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Drugstore Make-up, Make-up, NYC, Swatches

City Mono Eyeshadows from NYC Eyeshadows

It’s a scorcher of a day here in the Canaries. Too hot for lounging about getting over-heated so I decided to take myself to a local air conditioned cafe for a spot of blogging. There are a few products I want to talk about this week but the first lot that popped into my mind are the City Mono Eyeshadow from N.Y.C. – New York Color Cosmetics.

I have been trying out four shades over the past few weeks… Continue Reading

Make-up, Swatches

Make Up For Ever Smoky Palette Swatches & Review

Love, love, love!

Make Up For Ever Smoky palette is going to be a favourite of mine for a long, long time.

When I first saw the palette I thought it looked quite small but upon opening I oohed and aahed like nobody’s business. There is no filler in this palette, just poor beauty. There are 8 shades, a highlight, a peach, brown, rust, blue, green, purple and a very intense black.

Here are some swatches…

I was expecting the browns to be a little boring after seeing how gorgeous the rich toned shadows were. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They are unique, pigmented and have a gorgeous satin finish. As mentioned, the black is extremely intense – any smoky eye fans will adore it.

There are no shimmery, glittery shades. This palette is pure business. Most of the shadows are between a satin and a matte. They are easy to work with, intensely pigmented. The best thing for me is the combination possibilities – any one shade in the palette works in harmony or contrasts with any of the others. For these reasons it’s money well spent. It’s €45 which isn’t bad for 8 Make Up For Ever shadows. This is an investment in my opinion. Something I will have for years and will come back to again and again.

The palette also comes with two brushes. Usually the brushes in kits are a bit crappy but these are professional quality. My only criticism is that both brushes are flat shaders, although they’re both different sizes. A fluffy brush would have been useful since it’s a smoky eye kit and blending is key.

I know Make Up For Ever can be hard to get a hold of in the UK but luckily for us we have a MUFE shop on Clarendon Street in Dublin. Of course it’s widely available in Sephora across the US – when can we have a Sephora? Seriously.

Video tutorial to follow me thinks :)


M.A.C, Make-up, Swatches

My MAC Neutral Palette… (Video, Review, Swatches, Favourites, Combos)

I promised a video on my my mac neutral palette months ago. I’m only just getting around to it now. I know, I’m a disgrace.

I’ll start with some swatches and leave the video at the bottom of the post….

Row 1: Phloof, Shroom, All That Glitters, Omega Patina, Mythology

Row 2: Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe, Tempting

Row 3: Antiqued, Beautyburst, Coppering, Fashion Groupie, Twinks, Embark, 100 Strokes

Row 4: Coppering, Sketch, Beautymarked, Cemetry, Club

Left to Right: Phloof, Shroom, All That Glitters, Omega Patina, Mythology


Left to Right: Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe, Tempting


Left to Right: Antiqued, Beautyburst, Coppering, Fashion Groupie, Twinks, Embark, 100 Strokes


Left to Right: Coppering, Sketch, Beautymarked, Mystery, Club


And for the video….


Make-up, Swatches

Loving Victoria Secret Provocateur Eye Shadow

I have always walked by the make-up section in Victoria Secret assuming that it wasn’t up to scratch. Since I have joined the beauty community online I have heard so many of you raving about their Beauty Rush lip glosses and some of the eyeshadows.

I did order a few lipsticks last year and they were lovely quality however I choose the wrong colours.

On a recent visit to the US I popped into VS with the sole purpose of picking up some make-up and giving it a whirl.

I swatched every product they sell and one of the products I settled on is was Provocateur eye shadow. It really caught my eye.






Despite it’s initial powdery appearance this is a creamy shadow. It’s easy to apply and a delight to work with.

Colour wise, Provocateur is a blend of peachy champagne with a hint of gold. There are some pink undertones in there somewhere so I tend to avoid this shade if I look tired. But on normal days, it makes my complexion and eyes appear brighter.  It’s slightly shimmery but still suitable for day wear.

When I applied the shadow with a brush, rather than the pretty creamy champagne/gold above, I ended up with a load of shimmer. This was down to my method of application- I applied the shadow with a brush which just picked up the sparkley particles rather than the pigment. I tried applying it with my fingers and it went on perfectly.

I have been wearing this on the lid with MAC Antiqued eyeshadow in the crease and Twinks in the outer corner…. love!

What’s your favourite eyeshadow at the moment?

General, Swatches

Eyeshadow staple: Nars Lola Lola

Everyone has a staple shadow. The one you use almost every day and throw in your make-up bag. Mine changes every couple of weeks. When I find a staple I tend to use it everyday in some way or another. My current staple is Nars Lola Lola.

P1020850I bought this shadow online last year on Lollipop26’s recommendation. I loved it as soon as I opened the box but I had used it quite infrequently. Lately I have fallen back in love with it. It’s  described as a neutral brown with shimmer. It’s warm toned and really accentuates blue and green eyes.

P1020851It doesn’t crease, it’s richly pigmented,very easy to blend and has a velvety feel. It also works with so many other shades. I use it mainly as a crease colour. Occasionally I smudge some under my eye if I’m wearing non-neutral eyeshadow on my lid. Some days I even use it as eyeliner.

I just love it!

What is your eye-shadow staple?

General, Organic / Natural, Reviews, Swatches

Green Makeup: Emani Hybrid Cream Colour in Sex Kitten

This little bad boy has crept into my make-up bag. It’s a little different to the usual eyeshadows so I thought I’d give you a little look at this little guy…

This is an Emani Hybrid Cream Colour in Sex Kitten. According to Emani’s website  these are hand made, talc and paraben free (although I can’t testify that the rest of the ingredients are not bad for us as I’m not a chemist, although I sometimes wish I were!). They are a blend of shimmers and mineral pigments for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Although I would definitely  only use this one on my eyes…

PIC_1156Yes, glitter a go go under flash photography! The weird thing about these is Continue Reading

Hauls, Swatches

Yay! Make-up Delivery: Manly 24 Eyeshadow Palette


I love when the post man delivers make-up! Today he brought me my 24 Manly eyeshadow palette. I was really excited about this delivery.

This palette was mentioned in lots of YouTube videos and beauty blogs so I decided to buy it and give it a try. I thought it would be great for more extreme and vibrant looks.

This palette is super cheap (under $20) and widely available online. It comes in s cute tin that reminded me of a kiddies art set (smells a little like dry water paints too). It also comes with a brush. There are 24 colours:

PIC_0653and here is what they look like on skin…


Top: Ice, Shine Orange, Bright Red, Pink, Sapphire Blue, Black

Bottom: Ocean, Dark Blue, Coffee, Paris Green, Aztec Gold, Brown


Top: Ice, Aztec Gold, Silver, Azalea, Cosmic Blue, Sun Yellow

Bottom: Iced Gold, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Jadet, Amethyst, Cosmic Violet

First impressions, the shadows are vibrant and very pigmented. Some are softer and more crumbly. They will probably perform better over a eye primer, with MAC fix plus or over a NYX jumbo pencil. I can’t wait to try them, full review and demo coming soon.

I ordered my palette from They deliver worldwide. Shipping cost about €5 and delivered within 1 week of my ordering. They are also available on ebay.


General, Giveaways / Competitions

CLOSED! FREE Giveaway – Rimmel Eyeshadow “Intense”

Hi ladies,

This week I will be giving away my favourite Rimmel eyeshadow in Intense. It’s a stunning purple which is bang on trend this season.

To qualify to WIN you must

  • Follow the site (google friend connect in the right sidebar)
  • Leave a comment on the give-away post (open all week)
  • Tweet about the competition (or blog post on your site)
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel – click here
  • Become a Fan on Facebook and leave a comment – click here

Last weeks winner is Tanbeautyq (11/02/2010 at 22:34). Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who entered last weeks giveaway. Good luck this week :)

Winners will be announced at the end of each week. Open Internationally.

Good luck everyone!

Amy x

*UPDATE: Winners – Aine mor (entered 11/4 @ 7.03) Emerdt (16/3 at 11:12) Samia L (22/2 @ 22:14) and Michelle C (18/2 @ 16:21) . Thanks ladies :)


MAC Eyeshadows

I decided to bring this post over from blogspot for colour reference. I would love to know if you like any of these colours and what you wear them with.

Cranberry, Naval, Coppering, Twinks Continue Reading

Make-Up Artist Series

Make-Up Artist Series: How to Accentuate Eye Colour

The main objective of eye makeup is to accentuate and define the eyes. As a make-up artist you must consider accentuating eye shape and colour. Today I will deal with eye colour, accentuating different eye shapes is a whole other day’s work…or weeks!

When choosing colours for a clients eye make-up it’s important to consider eye colour. You should also consider attire, hair, purposes of make-up(is it for an event, photoshoot etc) as well.

Green: Violet and plum shades are great for green eyes. Here are some other shades that look great with green eyes: bronze, gold, copper, deep greens deep purples, mauves, peaches and apricots, lilacs, and medium pinks are good choices. Avoid very cool shades like silvers, blues, pastels and whites. For highlighting the brow bone avoid white, it will look cheap with green eyes, try peach, taupe or apricot instead.

Brown: Brown eyes are the easiest to compliment. Eyeshadows that look tacky on other eye colours are much easier for brown eyed people to wear. Some shades that compliment brown eyes: Purples, pinks, blues, grays greens, golds, browns. Blue is going to look fantastic with brown eyes, cooler tones contrast well with brown eyes and make them stand out. Also, earthy colors look great with brown eyes.

Blue / Gray: Contrasting shades in the brown, rose and violet families bring out blue eyes.  Other shades; soft peaches, lavender, lilac, fuchsia, rich browns, golds and warm taupes.  Using shades  darker in tone than that of the natural eye color works very well.

Hazel: Hazel eyes stand out with deep greens, lavenders and shades with soft ochre undertones. To bring out the gold flecks in eyes, choose golden based  shadows. To bring out the green specks in eyes choose a brighter green shade like emerald in three different intensities. To bring out the blue specks in eyes use purple in three different shades. To highlight the brown base of hazel eyes use natural shades of brown. Colours like pale pink and light purple also look great with hazel eyes.

Many people have flecks or pools of other colours aside from their dominant eye colour. To deal with this I would suggest deciding which colour in their eyes you are trying to bring out, usually the dominant colour. For example, if the client has green eyes with flecks of brown, you may choose colours to accentuate the green only or vice versa. Trying to bring out 2 colours in the eyes is a little counter productive as it could have a neutralising effect rather than accentuating the eye. Of course, this really depends on the client. Very often what you learn in make-up courses and make-up books teach you something a particular way and when you are practicing you need to make quick judgement calls.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Make-Up Artist Series. Tomorrow,