Thursday, July 29, 2010

Long time no post?

So I've upgraded to a new laptop that uses windows 7, but the bad news that it is incompatible with my old old ooooold school Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (I like it because it is fast and I'm familiar with everything). This means I haven't been able to edit any photos which I've taken and hence the lack of posts. So while I work on getting a newer version of Photoshop, here's a sneak peek of a polish I'll be showing you in an upcoming post :). The colour in this unedited photo is slightly off.

In the mean time, I might have to make do with some non-photo posts and reviews.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NYC Midnight + Inglot 205 Flakie

I have to say that this colour combo is one of the best I have ever tried! I recently bought Inglot #205 which is one of their flakie polishes and wanted to try it over a dark base. Here I am wearing one coat NYC Midnight (this I think is just ulta3 relabeled because you find them in the same bin), one coat of Inglot #205 and one coat of Ulta3 non chip top coat. There is a tiny bit of tip wear because these photos are taken a day after application.

Midnight is a dark blue (almost black) creme which requires only 1-2 coats and has a high-gloss finish. Inglot #205 is a clear base with green flakes in low light (see pic below) which change to gold.
I hope you guys like this mani as much as I do!

Jen's Giveaway

Just a quick post - you guys need to check out this amazing giveaway that Jen is doing! Look at the Grand prize:

Read about it here:
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.: My 500+ Followers Appreciation Giveaway!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Shoes yay.

L-R: Rubi Shoes Stevie Wedge Boots, Wittner Protect in Mush(?)
So this past week I came across some bargains that I thought I'd share for my first fashion related post. On the left are the Rubi Shoes Stevie Wedge Boots which are really inexpensive although obviously not real leather. Those of you who are interested better act fast because they're selling out quickly as most of the rubi stores I've been to have limited sizes now. Since Rubi is part of the Cotton On group these should also available in Asia and New Zealand. Here's are some more pics:

The Wittner Protects on the other hand are leather and were discounted heavily! Wittner is having a massive sale atm (which it tends to do once in a while) and I like Wittner because they tend to change stock quite often and are on trend (and use leather). Unfortunately Wittner is not available outside Australia but there are often shoes on ebay. I love these heels because I'm a bit unco with walking in heels and they're not sky high. Here's how they look on and from the side:

Yikes, I should probably learn to cam-whore a bit better because my right leg is bent in all these photos making it look bigger.

Anyway the next post will be a nail polish one :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Swatches of Pressed Pigments

Here is a quick swatch of the pigments I pressed from this post.

L-R: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Yellow Gold Pearl, MAC Teal pigment, MAC Blue Brown Pigment, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Walnut Pearl, MAC Naked pigment

The picture is quite true to colour except naked is much lovelier in real life - more pinkish as well. I have to say that out of the bunch, Walnut Pearl is the standout colour and easiest to apply although Blue Brown is the most interesting. The MAC pigments definitely beat out the pearl manias in staying power. I have a few other pigments/glitters which I'll get around to swatching sometime in the future.

By the way I was going to compare swatches of the loose and pressed pigments but really pressing a pigment makes hardly any difference to colour payoff at all.

Check back for some clothes related posts coming soon :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ulta3 Natural Spring + Crystallina

Above is 3 coats of Ulta3 Natural Spring with one coat of Crystallina (no top or bottom coat because I am lazy). Natural spring on its own looked a bit off and my application wasn't that great so I added one coat of crystallina on top which gives this amazing gold sheen (which I couldn't get on camera because it is overcast and crappy today). If you want to see individual swatches of the polishes, check out More Nail Polish who has an awesome blog and swatches of almost every ulta3 colour.

The picture was taken today, and I have been wearing the polish for four days! This application is wearing extremely well although there is tip wear on my right thumb (which is inevitable because it is my can opener etc). I love this combo, but the boyfriend didn't because he said it looked like too perfect cupcake icing haha.

By the way, this polish is only available in Australia and is one of my favourites - I think it was one of the best selling drugstore brand polishes in Australia last year? At $2 a bottle, you can't go wrong :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pigment Pressing Experimentation!

Clockwise from top left: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Yellow Gold Pearl, MAC Teal pigment, MAC Blue Brown Pigment, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Walnut Pearl / MAC Naked pigment in a BYS Quad (Australia's version of E.l.f.).

So here is the result of some very messy experimentation with pressing using varying methods and with varying materials! Here are some of my top tips:
  • MAC pigments can be pressed with only isopropyl alcohol, most other pigments (like the NYX pearl manias) need a binder
  • Wear gloves (because I attended a tea party with teal pigment stains all over my fingers today argh!)
  • Practise first on pigments you won't miss too much

Now I'm not going to go into the detail of how to press because there are a gazillion tutorials on the internet, but i do want to talk about some different aspects of pigment pressing. First off I want to discuss the different binders. As said above, MAC pigments will work with isopropyl alcohol with no problems. My NYX Pearl Manias on the other hand did not successfully press with alcohol and I suffered the consequences when I accidentally bumped my eyeshadow palette into my draw (note how the pan with Naked / Walnut only has bits of walnut down the bottom? Well I still have pigment scattered over some of my other makeup, sigh).

Now binders to use in pressing pigments are available from TKB trading and coastal scents. TKB trading is much cheaper if you live in the U.S. but for international there is a minimum purchase and the lowest postage fee is quite high, so coastal scents may be a better bet if you are only after a few items. The main ingredients in these binders are silicones - particularly dimethicone (and I have read that cyclomethicone may be used too). A drugstore alternative is apparently BioSilk Silk Therapy which is to my knowledge not available to buy in Australia.

So the next thing I want to talk about is homemade eyeshadow pans! During my research on pigment pressing, I found someone (Holly/Beauty Newbie) describing how to make an eyeshadow pan out of aluminium foil - mega budget so it's right up my alley! Basically you fold the foil sheet over to get four layers on top of eachother and press it into the slot of an empty palette (being very careful not to break the foil). You then press the pigment while the foil is still in the palette and trim the edges of the foil after the pigment has dried. I recommend avoiding taking the 'pan' out of the palette too often because the foil is still quite flexible and might cause the pigment to crack and ultimately shatter (so if you are using MAC palettes, you really need the dividers in if you want to use foil pans). I really liked this cheap alternative but must say it's not as pretty or as durable as using normal makeup pans. My blue brown pigment pressed in foil is shown on the right.

Anyway I hope my first makeup related post was helpful to you guys and not too long!


So I'm sure readers are non-existent at the moment but all bloggers need to start somewhere. This blog will be focussed on makeup swatches, review, looks, tutorials as well as ramblings on clothes, fashion and perhaps some other aspects of my life. This is not my first blog as I used to do layouts and HTML all by myself in the early years of highschool - gee blogger makes it freaking easy to create a blog! I look back and shudder at the terrible 'teeny bopper' language I used to use back then... hopefully I won't write anything I don't regret here =P.

Also, some info about me? Well you can call me Fred, I'm a busy university student who was born and raised in Australia with a Chinese background. I've got really diverse interests and makeup is just one of them that I have been getting more and more excited about! I've loved playing with makeup ever since I was little and I think it's just another way to be artistic (did I mention I love art?). I try not to take it too seriously, but it is of course easy to get carried away with because there are just so many colours and textures to play with.

Hopefully this blog will be of use (or at least some interest) to you :) Especially all you Aussie girls!