Monday, October 31, 2011

Nails: Zoya Neeka

Zoya Neeka is another one of recent nail polish purchases from Hong Kong. It's a dusty purple with golden shimmer. It appears lighter in the bottle than it does on the nail. It's from Zoya's Smoke & Mirrors collection.
 
Neeka is purple with golden sparkle.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Eyeshadow: Another Femme Fatale look

Here's another look I did with my new Femme Fatale Cosmetics (www.femmefatalecosmetics.com.au) eyeshadow samples. You'll have to forgive the little bits of hair in the photos, as I took these just as I got back from the hairdresser. If you missed my review and swatches of all the FFC eyeshadows, click here.


A fiery look with a cool duochrome effect.

I applied Pixie Epoxy all over the lid and along the lower lashline on top of my Urban Decay primer. I used Ignite (shimmery golden orange) on the inner third of the lid and lower lashline. Flare (coral red with greenish gold duochrome) went on the rest of the lid and lower lashline. I then lightly used Smokebomb (dark smokey colour with reddish-gold shimmer) in the crease.

I'm loving the complexity of these eyeshadows. Most of them appear a different colour depending on the way the light catches them. Seriously, my photos don't do them justice. For those ladies who live outside of Australia, you'll be pleased to know that FFC has now dropped the cost of international shipping (more info at the FFC blog here).

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nails: Color Club Revvvolution

Color Club's Revvvolution is a polish I've been eyeing off for ages (I believe it's a two-year-old polish) and I finally found it in Hong Kong. It's a dark grey holo! The holo effect is subtle compared to some, but I really like it.

Dark grey holo!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Femme Fatale Cosmetics (www.femmefatalecosmetics.com.au) is an independent Australian makeup company created by Sophie Broadbent. I've been following her blog, Ethereal Beauty (http://ethereal--beauty.blogspot.com), for a while, so I was excited to read that she would be starting up her own line of hand-blended mineral makeup. FFC also has a blog of its own at http://femmefatalecosmetics.blogspot.com, which has information about the company.

My cute little package of samples.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spotted: Essie nail polish

This is just a super-short post for all you Aussie girls. I just spotted Essie nail polish at my local Hairhouse Warehouse. I don't know if this is something new or if I'm just late to the party, but I wanted to let you know. Enjoy!

Eyeshadow: blingy black & white

Last week I went to see Heart and Def Leppard live in concert so I thought I'd do something fun and sparkly with my makeup for the event. I wore Fyrinnae Dinosaur Plushie all over the lid over Pixie Epoxy, Fyrinnae Immortality along the lower lashline over Pixie Epoxy and a mixture of two eyeshadows in the crease (Inglot 325 matte and an ancient Too Faced blurple). I even wore falsies for the second time ever and I have to admit, I did a much better job than my first attempt!

Black and white sparkle with a hint of colour in the crease.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Nails: Zoya Faye

Another acquisition from Hong Kong, this week's mani features Zoya Faye. This polish came from the shop I (heart) Cher2 (www.cher2.com) and came to around $7 or $8. Zoya is a little hard to find in Australia (at a good price) so I got three on this trip just to keep me going. To buy them direct from the Zoya web site, the polishes are $17 each and postage starts at $8.90 for a single polish. Kinda pricey, I think.

 Zoya Faye: purplish pink with gold shimmer.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Swatches: lip products from HK

I bought a few lip products in Hong Kong, but I thought I'd swatch the Asian-branded stuff first. So, I've got a WowWow crystal lip gloss and Lavshuca sheer lipstick. The gloss came from Bonjour (www.bonjourhk.com/en/) and the lippie was from SaSa (www.sasa.com/SasaWeb/eng/sasa/home.jsp).

 WowWow gloss and Lavshuca lipstick.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Eyeshadow: i.color focus

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I bought a few cosmetics from brands I'd never of, including two eyeshadows from a brand called i.color. I got them from Bonjour (www.bonjourhk.com/en/) and I think they ended up being around $4 each. I got #363s (turquoise) and #356s (coppery orange), both of which are shimmers (I guess that's what the 's' stands for). I had a play with a bunch of colours in the store and was really impressed with how soft and pigmented they were. Rather than get my usual green and purple, I thought I'd try some colours that are a little different for me.

Left: 356s. Right: 363s.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eyeshadow: Chanel & Giorgio Armani

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I managed to pick up a Chanel Illusions d'Ombre eyeshadow in #83 (retail price here in Australia is $48) and a Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #3 (which is $47). I think both of them ended up costing me around $32 each. I'd seen both products online and wanted to try them, but not at Australian retail prices! Both are a dark burgundy purple colour. I bought them a few days apart, so I didn't realise how similar the colours were. There are a few differences, though, which you can see in the pictures below. I just wish there was a nice green. Oh well, I love purple and you can never have too many, right?

Both eyeshadows are about the same size.

The Chanel shadow has a dense, moussey texture that dries to a powder finish. It can be applied sheer or more heavily for a more opaque look. It also comes with a small synthetic brush to apply it with and it worked fairly well in my experience. The Armani eyeshadow is very similar to the L'Oreal pressed eyeshadows I reviewed previously: the intensity and colour payoff are like a loose eyeshadow, but it's definitely pressed. Both of them wore really well: the Armani lasted all day without creasing over Urban Decay Primer Potion, while the Chanel lasted all day on its own without creasing.

Left: Chanel. Right: Armani. Both are swatched on bare skin.


This picture shows the colour more accurately. Chanel on the left, Armani on the right.

The colours appear quite similar when they're swatched on the back of my hand, with the Chanel appearing sheerer than the Armani. The colour of the Chanel could be built up so it actually appears more like the Armani, while the Armani was a rich, opaque colour straight off the bat. In real life on my eye, I found the Chanel was a pinkier purple, while the Armani was bluer. I think the Chanel was a little more sparkly, too. So they look similar, but they're definitely different.


Chanel. It's a little more pink and I was able to apply just a wash of colour.


Armani. It's a bluer and darker purple.

Which do I like better? Hmm. That's tough. I think I'm going to have to say the Chanel. I like the mousse texture and that I can apply it as lightly or as heavily as I want. I also appreciate the brush, which makes application really easy. Also, since it's not a powder, fallout isn't even an issue. They're both really lovely, though, and I don't regret either purchase. However, I still don't think I could pay full retail price for them, so even if there was an awesome green in either brand, I'd have to head online to get it and it would have to be a big discount.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nails: A England Perceval

Those of you who visit regularly know how much I love A England (www.a-england.co.uk) nail polishes. They're smooth, opaque, dry quickly and apply like a dream. I almost wet myself the first time I tried Avalon and I'm pleased to say Perceval is no exception. Like Avalon, it's a metallic polish that seems to glow. I don't know how, but it just does: the edges look darker than the middle when the light hits it.
 
This picture doesn't do it justice.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Haul: goodies from Hong Kong

Hello again everyone! I hope you've all been well in my absence. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get this post done, but I haven't had any time at home before I had to go to work in the city (for those who don't know, I work from home part of the time). Anyway, last night I took some (crappy) photos of my haul of goodies from Hong Kong, so now that I have a little bit of time, I'm going to be naughty and post this from work.

First, let's start with my goodies from The Body Shop. Most of these items were bought in Hong Kong, although a few were from airport in Malaysia. Like just about everything in Australia, The Body Shop is much cheaper overseas than it is here. For that reason, I got the following over there: Lip Roll-On, Honey Bronze, Big Curvy Mascara, Duo body butter, Baked to Last eyeshadow (this pink shade isn't available in Australia at all), High-Shine Lip Treatment and an Eye Shimmer eyeshadow.

 The Body Shop goodies: way cheaper than buying them here!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I'm back from holidays!

Hey guys. Did you miss me? Haha. I'm back from my holiday to Cambodia and Hong Kong. It was amazing. I went a little nuts with the shopping in Hong Kong, so my next post will be a haul. It's pretty huge! It's going to take me ages to try everything I bought, but that's the fun part, right? Anyway, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things over the next week or two and catching up on all your lovely blogs.