HyperSmash Hues N Blues: 2011

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick note to wish you all a healthy, happy Christmas. If you don't celebrate, I hope you are all well! I have a very packed week or so ahead of me, so I will probably speak to you again in the new year. :)

Best Wishes

Monday, 19 December 2011

FOTD: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Hello! I thought today I would do a bit of a Christmas themed look. I know it's been done a thousand times before, but I love it. Glittery red lips and neutral, 50's style eye makeup.

Sorry my skin is bad and my lips are cracked at the corners. Oh well! Anyway, for this look I used:


e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light
Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions (as cheek highlight)
Sleek Blush in Suede
Ulta blush, can't remember the shade


Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What's Nude
Asda George 4 colour eye palette in chestnut
Black mascara


Barry M Lip Liner in shade 3
Nyx Round Lipstick in Snow White
The Body Needs red glitter

Hope you like this look, and you all have a lovely Christmas if you celebrate!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

FOTD: Living Dead Dragon

This is a look I wore last weekend when I went out for a friend's Hen party. I wanted to do something slightly 1920s inspired, so I went for a dark eye with green tones, which was darker at the inner eye area.

Sorry I look so miserable in the full face pic, I hate taking them haha! Anyway, here's what I used:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
Spellbound Cosmetics Dragon Scales
Hi Fi Cosmetics Living Dead Girl
MAC White Gold Pigment
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero
Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Harness


e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Sin


Collection 2000 CreamPuff Moisturising Lip Cream in Angel Delight

Dragon Scales is the main colour in this look, it's a MAC Club-esque brown/green duochrome which, as usual, looks awesome over a black base. For this look, rather than my usual smoky look with this type of colour, I brought more of the dark colours into the inner eye area, quite high up which reminds me of the silent movie stars. I hope you like it!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

EOTDs: Rainbow and Cut Crease

Hi everyone, just a quick post with a couple of the looks I've worn over the past week for you. The first one is a rainbow eye I did to wear to a makeup event I went to in Manchester.

It looks kinda faded in the pictures but it was quite bright in person, except for the inner corner. I can't remember exactly what I used, but I used Sleek Curacao palette and Kawaii from Shiro cosmetics for definite :)

The next look I wore last night to go see a production of Top Hat, which was really lovely!

I'm practising cut crease looks as I absolutely love how they look. It's a bit creased since I took these pictures when I got in at the end of the night. For this one I used Nyx jumbo eye pencils in Milk and Black Bean, Spellbound Cosmetics' Enchanted on the lid mixed with Shiro's Lolita. I used black and silver in the crease from a cheap Claire's palette. The waterline is a white pencil with Fyrinnae Omgwtf pressed over the top, and the lashes are Ardell demi 101s.

Hope you like them! I have picked up a fair bit of makeup lately, as I've been to the Clothes Show Live, so hopefully I will get some swatches up for you! I do plan on using a lot of it in my kit though so you might not see it in looks on here.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Experiments: Cut-Crease Attempt #1

Hello! I've been obsessing over makeup by Lauren aka queenofblending lately, and she is an expert in the cut crease look, so I wanted to see if I could do it myself! I've had a go using just simple colours and some glitter. Hopefully I will be able to do a modified version of this over the Christmas period, as I feel dragalicious makeup is totally appropriate for works do's, family gatherings and the like...

Aaand the obligatory blurry omg sparkly picture:

I'm actually really pleased with how this turned out. The lid looks a little dirty, so I would probably use a different colour other than white next time, and I'd use glitter which is closer to the eyeshadow colour. Cool as this one with reflects is, maybe its not perfect with this look.

I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Sugarpill Tako
Sleek black from Curacao palette
Silvery/grey colour and dark grey from cheapo Claire's palette
White/green duochrome colour from Sue Moxley palette
No-name glitter eyeliner (as a base)
MAC Glitter Reflects Blue
Smashbox liquid eyeliner pen
Covergirl Lashblast

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

EOTD: Fire and Water

Hi everyone! This look is what I wore today; very bright and crazy colours but I still wore it out to the Post Office. That's how I roll. Here's the pics:

For this look I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Sleek Curacao palette (the light turquoise colour)
Sleek Aruba blusher
Sugarpill Flamepoint, Love+ and Poison Plum

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

I'm Baaack!

Hello, I've finally got some looks to show you! Yay! Just a quick few photos, they're not the best quality as I'm just figuring out where the best place for light is etc.

This look was done using Fyrinnae Parental Advisory on the lid, with a little bit of Sennyo in the centre of the lid, and MAC Violet Pigment in the crease. I used Shiro Cosmetics Lolita to blend it upwards, and in the inner corner. On the lower lashline I used Barry M Kingfisher (I think!) and something else I can't remember (sorry!). But it was a deep teal with a blackened base.

Sorry for the terrible blurry photos, I blame the bad light! I used Wrapped Up from the Sleek Au Naturel Palette, and Urban Decay Sidecar on the lid, and I think I used Darkhorse on the lid. Another glitter bomb from Urban Decay as you can tell! I should've used some Pixie Epoxy with Sidecar, oh well...

And for those interested, I'll talk a little bit about the college course I'm doing. I've just started a course in fashion and photographic makeup, and I'm enjoying it so much! I've only been doing it for three weeks thus far, but I've enjoyed every minute. We finally got to get brushes in our hands this week, as we got our kits in and were shown how to apply foundation. So much fun! All the girls in the class seem really lovely, and I can't wait til we get to do some more colourful stuff! :D Let me know if there's anything you want to know about the course, you can contact me here or on Twitter if you like.

Bye for now!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Still Here!

Hi guys, sorry for the long absence, have been very busy but I will be back asap with some posts for you. I hope to have a few reviews coming up as well as some more looks. I have started college now studying makeup, so while I am really busy at the moment, I am feeling more inspired and can't wait to show you the stuff I will be doing.

Speak to you soon! Thanks for waiting :)

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Hi everyone, just a quick update to let you know I won't be posting much over the next couple of weeks. I'm moving house, so not sure when we'll get connected to the internet so I don't know when I will be able to start posting again. I will try schedule a couple of posts if I get time, but I'm not promising anything!

Just so you know I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Indie4Ever Review: Haus of Gloi Sugar Exfoliant

Hello! Today I have a review of one of my all-time favourite bath and body products. I'm doing this as part of KimmieKarmaLove's Indie4Ever project.

It's Haus of Gloi's Sugar Exfoliant, also called the Emulsifying Scrub on their website.

The labels on Haus of Gloi products are always beautiful, with the description and directions on the label. The labels on bath/body products are made of a plastic-y material so water won't smudge the writing. The graphics coordinate with the name and idea surrounding each scent.

They describe the product as:

"A luscious in shower confection designed to both moisturize and buff your skin to incredible softness! Our made from scratch recipe begins with heaps of organic sugar, pure shea butter and coconut oil whipped lightly with a host of a skin loving olive and apricot oils. These emulsifying scrubs are balmy in texture, do not require stirring and never leave you feeling too greasy after use. When combined with water these scrubs emulse into a very light cream and rinse away leaving you perfectly moisturized and divinely scented! 100% vegan, always."

I really like this scrub, as it is the perfect amount of scrubbiness for the body, and really gets the skin smooth. I think this scrub, as opposed to the other type Haus of Gloi make, the Bubbling Scrub, would be my pick for dry skin. After using it, I feel like the oil and shea butter stays on your skin to leave a moisturising layer. Despite this, I never feel greasy after getting out of the shower, however I wouldn't use this in the bath then wash my hair in it! If you do use it in the bath you can see the oils on top of the water, Because of this, if you suffer from acne on your body or don't like a lot of moisturiser or oils on your skin, you might not like this product. If that's you I'd probably recommend the bubbling scrub instead, which washes away more cleanly.

I suffer from bumps on my legs, and this is the only thing I find helps them to go away, when used in conjunction with a body butter or their Body Emulsion. This definitely helps to smooth the skin out a lot.

As for the scents, I have loved every scent I've tried from Haus of Gloi. The descriptions on their website are very accurate to me. My favourite for the scrub is probably Picaroon, which is a salty limey smell, very refreshing for in the shower. You can also get perfumes and body butters in the same scent, which can help keep that smell on your skin for longer.

Overall I think this is a fantastic product which I highly recommend! UK/non US customers should be aware that because these are heavy products, the shipping costs are fairly high, and you may encounter import tax, but I still feel the price is very reasonable for such a well-made and thought out product.

Sugar Exfoliants are available from hausofgloi.com and are priced at $10 for 7.5oz, or $2 for a 1oz sample.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Shiro Cosmetics Kawaiishadow Collection

Just a quick review and swatches of something I received recently today. A while ago I made my first order from Shiro Cosmetics, and part of that included the Kawaiishadow set of eyeshadows.

The shadows come as a collection of all five pastel shades of eyeshadows, wrapped beautifully, with a couple of Japanese sweets thrown in. You can see on the website how they are presented.They would definitely make a great present to someone, and you can tell a lot of thought and love went into the wrapping and design of the items.

The jars all have stickers on top with kawaii little faces on, which coordinate with the colour of the shadow inside. One thing I would say about the packaging is that because the stickers are paper rather than shiny plastic-y labels, they might get stained with products, or if you get them wet the ink may run.

Onto the swatches

They were swatched dry over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Sorry about the goosebumps, I had to go into my cold bathroom to photograph!

The shadows themselves are nicely pigmented, especially for paler shades, which I often find to be more sheer. The pink one (Kawaii) doesn't look as good as the others, but I think that's just because it's quite close to my skin colour. The shimmer in them isn't too much, but makes sure they are easy to apply and blendable.

I think they would work really well as inner corner colours as part of a bright eyeshadow look and I can't wait to use them over Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk!

I think the main issue people might have with these is that you have to buy the full set off full-sized eyeshadows. The current price on the website is $28 for 5 2 gram jars of shadow, which is really good, but could put people off if they only want one, or just want to try them out. But overall I think this is a lovely product which is really well thought-out and professional.

I'll be posting more reviews/swatches of the other things I bought from Shiro soon hopefully so look out for that!

The Kawaiishadow Collection is available from http://www.shirocosmetics.com and is priced at $28.

Friday, 30 September 2011

EOTD: Faded Sunset

Hello everyone! This is a look I did one evening this week. We've been having beautiful sunsets every night this week, and unusually hot weather for this time of year, so I wanted to do an eyeshadow look that reflected the sky's colours.

For this look I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions (inner corner and lid)
Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (lid)
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic in Faerie Glamour (outer corner and crease)

Hope you like this look :)

Monday, 26 September 2011

EOTD: Journey of a Dinosaur

Here's a look I did today with Fyrinnae's Dinosaur Plushie. As always, photos don't do this eyeshadow justice at all.

The crease colour is actually matte but looks shimmery since the Dinosaur Plushie sparkles got all over :)

What I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese
Fyrinnae Dinosaur Plushie
HiFi Cosmetics Journey of a Gemini
Janet Colours Dust - not sure it has a name/shade number but it's a neon matte pinky purple.

In other news, I'm going to college soon to study a course on makeup, so hopefully I will be able to post about some of the things I have done on the course for you. I can't wait to get started, although of course I'm nervous at the same time. 

Hope you are all well!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

EOTD: It only hurts when I mauve!

Hello! Just a quick post to show you today's look and one from Saturday night. My skin is quite bad at the moment so full face shots are not looking great.

I just used Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Pigment in Mauvement all over the lid, and Hi Fi Cosmetics My Pain in the crease/outer corner. I used Urban Decay Virgin as my brow and inner corner highlight. Then I used a tiny bit of elf brown cream liner on the upper lashline, and black mascara.

Sorry these pictures are a bit blurry, and the last one is horrible, but shows the makeup :p

I used:

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Sleek Acid and Curacao palettes
Sugarpill Dollipop and Poison Plum.
HiFi Cosmetics Morbid Faith
Sleek Suede blusher.

Hope you like these looks!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Eyes of the Day - Banana Meerkat

This look was the result of wanting to use the neglected yellows in my collection like Fyrinnae Banana Mochi. It's a lovely soft shimmery yellow, something I don't often use, as I usually want either a proper gold, or a bold matte yellow. But I think it actually looks lovely!

I also used some other soft pretty colours for this look.

Hi Fi Cosmetics So What is a beautiful pale pink with blue shimmer, used on the lid.
Fyrinnae Meerkat in the outer corner.
A tiny bit of Hi Fi In Bloom between So What and Meerkat.

On the cheeks I have Evil Shades Blush in Gossamer. I can't tell you how much I love this blusher, it's beautiful. I've been looking for something with a strong blue duochrome for ages, and this definitely fits the bill. I'll hopefully get a more in depth post up about Evil Shades and the products I've tried from them :)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Experiments in Makeup

Hi everyone! Today I spent most of the afternoon messing about with makeup and seeing what I could come up with. I like to do crazy stuff then just wash it off, if only to play with stuff in my collection that gets neglected.

My favourite look I created today was another one inspired by Pat McGrath's work:

As you can see I tried to conceal my eyebrow, but it's still visible. It was only my second time trying this though, so I guess practise will make perfect :)

I used Sugarpil eyeshadows except for the black, which was Sleek, and the pale blue under the eye is Fyrinnae's Winter Again.

I also did another eye look which is a bit drag queen so therefore I really enjoyed!

And I also tried something which didn't turn out very well, but I'll show you anyway.

For this look I used Sleek and Nyx eyeshadows and Ardell 117 lashes.

Glitter lips!

Something I have learnt through blogging: glitter is a massive pain to photograph! Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post!