Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...
So, introducing my new loves: Benefit Coralista and Sleek Coral. Layered over each other they are divine. I love how bright the colour is and paired with the lovely sheen that Coralista provides I feel that this is a combo full of win!
Back to the point. I like navy. I really like navy eyeshadow. This is a post comparing a MAC eyeshadow which cost £9.50 or something ridiculous like that with an MUA shadow that cost £1. In the price war there is no contest but will the quality be the same?
The eye shadow's in question?
I noticed that these two eye shadows were very similar when I was scouring my eye shadow collection in order to create last week's Harry Potter themed looks and thought I'd see how similar they actually were by creating this look:
MAC Contrast Eye Shadow
Contrast is a darker more satin look eyeshadow, it is not very metallic but has a definite sheen to it. The colour is a traditional navy shade but a little bit blacker, it also has teeny tiny shimmers and glitters in it. This shadow is a little harder to work with than the MUA one but does give a nice dark look if you persevere! This is probably because it's less metallic and therefore harder to blend. I do love the effect this shadow gives though but then I love all dark shadows and am not really a fan of metallics.
Swatches of the shadows together
When swatched without a base the shadows are pretty much identical, the MUA one having slightly more of a sheen to it and the MAC not having as much pigment. Over a black base you can really see the differences, MAC is on the left and you can see that it's not as metallic as the MUA shadow, you can also see that it is more of a true navy colour.
For me I prefer the MAC Contrast but only because it is less metallic. The shadows are very similar and you only really need one of them. I'd go for MUA Shade 10 on price and pigmentation, it is an excellent eye shadow and very easy to work with.
This summer I'm definitely going to make it happen. I've got 6 weeks off of work and will have some pennies available so there will be no excuses.
Thought I might as well show you the sort of things that I like:
I love Valerie Vargas, she draws the most beautiful women I have ever seen tattooed, they are so detailed but yet still bold and traditional, lovely.
I think you just have to think of the books and the films as separate things, the films are inspired by the books and books are such a personal thing - everyone imagines things differently. It would be impossible to make a film of a book that makes everyone happy. I think they did a good job on this though and didn't make any really big changes.
I was most excited to see the Snape bit as he's my favourite character and they did that bit really well, my favourite part of the film definitely. Made me cry too, especially when he was dying and made Harry look into his eyes. Aw. Little Snape was so cute too!
I liked the bit where they broke into Gringotts, I think this was really similar to how it happens in the books - maybe a little less dramatic though.
The Battle of Hogwarts was good though, it had to be really as it made up most of the film. I like the way humour was used in this part, although this did detract from the seriousness. I didn't like how they dealt with the death of Fred Weasley though, it was totally different from the book and maybe not as sympathetically.
Another part where I got a little bit emotional was the Resurrection Stone bit, it was so sad to see Harry in that situation with all the people he had lost - It was nice to see Sirius again though; so hot! The part where Harry goes into the Forest to die was exactly how I imagined it and the limbo scene as well with Dumbledore (How big did Dumbledore's feet look though!? Was I the only one distracted by that?).
I liked the epilogue too, although no mention of Teddy? In fact was Teddy mentioned at all?
It did seem a little bit disjointed in parts if you get what I mean, like they were rushing it. I wonder if someone that hasn't read the books would understand it? If you've seen it and haven't read them let me know.
What did you all think? Will you be watching it again?
I adore Bellatrix. She’s mental and mean but I love her character, especially with Helena Bonham Carter playing her. For me Bellatrix is a true witch, if you think of a stereotypical witch then Bellatrix is what you get: Crazy hair, eccentric outfits, dark smudgy makeup, a cackle! and I could definitely imagine her brewing up a potion in a cauldron…
I just went for a generally vampy witchy vibe, with lots of black shadow blended out with some purpley/auberginey colours from the Sleek Bad Girl palette. On the lips I have Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire ‘n’ Ice with some black shadow pressed on top. I think that if Bella was going out on the town she’d rock make up like this, but in general she looks more dishevelled. I think if I slept with this make up on I’d wake up with a more Bellatrixy look :) – Perhaps one to try for the weekend?
Hope you like it :)
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends."
What do you think to this one?
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind."
What do you think?
I like the bronze and blue combo, think I could work this look for work if I was to get up early enough (unlikely!)
Day 2 of Harry Potter week brings us a look inspired by those lovely Hufflepuffs. Check out yesterday’s Gryffindor look here.
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil"
"Albus Dumbledore was never proud or vain; he could find something to value in anyone, however apparently insignificant or wretched, and I believe that his early losses endowed him with great humanity and sympathy. I shall miss his friendship more than I can say, but my loss is as nothing compared to the wizarding world's. That he was the most inspiring and the best loved of all Hogwarts headmasters cannot be in question. He died as he lived: working always for the greater good, and to his last hour, as willing to stretch out a hand to a small boy with dragon pox as he was on the day that I met him." Elphias Doge – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I read that quote this morning when I was rereading the Deathly Hallows and was inspired to create this makeup look. Dumbledore is one of the key characters from the book and is one of my favourites. I flicked through the first book – the Philosopher’s Stone to find J.K. Rowling’s description of him and decided to work from that.
“He was tall, thin and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak which swept the ground and high-heeled buckled boots. His blue eyes were light, bright and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.” Page 12 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
It’s the description of his eyes that I have taken quite literally in creating this look, but they are the part of Dumbledore that I always remember when I think about him (Yes, I do spend my time thinking about Harry Potter characters lol). Onwards.
Blue and sparkly just like Dumbledore’s eyes :)
Urban Decay Alice all over the lid, the 3rd and 4th eyeshadows on the top row of the Sleek Sparkle Palette blended into the crease/outer v, myface cosmetics Blingtone eyeshadow in Bellbottom Blues in the centre of my lid. I also used a bit of the silver from the Sleek palette on the inner corner of my eye as a highlight.
What do you think? Have you ever been inspired by a literary character? (please don’t tell me I’m the only one!)