Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guest Blogger: "Beauty from Liz" with ombre nails


Who is she? Liz from Beauty from Liz
1) How and why did you start blogging?
I had been interested in beauty world for a few years. I started out watching beauty videos on youtube. Blogging seemed more like "my thing" because I have alwyas liked taking photos and writing short stories. Beauty just seemes to be a field that in my country, Estonia is not widely published trough internet so I just grabbed the opportunity. Blogging gives mw opportunity to try out different products on my own skin, because everyone is different in skin color, texture and so on.

2) What is the focus of your blog?
Mostly I do product reviews, mainly decorative cosmetics and nail polishes.

3) What is your favorite makeup brand & why?
I don't have one favorite brand, because I have not tried out a whole bunch of products yet. Definitely it is something from drugstore, because I am a student and my budget is limited. My most expensive product so far has been Urban Decay Naked palette and I really love it.

4) What is your favorite clothing brand & why?
I don't have favorite clothing brand. I think that I would love forever 21 if it was available in Estonia. For every day I wear jeans and cardigan or smth so I am not that into fashion.

5) If you were allowed to bring only one beauty product with you, what would it be & why?
Mascara! Mascara and under eye concealer are only beauty products I use on daily basis, so that explains something I think. 

6) Do you have any favorite beauty or fashion blogs you recommend?
First international big blogs that I started to read were Vampy varnish and Makeup and beautyblog - really professional bloggers, who still manage to but a bit of their essence into their blog.

Very good Estonian blogs are: G-reveals (but she writes only in Estonian, better look at her youtube videos which are in English) and Miss L nail blog (she writes products reviews too :) )
Definitely there are a ton of good blogs, so you just have to keep your eyes open.

7) What is a tip you would like to share with incoming beauty or fashion bloggers?
Take your own product photos, always be honest and don´t write your blog address as comment everywhere. Most importantly, blog for yourself - it does not really matter how many followers you have or how many views you get. If you are good, you will be noticed in time. :)

Now for my blog post, I decided to show you my interpretation of ombre nails. I used different grey tones and added glitter polish to my accent nail.
What is ombre nails?
Basically it is color gradient on your finger nails. You can do it like I did- every nail is slightly different shade of the same color. Or you can do the gradient on each separate nail - using sponge or just melting colors together.



Used products:


1. Apply your regular base coat.
2. Pick out one color for main color, also you have to have black and white nail polish. Yes, you don´t have to own a ton of different polishes to do ombre nails.
3. Start mixing your polish.
a) thumb: main color + white
b) index: main color
c) main color + few drops of black
d) index finger as accent nail: I chose silver polish + silver glitter
e) main color + a little bit more black.
I used an ampty nail wheel as mixing palette- upside down the nails are like small bowls.
I used 2 coats of nail polish.
4. Add a top coat and you are done!
So as you can see, it is easy to do and I think that the effect is quite cool.
Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Liz
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Thank you so much Liz for this lovely guest blog post!
Don't forget to check out her blog here!
I need to update you ladies. I apologize for the lack of posts. 
I've been pretty busy lately. 
Besides school and exams, my boyfriend came back last week and I've been spending time with him.
I haven't seen him for over 6 months, so I like using all the the time I can to spend quality time with him.
I do however still continue reading your lovely blogs when I have spare time.

If you ladies are interested in doing a guest post here on my blog, I'd be happy to here from you. Just email me at: msodapop1@gmail.com

Friday, November 25, 2011

Milani powder blush in Pink Craze

When I swatched this, I was surprised that it was pigmented in just one swipe. I was looking for a blush similar to e.l.f.'s blush in shy because I love that shade but it needed to be swiped more than once to get the color I wanted. I love the feeling; It feels so silky. I guess because it is a powder blush. I don't think they sell this in stores anymore because I read that it was discontinued. I did see it on ebay though.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My morning skincare routine

- Clinique acne solutions cleansing foam: I switch between this and my Neutrogena acne wash when I wake up each morning. I started using this cleansing foam when I tried out the small/trial sizes of the 3-step acne solutions kit from Clinique which included this, a toner/lotion, and a moisturizer. That 3-step kit saved my skin from my acne and now I'm about to go on my third bottle of this (2nd full sized bottle.) I just can't live without this product; it's definitely my HG face wash.

-Neutrogena oil-free acne wash pink grapefruit foaming scrub: As I mentioned, I switch between my Clinique and this each morning, depending on my mood. Especially if I need something to wake me up, I go for this one because I love the scent of grapefruit. The beads or scrub particles are small, so this is gentle enough to use everyday. It foams up just a little bit. I also love the color! I'm always excited to wash my face when I think of this product.

-Clinique acne solutions clarifying lotion: I forgot to add this when I was taking a photo of the products because it was in my room. This is a part of the 3-step kit I mentioned earlier. It's like a toner; It's liquid and you have to shake it up before you use it. This helps remove the extra dirt on my face if I didn't wash my face well. It also helps exfoliate dead skin; I definitely notice the dead skin it removes when I see some on the cotton ball. Also, this doesn't dry out my skin like regular toners do; As you can see in the name, it says lotion so that makes sense.
-Lancome bright expert dark spot corrector and radiance activator: I use this to help with my hyper pigmentation. I don't really see any difference yet but I'll update you ladies on it when I finish it up. 

-Myra E facial moisturizer: I love this moisturizer because it's water based. It doesn't give my face that oily/greasy feeling that many moisturizers do to me. (By the way, I have oily skin.) If you have dry skin, I wouldn't recommend this to you because it's quite light.

-Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer with Aloe Vera + Bamboo: I reviewed this and said I didn't like it because I don't notice much difference in its mattifying claims. I just use it because it's the second lightest moisturizer I have that doesn't feel oily and I like how it has aloe vera and bamboo in it. I'll just continue to rely on my powder to keep my face shine-free.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest Blogger: "Meet MakeUp " with her October Favorites!


Who is she? Erica from Meet MakeUp - yep, that's me! I am a 25 year old girl with an unhealthy obsession for beauty products and that would make me a definite beauty junkie. I am also a Wanna Be Trend Setter. Interior Design Lover. Obsessive Compulsive Blogger. Inspiration Seeker. Aspiring Jet-Setter. Fashion Forward. Fitness Connoisseur. I live in the State's and before Christmas, me and my bf Phil will be getting a place of our own, along with a new puppy! Life is exiting right now as is blogging lately! I hope you like my guest blog and hope you will come check me out!

1) How and why did you start blogging? 
My blogging all started with an obsession of you tube videos. At the time I was selling both Avon & mark. and I knew I wanted to create somewhere that I can capitalize on my little beauty business. I started watching Michelle Phan which in turn made me start watching allthatglitters21 and realized she also had a blog. When I went to her blog I knew I wanted one of my own! It gave me an option to "log in" or "create blog" and I clicked "create blog" and I haven't looked back. Nowadays I dont sell avon anymore (but i still sell mark!) and I thought that was going to be what my blog was all about. Avon & mark. Now that I am way past that, blogging has a different meaning to me.

2) What is the focus of your blog? 
My focus is everything I love indulging in and talk about. I write about anything and everything: candles, clothes, dieting, jewelry, and of course beauty, beauty, & more beauty! At first my focus was avon & mark. Now I love playing with my html coding, testing out products for 2 reasons: 1. because I know I have a reason to indulge in beauty products I know I dont really need (haha) 2. I wanna give a good review that people can appreciate. I also have become really passionate about photography and have found a couple extra passions and hobbies in the mix that I didn't bargain for.  That's really beauty of it all!

3) What is your favorite makeup brand & why? 
This is a hard question. I can't say I have one particular beauty brand that is my favorite, but I do love Nyx because they have so many lip colors that I feel are quite unique, as well as their jumbo pencils. I love mark because they have so many shadow & lip gloss choices and they also do a lot of things that a good for a cause or charity's.  I also love Physician's Formula & Benefit because of their eye-catching, well thought out marketing - which is the packaging! I love L'oreal because they make the best kohl liner. I think I love ELF the most simply because even though they are cheap, they never slack on quality of the products! I haven't met an elf that I didn't like yet.

4) What is your favorite clothing brand & why?  
My favorite place to shop for fashion is Kohl's. I love Lauren Conrad's line because everything she puts out there is always so girly & romantic. You can find 5 different pieces and wear them a million different ways. Her clothes are also moderately priced. I can always appreciate a great brand with long lasting clothes, for a great price. Jessica Simpson's shoe line is also amazing. You can find her shoes at Bakers.

5) If you were allowed to bring only one beauty product with you, what would it be & why? 
After I thought a little about this I think I would bring my Proactiv. It has done wonders for my skin. It leaves my skin so soft and really does take away all of my blemishes (over time, of course) that I get while playing & trying out other skin care lines. Proactiv is truly amazing. If you have any skin problems and have never tried it, I def. recommend it!

6) Do you have any favorite beauty or fashion blogs you recommend? 
I have many! If you check out my blog, I have a whole blog roll in the right hand side bar but to name 1 from each category I am going to go with  P.S. It's Vida at http://vibeauty.blogspot.com/  She always has really great pictures and gives many details about everything she writes.Like I said, I am a sucker for a great photography! As for a fashion blog, I love http://www.superficialgirls.com/ Her pictures are always really great too and her fashion forward attitude always inspires me! And obviously you will love their blogs (and mine) if you love MSodaPop! MSodaPop's blog was the 3rd blog I followed, we go back! haha

7) What is a tip you would like to share with incoming beauty or fashion bloggers? 
I great tip I think would be is that your blog isnt going to be everything you want it to be and more right out of the gate, it is something that takes time and practice, just like everything else. If you truly love blogging I encourage you to stick with it and keep practicing with photo's, reviews, and if your into html's, that too. There isnt going to be 500+ followers from the start either, that's something that takes time! so put yourself out there, make blogging buddies, and have a good time and I bet you that you will find a part of yourself that you never knew was in there. I have found so much of myself from blogging it is incredible how much I have grown from the experience.

Erica's October Favorites!

Sigma small tapered blending brush E45: Out of the 4 brushes I bought last month, this one is my favorite and the most unique brush I have thus far. I love that it is tapered because it fits perfectly into my crease. You can place the color where you want it precisely, because of the finer tip. You can also blend it out because it is tapered. Press a little harder and more bristles will hit your eyelid, making this brush an easy blender as well, making it a 2 in 1. I dont use this strictly for blending, I would rather use my Sigma blending brush. If you so wanna apply precisely and then blend it a bit, this is your brush! Review will be coming for this brush! Too much to say in a favorite's post!
Here it is in comparison to Elf's Duo Fiber brush

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips "For Blue Eyes": Even though I do not have blue eyes, and i would have preferred the "for brown eyes" one because I love purples, this palette works for me.  Just because it says "for {your non-eye color here} eyes" dosen't mean you can't wear it! Im on to your marketing ploy, Physician's Formula! I know you guys know that, so I dont even hafta explain! I only wish there were a couple of matte shadows in there, but I have a few matte shadows, so im good to go. The palette is still awesome, even w/out the matte colors. I swear every time I use the silver one, it looks like a did the foiling technique..I didnt even have to try that hard! With a primer, they do not crease and I can make it thru an 8 hour shift with shadow mostly in tact by the end of it (as long as my eyes dont water!! any suggestions?) great pigment, great formula (haha), great shadows.
I love using these 4 color together: from left to right: 1) outer v. 2) crease. 3) lid & inner corner. 4) blending color for outer v 
I also love using these 3 together: 1) crease 2) blending crease 3) lid, outer corner

Nyx Round Lipstick Narcissus: I have raved about this here, complete with swatches and details- I am in love with the color (and scent/taste) making it my absolute favorite lipstick to date...However, because the lipstick is so soft, it rubs up against the container making it really messy and not very "on-the-go" worthy- Nyx needs to work on that! Otherwise it is the greatest lipstick there is! It makes me sad that I cant throw it in my apron and use it at work- boo!

Radiance Enhancer in Spotlight: Again, Review, Swatch, & Comparisons here
In a nut shell, I like to use this as a highlighter on my face. I love that it is subtle enough to be a highlight (once buffed in) but also very pigmented. The end result leaves a perfect shine to highlight. I also do use powder's to highlight but since I have been experimenting with cream ones I have noticed such a difference. The powder gives off a different sort of highlight- something much less subtle-and not quite as reflective-  than cream.  I apply this with the brush on the end of it, and then buff in with my fingers. 

Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Blushed/Bronzed by ELF: A light hand is required, as this packs pigment. I like to dip my angled contour brush (from Sigma- they are clearly my favorite!) in to each side twice, tap off the excess twice (it's my ritual, and it works lol) and then go in above where I should contour and below where I should apply blush. I love using it that way- it's shines a whole new light on contouring for me! I have fairer skin- I think this is a good color, and even people who are a couple tones lighter and also darker than me can pull this off. Review along with swatches, comparisons, & the like coming soon on this baby! only $3! Love using this with the highlighter I just talked about!

There's my fav's for October (my b-day month!) dont forget about my give-away people! I think I am going to extend it into December so you still have plenty of time!

Hey ladies, this is Msodapop! I hope you all enjoyed Erica's guest post! These are definitely products I'd love to try! Thank you for the amazing post, Erica! Don't forget to check out her blog here!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My favorite body mists: Dove & Degree

Left to right: Degree Classic Romance, Degree Sexy Intrigue, Dove Energizing, Dove Refreshing

Degree Classic Romance: A sophisticated fragrance with essences of rose and peony & refreshing undertones of citrus and bergamot. 

Degree Sexy Intrigue: A seductive fragrance with a touch of jazmin, rose, and subtle hints of vanilla.

Dove Energizing: A scent of grapefruit and lemongrass that acts as a little wake-up call for your skin. It has a hint of Dove moisturizer.

Dove Refreshing: A clean scent of waterliliy and freshmint that also has a hint of Dove moisturizer.

I recommend you ladies try all of these. They all smell so good and I've gone through so many bottles of these in the past year. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Montagne Jeunesse Sauna Masque: Red Hot Earth

The mask instantly felt warm when I scooped some with my hand to my face. It indeed is like a sauna. I was so amazed on how that was possible. Haha! It definitely opened up my pores for deep cleaning.
The mask does not look anything like the one in the package. It is not as thick, as you can see here, it's running down my neck. I overlooked that issue because I loved the warmth on my skin. You can get 2-3 uses of this one packet. I definitely would repurchase this because it left my skin feeling clean and soft, and I loved the warm feeling of the mask. It's such a relaxing and soothing mask; It's great to use after a long stressful day.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Guest Blogger: "My Pursuit of Happiness" with her every other day eye look

 

Who is she? Jazmin from  My Pursuit of Happiness

1) How and why did you start blogging?
I started to blog because I always look into peoples suggestions about beauty products and found out that anybody can do it so because I love to shop I just wanted to put my opinions out there too.

2) What is the focus of your blog?
EOTD, NOTD, DIY Beauty stuff some cooking and mommy stuff.

3) What is your favorite makeup brand & why?
Drugstore brand - WnW because its affordable.
High End- Nars because the quality is very good.

4) What is your favorite clothing brand & why?
I'm really liking H&M You can get good statement pieces for a good price.

5) If you were allowed to bring only one beauty product with you, what would it be & why?
 Mascara because I like to use it everyday and can't live with out it. LOL

6) Do you have any favorite beauty or fashion blogs you recommend?
CottonCandyINK
Tiffany @ Life As A Souther Girl
Vintage Makeup
Ms.Prettyful Girl

7) What is a tip you would like to share with incoming beauty or fashion bloggers?
Have fun with your blog.

Today, I wanted to share with all you girls my every other day eye look. Now I don't wear make up every day because I have a toddler and "boy dose she keep me busy" but when I do I usually go for this look. When I go out then I try to create something more fun. But overall I like to keep my eye simple. For the days that I don't wear "any makeup" I usually just do my eyebrows and put on some tinted moisturizer.
For the mommy's that are following me do you wear makeup all the time? .... Enjoy!!!


1. Mac eye shadow in Brown Down for my eye brows.
2. Mac paint pot in Painterly all over eye lid.
3. Elf eye shadow in Coffee Bean on my eye crease.
4. WnW single shadow in Brulee for brow bone highligth.
5. Maybellines Falsies mascara.
6. Salon Perfect eye lashes in Demi Wispies.

Thank you for the guest post Jazmin!
Hope you ladies enjoyed reading Jazmin's guest post! 
Don't forget to check her blog out at My Pursuit of Happiness.
Have a great weekend everybody!
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