Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Lion King Nails with MOYOU London

Moyou London had a free worldwide shipping offer on couple of weeks ago so I went on over and had a look.  For someone who has a couple of hundred stamping plates, I keep away from Nail Plate sites as I really do not need any more.  BUT Moyou had so many cuuuuuuuuute designs!  So I got some.  Only a few.

The Explorer plate drew me in for it's shillouette landscape stamp.  I knew it would look fab against a gradient.  When I posted these on IG, someone said it looked like The Lion King.

For the gradient I used Color Club's Poptastic collection: Almost Famous, Psychadelic Scene and Jackie Oh.  I stamped with Cult Nails Fetish and finished with Seche QD.

And the left hand which got a giraffe and Bison.

Who else got this plate and did you think it was easy to use?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

COLOUR By T.B.N Moisturising Lipstick Swatches

Totally Beauty Network challenged me to try their new COLOUR range of lipsticks and dared me to find better value for $2.50.  Yes, $2.50 for a lipstick!  The new COLOUR by TBN collection has 20 shades, all with the added benefit of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help care for our lips.

My first impression was that the packaging was rather fun.  Each case reflects the color, so it would be handy knowing which lipstick you are grabbing without needing to check the bottom for the name.  The bullet is silver and the logo is embossed on the black bottom.  The cases are very lightweight and the lipstick had a nice fragrance, not a nasty one like you would expect from a cheap lipstick.

Each color swatched very smoothly and evenly in 2 swipes.  The swatches are from left to right:


Our First Kiss 870 which is a Dusty Pink. 
Pucker Up 872 which is a Flamingo Pink.   
Lovers Smooch 876 is a Bold Pink and
Lip Attitude 877 is a Plum.

Hurry Up and Kiss Me 879 is a Ruby Red.
Pout Those Lips Girl! 888 is a Plum.
And Kiss and Make Up is an Orange.
As you can see, all the colors are very pigmented after 2 swipes.  I kept Hurry Up and Kiss Me on for several hours and it stayed magnificently.  I was surprised that a $2.50 lipstick could *surprise* me and I am glad that TBN gave me the chance to try something I normally would never would have purchased.  The range also includes colors such as Magenta and a Gold, which I am interested in seeing....maybe I should go seek out a stockist?  To find one near you go to the Total Beauty Network website or call 1300 765 332.

Friday, November 21, 2014

50's Florals, Bakelite, Celluloid and Miss L Fire

This dress sat on my watch list for a couple of months and every week it kept being relisted until eventually the seller stuck a best offer on it.  I offered quite a low price and it was accepted.  It arrived last year too big in the bust and this year it's too tight.  When I gain weight it goes to my stomach but it looks my bust has increased by 2" for some other strange biological reason.....any ideas??!

1050's Floral Dress: eBay
40's Celluloid Necklace: prettykitty13, Etsy
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Bakelite: Here, there and everywhere.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Irregular Choice Gold Disco Bunny Shoes!

So, the husband saw these Irregular Choice shoes on the presale alert and told me to buy them.  He said they were too fabulous to pass on...so I did.  They were actually a tad too 'blingy' for my taste, but who am I to knock back husband sanctioned gold bunny shoes??

Yes, the sequins change from blue to green with the light.

(Excuse my dowdy house dress but it was just all too exciting!)

My Instagram photo has the hashtag #wherethehellamigonnawearthese and my opinion hasn't changed.....just what the hell am I going to wear with these shoes?!

About the wear, I am a standard size 37 in Irregular Choice and these fit perfectly.  Some have mentioned they run small but they do not.  These are also much more comfortable than the cream Thumpers I own, which is surprising considering they are the same style shoe. 

Who else got some gold character heels?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chi Chi Bubble Gum Pop Confetti Set

Target had a sale on Chi Chi cosmetics recently, and from previous experience I knew their pack sets if polish are usually pretty good value.  The pastel set I reviewed awhile ago was excellent value for money.  This Bubble Gum Pop Confetti set was $13 on sale, so it breaks down to $1.62 per polish.....pretty damn cheap by Australian standards.

Unfortunately, the formula on this set was pretty average.  It took a good 3 coats for opacity and then the glitter was too thick to look clean and flat.   I tried to move the glitter around for better placement, but it left bare patches in the polish and when I tried to fix this next problem, the polish built back up again and was left gloopy.  To finish swatching these took a huge amount of will power.

Chi Chi don't name their pack polishes unfortunately.

Pale Blue

Mint Green.  This was the most horrid formula out of the bunch.  I'm sure a couple of coats of topcoat would have helped the glumpiness, but it was just too horrid to bother perfecting.

Lilac.  The formula on this color was the best, as the polish didn't have as many glitter colors as the rest.  This one, with top, would be quite wearable.

Pale Pink.


Dark Pink


And White.  This was probably my favourite but I have several white with rainbow glitters in my collection and all are much better polishes than this one.

Have any other Aussie's purchased this set from Chi Chi?  What did you think of it?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OPI DS Titanium

My wicked partner in fashion crime, Cori from Poodles and Pincurls, sent me a care package!  Just between you and me, I think she's after my whole wardrobe...we are the same size in clothing AND shoes AND have exactly the same taste......I'm so glad she lives on the other wide of the world or I might find my cupboard bare!

This is 3 thin coats of OPI DS Titanium.  And since I put it on I can't get Sia's song out of my head!  Finished with Seche Vite QD.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Zoya Wednesday

 Zoya Wednesday is a slightly murky mint green and lended itself well to a leopard print stamp.  I stamped with Konad Red which turned brown over Wednesday!  Some polishes will do that if you don't add a top coat before stamping.  Finished with Seche Vite QD.  Above photos in natural shaded light, below is under artificial.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bead-licious Lampwork Beads

I have my biggest annual Bead Wholesale Show tomorrow and here's a snippet of what I've been busy making in recent weeks.  All made from glass and you can read more about my lampworking process on my glass blog: Beadlicious
If you are Victoria based, come and see me at the Kingston City Hall this Fri - Sun in Moorabbin, Melbourne!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Color Club Pucci-Licious

Just simple, which is what I like lately.  2 coats of Color Club Pucci-licious, China Glaze 2030 stamping and Femme Fatale Eventide glitter.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Getting Fruity


We've had a regression back to cold Winterish days and once again the cardi's have had to be pulled out.  I can count on one hand the amount of warm Spring days there have been....and Spring is almost over!
Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Cardi: Cocolatte
Fruit hairclips: Etsy