Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette Swatches


I've had the Sleek i-Divine storm palette for quite a while now and use it regularly. The colours are fantastic and great value for money. Sleek palettes retail at £7.99 and contain 12 eye shadows. 


The eye shadows come in a 140 mm x 70 mm slim matte black palette with cardboard sleeve.


The colours don't actually have individual names and aren't available to buy as single eye shadows.
The following swatches are in the same order as they appear in the palette from the top left to the bottom right.


This is a great palette for both day and night looks. They are also very long lasting, especially for the price. I would recommend using a good eye primer to get the most out of the colours.


Shade 1 - a shimmery light brown with a hint of gold


Shade 2 - a shimmery light cream. It is a little more yellow toned then the photo shows


Shade 3 - light matte brown. A great base shade for medium to light skin tones


Shade 4 - light gold shimmer


Shade 5 - light shimmery rose colour


Shade 6 - a metallic dusky rose, with a slight brownish tint


Shade 7 - shimmery brown with a slight terracotta tone


Shade 8 - light shimmery blue toned grey


Shade 9 - a lovely shimmery emerald green


Shade 10 - a shimmery midnight blue


Shade 11 - a medium matte brown


Shade 12 - a dark matte black 


I really like these eye shadows, the pigmentation is great, they stay on very well and the colours are very versatile. I'm personally very pale but I think these would work well on a wide selection of skin tones. The Sleek palettes cost £7.99 RRP and you can even get 3 for 2 at Superdrug at the moment.

Harness




Atmosphere shirt, New Look cross skirt, Eagle necklace, Pentagram leg harness, Office suede heels 


Cut Out + Keep: Lana Del Rey Makeup



The lovely Cat from Cut Out + Keep contacted me a little while ago and invited me to take part in the new Makeover Monday feature on their site. I was given the task of creating two makeup looks; one of Lana Del Rey's classic looks and one of a makeover that I would give her. Head over too Cut Out + Keep to see the finished looks and the tutorials.

MAR JOUR







Topshop swing dress, Mar Jour faux leather angel bag, New Look bracelets, Madcowz ladybird ring, Accessorize earrings


I've been having the biggest clear out of clothes and I keep finding garments like this peach and silver swing dress that I completely forgot I bought. I also managed to salvage a Lolita style Mar Jour bag that I used to wear back in my alternative days at collage. I feel like I've been sorting though clothes forever but only touched the surface. I just hope i'll find a few more gems along the way.

SANTA CLAWS CAT CHRISTMAS CARDS

I thought I'd just do a quick post to show the Christmas cards I have for sale at the moment. There are currently seven different designs on offer, including the new Grumpy cat and Lil Bub cards.




The original artworks were drawn with colour pencil and the Christmas cards are currently for sale here.
Thank you for looking, I hope you have a great Christmas :) x

BURT'S BEES NATURAL DEODORANT REVIEW

I haven't used high street deodorants for about a year now due to their rubbish ingredients. I did intend on trying Salt of the Earth's natural deodorants first, however when I did a little more research on them I decided against them due to their aluminium content. So I thought I would stick with a brand I was more familiar with; Burt's Bees. 


Currently I'm actually distancing myself from Burt's Bees products because they often contain animal products like milk and beeswax. However unless I'm misreading the ingredients lists of these two products, they appear to be vegan.

It is important to note that natural deodorants often don't actually block your skin from producing sweat. They defiantly help odor control  I used to get quite painful red spots on my underarms when using regular deodorants which have completely healed since changing. 


The Burt's Bees Outdoor deodorant was the first natural deodorant I ever used. This is a spray that contains plant extracts. It has quite a strong herbal smell once sprayed, however once the product has settled on the skin the smell becomes a lot less pungent. I found this to work quite well. The initial smell can be a little overpowering at first. I don't think I would buy this again for general use, but I would buy it again if I were planning on going on a camping trip.



Now I know this says "for men" but they don't seem to sell one aimed at females. Plus its only a deodorant, the only difference it would have is the fragrance. I was expecting this to have either a very strong musky smell or a strong herbal smell like the spray deodorant. However its not as strong as I had imagined. It does have a musky smell but its not over powering. I found this deodorant to be long lasting and easy to apply. It has a nice smooth texture and I would rarely need to reapply. I'm currently trying different brands of natural deodorants out, but I would defiantly buy this one again. 

DIY BREAKING BAD BEAR PLUSH TOY

So like most people I thought i'd check out the first episode of Breaking Bad to see if i'd like it. Turns out I loved it and watched the whole of the first series and a couple episodes from the second series in a day. Before I knew I had finished watching the whole thing. Then came the empty feeling when I knew there was no more episodes left to watch. I thought it would help me grieve if I created something from the show. I've always been fond of the pink bear that makes various appearances throughout the show.



Shortly after purchasing the materials to make the toy, I found out that an official stuffed toy of the bear was going to be released. When they released the photo of it I was really quite disappointed with it. Firstly, aside from the colour, it really doesn't look anything like the bear in the show. Secondly it looks quite cheap and nasty, especially for the price tag of £34 RRP!!


This is the first articulated teddy bear I've ever made. I amended this pattern to be a little skinnier and have an open mouth with the tongue sticking out. Its a really good pattern and is easy to follow, so don't be put off if you're a beginner!
I did intend to do a step-by-step showing how I amended the patterns but I kept forgetting to take photos of the different stages! I'm sure I can recreate the amended templates if requested. 


The actual bear props in Breaking Bad are made from a light pink swirl fleece fabric rather then hot pink faux fur fabric. I chose to use fur fabric so it would look like the bear in the water footage. Either fabrics are fine to use though.


The ear templates turned out to be a bit too small, so as well as changing the body piece and adding an open mouth and tongue, I also altered the shape of the ears a little. All I did was make them a little wider.


For the paw pads and inner ear fabric I just used an old white tea towel. you can pretty much use whatever fabric you want as long as it is a relatively thin fabric.



To create the white parts on the face, I used the reference photos to create a template of the white area. I then used the template to cut out the shape from white fur fabric.


I also did the same with the white eyebrows. One of the great things about using fur fabric, is that it covers stitching that would usually be visible. If I were using another fabric, I would have had to completely change the original pattern so the head would be sewn together as one piece rather then having the pink head and overlaying it with the white fabric.


To finish the bear, I got my hands on some realistic baby eyes for reborn dolls. They are perfect for this and look so similar to the ones used on the actual prop. Also I used extra long fur fabric, which turned out to be a bit too long so I had to give him a little haircut.


And here is the finished product! I'm pretty pleased with it considering I've never made an articulated teddy bear before. Also without blowing on my own trumpet, I think it looks a lot better and more accurate then the official toy release. I do apologize for not having a step-by-step, but I hope this is helpful to anyone who was thinking of making one for themselves.
Thank you for reading, if you make you're own i'd love to see it!! Have an A1 day ;p