SLEEK I-DIVINE VINTAGE ROMANCE PALETTE: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance Palette

I got this palette in my Christmas stocking but considering it’s only €10 it might be the perfect little treat to yourself as a little pick me up to beat off the January blues. Let’s face it, most of us are a bit lighter in the wallet after Christmas and with the weather being so miserable, a little treat could be just what the beauty blogger ordered.

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The Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance Palette contains 12 mineral based eye shadows. It contains a nice mix of cool and warm tones that range from neutral to purples and plums. The palette contains two matte shades, two satin shadows and the rest have a frosted finish. The range of colours contained in this palette can be used to create endless eye looks. I had a look at some of the other Sleek palettes but the colours in this one appeal to me the most; the purples, plums and gold shades bring out the green in my eyes. I think the shadows are really good quality, they are all well pigmented, easy to blend, and last well even on my oily lids. With primer they last until i wash them off. The packaging is sturdy plastic and it clasps tight so it should be safe in a handbag.

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L-R: Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Romance in Rome, Propose in Prague

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L-R: A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlow, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Bliss in Barcelona, Forever in Florence, Love in London

Here is a soft neutral look I did with this palette, I will have more looks soon:

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Have you tied any of the Sleek palettes?

MAC BELUGA EYE SHADOW: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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I went away for the weekend to Limerick and of course I brought loads of makeup with me. As for eye makeup all I needed and all I actually used was Lancôme’s Hypnose mascara, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer, and MAC Beluga eye shadow, which I also used to line the lower lashes. This was my go to look for both nights; it was quick and easy and looked good, even if I do say so myself. So my MAC eye shadow palette, three eyeliners and two other loose eye shadows basically just took up space and added weight to my bag. A slight bug bearer considering I managed to remember to bring all that and then left my going out clothes at home, after packing them so neatly in a separate dress bag. On the plus side they definitely didn’t get creased, and I had an excuse to go shopping for some new clothes (as if I needed an excuse).

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Beluga is described on the MAC website as “dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl”. To my eye it is a beautiful dark antique green with gold pearl. It looks very sparkly in the pan but it is not that sparkly on the lids; it’s more like a metallic shimmer. As you would expect from MAC, it’s soft, creamy and easy to blend. It’s really well pigmented and long lasting, also there is little to no fall out. I love that this is a dark colour but it’s not as harsh on me as black or dark grey. It’s nice to have an alternative to my usual browns for a smoky eye look. So here is a look at it on my eyes:

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What is your go to for a quick and easy eye look?

URBAN DECAY DIAMOND DOG MOONDUST EYESHADOW: LOOK AND PICTURES

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Diamond Dog is a deep brown shadow with gold glitter. The promise is “micro fine bits of iridescent sparkle colliding with intense dreamy hues and 3-D metallics”. It’s semi-sheer when applied dry, which is what I did, but can be intensified by applying wet, which is what I should have done. Applying it wet would have minimised the fall out. A fair bit of glitter landed under my eyes, but other than that I really like this eye shadow. I could also have either applied my eye makeup first before my foundation or just used tissue under my eyes to catch the fall out.

So here is how I wore it on Saturday night.

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MAC Mulch

First I applied MAC paint pot Painterly as my primer. Then I applied MAC mulch in the crease as a contour.

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MAC Embark
Then I applied MAC Embark to the outer corner to make it darker for a bit of depth.

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I patted Diamond Dog all over the eye lid.

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Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in Bronze to line around the eyes, including the tight and water lines and then I smudged over the eyeliner with MAC mulch to soften the lines.

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On the lashes is L’Oreal Hypnose mascara and to finish a sweep of Mac Phloof along the brow bone for a highlight and job done.

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Here is the rest of the face with MAC Peaches blush, and Dior Addict lipstick in Jet Set.

Have you tried any of Urban Decay’s Moondust eyeshadows?

MAC Fireside: Review & Pics

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMAC Fireside Mineralise eyeshadow is from the Après Chic limited edition collection, which is a recent release. There are five mineralise eyeshadows in this collection but Fireside is the one that caught my eye and really it’s the only one in the collection that tempted me. At €21.50 it’s not cheap but it is good value as you are getting a really diverse colour that will last ages.

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It is so rich in colour. It has tones of purple and plum as well as red and brown, all with a little twist of teal running through it. That’s what I love about MAC mineralise eyeshadows, there’s always so much going on, however it makes them hard to describe and capture on camera. The warm rich tones of Fireside are a perfect combination of all the colours that emphasize green eyes, which is why I love it so much. In fact I wore it out twice over the weekend and I more or less used it all on its own both times.

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All I used in this look is Fireside, a little high light in the inner corner, liner and mascara, job done. Quick and easy but looks like there was more work put in. You can use it wet or dry and create a great smokey eye with this or just use it to contour the crease. Have you checked out any of the Après Chic collection yet?

Eye Makeup Tutorial: Shimmering Bronze

I find black eye makeup to be too harsh for my colouring so the colours I turn to most often are browns and purples. Today I am going to show you my go-to bronze brown eye makeup look for a night out. This is quick and simple but looks impressive.

I’m using mostly MAC shadows and brushes, but you may find similar products from any brands that you have in your stash.

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(Tempting, Mulch, Embark)

To start I always prime my lids with MAC paint pot in painterly. Then I blend MAC Mulch in to the crease with a MAC 217 brush.
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Then I work some MAC Embark into the outer corner with a MAC 219 brush and blend it in with the 217.
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Next I apply MAC Tempting on the lid, I use a Gosh shader brush to pat the colour on.
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I line the inside and outside of the upper and lower lashes with Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze. Then I dip my 219 into the MAC Mulch and go over my liner with the shadow to soften the lines and give the liner more longevity.
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A quick dab of MAC Phloof in the inner corner of the eye and also sweep it under the other corner of the brow for a highlight. Lash on loads of Loreal 4D mascara on the lashes to finish things off perfectly.

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Tempting is one of my favourite eyeshadows, I love the shimmer and the bronze tone, eventhough the MAC website describes as a satin rich coco brown. Tempting really makes the green of my eyes pop. What is your favourite eyeshadow?

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The blush is MAC fluerpower and the the Lipstick is MAC Peach Passion.