Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy Peasy Spider Web Nails



To do a Halloween nail art post or not to do a Halloween nail art post, that was the question on my mind this weekend. Finally came to a conclusion this morning and decided to go ahead with drawing something simple for All Hallows' Eve since I'm going to #KillerMovieNight hosted by Anis Tabit tonight (more info) to watch Sleepy Hollow. There really was no point in doing a full on tutorial because it's freehand drawing of a spider-web... you kinda learn that in kindergarten, right? Or did I just go to a weird school that taught little kids how to draw spider webs?



What I used: Maybelline Color Show "Black Out", OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat, Nubar Base Coat, Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique "White" Nail Art Pen.

  • Started off with a base coat and one coat of black polish (go with two if your polish is not very opaque). 
  • Drew three diagonal lines across my nail using the nail art pen (you can use a fine brush or a tooth pick if you don't have a pen)
  • Then made little C's in the space between the lines to give the spider web its shape.
  • Top coat to finish things off. 


Voila!

Have you picked out your Halloween Costume yet?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Going Red: L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss



You know when someone does something super shady to you and you want to punch them in the face with all your statement rings on, but at the same time you also want to stay in your room and cry? Yes? Well, I was in that sort of mood this weekend. Once I was done feeling like crap though I decided to take that negativity and turn it into motivation for change. I did something super girly and cliche, I changed my hair. I've always been super scared to play around with the color of my hair because I have very fine and sparse hair. The only time that I actually did properly dye my hair was a couple of months ago at the L'Oreal "Beauty For Life" event where I got red low lights. This time though I was interested in something a little more dramatic that included my whole head and not just a couple of strands. While walking through the hair dye isle with my friend, I picked up a bottle of L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss. My friend had tried it out and told me that it's a semi-permanent dye (conditioning color) that is ammonia free and lasts up to 28 washes. As some of you might be aware by now, I have a thing for red hair, whether it's carrot top orange or bright bottle red, I lurve it. So naturally I picked up the reddest share which was "565 Berry Red". It was SUPER easy to use and I loved the super shiny results. Since my hair is naturally dark brown, the red on top was not very bright, but now it has some red depth to it and it also looks fantastic in the sun. If you're looking to spice up your hair and want to do something at home that is easy and very wallet friendly, I highly recommend checking out the L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss range! 

Have you ever changed your hair randomly because you were feeling icky?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Maybelline "Master Precise" Liquid Liner.




Liquid eyeliners and I are not the best of friends. My eyes are small in proportion to my round fat face so if I apply a slightly thick line on my top lid they shrink even more and make my face look even rounder. But the thing is that I luuuurvve the look of liquid eyeliner, especially when it comes to perfect wings. How I wish to be one of those girls that walk around with perfectly symmetric black wings! I've decided that I will make an effort to try to be like one of those majestic creatures. After watching a billion (OK, more like 35) winged eyeliner tutorials on YouTube and reading a ton (OK, more like 50) of reviews on liquid eyeliner, I've come to the conclusion that one must possess two things: a good eyeliner, and a steady hand. The later is achieved through lot's of practice, which takes time but is still manageable. The former though... well that's a tough one. There are SO many types of liquid eyeliner out there that promise things, but don't really deliver. I've decided that I'm going to test out as many as I can and let you know which ones are worth your money. Today we're going to talk about the Maybelline "Master Precise" Liquid liner. 




Type:

It is a felt tip liner, aka it's a marker. Drawing on your face with marker is actually quiet nice!

Application:

The tip is pretty fine, so you get to make thin lines (perfect for people with small eyes like me). The only annoying part is that tip doesn't get as much "ink" as the base. It ends up drying out a bit by the time you're finishing up with the eye look. I wish it had a button that would replenish it like those white board markers!

Tip/Control:

The tip of the brush is fine, but as I mentioned it doesn't get as much ink as the base. This isn't a problem when you first get the liner though, so you get to play around with the thickness of the line. The tip is also not too flexible but not too hard which I found to be the perfect balance to go along the lash line to create the right line shape for my eyes. 

Staying Power: 

Very impressive staying power even without setting it with a black eyeshadow. It doesn't smudge around by the end of the night, although after around 10 hours I did notice it faded in some parts... which honestly is fine with me since after 10 hours most of my makeup doesn't look too fresh.

Finish: 

Not too shiny, not too matte. The exact finish I look for in a liquid liner,

Conclusion: 3.5/5

It's a great felt tip liner for a beginner to work with, it's easy to use, affordable and does the job. If your winged liner game is strong though and you want to try more fancy looks... the tip drying out part might be a problem for you so I wouldn't recommend it too much..




Which liquid eyeliner do you use?

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Please note that I'm a liquid liner beginner and do not have the skills of the majestic eyeliner fairies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tutorial: Rainbow Polka Dots!




Remember the rainbow nails from my "A Lady in Pearls" post? Tutorial is finally here! You're going to be so shocked at how easy it is guys, SO EASY! The only requirement really is a dotting tool.

What I used:
Barry M "Black", H&M "Blue", Dali "green", Dali "Coral", China Glaze "Ruby Pumps", Sally Hansen "White On", Seventeen base coat, Seche Vite Top Coat,  and a dotting tool. 

Steps:

  • Apply your base coat, and base color (black).
  • Make white dots across your nail (I like to make them in a diagonal line so it's not a random print, but you can go for the random look). If you're using a light base color then you can skip this step!
  • On a paper or plastic plate add drops of your rainbow colors, R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. (my dots were too big to include the I and the V...)
  • Go over the white dots with your rainbow colors in order (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet). 
  • Apply top coat and voila! 




If you try out the design, don't forget to send me a pic!

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