Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nail update

A week has passed since I put on press on nails. Link to that post.

I really did like them. But they were too long for me. I kept hitting my fingers to car doors and wherever. It is not a pleasant feeling when the fake nail and your own nails is pulled backwards because you hit things. I had trouble zipping up my jeans, buttoning my coat, I could not take off my contacts without fearing that I'll poke my eye and go blind. I wore contacts only once during the time I had the nails. These nails were medium length.

They were so pretty! I loved having long nails because they looked so, so nice, but they just weren't practical for me. My youngest nephew is now 10 weeks old and you can probably imagine how it was to change his diapers and dress him. I was afraid I'll poke his eye out with my nails. I didn't, so no need to worry! :D

But they were so pretty.

I had nailpolish remover that was just acetone + some oil. Nothing else. It took a couple Friends episodes for the nails to melt off. Yeah, I had my fingers of one hand in a cup full of acetone for the duration of one episode. It took about 5 minutes to get the molten fake nail off of my nail. Then I watched another Friends episode and had my other hand in the cup. It was a lengthy process but I got them off. I got most of the glue off, I could've gotten it all but I didn't feel like soaking my fingers in acetone anymore. There's a little left. It's messy business.

Some nailpolish removers have dried my fingers so badly, but this didn't. And this was only acetone and some oil that I can't remember name of anymore cause I threw the bottle out (DO NOT pour acetone to the drains! It's a hazardous substance so be sure to get rid of it the right way. I put the acetone I used back to the nail polish remover bottle that was almost empty anyway and I am taking the bottle to the hazardous substance trash place whatever it's called.)

I haven't used any kinds of lotion on my hands at all. I haven't even put body lotion on my body since then so I haven't gotten any kind of lotion and look at the skin of my fingers now., didn't get a irritating reaction.. Pretty awesome huh? Not dry at all.

I cut all my nails quite short now. The nails on my thumbs', index fingers' an middle fingers ' nails hardly ever grow much longer because I guess I do a lot of work with my hands so they don't get a chance to grow, but my ring fingers' and pinkys' nails grow longer. Long nails look so, so nice but they really are not practical for me.

no flash

I painted my nails with China Glaze's Grape Pop. This is my first China Glaze nailpolish. I believe I'm going to get more of them from somewhere. Why? Because I realized that in the end they're cheaper. The usual nailpolish brand that I buy is like 5-7 euros a bottle. It has 6 ml of stuff in it. CG was 9€ or so, but it has 14ml of product. Over double the amount of product for not double the price. And if I get them from an online store or abroad they'll most likely be cheaper.

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Do you know of any good online stores for nailpolish?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Finally! GDE arrived!

Glamour Doll haul is here!

I ordered these in the beginning of April, they were shipped April 15th and I got them today. I was waiting, and waiting for these to arrive. I got worried already that because of the Islandic volcano eruption and flights getting messed up, I'd either not get these at all OR then I'd get them super late. I know orders from the US do take some time anyway, but why I was worried to begin with was because I got the Coastal Scents order last week, and it was shipped a day after this order. So it is UPS's fault, not Vee's (Glamour Doll's owner), that I got these later than expected. Okay fine, a week later.

I got my first order in January and those were just sample baggies. If you ordered sample's before and then continue to order full sizes from those eyeshadows, email Glamour Doll, and you'll get a discount code where the price of the samples will be taken out from the price of the full size jars. As far as I know the samples need to be the same as the full jars you are ordering for you to be able to get the discount.

I find this service very good. The couple times I have had a question and I've emailed it to Vee, she's replied within 20 minutes and answered very clearly. I'm extremely pleased with their customer service. I haven't ordered makeup from that many sites to fully compare customer service, but I'm very happy with this.

I ordered full sizes from these. For 5 I had samples already and now ordered the full sizes. They were Skinny Jeans, Jailhouse Jumpsuit, Shaded Orchid, Olivia Green and DinoSpotz.

The two on the right, Premonition and Just Bitten, are from the Glamour Doll Twilight-collection, hence the different looking tag on the jar. Just Bitten is inspired by Bella and Premonition by Alice. I had seen swatches from these before so I knew kind of what they'd be like and ordered full size jars from those. Royal Assassin I forgot to add to my previous order, and now ordered a full size from that too.

I received a couple business cards and a Look Book.
All the pictures are clickable, by the way. So take a closer look at the tags.

And the swatches... All the swatches in this post are made with different brushes, so not all are similarly shaped. All swatches done on the Lumene eyeshadow primer.

With every eyeshadow order you receive a couple free samples. I got Mind Reader and Mood Swing from the Twilight-collection. Mind Reader is inspired by Edward and Mood Swing by Jasper. Gold Digger is different from Bare Naked. At first I thought that just the name changed, but it's actually a different shade eyeshadow. Island Chic I got in January and now I got a free sample of it. Electric Lemonade is the fifth sample.

And the swatches. I know this picture looks different to the rest, but who knew that in Paint you can only turn pictures 90 degrees or 180? I didn't, and since this picture was crooked to begin with I couldnt turn it. But now that I'm typing this blogpost I realized I could've used this other photo editing program that I have, but it's too late now.

I did new swatches from the shadows I already had. I'm not too pleased with the swatches I did in January, these are better.


Have you ordered from Glamour Doll? Have you heard of them before? Are you interested in them? What did you think of my purchase?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tutorial - Red & Silver

I was supposed to upload this yesterday but since I found out on Saturday night that I have a rather difficult and extremely detailed exam on Monday morning. I spent yesterday studying for it and didn't do anything to my blog because I did not have the time. I also had to go visit my parents so this blog was not my priority. Now after the exam I have a little time to update before my next class at 2PM.

This is a red + silver tutorial and the end result looks like this.

First I applied NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil Milk to the inner corner. Coastal scents gel liner in Maroon to the rest of the lid, like so.

Then Glamour Doll Secretive. Secretive is a gorgeous pink that unfortunately does not photograph well at all.

GDE Lovers Lane, which is a dark, maroon, shimmery red to the outer half or so. Concentrating a little in the middle of the lid. Then Grimas matte 545 which is a dark red to the outer corner and crease. Lower lash line lined with Grimas too.

I blended the eyeshadows with a basic shimmery silver. I used it a little as a highlight as well.

Liner + mascara.

This liner is a little different from my usual. It's not my usual winged liner either. It's somewhere in between.

Hope you like it!