Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spontaneity & Comfort Zone

I picked up quite a few things this past week because I am starting to run out on some of my basic essential items (eyeliner and bronzer) and of course, I felt adventurous and purchased a few extra items haha. Normally, I don't gravitate towards red and fuchsia nail polish because growing up as a kid these nail polish colours always gave me a bad connotation - only creepy old ladies and witches with long wrinkly skinny fingers wear these. LOL am I the only one on this? Anyway, obviously I have matured over this thought especially now that I've bought similar lipstick colours which turned out well on me so I thought I should give it a try on my nails as well. :P 



Left to Right

Revlon Blue Lagoon - perfect sky blue colour, the moment I picked this up and looked at it, my hands couldn't put it back on the rack lol the subtle silver and blue shimmers is absolutely amazing.

Rimmel Bare Naked - I'm sure many of you recognize this cause I've already raved about it previously here as my perfect go-to nude colour.

OPI Sweet Heart - milky pale pink; pinky twin and I picked up the same polish because it seems to be a good candidate as "my nails but better color" we're hoping we'd get compliments on how nice and healthy our nails look when in fact we just have a nice pink polish over top to disguise it HAHA.

OPI The Color of Minnie - a true red from the Minnie Mouse Limited Edition Collection. This was a spontaneous purchase to expand the colour selection in my nail polish stash, I put the plastic nail swatch over my own nails and it seems to look good against my skin tone. 

OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia - pretty fuchsia colour with a gorgeous purple sheen/shimmer, the runner up for a fuchsia colour that I've considered buying was Essie's Bachelorette Bash. 



The shimmers in Blue Lagoon and Flashbulb Fuchsia is so pretty!!



If you remember my post from here, you know that I LOVE this bronzer - I love it so much that I felt the necessity to repurchase. The odd thing though, is that this new one is a bit lighter than my old NYC Sunny bronzer. I'm thinking it might be because they're from different collections - this one is from Smooth Skin, while my old one is just the regular? It's funny how they would make two extremely similar products under their own brand...on the back this is marked as Sunny 720A and my previous one is Sunny 720C... Hopefully on the face, they're identical - I shall update on this later when I try it out.


After reading several blog posts about the wonderful things that Essence has to offer I decided to go browse around at the drugstore but limited myself to only buying the gel eyeliner. So far, after swatching it I'm pretty impressed with the longevity and waterproof ability. I rubbed my fingers over it after letting it set and neither liner budged. While testing it under water when I was in the shower, Essence definitely held it in better than the Annabelle Smoothliner (not that I expected much, because I bought this for a different purpose). Essence Gel eyeliner took a while to smudge and flake - quite impressed especially when this is only $3.99. As for the Annabelle Smoothliner, I bought this as a regular liner just to apply it underneath the other eyeliners that I use. It was marked down from ~$8-9 to $3.99.


What other essence products do you love or recommend me in trying out? I saw the cream shadows but they didn't have the nice bronze shade that I was hoping to get and I couldn't find the polish that is similar to Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe. The cashier told me that their retractable liner is great - has anyone tried that?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sailor Chic



Stripe Tee - Zara Kids
Shorts - Forever 21
Lattice Necklace - H&M
Heart Ring - Forever 21

I think I've been on a roll lately with finding things that I haven't used or worn. For this outfit, it'd be my striped tee - it has been in my closet since last summer untouched and unloved until now haha :P This might be my new go-to summer outfit combination - casual but chic and effortless at the same time. I'm also loving the side braid hair style at the moment and I do see why it became so popular. Being a girl who is lazy and isn't good with hair, this side braid is fast and easy to do - you can't go wrong! It also instantly spices up everything and even makes my 1 day old hair presentable when in fact, it feels extremely nasty to me lol. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Black Ice

I know shatters and crackles aren't the "it" thing anymore this year but I realized I've never even used this once! It almost feels like a crime for buying something and not using it cause I'm wasting money lol. So, I bought the silver polish from Urban Planet to pair up the two together because black crackle isn't as versatile as I thought it would be; at least not compatible enough with my relatively small collection (compared to the true nail polish addicts out there....my colour selection is kind of...quite...sad haha). The combination came out well and to my surprise, the silver polish has a sandy and rough textured finish. I'm relieved that the rough surface didn't affect the crackle/shatter effect since there is a tendency for that to happen if the surface isn't smooth. Overall, I'm quite happy with my nails ^_^




China Glaze - Black Mesh
Pebble Beach - Platinum Step 1

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Classic vs Statement

I'm so excited to share this haul with you guys because I've been eyeing and drooling over these items for EVER. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating one bit. 

Oh by the way, before I jump in to the haul....in response to my last post since I got everyone wondering about my ethnicity, I first want to thank you guys for all the lovely comments! I am extremely flattered and all your guesses and input are greatly appreciated :) You guys are pretty close to the truth. I'm actually just Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) lol - nothing else, nothing exciting hahaha :3 <3 I think my circle lenses might have been deceiving so sorry - it would've probably been better if I wore normal contacts XD



These Zara Fringe Ankle Boots came out in the spring time and ever since I've laid my eyes upon them I could not stop thinking about how much it needs to come home with me lol. But I held it in, I refrained myself for months because the original price of these babies were $169!! =o=; They went on sale once already for $90, but I still couldn't bring myself to spending so much. But you know what they say, "if you love something, let it go, if it comes back it's yours forever~~" (Christina Aguilera anyone? I can never say this phrase without singing it haha) And yeap, they're mine alas for $70! YAY!! :D



Okay, so I haven't exactly drooled all over these shoes like the Zara ankle boots but I've always been on the look out for the perfect nude pumps so I was extremely excited when I saw these at Forever 21. These heels are also extremely soft and comfortable as far as I can tell. I never thought I'd buy chunky heels because they don't seem to be timeless enough for me but I think these made the mark cause the ankle strap and the colour is a given classic. While I was there, I also picked up a super adorable heart ring!


These heels are almost 6 inches tall!! I know I'll look like a giant again but I really like them!
Why are the cutest heels always HIGH heels?? >_<"


I'm surprised this size 7 ring actually fits my skinny fingers, usually I'm size 6 and even then...hollow rings like this are still loosely fitting in the right size but this fits like a loose size 6 which is quite odd. But of course, I'm not complaining hehe. It's been my lucky day, that's for sure ;D

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meshed



Mesh Top - Vintage
Black Tank Top - Forever 21
Shorts - Urban Planet
Headband - H&M
Sunglasses - Forever 21
Lips - Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Peach
Contacts - GEO Bambi Series in Green Apple

Summer is finally here in Vancouver - YAY!!! :D I think mesh tops are great for summer cause it's so breezy  yet you get a bit of style instead of the typical tank top and shorts kind of look. By the way, I didn't actually wear my headband out today lol...I didn't think about it this morning until I decided to snap a few photos after I came home and then realized it would've went really well together. I guess I'll just save it for next time haha. And out curiosity, what ethnicity do I look like to you guys??? I went to a workshop on Saturday and this guy I met there automatically assumed I was korean and today I had driving lessons with a new driving teacher and he asked me if I was vietnamese! lol I think I'm kinda giving it away to you guys, but despite all that - what do I look like to you? I want to know LOL.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Glistening Water

I love glitter and the colours in this palette are just phenomenal. However, if only the quality was just as great as it looks I'd be jumping with joy right now. Sigh. When you swipe these with your fingers, you'd be deceived by the intensity of the swatch. The actual application of this product can just be described as: oh-the-frustrationnnnnnn.


Don't even try to work this product without a sticky cream base or glitter adhesive. It's hard to maneuver the glitters on your lid and pack it on evenly. It is even more difficult to achieve that "wow-factor" look we all expect from glitters. If you decide to use a cream base, it must be a good one otherwise it won't stick on properly and last without creasing (I personally prefer using glitter adhesives eg. Too Faced's Glitter Glue seen here). Normally, I'd be cautious about using bases with glitters but awhile back, the makeup artist at my local NYX store told me that they used these cream palettes as bases for their powder glitters (Glitter on the Go) so I naturally assumed that I can just use this without a base. Ahem...Wrong


Another thing I've found out about this palette is that only the top layer is glamorously filled with glitter, as you get deeper into the cream product you'll find a nasty base of vaseline looking goop holding all of this together. You need a lot of this product to get an intense glitter eye look, so it's only a matter of uses until you encounter it. Personally, I haven't done so as I've only lined my eyes with two of the colours but I can already see bits of it when I poke the applicator harder in the product and make a dent. Right now, I'm just compensating it by brushing the product back and forth to cover up the small bald spot.


Dear NYX: it's palette not pallet.....lol

I swatched these with the sponge tip applicators provided as if my life depended on it


The glitters do not stick on well, with a light swipe, half of the glitters came off onto my fingers - I can't imagine this on my eyes. This will probably just crease like crazy and your face will end up being a disco ball. The weird thing though, is that these glitters do not come off the fingers easily which as previously mentioned is the reason why you'd be easily deceived by finger swatches. 

How To Make This Palette Work:
- ps. Emily Noel is one of my favourite youtube gurus! :)


Overall Summary

The Pros:
- cheap and affordable
- a wide range of GORGEOUS colours
- sponge tip applicators provided are useful in utilizing this product, also comes with a small brush tip end

The Cons:
- hard to maneuver glitter and pack on the lids
- requires a lot of a product to achieve a nice intense colour on the lids
- this product creases without a good base or glitter adhesive
- only the top layer has glitter, the bottom is a vaseline-like goop
- cannot be used as a base for similar glitter colours in powder form
I've never seen a makeup product with such silly spelling errors

Overall Rating: 3/10

Final words: I do not recommend this product at all...I rather spend a bit of extra money to get NYX's Glitter on the Go's or the mini versions. You get a lot more product and you get what you expect to work with - glitter powder that (additionally) requires glitter glue or a sticky cream base, none of this expectations vs reality nonsense. Sigh, what a shame this is such a beautiful palette.......

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes

If you've been following me on here long enough, you probably know that I'm not the high end type of gal and especially in the mascara department because I don't think it's worth the investment in a product that is so short lived. Aside from the price, there's also one and the most important thing that I have been able to find in drugstore mascaras but not in high end ones (I will talk about this later). By the way, yes, this is only a sample size of Lancome's Hypnose Doll Lashes but I decided to do a review on it anyways because only the size and packaging is different.



I like how the brush is tapered because the pointy tip can reach the inner and outer corners easily and you don't have to worry about accidentally getting mascara on your lids and causing a mess. The bristles of the brush also separates your lashes very well and the formula isn't too thick that it'll make your lashes clump together. Even though this mascara does not give me the "doll lash" effect, I still admire it for the amount of length and fullness it gives to my pathetic short, stick straight lashes. Lancome Doll Lashes also gives you soft and luscious lashes which for once, I actually enjoy the subtlety and "naturalness" of my lashes. 


But as I've mentioned before, there is one (main) important reason as to why I don't bother investing in high end mascaras aside from the price of a short lived product and that is....they do not hold my curl! As much as I like this mascara, I would not repurchase because it's inability to hold my curl literally means nothing to my lashes. Within seconds of coating my lashes, they fell pointing straight down - which explains why my eyes are closed in my before and after photo comparison. So far, this incompetency has been relatively consistent with all the high end mascaras I've tried. I'm not saying that drugstore mascaras don't fail in this aspect, but at least when I get the waterproof version 95% of the time I have not been disappointed with my curl holding its position.

Overall Summary....

The Pros:
- lengthens and volumizes
- separates lashes (no clumping)
- tapered brush allows you to get the hard to reach places
- lashes remain soft and lush after application
- no smudging & lasts relatively long even though it's easy to remove with soap and water 

The Cons:
- expensive
- does not hold a curl
- not waterproof (both a pro and a con - depending on your preference; in this case, I would view this as less of a con because it does last long and doesn't smudge easily)

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

In general, this is not a bad mascara....in fact everything is good aside from holding a curl. I think those who are born with curled lashes (or doesn't have a problem with keeping a curl) and is after a natural looking boost in length and fullness would love this mascara. For those of you with typical stick straight asian lashes like I do, it's not worth the money to buy a high end mascara and have to layer it over another one just to keep your curl and make this mascara work.