Friday, 10 November 2017

Colourpop: First Impressions


Back at the start of the year, I made my first Colourpop order. Just unfortunately, being in hospital, I never got around to wearing it or even posting about it. However recently I've got stuck right into the products and thought I'd finally share what I think about this ever so popular brand...

When I made my order there was an offer on for free UK delivery, woohoo! (However I was hit by an £18 customs charge, boo!) As well as an offer, for a free brush with the purchase of any two Super Shock Shadows. So I took full advantage of course!

I got the Small Shader Brush for free, which If I'm honest, I'm never usually a massive fan of this stye of brush for shadow. I prefer a much denser brush or blending brushes instead. Though I tend to use flat cat tongue brushes for sharpening any lines and details with concealer. Which I have since used this for and it works perfectly due to its sharp edge.
The two Super Shock Shadows I went for to get the offer were Cricket and So Quiche. Basically I wanted to go for the more unusual shades and anything that may include glitter!

Purple is one of my favourite shades to wear, as it really brings out the blue in my eyes. Cricket is perfect for this, as it's a really cool purple with a pretty multi faceted glitter running right through it. Then there's So Quiche, which is a subtle green, again great on blue eyes. What drew me to it in the end however was the gorgeous purple shimmer. As well as also carrying a hint of gold too.

The formulation of the Super Shock Shadows are cream to powder. They're creamy and blend well, however once they set, they won't budge! You have to make sure the lids are really screwed on really tight though, so that they don't dry out. However the pans are actually quite shallow, so there's not a huge amount of product inside the chunky packaging. But for the price you really can't complain. 
I'm not one to shy away from bold colours. Give me brights and glitter any day! So I was really drawn to this little quad, the Studio 1400 collection. Unfortunately I cant find this exact set on the site anymore, but some shades are still available, so I've linked to the ones I can track down. 

All four shades are of a pearlised finish. So they are really shimmery, perfect for a bit of sparkle on he lid. I did notice, even though I didn't purchase any; the matte shades also have a sparkle running through them. So they're not 100% matte...

The quad is made up of 8 Track; an olive/antiqued gold shade. It reminds me of MAC's Woodwinked, but just not not as warm. Then there is Static; a really deep burgundy, perfect for Autumn/Winter. Donna; a rich jewel toned emerald green, which may just be my favourite of the bunch! However it is a close call between White Rabbit too. As orange tones, again look incredible on blue eyes. The warmth to this particular shade is stunning, this metallic copper just makes me want to wrap up all warm and cosy.
I couldn't decide between trying the much talked about Lippie Sticks or the Liquid Lipsticks from Colourpop. However Colourpop offer some fantastic sets, letting you try more for your money. So I went a tad out of my comfort zone and went with the Just Peachy Trio.

I don't tend to go for peach or orange lip products, I would much rather reach for pinks or nudes. But it's nice to try something new sometimes...

The Trio consists of two Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks; Instigator, which is a terracotta peach and Speed Dial; a warm deep brown. Then there is also one Ultra Satin Lip, Screenshot; the palest shade, but still a rich peach.

Consistency wise, the satin lips are much more comfortable to wear, they are just that bit more moisturising on the lip. That being said though, the matte lips aren't that bad. They sit a lot better on a well moisturised lip though. But both formulations will not move once set.
(Swatches: Left to Right - White Rabbit, 8 Track, Static, Donna, Speed Dial, Screenshot and Instigator.)
Overall I would definetly go for the Super Shock Shadows again. The amount of pigmentation you get from them for the price is incredible. I would also grab more of the Ultra Satin lips, though I doubt I'll be reaching for any more peach tones.

Eloise x

Friday, 3 November 2017

Illamasqua May Queen Collection


I am so late with this post, compared to when this collection actually launched at the start of this year! But seeing as the majority of the products are permanent and utterly gorgeous! Plus possibly the prettiest Beyond Powder, ever to exist is back in stock! I thought I'd still share this stunningly glitzy launch with you.
The May Queen collection, mainly consists of new shadow shades. As well as a dreamy highlight and two previously launched lipsticks from the Antimatter collection. I don't have the two shades from this specific collection but they are; Binary (a warm coral) and Charge (a hot pink). Both beautifully bright but they can still be subtle colours, if you wanted to tone them down you can. They're the perfect pop of colour now that it's getting that bit drearier.
Illamasqua do the most incredible matte shadows, which have been firm favourites of mine for years. After the success of their shimmer shadow in Jubilance, from the Extinct Collection. They've decided to expand and release three new jewel like shades. Which include; Invoke (a cool bronze), Maiden (a soft yellow gold) and Ritual (a lilac pink).

All three shades have a soft buttery texture, with no compromise on the quality of the pigmentation either, wether you use them wet or dry. However when wet, they create a gorgeous liquid metal like finish. You just cant fault Illamasqua for the versatility of their products, including these.
A range Illamasqua do, which I don't think gets nearly enough love, are the Pure Pigments. You can do so much with these little pots of pure joy! This pretty subtle shimmer shade is no exception, Muse (a baby pink champagne) makes a lovely highlight, especially on a paler skin. As well as of course being a shadow shade, liner; when mixed with a sealing gel and you can even pop it on your nails!

The gem of this collection however is the Beyond Powder in Deity (a soft golden green shift). It's just such an usual shade, which sadly my camera just isn't doing justice! It became such a popular shade, with pleads for it to come back after it sold out so quickly in it's initial launch. But it's back, however I'm not sure for how long? I'd recommend grabbing it quick just incase!

I'm actually going to do a full post dedicated to the Beyond Powder range, as they've fast become my favourite way to highlight!
(Swatches: Left to Right - Deity, Ritual, Invoke, Maiden, Muse and Muse blended.)
If you fancy a bit of glitz and glam, I can't recommend taking a peek at these enough. I'm off to cover my face in Deity, as you can never have too much highlight!

Eloise x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Planning Ahead with Heidi Swapp


I'm not exactly the most organised person on the planet. I mean I try to be, but then that all but lasts for two seconds and returns more to some sort of organised chaos. However now with my never ending list of hospital appointments, I have to get my act together!

For my 21st birthday, my Mum very kindly got me a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner. I think in the hope's that I would actually write everything down and not leave everything to the last minute for once!
The specific one I have is the White and Gold Polka Dot Personal Planner. Which is like a proper chunky American style planner. I love these as they're so great to customise and make your own. Plus I can use it for multiple things, aka keeping track of my shifts, planning my blog posts and everything that comes with it and of course for all the other appointments and what not that comes with life.

The memory planners do come in slightly smaller sizes too though. If you're looking for something a tad bit easier to travel with and carry around day to day.
I love that it has a calendar for each month, that makes it easy to see everything at a glance. However there are generous sized pages to scribble away on and fill up with all the important details for each day. I personally love them for organising blog posts and making sure I keep on top of content, as I'm great at changing my mind last minute when it comes to posts and shuffling them around. Now once it's in the planner, that's it! I'm doing it!

At the end of each month there is also a notes page, as well as a tick list and lots of boxes to doodle away in at the start. Great for keeping birthdays or special dates altogether.
When it comes to customising your planner, you're spoilt for choice with the Heidi Swapp range. I personally love the wee picture cards, which you can purchase in packs of around 24. To slot into the little picture binders each month. You don't have to necessarily use them though, you can customise them with your own photos instead! There are even little frames in different kits or packs to accessorise them with too.
I went all out and purchased three different sets to add to my planner. I got the Love and Hello Beautiful Foil Card Packs. As well as the Transparent Foil Cards, which can be layered over the top if you prefer or used on their own. You can even stick them on the pages with a bit of washi tape (aka my new found love!) to jazz them up a bit!
There is also a great selection of kits to choose from. All with different themes to help you organise different aspects of life and decorate accordingly if you with. I love, love, love these kit's! It's basically like an adult version of all the crafting I used to do when I was younger. Plus mainly because I've fallen head over heels for all of the little stampers...

I have the Keeping Everyday Kit, which comes with some fun bright frames, a couple of insert cards, bulldog clips and a selection of floral and quote stickers. As well as also including some gold glitter alphabet stickers and a sheet of washi tapes, which do also come in my other kit too, just in a different design. My other kit is the Keeping Time Kit, (very apt!), which features cute little letter paper clips, some stampers, stickers and memo cards galore!
Finally I picked up some cute Emoji Stickers, great to remind me to post on social media. I'm loving the camera ones for Instagram days especially! As well as Reinforcement Stickers to add some glitz to things, you can never have too much glitter!

Eloise x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Jester Harley Quinn Tutorial


Apologies for the lack of posts, especially after saying that was me back to blogging. I just seemed to lose the blogging mojo. But I couldn't miss an opportunity to dress up for Halloween. It is practically a makeup artists favourite time of year after all!
Batman is probably my favourite comic book hero, along with all the villains too! Last year I did a Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and a take on The Joker too. However I couldn't help myself and do a Harley Quinn look again this year. But just based on the comic book Jester version instead, after finding this amazing Jumpsuit and Alice Band from H&M.

To start off I blocked out my brows with soap, just like in my Joker Tutorial. I created a base consisting of my shade in Illamasqua Skin Base; 3.5, mixed with 01 White. I didn't want it to be completely white, just a pale base, so that the highlights stand out. I applied it over Hydraveil as a primer, as my skin is so dry at the moment. It's basically a priming saviour! I also did a rough sketch of where the mask would be placed, using Illamasqua Honor Colouring Pencil, using the shape of my brows as a guide and leaving enough space for a cut crease and winged liner look.
For the eyes `I primed with a base of MAC Painterly Paint Pot. Then blended Sugarpill's Love + Shadow just above my natural crease, pulling it into the inner corner of the eye and keeping it quite high up in the socket. I lined and added wings to the eyes using Illamasqua's Precision Gel Liner in Infinity. Then to cut the crease, I mixed Illamasqua's gorgeous Pure Pigment in Berber with their Sealing Gel to create a shimmery blood red paste. Applying it to where the Love + starts at the crease and bringing it out to stop just before meeting the gel liner, leaving a small gap in-between. 

To finish off the eyes I ran Berber slightly underneath the eye. As well as applying MAC's Vanilla Pigment to the lid to clean up and brighten the eye and a coat of my favourite mascara, Illamasqua's Gain Masquara.
For the mask, I tweaked some of my original lines made with Honor. Once the eyes are done you  can really judge it better. I went over my final lines with gel liner, blending the inside edges. Then filling it in by pressing Obsidian from the Illamasqua Neutral Palette. Basically colouring in the lines! Haha. 

So that the mask doesn't appear really flat on the face, I used Elate Colouring Pencil to sketch in some white highlights, mainly around the high points and slightly under the eye. However that didn't seem like enough for me, so I also topped them off with a bit of glitter, using Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Liner in Distortion
To complete the rest of the look, I swept Illamasqua's Blusher in Nymph over the cheek and up to the top of the ear. I skipped any bronzer and contour, but you could add them in as well if you prefer. I also added a couple of drops of the Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighting Drops, in Precious Pearl to the tops of my cheeks.

On the lips, I went for a bit of gel liner into the inner corners and blended it outwards towards the middle of the lip. This deepens the corners and makes the lip look fuller in the centre. I went over the top with Illamasqua's Matte Lip Liquid in Fire, which I've since realised is discontinued! The MAC Retro Matte Lip Liquid in Feels so Grand or the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fire Starter, could be good alternatives. 

After taking Fire all over the lip, I also extended it out at the outer corners of the mouth. Hinting to that iconic joker like smile. I couldn't help but add a little bit of Berber Pigment over the top in the centre of the lip too. 
I was just going to leave it there but I couldn't help myself and had to turn it into a Pop Art Harley Quinn instead! 

I simply just drew the lines under the cheekbones to contour, around the lip line but not completely, chin and the temples. As well as adding a few around the mask to make it stand out from the face that bit more. Plus having a couple of little lines down the nose too. I did all the line work with Infinity Gel Liner and an angled brush. Finally finishing it off with a couple of white lines next to the to highlight. When blending them on the cheeks, chin, nose and temples, it turns ever so slightly grey, creating a gradient effect and adding that bit more depth. As I used White Skin Base, so the two cream based products blend well. The only white line left unblended was on the lip to give that Pop Art glossy effect.

Happy Halloween!

Eloise x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Feeling Spendy... A Nars Haul


I must apologise for another haul already! There are other posts coming, just as I'm currently housebound and bored, online shopping has become rather addictive! As if I needed any more encouragement to shop! Space NK also sent me quite a few lovely emails with discount codes and with Ndulge points to spend, I couldn't resist a treat.

I've had my eye on quite a few things from NARS for ages now, yet I never ever purchase them. So while I've not felt great, its kinda amazing how you can convince yourself to spend to cheer yourself up!

I can't say I've tried a huge range from NARS until now, I know the products that I love and I tend to stick with them and not try anything new. Which has led me to these repurchases, which I must admit its very rare repurchases happen unless they're in the form of an Illamasqua product.

My first repurchase was Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. Which is an absolute nightmare to get a hold of, I feel like I stalked the website for months for this little guy. I grabbed the Foundation Pump too, as thats always out of stock as well. Sheer Glow has to be one of my top foundations, as it doesn't cling to any dry patches and offers a really good coverage without looking or feeling heavy in the skin. Plus it comes in a pale enough shade for me, woohoo!

I love the Light Reflecting Powder to set my makeup as its so finely milled. However I have it in the loose form and thats just a bit horrible to travel with. So I've finally bitten the bullet and invested in a pressed version, so my makeup bag no longer looks like a powder explosion.

Laguna Bronzer is one of those cult NARS products. It's a bronzer I was scared of due to being so pale. However I was wrong, it doesn't leave me looking like I've been tangoed or muddy either. You can contour with it as its matte, but I just think it adds a lovely warmth to the skin. It was also a bit of a panic buy, as they've just launched the Sun Diffusing Bronzers as well. That range also includes a Laguna, so hopefully this one is staying put!

When it comes to trying something new, I've still stuck with products I know I love. I haven't really been as adventurous as I thought... I've gone for the classics such as Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. This stunning blue toned red has to be one of NARS' best sellers by far.

I remember seeing Ingrid or Miss Glamorazzi as she used to be known, use the Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base years ago. It's been on the wish list ever since, but as I'm so loyal to my trusty MAC Paint Pots, I've never purchased it. I'm looking forward to giving it a go though as I go through a love hate relationship with the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

I actually picked up the Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in the shade; Iraklion, from TK Maxx. Just as a quick no fuss eyeshadow when I'm in a hurry or as a base for other shadows. They're still available from NARS, but I cant really find them anywhere else. Definitely pop into TK Maxx though as it was filled to the brim with NARS when I went in.

Finally I got the well loved Eye Shadow Duo in Isolde, I blame Zoella for this one. I think it'll be perfect for the Autumn Winter months, with its warm copper tone. Plus was it is slightly on the orange side, It looks great on blue eyes. I was also blown away by how creamy and pigmented the texture of them is as well!
(Swatches: Left to Right - Iraklion, Cruella, Isolde, Laguna (Blended), Laguna)
Oh and before I forget, a little Duo Pencil Sharpener made It's way to my basket too. I'm the queen of losing sharpeners, I swear they must run off with the bobby pins!

Eloise x

Monday, 21 August 2017

Illamasqua Summer Sale Haul


Recently Illamasqua had their annual summer sale and of course, me being me, I couldn't say no. It was absolutely jam packed full of amazing goodies though. Which are really hard to resist, so I may go gotten ever so slightly carried away to say the least...

Like usual with an Illamasqua Sale, there was up to 70% off and at least 50%. Plus then every so often they add a whole new drop of goodness to the line up, so I did end up making something like four orders overall for this lot, oops! Thank goodness for free delivery!
Firstly I picked up the Gel Colour in Charm, as I already have the contour version of this in the shade Silhouette and it's one of my all time favourite Illamasqua products. As they're a gel consistency, even though it looks like a terrifyingly bright neon orange. It applies to the skin in such a natural subtle flush of colour, you can see the skin right through it. You can either build it up or keep it light and sheer, plus it can also be used on the eyes and lips.

I also grabbed two lipsticks that I've been eyeing up for years and yet never actually got around to purchasing. They are Climax; a rosy matte nude and the Glamore Lipstick in Buff; which is a cool brown with a satin finish. I must admit Buff is a tad darker than I was expecting it to be. I've always loved it on other people, however when I think about it they always have gorgeous luscious tans. Unlike little old me and my MAC NW10 complexion, so maybe I can still rock it with a bit of bronzer!

I love the Sketch Sticks, I've got two from the Hypnotica Collection already. They are just such versatile products, you can use them for pretty much anything, from body art to eye shadow. Plus they don't take up too much room in your makeup bag. They have a really lovely creamy consistency that stays put. Shades such as Trance (orange) and Trip (green), make great colour correctors. A little bit of Free (pink) is a very pretty blush. Then its always handy to have a product like Haze (black) and a fun shade such as Higher (yellow).

Another product I went a bit nuts over, were the single shadows. They were reduced down to something like £5 each. I couldn't say no! Especially when there were so many of their popular shades included in the selection. I would highly recommend adding Illamasqua shadows to your stash. They are matte shades, pack a real punch in terms of pigment, as they always do! I love them as they're such a dream to work with, they blend so easily and they just do what you want. So I grabbed Incubus; a dark grey, this one is great at Halloween for skulls by the way! Vernau; a warm ochre brown, Justify; a cool pale sand, Wolf; a rich chocolate brown, Truth; a cool almost purple toned brown and I couldn't not pick up a fun bright colour like Apex; which is an orange toned red, it is Illamasqua after all.

Lastly I added a few cult Illamasqua products into the mix, such as Android Pure Pigment. Which is basically just the most magical black pigment with a silver shimmer running through it. Again another great one at Halloween for a glam skull look. Or even just pressed into some liner or onto a smoky eye.

I couldn't believe it when I spotted Androgen Cream Pigment in the sale. The Cream Pigments are another great one for colour correcting, I highly recommend adding these to your kit if you're a makeup artist. The peachy pink tone of Androgen is great for under the eye, to tackle any stubborn dark circles. Due to its waxy texture it won't be disturbed by any makeup you put on top of it either. However it does also make a really great blusher or an eyeshadow base too.

Finally I thought I would try the Bronzer Duo in Glint/Solar. Bronzer isn't really a product I use too much of. It is one however that I want to get into the habit of using more often, these two are both more of a warm summer glow kinda product though. Not really suitable if you're looking for a matte bronzer instead, but I'm still looking forward to giving them a good go!
(Swatches: Left to Right - Charm, Climax, Buff, Vernau, Wolf, Higher, Free, Trance, Trip and Haze)
(Swatches: Left to Right - Solar, Glint, Truth, Justify, Incubus, Apex, Androgen, Android)

I cant wait to have a good play about with everything and hopefully maybe get some looks up too? However now I do wish I was going to a festival to get some good work out of those sketch sticks!

Eloise x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Fresh Start


I've been putting off writing this post for days, or had several failed attempts at writing it already. Which is really frustrating as it's something I've wanted to write ever since I started Mallow Beauty. However I've never had the guts to do it, but now after the year I've had, I want to make a change.

Which is why I'm relaunching my blog, as Editing Eloise. A place that's no longer just really about beauty, I want to discuss more than that, I want to discuss whatever I feel like discussing. Although lets face it, there still be a hell of a lot of beauty! A fresh start for the blog and me, as it's a step towards more confidence.

I've missed blogging so much and I cant believe this is actually my first post of 2017! I mean I've had a year and a half of Illamasqua hauling to catch up on, haha! I feel like there's so much to cay and I don't even know where to begin. This new chapter in blogging is going to be more personal. I want to actually put more personality into Editing Eloise, which I feel Mallow Beauty lacked.

The main thing that's spurred me onto do this is actually my health. I've not been feeling fantastic since January this year, which is why among other reasons, I haven't blogged in so long! Then last month I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I've also kinda mentioned in the past on here that I also suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well. But in a way I've always been scared of what people would think of me If I talked about it on here. However they're both things I'd like to discuss more of and just health related topics. I don't know if my experiences can help anyone else at all. But it feels good just to have somewhere for it all to spill out, which I think is what's so amazing about blogging.

So before I get carried away, that is something coming to the new and hopefully improved Editing Eloise. (I hope you like it!) Please let me know If there's anything you'd like me to discuss however, as I must admit I'm still terrified of sharing more than my favourite lipsticks for once, so I might need the occasional boot up the bum to get me to stick to my word! Although it's sad to say goodbye to Mallow Beauty, here's to more beauty, fashion, food, home decor, lifestyle and whatever else takes my fancy coming in the future!

Eloise x
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