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Foundation Masterclass Part 3 – Your Tools Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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Now you’ve picked your foundation – how best to apply it? Gone are the days when your fingers would do, and even sponges seem to be hard done by, with everyone telling us we should be using a foundation brush, but which is best? This pic represents my selection of ‘base’ tools (click to see full-sized).

Although I’ll mainly be talking about foundation, I thought I’d include my two main powder brushes for those of you who use powder foundation (MMU or otherwise). Personally I am not a fan of the ‘buffing’ technique that many of the MMU companies advocate, I prefer to brush mine on in a simlar motion to how I would apply liquid foundation, controlling it over the areas that need it in a stroking motion. But, onto the tools for liquid.. (more…)

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Quick Pics – NYX Trio Eyeshadows Monday, June 16, 2008

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Just a quickie to whet your appetite whilst I’m busy. Six of my favourite NYX trios. All are pearl except TS13 – the two pinks and the blue. Purple/Deep Purple/Prune is possibly my absolute favourite – it does fantastic smokey purple eyes.

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Swatches and Reviews – LA Colors 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow Palettes Friday, June 13, 2008

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Available from: Cherryculture.com, Ebay, various drugstores in US and Canada

I first saw these palettes on Nessasary Makeup when the lovely Vanessa did a look using the ‘Tease’ set (which was also called Pixie at some point). Inspired by the colours, the price, and Vanessa’s reviews, I ordered 6 sets – Tease, Enchanted, Wildflower, Fabulous, Unforgettable, and Tea Time.

 

 

*Bigger images are available to view in my Photobucket – http://s301.photobucket.com/albums/nn46/kittylamour/ without the size constraints of WordPress*

So, what did I think..?

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What Do You Want To See Next? Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Anyone who has visited Kitty’s Closet regularly (and I’m hoping there are some of you!) may have noticed I’m a little, er, erratic with my posts. It tends to happen that I’ll have several days or a week when I’m really busy, or distracted, and I don’t post anything, and then – like today – when I have nothing doing and do several posts at once. So, I’m trying to get a bit more organised and write posts in advance so I can then publish them more evenly. So far I have a review and swatches of LA Colors 5 Color Metallic Eye Palettes waiting in the wings, but I thought I’d ask – what do you want to see?

More makeup looks? Continuing tutorials? Swatches and stash pics? Opinion articles (like Highland Fling and Nausteating Nauticals)? I have a lot of nail polish swatch pics already waiting to be published from my time on Makeup Alley and am also hoping to review/swatch some of the following: NYX lipsticks (I also have glosses but they are proving harder to photograph); pigment swatches; Benefit cream eyeshadows; new Sleek ‘Inkpot’ Gel Eyeliners; Benefit silky finish lipsticks.

Anyway, if there is anyone reading 😉 let me know what you want to see! xxx

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Swatches Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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I lurve lurve lurve my eyeshadow pencils, and NYX Jumbos are some of the best.

*CLICK ON THE PIC TO OPEN FULL-SIZE IN A NEW WINDOW*

Creamy, pigmented and overall fab, they are great for both lining and colouring the whole lid. Lemon, a fizzy green with golden sparkles, is one of my favourites at the moment, whilst Oyster and Purple are also both iridecent (Oyster is cool pinky lilac with blue iridescence, and Purple is a cool two-tone blue-purple). Because they are quite waxy my tip for getting these babies to last and last is to apply a good base first, such as Benefit Lemonaid, or MAD Minerals Eyeshadow Primer Base. With both products I apply two thin layers, blotting it well into my skin, then allow to set for a few minutes before continuing with colour. Afterwards, set the Jumbo Pencil with a light dusting of transluscent powder or a mineral finishing or setting powder.

Hot Pop Nails Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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It’s summer (at last!) and the shops are full of brightly coloured clothes and accessories. From bright neons to crayon-box colours and pretty pastels, colour is most definitely where it’s at this season, as this selection from New Look proves.

The question is, would you take these colours as far as your beauty regime, and in particular your nails? (more…)

Foundation Masterclass Part 2 – choosing a type Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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A little late, but better late than never.. Part 2 of the Foundation Masterclass is all about choosing your type of base.
There are a lot of ‘sub types’ to choose from, but I’m grouping them into the general categories of:
Liquid; Stick; Powder; Cream and Mousse.

Liquid Foundationis one of the most common, and also the most versatile. This is partly due to the fact that formulations have become a lot more advanced and so there are so many types on the market – for dry skin, oily skin, ageing skin, tired skin… You can get anti-ageing versions, ones with light reflecting pigments, those that promise to mattify oily skin, or moisturise dry. It is also relatively easy to apply and comes in many different coverage types. As such it’s probably the best bet for most people. (more…)

Highland Fling Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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It seems as though the world of fashion has a direct tap into my brain right now, and is pulling out all my childhood fashion nightmares for recycling.
Last week I was talking about nauticals, now it seems that checks and tartans are making a comeback. Er… why??

As the child of a Scottish father (albeit without an accent or any particular passion for the place), in the 80s, the tartan kilt-skirt came second only to the sailor suit when it came to ‘smart wear’. In fact, it may even have usurped the sailor suit on several occasions, especially when visiting family above the border. I remember many instances where the hideous outfit – kilt, complete with ridiculous oversized decorative pin, teamed with white polo neck or (arg!) itchy arran jumper – was trotted out over the years. I believe there was even a trip to a kilt shop once, possibly the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, where we were supposed to ooh and aah over the different tartans on offer (for the record, my father’s family falls into the ‘Hunting Stuart’ bracket). And the least said about the evening of Scottish Country Dancing the better…. (more…)

Top Five Trade Tips Monday, June 2, 2008

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I thought I’d share my top five secret tricks of the trade and personal favourite tips.

1. Lipcote is a girls best friend.. just not for lips!

If you’ve ever tried Lipcote, that clear sealant that’s supposed to keep your lipstick in place, you’ll probably not have been very impressed with it. I know I wasn’t. But I bet you didn’t know that it actually has some rather fab other uses instead! If you mix a drop or two with some loose eyeshadow or eye pigments, it turns into a fantastic liquid eyeliner that stays put all day. Sound familiar? Yep, it’s one of the selling points of Benefit’s She-Laq. And a fifth of the price! What’s more they now do a glitter version (called Glitzy) in six different colours to really make your colours sparkle!

  2. Line before you colour
If you don’t like an obvious liner but want eye definition, or aren’t very good at doing straight lines, then apply your black liner before the rest of your eye look. You can work the colour right down into the roots of your lashes without worrying if you’re going a bit wonky, because when you put your eyeshadow on top it will cover any mistakes whilst leaving the eyes well defined.

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Nauseating Nauticals Monday, June 2, 2008

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Every spring it seems to happen. You walk into the shops awaiting the arrival of some lovely summery styles to wipe away the winter blues, and what do you get hit by? Stripes. Red and white stripes. Navy and white stripes. Sailor suits. Big brass buttons with anchors on them. Blazers. Yes, once again the nautical trend is back, and I for one really wish it wasn’t.

I think my repulsion for all things sailor-style may stem from the fact that I am a child from the 80s, the decade of ra-ra skirts, tube socks, matching leggings-and-t-shirt-sets, and Global Hypercolor tshirts. None of which you’d think would have anything to do with nauticals, (and you’re right, they don’t), but there was one other 80s trend, one of which I (nearly) Dare Not Speak. The one which sowed the seed of hatred for all things sailor-y in my mind.

Sailor Dresses.

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