Thursday, March 31, 2011

'Stars & Rockets' ..... Product of the week!!

Hey everyone ^_^
This weeks most loved lovely is Mac's eyeshadow 'Stars & Rockets'. A beautiful duo-chrome iridescent Pink/Lilac purple colour, and the first Mac eyeshadow I ever owned!
Much loved and much re-purchased ^_^
Here it is used on my lids in a recent makeup tutorial which you can watch here.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84k4BPcCL6g



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sigma Synthetic Brush Kit Review!

Hey Guys:)
So here's my long awaited Sigma long handled kabuki or synthetic brush kit review!



The only negatives I could think of regarding the brushes were.....
1). The drying time is definitely an over night job, but this is due to the density of the head.
2). It's not conducive to sheer makeup application. (This can be good or bad depending on your needs!)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Favourites..... March 2011 ^_^



All products mentioned!!
(Please use google etc to source your closest suppliers and to check for current prices in your selected currency!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Product of the Week; Sigma - Small Tapered Blending Brush E45



 Sigma makeup brushes are certainly not new to the market but they are relatively new(ish) to me! I first bought the complete 12 brush kit (without the roll) over a year ago after giving into the hype generated through youtube reviews and blog posts. I couldn't believe how impressive the quality of the brushes were considering how inexpensive the kit was (Works out at about €5.00 a brush!)
 I wanted to try out more of the kits since but hadn't really been able to afford it considering I really don't need more makeup brushes (Not that I don't want them though!! Definitely a weakness for me!!) & I didn't have a credit card of my own to go internet shopping willy nilly.
 Fast forward to November 2010 just gone and Sigma sent me out the new 'Sigmax' Synthetic Face Kit for consideration, and I fell in love again! Fantastic & innovative brushes! (Will be doing a thorough review on the Sigma brush kits soon so won't go too in-depth here).
 So a couple of weeks ago I bought the Premium 15 Brush Kit (this time I had no choice but to get it with the brush roll) as a birthday present to myself (from Brendan! Ha ha). Again I am hugely impressed by this kit and the range and uniqueness of the brushes. Now I know that Sigma have modeled most of their brush designs on Mac brushes but many of the Mac counterparts are pro only, or discontinued and of course much more expensive. (Again, I'll tackle the Mac comparison in my upcoming reviews)
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ELF Lip Balm SPF 15 Review!






ELF Eye Transformer Review!



Eye Transformer

Convert your shadows into brand new shades with these four opalescent shadows. Wear alone, under, over or in combination with your other makeup. The opal tones transform your dark color into a new shimmering hue.

Directions


Wear alone or in combination with your favorite eyeshadow or liner color to transform the shade. Simply blend in with other color to create your unique hue.


Net weight: 0.353oz (10g)

Ingredients;


Talc, Zinc Stearate, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Triacontanyl PVP, silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289)








PROS;

*Can change the look of any darker eyeshadow, eye pencil, cream shadow.
*4 colours to choose from in the one palette
*Come with a little mirror built into the palette
*Very affordable @ £3.50
*Plenty of product in the palette

CONS;
*Very soft so may break easily if dropped
*The brush it comes with will most likely be too small for applying over the entire lid
 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Carnivále Mask Makeup Tutorial.


 Hey Guys:)
I finally got around to trying out my first ever mask makeup!!
I was inspired by Carnival, Galway's Arts festival, Gypsy aesthetics & Fortune tellers. And I was largely drawing from my love of the brilliant TV Show "Carnivále" which I was obsessed with when I finally discovered it. (It's amazing, ye should really check it out!!)
Anyhow, as with my previous artistic Makeup tutorials in this vein, I made it up as I went along and was pleased with how it turned out!!
Let me know whet ye think ^_^
(Oh and that massive Bindi on my forehead has been sitting in my drawer for almost 10 years unused, crazy!! I think I bought it in a shop in London somewhere. I actually think it's a belly button design!!)








PRODUCTS USED:

EyeLure Eyeliner Pen
Michael Todd Gel liner "Chocolate Cherry"
BH Cosmetics Eye & Lip Primer
Kryolan SupraColor "White"
MAC "Fascinating" Eye Kohl
ELF Eye Transformer Palette
Urban Decay EyeShadows "Fishnet" & "Ransom"
.....from "Deluxe Shadow Box"
ScreenFace Eyeshadows (Various Palettes)
Mac "BlackTrack" Fluidline
Barry M "Tinsel Lashes"
Eyelure False Lashes
Barry M Glitter Liner "Black"
MAC "Sculpt" Powder
MakeupForever Aqua Lipliner 10C
MAC "Violetta" Lipstick
MAC "Kittinish" Lipstick
MAC "Liquid Lurex" Lipstick (Highlight)


GUIDE:

*First Sketch out the eye shape with black pen.
*Colour in the bulk of the purple base colour of the mask area with purple gel eyeliner, a little lighter towards the forehead.
*Start adding eyeshadows in certain areas for highlights and shading, and to set the base.
*Apply your eyelid colours over a white cream base.
*Apply False Lashes top & bottom.
*Apply shading around the mask edge along the bottom.
*Outline the mask edge in black and go over this with Glitter eyeliner.
*Contour your cheeks.
*Overline your cupid's bow and fill in the rest of the lips.
*Apply a lighter lipstick to the centre of the lips, apply a darker lipstick to the corners and blend the 2 together.
*Apply a highlight to the centre of the lips.

.....AND YOU'RE DONE!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ELF Complexion Perfection Review.

What the website says.....
http://www.eyeslipsface.com
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk


Complexion Perfection

Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin.

Directions


Blend the powder over the entire face to brighten and even out the skin tone as well as neutralize any redness.


Net weight: 0.476oz (13.5g)


Ingredients.....



Mica, Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Boron Nitride.





PROS;
*Very Soft Powder, not at all cakey
*Nice packaging
*Great price
*Good for light colour correction in localised areas

CONS;
*Very pale colours, would only suit paler skin tones
*Can appear ashy very easily if over applied
*Will not cover strong discolouration

ELF Corrective Concealer Palette Review.

What the Website says.....
http://www.eyeslipsface.com
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk


Corrective Concealer

Conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel.

Directions


Use the nude and beige shades to conceal problematic areas. Use the green shade to neutralize redness like that of acne and the lilac shade to brighten yellow tones.


Net weight: 0.19oz (5.4g)


Ingredients.....



Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Mica, Candelilla Wax (Candelilla Cera), Synthetic Wax, Triacontanyl PVP, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax). May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Maganese Violet (CI77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Ultramarine Violet (CI77077).






PROS:
*Very inexpensive at £3.50
*Not at all drying, especially around the eye area
*Nice sleek packaging
*Comes with mirror & small applicator brush

CONS:
*Very little in the way of pigment
*Too sheer to conceal
*Not suitable, too dark for all skin colours
*Hard to pick up enough product
*Doesn't adhere well to the skin

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ELF High Definition Powder Review!



What the website says.....
http://www.eyeslipsface.com
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk


High Definition Powder

The high definition loose powder creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.

Directions


The microfine particles are designed to be used with high-definition camera technology or for everyday wear. Apply powder all over the face for a professional and youthful look of perfection.



Net weight: 0.28oz (8g)


Ingredients;



Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica











PROS:
*Very good at controlling shine & oil absorption
*Diffuses the appearance of fine lines
*Only $6.00
*Comparable to higher end brands counterparts such as MakeupForever's offering of the same powder
*Suitable for all skin tones (When applied sparingly)
*Little goes a long way
*A lot of product in pot

CONS:
*Too much applied to the skin can appear ashy
*May be too drying for drier skin types
*The powder is so fine it goes everywhere if not careful, easily inhaled
*Too much applied to the face can cause flash back in flash photography

ELF Daily Brush Cleaner Review



What the ELF website says.....
http://www.eyeslipsface.com/
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/


Daily Brush Cleaner

An anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Helps to keep your brushes lasting longer for extended use.

Directions


An anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Helps to keep your brushes lasting longer for extended use.


Net Weight: 8.5floz (250ml)

Ingredients.....


Water(Aqua), Alcohol Denat,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Methylparaben.





PROS;
*Brush hairs dry within seconds so very useful for busy jobs with multiple models/clients
*Dis-infects the bristles
*Very affordable at £3.50

CONS;
*Doesn't remove all of the product from the hairs
*Strong alcohol smell
*Prolonged use will be drying to the brush hairs

Hope this helps!!
Chat soon,
Siobhán.
xx

ELF Product Overview.....




I filmed about 5 short review videos on some of the individual products straight after I finished this one and I will upload those asap!!
Check back soon for the first of those, or if you follow my twitter account.....
http://www.twitter.com/LetzMakeup
.....I will always announce new videos and blog posts there!!

Take Care and Chat soon:)
xx

NYX Nail Varnish.... Nom nom ^_^

Now as some of you may know, I'm not a big "Nails" girl. I don't read many blog posts about them, or watch all the Youtube videos showing nail designs and nail varnish hauls that pop-up in my subscriptions. But saying that, I do like wearing nail varnish and am always looking for "Siobhán Friendly" varnish colours.
One brand that has always impressed me is NYX, and this is across the board, including all of their different product types.  In my local beauty supply shop, near the till area, are the NYX stands, one of them being a very impressive nail varnish stand almost as tall as I am!!
My favourite colours tend to be in the pink and purple family and include these 2 beauties.
(One coat of each)


"Princess" NP08


"Vamp" NP24

I have gotten into the habit lately of wearing a different colour on each hand, it started from not being able to decide between which colour i wanted to wear, so I chose both!
And with so many gorgeous shades to choose from why stick with just one!!!
Either way, I love a good nail varnish (or 2) and NYX's range is definitely one of my favourites!!
Worth checking out if ye haven't already!

Thanks a mill Guys:)
Take care,
Siobhán.
xx