Hello August

I love August. Though it’s the last month of summer but you still have it – the whole month of sunshine, dresses, beach, sunglasses, cold cocktails and perhaps a vacation. And who won’t enjoy it? This month selection is very self-explanatory: beach essential, a makeup trend, a good old nail art and some randoms per usual. Let’s get nosey?

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WISHLIST #4

When new season comes we are always up for changes – clothes, jobs, places and of course makeup. There are so many new launches and oldy-but-goody things I have yet to try, so I think it’s more than appropriate time for another ‘WISHLIST’ post. Maybe some of you have already tried something I want, some of you can take a little inspiration for upcoming Bdays or any other special occasion. So what do I have here…?

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The new-launch: Shu Uemura Fall 2014 Vision of Beauty rocks. When I first saw this picture on BritishBeautyBlogger I was wowed. The colors, the packaging and especially that eyeshadow palette..divine. There are actually 2 upcoming palettes – head over to BBB to see the rest. 

The fashion: When summer comes I’m always on a hunt for a new cross body mini bag. I’ve seen a lot of pastel blue popping out here and there and I’ve decided I want something of that color. Then I’ve spotted this Bleecker Triple Zip Crossbody by Coach – available here – $178. It’s not cheap, but I now I will get a lot of use out of this and it will last m a long time. BUT they aren’t shipping to my country, so I need to find a way to get it.

The tools: Zoeva is another thing that keep getting more and more popular among beautybloggers and fashionbloggers. They seem to be good quality and they are affordable. The have a lot of sets to choose from or you can order them individually. I’ve fallen in love with this Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set for 58.00 EUR – not bad for 8 piece set, huh?

The skincare: It’s never a wish list with skincare bit in it, right? Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster – available here – for $31.50 – Caroline inspired obviously.  I always want more and more skincare. This serum seems to be dreamy – or as they say miracle worker. Few drops before night cream and the next morning you have young glowy fresh skin. Who doesn’t want that?

What is in your wish list? Is there anything I have to improve in my wish list? Waiting for suggestions.

-S

 

What’s In My Travel Bag

I’m a very noise person when it comes to people’s bag or makeup bag. It’s so interesting to see what other people carry around with them either on day to day basis or when they going out on holidays. As you may know from previous post – I’m going on vacations to Italy. Actually by the time you read this I’m all over Rome eating ice-cream and burning out my feet walking around the city. So… What am I bringing with me for 6-7 days in Rome? 

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Firstly my makeup bag is from Allure – one month they generously gave it with every magazine – so unfortunately I cannot link to it, but here are my fav bags to travel with. 

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This bag contents:

  1. Japonesque eyelash curlers – here
  2. KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 
  3. KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 07
  4. MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
  5. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold
  6. Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Silver Sun
  7. MAC quad (Cranberry, Patina, All that Glitters and Coquette) 
  8. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in Bisque
  9. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes – Lavish Lilac
  10. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 01
  11. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
  12. Nars Pro-prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer 
  13. Jouer Mattifying Powder Bronzer in Sunswept
  14. Tanya Burr Cosmetics lipgloss in Afternoon Tea
  15. MAC 217 Brush
  16. Real Techinques Multi-task Brush
  17. No-name Angled Brush for brows
  18. Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara

Not too much – 18 products including tools. Well done me!

Do you pack light on holidays or full-on-ready-for-every-ocasion packing? 

-S

 

Hello July

Another month another Hello post. It’s so satisfying putting together the collage, picking out beauty, fashion and lifestyle bobs and bits. Sometimes I follow the color theme, but sometimes it’s just hit of a moment. Like today. Happy July everyone and let’s start.

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Makeup first? I’m always for fresh dewy skin no matter the season. And this summer it’s a trend that came back. So Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in the shade 00 Rose Shimmer and KIKO Skin Glow Light Effect Day Cream come really handy – either mixed with foundation or as a primer – they give that glow from within. Glowy summer skin without a bronzer. Never. My recent addition to bronzer’s family is Jouer Mattifying Bronze Powder in Sunswept – it’s a really good product, it gives that bronze goddess appearance like you’ve just returned from beach holidays. The full review is coming soon. As for lips I’m always for something sheer, barely-there products, something like tinted lip balms or simple lip glosses. Recently I’m obsessed with this YSL Volupet Sheer Candy lipstick in the shade 2, which as I remember called Dewy Papaya – how summery this name is? This is sheer orange beautifulness. There is a blue eyshadow/liner trend going on this summer and I quite like it. Either as a slight smoked definition near the lash line or intense layer on waterline or as a crazy navy wing. Everything looks i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e. So in my stash I have something I can work with – KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 19 / Sephora eye Pencil in 18 Blue Jeans / Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Chaos (very bright – full review here).

Next nails. I love rocking out nude polishes during the summer, cause they enhance your tan and they look very smart and sophisticated. I have two options here: one is more yellow/white based – Zoya ‘Jacqueline’ and another is more grey/blush based – Zoya ‘Kennedy’. They look equally beautiful.

Skincare bits: Do you love face mists as much I do? The luxury one is Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist and the budget friendly one is Avene Thermal Spring Water – both very refreshing and cooling during the hot day.

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Perfume time. My very old, back from school – Paco Rabanne Black XS – do you remember how popular it was back then? i love it then and I still do – it’s floral and fruity but in a spicy and sharp way. I’m on its last drops.

Lifestyle: Is not a summer without a new bikini, right? I’ve recently picked this Victoria’s Secret bikini – it’s the most amazing one I’ve ever had – so sparkly. I cannot NOT stare at it. So eye-catching and look very flattering, cover what’s need to be covered and reveals what’s need to be revealed. Pair of cheap colored sun glasses is a must – the ones you can take to the beach and not be worried about losing them or scratching. 

What are your favorite bits for summer? Let’s inspire each other in the comments below!

-S

Sweebounty Is Going On Vacation

February is going to start for me very pleasantly. I’m going away to Andorra with my friends snowboarding and skiing. I haven’t been abroad during winter for a long time so I’m very very excited. From Monday till Saturday there will be travel related posts  a.k.a ‘Travel With Me’ installment – that’s gonna help me pack and you in future – tips and trick are making an appearance for sure!

First post on the menu is MAKEUP BAG COLLECTION. How more related to traveling can it be? I cannot resist buying them – some of them are more practical than others, some looks nicer, some have cool pattern or signs on them, some are just easy to wash – you know – some many options… :)

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KIKO Beauty Twin Set – available here – £8.90. The set comes with two different-sized pouches. Being colorful (available also in black, lime and magenta) they are still transparent enough to be able to recognize the bits inside. I use small for makeup brushes and some beauty tools (eyelash curlers, cotton pads, tweezers) and bigger one for actual makeup. Matching cases look so interesting and sleek and my red option makes it vibrant a.k.a easy-spotted in the suitcase among other staff.

Victoria’s Secret Small Cosmetic Bag – that classic VS pattern – iconic bright and baby pink stripes. Though it looks pretty small it’s actually very roomy. It’s possible to fit quite a lot of products. I also use it on a regular basis – most of my handbags will fit it.

Allure ‘Give Me a Kiss’ Makeup Bag – present with purchase. This came with Allure magazine (cannot remember the issue #) and it is so eye-catching. The kisses are different colors which makes it so adorable. It’s again roomy enough to pack it with beauty bits so travel friendly again.

Victoria’s Secret Travel Hanging Cosmetic Bag – long-distance cosmetics bag. It has 4 zip compartments and one attachable zip pouch. So comfortable to organize makeup, skincare, brushes. Transparent compartments make it easy to look for things, easy to clean in case of spilling drama. Holds a lot of things, don’t worry, anything will fit.

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How do you travel: light or overpacking (me!) ? What makeup case is your favorite?

-S

Shopping therapy

What can be more uplifting than a new beauty bits to play with? I love new things. Unpacking / swatting / taking pictures / trying different combinations… you know the jazz, right?

So recently I’ve been naughty and went shopping and bought quite a few things – eyeshadow, some skincare staff and nails (I just couldn’t pass that category, could I?)

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Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer – I’ve hearing that most people adore that one, and even compare it to Smashbox ones which quite a deal… So when I’ve spotted that last (!) one in the store I thought it was faith. I just have to take it back home with me. Haven’t tried that one in action yet, but in the store I did test it out and liked the texture and feeling after applying it. We shall wait until a night out to test a primer, right?

Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Hand Cream – I was on a hunt for a new hand cream and Body Shop had a huge sale on all their bits and I couldn’t say NO. It hydrates the skin, absorb fast and easily, doesn’t leave greasy feeling – nothing, smells divine and… handbag friendly size. Some blind but lucky purchase.

Nails. For sure. Misa nail polish in Throw Me Something Purple Please – gorgeous shade. Pure periwinkle. Not too purple not too blue, just perfect shade. Looks very flattering and adds some sophisticated touch to the hands, it looks sleek and expensive, if you know what I mean…

100% Coconut Oil – this is becoming very-loved product among beauty bloggers. How and where to use is coming live soon, so keep your eyes peeled. It’s pretty affordable and can be used so differently. And since it is in a form of hard oil (it melts of your hands heat) it is travel friendly – no spills, no liquid in a bag and nice pot to carry around.

MAC eyeshadow in Cranberry – classic MAC’s shade. The one I always swatted but was hesitating to buy – common on, it’s pinky burgundy shade that you suppose to use on your eyelids. How cute is that? You know it is actually very beautiful. I didn’t have a lot of time playing with it, but I already love that shade. Great in the middle of eyelid over the browns for pop of color or all over the lid with heavy bronze-ish matte (!) crease blending. Planning to do a blog post on ‘How to use MAC’s Cranberry’. Would you be interested?

Have you bought something interesting lately? Share with me, let me be sneaky.

-S 

The Base Coats

And I’m back…

Thanks to quick and relatively chip service and my MacBook is finally alive. That means that I can blog again. I’ve noticed that I really missed blogging and that whole process of writing a post, taking pictures, organizing every bit. Okay, let’s move on to contents, shall we?

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I’ve already made a post about the top coats I have on rotation at the moment (it’s here in case you’ve missed it) and since that post was a popular one I pulled out my base coats… This is what I end up with…

I don’t have that many base coats just because in order to get it you have to feel it… and you cannot understand if you like a base coat until you use it enough and I don’t like when my beauty bits are collecting dust.

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OPI Nail Envy Original – available here – £15.80. This is a very hyped up staff in beauty community so I just couldn’t resist buying it and see for my self its miracle work. Actually this is my second bottle, I’ve used one up already (some shipping issues) but this is a good base coat – no nail staining, the nail polish lasts pretty decent amount of time – no complains what so ever. As for treatment it actually did okay. It made my nails hard, seems like they split less but I’m not wowed. Others raved so much, but me… I’d say it is overpriced for its benefits.

Essie First Base – available here – £8.26. This is a slightly recent addition to my collection but so far so good. It seems to be working especially great with Essie colors – 5 days with no chips. It dries quickly and seems to be acting like a sticker – me likey. It adheres the nail polish and makes them stay chip-free for longer. And it’s cheeper, but no additional treatments and I don’t care as I get what I want.

Renunail Nail Strengthener – available here – £17.85. This is more of a treatment than just an ordinary base coat. It suppose to harden your nails, renew them, help them grow, eliminate flacking / chipping / breaking and all those things. Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? I had to give it a go. You have you use it though very consistently – a coat per day for 2 weeks. I couldn’t do it 2 weeks, but I did a week. I think…I’m afraid to tell out loud, but…I think it works. I’m planning on coding a 2-week-course, so I’ll updated you on that.

And the base coats I’m eyeing after I finish one of the above: CND Stickey Base – Kate makes me wanna buy e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and now I’m determined. I NEED THIS in my life. ASAP.

What are your favorites base coats or the ones you use now?

-S

Night-out buddy

I’m not huge party fan, but when it comes to Christmas and New Year it is just a natural thing to be a part of the crazy night-outs. 

I’m a girl with dry skin, so I don’t have any problems with foundation or tinted moisturizer sticking to my face. So I don’t use any primers or powders on a daily basis. But when I go to a party I want to make sure my makeup stays in place and I don’t spend every second touching up my makeup and spending time in a bathroom fixing everything when I can have fun at the party.

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Welcome my new friend. Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm Primer – available here for £24.50. I don’t have a huge problem with pores, but my face definitely looks better with this staff on even without the foundation. It smoothes the skin and leaves a great canvas for foundation. It also make a whole face makeup last longer and controls the shine – I didn’t have to check upon my makeup the whole night. It doesn’t break me out which it also a plus.

I’m sure I will repurchase that baby in a full size (and I also really want to try the Smashbox ones). Well done Benefit. The surely rock the primer thing. I’ve already spoke here about their eye primer and now face primer. Not bad…not bad!

What is your favs primers for a night out? Please share in the comment section.

-S

5 Nail Art to Try

Nails are my weakness and sometimes I fancy a bit of nail art – easy one, no mass no fuss. I even have a whole folder on my computer with some nail designs I want to try in future. Today I want to share some most interesting one I came across so far.

The Pshiiit blog. Oh my… Paradise for nail obsessed people a.k.a. me. Brilliant swatches, easy tutorials – I’m hooked in other words. There are some many I want to try but for this post I’ve chose this – simple white + color blocking. How cool is that? Pretty much.

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OneNailToRuleThemAll – more creative designs. How cute are those flowers? And those gold beads? I can’t help myself – I have to recreate that.

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U_NONA. Random find on Instagram but such a lucky one. Not just an inspiration but an instruction in the same package. Bonus!

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WahNails. Designs impossible to recreate but incredible pleasure to look at. This is a bit of cheating with recreation but I promise whenever I’m in London I’m gonna do my nails there. It’s a must.

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Cutepolish– Youtube videos I love to watch and that design just blew my mind. Those colors and the way she makes every design look so easy… Again, the recreation should be done.

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Do you have any back-up ideas on trying later? Pop some links below if you have. I’d love to add more.

-S

WISHLIST #3

So now when the holidays are over and all the presents are unwrapped I’ve noticed that there are still things that I won and planning on sneaking into my expenditures.

Being a complete eyeshadow lover there is one item that not just want in my life but I need. Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Seems like this one is the one to rule them all. Well, just what doctor ordered. Next time in a store … or SpaceNK sells them cheaper that stores in my country…

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Some more eyeliners. Yep, go ahead – never enough. I want an emerald green one. I do have some MAC ones, some MUFE, Urban Decay ones, so I’ve decided to try something new – there is so much more out there in the beauty world, right? Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place pencil in Forest. There are Double Wear range seems to be liked by everyone, hope this one is good as well.

More eyes? Why not, right? MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry (swatch belongs to Temptalia). I’ve eyeing this shade for a while convincing myself I don’t need it, but I just can’t resist. Every time I see a burgundy tutorial on YouTube it makes me wanna it even more. I think I just have to let it go and let this purchase (dream one) happen.

Some tools. Again as with eyeshadow ,you can never have enough brushes. I still haven’t picked up the Real Techniques Duo Fibre set and I’m upset about it. I-NEED-IT. Can be picked up from FeelUnique – as soon as they are in stock. I’ll notify you :)

A bit of skincare. I’m on a hunt for a new Toner. There is nothing particular I want, so if you have something to recommend me… please do. I have normal-dry skin, nothing serious. Before I was using Clarins one. I like it, but want to try something else.

What do you have in your current wish list?

-S