eyeMAJIC I can see the appeal, but….

I love a gimmick as much as the next person, but is eyeMajic really worth the money? Read on…product

Here I am bare eyes with just a smidge of foundation, brown pencil on my waterline, no eye shadow primer oh and my brows are done (well duh!).before eye

Next swiping off the shadow thingy, so good so far.

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Here we can fully appreciate my first problem, my eye lid area is just too big. Otherwise the colour payoff is pretty good, just needs blending.IMG_1736

Still unblended but I thought I’d take a shot with my eye’s open for you all to see the results thus far.IMG_1737

And my second problem emerges, I didn’t use the eye shadow applicator to blend because in my mind a blending brush would be better right? Wrong!IMG_1751Where did the shadow go? I only blended for two ‘sweeps’…….IMG_1752This is basically the major problem, the shadow didn’t ‘stick’ to my eyes. I didn’t want to apply a primer first because I wanted to see what would happen.

Now this is the final result, whilst I do think it looks soft and pretty its far from what I was expecting.IMG_1764

Even with this result I must say that the little shadow that was left on my eye’s didn’t crease and lasted the day fine.

wmascaraI’m fairly certain I should have applied a shadow primer to begin with, and maybe use the applicator instead, but I was thinking fast and easy and this is what I got.

I can honestly see the appeal it is quick, comes in a pretty great selection of pre-matched colours but ultimately I feel that in reality your better off purchasing an eye shadow quad and slowly learning to do it yourself.

I am going to try these again, with a base or primer plus I’ll stick to the instructions and try and ‘blend’ with the shadow sheet/applicator, we’ll see how that goes.

But until then I think I’d only recommend these to those either starting out in makeup (I can see it helping in the long run with product placement) or those that never wear makeup. Even then though I would definitely suggest that you blend as it looks kind of odd with the stripes of shadow.

I thought I’d mention that these retail at GlamBeautyBar.com for $4.95 for a 2 pack. Also that they were featured on Oprah some time ago and I’m assuming why they got so popular.

Have you tried these before?? What do you think?

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

EyeMajic was provided free for review/trial purposes

Illamasqua Product Overview–Part 2

Today I have part 2 of the Illamasqua products overview, be sure to check out part 1 if you haven’t already!

First up is the three blushes I currently own.

Left to Right Sob (cream), Tremble and Disobey.

sob tremble disobey SWATCHSOB

On the left is Sob, its one of the brands cream blushers and I have to say one of the easiest cream blushes to blend I’ve used so far!

The colour is a cool toned pastel (-ish) candy pink. It dries to a dewy matte finish that stays put.

Next are Tremble and Disobey which are from the powder blusher range. Tremble is described on the Illamasqua website as being “soft lilac pink/matte finish”, I would say that its of more a pastel peachy pink with a matte finish. Disobey is described as “Soft biscuit – ideal fro contouring” and that’s exactly what it is! My skin is pretty fair and I have no problems with it being too orange or dark, its become my new favourite contour.

Tremble openDisobey Blusherobey lipstickobey swatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lipstick is in Obey is described as a bright peachy pink with a matte finish. To me its also kind of a neon pastel type of colour.

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To the left is a picture of Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation which is one of their heavier coverage options. I’ve found that its perfect for medium to full coverage and covers extremely well. It can easily be ‘thinned’ down for less coverage. I personally like to mix it with a small amount of Illuminator and Bobbie Browns Skin Foundation for days I don’t need the extra coverage. Sets to a semi matte finish and stays put all day.The scent is a gorgeous vanilla ‘cake shop’ kind of smell just like all of the products. They all really do smell divine!

sophie swatch

 

 

 

 

 

Last up we have the SOPHIE eye pencil, a dark true black that is a must in everyone’s makeup bag. The pencil itself is also extremely bendable, works perfect as a base for a smokey eyed look and of course great for tight-lining and waterline. Besides all that some proceeds go towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which should be enough reason the buy it either way!

SOPHIE

So that’s part two done!

 

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

 

The pencil  was given for post/tutorial consideration (and already used in it months ago)the rest I have bought myself.

Medusa’s Makeup Lip Gloss in Smooch–A Review

Here is another bargain buy from the Medusa brand ( actually everything they make seem to be a bargain!) the lip glosses. I have for review the gloss in Smooch that retails at $8.99 (AUD).medusa lip gloss smooch

Its a stunning rose/mauve with gold shimmer, with a great colour payoff light and non sticky in texture and smells like strawberry candy. Smooch hasn’t dried out my lips and looks great over just a nude lip liner.

Wear wise I would say that its similar many other glosses, I’ve never had a problem with re-applying gloss, and it probably lasts a couple of hours on average (without eating or drinking).

The only downside for some may be the scent but I wouldn’t say that it really lingered too long. Can’t wait to checkout the other colours!

 medusa lip gloss smooch

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

The Gloss was sent for post/review consideration.

Medusa’s Make Up Waterproof Mascara–Majestic

mascara4The Medusa mascara in Majestic is a fun and easy way to add a pop of colour to your look.
Used on its own for a subtle purple colour or layer over a white lash primer for a really intense look. This will also pump up the volume, so to speak.

The mascara wand itself is a regular sized bushy wand and easily coats all lashes to create an everyday look with a twist. Besides the gorgeous deep purple/plum colour this mascara has the price is awesome at only $8.00 each or $20.00 for three colours (green, purple and blue).mascara1

The only thing that kind of disappointed me was that its waterproof and can be harder to remove. This is a plus as it seriously doesn’t budge but not so great for everyday wear, unless of course this is something that you look for in a mascara.

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So if you have been looking for a coloured mascara, or wanting to try one without spending too much money then here is your answer. (Especially if you wanted to try one after the MAC Wonder Woman collection but missed out, wanted something not in a limited edition collection or didn’t want to spend that much!)

 

 

 

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

 

The Mascara was sent for review/post consideration.

Lolita Inspired Look For Fashion Addict

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I got the opportunity to do a tutorial on any type of look I wanted for Fashion Addict. I chose a Lolita style which is something that I had been wanting to do for a while. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

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The products I chose for this look were supplied by Fashion Addict and are as follows:

Exhibit Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette (Bright’s) $19.95

Exhibit Eye lining Pencil (White) $10.95

BYS Smudge proof Waterproof Eyeliner $4.95

Turquoise Glitter False Eyelashes $6.95

Cover Girl Lip Colour (Smoother, Pink Satin) $5.00

I am also wearing BYS Eye Contact Lenses in Purple

 

I thought I’d add a couple of swatches of the products for you to see.

 

First up is the eye shadow palette that I’m probably impressed with most. Its full of fun colours that I can see me getting a lot of use out of!

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The lighter matte colours are slightly powdery/chalky but I no problem making them work.

The next swatch is of the white eye pencil, liquid liner and lipstick.

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and these are the lashes

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Generally I use Duo Adhesive as I find its easier to use than most glues but for the tutorial I used the glue included and I have to say it stuck really well. The texture of the glue was different than what I am used to, kind of stringy and completely clear but it also stuck pretty much immediately where as with duo you have to wait for it to ‘set’.

Finally, the contactsbys-eye-contact-lenses-purple

I’d like to state that  I haven’t worn coloured contacts in a very long time. I was expecting to have a whole lot more trouble getting them in than I did, the first eye they went in almost immediately then the second eye was a tad more difficult but once they were in they were fine. I love how they make my eye’s look.

Now onto the actual tutorial, hope you like it! ( I just re-uploaded it with much better audio)

 

 

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

 

Products were sent to me specifically for this look/video.

Full Sized Brush Set from MakeupNet – A Review

 

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MakeupNet sent me this nifty little brush set to review. It contains 15 different brushes for eye and face use and I would recommend this set to those trying to start their brush collection.

brushface1Four  of the brushes in the set are for the face. A large powder brush, a blush brush, a small face brush great for highlighting or contouring and a fan brush for light blush or bronzer application, plus a small lip brush. The face brushes aren’t the softest I’ve tried (by no means the roughest either) but they are ok for the price and the real gems in the set are some of the eye brushes.

The eye brushes that I found the most handy are the spooley, eyebrow and lash groomer, small, medium and large shadow brushes, large angled brush, and the eyebrow/ liner brush. There is also a sponge brush (I’ve never liked these for shadow application) and two small brushes that look similar to the lip brush, I’m unsure what these are for exactly but found them great for placing shadow on the lower lash line, waterline or a larger lip brush. The three shadow brushes are great for packing on colour over a small or larger area and the large angled brush us great for crease work. rest brushes
The only two brushes kind of missing in this set in my opinion would be a pointy eyeliner brush and a large fluffy blending brush. Other than that your pretty much set for eye brushes if your a beginner.

The set retails at $25.99 (AUD) and I think is a bargain for 15 brushes (around $1.75 each!), even if I only really love some of them!

I used these brushes in my "Who Said Neutrals Can’t Be Dramatic" Tutorial so you can see how well they work for yourself.


All in all I would say thee are some misses in the set but some hits as well and at this price you really cant go wrong. It even comes in a handy brush roll.

 

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What Makeupnet says about the Full Sized Make Up Brush Set (Professional Makeup Kit)

“Full size makeup brushes made from natural hair.

All tools are 20cm long, so this is a full size makeup brush set.  Customers feedback on these sets is outstanding and you will love them too!

Supplied to Makeup Artists for their use with clients – no need to pay $100.00 for a set of brushes any longer.  Money back guarantee on this set.”

Description – 15 Brushes for both eye and  face
Cost – $25.99

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

The Brush Set was sent for review/post consideration.

VS Sassoon Big Hair Review & How-To

I was given the opportunity to review the VS Big Hair Styler for both Vidal Sassoon and BeautyHeaven. The video for BeautyHeaven can be found here, plus the other girls video’s too!

 

The following video is the one I filmed for VS Sassoon and its part of a competition, (not entirely sure how it worked, but if you want to be on their trial team check out the website!)

 

As I explained in the video’s it was really easy to pick up how to use it. The recommended retail price is $99.95AUD but I’ve seen it on sale at quite a few stores for a lot less.

 

Anyway I hope you enjoy the video’s!

 

My review of the latest version of the Big Hair Styler  and a quick way yo freshen up 2 or 3 day old hair can be found here

For more VS Sassoon Product reviews and demo’s click here

For more hair reviews and tutorials click here

 

Links to Vidal Sassoon;

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/vssassoon#p/u

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/vssassoon

Website – http://www.vssassoon.com.au

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/VSSassoon?sk=wall

 

 

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

I was given these free to trial and enter the competition!

Illamasqua Product Overview – Part 1

I’ve used Illamasqua products in a few tutorials here and there (one coming up too!), but here is a quick run down of a couple of products. This will be part one and the second will be posted in a few weeks!

 

illamasqua swatches

L to R : Illamasqua Illuminator Halcyon, Illamasqua Lipstick Liv, Illamasqua Lipstick Flare, Illamasqua Cream Pigment Mould, Illamasqua Liquid Metal Stoic.

 

First up is the lovely illuminator Halcyon, besides the swatch I unfortunately couldn’t get great photo’s of it in action. These come in 7.5ml thin tubes, they may look small but this is one of those products that a small amount really does go a long way. Since I purchased this I have used it every time I’ve done my makeup, the glimmering nude gold shade is a perfect highlight for me and I love it! The texture is creamy, spreads evenly and stays put. I definitely want to try more of these!

Next up is two lipsticks- Live and Flare(NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection), both are creamy long wearing and unbelievably pigmented! Usually when I find a lipstick that is long wearing on me I find that they dry out my lips, but not with these. Even after I take it off my lips still feel soft and supple. I would recommend having your lips in a good condition before you apply as they can show up flaky spots (see below, my lips are not in awesome condition!) when worn without gloss, but this is something I’d recommend with all lipsticks. And as with any orange based lip products they don’t exactly brighten your smile, it actually inspired me to start whitening my teeth so it suits me better! Here they are applied to bare lips.

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I would say the top swatches are much more accurate colour wise than the lip swatches. Although I love them both I have to keep a close eye on the Liv lipstick as my sister has mentioned numerous times that its just ‘simply her’ colour. (Umm she’s the older sister, shouldn’t I be ‘borrowing things from her?!?)

Onto the Mould Cream Pigment (NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection) and the Stoic Liquid Metal both swatched above. You know I love a multi purpose product and thisillamasqua stioc, 24 lashes is exactly why I like Mould a little more than Stoic. Don’t get me wrong Stoic is stunning on the eyes but Mould is stunning on both the eye’s and the lips! Both of these formulas tend to crease unless a shadow is applied over the top. The only thing that helps them last a little longer for me is by applying them with a fluffy brush and applying in very thin layers. That being said they are stunning as bases (above right, Illamasqua Lashes in 24 also worn) and Mould works perfectly on the lips as either a solid colour or for lip contouring (below, used as subtle eyeliner as well).Mould Lips  and Eyeliner

 

 

 

 

So that’s it for part 1 , part two coming soon and of course the next tutorial (picture left).

 

 

 

Madame B Fatale

xoxo

 

Some products were sent for post consideration, the rest was bought.

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