Friday, February 25, 2011

January and February Empties

Hello Ladies,

I'm sorry for the long absence. I could say that my recent beauty blogging drama kept me away, but  that's not true. It's more like I'm going through my every-few-month low right now, and I should be ok in a week or two. I mean, I haven't wore makeup AT ALL in over a week! Got ID'ed at Waitrose though, so maybe I should go makeup less more often huh?

So to get myself back on track I'm posting something nice and easy and what doesn't require too much of thinking, otherwise known as finished products post. I got myself a new storage thing for the bathroom so now I can keep track of all the empty bottles much easier, and now they just seem to pile up so fast!

Mittens is investigating the new smell
1. DeadSeaSource De-Tox Seaweed Salt Scrub
Love this stuff. Can I say that again? LOVE THIS STUFF!! Sadly I can't use it when my husband is around cuz the weirdo hates the smell. I really don't get why, he was right there with me when I bought it and approved the smell, but when I actually used it he said it makes him gag. *sad face* So I can only use it when he is gone. Next time he goes away for few month I'll be buying another one. I love it because not only it scrubs very well, but afterward it leaves my skin feeling very moisturized and soft. I think it's because of the oil that's in there, and because of that I usually tap the moisture off with the towel instead of rubbing. I love the smell too, regardless of what my husband says lol.

Mittens is at it again :)
2. VICHY Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser
Boots is having their 3 for 2 sale again and I'm having a hard time resisting buying more of this and other thermal water stuff. Sadly, being unemployed I gotta watch how I spend, plus I also have other cleansers that I need to use first. But fear not, once I ran out I will go out and buy more of this because it love it. It removes the makeup very well and leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh.

3. Simple Kind to Eyes Eye-Makeup Remover
I am on a quest to find the perfect (for me) eye makeup remover and I bought the sample size to try. I'm not that impressed. It removed my eye makeup, but I think it could be better so I'm still on lookout for something else.  Even after holding cotton pads to my eyes for over a minute, I still had traces (a lot) of eye makeup and I don't even wear anything waterproof.

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical and Boho
I regret not buying more of those when Superdrug had their sale, because these are lifesavers for me! I will be buying and buying them, although I don't particularly care for the ones above because of their smell. I like Blush the most so I'll just stick with it from now on.  

5. Aussie Take the Heat Leave-in Spray
Another product that I will be buying over and over again. It smells great and doesn't weight my hair down and protects it from heat. Perfect in my book :)

6. Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover
After reading raving reviews about this eye makeup remover I decided to give it a try. To me it's OK, it's about the same as Simple Eye Makeup Remover except this works a little better. Still I will be looking for a better one, but if I'm in a pinch I can always come back to this.

7. fcuk Body Polish
Am I the only one that starts giggling when first glancing at the brand name? I bought this on offer along with Ted Baker Sugar Scrub a while back, but just now got to use it up. And I used the whole thing up in one time, but guess that's not that surprising. Entire thing is only 50ml and it supposed to cover my whole body. So I gave myself a nice 'polish' and pamper. I didn't notice too much of a difference, maybe because it is too fine and I like a good scrub. I might buy it again.

8. Ted Baker Invigorating Sugar Scrub
I used this as a facial scrub, although I suppose it is not. But it didn't say not to use it on face, only said not to get it in my eyes. I love the subtle smell and the texture. It gave me a great scrub and didn't irritate my face (but things rarely irritate my face to be fair). I will definitely buying it again, but I really wish it came in a bigger size. No matter how many Boots I check all I see is this travel size tube.

9. Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Eye Cream
I guess it worked because I didn't notice much difference in my eye area but I'm not sure what the "age resisting" part supposed to do. I think my under eye area was moisturized, but that's about it. I won't be purchasing this again since I'm trying other eye creams from Simple right now.

10. AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream
Ever since my cousin brought me AHAVA's hand cream from Israel I've been in love with everything AHAVA. I had this travel size tube for over 2 years but it was lost in my kimono room and only recently found. I love everything about this, the smell, how it sinks into my skin without feeling oily and how soft it makes my feet feel. Too bad it's on the expensive (for me) side, but given a chance I will buy more.

So what stuff did you recently finish? Leave a link to your blog in the comment, or just tell me. I would love to read about it :)

~ Lyuba

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Looks like it's my turn to get in some blogging drama

Hello Ladies,

I wasn't sure if I wanted to write this post at all, I ranted about it on Facebook, I ranted to my friends via chat, and I probably going to rant about it some more today at work. It made me feel better enough to where I didn't see the need to write anything, but then I slept on it, and when I woke up this morning I still felt just as strongly about the issue (not angry though) as I did yesterday. And I feel that as a blogger I am here to stay and I want to make some things clear from the start.

Be warned though, some of you might get offended at what I say. I would like to apologize in advance if I do offend you, but not for what I'm about to say as like I mentioned before the issue is one I feel very strongly about. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

UD Naked Palette: GET ON THE LIST!

Hello Ladies,

Today just got a whole lot better. Remember this post about UD Naked Palette being slightly redesigned and released? Well looks like Urban Decay had kept their word and started contacting people who put their names on the list to be notified when Naked Palette becomes available. How do I know you might ask? Because I was one of those people who put my name on the list :) And I just got an email few minutes ago. And I also ordered me a Naked Palette!

As you can see only those people on the list are able to purchase the palette, and probably not even all of them but some. So I would say it is worth putting your name on the list, since looks like UD will be contacting those people first. Or you can just wait until new Naked Palette hits the stores, whenever that will be.

From the image it looks like I will be getting one of the old Naked Palettes (without a brush), and I only paid $44 instead of $48, but I honestly don't care. I want the eye shadows, and everything else I already have from different brands.

Are you on the list? Or will you plan on waiting till it appears in stores again?

~ Lyuba

Trendsetting in Tokyo Looks

Hello Ladies,

My mood is a little better and I've finished cropping my photos, so to celebrate such an occasion I will do a double post today!

I finally put aside Stila's Moscow travel palette and naturally picked up the Trendsetting in Tokyo since I'm obsessed with almost everything Japanese. I will do an actual review tomorrow, but for now here are some looks I created with this palette in the past few days.

Yup, that's the same hat as seen in my flapper makeup look
First time I picked up the palette and was pretty excited about trying it... but I wasn't so excited about actually using it. I am not really happy with this look, but my makeup buddies at work liked it quite a lot so maybe I'm too hard on myself?

Used the cheek color here, I think it's pretty natural looking

Since the colors were not applying as well as I hoped for, I decided to go for a simpler look by only using the lightest colors in the palette. I added a little bit of black for the accent. Again, it turned out MEH :(

This is my favorite look but it also took the longest to create. I'm not very fast in putting makeup anyway, but with this it felt like it took FOREVER! The color just wouldn't blend! Not a good thing in my book. 

So what do you think? Should I keep trying to come up with looks that work using this palette?

~ Lyuba

Meet My Kitties: Mittens and Echo

Hello Everyone,

I'm feeling a bit down today for no apparent reason, enough to not want to do anything makeup related :( I've been trying to edit photos for couple of posts for a few days now to no apparent progress too. So in order to cheer myself up, I will talk about something that makes me very happy, aka my kitties. :)
Echo & Mittens, 3 and 4 mo old
Be warned, the post is very IMAGE HEAVY :)