Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oh wow! Excitement!

Although I'll probably blog about it another time, one of my alltime favourite products ever is Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes palette! I'll definitely do a full post on it's absolute amazingness later - for the moment just believe me, it is an absolute lifesaver, and a make up bag staple of mine!

So! Imagine my excitement when I found out about benefit's new palette! It's called Smokin' Eyes and is on the same line of thought as the Big Beautiful Eyes palette I mentioned above, only for, you guessed it, Smoky Eyes! Now, I don't know about you, but I for one am partial to brown 'smoky' eyes because oftentimes the blacks/greys go very, hidiously wrong for me. However I have complete faith in benefit, and this palette looks like it won't disappoint me!

It contains:
9gm Eye Bright
Pink highlight shadow
Pewter base shadow
Deep charcoal shadow
Smokin' liner
Brow zings wax (shade: light)
Fluff shadow/hard angle brush
You also get a "beauty lesson" leaflet telling you exactly how to apply these products to get the look you're after.

So, not only is it a smoky eyes kit, but there's a little brow kit worked into the mix. What more could you want in a single palette?
It's $36 on the Benefit website, but I haven't seen it in shops yet! I'll definitely be picking myself up one of these asap! :D

Anyone tried it yet?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

False Eyelashes!

False Lashes, amazing, difficult, and so much fun.

I have to admit, I have short, blond, practically non existant eyelashes, so the search for the miracle mascara is ongoing, however, in the meantime, I'll stick to false eyelashes (not everyday, obviously, that's waaay more effort than I'm willing to put in!)

So, after watching numerous tutorials on youtube, a couple of months ago, I decided to try them. Silly me, thought strip lashes would be easier. I was wrong. If you have someone else to put them on for you, who you trust not to get glue in your eyes, then fire away, it's much quicker and easier than individuals. You get get some pretty funky coloured ones too, adorned with feathers and jewels and shapes, and anything else you can wish for. I mean, take a look here, and see the range you can get, and that's just Make Up Forever's selection!

I love strips, but I haven't got steady hands, making these waaay too fiddly for em to put on, on my own. I'm sure I'll master it someday!

I only discovered individuals recently, deciding they couldn't be much harder than strips anyway. They are amazing! There's not much lining up and fiddiliness at all. It's really just glue and stick them where you want them. Now, I haven't tried one individual eyelashes, because they'd just take forever, so I prefer the clustered individuals. The ones I use usually are by Ylure.
They're so simplet o use, much quicker and easier than strips, and you only have to add them where you want to, allowing for full on drama, or just a slightly flicky look!The only problem is that they're much more difficult to remove than strips, because you might rip out your own eyelashes trying to get them off. A removing liquid stuff is included, but they're still difficult get off :(

I'm off to get practicing on my application of strips, because those feathered MUFE ones are amazing!
Anyone have any tips for applying?