Jun 26, 2012

Glitter Sandwich! A gorgeous layering of shimmer, glitter & flakies.

I am officially OBSESSED with glitter sandwiches. That's the one where you layer a glitter between a sheer or jelly polish, and the glitter gets slightly muted and looks like it's glowing from within - PURE AWESOMENESS. I added flakies just for the heck of it.

For this absolute beauty, I layered two coats of Spoiled by Wet n Wild Checkin' Into Rehab, one coat of NYC Starry Silver Glitter, one more coat of Checkin' Into Rehab and THEN one coat of Zoya Chloe.

Sorry for the crappy quality on this bottle pic :( Still supremely missing my DSLR...

Feast your eyes on this...

Jun 24, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Roundup 6/18/12

  • Pink Sparklz- On Wednesday's we wear pink! Pink NOTD! Sinful Colors & O.P.I.
  • Mama Fashionista- Allow Mama Fashionista to introduce you to Evie Evan and the last concealer you will ever need (it's HG status)!
  • Ishah x Beauty- It's Girl's Night at Ishah x Beauty! Check out some good eats, drinks and my FOTD.
  • Phyrra- Wanna steal the spotlight? Phyrra tells you to break out the Anastasia See and Be Seen Kit.
  • Midnight Manicures- Water Marbling with Patricia, see this nail art technique at it's best.
  • Beauty Product Review- Discover the mask that has completely changed my complexion and made every night a spa night!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado- Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Ballet might be your perfect Barbie pink.
  • Creatively Yours by Ro- Smooth out your edges with Carols Daughter Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother
  • Adore-a-polish- Get scrubalicious with this yummy grapefruit sugar scrub from Qtica.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom- Check out four lovely Zoya shades at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom
  • Sincerely Stephanie- Looking for an easy way to do nail art? Check out how you can create art using your own fingerprints!
  • Shades of Beauty, Inc.  It Works!  BZZAGENT REVIEW: Smooth 'n Shine® Keratin Power Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer
  • Mani Curiously- The First 50 Giveaway Celebration! Come celebrate Dom & E's first follower milestone with this great giveaway!
  • Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog checked out the Hey, Sailor! collection from MAC and shared her review on the limited edition Fleet Fast blush!
  • Beyond Beauty Lounge- Easy Ombre with The New Black
  • The Beauty Delicacy- The sweetest shade of red gloss perfect for Summer
  • Beauty by Miss L- Check out Miss L´s bright summer eye makeup look
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design & makeup artist- The Big Reveal is here! Part 3 or the "After" of the makeover series for this soon to be new mom, is on the blog. Next up, the makeup lesson.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick- My latest hair adventure, combining my two favorite loves, neons and ombré hair.
  • Cosmetically Challenged- Cosmetically Challenged shows you what Orange Neon nail polish is all about with Sations "One & Only Orange" from the California Gleamin' Collection
  • Nails Beautiqued- It's summertime! Want some nailart ideas?  How about some Wispy Flowers.
  • Dorothy's little wonderland- What should I do if I would like to change the skincare routine. Tips and tricks to minimize the irritations
  • The Polished Zombie- Star Wars and Nail polish? The Polished Zombie proudly lets her geek flag fly with an out of this world polish from Amy's Nail Boutique.

Jun 22, 2012

Giveaway! Summer Makeup Faves: Benefit Cosmetics, Urban Decay, e.l.f. and more

It's giveaway time!

Hey Beauties! To celebrate the new URL and blog design, I have some of my favourite makeup and beauty products for Summer and a bunch of extras to giveaway to one of my lovely readers :)

Firstly, some info on my faves..

Jun 20, 2012

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Purty Persimmon

Morning Beauties :)

So as you may have noticed, I changed my blog name and URL! It's now www.ishahxbeauty.com instead of beautymamas.com. I've been thinking about changing it for a while, because I want the name of the blog and the url to reflect the content. I don't want to limit my target audience, so I decided to go ahead and change them.

In other news, I lost my DSLR camera ;_; I am sooooo sad and angry with myself for losing it, there's $500 down the drain. I will hopefully be able to get another one soon, but until then, please bear with the pictures (which I will be taking with my Galaxy Tab).

Anyway, I've been looking for the new shades of the Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colors everywhere, but haven't had much luck. The only shade I managed to pick up is this one, Purty Persimmon for $1.99 at Target.

Jun 18, 2012

Girls Night!: Michelob ULTRA Light Cider & my FOTD

Good morning Beauties :)

So last Memorial Day weekend we had a girls night at our friend Rosie's house. We're in a Mom's group together, so we see each other for playdates with the kids, but we try to regularly get together for a girl's night to let off steam and relax.

(My FOTD is at the end of the post!)

We had lots of yummy snacks!


Rosie's gorgeous firepit & our sugar rimmed drinks

12 - 3

It was a perfect opportunity to try out the new Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, which I had for review.

Jun 17, 2012

Beauty Blogazon Roundup 6/10/2012

  • Pink Sparklz-New Trend: Matching your lips to your nails! VS Glossy Lip Tint -Boudoir Pink Swatch
  • Miss Merli In NYC-Featuring Brooklyn Designer Sam Branman and his mesh creations
  • Tolmu Rull Tells All-What to pack into your beauty bag for travelling? See, what frequent flyer Tolmu Rull packs!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom-Blurple is the perfect shade for summer, and Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom picks Cult Nails Tied Up as the best.
  • I Like My Polish Black Just Like My Metal-Penguins, nail polish, and bright pink! Oh my! Find out what all these three things have in common and how good they all look together.
  • Cosmetics Aficionado-See the Soho Beauty brushes popping up but not sure if you should buy? Check out my review of their Professional Crease Brush.
  • Holographic Hussy-Dollish Polish stunning Expecto Patronum in all its glory...
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog-Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog share her Tart Deco Dots on Manic(ure) Monday!
  • Emily Hudspeth, Bringing the Beauty to You!-Trying out a new monthly beauty sample service. Emily shares her first month of Sample Society by the Beauty Bar.
  • Ishah x Beauty-How to DIY Ombre Hair at Home? Ishah x Beauty has you covered.
  • Beauty By Miss L-Miss L did a simple, but eye-catching mani with dots.
  • Sincerely Stephanie-Loving the colour blocking trend, but looking for a new take on it? Sincerely Stephanie shows you how to get the look dottified.
  • myCosmeticBag-Love black nail polish and gradient manicures? Sink your teeth into Anisha's 'Berry Vampiric' nail look.
  • Phyrra-Phyrra is a Superstar with the new Fyrinnae collection!
  • Beauty Apocalypse-Want a sophisticated eye? Beauty Apocalypse gives a review of Stila's "Ladies Who Lunch" collection.
  • Mani Curiously-Loving the NARS Thakoon Collection? Be sure to check out E's matte take on this stunning cyan blue polish!
  • DeyiMizu-Read about the fabulous all-in-one African Shea Butter!
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.-REVIEW: China Glaze Neons...Shimmer Highlights
  • Beauty Product Review-Read all about the Jouer samples that I just can't stop raving about
  • Midnight Manicures-Dazzle Dry, Vegan and Big 5-Free. Performs like a Gel, removes like a Polish.
  • Thepassengerelement-100th beauty blog post ft Tarina Tarantino's Victorian Punk eyeshadow
  • Cosmetically Challenged-Which Glitter Hue is right for you? Cosmetically Challenged puts 5 brands head to head in the battle of the Purple and Blue Glitter Nail Polishes.
  • Nails Beautiqued-Summertime fun with Jessica Cosmetics "Gelato Maio" nailpolish collection lots of mouthwatering pastels
  • The Lacquerologist-Contrasting colors and finishes come together in this beautiful polka dot manicure from the Abstract Nail Art Challenge!

Jun 16, 2012

Gyaru on a Budget: Dolly Wink Long Mascara


This is the mascara I've been searching for.

This little pretty is Dolly Wink Long Mascara, and it is my current HG, love of my life etc etc. It's a Japanese brand, so it's not readily available in the US, although I've seen it at Japanese stores like Mitsuwa and Marukai. I purchased mine from Sasa.com

Jun 13, 2012

Natural Skin Care Products from Cleopatra's Choice


I love skincare products, especially natural brands.

I got a chance to try out some products from Cleopatra's Choice, a company that utilises natural minerals and ingredients from all over the world, including the Dead Sea. Here are some photos and my impressions after using them.

Adovia Mud Soap, Adovia Bath Salts, Cleopatra's Choice Shea Butter

Jun 10, 2012

Beauty Blogazon Roundup 6/8/2012

  • Mama Fashionista-Introduction to the Rose Nectar Collection from French Organic Beauty Pioneer, Melvita
  • Nails Beautiqued-Do you like Holographic Nail Polish? Check out Glitter Gal Code Red
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom-In the mood for a bright pinky coral for summer? Try Julep Mandy!
  • I Like My Polish Black Just Like My Metal-Not all frankens have to be pretty and a small CVS haul on the cheap. Post also contains numerous exclamation points.
  • Beauty Mamas-Trying out Smashbox Soft Lights and Blush for the first time. See how gorgeous this Blush/Soft Lights duo in Under/Cover is.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick-I'm running a Nivea Bridal Bootcamp contest, and would love you to join!
  • The Lacquerologist-Pretty taped tips! Check out the Abstract Nail Art Challenge for the month of June!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado-Lush Grease Lightning claims to fight the oilies while keeping acne at bay. Does it work? Find out at Cosmetics Aficionado.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog-Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us her favorite Red Carpet Looks from the MTV 2012 Movie Awards!
  • Cosmetically Challenged shows off her latest Nubb Couture creation in "Disco Commando"
  • BeautiMarkBella-My Summer Rock look, inspired by Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO.... made from Polyvore
  • Midnight Manicures-Jeanie shares her positive experience with you and would love to hear about yours too!
  • Mani Curiously-Dom shows off her first Dollish Polish/indie haul with some spicy swatches of the Dolly Does Polish Collection!
  • The Stepford Witch-Missha is known for their BB Cream but did you know they also have a stellar makeup remover? Check out The Stepford Witch for more on this product!
  • Beyond Beauty Lounge-Tweezerman Brow Kit Review
  • Phyrra joins popular Internet Radio Host Dawn Catherine of La Bella Vita to share her highlights from Premiere Orlando.

Thanks for reading, Beauties! Have a great Sunday :)

Jun 8, 2012

DIY Ombre Hair using Box Dye

>>>>Click here to view my updated (and less damaging process) DIY Ombre!<<<<

Ombre, Ombre, Ombre!

Trying this trend at home can seem a bit daunting, but it's not too difficult if you just follow the steps and is definitely cheaper than going to a salon. I've been wanting to diy ombre hair using box dye for a while and finally took the plunge last weekend. I had some dark regrowth from dyeing my hair a light brown shade previously, so instead of just bleaching the ends, I followed a tutorial I googled but I wanted a more dramatic result than the person achieved. I mean, what's the point in killing your hair and scalp just to get a barely noticable result?

This was my hair colour before:

So, Step 1!

Using Clairol Born Blonde, I followed the instructions and fried my hair for 90 mins until it turned this ABSOLUTELY stunning trailer park orange.

I posted this photo on Facebook and my mother almost had a heart attack lol!

Step 2: I then used this light ash brown to get rid of the horrible orange blonde and give my hair that cooler ash tone that is so popular in gyaru styles.

Because of the bleach, the light brown ended up being an ash blonde.

Step 3: I gave my scalp a break and did the third dye process the next morning. I applied this light natural brown on my roots, and blended it almost halfway down, being careful to not get any on the ends of my hair.

I left the ends untouched, so I would still have that gorgeous ash blonde at the tips.

After I washed it out, this is the result!

DIY asian Ombre Hair
DIY Ombre Hair in natural light
Ombre Hair at home
DIY Ombre Hair with flash
Ombre Hair using box dye
DIY Ombre Hair phone pic
ombre hair at home
Ombre Hair using box dye

I'm completely in love with it! It turned out exactly as I'd hoped :) It looks a bit lighter in the sun, but you can definitely see the gradiation.

BTW my scalp now has flaky patches from getting the crap burnt out of it, bleaching it and dyeing it twice. A friend told me to expect major dandruff for the next week -_- Because my hair is now super dried out from all the processing, I got a leave in treatment to (hopefully) restore some moisture.

I've heard good things about this treatment, so I'll let you all know how it goes! I have used it once and liked it, so here's hoping it continues to meet my expectations ;)

Have you DIY-ed a favourite hair trend at home before? Or do you prefer to go to a salon to liven up your locks?

>>>>Click here to view my updated (and less damaging process) DIY Ombre!<<<<

Jun 4, 2012

Manicure Monday: Pink and Green Polka Dots!

Polka dots are the epitome of cute.

I love the colour combo of pink and mint green together, and they really stand out over a white base.

For this manicure, I used a base of Wet n Wild French White Creme, then used a dotting tool to dot Sinful Colors Star Fish on my index and ring fingers, and Essie Turquoise & Caicos on my middle and pinky fingers. Then I layered China Glaze Fairy Dust over it for a little bit of sparkle.

I'm absolutely in love with this combo!

I think I'll be using my dotting tools a lot during the summer, it's the perfect warm weather look :D

Do you like polka dots? Or are they too cutesy for you?

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