Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Important Message to all Makeup, Beauty & Fashion Readers

I have some sad news for those of you who use Google Friend Connect (GFC) to follow my blog and keep yourself updated on my blog posts. Google has decided to deactivate GFC for non-blogger hosted blogs and they are doing that as of the 1st of March 2012.

I have no idea if Google will remove the GFC widget for good but I think they are making a big mistake if they do it. I decided to put together this blog post to let you guys know about this change.We just have to be patient and see what will happen to our beloved widget, lets hope for the best :)

Here are a few options for you to still follow my blog and keep yourself updated :)

I just signed up on Hellocotton and its a great way to keep track on all the blogs you like. All you have to do is connect with your Facebook account or create a new one which is super easy and free. You don't have to have a blog to create an account on Hellocotton :)

To follow my blog, just click on the little ''Follow'' button on the right side. All the updates from the blogs you follow will show up in your Hellocotton newsfeed :) Click here to follow my Hellocotton profile.

bloglovin is basically the same thing as Hellocotton. To follow my bloglovin page, just click on the follow button and login to your account or create a new one :) Click here to follow bloglovin profile.

You can ''Like'' my Facebook page to keep yourself updated on my newest posts as well along with pictures and other fun updates. My newest blog posts will always be shared on my page and its a great way to keep in touch too :) Click here to follow my Facebook Page.

To follow my blog by Email, just look on the right side of my blog and scroll down until you see the ''Follow My Blog By Email'' section and type in your email adress, hit submit and thats it. Now you will recieve an email everytime I publish a new post :)

Twitter is another great way to stay connected with me and keep yourself updated on my latest blog posts. Its definitely more personal so if you want to get to know me more, please add me because I would love for us to be friends :) Click here to follow me on Twitter.

Thank you so much for all your love, support and also for leaving me so many amazing comments. You guys are amazing and I really hope that you will keep following me if GFC disappear.

What do you think about Google deactivating the GFC widget for non-blogger hosted blogs?
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Tutorial: How to Create Tuxedo Nails Inspired by Zooey Deschanel

You have probably seen and heard all about Zooey Deschanel's Tuxedo nails that she wore to the 2012 Golden Globes which took place in January. I think Zooey rocked the Tuxedo nails and its has become a big beauty trend already :)

I have seen a few beauty bloggers and Youtube Gurus share their Tuxedo nails so that's what inspired me to do this post. I hope you like this fun nail art tutorial and if you have any nail design ideas for upcoming tutorials, please feel free to share them with me and everyone else in the comment section below :)

Photo Credit
Products you are going to need to create this look:
♥ A Base Coat.
♥ A Black and White nail polish
♥ Dotting Tool, Nail Art Striper or a Toothpick.
♥ Top Coat

How to Create the Tuxedo Nails:

1. Start by painting your nails with a base coat to protect your nails. When the base coat has dried, paint all of your nails with a white nail polish of your choice.

2. Use a black striper to connect two lines to create the V shape. Remember that it dont have to be perfect because we are going to fill it in with a black nail polish afterwards.

 3. Fill in the outside of the V shape with any black nail polish of your choice. I just used my Art Deco Striper in Black but you can also use a toothpick or a dotting tool.

4. Use your striper to create an X for the bow tie. Then finish the bow tie by using either a dotting tool, a nail polish striper or a toothpick and dip it into the black nail polish and create the bow.

5. Use your dotting tool and add two small dots of black nail polish to create the buttons and now your finished. After your design has dried, add a top coat to seal in the design and prevent it from chipping away :)

Here is the final result. Its not perfect and I wish the bows came out better than what they did but that's one of the things I really like about nail art. It dont have to be perfect and the more you practice, the better your design is going to look. This was my first time trying out this design and I think it turned out okay :)

Products I Used: 
♥ Ridge Filler Base Coat by NYX Cosmetics
♥ Elf Cosmetics Nail Polish in White
♥ Art Deco Nail Polish Striper by L.A. Colors
♥ Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Do you have any nail art design ideas for upcoming tutorials? Have you tried out the Tuxedo nail trend? :) Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Monday, February 27, 2012

Love at First Glow, NARS Galapagos & Macadamia Deep Repair Masque

CheapSmells is one of my favorite websites at the moment and I recently ordered three products that I want to share with you guys. I have another order on the way with three products from MAC Cosmetics that I got on sale, but I will share them with you when my package arrives :)

If you haven't checked out CheapSmells, you should definitely take a look. They carry brands such as MAC, Urban Decay, NARS, OPI and many more along with a great selection of perfume brands. Here are the three products that I picked up. Reviews of the products and swatches of the NARS eyeshadow will be up on my blog soon :)

♥ Jennifer Lopez - Love at First Glow, 30ml. 

My mom surprised me with this perfume for my birthday years ago and when I saw it on CheapSmells, I just had to order it. I absolutely love how this perfume smells. Its very fresh and perfect for everyday use. The perfume also comes with a little phone charm which I think is super cute and it looks adorable as decoration on the perfume bottle. You can find this perfume here.

Macadamia Natural Oil - Deep Repair Masque, 30ml. 

I have heard so much about this Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque, everyone seems to love this product a lot. I only ordered the 30ml one just to try it out and see how I like it. Im really excited to try it out :) You can find the Deep Repair Masque here.

♥ NARS Eyeshadow in Galapagos.

Galapagos is a beautiful rich brown eyeshadow with gold flecks. This eyeshadow has been on my wishlist since I saw the lovely Dulce Candy use it in her ''Sparkly Brown Eyes'' Makeup Tutorial on Youtube. When I saw that Galapagos was on sale for only £8 on CheapSmells, I just had to grab it. I cant wait to use this, it looks so beautiful :)

Have you tried any of these products? Which beauty website is your favorite one? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Coastal Scents 88 Color Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway Winner

I want to thank each and every single one of you who entered my Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette giveaway. I got over 3000 entries which is amazing, I never thought I would get so many entries so thank you so much. This only makes me want to do more giveaways so keep it up :)

As always, I used Random.Org to choose the winner and the lucky winner of the Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette is Glitz Glam Budget. Congrats sweetie, please get back to my email with your full name and adress and I will ship out your package as soon as possible.

Please dont feel discuraged if you didn't win this time, I have many more giveaways coming up. The Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay is one of my upcoming giveaways, so stay tuned for that one, its worth the wait :)

Which products do you want to see in upcoming giveaways? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Friday, February 24, 2012

Revlon Nail Polish in Sheer Rose: Review, Photos & Swatches

Sheer Rose is a gorgeous rosy/pinky nude nail polish with silver shimmers and its actually my very first nail polish from Revlon. I thought this was going to be one of those really sheer nail polishes that you would need to apply several coats to make it look opaque but guess what? Its actually opaque after just 2-3 coats, how amazing is that? :)

Sheer Rose has a thinner texture than some of the other nail polishes that I have tried and I didn't experience any bubbles or streaking with this nail polish which I really like. It took 1-3 minutes for the nail polish to dry which is okay :)

Sheer Rose has been on my nails for a couple of days now and it has already started to chip like crazy. When I featured Sheer Rose in my latest Nails Of The Day Post, some of you told me that you had experienced the same thing with this nail polish and other nail polishes by Revlon as well. Since I change my nail polish quite often, I dont mind the chipping. The color is gorgeous and its definitely a color that is worth having in your collection :)

This is a nail polish that is going to suit so many skin tones and if you have a bit of a tan, its going to look even more beaitiful. So if you are looking for a rosy/pinky nude nail polish that is beautiful, not sheer and affordable, give this one a try because you might end up liking it a lot :)

Rating: 4/5:

Where to buy?
You find find Sheer Rose on Ebay, here is the link to a seller that ships worldwide. If you are from the US, you might find this shade on CVS or Walmart :)

Revlon Sheer Rose was a gift from my gorgeous friend Jenn from Imperfection is Beauty.

Whats your favorite nail polish by Revlon? Have you tried Sheer Rose before? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Makeup Academy: Heaven and Earth, Glitter Ball, Starry Night, Eyeshadow Trios & Lipsticks

Before Makeup Academy opened up their own website, my lovely friend Maria from Maria Sparkle sent me a few goodies to try out. Since I haven't done a post about the products she sent me, I thought it would be perfect to share them with you. Thank you so much Maria for sending me these products, I really appreciate everything, you are so sweet :)

♥ Lipsticks in shade 5, 7 & 3.

♥ Eyeshadow Trio in Chocolate Box.

♥ Eyeshadow Trio in Eden.

♥ Eyeshadow Trio in Smoke Screen.

♥ Eyeshadow Palette in Starry Night.

♥ Eyeshadow Palette in Glitter Ball.

♥ Eyeshadow Palette in Heaven and Earth.

I will do swatches and reviews of all the products soon, so stay tuned for that :)

Whats your favorite product from Makeup Academy? Any products you would like to try? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nails Of The Day: Revlon Sheer Rose

Today Im wearing Sheer Rose by Revlon which was a gift from my beautiful friend Jenn from Imperfection is Beauty. Sheer Rose is a beautiful pinky nude nail polish with silver shimmers and its actually my only nail polish from Revlon.

Being the nail polish addict that I am, Im actually surprised that this is my first Revlon nail polish because their color range is really good and they do have some great dupes for high-end nail polishes. Sheer Rose is definitely one of my favorite pinky nudes in my collection and I dont own anything like this shade :)

I think its really difficult to get a good picture of my nail polish swatches, they always turn out dark and I want them to be lighter and brighter. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how I can improve my swatch pictures, please feel free to share them with me in the comments below. I would love to hear how you guys do it :)

Which nail polish from Revlon is your favorite? Any recommendations? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ebay Goodies: Revlon Lip Butters and Colorstay Foundation, Mally Beauty, Hard as Hoof & Orange Sticks.

You probably know how much I love and adore Ebay? Online shopping is my thing, I can sit in my chair with a hot cup of chocolate and just browse for hours haha, are you guys like that too or do you prefer to do your shopping at the mall? :)

I wanted to share my latest purchases from Ebay. These are products that I have heard so many good things about and been seeing on different beauty blogs lately as well. When Im reading my favorite beauty blogs or watching youtube videos, I always find products that Im curious about and want to try out for myself. I guess thats the *price* you have to pay for being a beauty blogger? Haha, it can definitely make my wallet cry sometimes! Anyways, here are the products I picked up :)

♥ Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Peach Parfait, Pink Truffle, Sweet Tart, Berry Smoothie & Red Velvet.

The Revlon Lip Butters have been one of the most talked about products in the beauty community and for good reason. They are just like lipbalms but with the pigmentation of a lipstick and the shine of a lipgloss. They are really moisturizing and the color payoff is really good.

I have to thank my good friend Jenn from Imperfection is Beauty for getting me hooked on these babies, thank you gorgeous :) Expect to see swatches and a review of these soon :)

♥ Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin Foundation.

Im really excited to try out this foundation by Revlon. This is the one for Normal/Dry skin but  its also available for those of you who have combination/oily skin. Its really good that they have this foundation available for different skin types, its something that I dont see that often :)

♥ Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

When I set my foundation, I always use a translucent powder or a setting spray, never a regular face powder because i dont like how it looks on me, it can sometimes look too cakey which I don like.

I bought the Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender which is a clear product that diffuses the look of pores and fine lines and helps your makeup last. It mattifies the face without the dry, ashy look that a powder can give you. Super excited about this product :)

♥ Orange Sticks.

These are the perfect tools for Water Marbling! Before I got these, I tried using a toothpick but I think its too pointy and sharp and it destroys my design and I dont like that at all. These have a sharp and a more softer side. Im going to do a Water Marbling Tutorial soon, so stay tuned for that :)

♥ Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream.

After hearing wonderful things about the Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream from PlasmaSpeedo on Youtube, I just had to buy it and give it a try. My nails have been peeling lately so Im hoping that this is going to help. I have been using this for a few days now and my nails seems a little stronger. I will definitely keep you updated on this product and do a review too :)

Have you tried any of these products? Do you like to shop on Ebay? :)
Thanks for looking :) Xoxo, Christine♥
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