Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nars Outremer

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Nars. I love the vibrant colours, I hate the extortionate Euro pricing. I love the soft texture and how pigmented the products are, I hate that two of the products shattered after one single drop (hungry floor syndrome as call it).  I am on a shopping ban at the moment but *terms and conditions do apply* and one of the terms would be if there is an amazing new Autumn collection (I may in fact be making the terms and conditions up as I go).  The words Limited Edition make me very excited (and my bank balance very sad) I had seen some information on Nars Autumn Collection a while ago and the standout shade for me was Outremer.  Nars describe this as a 'bright true blue', lets take a look.

Outremer (pronounced in a fancy french way not Out Reamer - in a flat Dublin accent by the way) is a bright blue almost verging on purple. The colour is beautiful.

Outremer is a matte colour which, if I am being honest, are not my favourite textures to use, in fact I find them a bit of a bugger.  Outremer is no exception. When you swipe it the colour comes out as intense as it is in the pan but it is a bit patchy.  The colour is buildable but I find matte colours harder to work with. I had to press the colour onto the lid and work with a primer to build it up.  The colour is stunning but it is a pain in the bum to work with.

(By the way the little swipe of eyeliner on my hand is one of the new Urban Decay liners that I had a little play with, these suckers don't move -  this stayed on my had all day and in the shower. I cant wait to check them out when they are released)

Here is a shot of me playing around with Outremer (I will always pronounce it Out Reamer) - it is a stunning vibrant shade that is worth the effort (even if you curse at it when you're putting it on).  Sorry for the slightly crap picture -  as you can see I had a bit of fallout but my camera died just as I took this picture so it was this or nothing.  By the way, on my lashes is the new Avon Super Shock Max Mascara which I have been trying out (and loving).  Will you be buying anything from Nars Autumn collection?  This picture sold Outremer to me. What do you think?

I bought this in Brown Thomas for the eye watering price of €24.00 but Nars cosmetics are available from ASOS and HQ Hair where single eyeshadows are £16.50.  (Euro price inflation or what?) 
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Friday, July 29, 2011

NOTD: Barry M Turquoise

It's been a long time since I wore blue on my nails but I needed to get out of my coral rut so I just went with it this week. I've been getting loads of compliments on this shade: Barry M Nail Paint in 'Turquoise'.

Barry M Nail Paint in Turquoise, indoors with flash.

I'm really impressed with this polish. It went on really well and this photo was taken after four days of wear. Four days!!! I usually only go about four hours without chipping! Maybe it's because my nails are in better condition after the Shellac. I also added a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dry.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sleek I Divine Sunset Palette

When I was recently in the UK I picked up this little baby from Superdrug.  I thought that the colours in this were really vibrant and would enhance my eyes (from colour wheel theory that I pretend to understand) also Sleek is very hard to get your hands on and it was one of the only palettes in the shop.  Some of the newer palettes have names on the colours but this one does not.   There are 12 eyeshadow in the palette.

The lighter colours, although pigmented, do not show up as well on my arm, they do however show up on my eyelids and its nice to have something besides orange.  The orange looks intense and don't get me wrong IT IS, but when blended it is beautiful golden orange. This is the second Sleek palette that has a matte black - I don't really mind as its useful to have.  Although some of the colours appear similar they have interesting sheen and texture and I am loving that pop of blue at the end.  The colours really do put a sunset into your mind.

As you can see the colours are very pigmented and are very soft, my only gripe with these colours is they are so soft that there can be a bit of fallout (and that is just from the swatches). I am not sure if that is because they are mineral based or because the colours are so pigmented between swatching this and another palette my white top was destroyed and there were spots on my lovely teal couch, but at least that means the shadows are pigmented.

You can buy Sleek from Superdrug (you know how I feel about this) you can also buy Sleek directly from their website but be warned shipping costs to Ireland are a bit spendy.
Alternatively and the best in my opinion for Irish customers is to visit Beauty Emporiums website which has a €2.00 flat rate for shipping to Ireland & €3.00 flat rate shipping for the UK (they are currently working on shipping to Europe).

What do you think of Sleek's Sunset ?
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sleek I Divine Oh So Special

When I went to the UK I had a list of Sleek products to get, we wanted to get the Mediterranean collection for our giveaway and Rose Gold blush was right up there along with the contour kit (pretty much any product that we had seen Pixiwoo using).   When I was in Superdrug there was a lone palette called Oh So Special, I had never heard of it and since there were not that many other palettes in stock I though "ah sure why not".  It turns out I was quite lucky as this is a brand spanking newly released palette. (That is what I get for lurking around the stand when they were trying to re brand it...they may have needed to put up new shelves...I needed some makeup).  The colours in this palette are incredibly pretty and girly.  When you go left to right they get a little more daring and in your face.  There are twelve colours in the palette and there's an inlay with names for each shadow.
(Sorry for the grotty nail)

This palette has a number of matte colours which are Bow, Pamper, The Mail and Noir.  The lighter shades do not swatch very well and I was initially thinking I had made a bit of a schoolboy error in just grabbing any old palette.  The Mail being the worst of the bunch was not even nice to swatch and barely registered on my skin; this is definitely not a colour that I would gravitate towards.  My disappointment disappeared the moment I swatched Organza, it is a pretty golden pink.

Organza, Giftbasket, Glitz and Celebrate are reason alone to buy this very pretty palette - they are, for me, the standout colours.  The shadows are for the most part very pigmented. I had to scrub my arms to get the shadows off but be warned there can be some fall out as the shadows are so soft (when I swatched the matt black some of it came off onto my top so be careful - it was a white top).  The shadows lasted all day on my lids over a primer. I have gone from initially being unimpressed and thinking it was a bit MEH to being madly in love. What do you think?
Here is a very quick natural day look I did with Organza and Celebrate (sorry I forgot to take a picture with my eyes closed) but as you can see this is very natural and light, as the colours are so pigmented you can easily build them up for a more intense look.
You can buy Sleek from Superdrug (it is a bit of a nightmare to be honest as it's often sold out (or really badly stocked I am not sure which) you can also buy Sleek directly from their website but be warned shipping costs to Ireland are a bit spendy.

Alternatively and the best in my opinion for Irish customers is to visit Beauty Emporium's website which has a €2.00 flat rate for shipping to Ireland and €3.00 flat rate for UK Shipping (they are working on European shipping as we speak).
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shellac DIY Removal

Although the salon where I had my Shellac manicure done offered free removal, I couldn't be bothered to go back there to get it done and decided to do it DIY style instead. Here's what I did:

The tools:
  • Pure acetone - I got this one for €3.95 in Terri Sales
  • Cotton pads
  • Tin foil
  • Orange sticks (I didn't actually use them but in hindsight it would have been good to have them)

The steps:
  • Tear off ten pieces of tin foil, each big enough to wrap around your finger tip.
  • Soak a cotton pad in acetone, apply it over your nail and wrap that finger in tinfoil. Do the same for all ten nails. Your hand should then look like this...
Why do I always look like I have big man hands in all these pics?
  • Leave it on for about ten minutes, then pull off each foil wrap, applying pressure to the nail as you do so. 
  • What you're left with on the nail is soft, crumbly nail polish that comes off really easy when rubbed/scraped lightly with an orange stick (or in my case, a nail off my other hand). And that's it!

I applied some CND Solar Oil afterwards. I have never had Shellac removed in a salon, so I can't say whether or not you would get a better result, but I'm pretty satisfied with this method - it was easy, fairly quick and it didn't cause any damage to my nails. Pin It

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bliss- Ireland a land of no Sunshine or Bliss

On a recent trip to House of Frasier I spotted these bargains: Bliss Baggage Handler Eye Gel for €13.00 and Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads for €9.50 (down from €37.00).  I didn't really think anything of it I just snapped them up.  During a recent twitter conversation I learned that Bliss is pulling out of Ireland altogether.  This makes me sad :(  Stock up now.
Do you have any Bliss products that you love and will miss ?
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway! **Closed**

We were delighted to reach over 100 followers recently and to celebrate we're having another giveaway! To be honest we're delighted that anyone is reading our blog, and we often get a bit excited in a geek-like manner when we look at our stats and see just how many people are reading, from all over the World. Amazing!

So, with all this talk of Stila lately, what better way to celebrate this milestone and to thank you, our readers, than by having a Stila giveaway. Well, I can think of better ways, but our budget doesn't quite stretch to them at the moment ;-)

Up for grabs is
  • Collectible Beach Palette No.2 'Haute in the Hamptons'
  • Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in 'Gladiola' 
  • Lipglaze in 'Passion Fruit' 

The Rules:

  • You must be a follower of the blog via Google Friend Connect 
  • Leave a comment on this post to let us know you're interested. Please include your email address or Twitter username so we have a way of contacting you. 
  • Only one entry per person
  • The competition is open internationally and ends at midnight GMT on Sunday 7th August.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stila Collection

I have a big love for Stila... Big love.. during recent conversations I have been baptised by Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits as "Stila Freak" (to be sung to the music of Super Freak). I am sure after reading this post that you will all agree with her.  Most of these items are limited edition as I discovered Stila in about 1998 or 1999 and have been collecting it ever since, yes I say collecting, Stila has always released innovating, interesting and pretty products that you just want to touch and use.  So beware this is a lot of makeup, but I have been collecting it for years (I will be an old lady who lives in her makeup traincase).

One of Stila's stand out products are their Lip Glazes - these are wind up lip glosses which come in a plethora of different colours/flavours,  each lip glaze smells like the colour it describes so the apricot smells like apricot, the grapefruit smells like grapefruit (I am getting a little Willie Wonka here but you know where I am going).  You can see there are a few different lip products mixed in there too.

Stila has done some amazing collaborations over the years, the first of these I picked up were the Legally Blonde Pallets.  As you can see they have also collaborated with The Royal Ballet and The Pussycat Dolls two groups that are very different but yet somehow Stila manages to fit both of them.  Stila manges to combine the sexy and sultry with the sweet and girly.

Here are some various smudge pots, lip treatments and eyeshadow mousses

My lovely Barbie palette and one of last years travel palettes (I had to get this off eBay) resting in my Stila train case.

I love my Stila paint cans which I use to hold makeup brushes, a few of the sets I have, have included Stila makeup brushes and these are great quality.  You can also see some of my Convertible Cheek Colours.  The Convertible Cheek colours are one of my favourite Stila products.  You can use them on your cheeks or lips but in all honesty I only use them on my cheeks.  They leave a beautiful cream colour on your cheeks that can be subtle or built up to be more intense. Stila have a number of multi use products, "clever cosmetics" if you like that are multiuse, this in my opinion gives you better value for money.

Stila's collections are great - they have different collections with different colours (although a lot of them contain Kitten) and different packaging that evokes something - you can feel Autumn from the Autumn collections, the winter collections are always perfect for Christmas parties.  A lot of the packaging features the cute Stila Girl that drew me to the brand initially. Another thing I love about Stila packaging is that they often have quotes inside the box, the quotes are often by famous women and are empowering and meaningful which I think is a lovely touch.

Magical Stila box where I keep at lot of my Stila goodies, I got the box one Christmas (from eBay as they didn't sell this here even though we had Stila at the time). It was jam packed with Stila goodies.  Stila were very good at having sets that were in very pretty usable makeup bags and there was a set I got in a train case (also pictured). 

Here is a little bit more .... I know I have a problem ...but its so pretty.
Stila used to sell eye shadow pans which you put in pallets as far as I can see from their new stand they don't seem to do this anymore.

I love convertible cheek colours here are a few more.
Here are some of Stilas fabulous cheek duos, these are a great idea you can mix the colours or pick just one.  There are also some smudge pots which you can use as a liner or an all over eye colour.  The Barbie one winks at you (I am a sucker for things like that)
My brilliant cousin sent me over this set from America, she knew I love Stila and cant get my hands on it anymore.
My beloved Stila collaboration with the musical Wicked, this came with a sparkle cream (I can't bring myself to use it) and a Glinda lipstick (which is floating around my makeup bag).  Stila used to bring out a product every year for breast cancer awareness.

I know I have a few lip glosses or lipsticks floating around my makeup bag or handbags.  What am I missing here?  The eagle eyed out there will notice that I don't have a Kitten eyeshadow, Stila's standout shade I have had a number of these over the years but have used them up, it is so soft it's like butter.

If you have any questions on the many (many) products above just leave a comment :)

So what do you think, should I be committed or what?  Are you a Stila Freak or am I on my own?
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