Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yummy fingers!

Essie's new summer collection has fantastic polishes like Bikini So Teeny and Cascade Cool

I only know of their new collections if I go see their polish stands, and I was excited to see they had changed their collection set up.

I put on Cascade Cool last Friday, and removed it on Monday morning. Now I have Bikini So Teeny on.

Cascade Cool reminded me of Splash of Grenadine, so I compared the two bottles, and they are different. Cascasde Cool on the left, Splash of Grenadine on the right.

Outdoors, direct sunlight, no flash
Cascade Cool is described on Essie's website as "a creamy, sweet dusty pink".

Indoors, with flash

Outdoors, direct sunlight, no flash

It held up really well from Friday to Monday. On Saturday I was helping out at my nephew's birthday party, so I was cleaning, washing dishes, and using my hands a lot before the party.

I used Rimmel's double duty base coat, three coats of Cascade Cool, and one coat of Seche Vite.

Bikini So Teeny is described as "a sparkling, cornflower blue" on Essie's website. The silver reflects are clearly visible in the bottle. I did notice they did not always apply evenly on the nail. I have some glitter clumps, and I think the sparkles show much more in the bottle than on the nail.

Indoors, by a window, no flash

I only took pictures indoors by a window with no flash, because if I had gone outside it would not have made a difference. I am expecting a storm to begin any minute, and it's quite dark and gray outside. I guess I am publishing this blogpost on Tuesday, but writing it on Monday because I published one blogpost yesterday, and don't want to publish two in one day.

Indoors, by a window, no flash

Which polishes did you pick up from this collection? 


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Finished products - Mid April - Mid July

It is time to show and talk briefly about some products I have finished since the middle of April until July.

I think I did quite well. :D

  • Erisan Rauhoittava puhdistusemulsio, face wash with B5 and allantoin, 200 ml
  • Erisan Kosteuttava kasvovoide, moisturizer, 100 ml
    • Great for summer! It is not greasy, but it is very moisturizing
  • Lavera Faces Organic Calendula Balancing Cream, 7.5 ml sample size*
    • I could consider buying a fullsize later on
  • Lavera Faces Organic Wild Rose Moisturizing Cream, 7,5 ml sample size*
    • Hate, hate the smell. I hate wild rose scents... Ewww. Will not buy.
  • Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, 100 ml
    • Was better than it's non-waterproof sister, however I can't seem to get liquid eye makeup removers to do their job...
  •  Estelle & Thild Ecorganic Cleansing Gel, Fragrance free, ECO CERT, 150 ml
    • I was surprised this only had 150 ml, it looks like more. Cleansed my face well, and did not dry my skin at all. This was good, but would not recommend it for eyes, I guess it isn't supposed to be used on eyes, but I always try. I want a face wash that removes my face and eye makeup, and washes my face. I realize I need to wash my face then twice, and that is what I am willing to do, but with only 1 product! 

  • Seche Vite, 14 ml. 
    • Couldn't finish the bottle, cause I simply did not get the last 1/3 out.
  • Rimmel London Stronger Double Duty base coat: strengthens and protects, 12 ml. 
    • Same thing with this, didn't get all product out from the bottle.
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickner, 13.3 ml. 
    • Half empty, but the product became impossible to use. Stringy, very thick, and just annoying to use. 
  • Mavala Mavadry, 5 ml.
    • Annoyingly small bottle. Used it up so freaken fast! 
  • Sally Hansen Moisturizing Polish remover for dry and brittle nails, 236.5 ml
    • Great!

  • KMS California Color Vitality hair conditioner, 250 ml* 
    • Eh.. nothing special
  • Sunsilk Co-creations Damage reconstruction program hairmask, 250 ml 
    • Great! 

  • Cutrin Professional, Volumism Conditioner for normal and fine hair with natural Nordic birch sugar, 200 ml. 
    • It was okay... Some times it wasn't conditioning enough. 

  • Goldwell Fruits 4 You hair and body shampoo in Cassis, 250 ml
    • I bought Honey Melon first, fell in love with it and bought Cassis soon after. Cassis doesn't smell as good, and isn't as good as Honey Melon so I wanted to use it up before. 
  • Professional Hair Care Hair Repair Conditioner, 300 ml 
    • Wonderful when used with Goldwell's Honey Melon hair and body shampoo mentioned above.
  • TuuliTukka extra strong hair spray, 300 ml
    • Had this for like 3-4 years as my only hair spray. Yeah that is how much of it I use...  
  • MAC Brush cleanser, 235 ml

* Items marked with an asterix were given to me as a PR sample. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review - Sigma Beauty

This is a review/overview of Sigma Beauty.  (affiliate link)

I have ordered from Sigma four times now. I have received all my packages quite fast considering they need to send the packages to the Northern part of Europe. I also joined their affiliate program sometime after my first purchase, and have had links on my blog with the affiliate link. I have mentioned these then. 

I have never received a wrong item. I have never been charged extra from my credit card. You can use Paypal as well. If I have had questions about the affiliate program I have received a reply very quickly. I have not had to contact Sigma about my orders.  I think the shipping prices were/are quite high, that is one downside. Two of the four orders I got without shipping costs.

Here is my review of their E05 and E35 brushes. Here's another one of the E35.

Here is my review of their face brushes and synthetic Sigmax kabukis.

Here is a tutorial I made where I used Sigma's brushes.

Here is my first impressions of Sigmax Precision brushes.

I don't know when my next order will be, or what I will get. I feel I have a very good collection of brushes at the moment. Sigma's brushes have helped with that. 

If you are considering ordering from Sigma, that is great! I do like their synthetic brushes more than the ones with natural bristles, so next time I order it will only be synthetic brushes. The Mr. Bunny and Mrs. Bunny collections are vegan, and synthetic so you can consider those. All the Sigmax kabukis and Sigmax Precision brushes are synthetic as well. They are about to release a fifth synthetic kabuki. No one knows it's shape yet. EDIT July 15, 2012. F88 and P88 are flat angled brushes!

I have just received an email where they gave me a code for July to get 10% off the purchase. (Picture is affiliate linked, but the code is for all of you, it is not binded to my affiliate link)

When I ordered before I got a gift with my purchase if the purchase was over $30. It was a travel sized E25. Now they have changed this gift, and it is an eyeshadow palette with three shadows; the shadows are from the Bare, Dare and Flare palettes. I don't know how long they will be giving the palette as a gift. They might return to the travel sized E25 eventually, so don't you come and complain to me if you "only" get a brush, and not a eyeshadow palette...  Haha Like I said, they might only have the palettes until they run out, I am not really sure. (picture is affiliate linked)

All links except the ones to my blogposts are affiliate links. The affiliate program means that I get a code to insert to each link I use. If you follow my link, and choose to purchase I get a certain percentage of the sale. If you go to Sigma's page using my link, but decide to not buy anything, I don't get anything.

Have you ordered from Sigma Beauty? 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Haul 2 - Clarins and Viva la Diva

Happy Midsummer!

I live somewhat close to the arctic circle, well it crosses this country haha. And now, this weekend, we celebrate Midsummer, the time when the sun does not set and we have bonfires. This Midsummer, or Juhannus as we call it, is going to be so much fun!

Now, the part 2 of my blush haul. These are not from any online store, I bought these from a department store and the Nordic equivalent of Sephora, Kicks. Here is part 1 of the blush haul.
I got a -20% coupon for a department store. I decided to go buy a high end blush. I tried and tried, and finally made up my mind, and got a Clarins blush in Soft Peach. Blush Prodige - Illuminating Cheek Colour. The blush normally costs around 40€ and from that I got 20% off.

The packaging is gorgeous! It reminds me of YSL packages. I don't own any YSL, but a gold package only screams luxury. The packaging gets covered in fingerprints reeeaally easily. It does come with it's own little red pouch, but that doesn't protect the package from finger prints.

As you can see the blush brush is still in it's package. Haha. I am not going to throw it away even though I am not going to use it. 

The blush is just lovely on the skin! It is so incredibly natural.  There are small gold flecks, but they aren't visible in the picture.

The other blush I bought is Aloha by Viva la Diva. If I just look at the packages alone, these two blushes should not be talked about in the same blogpost. Haha. Viva la Diva's packaging, and the font of their name is just awful. The blush is a nice coral, again very natural.

I'll put the swatches of these two to the same blogpost where I will have the Physician's Formula and Sleek blush swatches.

Happy Midsummer if you celebrate it! Have a nice weekend otherwise! 


PS. I was so freaken ecstatic this morning when I noticed my blogpost where I swatched UD Naked palette and Sleek's Storm-palette next to each other, was featured in Nouveau, Cheap! It really made my day!!! Thank you so, so much!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Haul 1 - Physician's Formula

 After a long search I finally found some Physician's Formula blushes!

I got the Physician's Formula Happy Booster  Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural and Rose.



I will post swatches of these after I have written the other part of my blush haul. Yes, I have another one coming. ;) I'll make it as it's own separate blogpost, because I will be doing swatches from the Sleek blushes I bought a while ago. 

I ordered mine from iHerb, and I had not ordered there before. I used a code for first-time buyers and I got $5 off. When I ordered I too got a code to give out. Now this works like a pyramid. I used one code, and this person got a certain percentage of that sale. Then I got a code to give out. If you use that code, I will get a certain percentage of that sale, and the one whose code I used also gets a certain, smaller percentage of the purchased amount.

iHerb-code - 5 USD off of your first purchase at iHerb. Use my code BIF719 to receive 5 % off. 

It took two weeks for the blushes to arrive. In my package I got some tea samples, and one measuring tape!  

They are so cute!!! 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trophy Wife

For this look I used Glamour Doll Eyes shadow Trophy Wife. It is a gorgeous metallic gold shadow.

First I applied MAC's Painterly paint pot. Then I just started applying Trophy Wife. I used a medium brown shadow in the crease and with that I blended out the Trophy Wife.

You can use something like Ben Nye's Espresso, Buck from Urban Decay's Naked-palette, Sleek's Storm-palette has two great matte browns. MAC's Omega is the only matte brown shadow from MAC, but I guess you could use Satin Taupe as well. Or a darker brown shadow.

In this look I used Omega for my brows and Maybelline's One by One mascara.

No affiliate links have been used in this blogpost.

Hope you like it!


Monday, June 11, 2012

UD Naked - Mötley Crüe

I saw Mötley Crüe this past week and it was so much fun! 

I did this makeup look for the concert, but then I remembered what it was like the last time I saw them play, and washed it off and just did some eyeliner and mascara. I knew they had been throwing fake blood onto the crowd very generously lately so I thought about that too. When I saw them earlier it was so freaken hot in the venue, and I was very close to the stage, sweating like a crazy person.

First I applied MAC's Painterly on the lid. Then Virgin from the Naked palette in the inner corner and under my eyebrow on the brow bone so that a little of it would be in my crease as well to ease blending later.

I applied Sin onto the inner half of the lid. With a flat eyeshadow brush I took Creep, and applied that in the outer corner and spread the shadow along my lash line towards the middle. I took a little more shadow and placed the brush in the outer corner and brought the shadow straight up to the crease. I used what I had left of Creep on my brush and brushed it along my crease.

With a blending brush I applied Gunmetal to the crease.  With that I blended out Creep. Also I moved the blending brush, and the leftovers of Gunmetal, on my lid smoothing out the vertical edge of Creep towards the center of the lid.

I used MAC's Blacktrack fluidline to line my eyes. I applied that on my tightline and waterline as well.

I used Maybelline's One by One mascara first, and topped off the look with IsaDora's Big Bold mascara. I have a review coming up of Big Bold. This is my second tube of it! First one I was gifted, but the second one I bought, just so you all know. ;) Also, same time I was gifted Big Bold, I got One by One, but I have used that one up already, this one I bought.

Hope you like it!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer glow - look and product ideas

Happy first of June! Are you wearing a dress. I hear it is International Dress -day today! 

I think this summer's trend is glowy skin and natural peach and bronze tones. Personally I don't like to use eyeshadows in the summer. Well now I don't feel like I would wear much eyeshadow, it would just feel like too much.

Also corals and oranges are great for the summer. I just don't happen to own any coral lipstick, or a coral blush... Should get a blush like that though... Any good suggestions?

I started out with applying Nivea's SPF 30 sun screen on my face. (Yes, I took the photos a few days ago, now it's all rainy, gray and wet outside, plus I'm staying inside today.) I let that sink in for about 20 minutes before applying makeup.

I used a powder foundation.

I tend to apply Lumene's eyeshadow primer on my lids, and then going over that with the baked mineral foundation because that is how the primer works best. Over that I applied MAC's Bare Study paint pot with a light hand. It is also possible to use Painterly, which is a matte paint pot, and apply a light gold or bronze eye shadow over it. Also you could apply something like Morning Frost paint pot over Painterly to get a nice sheen, a wet look on the lids. You could also use GOSH's waterproof eyeshadow sticks in the shade 002 golden brown, for example.

l-r: Painterly, Bare Study, Morning frost.
I filled in my brows with MAC's Omega shadow

For a bronzed look you need bronzer (and bronze eyeshadow if you like, I know mine weren't too bronze-y, but I thought those were good cause they were cream products, and I prefer them in the summer).

You can use something like L'Oreal's Glam Bronze bronzers. I have a duo bronzer in Harmonie Blondes, and a trio bronzer for Blondes. I also have a matte bronzer by Lumene in the shade Arctic Sun which I mainly would use for contouring. I have to be careful with the Lumene bronzer cause it can very easily be too orange-looking on the skin if applied too heavily.

Lumene - Arctic Sun

The duo bronzer is not matte, but is almost is. It has a lighter highlighter shade and the darker side can be used for contouring as well. The trio is all shimmer. I use the pink and gold mixed together as a highlight just a little over the area where I apply blush, and then I swirl over them a few times and once over the darkest third color and apply that on my forehead, and the places where sun naturally hits first. In the trio the pink is really difficult. It is difficult to pick up the color.

For blush I used (I think) Sleek's Pixie pink with a really light hand. Pixie pink is a really vibrant, matte hot pink. Something like Maybelline's Pure Mineral blush in 20 Moonlight mauve or 10 Topaz Rose would also be great.

Sleek - Pixie pink

For lips I'd use a light, sheer lipstick or something like a tinted lip butter. I think Korres' Plum lip butter looks great even though it is a dark shade. It can be applied in a very sheer manner.

For lashes I used Maybelline's One by One mascara, and a dark brown matte eyeshadow that I applied with a angled liner brush to the lash line.

I realize the photos don't do justice for the bronzed, glowy skin that I had.

What are your favorite products to use for a bronzed look?


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Butter London - Primrose Hill Picnic

I wanted to put this polish on my nails as soon as possible. I had it on for a week, but I did remove it in the middle and applied it again.

I do have a few complaints though. I used Rimmel's base coat, two coats of this, and Mavala's Mavadry top coat. This was opaque with two coats. I painted my nails at night, but the next morning the tips had worn out just like that. I had to add another coat in the morning. I was a little annoyed. Also in the morning I noticed there were air bubbles. 

So far I am not too impressed with Butter London. It was like Zoya polishes. I wasn't too happy with them either cause they wore out so fast. 

Another polish I have been struggling with is Essie's Tart deco. I get tons of air bubbles, and the color doesn't suit me all that well. Also it applies very streaky. 

I feel I don't have any good polishes at the moment. Or polish cclors that I would want to use. How annoying! :D


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stockholm Haul - MAC, Sensai, Butter London, DKNY

I went to Stockholm, Sweden, for a little trip this week.

I went to a few department stores where they had MAC counters, and I was surprised to see they had the Hey Sailor! collection already. I thought it was supposed to be released on May 24, and it was there before. Now I know that was only the US release date, but still I would have assumed that the collections come out in USA and Canada way before Europe. The Helsinki MAC counter had that collection since the beginning of May. And because I assumed the collection was just released in Sweden cause they still had everything they'd have it in Helsinki then too, so I didn't get the stuff from Sweden cause that would have meant more carrying, and I doubt the products would have been any cheaper there. Well, Helsinki was sold out of the products I wanted to get when I got there on May 24th, cause they had gotten the collection in the beginning of May. I was annoyed. I should've bought them from Sweden.

Anyway, what I got from Helsinki's MAC counter then. 

I had run out of MAC's brush cleaner so I got a new one of that. I use powder foundations in the summer if I use any, and I wanted to get Fix+ to see if that would do something for me, make me less powdery looking if I decide to wear foundation. I think a water + toner combo would do the same thing, and it will be cheaper than using Fix+ for the same purpose. But I'll try this first, and then try water + toner.

Brush cleanser, 12 € / 235 ml; Fix+, 20 € / 100 ml
Then I got the matte Omega eyeshadow for my brows.

Eyeshadow 17 €
In Finland VAT is 23%, and in Sweden it was 25%. What is it in your country? What do MAC products cost where you live? 

I have been growing out my brows for the past month or so, and I can do a tutorial with this and my pencils. Let me know if you'd like that. 

I have been using Sensai's liquid liner since the fall, and soon I will run out of the product. I bought the refill from Sweden, and I now regret that cause it would have been cheaper in Finland. I can't find the receipt for this. It was like 180 Swedish kronor or so 20 euros, and I've seen this being sold for 16-17 euros in Finland.

I didn't take it out from the box, cause it is wrapped in plastic. I am only opening it when I am due to change the thing in the eyeliner pen. If you'd like I can do a liquid eyeliner tutorial. It seems I do liquid eyeliner differently than other people.

I smelled this perfume and it was great! DKNY's Sweet Delicious Limited Edition Creamy Meringue EdP, 50 ml. It was 345 Swedish kronor so about 38 euros.

Then I bought one nail polish. Butter London's polish in Primrose Hill Picnic. This cost 128 Swedish kronor so 14.2 euros. But that was by Google calculator. I saw the euro amount and the kronor amount cause I bought this from the ship we were on when going to Sweden, and this was 11.90 euros.

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Have a nice weekend!