Sunday, June 24, 2012

Neon Glamour

Since neon colours are such a huge hit this summer, I decided to get in the mode as well with Essie's Tart Deco on my nails. This is probably not even considered neon, but it's still a lot brighter than it looks and I think this is as close as I'll get in terms of "neon" :P haha. When I first got Tart Deco, I was expecting a cute (toned down) coral colour but on the nails it's actually a bright orange. I was quite disappointed because it looked different from the bottle, but this gradually grew on me and now it's my summer go-to nail colour regardless of the neon/bright colour trend or not.  It makes my hand look more tanned which speaks perfect summer to me. And this time, with Deborah Lippmann's Boom Boom Pow as an accent colour - my nails are screaming summer beach parties or something haha. 



Tart Deco - 2 Coats, Boom Boom Pow ~3-4 Coats


Essie - Tart Deco
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow

Friday, June 22, 2012

Minty



Mint Floral Collared Waterfall Blouse - H&M 
Black Cardigan - Garage
Leggings - Sirens
Skinny Belt - H&M
Bubble Bag - Chloe
Turquoise Studded Bangle - Forever 21
Gold & Black Beaded Bracelet - gift from Hong Kong
Red Brogue Boots - Zara

I bought this mint coloured blouse two weeks ago and it is probably my favourite purchase at the moment! The colour, the floral detailing on the collar, the waterfall effect, the pockets....everything is just perfect. I like how it can be versatile in such a way that you can dress it up or down and however you want depending on the occasion. Last weekend, was my pinky twin's birthday dinner and this was what I wore. At first, I was going to pair it with some leather shorts and floral tights underneath, but the weather was pretty nasty that day so I opted for some leggings and boots which still worked out fine :) Love, love, love this

Here's a little snapshot of us at nightmarket! We were so full from
dinner already, but we still bought food :P I had a stomach baby haha

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Butter and Cream

While I was waiting for my friends the other night to go out for dinner, I was walking around Shoppers and unsurprisingly picked up a few things because being a sucker to bright red sale tags, I could not resist the devilish temptation. And I think I might be going back to get that damn Physicians Formula Gel Eyeliner trio just cause out of all trios, I picked up THE one set that was not part of the $9.99 sale =_= so I immediately returned it before I left. sigh. Anywho, I finally jumped onto the Revlon Lip Butter bandwagon, hooray! :P I also realized a few days ago that I had lost my awesome Maybelline eyeliner (here) so I needed to buy another one. Unfortunately, the Master Drama eyeliner was expensive and not on sale, so when I saw this pack of Physicians Formula eyeliner trio for only $9.99 I immediately took advantage of the sale and decided to give it a try. :)




These Revlon lip butters are SO soft and creamy that I'm actually not quite used to the formula (yet). They do go on like a dream, but swatching them on my hand felt like I was doing something dangerous LOL. I was scared that I'd break them but thankfully, I didn't. :P Strawberry Shortcake to me, is like a "my lips but better" colour but more pink than red and it's a flattering pink upon my Asian skin tone. On the other hand, Gumdrop not so much. I really wanted to like this sheer lilac color because it's so pretty! But I'm not one of those girls who could pull it off because of the blue/cooler undertone clashing against my pigmented lips and asian skin tone :( sigh. I should've known better, but I couldn't resist it! I think I'll try to wear this over a lip liner and see if it'll work better on me *cross fingers*.



I apologize that my lip swatches look relatively similar but they're more distinguishable in real life. Also, Gumdrop is quite sheer, so my naturally pigmented lips are showing through and the red/pinkness is picked up on my camera - my hand swatch is more universally accurate! :P

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio (super long name! lol)

These Physicians Formula eyeliners have amazing lasting power! I'm super impressed! The longevity kind of reminds me of the Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner, too bad I lost it otherwise I'd do a comparison. These eyeliners also go on really smooth and creamy. But as always....there's always a con to a product and for this - it'd be lack of pigmentation and particularly the black eyeliner. Which is ironic and a shame because that's what I was going after. The pink eyeliner in this trio is actually more purple than pink, which isn't a big deal to me but just a warning if you were looking forward to that colour.

Who cares if this set is for hazel eyes? I still got it! Hahaha :P


There are no smudging what-so-ever for these eyeliners - even if you tried rubbing quite vigorously and it also takes a lot of effort to make the colour fade. Under the waterproof test, these eyeliners don't like to budge at all! It's only until you rub your skin so hard that it turns red afterwards will you get it removed! So...makeup remover is recommended haha. I also had these on my lower lash line for ~6 hrs and there was no downward transfer either. So all in all, I don't know about the 24hr resist wear claim (cause I would never have makeup on for that long) but these sweet babes do really last an incredibly long time!

So the overall summary goes like this....

The Pros:
- super longevity
- cute metallic packaging
- retractable pencil and comes with a sharpener (although, I don't think it's all that necessary cause it IS retractable afterall)
- good range of colours 
- catch a sale and these eyeliners are super cheap!

The Cons:
- not as pigmented as I would like (the black is the major disappointment, other colours are okay)
- regular price is quite expensive

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 
**if the black was the slightest bit more pigmented, I'd give this a full on 10

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Tiffa Pink Eyeliner

Not sure if you guys remember, but I got this eyeliner along with a bunch of other stuff in my previous post (here) from my sister. This review was requested by Linny from The Thoughts Basket - Hi Linny!! I didn't forget! Sorry this took me a while to get to haha but here it is at last :D And of course, I hope the rest of you are interested in this as well. :) Tiffa is a sister brand to Kanebo - I believe these two are Japanese drugstore brands but Tiffa is probably a tad cheaper. I haven't tried much of their stuff (only a glitter liquid eyeliner), in fact not much Asian cosmetic brands in general so I won't have any relative comparisons in this post.

Kanebo Tiffa Beauty Eyeliner (PK-1)



As you can see from the photos above, this is a brush tip eyeliner with a twistable back to dispense the product. The colour comes out as a shimmery magenta/burgundy pink which is pretty unique and not something you'll find easily. The brush tip is nice and thin for precise application however, I'm having trouble controlling the amount of product I twist out from the back. Every time I try to get the product out, I somehow always end up with twisting too much and the product will turn into a little blob gushing out from the sides of the bristles =_=;. I guess this problem will eventually be solved in time with more experience but as of right now, it is still annoying. Not only because I'm wasting product but also because the formula of this eyeliner is on the thicker side...so if you apply too much product, your line will look less precise (if you wing it) and when it dries you will see little lines/cracks within your line which is a pretty big indication that with one rub, your line will flake off. A solution I came up with to this excess problem, is either dab the blob of product on the back of your hand and apply it from there with your pen eyeliner brush OR, swipe the product on the edge of an angled eye brush and then apply it.


Waterproof test: the eyeliner came off pretty easily with 2-3 rubs after running it under (cold) water
you can also see that it doesn't smudge, but flakes off into little pieces


All I did in this look was create a strong winged/cat eye with a black liquid eyeliner on the upper
lash line and then used this pink eyeliner to line the upper and lower lash line (thin towards the
center and thick towards the outside but have a precise point at the end of the wing)

So here's my overall summary:

The Pros:
- thin and precise brush tip
- cute and good packaging (twistable pen)
- unique colour
- easy to use, good for beginners trying to use liquid eyeliner
- dries quickly
- reasonably priced 1000 Yen approx equals to $12.90 CDN (seems pricey for a drugstore eyeliner, but if you think about it - the packaging, twistable pen form, colour, ease of use...I think it's alright)

The Cons:
- formula is quite thick so there can be some flakey-ness at the end of the day, especially when over applied.
- this eyeliner is not waterproof
- not easily accessible

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Monday, June 11, 2012

Revlon vs. Deborah Lippmann


As promised, here's the comparison between Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance and Revlon's Scandalous. The two are extremely similar and I would say yes, it's true, this is a dupe. The only slight difference between them is that Bad Romance has a very pigmented black base and not so much for Scandalous. Another thing about Scandalous is you'd occasionally find a random silver hexagonal glitter that does not belong in place hahaha...no big deal but just sayin' there's an error in quality control here. :P 


Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance vs. Revlon Scandalous (1 coat) 
2 coats
So in all honesty, if you ask me which one you should buy - I'd definitely recommend Revlon's Scandalous. Not only because of the price difference (Regular price: $20 vs $4.39 - I actually got my Deborah Lippmann's for $10) but the other thing I like better about Scandalous is that you get a few more glitters per stroke than Bad Romance. I'm not sure if this is because of the brush or if it's because there's actually more glitter....but if you can't tell already, I'm all about the glitter. So if you are the same (which I assume the majority of you guys are) then go for Scandalous. But if you like a darker base, then go for Deborah Lippmann. I still love them both :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Little Gems Found At Last

I've been looking for these Revlon glitter polishes ever since last year when they first came out and I finally stumbled upon them! Initially, I only planned on getting the two lightest shades while I was at Superstore, but then I thought what the heck, $6.50 is pretty reasonable - I might as well get all of them from the rack in fear of regretting it later. And I'm glad I did cause these are insanely gorgeous and at the check out, I realized these were actually just $4.39!!! So in total, I got four pretty polishes for only ~$19 (after tax)! :D

L-R: Radiant, Scandalous, Whimsical, Popular

L-R: Popular, Whimsical, Radiant, Scandalous (two coats of each)
If you remember my last nail polish post (here)....I had on Revlon's Midnight Affair in which I forgot to mention that it took forever to dry. And when it did, the inside was still soft and incredibly vulnerable to dents and scratch marks. So, my impression on Revlon polishes aren't very high in terms of quality. However, these glitter polishes are surprisingly impressive. They dry quickly to a relatively smooth surface (which is extremely rare for glitters), go on reasonably opaque and the sparkles aren't difficult to distribute across the nail! Popular can be left on with one coat if you apply it evenly and I think this is my favourite out of the bunch. If you're looking for an everyday, wearable glitter - this is probably what you want. Scandalous also has a pigmented base colour but it looks best with two coats because the the base is more on the gray-black spectrum. Radiant has no base colour but there are so much glitter that two coats is enough to cover your entire nail. The only exception in terms of opacity would be Whimsical; it has a light pale/milky blue base that goes on the sheerest out of the four I've picked up - but it's not too bad after two coats and I actually find that the sheerness and subtlety of the base colour really cute.

I bought Scandalous for the sake of comparing it to Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance so expect to see a review and comparison in the next post! :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pieces Revisited.



Pearled Knit Sweater - Liz Lisa (here)
White Button Up - Jacob
Trousers - H&M (here & here)
Bag - Balenciaga
Silver Bow Flats - Payless Shoe Source (not feat.)


Although my wardrobe space has expanded quite a bit, I assure you it doesn't mean that I have a ridiculous amount of clothes. In fact, I still feel like I'm lacking in variety (occasion wise). For that reason, I like to mix and match things and come up with different looks even though they're the same garments I wear on a daily basis. :P I bought this pearled knit sweater online a while back and I just love it so much - it's cute, it's warm and it spices up a plain outfit. The bad part about it though, is that I can't wear it as often as I'd like because the pearls aren't securely attached and they can fall off easily or get snagged. I thought about hand-sewing them myself but it's a lot of work and I don't have the time. :( I guess I'll just continue to wear this carefully until I find a better solution....if there is one. Do you guys have any suggestions for me?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

First Mini Canmake Haul

This is my first time trying Canmake products, so I'm really excited! If you haven't heard about Canmake, they're basically a popular Japanese drugstore brand that targets the girly, princess gyaru style. Recently a friend of mine went back to Japan for a week or two so my wifey and I asked her to help us bring back some goodies :) I didn't want to let my makeup addiction go out of hand, so I tried really hard and limited myself to only a few products that I've been dying to try. :P

L-R: Cream Cheek 05 Sweet Apricot, Cream Cheek 11 Heavenly Heart,
Cheek & Cheek 01 Candy Flower, Candy Wrap Lip 03 Peach Shower
Cream Cheek 05 Sweet Apricot and 11 Heavenly Heart
As summer is approaching, I wanted to try out some cream products because I've heard that cream blushers tend to last longer than powder during the hot summer weather. Canmake Cream Cheek products have been praised by many, so naturally I've gravitated towards getting them. I also wanted to expand my small blush selection which explains why they are the majority in this haul. These blushes are really smooth, creamy, pigmented and easy to blend. There are tiny specs of fine gold shimmer, but I don't think it'd be anything too noticeable on the face.


Cheek & Cheek 01 Candy Flower
This particular cheek product and shade number has been raved by MissGlamorazzi on youtube so I decided to give it a go. You get the option of two blushes in one with three different results - 1) you can use the blushes individually; 2) use the lighter shade as a highlight and darker shade as your main blusher; or 3) you can mix the pink and the coral together and adjust it to the tone that you want. As seen in the photo, this blush palette comes with a brush which is amazingly soft! At first glance, the brush seems a little too small and precise for blush application, but I think the flexibility of the bristles and the softness of the brush allows you to blend out the colours nicely.


Candy Wrap Lip 03 Peach Shower
I'm not really a lip gloss person but I thought this was a versatile colour that could go with any lipstick and good for everyday use....even though I don't use lip gloss on a daily basis lol.....hmm...>_<" Anyways, this has a regular dome foot applicator and I love the cute floral packaging. The lip gloss is semi pigmented and the colour reminds me of strawberry jam. However, my lips are naturally pigmented, so the colour of the gloss doesn't show up well on my bare lips. In the picture below, you can see that my lips only have a shine to it after putting on the gloss.


Top: Candy Wrap Lip, Cream Cheek in Heavenly Heart, Cream Cheek in Sweet Apricot,
Bottom: Cheek & Cheek in Candy Shower (individual swatches and last swatch is a mixture).

By the way, I realized that the blush colours I chose are extremely similar.....dear me, I'm stupid and obsessed over the same shades OTL. sigh.