Urban Decay THEODORA


Well as soon as I heard Urban Decay were doing The great and powerful Oz palettes I knew the Theodora palette was the one for me. 
I much prefer darker shades and with currently having red hair the other Urban Decay palette Glinda didn’t have the colours I found appealing.

First impressions….. Awesome!!! The packaging is great and includes a how to copy Theodora’s look.

Above pictured is the “get the look” card from the Theodora palette.

The palette is also reusable so you can swap or replace eyeshadow’s which is great for on the go.
Included is also the Glide On Eyeliner in Zero (basically black) and Theodora Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour (a bright red) 

The shades I loved, I wore them 5 days out of 7 last week. “Broken” a cream satin shade that blended really well into my skin and smoothed out softly. The colour stayed put all day which I find many lighter creamy shades tend to disappear into my skin even with primer. 
“Beware” is a matt warm yet soft brown shade which blended amazingly and suited my skin tone well. When I was unable to find my contour powder early this week I substituted with this shade and it worked for me.
“Bewitch” is a darker satin brown. I found this shade more difficult to blend however this may be as have a pale skin tone and the colour does really pop out. The pat then blend method worked well for this shade. 
“West” a deep metallic red/brown with a slight shimmer. I found this was easier to blend into the lash line and the edge of my eye compared to blending Bewitch.
“Spell” is two colours in one pan and holds a gold and black shimmer shadow. This reminds me of a bee or wasp maybe? (Could be the fact disney’s The Hive is on the the background for the kids) 
Finally there is “Jealous” again two colours in one pan both more pearlescent than shimmer, one is more a lime green and the other a deeper grassy green shade. Both of these blend beautifully together  and I find really go well with my red hair.
The” Theodora Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour” I could not bring myself to take a picture of. This colour was to bright a cherry red colour, where as I find blue undertones in a red lippy suit me much better. The colour once applied does have a glossy shine without feeling to heavy on your lips. I did find however it did not stay put for long there was alot of transfer.

The Glide on eyeliner in “Zero” is Urban Decays classic black colour. I have always been a fan of UD eyeliners so its always great to have a travel size for the makeup bag.

As a round up im very happy with this purchase. Ive enjoyed using the palette, I like that there is more than one “bad witch” look that can be achieved and I also love that when I have used up every last ounce of the eye shadows I can replace them as I love the case alone!!!
Now just to watch the movie…..


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BIRCHBOX March 2013

BIRCHBOX March 2013

This is the first Birchbox I have ordered to be honest when I had seen it released this month i was really hoping for a Beauty Blender which unfortunately was not included in my box.

My first impressions? Well i ordered the box on the 13th March and it arrived a week later.
I did quite like the box, its brown with pink metallic writing. To be honest i can be a sucker for presentation, an item just appears to do the job better if I think its pretty! 
Inside the brown box there is a pink drawstring bag that holds the contents which im sure ill be able to reuse at some point if not for myself I can put the kids puzzle pieces from broken boxes in them.
I did really like the magazine that comes with it. It had much more info that the newsletter you get from Glossybox, there were more how to’s like using the Laura Geller liner and using the Beauty Blender.
I also liked the theme Role Models however I cant help to feel the items could of been a bit more related to hero products.

The items, well ive tried them all out now first up the chocolates, both me and my husband demolished them in seconds but for Lindt Chocolate Truffles what can you expect?

The Molton Brown Valbonne Fragrance was just not for me. The sent was very over powering and as much as I quite like Molton Brown as a whole if this was the first time I had experienced their products 

I think it would of deterred me from re entering their store. I found the sent quite citrus with a deeper leathery heady sent as it settled into my skin. It gave me a head ache.

RMK Cleansing Balm i have really enjoyed. I have begun a mini collection of cleansing balms which currently id say im close to picking a favourite but this is up there in the final pickings. This is  rose sented yet not to (dare i say it) granny floral. The sent was delicate. I removed most my makeup before using this, massaged over damp skin and let it sit there for a good minute. I then used a muslin cloth to remove. This balm claims to be for mature skin, I have oily its not aggravated a break out, caused a sebum slide on my face or even caused red patches. I was very impressed with this product! The only down side I would be holding off a purchase until I see a pretty good offer.

Next up La Slutane De Saba Body Lotion This product to me smelt just like Johnson’s Talc! I loved it! The lotion left my skin soft and not feeling tight of dry the next day. This body lotion contains Argan oil which I felt helped the lotion sink in well leaving no sticky feeling when putting on my Pjs. When looking to purchase this product in the UK i could not easily find a stock list. This must be fairly new to the UK I would like to see some more of their range.

Ive tested Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream everywhere, on my elbows, lips, knees and Kara’s (my 11 month Daughter) bottom. The sent is slightly menthol it did sink in better than Elizabeth Ardens eight hour cream but I do feel is a little pricey for £19.50 for 70g. I am also not a fan of the idea the full size bottle is in a tub. The sample is a tube and I just feel is a little more hygienic with a product that I would properly go through dry skin phases of using. Kara’s bottom? I give a fair result for this it acted as a good barrier cream. No rashes in site.

I was happy to see a sample of Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask I have already tried this out once before and very quickly forgot about it so was unsure whether this was of any interest for me. But I did enjoy the mask, I love a warming mask as I feel its getting just that little bit deeper into my pores and getting all those nasties that want to become raging spots out! I think this could possibly be useful for my acne scars as it claims to plump and repair the skins texture.

And finally my favourite item of the box Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner I can happily say since I tried this product I have used it every day. Its a solid black has better staying power than Mac’s Fluid line and can be easily smudged before it sets into a smoky eye look. The brush is great to, i tend to not to use the applicators that come with Makeup products as they tend to be useless. But this brush is good quality and very fine for doing a great cats eye. I prefer it to the one that comes with Clinique’s brush on cream liner. I found the bristles kept falling out of that brush.

Its a great quality liner, im very impressed with the results!

All in all I have to say im impressed with the quality of the box, the size of the samples and the use of both well known and more up and coming brands. I will be purchasing next months box!


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Topshop Investment!

My Topshop Makeup Investment!

On Valentines day my better half took me shopping to Merry Hill! (This man must really love me!)
We dont live locally to this shopping centre so our plan was to get their pretty early resulting in returning home before the traffic hits on the motorway. Anyway, kids ready and in the car by 9am! Result!

I have decided after wearing the same makeup for the last 3/4 years now in the same colours im going to try out something new, well popped into Boots and Superdrug both really look pretty much the same old.

I decided against the good old department stores as didn’t want to give large amounts of money for shades/textures i may not be happy with. I want to play and experiment before I really give myself to a new product.

Roll call Topshop, I had heard they released a makeup line back in 2010 but this was after id had my first child so long gone were my days of wondering into their store on my lunch hour just for a browse.

So with my husband advising he wanted to pop into a games shop, by “pop” he means half an hour debating over which game is most like a real Zombie killing experience i decided now would be a great time to pop in and have a look around.

Well I was not disappointed, I left the store with swatches all up my arms, im surprised my husband didn’t think there was something seriously wrong with me but he had seen this look many a time in the past.

And so i had made my first purchase of Topshop Makeup consisting of:

2 Eye Crayons – Gold Digger and Marble.

1 Lip Crayon – Coy
1 Cream Blush – Head Over Heals
Glow (a highlighter) – polished
(And all this came to under £30 i might add!)

Well I love it all, the eye crayons blend really well, when they have set they dont budge all day. (And i get some oily eyelids!) Both Gold Digger and Marble i feel would suit many skin tones Marble is quite subtle and sheer, a great base colour and the gold crayon i find is lovely to keep closer to the eyelid just smudging out adding a slick of black liner for a smoky eye effect. 

The blush is really blendable and ive found a little looks lovely in the day like a natural flush of colour but you can also build layers to make a brighter more striking look. And with a mirror included you can do this on the go.The shade is like a peachy pink, with quite a bold pop of colour and the finish is quite soft and sets more like a powder than a sheer look. For the evening i found layering a little of the Glow highlighter over the top made it look more radiant.

I LOVE! the Glow highlighter, its the perfect colour for my skin tone, the closest replacement i have found to Jemma Kidd all over Radiance. It blends lovely you cant see shimmer pieces in it, there is more of a pearl finish as the end result.
The Lip Crayon is a great shade that goes well with the blush (peachy pink again) however i would say this is a little dry, i add some lip balm and then it looks fine and lasts well throughout the day.

So all in all, Topshop i am sold, I will be popping in again next week to cheap on my OPI collection and try out your nail varnishes!!!


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