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MUA Rocks \m/ No 9 Pearl Eyeshadow Single

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As I write this I am sitting looking out of the window of the Palacel Hotel in Buxton (UK) having a Spa Break with a very good friend!  After 2 days of pampering and relaxation I am in heaven!  Whilst here we had a wander into this historic town and I picked up yet another MUA product, I have so many now I will be able to blog for about a month!!

This shade is no9 and is a pearlescent eyeshadow.  It is a rich purple colour with undertones of blue and pink.  The pictures do not do it any justice but it is amazing and, as with all MUA, products it has a high pigment so a little goes a long, long way!  I can see why make up artists rate these products and love them.  It is easy to apply and looks amazing, I reckon this would suit most skin types though you may want to tone it down on really pale skin.  It gives smokey eyes an amazing sheen and can tone down the black if you find it a bit too much for your eyes.  It’s a FAB rocky colour that would look amazing when bouncing round clubs/gigs or living it up at Tribal et al.

Yet another Gold Star for MUA as this cost £1, yes a nugget!!!  I am totally in love with MUA and will be doing a lot of adding to my collection.  The amazing colours that go from understated to vibrant are amazing and you can get everything from Bronzer to Primer from them for under £5!

Check out their website here, they are also exclusively available at Superdrug online and instore.  If you go to the MUA website there is a list of the Superdrug stores that stock them.

Bitchin’ Eyeshadow by Bad Bitch Cosmetics

I found Bad Bitch Cosmetics through Etsy (I really do love that place, so many hidden gems!), it’s a two Bitch operation run by Regina and Laura who develop, mix, label, pack and post all the products they sell!!!!  I found this shop whilst looking for an eyeshadow primer on the cheap!  The primer is $5.50 (roughly £3.60), and is made of aloe vera, shea butter, witch hazel and essential oils mmmmmmmmm.  It’s really creamy and feels lovely on, very soothing for the eye area.  I’ll do an update on the primer once I’ve tried it as I’m going to a Smiths night next friday so plenty of dancing and giggling going on, an excellent opportunity to put it through its paces!

I’m afraid I did have an ickle giggle at the packaging as the label is like the BBC’s and kinda detracted from the Bad Bitch image but that’s prob because I’m a Brit and have grown up with good old Aunty!!! 🙂

Whilst nosing round the store I saw that they do 3 pots of mineral eyeshadow for $10.50 (roughly £6.88) and you could choose any of the colours available.  As I’ve been wanting to replace my old products I thought I’d give it a go!  I went for colours that would give a smokey eye as that is my favourite look at the moment and I have to say I’m impressed.

I apologise in advance for my red skin, not sure what happened, nothing to do with the cosmetics just my weird skin!  It doesn’t detract from the colour thankfully.

Finnick  – A gorgeous glittery Bluey gray silver colour which really sparkles.  The description on BBC says there’s also green undertones but I found this a little difficult to see, this may have been due to the light.  The picture shows the colour straight on skin and over primer.  This would make an amazing base for a smokey eye as well as a pretty, glittery eyeliner.  I can’t wait to try this on as it will go well with my blue/grey eyes.  This is from the Hunger Games Collection and is named after Finnick Odai from District 4 (apologies I’ve never seen it!) I love the quirkyness of this brand.

Black Swan – Now this is something else and the picture doesn’t do it justice at all!  It is such a black black, and I love black eyeshadow!!!  I’ve spent much of my makeup wearing life trying to find the perfect black shadow and this comes close.  It has so much sparkle in it even the girliest of girls surely couldn’t resist?!!  Again it is shown with and without primer and I have to say this is going to be tried on Friday night.  It is just so perfect for doing a smokey eye or  for lining and giving definition.  I am pretty sure flicks would look amazing in this colour, I just can’t wait to try it out!  This one is named after the character played by Natalie Portman in the film of the same name.

Hotaru – This is a really intense plum colour with overtones of blue and has a metallic and almost iridescent effect when applied over the primer.  This also going to be used on my night out next Friday as it’s so deep and intense and will make a really nice alternative colour for lining the eyes.  This is named after an anime character and is pretty kick-ass!

I really love these colours and I’m really pleased I went for the full sizes.  It’s so versatile that it can be used on nails and lips also.  I can’t believe i haven’t found mineral cosmetics before!  Bad Bitch is definitely going on my wish list and with the variety and intensity of their cosmetics means it’s going to appeal to everyone!

To power walk and write or to not power walk and write…

So, I’m power walking to the station as I write this in the vain hope that I actually get there in time. Ooooooo a real multi tasking challenge! As is the norm in my house my little darlings were very uncooperative this morning and made me late. Really must get up earlier 🙂

Anyway, as I was walking down the hill I realised I should do an update of what is coming!! I can confirm that I now have the beautiful samples from Femme Fatale cosmetics and I will be doing a couple of reviews. I’ve decided to split it up as I ordered samples of all 6 blushers and loads of shadow. My only dilemma now is which ones I love so much that I want to get the full size. They are absolutely gorgeous and came super quick!!

If you’re trying to keep the carbon footprint down these are probably not for you as the company is in Australia but as it’s an indie and I want to promote and give it support. As far as cruelty free goes these are the ones to look for as their products tend to be cruelty free, vegetarian/vegan, they’re customer service is superior and they’re easy to get hold of for questions! Also they’re not likely to be owned by a dodgy company who do test, yes Body Shop & Burt’s Bees I mean you!!!

Urgh I missed the first train by a minute! Oh well more time for this. Also in the pipeline is the review of Tesco. They are not a company I would recommend as their policies are a little suspect and organisations like Animal Aid are campaigning about their practices abroad but they are cruelty free even if they’re not endorsed by the Leaping Bunny logo. I won’t do many Tesco reviews but as people will shop there in the UK I thought it only fair to be inclusive! I think I will also do a post on supermarkets and cruelty free products as my cousin said she struggled to find anything in Morrisons the other day!

I have also ordered some Bad Bitch Cosmetics that I can’t wait to try, they’re based in the USA so another carbon biggy but, they look FAB on their Etsy site and unfortunately I’m finding it hard to find indie companies in the UK that do cruelty free cosmetics! If anyone knows of any please, please let me know as I would love to try their stuff!

Got to go now as the ticket inspectors await and there’s always a squash to get through! Please let me know what you think, ideas, views and I’ll try to improve, expand and get more info! Xx