Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy holidays everyone!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas holiday and new year. I'm actually off to Hawaii tonight, so there won't be any posts from me for a little while. However, I'll have plenty to talk about when I get back with my (hopefully) awesome haul from Sephora! All the best.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What the: stained eyelids

Just a quick post about some random makeup craziness. I went out the other night wearing a grass green eyeshadow and when I took off my makeup later that night, I found that my eyelids were stained a very pale green! That's happened to me before with red eyeshadow, but not with any other colour. Mind you, I was wearing an eye primer and Pixie Epoxy over that, so it's not like it was applied directly to my eyelids. Has that ever happened to anyone else? It was gone by the morning, so I'm not worried. I'll keep wearing that eyeshadow too because it's amazing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Eyeshadow: Make Up Store eyedust in Demon

A few weeks ago, Make Up Store in the Broadway Shopping Centre, Sydney, had a VIP evening. I only got a couple of things, one of which was a eyedust (loose eyeshadow) in the colour Demon. The eyedusts retail for $32, which is a lot, but everything was 20% off at the VIP evening, which made it more palatable.

I'm now sure if you can tell from these pictures, but it's hard to tell exactly what kind of colour it is. Is it a gold? Is it a green? It kind of depends on the angle you look at it and the lighting. I don't even think the Make Up Store web site shows it accurately.

Worn over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Left: dry. Centre: over Urban Decay Primer Potion. Right: over Pixie Epoxy.

Regardless, I love it! It's an interesting colour and the formula of the Make Up Store eyedusts is amazing. They're super-fine, super-smooth and really easy to blend. I really like the packaging, too. The lid opens to reveal an inner lid (no mess!), which then opens to expose the eyeshadow through a small circular opening. It means travelling with these fellas is definitely doable.

Is it gold?

Or is it green?

All in all, I highly recommend Make Up Store's loose eyeshadows. Their pressed eyeshadows are lovely too, but that's another review. Although they're quite expensive, I definitely think that in this case, you get what you pay for: great-quality eyeshadow that looks amazing.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Surprise finds: Blooms chemist

This is just a quick post about some surprises I found in my local Blooms chemist this morning. I was lucky I decided to have a quick look around before paying for my items and leaving because there are checkouts on either side of the store. The one I'd usually go to is well away from the beauty department and therefore has the shorter line.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see a permanent Orly nail polish display! I'd seen a small display of the Orly minis before at the prescription counter (of course, that's where everyone goes to check out nail polish). However, I'd never seen full-sized bottles of Orly. They had a fairly small range of coloured polish, but they also had french manicure polish in addition to top coats and other nail care items.

The other display that caught my eye was an Ardell lash display! I've never seen Ardell lashes anywhere in Australia before. I've also never worn false eyelashes before, but since everyone in blogland raves about Ardell, I thought I'd give them a try. I got demis and a natural-looking set. I'll let you know how I go when I wear them, although I think this may require a bit of practise!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nails: crackle polish attempt 1

This week, I decided to try something different with my nails. A few weeks ago, I was in Kmart and bought a silver Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish (Celeb City) in addition to a $5 BYS crackle nail polish in black. BYS is a really cheap cosmetic brand here in Australia. I'm not sure whether it's available overseas. Anyway, yesterday I decided to give them a go.

The silver is crazy! I wish I'd taken a photo of my nails with just that on. Oh well. My fingertips looked like they were coated in tin foil! Anyway, when that dried, I applied the black crackle polish. It was kind of weird. It was thick, but not gluggy, and applied really opaquely with one stroke (I wish all black/dark nail polish worked that way). The weird part is although I went right to the cuticle, it shrank a little as it dried, leaving a silvery gap (if you must, click on the pictures below to enlarge them, if you want to see what I mean).

The awesome part was when it started to dry properly. It only took a few minutes, but I could literally watch it crack before my eyes. It was so cool! Once that was all dry, I applied a top coat. I found that the top coat actually filled in some of the gaps between the cracks, so they actually looked less cracked. That sucked a little, although as you can see, they obviously still appear cracked.

Left: indoors. Right: outdoors.

So it looked pretty cool, right? Yeah, well, I wish it lasted. Today, I have some severe chipping at the tips. However, only the black has come off, so my nails are silvery all around the edges. I think that for next time, I'll add a couple of layers of top coat to ensure it stays on. Here are some frightful pictures. Sorry they're a bit blurry. My right hand had the worst chipping, so I took the photos with my left hand.

Left: what my nails look like today. Right: close-up showing some of the worst chipping.