Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

When the nation went crazy for Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for Lips, it seemed natural for them to extend the range. The Chubby Sticks are a perfect design for easy application on the go and next week, they are introducing 12 shades for the eyes to the Chubby Stick range.

I went down to the Clinique Head Office last week for their launch, which featured a cute little candy shop and teeny milkshakes from bottles… and got to play with all 12 shades of the new Chubby Sticks.

I was given 2 to take away with me – was complete luck of the drawer as to which 2 that would be – I ended up with Portly Plum and Big Blue.

The outer design is exactly the same as the Chubby Sticks for Lips – they are in a crayon shaped barrel and removing the silver lid reveals a crayon-like product, which you twist the base of to get more of the product out. The only noticeable difference is that Chubby Sticks for Eyes are rounded at the end for easy application to the eye lid, while the lip version is pointed to apply to the lips with ease.

Neither of these are shades I would have picked out – my initial reaction would be to go for the neutral and bronzey shades (Whopping Willow Fuller Fudge and Ample Amber in particular, I’m talking to you!) which, with about 5 different tones, are just gorgeous. However, I seem to be having a little affair with purples at the moment, so was pleased I got to try out Portly Plum. It is a dusky purple with a hint of pinky purpley iridescence. Big Blue reminds me of the colour of Cinderella’s dress – it’s a very pale blue with an almost frosty finish, with pale blue iridescence.

I applied the Portly Plum for the first time and noticed that once it’s on the eyes it is much more sheer than when I had swatched it on my hand. One sweep left a sheer wash, which I patted in with my 4th finger to create a base. One more sweep left a much more opaque finish – it is definitely very buildable and I could have gone over it again and again to create a more dramatic look. I found the shape of the bullet easy to apply the product under my lower lash line too. I used a brush to blend out the edges of the shadow then added some eyeliner and mascara and this is how it looked. (I put a dab of the blue in the inner corners too just to see if it could be used for highlighting purposes… I think it looked ok!)

I found it to be a purpley brown on the eye which is right up my street, so will definitely wear it again! I’d also like to try it as a base to eyeshadows – I think this would look great with a black smokey eye over the top.

The full range of colours is Bountiful Beige, Lots O’Latte, Fuller Fudge, Ample Amber, Whopping Willow, Portly Plum, Pink & Plenty, Curvaceous Coal, Lavish Lilac, Big Blue, Mighty Moss and Massive Midnight. I swatched all of the 12 shades at the event….

There are some lovely ones there aren’t there?!

They launch on 15th February at Clinique Counters nationwide, and priced at £16

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Everyone (myself included) went crazy when Urban Decay released their first two Naked Palettes – a range of 12 shadows on the neutral scale which are perfect for creating brown toned looks and smokey eyes. The only issue some people had, was that most of the shades were shimmery – some people preferred matt finishes, and they would like to see a more matt version along the same line. So that’s what Urban Decay did! They created the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette – a palette containing 5 matt and 1 satin colour.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is a lot smaller than the original Naked & Naked 2 palettes – there are half the amount of shadows, but there is no brush or eyeliner included with this one as there was with the first two. It makes it a really good size to be able to put in a standard sized make up bag without being too bulky, and contains a nice range of colours.

Venus is the only satin colour in the palette – it is a white frosty shade which is perfect for highlighting under the brows, inner corners of the eye, or to add over another of the shadows to give less of a matt finish.

Foxy (which also exists in the Urban Decay permanent line) and Walk of Shame (W.O.S) are both pale fleshy toned shadows, Foxy being more peach, Walk of Shame being more pink. They can be used as a base to any of the shadow looks, or used on their own with a darker colour for contour for a softer looking result. They are also good for neutralising any discolouration your eyelids may have – Foxy knocking out any blue tones, W.O.S taking away redness.

Naked 2 is latte coloured, creamy brown also found in the Naked 2 palette, with Faint being the darker big sister. These two would work well together to create a smokey brown eye look.

Then there’s Crave – the blackest black eyeshadow which is very highly pigmented. This can be used to add definition to the more neutral shadows, or for a full-on black smokey eye.

The colours feel creamy and glide onto the eye easily and last all day – they contain the Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System to ensure you get a great colour pay off from each shadow. Despite there being only 6 colours, it’s a really versatile palette which you can use for both day and night looks.

Here I have created a neutral, daytime look.

For this look I used W.O.S all over the lid with a little Venus over the top, Naked 2 in the socket and blended out, Faint in the crease, blended out and a little crave on the outer V, taking it into the lash line, and blended. I also used a little Naked 2 under the lower lash line and finished with liquid liner and mascara.

And here a more full-on, night time look.

To create this look I used W.O.S to give a nice neutral base, then Faint into and above the crease then blended out. I then patted Crave on all over the lid and into the socket, then blended it into the Faint. I used a small amount of Venus under the brow bone as a highlight, and in the inner corners of my eyes, then with a small brush, applied Crave under the lower lash line. I finished it with black eyeliner in the waterline, and mascara.

I really love it – the range of colours is perfect for me, and a touch of black can vamp up any look! The fact the colours are so highly pigmented and long lasting means this is a perfect little palette for me!

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette costs £20 (fab value too) from Look Fantastic

Mally Citychick In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette

Mally is a brand I had never encountered before, until I attended a QVC event at the end of last year. It is a brand created by make up artist Mally Roncal seven years ago. It’s an American brand, but you can find it over here on QVC.

One of the pieces that drew my attention at the event was the Citychick In The Buff shadow palette. I have to admit, that it was because of it’s resemblance to Urban Decay’s Naked palettes – the size of the actual palette itself the nude tones of eyeshadow make it hard not to draw comparisons.

I was lucky enough to be able to take one of the palettes home with me, and it has not left my make up bag since!

The palette is designed with a mock crocodile skin in green, which is very hard wearing. It’s been bashed about in my make up bag for a couple of months and not showing signs of wear and tear. It has a large mirror which is great for make up on the go, and comes with a double ended fluffy brush, perfect for soft application of product and blending. I find I do use another brush with the palette and use the Mally brush just for blending as I find it a little too soft to pack the product on how I like it.
There is a large Shadow Base in the palette, which is a creamy formula designed to put on the eyelid to neutralise any colour on the eyelid and prime the lid to help the shadow stay on longer and be more vibrant. I found that when I used this my shadow did last longer and didn’t crease.
There are then 11 neutral shades making up the rest of the palette which are a mixture of matt and shimmering colours. Chocolate Diamond is a dark reddy brown colour with flecks of gold glitter, it’s beautiful as an all over colour for a full-on smokey look. Au Naturel is not visible on my swatch photo above, but as it’s such a nothingy shade it’s perfect for creating an even base. 
My favourite colours in the palette are Bubbly, a shimmering iridescent white which if gorgeous for highlighting under the brow or the inner corners of the eye. I also love the shimmery gold and bronze colours – Tigers Eye, Brownstone, Oak, Egyptian Gold and Toast are the ones I tend to lean towards the most. 
What’s great about the palette is it’s versatility to create so many kinds of looks – you could go very nude and neutral, or all out smokalicious with it, with lots of looks in between. I’ve added photos of a couple of middling looks I have used it for in the last few days. 

Pricewise it’s roughly the same as the Naked Palette, but I think they are both worth the value, and both have an equal place in my heart. If this is anything to go by, I look forward to exploring more of the Mally range.
Mally is available at QVC.

Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette

The Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette is a gorgeous, limited edition piece they they have brought out as part of their Christmas 2012 collection. It’s very compact (think half a CD box in size but double the thickness) yet houses a whopping 10 eye shadows and 4 lip glosses, a large mirror and two brushes.

The eye shades included are, from left to right – top row – Navajo, Candlelight Gold (metallic), Petal (shimmer wash), Cement, Prosecco (new). Bottom row – Truffle, Bellini (shimmer wash), Bronze Stone (shimmer wash), Brown Sugar (metallic), Caviar.
They are all very soft, blend-able shadows – I’ve been using the palette for the past few weeks and haven’t experienced any fallout at all which is always a bonus! A lot of the colours are fairly neutral and pale but if you can work in some of the shimmer/metallic, or the Caviar, into your look you can totally vamp it up. Navajo is a great colour for all over the lid as a base, and although you may wonder what a pink shade (Petal) is doing with all these smokey colours, I have been wearing it with caviar and Candlelight Gold for a smokey eye and I think they’re gorgeous together! 
Here I am wearing a fairly strong, and fairly soft look done with this palette. In the top photo I have used a nude lipstick and put the Bobbi Brown gloss on top. The bottom look is done using just the Bobbi gloss (Bare and Bubble Bath mixed together)
The lip colours are very pretty, yet very sheer. They give just a hint of colour to the lips, but a gorgeous glossy finish. When I want a stronger lip, I have been wearing a lipstick with one of the glosses over the top.
The colours are, from left to right – Bubble Bath (new), Chrome Pink (shimmer) (new), Bellini (glitter) & Bare.

I have loved using the palette. It’s such a perfect size, slotting into my make up bag so easily, and the fact the brushes are ‘proper’ Bobbi Brown brushes, shrunk down is perfect too. Another thing I love is that the mirror is as big as the palette so you don’t have to contort yourself to be able to see what you’re doing which you so often get with palettes!

The Bellini Palette costs £59 from plus at the moment they are offering a free mini mascara duo with every order, free delivery (or free named day delivery today only) and a free silver make up bag when you spend over £50 with the code SILVER – bargain!

Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette

I love this time of year – all the cosmetics brands start bringing out their special Christmas Gifts, and this is definitely one I can imagine is going to be on lots of women’s lists! Bobbi Brown’s Lip & Eye Palette in Uber Nude (there’s an Atomic Pink too if that’s more your thing) is a perfectly compact palette containing lip and eye colours perfect for nudey neutral lovers.

Housed in the sleek black plastic casing, are three eye shadows – Navajo, Downtown (a new shade), and Espresso, and three lip colours – Uber Beige, Blushed Heather Glitter Lip Gloss (another new shade), and Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss…. oh and a mirror too!
What I love about the whole palette is it can transform you from a day to night look, if you wanted to go quite light on the eyes for the day, then vamp it up for the evening, Espresso is dark enough to create a fab smokey eye look with Downtown to soften the edges.
Here I am wearing all three eye colours and Uber Beige.

The three eye shadows are very highly pigmented, matt, and easy to blend. 
L-R: Espresso, Downtown, Navajo
The two colours pressed into the lip palette are Blushed Heather, which is soft to the touch, and has a high shine, glittery (but not ott disco-ball territory – it’s more of a subtle gorgeousness that you catch when the light hits you in a certain way) finish, and Uber Beige, which has a lipstick finish and is the perfect warm nude colour.
L-R: Blushed Heather, Uber Beige
Uber Beige
Blushed Heather
In the photo below I am wearing all three eye colours and Blushed Heather lip gloss. 
There is also a mini gloss with a sponge applicator in the palette, Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss, which is much more shimmery as you can see in the photo below. It has a hint of caramel flavour to it which is devine, and lovely soft flecks of gold glitter. It has massive staying power too – ideal for Christmas Party season!

I love it, it’s so mini yet so perfect! What do you think?
The Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette is £36 from Bobbi Brown.

How To: Soft Brown Smokey Eye Tutorial

I go through phases of wearing the same style of make up. At the moment I am loving a bronzey, soft smokey eye with nude lips and today I am going to show you how I do my eyes. There are lots of ways of doing this, this is just one technique, which is the groove that I seem to be stuck in at the moment!

What you will need:
A light eyeshadow (I used MAC Brulee)
A bronze eyeshadow (I used Chanel Ebloui)
Black pencil liner (I used Models Own)
Black mascara (I used Rimmel Volume Flash)
Make up brushes 

1. Prep the eye by patting on the light eyeshadow as a base. Put it all the way up to the socket and in the inner corners of your eye – this will help to open it up.
2. Using a brush with short, firm bristles pat on a thick line of your bronze shadow close to the lid.
3. Using a soft dense brush, move the shadow up to the socket so there is now a gradient of bronze shadow going up your lid. 
4. Use a fluffy brush at the edges to remove any harsh lines.
5. Line your eye close to your lid – don’t worry about being too precise.
6. Repeat step 2.
7. Repeat step 3 – you are layering the eyeshadow on.
8. Using a very small brush, apply bronze shadow to the outer 3/4 of your lower lash line. Stay as close to the lash line as you can!
9. Line the upper lid (more carefully this time) and the lower lash line (gently) – again, staying as close to the lash line as possible.
10. Use a bullet tipped brush to rub the liner gently from side to side to smudge and smoke it out. At the outer corner of your eye, use the brush to push some of the colour into the outer 1/3 of your crease.
11. Use a fluffy brush to remove any harsh edges.
12. Curl your lashes, and apply mascara to top and bottom lashes. 

Although the layering takes a little bit of time, I really like the finished effect. It doesn’t have to be done with bronze – you could use any colour you like – I think it looks really effective with a vibrant purple. I love the contrast of the purple and black together.
What do you think? If you give it a go, let me know how you get on!

Avon Arctic Goddess Collection

Last week I attended the launch of Avon’s new range – the Arctic Goddess Collection. It was in the penthouse suite of the Mayfair hotel, with the most stunning views of London. Alesha Dixon, who is the brand ambassador for Avon, was there, and Pixiwoo, who I got to have a lovely chat with – it was a fab event.

The Arctic Goddess collection has focused on the icy blue and green tones it spotted on the A/W catwalks – there were lots of chilly inspired things there – like the ice sculpture housing the 3 new nail polishes!

I got to take home some pieces from the new collection – the Arctic Goddess Eyeshadow Quad, Pink Icicle Ultra Colour Rich Brilliance Lip gloss, and the three nail polishes – Chilling, Arctic Waters, and Green Goddess.

The eyeshadows feature two light, icy, shimmery tones, and two matte bold cool colours. The top left colour is a silvery lavender colour, the right is a silvery aqua. The bottom left is a turquoise which packs a lot of punch, and the right is a dark grey.

The shimmery colours need a couple of applications to give a strong colour, the matte shadows are extremely pigmented.

I would never, in a trillion years, think to wear blue eyeshadow. I normally steer clear of blues, for no reason other than the fact I’ve never been drawn to them – but after trying these ones to take photos for this blog post – my mind has definitely been opened!

In the photo above, I am also wearing the lipgloss, Pink Icicle.

It comes with a small lip brush applicator and is quite a thin formula – it feels quite slippery on the lips rather than sticky and doesn’t have a flavour. It has lots of teeny pieces of glitter in it that look golden, silver, blue and pink, so it’s quite shimmery and leaves the lips looking very glossy and full.

The three nail polishes from left to right, are Charming, Arctic Waters and Green Goddess. I have Shellac on at the moment, so can’t show you what they look like on my nails – but expect nails of the day featuring these, shortly.

Charming and Green Goddess are very frosty looking in the bottle, and all three shades have some iridescence to them. I particularly love the look of Arctic Waters – it looks like the perfect turquoise with  a hint of pearl.  Green Goddess looks like it will be very multi-tonal, and similar to a certain Chanel colour.

This is the first time I have tried Avon make up, and have been very impressed!

The range launches in November, with prices starting from as litte as £6.

MUA Pro Trio Eyeshadows

When MUA released their Pro range, along came the eyeshadow trios – a small circular palette in which three eyeshadows pop out in a dome-like fashion. I must admit, I went a bit crazy and bought 5 different trios, but at only £2.50 a palette I didn’t break the bank.

The colours are all quite shimmery, which is probably my only downside – but they actually seem to work. The back of each trio gives you a guide of how to use the shadows – use the darkest shade to define and line, the mid shade to blend and shadow, and the lightest shade as a highlight. A small sponge applicator is included in the trio – which at one end is pointed for applying eyeliner and the other a normal eyeshadow sponge. I probably won’t use it, but it’s handy for on-the-go touchups, if you like that kind of thing. I generally found that these shadows were very pigmented and lasted the entire day.

I’m going to show you three of my trios today – out of interest, I used the shadows as suggested, then lined my eyes using Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner and Benefit They’re Real mascara.

Firstly, my favourite, Pink Sorbet:

Although they’re “pink” they actually come out quite brown, in a tone that I really love. The darkest colour is just gorgoeus, and I would definitely buy it if it came as a single shadow. Literally every time I have worn this, I have been asked what eyeshadow I’m wearing. I love it!

Next is Passion:

Yeah ok, don’t look at how rubbishly it’s applied around my eyebrow!! The photo of the shadow on my eye has come out a lot warmer than the swatch on my hand. I’d say the hand swatch is more true to life, but it’s not quite as heather blue once it’s on the eye. I’ve never really worn a full purple/blue eye before, and quite like how it compliments my brown eyes.

Lastly is Innocence:

This was the trio I was immediately drawn to, as these kind of tones are my kind of thing! I’m not over sure about the darkest colour – it has a greenish sheen to it, but I l-o-v-e the midtone shade, again, I would totally buy this as a singular colour. Once it’s on the eye the greenish part isn’t as prominent, but this trio of colours work wonderfully together to create a smoky brown look.

I love that MUA have put three colours together that compliment each other, making it easy for people that struggle to use any more than one shadow on their eyes. Each trio I have tried, I have enjoyed. The shadows glide on easily and last all day – worth much more than the mere £2.50 they cost. Get some!

MUA is available at Superdrug.

Have you bought any of the trios? What do you think?

The Saturdays launch FashionistA Magnetism Nail Polish

On Wednesday night I attended the launch of the FashionistA make up range, which will be coming to a Superdrug near you at the end of October! The Saturdays have created a range of magnetic nail polish for the brand, and were there to tell us all about it.

Each one of the girls has their own colour – Rochelle has ‘All Fired Up Red’, Frankie is ‘Notorious Silver’, Mollie created ‘Purple Me Up’, Una’s is ‘Ego Green’ and Vanessa has ‘Forever is Blue’. They seemed really passionate about the products, and told us they named them using the help from the titles of their songs! I was pleased to see that in all the photos of them in magazines I’ve seen recently, they’ve been wearing the Magnetism Nail Laquer by FashionistA.

There was a chance for us to have our very own Magnetism Laquer manicure which many of the attendees took advantage of. It was amazing to see the magnet working it’s magic!

 You basically paint your nails with the polish, and while the second coat is wet, hold the Magnetized nail magnet over the nail for about 8 seconds. I don’t know the science behind how it works, but it’s such a transformation! I had my nails done with Mollie’s ‘Purple Me Up’ and was really pleased with the results.

The only other magnetic polish I have seen is from higher end brands – and generally with the magnet on the lid of the polish bottle. FashionistA have decided to sell the magnet separately to allow for a whole range of different patterns, such as stars. They are very reasonably priced, with the polishes selling at £6 and magnet for £3. I have been wearing the polish for 2 days now and it’s still perfect!
As well as the amazing polish, we got to see the rest of the FashionistA range. They have many products which all looked fab.
One of my favourite things was the eye shadow/blush palettes – the eyeshadows and blushes can be bought singularly (for £4 each), or you can pop them out of their containers and put them in a 4-pan palette. There was a display stand, as one would see in store, showcasing all the wonderful colours and finishes…
You may be able to see in the photo that there in an offer saying ‘Buy 3 eye or blush shades – get 4th plus your palette FREE’ which is a fantastic deal! You get to hand pick your favourite shades to build a customised palette for only £12. 
We were told we could build our own palette so I had lots of fun swatching the shadows while I tried to make the very hard decision of which would make the cut! As usual I was going for the brown toned shadows – here are some that I swatched on my hand.
There were two palettes to chose from – red or black. I went for red, and finally picked my 4 shadows. Here they are out of the palette…
And here they are popped out and in place!
I’m really happy with the decision I made; I think they are gorgeous colours – and I just love how they glide on without being chalky or powdery.
So, keep your eyes peeled for FashionistA soon – I for one can’t wait to try out more of their products! 

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

Sleek’s latest i-Divine eyeshadow palette offering is the Oh So Special palette, a gorgeous mix of 12 wearable shades that would suit any skin tone. A lot of their previous palettes have been a bit wild and whacky – but this palette has a lot more colours for every-day kind of looks.

 My favourite colours are Gateau, Ribbon, Glitz and Celebrate – although I’m not very good with wearing pinky shades on my eyes, I think they are really pretty colours. Here are some photos of my eyes over a few days that I used this palette…

Overall, I think it’s a great palette for £6.49, but I do struggle with the chalky texture of the shadows which leads to a lot of fall out. They are very highly pigmented, and for the price they’re worth it, but with other brands like MUA Pro bringing out cheaper palettes without the chalky issue, it will make me step back and think if I really want the palette before purchasing. That said, this is definitely one of my favourite Sleek palettes, and if you want to buy one and one only, let this be it!

Please note, this is a scheduled post – I am on holiday and will reply to any comments once I’m back x