Friday, January 23, 2015
I can't believe it! A year has gone past and here I am again! Celebrating my birthday (well, I will really celebrate it in the following weeks - my immune system went crashing down and I am still sick).
So happy birthday to my twin and myself! :D
For all of you, enjoy this calorie - free chocolate cake picture. <3 p="">3>
Once I get better, I will create a Bday makeup and later when my nails get well (now they are not doing well, for several reasons) I will do a Bday manicure! I got the perfect stamping plate for that :D.
P.S. all the images were found using google and aren't mine!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Yes, it's another manicure! I am totally recycling my old pictures and posting them on my blog. Sadly I am a bit lacking the time to blog now, but I promise I will take some time and do a proper blog post with some tips and tricks!
This is the beautiful Essence 193 Best Dressed in two layers. I had no problems with the application and the drying time was A-ok, nothing special (I use the quick dry drops, which shortens the drying time).
Please sit back and enjoy these photos.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I will be very quick and post the manicure I was having on Halloween and I am sure will come handy for Pust (the carnival here).
I did enjoy it and I used this Deborah "gel" polish and Essence foil with some stamping plates (one is by Essence the other, IDK).
I only wish my clean - up was better. But that's what you get when you don't own (anymore blah) a brush for cleansing.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
For this shiny January I have a sparkling review for you ;).
I got those water decals from Born Pretty Store and they took a damn long time to arrive (because there were some customs delays that month). But once I got them, I knew it was worth waiting for these.
They come in these sheets, which is quite usual for nail stickers and even water decals.
Then there come the instructions in Engrish - I had some problems with understanding it. Then I said the F word, and did it the usual way (like a temporary tattoo, except it is best if the polish is wet/sticky when you transfer the decal on).
They are so pretty!
And here they are in action! I love how these do look. There was no problem with the application (shrinking or anything similar), and they did last as long as my manicure.
I really enjoyed them and I am sure there will be many more manicures with them. I am somehow lazy when it comes to picking up stuff that includes bowls and water, but hey.. these are worth it!
You can get yours in the BPS store, just click here. Also, you can use my code (in the sidebar) to get 10% off your order.
This product was sent to me by the company itself or its PR. For more information please do read my Disclosure Policy. My opinion is always honest.
Friday, December 26, 2014
You may have seen my last daily makeup routine a long, long time ago. If I am not mistaken it can be found in my How-to section.
I have updated it and now I am using evern *more* products!
I went from using just a bit of foundation, powder and eyebrow set to using half a store of products, hehe. Just kidding, but you get the idea.
I start with applying my regular daily cream or sunscreen (depends on the weather).
Then I pat on the NATURAL 100 Mineral Sunkill all over my face. I wait a minute and then with my little helper - CATRICE blending sponge (damp) I apply a touch of the CATRICE Nude illusion foundation all over my face. I found that if the sponge is damp, it absorbs less foundation and it is easier to blend.
I finish it all off with adding a bit of concealer from CATRICE - Camouflage cream, using the pointed tip of the blender to apply it on problematic areas.
Next comes the "I am naturally pretty" part.
I add a blush of daily preference to the mix - in this post I am using the ESSENCE So blush! in "Santa, is that you?" on my cheekbones and a bit over it and on my temples a tiny, tiny but of this amazing (and sadly discontinued) highlighter by CATRICE - Prime and Fine.
If I am not feeling lazy, I do sometimes add some ESSENCE Sun Club bronzer on the hollow part of my cheekbones. You know, to create shadows. Because I have naturally fierce cheekbones [not].
And since I want it all to stay and don't like the shiny skin on my T-zone for the rest of the day, I use the ESSENCE All about Matt fixing powder on my T-zone and ALVERDE Fixing spray all over my face.
After this part, I have to wait about 3 minutes for everything to set.
Let's show you how I look at this point (no photoshop, hooray!). I use this time to brush my teeth. :D
I don't have flawless skin, but who cares! I can fake it (somehow) sometimes ;).
This is one of the most important parts, because brows do frame our faces, especially if you are wearing glasses.
I use the CATRICE Eyebrow palette which is very loved, as you can see. I realized the tiny brush that comes with it, is great for precise lines. I try to use it as much as possible to give them a crisp look. Cuz' I am fancy like that.
Of course I get sometimes rushed and start feeling frustrated right in the middle of doing my brows. It's like I know it's the most important part, but hello.. let's rush it and make my makeup look like crap! Why not?! D:
When I am [sometimes somehow, other times, when I don't rush it, very] pleased with the result, I fix my brows with the CATRICE Fixing brow wax. And yes, it is a wax. Works well but you must not overdo it, because then your eyebrows will have a slight wet look.
The easy part - eye prep
I have oily lids so I need me some heavy duty primers. On the worst days my beloved TOO FACED insurance primer won't cut it, so I top it with ESSENCE liquid eyeshadow.
How do I do it? I apply with my finger a tiny but of eyeshadow primer and when I have used it on both lids, I go straight ahead and add the cream eyeshadow over it. Now I have a disco ball going on my eyelids, but I don't care. That's why the YVES ROCHER eyeshadow in Rose the Mat is here for.
I slam it on, like there's not tomorrow and call it a day.
But seriously with this preparation my makeup goes nowhere.
|two globs of eye primers (okay one is a liquid eyeshadow)|
The fun part - eye makeup! Hell yeah!!
This is where I go with whatever I am in the mood for. Sometimes it is nudes [ahem, most times], other times I am feeling brave and go for colors and when I am really trying to impress someone [read: not feeling lazy] I go all the way and use mineral eyeshadows.
Here I am using the I HEART MAKEUP chocolate palette; a nice dark and matte color in the crease, some heavy duty dark color in the V part of the eyelid and a bit of shiny godness on the central part of the lid. I blend the fu*k of it and call it a day. Then I add my favorite eyeliner by CATRICE - liquid liner (waterproof) and some mascara. Those are changing every three months, but currently I am using this bulky thing by CATRICE - Ultimate lash Multimizer (what?). I do a bit of tightlining with ESSENCE longlasting eye pencil and yeah, that's my eye makeup.
The good stuff - lipsticks <3 .="" h4="">
My to-go color is always a red lipstick (because those are the ones I *hoard*). But here, you know here, let's make it different. I used the gorgeous lipstick by ESSENCE - Come to town called is that you, Santa? and the ESSENCE lip liner (transparent). Because who wants to own xy lip liners? I don't.. :P
Here is the beautiful lipstick (and a wonky application, sorry!). I love this damn lipstick, but don't have it anymore. You will be missed dearly.
Oh, you came to the end of this little [long-ish] post. Congratulations! You totally deserve to see me with a face full of makeup.
How does this camwho*ing thing to.. ? Hmm... do I look down?
Oh wait, that's for fashionistas. I ain't one.:P
I can smile! :D Seriously, believe me?!
I totally thought how cool it would be to write the brand of the stuff I am using in big shiny letters, because I thought I was using multiple brands. Now that this would come out to be like a huge advert for Essence & Catrice. I solemnly promise I am just a huge fan! (and that I am up to no good).
If you want to say something, feel free to do so in the comments. I added a "reply" button, so my blog is now .. fancier. ;D
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I got this lovely polish from the Cosnova event, a couple of months back. I liked it in the bottle (in fact I was thinking about picking it up, in my 10 choices I got to take home).
I like the brush and had no problems with it whatsoever.
Drying time was quick (since it is a foil polish) and the application was simple. Great polish!
P.S. Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it. <3 p="">
Monday, December 22, 2014
I am posting these nail swatches because if you are lucky, you can get this polish still in stores!
The brush was fine. Not too wide, not too round. Perfect!
Also the formula is nice and is quite easy to apply (considering it is full of glitter).
I applied 2 layers and I liked it that way. Textured and sparkly. I also added a water decal on later, and I loved the glossy look even better!
The drying time was A-OK. Nothing special, in the range of other Essence polishes, which is on the long-ish side. About 20 minutes for it to be completely dry.
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