, they're pigmented and there is a fantastic array of colours available on their website. The free shipping on samples is a huge huge pro too! The only shade I feel slightly lets the side down is Nexus which doesn't quite adhere as much as the others do - these could be solved by using a sticky base or using the shade wet.

And now, on to the swatches! All swatches are done over bare skin. The captions are descriptions from Femme Fatale's website of each shade.

Moonglow - 'pale columbia blue with a prominent golden duochrome and subtle pink shimmer'
The Masquerade - 'soft, silvery grey with very subtle pink shimmer, yet when applied the base comes out more purple/blue and the pink shift is also more noticeable'
Desecration - 'a striking bright green shimmer over a base mixed of cool grey, subtle brown and pearly purple tones'
Illusions - 'a brown based shade with a hint of auburn undertones, and teal duochrome finish'
Nexus - 'a deep navy with teal tones and brilliant red shimmers and sparks'
Deepmoss - 'a deep navy blue base with a satin smooth green>blue colour shifting shimmer'
Demon Soul - 'a black based shade with a colour-shifting finish, going from green through to red/pink depending on the angle of the light'
Phantasm - 'a pale purple with violet tones and copper orange shimmer'
Velvet Fog - 'a taupe purple base that is hard to describe – it also looks grey/blue because of the aqua shimmer over the top'
The Nightmare - 'an eggplant purple base with intense golden green glimmers and sparkles'
Impsy - 'a rich mulberry purple with strong red tones and golden shimmer'
Overall, I am very impressed with the Femme Fatale eyeshadows that I've tried and I'll definitely be adding some more to my collection. Faves are: Impsy, The Masquerade and Desecration.

Monday, 17 March 2014

NYX Lip Liners: Cabaret, Hot Red, Pinky, Bloom, Purple Rain & Nude Pink

NYX's Slim Lip Pencils retail for around $3.50 in the US and £3.50 on the UK website. NYX is a relatively hard to come by brand in the UK so I was very excited to be able to get hold of 6 of their Slim Lip Pencils.

I am not a huge lip liner person so these liners are perfect for me; they are cheap, great quality and available in a huge range of shades. Wear time for me is typically around 3 hours but I find I use a lip liner with a bold lip which in itself needs touching up quite regularly. I managed to get a broad spectrum of shades within the 6 that I bought so that I can pair them up with most of the lip shades within my collection.

The shades that I have are: 804 Cabaret, 817 Hot Red, 835 Pinky, 836 Bloom, 338 Purple Rain and 858 Pink Nude.

L-R Cabaret, Hot Red, Pinky, Bloom, Purple Rain, Nude Pink

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Seventeen Solo Eyeshadow Swatches

Seventeen Solo eyeshadows are available online at Boots for only £3.89. I have 9 of them and think they are a fantastic, good quality, cheap find! The texture is lovely (save for one glittery shade that I own), they are pigmented and apply well, lasting a good 6-8 hours over primer.

There are 16 shades in the range I believe, and they have a great selection when it comes to the colour spectrum- they have everything from neutrals to brights!

These are bigger than the size of MAC shadows so contain a lot of product - I can't see me needing to repurchase any of these any time soon.

I really like the packaging - the eyeshadows are contained within black screw top jars. The packaging does not feel cheap considering the price. My only issue is that it is a little bulky.

Regal is the only shade of the 9 that I have that I find to be sub-par texture and application wise. It is a glittery shade and so has a rather gritty texture and can create a lot of fallout. I find Regal best when applied wet or over a sticky base such as Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy.

Great shade range, pigmented, long lasting over primer, huge product for a very cheap price, good packaging.

The glittery shades can be duds when not used over a sticky base/primer, packaging could be less bulky.

Overall, I highly recommend these eyeshadows, you really can't go wrong for under £4! My favourites are Ivory Coast, Statuesque, Rose Quartz and Gold Emerald.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Empties: February 2014

Left: Etude House Gold Veil Highlighter, Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, MAC Loose Powder
Middle: MUA Pro Eye Primer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
Right: Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Express Repair Conditioner, No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover

I always shy away from using products up (aside from staples) for fear of them being gone forever. I'm trying hard to get myself out of this thought process though, and it's working- kind of.

Definite repurchases:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - amazing formula and great for my combi/oily skin.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Express Repair Conditioner - best leave in conditioner I have ever had, I feel like I will forever repurchase this. It makes my hair feel so good!

Maybe repurchases:
MUA Pro Eye Primer - it worked, it was okay, but my eyeshadow still creased after 6+ hours.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer - I really liked this concealer, but with so many other concealers to use up at the moment I don't think this is an absolute repurchase.
Etude House Gold Veil Highlighter - beautiful highlighter but it wasn't love. It worked, it highlighted well but it didn't quite have the 'omg this is amazing' factor.
Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer - it worked, a great primer but I have others that I'm working my way through that are just as good.

Won't be repurchasing:
MAC Loose Powder - lovely powder, nothing wrong with the product per se, just the price tag. I can get the same finish with a lot of cheaper loose powders.
No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover - removed eye makeup well but left my skin feeling a little too oily for my liking.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliners

I love love LOVE Holika Holika's Jewel Light Waterproof eyeliners. The eyeliners are creamy, pigmented and very long lasting; they really do live up to their 'waterproof' name- they wear like iron!

They have 20 shades to choose from and I have a fair few of those swatched for you below.

Priced at around $5-$6 (£3.50-£4), these eyeliners are also very affordable. The packaging is great quality and feels a lot more expensive than it is. The packaging is very similar to Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners and NYX Glide On, Slide On eyeliners with the upside of being completely co-ordinated to the colour within which makes it super easy to find the shade that you're looking for in a hurry! (The new eyeliners brought out late 2013 have white packaging with the colours on the tips/lids).

I can only praise these eyeliners and I will definitely be adding more to my collection! And now on to the swatches...

*After three swipes with a wet wipe

Friday, 28 February 2014

EOTD: 28 Feb 2014 - Naked 3

Please excuse the messy brows- trying to grow them out!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk
UD Burnout - inner half of lid
UD Buzz - outer half of lid
UD Limit - crease
UD Trick - center
UD Liar - outer v
Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof eyeliner in 01 Black
UD Blackheart - lash line over e/l and outer lower lash line
UD Strange - highlight
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoos - US v. UK versions

I absolutely adore Maybelline's Color Tattoos; I currently have 30 (almost all that Maybelline have made so far!) Now this post isn't going to be a review of the Color Tattoos but a comparative list of the US v. UK versions.

I can't understand why companies give the same product different names in different countries, it make it so easy for someone to end up with 2 identical items because they have different names. I have created this list in the hopes that it helps to identify the products that are essentially the same and prevent us from ending up with two!

This is currently complete, though that of course will change as Maybelline bring out future Color Tattoos. It is my aim to update the list as new releases are brought out.

Now, on to the list!

Those in italics are Limited Edition.

US VersionUK Version
Audacious AsphaltImmortal Charcoal
Bad to the BronzeOn and On Bronze
Bold GoldEternal Gold
Edgy Emerald
Fierce & Tangy
Painted PurpleEndless Purple
Pomegranate PunkMetallic Pomegranate
Tenacious TealTurquoise Forever
Too CoolInfinite White
Tough as TaupePermanent Taupe
Barely Beige (Summer 2012)
Mossy Green (Summer 2012)
Rich Mahogany (Summer 2012)
Gold Shimmer (Summer 2012)
Test My Teal (Summer 2012)
Fuchsia Fever (Summer 2012)
Blue On By (Summer 2012)
Ready, Set, Green (Summer 2012)
Inked in PinkPink Gold
Silver StrikeEternal Silver
Barely Branded
Gold Rush25k Gold
Electric BlueEverlasting Navy

Timeless Black

Light in Purple
Cool Crush (Summer 2013)
Rereleased as Sunwashed Sky (Summer 2014)

Sandy Shores (Summer 2013)
Icy Mint (Summer 2013)
Precious Pearl (Summer 2013)
Lavish Lavender (Summer 2013)
Seashore Frosts (Summer 2013)
Rereleased as Shimmering Sea (Summer 2014) 

Blue Paradise (Summer 2013)
Waves of White (Summer 2013)
Matte Brown (Fall 2013)
Nude Pink (Fall 2013)
Just Beige (Fall 2013)
Beige-ing Beauty (Spring 2014)
Sleek & Spice (Spring 2014)
Caramel Cool (Spring 2014)
Nude Compliment (Spring 2014)
Pure Nude (Spring 2014)
Stroke of Midnight (Spring 2014)
Creamy BeigeCreamy Beige
Dramatic Black
Vintage PlumVintage Plum
Chocolate Suede
Deep Forest
Petunia Punk (Spring 2015)
Hibiscus Heartbreak (Spring 2015)
Black Orchid (Spring 2015)
Hydrangea Hype (Spring 2015)
Rose Riot (Spring 2015)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

MAC Lipstick Collection & Swatches: July 2013

One of my favourite brands for lipsticks is MAC. They have a huge range of shades and finishes- enough so that every person can find a shade that suits them. I find that most are long lasting (the mattes especially) and are rarely drying on my lips.

Here are swatches of my current collection :)

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Swatches

I love Maybelline's Color Tattoos, so much so that I have 30 of them - nearly all that has been released! And here are the swatches for them all!

For the US and UK name comparison chart click here.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Swatches

L'oreal's Infallible eyeshadows are a product that took me a while to love; at first glance, and use, I thought 'meh, they're alright'. Fast forward over a year and I have a steadily growing collection and I adore them - I have 12 so far!

Smooth, pigmented and with a beautiful formula, these eyeshadows are so easy to use. The almost wet texture helps control fall out so they are superb to apply, as well as giving a lovely foiled effect with the more metallic shades. The darker shades are fantastic used as eyeliner. And what's even better- these wear like iron!

My only issue is that L'oreal has named the UK versions and US/Canada versions differently which is very confusing. There is a wonderful comparison list here. With the swatches I have also listed the corresponding shade name throughout the world.

These are priced at £6.99 and available within the UK in Superdrug or Boots.

And now- on with the swatches!
L-R Time Resist White (UK), Sahara Treasure (UK), Bronze Goddess (UK)
Time Resist White (UK/Canada) / No US version
Sahara Treasure (UK/Canada) / No US version
Bronze Goddess (UK) / Bronze Divine (Canada) / Gleaming Bronze (US)

L-R Bronzed Taupe (US), Golden Sage (US), Emerald Lame (UK/Canada)
Bronzed Taupe (US/Canada) / No UK version
Golden Sage (US) / Permanent Kaki (Canada) / Permanent Khaki (UK)
Emerald Lame (UK/Canada LE) / Golden Emerald (US)

L-R Flashback Silver (UK), Sassy Marshmallow (UK), Metallic Lilac (UK/Canada)
Flashback Silver (UK/Canada) / Liquid Diamond (US)
Sassy Marshmallow (UK) / Sassy Chamallow (Canada) / No US version
Metallic Lilac (UK/Canada)

L-R Forever Pink (UK/Canada), Burning Black (UK), Perpetual Purple (US)
Forever Pink (US/Canada) / No US version
Burning Black (UK/Canada) / Smoldering Plum (US)
Perpetual Purple (US) / Purple Obsession (UK/Canada)