Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Meow Lost Rainforest retires TODAY.

Okay, Meow's gorgeous Lost Rainforest collection retires today. I love the collection and I bought a lot of stuff from it.

If eyeshadows are your thing, I'd suggest snagging Bromeliad, Mantis, Poison Dart Frog, Boa, Amazon, Nabau and/or Mayantu.

For cheeks, both of the blushes, Canna and Heliconia, are stunning.

I also recommend the glow powders, my absolute favourite is Chameleon which looks off-white in the jar but has this rosy golden sheen to it.

So get them while you can! Personally I think this has been the most beautiful collection from Meow to date.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

You're an awesome girl-tag

Nea from Fashioned in Finland tagged me with 'I think you're an awesome girl'-tag, thank you :)

So, I'm going to tell you 10 random facts about me. I'm supposed to tag 10 other bloggers but I've only got 4 this time...

Random facts about me

1. I was a member of the chess club because I thought that would make me cool. It didn't.

2. I don't know how to whistle.

3. I can swim 2000 metres (about 1.24 miles) in an hour without resting or letting my feet touch the bottom of the pool.

4. I have been with my boyfriend for a little over 9 years.

5. Lolcats make me laugh, as do cats in general.

6. I'm addicted to ice cream.

7. I love Alan Rickman's voice.

8. I hate to do my hair.

9. I love Converse shoes.

10. I read Lord of the Rings in three days which impressed my boyfriend to ask me out.

And I'm tagging the following bloggers:

Phyrra / Fresco Phyrra
Robyn / Robyn's Nest
Vee / Glamour Doll
Cris / Diamond Enigma

Here's a photo I took in Istanbul when we were visiting the harem of Topkapi Palace. I just love the colours of the tiles and that window is simply divine! Something pretty to start the day :)

Monday, 14 September 2009

FOTD: Chlorophyll and Sennyo

I wanted to do something bright today because my last two postings have been a bit on the dark side. Because I had work today, I took these photos at 6.30am which means that it was almost dark outside. But I think they turned out rather well, actually.

The idea behind this look was that I haven't used Fyrinnae's Chlorophyll, ever. It's an almost orange yellow shade, very bright. Sennyo is magenta-purple and one of my favourites. I also had to use Meerkat, a golden pink-purple shade, to act as a medium because the contrast seemed too harsh at first. As a liner, I used Fancy Lad, which is a warm pink with green sparkle (to me the sparkle looks more gold than green but it's a great pink nonetheless).

FOTD: Chlorophyll and Sennyo


Too Faced Shadow Insurance (as a primer on upper lids)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Chlorophyll (2/3 of upper lid)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Sennyo (outer corner and crease)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Meerkat (to blend Chlorophyll and Sennyo together)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Fancy Lad (as a liner on upper and lower lashline)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Sakura (as a highlighter below brows)
Lumene Blueberry Curl waterproof mascara in Black


Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing foundation (2 parts Fair Maiden, 1 part Peaches N' Cream, two layers)
Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish (over foundation)
Meow Cosmetics Lost Rainforest glow powder in Chameleon (cheekbones)
Meow Cosmetics blush in Tickled Pink
Glamour Doll Eyes blush in Doll Face (over Tickled Pink on apples of the cheeks)


Lancôme Color Fever lip gloss in Funky Pink
MAC Slimshine lipstick in Pleasing (over Funky Pink)

The end result was very colourful and I noticed some people staring me at the cafeteria. I looked around and in a quick glance I noticed that out of twenty women sitting nearby, I was the only one who had used something else than beige or taupe in her makeup. So maybe not the best look for work but at least I got noticed!

I love how shiny Chlorophyll looks. The colour reminds me of autumn leaves which is perfect for this time of year. And it looks yummy with Sennyo! You really can't see much of Meerkat (which was the point) but it's there, trust me :) I think I could've chosen a darker liner but then again, the end result would've been darker, too. The pink is a bit different but it brightens up the overall look.

Despite my expression here, I was very delighted with my look! I did a bit of layering in eyes, face AND lips. For the cheeks I added a bit of Doll Face over Tickled Pink because I needed more colour. Tickled Pink is a nice, almost sheer pink so I needed to 'oomph' it up a bit. With the lips I first used just Funky Pink but the photos revealed that it was too light. So I added a bit of Pleasing (which is one of my favourite lippies, it feels so soft and looks juicy) on my lower lip and smacked my lips a few times.

I need to get a haircut and maybe have a little colouring session with a colour mousse, my hair had faded noticeably this summer. I think it was the trip to Istanbul that did it, it was very sunny and I didn't use a hat or UV protection on my hair. Shame on me.

What do you think of the look? And was your Monday colourful or beige? :)

Sunday, 13 September 2009

FOTD: Leif and Okapi

Fyrinnae has a cool section on their website where they give hints about colour combinations. One that caught my eye was using Leif with Okapi. Yesterday I rummaged through my makeup stash and found out that I have both colours. Cool! (I also found out that I have a serious problem with ordering new stuff and that I really should get more organized and sane.) Leif is like a bright forest green (like pine green) and Okapi is "rich mahogany burgundy with accents of gold". I also ended up using Platinum (a very interesting colour, like silvery gold), Dokkálfar ("black filled with hues of pale green to golden-lime sparkle", I think this colour is exquisite!) and Njordr ("Shimmery, complex green with a dark, almost black base and just a little gold & blue sparkle").

From top to bottom, from left to right: Okapi, Leif, Dokkálfar, Njordr, Platinum
FOTD: Leif and Okapi
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (as a primer on upper lids)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Leif (all over upper lid)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Okapi (outer vee, crease and outer corner of lower lashline)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Njordr (to blend Leif and Okapi together)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Platinum (as a highlighter below brow)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Dokkálfar (as a liner on upper lashline, used wet)
Lumene Blueberry Curl waterproof mascara in black (upper lashes)
Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing foundation in custom blend (two parts fair Maiden, one part Peaches N' Cream, one layer)
Meow Cosmetics Lost Rainforest Glow in Chameleon (between browbone and cheekbones)
Meow Cosmetics Lush Blush in Kiss-And-Tell
Aromaleigh Gothic Lolita Color Creme in Cakewalk

I should really pay more attention to my brows... Yikes..

Leif is very bright green, almost jewel green. I had some problems with it because I wanted it to look even but I finally realized that it looked uneven because my lashes are so fair and that you could see the line between my lashes and my lid. Then I took Okapi and started working on the outer vee. By the time I got to doing my crease, I started to panic. It looked really dark. So I just had to blend like mad and that's when I decided to take Njordr and use it as a medium colour. At first, I was supposed to use Jade Ghost (a green-shaded off-white) as a highlighter but instead I picked Platinum. I think more green would've looked odd. Dokkálfar is a great liner colour! The sparkle is very pretty and catches the light beautifully.

Because the colours were so strong and dark, I instantly knew that I would use Purely Cosmtics' Skin Smoothing foundation because it makes my skin look so creamy. And as an added bonus, I didn't have to use a concealer! Choosing a blush was what almost got me. I KNEW I would have to use glow powder, so I settled for Chameleon but I was afraid that if I used a blush that was too red, I would end up looking like a harlot. Luckily Meow's Kiss-And-Tell was sitting on my batroom counter. It's a really nice peachy/coral shade that gives a natural glow. I matched my lips with it and used Cakewalk.

I'm happy with the results, I think the look isn't as dark as I was initially afraid it would be (compared to yesterday's look which was intentionally very dark).

BTW, Fyrinnae has come up with a Halloween collection that's on sale now! I already made my order and I'm picking up some purples... No surprise there! Actuallt, I think I ordered samples of everything except for Broken Doll (a matte lavender-pink) and Otherworld ("ghost" aqua). Also Diabolic Masquerade, the new very vampy lip lustre, was calling my name so that'll be mine, too. So be prepared for some Halloween looks in the future!

In the meantime, how do you like this look? Have you tried Leif and/or Okapi?

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Technical difficulties

Sigh. I hate Blogger.

Someone commented on my newest look. When I published the comment, it was gone. I didn't even get to read who had written it.

So if your comments don't appear, it's because there are some problems not caused by me.

Fantasy look: Maenad

Okay, I'm pretty much hooked on HBO's True Blood (well duh, it's about vampires after all). I'm not a fan of Maryann, the crazy maenad chick, mostly because she doesn't look batty enough. She's simply just too pretty. So, I decided to do something different for today. I decided to do a maenad look. I've always sort of thought that gold is a crazy colour. Not the "molten sunshine" gold colour, but the antique, tarnished gold. So I took that as the basis for my look.

Maenad look


Too Faced Shadow Insurance (as a primer on upper lids)
Aromaleigh Elemental Lustre in Ego (all over upper lids)
Aromaleigh Bête Noire eyeshadow in Darcelle (inner corners)
Aromaleigh Pure Hue in Holy Grail (crease, outer vee and lower lashline)
Aromaleigh Pure Hue in Cocoa Bean (as a liner on upper lashline)
Fyrinnae eyeshadow in Choco-Cake Mix (on brows)
Lumene Blueberry Curl waterproof mascara in Black


Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Himalayan (as a concealer and foundation,2 layers)
Meow Equilibrium Primp and Preen (as a primer)
Meow Top Cat finishing powder (as a finishing powder)
Meow Firefly blush in Illuminate)


Makeup Store Star Lips in Hollywood

Aromaleigh's Ego is an antique gold shade that has that olive/chartreuse undertone. So that's why it appears a bit greenish. It's a very, VERY strong shade so I tried to be very meticulous when I applied it so it would look even. Holy Grail has stronger greenish undertones so it made a good crease colour. Both colours look a bit blackened so I decided NOT to use a black liner because I wanted a strong look but I didn't want it to look too stuffy. So I used Cocoa Bean instead. It is a golden brown with bronze undertones.

When I did my lower lashline with Holy Grail, I started from the outer corners and worked my way to the inner corners. I did this because I wanted the outer corners look darker. I applied Darcelle to the inner corners. Darcele is a bit brighter antique gold shade than Ego but it has aqua shimmer that's really interesting.

I didn't use a highlighter on the browbone because I wanted this look to be earthy as well. Instead, I made my brows look a bit darker (after all, this is a fantasy look) so that my eyes would look stronger.

This pic (as well as the one before) was taken before I did my brows because I wanted you to see how the colours on the lids work.

Maenads don't smile, they pout.

My main gripe with the makeup in the TV series is that they are obsessed to make sure that the beautiful women look as groomed as possible. I think that wearing red lipstick and being able to vibrate just isn't insane enough.

Usually I don't do both dark eyes and dark lips but maenads don't care. And they don't smile, not in photos at least. I do hate it though how my jaw disappears in this photo but I have to make do with the lighting and skills I have. I think this look reminds me a bit of flapper looks. But I think those are crazy as well so it's fine.

I flicked my hair with a straightener. The fascinator is from Topsy Turvy Design, they make fabulous hair decorations and hats.

I don't like Lumene's makeup in general (the pigmentation is so-so and the products in general quite uninteresting) but I like how this mascara doesn't smudge my browbone. Because that's the most common problem I have with waterproof mascara. Once my lids get a bit oily, I have black smudges below my brows. The fact that I have long lashes also contributes to this. But even when I was in Istanbul and it was 30 degrees in centigrade, this mascara wouldn't smudge. I wish it was a bit more volumizing, though.

So what do you think of the look?