I could make a longer list of things I admire, however, I think these are such wonderful and rather unique items.
Monday, 31 August 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Awww, that has been such a sweet gesture.
The lipbalm is really lovely for moisturizing, while it is not too obtrusively overscented.
And I think her choice of stationary is absolutely brilliant. Marie Antoinette is such a iconic and contested figure (and beautiful too).
I hope that all my readers will have a brilliant sunday and a wonderful week.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
- I haven't been buying that much eyeshadows from Japanese Brands for a while. I haven't been buying much eyeshadows at all in the last couple of months. That was because I had a large collection shades at home, and lately, I could not wear eyeshadow because of sensitivity problems with my eyes.
However, my eyelids have improved and I was so happy to see some gorgeous new Autumnal collections popping up at my favourite Japanese makeup pusher-sites.
Let me present to you my new, beloved boxes:
- Kanebo KATE Diamond Cut Eyes PU-1: a gorgeous palette with lilac and purple shades.
- Shiseido Maquillage Alexander Wang BR 365: taupes and browns
- Kanebo KATE Reflect Mirror Eyes GY-1: greys and taupes.
I also bought the supergorgeous Jill Stuart Blush Fresh Apricot 06 from Jamilla Camel.
Let's not forget her generosity....wowza. She was soooo sweet of sending me all of this:
A Mac eyeshadow in expensive pink, an eyeshadow pencil in brown and a Paul & Joe pencil in purple. Some decadent skincare sample from KenzoKi, sheet masks and other goodies.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
I like my Nix'ie cosmetics, although the colours on the chart can be quite alternative to what you get (post here). The discount of 40% off lured me in into ordering some more Nix'ie, and while I was putting some items in my card I also put in some of the raved Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars.
My first order was small, which had to do with the shipping policy. Ordering under $60 will mean that you have to pay $12 and from $60 it will be $29. I figured that I would have enough ordering once. It is also safer to order smaller amounts with the Customs policies and Tax department in my country: a package worthy of plenty dollars has a higher chance to be charged with tax, which is not the worst thing, but it will take sooo long for me to receive my items.
I ordered Nix'ie powder blush in Platonic Love, Nix'ie cream blush in Secret Love, Nixie Eyeshadow in Gypsy and my very first OCC lip tar in Grandma.
I made some quick swatches of the colours. I made the pics with flash, so the colours are less shiny or glittery in real life.
First, I have Secret Love for you. It is a glowy soft rose with a slight warm (coral?) undertone. I love it on my cheeks. When you blend it, it makes a highlighter kind-a-shade with a soft colour.
Platonic Love, more love in my life ;D. Platonic love is a tad too glittery for my liking, even though the flash of the camera makes the glitter more dramatic than actually true in real life. However, it makes an awesome eyeshadow shade for me, so it is a keeper. The colour is a soft roasted peach.
Gypsy, I expected more purple from it. It looks like an eggplant colour. It is very matte. I will probably use this as an eyeliner colour.
The CCC Grandma was a fabulous match for the Nails that I wore that day...I wore Essie Cute as a Button.
My second order: I wanted a true purple so I settled with the eyeshadow colour in Grape. I also picked up a shade called Cerimony, also an eyeshadow, and added another brand in my cart: La Femme in purple.
I love my Nix'ie Grape eyeshadow, such a lovely purple which will look flattering with my greenish eyes. Nix'ie Ceremony is a Mauve/Rose colour, and I actually think it is more suitable as a blush, although it is wonderful for a mauve look on the eyes as well.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Pictures sometimes say more than words...
Looking a bit closer: you can see the tiny shimmery parts inside. I see some reddish pigments and blueish pigments. It looks like a shimmering ocean...
Friday, 7 August 2009
Last tuesday I received a black envelope, which, I know now, is a Illamasqua order. I could not remember ordering anything from them during my last haul, although my subconcious self was dying to place another order. I already suspected myself of sleep-internetting, instead of sleepwalking...did I make a mystery order during my sleep???
Then, I read the card inside, and it said something about me having "clearly good taste" and "accept these little gifts": Ok, that is big flattery and I am a sucker for flattery...bring it on, LOL (click the picture for the whole text on the card).
I also remembered one of cosmeticcandy's posts where she was having a free gift from Illamasqua as well. I thought she was so lucky and she must have ordered a million things from them before (she kind of ordered a couple of thingies...). Or she might have mentioned them having a blog...or such. I had only made two orders, and have not mentioned anything about writing about them on a blog (honestly...you guys probably think I am selling out, aren't you?).
Anyway, I love the gift, but I will stay unbiased as far as possible...if something does not work for me, or my type of skin, I will say so as well. On the other hand, it makes it easy falling in love with a company who send you freebies. I hope I can stay honest (LOL).
Back to business: I received a cream eyeshadow in Captivate. It can be described as a white colour with a grey cast: it looks like a cloud on a sunny day, somewhat ominous (with possible showers/rain inside). It is my first cream eyeshadow from them, so I am happy to look how it delivers, compared to MAC, Kose Esprique cream eyeshadows and other cream eyeshadows I have.
I have to think about this song when I think about Beg.
It is rather a deep colour for a blush. The next swatch is the unblended version of Beg.
Still, it is really a 'me' colour: not too warm or orangy, and not a cool pink or icy mauve shade. I blended it a bit and got a lovely pop of rosiness. Again, it contrasting on my white innerarm, but my face is darker.
I also swatched Captivate, which I would not have picked myself. However, I like this colour. I had an obsession with steely grey eyepencils for a while, and this is a type of colour a bit lighter. I applied it in my waterline, and it made an alternative for a white eyeliner. I also dotted a tiny bit in the corner of my eyes when I wore a smokey eye, which was also a nice solution when I do not want to wear shimmery white highligher in the inner corners of my eyes.
Monday, 3 August 2009
I received my second Illamasqua haul. I ordered it the 23th of July and received it exactly a week later. Nice...I ordered the medium pencil in Exert and Obscene, nail polis in Hectic, Powder Eye Shadow in Fatal, 4-Colour Lip Palette in Test, Scandal, Brink, Tramp. Also the sheer Lipgloss in Enchant and the powder foundation in PF210.
Shiny and sleek black boxes....
Those pencils are Exert (steely grey) and Obscene.
The sheer lipgloss in Enchant
Nail polish in Hectic: I love the moody, murky colour of Hectic...It will be a wonderful colour for fall!
I bought three eyepencils, one mac and two of Giorgio Armani. Sweet Betsy included a pencil sharpener ánd a gorgeous, glowy Armani eyeshadow as well!!!