Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Lip Product Addict Tag

Hey everyone!

I've recently seen quite a lot of youtubers/bloggers do 'The Lip Product Addict Tag', so i decided to give it a shot! Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it's finally University break and i've been going out pretty much everyday, but i promise i'll make it up to you guys!

1. Favourite balm/treatment?
To be entirely honest, i haven't found a lip balm which i absolutely love 100%. I've tried many lip products such as EOS lip balms, Maybelline Babylips, Carmex, Vaseline, Nivea lip butters, but i think my favourite one so far is the Natio Lip Balm with SPF30+. It moisturises my cracks lips without being overly sticky, and i love how it doesn't have a scent/smell. I absolutely hate lip balms which smell 'nice' as i end up licking them off my lips! An added bonus is that it contains SPF30+.

2. Best eye catching red?
Recently on my trip to Hong Kong, i purchased Russian Red by MAC. I've heard so much good reviews about this product and i understand why! It's the classic red lipstick which every girl must have in their make up collection! Although it has a matte formula, it's not as drying as other matte lipsticks. It also makes your teeth look extra white and clean!

3. Best luxury and best drugstore?
I have a few lipsticks which are more luxurious than MAC lipsticks (e.g. YSL), but nothing beats MAC's Plumful in the winter months! It's an absolutely gorgeous wearable plum shade lipstick and perfect to wear in winter! My best drugstore lip product would have to be Maybelline's Colour Sensational Lipstick in Shocking Coral. I absolutely love the formula and the colour of this lipstick! It glides on so smoothly, but dries to a semi-matte finish which isn't drying at all!

4. Best MAC lipstick?
I would've said MAC's Plumful in the colder months, but since i already mentioned that above, i would have to say MAC's See Sheer. It's a wearable everyday coral colour for any month of the year!

5. The most disappointing?
Definitely the Revlon Lip Butters. I've tried five different shades to see if they had a different texture/formula, but nope, i hated them all. I have really dry/cracked lips and whenever i wore these lipsticks, it would sink into my cracks within minutes and it looks hideous. I've tried apply a lip balm underneath but it didn't make much of a difference.

6. Liner - Yes or no?
I have several lip liners in my collection, but to be honest, i've rarely ever used them. I guess i'm just too lazy to line my lips before applying lipstick. I have a few from Essence and some Asian brands like Etude House and they're alright.

7. The best gloss?
I don't use lip gloss as i have long hair and whenever the wind blows, hair gets all over my face and in my mouth. I already hate the feeling of sticky lips and the thought of hair sticking on sticky lips is unpleasant.

8. Something extra?
I've really enjoyed using MAC's Crosswires in the Autumn months. It's looks very similar to MAC's See Sheer in the tube, but when swatched, it's actually slightly more pigmented and has a pinky/red tone rather than a coral/orange.

I hope you've enjoyed this tag and they'll be more blog posts to come, i promise!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Poro Inspired Nail Art Design ♡

Hey everyone,

I just did some Poro inspired nail art design from one of my favourite online video games, League of Legends. I think Poros are one of the cutest creatures ever and it's one of the reasons i still play this game!

What are Poros?
Poros are adorable little fluffy white critters who reside in the Howling Abyss (ARAM). They also love poro-snax.

The nail polishes i used to create this adorable design are:

OPI (Base Coat) - To protect my nails from staining
Essie (Cocktail Bling) - Grey toned purple used for the base
OPI (Alpine Snow) - White polish used to create the Poro and dots
OPI (Baguette Me Not) - Orange toned red used to create the Poro's tongue
China Glaze (Below Deck) - Brown used to create the Poro's horns
Essence Colour & Go (144 Black is Black) - Deep black used for the eyes
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - To seal everything off and make my design last longer

I'm really happy with how this design turned out, and i think the Poros are so adorable!
What do you think?

Sunday, 8 June 2014

America/Hong Kong/South Korea Haul!

I've got a skin care/cosmetics haul from America, Hong Kong & South Korea for you guys! Some of these items are repurchases, but others are brand new and i haven't had the time to swatch or try them yet. I'll do a more in-depth review of these items sometime soon. Also, there are other items such as clothes, sheet masks and cream which i didn't include in the image below, but stay tuned for a review!

Also if you were wondering, i didn't go to all these countries just then, my lovely mum did and she was kind enough to gift me all these wonderful products (some of my aunts chipped in too!).

*All of these items were gifted to me from family members.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

NOTD - ORLY Rock The World ♡

I've never had the opportunity to try any ORLY nail polishes until this lovely girl on Facebook decided that she needed to sell some polishes as she had too many which have never been used! I bought a few off her and the one i decided to try first was Rock The World. This shade is from the 2011 Mineral FX Collection.

I did these nails on Sunday and totally forgot to take pictures of them until today, so it's been three days and the only signs of wear i can see are the tips! When i painted my nails, it was a gloomy unpleasant day, so i thought the polish was more brown toned with glitters, but when i went out on Monday, i was surprised to see sparkly purple nails in the sunlight!

The nail polishes i used were:

OPI Base Coat - To protect my nails from staining
ORLY (Rock The World) - Purple-tinged brown base with gold flex/sheen
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - To seal everything off and make the polish last longer

Do you prefer OPI or ORLY nail polishes?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Everyday Makeup Routine (Review)

This has been my everyday simple makeup routine for around half a year now, and i hope some of you may find this helpful. I usually wear this look for University and running errands.
Sometimes (if i have time), i might wear a bit more on my eyes and that will be in the 'optional' section at the bottom of this post.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Ultra-Foam Cleanser ($13.99 - 177ml) -  I've been using this cleanser for 5 years now and this is probably my 5th bottle i've gone through. It's my HG cleanser and i highly recommend it if you have combination skin. I also admit that i have a fetish for anything that foams, so this was right up my alley!

Benefit The Porefessional Primer ($53 - 22ml) - This primer came in the Primed for Lovin' Christmas gift set which i bought for myself whilst on holidays in Hong Kong in December 2013. I absolutely love how this primer makes my combination face feel silky smooth and would highly recommend it if you're willing to splurge on a high end primer.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #54 ($32 - 30ml) - I've been using this foundation for over a year now and it's absolutely amazing. I used to use the Revlon Colorstay Foundation when i had more acne, but these few years, my skin has behaved well, so one day i decided to try a medium coverage foundation and i've never looked back. This foundation also has a nice fruity scent and the shade 54 (beige) matches my skin tone perfectly. The only cons about this product is the glass bottle (i've nearly dropped it several times), the lack of darker shades and the price tag for a 'drugstore' brand. But don't worry, Priceline should have a 40% off cosmetics sale in a few months!

Missha The Style Under Eye Brightener #2 Beige ($5 - 6ml) - I absolutely need concealer as i have the worst under eye circles ever (and some acne scarring too). I've been on the hunt for a perfect concealer and whilst overseas in Hong Kong, i found this one in a store called Citistore which had a Missha stand. It claims to brighten your under eye circles and that's exactly what it did! This concealer/brightener has light coverage and doesn't completely cover acne spots. Being a Korean brand, it is only available in-store in Asia, but i've seen some ebay sellers that sell these products.

Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder #Deep Natural ($11.40 - 12g) - I've been using this powder for over 5 years and i have to admit, this is hands down the best pressed powder i've ever used. Some people have mentioned that this is an exact dupe of the MAC Studio Fix Powder, but i've never tried it purely because of the price difference. This is probably the 5th powder i've gone through and i'll continue using this forever! They recently changed the packaging of this product (now it's in a clear/red compact), but i've heard it's the same product.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($51 - 8g) - I purchased this bronzer whilst at holidays in Hong Kong. I forgot how much i paid for this overseas, but it's more expensive than the US and relatively cheaper than Australia prices. I've been on the hunt for a matte bronzer, and i heard youtubers rave about this product, so i decided to give it a go! I'm enjoying this product and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a decent matte bronzer if you're willing to splurge.

Benefit Coralista Blush ($51 - 8g) - This blush was also purchased overseas in Hong Kong so i'm not sure how much i paid for it. I've been into coral blushes recently, and when i saw this next to the Benefit bronzers, i thought it was such a pretty colour (impulse buy). It's an alright product, i would recommend it, but i probably wouldn't repurchase, as i've got many blushes that are similar.

Tonymoly Luminous Goddess Aura Make-up Mist (80ml) - I purchased this at the Tonymoly stand in Market City (Sydney), but i can't remember how much it costed. This is the first ever makeup mist i've used and i'm enjoying it (on my second bottle now). If you're looking for a makeup mist that is affordable, does its job and makes you smell fresh, this is the one for you.

K-Palette Lasting 2way Eyebrow #1 Chocolate Brown - This is absolutely the best eyebrow product i've ever used, so i repurchased 3 more of these overseas in Hong Kong! The left end of the product is a liquid formula (like a liquid liner), and right side is a powder. To use this product, i firstly use the liquid side to draw in small brow strokes and when i'm done, with a light hand, i go over my brows with the powder to fill in any sparse spots  may have missed. I love this eyebrow product so much and would highly recommend it if you're going to Asia or willing to purchase it online. You will NOT regret it, i assure you.

MAC Lipstick #Plumful ($36 - 3g) - I purchased this lipstick whilst overseas in Hong Kong for around $20 and this is my go to shade in the Autumn/Winter months. It's a wearable plum colour suitable for all skin tones and since it's a Lustre finish, it moisturises your lips and has a decent lasting power. I would highly recommend MAC lipsticks, especially this shade since we're heading into the colder seasons in Australia.

(below are products i sometimes use)

MAC Paint Pot Eye Primer #Painterly ($35 - 5g) - I also purchased this product overseas in Hong Kong, so it was relatively cheaper than in Australia. This product is a skin toned eye primer which stays put and keeps my eye shadows lasting all day! I would recommend this product.

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Yes, you guessed it, i also purchased this overseas in Hong Kong. This is Urban Decay's first naked palette and i absolutely love it. The colours are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. The brush it comes with is also quite decent! The shades i use depend on where i'm going and what look i'm going for.

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner #Brown - Dolly Wink is a Japanese cosmetics brand which can be found in-store throughout Asia. This is one of the best liquid eyeliners i've ever used. Youtubers always rave about the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner, but this is 10x better. This liquid liner is really easy to use, very pigmented, is waterproof and doesn't smudge at all! If i'm going for a more natural look, i use the brown shade, but for a more dramatic look, i use the black shade. The only con is that it's only available in-store in Asia or online.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($9.95 - 5g) - I heard people raving about this product, and when it was finally available in Target, i jumped on the bandwagon! I use this for my inner corners and my waterline, and i quite enjoy this product. The only down side for me personally is that you have to sharpen this (i'm too lazy).

Shu Eumura Eyelash Curler ($29) - I purchased this overseas in Hong Kong since it was cheaper than Australia, and although i've heard good reviews about this curler, i have mixed feelings about it. First of all, i have straight non-existent light coloured lashes, and i am yet to find an eyelash curler that reaches my eyelashes without pinching my skin! I've tried many eyelash curlers, but i'm just about to give up any means of hope in finding something that'll work for me. Don't get me wrong, this curler is decent, but i just don't have any lashes to curl.

Benefit They're Real Mascara ($38 - 8.5g) - If you read my eyelash curler review above, you know i have non-existent lashes. I've heard people go on about how amazing this mascara is at lengthening lashes, so i decided to give this one a shot! This was in the Christmas gift set i purchased for myself in Hong Kong. After using this product, my lashes are darker, but they are still unnoticeable. My boyfriend has longer lashes than me even after using mascara! I've pretty much given up on anything related with lashes. I also can't use fake lashes as i have glasses which are really close to my eyes, and if i put fake lashes on (even the shortest ones), they touch the lens of my glasses. If anyone has any recommendations on eyelashes/mascaras, by all means comment below!

I hope you enjoyed reading my post on my everyday makeup routine (and mini reviews of each product)!

*All these products were purchased with my own money and my reviews are 100% honest.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Beauty Scenario Tag

This is the 'Beauty Scenario Tag' which i recently saw on lolalovessparkles.
I felt like answering some questions, so i decided to take this challenge!

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations, except for one high-end and one drugstore pick. Which do you keep?
The only high end foundation i have ever used was the Giorgio Armani Lminous Silk Foundation which i got as a gift from my relatives for my 13th birthday (wow i know right). I don't remember if i really liked it, but it was decent. The drugstore foundation i would choose would definitely be the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation as i use it everyday! If you'd like a review on this product, please comment below.

2. You go into an interview, and your interviewer has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject, or ignore it completely?
I would totally ignore it completely because she might take it the wrong way and think that i'm criticizing her, which might result in not getting employed at all!

3. You’re not feeling yourself, and you need a pick me up. What lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?
Probably MAC's lipstick in See Sheer because it's my go to shade no matter what.

4. You go back in time to your teenage years for one day. How would you do your hair and makeup differently?
When i was a teenager, i dressed very 'tomboy-like'. The only makeup products i wore were foundation and concealer because i was very insecure about my acne. For makeup, i'm quite happy with how i looked, just wish i plucked and filled in my brows because they look absolutely hideous. For hairstyle, i wish i used heat protection spray before using my straightener as my hair was very badly damaged.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder-length, Pixie Lott haircut. But they hear you wrong, and give you a pixie cut. Do you…
A) Smile, say “thank you,” leave, and call your mom while hysterically crying?
B) Cry in the salon, making things awkward?
C) Complain to the manager, and demand a refund?

I've had a bad hair cut, but wouldn't really do any of the options listed above. I would probably complain to the manager about the person who cut my hair, but i wouldn't demand a refund. Since there's nothing they can do to 'save' my hairstyle, i'd probably just give a sarcastic smile afterwards and leave. So maybe a combination of A and C.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4-day city break, and you have 1 hour to pack. Which “do it all” palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
First of all, if i had only one hour to pack, i wouldn't even bother taking an eye shadow palette (i don't usually wear eye shadow on a daily basis anyways). Clothes, skincare, shoes, and a bit of makeup like foundation, concealer, brow kit, blush is more important to me. But if i had to choose, probably my Sleek i Divine palette in Au Naturel since i wouldn't want to bring my Naked Palette in case it broke.

7. Your house has been robbed. Don’t worry, everyone is safe. But your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?
My Naked Palette, MAC and YSL lipsticks.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you…
A) Just pretend you haven’t noticed?
B) Ask them to repurchase it?
C) Secretly do the same to something of theirs? 

It would probably depend if they were just a friend or a close friend. If it was just a friend, i'd probably hint it to her but not directly say it in her face, but if it was a close friend i'd probably ask them what happened and then work on something from there. It would also depend if the product was something i use/like.

Feel free to do the tag if you want! x

Despicable Me

Last year when the movie Despicable Me 2 came out, i was inspired to attempt 'minion themed' nails. Although i did this design almost a year ago in August, i thought it would be nice to share it in my new blog!

The nail polishes i used to make this design were:

OPI Base Coat - To protect my nails from staining
Rimmel London Lasting Finish (058 Lemon Drop) - A pastel yellow shade used for the minions
Rimmel London 60 Seconds (625 Sky High) - A blue based ocean green shade used for the tips
Essence Colour & Go (144 Black is Black) - Black shade for the eyes, mouth and hair
Sinful Colors (Cool Gray) - A light gray shade used to outline the eyes
OPI (Alpine Snow) - A white polish used for the base of the eyes
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - To seal everything off and make my designs last longer

What do you think about my minion themed nails?