Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes, photos, swatches, review!

It's been a long time since an affordable brand has come out with a blush collection that has made me sit up and take notice.  Enter Max Factor.  They've launched six shades of their Creme Puff blushes - they're in chemists now and I know this to be true because despite being given three to test out, I went and bought a fourth.  I probably would have bought a fifth and sixth but both the Boots and Superdrug I went to only had four shades in stock.  So we know what that means... I'll have to keep looking!

Billed as blushes you can contour with and give a wash of colour over the cheeks, they're something special and you will see why we all went mad for them at the launch a few weeks ago.  Everyone said they were dupes of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and after testing them out over the past month or so, I can say that they're really close dupes.  The only thing that sets them apart is that the Hourglass version has blush pigment mixed with finishing power pigment, while these guys are made of up two different coloured blush pigments.  I'm going to do a proper comparison post or I'd be here for the day!  But for now, I need to show you my four babies up close and personal.

Lavish Mauve is the spit of Hourglass' Mood Exposure in the pan.  On the cheeks though, Lavish Mauve leans a bit more neutral and gives the most gorgeous glow, but as you'll see in the rest of the post, they all give great glow.  I think this is my favourite of the four I have and while the effect in the photo below is subtle, rest assured that this is easily buildable and brings life to my complexion in seconds.

Seductive pink is the one for fans of the rose gold look.  It's a beautiful shade for spring and has me convinced that I could actually rock a pink cheek as the days get warmer!

Alluring Rose is aimed at those with medium to dark skin tones but I know I can rock this shade myself in all my paleness!  It's peachy bronze-y goodness makes for a perfect contour/cheek shade and it adds instant warmth to my complexion.

Nude Mauve is a close tie for my favourite along with Lavish Mauve.  I've been using this as a subtle contour while bringing it up onto the apples of my cheeks for a neutral wash of colour.

Please scroll back up and look at the absolute sheen and radiant glow on my cheeks.  I have no highlight or any other powder on, just a layer of foundation that was removed and reapplied between swatches!  Each blush is so finely milled that it gives my cheek an airbrushed finish and you can't go wrong with them.

The Max Factor Creme Puff blushes are €11.49 and are worth every penney in my opinion.  I've actually been reaching for them over my other blushes.  Even my Hourglass ones!

Will you be partaking in any of these?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Nude Foundation review, before & after photos!

Do you ever try a new product and then kick yourself for not picking it up sooner?  This is what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I went to Boots for deodorant and ended up buying lots of makeup.  C'est la vie.  I picked up the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Nude Foundation because, well, I'd no reason really.  I was having a browse, one of many since this first launched last year and yet it called to me that day.

Promising 25 hours of wear and a medium coverage, I picked up shade 100 Ivory, the second lightest of the six shades available and it's a great match for my skin.

I tried this out on camera for the first time in my Face Full of First Impressions video and was really impressed with how it looked on the skin.  And after a week and a half of solidly playing with it, I can tell you that it's love.   Let me tell you and show you more though.

This foundation looks so natural on my skin and I am absolutely loving the finish it gives.  We're talking a satin luminous glow while feeling weightless.  I like to apply it with a Beauty Blender for the medium level of coverage in these photos, but if you want something a bit more sheer, then a buffing brush is the way to go.  It's buildable, covers the redness on my schnoz beautifully and despite the soft sheen it gives the skin, it doesn't feel wet or m-word.  You know what that word is.  Don't make me say it.

As for the 25 hour claim, I can't report back on that.  Momma needs her sleep and if I'm ever awake for 25 hours, you can be sure I won't be worrying about whether my foundation is looking good!  Without using powder, which nearly killed me because I love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, I get about 6 hours before the shine appears on my nose and forehead, but when I do use powder to set everything in place, I get the whole work day out of it.

For €8.99, this is one of the best purse friendly foundations I've ever tried and I've actually been reaching for it over my beloved Double Wear!  I wanted to wear it out the other night, but knew that there'd be a lot of photos being taken and the SPF 20, while being grand for the aul skin protection, isn't good for flash photography, but hey, this is a fantastic every day foundation!

What else do I need to try that I'm behind the times on?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Get ready with me - Image Beauty Awards judging

Last Tuesday, I totally had one of those "Is this real life?" moments, swiftly followed by "Shit, don't make a dope of yourself" moments when I went to the judging day for the Image Blog Awards.  I know... Mad Ted!

As one of the spa judges, for the past few weeks I'd been testing out lots of lovely products from nail polishes to body care, tans and tools and I had a ball.  It was like what I do for the blog, but amped up big time.  We had a score card and everything, ready to battle it out for the best in beauty this year.  The spa and skincare judges had a table discussion where we chatted about things we loved, things we didn't love, tips, tricks and got to try out even more products and managed to leave there with a wish list of products.

We filmed a little interview where I hope I didn't talk a load of shite and I'm now in the phase where I physically cringe when I think of things I said.  I'm waiting to reach the next phase where I don't remember what I said and can make up memories where I was very articulate and witty.

The judges from all four categories, makeup, haircare, skincare and spa all assembled like a beauty army in the afternoon and we'd a photo shoot.  So I needed my makeup to look good and to stay put all day.  This was not the time to test out new stuff.  This was a day where I needed to use products that I trusted, that I loved, that would make me feel lovely and would look nice in photos.  And because I was having major pains in my stomach from nerves, I thought I'd film me putting the makeup on to distract me!  So behold my Get Ready With Me video where I put on a natural looking visage, wear pyjamas, have a scarf casually sitting on the chair behind me, but it doesn't matter!  A fab day was had and that was the main thing.  Oh, and my face stayed put all day!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

My favourite eyeshadow brushes!

Here at Lovely Girlie Bits, I have a bit of a gra for all things makeup brushes.  And in particular, eye brushes.  I like to think I'm a collector, but in actual fact, it's probably more that I hate cleaning them with a passion unlike anything else I've ever known, so buy more rather than clean them, meaning that when I do eventually run out of clean brushes and have to wash them, I have millions of them to do, making me loathe the job even more....  Ugh I get annoyed at the mere thought of cleaning them... Anyway, I decided it was high time I talk you through some of my favourite eyeshadow brushes.  These are the ones I use almost daily (when I have time to put eyeshadow on) and they're the ones I don't hate cleaning as much as the others.

Flat eyeshadow brushes - shadow placement

BCC Cosmetics have this absolute dupe for the MAC 239 and it's brilliant, affordable and packs on colour like nobody's business.  It washes well and is one of those must have brushes.  Why do I only have one of them?  I need more.  I have other flat shadow brushes but they're just not as good as this one.  They're either too big or too small and this is the Goldilocks of eyeshadow brushes - just right.  I've had my MAC 227 brush for years, way before I started blogging and it's one of my favourites for applying a wash of colour on the lids when I'm feeling very brave but also very haphazard and I also use it to highlight my brow bone.  You're not going to get any kind of precision with this but for applying a sheer base on the lids, this is a great pick.

Brushes for a bit more detail/precision

Starting from the top, we have the MAC 195.  This is technically a concealer brush but I use it for cream eyeshadows.  I usually use my finger to apply cream products but if you want to be all proper about it, using a synthetic brush will pick up more product than a brush with natural hairs.  The shape of this brush means you can be really precise with placement, something I need to learn more about!

Below that we have the NARS Push Eyeliner #46 which I use all the time for lower lash line.  I bought this one years ago when I was going to New York and my friend Ruth asked me to pick one up for her.  Not wanting to be left out, I also picked one up and love it for packing on colour right under the lower lashes without making a mess.

The E10 from Blank Canvas Cosmetics fantastic for doing crease work.  Would you listen to me and my crease work!  If you want to add proper definition into the socket without making a mess, then this one's a keeper.  I like pretending I'm being all artistic using this while I attempt to do a cut crease!

Finally at the bottom of the photo we have this double ended brush from Catrice.  I think it's about €6 and while the other end (not pictured) has a little domed blending brush, I mainly use it for the angled brush end when filling in my eyebrows, applying colour to the upper lash line and when I want to create a soft wing on the outer corners.  I think if you're new to liners and feline flicks, then a brush like this is much more user friendly than a regular liner brush.  Angled brushes are the best invention because you can use them in a few ways, making them multifunctional, and thus absolutely allowed to be purchased. 

Blending brushes

I have a serious issue when it comes to blending brushes.  No, I mean it.  I have more fluffy brushes than I do sense, and yet I'm drawn to them every time I'm within 5 feet of the makeup tools aisle in Boots.  But I love them.  They do my job for me and as you'll see in my tutorials on YouTube, my mantra in life is to "blend like a mofo" and to do that, you need lots of blending brushes.  Back in the day, it was all about the MAC 217 and to be honest, I don't remember the last time I bought a MAC brush.  Oh actually, I do.  It was about 2007 and I bought a 217 and a 226 on my way to Spain and when the family heard how much they were, I had to tell them they were handmade by blind nuns in Nepal because it was crazy money.  Nowadays, everyone has their version of the 217 and I do love using a fluffy brush to apply a wash of colour all over the lid, to define the crease and to blend out harsh edges.  If you have eyes, you need blending brushes because no matter how rubbish you are at makeup, having one (or five) of these will make you look like a pro.

My favourites from my crazy collection of blending brushes are (starting from the top left) the MAC 217 (L), the Boots version of it (R).  The middle row has the MAC 224 which is much fluffier than the tapered MAC 226 which is great for blending but also keeping shadow where you put it.  At the bottom we have the Real Techniques Base Shadow brush (part of Sam's Picks) which is the smallest of my favourite fluffy brushes and finally we have a crease brush from EcoTools.  I bought this in a set from Boots years ago and it's one of the softest brushes I own and I really do need to try and find more!

So these are the brushes I make sure are clean when I'm filming a tutorial, when I'm getting ready for a night out and they never let me down.  Are there any brushes I'm missing?  What's your must have eyeshadow brush?  Come on, enable me!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape review, photos, swatches

Clarins' Spring 2015 Garden Escape collection means that while spring has yet to show it's face around here, it's on it's way in the form of makeup which will do me just fine!  Looking at the collection makes me want to wear pretty dresses, buy flowers and wait for milder days because it is beautiful.

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Eyeshadow palette - €41

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Eyeshadow palette
You know I've been a big fan of previous palettes from Clarins over the years and was excited to see the new addition in the flesh.  It's so pretty, filled with greens, pinks and a gorgeous neutral taupe shade and we won't even talk about the embossing on the top of each shade.  That's the good.  On to the bad.  Sadly as soon as I swatched it, I was disappointed in the pigmentation of the shadows except for the taupe shade.  But still, I gave them a go on my eyes and attempted to do a green smokey eye, but failed miserably.  Used wet, the colour payoff is slightly better, but everything was left looking really messy and messy, with no definition between the shades, and I ended up removing everything and applying the taupe shade all over the lids for the photos.  For €41, I'd give it a miss, but before you think I've saved you money, you need to read the rest of the post!

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Eyeshadow palette
Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Blush Prodige Sweet Rose - €33

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Blush Prodige Sweet Rose
I love Clarins blushes and this one is no exception.  Finely milled, this blush has a mix of matte and shimmery bits which you can use separately or together to give a soft flush of colour to the cheeks.  As I'm a firm believer in the whole more is more thing when it comes to makeup, I swirled everything in the palette together to give me this healthy glow that looks like I've been out for a walk when all I've been doing is sitting inside playing with makeup and taking eleven thousand photos of myself!

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Blush Prodige Sweet Rose
Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils - €19

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Honey (L), Raspberry (R)
Remember how I told you to hold on to your €41 for the eyeshadow palette?  Yeah, you're going to be spending it on these gems.  These are the stars of the collection and for good reason.  As it's still freezing out these days, a lot of us seem to be suffering with dry lips like nobody's business.  So here are two treatments for the lips which you can wear all day every day.  With mirabelle, hazelnut and jojoba oils, the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are one of the most nourishing things I've ever used on my lips during the day.

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Honey (L), Raspberry (R)
I've already spoken about these in a previous video, but can you just take a look at the applicators?  They're super smooth and fit onto your lips beautifully, depositing the oil, leaving a fantastic shine without feeling anyway sticky.  The Raspberry shade gives a really subtle pinky sheen to the lips, but in the photos, they look the same on me.  I love these so much and you can see I've been haring my way through the two of them, but I think Honey is only slightly behind Raspberry on the usage scale.

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Honey 
Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Raspberry
Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Joli Rouge Sheer Shine Lipstick - Rose Petal - €21.50

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Joli Rouge Sheer Shine Lipsick - Rose Petal
There are two lipsticks in the Garden Escape collection; Coral Dahlia and Rose Petal.  You know I'll be checking out Coral Dahlia as soon as I'm in touching distance of a Clarins counter, but today it's all about Rose Petal.  Again, Clarins' lipsticks are one of my favourite ones to wear because they feel really comfortable on and Rose Petal is spring time in lipstick form.  Wearable for every day use, it's the cherry on top of an already fresh faced look!

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Joli Rouge Sheer Shine Lipsick - Rose Petal
Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector - 01 Rose - €19

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector - 01 Rose
Being a massive fan of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, I couldn't wait to try the new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors and was given the shade Rose to test out.  There are six shades int he collection and you know I'll be checking out the nude and coral one because well, it's me and this is what I do.  These are packed with vitamin E, mango and shea leaving the lips feeling utterly hydrated and nourished while giving a light wash of colour.  I haven't decided if I like them more or less than the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors and need to use the two of the solely for a week or two to fully make my decision.  But the fact that I want to buy two more says it all really!

Clarins Spring 2015 Garden Escape Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector - 01 Rose
And that's it folks!  For me, Clarins have won spring this year with their amazing lip products and chances are if you go check out the Garden Escape collection, you'll come away with at least one of the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils and an Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector.  Go and investigate, swatch away and tell me what you buy!

See anything that you've put on your wish list?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let's chat! Face full of first impressions

Ok fellow bloggers, I've found a way to bypass Rule 1 of the blogger's bible - "Thou shalt not use a makeup product until thou takes eleven million photos of it from all angles and might have to wait a couple of weeks due to it being dark all the time".  And it involves creating an addendum to this list "Thou are totally allowed to use products without photographing them if thou films a video using them".  Those are the rules of life and I don't make 'em up.

I did a blog post like this last year with some new bits I picked up in New York and thought it was high time I attempt to wade through the products that have been sent to me recently along with some products I bought myself as I have no self restraint whatsoever.  I've so much to tell you about and not enough time to blog about them and sometimes a certain product mightn't warrant a full blog post, so if this video does well, I might make it a regular occurrence.

So behold this week's video where I give you my first impressions on some new beauty bits, have a chat with you, and listen to a dog barking for ages outside.

Products mentioned:

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  • Maybelline concealer
  • No7 Mini Eye palette
  • Max Factor Masterpiece Transform mascara
  • Max Factor Creme Puff blush
  • YSL Volupte Tint-in-oil

If there's anything you'd like a more in depth review on, just holla for a dolla in the comments below!

Monday, February 16, 2015

YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil - Peach Me Love review, photos, swatches

I've been like Gollum waiting for the YSL Volupte Tint in Oils to launch and now they're here!  We know that lip oils are the latest beauty trend with Clarins and Hourglass having launched their own lip oils recently, but now fans of a bit of colour on the lips while nourishing them need look no further.  These are the perfect makeup/treatment hybrid and I'm in love.

There are eight shades in the collection and I was sent Peach Me Love to test out.  I might as well let you know I already want to check out the other shades...

The oils.  With a grand total of five oils; apricot kernel oil, macadamia seed oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, passion flower oil, this doesn't actually feel oily on the lips much to my happiness!  It feels exactly like the regular Volupte glosses on my lips and feels thick and unctuous with not a bit of stickiness.  YSL have managed to capture the pigments of the tint inside the oils so when the oils fade, the tint stays.

The packaging.  Sleek, weighty, lush.  It's packaging in it's most luxurious form and at €27, it'd want to be.  But you get a big tube for that much and come on, there's nothing like whipping out a YSL product and feeling like you're treating yourself, only you actually are.  Total lip treatment while looking fabulous!

The scent.  I love the scent of the Volupte glosses and this one smells the same with it's fruity, melon-y goodness.  It's worth noting that as the gloss fades, so does the scent.

YSL Tint in Oil - Peach Me Love - one layer
The application.  The applicator makes for quick and easy application and the pointed tip means you can follow the natural lip line without much fussing about.  The wand picks up just the right amount of product for one layer, but by all means, feel free to double dip and add a bit more!  Right after application of one layer, Peach Me Love leaves a lovely sheer peach tint on the lips with lots of shine.  I love a wet look gloss and this is a cracker.  I noticed that as time went on, my lips turned a soft shade of pink and as the gloss faded, the tint remained like so:

YSL Tint in Oil - Peach Me Love - gloss gone, stain remaining
I've played around with this a lot over the past couple of weeks and the tint really does stay put for hours.  I'm not sure why it turned pink on me, but it's worth noting if you're looking for something peachy.  The orange shade might be a better choice for peach lovers, but I've been rocking my pink lips!

As I mentioned earlier, because I love the high shine finish of this, I've been layering it like a good thing and my favourite finish is with two layers of Peach Me Love.  I get the effect of the tint under a layer of gloss with more tint.

YSL Tint in Oil - Peach Me Love - two layers
I am so ready for spring to finally arrive and when it does come and say hi, I'll have nourished lips thanks to Peach Me Love.  I totally want to check out the orange shade and maybe the red one too.

Watch my video where I have a face full of first impressions and show you Peach Me Love in action.

Are you intrigued and will you be checking these out with me?  See you at the YSL counter!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Video! How to make pancakes!

It's Pancake Tuesday next week!  And as Joanne is married to Will, the master baker of the family, it was only fitting that she film a wee baking video showing us how to make pancakes.  I usually get one of those boxes of pre made stuff and just add milk, but this recipe is basic, cheap as chips and will give you muscles if you're as weak as Joanne is!

I've put in a request for Joanne and Will to film lots more easy videos like this for me as I'm rubbish at all things baking.  I think a nice lemon drizzle cake would go down a treat wouldn't you?!

So tell us, what do you put on your pancakes?  We love butter and sugar but would love to get some inspiration this year and try something new!

Vlog! Thanksgiving Day in New York!

I finally got organised enough to edit some of our New York vlogs!  Better late than never eh?!  As you might know, we brought mam away for her 60th birthday, a birthday she said she'd love to live over and over because she had a ball for the whole year!  It was fitting to bring her to New York because we all love it and we brought her over there for the first time for her 50th and in the past ten years, we've gone back a few times and have fallen in love with the city even more.

This time was different though because our brother Stephen (of Lovely Manly Dangly Bits) came over halfway through the trip to surprise her!  So phase one of the holiday was to get all of the main shopping done and phase two was to walk the legs off Stephen showing him everywhere!

Behold Thanksgiving Day where we wandered, did some shopping, ate a lot of food and went to see The Rockettes!

You can watch part 1 here and stay tuned for part three next week!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

IsaDora Twist Up Gloss - Red Rio review, photos, swatches

Let me set the scene.  I was in a chemist last month swatching up a storm, and I do mean a storm.  There were lines of lipsticks and glosses all over my hand as I was on a mission to get something nice for myself.  It got so colourful on the back of my hand that I forgot which swatch belonged to what lip product and had to wipe everything away and start again.  First world problems eh?!

I was deciding between two of the Twist Up Gloss sticks from IsaDora because I'd fallen in love with a nude shade they gave me a few weeks ago and the formula was so outstanding on that one that I knew I'd be picking up another shade.  It was between a coral one (no surprises there) and this red beaut and obviously the red shade won... This time....  Coral one, I'm coming for you this month...

Rio Red isn't a true red and you know if I pick any shade over a coral one, it's going to have coraly undertones and just look at it....  It's wearable, even for me who's scared of colour!  The formula of these beauts is my favourite out of any gloss stick I've tried so far.  It doesn't just sit on the lips looking lovely.  It feels really moisturising and nourishing when applied without feeling in any way greasy and that's thanks to hyaluronic acid which I'm all about when it comes to my lips.  Anything to do with moisture, especially in the colder months and I'm all over it.

In terms of pigmentation, the photos speak for themselves and the retractable crayon makes application easy peasy.  I love the glossy finish and find that as that fades, my lips are left lightly stained, ready for another application of this or of lip balm.

I can't remember how many shades were on the stand when I was knee deep in swatches, so I urge you to go and check them out for yourself.  And stay tuned for more details on the milky pinky nude shade that I'm racing through at the moment!  But for now, I leave you with this very lovely shot of me, Red Rio on the lips and me trying to cover up my ronnie with said Red Rio.

IsaDora have a full list of stockists on their Facebook page while their website is being updated.  For something in the €13 range, I'll be definitely stocking up on more of these as it comes into summer.

Are we liking Red Rio?  And do you have the coral one and do I need it?  We all know the answer to that one...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New! L'Occitane Cherry Blossom L'Eau

As you will know by now, one of my all time favourite scents ever in life (and that's a lot of life) is the Cherry Blossom fragrance from L'Occitane.  You can read my review here and watch countless videos where I waffle on and on about it because it's pretty special.

Now L'Occitane have released a limited edition spin off of the range, Cherry Blossom L'Eau, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Inspired by the first cherry blossoms of the Spring, this collection does not instil the panic that the first cherry blossoms of Spring did when I was in college.  Back in the day, if you hadn't started studying by the time the first cherry blossoms appeared on the trees on the way to college, you were screwed.  I was in trouble every year as I'm the biggest procrastinator...  But I digress, back to the smellies!

Cherry Blossom L'Eau a light and playful scent and is definitely sweeter than the original version and to sound like and quote my actual mam, "it's a younger person's scent".  But in saying that, scents are personal and if you're someone who likes sweet and juicy perfumes, then you'll love this.

With top notes of lemon, blackcurrant and watermelon, it hits you upside the head with it's vibrant sweetness before it settles to reveal the spring-like soft notes of cherry blossoms, violet and rose.  The base notes of woody muskiness softens everything and mellows it out beautifully.

For me, the sweetness slightly overpowers the floral notes for the first half an hour or so, but then it becomes my kind of scent for this time of the year.  When it hits February, I always reach for something that's light and bright and will put me in a good mood and drown myself in it!

Hand on heart, the original Cherry Blossom collection is my favourite and I know for a fact I'll keep repurchasing it every time I run out.  I've already purchased it before Christmas to make sure I wouldn't be without it!  But if you're a fan of sweeter scents, then definitely give Cherry Blossom L'Eau a whiff and put it on your Valentine's Day wish list!

The Cherry Blossom L'Eau collection is in shops now and along with the Eau De Toilette (€41), there's a Fragrance Touch (€21) which is a perfumed gel, a shower milk (€17.50), a moisturising milk (€24.50) and a hand cream (€10.50) so you'll be smelling fresh as a cherry blossom this spring!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liner review, photos, swatches - Mauve, Brun Dadaiste

If you've watched my recent Budget Beauty Haul video, you'll know that I picked up two of the new Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liners.  How I managed to restrain myself at just two is a feat in itself, but I tried to use some kind of reasoning and bought the two I'd get the most use out of.  With my green eyes, the shade Mauve was a given and Brun Dadaiste was also decided upon, after I talked myself into the fact that I didn't have enough warm brown shadow sticks in my stash... Ahem...

In a world of multifunctional makeup products, shadow sticks are my favourites because as you'll have guessed by the title of this post and the packing of these guys, they work as eyeshadows and eyeliners.  Anybody can colour in their eyelid, blend it out a bit and look like they've made an effort!

Bourjois have launched six shades in the range and all are easy to wear colours, hence the amount of time it took me to pick these two.  Back of the hand swatches show them to be pigmented, creamy and nice and opaque.  Brun Dadaiste is a lovely warm coppery bronze shade and Mauve is exactly that.  A cool toned purple with silver undertones and despite those silver undertones, it's not frosty when applied and is wearable for everyday use.


Despite it being really pigmented on the back of my hand, as with all eyeshadow sticks, once you get your eyelids involved, things become a little more sheer.  I like to colour in the mobile lid, taking things into the crease slightly and when I'm happy with the shape I've plotted out, I use my finger to blend out the edges just in the crease.  This gives a pretty, soft look and once I take it under my lower lashes and apply mascara, I'm good to go.

Brun Dadaiste

When using Brun Dadaiste, I applied it in the same way as Mauve, but decided to try blending the edges with a brush.  I found that a brush picked up a lot of product and I had to go over things again and use my finger to blend instead.  I also found this shade to apply more patchy than Mauve on the eyelids, but there's no getting away from the fact that this shade makes my eyes pop.

Now, I found these to leave my eyelids quite sticky feeling after I applied them.  And that's usually the case when I apply a cream eyeshadow or eyeshadow stick to my lids.  But I felt that they never set.  I was really aware of my eyelids every time I blinked and wasn't a fan of how sticky things felt for the whole day.  And things got even stickier when I applied a second layer to make things more pigmented and evened out.  But in saying that, without a primer, the product didn't actually move up until about lunch time where it all migrated into my crease.  But I got a good 6 hours out of them before that happened and for someone with oily eyelids, that was pretty good going!

A wash of colour is grand on the lids, but I wanted to apply more makeup, as usual, and rooted out my Bourjois Waterproof Clubbing liners in the shade Purple Night and Up and Brown, to see what I could come up with.   I love these liners and they don't budge at all at all.  I've had them in my stash for ages now and am slowly collecting the whole range of colours.

Bourjois Waterproof Clubbing liner Up and Brown, Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 eyeshadow & liner Brun Dadaiste, Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 eyeshadow & liner in Mauve, Bourjois Waterproof Clubbing Liner Purple Night.
A bit of Purple Night on the upper lash line, along the waterline and on the lower lash line right at the outer edges makes my eyes look even greener.

I forgot just how much I loved Up and Brown Waterproof clubbing liner!  As you can see on my eyeballs above, it's cooler toned than Brun Dadaiste and adds more definition to my eyes while still keeping everything soft and neutral.

So my verdict?  As an eyeshadow stick, they're not for me.  I need something that applies more evenly to the lids and dries properly.  They'll make a great base though if I want to apply them all over the lids and then apply powder shadows on top of them.   I'll happily keep using them as liners though.  Using them that way means I can layer and amp up the pigmentation without having to deal with sticky eyelids!

The Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liners are on stands now and will set you back €7.99.  Have you tried them yet?  Am I alone with my sticky eyelids?!
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