You want some lime with that?

After the longest of time: Nail art post!

I’ve done some simple art during spring (you can find the best of it from my Instagram-account @eryalust), but nothing too fancy. Trying to get back on the saddle, so to speak.

My nails got long. Looong I tell you! Too long actually, more of that later.

Ta-dah!

I felt like I need to do something with turquoise or bright blue and Make some noise was at hand. Lovely summer shade! It wanted to be pairef with lemons, but I was not sure how my yellow stamping polish would handle bright blue base, and didn’t have the time to test it out, so lime does the trick.

I’ve been watching Simply Nailogical videos recently, so what was missing was some holo! #holosexual

I was ought to stamp my ring finger only with the MdU green, but I f**ked it up and had to accessorize with black. Works for me. For now.

Essie First base x2

Essie Make some noise x2

MoYou London Tropical 09 XL

Mundo de Unas Green

Mundo de Unas Black

Fun Laquer 24K diamond (H)

Essie Gel setter

Today I removed what was left of this manicure, and filed down my nails. Even in these photos, I’ve already broken my left index and pinky, and middle nail from my right hand. After that I broke my right ring and pinky, that’s when I decided that is time to go shorter.

You’ll see them on the next nail post. Stay lustful!

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

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Trying out new foundations #1

Heyy!

I’m on a mission. A mission to find me a new foundation. There’s really nothing wrong with Clinique Redness Solutions foundation, but yet it’s not enough, if you get me?

I want just a bit more cover, and a better stay, but I don’t want waterproof makeup.

This task is not going to be easy, I tell you! Usually when there’s enough cover, they don’t make it pale enough. If they do, they either have pink or yellow undertone, which suits me none. And my skin is quite dry. Yay?

A neutral, great cover, pale as a paper and doesn’t suck up all the moisture from my skin. Impossible?

Yesterday I got two samples to try out from Emotion:

Clinique Even Better in shade CN28 and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear 005.

Today I put Clinique to test. Shitty picture warning.

This is my face in all of it’s gorgeousness. Red-ish with few blemishes, pale but not even. Huuuge pores. Unedited and daylight.

I treated it like any other foundation, with NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect primer, my Kicks foundation brush and Kicks Beauty Perfect Finish – setting spray.

In these pics I have the foundation on the right (your left) side of my face.

I was pleasantly surprised how it covered the redness! You can still see through in some parts, but not so that I couldn’t live with it. Not as covering as Redness Solutions but okay.

I went on with the rest of my make up. Powdered up and brows and lashes:

After doing my eyes, blush, highlighter and lack of daylight:

Then off to work. From 10pm to 4am. Oh, and I wore my glasses for the whole night. Result of the wear-test:

As you can(not) see, it still is quite matte on my cheeks, but oily on the T-zone. My forehead and nose shine a bit, but on defense, now you know why I don’t have bangs anymore. I could see a little bit of oxidation, it got a wee bit too dark or me. And you can see some marks left by my glasses.

Swipe test:

I’m used to not touching my face while working, but I’d like to find a foundation that doesn’t run around too much in few hours. So, I just swiped semi-lightly across my forehead with two fingers and as you can see, it did leave a mark. Not as bad as CRS, but it moved. 6,5 hours, I know, but a bit longer time could be nice.

Over all, Clinique Even Better is definitely not a bad foundation. If you have darker skin tone than me and maybe a little less oily forehead, I think you’ll find this very workable.

For me, I like it, but I don’t love it, I didn’t find my holy grail with this one.

Any suggestions? #desperate

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought most the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. Samples are accessible to every customer.

Kryolan Dusk

Hey lustfuls!

Today I had some extra time to do my face before work shift, and I was more than happy to use it well!

I work on evenings and nights, so, big surprise, I had to take these photos without daylight.

Primer: NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer – Clear

Face: Clinique Redness Solutions foundation 01

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder – Translucent

Highlight: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Blush: Kicks Beauty blusher Lasting kiss

Eyes: Kryolan Viva – Iridescent Dusk – Palette (Lychee, Copper & Walnut)

theBalm Schwing – Black liquid eyeliner

theBalm Mad Lash Mascara

Brows: NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade – 01 Blonde

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Taupe

Lips: Kicks Beauty Get lost in beauty wonderland – palette, Fantasy lipgloss

On top I sprayed some Kicks Beauty Perfect Finish face mist.

This has to be the first lipgloss ever that I liked! It’s not sticky at all, felt almost like a lipbalm. Too bad it doesn’t stay too long either, but does it’s job.

I also love the pigment and shades of these Kryolan shadows! They are visible, but still blendable.

Sorry Marilyn, I beg to differ, it has to be a highlighter!

And don’t let me get started about theBalm eyeliner and mascara, not to mention The highlighter!

I may need to think how to gather these in their own posts. By use? By brand?

Have you tried Kryolan-eyeshadows? Is theBalm or Kicks Beauty familiar to you?

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Fit for a fish.

We went for a dinner today earlier, sushi time!

I wanted to do something besides my everyday look, yet something simple. Here are some extremely great selfies taken with my One Plus 3, in a basic livingroom lighting. No hoorrays for Nordic winter evenings. There is literally no light, even if daytime is filled with sunshine. And it’s freezing.

Primer: NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer – Clear

Face: Clinique Redness Solutions foundation 01

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder – Translucent

Highlight: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyes: NYX Professional Makeup HD Studio Photogenic Eye Shadow Base

Bronx Pocket Set – Check and Mate

Kryolan Eyeshadow Matte – Ivory

theBalm Schwing – Black liquid eyeliner

theBalm Mad Lash Mascara

Brows: NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade – 01 Blonde

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Taupe

Lips: Burts Bees Lip Balm Beeswax & Peppermint

WHY DO MY BROWS SEEM GREEN IN THESE PICS?

That’s it. No more pics of my face if there is no natural light.

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Arctic Fox hair colors

Heyy!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a looong time, but I wanted to be sure about the end result and usage before I announce anything rushed.
#nomakeup #dontgetscared #naturalface You got your warning!

I’M IN LOVE! As you may remember my earlier post from April, I’ve been blue (he-he) ever since. I found this new color brand from Instagram, and I wanted to give it a try, and for once I found something that seller ships worldwide and I can get my hands on!

Arctic Fox Hair color.
“Founded in 2014 by model and animal lover Kristen Leanne, Arctic Fox is one of the fastest growing hair color lines in the world.  Kristen has had a long love affair with bright, vivid hair colors. But like many, she struggled with the shortcomings of available brands.  After bonding with her partners over a shared passion for color, self expression, red wine and of course animals, they set out to create the best semi-permanent colors available today.”
They also use 15% of their profits to help prevent animal abuse, and are 100% cruelty free and vegan.

And they are not shibleebing with this. My earlier color faded within few washes, even if I mixed Igora with my conditioner, it wasn’t bright enough. Oh, why am I explaining, when I have the pictures to show you!

This is what we started out with, my hair actually looks brighter here than what it actually was, all faded out with blond sections and very pale blue.

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I ordered two bottles to start with, Purple Rain and Poseidon, thinking that I will restore my earlier two-tone hair color, but I saw one video of mixing these two colors together and I loved the result so that I wanted to try it myself.

I called out to a friend of mine, S, who came to help me with dyeing. We mixed approximately 2/3 of Poseidon and 1/3 of Puple Rain.

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It takes a bit less than the 8 oz bottle to dye all my hair.

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I let it sit for 45 minutes (conditioner based, semi-permanent colors don’t burn your head or hair, I sometimes leave it on for an hour!) and wash it off with shampoo. That minimizes the leaking which some hair dyes do.

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End result is to dye for! Perrfect shade of bluple.It did not leak on my neck or clothes or pillow, like all the others I’ve tried before.
After this first expriment, I didn’t do any touch ups or color fixing for a week, and it was the beginning of summer so I showered every other day, and here is what happened next.

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You can see some worn off chunks, and the color is lighter, but all and all the shade is still the same. As it’s described in AF website:
“All semi-permanent colors will fade, but not all fade equally.  Arctic Fox is formulated to fade within the original color spectrum, so as the color fades the shades will continue to be the gorgeous tones that your clients wanted.”
Count me in, I’m hooked! I would love to order one bottle each and take them to my hair stylist and see what she comes up with. She has tried af-colors for me once, as you might have seen in my Instagram, and fancied them.
And touch up is simple! Just a few drops of color mixed to your regular conditioner does the trick, these are super pigmented!

Color change is also fairly simple, for darker at least. My hair is bleached underneath, but we didn’t bleach it this time, and usually I just let the color removal sit on my roots for 15 min and wash it off, after that my hair is ready for semi-permanent colors.
I’m blond, my hair is straight, sleek and healthy, very glass-like, so I don’t need to bleach my hair for the shade, just for the texture.

We were invited to my friends graduation party, and I wanted something different for that, I let the color fade for a week, added more Purple Rain than Poseidon and ta-dah, here it is!

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You can see this color in direct sunlight in my Ig-profile, there it seems to be a lot more purple.

All and all, I recommend Arctic Fox to all who use bright colors and love to try different shades! You can find the diluter (Arctic Mist) to mix up some sweet pastels, or mix the colors like I did, possibilities are infinite!
Second positive thing is the price. These bottles are as expensive as many other brands, $13,99, but the thing is, you get 8 0z. of product, where many others have 4 oz. You an choose the 4 oz. bottle for $7,99, but where’s the fun in that?
Third, the smell. When you get the package and open it up, the one thing that you’ll notice is the scent. It’s not too strong, and it is delicious, grapes of bubblegum or something sweet like that! I love it! I had to dye my mums hair with a regular permanent hair dye, and I already forgot how bad they smell now that I’m used to use Arctic Fox, ha.

We have ordered a couple times after this as a group, and I’ve turned few of my friends to regular af-users too! I recieved the shipping info for the last order yesterday, and this time I ordered something different, with the “blurple” combination. Well see!

Oh, and everytime you order, you’ll get points to get discounts! And inviting friends can get you points also, so here is my INVITE.
By using this link, you’ll earn me 25 points each, so if you’re interested and want to join Arctic Fox, please do me this favor! After you’ve joined, you can invite your friends and followers with your own link and get the same 25 points per person!

Life’s too short to have a boring hair!

There are no commercial value in this post (except the invite link!), I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Happy Halloween ! 

A friend of mine fixed their annual Halloween-party on Saturday, I participate when I’m not working and this year I was off. 

So, on a short notice, what to wear? I watched a thousand YouTube video-tutorials, Googled pictures and ideas and this is what I came up with. YouTube granted me with Alex Faction Voodoo priest-tutorial and I was keen to try it! 

Emppi took some pictures, these first two are from her 🙂 

I started with Kicks moisturizing primer and topped it with Clinique Redness solution primer. First I lined the skull with white liner amd filled it in with Grimas water activated face paint in white. 

Errmm. This one I sent to a friend, but what the doodle, I show it to you too. 

I lined the skull with Grimas kohl-liner in gray and smudged it out with some dark brown/taupe eyeshadow. I also lined my eye-area and nose. When I was happy with my blending, I darkened up the line with some black pencil liner. 

I also added some shading to the skull with pencil liners, brown eyeshadow and my contouring palette.

To my chin area I used my regular products, Clinique Redness solutions foundation and W7 contour palette. 

To my eyes, I used NYX Liquid Gold and my lid and Benefit Quick, Look busy on my crease, I also lightened my browbone with a nude shadow from Kryolan. I did my brows on my regular way, just darkened them up a little. 

Lips I lined with black pencil and used some metallic green Kryolan cream eyeshadow (I just love sample jars woth no names..) on the middle part.Finished off everything with Mehron Setting powder in translucent. 

Kimmo’s costume is a whole another story, that man loves Halloween more than I do! 

I’m so sorry about the awful lightning , but I can’t fit myself in a light box.  Here’s my whole outfit, little voodoo-doll and everything! I teased my hair and wore my HRC-hat with it. Knee-high socks, two petticoats and a black shirt, few necklaces and a bracelet, I’m happy how this turned out, in less than a week. 

My hubbys fave is made with Grimas face paints in white and black. He wore a top hat, which is missing in the picture . 

Have a horrific Halloween! 
All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Finland vs. Canada

Today’s the day! Ice hockey world championship final! Finland made it to final and is going  head to head with Canada.

Final game starts at 20.45 (GMT+2) and we’re cheering for Finland naturally.
A bar or a pub, game-shirts, anything white and blue are included in look of the day, so are my nails!

Captain calling, a goal, Finnish flag and some glitter and gold, those are my recipe to victory. Here you go:

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I started out with Essie Blanc, which is base to all my nails. Then I did a gradient with Blanc and Colors by Llarowe Independence Day (how convenient) to all but ring fingers.
Ring fingers got a cross painted on with Kick Sugar Lacquer Majorelle Garden.

 

Pinky got a frosting with KbShimer Dust in the Bottle.
I stamped the net on middle finger from BundleMonster BM-209. Black stamping polish is Mundo de Uñas Black and red edges are painted on with Essie Dress to Kilt.
C for captain is from NailzCraze NC05, also with MdU Black
“Keep calm and Hammertime” is stamped with MdU Gold from MoYou London Rebel 05.

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I’m really happy how these turned out, I also matched my make up to these 🙂

Neon green for sail

Hello dearies! Long time not seen my nails (mwah mwah.)
So yes! Finally I have something to look at on my nails! Wohoo!

Finally, spring is here (it is, what do you mean it still rains and/or snows? Shush!) and it’s time to take out the pastels and NEONS! I love neon colors on my nails and my make up!

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This time I started out with Essie Blanc and coated it with KbShimmer For Sail By Owner. So briiight it hurts my eyes. Lovely, loooovely neon green!

I didn’t have the time nor the interest to do anything that takes too much time (it was 4am), so once again, stamp stamp stamp.

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For stamping I used MdU Black and Fauxnad plate QA8.

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Okay, my nails are not that even, but better than before. I broke both my middle finger nails, left index and almost my thumb. Yay.

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Then i went through my “box of pretty nail decorating thingies” and found my black square studs. Attached them with clear polish and coated everything with Essie Gel Setter.

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I just wanted to share all these pictures with you, but I got nothing more to say, so it’s once sentence here, another there. LOOK AT MY PRETTIEH NAILS!

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Aaand finally the stuff I used.

Yay!

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Visiting my hairstylist

This visit I did actually over a month ago, and now my hair is all blue but don’t let it bother you right now!

My hairdresser is The Best Lady in the world, she never lets me down when talking about hair! We have all had those bad hair days, even when walking out from the salon, so a great hairstylist for a lady is worth more than his/her weight in gold. You so know what I’m talking about.

I’ve had it all, brown, red, violet, dark lilac, more red, fake drealocks, short, long, short on the side, and my own hair color is blond like a straw. I went with my natural color for few years, after many many years of dying, just with a little twist.
I had a rainbow in the mid-layer, pink ends, green and blue, pink and purple and who remembers what color on the side. Last summer my stylist colored my hair pale pink, and last autumn she colored my hair gray with a purple front, and I loved it. After it wore out, I still had most of my head in my natural color until mid March.

I went in on the morning, too early, so I’m not wearing any makeup in the pictures, sorry 😀 And all photos I took with my Samsung GS4 , some with the front camera, so the quality is what it is.

This is what we started with, my natural hair with worn off red lenghts.

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At first she used the color removal on lengths, and second time for all the hair. My head dealt great with the blonding, no burns and no dried up hair.

 

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No, I’m really not that bald 😀

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Then she went in with the blue, this was the moment I wasn’t so sure about the color choice anymore. Blue color is a direct dye from Schwarzkopf, Igora ColorWorx (Concentrate Blue.)

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And lavender on my lengths. She mixed multiple coloring products for this, and I still have no idea what. I don’t think that she has either 😀

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End result was to die for! But one shiiiizkebab to keep it up, I only bought the blue color. Like I told you in the beginning, my hair is almost all blue at the moment, just a bit paler on the ends. But I still love it, and I think that this is the color is a keeper.

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Parturi-Kampaamo Roc can be found in Kemi, Finland, and Jenni is one hair-magician! I love her innovative style and she’s always ready even for the craziest ideas. As am I!

There are no commercial value in this post, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

You can’t polish short nails?

I often hear from people I meet, that you can’t polish and decorate short nails, because there is no room and it doesn’t look pretty.
“Don’t look at my nails, they’re ugly!” or “Could you do me a manicure when my nails are longer?” are the most common things I hear.

No. I don’t care how your nails look, I don’t notice them unless you specifically show them to me. I know that everyone don’t have the time, chance or interest to spend 12 hours a week doing their nails, as I do.

And yes, I can do a mani for you then, but I could also do it now. Short nails are not “un-polishable”! Let me show you!

I have a friend who just cut her nails short, and has psoriasis, so her cuticles can be extremely dry from time to time. Today she had some worn off dark polish on her nails, so the change is more radical.

Here’s where we started from. Grown, dry cuticles, worn off polish and cut (not filed!) nails:

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At first we showed some acetone to her nails.

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I started with soaking her fingers in warm water, so that cuticles would soften up. Then I went around with Nfu’Oh Cuticle remover and a silicone pusher, cuticle cutters, filed free edges and buffed the surface. If you can’t wear polish because of your work etc., this is enough! Fixing your cuticles can make your nails look longer even without polish. So they look finished and cared of. Before filing and buffing, make sure that your nails are dry.

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Then we got to the polish part. Essie First base is my go to base, for color we chose a pretty nude polish this time. Essie Sand Tropez got a layer of KbShimmer Owl Miss You on top. KbS OMY is sooo pretty, sand-like nude with little golden flakes in it. I bought this second hand from Eve’s Temptations.  

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Swirly stamp is from BundleMonster plate BM-607 and MdU Black. I topped the whole thing with Essie Good To Go. Some cleaning on the edges and we’re done. Pretty, decorated, short nails!

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All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!