Saturday, 19 April 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Launch - Cardiff

Let me set the scene for you.... A beautiful sunny Good Friday afternoon in the fair city of Cardiff... In Tiger Tiger's champagne room.. An array of face charts, products and drinks laid out ready for us to enjoy the launch of Urban Decay's new Electric Palette.
After a few sips of my delicious mojito mocktail we were ready to get started. Urban Decay's key artist Haddie went about discussing how we were going to learn to acheive three different stages of looks with the new palette. Starting with a subtle day look... And ending with an intense colour explosion at the end! 

This palette contains 10 pressed pigments in the most amazing bold colours. 
          

  • FREAK - bright green with gold shift
  • THRASH - bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl
  • REVOLT - bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
  • GONZO - bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
  • SLOWBURN - bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
  • SAVAGE - bright hot pink matte
  • FRINGE - bright metallic teal
  • CHAOS - bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl
  • JILTED - bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
  • URBAN - bright metallic purple

And as these are pressed pigments the colour is much more vibrant than a normal shadow. 
Some colours are matte and some have a shimmer. 

So back to the masterclass.... As usual always apply your eye make up first, especially if you are using a heavy eye - you don't want drop out ruining your entire look and ALWAYS use an eyeshadow primer. I personally love the Urban Decay Primer Potion... And Urban Decay recommend you use the Eden primer for looks with the Electric Palette. 

The first look that was worked on was a simple pretty eye mixing shades from the Naked 3 palette in Strange, Darkside and Nooner mixed with Savage from this one. The result? An ultra pretty simple look showing that you don't need to go all out each time you use this palette. 

The next step was to introduce more colour and create a liveable look using the boldness of the palette. Again the idea is to mix in the shades from Naked 3 but this time Haddie used; Savage, Chaos, Freak and Thrash from this palette. At this stage matching 24/7 pencils in Freak and Chaos were applied along with a black liquid liner and Big Fatty mascara. 


(Sorry for the light in the pic, the sun was blaring through the window. Hopefully you can see well enough) 

Final step - all out colour chaos! Using additional Electric colours in; Gonzo, Slowburn, Jilted and Urban and also applying colour to the brows. Haddie went on to demonstrate how these colours can also be used as blush or if you are really bold - through the brows too. 

    

Haddie then completed the look using Urban Decay's Naked Skin range of products, lashes in "Babydoll" and applied the Jilted pigment mixed with Pore Perfection primer to create a paste suitable for lips - showing just how many uses this palette has away from the conventional eye make up. Finish with glitter and Voila! 

    

I also forget to mention.... The palette can also be used in the hair! Obviously it will work best on lighter shades but you can see in the picture above it has a great effect. 

This palette may seem shocking at first, but the master class opened my eyes to the other ways this palette can be used! 

The Electric Palette retails for £37. It's perfect for  the summer and any festival lover will love this palette. 

Will you be trying this palette or are you more of a Naked palette fan? 




Rhian Xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish

What excites me more than a new nail polish? New scented nail polish of course! 

I saw the new parfumerie collection by Revlon in Boots and I had to have one! 
There are 20 different colours and fragrances in this range, but I opted for a bright coral pink called Ginger Melon which smells amazing! 


The packaging is beautiful, and I can see myself collecting a few just to have them all lined up looking all pretty and stuff 
You will need at least two coats of this polish but as ever the Revlon formula never fails to disappoint - staying power is excellent. 

    

It retails at £6.49 and the colour options are broad in spectrum. 
At a time when everyone and anyone is going down the gel nail route why not indulge on these scented lovelies :) 

Rhian Xx

The Body Shop Drench Sponge

Everyone wants a rich lather in the shower and to make the most out of their shower gel consumption right? 

Well look no further than the Body Shop's Drench Sponge! 


This little delight is the perfect accompaniment for bath time and your daily shower - it has similar properties to the classic sea sponge (hard when it's dry, soft and squidgy when wet) 

It isn't cheap at £7 but The Body Shop always have offers on. Definitely one to check out. 

     

     

Rhian Xx

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

While recently booking a place in to an Urban Decay electric palette master class I thought I would give the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation a little try. 



Coverage is always the first thing I think about when purchasing a foundation... So I asked for some advice from Ffi on the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams, Cardiff - Ffi advised that the coverage was amazing and that it used a blurring technology to smooth the appearance of imperfections. 
I didn't have time to try the foundation there and then, but the lovely ladies at Urban Decay will give you a 2 week sample of the foundation after you're colour matched. 

So off home I went with my sample, and I couldn't be more pleased. 
The consistency is light - unlike most foundations that offer a fuller coverage, this feels amazing and dewy on the skin.. A little goes a long way and is really blendable either with a brush or your finger. 
The coverage is also buildable depending on how much you like, so is suitable for everyone. 
The finish is a fresh faced look on the skin which is demi matte. Normally I am someone who usually prefers a matte look but this has me converted. 

Now there is a science to all this skin perfection so how does it work? Naked Skin uses optical blurring technology to blur your imperfections. It also loads skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including; green tea, Matrixyl 3000 (anti wrinkle) and a bunch of other stuff. 

The packaging is also sleek and sexy. I can only think of plus points for this foundation. So next time you are in Cardiff pop along to Urban Decay and try it out! 

     

Rhian Xx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Lollitint by Benefit

Benefit released a new candy-orchid lip/cheek tint a few months back, and despite having it shortly after launch I am only now finding time to write about it. Oops... Better late than never I guess. 

Now when it comes to the tints from Benefit (my first was the classic Benetint) I have tried all of them... I have even tried every variation of highlighter. (High Beam, Moon Beam, Sun Beam) but when it comes to tints I'm definitely more of a fan of these newer creamier style ones as opposed to the original Benetint as they are much easier to blend. 


The packaging is the same style as all the others - looking deceivingly like a nail polish. The product itself as with all Benefit tints has excellent staying power and for anyone wanting a quick flush of colour they are perfect. I also use them underneath a blusher for a night out to make sure my cheeks always stay nice and flushed with colour. 

The colour of lollitint is easy to wear all year round and perfect for all skin tones. You will see from the swatch that it has a purple undertone. 
It can be applied to both cheeks and lips and only a small amount is needed. 
At £24.50 it may appear a little pricey but you only need a small amount.


I prefer the shading of this tint over Benefits Posie Tint but Cha Cha tint is still my favourite. Especially when I have a tan. 

This colour does make for the perfect stank under a clear gloss if you're scared of too much colour. 


Have you tried any Benefit tints? Which one is your favourite? 

Rhian Xx

     


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Rock those ORANGE lips. Yes! Orange!

It seems that orange lipstick is bang on trend this summer.. And not being one to miss out on a beauty trend I thought I would tell you about this one. 

Now usually when I new trend pops up I pop to the shops and spend on core pieces. But in this instance it just so happens that while on holiday in Barcelona last year I picked up an orange lipstick and lip liner from a little beauty store called Yamamay, which is an Italian based company. 

(the lipstick is 02 light orange and the lip liner is in shade 08)

Obviously not everyone is going to be bold enough to go straight for bright orange as a colour pop but there are plenty of gloss options out there or you can go for a more subtle coral to avoid the shock of orange. 

There are some product recommendations from Elle on this link http://m.elleuk.com/beauty/beauty-notes-daily/how-to-get-the-orange-lip-trend-right 

I too have opted for a matte lip rather than a glossy one but any option will compliment the sun perfectly. 

If you aren't one for lipgloss because of the texture but don't want to opt for a lipstick I recommend Clinique's Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange. 
You will find a previous blog post on the Chubby Stick right here on my blog :) 

So what are you waiting for? Get rocking those Orange lips! 

     

Rhian Xx


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara

Not that I wish to bombard you with mascara posts, but this is probably the product within my make up bag that I chop and change with most often. Obviously I have my favourites but I am always intrigued to try the latest ones and usually Maybelline never fail to dissapoint. 

This mascara is slightly different as it is double ended. 
It has one larger "push up" brush for your upper lashes and one smaller brush for your lower lashes. Great concept! 


You get great coverage from this mascara and the push up brush does a great job of giving curl to your upper lashes. In all honesty I have found that I don't use the smaller brush very often but it is great for the smaller lashes on the inner corner of your upper lash line. However for people with smaller lower lashes I can see the benefit of the smaller brush. 


I am actually very fond of this mascara and at £8.99 it's a steal! 

Thumbs up from me ��

Rhian Xx