In case you hadn’t realised, I do love a new eyeshadow. So when I heard recently that MeMeMe Cosmetics were releasing five new baked eyeshadow quads, and that one of them contained black and blue shades, I seriously could not resist asking if I could feature this one on the blog.
I don’t really know a lot about MeMeMe. I know they are a budget-ish brand, stocked in Superdrug. I’ve tested out one of their nail varnishes but this is my first foray into their eyeshadows.
I think I’ve said before but I am really into using my eyeshadows wet at the moment. As Autumn draws into winter, I am craving more and more dramatic looks and I find that dampening a brush really helps to make colours more impactful and showcases any shimmer they might have. Plus using a slim angled brush can help create the most perfect smokey eyeliner with a wet dark shade.
Drama Eyes is composed of four dark and moody baked eyeshadows. It’s quite a small pan so you can’t really attack it with a big brush unfortunately. Like most baked shadows, you have to dig at the surface a bit to get the real colour payoff. I used the grey all over the lid, and then added some of the cobalt blue shade to the crease and the outer edge of the lid, before finishing off with the navy in the crease as a contrast, and then finally adding a smooth line of the black as liner.
What do you think? I love the iridescent blue shade and the darks are a perfect compliment to it. I’d struggle to create this look with dry eyeshadow as the domed product is a little bit fiddly, but wet over primer is absolute perfection. Very happy indeed. It looks a little grey here – I think I might use the shimmery blue on the lid next time instead.
What colours are you wearing this Autumn?
MeMeMe Cosmetics are available in larger Superdrug stores, and you can order online here, where the Eye Inspire Quds retail at the bargain price of £6.50.
A little while ago I was approached to see if I wanted to try out any items from the new haircare range by Guy Kremer. An extremely successful hairdresser, Guy has tended the tresses of a number of people in the public eye – from designers to models, musicians to actors – including Jo Wood, Edith Bowman, Jules Oliver, Claudia Winkleman, Kirsty Gallacher and Alexandra Burke.
So yes, these ladies; hair always looks pretty good, and I wanted in on the action. Guy says: “I passionately sought out the best of ingredients to create products which feel lovely, smell gorgeous and work brilliantly,” says Guy. “My range – fragranced in a delicious blend of aromatic herbs and sensual white floral infusions – truly delivers, making women feel special and look beautiful.”
I was sent three of the new styling range to test out. Good news for me as my hair is all over the place at the moment as I have been testing out a variety of treatments, styling products and so on. I am part-way through a Keratin treatment and so my hair can be a little bit frizzy. I’ve easily slipped into a routine of using these products as part of my daily routine now.
I start off with the Smoothing Balm (£8.95 for 125ml) and then dry my hair. I then finish it off and add some shine with the Protection Serum (£8.95 for 50ml) which is really good at sealing the hair shaft and stopping that pesky Autumn damp from getting in. If I’m off to do battle with the London Underground, or out somewhere for the evening, I’ll also add a blast of Frizz Fix Hairspray (£8.95 for 200ml) for added volume and hold.
I haven’t tried the cleansers (aka shampoos) and rebalancers (aka conditioners) but the word is that they contain 18-MEA (a natural lipid found in the hair cuticle) which helps to balance the hair’s natural chemistry and restore it to an optimum condition in preparation for styling. Optimum condition restored, hair happily takes on and maintains the shape, volume and added shine of the desired look. All sounds pretty good.
I’m impressed with what I’ve tried so far. The products smell fresh without being overpowering, and do a job without leaving residue or grease. A little goes a long way, and therefore I think they are really reasonably priced, with classic and unobtrusive packaging.
To find out more, and to place an order, visit www.guykremer.co.uk .
As you may know, October is Beast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2010, to mark this event, China Glaze released a mini-collection called “Fight Like A Woman”.
A portion of the proceeds of this collection were donated to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is an agency of the World Health Organization.
The collection contained three polishes, one of which I have for you today. Empowerment is the glossiest, pinkest creme polish I’ve ever used. A million times better and less chalky than perennial favourite OPI Mod About You, Empowerment is a soft pink that many women of all ages will love. This type of shade is always fast to fly off the shelves, especially when it was released for such a good cause.
Application was absolutely fine, although I have heard other bloggers complain that it is on the thick side. I certainly didn’t find it as hard to work with as other China Glaze cremes (yes, For Audrey, I’m looking at you). One thing you do need here is a decent topcoat. Cremes always suffer when your bottle of Seche Vite (or similar) is a bit older and more gloopy. Use a nice new topcoat on this and you’ll have a perfectly shiny pink manicure.
Whilst this shade does absolutely no favours for my skintone, it’s still a nice polish. I know plenty of people who adore this colour and would pick it over a funky green or orange any day of the week. And it’s for a good cause – it’s a no brainer really.