Thursday, 22 July 2010

NOTD - French Manicure

Hi Everyone,
I'm spending my summer away from home but luckily I found internet access, and brought my camera. Hopefully I can keep the blog updated, but apologies in advance if blog posts are a bit sparse!

(Natural Daylight)

I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with French manicures, however I decided to give it another go after re-purchasing Barry M's Nail Paint - 66 Matte White (which isn't matte, it's a flat bright shade of white which definitely has a glossy finish). I painted my tips as neatly as I could and then corrected any mistakes and shaped the smile line using a small brush and nail polish remover.

 (Indoor Lighting)
I'm happy with the way the manicure turned out - I'm just not sure if I like it on my own nails as it makes them look very false, like I've gone out and had acrylic nails applied. I think it's a combination of the length and how glossy the topcoat is. If the white was a more off-white colour I'm sure it would look slightly more natural.
(Indoor Lighting)
(Natural Light)

The photographs with the clear bottle of polish are my first attempt, but I wasn't happy with some of the smile lines as they looked a bit wonky - the photographs with the white polish are the 2nd version which I was much happier with.

One thing I have noticed is how high maintenance it is to keep them looking nice! I'm currently on the second day of wear and did have a tiny bit of tip wear which I touched up, then added a second layer of topcoat. I'm not sure if it's the polish I used - but when I've painted my nails with Barry M's Matte White before I've never had any tip wear issues. 

All photos are 2 coats of Barry M - Matte White Nail Paint on the tips, and 2 coats of Barry M 3 in 1 nail paint as a topcoat.
I'd love to know if any of you ladies (or boys!) have had an experience with a French Manicure and what you thought of it!


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Kat Von D Inspired Makeup

Hi Everyone!

Pixiwoo's latest video completely reminded me of the face chart I drew up and never got round to doing. I love red lips with a strong eye, and I think this look is definitely one of my favourites! Kat likes to play around with colour a lot but I thought I'd go with her more signature look of blacks, greys and taupe browns with a pearlescent shadow on the lid. Kat seems to be going for more toned down makeup at the moment with her bright red hair.

I went for a heavier bronzed contour as it's quite prominent in a lot of photographs I've seen of her (and on TV, I'm a total LA Ink addict ;). The stars I individually drew onto paper and cut them out with scissors, coloured them in with a black felt tip pen and stuck them on with Duo lash glue - I knew I would become a little OCD about them if I had to draw them all on. I'm bad enough at stars at it is! I counted 18 stars on that side of Kat's face but I only did 14 because they became a bit tiresome after a while haha. My hair covered a few though, oops!

Products Used:
-Maybelline Superstay 24H foundation - 10 Porcelain Ivory (I'm loving this at the moment)
-MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base (highlight)
-ELF Blush/Bronzing Duo (bronzer for contour, I contoured my nose with this a little too)

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Black Bean (base for outer V)
MAC - Copperplate
MAC - Print
MAC - Brun + a little Sleek black (brows)
Sleek Storm Palette - Matte Black
Milani Domino Quad - lid and brow highlight
MAC - #7 lashes

MAC - Lady Danger (of course! hehe)

Kat Von D
Whenever I have to type her name 'Kat Von Delayed' always pops into my head from that episode of LA Ink... but that's just me being weird haha.


Saturday, 10 July 2010

NOTD: Eyeko - Rain Polish

Hi Everyone,
When Eyeko first sent me the press release images of the new Rain Polish and Saucy Polish I instantly knew I would like them. Rain Polish is a really beautiful grey toned blue with silver shimmer (Saucy Polish is a nice red creme which I find a little vampy). The shimmer in Rain Polish is subtle at first glance but adds a really nice dimension when you look at it closely.

 (taken indoors with synthetic lighting)
The consistency is good, I found the first coat to be just a tad too sheer as I could see my smile line slightly, but I didn't experience any streakiness. Another thin second coat and I was finished. I find that with longer nails I generally will need an extra coat just to block out any transparency from my nail tip.

All nail swatches were taken without a topcoat.

(photograph taken outdoors in natural light)
(photograph taken indoors)

(close-up of shimmer, indoors)

I did recently see MissChievous' youtube review of Eyeko polishes and she seemed to have an issue with some of the brushes in her polishes which I was quite shocked to see- I personally have had no issues with the brushes in my polishes, they're all well aligned with no splaying.

I haven't featured any of the polishes Eyeko have sent me in the past, so I thought I'd include a photo of the shades I own for comparison. Coral Polish has been on my toes for around 2 weeks now (re-painted each week of course!), it's a really nice red toned coral that's perfect for sandals in the summer.

Overall, I'm beyond happy with the quality of Eyeko polishes and am definitely planning a purchase from them - the Cult Classics polish collection in particular where it's 5 polishes for the price of 4 as they are all the colours I was going to purchase separately. I'll definitely be picking up Vampira Polish too, I really can't resist a black polish with red glitter!

*All Eyeko polishes were sent to me by Eyeko, I did not purchase these polishes. Eyeko did not ask for a blog post in return for the products, I just really enjoy using them - I wouldn't feel comfortable featuring a product on my blog that I dislike *


Tuesday, 6 July 2010

NOTD: Barry M - Berry Ice Cream (Take Two)

Hi everyone,
I posted a NOTD featuring this polish quite a while ago now, however the picture quality was awful and the colour looked off  so I thought I'd do it again after painting my nails this colour :) I actually haven't worn this polish in a while, despite being nearly half way through the bottle! I was only reminded I have it when I did a little swap with Phylicia from Expensive Pink as this is one of the polishes I sent her (a new bottle of course not my one!).

To me this colour's a bit funny, I think it's just my skin tone but it's a little more of a muted colour than I thought it would be. Most pale colours are quite stark and vibrant, this seems quite soft to me. I'm pretty sure it's just down to how pale I am :) It certainly doesn't distract me from noticing how gorgeous this colour is!

Like most Barry M polishes this is easy to apply, and took just 2 coats. I do think this is one of Barry M's more sheer polishes however. Base coat and topcoat was the usual Barry M 3 in 1 nail paint.

-Lady Danger

Friday, 2 July 2010

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

Hi Everyone,
Today I originally went into MAC with every intention of purchasing Jazzed lipstick from the In The Groove collection amongst other things, however after swatching it it was more of a darker coral than I was hoping, I wanted something more vibrant. Needless to say I didn't end up getting anything from the collection that I had been planning on getting and left with Costa Chic instead which I have been wanting to get for a while.

I'm sure most people have seen it before, but it's the most gorgeous peach-y coral with pink tones to it. For a frost finish I don't find it to be overly frosty, but there's a bit of frost there that seems to be a lighter silver shimmer. The colour payoff for this is good, I found I only needed one swipe to get the tube colour.

I picked out the pictures I found to be the best representation of the colour, however depending on the light source it can look a lot pinker and a lot more orange toned. In store I thought this looked a lot more orange and saturated. Against my pale skin the colour stays pretty neutral and doesn't become too orange toned. 

Awkward lip swatch thanks to my mirrorless application ;)

I've been wearing coral and peach lipsticks constantly now it's summer so I'm sure I'm going to be using this a lot! I think this would look gorgeous with Pink Lemonade lipglass over it too.