Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Textured Polish NOTD

I love trying new polishes and when I saw the interesting finish of textured nail polishes, I just had to try some for myself.

After applying a base coat, Orly Bonder, of course, working on one nail at a time, I simply applied Milani Spoiled  in Fuchsia Texture Polish to one half of my nail and OPI Get Your Number Sand on the other side. Before these polishes dried, I used a toothpick to zig zag across the nail. So simple!



I have fallen head-over-heels for textured polishes, do you love them, too? :)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Mission Accomplished- Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Eye Shadow Enhancer.

I have previously sang the praises of indie make up company, Silk Naturals. They are one of the best online sellers, in terms of product, service and have an air of professionalism.
Being one to believe that eye primers are a staple in my make up routine, I had to try Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Eye Shadow Enhancer.



This primer comes in a handy 7ml tube. This product is the perfect companion for the use of mineral shadows. Not only do I use it to my prime my lids for application, but have used it many times to apply loose shadows as a liner.
Application is simple. Dab a thin layer on the lids, let it dry for mere seconds, then your eyes have a sticky base for minerals to adhere to. On the website, they suggest that those with oily lids use a primer underneath, but I find it fine on its own. 
My shadows stays put throughout wear, without creasing. However, I do only put it on my lid, not my entire eye area, as I find it easier to blend without it, which is necessary when contouring.
As only a small amount is needed for both lids, I find that a tube lasts for months, which is great for a budget.
Would I repurchase? Yes, this is not the first tube that I have finished, and it won't be my last. I have used Stick 'Em Eye Shadow Enhancer in all the eye looks that I have posted. I still have a couple of eye primers that I want to try...but, could this be my holy grail eye primer???? :)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

FOTD featuring L'Oreal Infallible 2 Step Lipstick in Resolution Red

This post is in honour of the lovely Kat from Kat's Colourings. After being one of the winners of her fabulous give away, I was given the opportunity to finally add the Resolution Red L'Oreal Infallible 2 Step Lipstick to my lipstick collection. A product that I had been coveting for some time, but had not purchased because of my make up no-buy.


For those a little intimidated by red but so want to sport this sexy shade on their lips, this red is for you! It is such a wearable red, it has a slight pinky tone, so not scary to wear at all. 
I love how the 2 step system is in the one tube. You simply apply the colour first. I found that the sponge applicator made for a precise application, which is important when wearing a brighter lip. I was surprised that this product did not apply patchy. Once dry it did feel slightly tight, the way a lip stain can feel on the lips, but there is a solution. Yes, simply slick on a little of the balm, and wow the lips feel so moisturised. It really did last on my lips throughout wear, though I did find fading after a few hours. The remains of an even stain still remained on my lips and I liked this look, too, so only reapplied the balm when my lips felt dry. 

To complete my look, I used:

Face
Dr LeWinns anti ageing primer and foundation. Love these! I do need a darker shade now I've started to tan.
Coastal Scents Camo Quad to conceal and highlight under brows.
The All Natural Face finishing powder in Apricot Kisses Glow. This gives me just the right amount of peachy warmth to flatter my skin.
L'Oreal Blush Delice in shade 103. I have finally hit pan, yay!

Eyes
Silk Naturals Chromatic Cream Eye Colour in Penthouse.
BH Cosmetics 24/7 Eyeliner. Love it!
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes. I have been pleasantly surprised with how this mascara has preformed.

..and well, you know the lips :)





...and for a little fun, last one, I promise!

I am so happy with this lip product, how can I not purchase more?????????

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Inspired Blog Award

Inspired Blog Award? Me??????? 



I was so blessed to be nominated for this award from the lovely Kat from Kat's Colourings, if any one is inspirational, it is totally her. Do yourself a favour and check out her blog! She has the most amazing EOTDs with colour combinations that most of us would not dare to try, yet she always makes them look amazing!
This award is such a great way to encourage fellow bloggers, the idea created by Agniezka from Beauty Cat Castle. The rules couldn't be any more simple, you just nominate at least 3 other bloggers who inspire you and why.
Now that it's my turn to share the love, I would like to nominate the following beauties:

Sarah from More Than Adored is as cute as a button and I just love her reviews. Nothing is off limits for her, whether it be drugstore brands to gorgeous high end products( which I can only drool over, lol). She is both informative and honest. Yep, this girl inspires me!

The gorgeous Ina from Ina Beauty World also inspires me with her polished makeup looks and well written posts. Her blog is well presented and her photos are wonderful. Not a question, Ina deserves a nomination!

Last, but certainly not least, is my darling Su from My Perfume Diaries. Her posts are impeccable. Not many people can write so beautifully about perfumes as this gorgeous gal. It's not easy to describe a perfume, but Su reviews in such a way that you can almost smell what she is describing. This lady is beautiful inside and out and is such in inspiration!

Darling Kat, thank you for being so kind to nominate me for my ramblings, hun, I truly appreciate it xx

EOTD Featuring Evil Shades Panic

I like a pinky coral, in fact it's one of my favourite colours. A perfect eye shadow to represent this colour is Panic from indie seller, Evil Shades.




In conjunction with Panic eye shadow, I used  a neutral colour as a base and dark brown in the crease.
Physicians Formula liner...meh, it's ok
Majolica Majorca lash duo, if you've read past EOTD posts, you'd know how much I love this duo!
So, not many products at all, actually, lol.




I love the warmth of this colour. I also find it quite a flattering shade :)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Natio Glow Skin Brightening Face Balm

I can't believe that before using the Natio Glow Skin Brightening Face Balm, I had not used this brand before. I know, right! I don't live under a rock, but with so many brands to choose from, for some reason I just had not gotten around to Natio. I only come to using this product through a program started on beauty website, Beauty Heaven called the Travelling Box, sort of like a Trash n Treasure, where you take out what you want, then replace with what you don't. To be honest, the main reason why I even kept this product was to lighten the box for postage!



This balm has been formulated to boost skin vitality and helps even out skin tone. Natural radiance and skin clarity is restored, while ingredients soothe the skin. 
This product can be used as a moisturiser, hydrating mask and even a primer. Talk about a multi-purpose product!
I like the simple packaging. Flip open the lid, and squeeze the tube to extract what is needed.
As the name suggests, this has quite a rich consistency. I initially was concerned that being a balm, it could break out my combination skin. A began with a small amount, which warmed up quickly, allowing the balm to melt and absorb into my skin. I was expecting it to be somewhat greasy, but it wasn't. I was left with soft, hydrated skin with no sticky residue. I was so happy with the inner glow that I was able to achieve by using this balm every morning. 
The weather is only just starting to warm up, so I'm not sure if this product would become a little greasy on my skin, but it is perfect for my skin during cooler months/
Would I repurchase? Definitely! Natio Glow Skin Brightening Face Balm is such a beautiful product. Not only is it lovely to use, doesn't break me out, whilst hydrating my skin effectively, it is a very affordable product. Using this moisturiser has made me want to add more Natio products to my skincare collection!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Glitter Topper Nails

I love sparkly things, but for my eyes I want shimmer not glitter. What do I do with glitter eye shadow? Put it on my nails! 
When I placed an order with Mon Ennui, I ordered some colour shifting eye shadow, I didn't realise how large the glitter was in some of the samples, so the 4 jars sat unused in a make up draw. When I say unused, I don't mean not admired, as I'd often pick the jars up and be mesmerized by the gorgeous colours. Desperately wanting to use them, I decided I'd try applying on my nails.




For the base colour, I decided to use Essie Da Bush. 




Whilst the second coat was still wet, I sprinkled Mon Ennui Siren over the top. To even out the surface, I applied to thick coats of Seche Vite.















I included so many pics to try and capture the sparkle and gorgeous colour of the glitter.

I have 3 other glitter eye shadows from Mon Ennui that I'll be sure to post when I apply those to my nails :)