Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hibiscus on my Toes

Sorry for the lack of posts these past days. My sister and a couple of friends are visiting before we all embark tonight on our summer holiday.

So I’m just blogging now while everybody is still sleeping after last night’s drinks (a couple of bottles of good Spanish red wine). Love having my friends around.

I just thought I could update  you on the nail polish I’m wearing in my toes for the holiday. Actually I’ve been wearing it for 2 weeks now and has barely chipped.

This is a picture I took when I had just painted my nails:

Natural Collection nail color in Hibiscus.

Natural Collection in Hibiscus/Wearing my Tone Ups

Hibiscus is a pretty bright Fuschia color, very summery. Looks more pink in real life, for some reason my camera doesn’t always get the colors right. Anyway,   it was a great find at Boots, for the quality of the polish and the low price, less than £3 if I remember well.

In the picture I’m also wearing my black Tone Ups, the Sketchers version of the more pricey Fit Flops which I think are ridiculously expensive for a pair of flip flops (£55!).

These ones were £28 on Amazon (great finds on the shoe section) and are part of the “Tone while you walk” type of shoes.

They are VEEEEERY comfortable, it feels like you’re walking on little cushions. I chose them in black because I felt were the ones that would go with everything.

I think they run a bit big, bought my regular size and they feel a bit loose but still very comfortable. Just something to bear in mind.

Definitely a good buy.



Camper Crazy

I’ve done some serious retail therapy over the last month

And last weekend I went Camper crazy!

Camper is a Spanish shoe company that I’ve been wearing for many years, since back in the day when I was living in Spain (and they weren’t known outside the country), since when I can remember.

Their shoes are made from good quality leather, comfortable with funky styles sometimes, normally not just your plain old shoe although there are some styles like that as well.

They have been copied many many times.

And I particularly like “their philosophy” and I’m proud that a shoe Spanish company is doing great around the world.

From the website:

“Camper is more than a shoe company, it is the dream of a Majorcan family who have been manufacturing shoes since 1877. It is a Mediterranean dream that establishes a way of being, of living and of feeling. Their dream combines traditional roots with an industrial vocation and has led Camper throughout the world. Camper shoes have a spirit and personality of their own, presenting a diverse range of footwear that combines design with imagination and functionality. They are unique and original, and constantly surprise. The slogan “Walk. Don’t Run” expresses the Camper philosophy of slow living and their appreciation and attention to detail. These are values that are found in the original designs created with the passion and flavour of the Mediterranean.”

WARNING: if you don’t want to get suck by the Camper Mania stop reading NOW!

Last weekend, I was just browsing the internet for good final sales. I checked an online shoes shop that is affiliated with Amazon called Javari.

http://www.javari.co.uk

The offer free next day delivery, which is never a bad thing. I’ve used it already a couple of times in the uk and the delivery IS that fast. In the US the equivalent would be http://www.endless.com

So these are the shoes I bought, real bargains:

My new pairs of Camper sandals

They are both high heels. The most popular Camper shoes are flat but in the last  years they have also pretty comfortable high heel shoes as well.

The grey/light beige model is a wedge which I particularly like because I can stand and walk on them all day without my feet/legs suffering from them.

They were £42 instead of £90. Not bad.

Camper Laura Wedge leather sandal in "Stepa Grey"

The red ones are more of a coral tone. They have a crazy heel for me but they also have a platform and at least when I walked around the house I could manage. I love the color and the detail. They have a retro look I think.

These were even cheaper: £35 instead of £90. Not bad at all, I’d say!

Camper Ariadna leather heel sandals in Red

Detail-Ariadna sandal

Camper Danae wedge sandal in Black

These blacks ones I got them last month from theactual storein Oxford St.  for a work-related event (there’s always a good excuse to buy shoes anyway, right?). They are very comfortable and a bit chunky, which I like.

They have a pretty sole detail as well. Most Camper shoes have some sort of creative sole.

Camper Danae-sole and heel detail

These were £55 instead of £90.

I have to say that Javari is worth checking out for Camper and also for other brands as well. They carry many many different ones.  Delivery is fast and free and sometimes you get shoes that are more discounted than in actual stores (the case of the first t pairs, in the store there were at least £15-£20 more).

You’re probaly thinking what are you doing buying sandals now that summer is almost over? Well, it is, in the UK. But not on other parts of the world. I’m going to be in warmer climates soon for holidays and work, so these would be perfect.

Do you own any Camper shoes?  Which ones are your favourites?




ELF Haul

ELF Haul

Hello fellow make up addicts,

I got tis haul from ELF last week so I thought it was about time that I show you what I got.

ELF makeup, brushes and nail polishes

As you can see in the picture I got:

nail polishes in Lilac, Punk Purple and Mod Mauve.

Very disappointed with the colors except Lilac, the don’t look AT ALL like on the website, seriously…maybe that’s too much to ask for a £1.5o polish but …Anyway, I reviewed them in a previous post last week so I ‘m not going to talk about them  today.

2 new brushes:

ELF brushes

ELF eyeliner brush (left) and blushing, bronzing and blending brush (right)

I was very impressed with the eyeliner brush. Really soft and easy to work with, in two or three strokes it covers my whole eye. It’s much bigger than the eyeliner brush from the Studio series (which I also own but this one I like better when I’m on a rush or don’t care that much about  precise lines because I’m not applying a dark color).

I don’t really like the bronzing blush for bronzing, it’s way too small. Not for blushing either. It’s very soft and I like the angle so I’m using it to apply contour and highlight and also to apply bronzer all over  my lid (which most days this summer is pretty much the only thing that goes in my lids apart from eyeliner and mascara.

•2 eyesshadow creams:

ELF eye shadow cream in Butter Pecan (top) and Berry Mix (bottom)

I’ve seen a lot of people seem to have Butter Pecan and I know why now, the colors are pretty, good brown neutrals. I still have to use them as base for powder eyeshadow, which how I’ve seen most people use this one. I tried the darker color today as an eyeliner but it disappear after just a few hours. I’ll keep you updated.

The other shadow is Berry Mix which I also really like the colors on my skin but haven’t used it yet (not wearing that much purple these days). But purples shadows/eyeliner usually suit my brown eyes well.

The last things I bought were:

Brightening eye liner in Midnight

Waterproof eyeliner pen in Midnight

Have only used the regular  eyeliner. It was easy to apply and stayed on for a decent amount of time so I guess the waterproof one will be even better. THe color is not very dark blue but dark enough (I prefer darker than paler tones). Definitely a jewel tone, matte, not sparkly though. I think a sparkly one would be nice. (Sorry forgot to swatch them and now it’s too late to take a picture. Will update tomorrow)

I really like a hint of blue on my eyes. At least this year I’ve been  experimenting  with new colors on my eyes (green, gold, purple and blue, not all at the same time!) and match some of the clothes I wear with the eyeliner color.

I just like a bit of color in my life.

So overall quite happy with my ELF haul.

Update:

Forgot to add that everything here was on their” regular” line so each product was only £1.50, not bad.

ELF Haul Receipt

Which items did you recently buy from ELF?


Fashion and Beauty Questionnaire: by pumpkincat210

Hello Everyone!

Pumpkincat210 published a 30 Q’s fashion and beuty questionnaire at http://pumpkincat210.wordpress.com.

At First I though, ufff, 30 questions is a lot, then I got into it and it was quite fun in the end?

These are my answers and I’d like to share them with you so you get to know me a bit better.

Here it is (my answers in Red, dah!)

1. What is your age group?

a.) Under 18

b.) 18-25

c.) 26-34

d.) 35-39

e.) 40+

I would just  say that mentally and in real life I’m in two different categories…

2.   Please describe your style in fashion and makeup:

Natural sometimes, bright colors and more adventurous other times, always try to make it trendy but classy…and sometimes I cannot be bothered , honestly

3.   Describe the outfit you are wearing or going to wear today:

Brown khaky pants from H&M, fitted khaky round scoop T-shirt from Gap, Brown long and loose asymmetric cardigan from La Redoute, golden  and brown wood long necklace (from a shop in Malaysia) and Sketchers black Tone UP flip flops

4.  What makeup are you going to wear?

ELF Mineral concealer, Maybelline concealer, LOreal HIP pigment in Restless (golden) on my eyes, ELF Brown cream eyeshadow, Jane Brown eyeshadow, L’Oreal black eyeliner, Rimmel Brown Black waterproof mascara, ELF Bronzer, ELF lipgloss in Goddess

5.  Describe your favorite shoes, whether you own them or not.

Chunky high heels or wedges but elegant and supercomfortable (I don’t wear heals if I cannot be on them at least 8h) in silver grey with thin straps

6.  What is your favorite color?

Red! (but also this year I’ve been going through a purple/violet phase and before that I went through a black phase and green phase, what can I say, I go through phases…)

7.  Who is your favorite designer?

Uhmmm, don’t have one in particular. I like Tom Ford and Donna Karan and Lanvin.

8.  What makeup brand is your favorite?

If I could afford it Lancome and Guerlain…instead I buy L’Oreal and ELF

9.  Who is the best styled celebrity in your opinion?

Jennifer Aniston (I still haven’t seen her in a faux pas) and of the younger ones Blake Lively.

10. What is your one piece of fashion or beauty advice?

Anything you wear (make up or clothes) with BIG CONFIDENCE will make you beautiful.

11. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?

Uhmmm, this summer a green maxidress from Gap.

12. Where do you shop most often?

La Redoute, Gap, H&M, Zara, Boden

13. What is a secret remedy that you use related to beauty or fashion?

I take DAILY 10 ml colloidal silica gel (can find it in health stores) for my long hair and nail strength (works better than silica in pill form). It is marketed also “to maintain digestive confort, regularity and harmony” which also does. And I like it.

14. What was the worst decade of trends, as related to the fashion?

The 80’s of course, and I lived through the 80’s I know what I’m talking about!

15. What style of jeans do you prefer (skinny, bootcut, flared, wide legged, etc)?

Bootcut, flared but not too much

16.  What body part do you most frequently play up?

My upper body in general

17.  Which facial feature do you play up the most?

My eyes

18.  What is your favorite fragrance?

Infusion d’Iris by Prada

19.  What is your biggest beauty problem?

Wrinkles!

20.  What is one makeup item that you like to have on before going somewhere?

Concealer, definitely!

21.  What is one fashion trend you cannot stand right now?

Low boots that look like open toe sandals

22.  What country do you live in?

UK

23.  Do you read fashion magazines?  If so please list:

Grazia (almost weekly), Glamour sometimes, I get most of my ideas from the internet these days

24.  Do you think there is too much pressure from the media to look a certain way?

Yes, way too much

25.  Overall, how satisfied are you with your self image?

I’ve got accustomed to my face…

26.  Are you happy with your weight?

No, but I’m on the right track now at least

27.  What do you probably over buy when it comes to fashion or beauty?

Lip glosses, body lotions and lately nail polishes!

28.  Can you classify yourself as one of the following: rock icon, classic beauty, indie chick or fashionista?

A little bit of everything depending on the day (except from rock icon although I like that style I don’t think it suits me)

29.  Most recent bargain purchase?

Necklace from Primark, £1.50!

30.  What nail polish are you wearing right now?

On my hands:Turquoise Blue in Rimmel’s Sky High

On my feet: (Bright) Fucshia from Natural Collection

What are your answers to these questions? Would you like to share them?


True Blues

Today I’ve been experimenting with blue nail polishes (and a little bit of green).

I’ll start with the green. It’s the Barry M polish in “Spring Green”.

Barry M in Spring Green

I decided to paint only one nail just to see the color. It is a nice green with some blue undertones…but then realized I wasn’t in the mood for green after all.

Went for some blues and painted the rest of my nails in Rimmel’s 60 seconds polish in 825 “Sky High”.

Nails in Barry M green (pictured) and Rimmel's Sky High blue

The Rimmel polish doesn’t photograph well for some reason. It’s more of a dark turquoise with some hints of teal but in the picture is just seem a pale blue.

Really pretty blue.

In the end I went all blue but tried Barry M’s 291 “Cobalt Blue” on top of the green (crazy combinations, I don’t know what got to me today).

Barry M in Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue is darker on the nail (probably due to the green base) than in the bottle. I definitely want to try it on its own. But it will probably look better on darker or tanned hands. Hopefully after my holidays…

Just another picture to show you how the Rimmel bottle looks like:

Rimmel in Sky High

It is really disappointing that I didn’t manage to capture the turquoise in this color. I guess you should go to their website to check the real color but it’s definitely worth checking it out. I got a lot of compliments on the color the first time I tried it.

I’ll leave the darker blue on my nail, it looks a little more edgier that way. It reminds me of a blue polish that I used to wear about long time ago. My then thesis director when he saw me wearing blue nails said” My wife’s car is that color by the way”. It was probably too much for the lab at that time. Now I really don’t care whether people like it or not (but in fact I’ve only heard praises so far).

These nail polishes were £2.50 (BarryM as part of 2 for £5 in Superdrug) and I think there was a simiar offer in Boots for the Rimmel polishes (I also got “Grey Matter” that same day).

So really affordable.

Voila! Experiment is over!