A England – Lady of the Lake

A England, a brand I am sure is quite familiar to many of your ladies out there. Their formulas are known to be wonderful and holo polishes drool worthy. Well, I can tell you that I can’t agree more!
This is Lady of the Lake from their Mysticals collection. It is a dusty purple polish with somewhat scattered -linear holo. Makes sense?
It did live up to it’s flawless application (1.5 coats in the photos here) and dried to a glossy finish! I did use Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat just because but I read on another blog that it can last up to 4 days WITHOUT top coat and still have no chips.
 
At first I thought that the holo in this polish would not show up much. Boy was I wrong! This polish was literally glowing off my fingers even indoors!
And the best part – even my not so awesome camera could get a photo with the rainbows in it 🙂

Girly Bits: “What Happens In Vegas…Ends Up On Facebook” and New Nail Care Products

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“What Happens In Vegas…Ends Up On Facebook”
Available for purchase: Monday, July 29, 2013 12noon EST

Our new, LE polish What Happens In Vegas… Ends Up On Facebook is a dusty eggplant shimmer with holo qualities and blue/purple colour shifting iridescent micro glitters, pink micro glitters and red micro shimmer.
This show exclusive shade was created for bloggers who visited the 2013 Cosmoprof North America trade show at Mandalay Bay in Vegas July 14-16, and will be available in limited quantities at Girly Bits Cosmetics beginning at 12noon (EST) on Monday, July 29th. Only one batch was made, and each bottle will be numbered.
Where to Buy It
This is a limited edition shade that is currently only available for purchase through Girly Bits Cosmetics.
Retail: $11.00
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NEW Nail Care Products
Available for purchase: Monday, July 29, 2013 12noon EST

Where to Buy Them
Our new line of Nail Care products are currently only available for purchase through Girly Bits Cosmetics.Retail: $6.50 each

Frazzle Fixer

Frazzle Fixer healing cuticle oil containing carefully selected oils to nourish and protect cuticles and nail beds. For a complete list of ingredients click HERE.
Available in 3 scents: Caribbean Dream, Cupcake and Sangria. (Available unscented by request.)

Smooth Move

Smooth Move ridge filling base coat evens out any ridges or bumps on the nail creating a smooth surface for a more attractive polish finish. Also makes for a great neutral, creamy coloured base under lighter, transparent shades.

Stick With Me

Stick With Me base coat helps adhesion of polish to the nail allowing for better, longer wear.

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Funky… Giraffe Print

I was thinking do a neutral leopard print the other day in neutrals but it came out a little funky.
I picked out a bunch of colors in the brown/beige family and decided on OPI My Vampire is Buff, Essie Mink Muffs and OPI Sprung from the Mariah Carey Collection.
As I was half way through this mani I knew that although my colors may look good together I may have used it in a not so awesome way. Instead of looking like leopard prints it came out looking like a giraffe print.

Or as a friend said – my nails look like it’s covered in cow hide :S

VanityTrove x Avène Pink Carpet Beauty Workshop

Last month just before I left for my vacation, I was invited by the lovely ladies from Vanity Trove to attend the VanityTrove x Avène Pink Carpet Beauty  blogger event/workshop. This was my first ever event as a blogger. I of course was nervous as bananas when I went. No kidding. I didn’t even know what to wear. :S
It was held at Cafe Barbera in Bangsar – a place I have never been to. I left home almost an hour early but still managed to get there late no thanks to roadworks almost all the way from home to there. It has been a long time since I ventured to Bangsar area that I had no idea that a lane of road here and there was closed to accommodate the upgrades.
(photo borrowed from here)
By the time I went in everyone else was already there but the event was only just about to start. I hurriedly found a spot, grabbed a coffee and caught my breath. This was my spot for the day. We each had a mirror, a bowl of water and a small bottle of Avène Thermal Water to ourselves and an array of products on the table to share.
See that lady in the mirror? She (I forgot her name :S) is the lady in charge of briefing us on Avène the company and the brand. Let me see how much I can remember from there!
 
Well, let me start:
 
Avène Thermal Spring water was discovered as far back as 1736 by chance in the village of… Avène! Yup. The brand name is the village where the spring water was and is still found. They soon built the first thermal spring facility in Avène to treat patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and burns.
Avène Thermal spring water was even brought to the USA for victims of the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871. This was how the packaging looked like back then. Reminds me of a bottle of wine.. Hmm…
And now – a sleek bottle with white and apricot detailing!
Anyways, moving on…
Avène Thermal Spring Water is collected directly at the source. They actually built the factory over the springs and drilled directly into it to ground and bring the spring water directly to the bottling line. The lack of transportation of the water means it retains the properties of the Water, and especially its purity.
There were studies conducted on  Avène Thermal Spring Water and they found that the salt mineral content of it was really low as compared to regular water. The lower the salt mineral content meant that Avène evaporation is slow and there is less tingling and greater suppleness.
Just because Avène Thermal Spring Water is low in salt minerals it does not mean it lacks in other minerals. In fact, the 40-year journey through the Cevennes Mountain aquifer makes the water infused with trace elements and silicates, achieving a perfectly balanced mineral composition ideal for sensitive skin.
There are many uses for Avène Thermal Spring water. Aside from treating serious skin problems, it can also be used on a normal person for everyday use. Just look at the list of things it is being used for below:
I actually use it as a toner and once when my skin was covered in rashes because of a bad reaction to some products I went running to my bottle of Avène Thermal Spring water. 15minutes later my skin was less red and the pain was all gone!
We were hands on with the products at the workshop. Starting from the very beginning (make up removal) to sunscreen. And by the end of it all, my skin was super smooth and supple and it seems brighter too! I learnt something that I didn’t know before – you can actually use the Avène Thermal Spring Water as a mask. All you have to do is buy those disposable masks and soak it in Avène Thermal Spring water and place it on your face for 10 minutes.
Yup. That’s all the photos I have of the workshop. Everyone there was using some kind of DSLR camera that I was so shy to take out my compact-not-so-awesome camera.
I did not go home empty handed of course! I was given a personalized trove to go home with. What do I mean by personalized trove? Well, I will explain that in another post for you one day. I see this post as getting waaaay too long already.
In addition to the 50ml bottle of Avène Thermal Spring water I got these as well!
I shall go through them one by one but I am sure this product needs no more introduction!
Avène Thermal Spring Water Mist Spray (100ml!)
Avène Thermal Spring Water Gentle Toner
Avène Thermal Spring Water Gentle Gel Cleanser
Avène Thermal Spring Water Light Hydrating Cream from the Hydrance Optimal range
And my favorite product of them all:
Avène Thermal Spring Water Micellar Lotion aka Cleanser and Make-up Remover 50ml
At first glance you would think that it will not work but I have to tell you that it is UH-MAY-ZING! It cleaned up my BB cream with just one swipe!
They actually have much more than just these items that day. I just didn’t manage to get them. My table-mates moved way faster than me in grabbing the items. Meh. Instead, I shall list the different ranges and what skin type it is for below.
  • Hypersensitive (Extremely Gentle) for intolerant and allergic skin
  • Cleanance for oily, young problem and blemish prone skin
  • Sensitive White is a whitening program for sensitive skin
  • Hydrance Optimale for dehydrated skin
  • Eluage (Anti Aging) to prevent and correct deep wrinkles and lack of firmness
  • Sérénage (Anti Aging) which restores density, vitality and comfort in mature skin (I think this range is only available through dermatologists)
If you are interested in Avène Thermal Spring Water products, I believe they are stocked in Watsons and Guardian. Being the online shopaholic that I am, I found that Fuardian has an online shop! Just click here to start your shopping!
Once again I would love to thank VanityTrove and Avène for the opportunity to attend such an informative workshop and of course for the products. You have already gained a follower here for sure!

Cult Nails – Faded

Faded is the last of the creme polishes from the Cult Nails Dance All Night Collection. Much unlike the other creme polishes in this collection, Faded is a pale blue-toned grey creme polish.
As most of the Cult Nails polishes, Faded applied gorgeously in 2 coats. Though I am showing 3 coats here, hence the slight lumpiness.
I wanted to top this mani off with Center of Attention but the polished peeled off before I could D: I would have to find time to do that one soon!

Hoop-La – Vintage Custom Earrings

After my vacation to Europe I realised something – my style is just too bland. I am a tank top and shorts kinda girl as compared to most of the people around me who dresses up to the nines! There are times when my friends make fun of me about my clothing. Everytime they see a nice top in black they would go – This is so you! – regardless whether it is a casual piece or a formal dress. It really is that bad. Actually, come to think about it, most times the only bit of color I usually have on me are my nails. YAY for nail polish! LOL. I gave it a bit of thought and I have decided to take a little step towards dressing up better and the first step was to do it through acessories. Right?
I was lucky enough to come by this lovely website while blog-hopping one day.
As much as I do not wear much accessories on a regular day basis I actually love them very much. Especially unique pieces where people remember you by. When I came across hoop-La, I was amazed at their products; all the items there are all made from vintage-like filigree but yet had a good range of colors to match any outfit!
I of course picked out a few of my favorites to share with you!
First up is Doris in bronze. This is a simple round earring in a very neutral and not in your face color. I thought that it looked very classy and would be a good place to start for me. Black and bronze do go together well.
Next up is something more eyecatching if you like to have the limelight!
Rosa is more delicate than Doris and somewhat reminds me of a leaf. I was drawn to this pair of yellow earrings from the moment I popped by their earrings section. It just stood out from the rest with it’s unique shade and shape. In fact, I thought this would be a great way to add some color to your fall wadrobe. Yellow Leaf. Get it?
And last but not least, my favorite of the bunch (for now).
Piper in Robin Blue. I think I have an obsession with blue at the moment. As I am typing these I am wearing a blue shirt and blue nail polish. I kid you not.
 Anyways, back to the earrings, I fell in love with the intricate design of Piper when I clicked through the products on the wesite. And when I saw it in this color I knew I had to get it (it is already sitting in my cart waiting for check out!
 
Owh ya, I just remembered why I do not wear much accessories. My skin is actually very sensitive when it comes to wearing accessories. Many a time when I put anything on my ears would be red swollen and my skin covered in rashes from whatever I was wearing. But as I was reading through the descriptions I saw this ‘Our EARRING HOOKS ARE NICKEL FREE and LEAD FREE…This is a sign I tell you! I am off to checkout my cart! I’ll let you know what I got from them when they come in 🙂
 
Till then. Have a great Sunday!

I am back!

Hey ya!

I am really sorry that I was away for so long. I was actually on vacation fo rthe past few weeks. My 2 yearly holiday actually!

I did schedule some posts before I left but onlu on my blogger blog. I did not have time to scedule them here as well ’cause I had probably only 1 day to get it all up before I left. I have posted them here since I came back. And to make things easier, I am going to link them all below!

Models’s Own Nail Wraps a.k.a Holiday Nails

Cult Nails Nakizzie’s Shizzle

How I saved My Manicure

I promise this is the last one!

Cult Nails Love At 1st Sight

Cult Nails Walk of Shame

I hope you enjoy them! I’ll be back with more post asap!

xoxo
Louanne