Monday, September 7, 2009

Review: Benefit silky powder eyeshadow in Guess again

I was contacted by the lovely Joyce at about a month ago. It's a great site to go to for reviews of products, because they're true reviews & Joyce explained how she didn't mind if the review was bad or good, a review is a review & we need to know the bad ones too!

Needless to say I really like this product. I am not a Benefit type of girl, purely due to the price of their products, so I'm glad I was sent this because otherwise I wouldn't have chose it myself & it's actually a lovely eyeshadow.

What Benefit say

Love Your Look "makeup to match your lifestyle" introduces nine new silky matte powder eye shadow shades that "smooth" on for even coverage to enhance and contour. They blend effortlessly with the love your look creaseless cream shadow/liners so you can mix & match for guaranteed gorgeous.

What you get for your money

£12.60 for 3.50 g Net wt. 0.12 oz It's quite a big eyeshadow so I think it's actually an ok price.

What I think

The colour reminds me of a matte Satin Taupe, it's got that purple undertone to it that goes really well with my blue eyes. The powder is very finely milled & is super silky, so it lives up to it's product name 'silky powder eyeshadow'. Because it is so silky & I want to say creamy because it just feels like it, the blendability of this eyeshadow is amazing. Pigmentation as you can see is amazing, that is one swatch from my finger, I haven't layered it at all. It claims to be creaseless, & I haven't had creasing from it at all, but I have always put it over a MAC paintpot as I wouldn't apply eyeshadow without a base. I actually place this colour in my crease & have had no problems with it creasing at all. I honestly can't get over how blendable, silky & pigmented this eyeshadow is, it's fantastic & I've never actually come across a texture or colour like this one before. I would definitely give this top marks overall, I really love it!

I love this in my crease & outer corner as it's buildable, so for a really quick look, I can just pat on my usual paint pot & then blend this into the crease for a really quick but slightly smokey eye.

No picture really captured it that greatly, because I was in a rush to get out the house I couldn't keep trying for a better one. But this is just Guess Again really lightly in the crease along with MAC Rubenesque paintpot.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friends of Glass

Some of you who follow me on twitter may have seen my tweets that link to #challengeglass. Over the past week I have been taking part in a challenge for a chance to win a trip to Belgium, you can find out more at Blog in a Bottle. It's basically all about making awareness & getting everyone to recycle glass. Milla (a gorgeous & talented friend) let me in on the challenge & I've loved taking part, it's really helped me connect back with my creativity which is perfect timing for going back to uni, ready for all those design briefs!

So I thought I'd post each of my entries for the 7 parts of the challenge & let you in on other things in my life than just makeup!

Challenge 1 - Use a glass bottle in a manner not initially intended by its manufacturers….
Bracelet holder & actually looks fab on the shelf for decoration.

Challenge 2 - Share a perfect 5 track glass themed playlist on social networking or audio sharing sites

Challenge 3 - Create a glass inspired haiku
chilled white wine/ drank till it's last drop/ recycled again & again

Challenge 4 - Find or make a glass based video to share

Challenge 5- Create a piece of glass-art, using only materials found in one’s bathroom

I used a range of shampoos, shower gels & face mask & went a-la Jackson Pollock.

Challenge 6- Enjoy a ‘glass themed’ night in, or out – with pictures documenting it…

After my monster 9 hour shift on a saturday at work, the only glass theme I could have was a bottle of wine in with the boif & family.

Challenge 7 - Take a picture of an inspiring view through a glass object (e.g. a glass bottle)
Picture could have been so much better, but with it being 1am the lighting isn't that fab! But anyway, the picture is taken through my brush holder (which is glass) & looking onto my grandad's painting pallet, it hangs on my wall & keeps me inspired as well as something to remember him by.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

TK Maxx haul

Bit of a different post to cosmetics, but I love interior decor & I know lots of you do too. Plus, just sharing these gorgeous finds, so you know where to go to get some amazingly beautiful things.

I decided I needed new storage boxes for when I move into the new uni house. My room is a sort of box itself so I need lots of storage solutions. I went into IKEA..came out with a gorgeous bed throw that I've been lemming for ages, a cutlery holder & another cushion (I swear I have a cushion obsession, I have about 7 for my bed so far, it's a weakness!). So I come out of IKEA with no storage boxes pretty or big enough for my liking, TK Maxx next! I love TK Maxx for home furnitings, it has some amazing pieces, always the best place to go for something that's super pretty & usually quite unique (ie not an IKEA print lol).

I found this wicker basket, didn't need it, but err the Cath Kidstoneqsue print had me at first glance & I had to have it. I now have the decision of either having it at home or in my uni house! I also found some gorgeous V&A bedsheets for £13!! These I decided to keep for home since I'll be redecorating soon & these would be beautiful. The mug was also a beauty at £1.99, I feel rather grannyesque with it, lol. Then the box, ohhh the box. I don't know what I'll use it for, maybe jewellery, but I just had to have it. I mean look at it!

So these are my recent buys & no doubt I'll ant to get more things, pictures for my walls, shelves, more pretty things.... & hopefully some boxes!!