Monday, 17 March 2014

Night Sky Nails - Essie's 'No More Film' & 'A Stroke Of Brilliance'

Apologies for the quality of this photo... just couldn't get it quite right for some reason, hard as I tried.

Now I've got two pieces of coursework out of the way, as a reward I've allowed myself to write a blog post - woooo! Using my blog as a reward is a really good way to stop myself from using it to procrastinate, too...

Anyway, a little while ago now I picked up these two nail polishes from Essie (quickly becoming my favourite brand for nail polish) - No More Film and A Stroke Of Brilliance

In the above photo you can see that I've layered the two polishes up, and the look of them together reminds me of a clear night sky, where everywhere you look you can see the stars twinkling. I personally think A Stroke Of Brilliance would work best as top coat, like most glitter polishes do, although in the above picture I do only have one coat of it on, so I suppose after 2 or 3 coats it could look quite opaque and is maybe something to try if you want super glittery nails! It has a mix of blue and silver glitter in differently sized pieces, creating and almost 3D sparkle effect - very pretty. The only thing I would say is that I found application ever so slightly tricky, as a few of the glitter pieces wanted to stand upright for some reason, but sweeping the brush over them a couple of times rectifies this - just do it quickly before the polish starts to go tacky! 

Although not pictured without glitter over the top, No More Film is a gorgeous dark blue/violet that looks very chic, sophisticated and glossy on its own. I was immediately attracted to the shade because it seemed to be a bit of an unusual colour for a nail polish, and is perfect for an understated dark nail with a bit of a difference. 

These polishes lasted a good few days on my nails, they only started to chip after about 4 or 5 days of wear, not as long as I've found some polishes to last but pretty good by any means (: 

What do you think of these two polishes? Are you a fan of Essie? 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

See you in May...

... well, you'll probably hear from me before then, now and again, but what I'm saying is that I'm not going to be posting much from now until the end of May.

I'm in my final year of university studying Psychology, and all of my coursework (including my dissertation!) is due in at the end of this month, then after that I have four weeks to revise before my exams which start at the end of April - eek! So, as much as I'd like it not to, uni work has to come first (:

Basically I'm just letting you know that if you like to keep up to date with my posts, don't expect the regular one to two posts a week that I've been managing recently - I've got a few posts lined up but obviously I won't be able to put them up until I've got  bit of spare time, so expect my posts to be a bit sporadic and you probably won't be seeing a new one every single week until after I've finished my university exams.

Hope you all stick with me and enjoy the posts I do manage to do during this time - see you soon! x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - Review, Swatches and Tutorial!

I bought this cute little palette in December, and for some reason I haven't got around to posting about it until now! I know the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has been around for a little while now, but I love it so much that I wanted to review it anyway (: 

The Naked Basics Palette is half the size of the other three, full-size Naked Palettes, comprising of 6 eyeshadows instead of twelve. However, despite a smaller range of shades, it's still super versatile and can be used to create a range of everyday neutral eye looks to more intense, smokey eyes. 

Out of the six shadows, five of them are matte. The first and lightest shade in the palette, Venus, is the only shimmery shade. It's very pretty and perfect for highlighting the inner corners of the eye and the brow bone. Using a light hand, it also looks lovely all over the lid for a subtle wash of neutral shimmer to add a little extra to an everyday look. (The small chip you can see in the bottom of 'Crave' is from when I knocked the palette off my dressing table, my heart nearly stopped! Haha) 

As you can see, all of the shades have really good colour payoff - something we've all come to expect from Urban Decay's eyeshadows. They all have a lovely soft texture, no fall-out that I've noticed, and are so easy to work with and blend out beautifully. The shades are all slightly cool-toned which is something that particularly attracted me to this palette, as I find overly warm tones around my eyes don't really suit me, and tend to make the rest of my face look a little washed out.

For day-to-day, I usually wear either Foxy or Walk Of Shame all over the lid, with Naked 2 in the outer-V and crease, and Venus in the inner corner. I'll also add a little Faint or even Crave along my lash line if I'm not bothering with my liquid liner. To make my eyes bolder for a night time look, I'll add Naked 2 under the eyes too, Faint in the crease and a little under the eyes at the outer edge, and crave in the outer-V. Faint and Crave are super pigmented and come out really dark so you only need a little of either of them on your brush, and then build up gradually for your desired intensity. From looking at Crave you'd expect this, but not so much with Faint - when I first used Faint I didn't realise this and just went straight in there with a loaded brush! Took some serious blending to rectify that haha. To finish off my eyes for the evening I'll almost always add my liquid liner, but sometimes just put crave along my lashline and load up on mascara instead.

I've added in a little Day-To-Night tutorial that I filmed last month, hope you find it useful! Watching it back now, I can think of sooo many ways I could have filmed it better, but for a first tutorial video I don't think it's too bad (:

If you couldn't already tell, I lovelovelove this little palette! I think Urban Decay Naked Basics has become a real staple in my makeup routine, and is always the palette I turn to when I'm stuck for ideas (:

Do you own the Naked Basics Palette? Do you prefer it to the full-size Naked Palettes? I'd love to know your thoughts!