Diana's Make up World

Nail Polish Lottery Club ~ Week 5 ~10 February 2013

Hi everyone!

It’s Sunday again! That means time for another Nail Polish Lottery club post.

This week’s NPL club number was 6. Finally! A single digit number, so I don’t have to add anything up. Number 6 on my list was OPI – Your palapa or mine.

I had this polish for a while, and for some reason couldn’t bring myself to wear it. I bought it for two reasons: the name is funny and it is green.

Your palapa or mine is a beautiful spring green, not too much in your face green, even suitable for the office. Better let the images do the talking:

NPL club week 5 - OPI Your Palapa or mine

NPL club week 5 – OPI Your Palapa or mine

NPL club week 5 - OPI Your Palapa or mine

NPL club week 5 – OPI Your Palapa or mine

NPL club week 5 - OPI Your Palapa or mine

NPL club week 5 – OPI Your Palapa or mine

This week’s shout out goes to the second person to join our club.

It was Lindsay from Turning the Pages. She has both a Youtube channel and a blog with that name. Both her blog and channel are worth checking out: she does lots of reviews, tags, tutorials, and even giveaways.

You must see her nail polish collection, it is amazing:

Let me know how your week was, and what nail polish you’re wearing now.

To keep up to date with the NPL club please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub

Want to join? Read the NPL club guidelines and please contact me.


Nail Polish Lottery Club ~ 3 February 2013

Hi everyone!

It’s time for week 4 of the Nail Polish Lottery Club.

This week’s NPL club number was 48. I don’t own 48 unused nail polishes so I used number 4+8=12 on my list. It is a Ruby nail polish again.

This time it is a lilac purple that I really love. The consistency was a little thin, but with two coats I got full coverage.  In these photos I’m wearing 1 coat Nail Envy, 2 coats Ruby nail polish, and Sally Hansen top coat.

NPL Club week 4 - Ruby nail polish

NPL Club week 4 – Ruby nail polish

NPL Club week 4 - Ruby nail polish

NPL Club week 4 – Ruby nail polish

NPL Club week 4 - Ruby nail polish

NPL Club week 4 – Ruby nail polish

The club is growing and we have lots of new members joining us. Judi and I decided it would be fun if we introduce one member every week, so that everyone knows about the others participating.

This week we are giving a shout out to Pegi from SuperLadySheba on Youtube. She was the first person to contact me about the club. At that point we didn’t even have a name decided yet!

I love Peg’s videos: she covers thrift hauls, reviews and lots of perfume reviews. She is quite a perfume expert! Also she keeps her videos pretty short, between 5 and 10 minutes, something that I really like. I’m linking below her NPL club video from last week, she wore the most amazing Illamasqua nail polish. Enjoy!

Let me know how your week was, did you try any fun nail polishes this week?

To keep up to date with the NPL club please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub

Want to join? Read the NPL club guidelines and please contact me.

Top 5 Most Used – January 2013

Hi everyone!

January is almost over, I don’t know if I should be happy or sad. One thing is for sure: time does fly!

Make up helped a lot to brighten my beginning of the year anxiety. I did not buy anything but did a few swaps. Getting a fun package in the mail is always going to make my day.

As far as make up application I kept it to basic, as usual. Mornings are never good for me!

My top 5 most used products for January are:

  • Real Techniques stippling brush: so far I can say I was expecting something better, but I still have to play with this new toy.
  • Clinique Redness Solutions loose powder: my current foundation is more on the dewy side, so I need lots of powder. Why do I use a dewy foundation when I don’t have dry skin? Can’t say right now, but I promise to reveal later.
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso: this blush is pure genius! I can’t believe I did not use Milani before. Milani please start trading in the UK too!
  • Bourjois Effect 3D lipgloss: if you have access to Bourjois go and check out their lipglosses. They are the best high street / drugstore lipgloss on the market.
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip balm in 01 Honey: this product has so many reviews it doesn’t need a description from me. I just need to say one thing – Revlon please rename it! The long name is too much for me!

How was your January? Did you get the January dreaded blues?

Just Empties #1 – Clinique, Aqua di Parma

I love watching Youtube empties videos. Don’t you? It is one of my favorite things to do, as it tells me a lot about what others are using.

But unlike other Youtubers I hate hanging on to empty packaging, and most importantly I don’t have that much space available to store it.

What to do? Here is where blogging beats vlogging. I am going to just post in here any make up empties, as soon as I’m done with them. Clean house, clean make up area, problem solved!

So here we go, I have two empties for you today.

Product name and pricing:
Clinique Even Better Make up SPF 15 foundation.
£23 for 30ml on the Clinique website
Finished in:
January 2013
Had it for…
1 year and half! I thought I’ll never finish this tube!
The claims are…
Anti-aging, Covers or treats uneven skin tone, Mineral enriched, Long wearing
What did I think of it?
A great liquid foundation, with medium buildable coverage. Long lasting, around 8 hours on normal combination skin. A great color match for my skin tone.
Will I repurchase?
No because there are too many other foundations to try out. I must have them all!

Clinque Even Better Make Up SPF 15

Clinque Even Better Make Up SPF 15

Product name and pricing:
Aqua di Parma Blu Mediteraneo – Mirto di Panarea edt
£74 for 150 ml on Space NK
Finished in:
January 2013
Had it for…
1 month. It came with my Space NK Boxing Day sale items. Surprisingly, I actually used it and it’s not gathering dust.
The claims are…
Panarea, the smallest and oldest of the Aeolian Islands, seems suspended in time. It’s evoked by a fragrance with a regenerating top, characterised by the aromatic notes of myrtle and basil together with lemon and bergamot. At the heart, a sea breeze accord melts with jasmine and rose. An intense base with lentiscus and juniper, combined with cedar wood and amber.
What did I think of it?
I really liked it and was surprised that I did.
Will I repurchase?
I would, but I need to finish lots of other perfumes first.

Aqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea

Aqua di Parma Mirto di Panarea

What products did you go through lately? Did any of them surprise you?

Nail Polish Lottery Club ~ 27 January 2013

Hi everyone!

It’s week three of the Nail Polish Lottery club. Can you believe how quick time has passed? Week 3 already!

This week’s NPL club number was 79. I don’t own 79 unused nail polishes so I used number 7+9=16 on my list. It’s a Ruby nail polish that does not have a name.
It came as part of a beautiful make up set from good friend, it was very sweet of her! I “ruined” my manicure a little this week, so there will be no close up pictures, just the video:

Thank you to everyone who is involved in the Nail Polish Lottery club in any way! Both me and Judi are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we got from all of you! Thank you and can’t wait to see your results every week!

To keep up to date with the NPL club please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub

Want to join? Read the NPL club guidelines and please contact me.

Mail from Judi & Space NK haul

This is just a very quick post about a package I got in the mail from my friend Judi. She sent me some wonderful things that I will be using a lot.

If you are not subscribed to her channel already, it’s definitely worth checking out. She is the sweetest person on Youtube and my “make up dealer” from across the pond. Also, she has a great blog where she talks a lot about nail polish!

In my video, I’m also showing my Space NK Boxing Day haul. I went a little crazy with the spending, but I got some great bargains. You can still check their sale here, there are a few things left.

Enjoy watching and let me know how your week has been! Have you bought anything interesting lately?

List of products shown:
Estee Lauder nail polish: Enchanted garnet, Berry hot
Sephora + Pantone Universe nail polish: Evergreen
Bare Minerals: The Afterparty quad
Chanel no 31 Tulip lip pencil
Chanel no 85 Coquette lipstick
Shu Uemura enriched high performance balancing cleansing oil
Shu Uemura cream eyeshadows in taupe and beige
Chantecaille Bengali palette

Nail Polish Lottery Club ~ 20 January 2013

How was your week everyone? Mine was busy, but no complaints here!

On the NPL club front, this week’s lucky number was 187. As I don’t have 187 nail polishes I used 1+8+7=16. Number 16 on my list was a green mini Venique nail polish. I don’t know the color name, as the mini bottle doesn’t have it.LE: The color name is Ga-loshes Glow and you can see more photos on Judi’s blog.

Yes, I’m lucky again this week and again I get to wear green!

Nail Polish Lottery Club - Venique mini

Nail Polish Lottery Club – Venique mini

I’m wearing a base coat (Nail Envy) and three coats of the Venique. This Venique was a bit streaky to apply, but with 3 coats it turned out fine.

Are you wondering what’s the La Boheme programme doing in my nail polish post? There is a reason for everything!
This Friday afternoon (18th of Jan) me and a friend decided not to go home after work. Instead, we went to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and asked them if they have any last chance tickets. And what do you know, they did have a few, varying in price. We chose the cheapest of course! Still we had good seats, at the very back but with good stage view. The music was wonderful and we got to see these amazing performers:

Nail Polish Lottery Cl.ub at the opera

Nail Polish Lottery Cl.ub at the opera

Visit the Royal Opera House’s website here for details on their history and the shows this season. I try to visit them twice or three times every year, and I also make sure not to miss the Royal Ballet School end of year show.

Update: I found the Royal Opera House has an Youtube channel, here is what they have to say about La Boheme:

To keep up to date with the NPL club please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub

Want to join? Read the NPL club guidelines and please contact me.

My NPL Club giveaway is still open here, make sure you enter by Friday the 25th.

Nail Polish Lottery Club ~ 13 January 2013

We had an amazing response for the Nail Polish Lottery Club – and now it’s time to post this week’s results!

A big Thank You to everyone who is participating and everyone who is supporting the club in any way!

The lucky number for this week is 151. As I don’t have 151 nail polishes, I’m wearing number 7 on my list: Color Club – Age of Aquarius.
This week’s number was really lucky for me. This polish is one I wanted to wear for a while, but I kept postponing it. It’s a beautiful green – my favorite color!

Color Club Age of Aquarius

NPL Club – week 1
Color Club – Age of Aquarius

Check out my Youtube video for this week – trust me you’ll want to watch, there’s a surprise giveaway. All the details are on Youtube.

To keep up to date with the NPL club please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub

Want to join? Read the NPL club guidelines and please contact me.

Have a great Sunday everyone and I hope to hear more from you on how your week went!

*New* Join the Nail Polish Lottery Club today!

It’s January again, that time of the year when we swear to start buying less and using our collections more!

What do you say to a fun new way to start using your nail polish collection? Maybe you have a few polishes that you never got around to actually wearing? I know I do!

What is the Nail Polish Lottery club, and how does it work?
Lovely Judi from http://middleagedbeautyqueen.wordpress.com and I came up with a great idea to put our collections to good use.

All you have to do is make a list of all the nail polish you never used, organize it in a spread sheet and assign a number to each polish.
Every week, on Mondays we will select a number from random.org and that will be the nail polish everyone in the club will have to wear that week! (Not the whole week, if you don’t want to).
Those of us in the club who have a blog or Youtube channel will post the results every Sunday.
For all the details on how it works please read the guidelines here.

Ready to join or do you have more questions about the club?
Send me an e-mail at dianasmakeupworld@gmail.com

Our first draw – 7th of January 2013
This week’s result is:

Nail Polish Results 7th of January 2013

Nail Polish Results 7th of January 2013

The background story
Not so long ago, while re-organizing my nail polish collection I realized there are quite a few un-used bottles. Watch my video to see what I did next:

From there it didn’t take long until Judi contacted me. She does weekly videos and blog posts about a nail polish she never wore before. She thought why not combine the lottery and the weekly nail polish video, so here we are!

Like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub
We are posting weekly draw results, photos, video and having lots of fun so join us there!

My 2012 Top 10 Best Buys

Happy New Year 2013!

I didn’t post on the blog for a while, but I keep posting videos on Youtube so make sure you are subscribed to my channel!

These are my 2012 best buys. The ranking is very subjective and personal. Out of everything I bought in 2012 I think these are the best. The ranking is based on the quality of the product and how much I actually used the product.

10 – Lancome L’Absolu Nu lipstick number 102 this lipstick was my first red lipstick. It’s a sheer texture very easy to wear and to build intensity, if you want to. For a first red lipstick, I couldn’t have chosen any better.

9 – MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow this eyeshadow is a beautiful every day color. It is more than a neutral, but very work friendly.

8 – MAC Extra Dimension Modern Pewter I love everything about this eyeshadow. The color, the formula, the packaging, and again it is a very work friendly everyday color.

7 – L’Oreal Infailible eyeshadows in Magnetic Coral Naughty Strawberry everyone knows these are dupes for Aramani Eyes to Kill. I don’t own the Armani version, but I don’t need to. The formula is beautiful, long lasting, and these two colors were all I wore last summer.

6 – Guerlain Pucci collection brush need I say more than Guerlain Pucci collection? The brush comes in a beautiful Pucci bag that is worth all the money. It’s not the best bronzing brush in the world, but beautiful anyway!

5 – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in 001 Honey this quickly became one of my favorite lip products. I carry it in my handbag and reapply without even looking in the mirror. Who needs more?

4 – L’Oreal Caresse lipsticks I think these are the best lipsticks that came out in 2012. They are moisturizing, sheer but buildable, just ideal for spring – summer. The color selection is beautiful as well.

3 – Guerlain Terracota 4 Seasons bronzer in 01 Blondes this is my “holy grail” bronzer. I don’t need to try any other bronzer again.

2 – Shu Uemura UV underbase never leave the house without SPF on! This mousse formula is very easy to apply, non sticky and has SPF 30.

1 – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation so far, this is the best foundation I ever owned. It’s long lasting, beautiful finish, medium coverage. The only downside is that it has a bit of fragrance and alcohol so be careful if your skin is sensitive. My skin didn’t react, although it is very sensitive.

This is it! My top 10 best buys of 2012? What are yours?

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