Friday, 3 August 2012

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Sticks


I cant believe it's been so long since my last post ! Where did that time go ? it's scary!!

Anyway, today I have some Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils to show you,

I picked these up during a recent co buy on BuyaPowa , for the grand price of £15.45 including postage, not bad at all !
There are 5 travel size pencils, designed to give waterproof and crease free  and blendable colour that lasts, it was the crease free aspect that appealed to me because, having quite oily lids, I find it hard to get shadow to last and do suffer a lot with creasing.

 My initial impressions were excellent, the colours are lovely, from bottom to top we have - 
Juju, a soft taupey beige,
Sin, champagne beige
Rehab, mid brown
Delinquent, Vivid purple
and Clash, bright turquoise.

The colour pay off is excellent and if you work quickly the colours do blend nicely before setting on the skin, the picture below was taken after rubbing firmly over the colours and as you can see they haven't budged.

As I mentioned I do have oily lids and when using powder shadows, I find I can virtually eliminate creasing by using a small dab of No7 Shine Free Face Primer, available from Boots, on each lid, followed by an eyeshadow primer, I'm currently using an MUA one, online or in Superdrug stores.

Because these shadow pencils emphasised that they were crease free, and the test on the swatches was so successful, I chose to try them on my eyes with just the No 7 Shine Free primer and unfortunately after about 2 hours I did notice quite bad creasing, I used the lightest two colours, so it wasn't too noticeable but I think with the darker shades this would be a problem for me.

I will try them again with an eyeshadow primer as well, and I really hope that works because I do love the colours, I'll let you know how I get on.

Have you tried the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, how did you get on ?


Thursday, 15 March 2012


I hadn't made a card for ages, mostly due to the fact that all my stash had been moved to the garage ! 
But I recently got around to tidying to make my tools etc accessible again, so I decided to make my Mother's Day cards this year, and here they are....

This is the first one I made, I decided to do some quilling as that was also something I hadn't done for ages, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out !
The torn strip of paper is a Pink Petticoat design., I love digital downloads and the Pink Petticoat range come in such an amazing array of colours, the image stamps are beautiful as well !

This is the second card, again a quilled design but a bit more simple this time, you can't see from the picture but there is a trail of glitter between the butterflies, and the edge of the card is finished with faux stitching.
I printed the sentiments on both cards using a font from my computer.
So, there they are, my first attempts at card making in quite some time, but I really enjoyed making them, hope you like them !

Monday, 12 March 2012


I know its been a while since my last post, so I thought I'd give you a quick update on what I've been up to.
I've been thinking for a while of training as a Make Up Artist, as a bit of background, when I left school I was accepted to train as a Beauty therapist, however I also got offered a place to do my Nursing Training, I plumped for the Nursing, did my training and qualified as a paediatric nurse, I never really enjoyed it though and ended up leaving the profession, I always wished I'd done the Beauty Therapy instead.

Fast forward many years ! and now both my children are at full time school, I've been wanting to do something for myself and in the process hopefully find a career that I actually enjoy.

So, I've been researching different Make Up Artist courses, I've signed up to do an ICS distance course which will, hopefully, result in me gaining a BTEC in Make UP artistry.

Ideally I would have loved to do a hands on course but where I live, there just don't seem to be any schools, and travelling any distance is impossible whilst having to work around the school run!

I'm waiting for my course materials to arrive, then I'll be roping whoever I can in, to model for me !

If anyone has any experience of this type of course, I'd love to hear from you, any advice is welcome !