I thought this post was rather timely given the week that’s in it, and the fact that the BITTER cold is sure to be nipping at everyone’s noses. Like seriously, when’s the last Paddy’s Day when we had to worry about snow? And we thought rain was bad enough! But I digress… I myself am unfortunately very prone to the “Irish” affliction, that is the glowing nose. Rudolf’s got nothing on me. Alcoholic or not, most of us will be lucky to escape the cold snap with our skintone intact. Add acne to the mix and a milk-bottle Irish complexion turns rather more sour. Thankfully over the years I have perfected my redness covering techniques, so without further ado let me introduce my arsenal. Read on »
Ladies, I admit it, I have the attention span of a gnat. Is it any wonder when we live in this information age with phones, sms, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Foursquare, never mind just plain ol’ websites and forums. Not two minutes goes by between notifications on my phone, tablet or computer and my focus is constantly darting about. It’s hard enough for me to concentrate enough on actually executing a manicure with precision (not touching the cuticles is like the grown woman’s version of not colouring outside the lines…) and I have to wait for it to dry too?! You could give me all the speed dry topcoat in China and I’d still manage to smudge it somehow. It doesn’t help that I like to paint my nails in the wee hours, in the dark, just before bed. That’s how I roll. The day Ciate release a “Duvet Imprint Effect” manicure I’ll be laughing. Read on »
In honour of Valentine’s, I’m calling today’s NOTD, Love Letters.
I pinged the heart on my index finger so many times as I was painting it, I had to make it bigger and bigger and bigger… PRO-TIP ladies, wine and nail art don’t mix! Ironically, alcohol actually HELPED the rest of the manicure. If you haven’t heard about it before, I used the “newspaper nails” technique to create the lettering on the other fingers. This is where you dip newspaper strips in alcohol (vodka works well) and apply the strips to dry, painted nails. The print transfers leaving this awesome effect! So easy, you can even do it half tipsy. One for me, one for my nails, one for me… Read on »
Time slows. Heartbeat by heartbeat you watch yourself, as if outside your body, clutching the air in vain as your precious device falls just outside your grasp. With a “Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!” *splash* it meets its watery fate. We’ve all been there. What was it for you? A puddle? A mug of tea? The sink? Or, *shudder* the toilet? After the flush, please god.
I have major grá for Urban Decay eyeshadows. Everytime a Book of Shadows is released, I can’t help but buy it, regardless of how many untouched “Midnight Cowboy Rides Again” shadows I collect (four at the last count I think). Each UD Book of Shadows is a thing of beauty, and with 16 fantastic quality eyeshadows for less than 50 quid, it’s a no-brainer. However lately I’ve been looking at them a little differently. Ya see, they’re really just not practical. They’re big, bulky boxes with the shadows hidden away in drawers, and it takes way too much space and coordination to incorporate them into my daily routine. As a result they’ve been unloved and neglected.
Enter, the Z Palette. When I heard that Beauty Emporium was stocking these babies I knew exactly what I had to do.
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A few days ago, I had a dilemma.
I’ve not been taking great care of my hands lately (as you’ll see from the dehydrated cuticles and fine lines in photos below) plunging them into scaldy, soapy water and abandoning my nightly paw moisturisation ritual. I’ve been using Arbonne FC5 Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème a number of times a day (it’s on my desk in work) but it really doesn’t hydrate much despite the name.
One of my nails decided it just couldn’t handle this awful neglect any longer and went splitsville. As I was planning a pretty manicure for the work Christmas party this Saturday, I was devastated. Sure with that deep an amputation, and filing down the other nails to meet it, there would nary be a nubbin left to prettify. WOE. First world problems eh?
Then I had a brainwave. Read on »
We all have them, the pencils we bought hoping for smudgey, smokey kohls; which actually turned out to be hard, eyelid-tugging and completely unusable. Mine are below, and until recently they have been languishing in a drawer, completely unloved.
Well, here’s how you can rescue them from the makeup graveyard! I can’t take credit for this tip, as I saw it on Gossmakeupartist‘s YouTube channel. But it was too good not to share. Simply, use a lighter to soften the kohl. Read on »