Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here you can see the two products. The blush is Stay Real Blush by Chantal Thomass, in Fever Pink (which is a more pink shade than Secret Rose, which is... more rosy :). It is really pretty, has a satin tone to it, like the Secret Rose. I still like Secret Rose a bit better, though.
The other product is Loose Powder in Pure Diamond, which is basically a highlighter, to be used on your cheekbones, your eyes, or anywhere else where you want a brightening efect. It supposedly has pure diamond powder in it... It is quite glittery, but not overly so, and I would therefore only use it for special and very "glamourous" occasions. I do imagine that it would make a good e/s, especially when used wet (think Fix + or something like that).
Some swatches for you. I swatched the Diamond Powder twice... just felt like it ;)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The cake I baked was a really rich chocolate cake, filled with dark chocolate ganache. It was so yummy! I decorated it with chocolate hearts which I bought when I was in Germany (I know that is kind of taking the easy way out, but I've just been so super busy lately!).
She really loved the cake :)
Here you can see it. I also flooded the dish with ganache, in case someone would like more with their slice. She served it with ice cream and whipped cream. It tasted so good!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Here you can see the brush or applicator tip. It is very nice and can be used for fine work.
And some swatches. The upper two stripes are heavily swatched, the lowest one is a bit thinner. The consistency of the liner is great,very workable. It stays on all night, yet comes off very easily with eye makeup remover.
I love this. Period.
As a collector, I try to buy at least one item from every collection MAC releases - but this time I just couldn't stop myself and got three ;) So you guys wanna see? I know it's late for a VV haul, but still, I want to show you, I have been waiting for this collection for so long!
The bag... there is something so exciting about a bag full of MAC products... makes you feel all warm inside, lol!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This is the 50th post on my blog! So I felt like it had to be something special... and what would be better than giving back?
You know the pink ribbon, right? Well, what about this shoe?! Don't you love it? Image from http://www.thehausams.blogspot.com/
Please let today's good deed be donating a tiny bit to some good cause. Doesn't have to be the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, just take your pick and give a little bit. Everything counts.
Finally, this big red building is the National Library, or Þjóðarbókhlaðan. I love this building :)
That is it for the pictures, but please go and check out my video on YouTube!
Also, tell me, did you like this tag? Are you going to do it? Tell me in the comments if you do, so that I can read/watch it!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Here you can see the polish. Yes, it is that dark, almost looks black (though you can see the blue tone to it, right?). It is actually the darkest shade I own, so it was quite a shock for me when I first put it on, especially after all the pink polishes I wore in summer! However, once I had got used to it a bit, I came to really enjoy it. It looks sophisticated, not quite black, but close. It is blue, very dark blue, with a hint of purple shimmer to it (this is the plain Russian Navy, not the Suede one, which has more glitter, and not the matte one). The only disappoint I had was that I would have wanted the purple shimmer to show up a bit more... However, this does not change the fact that I really like this polish.
The formula was very good as with other OPIs I've tried, didn't take too long to dry and was neither too thick nor too thin. Completely opaque with two coats, but since this is a really dark polish, you might actually like one coat better, which gives you a more blue tone to things. However, I was up for some darkness ;)
The polish didn't start chipping until after about four days, but of course, being a dark colour, it was rather tough to get off, and even left a slightly blue shade on my nails afterwards. However, I do love the colour so much that this will not stop me from wearing it this winter!
Yep. I seem to be doing a series of "late" posts... it's not on purpose, though. I promise :)
So the other day, I got my first OPI minis! They came four together, and yes, they are summer colours. But who cares? They're fun and pretty!
First of all, don´t you just love the supercute green packaging? You might have noticed that I love the colour green (my blog design is a little hint for you!) so this packaging is right up my alley!
And here you have the four little cuties! They are, from the left:
Flower-to-Flower, a bright pink with a hint of shimmer.
Flit a bit, a bright orange, cream.
Wing-it! a rather bright reddish pink, with ToNs of glitter and shimmer!
Catch Me in Your Net, a blue teal colour (who'm I kidding, teal is blue!) with the same ton of glitter and shimmer. This one might be my favourite of the fabulous four...
I have yet to try these out, wearing another one at the moment, but I do expect them to be of the same great quality as the other OPIs I have. I'll let you know!
So, how are you feeling in your grandmother´s trousers these days? Liking those colours? I most certainly am :) July, I'm on my way!
P.S. I asked you guys a few days ago, but nobody answered, so I'm asking again, since techonology and computers mixed with MissDiorista is just bound to fail... How do I get that "You might also like..." under my posts? I would be so grateful if you could help me out, I've looked for it everywhere (literally, even under my bed... it wasn't there...) and I can't find it!
This is what the palette looks like on the inside. You have one blush, four eyeshadows, two lipsticks and two lipglosses. It has a mirror of nice quality.
First of all, you see Sprinsheen blush by MAC. Do I love this. I wore nothing else the first two weeks after I got this. I absolutely love this. Did I tell you how much I love this blush?
The little pink pot is a concealer, the Erase Paste by Benefit. I'm in the lightest shade, nr. 1. This is a really creamy concealer, stays on all day and covers really well. Yes, it does crease a little bit, but I can live with that :)
And the powder you see is also by Benefit, the Hello Flawless! It is a powder which is supposed to cover like a foundation. I really love this. It covers up pretty decently, and feels good. I'm in the shade "Gee, I'm swell, SHELL". Only downfall is that I am going through this pretty quickly... on the other hand, I have been using it almost every day for about two months now, so maybe that's why I'm seeing pan already!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
So this last part is probably the one that I am most excited about. This is all about Benefit products, which you can't buy here in Iceland, so I kind of might have gone slightly crazy at the Benefit counter... but I don't mind! Let's get started!
I got three boxed powders, and frankly, I love all of them.
First, you see Hoola bronzer to the left. A really nice, matte bronzer which still gives a sunkissed look. Perfect for contouring.
In the middle is one of their latest boxed powders, a blush called Sugarbomb. As you can see, it has four colours. This blush really gives a lot of sheen, but less colour, so if you're looking for some pretty flush with glow, this will be your thing.
I also got the duo 10. One side is a highlighter, the other one is a bronzer. Both are very shimmery. I love this for some quick contouring, just make sure to blend well so that you don't look too streaky!
For the Hoola I use a contouring brush, but for the other two, I find that the brushes that came with them, actually work best.
Below the powders, you see, from the left:
That Gal face primer. This is a pinkish primer, with a bit of shimmer. I don't like this under my makeup, as I can't really see any difference when wearing it. However, I do like it over my makeup, as a slight highlight, or as a base for a powder highlighter.
Next up is a gorgeous powder highlighter, Miss Popularity. It is one of the most sparkling highlighters I've ever seen, not for every day use, but for some extravaganza, I love this.
Ooh la lift was kind of a disappointment for me. It is supposed to brighten up your under eye area (not conceal, just brighten). However, I can hardly see any difference. It is milky pink, yes, slightly shimmery, but I won't repurchase. I sometimes use it on my cheekbones, though, for just a hint of glow.
Finally (on this picture), you see High Beam, another highlighter (yes, I am really into highlighters!). It is a liquid one, and I love it. Period.
Then, I got one of the three e/s that came out with the collection. This one is in Velvet Green (the others are Peach and Midnight Blue). It is dark green, with loads of green and gold shimmer/glitter to it. Very pretty, but a bit fall-out-y. I actually got this one for the purpose of using it to set the green kajal that I bought.
I also got a green kajal, the shade is called Evergreen. I haven't really tried it out yet, but it sure looks pretty :)
The last thing I got was the blush brush. It is very soft, but not the greatest one for swirling your blush on. Good for precise application, though.
And now the swatches!
First, you see the eyeliner. To the left, it is swatched alone. Then, it is swatched with the green e/s on top. Do you see how the colour just comes alive? Wow. So pretty. Perfect for a "fall" night out! To the right is the e/s on its own.
Then, below those swatches, you can see the blush shades. There are four on top. Starting from the left: A brownish colour, a very pretty pink colour, a cranberry colour (my faveourite) and a highlight colour. Below those, they are all blended together.
A side look at the blush brush. It is rather slim for a blush brush, don't you think? I actually find that it works a bit better as a brush for setting makeup with pressed powder. Does a wonderful job in that area.
And finally, I have here two pics of the beautiful blush. The one above is with flash, the one below is without it. Just decided to post both, so that you could get a better idea of the blush.
First, you see here the following, starting from the left:
Diorskin Airflash Foundation. This is HG status. So amazing. Mine is in the lightest shade (they have four altogether). You can spray it directly on your face, but I prefer using a brush or simply my fingers. Beautiful foundation.
Next up is Diorskin Nude Glow. This was released in summer, and I unfortunetely think that is was LE. It can be used either under foundation to add some healthy glow, or over foundation as a slight highlight. Has very peachy (almost apricot) undertones.
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder Makeup in Beige Praline. Has SPF 10. I have to say that I really like this. It kind of has three products in one - an overall powder "foundation", a sculpter (which, depending on shades, can be used as a blush/bronzer. Here, it is a dark blush colour), and a highlighter.
The eyeshadow duo is 2 Couleurs, in Pop Look. It has a true, matte brown, and a shimmery peachy, pink shade, with a hint of gold to it. You can layer the two, or wear them seperately.
Finally, you see three nail polish bottles. Those came in a set of three. The first one is a base coat, then there comes a "ridge filler", which is basically just a very pale pink (kind of flesh pink) nail polish, and of course, you finish things off with a top coat. Let me just say, that this top coat is so amazing! It dries superquickly (by the time you finish your last nail, you can already touch the first one comfortably!) and gives a lot of gloss and shine.
Now, when I found this "little" guy, I just knew that I had to get it. It is a Travel Studio, and is basically supposed to be a travel kit. It has three eyeshadow duos (that makes six e/s altogether), a face powder, one lipstick, two lipglosses, a mini mascara, a black eyeliner, a brown lipliner, one double-ended e/s brush, one double-ended applicator and one brush, which is almost like a flat kabuki brush... Now, first of all, I have to say, that this palette is strangely put together. Two of the e/s duos are almost exactly the same (the top two, I know they don't look the same on this pic, though!), and what has a brown lipliner got to do with a pink lipstick? I don't quite get it. Also, the e/s are definetely not of the same quality as usual Dior eyeshadows. Those are a bit dry, as opposed to the buttery texture you usually get from Dior e/s. However, everything else is pretty nice, and you can create both day and night looks with those shadows.
Finally, I got this gorgeous "Addicted to Dior" lipgloss duo. It comes in two colours, and I got the "Addicted to Pink" one. It has a shimmery bronzy shade, as well as a pink shade. I decided to loan the pictures from elsewhere instead of taking some myself, because the stones in the writing always flashed my camera. Hope you don't mind :)
Image from FashionFuss
This is just a short post to tell you that I am now on Twitter! So please, if you are there too, follow! I would love to follow you, too. I also added a "Twitter"-box to the right, here on my blog, just to make things a little bit easier :)
I will mainly be posting beauty related stuff on Twitter (or that is my plan!), but I might tweet about something else, too! I also intend to use Twitter as a harsh tool (lol!) to get me to my computer and blog. If I tweet about buying some products, it will probably push me to haul them on my blog a bit more quickly!
You might also notice that I have added a "cloud" of labels to the right. I kind of like the cloud... I like how the most-written-about labels are bigger than the others. However, please tell me in the comments whether or not you like this. The blog should be as easy to follow and read as possible!
And finally, I also added a gadget which allows you (and me) to keep track of the five most popular posts over the course of the last 30 days. I thought this was kind of fun.
Please tell me in the comments what you think about all this!
P.S. I have a question for you - I really want to include that "You might also like..." under every post. How do I add that one to my blog? I've searched and searched but I can't find it! Please help me out here! Thanks!
Monday, October 4, 2010
First of all, A Tartan Tale is just to die for. I can't wait for the collection to launch! I love Scotland and everything Scottish, so I'll probably go slightly crazy... just slightly. Don't worry! (Who am I kidding - worry here! Worry now!)
Also, I'm still waiting for Venomous Villains to arrrive to my MAC store. It still isn't there! I want that what-was-it's-name-again-Apple blush so bad! It is destined to be mine :)
On to the holiday collections, oh my!
MAC and Marcel Wanders Team are teaming up for a collection in November, it looks amazing. I want that Sheer Mystery Powder!
Also, Peacocky Collection, Stylishly Yours and Cham-pale... I'm really anticipating the pics for those!
Head over to Temptalia for further details. Also, Hebridean Sprite has some pretty good swatches from the Tartan Tale collection (thanks for those, by the way. I love the Starry Sky one!)
Ok. It is clear now. I'm going straight to my bank and getting a loan. See you in a few :)
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I'm so excited to tell you about an event called NaNoWriMo! Ever heard of it before? If not, please do me (and yourself!) a favour, by clicking here and discovering all of it wonders!
However, if you want to get some brief details from me, then NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It was founded by Chris Baty in 1999, and basically, it is this:
Write a novel, 50.000 words long, in 30 days.
Sounds simple, huh? Well... yes, it is. In theory! The official NaNoWriMo month is in November, so go ahead and head over to the site. Sign up and get ready! You have the whole of October to start plotting and planning for your novel - or maybe you already have a story in your head, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to get out? Well, now is its chance to get out!
You might also have noticed that I have put the NaNoWriMo logo here on my blog (to the right). If you click it, it will take you right to the wonderful world of NaNoWriMo.
Maybe this whole idea sounds like insanity to you? Well, it is. It is a bit crazy to write 50.000 words in 30 days (for most people, at least). However, it is a whole lot of fun, too! Just go ahead and try - maybe you've been writing for years, but still, give it a try. Writing a novel at the same time as thousands of others, getting their support, supporting them, adopting someone else's plot, taking a dare of putting a ninja into your romantic novel - is superfun! Or maybe you've always wanted to write - then this is your opportunity! Maybe you've never even thought about writing - but still, try! If you don´t like it, you can just quit. It is not for everyone, but those who find it fun... get addicted to writing (including me!). So try. You will only sacrifice a few hours, but you might gain a whole new world :)