Monday, 28 July 2014

Manicure Monday - Dressed Up Nudes

Hello Princesses!

Today I have another super cute manicure to show you - my Dressed Up Nudes manicure for the PANZ Challange!
To create my manicure, I started with a nude base colour which is OPI's Samoan Sand. I added some white lace water decals on my middle and ring finger, and a simple black rhinestone on my index and pinkie finger from Born Pretty Store. There are so many ways to dress up a nude polish, so check out all of the amazing entries at the PANZ blog to find some inspiration!

What's your favorite way to dress up your nude polish? Leave me a link so I can check out your favorite nude manicures!

Friday, 25 July 2014

First Impressions - Estēe Lauder Double Wear Light; 0.5

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Estēe Lauder's Doublewear Light in 0.5! I was so excited to hear that the Double Wear Light comes in shades below 1 (unlike the regular Double Wear) so I was incredibly excited to take home a little trial pot to see if it would be light enough for my pale yellow skin! :3

What Does It Do?
"Double Wear Light,Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10
 
BENEFITS
15-hour wear. Controls oil.
Sheer to Medium; SPF 10.
 Long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup. Goes on sheer, resists smudging, leaves skin free to breathe all day. Looks fresh, natural. RRP $80." (1)
I was given the shade 0.5 to try out, which is a very light warm toned colour. I trialled this foundation with a couple of different primers with varied results, but here is what the foundation looks like without a primer base.
Without a primer the foundation clings to any dry or flaky patches (especially my chin!) but it looks fine on the rest of my skin. It covers my large pores and conceals my imperfections really well without making me look too "fake" looking.

Using a primer makes this foundation look a lot smoother if you have dry skin or any imperfections like me. Pretty much every primer I used with this foundation worked well, but my favorite was MAC's Strobe Liquid! 

This foundation is quite pale, warm toned, and easy to apply with fingers, brushes or sponges! It dries fairly quick, so you need to work in small sections to avoid making the foundation look cakey. It has a soft matte finish, so you don't have to use a finishing powder! This foundation lasts for a long time on my skin without fading or getting too shiny. ^.^
Would I Purchase This Product?
I absolutely love this product and am planning on purchasing it as soon as I can afford it! Colour wise, it's almost perfect. It could do with a little lightening, but it's got a lovely warm tone so it's quite passable for everyday wear for me. I really love the formula, it gives me medium coverage and a soft matte finish that makes it a perfect fancy face product for occasions when I want to look like a more flawless me! 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review - TonyMoly Luminous Aura CC Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the TonyMoly CC Cream in Live Aura and Pure Aura! I purchased 10 sample packets of each CC Cream to try before buying full size, because it's quite difficult to judge the colour of a CC Cream since they  are supposed to adjust to your skin!

The TonyMoly CC Cream comes in three different types, Luminous Live Aura, Luminous Pure Aura and Luminous Bright Aura (which is apparently quite glittery). The Luminous Live Aura is a pink liquid and the Luminous Pure Aura is a white liquid. I've done a CC Cream Swatches comparison post on my pale skin and my sisters tanned skin, but here are the direct colour comparisons for the Live and Pure Aura CC Cream!
The Live Aura seems to oxidize a little more orange on my arm than it does on my face, but both CC Creams seem relatively pale.
My sister has darker skin that I do, and both of the CC Creams almost match her skintone. They both give a white cast which makes them unsuitable for her to use.

TonyMoly Luminous Live Aura CC Cream
The Luminous Live Aura CC Cream starts off as a pale pink runny liquid and turns slightly orange when blended. It covers my pores well, but gives me zero blemish coverage. It has a very dewy finish and tends to accentuate my fine lines, which is quite a big negative for me! It doesn't really have any oil control, so I tend to get quite shiny after about 2-3 hours.



TonyMoly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream
The Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream is super duper dewy and moisturizing! I cannot wear this CC Cream outside without powdering otherwise I look quite sweaty. This CC Cream is warmer and paler than the Live Aura CC Cream so it suits my complexion better even though it oxidizes slightly darker.
What I Love
The Pure Aura is quite pale and warm toned
Easy to apply
Suits a variety of skin tones 
Can be used as a "lazy face" or as a primer
SPF30 PA++


What I Don't Love
Very sheer coverage
Very very dewy


Final Thoughts
I definitely prefer the Pure Aura CC Cream over the Live Aura CC Cream! I think these are fantastic to use underneath foundations because they provide heaps of moisture. I use the Pure Aura CC Cream as a lazy face product because it has quite a high SPF value and I'm lazy! :3

What are your favorite CC Creams? I also have the Missha and Etude House CC Creams to try out! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Manicure Monday - Strawberry Pop

Hello Princesses!

Today I have a super cute and happy manicure featuring OPI's Strawberry Martguerita and Born Pretty Store pastel blue studs. ^.^
I really liked the way this manicure turned out! It was quite flattering on my short nails, and would be great with gel polish for traveling (I find it looks nicer to have a design that is clear at the nail base if you don't have time to touch up your polish).

What do you princesses think of this design? Would you wear something like this on your nails?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Blogging 101 - Custom Fonts and Signatures

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you how I get cute fonts for my blog images! Unfortunately I can't figure out how to install them in Blogger, but they are quite useful for creating cute signatures and picture based headers. I found this tutorial through Pastel Cutie's tumblr so I can't take credit for the tutorial at all, but I can show you how I get mine installed!
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Here's a How To since I get this question a lot.
Instructions:
1. Download the .zip file (doublefeature.zip) using this link http://desktoppub.about.com/library/fonts/dd/uc_doublefeature.htm
2. Open the .zip file
3. Install
4. You should now be able to use "Double Feature" on Microsoft Work or Paint

I use a couple of different websites to download my fonts, including 1001 free fonts, Cool Text, Font Space and my personal favorite - Dafont. Fonts in 1001 Free Fonts, Cool Text and Dafont have little pop-up button that tells you what is commercial friendly and what is for personal use only, and some fonts have a "donate to designer" button for optional donations.

But what differentiates Commercial Use and Personal Use? This is a massive grey area for a lot of people, and if the fonts do not have a license or any type of usage instructions how do you know whether you can use this text for your purposes? I personally consider my blog to be "Personal Use" as my I don't use my blog to sell products or make a significant amount of money. However, if you were to use the fonts on business cards, artwork or any signage for stores or businesses that would be considered "Commercial Use" because you are directly using them to make money, then you would need to purchase a license to use the text.

Navigating each website is fairly simple, I tend to gravitate more towards the cute or elegant script, but I also download some of the wingding/shape texts too! This time I've been looking through Dafont's Valentine section because they have the cutest little fonts there! I'm going to download Sweat Hearts BV by Blue Vinyl (I'm going to assume the mean sweet hearts, but I'm not 100% sure there).
All you need to do is click the download button on the right of the page and then click "Open with WinRAR" (which I assume everyone has, if not, go and get it).
This will open up the file in WinRAR where you will find two files, one being the Readme file (please read it) and the other being the font installation folder. Blue Vinyls readme says;
Blue Vinyl Fonts
(c)1997-2004 bvfonts@bvfonts.com
http://www.bvfonts.com

 The Freeware Font(s) included in this pack were created by Blue Vinyl Fonts, (aka Jess or bvfonts@bvfonts.com). I have been creating fonts since September 12,1997.I am inspired by my uncontrolable love for music and computer graphics (my only freinds).All fonts are original works from the mind of bluevinyl,wooooo scary. 

Please do not include this font on any CD-Roms without written consent from bvfonts@bvfonts.com.  This font is not to be resold or remarketed.  This font is free to use in any private manner.  If you plan to use this font commercially in any manner please contact bvfonts@bvfonts.com concerning this for terms of commericial use. 

NO WARRANTIES. Blue Vinyl Fonts expressly disclaims any warranty for this SOFTWARE PRODUCT. This
SOFTWARE PRODUCT and any related documentation is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement. The entire risk arising out of use or performance of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT remains with you.

NO LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. In no event shall Blue Vinyl Fonts be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use this product, even if Blue Vinyl Fonts has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Blue Vinyl Fonts reserves the right to make changes to this license at any time.
Thank you ; )

All Rights Reserved by Blue Vinyl, 1997-2004.
Double click the installation text file, an click install. You can then close that window along with the WinRAR window and open up MS Paint or Photoshop.
In Paint or Photoshop, open up your text folders and scroll down to the font name (in this case - sweat hearts) and proceed typing as normal!
You can change the colours as normal, and use two or three different types of font to create your signature or post headers.
I recommend saving your picture text in the PNG format if you're uploading to your blog via Paint, because otherwise you can get odd shadows, greying and unnecessary noise if using a JPEG. The top picture is in JPEG, bottom picture is PNG.
To create a signature image for you blog you will first need to create the signature through a picture editor of your choice. Then you will need to upload the image to the image hosting site of your choice (I use Photobucket). Create a static image code like I showed you in my Simple HTML Codes post, and insert the image link at the bottom of your post or wherever you want it to be! 

If you want the signature to appear on all of your posts automatically, you can create a post template by going through the Settings - Posts and Comments - Post Template and inserting the HTML code there. You can also insert regular text if you always start your posts the same way as I do. This is what my shortened template looks like.
 
<div style="text-align: center;">
<span style="font-family: Verdana,sans-serif;">Hello Princesses!</span></div>
<div style="text-align: justify;">
<br />
<span style="font-family: Verdana,sans-serif;">Today I'm going to be</span></div>
<div style="text-align: justify;">
<br />
<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">

Cute Kitty Gif
<a href="http://media.tumblr.com/4b4ea2eccd1cf6b7a0ae93037a75afa7/tumblr_inline_mjlc6iMqDD1qbwjq3.gif" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://media.tumblr.com/4b4ea2eccd1cf6b7a0ae93037a75afa7/tumblr_inline_mjlc6iMqDD1qbwjq3.gif" /></a></div>
 
Social Media Icons

Signature 

<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-45LXv3KXct8/Ugi0dNQTXrI/AAAAAAAACfU/YOeSwb5l65Y/s1600/Signature+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-45LXv3KXct8/Ugi0dNQTXrI/AAAAAAAACfU/YOeSwb5l65Y/s320/Signature+2.jpg" height="134" width="320" /></a></div>
 
Google Analytic Code 

I hope this has helped you guys with creating fonts and signatures! ^.^ If you have any questions, leave them down in the question bar below and I'll do my best to help you out!

Next week I'll be showing you how I edit and watermark my blog photos! If you have any specific questions about the way I edit my pictures leave a comment and I'll include it in the tutorial! 
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