Wednesday, 30 July 2014

New In ~ A Haul Post

Hey everyone! Time for a new haul post, yay! This month I got a few things I've been wanting to get for quite a while. My first real paycheck and all that. ;) I got a few more packages, but I shan't show them on the blog, they are not beauty related, BUT they are for my costume for the sci-fi&fantasy convention in September and I cannot wait for it! :) I will probably do a separate post when I get all the "ingredients" if you'll be interested. :)

Let's see my lemmings!

A group photo!

Issey Miyake Pleats Please has been on my WL for quite a while. I have like a top 10 of perfumes that I adore, Pleats Please is always in the top 3, so when I saw the sale in our Müller, I decided to get it. I was supposed to get a document case with it, instead I got a cosmetic bag. Admittedly it is by far more useful to me, but it is also perfectly ugly to my eye. Still, I love the perfume and it's bottle. :)

At last, a face primer! I've been searching for this baby for a billion years and when I saw this post on gorgeous Mateja's blog I decided to get it immediately. Max Factor Face Finity All Day Primer with SPF 20. I won't write much about it, Mateja covered everything perfectly. I wore it contantly in the last week  and it really prolongs the wear of my foundation, which is perfect. :)

Art Deco Dita Von Teese palette with blusher and three eyeshadows. Boy oh boy, I wanted this so badly. When Dita did the collaboration with Art Deco I almost died, I wanted to have everything she put out with her name. I love Art Deco quality and I knew she wouldn't let some crap make up carry her name. Everything looked classy and the colours were gorgeous and the whole concept just brilliant. I got a lipstick back then and a few eyeshadows and I adore them all. But palette was just to expensive for me at that point and then of course it got discontinued rather fast. Lucky for me a girl at started selling this palette a while ago and it was meant to be because it waited for me to get enough money and excuses to buy it. ;) 

As you can see, blusher did not survived the shipping completely. I blame that on our stupid postman. The package was rather thick and no one in their right mind would try to shove it in our small mailbox. Except our postman. And he really needed to work for it, I'd wager. When I saw the package, I was sure nothing survived, but clearly AD has some sturdy products. 
The eyeshadows are actually gorgeous, especially the dusty purple matte one, so I am thinking I will keep them, at least for a while, I did a combo with them only and I love it for a very soft everyday look. 
Of course the palette is already full, I added my Dita Von Teese purple eyeshadow (Mystique) and the ultimate black matte eyeshadow I adore.

Oh, and the price for three AD eyeshadows, a blusher and a limited edition palette? 13 eur. Epic bargain. Aaand I also got a gift with my purchase:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil. My first! Late to the party much? I know. Everybody loves this little potion and I can't wait to try it on my hair. I cannot use it on my skin, it is too oily, but my Mom definitively will, I think she will love it. The smell in unbelievable, I adore it already.

And again something for the hair. I bought the yellow balls on a whim, it is suppose to make your hair curly without a heater. I bought them at Born Pretty Store, they are called Yellow Lovely Soft Sponge DIY Lady Hair Curler Roller Ball. I tried them once but I disliked how they tugged on my hair when I tried to remove them, I felt them snap, because they get stuck in the sponge. And the final effect isn't really good. Maybe there is a learning curve, I gave up after that one try.

The second tool for hair I love. Topsy Tail Hair Braid Ponytail DIY Maker Styling Tool. I only use the bigger one, it helps to do a bit different ponytail and I really like it, it is easy to use and there is million tutorials online for it. There are pictures on the paper board as well, but the description is in Chinese so it is useless for me, as the pictures are of bad quality. Nevertheless, it is a nice product.

And finally, my last lemming for this post: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler! As I decided I will put more into my care for my hair, I needed a good brush as well. The comb I used was really crappy and it created static on my hair, as if they weren't frizzy enough. Tangle Teezer is awesome! I bought compact one because I move from one city to another often, and it is awesome. Small, but not too small, and the cover is just a brilliant addition.

See, tiny!

Lots of lemmings killed. :) And what did you get this month?

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Royal & sea & turquoise blue trio

Heya everyone! How about new NOTD? Nail crazy said I should show my NOTDs more often and lately I actually feel like wearing more than one colour I've already shown, so with posting these I don't fear I am not boring you with my nails. :)

I think I am in my blue phase quite strongly lately. I constantly feel like wearing some sort of blue shade. For this I mixed up two colours and a glitter. I actually wanted to fling a duochrome topper in there as well, but I thought it would get too busy. Please excuse the state of my cuticles, I wasn't home when I took these and there is no dishwasher in my BF's cabin up north and that shows. :)

I combined them a bit differently on my right hand and I prefer this combination to the one on my left hand, hence the picture. Excuse the weird position of the hand, I am not used to taking photos with my left. :)

The royal blue is Revlon Royal, I think it has to be one of my most used nail polish, the colour is just sickening. It is a jelly and so it photographs a bit sheer even if it is not. 
The turquoise blue is Kiko 342 and it is in fact a true turquoise, not sky blue, like it is on my photos. Online swatches prove also it is a very nice dupe of O.P.I. Fly, if you really want a cheap but great substitute of that baby. 
On top is the utterly gorgeous Sea Blue glitter made by Esmaltes da Kelly (EDK) I got from lovely Eveline all the way from Brasil. I love how irregular the glitter is, and that it is dense enough I only need one coat to spread it evenly over the nail. Brush is awesome, a lot of brands could learn from this indie np maker. :)

And of course  I needed to put a matte TC on the Kiko combo. Apparently that's what I do with lately with at least 2 nails, my brain decided it is obligatory. 

What's on your nails today?

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Lock & Load palette review and looks

Hello darlings! How are you doing? Today I have a long overdue review for you. In the latest package I received from, I got also a pocket-sized palette called Lock&Load. Colours looked absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't wait to try them ASAP. This post is going to be a bit picture heavy, since I made three looks for the review only and I tried to make decent swatches and all in all - it's good to have pictures of the eyeshadows in reviews, right? It is quite a lenghty post as well, I tried to break it into subchapters with titles, hope that helps.

The post will be in English, however, there is going to be a short summary in Slovene in the end. I would love to do the complete translation as I did the first time, but I seriously lack time, so I am shamelessly stealing the elegant idea of a summary from a lovely Slovene blogger Petra from Adjusting Beauty, I do hope she wouldn't mind. :)

The package, as shown previously.


About the packaging
The palette is quite small - if you don't count the sharp edges of it, it's the same size as my cell phone, comparing to Sleek and MUA palettes it is cca. 1 centimetre shorter and about 0,5 cm narrower and thinner. The pans are a bit small, with a wider brush you need to be a bit careful when grabbing the eyeshadow. It opens on a button and it opens and closes well, I first thought I'll need tweezers to open it, as I do with most of my palettes, but I do not, and my nails are safe! Extra points for that!

The eyeshadows do not have any names, alas, I like it when they do. There is a rich choice of 14 shades and two eyebrow colours in it. I like the choice of colours they put in, there isn't too many neutral ones, but enough that you can use it for everyday look as well, but there are some really awesome bolder, colourful ones in there. Honestly, when I saw the set, my head almost exploded from all the possibilities and combinations.

The looks
I did three looks for this review only, otherwise I use the eyeshadows quite regularly. First look I did with the copper eyeshadow, which is IMO a total winner of this palette, it is a total stunner. Naturally I need to try the blue one as well (love the copper&blue combination) and then I used the blue-purple one for a pop of colour.

I loved this look, the colours are stunning. I also used the dark eyebrow colour on my eyebrows and I liked the effect.

The second look I did with the greens and the darker browns.

Excuse the bluish  tinge on the middle photo, I do not know what happened. Ah, but I do love green eyeshadow. :) I used the Essence black eyeliner here as well. Both greens were used and both shimmery browns above the dark green. 

The last is a neutral one, with all brown eyeshadows. It is also a look that photographed the hardest, I just cannot take a decent photo of a neutral look, it always looks too faded. It looked better IRL.

WTH did I do with my eyebrows for this look? Or didn't do. Sheesh. Sorry! Anyway, for this I used the first four eyeshadows on the left side of the palette.

All the eyeshadows perform really well throughout the day, they do not fade away, and they started to crease only after entire day of wearing, after 7+ hours. My eyelids are oily, I always use primer (ATM ArtDeco one), usually also a cream eyeshadow, to make the colours pop.

Swatches on my hand
And my try and the swatches of the set. All the swatches are made over primer and with two brush swipes.

The left side of the palette is really well pigmented, with only chalkier black eyeshadow. The right side loses the battle thanks to the matte brown and purple eyeshadows and again chalky black with tiny sparkles. The mattes really give poor pigmentation, especially the purple one. The shimmers are gorgeously pigmented and easy to use.

The eyebrow set
If you are curious of how the eyebrow set compares to Essence set, I did a quick photo of it. You can also see how disastrous my Essence set looks like and why I hate their packaging.

The set crumbles if you only look at it wrong. Horrible. The dark eyeshadow in Lock & Load is a bit lighter, comparing to the darker one in Essence, which is perfect for me, as the Essence one was a tad bit too dark (but still manageable), so I will gladly use the one in the palette instead. The light one in the L&L however, looks a bit too yellowish to my taste, but maybe it works for fair ladies? 

Dupes of HE eyeshadows?
I also read on a blog somewhere Lock & Load is supposed to be a decent almost-dupe to Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. Looking at the swatches at Phyrra's, I can't say I agree with that. Perhaps you get a good twin to the shades Betrayal (that one is kind of spot on, actually), Rewind, Habit, Dope and Ambush; but I wouldn't really call them dupes and the rest are not even close. So if you are looking for a good dupe for Vice 2, Lock and Load might not be the right address, unless you are looking for Betrayal dupe, those two are pretty close.

To sum up ...
All in all I think this is really a lovely palette. The pans could be bigger, to be more comfortable for applying, but as this is supposed to be your "travel" palette, it is smaller and more compact, so you can't really argue with that. The real gem of the palette is definitively the copper shade, it is absolutely stunning and extremely well pigmented and easy to use. The second and third favourite certainly are the dark blue and the purple-blue ones, but the greens and the browns are lovely as well. I am not too fond of the both black eyeshadows in here, as they are a bit chalky and I really want my black eyeshadows to be pitch black. Plus the mattes are not well pigmented and they dust like hell, luckily there's only three of them (light brown, black and purple). :) The highlighter colour and the eyebrow shades are good too, so all in all there are definitively more pros than cons to the palette.

Where to buy
Slovene ladies can get the palette at for 5.95€, at the Makeup Revolution site it costs £4.00. I would recommend it to you for shimmery shades, especially the already mentioned copper, blue and blurplish one. Do not grab it for the matte ones. It is a sturdy palette, smaller, great for taking it around with you (as I did and do, since I move from one city to another quite frequently lately), with a nice combo of colours, for neutral or bolder look. Although it is supposed to be a travel size palette it doesn't have a mirror, but it does take care of your eyebrows in one go, so there's a plus. :)

Kratka obnova v slovenščini
Makeup Revolution paleta Lock & Load sestoji iz 14 senčil in 2 "senčil" za obrvi. Šimraste so izredno lepo pigmentirane, mat senčila pa so precej slabše pigmentirana, tudi prašijo se bolj. Črni senčili sta malce kredasti, sem pa tudi jaz bolj zahtevna, ko pride do črnih senčk. :) Dragulj palete je čudovita bogata bakrena barva, gotovo moja najljubša v setu, sledita ji temno modra in vijolično-modra, vse tri so fantastično pigmentirane, enako velja za zelene in rjave odtenke. Prav tako je uporaben highlight odtenek v zgornjem levem kotu, saj je lepo pigmentiran, to se fajn razloči v tretjem izgledu, ki sem ga ustvarila za to oceno. 

Embalaža sama je v redu, ne rabi se odpirati s pinceto, nohti ne trpijo ob odpiranju. Nima ogledala, kar bi morda pričakovala v "potovalni" paletki, je pa zato manjša in tanjša kot palete ki jih imam doma (Sleek, MUA), je v velikosti mobitela. Od 14 barv se mi zdijo samo 4 slabše (3 so tudi vse tri mat, ki so v paleti), vse ostale pa so res dobro pigmentirane in obstojne. Hkrati je temnejši odtenek za obrvi idealen zame, tako da lahko paleto nasploh zgolj priporočim. Za 5,95€, kolikor zanjo odštejte v spletni trgovini, dobite zelo soliden izdelek. 

What do you think about Lock & Load? Do you have it, have any other Makeup Revolution palette you can recommend? :)

Thank you for reading and commenting!

 *I got the products as a gift, unconditionally, from (even the post itself was not demanded).

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Hey darlings,

just a quick notice, I am trying out new layouts for blog, because I am utterly sick of the last greenleaf-y one, not just visually but there also some settings that I disliked for a while now, and it is time they went. So if you see Did someone say nail polish? in million different layouts with some tabs missing etc. in the next week or so, that's the reason behind it. :) I will still post in the meantime, so stay tuned and patient with me. :)


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