Life has been hectic. Work here, university there and somewhere in between all that I’ve kept my social life going. Unfortunately some things have suffered, like my blog and my tv watching and my book reading. With all of these crazy things happening lately I’ve really appreciated my down time and taken extra time just to allow myself to relax. For example, I’ve found it really hard to keep up with doing my own nails at least once a week and I’ve been hating how they’ve been looking. This weekend I was working all weekend and didn’t even have time to see Alex (a.k.a the partner) !!! So instead of the money I would’ve been spending on doing fun things with him I invested in some “treat yo self” time and boy was it fun.
One of my friends has been going to this nail salon close to me for years and they always look fantastic so I finally decided to go and get them done. I’ve had gel done before but never acrylic, people have always told me that they ruin your nails, but after the damage I experienced through press-on nails and gel, I though how much more damage could they be? Also I’ve heard that if you go to the right place your nails will be fine, so I made sure that I went to a good place.
The night before my appointment I was on Pinterest and Instagram just staring at nail pictures trying to decide what to get. I had NO idea. I felt so silly, and when I got to the salon I was just like, “PINK!”.
Envious Nails and Beauty is the name of the salon and I felt very relaxed and taken care of by the ladies there, it wasn’t scary at all (not that I thought it would be). If you’re in Brisbane, Australia, I would say it is definitely a place to check out. Here’s their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EnviousNailsBeauty?fref=ts.
I can’t wait to rebook and go back, still have no idea what to get but I’m sure I’ll know in the moment.
What’s your favourite way to get your nails done?
It is such a surprise that I had a little bit of money left over from the weekend and naturally decided to actually go to Priceline and get a few essentials. Lately my skin has gone haywire, I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s pretty crazy. I tried to avoid changing around any of my skincare products and now I’m running low on most skincare essentials. I heard a lot of rave about the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and I’m sincerely hoping that my skin doesn’t reject it since it smells nice and is relatively cheap. With the Formula 10.0.6 moisturizer I honestly wanted to spice it up a bit because all my moisturizers from the last couple months have been specifically for seborrheic dermatitis (which is unfortunately the crazy, haywire skincare and scalp condition I’ve been battling) and I really wanted a change. Previously I’ve bought from this brand so I hope all goes well.
Lately I’ve been a slacker when it comes to replacing mascaras, I’m aware that they only last about 6 months but I refuse to go buy a new one. I really couldn’t turn down Maybelline’s Great Lash since it was only $6.50!!!!! The matte maker is a new powder from Maybelline and I hope it holds up from their Stay Matte powder, since that was so amazing at doing it’s job, I have to say that off the bat the packaging is a lot nicer.
Can’t wait to start using these little lovelies and let you all know how they fair with my face 😀
What have you bought recently?
Exams are finally over and now with a month of holidays I aim to try and get back on top of blogging since as you know, I’ve been so incredibly slack, but to be honest I miss it and I really want to let you all know what I’ve been loving and hating. Even though I’m in crazy savings mode for my USA trip in December, I’ve been able to take advantage of some of the sales that Priceline have been having here and there. A couple of months ago I bought the L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara because there was a 40% sale on all cosmetics going on and since this mascara normally retails for $20-30 AUD I jumped at the chance to try it out. Because I’ve been using it for a while now I feel that I’ve definitely road tested it enough to give it a fair review.
Here’s what L’Oreal claims about the mascara:
“Complete your winged eye look with volumised and fanned out lashes. False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara instantly volumises at the roots and stretches your lashes outwards for a winged eye effect.”
First off the bat, I love the asymmetrical brush it’s kind of brilliant, especially for giving extra volume for the outer lashes. I find that the formulation isn’t clumpy and is extremely black, which is a big tick for me. In regards to completing a winged eye look, it definitely enhances one but I find that this mascara is perfect for any type of semi dramatic to hella dramatic eye look. The lasting power is pretty great which is either a good or bad thing depending on preference. For instance I love that it lasts all day but I dislike that it will take forever to come off. I think this mascara is best for the top lashes since I find that using on the bottom lashes it lengthens them a little too much and i tend to get a lot of mascara under my eye.
Brush: 8/10 (love it for the top, but doesn’t work that well for bottom lashes)
Lasting and holding Power: 8/10
Shade: 10/10 (blackest black ever, really darkens those little babies)
I would totally repurchase this mascara or at least another L’Oreal mascara since this is the first one that I’ve bought and well I love it, almost as much as Maybelline’s Falsies!!!
What mascara are you loving at the moment?
We all have our collections, whether they be makeup, haircare, skincare, headbands, scarves etc. and to each their own. My favourite collection that I own actually isn’t my makeup collection (although it was a close runner up to first) it’s my Black Milk Collection. Although it’s fairly small, I’m a uni student and well if you know anything about the brand, you need to save up some dough for each purchase. Black Milk Clothing compromises of nylon heaven with a multitude of leggings, dresses, skirts etc with crazy awesome designs featured upon them, occasionally being pop culture related. I’d known about them for awhile firstly cause they’re Aussie and at high school I gawked at their site for hours, sometimes getting all the way to the checkout and then chickening out cause of the price. Last year I jumped the fence and bought the Marauder’s Map Leggings from their Harry Potter collection, I honestly could not pass them up. I’m so glad that I did, they are one of my favourite styling pieces and goes wonderfully with all my band t-shirts as well as plain dresses. Since they are golden cream, I actually get asked (nearly every time I wear them) if they are tattoos!!!! From that first purchase I’ve been obsessed, the photo above shows 4/5 of the pieces I own the other is a pair of mermaid leggings which are pictured below.
I fit between a medium and a large depending on the style, for example in the Marauder’s Map leggings I’ve got a medium and they fit (length wise I’m 5’11”) fine but with the mermaid leggings below, they fall a little short and tend to ride up my legs (I have them in medium as well) since they’re textured. I find the cut of the dresses to be quite flattering especially the reversible skater dress which the Lumpy Space Princess dress is. The material is clearly their signature nylon and is amazingly comfortable and durable, since I live in Australia they are kind perfect since it never gets too cold here. For some of the dresses they also allow the option for a longer torso which is wonderful since I’m so tall.
Mermaid Musk Leggings in Medium (No Longer Available)
*Newest Addition* Red Tartan Toasties (they have fleece on the inside which makes them toasty) in Large
Marauder’s Map Leggings in Medium
Pictured in the top image:
LSP Reversible Skater Dress in Large
Team Targaryn Scoop Skater Dress (Game of Thrones For the Win!) in Large LT (Long Torso)
So that’s my collection, it will continue to grow cause I have no self control and plus there’s a disney collection coming out and I’m sure I’ll loose all my savings.
By the way just mentioning that I wasn’t sponsored by Black Milk Clothing at all they have no idea I’m doing this post, I bought each and every item of clothing myself with my own dough.
What’s your favourite brand of clothing? xoxo
There’s a reason I’ve been quiet, I’ve been sick with a horrible sinus infection (ewww! I know right) and also extremely run down since I just came out of some very stressful assessment pieces for uni. As well as being a wonderful student *scoff* I’ve been going out with friends lately and partying it up since one of my friends is leaving the country for 5 months!!!! I took a couple of FOTD style photos and this one ended up looking the best once I uploaded them to my computer. I also really liked my outfit from this night (which was a UV Paint Party) but I didn’t get any decent snaps of it. In relation to my makeup, it lasted amazingly especially since I was dancing and drinking 😛 I can’t remember all the products I used but I used a Maybelline Gel eyeliner to create the wing, which I think I’m getting awesome at.
It’s been a while, what has everyone been up to?
Unlike my usual uni days, I had some extra time to get ready and decided why not change it up from my typical go to neutral eye. Firstly I was just going to add winged eyeliner but I thought, am I really just going to go half crazy? No sir, definitely not, so i added some black, cause why not?!? I really like the way it turned out.
Garnier Perfect Blur Primer
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20 (loving this by the way)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
Rimmel Silky Loose Translucent Powder
Benefit 10 Bronzer
NARS Orgasm Blush
Elizabeth Arden Shimmer Powder in Nude Shimmer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Urban Decay Shadows in Zero, Naked, Virgin
Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner
Chi Chi 3D Magic Lash Mascara
Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilities (blog post here
Boy, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but since then, I’ve been sick, the internet went down and not to mention I started back at uni, which made my life super busy. But what better excuse to actually post something decent than post my 2014 Blogger Challenge post.
As much as I wanted to do a NOTD, I really haven’t been loving any of my nail polishes enough to paint my nails. So instead of showing my nails, I thought I’d share some of my fellow bloggers and instagramers and their amazing fingertips, in no particular order of course.
This blog has to be one of my favourites, all of her designs are so creative and I love seeing her nail creations. Here is her latest post.
The theme was Mardi Gras, and it’s so awesome and totally takes in the bright colours that surround that particular event.
The Happy Sloths
Every time one of Jasmine’s posts pop up on my feed I get so happy, since they are always so incredibly cute. She utilizes a lot of nail decals and they always work for her and go amazingly with her polishes. Here is her latest post.
Love that mustache!
Ginger Loves Makeup
When it comes to Ginger’s nail related posts, I just love her selection of polishes, they are always so gorgeous. Here is her latest post.
Such a stunning teal shade!
Paint Those Piggies!
If I could get any nail/beauty blogger to do my nails it would be Erin from Paint Those Piggies, her designs are so unique and I wish I had her talent. Here is her latest post.
Anniep1124 – Instagram
Although Anniep1124 doesn’t specialise in nail art or design and instead is the instagram account for an online jewellery store, she still shows some gorgeous fingertips. Here is two of their latest nail arts.
Who’s your nail inspiration?