Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Kind of Kim K Unintentional Rip Off!

Make up look for today, I received a couple of new things in the post. I got 2 MUFE Diamond Creams in Shades 3 (Blue Pink) and 4 (Flesh). I tried out flesh today as a highlight on top of my cheeks and on my brow bones and found it to be rather good. It gives a very subtle natural sheen to the skin, not at all glittery like the MUFE Shine On Loose Powder that I have, so it is great for the day. I'm sure it could also be mixed with a moisturiser or matte foundation to be used as a sort of skin 'pick me up' illuminator. 

I also got Bobbi Brown's new eyeshadow colour, Caviar. I really like Bobbi Brown shadows but actually don't have all that many, mainly because we have only just got a proper Bobbi Brown counter here in Liverpool in the new Debenhams. So I decided to try that out today too. Its really more of a crease colour for most people if I'm honest but I'm not most people, and I was in a hurry, so it just kind of got slapped on. But its nice, matte finish, not chalky like some mattes can be and really really pigmented. I did find it wasn't the smoothest to apply, it seemed to catch on my primer more than some other shadows but once on it looks great, really intense and smooth.

Finally another of my recent purchases is the MAC lipstick in Up The Amp which I have been toying with the idea of getting for a while now and decided to just go for it. Its an amplified cream formula (which are my faves from MAC) and so it applies really smoothly and evenly and isn't at all drying on my lips. The only thing I found was that because my lips are naturally quite pigmented, applying the lipstick directly onto bare lips it comes out much more pink than I expected. I have since tried it with a lightly concealed and powdered lip and the colour looks much more 'true to tube'.

So here is my look

Extreme Close Up! Woooaaaahh!

So this is what I ended up with. And after I'd finished I realised its looks a little similar to the famous Kim Kardashian look that everyone likes to dupe with the dark kohl rimmed eyes and pink lips. But, while I didn't intend for it to be a dupe of that, I do like the finished outcome and I am pretty impressed with all of my recent purchases.

Oh yes and before anyone asks, I go to work in this makeup, in an office setting call centre. Some say inappropriate, I say I buy my make up to use not to sit in a draw for 'special occasions'! But that's just me I guess!

So thanks to anyone who took time to read my ramblings, I am going to try post more of these if people want me to that is! 


Eyeshadows as Lipsticks?!

So as you may know from MUA I have just recently been toying with the idea of using eyeshadows on the lips for mainly dramatic looks. As we all know lipsticks are a necessity but also generally quite limited. Colours do range yes, from the brightest of reds to the nudest of nudes and the babiest of pinks but finding more out of the ordinary colours is by no means the easiest thing to do. So yes, Illamasqua have a great choice, but who really wants to or can afford to spend £15.00 on a blue lipstick? As much as we all wish we could, for most its kind of ridiculous. Don't get me wrong I love Illamasqua and all of their lipsticks but what I'm saying is for the most part you are going to use a blue, green, yellow, silver etc only a few times here and there for particular looks. Even say £4 for a Barry M lipstick can be a slight waste of money if you are only going to use it once or twice!

Anyway, rant over. So the other day I was on youtube and who else but Pixiwoo could put such an idea into my head? So I figured I would give it a go and these are the results...

It started out innocently enough just with a bright orange eyeshadow from the Sleek Sunset Palette with MAC Clear Gloss thrown on top.

Then I decided to do a blue lip, because, well I love blue lips! But then I remembered Sam's (Pixiwoo) tutorial and how she had done the dark lip with the fuchsia pigment in the centre, so I decided to use a sunshine yellow to go with the sky blue to make a sort of 'sunny day' look.

Now it gets interesting. It just so happens that I have a small picture of Heath Ledger's Joker from the dark night on my mirror (weird yes but I loved it) and so purple and green = The Joker. 

Next I tried using 3 colours. Using the bright yellow, orange and red from the Sleek Sunset Palette to make a sort of fiery lip.

So, okay they don't have the greatest staying power since it is just eyeshadow with clear gloss over the top and you can't exactly reapply throughout the day without looking a bit weird! But for certain looks or photoshoots etc I think its a great idea. It means you can save money on buying lipsticks you don't really need and saves space because you already have eyeshadows and you can pick up a clear gloss anywhere, it doesn't have to be MAC it just so happened that was the one I had lying around. Its not the easiest place to blend shadows but it doesn't really need to be at the gloss on top allows for a certain amount of movement of the product underneath.

So yeh, there goes my first real blog post. I promise they won't all be this lengthy! But I do like to ramble.

And if you have read, thank you very much!