Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter EOTD and nails

What better reason to play with fun, bright colours than Easter. I decided to double the fun by doing an EOTD and NOTD.
My nails came first, I chose a few bright colours, then went from there. This is the result:

These are the products that I used

As you can see that apart from my usual base and top coats, I chose Ulta3 nail polishes. I bought them because they were so cheap and with plenty of colour choices. I decided that these polishes would be perfect, not only for the colours, but also the creme finish. I used the shades Mojito, Honolulu and Party Shoes.
I began with a coat of aqua green. I let the coat dry before placing a french mani sticker midway across my nails. I then painted the pink over the top. I wish I had have let it dry completely before getting impatient and peeling the stickers off. This caused some of the pink to lift off, unfortunately. I then used a dotting tool to add yellow dots to the mani.

The nail look was fun, but I thought I would use this theme for my eyes as well :)

I used EveryDay Minerals Midnight Rose as a pink base all over the lid. A random mix of gold mineral shadows in the inner lid. I then used the pinks from MUA Poptastic palette, the lighter on the centre of the lid, with the darker pink on the outer lid and into the crease. For the green colour, I reached for Mirenesse face gel in Aquamarine and lined my upper and lower lashline. These gels are divine to use, with the included brush, they just glide along the skin, leaving a pigmented trail of colour. I decided to finish this festive look with the darker pink lined underneath the green gel line on the lower lashline.

By no means a perfect match, but it was fun to create!

Have a wonderful Easter :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Voodoo Beauty Iintense Serum

I like to incorporate a Vitamin C serum in my morning skincare routine, because as I am approaching my 40s (gasp!) Vitamin C and Retinol (at night) are my 2 must have ingredients to fight signs of ageing. There are so many serums on offer from decently priced to ridiculous. I don't want to spend too much, but am willing to part with $$ for something that works.
On my search for THE vitamin C serum (which I know I'll get bored of using the same product to ever be content with just one) I searched ebay. I know that this might not be the ideal option for many, as we have to be careful what we put on our face, especially "home formulated" products. My online venture brought me to  indie seller Voodoo Beauty. First port of call was feedback, all seemed good, so I after some deliberation, one of the items I bought was the Intensive Serum (now named Hyaluronic Intense Serum

The serum comes in simple packaging. I love that this is a pump pack, which contains 59ml of product. The label has all the info that you need, not only name with a run down of the main ingredients, but also, easy how to use instructions and full ingredients list.
Enough of the container, the serum itself contains an impressive list of ingredients, which include Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10, Vitamins A, B, E and of course, C. If you click here, you'll see the extensive information and claims.
Now, as stated in the listing, it is important to note that this product works for most skin types, except sensitive skin, because of the concentration of actives. Also, a sunscreen is a must when using this serum, as your skin will become more susceptible to sun damage.
The serum is a yellow colour with a typical serum consistency, that feels light, yet quite moisturising. If you have combination skin, like I do, on its own (after cleansing skin) under sunscreen is fine, but those with dry skin might like to apply a moisturiser also. 
My skin absorbed the serum quite quickly, leaving a smooth surface, without feeling tacky. Of course, this would depend on how much you use, I found that 2 pumps for face and neck was sufficient.
I like that the Intensive Serum is fine to use around eyes and lips, because these are the areas that need moisturising the most on my face.
I did not experience any break outs or sensitivity when using this product. 
The results? I did find that my immediate results were hydrated, soft skin. After using one bottle, I did find that it helped to fade some of my pigmentation. This is such a slow process that I know I must be patient with before seeing impressive results, but I'm getting there!
Will I purchase again? In short, YES! At the moment, I'm using something different, but I generally like to try something new after finishing a product. I will come back to this store, as I experienced good customer service, with a good product at a decent price. I can't ask for more than that!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Virus Insanity

If the name Virus Insanity doesn't grab your attention, if you're like me and love eye shadows, the duo chrome eye shadows will!
I can't even remember how I came across this online store, but keep reading, and you'll see why I fell in love with them! The website is easy to navigate, and I really appreciate the fabulous photos that show the eye shadows applied to lids.
I know I am raving about the eye shadows, but there are also lip glosses, eye primer and nail polish (unfortunately these aren't shipped internationally from the US).

Without further ado, I will move on to the swatches

Caramel Machiatto- Bronze neutral shimmer.

Ira- Wine shimmer

Shenanigans- Purple with green shift. The green shift is visible in the next pic.

Stupid Cupid- Pink with a coral to bronze shift. None of my pics could do this gorgeous shadow justice, check out the link to see this lovely colour!

Invidia- Red velvet.

Princess- Pink with purple shimmer.

Techno- Peach with holographic shimmer.

Plaid and Rad- Lime green.

Pear Cobbler- Champagne shimmer.

Afterglow- Shimmery light taupe

Jasper- Golden green shimmer.
As you can see the samples are in clam shells, which I am not a fan of, but quickly forgot then when swatching the beautiful shadows.

For this look, I used Stupid Cupid on the lid, outer lid is Shenanigans. Caramel Machiatto on my browbone, and crease/lower lashline is Ira.

Here I have Pear Cobbler on my lid with Afterglow on my browbone and Jasper in my crease.

These eye shadows are lovely to work with. They are well pigmented and adhere well. I need Pear Cobbler, such a simple colour, yet beautiful and quite flattering. 
Virus Insanity have some insanely gorgeous eye shadows! :)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche Quad in Disco Smokin

On one of my many trips to Priceline, something caught my eye. At the L'Oreal stand was a display showcasing the Colour Riche Eye Shadow quads. The picture of a stunning model wearing the intense, vibrant hues of the quad Disco Smokin was just too much, I just had to have it!

As soon as I got the quad, I just had to swatch the colours. The shadows were velvety to the touch, without being too crumbly. I thought the swatches were nice, but these colours really excelled when applied on the eyes. What better way to test this quad, but to use all 4 shadows.

I love just how vibrant these colours are when applied. They are also easy to blend. The charcoal shadow was the biggest surprise. Darker colours can often be chalky, but not so with this one, it was so easy to apply, whilst giving plenty of depth.
The only colour that seemed to fade by the end of the day, was the purple, mind you, the fading was ever so slightly. The pink, yellow and charcoal remained the same. This was especially a pleasant surprise, as when I wore these shadows it was hot and humid. 
I am so glad that I purchased this quad. They aren't just pretty looking shadows. They are lovely to use and preform well too! :)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

NOTD- Rainbow Ice-cream

I have attempted water marbling many times, and failed miserably. I've watched a few youtube tutorials to on water marbling and came across a tutorial that didn't require water. I had to try it.

I wanted something subtle, yet opaque as a base colour. So after applying Orly Bonder base coat, I applied 2 coats of NYC Lolly Pop. A nice frosted muted pink, that is a nice soft look that is not too loud when gaps are visible between the marbled colours.
My next step was to apply large dots of colour from my nail art polishes on various parts of my nail, doing one nail at a time. I chose purple, candy pink and a shimmery green to achieve this.
Before the nail polish dried, I used a cuticle stick to swirl the colours. I found that the thicker formula of the nail art polishes make it easier to work with because they are opaque and don't dry too quickly.
I finished my nails with Seche Vite top coat, to not only seal my nail look, but to also fill any unevenness caused by swirling.
I really want to experiment with different colours, and hopefully with more practice, I'll be able to refine this method. I think it's a fun look, with so many possibilities :)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Make Up Collection

Now, I'm not sure whether this was a good or bad thing to showcase my make up collection. But here it is, none-the-less...

Here are my eye/face primers, foundations, finishing powders and concealers.

Eye/lip liners (though, there's like a whole of 4 lip liners in my collection, lol)

Not a massive amount of mascaras, but I have decided that in future, I am going to try and only have 2 mascaras. One that is in use, and another that is unopened. Just so my mascaras are fresher when in use. This is what I'm PLANNING to do, reality is another thing, lol.

Blushes and bronzer. I rarely use bronzers, so there's only one in my collection. I have to own at least one of every category ;)


Lip glosses

Oops found these in another drawer, because their is no more room with the other lip glosses :/

My favourite make up items are eye shadows, the following will prove that, lol.

Maybelline Color Tattoos..yes, they needed their own pic :)

My current HG eye shadows, L'Oreal Infallible eye shadows

Mineral eye shadow samples, that I have depotted from baggies, plus various other eye shadows.

Loose mineral eye shadows in neutral, greys/silvers, blues and orange/peaches.

Greens, pinks, olives and purples.

Browns, reds, taupes, golds and matte/darks.

The loose mineral eye shadows that won't fit in the storage drawers.


More palettes...

Well, that's my make up collection. I'm not sure if I need help, but some shopping therapy might be nice ;)