To All my BusyBee’s, I Present to You: MAKEUPBEE “A Fun Way to Discover New Looks & Makeup Products”

Searching for New Makeup Inspiration, My Little Londoners?

Confessional:  Working full time in the wedding industry is phenomenal fun!  It is also phenomenal work!  So I do apologize for my lack-o-looks this past month.  Shame on myself, I know.  You know it’s bad when your husband says, “Love, when was the last time you did a makeup blog?”……  Oops!

So, I believe every apology should be accompanied by a GIFT!  And so without further ado…  Here is mine to you!!

Find London Moore on MakeupBee

MakeUpBee… What is it?  It is like Facebook for the “makeup-ly creative”.  This site is like a vault, filled to the brim with thousands of different looks, styles, personalities, products, and colorful amazing-ness; the code for the vault, you ask: join through Facebook as you are in!!  So, the next time I am pulled away from my blog to hand wedding-madness…. here is a “London-Approved” site that is not out to mail your e-mail address to everyone they know, or charge you to get inspiration!  They are purely for the joy of creativity in the form of makeup-art!

…and if you are looking for a makeup challenge….

MakeUpBee hosts (I believe…) monthly competitions with different themes, inspirations, and prizes!!  I just joined this months 2 minutes ago- the theme is “MARIE ANTOINETTE”, in celebration of Lime Crime’s new line “Palette D’Antoinette”.  I believe the prize is the palette as well- which, of course, anything Lime Crime or Sugar Pill I am dying to get my hands on!!  And I have no products of theirs- but people swear by them- so I want my readers to know weather I swear by them or not too ; ) !!

When in Need… Check MakeUpBee

The moral to this story my friends: (of course keep reading my blog, because I love your visits & comments, buuuut….) check MakeUpBee for new fun looks, artists, products, reviews, tutorials, etc… and let me know your thoughts!!  There are dozens of makeup communities out there- but MakeUpBee is my favourite and (for now) the only one I keep up to date with!!

Nails, Nails, Nails…. Arizon Tea Nails, Heart Nails, Cheetah Nails!!

Nail Art for the Not So Talented….

Well practice, practice, practice makes perfect people!!  over the past couple of months I have been trying to do a new nail design every other Saturday in order to train my hands to be steady.  I will be the first to tell you how much I am really no good at fine detail or keeping a steady hand, especially when it comes to doing my right hand!  I am DEFINITELY NOT ambidextrous…  But after a couple of months of practice– there is definitely a noticeable difference in what I am capable of doing!  SO keep hope people, and just keep painting.

Classic Sweet-Heart Nail Design

Colorful Cheetah Nail Design (Free Hand!!)

Arizona Tea Nail Design (little blurry… but you get the idea!)

With the last two nail pictures- I created my own nail colours!!  For the colourful cheetah nails I wanted a soft baby orange & I only had a burnt orange colour.  So, it was time to get creative!  I mixed that orange with a white and yellow until I got the perfect colour I was searching for.  Then the Arizona Tea nails obviously is a very specific colour of seafoam green…  So I had to mix a teal colour with white and a tad bit of lime green.  When mixing the colours the polish doesn’t stay wet for a while- it gets tacky pretty quickly.  So, if you choose to do this- work fast!!  But it is a great way to get the colour you want without having to pay for a WHOLE BOTTLE of the stuff!!

NYX Matte Nail Polish Haul- Swatches & Review

NYX Matte Nail Polish Haul

I love NYX makeup and so I thought I’d give some of their polishes a shot!!  I chose to try out the “Matte” polish because it isn’t very common & I loved the colours NYX offered.  Sephora & OPI have some matte polishes, but they tend to be a bit more pricey- whereas NYX is usually always more affordable!!

Colour Swatches

NYX Matte Orange $4.00

NYX Matte White $4.00

NYX Matte Taupe $4.00

NYX Matte Black $4.00

Review

NYX Matte nail polish comes in a 10 milliliter jar with a black pastic top.  I personally prefer this type of top because the brush on the inside is built into the plastic top.  It’s definitely a point knocker when the brush can be separated from the lid because eventually over time, the brush can and will just pop out…

The brush itself is pretty thick, but moves smoothly across the nail and the thickness doesn’t make doing your toes impossible!!  The bursh also has an angle to it- so you can flip it back and forth depending on where you need to create a curve or edge!!

The polish itself comes in gorgeous colours!! I chose Black, White, Orange, and Taupe- all of which can be viewed up top.  The polish is thick enough that you could be fine with 1 coat, but 2 really seals the deal.  The thing with this polish is that you don’t want to use a top coat!!  Top coats gives a sleek and glossy sheen to your nails and that is the whole point of a matte polish- to NOT have that gloss.  Therefore, without a top coat [like most matte polishes] the NYX Matte can also chip easier than polishes WITH top coats.

Another major bonus with NYX Matte polish is that they are affordable!!  All polishes are $4.00 and can be purchased HERE.  In the “order comments” box at the bottom of your check out, just let them know that LondonMooreBeauty sent ya!!

Overall… I am a big fan of NYX and their polishes.

Et c’est fin!!

Make a WISH this 2012: A New Years Dandelion Nail Design

MAKE A WISH: Dandelion Nail Design

The Inspiration & The Look:

Dandelion Nail Art Tutorial:

Start by painting your fingers whatever background colour you want!! I used JESSE’S GIRL nail polish from the JulieG collection called “GIRLS NIGHT OUT“.  It’s a gorgeous blue that you’ll never get tired of!!  Plus, this colour allowed the nail polish colours of the dandelion to really POP!!

From there take a green nail polish [a lighter green preferably] & start from the corner of your nail & create a curved line upwards.  Then draw a small rounded-edge-triangle on top [see picture for reiteration].

Now for the dandelion’s white fly-away pieces- you can use a toothpick, pencil tip, or the best product for this task: Migi Nail Art pens [which is what I use]!!  All you have to do is create dashes coming from the green triangle you drew!  The messier it looks the better… so don’t worry- you can’t screw it up :]

Then create the little dashes throughout the rest of your fingernails.  You can either recreate this on your other hand OR just do only dashes.  Make it so that some nails have fewer dashes and other nails have clusters of them!!

This look is really simple & darling!! Good luck and let me know how it goes 😀

Et c’est fin!!

Products Used By London:

-JESSE’S GIRL Julie G Collection Nail Polish “GIRLS NIGHT OUT”

-MMIGI NAIL ART Pens WHITE & GREEN

-REVLON Nail Polish “TOP COAT”

Fall Fashion 2011: The New “Non-Cliche” Holiday Nail Polish Colours & Katy Perry’s OPI Nail Polish Collection

The New “Non-Cliche” Holiday Colours…

Hey everyone!!  Well, Happy Saturday!!  It is getting closer and closer to the holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkkah, Christmas, and Boxing Day… PLUS whatever else you celebrate!!  So I decided that while BLACK FRIDAY looms closer and closer, I’d just put up some festive holiday nail polish colours that maybe you can swipe for a better price on the day after Thanksgiving.  Now usually everyone sticks to the greens & reds over the holiday season– and I have never been one for the cliche [unless it is meant to be… like a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party], so I have put up new inspiration for holiday colours. You want to think up a clever name for which ever you choose so that if anyone asks about your colour you can say, “oh I just love Black nails, and plus this is inspiration from Santa’s Soot!” or “Reindeer fur!” for the chocolate browns and taupes!  Ha, just have fun with it… of course I picked out some great “cliche colours”, so have at it if that is your choice!!

Charcoals:

-Dior “Black Sequins” $19

-Deborah Lippmann “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” $16

-ME ME ME “Black Steel” $3

-Sonia Kashuk “Starry Night” $4.99

Metallics:

-China Glaze “Platinum Silver” $5.99

-Chanel “Kaleidoscope” $25

-Illamasqua “Spartan”

-Chanel “Graphite” $25

Chocolates [Milk & Dark]:

-Zoya “Angelina” $6.15

-Nubar “Swiss Chocolate” $12

-Shades “Misbehaving Mistress”

-Jesse’s Girl “Stilleto” $3.99

Shades of Red:

-Ginger+Liz “Show Off” $12

-Sephora by OPI “High Maintenance” $9.50

-NARS “Jungle Red” $16

-Laushine Diamond “Dark Red” $6.30

Shades of Green:

-MAC “Peppermint Patti”

-OPI  “Damone Roberts 1968”

-Konad “Shinning Green” $5.99

-Shades “Date Night”

 

Katy Perry’s OPI Nail Lacquer- Also PERFECT Holiday Colours!!

Annnd she did it… This girl does amazingness wherever she goes!!  Katy Perry is not just a triple-threat…  Now adding her nail polish collection from OPI to the list, she must be a hundreds-threat…  Well, anyhow…  The Katy Perry OPI Collection has five gorgeous nail colours- and any polish by OPI will of course be wonderful quality and worth any shinny penny!!  This is also introducing the OPI Shatter or Crackle Nail Polish that Katy introduced as “Black Shatter”… Not terribly creative with that name- HOWEVER, every other polish is a title of a hit song of hers.  Now I would most certainly say that all of these colours would be wonderful holiday nail polish choices- depending on the look you are going for!!  I would say the best being “The One That Got Away”- it’s a cranberry colour, and what more says non-cliche holidays like CRANBERRIES!!

Cheers everyone!