Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer

Today I'm doing a review that's long overdue. I got the It Cosmetics (www.itcosmetics.com) Bye Bye Under Eye concealer at IMATS back in September, so I've been wearing it every day for two months now. I should warn everyone that there are horrendous naked face photos of me in this post. If you're easily scared, don't look any further. I got it from PM Studio and it was $28 at IMATS, although the regular price is $40.

 
It's in a long, thin squeezy tube.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eyeshadow: work safe Goldilux look

Sorry in advance for this one. I took photos at the end of the day and as a result, I'm a freakish, shiny mess. Goldilux is Sugarpill's most popular eyeshadow, I believe, and it's so intense, it's unbelievable. There have been so many amazing, bright looks with it that I decided to tone it down (I know! What's wrong with me?) and make it wearable for work.

I used Goldilux all over the lid and a mixture of Hustle and Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked palette in the crease and lower lashline. I used Virgin on the browbone and inner corner. The next time I wear Goldilux, I promise it will be blingy and out there!


A soft look with Goldilux.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Eyeshadow: blue & orange

Hmm. Not sure about this one. I like orange and blue together on other people, but I'm not sure I like it on me. Oh well, the colours are awesome individually, even if this particular combo isn't doing it for me.

It's another all-Sugarpill look, with Afterparty on the lid, Flamepoint in the crease and lower lashline and Buttercupcake all along the edges. Tako was used to highlight the brow bone and inner corner.


A dud? I'm not sure.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nails: The Face Shop BK901

I've never worn The Face Shop's nail polishes before, but I was there the other day and picked up a few. They were only $7.50 for the shimmers and the cremes are only $3! BK 901 is a black with blue and green shimmer, with a hint or purple duochrome. I also experimented with some layering, so I used China Glaze's Fault Line, a metallic purple crackle polish. I also tried adding another layer over the top, but ended up screwing up the whole mani, so I just experimented with it before taking it off.


Left to right: The Face Shop BK901, China Glaze Fault Lin and Ozotic Pro Mish Mash #534.

Eyeshadow: red, red and more red

So as priomised, here's a look featuring Sugarpill's Asylum loose eyeshadow and Love+ pressed eyeshadow. I love these colours! They're so bright. It was a simple look to achieve. I used Asylum all over the lid and along the lower lashine, and then Love+ (heavily) in the crease. I added a tiny bit of black eyeshadow (Stila Ebony) in the outer corner to add dome depth. I used Tako on my browbone and on the inner corner. That's it!

I love red! Check out the sparkle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eyeshadow: Sugarpill pink & purple

So this is my first look using my brand-new Suparpill goodies. I hope you're all taking advantage of the sale that's on at the moment. I know I did! I have four more loose eyeshadows on their way.


Bright pink and purple!

For this look I used only Sugarpill eyeshadows over NYX jumbo pencil in cottage cheese (I really need to get Milk, I think). I applied Weekender loose eyeshadow on my lid and along the lower lashline. I used Dollipop widely in the crease and the Poison Plum in the deep crease and on the outer third of the lower lashline. I then used Tako to highlight and on the inner corner.

I love how this turned out: it was so bright and sparkly at the same time. I think it was a bit brighter in person. Anyway, the eyeshadows were awesome to use. They blended out really well and it was a breeze to build up the colour. They're amazing quality. My next look is going to be using Asylum, as requested by EyeGraffiti.

I'm on Phyrra.net!

Yours truly is the latest to be featured as part of Phyrra's Follower Appreciation series! You'll find the post here. Thanks to Phyrra for the opportunity to appear on her web site. And if you're unfamiliar with Phyrra's awesome blog, what the hell is wrong with you? Off you trot!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Haul: Sugarpill at last!

I finally own some Sugarpill goodies. I've been wanting them for so long, but they were definitely worth the wait. This was my birthday present from my boyfriend: he's hopeless and waited until two days before the day to ask what I wanted. So I ordered these babies and they've just arrived. I may have to get some more since they're having a Pink Weekend Sale. 30% off? Yes, please!
 
 My goodies: four loose eyeshadows and the two pressed eyeshadow palettes.

Eyeshadow: green shimmer

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely US readers!

I had another lazy day today so when the time came to go out, I only had 10 minutes to do my makeup. Oops. I once again got out my Z-palette and ended up using just Inglot for this. I decided to try out the new greens I bought for myself as my birthday present.

I used 17 Shine on the inner half of the lid and lower lashline. I used 414 Pearl on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline, as well as lightly in the crease. I finished off with 385 Pearl for my brow highlight and a touch of AMC Shine 35 on the inner corner.

I don't know why my eye looks almost black in this photo!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blog award: Tell Me About Yourself Award

The lovely Suzie at Suzie Makes You Up awarded me the Tell Me About Yourself award yesterday. She was right: thinking up seven random facts about myself was hard! I came up with seven but I don't know how interesting they are. Hopefully I don't turn people off!


The simple rule the Tell Me About Yourself Award is to share seven things about yourself, and link back to the person who passed you this award! Be sure to award 5 blogs and drop them a line about it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Eyeshadow: plummy shimmer

Today's looks is all Inglot. I was feeling really lazy, so I just used whatever was at hand. I'm really happy with the way it turned out in the end. I used 420 Pearl on the inner half of the lid and the lower lashline. I applied 434 Pearl on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline. I then used 446 Pearl in the crease, 385 Pearl as a brow highlight and AMC Shine 35 on the inner corner.


Shimmery plummy goodness.

Freebie: Butter London nail polish

For all you Australian ladies, just a heads up that the current (December) issue of Madison comes with a free Butter London nail polish. The two available colours are Yummy Mummy and Trout Pout. Have a look the next time you're in the newsagent and see if the colours appeal. That's $22 you're saving!

Blog award: Liebster Blog Award

I was lucky enough to be awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Azure and Phlox at EyeGraffiti (http://eyegraffiti.blogspot.com/). Thanks, you guys! If you haven't visited their blog before, I urge you to go there now. Go on, I'll wait. There are tons of gorgeous colourful looks, plus loads of glittery ones (oh baby) as well as completely unique and daring looks. There's a bit of everything there, including tutorials.


The Liebster Blog Award is awarded to those with less than 300 followers and here are the rules:
- Copy and paste the award on your blog.
- Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
- Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

And so on to my blog recommendations:

Suzie Makes You Up is a fellow Aussie blog. She's currently doing an awesome series of Christmas gift idea posts, although you'll also find nail polish and makeup swatches, along with product reviews and the odd FOTD.

Belle Demoiselle is a blog based in Malaysia. The lovely ladies do a ton of product reviews, which is the main focus of the blog. There's also a series of posts called 'Blogs We Read' that's always got some interesting blogs to discover.

Confusion Bay is a lovely blog out of Sweden. Lojs does a lot of stunning EOTD posts as well as some nail posts and product swatches.

Funky Makeup Junky is a blog from an American girl living in the UK. Lyuba has just celebrated her one-year blog anniversary. You'll find lots of FOTDs and products reviews, as well as the odd outfit post and book review.

Glam Tramp is a blog by Corrine, who is absolutely stunning. She doesn't blog as often as some, but when she does, she posts some amazing FOTDs with lots of stunning pictures.

So go, visit these wonderful blogs and share the love. Thanks again to EyeGraffiti. I'm honoured to be mentioned on their amazing blog!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nails: Essence Where Is The Party? & NYC Color Sprinkles

This mani is a week old now (oops). First, let me explain about Essence. We've only just started seeing this brand in Australia and only in selected stores. I've mentioned my problem when buying a couple of Essence lip glosses here. Basically, I didn't realise my nail polish had been opened and used until I got it home. I decided to give it a go anyway because the colour is so awesome.

Where Is The Party? is a frosty purple with a green duochrome and it was just awful to apply: really thick and goopy. I've never read anything about anyone having problems with the application of Essence polishes, which is why I think mine was a one-off issue. Because it had been opened, I think it might have dried out a little and that's why it didn't apply all that smoothly. It dried really fast, but because it applied so thick, it bubbled on me. A layer of topcoat smoothed it out, but I could still see the bubbles, which is why I added Sprinkles over the top. Sprinkles has a clear base with silver, green and pink glitter in it. It disguised the bubbles nicely.


Left: Sprinkles. Right: Where Is The Party?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eyeshadow: neutral sparkle

This is just a super quick look I did for work. I used the Urban Decay Naked palette (Buck in the crease and Virgin as the brow highlight) and featured Aromaleigh's Neutrino all over the lid on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. A little bit of liner and voila! Neutrino is simply stunning in the sun, where you can see all the multicoloured glitter in it.


Neutral but sparkly.

More Aromaleigh looks to come!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Android look

As promised, here's my look using my new Illamasqua Android pigment. It's a dark shimmery grey with loads of grey (not silver) glitter. This actually looked a little darker in real life, so it was a bit smokier than it appears here.


Android is a dark grey sparkly eyeshadow.

I applied NYX jumbo pencil in Cottage Cheese all over the lid and along the lower lashline to give the pigment something to stick to. I used Android all over the Cottage Cheese. I used Urban Decay deluxe eyeshadow in Zero in the crease and a bit of the silver from The Body Shop shimmer cubes on the inner corner. I finished it off with Virgin from the UD Naked palette as a brow highlight.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Eyeshadow: pink and purple look

This is a look I did using a couple of my new Aromaleigh eyeshadows and my Body Shop shimmer cubes. I wanted it bright and without the black liner I always wear, so I used a purple Make Up For Ever liner.


Pink and lots of purple.

For this I used Aromaleigh Flutterby on the lid and along the inner two thirds of the lower lashine and Aromaleigh Nyx in the crease and along the outer third of the lower lashline. I added some of the mint green from The Body Shop shimmer cubes on the inner corner, as well as some of the dark green into the deep crease and outer lower lashline. I finished it off with a silver Benefit liner on the waterline and Make Up For Ever aqua liner in #8 along the top.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Swatches: The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (green)

I'm sure many of you will be familiar with The Body Shop's Shimmer Cubes. I recently bought the green one, which is apparently limited edition (can anyone confirm this?) for $40.95. Yes, The Body Shop is another brand that's more expensive to buy here in Australia. Anyway, the thing I love about Shimmer Cubes is that each eyeshadow is in its own separate container with a lid, so there's no mess and it's easy to pull out just one.


Shimmer Cubes in Green.

And here are the swatches. In case you can't tell from my crappy picture, the colours (in the order they're swatched below), are mint green, teal, silver and dark green. The picture below shows them swatched on my bare hand: no primer. These have really good colour payoff and can easily be intensified.


Ooh, sparkly!

Swatches: small Aromaleigh haul

I recently did an Aromaleigh order (www.aromaleigh.com) when the site was back up and running. Unfortunately, it was before the Fall Tapestry and Starry Night collections were available, so I'm going to have to do another order for those. What a shame! ;)

I was a latecomer to Aromaleigh. The first time I ordered I got almost 50 samples and before I could order full-sized versions of my favourites, they stopped accepting international orders. So what you see here are my first (and definitely not last) full-size Aromaleigh eyeshadows.


Top row: Neutrino, Just-a-Head, Azimuth and Erebos.
Bottom row: Flutterby, Nyx and Athena.

I'll have a couple of looks comping up soon using these lovely new pretties.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Swatches: birthday goodies & lip gloss

This is a combined post because I've been slack and I felt like swatching today. First up are some goodies that I got from the lovely people I work with. They all chipped in and my awesome friend Helen picked out some amazing pretties for me. Namely, my first Illamasqua products! Hopefully there will be many more to come because I love what I got!


Left to right: Illamasqua Android pigment, Illamasqua sheer gloss in Tantrum and Butter London polish in Marrow.

Eyeshadow: neutral smoky eye

This look was just a simple one I did when I was going out to dinner with some friends. It's fairly neutral with a softer, smokier liner than I normally wear. Still shimmery, though!


My shimmery neutral smoky look.

I used Bare Escentuals 1890s all over the lid and along the lower lashline, Urban Decay deluxe eyeshadow in zero along the top lashline and Barry M dazzle dust in #98 (petrol black) along the waterline. Simple!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Swatches: TheBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 palette

This is a fairly pic-have post. I've (finally) swatched TheBalm's Shady Lady Vol. 3 palette, which I picked up in Hong Kong. I've also got a couple of looks I did using the palette. It's quite versatile for such a small palette (it's like a Wet n Wild palette and a half). It retails for US$39.50 from Sephora, although I bought it from SaSa in Hong Kong for HK$340.


TheBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 palette.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eyeshadow: birthday look with Inglot

It's my birthday today! I had to go into the city for work today, rather than work from home, but it's OK since my workmates spoilt me with gifts (swatches and photos later in the week) and took me out to lunch. I've also got some Sugarpill goodies coming, which are from my boyfriend, although they haven't arrived yet. Hopefully this week, though!

So for my birthday look, I decided to wear my two new Inglot pigments: #49 and #70. I love how they look together! I used Urban Decay primer and that's it! #70 went all over the eyelid and along the lower lashline, with #49 in the crease and along the outer third of the lower lashline. That's it!


Bright and sparkly, just the way I like it.

Nails: Zoya Crystal

Zoya Crystal is another one of my new nail polishes from Hong Kong. I still have like four more that I have to try out yet! Anyway, it's just stunning and there's definitely nothing quite like it. It's an icy blue foily shimmer with flecks of gold glitter in it. It's really subtle, but it gives it that something extra. I wish there were more polishes like this, with hidden awesomeness!

Zoya Crystal.

Like all of my Zoya polishes, it applied really easily and was opaque in two coats. It dried quickly too. It's stunning and I don't think I need to say anymore. Love!

Icy blue foil with gold glitter.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Haul: Inglot goodies

It's my birthday in a few days so I thought I'd get myself a pressie: some Inglot goodies! I had a 20% off and free shipping coupon to use on the online store, which I scored with my order from IMATS. I think I put it to good use! I ended up getting a nail polish, lip gloss and four eyeshadows.

Left: Inglot #204. Right: over Zoya Neeka.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Eyeshadow: dark purple smoky eye

I've been rocking the bright colours recently so I wanted to do something different today. This actually ended up darker than I had intended, but I'm still happy with how it turned out. I used Inglot eyeshadows exclusively and wore them over Pixie Epoxy, which I haven't done before with pressed eyeshadows. It does amazing things to pressed eyeshadows as well we loose ones!


All Inglot, using all four formulas!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Eyeshadow: more FFC colours

I think with today's look, I've officially worn each and every Femme Fatale Cosmetics (www.femmefatalecosmetics.com.au) eyeshadow. I love them! There's still about 9 hours remaining for anyone who wants to score a free full-size eyeshadow or two (details are in the last paragraph of my earlier post here).


Purple, pink and yellow.

I combined colours I wouldn't normally wear together. I used FFC Shooting Stars on the lid (over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy) , FFC Obliterate in the crease and FFC Crusader along the lower lashline (over Pixie Epoxy). Then I added a touch of The Body Needs Iced Gold to the inner corner.

Review: Maybelline & Garnier BB cream

Today I'm reviewing two BB creams: one from Maybelline and one from Garnier. I bought the Maybelline Pure BB Mineral 8-in-1 Protecting Cream myself fro Hong Kong and I was lucky enough to win a Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream pack from Julie at My, my best and I (http://memybestandi.blogspot.com/). I'm going to compare the two products and let you know which one I like the best, although bear in mind that these are the first BB creams I've ever used, so I have nothing else to compare them to. I'm drawing on my experience and have no technical or scientific knowledge of the ingredients in either product.


It doesn't look it, but the Garnier tube is bigger with 20mL more product.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eyeshadow: Femme Fatale blues

I just posted about a new Femme Fatale Cosmetics promotion here, so I thought I'd do another quick post showing some more FFC colours, for those who might be interested in buying some eyeshadows. This look is Riptide (bright blue with aqua duochrome) all over the lid and lower lashline on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I then applied Endless Winter (dark blue with lighter blue sheen) in the crease.


Blue on blue.

So there you have it! Hopefully the few looks I've done will help you guys make up your minds about FFC. Personally, I'm very impressed and look forward to more products being released. If you're on the fence, try a few samples and see how you go.

Eyeshadow: two FFC Polymorph looks

Today I wanted to show you guys Polymorph from Femme Fatale Cosmetics (www.femmefatalecosmetics.com.au). I did two looks with this colour because it's hard to show you its awesomeness with just one look. It's also absurdly hard to capture on camera, so believe me when I say it's more vibrant and the colour shift is more noticeable in real life. This is in two different lighting situations.

When I first saw Polymorph it sort of reminded me of Smoked Green and Smoked Teal from The Body Needs (www.thebodyneeds2.com). I swatched it next to both colours and I think you'll agree that over the Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, it's kind of like a hybrid between the two TBN colours. However, as you can see from the dry swatch the FFC eyeshadow has a funky pink duochrome, which the other two don't have.


Left: TBN Smoked Green. Middle: TBN Smoke Teal. Right: FFC Polymorph. Top row is on bare skin, while the bottom row is over Pixie Epoxy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: October 2011 Beauty Box

The second (October) Beauty Box (www.beauty-box.com.au) is actually the last. Beauty Box has become GlossyBox Australia (www.glossybox.com.au). As I'd already had the money taken from my credit card for the November box, that translated into 1000 GlossyDots, which means my December box will be free. Anyway, this month's box was a pretty impressive one for me.


Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have/had a happy Halloween. It's officially November 1 here in Australia, so Halloween has been and gone. I have to say, I was impressed with this year's effort. We had more kids knocking on the door this year than any other year before. I even saw a couple of houses fully decked out with the decorations (apart from mine, of course) for the first time, too. Good effort Australia! Here's hoping it continues to get bigger and better every year. And if you haven't had your Halloween celebrations yet, have a great one!