Wednesday, 8 July 2015

OPI This Color's Making Waves Review/Swatches

OPI This Color's Making Waves is part of their Hawaii 2015 Spring collection.



It is a blue/ green with golden shimmer that leans turquoise and teal due to the slight green undertones.

The formula is thin and watery, but is reasonably opaque with two coats. 


^Outdoor lighting

I used two coats with Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat in these swatches and they lasted roughly a week with minor chipping. 


^Indoor lighting

The colour really changes in different lighting, sometimes more green sometimes more blue. It is a really gorgeous colour and I can definitely see myself wearing this in summer. It leads me to imagine the sun shining and bouncing off the azure ocean. Quite fitting for a Hawaii collection!


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This Color's Making Waves is part of the Hawaii mini collection which I received as a gift from Rani and her girls during their trip to Hawaii. <3 ~


~ lala

OPI DS Mystery Nail Polish Review and Swatches



DS Mystery was released in 2009, part of the Designer Series (DS) collection.

Mystery is a deep navy purple with ultra-fine gold glitter that never feels rough. The gold glitter is rather subtle and provides an accent to the dark hue. Maybe this is the mystery in which audiences are lured into? In the first coat it was more obviously a dark blue but it transitioned to a vampy blue-toned purple in the second coat. In the photographs, I am wearing two coats without top coat to show you an idea of the real deal. 


(Indoor lighting)

The formula is smooth, easy to apply and dries fast. I experienced great wear without top coat, although I did use Orly's Bonder base coat beforehand, with 3 days without any chipping. I am on my 6th day and my nails look good enough to keep going for the next few days.


(Indoor lighting)


Here is another shot to take into comparison the subtle shade differences that are perceived from a slight change in indoor lighting. The purple is more apparent in the first photograph as the indoor sunlight brings forth the warmer tones, whereas the second picture with less direct sunlight depicts more blue undertones. It can even come across as black in a quick glance or from a distance.


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OPI Designer Series Mystery was one of the three OPI nail polishes that I was able to purchase on clearance. The three combined only cost ~$15, which is less than the recommended retail price for one ($20) in Australia. Usually you can find the OPIs for a great price in department store clearance tables and you can literally search for some interesting shades.

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lala

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

L'Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse / Mona di Orio Tubereuse Fragrance Reviews


L'Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse / Mona di Orio Tubereuse Fragrance Reviews

Hi, hope you are having a fragrant day. This is a review of two niche perfumes that inspired me... *~*~* Here is a visual delight to have you imagining the scent~


What was compiled in this post was actually inspired by the moment when I tested L'Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse and had a bit of a deja vu moment and discovered that it smelled like and reminded me of Mona di Orio Tubereuse. They definitely have something similar going on and that is what I would be discussing here. Both perfumes celebrate one of my favourite notes - tuberose!



Nuit de Tubereuse scared me with its opening of dominant pink pepper and cloves. I was not ready for such a spicy welcome, especially with my usual tuberose scents. I like them clean, natural and fresh. Very quickly however, it moved on to a flirty tuberose sweetened by a touch of mango nectar. This lends a tropical, humid feel with the fruits, spices and florals. Yummy and sultry, it gets better with time definitely as it becomes sweeter, creamier, softer and a more feminine floral musky skin scent. Don't be afraid of the initial spices like I was, because the pink pepper and cloves do not last long but rather, add an accent to the tuberose note, creating a multi-dimensional oriental floral. This scent is very lovely but I am afraid that I will be draining my sample very quickly!


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Tubereuse has a green, spicy and creamy blast at first which makes me think of how this could work very well as a unisex tuberose. As time passes and the scent develops on my skin, i sense green coconuts or coconut water, a gentle reminder of balmy summer days drinking these straight from the fruit. It gets even warmer though as I detect a hint of sunscreen, which I quite like and find surprising in one of Mona di Orio's perfumes. I imagine the rest of her line to be refined and classic like Musc, so colour me confused when I find a scent familiarly modern! As the perfume wears on, I also feel more pink pepper, not my all-time favourite note but I suppose that I can handle it here. Pink pepper is present during the whole duration, a spicy kick to awaken the senses and handle the creaminess from the coconut and sunscreen accord. The dry down is warm, musky and fuzzy in texture from the coconut, amber, heliotrope and white floral ensemble. This is no big white floral bouquet, it is a tuberose plant on holiday, somewhere tropical and humid with fresh coconuts and sunscreen. I recommend Mona di Orio's Tubereuse for both men and women, due to the spiciness from the pink pepper and this deters the composition from being too girly and pretentious. This is the only tuberose scent I own that I would declare it undoubtedly unisex! Perfectly appropriate for any relaxed occasion, try it for yourself.


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As I tested NdT for the first time today, it instantly reminded me of Tubereuse. It turns out that they both share some notes in common, one being the tuberose obviously, two, the zingy pink pepper, and three, the musky warmth from both. They differ in that NdT follows a fruity nectar path from the mango with subdued spices, whereas Tubereuse has a green opening that leads to a fresh coconut, then coconut milk, and eventually a musky sunscreen base. I appreciate both for being quite unique interpretations and different as tuberose-driven compositions. It is suggested that you try both Tubereuse and NdT if you are fond of the tuberose note but want to try alternatives.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and take a glimpse at their fragrantica fragrance profiles in the links provided. It was definitely an interesting reviewing experience for me, and would love your thoughts on what your most adored notes are in perfume? Tuberose and most florals in general are loved by me!


Smelling great,

x lala

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick Review/Swatches

Hi all, hope you are having a lovely day. Autumn has fallen upon us in the southern hemisphere. This means we are experiencing cooler and crisper weather that is perfect for a full face of makeup without sweating it all off. Ahh! I like to rock a bright matte lippy to accentuate my small lips, and what better way to celebrate the bright lip look?

I grabbed three of these Maybelline Colour Drama lipsticks which are actually chunky lip pencils that work like a lipstick. 

[  I have to complain about the packaging my local Priceline does. They stuck a lethal sticky tape on the product to prevent people mistaking them for testers. Well, sure you got your point across, it cannot be opened...but that residue? It is so persistently sticky and difficult to scrape off! I wanted to take some model shots of these three babies, but nope, they look kind of botched, so the top of the pencil is what I can  manage to show you. Shame though, because for the price at $6.96 it was a great deal!  ]


I bought the Colour Drama Lipsticks in Fab Orange, Red Essential and Berry Much


Above: Outdoor lighting, the colours was hard to photograph and many attempts turned blurry
(L-R: Fab Orange, Red Essential, Berry Much)


Above: Indoor lighting

For a first time user of these kind of lipsticks in this packaging format, it was a bit tricky to apply them. The colour ran over my natural lip line in the first few attempts, however I worked out a better technique to use these pencils. Use the side like you would to shade a drawing. Apply to the centre first, then smoosh your lips together then apply to the remaining edges. Use the tip of the pencil for the small corners of your mouth. I admit, this is a product that you would need a mirror to ensure perfect application.


^Fab Orange
A gorgeous bright, true orange


^Red Essential
Classic, understated red 
(Dupe for NARS Cruella)


^Berry Much
A romantic cool-toned plummy purple that leans slightly vampy.

All colours are intensely pigmented from one swipe, so you have to be careful when you apply them! The pencils have a slightly creamy texture that makes it so easy to apply. The Colour Drama lipsticks can also feel drying on the lips throughout the wear. Make sure you have smooth, moisturised lips or simply apply lip balm as a base. These pencils can transfer onto cups when drinking, however Red Essential and Berry Much stained after removal, which goes to show their excellent longevity. 

Overall, I am very happy with these lipsticks. I think they come at a very fair price at a little under $7 and you can find these in Chemist Warehouse and Priceline. I would recommend all three of the shades I chose. I love the velvety matte finish and their intense pigmentation. They last really long too, but a meal is questionable. On the downside I think you would need to apply these carefully and sharpen the pencil if you want a sharp tip for precision. 

Win win! Go ahead and buy a couple of shades if you love bright matte colours on your lips!

x lala

Friday, 10 April 2015

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow Review/Swatches/Look

I bought myself a new mineralize skinfinish from MAC only yesterday. Out of all items at MAC, I would only go crazy for their limited editions and mineralize skinfinishes. You might be wondering what these fancily-named products are!
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MAC MSF in 2014 new packaging

Mineralize Skinfinishes are more commonly used as highlighters, as well as blushes or bronzers, depending on the shade and your skin tone. When used with a wet brush, they can impact a metallic sheen. Using this method you can create an eyeshadow look. So it is very versatile for it being a single product!



The photographs above depict the product in the new packaging. It does not have a clasp to hold onto and open, but rather it is magnetic. I had a bit of trouble opening these in the store. The trick is to hold on the bottom and gently open the lid. I find the magnetic click so satisfying to close. 

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Global Glow works more like a bronzer/highlighter for me. It is a peachy, slightly tan, natural bronze on my fair-medium skin tone. I have also tried it as a wet eyeshadow and it creates a gorgeous more warm toned, honey gold, calling forth a rose gold nuance. Pairing the complementary face and eye makeup together looks sun-kissed and natural, which I would show you later in this post.


Above, indoor lighting swatches



Here is Global Glow under direct sunlight. The glitter and gold shimmer is shown in the spotlight, blurring out the rest.

The negative to which I have experienced so far is the powder build-up. When you swirl a brush into the pan, powder settles in the edges of the pan. For the price at $47 I wish it was not so powdery as this creates mess and impacts on daily usage. I have the tendency to use up all the excess powder after every use. 

Here is what Global Glow looks like on my face.


I used MAC Global Glow as a blush/contour on my face, and applied with a wet eye shadow brush on my eyes to impart a foiled metallic sheen. It is a very versatile bronzed look that could work for all skin tones. Apply with a light hand i warn you though, a little swirl in the pan creates enough pigment for a natural 'glow.'


I can imagine this look being quick and easy enough for everyday, you can skip the wet brush application instead for a no-fuss wash on the lids plus a sweep on your contours and you are ready to go! I can also see this complementing a blue-eyed girl, where the copper pigments in Global Glow would simply enhance the blue of the eyes.


Products used

Face:
Dior Star Foundation 10
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 52
MAC Global Glow

Eyes: 
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
MAC Global Glow
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black
Maybelline Plush Mascara Black
NYX Sahara (highlight)

Lips:
Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Lipstick Vibrant Mandarin (dabbed lightly)

I would recommend this MSF for medium and darker skin tones because of its honey-bronze tones and good pigmentation. If you have blue eyes and have a bit of a tan in the summer, this would also be particularly flattering on the eyes. 

In light of what I have said, I actually prefer to wear this when I have a lighter foundation on, because I come across as 'too tanned' and bronzed when I use my summer foundation shades. I look forward to using this as an instant glow in wintertime.

Have a nice day/night everyone!~

x lala

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Side-By-Side Comparative Reviews of Dior Star Foundation and Rimmel Wake Me Up

After watching youtuber itsjudytime's first impression foundation reviews, and seeing her put foundation on one side of her face and leaving the other half bare, I became inspired to do something like this on myself.


 I applied Dior Star Foundation to the right side of my face (your left) and Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation on the left (your right,) I did this to test exactly how different the shades appear on my face and how the formulas are. Dior Star foundation is one I have not used often enough for me to appreciate the high price tag, but hopefully this would change by the end of this year.



(Wearing only foundation on skin. Left side: Dior Star, Right side: Rimmel Wake Me Up)

The verdict:

Dior Star Foundation clung more to dry patches and pores on my nose. Coverage was light with one coat but medium coverage by a second coat. I was matched with shade 10 (the lightest) during Winter last year, it is too light for me now in Autumn, but nothing some extra cream bronzer could not fix. Lightening creams and cleansers (Pond's) may also work to help lighten my skin to match the shade. 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation provided a smooth medium coverage in half a pump. It did not accentuate my pores and dry patches on my nose like the Star did. I use Soft Beige which is perfect for summer but a bit too dark for winter. It needs to be noted that although it contains glitter and has SPF, it does not leave a white cast in photographs. I even wore it to my school formal and in photos I looked luminous and healthy. 

I love both foundations, where the Wake Me Up is my go-to summer shade, and Star which is a new acquisition. They both lend a great finish with the Wake Me Up being more luminous and the Star being more of a natural satin. Both have good coverage, which is a big deal for me in foundations. For me, it is go all or go nothing - I prefer full coverage foundations if I am wearing makeup at all. These are not exactly full coverage but an 'inbetween medium' which is perfect for daily wear. I should also tell you that longevity for these are good, although given that I rather not wear them for over 8 hours. I sweat and play sport wearing my foundation sometimes, I never touch my face and I have been told that my makeup looks 'freshly applied' by the afternoon. So there you go, it is always best to apply setting powder of some kind to prolong your foundation and to ensure a full day's wear. 

I would recommend the Wake Me Up as an excellent drugstore foundation. Soft Beige is a good shade for NC25-30 in my opinion, it is warm toned and my summer shade. I am a bit unsure of Dior Star in 10 as my true shade, it is the lightest from this range which makes me sceptical. I read somewhere that it is comparable to NC15 in MAC terms. As mentioned, I would have to wait for winter and use whitening products to ensure correct skintone (not really recommended unless you really want to be shades lighter) or contour my face to add warmth to my face, which I always do with lighter foundations.

These two foundations are not similar, I just wanted comparison in terms of shades and quality. I hope you found the reviews of both Dior Star and Rimmel Wake Me Up foundations helpful.

So which shade would you choose if you were a shade in between like I am? :)

x lala

Monday, 9 March 2015

Sleek Lace Blush Palette Review and Swatches

Sleek's Lace blush palette is delightfully summery pick of three shades that appeases to the warm-toned blush lover in me. It is economical, being $15AUD shipped to me from ebay, and travel-friendly as you can take with you three shades of blush requiring little space. The packaging is simple and black but inside there is a large mirror for you to use when you are on-the-go!


The shades left to right: Crochet, Guipure, Chantilly


(Outdoor afternoon lighting)

Crochet looks like a bright orange in the pan but actually blends out to be a fairly sheer peach. Guipure is a light pink with golden shimmer or a 'rose gold'. Very lovely and my favourite out of the bunch. Chantilly is a coral pink, again this one was sheer like Crochet. These two had the chalkiest texture that produces fall-out. I would recommend building up the colour if you want a more intense result. 



(Indoor lighting)

For the snobby lady in me, I don't regret this cheap purchase at all -I am actually pleased! The colours are beautiful and just what I like, it is perfect to take away in your bag as there is a large mirror that comes in handy. They last all day on me, just fading near the 5 hour mark. The only downside I think is the powdery fall-out and sheerness found in the first and third shades. The middle shade is amazing and I would come back to this palette just for Guipure!

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For the price, I highly recommend this for all girls, all ages, especially if you are a beginner to blushes and want a pretty and youthful flush on your cheeks. Sleek makes great products, I also enjoy their eyeshadow palette and contour kit, so this is no exception!

x lala

OPI Jade Is The New Black Review and Swatches

OPI Jade Is The New Black is a vibrant yet somewhat muted, true green. It neither leans too yellow or blue - just a real deep green that reminds me of precious Chinese jade jewellery. 



This shade is very unique and edgy, I love to wear it and feel a bit different yet at the same time feeling quite classy and chic. Highly recommended for warmer skin tones, it works well for my very yellow hands.


(Outdoor shade lighting)

Here it is on my nails. The formula is fantastic, smooth and the perfect consistency. It is lasting well on the third day without any chips. I can imagine it fairing well into the fifth day with my favourite top coat - Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

Jade Is The Black is from the OPI Hong Kong collection in spring 2010.

x lala




Monday, 19 January 2015

2015 - Red Lipsticks Swatches/Mini Reviews

Hi all, I hope you are well and happy this new year. I know I haven't posted all 2014, as I decided to take a 'creative break.' I am presenting my red lipsticks that I own due to being inspired to wear more red and to compare them for review's sake.



Due to my silly arrangement error, the third and fourth are switched for the swatches below. Sorry!

(L-R below, NARS Terre de Feu, Rimmel Lasting Finish 107, L'Oreal Color Riche Royal Red, Rimmel Apocalyptic Big Bang, Chanel Rouge Allure Coromandel, Revlon Colorburst Cherry Ice)


Taken outdoors on a foggy day. This is my underside of my left arm - excuse my arm hair, and I have tanned a lot this summer so I would say I am a NC35 here in MAC terms. Which is funny because my face is more NC20-25 (fun fact.)

I have swiped three times each for consistency, except for the Big Bang because it is a liquid lipstick and was pigmented from the first two swipes.

NARS Terre de Feu is a gorgeous matte dark violet-burgundy/berry on the lips, absolutely seductive. The first matte lipstick that I just swooned for when researching. Not drying to the lips. I am a matte convert!

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107 is a new purchase at 50% off from Chemist Warehouse, they do great sales on Revlon, Rimmel and Maybelline from time to time. Check them out if you live in Australia. It is another deep matte, cool-toned berry-red. I haven't worn it yet but I will soon especially seeing how pretty it is.

L'Oreal Color Riche Royal Red is a traditional, true red. Perfect to feel glamorous. Good pigmentation and longevity.

Rimmel Apocalyptic in Big Bang is an explosion of a red. This red is very intense, you might need a lip brush for careful application. As with all the Rimmel Apocalyptic range, it is incredibly long-lasting through eating and drinking. You will have quite a pigmented stain by 2:30pm, not joking. I also have Stellar with similar longevity. Big recommend!

Chanel Rouge Allure in Coromandel was a recent Christmas present from my lovely friend Olivia. She spoilt me with her generosity and superb choice. It is a warm orange-red that packs a lot of charm. A great complementing shade for my warm-toned skin that does not present too much of a statement lip. Very on-trend and high quality. It has great pigmentation and longevity in lipstick terms.

Revlon Colorburst in Cherry Ice is a discontinued sheer pink-toned red with gold glitter. A safe red for school or work to play it sheer. You can also build it up for more intensity. I like it either way. I find it an often forgotten lipstick in my red department until I realise that there are better ones I already own. I find it a bit drying too, even though it is not matte.

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All in all, you may agree to disagree that I own too many reds that I should wear more often. My favourite out of the bunch is Big Bang as it is a full-on red that makes a statement. I have been craving more burgundy shades, hence my Terre de Feu and 107 purchases. If you are looking for a red for any skin-tone that is inexpensive,(and possibly discontinued), I would recommend Royal Red. I found mine on ebay. If you want to splurge on a great orange-toned red, look no further than Coromandel. My least favourite out of the bunch is Cherry Ice.

Happy summer holidays!

x lala