Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Essence Long-Lasting Pencil - Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green

Pigmentation: Soso, not comparable to my favourite Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliners or Milani Eyeliners.

Finish: Shimmery but not metallic.

Longevity: Excellent. I normally use them on my bottom lash line and outer wing, they are still visible after 8 hours.

Packaging: automatic/ mechanical pencil, travel friendly and hassle free! 
(I hate to sharpen my eyeliners all the time! )

Price: RRP $2.5 each! The cheapest eyeliner I have seen from Priceline!!!

Verdict:
  Essence Long-Lasting Pencils in Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green are not intensely pigmented or metallic so using either of these two shades solely might not give enough definition to your eyes. I recommend using a black/ dark brown eyeliner near the lash line/ tightline for more definition and only adding the turquoise or green as a accent color. The shades are refreshing and beautiful, especially suitable for summer season!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAC Paint Pot Bare Study* Any dupe?

  When I was at MAC counter in February and tried to get a new Painterly paint pot, I got told MAC was turning all paint pot into Pro Longwear Paint Pot. I visited the official US MAC website and YES they only carry Pro Longwear Paint Pot nowadays :( 
Besides a bit more expensive with the same volume, I am not sure if the product itself has been reformulated.

  Since my Bare Study is almost completely dried up, I have been trying all drugstore eye shadow stick/cream in these two months.



Top - MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
Champagne color with gold pearl shimmer. I used it as my base through the whole 2012 n 2013. Good staying power so I can wear it alone or as an eye shadow base.

But now I do not plan on repurchasing it when there are so many gems hiding in drugstores. 
I dislike the packaging. I scooped out my BareStudy into a light plastic container so I did not need to travel with that heavy bulky glass pot. Not to say hygiene problem, the more air exposure the product has, the quicker it dries up.

Middle - Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 002 BulletProof Beige
Very subtle shimmery light peach. No it cannot be a dupe of Bare Study because it does not show up on my skin, however it works the best as a base. It enhances pigmentation of powder eye shadow and extends its longevity. From my experience, my eye shadow still showed up well after walking in rain and crying. Also, the product does not dry up as quick since crayon formal reduce exposure.

Bottom - Models Prefer Infinite Color Shadow Pencil in Pop The Bubbly
Very similar to Bare Study but a touch warmer. The difference is so mind on eye lid that they are almost the same :)
I love this one very much since it shares all the benefits Bare Study offered but in better packaging and more affordable price point! Recommended!

Right - Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Branded
Light champagne with silver shimmer, similar to Bare Study but lighter. The most shimmery out of all.
It is not my favourite since the longevity is not as good as the others and it runs if you have moisture on your eyelid. I can never wear it alone or it creases in an hour or two. I have 10 color tattoo eye shadow purchased at different points and some of them had had cracks and half dried up when I bought them. Always a bit of a gamble when you try to purchase gel eyeliner / cream eye shadow in pot.

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So... Is there a dupe?
No
there is nothing exactly the same if you just swatch the products I talked about on your hand.

Yes
Products in this kind of shade really dont look much different on eyelid one from the others. Regarding performance, Pop The Bubbly definitely outgrows Bare Study.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Small haul: Priceline 40% off Sale!

Hello gorgeous, I just came back to Melbourne last month and had quite a few big changes in my life. New uni, postgrad, moving out and friend gatherings, all kept me really busy.
But last week I stopped by Priceline for its 40% off sale <3 just cant resist!


The main thing I wanted to get was the Sally Hansen gel manicure starter kit. I had been eyeing on it for quite sometimes and it was reduced to $60 this time <3 I plan to use normal color nail polish then seal the color with gel top coat. Hopefully it will work well!

I also got a few Essence products. Although the RRP is quite cheap, it is even better with 40% off and you could get more for your money :p Its LONGlasting eye pencils come in beautiful colors. Pigmented and very long-lasting!! I heard good things about its lip liners, eye shadow and mascaras so just gave them a go :)

I also picked up a Rimmel Scandaleyes eye shadow stick (in bulletproof beige) as well as Face of Australia Budge Proof eye shadow (in tip top taupe). 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Favourite Eye Shadow 2013

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye shadow Quad - Natural Smokes
It has everything I need for daily eye makeup and very handy to carry around. The matte light beige is very subtle to highlight inner corner and under brow bone. Two shimmery shades pose as eye shadow and that matte dark brown works perfectly to fill my brows and eye line. Yet the pigmentation is not the best and you might use a primer to enhance its colour payoff.
Revlon ColorStay 12 Hr Eye Shadow - 02 Coffee Bean
My ultimate favourite quad from drugstore! It has three mattes and a shimmery bronze. It is hard to find good matte eyeshadow from drugstore, but all the matte shades here are very pigmented. The eye shadow retains soft, buttery texture and looks beautiful on eyelids. I love using this quad in autumn or winter and it is perfect to match it with red lips <3 font="">


Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow
I love inglot eye shadow! Excellent colour payoff and buttery texture. There are so many different colours and finishes to choose from. I am sure you will find something you like if you visit an inglot store. The price is fairly affordable compared to MAC, Gorgeous Makeup, Napoleon and other brands. All the staff I met from Inglot stores in Melbourne were very friendly, helpful and absolutely gorgeous! Good CS is always a bonus :)!
(I wont recommend Sydney Bondi branch though. There is not any customer service provided besides two staff members stood there and stared at you. pfff)


The Balm Shady Lady Vol.2
I got this palette from an online sale and it only cost around 20 bucks (quite a good price) ! I like the colour selection which offers enough flexibility but also practicality. This palette has quite a few neutral shades and my favourite is Insane Jane (a silvery taupe)! Mischiveous Melissa, Makeout Mary and Bossy Bobbi are beautiful as well. However, the eye shadow is slightly powdery and creates quite some fallout. Generally the pigmentation is acceptable. Particular shades including Bossy Bobbi and Feisty Felicia need to be assisted with a primer and layered up .

Swatch
  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blythe Clothes For Sale

I still have quite a few Blythe Clothes although I no longer own a Blythe Doll.
All prices listed include international shipping.


-------- Used --------
AUD $6

AUD $5

AUD $6

AUD $9 for two sets

two tights + pants AUD $5

AUD $3

AUD $3 (if you also purchase other item, the price will reduce to $ 2)

AUD $5

AUD $7

AUD $7

AUD $7


=== New ===
AUD $13

AUD $10

AUD $7


AUD $5

AUD $8

$3 (if you also purchase other item, the price will reduce to $2)

AUD $8

AUD $8


Saturday, December 14, 2013

The BEST Trick To Put On Your Eyeliner

Gossmakeupartist just uploaded a video and he shared a trick of putting on pencil eyeliner.
Although it might not be able to create a neat and perfect liner, I still think its such a genius idea! The BEST Trick I have heard from him!


XOXO

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Favourite Nail Care Products

  I have been wearing nail polishes (on and off) since kindergarten. As a chipmunk, obviously I knew nothing about nail care. Didn't wear any base coat. Kept the nail vanish on for longer than a week and let it chip. 
  Since I started watching youtube videos, I also experiments more different products and realized how important a base coat is! Today I would like to share my favourite nail care products.

* Deborah Lippmann Base Coat
Repurchase? Maybe
  I love Deborah Lippmann. Although it is quite pricey, I like the fact that D.L products are gluten free, formaldehyde free and toluene free. It provides a smooth canvas and prevents stains. But Nail Tek one is an even better one.

* Nail Tek Foundation II ( ~USD$5 from Ebay)
Repurchase? Yes
  It is the best base coat I have tried and I do prefer it over OPI envy base coat! Not only it helps to fill every single tiny ridge on my nails, but more importantly, it is very effective in preventing your nail polish staining your nails. I love red nail polishes but they always staine my nails. Since I discovered this base coat, it is no longer a worry ;)

* Etude House Help My Finger UV Top Coat (HKD$40)
Repurchase? I already got a few back ups!
  I am currently in HongKong. When I stumbled across the Etude House store, I remembered Mszjackiechu recommended this Top coat. It is such a great top coat!! It is fast drying and glossy, working equivalently well as the Deborah Lippmann. For sure, Etude House is so much more affordable than the Deborah Lippmann. 
[ I also tried Sally Hansen MegaShine before. Its consistence is so much thicker and sometimes it even moved the color nail polish. It also has much longer drying time.]


*Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (AUD$16.5)
Repurchase? Yes, but my current one lasts forever.
  Lush cuticle butter is fabulous! Its creamy texture leaves my cuticle so moisturized and nourished. The lemon scent is so heavenly as well. It comes in 50g and gonna lasts for ages. I shared half of mine to mum and she loves it ;)
[ I tried Burt's Bees cuticle cream before but it was too waxy for my liking. ] 

Is there any nail care product you love? Would love to hear from you girls :)

XOXO