Sunday, March 24, 2013

Heavenly

My new favourite nail polish at the moment. Revlon Heavenly is an iridescent, glowy, sparkling glitter polish with a clear base. A lot of the swatches that I've seen are layered over a dark base, but I find that I much enjoy it alone with two layers of classy-ness (?). After having closely examined online swatches by other bloggers, China Glaze Snow Globe is actually different because of it's small dense circle glitters instead of a combination of hexagonal and square shaped glitters in Heavenly and Deborah Lippmann's Stairway to Heaven (a very good comparison review can be found here). My only slight complain about this nail polish is that it is very thick, goopy and even stringy at times. Upon close inspection, you can also see a lot of bubbling but, the glitters are so beautifully distracting that it's no big deal. I'm not sure if this is a bottle defect or if it's the nature of Heavenly. Even though it's not perfect, I'm head over heels in love.




Monday, March 11, 2013

Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

Hello my lovelies! I know it's been a really really long time since I've last posted, I miss you guys so much and hopefully you all feel the same! I already have several drafted posts so be a little bit more patient, stay tuned and I will be posting them soon. With that aside, I'm back with a review on the new Benefit World Famous Neutrals palette - Most Glamorous Nudes Ever. I know this purchase was a crime because I have 5 life time's worth of neutral eyeshadows lol....both Naked 1 & 2 palettes, drugstore neutral quads, high-end neutral quads, the Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette and the most recent addition to the family - The Balm's Nude'tude. Yeah...it's clear, I have problems but how can you resist a $36 eyeshadow palette that consisted of 4 eyeshadows and 2 cream eyeshadows? :T What gravitated me to this palette the most was the infamous cream eyeshadows (heaps of rave on Birthday Suit) and the swatch of it's complicated on my hand had me lining up at the cashier. 

Benefit's products always have a cutest packaging. The palette is presented like a little miniature book with a magnetic closure. On the inside, you can flip open two nicely illustrated instructions for creating a daytime look and a playtime (night) look with a mirror in the middle. Super cute!





The quality of these eyeshadows are nice but nothing spectacular in my opinion; they are soft and velvety in texture, but not rich and buttery feeling like Urban Decay or Wet n' Wild eyeshadows. I'm still perfectly content with these eyeshadows, but in terms of "wow" standards my bars are raised pretty high now. My slight disappointment with this kit is that the eyeshadows do not show up on my eyelids as nice as they appear on hand swatches. This may be because of my skin tone, as there seems to be no problems raised with other blogger reviews that I have read. However, I think this is still a good summer go-to palette for me because the colours are natural and gives you a subtle glowy-ness to the eyes with the warm golden undertones and gold shimmer.


Birthday Suit (top), My Two Cents (bottom)

The Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows are great for bases or alone. Birthday Suit is a really pretty champagne colour and I love the copper tone in My Two Cents. The texture of these cream eyeshadows feels extremely creamy...so creamy to the point where I think "oil slick" is a better description. For those of you who have Maybelline Color Tattoos, I'll just say I prefer those much better in terms of texture. The lasting power of Benefit's cream eyeshadows are great when topped with powder eyeshadow, but when alone, I do notice a bit of fading near the end of the day. 



Top: Birthday Suit; L-R: Kiss Me I'm Tipsy, Gilt-y Pleasure, It's Complicated, Call Me Buff, My Two Cents


Final verdict: This is a really good spring/summer palette especially for those who enjoy the natural eye makeup look. Although you may think that the colours in this palette are really similar to the ones you may already have in your stash, when you actually try to pair them side by side - these colours are unique (at least for my collection anyways).  So I guess my purchase is somewhat justifiable lol. It's a good palette, but not a scream-and-rush-to-sephora-counter must have or must buy.