January 30, 2012

Who's Going To New York And Sydney?

So, who's the winner of my last monthly contest "From New York To Sydney"?


The machine says it's number:

28

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28. Innana


Congratulations! I'll send you an e-mail right away.

January 28, 2012

NOTD: Cult Nails My Kind Of Cool Aid

Let the Cult Nails adventure begin!


I've decided to wear My Kind Of Cool Aid today. It's a lovely grey shade with a hint of purple (in real life) and very fine silver shimmer in it. Application was great and I really like the shade too! It looks so elegant, I think.


Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid, 2 coats:




How do you like it?



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Song of the day: New Radicals - You get what you give

January 27, 2012

Frisky?

Yes, Frisky!


Frisky is one of the new shades of Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blushes.



Photo source: Tarte Cosmetics


Frisky looks pretty darn good... I want!


What do you think? Like them or not? Do you own any of these shades?

January 26, 2012

I Have Joined The Dark Side...

I have joined the Cult. Cult Nails, that is.






And it's totally Jessika's fault. She lured me into this Cult... And I like it. I like it a lot.


Yes, I get carried away a bit sometimes. The truth is she sent me these in our last swap. But I'm pretty sure you have already figured that out ;)



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Song of the day: Rihanna - Disturbia

January 24, 2012

Timeless Beauties From The Past And Present

Timeless Beauties From The Past And Present

There are many celebrities that are beautiful, sexy and even golden. However there are few that can be considered to be timeless. When a woman is considered to be a timeless beauty it means that her look transcends time and that she’s automatically thought of when a list such as this one is made. Here are just a few stunning women who we feel have proven that their look is adored by many and it’s all natural.


Audrey Hepburn

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who says that Audrey is not a unique beauty. Directors and movie lovers alike fell in love with her doe like eyes and childlike innocence. However, Audrey’s beauty is more than simply skin deep and she has been quoted to say “Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but It doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” Something else that makes her a true beauty is her love for children and the children’s fund she started to help children around the world.

Photo source: venus.provocateuse.com/show/audrey_hepburn


Grace Kelly

This movie star was so beautiful that the king of Monaco fell in love with her and made her his queen. Although the world lost her at an early age, she did leave behind some beauty secrets including that she used brown liner to make her eyes look wider and that a more natural looking makeup made a woman be taken more seriously.

Photo source: forums.thefashionspot.com/f112/how-curl-hair-like-grace-kelly-style-87887.html


Sophia Loren

There are few women who are still considered to be sexy when they’re in their mid-sixties but Sophia is one of those women. Wrapped in Mediterranean coloring, with a high arch in her brow, a strong nose and full lips, she was the sort of beauty that men dreamed of and women wanted to look like. The best part is that everything about her was and still is natural and she never got any work done to look so beautiful.

Photo source: instyle.com/instyle/package/transformations/photos/0,,20290122_20327321_20716401,00.html


Natalie Portman

Even as a child star it was easy to see that Natalie was not only talented but a gracious beauty as well. Natalie likes to keep her body clean and her skin vibrant by living a vegetarian lifestyle and using natural beauty products. Although we’re used to seeing her with wavy hair, she naturally has very curly hair and has said that shaving her head for her part in ‘V For Vendetta’ makes her feel tough. Whatever it is that she’s doing, it’s working.

Photo source: fanpop.com/spots/natalie-portman/images/3947071/title/natalie-portman-photo


Charlize Theron

The face of Dior Charlize must have been chosen because her skin radiates a natural glow and she has a smile that lights up the room. This beauty is also blessed with piercing eyes that seem to go right through you so that she has your full attention. Not wanting to be thought of a girl who got acting her roles solely because of her looks, Charlize took on the part of a not very attractive woman in the movie ‘Monster’ and proved once and for all that she’s the whole package.

Photo source: vigorandvogue.com/charlize-theron/


Elizabeth Hurley

This English rose made a name for herself when she arrived at the Oscars on Hugh Grant’s arm wearing a Versace dress that was held together with nothing but safety pins. If you hadn’t heard of the former model turned movie star before that day, you were sure to hear a lot about her after that day. If you’re wondering what her beauty secret is the answer is simply a devotion to a healthy way of life. So if you want to live like Liz all you have to do is drink plenty of water, eat right and exercise.

Photo source: topnews.in/light/people/liz-hurley?page=1


There are other classic and modern beauties out there but these are just a few that most people agree on time and time again.


This post was written by Aleya who works in collaboration with Tweezerman, a company known for their eyebrow kit as well as their stainless steel tweezers.

January 23, 2012

Rock The World NOTD

Oh, yeah! I could totally Rock The World with this Orly nail polish!


Orly Rock The World, 3 thin coats:




I don't know how to describe this colour - it's something between plum/red/brown and it's just loaded with golden glass fleck sparkles. It's a bling-tastic nail polish for sure! It looks a bit more purple-ish in the real life, but then again, it always looks a bit different - depends on the lighting. It's in the same family as Zoya Faye, OPI It's MY Year, OPI Rally Pretty Pink.


And a bonus photo - I've played with Picasa a bit and this is what came out. I like it, I think it's kinda cool:



Thanks for dropping by!



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Song of the day: Tears for Fears - Everybody wants to rule the world

January 20, 2012

"From New York To Sydney" Monthly Contest

It's been a while since my last monthly contest... But this time, oh boy... This time I'm taking you on a journey from New York to Sydney. Are you up for it?


You can win:


- Catrice The Sydney Collection nail polish
- Catrice The New York Collection eye and cheek palette.


Rules:
- Be a follower of any kind (GFC, Facebook...).
- Fill out the form below.
- Open internationally.
- Ends on Friday, 27 January at 20:00 (GMT +01:00).


Good luck!


I have removed the entry form, since the contest is *CLOSED*!

January 18, 2012

Reach For The Sun Beam

I know I want to! I mean, just read this: "Like a warm ray of light... This golden bronze highlighter gives you a natural-looking, sunkissed radiance." And it's not like I fall for every commercial that promises me natural and golden radiance... Nooo, not me.


I'm talking about the new Benefit Sun Beam golden bronze complexion highlighter.



Photo source: Benefit Cosmetics


I want this! I *need* this! How about you?

A Little Birdie Told Me...

I've got more pretty accessories to show you! This time, it's all about bird necklaces...









The MeoMeo's Creation Giveaway is still open!



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Song of the day: Matchbox Twenty - Bent

January 17, 2012

The Right Hairstyle For Your Face Shape

Today's guest post was sent to me by Lyndsey Hepple. Lyndsey works for Harland Hair & Beauty Company and they have multiple online stores for hair extensions and accessories. One of them is called BuyHair - Hair Supermarket and this is the place where you can get: Hair Extensions including Human, Synthetic, Clip in, Pre-bonded and Hair Extentions Wefts.


In the following article you'll see what is "The Right Hairstyle For Your Face Shape".


Face

Make sure your Hairstyle matches your Face. Read below to find out which hairstyle is right for you...


Photo source: BuyHair.co.uk


Oval Shaped Face

An oval face is considered the perfect shape so a fringe for instance, will bring out your eyes.
Hair swept off the face will balance your nose whin a profile shot. If your hair is straight or curly, go with a style that works with that rather than trying to alter what you have. It will be easier to style daily.


Square Shaped Face

If you have longer hair and a square face, let it fall past the shoulders and allow some soft layers or a grown out fringe to fall around the temples. Even when pulled back, leave wisps around the face as will help to soften your look and make your face look more oval.

If your hair is shorter, elongate the face by going for height at the crown and keep a soft roundness in the silhouette.

Cut above or below the jawline just not on it. Always insist on layers, not single-length styles or center partings. This will always draw attention to a square face rather than softening it.


Round Shaped Face

With a round face the idea is to slim it down at the sides by changing the cut.

You can do this by keeping the sides close to your face and going for height on the top which will lengthen the appearance of the face at the same time. Hair brought forwards onto the face in soft wisps is flattering with shorter styles. Try your hair cut above the chin with shorter layers at the front.

Avoid full fringes, as they will make the face look smaller and rounder. Don't forget to take natural texture and your facial features into account.


Heart Shaped Face

Try your hair at around shoulder length and go for fullness from the chin down. Soft waves and layers work well to achieve this.

Side partings with hair drawn across on a slant work well to draw attention away from the chin. Keep the rest of your own features very much in focus and draw attention to your best bits.


Rectangle / Long Shaped Face

Go for width by shortening the face with a fringe just touching the eyebrows or try a side parting that sweeps across the face for an alternative to the full fringe.

Keep longer styles full and above the shoulders to avoid dragging your face down.

With shorter shapes, go for the classic wedge and other full-fringed shapes that give width and volume.


BuyHair.co.uk
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HairFeathers.co.uk



Do you take into consideration these kind of recommendations when you go to your hairstylist? Or do you just get the haircut that you want no matter what?

January 14, 2012

Red-y To Go NOTD

Today's NOTD - Essence Red-y To Go, 2 coats (photo overload!):







Essence Red-y To Go is an interesting nail polish - in the bottle it looks like a red shimmery shade that has slightest golden hue. On the nails it shifts between red and pink with occasional golden duochrome effect. Application is great and super easy, but it does leave a few brush strokes behind.


Bonus photo:


Neighbour's cat sneaking around.



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Song of the day: Lifehouse - Hanging by a moment

January 12, 2012

By Little Amber

Couple of days ago I won a cute little wooden pendant on Facebook on LITTLE AMBER Solid Wood & Feather Earrings page. Today the package arrived, yay!


Wanna see it?





As you know, I am a sucker for everything cats related... There are so many pretty earrings, pendants etc, made by Little Amber! If you want to take a look and browse a bit, you can do it here:

This is the LITTLE AMBER Solid Wood & Feather Earrings Facebook page - click.

And here is the web shop "Super Čombe" where you can buy Little Amber accessories too and with your purchase you support the Mačja Hiša (or Cat House; Cat House is a non-profit institute that takes care of homeless cats) at the same time.


Thanks for dropping by!



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Song of the day: Peter Frampton - Show me the way

January 10, 2012

Jewels For Beauty

Today I'm sharing with you a "powerful article on women and beauty". Jackie contacted me a while back and this is what she wrote: "I have always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words 'you have cancer.' Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say 'YES I have cancer', but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis."


Jewels for Beauty
By: Jackie Clark

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, such as mesothelioma, women often experience a range of emotions that include depression and confidence issues. They worry about losing their hair and living their life before undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments. Women that are coping with a cancer diagnosis are recommended to focus on fashion and beauty to keep their spirits up and to remain powerful. Women should recognize that they could still be beautiful despite cancer.

Follow These Simple Steps to Improve Your Sense of Well Being

After a cancer diagnosis, your physician will provide a regimen for the patient to follow for treatment. Mesothelioma treatments destroy cancerous cells to stop the tumor from spreading to other body parts. The oncologist may suggest surgically removing tumors or using targeted therapy to alleviate the symptoms of mesothelioma. Surgery may be combined with radiation and chemotherapy to destroy any other cancerous cells.

Radiation. Radiation has fewer side effects than chemotherapy and is recommended for people of fragile health. Radiation is also used in conjunction with other treatments such as chemotherapy. Radiation is typically administered through a machine. This reduces the affects of bleeding, physical pain and shortness of breath.

Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy reduces the uncomfortable symptoms that a patient may experience. The drugs may be administered via a pill or through an injection. Oncologist may combine drugs to increase the results of the treatment.

After Cancer Regimen

After the treatment, a regimen must be followed to accelerate recovery times and long-term health. Patients are recommended to eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Cancer survivors should also avoid tobacco and limit the amount of alcohol they intake. Other aspects of their regimens should include:

Exercise. Exercise helps cancer survivors to increase strength and endurance, while decreasing depression, anxiety and fatigue. The regimen should also improve mood and lift the self-esteem of the patient. Simple modifications of the exercise regimen may include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking 30 minutes each day. Five days of exercise per week is recommended. If you feel fatigued, rest and resume when you feel able.

Eat a Balanced Diet. The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in addition to whole grains every day. Healthy fats should be low in saturated fats. Recommended proteins include nuts, seeds, eggs and other legumes.

Conclusion

Caregivers of cancer patients should support them in their beauty regimen. They should encourage frequent salon and spa visits to uplift them before, during and after treatment. Studies have shown that beauty in conjunction with treatment builds a positive attitude and accelerates healing.


This post was written by Jackie Clark. Jackie does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a leading web resource for mesothelioma cancer.

Wet`n´Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single In Nutty and Kitten Photos & Swatches

Jessika sent me a couple of Wet`n´Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow singles and palettes in our last swap. Today I have for you some photos and swatches of Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty and Kitten.


Let's take a look!


Wet`n´Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty:




Wet`n´Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Kitten:




Swatches:




Nutty is a gorgeous shimmery taupe shade.
Kitten is super pretty too - lilac/lavender shade with golden shimmer.

While Nutty is very good pigmented, so soft and buttery, Kitten on the other hand is a bit less pigmented and more powdery. Swatches were made without any base underneath.


Thanks for reading!



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Song of the day: Mike & The Mechanics - Over my shoulder

January 6, 2012

NOTD: Orly Rococo A-Go-Go

I've been looking at the bottles of Orly nail polishes from their Mineral FX Collection for Fall 2011 that Heather sent me in our last swap for the last two days. I mean, these are gorgoeus!


Today I'm wearing shade called Rococo A-Go-Go. Oh, boy! It was a very hard decision which one to actually put on the nails. LOL. Now, let's move on to the photos...

First, the bottle picture:



Orly Rococo A-Go-Go on the nails, 2 coats:



Orly Rococo A-Go-Go is pretty stunning nail polish! It's a mix of red-purple/plum base with copper/gold duochrome glass-flecked shimmer particles. Eventhough you don't get all of the fantastic duochrome effect that's visible in the bottle, it's still an awesome nail polish. I mean, look at it! It just glows.


How do you like this one?



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Song of the day: Simple Minds - Alive and kicking

January 3, 2012

In Preparation For A Cold One: Winter Beauty Tips

Hello!

Today I have for you a guest post written by lovely Izzy. Her article is full of great tips how to take care of our skin in cold winter time. I hope you'll enjoy reading it!


In Preparation For A Cold One: Winter Beauty Tips

Winter brings with it particular beauty challenges. The cold weather can be hard on our skin, making it dry and red. It can be hard to know what to wear: keeping warm and staying stylish can be a challenge. And then there is the Christmas party season to contend with: everyone wants to look their best at the time of year in which it seems harder to look good than any other. Here are a few simple tips which will help keep you looking just as good in January as you do in June.

1. Moisturise
Even if you normally have well-balanced skin which doesn't need much moisturising, you should moisturise well in winter. The cold and wind, together with central heating, has a drying effect on the skin. It is pretty hard to make-up a flaky face well, so lack of moisturisation will end up making you miserable. Be kind to your skin and choose good quality day and night creams. Look for those with alpha-hydroxy acids in them - they tend to be most effective in boosting winter skin, but they're expensive so keep an eye out for coupons. Pick a day cream with sunscreen in it. Just because it's winter, doesn't mean your skin can't be harmed by the sun - it is the UVB rays which cause ageing, and they're still around. Don't forget your lips either. Nearly everyone gets chapped lips at this time of year, and they can be horrible - dry, sore and impossible to put lipstick on. A good quality lip balm applied twice a day should do the trick. On your body, go for lush, rich creams such as those with shea or cocoa butter in them, and see applying them as a treat: the gorgeous smells will give your mind a boost as well as your body.

2. Be kind to yourself
Leading nicely on from that, don't forget to treat yourself in other ways too. If the lack of sun is making you miserable, then a good home pampering session will help. Run a bath full of lovely moisturising bubbles and put on a thick, moisturising face mask while you soak. Slough off dead winter skin with a body scrub, paying special attention to feet, knees, elbows and anywhere else that tends to get especially dry.

3. Beautify from the inside-out
In winter, it can be tempting to fill up on stodgy food and drink too much alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with a bit of either, you need to consider your well-being too and eat a balanced diet. There are lots of good winter foods which will keep you feeling full and comforted as well as being healthy. The fatty acids found in eggs and oily fish are great mood lifters. Lentils and pulses make great warming stews and soups. Add chilli or other spices to food to give it flavour without fat. Keep your vitamin intake up with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables: they'll help you ward off winter colds and keep your skin and hair looking great. Also remember to drink enough water to counteract the effects of central heating.

4. Embrace winter style
You can look good in winter. Some people feel that they are natural 'summer' dressers and are thrown by winter clothes and make-up. The thing to remember when dressing for winter is not to try and fight the fact it is cold: go with it. Enjoy luxurious knits and soft winter coats. This winter, long coats, knee-high boots and hats are all on-trend - enjoy them. When it comes to party time, make an impact with sparkle and shine. Metallics are very much in this winter - so treat yourself to something shiny for Christmas. If money is tight, see if friends and family can buy you gift coupons in lieu of Christmas presents to help you get that special something in time for New Year's Eve. Winter make-up can be a real treat too. You can go bolder and thicker than in summer, when heat and sweat can cause sliding. Deep and bright colours such as burgundy, purple and dark green can work really well at this time of year. And don't be afraid to wear glitter - it will brighten up your face and your day.


This post was written by Izzy Woods who has been working as a professional writer and researcher.

January 2, 2012

Sweet Temptations

Nom nom nom...

Spectacular First Manicure Of The Year

Yeah, you're right! I just wanted a spectacular title for the first post of the new year. But the nail polish I'm wearing it's pretty spectacular too, though. Just so you know.


Which nail polish am I talking about, you ask?


Magnetic Spectacular Stone (2 coats):




Magnetic Spectacular Stone is a dark purple holographic shade (that sometimes look a bit brown-ish too). I got it from my fellow nail polish addict and blogger Colorful Bottle on our coffee date. Application of this baby was great and I could almost get away with one coat, but my hands were shaking a bit, so I have added a second coat. The only thing that slightly bothered me, was a long(-er) brush handle. So you have to be careful while trying to make a nice curve along the cuticle. Otherwise, Im loving it!


What do you think? Spectacular or not? :D



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Song of the day: Adele - Someone like you