Monday, 15 September 2014

Manicure Monday - Pink Lemonade Fizz

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm wearing another gorgeous Star Kin creation - Pink Lemonade Fizz! This is 4 coats of the polish, but it also looks absolutely amazing as a glitter topper over a very pale pink or white.
I love pastels, and I love glitter, so a pastel glitter just sucks me right in! I was gifted this little sample bottle from the gorgeous Lani from Lani Loves and I absolutely love it! Thank you Lani! ^.^ It's such a pretty polish, I never thought that I would like the combination of pink and yellow so much, but I'm definitely loving this combination!

Make sure you check out Star Kin on Etsy, Ami makes some gorgeous polishes and amazing scented cuticle oils (Toasted Marshmallow - whaaat)!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Series - Store Review

Hello Princesses!

Today I just wanted to talk to you about my new Sunday Series that will start next week, which will be store reviews! I do shop quite a bit (maybe too much) both online and offline, so I thought I would dedicate my Sunday post to reviewing some of my favorite stores so that it doesn't clog up my regular Review posts. 

What I want to know from you Princesses, is what YOU want to hear and see in my reviews! I have a few online reviews lined up already, so I can talk about how the sites work, shipping times, quality of products and packaging, but I can also do mini tours and reviews of actual shops in the vicinity if I'm permitted to photograph and film inside the stores that is! But it all depends on what you Princesses want to see!

Pretty please let me know down below what you are interested in seeing in my Store Reviews!

Friday, 12 September 2014

First Impressions - MAC Prep and Prime BB Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my First Impression of MAC's Prep and Prime BB Cream in Extralight! I picked up a tester pot of this product from my local MAC counter because I don't trust Western BB Creams enough to purchase them straight away.

What Is It? 
"Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense." (1)

As most of you will know, I have an insane obsession with BB Creams, but have not found a Western BB Cream that I have been in love with. Generally Western BB Creams seem to lack the light colour range that I need, as well as the skin enhancing properties that BB Creams are supposed to have - they're usually just glorified primers that have jumped on the BB Cream hype train.
I was incredibly please to find that the MAC BB Cream goes down to Extra Light. In fact, it goes up to Dark Deep too, which looks quite dark to me (I have zero experience matching dark skin to be honest) but I do find that Darker Princesses have the same problem as the Pale Princesses when it comes to matching their skintones. Both of us are outside the boundaries of "normal" skin tone I guess, and that isn't to say that extra pale skin is harder to match that extra dark skin, it's the same problem on opposite sides of the spectrum. *shrugs*
I'm quite on the fence with the BB Cream. I didn't feel like it had any skin enhancing properties, it didn't hide any pores and covered almost zero of my scarring. It did however cover my redness well, and was quick and easy to apply when I'm in a rush in the morning (100% of the time). I don't think this is really a BB Cream, but rather a tinted moisturizer, or a primer since it is in the Prep and Prime range and is described as being a primer.

Would I Purchase This Product?
Perhaps! It matches me quite well colour wise, and does quite well as a tinted moisturizer for under 6 hours (over 6 hours going super greasy). I don't think this is a BB Cream at all, so feel slightly offended almost that it's labeled as a BB Cream when the website describes is both as a tinted moisturizer and a primer. It is relatively pricey in New Zealand at around $50, so perhaps if I sold a lot of products that don't work with my skin then I would pick this one up, but only if I had excess money floating around (0% of the time).

Have you Princesses tried the MAC Prep and Prime BB Cream? What are your thoughts on Western BB Creams?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review - Skinfood Deep Sea Water Brightening Skincare

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be doing potentially the most boring and disappointing review I've ever done, on Skinfood's Deep Sea Water Brightening Multi Gel and Multi Toner! I purchased 10 samples of each product from RoseRoseShop almost a year ago and never got around to trying them out until a couple of weeks ago! I don't think that these were effective for me at all, in fact it felt like it was doing absolutely nothing at all to my skin, so I'm really glad I tried the samples first!
The sample pots are quite cool because they're shaped like the full sized bottles, but also not that great because it's quite hard to get enough product out without tipping the whole sample out (which I did actually do twice).

Both the Toner and the Gel are marketed as brightening products, and also described as products for "dark skin" which I find quite odd. I only got 2-3 uses out of each Toner bottle and 6-8 uses out of the Gel bottles, so while I used up all of the Toner, I was left with 5 sachets of Gel left, which I did not use up.

Skinfood Deep Sea Water Multi Toner (Brightening) 300ml
Makes skin bright and clean Contains mineral Recommended for dry skin and dark skin.

  Multi Toner Application Tips
-As Toner : Using a cotton pad or palm, apply liberally onto the face in gentle upward and outward motions.
-As Mist : Use with a spray bottle to mist over face and body whenever skin feels dry or hot.
-As Compress Solution : Pour into cotton pads or sheets and apply to face for 1 minute.
This toner literally felt like smoothing scented water on my face. It didn't make my face feel or look any better, pores were still large and open and it didn't brighten my skin at all.
SKINFOOD Deep Sea Water Multi Gel (Brightening)
A deep sea water-infused lightweight moisture gel that helps purify and brighten skin. also can be used as a facial gel, overnight mask, and body gel.

Deep Sea Water Story : Pure deep sea water is naturally cool and enriched with a myriad of minerals.

 Multi-Gel Application Tips:
  -For Face : After Multi-Water Toner application, apply an even layer to face. For severely dry skin, apply a thick layer to face before bed and leave in overnight.
  -For Body : Apply liberally to irritated or dry skin and massage until the gel is completely absorbed.

The Gel was incredibly interesting to me. Its so watery that I either had to use a teeny tiny amount so that my face didn't have to spend 5 mins drying or use a regular amount and let my face dry for 5 million hours. Honestly, if you're like me and are always running late, this is not the Gel for you. It doesn't really feel like it's doing anything for my skin either, it wasn't moisturizing, mattifying, oil controlling or pore minimizing, it really didn't feel like it did anything at all.

Let's just check out the before and after photos. 
You can see that a couple of little acne spots that have cleared up by themselves. The Toner and Gel didn't make my skin break out, but also didn't really stop it from breaking out either. I can still see the scars on my chin, forehead and cheeks and my skintone looks pretty much entirely the same.
What I Love
- Cute (but annoying) packaging

What I Don't Love
- Didn't feel like it was doing anything at all
- Irritating packaging
- Gel doesn't absorb fast (time consuming)

Final Thoughts
I really disliked both of these products. I just felt like they weren't doing anything at all, and it was quite time consuming for me since I'm almost always late in the mornings! I will not be purchasing the full sized products, because toning my face with water or the million other toners I already own is cheaper and potentially more effective. 

This does not mean to say that these products will not work for anyone else! We all have different skin which means that products will almost always work differently. ^.^ 

Has anyone else tried these products? Did you enjoy them or feel that they weren't doing anything to your skin too?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Manicure Monday - Ruffian Manicure

Hello Princesses!

Today I have a really different manicure to show you, a Ruffian manicure! Google tells me that a Ruffian manicure is a spin off of a moon manicure which I can totally see, and I can also see that I didn't do it particularly well!
I used OPI's Strawberry Margarita for the pink base, and ILNP's My Cat Suit for the black holographic colour. I think it would've been a little more successful if the black wasn't a mini polish, because then the brush would be wider and the curve would've been more even ... I think! ^.^

I hope you Princesses like this manicure, have you got any tips for making the perfect Ruffian Manicure?
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