So, yes. Today's my birthday :).
Thank you God. Thanks to everyone who has ever supported me. Here's to at least another 20 years :-P ;D.
And here's something for you all ;)...
[I told you it doesn't look good on me, and here's proof >:-).]
But I'm still quite happy, which is probably why I look OK enough to feel secure enough to post this ;D. Enjoy :-P. You won't be getting one of these for a long while >:-D.
Make-up: Nothing except Jean by Oriflame (the lipstick I used here) on my lips, except that most of it has faded so it's a sheer reddish stain on there. I'm surprised it has lasted at all - I've had it on since 9 A.M., I had sushi, I had my birthday cake...Should be long gone, it's just a lipstick after all, and not a long-lasting one XD. (I hate those, I much prefer to reapply than to feel like I have glue on my mouth.)
For a beauty blogger (sort of >:-D) and product addict, I do go out bare-faced quite a lot :-P.
I like the idea of having paper numbers on my cake ;D. It started on my 18th when we were out of candles and I came up with this :-P, but I ended up liking it and have done it ever since ^_^. And of course they're my favourite colour :-P.
With the candle lighted:
I hope my wish comes true ^_^!!! (But of course, for that to happen, I can't share it with you :-P.)
Next...Lots and lots and lots of New Acquisitions ;D. Yay ^_^!!!
First of all, here's some stuff I received in the mail ;).
These are all from Make-Up Alley swaps ;). I won't be putting the lovely swappers' names here, but if you'd like to swap with them too & want to know who they are, you can ask me ;D.
Swap 1 [England].
(For my 3 L'Oreal Star Secrets lipsticks in Aishwarya, Laetitia and Claudia, Clinique Bamboo Pink and Maybelline Sugar Plum Ice. And some extras :-P ^_^.)
A Sugar Kaleidoscope palette :D, Essence eye liner, Wet & Wild lipstick, Mark quad and Mary Kay mini quad :). Extra stuff: the gold glitter liquid liner and Nivea body cream sample ^_^. The tiny bottle's mine, and don't worry, I will explain :-P ;).
Opened so you can see the colours ^_^:
Isn't everything just lovely ^_^?!? The left page of Sugar Kaleidoscope has the lip colours, while the right page houses the eye shadows ;D. I love the Mary Kay mini quad ^_^ - I really hope I can find those colours in full-size pans once I'm done with these! I love everything of course, lol :-P :).
(For the record: OPI Russian Navy on nails, one coat. Adore this. I need to find more OPI lacquers. To swap for, that is - they retail for 15 Euros at Sephora here. US people, please convert to dollars and think about whether you'd buy them at that price >:-D.)
Just one minor issue left to resolve - I don't really use liquid liner :(. Yet the glitters are prettiful...What's a girl to do?
DIY: How to de-liner-ify a cheap liquid liner ;).
You will need your liner, and a tiny bottle cap that fits it. That's what the mini bottle was doing on the pic above ;D...It's actually a soya bottle that came with some sushi I bought last week ;). Fortunately, I kept it :).
Well...Use manicure scissors (or whatever works for you, really) to remove it ^_^!
You will end up with this...
Result: A bottle of liquid glittery gel ;D, and a liner brush that's yours to keep for whatever uses you may have for it ^_^! I'm gonna use it when I use mascara as a liquid liner ;). I refuse to buy one :-P. Or for this product, if I ever use it as a liquid liner, and I probably will ;D.
(You can also see the insert I removed on the pic - and the now capless soya sauce bottle XD.)
Swap 2 [Norway].(For my L'Oreal Penelope Cruz Red and Rimmel Walnut Pearls duo. I didn't include extras, and I feel terrible about it now because she did.)
An Estee Lauder nail polish in White Beige (I'm using this next ;D), eye and lip liner from The Body Shop (wow, I didn't know these existed XD), and 2 extras: an Ulta duo (I love the left shade ^_^) and Chanel Chance sample. I never tried that fragrance before because of the stupid ad, but I did now, and I love it :). I'm keeping this for my sample fragrance wardrobe ;).
Does anybody know whether Ulta tests on animals :o? I hope they don't, I really want to keep this!
Oh, and I love the Estee nail polish bottle ^_^! I want more XD!
Swap 3...Well, Gift 3 [The USA].This was really quite unbelievable...
And 8 mini Mark glosses ^_^! I love any Mark products I can get my greedy hands on - unavailability does make the heart grow fonder :-P >:-). It'll take me a few days to test them all, but I already love (and would consider buying full sizes of) at least half of them ;D :).
Thank you so much, Vanessa ^_^!!!
OK, that's all the swap stuff for the time being ;). But I'll be receiving more in the weeks to come ;D...Can't wait ^_^!
I'm not done with writing about my New Acquisitions though :-P. Read on ;).
In a previous blog, I had mentioned that I needed to visit Sephora @ The Mall (I know, I think that name is ridiculously corny too) to track down a certain item that I badly need for contests. Thank God, I found it :D :) ^_^. But...
I ended up getting something else as well XD.
It was simply lovely, the last one left, and thus practically begging 'Please adopt me ^_^'. How could I resist :')?
Well, here's a riddle for you :-P. Can you guess which of these was my intended purchase, and which my impulse buy ;)?
[The saleslady threw in loads of Prada ribbons ;). I like the scent :) and will have to find it in liquid form XD so I can test it properly :-P, but because I have so many ribbons now...If you're swapping with me and want one or two, ask me and I'll give them :).]
(Oh, and if you have any Midnight Poison ribbons that you don't need - yes, they do exist, I have one with a tiny stain of blue nail polish on it >:-D...Please send them to me ^_^!!!)
Anyway, the answer is...
This was my impulse buy :).
A closer look at the colours, as usual...
I don't know who would wear olive sage, fuchsia and silver together, but this makes me want to try XD. The glosses are a hot pink, dirty pink and shimmery white, and they're brilliant ^_^. I'm not completely sure about the bronzer, but I can always use it as a shadow ;). For a face product though, it appears far too glittery. Why is this brand so obsessed with glitter XD?
And my final New Acquisition for this already far too long post :-P...
This is a Sephora palette :). My first product by the brand ;). I hope I'm not disappointed in it, but I did swatch before I bought it and was pleasantly surprised.
View 1: Dark Angels...
Well, the top layer (which is a pain to open, I might add >:-D) houses this lot:
While the bottom layer contains the reason this caught my eye in the first place - and so much more ;D.
Do I see red?!?
Yes, I DO ^_^!!!!!
Red eye shadow :). I finally found it.
There's also black, a weird shade that can't seem to decide whether it is grey or it is brown >:-), and a fair highlighter shade :). And some gorgeous glosses ;D ^_^.
The back has tutorials for two looks that can be done using this palette ;). Certainly a very welcome addition XD. I wish more palettes would add something of the kind...
There's a Look Innocence ^_^...I will be using this a lot in the near future ;).
I also bought some stuff for my first blind swap :D, and 2 Bourjois mini cream blushes for a Make-Up Alley one ;). Yes, there will be more stuff received in swaps on this blog :-P, I hope you enjoy it ;D.
In closing...Thanks so much for reading ^_^!!!
And Happy Birthday To Me ^_^.
P.S. Any advice on being a twentysomething XD :-P?