Thursday, May 3, 2012

Metallic Green Charcoal Look

 While browsing through the Eye Graffiti blog last night I saw a look by Azure that I wanted to try. I've been wanting to use my 88 Metal eyeshadow palette from Sedona Lace for a while now since I hardly ever use it & the palette had all the colours that I could use for this look, so I did an inspired look today. Since all the colours used were metallic/shimmery, I think it threw my camera off because the colours didn't show up nicely, but enjoy!

I wish the blue showed up a bit darker instead of the frosty blue that it showed up as. I still liked the look though.

Click here to see the original look by Azure on the Eye Graffiti blog. Azure's look has such pretty reddish-gold flecks of glitter.
Warning: once you visit the Eye Graffiti blog you are going to end up spending tons of time browsing through all their wonderful looks. Seriously, I'm not kidding.

Have you tried the 88 Metal eyeshadow palette?
How do you like it?
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: China Glaze Magnetix Nailpolishes

If you've read my nail related posts on this blog before, you might know that I openly admit at being horrible at nail art. My nails are usually bare & I hardly have the patience to let one coat of nailpolish dry completely. That's why it seems like the China Glaze Magnetix collection is made for people like me! I mean the concept is simple: apply nailpolish, hold magnet over the damp nail, & seal with a top coat. That doesn't sound too hard, right?

I was presented with the opportunity to try out & review 2 of these nailpolishes + the magnet by, which is a great site for Canadians who want to avoid paying ridiculous shipping & custom charges. Of course, I wanted to see whether these worked as easy as the concept sounded, so I agreed. When I was picking out the nailpolish shades online, I was not impressed with colours in this collection. I really wish they had brighter or bolder colours, but the two shades that I ended up picking out are Drawn to You & Instant Chemistry.
The night that I opened the package, I tried Drawn to You on one nail right away with the diagonal lines design on the magnet. The magnet was easy to use & I was impressed with the outcome.

 Using the magnet itself wasn't a problem for me since I had read the instructions & watched a tutorial on YouTube. I made sure I worked on one nail at a time & held the magnet over the nailpolish right after applying the nailpolish on my nail. At first I was only holding the magnet over my nail for the recommended 5-10 seconds, but I found that holding the star & chevron design over my nail for 15-20 seconds was a better option. The only problem that I had with the magnet was that at times I held my nail too close to the magnet & some of the nailpolish got on the magnet, so it might take you a while to figure out the perfect distance between the magnet & your nail.

China Glaze Magnetix nailpolish in Drawn to You

As with all China Glaze nailpolishes, the consistency & application is nice. I found that Drawn to You wasn't as opaque as Instant Chemistry, which might be a little disappointing to some because the magnet works best when you have just one coat of nailpolish on. If you apply a thick coat of Drawn to You, however, it looks fine in my opinion.

China Glaze Magnetix nailpolish in Instant Chemistry

As for the designs, I knew I wouldn't like the star design as much even before I tried it & I was right. Since the design shows up different on each nail, the star design doesn't look as nice when you apply that design on all your nails & I had problems getting it to show up nicely with the Instant Chemistry nailpolish. Another design that was hard to work with, especially with the Instant Chemistry nailpolish, was the chevron design that I had thought I would like the best!

The diagonal lines ended up being my favourite design because the outcome is always sharp & you only have to hold the magnet over your nail for 10 seconds for the design to show up properly. When I tried the diagonal lines design on all 10 fingernails, I couldn't believe how good my nails looked in such a short amount of time. It actually looked like I went to get my nails done! That's definitely a winner right there.

Which nail design do you like best?
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