Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Trinidad & Tobago Flag Nails

In spite of the current situation with this limited state of emergency in our beloved country of Trinidad & Tobago, let’s not forget that we will be celebrating another year of independence on August 31st. My good friends would know I was actually born in Guyana but moved here when I was very young since my mom is Trinidadian. This country has allowed me great opportunities I don’t believe I would have had if I had stayed in Guyana in the 1980’s. Of course, Guyana is improving and I plan to visit them soon but for now this is my home. I am a Trini to the bone!
So our T&T flag is simple compared to other country flags but absolutely gorgeous in its simplicity. Here is a quick picture tutorial to achieve these T&T flag nails. Flaunt being a true patriot to our twin islands.
These are all the products I used:
1.        Base Coat: L.A Girl Hydrating Base Coat
2.       Red: China Glaze in Go Crazy Red
3.       Black: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black
4.      White: N.Y.C Sheer French manicure in Cozy Cottage
5.       Silver: Kiss Brush-On Nail Art Paint in Silver Glitter
6.      Top Coat: L.A. Colors Nail Polish in Voltage
7.       Empty pallet
8.      Fine Tip Nail brush

Products Used for Design

Steps:
1.        Apply Hydrating base coat. This is a must to prevent staining of nail from the dark red polish.
2.       Apply thin layer of China Glaze Go Crazy Red. Allow to dry for 2 minutes.
3.       Repeat with second layer if needed to ensure the nail is opaque. Allow to dry for 5 minutes. 


Plain Red Nails

4.        Using the Sally Hansen Black Pen, apply a thin line from the top left edge of your nail coming down to the bottom right base of your nail. Reapply another stroke to get this line as thick as you want.
5.        Using the nail brush in the bottle place a small drop of the NYC Cozy cottage onto your empty pallet.
6.       Using your fine tip nail brush, pick up a small amount of white and start a line similar to your black line drawn with the pen but just that this line is now alongside the top of the black.
7.       Repeat white line to the bottom side of your black line. Don’t be afraid if some white goes onto your black line. Allow to dry for 3 minutes.

8.        Go back over your black line with the black pen to ensure this line is defined and to hide any white that fell onto it. At this point you can stop and just add your top coat.

9.        If you love sparkle like me, use the silver glitter and apply a thin line over the white lines. Allow to dry for 2 minutes.
10.       Set your design with your top coat.
Enjoy your fabulous nails and Happy Independence Day!
XOXO
Your China Doll in T’dad

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Barbados National Flag inspiration using MAC Hug Me

I was super excited since I was going to my long awaited vacation to Barbados. The national flag is mainly blue and yellow colours so while going through my closet I was reminded of a sleeveless dress I bought a long time ago that was mustard with a blue-ish appliqué to the front. In my eagerness to start using my recently purchased MAC , this is the look I came up with.

Since the dress is already so bright I just kept the face neutral. There is a hint of gold eyeshadow on the lids but the star of the face is the nude MAC Hug Me lipstick.


MAC Hug Me Lipstick

Besides being a gorgeous colour on its own, the texture of the lipstick is smooth and the shine is already there so no need to add a lipgloss on top of it, unless you want too. The only downside to this lippie is that you have to swipe a few times to get that colour but it does makes my lips feel like they are being pampered. I am really loving Hug Me!
So would you wear these colours together?

XOXO
Your China Doll in T’dad

I’m an Elfette

I kept hearing about ELF cosmetics so I googled them and went straight to their website to look around. I was instantly hooked as if they designed their website to mesmerize the viewer and make them spontaneously buy buy buy. I even signed up and started receiving emails from them on any new promotions! So with items priced at US$1 and $3 I decided to give them a try. At least if they didn’t work well for me it wouldn’t have cost me much.

First ELF Order


2nd ELF Order


So within a blink of an eye I spent US$25. At least with that purchase I got free shipping! But I couldn’t stop myself and by the next week I did it again! Another US $25 gone from my savings! This is slowly becoming a problem. Let’s blame it on the lethal combination of the ELF people having a fabulous website and me having a credit card and US address skybox. But for my Trinidadian dolls ELF product are available through the ELF Trinidad facebook contacts. Check them out and who knows if you will become an Elfette too! Stay tuned for my ELF reviews.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

My 1st MAC Splurge!

On August 4th, 2011 I went down to West Mall but more importantly to the MAC Store. My trip was solely made to go to this store!!!
On entering the store, everything looks so organized and the room looks huge since there are so many mirrors. What I love about the store is that there are testers for everything so you can go ahead and swatch whatever you like. Of course if you are a newbie to makeup the lovely MAC dolls would guide you into making the right decisions.  I was greeted by Sherry-Ann. We firstly started making some lipstick choices. I wanted a simple pink colour with not much if not no shimmer and she immediately went to the colour “ Sweetie”. Being a typical doll I had of course to fill up my hand with swatches before deciding on this colour anyway. Next colour choice to be made was a more nude or neutral shade for everyday wear, work or play. I ended up with “Hug me”  I am really loving the names of these colours! (BTW, both of these lipsticks are lustre ones).
 

So I decided to stop with the lipsticks there and continue onto finding my right shade of foundation. I am the kind of doll who prefers a natural as possible look. So she suggested the Mineralize satin-finish foundation (which has SPF 15!). My shade is NC45. We then went on to finding the right shade powder to set the foundation and decided on the Mineralize skin-finish natural in Medium Dark. 


Up next I wanted an everyday eye-shadow colour that I could wear lightly for work or layer on the shadow for a more dramatic look with other bold colours. We sat in the nice soft chair in front of the big mirror and tried “Amber Lights” and “Woodwinked”. They are both suited for what I needed but I settled on the “Woodwinked”.

The wide range of beautiful lipsticks colour never left my mind and so I went back to the lipstick counter to see what else I should have. I didn’t want a red but “Ruby Woo” is really amazing with its red matte look. I resisted the urge for this one since I don’t wear red very often. So I ventured into Viva glam land and choose “Viva glam VI”. More of a brown tone lipstick and yet another lustre one too! So my eyes then zoomed in on “Ultra darling” which is a sheen supreme lipstick and then I had to stop myself from looking and just proceed to the cashier.

So my small eyes nearly popped out at the cashier. This makeup haul came with a price! So now I am off to see how well these will work for me and if indeed it was worth it.
 
XOXO 
From your China Doll in Trinidad

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

China Doll in Trinidad

Hello doll! Welcome to my blog. I am both Indian and Chinese but my Chinese features stands out more so hence the name China doll. Trinidad is an exotic Caribbean island and so I am always finding beautiful things around me. Join me as I enjoy life here and have new encounters with beauty.

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