The New Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Eyeshadow Palette (Tenant) | NinkComPoop

This is honestly less of a review and more of a happy rave.

I received a surprise little package from Urban Decay featuring their new range of products from the Jean-Michel Basquiat collection. The art of these products were the first thing to catch my attention when I initially saw them. Hence the name, this collection was heavily inspired by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Everything from the design of the packaging, to the colours found inside.

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Unfortunately, I won’t be covering everything from the collection (feel free to let me know if there is a product you would like me to mention though). I figured that it might be best to pick my very favourite item from the bunch and chat about why it stuck out from the crowd…

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If you are fairly familiar with my makeup choices, you would’ve probably guessed that the Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Palette was an immediate favourite. Not only did I know that the colours looked fantastic from a first glance, but they kept up to their first impression by proving a fantastic pigmentation and effortless blending.

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The colours to the far right of the palette are my personal favourites. The gorgeous blue /green shades are so handy when creating a look with mermaid-esque vibes. You’ll notice that the palette holds a mix of both matte and shimmer shades. Although I had initially wished that they stuck to only matte shades, I had soon noticed that the shimmer tones are fairly subtle. I found that using one shimmery shade in a single makeup look gives just enough ‘sparkle’ that you need.

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By looking at these swatches, you can probably tell that the most pigmentation lies in the shades to the right of the palette. The palette almost feels like two single palettes placed into one because of the tone differences on both sides.

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From left to right: Les, Neo, 1960, Studio, Graffiti, Untitled, Boom, Exu.

I have featured a couple makeup looks using this palette on my YouTube channel. You are very welcome to watch them both here:

Festival Mermaid Tutorial
Festival Sparkle Tutorial

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This palette is, of course, a must-have for anybody with a love for collecting palettes. The palette itself is literally art. Urban Decay claims that you are able to hang up the empty palette when you’ve use it all up.

Personally, I will keep experimenting with this palette which has already proven a positive future for fun and dramatic styles.

Are you tempted? Try it for yourselves…

Ellie

 

 

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Why do I wear makeup? | NinkComPoop

If you watch me on YouTube or follow me on any social media, you are probably aware that my makeup looks can be a bit… out there.

As much as I like to try, I have never been very good at the ‘natural’ look. I see these girls on YouTube create ‘no-makeup makeup looks’ so flawlessly. I sit there in awe as they apply several nude products so effortlessly that the products literally look like they were supposed to be there in the first place… what the sorcery?!

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Nowadays when I look back at all the times I tried to achieve something natural, I am glad that it epically failed… Why? Because that was when I tried dipping into a ton of obnoxious colours instead. I moved on from attempting to recreate what I saw online and started experimenting for myself. After discovering that colour was my thing, I jumped onto every collection with vibrant colours I could find. I needed them ALL

Of course, at first I wasn’t the best at applying bold colour (I still have tons of room for improvement…) but as I was learning along the way, I slowly discovered that I was finally falling in love with makeup!

Big whoop. I know, right? “Well done, Ellie! Join the rest of the queue of people who like smearing makeup on their face…”.

But when I grew up, I was always baffled about why somebody would get excited over two shades of eyeshadow or lipstick that looked almost exactly the same… I would watch friends or strangers spend several hundreds of pounds on makeup that they didn’t even need. To me, they were already beautiful…

But finally… it had clicked. I eventually had that moment where I realised… it actually isn’t about needing it. For me and many others, it’s about the excitement behind buying a new set of colours that literally hold endless creative potential possibilities.

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Back when I was completely mystified while watching girls sit for hours applying makeup, it never occurred to me that perhaps their passion for cosmetics was not just a ‘cover-up’ for their insecurities. It had never come across to me as a form of expression before.

I personally believe that was because I simply hadn’t found my own way of expressing myself with makeup yet.

But now I have! Finally I was realising that perhaps they were actually just enhancing what they already had.

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Sure, I’ve got piles of clothes, packs of hair dye and a rack of shoes to externally express my identity, but working with bold looks and intense colour gave me that spark of imagination which most creative people get when they see potential to be expressive.

I could come across as pretentious if I sound as though the only way makeup should be enjoyed is in an extreme art form. But that’s far from the case: expression of all kinds is still art… Art of all kinds is still art. How somebody wakes up and decides to express themselves through a few products is awesome to me. What makes it even better is that we are all doing it differently from each other – simply because we want to. The fact that we are able to do that through more than just hair and clothes is impressive.

I would love it if you could tell me why you choose to wear makeup!

Ellie

 

A museum for the weird & wonderful… | NinkComPoop

Before you read on, there is a video version of my experience at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. You can view that by clicking here!

I was invited to London to celebrate Alien’s new film coming out in cinemas this month. While I was there, my boyfriend and I figured that it was probably worth while to visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Oxford Street. If you’ve never been before, expect to see a museum filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful facts. It’s pretty much the equivalent of opening up a Guinness World Record book and stepping inside. The museum is not your average, so prepare to learn about the weirdest kinds of people and some crazy achievements/creations they have produced…

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This guy is famous for being the tallest man in the world. Don’t let my heels fall you for my height by the way. I am most definitely not 170cm…

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I found the infamous blue and black dress!… I can confirm it was in fact blue.

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They had so many different unique portraits that were individual in their own ways. Most of them were made from unusual items. One of my favourite portraits was this one made from cassette tapes.

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This portrait was made entirely from cooking specific sections of toast…

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I didn’t know it was possible to make my nose look any smaller until I compared it to this guy…

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One of my favourite parts of the museum was this upside down room where everything was… well, upside down. The tea in the kettle was even pouring upside down!

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This trip was honestly even better than I had hoped. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not kept it fun and exciting yet you’re still learning about interesting people along the way. One of my favourite sections was the mirror maze, which I am sure took my boyfriend and I even longer to accomplish than your average child…

If you are visiting London sometime soon, I would definitely recommend this museum as one of my favourite places to try. If you’re anything like me and the unusual fascinates you, then you’re in for a treat.

Ellie