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May. 20.

Tried Tuesday: Clinique Chubby Stick

clinique-thIs it wrong of me to say I’ve never tired Clinique’s Chubby Sticks? It is. Well, I have to say it anyway. I’ve never tried Clinique’s Chubby Sticks. Until today. I’ve had one sitting in my review basket for the past while, after it arrived from U Magazine, and for Tried Tuesday, I’ve finally gotten round to it.

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This particular one is shade 10 – Big Blue, for  eyes. Firstly, let me say that I have a problem with blue eye shadow. I just can’t  get it to work for me. Possibly because I’m blue eyed. I do know a very much younger version of me did try different shades, usually bright blue, before, and they just didn’t work. But will this one?

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For those of you not familiar with chubby sticks, they’re very simple. They’re a twistable crayon/pencil type product that you just wipe over your eyelids, and are done. The formula is lovely and creamy, and feels great going on to the eye. The colour itself, even though it is named as blue, is really more of a bluish grey. This is, I think, a good thing, as it is perfect for those who don’t actually do “blue” shadows.

Now, as for how it looks on the eye. On the lids is the chubby stick, accompanied on the lashes by Kate Moss for Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara in Jet Black. The photos were also taken during a rain shower, so the lighting isn’t great for them, but in Ireland we have to make do with what we’ve got. (They’re also shot really close up, and show up every imperfection)

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I actually quite like how this looks. The fact that it is more grey than blue means it’s so much more wearable by everyone, and would be a great quick face product, ideal for when you’re in a hurry.

So, what do you think of Clinique’s chubby sticks? What shades should I be picking up? Please, as always, let me know in the comments.

Robyn

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May. 13.

Tried Tuesday: Shavata Brow Tamer

shavata-thI’m still in love with my brows after they were done by the excellent Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum. Okay, there are a couple of odd hairs coming up where they shouldn’t, which I am trying to keep in check with a tweezers, but for the main brow, I’m trying something that arrived in my review box recently. The Brow Tamer from Shavata.

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I’m quite a fan of the Maybelline Brow Drama. It defines the brows while adding a bit of colour. This is a slightly different prospect. It’s a little pen which you twist to get the product up into the applicator. You then brush the clear gel through your brows to keep them in place all day. It doesn’t add any extra colour to your brows, but I think you could easily use it over a powder, if you so chhoose to give your brows more oomph.

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The brush (if it can be called a brush) is not a conventional brush, but more a series of little plastic prongs with a gap in the middle to allow the product to come up into them as you twist the pen. Initially it took quite a bit of twisting to get the product moving, but it then flowed easily, and despite how the brush looks, it did spread the product quite well.

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And this is how it looks. Without product is on the left, while with product is on the right. No, there’s not much difference to look at them, but I do think the one on the right looks a little smoother and more groomed. Possibly with a little colour it would give better results, but for daytime it still looks quite professional.

What do you think? Is it being clear just a bit of a waste, or does it serve as being very suitable when you don’t need to look overdone?

Shavata Brow Tamer is £15.50 (Euro price TBC) and is available online or from Shavata Brow Studio, Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

Robyn

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bl-mascara
May. 06.

Tried Tuesday: butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara

bl-thumbMascara posts are coming thick and fast here at the moment, mainly because I’ve got so many in my big box of things. Today’s one is a little different though. It’s not your standard blacker than black mascara with superblack pigments that prevent light from escaping. Today, for Tried Tuesday, I’m giving a butter LONDON Wink Colour Mascara in Inky Six a whirl.

I actually love the cardboard packaging tube the mascara comes in. It’s sleek black exterior is nice, but it’s inside the box that is gorgeous, with trees and flowers and a bird wearing a crown and everything. One thing does concern me though. It states on the packaging “For External Use Only”. Yes, read that again, “For EXTERNAL Use Only” Has someone actually tried using it internally? Is that actually a thing? I could ask Google, but yeah, I’m not going to do that. Oh and Google, I don’t want people searching for that and finding me, okay.

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Right, on to the product. It’s blue. Not your suave, sophisticated, subtle and understated elegant blue. This is a screaming, over the top, dance around wearing Dobby’s tea cosy noticeable bright BLUE! I mean, look at it. Fans of the standard black mascara I mentioned earlier need not apply. But, being the intrepid beauty blogger I claim to be, I pressed on and actually opened it.

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The wand is an oval-ish shape. It bulges in the middle and tapers off at either end. It is also very dense and carries quite a bit of product. Possibly too much, as a lot gets deposited around the top of the tube when you remove the wand. Again you can see just how blue this is.

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Finally, here it is on my eyes. The eye on the left has no makeup. Te eye on the right – top lashes have 2 coats, bottom lashes have 1 coat. As you see, it does a brilliant job on the lashes, and the colour really does pop. Unfortunately, it leaves me with a problem. Just what can I wear a colour like that for, outside of a festival? Answers on the back of a postcard, or in a comment please!

Robyn

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May. 01.

Tested Thursday: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

tt-theyrereal-thThere are some products in the beauty world that massively polarise opinion. One of them is the subject of today’s Tested Thursday. It’s a definite Marmite product (you either love it or hate it).  Today’s Tested Thursday is a mascara by Benefit. It’s called They’re Real, and the question I’m here to answer is do I love it, or do I hate it.

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Firstly, I’m not enamoured by the marketing material for it. If there wasn’t a small picture of the mascara there I wouldn’t ever tie the ad poster to a beauty product, and even then, it’s ambiguous. Fortunately, I’m not reviewing the advertising. I’m reviewing the mascara itself, which, according to the box resulted in tests of 94% seeing dramatic length and volume, 90% seeing base to tip curl, 94% seeing visible lift and 100% seeing long wearing results. A mascara that does all that, and makes tea too? (not really) They claim too that the special brush, which you use horizontally, then vertically, is a wonder tool.

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Let’s look at the brush for a second. Here it is, in all its rubbery spikiness. Note particularly the spiky bit on the end, which you use to curl and separate the lashes. Yes, that bit that seems to be coated in a massive amount of mascara. This is where things get a bit iffy. You do your mascara thing normally, holding the brush horizontally, wiggling it a bit as you draw it from root to tip. Then you are meant to hold the brush vertically and stroke the lashes upwards to add curl and separate. And well, it does work… Kinda. You have to be quite careful here, partly to avoid poking yourself in the eye, and partly to ensure you don’t over coat the lashes with the mascara that gathers on the end. It does add a bit of extra curl, but if you overdo it, all the extra mascara on the end has a tendency to start sticking lashes together in to clumps, which is never a good look. Layering it, while it works, and does add extra oomph to your lashes, is also tricky, again due to adding so much more mascara and the risk of clumping. I’ve never tried going beyond 2 coats, just because I fear it clumping too much and having to start again, which brings me on to my next good/bad point. When this thing sets, it DOES. NOT. MOVE! It’s great in wear, as it is not going to transfer or run down your cheeks (though some people do note flakiness), but when it comes to removal, it is a battle. Your Nima Mitt/Cleanse Off Mitt/similar will not do a job on this. You will need to break out the big guns, and be prepared for both a struggle, and to be panda eyed while you try to get the whole lot off your eyes.

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Finally, no review would be complete without seeing it on the eyes. This is a 1 coat picture (mascara on the right), and it does a good job. It, to me, does add some curl, and a bit of length and volume. You can build it a bit more for a night out, but this is a daytime picture. I can understand how this polarises opinion. It is not the easiest product to use, but when it works for you you get excellent results. It also shows how one product can work for one person, and not for another. But to answer the love it or hate it question, for me, I love it.

They’re Real costs €26, and is available from Benefit counters nationwide.

Robyn

Note: In answer to the Marmite question – I hate it.

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el-featured
Apr. 19.

Something Else Saturday: Purple Eye Makeup Look

SES-eyethumbBefore we begin I am required to include the following statement: I am not a makeup artist. I’m just a girl who loves to play with makeup. Before attempting anything you see here please consult a doctor, priest, solicitor, and psychiatrist. Robyn Rants and Raves can’t be held responsible for any loss of or damage to property or body parts. Always read the label.

Now that that’s out of the way, for Something Else Saturday I’m doing something that was requested by the delightful Karen of Beating Myself Into A Dress. She requested that I do an eye makeup tutorial, and being a glutton for punishment, here it is. I chose purple because, well, I love purple, and rich colours like this always work on a night out. Let’s begin!

Before: I prepped my face using Osiris Avise BB Cream, topped with Benefit Hello Flawless and Wet n Wild blush in Heather Silk. That’s not the important bit, as I’m focusing on the eyes.

Step 1: I did my brows using my trusty Maybelline Brow Drama in medium brown. A few strokes of this through the brows and they’re done.

After step 1.

After step 1.

Step 2: For an eyeshadow primer, I used the Wet n Wild Idol Eyes shadow stick in techno, covering the eyelid. It wouldn’t show through in the finished product, but the complimentary colour to the rest of the shadows would help.

After Step 2

After Step 2

Step 3: I took a Blank Canvas E25 brush, and my new Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Shadow in shade 73, and patted it onto the centre of the eyelid, and a little towards the outer corner of the eye.

After Step 3

After Step 3

Step 4: Using a Blank Canvas E32, I took Mac Trax eyeshadow, and applied it to the outer corner, partly covering the line over the Inglot pigment. I tidied up around the eye with a cotton bud.

After Step 4

After Step 4

Step 5: Using an Ecotools fluffy shadow brush, I applied Solar, from the Sleek iDivine Celestial palette to the inner corner, again slightly overlapping the Inglot.

Step 6: Using the same brush, and the Stargaze shadow from the Celestial palette I worked up to the brow bone.

After Steps 5 & 6

After Steps 5 & 6

Step 7: With a Blank Canvas E23 brush, I applied Galactic, from the Celestial palette to the tear duct at the inner eye.

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After Step 7

Step 8: Taking my Royal & Langnickel C260 Taklon shadow brush, I blended all of the shadows together, so there were no clear lines.

After Step 8

After Step 8

Step 9: For liner, I used a Sigma E05 liner brush to apply L’Oreal Gel Intenza liner in golden black on top and bottom, with a small flick at the end (I find this slightly easier to get the correct angle working from the lower lid.)

After Step 9

After Step 9

Step 10: I used an Eyeko eyelash curler to curl the lashes (free with the current issue of In Style Magazine – issue May 2014) and applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara. I then combed through the lashes slightly with a spoolie brush, and did the same with my brows.

After Step 10

After Step 10

Step 11 (optional): For extra oomph. I added strip lashes, these ones being Carrie from the Sex and the City by Eyelure range.

After Step 11

After Step 11

Finish: On my lips I added a coat of L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privee nude by Eva, using a Blank Canvas L29 brush. And we’re done.

All Done

All Done

What do you think of the look? Is there anything you would do, or indeed do differently? Was this easy to follow, and should I leave this as a one off, or maybe do more? Please do le me know!

Robyn

Note: There is a video to accompany this, which will never see the light of day. It was used so I could just hold bits up to the camera, which I could watch back and make notes on afterwards.

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FF-eyesclosed
Apr. 18.

Face Friday: U Magazine Box

FF-ThumbHello all! In case you haven’t seen this haul yet, I was fortunate enough to win all of these goodies from U Magazine for winning a quiz. And really, there is no better way to start trying them than to slap them on your face and hope for the best. For that reason the foundation, blush, eyeshadow and lipstick are all ones that I’ve never tried before, while a couple of items are tried and tested favourites.

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Face:

  • Foundation: NYC – Natural Matte Foundation (001 – Ivory)
  • Bronzer: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: NYC – Cheek Glow (649 – Prospect Park Rose)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)

Eyes:

  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: NYC – IndividualEyes Palette (Smoky for Green Eyes)
  • Liner: ModelCo – Eye Liner Pencil (Black 01)
  • Mascara: NYC – High Definition Mascara (black)

Lips:

  • Liner: Revlon – Colorstay liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Lasting Finish by Kate (110)

Brushes:

  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Eyeshadow Primer
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Highlight Shadow & Blend
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Lid Shadow
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Crease Shadow & Contour Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – LipstickCouple of notes: I’m not a fan of the foundation. It was runny, applied quite unevenly, and if it weren’t for the Hello Flawless evening things up, it would have been a disaster. The blush was light, natural and buildable nicely. The shadow palette was nice to work with, though as I was in a hurry to get back outside to the sun I didn’t do a perfect job of it. I’m quite a fan of the lipstick. I can see myself wearing it again.

Robyn

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Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!
Apr. 10.

Tested Thursday: Eyebrow Threading at Shavata Brow Studio, Dundrum

tt-shavatathI’ve been neglecting my brows.  I know, I’m awful and will hand back my beauty blogger card for such a heinous crime in a moment. They haven’t been touched since October. I’ve had other things to be dealing with though, and my eyebrows dropped on the list of priorities. My hair is still on the to-do list, but that’s another story. I did, however, rectify the brow problem today at the Shavata Brow Studio in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

For those of you not in the know, eyebrow threading, or any kid of threading, involves removing the hair follicle using a fine cotton thread. Like tweezing it pulls out the hair  from the follicle, so none is left behind. Unlike tweezing, it removes short lines of hairs at once, so it is quicker, and professionals can be very accurate with it, allowing them to shape your brows with the thread. It is not pain free, there is some level of discomfort involved, but it is short lived and in no way unbearable.

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

Before, featuring hairy caterpillar eye adornment!

I was fortunate that even though I was a walk up client someone was immediately available, and after a brief discussion on how I wanted it to look, I took off my glasses, sat back and let her get on with it.

A little while later, we were done with the thread, and after tweezing away a couple of stray hairs, and applying a little soothing gel I was pronounced good to go.

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

After, with nicely structured, healthy looking brows

What do you think? I believe it has made a real improvement. It hasn’t really thinned out the brows, they still look nice and full, but they look so much more structured, like I actually care about them. They no longer look like one hairy caterpillar sittinng on top of my eyes, so I think that’s a win.

Eyebrow threading at Shavata costs €20, and with their loyalty card, after every 5, you get your 6th free.

What’s your preferred method of eyebrow shaping? Are you a DIY kind of girl? Where do you go to get yours done, and how often? Let me know in the comments.

Robyn

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Apr. 08.

Tried Tuesday: Benefit BADgal Lash

tt-badgalthIt’s a lovely Tried Tuesday on Robyn Rants and Raves, and I was outside for a bit, which is why I’m only doing this in the evening. Gotta enjoy the sunshine while we can though. For today’s Tried Tuesday I’m looking at a mascara. It’s by Benefit, and it’s called BADgal Lash.

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I’ll be honest. I’ve never been fully convinced by this. Not enough to go and buy a full sized one anyway. I’ve picked them up on occasion when they’ve been available as freebies with magazines. I’ve found it nice, but not overwhelming. I have good days with it, and I have bad days. The thing is I just don’t know what to make of it, unlike it’s sister, They’re Real, which I adore (even if it too gets a bit moody at times).

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The brush is thick and densely packed, and the formula is creamy without being overly wet. I can’t see anything wrong with it on that description. We may as well have a look at it actually on lashes. Pictures are shown in order of no mascara, 1 coat, and 2 coats.

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Badgal-1coat

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Don’t get me wrong, it looks nice, but it’s not super voluminous, and there are other products out there that do the same job, but cheaper. Am I being overly harsh? Is there something I’m doing wrong? Should I actually pick up a full size one, or just keep getting them as magazine freebies?

Robyn

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Apr. 01.

Tried Tuesday: Accessorize Baked Shadow Duo

tt-shadowthI may be in hospital, but that won’t stop me from blogging (I took photos in advance – go me!) and it’s another Tried Tuesday. Like last week I have a product that I used to love, but which has been languishing in a drawer for some time. It’s one of the Accessorize Baked Shadow Duos.

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This particular duo, Freya is a light champagne gold, and a deeper reddy brown. Application is simple, where you can use one side, two sides separately, or just swipe down the middle and use both together. I prefer using both sides separately, with the gold over the whole lid and the brown blended into the crease.

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This is a really great shadow to jump for in daytime, when you don’t have long to get ready, as you don’t need to do much with it. A couple of swipes and you’re done. In that sense it goes well with last week’s Glamshine gloss as a fast face product!

What do you think of this colour? Have you tried much of the Accessorize makeup line, and what else would you recommend? Would you like to see me do a fast face for Face Friday? Let’s go to the comments!

Robyn

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Sleek on left, Inglot on right
Mar. 18.

Tried Tuesday: Pigment Eye Shadows

tt-thumbHappy Tried Tuesday everyone! This week I’ve a couple of products that I’ll admit I’ve never actually used, and have been living in the bottom of my eyeshadow drawer. That’s because I’m quite scared of them. They are loose pigment eye shadows.

Sleek on left, Inglot on right

Sleek on left, Inglot on right

The two products specifically are by Sleek and Inglot, and are the Sleek Eye Dust in 694 Sunfest and Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in shade 44.

Sleek on left, Inglot on Right

Sleek on left, Inglot on right

The reason I’m quite scared of them is because of the colours. The sleek is a really bright yellow, while in the jar the Inglot is what appears to be a forest green. Both are shades that I wouldn’t really know what to do with.

Sleek on left, Inglot on right

Sleek on left, Inglot on right

On the skin I happen to find the sleek to look quite powdery, while the Inglot is quite an interesting prospect. It varies in the light from green to gold, and reminds me of a Chanel polish who’s name I can’t remember right now. I actually think it could be an interesting prospect actually used on the eyes.

That leads me to a question. How would you use these products? Would you recommend either of them for my blue eyes? And what is the name of that Chanel polish (Peridot! Thanks Cuti-Clue-Les)? Let me know below!

Robyn

Note: Products were originally received as part of goody bags, IIRC.

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