Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Cosmetic Kingdom

I'm suffering from Fresher's Flu at the moment (which as a second year is pretty depressing), so instead of sitting through Empirical Psychology today and infecting everyone, I decided to do a blog post. So without further ado...

Haul time!

I was browsing around the internet trying to find some cheap make up, because of course, as a struggling student, I need to find a way to find it discounted, and Cosmetic Kingdom seemed like a great place to start.

It looks like they stock mainly discontinued drugstore brands as well as a few higher end brands here and there. I spent £10.08 all together, and my order arrived within two days, so super happy :)

First is this Prestige Lip Balm in Strawberries and Cream for 99p

I can't tell you the smell, unfortunately, but it tastes slightly sugary when it's on your lips, and feels like a thicker version of the Little Red Tin from Superdrug

Second is a 17 Trio in Plum Dressing, which cost £1.49

Now, the lightest colour is a delicate but frosty cream/pink, the plum is a satin plum colour, almost verging on matte texture, and the grey is a gorgeous cool toned brown/grey; it reminds me of Copperplate by MAC

Maybelline quad in Sunlit Bronze, costs £1.99

The colours in this quad are all shimmers/frosts, which are ok, but I would've preferred the Outer Corner colour to be satin/matte to balance things out. Also, the texture of the eye shadows are... Almost gritty when you swatch it with your fingers. I tried swatching with the sponge tipped applicator it came with and results were much better. Must be used with a base!

Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipsticks in Peach Colada and Cool Watermelon, costs 95p each

Taken with flash, the shimmerfest in the Peach Colada (on the left) is near impossible for me to photograph, but it's reminiscent in nail polishes that have the micro shimmer to create gorgeous metallic tones (Astro Gold by BYS). Cool Watermelon is a creamy coral pink which reminds me of Brighton Rocks by Topshop. There's no shimmer in it at all.

This picture shows a little of the shimmer in the Peach Colada

Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow in Silken Taupe. This colour errs more on the grey side of taupe, and is also quite sheer. It has more of a creamy texture than the quad above. Again, must be used with a base underneath for you to catch the best of this product. Costs 49p

17 Solo Eyeshadow in Mardi Gras. Now, I remember this colour in Boots as having more of a sheen to it, but it's not bad at all, in fact, it has a sheen, just not as much as I remember. It's similar to the grey in Plum Dressing, but more on the brown side of grey/taupe. Costs 99p

Collection 2000 Hot Looks Nail Polish in BMX Bandit. Pale blue heavy lavender. Shown with the Maybelline shadow to give an idea of sides. Opaque in 2 coats, costs 99p

Now for my last purchase. This is a Miss Kiss Lipgloss Glitz Ball. I got this because I wanted my order to be over £10 so I could get free shipping and this cost 75p

As you can see, the ball twists apart to show two sides of lipgloss, a blue side and a yellow. This product is pretty to look at, and will look nice on my dresser, but I can't say I'm fond of it at all. It's really sticky, and initially, I thought it'd be sheer, without a hint of the blue/yellow. This isn't the case. I've swatched it on my hand, and on my lips, and I just don't like the feel of it. It is funky looking, so I don't mind too much

The yellow side has glitter in it, but the glitter doesn't really translate when you swatch it.

All in all, I'm extremely happy with this haul, it was cheap, the customer service was good, and shipping was fast. Even the Miss Kiss lipgloss isn't that bad, just not to my taste. There are lots of obscure brands that I've never heard of, but they definitely interested me, so I think my next purchase will be of some of those, as well as the classic Rimmel/Maybelline.

Definitely ordering again!

Products were purchased from Cosmetic Kingdom with my own money.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Purple hair!

I've been busy this summer, and with painfully slow internet with a ridiculously low allowance on upload/download, I've not been able to upload all of the fantastic pictures that I've taken for the blog.

But, my new internet for my new flat is due to arrive tomorrow, so I thought I'd suck it up and upload a few pictures and show you how I went from blonde to purple in 30 minutes~

The hair dye I used was Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL in 87 Mystic Violet from Superdrug, and I think it cost me £4.89, but don't quote me on that. I've used dyes from this line before, so I knew that they're reliable and also that my hair likes to hold on to these colours, and it doesn't damage my hair.

This was the colour I went from; it's pretty close to my natural colour, but my natural colour is a little darker, maybe half a shade darker. My hair had been put up in a mini ponytail all day and it had rained so my hair was all fluffy.

This is the picture I have of the actual dying process. When the dye goes on, initally it's not dark, and I had a mini panic and thought that I was going to have to send my brother back into town to fetch me another box, but as it started developing, it darkened up and my panic subsided :)

This is my hair towel dried and had a shower comb run through it to stop pesky tangling, and as you can see, it was pretty blue when it was wet, and looking through my hair like that, it was rather cool~

This is the final result! My skin is finally realising it's autumn, so all the moisture has disappeared, and as I get with every autumn/winter, I have dry patches on my cheeks, so I decided to spare you and hide under my polo neck.

I had just taken my hair out of a ponytail and shaken it up, excuse the flyaways at the front) I coloured my hair maybe two weeks ago, and it's still really vibrant, and looks gorgeous when the light catches it, my only problem is that it seems to be fading quiet fast, but I suppose that's because of the blue in it. I'm left with a kind of pink/brown tinge to my hair now. It's a nice colour! Don't get me wrong, but... It's not the colour I wanted.