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Ooh, have you seen Cheryl Cole’s new hair?


Btw, I love the colour of her dress too.

As unoriginal as it may make me, Cheryl is one of my style inspirations.

This image was found through a Google image search. It is from

I have tried a few different tutorials based on Cheryl’s look and in celebration of her new hair (and health), I thought that I would share a couple of them with you.

This first one is based on a couple of tutorials on the Barry M website It was one that I wore out (that is why the photo is blurry. Oops, it seems I was not the only one drinking!) so I did tweak it a little to suit me.

This look uses the Barry M dazzledusts.

I used mushroom (51, my favourite dazzledust) on the lid and chocolate to contour (53). You can see I also used a lot of black shadow and liner. I’m sure for once I actually managed to stick a pair of false lashes on (whoo!) but interestingly they are Nadine’s and not Cheryl’s from the orginal GA lash collection. I think you can see that I tried to wing the shadow and liner out a bit as Cheryl has that cat look going on. I remember it all got a bit messy and as usual when using dazzledusts, I did the eye look before I did the rest of my face (phew). Hmm, dazzledusts are messy but there is something (maybe the dazzle) very starry and glitzy about them!

I have also created a Cheryl look based on a Pixi2Woo tutorial I was trying to see what colours worked together.
This time I used MAC Sable, Jest and Carbon with lots of liner and mascara to make up the eyes pictured above. Tanya used the MAC lipstick, Girl About Town. However I improvised and used another lipstick, Barry M 144. I love this lipstick but I never really wear it. Well, not outside the house. It is such a beautiful, vibrant colour. It is quite classy too. 

Sometimes it can be hard to find a strong pink that does not look too tacky and indeed, lasts. This pink is blue toned and original. It reminds me of a very, very full on Creme de la femme even though they do not look that alike when swatched.

However, there seems to be a some resemblance between them on the lips. 144 is very, very bright but as I’ve said before, I like it a lot and would like to wear it out and about. However, I still have one problem. Look at my inner lip here.

I painted it but lipstick just doesn’t seem to stay in this area and I always end up with these horrible patches. Does anybody else have this problem, what can I do so that I can wear these beautiful colours?

So what do you think of Cheryl’s new hair and her look in general? Who are your style inspirations?



Written by essjay23x

August 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Dipping in to dazzle!

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Dipping in to dazzle!

Hi Pretties

So I have been meaning to do this post for ages but for some reason have never got around to it but it has to be done.

I have to pay tribute to some beauties from Barry M.

The Dazzledusts!

You may remember a rave in one of my first posts. It was a top five one. Here is what I said about the ultimate dazzledust, Mushroom 51.

‘Yes, you may say it is neutral and yes, you may say you’re playing it safe because you can never go that wrong with neutral and you would be right but this colour is truly gorgeous on the eyes and what is more, it looks great in the pot too. It is subtly alluring with its little sparkly flakes. It twinkles and almost winks at me in the pot, whispering ‘put me on, put me on’. OTT but true all the same.

I like the way that I can not pinpoint the exact colour of 51. Purple, grey, brown. Everytime I look at it, it looks a little bit different. The best I can say is it seems good for this time of year, earthy. It reminds me of stewing skies and the changing colours of leaves.

And like all dazzledusts, its intensity can be played up and down. A great day look then add a little more and maybe a flash of something sultry and it becomes the perfect smoky eye or it would be if my application, was a little more skilled but that is why I am here.

Two warnings though! Firstly, the fallout can be messy so I like to deal with my eyes before I start the rest of my face. Secondly, these dazzledusts are relatively cheap (I think mine was around £4.50) and addictive. When I discovered them, I must have brought twelve in as many days.’

That was then, this is my collection now.

 Back left to right PinkGold 3, Bright Blue 5*, Khaki 14, Baby Blue 20, Cherry 34, Tan 39?, Bronze 44, Mushroom 51, Chocolate 53, Lilac 59, Winter Berry 88, Silvery Black 91, Purple 926 Limited edition

It is true. I have brought a few dazzledusts (There are a couple of fine glitter dusts in there too*). I love them. I’m not sure why as application is not always so easy but they make such an impact. I believe you can apply them dry or wet. I have always applied them dry but wonder if it would be easier to use a wet brush so the dust has something to stick to. However once I have cleared any fallout, I do believe that these dusts create a much stronger eye look compared to some of the more conventional high street shadows.

I tend to prime my eye with something eg.Erase Paste concealer, a Benefit cream eye shadow or occasionally a MAC paint tube and the look tends to last all night.

I have also worn dazzledusts in the day. Sometimes if I’m been lazy and only want to wear one colour on my eyes then using a dazzledust (such as Mushroom or Chocolate) instead of a powder shadow can just give a mono lid slightly more impact. I find dazzledusts more messy and timeconsuming when I’m doing a look with more then one. It can be difficult to blend symetrical balanced and matching eyes but I still use dazzledusts because the final look always makes such a statement!

And because dazzledusts do talk for themselves, I’m going to give you a warning. As much as I adore my Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara which grooms and defines so well, dazzledusts are heavy and I find that when I’m wearing a dazzledust look then I do, indeed, prefer more of a volumising mascara such as the L’Oreal Double Tubes even if it does clump.


You know that I adore Mushroom. Here are some of my other faves.

Chocolate 53

A very deep brown which reminds me of Sable and Embark from MAC or the dark brown contour from Big Beautiful Eyes (Benefit). I love to smoke it up when I am going out and to do so, I use Mushroom to colour the lid and then some Chocolate to contour. This is supposed to be remniscent of a Cheryl Cole smoky eye (See MakeUpAdikt’s tutorial here Chocolate can also be used alone and it will simply make the eyes smoulder.

Bronze 44

Now that summer is here, I find myself watching a lot of the bronze eye tutorials on You Tube but I have to be careful being so pale as it can look too wrong or trampish on me so I’ve latched on to a new habit of using the bronze dazzledust to contour. I use it in the way that Lollipop26 uses MAC Museum bronze pigment in her bronzed eye look .

Using a subtle neutral powder shadow for the lid keeps the look toned down and pretty rather then orange and garish. Although when I was looking at my dazzledusts today, I noticed just how orange this bronze is and I’m thinking I might like to try using the Tan 39 in the crease instead. I’m not sure I’ve used this one before but it looks so pretty and shimmery.

Baby Blue 20

 This colour is absolutely divine in the pot and makes me think of the sea and sunshine.

If you do have good technique or time for careful application, this looks gorgeous when paired with a Bronze contour. This looks phenomenal on my little sister. She is blond, blue eyed and has a warmer complexion then me but I still think most people could work these two colours together to some degree. Just build the colours up very slowly. Use a light hand to find the right balance or maybe you find it’ll work better to use the bronze as the main colour and the Baby Blue to line the lower lashes or something. Anyhow for me, these two colours just seem to team perfectly for summer.

Here is a quick glimpse of what they looked like when I tried the combo out.

So have you got any dazzledusts? What are your favourites, am I missing any gems? If you’re a stranger to Dazzledusts, will they now be added to your wishlist?


Lipstick crisis!

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Lipstick crisis!

 Hi Girls

I’ve had a bit of a crisis today. . , I couldn’t decide which lipstick to wear!


Option 1 was  Gosh Amersyth with Gosh Darling underneath to conceal.

There is Gosh Darling, Gosh Amersyth and then Amersyth over Darling.


Option 2 was Barry M 144, a very bright pink with Barry M 101 underneath to cancel out my natural lip colour. 

There is 101, 144 and then 144 over 101.


So I guess you want to know what I’ve chosen?

Well I’ve gone with the Gosh combo (above) simply because after all my flaffing around, taking pictures and on, off so many times, time has ran out and I should be out the door very, very soon (NOW really) and as I’ve got Gosh on my lips . . !


I also think in reality, 144 (above) is even brighter and pinker (the swatch gives a truer representation then the product image) and Gosh (which does look more like the product then the swatch when it is on my lips) is just a little more wearable for a day look.

I have to say today that when I wiped the 144 and 101 off my lips and started applying Gosh, I really noticed how nice Gosh felt and how easily it went on. I have heard that Barry M 100 and 101 can be drying but personally I have never noticed this until today, when I applied Gosh straight afterwards. There was a definite difference in how nice Gosh was to apply.

Other make up that I’m wearing includes Barry M Mushroom (yay) and chocolate dazzledusts, RSVP from Benefit as a base for the eyes, Erase paste, a combination of Bourjois 10 hour sleep effect foundation and my normal Revlon Colorstay in Ivory, Maybelline Peach blush mousse with Coralista over the top and then the Max Factor Lash Extension mascara which I discussed in a recent post.

Despite my earlier rave for this mascara, I have to say that the dazzledusts can seem quite strong and heavy on the eyelid even when you keep the look light probably because the dust is not as fine or as light as the particles of a more conventional powder eyeshadow. I have no qualms with this and love the dazzledusts as you all know but this Max Factor  mascara seems to slip in to the shadows a little when worn with these dazzledusts. The frame it forms for my eye make up suddenly seems a little foggy. It is still a wearable look and I have decided to keep it on for today but I’m not as impressed as I was when I previously tried this mascara. Maybe dazzledusts need more of a volumising mascara?!

What do you think? Do you always line and mascara with dazzledusts? What mascara do you use? What do you think of my lip options? Do you have any problems with Barry M 101 (or 100, noooooooo) drying?


PS Check out . I think I’ve mentioned it before but this site covers so many things make up and beauty-wise and the blog is updated daily. Amy, the blogger and YouTube Guru (Dazzledust25) has said that she will be having a competition very soon and she promises very good prizes and has said that this will include some MAC. Even without the possible loot, I really do recommend this site, if like me, you want to learn.