Thursday, 30 January 2014

Galaxy Nails

I love the interwebs! If not for this handy tool, I would find it hard to come up with new ideas for my nails. This is especially so for the following creation, galaxy nails. It's not new, though, I had not tried it until now, thinking that it looked too difficult. Enter Youtube tutorials, and now I have my own Galaxy Nails.

Ok, to complete this look took a few steps, but you know me, of course it was easy!
After applying Orly Bonder base coat, I applied two coats of navy blue, it's Lancome, but I forgot the name. Unfortunately I had to ditch the polish because it was beginning to get gluggy, I wish I had used it more over the years, which sadly, will most likely be the story of almost all of my polishes :( The first world problem of owning too many polishes.
Anyway, once my nails were completely dry, I sponged Maybelline Color Show in Porcelaine Party, Borghese purple polish and Sally Hansen HD in Digital. I only dabbed a small amount of each in random places on my nails.
Because I seem to be hopeless with brushes, I then proceeded to use a toothpick to draw stars. For a little extra sparkle, I applied a crystal shimmer polish over my nails, then finished with my staple, Seche Vite top coat.




Ok, I think I've posted enough pics, but I loved the end result, can you tell? LOL

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Mirenesse Foot Renew Booties

Mirenesse Foot Renew Cryotherapy Booties, might be a mouthful to say, but in short are serum infused cloth booties.




They are jam packed full of goodies that are formulated to soothe the feet, whilst working to hydrate this often dry part of your body. Check out this impressive list of key ingredients here.
To activate, the packet needs to be placed in the freezer for 10 minutes (hence, cryotherapy) Application couldn't be any simpler, place them on your feet, and with the protective plastic outer layer, you can put your feet up on any surface.
I received these in a VIP pack from Mirenesse. 
I chose a hot day (which wasn't hard, lol), put the booties on and sat back on the recliner whilst watching a movie. I felt so pampered, as my dry, terribly cracked feet were being soothed in the cool, refreshing serum.
The recommended time to leave the booties on is 15 minutes, but I left them on for almost an hour, I wanted to allow as much absorption of the serum into my poor neglected feet as I could. I then tossed the booties and massaged the remaining serum into my feet.
Well, I must say that my feet, that probably should not have seen the light of day in their condition, were so soft and best of all SMOOTH. The roughness of my feet had disappeared. I can't believe that I achieved this result without manually exfoliating at least my heels!
Would I repurchase? Although, I received the impressive promised results, I do think the price is rather steep for a one-use product. It is a lovely way to pamper the feet, however, with regular foot soaks, scrubs and moisturisation, I can get similar results. Oh, and a lack of laziness!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

ANOTHER Gradient NOTD :P

I know that the gradient has been done over and over again, but you know what? I still love it, I love seeing it, I enjoy creating it. So, here's my latest offering of a gradient based nail look.


Using a simple white base colour, the Maybelline Color Show is a decent white, I then performed the gradient with some basic pastel colours. Well, except for my feature nail, which is a water decal. I much prefer these to stickers because I find that they don't lift like my experience with stickers have in the past.





What do you think? Are you over the gradient, or still love it like I do? :)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Nails With Sparkle

As promised, I wanted to show you another attempt at using loose glitter shadow on my nails. My first look can be seen here. I actually created this look right before Christmas, but due to a backlog, I'm only getting around to blogging about it now, oops!


Wanting to incorporate the 3 remaining Mon Ennui glitter shadows into this look, I decided to use Illamasqua Viridian, a gorgeous forest green, as my base colour. I then applied a coat of Orly 54 for the glitter to adhere to.


For my feature nail, I added 2 nail art studs. Gosh, I just love that green! :)

Monday, 13 January 2014

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Dr Lewinns Refining Toner

Thanks to a Gift With Purchase at Priceline, I was able to try Dr LeWinns Refining Toner.

The blue toned liquid comes in a large 178ml bottle. Unscrewing the lid reveals a "stopper" with hole, so you just simply tip to pour a small amount onto a cotton pad (my choice of application method)
It smells quite refreshing and herbal, thanks to the aloe vera and cucumber extract.
Using this toner is a great way to finish the cleansing process. Any impurities are removed, whilst returning the skin's PH level back to normal.
I love that the refining abilities of this toner are not achieved with the drying effects of alcohol.
The toner is targeted at normal to dry skin tones, however I found that it worked well to remove my skin of oil on my combination type.
Would I repurchase? To be honest, toner is a product I use, but it's not on my radar until I need it. I generally buy whatever is reasonably priced that fits into my skincare criteria of being gentle, yet effective. In short, I certainly wouldn't rule it out, though I probably wouldn't feel the need to seek out this toner in particular.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

New Year's Resolution: A Giveaway!

Do you make NY Resolutions? I generally don't. Why? Because I know that I most likely won't keep them. This year is different, I've decided to make a resolution that I am determined to fulfill. This promise will actually benefit you!
I am going to conduct a giveaway. I have been meaning to do this for some time. What better time than now, when most people's bank accounts have been exhausted.
I'll begin with the boring, yet important bits..the rules
To be eligible you must:
Live in Australia
Follow me via GFC or Bloglovin'

Now to the good bit. The goodies on offer! These are all indie based. I love buying from indie beauty sellers and wanted to share that love with you.




This sampler prize pack includes goodies from Concrete Minerals (reviews), Femme Fatale (reviews), The Chequered Lily (review), Willow Tree Minerals, Kiss My Sass, Glamour Doll Eyes, A'dor Beauty (review). 
These were bought by myself, however, each of these sellers were very accommodating, giving me wonderful service and generous special prices. I love the personal touch that you can get from dealing with individual sellers, even if it is online :)

A huge congrats to GEMMA SAPPHIRE, I hope you enjoy your goodies!

Don't worry if you didn't win,  Chequered Lily and A'dor Beauty kindly supplied the coupon GORGEOUS and INDIEANA respectively, so take advantage of these fabulous coupons!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

A'dor Beauty

Well, now that my no-buy is over, I've gone a little bit crazy buying up online. One of these buying frenzies includes some goodies from A'dor Beauty, an online seller from Etsy, run by Olivia Anderson. All items are vegan, these include eye shadows, nail polish, lip products, blush and much more. Of course, I can't resist nail polish and eye shadows. However, I didn't go too overboard, I don't want to be on that dreaded no-buy again in a hurry, lol!






Nidalee- Golden neutral.




Lucky- Copper




Virgo- Deep blue.




Mermaid- Teal. OMG, I'm in love! :)





Here I am wearing Mermaid on my lid. It is just so beautiful, I didn't feel the need for another colour! :)






To complete this look, I used Nidalee on my inner lid, Lucky on the outer 2/3 and a little Virgo in the crease to contour. 
As you can see, the shadows are well pigmented and blendable. The texture is just beautiful.



Red Hottie (how cute is that name!) Look and feel of gels. I just adore this chili red colour. What shocked me the most was just how easy the polish was to remove!

Well, I'll have to head back to A'dor Beauty for some more products. The shadows were a dream to apply and I'd love to try some other polishes. I at least need a full size of Mermaid eye shadow!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- L'Oreal Nude Magic BB Cream

I love BB creams. Some days I like to forget foundation, but still want to wear something on my face that at least evens skintone. In the past, I had only tried Eastern BB Creams, which are known to be the best that you can get your hands on.
I finally ventured into the world of Western BB Creams, when I needed a replacement, and didn't have the time to wait for delivery. Reluctantly, I purchased L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream in Light.


The product comes in a tube with small nozzle that allows the cream to be squeezed through. I must admit that the novelty of the cream beginning white, but applying tinted, intrigued me enough to try it. Unlike the thick consistency of BB Creams that I have tried in the past, this product was almost a lotion. It spread easily on my skin and absorbed quickly. I had a touch dry finish, but my skin felt hydrated. It does have an SPF of 12, I would prefer something with more sun protection, but I did find that wearing in the cooler months was fine.
Would I repurchase? Probably not, but not because I didn't like the BB Cream. It was more like tinted moisturiser, however, the tint was lovely. My skin appeared dewy with a more even skin tone. I like how light it felt on my skin. The only reason why I most likely wouldn't buy again in the future is only because  I have found a BB Cream that I have fallen in love with, but more on that in the near future :)

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Chequered Lily

Being online and bored with time to kill is not a very good mix, especially for my bank balance, lol. On one of these such days, I decided to browse online website, Etsy. This is when I came across the store Chequered Lily. My browsing soon became a need to place an order, especially after I read Lily's honest blurb

"If you haven't purchased from us before, here's what you should know: We believe in honesty and transparency and we want our customers to be safe and happy (and to look fabulous while doing so). We use only eye-safe products in our shadows and always include safety and ingredient information on our packaging unique to each product. 

All swatches are shown against dry, bare skin. I strive for accuracy in my photos, but some colors have a dramatic shift that the camera cannot adequately capture, for this reason, I show photos of my products in varying lighting conditions (but always outdoor, natural light) and shoot video for each color (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheChequeredLily). I also provide a "streak" photo for each color against lightly textured black paper to give an idea of how a color goes onto the skin and what its finish is, ie: metallic, pearl, matte, glitter, etc. The use of a primer or base will enhance the brightness, opacity, and wear of any shadow and is highly recommended, especially for shadows that are very sparkly or contain a high percentage of glitter. Colors on the website may appear lighter than they actually are, this is partly due to varying monitor settings, and also partly due to camera settings and editing. If you are unhappy with a color you have received, please convo me so we can work on a solution. ^_^"

Everything that I look for in a listing is covered, informative with great photos and swatches, to make choosing easier. Lily was such a joy to deal with, she was more than happy to cater to my needs wants.
Ok, so onto the product


Stormbringer- Charcoal violet blue, with gorgeous shimmer. THE best blackened colour that I have used!


Snow Glass Apples- I just couldn't capture the gorgeous red iridescence of this pearly white shadow.


Pharaoh's Curse- Molten gold shimmer. The blurred pic shows the wonderful shimmer of this shadow.


Monster Bride- Ghoulish golden green, I love it!





A Dustland Fairytale- Nude pink.




Candyfloss- Salmon pink.




November- Deep mocha.




Jareth V2.0- Dark violet brown. 




Terracotta Rose and Enraptured blushes. These blushes are so pigmented, but don't let that scare you because they blend out like a dream!

Of course I couldn't wait to apply some eye shadows!




For this look I used A Dustland Fairytale on my inner lid, Candy Floss on center and outer is Jareth V2.0



To complete this look, I applied Pharaoh's Curse on my inner lid, Monster Bride on center, November on the outer "V" and Stormbringer in the crease.

I was so impressed with these eye shadows. They had such a beautiful finish, very pigmented, yet easy to blend. I am so happy that I stumbled across this brand, definitely worth trying!