I’ve never done a Face of the Day post before, but I was really pleased with my make up yesterday, and since I appear to have gone up a Blogger Level and gained the ability to take not-awful photos of my own face, I thought I’d show you! This is a very pink-based look, because I wanted to add a bit of colour to my normal revision look (ie, boring). Continue reading
From the moment you see this Eye of Horus box, you know you’re going to be in for a treat. Look at the luxurious black and gold packaging! I love the Ancient Egyptian theme they’ve got going on, and it’s done in a very sleek and swish fashion, while still being fun and original. This is the Jewel Amethyst Goddess Pencil*, which is perfectly in line with the Egyptian theme, what with all the kohl they wore. Continue reading
Keeping with the ‘shake it to wake it’ feel on the blog this week (Ojon Rare Blend Oil review), I thought I’d show you my new make up remover. The Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-Up Remover has me seriously impressed! Continue reading
Lush’s Emotional Brilliance is a widely varied range of highly pigmented liquid eyeliners, eyeshadows and lipsticks – these are definitely targeted at the higher-end of the high street market, at £14.50 a colour, but the richness of the formula makes these worth saving up for. I’ve previously reviewed Decisive, a classic red lipstick, and Motivation, a metallic teal liner, and they’ve become fixtures in my make up bag. When I was in Lush last week for the #OxMeet blogger meet up, I was thrilled to find Sophisticated*, a pearly taupe eyeshadow, in my goody bag, and couldn’t help but add Fantasy, a gold eyeliner, myself. Continue reading
So, the final review of my Urban Decay haul, and it’s a goodun. This is the Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 set, which has eight full-size 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and a Grindhouse sharpener. Exclusive to House of Fraser, and retailing at £40, this is a set that you really can’t afford to miss, if you love these pencils (doing the maths – these pencils normally cost £14 each, so eight would cost £112. For £40 the set, they cost £5 each. Cheaper than the high street.) Continue reading
Amidst all the excitement over the new Naked 3 palette, I haven’t seen too much hype for the newest additions to the Urban Decay Naked range: the double ended 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils.
There’s one to match each Naked palette:
- Naked 1 has Zero (black) and Whiskey (dark brown matte)
- Naked 2 has Perversion (blackest black) and Pistol (gunmetal/mushroom brown shimmer)
- Naked 3 has Darkside (purpley-brown shimmer) and Blackheart (black with dark pink glitter)
- Naked Basics has Venus (pale peach shimmer) and Crave (brown-black matte).
The Naked 2 pencil made its way into my Christmas stocking this year, and although I don’t own the original Naked 2 palette, that doesn’t stop me loving this fantastic pencil!
You can never go wrong with a black eyeliner from Urban Decay, and Perversion is black black black. None of this greyed-out business here. And what’s even better is that it stays absolutely put, unlike many creamy black eyeliners I’ve known. Pistol is a really interesting brown-grey-taupe colour, with a hint of bronze in some lights, and mushroom in others. It has a fairly subtle shimmer, which should add a bit of interest to a neutral eye – I think it’ll be great to pair with Smog, a coppery-brown, for a graduated line.
Tiny little swatches! You can get a really good line with these, when they’re sharp! But they also blend out nice and thick, as the Pistol swatch shows – they do a great job of keeping their opacity, even when smudged.
The best part about this eyeliner duo? It’s only £12. Sure, each colour is half the size of a full Urban Decay pencil, but let’s be honest, it’s quite difficult to finish an eyeliner anyway! So two colours for less than the normal price of one (£14)? I’m sold! Next time a bit of money’s burning a hole in my pocket, I’m going back for the Naked 3 pencil, at the very least. I’ll probably pick mine up from Debenhams, ’cause that’s what we’ve got in Oxford, but it’s also worth checking House of Fraser, and elsewhere on the internet – try LookFantastic.
So, here is the next set of my new pretties – Urban Decay Black Market (set of six 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils) , to be precise. This set of six three-quarter sized pencils is fairly similar to last year’s Smoked eyeliner set (see my review of that here), and contains darker colours that still have quite a pop to them. This set retails for £26, but there are various deals around the web – since a full-size pencil is £14, a 3/4 pencil would be £10.50 – so this set has a value of £63. These sets are amazing value for money. Continue reading