Friday, 18 June 2010

My First Paint Pot!

I ventured in to the Mac store this week planning to treat myself to a new Mac purchase. Nothing particularly grabbed my attention at first (the To The Beach collection was really pretty but nothing screamed "you need me!" so I bypassed that) and found myself looking at the Paint Pots. I've never tried cream eyeshadows before, apart from an incident long, long ago with a Maybelline baby blue cream shadow in a tube that comes to mind for all the wrong reasons...So, after opening all the little glass pots, comparing the colours and generally being indecisive I settled upon Rubenesque.

I love golden bronze eyeshadows, they bring out my blue eyes, don't ever clash with my outfit colours and look great for day and night so I stuck within this colour scheme. The Paint Pot was £13 and it looks like it'll last forever as the pot is really big.

Rubenesque is a really pretty, warm golden bronze. Here's what it looks like lightly swatched:

I apply it with my finger tip as I find that this is the best way to distribute the colour. I'm not usually a fan of make-up that you stick your fingers into (bit of a germ phobia going on here!) but as I'll only be using this is the mornings when applying my make-up with clean hands then it should be ok. I applied it over Urban Decay Primer Potion and it went on really smoothly. The colour can easily be build up to a stronger shade. I applied it all over my lid and for this EOTD applied powder shadow on top. I really like how it made my shadow pop more and it lasted all day long with no creasing. The Paint Pot also seemed to make my shadow stick to my lid better as there was no fall out even at the end of the day:

Products used:

No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer
Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque
L'Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow in Golden Sunset
17 Solo E/S in Beyond Bronze(My favourite budget eyeshadow)
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Have you tried Paint Pots? What shades are your favourite? And how do you apply them?

Friday, 11 June 2010

OOTD + NOTD: 90s and Neutrals?

While the weather may be dull and grey, my outfit today was rather bright! I don't usually wear this much colour but quite liked this look. I felt rather 90s with the colourful tights paired with the acid wash skirt - I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...have the 90s come back yet?! Either way, these tights always get a few double takes and sometimes its fun to step out of your fashion comfort zone.

Tshirt: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Miss Selfridge

And I finally got around to using one of my Nails Inc for Diet Coke polishes. I chose London as I love the shade and it's a nice neutral which is what such a bright outfit needed. I found the polish quite hard to apply, the big lid wasn't easy to work with and the thin brush meant that the polish went on streaky no matter how careful I was. Not too impressive considering these are meant to retail for £11.50...however, a quick coat of Seche Vete later and it looks smooth and shiney. I'm so glad I invested in a bottle of it.

What did you wear today? Outfit and nails - I'd love to know :)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Nails of the Summer

Until I started blogging I wasn't particularly into nail polishes - I had about 10 that I'd owned for a while and while I always, always had painted toes I didn't paint my finger nails very often. Now, I'm hardly ever not wearing nail polish - I think my hands look weird without it and my nails definitely split and peel less with polish on.

I recently have added to my collection with some gorgeous new polishes:

First up - the Nails Inc Diet Coke collection. My mum and I both are slightly addicted to Diet Coke and between us, we collected the four shades:

L-R: New York, Milan, Paris and London

I've not actually got around to using any of these yet! My favourite is London, it's a gorgeous minky beige which will look great in summer with a bit of a tan. I alredy own two Nails Inc polishes that came with Glamour magazine - I can't say I was too impressed with those, one is very poorly pigmented and the other chipped like crazy after only one day...I'll let you know if these are any better! I would've bought the Diet Coke anyway!

Next up, as a Rimmel VIP I got sent four(!) of their 60 Seconds nail polishes:

L-R: Style Hunter, Coral Crush, Fast and Fuchsia, Purple Reign

I really like the brush of these polishes, it's similar to the Bourjois 60 seconds brush and means that most of my nails can be done in one stroke. I'm not the best at applying polish so this is great! The polish dries quickly and "Style Hunter" lasted 5 days without chipping although the colour did seem to fade a bit. I found that Style Hunter only needed one coat whereas with the other shades I needed two to get the colour looking the same as the bottle. The polishes are quite shimmery but this is less noticeable after the second coat.

Here's what they look like on:

What are your favourite nail polishes for summer?

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

FOTD: Day-time Dramatics

We all know the "rules", right? Strong eyes OR strong lips. Smokey eyes are for night time only. I'm sure there are many other beauty "rules" out there. Break them!

Here for daytime I paired a soft smokey eye with red lips - I really like this look. Dramatic but not over-the-top.

Make-up used:

Face -
No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer (undereyes)
Rimmel Renew and Lift Pressed Powder
Sleep Contour Kit in Light
No 7 Blush in Apricot (from my palette)

Eyes -
NYX Smokey Eye Palette
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Lips -
Clinique High Impact - Red-y to Wear

Do you like a dramatic look for the day?
And what beauty "rules" do you think should be broken?
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