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~Over the Top FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It’s time for another Runway inspired Antipodean Beauties challenge. This weeks theme is ‘over the top’ and I thought the Dior 2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture makeup was appropriate. Rainbow eyes and a vampy lip seem pretty over the top to me!

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I think that the model’s brows was covered and then drawn higher for the original look but I decided not to for my look. Covering the brows would allow for more space to fill in and, if I ever recreate this again, I think I would go to the trouble of covering my brows.

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The look calls for many bright shades so I decided to use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and Sugarpill shadows. The shades I used are swatched above and from left to right they are NYX Jumbo pencils in Hot Pink, Yellow, Rocky Mountain Green and Electric Blue. The Sugarpill shadows are Dollipop, Buttercupcake, Acidberry, Midori, Mochi and Afterparty. The product swatched on the end is the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Purple.

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I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base and patted the Sugarpill shadows on top. I also applied Sugarpill Tako (white) to the inner corner and underneath the blue on the outer corner to anchor the brighter colours. I finished up by lining my eyes to add some definition.

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For the lips I used NYX Cocoa lip liner topped with Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb.

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Modern Marilyn-esque EOTD with Sugarpill Mochi

I’ve had a really lovely chilled out weekend just catching up with good friends, fixing up some of my site issues (well watching my brother and my friend fix my site issues!) and watching Smash! My friend told me to watch Smash, reassuring me it was my type of TV show. She was so right! Smash is kind of like Glee for adults and I loved it! I was so hooked that I stayed up till the early hours of the morning watching episode after episode. Hmm, that sounds kind of sad actually but I swear I have a life!

I’m not mentioning the show for no reason (even though I think it’s awesome and highly recommend it!) and only bring it up because it inspired my EOTD today. If you haven’t seen the show, the first season follows the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Watching all the beautiful makeup through out the show made me want to do a pin up look ( I can almost hear you saying ‘not again!’) before heading out to meet some friends for yum cha today. Pin up makeup is one of my favourites to do because it’s so simple and flattering. I felt like doing pin up with a twist today though so I pulled out my Sugarpill Heartbreaker palette.

I haven’t had a chance to review this yet but I love this palette! The shadows are all so pigmented and intense and the shade selection is beautiful. I’m especially in love with the aquamarine colour in the bottom right called Mochi. I decided to do a modern Marilyn-esque look and substituted the beige lid colour with Mochi. I also swapped out the standard black liner for a dark blue one.

To get the look I did the following:

  • Primed my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Applied MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot on to my lids
  • Patted Sugarpill Mochi on to the mobile lid
  • Blended Sugarpill Velocity just to the outer v
  • Blended out the crease with MAC Wedge eye shadow
  • Applied MAC Cork and Concrete eye shadow’s to the crease
  • Applied MAC Shroom eye shadow to the inner corner
  • Lined my top lashline with Savvy by DB liquid liner in dark blue
  • Applied Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting mascara to my lashes
  • Lined my water line with MAC Chromographic pencil in NC15/NW20

I was debating whether or not to add red lips but, as I was going straight to lunch, I thought applying red would be an exercise in futility so I stuck with Revlon Pink Truffle Lip Butter instead. I really loved the blue liquid liner and can’t wait to use it some more.

As I finish off this post I’m sitting here with a mud mask on because Sunday’s nights are usually my face mask time. I find that setting aside that time every Sunday night is a great way to  relax and get ready for the week ahead.

What are your weekly pamper rituals? Are you a fan of Smash too? Let me know below!

Amber Rose inspired FOTD

I decided to go through my inspiration images folder tonight and try and recreate a look. I came across this image of Amber Rose from a Vibe magazine shoot and thought I’d give it a go as it works with the whole red lip thing I’m doing this month. 

The colours in her look are really bright and I swear my look was brighter in person but I could not for the life of me get it to photograph properly! That being said, my look wasn’t as bright as the original even in person and probably came out a bit smokier than I meant it to.

To get the look I used mainly 2 colours, Sugarpill Afterparty and Sugarpill Poison Plum. I’ve reviewed them both before so click here to check out the review and swatches. Now, if you’re a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know that Afterparty is probably my favourite blue eyeshadow of all time so I always jump at the chance to use it in a look.

I used Afterparty on the mobile lid, Poison Plum in the outer v and crease, MAC Prussian eyeshadow to darken the crease and MAC Nylon eyeshadow in the inner corner. I finished up with Shiseido’s The Makeup liquid eyeliner and Rimmel Wow lash mascara.

The lip colour I’m wearing is the shade that’s part of my Day 3 Red Lip FOTD for Kiss Goodbye to MS (click here).  It’s NYX Plush Red lipliner topped with Korres Lip Butter in Mango.

Bright/dark eye makeup can be a bit much when paired with a bright lip so I also showed the look with neutral lips. I used Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle and I still think it’s the perfect neutral shade for my skin tone. Click here for review and swatches on the shade.

Wintery Holiday EOTD with Illamasqua Decadence Lashes

I love fabulous looking over the top lashes but I could never justify purchasing them because I could never imagine a situation where I would actually wear them. That’s when having a beauty blog comes in handy because it allows me to rationalise these type of purchases. I can just say ‘I’m buying it for my blog’ and then proceed to use whatever it is in a post and no longer feel guilty even if I only use it once. 

 
  
This is basically the thought process that was happening when I bought the Illamasqua Decadence lashes. They captured my heart the first time I saw them and the fact that they came in a pack with a Precision Ink in Abyss only served to sweeten the deal. I’ll save my review of the liquid liner for later though because I wanted to compare it with some of the others in my collection.
Look how beautiful these lashes are! I actually ordered the Opulence lashes which have the antique gold diamantes on them but this pair got delivered instead and I still love them so it’s all good. I wanted to try them with a look so I came up with an icy retro inspired holiday look using silver and blue.

 
I pulled out some products I’ve been neglecting. I used (from left to right) MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, Sugarpill Tako eyeshadow, Sugarpill Afterparty eyeshadow and Sugarpill Tiara loose pigment. The last two swatches are of the same product except the first is Sugarpill Tiara swatched dry and the last one is the same product swatched wet.

To get the look you need to:
1. Apply Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid
2. Apply MAC Bare Study Paint Pot all over the lid
3. Apply Sugarpill Tako eyeshadow on to the lid and around the tear duct and blend out the edges
4. Apply Sugarpill Tiara loose pigment wet to the lid and then pick up some of the same product dry on a blending brush to blend out the edges
5. You then need to use a very soft hand to apply some of the Sugarpill Afterparty eyeshadow into the crease so that the end result is a very soft cut crease.
6. Apply the Illamasqua Precision Ink liner in Abyss to the top lashline
7.  Apply Rimmel Kohl pencil liner in White to the water line and work it into the bottom lash line.
8. Finish up the look with a coat of Avon Supershock Mascara.

Here’s the same look as above with the Illamasqua Decadence Falsh lashes applied.

It’s a bit over the top but I think the effect is quite cool and would look awesome as part of a costume. I just don’t know how long you could wear them for because they are so heavy and uncomfortable to wear and I actually had a bit of trouble seeing since the diamantes start very close to the tear duct. They do photograph beautifully though and it was such an effort cutting down the images to the ones I’ve chosen to include.

I love how they almost look like delicate rain drops on the end of your lashes.

 
The lashes are quite fragile and I lost a diamante after this little photoshoot so they’ll be staying in the box for a while I think. By the way, the included lash glue is amazing! I think it’s actually better than Duo adhesive and I’ll probably end up purchasing a full bottle of it.
I purchased my set of lashes and liner from ASOS but it seems to have sod out there but you can still get the Decadence set from the Illamasqua website for £25.00 although that set comes with a different coloured liner.
What do you think of these lashes? Do you own a pair of fabulous lashes? If so, what look do you pair them with?

Blingtastic EOTD with Goldilux and Tiara

Sometimes I do my makeup knowing exactly where it’s going and other times I just open up a makeup drawer at random and see what jumps out at me.

I did the latter today and the first things I noticed were my Sugarpill Chromalust loose shadows in Goldilux and Tiara so I tried to put them in a look. Generally my rule for gold and silver (jewellery at least) is that I never wear them together but rules are made to be broken.

This look was super easy to create and if you’re interested:

I started by priming my lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion

I applied MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over my lid
I then used my Milani Liquifeye pencil in Gold over my lid leaving the centre of my lid free of colour
I used Milani Liquifeye pencil in Silver on the centre of my lid
I patted SSugarpill Chromalust shadow in Goldilux on my lid over the gold pencil
I patted Sugarpill Chromalust shadow in Tiara on the centre of my lid over the silver pencil
I blended the edges where the silver and gold shadows meet so that the line wasn’t so harsh
I blended the crease with MAC Cork eyeshadow
I darkened the crease with MAC Concrete eyeshadow
I used MAC Bamboo eyeshadow to blend out the crease and up to the browbone
I applied MAC Solar White eyeshadow as a highlight around my tear duct
I lined my top lashline with Rimmel Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black and coated my lashes with Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black

Sugarpill Cosmetics Review (picture heavy)

The last post I did included a look with me wearing a bright yellow eyeshadow and I was asked whether the shadow was that opaque on it’s own or whether it was over a base. The picture in that post was over a base but the Sugarpill shadow I used is so pigmented that you can easily get a similar look without a base. I took a picture of the exact same look with and without a base to show you:

With MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot underneath:

With no base underneath (no moisturiser, concealer, paint pots, primers etc.):

The shadow I used was Sugarpill Buttercupcake and it’s the best yellow that I’ve used so far because it’s so pigmented! I have a few of the Sugarpill products and I love them all so I thought I’d write up my long overdue review on the brand. I’ll tell you now that this is going to be a really positive review because I’m really happy with the brand, the service and the products.

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I decided to order some of the loose pigments and 2 of the palettes after reading so many rave reviews and I settled on the Sweet Heart palette, Burning Heart palette and the Goldilux and Tiara loose shadows. The palettes were $34 US each and the loose shadows were $12 each. I put my order through on the 15th of December 2010 through http://www.sugarpillshop.com/ and it arrived on the 30th of December which is quite a decent shipping time. Suparpill offers flat rate shipping of $5 on all US orders and free shipping on all international orders over $75. For orders under $75, international shipping is between $6-$12.

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I love when a company goes that extra step to make their packaging look nice and I love that Sugarpill’s online orders are sent to you in a Sugarpill cardboard box with the Sugarpill cat on the front. So cute!: You open up the box and all the items are nicely packed in hot pink tissue paper which I also love because you feel like you’re opening a gift rather than just an order. Amy, who’s the owner of the brand, was nice enough to include a Sugarpill sticker and a sample of one of the other pigments with my order. I love the little personal touches like the fact that Amy writes you a personalised thank you note on your invoice!

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The cover art on the palettes is gorgeous and even though they’re made out of cardboard they don’t feel cheap because they’re so sturdy. They have a magnetic closure on them and when you open up the palette there’s a really decent sized mirror inside.

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You get a really good amount of product for your price and each eyeshadow pan contains 4g of product. This might not mean much to you but when you consider the fact that you get only 1.3g in a MAC shadow, the value is incredible, especially if you live in places like Australia where one MAC eye shadow will cost you $30!

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The first palette I purchased is the Burning Heart pallete and the colours are Flamepoint (orange), Buttercupcake (yellow), Love+ (red) and Poison Plum (purple). My brother refers to this as my clown makeup and I can see why but this palette is still gorgeous! It looks unwearable because of how intense everything is but you can easily tone these down if you want.  The other palette I purchased is the Sweet Heart palette and the colours are Dollipop (pink), Afterparty (blue), Midori (green) and Tako (white).  

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I swatched both palettes below with the shadows swatched on bare skin in the top row and over Urban Decay Primer Potion on the bottom row. You should be able to tell from the swatches that these shadows are super pigmented! They’re so pigmented that they actually stain your skin sometimes so I always like to layer these over a base. I think putting them over a base also makes them easier to work with and makes them look more vibrant. I’ve read alot of reviews saying that these shadows are all really soft but to me the only ones that actually feel really soft to the touch are the white, orange and yellow. The others are lovely but they’re just not as finely milled. This isn’t really a big issue but it does mean that you have to pat the colour on to get an even distribution across the lid.

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My favourite colour out of all of these has to be the blue because I don’t have another blue like it in my collection and it’s such a gorgeous shade! It has a slight shimmer to it but I really like that the shimmer shades from this brand don’t look obnoxiously shimmery so they tend to have more of a satin finish. Sugarpill also offers one other palette called the Cold Heart Palette which has the white, black, purple and blue shadows in it but I didn’t see the point in buying it just for the black. These shadows are all offered on their own as well so if there’s a particular shade you want you can buy it individually for $12.

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I also picked up the Goldilux (gold) and Tiara (silver) loose shadows and they are gorgeous! Tiara is probably easily dupeable but Goldilux is the most beautiful gold shade I’ve seen. It literally looks like powdered gold and you have to see it in person to appreciate how stunning it is! You get 5gms of product in each jar and that’s more than enough to last you a lifetime. The only problem I have, and it’s a big problem… I’m allergic to it 😦 I’m allergic to quite a few metals and I bought this without checking the ingredients and unfortunately it does contain some that I’m allergic to so just watch out if you have a metal allergy.

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Here are some swatches. I also swatched the sample I received which was called Weekender. I swatched them dry and then I swatched them applied wet with a bit of Fix+. The bottom pictures are blurry but capture how metallic these shadows are. So pretty!

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I told you this would be a positive review! I really liked everything about the brand and its products and I would easily give it a 9 out of 10. It would be a 10 out of 10 if I hadn’t reacted to the Goldilux loose shadow but that was my own fault for not checking ingredients before I purchased.

So what do you think? Will you be checking out some Sugarpill cosmetics for yourself? If you already have some products from this brand, how do you feel about them? Leave a comment below!