Friday, December 31, 2010

December was a month of... nail polishes!

December is the month of shopping. That is a fact! I don't know how about you, but I personally get crazy! During this month I find millions of reasons, why I have to buy this or that. Usually I think that it is about time to pamper myself and afford something that I would not usually afford myself. ...and not even because of lack of money, but because of irrationality!

Anyways, this month (as usual) I decided that I just have to buy some nail polishes. Obviously ca 100 bottles (I am not joking here!) is not enough! Obviously these bottles don't have a best before date... what was I talking about?! Oh yes, buying some nail polishes! :) So, being influenced by all those people, who do Christmas shopping, I (like crazy) was buying nail polishes.

Here are just some of nail varnishes that I have bought:
  • Barry M
  • OPI Mini Burlesque teaser set 
  • OPI DeLites to Darks mini teasers

And now, let me talk about the after feeling, after I have purchased all that stuff. Do you know this feeling when you have bought loads of everything and then you start regreting spending such a large amount? Well, this is NOT about me! In the beginning, yes, I thought that maybe I was too excited and that is why purchased so many nail polish bottles, but then... when I tried the nail polishes on my nails, I understood that I did my shopping not in vain!

Let me a bit expand on virtues of Barry M and OPI nail polishes:
  • Both brands are great quality brands! Their nail polishes are very much alike by their qualities! ..hmm... I would not be surprised if Barry M and OPI products were mancufactured at the same factory... they REALLY have so much in common!
  • Both brands' nail polishes are thick, so that you don't need to apply multiple layers.
  • Both dry out on your nails within 2-3 minutes after application!
  • Both last you around 3 days... and around a week if you put a layer of clear nail polish on their top
  • Both don't chip off! Don't believe me? I swear! All they do is start slightly disappearing at the top of your nails... do you know that I mean?!

The only drawback I can think of right now is the price of OPI nail polishes. In the UK their price is around GBP 12, which is ca USD 20. In this case Barry M is more affordable, since the price of a nail polish bottle is ca GBP 3, which is ca USD 5.

So, to tell you the truth I am extremely happy right now that I have all these wonderful nail polishes. Since these are so amazing and don't take much time to dry out on your nails, I started changing nail color once in 3 days! How cool is that? :) All I can say is that being a nail polish junkie and shopaholic is sometimes not bad at all! ... and now tell me, what have you bought this December? :)

Love,

Karina

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kesha - We R Who We R - Official Music Video Shoot Inspired Makeup Look

Hey guys!

As many of you have noticed, I have been up to celebrity looks lately! And here comes another look, which is inspired by Kesha's new video We R Who We R. The video was shot in Los Angeles on Monday November 1, 2010 and is not out yet, but the video stills are already available. Please click on the link below, if you want to see some of Kesha's new video stills.

Click here to see official video stills of Kesha's video We R Who We R

Alright, so what is the look about!? It is all about military style and dark tones - blackish/silverish eyes and lips. I personally had so much fun recreating this look that I would love to do it once again! ...and I have never thought that black lips would suit me so well! :P Anyways, here goes the product list in case you were wondering what products I have used and the video itself! Enjoy!

Product list
* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* Urban Decay Naked Palette - Creep e/s
* MAC Vanilla e/s
* Illamasqua Liquid Metal Eye shadow palette - silverish e/s
* MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
* NYX 130 false eye lashes
* DUO adhesive
* YSL Volume Effet Mascara
* Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case - black color
* No 7 Skin Illuminator
* MAC 239 brush
* MAC 224 brush
* MAC 217 brush
* Make Up Store 111 brush
* Make Up Store 106 brush

YT tutorial

 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Taylor Swift - Mine - Official Music Video Inspired Makeup Look

Hi guys!
As many of you have noticed today I have posted a new makeup tutorial, which was inspired by Taylor Swift and her recent video Mine. To be honest, I really think that Taylor's makeup in that very video was great, since it was both natural and quite sophisticated. ... I really like these kind of looks myself to tell you the truth ...
Anyways, I thought it would be good if I posted the list of products that I have used, so that it is easier for you to recreate the look :) So here goes the list... and in case you haven't seen the tutorial, it will be below ;)

List of products
* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
* MAC Blacktrack fluidline
* YSL Volume Effet Mascara in black
* NYX blush in Natural
* MAC Perennial Style lip gloss (from Liberty of London collection)
* MAC 239 brush
* MAC 224 brush
* MAC 217 brush
* Kicks angled brush

YouTube Video

 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MTV VMA 2010 Lady Gaga Meat Dress Inspired Make Up Look

Hey everyone!

So, yes, as promised here goes a tutorial on Lady Gaga makeup look! I decided to pick the one from VMA 2010, where Gaga was receiving some award and wering a meat dress... yes, a meat dress! ..a dress made of MEAT! How crazy is that???

Here comes the list of products that I have used to create this look:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Mehron makeup palette
  • MAC 239 brush
  • MAC 226 brush
  • MAC 217 brush 
  • MUFE angled brush
  • Kicks flat lip brush
  • Kicks angled brush
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • DUO eyelash adhesive
  • NYX false lashes no 109
  • Urban Decay Lip Primer
  • Illamasqua Feisty Medium Pencil
  • Coastal Scents 66 Lip Color Palette
  • MUFE Sun Tan Bronzer
Enjoy the look! ;)

Love,

Karina

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anime Cartoon Inspired Halloween 2010 Makeup Look # 1

Hey everyone!

Although it is September, I think it is the right time to start preparations for Halloween! I have already done a bunch of makeup looks and am really excited about it! Here goes the first makeup look, which is inspired by anime cartoons! In order to create this look, I had to paint huge eyes and small lips! Sounds easy? :P ...well, yes it is, but it requires quite some time, so be really patient! :)

Below is the list of produts that I have used to create this look. The video with the tutorial itselt is also presented below ;)

List of products:
* Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case (colors: black, white, blue, coral, pink)
* Kicks Angled Brush
* Kicks Flar Stiff Brush
* Make Up Store 111 Brush
* Dior Black Eye Liner Pencil
* MAC Lip Erase

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Love - Mr Andy :P

Hey everyone!

Many of you have been asking me about my dog Andy! So, here comes a short blog post about him :) Since I have changed my video format and now doing videos with voiceovers, you just dont happen to hear him at the background! :) My dog is a French Bulldog, which means that this cutie snores all the time! And it is funny that every time I am recording a video, he comes to my room and falls asleep... which means even more snoring :D Therefore, in order to maintain a good video quality I decided to eliminate all other sounds from videos... however, this elimination also meant elimination of Andy and his snoring :S Since my dog loves attention, here is a little compenstation! If you want to see how my lovely sweet young man looks like, take a look at some of his pictures :P 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

MAC Digi-Pops Lip Server Collection for Summer 2010

Hi sweeties!

I have an exciting news for you! Today August 01, 2010 MAC's new collection Digi-Pops is out in stores in Estonia! Yay! :) According to some websites this collection was out in the US July 15, 2010 and was available only at Nordstrom stores! I was lucky enough to get some of the items one day before the collection was out! The ladies at MAC counter here in Estonia are amazingly friendly and know me as being a MAC freak, so they sold me the goodies a bit earlier! :P

The collection is all about lips and therefore includes lipsticks and dazzleglasses the majority of which are SO glittery! ;) I know many girls dont like the chunky glitter that some of MAC lipsticks and dazzleglasses have, but I totally love it! I like to apply the lipstick first and then dazzleglass on the very top... then the effect is really great! ..and lips look juicy and sexy! I totally love this collection! :)

OK, so let me provide you with a list of products available in this collection and some pictures. I also will include pictures of products that I have bought myself and show you some swatches! Enjoy!

Dazzle Lipstick ($14.00 U.S . /  EEK289.00 )
  • Liquid Lurex Tarnished golden (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Smash Hit White beige (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Infused with Glam Copper brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Wham Plum brown (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Glaringly Hip Light Peach (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Sweet Bits Light lavender pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Sass Bright orange (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Win-Win Light pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Naughty You Neon Pink (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Troublemaker Magenta (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Snazzy Deep plum (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Hellraiser Light lavender (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Baby’s On Fire Deep Red (Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Dazzleglass ($18.50 U.S. / EEK349.00)
  • Glamour OD Bright Coral Red (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Spanking Rich Raspberry Pink (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Boys Go Crazy Deep amthyst (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fabulous Fun Rich magenta (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Hi-Falutin’ Light yellow pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • You Got the Look Yellow nectarine (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)


And now I will show you the babies that I have bought :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Barbie Doll Pink & Red Makeup Look

Hi sweeties!

I thought it was time to do some really fun! All of us are children in our souls, so I decided to go back to our childhood and pick up a topic of games & dolls. So, I decided to do a makeup look inspired by a Barbie doll :)  I can't believe I haven't done anything like this before, since I really love these kind of looks. But as people say 'it is better later than never', right!? :) Anyways, here is the look, please let me know what you think about it and please take a look at the tutorial, which you will be able to find below :)

xoxo,

Karina

Video Tutorial
Will appear once uploaded to YT

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rainbow Bright French Tip Nail Art for Summer

Hi everyone! Today we are going to do a very simple yet very nice nail art design! It has a lot of merits! To begin with, it is very easy and fast to do! Moreover, it does not require you to be a nail art expert, because it does not involve any difficult techniques! Finally, it does not require you purchasing any special nail art supplies. You can do it with any nail polishes you already have! Just in case, I decided to provide you with a list of nail polishes that I have used... and yes, don't forget to take a look at the video tutorial ;)

Nail polishes used:

* No7 Speed Dry Nail Colour in Hot Pink  
* No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Salsa  
* Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Peony Pink 
* Chun Ku Nail Polish # 025 (purple)  
* Chun Ku Nail Polish # 004 (blue)
* Chun Ku Nail Polish # 034 (yellow)
* Aden Cosmetics Art Nail Polish in black
Video tutorial


Monday, July 12, 2010

Our new appartment and new place to record videos!

Hi everyone! I have a very exciting news for you and me! I am finally moving to a new appartment and therefore I will have a new place to record my videos! Since I know many of you wanted to know a bit about my personal life, then I decided to post a picture with a new place where I am going to record my videos... This is the only room, which is absolutely completed. Other rooms still need some furniture. Hope you will like the pic :) Please find below...

Universal makeup look for everyone: every day, interview and teenagers

Hi sweeties! So many times I was requested to do a makeup look for an interview.. and guess what!? Today I myself am going for a job intervew, so I decided that finally it was time to combine the request and the look in a video!So, I have done a look for an interview, which can be worn by everyone and all ages! It is a very good look for teenagers as well, since it is quite subtle and practically not visible! In this tutorial I will show you how to make your foundation look invisible as well! I really hope you will like it! Please find the video and the product list below!

Product list:
* Cinema Secrets Foundation Primer
* Make Up Fore Ever HD Foundation in 140
* 187 brush by MAC
* Erdesa brush for brows
* Grey brow shadow by Viva la Diva
* Make Up For Ever angled brush
* Clear Brow Set by MAC
* MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20
* Too Faced Shadow Insurance
* MAC's Trio Eyeshadow in Making It Easy
* 239 brush by MAC
* 224 brush by MAC
* 275 brush by MAC
* Lash curler
* YSL Volume Effec Mascara in black
* Benefit blush in Dallas
* 129 brush by MAC
* MAC lipstick in Ever Hip (Liberty of London collection)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rihanna Please Don't Stop The Music Official Music Video Inspired Makeup

Browsing one day in Youtube, I came across Rihanna's video 'Please Don't Stop The Music'. I have always liked this song, but I have never imagined that it was SO popular! The video got more than 120 million views on Youtube and it really means something! Maybe if so many of us like this song and Rihanna as a singer... maybe there are some of us, who would actually want to look like Rihanna in that very video! Being motivated by that I decided to do the makeup look that Rihanna was wearing in that video! Please find the product list and Youtube tutorial below! ;)

Product list:
* 'Eyeshadow Primer Potion' by Urban Decay
* 'Alice in Wonderland' palette by Urban Decay (eyeshadows: Chessur, Mad Hatter, Jabberwocky )
* 239 brush by MAC
* Trio eyeshadow 'Making It Easy' (In the Groove Collection) by MAC
* 275 brush by MAC
* 224 brush by MAC
* 111 brush by Make Up Store
* Black eyepencil by Dior
* 'Blacktrack' fluidline by MAC
* Angled brush by Kicks
* 'Volume Effet' Mascara by YSL
* Lipglass 'Culture Clash' by MAC
* 'Happy Together' Mineralized Duo Blush by MAC

Youtube Tutorial

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Beyonce inspired violet makeup using MAC's In The Groove Products


Hi everyone! Today I decided to do a makeup look inspired by Beyonce! Not only is she a nice singer and a beauty, but she also has a very good sense of style! I always want to say 'good job' to her stylists, makeup artists and other members of her crew! I decided to do the look that you see on the picture a little bit more wearable, so that it can be used every day too! Really hope you will like it ;) All the products I have used will be shown and metioned in the video (please find below)! Enjoy!

Youtube tutorial


Sunday, July 4, 2010

MAC 'In the Groove' Collection review

Many of us are always looking forward to MAC's new collections! This summer's (2010) new collection is called 'In the Groove"! Unlike many previous collections, this one is very rich on products and colours! Needless to say that all products are extremely pigmented and are of a very good quality!

The collection was launched in the UK July 1, 2010 and in Estonia - July 2, 2010! As far as I know the launch date for U.S. is July 8, 2010! To those of you living in the U.S., I would really suggest going to MAC's stores immediately once the collection is launched, since many of the products were sold out here in Europe the very first day!

Here are the descriptions of products available in this collection! All the pictures and video review will be posted below.

Mineralize Eye Shadow (Trio) (GBP 15)
Soften The Mood - Satin light brown/ Pearly rose/ Satin light blue
Making It Easy - Satin red rown/ Pearly beige rose/ Satin dark beige
Love To Love - Satin beige/ Pearly bronze/ Satin brown
Calm, Cool & Collected - Satin deep green/ Pearly green/ Satin beige
Fresh & Easy - Satin pink/ Pearly burgundy/ Satin grey
Blue My Mind - Satin light blue/Pearly deep teal/ Satin black
In the Groove - Satin green/ Pearly burgundy/ Satin coral
Togetherness - Satin lavernder/ Pearly purple/ Satin grey
Style Influencer - Satin silver/ Pearly deep blue/ Satin mauve brown

Powerpoint Eye Pencil (GBP 12.50)
Permaplum - Deeply preserved plum with pink shimmer
Stubborn Brown - No fade deeply honest brown
Navy Stain - Royal blue with queenly shimmer

Zoom Lash (GBP 12.50)
Zoomblack - Rich black

Lipstick (GBP 12.50)
All Styled Up - Bright yellow pink (Cremesheen)
Jazzed - Bright coral pink
Creme d'Nude - Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen)
I Like It Like That - Deep blue pink
Call My Bluff - Midtone creamy coffee
Go For It - Midtone blue purple (Cremesheen)

Cremesheen Glass (GBP 14.50)
On The Scene - Light coral beige
Fashion Whim - Light beige
Right Image - Midtone blue pink
Going Casual - Sheer lilac
Chillin' - Light white blue
You've Got It - Dirty silver grey

Mineralize Blush (Duo) (GBP 17.50)
Happy Together - Satin caramel/ Pearly beige
Hang Loose - Satin bright pink/ Pearly lavender
A Little Bit Of Sunshine - Satin light brown/ Pearly beige
New Vibe - Satin deep rose/ Pearly bronze
Band Of Roses - Satin blue pink/ Pearly light plum

Mineralize Skinfinish (GBP 19.50)
By Candlelight - Golden pink
Stereo Rose - Coral with golden/ Bronze shimmering nuances
Petticoat - Pale rose with gold and amber veining
Comfort - Golden bronze

187 Duo Fibre Brush (GBP 29.50)
A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

Here are the pictures of the collection:









Video (YouTube) review

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Easy Barbie Pink Nail Design with Rhinestones for Short Rigid and Uneven nails

Well... the truth is that I have had my gel nails removed and ... oh, God... my own nails became so soft and fragile. Obviously, I will need to have some treatment done, but so far I can use some special products, such as the ones by Nails Inc (Harley Street Base Coat and Cuticle Oil Stick Pen with vitamin E). In this tutorial (see below) I will show you how to make your unhealthy nails look (not be) healthy and how to do an easy and nice Barbie pink manicure for short nails ;) Besides the products mentioned-above, I will also use a Barbie pink nail polish by Barrie M in 'Pink Flamingo' and clear nail polish 'Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener' by Sally Hansen.
Youtube tutorial


Monday, June 21, 2010

My dream pink mini cocktail dress by Mathew Williamson



Have you ever seen something that took away your breath? I have! Some days ago I have seen a really great pink mini cocktail dress by Mathew Williamson and thought, "Mmmm... that is beautiful!" However, for some reason I have not tried it on. Today, when wondering around in Selfridges I thought that I definetely have to do this, because I have constantly been thinking about this dress (they call it 'Mathew Williamson Drape Colour Block Silk Gathered Cocktail mini dress'). ...I tried it on and it was amazing! Simply stunning! The only thing that made me conscious was the price. GBP 397.50??? And this is after a 50% discount?
If that were an every-day dress I might have bought it, but cocktail dress? Here in UK girls do wear these type of dresses quite often, but in my home country, where I am moving back in a week... welllllll, not THAT often... Anyways, I am restless and not knowing what to do!? :S

Sunday, June 20, 2010

MUA makeup haul

These kind of miracles happen NOT very often. What am I talking about? DISCOUNTS on makeup!!! June is the time of sales here in UK and agressive sales are taking place in Boots and Superdrug stores! Some days ago I went to Superdrug and found a new brand (new for me), which is called Makeup Academy or MUA. The variety of products was not large, however, the quality seemed quite good. Eye dusts, eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses were very pigmented; were easy to apply; lip glosses had quite nice smell. I chose 20 different products and paid... GBP 20! Yes, 20! Each product was just GBP 1, which is around USD 1.30! Obviously, I was very excited and actually still am! I am definetely going to do some looks using these products, so stay tuned and check my YT channel! For now, however, I decided to show you the quality by making some pictures and swatches of products that I have bought. Please let me know if you have used this brand before, how much it costs in your country/city and whether you like it or not! Please find the pictures below ;)

MUA eye shadows and swatches



MUA eye dusts and swatches



MUA lipglosses and swatches



MUA lipsticks and swatches

My MUA review on Youtube

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Purple Burgundy Makeup Look

Some of you may already know my huge passion for purple colour; therefore purple makeup looks are a must for me! Today I am going to show you how to do the look that you can see on the pictures. It is as good for blue eyes, as for brown, hazel and grey eyes! As you can also see, I apply a little bit of light pink colour to the inner corners of my eyes - this means that the look will be great for normal, deep-set and other types of eyes. Below you will see the Youtube tutorial for the look and a list of products that I have used in order to create this look.

Products used:

* Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay
* High Brow Jumbo pencil by Benefit
* 88 Pro-Eyeshadow Palette
* Jumbo Pencil Metallic Sparks in Purple by BeautyUK
* Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC
* False eyelashes 112 by NYX
* Lip pencil in In Synch by MAC
* Lipglass in Culture Clash by MAC
* Blush in Dandelion by Benefit
* 106 brush by Make Up For Ever
* 224 brush by MAC
* 217 brush by MAC
* Angled brush by Kicks
* 219 brush by MAC

YouTube tutorial