Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas wishes and a time out!

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Hello lovelies. Things will be a bit quiet here this week as my husband and I are undertaking some home improvements before Christmas.... painting rooms and assembling new furniture... oh yeah my back is going to be sore lol.

I would have done a quick NOTD of China Glaze's Flying High but I already have paint all over it :(

Anyway I'll be back when I can but I just wanted to wish all of you (who celebrate Christmas) a Merry Christmas in case I am not back before December 25... It's only 4 more sleeps so have a great one!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze's Frosty

So this is the last of the colours I originally purchased from China Glaze's 'Tis the season 2010 Christmas Collection. Frosty made me feel a little 'bridal' when I put it on and to be honest on first impression I kind of regretted getting it. Then I noticed the micro fine shimmer and we became instant friends.

Even at 2 coats this is not opaque - as you can see in the photo - but I kind of like the finish. I have nothing else even remotely like frosty and it looks like a lot of people agreed that this is something special as it is sold out on Head2toe currently.

I really recommend looking around at the swatches of this colour - it is definitely shimmery but my camera and lack of sunlight haven't done it justice.

Now for all the boring stuff - this polish applied like a dream, pictured polish is 2 coats in natural outside light (no direct sunlight today).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Long Time Coming...

When we first purchased our home, the husband and I had grand plans. Well recently we had one of our built in wardrobes replaced and it ended up being a heap of work because behind the existing built in was wallpaper and multiple layers of paint. I thought the easiest way to show you this one is through the pics from the old to the new....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Finally! Ulta3 Nail Polish in Adelaide

Ever since I saw some gorgeous NOTDs on Lovely Gangster's blog using Ulta3 Nail Polish I have been searching random locations in Adelaide trying to buy some of my own and today I hit jackpot at Chemistworks Ingle Farm.

Ulta3 polishes come in a great range of colours and seem to be stocked at random chemists across the country. The bin I found today had a reasonable selection of colours (including glitters, top coats and the very trendy cocoa bean colour) and all for the low price of $2. I picked up 6 to try out - yes I know I have a problem - I purchased Sweet Violet, Waterlily, Elegant Mauve, Earth, Envy and Jelly Bean.

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary so we are heading off in a couple of hours to stay somewhere nice but when I get back home I'll be sure to do some tip swatches at least :)

EDIT: Can I also recommend looking at More Nail Polish as well. There are just heaps of Ulta3 swatches there.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, December 10, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze's Mistletoe Kisses

This lovely polish is another gem from China Glaze's Christmas Collection for 2010. I have to say it again - China Glaze have totally outdone themseleves. So far I have tested 2 of the 3 I purchased and  they have both gone straight to the pool room!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

OMG...now this is a HAUL...

I think I mentioned previously that one of my makeup BFF's Steggers was headed to the US... and had kindly agreed to become a personal shopper for me and my enormous list of wants.
Well yesterday the lovely Steggers, Dee and I had a lunch where we all shared our latest hauls... and Steggers handed over all of my stuff as well. Now for the scary pics...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Don't Blame Me: Wet and Wild Part 3

To view Part 1 click here
To view Part 2 click here

Wow... when I first started this I really didn't realise how much WnW I had....and the items in this post have only been purchased recently. If there are any major quality issues that emerge (highly unlikely given I haven't had any issues with this range so far) I'll be sure to edit this post.

Color Icon Eyeshadow (Price: $2.00)

Pictured above are Penny and Sugar.

For those who haven't read the previous posts, the Color Icon range is the newish bit of the wet n wild range. These shadows are soft and easily blendable. Both colours are well pigmented and have shimmer as you can see below...

Penny has been widely discussed as a dupe for Expensive Pink and you can check out a comparison on Dee's blog Miss Prissypants. I have both colours as well and have to say they are pretty damn close.

I'm pretty happy with the quality of thses so I'll probably check out more colours... like Nutty and Brulee. The colour range isn't big with only 7 colours and the quality might be questionable for the purple colour Kitten which Dee also owns. I would probably recommend NYX Singles over these as an eye shadow range... but they are also almost twice the price.

Mega Last Lip Color (Price: $3.00)

Colours shown are 903C Just Peachy and 900B Pink Suga'

Top is Pink Suga', Bottom is Just Peachy

I love a long wearing lip colour but often find the formulas very drying. These feel creamy and definitely last longer than the Silky Finish lipsticks. There are 18 colours in the range and according to the company these are "highly pigmented and long-lasting lipstick that delivers rich hues in semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color has a velvety texture that glides on smooth." I definitely agree these are very pigmented and they do look creamy once applied. Not a HG lip product but er hello they are only $3.

So FINALLY... I have come to the end of my wet n wild items...and it seems appropriate to recommend my must haves for the range (that I have tried so far). The eyeshadow trio in Walking on Eggshells is a must have for me as is the Mega Glo in Catwalk Pink. Apart from that I really think there is little to lose with experimenting :)

Don't Blame Me: Wet and Wild Part 2 (pic heavy)

This is the second part of my Wet n Wild Overview.... To view part one click here.

Color Icon Eye Shadow Trios (Price $3.00)

I have the Trio called Walking on Eggshells and it has to be one of my favourite eye shadow palettes. I mean look at the bottom colour alone in that swatch... I would pay anything for a colour as creamy and gorgeous as that. This is a fool proof neutral eye palette to match with the best on offer. I am often found wearing either this palette or colours from it being a lover of all things neutral. These palettes come in 6 different combinations with great looking greens and purples. If you try nothing else from this brand please please try this palette...

Monday, December 6, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze's Sugar Plums

 Recently I ordered a couple of polishes from China Glaze's Christmas Collection ('Tis the Season to be naughty & nice) - Mistletoe Kisses, Frosty and Sugar Plums. Sugar Plums is the first one I have tried and I love it!

Now normally this isn't my kind of colour being a dark polish but I have to say I have not been this impressed with a polish in quite some time. This is a gorgeous maroon/burgundy polish with the most fine rainbow shimmer particles in it. At a quick glance it is a stock standard pretty burgundy and on closer inspection it has hidden treasures. I have included a flash photo below to show you what I mean....

Can you see the shimmer.... OMG it is GORGEOUS. Not only that but this polish is opaque in 1 coat and dries in a flash. These pics have been taken on day four... so you know it's also reasonably chip resistant.

All pictures are shown with 2 coats and 1 coat of top coat (seche vite).

Clearly a lot of people have their eye on this colour as it is already gone from head2toe (as is Frosty)... but you can still get it from Nailsetc but I'd be quick if I were you.

EDIT: I think I enabled myself because right after posting this I went to Head2Toe and purchased a holiday pack with another 4 colours in it. lol

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Where is Jac?

Hello my darlings (in my best Pinkiecharm voice - does anyone else love her as much as I do???)

I have not given up blogging... I have too much to say about my makeup and not enough ears around me to listen for that lol. My hubby and I have been doing a bit of renovation work the last couple of weeks and that has left me too tired (and sore cos I am getting old) to blog. I'm not even going to mention how awful my hands look after sanding. SAD FACE. However I can't wait to share some pics with you once done.

Anyway I have a tonne of stuff coming that I want to post about- some Tartan Tale items I just had to get, a drugstore haul, my new essie and China Glaze Christmas collection nail polishes (I'll do a NOTD for sugar plums but run don't walk to get that colour), a review on a couple of moisturisers that I am lost without and I am currently road testing Opulash...

Anyway in the meantime I am trying to at least keep up with my reading of blogs and commenting when I can. Hope this post finds you happy and well.

And has anyone started Christmas shopping yet? GULP... I have not. Eeeek....!

Jac x