Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sleek Sparkle palette swatches & EOTDs

Aww, gorgeous... I had to get this LE palette from Sleek makeup! I bought some palettes from London (my swatches here) but this time I tested their webshop. Delivery time was ok, 2.5 weeks to Finland. I've heard they had a lot of problems with the -50% day... I'm in fact glad I didn't notice that :P Hope you got your orders already!

Sparkle palette is sparkly, surprise. LOL. The colors are SO soft & pigmented, the not sparkly ones (Gold ribbon & Tinsel) seem to be excellent, satiny eyeshadows. I haven't tested Noir yet but it feels like matte, not satiny. All the sparkly colors have quite a lot of glitter in them, so if you don't like glitter, don't buy this palette. When there is glitter, there is also fall out... So add some powder (like silk powder) under you eyes. I like the sparkly ones and those are not difficult to use (at least if you are used to glittery colors).

Minun oli pakko tilata tämä Limited Edition Sparkle-paletti Sleek Makeupilta! Ostin tosiaan muutamia Lontoosta (swatchini löytyvät täältä) mutta tällä kertaa testasin tilaamista suoraan verkkokaupastaan. Toimitus oli ihan kohtuullinen, noin 2,5 viikkoa. Sleekillä oli vähän aikaa sitten -50% päivä ja silloin tilatuista suurin osa taitaa olla vielä "matkalla"... Oikeastaan ihan hyvä, etten huomannut tuota päivää, oli kuulemma katastofaalinen :P

Sparkle paletti on nimensä mukaisesti kimalteleva :) Värit ovat pehmoiset ja erittäin pigmenttiset. Mukana on myös muutama satiini-koostumus (Gold ribbon & Tinsel), ne ovatkin ihanat. Noir taas vaikuttaa enemmän mattaiselta, sitä en tosin ole testannut vielä meikissä. Muissa sävyissä on paljon glitteriä mukana, joten jos sellaiset eivät miellytä, ei kannata tietenkään tätä hankkia. Ja aina kun mukana on glitteriä, sitä tippuu myös poskille... Suosittelenkin suojaamaan silmänaluset esim. silkkipuuterilla. En kuitenkaan koe näitä mitenkään erikoisen hankaliksi käyttää (kuten esim Urban Decayn glitterpommit), tottumista toki alkuun vaativat.





Terrible EOTD but I'll publish it anyway, just to show the colors. I used Tinsel (lid), Starlight (crease) & Festive (middle of the lid, lower lashline).





And a look with gold & green (Mistletoe), these were hard to blend together. I loved both colors but other combo would be better!






The green was so pretty, so I tested it with BFTE Lucky Me too:






Hope you liked the pictures, the palette is lovely :D

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Emani minerals Hybrid eyeshadow "O' Behave"


I got this new Emani Hybrid eyeshadow, because I had trouble with the previous one: it felt so hard and unpigmented. There must have really been something wrong with that one because this O' Behave is very nice (and almost creamy)! I still prefer loose pigments, those are just so... pigmented. LOL. But I must admit that this looks very very lovely.

I usually try to take pictures before I use the products but this time I forgot, I was so eager to test it :) This time I used it wet as an eyeliner with my UD Naked palette, I've been too lazy to test colors lately...

Sain tämän uuden Emani Hybrid-luomivärin, koska edellinen oli kova ja vähäpigmenttinen. Siinä tosiaan taisi olla joku vika, sillä tämä O'Behave on suorastaan kermainen koostumukseltaan :) Pidän silti enemmän jauhemaisista luomiväreistä, ne ovat vain niin pigmenttisiä ja helppoja käyttää, kunhan niihin on tottunut. Mutta täytyy myöntää, että  kovin kaunis tämä luomiväri kyllä on!

Yleensä otan kuvat tuotteesta ennen kuin testaan sitä mutta jotenkin vain innoissani ehdin tätä näplätä ennen kuin kameran löysin ;) Kuvissa käytin tätä luomiväriä kosteana rajaukseen, en vain ole nyt talvella ollut kovinkaan kokeilunhaluinen värien suhteen... Luomivärit ovat Urban Decayn Naked paletista ja usein siniset näyttävätkin kivalta ruskean seurana. Aikaisemmista postauksistani löytyvätkin Emanin jälleenmyyjät Suomesta, netin kautta näitä saa SL Beautystä (linkki ja alekoodi sivupalkissa).





Monday, December 27, 2010

Urban Decay Book of Shadows vol III pictures & swatches

I bought Urban Decay Book of Shadows vol III. from London earlier. I bought too many palettes, so I had to ask Santa to give it to me ;) I'll post just some pictures & swatches this time, maybe I'll post EOTD later.

Lontoossa ostoskoriin hyppäsi myös Urban Decayn Book of Shadows vol III. Hupsan ;) Koska oli tullut jo jonkin verran shoppailtua, pyysin tätä joulupukilta ja sainkin pidettyä tämän täysin testaamatta jouluun asti. Tässä alkuun kuvia & swatchit, meikkejä postailen ehkä joskus myöhemmin.

"Totally obsessed with The Big Apple? So are we (how could anyone NOT be?) Inspired by the glimmering lights and iconic landmarks of New York City, Book of Shadows Vol III features16 eyeshadows that go way beyond neutrals and brights, including SEVEN NEW shades with names like Loaded, Rockstar and Money. We've also included nine best-sellers in a range of sizzling textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte."




The palette includes 16 eyeshadows, 2 mini 24/7 pencils & mini primer potion. The palette is  pretty but I personally prefer slimmer ones... My daughter (8 years old) loved the pop-up with lights but I'm just interested in the eyshadows :D



After swatching the only colos I don't like are Uzi, Midnight cowbow rides again & Maui Wowie... They are SO glittery! And after reading reviews of these "glitterbombs", I doubt I'll ever even try these. Then I tested Snatch, gorgeous peach with HORRIBLE glitter. Yuck! I didn't have glitter just under my eyes but everywhere in my face... It also wasn't easy to apply this evenly, I had no glitter in some places and just glitter in other... Bordello was lovely though, I tested it with Snatch.

They must love this glittery formula in UD, because they keep having these in the palettes (and getting a lot of bad reviews because of that). For me this was a disappointment, I wanted nice lighter shades from UD and got basically just glitterbombs. I'm so glad I bought Naked palette too, it is perfect! The greens in this palette are gorgeus though!

Tosiaan muutamia glitteripommeja paletissa oli, varsinkin Uzi tuntui aivan kammottavalta koostumukseltaan: jättiglitteriä (ja sitäkin vielä ihan liikaa) ja pohjasävykin tuntui aika huonopigmenttiseltä sekä kovalta. Myös Midnight Cowboy rides again ja Maui Wowie tuntuivat swatchin jälkeen kovin glitteriltä ja luettuani arvoita niistä, enpä taida edes testata.... Sitten testasin Snatchin, upea persikkainen sävy ja taas kammottavaa glitteriä joukossa. Yyh! Eikä glitteriä tipahda vain silmien alle, tuntui että se leviää koko naamaan. Kauniisti levittäminenkin on vaikeaa, kun jossain kohdassa ei ole yhtään glitteriä ja toisessa taas läjäpäin. Bordelloa testasin Snatchin kanssa ja se olikin ihana, juuri sellainen kuin UD luomivärin pitääkin olla.


Taitavat itse Urban Decayllä tykätä tästä glitterpommikoostumuksesta, kun laittavat sitä lähes joka palettiin... Ja seurauksena on surkeita arvosteluja. Minä ostin tämän oikeastaan juuri vaaleiden sävyjen takia... Onneksi mukana on kuitenkin mm. upeita liloja ja vihreitä, eli ei ihan turha ostos kuitenkaan :)








Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencils are the best! So soft and lasting. I already have Zero (black) but Ransom is new to me, it's a lovely purple.


Do you have this palette? Do you like it?


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sonnentor tea advent calender/ all the teas

As posted in November, I bought this tea advent calender for me. I think the idea is great! Now I've tested all of these teas, I'm not good in describing tastes but just wrote something, so I can remember which ones liked :) At some point I started to feel that everything tastes the same. I won't buy this next year but the only reason is that my dad passed away this Christmas... Maybe later, I really liked the idea.


About Sonnentor tea bags in general: Sometimes tea bags smell and taste of paper and I hate it, but no bad smell/taste here. Yay! Sonnentor seems to be specialized in herbal/spice/fruit blends and I'm peronally not so inteterested in those but prefer actual tea (green or white, never black). So these were new to me, I liked some, but now I know that I want tea made of tea leaves :)






Day 1: Thank You – Herbal Tea
Say “Thank you” in a special way. The recipient will enjoy this fine herbal tea composition of lemon balm, rosemary and sage (no mint). 
I really liked this herbal and refreshing tea.

Day 2: All the best

I didn't find info about this tea.
This was very spicy and the I don't like these spices, so I personally didn't like this at all.

Day 3: Fruit Delight
This is very much like the one I bought a few days ago, Cranberry Pleasure/ Preiselbeer Genuss/ Karpalo nautinto. These are not the same but both have a strong taste of rosehip and are red colored drinks. I'm not a huge fan of rosehip but if you like it, these two might be for you.




Day 4: Soothing Throat herbal tea
Linden flowers, elder flowers, rose hips, Plantain and mallow flowers.
I don't think I would have bought this tea, it sounds "strong" to me (I imagined this would taste of menthol or something), but in fact this was one of my favorites! Lovely, soothing taste.

Day 5: Calming Tummy 
Common mallow, lemon balm, mint, Greek mountain tea, yarrow and marigolds.
The mint in dominant in the taste. I'm not a huge fan of mint, but it was ok and I can drink something like this occasionally.

Day 6: Advent/ Santa's Secret fruit tea
The smell is deliciois & spicy, remings me of glögg :)
"Non-alcoholic glögg can be bought ready-made or prepared with fruit juices instead of wine. The main classic ingredients are (usually) red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and bitter orange." from Wikipedia.

Day 7: Scnupfnasen/ Cheeky Cherubs Breathe Easy herbal tea
This is refreshing (peppermint taste) and might really feel nice, when you have a flu. I could use this occasionally, it was nice.

Day 8: It's all good, Sweet Dreams
"Yarrow, lemon balm, blackberry leaves, lavender flowers, orange peel and fennel"
Very nice taste, calming :)


Day 9: Base Harmony herbal tea
Ok, reminds me of some I have I already tested in this calender... Maybe taste of mint?

Tikru was helping me, of course ;)
Day 10: Green Fortune tea
This was the one I really wanted to test, since it's a green tea and not herbal blend. I'm a fan of actual tea :) I'm glad I tested this first, it's ok but not my favorite. I think many will like this anyway! This is a spice-green tea blend.

Day 11: Cheeky Cherubs Bedtime Sweets herbal tea blend
This is ok, I think there were already something quite  much like this in the calendar...

Day 12: Winternight
Red colored spice-fruit blend. Tastes of rosehip & wintery spices. This was far too spicy for me, I just tasted this and made a cup of my favorite tea. This was the only one I just coudn't drink.


Day 13: White Protect & Power: My favorite! Good white tea, not too spicy. I hope I'll find this one from a shop!


Day 14: calm you nerves

Day 15: I don't remember what this was... But it was minty taste, much similear the ones I'be already tested.

Tea bags & a bit of Tikru ;)


Day 16: Listen to your heart. Now I noticed that most of these have quite similar taste (at least to me, who don't like the spices used in these)...

Day 17: Cheery


Day 18: Sonnige Grüsse (I don't know how to write that German "ss" with my laptop :D)

Day 19: Happy birthday

Day 20: Liberate your liver


Day 21: Lemongrass Green tea: Yay! TEA :D One of my favorites.

Day 22: Sea Buckthorn Pleasure: This was nice yellow tea, not bad a t all!



Day 23: Cheery (this was same as in day 17)

Day 24: Christmas delight tea. I liked this one :) It wasn't too spicy.


I prefer loose tea, pearl shaped white or green tea:


I have used these kind of tea filters you can fill yourself at work:



I got this lovely FORLIFE Stump tea pot as a Christmas present and it's pefect: It's small (enought to make one huge cup or two smaller ones). It also ceramic so it keeps tea hot longer than glass ones.



If you bought this calendar too, what did you think about it?


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I posted a bit about our celebration last year, you can find the post from here.

Here is a metal version of my favorite Christmas song, Varpunen jouluaamuna:



Lyrics:
Lumi on jo peittänyt kukat laaksosessa,
Järven aalto jäätynyt talvipakkasessa.
Varpunen pienoinen, syönyt kesäeinehen,
Järven aalto jäätynyt talvi pakkasessa.

Pienen pirtin portailla oli tyttökulta:
Tule, varpu, riemulla, ota siemen multa!
Joulu on, koditon varpuseni onneton,
Tule tänne riemulla, ota siemen multa!

Tytön luo nyt riemuiten lensi varpukulta:
Kiitollisna siemenen otan kyllä sulta.
Palkita Jumala tahtoo kerran sinua.
Kiitollisna siemenen otan kyllä sulta!

En mä ole, lapseni, lintu tästä maasta,
Olen pieni veljesi, tulin taivahasta.
Siemenen pienoisen, jonka annoit köyhällen,
Pieni sai sun veljesi enkeleitten maasta.
Siemenen pienoisen, jonka annoit köyhällen,
Pieni sai sun veljesi enkeleitten maasta.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best of 2010

Some of the best products I found this year.

BEST "NEW" (=new to me) MINERAL MAKEUP COMPANY
Beauty from the Earth
-excellent quality
-so many colors that even I can't decide what to order ;)
-samples in jars (I don't care but most people do not like sample baggies)
& Shiro Cosmetics
-excellent quality, I especially loved iShadow collection 

BFTE Lucky me


Shiro iShadows
THE BEST PIGMENT:
Sugarpill Hysteric
How could I forget this! I always (I really mean ALWAYS) get compliments when wearing this color, it's amazing!





THE BEST LIPSTICK
Burberry Lip Cover in "Cameo"
-Pure luxury :D
-Cameo is a a perfect neutral color



Lumene Wild Rose NATURAL lipstick
-12 gorgeous colors, I want them all ;)
-good inci
-sheer but not shimmery colors


BEST CONCEALER:
NARS concealer in Honey
-easy to apply & soft
-perfect color for me




BEST LIPBALM:
Silk Naturals lipbalms
-great selection of scents
-natural inci
-lovely labels





BEST BODY CARE BRAND
Alverde
-Body butter & Foot butters are THE BEST! The scents are great and so are the incis. Me likey :D





BEST SHAMPOO
S.A.V.E. shampoo normal/oily

-The best ecological shampoo I've ever tested. I love the scent, this is not watery and makes hair feel so good.



BEST FACIAL MASK
Oliv by LaClaree
-I haven't used mask for years but this non-drying clay mask is great! I've used it at least once a week since I got it.




BEST EYESHADOW PALETTE
Urban Decay Naked
-Excellent quality and the colors are gorgeous: I didn't know it's possible to make a brown/neutral palette which is not boring :D So the colors are gorgeous but the quality is even better!





BEST CLEANSER FOR FACE
Mádara Deep purifying foam/ all skin types: No wonder this is a best seller!  This foam ewas enough even for my heavy eye makeup. Feels so fresh but it's still very effective. Just remember to use toner afterwards, your skin can dry out if you don't. The toner balances the ph level of the skin after cleansing.




THE BEST DEODORANT:
Mádara Herbal deodorant: I was told this is an effective doedorant, this contains alum which is not the same as aluminium. This really is very effective! I have used it for a month now, my underarms are now so soft and no smell problems either. My skin is very sensitive and I've had problems with deodorants, so I'm so glad I found this one :D




I have naturally tested many great products this year, these are just the ones I remembered now :D

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