Tag: Illamasqua

Reminding myself that age is just a number…


Lately I’ve caught myself thinking that “Ohh, that’s pretty! If only I was ten years younger!” on more than one occasion. I’ve felt that I’m starting to be too old for certain things like crazy colored hair or really bright eye shadows. Now it’s time to break out of that box I’ve locked myself into. I’m 38 years old and I’m not too old! Age really is just a number!

I keep buying beautiful, colorful makeup only to leave it sitting on my makeup drawer while I reach for another Naked palette once again. There’s nothing wrong with nude makeup, it’s quick and easy and can’t really go wrong … or can it?

I have noticed that yes, it actually can.

Let me explain.

During summer nude makeup looks fresh, beautiful and glowing. During winter, not so much. I’ve noticed it makes me look dull, lifeless and older *gasp* Winter and spring require color and a good amount of it too. The other day I was testing lipsticks just for the hell of it. Brown-ish red lipstick made me look 5 years older, I swear! (that color looks great on some people, I’m obviously not one of them). Nude colors made my already small mouth disappear completely. Then I tried on bright pink and it instantly lit up my whole face. I had no other makeup on and the difference just the lipstick made was significant.

So the next step was to go for something other than a nude eye shadow palette. I chose Sugarpill Cold Chemistry cos the colors are perfect for winter. I’ve owned this palette for over a year now and I’ve only used the white Diamond Eyes shade. Shame on me!!

This is what I mean though. I have gorgeous, good quality eye shadow palettes and I show them no love. Instead of looking radiant during the winter I decided to look beige most of the time. When and how did this happen? I don’t know but it changes now.



I think this blog is going to take a new direction from here on…

“Almost forty is the new thirty!”  :D

I’m not old!
I can do whatever I want!
Self-made rules are meant to be bent and broken!

Yes, I’m having some sort of age crisis and I’ll fight it publicly, with color! LOL

Eye makeup was done with Sugarpill Cold Chemistry. Lips have Illamasqua Eurydice and MAC Fleshpot in sort of a gradient application. I have a lot of nude lipcolors so this is a perfect way to still use them :)

***All products used for this makeup look were purchased by me.  I don’t benefit from clicking the link on this post.

Polish days – 7 deadly sins


This is my first time doing a Polish Days theme manicure. I’m actually quite excited to do this too :) This month’s theme is 7 deadly sins. I did a quick googling on the subject and saw some inspiring images. I decided to go with pride. Pride is said to be the original and deadliest of the seven sins.

Pride also called vanity, wanting to be more attractive and important than the others. For this I wanted to do a look that was very showy. Since pride is often associated with violet color I saw the perfect opportunity to use my Illamasqua Babtiste that finally arrived. I sponged some purple glitter over it on some parts of the nails and glued on a lot of clear, different sized rhinestones. Unfortunately the photos don’t do justice to how sparkling this manicure really was.


Born Pretty Store Nail art studs wheel review


It’s time for another Born Pretty Store review. This time I have a wheel of nail art studs for you. This wheel has 12 different shape studs both silver and gold in it. I like the fact that I can get all these shapes in a same package. This way I get to play around and try out different things.

Some of the studs are quite big and all of them lay flat. You can easily bend the bigger studs so that they curve a little and match the shape of your nail. I used a dotting tool handle to push the stud against so I got it to curve just the right amount. Again I applied the studs on a manicure that wasn’t completely dry yet and pressed the studs down lightly to get them to sink into the polish a little. After I got all the studs placed I added  a top coat to seal them in. The polish is Illamasqua Rampage.

I used a lot of big studs this time cos I wanted to go a little overboard with this look. I really like how the ring finger turned out. Almost looks like it has an armor on. Next time I use these I’ll probably just do an accent nail. I find all the the studs on this kit being very usable and you’ll be seeing more designs with these in the future.

You can buy this stud wheel from Born Pretty Store and they also have a wide range of other nail art supplies. Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Please use the code “NZL91” when you order and get extra -10% discount.

***These studs were sent for review.


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