Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Are you into Earrings?

I am!!!

I also have a thing for quite unique looking pieces that have that 'one of a kind' feel. Well I was browsing you-tube this morning and catching up on vids from my favorite makeup gurus when I came across Jackie's Video.

She's one of my favorite gurus and i LOVE her makeup looks and application but what caught my eyes this morning were her earrings! I.MUST.HAVE.


They're apparently from a company called La'Bella Coutoure1 and they have some extremely gorgeous pieces. I'm in love! Once they ship internationally, I'll be pacing a major order!


Go check em out and if you make any purchases let me know what you got :)

xoxo

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Purple Reign Giveaway!

Adventures in Makeup  is having a giveaway!


Check out her blog and give it a go :)

xoxo

March Favourites: Skin Care

Hey lovelies! So this is my first 'favorites post' on the blog.
Today I'm doing my favorite skin care products for the Month of March. I'm a creature of habit and I often use what works for me so this not be a monthly thing however if there us any change in the routine, I'll let you guys know.

Cleansers:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: I love this thing! I've been using it for over a month now and it's as amazing as people say it is. It's the only wash I've used that cleanses my face of EVERYTHING (even heavy duty makeup) without over drying it. I love it! I usually use it after I get home from work to really clean my skin from any product I would have used during the day.


Neutrogena Deep Clean (For Normal to Oily Skin): I use this on mornings when taking a shower. I believe in preventative measures and although I don't get break-outs, this helps with the occassional pimple I might get around that time of the month.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub  (Exfoliates to help visibly tone & firm skin)

I went to purchase the normal scrub and picked this one up by accident. It contains AHAs which are good for keeping your skin 'young' and supple.  It works well as a scrub and I like it. It also seems to be less harsh than the original which has a very gritty/grainy feel. I'd certainly repurchase when I run out.


Moisturizers: 


MAC MoistureLush Cream:

I bought this to use under my pro-longwear foundation (MAC) as it can look cakey if your face isn't properly moisturized. I've been using it at night too and I must say that my skin loves it! It hasn't broken me out and despite it being a heavy moisturiser, it doesn't leave me looking oily and greasy. And a little is all you need! I've been using this for the past month and it still looks untouched! It contains no SPF though which is okay by me as my foundations take care of that.




Clean & Clear Morning Glow Moisturizer with SPF 15

This is my daily moisturizer. It's much lighter than the MoistureLush and it's what I reach for most days.


I use a toner occasionally but nothing I really like all that well so I won't mention it. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday NOTD :)


KleanColor's Jewelry Red.
I love this brand...and I love red polishes!


Happy Saturday folks!

Want to Win the Urban Decay Black Palette?

Check out yuk-lui's Birthday Giveaway!


Good luck!

Beauty Blog Link Love Saturday 26th March

Miss Beauty Nerd dishes on Asia's hottest and most coveted product - BB Creams!!


Jellyminx shares a Jessie J inspired makeup tutorial.



K from Beautifully Addicted To gives us a look at ELF Mineral Glosses.


Anita over at Pleasureflush sorts through her stash of mascaras to find out which ones are keepers and which ones are heading for the bin!


Fee at Makeup Savvy takes on this year's Spring/Summer key fashion trends with a series of inspired nail art tutorials!


Phyrra's Indie Spotlight for March is Epically Epic Soap Co. Learn all about Allison!


Getting downright swatches spring blushes and tries to decide between Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent!


Ooh, shatter! Musicalhouses shows you an awesome black and silver shatter NOTD with Barry M Instant Nail Effects!


Krasey Beauty hobnobs with makeup royalty, and learns of new beauty releases, while she's at it!



Beauty's Bad Habit shares her favourite eyeshadow bases and primers for vivid, 'life proof' eye make-up that lasts.


Checked outELF's black bottles yet? Queen of Turquoise has!


Welcome to your new addiction - Alyson reviews the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams at The Gloss Menagerie.


Tracy at Beauty Reflections gets a 70s makeup vibe with Rimmel Glam'eyes Quad Eye Shadow that fits right in with the 70s fashion trend!

The Pink Sith won't be able to kill your lemming for this new Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in # 4 Pulp Fiction.



Who said neutrals can't be dramatic, Madame B Fatale shows you how!



Kimberly takes the Dare To Wear Charity Challenge: For Japan Are you up for the challenge?



Hop in the car for a roadtrip with My Lips But Better and OPI's Fall 2011 collection, Touring America.


Are you a Kate or a Vanessa? You'll find the answer at Musing on Beauty, by comparing Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Addict lipsticks.


The Chantecaille Sea Turtle palette came swimming into Cindy's life, see if she thinks it's worth the $79 price tag.





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Did you hear? BarryM may come to Canada!! To celebrate Spiced Beauty is giving away a huge 5-piece prize pack.


Want to win 2 NARS blushes + other goodies? All you have to do is be a follower of StealMyHeartLovee's blog for a chance to win.


Music and Makeup has been going for 2 years! Jo celebrates with a giveaway of some of her favourite products.

theNotice is giving away a ridiculously glittery Honeycat Cosmetics lipgloss. Whether you're a cat lover or a glitter girl, you *need* to check it out!

Friday, March 25, 2011

30 things I want to do: Tag

1. Fly a plane
2. Become lawyer
3. Write a book
4. Get married
5. Have children
6. Do my Phd.
7. Take up Photography
8. Become a chef
9. Do a good deed everyday
10. Live abroad.
11. Learn Italian
12. Live in Dubai.
13. Read more books...yes....even more
14. Learn to play a musical instrument
15. Work at the UN
16. Visit the seven wonders of the World. 
17. Do a sport and actually enjoy it. 
18. Open my own coffee shop...with a mini bookstore
19. Organize a fund-raising event and donate the money to charity.
20. Own a boat. 
21. Go to Po to Paris, Kiss under the stars
22. Be happy and content in whatever I do. 
23. Make my own jewelry and crafts and sell them. 
24. Volunteer
25. Sew my own clothes
26. Have 'Sex and the City' lunches and dinners with my girlfriends
27. Learn sign language. 
28. Be a more confident person. 
29. Be someone my children (future) can look up to.
30. Get fit. Be Fit.Stay Fit


I tag everyone :)

NYX Rouge Cream Blushes *swatches*

My ebay order came today :)
I love these little guys. I own the orange and it's a fave in my collection.

I can't wait to test these out and see how they're gonna look.

Here are the swatchies!!

Natural & Glow


Natural




Glow

I also got excited today when one of the few local beauty supply stores here indicated that they'd soon be stocking NYX products. I can't wait!!!


Do you own any of these? Let me know!

Monday, March 21, 2011

ASOS.com (and my mini shopping spree)

I hate shopping in St. Vincent. I often find that the clothes here are over-priced (because we import a lot) and are not suitable to the kind of climate that we live in. I usually shop online which can be difficult as not most places ship internationally or the shipping charges are just not worth it. Which is why I love ASOS.COM
They do free shipping world-wide which is amazing and they often have discounts on their lines. They sell a variety of stuff from clothing to shoes, bags and even make-up. If you've never heard of them, check them out.
Packages usually take about 2-3 weeks to get to me.


Here's my recent order

(the leggings)



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Princesa Livia's Sigma Synthetic Face Kit Giveaway ! ♥

 
3 Simple Rules of the giveaway:
1. You must be a follower of http://Princesa-Livia.blogspot.com
2. Comment on the contest blog post saying 'I want in!' with your e-mail address (where Livia can contact you in-case you win). 
3. Blog about this giveaway, including the picture above and rules of the giveaway, and link back to the contest blog post together with the comment from #2! You can enter as many times as you like, as long as you blog about this giveaway! And believe me, I will check! ;)

That's all! Easy, right? xx 

This giveaway ends on April 1, 2011 at 11:59PM GMT and is open internationallyOne (1) lucky winner will be chosen randomly. If you win, Livia will send you an e-mail to ask for your shipping details, and you must reply within 48 hours of receiving it otherwise your entry will be disqualified and another entry will be chosen.
 
 
Have fun guys!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Review + [mini] Giveaway! CLOSED

Hey dolls! I'm often surprised when I click on my blog and see that I have a new follower (the reaction is literally "OMG they like what I post"? lol) I want to thank everyone for being a follower and for interacting with me through my blog.

Now yesterday, I received my SIGMA brushes and after cleaning them last night they were ready for use this morning. I won't review them all in one post because haven't had a chance to properly use them yet but I must say that I think they are a worthwhile investment.

I really like the face brush (I've been wanting a proper one for a while) and my face literally sighed as I applied my setting powder this morning; the bristles were so soft!


Another of my faves is actually a brush (E25) I would not have bought due to the fact that it's travel size (I have a thing for full length brushes) but it as sent to my as a gift for making a purchase over $30.00 ( an extra brush you say??? lol)

I used it this morning to apply my eye-shadow base (paint-pot) and I really liked the way it applied the product. I usually use my fingers but this brush allowed me to give my lid a perfect wash without applying too much product. The E25 will definitely become a staple in my routine and you can have one too! Yep, I'm giving one away (From Sigma through my blog)

Rules:

1. You must be a public follower of my blog
3. You must be over 18. If not please get your parent's permission
4. Leave a comment on this blog post (and if you're a new follower, leave me your blog addy)
5. Leave your email address so that I can contact you!
6. If you decide to make a blog post or link to your blog about the giveaway, please let me know.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY! And the winner would be chosen using random.org

So enjoy!
Giveaway ends 5th April, 2011
xoxo

J

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Brush Haul!!

My Sigma Brushes are here!!!
So excited! I can't wait to use them. I think they got here pretty quickly too, about 2 weeks if I'm not mistaken which is great.

I love the fact that they come in these cute lil pouches.



In order: F30, E55, E40, F05, E65


And because my order was over $30.00, I recieved the E25 as a gift!

So seriously, check them out! Reviews coming soon and happy shopping!




Disclaimer: These products were paid for with my own money.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tag: Bold

You have to bold the things that apply to you...

I miss somebody right now.
I don't watch TV these days.
I wear glasses or contact lenses.
I love to play video games.
Ive tried marijuana.

I have been in a threesome.
I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.
I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me

I'm TOTALLY smart.
I've broken someones bones.
I'm paranoid sometimes.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I need money right now.

I LOVE sushi.
I talk really,really fast.
I have long hair.
I have lost money in Las Vegas.
I have at least one sibling.

I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.
I couldn't survive without Caller ID.
I am usually pessimistic.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I have a hidden talent.

I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar i have.
I am currently single.
I have pecked someone of the same sex.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.

I love to shop.
Enjoy window shopping.
I would rather shop than eat.
I don't hate anyone.
I'm a pretty good dancer.

I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a cell phone.
I believe in God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I have passed out drunk.

I've rejected someone before.
I have no idea what i want to do for the rest of my life.
I want to have children in the future.
I have changed a diaper before.
I've called the cops on a friend before.

I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn.
I have been with someone at least 10 years older or younger.
I am shy around the opposite sex.
I have tried alcohol before.

I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past.
I own the South Park movie.
I would die for my best friends.
I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza.
I have used my sexuality to advance my career.

I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and i like it.
I am happy at this moment.
I'm obsessed with guys.

I study for tests most of the time.
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I have more than just my ears pierced.
I walk barefoot wherever i can.

I have jumped off a bridge.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous money on makeup.
Plan on achieving a major goal/dream.
I'm proficient in a musical instrument.

I worked at McDonald's restaurant.
I hate office jobs.
I love sci-fi movies.
I think water rules.
I went to college out of state.

I love sausages.
I love kisses.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I can pick up things with my toes.
I can't whistle.

I can move my tongue in waves, much like a snakes slither.
I have ridden a horse.
I still have every journal I've ever written in.
I can't stick to a diet.
I talk in my sleep.

I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions.
Climbing trees is a brilliant past-time.
I have jazz in my blood.
I wear a toe ring.
I have a tattoo.

I can't stand at LEAST one person that i work with.
I am a caffeine junkie.
I cosplay or know what cosplaying is.
I have been to over 15 conventions.
I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical the better.

I'm an artist.
I only clean my room when necessary.
I like a person of the same sex.
I love being happy.
I am an adrenaline junkie.

And I tag everyone reading this if you want to do it too :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cup-cake, schmupcakes :D

I'm seeing them everywhere! On you tube, on blogs on face-book, everyone seems to be into making cup-cakes! Even my mom! I swear she makes em every weekend and even though I don't like cake all that much, my birthday 'cake' consisted of 27 cup-cakes.
Was there a cup-cake memo sent out that I didn't get?

They are so pretty  though! And tempting!



[Red Velvet]

[Red Velvet CupQuakes]
[The Birthday CupQuake]
[Coconut Cupquake...*licks screen*]

[Red Velvet CupQuake with Chocolate Frosting]

[Classic Vanilla CupQuake with vanilla frosting & sprinkles]


 [Coco for Coco CupQuake]

And if you love the look of these cuppies and you're in the NY area, Check out my friend Tia @ CupQuakes (teehee the name is TOO cute ) and place an order. I love how yummy these look and I'll be sure to indulge a little on my next trip to NY.She does quite a variety (chocolate-guinness/Baileys/Red Velvet to name a few) and something is sure to appeal to you.

If you're not on Face-book, you can visit her website at ilovecupquakes or shoot her an email at 
info[at]iLoveCupQuakes[dot]com
And if you try them, please let me know!

xoxo

J


Monday, March 14, 2011

What's In Your (Salad) Bowl?

I love to cook. I'm pretty good at it...but I will admit that I hate slaving over a hot stove especially when I'm making a meal for one.
I love quick fixes (oats and cereal for b/fast, salads and sandwiches for lunch and salad, soups or stir-frys for dinner) and the majority of what I eat takes 15 mins or less to prepare. These days I've been eating lots of salads and actually enjoying them (yum!). I often buy mixed bags of salad leaves or romaine lettuce and toss in grilled chicken or shrimp...and then the idea hit: Why not GROW my own lettuce, salad stuff etc? 

I love Romaine. And Rocket. And Endive. And Spinach. And of late, I've been adding parsley and mint leaves to the mix.

What about you? Do you like salads? What do you add to yours? More importantly, WHAT seeds sould I invest in? Lemme know!
xoxo


Sunday, March 13, 2011

*NEW* From Sleek Makeup: Avoir la Pêche collection

Ahhhh. My favourite London drugstore brand. I own quite a few of the palettes and the majority of lip polishes and I must say that for the price, Sleek can rival a lot of department store brands. 
This new collection would be lovely for spring/summer and for those of us that live in the Caribbean it would be great for all year round.

 Palette:paraguaya. 
It contains gorgeous neutrals, golds, peaches and orange shades, with a little plum to mix it all up.
Retails for £6.99

 Pout Polish: Sugar May. *sigh* I want this. I don't need it, but I want it. 
£4.29.




Blush: Pan Tao
I LOVE orange blush. LOVE
Retail: £4.29


If you live in the UK, they can be found at Superdrug. If you don't, Sleek ships internationally, HOWEVER, I think it's just a tad bit pricey. I may very well overlook that with this collection though just because I MUST have that blush. And pout polish. And palette.

Happy Sunday All.
xoxo

Saturday, March 12, 2011

12/03/11 Link Love

Want the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara but don't like the price? Come over to Jeweled Thumb to learn how to make your own for free!
Kelly from Gouldylox Reviews loves peach colored makeup. After lots of searching, here are three perfect peaches for spring.
Krasey Beauty visits the International Beauty Show in NYC, and takes you along for the ride!
Does Victoria's Secret Sparkling Lip Gloss light up Makeup Morsels' life? Read to find out!
The Pink Sith Pontificates on the Perfect Peach Pigmented Pucker Provided by Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Sweet Nectar. Quite Possibly the Prettiest Peach in Perpetuity!
Kim Porter takes you inside of QVC's Beauty Breakfast showcasing QVC's top-selling beauty and hair products.
Kimmie at KimmieKarmaLove plays catch up with three brand new looks that are different for her. What do you think?
Mariella at Musing on Beauty falls in love (yet again) with a new foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and tells you everything about it.
Daily Polish thinks she's found the red polish to top all others in A-England's Perceval, take a look and see if you agree (and fall in love with this Cult English Lacquer company!)
Rae swatches and reviews the new Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm at theNotice. Find out if it's bee-utiful, or just a bee-rate product!
Who says you can't wear a smokey eye in Spring? Musicalhouses shows you the perfect forest green smokey eye that's great for any weather!
Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed tests out lip colours looking to bring some coral into her spring lip wardrobe! Retrodiva has been searching for the perfect oud fragrance - find out if Tom Ford's Oud Wood is the one. Phyrra raves about a must-have makeup brush! You need this one, and it's a steal at $3.
Beautywoome divulges the new 'forever' beauty products she found in 2010.
AOYV is mighty impressed with Guerlain's Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner.
Get ready for summer with these bright MAC Cremeblend Blushes on My Lips But Better!
Brighten up your look by following this spring purple and pink makeup tutorial by Socialite Dreams.
Audrey Dao drops by Inglot to check out their Freedom Palettes. Find out what she thought!
Tracy at BeautyReflections is craving Spring and Annabelle Smudgeliner in Limetteis helping to satisfy!
Jenn over at Spiced beauty conquers her fear of falsies and rocks a pair of MAC 38 lashes in her newest FOTD!
Jo at Music & Makeup shows us swatches of her favourite blushes.
Like eyeliner? Like colour? Claire has found some rather lovely GOSH Velvet Touch Liners that fit the bill nicely.
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Win a huge £300 Boots voucher by commenting here in The Beauty Slice competition.
Anti-ageing eyeshadow? Finally! Cindy at Prime Beauty learns all about the new technology in Anastasia's Illumi8 Eye Shadow Palettes and is giving away one for you to try!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Korres Lip Butter [Pomegranate]: A Review

The one one product that I can never get enough of is lip moisturizers.
I own tons of chap sticks, lip butters, lip conditioners and I keep buying more!
They're pretty easy to pick up and I sometimes keep 2 or 3 different ones on me at a time. 


I received the Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate from a friend last year and I was pretty excited about trying  it. I'd bought into the youtube/beauty community hype and it pretty much became a 'must have' item for me

It is described as a 'buttery lip-balm that melts on your lips and cheeks for a pretty touch of color'. It contains shea butter (always good) and heals lips and provides a softening touch to the skin.

Well I, personally, have never tried this on my cheeks so I can't comment on that aspect, however, I must say that it's a pretty okay lip product.
yup

pretty ok. nothing to write home about.
Now don't get me wrong. I love the creamy formula and the way it glides onto my lips. What i don't like, is the way it makes my lips feel. 
I can actually 'feel' the product on it and that annoys me...slightly.  I will say, however, that it's a GREAT lipstick base because it's not to smooth/slippery. It has no discernible scent and gives a little bit of color. 
I've noticed on occasion that it has a tendency of clumping to any dry patches on my lips, which to me is a bit strange.
To be honest, I much prefer my Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner or my chap-sticks.
Would I purchase this once it's done? No
I'm actually trying to use it up quickly :(

Have you tried the LBs from Korres? your thoughts?
Have a safe day guys!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Make-up Tag :)

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? 14/15..when I discovered lipgloss!!!

2. How did you get into makeup? I was a chap-stick buff...but I also had a friend that owned a cosmetics store and I got my first summer job with her. Being around all that MU all day sorta pulled me into it.

3. What are some of your favorite brands? MAC, NARS, Rimmel London and NYX


4. What does makeup mean to you? It makes me feel like a kid again lol but I also think it's a way of enhancing how you look.
 
5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be? foundation, mascara, lipgloss and bronzer :)

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup? It's a universal language! Seriously!

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup? I don't think of MU in those terms. I buy what works. I love the attention you get in High End stores and the fact that you can get assistance from an 'expert' (if you're a newbie) but I own tons of drugstore brands too and Revlon Colorstay ranks high on my list of foundations.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner? Research, research, research! You-tube, blogs, forums.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood? Colored eyebrows :s

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube? I think it's a great idea! I wonder who uploaded the first YT beauty video? Lol but seriously it's where I go to get feedback on products I may be interested in buying.






That's it guys! And everyone's tagged!
xoxo


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NEW Sigma 10% OFF CODE!

Hey Guys
Just bringing some good news your way. Get 10% off your purchase at Sigma using
PROMO CODE: STYLE2011
I actually placed a purchase BEFORE this code came out :( and like the sucker for 'sales' that I am. just placed an order for two more brushes 
I picked up a powder brush, the MAC 109 'dupe' a few eyeshadow and blending brushes and an eye liner brush (reviews to come as soon as I get them)

Happy Shopping!!!!

Here's the link again Sigma

Oh and they ship internationally too!