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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Orangen't you glad? FOTD | Beauty

Hey all! Recently, I took one of the Beauty Dares on the Michelle Phan website, which was to wear orange lipstick. You might have seen my swatches of the Maybelline Vivids lipstick in Electric Orange, some time in April. It's a bright orange lipstick which is not for the faint-hearted or a makeup newbie. It is shockingly vibrant!
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That day, I wore the lipstick with a very simple eye- makeup, some bronzer to warm up my complexion, mascara and I groomed my brows (or tried to, at least). Of course, you could wear more eyeshadow, perhaps corals or something contrasting like green or blue, but I really didn't feel like that day. pfft

Tell me how you would wear a bold orange like this?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Maybelline The Falsies BIG EYES Mascara | Review

Hey all! I remember when the Maybelline Falsies mascara first appeared in Barbados a year ago, and I was so excited to try it after hearing rave reviews, then be disappointed by the waterproof formula I had picked up and the size of the brush. So when I saw the Big Eyes mascara while in New York, I was a bit reluctant, but intrigued at the same time.

 The Big Eyes is a dual ended mascara, with a larger brush which "lifts upper lashes", while the smaller brush "magnifies the lower lashes". As far as I've noticed it does give good volume and length, depending on how many coats you apply. The lower lash brush is still not the neatest of brushes with the lower lashes, but that may just be me. I don't think I've quite mastered the art of applying mascara on my lower lashes without a mess or partial raccoon eyes, haha.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Almost the last lap! | Festival Friday

Hey all, this post may be a bit rushed,as I am running a bit late today... -__-. But I wanted to make sure you knew what was going on this weekend for sure! It's going to be quite busy as the Crop Over festival is winding around to the last laps.

Aloha Hoapili, if you're passing by from today's Aloha Friday blog hop! Check out the button below if you wanna see the other blogs involved :).

Anyway it's getting rather late in the day, so let's cut the preamble and get straight to it!
Friday, 26th July 2013 - Crop Over Folk Concert (Day of National Significance) at the Frank Collymore Hall
Saturday, 27th July 2013 - Junior Kadooment at the National Stadium (more details)
Sunday, 28th July 2013 - Soca Royale (formerly known as Party Monarch) at Bushy Park
Wednesday, 31st July - Crop Over Visual Arts Festal Evening of Interpretation at the Queen's Park Gallery at Pelican Craft Centre.
Thursday, 1st August 2013 - Emancipation Day walk (Emancipation day) from Emancipation Statue to Independence Square.
Friday, 2nd August 2013 - Bridgetown Market on the Spring Garden Highway
                                         Pic-O-De-Crop Finals at Kensington Oval (more details here)

Sorry about the rush, it's a busy weekend so far for me. But be sure to enjoy yours!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Copper make up look | Beauty

Most days I wake up and wearing make up is the furthest thing from my mind, other days I wake up with a colour on my mind. I woke up last Friday with thoughts of copper eyeshadow flooding my mind.  Sadly I don't have the exact copper I was thinking about, but I did come up with this look using my Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics eye shadows.
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yaw, I'm on the phone here hahah

Monday, July 22, 2013

SmashBox Photo Finish Primer | Review

I got a mini size to the SmashBox Photo Finish foundation primer in the Camera Ready set I picked up from the CCO while in New York. I typically don't wear foundation as it always gets so oily on my skin, especially in this Barbados heat, so I was really intrigued by this (and other primers really).  This is the colourless version of this product (the original).

I tried to film a first impressions on this product and it just needs to be edited, but from that experience I thought I might not have liked the primer actually. On trying it out more, I think it actually does a good job against this Barbados heat. This primer is a clear silicone based product which applies clear and makes the skin feel silky smooth. I love that about it. It comes in a squeeze tube so you can also control how much product comes out.

Sigma Steal & Product Recommendations! | Deal

Hey all! I was checking my email when I came across this information. Sigma is offering a 20% discount code for affiliates like myself, to their readers on purchases from today 22nd July until the end of the week (29th July)!

Typically you'd see a 10% off code each month (there's usually a picture on the right), but this time they're being a bit special! PLUS with every order over $30 you get a mini brush cleansing glove. The full size retails for $35USD.

Best part is that Sigma ships INTERNATIONALLY! So go get 'em! You can purchase using my affiliate link, it'd help out a lot. :)
CODE: SBAP20 only valid between 22nd and 29th July

What would I purchase with my discount code? Any of these products really! Sigma has some great brush sets and recently have been branching out into make up again.

  1. Make Me Collection Brush Kit - $120USD
  2. Synthetic 4 piece Kabuki Kit- $62USD
  3. Paris Makeup Palette- on sale for $49USD

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Aspiration Diaries coming to an end? AD#17

Hey all! If you typically check out my blog on weekend's you'd realise that's when I write more about my life and post my goals for the week. But this week and last week those posts have been missing in action or very abrupt. Since I've been working, I use Saturday as my unwind day, I wake up late and sometimes I go out. So I really have to apologise for the lack of posts on the weekends.

Something I do want to ask though, do you find these  posts interesting? Do you follow along every week, and make goals of your own? Do you think I should continue with these kinds of posts or stick to just posting beauty during the week and if the chance arises post something personal on the weekends?

I'm not sure if anyone actually sees these posts, and I've run out of some ideas for weekly goals. So help me out, suggest in the comments. Thank you :) !

Friday, July 19, 2013

Songs of the Festival Fever | Festival Friday

Hi everyone, this post is coming to you a bit late today, been somewhat of a hectic week. I really don't even know where the time went. Before I knew it, today was Friday and I hadn't gotten to write this post :(. Also don't forget to check out this week's Aloha Blog Hop!

Last weekend was filled with steel pan events as I had mentioned in my last FF post. Sadly by the time Sunday rolled around, I did not even feel like going to Pan Pun de Sand. I think it was for the best too, this year unlike previous there were less bands performing and one of my favourite bands, Mosaic wasn't a part of the line up. I did watch the highlights of the event and both my dad and I enjoyed the Neal & Massy All Stars from Trinidad.

This weekend, I'd really like to go to a Pork Lime but since the week has crept up on me so fast, I doubt that'll be the case. The Crop Over season is flying by really fast and although there are still lots of events to go to, there are so many that have been missed. See below for what's coming up this weekend and next week.

Friday, 19th July - Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-finals at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium (more details here)
Saturday, 20th July - Junior Calypso Monarch Finals at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
Sunday 21st July - Crop Over Feast at the Concorde Experience
                             Crop Over Read-IN! at Foursquare Heritage Park
                             Soca on de Hill at Falrey Hill National Park (more details here)
Friday, 26th July -  Crop Over Folk Concert (during the Day of National Significance) at the Frank Collymore Hall

Also I wanted to share some of the festival fever with you, so I've created this playlist of some of the Soca songs I'm loving. I can't even remember hearing any Calypso yet (although the Semi Finals is this week), but that's because I exist in my little cocoon, hardly turning on the radio as I do work lol. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Green Fire Cracker Nails | Beauty

Recently, I was painting my nails more often. Happens almost every summer, but never lasts past summer -__-. I was very impressed with how my nails came out this time around. I know it's summer, but why can't I wear a darker green like this one. It's just so pretty with the flakies too, but extremely hard to photograph! It's also Wednesday, so you know that means it's the Weekly Wednesday blog hop! Click the button below to visit TGL!

Monday, July 15, 2013

e.l.f. HD Blush in Superstar | Swatches

Hey everyone! I heard Judy from ItsJudyTime raving about the new (not so much now) e.l.f. HD blushes. These are like a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish cream blushes. No joke, these babies are highly pigmented! Shocking, especially since they're just $3USD.

This will not be a review of these though, I'll do one of those later when I test them out some more, but for now, here are some swatches of the awesomeness that is this blush.

This is the colour Superstar, a warm pink colour which boarders coral. It looks like it could be a dupe for the MUFE HD blush in #6 Quickie or #5 Nip Slip. But I don't have these to show you sadly. (I'm not sure if the names of the colours have changed, but here's swatches of  Quickie from KarlaSugar).

Anyway, enjoy my swatches and get your hands on these if you can!

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Steel Pan All over! | Festival Fridays

Hey all! Today I'm also a part of the Aloha Friday blog hop! Click the button below and check out all the other lovelies participating :).

Earlier this week, we had a Topical Storm, thank God it wasn't anything too serious and there was no damage done here, at least not reported. It was quite a lazy week for me too, I haven't done much more than work. :(

Yesterday was Pan Fusion at Illaro Court, while this Saturday is Pan in De City & Cruise. It's a new twist on the old Pan in De City, where steel orchestras would walk through town playing, and set up in various areas and entertain passers-by. This new concept includes a cruise filled with pan music to the North of Barbados, so you basically have steel pan entertainment in 2 cities, Bridgetown then Speightstown.  I think it's quite interesting as cruises have become increasingly popular here and it is a fun way to in-cooperate pan into that. It gives the event a new dimension. Typically the entertainment in the city is free, but the cruise would cost you a bit.
Then to continue with the steel pan rave, there's also Pan Pun de Sand which is entirely free and is always packed with people. It's on a very popular beach, Brandon's Beach and the vibe is really relaxing, there are vendors selling food and drinks and lovely music from start to finish. I don't think I'll make it out to Pan Pun de Sand this year though, I may have some other plans. I remember one year I tried to attend, the rain poured and poured, it was like I wasn't to be there haha!

It's the weekend and there will be tons of events going on...
Saturday, 13th July- Pan in De City & Cruise from Bridgetown to the Speightstown Esplanade
                               World Kids Fair with Calypso Circus at The Ranch, Spring Garden
Sunday, 14th July- Pan Pun De Sand on Brandon's Beach
Wednesday, 17th July- Junior Calypso Monarch Lunchtime Concert at the Frank Collymore Hall (more details here)
Thursday,18th July- Crop Over Visual Arts Festival Evening of Interpretation at the Grande Salle
Friday, 19th July- Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-finals at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium (more details here)
All week- Various Calypso/Soca Tents will be open.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wet N Wild Eye shadow Trios | Review & Swatches

Hi beauties! Today is another round of the Weekly Wednesday blog hop! Click the button below to go to Melissa's Blog :) (or the button in the sidebar)!

I was to get around to reviewing these eye shadows a long time now! I use "I'm Getting Sunburned" almost daily, and you would have seen it featured here, here and plenty of FOTD posts. As you could tell, I am in love the gold in this palette, and kill it every chance that I get.
As for the "Don't Steal My Thunder" trio, there are definitely not enough opportunities for me to wear this, as the colours are quite dramatic. It's a great trio nonetheless.

Monday, July 8, 2013

e.l.f. Beauty Haul! | Beauty

About a month back or so, e.l.f. had a promotion and I decided to finally pick up some products I had been lusting after for some time. I didn't get them sent straight here to Barbados, as it costs way too much with shipping PLUS duties (story of a bajan beauty girl). Anyway, I sent it to a friend of mine and when they came in it felt like it was Christmas as it was a guess to what I was getting, I had completely forgotten. I ordered online with my sister and we got quite a lot of stuff for just $50USD. Gotta love e.l.f prices!

Here's my haul, I got 2 new face brushes, because I literally have one powder brush and I have to use it for blush, bronzer and face powder. I got the e.l.f Studio Angled blush brush and the regular blush brush. I love the shape of them both, they seem like they'd work very well.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Aspiration Diaries #16

Hey all! This post is a bit late in the day. I was kind of lazy this Saturday. Not much to blog bout anyway. Last week I hadn't set any goals for the week. It has been suggested that I try to blog daily though. I think I might just try it out for a week. Definitely not next week though, but perhaps the week after.

And to all of my American readers, Happy belated 4th July! Sorry I hadn't remembered to add it to my Festival Fridays post. I hope you've been enjoying the articles I've been posting weekly. If you have any suggestions for posts, don't forgot to tell me in the comments below.

Speaking of comments, I'm going to switch back to the old comment system rather than the new Google+ comments. It's a bit limiting to persons without a gmail address.

That's about it for this post, expect lots of reviews and swatches to be coming up in future Monday posts. So many that it may also be included on Wednesdays.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Crop Over Heats up! | Festival Fridays

Last week I barely catch a glimpse of the Opening Gala's parade. While I was in town, we went shopping and almost forgot. But I do have some pictures of the bits that I caught, as well as some video (coming a bit later).
Land Ship and Tuk Band performing in the street.

The Barbados Landship is celebrating 150 years of existence this year.

This week things are heating up for Crop Over, more and more events hosted by the NCF and private persons are scheduled. I'm hoping that before the season is out I go to a Pork Lime!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Accessorizing with a Scarf! | Fashion

Hey all, today we're sprucing up or look with a scarf. No we're not talking about cotton bandanas, but watercolour, bright, flowy summer scarves. ALSO some time back in March I said I wanted to either be a part of a blog hop, or start my own, So I finally took the plunge and joined one :). Yay! This is the Weekly Wednesday Blog Hop by Melissa from This Girl's Life. Although I'm just a student, I love to follow her blog, she does a lot of lifestyle posts, DIYs, and still a bit of of beauty too!

Here's 4 ways you can wear scarves this summer.

Classic... Throw it around the Neck

The easiest way to wear a scarf. I sported this look on my trip, you can see the full post here.

Put it n a Bag

I actually have a scarf on my taupe bag and I love how it brightens up the look of my bag. I can also switch up the scarf according to my outfit. For my bag, the scarf tends to go with everything.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Staying Hydrated during Summer | Lifestyle

One thing about summer in the Caribbean that is very consistent, hot, humid days. Sometimes it feels like you could fry an egg on the side-walk! Of course, there are rain storms and Hurricanes too, but most days are sunny and the heat can dehydrate like no other. The best way to stay well hydrated is by chugging tons of water daily. Most people say 8 glasses, but I don't think that's a one size fits all thing, plus you do get water from various foods. Drinking water can be good for your skin, nails, hair and of course the rest of your body needs the fluids, as the body is about 60% water. Here are 6 easy ways to stay hydrated this summer.
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