Saturday, August 29, 2009


I have been tagged by the lovely Shifa from Get Gawjus ( ) to do this tag post! Please go check her out! She's got beautiful EOTD's and great reviews!
I tag anyone who wants to do this Tag!
Please do keep in mind that I hardly wear make-up every day anymore, due to lack of time in the mornings!!!

Shampoo: I recently got Pantene Pro V for Dry and Damaged hair - not sure if I like it

Conditioner: L'oreal Elvive conditioner "anti breakage" & Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor (I love this stuff! It has been my HG hair product for years and I always have someone bring back a few bottles from England)

Styling products: Sebastian Xtah Clay - amazing stuff. I have had this for almost 10 years. You would think it's gone bad by now, but it hasn't!! It's basically clay that you work into your hair. I love the volume it gives me. Apparently it's been discontinued but you can still get it.

Shower Gel: Milk & Honey by either Palmolive or local brands - after all I am in the land of Milk & Honey

Body moisturiser: I use either Balea moisturizers (German cheapie brand - amazing stuff tho) or The Body Shop's Body Butter in Brazil Nut

Face moisturiser: Dr. Fisher's Oil Free Moisturizer (only few times a week) & MAC Moisturelush eye cream for under the eyes and around the mouth (once - twice a day)

Deodorant: My boyfriend's Rightguard - actually now it's mine.

Fake Tan: I have something by Dr. Fisher which doesn't seem to be working (only used it once) - plus I don't really need it anyway.

Cleanser: Oil Free Cleanser by Dr. Fischer

Exfoliator: Queen Helene's Cocoa Butter Natural Facial Scrub

Primer: None - Monistat Anti Chafing gel when I can be bothered

Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC30 or Everyday Minerals Sweet Olive, Light Olive, Buttered Tan or Golden Medium

Foundation brush: MAC 187 or EDM Long Handled Kabuki

Concealer: I only need undereye concealer and these are the ones I currently use: MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25 (Yes, it finally came) or MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20. In EDM I like Peach or Abbot's Perk me up

Powder: Everyday Minerals Sweet Olive, Light Olive, Buttered Tan or Golden Medium

Blusher: MAC's Dainty or Love thing or Barry M's Natural Dazzle

Bronzer: I don't use Bronzer

Highlighter: Everyday Minerals Pearl Beige (very rarely)

Eyeshadow base: Two Faced Shadow Insurance, Artdeco's Eyeshadow Base or I just go over my eyelids with MAC's Studio Fix Fluid and set it with powder

Eyeshadows: MAC's Brule, Shroom, Satin Taupe, Buckwheat or Style Snob. Everyday Minerals Shadow in Oasis.

Eyeliner: Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner, MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Curler: none

Mascara: L'oreal Voluminous

Lipstick: MAC Blankety

Lipgloss: MAC Lychee Luxe, Venetian and Underage. MAC's tinted lip conditioner in Pink Fish. Carmex.

Nail Colour: none at the moment!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

the flipside - thoughts on our love for make-up

Hi my lovely followers.

This will be a more serious blog post about the flip side of our love for make up and pretty things and it was triggered by yet another online purchase of mine. (Keep in mind please, that I am not a professional, nor a freelance make-up artist.)

As you can probably tell I am feeling slightly guilty about my online spending and rightfully so.
In the past 2 days I have ordered quite a few things, that I don't really need, but that I really wanted.

But you know how it is, once you want something, you will convince yourself, that you do need it. Hey, we all "need" that shade of green eye shadow even though it is almost identical to another green eyeshadow that we have. It is different tho, right? The texture is better, the undertone is different, it's matte, it's satiny, it's frosty. Bottom line is: We want it. And I will keep convincing myself that I need it until I get my hands on it. And then I will move on to my next item of obsession and wanting.

I think, and I am speaking for myself only, my love for make-up is turning more and more into a shopping addiction. And it scares me, yet I can't seem to stop myself.

Let's take a look at my feelings during the last purchase: I knew it was unwise to purchase those items, I started feeling that rush through my blood with a slight feeling of excitement and...guilt. However, that greedy little voice in my head was telling me to push the button "confirm payment" already. It was telling me to ignore all those feelings of guilt and really common sense!

It's gotten to the point where I start hiding the fact that I made yet another unnecessary purchase from my loving boyfriend, because I know he'd be disappointed in me.
What happened to all my promises to myself that I was going to spend my hard earned money more carefully? Yes, what did happen to them?
I need to save up to go back to University and we're planning on leaving the country. We need the money. But that little greedy voice in my head kept telling me how I needed 10 more eye shadows and 2 more blushes.

And even now, with all my realizations I am still trying to trick myself into buying two more liners (hey LE, right? We must get our hands on them, before they're gone...), and a Mineralized skinfinish and two more eyeshadow refill pans so my palette is full and then, yes, then I will go on a no-buy. Right.

Needless to say the beauty and make-up brands know exactly what they're doing. Clever marketing. MAC in particular keeps coming out with a gazillion collections each month. And it poses a real danger for those of us who really need to watch their spending.
And as much as I love the beauty community online - it doesn't make resisting any easier. Yes, I do admit, it is wonderful to meet so many like-minded people. But watching youtube haul videos and reading reviews about that new green eyeshadow from the new xyz collection doesn't help. I am not blaming anyone but myself here, just want to make that clear.

I am just really frustrated by my own lack of diszipline.

How do you girls feel about this topic?
Do you feel you spend too much on make-up and beauty products? Is it getting out of hand? And what about all the time you spend on it?

Let's get the discussion rollin'...

Monday, August 17, 2009

I have been tagged! ♥

I finally have the time to do a tag post!

I was tagged by the lovely Michelle. If you don't know her blog yet, please check it out:

Here are the rules:

1. Open your first photo folder.
2. Scroll down to the tenth photo.
3. Post that photo on your blog and tell us the story behind it...
4. Tag 5 or more (or less) other people to do the same!

That's a pic of my baby and me. :) We were riding in my friend's car (in the back seat) on a hot Saturday in June.

I tag:
Carlinn -
Sara -
Chrissy -

And anyone else, who would like to do this tag post!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Starflash eye shadows - swatches & initial review

As promised a swatch and initial review post!

A little about Starflash eye shadows:

• Limited Edition
• buttery smooth and "fluffy"
• blend like a dream
• little fallout
• slightly shimmery

Smoke & Diamonds:

This eye shadow is a repromote from last years Starflash collection. It is a shimmery, smooth taupe colour that has more of a silvery grayish undertones than a brown one. It is a cool tone and I haven't been able to make this one work yet. I really do love the colour, but I have the suspicion that it works better with cool toned ladies.
For those who can make this eyeshadow work for them, I can see it working as an all over lid colour with Carbon or Print in the outer V and crease area. Maybe it can also be used as a crease colour with a cooler beige shadow.

Style Snob:

This shadow is one of the new ones that were released this year. It is a simmery taupe colour with a significant peach undertone. This eyeshadow can be easily paired with other warm browns, warm purples and beiges with a warm undertone, such as All that Glitters. Or just worn by itself as a wash on the lid. Out of the three eye shadows that I got, I really love this one and almost wear it every day!

Fashion Groupie:

This eyeshadow is my first purple MAC shadow and I love it. It's a mid-tone purple and would go well either in the outer V and crease area or as an all over lid colour. I think this shade of purple would suit warm as well as cool skin tones. It is vibrant and lively.

Which other ones was I lusting after, but was too late to get my hands on at my local MAC?
Rated-R & Strike a Pose! Such a bummer. I swatched these two in store, but they were already sold out. I might have to call some other MAC stores to see who still has some left.

What do you think of the Starflash eyeshadows?

MAC shopping spree

Hello my dear readers!

It's been a while. And I have been doing some major shopping this past week.

These are the things that I got:

From the Love that Look collection I got these lovely eyeshadows:

• Smoke & Diamonds (depotted)
• Style Snob
• Fashion Groupie

• Carbon & Brule in Pan Format

• Moisturelush eye cream

• Studio Fix Fluid NC30 & pump

• Dainty Mineralize Blush

(pump not in the picture)

Swatches & reviews to follow...

Have you gotten any of the Starflash eyeshadows?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A big thank you to all my lovely followers!! :)

Hello my dear followers and fellow bloggers!

Wow, I can't believe my blog has 102 followers. That is so exciting! From the day I started I was excited about every new follower. I hope you guys enjoy my blog!

This is basically just a big "Thank you" for following my blog! I know, that I neglect it sometimes and I hope that I will find more time to blog, review products, post FOTDs/EOTDs again soon. My new job has been quite demanding and exhausts me like no other!

Please tell me if you would like me to review or post pictures of particular items! And those of you who have't said "hi" yet, don't be shy!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Allcosmetics wholesale update

As you might remember from my previous post, I was shipped a wrong product by ACW.
I contacted them and didn't hear back from them for 3 days. Only after I sent them an email again, did I get a reply. So this is what the outcome is: They want me to ship the item back, upon receipt they will refund the shipping costs and send me the correct product. Fair enough.
But this will mean, I will have to wait another month till I get the product. And from the time I ordered it will have been almost 2 months for me to get the product I ordered.
I am quite frustrated.
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