Monday, 6 July 2015

Mac Lipstick - Girl About Town (Amplified)

  I am not the biggest fan of magenta, yet MAC Girl About Town is truly a beautiful lipstick.

  MAC official website describes it as a bright blue fuchsia. Most swatches I saw on internet display it as almost a hot barbie pink, yet I think Girl About Town is one of those lipsticks vary based on your skin tone and skin colour. The paler and more pink is your skin, the brighter and more blue this lipstick shows. On my NC25-30 skin with prominent yellow undertone,  Girl About Town appears as a vibrant neutral fuchsia and does not excessively emphasize the yellow from my skin. 


* Girl About Town with clear gloss
  It has the typical vanilla fragrance of MAC lipsticks and I have no problem with fragrance in makeup. Amplified formula is not moisturizing at all and I always top it with some gloss to sooth the dryness. It has good longevity and able to hold approximately 6 hours. 


  A cheaper and more moisturising alternative is Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop which is the sheer sister of MAC Girl About Town. Revlon Lollipop also has slight shimmer and gives glossy finish instead of satin finish. 
  Since MAC Girl About Town is quite long-lasting and leaves a touch of stain after its wear, often I put on MAC Girl About Town at home and carry Revlon Lollipop on the go for touch up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Product Empties / Clean-out time!

  Recently I dug into my makeup collection and tossed away some old products which I used up or I dislike.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume Mascara *Used up
I got this mascara for $10 at dutyfree. It was okay and nothing amazing.

Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Mascara
Hugh disappointment!! I first purchased this mascara when I was in high school and I was absolutely stunned. That was the reason why I repurchased this tube and paid ~$25. I am not sure if they have reformulated the product or my expectation has changed, now I actually think it is crappy. It was very 'wet' and did nothing to lengthen or volumise my lashes :(

CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara *Used up
I did like this mascara. It didn't have the most amazing lengthening or volumizing quality, yet it did one thing - it kept the curl! That is the most important thing for my short and straight lashes. Would repurchase if I finish my backups ;)

Benefit They're Real! Mascara *Used up
It used to live in my makeup bag and I miss it! It was a decent mascara and I actually enjoyed it more when I first used it instead of after two/ three weeks (unlike most mascara). It didn't smudge easily and worked well. Luckily I still have another 2 deluxe samples received from beauty events :P


MaxFactor Max Effect Dip-In Eye Shadow
I received it as a gift of purchase and I just didn't use it. The eye shadow powder was really to coarse and didn't adhere on my eyelids well. Straight to the bin and no regrets.

MaxFactor MasterPiece Eye Shadow
I tried to use it up although it neither lasted long or worked well as a base. I prefer waterproof/ water-resistant products since my eyes are very sensitive and they water a lot. Would not repurchase.

BCL BrownLash Ex eyeliner *Used up
A decent product but it was 1. pricey and 2. could only be purchased online. I think Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner is a good substitute, therefore no repurchase.

MAC Paint Pot in Chilled On Ice *Used til unusable
Not a big fan. Very glittery and the glitter fell off after an hour onto your cheeks.
Not impressed. No repurchase.

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study *Used til unusable
Back in the day, I used it everyday as my base and I was truly in love with it. But now Maybelline Color Tattoo and other drugstore brands produce lovely and affordable cream eye shadow. $35 for a MAC paint pot is not worthy for me anymore. No repurchase ;)

Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack *Used til unusable 
My second pot. It was dark, smooth and lovely in the first month but it simply dried up too quickly. I do prefer MAC fluidline over the Bobbi Brown one. Yet, it is unlikely I will repurchase since drugstore brands now have so much affordable and excellent options.


Natio Lip Color in Flutter
A gift of purchase. Dark mauve color did not look flattering on me. Also that cheap makeup scent really turned me off!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Rose Passion
I love the Moisture Renew line and the neutral shades are beautiful. However, this red one really didn't work well and kept bleeding everywhere. I wear lipliner, stain or sear to prevent it from bleeding but nothing helped.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer SPF 8 in 022 Sun Bronze
Another gift of purchase *cramp* but it was way too red/ warm! I had it in my collection for 4 years and eventually decided to throw it away since I had hardly used it. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Priceline Skincare Haul

Priceline is having red dot sale this month and I found a few good gems!

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The first thing I bought was the hydraluron trio by Indeed Laboratories. It includes a full-size moisture serum, a full-size moisture jelly and 4 pieces of moisture masks. The RRP was $59.99 for $104.97 worth of products but the trio is now only $39.99. If you love hydraluron, pop into your local priceline ASAP :D 


I haven't heard much about this line but it is only $14.99 for a day cream with spf50 (50 ml), an eye serum (15ml) and a foaming cleanser (90ml). Great value! I checked the ingredient list and the products actually have fairly good ingredients for the price. Being made in Australia is also a bonus :)


This set consists of a cream cleanser (150 ml), a day & night creme (50 ml) and a hand cream (75 ml), valued at $50.85. I haven't tried anything from Innoxa but GooRooBeauty's positive review on its products really intrigued me. The set is now $14.99, reduced from RRP $24.95. Fairly good value for what you get! And all products are made in Australia as well :) 
 


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Paula's Choice $15 off

If you are interested to try out some Paula's Choice products, you can order through this affiliated link for $15 off your first order :) They are currently having free shipping for all purchase as well. 
When I made my first purchase, I couldnt find any code for Paula's Choice Australia and I missed out the offer... So I am putting one here ((link)) for anyone interested :) 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Lust Have It! May 2014 - Just received it this morning!!

  I had a terrible experience dealing with GlossyBox back in 2012 and it was one of the worst online stores. It forgot to mail out my subscription twice and kept sending me repeated products. I was frustrated, as frustrated as getting shitty products from eBay, and I stopped my subscription with no regret. 
  But this month Lust Have It! had an offer for new subscribers - $9.95 for your first box + your choice of shade (Mary Kay lip lacuer). So tempted and I am once again on the beauty box bandwagon.

Delivery : Moderate. Took about 3 days to deliver from Sydney to Melbourne
Price : New subscription offer $9.95 (RRP $19.95)
Packaging : No pretty box or plastic makeup bag but a black box and wrapping paper. 
  Well, at least all recyclable and it is good for the environment.
Products : 5 full size products!! You got to select the shade of your MaryKay lip lacquer! 


Mary Kay Lip Lacquer in Chai Latte (RRP $22, Full size 4g)
I chose Chai Latte and it really is a lovely glossy nude. As pretty as the swatches online!


Premium Spa Face & Body Mask 
(RRP $14.99, Full size 150g)
  I was so excited when I saw it in my box! My skin has been quite sensitive lately and I need something to clarify my skin without irritating it. It seems like a decent product for my need. No harsh chemicals and also made in Australia.


The Cosmetic Kitchen Pure Mineral Blush in Strawberry
(RRP $34.95, Full size 6g)
  Another Australian made product :) !! When I opened the cap, I realized the powder went everywhere since the sticker wasn't placed properly. Ehhh... it might be a good way to prove the packaging is cute but also functional at the same time so no powder leaked out *over optimistic* ??? Although it looks like a plum shade, the pigmentation is sheer and it appeals as a dusty rose with nice sheen on my skin. 



Coral Colours Eyebrow Definer Pencil in 246 Dark Brown 
(RRP $7.95. Made in China. Full size yet no volume listed)
  I am not sure what I am going to do with it? The shade is too warm and red which wont suit my brows. Neither I can see myself using it as eyeliner since the texture is quite 'thick' and it does move around pretty easily. Very mediocre brow pencil.

Coral Colours Eyeshadow Quartet in Vibrant Forest 
(RRP $7.95, Full size 3.2g)
  Its cheap packaging really didn't catch my eye, yet I started to like this quad after making a swatch. Beautiful shades and moderate pigmentation. Quite shimmery but not glittery or chalky.  

(Swatch of the mineral blush, brow pencil and eye shadow)
  

I must say this month Lust Have It! box is excellent and I am very satisfied with the products I received! I cannot guarantee I would continue subscribing since currently I try to cut down my "Retail Therapy session" and only allow myself to purchase ONE makeup product every month!

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Lust Have It! has a coupon code MAYGIFT and you will get $20 off of your Eco Box/ Fashion & Beauty Box/ Chloe Morello Box/ The Bridal Party Box. If you wish to know more about their subscription services, you are welcome to visit their page through my referral link (Thank you very much :* ).

Friday, 25 April 2014

Tiffany Blue nail polish (I) - Sinful Color in Mint Apple

Tiffany blue is such a beautiful color and I love how refreshing and cheerful it is. Since theshade is registered as Tiffany & Co. 's trademark color, you will not find an exact match unless one day Tiffany & Co. decides to manufacture a nail polish (Yes, one day I hope! how cool it will be!).






Brand and Shade : Sinful Color in Mint Apple
Dry time : About 90 - 120 seconds, so not really fast-drying
Formula : Smooth but thick. Does not chip too easily so it is good
Application : Okay. No too challenging but not the easiest either
Pigmentation : High. It gets almost completely opaque in two coats but perfection in three coats
Finish : Cream. No shimmer / glitter. 
Top coat needed? : Preferably.  The finish is not glossy so a top coat will help to add some shine. 
How close it is to Tiffany blue : Very similar but a touch darker

What do I think about it?
  It definitely looks more like Tiffany blue on my nails compared to how it looks plainly from the bottle. Although the formula and application is not the best I have tried, the shade is really lovely. Affordable price as well. 

Swatch - two coats without top coat



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 220 Cafe Au Lait

Shade : 220 Cafe Au Lait
Dry time :Quick
Formula : Silky smooth and not streaky
Application : Easy 
Price : RRP $16, but I got mine for $8 when it was on sale
Pigmentation : Moderate. It achieves an even coverage in two coats, completely erases the white tips in three coats.
Finish : Cream and glossy. No shimmer / glitter. Can get away without a top coat
Top coat needed? : A must, or it starts chipping in the first day

What I think about it?
   It is my perfect nude! Excellent formula and great shade, I really enjoy wearing it <3 nbsp="" p="">

Swatch (two coats with top coat)