Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays ^__^

As much as my family does not celebrate Christmas as such, its just such a jolly time of the year! (except for the fact it is raining bucketloads right now, and I nearly died driving home from work)

This year is special because for the first time, I'm actually gonna be celebrating it like a real Christmas at a friend's for lunch/dinner. It was so great of her to invite me for what I gather is generally only a family thing. RUB YOU RONG TIME xo

So I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and eat lots of yummy food :)

Onwards to the nail post-

I've always liked cream-finish brown/grey/beige/taupe nail polish, but lately I'm drawn to glittery polishes. This one is a combination of both, in that it is a taupe glittery polish; Revlon's Ornate Ore.

I really wanted to capture the multicoloured fine glitter, but the best I could come up with is this, which just looks like silver and gold glitter (if even that). It has really TINY sized glitter, so even with one coat there is no grittiness although not opaque. Three coats for full opacity, it was quite runny (but easy to apply) and dried quickly. The colour looks different depending on the light which I love ^__^

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Long time no nail post

Thought I'd do a quick nail post! Here it is:

Products used:
Manicare Ridge Filler as a base coat - it doesn't actually fill any ridges, just kinda smooths out the surface

Inglot 319 - love the colour of this, but it is too streaky for me. Dries quickly though!

Revlon Lush Lime - wanted to have lime glitter, but the glitter in this polish is really sparse/transparent, so it just looks like random bubbles on my nails

Etude House Mini French 06 French Silver Glitter - got bored of plain lime green after a couple of hours, so added silver! I can't apply this very neatly, so it resulted in a messy blob of silver.

Seche Vite Top Coat- no further explanation required.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Smokey Eye MAC Technique Seminar

Seminar makes it sound so fancy, but that is the full title of it. On 15th of Dec Wednesday night, I went to a smokey eye lesson at MAC with the Kraken (I know you're reading this, yes I took photos and I'm posting it like you told me to!)

As I've mentioned it in a previous post, I was super excited for it: A 2-hour lesson from MAC makeup artists followed by getting $120 worth of MAC products!! AND THERE WAS FOOD. (pretty much the most exciting thing yes?)

The lesson consisted of a mua applying makeup on another mua, while we followed step by step. Wish I had taken my camera there, but I went straight from being stuck in labs all day so I didn't think that far ==;;

We learned the basics of prepping the skin, applying foundation/concealer then moved on to the eyeshadow. The products used for the eyes were Painterly Paint Pot as a base, White Rabbit, Melt My Heart and Carbon eyeshadows from the Reelers & Rockers palette, and one of the mascaras (I wasn't told which one). On the face, there was a bronzer (dunno which one), Melba blush followed by Viva Glam V lipstick.

I've cropped/resized and adjusted brightness of the photos, but haven't touched anything else (because I don't know how to do that).

Excuse the clump of mascara and the two eyes being uneven. I'm just gonna pretend its because of the angle the photo was taken. These two photos were taken with flash, because I couldn't get the colour to show without flash.

The next day/night when I got home, I wanted to try it again so I don't forget what I learned. I used matte neutrals, which I am more likely to use than shimmery metallics. Here is the failcake I baked.
I really suck at blending clearly. I tried, but all I see are three splodges of colour. Damnit.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Probably the only Christmas present I'm getting this year

My family doesn't celebrate Christmas, because my dad is an atheist. Despite my mum being Christian, what my dad says goes (or so he thinks) therefore we've always just spent Christmas day like any other summer (Australia here!) day. I'm the only one who puts up a tree, decorates it and places gifts under it, but this year I was super lazy and didn't get around to putting up the tree.

So the point of today's post is this:
My bosses at work are AMAZING!! They got EVERYONE at work these gift bags filled with beauty products and lollies (and an envelope with money! REAL money!) as well as nice snacks for morning tea. In the photo there isn't very much junk food left because I ate most of it already xD The big/full size products are Australian: A'kin, Ulittlebeauty, derm organics and Natio. The lipglosses are L'oreal and Sally Hansen. There is a loose powder and eyeshadow from freshMinerals, and a clear nail polish from Sally Hansen. The other things are little samples to try.

When I looked through the products again though, I couldn't help wondering whether they're trying to tell me something or it is merely a coincidence. The lipglosses are nude/neutral, and I'm wondering whether they want me to stop wearing orange/pink lipsticks. The clear nail polish may be suggesting to stop with my colourful nails. But then I could be overthinking it (as I always seem to do).

Anyway, it was such a nice gesture and now I'm wondering what I can get for them to return the gesture. Ideas?

ps. sorry about the CAPS everywhere. I get excited easily.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My first successful nail polish sale :)

On Thursday, I sold my first bottle of nail polish because a lady noticed them on my nails! Lately I've been trying to wear brands we stock at work just so when customers ask I can refer them to the product. So I was wearing Maybelline mini Colorama in 30 Bubblegum and a lady asked what it is! I told her its Maybelline, then she went and brought two shades to purchase. It wasn't much but I was so proud to have sold something from what is just a hobby/obsession of mine :)

These photos were taken on the third day of wear, so there is a bit of tipwear but overall I think it wears pretty well! Two coats here with both base and top coats. In real life it is pinker than it looks in the photos, but I couldn't get my camera to show the true colour.

I've got two bottles of this polish because the first one started to become thick, but I still use the thick one (until I buy thinner). The new bottle however is a great consistency, not too runny but not too thick. It also dries fairly quickly.

I love these mini Colorama polishes because they're just SO CUTE! (also apply well too) And they were on sale the other week so my mum went and bought pretty much all the shades she likes.

Here are the links I was asked for:

This is where I bought the Orly, China Glaze, Essie and Zoya polishes (they also have OPI, and other brands)

And here is the English site of where I buy all my Korean cosmetics such as Etude House and Peripera (I shop on the Korean site, but I think this should be roughly the same)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Yes, I am a lazy shit.

I have been doing my nails every 3 days or so as per usual, but I'm too lazy to take photos. Plus I've been trying out the new polishes I got on eBay, and there a ton of swatches for them online already! (excuses, excuses) BUT DID ANYONE ACTUALLY MISS ME? I think not. *cries*

So here are the swatches for the day. These are Peripera Wonder of Lips lipsticks. On the left is 8 퓨어핑크 (Pure Pink) and on the right is 20 츄잉오렌지 (Chewing Orange). I wanted a Barbie pink lipstick as well as a bright orange one, so when I saw these on sale I just HAD to get them!

The formula is glossy and not drying, but not the most opaque. (three layers for the swatch above) Similar to MAC lustre finish lipsticks. I personally like and prefer MAC lustre finish lipsticks, so I like these Peripera lipsticks. The pink one is glossier with sparkles in it, which I don't like, but you can't even see the sparkles once on the lips. The orange one is creamy and more opaque than the pink.

So overall, I like these lipsticks and would like to try out more shades in the future.
[But not too soon, because I'm on a lipstick ban at the moment.]