Monday, 24 February 2014

Perfume Collection

I have plans of writing up some SOTD posts (scent of the day). Before I started doing this, I thought that I would show you my perfume collection first.


This is my collection of indie perfume oils and a couple of solid perfumes, too. I store them in this jewelry holder, which hangs in my wardrobe.


Now I know that this isn't an enviable collection of perfumes, but I've wanted to add to my bottled perfumes, without paying a fortune. I've succeeded in not spending a fortune, and for the time being, have enough bottles. I will begin replacing with perfumes that I class as my must-haves, which seem to keep adding to my mental wishlist!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Simple NOTD Sunday

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of blue nail polishes. I love variations of blue, as in teal, aqua, etc, I even like a dark, dark, navy, but only because it is close to black. Unsurprisingly, blue does not take up much room in my nail polish collection, however, any excuse to purchase nail polish is a good one, so it was necessary to buy some of this shade. Hey, I'm good at justifying a beauty purchase! 
As I had mentioned in my previous Sunday NOTD post, I had made quite a large nail polish order with Ozsale buying from the Layla range.


I'm not completely sold on this shade 29, but the colour is growing on me. I love the subtle silver shimmer of this Ceramic Effect polish. The name of the finish is so fitting, it really dries to a ceramic look.

Are you a fan of blue?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Come Play With Me- Mad About Mattes

I love playing with makeup, something I enjoy seeing just as much, is other's makeup looks. I would really enjoy to share this experience with fellow like-minded bloggers. So, ladies I would be so happy for you to join with me in a little fun and interaction that I call "Come Play With Me".
So, if you would like to participate, here's some simple guidelines (if you're anything like me, you need guidelines, or else forget it! lol)

For starters, there needs to be a theme.
All that want to participate leave a comment with a link to their version, all links will then be included in "Come Play With Me" posts.
To keep the challenge moving, 2 weeks to submit looks would be ideal. The one to name the theme will pass the baton on to one of the participants, letting them know in their blog post comments section. This person offered the chance to choose a theme could kindly blog their theme in a short period of time.
If there hasn't been a theme chosen in around 2 weeks, I'll post the new theme.
Said theme can be interpreted any way you like, using nail look, eyes, full face, your choice.
Leave a any questions in the comments section, as I'm not sure how well I have worded the conditions, lol.

Ok, my chosen theme is "Mad About Mattes". Using mattes is not something I do often, so creating this theme gave me the opportunity to use some products that I wouldn't ordinarily apply.






I used some matte shadows from my 88 Warm palette
BH Cosmetics Liquid Eye Liner
L/Oreal Volume Million Lashes


Initially, I was just going to do an EOTD, but thought "What the heck, I'll do a matte lip, too!" So on my lips went Rimmel's  Lasting Finish By Kate in shade 107, a nice rich matte red.

So, will you join me? :)

Check out:
Kat at kats colourings sizzling look.
The Beauty In Life's Hailey with a flawless matte FOTD.
Gemma at Lady Sapphire Blog has been busy with a full face AND nails, and WOW she's done an amazing job.



Monday, 17 February 2014

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Avibon Retinol Palmitate

As I am noticing more and more signs of ageing, anti-ageing skincare has become very important to me. I've always considered vitamin A, or retinol, to be a key active ingredient to address various skin concerns. I did try prescription product Retin-A, but I hated how it made my skin itchy and flaky. Something I had not experienced before to that degree, I've only had to deal with the opposite problem, oily skin. I always considered this to be a terrible concern to try and combat, but seriously, dry, itchy, flaky skin really is the pits!
Anyway, my hunt for a retinol based product that my skin was less likely to react to, brought me to a product from French brand, Avibon.


I purchased Retinol Palmitate from ebay, blindly, as although I researched product reviews, I did not actually look for a list of ingredients...Vitamin A was enough to tempt me! Had I known that it was suspended in lanolin and, essentially, vaseline, I would not have bought it.
The product comes in a medicinal type 30g tube. The consistency is thick, I mean really thick, yes like vaseline. The scent is masked by a rose type fragrance, yet I can still smell that distinct petroleum based scent, which I find somewhat off-putting, to be honest.
Anyway, not one to throw a product away without trying, I still applied it. Only the tiniest bit is needed. I made the mistake of trying to apply a small dollop, and it took forever to absorb into my skin. I hated the sticky feel. I discovered the best way to apply this night pommade, was to warm a little bit, by rubbing between my palms. It's easier to add a little more if needed.
Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately, my skin became congested after a few days use, and to be honest, I didn't feel comfortable using these ingredients on my skin. It's weird because I had read so many glowing reviews, including those with acne prone skin. Oh well, it looks like I will be looking for another retinol based product, making sure I know the ingredients list in advance!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Simple NOTD Sunday

Today's installment showcases a brand that, until seeing it for sale on Ozsale, I had not heard of before. Being such a bargain price, I bought a few polishes from Italian brand, Layla, so you'll likely see a few posts with me wearing this brand on my digits.

How gorgeous is this golden coral colour. It has what is labelled a "Softouch Effect". The best way that I can describe this finish is softer than a "sand", yet is textured.  I love it!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's Day Makeup and Nails

What I really appreciate about Valentine's Day is the beautiful feminine colours that it conjures, namely pinks and reds. Oh-so-pretty!
This year I thought that I should go all out and create a makeup and corresponding nail look, and of course share with you!


Face
Garnier BB cream
Dr LeWinn's Illuminser above cheekbones
EDM Salon Fun blush

Eyes
Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink on lids
Peachy shade from the Performance Colors trio on the center of my lid
Frosted pink shade from 88 Warm palette to blend out from crease
UD Midnight Cowboy Eyeliner on lower inner rim
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara

Lips
Mirenesse Duet Lip Liner, using Rose
Too Faced Whipped Lip Luxe in Couture







Ok, onto the nails

Apart from my pinky finger, I used OPI Animalistic for my base colour. OMG, I love this pinky red! Using Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Polish in Pink Satin, I applied over 2 of the Animalistic bases. Simply using scrunched up cling wrap, I proceeded to dab on the nails, whilst the pink coat was wet, until the desired amount of base colour was visible. On my ring finger I stamped on the design using Pink Satin. On my pinky finger I applied Beau Kiss glitter topper in shade 10, over the pink polish.



Now, I love spending time with you, but I really should be enjoying Valentine's Day with hubby! Happy Valentine's! :)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner is a body lotion that has been formulated to moisturise the skin whilst in the shower. This unique body product is actually activated by the use of water and immediately is absorbed by the skin.


I wondered just how well a body moisturiser would work when it is, in theory, being washed off in the shower. However, the product intrigued me, it finally got the better of me and I had to buy it for myself. I chose the large 400ml bottle for very dry skin.
Once I had washed with shower gel, I then lathered the white lotion all over my body, washing my skin whilst massaging in the product. I did find the bottle a little cumbersome, as it was somewhat difficult squeezing out product, holding onto the bottle and trying to apply. I think a pump dispenser would make for better packaging for ease of use.
The scent was an unassuming fresh fragrance, that subtly lingered after towel drying. 
One thing I did learn after my first application, was that I did not need to use so much product, a little goes a long way.
Would I repurchase? I won't be without it in the warmer months. A body butter, oil or moisturiser absorbs well in winter, but come summer, it feels terrible on my skin. I feel like an oily mess. Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner totally solves this problem. Towel drying my body reveals soft, adequately hydrated skin, whilst being touch dry. I absolutely adore this product! 
If you haven't tried this product and hate icky sticky skin, because it's too warm for your body to absorb product readily, you NEED this lotion! :)

Monday, 10 February 2014

Sunburst Nails

I love bright, warm, summery colours, especially so on my nails. Seeing as this summer in my part of the world has been so hot, I thought I would make my fingers "sizzle" with some warm colour.

What colours conjure up a hot summers day like yellow, coral and red, with a hint of gold?? Keep reading, and you'll see what I mean :)
I began with LA Girls Metal for my base colour. It is quite a sheer gold for my liking, but 2 or 3 coats resulted in the opaque finish that I wanted. Using 3 strokes of polish, Ulta3 Honolulu, Maybelline Color Show Coral Crush and Mirenesse Burlesque Strip, I then used a toothpick (surprise, surprise) to stripe across the colours. This blended the polishes slightly, whilst giving a starburst effect. I love how the gold becomes a feature by peeking through the design.



What's your favourite summer time colour?

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Simple NOTD Sunday

Although I love to create various nail art looks, I also have polishes that I adore the look on their own. I wanted to start this series, so that I could showcase some of my favourite polishes. Although, these posts will predominantly include the one polish, sometimes I'll use a glitter suspended in clear, in this case I'll most likely use a coloured base. Like today :)

I've had Sally Hansens Money Talks for some time. I pick it up to admire the beautiful champagne and lilac glitter. Compared to a lot of glitter toppers, it is quite subtle, yet would take too much away from nail art if it was to be applied on top. I wanted to share this look for you, as it is truly a beautiful, elegant topper. I wanted a complimentary base, so used Zoya Austine.





I just love the finish of Money Talks over Zoya's champagne base. I really would have liked the camera to have picked up more of the pretty lilac glitter, but take my word for it, if you haven't already seen it, it's gorgeous!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

FOTD

It seems like some time since I've posted a FOTD. To be honest, I haven't really been inspired by any of my makeup looks to showcase one on my blog. Lately, I have been quite simplistic with my looks, and when I used some vibrant colour onto my lids, I thought it would be great to share with you.





Face
Primer- Skin 79 BB cream
Foundation- Ja-De Advance Wear Foundation
Finishing Powder- The All Natural Face Apricot Kisses Glow
Blush- L'Oreal blush that appears to have it's label rubbed off. Now that I have hit pan on this blush, I feel compelled to keep using it. I'm glad that I like it! lol


Eyes
Inner lid- The highlight shade from the 6 pan palette
Lid- Some Evil Shades Panic, over the burgundy shade from the 6 pan palette. I have created a couple of looks using Panic, you can see here that it is not quite as intense on its own. Crease colour is a dark brown with green shift. I blended out the crease with a neutral shade from the 88 Warm palette. The highlight shade was also used to highlight my brow bone.
Mascara- L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extreme Black.


Lips
Liner- Mirenesse Auto Lip Liner Duet, using the shade Rose
Lipstick- NYX in Strawberry Milk
Gloss- Bourjois clear lip gloss








Oh vibrant colour, I have missed you! :)

Do you often get stuck in a makeup rut, too, or switch it up often?

Monday, 3 February 2014

Window Shopping

Because I have so many beauty products sitting unused, I'm going to try not to buy what I have too much of, which is pretty much everything beauty related. I know I'm not that long off my no-buy, but I need to stop being such a hoarder. Easier said than done, but I thought I could include a new series "Window Shopping" to showcase products that I am lusting after. Hopefully this will fill my beauty shopping void..time will tell, lol!


Thierry Muglar Angel- I recently finished a dupe oil of this and now require the real thing!


Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer- No I have not been hiding under a rock, but I have way too many lip products that I want to get through, so I will just keep lusting after this gloss. Will power do not leave me now!


Covergirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation- I have read enough rave reviews to know that I must try this foundation! Alas, I have a few foundations to get through first. My plan is to only own one back-up foundation, getting through my current stash is going to take some time. I might have to postpone my make up free days for a while, lol.




Australis Velourlips- I love that these come in a gloss type application, yet are a matte finish. They've intrigued me for some time, and I need to try them...eventually :)




Natio BB Cream- I actually haven't done much research on this product, but I like the brand, so I want to try their BB cream. If I don't like it, at least I will not be breaking the bank. Thankfully, I've only a couple of BB creams to finish before I can buy this one :)


Aromaleigh Ignis Antiquita Collection-  Not only do I love the theme of Aromaleigh's latest collection (inspired by history's "forgotten" women) but some of the colours look gorgeous! This will have to wait, too many samples already in my collection. It's only a matter of time when I'll need an online fix of mineral makeup shadows, but I'll try and hold out.


Urban Decay Naked 3- If you haven't already got this palette, chances are it's on your wish list, too. The only thing I need to ask myself is do I really want it? Yes, it's gorgeous, but I do have similar colours in my collection..is my only reason because I don't want to miss out on yet another hyped Naked palette. I have the original and have used it once..hmmm.

Well, I must admit, this has been fun. Not quite the thrill of actually shopping, but it certainly kept me distracted for a while. 

Do you have any of these products, or would you like to? :)