Work that eyeliner flick!

Those who know me can confirm the fact that if I have make up on, I have eyeliner. The flick has been with me for ages now and I (almost) cannot leave the house without it.

When a new eyeliner comes along, I’m filled with excitement, especially when it is a pen, my favourite medium. So of course the Lord & Berry Shodō eyeliner ticked all the boxes.

Perfecting the eyeliner application is really down to exhaustive practice, and even after many years of daily doings, there are some days my eyeliner hates me. A lot.

Shodō is a form of artistic writing of the Japanese language and this eyeliner doesn’t let us down. The tapered brush is made of soft bristles that retain their form, thus being firm enough for precise thick and thin lines.

The formula is super black, rather glossy, extra pigmented and smooth. Upon drying, which happens quickly, it sits film-like on the skin.

It is water and sweat proof and does not budge, but can be removed with warm water and flakes off with little effort.

My only recommendation is that an eyelid primer or powder shadow is used prior to application, as the film didn’t particularly love my oily bare eyelids!

Shodō has been upgraded to my everyday eye make drawer to stay.

The Shodō Stylograpic Eyeliner costs a reasonable £16 and you can get it from the Lord & Berry website and other online retailers, such as Look Fantastic.

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Wearing my Subversion and Perversion a little bit everyday

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-1Never thought I’d openly talk about wearing my subversions and perversions, but hey, here we are.

No, you dirty, dirty person… I don’t mean THOSE!

I’m taking about the Urban Decay eyelash primer Subversion and their mascara Perversion, which together give you the most decadent lashes.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-3Subversion is a classic eyelash primer, white in colour to coat all lashes previous to receiving the mascara. The formula is creamy and the brush is a medium size, with bristles the pick all lashes.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-4Perversion is the ultra black mascara with a large brush. Despite the fact the brush is almost on the too large side for my taste, it does work very well. The formula is creamy and thick, and it gives decent separation and superb volume, lacking a bit in lengthening.

Together, they super charge the lashes, creating a good fan effect. Deviant thumbs up.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-5I got those (plus my all time favourite Eyeshadow Potion Primer) at the launch of the new Urban Decay shop at Carnaby Street, London.  The European flagship store in split in two floors of all UD colourful fabulousness.

Upstairs, the whole range in full glory, including UD Pro. Downstairs, a lounge with light ring, GIF “photobooth” with light ring (for FLAWLESS selfies), phone chargers and refreshments bars, a true beauty hangout with its own hashtag: #UDCARNABY.

The VIP launch was a star studded event with the likes of Denise Van Outen, Laura Whitmore, Josh Cuthbert, among others. We sipped on mini Moët champagne bottles and had the chance to have makeovers and take home some precious UD advice.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-2And I hear Urban Decays is opening three more stores in the UK by the end of the year: London King’s Cross (24 Nov), Nottingham (1 Dec) and Liverpool (9 Dec).

Oh, the black lippy, you ask? More Perversion – how not to love UD’s perverted ways?

Of course, you can get you Subversion and Perversion on at the Carnaby Street flagship store, but also at other Urban Decay shops as well online and stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser and Fabled.

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My favourite every day eyeshadow palettes

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 8Anyone who knows me in person will know I wear eyeshadow and eyeliner pretty much every day.

I wrote about my favourite eyeliners a while back and it would only be fair to talk about the eyeshadow palettes I wear very frequently – and some show!

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 3I’ll start with Urban Decay Naked 2. Now, I have 3 and Smokey, but they don’t quite measure up. The mix of earthy and gold tones, in shimmer and matte, are perfect for any occasion. Add a matte black and voilá: you cannot go wrong.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 4The GOSH Copenhagen palette is a matte dream: 9 super wearable shades that take you from day to night, with one massive advantage: this palette is so small that is perfect to carry around with you.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 6Sleek has a couple that really work for me. The iDivine eyeshadow palette in ‘A New Day’ mixes beautiful golds and browns in shimmer and matte, as well as a bit of pinkish earthy tones, for an all-round look. The browns are dark enough for a lovely smokey that is not too heavy.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 5The Sleek eye and cheek palette in “A midsummer’s dream” is a fabulous one to take away too; great colours for the eyes, buildable and a bonus cheek shades.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 7This Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette is huge: 16 shades, a good mix of shimmer and matte, lots of neutrals but also a couple surprise colours to amp up a look – navy, moss and mauve, I am looking at you!

Of course, I have many other palettes and plenty individual colours too I go to when I am creating a special look, but these are really the ones I go to every day!

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 1And they are all quite affordable, ranging from £6.99 (Makeup Revolution) to £38.50 (Naked 2).

What about you? Do you have a go to eyeshadow palette?

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Some of the palettes featured on this post are press samples.

Desk to dance floor: a little help from Sleek makeup

sleek_eye_cheek_palette_review - 1Most of us know too well the small desk to dance floor struggle.
For that reason, I welcome products that make my life easier when turning from office worker into night out vixen, and that’s exactly what the Sleek eyes and cheek palette does for me.
The eye colours are very neutral (which is the thing for SS16), but there is a sparkly dark earthy, sparkling Marsala tone that will transform those day eyes into disco magnificence.
sleek_eye_cheek_palette_review - 2Admittedly, the brushes are not amazing, they do the job ok but I prefer taking my MAC handbag sized ones.
The blusher is matte and peachy, which suits a variety of skin tones (personally, my fave shade of blusher) and it also comes a sparkling version, quite close in colour and sheen to an expensive best-seller.

Overall, a great purchase, purse friendly in many ways: it’s compact and multitasking, and costs only £10.

You can get the Sleek A midsummer’s dream palette online at sleekmakeup.com and Superdrug and Boots. It comes in four colour combinations.
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GOSH SS16 beauty launches

gosh_ss16_makeup - 10Every season gosh does not fail to impress. They always bring something out that stays with me until their next launch – and beyond.
For SS16, there are loads of fabulous makeup that, as usual, won’t break the bank.
I’ll start with my favourite: the Copenhagen eyeshadow palette.
gosh_ss16_makeup - 3Decidedly neutral, and very matte, this baby is all you need to keep your eyes in check. And its size means it’s handbag-friendly and the day-to-night transition is easy-peasy!
With great pigmentation and very blendable, these brand new nine great colours cost £10.99. Cannot go wrong.
gosh_ss16_makeup - 1My second favourite is the Lumi Drops. A lovely highlighter with a tint, this light liquid formula will apply well and stay.
It catches the light beautifully and is great to layer with other lighter-coloured highlighting products for a super illuminated look. It comes in three colours and cost £7.99 each.
gosh_ss16_makeup - 9One that is already available (all the others launch in March), the Primer+ Illuminating Skin Perfector is really great.
Reminds me of MAC’s Fortified Skin Enhancer, I’ve been using for years (in fact, I think they discontinued it, and this is a great substitute) and although great alone (ok for makeup distribution, fab for evening out tone, good for durability), I love wearing as a second primer, to help the cover up job and illuminate. It costs £14.49.
gosh_ss16_makeup - 7Their big launch are the lip oils. Rather similar to the Clarins ones, these are the first “drugstore” version of the product. I am not big on lip gloss, but these are not too sticky and offer good moisturisation to lips!
They contain moringa, argan, macadamia oil and vitaskin E. The clear one contains Nordic super food sea buckthorn.
It costs £7.47 and comes in 4 colours but to be honest, I don’t really think the pigmentation is enough to distinguish between them when on my lips.
gosh_ss16_makeup - 6Of course, I couldn’t leave the lipsticks behind. I have a mini arsenal of GOSH lipsticks at home, which come in to play pretty much every week.
These are additions to their Velvet Matte collection. Each lippie costs only £6.99.

The Rebel Eyes mascara has a crush that seems to be “on trend”. Curved, with the concave part with no bristles for formula deposit. Provides good curve and lengthening.

gosh_ss16_makeup - 2Finally, the eyeshadow pencils. Oh, how I love those. I do not joke when I say my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Don’t have that much on them. I have the metallic ones, from a few season ago and this time they brought them out in matte.
A great selection of four pretty neutrals mattes (again, SS16 is rather neutral) which is super blendable and have industrial durability – seriously, no crease, no fading, no smudging. It comes in xx colours and cost £7.49 each.
Phew, there’s so much! How’s that for fab launches?
Keep your eyes peeled, with exception of the  primer, which is already available, all items are dropping at Superdrug in March.
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