Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nail Art!


This is what I did for a TAFE Nail Art assessment a couple of weeks ago. Considering I've never really done much nail art, I was quite impressed with my efforts and pleased with how it turned out.

We were able to base our assessment on anything we desired, whether that be christmas, easter, halloween, nature, star signs, etc. I wanted to do something bright, fun and exciting, so I based mine on COLOUR.

Anyway, I hope someone at least finds this interesting. Let me know what you think :)

Products Used

· Revlon Red Nail Polish

· Sally Hansen Orange Nail Polish

· China Glaze Neon Orange Nail Polish

· Bright Orange Glitter

· Red Rhinestones

· Paper Cup with Water

· Toothpick

· Clear Top Coat

1. Create the water marbled pattern by dropping balls of each nail polish colour one by one onto the surface of the water in the paper cup. Start with the red, then place the orange inside the red, then the neon orange inside the regular orange. Repeat this 2-3 times.

2. Use a toothpick to swirl the colours and create your desired pattern.

3. Dip the nail into the water through the nail polish design on the surface. Wipe away excess polish with your toothpick, then remove the nail and sit to dry.

4. Once dried, precisely paint a swirl of colour from the marbled effect with clear nail polish.

5. While it’s still wet, sprinkle some orange glitter over the top.

6. Add some red rhinestones to jazz up the design.

7. To complete, seal with a coat of clear nail polish.

Products Used

· Purple Nail Polish

· Purple Rhinestones

· Purple Glitter

· Konad Nail Art Stamping Kit

· Clear Top Coat

1. Paint the nail with 2 coats of purple nail polish.

2. Once dry, paint the tip with clear nail polish.

3. While still wet, sprinkle the tip with the purple glitter.

4. Then go ahead and add purple rhinestones across the smile line when the glitter stops.

5. Now using konad nail art stamping kit, add the flower design.

6. Complete the nail with a clear top coat.


Products Used:

· Purple Nail Polish

· Green Nail Polish

· Teal Nail Polish

· Purple Glitter

· Nail Art Stickers

· Nail Pearls

· Paper Cup with Water

· Toothpick

· Clear Top Coat

1. Create the water marbled pattern using the purple, teal and green nail polishes using the same technique as the red nail.

2. Place a butterfly nail sticker in the centre of the nail.

3. Paint over a coloured swirl with clear top coat and sprinkle with purple glitter while it’s wet.

4. Add a smaller butterfly sticker to the design.

5. Place the mini nail pearls as a trail from the main butterfly. Add any extras to the design as desired.

6. Finish with a coat of clear top coat.


Products Used:

· Neon Orange Nail Polish

· Orange Nail Polish

· Orange Glitter

· Bright Orange Glitter

· Nail Art Stickers

· Makeup Sponge

1. Using a makeup sponge, place some neon orange nail polish on one corner and dab onto the top half of the nail.

2. Repeat this step with the regular orange nail polish starting from the bottom and working up to the neon orange.

3. Work back and forth between the 2 colours to get an even gradient.

4. Place the bat stickers as desired

5. Paint a layer of clear top coat to the bottom of the nail and carry it up the sides of the nail around the stickers.

6. While still wet, sprinkle the orange glitter across the very bottom of the nail, then sprinkle the brighter orange glitter so it overlaps the previous glitter then fades up towards the tip.

7. Complete with clear top coat.

Products Used:

· Teal Nail Polish

· Teal/Aqua Glitter

· Reflective Green Mylar Flakes

· Tweezers

· Clear Top Coat

1. Paint the nail with 2 coats of teal nail polish.

2. While the 2nd coat is still wet, sprinkle the glitter over the entire nail.

3. Once completely dry, paint a thick layer of clear top coat.

4. While it’s wet, use tweezers to pick up and place small pieces of mylar to create a broken mirror/discoball effect.

5. To finish, paint 2 thick layers of clear top coat.


Thanks for looking!

xx

Friday, December 2, 2011

MAC Glitter & Ice Smokey Eye Tutorial


Hellooooo lovely followers!

It's such a miserable day here today. It's the 2nd day of summer and its cold and cloudy.

I have made a new tutorial for you guys! This is a look inspired by MAC's holiday glitter and ice collection. Hope you all like it!







EYES:
  • MAC Let's Skate Paint Pot
  • MAC For Effect Paint Pot
  • Wet N Wild Greed Palette
  • MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter
  • MAC Industrial Pearlglide Eyeliner
  • MAC Fresh Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • MAC Shimmermint Mineralize Eyeshadow
CHEEKS:
  • MAC Blushbaby Blush
  • MAC Snowglobe Beauty Powder
LIPS:
  • MAC Secret Lover Lipstick
  • MAC Pleasure Principle Dazzleglass

I'd love to hear what you think about this look!
Here's the tutorial:


Thanks for stopping by!
xxx

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Halloween!


Hey guys!

Just wanted to post and show you what I got up to for halloween!

The look below is what I wore to work, which is at Gloria Jeans coffees :) Our store was allowed to dress up, and we even created our own halloween drink called "Strawberries and Screams" :D

This was my last minute vampire look...



EYES:
  • MAC Half Wild Paint Pot
  • Sugarpill Poison Plum Eyeshadow
  • MAC Parfait Amour Eyeshadow
  • Sugarpill Dollipop Eyeshadow
  • Sugarpill Tako Eyeshadow
  • Sleek black Eyeshadow
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Random lashes
LIPS:
  • MAC Violetta Listick
  • MAC Revenge Is Sweet Lipglass
For the vampire bite on my neck, I used duo eyelash adhesive to create the circles. Then once that was dry, I pulled at the centre of each with tweezers to look like to small wounds. I then filled the centre with a recipe of black eyeliner, purple lipstick, red lipliner, red eyeshadow then added the blood (lipliner mixed with gloss).




The next look is what I wore to my halloween party. I went as Miss Scissorhands! I knew once I saw the costume I just HAD to get it :) I love Edward Scissorhands.. I find him cute haha. I didn't want to look as 'dead' as he did, slightly more of a glamorous scissorhands look :)

This is the makeup I did to go with the costume...

Yay, SPIDER LASHES!!

^^ This is the actual costume itself ^^

EYES:
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot
  • MAC Burnt Burgundy Pigment
  • Sugarpill Poison Plum Eyeshadow
  • Sugarpill Love+ Eyeshadow
  • Sleek black Eyeshadow
Earlier in the night I did have MAC's Smoked Purple lipstick dabbed on as a stain effect, but it wore off by the time I got pics. Also, for the scars, I just used Duo eyelash glue again and used concealer and powder to set.


I'd LOVE to know what you think of my looks :)

Did you dress up for halloween? What did you dress up as?

Thanks for stopping by!!
xx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oh MAC, You've Done it Again!


I'm sure you have all seen the promo images and heard about the MAC holiday collection "Glitter and Ice". Many more of you have probably already seen the swatch porn of such collection over at Temptalia. Either way, I'm going to reinforce the beauty in this collection for both of us. MAC has once again stolen my heart!

Now, I'm not going to just copy and paste all of Christine's hard work, but beware, this will be a pic heavy, rambling post with me drooling over the products when I type this.


"Hold That Pose! with Winterized Mineralize Eye Shadows, Smooth Manoeuvre-ing Technakohl Liners, Paint Pots full of Morning Frost, Opulash Mascara in Bad, Bad Black, Dazzleglass with Glitter and Ice and Unconditionally Fabulous Nail Lacquers. Shake up the season with breathtaking Beauty Powders in glossy white Snowglobe-inspired comp acts filled with glittery, glossy and gorgeous silver sparkles."

So what does the collection contain?


  • 1 Pair of Lashes
  • 2 Beauty Powders
  • 3 Paint Pots
  • 3 Nail Polishes
  • 6 Technakohl Liners
  • 6 Mineralize Eyeshadows
  • 6 Lipsticks
  • 6 Dazzleglasses

Note: Everything in this collection is LE unless stated otherwise



Paint Pots

Let’s Skate Pale pink with pearl

Morning Frost Shimmering champagne taupe

For Effect Black with pearl


Mineralize Eyeshadow

Fresh Ice White silver melange

Snow Season Soft taupe melange

Hold That Pose! Pale mauve melange

Frozen Blue Blue silver melange

Shimmermint Pale green melange

Winterized Dirty purple with silver, indigo, and pink melange



Beauty Powder

Snowglobe Frosty pinky beige

How Beautiful Pale shimmering beige



Nail Lacquer

Unconditionally Fabulous Super sparkle white (Frost)

Get Noticed True bright red (Cream)

Festive Finery Dirty mid-tone greyed violet (Cream)


#7 Lashes



Lipstick

Whirls & Twirls Sheer pink with gold pearl (Glaze)
Double Spin Pale mauve pink (Cremesheen)

Soft SableCool frosted taupe (Frost)

Eloquent Air Sheer white silver(Glaze)
Such Flare True red (Matte)

What Joy! Deep berry (Satin)





Dazzleglass

Pleasure Principle Clear white violet, teal, and white pearl (Repromote)

Dressed to Dazzle Pale dirty pink red and gold pearl

Glitter & Ice Light nude with white and gold pearl

She-zam Sheer silver with silver and red pearl (Repromote)

Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl (Permanent)

Spanking Rich Raspberry pink with red and gold pearl (Repromote)



Technakohl Liner

Silver Skates Silver with pearl

Going for Gold Gold with pearl

Seasonally Spicy Brown with pearl

Fancy Moves Purple with pearl

Practice Makes Perfect Blue with pearl

Smooth Manoeuvre Black with pearl



!Random Product Swatches of my Favourites!

MAC For Effect Paint Pot

For Effect Paint Pot

MAC Let's Skate Paint Pot

Lets Skate Paint Pot

MAC Glitter & Ice Dazzleglass

Dazzleglass

MAC Glitter & Ice Dazzleglass

Pleasure Principle Dazzleglass

MAC Nail Lacquer:  Unconditionally Fabulous, Festive Finery, Get Noticed</

Unconditionally Fabulous Nail Varnish



Thats enough of the teaser swatches... to check out the rest of the swatches and reviews on all the products, head over to temptalia.com



Disclaimer: All images and information was sourced from Temptalia and Specktra.


Thanks for looking!
xx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Victoria Frances Goth Girl!



Hey everyone!
Today I bring you a look I did recently that I've been thinking about doing for a while. Its based on one of Victoria Frances' amazing artworks. I guess this can also count as a halloween look (goth chick perhaps!), just tweak it as you desire!

I have explained everything you need to create this look!

Enjoy!




Using the Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush, apply Sugarpill's Poison Plum, or any similar purple you have, to the entire lid and blend as desired. Then, using the same brush, apply a darker purple or a small amount of black to the inner portion of the eyelid. You can find this must-have brush here: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/product_p/e35.htm?Click=1897


Next, using a Sigma E65, line your upper lashline and waterline with a black cream or gel eyeliner. I used MAC's Blacktrack Fluidline. This brush is great for applying gel eyeliners, perfect size and easy to control. You can find it here: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/product_p/e65.htm?Click=1897


After the eyes are done and mascara is on, use the Sigma F80 brush to buff the foundation of your choice into your skin. Using the flat top kabuki brush really creates a flawless application of foundation. This brush can be purchased for $16 here: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Sigma_Flat_Top_Synthetic_Kabuki_F_80_p/f80.htm?Click=1897




The next step is to apply your concealer and buff it into the skin with the Sigma E40 Blending Brush. This is technically an eye brush, but I love the way it blends my concealer into my skin. I recommend that everyone gives it a go! It's a steal at $9


To finish off the skin, set your foundation with a matching face powder. To do so, use the Sigma F30 Powder Brush. Its the perfect size for powdering the whole face quickly, especially when you're on the go! You can find it here:


Now onto the fun part! To create the tears and swirl design, I suggest using the Sigma E05 Eyeliner brush. Its extremely easy to use as its so small and has a nice point, perfect for doing detail work. If you are interested in doing creative, detail work, this brush is a must have! Purchase here http://www.sigmabeauty.com/product_p/e05.htm?Click=1897 for just $9!

Finally comes the lips. If you don't have a lip brush, like me, you can turn one of your other brushes into a multi-tasking brush! Here I used the Sigma F70 Concealer brush to apply my nude lip colour of choice. Its not too big and works really well as a lip brush. At $9 you can't really go wrong. http://www.sigmabeauty.com/product_p/f70.htm?Click=1897



If you are interested in buying any of these brushes, why not save yourself some money and get the whole set of 12 brushes for $79 without the brush roll, or for $99 including the brush roll?!


Now onto the photos!








This look would be perfect for halloween! Just pair it with a dark lip for a goth look, or pale out your skin and add some greyish contours and create a 'dead' look!

EYES:
  • MAC Painterly Paintpot
  • Sugarpill Poison Plum
  • Sleek Noir Eyeshadow
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara
  • Mehron Paradise Prisma Blendset (Body Paint)

FACE:
  • MAC Studio Fix Foundation
  • MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
  • MAC Light Medium MSF Natural
  • MAC Blushbaby Blush

LIPS:
  • Concealer
  • MAC Boy Bait Lipglass

Let me know what you think of the look :)
Thanks for stopping by!
xx

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sigmaaaax!


Sigma has released their new line of Sigmax Synthetic brushes consisting 5 brand new brushes in a range of shapes and styles.


With its tapered design, the F86 is perfect for application of liquid, cream and powder products to precise areas on the face. The F86 is also an ideal contouring brush. It applies the perfect amount of product to the right areas for that flawless, sculpted look that every woman desires. This brush is revolutionary to the beauty industry and very unique in quality and design. It is the perfect addition to any makeup kit. The F86 will be sold individually for $16 or as part of the Synthetic Kabuki Kit (F80, F82, F84 and F86) sold for $56.

The new Synthetic Precision Kit contains the P80, P82, P84 and P86. The P80 is a small, flat top brush that is ideal to conceal blemishes, sun spots and small imperfections on the skin. It can be used to stipple concealer on defined areas, followed by precise application of setting powder. The rounded P82 brush was designed to mimic your fingertips, making this brush ideal to apply eye shadow primers. It can also be used for the precise application of highlight shades on the bridge of the nose, cheek bones and cupid’s bow. The small angled top of the P84 makes this brush perfect for precise contouring of the sides of the nose and contouring the hollows of the cheek bones. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone. Lastly, the unique tapered shape of the P86 brush is ideal for application of concealer under the eyes and in defined areas such as the sides of the nose, chin and around the mouth. This brush can also be used to perfectly apply concealer around the lips to prevent color bleeding. Each of these brushes will be sold individually for $14 or as the Synthetic Precision Kit (P80, P82, P84 and P86) for $49.



If you want to try out all of the synthetic must haves, the Synthetic Essential Kit is for you! This collection contains all eight face brushes specifically designed for a high definition, flawless makeup application. The shape, density and height of each brush were designed to complement the different areas and shapes of the face. The Synthetic Essential Kit has everything you need to achieve a perfect and flawless look! It is now available on our website for $99.


Ultimately, these new releases ensure there's something for everyone!

XX