Rainbow Lucky Charms

30/06/2013

Antique Gold.

With having so many new things to play with, I wasn't sure what to go for first. I'm terrible at trying to make a decision. What if I make the wrong one and I'm stuck with it?

I decided to go for a golden look using Sugarpill and Inglot.


Face:
VIVO Perfect Skin Primer.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation - 115 Ivory.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow - 35 Taupe.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
M.A.C Blush Ombre - Azalea Blossom.
Ben Nye Face Powder - Fair.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Sugarpill Chromalust - Goldilux (all over lid).
Inglot Eyeshadow - 433 (crease, lower lashline), 353 (brow highlight).
Sugarpill Eyeshadow - Bulletproof (outer V).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss (upper lashline).
M.A.C Eye Kohl - Feline (waterline).
Chanel De Volume Mascara.

Lips:
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge - 20 Baby Pink.
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I had a moment of remorse for the lip colour I'd chosen after I applied it. The MUFE Aqua Rouge, once it's on it's not going anywhere. Never mind, all things considered it could have been a worse combination.

Inglot 433 is an olive green with lot of gold in it. It has a dirty, antique gold look about it and I think it looks perfect when mixed with the rich, bright tones of Goldilux.

This was also my first attempt at using at Aqua Brow. Not a bad first try. Definitely one of those things that get better over time but I was the same with the HD Brow powder. It took me a while to get used to and then I had it down to a fine art.

Overall I really liked how this look turned out. I can't wait to use Goldilux with other colours, it's so pretty.

28/06/2013

London IMATS 2013 - The Goodies.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll have known it was IMATS this past weekend.

I didn't go to crazy with my purchases. I was quite restrained and a lot of what I bought were things I've wanted for ages, like MUFE but wanted to swatch it in person before buying. 

Want to see the pretties?



 First up, 2 Aqua Rouge lip colours. Number 8, which is inventively named Red and 20 Baby Pink. I swatched pretty much the entire collection on the back of my hand. They weren't easy to remove so that was a big selling point for me.

Something I've been meaning to get for a while is the Aqua Brow. I always fear the rain will wash away my HD Brow powder so this seems like a better alternative.

I also decided to get the much talked about HD Foundation. I got the shade 115 Ivory. It was between this and 110. Whilst 115 is a far better match than any M.A.C foundation, 110 would be a better option for next time.


I've been running dangerously low on M.A.C's Mineralize Skin Finish Natural for quite some time and I can't go without a finishing powder. I much prefer loose powders and this translucent powder from Ben Nye was a total bargain compared to high end alternatives.

I'm really lazy when it comes to brush washing but the London Brush Company Shampoo is amazing. I'll have a review up of it soon because it's seriously so good.


This wasn't something I'd planned on picking up. I hadn't heard much of Naked Cosmetics before the weekend. Mostly because it's impossible to buy it here in the UK. It's mainly a US based brand. These pigment stacks were half the price they were selling them for at lasts years IMATS.

The 'Ivory' stack has a white, along with 5 white duochromes. I'm a sucker for anything with a duochrome finish. After looking at swatches online of these over black especially, I would have so regretted not getting if I hadn't bought them.

I also got the primer to see if it worked any better with loose eyeshadows than a regular pigment.


My first taste of Inglot. There was so many shadows to choose from. I opted for some more versatile shades since I picked up quite a few bright shadows.

Shades are 353, 358, 153, 444, 433 and 504.

My only gripe with Inglot is I prefer shade names over numbers. It's easier to remember if you already have it then. Leanne ended up giving me 444 as she accidentally bought it again, not realising she already had it.


I've got this thing about blue lipstick, even if I have yet to wear it anywhere other than my bedroom. I decided to get one of the Pacific Ocean lippies in 288.

I also picked up a brow powder in 569. I only use one shade out of my HD Brows palette so see no point in repurchasing just for one shade so have been on the lookout for a suitable alternative.


The queue at NYX was ridiculous. 45 minutes wait at least, unless you knew what you wanted. I must be the only blogger who's never used a Jumbo Eye Pencil. I got Milk to pop lightly on the lid to make matte shadows a little more vibrant.

OCC was one of the only stands to not offer any kind of discount. I got the Meta Stained Gloss as these aren't out in the UK yet. No idea when they'll be released. But upon swatching they were a lot more opaque than I expected them to be.


I picked up a Louise Young LY38B which is perfect for precise crease blending.

The other brushes I got were on the recommendation of Leanne. First up is the Royal & Langnickel [R]evolution BX-130. Teamed with Aqua Brow it's a winning combination.

I also got an angled brush from Crown for polish clean up.


When I travel I always end up taking my full size brushes which isn't really practical. I decided on a Royal & Langnickel travel brush set which comes in it's only little brush roll. It was a total bargain and the brushes are soft as anything.

One of the biggest discounts of the weekend was 60% off at NARS. I haven't tried anything from them and the selection they had discounted was mainly colours I wouldn't usually go for.

I picked up the Orgasm Illuminator because I'm really preferring glowy skin over matte lately and it was the only thing I was drawn to.


By far the thing I most wanted out of the weekend was the Sugarpill Pro palette. It contains a massive 12 shades and it's not due for official release until November. Plus it had a special IMATS price so it worked out a really good deal, rather than buying the shadows separately.

I also got a single Bulletproof to finish off my Sugarpill matte shadows collection, it's the only one that's not in the palette.

And last but by no means least, I got the Goldilux pigment. I'm not big on golds  but it's honestly like powdered gold. I couldn't pass it up as I've never seen anything quite like it. Beautiful!

I really wanted Lumi too but the Love Makeup stand didn't have it, shame!
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Those are all my IMATS pretties for this year. I don't think it was all that much and I'm really pleased with everything I got.

I did get a little bit bored earlier in the week and worked out that I saved at least £130 thanks to the discounts. Which is great when it's things I really have been meaning to pick up for ages. It makes the wait for them fell all the better.

I will be reviewing and posting looks using these products in the coming weeks so watch out for those.

26/06/2013

London IMATS 2013 - The Weekend.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this past weekend was a fairly big event in the calendar for professional makeup artists and enthusiasts alike. It was the International Makeup Artist Trade Show, IMATS for short.

I've never been before so I wasn't really sure what to expect. This time around it was held at Kensington Olympia, rather than Alexandra Palace. It was also in the 'summer' instead of being right after the new year.

I can't compare it to the previous venue but I really liked Olympia. It seemed to have quite a bit of space and didn't feel too crowded when walking between stands. As for it being better weather because it's summer, well that wasn't the case. I ended up rocking a plastic bag over my hair/face to protect myself from all the rain on Saturday morning. Yes there is evidence of this.

I was up stupidly early (5AM) after having little sleep but Saturday was the day for me to pick up the things I knew I really wanted to make sure I had them.  There weren't any keynote speakers that I was dying to see. But I did watch 'The Student Competition'. I'd seen the artists and models prepping upstairs earlier in the morning so it was amazing to see the final looks on stage. I also watched the 'Power Of Social Media' talk with Ruth Crilly, Caroline Hirons, Sprinkle Of Glitter and Vivanna Does Makeup. I didn't really pick anything new up from it, I think it was more aimed at people who were just starting out but Caroline cracking out the jokes so it was a good laugh.

We ended up staying the majority of the day, it was extremely tiring by the end. Which wasn't helped with the cancelling of the majority of the trains going from Olympia.

Sunday was definitely more laid back. I got to pick up things that I couldn't get to on the Saturday. The stands mostly had amazing discounts ranging from 60% off at NARS to a third off Make Up For Ever. Apart from the odd exception like OCC who had no discount whatsoever. I definitely managed to pick up some bargains on products I'd been meaning to purchase for ages.

I decided to only take my DSLR for the Saturday as it got heavy lugging it around along with purchases. I didn't get end up getting that many photos but still ... Pretties! 


Something that totally made my weekend was meeting Caroline Hirons. I briefly saw her before she did her social media talk. But again when we went to Pizza Express to kill time from the cancelled trains. She's one of those people I've talked to for ages since I've been blogging but never had a chance to meet. She is super lovely in person (providing you don't mention face wipes or Sudocrem ... She will beat you and I'm not even kidding) and someone I was so glad I got a chance to finally see!

I also met a whole ton of bloggers who I've been talking to since I started and in more recent times. It was so nice to finally get to an event (of sorts) and meet other like minded people.

Anyway I'm going off on a tangent. IMATS isn't cheap when you have to factor in buying a ticket, prices differ depending on when you buy and how long you go for. Then you have to think about travel to London, travelling around London, accommodation and spending money. It adds up pretty quickly but for me it was 100% worth it. I loved every second of it, except maybe my alarm going off at 5AM and one I will definitely do again next year.

If you're a MUA or even just someone with a keen interest in the field, I really recommend going. You get some really good deals and get a chance to meet some fabulous people.

21/06/2013

London IMATS.


This weekend marks the return of London IMATS. A new date and a new location. It's been almost a year and a half we've had to wait since they shifted the date from January to June.

I haven't been before so I'm really not sure what to expect. Besides lots of people and lots of amazing makeup. But I'm heading along with my pro guides Leanne and Kim. I'm sure it'll be good fun and I'll be in makeup heaven.

If you're going either day, get at me on Twitter and I'm sure I'll see you there!