I can’t decide if I’m actually excited for Christmas itself. I’m really aware of all the money that I spend now and even if I make presents myself, I still have to spend money on the materials. Is Christmas really about the gift-giving? I don’t think so, but maybe that’s the stingy me talking.
Here’s the latest episode of Beauty Bytes TV for your viewing pleasure – we talk about Evo hair (which was really footage from the first show that we couldn’t fit in), and then we shared our shopping guides to what we think were 3 top-buys of the holiday gift sets to suit the low, medium and high budget shoppers. It’s quite exciting, really.
What do you think? Which gift set would you buy, which would you love to receive? Or do you have other holiday gift sets you think are much better value and we should know about? Tell me all, I love to hear comments!
It’s gonna be a short post today. Mainly because it is the weekend of Eat Drink Blog the annual food bloggers conference which I am also part of the organizing committee of this year. Which means I’m busy and I won’t be able to blog for long. Much as I’d like to pretend that I run on endless energy, I (very unfortunately) don’t.
But I thought I’d share with you the first episode of Beauty Bytes TV. It went live earlier in the week and I’ve been dying to share it with you, but now that I’ve cut down my posting days, it seems like I keep running out of room to blog about things! It’s funny, but I’m still getting my head around it all.
Anyways, Beauty Bytes TV. I’m really quite excited about this, and the feedback we’ve had so far has been phenomenal. We are very obviously, amateurs at this YouTube and Filming gig, and we are really not that great at editing or audio capturing. But we are trying, and even with just one episode, I’ve already learnt so much. I’m so excited by the prospect of me learning so much more in the episodes to come!
So please do watch our pilot episode, let me know what you think, hopefully you are still in time to join the giveaway ! I’d also love to hear what you think we should talk more about. There’s going to be more segments to the show, but ironically, we need to learn how to talk less for that to happen. Oh well.
It’s been awhile since my last Road to Confidence post, and indeed it has been awhile since I had the time to sit down to play with my makeup collection. It’s so easy to just let everything fall to the wayside once life gets hectic. I know that when I got stressed back in September, my good eating habits all went poof!
Still, we gotta take the time to chill at some point, and so when Sherry came over last weekend, we took the time to play with makeup and this was the look that I ended up with. I have to warn you first that the lighting at my house was really quite bad, and since I’m too poor to get my photography lights right now, we’ve just had to go with what we had.
I fell in love with the look, to be honest. I had been inspired by the amazing Megan from Make Up Store who had the most beautiful eyes at our previous #ABBM and had vowed to try something similar. This was my take on it! I love those lashes as well. So incredibly soft and so crazily out there!
In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to film a video tutorial on it. Hope you enjoy!
Did you notice the little naughty thing I did in my video? I admitted to one of my biggest naughty moves of all time: I don’t use foundation or bb cream anymore.
Why? Because I don’t feel that I need to cover my skin up anymore. How? Because I have been paying attention to skincare and actually cleaning my face properly.
Many girls tell me that they can’t possibly walk out without any makeup, but have a think about it. If you have good skin, why would you need foundation? So the key isn’t in getting amazing foundations, the key is in getting better skincare products. Simple, really.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the night. Not exactly the best, but hey, I had fun and that’s the main point right? Let me know if you decide to try this look, I’d love to see your version!
By the way, the giveaway date has been extended! Rafflecopter will once more be opened for entries till the 5th of November so if you haven’t entered, here’s your 2nd chance! Be quick as you aren’t going to get another chance after this!
New beginnings are always scary. Just somewhat scarier than new beginnings are videos. I hate my voice, don’t like the way I look on camera and it did take a long while before I got comfortable with even posing in front of the camera after I’ve put on this much weight over the past few years.
But you know how it is. The more I hate something, the more my crazy side wants to challenge it and try it out (except insects. I hate them. Period.) I know that I hate being filmed and I’m constantly nitpicking over how I look on film but I think that by actually doing it, I am learning to embrace who I am and to accept myself for who I am.
So here it is. My brand new youtube channel that will hopefully blossom into a long term monthly project with the fabulous Steph. Our first episode will be up next week (later than originally planned, but we are still very new to this gig so please bear with us!)
Hopefully you see the potential and subscribe to our new channel. We really want to get ourselves into the double digit side of the subscriber line! See you in the first episode!
I’m not normally one to do up themed makeup looks, but I must admit to having a soft spot for Halloween. I think that it’s just such a cool idea! Last year, I had a Halloween dinner party with a few of my friends. Not sure if I’m going to do that again this year, I hope so!
I’ve also fallen in love with video, it seems. I have always hated the sound of my own voice, but these videos that don’t have me talking seem to sit alright with me. I’m also currently working on my first ever youtube channel (oh-em-gee), so this whole filming gig seems to have really taken over my life! So have another video!
Anyways, I digress.
I love liquid eyeliners, as I’m sure you all know by now. I cannot get enough of them. This look is all about liquid eyeliners. There’s virtually nothing else, if you don’t count the primers and bases! Oh and good skin. You always need good skin. Using Clearasil Perfectawash to cleanse your face is a good way to ensure that you get good skin.
Face Primer: Benefit -The Porefresional
Eye Primer: Urban Decay – Primer Potion
Foundation: Adderton – Loose Powder Mineral
Liquid Eyeliner: Urban Decay , Maybelline, Dollywink, Limecrime, Mirenesse
Lipstick: MAC Heartless
It’s not a hard makeup look at all. In fact, compared to all the other makeup tutorials out there, this is drop dead simple. But given how time poor we all are these days, a quick simple look is sometimes the key. I think I rather spend more time enjoying Halloween with my friends than fussing with my makeup!
Anyways, Giveaway Time! I have been fluffing on about Clearasil Perfectawash enough. I think you should be given a chance to try it too. I adore the automated functionality. I love gadgets. Who doesn’t!? So I’m giving away 3x Clearasil Perfectawash. To you. From me. Awwwwww.
Disclaimer: Actually it’s from Clearasil but it’s the thought that counts right?!
And because I’d really like to streamline giveaways, I’m going to trial Rafflecopter with this giveaway:
**If rafflecopter doesn’t load, or if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still enter the giveaway by answering the same question: Do you celebrate Halloween and if you do, how do you celebrate it?
Only open to Australian Residents aged 14 and above. (Sorry!!)
To claim the prize, the winners must reply to Nuffnang’s tweet acknowledging them as winners within three days, as well as indicate their preferred address for the vouchers/giveaways to be sent. If the winner does not respond within 3 days, they will forfeit the prize.
I love gadgets. I love technology. We live in a wonderful time and my growing girth is the testimony to my love of convenience (and my love of food, but that’s not the point here.) I have a rubbish bin in my house that has a motion sensor built into it. When you hover your hand over the lid, it opens automatically. Who needs step bins?
It’s the same with beauty gadgets. I’ll buy into a lot of gimmicks because I love genius ideas. Much like the Clearasil Perfectawash: it is your typical facial wash but with a touch of cool in its packaging. The dispenser comes with an inbuilt motion sensor which detects your hand and dispenses the perfect amount of facial wash.
The reasoning behind such a product was apparently the result of a study done by Clearasil, in which it was found that many people overdose on facial wash. Why you would run such a study is beyond me. Is it possible to be addicted to facial wash? I think I am, as I caught myself dumping enough facial wash into my palm to wash 5 faces the other morning. I think that it’s hard to really be thinking about how big a 5 cent coin is when you are half asleep in the mornings!
To illustrate, I made a little video. It’s a little dodgy, a little stupid, and a whole lot of new. I don’t normally do videos, though I must drop the smallest of hints that I may be taking a step towards my own YouTube channel. ¬_¬;;;;;
I thought that I’d share with you my bare essential makeup look. It’s horrendously simple, and horrifyingly dodgy. I should be ashamed to call myself a beauty blogger! But some days, it’s just impossible to actually have enough time to pretty up, so the bare essentials will have to do when I can’t just get away with no makeup at all.
Things you should know about Clearasil:
Perfecta Wash claims to contain pimple fighting ingredients.
The automated dispenser delivers exactly 1.5ml of product each time.
Available in Super Fruit Extract and Soothing Plant Extract.
Suitable for young adults of all skin types.
The Super Fruit extract formula is scented.
Retails for $19.99 with the dispenser; $11.99 refills only.
I found that:
The sensor is very sensitive. I kept forgetting it existed and tried to move it around before turning it off. This resulted in many hilarious accidents.
I love the fact that it dispenses the exact amount.
I love even more, the fact that I don’t even have to think about how much to use.
I like the idea of the refills.
It does a really good job at cleaning my face; however, I found it a little too harsh for the dry areas of my face.
I did not have any pimple breakouts while trialling this product.
I did note that the dispenser was somewhat chunky, and not many of us have that much sink space.
I think this would be the perfect product for folks with oily skin.
Not having used this product for too long, I don’t know how long the AA batteries powering the dispenser will last for. I will be blogging about the Clearasil Perfecta Wash again sometime soon, so we shall see. Till next time!
You can learn more about Clearasil online through their website or via their facebook.
A few weeks back, I was sent a sample of eyemajic to trial. I’ve seen the product before, but never picked it up because I prefer to play and experiment with my own palettes more, but I can definitely see the merits to this product.
Here’s a quick vid on how to apply eyemajic:
What I think:
Very pigmented on first try but if you take a brush to it to blend, the pigments seem to disappear and become not as prominent.
Wasteful materials – foam applicators are useless after using so it’s off to the bins with it.
I’m not a big fan, to be honest. Again, I can see the merits for it especially for a beginner to makeup. But I too was a beginner not very long ago and instead of using quick gimmicks like this, I was way more inclined to learn how to use the palettes I had and how to put colours together. But everybody’s different, and I do believe that the product has its target market. I’m just not within that market.