31/03/2010

NOTD: Essence Joe Glamorized



Yes another NOTD in the same day :)
Actually I've been wearing Joe for two days and today I decided to glamorize it up! :)

Base: Essence Be a Nail Artist Twins Joe
Konadicture: Sinful Colors Let's talk

I think Joe is gorgeous!

Under different lights :





I have happy news for you all! :) I've just finished that seminar paper/thesis I've been ranting about and now I have so more free time for blogging (and sports, nails, ...). So expect more reviews to come!

XOXO Parisky


NOTD: S-he 436 Glamorized


Here is my S-he 436 manicure glamorized up :)

I really can't remember what nail polish I've used for stamping, eh sorry. But I can tell you that Essie Matte About You can really ruin every (dry!) konadicture! It deleted my thumb konadicture and partially my index (you can see it from the picture).

Anyway enjoy!


XOXO Parisky

30/03/2010

NOTD: S-he 436


S-he 436 is a gorgeous metallic purple with a boring number instead of a fun name.
It's actually a more vibrant color than on the pictures.

I've applied 2 coats

with flash

no flash

But since it has a cold undertone I didn't feel like it (it's finally spring!) so I took it off.
I'm so happy that spring is here :D
And I'm so close to finally do right that seminar paper :)

XOXO Parisky

29/03/2010

Comparison: Essence Joe and Essence Date me!


My sister Tamara asked me to bring home the nail polish Joe, to do a comparison between it and The One and Only. In the meanwhile she compared The One and Only with Date me! So, that gave me an idea :) Now that I have Joe and I have Date me! and since I'm hating my current manicure .... hmmm :)
So here it is a comparison of Joe and Date me! :)

Joe is a warm lilac color (you can't really tell from the pictures) while Date me! is a light (pastel) lavender purple.

See it for yourself:

This picture was taken under natural light and the pink undertone in Joe is best visible.
Thumb & middle & pinkie = Joe
Index & ring = Date me!

Artificial light

Glamorized :)

I've stamped a flowery pattern on all my fingers using Essence stampy set.
I've used Joe for index & ring finger and Date me! on middle & pinkie :)





Overall: I love Joe, since I don't have anything similar but Date me! is also a very lovely color.

XOXO Parisky




27/03/2010

I've said I'll get you!


I finally got Joe! Thanks to _martina!

Joe is a gorgeous liliac nail polish. Now I have all of them! :) You can check out the rest of them HERE.


Joe & Victory

All of them:


Aren't they gorgeous? :)
Maybe one lucky girl will get them all (new of course) in my next giveaway!
What do you think?

XOXO Parisky

NOTD: S-he 330 with red flowers


I changed my manicure to the so called "mannequin hands" and it looked boring .... So I stamped on some red flowers with Jade 77 (red seduction). I've had this Jade polish for years! I'm not really sure if the company exists anymore.





I want to buy more stamping plates as now I have 3 and all have mostly flower patterns, but I want something more fun.

Eh :)

XOXO Parisky

26/03/2010

Review: Zosimos Botanicals


http://www.zosimosbotanicals.com/


First impression: Spring colors! Blue, green and purple. It has all the information you need on the first page, so you do not have to seach through all pages.

Something about them: They handcraft all their mineral makeup with natural and vegan raw materials. Their makeup is not tested on animals, what I really appreciate (and I believe the animals as well). You can choose from a wide range of mineral makeup, perfumes, candles , hair care, bath & body products and even insects deterrents!

Nice idea: If you're not sure about what to get or just want to try many different things with a budget, they offer samples, minies and trial sizes.

I was sent for review:



3 x Minipinches mineral eyeshadow in Cobalt, Raspberry and Robyn's Egg Blue

3 x Full size mineral eyeshadow in Avocado, Blackberry and Moss

1 x Brow pencil in Straw Harvest

1x Eye shadow stick in Lime Shimmer

2 x Eye pencil in White Hilite and Teal

4 x Cosmetic Brushes (Bamboo Angled Eye Liner Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Blending Brush,Round Contour Brush)


Here are the swatches:


With no flash


1st row from left to right: Blackberry, Avocado, and Moss

2nd row: Raspberry, Robyn's Egg Blue, and Cobalt

3rd row the pencils: Eyebrow pencil in Straw Harvest, Eye pencil in Teal, and in White Hilite, Eye shadow stick in Lime Shimmer


And with flash



I'll start with the Eye Shadows review




How I choose: Since they have 45 different colors to choose form it was really difficult for me to chose just a few. They all seem so gorgeous! What really helped me are their suggestions what color (and color combo) suits you accordingly to your eye color. You can find it here.


Ingredients: Mica; Iron Oxides; Kaolin.


My experience: I've tried some looks with these products and they stayed on their place for the whole day! I love how buildable they are, but the pigmentation differs from one color to another. Avocado is a more matte eye shadow and you need more product for full coverage. Robyn's Egg Blue and Cobalt are the same as Avocado. This is perfect for people who want a more subtle look, but also people like me, who love a bold, colored look, can achieve it with just a little bit more product. Raspberry, Moss and Blackberry are shimmery eye shadows and I love them! They are really pigmented and glittery. My absolute favourites are Avocado (such a gorgeous color) and Blackberry. They make a gorgeous color combo too!


Pros:

+ the package

+ mineral makeup

+ vegan

+ not tested on animals

+ 45 different colors to chose from!

+ minipinches

+ mattes are very buildable

+ shimmery colors are very pigmented

+ they blend very nicely

+ stay put for the while day


Cons:

- none found



The Pencils





Brow pencil


How I choose: They have 5 different colors for eyebrows, so it wasn't very difficult. Straw Harvest is supposed to be perfect for blondes, so I went for it.


Ingredients: Organic Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Organic Castor Oil; Organic Beeswax; Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax; Mica; Iron Oxides; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin.


My experience: I was really excited to try a new brow product, because brows frame your face and can change it to better or worse. The formula is creamy and it applies smoothly. It stays put for the whole day. I really like how it is very buildable, as if you apply too much, you can still brush it off (just the right amount).


Pros:

+ packaged in biodegradable cellophane bags

+ mineral makeup

+classic look

+ vegan

+ not tested on animals

+ very pigmented

+ buildable

+ suitable for blondes

+ suitable for redheads (It has a red undertone)


Cons:

- it has a red undertone that doesn't really match my brow color (I'm a natural ash blonde).
I wish there were more brow colors to chose from.

- because of its creamy formula you use it up quite quickly



Eye Pencils


How I choose: I really like the teal color and I wanted to try a white eye pencil, since it is natural and I can use it in the waterline and it won't irritate my eyes.


Ingredients: Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Organic Castor Oil; Organic Beeswax; Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax; Mica; Iron Oxides; Kaolinite; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin.


My experience: Pigmented, creamy and smooth application. I've used the While Hilite in my waterline and it didn't irritate my eyes. It worked great also as a highlighter! The pencils stayed put for the whole day (except for the waterline).


Pros:

+ packaged in biodegradable cellophane bags

+ mineral makeup

+classic look

+ vegan

+ not tested on animals

+ 22 colors to chose from

+ creamy formula

+ very pigmented


Cons:

- none found



Eye Shadow Stick


How I choose: I just saw the gorgeous color and I had to have it!


Ingredients: Organic Simmondia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; Organic Castor Oil; Castor Wax; Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax; Mica; Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin.


My experience: Lime Shimmer is a gorgeous green color with gold shimmer in it. Its formula is creamy and very buildable but still very pigmented in one stroke. I've tried it on and my eyes popped out! It is such a gorgeous color! But when I've applied and closed the eyes most of it went into my crease (I have extremely oily lids). So I used it as a primer and nothing went to my crease!

Pros:

+ 17 colors to chose from

+ very pigmented

+ buildable

+ creamy

+ packaged in biodegradable cellophane bags

+ very blendable

+ great as a primer

+ crayon shape

+ mineral makeup

+ not tested on animals

+ vegan


Cons:

- went really fast into my crease (oily lids)



Cosmetic brushes


From left to right: Blending Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Bamboo Angled Eye Liner Brush, Round Contour Brush



Cosmetic brushes are essential for proper makeup application. You can achieve a more polished look with good makeup brushes.


I have quite a nice collection of makeup brushes but since I got these I stopped using the rest of my collection. The Round Contour brush is my absolute favourite as it makes makeup application in the crease very easy! The Blending Brush is great for blending (because of the size you can blend better), the Bamboo Angled Eye Liner Brush is perfect for contouring your eyes (especially for using mineral eye shadows as a liner) and Angled Shadow Brush is great for mineral eye shadows application and blending as well.



Wooah, this was a really long review :)

XOXO Parisky


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