More Jamberry Nail* goodness. I've previously written in detail about them- the whole application process, longevity and my candid thoughts on them. The post is the must read if you are a Jamberry noob like I was. I did a step by step pictorial of their fool-proof application process.
To add my 2 cents here, I've been pretty happy with them. And my sister is an even bigger fan. The wraps last an easy 2-3 weeks on me. It must be my rad application skills that sister made hers last 1.5 months. Needless to say, she can't wait to get them done again.
There was no email, there was no release update...One fine day these mysterious gold capsules turned up on my doorstep (literally!). I opened the box.. Oh its the legendary Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules!! I'm sure these have been around for decades. Why a PR sample now? So many questions! Oh wait! It's the new Advanced formulation of a skincare hero from 1990's. They've added more stuff and wow its expensive! $2.50 for one capsule? That's a lot for fancy skincare..seems like a gimmick! Anddddd so many more random thoughts.
MAC Retro Matte Collection is back with 12 swooning shades! All details & review of 3 liquid lipsticks in here!
And MAC retro mattes are back! At your nearest MAC store, 12 new nude-ish shades of Retro matte liquid lip colors are now on sale. With $50 NZD a pop, they sure as hell don't come cheap but they do pack a punch. I already a own a few shades from MAC Retro matte range (Feels so Grand, Kabuki 'This Modern Age') and couldn't be more happier with new subtler, more everyday shades. I feel the lighter shades in Retro mattes are a better pick than dark bold ones as after a lot of eating, the colors do seem to fade out near the inner lip. With nude shades, you wouldn't have that distinctive line. Of corse, things will be a lot forgivable if a lip liner is used underneath, which I never do, for research purposes.
I was sent 3 shades from this collection and its safe to say I love them- Burnt spice (Creamy Dirty Rose), Carnivorous (a blackened red) and Ess-presso (Deepened Chocolate Brown). Ess-presso might not be my pick for an everyday wear shade but I have fallen head over heels for Burnt Spice. Such a beautiful nude shade for my medium ethnic skin. It works a charm. There's hardly any pink in it when I put it on my lips but it still works.
If you are not aware of my Chronic back pain journey, You should totally read this blog post first- Here's to the most painful year http://www.lipsnberries.com/2016/09/heres-to-most-painful-year.html
Done? Moving on..Here's an update. I cured my back pain. My hope did! My mind did! My determination to find a cure did. And because it happened, I'm making sure I let everyone know about it coz back pain or any other chronic pain is a ghost illness. It is depression and hopelessness & all the negativity you can find rolled into one. A very dark place to be! The place you don't wish upon your best enemies. I wanted to let you guys know of my cure because you were a part of this painful journey. This letter posted below was sent to 8 people that treated me in the past 1.5 years- 3 Specialists, 2 Physio's, 1 Chiropractor, 1 GP & 1 ACC personnel (healthcare agency of NZ). I felt they should know the cure because they are in a far better position than me to help thousand others. They are the front-line soldiers. This letter is copied word to word from what was emailed to them. I would like you to share this post with anyone in your life suffering with Chronic pain or any other chronic illness. Education about this is vital. You have no idea how immensely you can enrich someone's life. If you have any more questions, leave me a comment or send me a personal message on my email email@example.com , my Instagram handle or my blog Facebook page. I'll be more than happy to answer all your queries. I have a million other things to say but I'll spare you this time...
This is Nishu S* here (Back pain patient, DOB **/**/****). I am writing to you to let you know that I am now completely cured of back pain. It might sound over-ambitious but I will explain my rationale below.
Highlighters are my thing. I don't mind glowing like a disco ball. Disco balls are my thing!
Having dry skin means I love a slick looking face. To me it looks healthy. Like you're human you know. So when you have skin that's scarce on oils..you fake it! And fake it like a disco ball.
If there's one makeup item that takes my makeup next level, it is a highlighting powder (Ok..lipstick is pretty close. but you get the drift right?).
MAC Spring/Summer 17 Collection feat. Kabuki, James Kaliardo & Diane Kendal! Mini-reviews + Hits & misses from this collection
If you follow me on Insta Story (which you totally should! coz I'm an absolute Insta addict @LipsnBerries), you'd know that last month I attended an event with MAC Cosmetics NZ where they invited the celebrity makeup artist Kabuki and the NZ beauty media got to watch him work his magic on his beautiful muse. Stellar makeup skills I tell you!! Lines between editorial and regular makeup were blurred. He was so gentle with his brushes & yet the makeup turned out to be awe-inspiring. Here's the photos of the look he created & him in action.
Kabuki has worked on everyone from SJP in Sex & the city to the Kardashians. He's a humble soul too! Top marks for that. He is one of the 3 pro makeup artists that MAC has collaborated this coming season for their limited edition Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Each of them has curated their favorite products.
Kabuki Magic Collection is a mix of all things- some eye gloss, some liquid paint to powder finish eyeshadow, a cement grey retro matte lip color and an eyeshadow brush that Kabuki was quite chufed to have created. Apprently its perfect for the lower lash line and depositing color precisely over upper lash line.
I don't mind the Kardashians. I seriously don't. I don't follow any member of this family on any of my social media channels (except their MUA). I am not an avid gossip magazine reader either (apart from the odd outdated issue at the doctors!). I have never watched any episode of their hit TV series - Keeping up with the Kardashians. I know the family members by name, thanks to the myriad news articles on them. So essentially the only time I hear or see them is when something big happens..like Kim leaving her ex-husband 72 hours after their very flash wedding a few years ago (a record!), Khloe's ex found overdosed in a brothel, Kim naming her kids North West & Saint West or when Bruce Jenner came out as a Transgender and converted to Caitlyn Jenner. That was surely the biggest blow! Back then, I believed the whole scenario to be a publicity stunt but it actually turned out to be true when Bruce debuted at Caitlyn and changed from a He to a She. How brave of him/her I thought! And I still do!
She is out with full force- a reality show in her kitty, back to good terms with family and a collection with MAC Cosmetics. Yep! All this talk to come to this.
|Image Courtesy MAC Cosmetics|
Jamberry! Oh Jamberry! Even if you're remotely interested in Health & Beauty products, you must have heard about these fancy nail wraps in some form or another. Be it for their trendy designs, holiday collections, nail stencils, controversies or pushy sales consultants. When I was offered to try out their products, I'll admit I was a little hesitant. I'm an honest blogger. I say how it is. If I don't like it, I'll say it and if I do, I don't want all the Jamberry consultants out there throwing eggs on my Instagram post. In a way, I'm a little relieved that I actually really like them.
As a Jamberry newbie, I have done pretty well on my first try. To be honest, before these I've never tried anything remotely artificial on my nails, nail wraps included. So I had zero clue how to go about the procedure. I looked at 2 online tutorials on Jamberry's website- An application video and a tips & tricks video. I pretty much followed these two tutorials to the T and got it right! Something so rare.