Thursday, 6 May 2010

NEW BLOG

Hey everyone!

I know it's been pretty quiet around here and on my YouTube channel, but I've been a little busy with real life, and with setting up a new project with a good friend of mine. We've been busy hammering out the details and features and how things will work.

And I'm excited to be able to announce that it's finally live.

This blog is going to be placed on hiatus for the forseeable future, because the new project is a joint beauty blog with my friend James!

It's called Lipstick And Lightplay and we're going to be bringing you some FOTD's, hauls, giveaways, contests, and lots of product reviews! I'll still be making youtube videos (under the same moniker inconspicuousbeauty), but all blogging will be done on Lipstick And Lightplay, so be sure to go follow! We've already got our first giveaway planned and ready to go once we hit a certain number of followers ;]

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NEW BLOG!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Makeup Diary Tag!

I found this little tag today over at www.beautyliciouslove.com and thought I might as well give it a go =]

If you read, consider yourself tagged! Leave me a link to your blog so I can read your answers too, I love reading these things, I'm so lame!


1. What time did you do your makeup today? Started about 7:05ish.

2. What’s the least expensive beauty item you used? Hmm, my MUFE Smokey Eyes Mascara was from a swap does that count? Everything else was MAC today, so pricey. Probably my Avon angled brush for gel liner, that I used to put on some powder eyeliner.

3. What was the biggest problem you needed to correct? Two words for you. DARK. CIRCLES. But I was lazy today and didn't use concealer, so I didn't correct it very well...

4. Did you apply false eyelashes? Nah, not for a craptastic Tuesday at work.


5. Did you do anything while applying make-up? No, I used to check emails or watch tv or something but it distracts me and means it takes longer so I have to get up earlier. I have my morning routine down to a solid 35 minutes, and I refuse to get up any earlier than I already do.


6. Biggest make-up mishap today? Probably the eyeshadow as liner. I tried to go lighter on the liner today, but my eyes don't look the same without dark eyeliner, I just looked more tired than usual.

7. Did you have a makeup inspiration in mind? Not really, I just opened my train case of "stuff I use most frequently" and my Hello Kitty palettes were still in there from the weekend, so I played.

8. What was the most time-consuming part of your makeup routine? Eyes. The rest of my face doesn't take long, but eyes are always the focal point.

9. What part of your routine is the most fun? Playing with new products, or hwen I have an idea in mind and it all comes together and actually looks decent!

10. What part of your make-up makes the biggest difference in the way you look? Eyeliner/Mascara. I have blonde lashes so I look weird without mascara, and because I've worn black liner everyday for the past x years, I don't look quite the same without it. I can get away with just those two products if I had to.

11. Neutral or colorful eyeshadow? Today was colourful. Paradisco with Romping, Yogurt, and Stately Black (all from MAC's Hello Kitty quads)

12. Liquid or mineral foundation? MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. My liquid foundation brushes are all dirty and I've been too lazy to wash. That's so bad isn't it?

13. Do you do your hair or make-up first? I do my makeup before anything else (aside from cleaning face/teeth of course)

14. Did you pack a make-up bag to take with you for the day? Not technically, but I have a makeup bag of "emergency supplies" in my handbag anyway.

15. When did you finish your make-up? Uhm 7:20ish I think or just before.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Giveaway! 3 Chances to Win!

Yep! It's giveaway time! See the below video for details!


Rules/Guidelines:
MUST be a subscriber to my channel! Entries on the blog will not count unless you're a subscriber on YouTube and post a comment on the giveaway video.
International contest so you can enter from anywhere!
If you're under 18 get permission of course.

Three Chances To Win?
1 - Subscribe to my channel and post a comment on the above YouTube video!
2 - Follow me on Twitter and include your Twitter username in your comment
3 - Follow my blog (right here yo!) and post a comment on this entry quoting your YouTube username.

Contest is open until Friday, February 12th and winners will be announced hopefully on Saturday the 13th. All entries will be compiled together and chosen at random! The prize is the Urban Decay 24/7 Super Stash set.

Only the above three entries will count, any extra postings will be void!

If you have any questions, send me a message on YouTube =]

Thanks for watching!

Friday, 15 January 2010

FOTD: Pink and Silver!






Now, please keep in mind I put this on at 7 this morning and it's now 7 at night, but I think that's just a testament to the staying power of certain makeup brants!

So, here's what I'm wearing!

Face:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
MSF Natural to set
Barry M Daily Dazzle bronzer
MAC Rhubarb blush (pro!)

Eyes:
MAC eyeshadows!
Inner lid: Silverthorn
Outer Lid: Maira's Magic & Swish blended together
Crease & Outer V: Knight
Brow Highlight: Ego
Upper / Lower Lashline & Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Gunmetal
Inner Corner Highlight: Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Yeyo
Lashes: Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lips:
Nivea tinted pearl lip balm
(I did have My Favourite Pink dazzleglass on this morning)
I'm going to be holding a blog giveaway next week, so be sure to follow if you want to be involved! Also, check out my YouTube for more details, and an upcoming video contest!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

In & Outs!

So I’m long overdue for an update here, and while I’m still working on getting photos and mini reviews for my Best Of 2009 post (which will be a demi-epic in its own right and if I go ahead and make a video it’ll probably be a 3-parter haha), I thought I’d do a little In & Out for you all.

IN:

Holidays! This year has been great for travelling. I haven’t been anywhere outside of this area of England for three years, but in 2009 I managed to get back to my hometown for a much-needed visit with my friends and family, and spent two amazing weeks in Cancun. It’s definitely given me the urge to keep travelling and see as much of the world as I can. And now’s the time to do it, while I’m still young! The next year-and-a-bit will see more travelling, although not as much “seeing the world” as I’d originally hoped. I was hoping to finally get to go to Japan or at the very least on a girly tropical holiday with a friend or two, but instead I’ll be making TWO trips back to my hometown. And you know what, I’m really excited about that! First I’ll be spending 3 weeks in July over there, just in time for my best guyfriend’s birthday. And then I’ll be going back for two weeks in February 2011 for my little sister’s wedding. Which means I’ll get to experience both a proper Calgarian summer AND winter, and I can’t wait!

Starbucks vanilla lattes. Why did I not try one of these before? I’ve had vanilla coffee before, but never a vanilla latte from Sbucks (usually I go for frapuccinos or mochas). A-maze-ing. That is all.

Blush! Before this time last year, I almost never wore blush. Now it’s turning into an obsession and I can’t wait for the new BPB’s that are being released with MAC’s All Races… collection next month!

Branching out and trying new makeup brands. By this I’m speaking primarily of Barry M and Sleek. I never tried either of these brands until recently, but now I’m in love with them both and NEED to expand my collection. Sleek’s palettes are fabulous and their shadows are SO pigmented. And at under £6 per palette, they’re definitely affordable and great value for money. And Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts are beautiful and SO pigmented! However, people rave about the price of Barry M as opposed to MAC… well in UK £ Sterling terms, Barry M dazzle dusts cost just under a third of what a fullsize MAC pigment costs from their website. But they’re so much smaller that I have to wonder if you’re actually saving any money ounce for ounce in the long run? Regardless, they have a great range of colours and I’m in lust with them right now. The pressed bronzing powder is great too, adds a bit of warmth and colour to an otherwise washed-out complexion, without looking dirty or too overdone or dark. Big pluses!

Interior Decorating. I’m on a big kick right now and want to completely redo my bedroom. I’m having trouble deciding on a colour scheme though (Do I want black, white, or maple wood furniture?? What about walls? Carpet? Co-ordinating throws and shelving units?) but I’m looking forward to a redesign. The wardrobe, dresser and bedside table set I bought when I moved into my aunt’s house nearly two years ago are basically falling apart (cheap particle board doesn’t take well to all of the crap I stuff into/on it, and being completely disassembled and moved across the city. Not at all). So this kind of sparked the urge to do something different and make my room more My Own rather than What I Could Afford In A Pinch At The Time. It’s going to be a bit expensive, since I want to get some solid wood furniture that will LAST (so I don’t have to replace everything AGAIN in two years’ time or when I move out and get my own place), but it’ll be an investment and totally worth it in the long run.

Swapping! I’m in the midst of shopping for a swap with a pretty well-known Makeup Guru and Beauty Blogger. I’ve never done a swap before and it’s so much fun shopping for makeup for someone else, especially for someone who is as into makeup as you are! I’m hoping to do more of this in the future, it’s great – and a good way for me to get my hands on some products that aren’t widely available in the UK. Yay!


OUT:

The weather! Holy crap, England is getting typical Canadian weather on and off right now. It’s been snowing on and off for ages, and my company had to shut it’s offices early last week due to the snow causing havoc. Luckily the first day I’d had off anyway, but the city’s bus companies took ALL services off by 10:30 in the morning – now, I live an hour’s commute away from work and had I come in there’s no way I would have been able to get home again. I love the snow, but English snow is wetter and therefore more disruptive than the snow I’m used to dealing with in Canada. It basically turns straight to ice. Not good!

Somewhat related to the above, the second is my total and utter lack of grace. I am a clumsy fool and for the most part I’m okay with that (after 23 years I’m used to tripping over nothing and getting bruises all over my body from walking into a desk or doorframe) but combined with the icy mess surrounding my house, I managed to slip and fall 5 times just walking to the end of my culdesac and around the corner – and the 5th time, I whacked my head and had to stumble home in tears. So between the weather and my clumsy nature, I’m sufficiently fed up of winter now.

Work. It was around the same time that I came to the astonishing realization that I LOVE MY JOB that the company I work for decided to play a little game with me and move me onto a call centre. Thanks, Large Multinational Finance Corporation Who Shall Remain Nameless! I hate it hate it hate it. But for the next week or so I’m not taking calls since they’re having me do this online learning course for some certification that probably isn’t even recognized by any other companies. Bleh.

Breaking my cellphone. Yep, I dropped it at work at the beginning of the week and it’s totally beyond repair. I took the battery out and put it back in to try to kickstart it, and it started overheating so bad I burned my fingers and was convinced the battery pack was going to explode. I’m not eligible for an upgrade and new free phone from my provider until April, so in the meantime I’m using my old phone. Which is all swell and grand (and although I’m downgraded from a 5MP to a 3.2MP camera, the old one actually takes better, cleaner shots?), but it can’t accept picture messages and I have no games on it and the web browser isn’t as good, so limited Facebooking-on-the-bus for me! Aw man, I’ve lost eBuddy too. FAIL. I shoulda sold the new one to the dude at work who wanted it while the offer was on the table. I would have been in the same situation, but with £80 in my pocket (or rather, MAC’s pocket).

Dry hair! Because it’s so cold and because the heating is on ALL the time due to the chilly temperatures, my hair is not in its best condition. I’ve been using more conditioner to compensate, and making sure to be extra careful with heat-protection when I’m styling, but it could still be better. Same goes for my skin, I haven’t had skin this bad in a long time, so I’m having to spend more time than usual exfoliating and lathering on the body butter. But damn, I haven’t smelled quite THIS amazing in a while, so maybe it’s a good thing haha.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Upcoming Awesomeness!

So I haven't had much chance to post or do videos in quite a while, and I apologise for being so absent. But there are some exciting new things to come, I promise.

The first is that my good friend and fellow MAC Addict is going to do some contributing to this blog too. It's always nice to have a second opinion, so the reviews that are forthcoming may have a joint perspective going on. Ditto for swatches and makeup looks. So keep an eye out for her!

There are more tutorials I've got lined up, it's just a matter of getting the lighting in my office room / webcam settings to not look so washed out and dull so you can actually SEE what's going on (my latest Youtube video is a perfect example of why I haven't been doing tutorials of late, the colouring is so off that it's painful)

I'm also in the process of writing my Best Of 2009 post, which will be up soon, once I finish it off and add some helpful photos. It's going to be fairly comprehensive, with a handy mini-review of every product on the list.

I've also got a TON of full reviews I need to write up, so those will be posted as they're finished.

I'm looking forward to keeping this up, so check this space! More updates are to come, on a more consistent basis. See you all soon!

Vix

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Update again?

Hey everyone!

I know it's been a while and I've been pretty out of the loop on the Blog/YT community lately. Internet's been crappy still, but I think it's finally been sorted out. huzzah!

So, last night I was feeling inspired and did a couple of videos. The first is an eyeshadow look using MAC's new Smoke & Mirrors palette (from the Holiday 09 collectionof course). The second is a review of a Keristase hair product, which I'll post here in the next couple of days in a text format so you can read it all here too =]

I'm thinking of running a contest, but not sure what theme to use yet... if I ever figure it out, I'll do a video/post here to announce it. I love contests, as I'm sure you do too, so I'm looking forward to holding my first!

So, what have I been up to lately? If you're here for beauty news and reviews, you can totally skip the rest of the blog post, I'm in the mood for a diary-style blog entry tonight for some reason.

My trip to Canada in September was amazing. I only spent two weeks there and I definitely didn't want to come back just yet. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take a whole lot of photos while there either.. I couldn't bring my camera, since it's pretty big and clunky, and needed my luggage space. And my mobile phone died while I was there and then I blew out my travel adapter, oops. So, only a couple pics of me and my good buddy at a block party.

Since then, things have been pretty monotonous. The weather in Canada was around 30 degress Celsius every day, so coming back to the near constant gloom that's been surrounding northeasten England since then was a downer. But still, can't complain too much! I was recently moved to a new team at work and... well, we'll see how it goes. I'm not one to blog a lot about work, but I'll just say I haven't been too thrilled with the change.

Last week I found myself in bed for four days with a case of the stomach flu, which wasn't so much fun... but that's cleared up now and I feel pretty good. More positive than I have in a while, actually! I'm looking forward to a lot, but the main things right now are a Christmas party my best friends over here in Englishland Steph and her boyfriend Lewis will be having the first weekend in December (Hm, maybe I'll get some guest-video-ing on while I'm at their place, since I didn't get to meet up with my darling Nadia while I was in Canada *sadface*!). Then, on the 7th I'm heading off to Cancun with some family, and will be spending two weeks doing not much else but lounging on the beach with a cocktail in hand and a good book =]

All of this is just to say that things have been going predominantly well, and I'm excited to finally have the time and internet access to get involved with this again. I've got a couple reviews lined up that I really need to do, and a few ideas for tutorials I need to film - although, as evidenced by my last two videos, something has been totally whack with the lighting in our office room / my webcam settings lately. Must get that sorted out!

Anyway, enough random rambling. Drop me a comment to let me know how you're doing, if there are any products (Available in UK please!) you want some reviews of.

Have a nice night, dolls!

Vix xox