Dragon at Dawn Cross stitch

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Empress Ki - Desktop Backgrounds :)

HI Again,

I had these two backgrounds stored away in my email drafts and thought about sharing them with you! I am currently following this series and it is really beautiful!

Enjoy!  It is my little Christmas Gift to my friends around the world :)



Born Pretty Store Christmas Specials

Hi everyone! It has been a long while since I came here.. so sorry but I am extremely busy with work and wedding preps.  Today I made it a point to share with you the latest specials that are currently on offer at BornPrettyStore  because they will soon run out!

To put it short and sweet, BornPrettyStore are offering a 20% discount site-wide, which is over and above all other discounts such that if a product was already discounted by 20% now it is discounted by a total of 40%.  On top of all this, they are sending a surprise Gift Pack for all orders over $10 which is amazing!

Let me link my current favorites from their store :) These have all made it to my wishlist which is getting quite extensive :P All you have to do is click on the pictures to get directly to the products hassle-free :)

200Pcs 3mm Mini Colorful Five-pointed Star Metallic Stud Rhinestone UV Gel Nail Art Decoration2pcs Luxury Style Nail Crystal Embossed Metal 3D Nail DecorationsSnow Shiny Tiny Glitter Powder Sheets Tips Nail Decoration

 These are really amazing especially if you pair them with contrasting polish to make the silver and gold pop!

1pc Dazzling Starry Magical Multicolored Shell Glitter Nail Art Polish Varnish

These polishes are gorgeous.. I added all of them to my wishlist :)

12Pcs White Handled Makeup Brush Cosmetic Brush Kit With Vintage Azalea Patterned Bag
This brush set is adorable.. I really need a set to update my make-up box!

Handmade Flower Bowknot Hairpin Leopard Hair Clip
luxury HAIR Double Pearl HEADBAND Hairwrap (3 colors)

Gorgeous Hair Accessories for that cute look :)

Europe Style Scarf Shawl Gradient Dot Point Long Oversized Wraps
This is my favorite scarf..

Lovely ice cream paper towel tube cake smoke box drum barrels 6 Colors
And I am trying to find a good excuse to justify purchasing these cute tissue holders :P

Chic Sweater Necklace Rhinestone Studded Butterfly Sweater Necklace
Isn't this necklace cute?! It just made it into the store and I really love it!

USB Warmer Heater Pad For Water USB Tea Coffee Cup Mug Warmer Heater Pad
And this cute gadget is what every blogger should own, don't you think? I am pretty sure the designer had us bloggers in mind when he/she came up with the idea :)

That pretty much sums up what I have been eyeing lately... There are lots of cute products for sale, I am sure that you will find something that you simply can't resist buying!

The specials explained above, expire on Christmas Eve so HURRY and don't forget to use coupon code: PCLG10  for an additional 10% discount :) Additionally the Store is offering the following Coupon Codes as well but be careful because you can only choose 1 Code per order :)

Coupon #1: BPS5
Reason: Welcome to our store!
Discount: 5% off the total amount of the items your ordered.
Expiration: 12/31/2013

Coupon #2: 10BPS120
Reason: Save more when you buy more!
Discount: USD$10 OFF when minimum order USD$120.
Expiration: 12/31/2013

Coupon #3: 20BPS200
Reason: Save more when you buy more!
Discount: USD$20 OFF when minimum order USD$200.
Expiration: 12/31/2013

I hope you found this post useful :) Have a Happy Christmas and a Wonder New Year :)  Thanks to everyone for your support, I really appreciate you all :)


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Liebster Award!

Hi Everyone! I shouldn't be here right now.. should be stitching my souvenirs but I just read my mails and found out that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Misha Lulu and I am so happy and grateful!!!  Thanks a lot dear for the nomination!  Misha is the owner of this blog here and I would be happy if you guys checked it out to support her as well :)

Here are the rules that I need to follow and the questions that were asked together with the answers are listed below.  I will list my nominees below together with the questions that I wish to ask.. so let's go!

Questions asked by Misha :)

1. What is your favorite make-up brand?

I have tried a lot of drugstore make-up brands such as l'Oreal, Maybeline and Revlon, but although these have good products, I found my absolute favorite brand when I discovered South Korean Cosmetics. My top brand is Etude House closely followed by Lioele and Missha!

2. How often do you wear make-up?

I wasn't always an avid make-up wearer. I am always running late in the morning and applying make-up always seemed a waste of time.  Nowadays I wear make-up a little bit more often.  I wear light make-up for work, just a little eyeshadow and mascara or eyeliner... I do more elaborate looks when I am going out or for special occasions.

3. What are your beauty and skincare must haves?

My beauty must haves are a black eyeliner and mascara, and some eyeshadows in blue, brown and pink to match my wardrobe, and nail polishes in all the colours of the rainbow :)  My skincare must haves are a good make-up remover that can double up as a cleanser and a mild scrub.

4. What is your favorite fashion item for this Fall/Winter season?

I love shoes and denim mostly.  The return of high-heeled black boots made me the happiest girl on earth!  A heavy jacket is also a must have for me. This year I am staying away from shops though, as I have to save every penny for the weeding :(

5. What is your favorite color? Do you often use this color on your nails?

My favorite colour is fuscia pink and I do have a selection of pink toned nail polishes. I love nail polishes and am currently rebuilding my collection as the previous one dried up!

6. What country are you from?

I am a Maltese living in Malta, a very small island in the Mediterranean sea. (To my dismay.. I wish I was Korean or Japanese)

7. Do you have a favorite clothing store?

This is difficult to answer. I shop everywhere and am always looking for sparkly and cute stuff and denims.  Lately I discovered www.dresslily.com and am waiting eagerly for the time when I can spend some real cash to test the shop out.

8. Which make-up product would you like to try out?

I would love to try out a good snail cream and test its benefits. I never had the pleasure yet and I heard a lot of good things about it.

9. Lipstick or Lipstain?

I am not a real fan of either of them.  Having to retouch after nearly every drink or meal is annoying, plus I am a light smoker (I need a cigarette when I am driving) so I tend to forget to apply lipstick until I reach where I want to go and by then I forget all about it and go with nude lips.  If I had to chose between the two  I think I would chose lipstick.

10.  Are you into KPop? If so, what are your bias groups and who is your ultimate bias?

I love KPOP! My favorites are SHINee, SNSD (Girls Generation)  and SS501.  My ultimate bias is Kim Hyun Joong closely followed by Taemin.  To be honest, Taemin used to be my number 1 but Hyun Joong is closer to my age bracket and a lot more of a man so he stole the number 1 :) It all happed thanks to Boys before Flowers and Playful Kiss which I miss soooo much :((((

11. If you could travel anywhere (fictional and non-fictional) where would you go?

This is tough.... there are so many fantastic worlds that I would love to visit!  I think first I would go to King's Landing (Game of Thrones) and help Danaerys Targaryen regain her throne and the I would go to Crystal Tokyo (Sailor Moon).  In the real world I would love to turn the clock back by at least 15 years and travel to Seoul to start over there.  (for those who are wondering.. I will be 29 next week)

Ok so after that little drill that opened a window onto the real me.. here are the questions that my nominees have to answer!

Does your favorite colour affect your wardrobe and make-up case or do you allow for other colours to make it to the closet?
What is your favorite way to relax?
Do you have any hobbies apart from make-up, fashion and blogging?
What is your favorite fashion style?
How would your ideal weekend be (assuming money isn't a problem)?
What is your typical day like?
Do you indulge in extensive skin care routines?
What is your favorite make-up brand and why?
Nails or Hair? who gets the most attention?
KPop or Kdrama? Which is your favorite Kdrama?
Who is your bias and would you run away with him/her given the opportunity?

The rules say that I have to nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers but I am afraid I can't make that one.  All the bloggers I follow are already superstars except for the five I am nominating :) 

1. samplehime.blogspot.com -- Sample Hime :)

2. ladyfoxmakeup.blogspot.com  -- Lady Fox :)

3. kittiecosmetics.blogspot.com -- Katy :)

4. geishababy.blogspot.com -- Laura :)

5. beauty-junkie.net -- Bethany :)

I will update the other six as soon as I find some new bloggers :)

Congratulations to all of you who make it to my list :) I hope you guys follow me back on bloglovin or Google + :)

some eye candy... I prefer him with messy long hair.. currently he went to short for my tastes :P

I am going to run back to my stitching couch to finish off some more work as I am still tooo far away from the finish line.. I tend to get distracted by Empress Ki when I am home :P

Till next post,

Monday, 18 November 2013

Life Is Getting Busier :)

Hi everyone, I thought to stop by this morning to say 'Hi' to all of you out there because I was away for too long.  Lately I have slacked on posting reviews and manicures so I thought of telling you why!  I have started stitching my wedding favors and they sure take a lot of time. Here is what I finished so far:

I prepared a length of fabric with 14 key chains and started working on all 14 of them one section at a time, until the sections needed so much colours that the thread wouldn't last me to finish 2 pieces.  You can see that all of them vary in progress. I find this a good system for mass production :)

Here is a close up of a finished piece :) Doesn't she look cute?  Thinking that I have to stitch over a hundred of these makes my head go dizzy!

 Here is a better look on how the progress varies from one to the other :)

These cuties here are the main reason I am not blogging so much and they even took me away from Project Taemin.  I have a number of other appointments related to the wedding that are keeping me away from everything as well.... it is soooo busy lately! Right now I am making the most of some free time before I go get ready to give a presentation to one of the Local Councils.. I had it written out yesterday and I haven't practiced the speech yet :( After that it's off to the hair dresser to get myself perked up for my pre-wedding photoshoot that is supposed to take place tomorrow afternoon, but the weather isn't promising much!

Well time is running out and I have to rush!   Oh and for those who haven't started following Empress Ki... go ahead and indulge, it's a wonderful drama! I am watching it bit by bit, sometimes I only watch 15 minutes of the episode inbetween stitching, but it's worth it!

Till next post,

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

12th November 2013 Sigma Brushes Updates

Hi Again everyone!  Today I just started working on my wedding souvenirs so I won't have time to blog a lot. Also I am going to put Taemin on hiatus for the time being as I  need to stitch over a hundred pieces for my wedding :P 

Anyways here are some updates that I just received from Sigma :)

The new Perfect Blend Kit contains six eye brushes designed to address all blending needs.

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Precious metals are the perfect gift for that lovely luxe makeup enthusiast.

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