My Purples

If you ask me – purple is my favorite color and whenever I see something of that color I instantly want to buy that. No matter how much I have. And when it comes to nail polishes this is where two of my passions meet. I love wearing purple – in summer I prefer brights and during the colder months I go for darker and deeper shades. I’ve prepared a nice variety for you – let’s have a look.

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NOTD #1

It isn’t always a case that a nail polish gets a separate post, but today’s hero deserve it. Amazing color, drugstore price, long-lasting formula, comfy brush – your hands and toes are just begging you in the store to take this baby home.

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So… today’s hero is KIKO #278 (bought here) – it’s a pure galaxy – black passed violet with micro glitter of every possible color: blue, red, orange, silver, green… I don’t know, my eyes betray me here. I nothing nothing, but the sparking party.

I have nothing like this is my collection, this is so unique and beautiful and I’m glad I’ve picked this up.

To remove I used an ordinary nail polish remover, it did require more effort than removing cream nail polish, but still nothing too major (just an extra 5 minute song and few more cotton rounds).

I kept on looking at my nails the whole time and I got so many compliments and question about this polish like where what shade – you know the deal.

Have you tried some polishes from KIKO? Do you have some color suggestions I have to buy? Pop them in the comments!

-S

 

We’ll Always Have MAC

Whenever I pop into Mac I experience some nostalgic feelings… First expensive makeup. Nowadays, yes, we have tons of brands that keep bringing something new and extraordinary bits onto the market. And MAC keeps doing what they are used to. Summer Collections, some collaborations… the Simpsons’ one is the most exciting to hit the shelves in Autumn…

After watching Tanya Burr’s tutorial where she used this exact eyeliner I rushed to MAC the next day to purchase cause it looked damn incredible.

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Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple – available here for £15.00 – it’s an iridescent violent color. Bright. Shimmery. Glittery in a good way (with tiny pink silver-ish particles). It is just perfect for summer, for that pop of color. I’ve been wearing it on my waterline and smudged over lower lash line pairing it with bronzy lids and subtle face makeup – a bit of contour, nude blush (something like Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour in Exposed) and nude lips as well. 

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This look in very versatile – nothing too crazy for day time, but with the right intensity can be brought up to evening goddess.

Do you have any favorite MAC eye pencils I need to try?

-S

‘Aloha’ by Sweetbounty

We girls always wanna look pretty and sparkly, don’t we? And I’m a huge fan – recent post about rings, long-time one dedicated to necklaces and now it’s a bracelet time.

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I’m found that website through Instagram (follow me on Instagram btw if aren’t already) and I’ve instantly fell in love with all their pieces – some further buys are definitely happening.

Aloha Gaia ‘Leto’ bracelet is made of sterling silver 925 (though the white plated is also available) with amethyst and is available here for $29.00 – $58.00. I’ve never came across something like this – it is so unique and sophisticated yet girly and delicate. Their have to many options to choose from – peridot, aquamarine, quart… everything you soul may wish. AND they have recently launched their new summer collection – I’m starting to feeling spendy.

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The packaging is another bonus – beautiful labeled cotton bag, colorful handmade card, everything wrapped so thoughtfully –  I’m A sucker for those things. I’ve also saw people stacking those bracelets – this looks just divine.

The price range is also reasonable – I find it very affordable for quality you are paying. This makes an incredible gift for friends or even a little treat for yourself.

Do you know any interesting handmade jewelry I can check out? Pop them in the comments below.

-S

 

WEEK HEROES #16

Again end of weekends and time for my weekly favorites. This week I made myself use some forgot beauty bits, the ones that were collecting dust at the back of my drawers. I think it’s interesting and necessary to change up the routine. Get out the comfort zone.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #51. This was bought back in May or something (Estee was raving about it even then and it made into her 2013 favs – big deal!) This is light to medium coverage, feels weightless on the skin, looks natural. Back them I didn’t like that – I thought they emphasized dry patches on my skin (apparently I had dehydrated skin then), but this week I’ve decided to give it another go and … I’m in love. It glides on smoothly – obviously my skin got better, yay!

Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera – full review here – this isn’t really ‘dusty’ thing, but I couldn’t NOT use it. Cream blushes are so great for winter – they sink into the skin and look very natural, glow from inside, like you spend whole day outside in the countryside playing / walking / having fun.

Essie nailpolish in Sand Tropez – you know m passion about Essie nail polishes. This is a stunning shade. It doesn’t look mannequin-ish, like some shades can do, it just adds chic look. Easy-to-wear shade. Compliments every outfit. This week I wore it non-stop.

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in #05 Rosy Brown. Such a gorgeous shade, just like a name suggests – not too brown, not too purple – something in between (more colors and swatches here). You can sheer them out for sparkly veil or you can build them up for intense color. They are creamy, build-able, blend-able – all positive –ables! And very affordable.

Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E – I’ve picked it up on iHerb months ago and kind go forgot about it, been using other oils and treatments. Recently pulled that out and started using and it is SO good. It really hydrates the skin, makes it smoother, works great on some blemishes or small break outs – overnight no signs. Will go on using and repurchasing!

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Do you have any products you’ve enjoyed using this week? Let’s share!

-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 

WEEK HEROES #12

If you can tell, there is a Christmas week on my blog – gift ideas, some festive recipes, holiday nail art and there something yet to come. I though that I don’t want to break the blog’s pattern and skip my weekly favorites. It’s kind of a tradition already for me, plus there is some staff I want to share with you.

I’m gonna start with some random bits, well…because I want to.

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Wrapping paper from IKEA. How cute and adorable are those gold Santas? I belong to that type of people who prefer wrapping the presents to jus putting them in a festive bag. I get so much pleasure and joy from spending time on picking out paper, ribbons, bows and some other decorating goodies. And have you seen that post from Nouvelle?  I’m in love. Gonna lay back on throwing away those old newspapers.

Body Shop Body Butter. I love Body Shop body butters – they really hydrate the skin, they don’t leave a greasy feeling and they smell divine. My current one is throw-back-summer scent – raspberries. I love using it during colder months since they make me feel summery again, like it’s not snowing outside.

Bobby Brown Creamy Concealer in Cool Sand.  This is a really hyped product in the whole blogging-youtubing community and yes I was caught as well. Firstly I didn’t like it. At all. I found it creases on me, it looked a bit cake-ish and unnatural. May be it was the summer weather to blame and not enough moisturized eye area, I don’t know, but back then it was just waste of money. But now…whole other story. I love it, it covers great, it stays put and doesn’t cake up, it blends easily. Dream product. Who knew?

Music favorite this week. I’ve been obsessed with this song lately (and the band in general actually). I have this song on repeat and actually now I’m listening to it, while typing out this post. Ready? Del AmitriRoll to me…The right time to roll to me…Roll to me…

Back to beauty staff? Sure. Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H in Ultra Violet. Saying I’m a newby to wing eyeliner is an exaggeration. I’m the worst. Neither I’m used to wear it (I feel felt uncomfortable) nor I’m good at drawing. But this week I’ve rocked this look – and it does suit me. The secret? I’m using a purple one and far less harsh than a black one and suits my eyes. Apparently gonna stock up on some more gel eyeliners…oopsy.

Do you have some favorites to share with me? Hope you do!

-S

Well done Rebecca Minkoff

Welcome everyone, who is reading this post. Today is Saturday and let’s all take a moment to appreciate the brand new day with all excitements that it may bring. Hope you all have a good day and I also hope you gonna be back at my blog (and bring some friends!)

Today I though my post is more on a fashion-ish side.

We girls can never, yes, never, have enough shoes / bags / makeup / jewelry. You can only take it as a given, but you cannot object that, you will lose anyway, right girls?

I’m quite obsessed with mini cross body bags. I actually go through different phase – once I love big bags to store my entire bedroom there, other time – the smaller the better. AND the season is not the key – I have plenty of summer bags that are just … well … vast.

Now is the second phase. I adore Rebecca Minkoff bags – the unique design, the recognizable details, shape&size options, colorful lining and of course color variety. The aren’t the cheapest options out there, but there are relatively affordable for the quality you’re getting. I can assure you.

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I own two of them – one MINI M.A.C. in white and the other is MINI BOX in periwinkle. Both loved and worn regularly.

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Rebecca Minkoff MINI BOX – the latest splurge a.k.a periwinkle goddess. It has 1 big slot pocket and 2 slim ones. Very chic locker, that chic so everyone wants to play with it (yeah, been there, done that).

It holds everything I need – card holder, iPhone, cuticle butter  , mirror, headphones, my Volutes by Diptyque in perfume atomizer and keys. Done. And your shoulders are thankful – during the day you know carry round 5 kg of makeup and other junk. We all do that.

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Tell me in the comets below if you are a fan of big or small bags and what are your bag essentials.

-S

BellaPierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow

Being a complete eyeshadow addict I always like to try something new. I cannot leave a drugstore without picking up a shade or two (or a palette, oops). Remember that new Maybelline quad? Neither can I miss a good investment in MAC eyeshadow or a decent luxury quad/little palette – you can never treat yourself enough, right?

I’m always tempted to try loose eyeshadows, I think this is such a unique concept to eye makeup – can be used wet or dry (as a line-liner), sheer or fully layered.

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BellaPierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow in Calm* – £12.99 – from Beauty Expert. Those eyeshadows are perfect for sensitive-eye girls – there are hypoallergenic, formulated with natural mica mineral & no additional additives / talc. The shade range is pretty wide – from pale highlighting to even bright green.

The shade I have is ‘Calm’ – the color itself is completely opposite to the name – nothing calming – outstanding shimmer goddess. Purply grey-ish shade with colorful glitter particles – yellow, green, turquoise, purple. Oh…pure fairy dust.

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The color and shimmer itself are very hard to pick up on camera…but here is the general color

 

I found that it should be applied with eye primer on to ‘glue’ it and to make it last longer. I wore it with eye-primer and no creasing / falling offs / fading.

It’s a perfect shade for a night out – I packed the eyeshadow all over the lid and just soften a bit the crease with a warm brown shade. Plenty of mascara, subtle blush and you are good to go. And always make your brows with intense eye look – fill them in with either pencil or an eyeshadow.

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Excuse the background, but you follow the natural light and mine happened to be in the kitchen :)

 

With removing the eyeshadow I also had no issues. Bioderma or even simple oil (jojoba, almond, even olive) will do the job. I’m more than happy with using those eyeshadows.

I also wanna share with you some tricks when messing playing around with loose eyeshadows:

  • fall-outs happen – make sure you either do your foundation after or place a tissue under not to ruin the base
  • flat brushes or fingers are your best friends – such eyeshadows should not be dragged over the lids, only patting motions
  • newbies can use loose eyeshadows – if you are new to make up and afraid to use those types of eyeshadow, put a matt eyeshadow all over the lid and place a pigment only to the lid center to make your eyes pop

Hope you find my post helpful and will give those eyeshadow a try – the definitely worth it.

-S

*PR sample