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Lilac eyes and red lips as seen on the runway for Dior Spring/Summer 2010 are a blooming inspiration. There”s a lot to love about this soft shade, not as girly girly as pink but with all its prettiness:
- Lilac nails as seen on Nicky Hilton. Most ranges now have a range of purples. There are some gorgeous lilacs and violets in that Miki minis range of nail polishes. Well cheap too.
- Pretty lilac beadwork in the Te Papa collection online.
- Lilac lips?
- Floral inspiration- Lilac pics on Google images
- Uma Thurman”s gorgeous Prada Oscar gown –
super subtle lavender/lilac.
It”s been a while since our last Pretty Pretty Party, and given my current homelessness, it”ll probably be ages until the next one, but never fear! If you need to freshen up your wardrobe, you can still get your swap on, next Sunday:
The Big Shwop
Sunday July 25
Venue: The St James Theatre, Courtenay Place, Wellington
Time: 10 am – 2.30 pm
Tickets: $20 from our website: www.thebigshwop.co.nz, or just turn up on the day
R 18 event as alcohol is being served
Bring up to 20 items of clothing
Tickets are $20, but because there are strict rules for what people can bring in, you know that the clothes will be good. Also, there”s all kinds of added goodies on the day. The way it works is that you drop off your clothes between 10am-12pm, you get to drink some Momo wine until 1pm while the clothes are sorted, and then you go shwoping with your vouchers (you get one for every item you bring in). Also, you”ll get a full size Trilogy product – Everything Balm for the ladies and aftershave for the gents, as well as goodies from Eco Store. Oh, and you can bring in your old cleanser to get a new one from Trilogy too. So I”ll see you
there, yes? Awesomesauce.
There are some nail colours that make my hands look neat and polished and unobtrusive (Revlon “Hot for Chocolate”). And there are some colours that make me want to stare at my fingers all day long. Enter Orly “Green with Envy”:
When my local Farmers started stocking full size Orly polishes (they had previously only had a fairly uninspiring, never-changing selection of minis) I was on to that like a woman obsessed with nail polish on to a new range of nail polishes–cf. “dog on a bone”.
The bluey-green “Green with Envy” was the first to catch my eye and after much um-ing and ah-ing (so many colours, so little cash), it ended up coming home with me.
I slightly lost some of my enthusiasm after applying the first coat. So sheer. Ridiculously sheer. Fortunately the second coat redeemed things a bit and would probably have been quite wearable if it weren”t for my horror of Visible Nail Line. So three it was:
My poor cold little hands. I had to warm them by the heater to remove some of the blue tone before taking these photos. The sun has finally made it far enough up to start melting the thick layer of frost on the ground, but it”s still so icy my hands have spent most of the morning wrapped around a endless parade of steaming hot cups of tea. But back to the polish.
It”s showing up slightly bluer in these pictures than it is in life. On my nails it is unmistakeably green. And of all the recent wave of greens this is the one that most suits my skin tone. Not that
I have any objection to wearing colours that aren”t entirely flattering–as a complete colour slut I”ll wear anything–but it”s nice to find something that is.
Wear has been excellent, which on my uber-ridgey nails is nothing short of a miracle, and I can say without hesitation: next time the pennies align themselves just right, I”ll be back at the Orly stand um-ing and ah-ing over the next colour to come home with me.
I came across this while reading an old copy of In Style (August 2008) in the bath last night:
“You have to work with what you”ve got,” the actress says of beauty rituals. “Don”t judge what you have, just love it.”
“Don”t judge what you have, just love it” would work nicely as a Surgeon General”s health warning
If you have a moisturiser that”s a bit too rich for you, try mixing it with a little bit of Aloe vera in the palm of your hand before applying.
I use the cheap Fruit of the Earth brand Aloe vera as
a hair gel and it also works nicely when mixed with moisturiser, so you don”t need anything fancy.
The only issue I”ve come across is that Aloe vera won”t mix well with something ultra thick like Nivea Creme. It tends to go a bit curdly. But it still applies nicely and helps give a soft, non-greasy finish.