Friday, 30 August 2013

Wedding Nails

I was recently asked to be a bridesmaid for a family friend. It was a super last minute thing and I was really nervous about it!

The church is one of the very few churches in Malaysia that resembles churches in Europe. Of course it is no where near the majesty and grandness of those in Europe but it was still the prettiest ones in town. Literally! The theme was white and silver, which I think is just nice if you look at all the other colors of the church! 


Squint your eyes a little while you look at the photo above you can see that there are balls of flowers hanging along the aisle as well as 3 big bouquets(?) of lilies at the alter. And the person in the photo - a very nervous groom!

Well, since the theme was white and silver, of course I wanted to my nails to match it! I picked OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Cult Nails Faded and did a gradient. I then sponged Hits Hefesto over the grey for a little hint of color!


My pointer and middle finger came out a little weird. I think my sponge was a tad too dry and stuck on my nails :( Other than that I think it went quite well :)


I think my right hand came out better though. It seems to be the case these days somehow. :S


My nails even matched the cupcakes! Which were reaaaallly good by the way. I have no idea where to get them. But if I knew I would definitely be a regular there!


And a rare shot of me in the dress I wore to the wedding.


It was a beautiful wedding overall. The bride and the groom looked so happy! As a person who doesn't like weddings (don't ask me why) I really did like this one! Simplicity at it's best if you ask me :)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Barry M Atlantic Road

I have another polish I purchased from the UK for you today. It is a textured polish from Barry M, a brand that I have been eyeing since forever!

When I got to the UK, the first thing I did was walk into Boots and lok for Barry Ms. I kid you not! I was really happy to see that not only did they have a Barry M display, the nail polish section was fairly full too! I spent only a few minutes there because I was supposed to be 'at the washroom'. :P


My first pick was this gorgeous pastel blue textured polish Atlantic Road. I was never a person who liked blue much but somehow I was really drawn to this shade.


Application of this polish was not hard. They key to it, like most textured polishes out there, is to wait between coats. I only have another textured nail polish (OPI What Wizardry Is This) and I think these to polishes have similar textures. Both are just nice and not too scratchy if you get what I mean.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I'm off on an island getaway!

I know it seems really soon after my long Europe trip but this island holiday was planned last year. Waaaaay before any talk about Europe came up.

Anyways, I wanted to show you my holiday nails but unfortunately they are a mess (while I am typing this)! My friends and I headed to the salon for a mani-pedi but came back with sloppy nails. The place we went to only used regular OPI top coat. No quick dry. So out nails smudged even after 3 hours :(

My nails had another problem. I picked OPI First Date at the Golden Gate and ended up with streaky, patchy nails. I totally forgot that it was a jelly polish! Owh, and my manicurist did not wrap my tips. I highly doubt it will last until the holiday is over.

I am actually contemplating bringing nail polish to the island and paint my nails there! Unless of course I can find time to fix or change my manicure before I leave.

Until I come back, do enjoy the posts I have scheduled for you!

xoxo
Louanne

Monday, 26 August 2013

Shopping at Hi Shop


I made a purchase with HiShop early last month have been loving the items I got! I made an order for 2 Sun Off A Beach sunblocks for my travels as well as a Bath and Body Works set, blotting paper and a face mask just because. I waited for 3 days and these pretty pink box showed up at my doorstep!


Inside it:



Looks like alot huh! Well, little did I know that my order qualified for 2 offers which were running at the time. Or rather, they day AFTER I placed my order!

First up are my sunblocks. I received a small sunblock from a beauty box and loved it so much I decided to get another. And since I was at it I decided to out a Sports version of the sunblock in my cart as well. Good for my beach holiday coming up as well as for the boyfriend when he goes out for golf!


I placed an order for 2 100gm bottles and received 2 minis in my order thanks to this offer!

Next is the Bath and Body Work Dancing Waters set I got on offer at RM60! I know it may sound like a lot but did you know this is the only way we can get B&BW items in Malaysia? Oh how I wished they would ship to Malaysia. My bathroom would be filled to the brim with awesomely scented products!


I added on a mask for when I am burnt to a crisp on the island. I looked around and found this Baviphat Woori Gokmul Black Beans Mask Sheet. Aside from the awesomely cute packaging, it also boasts that it has black bean extracts that supply moisture and nourishment to dry and flaccid skin.


Oops! I forgot to snap a photo of the blotting paper I bought! It is the Nature & Co Mint & Tea Oil Blotting Paper. I like mint and I like green tea. So how could I resist right? :P I used it a few times and I am liking it so far. It absorbs oil quite good and does not leave any powder on your skin after.

The products I am showing you after this point are all freebies I received with my order!

Well, as with some other online retialers, Hi Shop gives you 2 samples with every order placed. I picked the twistband and another mask.


As much as most people love Twistband hair ties, I am on the fence with it. I like how it does not leave a crease in your hair, but then it also does not have such a firm hold on my hair. I end up having to go one too many round with it or re-tying my hair throughout the day.

And the next item I received because my order was above RM150!


I received this scent randomly and surprisingly I like it! It has a nice sweet scent to it. No, I have not used it just yet. I already have 4 bottles of shower products sitting in my shower!


My freebies from Hi Shop all next to each other.


All in all I am very impressed of Hi Shop. Aside from great offers and great shipping time, they do carry a lot of products on their website. Oh right, did I forget to mention that they offer free nationwide deliveries for orders above RM50?

What are you waiting for! Go on by Hi Shop to see what goodies you can add to your stash!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Zoya Mia Striped

Tadaa!! Another striped mani!!

I actually planned for something else but my creativity left me before I even started. I have this gorgeous rose gold nail polish by Skin Food and although it is probably 2 years old and with no mixing ball it's formula is still really easy to work with!


I initially wanted to do dots I think but when I saw these 2 colors together I didn't want to ruin it with my uneven dots so instead I picked up my striping tape and created this funky french striped mani.


I switched it up a little making each nail slightly different with the placement of the striping tape. A subtle difference that no one would notice in the office. *shhhh*


I have to admit, not all the lines on my left hand turned out as clean as I want them to be. After so long I am still trying to figure out what my problem is. One time my stripes are perfect and another it is all goopy :(


At first I thought maybe it's the polish, or maybe I did not peel the tape off quick enough, OR maybe I left the tape on for too long. Then I move on to do my right hand and this is what I get.


CLEAN LINES!! And I did everything the same as when I did my left hand. -_______________-

Back to square one. Gah!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Zoya Mia

Work has been hectic! One minute you are just chilling and the next 3 phones ring at once. =.=

Today I have for you a awesome nude pink which is VERY work friendly. Zoya Mia. My very first and one of my only 2 Zoya polishes!


I love Mia for it's sweet pinkish brown color. And the formula - good to go in 2 thin coats. The wear time unfortunately isn't as awesome because I only use thin coats. But as long as you wrap your nails you should be able to get at least 3 days of wear with no tip wear.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

A England's Mid Summer Fayre

 a.k.a OMGWHYAMINOTINUK Sale

A England is famous for their gorgeous colors and awesome formula. I have so many colors I want but unfortunately they no longer ship outside of the UK. *sigh*

So, ladies in the UK, I would jump at a chance to buy these pretties if I were you!


My very own Vanity Trove!

Remember I mentioned about Vanity Trove's new customization feature? Well, the lovely people from Vanity Trove gave me a chance to get one. And I did!

You had a whole page of items to choose from! Vanity Trove gives you free hand to pick anything you want from the whole list available! I decided to go for an all rounder box which covered the body, hair and face. These are my picks!


When I got this box I immediately dived in and tried everything so for the first time in never I have something to say about my experience with the products in the box!

For the Hair:

L'Oréal Professionnel | Liss Ultime Shampoo (500ml/RM79)
A smoothing shampoo for unmanageale hair. It uses the oil Incell technology to help provide control and nourishment to tame unmanageable hair. Oil Incell is a combination of Incell and nourishing oils (olive + argan) to soften, nourish and enhance the texture of the hair fibre.

L'Oréal Professionnel | Liss Ultime Masque (200ml/RM67)
A smoothing masque for unmanageable hair. It nourishes, smooths and helps to protect against humidity. This hair mask also uses the Polymer AR technology which envelops the hair to help protect against humidity and locks in moisture.


I think this is my second bottle of Liss Ultime Shampoo I got from beauty boxes so I could not ignore it anymore! For 2 boxes to feature this product it has to be good right?

Well, since this is my first time using L'Oreal Professional products I would say - not bad. The shampoo doesn't really foam up much for me but it still cleanses quite well. And the conditioner, well, it was a little lighter than what I am used to. Maybe I am picky because I am using the super thick Lush BIG solid conditioner. Hmm.. The fragrance for the Liss Ultime range is quite pleasant and light. No stay in yfour hair forever here. If you were wondering, my flash made the color go all funky. These are actually in a pale purple bottles and not the blue/grey you see in my photo here.

For the Body:


Goat milk is naturally rich in skin smoothing lactic acid plus rejuvenating vitamins A and D. Renowned for its soothing and calming properties, it has been favored for generations as ideal for sensitive skin and treating dry and distressed skin conditions.


Tilley | Goat Milk Soap (Single Bar/RM12)

Wonderfully creamy in texture, Tilley’s goat milk moisturizing soup bars are gentle on sensitive skin and are free of harsh detergents and chemicals. Further enriched with skin conditioning Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil and Organic Cocoa Butter. The skin soothing body bar gently cleanses the skin.

Pure South | Goat Milk Milk Body Lotion (255ml/RM59)
 Pure South Organic Body Lotion with Fresh Goat’s Milk is highly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. Scented with native Australian plant extracts and pure essentials oils which soothe and revitalize the skin naturally. 


I have both if this just sitting in my drawer and I did not realise it! How blur can I be?!
I finally finished The Body Shop soap bar that I have. Just in time for to try this out. Coincidence?

Well, I LOVED this soap bar! Unlike most people who avoid soap bars because it is said to dry out the skin I actually like using soaps. It gives me that squeaky clean feeling which only can be achieved with bathing with (most) soaps. I have tried quite a few types and this is the one is the makes you squeaky clean but doesn't dry you out. And the best part - a little goes a long way! All you need is a little for the whole body. The scent is quite sweet but really faint for this soap. Or maybe my nose is a bit off these days =/

I slapped on Pure South Goat Milk Body Lotion just before bed and woke up to smooth soft skin. It's texture is actually quite light and is lightly scented. It glides on easily and absorbs into the skin really quickly too! No 'using circular motions' needed to make this lotion go in your skin.

And last but not least, products for the eyes:

Talika | Lipocils Expert (10ml/RM185)
This amazing lash enhancer is composed of a blend of natural actives from the inventor of the original eyelash growth product in 1948 in France. It has no side effect. Whether you feel your lashes look too short, sparse, brittle or lack shine and curl, or if you just dream of longer, shinier, sexier looking lashes, Lipocils Expert® is your answer.

Bifesta | Eye Makeup Remover (145ml/RM26.90)
Gentle to your delicate eye area and eyelashes. High cleansing power ensures that no rubbing or tugging is required to protect eyelashes and delicate skin around eyes. Dual Effect of water and oil layer thoroughly removes even the waterproof mascaras. Non-sticky texture & High cleansing Ability Its cleansing power can even remove heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara. All-In-One eye cleanser. This product is contains deep sea water, Vitamin B & E. Non-sticky texture & moisturizes while removing eye makeup.

OK, I realised that I don't have anything to say on the Talika Lipocils Lash Enhancer. It says I need 28days to see results and knowing that I will be away on a short getaway and forget all about this, I shall start using this only after I get back! Promise!

I do not wear make up generally but I did just to try this out! I had on eyeshadow, a little liner and my brows done with my Sleek Eyebrow Kit which is a wax and brow duo. All I needed was a semi soaked piece of cotton and it all came off. Very easily I may add. Although it is a 2 layer (water and oil) remover, it seems less oily than my regular eye makeup remover.

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Looks good eh? I even calculated the value of all the items in there and it came out to about RM120! Which means I got more than double my money's worth! Woot!

And in case you missed it, Vanity Trove has a RM10 coupon code out for you to use on any purchases on their website from now till the 25th! Click on the link to find out how!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A Treat to Try at Vanity Trove

Heads up!

The lovely people at Vanity Trove are giving you a RM10 Voucher when you purchase your very own box of goodies! Just hop on to their website and key in VTMY10FORYOU for RM10 off any purchases from now till the 25th of August!




Mint Skittlette!

I liked the mint and glitter combination in my last mani that I decided to make a skittlete out of it! I was intending to do stripes or dots but that did not turn up to well and ended up with me removing the polish on both my pinkies.

I thought long and hard and went through a whole lot of nail art photos on my pinterest page and finally decided to take a cue from this pin by BedizzleNails and try to draw a rose on my digits! I did this once long before but never tried it again for reasons I don't know. I think I was scared to mess it up!


I picked 2 shades of pink and a white and held my breath and painted dotted! All I used to draw my rose was a small dotting tool. I did try to use a brush but alas my hand wasn't quick enough! The polish dried on the brush even before I could paint 2 strokes.


I was so happy with the rose and loved the pink on green so I painted my pinky the same pink as the rose. The little stud on my nail was added about 10 minutes after everything was done because I dinged it. Good cover up eh?


Colors I used in this manicure:
Baviphat #24
ulta3 Hot Spring
OPI Alpine Snow
No. 7 Paradise Love
China Glaze For Audrey

Owh, and if you were wondering, the small mint rhinestone I used in this post can be purchased from Born Pretty Store at only $0.99 for 100 pieces!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Crabtree and Evelyn Lip Butters

There was a Crabtree and Evelyn sale at my office the other day and of course being the hoarder that I am I had to go check it out. The items there were generally 30-50% off. There was their ever popular hand creams, handwash and hand lotion sets, men's grooming products, soaps and a small box of lip butters at the payment counter.

Well, I for one have never noticed that Crabtree and Evelyn sold lip butters in their shops before. Maybe this was way before I jumped into the world of pretty fragrances. But when I saw it I knew I had to grab them. I got 4 actually (all the different fragrances there!)


So far I have used 2 of the four I purchased - the Vanilla Creme Brulee and the Pomegranate and Grapeseed ones - and I have been loving them!

To me the texture of these lip butters are somewhat a cross between a balm and a gloss. It applies creamy white and leaves a good gloss on your lips. Some may find it slightly sticky but I kinda liked it. It keeps the moisture and make my lips super subtle! I usually put this on at night before I sleep and wake up to pillow soft lips. No kidding.

Have you seen these little tubes around? Did you grab any?

Saturday, 17 August 2013

[PR] ILNP: Pssst.... The Ultra Chromes Pre-Order Is On!

It's time...

Order the ILNP Ultra Chromes early to guarantee your spot!

I know you all have been waiting patiently and I wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming response! I know these polishes will go fast so if you really want them, be sure to get your pre-orders in!

Click here to pre-order your Ultra Chromes!

Last but not least, this email wouldn't be complete without some swatch pics!

Swatches above by XOXO Alexis Leigh. Click here to visit her blog for her full review and more swatches!

Swatches above by Very Emily. Click here to visit her blog for her full review and even more swatches!
I sincerely hope you all fall in love with your polishes the moment you get them. As always, I'll be here if you ever need anything or ever have any problems. Just drop me a line!

Until next time,
-Barbra :)

PS - Don't worry! There will also be an official release on 9/6/2013 in case you miss your chance to pre-order.

Friday, 16 August 2013

[PR] KBShimmer Fall 2013 7 NEW COLORS!

 
KBSHIMMER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF SEVEN NEW GLIMMERING POLISHES
KBShimmer Fall Polish Line Set For Release September 1st, 2013
 

 

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of seven new fall colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line. Owner Christy Rose says “With a bit of chill in the morning and school buses out in force, I can’t help feel that fall is almost here.  I am ready put away the neon and embrace the warmer, softer tones that accent the feeling of Autumn.”
 
 “The fall KBShimmer line up has a bit for everyone, from the glitter lover to those that want a more subtle look.” says Rose.  “We are again expanding our matte line with both a fun cranberry red, and a blue toned gray.  For those that love the look of jelly polishes, we offer three versions in black, red, and a blue with hints of purple.  A white crelly, and a unique teal with heavy pink shimmer completes the new collection.  We think this is our most diverse collection yet, and the perfect start to the season.”

KBShimmer – FALL 2013 COLLECTION

Vicious Circles: A blood red jelly loaded with silver holographic circles in two sizes, sliver holographic hex glitters and holographic sliver micro slices.  Best in two or three coats. 
 

Every Nook & Cranberry: A cranberry satin matte polish with a subtle pink and gold shimmer.  This polish with its blue undertones is one that will work on many skin tones.  Best in two coats.

 

You Autumn Know: A white crelly polish loaded with fuchsia, gold, and orange glitters.  Micro bars accent the fall pallet of this polish. Best in three coats, or two coats over white.
 

Teal Another Tail: A dusty teal green polish with a strong pink almost duo-chrome shimmer. A color I imagine would be on a mermaid’s tail.  Best in two coats.
 

Turbulence: A satin matte finish slate gray polish inspired by storm clouds.  Silver flakes are surrounded by micro blue and fuchsia sparks inspired by lightning and rain. Best in two coats. 
 

You Go Ghoul!: This Halloween polish is one that you will wear year round.  A black jelly sparkles with glitters in grape, berry and orange for a polish even a witch would love.  Best in two coats over black or three coats alone.
 

Excuse Me, I Blurped: A shade not quite blue, not quite purple shade with glitters in many shades of blue, purple, with a hint of copper. Best in two coats.
 


Shipping September 1, 2013
 
KBShimmer products can be found at Http://www.KBShimmer.com.  For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.

 
KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application.  KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.
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