Tuesday, 30 November 2010

EOTD: Simple and Pretty eyes

I'm going to class soon, but before I go I wanted to make a post about my make-up. I love simple looks that only take a few minutes, and this is one of them! It's something different than the brown smokey ish eyes I seem to go for lately, and it only takes a few minutes ;)

I applied a slightly shimmery eyeshadow that's similar to my skin tone all over my eye, followed by a line of black gel liner. Last but not least, I smudged some of that black gel liner under the eyes, added a bit of white eyeliner on the waterline and applied mascara.

From afar it doesn't look like you have a lot of make-up on, but up close your eyes will look bigger and nicely defined. That little bit of shimmering eyeshadow prettifies the look a little, and all of that together gives you a very college appropriate look.

Do you keep your make-up simple when you go to school/work?
Sunday, 28 November 2010

abcwinkeltje: my Soy Wax order came in!

Hi everyone! Today's post isn't really beauty related but it might be helpful because Christmas is getting closer ;) Anyways, my order from abcwinkeltje arrived yesterday, this is a Dutch webshop selling beautiful soap, soy wax and more. I bought myself an oil warmer a couple of days ago because I really wanted to experiment with scented oils and soy wax this winter. I love nice smells and you can get the burner, oil and some soy wax for just a couple of euros, so it's not expensive at all! Here's a little bit of information about soy wax:
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
The webshop I got my soy wax from sells 100% pure eco soy wax. You get three little hearts for 1 euro, and I could choose the scents and colours myself. They will burn for 8 hours and come in a cute organza bag.

I bought 12 different ones and store them in a simple tea chest. The hearts look really cute and you can choose from lots of delicious scents. I picked Strawberry, Aloe Vera, Banana, Chocolate, Jasmin, Milk and Honey, Roses, Toffee, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Christmas.

The shop owner gave me a litte heart shaped 'thank you' soap as well, which was really sweet. Those kind of gestures make me want to come back to a shop :) I'm not sure if she ships internationally, but luckily there are more places to get soy wax (you can always try Ebay or google 'Soy Wax'). However, if you're Dutch and looking for soap or soy wax, I'm sure that you will like the shop!

So far, I think it could be a great Christmas gift. The burner is something decorative and nice to look at, and the scented oil or soy wax (whatever you prefer) make the gift personal. In case you don't know what kind of scent to give: Aloe Vera is a very popular one and smells nice without being overwhelming. Although I think that Banana and Ylang Ylang will become my favourites!
Friday, 26 November 2010

NYC Loose Face Powder

I've always wanted to try a loose powder to set my make-up, it looks so simple and easy! Before buying something expensive though, I wanted to experiment with a cheaper brand. Luckily, NYC is a pretty budget friendly brand, you can get this powder for around 3 pounds.

This translucent powder is meant for setting your make-up when you're done and claims that it won't make you look dry or powdery (which is true). It has oil-absorbing ingredients to make your face nice and matte, without clogging the pores.

The little pink puff is cute but not something I'd use (I prefer a large powder brush). It's nice to keep it in the jar to 'protect' the powder a bit though. (Above I still have things sealed and the cap is already dirty).

Oh and removing the label didn't go as smoothly as I hoped for. If you're not a patient lady, you might throw this in the trash can before you can even use it :P

The sifter is pretty big which is something I don't like at all, it's really easy to spill some powder this way. If you're not careful, there will be powder all over the place when you open this. The powder itself is great though, it feels very soft and keeps my face nice and matte.

So do I like it? When I applied this powder for the first time I was sceptical, but at the end of the day I looked in the mirror and my make-up was still looking soft and lovely. That's all that matters to me, so I give this powder a thumbs up! The packaging can be a problem though, it's definitely not for travelling and you have to open the jar very carefully.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010

EOTD: Simple Winter make-up

During the winter I like to wear neutral eyeshadows, especially browns and purples. I had a few interesting purples (my purple mua eyeshadows) lying around so I decided to make a look with them! Purple is one of my favourite colours, and the lavender tone is the most flattering one. It suits just about every skintone and gives you that fresh but soft look.

It's a really simple look, but the white eyeliner will still help you to make your eyes stand out. I used milk by Nyx as a base, applied the lightest purple all over my eyelid and the two darker purples in the crease. I blended everything with a little bit of white, and applied a bit of white under my eyebrow/to the inner corner of my eye as well.

Well, not the best full face (I only did my eyes and lips here) but I did put a scarf on to make it look more winter ish :P When I set the eyeliner with white eyeshadow, I don't have to do any touch-ups for the first 4-5 hours. It might be a bit too unnatural for some ladies, but I love how it makes my eyes stand out. And how natural is black anyway? ;)

What are your favourite shades for winter? Do you stick to neutrals or use whatever you like?
Monday, 22 November 2010

2true Bronzing Powder No 1 Matte Bronze

I don't really use bronzer. I did buy one months ago to give it a try, but it was way too dark for my skin so I tossed it aside and forgot about bronzers. But then, I got my hands on the 2true all over natural bronzing powder, an affordable (you can get it for around 2 pounds/3 euro) matte bronzer.

I have Shade no 1, the matte version, but you can also go for shade no 2 if you like shimmery bronzers. This bronzer can be used all over your body, it promises to be long lasting and I think that's pretty true. I've used it a couple of times on my face now and it didn't go anywhere during the day.

This bronzer has a very warm, coral ish tone to it. It's the perfect shade for my skintone and the lack of shimmer makes it very easy to use. It's a bit of a powdery bronzer though, so you do have to be careful when you dip your brush in it. The packaging is nothing special, but you do get a lot of product for a low price.

I've been playing around with this bronzer a couple of times now, and I'm very happy with it. Above you can see my natural skintone and how it looks when you use this bronzer all over the face. I was actually going for a Kim Kardashian look so I was trying to make my skin darker, but it's also a very nice bronzer for shaping your face. It doesn't make you look orange/fake (just make sure to blend it well) and a little bit of it goes a long way.

I'm not really an expert when it comes down to bronzers, but if you want to experiment with something affordable like I did, it's worth a try. Some girls just prefer something of better quality, but I think that this isn't a bad bronzer if you love those budget proof products :)
Friday, 19 November 2010

BarryM Lipstick 145 in Punky Pink

I'm a fan of the BarryM nail paints, so when I saw this lipstick I couldn't wait to try it out! The bright pink colour scared me at first...would this end up in the back of my lipstick drawer or become my new favourite?

I couldn't find the name anywhere, but after a little bit of googling I found out that this shade is actually 'Punky Pink'. I also discovered that Cheryl Cole loves to wear this shade (thanks to this lovely lady), so if you have a girl-crush on her you might want to put this on your wish list ;)

I really like the packaging, the combination of matte and shiny black is something I haven't seen before. The lipstick is also a bit smaller than the others I own, which is pretty cute actually! (Not if it's super expensive of course, but you can get this for £4.49)

It's a very creamy and buildable shade, which means you can just apply a little bit if you want to avoid bright lips or go all out and rock some very nice bold lips that will last forever. It really surprised me how long lasting this lipstick is!

Does all of that make this lipstick my new favourite? Hmmm, I think it does! It's a nice shade of pink that will suit a lot of girls, it makes your teeth look whiter, it's affordable, packaging is cute and...did I already mention that Cheryl Cole owns it?
Wednesday, 17 November 2010

BarryM Limited edition Nail polish

First of all, I want to say hello to the new followers! I don't always take the time to say hi, but each new follower makes me really happy. It's like someone is saying 'Hey, I like your work!' and to me that makes blogging so worth it. So thank you, old and new followers, for hitting that little button! :)

Okay, before it gets all cheesy and dramatic, let's look at the nail polish I have in store for you today! It's the limited edition pink. The bottle has a gold cap which I'm not really a fan of but I suppose it gives it that 'limited edition' touch. You can get one of these for £2.95.

I love pinks and purples, and this little bottle of nail polish is giving me both. It's a gorgeous pinky lilac shade, nothing like any of the nail polishes I already own = bonus!

It's a pretty opaque colour and very creamy as well, I used two coats to paint my nails. I did find the formula a tiny bit thick, but still okay to work with. I have it on my nails for 4 days now, and it didn't chip yet (it even survived some drilling and painting, very impressive!)

I'm sure that many girls will love this shade, it's a nice shade of pink without being too girly. If you like that kind of colour and see it in the store/somewhere online, I'd get it before they're gone!
Monday, 15 November 2010

Superdrug Lip Therapy SPF15 Balm

I'm a bit of a lip biter so I'm always looking around for a nice lip balm. The little pink tin doesn't only look cute, it's a 'lip therapy balm' that will protect your lips against the sun and helps you to make them soft and moist again. Exactly what I needed, because the cold weather isn't really making my lips happy!

This product is vegetarian and vegan friendly and can be recycled as well, so far so good! The tin has enough product in it to last a while but it's still in a nice pocket size.

The texture and colour is very similar to Vaseline, you could say that they are the same thing although I find this product a little less slippery. When I apply this it feels like a nice thin protective layer, nothing sticky or overly shiny. I decided to take a few pictures to find out how good this stuff works:

I started out with pretty dry lips but after a couple of days my lips really felt (and looked) smoother and softer. The balm gives your lips a nice shine and leaves them moisturized for a good couple of hours.

You can get this lip balm for £1.27 at Superdrug (although it's on sale now for less than a pound!). If you have dry/cracked lips or if you are looking for a lip balm with SPF in it, this one is a great option. Besides, the pink tin looks very nice and girly!
Sunday, 14 November 2010

MUA lipstick swatches: shade 3 and 4

A little while ago I swatched a couple of MUA eyeshadows (you can find the post here), today I'm going to show two of their lipsticks! Just like everything else from the MUA range, you can buy these lipsticks for just a pound at Superdrug. The low price is great of course, but are they any good?

I have shade 4 and shade 3, the packaging of these reminds me a bit of the NYX lipsticks. It's nice and simple, nothing cheap looking in my opinion.

Shade 3 is a very nice Raspberry colour and shade 4 is some kind of Barbie pink. I think they both smell a bit funny, the scent made me think of clay (the kind little kids play with). It didn't bother me when I applied them, it's not a scent that keeps lingering around but still a bit unusual.

Shade 3 is very well pigmented, it's smooth and has a very nice texture. Shade 4 goes on really sheer, it feels very nice and creamy though. They both feel comfortable on the lips, not drying at all. Shade 4 even felt a bit moisturizing.

If you want a nice natural looking shade, shade 4 is perfect. I'm not really annoyed that it applies very sheer, because a bright barbie pink is not really my kind of colour anyway. However, if you want something pigmented this is not the kind of lipstick for you.

Shade 3 really gives you a good pop of colour, I was a bit surprised that it was so nicely pigmented when I tried it for the first time. If you like bright lips, this is a great lipstick.

I think that the MUA lipsticks are pretty good for just a pound. Not all of them are very pigmented and they don't last forever on your lips, but they do feel very smooth and creamy. If you see a shade you like, I'd give it a try!
Friday, 12 November 2010

Sleek: The Original palette

Sleek has a couple of very nice eyeshadow palettes out there, I managed to get one online months ago (the Curious palette) and now I got my hands on a new beauty: The original. This palette has a couple of nice basic colours, all of them are shimmery (well except the black, that one is matte). The pigmentation is really gorgeous, but let's take a look at some more pictures first!

I really like the colours of this palette. The bottom row is perfect for a neutral eye look and with the other shades you could make very interesting smokey eyes. They are all very smooth to work with, blend nicely and will last for a good couple of hours.

Here we have the swatches, this time I didn't use a base because I wanted to show how awesome the pigmentation of this palette is. As you can see, all of those 12 colours are amazing! I was afraid that this palette would be a bit too plain, but I was really wrong about that. The colours are well pigmented and shimmery, although not so shimmery that you can't combine the colours without looking like some disco ball.

If you want to buy a Sleek palette, get the Original! It can be a bit hard to find for some girls and the price of it varies a little bit sometimes, but it's so worth it. The Dutch girls can find it here.
Thursday, 11 November 2010

BarryM Navy, very classy!

When the weather gets colder, my nails get darker. BarryM has a very dark navy blue with a gorgeous shimmer that's perfect for this season. They called it 'Navy' which isn't very creative (like most of their nail polish names) but hey, that's the art of simplicity!

I've always had good experiences with BarryM nail polishes, they dry pretty fast and they're not very expensive. A bottle of BarryM nail paint costs you 3 pounds on their website, and the Dutch girls can get it here for 4 euros.

I only needed two coats to get this effect, Navy is a very nice alternative for black, even though it's still a pretty dark and dramatic colour. For some reason, I think that it's a very sophisticated looking colour that will suit most girls out there. If black is a bit too much or if you're looking for a nice nail polish for the holidays, Navy would be worth a try.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Beauty UK Eyeshadow palette No. 2

Last week I reviewed Palette no. 3, today I'm going to take a look at the Beauty UK palette no.2. This is their 'bright' version, but it turned out to be a lot more wearable than I thought. Let's take a look at some pictures!

Lately I like to use more neutrals, but I still like this palette. The purples and blues help to make my eyes stand out and those two greens next to the blues (the minty and dark one) are really pretty.

I didn't really discuss the mirror and the double-ended sponge applicator last time, but both are okay to have, although not really needed. The mirror is big enough to see your eyes in so it can be useful when you're travelling. I use sponge applicators for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes, but since this palette doesn't have a nice highlighter I won't really use it. (I'll probably take it out, because it keeps falling out of the palette anyway).

I didn't even know this, but Beauty UK has a very cute website. I only knew about their palettes (thought they had 4, but they actually have 6!), this affordable brand also sells nail polish, lots of lipproducts, brushes and more. They ship worldwide which is awesome!

Back to the palette! I swatched all of the colours on top of a base again (Milk by Nyx). Just like their other palette, the pigmentation by itself is pretty weak but on top of a base it looks fine. (Although the yellow doesn't really have such a green tone to it, my brush was a little bit dirty *ahem*).

I definitely want more products of this brand, their nail polish looks pretty interesting and their Twilight palette is gorgeous! If you have any experiences with Beauty UK, please let me know below ;)

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