Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Isa Dora Graffiti Nails Gift Set

Hi everyone! I'm back! I thought I'd be able to post sooner than now but this year's lead up to christmas has been so busy and things are only winding down now.
I got an early christmas present from my mum its one of these crackle effect nail polishes that have been around for a while. I've wanted to try them for ages but have always been hesitant about it so I was happy that someone else bought it for me...so thanks mum! :-)
Anyway the gift set comes in a little leapord print bag and has a gold polish, the crackle polish in black and also a base/top coat.
So you just put on your colour varnish let it dry, then stick the cracle polish over it and you get a really cool result! So happy I have this stuff!
As it was a present, I don't know how much it was, but you can get this stuff everywhere, I also know Barry M have the crackle polishes in loads of different colours! So I'm definatley gonna get a bunch of them!
Also this is posted from my phone so if the post looks different and the pictures are all bad quality and appear at the end of the post, you know why!
Thanks for reading and take care!
X o X

Saturday, 3 December 2011

ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream

Elf Duo Eye shadow cream Left: Butter Pecan Right: Sugar Cookie

These little babies are awesome!! 

I can't blow Elf's trumpet anymore than I have already. Elf are a fantastic brand, and I am a huge fan! Their products are really a bit hit and miss. These Duo Eye shadow creams are one of their products that have gotten mixed reviews in other blogs i've read, but I really like them. 
First thing I like is the price they're only €1.70. They really could charge more for these seeing as you get two different shades of cream shadow in one pot.

Sugar Cookie
The first one I have, which is my favourite of the two is Sugar Cookie. This has a light pink shade and a golden one. They didn't swatch too well because they are so light and because my skin is so ghostly looking that they don't show up great on my hand...so sorry about that! 

Sugar Cookie Swatch Left: Pink shade, Right: Golden shade

Butter Pecan

The second one I have is the Butter Pecan one, and I haven't used this one as much as Sugar Cookie but it's still really pretty! It has a dark brown shade that has a goldness to it and the lighter side is a hard one to describe, its kind of a brown/pink/peachy/gold colour.

Butter Pecan Swatch Left: Darker Brown/Golden shade Right: Lighter Peachy/Pink/Brown/Gold shade

Now onto what I think! These are really creamy, blendable and quite pigmented. They're so easy to work with and you can wear the colours alone or together. I usually use them if i'm in a hurry for just a quick wash over my eyelid. I mostly use these under eye shadow of similar colours, they really brigten powder shadows of similar shades, make them last longer too, so if you use a primer AND one of these before a powder shadow, you're going to get some seriously long lasting vibrant eye looks.
Also bot sides of  the Sugar Cookie Duo make great highlighters! I bring the Sugar Cookie one with me when i'm travelling because I'm scared of breaking my Benefit Highbeam so this is a good alternative to that or for just saving space in your make up bag! I also want to try the black liquorice duo, im thinking maybe the dark side of that would make a good liner? Has anyone tried that with the black liquorice one before?

Thanks for reading and take care!


Thursday, 1 December 2011

ELF Mineral Foundation

ELF Mineral Foundation in Fair and ELF's Kabuki Brush

I've never really been big into mineral make up, I found that with my oily, less than perfect acne prone skin it hasn't ever really worked. For the most part, it has made my skin irritable and break out so bad it's crazy, I had just decided that maybe mineral make up wasn't for me, when I decided to take a chance on ELF's mineral foundation, and I have to say i'm pretty happy that I did, because it changed my mind about mineral make up.

ELF Website Product Description - Our weightless mineral foundation will help get you on your way to healthier illuminating skin. All our powders blend naturally into the skin, and are so light that they work with your skin color to create a perfect color match. All of our foundations contain sun protection factor (spf) 15 and are 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes. 

So I got this from the ELF UK website a while back, and I have been loving it so much! It is €4, and I think it's pretty great! 

ELF Mineral Foundation

Just like your normal mineral foundation, this is a loose powder, that comes in a little container with a screw off lid, there was also one of those plastic sifters that are really annoying, I took the sifter out, as it was pushing down on the powder too much and making it all stick together and nothing was coming out. If you're accident prone like me, be careful if you're taking the sifter out, as I knocked it over and half of the powder fell out!
I wore this on it's own, with just a bit of primer underneath, and it lasted really well, only had to touch it up once or twice where my skin was starting to get oily. As for coverage on it's own - it isn't great. It dosen't cover up much, so if your skin is very bad, I wouldn't wear this alone. 
What I usually do is wear this over my foundation, as an alternative for a pressed powder, and it works a treat! It really just finishes off my foundation, and makes me look a little more natural looking. It gives a bit of extra coverage, without making my face look cakey the way most pressed powders do. The shade is also so light that it dosen't make me look orange the way pressed powders can do. 
The best bit about this particular foundation is that it didn't irritate my skin the way other mineral foundation has, so if you have sensitive skin, this is one to try! I do think this is a very good quality foundation for the cheaper than chips price! So I will definatley be getting more when it has run out, and am also thinking of trying some of ELF's other mineral make-up.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the ELF kabuki brush works so good with this! It picks up  the right amount of powder and it's so easy to just buff this into your skin with the kabuki brush, so i'd say it's worth getting the brush if you're getting this foundation. The Kabuki brush is also €4, and is on the website where all the mineral make up is.

Thanks for reading and take care!


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