Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Crimson Amulet Collection review

While ago I got the Nyx Crimson Amulet Collection inspired by the Dark Shadows -movie. 

Now, lets start with the packaging. I think it's just great. I love the fun gothic vibe it gives. It is so much different from the other palettes that I got. It is like having a little book full of yummy shades. The packaging in itself is so inspiring and really makes you want to experiment with the shades and create different styles. Also it is easy to travel with. It comes with a little mirror and applicators. 

The Collection includes 24 eyeshadow shades, a mirror, hd eyeshadow base, eyeliner, five different shades of blush, higlighter shade and four different shades of lipstick.

The eyeshadows vary from really shimmering shades to matte ones. There is a range of light and gothic dark shades. Unfortunately some of the shades are not very pigmented and might cause a minor disappointment. However I have been using this palette for weeks now to create day and evening looks and  have been able to create some really fun looks. One could say that the top section of the shades are more for evening looks since they are much more intensive colors and the bottom section could be more daytime shades.

I absolutely love the blushes. The blushes in this collection are very pigmented and really good quality. Also the highlighter color is just so much fun to use. I add it on my cheek bones chin and nose to create little bit of shine and glamour.

Also I am positively surprised about the quality of the lipsticks. They are really long lasting and feel light on your lips. I hate sticky lipsticks but these ones are just great. Although they are slightly impractical since none really wants to carry this palette around so that you could touch up on your lipstick.

Another positive surprise was the shadow base and the eyeliner. I am going to even state that the shadow base can easily match up to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. It is a really worthy competitor and much cheaper option to UD. The eyeliner as well is really good quality. Very easy to use and does not spread all over your lids during the day.

In overall I would say this is a good purchase. It has all the essentials that you need in order to create an awesome look. Me likey :)

What do you think?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Quick update: Shoppings

Yet again it is time to give a little update on my purchases this month.

Is anyone else obsessed with peplums? Well I am. I stumbled upon this really cute peplum top at topshop and just had to have it.

I just looooove belts. Especially waste belts with little trinkets on them. I got this lovely belt from asos sale.

Also I got this cute bracelet from asos. Lately I have been really obsessed with gold accessorizes. Silver is just a no no for me nowadays.

What do you think?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lazy Sundays

Don't you just love those lazy Sundays when you do not have to do anything. You can just spend your day drinking tea and reading your favorite magazines or books. I had one of those Sundays last weekend. In short it was great. You need days like that once in awhile.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dip dye clown nails

Few days ago I did this dip dye nail design.

Now, this experiment might not have been the most successful one. My nails look like something straight out of a clown show. However, I am going to share with you a small tutorial on how to do this dip dye nail design. Because.... well, why not :D

I started off by painting my nails white with Ciaté snow virgin. This color has become one of my favorite whites. It is really pigmented and only two layers is usually enough.

In order to achieve that dipped slowly fading look you need a sponge. Brush some nail polish on the edge of the sponge. The color I used here was Nyx girls grape fruit which turned out to be entirely wrong color for this design and really hard to work with. It is not really pigmented so I had to put on several layers.

The next thing you have to do is start dabbing your nail with the sponge. Add several layers depending what kind of look you want to achieve. To get the fading effect dab only one or one really light layer on the part were you want your color to fade in. Alternatively, you can add a little bit of the polish on the tip of your nail and dab it with the sponge to fade it out.

I finished my look with Seche Vite top coat.

There you go. Simple, huh? If you're looking for more subtle effect contrast to this circus look, use two similar shades were the other one is for example more of a darker shade and the other one more lighter.

Hah, what do you think?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My hair saver, the tangle teezer

Now, yet again the blog world has been swarming with post about the tangle teezer. Probably lot of you have heard of it long time ago and lot of you own it already (or you might be just really sick of these posts and might not really want to read this either). However I decided to put my finger in the pot and make my own review of it.

hmmm... there seems to one string of hair ruining the picture :D

I got mine already over a year ago. I believe I ordered it straight from the manufacture's website and it costs me like 12 euros. However you can buy the brush from most hair saloons or beauty websites.

I have to say that I have no idea how I ever lived without my tangle teezer and how I would ever live without it again. It has totally changed the way I consider how hair brushing should feel like.

My hair is really dry and I have to use a lot of conditioner in order to make brushing my hair just a little bit more bearable. That is why the tangle teezer has been a life saver. No more tears, no more pulling, no more hair snapping and a lot more smoother hair after every stroke. Best part is that I can even brush my hair while it is wet (which definitely has made my hair routines in the morning much easier).

Now, I am a puller. As in I really pull and stretch my hair when brushing (never ever do that!!!). Therefore using the tangle teezer has been really could for me since it prevents you from pulling your hair too hard. The design and the fact that it smoothens out your hair much more efficiently than a normal brush makes the brushing experience less painful.

As I said I got mine long time ago so it has taken some collateral damage. I take it with me everywhere and I really do not pack it well so some of the spikes are a bit bend. However none of the spikes have actually broken. But other than that it is in really good condition.

One of the best qualities about the brush is that it's so easy to keep it clean. My brushes, after year or two, always got so dirty, full of hair that you could not remove mixed with some dust and some unknown disgusting material. With tangle teezer it is so easy to just wash it and remove all the hair. 

So that's it. I have absolutely no bad things to say about the product. Except the fact that I really should order one in travel size and one to my work.

What do you think about the tangle teezer? Do you already have one? Is there too much hype around it?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yes.. I Can-Can with sparkles

Today I had some fun with mixing up some sparkles and shimmery eggplant color. I think it actually turned out quite nice. I really love using the sparkling copper top coat. You can spice up any nail polish color with it and make the design a little bit more fun.

Items I used: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, OPI Yes... I Can-Can  and Sephora by OPI Traffic-Stopper Copper.

Monday, September 3, 2012

My new favorite: leopard shoes

I got these shoes last month and I am absolutely in love with them. I was craving for some slipper type walking shoes and then saw these beauties and could not help myself. They are super comfy and you can spice up any outfit with them.

What do you think? Aren't they cute :) I got mine from here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wedding nails

It's been a while since my last post. My apologies for that. It has been one crazily busy August. 

As a reconciliation :D I decided to cheer you up my dear readers with an easy wedding nail design. 

Items that I used: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, Orly Nail Defense, Viva la Diva mint green shade, Nail Art Paint in white, Ciaté snow virgin and Wild and Crazy Ticklish Toes.

It might be a bit over the top for some people but it's a fun and easy to do design. What do you think?