Sunday, 22 December 2013

MAC Lady Danger

I picked up one of MAC's infamous lipsticks"Lady Danger" last week and I am absolutely in love with the colour."Lady Danger" is described by MAC as a vivid bright coral-red and I would definitely say that their description is somewhat accurate.  Its definitely not your average-joe red lipstick - you can clearly see that it has orange undertones but it's not too strong. This colour is so unusual but I love it because it instantly lifts my face and is so different from the other red lipsticks I own.

I'm going to be honest when I sat that I was rather afraid of trying a matte lipstick because I didn't know what was going to happen with my chappy lips. However, I pulled up my big girl socks and decided to give this matte lipstick a go and I was amazed with how pigmented it was with one swipe. I prepped my lips beforehand and then applied this lipstick {straight from the bullet or with a lip brush - whatever you prefer} and I was really impressed with the formula. It lasted a good 5 and half hours with light eating but I ended up with that weird outer red ring on my lips so touch ups are a must with this lipstick. I also noticed that I was checking the mirror more than I usually do because I thought it was going to smudge all over my face and I would end up looking like a clown so I would recommend using a lip liner to keep it from feathering.

I do love a bold lip colour and "Lady Danger" is right up my alley. As much as I love this colour, I haven't found a time to wear it during the day but I think I might start to make an exception for this lipstick because I absolutely LOVE it.



Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish

I picked up the Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish in the shade "Bleu Water" the 40% off cosmetics sale at Priceline a couple of weeks ago. It claims to have silicone gel texture which makes application very easy and gives that gel salon finish.

 {taken one day after painting nails}
"Bleu Water"

The bottle is so unique which was what drew me to it in priceline and it has textured patches on the tall lid so you can twist it open. As soon as I saw this colour, I knew that I wanted it because I don't own this type of nail polish colour in my collection. It's light blue and it's definitely a fun one to wear now that it's summer in Australia.

One of the reasons I really like this nail polish is because the brush expands to a fan-like shape and fits the shape of your nail so effortlessly and saves a lot of time by painting your nail in one swipe {hence the name "1 Seconde"}. I was really impressed with how pigmented it was with one coat but I decided to do another 2 coats to make sure the colour would last and not chip. 

The bottle claims that the nail polish dries in 50 seconds but I don't think thats true. It does dry pretty quickly compared to other nail polishes but not 50 seconds fast. I would wait around 2-3 minutes before applying another layer. I used my OPI base coat and Revlon Colorstay top coat and it lasted about 2-3 days which is pretty good for me because I somehow always manage to chip my nails within the first 24 hours of wearing it.

Overall I do like this nail polish and I can't wait to wear it more in summer. Bourjois don't have a big range of nail polish colours however they have some unusual colours that aren't available in other brand displays like revlon and rimmel etc. It retails for $12AUD which is the average price of nail polishes at priceline.

Have you tried Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish?
If so, what are your thoughts?


Friday, 13 December 2013

Rimmel London Apocalips Review and Swatches

It's no secret that these lip lacquers are well loved at the moment and I thought I would share my thoughts on them. I own 4 different shades out of a possible 8 and so far I would say that I'm pretty impressed with them. For those who don't know {me before I did research} a lip lacquer gives the colour of a lipstick but has a similar texture and finish to a gloss.

First off, I am in love with the packaging. It's predominately black and then fades to the colour of the actual shade you bought which is great when you quickly need to grab the colour you want as you run out the door. It has silver font thats easy to read however I would have loved it even more if the name of the shade was in silver too, not just on the barcode sticker. The lid has this cool diamond cut looking tip which makes the packaging look sleek and sophisticated.

At first I thought the texture looked a bit too runny but when applied to the lips, I found that it glided on smoothly and the pigmentation was brilliant. One swipe was BAM! IN YO FACE and the intensity of the colour didn't fade or sink into the lips like most lip products. The lip applicator was a little bendy at the tip which hugs your lips as you apply the lacquer which I thought was really helpful considering how pigmented it is.

The only problem that I had with this lip lacquer was that it transfers off on other things so easily omg. After applying, it just sort of slid off my lips a little. HOWEVER there might be a solution! Instead of using the lip applicator you can use a lip brush or your ring finger for a lighter layer of the lacquer which might help stop the colour from bleeding. Alternatively, you could use a lip liner.

It does feel very creamy but I found that because I have chapped lips that the lacquer sort of amplified that {not cute}. So make sure to prep your lips before using this product. If you have dry chapped lips lightly exfoliate your lips with a gentle lip scrub and swipe some clear moisturising lip balm so they are nice and smooth when you apply the lip lacquer. 

100 Phenomenon
A milky nude beige. Out of all of the shades I own, I dislike this one the most. I don't know if it's me or the lacquer but I always have a hard time putting on this colour. It sinks into fine lines and doesn't spread evenly on my lips.

101 Celestial
A dusty rose colour. This is my favourite out of all the shades because the colour isn't too strong so it's perfect for a casual day out.

303 Apocaliptic
A bright fuchsia pink colour which has blue undertones. This colour is absolutely gorgeous and it's the sort of colour that I would wear out at night.

501 Stellar
When I first bought this shade I thought it was a bright neon red colour but it seems to have a touch of coral. I still love it either way.

All the colours are fun and outgoing, they range from subtle nudes to vibrant bright shades - something for everyone. My favourite is "Celestial" because it's a nice simple colour that can be worn everyday.The lasting power of the bright colours was about 2 to 3 hours {with light eating} and the lasting power of the nude colour was less - about one hour {which is a little disappointing}.

Overall, I do like this product and I think I will get a lot of use out of them in the future. The colour selection is great and they are reasonably priced at $12.75 each at Priceline.

What's your favourite shade from the Apocalips range?


Saturday, 7 December 2013

December Beauty Wish List

It's the beginning of the month and Christmas is just around the corner. I thought I would share some beauty/ hair products that I have been lusting over in November which has carried through into December. 

December beauty wishlist


{1} Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: As soon as the announcement of this bad boy came out, I instantly knew that I wanted it in my life. This rosy palette has been well received from a lot of beauty bloggers and from the swatches that I have seen, the colours are so natural for being such a different palette from the others.

{2} EOS Limited Edition Passion Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm: WOW that was a mouthful. Everyone loves these lip balms and we don't have them here in Australia and I really want to try it out.

{3} Marc Jacobs Dot Fragrance: I sprayed it at the shops with my mum one time and it smelled amazing - more fruitier than Marc Jacobs Daisy. Plus the bottle has a lady bug pattern on it which is really cute.

{4} VS Sassoon Ultimate Retra-Cord Multi Curls VSP3029A: I normally use a curling iron to curl my hair but my hair is so lifeless and the curl drops quickly even if I use hair products in it. I was getting my hair done for a wedding and the lady decided to use rollers and I was so surprised on how long they held the curl so I thought I need to invest in one of these.

{5} Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine {Colour: Pink In Paris}: I was watching some YSL Lipstick collection videos on youtube and one girl swatched "Pink In Paris" and its such a pretty rose pink colour.

What's on your wish list at the moment?


Friday, 6 December 2013

The Nerd Files | Comic Book Haul

Okay, before you get all confused. Yes I love beauty but you may not know that I am a massive pop culture fan as well. I don't know what it is but I just get so many feels when something exciting happens in the geeky community and I love it. I have been to Perth's Comic Con and Supanova for the first time this year and basically felt like I was amongst my people fangirling over everything. I love playing video games and love collecting certain comic books/ graphic novels/ pop vinyl figurines. I thought it would be cool to share what sort of things I buy to read or decorate my room with so I hope you guys find it interesting.

I was in the city last wednesday with some friends and we went to 3 comic book shops and I was in heaven :'). I don't go to those shops often only because I never really go to the city so when I make the trip there, I spend a while looking at everything and deciding on what to get.

The Walking Dead | Volume 2
I was looking for this baby everywhere because I have volumes 1, 3 and 4 which I got from Kings Comics in Sydney and I haven't been able to read on because I needed Volume 2. As soon as I finished the 1st comic, I sat around kind of hopelessly and then I went out and bought the walking dead on dvd and its AMAAAZING!

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World | Volume 1
Scott Pilgrim Vs the World is one of my favourite movies, I have watched it a gazillion times and I will never get sick of it. I have been waiting to get this comic because I wanted to know the full story. I decided to get the coloured version of the comic because I think the story looks better in colour. The book is also a hardcover which is wonderful because it will look fabulous on my bookshelf as well as stay in good condition when I read it a million times. 

Kick Ass
I'm pretty sure I picked this comic up in the spare of the moment because I saw the movie once and liked it and I wanted to read the full story.




Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Lust Have It November 2013

I have always seen bloggers getting into the monthly subscription boxes filled with a good amount of beauty goodies and it wasn't until mid-november that I really wanted to try one out for myself. So I bit the bullet and searched for the best beauty box that I thought suited me the best and I finally decided on the Australian beauty box called "Lust Have It". It costs $19.95 a month and it get delivered straight to your door with fun sized beauty products waiting to be played with.

My November "Lust Have It" box came on Sunday and as soon as I saw the box I got all excited. I opened the box and squealed with joy when I saw some of the products.

Mary Kay Energising Foot Scrub
This foot scrub was one of the bigger sized products from the box and I was pretty happy that I received the foot scrub out of the others - Relaxing Foot Soak and Soothing Foot Balm. I never really treat my feet so I'm glad that I got this product to try out.  
RRP $38 in a pack

Davroe Wellbeing Treatment Replenish {Full size}
This hair treatment is claiming to "help repair, seal and smooth even the most damages hair". I have never used this brand before on my hair so I'm not sure if it's going to do exactly what it claims. Nonetheless, I'm really excited to try it on the ends of my hair because I always love testing out new haircare products.
RRP $11.95 for 50ml

Palmer's Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub
I rarely exfoliate my face but only I'm scared to commit to a full sized bottle of something that might break me out and ain't nobody got time for that. Seeing as this is a sample, I might give it a go sometime soon.
RRP $9.99 for 150ml

Benefit's They're Real Mascara
The main star of the box in my eyes. I mentioned in my November favourites that I absolutely love this mascara and I'm actually so pleased that I have a mini version to take on the go and travelling.
RRP $38 for 8.5ml

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser
This cleanser contains jojoba exfoliating beads which "increase cell turnover and removes impurities". I did a little test patch and found it was really gentle on the skin. I might trial it some more and find out for myself if I would spend the money because it is a quite expensive cleanser.
RRP $59.95 for 150ml

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Cream
As soon as I saw the RRP I was shocked. And really glad that I can test it out and see if I think it's worth buying. It's designed for normal to dry skin and is supposed to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
RRP $89.95 for 50ml  

Lonvitalite C3 Collagen Firming & Moisturising Facial Mask
Another product that I'm really excited about because I have always wanted to try a face mask but have really never found the time or the right face mask to try out. 
RRP $32 for a pack of 5

Thinking of You by Mary Kay
This was the least impressive sample by far. I opened it and the smell wasn't that great. I found it a little too strong. eh. 
RRP $30 for 29.6ml

The box also contained some cards including a free session at a Benefit counter, a hello fresh gift card and an exclusive offer from Davroe.

Overall I was excited about the box arriving for the first time. Obviously the Benefit Mascara was my favourite and I think the box was good value. I can't wait to fully test out each of the products and go for a free session at Benefit. I can safely say that I'm super excited about December's Lust Have It box.

What are your thoughts on Novembers Lust Have It box?


Sunday, 1 December 2013

November Favourites 2013

Another month has gone by and I actually can't believe that it's December already. This month I got accepted into Uni which I am stoked about and I had some fun times with family and friends. I have also tried out quite a few different beauty products this month and I have been using some of them almost every day since I bought them. So lets jump in.

Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Liner
Hands down my favourite liquid eyeliner ever. I have been using it for a while now and it hasn't run out yet and what I love the most is that its a pen-like applicator instead of a wand or a brush. It's super thin and really pigmented which is fantastic for building up the line to how you like it. And it doesn't dry out which is a major plus because most felt tip eyeliners dry pretty quickly.

CORALista Blush
A new blush that I tried for the first time and I really like it. It smells great and has great pigmentation to give perfectly flushed cheeks. What I like about it is that you can build up the colour and I think I will look nice with a summer tan.

Benefit: CORALista Blush

Bourjois Paris Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
I have been using this powder to work every day and love it. It's easy to blend and it stays matte for a while before you need reapplying. It's small and compact and the mirror never gets full of powder. I bought my powder a shade lighter than my foundation and it suits my skin tone perfectly.

Benefit's They're Real! Mascara
Why haven't I found this product sooner?! I absolutely LOVE this mascara! I was shocked on how long my eyelashes looked and it didn't clump my eyelashes together like most mascaras do. I also love how there is a little bud at the top of the wand so you can separate and reach hard to get lashes. love. love. love.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
I just started investing in some good quality brushes and I found that Real Techniques are both good quality and affordable. The buffing brush came in a set of 4 in the "Core Collection" pack. I use this to apply and blend my foundation on my face and it does an amazing job with no streaks.

And these are my favourite beauty products that I have been giving extra love to this month.
What have you been loving this month?

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