Things I Like 3

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Mini reviews of some beauty stuff I accumulated recently.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Queen Of Oil Argon Oil- **USE CODE QUEENY FOR 20% OFF!**
No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Honey
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in Nillionare & So Quiche, Matte X Lippie Stick in Topless, Gel Liner in Swerve
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Evil Twin & Mrs. Roper

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Sephora Haul!

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Picked up a few things from Sephora… Please LIKE if you do and SUBSCRIBE if you like! x

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in ‘Soft Lilac’
Sephora Matte Lip Stain in 08 & 09
Beauty Blender
Anastasia Brow Wizz in ‘Ebony’
Kat von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’

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The Look: Graphic Liner & Neon Lips

This was a classic example of something that looked better in real life than on camera! It’s really hard when you’re taking the pics yourself and don’t have someone else directing you.

Everyone knows I’m and eyeliner kind of gal and my obsession with graphic liner is real. It’s definitely more of a fun/ editorial look (unless you’re feeling hella bold!) but I tried to do something that could be a bit more wearable. It was actually really hard to get the lines clean and even! I used an eye liner pen which I think was an error, it had more control than a brush but I do think I would have gotten a cleaner finish if I’d used a gel liner. Gotta love those neon lips doe…

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  • Estée Lauder Little Black Liner
  • Melt lipstick in Bang Bang

 

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Grungey Smokey Eye Fail!

So back in August I spent ages filming this look and I got very sweaty and kept having to make space in the memory card and it took ages and then I kind of forgot all about it.

Having since been to California and brought back loads of swag I wanted go film a US beauty haul but thought I’d better get the smokey eye up first since I’d filmed it so long ago and it was such a ball ache. Well today I finally start to get round to it and half the bloody footage wont upload to my laptop!! Anyway after much Googling and messing around it looks like its not meant to be so I thought rather than waste the look (which I think turned out pretty good) I’d post the pictures at least.

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The basic method is to use a black gel liner or pencil to cover the mobile lid and smudge out the edges. Then go over it with a back or dark grey eyeshadow and then use a slightly lighter shade of grey in the crease and to blend out all the edges. Then just run the darker shadow onto the lower lash line and add eyeliner and mascara. To finish off add a pale/ bone coloured shadow to the brow bone to highlight, I kept it matte but you could use a shimmery shade to make it slightly more glam. Quick, easy and effective and as it’s a grungey look it really doesn’t need to look perfect, the slight messiness adds to it.

Get Ya’ Nibs Out

I’m a huge black winged eyeliner fan and have been since I was about 16 and saw a copy of Vanity Fair with Angelina Jolie on the cover nailing the cat eye look.

Back in the day I used a really old Maybelline liquid eyeliner that I can’t even remember the name of, maybe Express Liner or something? It was quite a watery, matte formula with a fat, flexible felt (wheyyy alliteration!) nib. It was easy to use for a first timer but not great for doing a fine subtle line. But if you knew me when I was 16 you’d know subtlety wasn’t my forte in those days anyway.

When I became a little bit older and a little bit more, ahem “metal” I graduated to an eyeshadow brush and black eye shadow. The brush was the shape and size of a shader brush but with a sharpish edge but again not sharp enough to create anything subtle. I was alternating between two Nars shadows at the time. The main one I used was Night Porter which is actually a gorgeous shade. It looks really green in the pic but it’s actually black with a green shimmer running through it. The other one was also Nars and was basically the same but with a more subtle, red shimmer running through it. So anyway as you can imagine they created quite an emo effect…

Once I’d learnt the fine art of subtlety I graduated onto Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner. As you can see from the pic the brush is very fine and again the formula was very liquid-y but thicker than the Maybelline one. TBH I don’t know how I was so good at using this back then because I tried recently and it was a disaster! Oh, and do not get the bugger in your eye because MAN does it burn.

So since those heady days my method of choice has been gel liner and a fine or push liner brush. First it was the Bobbi Brown gel liner but I found that dried out quite quickly, way before the pot was finished anyway. I then moved onto MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack which has remained a firm favourite. I also recently discovered KIKO Lasting Gel Liner, which I’ve only used a few times but I quite like. The formula is quite different to Blacktrack etc. In the pot it looks really shiny, though once applied to the eyes it sets down to matte. The formula is also not as solid, it’s almost kind of whipped or cream like in the pot. It goes on really nice and smooth but I would say it is a bit “smudgier” which means its easier to work with before it dries but I find it’s also easier to make mistakes. It is a decent contender though and like most Kiko products, at a very reasonable price.

But the reason for this lengthy preamble is to say that in all these years I’ve never been a fan of the eye liner pen. I’ve tried a few but hated them all. Either the nib wasn’t flexible enough or they dried out while applying or they tugged at they eye or dragged so you couldn’t get a solid line or colour or they flaked off! Like seriously. No.

Then I started using a free Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner pen that came with an issue Glamour magazine. Now, I was NOT a fan of their Alexa Chung Eye Do eyeliner pen, it was an abomination as far as I’m concerned so I don’t know what possessed me to try this one (probz ‘coz it woz free innit) but I’m glad I did. I really liked it and would buy it again. For me I think it all comes down to a softer more flexible nib. If the nib is too stiff {raises eyebrows seedily} I just can’t work with it. It wasn’t as dry as other pens I’d used either, it’s not the inkiest, I still found it needed a bit of a rest after one eye (or some hot breath like on your felt tip pens at school). I did find I needed to use the side of the nib a bit to get the ink out across the lid but the nib was great for creating a feline flick without drag.

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So this made me wonder if there were other good ones out there or even dupes for the Eyeko one. I bought a Bourjois that I didn’t much care for but it wasn’t the worst one I’d ever used. Then when I was ransacking the KIKO online sale I decided to try one of their Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner and its pretty damn good! Really inky and pigmented, doesn’t dry out mid use and the nib is wonderfully flexible. It is finer than the Eyeko one so might be a tiny bit trickier to use if you’re not used to it but I really like it. AND LOOK AT THE PRICE! Bargain-o-rama. Howeverrrrrrrr what I will say is that it’s not the most long lasting, which I think is actually true of most pens. It does tend to smudge a tiny bit and if you have slightly oily eyelids like me then you do get a bit of “eyeliner transfer” on your upper eyelid, however a little extra powder sorts that out.

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My experimentation finally lead me to the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner which I think is my favourite of the lot. It’s very similar to the Eyeko one, if not identical. Easy to use and gives a great fluid line all for a very agreeable price.

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So yes I’m a convert. They won’t be fully replacing my gel liner as I just prefer the effect when doing a dramatic cat eye but they are great for doing a defined/ winged look for everyday, when you’re in a rush or throwing in your makeup bag to use out and about. Get me?  

 

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FINALLLLLYYYYYY!!! I did it, I filmed and edited a new vid- took me forever but here it is.
I realise I say “Umm” in it a lot, like A LOT. Dunno why, maybe I was feeling a bit awkward because it was the first time using my new camera and filming in my bedroom and blah blah. Also, I’ll be the first to admit it’s a tiny bit boring… Who knows, hopefully next time will be better!

Camera: Canon 600D