Winter is coming – and so are Stark manicures

The Starks are down but not out I think. I suspect that Sansa is really the hidden force in the Starks but “Lady StoneHeart” is going to have some terrifying part to play in the next book.

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The colours are Illamasqua Harsh and Illamasqua Snap which I chose both as the colours worked for a snowy field and I liked the wordplay of a Harsh Snap, when their motto is Winter is Coming. The nail decals are from Tentacle Studios on etsy and they are perfect… $4 for sheet of mixed sigils (5 house x 14 decals). And they came really quickly.

 

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How to make a app for free (or for $100,000)

I keep getting asked in real life how much if costs to develop an app. Here are my answers in order of ascending cost;

1) It can be free if you use a site like http://www.como.com They have different pricing structures but if you are looking for something simple to (for instance) remind parents where and when this weeks soccer game is and who is on roster to bring the oranges you can build and publish an app for free.

2) Sites like como also have a ‘premiuim’ option for apps. You can also use sites like 99designs that allow designer to compete to design your app with 7 days of iterations. Then you can get a tender on building the app.

3) You can outsource the building to another country with a cheaper rate using a site like elance.com You’ll have to contend with time differences and potential language issue but providing you vet carefully for the required skills you can pick up excellent programmers for less than you’d pay in the UK/US/Canada etc

4) You can have it all done locally by students. It will take longer than a skilled professional but you’ll get some innovative designs and they’ll get some money for beer food

5) Get it done by a local professional. This is the most expensive, yet least stressful option. You can meet them, call them and discuss changes. Hopefully the extra communication and cost leads to a speedy delivery of a premiuim product.

So what are you waiting for? Go get started on your next project…

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Download My Makeup Collection on iTunes and Google Play.

How to make an app for free (or for $100,000)

I keep getting asked in real life how much if costs to develop an app. Here are my answers in order of ascending cost;

1) It can be free if you use a site like http://www.como.com They have different pricing structures but if you are looking for something simple to (for instance) remind parents where and when this weeks soccer game is and who is on roster to bring the oranges.

2) Sites like como also have a ‘premiuim’ option for apps. You can also use sites like 99designs that allow designer to compete to design your app with 7 days of iterations. Then you can get a tender on building the app.

3) You can outsource the building to another country with a cheaper rate using a site like elance.com You’ll have to contend with time differences and potential language issue but providing you vet carefully for the required skills you can pick up excellent programmers for less than you’d pay in the UK/US/Canada etc

4) You can have it all done locally by students. It will take longer than a skilled professional but you’ll get some innovative designs and they’ll get some money for beer food

5) Get it done by a local professional. This is the most expensive, yet least stressful option. You can meet them, call them and discuss changes. Hopefully the extra communication and cost leads to a speedy delivery of a premiuim product.

So what are you waiting for? Go get started on your next project

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Download My Makeup Collection on iTunes and Google Play.

 

How to start a makeup collection for under $100

My friend’s 13 year old daughter was asking me how she could start a makeup collection with her birthday money (about $120). This is the advice I am going to take with me when we go shopping.

1. Start with your face products. Get a lighter BB cream/tinted moisturiser for about $10. Head into a department/makeup store and get color matched for foundation. Ask the sale assistants for samples of the ones you like and head home and test them for a few days. See which ones suit your skin and look good in natural light and you can save up for this over time
2. Experiment with lip colours by the drugstore brands. Rimmel, Revlon and Wet and Wild do some fantastic lip colours. Try a few (a nude, a pink, red, purple just to start maybe) and them decide which are your go to colors. This should be about $15 Then you can save for some high end lipstick in your favorite color.
3. Mascara is good to try in mini sizes as it’s not a great tester item. Drugstore mascaras are goodto try – Covergirl, Benefit and L’Oreal all make great ones. Around $10.

4. Blushes/cheek colour are great to get in duos so you can do some contouring. Try the elf duos and then upgrade once you know what shades you wear (e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder). The Milani baked blushes, and Physisians Formula are also great value. I think a highlighter/blush wardrobe will be about $15.

5. Eyeshadows are great to get in palletes as someone who has a good good eye for the products has put them together. I really like the Stila cheek and eyecolour pallets that have a cheek colour, 4 eyeshadows and a highlighter for $15 and the Wet’n’Wild eyeshadow pallets are also great value. This is a great area to experiment with some crazy colours. $12 should get you 2-3 pallets, with 8-12 colours to experiment with.

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6. Brushes – definitely get a big set of elf brushes for $12.

7. Eyeliners – get a pencil eyeliner (kohl/kajal) from a drugstore brand like Prestige and a felt tip liquid eyeliner from NYX. Also pick up a jumbo eyeliner in White from NYX that will double up as a eyelid primer.

That’s $90 full price but I’m hoping we’ll find some specials and/or gift with purchases. If we have some extra $ I’ll suggest some makeup remover, and a case or box to store it in.

Any other advice you can think of for a teenager just starting a makeup collection?

Best White Nail Polishes

The search for a perfect white nail polish can be a little frustrating. There is something very fresh and modern about opaque, yet shiny white nails but in practise white nail polish is often streaky and can look like white out if the color is not applied cleanly.

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(If you don’t trust me, you gotta trust Queen Bey!)

My top 10 white nail polishes are;

Illamasqua Scorch –  this is seriously good as a white, but not really worth the price tag (it’s just a pure white with go texture, shimmer or other tricks). Try and pick it up on sale from Illamasqua.

OPI Alpine Snow – Pure white, but a tricky texture

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls – slightly off white but slightly easier to work with than OPI Alphine snow

Essie Blanc – Snowy white

Essie Marshmallow – more of a jelly like texture which is nice if you want something less stark.

Picture Polish White Wedding – milky white base packed with rainbow shimmer. This formula is NOT fun (thick, streaky, goopy) and the polish is not always easy to obtain. Yet the shimmer is really pretty and lifts it to the next level.

Ulta3 Lily White – this is only available locally in Australia and is a normal white (ie slightly hard to work with) with a relatively long dry time (ughh) … and yet it’s $2. A good basic to have on the shelf.

Chanel Eastern Light – which looks utterly stunning, yet the price tag is somewhat aspirational 27USD/39AUD

Butter London Cotton Buds – which has got some good reviews but I find chips quickly on me. YMMV of course.

China Glaze White on White – this dries quickly. Its a pain to get streak free but no more than the average white and at least a quick dry time is a plus.

Do you like white nail polish? What’s your favorite that I should try next?

Best free andriod apps

I am in love with some of the apps on the Google Play store;

Timehop lets you consolidate all the photos from your social media and those stored on your phone so you can flick through your memories from all your social media in one place. I am loving this one for keeping the memories and pictures of my kids and seeing how they have grow.

My Makeup Collection lets me keep a track of my makeup on my phone and compare my potential purchases with what I have at home. I can also share my reviews of makeup direct to blog, facebook or twitter in app.

Beautiful Icon – you know how some apps are useful, yet have ugly icons. This app lets you apply third party icons to your apps. Pretty up you home screen!

Color Zen – need to kill some time in a queue but don’t want an annoyingly cute animal. This is simple puzzle making made elegant – no lives, no scoring just puzzle fun. Old school, so cool.

Do you have an android phone? what are the best apps on your home page?

Face off – Revlon Photoready BB cream SPF30 vs Maybelline BB cream water gel SPF35

This is a comparison between the Revlon Photoready BB cream vs the Maybelline BB cream. The first thing to notice is the colour difference, while they are a similar shade level the tone is very different with the Revlon having a pink undertone and the Maybelline having a yellower undertone.

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Texture wise the the Revlon is a little thicker than the Maybelline but they both have a quite light texture and blend easily. Both of them work on my skin tone but do lend an different cast to the skin.

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Overally after blending the Maybelline gives a much flatter smoother finish, but the Revlon has a lovely touch of illuminator than I think will be very flattering in photos. It does however not give as smooth as impression, especially for fine lines so in the final comparison it probably depends if your priority is a brighter complexion, or a smoother skin finish and what you underlying skin tone is.

 

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