Wednesday, 29 December 2010

My Favourite Pinky Nude Lip and Peru Update!!

Hi my little Cherubs! How did your Xmas go?

I know I haven´t posted in forever, just been busy with the Xmas season and also getting ready for my Peru and Miami trip!

We have now been in Peru for 4 days and are having a lovely relaxing time! We attended my friend´s wedding which was just magical. I will try to share some photos when I get back.

We are going to Cuzco tomorrow to see Macchu Picchu so I cannot wait for that!!

I just wanted to quickly share with you my absolute favourite pinky nude lip which I am rocking as often as possible. It gives me that perfect balance between looking natural and fresh and sophisticated too. It is a little Kardashian inspired as it is basically MAC Stripdown liner and MAC Angel lipstick. I dont feel the need to use a gloss over the top as Angel is a frost finish so it has a lovely sheen.

Sorry I cant post pics at the moment but there will be plenty of posts when I get back!

Oh and just to share, I just had the most AMAZING mani and pedi for a mere $8!!!! Sooo cheap! Is it wrong that I love getting my nails done this much??!! The shade I chose for my mani was a Revlon one called Peach Nectar - just gorgeous!

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Review: Sleek Kajal in Odyssey - Purple/Violet soft eyeliner

Hey Cherubs!

How are you holding up during the busiest season of the year? Me, I cannot wait for my upcoming holiday to Peru and Miami, and I am being suitably anti-festive by flying out on Christmas morning hehe! FYI I am hoping to pick up a few US beauty products while I am out there so look forward to some haulage reviews when I get back!
In the meantime, I decided to check out my local Sleek stand at Superdrug and came across this gorgeous kajal (or kohl) or in other words a soft, creamy eyeliner which is in solid rather than a pencil form. They had 2 colours but I went for the beautiful purple/violet shade called Odyssey. The other colour is black.

The packaging is very, well, sleek and expensive looking, I especially like the little ribbon attached to the end to make it easier to pull it out of the container.

The application is nice and soft and creamy, although it doesn't have great staying power, but applied over an eye primer it creates a soft smudged look. I particularly like using this as a base over which to apply my MAC Nocturnelle eyeshadow. Here is a swatch over my NC42 skin.

It is only I think £3 (can't remember exactly) but go check it out as it is such a vibrant, stunning colour and as its not in pencil form, it is a nice little unique addition to your makeup collection. I have a soft spot for this particularly as it's a little throwback to my ethnic roots *LOVE*

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Review: Stila Blockbuster Colour Palette and 1940's Hollywood Glamour FOTD

I recently picked up the Stila Blockbuster Colour Palette from my local Costco (!) for just £19 and decided to share my thoughts with you on this makeup kit.

It consists of 30 eyeshadows, 15 lip colours, 3 blush colours, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter, black kohl pencil and lip liner pencil and an assortment of mini sponge applicators/brushes.

The Eyeshadows

The eyeshadows range in colour from neutral, through to bronzey browns, to purples and blues and a couple greys and black. The pans are around the size of a 5 pence piece. The colours are actually very pretty and useable - no odd lime greens, or 3 shades of neon pink - more everyday kinds of colours so I was satisfied with the range and know I would feel comfortable making use of the colours. I wasn't blown away though as there are no particularly unique shades.

As for the formula, well they certainly do not appear to be the same formula as standard Stila eyeshadows. They are very, very dusty. I was disappointed about this as I was hoping that for £19 I would be able to rely on the Stila branding but I think they have just decided to stick their logo on something they have created outside of their usual standards - shame..
The shadows mostly seem to contain a shimmery aspect to them, however, some colours are more matte. Given that they were so dusty what I wasn't expecting was the pigmentation - they are very pigmented which I was pleasantly surprised about. They are also fairly easy to blend out too. Even the lighter champagney colour when quickly washed over my eyelid without a primer or concealer, was really true to colour. I am actually very pleased with the pigmentation of the shadows.

Lip Colours

These are again the size of 5 pence pieces. The colours vary from nudey pinks, to brighter pinks, oranges and reds. At first glance they look like they would go on very sheer, however, again the pigmentation is good. The colours go on true to colour and then oxidise very very quickly to a pinkey/red colour. Again, it is a shame that the usual Stila quality has not come through in this palette. Having said that, the deeper red colours work with the oxidisation and almost act as a lip stain. Weirdly enough I have somehow managed to find my perfect red lip shade in this palette! It gives me that gorgeous 1940's style old Hollywood glamour lip - the saving grace in the lip colours. I will be taking this along to MAC to match to a proper lipstick though!

Blushes and Bronzer/Highlighter

3 shades of blush, from pale dusky pink, medium dusky pink to a warm berry pink colour. Highlighter is more of a nude peach colour and shouldn't really be called a highlighter in my opinion. The bronzer is a goldeny molten brown colour. The pigmentation is good, apart from the palest colour, which due to my skintone just doesnt show up at all. The bronzey colour works pretty well as a contour shade actually. I do like the blushers, especially as I tend to go for more peachy shades so its nice to have the pinkier colours.

Lip Pencil and Eye Pencil

The lip pencil is a browney pinkey shade and as such is kind of neutral as a lip pencil and therefore plausible as a lip pencil. The problem I had is that it is quite dry and therefore drags the skin. It definately benefits from being warmed up on the back of the hand first. It definately has good staying power too.

The eye pencil is black but not at all well pigmented unfortunately. Again, very dry and not creamy at all so it actually scratches the skin - NOT GOOD around the eye area!

Brushes/ Applicators

Two words: cheap and crap..! OMG what was the point in these crappy, little plastic and nylon, spongey objects? Pointless, utterly utterly useless. *Sigh*

Ok so I would award this palette 2 and a half Angel Wings. It is not the usual Stila quality at all unfortunately, but having said that if you are starting out and need some eyeshadows to practice with these are decent as are the blushes. Pigmentation is excellent! I wasn't too thrilled with the lip colours as they oxidised like mad on me, but I feel some warmth towards the lip colours purely because they happen to contain the perfect shade of red for me. It is fairly cheap and I believe only available in Costco.

To prove that you can actually use this palette to create looks, here is an FOTD based around a classic red lip. Enjoy!

Products Used:


Lanacane Anti Chafing Gel

NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse and MAC Studio Finish stick in NC42

MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35 just on blemishes

Benefit Erase Paste in No 3 under the eyes

YSL Touche Eclat to highlight down the bridge of the nose and tops of the cheekbones

MAC skinfinish in medium dark


Stila palette middle shade blusher and highlight shade mixed


MAC Bare Study Paintpot as eye primer

Yellowy-champagney shadow from Stila palette all over lid - top row, 4th across from the left

Medium brown shade lightly in the crease 2nd row, 3rd across from the left

Sleek Eyeliner Gel in Dominatrix

Primark Fluttering Lashes

MaxFactor Masterpiece Mascara in black


Stila Blockbuster palette lip liner

Red lip colour from Stila Palette - 4th row, last column

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

DEAL ALERT!! ELF 100 pc Eyeshadow FREE!

Hey my cherubs! Hope you are feeling suitably festive! I on the other hand am shunning all things Christmas (Bah Humbug!).. except for the awesome deals of course! LOL!
ELF have an amazing deal on right now. If you make any order over £18 you will receive a FREE 100 pc eyeshadow palette! All you need to do is enter the code FREE100.

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo

Saturday, 4 December 2010

FOTD - Purple Smokey and Girlie Pink

with flash without flash

I don't have a massive collection of MAC eyeshadows (yet!!) but the ones I do have are all classics and I totally love them! One of my all time favourite eyeshadows has to be Shadowy Lady which is a deep purple-aubergine shade in a matte finish. It creates the BEST smokey eye and I really don't need many other shadows to finish off the look. I teamed this dramatic purple eye with a really girlie pink flushed cheek and a gorgeous bubbly pink lipstick. I hope you like it!

My silly face! LOL!!


Lanacane Anti Chafing Gel
NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW35 and Benefit Erase Paste in No. 3
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in medium dark
MAC Ladyblush creme blush


MAC Bare Study Paint Pot as base
MAC Shadowy Lady eyeshadow all over lid and blended into crease and lower lashline
Medium/dark purple colour from Coastal Scents 88 Palette on lid only
Shimmery off-white colour from Stila Blockbuster Colour Palette on browbone
MAC Technakohl Graphblack eyepencil smudged into upper and lower lashline
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara


Rimmel lipliner in Eastend Snob
MAC Angel Lipstick

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo