Black Friday Haul

Most of the stuff I ordered black Friday has finally arrived, there is still a few pieces that were pre-orders, typically these were the geekier items I order so this post will be another beauty based one but on with it!

This is the whole haul excluding presents which if Im honest was most of my shopping so this is a smallish haul but one I’m super excited about!

So the first thing I had to get was Make up Geek duo chrome eye shadows.I’ve wanted to try the brand for ages and the pans were going so cheap that I had to, plus who can say no to a duo chrome?

I picked up Havoc (left) and steampunk (right). I couldn’t quite get the duo shimmer in the photos. Havoc has an awesome green shimmer in the brown and Havoc had gold to light brown. I forgot to take photos of the swatches but seriously happy with these. I haven’t worn them out yet but when I do it’ll be on instagram so look out for those!

Of course Im a lip junkie so I got lipsticks. Only three though, talk about restraint. 2 of which were LA splash, who has recently changed there long last formula so I needed it. So far I like it, less drying than previous ones I’ve tried.

This is Baneful, a browny nude, something I dont own anything close to so it had to be tried, right? I’ve already worn it a couple of times and its perfect for everyday sorta looks.

This is the one that I spent ages looking at various swatches and really trying to work out if it would work for me or not. Most of the swatches came across really pastel lilac and I can’t really pull off the pastel lips. Thankfully it’s actually a lot darker than I thought it would be. And as an added bonus when you rub your lips together green glitter appears! Its brilliant and I can think I totally pull it off!

How cute is this? It’s an angry face hugger! I wasn’t looking for it I was looking for presents for others and saw this and had to have it. Look at that face! It so dammed cute! It’s about the size of of my hand so a bit smaller than I expected but it’s cuteness makes up for that.

This is another one that I’ve been wanting to try for a while but I always had lip scrub so never really needed it. This is the Root beer flavour and seriously get it for the smell! It is divine! It smells so yummy I genuinely had to stop myself for eating it as I opened it. The best smell ever. I used once and it’s comparable to the lush ones.

Nearly to the end of the haul now. Of course, I had to get a Jeffree Star lipstick, it took me the longest time to decide which one I wanted because of course I wanted all of them! So I had to restrict myself to one.

I love this colour, if Im honest his is the colour I wanted from watermelon which was a lot brighter! This is such a perfect normal colour for me, I’ve wanted more everyday colours for a while but I can be picky for the longer wear stuff. The formula is fantastic as always for Jeffree Star stuff. It’s fantastic!

And that’s my haul! At least the stuff that has arrived and isn’t presents. Im also waiting on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer pop and Spider-gwen comic but they were really on black friday sale so I guess they don’t really count.
This was a bit of a different post for me but I actually liked writing it so I may do more of these. It also seems that Nyxie also liked my haul.

Yeah, I dont think I’m going to have that face hugger for long.

Kick Ass Kisses : PS Lip Fix & Shape up

Golly gosh! Another lipstick post. I swear I do use other make up and there are some posts lined for other products but I am a bit of a lip junkie so enjoy anyway.

This time round I’ve been playing with a primark product. Now, I enjoy a good Primark purchase, like any one else but I never really expect much those purchases. Primark is the epitome of disposable fashion. Its great for it. Over the years I have purchased tones of stuff from there and not much of it lasts but then it is fairly cheap. So, as I said already I never expect much from them. I enjoy while I have it and don’t sweat it when its gone. I never tried any of their make up lines, so I figured it was time to try a few bits. Its youtubes fault….

What really caught my eye about this was the packaging of the liquid lipstick. It comes in a black tube that looks a little like a paint tube. I thought it was really cute and different. They have kept the colour scheme really simple, sicking to mostly black with white writing and a bit of detailing in the colour of the lipstick which in this case is a hot pink. It doesn’t look expensive, its fairly plain but simple and to the point. I really liked that about it. The liner follows the same principle and colour scheme, though it does have the pencil colour more prominent with lid being that colour. It works.

I did get both because I though this is primark make up, it will need all the help it can get to stay in place. Normally I don’t bother with liners. So this review/trial will be talking about both items.

Lets talk formulas and applicators, I cant comment too much on the pencil formula as I don’t use them very often, so have nothing to compare it to but I found it went on quite well, it was nice and creamy also felt very light. One thing I was a little worried about was that with the lipstick it would feel very heavy and think on the lips. It didn’t. Its a simple pencil, needs to be sharpened once its blunt which I don’t like in my pencils but is an industry standard. The colour was stronger than I thought it would be, it was opaque in a single layer so that’s a plus.

The liquid lipstick itself was a lot nicer than I expected too. It was really creamy, almost moose like and glided on really nicely and was opaque in pretty much one layer. A tiny bit of streaking but only if you looked really closely. Drying time was probably about two minutes and there was a little bit of transfer at first but didn’t fade the colour at all. I think it may have just been where I applied a little bit too much and the excess hadn’t fully dried.

As you already know I am a sucker for lasting lipstick, I hate re dappling so the less work the product is, the more I like it. I think one definitely lasted a good while. I think I wore it about six hours before it started to show some serious wear. It was fairly comfy to wear at first but did start getting a bit drying after a a couple of hours.

Over all, I’d probably buy this again, if there was more colours. I think I only saw three in store and they were pretty standard shades of pink, red and brown. For the less than a fiver for both, its a bargain.

Nail Art, sorta

Cleaning out the blog and computer of random things and I found a few nail arty photos that I never got round to posting. So that is what we are going to look at today.

This one was created with models own everything! I love their metallic range. This was their dark blue, silver and gel black. The design was made just a simple dotting tool. I always feel like putting that extra dot in the second colour looks so much better than a plain dot on its own.

I’ve done a design similar to this before with hearts but I seriously love this colour combo. The top coat was a models own again that shimmers pink and blue. I feel like it really makes the two colours match better, if that makes sense.

Possibly my favourite design, looks like funky tiger stripes. Also took me the longest to get right. You would not believe the amount of times I restarted the design, I kept putting too much on the brush so it turned in to a hot mess. This was made with a fan brush and just dipping the tips in the polish then very light brushing it over the nail.

Can we also take a moment to notice that all the images are fairly well lit and you can clearly see the actual nail designs! Check out my learning skills. 😛

More Kittens : Nyxie

A couple of posts previous I talked about my two kittens, mostly about James, you can read that here if you haven’t already. This post is going to be about Nyxie.

This little fur ball of trouble is the brave one, maybe a little too brave for her own good. She is always the first to do something, she has even made a dash or two outside! Luckily she gets out the door then freezes because its so different and she’ll have to be picked up and brought back in. She also the more cuddly of the two, she will just come and sit on your lap, or in may case my laptop. The first time I met her, she crawled up my chest and just sat there purring. I just fell in love with her there and then.

If it moves and she can get to it, its hers. Doesn’t matter if you then move it out of her reach and tell her no, she will find away to get it back because its hers. Also anything that ruffles is hers, any bags in the house are hers, your feet under a blanket are hers. Basically she thinks everything is hers. Shes a bit of a madame.

Her favorite place of all time is your shoulder. She loves watching what you’re doing and because she knows that she’s not allowed on counter tops she will climb up your back and perch on your shoulder. Sometimes it does hurt as she does use her claws to climb but I got used to it, mostly. As she gotten older she has gotten gentler and seems to understand that her claws can hurt.

In all honest I have never met a more loving pair of kittens, they literally follow me everywhere. Nyxie will get right in to the action of what every I am doing while James sits back a bit but I always have to be within sight. Nyxie will happily steal crafting supplies right out of hands if she can, so sometime we have to be a bit careful with what left out. But they are a cleaver pair, they don’t always do as they are told but they understand and will do it if they feel like it.

Keep an eye out for them on my instagram if you want to see more of them!

5 on 15 : Invasion

This months 5 on 15 theme is Invasion! I tried to do something a little different with this month challenge. As I haven’t really focused on the photography element of the challenges I that to want to change. I focused a little too much on trying to find something that fit the theme, so you may notice that I get a little loose with the themes from now on but hopefully it’ll allow me to explore a few new techniques and photography tips. 

With a bit of luck you’ll see an improvement in my skills. Also in each of the photos, I’ve use manually setting and I have not touched them up or edited them in anyway, they have literately come off the camera like this. Hopefully this will mean I’ll rely on photoshop less with future projects. Lets get on with this months photos.

Gonna start with this one. How does it link to invasion you ask? Well there is one there that doesn’t match the rest. Can you guess which one? So he’s invading the group. See what I did there.
This photo didn’t come out how I wanted it at all. You can see the general idea I was going for which was a line up but I couldn’t get the angle or the depth right. The general coloring a lighting aren’t too bad which is how it made the cut. Beyond that there is nothing more to say.

It’s an Alien, one of the pendants I made from resin. I actually like this one I purposely tried to capture the light reflection to try and make it look a little more 3d. I’ve taken products before and always tried to loose that shine to show the products detail but seeing as this is more artsy I took liberty. I kinda wish I had used some sort of coloured lighting just to see how it would look. Maybe next time. I did try to add more light textures to make the image more interesting by using a sequinned pillow as the backdrop. I like that effect but I think it needs more. 

This one hasn’t really got much technique behind it but I’ve never use the time feature on my camera so I had to try it. I really need to work on my own posing. This shot features me in my CyberDog shirt because Cyberdog loves invasion and alien stuff. I also need to work on zooming in with the timer feature. I’ve figured out that I need to mark out the space that can be seen in the view and that will make it easier to put something together that looks better. Probably need to work on facial expressions too. 

This one I like. It features a couple of figures form the anime Evangelion where ‘Angels’ invade earth (sorta). With this one I was trying to play with the depth perception more. I tried to capture three layers of depth. The foreground of Asuka (Character in red), then Shinji (Male figure) and then finally the books in the very background. It works. The layer with shinji could have been a touch cleared to make it stand out more from the books though. I think maybe moving the figures a little further apart might have been better. Retrospect is a wonderful thing. 

Save the best for last. Its a Doctor who inspired shot of the Vashta Nerada from the silence in the library episode.
I used a round lamp for the background to look like a glow sun like backdrop. Then used a smaller light at the front to light the figure up against the backdrop to make sure he stands out as a focal point. Using the light at the front made him resemble the Vashta Nerada even more as they were lit from inside their suits. Although the episode didn’t have any flare-y suns, I think it really makes it feel spacey and a little daunting.

To sum up, I felt like I really challenged myself this month. I love how two of the shots came out. Yes, I would normally edit them as well so they would look even better but I purposely left them raw so I can see where I’m at skill level wise and where I need to focus to imporve. I really want to get better at using the manual settings on my camera, so I can take better photos that need less time to edit and clean up.