Eyeshadow Sticks.. Worth the hype?


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When it comes to eyeshadow, I’m one of those people who has their fazes! I don’t wear eyeshadow every single day but since last year, I’ve been CRAZY about it! I’ve purchased tonnes of new palettes and gone WAY out of my comfort zone with colours! When I found an eyeshadow stick I had got in a Glossy Box a year or so ago, I fell in love with the ease of application and the colour range! So here are some of my FAVOURITE eyeshadow sticks of all time!

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in ‘Satin Taupe’ – £5

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This eyeshadow pencil, much like the name suggests is just like the MAC eyeshadow Satin Taupe, which so many people LOVE! This is an excellent way to make your eyes look a little different from the average ‘matte nude’ colours which some of us rely on so much! It’s a gorgeous olive toned brown with quite a strong shimmer running through it! It blends effortlessly, applies like butter and looks like a gorgeous sheen on the eyelid! It’s so easy to wear this as a wash of colour! It also twists up so you don’t need to sharpen it.. BONUS!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in ‘Paranoid Purple’ – £4.49

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There was a big rave on blogs and beauty YouTube channels last year about this product and I was so amazed at the reviews! Everyone seemed to love the earthy tones that comes in this line but I was so drawn to this purple shade for some reason! When you swatch it, it’s a beautifully vibrant purple but when you blend it, it darkens up a bit and looks like a gorgeous deep purple with violet shimmer! Again, it blends effortlessly and applies like angels! It doesn’t break the bank either and I’m pretty sure that Rimmel is available in most countries!

Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in ‘Denim Diva’ – £3.19

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This stick was an impulse purchase for sure! I just loved the blue shade and it was calling to me! Again.. It’s not a colour that I would usually go for but I just fell in love with it! I bought this in the summertime because I knew that it would look fantastic in the warm evenings and I wasn’t wrong! It’s a gorgeous deep blue with a light shimmer running through and it doesn’t fail to amaze me every time I wear it! I tend to steer clear of blues because they often contradict my skin tone however, this looks amazing with just a wash on the lid and then blended with a skin tone colour around the edges! I love the lasting power of this one too!

In conclusion, YES! I love eyeshadow sticks and they have definitely become a new favourite makeup item of mine! I like all these crayon type make up products because they’re amazing for travel! I’ll be going away for a few days soon and know that I’ll have at least 3 ‘stick forms’ of makeup somewhere in my makeup bag! I really like them for their buttery-ness and application because it’s superb! Even drug store alternatives like the ones I’ve shown, they’re great! Definitely a must- have!

Disappointing products of 2013


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Although 2013 was a good year for my beauty regime, there were a few beauty products which did let me down a bit! This isn’t to say that they wouldn’t work on other people, but I thought it would be good to show what products don’t suit me!

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Fresh & Flirty Blush – £4.99

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* When I got this dry shampoo, I was hoping that it would help with ‘hijab hair’ that us Hijabi’s get after wearing a scarf all day! It’s superb at adding a bit of volume and reviving limp hair but it left an AWFUL white cast on my hair! I looked like an old lady! I know they do a spray specifically for brunette’s, so I may just have to try that!

Topshop Cream Blush – Afternoon Tea – £6

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* With this product, I was so excited to try if after I had bought it because I loved the colour, however, I should have known better! Cream blushes and me have a notorious relationship because they don’t last on me unless I set them with a powder! This was the only cream blush I got this year but I feel as though although its cream-to-powder formulation, it does nothing and wears off momentarily! Was a waste of money to be honest!

Bobbi Brown Corrector – Bisque – £18.50

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* This was actually more of an impulse purchase which didn’t work out! I was with someone who said they swear by it and because I had heard so much about it, I was crazy to try it however, it took me ages to figure out what colour I was, how to apply it and now.. To finish it! It’s really cakey and thick and also I feel as though the shade is off! It creases really badly and when I try to set it, it makes my under eyes look dry.. Very strange product for me!

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner – Black – £12

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* This was one of the first ever products I have tried from Eyeko! I was so excited to try it because I loved using my L’Oreal Perfect Slim eyeliner and really got into the felt tip eyeliner method! However, this was really dry the second time I used it even though I stored it nib face down! It’s really black and has a good applicator but the product was just dry and really hard to revive! It was so dry, it was tugging at my eyes! I’m don’t know if I got a bad one or whether they’re all bad however, I’m still open to trying Eyeko products.. No hard feelings!

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Extreme Plump Pucker – Pink Out Loud – £10

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* When it comes to lipgloss, last year was a big shiny mess for me! I tried so many glosses ranging from £1 to £20 and by far and beyond, I was disappointed the most by this one! It is Soooooooo strong, it made my lips feel like I had had anaesthetic injections in them! It was really painful and I didn’t feel as though my lips had changed in the slightest in size! When I apply it on top of lipstick, I can’t tell I even have gloss on! It’s a nice colour and has a good finish and pigment, but it’s hard to wear!

Essie Nail Varnish – Russian Roulette – £7.99

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* This nail varnish colour is AMAZING! I love this red because it’s a true red and not orange nor blue toned! It looks good on any skin tone and is so beautiful to apply! It has a big brush and the colour is super pigmented BUT it stains my nails SOOOOO bad! It took me months to grow out the colour because it just wouldn’t fade off! I never applied a base coat but the staining was so bad, I’m not sure if an average base coat would protect my nails! It’s like war paint!

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