Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ardell Demi 102 false eyelashes [review with photos!!]

HELLO GUYS!

I have another review today on a set of false eyelashes I LOVE.
I LOVE doing reviews on products I genuinely love. 

I have had these for like a year or a year and a half and I never used them. 
SHAME ON ME. 

I truly adore these. 
I always thought they were rather dramatic 
and they're actually rather natural looking surprisingly.



They look amazing on my eyes when I'm just wearing a neutral and a bold lip. 
LOVE THEM!!

 



so here's why I love them.

  • The actual strip is invisible
  • reusable up to a generous number of times
  • very easy to clean
  • strip is very flexible and fits eye shape perfectly
  • are quite natural
  • not glossy
  • blend with lashes very well
  • look gorgeous on
  • affordable price 
  • high quality
  • look good on all eye shapes
  • criss crossed to make them look more natural
  • adds volume
  • adds length
  • they are flared at the end giving an illusion of a lifted eye
  • The packaging is easy to open and close. 
  • definitely worth the hype
 
 
 

I use the Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Black to apply this
and I have been loving them ever since I tried them the first time.

 
I'm a person who loves the spikey lash look, so if you like really natural lashes with hardly any volume or length - this is not for you. 
Other than that - I'm stocking up so that says a lot about what I think about them. 
APPROVED. 

Thanks for reading guys and
I hope you found it helpful ..
Thanks for supporting me, as always :D
Dyna
xxx

 FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the products myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with the company. I will not gain in any way through future purposes made. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

No - I DON'T HOOK UP.

HELLO GUYS!!

 


I just feel like talking about a subject, 
which is rather sensitive I would say. 
I'm not going to talk about my personal life or anything like that. 
I am a very personal person when it comes to my personal stuff. 

But I know a lot of girls read my blog, 
a lot of teenagers and I feel I need to say my say.

I live in Malta. 
A country, where, even if Maltese girls don't know,
has a reputation of having some easy girls. 

We have a nightime place called Paceville where there are a lot of clubs. 
Almost everyone goes there. 
Some people don't, people who don't like clubs and all that. 
I know quite a few people who don't like the place actually, and that's okay.

Now to put things into perspective - 
My ideal night out is going out, meeting up with my uni friends
we have a drink [and no - we don't drink to get drunk]
I sometimes don't even drink, 
especially now that I am driving. 
But I have gone out and not had a single drink 
because I didn't feel like it. 
Anyway, 
we go out, have a drink, go dancing.. have fun
and go home. 
That's my ideal night out. 
I'm a very simple girl

Now I am a highly opinionated person whose mouth you won't shut. 
I've been through some hard times,
I've cried myself to sleep way too many times. 
I still do, at times.
but I've lived through them all.

The subject I want to talk to you about is 
"Hooking Up".
And it's taking me some guts to write this, 
because this is a public blog.
But I feel it might help some girl out there. 

We live in a society brainwashed to have sex. 
Everything is sex-related. 
Celebrities who made sex tapes have become more famous. 
(Yes I'm talking about Kim K - I love her - but the sex tape did ample her fame)
People who sleep around like Snooki earn more than lawyers and have trademarked stuff. 
Celebrities who have cheated on their husbands or wives are "playboys" or "sex symbols". 
Yes. we are kind of brainwashed by society. 
The atmosphere in clubs, is meant to be "sexual"
because sex sells. 
A LOT of people go out to a club to hook up.

It doesn't mean that everyone who goes to clubs goes there to hook up. 
In all honesty, I'm just appalled at how girls wear belts as if they were skirts, 
wear a boob tube to show their belly button piercing during the cold winter days. 
And jackets don't exist. 

Yes, so I meet guys in clubs, right? 
Now in movies they picture everything like
"Do you want a drink?" and they start chatting. 

I don't know what other people encounter. 
For me - it's like this - 
A guy comes up to you when dancing .. 
makes sure he "cozies up" to you
(which in my opinion, is very gross)
Now I'm a very straightforward person. 
I just say it as it is.. 
and I tell them I don't hook up. 

And this is the fun part.
They walk away. 

Now girls, if a guy really likes you ..
he wouldn't walk away. 
You don't want a guy to see you as 
a good time. 

I am not judging other people who hook up.
This post is to all those girls who feel pressured to have sex. 

It's not OK for a guy to make you feel like you're not normal if you're not having sex with him. 
It's not OK for your friends to make you feel like you should be having sex. 
You have sex when you want to. 
Girl, it's your body. 
Embrace it. 
You have a choice. 
And if a guy is forcing yourself on you, that's abuse. 

Always remember, 
you're a human being. 
A person. 
A beautiful person. 
If you hook up with a guy and you barely know him and he barely knows you, 
he doesn't like you for you. 
he is just attracted to you. 
 And if a guy fails to see what a beautiful person you are, 
and actually get to know you. 
It's HIS loss. 
You wouldn't want a jerk to take advantage of you.

There are a lot of guys out there who will try to take advantage of you.
Trust me. 
I'm a jerk-magnet. 
I know.

But you just have to remember it's OK,
you're not alone. 
I'm Dyna and I don't hook up.
I'm very proud about that.
and Kelly Clarkson is proud to say it too.



Anyway. 
Now that I made my point. 
I just wanted to tell you to always be "YOU"
and you're beautiful, 
no matter how a jerk makes you feel. 
I know that, because deep down, 
you know it too. 

Dyna

xxxx



Sunday, January 29, 2012

And just as I was heading out the door.. it started raining #make up look

HELLO GUYS!
Yeah I still went out ehehhe. 
I just waited for the rain to calm a little 
and headed out the door. 

But don't you hate it when you're all dressed up and it starts raining?!

Oh well. 





 









These are the products I used:

FACE
ELF mineral infused face primer
NYX HD foundation in sand beige and warm sand
Essence forget it concealer - pink and beige shades*
ELF mineral booster in tinted and yellow
ELF studio pressed powder in almond
Sleek Limited edition blush in pan tao
ELF healthy glow bronzing powder in luminance

EYES 
 ELF eyelid primer 
ELF studio cream eyeshadow in bronzed
Essence quattro eyeshadow in Ciao Bella!*
Essence long lasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow Palette in Greed - matte black
Max Factor HD Masterpiece Mascara in black *
Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes
Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark tone



EYEBROWS
NYX single eyeshadow in dark brown 
ELF wet gloss lash and brow mascara

LIPS
Barry M lip paint in 147 Peachy Pink*


* all items marked with  an * were not purchased personally by me. They were gifts, giveaway prizes or items I got on a swap from other beauty bloggers or friends of mine. 


That's it for today -
I hope you like this look guys!
Let me know what you think below :D

Have an awesome day
Dyna
xxxx



FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the products myself for my personal use unless stated otherwise and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What I got from Sarah :D #swap-time :D

HELLO GUYS!!

So I got my swap box from Sarah  who owns Sarah's blog today :D :D
And I decided to show you a sneaky peeky of what products she got me.
I'm not going to list them all - 
but I will be listed the products I am most excited about.. 

:D


NYC HD Seperating Mascara
I love trying out new mascaras so I'm excited to try this out

St Moriz Dark Tanning Mousse
I already have one of these and I'm soon running out - so Sarah got me 2 of them :D [THX girl xx]

No7 Wheatsheaf eyeshadow  
- It looks like a gorgeous all over eyeshadow - something I think I'll love

Essence french glam stickers 
- Oh these are pretty self-adhesive stickers. Definitely excited about these

Beauty Blender sponge 
- since everyone seems to love it, I'm glad I get to try it out too :D

Catrice 030 OMG I want that! eyeshadow palette
YAY I got some Catrice stuff - Catrice is going to be launched real soon in Malta so I'm glad I get to try it out before that :D

Essence quattro eyeshadow in 01 CIAO BELLA!
I'm sure I've seen this in the Essence stands 
but I've never really looked at it.. the shades look gorgeous..
and I think I'll grow quite fond of this. 

Sigma E25 Blending travel brush
I can never have enough blendin brushes and sincethis is quite raved about, I'm very excited about this.

Essence gel eyeliner brush -
Again, I like brushes .. and I definitely use a lot of angled eyeliner brushes. This is definitely going to be useful.

Barry M instant nail effects in black -
AAA. I've been dying to get one of these crackle polishes. So I tried it today.. 
and I applied on my nail ..
and was like.. wait why isn't cracking? 
haha apparently it cracks as it dried because it happened like 3 seconds after. 
REALLY excited!!

Batiste dry shampoo travel size -
I am so excited to try this out and see how it compares to the Tres Emme dry shampoo :)

Natural Collection Lip Lines in Almond -
Oh this is one pretty lip liner - PEACHY darn it. I love my peachy lip products. 
No7 Cheeky Chops 240 -
A pretty pinky coral - GORGEOUS nail polish

Natural Collection Cream Blusher -
I'm actually excited to use this on my lips as a gloss or something not as a blush 
I don't think it would show up on me as a blush anyway

Barry M glossy tube in matt pink-
Ok first of all a gloss can't be matte, it can be shimmerless not matte. 
And this is like a peachy pink gloss ..looks pretty in the tube

Essence nail polishes in Where is the party? and No More Drama
I definitely like essence polishes so I'm excited to try two other nail polishes

Essence forget it concealer 
Ok I have never tried this before 
and honestly I would have never picked it up,
but I think I'll give it a try :)

Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick 010 Be Natural!
A GORGEOUS peachy nude. I'm going to wear this tonight I think :D 

Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick collection in 03
Another gorgeous peachy nude but a shade darker and with a slight mauve undertone. 
LOVE IT!

Barry M Lip Paints in 146 Dolly Pink, 147 Peachy Pink
If  you've been following my blog for a while.. you'd know hoe much I love my Barry M lip paint in peach, 
a shade, really hard to wear -
but really awesome when you know how to rock it. 
Sarah got me 2 other shades!!
Dolly Pink 146 - A creamy slightly glossy barbie pink with a strong purple undertone
Peachy Pink 147 - A matte perfect peach. Yeah I said it - PERFECT PEACH. And coming from me that says a lot

She also got me some Primark make up products, false lashes and stuff like that so I'm excited to try those out.

Now that I've bored you .. 
I'm going to head off.. 
put on some make up 
and head out soon.. because I just need to shake off all the boredom from studying and assignments
WOOHOO!!

Hopefully will get back to doing videos soon :D
xxx

Have an awesome Saturday Night 
!!
Dyna
xxx

FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I was sent these items for free in a Swap, and I'm not obliged to mention any products or blogs :) Everything I said is my genuine opinion :)



Friday, January 27, 2012

Barry M lipgloss in bubblegum [review w/ swatches] !!




Hello guys!!

Today I'm going to review Barry M's lipgloss in bubblegum.

I have had my eye on these for a while 
but Barry M is just unavailable in shops in Malta, 
so that kind of sucks. 
and I got this in my Secret Santa Box which was super exciting.


PACKAGING
Standard packaging, 
Very nice and secure
Stopper works nicely too.
Sponge tip applicator

TEXTURE
Not sticky at all, and not runny either.
Not drying at all, but not moisturising either.




SMELL
I  LOVE the smell!!
I admit to randomly opening this and taking a whiff.
Yes, I'm addicted. 
Oh btw I haven't said what the smell is hehe.. it smells of bubblegum. 
Surprise surprise :D



SHADE
Cool toned blue based bright pink.

FINISH
creamy glossy finish

 
BOTTOM LINE
I really really like this.. I wish would have been slightly more pigmented, but it's not sheer or anything like that.
Definitely going to try out more shades.


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I got this product in a swap and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

FOTD: green frost feat ELF 6 in 1 palette !!

HELLO GUYS!

Today is actually a no make up day for me - 
and I actually posted a photo of that in my facebook page which you can check out HERE
BUT last week I was experimenting with the green in the ELF 6 in 1 palette and this is the look I came up with -
I LA-LA-LOVED the greens in this palette :D 




So here are the photos:









This is what I used:



FACE
ELF studio flawless finish foundation spf15 in buff
Essence soft touch mousse make up in 04 matt ivory
Max Factor Compact Foundation spf15 in natural
ELF studio pressed powder in almond
ELF 6 in 1 palette happy hour blush

EYES
ELF eyelid primer
ELF 6 in 1 palette – beach retreat greens - free for pr purposes
ELF 6 in 1 palette – fay to night – dark charcoal shade- free for pr purposes
ELF 6 in 1 palette – pretty picnic highlight shades. - free for pr purposes
Essence stay long long lasting eyeliner
Max Factor HD Masterpiece mascara in black
Essence Vampire's Love Volumising Lash Powder


EYEBROWS
NYX single eyeshadow in dark brown
ELF wet gloss lash and brow mascara

LIPS
NYX black label lipstick in nude
ELF studio glossy gloss in ballet slippers


That's it for this post -
I'm going to drown myself in the dreadful assignments that I have to do. 
But as I promised, I'm posting my post-a-day 
No matter how busy :D

and After all of this is over.. 
I shall paint my face black, cover myself in old cloths, b
urn a copy of every stupid assignment in a massive bonfire 
and sing & dance to this song because I'm that cool :) 


 Bye guys!!

Take care
xxx

Dyna

FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Essence I love style liquid eyeliner in ultra black [review w/ swatches] !!

Hello guys, 
I'm back with another review :D woohooo

So I have had this liner for a while and I almost finished it.
Oh ok. I have had this for a LONG while.
and I know what you're thinking - 
It's about time you make the review!!





Oh well. Onto the review:

THE PACKAGING
Pretty sleek, 
sponge tip applicator. 
stopper works nicely too. 

LASTING POWER
Err. Here is the meh part.
The lasting power is horrible.
It smudges, is non waterproof.





PIGMENTATION
This is an intense black.
I like my black shades, the blackest of the blacks.. intense, extreme, carbon black.
You get it.


the swatch  on the bottom


PERFORMANCE
This is nice to apply, easy to take off, 
but horrible staying power. 
It smudges off ..
and is definitely non waterproof.
This has a glossy finish. 
Used Essence I love style liner

I used the Essence I love style liner for the lace part of this look.

used Essence I love style liquid eyeliner in ultra black on the top lashline


BOTTOM LINE
This is ideal for people who want liquid eyeliner which is easy to remove
but don't dare touch your eyes when it's on. 
Because it will smudge off. 
I will not repurchase, since I like the essence waterproof liner better, 
which I'll feature in a future review real soon. 
I don't recommend this, I do recommend the waterproof one though. 


Thank you so much for reading guys :)
Love y'all 
xx
Dyna
xx



FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Essence stay with me long lasting lipgloss [review w/ swatches] !!

Hello guys!!

I had my one and only exam today!!
So thank god that's done -
Now 9 assignments to go.
And this semester's done woohoo.
And then the dreadful last one. haha.


Today I'm going to review Essence's stay with me long lasting lipgloss in # 02 my favourite milkshake.

 

I have had my eye on these for a while 
and I once read a review on this lipgloss 
and it looked it gorgeous in the shop. 
It screamed my name hehe.




PACKAGING
Rather small packaging, 
very travel-friendly, 
very cute. 
Hourglass plastic applicator. [I still have to post a photo of the wand - sorry]
I only have an issue with the names, 
the name on the label wore off within the first day.

TEXTURE
Not sticky at all, and not runny either.
Not drying at all, but not moisturising either.




SMELL
A very sugary smell.
I don't really like it that much, 
it's a bit too sweet. 






SHADE
This is a sheer peachy pink nude shade.

FINISH
glossy finish. 

BOTTOM LINE
I quite like it, it's a shade darker than ELF's hypershine lip gloss and more peach than pink. 
I found it a bit too sheer for my rather pigmented lips.
I wouldn't repurchase because I like more pigmented lipglosses :)


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the products myself for my personal use unless stated otherwise and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this post is my genuine honest opinion :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

When life gives you lemons.. you make an awesome lemonade!!

HELLO GUYS!
After the amazing response I had yesterday with my "Me and My skinny self" post
I realised I should be more open in my posts..

Whatever you do..
Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. 
Don't let them impose their negative thoughts on you. 
If you want something and believe it's something that's going to make you happy. 
Don't just sit there and dream about it. 
Do something. 




A lot of people who follow my blog don't know I love to sing.
I used to do go to singing lessons.. but honestly..
I don't think that expanded my horizons. 
So I stopped. 

I still sing.. 
but not that I "train" or do the technical stuff..
I only do the fun parts haha ..
I love belting everything out. 

My lovely friend once told me..
if I felt bad.. 
I should try writing my emotions down.

And I was going through a really tough time 
and I wrote my emotions and whatever I wanted to say down. 
Turns out.. 
they could work as amazing lyrics.

Now I once handed a set of lyrics to a composer
and he meant to write the musci for my lyrics. 

Yeah. 
That was two years ago. He never contacted me back. 
And honestly, it really put me off.

Until recently, 
I found out my friend has a band, 
and he plays the piano. 

I'm currently going through a really tough time.. 
with a lot of things going on. 
And I feel depressed. 

Now when I feel depressed, 
I write some lyrics, 
and they turn out really nice.
And it actually feels good 
because I allow myself to be vulnerable in my lyrics..

So I'm teaming up with my friend now to "hopefully" write a song 
out of all the drama that's happening at the moment. 

Because when life gives you lemons, you make one awesome lemonade! 

And that actually makes me feel really looking forward to it. 
I LOVE getting creative 
and I love singing and all that.. 
so I feel I'm reviving an old dream I had. 
And I'm finally doing something about it.

Now.. not everyone supports my singing.. 
some people (relatives)
have told me they find my voice annoying 
and they don't really support my singing. 


This is my in the recording studio when recording my last cover version 2 years ago


But - I LOVE doing it. 
and it just feels right. 

Here is a 2 year old recording of a Mariah Carey song I sung a while ago.. 


So don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. 
If they do that...
tell them 
"Watch Me".


Lots of love and wishing you an awesome day..
Dyna 
xxx


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Me and my skinny self.

Hello guys :D

Ok. I want to talk to you about an insecurity of mine today.
Everyone has their own insecurities. We all have them...
It's how we deal with them that makes it count.

I feel I'm a bit "too skinny" and honestly..
it's not something I was bothered with..
until people actually mentioned it or confronted to me about it.

I used to weigh like 50 kilos when I was 16.
I had nicely sized breasts, and nice butt.

Then, I started working.
I messed up my eating habits,
and lost my appetite
and I was barely eating.

I'm not anorexic.
I know I'm skinny.

People keep telling me to eat to gain weight and all that..
I do eat.

But people don't understand that I know I'm skinny.
I don't need to be told over and over again..
I am not at an unhealthy weight..

but yeah,... my arms are rather skinny.. and bony.

What can I do?

I live with it.
I'm not going to beat myself for it..
and say Oh I look gross and all that.

My point is...
whatever your insecurity is..
you have to embrace your whole self and just be YOU.

Screw what other people tell you -


We only live one life..
and if people keep turning you down,
maybe they don't deserve to be in your life.

JUST GO OUT THERE
do your thing..

and if people tell you anything that turns you down..
tell them to talk to Dyna's skinny hand.


I just feel I need to write posts like these..
because I write a lot of blog posts on beauty and all that.
But if you don't think you're beautiful ..
no make up will fix that for you.
Embrace your flaws.
You can't be perfect
Nobody is.


 just be YOU..


This is my ultimate favourite photo from my recent shoot -



it screams
"There's so much beyond what you see"

and yes - this photo is going to be my soon to be banner.
haha.

Love you guys :D
- Dyna
xxx


Saturday, January 21, 2012

A simple FOTD because I haven't done one in a while. [feat ELF 6 in 1 palette] !!


HELLO GUYS!!

I have a FOTD today!! because I haven't done a simple one in a while :D
I was experimenting with the ELF 6 in 1 palette : party picnic 
and this is what I came up with:




 

 


 FACE
Essence soft touch mousse make up in matt ivory 04
ELF mineral booster in yellow
Max Factor Compact foundation spf15 in natural 03
ELF warm bronzer

EYES
ELF mineral eyeshadow primer
ELF 6 in 1 palette in pretty picnic, date night (matte dark grey) - free for pr purposes
Essence stay long lasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
Essence vampire's love volumising lash powder
NYX fly with me mascara

EYEBROWS
NYX single eyeshadow in dark brown
ELF wet gloss lash and brow mascara in crystal

LIPS
Collection 2000 cream puff in fairy cake

I hope you like it ladies :D
Let me know below :D
See you in the next post!

Dyna 
xxx


 FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

ELF studio cream eyeshadows [review with swatches] !!


HELLO GUYS!!

I have a few ELF products I still have to review.. 
and this is one of them. 
Now before I say anything..
I'm not too keen on cream eyeshadows, I'm very powder all the way kind of person..
unless I need a base. 
I used to use my ELF studio cream liner in black and coffee as bases..
and while they worked nicely, 
this works even better than them!!

 


PACKAGING
Bulky, bulky, bulky,
sorry elves, I don't get the point why a couple of the studio line products have such a bulky packaging. 
This is around the same size as the lip conditioner wth spf 15 from ELF's studio line.. 
so it's pretty bulky and space-consuming.



pewter, smoke



pewter, smokey



bronzed








bronzed


pewter, smoke


pewter, smoke



TEXTURE
Glides so smoothe, I love it!!

APPLICATION
I used to use my ELF studio concealer brush to apply this..
I find it does an amazing job at it, much better than fingers. 
But lately, I found it works better with a fluffy brush
I usually use my ELF contouring eye brush that comes with the ELF mineral eyeshadow set.


SHADES
BRONZED: A warm bronzey brown shade with gold shimmers.
PEWTER: A greyish shade with a metallic sheen with a green  undertone.
SMOKE: A metallic greyish black

PIGMENTATION
Very nicely pigmented

LASTING POWER
Lasts all day with or without a primer.

BOTTOM LINE
I LOVE these as a base for smokey eyes. I can't recommend these any further.
I'm so glad I tried this.. I highly recommend this product.


FTC DISCLAIMER: I am not paid to do this post. I bought the product myself for my personal use unless otherwise stated and I am not affiliated with any company. Everything I said in this review is my genuine honest opinion :)