Wild About Beauty Safari Nights Collection

The first time I heard about Wild About Beauty I was working on a show for Nicholas Oakwell’s Couture collection – the head make up artist, Michelle Campbell had some of the products in her kit and was raving about how great they are.

Wild About Beauty is a range created by Louise Redknapp and make up artist Kim Jacob. After the birth of her son, Louise developed pigmentation on her skin – Kim made her skin look so good without the need of heavy make up, that they put their heads together and Wild About Beauty was born in September 2012. This isn’t your average line of make up that a celebrity has decided to endorse – this is high quality, gorgeous make up created by both of these ladies.

They have recently released a limited edition collection for spring / summer, focusing on sunkissed, natural hues – Safari Nights. The collection is made up of a multi-purpose palette ‘Safari Nights’ (£29), three nail polishes (£9) ‘Flora’ (coral), ‘Martin’ (bronze) and ‘Tanwen’ (green), and a coloured Nutrilips Balm ‘Camelia’ (£14).

The Safari Nights palette is a sleek, compact mirrored palette housing two powder shadows (Aine & Polly), two creme shadows (Edna & Buster), one multi-purpose tint (Sandra), a Nutrilips gloss (Sasha), an Ultra Dewy Glow Stick (Benny) and an Ultra Sheer Powder Blush (Kitty).

The products are all very nicely pigmented and a gorgeous range of metallic and earthy tones, perfect for a smokey or sunkissed look. I love that all the shades have human names too! As a make up artist, this is an expertly designed product for putting in my kit as it’s so versatile and has such a wide range of products inside. I found that the blush pan size was a little small for my usual blush brush, so I swirled the tip round a little more gently to pick up the product.

For the look above, once I had applied my base, I used Kitty blush with a dab of Benny glow stick above it to highlight.  I used Sandra all over my lid up to my socket then blended the edges. I used Polly in the crease and outer corner of my lid, and a little Aine in the middle and under my lower lash line. I added black liner to my inner eyes, applied some mascara, and finished with the Sasha gloss.

I am really pleased at how much of my face I have managed to get done with only one palette and 3 extra items – for travelling this will be a massive space-saver! The products applied and blended really well – the creme eyeshadows act as the perfect base for the powders which cling to it beautifully without creasing.

I also tried out Flora from the nail polish range – I was really impressed with the formula – it’s nice and thick without being gloopy and applies evenly. The brush is medium thickness and easy to use. The colour is coral with a slightly whitish undertone – it’s really pretty and will look even better with a tan! I think it’s one of those shades that would look great on any skin tone.

For my first delve into Wild About Beauty, I am thoroughly impressed and look forward to exploring more of the range.

Wild About Beauty is available at wildaboutbeauty.com and selected House of Fraser and Debenhams stores.

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 Bobbibrown.co.uk 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: Depot Lipsticks

Depotting lipsticks can be useful on both a professional and personal level.

When I’ve been working with make up, particularly at catwalk shows, it’s really annoying to not be able to see all your shades of lipstick – having to turn them over to read the name, trying to remember the name and which shade that is and opening and closing loads of lids until you find something you’re after. Having them depotted and in a palette means all your colours are there for you to see, and it’s easy to show your client what colour(s) you are thinking of using.

On a personal level – this is a fantastic way to save a broken lipstick, or if you just fancy having a lipstick palette!

The most useful type of empty container to use seem to be pill boxes. I got this one from Muji to make this palette. I also have some of these which can be separated which I use for mixing lipsticks together, or if we are working as a team of make up artists and all need to use the same colour lipstick. These would be good for you to use for at home, as you can separate one of the compartments for handbag use! You can do this in empty lip-gloss type pots too.

So…  first of all I chose which of my lipsticks I was going to put in my palette

Fact fans will want to know which lipsticks these are!  They are all MAC and shades are as follows:

one – Rebel
two – Myth
three – Morange
four – Lovelorn
five – Patisserie
six – Shy Girl
seven – Vegas Volt
eight – Ravishing
nine – Half ‘n’ Half
ten – Chatterbox
eleven – Russian Red
twelve – Creme Cup

Twist out your lipstick as far as it will go, then using a scalpel or a knife, cut the lipstick off and into one of the compartments. If your cutting equipment is too large for this part you could use the end of a spoon to scrape out the rest of the product from the container.

Keep going until you have filled your palette, but make sure you lay down the empty containers in order so you know which lipstick is in which place!

You can peel the stickers off the bottom of the original packaging and put them on the palette under the corresponding lipstick, or make your own stickers.

You can leave your lipsticks like that, or if you’d prefer them to look a little neater, you can melt them in the microwave. I was a little sceptical of doing this, worried that it might mess up some of the formula, but after a little online research, and the fact that some of my tutors had done it, I decided to go for it.

I microwaved at 20 seconds at a time until the lipsticks were entirely liquid. I would recommend leaving the palette in the microwave for a while after to enable them to start to solidify to prevent any overspill.

I was too impatient, and got them out immediately – you can see the pink has spilled a little into the nude lipstick where I lifted them and the liquids were higher than the gap in the separator. I will scoop this out once it has hardened.

And there you have it!

Don’t forget, if you do this with MAC lipsticks, to take your empty containers back to MAC for free lipsticks!

Hope this has been useful to someone – let me know how you get on! x

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

Sleek – i-Divine Bad Girl Palette

Sleek Make Up have recently launched two new palettes – the Good Girl, and the Bad Girl. The Good Girl palette is various different shades of pink, and was made because of inspiration from a fan. I can’t really pull off the pinky-eyed look without looking like a character from Pinky and The Brain character unless it’s got shed-loads of brown in there too, so I decided to leave it and instead plumped for the Bad Girl palette. The Bad Girl is much more suited to me – with 12 shades perfect for creating smokey eyed looks and really impactful make up.

I am yet to actually try them on my eyes, but from swatching them there are a few which immediately jump out to me. Twilight is stunning, a really highly pigmented black toned purple. Abyss looks to me like the eyeshadow equivalent of OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop. Intoxicated is a gorgeous forest green shade.  Underground seemed a little hard to work with, I needed a lot more of it to get any colour from it. Gunmetal is quite similar to Urban Decay’s Gunmetal – are they allowed to do that?! I really like that this time round they have decided to give the shadows names, some how it makes it feel like much more of a pricey product rather than it sitting among the likes of the 88 nameless shades in the cheap as chips 88 palette.

While I’m on the subject of cost – this palette will set you back a mere £5.99 – that works out at almost 50p per colour, can’t really go wrong can you!? Yes the shadows aren’t quite the same quality you’d expect from the likes of MAC but this is a fantastic way of playing with colour inexpensively. The shadow is a little chalky but it’s highly pigmented and teamed with a primer I bet they will look fantastic on the eyes. I was at a photoshoot for Marie Claire recently and the make up artist had a range of Sleek palettes in her kit – if they’re good enough for her, they’ll do me fine!

in case you can’t read the names –  top row, L-R: Innocence, Gullible, Blade, Gun Metal, Underground & Noir. Bottom row L-R: Intoxicated, Envy, Obnoxious, Abyss, Twilight & Rebel.

Guerlain Ombre Perlees 409 Palette

Excuse the scrappy photos, I have used this before, if you hadn’t noticed!

This eyeshadow quad by Guerlain comes in a little velvet pouch within its box, adding to the feeling that you have bought a luxurious brand. The casing is silver with the logo to the front of the rounded square. Inside you are presented with four eyeshadows with a sunburst pattern imprinted into them. The two shadows on the left of the palette have a very pale shadow with a very slight shimmer in it built into them forming part of a floral design.

The palette has a mirrored lid and comes with two sponge applicator brushes. One standard eyeshadow type brush and the other is thinner for using as liner.

 The first two colours are really quite light and neutral. The first on the left is the one that is top left on the palette, then the one under it, then the top right and then bottom right. The brown that is swatched last has tiny specks of metallic shimmer in it, but nothing like what the Sleek palette was like. It’s still mainly a matte shade with a hint of iridescence.

Here I used the top left colour all over my whole lid up to underneath my eyebrow, and under the inner corners of my eye, then used the bottom left over the lid and the bottom right in the creases.

Other make up used:

  • Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Select Cover-Up in NC20 on blemishes
  • Sephora Corrector Palette under eyes
  • Natural Collection SunTint Bronzing Powder in Golden Glow
  • MAC Stereo Rose MSF as blush
  • MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush on apples of cheeks
  • MAC Smoulder kohl under lower lashes
  • NARS Liquid eyeliner in Angel Heart on upper lid
  • Diorshow Maximiser lash serum
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara (black)
  • MAC Underage Lipglass

 The eyeshadows have a velvety finish to them and glide on to the eye really well and comfortably – there’s no dragging, but I found due to these being quite light tones you do have to load the product onto the brush. Lasts well and wears well – big thumbs up from me.