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Sunday, 26 October 2014

NARS primer review + blazing fast internet!

Hey!

I am back with a vengeance after some internet issues! I now have a new internet provider, presenting FIBER at a boggling speed of 100/100!

Yesterday I uploaded a review for the NARS Radiance Enhancing Pro Prime Light Optimizing Primer. It has become my absolute holy grail primer. AMAZING for my dry skin!

Check it out on my youtube channel!


This video was extra exciting to upload, not only for the product rave, but also because I was curious to see how long it would take with my new internet speed! Previously this video would have taken around 2 hours to upload.

Now it took 3 minutes and 52 seconds... !! I timed it and here is the screenshot of the time:


Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

//Tina

Sunday, 19 October 2014

OS X Yosemite - a few tweaks!

I have now been using the latest installment of Apple's OS X Yosemite for a few days and I have made a few tweaks to it that I thought I'd share with you all!

My overall impression is that Yosemite is extremely slick and has a very well put together look.
Some elements are unfortunately not "good enough" for me though. Some elements give me the impression of not being quite finished.

Issue one: The Menubar.
The new Yosemite menubar is semi transparent and it's completely flat looking.  The light theme gives the menubar a discreet drop shadow, while the dark theme completely lacks a drop shadow!

Let me illustrate!

Light theme menubar:


The light theme menubar is as I said semi transparent. It has a white base color and it will take a tinge of the color of the desktop wallpaper as you can see in the picture above. This look is "ok" but it's not good. It's not as clean and polished as I expect from Apple. So I decided to fix that.. :)

Now.. my "fix" is a really ugly hack and it involves a bit of work in a graphics editor (I used GIMP) but it's very straight forward. What I did was I took advantage of the fact that the menubar is transparent and simply edited the wallpaper itself. I added a few gradients up on the top which - with the semi transparent menubar - slightly "shines" through the menubar and gives it a new look.

Like so:


The same modified wallpaper works just as well when using the dark theme of course!

First the original dark menubar which completely lacks drop shadow, it is just a black flat line basically..:


.. and this is how it looks with my modified wallpaper. Note that it's not pitch black anymore, this is because it's semi transparent and my modified wallpaper shows through slightly! Also note the gorgeous drop shadow:


NICE HUH!! :)

Issue two: The Dock.

The new dock is flat. It's ... flat. I'm sorry but this is not very slick and pleasing to the eyes. Not in my opinion.. I know a lot of people love this new look, but I don't.

This is what it looks like:


Now... there is a tool that you can download and install which enables you to quickly change the appearance of the dock, this tool also gives you the option of creating your own custom dock looks!
The tool is called cDock and can be dowloaded here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdock/

I installed it and enabled the old, Mavericks style, dock. Took less than a minute:


I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know if you have any specific suggestions or requests on what I should post in the new Tech section!

//Tina

Monday, 29 September 2014

Skincity.se to start selling Paula's Choice!

The swedish skin care site Skincity.se will start selling Paula's Choice on October 1!

I have used Paula's Choice products for years and some of her products have been part of my skin care routine for a long time.

I have previously ordered from the Paula's Choice EU site (http://www.paulaschoice-eu.com/) and once even from the US site (http://www.paulaschoice.com/)! But now I will be able to order her products locally and with faster and cheaper shipping!

This is SO exciting!

Read more here, I link to the english language version of skincity.se so that everyone can read it:

http://skincity.se/en/238/paulas-choice

They also published a Youtube video regarding this collab!


//Tina

Saturday, 27 September 2014

New Empties video up! August and September!

I just uploaded a new video! This one is a collective empties video featuring products that I have used up during the months of August and September!

Let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the products!



//Tina

Friday, 26 September 2014

Home Office / Studio ALMOST done!

My home office / studio / boudoir is finally as good as done!

It has been helluva lot of work, let me tell you. It feels SO good to finally be back on track.
There are of course still a few bits and bobs that needs to be fixed, but the bulk of the job is DONE!

First a "before" photo showing the work space.. watch and weep..


And now: AFTER:


I have my video gear up on the shelf over the desk.
The light behind the monitor is actually a LED strip with colored LED's. They cycle through all colors in a smooth slow cycle. Very relaxing!

The video gear shelf:


Desk detail:



The makeup side of the desk:


Hope you enjoyed! I am SO happy with how it turned out! I also have new carpet, it's HUGE and takes up almost half of the room!

What's left is some sort of "rack" or something to hang necklaces and headbands on. I am also going to have a roof lamp but have not decided on model yet. I want something cozy and not too bright.

//Tina

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Where the eff am I?

As some of you may know I recently started a new job!

I do love my job and my colleagues, but it is still kind of draining. In a positive way but still..!
So, that is why I've been kind of quiet lately.

Just letting y'all know what's happening. :)

Hook me up on twitter or instagram if y'all want to chat, I'm Steelnpurple on both place.
June empties video will be up this coming weekend! Cya soon!

//Tina

Monday, 9 June 2014

Milani update!

So, this whole Milani controversy SEEMS to have got a resolution.

The wonderful Cinthia from BeautyTalkWithCin on youtube has been in contact with Milani (they actually reached out to her) to clarify that they indeed ARE cruelty free and that they are working towards getting some sort of certification, like PETA.

Follow Milani on Facebook to get all the latest information: https://facebook.com/Milani

You can watch Cinthias video here, and don't forget to subscribe to her on youtube!



//Tina