Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No 7 Spring Collection - Vital Brights

Spring is here - if you want proof, let's take a look at the wonderful flowery packaging on No 7.'s Spring collection.  I always feel  a bit conflicted about No 7.'s products and here is why .... I don't like the packaging (for the most part) and I think that the products are overpriced. In saying this, I do actually like the products, the quality is always quite good and for this limited range they have collaborated with Lisa Eldridge (and yes I mean makeup artist extraordinaire that we all have a girl crush on - click here to go to her site). 

Part of me thinks that Boots know No 7. products are a tad overpriced, why else would they offer a €7.50 off voucher every couple of weeks, and while I would object to spending full price on a lot of the products, put a money-off voucher in my purse and watch it burn a hole.

I recently had a couple of money-off vouchers and the spring collection was just released ...it was meant to be.
I picked up the highlighter, it cost €17.50 which is pricy for a highligher from the chemist but €10.00 (with the money-off voucher)  is brilliant value.  The packaging is bright and colourful with images of watercolour flowers and the case is made of hard plastic.

I missed out on the amazing highlighter that Laura Mercier released at Christmas (see sometimes I actually keep to shopping bans) so this is a lovely alternative.  The powder is soft and the product is buildable - from sheer highlight to C3PO.

Being a bit of a lipstick junkie I picked up Blooming Pink - please remind me not to buy anything for my lips for a while, I have to use some of my lip products up-.  The lipstick costs £10.00 (Sorry I seem to have lost my receipt so I dont have the EURO price) .

Above is a swatch of the lipstick as you can see the colour is very sheer but buildable, its a good lipstick if you want to try brights but want to start on the sheerer side.
This is quite a heavy layer (I slapped it on like my life depended on it) of the lipstick on so you can see the colour (sorry for the ronnie shot) the colour is very milky looking.  It's also good to note that the money off vouchers are also accepted when No 7. are on the three for two offer... which is brilliant - two offers in one.

Síle and I took advantage of the 3 for 2 and she got the Cream Blush in 'Blossoming Pink' which is actually a gorgeous coral. It reminds me a lot of a cream blush version of Benefit's Cha Cha Tint. It hasn't been out of Síle's make-up bag since she got it. 

Blossoming Pink Cream Blush - one swipe - very pigmented!
Blossoming Pink Cream Blush - blended out.
Have you tried anything from this collection? See anything here that takes your fancy?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stila has a New Website and a Stila Spring look


It's probably stating the obvious at this stage to say that I am more than a little "in love" with Stila.  If it wasn't obvious by my rather ahem large Stila Collection (read the post here) then you could tell by the fact that I like to clean up my local Stila stand (that's not weird right?)   Ahh the brand is so pretty and inspiring - the thought of new products makes my heart skip a beat. 

I have been over the moon that my favourite brand is back and back with a vengeance, this week Stila has been working hard on London Fashion Week (read about it here) and has just launched a new website for the UK and Ireland.  Not only can you buy Stila but you can get exclusive products, browse new arrivals (click here) and not only do they ship to Ireland (we are used to brands not shipping to Ireland) but there is FREE SHIPPING.  Yes you read that right FREE SHIPPING TO IRELAND.  (click here to go straight to Stila's amazing new site)

Stila want the site to be more than just an online shop, it will be a source of information and inspiration guiding us through the season's trends and showing us videos demonstrating up to the minute looks.  I am excited not only to have access to the newest Stila products (I checked Boots and the new collection is not available there yet) but also to tutorials and the newest makeup trends.

To celebrate the new Stila Site I decided to do a bright Stila Spring look, this is bright and pretty and really simple to do.

Products used:
1. Stila One Step Corrector (get it here)
2.  Stila Perfect and Correct Foundation (get it here)
3. Stila Perfecting Concealer (get it here)

Cheeks and Lips
1.  Stila Make Me Blush (this was limited edition last year - I had to ebay it but pick up a similar - Love at First Blush here)
2. Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia (get it here)
3. Stila Lip Glaze in Seashell (check out the amazing Lip Glaze selection here)

1. Stila Liner (this was limited edition but the Stay All Day Liquid Liner is similar get it here)
2. Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Bora Bora - this is the star of the look (get it here)
3. Eye shadow Palette Dream in Full Colour (this was a Christmas Set but read our post on it here) from which I used Stila Kitten (get it here) and a light blue eyeshadow (here)
I also used the Stila eye primer in Taffy every day (it's amazing get it here)

1.   I primed the lids using Stila Taffy and then applied Stila's famous eyeshadow in Kitten all over the lid - this colour really does suit everybody and adds a glimmer to my lids.

2.   I used a light blue eyeshadow and brought it just up past the socket.
3 & 4. I lined the eye using a black liner and brought it out in a subtle cat eye.

5.   I then did a bit of colouring in.  I took Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Bora Bora and used it to fill in from the tip of the inner eye to the outer tip of the cat eye.  You will need to leave your eyes closed for a few minutes to allow the liner to dry.  The effect is almost like a double liner. 

Since the eyes are so bright I wanted the rest of the face to be soft and pretty, I used Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia on the cheeks with a light dusting of Stila Make Me Blush and finished it off by applying Stila's famous Lip Glaze to my lips.

So if you're looking for me I will be over on Stila's new website. I shall meet you over there (here), How brilliant is the FREE SHIPPING? Pin It

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catrice - Pinky and the Brain....brain brain

Pinky and the Brain, they're Pinky and the Brain, one is a Genius the other insane (that kinda describes the writers of this blog ehh).  Catrice has some new nail polish shades that have a new wider brush and if that is not enough they have freakin brilliant names.  How could I leave behind Pinky and the Brain?

 So of course I picked up the colour cause the name is amazing but it is a beautiful raspberry pink.  The colour applies evenly and there is something about the colour that make it a classic and classy pink.
 Just in case you're not singing the theme tune to Pinky and the Brain by now .. click below

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Dupe Giveaway! **Closed**

It's been a while since we've had a giveaway here on Emerald Eyeliner and we disgracefully let our 200 follower milestone pass without thanking our readers. So... here we have a little giveaway! Two of our most popular posts last year were 'dupe' posts, and we have two sets of those very same dupes to give away - Barry M Lip Paint in No. 52 which is a dupe for MAC's limited edition Candy Yum Yum (read the original post here) and Sleek Blush in Rose Gold which is a dupe for Nars Orgasm (swatches here).

To the rules!

  • You must be a follower of the blog via Google Friend Connect (Just click that little blue 'join this site' button if you're not already a member). 
  • For a second entry, for all of you on Twitter, tweet 'I just entered the Dupe Giveaway with @emeraldeyeliner at http://bit.ly/zBZUyS '
  • Leave a comment on this post to let us know how many entries you're entitled to. Please include your email address or Twitter username so we have a way of contacting you.
  • The giveaway is open til midnight on Sunday 4th March 2012.
  • The winners will be drawn using random.org
Good luck! 
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Illamasqua Everyday Sophie I Technique

On a sunny afternoon in Dublin a number of years ago I wondered into BT2 and a brand new exciting makeup stand had just set up.  That stand was Illamsqua, I had never heard of the brand.  The products looked amazing, revolutionary and more importantly a lot of fun.  The girl who was working at the stand explained she didn't actually have any products to sell at the moment as it was press day and pointed me to a woman standing beside Illamasqua, the woman had black hair and a striking white stripe and little did I know but she was Alex Box (Artistic Director for the brand Illamasqua and pretty much one of the most progressive makeup artists there is).

To be honest I paid more attention to the products and the Makeup Artist than I did to Alex Box,  (fool that I am) the products looked exciting and the Makeup Artist enthusiasm about the brand and the products was infectious.  Illamasqua was my new makeup stop and I frequently bought new products until alas the counter was withdrawn from Dublin and I was left without Illamasqua in my life.  -The stand that was in Dublin is now located in Birmingham fact fans-.  Of course Illamasqua is available online but that takes some of the joy out of shopping.  When ever I am near a Illamasqua counter I have to stop by - I have even visited their amazing shop/makeup school in London.

To me Illamasqua is the cool kid that you want to be friends with, and you know what they are so freaking cool they will be friends with you.  Illamasqua don't care if you have your skirt tucked into you knickers or your top is too tight or that you apply makeup like a drunk monkey they accept you they way they are.  To quote my favourite movie (Some Like it Hot) "Nobodys Perfect".

Illamasqua have always been great supporters of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Sophie was a girl who was horrifically beaten to death just for looking different.  Illamasqua is a brand that embraces our differences and has created the look below as a celebration of Sophie.

This look is beautiful and really simple (a dramatic take on the cut crease) although it is a little OTT for everyday wear and unfortunately like most of us I have to tone things down for work, with that in mind I thought I would do a everyday version of this look and show you how I achieved the look. (Apologies in advance for some of the photos this time of year they are either too dark or washed out by the flash)

Lets look first at the products I used to recreate the look.
1. Lash Control Mascara in Volumizing and Conditioning (from Cloud10 Beauty here)
2. Nars Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
3. Smashbox Get Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Black
4. Stila eyeshadow trio in Bella
5. Illamasqua eyeshadow in Grope
1. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in No.7
2. NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Big Apple Blush
Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Manic

Here is how I recreated the look.

I started by applying Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation all over my face (check out our review of the Skin Base here) -but if you are using darker eye shadows you can apply your foundation last.
Step 1.
I applied a brown eyeliner in the socket of my eye and along the outer lash line.  This was then blended out a little with a fluffy brush (don't panic it looks messy I assure you this will get better- please note the short and curly lashes)
Step 2
I applied the skin tone shadow (Illamasqua Grope) onto my eyelid and under my brow as a highlight (ignoring the fact that my eyebrows need to be cleaned up - perfection is overrated)

Step 3.
I applied the middle shade (a warm shimmery brown) from Stila's eye trio in Bella onto the blended eyeliner to create a bit of dept.

Step 4
I tightlined my eye with the brown pencil liner and also used it to line my lower water line. I lined my upper lash line with a black gel liner.
Step 5.
I applied the Lash Control Mascara (look at the before and after pictures - this mascara really makes the lashes look amazing)
Step 6.
I applied the cream blush onto the apples of my cheeks and blended (to add a bit of colour but the cheeks are not the focus of the look)

Step 7.
I applied the Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Manic all over the lips (using it as a liner and a lipstick)

Here is the finished look.  Its pretty and wearable but with a flash of colour.

Illamasqua is available from Illamasqua's website (here) I would highly recommend checking out their site as the artwork is just stunning.  Illamasqua is also available from Debenhams.ie (here) and Asos (here ). Pin It

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Catrice Hidden World Collection - pics and swatches

The latest collection on Catrice stands is 'Hidden World' and I have a few things from it to show you! It's all very natural - pale pinks, golds, that kind of thing, which is right up my street, as Cherdyl might say. This is what Catrice say about the collection: 

Dreamlike - yet confident. Soft – yet by no means fragile. Mysterious – yet never shy. Subtle – yet totally present. In January 2012, the Limited Edition “Hidden World” by CATRICE loosens the boundaries between fantasy and reality, between heaven and earth. 

Er... I dunno about that but sure we'll have a look anyway. 

Illuminating Base, Made to Stay Eyeshadow Soufflé in 02 Yes I Wood! and  Blush Mousse.

So, here's what I got:

Illuminating Base (€4.49): Catrice market this as a kind of primer, claiming that it will "even out small irregularities of the skin". I wouldn't say that this is much cop as a primer, although you could wear it all over your face under foundation - it reminds me a lot of Mac Strobe Cream/Lotion. I use it as a more traditional highlighter, with little dots blended on the cheekbones and brow bone. And it's a bloomin' good highlighter at that - it blends effortlessly leaving you with a really natural, subtle glow - no chance of robot face with this.

I'm never quite sure how useful these 'blob on hand' photos are (not very, I suspect) but I also have the illuminator blended over my hand underneath and you can kind of see it, although it's much nicer IRL. 

Made to Stay Eyeshadow Soufflé in 02 Yes I Wood!(€3.99) is a nice champagne gold shadow with a lovely texture. I love cream/mousse eyeshadows and I normally love colours like this but this one is a little too subtle. If you can make out the swatch of it in the photo below, you'll see that it pretty much just blends into my skin. Could be good as an eyeshadow base though. 

That other swatch that looks like I've scalded myself really badly is Blush Mousse (€4.29). I love the texture of this - like pink whipped cream. The colour and effect of it reminds me a lot of Benefit's Posie Tint but it's much, much easier to blend (although it doesn't have the staying power of Posie Tint). The swatch above is two layers, and just to note if you do want to layer this and build it up, it seems to take aaages to dry. 

If you're gonna buy anything from this collection, I'd go for the Illuminating Base - love it! 
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Friday, February 10, 2012

NOTD Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Plum Luck

I haven't been wearing nail polish of late, my nails have been in bits (hands up anybody else suffering from winter hands?) I decided that the only thing to fix my nails would be Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.  A while ago I won Plum Luck from Lovely Girly Bits (click here and go say Hi).  I love the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure range.  One coat is opaque ... two coats and it looks like you have gotten a salon manicure.  For those of you out there that love topcoats like Seche Vite give these polishes a try.  They dry smooth and shiny - super shiny. 


Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Polishes are on special offer at the moment in some chemists (€2.00 off) so now is a good time to pick some up. Pin It

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Be a Princess -

If I am being honest I can be a bit of a Princess, that doesn't mean that I wont walk in a puddle of water or that you have to bow when you meet me.  Every girl should have a smidge of princess in her or be treated like a princess every once in a while. 

I have always been a fan of the Vera Wang Princess range of perfumes. The bottles are gorgeous, the fragrances are easy to wear (nothing obnoxious) they are sweet, pleasant fragrances. The Princess range has a new addition to the range "Princess Night". 

Here is what they have to say about the perfume:
Vera Wang Princess Night sparkles with first impressions of luscious wild berries and watermelon, blended with sweet raspberry. Mystery fills the air with an exotic blend of velvety jasmine petals, spicy orange blossom, and a twist of passion rose. Finally, the night air is left with a trail of crushed sugar and hints of sensual musk and vanilla, leaving those around her wondering what will happen next.

The bottle is freaking gorgeous its encrusted with dark purple glitter, the perfume has a slightly darker muskier smell than the other versions (but nothing too heavy).  Even thought this is Princess Night I have been wearing it every day (I am such a rebel).  You will be delighted to know that the glitter does not come off the bottle easily.  If I am being honest I had decided to buy the perfume based on the bottle (a mature rebel) but am delighted cause I love the fragrance.

At the moment Debenhams have 10% off perfumes so the 30ml (which usually costs €42.50) is €38.25 (click here).  Debenhams also have an offer of a free bag with any purchase (click here).

While the bag might not be the most glam freebee offering it will make a great beach bag and as Kate Middleton has shown the world...even princess go to the supermarket.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

You think Marilyn Monroe - You think Red Lippy.

I am a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, I love to read about her (although it is a little disconcerting that an icon has a real life with problems, sadness, ups and downs.  I would really recommend reading about Marilyn - saying she had a hard life is a understatement).  Marilyn evokes so much and one of the first things you think of when you see Marilyn is GLAMOUR - although it is quite nice to know that she could be quite a slob when she wanted to be.  Lisa Eldridge recently put up a video on the classic Marilyn look. What is amazing about Lisa (yes I am pretending that I am on a first name basis) is she tells you about how the look was created and how Marilyn had a close relationship with her makeup artist "Whitey", who famously did her makeup, even for her funeral.  Marilyn was very good at applying her own makeup and picking up tips and tricks - imagine the things you would learn if you were lucky enough to have Lisa working on your makeup. 

For many years I have read articles by Lisa in magazines and admired the looks she has created.  Lisa Eldridge is truly a makeup "Artist" and she kindly lets us in on some of her magic, what's more than that is she seems like a lovely person. Look at Lisa Eldridge's website (here).

Lisa's site gives more information on the products she uses, when she mentioned that Marilyn used Guerlain lipsticks, I made a mental note of the shade (Insolence De Rouge) and headed to House of Fraser (or the HOF as I like to call it).  Guerlain is one of those brands that I never think of buying from (I think I got a bronzer about a million years ago) so when I asked for the Rouge Kiss Kiss I was disappointed to hear that the lipsticks were being discontinued and Insolence De Rouge was no more.  The very helpful sales assistant pointed out that she had one red shade left and it was discounted... discounted to €11.25 (from €28.00).

The case is pure Hollywood glamour; it's like three gold nuggets stacked on top of each other, the case feels substantial and you can imagine wearing matching red nail varnish.  There is something beautiful about taking out a pretty lipstick case and applying red lipstick.  I am all for finding dupes for shades but everybody should have a classy red lipstick in beautiful packaging in their collection, it's such a simple thing but brings glamour to your life.
The texture of the lipstick is superb (why are they being discontinued?), the colour applies opaquely, has a lovely sheen and leaves the lips feeling lovely, moisturised and glamorous.  The colour is a beautiful raspberry red (the lighting of late has been dreadful so I am not sure the picture does it justice).

Today's lesson is have a look at the discounted makeup, they are not just selling turquoise lipstick from two seasons ago- there are some gems out there.  
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