Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lush Chadstone Are So Awesome :)

Ok, so the other night I went to Lush Chadstone because, since I like them on Facebook, they invited everyone to a little event they were having. They stayed open late and had some quizzes, competitions, prizes and of course a chance to do all your Christmas shopping. I'd got in early for Christmas, but I thought I'd go anyway just for fun. And it really was. They had some bowls set up and you had to guess the combinations of them, and they had a quiz that was almost like a scavenger hunt. And I actually won a prize for that! :) So when I got home I knew I had to do a video showing you all the awesome things I got. Hope you enjoy :)



Stay beautiful.
~Xx~ Kate

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

OPI Femme de Cirque Mini Collection

Ok, so during my Christmas shopping online, I inevitably picked up some things for myself :P One of those was the OPI Femme de Cirque mini collection. I was so excited when it came, as I've recently got into more light, natural colours (at least a tad :P ) and pinks for Spring and Summer. So I sat down with it and got photo happy so i could share them with you :)

Polishes in the very cute box, no flash.

Polishes in the box, flash.

L-R I Juggle...Men; So Many Clowns, So Little Time; In The Spot-Light Pink; Step Right Up.

Same as above, but with flash.

Next up, some swatches. I'll do them in the order the polishes are listed above. All swatches are three coats over a base coat, no top coat. First up, I Juggle...Men. This is a glitter topcoat that reflects blue, purple and pink. It's really gorgeous, but unfortunately refused to photograph well :( On my nails it was a very fine, subtle, but still noticeable glitter that shimmered in the light. I can describe it as similar to sunlight reflecting of still water :) The polish went on very smoothly, and isn't rough to the touch when dry.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light.

Flash.


Next up, So many CLowns, So Little Time. This was a lovely sheer nude. It was relatively buildable, but still stayed sheer, even after three coats. The formula was very smooth, as were all the polishes, and applied very well.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light.

Flash.


I also added a coat of I Juggle...Men to all the polishes to show it off as a top coat.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light.

Flash.


And now, In The Spot-Light Pink. This was so beautiful. Incredibly sheer and not very buildable, but very natural looking. This just made my nails look healthy and rosy, and would be perfect for a French mani. Once again, a lovely formula to work with.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light.

Flash.


And once again, with a coat of I Juggle...Men. I really liked how this made it a but more modern, a lovely twist to something classic :)

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light.

Flash.


And last but not least, Step Right Up. This is the most opaque of all the polishes. It's a beautiful white pink, still quite natural, but a tad bolder than the others. Its a lovely colour, and would be great during the day, especially for Spring and Summer, or as an alternative to white.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light. (Sorry don't know why this on flipped)

Flash.


And of course, with I Juggle...Men.

Indirect natural light.

Direct natural light. (Again, sorry :( )

Flash.


All in all, I really like this mini collection :) Its a nice addition to my more work appropriate colours, and perfect for the warmer months. The inclusion of the glitter top coat means that you can give a little extra something to all of these very feminine polishes for that little extra something. And I'm a big fan of that little extra something ;)

Stay beautiful.
~Xx~ Kate


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

November Favourites, but with a Surprise

Yay second favourites video! Let's see if I can keep it up :P There was a clear stand out for what my favourite thing was this month, and even though its not beauty related, I had to put it in, watch for the surprise entry at the end :P But I did find, once again, that there were a few things I tended to use a lot more than others. I enjoyed doing this video because I got to stop and look at what I'd used this month and think, "wow did I really use it that much?". It was also fun this month when I'd reach for something and think, "I really am using this a lot, it should go on favourites!"

So here it is, I managed a second and already looking forward to doing my third :)


Oh and my nails from my previous post make an appearance :P Hope you enjoy.

Stay beautiful.
~Xx~ Kate

Yay for Glam Nail Art!

Ok, I had to put these up here. I do enjoy a bit of nail art, and have been experimenting a lot lately. So I got some rhinestones off eBay, and long story short ended up with nearly double what I had originally ordered :P So there was nothing else to do but to sit down and have a bit of a play, and this is what I ended up with :)



All photos are with flash because the others didn't turn out very well :P

It was pretty simple to do and I'm pretty happy with the results, since it was my first try. I've already got so many other ideas of things I can do with them. I'm also pretty happy with how long and strong my nails are compared to a few months ago. They still break a bit, but nowhere near as often as they did and I think its the longest I've had them, probably ever! I was a big picker back in the day :P

Let me know what you think, and if anyone has any ideas they want me to try I am very willing :)

Stay beautiful.
~Xx~ Kate

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Queen of Hearts Tutorial

Ok, so this one is a little crazy :P But what's a challenge without something different? And it was a lot of fun too :)

This was inspired by Helena Bonham Carter's Queen of Hearts from Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'. I haven't gone all out with the eyebrows and white face, but remember I did wear this during the day, though it would be great for a more simple costume makeup. It's just a pity Halloween has come and gone :P

Products used:

Baby Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Electric Blue and Pacific
Blue Artdeco Eyeshadow (didn't have a name)
Maybelline Eyestudio in Blackest Black
Australis Black Pencil Liner
Loreal Lash Architect 4D
Artdeco Lifting Lip Base
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Classic Red





I hope you enjoy this silliness, a daily dose is very healthy :P


Stay beautiful.
~Xx~ Kate