Wednesday, 4 May 2011

BEAUTY - FrontCover Very Hot Very Cool Palette review

So today, as promised I've used a few colours from my FrontCover Very Hot Very Cool Palette. The only place I can find it now is for £15 if you want to get it for yourself.

It has some beautiful colours in it which can all be mixed together one way or another (I'm gonna find ya, I'm gonna getcha getcha getcha! Sorry. Just a bit of Blondie there!) So, for instance there is a light purple (Stonewash) and a deeper shade of purple (Chalk violet) which can go together as a contouring combo, using the light for the base and then the dark for shading round the outer edge. However, you could infact blend a purple with say a blue (Bayou) or the copper (Ginger Spice (I've just got that that's probably a reference to a Spice Girl!)) so you can be extremely experimental with it which I looooove!! So many options! They're also great as they can be used lightly for day time or heavily for night time.

The only issue I have with this is the brushes it comes with, as they are not suitable for applying eyeshadow at all. They are itchy and don't blend anything and personally I think they're a tad pathetic and useless. If you are considering getting a FrontCover eyeshadow kit then I strongly suggest you purchase an eyeshadow brush elsewhere or use another you already have. I have heard that the MAC 217 blending brush is exquisite but a tad on the pricey side at £15. However, it is a great product to invest in if you have the money to spare. If not, then find yourself a soft, full, fluffy brush that isn't flat. I've been using the Celia Birtwell eyeshadow brush which is on sale at Boots for £4.11. It should still be in the sale as I only got it last week. It's good but not brilliant. Sufficient I would say and very pretty.
Mac 217

Celia Birtwell Eyeshadow Brush
So, today I used the green colours from my palette for a fresh, light spring look. Firstly I applied 'Baltic Sea' all over my lid with my Avon eyeshadow brush with smudger which I don't really like as it's very synthetic and doesn't apply evenly very well. The only reason I use it is because I like to use my Celia brush for just blending, otherwise I'd constantly be cleaning it after each application which would take forever!
After I've applied that I blend with my Celia to even it out and then blend 'Mermaid' into my socket line and above that, blending in a circular motion out towards the brow. You can blend out only a little if you want (which means you can only really see the eyeshadow when you look down or close your eyes) or right up to the brow if you like, like I do.
I applied this fairly lightly but if you want, you can apply more for a different look.

Then to put a modern twist on it I added a fairly thick line of my Maybelline Studio Finish 24Hrs Gel Liner. You don't have to go quite as thick as I did, I just don't have a very steady hand. Also the hairs on the brush that comes with it go a bit higgly piggly and the stray ones can mess up and smudge my look. (Top tip: If you have the right tools, you can make things look 10x better!) But the liner itself is fantastic. Lasts all day!

I then finally applied lashings of Max Factors False Lash Effect Fusion Volume and Length mascara on both my top and bottom lashes. It's getting a little dry now so it looks a little clumpy in the photos.

And VOILA! My first tutorial if you will of the FrontCover Very Hot Very Cool Eyeshadow Palette. Please let me know what you think!
Tomorrow I will be trying out the Magic Banana (Yellow) and Citronella Crush (Grassy Green) together so look forward to that. The yellow looks like it could be difficult to blend as it's very compacted and not as powdery as the others but I'll give it a go!

TOP TIP of the day:
My beauty go-to shop is Boots. It's not always as cheap as say Superdrug, but their loyalty card reward system is Fantastic with a capital F! You get 4 points for every £1 you spend and it's not long before you rack up enough points to treat yourself to something for free using those points. It's especially great if you buy a lot of beauty products as you will get loads of point to spend. They've even introduced their new Treat Street where you can even receive points from places like Ebay, Dorothy Perkins, HMV, iTunes, Lakeland, Evans, New Look, Monsoon,, PC World...I could go on!

Over about a year or two I've received over 2000 points from Boots. I used some to get Strepsils once (oops!) and now I have 2000points/£20 to spend!!! For FREE. I'm thinking of splashing out on a premium Clinique foundation. Ooooooh!! Powsh or whart darrling!

See you tomorrow for another episode of...
What Emily does with her FrontCover paleeeeeeeetttteeee........


  1. Looks like lots of fun! I used to love to experiment with different colors of shadow, your eyes look Great. Always buy the best brushes you can afford, I have some camel hair brushes that I have been using for over 30 years. I wash them every few weeks in baby shampoo and stand to dry.

    Victoria ❤

  2. Thankyou Victoria! It is lots of fun and blogging about it gives me something to do and to aim towards each day too. Wow, I'll have to look for some camel hair brushes if they last and thanks for the tip on how to wash them. Can never seem to find the proper way to wash them.
    Also, my mum showed me the knights cupboard she got from you for my Merlin Castle. Thankyou, it will look AMAZING and fit in perfectly well! I will most likely do a post on it tomorrow
    Emily x


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