26/12/2009

China Glaze - Kaleidoscope Him Out.

I have been dying to review this polish since I got it back in September, but at the time I got it I was having a nail crisis and couldn't wear it. By the time I got around to wearing it there was no sun! Typical. It seemed every time I did wear it the sun would vanish until I took it off. Well what do you know, Christmas day I manage to catch some rays of sunshine whilst I'm still wearing it! Finally ...

Please all say hello to my right hand as well, this hands is usually far from perfect but I noticed a chip in my left index finger and started picking it ... You're not getting a look at that. :P

Applied with two coats and Seche Vite top coat:





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This is a light sky blue with rainbow holographic glitter from the China Glaze Kaleidoscope collection. I saw this on someone else's blog way back and was like wow, I have to have that! After tracking it down I instantly fell in love. It's extremely holographic, obviously. Unlike GOSH Holographic, this is much easier to apply. The formula seems quite thin on the first coat but with another one on top of that it's completely opaque. There's a lot less dragging on this than some other holographic polishes I've tried. If you're not good at applying holographics I urge you to try this, it really does apply amazingly. And what's more the result at the end of it is also amazing. There is quite a bit of tip wear in these photos but I have had in for a few days now and I only noticed I had any from these pictures, it's really not that noticeable. I tried as best I could to get the polish to show up as close to possible as it appears in real life but my camera wasn't having any of it. The main base colour is mixture between the first two pictures. I love love love this and I'm sure I'll be wearing this all summer long.

What do you think of holographic polishes? Too much? Let me know. :)

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24/12/2009

Lush Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar Review / Christmas.

This review is long overdue but I've been so busy with Christmas, you know how it is. :(



A sparkly, sexy bath for a night on the town. Flosty Gritter is a party bath. Its blend of balancing lavender and sweet vanilla makes an irresistibly attractive scent. Don't be surprised if people are drawn to your pink sparkles and stay within sniffing distance for the rest of the evening. The name? Well, our product developer, Noriko Muira, gets her 'r's and 'l's mixed up, as they sound the same in Japanese. Guess what she wrote on the jar of frosty glitter that gives Flosty Gritter its pink sparkles?

I decided to use a third of this, I could have made the piece a little smaller but what the hell. ;)




The main reason I got this was it's sparkly, pink and smells very sweet. Not in a candy way though. The vanilla and the lavender mix well together. I don't actually like lavender for the most part, I find it too strong and it gives me a head ache. In this though it's very subtle. I didn't find it was that sparkly once in the bath which was a shame. I'd love to be covered in glitter. ;D It did make the water quite a bright pink though and produced lots of lovely bubbles. I think Lush Bubble Bars are good value for money. I managed to get about 5 uses out of this bar which I was not expecting. I definitely would repurchase this once I've tried some others.

If anyone else has/wants to try this, what are your thoughts?

And last but not least I hope everyone has a great Christmas! Don't eat or drink too much. ;) I'm off to finish watching The Corpse Bride (ITV) but I shall be back in a few days with more posts.

Merry Christmas. :)

19/12/2009

M.A.C 266 'Small Angle Brush' Review.




For creating sharp, precise lines. This brush has fibers which are carefully arranged to form a perfect angle. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wooden handles with nickel-plated brass ferrules.

I had been after this brush for ages before I actually decided to get it. I prefer to see brushes in person, you can't really tell if they're going to be too big or too harsh on your face through a computer screen. This brush is made from firm natural fibers. It's still soft on the eye area, despite having firm bristles. This can be used to fill in your eyebrows, which I have yet to try. (I've kind of given up on my brows at present, more on that in another post!) You can also use this for eyeliner, which is what I have been using it for. I've read reviews saying that this can be too thick to do liquid eyeliner on the top lid. I do not find that the case at all. I used it in this FOTD for the black liquid liner. I think that's the perfect line. It's also helped me in achieving even flicks. Before I just used the applicator that came with a liquid liner and it was much to thick to do that. Now I can have perfect lines and flicks.

If you have this brush, what do you think of it?

17/12/2009

Lush Haul.

Last time I went to Lush I decided on only getting a few things as I didn't know what they'd be like. Let me tell you something, I loveeee the bubble bars and I managed 6 uses out of the Flosty Gritter (review soon) so they are definitely worth the money.

The only bad point is that with the gigantic Snow Fairy and everything else, plus all the other bags I had, made my hand almost fall off carrying it all. :(














Anybody else tried any of these, opinions?

Reviews to follow. :)

12/12/2009

Blu Mushroom Face Of The Day.

The sun was actually out today! Can you believe it?! Which is why I look more 'tanned' in these photos.

My look for work today:






Face:
M.A.C Moisture Lush Cream.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Face SPF 50.
M.A.C Matte Gel.
M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer - NW15.
M.A.C Studio Fix Powder - NW15.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette:



Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Coastal Scents Eyeshadow 1 (All over lid), Eyeshadow 2 (Crease).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Mushroom (Outer v, crease).
M.A.C Pigment - Pink Opal (Highlight).
Urban Decay Liquid Liner - Revolver (Upper lashline).
M.A.C Liquid Liner - Boot Black (Upper lashline).
M.A.C Pearlglide Eyeliner - Flu - By - Blu (Lower lashline)
Mascara - ... (This is the first time I've used it so I'm not revealing what it is yet).

Lips:
M.A.C Lipstick - Privé.

 

09/12/2009

Sellout Face Of The Day.

Two FOTD's in two days? Aren't you lucky. ;)

Today I wanted something that would be able to be blended quickly and easily. So I stepped out of my comfort zone - bright eyes and nude lips and did the opposite. I know for many this is something they would feel comfortable wearing but for me, well, it kind of freaks me out if I'm honest. But I do love the neutral shades in the Book Of Shadows II.





Face:
M.A.C Moisture Lush Cream.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Face SPF 50.
M.A.C Matte Gel.
M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer - NW15.
M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid - NW15.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
M.A.C Pigment - Pink Opal (Highlight).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Sellout (All over lid), YDK (Crease, outer v), Mushroom (Outer v).
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner - Zero (Upper and lower lashline).
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara.

Lips:
M.A.C Dazzleglass Creme - Creme Allure (LE).

EDIT - RE the comments in this post.
I am not a nasty person generally, but if someone says something so personal I will retaliate.

Mondays M.A.C Haul.

I hate flash with a passion and when I was trying to take pictures of the Baroque Boudoir stuff it was reflecting off it like nobodies business, so I waited till today to do those bits.

Just a small haul as I'm off to M.A.C tomorrow:






Anybody else got anything from Baroque Boudoir? Do you like it?

Reviews to follow of course. :)

Parfait Gunmetal Face Of The Day / Minor Giveaway Info.

This look is about a week old. I initially wasn't going to put it up because I couldn't help looking like an idiot in every single picture. But I love it, so just ignore how ridiculous I look. ;)





Face:
M.A.C Moisture Lush Cream.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Face SPF 50.
M.A.C Matte Gel.
M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer - NW15.
M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid - NW15.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
M.A.C Eyeshadow - Parfait Amour (All over lid).
M.A.C Paint Pot - Blackground (Crease, outer v).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Gunmetal (Crease, outer v).
Urban Decay Liquid Liner - Ecstasy (Upper lashline).
M.A.C Liquid Liner - Boot Black (Upper lashline).
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil (Lower lashline).
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara.

Lips:
M.A.C Lipstick - High Def (LE).

I've decided to hold off on the giveaway, I will still be getting the stuff next week. But by the time it's all organised it will be christmas and everyone will busy doing other things. So after christmas/new year/my 21st (January 5 ;D) is out of the way it will be going up. :)

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06/12/2009

Quick Tips: Depotting M.A.C Eyeshadows.

When I first decided to start depotting M.A.C Eyeshadows I didn't really want to use my only pair of hair straighteners, so I opted on doing it the plier way. I have since learnt my lesson, more on that in a minute.

Today I had 3 shadows I've been meaning to depot for ages. I decided to use the flat iron way this time. You can search for this on YouTube and get loads of videos for it.

Basically what I did was get the pan and the top piece of the casing out, place that on top of a piece of toilet paper that was over my straighteners, I didn't want to put it directly on it. Wait 30 seconds or so, check the bottom, it will start going white, then I just push gently from the middle so that it pops out. You might have to put it back on the straightener and let the glue melt a bit more.

Doing it this way meant I had 3 completely clean and not broken pans:



It also meant I could get the labels off the bottom. To do this I just placed the eyeshadow case directly onto my straightener, waited 30 seconds or so till it got a bubble around the edge and peeled it off with a pair of tweezers and put it over the magnet on the bottom of the pans:



If you think this sounds like too much effort, I urge you to try it. I depotted 3 shadows in 11 minutes.

Please, please, PLEASE, yes I'm begging, do not use the plier method to do this or you will ruin your shadows.

Case in point 1:



Case in point 2, this is partially down to pliers and partially down to dropping my palette:



Flat irons all the way! :)

I'm thinking of maybe doing more posts with quick tips like this, opinions are always welcome.

05/12/2009

M.A.C 239 'Eye Shadow Brush' Review.




Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules.

This is something new to me - reviewing a brush. So forgive me if this isn't that great. Moving on ...

I'd heard a lot of talk about this brush in videos, on blogs etcetc and I'm not entirely sure why it has taken me so long to get hold of this. Before this I was using a 213 Fluff Brush, which is great and all but the bristles on that don't pack enough colour onto the lid, more on that in another post. The bristles on this are made from white goat hair, which is extremely soft. They are firm yet there is still a lot of give and they are not harsh to the eye at all. This has now become my every day go to brush for all over lid colour. Why? If you have it then you'll know how good it is. It blends well but most importantly picks up a lot of colour and transfers all of it too, with rarely any fallout. I just use this to lightly pat colour over my lid. The only times I've had extremely bad fallout is when using Urban Decay's Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and that eye shadow leaves a lot to be desired. ¬_¬ I've used this every day I've put on my makeup since I got it and I wash my eye brushes after every use, there has been zero shedding. This is the perfect size for all over lid colour and a definite must have brush in my opinion.

04/12/2009

Nails Inc. - The Thames / Winter Nail Trends 09.

Keeping up with this years fall/winter nail trends I decided to actually use the grey I had purchased back in April.

Applied with two coats and Seche Vite top coat:



This is almost opaque in one coat. But I added a second just to make sure I'd covered everything and there was no streaky bits or nail showing through. As you can tell by the picture, doing this has actually made it somewhat darker then the colour you see in the bottle. Application was a lot better then some of the Nails Inc. polishes that I've recently been having trouble with, which I'm sure to blog about eventually. I only managed to keep this on for a few days due to work but it wore really well. My only gripe is that I love bright colours, sparkle, glitter, duochrome, holographics. Anything on a polish! But this kind of bored me. I don't know, I always liked the look of grey nails which is what made me buy this. I think if it was perhaps a little lighter I'd like it more. I might try mixing in some white if I wear it again.

What do we think of grey nails and the nail trends for fall/winter?

02/12/2009

M.A.C Dazzleglass Creme Review.



Flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer give lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. Ultra-luxurious, no sticky smack or drag, Aloe and Vitamin E enriched, keeps lips lightweight but strong-willed, for long-lustre, ultimate luminosity. Wear it alone for medium-sheer, dewy coverage ... For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant. And the accompanying applicator brush is a dream.

Three Dazzleglass collection in the past few months?! Yay! :D We all know I love my Dazzleglass and I heard the formula was going to be a lot better on the Cremes, so of course I had to buy some.




My Favourite Pink is a light blue pink with pearl. This was the lighter one of the two pinks I swatched at the counter, although I can't remember what the other one was. Now when I swatched it there was nothing wrong with it, which is why I got it. But when I actually tried it on at home I found it to be very slightly gritty. That's not a nice feeling when you rub your lips together! The smell on this one is also slightly different to the usual Dazzelglass scent and I don't like it very much. Besides those two problems, I am happy to look past them and continue to wear it because it's a lovely baby pink colour.
Creme Allure is a bright yellow plum with pearl. I saw the swatches of these way back and the first one I was drawn to, was this. I'm not sure why, I much prefer my nude lips. But I decided to get it anyway. It is everything I thought it would be, and unlike MFP it is extremely smooth. I haven't worn it as much as I could have but I knew that would be the case when I got it. But it's good to have.

Both of these are non sticky, compared to the normal Dazzleglass formula which is and I know that puts some people off. These are amazing though and I'd wish I'd gotten maybe a few more. If they come back again I will be sure to.

And I'm really sorry this review is mega late. The bad weather is making me feel really blah and lacking in inspiration. Plus I have been working lots for the xmas period. :( Giveaway coming in (about) a week though. :D