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So. Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day! 7 years ago (OMG how time flies…barf) I was in Dublin for Paddy’s Day (as they shorthand it in Ireland), and yea…it was as crazy as you’d imagine it to be! Not so much a drunken mess, but just the sheer amount of people…yowza. It was a fantabulous time, and I’ll never forget it!
As the years pass, it seems the crew of hardcore Paddy’s Day party-goers dwindles in my crowd – job responsibilities, babies, and aging in general all seem to keep everyone at home on one of the most fun days of the year ~tear~ Thankfully, I have an excellent partner-in-crime who I can always count on to celebrate with me! This year it was just the two of us, so it was more low-key than usual, but I still made sure to dress the part – which includes green makeup (and nails), of course!
I usually do a lot more green on the eye, but since it wasn’t a rip-roaring party I went subdued and just wore a simple flash of green liner on the top lash line. I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liner in Covet (an emerald green with silver microglitter) on top of MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline – the black gave the green more depth and helped the line look more crisp. I added MAC All That Glitters shadow all over the lid, as I find it gives the most beautiful shine to the eye without ever seeming like too much, and then a dab of Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill shadow in #6 Khaki Pulse to the crease to add a little bit more depth. *Side note – anyone notice that I’m trying to grow my eyebrows out? It’s so frickin’ hard dude! I want to pluck all the random stray hairs but I’m trying to be patient ~sigh~ They are coming along though
Since it was going to be a long day, I wore MUFE’s HD Blush in #12 First Kiss on bare cheeks, layered foundation on top, and then added a touch of MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Early Morning to make sure my blush had good staying power. I quite liked the way it made my skin look kind of lit from within. I don’t usually layer cream and powder blushers but I really need to get on that! I topped off my cheekbones and other high points of the face with MAC’s Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl, which gives the best glow – I finally got my hands on the Year of the Snake version last week and I LOVE this product. Review will be forthcoming!
I finished with a very simple lip using Benefit’s Ultra Plush gloss in Hoola. I didn’t want anything competing with the green liner, so this gave the barest hint of shimmer and warmth, but that’s about it.
Of course, the look isn’t finished – gotta get some flash on the nails too, right!? Because I’m not a fan of green nail polish as a whole, I don’t actually own any that are going to give me serious pizazz. But I have shades with a green tinge… haha. I made it work, I think! I just read about sideways manicures, so I tried it out – easiest nail art EVER. And also my new favorite!!
The shades I used were a-England Tess d’Urbervilles as a base, and Chanel Peridot on top. This was probably more subtle than I should have gone with – the nature of Peridot with it’s duochrome nature just makes the a-England shade look like a shadow. Nonetheless, I loved the effect, and loved how darn easy this one (no nail stickers required – freehand works perfectly!), so I’ll definitely be trying this again and again with other shades. Fun!
I always have intentions to get these kinds of event posts up before the actual event, but who am I kidding? That’s never going to happen – I’m too busy prepping for the occasion to actually have time to post! LOL Anyway, all the other bloggers have got this covered for me And it’s not like I did anything particularly unique, and both the makeup and nails could be done any time of the year, right?
How did you celebrate Paddy’s Day?? Did you do any themed makeup and/or nails?
Hello my neglected beauties! I am so far behind in everything in life it seems – isn’t summer supposed to be carefree and relaxed!? While I’ve had a lot of good times the past couple months, I’ve hardly had any time to address my ‘real’ life (guess that’s escapism to the max, eh?). I’ve flown out of the province three times in August alone (twice to Newfoundland and now to Ontario – I’m actually in the airport right now heading to Ottawa), and while I LOVE to travel, I didn’t realize how hard it is to get back on track when you return. Soon I’ll have been away from home for 12 out of 31 days – that’s a whole third of the month – and it’s kind of nuts. Fun – but nuts.
Look I did for a cottage party I went to – my friend’s family does a washer toss tournament every year, and this year there was a record 50 participants! As the cottage is right on a lake, I wore only MUFE’s waterproof Aqua Liner in #5 (diamond turquoise blue) and a touch of mascara – it gave enough impact all by itself!
To add to all that, recently my boyfriend and I broke up. So not only am I away physically but I’ve also mentally been not entirely present the past week or two. However, I know that everyone has ‘stuff’ that goes on in their lives and they keep on moving, so I don’t want to lean on this as an excuse. Most bloggers have busy lives and children and the like, and they post WAY more than me on a good week. I merely just want to explain my absence so you know it’s only temporary! Well…at least until October. Then I’ll be away for 35 days and you’ll be lucky if I’ve got a post a week coming out. LOL. But THEN! Then I will be blogger extraordinaire, I *promise.*
The most frustrating part about all this is that while moving forward my budget will be next to zero for beauty purchases (paying for a condo on my own is NOT going to be easy), I bought a slew of fun, beautiful things in the past couple months I’ve been desperate to talk to you about! Actually, to be honest, a lot of those things I haven’t even had the time to experiment with myself, and they’re just in a forlorn little pile in my bathroom begging to be adored. Since I’ve been traveling so much, most of these items haven’t come with me because I’m crazy-anal about keeping my makeup pristine, and I’m nervous about things getting banged up or broken (I’m still sore over my MAC Early Morning blush being in pieces :S). Argh! I hate not being able to multitask. LOL!
Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N10 (iridescent copper pink). It was the shade the MUFE Artist matched me with for my ultimate ‘MLBB’ shade. It’s quite pretty but I see to either veer lighter, darker or more bold with lippies for the most part. See link above for original review on formula.
But ladies (and maybe gents??)…there appears to be a silver-lining for you now. It was just announced that my flight has been delayed for 2 hours – surely I can pump out a post or three in that time!? Its not going to be any of the new, good stuff, but I have a boatload of photos from other items I’ve been meaning to show you. So sit back and get comfy…I have a lot of making up to do!
I don’t think there’s a soul on Earth who doesn’t like to get mail (when it’s the non-$$-owing kind). I personally love to get mail (even bank statements!), and am sure to send it out as much as I can – Christmastime gets all kinds of crazy. The absolute best/worst kind of mail is the kind that results from online shopping: awesome because you got a real treat delivered to your door! – but a little scary because it can get out of hand, quickfast. I haven’t yet reached the *yikes!* stage, but I DO have to hold myself back quite frequently.
Lately I’ve been indulging both my love of beauty and my love of mail by engaging in a whole bunch of swaps, ticking things off my lemmings list methodically which is super-terrif. However, before I got oh-so-wise, I did do a wee bit of other purchasing:
The Too Faced bronzer and the NARS eyeliner were swap items, but the ELLIS FAAS ELLIS FAAS ELLIS FAAS (just making sure you’re paying attention – I bought ELLIS FAAS!) product I purchased last month. ELLIS FAAS revamped their website in July and to celebrate they were offering free shipping till the end of the month, so I had to get on that! The brand was another on my “12 Brands to Try” list, so I’m pretty stoked. I won’t say any more about the mystery product, but keep your eyes peeled for a review and FOTD very soon!
Now, I haven’t forgotten that there’s also an a-England polish kicking around there too – one more shade to add to my collection! The brand was also having a promotion last month where the Mythicals collection was all half off, and when I noted one day that I didn’t own a black polish, my smart lady-friends Larie and Eugenia both recommended Camelot as a must-have.
Camelot is an inky, rich black that doesn’t have any other leanings – it’s a true, straightforward black, with no funny business. The formula is lovely, with the perfect consistency, and it’s fairly shiny on it’s own (here its shown with one coat and no top coat), but I think with two coats and a top coat it would simply gleam. However, it’s unlikely I’ll ever wear this as is, truth be told. I think shades like this are better left to the more fair-skinned of the world, as the contrast between light and dark is much more pronounced, and in my eyes, prettier. But there are several polish shades I own that could benefit from a black base coat, so I figured it was kind of a staple requirement in my stash.
…Then I got an idea. An awful idea.
This gal got a wonderful, *awful* idea!
Remember that garish gold polish I showed you a few weeks ago? The SpaRitual one that just about blinded you with it’s bling? Well, I think I might have found a way to make it work…
BAM! KAPOW! OH SNAP! Yes, my friends, I discovered a fabulous way to wear Aurum without wanting to take it off instantly! In fact, I kinda want to wear this look a whole lot!! And it’s so funny….today I decided that I wanted to get my hands on butter London’s Wallis – yep, I was gonna have it – and now I think I can hold off (for a while, at least). I know that it’s not a dupe by any means, but the idea of it is so similar that I can be satisfied on that front I think! I’m so pleased that I will be able to wear Aurum, as I can’t stand buying things that end up being all wrong. The black base totally chills out the shade (this is just one coat over Camelot) and grounds it so it’s not so aggressively sparkly and yellow-toned, and almost makes it look a little edgy. Love love love.
So all in all I had a great day today!! I have another handful of swaps on the way (yea, I’ve been busy), and a lot of pretty stuff to show you, so I have to get on it! I hope everyone is enjoying the last weeks of summer, it’s been a fantastic one here (can you believe, that our ‘norm’ now is sun!?), so I’m reluctant to see it go, but I am pretty excited for fall makeup shades! And this combo of Aurum and Camelot will totally fit in, don’t you think??
Do you order things online or only buy in-store?
Now, let me clarify my title before you go thinking that a-England‘s Princess Sabra, from The Legends collection, isn’t all that and a bag of chips.
<Oh yea, I just used that lame old saying!>
What I mean about Princess Sabra not being gold, is that it’s not – it’s a golden olive shimmer, and there’s a difference.See, the reason why it matters is because, when I put in my initial order for a handful of polishes from The Legends collection (Princess Tears, Ascalon, and Saint George), I skipped out on Princess Sabra because it looked like a gold holo prismatic polish, of which I already own one. However, I was sorely mistaken.Princess Sabra, or Tristam Eyes – as it is said to be the same shade as a-England creator Adina’s cat’s eyes, Tristam – is a beautiful shimmering soft olive green shade with a hint of bronze and a myriad of rainbow hues infused throughout. It does have strong gold leanings, but is definitely not straight-up gold. The polish is completely unique and absolutely stunning, and once I realized the error of my ways, I ordered it IMMEDIATELY.As usual, the formulation is lovely, flowing easily on the nail with just the right amount of thickness. The finish is glossy though not overly so. I did use three coats in the swatches here, as I found this particular shade a touch sheer. But three coats to gloriousness is really not a problem when you then get to gaze at nails like this!There’s really not much else to say. I’m SO pleased I picked this up, and I love that due to the gentle color it’s pretty much wearable in all seasons, and across plenty of skintones. I suggest if you don’t own this shade…just go buy it. Seriously. There’s no reason to wait – and a-England boasts free shipping everywhere, so you’ve got no excuse!
Are you as enthralled by Princess Sabra as I am??
More and more I recognize the fact that when you get right down to it, I love creme polish formulas above most others. I love looking at the shimmer and sparkle of other polishes – I’d love to paint a car in them, perhaps – but on my nails, nothing entrances me more than a straight-up creamy, glossy finish.
However. There is one other formulation that captivates my heart: holographic polishes, or what I think is the more accurate term – prismatic.
Actually, let’s settle this terminology before we move on. Every time I mention ‘holographic nail polish’ to my bf, he gets confused, and insists that is an incorrect term. After I thought about it, I think he might be right. Here are the definitions of ‘holographic’ and ‘prismatic’:
Holographic: Of or relating to holography or holograms. Soo…
(Without getting too technical) A hologram is a three-dimensional image, or representation, in photographic form.
Prismatic: 1) Of, relating to, resembling, or being a prism. 2) Brilliantly colored; iridescent. 3) (Physics) Exhibiting bright spectral colors (prismatic light).
Which sounds more accurate to you???
Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up! So yea, I love me some PRISMATIC polishes in all their iridescent goodness. I like them so much that I ended up buying two purple shades that come pretty darn close to being one and the same – a-England’s Lady of the Lake (purchased first) and Color Club’s Wild at Heart. They’re not dupes, but they’re near enough for me that I don’t see a good reason to own both – though I’ll probably keep ‘em both because their purple, and their prismatic. Reason enough!
Here are some swatches of the two – you can certainly see the difference with the naked eye, but for all intents and purposes they’re quite similar:On my index and ring finger is Wild at Heart, middle and pinky fingers are Lady of the Lake. You can clearly tell that it’s two different polishes, but still. Wild at Heart is more plum, while the Lady is a muted violet. I normally don’t pick up even near dupes, but when I saw shots like this online, I thought it would be entirely different. Wild at Heart did not get that fabulous from my perspective, but then again it is Winter and perhaps the cool sunlight isn’t doing it any favours. Regardless, the multidimensional shimmer (in both) does come out at the right angles in sunshine:I don’t really think I like one better than the other really…maybe Wild at Heart because its more vibrant, but overall they’re both lovely polishes (I’ve reviewed Lady of the Lake previously; Wild at Heart has a good formula with no issues to speak of) with a pretty sparkle that I thoroughly enjoy. It’s a shame it’s not consistently more sunny here in Halifax, as the beauty of these types of polish really don’t come out without it (unless you have a really stellar formula – from what I’ve seen, Speciallita and Glitter Gal look pretty amazing regardless of lighting…will.own.soon.).
And – despite the seemingly incorrect use of the word ‘holographic,’ I’ll still probably use as it’s more commonplace and I don’t want anyone to get confused Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!
Despite my great efforts to cull my stash to a more streamlined collection, I have still picked up a few beauty items over the past few weeks – some necessary, some not. For the most part, I’ve been fairly restrained, and only my polish collection has grown bigger (which is inevitable, c’mon!) – I’m still whittling down my skincare, getting rid of samples and almost finished products, and only splashed out on one item (which I’m totally stoked about). I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into what you can look forward to reading about over the next little while:Friday night, after going out for an awesome dinner at the Keg for our one-year anniversary, my bf and I came home and promptly fell into a food/wine coma. I really wanted to wash my face, but OH! the bathroom sink was too far away and required too much energy. As I struggled against sleep, I lamented how I wished I’d had some face wipes by the bed for just these sorts of occasions. The very next day, I picked up Ole Henriksen’s Truth to Go Wipes ($7.50CDN) to save me from this fate yet again. I also picked up another Jack Black lip balm ($8.40CDN), as my last one seems to have gone missing.
On this same excursion to Sephora, my goal was to pick up some Christmas gifts, and perhaps a little something fun (not wipes or lip balm) for myself while I was at it (natch!). Around and around and around I paced the aisles, trying to find something that would be a treat while avoiding repetition in my stash. Alas, it was impossible – as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything that I didn’t truly *need* and so I left, (relatively) empty-handed. However, right across from Sephora lies another temptation – MAC. And it was then that I had an inspiration – it was finally time to lay down the big bucks and buy the #138 Tapered Face Brush I’ve been lemming for months. Ringing in at $62.50CDN, this is a serious purchase, the kind I don’t make too often, but after getting home and feeling the ultra-soft bristles across my face, I knew it was going to be well worth the splurge. Oh yea, baby!My polish purchasing has slowed down considerably since Fall began – I had already picked up all the new shades I’d wanted – and the holiday collections out are leaving my mostly wanting: I’m not into OPI’s Muppets collex at all, nor Orly or Deb Lippmann, and only want a shade or two each from Zoya, Color Club, and the two collections China Glaze has put out this season. I’m hoping to buy them all online all at once from NailPolishCanada.com, but am waiting on Zoya (as usual) to be up for sale. In the interim, I’ve picked up the following (from above, left to right): Quo by Orly Cuti-Prep (their version of Orly’s Cutique I think), a-England King Arthur (metallic gunmetal), OPI DS Temptation (gorgeous purple-blue glitter), Joe Fresh Twilight (a sheer black jelly with…multicolored flakies!), and Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam (deep teal creme). I’ve worn Temptation once but with how fast glitters chip it was a short spell. The other’s I’ve swatched a bit but no full manis – keep your eyes peeled!!Lastly, I had to buy some necessities this month: Aveda Scalp Benefits shampoo (I used up my bottle of Phyto’s Phytolactum + Intelligent Shampoo and needed something to address my majorly seasonal-dry scalp), Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser (as my bottle of Philosophy Purity is near finished, and I wanted to try something new), Complex 15 Body Lotion (I have the face lotion, and these are just great basic, no-frills moisturizers to have on hand – and the bottle is bigger than my fave Aveeno Eczema Care cream so hopefully it’ll last longer!), and Vaseline Intensive Therapy Soothing Hand Lotion (my Eucerin has run out and I needed a replacement).
So…I think I have done reasonably well keeping the frivolous purchases to a minimum and not significantly adding to my cosmetics inventory – what do you think? I’ll be doing another empties post in the next few weeks and I think you’ll be sufficiently impressed to let me off the hook In the meantime, I’ll be reporting back on the products above and hoping they were worth the purchase!
As a holo lover, and considering the quality and originality of a-England polishes, I feel ashamed to say that I’ve had this polish for like, 6 months, and just wore it for the first time last week. *Gasp!* I know, I know, it’s some sort of sacrilege. But I bought soo many other polishes during the Summer it just seemed to fall by the wayside…and then I was waiting for a handful of sunny days in a row to maximize it’s holo quality – but you know that can be terribly elusive here on the East Coast of Canada! But, finally, the time came when the stars aligned and all that jazz, and it was TIME. And so, please prepare yourself for the beautiful Lady of the Lake:The shots above were taken indoors – you can see the polish is a pretty medium purple, and it just looks like it has shimmer in this lighting. Still quite lovely.I had the perfect sunny day to showcase the holo qualities – it was late afternoon so the sun had this great warm glow. You can see that the holo is not obvious or in your face, but demure and mysterious, while still apparent in the right light. So beautiful! I think it enhances the tones in the polish as well.
Lady of the Lake applied with total ease – even with my brush, which was a bit splayed for some reason, I had to application issues at all. The formula is thin but perfectly so, flowing well, and two coats result in perfect opacity. It is self-leveling and dries fairly glossy without a top coat added. I actually liked this shade better than Tristam – to me it’s prettier and more feminine. It’s a total gem in my collection!
What do you think of the Lady? Do you think there should be more holo, or do you feel its suitable for this polish?