Wednesday, September 28, 2011


If any of you are into makeup and watch makeup gurus on YouTube, you'll have heard about Inglot. They are known for their incredible colour pigmentation and their overall great quality. They also have really good palettes as well that have magnets to hold several palettes together. 

For a long time they didn't have an online store, so I wasn't able to order any of their products from the London store and haven't been able to get down to their store in person yet. However, my mom went down their the other day, saw the store, and bought me some eyeshadow :) I had to tell her what colours I wanted over the phone, so it was sort of a guessing game in that sense, but I'm really happy with what I got. Let me just say, I am definitely pleased with the products and seriously need to get my ass down to the London store to play with makeup! 


I think this may be my favourite kind of palette. It's simple, it's portable (in this size) and it provides easy protection for the eyeshadows. The only thing I can say that is bad about it is that once the shadows are in, they are kind of difficult to get out. I chipped the edge of the yellow one attempting to find out what colours they were (they are numbers, not names, and I failed but will totally find out what colours they are!). 

Packaging without the lid. 

Eyeliner Gel Matte

Gel liner smudged and lined, shadows. 
The shadows are definitely pigmented and swatch beautifully. The liner is very creamy, which I didn't like as much. I prefer the texture of the MAC Fluidline better, but this can work nicely as a base for an eyeshadow. It did take me forever to get the liner off though and it kind of stained my hand a little bit. 

Overall, these are incredible. I love them! I'm so desperate to go to the actual store and get to choose more stuff. They lived up to my expectations and I'm so excited to actually use them, especially that matte brown! 

Go and get some Inglot products! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Battle of the Tints

Photo by Me
I've been using Origins VitaZing (a tinted moisturiser) for quite awhile now, but am starting to get to the end of my tube. Because it's such an expensive product (over £20!), I don't really want to re-purcahse, especially because when I bought mine, I only paid £5. It well worth paying the whole price, but I'd like to try something cheaper before I fully commit to making this a beauty essential. 

So! The battle begins! Today I'm wearing MACs Studio Moisture Tint (Shade: light) in an attempt to see if I like it better than VitaZing. For those of you who haven't used this before, it's not a replacement for moisturiser at all. It's basically a very sheer coverage foundation that is slightly more moisturising than normal, thicker foundation would be. 

I already owned this and have used this before, but wouldn't know if I'd like to wear it on a daily basis. I do really like the finish of it and it feels really smooth. VitaZing has a super soft finish as well, but you feel the texture of your skin underneath more than the MAC product. 

MAC Studio Moisture Tint

Center: Product. Right: Blended in.
(When I say "right", I mean to the right of the blob of product. Haha!)

Today I bought two new tinted moisturisers/tinted products. The first product was the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector: Daily All-In-One B.B. Cream. It's supposed to perfect, hydrate, and protect your skin. I haven't tried this on my face yet, but I have swatched it on my hand. 

Miracle Skin Perfector: B.B. Cream in 'Light'

Center: Product. Right: Blended in. 
The texture of the product is really soft, but it's also thick. I think I was expecting it to be thinner and more of a cream rather than a foundation. 

The next product I got was the Nivea visage Daily Essentials: Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. I also have only swatched this on my hand, but it's definitely a lot more of a moisturiser than a foundation. 
Nivea: Tinted Moisturising Day Cream
Center: Product. Right: Blended in.
They only had one shade of this product: natural. I think I would be better off using a lighter shade. This may blend in or it may not, but it's slightly darker than the other products I own. We shall see!

If you follow me on tumblr, you'll know that I love the Origins VitaZing. Like I mentioned before, I just wish that it didn't cost so much! 
Between the VitaZing and MAC products, I still prefer VitaZing. It's nicer to apply because of it's texture, whereas the MAC tint I have to blend into the skin quickly or it will set on my face all streaky. 

Final reviews on the other two products will be posted once I've had a chance to actually use them on my face :) 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Staying Classy (Or trying to)

I joined my mom on one of her interviews for her dissertation. Because it was a pretty fancy deal (slacks and heel people, both things which I rarely ever wear) I decided to do my makeup in a more classy way that usual. So, for the first time ever, I decided to go with winged black liner and red lips! This was the result: 

I took the picture on my computer webcam, so I apologise if the quality makes any detail difficult to see. 

Products Used: 
MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack
L'Oreal Telescopic Clean Definition Mascara
Rimmel London Kohl Pencil in Jet Black

MAC Cosmetics Frost Lipstick in New York Apple

I've never done winged liner, purely because I suck at doing it and making both eyes look the same. After this little experience I'm going to watch some tutorials and practice a little more before I do this kind of look again! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Photo by Marisa
Photo by Marisa

Photo by Marisa

I kept telling myself that I did not need this palette! Kept telling myself that I have enough eyeshadow and that it was too expensive. However, these colours are unique to this palette (I'm sure one day they'll re-release them in another palette though) and I was able to get £10 off of the original price. So I caved basically :)

These are just as amazing as the colours of the Naked palette, but you get several more bright, fun colours along with some muted browns. The quality is amazing, just like the rest of Urban Decay shadows (in my opinion). The shadows are soft, pigmented, and beautiful in their shimmery and glitteryness.

Photo by Marisa (with flash)

The second, third, and fourth colour down on the first column of the palette are very sheer (you literally couldn't see them without flash). I had trouble getting good swatches of them. These were all swatched without a primer of any kind, which definitely makes a difference, but even with a base these come off sheer. 'Vanilla' makes a nice golden tinted highlight. They would all make nice washes of colour on the lid, but I think you would definitely need a cream base of some sort if you wanted powerful shimmer. 

Photo by Marisa (with flash)
Photo by Marisa (without flash)
The same thing goes for 'Tainted', 'Junkshow' 'Omen', and 'Evidence'. You can get colour out of 'Omen' and 'Evidence' if you layer enough times, but they aren't quite as bright and colorful as I would have expected for UD shadows. This is a slight letdown since these are the brightest colours of the palette, but again, maybe if I had used a base they would have slightly more colour. 

Photo by Marisa (with flash)
Photo by Marisa (without flash)
These other colours are just fine. They are similar to what you'll find in the Naked palette, but with slightly less shimmer and 'Blackout' is matte instead of shimmery. 

All in all, I think the palette was worth buying, but maybe not for the price they were selling it for. But then again I think all of Urban Decay's palettes are overpriced. Mostly you're paying for packaging, which on this palette is nice, but so overdone. Oh well. If packaging is your thing, maybe you'll like it :) I'm happy I got it though! I think 'Half Truth' and 'Deep End' are my favourite. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics & Sleek Makeup

Some of you beauty nerds may have heard of OCC, and if you have them you most definitely will know what I'm talking about when I say "Lip Tars". 

Now, I don't have any of these, but I seriously wish I did. These are meant to be used in minuscule amounts, but provide intense colour. I wish I could buy all 30 of them (which you can...for $350!) or even just a couple, but they each cost $13 and that's a little steep for me. Considering that I would have to pay for shipping as well and would buy more than just one. 

However, seeing as how you use only a tiny bit, I think it would be worth your money and it would last you quite a long time. There is also a product by Sleek Makeup called a Pout Paint, which works under the same idea. These are far more affordable at £4.99 and more convenient for me since I live in England. They only have eleven shades though, so that's a bit of a let down in comparison with OCC, but that's something you can get past by mixing them! 

Leesha at has recently done a video comparing the two which was really helpful to me in deciding which I would purchase first. Rather than go all out and spend the money on Lip Tars, I think I'll be trying the Pout Paints first. Maybe once I move to America I'll be more inclined to try out the Lip Tars. 

They are both on my cosmetics wishlist! 

Obsessive Compusive Cosmetics:

Sleek Makeup:

Xsparkage:    (Pout Paints)    (Newest Lip Tars)    (Comparison Video)

Tumblr Link

Here is the link to my beauty blog on tumblr. This is where I started blogging and is a mixture of my own things and things I reblogged from other people. 

I'm still posting on there, but will be focusing on posting most of my own photos and looks on this blog for the time being. 

Feel free to follow me on my tumblr account anyway though! I'm very active on my personal tumblr account (link on my beauty tumblr) as well. 

Let me know which format of beauty blog would you prefer: blogspot or tumblr? 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Great Article

I recommend you all take a look at this article from Beautylish. It's fantastic and I believe it really puts things in perspective for people who aren't as experienced in how to use makeup and does so in a fun way!

I thought it was a perfect guideline for helping beginners to put together a basic makeup kit as well.

Definitely take a look, and if you haven't signed up to Beautylish, I recommend you do. It's a great place to find tips and tutorials by other makeup gurus. You can make your own profile, add pictures, videos and link to your twitter account, etc. I think it's awesome :)

Mass OPI & Polishes Post

OPI Glitzerland & OPI Blue Shatter

OPI Glitzerland & OPI White Shatter

OPI White & Blue Shatter

OPI Glitzerland

OPI Blue Shatter & OPI Blue My Mind

OPI Blue Shatter & OPI Blue My Mind Colour Comparison

OPI Blue Shatter & Rimmel London Black Cab & Rimmel London Pro Clear

OPI Blue Shatter with Rimmel London Black Cab

Mini Haul

Carmex Mint
Aussie Curl Definition & Soft Feel Serum
MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist
Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

August Favourites

Jack Black Intensive Therapy Lip Balm in Natural Mint & Shea Butter
Benefit Lipstick in Good-to-Go
MAC Frost Shadow in Satin Taupe (one of my all-time favourites and most used)
Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash 
Benefit Face Powder in Dandelion
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil in Corrupt
MAC Satin Shadow in Velour
MAC Satin Shadow in Orb

New :)

Hi :) 
I'm a beauty blogger from tumblr and recently decided that I wanted to change over to blogspot. I love tumblr, but I'll be giving this a try instead. The layout of things here is more convenient for my blog. 

A little bit about how and when I started getting interested in makeup: 
The first makeup video I ever saw was done by the singer/songwriter Skye Sweetnam. I was just about sixteen. After that, I realised that doing awesome makeup didn't require going to a beauty counter and having a professional do it for you; with enough practice, you could do it yourself at home. I immediately became more interested in makeup and started investing in MAC eyeshadows and lipstick. 

Just before I moved to England (I was eighteen) I discovered the makeup company Sugarpill through Skye Sweetnam. From there, they had links to tutorials on YouTube that used their products. That's where I found Leesha, the brains behind the blog She is still my top favourite makeup guru today and I highly recommend her to anyone with even a remote interest in beauty. 

Once in England, I discovered a handful of other beauty gurus and soon became completely addicted. My collection grew and I started my beauty tumblr on May 7th, 2011. Since then, I've been posting small haul posts, with the occasional makeup look. Only in the past couple of months (it's now September 4th, 2011) did I really start to put more effort into my looks. I'm practicing more and using brighter and crazier colours. I have yet to wear a super crazy look outside the house, but I'm getting there slowly. 

I have a beautylish account where I've posted a video doing the 'Five Minute Makeup Challenge', which is the only video I've done so far. I may start doing more videos as I get more experienced, but because lighting and camera quality are so important, I'm waiting until I have the money, etc. to set up a good filming area. 

For the moment, I plan on continuing my beauty blog, with the aim of moving over to making videos with more experience. Hopefully you guys enjoy my stuff :)