Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fantastic Baby!

Another one from the vault, one inspired by the many fantastic visuals of the Big Bang "Fantastic Baby" video. I wasn't that keen on the music when I first saw it as kpop is not really my thing, but the style was out of this world. 
Let's see if I can remember all the colours I used for this.
Index
A-England - King Arthur (base), Camelot (black) and Stargazer - 232 (silver) stamping with at least one Βundle monster plate.
Middle
The dark base is Galahad by A-England, the thin shiny stripe is Le chat CM - Ashy Green, the tiny triangle is by a greek brand called Erre Due and I suspect the thick stripe is For Audrey by China Glaze
I am not even going to attempt the ring finger though I recognise a couple
Little finger (not Petyr Baelish)
Etude House (white), A-England - Camelot and Seventeen 533.

The video follows, but if you're not used to kpop , listen at your own peril!
That's it from me and T.O.P.
xxx
Elysse


Thursday, 16 April 2015

The new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Colours! Don’t pink of it, So Hap’pink and Beau Brun

I absolutely love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks. I have 67(I had forgotten one in my bag) of them already and no8 (Grand Cru) has been my Holy Grail red this year. I have been wearing it morning, noon and night for months now and get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t get to wear it for more than a week. I find that all the Rouge Edition Velvet colours, even the ones I imagined would be too yellow-leaning (like 04 Peach Club) are actually neutral or with pink undertones which means I can wear them without looking drained and without worrying that my teeth will look yellow.

These do stay put for a long long time and are very well pigmented. I have found different ways of wearing them from more natural to full saturation, which I didn’t think I would be able to do at first. If you’re unsure about the applicator, I had never used or even liked liquid lipsticks before and found it very easy to learn. Even I am surprised by how precise I can be with the application now. All you need to remember is that it will look and feel a lot better if you apply it on well moisturised lips.

You can imagine how excited I was to see three new colours in the range:
10 - Don’t pink of it: if you were disappointed by how not nude both 09 Happy Nude Year(bright pinky peach) and 07 Nude-ist (dark MLBB kind of colour) were, then this pinkish beige is probably the one for you.
11 –So Hap’pink: a beautiful blue-leaning pink. This line was missing a middle-of the road colour like this that will look flattering and more natural.
12 – Beau Brun: a red-based brown. Very unusual to come up with a colour like this for a spring collection, but I suppose we have Pantone’s colour Marsala to blame for that. Fans of Marsala should definitely try Beau Brun. Those who care to recreate the ‘90s look, 07 and 12 are the most ‘90s colours in the collection.

I should note that the bottle for my favourite colour, 08 Grand Cru was completely dried up and 02 Frambourjoise wasn’t in a great state either. As I have both colours, I might swatch them on a separate post. The colours are: 

01 Personne ne rouge!
02 Frambourjoise
03 Hot Pepper
04 Peach Club 
05 Ole flamingo! 
06 Pink Pong
07 Nude-ist
X- dried up 08 Grand Cru
09 Happy Nude Year
10 Dont pink of it
11 So Hap’pink
12 Beau Brun


In-store lights

In-store lights

In-store lights

Natural light (in the shade)

Natural light (in the shade)

Natural light (direct sunlight)

Natural light (direct sunlight)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Byzantine influence: O.P.I - Every Month is Oktoberfest & a-England- Dragon

Paris Psalter (BnF MS Grec 139), folio 435v
Another one from the vault of unpublished images, one that takes inspiration from Byzantium this time. Having been raised in Greece anything to do with Byzantium was always connected with religion in an almost oppressive way. It took me quite a few years to see beyond that and appreciate those times and all their cultural output more.

The design of this plate reminded me of the cross-shaped stained glass windows that are so common in orthodox churches. The base is the amazing inky blue with reddish shimmer O.P.I - Every Month is Oktoberfest and the stamping was done with the chameleon of greens a-England - Dragon. I couldn’t believe how different Dragon looked here and how much it shimmered and sparkled. The pictures don’t do it enough justice!

Displaying different colours.


Dragon is so beautiful as a stamp!


Saturday, 4 April 2015

An easy manicure and the konmari method

After my last post, which I really enjoyed, I went through my file of pictures that I had been meaning to blog about and did a nice sort-through. I think it might be the effect of reading the book of the moment, Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I deleted a lot of unpublished pictures and now posting feels less daunting. Has anyone else tried the konmari method on anything?


In the two years I haven’t been posting regularly so many things have changed. A lot of the blogs I follow are not even active any more or haven’t posted in over a year. I am also quite frustrated with blogger cause I can’t see my followers which have surprisingly increased (thank you!). I wish I had picked a different blogging platform to be honest cause blogger is always giving me a headache.


Amongst the old pictures I sorted through, I found a few I still want to post so here goes. The base on this is an old Rimmel (850 Hard Edged) from the time when 15ml per bottle was standard. It’s a very pretty duochrome with a black base and shimmer that goes from magenta to copper to golden. So mesmerizing! I tried to take a picture of it displaying as many colours as possible without the photo being completely unflattering or breaking a finger.

I used Ciate - Gold Digga and a bronze mini by Borghese with a dotting tool to create a really simple pattern. You don’t even need a dotting tool, a toothpick and a pen will do for such patterns. Dots are the easiest way to make your manicure more interesting.

Happy Easter to those celebrating it!


XxX
Elysse

Thursday, 2 April 2015

who Know's if the Moon's

who knows if the moon's
a balloon, coming out of a keen city
in the sky-filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it, if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we'd go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away into a keen
city where nobody's ever visited, where

always
            it's
                  Spring) and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves







I love this e.e. cummings poem so much. It feels so light and fresh, you’d never guess it was written 90 years ago.

The first sign of spring round where I live is the almond blossoms that suddenly appear at the end of January. They come so early that sometimes I can’t tell straight away whether the branches are covered in flowers or snow. This design was part stamped (Konad m66 plate) and part hand-painted. The base coat I used is Nailtek Foundation III and the top coat is Seche Vite.


base colour: Korres – 82 Ciel
branches: Le Chat CM – 4 Brown
flowers: Konad White, Korres – 17 Candy Pink, Essie – Plumberry
iridescent accents: Misa – Radiant

xxx
Elysse


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Morgan Le Fay takes over Camelot! A Christmas Manicure

I really felt like doing something freehand this year for Christmas and I wanted it to be sparkly as well. Morgan Le Fay, a beautiful shimmering polish, over black was my starting point and then I added little colourful details here and there.
direct sunlight
artificial light

artificial light
All polishes used for this manicure are from A-England (non affiliated link)
Base: Camelot
Designs: Morgan Le Fay, Perceval, Order of the Garter, Holy Grail (old version)
Top coat: The Shield

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays!
XxX
Elysse

A Christmas Card by Aubrey Beardsley.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Summer in the midst of winter

Amidst all the Christmas merrymaking and due to a friend of mine my mind wandered off to Santorini.

artificial light. Can any of the beauty geeks recognise the back of this book?

direct sunlight

I used Mavala-167-Cyclades Blue as a base since you can't get more cycladic than Santorini, then I used Korres 82 Ciel in the central part of the nail and I painted the ribbon with what proved to be a really nasty acrylic paint that kept bleeding everywhere so I went on top of it with Ciaté Snatch 039 to make it smoother and a bit more vibrant.

Let this be a cautionary example for us all: never use anything for the first time if you're going to be seen in it or make a post about it. I always follow this rule and the one time I didn't chaos ensued.

I should do something Chrismas-y next!
XxX
Elysse

Monday, 3 November 2014

So tonight that I might see

Mazzy Star’s album “So tonight that I might see” is one of my favourites of all time. I became acquainted with Hope Sandoval’s warm and otherworldly voice in the early 90s along with the rest of the world through the song ‘Fade into you’. One song was not enough to quench my thirst for music that spoke to me; I got the album and have been under its spell ever since.

It wasn’t just the music I loved, as I found the album cover equally mesmerizing. The early ‘90s were not a time where arabesques were popular and purple has always been a favourite colour of mine. It was only a matter of time before I attempted to replicate the design in one of my manicures.

I tried many colours and combinations to achieve this design, it was harder than I initially thought it would be. In the end I used 1 layer of a-England’s Camelot and then I used Stargazer’s Chrome Nail Polish in 235 to stamp a design from the Drikk drk-A palette and in the end I dabbed a little bit of Le Chat CM in True Violet.

I couldn't not attach a song to this post now, could I?

What do you think?

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