Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Competition For My Absence

Hello everyone, and goodbye.

Not forever! I'm going to Dundee for a week and since my great aunt does not have the internet, and I won't have all my make up with me, I won't be posting during the week. I get back next Tuesday and I thought, "a week? That's long enough to have a competition!"


To celebrate hitting the 30 subscriber mark, I'll be giving away my biggest prize yet.

1st Prize
A set of FOUR Eyeko London Lips Lip Gloss tubes worth £26!
Consisting of -

  • Mayfair 
  • Portobello 
  • Primrose Hill
  • Knightsbridge
2nd Prize
A selection of Avon samples
Including - 
  • Perfume samples such as 50s Glam and 60s Mod
  • Lipstick samples from the Pro-to-Go range
  • Skincare samples from Anew
How To Enter

I'm changing things up this time. As always you have to be subscribed to the blog and comment on this post telling me you want to enter.

Taking a leaf from other blog giveaways I've seen, you can earn more entries by doing things to publicise the blog. It's kind of like buying one ticket for a raffle vs buying a sheet of tickets. Or something. Actually it's closer to roulette, you can bet on any single number from 0 to 36 or you could bet on every number from 1 to 12. That's a better analogy.

Ok, so...
  • An extra entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet "@HellThirteen enter me"
  • Another if you tweet about the competition and include a link
  • One more if you "like" Joysticks and Lipstick on Facebook
  • And finally, I will give an extra two entries for every blog/social network/forum that you use to link to this page and talk about my blog or this competition. Please comment here with a link (and if it's in a side bar or something, let me know the location) because if I didn't see it, it didn't happen ;-)

Doing these things will improve your chances but, knowing that not everyone is connected to Twitter or BBs or social networking sites, it is not compulsory. 

I'm gonna give you a week and a half to enter (I know I get back on Tuesday but it's an 11 hour coach ride, I'm not doing anything when I get home!) so it will close on FRIDAY 10th JUNE 2011.

Sorry guys, I would put up photos of the prizes, but my coach leaves in 2 hours and I need to get ready!

See you all in a week!

Hell Thirteen (aka "the bonnie wee lassie fe London")

An Award? For Me? Aww!

I was just looking at my Twitter mentions (you can see my feed in the side bar and you're welcome to follow me) and I saw that the lovely lady who writes The OPI Junkie has given me an award.
Thank you!
The Liebster Award is designed to bring well deserved additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers.  If you receive the award you link back to the blogger had nominated you and nominate 3 more blogs.

So here are my nominations:
Gemma, who writes Flab To Fab, a blog about her quest to loose weight and be healthier. I find her inspirational. She just reached the 2 stone mark.

Laura Pernetti Kinch, my friend who writes Healthy Skincare For You. She reviews skincare products and she's lovely.

Lastly, the beautiful Sarah May aka Purplepain, author of The inept's guide to first-time gardening. She, like me, is responsible for a garden for the first time, and is documenting her attempt to turn it into something wonderful.

I moved to a new house a year and a half ago and have a garden after 24 years of a tiny balcony filled with mum's pot plants. Now I'm having to teach myself how to make my garden beautiful without my mum to guide me (though the library she left me does have books on most subject matter, including gardening) and it's great to read Sarah May's posts and know I'm not alone. Starting a garden can be a daunting task, (like re-decorating a room only you have to grow the paint!) and she has some great ideas mixed in with hints and tips.

Thank you again to The OPI Junkie for the award. I am humbled at being made to feel so welcome in the blogging community.

Hell Thirteen

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Skincare: Soap and Glory "The Fab Pore" Review

I've never used a hot cloth cleanser before, I usually take my make up off with a wetwipe with a cleanser in it before I wash my face, then use a toner followed by moisturiser.

I've been using the L'Oreal face wash with the scrubby rubber pad lately... well actually I've been using the pad mostly, I don't like the smell of the L'Oreal wash. It's the blue one for normal to oily skins.

More often, I was using the rubber brush thing with my Lush Herbalism cleanser. I've messed about with Herbalism, mixing it with gel wash instead of water, and once mixing it with a cleansing milk (totally recommend mixing it with a milk, you get a really creamy, thick consistency that feels quite luxurious.)

My skin has become more problematic over the years. The teenage spots are gone, replaced by adult spots. I get large pores on my nose and the surrounding area, with blocked pores across my T-zone, little blackheads abundant, (those pore strips don't always catch them either,) random dry patches, uneven skin tone, dark circles, and most annoying recently (as I can cover everything else with make up) I've had a lumpy forehead.

These aren't spots or lumps of dry skin, they're almost like tiny blisters that can't be popped.

I've also been having to really work to get my make up off lately, because of the stay-put nature of the make up I've been wearing.

I'd been hearing a lot about Hot Cloth Cleansers that utilise a muslin cloth to gently exfoliate the skin, dampened with hot water to soften the pores. I'm fairly sure you can just use any cleansing milk or cream and buy some muslin cloths from The Body Shop or Boots (surprisingly Liz Earle offers the cheapest muslin cloths), but I wanted to try one that was purpose made and came with a cloth. Liz Earle is the most raved about and costs £13.25 for 100ml, and Boots do a No.7 one that is 200ml for £9.00, Sanctuary Spa offer 125ml for £10.25, and Soap and Glory have The Fab Pore, 100ml for £9.19.

I looked for reviews on all of them and whilst the No.7 cleanser seems the best value for money, I heard negative comments on the smell, and that it was better for dryer skins, and that it was not made with natural ingredients the way the Liz Earle one was. I couldn't actually find a list of ingredients online which put me off even more.

I looked around on YouTube and suchlike for reviews of all the products, but I could only find a couple that even mentioned the S&G or Sanctuary cleansers. I took this as a sign, these cleansers need a voice. Only able to test one for the moment due to money and giving each one a fair go, I picked S&G because I like the brand and other products I have of theirs (including the never-in-stock Sugar Crush which smells like mojitos!) and it was the cheaper of the two.

Here's the ingredients list:
Linalool , Synthetic Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua (Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA
I like that they use Synthetic Beeswax instead of the real thing, which is vegan friendly (Liz Earle uses real Beeswax and therefore is NOT vegan friendly.) I like vegan friendly products. Even though I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, I have friends who are, my brother was vegan for a long time, and I want to be able to recommend a product that is ok for everyone to use. Unfortunately I don't know that much about vegan do's and don't's, only what I hear here and there, so #I can't be sure if this is vegan, but I think it is.
What I DO NOT like in these ingredients is Methylparaben, which is a carcinogen (poison) and I don't see the need for it.
  • Sweet Almond Oil is used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy and massage, it's good for the complexion and for soothing irritation. It's full of vitamins that are great for the skin and is easily absorbed.
  • Lavender Oil is often used for calming and de-stressing as well as in treatment of headaches, but it is also good for cleaning, and has antiseptic properties.
  • Bitter Orange Leaf Oil is used for acne and works well with Lavender Oil.
  • Clary Sage is used for complexion.
The interesting thing about these oils is that they are all used as de-stressers or anti-depressants that create a sense of well-being and in the case of Clary Sage, euphoria. ~No wonder I've been sniffing the cloth like it's full of crack, then.
I have noticed that I have a really good feeling after using it, and it does smell amazing.


Start with a dry face. You don't need to remove make up beforehand. Run some hot water (as hot as you can stand, you can add some cold if you need) in the sink and stick the plug in. Take the tube and squeeze some of the cleanser onto your fingers and massage it into your face, avoiding your eyes until the last possible moment. Only use it on your eyes if you have eye make up that needs to be removed and be warned, it doesn't do well with eyelash glue. It kind of melts and sticks to your face in a smudge and gets really hard to remove so make sure you get it off before you start. Keep your eyes shut tight and don't let it get in your eyes. Essential oils will irritate the eyes and if you have problems with the oils irritating your skin (as they can with certain skins) S&G recommend you switch to Clean Mary cleansing milk instead. However, this has been discontinued so there aren't many places you can get it. I've given you a link to buy from ASOS.
Massage it in for at least a minute, and then leave it on to work into the skin for another minute. You could drop a Lush Toner Tab into the sink and steam your face whilst you're letting it soak in, the heat will soften the pores and help the ingredients into the skin. Drop the cloth into the water so it can soak and warm while you're waiting. The oils will start to tingle a little bit.
When you're ready, take the cloth out of the sink, give it a squeeze so that it isn't dripping and, starting with the eyes if you applied cleanser there, start wiping it off in small circular motions, rinsing off the cloth regularly. Once it's all off, splash your skin with cold water to tighten the pores, rinse and hang up the cloth (do not leave it sitting crumpled in a ball, bacteria grows in the damp spots and it'll go all crusty) and if you can, let your face air dry. Towels will be a bit rough for your skin and they have bits of lint and fluff and dust in the fibres, so if you have to, use kitchen towel.
Remember that there are oils in your cleanser and your make up, and there will be tide marks in your sink; so give the sink a clean when you're finished, especially if you live in a shared house or with your parents. Save yourself the "What the hell have you been doing in my sink?!" argument!

I've been using it like this every day, and instead of using a scrub, I've been using the Body Shop facial brush to buff it into my skin instead of massaging it in with my fingers. Of course you can't do this every day, probably only once or twice a week depending on the state of your skin. The brush is really soft but it is still an exfoliating device and over usage will damage your skin.

After Using:

My face feels soft and smooth, I feel happy and refreshed, my pores are clear and more refined, any spots or scabs from spots that wouldn't go away are gone, redness is reduced, I have no need for concealer anywhere but my dark circles, and even the lumps on my forehead are gone! I feel so strange stroking my forehead and finding it smooth :-)

I didn't use it yesterday (well, I used it at 5am when I got back from Voodoo, but I've slept twice since then) and the little lumps have reappeared. I don't know if this means they are something I'll always have to battle or if it'll just take more time to get them gone for good.

My Verdict:

S&G The Fab Pore is a fantastic cleanser, and if they could just get rid of that methylparaben it would be even better. It isn't eye safe, even though you can use it to take off your eye make up you need to keep it out of your eyes. It's a bad point, but if you changed it you'd have to take out all the essential oils which work so well on the skin. The muslin cloth seems good quality, I've heard complaints about the No.7 cloth being poor quality. I give it a four and a half out of your mother.

I will try out Liz Earle when I get a chance so I know what The Fab Pore is up against, and give you a comparison when I do.

Hope you found this helpful if you're looking at cleansers.

Much love,
Hell Thirteen

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Primer and Fixing Spray Review - Urban Decay and e.l.f.

Hey guys :-)

Having spoken about the Urban Bride box from Urban Decay in my last post, I thought: "These products need to be put to the test."

So I went to Voodoo last night with an awesome, yet difficult to maintain, crease-cut eye look; I must say it was inspired by a two year old look by Tina Marie, and having not ever attempted crease cutting before I'm not ashamed to say she does it a lot better than me, my skin kept wrinkling up under my liner and messing up my lines, and I can't draw a straight line to save my life!

I used highly pigmented colours on my eyes (Sugarpill, for the most part) with a mix of pen and gel liner, over the top of Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion.

For my face, I used e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer, with my usual Infallible foundation from L'Oreal. I contoured and blushed lightly, applied the Urban Decay HD powder and spritzed with the UD All Nighter setting spray.

Then I went out, drank, smoked, hugged people, smooched with my fiance, and danced like a maniac. The club was really hot, and the only air conditioning was on the dancefloor. I was sweating so hard after one dance session (White Zombie: More Human Than Human, Nine Inch Nails: The Hand That Feeds, 36 Crazyfists: Slit Wrist Theory, Buckcherry: Crazy B!tch; I mean really, how can you not go mental when you've got  tracks like that back to back?) that the sweat was literally running down my face.

Terrible conditions for your make up, and all I had brought for touch ups was lipgloss.

So I traipsed in around 4:30/5am and walked straight in to my bedroom to take some photos so I could get on with washing my face (I couldn't wait to take my lashes off.)

Here's what I looked like:
The line was wonky to start with!
My skin was still looking good!

No colour runs, no liner runs.
I'm exhausted!

No foundation streaks.
No under eye creasing.

Looked just as good as when I had just done it.
Can I take it off now? I want to go to sleep!

So, my verdict? Amazing stuff, these primers and fixing sprays. Now I have to try some others to see if they match up to the standard that has been set by e.l.f.  and Urban Decay! 

Have you tried any other brands of primers/fixers? What did you think of them?

Thanks for reading,

Hell Thirteen 

Friday, 27 May 2011

Bridal Make Up with the Urban Decay Urban Bride Box

Hello my beauties ;-)

So yesterday I was out shopping in Westfield with my friends The Samanthas from uni, and I totally got peer-pressured into buying the Urban Bride box from Urban Decay and told I MUST blog about it.

What better way to test, thought I, than to do a bridal make up?


The bride box doesn't come with a face primer, and it seems UD don't sell their Box Of Potions in these parts, so not having the UD Complexion Primer Potion I substituted for the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer (£6) and smoothed it all over my face and neck.

I would have used the original Primer Potion from the box, but the lovely and very beautiful lady who writes Frooti Beauty gave me a sample sized pot of one of the new coloured Primer Potions, I think the shade was Eden, and I already know what the original one looks like so I used the Eden instead. It's a lot thicker and stickier and dries faster so you have to work a bit quicker than with the original, but it evens out skintone and brightens whilst giving nice coverage of dark circles.

Eden Primer Potion


Using my firm favourite L'Oreal Infallible foundation in Porcelain and a stippling brush I blended my foundation all over my face and neck. After using the UD Primer Potion in Eden I didn't feel the need for concealer; my under eye circles were pretty well covered (this may have been due to my use of Origins GinZing over the past few days as well) and my skin is actually blemish free right now, enough so anyway that foundation was enough to cover any I might have.


Taking e.l.f. Cool Bronzer on a stippling brush I lightly brushed a little on under my cheekbones and around the edge of my face, and used a little to contour my nose.

Using my Cynthia Rowley for Avon True Colour Blush in Peony Pink and the e.l.f. studio blush brush I applied the colour to the very edge of my cheekbones and up the sides of my face. I wanted to avoid putting too much colour on my cheeks and put more emphasis on the cheekbones, whilst using a very pink flowery colour to add an air of innocence to the look and honour the term "the blushing bride."

I took my Collection 2000 blush in So Pretty and using the same brush added the shimmering peach shade along the line of my cheekbones, blending it with the Peony Pink and pulling the colour down onto my cheeks. The colour is very sheer and just adds a hint of glow. I took what was left on the brush over my forehead, nose and chin to keep the rest of my face from looking flat.

The last thing on my cheeks was a little Eyeko Sparkle Powder (discontinued) and ran it over my cheekbones and temples for a highlight.


Taking an old Estee Lauder Eyeshadow Duo that I'm afraid no longer has the name of the colours on it, but they do something that looks similar - their Signature Silky EyeShadow Duo in Mocha, or possibly Cappuccino but I'm pretty sure it's Mocha, retailing at £21.50 but currently out of stock on their website - I swept the pale Irish Cream coloured shadow across my lid and browbone, then used the hot chocolate shade along the crease with the e.l.f. Angled Contour Brush for a wide band of colour, and blended the two colours together. I used a darker cool brown from my Sunkissed palette to  define the outer 'V' and blended some more.

For liner, I used a flat liner brush (e.l.f, £1.50) and Clove, a dark brown by Front Cover, on the upper and lower lash line, and blended away any harsh edges, then went over it very lightly with Bulletproof from Sugarpill. I blended again.

I curled my lashes and gave them a generous coat of UD Supercurl Curling Mascara. It's a nice mascara that doesn't harden too much, making it comfortable, but I don't see that much of a curl even using curlers, and it doesn't volumize or lengthen so it made me want to add some falsies. I didn't though.

I shaped my eyebrows with a very light hand and e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler in Ash/Ivory, and set them in place with e.l.f. Eyebrow Treat and Tame in Ash.

I did not line my waterline with anything because I'm doing wedding make up, and wedding days are long and teary affairs that eyeliner on your waterline is unlikely to survive. As a bride to be myself, there is no way in hell I'm going to be touching up my eyeliner on the day, and after a while my eyes get irritated by the feel of a liner on my waterline.


Using UD Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder I patted the powder on my face and used a powder brush to sweep away the excess. It's really nice to have a loose powder that is easy to carry and apply on the go, with a little mirror on the lid!
It made my face look all glowy!

I patted some UD Marshmallow Sparkling Lickable Body Powder onto my shoulders and decolletage, it smells awesome and tastes yummy! It gives a nice sheen to your skin and helps the rest of you stay in keeping with your face.

Lastly I used UD All Nighter setting spray, which is oil and paraben free and both felt and smelled wonderful. It's cooling and refreshing, and the nozzle has the perfect sized holes to make the spray more of a mist, so it isn't going to be too wet and make your make up run (which would be counter-productive).


Wanting  to do nude lips but to also have a 'bitten' effect, I used Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech liptint in Rose Pixel and blended it into my lips with my finger, then took UD Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy, which is minty and smells just like Lush's Mint Julips lip scrub, and applied it over the top. It is very sticky which means it stays put, but I wouldn't wear it for that first married kiss, because your man will make a face and that won't look good in the photos!


For fun, I put on a white dress and a made a makeshift net curtain veil. Kate Middleton eat your heart out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this, and I'd love to hear your comments. What do you want/did you have for your wedding make up? Did you/would you do it yourself, or hire a professional? Who would be your dream make up artist for your wedding? I think I'd love one of the Pixiwoo girls, myself. Although, for the reception, totally Petrilude.

Thanks for reading!


Hell Thirteen 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

News Update

Sorry no post proper just yet, I'm in the middle of editing another two videos on the make up I did for Kayleigh at Hotter Than Glammed.

Just to give you a peek into the future, I have some more reviews coming. I have a GINORMOUS e.l.f. haul/review to do (probably why it's taken so long to get round to) including the new Complete Coverage Concealer in "light".
I got a gift bag from Origins including the GinZing I've been hearing Jim Chapman rave about (brother to the Pixiwoo girls), duo lipgloss and mascara.
I got a few things from Lush, too, and have been testing them so I can tell you about them.

I also won a prize!

Eyeko have been running a competition for best beauty tricks and one of my tricks came second, so as soon as said prize arrives I will review whatever comes in it. In the high likelihood that I already own everything they send me I will probably run my own competition and send it on, but we shall see. I think I need some more subscribers before I do another giveaway. Shall we say, 50? I'll have to think about it...

Speak to you soon,

Hell Thirteen

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sugarpill Giveaway from Confessions of a Glitterholic

I have just come across a blog called Confessions of a Glitterholic. Some of you may already follow her but for those of you that don't, she's hosting a giveaway for a complete set of samples from Sugarpill's Chromalust loose shadow range.

You can find this giveaway here: http://christinaluvsglitter.blogspot.com/2011/05/huge-sugarpill-haulswatchfest-eotds-and.html

Good Luck!


Hell Thirteen

Friday, 20 May 2011

Hotter Than Glammed featuring Very Large Photos!

Hey everyone!

I thought I'd show you what happens when I'm actually going out, rather than playing dress-up in front of the camera.

Kayleigh 13 and I were off to Hotter Than Glammed at Nambucca to see our darling friend Flash and the new line up of King Lizard, and she kindly let me do her make up. I loved my own Sugarpill look, but I think her eyes looked stunning! Here are some of the pics from the night, some of them are really big but they show a lot of detail in the makeup:

Brushing away the fallen glitter (Collection 2000 Glam Glitter, Celebrity and VIP, and Too Faced Kitty Glitter in Cat Fight)

Lining my lower lashline with Midori by SugarPill. On the lids a gradient of Afterparty, Poison Plum, Dollipop and Tako, topped with Collection 2000 Dazzle Me! in Stonewash and Magical
My finished look, before getting changed and styling my hair. OCC Lip Tar in Anime on the lips. Sleek Acid green, yellow and orange colours on the lower lashline and inner corners, and my usual mascara duo.

With closed eyes. Not a great shot because I was scrunching my eyelids a bit.

The finishing toughes for my tropical butterfly Penelope Garcia look.
Kayleigh, with just the eyes done.

My beautiful Purple Glitter creation.

Kay before anything other than eye make up
... and a duck face
Kayleigh's finished look.

"What on earth is 'Epic Nyan Cat?!?'"

And Finally, a shot of Flash being epic. Awesome gig.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some high-quality photos that put my webcam to shame!

I'll try and get more volunteers for make up looks.


Hell Thirteen