I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas Day and that you're enjoying the few days left in 2011. It's certainly White Christmas here in Slovenia but the "white" is mostly due to the fog and not the snow, oh well. I'll be back to regular posting in 2012 (as regular as it gets with me:) and until then I'm wishing you all happy, calm and safe Holidays! x Klara
Thursday, December 15, 2011
There are so many amazing giveaways by brands and online stores going on right now that I though I'd share some of them with you. How nice am I! (it would probably be nicer of me if I wrote this post in the beginning of December).
Escentual are having their Festive Flash Event with some gorgeous free gifts, discounts and competitions. A Daniel Sandler brush set for me, pretty please!
Hourglass Cosmetics are giving away 5 sets of their 3 mini lipglosses on Facebook. All you have to do is leave a comment under the competition post on Facebook stating which Hourglass products you'd use for a festive makeup look. Simple! This competition ends tomorrow. (But please don't enter because I'd really like to win this prize. Just kidding. Sort of.)
Love Lula and Zuneta are having their own version of the Advent Calendar - instead of a chocolate bar, each day they're giving away a product from their website. The bad news is that of course not everyone will win something but the good news is that everyone who takes part in this giveaway (you have to fill-out a short form on Facebook) will then get a code for a 10% discount on their website.
PAM Store is hosting their own version of the Advent Calendar as well, giving away prizes on their Facebook page and Twitter.
Rouge Bunny Rouge are giving away 3 sets of their 2 new Loose Glitter pigments on Facebook. All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning is fill-in a short form on Facebook. The competition ends on 18 December.
The Urban Retreat Boutique are hosting a special Friday Hunt each Friday. The competition starts at 1pm and you need to find a gift hidden somewhere on their website. Prizes sound very lovely: a beauty hamper worth over 100 GBP and gift vouchers for the Boutique.
Lastly, for all my Slovenian readers, Elle Slovenija is also having their Christmas Giveaway with prizes from skincare, beauty gift certificates, books to accessories.
That's it! Let me know if you know of any other competitions and giveaways and if you happen to win something!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Rouge Bunny Rouge have some real gems in their line: I already talked about their fantastic creamy lipsticks and lovely blushes and I love their eyeshadows as well. The colours are just beautiful, very pigmented and smooth and they last pretty well on my eyelids (although I still use a primer, as with all my eyeshadows). There are always some colours on my Zuneta wishlist and things aren't going to get easier with the new palettes coming out in 2012 (check out BritishBeautyBlogger's post on the palettes here).
In this EOTD I used the eyeshadow (full name: When birds are singing... Long-lasting eye shadows, phew!) in Delicate Hummingbird on the lid and Blackpepper Jay in the crease and outer v and I smudged some Eye Khol in the colour Delilah on the upper and lower lashline. The mascara I used this time was the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and I like it much more than I did when I first started using it although it still smudges a bit too much on me.
Delicate Hummingbird is a gorgeous shimmery dusky silvery purple with lots of pink and blue sparkle. This is one of the most stunning eye shadows I have and if you're thinking of trying some products from Rouge Bunny Rouge you need to get Delicate Hummingbird.
Blackpepper Jay is a matte dark brown-grey-black eyeshadow with a very slight plum undertone to it. You can see how it looks like a completely different colour in different lighting and because it is basically a mixture of mainly brown and grey it works amazingly well with many eyeshadows, cool-toned and warm-toned. Luckily, the texture is soft and it blends easily which isn't always the case with matte shadows (coughMACDarkDevotioncough).
I also used the Delilah eye liner which is one of RBR's Eye Khols, in a deep plum shade with copper shimmer. I find that I use this pencil more on the bottom lashline or simply as an eyeshadow base because the colour is not as dark as most purple liners that I have.
Look at this sparkly goodness!
I just love these smoky purple eyeshadows, I think they really make my hazel-ish eyes poppidy-pop. One of my other favourites in this colour family is also Rimmel's Colour Mousse in Sassy (a blog post will follow).
Lastly, an out-of-focus photo of the pretty packaging of the RBR eyeshadows - it helps that the actual product inside these compacts is just as lovely!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I first heard about the Louise Young brushes on the Pixiwoo youtube channel and after reading many reviews of these brushes on The Non Blonde blog I finally decided to try them. I ordered these brushes from the official Louise Young website (they ship internationally for 6,99 GBP) and luckily I really like all of them and use them very often.
|L-R: Louise Young brushes LY17, LY38A, LY13|
This first brush is the Louise Young LY38A (16 GBP). This brush is everything I thought the MAC 224 would be and was not. In this photo below you can see how the MAC brush is much wider and fluffier whereas the LY38A is much thinner and more tapered, pointed at the tip. Also, the hair of the LY38A is much softer and it's just perfect for applying the eyeshadows in the crease and blending them at the same time. If I were to name my top 5 brushes this one would definitely be one of them.
The Louise Young LY13 brush (11 GBP), described as a small socket brush, is a small pencil brush, as you can see quite smaller than the MAC 219 and also shorter. It's great for applying eyeshadow under the lower lashline and smoking out the eyeshadow. I find that I use the MAC 219 more for applying eyeshadow in the crease and the LY13 for applying eyeshadows close to the lashline because the LY13 is small and has soft but at the same time dense hair which makes it perfect for precise work.
Lastly, I got the Louise Young LY17 brush (10 GBP) which is a small smudger brush. I think that the LY17 and LY13 are actually interchangeable but I do prefer the LY17 for smudging the lines on my top lashline and the LY13 for my bottom lashline (Why? I don't reallyknow.). Even though the LY17 is quite dense and strudy I wish that the LY17's brush head was even shorter for more control, something like what the NARS No. 15 Smudge Brush looks like.
On the Louise Young website it's stated that the LY17 is made of natural hair, but there's no info of the hair of the other two brushes although I think they are made of natural hair as well. Out of all these three brushes the LY38A is my favourite - it just makes applying the crease colour and blending it so much easier than any brush I've ever tried before. There are actually three versions of this shape in the Louise Young range - the biggest LY38, LY38A and the smallest LY38B so you can choose the best shape for your eyelid size.
I'd love to try their "Super" range and the eyeshadow palette of 5 matte colours looks very versatile as well. I've also been reading lots of reviews from other bloggers on the Hakuhodo and Rouge Bunny Rouge brushes so you may see some more posts about brushes on my blog very soon.