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Review: Gracie lashes by The Vintage Cosmetics Company.

I had the extreme pleasure of winning this lovely set of lashes in a giveaway over at Paperbacks + Postcards last month.

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While the Cath Kidson-esque packaging isn’t really my style I can see why these would appeal to the vintage 40’s/50’s girls out there.

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As with the majority of lashes out there these came with their own glue, but as a rule I just don’t bother with the lash glue included with any lashes other than Eyelure, but they do get used for adhering things like rhinestones and whatnot. 

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They looked great and lasted all day without re-glueing (but that may be down to the Eyelure glue, not sure). They went on super easy, first time. They have a very thin, clear thread base which makes them super easy to fit to the eye, so this is a plus for sure. I’m pretty confident they are strong enough to last a fair few more wears but are very light too. 

So I give them a very positive 4 out of 5! They are great for adding some length and some flutter but aren’t very thick. I’ll probably layer them up with a thicker pair for on stage. 

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February’s Beauty Loves

As I’m working towards getting into makeup and beauty more I thought I would show all you guys some of my current makeup favourites!

February’s faves from ELF, Jelly Pong Pong, Too Faces, L’Oreal and Crown Brush.

Eyes Lips Face, or ELF, are an amazing budget brand. Their products are stupid cheap, cruelty free and great quality considering the price. This 100 piece pallet was bought in the sale for £7.50 and is still available at that price now! Even at it’s full price of £15 it’s still a bargain. There are some odd marbled shades, and personally I’m not really sure what that marbling effect really achieves but the colours are all really great, there are some lovely jewel tones, lots of nice neutrals and a mix of matte and shimmer shades.

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Eyes Lips Face 100 piece marbled pallet.

Please don’t judge, yes I use L’Oreal. And the Superliner Blackbuster is pretty darn good so far, I don’t use felt tip style liners very often and I like to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to my makeup so I thought I’d give it a go. It keeps it’s intensity well, has a nice sharp point but it is very chunky so delicate flicks are not an option. Luckily for me I subscribe to the ‘bigger the better’ school of eyeliner.

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Forgive the dodgy picture, it’s a tricky one to capture.

I’ve recently become a total convert to the idea of primers. I thought it was just another product being hawked by beauty companies but after trying it they really make a difference. I had the good fortune to actually win a tube of Too Faced Original Shadow Insurance, it’s more expensive than I would normally splash for on an item like this so I really lucked out. It’s a beige toned primer that really does help bright colours stick and stops any creasing.

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Too Faces Shadow Insurance

I’m not much of a red lips kind of girl, it’s so common in burlesque that I like to stay different and usually go for pinks and nudes with occasional purples here and there. This Jelly Pong Pong Lip Frosting is a really nice shade, it’s less Barbie on the lips than on the hand. My only problem the tube doesn’t apply easy and like most glosses it’s not exactly long wearing. But it smells amazing and layers really well with dark colours! I got this in a GlossyBox last summer and it’s lasted me this long! It’s a shame they don’t have more flavour/colour combos in the range as a full desert range would be gorgeous! After a browse of their website I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try more of their products.

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Jelly Pong Pong’s delicious Lip Frosting

And finally we have my Christmas present from my lovely parents, my Crown Brush 7 piece HD Set. I love this set! The foundation brush is unusual, not what I’m used to, but works really well. The powder brush is just so so soft and so so big, I love! The liner brush hasn’t seen that much use yet, I’m a total liquid girl so I’ve not had call to. The brushes are best for liquid and creams so the shadow brushes don’t pick up lots of powder, so not great for really out there looks but great for more subtle, blended looks. The metal pallet and spatula haven’t have any use yet, but I’m hoping to give covered eyebrows a try soon so maybe they will get pulled out for that.

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7 piece HD set from Crown Brush.

Most of these got brought out for my Introduction to Creative Makeup workshop that I lead last weekend and will continue to be in the future.

 

So, thanks for reading! I’m going to try and do a bit more beauty blogging in the future so stay tuned!