I can't believe that this is the first time I have applied one of my Pretty Serious Cosmetics polishes. I bought a few during their Black Friday sale.
This fiery orange is called Generally Hazzardous. It's such a hot colour, I love how the gold shimmer peaks through the orange. This is the first of a few Pretty Serious Cosmetics NOTDs that will be coming your way :)
The lovely Kat from Kat's Colourings is the perfect example of someone who matches everything so beautifully. I'm generally not one to put too much thought into what I'm wearing when I apply my makeup. As long as I'm using colours that are not going to clash with the colour of the clothes I have on.
This blouse I was wearing had such gorgeous colours that I was suddenly inspired to replicate them on my eyes.
I found the perfect purple colour in my loose minerals collection, and for the blue, I didn't have to look any further than my latest go-to, the warm palette. I also used a neutral from the said palette to contour. The 6-pan MAC palette provided the colour for highlighting and contouring. I used L'Oreal Million Volume Lashes mascara, 2 coats is all I need for the desired lashes.
I had fun finding the perfect purple and blue to suit my blouse. I need to do this more often. Do you like to match your makeup to your outfit?
I hate throwing out a product that I haven't given much of a chance, especially when it's over something that seems as trivial as the scent.
Olay Oil Minimizing Toner has been formulated to remove dirt excess oil and makeup. Although targeted for oily skin, having witch hazel, a well known astringent, this product also has Aloe Vera to soothe skin. Sounds pretty good, huh? I received this toner as part of a prize pack that I had won, probably not something that I would have purchased myself. However, wanting to at least try it, I simply applied this product like most toners, after cleansing, with a cotton pad. What went wrong for me was the scent. Fragrance was added, but it just wasn't enough to mask the strong alcohol smell. Maybe I have become accustomed to natural scented products, but I actually felt ill Having this affect was not the only reason for saying goodbye to this toner. After the strong smell of alcohol, I checked the ingredients. Having alcohol listed as the 2nd ingredient just doesn't sit well with me. Maybe if I was younger, when my skin was more oily, but now I'm finding that alcohol based products just strip my skin. Not a good thing for more mature skin. I hate throwing out products that aren't finished, let alone full, but if it doesn't go now, it'll just sit in my bathroom cupboard collecting dust. I might as well make room for something else ;)
I need to face the fact that I am no good at sticking with a no-buy, but with so many products in my collection, I need to do something to reign in my shopping. I thought that maybe I could try a "low-buy". Skin, hair and body products I don't usually go crazy, so they're safe. Makeup, nail polish and perfume, on the other hand are products that I find hard to resist, especially when on sale! I'm not sure how I'll go with this, but perfume and nail polish buying is out, UNLESS there's a too-good-to-miss sale. Now, I don't mean any old sale. but it has to be an almost once in a lifetime kind of sale. When it comes to makeup, I've decided that there's certain categories that only really require a product that I'm currently using and 2 back-ups.
I haven't gone crazy with primers, but I really need to start using them. I believe that a primer is a must, but I generally use a BB cream underneath my foundation.
I love BB creams. I have been quite restrained, knowing that I don't need an abundance of them. There's quite a few that I want to try, but not until I've finished 7. Luckily, I have 4 travel sizes that shouldn't take too long to use up.
I need to start using concealers again. Since using BB cream as a primer, I find that I don't feel the need to use a concealer. (Sorry for the poor pic, :/)
I've been wearing foundation 3 days a week to try and get through product. It's working, I have gone through my indie mineral powder foundations, and so I have 4 foundations to use up before buying more. To be honest, I'd prefer to wear a decent BB cream than a foundation, but I do like them for night time wear. Not that I go out much, but it's good to have a foundation handy.
Face powders are a product that I've only started to appreciate in the last couple of years. Although, I still have days that I forget to apply, oops! I have a feeling that these will last some time. Which is ok, I don't generally get impulses to buy face powder. To be honest, I haven't put any thought into what I'd even want to buy next.
As you can see, illuminizers are not a product that I feel the need to have a lot of. To be honest, I rarely use them, and could live without buying another, I probably will eventually, tho, lol. I don't have a pic for bronzer, it's actually a product I don't have any of. I've never got the hang of using one, and really don't miss owning one.
These are some of the eye primers that I need to get through. A few of them are just colour bases. To be honest, I'd be happy to stick with Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Eye Primer. It's like a glue for the loose minerals to adhere to :)
As I haven't purchased a mascara for quite some time, my collection has been diminishing, slowly. I now have 8 mascaras to finish before buying another. My biggest weaknesses are eye shadows, glosses, lipsticks and blushes. My only stipulation to myself in the case of glosses, lipsticks and blushes, is that they MUST fit into allocated storage. None of them do.
These are my blushes. I went through a buying frenzy last year, and have more than enough. I want to work towards only having enough to fill the bottom of the drawer. I do also have others that needed alternative storage. I hope no blushes call out to me to buy in the near future!
I've had to resort to a cardboard box for storage of loose minerals. This box is 5 shadows deep, oops!
I think the amount of lipstick and glosses pictured here would be a sufficient amount.
BUT, my "temporary" makeup bag storing lip products is bursting at the seams.
These are my eye liners. I actually haven't added any for some time, still a while before I buy another black. I am going to leave shadows for another post, let's just say that they require it! LOL.
Thanks to a 40% off cosmetics sale at Priceline, I now have one of Sally Hansen's Satin Glam polishes to show you. I had been eyeing them off, and such at such a great deal, this was way too tempting..same old story, lol.
Attempting to curb my spending on beauty related products, I allowed myself to buy just the one. Choosing wasn't easy, but I finally decided on this champagne colour, Go Gold. I really like the satin finish, whilst the shimmery touch makes it something special. All I can say is, thank goodness the sale is over! :)
Although, I really like the classic French mani, I can never get the white tips right. I've tried the sticker guides with no luck, I seem to not place the sticker on straight. I've worked on my own version, using the traditional nude and white nail polishes.
For my nude base colour, I used OPI Passion. Then mostly on the tips of my nails, using the nail polish brush, I dotted MNY Color Show Porcelain Party. To create the design, I just lightly stroked a brush through the dots randomly.
This look might not be quite as elegant as a French Manicure, but I think it turned out ok, what do you think? I'd love to try this in different colour combos, too...reds and orange anyone? :D
It's not often that a product that you line your eyes with becomes the feature of a makeup look. Enter Evil Shades mineral eye shadow in Broken Dreidel . It's such a pretty bright blue, but I find it can be a little too much all over my lid, especially for a day look. An easy way to still wear this shadow is by lining my eyes with it.
You'll see my latest usual suspects in this pic. Face Skin 79 BB cream to prime Coastal Scents Camo Quad in Medium to conceal under eyes, prime lids and highlight under brow Ja-De Ultimate Wear Foundation L'Oreal Blush Eyes Light shade from 6 pan palette on inner eyes, Evil Shades Broken Dreidel on lid, dark brown with green shift from 6 pan palette in crease, blended out with neutral from 88 Warm Palette L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara Lips Mirenesse Lip Liner Duet using Rose Mavala Lipstick in Nagoya Bourjois clear lipgloss, an oldie but a goodie. Unfortunately this was the last hoorah for this gloss, I've had it for a tad too long :(
It's amazing what a pop of colour can do for a makeup look :) Please note that I have not linked the seller due to bad service of late, would explain why the website appears to be down.
Although this is a scary thought, if I could only choose one nail polish to wear ever (shudder!) it would have to be this one! I can not stop looking at this gorgeous hot pink colour with lilac shimmer.
Layla Softouch Effect shade 04. Isn't this textured polish divine? Well, if you're a lover of pinks, like I am, I'm sure you think she's pretty :)
The wonderful Kat from kat's colourings chose the perfect theme for this time of the year. When I think of Autumn, I imagine beautiful warm colours. Reds, browns, olive greens and golds, I just love these colours, especially when it comes to eye shadows. In an attempt not to miss out, I quickly come up with a couple of looks. Forgive me for not taking pics of what I used, I have been crazy busy lately, and just didn't have the time or energy. Face: Models Prefer BB cream in Light Ja-De foundation Coastal Scents concealer quad palette ANF Apricot finishing powder Sleek Rose Gold blush Eyes: On my lids I used the 88 Warm Palette. Now please don't ask me which shades, because I have enough trouble remembering the correct shades to go back to during application! L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara. Lips: Revlon Colour Balm Stain with a gold shimmer dabbed onto the center lip area.
I also created some Autumn nails, however it didn't turn out quite how I had envisioned, oh well. Anyway, I used a gold base colour. I then randomly dabbed on orange, red and bronze polishes and with the help of my handy ziplock bag, I smudged the colours together.
As you can see, I am leaving my index finger out of the pics because I didn't take photos last night and it chipped pretty badly today, grrrr.
Kat shows us that Autumn can be bright and beautiful. Smoldering, sexy eyes are on show from the lovely Gemma. Hailey nails the challenge with her full face polished Autumn look. Courtney shows how to make Autumn a wearable look. Please join us, it's a lot of fun! :)