Thursday, March 6, 2014

MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy Eye Palette Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I picked up the MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy palette back in December, prior to starting my no buy.  I have a mixed relationship with palettes; I always want them and love the swatches but when I buy them I end up never using them.  I sell them or give them to friends, so I keep trying to remind myself not to buy them. 

It's normally £8 (exchange rate varies but a British pound is about $1.65 US).  It might have been on sale, I can't remember.  I had ordered a bunch of items for myself as well as a couple of friends, and threw it in the cart for the hell of it. The weight on the back of the palette says 20g, but doesn't specify the amount per shade.

From MUA's website:  "Make a statement with the MUA Luxe 'Pretty Edgy' eye palette. Encased in a cool gold studded clutch, this palette features a mixture of pretty pink neutrals with dark sultry tones in velvet matte and shimmery textures."

Here's the back, sorry I didn't get all the glue off when I peeled off the protective film.

I like that the shades are listed showing the actual shade (on the back of the palette), so I don't have to guess what's what.

Shadows applied over TFSI using a dampened brush.  Photos taken inside, no flash.

These shades are all shimmery, they apply very smooth and creamy.

Antique is a silvery white shade
Bow is a warm pink
Toile is a cooler pink
Ruffle is a taupe-ish / pinkish browny beige shade
Flounce is a pink chocolate
Lace is a soft wine

The bottom four are velvety matte, nice and soft and not flat.

Sinful is an orchid color
Gothic is a brownish with hint of greyed purple undertone
Wraith is a medium to dark cool purple
Envy is soft black

I'm glad I got this palette.  While I'm wearing mostly neutrals these are all shades I can easily incorporate in varying degrees, if I want a little more pop or a subtle hint.

I hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Porcelain: The Trial for the Killing of Sophie Lancaster

You can listen to  Porcelain: The Trial for the Killing of Sophie Lancaster  on BBC Radio 4 until March 10th.    It's a 45 minutes drama documentary with extracts from an interview with Sophie's mother Sylvia Lancaster and dramatized scenes, including the trial of Brendan Harris based on the court transcripts written by Ian Kershaw.

Please take the time to listen.