Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag?


To be honest, I mainly just wanted to show off this gorgeous makeup bag which I found brand new in a local charity shop for just £2.50. It says Elie Saab Le Parfum so I'm guessing it was a free gift with an Elie Saab perfume a while back. But it's just what I have been looking for and it's a nice excuse to do a current 'whats in my makeup bag' post.

I am sort of on a mission at the moment to find one perfect product for each makeup category (mascara, foundation, eyeliner etc.) to keep in my makeup bag at all times so I don't constantly have to choose between 10 blushers and 5 concealers each day.

These are my current makeup bag staples...


La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Melt-In Comfort Cream
Being fair skinned I rely very heavily on sun cream in the warmer months. I am obsessed with wearing SPF and nagging other people to do the same. This is one that I recently purchased. It is quite thick but does melt in as the name suggests and makeup actually sits very well over the top. I apply it first thing in the morning but make sure I carry another SPF in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day (Piz Buin Allergy Face Cream SPF50+).

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation 005 Light Beige
This has been my go-to foundation for a few months now. It is a great daily base as it's not too heavy, has pretty good coverage, lasts well and is affordable. It's an effortless choice in the morning.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer - 01 Light
This is the only bronzer I have found that works with my pale skintone. I lightly sweep it across the cheekbones for a sunkissed look, or if I am feeling particularly brave I may attempt to contour with it as it is an entirely matte formula.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink
This cream blusher was left forgotten at the back of my drawer for far too long. It is the perfect rosey pink colour with a slightly dewy finish. You need the tiniest amount, I just pat my finger in the pan and then blend it across my cheeks. It can even be used on the lips although I find it can be a bit too pale on mine and prefer it as a blusher.

Maybelline Volum' Express Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara
This is the latest mascara I have been trying out from Maybelline. It has two wands, one for upper lashes and one for lower lashes. I'm not sure I like it as much as The Falsies Waterproof or The Rocket Waterproof though. It is very good at lengthening but not as good at adding volume or holding a curl and my lashes can sometimes look a bit spidery. I do however like the novelty of the smaller wand for the bottom lashes.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner
I think I have talked about this product enough already. It is perfect for creating a winged liner look, it dries quickly and lasts all day. Can't be without it.

Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05
I have used this eyebrow pencil everyday since last June (so just over a year) and I am still only on my second one. It is very pigmented and quite soft. I apply a few lines to my brows and then use a spoolie to blend it out and make it look more natural. I have to make sure I don't use too much though or my brows can look very heavy and dark.


MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette - Light
I really like the formula of the MAC Studio Finish concealers as they are creamy and easy to apply with your fingers. They have pretty full coverage and the palette gives me a lot of colour choice as well as two corrector options for dark circles and redness. I mainly use shade NC15 for blemishes and the Pale Pink for the under eye area. My only problem with the formula is that it doesn't set and can easily move/disappear if you touch your face. For a detailed review and swatches see this post - link.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Nude Compliment
I have used this cream eyeshadow pretty much every day since I got it in May, either on its own or as a base for other eyeshadows. It is subtle but can be built up and adds a lovely wash of colour that's really easy to apply and lasts a good 8-9 hours. For swatches see this post - link.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
This is the eyeliner I use every day to add some definition to my lower lash line. It is a mini version of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils which came in the Black Market gift set for Christmas along with 5 other shades. The shade Black Market is a slightly grey black and the formula is creamy so that it is is easy to blend out for a smokey eye. Once set the eyeliner lasts a very long time, even on the waterline.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your current makeup bag staples?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Embrace The Freckles!


Just a quick post today guys. When taking pictures for my Berry Lips post - read here, I realised just how freckly I had become! I used to hate my freckles. Everyone else seemed to get a lovely golden tan every summer and I would stay the same shade of bright white but there would always be the inevitable explosion of freckles all over my face. I guess from a distance it may look like I had some colour, but up close it's almost tempting to play dot-to-dot and see what patterns I can make.

Over the last few years, I have learnt to love my freckles, and I think they look really cute on other people. Most of the time I don't even notice them but every now and then someone will tell me how much my freckles have come out in the sun and I quite like it.

Freckles most often appear on those with fair skin like me who are particularly sensitive to the sun, so I always make sure I wear a very high factor SPF on my face. I am currently trying out the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Melt-In Cream and will do a review shortly.

So if you also have freckles, embrace them, love them, and wear lots of sun cream!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Berry Lips - Kiko


I am not really a bold lip colour kind of girl. I don't always feel I have the confidence to wear them and when I do I find them quite high-maintenance. But I have found myself drawn to the recent bold pink/berry lip trend and when I was in Kiko looking at more lipsticks to add to my quickly growing Kiko lipstick collection (see previous post here) I just had to pick up this beautiful shade (shade 914).

I would say that it is a bold pinky purple colour with blue undertones which in some lights can even look more on the red side. It is a raspberry toned pink which I think would work perfectly all year round. It looks very dark in the bullet but much lighter when swatched and applied to the lips. The pigmentation is fantastic though and the colour seems to stain the lips slightly meaning that it actually lasts a reasonably long time. 

It is very easy to apply and doesn't seem to bleed at all. When applied straight from the bullet you get a strong bold berry lip colour but for everyday I prefer to swipe gently and then pat the colour in to the lips for a softer easier to wear look, meaning that this lipstick is very versatile. 

Patted in to the lips for a softer look.

I have been so impressed by the Kiko Smart Lipsticks so far, especially considering that they are only £3.90! I do prefer them to other high-street brand lipsticks that I have tried and I am sure I will be purchasing some more in to the not too distant future. 

Have you tried any of the Kiko Smart Lipsticks? What berry coloured lipsticks would you recommend? Let me know by commenting below...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Nuxe RĂªve de Miel - Is it really worth the hype?

I definitely don't buy every beauty product that I want, or every beauty product which receives a good review from another blogger. In fact, because I am trying to save for a deposit for a house, I have been very good lately! But when you hear about one product over and over again (all things positive) my willpower is beaten little by little until I finally cave.

After watching all the new Lip Product Addict Tag videos that have been going around, I noticed that one product was mentioned in pretty much every single one as the favourite lip balm. My will power was getting weaker and weaker, and then I saw it on sale on FeelUnique.com (down from £9.50 to £6.33)! I just couldn't resist, although that is still quite expensive for a lip balm. The lip balm of which I speak is of course the Nuxe Reve de Miel.


The other reviews that I read suggested that the lip balm has a matte and very thick texture which does seem to be true quite true although I would say it is more 'semi-matte' and still has a very slight glossy finish. Because of this semi-matte texture it does seem to stay in place longer than other balms I have tried, which is good in that it doesn't just disappear within minutes but bad in that it can sometimes feels like it is just sitting on the lips and not really being absorbed.

I have to say, after a couple of applications, I did find myself yearning for the refreshing, cooling and tingling feel of my trusty Carmex. The Nuxe Reve de Miel is soft and thick, and sort of warm, which just felt a bit strange. This however, may be more comfortable and appealing in the winter. Have you ever put on a refreshing minty lip balm and then gone outside in to the icy cold air?? Not the nicest experience.


I had very high hopes for this lip balm and I must say, I am a little disappointed. I used solely this product on my lips for about 4 days (no other lipbalms and no lipsticks) in order to really test it out. I mainly applied it before bed but also used it a couple of times throughout the day and to be honest, I really didn't notice a difference compared to any other good lip balm. I expected my lips to be extra soft and that application would be needed less regularly but it was basically just the same.

For an RRP of £9.50 and even at the sale price of £6.33 I don't really think it's worth it. I am happy to stick to my Carmex for a few quid less. I do think I might prefer the Nuxe Reve de Miel a little more in the winter though so I am happy to hang on to it and will use it. The smell is also very nice. But in my opinion, I just don't think it is worth all the hype.

Have you tried the Nuxe Reve de Miel? What do you think? 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

My Favourite Books!


Our flat is being taken over by books! My husband and I are big readers and our little one bedroom flat can no longer cope. Our bookcase is close to collapsing and we may need to start storing them in the bath tub due to a lack of other options! But to celebrate our love of books I thought I would share my all time favourites with you.

My favourites are pretty varied, there are a couple of classics, some children's literature and some modern novels as well.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

Although this is the Harry Potter book that I have included in this list, it is really representative of the entire Harry Potter series, this just happens to me my favourite of the seven. The Harry Potter series is really what inspired my love of reading as a child and it will always have a special place in my heart. I have read the entire series a number of times and I am sure I will read them all again in the future, hopefully to my own children. This particular book is my favourite as I loved the back story of Harry's dad and his friends at school and the introduction of characters such as Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. If you haven't already read them, what are you waiting for?? You'll love them!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This was my first taste of the works of Oscar Wilde and I was absolutely blown away by it. It is a psychological thriller about a young, innocent and handsome socialite who becomes the subject of beautiful portrait. Corrupted by the older and 'wiser' Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian becomes obsessed with youth, vanity and the satisfaction of all of his desires. It is a fascinating read and Lord Henry Wotton is in my opinion perhaps the best character ever written. Yes Oscar Wilde can be very descriptive but the language is beautiful and the story intriguing. Trust me, it is worth a read.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Based in Mississippi during the civil rights movement, The Help follows three main characters, Skeeter the daughter of a wealthy white family who has recently graduated from University, and Aibileen and Minnie, two black maids who work for similar families helping to raise white children. The story takes a close look at the relationship between these children and the black women who look after them. Skeeter who is trying to find out what happened to her own childhood maid decides to write a controversial book about the experiences of other maids in the community, women who end up risking the safety of themselves and their families to help her, and in their own way stand up to the racism that they are subjected to on a daily basis. Kathryn Stockett has written three extraordinary and lovable characters who, you as a reader, really end up feeling and fearing for.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I absolutely love this book, it had my laughing from start to finish! It is a charming story about a hundred-year-old man who decides to escape from a retirement care home on his birthday and start an adventure. The story has two continuous time lines, Allan as an old man who comes across a range of interesting characters including drug dealers and murderers, and Allan as a younger man. As the story goes on we realise just how much effect Allan has had on modern history. It is similar to Forrest Gump in that he just seems to pop up in these big moments in history and at the same time ironically has a complete apathy to politics. I loved learning about the cold war for A Level history so it was interesting to see it all from a different view point. I have recommended this book to everyone, some have liked it and some just didn't get it but I love it.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I'm pretty sure I read the book of The Time Traveller's Wife before I saw the film but I thoroughly enjoyed both. The story centres on two characters, Clare and Henry. Henry is a time traveller who has been visiting Clare since she was a child. As she gets older they fall in love (honestly it's not as creepy as it sounds) and we follow the story of their relationship. The constant switching between past and present can be a little hard to follow, in fact a friend of my sisters had to write a timeline just to keep track! But it really is a beautiful story and I would highly recommend the book and the film.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I expected to hate this book, my sister told me time and time again how boring it was but actually I love it! I got completely swept up in the romance between Jane and Mr Rochester and the twist adds great drama. It's not just the book either, I love almost every film adaptation I have seen as well. Jane is an incredibly kind and moral character who has been subjected to more than her fair share of tragedy. I have read it a few times now and know that I will continue to read it every couple of years. My husband bought me this beautiful copy from The British Library when we went to a literary exhibition (where we saw part of the original manuscript!) and I just treasure it.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I read The Snow Child last winter and fell in love with it instantly. It is the story of Jack and Mabel, a middle aged couple living in the harsh wilderness of Alaska in 1920. We learn early on that Jack and Mabel move to this harsh landscape to escape the pain of having lost a baby in childbirth. Unable to have children and struggling to live off the land, they are isolated and drifting apart until one night, after building a child out of snow, a young girl mysteriously appears. Is she a magical gift from the winter or a lost child who needs help? The story is slow to start but it is 100% worth sticking with it, you won't regret it. Based loosely on a old Russian fairytale, the story is beautiful, heartbreaking and intriguing and it will stay with you long after you have read it. I also recommend reading it in the winter for the full effect!

What are your favourite books? Any recommendations? Let me know by commenting below...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

May '14 Favourites


May was a much better month than April. I had a week off work, I am loving my new shorter hair do and the hubby and I bought our first car! I'm looking forward to a summer of fun day trips and the new freedom we have. Bye bye buses and trains and hello little car! But wow I have been a rubbish blogger lately. I have been asked to write for the blog at work and now that I am working on that quite regularly I am struggling to find the motivation when I get home to keep this one up to date. I'll try harder!

The products I have been loving this month are....


Maybelline Color Tattoos in Pure Nude and Nude Compliment
A very good friend of mine recently picked up these Color Tattoos for me on a trip to the US. They are part of the Maybelline Limited Edition Dare To Go Nude Collection which unfortunately isn't available in the UK. Pure Nude is a shimmery pink-tinged champagne colour and Nude Compliment is a cool-toned shimmery brown-taupe. They are fantastic eyeshadows bases, I have mainly been using Pure Nude under purple tones this month to really make the colours pop and Nude Compliment is perfect just on it's own. For swatches and a full review see this post - link.


DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom 
I recently mentioned this perfume in my Spring and Summer Fragrance Collection post (read here) and it's fresh and fruity scent has been a perfect accompaniment to the sporadic summery days we have been experiencing. It has a strong apple base note which is perfectly balanced with floral notes for a happy and uplifting fragrance.


L'oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer
I have mentioned this product a number of times before and it has managed to claim a permanent place in my makeup bag. I like to use it under foundation to add a glow or on the cheek bones after foundation for a highlight. The only down side is that I have found the formula can sometimes separate and needs a good shake before use.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
This serum-in-oil has such a lovely effect on my skin that I have been neglecting a lot of my other skincare and just reaching for this every night before bed. It really helps to keep my skin hydrated and nourished and also helps to calm the redness from scarring. It's perfect for sensitive skin.



Tangle Teezer
After hearing so much about the Tangle Teezer and persuading a number of friends to buy it, I finally got around to picking one up for myself. I can't believe how easy it is to brush my hair after a shower! Seriously what tangles?? It just glides through wet hair. 


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil  in Black Market
I decided I fancied a change from my usual warm brown eyeliner in the form of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in West and instead have been favouring the same eyeliner in the shade Black Market (both from the Black Market Christmas Gift Set). Black Market is a grey toned black which gives lovely definition to my lower lash line. These eyeliners really do last all day. They set quickly but allow enough time to easily smudge for a smokey eye effect.

What were your favourite products in May?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

My Spring and Summer Fragrance Collection


I hate to sound really British and talk about the weather but seriously I wish it would make it's mind up. Sun or no sun? It is becoming very difficult to decide what to wear in the morning.

But in preparation for when the sun does decide to make an extended appearance I thought I would share my collection of Spring and Summer fragrances with you. If you're curious to see my Autumn and Winter fragrances you can read my previous post here - link. I'm not really sure when my collection got this big! I used to only ever have one bottle on the go at a time.


Ghost Sweetheart Eau de Toilette
Ghost is possibly my favourite fragrance brand and I currently own four of their fragrances. They are pretty affordable compared to other brands at around £25 for a 30ml bottle (eau de toilette). They are such beautiful and unique scents. Sweetheart is very unique in that it is somehow manages to be fruity, sweet, floral and also quite musky. I haven't smelt any other perfume like it and my mum and I both fell in love with this when we tried it. The mixture of pineapple and spearmint it unusual but it really works.

The Fragrance Shop say... "Ghost Sweetheart is a modern, oriental floral fragrance for today's young romantic woman. Fresh notes of sweet lemon, pineapple and spearmint combine with a dreamy haze of white flowers and a sensual woody base to create a scent which is feminine, sensual and enchanting."

Ghost Whisper Eau de Toilette
Ghost Whisper is a more mature and floral scent. It has almost a powdery quality to it but not in an old lady way. The lovely almond scent lingers on the skin and I find this to be a relaxing and easy-to-wear fragrance. This is my second or third bottle and one of my favourites to reach for on an average work day.

The Fragrance Shop say... "A sparkling accord of mandarin and star fruit, with a touch of creamy almond encompasses the opening of the Ghost Whisper fragrance, while a feminine bouquet of honeysuckle, jasmine sambac and orange flower lend a touch of voluptuousness. The woody dry down is enhanced with musks and heliotrope for a floaty, enticing trail."


Next Eau Nude Eau de Parfum
Next's Eau Nude perfume is supposedly a dupe for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and they definitely do smell very similar. The main difference is the price! Coco Mademoiselle is about £50 for 35ml and this cost me is only £12 for 100ml! If you are tempted to try Coco Mademoiselle, I'd recommend giving this one a try first. This one is very floral and the hints of vanilla are gorgeous, a great perfume for those that prefer a more mature scent.

Next say... "it is an enticing blend of lush red fruits, voluptuous florals, powdery musks and sumptuous vanilla."


Next Paradise Eau de Toilette
Next Paradise is a fruity and floral fragrance which again is crazy affordable (£8 for 30ml)! I don't find myself reaching for this one very often as I seem to favour my Ghost fragrances but it is a lovely Spring/Summer scent. It also came with a 10ml mini roller ball which has been a handy addition to my handbag.

Next say... "it is light fruity fragrance with white florals and green note."

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom
This is the latest addition to my fragrance collection and my first fragrance from DKNY. I am always drawn to the DKNY Be Delicious fragrances whenever I am having a browse in my local Debenhams as they seem to be happy easy-to-wear fragrances with cute little bottles. Somehow one of my best friends must have known as she bought it for me for my birthday. This is definitely an uplifting and energising fresh fragrance. The apple scent is strong but balanced nicely with the floral notes and this fragrance really does seem to last all day. This is probably the most 'summery' fragrance in my collection, I love it!

The Fragrance Shop say... "It opens with a blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis and sun-kissed apricot. In the heart sheer muguet and petal rose are wrapped in luminous jasmine. The apple sensation finishes with body-lingering base notes of blonde woods and smooth skin accords."

What are your favourite fragrances for Spring and Summer?

Friday, 16 May 2014

Kiko Lipsticks - Spring Colours


The colours and the formulas of these Kiko lipsticks are just perfect for Spring and Summer. They feel very moisturising on the lips and quite balmy, applying with a lovely sheer wash of colour. This is my favourite kind of everyday lipstick as they are very low maintenance, they give a subtle glossy pop of colour, don't appear patchy when they begin to wear off and can be applied easily even without a mirror if need be.

Kiko are a new discovery for me but they seem to have a fantastic range of lipsticks. Similar to MAC they have lipstick collections with a variety of different finishes for example their Velvet Mat range, their Luscious Cream range and their Crystal Sheer range. These three lipsticks are all from their Smart Lipstick range which is described as a rich, nourishing and ultra-silky formula. This range alone has 24 shades to choose from!

Unfortunately, they don't have names and instead just have numbers and the number is the only way to differentiate between them when the lids are on, which is a bit of a pain the numbers are harder to remember than names.


I bought my first one when I was in Berlin which was shade 917 a nude-pink with slight gold shimmer (middle lipstick in the photo above). It was only €2.50 (around £2) whereas the others I bought in the UK were £3.90, I should have bought some more while I was still in Germany! Still, £3.90 is very affordable and I am really impressed with the quality.

The second and third shades I bought were 902, a coral based pink (on the left) and 906 a coral based orange (on the right) these two shades also have a golden shimmer running through them. This shimmer is not at all glittery and instead just catches the light nicely to create a glossy and plump look to the lips. Again, perfect for Spring! 

Although they do apply quite sheer, they are buildable to an extent and you can get a good amount of colour if you wish. When I swatched the darker shades such as a red and a deep plum, they were very pigmented so the sheer application may not be standard across the whole Smart Lipstick range and may instead just be due to the kind of shades that I bought. The only negative I would say is that I have found that my lips need to be in a good condition before I apply shade 906 as the colour can settle in to any dry patches, but some exfoliation and a bit of lip balm should sort that out.



I think Kiko may be my new favourite brand for lipsticks, I just can't get over the price! I am curious to try some from their other ranges which can be a little bit more expensive (ranging from £3.90 to £6.90) but still very affordable! I am sure that these three lipsticks are going to be my go-to choices this Spring and Summer.

Apologies for the poor photo quality, the differences between the shades are more obvious in person.
Have you tried anything from Kiko? What are your favourite products from them? Let me know by commenting below...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A Face Mask Experimentation...


Face masks always make me think of sleepovers with my BFFs back in my school days! I remember we used to buy those 99p face mask sachets from Superdrug after school, and they always had a 'peel off' or 'heat up' novelty to them. I don't remember them ever really having any special skin benefits but boy did we love pulling our hair back with a massive headband and scrunchie, slapping on the face mask and putting cucumber slices over our eyes, only to get grossed out by the cucumber smell (I still hate cucumber).

I had pretty much forgotten about face masks since then, but in a recent attempt to get in to skincare I decided to experiment with them again. The only difference being that this time I wanted to try them for their skincare benefits and there isn't a scrunchie in sight (thank god!).

The world of face masks can be a little bit overwhelming - clay masks, exfoliating masks, moisturising masks.... where do you even begin?


Well I personally decided to start with my favourite skincare brand, The Body Shop. I know that I can rely on their products to take care of and not aggravate my overly sensitive skin. I use a number of products from their Aloe skincare range on a daily basis so decided their Aloe Protective Restoring Mask would be a good face mask to start with.

As someone with dry skin, I was looking for a face mask with hydrating/moisturising benefits and this one was a perfect choice. You simply apply the mask to the face using your hands and leave it to sink in. It is a thick cream formula and it can take around 15 minutes to sink in to the skin so I usually just apply it before bed and leave it while I go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks plumper and feels soft and moisturised.


I was using the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask about once a week for about 3 months and was so impressed with the results I decided to branch out and try another face mask from The Body Shop. After hearing so many positive things about their Vitamin E skincare range I knew I wanted to try out some of the products and their Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask sounded ideal.

This mask has more of a wobbly jelly-like texture and you're meant to apply it to the face, leave it to sink in for 10 minutes and then wipe away any excess with a cotton wool pad. I have found however that the mask sinks in really quickly and there is nothing to wipe away after 10 minutes. Perhaps my skin is extra thirsty?? Or maybe I am not applying it thickly enough. Either way, I am still getting great results from it. Similar to the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask, it seems to give the skin a much needed injection of moisture, leaving the skin feeling soft with a youthful dewy appearance.


I am really happy with both of these face masks and will continue to alternate them in my skincare routine, using one about once a week or whenever my skin is looking a bit dull and dry.

What are your favourite face masks? Are there any other brands you would recommend? Let me know by commenting below...

Saturday, 10 May 2014

New Neutral Maybelline Colour Tattoos - Dare To Go Nude


Don't worry, I'm not going to go on about my love for the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze again. Instead I am going to go on about my love for some of their other neutral shades!

A very lovely friend of mine recently visited some family in America and offered to pick up some US beauty products for me. Having seen that America have a much larger selection of Maybelline Colour Tattoos than we do, I just had to ask her to pick some up for me. All three shades are from the Maybelline Limited Edition Dare To Go Nude Collection.


The first one she picked up for me was Stroke of Midnight, a black shade with silver glitter particles. I was hoping this one could be used as an eyeliner or as a dark eyeshadow base for a dramatic smokey eye. Unfortunately the colour isn't quite opaque enough to create a decent eyeliner line with an angled brush. However, the colour tattoos are very buildable. You simply allow one layer to dry and then apply another over the top so it still works perfectly as a dramatic dark base.


The second shade she picked up is Nude Compliment, a cool toned shimmery taupe-brown. This one is quite similar to On and On Bronze (comparison below) so I know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it. Although this is a great shade to use as a base for powder eyeshadow on top, it is also a perfect shade to use on its own. A quick swipe over the lid and you're good to go.


The last shade she picked up for me is Pure Nude, a shimmery pink-tinged champagne colour. I love this shade as it is really brightening. It is ideal to use as an eyeshadow base for lighter powder eyeshadows such as MAC's Naked Lunch and is also perfect as an inner corner highlight. It could probably even be used as a highlight in other areas of the face but would need to be applied lightly.

Top to Bottom - Stroke of Midnight, Nude Compliment, Pure Nude
When I first opened the shade Nude Compliment I thought it seemed very similar to On and On Bronze. However, when compared next to each other there are some noticeable differences so I am glad that I have both in my collection. On and On Bronze is quite a warm brown shade whereas Nude Compliment is much cooler with a grey undertone, both are shimmery and can be applied either quite sheer or built up to an intense colour.
Left - On and On Bronze, Right - Nude Compliment
Left - On and On Bronze, Right - Nude Compliment

I have been so impressed with every Maybelline Colour Tattoo I have tried. They make great eyeshadow bases and prevent powder eyeshadows from fading and creasing throughout the day. They can also often be worn on their own for a simple and long lasting eye look. I know these are meant to be similar to the MAC Paint Pots, which I am very tempted to try, but the difference in price make these Maybelline cream eyeshadows such a bargain buy! MAC Paint Pots retail for £15 whereas the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are £4.99 in the UK or around $6.99 in America.

It is a shame that these shades are only available in the US (it pays to have an American friend who can pick these things up!) as the UK shades are quite limited with only a couple of neutrals and a lot of brights that I wouldn't use. Hopefully they will decide to expand the selection here in the UK at some point. A greater selection of matte shades would also be brilliant!

I would also like to mention that my friend also bought me 5 boxes of Pop Tarts! The flavours they have out there are amazing....Red Velvet ..... yes, Red Velvet Pop Tarts! Thanks Amanda, you're awesome!