21st May

21.5.10

Hi baby! It is our tenth anniversary today.
We have spent 10 years together and I really hope we will spend many more. I know we have our issues but, nevertheless, at the end of the day, you always are my friend, the only person in the world who understands my sense of humour.

Time has passed and I can see how you have become even more good-looking than ever, but in your eyes I can still see the teenager in you...

Thanks for these 10 years of life, and magic.

MAC y las malas malísimas de Disney! (Venomous Villains)

19.5.10

Ya es oficial,

para Septiembre MAC lanza una colección inspirada en los personajes femeninos más malvados de la factoría Disney. Se espera que tenga tanto éxito (o más), que la pasada colección de Hello Kitty. Ayer se hacían eco las webs más conocidas en el mundillo del maquillaje (Temptalia llegó a tener a más de mil personas viendo su página A LA VEZ) y por twitter también es tema candente.

Ahora toca esperar a desvelar el misterio de qué productos nuevos nos sacarán. Muchas están jugando a adivinar qué personajes habrá elegido MAC para inspirarse en esta colección.

Por mi parte, después del furor de Liberty of London, To The Beach y, en menor medida, Pret-a-Papier, ya me pongo nerviosa...
Echadle un vistazo al primer video promocional, que no tiene desperdicio. Y aquí, un video con las predicciones de una chica.

How to Make Revision Fun / Tiempo para repasar

17.5.10
This is the time of the year when we, students, tend to stress the most, as the exam period has just begun...
In my case, I tend to procrastinate a lot which makes that, finally, I become quite overwhelmed, of course...
These are a few tips I would like to share with you for revision time.

Estamos en esa época del año en la que los estudiantes tendemos a sufrir altos niveles de estrés, ya que se avecina el temido período de exámenes... En mi caso, tiendo a dispersarme y distraerme fácilmente lo que hace que al final me sature bastante el trabajo pendiente! Estos son algunos trucos o consejos que me gustaría compartir con vosotros/as.

  • Feel comfortable: When I study at home, I like to put on my most comfortable clothes (sometimes my pyjamas), I remove my makeup and I tie my hair up. That makes me focus on studying.
  • Find your realm: You must try to find the perfect place to study. It must be a calm and peaceful place, organised and clean, with a proper desk and chair, and free from distractions. I have a study room at home, but when it is sunny, I like to study in the kitchen since the light then is awesome. At the very end of the revision period, I prefer to study at the library since I can feel pretty nervous at home.
  • Use beautiful/colourful tools: If there is another thing apart from makeup and cosmetics, that I enjoy buying, is stationery and school stuff. I love pens, pencils, post-its, notebooks... With beautiful school stuff, I tend to revise in a better mood.
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  • Comodidad ante todo: Cuando estudio en casa, necesito vestir ropa cómoda, (a veces el propio pijama...), me desmaquillo y me recojo el pelo. Eso me hace estar más cómoda para estudiar.
  • Encuentra tu reino: Debemos encontrar el lugar perfecto para estudiar, un sitio tranquilo, organizado y limpio, con una mesa y silla apropiadas y libre de distracciones. Tengo un estudio en casa, pero cuando hace sol, me mudo a la cocina ya que la luz es fantástica. En la recta final del período de exámentes, me voy a la biblioteca ya que en casa estoy más nerviosa.
  • Utiliza herramientas alegres y bonitas: Si hay algo más aparte de los cosméticos y el maquillaje que me crea adicción, son los artículos de escritura. Me encantan los bolis, los post-its, las libretas... Con esas "herramientas" bonitas, cuesta un poco menos estudiar.
  • Food & Drink: I cannot study without a cup of tea, (if it is cold) or a chilled coke (when it is hot). Having something to drink on the desk is basic for me. Just a bottle of water is also fine to avoid leaving the room to get a drink. I also tendo to develop a (bigger) necessity of sugar. I like to have some sweets nearby or maybe some chocolate.

  • .Comida y bebida: No consigo estudiar sin mi taza de té (si hace frío), o una coca-cola helada (cuando hace calor). Tener algo para beber sobre la mesa me resulta muy necesario. Aunque sea una botella de agua es suficiente para no tener que salir de la habitación a por algo de beber. También tiendo a desarrollar una insaciable necesidad de azúcar. Me gusta tener chuches o algo de chocolate.
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  • Avoid distractions: and this implies turning off the phone, for example... This is a tip I do not follow myself. I love having you guys on twitter all the time!
  • Evita las distracciones: Y esto implica apagar el móvil, por ejemplo... Éste es un consejo que no sigo, si os soy sincera. ¡Me encanta teneros en el Twitter!
  • Stay motivated: Remember why you are studying and the things you will achieve when you have finished.
  • Treat yourself: Reward your effort with something you want. It can be something material, like going shopping, or it can me something motivating, like going for a walk or meeting a friend for a coffee.

  • Motivación, motivación, motivación: Recuerda por qué estás estudiando y todo lo que alcanzarás cuando hayas terminado.
  • Date un premio: Compensa tu esfuerzo con algo que te haga ilusión. Puede ser algo material, como ir de compras, o algo relajante, como salir a dar un paseo o quedar para tomar un café.
Ok, this is pretty simple but I hope you like it!
Happy revision period! Lots of luck for you all.

Bueno, son cosas sencillas pero espero que os gusten!
Feliz período de exámenes y mucha suerte!

MAC Flowerplay

12.5.10
I am not a big fan of bright, vivid colours for lips. In fact, I would always go for nude, natural, pinkish shades. However, I saw the opportunity to try something different when Princesa Livia had a blogsale. I purchased two lippies by MAC and both are really pigmented.
I still find myself a bit ackward in those shades but they are fun and I will be wearing them for a night out, for example.

Today I want to show you Flowerplay, which is a Lustre. Unforunately, this was a limited edition from the Strange Hybrid collection so this is not available at the moment.
Flowerplay is a highly pigmented bright fuchsia with reddish undertones, exactly described by MAC as a "sheer tulip-pink with silver pearl", which sounds interesting, doesn't it?
Now, onto the swacthes :)
1st, bare lips with a little bit of lip balm:
Now, Flowerplay:

MAC To The Beach; "Yo me compraría..."

(Read in English here)
Estoy entusiasmada con la próxima colección de MAC! La verdad es que la marca en sí me atrae desde hace tiempo, pero quizá no ha sido hasta este año cuando he empezado a seguir las colecciones con más atención, a esperar los lanzamientos, y a plantarme en el stand cuanto antes para no quedarme sin nada.
Me pasó con la Liberty of London. Me atrajo muchísimo el diseño primaveral, los pajaritos y las flores y el colorido feliz.
Después vino la Pret-a-Papier, que parecía poca cosa pero que en persona ganaba mucho.
Y ahora viene calentita "To The Beach". Muy completa, probablemente la colección más extensa de MAC para este año. y es que tiene de todo. Seguramente habréis visto por la World Wide Web cantidad de imágenes y algunas reviews de afortunadas que ya tienen cositas en sus manos.
Mi selección es ésta, estos son los productos que estoy deseando probar in situ y probablemente se vengan a casa conmigo.

(Images: Temptalia)

Imágenes promocionales:



Creo que si hay un producto "estrella" en esta colección es el caballito de mar... Me atrajo desde el primer momento. Es de esos productos de maquillaje que compras, miras y remiras y da pena usar. Y más aún cuando lees que el dorado del caballito se va... Sí. Se queda todo de color rosita-coral, y el dorado desaparece con un par de usos. ¡Menudo fallo, señores de MAC!

Marine Life Multi-colour pressed powder.


Lo siguiente que me atrae de esta colección y que estou deseando probar, son los Bronzer en crema. Me parece que si alguno de los dos tonos me va bien, le voy a sacar mucho partido en veranito. Creo que el acabado puede ser similar a los múltiples tostaditos de Nars. Sin emabrgo, he leído que, al menos el clarito, que es el que me interesa, tiene cantidad de purpurina. Creo que mates hubieran sido mucho más aprovechables, la verdad.

Beach Bronze Golden glow with soft gold finish (Limited Edition)

Weekend Mid-tone deep orange-brown with soft pink pearl (Limited Edition)



El colorete Hipness! Algunas ya lo tenéis, es repromote de la colección de Fafi del 2008, y parece uno de esos tonos "que hay que tener". Tengo que verlo, sin embargo, porque tras cogerme el Instant Chic de la Pret-a-Papier, puede que sea muy similar.

Hipness Intense coral with soft white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)


De los labiales, me quedo con el primero y tercero de la imagen :)

Beach Bound Sheer frosted pale peach (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Lazy Day Light dirty blue-pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)


No soy muy de glosses, tendré que verlos!

Easy Lounger: Light baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Flurry of Fun: Sheer sparkly peach (Limited Edition)

Splashing: Mid-tone blue pink with soft gold pearl (Limited Edition)



Y luego estoy casi decidida con la 130. La mofetilla original se resiste a venir conmigo porque los 48€ duelen, pero esta es taaaaan mona... Perfecta para el bronzer en crema, ¿no?

Brush 130: A short, round dual fibre with flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibres ideal for application with creams, emulsions & various powder products.


Los que no tengo muy claros son los Lustre Drops. Hmmm, la verdad es que me pica la curiosidad, sobre todo el tono rosado (el dorado lo veo más prescindible), pero lo de mezclarlo con la base de maquillaje para conseguir un efecto escarchado me llama mucho la atención.

Pink Rebel Blue-pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7AwmdE84l8

(Video)

FUENTES:

Y vosotras, ¿Habéis decidido ya lo que os gusta?

MAC "To the Beach", Wish List

11.5.10
I really think MAC To the Beach is going to be one of the greatest collections in makeup of year 2010. The promotional pictures are extremely appealing and I think it is one of the best MAC summer collections ever, because of the variety of products, shades and finishes. The packaging is really attractive, I am really in love with all the shells and marine stuff!

(Images: Temptalia)




The first item I want is this seahorse. I think it is the star of the collection! It has a great disadvantage, though. I have read that the golden shimmer on the seahorse just disappears after a few uses... Really disappointing!


Marine Life Multi-colour pressed powder.


For me, another must have from this collection is one of the cream bronzers. I have to see them in person and just choose the one that best firts my skin tone. Unfortunately, they do not come with a mirror, as opposed to the powder bronzers...

Beach Bronze Golden glow with soft gold finish (Limited Edition)

Weekend Mid-tone deep orange-brown with soft pink pearl (Limited Edition)



I have read people raves about Hipness blush so I really think this is another must have for those of us who missed it in the Fafi collection.

Hipness Intense coral with soft white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)


I have chosen to pick the first and the third lipsticks in the picture. Just awesome!

Beach Bound Sheer frosted pale peach (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Lazy Day Light dirty blue-pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)


Not sure yet about the lip glosses... I have to swatch them in person and decide!


Easy Lounger: Light baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Flurry of Fun: Sheer sparkly peach (Limited Edition)

Splashing: Mid-tone blue pink with soft gold pearl (Limited Edition)



Another produtc I will be buying is the 130 brush. Perfect for the Cream Bronzer, isn't it?

Brush 130: A short, round dual fibre with flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibres ideal for application with creams, emulsions & various powder products.


And I am completely confused about the Lustre Drops... I do not know whether to get the pink one or not... I will have to decide soon!


Pink Rebel Blue-pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7AwmdE84l8

(Video about the collection)
What are your personal Must Haves from MAC To the Beach? Any recommendation?

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{Update} Day-Zero Project w/ New Challenges

10.5.10
This is an update on my DAYZEROPROJECT to see what I have done and to add/modify some of my challenges. You can read my very first entry on the Day Zero Project here and you can read how it works here: http://www.dayzeroproject.com/
I find this really exciting and motivating. I love crossing out my accomplishments and see how a lot of things have changed since I first wrote it.
Green implies an accomplishment.
Red implies "not done".
Black means things I can still do.

My Starting Date: Tuesday, 17th November 2009

End Date: Wednesday 15th August 2012

UPDATE: Monday, 10th May 2010.

1.- Read a book every month.
2.- Phone a friend every week to catch up.

3.- Eat some vegetables every day.
4.- Call mum and dad every day I do not see them.

5.- Finish my degree at university by June 2010.

6.- Write in my blog at least once a week.

7.- Travel abroad at least once.

8.- Do housework everyday.

9.- Start going to the gym.

10.- Wake up every morning and be glad for everything I have.

11.- Go to the hairdresser's once every 5-6 weeks.

12.- Get my teeth checked.

13.- Drink more water every day.

14.- Walk calmly under the rain, without umbrella.

15.- Visit my relatives once a month.

16.- Save at least 100€ every month.

17.- Plan an 8-hour-per-night sleeping routine and attach to it.

18.- Go to at least one concert.

19.- Be ALWAYS kind to my parents.

20.- Start a hobby.

21.- Learn new recipes.

22.- Make cupcakes, muffins, cakes, etc, once a month.

23.- Finish up at least 2 cosmetics before buying a new one.

24.- Rearrange my wardrobe.

25.- Go on holiday to a beautiful sunny place.

26.- Meet my friends for a coffee at least twice a month.

27.- Take serious care of my poor skin condition.

28.- Use my contact lenses more often (instead of my ugly glasses).

29.- Do a makeup course.

30.- Have great marks on most of my subjects.

31.- Study at least 4 hours every week.

32.- Plan my classes every other day.

33.- Limit the time I spend on the computer to no more than 1hour and a half every day.

34.- Write a list of 100 things that make me happy.

35.- Hug and kiss my BF several times every day.

36.- Play with Pol every day.

37.- Spend quality time with my mum and dad at least once a week.

38.- Open a bank account only for saving.

39.- Get a medical body check once a year.

40.- Work on my blog to make it prettier.

41.- Limit the number of times I cry for unimportant things.

42.- Take care of my plants.

43.- Be up to date in terms of music.

44.- Recycle my old clothes instead of buying new ones.

45.- Start making a scrapbook.

46.- Celebrate New Year's Eve in an amazing way. NEW Challenge: Work abroad for a month during the summer.

47.- Celebrate a party for my 26th birthday. NEW Challenge: Save for my summer holidays.

48.- Limit my visits to the shopping centres.

49.- Do a weekly schedule and stick to it.

50.- Revise this list once a week and mark my accomplishments.

51.- Lower my electricity, water and mobile phone bills every month.

52.- Limit the number of times I go to the cinema.

53.- Go for a walk on the beach every two weeks.

54.- Write on my notebook every day.

55.- Limit the number of times I eat fast food to once a month.

56.- Live happily with my BF.

57.- Be free inside.

58.- Find a better job.

59.- Have at least 200 followers on my blog by December 31st. NEW Challenge: Have 300 followers by the end of June 2010.

60.- Learn to be happy with my life.

61.- Stop wasting time doing nothing.

62.- Go to the library at least twice a month and spend a couple of hours studying there.

63.- Be a good teacher.

64.- Make my home a more beautiful place to live.

65.- Have a wonderful Christmas time. NEW Challenge: Be more decisive and courageous.

66.- Make some hand craft as Christmas gifts for my beloved ones. NEW Challenge: Attend an Open Day in 2010.

67.- Start taking driving lessons.

68.- Bring my laptop back. NEW Challenge: Demonstrate my love to my loved ones.

69.- Bring passion back.

70.- Maintain my house clean and organized every day.

71.- Have an Iphone or Itouch. NEW Challenge: Take better photos for my blog.

72.- Invest on shoes rather than clothes.

73.- Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

74.- Answer the 5o Questions That Will Free Your Mind.

75.- Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons.

76.- Drink at least 1.5 liters of water every day.

77.- Create a morning ritual.

78.- Go to an outdoor cinema.

79.- Unplug for a whole weekend every 8 weeks: no cell phone, no TV, no Internet or computer.

80.- Elliminate all my clothing that do not fit/suit me.

81.- Submit a title to: http://www.nameyourtale.com/

82.- Read the entire body of an author’s work (Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde...).

83.- Never go to bed angry.

84.- Write this list on a notebook or print it and have it always at hand.

85.- Use more colour in clothes and avoid wearing black clothes every day.

86.- Visit New York City.

87.- Go to all of my classes for an entire month.

88.- Only shop when I need to (and buy only truly necessary things).

89.- Leave the house every day.

90.- Answer every phone call.

91.- Give a great gift to a friend this Christmas. NEW Challenge: Reduce compulsive shopping of makeup.

92.- Laugh until I cry, from time to time.

93.- Go for a night out at least once every month.

94.- Contact an old friend.

95.- Travel in the Interrail train, crossing Europe.

97.- Sell clothes and cosmetic products on the Internet and earn at least 100€ for it.

98.- Declutter – Regift, donate, or bin 101 things.

99.- Clean something once every week for 80 weeks.

100.- Host a sleepover for at least 2 females.

101.- Make a new list of 101 Things by the time my 1001 days are done.

My Favourite Brushes / Mis brochas favoritas

7.5.10
I am afraid you will not see any Mac or Sigma brush here... yet.
Me temo que no habrá MAC o Sigma por aquí... de momento!

TOO FACED Teddy Bear Kabuki
Beautiful brush, not the softest I must say. It is very thick and dense which I appreciate since it is the brush I use with hard blushes.
A bit pricey.
Great combo: with Bourjois baked powder blushes.

Es una brocha preciosa, aunque no la más suave. Es muy tupida y densa, lo cual aprovecho con los coloretes más duros.
Es un poco cara.


BOURJOIS Kabuki
Also a thick one, but I would say softer than the one by Too Faced. The bristles are more separated, as well.
Cheap.
Best paired with: MAC MSFs

Otra brocha tupida pero diría que más suave que la de Too Faced. Además, las cerdas están más separadas.
Es económica.
Va genial con: los MSFs de MAC.


GIVENCHY Kabuki
This is special for me as it was a gift I was sent from a friend. It is very soft and the greatest aspect of this is its appearance. How cute are those bristles, divided in four different colours?
No idea regarding price.
Best paired with: translucent / setting powder

Una brocha especial para mí ya que fue un regalo de una amiga. Es muy suave y lo mejor de ella es lo divertida que es, ya véis que las cerdas están divididas en cuatro colores.
Ni idea de su precio.
Va genial con: polvos translúcidos.


SEPHORA Duo Fibre
Maybe the closest dupe to MAC 187. Really soft and dense for a great price.
Bought on sale so extremely cheap.
Best paired with: really pigmented blushes like Nars ones.

Quizá uno de los mejores clones de la brocha MAC 187. Es muy suave y tupida.
La compré con descuento así que me salió realmente económica (unos 5€?).
Va genial con: los coloretes muy pigmentados tipo Nars.



CLINIQUE Bronzer/Blender
My favourite brush of the lot. So soft and so big that you can use it for a quick powdery application.
Pricey but great value for money.
Best paired with: bronzers. I use this for my Nars Laguna.

Mi brocha favorita. Es tan suave y tan grande que es genial para una sola pasada de maquillaje en polvo o, como yo la uso, para los polvos bronceadores.
Es un poco cara pero merece la pena.
Va genial con: polvos bronceadores. Yo la uso con los Laguna de Nars.


SEPHORA Foundation
I bought this to start applying liquid foundation with a brush. I like this but I am eager to try the MAC one.
Economical.
Best paired with: liquid foundation.

La compré para acostumbrarme a utilizarla con la base líquida. Me gusta pero estoy deseando probar la versión que tiene MAC.
Es económica.
Va genial con: base líquida.

Mac Pret-A-Papier

4.5.10
In my opinion, Prét-a-Papier is a collection to see (and swatch) in person. Little do the shades say when you look at them in your computer screen.
However, it is a really intelligent collection, natural and vibrant contrasts play together. I went to the mac counter 4 days after the collection was launched and there were quite a lot of products already sold out. I came home without the adorable Chromographic Pencil which I think would be perfect as a nude lip liner... *Sigh*.
I am on a total eyeshadow ban so I cannot tell you anything about them...
If you read my previous entry, you know that I am in love with Instant Chic blush.
Coral is present in this collection even though I thought that everything would be nude-ish.



Mac Instant Chic

3.5.10
Hello dolls,

This is about Instant Chic blush from the newest Mac collection Pret-a-Papier!
What do you think?

I must admit, it pretty much disappointed me at the mac counter... Garb definitely did, and that is why I did not purchase it. But this... I was so unsure...
And then, I decided to follow my instinct and took it home with mama. And I am glad I did!
I tried it yesterday and it is sooo beautiful! You must try it on your own cheeks... it is a bright coral. A happy spring-summer colour. Sheertone, they call it; I say not matte, not shimmery, just perfect! In the quest for the perfect Coral products, this is ranking #1!
Builds up easily for a radiant look, but can be applied very slightly for a touch of candour!

Lovely lovely! Yum!


Swatches coming soon! (Winter has come back to the city, and the light is the worst in ages...)

¿Qué pasa con O.P.I?

1.5.10
Hace un par de horas les leía en twitter a Mischievous, y a Lollipop una información que puede interesar a las que compráis habitualmente esmaltes y demás productos de O.P.I.
Como sabéis, O.P.I se puede comprar en España pero su precio es mucho más elevado que si, por ejemplo, lo compramos a webs estadounidenses o por ebay internacional.
Pues bien, O.P.I estaría aparentemente "recomendando" a sus proveedores que dejen de vender sus productos a estos precios tan económicos.
Inmediatamente se rumoreó que las bloggers de todas partes del mundo iniciarían un supuesto boicot que implicaría dejar de publicar reviews y fotografías de productos O.P.I. Todo esto por la injusticia de tener que, nosotras las europeas, pagar muchas veces más del doble por el mismo producto.
Pues bien, hace tan sólo unos minutos se aclaraba el tema dado que se han filtrado los documentos de denuncia de O.P.I hacia uno de sus distribuidores más famosos: Transdesign.
O.P.I acusa a TD de "rellenar" los esmaltes y eliminar las etiquetas con los números de serie de O.P.I que ayudan a la marca a controlar la calidad.
Muchas bloggers se explican ahora porque sus OPIs están a veces más aguados de lo normal, o más vacíos...
La sospecha se extiende a todos aquellos distribuidores que venden O.P.I a precios más baratos.
Así que se rumorea que éste es el fin de nuestros "chollos" a la hora de comprar esmaltes de esta marca.
Habrá que pagar los 8.95€ que me piden a mí por aquí. (Y yo que me los he llegado a sacar por menos de 3€... *suspiro*)

Fuente: Aquí.