Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Shopping at Luxola :D

A few months back, or maybe it was last year, I stumbled upon Luxola, an e-tailer selling HTF (in Asia) nail polishes such as Deborah Lippmanns and Models Own. Since then I actually go check on this website at least once a week to see what goodies they have. I have wandered from nail polishes to body lotions and most recently to make up items.

I recently ran out of my old trusty blusher by Maybelline and decided to try something new. And lucky me - at the same time mom was looking for some new eye make-up because she was having some allergic reactions to her old(er) make up. I have been looking to get some Sleek MakeUp on Luxola since for-e-ver but could not justify it, until that day that is! Off I went and picked up this awesome duo from Sleek. It took about 5 days to get to me but it was worth the wait!

This came in the mail:


The oh so special eyeshadow palette, the blush BY 3 trio AND a free eyeliner brush! Luxola always gives you little somethings with your orders! Me likey!


The i-Divine Oh So Special eyeshadow palette comes with 5 shimmer and 7 matte mineral shadows. The colors are relatively neutral (mostly pinks and browns) and is really easy to use with one another. Color payoff according to mom is quite good but she would prefer it to be slightly more pigmented.


The names of the colors are really quite festive don't you think. With Ribbon, Gift Basket, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Glitz and Celebrate my mind wanders willingly to thoughts of Christmas!


Next up is blush BY 3 in Lace.


I love this compact! All 3 colors look so gorgeous. My camera doesn't pink up the colors as well but they are really pretty. The most left color is a matte peach color followed by a rose gold shimmer and finally an antiqued rose pink. The colors come out really gorgeous on me - as long as I do not have a tan! I used this before my island getaway and it came out really easy but now I need to apply a little more for it  to stand out against my skin!


I really loved this set that I puchased. Not only was it worth my money, the colors were gorgeous too! And that little free gift was a lovely surprise! I have been back on Luxola many more times since I got this order and, heh, bought a little more.

By the way, if you are interested to get something from Luxola, I would recommend that you hop on  by soon since they are having a free shipping offer for the rest of this week!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Waterfall Nail Art

I have seen the waterfall manicure (as coined by Sammy from The Nailsaurus) around for a few months now and always wanted to try it. It seemed simple and chic at the same time. Of course I procrastinated for-e-ver because I was scared I would mess it up. But when Sammy came out with this tutorial, and made it seem so easy, I knew I had to try it!


And since it was a long weekend with no internet again (hence my abscence), and I was already wearing blue AND had the appropriate brushes as well, I thought that I would just give it a go. I picked a few blues, a silver holo and a white, took a deep breath and just went for it!


I think they came out OK. My lines are definitely not as even and uniform as Sammy's but at least they looked decent from a distance :P I also managed to get a few outdoors/sun shots since this was done on a weekend too! Usually I would be in the office before the sun is fully up and leave only as the sun is setting.

I did take a few photos indoors and surprisingly the holo is more obvious there!


The little bits of rainbow really does give this mani a little more depth me thinks!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Barry M Blueberry Gelly

I love Barry M polishes! But unfortunately when I was in the UK I did not purchase many even though I was dying to get them all! I only  came back with 4 of them and this is definitely one of my favorites!

Barry M Blueberry is a gorgeous cornflower blue creme. It applies gorgeously and is good to go in 2 thin coats.


And as the name suggest - gelly - this polish dries to a super glossy finish! What you see here is 2 coats without top coat!


Blueberry is somewhat similar to Essie Lapis of Luxury. I would say it is a tad lighter and more blue in color compared. But if you ask me which to get I would definitley sat Blueberry because of the ease of application. But then again, they are both gorgeous colors and I am glad I have both of them in my drawers!


I do want to get more Barry M Gellys but with the problems of shipping polish out of the UK as well as the crazy GBP-MYR exchange rate, I think I shall restrain myself. Unless of course a super sale comes along :P

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Etude House Coco Black aka PBK 803

When I put on OPI That's Hot Pink I knew immediately that I wanted to layer Etude House Coco Black over it!

Coco Black is a gorgeous glitter polish with black, white AND metallic pink glitters in it! Application was so so when you use it like a regular polish. The dabbing method is definitely better as the suspension base of this polish isn't as thick as those indie polishes out there!


The glitter combination really is quite indie-like and honestly way more affordable for me! If I remember correctly it was RM15.90 before discounts. Which is way cheaper than buying indie polishes which comes out to RM30-45 depending where I get them from. And I do not have to worry about packages getting lost in the mail too!


I did one (and a half) coats dabbed and no top coat! It dried really quickly and stayed put for more than 5 days with minimal tip wear! The only reason why I remved it was to get my nails done 'professionally'. Which turned out to be quite dissapointing actually D: An experience which I shall write in a different post of course.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

[PR] ILNP: The Ultra Chromes Are In Stock Right Now! Get 'Em!

Finally!

The ILNP Ultra Chromes are in stock and ready to ship now!

The day has arrived! Thank you all for being so patient and waiting this out with me. Pre-order customers, your goodies will start shipping today so keep an eye on your mailboxes!

Everyone else, you can scoop up your favorite Ultra Chromes right now! I have quite a bit in stock but they will go fast so don't wait too long to make a move. If you really want them, now's the time!

Click here to order your Ultra Chromes!

Of course, I had to refresh your memories with some beautiful 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!
If you're heading over to the site now, you may see a new queue in place. This is to prevent the site from slowing to a crawl and crashing under the heavy load.

The new queue is pretty neat and will automatically save your place the moment you hit the site. No one will be able to "cut" in line. Best of all, we can notify you via SMS the moment your spot is open!  No more sitting and waiting!

I hope you fall in love with your Ultra Chromes... actually, I know you will :)

Like always, if you ever have any issues with your order please contact me and I'll do my best to help! Thank you again for all of your support, it means a lot to me.

Enjoy!!
-Barbra :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

[PR] ILNP: Ready For The Ultra Chromes?


It's official...

The Ultra Chromes will be officially released this Friday!

This is a just a heads up email for everyone that wanted to score some ILNP Ultra Chromes but missed out on the pre-order. This Friday 9/6/2013 at 12pm PST the Ultra Chromes will be available for purchase.

If you want them, make sure you're there on time so that you can get yours while they're in stock!

Click here to take a closer look at the Ultra Chromes!

Note: Pre-order customers, your Ultra Chromes will start shipping on Friday

Limited quantities

If you want the Ultra Chromes, don't wait too long. They will sell out.

I did my best to make enough Ultra Chromes for the official release but if they move as fast as pre-orders did, we may sell out before everyone can get their orders in. If this happens I will do my best to do a re-stock in the near future!

"I hate the craziness of new releases!"

Sick and tired of practically fighting for your spot in line only to lose out in the end?

We learned a huge lesson after watching the site crash over and over during the Ultra Chromes pre-order sale and we never want that to happen again.

We don't want you to have to sit by your computer or on your phone having to refresh the site over and over hoping to get in. We know that sucks and is beyond frustrating!

Consider that a thing of the past! Here's what will kick in if the site gets overloaded again:

  1. real-time queue that will save your place in line from the moment you visit the site. That's right, no need to refresh over and over hoping to get in. Your spot will be held automatically the second you visit.
     
  2. Small groups will be allowed into the site (based on your place in line above) toshop freely and complete their orders at their own pace.
     
  3. SMS notifications! Yup, if you want you'll be able to receive an SMS notification the second your spot opens up!

    In the SMS message you will also receive an access code that will allow you to access the shop from any other browser on your phone or different computer for example.

    If you come back with the same browser you originally visited with you will be let in automatically!

    * Your phone number will be removed from our system promptly following your notification. We will not send you any other messages.
     
  4. Once your spot is opened, you can come back at any time.

We hope that this will take some of the craziness out this release! We know you have better things to do than sit around refreshing a webpage.

I hope this news excites some of you! We're doing our best to make your experience with ILNP as pleasant as possible!

That's all for now!
-Barbra :)

The Lilac Box - Box 4

I am back from the island! It was a good getaway indeed. We had lots of sun and no rain the despite the weather forecast saying it would be raining the whole time :D So after all the sun I am all tanned and burnt a little too! SPF 50 ain't enough when you go out snorkeling!!

Today I have my Lilac Box 4 for you!

Among all the different beauty boxes in town, The Lilac Box is definitely one of my favorite! It always has gorgeous packaging albeit being super minimalistic! This month, the box came slightly different.


It came in a cool black box tied with a silver ribbon instead of the regular brown and lilac. And on the inside..

Tadaa!!

Literally filled to the brim with goodies!

First up we have haircare!


L'Oréal Professionnel | Liss Ultime Shampoo
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
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.


L'oreal Professional | Infinum Hairspray
L'oreal Professional Mademoisells Infinum Hairspray by Charlie Le Mindu Extra strong hold professional hairspray. Patented formula for finishing a hairstyle. Extra strong, instant fixing of a section or long-lasting overall hold. Optimal shine. Anti humidity action. No residue.

If you have been with me long enough, you would know that I have recieved all three of this items in my Vanity Trove and Wonderbox not too long ago. I still have not used the hair spray but I did use the shampoo again after I last posted about it. The shampoo DOES foam up well. The last time I used it I guess I may not have used enough. Heh.



Jimmy Choo | Flash
FLASH is a white floral with a character that is effervescent, carnal and provocative. The perfumer, Christine Nagel says, "I created FLASH for the self-confident, urban Jimmy Choo woman: sexy, rebellious and sophisticated. I imagined the sound of her heels, clicking on the streets of New York, London and Paris."

Pink pepper, tangerine, and strawberry open the fragrance with a fresh, sparkling introduction. Heart notes of strong, exotic white flowers reveal a sexy character. A base of white powdery woods leaves a lasting impression, both seductive and modern.

Jimmy Choo | Jimmy Choo

An expression of the modern woman’s aura, this scent at once conveys strength and beauty, glamour and confidence. Luminous green top notes join a heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid and lingering base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli to leave a sensual memory on the skin. For the bottle, the opulence of jewel-colored Venetian Murano glass inspired its faceted design.

I have used both these perfumes but I do not remember which is which :S

One is a big seductive more matured smell and the other is light and fun, but still with a sense of sexiness. (I will figure it out and update you here when I do) I actually kinda like both of them but found one to be a tad more matured for everyday wear. Oh wells, off to mom's room it goes :)


Sothys Hydradvance | Hydrating Serum
The Hydradvance Hydrating Serum restructures your skin's protective function to further enhance the hydration level. It also gives a hydra-moisturizing effect with the ability to sustain natural hydration for a long-lasting effect. You will be amazed to find that your skin regains intense suppleness whilst youthfulness is visibly restored.

Sothys Hydradvance | Hydra-Nourishing Mask
The Hydradvance Hydra-Nourishing Mask provides essential nourishing and moisturizing effect giving an immediate comfort and hydration on your skin. It immerses the skin in absolute comfort. This gel-cream fresh fragrant mask envelopes your skin to restore hydration leaving it supple, soft and radiant.


OPI | Nail Lacquer in Skull & Glossbones
I think this product needs no introduction here! I was so happy to see a nail polish in the box. The colors were given at random and my color was Skull & Glossbones from the Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides SS 2011 collection. I have been eyeing this collection for a long time now and still only have 2 (now 3) out of the 6 creme polishes. Maybe I can get the remaining 3 in other beauty boxes to come? *hint hint*

Skull & Glossbones is a light grey and I have yet to try it on. I just received some new nail mail from Cult Nails and Harlow and Co and am so torn to wear which polish first! But I am sure to use this baby soon. I should probably try this in a grey gradient. Hmm...


Crabtree and Evelyn | Tarocco Orange Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
The intensive conditioning cream leaves hands feeling softer with each use. The Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy blends conditioning shea butter, moisturising macadamia nut oil and myrrh extract to help condition cuticles and nails. Vitamin C-rich Tarocco blood orange extract and skin-freshening eucalyptus and sage extracts moisturise and soothe hands.

MOAR CRABTREE AND EVELYN PRODUCTS!! Can you tell I am super excited for this product?

I love Crabtree and Evelyn products. They always smell gorgeous and really refreshing. And of course they work really well too! The Tarocco Orange range is one of their new-ish lines and this is my first full (kinda) sized item of it. The scent is really refreshing when you first apply it. Very very orangey actually. And as the day goes by the orange smells fades away and leaves behind a nice mellow herb-y smell.

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Do I love the fourth box from The Lilac Box? Of course I do! Will I get the concept box coming out this weekend? I hope I can get my hand on them! But with the last record of 135 minutes for the last box I don't think I will get it :(  But anyways, wish me luck k? *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

News from Enchanted Polish

New Color Launch / Restock


Sunday September 8th @ 1pm MDT


www.enchantedpolish.com
  • Limit 1 per color on this launch/restock, NO exceptions
  • Make sure your PayPal mailing address is correct
  • All sales are final
A note about the summer heat:
Once you receive your EP's please shake them up and then let them sit for at least 12 hours before use. The polish needs to settle and return to room temperature for best results.

Thank you so much!

Love,
Enchanted Polish

Girly Bits: Retired Shades, Crunchy Leaves Pre-Order Announcement

Retired Shades

You have been keeping us busy!

Since announcing the upcoming retirement of some of our nail lacquers we want to let you know that the following have sold out and been Retired.
  • Apparition
  • Hippity Hop
  • Holo'ween
  • Star Spangled
  • You're A Mean One...
Farewell lovelies!
Awww....Crunchy Leaves. You seem to really be loving this shade right now.

Due to the popularity of this shade we are going to do a special last minute run of it before retiring it for good!

From now until Friday, September 6th at 3pm EDT we will be accepting pre-orders for this On The Way Out Shade.

Thank you so much for your love of this shade. We have had so many inquiries about the availability of this particular lacquer since we announced its upcoming retirement! This will be your last chance to get this gorgeous lacquer! Pam will only be making enough to fill the pre-orders. After that Crunchy Leaves will be heading into retirement.

Special Note: This pour will be in our printed label bottles. All older "crystal" bottles are gone.

Pre-order Crunchy Leaves HERE for $6.00

Swatch courtesy of Pointless Cafe.

Monday, 2 September 2013

OPI That's Hot Pink

I do not usually like wearing pink on my nails but OPI That's Hot Pink seems to be an exception! This polish is one of the very first polish I have ever purchased and even till now I do reach for it quite frequently!


As it's name suggest, That's Hot Pink  is a gorgeous hot pink polish. It has an awesome formula and is good to go in 2 coats!


One more thing I love bout That's Hot Pink is that it dries really quickly and very shiny too! Sometimes when I am in a hurry I just do 2 coats of this and nothing else. It stays on fine and doesn't smudge even without a quick dry top coat!

Born Pretty 15 Piece Brush Set

I recently purchased a 15 piece nail art brush set from Born Pretty Store.

Before this I only had one clean up brush and a set of dotting tools and thought it was high time for me to get a few more! When I saw this set from Born Pretty Store I knew I had to get it! And at $5.96 it is definitely a steal!


The fifteen brushes include the following:
1. Fan Brush
2. Dotting Tool
3. Medium Striper
4. Small Angled Brush
5. Medium Angled Brush
6. Flat Brush
7. Angled Detail Brush
8. Small Flat Brush (good for clean up!)
9. Small Detail Brush
10. Short Striper Brush
11. Angled Brush
12. Medium Flat Brush
13. Long Striper Brush
14. Detail Brush
15. Small Fan Brush

*phew* That is sure a long list to type out!

So far I have used the fan brush (1), dotting tool (2), detail brush (14) and I do have a few manicures to show you in time to come :)