MAC’s Lady D.

So my very orange adventure continues with the discovery (albeit a little late ;) ) of MAC’s famous lipstick Lady Danger. I would have never dreamed of wearing this shade a few months ago. But now, I’m just doing whatever the hell I want lol You can definitely wear any colour you want, its just about finding the right tone! The paler the shade, the more cautious I am that it will wash me out. It’s a double edged sword though, because I have quite neutral undertones and yet very warm tones are also a no go also. So that middle ground is what I am after.. MAC’s Lady Danger is definitely more red than orange but with a definite orange undertone (it can sound like we are going around in circles sometimes lol) which is on the cooler side no doubt. Maybe that addition of the orange warms it up ever so slightly? I usually wouldn’t wear this type of cool red for the fear of it washing me out.. but I think I’m doing ok with Lady D :) She’s got my back ;)

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Above: I’m wearing L’Oreal’s Spicy Orange on my nails. Review here. 

Lady Danger is a matte lipstick but it isn’t horribly drying and it doesn’t look dry and chalky on the lips (erm, that wouldn’t be so attractive). It also lasts longer on the lips than say the Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse, which tends to wear and disappear from the centre of your lips after eating or drinking. I happily sipped on my tea today and had lunch without it impacting greatly on the lipstick – hurrah! There was a little transfer onto my tea cup, glass etc but it stayed minimal.

I wore a little more eyeshadow than in the previous look I did for the Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse (I didn’t wear any ‘noticeable’ shadow for that look – it was focused solely on the lashes for framing the eyes). This time I used 3 matte brown eyeshadows in the crease of my eye. This adds more definition and brings more warmth onto your face without heaviness. I lined the outer corners of my eyes with a dark matte brown shadow and that was it. It’s all about blending, blending blending! Your makeup can become ‘heavy’ and harsh very quickly, if you add heavy black liner or shimmery shadows (if your doing a pin up makeup look – then that’s a different category all together!) as they will compete with your lips (and in the battle, you may get sporked in the eye by your lips – you have been warned.)

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Above: Love heart swatches of Lady Danger.

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Above: The swatch on the left is Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse and on the right we have MAC’s Lady Danger. Muse tends to look a little glossy at first, but mattifies down as it is worn. Lady D. is very matte but still vibrant! 

MAC lipsticks cost $36 schmackos in Australia. You can find them at MAC counters and online here. 

I’m loving this lil’ kick ass tune by Estelle ft. Janelle Monae called Do My Thing. I think it could easily be Lady D.’s theme song :P

OH – I also recently bought these gorgeous little earrings from Swarovski and I still haven’t worn them… I’m not sure that they would go with the makeup look above? Let me know what you think! :D The colour of the crystal changes slightly depending on how much light there is.

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Are you tempted by MAC’s Lady D? Do you perhaps own it already?

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Catch ya next time beauties,

Beauty Bee~

Nails of the Day: Spicy Orange

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I am most definitely going to need to go on a self-imposed nail polish buying ban VERY soon! I don’t even want to count all the nail polishes that I have bought over the last 2 to 3 weeks… But before this buying ban takes place, I do have some new colours for you to check out :) I know that orange is very trendy at the moment (it seems to come around every summer but in slightly different tones). I’ve been loving orange tones not because its warm and balmy in Sydney (because its not lol we are slooowly going into winter) but because it brightens up my day like no other colour! It’s a colour I’ve shyed away from in the past, but when you start wearing it, you really cannot stop! I bought another – yes another! – L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polish shade, this time in no. 304 Spicy Orange. A very gorgeous orange red shade, very vintage inspired :) And very much like my Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick in Muse or Mac’s Lady Danger lipstick (which I will be reviewing this week!).

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Luckily Spicy Orange was a dream to work with unlike Atomic Purple! The gel like formula went on like a breeze and is probably the smoothest colour I have tried out of the Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polishes. Even the first base coat colour was smooth and vibrant. A second coat, makes the colour even more rich and vivid! There really isn’t anything I can pick on with this formula and colour <3 The cute little 5ml bottle will only set you back $6.95 from Priceline :)

Hope you have had a relaxing weekend beauties! Let me know what beauty deeds your up to today! And don’t forget to join me on Bookface :)

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Catch ya next time!

Beauty Bee~

 

 

My Winter Sunscreen <3

I’ve decided to be extra vigilant this upcoming winter by using sunscreen more often when I go out. If I’m at my office job, I don’t need a sunscreen because I am inside all day (the little sun I get in the mornings is minimal and probably needed). But I admit that I am terrible at remembering to slather my face with sunscreen before running errands on a winters day, even though UV rays can still be very high even when the sunshine is hiding behind clouds! My Suntegrity mineral sunscreen expired recently, so I went back to Invisible Zinc’s Environmental Skin Protector 30+. I’m pretty sure they reformulated the sunscreen since the last time I used it (*cough cough* a good two years ago or so) as it’s much, much lighter in texture from what I remember, and much lighter in texture than the Suntegrity mineral sunscreen I was using.

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The strange thing is, neither the label on the bottle of the sunscreen nor on the box can you see or read the full ingredient list. I thought products had to disclose their ingredient list on the packaging… Luckily the ingredient list isn’t bad or dodgy, but it did take a while to find. I do wish it contained some anti-oxidants like green tea, but alas. Here is the full ingredient list:

“Active: Zinc Oxide (20%) Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Medico Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Extract, Fumaric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate.”

Because it is a zinc oxide based sunscreen it leaves a little bit of a white cast, but this disappears very quickly. The sunscreen feels sooo light and spreads very easily. It works as a good base under makeup which is important. I put it over my morning daily moisturiser, but if you have very oily skin, you could use this as your daily moisturiser. On it’s own it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but it isn’t extreme by any means.

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The pump makes dispensing the right amount of product easy and mess free! My pump bottle holds 50ml of product and you can apparently also find smaller 30ml bottles. It’s not the cheapest facial sunscreen out there, but it’s a good quality mineral sunscreen that’s easy to find for Australian lasses . If you are wondering why I prefer mineral sunscreens over chemical ones for my face, you can check out my Sunscreen 101 post here (or if you are wondering what the difference is between mineral and chemical sunscreens – both protect against UVs but different formulas work best on different skin types and depending on the activities you will be engaging in).

I bought my Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector from my local chemist for $30 schmackos (that would be at Oze Pharmacy) and that’s the cheapest I’ve found it for so far! You can find it online at Adore Beauty for $35 (including free shipping) and at Priceline – without a promotion it goes for $37.99. You can also find it at your local woolies for about $35 (I think… from memory, so I could be wrong!). We all know that we should be using sunscreen daily, so I don’t mind spending a little more on a quality mineral sunscreen (sunscreen found within makeup is almost always not enough protection!). Now to get into the habit of using it daily even in winter! :P

Do you use a daily sunscreen? What do you look for in a daily sunscreen?

Until next time!

Beauty Bee~

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Review: Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara

I find it interesting that Max Factor’s newest mascara has such a long and descriptive name. I think they really want to make an impact (pardon the pun :P). But the name isn’t why I wanted to try this mascara! What intrigued me was that the mascara was double ended and one of those ends contains a lacquer. Not many brands do mascara lacquers (the only brand that comes into mind is Hourglass), which usually go on after your regular mascara application to add even more darkness, depth and most importantly gloss (think very dark black and seriously glossy lashes). I haven’t tried the Hourglass mascara lacquer myself but I’ve heard that it can be a little tricky to use and can make lashes clump together and become somewhat sticky. Seeing this cheaper alternative, I was intrigued! Not only do you not have to paint on the lacquer with a little eyeliner type brush (where you have to individually paint each lash like with the Hourglass mascara lacquer) you receive a volumising mascara which works perfectly along side the lacquer.

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The mascara contains 20ml of product, which is pretty darn good! A regular mascara contains about 10ml of product, so each end of this mascara is almost like a full tube of mascara (even though each end looks quite small). And something random – this mascara is made in Ireland which I thought was nice lol The first end of the mascara contain the regular volumising mascara. It’s a nice formula and the brush separates your lashes very easily with minimal effort. I’m totally a volume mascara loving girl since my lashes are already lengthy, but lack volume. I would give the volumising mascara about a 7 out of 10 in the volume department. You can also layer this mascara on quite a bit without your lashes clumping together. The brush itself is a silicone brush with quite small bristles. I like the brush more than I thought I would (I like those traditional BIG mascara brushes with lots of long tightly pack bristles) and I think it works well with the formula.

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Above: Side 1 Extreme Volume Mascara.

The lacquer doesn’t itself necessarily add volume, but because you are layering product on your lashes, it does help to build them up a little (the same effect happens when you use a mascara primer underneath your regular mascara). What surprised me was the lacqer brush – a really ordinary mascara brush, with short but tightly packed bristles. It make lashes darker and like I said, helps add a little more volume. The lacquer itself doesn’t look or feel like a lacquer, but rather just another type of mascara formula (that is darker in colour). It doesn’t really make lashes look glossy as such, so that disappointed me a little. I was hoping this mascara would give my lashes a new ‘effect’ as such and while it’s lovely to use, it doesn’t really deliver on that front. The mascara wands on each end are also quite short and stubby. You get used to this packaging fairly quickly but I would have preferred to pull out a wand and use it freely, without it being attached to anything.

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Above:  Side 2 Dark Lacquer.

The mascara doesn’t smudge throughout the day on me and doesn’t flake either. It’s a little difficult to get off, only because you have to layer so much mascara for the effect you are after. But with a little waterproof eye makeup remover, you shouldn’t have any issues. For the price especially, I think you are getting a lot of product in a really decent formula. It’s not exactly what I imagined it to be – but it is a very nice mascara.

My HG mascara is Dior’s Blackout mascara and while that mascara is double the price and contains only 10ml of product, I find that when I layer Blackout on my lashes, I get a similar result (and its a little easier to remove). Blackout lasts me a long long time (I find the mascara gets better as the formula starts to slowly dry out a little) about 6 months, so while Blackout is around the $50 mark (I try and get a friend to smuggle me in a few tubes from overseas where its cheaper!) I think price wise it is still economical (I don’t use mascara everyday either – thought I should point that out) for me. Max Factors Excess Volume costs $25.95 at Priceline, so you get a pretty darn good mascara for that price! If I didn’t have my darling Dior Blackout on hand, I would most definitely use this baby :)

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Above: Wearing Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara

I haven’t tried this mascara along with a mascara primer. I have a feeling it would be overkill, only because the mascara itself contains two different forumlas which need to be layered consecutively. However, it’s probably worth a try!

This was the first Max Factor mascara that I have tried (I know, where have I been?!?) but that’s because I just <3 my Dior Blackout lol

Have you tried this mascara or any of the Max Factor mascaras before? What about a lash lacquer?  Does the idea of a lash lacquer intrigue you? It definitely intrigues me and I hope they keep tweaking the formula because it could really revolutionary for our lashes!

Catch ya next time beauties!

Beauty Bee~

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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse & Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

If you’re anything like me, your makeup and fashion choices tend to reflect your mood, the weather and how rushed you are! It’s getting pretty bleak in Sydney at the moment (we are in Autumn or how my American friends would call it – Fall) with constant rain and gloomy mornings… I’ve decided to pick myself up by using colours that I wouldn’t usually wear in such weather conditions (so think summer/spring shades). And as Goss Makeup Artist puts it – doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing is sure to make you stand out!

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A few months or weeks ago, I bought myself a Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Muse because I had heard great things about the formula and the colour! I never thought I could pull of coral shades, as the lighter they tend to be, the more washed out I look. I saw this particular colour on Karens blog (the world famous Makeup & Beauty blog) paired with the Hourglass gloss in Nectar and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind, it was that beautiful! I figured, hey if Karen can do it – so can I :D (I might add that Karens colourings are nothing like mine, so a little delusion played a part lol).

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Above: The top swatch is of the Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Muse and the bottom swatch is the Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

The liquid lipstick is gorgeous <3! It dries to a matte finish and I would say that the shade is a medium coral. Your lips have to be in decent condition before using this liquid lipstick (otherwise it will stick to your lips unevenly) but ‘painting’ on a nice thin layer is super easy (even with the doe foot applicator). If you happen to smear some product beyond your lip line, use a cotton tip to wipe up any excess (if you do this relatively quickly, you won’t incur any staining beyond your lip line). It’s very pigmented as you would expect, so no layering is required. On that note I should say that touch ups are a little tricky because the more you layer this product, the more it will start to cake and look uneven. If you stick to one thin layer on your lips, then you will be fine.

It lasts for hours (I stopped counting after a while because I just forgot lol). If you do eat and drink, the liquid lipstick could start to fade from the centre of your lips. In this case, I wouldn’t just apply more product onto your lips, I would use a facial wipe (or any other makeup remover – but a facial wipe works fine and is easy to carry around if you are out) to wipe up the remaining product on your lips, dry your lips with a tissue and then reapply the liquid lipstick starting from scratch. It is a little minus, but hey, it’s such a glorious colour and texture that the extra little work makes it worthwhile.

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Above: Wearing the wonderful Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Muse.

Even though Karen wears the Liquid Rouge Lipstick in Muse along with the Nectar lipgloss, I can’t seem to do this. With added gloss, the lip colour just looks ‘tacky’ on me and way over the top. Plus, then you can’t see the gorgeous velvety matte texture of the lipstick which is a shame. If you have a deeper skin tone you will probably be able to get away with doing this! The gloss however is lovely on its own, giving your lips a sheer vale of pinky-peach colour (and is so much easier to upkeep during a regular work day or day out!).

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Above: Wearing the Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar. The light started to dwindle when I took this shot, hence it’s not as sharp as the first one. The colours are all still very true to how they appear in life, hence why I decided to go with this shot over some others. 

When wearing the Liquid Lipstick in Muse, I should also add that I left my eyes very simple (I brushed on a bone coloured eyeshadow all over my lids to even out their skin tone, used a cool brown to contour my crease, dabbed on a tiny amount of pearl eyeshadow on my inner corners and used a flesh toned eye pencil in my water line) so that no other colours compete with my lips. Lashings of mascara are allowed so that your eyes don’t ‘disappear’ in the background. I didn’t add any blush to my cheeks, only some bronzer when contouring (to bring somewarmth to my pale face). If you are very very fair and you want to skip the bronzer/contouring, add a touch or rosy blush to your cheeks (so that your skin doesn’t appear to be to shallow).

When using just the gloss on my lips, I followed the same makeup routine, expect that I defined my eyes a little more using some black liner (or black eyeshadow pushed into the lashline). I didn’t use any eyeliner when wearing the liquid lipstick, because I wanted the look to be very ‘clean’ and uncomplicated.

I’m going to try and rock both of these ‘looks’ over the next couple of weeks, just to perk me up a bit when it’s seriously gloomy outside.

Do you love coral lips? Any shades that you recommend? It’s definitely worth stepping out of your comfort zone every now and again! Let me know if you are trying something different this week! :)

Until next time beauties,

Beauty Bee~

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A Sydney Easter: Kakawa Chocolates

A lovely friend of mine introduced me to Kakawa chocolates a little while ago and since our first encounter I can’t get enough of their deliciousness! Because it is a boutique chocolate brand, I save my chocolate-y purchases for special occasions. With Easter coming up, their shops are brimming with such gorgeous creations I had to just *pop in* and take a look :P I did purchase a few bits and pieces and I think I will have to return again next week for some more! I might add that I’m not a huge sweet tooth, but they really do have something for everyone. All of their hand made chocolates are made fresh in Sydney and are only kept for a maximum of two weeks – unlike some other fancy chocolate shops around. And some of their goodies are just to beautiful/cute to be eaten! First, lets take a look at what I did buy :)

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Above: If I didn’t buy some of their regular/permanent chocolates, my bf would have been furious at me! On the right we have banana caramel chocolates (covered in milk chocolate I am guessing), in the middle mint and raspberry with a white and dark chocolate casing (these are my favourite – and I can’t express how DELICIOUS these are! They are not too sweet, but rather give your palette a pop of freshness that’s finished off with a touch of chocolate – YUM!) and on the very left, all by himself, a new chocolate for me to try – pistachio. I’m pretty sure it’s more than just pistachio, but I can’t remember what else *embarrassed face* but I love pistachios so I’m sure he will be delicious :) You can of course have your chocolates placed in a gorgeous gift box, but seeing as I was going to be eating them myself (ok, and maybe offer a few to my bf if I must…) I thought that there was no need lol

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Above: I bought two duos of dark chocolate galaxy eggs. Enough said :P The white chocolate ones also looked amazing (painted with bright colours) even though I’m not huge on white chocolate, but I am seriously tempted. That’s all I bought this time round, but next week I will go in and pick up some more easter goodies. Wanna see what there is to pick from? Be prepared to be amazed!

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Giant galaxy eggs (which are usually filled with smaller chocolates inside).

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Mini Galaxy and hand painted eggs.

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Mr and Mrs Potato Head 

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Giant Chocolate Rooster for the more traditional chocolateers :P

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Chocolate Bunny Pops!

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The Cutest Chocolate Bunny ever.

Now I really want those white chocolate mini galaxy eggs (or hand painted ones) both to eat and to show you! :) Which goodies would you pick?

If you are in Sydney, you can find Kakawa at 5/147 William St, Darlinghurst and at the Arcade on 1/281 Clarence St (Gaffa Gallery) Sydney (CBD). Check them out also on Facebook here.

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Beauty Bee~

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A Few New Goodies.

Just a few new goodies for you today beauties. Two to be exact! I made a couple *cough cough* trips to Priceline this week, so you know… stuff has been piling up lol So today I bring you some small but *important* purchases :)

My beloved <3 Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat is drying up (I’ve used up 90% of that baby), so I planned on getting a new one. They had it in store of course, but my eye also spotted a new top coat of theirs - Complete Salon Manicure Ultra-Wear Top Coat. And I really liked the packaging lol I’m sure this one will work just fine. I just really really hope that it helps your nail polish dry faster like the Mega Shine top coat does. It doesn’t specifically state that on the packaging, but like I said, I’m hoping it does anyway lol It does state that it should keep your manicure looking fresh and perfect for up to 10 days. This particular top coat also contains biotin and spirulina (that green stuff?) to help keep your nails strong – nice!

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This top coat will set you back $16.95 Schmackos at Priceline.

I also needed a new fluffy and soft powder brush for setting concealer under my eyes (and in other places if need be). I had been using a Sigma blending brush for this, which size wise was perfect, but it started to really bother me as it is pretty scratchy (hence why I never bothered to use it for eyeshadow and blending). As I mainly want it for setting my under eye concealer, I didn’t feel like spending big on this brush – so I picked up a Real Techniques finish/perfected setting brush. It set me back a whole $11.99 (down from $14.99 at Priceline).

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The brush is very soft! Perhaps a little big, but that’s no biggie (you can use the very tip to get under the eye area). And did I mention it’s soft?! It feels lovely under the eye area. It should also work brilliantly for cleaning up eyeshadow fallout. I could probably use this brush for a multitude of things, so a great purchase in my books :) Here is a quick comparison (in photo form) with the Sigma brush I was using!

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Have you tried any Real Technique brushes that you can recommend? Let me know what you think of my new goodies – I’m pretty happy with my purchases :)

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

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Nails of the Day: Confettis

I’m not a nail art kind of girl. I’m waaay to impatient and if it’s not done neatly, I think it can look tacky. I also don’t quite understand those nail stick on pattern thingos (I imagine they don’t last very long on the nail). So for me, the easiest way to cheat myself a ‘complex’ and interesting nail pattern – for when I feel like shaking things up – is glitter or confetti nail polish. I think that as long as you pick glitter or confetti polishes, which have the right colour combination and effect – they can look dazzling! Application also takes some practise – but you can pick it up pretty darn quickly – no skills required. It is a bitch to remove, but alas life is hard lol! I save the confetti or glitter polishes for when I’m bothered and really in the mood for something different. Today I present to you – my new found love, Confettis by L’Oreal (no. 916). Another polish from their Colour Riche Le Vernis range. Yes, I clearly have problems lol.

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But doesn’t it look awesome?! It looks different from your regular chunky glitter polish. Cool and sophisticated white and black dots/confetti :)

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If you paint this polish on like you would with any other regular nail polish colour, then the dots are only going to be few and far between on your nail bed. The trick is to paint on a coat (as you normally would) to act as your ‘base’ and then go back and ‘splodge’ the confetti on. You will then get concentrated confetti on your nails. I have no colour under the confetti – just my natural nail peeping through. This confetti colour is marketed as a top coat, but I still use a regular top coat to seal in the confetti. Painting on your own traditional top coat gives your nails more shine and makes them feel smoother.

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The nail polish isn’t sparkly at all, so it remains a little understated (the shine off my nails in the photo above is just the light bouncing off the white confetti particles). I think since my camera isn’t extra special (I’m still saving for one beauties!) it’s a little difficult for my camera to differentiate between the confetti particles and the light.

Another reason to love this nail polish is because of the little size (just 5ml) oh so cute! Obviously it’s not a colour I will be sporting every day of the week – so a little bottle suits me just fine and will only set you back $6.95 from Priceline :)

I actually think that with a dark grey base colour, painting on the confetti so that there isn’t to much there, would look really nice and be extra subtle! I think that is what I will do next with this nail polish :) do you have any colour suggestions for which I could pair this confetti with (without it looking manic lol)? Let me know your ideas!

So much nail polish, so little time lol!

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One Hit Wonders: Green Tea

Green tea is probably one of the most popular teas on the market. We are so spoilt for choice in regards to all the varieties available at our fingertips! And most of us know that green tea has a higher anti-oxidant content than black tea (because it is less processed, white tea is even better because it is the least processed of all teas but is also much more expensive). Drinking green tea does wonders for our bodies – it protects our organs from damage and makes our metabolism work faster. But did you know, that the complex polyphenolic compounds which protect our organs internally, have the same protective effect for our skin, even when the tea is applied topically – so in skin care? Yep!

Green tea modulates biochemical pathways that are important in cell proliferation and inflammatory responses. So what does that mean for our skin? Since inflammation and oxidative stress are known the help the ageing process along its merry way, green teas fights this process! The good news doesn’t end there – green tea polyphenols helped along with traditional sunscreens, work harmoniously to protect your skin from UV damage and has a sanitising effect on the skin which promotes wound healing. (Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care; J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. Jan 2009; 2 (1) 36-40)

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Using skin care which uses green tea as one of its main ingredients is a great idea. One of my favourite ever toners is Futurederm’s Seven Wonders Antioxidant Rich Water. Containing a triple tea complex (white, green and rooibos tea) which delivers a huge dose of antioxidant EGCG (an antioxidant) directly to your skin. Plus it also includes grade seed extract, just to be extra fancy and deliver even bigger protection!

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But if you don’t have the toner above on hand, especially if you are like me, who happened to not close the lid properly and had it spill out in her toiletry bag (every last drop! *face-palm*), you can create your own super antioxidant rich green tea toner at home! It can work as a treatment toner, especially if your skin hasn’t been in the best shape lately – inflamed, breakouts, blotchy skin been bothering you? Then listen up  beauty bees!

It’s best to do this treatment either in the morning or evening, as part of your regular cleansing routine. You will need about 5-6 green tea bags. Brew the tea bags in a teapot, covering the tea bags with water which is about 80 degrees (so before the water starts to form little bubbles). Let the teabags brew until the tea is cool. The tea should be quite strong. You can vary the amount of teabags depending on how big your teapot is. Once the tea is cool, scamper off and wash your face as normal. After cleansing, close the sink hole in your bathroom sink and pour in the cool green tea. If your skin is sensitive, you can add some lukewarm water to help dilute the tea *a little*. Now splash your clean face with the green tea for about a minute, patting the tea into your skin. Once you are done, you can gently pat dry your skin with a towel but leave your skin as damp as possible. Then apply your serum/moisturiser as normal. Because your skin is damp, your moisturiser or serum will be absorbed more easily by your skin. The tea works as a wonderful toner (you can read why toners are worth the extra fatigue in your skin care regime here). I have found that doing this ‘treatment’ about twice a week can really help your skin look and feel better. For me it works wonders on my sometimes blotchy and breakout prone skin.

Using skin care products which contain green tea, on a daily basis (especially in the mornings) does wonderful things for your skin. I will be repurchasing the Futurederm toner soon, but even once I do, I will still do this DIY treatment on days when I am at home and have more time in the mornings.

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Perhaps now is a good time to go and make yourself a cup of green, so that your insides can also benefit from the wonders of green tea! :)

Are you a fan of green tea? Will you be trying out this DIY toner treatment?

Until next time beauties,

Beauty Bee~

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Nails of the Day: Atomic Purple

Sorry beauty bees – this post was meant to go up on Sunday, but we were experiencing some technical difficulties here in the hive hood! It gave me some time to take a better picture for you anyway, so it worked out well! But without further ado, today in the nails of the day series I present to you another L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polish – shade no. 829 Atomic Purple!

It’s an amazing colour! But… with great regret I have to inform you that it is a really difficult shade to work with :( I’ve found that with all of my Colour Riche Le Vernis nail shades, you need two coats -the first coat goes on sheer but I think it acts like a ‘base’ for the gel like polish, so when you apply the second coat, the colour is opaque and beautifully glossy. I always do two coats of nail polish anyways, so this doesn’t fuss me. It also make the polish last – and I’ve found the L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polishes last really well (7 days without chipping!). When I do a second coat using this purple, it remains quite sheer. And because the first coat also goes on a little unevenly (which doesn’t matter in the case of the other shades I have tried) the colour looks a little uneven with subsequent coats.

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I think deeper purples are generally hard to get right (especially in eyeshadow formulas – must be a pigment issue or something!). In the photo above, I am wearing four coats (yes, four!). I could have gotten away with three coats, but the unevenness of the colour was driving me crazy. Also, without a regular top coat, the texture this nail polish leaves behind is super strange. At first, it almost looks like vinyl (purple vinyl!) and I think this is because it’s not a super glossy formula (not this colour anyway) but it does feel and look super smooth – so almost matte in finish! Matte nail polishes just don’t look right to me but with a regular top coat the colour looks like a regular glossy colour. The photo above is without a top coat.

This colour didn’t woe me like it’s counterparts Green Couture (an emerald green) and You Are Worth It (a mid toned grey) but I’m not giving up on this nail formula (I’ve LOVED the other colours) and a bottle only costs $6.95, so it’s not a huge loss. If it’s a colour you LOVE then you can make it work – it just takes time and patience and to be honest, I’m just not that keen to do my nails for THAT long. I bought mine from Priceline :) I’m going to review two orange shade for you next, so stay tuned ;)

And happy April beauty bees! Let’s make this coming month even more beautiful together!

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Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~