Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday Favourites

Short one this week, I'm off to Asylum 13 in Birmingham today (Thursday). My apologies but packing takes precedence!

Blog Love:

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pumpkin Spice

Autumn, time of the pumpkin. Also a great time to break out the oranges and greens for a seasonally appropriate eyeshadow look.

Used: Shiro Snake on the inner corner, Darling Girl Ripley's Cat over the lid, Victorian Disco Godric on the outer edge of the lid, Meow Telekenisis above the crease and Black Rose Minerals Spike as the liner and very lightly in the crease. Brows are probably Fyrinnae's Conjuror (if not they'll be Victorian Disco Hero Class, I forget).

Green and orange, it looks good. And Snake makes such a nice inner corner pop of brightness.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Favourite Autumnal Coppers and Golds

With metallics being a big trend this A/W and copper and gold both being wonderfully seasonal colours (they remind me of the changing colours of the leaves ) I thought I would share some of my favourite indie copper and gold eyeshadows. Some of the coppers lean a little more red than many but they're such gorgeous shades reminiscent of leaves that I couldn't not.

Swatches are done over primer on the left and pixie epoxy on the right and photographed in natural light. I've linked to the individual shadows on the company websites wherever I can, I do apologise for the discontinued shades that I included but c'est la vie. You may be able to purchase discontinued shades over on indiemakeupandmore on reddit (or occasionally makeupexchange) or blog sales. If anyone knows any other places then please do give me a heads up!

My choices for coppers are mostly from Victorian Disco. I'm not sure whether this means I really love their copper shades or whether I've just ordered the most coppery eyeshadows from Ashley, either way she has some simply stunning shades. The four shades I picked for my copper picks are Victorian Disco Why Is It Always You Three? from the new House Points collection, Victorian Disco Godric from the now discontinued old House Points collection, Victorian Disco Hero Class from the Azeroth collection (this shade is discontinued), and one eyeshadow from Geek Chic Cosmetics which is Antequarian from the now discontinued Strange Aeons collection (I am gutted they're gone and I missed grabbing a few full sizes while the shadows were on clearance). Apologies for all the discontinued shades, I didn't quite realise while I was choosing them how many were!

Victorian Disco Why is it Always You Three? - Light caramel-golden taupe with a strong red sheen. 
It's the red sheen which makes this colour more coppery, though this shade does lean towards the more gold side. I like this as an inner corner shade or on slightly subtler days as an all over lid wash.

Victorian Disco Godric - Rust red with a golden sheen and shimmer.
This is a shade which leans a lot more towards the red shade of the spectrum, a bright shiny copper reminiscent of the pots hanging in old victorian kitchens. Or at least that's what this reminds me of, I'm really trying to get a lot more wear out of this shade, I do love it. 

Victorian Disco Hero Class - Deep copper with a golden sheen and copper sparkles. 
The pixie epoxy really brings out the red copper in this. It's a stunning shade, reminds me of copper pennies and wire. It's a gorgeous outer corner and crease shade, and one I sometimes use for my brows. 

Geek Chic Antequarian - awesome glowing copper with gold iridescence and sparkle
This is probably one of my favourite eyeshadows, next time I see someone selling one on IMAM I'm grabbing it no matter what. This is a stunning dark copper that I use for almost everything, crease, all over lid, brows, it's just so beautiful. You can see the sparkle too, I just love it.

These are the golds. I've got a good range of them, so hopefully one of these would tickle your fancy. And thankfully only one discontinued! The golds I chose are Shiro Slave 23 from the Fullmetal Collection, Shiro Cornucopia from the Tributes collection, Victorian Disco Sailor Galaxia from the Sailor Scouts collection and Geek Chic Antediluvian from the sadly discontinued Strange Aeons collection.

Shiro Slave 23 -  A sheer wash of gold loaded with golden and silver sparkle. 
This is a beautiful fairly subtle colour, albeit one loaded with sparkle. I've used this as an all over lid shade during the christmas period but most frequently I use it as an inner corner or center lid highlight. It's lip safe and makes a pretty sparkle over lipstick too.

Shiro Cornucopia - Bright, bold yellow with strong golden shimmer.
This is a gorgeous bright shade, maybe it's a little summery but it cheers me up and that's perfect for when the skies start to get greyer and darker and the weather all goes downhill.

Victorian Disco Sailor Galaxia  Deep molten gold.
Molten gold is the perfect description for this colour, it's just so beautiful. Honestly I'm half-drooling just looking at the swatch, this shadow is so beautiful.

Geek Chic Antediluvian -  burnished, antique gold with bronze tones and multi-colored sparkle
Another shadow that I wish I had a full size of. I love this colour, and it makes for a perfect outer corner and crease colour to give a metallic smoky eye. Or a more subtle but still interesting liner.

Are you a fan of the metallics trend? And what are some of your favourites?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A to Z of Me: C

Chemistry. Chemistry was my degree subject, it's also one of the basis subjects for my PhD so as you can imagine it's a huge part of my life. My mum also did her degree in Chemistry and works in a Chemistry based field (with fire), you could say it's in my blood.

Cold. I am perma cold, I think perhaps my blood is made of ice or something. Seriously I was wearing a hoodie and a leather jacket in San Fransisco in JUNE a couple of years ago. My hands also have really terrible circulation, leading to them being cold, semi-numb and a little blue frequently over the winter months.

Colourful Hair. I'm becoming somewhat known for my colourful hair in my office, and in general really. I think it's only been totally my natural colour (or a dyed version close enough to my natural colour to cover up the brightness last minute) two or three times in the past 6 or so years, maybe longer. Job hunting was a depressing and dull time in my life haha. I will feel like a part of me is missing when it comes down to dying it normal again after my PhD is over.

Comfort. This is why I will never be stylish, I value being comfortable far too much. Yes I like my skinny jeans, but those I buy are either a little too big or super stretchy, and I'm often wearing a comfy warm hoodie as opposed to whatever looks the best. It's also why a large percentage of my shoes are boots or skate shoes and not high heels (which I utterly adore the look of but just don't feel great in). There are reasons I'm a beauty blogger not a fashion blogger.

Conventions. I'll be at one next weekend! I really enjoy conventions, I've met some awesome friends there and no matter what drama might happen while travelling or even while I'm there I also come away with a massive smile on my face and bouncing off the walls telling everyone how amazing it was. I think they may forever be one of my biggest sources of spending.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday Favourites

Blog Love:

  • I didn't realise Darling Girl had released their Halloween collection! But these swatches by Phyrra are gorgeous, I really love the look of That's A Big Twinkie, There is no Dana and Melancholia.
  • I already knew I wanted Aromaleigh's Diavoli collection, part one and part 2 of the collection swatches over at IndieKnow have totally cemented that for me.
  • Because not everyone (okay, very few of us) will have a science based background, and even people who do probably haven't ever come across half the words used in skincare products before Lab Muffin produced a really hand list of skincare ingredient pronunciations
  • October is Stoptober (stop smoking) so Corrine over at Skinned Cartree shared how she quit in a really great and not holier-than-thou post. I recommend reading if you're taking the challenge this year.

Other things I've been loving this week:

  • Femme Fatale have recently lowered their international shipping rates by around 50%! That's awesome!
  • Croatia. I had a conference in Croatia and it was beautiful there, sadly I hardly got any sightseeing done but Dubrovnik was so nice. I'll post some of my photos some time soon :)


  • The Bones and Castle season openers and the Under the Dome season finale, none of them were amazing to me... I've been half hate watching UtD most of the summer (sorry!) and there's not much else on, but Bones and Castle... boo! I just wish I didn't feel so invested in the shows.
  • Being beyond broke. It's mostly my own fault, I never banked on the number of expenses I'd have this month, but having to book a load of stuff last minute for uni and then having them screw up my enrollment so I ended up paying council tax hasn't helped. Over 70% of my money went on uni and bills payment this month, plus 10-15% on unexpected extra travel and driving lessons and um... that mini spending spree I went on without thinking? I am firmly in the red. Oops.
  • Fly infestation. While I was away there was a leak into my flat, Landlord sorted it no problem. The problem was the bowl of disgusting stagnant water I came back to in my sink and the corresponding massive host of little flies (fruit flies? Gosh knows). Not fun at 12:30 in the morning. Honestly I poured out the water and didn't do any proper sorting until the next day, which involved bleaching and fly-spraying the kitchen to within an inch of its life. Still waiting for the last of the little horrors to die, but it'll happen!