Friday, May 24, 2013

You Spoil Me

Recently I've gained two new members to my family of nail polish collection and all I can say is: love, lovelove. These two polishes from Chanel L'ete de Papillion de Chanel Collection for summer 2013 were definitely a love at first sight for me, I knew I had to get them. We were destined for each other, somehow and eventually. But I'll be separating them in two posts because each polish deserves its own spotlight attention. Currently, I'm wearing Bel-Argus and it's one the most beautiful metallic deep navy blue polish I've ever seen. It's particularly eye catching in the sunlight because it's very sparkly. The colour contains a lot of dimension and at different angles the shade of blue will become either darker or lighter. You can also see a sheen of turquoise and purple expressing the duochrome effect on different angles. Bel-Argus is opaque in two coats, it may appear slightly streaky in the process of applying but eventually the colour meshes together and the streak marks are not evident anymore.

For those of you who follow me on instagram you would've seen Azure a long while ago already but not Bel-Argus, this is because I passed up on the polish deciding that I like Azure more because I'm a sucker for shades of green and turquoise. I can't believe a made such a decision. However, my sweet loving boo gave me a wonderful surprise on a later occasion and spoiled me to owning both gorgeous polishes. I'm a lucky girl. *_* <3

This. Is. A. Must. Have.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bad Ass

It's been a very long while since I've done an outfit post so I decided to make use of these photos from a recent photoshoot that I did. This is probably one of my favourite spring outfits that I've put together. As I'm thinking of listing the details for this post I realized I've become an H&M girl. My whole outfit is almost entirely put together from H&M! Surprising yet unsurprising (if you know what I mean) at the same time since I shop there so frequently. What are your guys' favourite clothing stores? If you don't know already, my favourites are Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.

By the way, I give all the merit to girls that (can) do their makeup in a moving vehicle. I was in a rush when I did my makeup for this shoot, so I had to put on my face in the car lol. It was very hard since the ride was bumpy and required boss level steady hand to do a winged eyeliner. 

[beanie - Neff; top, shorts and tights - H&M; star flats - Zara; boyfriend watch - Timex]

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Guilty Pleasure

Yes. I have a serious problem. There's something about neutrals that I can never get enough of. Even though I already own many palettes with a wide range of shades, the slight differences within the neutral spectrum makes all the difference and enough for me to buy more. Now, top that off with the raves from other bloggers and makeup addicts and I'm sold. I've heard so many good things about The Balm's Nude'tude palette but I resisted for the longest time because I know I have more than enough neutral eyeshadows already. I also wasn't sure if I was able to justify the price. Then on second thought, if I bought the Benefit Most Glamourous Nudes Ever for $36 which only consisted of four eyeshadows and two cream eyeshadows... $36 for a palette that carries twelve shades actually has even better value. Hellooo checkout.

Although Nude'tude is another neutral palette and the colours don't appear to be exciting, they are unique to themselves. None of these shades are dupes or overlapping with the popular Urban Decay Naked Palettes nor are the colours similar to the Benefit palette and drugstore quads I own. I think the closest shades by comparison would be Sin from the original Naked palette and Stand-offish from The Balm (but even then, the differences are noticeable). These eyeshadows are extremely soft, velvety, smooth and most importantly, very pigmented. I'm also especially pleased that they stay on my relatively greasy lids on a night out without an eyeshadow primer. The only eyeshadow that I have a slight issue with is Silly. The eyeshadow is sheerer, less soft and goes on less pigmented than the other eyeshadows. This one requires an extra little "oomph" on the lids (go over your lids with an extra layer if you want it to be more intense) otherwise, the eyeshadows in the palette are of good quality.

L-R: Sassy, Snobby, Stubborn, Stand-offish, Selfish, Sultry

L-R: Sophisticated, Seductive, Sexy, Silly, Serious, Sleek

Final verdict:  Guilty pleasure justified. If you love neutrals you should go get this palette regardless of whether you have a ton of neutrals like I do. The colours in Nude'tude are significantly different from the Naked Palettes so you have no worries that there will be overlap. Also, this palette has a larger variation in colours compared to the Naked Palettes. So if you don't like warm toned neutrals and if you are on a budget, this palette would be a good choice.