Jewellery Making #14 – Selection of Earrings

Here’s a selection of different earrings that I have created over the past year that I wanted to share with you.

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This first pair was made as a gift for a work colleagues birthday. The leopard print beads are made from shell.

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These butterfly charm earrings were paired up with a mobius ring made from some larger jump rings that I had. I  have recently started to use coloured metal other than silver and quite like the effect that you get from using antique bronze coloured findings in my pieces as it makes things look very vintage.

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These pretty but simple dangle earrings use glass pearls and large beadcaps.

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These use some quite small but pretty beads that I had to finish off a design using some dove shaped charms.

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These dangle earrings were made using some beads that I had in a petrol effect type finish.

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Lastly these cute earrings were made from some little turtle beads I came across in a bead shop in Weston Super Mare that I discovered when we went for a day trip to the seaside last year.

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Fire Leopard Nails

For this design I wanted something that would match a dress that I wanted to wear out one weekend. It’s a bright orange dress with a leopard print design on it.

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For my design I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a nude beige colour. I felt if I did the entire nail in the same colour as the dress that it would look too much.

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Once this was dry I diagonally painted the bottom half of each nail in the colour I had that matched the dress the closest. I didn’t want the line to be neat as natural things are not normally so neat and straight.

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Then using a dotting tool and a shimmery gold colour I added some dots to each nail on and around the line separating the 2 colours used on each nail.

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Once this had had a while to dry I then used a nail art pen in black and added little lines around the circumference of the gold dots in order to make them look like leopard spots.

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I also added some extra little flicks of black lines around the other spots in order to help the design look more leopard like.

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I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and feel it matched my dress really well.

Hot Pink Tiger Nails

I picked up one of Barry M’s limited edition neon nail paints a couple of months ago with an offer they was doing when I was purchasing some of their other products from Superdrug. I decided to go for the neon pink shade they had.

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The lid of these limited edition nail paints each have a different pattern on them. The pink has a animal stripe pattern, so naturally I decided to do a pink tiger stripe design for this look.

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I firstly painted all nails with 3 coats of the neon pink. It’s a pretty colour which applies well. However I felt it was more sheer than Barry M’s colours normally are, which is why I did an extra coat.

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I then used a black nail art pen by Barry M in order to draw on the stripes easily.

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I’ve been wearing this pink on my toes a lot recently as well. I think it goes great with most sandals for the summer. It even looks good with my black work sandals as well.

Blackberry Lace Nails

This week’s design is probably the most detailed free hand design I have made so far.

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I’ve been wanting to do a lace type look for a while now and the nail art pens I recently purchased from Barry M gave me the perfect opportunity to give this a go.

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I first looked at examples of other lace nail art and just general images of lace in order to get ideas. I then sketched out on paper some designs until I found one I liked.

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Then I started on my actual nails. I painted all nails with 2 coats of Barry M’s Blackberry Gelly nail paint and left it plenty of time to dry.

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I then used their white nail art pen and carefully transferred my design over onto each nail one by one. I started by doing this on my non dominant hand first. I started by drawing what needed to go down the middle of the nail first to make it easier to fit everything in properly.

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The hardest part about nail art is making your design look as good on the nails of your dominant hand lol. But I still decided to include a picture below. I think form a distance it doesn’t look too bad anyways.

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Overall I was quite proud of these nails. Several people at work didn’t realise that I had drew it on free hand until I told them and let them see up close. Hope you like them!

Look at MUA 12 Shadow Palettes

I was was given a neutral MUA eyeshadow palette by a work colleague a few months back which I thought was quite handy. I know their products are quite affordable as I have tried their nail fur and beads, and also have a couple of lip glosses by them which I quite like. I wanted to get another eyeshadow palette in non neutral shades to team up with it and figured I’d do a little post on them with some pics.

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This first palette is the neutral one and is called ‘Undress Me Too’. The ‘too’ is because its the second of the neutral palettes they do. From looking online it seems both of their neutral palettes are dupes of the Urban Decay Naked palettes for those of us who have a lower spending budget for makeup.

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The second palette is called ‘Glitterball’. They do a lot of different palettes containing 12 shades each. I went for this one as it has a good variety of colours and I wanted something that I could easily mix and match into many different looks. I like both shimmery and colourful eyeshadows, and I like to mix a colour with silvery or gold shades. This palette has enough diversity in its colours to meet all this criteria and it therefore appealed to me the most. Another reason why I wanted such a palette is to use as a travel palette. Although my 88 palettes are quite portable, these are even more so whilst keeping a good level of diversity.

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In the neutral palette there is also a good range of neutrals. Some are matte shades and others are shimmery and so you can also get a lot of nude and smokey eye looks with this palette as well. There are also some silvery/greyish tones in the palette as well. So you can do both a gold or a silver smokey eye if you team them up with the black shade in the crease.

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Both palettes cost £4 each. You can get a lot more eyeshadows for a little bit of extra money off the internet for example with the 88 and 120 palettes. However from the makeup you find in stores and on the high street, £4 for a palette is a very affordable price. Of course, when comparing to high end brands, I found the quality was nothing amazing, but I still felt it was good enough to serve its purpose. For the price of the palette though, I would say the quality is good.

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The palettes also come with a sponge applicator. I know a lot of people hate the sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow. I used to also, but lately I have found that I prefer to use them to get the main lighter colour onto the main lid area and then switch to my eyeshadow brush to add a darker colour into the crease and blend everything together. I also use the pointed tip of the sponge applicator to use on the very inner corner of the eye. The pan sizes of the shadows are also decent as they are around the size of a 20p coin.

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All the shades in the Glitterball palette have a high amount of shimmer and glitter. Some shades seem to veer more towards being glittery whilst others seem more shimmery. As much as I love shimmery eyeshadow, I can’t make up my mind as to whether a couple of the shades go a bit overboard with the shimmer. For example with the pink shade I felt like the silver shimmer in it was trying to drown out the pink from coming through too much. When compared to my 88 palette I felt like the shimmer in those eyeshadows was a bit less and so more manageable and wearable.

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I found the texture of the shadows was fair as they wasn’t really overly dry and powdery. Also when applying I found that there was not much fallout, but then I find fallout mostly occurs when I use a brush over a sponge applicator anyways. The wear time was good. In the look I decided to try out with the palette and show you below lasted the whole day, it wasn’t until late evening that you could see it was starting to crease. I hate when an eyeshadow look creases up in no time even though you used a good quality primer. I always use the Two Faced Shadow Insurance to prime the eye area before adding shadow.

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So for this look I first primed the lids and then picked the pink shade (this would be #7 if you numbered them from left to right, top to bottom in the palette). Using the sponge applicator I applied this over the entire lid. I then used my brush to blend it out a bit to soften the edges. I did find that I had to pack on the pink a bit and build it up to get it to how I wanted it to be. I then used the white shade (#6) with my brush and blended a very small amount above the pink and up to by brow. I like any highlight on the brow to be very subtle.

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Although I had to build up the pink a bit, I feel this is only because as mentioned previously, it felt like the shimmer was trying to drown out the colour. The pigmentation on the whole seemed good. I next used the black (#1) along the crease and outer corner. The pigmentation of the black was very good as I only used a tiny amount on my brush and that was plenty for what I wanted. However I did find that it did need a little bit of work to blend it out as much as I wanted it to be blended. This was probably because I wanted it to look more slate grey than black though. I also added a very small amount of the silver (#11) into the inner corners using the sponge applicator.

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I don’t know if it is just me, but for some reason I find that when I’m applying my eyeshadow it never looks how I want it to and I get a little annoyed that things are not going as planned lol. However the second I add my eyeliner and mascara everything seems to suddenly look fine and exactly how it should. I guess it just shows how important eyeliner and mascara is to complete a look lol. Anyways, for this look I used Barry M’s bold black eyeliner to thinly line the upper lid, and the silver eyeliner on the bottom. I like to set the eyeliner on my upper lid using a similar shade of eyeshadow on a flat angled brush. I find this helps reduce it from transferring onto the crease area during the day. I finished off with Rimmel’s Scanladeyes Lycra Flex mascara.

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All in all I really like these palettes. What you get for the price is very good and they will be perfect for on the go as you can make plenty of different looks using them, even though you only get 12 colours in each. The packaging is nice and compact and they come with an applicator which again makes them good travel partners. The pigmentation is decent and I was pleased with how the look I tried turned out. There was also very little fallout. However I do feel I like my bigger unbranded 88 palettes more than these for everyday wear. However the MUA Glitterball palette is good for if you want a very high shimmery look for going out and for parties and such.