August 28, 2011

Sleek Eden & Fantasy EOTD

I have already shown you some swatches of Sleek Eye Dust loose eyeshadows I've got in a sample form. Today I played a bit with them and this is the look I came up with (please, ignore my horrible skin):




Products used:
- Essence Eyeshadow base from You Rock! TE
- Sleek Eye Dust in Fantasy all over the lid
- Sleek Eye Dust Eden in the crease and above
- Meow Cosmetics Ideal Eyes in Cats in the Cradle as a highlighter
- 1 coat of Sephora's mascara


What do you think?

Red Creme Comparison

A while back hermetic asked me, if I could compare few Essie's red creme nail polishes. So, this post is for you, hermetic :)


I went through my stash and realised that I have only got four of them and here are they:

First dance, Limited Addiction, Red Nouveau, Silken Cord


If the difference between them is quite visible in the bottles, it was very hard to captured it under the strong sun once the polishes were on my nails:



But they are all different in real life. I tried to capture the difference in their undertones:


First Dance is a true red polish that has jelly like consistency. Limited Addiction is darker, blue-based red with the same texture as First Dance. Red Nouveau is warm, orange-based red shade with creme texture. While Silken Cord is more on the coral side - it has obvious pink undertones in real life and more jelly like formula.


I hope this helpful in any way.


P.S. I just hate what Blogger does to the quality of uploaded photos.


Thanks for stopping by!



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Song of the day: Creed - One last breath

August 26, 2011

Behind The Scene: Biba's Beauty Corner Headquarters

Headquarters (HQ) denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are coordinated. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headquarters)




Now you know it. This is my little messy place where all the brain work is done ;)



P.S. We have a heat wave here in Slovenia. Temperatures around 36°C (96.8°F) don't have positive influence on my productivity.

August 22, 2011

Blog Awards!

In the last month or so I received many blog awards and I really appreciate them. Thank you all! You know me though, I'm always a bit late with these posts, but here it is now.


Let's get started:

Alice at Nails by Alice awarded me with Kreativ Blogger Award.


Ulmiel at Did someone say nail polish? and Tjasa at BEAUTY BAG gave me the Best Blog Award: click and click


SS fashion world gave me One Lovely Blog Award.


Irena B. at Me myself and Irene awarded me too - click.


Cristina at Opinionated Little Finger and Olivia at Varnish Me honoured me with Butterfy Award: here and here.



The Rules:
- Link back to the person who awarded this award to you
- Answer the following questions
- Pass on the award

Questions:
Name your favourite color – Red, purple, blue and black.
Name your favourite song – I love music and I can't pick just one song.
Name your favourite dessert – Chocolate and chocolate pralines.
What is pissing you off? – People who torture animals and stupid people.
When you’re upset, you? – Don't speak and turn on the music.
Your favourite pet – My cat Alfi.
Black or White? – Black.
Your biggest fear? – I try to control my fears, because they can really obstruct you in life.
My best feature is – (Weird) sense of humor and sarcasm.
Everyday attitude – It all depends on what day it is. LOL.
What is perfection – There is no such thing.
Guilty pleasure – Chocolate.


Since these awards have been around for quite some time now, I tag everybody who hasn't received them yet.

August 21, 2011

Empty! #3

Here is another post in my "Empty!" series. Let's see which products I have finished recently:



1. Ebelin Maxi Cotton Pads; around 0,80 €.
My favourite cotton pads! I use them for removing make up & nail polish, applying toner etc. They are larger than regular ones, oval shaped and made of 100% cotton. Evethough they are so compact, are still soft, they don't leave any mini fibers behind and you can use them on both sides (each side is meant for a different purpose).
Repurchase: Oh, yes!

2. Alverde Oriental Feeling Shower Milk with Macadamia & Karite; 1,45€.
I usually buy Alverde shower gels in various versions, since they are cheap and have a certificat for natural/organic cosmetics. This one has the same smell as their body butter which I really like a lot. So this one smells nicely, doesn't give much foam (but I don't mind that) and the important thing -  it doesn't dry out my skin even if don't apply body lotion or something afterwards. 
Repurchase: Yes.

3. Ikove Organic Amazonian Acerola Bath & Shower Gel; the original price was 9,90€, but I bought it 50% off, so it was 4,95€ I think.
I used this only when I took hot baths. I really enjoy having hot bath once a week, evethough this probably isn't very good for the skin. I've noticed that all Ikove products have very special smell - either you like it or you don't. I like it. They have sort of herbal scent - they contain rosemary, which hazel etc. And this one has a similar scent with the touch of something more citrus-y. It foams nicely, I love the scent and it is also certified with Ecocert certificat and Fair Trade.
Repurchase: If I ever find it again for 50% off yes, otherwise no.

4. Avon Anew Beauty Lifting Eyeshadow in Bare; I can't even remeber how much this was - I think the original price for these is 11€, but I bought it for a few € less, around 8 or 9€.
I've had this liquid eyeshadow for at least a year and half. It was my most used base for eyeshadows (luckily I have a back up of this one, since this shade is no longer available here). The texture is smooth, velvety and easy to blend. I applied it with the brush applicator to the lid and then blend it with my fingers. It looks a lot like a concealer - natural beige shade that matches my skin almost completely. I've never had any problems with eyeshadows I used over this - whether they were loose or pressed, they all blended nicely and lasted the entire time I've had them on.
But since I've never used this liquid eyeshadow on it's own, I can't say anythig about the staying power and creasing when worn like this.
Except the tube isn't very practical - it's a solid plastic tube that you can't squeeze or cut, so there is still some product left in there, but I can't get it out
Repurchase: I would, but I do have an extra tube and since this shade is no longer available, I can't.

5. Afrodita Aroma Oil-based Polish Remover; around 2,80€.
This is my favourite nail polish remover. I like oil-based removers, since they don't dry out my nails and sort of glide more smoothly over the nails. This one gets the job done quickly, easily, without too much rubbing and my nails and cuticle don't feel dry after using it. It's not the cheapest on the market, but definitely the best in my opinion. And it's a product made in Slovenia.
Repurchase: Yes!


Which products have you finished recently?

August 20, 2011

Monthly Contest - August

It's time for another Monthly Contest!


Here is the prize:


- Catrice 420 Dirty Berry
- Catrice 430 Purplelized


Rules:
- Be a follower.
- Leave a comment saying whatever you like and please, leave your e-mail.
- Open internationally.
- Ends on Saturday, 27 August at 20:00 (GMT +01:00).


Good luck!

August 19, 2011

NOTD: Zoya Harlow

Yesterday I took a day off from everything and went to the Therme Olimia to relax and have some fun with my friends.


Today I'm back with another Zoya. Zoya Harlow is from their MatteVelvet Winter Collection 2009. It's a lovely dark pink to purple shade. I almost forgot how quicky I should apply a matte shade.

Here it is, 2 coats:



Thanks for stopping by!



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Song of the day: The Animals - Don't let me be misunderstood

August 17, 2011

Some Zoya Swatches

Few days ago I made a couple of Zoya swatches. I know I have already shown Zara before, but never mind...


Zoya Zara:



Zoya Adina:



Zoya Yasmeen:



I played a bit in Picasa and made this collage of photos:



Which one is your favourite?


P.S. I'm on Facebook now - click.



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Song of the day: Free - All right now

Biba's Beauty Corner Is Now On Facebook!

Please, take a look and click "Like".

Biba's Beauty Corner


Thank you!

August 16, 2011

Beauty Trends For Fall 2011

Lovely Aleya was kind enough to write another guest post for you, dearest readers of Biba's Beauty Corner. This time is about Beauty Trends for this Fall. Tell me, do you follow beauty trends? Do you buy any seasonal collections by leading beauty brands or any selected items from these collections - we all know the hype over Chanel nail polish last few of seasons, don't we?


Beauty Trends For Fall 2011

Have you had a chance to check out the hot beauty trends for fall 2011? I'm so excited about the rich colors and bold looks.

Stand Out Eyes
There are three big trends that we’re seeing for the eyes alone. First, is metallic colored eye shadow which is not only shown for evening wear collections but for daytime as well. Next, fatten up the lines that you draw with your eye liner by drawing thick bold lines instead of thin ones. Most designers are using black, but there are some who are using bright colors as well. Finally top it off with mascara that makes your lashes look like long skinny spider legs (so much for finding a thickening mascara).

Pow Lips
In a word: RED. Any shade of red that you can think of is going to be in for fall. Choose from bold dazzling true red to a sophisticated sultry berry red.

Soft Cheekbones
Lightly apply some pink blush high up on your cheekbones to look as if you’re a tad bit flushed. Don’t overdo it because the point is to look innocent.

Braid Away
The ultimate way to get an innocent look (after you’ve applied blush) is to wear your hair in braids. Wear them up, down, to the side, half done, in a ponytail, maiden style, any style.

Go Boy
Since menswear is back are is the beauty trend that goes with it. Apply some neutral makeup and either cut your hair or put it back for a toned down boy look. If you want to go punk try spiking you hair (the way 20 something guys look when they roll out of bed) and apply that thick liner we spoke about earlier.

Finger Nails
So many choices so little time. Nail trends include sheer nail polish (goes great with the menswear trend), metallic nail polish in dark shades and all sorts of French manicure designs.

Ponytails
Ponytails are everywhere. The trick to this falls ponytail style is that you have to iron your hair to get it as straight as possible and then pull it back. Whether you should wear it high up or by the base of your neck is really up to you.

The fall trends bring a classic yet modern warmth to your beauty routine. Enjoy.


This post was written by Aleya who’s the owner of Spontaneous Chick where you can find beauty & health tips for women and other women's issues.

Blog Sale / Swap Part 2

Blog sale is now open for international people too, but since I don't have a PayPal account, I'm only willing to do a swap this way. I have added couple of items to my Blog Sale Part 1, so take a look there too, if you find anything you like.

- Slovenia: Open for sale or swap.
- International: Swap only.


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- Essence Undead (Eclipse TE); Essence Back To Paradise (Return To Paradise TE); NYX Asphalt:



- Essence Twins Bonnie & Clyde; Avon Blue Flare; Colorama Electric Blue:



- Essence Heart Chakra (Into The Wild TE); Essence Jungle Drum (Return To Paradise TE); Essence Innocence (Pure Beauty TE):



- Sinful Colors Faded Jewel; Manhattan 59V:



- Ciate Golden Globe; Essie Hot Coco; American Apparel Cameo Blue:



- p2 Rich & Royal; Manhattan 610K Spice Up Your nails LE; Catrice Purplelized:



- Barry M Cobalt Blue; Manhattan Spice Up Your Nails LE 77T; MAC Naughty Nauticals Naughty Nauticals LE:



- Essence Power Pastel French Manicure in Power Topas; Essence Magnetic Polish Copper Rulez (Metallics TE); Essence Woodstock (Summer of love TE); MNY 757:



- Essence Meet You In Budapest (Secrets of the Past TE); Essence Hide Bella Hide (Eclipse TE); S-he 434:



- Color Club Abracadabra (from mini set halloween 2009); Essence Glitter Topper Carrie; Essence Trendsetter:



- Barry M Nail Effects (black crackle); China Glaze Cracked Concrete:



- Essence Nail Art Stampy Set:




- Neklace:



Contact: barbara(dot)skledar (at) gmail(dot)com

August 15, 2011

Sleek Eye Dust Swatches

With my last order at Moja Drogerija I received some samples of Sleek Eye Dust eyeshadows too. And I swatched them today for you :)


Sleek Eye Dust swatches (made over an eyeshadow base):


These are loose eyeshadows. They are good pigmented, very fine, silky and easy to work with.


Any shade you like?



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Song of the day: Queen - I want it all

Eyeko Cheeky Colour in Make Out Blush Photos, Review & Swatches

Today I have for you some photos and swatches of the second Eyeko blush I've received for review purposes.

Eyeko Cheeky Colour Make Out Blush is described as: "Make Out Blush - Make your cheeks pop with 3D pink colour loaded with pearl to give a 2 in 1 colour and highlight effect."


Photos:





Swatches:



Eyeko Cheeky Colour Make Out Blush is definitely my favourite of these two. The colours are lovely - on the left is pink/rose shade with silver shimmer/sheen and on the right is red shade with pink undertone that is noticeable less shimmery - so both colours are shimmery, but not as much as in Glow Getter Blush. Mixed together they look just beautiful. The blush looks quite strong in the pan and it's actually very good pigmented, so you can easily overdo. But since it's finely milled and very easy to blend this shouldn't be any problem. The texture is the same as with Glow Getter Blush - baked and not very soft.

About the packaging - I can just copy/paste my opinion from my yesterday's review: Blush comes in a cute but bulky plastic container that has extra compartment for the brush that is enclosed and there is a mini mirror in that compartment too. I usually don't like brushes that come with cheek products and this one is no exception - it's too small and a bit scratchy.


* Eyeko izdelki so na prodaj v spletni trgovini Čarodejka.




***Disclosure: Product in this post was sent to me by a company or PR for consideration.***

August 14, 2011

Eyeko Cheeky Colour In Glow Getter Photos, Review & Swatches

As promised in this announcement, here is the first of two Eyeko's blushes I'm going to show you.

Eyeko Cheeky Colour Glow Getter has two sides: "Pale iridescent pink, perfect for a pinch of colour for pale skinned beauties or as flattering highlighter for dark skinned honeys." (official description)


Photos:





Swatches:



What do I think about Eyeko Cheeky Colour Glow Getter? Lovely pink shades, both colours are very shimmery - maybe a bit too much for my taste. It's good pigmented - the lighter shade is pretty much a highlighter, but the darker one (or both blended together) gives a nice flush of colour to my cheeks. Since this is baked pressed powder, the texture isn't so soft, but it's comparable to the other baked blushes I own. The texture is very fine and easy to blend though.

Blush comes in a cute but bulky plastic container that has extra compartment for the brush that is enclosed and there is a mini mirror in that compartment too. I usually don't like brushes that come with cheek products and this one is no exception - it's too small and a bit scratchy.


Do you own any Eyeko Cheeky Colour blush?


* Eyeko izdelki so na voljo v spletni trgovini Čarodejka.




***Disclosure: Product in this post was sent to me by a company or PR for consideration.***

Coming Soon: Eyeko Cheeky Colour In Glow Getter & Make Out Blush

Coming soon...




"Baked pressed powders highly pigmented with finely milled pearlescent shimmer for a long-lasting flush of colour. Each double-sided compact features duo colour blush on one side and mirror and mini-blush brush on the other, perfect for touch ups on the go."


Stay tuned for more photos & swatches!




***Disclosure: Products in this post were sent to me by a company or PR for consideration.***

If You Could Travel Back To The 50's, Would You Take Cracked Medallion With You?

Would you? I guess I would ;)


Essence Back To The 50's with a layer of China Glaze Cracked Medallion:



Yay or nay?


Thanks for dropping by!



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Song of the day: The Beach Boys - Wouldn't it be nice

August 13, 2011

NYX Powder Blush In Red Photos, Review & Swatches

NYX Powder Blush in Red was also a part of my last order at Moja Drogerija (Slovenian web store). I've been looking for a red blush for quite sometime now. And eventhough I've bought Alverde Mineral Rouge in Cherry recently - which is loose mineral powder, I wanted one in a pressed powder form as well. So I ordered this one.

When opened the package with my order and I saw this blush, I was like: "Uhmmm, it looks quite terrifiying and loud!" Well, it is! LOL.

Photos:




Swatches:



NYX Powder Blush in Red isn't exactly a true red, but it has slight pink undertone and it's a matte shade. It's definitely very highly pigmented, so light hand is recomended when applying this blush. The texture is quite smooth and soft, but it takes some effort to blend it properly.

The packaging, again nothing special - a bit cheap looking plastic container, but sturdy and functional.


Would you wear this blush?

NYX Trio Eyeshadow In Lake Moss Photos, Review & Swatches

NYX Trio Eyeshadow in Lake Moss was the only one of these trio palettes that caught my eye. I ordered it last week in Slovenian web store Moja Drogerija (they have expanded the range of NYX products, so I snapped a few bits).


Let's move on to the photos...

Palette:




Swatches without any base:



Swatches with base:



I like this palette and colour combination (it reminds a bit on UD The Black Palette). Eyeshadows are soft and easy to work with. Only with the dark green shade I had experienced some fall out. The shadows are good pigmented too, but they come truly alive with the eyeshadow base underneath.

About the packaging - the plastic looks a bit cheap, but it's functional and quite sturdy on the other hand. There is also a mini and narrow mirror included, but I don'd find it very useful.


Your opinion on this one?



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Song of the day: Aerosmith - Dream on

August 12, 2011

Broken Hearted Heartbreaker NOTD

I've kept Essence You're A Heartbreaker on my nails and put a layer of Barry M Blue Print crackle polish over.

This is how it turned out:



Like it? Not?


Thanks for stopping by!

Essence 50's Girls Reloaded Trend Edition Swatches II

I'm back with the second part of Essence 50's Girls Reloaded Trend Edition Swatches. I have already shown you lipstick, eyeshadow duo and eyeliner swatches - click. Today I have for you two nail polishes I got from this Trend Edition.


02 Back To the 50's is a classic red creme. Pretty and easy to apply. Here it is in two coats:



05 You're A Heartbreaker truly is a heartbreaker. Eventhough it looks nice in the bottle, I didn't expect I will like this one so much on the nails. It's like a shimmery grey under certain angle and light, but sometimes it looks blue too.




What do you think about these two colours?



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Song of the day: Journey - Don't stop believing