It’s quite tricky to find eye shadows that really make brown eyes pop but I’m loving the bronze and gold shades in Nars Isolde Duo. Now I usually veer towards traditional brown eye shadows and wouldn’t normally consider using such an orangey gold, but dam, it looks good and contrasts nicely with dark hair and eyes. Nars actually describe the duo as “frosted ginger and shimmering copper” and its the gingery – orange tone to the gold shadow that really makes brown eyes pop. I think Isolde would also look phenomenal on blue eyes and emphasise blue hues beautifully.
The shadows are incredibly pigmented – you don’t need much on your brush and the colour applies very vividly on the lids. I can see this lasting me years. The consistency is soft and buttery and it blends like a dream with little if no fallout.
I wear both shadows – the gold all over the lid, and the bronze in the outer corners and crease as well as the lower lash line for a smokey look. It’s an easy peasey every day smokey look that isn’t over done or too dramatic.
I love love this duo and if you’re looking for an everyday effortless smokey eye, definitely check out Nars Isolde.
It’s a quickie post today as it’s Lancome’s 10th Birthday and to celebrate, ALL Lancome Hypnose Mascaras are reduced to just £10.00 at Debenhams. They are normally £22.50 and permanent products like these are never reduced in price. This is available online and in store -so go grab yourself a beauty steal!
If you are looking for a super quick, easy and cheap way of creating a smouldering smokey eye look no further than Collection’s Eyeshadow Pencils.
I popped the Hot Chocolate dark brown/purple shade over my lids, blended out, added black eye liner, mascara and voila! A strong statement smokey eye in less than 2 minutes! I also applied Vanilla Sky to my inner corners as a highlight.
The pencils are creamy and apply softly. You need to blend fast as they set quickly- once they’ve set they literally, do not budge or smudge. Check out my YouTube Video for the demo.
As they are waterproof, they can be a little difficult to remove so I’d recommend using an oil based eye make up remover. They can be tricky to sharpen as the nibs are creamy -just be careful when twisting the pencil in to the sharpener.
This is really good for lazy days when you can’t be asked to faff around with powder eyeshadow.
All I can say is WOW about Clinique’s All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Neautral Territory 2.
This is an 8 shadow universally flattering compact palette which is perfect if you are on the go. There are 3 neutral shades which are great for a subtle everyday look. What I love about this palette – are the 5 warm shades, especially the red tinged browns which is something you don’t see very often in palettes. Instead of creating a traditional brown smoky eye, I am really enjoying using the rich plummy brown tones to mix it up and create a smoky eye with a twist.
The shadows look matte in the pan but they are all shimmery and reflect the light beautifully. The buttery consistency of the eyeshadows means they blend effortlessly.
The eyeshadows are long wearing and nicely pigmented. The palette is incredibly compact (12cm x 5cm) and light (11.6g) so it’s perfect to carry in your handbag/clutch. The mirrored casing looks plush but soon gets lots of fingerprinty marks on it. I’m also impressed with the applicator – a foam sponge on one end to pack on the colour and a nice soft fluffy brush to blend out. The mirror is also a good size for when you’re in dash. Even though it’s a compact, I’d say that the eyeshadows are pretty much full size.
The formula is allergy-tested, 100% fragrance free, and ophthalmologist-tested.
It’s a Limited Edition so snap it up before it sells out. Available to purchase for £32 at Sephora, Boots, Clinique.
Eyes are the windows to the soul and using false eyelashes to accentuate them can have a mesmerizing effect. I could smeyes (smile with your eyes) all day long when I am wearing a pair of falsies. I literally feel like a hollywood bombshell! So if you are looking for one makeup item that will instantly transform your look, look no further.
Amazing ShineEyelashes really are a Beauty Steal as they are made from human hair, are nice and bendy and only cost £1.99 per set. They sell varying lengths and styles of full set and individual lashes. They are basically dupes for most premium cosmetic lashes (MAC No. 4 and Amazing Shine No 663 are virtually identical).
I love them because they are made from human hair, so they naturally add volume and length without looking to bulky or obvious. I particularly like the fact that the vein of the lash is clear – no black strip which makes them bendy and super easy to apply and manipulate in to shape.
I have 101, 601, 606, 747-M and the individual lashes in medium.
The Barry M Natural Glow palette contains 6 neutral eye shadows: 4 shimmer shades and 2 matte colours. There is also a pastel satin pink blusher, two applicators and a handy largish mirror. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised with quality of these eye shadows -there is little if any fall down and they blend easily. I am not bowled over by the blusher -it would probably work better as a highlighter as it’s quite sheer.
I particularly like the three shimmer eye shadows closest to the blush which consist of a metallic grey, brown and dark brown as they give a good colour pay off. I am wearing the metallic grey in the photo below (with primer) and this lasted 7 hours with no creasing.
This is a great all in one neutral kit for when you are on the go and want to instantly transform your look from day to night. The packaging instantly reminds me of the Original Urban Decay Naked Palette and it’s a pretty good condensed dupe.
I love mascara and how it can enhance your eyes by making them appear bigger and more engaging to others. If you like a wide eyed false lash effect look without actually applying false lashes, Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara may be the one for you.
The applicator brush is curved and packed full of small bristles which means it picks up a good amount of mascara from the tube and gives lashes a thorough coating. It darkens, lengthens and volumises lashes. I love this mascara because it lasts all day, doesn’t smudge and gives me definition and volume. I think this is my 8th repurchase in 01 Black.
When I use this mascara, my eyelashes look striking -dramatically thicker and fuller- it’s not called Drama for nothing!