Celina, based in Melbourne Australia is an aspiring artist. With a passion for expressing herself through makeup, beauty, fashion, cosplay & photography, she believes in living life as creatively as possible.
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Easter is almost here!! I’ve been planning for an Easter video for the longest time now, but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with a look or concept that fit. That is until Sefie mentioned chickens and eggs… and the idea pretty much snowballed from there.
This was the first time I’ve ever done stop motion, and even then my method is kinda half-assed, I only did maybe 4 photos per second when I probably should have done 12-24 :/ Well let me know what you think of the video! If you liked some of the new features I introduced then I’ll make sure to put in more effort for them next time
I need to give a big shout out to Violet for being the talented artist behind the two watercoloured images you see in the video. She pain stakingly drew them photo by photo as I snapped and moved little Pierre around to give the impression it was he who was drawing each photo Thanks so much Violet!
MAC Prep + Prime – Skin Base Visage
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 51
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – Beige
MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation Loose – Light Medium
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette – 01
Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner – Black *
Clinique High Impact Mascara – Black *
Lunasol Brow Styling Pencil – Grayish Brow
Canmake Highlighter – 01
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – Light
e.l.f Powder Blush – Tickled Pink
NYX Mosiac Powder – Highlighter
Face of Australia Lipliner Mechanical – Pink *
Maybelline Color Sensational – Pink Please
Finally the last purchase from my SUQQU Spring 2012 “haul”, a mauve rosy lipstick from their Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist range called Tousakura. The formula is incredible smooth and creamy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was moisturising, but it certainly isn’t drying.
The finish of the lipstick gives the illusion that I’m wearing a thin layer of gloss over, that’s how moist it looks.
You can see below there are a ton of dupes, but none match the same level of creaminess nor moisture that SUQQU has.
This particular range I feel leans close to the lipsticks by Lunasol and Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine My favourite kind of lipsticks, so far I’m highly impressed with each item I’ve purchased from the SUQQU range so you can be sure that I will be saving to “invest” more
Up until a few years ago I had never been much of a fan of Bvlgari (Bulgari), to me it was the brand for wealthy old ladies. And to a degree that is probably still true. But this particular ring is one I had been eyeing for literally years for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the ring took on the design of Bvlgari’s iconic B.Zero1 design and it was at a fraction of the price since it was made of sterling silver. But most importantly, it was for a good cause as around 1/5 to 1/4 of the retail price of the ring was donated to the Save the Children campaign. I mean, I’ve always been a sucker for Tiffany & Co, yet nothing I’ve bought there goes to charity so this felt like double win!
The band is made from sterling silver with black ceramic, and I love how the “save the children” logo has been printed on the inside of the ring, I’m a sucker for these little details.
I’m completely in love with this ring, even though it is of a slightly more masculine nature I’m still not sure how I feel about wearing jewellery on a consistent basis yet, I tend to only wear my watch and even then only if I remember. But we shall see
“Three quarters of the world’s coral reefs are at risk due to overfishing, pollution and global warming. Saving 10% of the oceans’ ecosystem as “No-Take Marine Protected Areas” is the best change for corals’ survival.
Chantecaille is a completely new brand to me, I’ve seen it floating around the internet for a while now but never personally tried any of their products until I laid eyes on this palette.
Like many kids, when I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist. It’s the reason dolphins are my favourite animals, it’s the reason my original nickname was Flipper. Which only made purchasing this palette even more enticing as 5% of the proceeds benefit the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.
The palette comes with four pans, two eye shadows, one eyeliner and one blush. All are highly neutral and very wearable colours for virtually all skin types. I suspect this palette was designed to be suitable to as many people as possible.
Each pan has the shape of a coral embossed on top with a gold powder over spray on the top which wipes away with 1-2 swipes.
The powder is incredibly soft, like velvet to the touch. I have to admit having experienced a number of fantastic palettes and powders lately, SUQQU and Tom Ford come to mind. I have no idea if this is the case for all Chantecaille powder products, but this palette is a dream to work with.
This palette created a beautiful soft neutral eye and soft flushed cheeks. I’m not sure how the palette performs with darker skin tones, but for my NC15-20 skin it works perfectly. I purchased the palette for around $79US via a mail forwarding service.
In keeping with tradition, here is Essie’s Resort 2012 collection. You can read up on their 2011 and 2010 collection too if you’re keen. The term resort always leaves me longing for days of relaxation and carefree days. All swatches are two coats with no top coat.
No More Film
In person this is an almost black purple / navy crème polish, it kind of reminded me of OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney, but for some reason I think the ISO automatically jacked up and you can see the actual shade of the polish much clearer.
Pink a Boo
A very frosted light pink shade infused with crystal shimmers. Essie’s Vanity Fairest is a very close dupe, except the shimmers are far smaller, almost unnoticeable at first glance.
She’s Picture Perfect
A lilac shade that reflects pink from certain angles. OPI’s Peek-a-Boo is a darker shade without any reflects or shimmers, purely crème.
A hot magenta shade with a lot of micro pink shimmer, unfortunately I didn’t realise how high the ISO was for this photo Not a hard shade to dupe to be honest, Essie’s Jamaica Me Crazy and Zoya’s Tama are close.
A few days ago I reviewed SUQQU’s Bright Veil Face Color, a really subtle pink based highlighter that I haven’t been able to stop using because it gives my skin just the most subtle hint of dewiness. Well in today’s post I wanted to talk about the corresponding eye shadow palette.
I first discovered these palettes from Front Row Beauty, where Reika raves on about the quality and pigmentation of these shadows. She has never steered me wrong so when the Spring 2012 collection hit I decided to test it out for myself. And this girl was not lying. If I were to compare these eye shadows to anything, it would be very similar to Tom Ford’s Mirage Cocoa Quad eye shadow.
I found the texture to be very soft, buttery, almost like touching velvet. I could tell it was definitely from the same family as the Bright Veil Face Colour Powder as the consistency was very similar, as was the finish.
The first shadow was a satin soft pink shadow which works as a really great subtle highlighter, not as bright and obvious as a traditional white highlighter. The next shadow is almost like a lighter taupe satin shade, which works as a great crease or all over the lid colour. I was quite taken by the third shade, which is actually split into two. The darker side works great as a liner or on outer corner of the eye, and the lighter shade is perfect for the crease. And finally the matte tan shade is ideal for a general wash all over the lid, brow bone etc. I know it’s a shade I tend to use a lot.
I’m a bit terrified as to how much I’m loving the SUQQU range to be honest. They are by no means cheap, I think depending on the exchange rate and where you buy them (not available in store in Australia sorry!), the eye shadow palettes are between $60 to $80AU. None the less, I love the quality and can see myself saving up and indulging in more in the future.
Last video from my Inverloch stash And probably one of the most challenging to film as I did half of it in the car whilst I was being driven down to Inverloch! I somehow forgot the fact that I get motion sickness very easily and so after I finished my eye shadow I literally just closed my eyes and did my best not to throw up till we parked in a near by town X-x; Oh what a glamourous life I lead
I really love the area we found to shoot the intro and outro It was perfect, so surreal and even better in person I made sure not to capture the house just behind me as this was “technical” private property (oh yeah that’s me! Total rebel ), but it was a really amazing house. Almost completely made out of glass in the middle of this gorgeous field~~~ So pretty!
MAC Prep + Prime – Skin Base Visage
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – 51
MAC Minerlize Skinfinish Natural – Light
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette – 01
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils – Zero
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara – Black
e.l.f Eyebrow Kit – Dark
Stila Kajal Eye Liner – Topaz
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – Light
e.l.f Powder Blush – Tickle Pink
Canmake Highlighter – 01
Maybelline Sensational Color Lipstick – Pink Please
SUQQU is a brand I’ve seen floating around the net for a while now, but I’ve never bothered to take the plunge to try it until now. I decided when I saw the Spring 2012 colours that it was finally time! I managed to pick up a few items, which I can safely say I am currently using on an almost daily basis! I’m officially in love with this brand, and today I’ll do a review on their Bright Veil Face powder, which for all intense purposes is a highlighting / face powder.
The compact is structured uniquely, the powder seems to sit in a clear pan? So you can actually see it from the bottom (or top) or the compact. Open it and you’ll find one side has a mirror that sits in a middle divider. A brush is kept on the other side which seems to work really well, but when I’m home I’d rather just use my regular face brush.
The powder comes in two tones, which I’ve swatched individually. I found the powder to be incredibly soft to the touch, almost literally like touching velvet. I reckon if I pressed hard enough I could even leave a dent in it!
What surprised me however is how even and soft the distribution is when applied to your face. It doesn’t appear too pigmented or cakey, it gives your face this very subtle glow. Not as obvious as the highlighters I tend to use, but just enough for it to be noticeable.
So far my introduction to SUQQU has been fruitful, but not for my wallet X_x; I’ve not come across any local brands that are at this quality, I’m truly amazed and highly recommend you try them if given the opportunity
Introducing the latest nail polish collection by Face of Australia, Barbados. This was a very special collection as it was one the MBBE girls brainstormed on one afternoon with Face of Australia. A lovely afternoon of laughs, swatching and chicken nuggets was had, and the result was Barbados, which will forever be a very special collection to me The collection was kindly supplied by Face of Australia, and as always all swatches are 2 coats with no top coat. The collection is available at select Pricelines.
Another Daiquiri Please
A sheer watermelon coloured shimmer shade, I found OPI’s Big Hair Big Nails to be almost identical in colour, minus the shimmer.
Bright Lights, Pink City
A bright almost fluoro pink shade (at least in person) with gold / pink shimmers. Zoya’s Bijou is a much sheerer version of this.
Calypso – Gold
A yellow based pearl metallic shade with very light gold shimmers. I found OPI’s Upfront & Personal is a very sheer version.
I Like to Mauve It
A dusty rose shade infused with silver shimmer, NYX’s Silver Plum is a more satin version with less shimmer and Zoya’s Reece has more pink to it.
Let’s Go Scuba Diving
My favourite from this collection, a gorgeous shimmery teal shade. It is such an amazingly rich colour, I couldn’t find an exact dupe, but I found Essie’s Trophy Wife is be bluer with less shimmer and Zoya’s Charla is less pigmented.
Orange You Glad You Came?
Another favourite shade, a tangerine with micro shimmer shade. I really couldn’t find much like it at all, though when pressed China Glaze’s Sun Worshipper contains no shimmer and Color Club’s I Always Get My Mandarin is lighter with also no shimmer.
Party at the Gap
A gunmetal shade with silver shimmers, Zoya’s Marine is a non shimmer version. I found this formula to lean on the thicker side.
You Blue Me Away
A mixture of blue and silver shimmers, found this formula to be relatively thick as well. China Glaze’s Oxidized Aqua is similar but with more green tones.
Three days and no blog post, ugh what’s wrong with me!! Okay this is wrong with me:
That’s a snippet of my evening schedule this week, apparently I do have a social life! And this has pretty much been the case for the last two weeks! (I know, I’m shocked too) So my sincere apologies! I hope to get back to my regular program by tomorrow and hopefully my time will magically free up by next week as work should be lightening up a bit for a breather
How’s everyone else’s week been? I feel terribly out of touch at the moment I used to be glued on twitter and now I feel disenchanted every time I check it because about 50 billions tweets have past since the last time I checked it X_x Maybe I follow too many people *sad face*