Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY Magnetic Freestyle Eyeshadow Palette

OK let's just start by saying this is definitely a "shabby chic" version of our favourite brand name magnetic palette. In the UK the real thing is pretty damn expensive so I resorted to making my own - I do own a Z-Palette and I love it, but I just can't afford any more.

It doesn't look quite as good as the real ones, especially as I'm about as delicate as a baby elephant, and duct tape sticks to everything, so there's going to be uneven edges and stuff all over the place. It's up to you to make it as neat as you want - I'm just lazy.

OK. This is what you'll need to make an 8x5" palette:
  • 2 cake boards, at least 8" wide (I bought two massive 16" ones as I wanted to make four - £4 each from HobbyCraft) 
  • Foam core (not very much for a huge sheet from HobbyCraft)
  • Self-adhesive magnetic sheets (I got mine off ebay)
  •  Duct tape
  • Craft knife
  • Glue
Mark out two 8x5" rectangles on the back of the cake board. I actually traced my existing palette for this. (again, there are four here as I was making more than one)
Using a craft knife, VERY CAREFULLY cut out the rectangles. Do it on a cutting mat or at least a chopping board or a surface you don't mind carving up, and PLEASE mind your fingers. The cake board is pretty tough so it took a while to saw through.
It'll probably look like crap at this point, unless you're super super careful with the boards. But it's fine because we're going to cover it with duct tape anyway, so be as sloppy as you want (just make sure they're rectangular and the same size).


Mark lines 1cm apart on the foam core. You just need enough to cover the perimeter of one board, so if you're only making one palette you won't need this many. On your trusty cutting surface, cut along the lines. Foam core is a lot easier to cut.

STICKS O'FOAM
Measure the foam core along the side of one of the boards, and cut to size. You want one for each edge of the board (top, bottom, left, right).

Glue in place. I used a normal glue stick because I couldn't find anything else, but this is where a glue gun would come in mighty handy.
While you're waiting for the glue to dry, cover the other board in duct tape. This is going to be the lid.
When the foam core edges are firmly glued to your base, start covering them in duct tape. With one end of the tape, fold it over like this. Bring the tape round the underneath and over the other side. Try and get it as flush as you can.
Bring the tape round. i've really been pretty sloppy with these edges...
Cover both sides, all the way around.
When the foam core edges are firmly glued to your base, start covering them in duct tape. With one end of the tape, fold it over like this. Bring the tape round the underneath and over the other side. Try and get it as flush as you can.

Bring the tape round. I've really been pretty sloppy with these edges...
Once you've covered all the edges and the whole underneath of the base, you might want to take your craft knife and gently score along the inside edge of the foam core, separating the tape, so you can peel off the excess tape from the inside. I forgot to take a picture of this...
Take your magnetic sheet and hold it up against the inside. Mark where the inside edges of the palette are. I ended up with a measurement of 10.5cm by 8.5cm.
Cut it to size. This was strangely satisfying to slice through. Check that it fits inside - you might need to trim it a bit.
Peel off the backing...
And fit to the inside of the palette base. Smooth down.
Your base is done!
With both pieces flat on the table, place the lid flush against the base.
Duct tape along the join.
Run your fingers along the top edge of the foam core to make sure the tape is flush.
Fold the lid over so the palette is closed (like a DVD case). Place duct tape over the hinge.
Taping over the hinge. You'll want to trim the excess tape off the sides, as if you just stick it down it won't open.
Inside hinge
More duct tape around the edges of the lid to neaten it up.
Outside hinge
If you want, you can decorate the top. I find the plain black duct tape kind of ugly, especially as I did such a shit job of neatening it up (i.e. I basically didn't) so I'm using this fabulous glittery self-adhesive sheet from Paperchase.
More duct tape around the edges of the lid to neaten it up.
The finished lid, edges all neatened up...
And you're done!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today's Makeup: Last Call


Last Call is one of those colours I've got in a couple of Urban Decay palettes but never had the guts to use. I'm always worried it'll make me look like I've got a black eye, or like some kind of ghoul. But today I decided to give it a go, and I love it! I darkened it a little with a dark brown shadow which took a little of the pinkness away.



The colour didn't come out as bright in the photos as it is in real life, but I never thought this shade could be so wearable!

Products used:

Face

Illamasqua Hydra Veil
No7 Instant Radiance Foundation in Warm Ivory
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Seduce

Eyes

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay eyeshadows in Bordello (all over lid), Last Call (outer corner/crease, and on lower lid), Desperation (blended into Last Call to darken), Virgin (inner corner), Anonymous (brow bone)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Rockstar (lower lid)
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Black
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara & Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (seriously I love this stuff)

Lips

Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Vintage Pink

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Today's makeup: Antique

Since autumn is well and truly upon us, I had an urge to do a coppery look. I keep forgetting that I have a box of various mineral colour samples, so it's about time I used one.

Apols for my less-than-impressed expression, it's my bitchy resting face showing through.



Products used:

Face
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
No 7 Stay Perfect foundation in Cool Vanilla & Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC20
Topshop Cream Blush in Head over Heels
Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora

EyesToo Faced Shadow Insurance
M*A*D Minerals mineral shadow in Antique (all over lid)
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Muse (outer corner) and Virgin (inner corner/highlight)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Lucky (lower lash line)Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in BlackBeneFit They're Real mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

LipsClinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Today's makeup: Junkie

Last time I was in Debenhams I picked up a couple of the reformulated Urban Decay eyeliner pencils. These pencils were my first introduction to higher-end makeup and I've amassed quite a collection, but always found they didn't really last and smudged quite easily. Imagine my delight when I tried out the new pencils and discovered they stayed put all day!

For this look, inspired by Linda Hallberg, I opted for neutral on top and the gorgeous pencil Junkie on the lower lash line. It's a beautiful shade - dark teal-green with gold glitter.




Products used:

Face
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
No 7 Stay Perfect foundation in Cool Vanilla & Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC20
NARS The Multiple in Portofino
Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora

EyesToo Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay 24/7 shadow pencil in Juju
Urban Decay eyeshadows in Suspect and Maui Wowie (all over lid), Smog (mid to outer), Muse and Desperation (outer corner), Virgin (inner corner/highlight)
Maybelline Gel eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Junkie (lower lash line)
BeneFit They're Real Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

LipsUrban Decay Revolution lipstick in Naked



Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Blood splatter nails!

Inspired by The Nailasaurus, I decided to try out blood splatter nails! I used China Glaze White on White as the base, and Inglot 805 for the blood. It was so messy (especially the cleanup after!) but I think it looks great! Perfect for Halloween... or everyday, if that's your style ;)

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Today's makeup: Unhinged

I was just going to stick with the turquoise, but decided at the last minute to add the dark blue for a bit of dimension. As always, colours are a lot brighter in real life...

Side note - I've been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance recently as my UDPP ran out and I thought I'd try it. It's amazing! UDPP was good, but this just blows it out of the water.



Products used:

Face
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
No 7 Stay Perfect foundation in Cool Vanilla & Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC20
Topshop Cream Blush in Flush
Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora

Eyes
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay e/s in Unhinged (all over lid)
MAC e/s in Deep Truth (outer corner)
Urban Decay e/s in Anonymous (inner corner)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Sabbath (lower lash line)
Maybelline gel eyeliner in Black
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Lips
Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut


Monday, September 30, 2013

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie - Game Changer

If this lipgloss was a character in Midsomer Murders, it would be the young and attractive woman in the village that all the older women think is sleeping with their husbands (but invariably isn't, and ends up getting bumped off about 45 minutes in by the vicar or something. This is Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Game Changer (and that it is).

After seeing a stunning post by Viola at Killer Colours featuring this lipgloss, I decided I needed it in my life (because of course if I bought it, my face would look like hers, right?). So along I went to Debenhams to the Bare Minerals counter, tried it on, and bought it against my better judgement (which, let's be honest, rarely wins these days).

First impressions: it's very sticky, but with great coverage - and it's very long lasting. I've only had to reapply it after drinking or eating. I'd recommend a clear lip liner (such as Urban Decay's Ozone liner) as it has a tendency to bleed.

One thing is for sure: it's really gorgeous. Looks amazing. Smells nice. Lovely and tingly, not painfully so like the old school lip plumping glosses, but pleasantly so.

My problem is that it's so incredibly bright and glossy that when you're wearing it, people stare. It's so eye-catching I was getting all sorts of looks on the Tube, even though I did my best to dress it down by pairing it with just mascara on my eyes. I ended up wondering if I had something on my face - apparently London is just not ready for Marvelous Moxie.