Thursday, November 29, 2012

America

''...und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss,

weiß noch nicht, dass er tanzen muss!''

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Illamasqua Christmas Campaign Controversy

I just received an e-mail from Illamasqua regarding their ad from the Christmas campaign:
''As of the day before yesterday, we have been receiving lots of negative attention in regard to one particular image. It features the same model theatrically painted white, and painted black. The woman painted in black has been interpreted by lots of people as "blackface" which was not at all our intention or inspiration! A debate has emerged on social media channels and seems to be escalating across certain blogs and websites. 

On one side of the argument are those who feel that this is racist and want us to remove the imagery. Then, there are those who see this merely as an artistic expression with no reference to race.  

Given that our objective with this imagery was to be playful, striking and fresh with the creation of mirror images in white and black, using colour ON the skin it is very saddening that those making negative comments are focusing on colour OF the skin.  Frankly, colour of the skin didn’t even come into it at the time we created the imagery so we are absolutely shocked by the cynicism behind some of the comments.''

Here's the image that started the whole thing:
Illamasqua Dreaming Of...

First of all, let me tell you I didn't even know about this until I got the message from Illamasqua. That's one of the reasons I'll keep this as short as possible. I don't want it to snowball out of proportions. I just want to say what I think of the whole controversy around it. 

When I first got the photos from the Christmas campaign, I though they weren't as special as some of the previous collections (make up wise), but I liked the idea of the contrast: ''dreaming of white Christmas'' VS coloring up your life. That's what Illamasqua is all about. They've been like this from the start. And I think if someone got offended now, they never got them in the first place. I never took this ad as offensive, but I know some people are really sensitive when it comes to skin color. I think every skin color and tone is beautiful. Why should it be offensive? Colors are beautiful. I love skin tones. I love it from pale Dita von Teese to ebony goddess Grace Jones. And everything in between. Every skin tone is beautiful when a person wearing it is comfortable in it. But this isn't even about skin tone. This is art. And for all of those who were upset by it: were you only upset by the left part of the image, or by the right part of it too? I'm caucasian and I'm not ghostly white. Should I be offended by the add too?

Illamasqua, you have my full support. I don't think you did anything wrong here.

I know our opinions may vary. I want to know what YOU think about this image. Did you find it insulting or offending in any way? 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snake Skin Nails

I don't wanna keep you hanging, so here's the secret to my snake skin nails from last week's sum up. I'm not sure why I feel this way, but I think some of you are gonna be disappointed when you find out it's gel related. Yep, you're gonna need gel nail polish to achieve this effect. 

I came across this snake skin manicure while browsing Ebay for nail polish. Good news though: you only need one coloured gel nail polish and the so called snake skin assistant gel. I got both of them on Ebay for 4.99 USD each. You also need an UV lamp to cure the gel afterwards. This is the gel I used:

How to do a snake skin manicure:
* Apply your basic color gel nail polish and cure it under UV light. Repeat this step if necessary. 
* Apply your chosen color gel nail polish. 
* Dip dotting tool into the snake skin gel assistant product and start making 'dots' on your nails - the snake skin pattern will occur. 
* Dry under UV light. 

I did my manicure a bit differently though. I used a regular polish as a base (Wet n Wild White Creme). After it dried I applied a black gel nail polish over it and started dotting the assistant product on my nails. Once I was satisfied with the pattern, I dried my nails under UV light. Simple as that. 

Here are a couple of examples of the snake skin pattern in different colors. They look so nice, don't they? 

I tried the snake skin assistant product with the regular nail polish and it worked. You have to work fast, so the polish doesn't dry before you're done with dotting. I was happy to see the pattern form, but I was also confused - will it dry normally, do I have to cure it under UV light? At the end I was most happy I didn't cause an explosion by mixing all these chemicals together. Do not try this at home!

Although I think snake skin gel nails look awesome, I think it's too much work... I don't mind polishing my nails, but I hate removing the gel polish. I had to buff the gel part off my nails with a file and then soak off the rest of the stuff. Not to happy about that. I might try it again, but not anytime soon. 

What do you think about this kind of snake skin manicure? 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, November 26, 2012

piCture pOlish - Ruby Blou

Let's take a look at another nail polish from down under. This is piCture pOlish in Ruby Blou.
Picture Polish in Ruby Blou

Ruby Blou remind me of carnivals and patriotic celebrations. At least for the countries with blue and red in their flags (Slovenian flag also falls into the category). This polish is clear based and packed with red, blue and silver hexagon shaped glitter in two different sizes.
Picture Polish in Ruby Blou over white

piCture pOlish, Ruby Blou, 2 coats (over Wet n Wild White Creme)
Picture Polish in Ruby Blou over white

Ruby Blou is obviously a layering polish. You can still apply it on your bare nails, but it looks much better over a base color. I chose white this time. Black seemed to be the obvious choice for me (I love to layer polish over black) but I said 'what the hell' - let's try a white base and see if I can create a patriotic manicure. I think I kind of failed. The polish is very nice though. For glitter lovers of course (and I'm not one of them). The clear base has a nice 'non-goopy' formula and you don't have to fish for the glitter. If you like the look, you're gonna love this polish.
Picture Polish in Ruby Blou over white

You can buy piCture pOlish nail polish in piCture pOlish online store for AU$9.50. Check out their Network Page to find the sellers near you. 

You can also find piCture pOlish on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

*Polish was sent to me for review. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly Sum-Up #44

It's been a while since my last Weekly Sum Up post... Sometimes nothing interesting happens and I prefer a good WSU post every once in a while rather than a crappy one every week. Don't you agree? 

Let's get this thing started with the furry cuteness that is called Bombi. He was sick (runny nose and eyes) so we went to see the vet again. A couple of shots and days later, he's all good. He's learning fast and Lisa enjoys in showing him all the naughty things he can do around the house. My mother spoils him anyway... 
Bombi

Just like Lisa, he likes to be close to someone when he sleeps. Until he can't hold his little head any longer. Then he just doesn't give a damn anymore. 
Bombi

I visited Müller drugstore a couple of weeks ago where I bought this Max Factor make up set for a little more than 9€. It seemed like a good bargain since I like their 2000 Calorie mascara which by itself costs as much as this whole set. Was it really a good buy or not? I'll tell you in one of my next posts where you'll also see the polish swatches. 
Max Factor Make Up Set

Earlier this week, I posted about the MUA Stormy Skies nail varnish. You know about my instant love/hate relationship with it, but you don't know I've been wearing for a whole week. I re-touched it after 3 days, when it looked like this: 
MUA Nail Varnish in Stormy Skies Day 3

And a little nail preview... I'm gonna show you how to create a snake nails like these in one of my next posts. Excited? 
Snake Nails

My newest earrings. Silver pyramid studs with chain. I adore them!
Pyramid Stud Earrings

Pyramid Stud Earrings

And I also adore my new Homer Simpson socks. They're too thin for winter, but I'm surely gonna wear them in the summer. The last perfect man.
Homer Simpson Socks

I feel like I'm not creative enough anymore. Not something I can say about the last week, but it certainly applys for my life in general. I really should do more creative stuff. Like this Christmas wreath I made on Wednesday. It's not going on my door. It's actually gonna be sold and all the money is going to humanitarian organization. 
Christmas Wreath

This sun-shaped pastry I made with help of my little niece Vita isn't going anywhere though. We ate it all. It took me about 2 hours to make it and it was gone in about 10 minutes. It's all worth it though. Vita was so proud. After all, she did help.  
Vita & Sun Pastry

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Posts of the week:

With all the Zoya nail polish shades, it's easy to get lost and skip a beauty or two. The Polished Perfectionist showed me how gorgeous Zoya Shivon is. A stunner!

Rina from Simply Rins posted swatches and review of the Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel. I must say I dig most of the shades. 

Deborah from Love. Varnish, chocolate and more... got my attention with this Wet n Wild Poison Ivy nail polish. It looks magical - it reminds me of my favorite green shimmer: Essence All Access. 

I wasn't the only one who got to try and review PERL Nail Fashion Strips. Kitties26 from More Nail Polish tried them as well and her review is very positive. 

Fashion Polish posted swatches and review of the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors nail polish collection. Five stunning shimmers - Flushed and Coveted are my favorite. 

I think Gwenn from Sweet Sugar posted one of my favorite Saran Wrap manicures so far. Tiffany blue and gold. Awesomesauce!

Another post that makes me wanna buy more nail art plates is the Gradient Giraffe Print one by Chickettes. It looks so cool, but I guess I'm just too lazy for nails like these. 

Salla from OMG! Polish 'em and her picks from the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection. I'm dying over Creative Fantasy over here. Drool fest, I tell you! 

Elsa P. from Like a Candy Shop + Shaka Hologram Violet nail polish = instant lemming. It looks like one of the FNUG holographic nail polishes. Even the bottle looks like it. 

I dare you to look at the photos of Butter London Knees Up on Mirma Natalia's nails and not say HOLY S*IT. Seriously. I dare you!

Karolina from Grzee has some serious make up applying skills. Check out her Wind Surfing eye make up she made with Lime Crime products. It's crazy good.

I knew I needed Illamasqua Cameo in my life right after I saw swatches of it on Ommorphia Beauty Bar. How gorgeous is that blue? I don't think it can get any better. 

Ritterbraten from Das Experiment has the most perfect nails ever. That's all I wanted to say. 

We're not done with the Max Factor Fantasy Fire layerings yet. Nola from Hedonism Limited applied it over OPI Diva of Geneva. And the result it 'lit from within' amazing. 

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Music of the week: Because it's gonna be my B-day soon and because I now know that bit*hes love cake. Plus D*U*B*S*T*E*P. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ebay Buy: Hexagon Glitter Set

One of my recent Ebay purchases was this set of hexagon glitters. I bought it mainly for card making, but I couldn't resist putting some of them on my nails as well. 18 jars, 18 different colors. And some of them are iridescent too!
I think these glitters are great for those who like polishes like Kleancolor Blue-Eyed Girl, but don't feel like buying a different polish for each glitter color. Plus, we all know how annoying it is when you have to 'fish for glitter' in the polish. These glitter hexagons are a bit bigger, but I'm sure you can find smaller ones too. 
Ebay Buy: Hexagon Glitter Set

Ebay Buy: Hexagon Glitter Set

You know I'm not a nail art fan. But I did try it. For you. =) Golden bronze glitter over Wet n Wild Black Creme, iridescent blue glitter over Essence Blues of Being Cool, black glitter over MUA Shade 11 and iridescent red over Max Factor Intense Plum. 
Hexagon Glitter Nail Art

This one was my favorite. Sadly I ruined it quite fast and ate a glitter while doing it. *cough + blush* Obviously I can't keep my fingers away from my mouth. 
Hexagon Glitter Nail Art

You can buy a set of 18 jars of hexagon glitter on Ebay for as little as $3.24 (free shipping, buy it now). 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FNUG - Bling Bling (over Red Carpet)

The last FNUG polish I showed you was Red Carpet. It's here again today. This time with a little bit of Bling Bling

''This is pool party nails done red and gold glitter mixed. Bring bling bling manicure along with your gold heels and red bikini top. Where is the party?'' (FNUG)
Fnug Nail Polish in Bling Bling (over Red Carpet)

Close up of the bottle. You can see the bigger red hexagram glitter particles and smaller golden ones. All mixed up in a clear base. 
Fnug Nail Polish in Bling Bling

FNUG, Red Carpet, 2 coats + FNUG, Bling Bling, 1 coat
Fnug Nail Polish in Bling Bling (over Red Carpet)

Fnug Nail Polish in Bling Bling (over Red Carpet)

Bling Bling is obviously a layering polish. I know it would be better to layer it over another color (not red)... but you know I don't like my nails looking like I belong to a circus family. Layering it over red was still in my comfort zone. What can I say about this polish without repeating myself? Great formula and brush. I can add that I didn't have to do a lot of glitter fishing - that's always nice with glitters like this one, right? 
Fnug Nail Polish in Bling Bling (over Red Carpet)

You can buy FNUG polishes online on FNUG website for 125 DKK (~ 16 €). All FNUG polishes are big 3 free (free of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate). 

You can find FNUG on FacebookPinterest and Followgram.

*Polish was sent to me for review. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

MUA Make Up Academy Nail Varnish in Stormy Skies

Another day, another beautiful polish. I just got this Make Up Academy nail polish in Stormy Skies last week and I've already established a love/hate relationship with it. Wanna know why? Keep reading. 
MUA Make Up Academy Nail Varnish in Stormy Skies

MUA - Make Up Academy, Stormy Skies, 2 coats
MUA Make Up Academy Nail Varnish in Stormy Skies

This polish is my first Make Up Academy product I've tried so far (along with 3 other nail polish shades), so I really had no idea of the brand's quality. I was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised. The first thing I could notice was gorgeous color - Stormy Skies is a brownish green packed with green, golden and bronze micro shimmer. It's dark, but it doesn't look black and it constantly looks like it's lit from within. Yep, that micro shimmer does that. 
Let's continue with the bottle, which I don't like for two reasons: it's design looks cheap (yeah, I know it's a cheap polish, but it doesn't have to be so obvious) and it's small. It contains 6.2 mL of polish only. The next thing I REALLY didn't like is the brush. It is horrible. Just horrible. It's short, scratchy, non-flexible and just a pain in the rear to work with. I find it best to hold it almost horizontally while painting nails, but it still leaves deep brush lines. As you can see on photos, I've managed to get a nice effect by leaving enough polish on the brush to flood the lines + I added some Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer over it. 
Color isn't the only thing I love about this polish. I adore it's formula and opacity. I can't understand how they could find the best and the worst of the nail polish world. Throw a great formula and a terrible brush in a cheap bottle and you get MUA Nail Varnish. No, it's not as bad as it sounds. My love towards this polish beats the hate I feel towards the brush. Overall, I'd still  give it thumbs up. After all, it is GORGEOUS!
MUA Make Up Academy Nail Varnish in Stormy Skies

Have you tried any Make Up Academy polishes? What do you think of them?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review and Swatches: a England - Beauty Never Fails & Holy Grail

Adina, the owner of a England nail polish brand, sent me her 2 new shades: Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail for review. She's constantly coming up with great shades that tend to go toward the darkness and mythical times. And that's exactly why I love them so much. Let me tell you: her new shades are true winners! 
a England Beauty Never Fails & Holy Grail

a England Beauty Never Fails & Holy Grail

a England, Beauty Never Fails, 2 coats
a England Beauty Never Fails

Beauty Never Fails is a completely new shade and also the first polish from the Heavenly Quotes collection: 'beauty never fails' is a quote from a letter by Edward Burne Jones to his friend. I think we're gonna see more awesome shades in the collection soon. The base of this polish is blackened green and it contains loads of green, golden and bronze shimmer particles. The thing I like the most is that the polish doesn't look black, plus the shimmer is really visible. Two coats of this beauty and you're set.
a England Beauty Never Fails

a England, Holy Grail (new edition), 2 coats
a England Holy Grail

Holy Grail is a new edition (revamped shade) of a polish from The Mythicals collection. This is what I wanted the first Holy Grail version to be: antique gold with green-ish hues, packed with shimmer. That's the old gold I like. It only took 2 coats to reach the full opacity. What can I say... if the shades from The Gothic Beauties collection disappointed me a little, I gotta say Adina nailed it this time. Hats off! 
a England Holy Grail

Just to remind you: this is the old (and now limited) edition of Holy Grail.
a England Holy Grail

Both polishes had the same formula of the right consistency and a great brush which resulted in easy application. Both are 2-coaters and dry quite fast. No wonder I think of quality when I hear the name 'a England'. 

You can buy a England polishes on their website. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polishes were sent to me for review.

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these two new a England shades. =) 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ozotic - Sugar in #903

I was recently contacted by piCture pOlish ambassador and asked if I wanted to try and review a couple of PP and Ozotic polishes. Who could pass on the opportunity like that? I have only tried one piCture pOlish in Kryptonite so far and these are my first Ozotic polishes... Here's what you're gonna see in the next weeks: 
Ozotic in Sugar 903, Scatter 912 and Beam 905 and piCture pOlish in Monroe and Ruby Blou. 
Ozotic & Picture Polish

After a lot of thinking and looking at the pretty bottles, I've decided to start the Australian polish journey with Ozotic Sugar in #903.
Ozotic Sugar 903 over black

Wet n Wild, Black Creme, 1 coat + Ozotic, Sugar 903, 1 coat
Ozotic Sugar 903 over black

I'd say Ozotic nail polish in Sugar in 903 is a layering polish. It contains small duochrome shimmer that shifts from blue to pink and purple. The base of the polish is very light blue-ish, but it appears almost like a clear base. I was considering a manicure with Sugar by itself, but I guess it's true beauty wouldn't be seen that way. That's why I layered it over black. Sugar is one of the eight shades from the Sugar & Beam collection
Ozotic Sugar 903

Ozotic Sugar 903 over black

The quality of this polish is great. I love pretty much everything about it: the shimmer is dense, so you don't need to apply a gazillion of layers to get a nice effect; the formula is great and so is the brush. The bottles are quite big (they hold 15 mL), but aren't chunky. I like it!
Ozotic Sugar 903 over black

You can buy Ozotic nail polishes on piCture pOlish online store for AU$12.00. Check out their Network Page to find the sellers near you. 

You can also find piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

*Polish was sent to me for review. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

FNUG - Red Carpet

In my previous post, I showed you ELF nail polish in Light Red and I have something similar for you today. This is FNUG nail polish in Red Carpet

''Some celebs get to walk the red carpet to the admiration of others. This is your red carpet nail varnish on days when you are in your best designer outfit.'' (FNUG)
FNUG Nail Polish in Red Carpet

FNUG, Red Carpet, 2 coats
FNUG Nail Polish in Red Carpet

FNUG Nail Polish in Red Carpet

Red Carpet is a bright red creme. Duh... right? Very pretty, kind of bold but (to me) a true classic. Two coats were needed for full opacity. The formula has a great consistency and I had no troubles with the application. This one is not as original as some other FNUG shades I've tried, but it's definitely a great one. 
Here's a photo of Red Carpet on natural lighting:
FNUG Nail Polish in Red Carpet
You can buy FNUG polishes online on FNUG website for 125 DKK (~ 16 €). All FNUG polishes are big 3 free (free of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate). 

You can find FNUG on FacebookPinterest and Followgram.

*Polish was sent to me for review. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Small ELF Haul

Here's a post that could start with words: long, long time ago... I think I ordered these items in June, but haven't posted about them yet. There's always a nail polish shade that seems more important and I have to write about it. And these poor ELF products just didn't get enough attention. Until today. 

Eyelid Primer and Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. Good substitutes for Urban Decay Primer Potion. I stocked up because of the UD selling in China alarm. Good product for a great price. 
Elf Eyeshadow Primer

Beauty Book in Neutral Eye Edition. I didn't even order this - I got it as a gift with my order. And it turned out to be a great product. I can make a quick neutral eye look with it and that's why I love it as much as I do. It's fantastic! 
Elf Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition

Elf Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition

Elf Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition Swatches

Elf Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition Swatches

Elf Beauty Book Neutral Eye Edition Swatches

All Over Color Stick in Toasted. Too brown and too shimmery for my pale skin. I haven't used this one yet and I doubt I will anytime soon. 
Elf All Over Color Stick in Toasted

Nail Polish in Light Red. Another gift I received with my purchase. It's a great one. Bright classic red creme. Opaque in 2 coats, good formula and easy application. I recommend! 
Elf Nail Polish in Light Red

Tell me about your favorite ELF products. I wanna try some more. Thanks!

Thank you for looking and commenting!
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