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Zebra nail tutorial!

Hello beauties!!! I know I still don’t post very often.

But here I come with another nail tutorial! 🙂

What you need is:

A white nail polish (with fine brush, or seperate brush)

a red nail polish (same with white)

a black nail polish

and a base coat (and top coat of course)

I chose a Keratin base coat, to enrich my nails a bit.

So, apply the base, and the french manicure them with Black

So, from the top edged corner of the tip, draw a line, almost till the 70-80% of the total nail lenght

You can either do the same from the other side (drag the line till the 70-80%)

Or you can draw a smaller line (thicker maybe) and even play joining the first and the third one

I double-layered them later, cause my white is not that good.

One last step is just to draw a red line on the bottom of the french mani

And voila

This zebra stuff work better in long nails.

My thumb nail broke, and it looks awful with the zebra..

Easy, isn’t it ?

You can adjust the thickness of the white line, and do it as slim/fat as you want

In an older time I made it as I show you there,

I had longer nails (acrylic, lol) , and finer brush

Will you try it ?

Hope you liked it !

See you soon!

V.

Random nail art!

Hello all!

I just returned back to Athens, so I will start the swatches/posts asap.

Since I haven’t post something the last days, I will just post some nail art I did in the past, that happened to capture with my mobile.

Sorry for the crappy quality, its that my mobiles have only 2mPx camera quality …

 

 

And some Toe Nail art

 

Do you like any?

See you soon

Love,

V.

January Haul… almost!

Hello All!

Here are the last things I got…. Not exactly bought all of them, since 3 were presents…

3 Nyx Jumbo eye pencils, 1 eye primer from essence,  a clinique lipstick and a powder?(?) , 2 Nyx round lipsticks, 1 Nyx black label lipstick, a clarins lipstick and a Nyx cream blush…

More specifically…

Clinique whatever powder, at Peony. To be honest I m not sure if its a blush or a eyeshadow or both. I use it as eyeshadow,and it’s cute. Its was a gift in a Greek magazine, together with the lipstick.

Nyx’s cream blush in Golden .I  just tried a bit with a brush, that’s why the surface looks so mewahhhhh….

An eye-primer from essence… So cheap and cute … (haven’t tried it,yet)

 

Nyx round lipsticks in Iconic and Decadent.

Iconic is very similar to Minimalism and it’s a beautiful shade (I m gonna swatch soon). Decadent is my dissapointment. I wanted to order a dark cherry red, but turned out to be….very dark :S

Nyx Black Label in Bling. A very nicely MLBB color 🙂 Love it already ! (Gonna swatch it soon as well)

Clinique’s lipstick in Rosette. This was a full sized lipstick, the other gift from the magazine. The color is very nice BUT… have some gold shimmer in it. In the photo, is not very obvious but in reality it is. And doesn’t look good to my lips…

This is Clarins Jolie Rouge. Its not a full size one ( I guess), I was given that by a friend. Its a gorgeous bright red… which I haven’t tried.. And I am afraid to…

These are the infamous Nyx Jumbo eye pencils in (L-t-R) Yogurt, French Fries and Milk.

What do you think about these? Do you have any?

Sorry, this post might be boring , but I can’t do swatches atm. The weather is bad, so the lighting is unfair to the photos. Plus, I got a new camera and I haven’t learn to use it well yet.

Lots of love

V.

 

La Roche Posay Single Eyeshadows

Hello beauties!


How are you?


Here is my first time swatchin’ eyeshadows, so I decided to start with my favorite babes.
My first ”meeting” with La Roche Posay was with their cleansers and make up removers, as they didn’t coz any allergy to my eyes or skin. Their products , in general, are of very good quality, from cleansers to soaps, to lotions or sunscreen creams…


However, apart from the creams, soaps, and all tha stuff, they have the make up line, too. My favorite product from the line is the eyeshadows. .


I have only two (they don’t have – unfortunately – a huge range anyway)


(the letters on the back are not visible anymore so its just ”beige” and ”bronze”).


In reality, they look like this.



In my really-really bad indoors lighting though, they look like this…


Especially the beige, in my bad lighting, looks like yellow, where its not. Its exactly the above color



These are one of the best eyeshadows I have ever tried. At least in terms of staying power. Even when I am not wearing a primer, they last all day long!!!!!!


The apply is quite smooth, but the sponge is not that good. With another sponge, is better. And Silk.Probably not as silky as others, but anyway..


The bronze one, has a good color payoff, the beige its a bit more sheer.


Here is swatched to my hand and the bronze to my eye (the light does NOT help the beige one, at all) . The yellow above the eyeshadow is my eyelid color 😦 . I am sick the last week, and I don’t have a rosey skin at all.


NOTE:


Somewhere here, I want to inform you but I am very bad in puting eyeshadows on. I can’t see well from my one eye and I can’t put eyeshadow with my glasses on, neither I can wear contact lenses, so, I just put eyeshadow in very amateurish way



So, here is the pros and cons of La Roche posey


Pros:


Staying power / quality / pigmentation


Cons:


Brush /  color’s range


I was about to put ”price” in the cons, since it costs around 16€ (20 dollars?) which is – if I remember correctly ) as much as a Mac eyeshadow costs.


However, I think it is a value for money product, so what you pay is what you get , and more, maybe…


Have you ever tried it ? What do you thing?


PS: I am gonna do lipstick swatches once the weather gets better, so I can have good photos with good lightning. A clinique lipstick, Nyx’s Iconic and Bling, and a couple of Maybelline’s are waiting…


Lots of  Love.


V.

Magnetic Nail Polish : Imagnet by Tommy G

Hello there!
Long time no post, and long time no nail post so it’s about time…
Before swatching it, a small welcome/thank you note to my new – Greek followers

” Καλως ήρθατε στο blog μου ! Χαίρομαι πολύ που βρήκα πολλές Ελληνίδες  bloggers, που μοιράζονται την ίδια τρέλα με μένα…Να’ναι καλά το Greek Beauty Bloggers :)..

Προς το παρόν γράφω μόνο στα αγγλικά, έαν κάποια θέλει να γράφω και ελληνικά, θα το τολμήσω…

Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ και πάλι…”

And now I introduce you .. the magnetic nail polish

Imagnet art, by Tommy G.

….A little info about Tommy G.

Again, Tommy G is a Greek brand producted within EU. It’s part of a bigger company that produces some more cosmetics . You can find their English website here.

I like their nail polishes a lot, and I love  the Keratin base coat, which made my nails hard as rock 🙂  (their sub-brand layla has also very nice nail polishes that last a lot to my nails)


Now, the Imagnet …

(Right-Click + View image  to see them full-size)

I have purchase the nail polish in 2 colors (so far). Silver/grey and burgundy/pink. How the nail is going to look is that the cap , and its pretty accurate, I must say…

 

The secret lies not only in the ingridients of the nail polish (I guess), but also at the magnet in the top of the cap. The shape you are going to have is depended on how you ll hold the cap…

Enough with the theory now… Let’s see it in action….

For start, I applied ”Nail envy” from OPI as a base coat to my ugly looking nails…

 

I put one layer (you can add more if you want) of the magnetic nail laquer and immidiately (before it starts drying), I put the magnet as shown in the picture. The direction that the ”line” of the magnet has, determines the pattern…

As you can see, before having the magnet THAT close to the nail, is simply a nail polish. A metallic nail polish (of course you can wear it just like that, but I find it pointless to use this polish for the wrong reasons..anyway…)

Here are the  angles I tried to some of my nails…

You can do more ”complicated” nail art, by painting your nail in steps, like I did.. (Clumsily, I must admit)

I decided to make to make the simple sided pattern, so here is the final look :

I think they look very nice (the final look, not my awfully looking hands with the tones of cuticles there). Its a very unique result, with no effort, that costs around 7€.

What do you think?

See you soon.

Lots of Love

V.

Νyx Round Lipgloss swatch : Apricot

Next stop…. Apricot Round Lipgloss. 🙂

I want to swatch all of my Nyx products (and in the meantime some other products,too) , so one by one , I will start to. I was swatching only round Lipsticks, so I though a break  with LipGlosses would be okay…

Here was Apricot  with Tea Rose of the Mega Shine series… (Apricot is the left one)

And, bokutoupdtokyo , you can have a look at Apricot now 🙂 Hope you like it.

Apricot is an soft orangy color (to coral) , perfect for summer 🙂

And how it looks compared to Tea Rose  (the right one):

I prefer Tea Rose to be honest. I am very fond of more natural colors and Tea Rose is one of them. Its not that I don’t like Apricot, I really do, but I only think is good (for me) for summer, when I”ll be (or wish to be) a little tanned. Shame on me, as a Greek I should be ”wog”, but I am not…

Round Lipglosses have less quantity in the tube (compare to Mega Shines), are cheaper, but to my opinion, less quality, too. They go off easily, and I have heard that some are way to liquid … I haven’t that problem, but they sure don’t have the same staying power, neither the tube is well designed (the hole, compared to the applicator is way big)

Anyway, all of the Nyx products, even the round lipglosses are value for money products, and sometimes, defenetely more value for the money given….

 

Hope you liked the Swatch…

Stay tuned..

Lots of Love

V.

 

Nyx Mega Shine LipGloss swatch : Tea Rose

Hello there!   Have you all been well?    How is your Christmas vacations?

It was about time to post a new swatch so its now time for lipgloss swatches….

No, I am not over with my round lipstick swatches, it’s just that I wanted to do a Mega Shine (love!♥) swatch as well….

So here we come with Tea Rose

Mega Shine tubes come in quite big tube , with a cute bow on the top of the cap (♥ I find it so lovely ♥)

It has a cherry-cola smell, which I personally love. Some others might hate, but I absolutely adore fruity scents, especially this one…The applicator is quite usefull for me as well.

Tea Rose is (obviously) a pink color, something like a darker bubblegum pink.

Here is with  Tea Rose(right) and Apricot(left)(from round lipglosses #Nyx )swatched on my hairy arm.

I din’t put that much of quantity to my lips though, so here it is…

(bare lips first)

It gives a very nice rosey color. It IS pigmented, its just me that I didn’t apply as much as I did in my arm. Its perfect for every day/every season and I think its a color that compliments every skin tone and lips.

Mega Shine Lip Glosses:

+ Many shades to choose

+ Amazing cherry-cola smell

+ NON-sticky (which something I love)

+ Pigmented

+Cute packaging

+ decent staying power

+ Value for money

– As every Nyx product, not available to Greece, only online ordering

-Well…no other cons for Mega Shine 🙂

What do you think of Mega Shine Lipglosses from Nyx? What’s your favorite color?Do you liked it on me?

Thank you for reading

Love

V.

Korres swatches : Quince , Nude and Rose..

I asked you guys which items from  a recent haul you wanted me to swatch , so after the suggestion of makeupobsessions , here I am ….

They are 3 Korres Lip Products.  Korres Lip Butter in Quince, Korres cherry lip gloss in Nude and Korress Mandarin Lip Butter stick in Rose

I am verry happy to do this swatch. Its the only Greek brand of cosmetics that is popular outside Greece, and is actually is very good (and popular). So, I m taking my proud look and swatch them for you 🙂

They are  also cheaper here (compared to some US prices I saw), the Lip butter is around 6€ the cherry lipgloss is around 10-11€ and the lipstick is about 4.5 €

My bare lips (they are very pale, and NOT pigmented)

Korres Lip Butter:

First, I bought the one in Pomegrande. I have also bought another lip balm in pomegrande,too.  I realised that something caused my an allergy (actually, it might be visible in some of my photos here, cause I have the same reaction with other ingridients,too) and after tests its the pomegrande. I don’t have problem eating it, just in cosmetics….Bizzare…

Anyway, I had to buy another color so I chose quince :

 

And here is Quince on my lips…

I love this Lip butter. It has very nice smell that isn’t strong, it gives a very very very natural color to the lips, and moisturizes. Its not that is the best moisturizing lip balm out there, or your savior  once your lips get chapped, but does the work if you want them not to dry, and look nice. Its decent for dry lips and for every day moisturizing.

The only thing, as most of us don’t like is that is in a jar. Its unhygenic, and kinda gross to put your finger in there.

Korres Cherry Lip Gloss:

I forgot to get a picture of the tube, so I ll use a random from google search. I only took a picture of the aplicator.

 

And  here is Cherry Lip gloss in Nude on my lips:

 

I am so-so-so-sooooooo Loving it ! First of all IT DOESN’T STICK! I love it when Lip-glosses doesn’t stick. Also, it smells great. The cherry smell isn’t the fake plastic one, but smell like real cherry. And also, it looks great. It’s not as ”brown” as it seems in the tube, at least not to my lips. Its a bit sheer, but gives me a more rosy shade. Has a decent stay power too, something that I don’t really care anyway :p

And Korress Mandarin Lip Butter stick :

I ll post how the typical stick looks like, and the rest are from the one I have, which is special edition…

And this is how it looks on my lips:

 

I will be honest. I love the color. I also love how natural and nicely red it makes my lips. For an every-day light lipstick is okay. That’s all. It’s not something that good for lipbalm. I mean, its not bad, but just doesn’t really do anything to my lips. It give the ”shine” of the lip balm, but its not that soft when applied. Just not what is made for, I guess.

Bottom line,  I love all three. First and second, I love them of what they are made for, plus they give a great color. The last, I love as a lipstick but not as a lip balm..

I am thinking of all swatching them in the arm, if you ask… I can just edit my post…

I hope you liked my swatch. Feel free to comment, ask or tell your opinion:)

Enjoy your holidays….

Ho-Ho-Ho

V.

Nyx ( Heather and Frappucino) and Essence (all about cupcake) lipstick swatches.

Well well well…..

I would like to thank all of my followers, who little by little are growing in numbers 🙂 Thank you very much! ♥

So.. Yesterday I went to Hondos Center (kind of Greek version of Sephora – more popular in Greece than Sephora- ) to buy a nail polish of my fave brand seventeen.

Something caught my eye, and was a cosmetics stand of the German brand ”essence”. Essence is super cheap, with okay quality. I first saw it 3 years ago to a (business)  trip I had to Germany. It had some football matches so colleauges were watching football and I decided to go shopping instead. I bought some nail polishes and lipglosses back then. I remember loving the polishes 🙂

So, I got my self an eyeshadow base, a lipstick (around 2.5€) , a nail polish and a dry-fast nail drops (yes, it IS useless but anyway)….

Together with Nyx’s Heather and Frappucino, I am going to swatch essence’s no #53 ”All about cupcake”.

This time my photos are very -very crappy, my camera is old, and probably in its last days,too… Its only 6mP . I have it for like .. 5 years !!!

Here are the lipsticks in natural light

   

Here is Nyx’s Frappucino:

 

Frappucino is an orangy-pink-brown-nude whatever color… Its a best seller, but its not MY color.

Its not that is bad, with certain make-up will actually look better, but its not that its my favorite either. Its not because of the color itself, but because of MY colors.

I am very pale myself (NC20) and very ”deadly-white”, too. You know, my cheeks are never naturally blushed, my undertones are yellow,etc….

Here is Nyx’s Heather :

This color is very-very creamy. Its so much creamy that seems like shimmering while it is not.

I was kinda dissapointed on Heather to be honest . I thought it was a natural color , on the purple side (which it is ), and it looks great in the photos but …

…..Its not that  flattering in reality.

It seems ”fake” in lips (do I make sense?) , and makes teeth look more yellow. Maybe its not flattering to me though, I don’t know..

And here is Essence’s All about cupcake. (last photo is my bare lips)

    

Its sheer.Very sheer. It gives you that pinky-natural color, but its almost like wearing a lip balm. Compared to my bare lips, it gives just a pinky glimpse of color.

It has a nice smell which I can’t really tell what it is, but a bit ”cheap-quality” packaging, though its a modern-looking packaging…

Bottom line?… Hm, I don’t know. I can’t really tell about ”All about cupcake” since It gives only a little color. No negative thoughts for sure.. But I.. don’t know..

What do you think about the lipsticks and the shades? You liked any? Do you have any of those? Who looks better one me ?

Thank you once again

V.

Nyx swatches : Milan and B52 (Guest star : Minimalism)

So here I am , after some days.

I had to babysit my best-friend’s adorable little daughter, and I couldn’t post my swatches, though I really wanted to.

Today I am gonna swatch the best seller of round lipsticks : B52, and (my favorite) Milan.

I also gonna swatch minimalism as asked to compare it with B52.

Excuse my awful nails, I am gonna manicure them later . Also, I want to tell you that I had a really hard time when doing the photos, because the sun in Athens (and yes, its DECEMBER = Winter) is really very-very strong. We have sun almost 350 days out of the 365.

The problem is that some are taken with stronger sun, some with lighter, so there is really not big difference in the colors!

(L – t – R : Milan, B52, Minimalism)

Indoors

( L – t – R : Milan (with a little more light than the others ), B52, Minimalism) .

Here are my bare lips, which I forgot to put in my previous swatches. I just wear a colorless lip balm

So this is Milan . I also put a smiley one to eliminate my lips’ wrinkles.

 

When applying, its really like applying my lips color, just more pigmented.

I love this color. I love this lipstick. Its so natural, its great. Its just my lips but (very) better. Somehow its not as popular as others, but I looooove it .

Here is B52

Okay. I must admit. First time I used it , I have more of a negative opinion. Maybe because I only saw the color in room light, and wasn’t that flattering. Seemed too mauve and brownish. But in daylight, look great. Its a bit more dark than Milan, but still a natural – my lips but better – color, maybe a couple of shades darker.

Minimalism here:

 

Here are some additional photos of Minimalism. I still love it. Out of the 3, its the one which is on the pinky side.

 

Here are all three , with non-daylight .

(L – t – R) Milan, B52 and Minimalism.

Not too different? Yeah, kind of . I have that bad habit of buying ”safe” colors…

Personally, I would recommend all of there 3 colors.

 

Which one you think looks better? Anything to add?

 

Lots of love

V.