MUA Launch Love Hearts Collection

Last night I shimmied on down to Fruitbox, where MUA were launching their new Love Hearts Collection to the press and bloggers.

We ate love heart decorated cakes, and drank gorgeous non alcoholic cocktails from jars while we had a look at the make up goodies Make Up Academy had to offer.

As well as having a sneak peek at the new BB creams and strip lashes which are to come later in the year – we were introduced to the gorgeous new Lovehearts collection – a collaboration with Love Hearts sweets and Make Up Academy for Spring 2012.

The colours are pretty pastel shades with the odd bright thrown in and consist of six nail polishes and five lip balms.

The standard black lids of the nail polishes have been replaced with white Love Heart lids with a big loveheart on the top saying the shade name. I had my nails painted by the amazing Chelsea Dagger in U R FAB which is a gorgeous dusty raspberry colour. It looks very luxurious and shiny, and not at all like it costs £2 a bottle!

The lip balms are also a steal at £2. I got to try out three of them – Sugar Lips, Hot Lips and Sweet Kiss. They taste great – very very sweet, without the bitter aftertaste that some of these type of products have.

As well as being good for your lips, they are fab for adding a little flush of colour to your pout.

The Love Hearts collection will be in Superdrug stores from mid February and available online now at www.muastore.co.uk

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?

MUA Pro Heaven and Earth Palette

I love reading blogs, especially when, because of them, you try a brand you may not ever have without reading a bloggers honest opinion. MUA is one of those brands. My local Superdrug’s MUA stand is not well looked after, so I have always passed it by – however since reading good things, then buying my first few £1 eyeshadows I have been converted!

MUA originally started offering everything of theirs for £1 each. They have now launched their Pro range, with slightly more expensive items, although still very affordable – primer at £4, nail quake at £2.50, eyeshadow trios at £2.50 and 12-pan eyeshadow palettes for a mere £4.

The pro range isn’t officially in stores until next month, but is available at some selected stores (I found mine in Belfast while on a weekend away!) or on superdrug.com 

The palettes were developed by Lisa Valencia, taking inspiration from the shades she mixed most to get top models and celebrities photo shoot ready. There are six palettes in the range, varying from a very daily-wearable Heaven and Earth palette to the more whacky, colourful Pop Tastic palette with the four in between hopefully having something to suit everyone’s taste.

Since buying the Heaven & Earth palette last weekend, I have been using it every single day – so please excuse the non-pristineness in the pics!

The palette is packed with neutrals and has everything you need to do a light browny eye, or a full on smoky brown eye.  The colours are really highly pigmented and soft. Quite often with cheap shadows I find they are chalky, but these are far from it. I have noticed a small amount of fallout when using them, but other than that, I have no complaints.

The colours haven’t been named, so I have numbered them below, just so you know which colours I’m talking about.


I have been wearing number 4 all over my lid, with 10 over the outer 3/4 of my lid and number 5 in the crease – I’ve found them a really nice combination and long lasting. I do my make up around 8am, and everything is still in place by evening.

Other make up used:

  • Concealer (blemishes) – MAC Select Cover Up
  • Concealer (under eyes) – Sephora Colour Correcting Palette (pink)
  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
  • Powder – Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • Bronzer – MAC Lushlight Bronze
  • Highlighter – Bobbi Brown Apricot Shimmer Brick
  • Blusher – MAC Stereo Rose MSF
  • Eyeliner – Rimmel Black Flash Flash Liner
  • Tight line – GOSH Black Ink Velvet Touch eyeliner
  • Mascara – Max Factor Masterpiece Max
  • Lipstick – MAC Hue + MAC Pink Friday + MAC Call My Bluff

I have noticed a couple of colours fairly similar to those already owned. I have swatched them side by side – how similar do you think they are?

All in all I am highly impressed with this palette. The neutral colours are right up my street – very wearable, highly pigmented and long lasting, and I will definitely be checking out more of the pro range once it comes into my local store. I have my eyes on the eyeshadow trios – I need all of them in my life!

Have you tried any of the Pro range yet? What do you think of it?

300 Followers ‘Best of British’ International Giveaway!

During the last few days I hit the 300 followers mark – so to celebrate I am having a giveaway. Thank you all so much that take the time to read, follow and comment on my blog. I love writing it but it’s so nice to know there are other people out there reading my babble and looking at my photos and I hope it helps some others out there too!

You could win (going clockwise round the pic):

  • Barry M Nail Paint in 239 Cyan Blue
  • Sleek True Colour Intense Pigments Lipstick in 833 Fuschia
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Polish in 270 Hot Shot
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 10
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 8
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 11
  • Collection 2000 Lock N Hold Lipgloss in Body Pop 1
  • Barry M Limited Edition Lipgloss (nameless but nude)

This giveaway is open to my followers based all over the world! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment to this post asking to be entered. I will pick a winner at random on 1sr June. There are a handful of requirements needed to enter

  1. You must be a follower of my blog
  2. Leaving a comment will give you one entry, if you comment twice this doesn’t count as two entries
  3. You may get another entry by tweeting about my giveaway and posting the link to it here
  4. If you link to my giveaway on your blog sidebar and come and leave a comment telling me about it, you will gain three extra entries

      
    If you are not a follower your entry will not count!
    Good luck, and thank you!

    MUA Eyeshadows Haul

    I say “haul” because I bought 5 of the things, but you can’t really call it a haul when the grand total rung up at the till was £5, can you?!

    I had always passed the MUA (Makeup Academy) stand by in Superdrug – in my local store it’s tucked away at the end of an aisle, like it’s not worthy of standing side by side with the rest of the make up brands. The way it’s displayed makes it feel cheap and unimportant. I hadn’t realised that the shadows were only £1 each, but I would have guessed at that kind of price from the ramshackle display.

    A good blogging friend of mine, Zoe, said on her blog Diamond Solitaire that she really rates them, so I thought I would try them out too, what with them being £1, it’s not the end of the world if they aren’t great.

    I haven’t tested them on my eyes yet, but from swatching they seem like great quality shadows. They are highly pigmented, not chalky, glide on well and are really interesting colours. The silver (shade 3) in particular is extremely metallic and glossy and not like anything else I have.

    As I was choosing which to buy I did wonder if I had something similar in my 88 palettes, but these are a totally different consistency and seem to pack more punch.

    At a first glance, I am very impressed and will be returning to see what else they have in their collection. I will try the shadows over the coming week and post some photos for you to see. In the mean time, here are my swatches:

    Do you own any MUA products? What do you think?