Sunday, 30 May 2010

Contouring with a BLUSHER?

Ok to be fair, it's not really a blusher as such. Ok well it is considering it's a MAC Powder Blush but it's not really an apply-on-your-apples kinda blush for me. I bought it in shade Harmony (Matte) because it has absolutely NO sparkly bits, and personally I think sparkles are better for blushers (the apply-on-your-apples kind), highlighters and bronzers. It doesn't dry my skin out despite being a powder, and powders usually have that effect on me.

So this is what it looks like (that's the H&M angled face brush, I think it cost something silly like £2.99 and I bought it in the Kingston store)

And this is my super speedy not so great application for you;

Bear in mind this is after a looong day at work so my foundation/blusher is pretty much non-existant. The way i achieved this was using this kind of motion

Don't forget to pop back later to see what else I have to babble on about, and you know if you let me know you're reading it'll make my day :D

Sophie x

just a quickie. .

if you feel like following, feel free :) spent the morning revising for an upcoming chemistry exam (never choose a science if you're not gonna do medicine) but will have more random ramblings on lovely (and not so lovely) things up soon :)

Sophie x

Friday, 28 May 2010

another lipstick, only this time not so good

So you know how every once in a while Max Factor treats us to one of those make up bags full of minatures when you spend 15 pounds or something? Well I found the most amazing purple shade. Now I know what you're thinking, purple? That sounds kinda gross. . but it's gorgeous. It's a kind of pinkish purple, in shade Midnight Plum (it's actually in their darker skinned range), but look at the size of it

It's not going to last long, but instead of paying the £12 or whatever it is for the full size I thought I'd try another brand. Not a good move. I went for the Maybelline Color Sensational in Midnight Plum. Oh my goodness, they're even called the same name! That is seriously weird. But anyways, they're not the same colour, oh no.

Here it is in all its glory

Ok it doesn't look so bad here, but it tastes DISGUSTING. Kind of like play dough I think, maybe parma violets thrown in there to try and fool you into thinking it's not too bad. Ugh. And to make matters worse, as gorgeous and sophisticated as the packaging is, look what Boots did to it with its stupid security labels!

As you can see it has that kind of pearlescent hint to it, which some people may love, but for me, it really doesn't look right and it makes my lips look so much smaller, which I know dark lipsticks are meant to do but Midnight Plum - the Max Factor one! - doesn't at all. What are your experiences with the Color Sensational range? Have you discovered any nicer shades?

Sophie x

first post -- and superdrug MUA?

So I love lipstick. Any brand, any shade, I'll want to try it at some point. So one day this week I was watching a random The Hills episode, the one where it's Lauren's birthday, and she was wearing the most beautiful lipstick, one which of course I can't find a photo of, but if we're thinking colours it was a kind of a NARS Fire Down Below or a MAC Dubonnet and considering pay day isn't for another few weeks I had to get mine from some place else, enter the Superdrug MUA.

It's that new brand in Superdrug where everything is £1. Yes, £1. But of course that means quality isn't going to be so great, but I thought I'd try it anyway. I tried every single shade, tested it on my hand (and to be fair they're still there, so guess they've got staying power if it can last 2 hours worth of Tae Kwon Do and 2 showers). But then I got to shade 1. Almost almost identical to the shade that Ms. Conrad wore.

And it's a really beautiful creamy colour, the same kind of consistency of MAC's Amplified Creme lipsticks. I found it quite easy to apply, but it requires a lot of concentration to get it just right so it's not really an apply and go lipstick (as you can see by my messy edges)

HOWEVER, and it's a big however, I was a bit disappointed in the eyeshadows. I've needed a neutral (cheap!) eyeshadow for some time now, and no matter how many I try it always seems to remind me that if I want a good job doing, I'll have to pay a bit more. And this eyeshadow is no exception, again part of the MUA range, in shade 17.

So it doesn't look too bad, does it? Yet if you look at it in real life, its got BUBBLES on it. Since when did eyeshadows bubble?! Or maybe they do I don't know but it's never happened to me before! I had a photo of a swatch but you really can't see it so there wasn't much point uploading. To cut a long story short, it's very drying and touching it with my finger makes my skin crawl!

So does anyone know of a good eyeshadow in a skin tone kinda shade?

Until next time,
Sophie x