Friday, December 23, 2011

Favourite Christmas Nail Polishes!

These are the chosen polishes that I'll be wearing all over my nails for the next ten days or so. I don't need Christmas as an excuse to wear glitter but it does seem even more appropriate at this time of year - think a 'skittles' style mani using a combination of these would be too much?!

The only one of these that I wear exclusively at Christmas is OPI's Dear Santa - because of the uber Christmassy name, really, but also because it has become one of those rare, really-expensive-to-buy-on-eBay OPIs. As you can see above though Catrice's Marilyn & Me is a fairly decent dupe - the glitter in Marilyn & Me is bigger and grittier and it takes more layers to achieve opaqueness but it's not bad, not bad at all. 

What are you wearing on your nails this Christmas?
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nars - Lets Multiply

I have been trying to be good and not spend money on makeup when Nars Christmas collection came out I decided to see what Nars products I had at home and did I "need" anything (OK so we all know that my make up shopping has more to do with greed than need).  This is how I discovered that I have multiple Nars Multiples - (see what I did there?).  If your not familiar with Nars Multiples they are creamy sticks that you can use in on multiple places (see what they did there?). 

So here is what Nars have to say:
The original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer color for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions and is conveniently designed for failproof application.

So what do I think?
Nars do not lie the Multiples are flipping brilliant.  I really love using the multiples they are easy to use, so creamy, smooth and bendable (draw a line across your face and blend), usually come in beautiful colours and are convenient to use.  I primarily use mine as face colour, I don't tend to use it on my lips and have so far never used it on my eyes.  They leave beautiful colour and also can give a sheen to your skin. They are versatile, easy to use and fantastic.  I happen to love the shades that can be used as a bronzer as they give a natural pretty effect.

I have two minor gripes with this product the first is that the packaging can get very grubby (this is not really a big deal - but mine have not been anywhere exciting and they are durty), the second and major gripe is the price... they cost €41.00... that's right 41 flipping euro.  While the product has great staying power and the stick lasts ages its still not worth €41.00 especially since they are £29.00 - unfair euro pricing once again.
Here are the Multiples that I have: The names will be in picture above and swatch picture in the picture underneath.

Turks & Caicos was a limited edition summer colour (perfect for summer) its sheer and gives almost a translucent veil of colour - its looking a bit dodgy in the swatch because I haven't used it in a while.

I do love the multiples they are €39.00 on ASOS (if you purchase through Stirling it works out at better value).  If your looking into buying a creme stick blush and are on a budget  I would look into buying one of the NYC Blush able Creme Sticks first
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

I LOVE: Holy Grail Foundation Brush Stila #33 One Step Complexion Brush - and a Dupe

They say that a bad workman blames his tools and luckily for me I have never claimed to be a good workman/woooman but I have blamed my tools on many an occasion.  I have quite a fetish for makeup brushes (I don't do anything weird with them, I just like to buy them and then use them to apply makeup - minds out of the gutter please -) I am always on the hunt for the perfect brush.  I may have found my holy grail foundation brush....  Its the Stila #33 One Step Complexion Brush.
I bought the brush from HQHair and it costs £21.00 (check it out here).  While I was waiting (the two weeks) for this to come into stock and be delivered I discovered that it had just won 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner for Best Concealer Brush, pretty impressive considering there was not a whole lot of hype or beauty blog talk about the brush.
Here's what Stila have to say:
This dual-ended foundation and concealer brush allows you to blend both liquid and powder products seamlessly for effortless makeup application and a flawless finish.
One side beautifully blends liquid, creams and powder foundation into your skin, while the other delivers precision concealing for a perfected, polished complexion.
The synthetic bristles are shaped to imitate application with your fingertips, but are firmer and more flexible for quicker, easier makeup application.
•The tapered brush tip can burrow into tiny, hard-to-reach crevice
•Synthetic bristles eliminate the transfer of oils and bacteria
•Can also be used to apply eye shadow and cheek color

I have tried the traditional flat foundation brush (too streaky) and the fluffy brushes as favoured by You Tube Guru's (hungry brush's) but this brush combines the two (just right)... and it is GENIUS.  The brush applies the product and buffs it in all at the same time.  It makes it easy peasy to apply product and the curved shape gets into all the corners of your face while the size covers my big puddin cheeks.
On the other end is the same but smaller - perfect for concealing.  I think this brush is feckin deadly but some people will have problems storing the double ended brush, also sometimes when applying the product the bristles all swoosh to one side which means you have a little less control.

So you would think that's the end of the post wouldn't you?  Holy Grail found ... move along now...  except I found a dupe.  I recently discovered Cloud 10 Beauty a new Irish online retailer who not only stock hard to find brands but also give free samples and have a loyalty scheme (how deadly is that? a beauty trinity ... its basically like Ireland's answer to Sephora).  While on Cloud 10 I spied the Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86 which costs €14.95 check it out here.
Stila on the left and Sigma on the right.

The brushes work in a similar way (application and blending in one swoop) although the Sigma is slightly bigger but also has more of a tip, I actually prefer using the Sigma brush controversial coming from the Stila Freak.  

What do you use to apply your foundation? 
Have you checked out the flippin brilliant Clout 10 (check it out here... ahhh go on go on)
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NOTD Models Own - Golden Green - Beetle juice

Its time for a Montage.........
Golden Green is part of Models Own Beetle Juice collection, this is the kind of colour that my mother would hate .. chartreuse, in your face, obnoxious....whatever you want to call it I LOVE IT.  The fact that its kinda obnoxious and would bring a tear to the mammy's eye makes me love it more. 
Would you give it the thumbs up or thumbs down?
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stila- Christmas Sets 2011

When I did my post on Stila's Dream in Full Colour Palette (read about it here) did you honestly think that was all that I bought from the Christmas Collection?  I know that Christmas Collections are generally used as gifts I have just chosen to self gift (which I seem to do quite a lot).
Here are all the sets together on the left is the Dream in Full Colour review here  on the right is the Holiday Lip Glaze Collection which includes 8 lip glaze's the colours are
- Apricot
- Kitten
- Starfruit
- Grapefruit
- Believe - rosey wine with gold shimmer
- Dreamy - creamy, beige amaretto with subtle shimmer
- Fantasy - warm pink with gold shimmer
- Kaleidoscope - sheer apricot with multi-pearl shimmer

(each lip glaze is .05oz.regular size glazes are .08oz.) all this for £16.00.  I Love Lip Glaze they are a bit sticky but they are sheer but the bright colours are pigmented they also have a flavour (the Apricot tastes like Apricot the Kitten tastes like toasted Kitten- OK maybe not).

Next up is the Daydream Palette (pictured above on top of the Dream in Full Colour Palette so you can get an idea of size).  The palette has 22 shadows (including Kitten) and makes a freakin adorable Christmas present, did I mention that this costs £11.50?  Who in their right might would not be delighted with this?
Above is the palette beside an eyeliner so you can imagine the size, some of the shadow are only ikle but sure you would never get thought the whole lot of them.

I bought my sets on ASOS but they seem to be sold out here and on HQHair but they are also available on where they also have an amazing Makeup Brush Set for £18.00 check out the collection here because I imagine they will sell out here soon. Pin It
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