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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Nail Art: Pastel & Dots with FOA



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The difference in a nail look by just adding specks of glitter! This is an easy peasy look. Here I added orange hexagonal glitter pieces as an accent on my ring finger. I used Face of Australia's Orange You Glad You Came? and Castle in the Sky. They looked terrific all together.

My two tips. Face of Australia created such a lovely range of pastels, they look great mixed together. I'm pretty devo that the brand isn't around for me anymore, they are coming out with so many new products, I'm just admiring from afar. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner + Giveaway


Eyeliners. Since my first $12 purchase of a Sephora Liquid Liner in 2008, I've been relying on it since. In either two forms it came in, liquid or gel. But it's only been over a year and a half since I incorporated the winged liner as my every day look, and it's only been a few months since I've become acquainted with gel eyeliners. Not such a good habit, but, I rely on a swipe of this across each eyelid a day.

 It makes a difference.

I received one of the holy grail of all gel liners (since the beginning of time) from the lovely Ashley of Mizspa.  Mizspa is an online beauty shopping site which carries many big named brands, SKII, Clarins and Lancome to name a few, do check out their website, here

It was with great pleasure to affiliate with them, having followed their instagram for a while, I especially appreciate the love and effort they put into packaging their goods. Having a great love for eyeliners, I chose the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner set to review and share!


The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is perfect! Smooth and rich pigmentation which makes application easy. It dries matte and is budge-proof staying throughout the day, I haven't found any fault.

A gel liner as great as this is a must in any make-up stash. And thanks to Mizspa, I will be holding an international giveaway of this fantastic Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Set! 

I will also be holding this giveaway from Instagram as well as on this post (on Instagram it will be mandatory entries to repost, follow on Instagram and 'like' the Mizspa Facebook page)!

To enter this giveaway (+1):
1. You must be a GFC or Bloglovin' follower of this page
2. 'Like' Mizspa on Facebook!

Additional entries:
3. Follow Mizspa on Twitter (+1)
4. Follow me on Twitter (+1)
5. Tweet about the giveaway!
"A giveaway for a set of Bobbi Brown's amazing gel liners over at @Arsyparsy! Enter to win: http://bit.ly/16ETsKh" (+1)
5. 'Like' Arsyparsy on Facebook (+1)
6. Share my giveaway post on Facebook (+1)

Comment below with:
1. GFC/Bloglovin' name:
2.  Facebook name and pages liked:
3. Twitter handle:
4. Tweet link:
5. Share link:
6. And, tell me of your experience with eyeliners! Do you use it as often as I do? What is your go-to brand at the moment?


(Psst - You can also re-post on Instagram for an extra entry ☺! Check out @Alice_Please on Instagram for the post!)

Open internationally - giveaway will close on 14th September.
(I will need a few days to check with Mizspa for Facebook names ;))
 Find out more about this fantastic Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner after the jump!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Girlz Nailz' Gold on Black Fishnet Nail Wraps

The amount of time I've spent looking at nail wraps, and... the amount of nail wraps I already have on stash. They are complex, fiddly little things, which always turned me off from trying them out. Always with the fear of not getting them 'just right' and messing the whole thing up. But with the arrival of a nicely designed nail wrap sheet of Girlz Nailz on my desk, I had no excuse! I had to over come this fear.


I made a great choice in choosing the these nail wraps! They already look great from the packet. There are 22 nail wraps in the pack, enough for a full set of toe and finger nails! Upon unveiling the wraps from it's plastic packaging, it has a nice shine and a smooth finish.

And, hold up! As good as the quality of Minx nails, Girlz Nailz was previously a distributor to two leading UK nail wrap brands before starting up their own company - you are guaranteed quality!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Swatches + Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin, Hot Plum, Fuchsia Flash and Brazen Berry

Sighting these lipsticks in my local Shoppers, it never itched me at all to bother with these. Still being as frugal as ever, $12/lipstick... I just couldn't do it. I am super appreciative of the drugstore brands here being a lot lower priced than in Australia, but I still can't weigh out the costs.

(But I will definitely be throwing [drugstore brand makeup] hunnids once I am employed *giggles*)

I always admired the amount of makeup people in the US/Canada would be selling online. To my luck, I saw a lady selling six Maybelline Vivid lippies, but I still couldn't do it, even though it would have been $7.50~ a piece, it was just too much for my pocket to handle. I passed the offer and found myself curling in my bed the next few days, wide awake, thoughts going through my head of regret. I would awaken each successive morning, and peep into my, now- depressing lipstick box, with no shades I would want to wear. It is really hard now, from being buried (not really, just fourty+ lippies) a few months ago, and to now, just having a measily 12 to choose from. 

Another offer came up, of four lippies this time, and now, $8.00/ea. There were 3/4 in this bundle that I wanted. Oh, the pinks!!! The purples!!! I had to do it. I accepted the invoice, and a week and a half later...


I quickly scoffed down my blueberry waffles, sorted out my college application, and opened each lipstick in awe. I can't describe my happiness opening the package this morning. They are so beautiful.

Bottom to top: Hot Plum, Fuchsia Flash, Brazen Berry and Vibrant Mandarin

Close up: here

I am especially in love with Brazen Berry! It's a purple that I've never tried before. Vibrant Mandarin, I knew, once I opened the package that I wouldn't look so great on me, and that was true. But I do need a red-orange tone lippy in my life again (I previously had BYS Wet Red).

These are super pigmented, buttery, moisturising and stains so nicely!

A purchase, with no regrets!

Indepth reviews of my favourites of this lot to come ☺.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Nail Art: Maroon Embellished Claws

Chipped nails are a no go, I was just about to paint these babies! I sat on my bed, sighing and looked my one chipped index nail... How can I work my way around this, not have the standard curved nail and still use one of my new polishes...

Before and after shots: It's like a new person (set of nails)!

Essense came out with their new Colour and Go nail polish range and of course, I had to buy a few... 
Finally my change to try them out!

Products used:
Essence's Colour & Go 'Do you speak love?'
Microbeads off eBay!


Step 1:
I filed each one of them into a 'claw', 'v' form.
It looked pretty ugly when it was done, but I carried on and hoped for the best.

Step 2:
Painting two layers of Essence's Colour & Go 'Do you speak love?' on each nail:
Actually looks pretty cute...

Step 3:
And time to coat with a thick clear coat and embellish! 
 I went with three beads down the center from the bottom!

Voila!
It's true colour during daytime.... I love it!

I think this is the sweetest look - especially with the whole bling along the middle.
This stayed on for four days! Pretty awesome!