Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eyeshadow: Fyrinnae Steampunk

Yesterday I wore Fyrinnae's Steampunk Arcane Magic eyeshadow. I love this colour! It appears a brownish colour at first (although in my photos, it looks more burgundy) and then flashes to green and gold. It's a lovely complex colour.

I applied Steampunk all over the lid over Pixie Epoxy, as well as along the lower lashline. I added Fyrinnae's Book of the Dead in the inner V and along the edges of Steampunk on the lower lashline. I used Inglot 414 Pearl lightly in the crease and then 385 Pearl on the browbone.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Eyeshadow: Magentric Prophecy

This is a look from last week. It kind of slipped through the cracks! I used Sugarpill Magentric and Fyrinnae Raven's Prophecy Arcane Magic eyeshadow. It was really simple: Magentric on the lid over Pixie Epoxy, and then Raven's Prophecy dry in the crease and over Pixie Epoxy on the lower lashline. I quite like how it turned out. It's a day of pink posts today!

Eyeshadow: red and silvery sparkle

Today I used some of the new eyeshadows I got from the Boxing Day sales, as well as a new Fyrinnae colour. I love how this turned out and I think I'll wear it again soon, maybe substituting the pinks with greens or purples. I don't often do a pale lid colour with a really bright crease, but I like how it looks. On an unrelated note, this is post number 200, apparently! So much ranting! Thanks for reading, guys.

I used Silver Suede from Gorgeous Cosmetics on the lid over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Fyrinnae's Arcane Magic in Wake Not The Dead along the lower lashline over Pixie Epoxy and a small dab of Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static on the inner corner. For the crease, I used Sugarpill's Love+, blended out with Dollipop. Tako was used to highlight.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nails: Sasatinnie Q10

I can't believe this is the first time I've worn this nail polish! The Sasatinnie brand is Hong Kong chain SaSa's own brand. It's the shade Q10, which is a sheer deep burgundy with silver and purple glitter with red/green duochrome flakies in it. Yes, it really is as awesome as it sounds. I added two coats over the top of Essie Masquerade Belle.

This bottle pic doesn't do the polish justice.

Eyeshadow: Darling Magpie

Another new eyeshadow today: I'm christening Darling from Sugarpill. Also, as promised, I've used Magpie more heavily to show off its awesomeness. I wore this look on Boxing Day when I went shopping and I received some really lovely compliments. I was very flattered. If you can believe it, this looked even brighter in real life. Even I didn't realise how bright it was until I was washing my hands at the basin in the ladies' room. It kind of freaked me out a little.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: Designer Brands Sugar palette

I picked up this palette at my local chemist for $5 about a week ago. I liked the look of the colours, so I thought $5 was a cheap investment. I recently took it with me when my boyfriend and I went to spend a couple of days with his parents at Christmas. This is called the Sugar palette and there was also a Spice palette, with more earthy, neutral colours in it.

 12 eyeshadows for only $5!

Haul: one last item from Boxing Day

I can't believe I forgot to add this to my haul from the Boxing Day sale. This is Benefit's I'm Glam Therefore I Am set of goodies. The RRP for this was $69, but Myer was selling it for only $34 on Boxing Day. Score!

The box features Benefit's typically cute illustrations.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nails: Essie Masquerade Belle

I was eager to remove my nail polish (I've been wearing China Glaze Glittering Garland for over a week!), so I did this in a hurry last night when I got back (completely exhausted) from the Boxing Day sales in Sydney. I was so tired that I didn't realise my mani was a little patchy and could have done with three rather than two coats. Oh well, it looks nice from a distance at least! I used Masquerade Belle from the Essie mini collection I got at Myer yesterday.

Essie Masquerade Belle.

Haul: Boxing Day sales

My sister and I (stupidly, some might argue) decided to brave the absurd crowds in Sydney yesterday and visit Pitt St Mall for the Boxing Day sales. It was an early start (we got there at 7:30am) and we didn't get home until 5:30pm. It was a long day. However, I came away happy with my acquisitions and I'm glad I went (now that it's all over, of course). I'm not looking forward to my next couple of pays, as I'll be repaying my credit card, which got a nice workout. Most of our time was spent in Myer, although we visited David Jones and got a couple of things there, too. It was also less crowded than Myer, apart from the nightmare that was the handbag section *shudders*. Anyway, let's get the show on the road.

First up are the lip products. I could have gone ballistic, but I restrained myself a little, which is a good thing, since I ended up spending a lot more than I planned to. I got a collection of six Estee Lauder mini lip glosses. They're beautiful! Three are sparkles and three are shimmers, apparently. There's not a single dud colour here and I absolutely adore the formula of Estee Lauder glosses, so I happily parted with $65 for this set. I also splurged on a Lipstick Queen lippie. I got a Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick in the colour Trance. It's a semi-sheer pink with a blueish shimmer. It's stunning.

 Top to bottom: the six Estee Lauder mini glosses, plus the Lipstick Queen lippie.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill Junebug

Merry Christmas everyone!

Oh yeah, more Sugarpill! This look features Junebug, which I got during Sugarpill's recent Pink Weekend sale. I'm a sucker for green and Junebug is just stunning. I also thought it was the perfect choice for Christmas! This look is a bit dark because I was eager to try out some of my new Fyrinnae eyeshadows and most of the colours I got were dark.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eyeshadow: Aromaleigh Holly-Days look

So I was hoping to have this up yesterday, but the (sort of) in-laws' internet is almost as slow as dialup. Ugh. It's behaving for some reason, so I thought I'd quickly get this up and happening. This look is from a few days ago using my new Aromaleigh Holly-Days collection.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Eyeshadow: Bride of Frankenstein

So this is the first look using some of my brand-new goodies. This look didn't turn out at all how I envisaged, but it's not offensive in any way or anything. I used Fyrinnae's Bride of Frankenstein Arcane Magic eyeshadow all over the lid over Pixie Epoxy, with Femme Fatale Cosmetics' Wrath Baby on the lower lashline. I used Sugarpill Magpie (very) lightly in the crease and then a dab of FFC Handful of Snowflakes on the inner corner.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eyeshadow: two more Sugarpill looks

So before I continue with my new goodies, here are two more Sugarpill looks that I didn't get around to posting last week. For the first look, I used Tako all over the lid and on the browbone, with Dollipop in the crease. I applied Weekender along the lower lashline and then finished it off with Lumi all over the lid over Picie Epoxy, on the inner corner and along the lower lashline over Weekender. I used a blue Mirenesse eyeliner (I was hoping it would be darker than it is, but it's still a nice colour) along the top and my usual Benefit silver liner on the waterline.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nails: China Glaze Glittering Garland

As promised, here's my current Christmas mani: China Glaze's Glittering Garland. I adore green nail polish and this one is awesome. It's a forest green with green glitter. It just screams Christmas.

Eyeshadow: more FFC Winter's Veil

This was a very simple look: only two colours, both of them from the limited edition Winter's Veil collection by Femme Fatale Cosmetics (http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au). This is simply Reindeer Dust all over the lid, inner corner and along the lower lashline, with Merrymaker in the crease and along the outer third of the lower lashline. It's a soft look, but was actually a little darker in real life.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Coming up: lots of new eyeshadows!

This is just a quickie to let you guys know what's in store (hopefully before Christmas). I've got more Aromaleigh and Femme Fatale Cosmetics looks coming up, plus some new goodies! The postman delivered my four new loose eyeshadows from Sugarpill, as well as a substantial order from Fyrinnae. This is definitely going to keep me busy. Plus I'm going to play catchup with some new lip products. So much is coming! Now that I've written it all down, perhaps it's a bit ambitious that I aim for Christmas. Let's just say this is all coming before the end of the year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eyeshadow: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Winter's Veil

As promised, I've put aside my new Sugarpill colours temporarily to give some loving to my other new eyeshadows from Aromaleigh (www.aromaleigh.com) and Femme Fatale Cosmetics (www.femmefatalecosmetics.com.au). Today's look is using two colours from the limited edition Winter's Veil collection from FFC.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Eyeshadow: Aromaleigh Starry Night look

I recently bought sample sets of the Aromaleigh (http://www.aromaleigh.com/) Starry Night and Holly-Days collections. The Starry Night collection is the first one I've tried. I wanted a darker look because I'm going to an Opeth concert tonight, so I thought I'd go for a reddish look.

Nails: randoms from the last month

I've been bad with my nail polish posts lately, so to make up for it, I'm doing this one mega post to combine them all. I've been wearing a bunch of polishes that are colours I wouldn't normally wear, just to get out of my comfort zone. It's paid off because I've found some real gems.

 White and shimmery pearl.

Worn together.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill Midori

I'm back! Apologies for the unexpected week-long hiatus, guys. It's been a long, painful week as we finished up work for the year. But it's all done now and I'm back. This is another Sugarpill look (can't get enough of this stuff!), but I promise there are non-Sugarpill looks coming! This one features Midori.

I applied Midori all over the lid and Afterparty in the crease and along the lower lashline. I added a touch of Poison Plum in the outer V and Lumi on the inner corner. I finished it off with Tako as the highlight.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill Sweetheart palette

Today I was in a hurry and had only 10 minutes to do my makeup, so I stuck to Sugarpill's Sweetheart palette. I've worn Dollipop heaps, but not on the lid as my main colour, so that's what I went for today. I then added Midori to the crease and Afterparty along the lower lashline. Tako was used to highlight my brow and I added a dab of sparkle to the inner corner in the form of Lumi loose eyeshadow. And voila!


Bright look using just one palette.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rant: up yours, Google

Today I found out from Socialite Dreams (www.socialitedreams.com) that Google is getting rid of Google Friend Connect. This pisses me off no end. I have no intention of creating a Google+ account, which is apparently what they're trying to push. What this means is that anyone without a Blogger account/blog will lose all their followers and won't be able to follow their favourite blogs in the same way. You can still follow using an RSS reader, though.

Another option is to follow using Bloglovin'. I've added a Bloglovin' widget on the left, so if you'd like to follow me that way, just click on that widget and away you go. I'm going to do the same with the blogs I follow. It's going to take a while, but I think that's the best way. While mine is obviously a Blogger site, I know lots of other sites don't use Blogger, so I'm going to take a stand and remove the GFC widget from my site at the end of the month.

I'd hate to lose all my lovely followers (there's 98 of you now!), but I totally understand how much work this means for us all, adding all the blogs you follow into another system. I'm prepared to do that, but I totally understand that not everyone else may be. So I hope you'll all come and join me in giving Google+ a big 'up yours'.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Eyeshadow: Poisoned Gold (yes, more Sugarpill)

OK everyone, put your sunnies on because this look from yesterday is bright and blingy as hell! Actually, it's less so in the pictures than it was in real life, but it's still pretty full on. I wanted to amp up Sugarpill's Goldilux, since I did a work safe look with it most recently, and I thought Poison Plum was a perfect match for it. I also wore false eyelashes with this one! And I applied them properly! (This is only the third time I've ever worn them, so this is a big achievement for me.) I also wanted something fun because I was going to see the Misfits! Yes, I'm a complete zombie now (how appropriate) because mid-week concerts suck, but it was an excellent show.

For this look I used Goldilux all over the lid over Pixie Epoxy and then dry on the inner corner. I used Poison Plum in the crease and along the lower lashline, then blended out the top of the crease with Dollipop. Tako was used to highlight.


No idea why I look so surprised in these photos. Might have caught a reflection of myself in the mirror!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill fire

After my previous look using Sugarpill's Buttercupcake didn't really do it for me, I was determined to try it again, on the lid this time. I'm super happy with the way this turned out, especially since I did it quite quickly. Buttercupcake, Flame Point and Love+ were made to be worn together (duh, that's why they're in a paletter together), but this look was simply a no-brainer.

I used Buttercupcake on the inner half of the lid and lower lashline, with Flame Point on the outer half. I used Love+ in the crease and then finished it off with Tako to highlight the inner corner and browbone.


I'm on fire!

And because I just couldn't leave it alone, I decided I wanted a touch of bling to the look, so I added a little bit of holographic gold liner just at the edge (Make Up Store's Treasure, which I think might be discontinued now). It didn't need the glitter, but I love sparkle so any excuse!


A hint of bling.

Which one do you guys prefer? I like them both, although glitter makes everything better, in my opinion!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer

Today I'm doing a review that's long overdue. I got the It Cosmetics (www.itcosmetics.com) Bye Bye Under Eye concealer at IMATS back in September, so I've been wearing it every day for two months now. I should warn everyone that there are horrendous naked face photos of me in this post. If you're easily scared, don't look any further. I got it from PM Studio and it was $28 at IMATS, although the regular price is $40.

 
It's in a long, thin squeezy tube.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eyeshadow: work safe Goldilux look

Sorry in advance for this one. I took photos at the end of the day and as a result, I'm a freakish, shiny mess. Goldilux is Sugarpill's most popular eyeshadow, I believe, and it's so intense, it's unbelievable. There have been so many amazing, bright looks with it that I decided to tone it down (I know! What's wrong with me?) and make it wearable for work.

I used Goldilux all over the lid and a mixture of Hustle and Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked palette in the crease and lower lashline. I used Virgin on the browbone and inner corner. The next time I wear Goldilux, I promise it will be blingy and out there!


A soft look with Goldilux.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eyeshadow: blue & orange

Hmm. Not sure about this one. I like orange and blue together on other people, but I'm not sure I like it on me. Oh well, the colours are awesome individually, even if this particular combo isn't doing it for me.

It's another all-Sugarpill look, with Afterparty on the lid, Flamepoint in the crease and lower lashline and Buttercupcake all along the edges. Tako was used to highlight the brow bone and inner corner.


A dud? I'm not sure.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nails: The Face Shop BK901

I've never worn The Face Shop's nail polishes before, but I was there the other day and picked up a few. They were only $7.50 for the shimmers and the cremes are only $3! BK 901 is a black with blue and green shimmer, with a hint or purple duochrome. I also experimented with some layering, so I used China Glaze's Fault Line, a metallic purple crackle polish. I also tried adding another layer over the top, but ended up screwing up the whole mani, so I just experimented with it before taking it off.


Left to right: The Face Shop BK901, China Glaze Fault Lin and Ozotic Pro Mish Mash #534.

Eyeshadow: red, red and more red

So as priomised, here's a look featuring Sugarpill's Asylum loose eyeshadow and Love+ pressed eyeshadow. I love these colours! They're so bright. It was a simple look to achieve. I used Asylum all over the lid and along the lower lashine, and then Love+ (heavily) in the crease. I added a tiny bit of black eyeshadow (Stila Ebony) in the outer corner to add dome depth. I used Tako on my browbone and on the inner corner. That's it!

I love red! Check out the sparkle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill pink & purple

So this is my first look using my brand-new Suparpill goodies. I hope you're all taking advantage of the sale that's on at the moment. I know I did! I have four more loose eyeshadows on their way.


Bright pink and purple!

For this look I used only Sugarpill eyeshadows over NYX jumbo pencil in cottage cheese (I really need to get Milk, I think). I applied Weekender loose eyeshadow on my lid and along the lower lashline. I used Dollipop widely in the crease and the Poison Plum in the deep crease and on the outer third of the lower lashline. I then used Tako to highlight and on the inner corner.

I love how this turned out: it was so bright and sparkly at the same time. I think it was a bit brighter in person. Anyway, the eyeshadows were awesome to use. They blended out really well and it was a breeze to build up the colour. They're amazing quality. My next look is going to be using Asylum, as requested by EyeGraffiti.

I'm on Phyrra.net!

Yours truly is the latest to be featured as part of Phyrra's Follower Appreciation series! You'll find the post here. Thanks to Phyrra for the opportunity to appear on her web site. And if you're unfamiliar with Phyrra's awesome blog, what the hell is wrong with you? Off you trot!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Haul: Sugarpill at last!

I finally own some Sugarpill goodies. I've been wanting them for so long, but they were definitely worth the wait. This was my birthday present from my boyfriend: he's hopeless and waited until two days before the day to ask what I wanted. So I ordered these babies and they've just arrived. I may have to get some more since they're having a Pink Weekend Sale. 30% off? Yes, please!
 
 My goodies: four loose eyeshadows and the two pressed eyeshadow palettes.

Eyeshadow: green shimmer

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely US readers!

I had another lazy day today so when the time came to go out, I only had 10 minutes to do my makeup. Oops. I once again got out my Z-palette and ended up using just Inglot for this. I decided to try out the new greens I bought for myself as my birthday present.

I used 17 Shine on the inner half of the lid and lower lashline. I used 414 Pearl on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline, as well as lightly in the crease. I finished off with 385 Pearl for my brow highlight and a touch of AMC Shine 35 on the inner corner.

I don't know why my eye looks almost black in this photo!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blog award: Tell Me About Yourself Award

The lovely Suzie at Suzie Makes You Up awarded me the Tell Me About Yourself award yesterday. She was right: thinking up seven random facts about myself was hard! I came up with seven but I don't know how interesting they are. Hopefully I don't turn people off!


The simple rule the Tell Me About Yourself Award is to share seven things about yourself, and link back to the person who passed you this award! Be sure to award 5 blogs and drop them a line about it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Eyeshadow: plummy shimmer

Today's looks is all Inglot. I was feeling really lazy, so I just used whatever was at hand. I'm really happy with the way it turned out in the end. I used 420 Pearl on the inner half of the lid and the lower lashline. I applied 434 Pearl on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline. I then used 446 Pearl in the crease, 385 Pearl as a brow highlight and AMC Shine 35 on the inner corner.


Shimmery plummy goodness.

Freebie: Butter London nail polish

For all you Australian ladies, just a heads up that the current (December) issue of Madison comes with a free Butter London nail polish. The two available colours are Yummy Mummy and Trout Pout. Have a look the next time you're in the newsagent and see if the colours appeal. That's $22 you're saving!

Blog award: Liebster Blog Award

I was lucky enough to be awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Azure and Phlox at EyeGraffiti (http://eyegraffiti.blogspot.com/). Thanks, you guys! If you haven't visited their blog before, I urge you to go there now. Go on, I'll wait. There are tons of gorgeous colourful looks, plus loads of glittery ones (oh baby) as well as completely unique and daring looks. There's a bit of everything there, including tutorials.


The Liebster Blog Award is awarded to those with less than 300 followers and here are the rules:
- Copy and paste the award on your blog.
- Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
- Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

And so on to my blog recommendations:

Suzie Makes You Up is a fellow Aussie blog. She's currently doing an awesome series of Christmas gift idea posts, although you'll also find nail polish and makeup swatches, along with product reviews and the odd FOTD.

Belle Demoiselle is a blog based in Malaysia. The lovely ladies do a ton of product reviews, which is the main focus of the blog. There's also a series of posts called 'Blogs We Read' that's always got some interesting blogs to discover.

Confusion Bay is a lovely blog out of Sweden. Lojs does a lot of stunning EOTD posts as well as some nail posts and product swatches.

Funky Makeup Junky is a blog from an American girl living in the UK. Lyuba has just celebrated her one-year blog anniversary. You'll find lots of FOTDs and products reviews, as well as the odd outfit post and book review.

Glam Tramp is a blog by Corrine, who is absolutely stunning. She doesn't blog as often as some, but when she does, she posts some amazing FOTDs with lots of stunning pictures.

So go, visit these wonderful blogs and share the love. Thanks again to EyeGraffiti. I'm honoured to be mentioned on their amazing blog!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nails: Essence Where Is The Party? & NYC Color Sprinkles

This mani is a week old now (oops). First, let me explain about Essence. We've only just started seeing this brand in Australia and only in selected stores. I've mentioned my problem when buying a couple of Essence lip glosses here. Basically, I didn't realise my nail polish had been opened and used until I got it home. I decided to give it a go anyway because the colour is so awesome.

Where Is The Party? is a frosty purple with a green duochrome and it was just awful to apply: really thick and goopy. I've never read anything about anyone having problems with the application of Essence polishes, which is why I think mine was a one-off issue. Because it had been opened, I think it might have dried out a little and that's why it didn't apply all that smoothly. It dried really fast, but because it applied so thick, it bubbled on me. A layer of topcoat smoothed it out, but I could still see the bubbles, which is why I added Sprinkles over the top. Sprinkles has a clear base with silver, green and pink glitter in it. It disguised the bubbles nicely.


Left: Sprinkles. Right: Where Is The Party?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eyeshadow: neutral sparkle

This is just a super quick look I did for work. I used the Urban Decay Naked palette (Buck in the crease and Virgin as the brow highlight) and featured Aromaleigh's Neutrino all over the lid on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. A little bit of liner and voila! Neutrino is simply stunning in the sun, where you can see all the multicoloured glitter in it.


Neutral but sparkly.

More Aromaleigh looks to come!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Android look

As promised, here's my look using my new Illamasqua Android pigment. It's a dark shimmery grey with loads of grey (not silver) glitter. This actually looked a little darker in real life, so it was a bit smokier than it appears here.


Android is a dark grey sparkly eyeshadow.

I applied NYX jumbo pencil in Cottage Cheese all over the lid and along the lower lashline to give the pigment something to stick to. I used Android all over the Cottage Cheese. I used Urban Decay deluxe eyeshadow in Zero in the crease and a bit of the silver from The Body Shop shimmer cubes on the inner corner. I finished it off with Virgin from the UD Naked palette as a brow highlight.