A Bit Of Naranja

Orange radiates a niche glamour only held by vivid colours. I’m aware that it doesn’t cause the riot that neon green and fuchsia have proven to be capable of, but doesn’t that make it more stylistically ideal? Orange gives a nod to modernity while embracing the every-day ordinary. 

It’s not a colour here to ruffle feathers or knock new-in neon off it’s throne. Yeezy haven’t drowned Kim K in it, so fast fashion and beauty brands haven’t exhausted it – yet. 

But I do prefer the Spanish word naranja over orange. The extra syllable adds a bit of flair that better represents the pizzazz that the colour possesses. I translated this flair onto my eyelids.
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2 Shades of Orange

I wanted my look to be a matte orange only – no crease-deepening browns or lid-enhancing glitters. Which meant that I only used the two orange shades on BH Cosmetics’ Take Me Back To Brazil Palette.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI laid a base with the lighter orange shade with the Spectrum Collections B06 tall tapered brush, buffing out the colour and covering my lid. I then packed on the darker orange over my lid with the CO6 brush from the same Spectrum eye set.

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I did a soft look all over my skin to match the ease of orange, opting for dewy complexion with NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and a subtle highlight by Pixi Beauty.

A major discovery I made in the composition of this look is that an ashy brown lipstick with a warm gloss on top matches orange eye-shadow.

So, I used my all-time favourite liquid lipstick and shade, Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Posh Spice’, and patted on Pat McGrath Labs Clear Gloss (unfortunately no longer on sale) with my finger. Finger application was necessary because I wanted my lips to be dewy like my skin rather than light-catching glossy.

In make-up, orange is an ideal colour to chase because it is close to the burnt tradition that we all know and love (read about that here). It takes burnt and removes the dust, leaving a bright colour that is easier to style and easier to love. 


Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette Review

If I am going to write a review of a Jeffree Star product, shall I do so in the enchanting style that he speaks? Should I have opened this piece with “Good morrr-ning!” or “Hey girl, how are YA?”

I can’t help but feel that his personality comes through in his products. Vibrant, questionable colour choices at times, but unfailingly impressive. So should his personality come through in a review about his products? It could be a good stance to take.

The Palette

The Blood Sugar Palette is arguably Jeffree’s most famous, selling out after 3 minutes of release in February. Lucky for us, it finally restocked in October – and biiiiiiiiitch, it was worth the wait.Processed with VSCO with s3 presetThe eye-shadow comes in a red faux leather box with metal clasps and it is HEAVY. Just like Jeffree, I love a heavy product. Heavy screams luxury, moneys-worth and no pigment spared… generally speaking. I have never been taken aback by packaging before, but the presentation of Blood Sugar forced me to take a moment.

It soon became obvious that the formulas of the eye-shadows were worthy of every feeling of luxury the packaging gave. The payoff is unbelievable. I can’t think of a better adjective to describe the shadows because I just didn’t believe it when I first swatched the palette. Un-bloody-believable.Processed with VSCO with s3 presetAnything goes with the colour scheme and range of finishes. You can create looks that are purple, red, pink, multi, brown, muted, neon, dark, glittery, foily and so much more. If you’re less of an extremist when it comes to beauty, then view each row of pans as a colour scheme to work with.
But for me, purple crease and brow bone with a golden halo lid? Yes to the please.

I mostly avoid shimmer shadows (I have a weird thing in thinking they draw attention to the round shape of my eyes and make me look like something out of Macbeth) but the pink shimmer shade ‘Candy Floss’ is ready to change my life. I think we’re having a moment.

My Look

My first look with this palette was Halloween – what better time to channel red vibes than for a celebration about blood and gore?

I created a base with ‘Cake Mix’ before getting stuck in with ‘Prick’. Then, with a more refined blending brush, I worked ‘Cherry Soda’ and ‘Coma’ into the crease. On my lid I swatched ‘Cavity’ with a flat shading brush before taking my finger on ‘Candy Floss’ and blending that on top. Processed with VSCO with a5 presetUnder my lash line I worked ‘Coma’ and ‘Cavity’ again to drag the look out further and add some drama.

The shimmer on ‘Candy Floss’ was muted due to me using my finger but the pigment came through. I loved the shade so much that I ended up highlighting my inner-corner and brow bone with it to see it’s true potential. The proof is in the pudding.Processed with VSCO with dog3 presetThe pigment in every single pan – be it a matte, glitter or pressed pigment – gives so much product with the slightest swatch, and there’s minimal falloff. The colour scheme presents so many possibilities without swaying from the theme. Each colour works well together but are significant individually.

Right now, there is an abundance of red-themed palettes littering cosmetic retailers so it can be hard to choose the right one. But even at the £46 price point, Blood Sugar takes the cake.

Invest in product, invest in luxe packaging and pigment payoff.

Thinking In Pink

A few months ago I wrote something about why pink and orange are the colours of Spring. My follow up from that, which I have testified to already, is that these colours have followed me into winter.

Call me lazy, call me biased, but regardless of season, I’ll always lean towards bright colours. Continue reading “Thinking In Pink”

Holy Grail Glows

A matte finish as the holy grail state of make-up is a minor passing cloud in today’s glowing sky. Setting sprays, lip glosses, highlighters in all their variations and the skincare brands influencing cosmetic trends are devoted to radiant finishes. Yet, we must still question why make-up’s renewed vitality is so important.

The spirit of highlighting – product, application, result – mingles effortless radiance with skilled application. Perhaps it is so popular because it suits global warming‘s melting of ice crystals, or because luminous skin indicates health, or because a glowy finish requires far less maintenance than matte. But I personally believe it lays with the passage of time and the nature of cosmetic trends. Time has allowed the perfect highlight, be it powder, cream, liquid, stick or even jelly, to embody pigmented colour that settles on the skin under the shimmer of the actual highlighting molecules.

The True Essence Of Highlighting

‘Highlighting’ is no longer the singular act of applying a silver shimmer on your cheekbones. Application is also required (for the most luminous of glows) on the nose, cupids bow, chin, brow arches and tails, and inner eyelid corners. The look achieved by tactical highlighting and attention to individual bone structure is somewhat un-achievable with well blended bronzer or cream contour.


I spent many a day in front of the mirror unsure on why highlighting is so hyped. I just didn’t get it. I found it impossible to apply without drowning my face and accentuating my pores, acne patches and scars, and ill-blended contour. I also found it impossible to work into a natural makeup look. But alas, after much experimentation, many fails and even more awful make-up days, I realised that choosing the right product is, as always, essential.

Josie Marie’s Take

My devotion to eyeshadow palettes works overtime in my psyche and directed me toward powdered and colouful highlight palettes, rather than strobing sticks or singular pans. I believe that a variation in colour provides better means to reach the perfect colour for your individual skin tone – if there is not one immediate suitable colour, a palette grants the opportunity to mix multiple colours.

My journey to radiance started with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Moon Child palette. The purple pans and the warm undertones of the shade ‘Pink Heart’ coupled with the amazing reviews, convinced me this was the palette for me. Unfortunately, the colour pigments didn’t suit my skin tone, despite how pigmented and easy to apply they were.

Luckily, I did not have to search much further to discover that I was better suited to the shades in Jeffree Star’s 24 Karat Skinfrost Pro Palette. Taking place as my current highlight holy grail, the browns work as a median between contour and cheekbone highlight, while ‘Sarcophagus’ and ‘King Tut’ really do give an easy-to-blend, difficult-to-ignore glow. The pigment is as commendable as ABH’s glow kits.


This weekend, my make-up look (as pictured above) was bronzed skin, subtle shadow, natural brows and a Legendary-Sarcophagus-King Tut glow. Tactically mixing these colours to blend across my face made my glow look well blended and suited. Of course, the buttery formula of Jeffrey Star’s Skin Frost range played a big role in the easy blending.

For those looking to hone their highlighting craft, trial and error of palettes is definitely a good place to begin. I still don’t even know what brush to use, but at least I know what my highlight holy grail is.


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