Thursday, 31 March 2016

Depotting Fun

Hands up if you've ever felt personally victimised by your makeup collection...

Okay, perhaps a little dramatic, but I have often been overwhelmed by my stash (as I'm sure many others have too) and struggled to decide what to use when faced with SO many different options. Not only that, but I sometimes find it hard to use quads as I don't always find the layout to be intuitive. I always seem to fall into the trap of thinking I need to use e v e r y colour in the palette - which doesn't necessarily make for the cutest look. Also, I had quads lying around unloved that I wasn't using but couldn't bring myself to throw away because there were maybe one or two eyeshadows in it that I did occasionally reach for.

It all started with my Benefit World Famous Neutrals Palette. Since reading The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying, I was going through a phase of getting rid of excess packaging in my beauty stash - boxes, foam applicators, you know the drill. So on the plastic insert in the Benefit Box, it suggested that you remove the eyeshadows and retain the empty package for storing other items. I took the cardboard tray out and decided to prise the four powder eyeshadow pans away using a metal cuticle pushy (technical term).I had a redundant Z palette already in my arsenal (it used to store my Makeup Geek eyeshadows but I had transferred them all into MAC palettes) and they come supplied with magnetic stickers, which I used to secure my lovely shadows into their new home.. 

I'd read about other people depotting their shadows, but it always sounded like a bit of a faff to me - plus I was worried about breaking my beloved makeup; but in no time at all I went from "I'm never doing that" to "OMG WHAT ELSE CAN I DEPOT". It's worth noting that I have still never attempted to depot using heat methods, but I've had a lot of success with the "prising method" with Illamasqua quads and blushers, I've also depotted a Chanel single, a Dior blush, a blush from the Balm and less successfully (but still not a disaster), a YSL quad.

Obviously, little disclaimer, I can't guarantee that you'll have the same success as I did. One of the best things I read about depotting was not to do it with anything that you'd be heartbroken if you damaged. Also, don't even try this method with Nars products - those suckers do not want to move home. In any case, Nars now do a selection of their powder products in pro pans ready to put in their own palettes or one you might already own.

Have you had any luck with depotting? What's your favourite method?


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Rosie for Autograph Makeup Review

I don't typically buy into celebrity collaborations, but there's something about this collection by Rosie Huntington Whitely that made me want to make an exception. Seeing bloggers compare the eyeshadow sticks to the likes of By Terry and Laura Mercier piqued my interest as I'm having a real cream shadow moment right now. A rave review of the cream blush by A Model Recommends sealed the deal and I waited patiently for a discount code (20% off over the bank holiday weekend - thanks M&S!)

After much deliberation, I decided to go for the Rosie for Autograph cream blusher in English Rose Flush, the eyeshadow palette in Copper Gold Rush and the cream eyeshadow stick in Almond Eyes.

On first impressions, I was really surprised by how big the eyeshadow palette appears - there are 4 large pans in the quad which are 2.5 grams each (the same amount you'd find in a Tom Ford quad), for reference a MAC single is 1.5 grams. It has a good sized mirror and a nice selection of shadows, making it a good choice for taking away with you. The packaging seems sturdy enough and it doesn't look (or feel) as cheap as I'd feared - it bridges the gap between high end and high street very nicely in my opinion.

The eyeshadow palette comprises of one matte neutral brown shade, a darker warm toned brown with gold shimmer, a dusky rose with shimmer and a gorgeous peachy shimmer shade. I used the matte brown as a transition shade, the peach shade on the lid and the dark brown on the outer 'v', with all 3 shades smudged underneath the lower lash line. I was so impressed with how nicely the shadows blended; I used MAC Painterly paint pot as a base and sometimes eyeshadows can look a little choppy when you first start to blend them over a sticky base, but these just glided over the top. I used the eyeshadow stick to highlight the inner corners and the brow bone, and it's worth mentioning that it's almost an exact dupe for Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar stick. I swatched them side by side and it's almost impossible to tell them apart - if anything the Rosie for Autograph cream shadow stick in Almond Eyes leans a little more pink and looks a little more like a true rose gold than Laura Mercier.

The cream blush is a gorgeous shade, that kind of nude staple that looks good with any makeup look - think the cream version of Tarte Exposed or Nars Douceur. It's a touch less pink than my other favourite, the Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium, but still gives that lovely flush like you've just got back from a walk in the countryside. It blended seamlessly into the skin, using my fingers to place the product then blending out with the Real Techniques stippling brush.

I'm so happy with all of my purchases, and wishing I'd picked up a few more bits! Have you tried anything from Rosie at Autograph yet?