Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowman


Earlier this week, I showed you how to freehand some snowflake nail art. Now it's time to look at the cutest, littlest snowman!

What you'll need:
A dotting tool, a piece of foil (or plastic) and a toothpick.
You'll need a background polish (here Boy Next Door by Essence), a white polish (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors, not pictured), a red polish (Fame Fatal), an orange polish (Flashy Pumpkin) and a black polish (Black is Back). I also recommend a quick drying top coat. An optional extra is an irridescent glitter topcoat (I used Crystal Shimmer by Accesorise).


Start off with your base colour, then seal it with your quick drying top coat (as discussed on the previous post). Use a large dotting tool and your white polish to create the body of your snowman - three white dots of decreasing size bottom to top. If your nails are shorter, you can just do two dots.


Using your black polish and a toothpick, give your snowman some coal eyes and a few buttons.


Now pick up just the teenyiest amount of orange polish and draw a carrot nose.


Using your red polish, give your snowman a nice woolly scarf.


Now, you can leave your snowman as is, or - if you've still got some extra space on your nail - you can use your black polish to give him a hat. If your nails are wider, you could use a brown polish to give him some twiggy arms.


After a few minutes, add your quick dry top coat to seal in your design. If you'd like, add some sparkle to represent the falling snow.



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowflake


Christmas in South Africa may be far from a Winter Wonderland, but you can't deny the festive imagery that snow conjures. Snowflakes are a surprisingly easy piece of nail art that looks rather impressive! Here's how I do mine:

You need two polishes, one for the background (I'm using the newer Boy Next Door by Essence) and one for the snowflakes (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors). I also recommend a quick-drying top coat (Sally Hansen InstaDri is my all time fave). An optional extra is an iridescent glitter polish (here Crystal Shimmer by Accessorize) to add a bit of sparkle to your snow.  You'll also need a bit of foil or plastic, and a tool to work with. You can use a small dotting tool, but I'm going to show you with a toothpick.


First up, get your background colour ready (remember to use a good-quality base coat to protect your nails and extend wear time). I recommend sealing your polish with top coat now - this means that if you make a mistake with your nail art, you can quickly erase it with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover without removing the underlying colour.



Now, to get started. You're going to use your piece of foil or plastic like a disposable artist's palette. Add a small drop of your white polish. For this to work neatly, your polish mustn't be thick or gloopy. Get a little bit of polish on the end of your toothpick. If you want, first practice drawing a line on your foil to get an idea of how much polish you need to use.


Draw three intersecting lines on your nail to form your star. I like to do each snowflake in a slightly different place on the nail. Start off smaller than you would like your snowflake to be, because we'll grow it in the next step.


To turn your star into a snowflake, add a small v-shape to the end of the lines. You can also add small branches in the middle of the lines to add detail.


And it's that simple! Continue for the rest of your nails. You might need to add another small drop of polish to your foil if your existing drop starts to dry out.


 Finish off by sealing in your design with a coat of quick dry topcoat and add a thin layer of glitter if you desire :)


Come back on Fridayto see how to create the snowman on my accent nail!


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Laquer


Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Lacquer in Down to Earth
Catrice Nail Lacquer in Two Million Dollar Baby

While everyone is busy going nuts for pastels this spring, I've been firmly rejecting the social construct and sticking to bolder hues. I've also been trying to work my way through my huge collection of unused polishes. Enter this gorgeous metallic brown-bronze nail polish from Rubybox. I received this polish in a Rubybox earlier this year but somehow it escaped my notice until recently. The pigmentation in the polish is amazing - a true one-coater! The polish applied smoothly and streak-free, although I wasn't a fan of the skinny brush (I made quite a bit more messy applying my polish than I normally do - I chose to take a photo pre-cleanup to show you what I'm talking about). This metallic shade was just calling out for a little bit of silver and gold glitter, so I added one thin coat of Two Million Dollar Baby by Catrice over the top before sealing with top coat.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my first experience with Rubybox's Nail Lacquers and will be keeping an eye on them in the future.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

NOTD: Be Bold!


essence be loud "not punk nor funk" over Sally Hansen "Scarlet Fever" (pre cleanup because I'm lazy and forgot to do clean up)

Ok, you guys probably know by now that I'm a sucker for glitter nail polish toppers (for example, exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c...). They're a fun way to add a little something extra to your nails with practically zero extra effort. So when I saw a glitter topper in the Essence "Be Loud" collection, I couldn't help grabbing it. I used one thin coat over my base colour as this polish is packed with glitter pieces: rose microglitter, hexagonal glitter in gold, black and iridescent, plus silver bar glitter. I like this look but would like to try it over other colours, maybe black or white? The only thing I didn't like about this glitter topper is that those silver bars had a tendency to lift out of the polish, creating rough ends.
As for the base shade, I got this Sally Hansen polish at the Rubybox Beauty Night Out. It's my first time trying a normal polish from Sally Hansen (although I love the InstaDri Top Coat) and I quite like the formula. This polish was almost a one-coater, beautiful pigmentation. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. I did experience a teeny bit of staining, but nothing too bad.


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My first Style Bar Experience


Earlier this month, I got a chance to try out Style Bar for the first time. I was incredibly excited, as I was unfortunately unable to attend their big media event earlier this year. Style Bar has several salons across Cape Town, including one in Stellenbosch Square, but I made my appointment for the Tygervalley branch over a weekend that I was visiting my parents in the Northern Suburbs.

The first thing that draws you in when you step into Style Bar is how effortless chic it is. The decor is rather minimalistic, none of the crazy clutter that some salons have. Everything is monochrome with modern chrome and perspex finishes, and everything the stylists use is neatly packed away in elegant chests of drawers. I met my stylist, and we quickly discussed what to do with my hair. Unfortunately, I was rather boring, as I've been growing out my natural hair and embracing my natural colour (my first time without dye in 10 years, omg!), so all I needed was a cut to get off the unhealthy ends.



I made my way to the sinks to get my hair washed, and to my delight the wash was gentle and relaxing - my hair tangles and knots incredibly easily so I tend to stress when other people wash it. So far so good! I returned to my chair to find my cup of tea waiting for me and let my stylist work her magic! She was lovely and friendly, but still very professional. She cut my hair beautifully - working very precisely and perfectly, and checking in regularly to get feedback. With the cut done, I then chose to have my hair blowdried and curled - something I rarely do myself because I never have the time, so it was lovely to be spoiled a little! (My hair is naturally flat and dead straight, so I dream of pretty bouncy curls!)

Best of all, Style Bar uses only the best products when it comes to hair care! You can purchase products either in the salon, or online at RetailBox.co.za . The stylists are all undergo specialised training and can expertly guide you towards the best products for your hair type.

Thank you Style Bar for the lovely experience!



Disclaimer: Services were provided to Whimsy Is Forever as part of a media trade exchange. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Lush Christmas Haul! | New Video


It's once again that time of year - the release of Lush's Christmas Collection! I couldn't resist picking up a few goodies and showing you what I bought! I decided to resurrect my YouTube account for this, so let me know if you like watching videos! I'll also be posting a traditional photo-and-word post on these products later on for those of you who can't watch many videos due to slow or capped internet. Warning: I suck at being on camera. There will be a lot of footage of me sniffing bath bombs inappropriately. I fail to form decent sentences. I say "so" and touch my hair a lot. I'm working on it... (Bonus: if you stay watching until 10:35, there are some bloopers waiting for you!).



 Products shown, in order:
In order shown:
Melting Snowman Bath Melt
Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt
Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar
Christmas Eve Bubble Bar
So White Bath Ballistic
Shoot for the Stars Bath Ballistic
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic
Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic

Dress from MRP Fashion. (currently on sale!)
Hair by Style Bar SA.
Lipstick is “Stoplight Red” by Wet n Wild.




Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween! | Pop Art Makeup Tutorial


Happy Halloween everyone! It may be springtime in SA, and Halloween isn't really celebrated here, but hey - I'll take any opportunity to dress up :)

After last year's creepy makeup look (and my cracked porcelain doll look), I thought I would try something a little more costume-y this year. I've seen 'Pop Art' makeup looks all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd give this look a go! It's surprisingly easy - the hard part is remembering not to touch your face! If you're still looking for a Halloween look for this weekend, here's how I did my face. (PS: I didn't have a photographer to help me this morning, so here's a makeup tutorial entirely in front-camera selfies!)


First up - your base. You want full coverage and a matte finish. I started with Smashbox's Hydrating Primer. I used Catrice's Camoflague Concealer to even things out, then went in with my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, buffing it in to get an even finish. I finished off with a generous amount of powder - using Stila's Sheer Pressed Powder. I also put on some moisturing lip balm to prepare my lips for later.


Next up, finishing my "normal" face. I gave the apples of my cheeks some rosy colour using a blush from The Body Shop (the name has rubbed off, but I think the shade I have is "Guava"). I used my Catrice Eyeshadow Base, and then went in with Bliss and Gilded Gold from the Stila In The Light palette. I lined my upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner pencil from essence, and then went in on my upper lids with Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I finished off with a generous amount of my L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara.


Here's when things start to get fun! Get your cartoonish eyebrows on by outlining them and filling them in with eyeliner. I used Rimmel's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner.


I grabbed my Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner again and started outlining my face. I drew under my cheekbones, along my jawline, around the hair line and around my nose.


Time to start "colouring in" your face using comic-book style dots. In comic books, this is normally done with red dots on the white paper, but when done in makeup, it looks a little too much like a bad case of the measles for my liking, so I stuck to white instead. I used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is wide enough that I could just dot it on instead of drawing circles. Stagger your dots evenly and try to keep your lines straight.


It gets a little odd around your nose and forehead, but carry on!


Powder over your dots to help "set" the makeup! Remember to dab the powder on gently with your brush, do not use sweeping motions.


Grab your red lipstick! You want something long-lasting with a matte finish. I chose Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (THE BEST RED LIP EVER!!!) and filled in my lips with a lip brush. Once the lipstick had dried, I outlined my lips with my liquid eyeliner. (Between the dark lip and outlining, this can make your lips seem smaller, so don't be afraid to paint your lips on a little outside the natural lip line). 

I didn't add the typical tear-drop (because, let's face it, if I was in a comic book, I'd be the villain, not the damsel in distress!) or the white "shine" in the lips (because I'm actually going to work like this and my lips have to last all day, including several cups of tea and lunchtime).


You can wear this look with your natural hair, but mine's quite thin and boring, so I decided I wanted a nice full wig! I braided my hair into two french braids and pinned them up before pulling on a very sheksy wig cap to hold everything in place.


Pull on your wig, straighten it out, and you're DONE! :) The wig I'm wearing is the "Kerry" wig from Wonderland Wigs

If you're brave, you can pair this look with your best spandex superhero suit, or be like me, and wear black skinny jeans with a superhero logo t-shirt. (How cute is this black and sparkly SuperMan tee from Jay Jays?!)


Happy trick-or-treating!



Thought for the Day


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Some more Lush goodies!




Possibly my new favourite bath bomb! This offering from Lush smells amazing - the main fragrance ingredient is bergamot oil.  It also turns the water bright purple (but don't worry, didn't stain either my white plastic tub or my freakishly pale skin). I used the whole thing at once (YOLO) but you could easily cut this into pieces and use over several baths. There are no fancy bells or whistles, but it's an overall great ballistic. (Also yes, I am that person that you know who takes her phone with her into the bath so that she can Instagram the experience. Steam makes the photos a little fuzzy, my apologies.)


The Comforter Bubble Bar - R54.50 for a 200g bar

My new favourite for bubble baths! I used a quarter for the above bath, used the handheld shower head to agitate the water, and the amount of foam was insane (there was still left once I drained the tub!) - next time I'll use an eighth!  The bubbles are soft, gently fragranced and long lasting. The water changes a little bit pink-purple, and the cassis fragrance is heavenly! Lush Bubble Bars are definitely good value for money - you can easily get up to 8 luxurious baths out of this bar!



Yes, that is gold dust you see shimmering on the surface of the water! This ballistic is very entertaining to watch as you drop it into the water, with some hidden surprises coming out as it dissolves! (Popping candy included!) Unfortunately mine took a fall when I got home, so it wasn't as pretty to look at when it dissolved, but once it had all settled it was as per usual. The fragrance is quite citrusy, with lemon and bergamot oils. The water ultimately becomes a golden orange colour with a small amount of froth produced. A great one to try if you're looking for something fun!

Have you tried any of these Lush products? What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NOTD - Mermaid My Day


I'm back! Yay! I really enjoyed the conference I was at last week, lots of interesting discussions were had on how to use crystallography as a vehicle to advance Africa! The week did have a slight sad moment, as our lodge room was broken into and my iPad (and my friend's laptop) were stolen, boo :( So if anyone feels like buying me an early Christmas present, hint hint ;)  Haha. Ok, so on the last day of the conference, we finished early, so I killed some time in Dischem before heading to the airport and, of course, bought far too many things that I don't need. But hey, who here can resist pretty things? One of the nail polishes I bought was this one by Catrice, called "Mermaid My Day", which just seemed to be the perfect shade to wear for summer beach days and pool parties. It's a metallic turquoise that applies evenly, with 2 coats needed for good coverage. I painted my nails on Saturday, and took this photo this morning, so that's about 3 days of wear. As you can see, I have a teeny chip on my pinkie finger, but overall it's held up well. The glitter I'm wearing is one coat of the polish I featured here.

If you haven't tried Catrice polishes yet, I can highly recommend them. The formula is great, and they are around R50, which is very reasonable for a 10ml bottle of polish. 


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

What's in my travel makeup bag?

As you read this post, I'm halfway across the country, spending the week in Bloemfontein for a Crystallography conference. It's not very far or exciting, and I'll be spending all my time in lectures and panel discussions (and be presenting myself, eek), but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to show you what goes into my travel makeup bag. (Bonus tip: the number one way to pack your makeup bag? While you do your makeup - use a thing, put it in the bag. You 


The bag I'm using for my makeup was a promotional gift from Bioderma. It's wide enough and tall enough to comfortably fit enough makeup for a full face without squashing anything. (It's also in need of a bit of cleaning, but hey, we're all friends here, you can see it as it is!)


These are the brushes I'm taking with me (admittedly, I could get away with less than half of this, but then I discovered there was still plenty space in my bag, so I carried on packing them in!). I'm taking all my Real Techniques brushes - you can read all about them, plus how I like to use them, here. I'm also taking two Estee Lauder brushes - a giant fluffy brush for powder and a fluffy blush brush. The other two brushes are a Burst buffing brush and an angled blush brush from Rubybox.


Face:
Bourjois CC Cream - A long lasting, hydrating formula with medium coverage and colour correction, what more could you want?
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer - For that lit-from-within glow
Catrice Prime & Fine Eyeshadow Base - To make eyeshadows last all day and night
Catrice Camoflague Cream - Full coverage for blemishes
Wet n Wild CoverAll - A creamy concealer for under eyes
Stila Sheer Pressed Powder - To set and mattify cc cream


Cheeks:
Estee Lauder palette with Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer and Silky Powder Blush in 3 shades
The Body Shop Shimmer Waves - for a subtle highlight on cheekbones


Eyes:
Stila In The Light palette - You can probably tell how much I love this, I've already hit pan on four shades and soon will on two more! I usually rely on a combination of the 6 lightest shades on my lids. The top two shadows usually get used wet - the brown for brows, the black as a liner.
Catrice Eye Brow Stylist
L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner Pencil - Love this on waterlines and on upper lids. Goes on like silk, sets to a smudge-proof finish.
L'Oreal "Butterfly Wings" Mascara - Not sure what the name is for this in SA, a friend bought this for me in Germany before it launched here (in a set with the eyeliner pencil). Easily my "Holy Grail" mascara! Lengthens, curls and defines without a clump in sight~


Lips:
And, of course, where all my careful narrowing down went awry. 6 days need 6 lipsticks, right? All of these are rather long-wearing formulas that feel comfortable on the lips and are easy to touch-up.
Wet n Wild Stoplight Red - My current favourite blue-toned red!
Wet n Wild Super Plum Fairy - One coat applies a bright purple-pink, a second swipe deepens the purple
Inglot 143 - A bright blue-based pink
Rimmel Cutting Edge - My favourite deep purple-plum!
Borjous Prune Caress - Looks very dark in the tube but applies sheer for a wash of colour
Rimmel Kate Moss 06 - A bold pink-red

And that's everything!