Sunday, 26 February 2012

On Top Of My Electric Blue World!

Hello!!! 

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! You might have noticed that electric blue has made an appearance in a lot of runway shows and in my opinion it's the evolution of the sky blue shade that everyone was wearing last summer. Metallics and glitters were everywhere this winter and naturally they will be present for spring and summer with more vibrant hues.


The polishes above are Maybelline's Mini Colorama in Electric Blue and Nicole by OPI's On Top Of My World from the Justin Bieber collection. Naturally when I saw there two polishes I had to have them and I'll explain why. First of all, this blue shade is my second favourite colour (the first being very vibrant purple) and I had been searching for a metallic blue for a long time. As for the glitter polish I thought it would be the perfect way to add some glitter on any manicure because it's very sheer and it can not cover the nail but just add some extra depth.


So what I did here is I used the electric blue as my base colour and then I added a couple of coats from the glitter and I changed the texture of the blue from a metallic to a holographic glitter effect. This way you can use your polishes for two different finishes just by a few strokes of s sheer glitter. I think it's clever and it saves you money. 



All in all I have been very satisfied with the end result and I will certainly be wearing this combination a lot this summer!  Also I would advise you to seal the polish at the top of the nail just to keep the polish from chipping because it kind of looked prone to do so, although I have to admit it did not chip at all for the five days I was wearing it. 


So, I hope you enjoyed this post and you got some ideas. I really feel the need to tell you you should experiment and play around with colours and not be afraid of vibrant colours. The world is a very colourful place! ;)

Love,
Kristine

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Beauty UK Review & Swatches

Hey there! 

I wanted to write this review since I got these products but I thought I should try them out for a little while. The brand is called Beauty UK and I got it from Superdrug. I think none of these products were more than 5 pounds so I thought it was a very good deal!


Eye palette in 'Smoke Screen'


This palette is ideal for a smokey eye in cool colours. It starts from white to grey and blue and black and if you combine these colours you can get a number of smokey eye looks. The two gel liners give different finishes for even more variety. The palette comes with a double sided brush which has a fluffy shadow brush and an angles eye liner brush. I found that the liners stay in place very well. The shadows need to be built up to achieve maximum opacity but I think for a smokey eye that you blend a lot anyway it is better to build up than to have too much pigmentation you can't get rid of. Swatches from left to right:


Eye shadow palette in 'Soho'


With all the craze about neutral natural colours I have had some trouble to find a palette with nice bright colours that make your eyes pop. So I was very pleased to find this one and I immediately got it! Most of the colours are very pigmented and when you put them in your eyes they show up very bright. I suggest you apply them very lightly if you don't want something extremely bold. I on the other hand LOVE bold colours and I think these shades will give the est pops of colour for spring and summer, especially with a bit of a tan. Also one thing you need to pay attention to when you apply them is fallout. If you are not careful there might be some fallout under your eyes which you can sweep away with a powder brush. Don't use your fingers because you might smudge it all over and you don't want that. Swatches from left to right, top row first.

 And a closer look..




Blush in 'Baked Peach'


For me this is an autumn/ winter colour. It's a warm colour and it is buildable on your skin so you can put the amount you want. Personally I don't like very obvious blush so I avoid very pigmented ones. I like this one because you can wear t very sheer but if you want something more obvious you can just put some more on and you're done. 


And here is the brand's website if you want to check it out:

Let me know what you think about those products and if you try any of them. Also feel free to ask anything I might have forgotten to cover in the review.

Love,
Kristine

Sunday, 12 February 2012

I Love You Berry Much!

Hello!!!
I know it's a bit early (I will have classes all day tomorrow so I won't have time to do my nails or post anything), but, Happy Valentine's Day! I created this manicure to celebrate love!


Using H&M's Berry Love as a base and a pink polish with a thin brush by Kiss Nailart Paint for the stripes I created this simple design and then I put some pink hearts from a huge nail art set I got from Peacock's for 2,5 pounds!
 

I think It's a cute, girly design you can easily create and it looks adorable! Especially if you have short nails the stripes will make them appear longer! Yay for optical illusions! ;) 
  

 And now for a small confession. I used to feel lonely on valentine's day and I thought no one would ever like me and give me flowers and chocolates.  And I would say the whole day was just an excuse to sell heart shaped things to gullible people. But then I thought that love really deserves its own day and you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to. There's so much more you can do to show people you love them. And I don't mean just a boyfriend or girlfriend. I believe you have to start by loving yourself and realising how special you are because everyone is different and that makes each of us unique. So start by treating yourself to something you want. And then show you family that you love them by doing something nice for them (offering to cook dinner would be an idea) and then go tell your friends how important they are to you because together you create the memories you will have for the rest of your life. If you are confident enough and up for it you can give compliments to random people and smile to everyone. Spread the love!

As for me, I decided to treat myself to this pair of stud earrings from Tally Weijl for 8 euro because studs are on trend now and I always seem to break mine after a while so I keep needing new ones. 


Also, I was in the supermarket and I saw this box of chocolates and I decided to get them. The actual thought was "grow up woman! if you want a fancy box of chocolates just buy them!". I don't need my boyfriend to buy me chocolates, I need him to be there when I need him and I want us to be silly together and laugh and cuddle and love each other all year round. If this day celebrates love then I will celebrate all the people I love in my life! 


And that's it for the day. Until next time,
LOVE, 
Kristine

Monday, 6 February 2012

Neon Leopard Nails!

Hello!! ^_^

So, basically, a few days ago I asked on facebook what colour I should paint my nails because I was not very inspired and the reply was red, yellow and blue. So I took it as a challenge to create something fun with these colours and here's the result!


 I think leopard print is a really fun pattern to play with and I hadn't tried it before so I thought these colours would make a good unusual combination!


I painted my nails in neon yellow, then added some big red dots with the nail polish brush and then I did the blue details with a thinner brush for nail art.


I really liked the result but I don't think it suits this dull freezing weather we have right now. My nails feel completely out of place. I will make sure to repeat this colour combination in summer when there is sunshine and warmth. ;-)


Nail Polishes used:
Neon yellow: ? (the name has faded because I have it for years.. definitely a greek brand though)
Red: Berry Love by H&M
Blue: by Kiss Nail Art (part of a set) 


And here's another close look of the design. Let me know what you think about it!

Love!
Kristine

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

L'OREAL Color Riche Lipsticks

Hello!
Today I thought of showing you my favourite lipsticks! I found that the ones that work best for me are the L'OREAL Color Riche ones, especially the serum series (first 3).


I got the red one in summer and I basically wore that almost every single day until December when I decided to get a few more colours because they are such good lipsticks! 


The shades from left to right are True Red, Radiant Rose, Light Chocolate and Plum Passion. Plum Passion is the only one that's from the simple color riche line (not the serum one) and it's a little bit harder than the others but you can fix that with some lip balm before putting it on. 


I found that these stay on for a decent amount of time provided you don't eat anything because then they will come off. But I love the colours and the consistency so much that  I think reapplying my lipstick after a meal or in the middle of a night out during a small trip to the bathroom is totally worth it. Besides, no other lipsticks I've tried have stayed on the entire night and usually they would come off in a way that made my lips look dry. So I think these ones are a lot better!


Here you can see swatches of all four. They are really pigmented so you get a very good amount of colour without having to use a lot of product to build it up which personally annoys me.


All in all, I think these are beautiful colours and I am definitely going to buy more of this series!

Let me know if you have tried them and if you have a favourite shade!

See you soon!
Kristine