Sunday, 27 October 2013

I love IsaDora!

I first discovered IsaDora cosmetics about a year and a half ago, when a small stand appeared in my nearest Debenhams. I am not a big bronzer fan but having never came across a shade selection like this coupled with the generous sized compact, I could not resist it. The bronzer cost I think £25.00 and I really do love it. It just adds the nicest glow without being orange. There is an incredibly subtle shimmer in it, but you won't be running around like a glitterball. As you can see also, I have barely made a dent in this thing!

So, while on the lookout for a nice, everyday foundation I thought I would give IsaDora another go. This is their latest offering, Wake Up Make Up. I chose the shade Sand, which is the second lightest. It's a little too light for me at the moment, because I am wearing fake tan! But generally I save this one for those dreary mornings when I am heading out to work and I need something to make me look a little more alive! 

I am not really a fan of "glowy" foundations, and thankfully this isn't really one, but it does have skin brightening properties. It is incredibly lightweight and creamy, and it gives the most smoothest finish. Coverage is decent although luckily my skin has really been behaving itself lately and I don't really have any blemishes to hide. I got this for £16.00 which is apparently an introductory offer. I am not sure of the RRP.

So...during one of my regular visits to Debenhams this weekend I once again wandered past the IsaDora stand. Thanks to the wonderful sales lady there I ended up with this gorgeous little purse with three nail polishes in here!

 I am a massive fan of IsaDora Sugar Crush, which I wore basically every day over summer. I have not tried any other polishes from this brand but I am majorly impressed with these three! Gold Sparkles is the most beautiful shade ever. I have never tried crackle polishes before so of course I had to give it a go to try and recreate the leopard print look!

I just did my ring fingers as an accent nail alongside Barry M Grapefruit, I think it looks really well!

So, with my small collection of IsDora cosmetics, I have to say I think they are an incredible brand and are reasonably priced too. The only thing is that I cannot seem to find anywhere that sells IsaDora online, and I know that they do not feature in every Debenhams. If you are lucky enough to have an IsaDora stand near you, I highly recommend you check them out, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Why oh Why did I snub this palette for so long?!

I never used to wear neutral shades on my eyes. I was of the opinion that brown toned shades did not flatter blue eyes so I stuck mostly to greys, purples and pinky shades. There has been so much hype over the Urban Decay Naked palette, I used to think "pah, why would I want 12 shades of brown?!" which I know is kind of an ignorant thing since I knew nothing about the Naked palette anyway.

But lately...I have really experimented and I do enjoy wearing a neutral eye makeup. I don't really have many neutral shades in my collection though. I was searching for a great palette but kept coming back to the Naked palette. I don't know why I thought there were just brown shades in here. There are creams, pinks, purples, golds, greys. It is everything you could ever want in a palette.

I chose the original Naked palette because I felt it had the most variety of colours. I looked at the Naked 2 but I felt there were a lot of shades within the palette that were very similar.

Naked does of course come with a sample of Primer Potion and a flat eyeshadow brush. The Primer Potion is quite good but the consistency feels a lot thinner than my ArtDeco eyeshadow base which I love. I still prefer the ArtDeco.

The flat eyeshadow brush is kind of stiff and I don't think it picks up and disburses the eyeshadows as nice as my Real Techniques brushes do.

Most of the eyeshadows are shimmery which is really nice and any neutral look you create with these can never look boring! My opinion has totally changed and I am delighted with this palette. The packaging it quite sturdy and classic looking. The quality of the shadows is second to none.

Here is just a little look I created using the shades Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Darkhorse and Virgin.

I never used to like the brand Urban Decay but I have no doubt that their eyeshadows are of a superior quality and they really present their products well. I would love to try more from the Naked range, like the Shimmering Powder and of course the nail polishes!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

OPI "The Amazing Spider-Man" Mini Collection

I had no idea OPI had a Spider-Man collection until I was browsing Amazon one night. I am quite a big fan of the Spiderman films, of course I could not resist these pretty polishes!

 L-R: Into the Night, Number One Nemesis, Just Spotted the Lizard, Your Web or Mine

 So the only one I have tried so far is "Just Spotted the Lizard", which is a greeney blue gold. I never knew there was such a colour!

The mini OPI bottles are a bit fiddley to use but I thought this polish applied excellently and I cannot wait to try out the other shades. I did not really expect this one to look so "gold" on the nail.

There is one other polish from the Spiderman collection which I really want and did not come in the set, "Call Me Gwenever" which is a lovely orange shade.

I'll definitely post more pics when I try out the other polishes!