Colour By Numbers

Monday, September 01, 2014

Bye August - Hello September!

If you know me well, you'll know I'm such a Boy George x Culture Club fan. I'm a baby of the 80s and a child of the 90s (thanks mum!) two of the best decades to be associated with. To me the 80s represented something that has yet to ever be seen again but I'm grateful enough that it even happened, the make-up, the style, the mash of cultures, have forever been moulded and to me Boy George was one of those. At the forefront of the New Romantic genre, flamboyant, unapologetic and talented.
This was fun to do and it's just so fun to use and wear colours. It's quite funny as within my make-up tower and drawers I've got so many colours but rarely reach for them, boo! So of course this look was inspired and born.
Deets on the Beat:
Using the yellow from my MakeUp Forever 12 Flash Palette as my base I applied onto my lower lid. Pat on a yellow, I chose MAC Cosmetics Pigment -Primary Yellow , pat it on to make it more vibrant. On a smaller brush apply it under the tear duct. From the inner corner up to the brows apply a pink, I used MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow - Passionate and blend heavily onto the nose downwards, using the small brush from before, the other side I take the Passionate and apply just next to the Primary Yellow.

Taking a blue, I love Stargazer Eye Dust #2 smudge it onto the lower lash line, start from where Passionate ends, blend the outer eye until it's faded. Taking the pink from GOSH Cosmetics 9 Shades - To Play with in Vegas* I went over the brow bone. Using Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, I wing out my eye, line my waterline top & bottom.

The brows don't have to be truly defined, just bushy and bold, I brushed them upwards with a spoolie and ran GOSH Cosmetics Defining Brow Gel - Black* through them. Finish the eyes off using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara*

80's make-up base was matte and powdery. I used Illamasqua Matte Primer and Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation for my skin base. I took Sleek MakeUP Blusher - Fernberry and ran it across my hairline and a sharp line under my cheek bone, blended it out before going over it with a pink blush (unknown blush in my drawer, sorry!)Dipping back into my MakeUp Forever 12 Flash Palette, I used the pink and gave myself a bright pink pout, any bright matte pink lipstick would do, MAC Candy Yum Yum is one recommendation.

To finish it off and to get quite a powdered appearance, I used VICHY Dermablend Loose Setting Powder under the eyes before finishing off completely all over with Ben Nye Translucent Neutral Powder.

-Post title taken from the Culture Club album.
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Diversity or Adversity in the Beauty Industry

Sunday, August 31, 2014


NOTE: This post isn't to alienate, be negative or take away from anyone mentioned within the post. It's simply highlighting issues that are well known but are constantly overshadowed.

Channel 4 news reported this year about the rise in popularity in the beauty community of YouTube & Blogging - I'm going to include blogging as a lot of these women covered blog & what I have to say isn't limited to YouTube. Jon Snow made the comment that it 'seemed all very white and posh to me'. It is a fact & it is very much ruled by that fact.

Is This Down To How the Media & Beauty Corporation's View Us?
Yes! The media doesn't advertise or support a lot of products aimed at women of colour therefore it doesn't feel or look diverse. If you switch on the t.v. and watch commercials you very rarely or never see a woman of colour advertising hair or & or make-up. I've rarely seen a WOC on a home shopping network advertising make-up, unless it's aimed specifically to that audience. I still think that's unfair, there are brands that do have a range of colours for WOC so why not when advertising do they not have a selection of women to show the make-up on so WOC aren't always looked upon as the minority?

If companies want to look diverse, use a selection of skin tones, a couple of years ago when we done the Tans for Women of Colour project we wanted to include different skintones and had a diverse selection so it wouldn't be difficult for others to find someone to relate too. Unfortunately something a lot of companies do not take into consideration. They will MOSTLY use WOC to advertise anything but make-up. For instance, Thandie Newton is the face for Olay...she's advertising skincare products, that's great, there's a WOC advertising & being a spokeswoman but you rarely see WOC that have ageing skin to begin with. We've had Jourdan Dunn as one of the faces for YSL & now she's the new face for Maybelline New York. Lancôme jumped onto the Lupita Nyong'o popularity and signed her up as a spokeswoman. Other companies such as L'Oreal controversially, white wash Beyoncé & Freida Pinto's make-up advertising.

Thandie Newton has also spoken out at how stores treat WOC when it comes to make-up and said there's a "‘ghettoisation’ of make-up." within the stores right now. Thandie made the point that stores will stock an entire range when first launched but over time will take off the darker shades and only stock the lighter shades - she's not wrong. The fact I live in a town to begin with, we don't have large branches therefore they don't stock everything and it's even more disheartening that they begin to stock items and remove them. Make-up artist Kay Montano responded to Thandie's claims:
Every single make-up company has every single shade. It’s all made. But it all comes down to territories and men in suits deciding what sells.’

How can we leave it down to men in suits to say what sells? You don't give us the opportunity to see what is in the store before your yanking them off the shelves or hiding the products in the dark aisle of Boots where the tumbleweed is rolling by. Within Luton, there's 2 brands currently within Debenhams that are aimed directly at WOC, Black|UP & Fashion Fair, I've even noticed that the Fashion Fair counter has been downsized. They took IMAN away, Beverley Knight Cosmetics went into administration. There's very little support.

So is there any surprise that the Majority are Overshadowing the Minority?
All these factors do not help but within the blogging community there's a lack of support at the best of times, we're more ready to tear down the other whenever possible. Fashionicide has mentioned on Twitter: "It baffles me that so many girls of my own colour email saying they love my blog but won't follow as I 'have too many followers already' And then 10 minutes later they tweet gushing about some big blogger with 100 times more followers than me. WTF?"

Being able to see women who look just like you, boosts your self confidence, if your always been force fed this media's ideal look of beauty, there's going to be a lot more skin bleaching, low self esteem and self hatred. There are a few UK YouTuber's of colour I can think of that are doing well for themselves, Patrica Bright, Shirley B. Eniang & BeautybyJJ to name a few. Yet why aren't I seeing more diverse selection of popular WOC bloggers/vloggers within the UK? I'd like to see more of a varied outlook of women when bloggers are asked to represent brands and be included in things. TBH I'm tired of seeing women who all look similar and have nothing to say that speaks to me. In a way it's what keeps me wanting to blog but at the same time it's become inflated with the same regurgitation from similar people.

'We're starting to think they don't want us,' - Thandie Newton
Boots - A Love Story - Thandie&Kay
The rise of make-up for darker skin - Anita Bhagwandas
Jourdan Dunn discusses the lack of make-up for dark skin
Black Women Love Makeup, But Does The Beauty Industry Love Them Back?
It's big business in the US, so why can't black women find suitable makeup on the British high street?
Note: Kay Montano & Thandie Newton have a website together "ThandieKay" Kay has worked as Thandie's make-up artist.
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Crown Brush Review

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's an everyday misconception that we always have to spend a lot for quality. Since getting my first brush roll, I paid next to nothing for a set of quality brushes that are still doing me amazingly well 4-5 years later but I'm forever looking to add more brushes to my kit, the more the merrier. I want to point 2 things out, I use any brush for applications if they work well for me with whatever I'm doing and these brushes are amazingly soft!

SS024 Syntho Precision Powder*
Price: £11.99
Hair Type: Synthetic
This brush has a tapered end that allows you to get into areas around your nose and eyes to apply your finishing powder all over your face. It's suitable with pressed & mineral powder. I've replaced my other finishing brushes with this one as I find it's more accurate for me to use on myself & others.

C405 Contour Blush*
Price: £8.29
Hair Type: Goat
Always a brush I need in my arsenal, I LOVE to contour just takes a one dimensional face to one that can revival Janet Jackson. The head to this one is smaller and has a medium density at the base of the bristles compared to my others.

C436 Duo Fiber Blender*
Price: £7.39
Hair Type: Goat and Synthetic
If you like to have a flawless finish to your make-up, I've found this brush could be the answer, being that it's got a small head it gives more control for areas on the face to buff in the foundation, I also like it to apply cream blush onto the cheeks and blend it out.

C441 Pro Blending Brush*
Price: £3.99
Hair Type: Goat
This isn't the MAC dupe you might be looking for, if you're looking for the MAC 217 dupe, it's the C433 Pro Blending Fluff that you want. This brush is tapered and gets into the crease, it's got medium firm bristles that I've found gives good control. The bristles aren't as soft as others but it doesn't give a scratchy feel on the eye.

C412 Deluxe Pointed Crease*
Price: £5.19
Hair Type: Sable and Goat
MAC 224 dupe, maybe so. It's more tapered and dense than the 224, meaning that it also picks up a lot more colour. I've started to use this a great deal more to blend out my eyeshadow, I have to say, I quite love this brush.

C468 Smokey Eye Liner*
Price: £3.99
Hair Type: Synthetic
I actually like this brush to the point, I purchased another one at IMATS. It works well with gel eyeliner as it gives me a quick medium sized line as opposed to other brushes I may use. Now it also works with smudging out eyeshadows or pencil liner for the upper and lower lash line for that smokey eye look that a lot of us love.

C460 Infinity Blending Fluff
Price: £4.99
Hair Type: Synthetic
Compared to the C441 this is stiffer, not as tampered at the top, more oval. I grab for this if I'm looking to blend over the crease, instead of controlling it more like I would with the C412.

C250-0 Miner Liner
Price: £1.69
Hair Type: Taklon
How itty bitty are the bristles on the brush, aww! Yeah for some they might be squinting and wondering, well where's the bristles? It's 4mm in length but I love how small it is, I do prefer thinner brush tips to apply liner as it gives more of a precise and controlled line.

Welcome to the family Crown. I've loved to use these on myself & others. I'm definitely going to invest in more of these brushes, they are great value for money. The only brush I found that shed a few hairs during it's wash was the C412. I always wash my brushes before first use and there still in good condition and keeping in good shape.

Do you own any brushes from Crown?

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RMK EX-16 Shiny Navy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm probably not the first to have glittery nails but when I applied this RMK polish, I fell in love. RMX EX-16 Shiny Navy is from the RMK Power of Love collection , I have two coats on, it doesn't give a streaky application but to make sure that it's even and lasts longer, two coats are enough.

Perfect for the festive season and ANY SEASON if you're me!

There's 5 shades in total with the nail colours for the A/W collection. £14.00 each

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