Monday, May 30, 2011

NYX haul

As I mentioned in a previous post here, I recently ordered some NYX goodies from Cherry Culture (www.cherryculture.com) while they were 50% off. It turns out that I only got lip products this time around. Oh well, eyeshadows next time perhaps.


Left to right: Mega Shine gloss in Burgundy, Round gloss in Queen of Africa and Strawberry, Lipstick inBlack Cherry and Medusa, then Diamond Sparkle gloss in Copper Sparkle and Plum Sparkle.

These only just arrived, so I haven't had the chance to wear them all yet. I've worn the Diamond Sparkle gloss before, of course, and today I'm wearing the NYX Girls Round Gloss. It's not as full-on sparkly like the Diamond Gloss, but the sheen is lovely and it's not sticky at all. I wore Medusa on the weekend and it's a smooth, creamy lipstick. It was super dark so to make it look less vampy, I wore the Queen of Africa gloss over it.


Top row (the glosses): Burgundy, Queen of Africa, Strawberry, Copper Sparkle and Plum Sparkle. Bottom row (lipsticks): Black Cherry and Medusa.

The biggest surprise was the Mega Shine lip gloss. I was expecting it to be a more opaque gloss than the others, but nothing prepared me for its awesomeness. It's just like liquid metal on your lips! It's dark, super-opaque and has an amazing metallic finish. This was truly love at first sight.
Apart from the eyeshadows, I'd also like to try one of their Matte Lip Cream glosses (they describe it as a lipstick cream). Does anyone else have NYX recommendations for me? I love this brand!


Holy crap! Can you see that metallic shimmer? Love it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rant: L'Oreal HiP collection

Why is it that we don't get the L'Oreal HiP collection of makeup here in Australia? I love it and I'm sure a lot of other people would too, if they knew about it. We get the core L'Oreal products, but the HiP range has brighter, funkier colours and products that you don't see in the regular collection. After all, HiP stands for High-intensity Pigments.

Take the HiP eyeshadow Duos. They're awesome. I got two of these on my recent trip to the US and they were only around US$7 I think. There are a number of different types of duos, but the two I got included a metallic eyeshadow duo (Electrified) and a crystal shadow duo (Mystical). Another thing I got was a HiP gel eyeliner. It's amazing! It's ridiculously black and applies almost as smoothly as my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. It was under US$10, too.


Left: 510 Electrified. Right: 319 Mystical.

If you're lucky enough to have a Gloss shop (or similar) in a shopping centre near you, you might find the odd product from this range, but chances are you won't. This also means we don't know what we're missing here in Oz. I don't write this to rub into to people that I managed to score this or that product, but to make you aware of what's out there, yet totally unavailable to us. If anyone finds a web site that stocks this range and ships to Australia, please let me know.


The only eyeshadow I'm wearing here is the number 510 duo. Isn't that the most perfect gold you've ever seen? I'm also wearing the HiP gel eyeliner along the top lashline.

That's just an example of what we miss out on here. There are other cosmetics companies that have ranges we'll never see. Why?! It's so unfair. Sure, our population isn't as big as that in the US, but we're not some speck of a country on the world map, either. Take note cosmetics companies, Australians love makeup too and there's plenty of us around in the blogsphere who are happy to let everyone know about it!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nails: OPI The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away is from OPI's Katy Perry collection. It's a lovely raspberry red colour with red sparkle and microglitter. As with most OPI polishes, this applied smoothly and was opaque in two coats. However, since I have trouble getting the most even application with the tiny brush that comes with the mini bottles, I did an extra coat to even things out.


Taken side on to show some of the glitter.

It's a gorgeous dark red that leans more towards burgundy than fire engine red. I love it! The sparkle just adds a hint of something extra without it being over the top. It didn't look like it in the bottle, but now that I've actually applied it to my nails, it kind of looks like a Napoleon nail polish I own. I'll have to do a comparison.


Ooh, pretty sparkle.

All in all, this is a lovely red and probably the 'simplest' polish in the Katy Perry collection. I think this would look awesome with a black shatter polish over the top, too. I'd love to get OPI's new turquoise and silver shatters, so we'll see!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I jumped on the Inglot bandwagon

Last week I saw that Inglot had finally launched an Australian web site (www.inglotaustralia.com) from which you could order. Hooray! I know there are Inglot stores in Bondi Junction and Chatswood, but that's nowhere near me, so it would be a total pain to get there. I remember there used to be a store in Parramatta (many) years ago, but there were so many colours, I never bought anything because it was too overwhelming.

I decided to order a five-colour Freedom palette. It was $55 and postage was $10 (registered). I ordered it on Thursday night (19th) and it arrived this morning (23rd)! It's not as cheap as the US Inglot Freedom System, but it's still really good. All the bits and pieces came separately. I actually enjoyed popping the eyeshadows into the spots I wanted in the palette, which are held in by magnets. The lid is also attached to palette using seriously strong magnets.


Here are all my goodies.

As a bonus, I received two samples of foundation and a sample of their primer. I haven't tried out the foundation yet, but I'm using the primer today. There's tons of product in the sachet and a little goes a long way, so I'll likely be able to try it out all this week. I'll let you know what I think of it.


My assembled palette. The eyeshadows are quite a generous size.


From left to right, the colours I chose are 74 AMC, 420 Pearl, 32 Shine, 419 Pearl and 441 Pearl.

I'm really excited to try these, considering all the good things I've been reading about Inglot eyeshadows on other people's beauty blogs. I'll write a proper review once I've had a chance to wear them. I'd love to try out their amazing AMC lip glosses, but at $28 a pop, it's a little too rich for my blood at the moment.


All were swatched dry on bare skin (no primer). I did one or two swipes on the eyeshadow with my finger and then a single swipe on my hand.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Review: Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow

I recently got a Bobbie Brown metallic cream eyeshadow in Antique Gold at Honolulu airport for US$22. I had a look on the Australian Bobbi Brown online store and it's a ridiculous $50! It's nice, but there's no way I'd pay anywhere near that amount of money for it.


It comes in a heavy glass jar, just like the gel eyeliners.

Antique Gold is a super pretty colour. In the pot, it looks darker than it is on the eye. It's basically a colourless base with the actual colour coming from the glitter itself. As you can see from the swatches, you can build up the colour somewhat, but essentially all you're doing is building up the glitter.


Left: a light swipe of the eyeshadow. Right: a thicker layer of it.

It's not your regular cream eyeshadow in that it's not really a smooth base for powder eyeshadow. Once it dried, it didn't budge. However, because it's all glitter, it feels a tad gritty. That's why I'd advise against using it underneath another eyeshadow. It's nothing like the Benefit creaseless cream shadow.


It's really sparkly yet still pretty subtle.

On its own, it still looks great. It's super sparkly without being overwhelming. The staying is amazing, too. I should warn you guys: the photo below may be a little scary, as it was taken after a two-hour training session. You can see how it hasn't budged, creased or flaked off at all.


My eyeshadow still looks like it did when I applied it. Luckily for me, up this close you can't see my sweaty freakishness. Phew!

I'd like to try the regular long-wearing cream eyeshadows, rather than the metallic ones. If the regular shadows last as long as the glittery ones, that'd be awesome. On the other hand, I'd never pay the full Australian retail price for either of them. So, if I bought it overseas or they were super discounted here, I'd go for it. As it is, it's not worth $50 in my opinion.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nails: Ozotic Pro Eclipse (505)

Let me just start off by saying this is the most incredible nail polish I own. Sure, plenty of brands do duochromes, but this is a multi-chrome and it's unbeliveably beautiful. I bought Eclipse from the Picture Polish web site (www.picturepolish.com.au). It's an Australian web site and each Ozotic polish is $14.95. Picture Polish's own polishes look pretty awesome too, but I don't have any of those. They have a whole range of Ozotic polishes and you'll find the multi-chromatic ones here. There are six different ones to choose from, all of them having a different range of highlighted colour flashes. Eclipse shows green, pink, cyan and blue.


Even the bottle shows a variety of the colours it will flash.

The first thing I did with this was apply it over a black polish, as recommended. It helps the colours stand out better and the colour shift be more noticeable. I applied two coats of Sephora by OPI in What's a Tire Jack? and waited for it to dry completely. I then did two coats of Eclipse, which dried very quickly and evenly. The formula is an absolute dream. It was smooth and surprisingly for a shimmery polish, there were no visible streaks or brush strokes. I topped it off with a layer of clear topcoat.



I think you'll agree that it looks incredible. I was expecting it to look cool, but I wasn't prepared for its insane awesomeness. It's not just the type of light nearby that affects the colour, but the angle of your hand towards the light. In case you're wondering why the photos show my hands at different angles, it's so I could attempt to show all of the different colours. It was tough! And no, before anyone asks, I'm not an Oompa Loompa, it's just the different lighting making my skin look orange. I think you'll agree that this is one of the more difficult nail polishes to photograph. Ever! Anyway, onto more photos.



I know Picture Polish ships internationally, but beware that if you're interested in buying one of these, it's going to cost you since Ozotic is an Australian brand and I'm not sure whether there are any overseas web sites stocking it. Still, I reckon it's worth it. Look at it! Anyway, about the only criticism I have is the fact that the name isn't written on the bottle, only the number. I don't think it's a big deal, but it might be an issue if you get them all. I can't wait to try it over a dark purple or green base, now that I've worn it over black. Amazing things could happen.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: NYX Diamond Sparkle Lipgloss

Another item I've neglected to review from my US trip is this lip gloss from NYX. It's one of their Diamond Sparkle colours in Fuschia Sparkle. It's a lovely bright pink with purple sparkle in it. I wouldn't even call it microglitter since it's so fine. I bought it for around US$5 in Longs Drugs (CVS). What a bargain!


Notice how the head of the wand is slanted? It makes application a breeze.

The gloss comes with a doe-foot applicator that's slanted. It makes it a lot easier to apply than glosses with standard doe-foot applicators. The bottle is quite squat, which makes it convenient to shove in your pocket or a bag. You still get a generous 5ml of product, though.


These photos were taken just after I first applied it. Left: indoors under artificial light. Right: ourdoors in direct sun.

The gloss glides on like butter, it's that smooth. It's also really opaque and lasts for ages without needing to be reapplied. Want proof? The pictures below are after two hours of wear. I didn't have anything to eat or drink, but I'm one of those people who constantly rubs their lips together and it still didn't wear off. The other thing you'll notice is there's no bleeding! It's such a lovely consistency and isn't sticky at all.


Left: indoors after 2 hours. Right: direct sun after 2 hours.

What else can I say? Great colour, super glossy, easy to apply, long lasting and really cheap. What more could you ask for? More of them! NYX also has a Diamond Sparkle range of lipstick, but I haven't tried any of those yet.

If you love these as much as I do, go check out Cherry Culture (www.cherryculture.com) right this second! Until May 8 (the 9th Australian time), they have 50% off selected NYX products and the Diamond Sparkle lip gloss is included. I plan to get another one or two, along with some other products. Aussie girls can find NYX makeup at Crush Cosmetics (www.crushcosmetics.com.au), although they don't have the Diamond Sparkle glosses: they just have the Mega Shine and Round ranges (which are also awesome).Link

Monday, May 2, 2011

Nails: OPI Teenage Dream

This week I'm wearing Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry for OPI collection. It's so cute! It's a sheer glittery nail polish that looks just lovely. There are super-fine particles of pale pink glitter in it, along with bigger, round holographic chunks.


This is outside and is probably the most true to the colour.

Surprisingly, it applied really well. I ended up applying three coats, although two would have done it nicely, too. It dried very fast, which is unusual for an OPI polish. However, because of the big chunks of glitter, it's quite a gritty polish and feels quite rough. A good, thick topcoat is a must. It still doesn't feel really smooth, but at least it doesn't catch on my clothes like it did before the topcoat.


Left: indoors away from the light. Right: indoors directly under the light.

This is one of the prettiest glitter polishes I've ever used. It's nice that it's not just a sheer glitter, it has a nice base colour too. And while it's super-sparkly, I'd argue that it's not too over the top and would be wearable for most people. I bet it's going to be a bitch to remove, though!