Urban Decay Thunderbird Eyeshadow: Quick Smokey Eyes in a Flash

 

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Urban Decay Thunderbird eyeshadow is one of my favourite shades from the brand and was added to Urban Decay’s line-up of permanent single eyeshadows in 2017.

The tone of this shade makes it a go-to for me whenever I want to create a quick, smokey look.  I enjoy combining various colours but sometimes it is just nice to use one or two singles for a look with minimal fuss.

I haven’t seen folk talking about this eyeshadow, so I thought I would put a post together for those of you who love smokey eyes and want an easy way to get them with minimal fuss!

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Spotlight on MAC: Extra Dimension Blush in ‘Sweets For My Sweet’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Extra Dimension’ line is one of my favourites from MAC and so I was very excited when they introduced Extra Dimension blushers, skin finishes and eyeshadows to their permanent range.  I found it very hard to choose what products to get as they were so beautiful but I managed to narrow it down to one blusher (featured here) and one skin finish (Beaming Blush).   

Interested in reading more about MAC products or getting ideas for MAC combinations? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (click here to read more).  You can also get ideas for combinations using MAC eyeshadows here.

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MAC Metallic Lipsticks (Forbidden Romance, Disobedient and Coral Optix)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metallic make-up is big this season and lips are no exception.  MAC recently released limited edition Metallic finish lipsticks as part of their lipstick range.  I chose three shades – Forbidden Romance, Disobedient and Coral Optix – as I found them flattering and totally different from anything else that I have in my make-up collection.

Interested in metallic lipsticks from other brands? You might like these posts featuring some of Urban Decay metallized lipsticks here and here.

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Benefit Ready, Set Brow! 24 Hour Setting Gel

 

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I mentioned some time ago in a ‘sneak peek’ post (read more here) that I had purchased several products from the Benefit brow range.  This post will focus on one of the products: the Ready, Set, Brow! 24 Hour Setting Gel.  When I had a brow lesson at the House of Fraser counter, the make-up artist used this product on my brows straight after she used the Goof Proof Pencil (click here to read my post on this pencil) to define, shape and set my brows.  I really loved how defined, yet natural, this product made my brows look and purchased it some time after when Debenhams had a 10% off beauty event sale.

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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

 

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I mentioned in my recent ‘sneak peek’ post (read more here) that I recently purchased three products from the Benefit brow range.  This post will focus on one of the products: the Goof Proof Brow Pencil.  When I was at the House of Fraser counter, I told the make-up artist that I wanted a product which I could use on my brows for a natural look.  Rachel (who served me) suggested that the Goof Proof Brow Pencil would be a good fit for my needs.  This pencil has quickly become one of my go-tos for quickly and easily filling in my brows. 

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Sneak Peek: Benefit Brow Products

 

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Last month, I visited the House of Fraser counter in Glasgow to learn more about their brow products.  I haven’t used brow products much before and so I really wanted to learn more on how to fill in my brows properly.  One of the make-up artists, Rachel, was super helpful and showed me how to fill in my brows using a few of their products.  She introduced me to the Goof Proof Brow Pencil, as I said I wanted something which would give me a natural look (click here to read more about this product).  

Rachel advised me that shade 3 would be the best match for me.  I’m sooooo happy I asked for her help with shade choice, as I would have probably chosen shade 5 to match my brows exactly.  I would have never thought to have gone for a slightly lighter shade but it turns out that shade 3 is the perfect match for me.  I also asked for a shade match at another counter in Glasgow and the make-up artist matched me to shade 3 as well.  So it was really helpful to see that the advice is consistent across branches.  

I purchased the Goof Proof Pencil and since then, I’ve gone on to purchase a couple of the other products from the range: Ka Brow (a cream-gel brow product) and Ready, Set, Brow! (a clear shaping and setting brow gel).  I also just picked up Gimme Brow the other day (a tinted eyebrow gel).  I got Gimme Brow quite a while after I got the other products, so that’s why it isn’t in the ‘sneak peek’ photo above.  One of the nice points about the Benefit brow products is that your shade is consistent across the range.  So if you are a shade 3 in one product, you are a shade 3 in all of them.  It makes it so much easier to know which shade to buy!

Click here to read my post on the Goof Proof Brow Pencil.  

Click here to read my post on the Ready, Set, Brow! 24 Hour Setting Gel.  

Look out for posts on other Benefit brow products over the coming weeks!

Aside note: I also ended up getting a brow wax at the House of Fraser brow bar (Emma did it for me) as I felt like it would be nice to get them professionally shaped.  Emma really set me at ease and took me through exactly what she was going to do.  I was absolutely delighted with the results.  My brows looked just like I wanted them to: natural but nicely shaped and tidied up.  Having them professionally shaped has made it so much easier for me to fill them in properly as I can see the shape more clearly.  So I would really recommend the brow bar at the House of Fraser counter in Glasgow! If you are thinking of getting your brows done at a brow bar but are a little nervous about it, it’s worth speaking to the make-up artists first and having a look at their brows while you were there.  I did that and it really helped me feel that I would get my brows done in a way that would suit me.  If you want to know more about the brow wax process, let me know and I will try to write a separate post on that aspect.

Have you tried any of the Benefit brow products? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments section below.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in Zealot and Cruel

 

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Urban Decay recently completely revamped their entire lipstick line and launched the Vice lipsticks.  The range includes an impressive 100 shades with six finishes, including sheer, sheer shimmer, cream, metallized, comfort matte and mega matte.  An additional 20 shades are also available exclusively to Sephora, so lucky you if you have access to Sephora to view these shades!

This post features the two shades I purchased with a metallized finish: Zealot and Cruel.  I also have Wonderland (Gwen Stefani packaging), Firebird (Gwen Stefani packaging) and Venom (from the old Revolution range).  Wonderland, Firebird and Venom have all been incorporated into the permanent Vice collection.  You can read my post on Wonderland lipstick here and my post on Venom lipstick here.

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