shadow sticks

If there’s one thing that has been my favourite product find of the past few years, it’s eyeshadow sticks. These crayons of creamy goodness make my makeup on the train makeup application a breeze and mean that a smoky eye is a case of scribble, blend and go. Gone is the need for varying shades of brown and a dozen different brushes, a shimmering shadow stick will glide on with a duo-chrome effect and blend out to perfection, leaving a result which looks like you’ve spent a good ten minutes considering shade options, but with so many on the market, at a range of price tags, which is the bees knees?

I came, I swatched, I considered, and the official winner of my shadow stick awards is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar . I have this in the shade Bronze Moon and if i’m completely honest I want it in every other shade it comes in. I’ve spoken about this before but this one really does glide on beautifully, has a few seconds blending time and then doesn’t budge all day. I love the silver shimmer in with the bronze shade as it gives a slight wet look to the eye in an iridescent non sweaty way. It deserves a medal.

Second place goes to the Bourjois Colour Band Crayons which are an unquestionable dupe for the By Terry guys, the only annoying this about these is that you have to sharpen them, whereas the By Terry one twists up. They also don’t last quite as long (but they are 1/6 of the price). It’s the small things…

Bronze award is a draw between Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon Sticks and the No7 Stay Perfect Long Wear Shadow Sticks. These are similar in pigment and longevity (pretty decent) but because of this are a little bit stiffer and harder to blend. They can’t all be perfect.

Last place goes to the Eyeko Fat Stick. This one is a twist up (fab) shimmery crayon (fab) which unfortunately doesn’t offer the same pigment or longevity as it’s competitors (not fab).

Do you use shadow sticks?

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I know that this is technically old news, and that there’s an exciting second edition of this palette out, but i’m just starting what I predict is a long term love affair with Too Faced as a brand. And so whether you’ve heard it all or not, today i’m going to talk about/sing the praises of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar.

Packaged in metal casing which looks suspicously similar to my favourite evening treat, Too Faced Chocolate bar is a palette of 16 buttery eyeshadow shades, enriched with cocoa itself. Colours range from neutrals to brights with subtle plums and deep olive shades bridging the gap between the likes of Strawberry Bon Bon and Haute Chocolate. The product smells like a chocolate surprise and while I probably wont be pressing Candied Violet onto my lids anytime soon, I may well bury my nose in it.

There’s a happy mix up of mattes and shimmers; mattes are smooth without being chalky where shimmer shades blend like a dream. (Can you tell I like it yet?) So far I’ve made a dent in Creme Brulee and Hazelnut but I already know i’ll be swishing on Cherry Cordial or Gilded Ganache come the time for a girls night out. I’m not usually one for mattes, but all bar Strawberry Bon Bon float my boat, my crease has never been so defined…

A great all round palette coming in a tad cheaper than the likes of Naked and with more shades. Have you tried anything from Too Faced?

The month of May treated me very well in terms of money to spend at MAC, and I wasted no time before blowing the lot of it on the lipsticks from the other days post and these few bits a few days after.

Firstly I have been desperate to build my own quad of four perfect colours for any occasion. I travel a lot and while I do love my cool neutrals palette it’s sometimes a teeny but large for streamlined packing, where a quad fits in neat and tidy. I picked up an empty four pan palette and picked up just two shades to start it off. The ones that made the cut were All That Glitters; a one wash wonder shade in an easy to wear pinky champagne colour and Patina; a cool toned brown taupe option – both of which are shimmers.

I have been desperate to branch out into the MAC Brush world and so thought i’d pick up a cult 217 eye blending brush. I have one from Sigma which is basically the same but it’s constantly needing a wash so adding another to my collection seems like a sensible option. I’ve used this MAC offering a few times and spoiler: its fab.

Finally, with summer (and every season) comes the urgency for a glowy candlelit base and so I popped the Cream Colour Base in Pearl into my shopping basket. This is a yellow champagne shade which is easily applied with fingers to the tops of the cheekbones and down the nose for that dewy but not sweaty skin look.

Have you tried any of these? What are your must haves from MAC?

         Here’s something that might shock you, I only own one Urban Decay palette. It’s the Naked 2 and while I often daydream about having the full collection including both of the basics offerings, in reality Naked 2 is the one for me and I know i’d rarely use the others on myself. (We all know I am lying and will probably go out and buy all of the others within the next week). Anyway, I digress. Naked 2 is the cool toned lovers dream, featuring 12 extremely pigmented, minimal fallout shades varying between matte and shimmer finishes.

I do love a Suspect (shimmery taupe) on an everyday level and Half Baked (gold) for something special but what I mostly pull out this palette for is to create a purple smokey eye. To do this I begin with the Maybelline 24hour Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold as a light creamy base and then pack on YDK (shimmer lilac) with the actually half decent accompanying brush. For day time I pop a little bit of Tease (matte lilac) through the crease and be done with it but for an evening look or a more dramatic day look (as pictured) I add the shade Busted (deep shimmer purple) to the outer corner and along the lash line. This is such a simple and effective way to create a purple smoky eye; something I think looks wonderful on green and brown eyes in particular but I’m sure other eyes could rock. As with any smoky eye, lots of mascara is essential and for the images I wore a lot of Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara which I still simply adore.

What do you think of this look? Is there another Naked palette I need?


I’ve had this little beauty for almost a year now since my fabby other half got it for my birthday last May. Upon release these pre made Mac palettes were a sell out, a 15 pan piece offering either cool or warm neutral tones so there’s something in there for everyone. At £65 the pre made palettes are a fraction of what you’d pay to create your own palette at Mac, with the pro pan eyeshadow a being £10 each you’re saving a lot of money and have had all of the hard work done for you. 

I opted for the cool toned palette as cool tones tend to suit my green eyes a little better and I prefer them against my yellow skin tone. I also find cooler tones a lot more wearable for an everyday look – which is what I use this pallette for. 

There are a few shades I could give or take, however the pans in the permafrost palettes aren’t interchangeable like the magnetic options when you create your own however 90% of the shades have become staples in my routine and are colours I would definitely repurchaseshould  they run out.

I do really like mac eyeshadows. They’re pigmented and easy to work with and don’t give much fall down when applying. My favourite shades of this pallette are crushed clove (centre) deception (middle row second from right) brun (middle row far right) after dusk (top row second from right) and blackberry (top row far right) I do hold a special place in my heart for black tied aswell.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking at starting a mac eyeshadow collection because it includes a collection of different finishes and formulas meaning you get to give a bit of everything a go. The price point is bang on and the colours all work beautifully alone or blended together.

What’s your favourite mac eyeshadow?

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetWith the big brow trend showing no signs of ageing, I thought I’d share how I fill in mine. There are a number of products and formulas on the market at the moment from felt tips to pencils to wax to powder and I prefer the latter.

I always start by brushing through my brows with a spoolie (which I obviously forgot to photograph) and then go in with an angled brush and a powder product. Nine and a half times out of ten i’ll use Omega eyeshadow by MAC and apply it with the ECOTools angled liner brush, applying in brush like strokes and extending the tail of my brow slightly. Then I go over the bushy bit with the wax half of the Sleek MakeUp Brow Kit in light to hold the longer hairs in place, giving me a natural(ish) defined brow.

If you’re on a budget the Sleek brow kit is an excellent all rounder which I did use alone for a while however I do find the powder half to be a little warm for my cool toned blonde hair.

How do you fill in your eyebrows?