Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nivea's A kiss of milk and Honey Lip-balm- A Review

I am not fan of Nivea lip balms. I have a few that I've tried that did nothing for me or my lips and thus they have been relegated to the pits of my makeup stash. With the three that I've tried before I've found the texture to be a bit too waxy (almost like a primer) and they often chapped my lips leaving a white cast on them so I was a bit iffy about ordering the Kiss of Milk & Honey lip-balm.

Being the product junkie that I am and the overwhelming need that I posses to 'MUST HAVE' a new product that receives endless raves in the bolgospehere, I found a seller on e-bay that ships internationally and ordered two.

And now...I AM IN LOVE!

What Nivea says: The formula, enriched with natural Milk Protein & rich Golden Honey,
pampers your lips with nature’s best remedies 
to give your lips the strength and moisture they need.

Look how far I've gotten in 3 days!

I love the feel of the balm on my lips. I really hate anything that feels heavy on my lips and I get irritated very easily to the point where I would wipe off just applied gloss and lipstick simple due to the fact that i dislike how it feels.This however, wears ,like a dream while keeping you lips soft and fully moisturized. It has a pleasant taste...maybe vanilla (?) but nothing too overpowering. It DOES NOT smell like milk and honey but I can live with that. The more I smell it the more i discern a light vanilla fragrance...which I really don't mind because I hate the smell of honey (makes me wonder why I bought this but I'm not complaining).

I can definitely say that other than the Blistex conditioning lip balm in the pot, THIS is my HG lip-balm...like...seriously! I think I just hate the fact that I have to order it online because it's not readily available in St. Vincent (and I don't know if it ever will be) but i will definitely be stocking up on my next visit out of the country. Way to go Nivea! 





Saturday, August 27, 2011

August Favourites: The Makeup Edition [PIC heavy]

Here's a list of what I've been using on my face for work on a daily basis:

 Urban Decay Naked Palette, UDPP Primer Potion, MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Dark, MAC Mineralised Skin-finish Natural in Dark, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation NC45, Maybelline Falsies Mascara, MAC KindA Sexy Lipstick
Eye-shadows L-R: Embark, Wood-winked, Amber Lights, Rice-paper





 Sigma Brushes: F30, E55, E40

 Sacha Cosmetics Blushes: Orange Glow, Rouge Glow, Amber Glow
And a bonus! The Nivea Kiss of Milkand Honey lip-balm. I got this a few days ago but I'm already a 1/4 way through it! Huge review coming up.  Love this stuff

I also have reviews on a few products from Sacha Cosmetics including the blushes posted here.I didn't do swatches of the Naked palette or the MAC shadows because I figured that the blogosphere is already saturated with them but if you'd like to see them let me know.

Next up should b my skincare faves for the month of August....so until then...


xoxo

Fancy winning a SIGMA ES Palette?

The lovely Madiha is hosting a giveaway on her blog and you can win a SIGMA palette of your choice!


Head over to her blog for the rules on how to win. Good luck!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The french mani experiment :)

I love the french mani. I get mine professionally done but i have a few days til I'm due at the spa and i decided to do my nails myself...my 'french' mani with a twist ;)







I used: Kleancolor's Emerald Sparkle and a beautiful teal/bluish-green colour from Miss Sporty.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Caribbean Beauty Blogger featured on Become.com

Wow! You guys don't know how thrilled I am by this.
I started my blog purely out of a love of reading blogs and as I love to write i said, hey....why not.
I want to thank the guys over at become.com for featuring me. 

Please go and check them out as they have wonderful beauty and fashion tips as well as features on other bloggers that you may enjoy. i think what has me extremely hyped is that a lot of the bloggers i love to read are also featured an I feel incredibly humbled to be among them.

Special thanks to Kim who contacted m to let m know about the feature and to everyone that continues to check in and read my sporadic posts.
Much love everyone!

You can check the post out here

R.I.P Aaliyah!

10 years later, she is still missed. I love her music as much as I loved her makeup looks. 
She was incredibly beautiful...I often wonder what place her music would have had in the music industry had she still been alive. 

R.I.P Babygirl





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Currently Listening to:Lil Wayne 'How to Love'


On repeat. And loving it.

'Had a lotta crooks try to steal your heart/ never really had luck/ didn't never really figure out how to love'

Story of my love life.



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Skin-Care Tips: At Home Facials

Hey everyone. Came across this wonderful website where you can get tips on 
everything from skincare to beauty to home organization. 
I thought I'd do weekly posts on some of their tips to fill the time in between me having to use and review product, take pictures 
and swatches etc...plus it never hurts to have the extra information right?

Today's post comes to you courtesy of the become website 
so check them out and see what they have to offer!
 

DIY facials are an easy and affordable alternative to expensive spa or salon treatments. Get a home facial kit or use ingredients around the house to get cleaner, more radiant skin with an at-home facial.
  • First, cleanse. Mix one or two tablespoons of warmed whole milk and a couple of drops of olive oil to make a cleanser to remove makeup and debris and moisturize the skin. With clean hands, gently massage the homemade cleanser onto your face and neck with sweeping, circular movements to stimulate circulation. Rinse off with warm water.
  • Next, steam to hydrate and soften the skin. If you don’t have a facial steamer, boil a quart of water in a large pot (if you want, you can also infuse the water by wrapping up a fragrant herb such as chamomile, eucalyptus or lavender in gauze and placing it in the water). After the water reaches a boil, remove it from the heated stove. Bend over the pot to get your face as close to the steam as you’re comfortable, and put a clean towel over your head to create a tent for a mini steam bath. Steam for about five minutes, then pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Exfoliate. To make your own exfoliating sugar scrub, combine ½ cup of granulated sugar, ½ of firmly packed dark brown sugar, ½ cup of sweet almond oil, 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, one tablespoon of ground oatmeal and one teaspoon of ground nutmeg. For a simpler exfoliant, mix a ½ cup of dry, fine or ground oatmeal (whole oats may be too abrasive, especially for sensitive skin) with a ½ cup of powdered milk (some recipes use baking soda, which also may be too harsh for sensitive skin). Mix the dry ingredients with enough warm water to form a paste. Gently apply the mixture using circular motions (avoiding the eye area), then rinse off.
  • Mask. A mask will help deep-clean and hydrate your skin while stimulating circulation. To make an easy homemade mask that works for most skin types, mix the whites of two eggs with two tablespoons of plain yogurt (you can add ½ tablespoon of honey if you have dry skin). Apply it onto the face and let dry for 15 to 30 minutes or until the mask feels tight. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Tone. If you want to make a homemade toner, mix one part witch hazel with two parts rose or orange-blossom water. Sweep the toner across your face and neck with clean cotton pads. Skip this step if you have extremely dry skin.
  • Lastly, massage and moisturize. Apply a generous amount of moisturizer on your face and neck, concentrating on areas on the cheeks, mouth, forehead and around the eyes as these facial muscles tend to be the most overworked.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fancy winning a gorgeous product?

Ramblin' Blonde is hosting a giveaway!

And the prize includes this beauty:


head on over here to enter

Saturday, August 13, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Mermaid's Tears




A gorgeous sage green color.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams







 I've had these for a while but never got around to really using them until recently. It's really hot here and I've not been wearing much makeup except for powder, bronzer, eye-shadow and lip-balm. Everything else tends to feel heavy on my face and by the time I start to sweat it's a wrap! 

The lip creams however are perfect for hot summer days as it gives you a soft matte/ stained lips look. I have five of them: 

Stockholm: a nude/brown shade

Istanbul: a light pink shade

San Paulo: A pinky/berry shade (love)

 Amsterdam: A tomato red hade (my favourite) 

Monte Carlo: A deep blue-red (think Marilyn Monroe)

 There are tons of reviews on the web about these and I'm probably the last one on the ship to review them so I wont go into too much specifics. I love the packaging and how chic they look for the cost. What I love even more is the way they wear....they're not as heavy as matte lipsticks, they're not sticky like lip glosses and they last about 3-4 hours depending. And they smell divine!!! Like a sweet pudding or creme brulee! lol

They can be a tad bit drying after a while so I tend to layer balm underneath, blotted, a at night I pop some clear lip glass in the center to add a bit more oomph! 

Swatches are below....there are only 2 lip swatches as the others didn't come through the way I liked and were more nudey on my lips than anything else. Enjoy!







 Stockholm, Istanbul, Sao Paulo. Amsterdam, Monte Carlo
 San Paulo
Amsterdam

Beauty Blog Link Love 13/08/11.



Peachesandblush does a quick neutral eye with the Sleek "Oh So Special" palette.

Bronzers are a must for summer! Smashinbeauty reviews & swatches Too Faced Chocolate Soleil matte bronzer.

L from Beautifully Addicted To reviews two of Liz Earle's Treatment Masks.

Want some colourful, fun make up ideas? Sophie from Melovemakeup has done a bright, fun rainbow eye! Check it out.

Need to make a change for Fall? Gouldylox Reviews deconstructs Keira Knightly's angled bob, so you can decide if it's the right cut and how you can get the look for yourself.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall is in LOVE with Lovestruck Perfume.

Amy Antoinette reveals and reviews her holiday essentials.

The Pink Sith is going green! She has fallen in love with Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Metallic Sage from the new Modern Mercury collection.

It's time for Monthly Favorites! See what made Pammy Blogs Beauty's list of July Star Products!

Musing on Beauty introduces you to Kiko Milano Makeup.

Makeup Morsels reviews Lierac Sensorielle, a multitasking blend of botanical oils. Find out why she fell in love with it here!

Sick of relying on heat to get wavy hair? Madame B Fatale shows you how to style your hair without the heat.

We have all heard that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Well, Lydia has never been happier to be from Venus after trying these amazing soaps and lotions from Barefoot Venus!

If you’re planning on doing a DIY Ombre, read Hellcandy’s tips & tricks before you do it! She’s had many a disaster trying to achieve this gradated hair effect so you don’t have to!

Read up on the Ellis Faas lip colors at Handmade Reviews.

Do you like wearing khaki eye makeup? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone never thought she would, but some products have changed her mind. Find out which ones!

Kajal Couture experiments with Opi Black Shatter and Gold. What do you think of her experiment?

Claire starts to test out the upcoming Chanel Fall 2011 Collection over at The Beauty Scoop!


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Friday, August 12, 2011

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Book of Shadows, Vol. IV


Look at what popped up on their Face-book fan page today! The neutrals have me very interested!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Imperfect Rebel

I have the flu. It's horrible. 
I had to take two sick days and even with all the Day and Ny Quil 
and tons of liquids I still feel sick (boo hoo).

To make myself feel better, I put on a full face of make-up last night
and tried out my MAC Rebel lippie.

The look was great...the pics...blurry lol. I'll share them anyway :)



I soo want to wear Rebel to work but it may not be appropriate as  work in a legal office...I'm thinking of blotting it and wearing it as a stain...we'll see

Foundation: MAC Pro Longwear & Studio Sculpt NC45
Eyes: UD Naked Palette, MAC Rubenesque pp
Eyes: Night moth lip-liner, Rebel Lipstick

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Currently Loving

VH1's Single Ladies. My new guilty pleasure :)


Does anybody watch this?


Monday, August 1, 2011

BB Link Love 1/8/2011

Musicalhouses shows you an awesome Bird of Paradise/sunset inspired eye look using the Sleek Curacao Palette - possibly the brightest eye look ever!

Beauty's Bad Habit shows gorgeous eyeshadow swatches of her first love in indie cosmetics, the fabulous Fyrinnae Cosmetics.

You know that cooling sensation when you bite into a peppermint patty? Well it's the same thing when you use the Chantecaille Aquablush in Charming. The Pink Sith explains.

At theNotice, Rae reviews a Benefit BADgal waterproof liner and decides that if bad girls all have to wear BADgal... she'd rather just be good.

Check out the new Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection from Too Faced. Gouldylox has swatches and details.

Addicted to Beauty is still dreaming about the crazy hair extravaganza that was the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy 2011 .

Phyrra's Independent Spotlight for the month of July is One Hand Washes the Other.

Check out Smashinbeauty's Return to Paradise review and swatches.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections wishes Tarte For True Blood Natural Cheek Stain was Hellmouth worthy!

The Beauty Spot tested out the new Rimmel Vinyl Max Lipgloss. See how it worked out!

Have you ever considered Juvederm? Read about the experience of Marcia at Beauty Info Zone to learn whether Juvederm is something that would work for you.

Love bright eye shadows for summer? Make sure to keep lips subtle with this fabulous nude lipstick at Makeup, Beauty and More.

Do you need to perk up your under eye area? Pammy Blogs Beauty's Cover-It Concealer Review series continues with a review of this under eye treatment/primer by Per-fekt.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed swatches Chanel nail polish to prove that all greys are not created equal!

Read the MAC and Sigma brushes dupe guide at Handmade Reviews.

Take a trip to St-Tropez! Nicole from Lipstick and Luxury swatches this limited-edition luxurious nail polish from Dior.

What type of results REALLY come from having a Brazilian Keratin Treatment? Check out Socialite Dreams for the results of the KeraStraight treatment at Ulta.