Τετάρτη, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2009

At last I got a camera!

And do you know what that means? That I no longer have excuses for not posting!
It's not the most expensive out there but it's decent so it will take decent photos. Better than my cell phone's, that's for sure! So, I got the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS4. It's a 8.1 megapixel Digital Camera with a 4x optical zoom lens and 2.5-inch LCD screen. Also has intelligent scene selector, face detection and red eye reduction.

Tomorrow, after reading the manual (I hate reading manuals, couldn't there be an explanatory video or something?) I will start photographing all those products I wanted to review and start posting asap. I may also start posting FOTD's (Face of The Day).

What camera do you bloggers use? Do you also use it for filming videos?

A bientot....


Τρίτη, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2009

Introducing my two cats: Chewy and Loulou!

I am the proud owner of two beautiful cats, Chewy and Loulou. Chewy is a Himalayan 2 and a half years old (approximately) and he's gorgeous. All of my friends are in love with him because he's such a cutie and he always purrs. Loulou is 2 year old a Persian, with a strange and funny character. She's is not as cudly as Chewy, especially with strangers. She has the habbit of getting inside boxes, sitting on tables and hiding in weird places. I've found her sleeping inside my shoe boxes (without the shoes) numerous times and the sight is so cute and funny! Today, I wanted to decorate my house with a few Christmas ornaments and I laid them on the floor trying to figure out how to do the decoration. Loulou grabbed the opportunity to be a part of the procedure and lay amongst the ornaments!!! I added a bow and here she is...feeling festive:

Chewy on the other hand, was in a different mood. He crept in a bookshelf (it's just a piece of furniture that holds my TV) and acted as a bookend!!!!

Aren't both adorable???! I am crazy about them, they make my day and keep me great company. Although they are both breed cats, I got them from pet societies. They were both abandoned and not in a very good shape. I first found Chewy and after a few months I found Loulou. I am against buying pets because there are so many stray ones that need a home out there... I wasn't looking for a particular breed, it just happened.
Anyway, I know this post has nothing to do with make up or fashion, but I am a cat lover and I can't hide it!!!!



PS: if you want to see more of Chewy and Loulou, I will be soon uploading a video with them on my youtube channel.

Κυριακή, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2009

Elf studio line mini haul and review

I finally ordered from Elf, an American brand that first launched in 2004 with the goal to provide good quality products with low prices. I have been reading a lot of positive reviews about Elf products and a lot of youtube gurus use them. I decided to try a few at first and then I'd decide if I like them or not. So I got two eyeshadows, a blush and two brushes, all from the Studio line collection. The regular collection didn't look very appealing to me, mostly because of the packaging. So, for now, I am voting for the Studio line!
I got mystic moss, a greyish green with a bit of shimmer. A beautiful colour that goes nicely with green eyes (like mine), but will also compliment brown or hazel. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, but I am out of camera (again) and I had to use my cell phone's.

I also got amethyst, a really nice dark purple with a bit of shimmer.

Both eyeshadows are pigmented and they blend easily. On my oily eyelids the last up to 5 hours, which is satisfactory for me (primed with mac paint pot). I will re-purchase these or other eyeshadows from the same line and I would also like to see some matte colours (there aren't any at the moment).

Next, I got a blush, the candid coral. As it's name states, it is a coral coloured blush with a bit of gold shimmer. I am not very fond of shimmery blushes but this is quite subtle so it doesn't put me off. It blends nicely and gives a nice glow to the cheeks.

I also got two brushes:

1. A kabuki face brush, which is very soft and is ideal for a light dusting of powder all over the face. If you take under consideration how much a decent kabuki costs, this is a very good buy at only £3.50. And it does the job pretty well!

2. A flat round powder brush, which is also very soft and also very dense. You get a good coverage when using it with powder and it can be a good bronzer brush. You could also use it for applying blush depending on your face shape (not suitable for small faces like mine!).

Again, sorry for the awful pics, I promise to post better ones next time!


PS. I did a tutorial using mystic moss and candid coral if you'd like to see:


Παρασκευή, 13 Νοεμβρίου 2009

Korres Alpine herbs anti-stress & anti-ageing cream for oily-combination skin

My skin is very difficult to “satisfy”! I wish it could speak and tell me exactly what it needs because most of the time I don't have a clue! It is super oily, yet the products that are aimed for oily skin dry it out. I have the occasional breakouts and my pores are clogged and large (OMG that sounds disgusting!). I have a great difficulty finding a moisturizer or a cleanser that suits me. And to top all that, I have to take anti-ageing into consideration because I am thirty something and I prefer to prevent than cure (wrinkles for example). If I were a chemist or a cosmetic company owner I would make it my goal to make the perfect moisturizer for skins like mine. But I guess my case does not constitute a large target group...

Anyway, it's not as dramatic as it may sound, especially since I found Korres Alpine herbs anti-stress & anti-ageing cream for oily-combination skin (that's a big name for a cream isn't it?!). I have been using it 3 weeks now and I think that maybe (I say maybe!) I can see a light in the tunnel!!! It's consistency looks thick, and when applied - although a bit sticky for the first seconds - it is soon totally absorbed. My skin feels soft and moisturised without any hint of oiliness. It lasts at least 5 hours, which for me is phenomenal. And when I say “lasts” I don't mean that 5 hours later my skin looks exactly like when I finished my make up (that, is a mission impossible!). I mean that I don't look like someone dabbed olive oil on my face, like I would normally look with the wrong moisturizer, or with no moisturizer at all!!! So, thumbs up for Korres cream so far...

I must add that I have been using the cream after applying Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher and I'm guessing that these two work well together, because when I use one or the other with other products the result is not the same. But I need to test that a little bit more...

And as for the anti-ageing, I have to take Korres' word for it because I don't have any visible signs of ageing (thank God!) so I cannot see any effect.

Conclusion: you oily – oily but dry – go figure - skin people out there, there is hope for us!

For normal, or normal to dry skin I wouldn't recommend using this because it might make your skin drier.

Sorry for the “essay” writing, but it was my first blog review and I got carried away...


Σάββατο, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2009

This is my first post at my brand new blog! I finally got around to make one. Now all I have to do is to start blogging and find people to read my ramblings....!!!!!