Sunday, 28 August 2011

Kat Von D - Adora Palette look

 My poor Adora palette has been feeling a bit neglected of late so I decided to put it to some use the other day. This look was a bit impromptu, I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with the palette but I'm pleased with how this came out.

Spotty Nails

Got a couple of new Konad plates, so I decided to test out the cute polka dot pattern. This was a little more messy than I would have liked. I used sticky tape to mask off the tips as I didn't want dots on them. Unfortunately, it left a sticky residue that made the pink section look a little scruffy. The nail art pen I used to create the lines smeared when I applied my topcoat even though I must have left it for over an hour before actually applying the topcoat.

For this look I used -

  • China Glaze - White on White (base shade)
  • China Glaze - White Cap (over White on White)
  • Essie - Flirty Fuchsia
  • Konad Plate M79
  • Black special polish
  • Black nail art pen

I would try this again, but next time I'll use nail polish remover & a cotton bud to wipe off sections of the base to replace with the pink rather than using sticky tape.

Monday, 22 August 2011

New Hair Colour & A Look To Match

Over the weekend, I decided to sort my fringe out. Most of it is black but a small part I kept blue (from the disastrous Smurf-Head experiment). The only problem was, it was a dark indigo, so it blended in a bit too well with the black. Bright blue seemed the way forward, but, as it turned out, my fringe went turquoise. It was a surprise but a good one.
The colour reminded me of Sugarpill's Chromalust in Starling, so I decided to use it in a look & ended up throwing some purple in there & a bit of black (of course!).

Friday, 19 August 2011

Nails - Jealousy & Gilt

Today's nails & I'm back on to the brighter colours. I decided to do a pattern on just the tips, rather than all over for a change. A bit of glitter seemed right thrown in there too.

What I used for these -

  • OPI - Who The Shrek Are You? (base colour)
  • China Glaze - Medallion (a thin layer for the glitter)
  • Konad plate M62
  • Black special polish

Kat Von D - Foiled Love Lipstick in Valentine

As soon as I saw this on the Sephora site, I fell in love. Valentine is described as being a metallic hot pink with iridescent micro glitter.

The packaging is stunning. As with previous KVD lippies, it has a beautiful rose design on the lid & the end of the tube is clear so you can see the shade of lipstick. Unlike the other lippies, this comes in a metallic silver tube.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Urban Decay - 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion

I've been playing around with this for a couple of weeks now. I love liquid liners, especially ones that stay put. As far as the 24/7 Liquid Liner goes, it's comparable to MAC's Superslick Liquid Eye Liner & Illamasqua's Precision Ink. All three are waterproof & when removed, they flake off rather than smearing all over the place (a huge reason why I like these kind of liners). Wear-time is great with these type of liners, they stay put all day until you remove them. I haven't noticed any flaking or peeling with them.

Nails - Shades of Grey

Yesterday's nails & I managed to leave the neon & animal print alone for once. My matte topcoat was looking neglected, so I decided to experiment a little. I usually use it over dark, shimmery polishes, so I decided to try it with something lighter.

Friday, 12 August 2011

80's Nails Part 2 - Neon Wild Cat

Yes, I'm back on my 80's nail kick. There's just something about neon polish & animal print combos that I can't seem to stay away from. Could be my love of hair metal is the root of the problem. :)

Anyway, this one is a very vivid combo of orange & yellow, two shades I don't usually go for much but it worked well for this particular mani.

A little messy there but it doesn't look so bad after I cleaned it up a little. Should have done that before I took pics.

For the Neon Wild Cat look I used -

  • Essie - Funky Limelight
  • China Glaze - Sun Worshipper
  • Konad plate M69
  • Special Polish in black

As bright as this may look in the pictures, it's tame compared to how vivid it is in reality. Neon is definitely the best way to describe it.

Urban Decay - 15th Anniversary Palette

I'd been eyeing this one online for a while. I'm still not sure what won me over the most - the gorgeous packaging or the colours inside, maybe a combination of both.

All 15 shades are brand new and this palette manages to cover all the bases, pretty much. This one palette contains colours that go from neutral to bright to smoky.

This picture really doesn't do the shadows justice, the bad lighting in my house washed them out quite a bit.
As far as textures go, there's only the one matte shadow here - Blackout (a great, really deep black). Some Urban Decay shadows have a lot of glitter in them & as a result can cause the dreaded glitter-ball effect on your face. There's only one shadow inside the 15th Anniversary palette that does this - Midnight Rodeo.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Zoya - Smoke & Mirrors Haul

I'm a sucker for deeper polish colours & although I love my glitter & shimmery shades, I'm also partial to cream finishes too.
The Smoke collection is all about the creams, I chose Cynthia, whilst the Mirrors part of the collection is about metallic finishes. Three shades appealed to me, Tao, Jem & Marina.


A cream finish blackened teal shade, Cynthia is deep, dark & shiny. Makes a nice alternative to black nails whilst still being a good, vampy look. 


Beauty Bargain - MUA Glitter Ball palette

Another of the MUA palettes, Glitter Ball features a wider variety of colours than Starry Night. You could use this one to achieve neutral, smoky or bright looks. As with Starry Night, this is predominantly a shimmery/glittery palette. 

The top row of shadows features

  • Black with silver glitter (think MAC Black Tied)
  • Peachy-pink with silver glitter
  • Pearly green
  • Mid blue pearl 
  • Aqua pearl 
  • Frosty white