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Introducing: My Pigment Collection Sunday, June 1, 2008

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As I’ve reviewed some of the suppliers of my eye pigments already, I thought it only fair to introduce you to my collection 🙂

Unfortunately due to the limitations of WordPress (or my inability to optimise very well) the picture isn’t that clear, which is a shame, but you get the idea. As you can see, I’m a bit of a horder. This image was taken yesterday but I was halfway through decanting some new samples, so although you can see 19 stacks here (each holding 6 pigments so…. quick mental calculation makes that 116 pigments) there are now 22 stacks in total, and I’m currently awaiting more samples from Archetype Cosmetics. My collection ranges from mineral pigments from Fyrinnae, Archetype Cosmetics, MAD Minerals, and Taylor Made Minerals to NYX loose shadows, Barry M Dazzle Dusts and other loose shadows from companies such as Hennes/H&M, Bourjois and Claire’s Accessories.

Their homes are these lovelty retro vanity bags that I picked up in Primark, my personal shopping heaven, for a mere £3 each. As you can see from the pic, as well as the main body of the bag there is a little top section with a fold-down mirror where you could also keep things such as makeup brushes. The bag is just the right height to keep the stacking jars upright, which, unfortunately, is a must to avoid mess. (more…)

Mineral Makeup Reviews – Eye pigments part 2 Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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A little later than originally promised, and I apologise. I have no excuse, well, no good one, anyway. I don’t think the fact that I’ve been watching back-to-back episodes of NCIS counts…

Anyway, swiftly on to my review. If you haven’t read it yet, check out part one in which explained how I use mineral pigments, and reviews MAD Minerals, Fyrinnae, and Pure Luxe. In this review I’m looking at two companies – Taylor Made Minerals, and Archetype Cosmetics. (more…)

Mineral Makeup Reviews – Eye Pigments part 1 Friday, May 9, 2008

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First of all let me say that I am not a big user of mineral makeup as a whole. I have one foundation set that I use occasionally, but personally I prefer liquid or even greasepaint foundation, and I already have enough ‘normal’ blushers, lipsticks and glosses to sink several battleships. Nor am I particularly bothered (although maybe I should be) about the benefits of mineral makeup per se.

However, being a complete colour junkie I am a sucker for pigment eyeshadows, and any internet search will reveal a wealth of online companies selling mineral and pigment eyeshadows. So, where on earth to you start?? I don’t claim to be an authority on product, but as both a personal and professional user I do have a lot of experience to draw on. Do remember, though, that these are all my PERSONAL experiences and opinions, so don’t get mad if you don’t like them 😉

So far I have ordered colours from Pure Luxe Cosmetics, MAD Minerals, Fyrinnae, Taylor Made Minerals, and Archetype Cosmetics (links all available – look right!). As a rule I only order sample sizes as a) I always like to try before I commit to a whole jar and b) I have so many colours and work with such a huge variety of them that it’s rare I will need a whole jar unless the colour is particularly fabulous or turns into a complete staple. So, here goes my reviewing. Right now I’ll review 3 to save your eyes.. and my fingers! (more…)

Look of the Day: Cupcake Princess Friday, May 9, 2008

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Spring/summer catwalks were filled with brightly coloured make-up looks. My personal favourite collection was John Galliano’s, with a variety of looks I like to call ‘Marie Antoinette meets Miss Haversham’. (Check out the looks on Style.com – http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/S2008RTW/detail/thumb/JNGALLNO )

In honour of Galliano’s collection I have created the Cupcake Princess look.

Cupcake Princess

A bit theatrical for everyday wear perhaps 🙂 but it could be easily toned down for both daytime and a night out, especially with the wig out of the equation…! Here’s how to get the look:

*I try to mention a selection of products that are available in both the US and the UK so you can always find an alternative to use. Although a UK resident myself I do buy a lot of cosmetics from the US – check out my links to see where I shop*

The key to the look is a flawless, pale face. Skin was thoroughly cleansed and moisturised beforehand and the moisturiser allowed to sink in for 15 minutes before any more makeup was applied. I used MEMEME Perfecting Base Primer which has a slight iridescence to it, but there are loads on the market. Particularly oily
skin or skin with enlarged pores might want to try Benefit’s Dr Feelgood or Pure Luxe Cometics’ Eraser. If you already have great skin, a moisturiser with a slight shimmer like Superdrug’s Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream or Oil Of Olay have several whose names don’t spring to mind right now! (more…)