Friday, September 30, 2011

Colorful Eye Liner

Not so long ago I saw a gorgeous make up look made by Ronnie (aka Veronica) from Bows and Curtseys. I didn't think I could re-create it, but it didn't leave me alone. The idea of doing a colorful liner make up haunted me until I finally caved in. Wanna see what I created? This:


Products used:
* 88 Matte Eyeshadow Palette
* Essence Eyeliner Pen
* NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
* Essence Black Mania Mascara

... and this:

I used the same products as for the look above. I think I could do a little better, but patience isn't really my virtue.


So, what do you think? Would you wear this?

Thanks for looking!

Ruby Kisses - All Purpled Out

I still have my Depend crackle manicure on and I don't wanna remove it anytime soon. It still looks OK, with a minor chip on one nail and that's a rare thing. Most nail polishes usually chip on me the very first day. It's time for another ''from the vault'' post.

Essence, Break Through, 2 coats + Ruby Kisses, All Purpled Out, 1 coat

I should probably add another coat of Ruby Kisses, but I didn't feel like it at the time. I like glitters, but only if they're dense enough. And this one isn't. It looks great in the bottle, but when you try to apply it, you only get a couple of glitter particles in a clear base. Not crazy about it at all. What do you think?

I got a package from England this morning. Thank you so so much, Nail Stories! You should check out her blog if you're into nails (which you probably are, otherwise you wouldn't be here), it's really good! It's tea tasting time ... and I got Highland shortbread fingers as well, oh my ... they taste so good! I already tried the Twinings Earl Grey and it's not the one I was looking for. Right now I'm waiting for my cup of Sainsbury's Earl Grey to cool a bit, but by the sniff I took, I don't think it's this one either. Darn! I guess I'll never find that mysterious tea... Can't wait to try Yorkshire tea for the first time and Jasmine Earl Grey. That's it. I'm moving to England.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Balea Soft+Care 2in1 Intensivpflege & Maske

I'm not very consistent when it comes to pampering my skin with face masks. I tend to use them a lot and then I completely forget about them for months. I bought this 2 in 1 Balea Intensivpflege & Maske product a while ago, because I really liked their Multivitamin mask and I thought this is the same product in a better packaging. As so many times before, I was wrong. For those of you who aren't too familiar with German - this product is supposed to be an intensive care and mask in one. I can't really see the difference, since applying mask means to IC your skin anyway, but I'll let it slide.

Here's what it says on the packaging:
''The vitamin cocktail, consisting of vitamin C, vitamin E and provitamin B5, provides moisture and protection. Vitamin C and E help neutralize free radicals. Pro-vitamin B6 increases the moisture holding capacity of the skin. Strawberry scent.''


Application:
- as an intensive care: apply gently and evenly to your face, neck and chest
- as a mask: apply gently and evenly to the face avoiding eye area; leave it on for 5-10 minutes and remove it with a cotton pad

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Distarch Phosphate, Myristyl Myristate, Phenyl Thimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Mica, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cl 77891, Cl 16185.

Price: €2.15 for 50mL

Where to buy? DrogerieMarkt stores.
***

I tried it twice and I can't say I like the product. It's way to runny for a mask and I don't feel comfotable using it as a so called ''intensive care''. I'll let you know why...

Pros:
+ The packaging (it's way better and more sanitary than those sample baggies).
+ Price.
+ Strawberry scent (it reminds me of strawberry candy).

Cons:
- Too runny to use as a mask (I like my masks thicker).
- It contains Myristyl Myristate which is known to be very comedogenic ingredient.
- Scent (it smells nice, but can get a bit overwhelming and/or irritating).

As I already said, I don't feel like using this as a mask, because it's too runny and I certainly wouldn't use it as an intensive care - that means you apply it like a cream and leave it on. The ingredient I mentioned can cause breakouts and noone would like that effect. If you're gonna use this, I strongly suggest you to rinse it off after a certain amount of time. This product doesn't do much for me. It smells nice, but I bet I'm gonna start hating the scent sooner or later because it's quite strong. Too bad, I like the packaging ... I'm tired of masks in those baggies but I guess they're still better than this poor excuse for a mask.

Did you try and Balea face masks? If so, which ones and did you like them?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Depend Cracked Effect in Mint Green (5011)

Wanna see a pretty crackle? I'm sure you're all sick of seeing cracking polishes all over the internet. And I feel you. It's like the 80's are back and that can't mean anything good. Well, except for music (Alice Cooper, Poison anyone?) - but even there is a thin line between good and disastrous. Wait, what was I trying to say?

DrogerieMarkt stores in Slovenia recently started selling Depend nail polishes. Isn't that great? Now we can get three completely different nail polish brands here. *sarcasm off* The best part is they didn't turn up the prices to high heavens. A bottle of regular polish costs €1.70 and cracking polish is €2.10. To be completely honest, I wouldn't pay more for a tiny 5mL bottle anyway.

Essence, Galactic Black, 2 coats + Depend, Cracked Effect, Mint Green (5011), 1 coat

I've tried a couple of different cracking nail polishes since the trend came back to life, but no other polish impressed me as much as this one. It's opaque, it's easy to appy, it cracks the way it's supposed to. And you don't need to stand on your lashes and kill a bat to get an effect you see on the photos. One coat and the polish will do the rest. It's really easy to use. Not like some other polishes were you have to almost measure the amount of polish on the brush and drying time of the base color.

I'm lame to get so excited over a crackle, but it actually inspired me to do some eye make up as well. It's not a very good one (not like it needed much inspiration anyway), but I kind of dig it. For a photoshot, not for going out in public with it. I'm too shy for that. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion for a base, 88 Matte Eyeshadow Palette and Essence Black Mania Mascara. Yep, three products only.

What do you think of cracking polishes? Should they extinct by now?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Born Again by Illamasqua

'' ... to be born again first you must die.''




Thank you, Illamasqua!

Illamasqua is a new word for perfection. At least in my vocabulary.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guppy Sanding Fruit Extract Nail Polish in #17

Not so long ago I bought this nail polish on Ebay. I didn't really know what I was buying, but the photo of it looked promising. Besides, for a couple of bucks, it's not a disaster if it turns out it sucks.

Guppy, Sanding Fruit Extract in #17, 3 coats

First of all: I'm confused about the name. If you're gonna search Ebay for this polish, you won't find it as a Guppy polish. You gotta look for CUDDV. I'm pretty sure I can read, so I'm gonna wing it and call it Guppy anyway.

The name isn't really that important when it comes to nail polish. The most important thing is the content of the bottle. Let's see. This polish is full of silver glitter in purple base. It's pretty much opaque in three coats. Once it dries, it turns to matte finish which does remind me of sand paper, so maybe that's where it got the name. Everything is pretty much OK, the formula is good, so is the application and drying time. The only thing that really bothers me is the smell of it. This polish stinks! It reminded me of the stinky Kleancolor polishes. The smell is so bad, it doesn't only bother my nose, but my throat as well. Horrible!

I really don't understand this Engrish thing. Why use English, if you can't even spell 6 words right? At least I think it's supposed to be fruit extract, but who knows. Based on the smell, that fruit must be rotten anyway.

As I mentioned above, I got this polish on Ebay for $2.75. Search for ''cuddv'' if you want it, but consider yourself warned.

Would you try your luck with this one?

Thanks for looking!

Swatches: Beauty UK Eye Shadow Palette in Glitz

Did you know Beauty UK Eye Shadow Palettes have been featured in many beauty magazines including Vogue (january 2010)? No? Well, neither did I. Until today. And this is the day another Beauty UK palette is going to be featured on my blog as well. Meet Beauty UK Palette in Glitz.

It's not very visible on the photo above, but all of these shades are shimmery. They all contain silver shimmer which you can notice on the black and dark blue shade. This is how their swatches look. Upper row:

... and bottom row:

If you're looking for soft colors to create a natural look, this are the shades for you. Here's a make up look I did using this palette.


Products used:
* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* Beauty UK Eye Shadow Palette in Glitz
* NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
* Essence Black Mania Eye Pencil
* Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara


Price: ~ £3.99

Where to buy? Beauty UK online store (international), Ličila.si (for Slovenian customers).

*The product was sent to me by Ličila.si.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Essence - Break Through

Breaking up is not an easy thing to do, but it's sometimes neccessary. The only thing one has to do it to break through.

Essence, Break Through, 2 coats

This is a hard one to capture on camera. It looks more blue than it is in real life and I didn't realize it has a shimmer until I saw it on my own photographs. Pretty, but somewhat redundant. What do I need shimmer for if it's not visible without a magnifying glass? I'd still advise you to get it before Essence people decide to discontinue it (like most of their good shades). The application was easy, formula is good and it's quite opaque. It dries fast and costs only €1.49 (or even less if you don't live in my country).

I know it's not Saturday yet and I apologize for this random rant, but it's hard to be a blogger in Slovenia. The salaries are miserable here and the prices are just as high (in a lot of cases even higher) as in other countries with better payed jobs. And don't expect to get anything for free here. You might get lucky and receive some samples in the stores (just like any other person), but they're very careful about handing those out as well. Unless you know the person behind the counter. Bleh. It must be my headache talking.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, September 26, 2011

You Told I Had The Eyes of a Wolf

My Slovenian reader Tina asked me to create this eye make up look worn by Tarja Turunen.

Here's a close up on the eyes:

Before I start, I want to apologize for poor quality of the photos. These were taken right after my computer died and came back to life and my photo editing program didn't save the photos at the highest quality. It's my fault really. It would be too much work to take the photos again, so I decided to post them like they are.

Step 1: Prime your eyelids (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion). Take a pink-ish nude color and apply it all over your upper eyelid (I used Gateau shade from the Sleek Oh So Special palette).

Step 2: Start applying a black eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye (I used Noir from the Sleek Oh So Special palette).

Step 3: Blend the black eyeshadow toward the inner eye corner, but be careful to not take it too far. This is how it should look by now.

Step 4: Take a black eye pencil (I used Essence Black Mania eye pencil) and line your eyes all the way round: inner eye corner, upper lash line and waterline. Take an angled brush and apply black eyeshadow between your lower lashes and on your lower eye lid. Blend it out.

Step 5: Fill in your eyebrows.

Step 6: Apply mascara and false eyelashes.

You're done!

You can always use different colors if you want, use flasies or not ... mix it up and make it your own.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Stargazer - 161

I think I've found my favorite Stargazer nail polish shade. This one got my heart right away. Blurple base with golden shimmer? I'm sold!

Stargazer, 161, 3 coats

I don't mind the fact I had to apply three coats of this shimmery blurple goodness. The truth is that in real life, two coats would have been enough. Strong lighting and camera make it look kind of sheer after three coats, but it's not like that at all.

I can't tell you how much I adore this one. The application, formula, brush ... everything was as close to perfection as possible. Photos don't do this polish any justice, believe me.

This is the best photo of it. Isn't it amazing?

I purchased Stargazer polish via Glitter Store for £1.99.

What do you think about this shade? Is it really all that?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swatches: Beauty UK Eye Shadow Combo Palette in Disco

I told you I have a ton of stuff to show you. This is also from my to-post vault. I already showed you the Beauty UK Eye Shadow Combo Palette in Amazon and this time I'll take you to the disco. =) Meet Beauty UK Eye Shadow Combo Palette in Disco.

Swatches of the gel eyeliners and eyeshadows.

This is the look I made using the Disco palette.

I used:
* NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (as a base)
* Beauty UK Palette in Disco
* Essence Black Mania eye pencil (waterline)
* Max Factor 2000 Calories mascara
* ES False Eyelashes

The line on my upper eyelid was made with black gel liner from the palette. As you can see, it's not totally black, but somewhat leather-y looking and glossy. It's a nice change, but not for those who want their eyeliner completely black.

What do you think about this palette and the MU look I created?

Price: ~ £3.99

Where to buy? Beauty UK online store (international), Ličila.si (for Slovenian customers).

*The product was sent to me by Ličila.si.

Thanks for looking and commenting!
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