Sunday, July 25, 2010

FOTD saturday, july 25th

Very very simple make up:
- on the lid I mixed Vintage Violet and Bougainvillea from the Frontcover Eye Spy palette on the outer 2 thirds of the lid and outer 2 thirds of the bottom lash line
- one of the silvers from the Coastal Scents 88 shimmer palette in the inner third of the lid and inner third of the bottom lash line
- on the outer 2 thirds of the lid L'Oreal Eye Designer, colour 413, eye liner
- 17 Waterproof mascara in the colour brown black

That's it, very very simple!
You don't ALWAYS have to go for over elaborate make up

Ciao for now,

2 POTD's - China Glaze & Color Club

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you'll know between the past and this week I was down in the country, which is why I haven't been posting on here nor done videos.

This is the nails I went away with. I mixed China Glaze Caribbean Blue with Colour Club French Tip to creat this AMAZING baby blue!! I am SO in love with it!!!!

This is China Glaze Revolution and it's the one I have on now.
This and the above polishes went on sooooo much easier than Blue Hawaiian and Revolution only required ONE coat: WIN!
I have to say I was a bit disappointed in Blue Hawaiian because when it came to removing it, it just wouldn't come off!!! No matter what nail polish I used, it just wasn't coming off! I know I really SHOULDN'T have but what I did was I just cracked the polish with my teeth and it just very easily came off in 2 or 3 pieces per nail.
Oh well....

Ciao for now,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My cosmetic misadventures (part 1) that I have found and mastered my "safe" self tanning body product, I am on the look out for a face product.
Because I am a Debenhams Beauty Club member and follow them on Twitter, I've been "bombarded" with face tanners of brands they sell. Also I have been reading reviews on other beauty blogs about said products and was curious to try a few.
At the same time I am on the look out for a good face anti wrinkle cream that won't turn my face or neck into a massive volcano.
So like many of you I am always VERY wary of trying new products, especially if they are VERY expensive or they are self tanners/tinted moisturiser....because I'm always scared they'll turn me orange or give me rashes.
When I used to live in Italy, I'd just walk in one of my trusted beauty stores and ask if they had a sample of this or that cream, and if they did have it, they would be only too happy to hand it out(they are not stupid, they realise by giving out a sample they can gain one or multiple purchase which wouldn't happen without the person testing the product).
I though with Debenhams being such a massive international retailer, they won't have problems with handing out a few samples....
Well....I could not have been more wrong!!!!!
Yesterday I walked into one in Henry St here in Dublin and went straight to the Clarins counter and very politely asked if they had any facial self tanners or tinted moisturiser samples....only to be told "I'm sorry I'm not allowed to", and me trying to explain the situation didn't really change a thing. I thought "that's weird of such a big brand..." so I hopped on to the Urban Decay and asked if they had any samples of their uber famous tinted moisturiser. To my surprise the girl said exactly the samme thing as the one from Clarins.
Because I'm a very stubborn person I thought "I'll just try another one, maybe those 2 brands are the only ones". So on I walked to the Benefit counter and ...well well well "Sorry we don't give out samples".
I may be stubborn, but I'm not stupid so I realised it might just be the store policy not to give out samples and decided not to ask Clinique and Lancome for face cream samples.
I have to be honest I was VERY mad and disappointed walking home so once in I took to Twitter to vent.
The Debenhams Beauty department picked up on my tweet and informed me that "samples are a VIP perk for our Beauty Club Card members. We are sorry for your experience" (eeerr...I AM a Beauty Club Member.....), and then asked me which samples I was afte.
I replied to that and the response was "
We are very sorry to read that you were unable to get samples, can you email us".
"Fair enough" I thought, I'll drop them an e-mail, see what's the story.
I explained again what had happened at the store, what samples I was after and why I NEED to test products(especially if expensive) before purchasing them.
They were very quick in answering this morning!
"We were very sorry to read your tweet, our samples are reserved for Beauty Club Members however they are managed by the brands themselves, unfortunately a lot of the time the brands only sample new products and those are usually fragrances so we think with your case they simply do not sample those products." ( no products samples...ok that means no purchase from me then. Funny though how none of the girls at the counters mentioned anything about Beauty Club Member reservation...).
"However we fully understand that you would need to try these products out with your skin sensitivity and need for trialling them out before spending money on them" (nice, thank you for understanding).
"We have had a little raid of our cupboard in the office and pulled out some products to send you so you can try them out before you buy something, if you send us back your address we can get this in the post to you today" (they are making an effort : browny points! Fact remains I didn't get the samples of stuff I was after. I'll wait and see what is in the parcel).

I think I will be dropping a line to some of these brands even though I probably will get the usual "we're aware of the matter and we are trying to find a solution" or something along those lines. That is if I get any response at all. I just think it's very unfair!
So watch this space and we'll see what happens...although my guess is: NOTHING!


Nail polish haul

As I mentioned in my POTD entry of monday, I recently ordered quite a few polishes from the website head2toebeauty .
And as I promised, here's a haul of what I got. The first 12 are China Glaze.

Electric Lilac, Glacier, Revolution, Blue Hawaiian (the one I reviewed)

Caribbean Blue, Anklets of Amethyst, Flyin' High, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Adore, Rich & Famous, In The Lime Light(neon), Blue Sparrow

Color Club in Bluff and French Tip for my french manicure addiction! Had to throw away my white and one of the sheer pinks because they were too gloopy and hard to paint.

That's all, I will be reviewing them all in the next few weeks and try different designs.
Have a nice day folks

Ciao for now,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FOTD - from dawn til dusk

Products used:
- all eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents 88 palette
- L'Oreal Eye Designer, colour 413, eye liner
- 17 Waterproof mascara in the colour brown black
- Lancome Tropique Minerale smoothing loose bronzer
- GOTbeauty powder
- Collection 2000, Lasting Perfection in the colour 1 Fair, concealer

don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
Ciao for now,

tropical awakening make up tutorial

Products used:
Urban Decay primer potion
17 Waterproof mascara
the yellow and blue eye shadows are all from the Coastal Scents 88 ultra shimmer palette
white eye shadow from Frontcover Eye Spy palette

Little polish update: today is the third day. The no chip top coat is AMAZING because it hasn't chipped yet! And I have been washing/drying my hair, been cooking and done the washing up...and it still hasn't chipped!! The colour though has faded a little in a few spots although the glitters haven't.
VERY satisfied indeed!!!!!
Ciao for now,

Monday, July 12, 2010

POTD & review - China Glaze Blue Hawaiian

I recently ordered quite a few nail polishes from ...I think it was 14 actually. (Post with all colours and photos coming up very soon!)
I was very surprised by how quick delivery was! I think around a week...WOW! I got the package today and of course I tried one immediately.
Blue Hawaiian.
I have to be's kind of hard to "spread", it's a bit gloopy but I guess it's all the glitters it's loaded with. It's a gorgeous deep turquoise coour with a ton of glitters in different shades of blues, greens, yellows and oranges(unfortunately you can't appreciate the variety of the glitters in the photos I took, it was the light, and with flash it was ....well....too much flash...).
I had to put 2 coats on as the colour is very watery. Over that I put 2 coats of the China Glaze No Chip Top Coat: I'm always doing the wash up and I'm a very handy person(no jokes, guys! ;-) ), so I figured this polish would chip almost instantly without a good top coat!
I was very surprised by how fast both the polish and top coat dried!!! WOW! super fast!
So far I'm loving the colour, I will keep you posted on the radiance/lustre/colour in case it gets bad in the next few days.
Ciao for now,

I have to say I was a bit disappointed because when it came to removing it, it just wouldn't come off!!! No matter what nail polish I used, it just wasn't coming off! I know I really SHOULDN'T have but what I did was I just cracked the polish with my teeth and it just very easily came off in 2 or 3 pieces per nail.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


L'Oreal voluminous waterproof
Lancome Tropique Minerale smoothing loose bronzer
L'Oreal Eye Designer, colour 413
Frontcover Eye Spy palette:
vanilla ice, powder puff, moon river(inner corner and tear duct)
amber green, lime sherbert, powder puff(upper lid)
iron stone, amber green(for winged out effect)
iron stone (lower lash line)
powder puff(slight highlight on the brow bone)

basic make up for very fair skin

PRODUCTS I MENTIONED (and I wear with no self tan on)

unfortunately the web site is in Italian only.
Just any fair compact powder will do!

Select SPF 15, in the colour NW15.
I mainly use this in winter

MAC Select Moisturecover also in NW15
Collection 2000, Lasting Perfection in the colour 1 Fair(I didn't mention it because it was out of reach, but I'm absolutely in love with this! even more than the MAC one)

17 Waterproof mascara in brown black
L'Oreal voluminous Waterproof in black


what the MAC foundation + concelear look in photos:


WITH flash: not so good...