HyperSmash Hues N Blues: May 2011

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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Makeup Looks: Bright and Neutral

Just thought I'd post a couple of makeup looks since I haven't posted one for a while! I took these pictures for going out last night and Friday night while just about to leave the house, so they aren't the best.

The first one was inspired by a few pictures I'd seen using orange pink and gold, so naturally I used Sugarpill :)

For this look I used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sugarpill Dollipop, Buttercupcake and Flamepoint on the lid.
Goldilux loose eyeshadow wet on the lower lashline.

This one was inspired by Robyn of Stay Beautiful; she did a look using Fyrinnae Damn Paladins with MUA 12 that I had to copy! I think the combo looks super sexy :)

I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Fyrinnae Damn Paladins
MUA shade 12
MAC Blue Brown pigment to intensify the outer corner.

Hope you like it!

Monday, 23 May 2011

My Pretty Zombie: Swatches and Thoughts

I received my first order from My Pretty Zombie last week, and I have to say I'm quite impressed. The eyeshadows I got are not like any I already have in my collection (this is quite difficult to do! :p). I love that the company has a specific brand identity, and all the names of the products go along with this.

I bought three full-size eyeshadows, which are 1.5g weight, and come in a pot without a sifter. They cost $5 each at time of posting. They came individually shrink-wrapped, which I think is good to prevent them leaking in transit but not essential for me. The owner also kindly sent me 3 free samples in baggies. My items were all boxed with tissue paper and ribbon; very thoughtful and prettily presented.

Shade names are printed on the side of the jar, which might be annoying if you like to see the names in a drawer or something, but I don't mind.

 Unicorn Pee
Old Bruise

All are swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, except Old Bruise which is over UDPP, since it doesn't work well with mattes.

I found them all to be really well pigmented and smooth. Of course with Unicorn Pee being so glittery, it's best to use a sticky base such as the Pixie Epoxy to make the glitter stay on. I love the complexity of the colours, especially Thundernuts which is beautiful. Many of the eyeshadows they do have duochromes which I love. My favourites are the 3 I picked out myself, plus Illustrated Ink. I would definitely order from them again, and the owner was really quick to send me a message saying when my order would be sent out.You can see the products here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsevils

Monday, 16 May 2011

Song of the Day: You're Not John Lennon

I love Brendan Benson, you should too :)

Neutral with a pop of colour

Here's a really easy look to do when you want to incorporate some colour but without going over the top or your makeup standing out too much. Definitely something to try if you're not too confident with doing eye makeup. You can add something bright along your lower lashline or above your top lashes to see what kind of colours you like and you feel suit you best :)

Products used:

UD Sidecar - crease
Barry M Dazzle Dust 51 Mushroom - lid
UD Hustle - outer corner
My Pretty Zombie Illustrated Ink - lower lashline
Hi Fi Cosmetics Lithium - below Illustrated Ink

I got an order from My Pretty Zombie this week, not having tried the company before. Hopefully I will be able to post some swatches and thoughts on what I bought, as I love their shadows.I'm also thinking of swatching the Barry M dazzle dusts if anyone is interested in those :)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Skincare: Home-made Facial Scrub

Last night my sister decided she was going to try a home-made facial scrub using baking soda and honey, so naturally I asked if I could blog about it! Please note that neither of us is a trained beautician or skincare expert, so do your own research before trying this yourself :)

I lent her an empty scrub sample jar from Haus of Gloi for this experiment, which was quite small. She made it up last night and I've just tried it myself. I think it's probably best to mix it up in small amounts and use it straight away, as it had gone all foamy when I came to use it.

I'm not sure of the exact amounts to use, but all you need to do is mix enough of the baking soda and honey to make a paste. You could also use olive oil, particularly if you have dry skin. Here's a picture of the scrub:

It's best to use this on wet skin, as the scrub is quite abrasive, and too harsh to use on dry skin. Rub it into your skin as you would with any facial scrub.

Here's my sister Alice mid-scrub, looking beautiful!

Next, just rinse it off with warm water.

All smooth!

We found that the scrub made our skin really smooth, but can be a little harsh. It's probably something I would only use every week or less. The texture reminded me very much of a 'microdermabrasion' scrub I had used in the past from Avon. I suspect baking soda is their main ingredient. Overall, I think it worked pretty nicely!

Let me know if you'd like to see more home-made beauty treatments!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Warm Smoke

Today's look is a bit autumnal but I think it works for Summer ok anyway. I just got myself an orange cardigan so I was inspired to use orange in my eyeshadow look. I think it would work really well with blue eyes too :) Hope you like it.

Last picture is blurry but captures the tones a bit better I think.

Here's what I used:

Hi Fi Mind Manipulator
Fyrinnae Angel's Tale
BFTE Truffle
Hi Fi Hot Rod

Tropical Eyes

Today I was inspired by MacNC40's look, although I know I've done something almost identical before. I like this colour combo a lot though, and got complimented by the sales girls when I was out shopping twice! When I was out I also ended up buying 2 of the new Sleek lipsticks, which I will probably swatch and review soon, I really like them! Anyway, here's the pics:

Argh full face picture! You can see my crazy hair here. I'm actually getting rid of the red from it which I've been dying it for about 5 years or so now. I'm going for the ombre effect, but I think it needs a second go with the bleach. Let me know if you've tried it or if you want to know more about it :)

Products used:

BFTE Seafoam (aqua) - lid
Sugarpill Poison Plum (purple) - crease & lower lashline
Sugarpill Dollipop (pink) - to blend out the crease
Sugarpill Tako (white) - inner corner
Sugarpill Buttercupcake (yellow) - over white on inner corner

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel in Rose Innocence
Jesse's Girl Liquid Crystal Lip gloss in Wicked

Fyrinnae Glow Blush in Enchant
Primark Blush Hearts

Friday, 6 May 2011

Purple Haze

Today I wanted to do a look that would bring out the green in my eyes, so of course I went for purples :) I really love these colours, and I think using different toned purples actually works really well. When I first started experimenting with makeup, I kind of thought you just had to use a light colour on the lid, and a darker version of the same colour in the crease. Now I think blue- and red based purples work well to make a more interesting effect.

I used some shades from Urban Decay's Ammo Palette, plus BTFE Big Ego, which I saw swatched on my tiger lily's blog and instantly had to pull it out and use it. Such a pretty shade.

Products used

UD Last Call (metallic red-purple) - lid and lower lashline
BFTE Big Ego (dark blue purple) - crease/outer corner
UD Grifter (lavender with silver glitter) - inner corner/ inner crease area
black mascara

Monday, 2 May 2011

Coral Reef

I did this look for a party I went to last night. I wanted to replicate a look I saw by Roxy Rouge she did with bright coral and pink, but I don't have a coral eyeshadow like I had in mind. Then I realised the Enchant blusher by Fyrinnae is an awesome neon coral so I used that. I think it turned out pretty well, I got a couple of compliments too which is always nice. I'm not too happy with the eyeliner though, don't think I can say I've mastered cateyes yet.

Last 3 pictures are colour altered, since the camera couldn't quite capture the brightness in normal settings :)

What I used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Fyrinnae Enchant Glow Blush
Sugarpill Flamepoint
Sugarpill Dollipop
Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen

Edit: just to note that the blush is NOT eye safe, so use at your own risk!