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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Black Friday Haul: Sigma - Unboxing


Hello lovelies,



Recently, I have become very interested in Sigma. I became a Sigma affiliate last May and as a welcoming gesture, they sent me a gift: Their F80 flat kabuki brush. I was so happy with the brush, I used it and loved it right away. 
When Sigma announced their black Friday deal of free worldwide shipping on all online orders, I had to take advantage of the offer. I bought three sets of brushes (18 brushes in total) and their  dry'n shape Brush roll/holder.
I placed my order on November 22nd during Black Friday, I received the package on December 3rd: I honestly wasn't expecting it to arrive for at least two more weeks.
And since opening new packages is always so exciting for me, I thought I'd share it with all of you ^_^ so I photographed every step of the process as I did it:


The Package as I got it, nice and clean
Right after opening the outer box
All the items I bought, in separate boxes
The Synthetic Kabuki Kit, 5  Different shapes for all my cream and liquid face products.  Well, except for the round  Kabuki brush which can be used for mineral foundation as well 
The Synthetic Precision Kit, 5 Shapes to fit right into different hard-to-reach areas , Like under the eyes and around the nose and such
The Performance Eyes Kit, 8 small brushes for perfecting all details of my eye look, I was particularly amazed by how small the liner brush is,, Here, I'll show you.....  
This is the E11 eyeliner brush, very short and fine for the finest lines and wings ever. Lets compare this to a regular eyeliner brush: 
Here you can see the difference between the tiny E11 eyeliner brush (Black) and the regular sized E05 eyeliner brush (Pink)  
Oh, and his beautiful Hot pink eyeliner brush was sent to me for free, because  I paid more than $30 for my order. Sigh,, My first ever hot pink brush :)


I just received those three days ago, so all I can say for now is that the performance kit has the smallest eyeliner brush I've ever seen in my life and I can't wait to try everything and tell you guys how I like them.

Disclaimer: I am a Sigma affiliate and I paid for all the brushes I showed you (except for the hot pink brush which was a gift on all orders over $30), My opinions are my own and they are not influenced by gifts or freebies or by me being an affiliate to this or that company. If I like a product I'll say something nice about it and if I don't I'll let you know all the reasons why.

Thank you for joining me today on this haul, make sure to check back every week or two for reviews of everything you saw in this post. Take care, have a nice holiday and I'll see you soon, xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

September Photo Shoot: Raquel and Rowena

Hi Lovelies, I have to apologize for my sudden disappearance ^_^ 
We are in the process of remodelling our kitchen. So I have so much work on my hands that, at the end of the day, I'm left entirely exhausted with no time at all for blogging. 
I miss you all and I really missed blogging. Thats why, I took the day off kitchen painting and started writing this post.

Something Light and different, that discribes todays post. On the last week of september, me and my partner / Hairstylist did a mini makeover on two lovely ladies: Rowena and Raquel. We needed photos for our salon portfolios and they needed hair and makeup done for a party they were attending that day. So without any more blabbing, Here are their before and after photos:

Rowena want for a matte bark brown smokey eyes and glossy bubble-gum pink lips, here is her Before shot:


and here is the After Shot:


Raquel on the other hand went for bold, glittery turquoise eyes and satin pink lips, this was her Before:


and here is the After Photo:


If you have any question about the looks in today's post, Leave it in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you and answer all of  your questions.

Raquel and Rowena if you're reading this: It was fun doing your makeups that day, I really enjoyed meeting and photographing you as well ^_^ Thank you both.

Take care sweeties and I'll see you soon (hopefully) in my next post.. xx


Monday, 3 September 2012

A Review: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara

Hi lovlies, 
I've been so unavailable here lately that I'd really missed you guys. The reason I was gone was that I went on a family holiday, then school came and I was so overwhelmed because my little daughter is now a first grader.
 I know what you might think : OK... she is the one going to school, why am I the one to be overwhelmed? I don't really know but I've decided that I'll snap out of it and write a blog post for you today ^_^


Today I'll be talking about my favorite mascara of all times: My MAC's Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara (I just heard they launched a "blacker" version of it, I might try it out later and let you guys know if its better in any way)

I'll start by saying that I've yet to see a prettier packaging fo a mascara than this, Just look at that




I don't Know about you guys but I'm a sucker for hot pink and glitter, and look closely, They are both there, ha ha..


O.K. so what is so special about this mascara? beside the packaging that is, Lets open it up Shall we!! but wait,,
which part do you turn to un screw the lid: the whole coloured part or just the hot pink part? 
well, here is the best thing about this mascara and i'll tell you why in a second, let me first unscrew the hot pink part for you:


Notice how thin the hairless part of the wand is, and how there is a small amount of product on the hairs?


In this form the mascara is used as a lengthening mascara, it holds enough product to coat all the lashes but not enough to fill the gaps between them. It can also be applied as a first coat of mascara.

Now let me unscrew the whole colourful part:


See how thicker the wand is and how much more product the hairs hold?


In this form the mascara is used as a thickening mascara, it can be used on its own after scraping some of the product on the side of the tube.

For the best result with this mascara: 
Unscrew the hot pink lid and apply a thin even coat of the product, then screw it back on unscrew the whole coloured part and remove some of the product by scraping it on the sides of the tube, then apply a coat or two of mascara to your lashes. and voila!!!

Simply put: These are two mascaras in one very cute packaging ^_^

It is sold in all MAC stores all around the world as far as I know and it retails for $20
(want to buy it online? click here)

My Thoughts: I've been using this mascara for months now and I absolutely LOVE it.
 I love the packaging - as I've mentioned earlier- I love the big brush and the consistency of the product is devine: not too thin like other lengthening mascaras and not too thick like other Thickening ones, and it does NOT make your eyelashes stiff or hard, so it feels comfortable on your eyes. 

Product Ratings
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Product: 5 out of 5
Price: 4.5 out of 5

The only thing that effects the rating of the price is that there are a couple of much cheaper dupes for it, one is from Bourjouis and the other is by Rimmel, both of which I haven't tried. 

Bourjois Ultra Black Volumizer Mascara
Retails for $13.29 on Amazon

But I've tried other Bourjois mascaras and they were all amazing so this one I'm predicting is going to be amazing as well.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara
Retails For $7.57 (now on sale on Amazon for $0.53)

As for the Rimmel one, I'm considering buying it when I'm done with my MAC one, simply because its the cheapest of the three and because I want to try a Rimmel mascara at least once and form some opinion of the brand.

Here are some of the looks that I finished off using MAC's Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara





And thats it, I hope you found this review helpful and thorough and If you have any comments questions or suggestions just leave them below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible,

 Take care, xoxo 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Sugarpill Rainbow: The Tutorial

Hello lovlies, I'm back today with another photographic tutorial, a "Photo-rial" as I like to call it.
On one of my previous posts (A Review: Sugarpill Pressed Eye Shadows) I did a couple of looks to demonstrate what I was talking about, one of them was the Sugarpill Rainbow.


I got some requests to do a tutorial on that look so I did ^_^

 You may notice some changes to the look- aside from the Arabic eyeliner- These were on purpose, because in the original look I felt that the red was more present than the rest of the colours so I tried to change that.

Any way,,, Enough of my chit-chat, and lets start our tutorial:


Step 1: Prime the eyelids from the upper lash line all the way up to the brow bone, and underneath the bottom lashes as well.

Product Used: Urban Decay Primer Potion in *original* 


Step 2: Apply a white base to the inner corner on the upper and lower lash lines and blend with a clean finger.

Product Used: NYX Jumbo Pencil in *Milk*


Step 3: Place a matte bright yellow eyeshadow over the whole area where you applied the white base, and blend the edges softly.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Buttercupcake*


Step 4: Place a matte bright orange eyeshadow on the area right next to the yellow on the top lid, for easier blending make sure the two colours overlap slightly. Blend the shared area completely for a smooth transaction of colours.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Flamepoint*


Step 5: Apply a matte red eyeshadow right next to the orange, again slightly overlapping and blend well in between the two colours.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Love +*


Step 6: Place a vibrent matte purple at the upper part of the outer corner overlapping the red, and extend the colour stopping right after the crease line.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Poison Plum*


Step 7: with a fluffy brush dipped lightly in the matte red eyeshadow, blend the edges of the purple up and out towards the eyebrow. Also pull the colour through the crease towards the inner corner, you can go all the way or you can stop 2/3rd in like I did.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Love +*


Step 8: With a pencil brush apply and smudge the same matte purple that was used before, to the bottom part of the outer corner, going almost half way in.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Poison Plum*


Step 9: Apply a bright matte blue to most of the purple on the lower lash line and blend until it becomes a blue-toned purple. Notice that I left the very tip of the outer corner with no added blue, also to keep the colour transaction as smooth as possible.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Afterparty*


Step 10: Add some of the blue on its own to the center of the lower lash line. Blend with the previous colour.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Afterparty*


Step 11: Apply a matte blue-toned green to the entire bare area between the blue and the yellow under the lower lash line, blend well with the colours on both sides.

Product Used: Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Midori*


Step 12: Fill in the eyebrow, and highlight the brow bone with a matte white eyeshadow.

Products Used: Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in *#3*
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in *Tako*


Step 13: Line the eye with black eyeliner, use gel, liquid or pencil and line the upper, or both lash lines and don't forget the waterline as well.
Here I decided to give it a hint of an arabic look so I drew the liner kinda thick and on both lash lines.

Product Used: Inglot Gel Eyeliner in *#77*


Step 14: Re-apply some of the colours that were covered after the eyeliner step, Coat your top and bottom lashes with mascara until you're satisfied with the result.

Products Used: MAC Haute and Naughty Mascara



Step 15: This is optional, but you've gone this far so don't back down now ^_^
Apply some false lashes and re-apply mascara to push the real and false lashes together.

Product Used: No brand false lashes but they looked like these:
Photo Curtsey of Amazon.co.uk

And thats the finished look, I hope you like it. Also I hope everything mentioned was clear and simple and that you'll try recreating this look some day ^_^
You can buy any of the colours I used today individually or you can do like me and get the palettes (Burning Heart & Sweet Heart) ^_^

As always if you have any comments, questions or suggestions please leave them in a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Until next time, Take care, xoxo


Monday, 16 July 2012

Gotta Love These Pastels (Look 1)

Hello everybody, I'm so happy you are joining me today through this post. 

I was recently sent some items to try out and review for you guys, today's post will be one of my attempts to do just that.
 In today's look I'm using two of Lime Crime's palettes: The D'antoinette and The China Doll.
I'm not yet done trying Them out and when I am, I'll post a detailed review with swatches and everything.

This is a recreation of a look I've seen in a magazine, I'll keep looking for it and post it here so you can see the similarities but until I find it, here is my version of the look:


With the eye closed:


and from a slightly different angle:



So if you like this look and want to see what other looks can be achieved using the eyeshadows from these palettes and also to know eventually what I think of them, then please check back here every few days. Until next time, Take care, xoxo





  • Lime Crime EyeShadow Helper
  • Lime Crime Palettes: D'Antoinette *purple and pink* & China Doll *Blue*
  • Bourjois Effet smoky Eye pencil in *Dark purple 72*
  • Make Up For Ever Brow corrector in *#3*
  • MAC Eyeshadow in *Yogurt*
  • MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara



Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Project INGLOT: The End Results


Hi every one, I know I know, Its been way too long since my last Project INGLOT blog post and I'm so sorry for that. But I really needed all the time I took to wear every eyeshadow I swatched for you here so my review would be as accurate as possible.

 Two, or maybe three, years ago, I discovered INGLOT, a new (in my country) but professional looking make up brand.



I tried to resist, I swear.... but in just TWO months I'd bought most of these round pans


They are affordable -Less than half price compared to MAC in the UK cause I lived in london back then- and so pigmented I just couldn't stop myself.


Oh, and by the time I'm publishing this I have 14 more shades that I recently bought that aren't included in the swatches and pictures I'm posting today, but I'll do a different post about them next month.


DISCLAIMER: I bought every single one of these eyeshadows myself with my own money. I'm not being paid to review them and everything I say next is my own personal opinion, influenced by my experience and nothing else.


 So, lets begin: These eyeshadows come in 5 different finishes:

Matte: solid colour with no shimmer or glitter
Pearl: shimmery colour
AMC: Stands for Advanced makeup Component
mostly semi matte and satin colours, some have a hint of glitter some don't.
AMC Shine: shimmery colour with a hint of glitter.
D.S: stands for Double Sparkle
Matte colour with glitter.

To make it easier for you and me to compare them to each other, I rearranged them into 4 groups of colours and match numbered each eyeshadow pan with its swatch. All shades were swatched on a thin layer of liquid foundation and nothing else.

Reds, Pinks, Oranges and Yellows

Forgive me for adding the beige and the dark brown to this group, those were accidentally left out in the neutrals group ^_^


and here are their swatches (the beige #1 is Identical to my skin+foundation shade so you can barely see its outline)


Blues and Purples:



and their swatches:



Greens and Turquoises:



Swatches:


 Neutrals and Monochromes:



And Swatches:


 you might notice I wrote some of the eyeshadow names in black, thats because these are a line newer than the rest of the colors.


Ok, so here is what I think:
...............

Pros:

  • Affordable compared to MAC and most high end eyeshadows (MAC Refill Pans are 85 in my currency and Inglot freedom system pans are 35)
  • Pigmentation is out of this world, for most shades what you see in the pan is exactly what you get on your skin.
  • A very wide range of colours with different finishes
  • Easily blended together, even the matte ones.
  • You get so much product for the price (Round pans: Matte 1.3g - D.S 1.4g -AMC 1.6g - Pearl & AMC Shine 1.8g / Square pans: Matte 2.3g) all at the same price.

Cons:

  • Some of the lighter pearl shades show only a hint of the pigmentation and mostly just reflect light.
  • You can get a ton of fallout if you overfill your brushes, and because of their amazing pigmentation you have to clean fallout with a makeup remover or a wet wipe, you can't just dust it off.

Thats about everything bad about them that I can think of. I really tried and I posponed publishing this review just in case I had anything bad to say that I couldn't remember but that's really it. 
No more cons ^_^


I hope you found this review helpful and honest enough to want more reviews from me, just incase you missed it I did a Selena Gomez inspired series of looks using only INGLOT eyeshadow so please do check them out.
 (Click on the text under each photo for more pictures and products used) 

 Look #1

Look #2

Look #3

Look #4 that helped me win 36 lip tars from OCC)

Until next time lovlies, Take good care. xx