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Hauls, Make-up, Make-Up Artist Series, Swatches

Sugarpill Cosmetics – MUFE alternatives?

I got my hands on some Sugarpill Cosmetics from Cocktail Cosmetics. So far, I’m very impressed. Thought you might like a gander :)

I got two single pressed eye shadows and one gorgeous palette.

How fabulous is the packaging!



Addicted to Pretty Eye Palette – Sweet Heart…


Sweet Heart has four shades -Tako (Matte white), Dollypop (Matte fuchsia), Midori (frosty grass green) and Afterparty (Frosty blue with a hint of aqua).

All of the shadows are very pigmented and easy to apply.  They can be worn alone or layered together. To get the full effect I like to pack on the colour with a flay shader brush, fluffy is just messy when you’re dealing with brights.

The palette itself is very strong and durable, much more so than a mac palette. Very professional in presentation. The pans are also magnetic and can be moved around or added into a larger palette.


Pressed Eye Shadows in Poisen Plum and Buttercup…

These are pretty similar to Make Up For Ever shadows in my opinion! They are just as pigmented, they’re the same size but they’re cheaper. Remember of course that I can only speak for the shadows I have tried.

I also really love the packaging – sturdy and urban. I’m on board.

And now to the swatches (taken in natural light) Here is the quad…

And the single shadows…..

Very pigmented and vibrant I think you’ll agree. I know many of shy away from brights but one bright accent shade with neutrals can look amazing without being over the top. My favourite way to wear bright eye shadow is to go neutral on the lid and smudge a more colourful shade into my lower lash line. Occasionally I might brave a bright colour on the lid and blend it out by applying a matte taupe to the crease of my eye. That’s probably the best way to ease yourself into colour.

They are all available from Cocktail Cosmetics. The individual shadows cost €9.06 / £7.95 and the palette is €26.15 / £22.95.


General, Make-up, Make-Up Artist Series, Swatches

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

A few goodies arrived from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have never tried the brand before but have heard quite a few YouTube guru’s raving about them so I was delighted to explore.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars

Left to right – Vintage, Vapid, Grandma, Anima

And here are some swatches (taken in natural light)….

Left to right – Vintage, Vapid, Anima, Grandma,

Ok so the lip tars aren’t for the feint hearted. They are intensely pigmented and super tacky, definitely made for professional use. That being said they could be enjoyed by those of you who like to have fun with your make-up.

The tars are top quality and are a great addition to my make-up kit. Now whether I would have the guts to wear them is another story, think I’ll dip a toe in my trying Grandma first :)

Each lip tar  costs €10.20 / £8.95

OCC Colour Concentrate Pigments

Left to right – Ginger, Lafayette, Flicker

And some more swatches (also taken in natural light)….

Left to right – Ginger, Flicker, Lafayette

These cost €9.06 / £7.95 each. They’re another great addition to a make-up artists kit or if you’re a make-up lover who enjoys working with pigments. They are easy to work with, and last ages. I particularly love Ginger, perfect for blue eyes.

I’m really impressed by the quality of these products. They are not from a comercial, main stream brand and that’s clear. The quality and pigmentation is excellent. Worth a look.

You can find Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at Cocktail Cosmetics.

Have you tried this brand?


Bridal Series, Foundation, M.A.C

Product Recommendations for Brides – What I use

This post has been requested quite a bit.

Here are a list of products I use for Bridal Make-up and that I recommend. This is not an exhaustive list, there are thousands of fantastic products. These are just what I use on brides.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever HD Foundation. Estee Lauder Double wear for those who want mega coverage.

Powder: Make Up For Ever Loose Powder, Rimmel Silky Loose

Blush: MAC, Nars. Cream: MAC Lillicent looks fresh and suits most.

Concealer: Bobbi Brown (creamy)

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola, MAC Blunt

LipLiner: MAC, Estee Lauder, Gosh

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline, MAC Engraved (waterproof)

Mascara: Loreal Telescopic Waterproof,  Loreal Double Extend Waterproof

Lipstick: MAC, Benefit

Lipgloss: MAC, Dior, Stila, Gosh

Eyeshadows: MAC, Nars (click here to see post on choosing eyeshadow for your eye colour)

More from the Bridal Series tomorrow.

Make-Up Artist Series

Make-Up Artist Series: Colour Theory – Part 1

I get lots of questions and emails from girls who want to pursue a career in make-up artistry. With that in mind I decided to do a blog series that deals with your questions.

I will start with the basics. Colour theory is extremely important so it’s the best place to begin:

There are 3 primary colours. Red, yellow and blue. When they are mixed in equal proportions they make grey.

Understanding the colour wheel is essential for colour correction work and designing make-up looks. For  instance, if you have a client who has blue discolouration under the eyes, your knowledge of colour theory will inform you on what colour to choose to counteract the blue.On the colour wheel, the colours inbetween red, yellow and blue are called Secondary colours (green, orange, purple). You can make any secondary colour by mixing the 2 adjacent primary colours together. For example, blue and red make purple, yellow and red make orange, blue and yellow make green.

Colours are classified in 3 ways; hue, brightness and intensity. A hue of a colour represents the difference between pure colour (red, yellow, green, blue etc). Each hue can be made by mixing some combination of the three primary colours.

Here are another few important terms:

Shades: are made by adding black. For example, adding black to blue makes navy.

Tints: are made by adding white.

Colour Theory Part 2 will be posted tomorrow