Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Awesome Beaute Boxing Day Deal

Hey everyone! Just wanted to inform you of a great deal from Beaute cosmetics. 40% off right now with the code boxingweek2012 . I adore there liqui-gel stain in Fever and so I'm highly tempted to pick up another shade too at this lower price.

Beaute Cosmetics Here

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it or if not, a relaxing and pleasant few days :D

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some Gifts for the Holidays

There are always cosmetics that seem to catch my attention that I add my list every year. This year has been harder than others in the past though as so many brands have changed their animal testing status to be able to sell in China. (Extremely frustrating as a cruelty-free beauty blogger and a big part of the reason I've not been blogging as much)

Anyways, here are some items that made the cut! Enjoy!

This has been on my wishlist for over a year. Expensive but it looks so nice!

Another long time wishlist item. I love the colour and though again on the pricer side I've heard such good things about Nars blushes over the years it's something I've been eyeing too.

A beautiful sophisticated eye and lip palette from Guerlain. I'm a little sketchy on whether Guerlain is still non-animal testing though. I've heard both answers lately.

These fresh lip treatments are half-size but you get a large range of colours! Plus with that many you don't really need the full size anyway. I love value packs. :D

If you haven't tried tarte's amazonian clay blushes, I highly recommend them. Highly pigmented, long wearing and nicely packaged. This set has two in it and some nice looking eyeshadows.

What about everyone else? What are you eyeing up for Christmas?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hebridean Sprite Beauty Christmas Carol Collection

The Christmas Carol Collection!
L-R: Deck the Halls, Winter Wonderland, Hark! Angels Sing, O Christmas Tree, Reindeer Games
As many of you know I opened up my own small nail polish line in October. For the holiday season I wanted to add to the collection and I finally settled on 5 colours I think are not only festive but fairly non-denominational too despite their Christmas Carol names. I just wanted to show you all the pictures of them, and I apologize for some of the not so great photography. Certain colours *coughDecktheHallscough* refused adamantly to be photographed true to life.

Reindeer Games
Reindeer Games! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer inspired. A warm chestnut brown with a hint of purple shimmer and Red hex glitters.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls, the most blatantly festive of the collection! A true red jelly with gold holographic hex glitter.

Hark! Angels Sing!
Hark! Angels Sing! Is a pretty warm gold with colour-changing etherealness to it. It goes from peachy-pink to gold to green. 
O Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree, is slightly like Hark! Angels Sing in that it has a colour change to it. This mossy golden-green actually has a red shift to it as well as emerald green mini hex glitters. Like a whole Christmas Tree on the nails.

Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland. This polish was made with freshly fallen snow drifts in mind, bright and slightly shimmery with a hint of a blue tone at times and a deep blue when in shadow. I love the contrast of the two matte glitters here with the base and the sapphire holo glitters. So fun!
Winter Wonderland Manicure
And a not so great photograph of me wearing Winter Wonderland.

So what do you think? Do these put you in the spirit of the upcoming holidays?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Royal Vampire Nail Polish Manicure for Halloween

For those of you following the Hebridean Sprite Beauty shop on facebook you probably know I've been working on this Vampire inspired shade for a while now- about a month. First it was too dark, then too light then too opaque, then the subtle shimmer wouldn't show up on the nail, then it dried too matte. Finally I managed to get a shade that I'm happy with though I still need a topcoat for it in order to reach it's full potential I think. 

Anyways it's a dark bloody red jelly shade with a subtle regal purple shimmer that is only evident in some lights. Shown is with three coats and I'm loving it, especially for Halloween. I'm actually posting it today in the shop and it will be a part of the permanent mythological line if anyone is interested. I wanted to post it earlier but as you can tell from earlier I just wasn't happy with it yet.

Above you can see some evidence of the purple shimmer. It's much harder to catch on camera than I'd hoped it would be.

Strangely but kind of ironically in the bottle Royal Vampire looks like bottled half-dried blood as it has a weird brown tone to it. None of that tone really shows up on the nail though and the shimmer is much more prominent in the bottle. I have no clue as to why this is but I thought I'd mention it.

a shot of the shimmer

Looking like partially dried blood

Hope everyone has a lovely candy-filled Halloween this evening! Stay safe and have a blast!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Avene's Clean-Ac Moisturizer~ Review

Avene is a skincare brand that I tend to go back to again and again but frequently forget to talk about. This product in particular is actually one of the best ones in my skin-care essentials and I can't believe I haven't blogged about it before.

Avene is a brand that uses spring water from a special healing spring in France in all of their products as well as solid dermatological formulations. I'm not so sure about all the water's healing properties myself but I have had success with their products.

Clean-Ac is a thick white moisturizer that smells lightly of cucumber, designed for red, irritated or acne prone skin. This is perfect if you are using an acne fighting system that is drying to your skin but you still have acne.

A little too thick for day, I prefer to use this at night as it's soothing, very moisturizing and I've always noticed a decrease in overall redness and acne appearance by the next morning. It also reduces the flakiness that can come with the harsh systems to fight acne.

I don't recommend this for daytime though as it doesn't have an SPF or sunscreen component (which is important for keeping skin healthy and youthful) plus it can feel a bit greasy after about 3-4 hours. I much prefer to slather on at night and cleanse off in the morning.

Priced around $18-$20 dollars it is on the pricy side, but you don't have to use much due to the thickness of the product.

Overall, it's a moisturizer but a very good one that calms the skin as well as it's hydrating properties. A bit on the expensive side but worth it, even if you only use it occasionally for agitated or reddened skin.

Sprite Rating: 9/10 (lost half a point for price and half a point for greasiness if used during day time that can occur after a few hours).

Would I buy this again? Yes, in fact I'm almost through my second bottle.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Check out Pointless Cafe's Review!

Shiela the blogger over at Pointless Cafe is featuring 4 of our mythological collection shades over the next couple days! Her review of Underhill is amazing- the photos way beyond anything I could have managed! I can't thank her enough!
Check it out here:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hebridean Sprite Beauty~ Nail Polishes

I know I've disappeared for about a month, but there was a purpose to my vanishing act. I've been hard at work on the finishing details of my nail polish line.

I plan to expand eventually into other items as well, like lipsticks and eyeshadows, but I wanted to start with nail polishes all under the blog name, Hebridean Sprite Beauty. This has been in my mind for over a year now and I've finally decided to go through with it.

I wanted to have a company that was everything I valued in a cosmetic line: cruelty-free, good ingredients, products that work well, unique colours and shades, and because I know how difficult it is for vegans to find animal-byproduct free ingredients in their products, I decided to make the entire line vegan as well.

These first shades are all named after Scottish and Celtic mythology and make up the first part of my main line, the Mythology Collection. There are nine in total.

Each polish is made with solvent resistant glitter or non-degrading cosmetic approved pigment as well as stainless steel ball bearings. They also come with a information card, describing the name, the thought process that went into each polish and the history behind the myth. Included on each card is also an image by an artist showing one possible presentation of the mythological creature.

Huge thanks to all the artists that helped me with this endeavour through Deviant Art, I certainly couldn't have done this without every one of you!
(All artists have given permission for their art to be used in the cards and this blogpost ONLY. Please do not take their art or use it without permission from THEM. Thank-you!)
If you want to see the cards a bit bigger just click them :).

Brownie Photograph by Me! Kylie, my model is such a sweet helpful little girl. 

 These photos are both in sunlight and in indirect light. Really close-up too as the glitter in Brownie Helper is only 0.008 inch in size.

Underhill image slightly tweaked by me, but was from a stock photograph by Pavel Azamatov on Deviant Art. 

Image- A Ripple in the Water by: Carolyn Gan
Artist's website:
Image- Fairy Ring by: JinxMim
With stock images by: almudena-stock, Eirian-stock and Kikii-stock

Image- Harbringer of Death By: Frankie Curran
Artist's Website:

Image- Pure of Heart by: Kate Bloomfield
With stock on Deviant Art by: SatrummJinxmimHumblebeezMissystock, and Sed-rah-stock

Image- Selkie Blues by: Andrea Sgorbissa
With stock images on Deviant art from: YsaeddaStock, faestock, greenleaf-stock, Goblinstock, redheadstock, mjranum-stock, jinxmim, grace-stock, thehoneybadger, trisste-brushes, and Morgue File.

Image- Smaug and his Treasure by Raymond E. Gaustadnes
Artist's page is at:

Image- Fairy by Enrique Parietti
This collection has been the slow work of a year and I now finally have something to show for all the brainstorming, mixing and testing. 

I'd love to hear what you think!

Hebridean Sprite Beauty is a little store through Store Envy, an online store service that works similar to etsy but doesn't charge fees (yay!) The paying system is all through paypal so it's very safe for everyone.

I open October 1st for business and each polish costs $10 USD. I'm only shipping to Canada and the USA at this time due to international mailing restrictions but hopefully once I figure out more of the legal mumbo-jumbo I can ship internationally too.

There is a minimum order of $20 right now (it sucks I know, and I'm sorry!) I really wish I didn't have to place a minimum but shipping out of Canada is insane right now. The cheapest shipping option available in Canada is 3x the price of American shipping. In order for me to make any money (because I take a hit for each shipment I send out over what each customer pays) I have to enforce a $20 USD or minimum 2 nail polish rule. 
If I can find cheaper shipping, hopefully I can drop this, but after searching for many many hours a day over the course of about two weeks this is the lowest I can find available and thus the lowest I can charge.

The store link address is
I'll also be adding a link page at the top of the blog for quick access. I hope you'll take the time to check me out come October!

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