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.
Olga.

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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nails: Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie

This week's nails are in the colour Scrangie from Rescue Beauty Lounge (www.rescuebeauty.com). Those of you who follow this blog would know I mention Scrangie (www.scrangie.com) a lot - she's a nail polish extraordinnaire. I love her blog. This colour was actually names after her: she created the colour in conjunction with RBL. There were a couple of other colours in this blogger collection, which were also created with and named after nail polish bloggers.

I got Scrangie and one other colour from RBL when they had a sale about a month ago. The polishes are quite expensive, especially when you take into consideration the US$18.50 postage fee; however, you can order a few bottles and the postage cost remains the same. The polishes are usually US$18, but during the sale they were 50% off. I had to set my alarm for 12:55pm, as the sale started at 11am, which is 1am Australian time. I regret nothing! This is the most amazing colour.

Yes, I have many purples, but nothing like this. It's a blue-based purple with a bluey/green shimmer. It looks so different depending on the light you're in. It's seriously gorgeous.


Left: Indoors, no flash. Right: Bathroom light (heat lamp), no flash.

I'm not a huge fan of the formula of this nail polish, though. It's a bit thin and required three coats to get opaque coverage. It also took much longer to dry than most of the other nail polishes I own. The other problem is it bubbled slightly. After the first coat, I did a much thicker second coat (a result of impatience), which left tiny bubbles over most of my nails when it finally dried. It's not as bad as OPI, which dried with large noticeable bubbles in it if you apply too thick a coat. For the third coat, I did a thin, even layer and that managed to hide the bubbles. A glossy top coat and you can't even tell.

However, the colour of this polish is so amazing, I can't complain. Formula and price be damned! RBL describes is as similar to a beetle's wing. I can see that. Although I've included a number of photos here, to see what this looks like on Scrangie herself, click here. Her photos are much better than mine.


Left: Outdoors in the shade. Right: Outdoors in full sunlight. Drool!

Am I right? Is this the best medium purple in existence?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: Fyrinnae lip lustre

I recently did another Fyrinnae (www.fyrinnae.com) order and got a whole bunch of lovely new eyeshadows, in addition to a couple of mini lip lustres. I got Beloved, which is a mauvey pink with aqua shimmer (it's also meant to be colour-changing, but since I'm wearing it on my lips, I haven't really been able to see this for myself), as well as Sugar-Coated Revenge, which is a deep purple with lots of sparkle.



For minis, they're amazing. Not only do they come in an awesome little tube, but they have doe foot applicators! There's 3mL of product in each tube, which is incredibly generous. Especially when you think about the fact that each one is only US$2.50. A full-size lip lustre is only US$4.50 for 5.8mL of product!



According to the Fyrinnae web site, these aren't intended to be lip glosses. Here's what they say: "Please keep in mind that these are NOT intended to be like lipgloss. This product is a non-sticky lipcolour 'stain', leaving moisturizing colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness. These are made to be opaque." However, I have been wearing them just on their own and they wear really well. They last a long time, but they're not as super-shiny as a traditional gloss. And although there's shimmer in it, Fyrinnae points out that it's not glitter. It's certainly not gritty anyway.

And now for the swatches. I've used two different types of lighting to show off the colours. On the left is Sugar-Coated Revenge, with Beloved on the right.



This picture was purposely taken out of focus so you can see the pretty sparkle in each of them:


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Squee: MAC birthday goodies

Sorry it's been a little while since I've posted anything. Work has been hectic! Anyway, here's the first of two posts I have planned this week.

Last week (the 8th) was my birthday (we won't go into details...), but needless to say, I got some lovely presents from some lovely people. My friends at work all chipped in and got me some MAC makeup! They know me well (thanks Helen, I know it was all you!). From my earlier rant, I'm sure you're all aware of my disgust with the price we have to pay for certain brands in Australia, MAC being one of them. However, that's not to say I don't love MAC makeup. I do, I just can't bloody afford it! So you can imagine my delight when I was presented with these goodies.



I was so excited! There was an eyeshadow from the Disney Venomous Villains collection (a matte Evil Queen colour in Vile Violet) as well as a lipstick (an Evil Queen lustre lipstick in Sinister). Plus, my first MAC nail polish in Dark Angel (cream formula). They are so droolworthy. So here's a closer look.


Left: the eyeshadow swatched dry and then over Urban Decay Primer Potion, followed by the lipstick. Right: the nail polish.

I just love them! I don't have very many matte eyeshadows, so I was a bit worried about getting it to work for me, but I needn't have worried. It goes on very smoothly and blends out nicely. The lipstick is gorgeous! It goes on smoothly, has subtle shimmer in it and smells divine. Yes, I have a weird thing for yummy-smelling lipsticks.



Then there's the nail polish. Swoon! It was so smooth and the brush was really nice to use. It didn't take too long to dry and it didn't bubble at all, despite me putting on a fairly thick couple of coats. I find that some one my OPI polishes bubble if I apply too thick a coat. That's impatience for you! Anyway, I needed three coats to make it appear fully opaque, although I'm sure I'm the only one who would have noticed that it was a little patchy.

All in all, I think that's a might fine gift. Thanks guys! I love it all.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eyeshadow: Halloween fun

So last night was Halloween. We didn't have too many kiddies trick or treating, which is a bit of a shame. I know we don't really get into it here in Australia like they do overseas; however, I noticed that even supermarkets like Coles seemed to be getting into the spirit of the holiday, with costumes, lollies and other bits and pieces for sale in the last month or so.

Anyway, I wanted something fun and bright for Halloween, since I wasn't dressing up or anything and I didn't want to scare any of the neighbourhood children. I combined Aromaleigh's Severina on they eyelid (over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, of course) with Morgana Cryptoria's Warped on the lower lashline. Unfortunately, neither of these colours are available anymore.


Left: indoors with flash. Right: outdoors in natural light.

I like the way this turned out. I bumped into a friend earlier in the day and she loved it so much that she wants me to do it on her one day. Cool! I don't often get to doll up other people, except my sister on special occasions (although since she doesn't like glitter and too much sparkle, it's not as fun). The only problem is that both colours looked brighter an more intense in person.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Huge blog giveaway

Hi everyone. Blix (http://themoonmaiden-blix.blogspot.com) is having another awesome giveaway on her blog. Part of the competition rules are that I post about it on my blog. This time, it's two eyeshadow collections from Morgana Cryptoria, a pair of Victorian zombie earrings and matching necklace, which she made with her own two hands! Wish me luck and good luck to any of you who also decide to enter.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eyeshadow: Fyrinnae & Barry M

I wanted something sparkly yet dark for a night out last week. I ended up using Fyrinnae's arcane magic eyeshadow in Faerie Glamour and teamed it up with Barry M's dazzle dust in Petrol Black. I actually bought the Barry M eyeshadow (a few of them, actually) from Crush Cosmetics (http://crushcosmetics.com.au/). I love this web site: it's got a whole range of makeup that's hard to find in Australia and the prices are really reasonable.

Anyway, Faerie Glamour ended up being way darker than I remembered, but I totally love how it looked. Most of my photos captured the blue shift really well, but not much of the purple. It actually looks mainly purple in the pot, too. As for Petrol Black, the photos of the eyeshadow pot itself look kind of weird. It's a matte black colour that has loads of blue glitter in it, so when you put it on, it really is reminiscent of petrol.

Left: no flash. Right: with flash.

So, here's the look. I put Faerie Glamour all over my eyelid, with some Petrol Black on the outer V and crease. I also lined underneath my eyes with Petrol Black. The first lot of photos shows the blue sparkle. The second lot of photos show the purple shift a little more, with a lot of sparkle. The look was more glittery in person, though.



Eyeshadow: now that's red

I was going out with some friends last night and just to be silly, I asked my boyfriend to pick my eyeshadow colour. He chose red, so I kind of went nuts. It was super bright and doesn't get much redder than this!




I forgot how super red this eyeshadow is! I used a matte pressed eyeshadow from Napoleon (there's no number or shade on it - it's just super red). I'm not a huge fan of matte eyeshadow, so I popped some Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy all over the red and then put Lime Crime's eye dust in Siren over the top. It gave an awesome metallic-looking effect.

This look is totally over the top, so it's not something I'd wear all the time. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And I'm back

Hey everyone. I haven't been online for a couple of weeks because I was on holidays. Had a great time in Melbourne and got to check out the 12 Apostles for the first time. Beautiful!



So with the Australian dollar doing so well against the US dollar, I think it might be time for some hauling action. First on my list is Fyrinnae. I've had a taste, but now I want more. I'm going to Hawaii at Christmas so I probably shouldn't, but I'm not going to go nuts. Well, I'll try...

I haven't really bought much online for a while, so are there any companies you guys think I should check out? I'm open to suggestions. I'm thinking about Hi-Fi Cosmetics on Etsy, as I've read good things about them. I don't really have anything else planned at this stage.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eyeshadow: Fyrinnae combo

I was playing around with my Fyrinnae (www.fyrinnae.com) eyeshadows this morning (need more sooooo badly!) and I decided to team Farseer and Sorceress. Bam! What a combo. I so love these two colours together.

Fyrinnae's Arcane Magic eyeshadows are colour-shifting, so it hadn't really occurred to me to wear two of the colours together before, since I thought they'd be maybe a little too flashy. Was I wrong! I think they combine really well and have just a lovely amount of sparkle without looking too gaudy. What do you guys think?

It was a lovely warm day today, but there wasn't a lot of sun around, so I couldn't really see the different colour shift in the eyeshadows. They just glittered brilliantly as far as I could tell. The next time I wear this combination of shadows, maybe the sun will be out. I'll take some sunshiney photos and see how they sparkle.


Farseer is on the inner half of the lid and Sorceress is on the outer half, as well as along the lower lashline. In real life, the contrast between the two colours is more noticeable.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Update: I've been sick

Hi everyone. I just wanted to quickly post this to let you all know that I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. I've just been sick and not spending much time near my computer. I'm starting to feel a bit better though, so I'll be back to posting more regularly soon.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nails: Zoya Adina

This week I'm wearing Adina from Zoya. It's actually the very first Zoya polish I've ever owned, but I can tell you it won't be the last.

The only thing I didn't like was that the polish was quite thin and runny. As a result, I needed three coats for full opaqueness. I'm not sure if that's just this Zoya polish or whether that's a characteristic of the brand, but I'll let you know. I have another Zoya colour that I bought recently.

I absolutely adore this colour. It's so complex. I'd call it a duochrome, but there's way more happening there, so it doesn't do the polish justice. It's a purple with an obvious green sheen to it, but when you look at it from a different angle, it turns a coppery pink!

I've been unable to take photos of my nails during the day since I've been at work all week, but I might update this post with photos if the polish hasn't chipped off by the weekend. So, as usual, I'll let others show you how amazing this colour is. First of all, Scrangie (www.scrangie.com) has some awesome shots showing the purple/green colour here. I had a hard time finding pictures of the orange/pink colour, but the best one I found was here (the last picture in the post).

The other reason this nail polish needs more photos, especially in the sun, is because it's so sparkly! The glitter in it is so fine, it just dazzles in the sun. Check out Coloruza's pictures here to see the sparkle. Drool.

Edit: I've been so busy! I managed to take some photos, but didn't get around to uploading them. So at last, here they are.


Left: this is how it normally looks: purple with a green sheen. Right: in the sun: kinda pink.


This was the best I could do to capture the coppery pink shift.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: Morgana Minerals North Pole

North Pole is one the sample eyeshadows I picked up in my recent Morgana Minerals haul. This could be one of my all-time favourite greens! I love it so much. The Morgana web site describes it as an "icy teal with flecks of pink-violet", although I couldn't really see any of the flecks of colour when I was wearing it.

It's just a gorgeous super-shimmery teal. It went on really easily over my Pixie Epoxy and the colour just popped. If you want to see what it looks like over normal primer, see my swatch post here. I'm disappointed I didn't buy the full-size version of this eyeshadow because it's now out of stock and I don't know if it's coming back.

I can't really say much else, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.


Indoors.


Out in the sun.

Nails: China Glaze Bogie

I actually pained my nails with China Glaze Bogie last week, but was too lazy to post the pictures any earlier. Sorry! Bogie is from the Vintage Vixen collection, which has tons of absolutely awesome colours in it. I also have Emerald Fitzgerald and First Class Ticket from this collection, but I have yet to try those.
Bogie is a strange colour: is it purple? Is it burgundy? Or could it be brown? Indoors it could be all of them, but in the sun, there's definitely more purple than anything else. There's microglitter in there that's all sorts of colours. It's totally droolworthy in my opinion.


Left: in direct sun. Right: outside without direct sunlight.


Indoors.

The sparkles in this polish are amazing. Click on the direct sunlight photo and you'll see what I mean. In all of these, I apologise for the icky-looking bubbles. That happens when I apply too thick a layer of top coat. It's not very noticeable in real life, but those closeup photos are a bit scary. You'll find much better photos at Scrangie's blog here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Huge blog giveaway

One of the blogs I follow is having a huge giveaway and I'm entering. Part of the rules are that I post about it on my blog. However, I think Blix (http://themoonmaiden-blix.blogspot.com/) is totally awesome and you should check out her blog, regardless of the competition. Her blog is titled Glitter is my Crack, which should explain why I started following her in the first place!

Anyway, if you'd like to check out this amazing giveaway, click here. Not only is there a massive amount of makeup on offer, but she's giving away five prizes! Wish me luck and good luck to any of you who decide to enter!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Rant: MAC rip-off pricing

OK, I know I've mentioned how expensive MAC is to buy in Australia, but it's reached a new level absurdity. I have my eye on two lipglasses from the Dare to Wear collection, which has only just been announced here in Australia. It's been out in the states for a while now -- long enough to make me drool over a number of products.

So now that it's finally here, I checked out the MAC web site to have a look at the new products. They want $43 for a f*&%ing lip gloss?!!!!! Forget it! MAC charges US$18 for these and we have to pay $43! On what planet is this acceptable? The current exchange rate is $1 = US$0.88, which would make it around $20.50. Even if you mark it up to a ridiculous $30, people will still buy it. But $43? Only the wealthy can afford that.

If MAC Australia thinks two lipglasses are worth the equivalent of almost a week's rent, I just may have to boycott the brand. As much as I love their stuff, this has gone beyond a joke.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Haul: Morgana Minerals

I bought a few goodies from Morgana Minerals (www.morganaminerals.com) about a month ago when they were having a sale. I ended up buying a bunch of samples, four full-sized eyeshadows and a lipstick. I'm only going to talk about the eyeshadows here because I want to do a separate review of the lipstick later on. I'd read about Morgana at various blogs and when they announced the sale, I thought I'd give them a go.




First of all, the web site is a bit of a nightmare to navigate. I did my shopping using the painfully long drop-down Categories menu. If I'd just kept returning to the home page, I wouldn't have missed out on the seeing the Shimmer Me Timbers Pirate collection. There were some awesome colours in there. Perhaps next time.

So once I found my way around, I ended up with eye colours from the new Limited Edition and Get Medieval collections, as well as the regular 2009, Christmas and Halloween collections. All of the eyeshadows are available in a number of sizes and configurations. The sample baggies are only US$1 each and then there are different sized sifter jars and refill bags, with the biggest size (a 10g jar with a generous 3-3,5g of product) costing US$8. The four full-size eyeshadows I bought were in the 5g jar and they cost US$5 each. The vegan lipsticks are US$10 each. There are also a few other products for sale on the site, including glitter, foundations and primers.

I haven't had the chance to wear them all yet because I'm still working my way through the ridiculously large amount of Aromaleigh samples I purchased just before the company closed down. I've worn Fortress, LE #7 and North Pole at this stage, and I'm totally in love with all of them. It wasn't until I swatched all my colours today that I realised how amazing some of these colours are. I'm definitely going to have to buy the full-sized versions of some of them!

For each of the following photos, the top image was indoors and the bottom one was taken outside in the sun. All eyeshadows were applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion.


L to R: Fortress, Nightmare, LE #7 and Warped.


L to R: Petroleum Green, Mordred, Shallow Grave, Potion and Goblet.


L to R: North Pole, Ashed Pine, Lady Godiva, Chivalry and Beowulf. The horizontal swipe at the bottom is Glitter Ghoul.


A closeup of Glitter Ghoul. This is the only colour I was disappointed with. It's a matte black with multi-coloured glitter in it, but the glitter mostly just fell off.


L to R: Skeletons in Your Closet, Harken, Twinkling Cherrine, Transylvania Twist and Tinsel Me.