Miss Flicklash by Eylure

It isn’t often I am taken by surprise at my findings in Boots. Until I saw Miss Flicklash lashes by Eylure – false lashes with the eyeliner built into the lash. Something I had never contemplated needing, but nevertheless, I felt compelled and intrigued to buy a pair to see how they turned out, plus they were reduced to £2.46 or something like that, so it almost would have been rude not to.

I picked up the lashes in style 107F – a textured set which would give length and a slight bit of fullness to my lashes. From what I can tell, there are 4 different styles in this range, varying from much more natural, to super-full on.

The Flicklashes are easy to apply – you do as you would with regular lashes, expect with these you peel the backing paper off the flick and also apply glue to that. You make sure your falsies are in the right spot, then secure down the flick, which is pretty easy to position – it’s fairly stiff so you won’t end up with wonky wings.

The lash band is quite thick, to give the impression of eyeliner for the flick to continue into. I found I needed to add some black liner into the inner corner of my upper lash-line to make them blend in.

When I first saw these in the shop, I did an internal laugh, thinking it was a bit of a crazy idea – but you know what? I take it all back. What a genius idea for anyone that struggles with liner – it ensures it’s the perfect shape, balance and in the perfect position, and looks really effective. What do you think?

If you like the look of them, have a look at the lash section of your local Boots – you may be able to get them at a clearance price too – or does the fact that they are clearance mean they are getting discontinued? Who knows, but grab them while you can! If not they are available at the Eylure website.

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Collection

I am a bit of a browny, nudey, smokealicious fan – so when I saw the new Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate collection, I may have swooned just a little. Just how gorgeous!?

The initial item that stole my heart was the Rich Chocolate eye shadow palette (£39.50) – 7 varying chocolately brown shades housed in a slim brown mirrored palette, with a superb double ended eyeshadow and eyeliner brush included.

There are five matt shades, one Sparkle Eyeshadow and one Shimmer Wash. Bone is very light but great for creating a base or to add a little lighter tone to the inner corner of the eye. Stone, Frappe and Cocoa are gorgeous chocolate shades, with Rich Cocoa being perfect for the outer corner or a full on smokey eye. Caramel Sparkle adds definition to the eye, and Champagne Truffle is a truly beautiful gold. 

The Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bittersweet (£20) is so deliciously creamy and easy to blend. It can be used to line the eyes then smudged out, all over for a smokey eye, or a base for other eyeshadows.

The lipsticks in the collection are Baby Pink and Berry (£19 each) – both gorgeous classic shades and perfect for this season. They compliment the brown eyeshadows perfectly and have a slightly orangey taste to them that takes me back to my childhood. I love the way that the lipsticks are shaped – making them super-easy to apply to your lips. 

The blush’s mirror the colours of the lipsticks. Pink Coral (£19) is a new shade which I am in love with! It’s such a flattering, universal shade. Berry (£19) is limited edition and really highly pigmented. Paler faces will only need a light dusting of this, and it will look beautiful on darker skin tones.

I also have the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (£17.50) from the collection in Dark Chocolate Ink, which is a very dark brown and a nice alternative to black gel liner. It’s so dark it’s almost black, but takes some harshness away for a softer look. The Extreme Party Mascara (£19) in Black Chocolate, again is really dark but softer than wearing black – and a really pretty shade on the eyes.

I have created a couple of looks to show how soft or bold these new products can be, depending on the occasion or what floats your personal boat!

For the look I used Champagne Truffle Shimmer all over my lid taking it up to the crease. I added a little Bone to the inner third of my eye, then used Cocoa on a blending brush in the crease. To add a bit more dimension I added Caramel Sparkle to the middle of my eye. I used the Dark Chocolate Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and Black Chocolate Extreme Party Mascara to finish off the eyes. To complete the look I used Pink Coral blush on my cheeks and Bobbi Brown Baby Pink lipstick.

For this look I applied the Cream Shadow Stick in Bittersweet all over my lid, up to my crease, then blended the edges with a fluffy brush, then added some Frappe shadow at the edges to blend the colour out even more. I patted on some Caramel Sparkle to the lid, then using Rich Chocolate along the lash line with an eyeshadow brush to softly line the eyes. I also used the Cream Shadow Stick under my eyes and blended out, then finished with the Extreme Party Mascara. To complete the look I used a tiny bit of Berry blush (see what I mean about how pigmented it it!?) on my cheeks, and Berry lipstick on my lips.

I think this collection is absolutely gorgeous for Autumn and will definitely be getting a lot of use from me. What do you think of the Rich Chocolate collection?

Available at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide, and online.… and LIMITED EDITION!

NYX Gel Liner & Smudger – Danielle 05 Teal

I am really enjoying playing along with SuperGorgeousOctober… I know I set the themes myself, but it’s making me try things I wouldn’t normally. Like wearing a really bold green on my eyes. I’m normally a neutrals or smokey kinda gal – but today, the theme was green, so I dug out my NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in 05 Teal (Danielle) to have a bit of a play.

It’s a really blendable gel eyeliner that you can use as a standard liner, or, as I wore it, smudged out to create an all over colour. It has a slight iridescence to it which really shines through once it’s blended out giving a really pretty effect.

I applied it all over my lid, then blended the edges out. I added a line under my eyes and smudged that too. I found it transferred a little under my eyes so next time I would set it with a powder to help keep it in place, but perhaps that’s just my eyes.

I added some MAC Vanilla pigment into the inner corners of my eyes – I think it goes so nicely with these greeny blue kind of colours… then added black liner to my waterline and finished off with black mascara.

The green really makes brown eyes pop – I think I shall be wearing this more often. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Would you dare to wear?!

The NYX Gel Liner & Smudger costs £8 and is available from the NYX website and selected Next stores

Lord & Berry

I was recently sent some Lord & Berry products to try out. It’s a brand I’ve never tried before, but I’ve always admired from a distance – their packaging looks nice and their products seem high in quality and reasonably priced, so I was excited to give them a go.

I was sent a Stardust loose eyeshadow – ‘Gold Black’, Seta pressed eyeshadow – ‘Premier’, and INKglam waterproof eyeliner in black.

The Stardust Loose Eyeshadow in Gold Black is my definite favourite of the three products. Firstly – as a loose pigment it is so versatile that I really feel you get a lot for your money. It’s only a small pot (1g for £9.50) but a little goes a really long way. The colour pay off is fab and the effect it leaves is gorgeous – it’s black in some lights with a hint of gold, and in other lights its gold with blended black at the edges. The particles of golden shimmer really make it special – this is divine.

The Seta Premier Eyeshadow is from the Black Wardrobe range, and costs the same as the rest of the eyeshadow ranges (£10). I was sent a palette refill, however it normally comes in a proper individual pot with sleek black packaging and a screw top lid. The colour ‘Premier’ looks lovely even in the pan – a frosted grey black – and one sweep of it over the back of my hand shows you just how pigmented it is. The only issue I have with this is that it’s very soft – some of the edge of my pan had crumbled off after doing one eye make up with it. Besides that, it’s a great product.

The INKglam eyeliner (£9.50) I have mixed feelings about. It’s meant to be shiny, long wearing and waterproof – this it definitely is. It looks glossy and lasts really well – it takes some getting off! The thing I don’t like is the applicator. I like a soft applicator to line my eyes, this is very stiff with barely any movement in it at all. The pointed end makes it great for fine detail work like the inner corners of the eyes – but when you are drawing a line, if you put any pressure on it, the pointed end rubs off a line of the product. The formula of the liner itself is great – the applicator just doesn’t work for me. I will definitely continue to use it by transferring the product from the applicator to an eyeliner brush.

I have added a couple of swatch photos so you can see the products at different angles.

I did a smokey eye using the pressed eyeshadow over my lid and, as it’s slightly darker, the loose shadow in the outer corners and under my eye. I used a kohl liner on the inner rims of my eyes, but didn’t use the INKglam for this look.

Have you tried any Lord & Berry products before? I am really impressed with the intensity of the colours and will definitely be checking out more of their range.

Lord & Berry is available from Beauty Expert.

MAC Fabulous Felines Collection

My MAC order containing my wares from the Fabulous Felines collection arrived this week – and what a treat they are! There are three parts to the Collection – Palace Pedigreed;

A collection of regal blues, plush greys and polished silver for lips, cheeks and eyes as haughty as its finely-favoured feline inspiration – the emerald-eyed, sable-riche Russian Blue.

 Leopard Luxe;

 Looks for lips, cheeks and eyes in a tawny, exotic creme-golden colour palette that betrays both sensual vulnerability and spectacular power.

and Burmese Beauty;

A rich teak-olive colour collection for lips, cheeks and eyes that celebrates the well-cared-for, and exalts in her high-borne right to be spoiled.

The only things which immediately stood out to me were the Mauvement Pigment, and Smoky Heir Superslick Liquid Liner from the Palace Pedigreed collection.

The Superslick Liner has a fiber-tipped brush which makes it really easy to apply. It dries really quickly and even when dry has a wet metallic look to it. Smoky Heir is purple, and described on the site as dark blue violet with soft pearl, which I’d say is pretty accurate.

Although it is purple it’s very dark toned, so it can be worn on its own without looking too “woo, look at me wearing bright purple eyeliner”. So far, so good!



The pigment is the first MAC pigment I’ve bought and I’m really impressed – there’s loads of product in the pot and a little bit of goes a really long way. I found that when I took the lid off there was enough product sitting in the lid for one application. I know it will last a long time, which is always a bonus! The site describes Mauvement as a cool toned taupe with gold pearl – from looking at the product in the pot I’d say it was more of a brown mauve colour, but once it’s applied it’s definitely from the gold family and has little specks of glittery dirty gold and rich purpley bronze colour. If I had to describe the colour in one word it would be ‘taupe’ but I think it’s just beautiful!

 

To avoid fallout I used it with an eye shadow primer, and applied it using a patting motion.

Make up used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Tissueweight – up to brow
  • MAC Mauvement Pigment over lid and just above crease
  • MAC Smoulder eyeliner (I was worried about it being too purpley for a daytime look so decided to apply this underneath. I don’t think I needed to worry, as I said above it is quite dark and was very very subtle using the ‘double line’ method)
  • MAC Superslick Liner in Smoky Heir
  • Diorshow Maximiser lash plumper
  • Lancome Hypnose black mascara

  • Guerlain Paurure Extreme Foundation
  • MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer
  • Natural Collection SunTint Bronzer in Golden Glow
  • MAC Stereo Rose MSF as blush
  • MAC Call My Buff Lipstick