Say hi to #2017LipstickProject

Hi there make up lovers,

Happy 2017! Another year has gone by. Unsurprisingly, not many of my resolutions from last year got ticked off. I was rather ambitious though! The main one was travel and I got to travel around America and new parts of Australia, so that goal was pretty well ticked off. This year my main goal is to finally sit my restricted. Before you judge hey, city kids don’t need to learn how to drive.. Everything was walking distance! 

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to use ALL the lipstick I own. I counted 119 lipsticks and I reckon over half of them I haven’t ever opened – let alone used. 

I’ve called this the 2017 lipstick project (hashtag and all!) and have been posting on my Instagram for the last two days but it’ll probably scale back soon, since I don’t have 365 lipsticks anyway, there’s no need to do it everyday. 

The first day I wore a Stila liquid lipstick in a matte finish called Bella. Woah, it was super bright! I didn’t expect it to be so neon, in the tube it looks similar to pink velvet by lime crime but it came out with a way bluer undertone. My partner was warned before I turned around to show him how bright it was and he still was taken by surprise. The photo makes it appear less bright than it really is in real life! I’ve decided this one is going to get given to a friend with a fairer, maybe slightly olive skin tone. 

Lipstick 2 was an LA Girl liquid matte (I love liquid matte..) in Blackcurrent. It applied pretty patchy, I had to go back and touch it up after this photo after seeing all the gaps come up. It wore fine, until I wanted to eat or drink and then it wore horribly! The lipstick crumbled – like, literally crumbled! In anticipation of hating a lipstick I’ve chosen for the day, I travel around with make up wipes in my bag so I did wipe this off during lunch and didn’t bother reapplying. Have discovered this one is one for the rubbish bin! I have at least one more of the LA girl liquid matte lipsticks so I’m not looking forward to wearing that one 

Have you got lots of lipstick that goes unloved? Join me and use the hashtag #2017lipstickproject on Instagram so I can see! Check out my Instagram here 

Love and glitter (and lots of lipstick)



My first bite of bite beauty 

Hello pretty peeps! 

Right now I’m blogging on the go from Adelaide in South Australia. I’m on holiday (yes, again.. I pretty much only spend my money on holidays it seems) and along the way I’ve obviously picked up a few new beauty things. 

As y’all may know, the biggest shopping event occurred last week on the day after thanksgiving, Black Friday. For whatever reason, shops all over the world take part and I was lucky enough to be near a Sephora for 20% off everything. 

Yep. Everything. The line to get in the shop was massive. The line to pay was even longer. Two hours and close to $300 Aussie dollars later – I was done. Most of what I purchased was gifts (I have some friends who are getting lucky this Christmas) but I did indulge in a Bite Beauty lipstick after hearing amazing things about the formula.

I actually got an all over stick, which I’m guessing can also be used as a blush or otherwise, but my choice actually came down to what was left on the shelf and what matched my colouring. 

I picked up Almond (normal retail price is $38 Aussie bucks I think) which is a beautiful browny pink colour and it wears really well. I had two cocktails and a fairly messy dinner and it just sat nicely and wore really well. It doesn’t have a matte finish, which is a bit of a strange thing for me because I’ve been so obsessed with mattes but I’m loving it anyway. 

Have you tried any Bite products? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana  💖

Good foundations and sturdy overlays 

Hi nail polish lovers! 

Can you guess what today’s blog post is about from the title? I’ll give you a clue.. It will sandwich your nail colour. 

Hopefully you guessed: base coat and top coat! I have been painting my nails for years and the second most common question I get from muggles (non polish obsessed folks) is “how does your manicure stay so nice? Mine always chips straight away!” My answer is always the same – base coat and top coat. I’m always flabbergasted by the amount of people who don’t use base or top coat or haven’t even heard of it before! P.S: If you’re wondering, the most common question is “where do you get your nails done?”

I’ve used several base and top coats in my time – they’re always either on the cheaper end of the scale (dollar store) or easily able to be picked up from Farmers or an online store. Base and top coat is never going to be riddic expensive but is it such an important part of your manicure so there’s definitely a need to have some on hand! 

Every time I put on base coat, in my head I can hear Sandy from Cute Polish saying “to protect your natural nail”. I have been using this Hard as Nails base coat by Sally Hansen on and off since I became a nail polish fiend. It is a little thick but I find that a thicker base coat can mean less chance of a stain nail bed if you use a blue or a red nail polish and also goes over ridges or split nails really easily. What it doesn’t do, is it doesn’t magically fix your nails into not splitting but if you seal the tops of your nails each step of your manicure, it will be less likely to chip or split. You can find this base coat at Farmers stores.

The top coat I’ve been loving lately is Seche Vite – which is a classic among nail polish loving circles. There are a few top coats that come highly regarded and this is one of them. HK Girl is another and Essie is not without its charms too. I haven’t tried HK Girl yet, but am told by people who have used Seche and HK Girl that they prefer HK – so if you’re happy with that sort of two degrees of separation recommendation then go for it!

Seche Vite has got a bit of a stink to it, which goes away once dry. It’s also a quick dry top coat which is a must for me. This can result in some shrinkage around the edges, but it’s not as bad as some other quick dry top coats I’ve tried (like Jordana Quick Shine, which is my usual go to). The final result is a super shiney manicure, which looks a lot like gel polish! I picked up my bottle from Sally’s Beauty Supply in America but locally you can get it from the Beyond Beauty website but disclaimer: I’ve not purchased from here before.

Do you always use a base and top coat? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 💖

Nerdy Glitter and Purple Bases 

Hiiiii pretty peeps! 

Can I just take a second to say – thank goodness it’s Friday! Well in New Zealand it’s Friday anyway. Also, any readers in the Florida/Georgia/Carolinas area whether reading now or later – my thoughts are with you all during Hurricane Matthew. I have a really good friend who just moved from Orlando to Deltona and she’s sent through photos of housing being boarded up, empty shelves at grocery stores.. Crazy how social media let’s us be so close to every moment lived by others – whether they’re good, bad or scary as heck. 💖

Today I’m posting about a manicure that I’ve had on all week! It’s stuck with me since Monday and even today it’s just slightly chipped on one nail only and some light tip wear. Very impressed! I used a base colour of LA Colors Color Last in Everlasting and Doctor Lacquer in Refraction over the top.

I don’t know about y’all, but I just adore the cute look it has! I got slightly offended when someone on Facebook asked me if they were Jamberry stickers (seriously, no) but I suppose that could be construed as a compliment! 

I absolutely love the matte glitter combo by Doctor Lacquer, and the names and other combos available from them are just so fun! What’s your fave indie polish brand? 

Love and glitter 💖


Not your average purple lipstick..

Hello beauty lovers,

Ahhhhh this blog post is so late! Basically what happened was – I got back from America, where I picked up so much stuff.. Like, DAMN. I didn’t hold back on anything there. Then I came back and went on a spending spree (because I didn’t have to save for my trip anymore, right? Logic) so as a result, I have SO MUCH stuff to blog about – so what did I do? Well, like any other responsible adult – I just didn’t do anything. Hahaha. And that’s the T. 

When I was on holiday, the Chris Chang of Poesia collection had just dropped overseas. So you’d think that would be perfect – I could pick up what I wanted for cheaper AND before it would be available at home – win. The only thing I wanted was this lipstick but it was sold out ERRWHERR in its first run! I was able to swatch it – which actually just made me fall in love with it even more. Even though though the collection eventually made its way to NZ, I was impatient so I jumped onto YouShop and used it as an excuse to get a bunch of things.. Because nobody YouShop’s just one thing from MAC. Come on… It’s called economics. Duh! 

The tube packaging design looks a little busy in a photo but somehow in person it’s very luxe. Maybe it’s the natural weight of a MAC lipstick and the feel of the bullet shape, that’s so familiar to MAC lovers.. In any case, I don’t mind the busy flower abstract print and I’m a fan of the blue on the inside of the tube but it’s not the packaging that pulled me in to want this particular lipstick. 

What I love about this lipstick is the grey undertones. I have LOTS of purple lipsticks and the lighter ones usually tend to be on the pink side of purple – so this being a grey based light purple – very different to anything else I own! Purchase justified! It swatches lovely and wears quite well, as you’d expect from a MAC matte lippy. I’ve posted pictures above of me wearing it in natural light and indoors.

I’m not sure if this baby is still available in NZ, but try YouShop if you’re looking at getting some other things too – they’ve introduced a cheaper rate of postage which takes about a week longer, so it’s even cheaper to use YouShop now. 

Is there anything from the Chris Chang collection that you’re lusting after? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 💖

My attempt to inject colour into my eye make up!


You might remember very recently I posted about a ColourPop haul? Well, I have swatches of one of the shadows to share with you today. 

I was assessing my eyeshadow situation recently and like many others – I found myself buying and rebuying the same boring nude or bronze colours. I can’t tell you how many nude palettes I have or how many combos of shadows I use that are in that colour family. While they are a fail safe, I felt like I needed to branch out and get more colour into my shadow wardrobe! 

With this in mind, my criteria for this ColourPop order was to rebuy my perfect nude base shadow so naturally I HAD to offset this with something that was more colourful. Enter Luckfully by ColourPop. In the pot it’s a pretty bright navy blue with sparkles as its a pearlised finish. ColourPop shadows generally like synthetic brushes or your finger best for a real good pick up of colour and pigment. I find when I swatch this on my hand it takes about two swipes for full opacity.

When I wore Luckfully on my eyes and blended it, I did lose a lot of the sparkle. To the point where it did become much of a satin matte finish. Remember, that ColourPop shadows are very wet in texture so product pick up can be difficult because of this. Also I found (probably because of my skin tone) I lose a lot of that great navy blue tone on the eye. Noted for next time I’m buying some shadows with the intention of being bright on the eye!

Like all other colour pop shadows this does wear very well and doesn’t have a tendency to crease as much as other more traditional formulated shadows over time. 

Which ColourPop shadows are your fave? 

Love and glitter 


Hey kids!

Today we’ve got a skittle manicure for ya! Not the candy! The mismatched but matching nail art style. I love me a skittle manicure, it’s just a great way of using your creative juices and not having to commit to just one polish. 

I chose to go with a nude and pink theme this time around, which I think is a bit of a fail safe for me. Nude in general is pretty fail safe really and pink – well, the colour polish that I have the most of is PINK! I haven’t counted but.. I’m just always drawn to pink polishes when I’m buying them. 

I picked up OPI Super Cute (creme) from Nordstroms on sale when I went to America back in May and paired it with Picture Polish Beige and Nubar Petunia Sparkle. I am so LOVING these Nubar glitter polishes, they’re so opaque and seem to last ages on my nails without chipping. Win! 

I went with a super simple polka dot alternate with a glitter feature nail. So pretty! And so pink! 

Love and Glitter 

Kalliana 💖

Throwback Purple 💜

Hey lovelies! 

Just a little quick throw back type post. A trip down memory lane! I spied a bottle of OPI Purple With A Purpose on my shelf and thought back to my early baby nail polish addict days – it was one of my first OPI nail polishes! I used it to absolute death, it’s still got about a third left in it though. 

I decided to slap it on – slap being the operative word, my nail painting methodology has been slack as of late. Due to late nights and early rising. Energy levels aren’t where they used to be! I paired it with a feature nail which is a Nubar polish, from their Spring 2010 collection called Violet Sparkle – which by the way, is opaque in almost one coat! Two for good measure. 

What’s one of the beauty products that give you instant nostalgia feels? 

Love and Glitter 
Kalliana 💖

I’m such a Lucky One.. 

Hi pretty-lovers!

I’m excited! Why? Because I finally got nail polish from a brand I’ve followed on social media for a very long time but have never bought from before! I love ticking these things off my list.. Hehehe. 

ILNP (or I Love Nail Polish) is a huge indie brand that specialise in very sparkly creations. And I don’t mean senseless glitter bombs a-la Lynderella style – they’re beautiful holo polishes and ultra holo finishes with a few chromes, metallics and shimmers in there too. 

I picked up this epic green glitter polish called Lucky One in a recent group buy and I gotta say, it was actually an impulse choice! ILNP does free international shipping with orders over $200 and we were really close to the threshold so.. I did the right thing and quickly picked this polish.

I’m sure glad I did! Heck, it’s sooo freaking pretty! This is just two coats, no base colour laid underneath. One coat was almost enough but I did two just to be sure. Can’t wait to try out the other polishes I nabbed from ILNP. 

What’s your favourite indie polish brand? 

Love and glitter 


Blue petal overlap tips 


It’s nail day! Yay! I still absolutely love nail art and nail polish and unlike make up its totally a skill that isn’t so easily replicated and picked up. Not saying that make up is easy – just more people slay at their own brows and contour than epic nail art! Heck, I ain’t even that good! 

Anyhow, for these nails I went with all OPI products – I didn’t intend for it to be that way, it just ended up being the right shades of blue! I started with a base colour of Blue Chips (pretty sure this was limited edition for some Texas Holdem tournament in Vegas ages ago) over top of Can’t Find My Czechbook, with the two shades You’re Such A Budapest and Dating A Royal on the tips. 

I’ve done this in purple tones before too, what other colours do you think it will suit? 

Love and glitter