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Mascara, I like it wet!!


When it comes to mascara I love it thick, black and bold!!!! This means I’m very discerning when it comes to buying the stuff as to get loads on my lashes it can’t be dry!

As you can see from the pic above (I hope!!) I do use loads of the stuff and as you can imagine I go through it on a regular basis. The problem I find thought with most budget mascara’s are they’re incredibly dry and difficult to work with. As a result I don’t get the coverage or thickness that I like!

Luckily I have found a mascara by MUA Cosmetics called Extreme Curl Mascara, that is not only cheap (£2), but also lovely and wet so you can load up your lashes as much as you want! You can choose from black or black brown.


The wand is curved to help with accuracy and nice and long (something I prefer). I also find it easy to use the tip of the wand to do corners and the bottom lashes.

The colour stays well and doesn’t clog too badly and will come off easily with makeup remover or good olds soap and water!

As this is a very wet mascara you will need a steady hand as it’s easy to smudge and get on the lid, but nothing a cotton bud can’t fix!

So if you want a bargain go online or pop to Superdrug for an MUA fix☺


MUA Lipgloss & Pressed Powder


Just a quickly!

I got some lovely pressed powder and a lipgloss from Makeup Academy recently and thought I’d better post a review now I’ve had a chance to use them ☺


The pressed powder is lovely and was a bargain at £1. It comes in four shades which you can see here, these don’t cover as many skin tones as I’d like but then most cosmetics companies are guilty of this!

The powder has no real smell which is fine for me as I can be sensitive to perfume. It goes on well, I use a Kabuki brush, and lasts. I find it doesn’t cake and when I load my brush there’s not a lot of powder lost. I’m using this regularly and it’s really lasting, an absolute bargain!!


The lipgloss is also a bargain at £1, unfortunately it’s out of stock on the MUA website at the mo though you may still find it instore at Superdrug.

The lipgloss has a very fruity smell and a sweet taste. It goes on well and lasts. What I don’t like though is the gloss is very sticky and gloopy! My hair gets stuck in it if it’s windy bleurgh!

It is a nice gloss for the price though and comes in a lot of colours!

So there you go a quicky update with bargains xx

Crimbo Haul


I was a very lucky girl this year as Mr Love Beauty Not Cruelty got me all this MUA stuff for crimbo!

I’ve been poop, to say the least, at updating my blog so I thought I’d do a quicky on MUA Cosmetics.

The company has expanded enormously in the last 6 months and my crimbo haul reflects this, here is a list of the best of the expansion which doesn’t seem to be stopping!

1. Brushes – For me this is a biggy as I’ve been able to get cheap brushes and try them out to see if they work for me! I have about 5 now and they really are good considering the most expensive brush they do is £5 (kabuki) and the average is £1.95 or £3! They’re synthetic but hey, if all you want is an idea of wether a brush will work for you or not they’re spot on and they work alright too!

2. Pro Base Face Range – Fantastic range of palettes to highlight, brighten, conceal and generally sort out all those weird and wonderful facial imperfections (I personally think they’re our quirks!), we ladies love to cover up. Price range £2.50 – £6 and there’s a fixing mist also!!

3. Nail Constellations – Little, tiny, balls of magic that you put on your nail varnish to create a mental “hundreds and thousands” affect! These are brilliant and they even have a video demonstration on the site to show you how to do them, go on give it a whirl!!! The price of these cosmic balls? 2 of our English pounds!

4. Fur-Effect Nails – Meow! Furry nails, weird right? But in a good way, really fun way of standing out and according to MUA’s Facebook page very popular with the beauty editors they tried them out on. The next big thing??????

This is just a small example of the stuff MUA are doing at the mo and more stuff is being added every day. Check out their Facebook page for all the new products that are being released. They’re very good at keeping fans up to date and do some amazing offers including massive discounts and loads of free stuff!

I predict big things to come from this company and they ship internationally!! Go have a little sneaky peek and become obsessed like me ☺


MUA Rocks \m/ No 9 Pearl Eyeshadow Single


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.

Shopping can be hard to do!!!

I’m having a vent today as I really feel it can be hard to shop cruelty free with the mind field of mis-information and lack of information out there!

I am very lucky that I live in the Manchester area so I have a lot more choice than most but even so I can walk into a shop and not find anything on the shelves that is cruelty free. I went shopping to my local Morrisons the other day and not one lotion or potion in the entire beauty aisle was cruelty free, now that was depressing!

Even in Boots it can be an absolute mindfield finding cruelty free products especially as their own brand stuff isn’t. What are we coming to when we have to hunt through all the big brands to find something that isn’t cruelly tested on animals?

This is the 21st century, the advancements in science are amazing and the need to test cosmetics on animals is now unnecessary, so why do we continue to do it? One of the reasons is the chemicals used in some cosmetics are also used in other products (surgical procedures etc), and are controlled by different laws (though I personally believe this could surely be done in a humane way). Then there is the Importing laws, in China, for example, you have to agree to them testing your product on animals even though it may not happen. Neither of these are right and with the advancements in science are unnecessary!

I am finding myself more and more trawling the Internet to find products that are cruelty free. Not only are a lot of high street available products difficult to find they tend to be expensive!! Sainsburys and Co-op are good “go to” guys but sometimes you want something that’s not full of crap! Also, you are limited to what your store carries if you have one near you at all!

For me the Internet is definitely the best place to find affordable, natural products that will suit any budget. You will quite often find shops selling samples so you can make sure that you have the best product for your skin/hair/body type. The sellers are quite often independent so the experience is far more personal and they are able to give advice and help regarding product suitability. There is also far more transparency with ingredients and you can make choices about demographics if you’re wanting to keep your carbon footprint at a minimum.

I know it’s not great to berate the high street but I just feel there isn’t enough choice and when the old staples of Body Shop are a no no because of its parent company it really does get very tricky!!!! If you can approach a company for information and you can get samples without funny “are you free loading?” looks then the indi’s are definitely the ones to go for and, unfortunately, they’ve been pushed onto the web by the high street costs and big names! If only boutiques would make a real come back .

Happy hunting my animal loving beauties, here endeth the rant 😊

Blushing over Femme Fatale Cosmetics Blusher

I have finally managed to organise pictures to do this post! I’ve decided to do this over a couple as I went a little OTT with the samples, he he he. This first is going to cover the blushers as I ordered the samples of all the colours. As you can see there is a broad range that should suit all skin tones and tastes and they’re all OK for your eyes and lips as well, matching has never been so easy!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics is based in Brisbane, Australia and is an indi company making gorgeous hand blended mineral based cosmetics. they are still relatively young having started in September 2011. Their range is quirky and innovative and do not follow the norms. They love to play with colours and their eyeshadows, in particular, are a reflection of this (a review to come!). This review covers all 6 of the duochrome blushers on offer, unfortunately the pictures don’t do enough justice to the colours and the subtle undertones that they have. The descriptions and recommended skin tones are from the website and I have linked to each colour for more details on ingredients etc.

From Left to Right:

Aspect Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Burnt orange duochrome blush with a hint of auburn.
Rec – Tanned or warm olive skin tones.
This really does have a gorgeous warm terracotta burnt orange colour. It reminds me of warm barmy spanish nights. It’s a very strong colour on the skin and if you have a lot of confidence and want to make your cheekbones really stand out it would also look amazing on fair skin!

Exotic Non Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Bright cerise pink duochrome blush with a subtle blue shimmer and sparkles.
Rec – Fair skin tones
I lurrrvve this pink and am thinking of getting it for myself! It gives a real rosy cheek effect when worn lightly or can really emphasise an eighties look or killer cheek bones! There is a lovely blue shimmer running through this that I really like and this is definitely one I will probably look to order, it’s got real impact!! I was always scared of bright colours like this until a make up artist tried one on me and showed me they don’t have to look OTT, sometimes bright doesn’t mean silly. FFC does advise that this can emphasise skin imperfections because of the blue and recommends trying the tester first if you’re worried.

Fire Bloom Non Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Mid tone rose-pink with coral undertones and a flattering copper gold shimmer
Rec – fair skin tones
This is another one I really like but unfortunately wouldn’t suit me because of the coral undertones. The copper gold really makes it sparkle and catches the light. Such a pretty feminine colour and would be ideal for everyday wear.

Tranquil Non Vegan & Eyes/Lip Safe
Description – Soft beige based coral blush with a hint of rose and subtle copper duochrome shine.
Rec – Fair skin tones

Another lovely shimmery colour, FFC really know how to make magical shimmery colours! This is a lovely blend of colours and I feel that it would work on darker skin tones too as a highlighter for killer cheek bones and to bring some sparkle and loveliness to the skin!! More an everyday colour for fair tones, though would make an excellent base for eye colour.

Rebel Vegan & Lip/Eye Safe
Description – Muted thulian pink duochrome blush with violet sparkles
Rec – Olive, fair and medium skin tones

When the light catches this you can really see the violet sparkles, so pretty. It has a real disco feel this blush and would look amazing on the dance floor!! This would also look stunning on lips for a real glam look.

Fierce Non Vegan and Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Deep maroon tinted duochrome blush, with subtle plume undertones, golden duochrome and sparkles
Rec – Darker skin tones

This is a lovely deep colour with a good pigment so you don’t need a lot to get a good effect. This would also make an excellent eye liner/shadow for an alternative smokey eye look! It’s sparkles will give your face a really healthy glow as well as being glam. Love it!!

I absolutely love these blushers and really wish the camera could pick out all the subtle undertones that they have. I know that the air miles are not great but the big manufacturers can’t guarantee that their products are made in the UK. Supporting indi companies like this is important as they are far clearer, open and honest about their methods, ingredients and ethos. They are also more often than not quirkier, more inventive and funky! Viva La Indi!!!!!!!