Monday, 29 September 2014

Manicure Monday: Midnight Glitter


On today's Manicure Monday, I am rocking a black french tip with a twist. I felt like being a bit of a rock star and went for something more edgy than my usual pinks... but I couldn't leave out the glitter!

Products:
For this manicure I used:
  • Essence Colour & Go - "Black Is Back"
  • Maybelline Color Show - "Glitter It"
  • Essence Gel-Look Topcoat

Because I loved how my nails turned out, I decided to make a nail art tutorial on how you can do it too! Guys, I was so surprised at how easy it was! 


TUTORIAL



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Friday, 26 September 2014

Make Up Tutorial: 90s Inspired

The 90s, it's making a huge come back, from boybands, to fashion and make up looks. On today's episode of Vanessa's Corner I will teach you all how to do this 90s Inspired Make Up Look. 
Points of this look are:
  • Matte Shades
  • Neutral Shades
  • Bronze complexion
All these factors played a huge part in make up looks during the 90s. 

I hope you all enjoy this simple and everyday make up look. 





PRODUCTS USED:

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
2. Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder
3. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick (Tonkin)
4. Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc (31)
5. Australis Matte Out Mattifying Face Base

6. Modelsprefer Matte Khol Liner Pencil
7. Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil (04 Brown Writer)
8. Tony Moly Baby Doll Pot Concealer
9. Essence Lash & Brow Gel (clear)
10. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation
11. Rimmel London Wonder'full Mascara
12. ELF Eyelid Primer


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Fashion Friday - 90s Inspired



Fashion Friday! Like all the past trends, the one that is making a huge comeback, is the 90s. So go on, watch 'Saved By The Bell' and 'Clueless' again, listen to your old 'Backstreet Boy, Backstreets Back' and 'TLC' album, borrow your dad's/husbands mustard trade boots - because it's alllllll coming back!


 OUTFIT #1 - 'Grunge With A Grunt'
 Remember when you were younger and you had no where to put your jacket when you ran and played, so you use to tie it around your waist? Haha! Well it's a fashion look my dear! 
Get that Statement Tshirt and that pair of high waist shorts, add a Flannel Shirt around your waist and rock out the grungiest pair of boots and beanie you own. 

TSHIRT - 'Valleygirl'
DENIM SHORTS - By yours truly :)
FLANNEL SHIRT - 'By Baleno' - Hong Kong


ACCESSORIES
 BOOTS - 'Girl Express'
BEANIE - 'Rubi'

OUTFIT #2 - 'Girl's Got A Clue'
This outfit was inspired by the movie 'Clueless', in the film Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is mostly, if not always, going for that prep girl vibe. This outfit represents all you preppy girls out there... but with an edge. 
Use that basic collared top that you love so much, but pair it with much edgier pieces, such as this pleather skater skirt and this oversized tartan printed cardigan. Add your knee high socks, ankle boots and bowlers hat - and you're back in the 90s!

TOP - 'Ralph Lauren'
SKIRT - 'Girl Express'
CARDIGAN - 'Valleygirl'

ACCESSORIES
ANKLE BOOTS - 'Grosby'
BOWLERS HAT - 'Ebay'
KNEE HIGH SOCK - 'Target'


OUTFIT #3 - 'Pretty Girl'
The other two outfits have too much grunge? Go for a soft palette. In the 90's wearing a round neckline white tshirt under your floral dresses was as common as... 9 is in 90s (?)... Pair the outfit with some sandals (jelly flats in particular are so adorable) and go flower picking (IDK... I'd wear this outfit if I was going flower picking... lol).

TSHIRT - 'Giordano'
DRESS - 'Kitty Kat'

ACCESSORIES
JELLY SANDALS - 'Rubi'


OUTFIT #4 - "Artist"
Another huge trend in the 90's was wearing that crop top with that longer length skirt and pairing it with some comfortable white lace ups. 
Go with that cool girl vibe and rock out your ankle length skirts you've got stashed at the back of your closet. 

SKIRT - 'Imprint'
CROP TOP - Made by yours truly 


ACCESSORIES
WHITE LACE UP SHOES - Korea
BOWLERS HAT - 'Ebay'

OUTFIT #5 - "Rhythm & Blues"
And lastly, what would the 90's be without the influence of RnB music. You know you were raised in the 90's when you've owned cardboard covered singles (lol remember those?) of TLC, Aaliyah and EnVogue. 
Those ladies knew how to rock a pair of Timberlands and boyfriend jeans. 
Pair those over-sized boyfriend jeans with a chunky black belt, white tshirt and chunky boots - then you, my girl, have become an RnB diva.

BOYFRIEND JEANS - 'Target'
TSHIRT - 'Giordano'


ACCESSORIES
 CHUNKY BOOTS - My husbands
BEANIE - 'Ebay'
CHUNKY BLACK BELT - 'Calvin Klein'


That concludes this weeks 'Fashion Friday', I hope you all enjoyed this post and feel inspired for your future outfits! Thanks for visiting guys and I'll see you all in the next one! BYYYYYEEE!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation & Concealer

Today we will be reviewing Maybelline's recent foundation and concealer release. The 'SuperStay Better Skin' Foundation & it's pairing Concealer.
I was sooooo excited when I first heard about these two, because the original Super Stay Foundation is one of my ultimate favourites!

Before we begin the review, I want to mention, this is not a first impressions review, I actually used this product a good month and a bit prior to this post - just because I really wanted to get a good feel and collect all of my thoughts on the products before posting it to you all.
This post will show you my thoughts on the feature of the packaging, formula, product claims and images of me using it throughout the entire day. 

Now... Shall we begin?



Claims

Looking from the Maybelline website (click HERE to view), they claim the foundation does the following:
  • Specially formulated to leave a healthier and energized feel and appearance after three weeks of using. 
  • Long wearing formula - last's all day
  • Flawless Coverage
  • Hydrates and smooths skin
  • Evens skin tone 
  • Reduces redness
  • SPF14

On the website (click HERE to view) they also claim the Concealer does the following:
  • Specially formulated to leave a healthier and energized feel and appearance after three weeks of using. 
  • Long wearing formula  - lasts all day
  • Flawless coverage
  • Covers imperfections
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Reduces redness
Packaging
Now, when I was looking at the points of the packaging for the products, I noticed that they really thought out the products packaging and I appreciate that they really thought of their consumers, in terms of convenience and quality. So well thought out Maybelline!

FOUNDATION
  • Foundation contains 30mls of product. 
  • Thick Glass Bottle - Good quality, some people don't like glass bottles, but I prefer glass bottles because I feel it better quality.
  • Pump Dispenser - Love love LOVE when my foundations come with a pump, you get better control as to how much product comes out of the bottle and it cuts out a lot of product wastage. 
  • Clear Bottle - I know this may seem like a small point to some, but I love when my foundations come in clear packaging, helps me get a good idea of how much product I have used (or have left) and of any signs of the product separating (one of the first signs of cosmetic expiry). 


CONCEALER



  • Concealer contains 11mls of product. 
  • Clear plastic squeezable tube - I like the idea that it is a squeezable tube, once again making it more convenient for the consumers on the control of how much of the product we squeeze out.
  • Tip Applicator - Okay, guys, this is the best applicator ever. If you're like me and absolutely hate getting make up on your hands, this applicator helps so much! I just used the applicator to apply on my blemishes and used a cosmetic tool (brush or sponge) to blend. It's so convenient and mess free. 


APPLICATION & RESULTS

BARE FACE
 This is my bare, freshly washed, toned and moisturized face, before any application of products. 
As you can see I have a lot of darkness around my eyes, redness, hyper pigmentation, scarring and freckles - perfect skin conditions to see how these two products work!


AFTER APPLYING
This is the results after applying one thin (yes thin, a little goes a long way with this one) layer of foundation using a beauty sponge and dabbing it on. Spot concealing with the concealer and using the beauty sponge to blend it out. 
I did not use a primer or set the products with any powders.

When applying it:
  • It was easy to manipulate and blend into the skin
  • Did not feel thick or heavy on the skin
  • And it did set to an almost powdery finish
Instantly after application:
  • The foundation diminished all skins redness and hyper pigmentation (no concealer required for that)
  • The foundation filled and hid my pores around my cheeks
  • The Concealer completely hid the dark circles under my eyes
  • The Concealer concealed a lot of the scarring around my cheeks, chin and temples. 



AFTER APPLYING THE REST OF MY MAKE UP
This is after applying the rest of my make up, once again I want to mention, I did not set the foundation with any powders or setting spray. 


FOUR HOURS AFTER APPLICATION
  • Blemishes and dark circles were still concealed. 
  • Did not show any signs of oiliness or dry patches. 
  • Foundation and concealer hadn't settled into any of my fine lines.
  • Was still in perfect condition!
 EIGHT HOURS AFTER APPLICATION
  • Showed slight signs of oiliness on the top of my nose (I tend to get very oily on my T-Zone)
  • Concealer was still in perfect condition under my eyes, but did start to fade on my chin. 
  • I noticed that the foundation started to show signs of patchiness and cracking between my eyebrows. 
  • I did notice some of the foundation & concealer transfer onto tissue when I had to blow my nose a few times (damn hay fever!)


FINAL VERDICT

FOUNDATION
  • An awesome foundation in terms of coverage and feel on the skin. 
  • Medium to full coverage foundation.
  • Not at all thick or cake looking.
  • Breathable and comfortable on the skin.
  • Consumer friendly and well thought out packaging. 
  • Did find that my skin became oily on my T-Zone after 8 hours of wearing it, so I do recommend using a settling powder if you do have oily/combination skin such as myself. 
  • I wouldn't say its as long wearing as the original 24HR Super Stay Foundation, but it lasted a good 7 hours before any signs of oiliness or fading (and this was without any retouches or using oil sheets throughout the day). I definitely, once again, recommend using a setting powder.
  • Now, in terms of the formula claiming to make your skin appear more healthier and energized, I wouldn't say I've seen significant changes after using it for a month and a half, but then again... I'm a mother of two under two and barely have any sleep - so good luck to any company trying to make my skin look more healthier and energized! HAHA! But in all seriousness, I didn't see any significant changes, but what I did notice was that it did not irritate or make my skin break out - which happens too often when testing out foundations that just aren't up to par. So thats an A+ in my books.
CONCEALER
  • Convenient and well thought out packaging. 
  • Good quality and full coverage concealer, definitely did a great job at covering my dark circles and blemish scarring.
  • Comfortable on the skin.
  • Transfers, so I do recommend setting it with a powder. 
  • Does not settle into fine lines or creases. 
  • Have become a big fan! This concealer worked wonders when I was experiencing post pregnancy cystic acne, this concealer is such good quality and covers up so well without irritating the skin in any slightest way. 


MAKE UP TUTORIAL - Demo using both products. 



Thanks for visiting guys, hope you all found this review helpful! See you all in the next one. Ta!


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Friday, 19 September 2014

Make Up Tutorial: Rockabilly Pin Up Girl

A new make up tutorial is now up on our channel! Learn how to do a Rockabilly Pin Up Girl Make Up look!



Products Used:

1. Loreal Wear Infinite Studio Secrets Eyeshadow Quad - Neutrals
2. Tony Moly Baby Doll Pot Concealer
3. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
4. Me Now Lip/Eye Pencil
5. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
6. Maybelline Color Tattoo - Barely Branded
7. Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Pencil
8. Loreal Magic Blur Primer
9. Maybelline Super Stay Lip Liner - Red
10. Essence Fix & Matte Translucent Powder
11. Maybelline Master Precise Brow Pencil
12. Etude House Colour My Brow
13. Essence Gel Eye Liner - Midnight In Paris
14. Calvin Klein Flush With Desire Velvet Blush - Heather Silk
15. Revlon Colourstay Liquid Foundation
16. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighter
17. Maybelline Bold Matte Lipstick - Mat5


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Fashion Friday - Rockabilly Pin Up Girl



Pin Up Girls, damn do they know how to work it!
We are definitely inspired by the sexy generation of Rockabilly Pin Up Girls -  that bold red lip and sexy hour glass silhouette. 
Today's episode of Fashion Friday we'll be styling and teaching you the basics of how to achieve a pin up girl outfit in the year 2014.



OUTFIT #1 - "The bigger the better"
One principle to remember when going for a pin up girl look - curves! Curves, curves, curves, curves, curves! 
To really accentuate the sight of curves I have paired a high waist pencil skirt with a low neck lined T-shirt. 
Notice how the pencil skirt has horizontal lines? That was deliberate my dear! 
The horizontal line will accentuate a more curvier bottom. 
To create more definition add a waist belt and top it off with a beret and a pair of Mary Janes. 

Black Low Neckline Tshirt - "Label Of Graded Goods"
Monochrome Stripped Pencil Skirt - "NOW"
Cream Waist Belt- "Suite Boutique"


ACCESSORIES

Mary Jane Heels - "Wittner"
Leopard Textured Beret - "Valley Girl"

OUTFIT #2 - "I Cheer For His Football Team."

Go for a more fun preppy Pin Up Girl look by pairing a high waist skater skirt with a fitted top. 
If there's one thing Pin Up Girls do, it's adding a hint of bold red to their outfits. Don't be afraid to splurge on a red item, add a red cardigan, such as this Varsity one. 

Fitted Striped Top - "Girl Express"
Tweed Waisted Skater Skirt - "Girl Express"
Red Varsity Cardigan -  "Avocado"

For that girly touch wear a pair of white mid length socks and white casual oxfords. 

White Casual Oxfords - Purchased in South Korea
Mid Length Socks - Purchased in South Korea



OUTFIT #3 - "Pop Yo Collar"
About to head out for a day of shopping? Go for a more casual vibe by using that Chambray Top (that every man and his dog owns), tying it at the waistline, remember to pop that collar for a bit more attitude that a Pin Up Girl's character always have. 
Opt for high waist, tight fitting bottoms - pairing these two once again plants a more hour glass figure. 

Chambray Top - "SES"
White High Waist Tight Bottoms - "SES" 


ACCESSORIES

Oxford Flats - "Hot Options"
Thick White Bangle - "Diva"
Gold Chain - "Ebay"
Chunky Gold Watch - "Pierre Cardin"



 OUTFIT #4 - "Heading Out Of Town"
Going for a much more casual vibe, pair a red checkered crop top with high waist shorts.
Don't forget to wear a headband (or bandana) and a pair of casual white converse sneakers. This outfit is perfection for the Summer time!

Red Checkered Crop Top - "SES"
High Waisted Denim Shorts - Made by yours truly. 


ACCESSORIES
White Sneakers - "Converse All Star"
Usamimi Headband - Gift from a friend from Hong Kong, I have an easy DIY Tutorial HERE

Of course, all these outfit ideas would be in vain without the Rockabilly Pin Up Girl make up look to match! So view our current Pin Up Girl Make Up Tutorial and learn how you recreate and pull off a Pin Up Girl Make Up look!

MAKE UP TUTORIAL



Don't forget them nails! Want to go full blown Pin Up Girl? This is a simple and easy nail art tutorial, that teaches you how to add a cute accessory to your finger tips that would definitely rock the pin up girl look. 

NAIL ART TUTORIAL


So that concludes today's Fashion Friday Post! I hope you all enjoyed this and feel inspired for your upcoming outfit ideas! Thanks for visiting guys, and we'll see you all in the next one. 

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