Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Guest Post: How to Apply False Lashes Correctly

This article is written cooperating with Videojug, the essential website for expert "how-to" videos.

In the last few years, celebrity culture around the world has seen the popularity of false lashes skyrocket. There has been a huge increase in the eye makeup market in general, with many alternatives to false lashes, such as volume enhancing mascara, becoming popular, too.

For many, false eyelashes are where it’s at when it comes to having a unique sense of personal style. One only has to visit a local shopping centre to see the number of stalls offering to apply false lashes to understand the surge in popularity.

Effects of False Lashes

Why are false lashes proving so popular among women of all ages?

· Add instant glamour to eyes

· Effect of widening small eyes

· Rejuvenate tired eyes, making them look younger and refreshed

There are several great brands that offer high quality lashes in various styles. We aren’t going to sit here and tell you all about the best brand for you; only you will know that.

Instead, check out our guide for applying lashes correctly.

False Lash Application

First of all, check the lash against your natural eyelash length. Why do this? Well, you do want to extend your natural lash length, however if the false lashes are too long then it isn’t going to work. Trim the lashes if you need to.

Now apply the adhesive to the false lashes – either in a continuous line or sporadically along the base. Remember you need to remove these later so do not go crazy and use too much! Some brands offer ready-glued lashes so you do not have to do this bit yourself. Ensure you wait 20 or so seconds for the adhesive to become sticky before applying the lash.

Use a set of tweezers to hold the lash, and push into place, from the inside of your eye and working your way to the outside. Remember to “pinch and push” with the tweezers all the way across both eyes, this technique will leave your lashes looking sexy and sultry.

Additional Help

If you want to enhance your look further then you can add a subtly coloured mascara, although this is sometimes best avoided as you should only apply this to your natural lashes. Instead, use eyeliner and eye shadow for the best effect and to avoid going anywhere near your false lashes!

Often the effect of false lashes is so great that you never need anything else anyway.


To remove false lashes, I would recommend not just pulling them off, as many do. Instead, use warm water and cotton wool to gently brush across your eyelashes, which should allow them to be removed gently and without any unnecessary pain.

Blog Author's VaidaG's note:
I recommend you to take a look at a video to get a visual look of how to make yourself gorgeous using falsies ;)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Outfit Du Jour Collection

It's hard to blog about beauty-related stuff when you are on a tight budget.
When I was living with my parents, I worked part-time, I did make-up, I had some income sources, and I could spend all my money on make up and clothes. Well, now, roughly a year later, I pay my own rent, buy my own food and try to make ends meet. I love beauty world. I thrive, when I get to review new product or smell the magical whiff of a new piece of clothing in my closet, but it's been a while, since I could go to the store and pick out a whole new outfit just for the sake of it, or buy every shade of shadow I wanted.
I am not complaining, I am just saying that i miss it alot. :)

I know, it's temporary, things seem to be looking up.
And meanwhile, I browse fashion blogs, stalk fashion houses collections, and fashion weeks all over the world.
I still can feel my blood BOILING, my heart starting to beat faster and ideas and inspirations just overwhelming me :)

So here's some Polyvore made sets of casual outfits to express my anxiety for new clothes hahaha... and hopefully to inspire some of you!

Most of the clothes are high-end brands. But there's always alternatives on popular clothing stores.
That's all folks!
For now... :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

The HOTTEST of them all - The Celine Boston Tote

Move OVER Hermès Birkin!  There's a new star on the block...Well to be actual... Hollywood starlet's shoulders... (let's admit, that they are actually the one's who dictates our fashion choices and popular trends... What...? I know, i know... hush.... okay, YOU are different.)



 Céline ''Boston'' Tote!

This tote has been a must since Pheobe Philo  presented it for her first Céline S/S 2010 collection followed by even more stunning versions for F/W 2010. The most trendy celebs sport this gorgeous bag for about a year now and it's getting more and more popular. It's everywhere! On the front rows of the fashion shows and on the streets and in the magazines and in the fashion blogs.... Ahhh... The exciting feeling of a new trend comming and smelling the ripp-offers starrting to higher their prices on ebay. And i must admit, wasn't very fond of it at first, but the more i look at it, the more beautiful and convienient it seems.

It comes in three different sizes. From mini to oversizie. I love over-sized bags, but it's often a pain to find something in mine, everything gets lost and therefore I carry lots of little cosmetic bags and folders to keep everything organized. But i don't think i'd have to with this Celine Boston. It's not smushy, like most oversizies and has zipped flaps.

I think i finally found my next bag! I am totally in love! Sorry LV Mahina XL.... we had a good run, but it's time for us to go to different directions... You - to my closet and me... I'll go with the flow.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Penelope Cruz. June cover girl of Vogue.

I have a girl crush on this Spanish beauty. I always had. Ever since i saw her in 'Abre Los Ojos' when i was just a little girl i was amazed. I used to gaze at her, she is insanely gorgeous. Up till now, she is a fashion icon to me, a role model and generally someone i look up to. And this June she is a cover girl for VOGUE. For the 4th time!
Vogue, March 2001 Ain't this cover feels soooo 90's??

Vogue, December 2007 I remember this VOGUE, cause it was, i believe, 2nd real VOGUE magazine i held in my hands. 

Vogue, November 2009  ok, let's not give her the whole credit, but she stills takes up 25% of the cover! With her co-stars in movie NINE. I gotta admit, though, i haven't seen it... Shame on me.

And here it is! June 2011 issue of Vogue. Ms. Cruz here looks just plain gorgeous. Very natural and summery fresh. Perfect cover and editorial from VOGUE.

We see her wearing nothing but white Dolce & Gabbana pieces throughout her editorial, which showcases her outstanding figure making it hard to believe that she had a baby late last year.

Now, i know, that most of the real fashion critics complain that VOGUE is now too commercialized and me too actually miss the times, when the covers were.. covered with unknown, or known models, and not by actresses who has publicists to snatch them a cover deals, depending on the date their movie or album is being dropped and released, but.. It's still Vogue, it's still Anna Wintour.

And in this case it's not trashy Rihanna anymore who is on the cover, but beautiful and classy Penelope Cruz.

Let's see some of the classiest dresses of her's during her career:

79th Annual Academy Awards, 2007

L'Wren Scott 

Elegy premiere at the 58th Berlinale Film Festival, 2008

Carolina Herrera 
 London premiere of Volver, 2006


Broken Embraces premiere at Cannes Film Festival, 2009

Vintage Chanel 
New York premiere of Nine, 2009

Vintage Balmain 

81st Annual Academy Awards, 2009

Now tell me, was she a bad choice for VOGUE cover 4x?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Let's all be Little Mermaids! Part 2: Choosing the right shade of red for you.

Still sure you want red hair? Are you REALLY sure? 
OK then!!!
Congratulations with decision of joining the team of red hot Little Mermaids!

The right shade of red hair will perk up a lackluster complexion, brighten light eyes, warm up pale skin and add drama to your overall look. Redheads are the ones turningthe most heads this season: the color connotes a little bit of a bad girl streak and a willingness to stand out from the pack.  Paired with full, billowing waves, this look rates high on the foxy meter.
The problem is that  from strawberry blonde to auburn, crimson to copper, there are so many ravishing reds available that it's difficult to know which is right for you.

 Say you've finally spotted the perfect hair color on the poster of a model at your hair salon. You make an appointment with your hairdresser for that fabulous perfect color only to discover after the damage has been done, that perfect color isn't so perfect on you. What we don't realize is that the color of one's skin tone can affect that perfect hair color. Evenyour eye and natural hair color can also play a factor in determining which category you fall under and of course your best hair color.
There are two shade categories and they are cool and warm.


Men and women who fall in the cool shade category are often found with blue, gray-blue, hazel, or dark brown eyes followed by deep chocolate browns, blue-blacks, medium ash and golden browns, dark blondes, salt and pepper grays or white in hair coloring. Their skin tones are most often pale to pale with pink undertones, Medium with pink to medium with golden undertones, olive, bronze brown and dark brown in color. Usually when you have more than one of the mentioned colors then you will be a part of the cool category. For those with light skin tones and coloring, you will probably want to steer clear of any dark red hair color. If you already have naturally blond or light hair color, you could go for a gentle tint of strawberry blond for example. That way, the actual shade of the red matches your overall complexion as opposed to clashing with it. Other shades that usually match quite well with fairer skins are the brownish terra-cotta shades, as well as the light copper shades.
 This winter i tried out tonning the cherryness of my hair down to orangish auburn, just to match my milky whity complexion. I donn't think i received more compliments in my life.

Brunettes and dark blondes with light skin tones should still try to stick with lighter shades of red. Unless you are trying to make a statement, you would probably be better off avoiding the brilliant red shades, such as violet red for example. If you are not sure how well a specific red hair color would suit, one idea is to streak your hair with the dye or the cream. That will give you a good indication of how your natural hair will react with the dye and you will be able to see whether or not you like that particular color.
Of course, if you are having your hair dyed professionally, you should be able to get good advice from the hairdresser. But if you are dyeing your own hair at home, you do need to be extra careful to ensure that you make the correct choice.

Men and women who fall into the warm category can be found with warm golden brown, hazel with brown or blue green to green eyes followed by golden blondes, strawberry blondes, reds, dark browns with red or golden highlights and gray with a golden cast. Their skin tones are often pale with peach or golden undertones, women with freckled complexions and brown with pink or golden undertones in color.
If you have more than one color from above then you would fall into the warm category. You should stick with the medium range of red hair colors, such as red brown hair color for example. Auburn is another great choice of hair color, although try not to get too dark an auburn color, but a more medium auburn.
As far as which reds to avoid, probably you should stay away from the bright reds and violets, and also the bright copper and orange reds. As I suggested for those with fair coloring, if you are not sure what shade of red would best suit, try it out by highlighting your hair with the color you are thinking of using first. That will give you some indication of how well it suits.

For those with dark or olive skin, the choices are a little more exciting when it comes to choosing which shade of hair color red would look good on you. You can feel comfortable using the deep burgundy or violet red hair colors, as they will match your complexion very well. Unfortunately, the lighter strawberry blonds or light or bright auburns will not be very flattering for you.

Generally, the idea is to match the basic shade or tone of red with your skin tone and color. The darker the skin tone and complexion, the deeper red can be used.  If you really are not sure what shade of red you would like your hair to be, just take some time to look at different photos and pictures of women with red hair online. You should be able to determine their basic skin tone just by looking at the photos, and from there you can see which look or style you would like to emulate. If you are not familiar with the different shades of red color hair dye, you could always show someone at a hairdressing shop and ask them to recommend what hair dye would best match the look you are trying for.

I keep varying the redness in my hair depending on paleness of my complexion basically, but in time i found out which shades does not suit me at all, no matter how tan i am etc. So just do your research, consult with your hairdresser and be willing to experiment a bit. Or a lot! Have fun!

Next post in the series: Maintaining the Little Mermaid hair.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Let's all be Little Mermaids! Part 1: Make sure you really want it

Red hair is now a hot new trend. But you must carefully consider how red do you want to be before dying or coloring your hair in reddish tones. There is alot to consider beforehand, and since I can call myself experienced in this area, i can give a few advices and examples. I want to start series of posts about choosing the right red hair tone, dying it at home, maintaining it and etc... Being red-hot chicka is amazing, but you need to make sure it is for you. I've seen girls ruining their hair, being unhappy and miserable because of the snap decision to go red. Let's not let this happen to you!

Anyone can wear some shade of red! The key is to learn which works best for you. So if you decided to go red - go and check out my post series where i explain which colours work on you, there's little theory and lots of examples with pictures, i am sure that in this case you'd find it helpful and may learn something new about basic colouring.

Find out if the red hair is for you:

  • Keep in mind, blue-red like aubergine or red-red like Rihanna's hair color doesn't exist in nature. It may look really hot, and people can wear those hues, and they can be very flattering... However, they will never look natural. All reds that are natural for people are red-orange tones. So if you want hair color that looks natural, go with a red-orange shade ranging from the palest golden strawberry or copper to the most intense red-orange.
  • If you are going to entrust your locks to proffesional hair colourist, discuss the tone through photos! Because people often have different ideas about what a copper, strawberry or auburn shade is. A photo ensures that you're speaking the same language. I once cried my eyes out because I had let my hair done by a so called proffesional, but instead of going out of salon fiery red, like I intended i had gone home with eggplant- looking hair!!!
  • Also, you need to consider both the level and the tone of the color. That applies whether you're talking about reds, blondes or brunettes. The level describes the lightness versus darkness of the color while the tone is what you're seeing reflected in the color.
  • Once you and your colorist are on the same page, you need to think about your entire image before proceeding. For example, wearing a certain shade might require a complete change in makeup. If you're willing to do that, go for it. Just consider the cost.
  • Finally, know that red hair color fades faster than other shades because the red color molecule is the largest, making it the most difficult for the hair shaft to hold on to. The key to long-term success is to use a shampoo and conditioner especially formulated to preserve red hair color from day one.The mistake many people make is to wait till the hair color starts to fade and then try to revive it. You'll be much happier if you maintain your new red from the first day you wear it home.
  •   No matter if you dye your hair at home, or at a salon, you will probobly look a bit darker than intended. And that is alright, cause red tones fade out insanley fast. The brighter - the faster. The dye will wash out in a few days, and by that time, the red hair colors will have faded a bit so you'll have the shade you originaly wanted.
Whether you choose naturally copper tresses or a fiery shade of dye, red hair is popular and desirable. With proper care to preserve the color and keep it looking vibrant, it is possible to maintain red locks with relative ease, giving that exotic and mysterious touch of red to any shade.  Now that you know you really want to go red, wait for the next post, in which i will show you different types of red hair and which one would suit you the best!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

HOT trend: Little Mermaid Hair.

Ok, I don't want to take credit for inventing the red hair trend, but... I had it before it was this cool!
My hair was always reddish. I was blonde, black etc... but it always had some red hue in it. And now, after all the experiments with my hair, and huge collection of every possible red tone clip-in hair extensions, that i've heaped up in the past years, cause my hair colour was changing every month, i found perfect red tone for me and staying put with it. I love red hair. It is 100% me! I enjoy being the center of attention, and enjoy getting compliments on my hair.. and overall.... *ego explodes*

But in the last couple of weeks, i keep seing more and MORE women with red hair. It is officialy becoming a trend. They are everywhere, it is literally becoming the new blonde. Red hair is insanely flattering, when you find right shade for you.

Who started all this hype? I always blame Rihanna. Then there was rise of a few redheaded actresses such as Christina Hendricks, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher... Then red hair is laying an anchor by overmastering famously newly red headed starlet Blake Lively. And now Scarlett Johannson is joining our tem with coppery red tone.

It is official - it became a trend- Little Mermaid hair is officially in.
Why it is so nice to feel like Ariel, who mooneed over Prince Eric (which by the way is the most gorgeous prince in all the Disney). If you are a 20-something female and secretly like this trend -it was imprinted upon you at a young age.

next post - finding the right red hair tone for your colouring