30 June 2013

Blog Sale!

Being extremely poor and having a rather large collection of makeup, I thought it'd be ideal to sell my pre-loved/new makeup that I don't use to someone who will appreciate them a whole lot more.

Rules of the sale:
  • All sales are final. I do not accept returns.
  • I am not responsible for any loss of damages of any packages. I can send them via registered post at an additional cost if you prefer.
  • For postage costs within Australia, please leave a comment below or send me an email (shrinkingwallet@hotmail.com) with what you would like to purchase, as well as if you want registered or express post. For pricing guidelines, head over to auspost.
  • I will ship internationally. Please leave a comment below or send me an email (shrinkingwallet@hotmail.com) with your postal address and what you would like for a quote.
  • Payment via bank deposit or paypal.
  • Prices below do not include postage and paypal fees.

 Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Tan 12g/0.42oz - Never used: AUD$15

Dolly Wink Eyebrow Mascara in 3 cocoa - Never used: AUD$10 

 Too Faced Fun in the Dark palette - Used full frontal once, Tropical pink has a bit of a "nick" in the corner, has "tester" on it and lights do not work: AUD$10

Napoleon Perdis Set Liquid Veil in Moscow Pink - Never used: AUD$10 

Nude by Nature Mineral Primer (50ml) - Used once: AUD$5
Benefit Watt's Up - Used a handful of times: AUD$8 (SOLD)
Natio Glow Skin Brightening Face Balm - Used 2-3 times: AUD$5

 Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons in Macaron and Sundae - swatched once each: AUD$3 for one or $5 for both.

Benefit Hervana - BNIB: $26 (RRP: $51) SOLD
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC25 - usage shown: $15 (RRP: $54)
Chi Chi A-List Foundation in Light 20 - Usage shown: $5

MAC Buddy Up Mineralize Blush - used a handful of times, dome intact: $28 (RRP: $43)
MAC Grand Duo Mineralize Blush - used a handful of times, dome intact, small nick: $28 (RRP: $43)
Michael Marcus Blush in Bashful - used 2-3x: $12 (RRP: USD$20)
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural - used a handful of times: $8 (RRP: $21.95) SOLD

NARS Oasis (with box) - used 2-3x: $25 (RRP: AUD$45)
NARS Mata Hari - used 2-3x: $25 (RRP: AUD$45) SOLD

Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light - used 1-2x $10 (RRP: USD$12.49)

Tarte the brow architect in fair/light - swatched once: $15 (RRP: USD $25)

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 46 giggle - swatched once: $22
Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment - used 2-3x: $18
YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 4 Succulent Pomegranate - used a handful of times, usage shown: $25

 Not sure how much I've used, but there's quite a lot left in each.
YSL Glossy Stain in 7 Corail Aquatique - $22 (RRP: AUD $50)
YSL Glossy Stain in 8 Orange De Chine - $22 (RRP: AUD $50)
YSL Glossy Stain in 18 Rose Pastelle - $22 (RRP: AUD $50)

Benefit Fine One One - used a handful of times - $20 (RRP: AUD $44)

Le Tan Wash Off Bronze - 40g - Brand New: $5
St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse - 50ml - Brand New: $8
St Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face & Body Lotion - 50ml - Brand New: $6
Or buy all three for $15

St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer Light/Medium - Brand New: $20
St Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Lotion - Used once on legs -200ml: $18
Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Foam - Used a few times: $15
Le Tan Gradual Tan with SPF 15 - Brand New: $8
Or buy all 4 for $50

NARS Orgasm and Laguna - Brand New without box: $25

MAC Sheertone Blush in Pinch Me - Brand New: $30 (RRP: AUD $41)
MAC Mineralize Blush in Early Morning - Brand New: $30 (RRP: AUD $43)

LORAC Pro Rosy Glow Powder Cheek Stain - Brand New without box: $15

MAC Eyeshadow in Free to Be - Brand New: $25 (RRP: AUD$33)

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder Foundation SPF25 in shade 108 golden ivory - Brand New: $10
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (2.2g) - Brand New: $5

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in shade 230 Buff (W) - used once or twice - $35
Lancome Absolue Makeup Foundation in shade 220 Ecru (N) - usage shown - $15 SOLD
Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation in Warm Ivory

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation in Suntan Beige - Used 2-3 times, been sitting in my makeup drawer for quite a while - $20

Eye of Horus Bronze Amulet Goddess Pencil - swatched once: $18 (RRP: AUD$30)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion - Brand new: $17

LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre - Brand New: $17
MAC Kissable Lipcolour in So Vain - used twice: $10
NARS Turkish Delight - Brand New (I think it's a mini): $15
MAC Lipgelee in Slicked Pink - used 2-3 times: $20

Jemma Kidd Chic Cheeks Powder Blush in 01 London - Brand New: $5
MAC Marilyn Monroe Powder Blush in Legendary - used 2-3 times: Make me an offer

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case - most shades unused - the eyeshadow on the far right in the second picture was used probably twice, and the rest are either used once or not at all - $50

Check out my nail polish blog sale here. I combine shipping!

29 June 2013

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation is a foundation that I've been loving lately, and thought I might share it's awesomeness with you. I have this at my fiance's as my go-to-foundation whenever I stay at his, and I also brought this along with me to Singapore and Maldives last month.

This is what Tarte says about this foundation:
"A long-wearing, skin-perfecting full coverage foundation with UVA/UVB SPF 15 infused with Amazonian clay for better, longer, truer wear. 
Product Performance: Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.
Powered By: Amazonian clay: This nutrient-rich, multitasking and total-skin-balancing clay reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin's surface for smooth application and wear."
I agree with 99% of Tarte's claims. The only thing I semi-don't agree on is their full coverage claim. I found that it is more of a medium coverage but can be built up to a full-ish coverage. I normally just slap on a bit of concealer where needed instead of trying to build it up.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Cover Foundation blended out
Please excuse the goosebumps! Exposing my arm for swatches during winter, even for just 2 minutes makes me cold. Anyway, I purchased this in the shade Light, and when blended out it matches my skintone quite well [I lost all my tan from the Maldives :'(].

I use my fingers to apply my foundation and found it really easy to blend it out. When it dries, it does dry semi-matte. I then set it with a powder, although I mainly do this out of habit rather than a requirement.

I did not have a problem (and I usually don't) with the foundation disappearing at the end of the day. But I did have to blot half way through my day, so it's not totally oily-skin-proof.

I still can't decide whether or not I like foundations in squeezey tubes such as this. I kind of prefer ones in pump bottles because it's so easy to control how much product you want to use. Although, I hate not being able to get out the last few ml's of product left in pump bottles unlike in squeezy tubes. The problem I do have with the squeezey tubes such as the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation is when they are full/new, product seem to ooze out too easily making it a bit messy. Anyone else have this problem or is it just me?

This foundation is definitely on my recommend list!

What is your favourite foundation?

P. S. What are you thoughts on Shrinking Wallet's new look?

25 June 2013

Nail Polish Blog Sale

If you are following me on instagram, you would have seen my newly built nail polish shelf. I've been shelving up my nail polish collection (well, most of it anyway) and have found some that needs a new home where they'll be loved more.

I recommend google-imaging the colours of the polish to get a more accurate idea of what the true colour is, as I had to use flash and your computer display colour setting may have an effect as well.

The rules of the sale is:
  • All sales are final. I do not accept returns.
  • I am not responsible for any loss of damages of any packages. I can send them via registered post at an additional cost if you prefer.
  • For postage costs within Australia, please leave a comment below or send me an email (shrinkingwallet@hotmail.com) with what you would like to purchase, as well as if you want registered or express post. For pricing guidelines, head over to auspost.
  • I will ship internationally. Please leave a comment below or send me an email (shrinkingwallet@hotmail.com) with your postal address and what you would like for a quote.
  • Payment via bank deposit or paypal.
  • Prices below do not include postage and paypal fees.

  • MeMeMe - Graceful - 1 manicure: $5 SOLD
  • Natio - Fizz - 2 manicures: $5
  • Essie - It's In The Bag - 1 manicure: $7
  • OPI - Glints of Glinda - 1 manicure: $7 SOLD
  • Orly - Gilded Coral - 1 manicure: $7

  • All That Glitters - Goody Gum Drops - I don't think I've used this: $8 SOLD
  • Mode - Hot Stuff - Brand New: Free, just pay postage
  • 365 Days Of Color - Too Pink To Function - Brand New: $9 
  • Ulta3 - Pink Colada - Brand New: Free, just pay postage (SOLD)
  • Ulta3 - Shiraz - Brand New: Free, just pay postage (SOLD)

  • Nails Inc for CLEO - We <3 Ita - I have two of these, and I'm unsure which one I've used, but max would be 2 manicures - $4 (SOLD)
  • MeMeMe - Ambitious - swatched once: $5
  • China Glaze Crackle - Cracked Concrete - 3 manis max: $3
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds - Chocolate Fountain - 2 manis max: $3
  • Bloom - Cameron - Brand New: $4 (SOLD)
  • Butter London - No More Waity, Katie - 3 manicures max: $8 (SOLD)
  • Mode - Rock Me Sweet - Usage can be seen in picture: Free, just pay postage
  • 365 Days Of Color - Deadly Attraction - Brand New: $6
  • Color Combos - CTW 503 - 1-2 manicures: $3 (SOLD)
  • Essie (mini) - Very Structured - Swatched once: $3

  • Amuse - Sunshine Yellow - Brand new: $2 (SOLD)
  • Karpati - Lily Crown - Usage shown in picture: $3
  • Camouflage Colours - The Lacquer Brick - Swatched Once: $2 (SOLD)
  • China Glaze - White On White - 1 manicure: $6 (SOLD)
  • China Glaze - First Kiss - 1 manicure: $6
  • China Glaze - Inner Beauty - 1 manicure: $6
  • Orly - Gumdrop - 2 manicures max: $6
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Mint Sprint - 1 mani: $4
  • Femme Fatale - Scorchling - New: $9 (SOLD)

  • Gloss N Sparkle - Passion Pop - 2 manis: $8
  • Emily de Molly - Girls Best Friend - 1 mani: $8 (SOLD)
  • All That Glitters - Book Smart Beauty - 1 mani: $8
  • All That Glitters - Eggnog Wasted - new: $9 (SOLD) 

  • Smitten Polish - Confection - new: $10
  • Smitten Polish - Candy Kisses - new: $10
  • Serum No 5 - Pink Peonies - new: $11

  • Love Thy Polish (8ml) - Peppermint Patty - 1 mani: $5
  • Love Thy Polish (8ml) - Milkshake It - 1 mani: $5
  • Lush Lacquer (mini) - Peace Luv Polish - don't think I've used this: $6
Zoya Timo - Brand New: $10
Zoya Dahlia PixieDust - 1 mani: $8
Zoya Noot - Brand New: $10

Check out my cosmetics blog sale here. I combine shipping!

23 June 2013

Products That Saved My Life... from pimples

So I was in the shower today when I thought of doing a series of "Products that have saved my life". I actually had a shampoo in mind when this series popped up in my head, and I hope to share it in the next installment of this series. In this series, I will be doing short reviews of each products that I consider must-haves for the (multiple) problems that I am currently facing.

Having gone off the magical pill last month, I've been so scared that my acne will come back and take over my face. Thankfully I haven't had massive breakouts, but I have a rather annoying pimple that I swear likes being the center of attention, considering it's in a not-so-discrete location - smack bang in the middle between my eyebrows. It's still there but it has significantly decreased in size, and I have these products to thank.

Anti-blemish Skinetica*; Mario Badescu Drying Lotion; Mario Badescu Healing Cream

There is also another product not featured in this picture that I use for oil-oozing pimples. More on this product towards the end of this post.

1. Anti-Blemish Skinetica*
I feel really bad because I was sent this product for review MONTHS ago (I think around about in February) and this is truly amazing. I haven't reviewed this anti-blemish skin treatment because I've been having such amazing skin with the occasional pimple once every few months. I wanted to test this out thoroughly before expressing my thoughts and experiences on my blog. Anyway, I thought this will be the perfect post to review this product since I've been using it on this horrid pimple.

This has no harsh chemicals, non-toxic, non-staining, and has been dermatologically tested. So it's perfect for anyone with sensitive/delicate skin (which I don't, but I don't particularly like putting harsh chemicals on my pimples, despite me wanting to burn the bloody thing off at times).

To use this, you have to pour a bit out on a cotton pad and dab the affected areas before makeup or moisturizer. You then just leave it to dry (which doesn't take long at all). I use this every morning and night, after cleansing.

It's a colourless liquid that has a mild scent. Although it isn't the greatest smell in the world, it's so mild that it doesn't bother me at all because after you slather on moisturizer or other acne treating products, the smell goes away.

I found that this does not dry out the skin around my pimple, and since it's not an oil, it doesn't make my skin oily either. It also magically dried out my pimple quite significantly throughout the day. I definitely noticed a difference in the size of it at the end of the day after removing my makeup (although this may also be due to the effects of Mario Badescu Healing Cream...).

I also love that this does not at all affect makeup application. I absolutely hate it when anti-blemish products cause my makeup to look patchy. I highly recommend Skinetica! You can purchase Skinetica here.

2. Mario Badescu Healing Cream

"Control redness, inflammation and other minor skin irritations associated with acne. Our soothing, oil-free Healing Cream calms upon application and helps the healing process to minimise scarring. Apply day or night on affected areas before moisturizer."

I'm a huge fan of Mario Badescu skin care. I haven't found a Mario Badescu product I don't like. But this is one of my ultimate favourite pimple-busting products.

It smells really calming and reminds me strangely of baby powder. It's a thick, non-appealing greenish yellow cream. I find that if you do not immediately rub the product into your skin until the colour fades, you will have a hell of a time trying to get your skin to absorb the product.

I apply this product after Skinetica dries morning and night. I do not get a greasy feeling after using this, despite it being a thick cream. I didn't have any problems with applying makeup over the top of this healing cream either.

You can purchase this healing cream from Kit Cosmetics for AUD$26.95 (currently temporarily unavailable online).

3. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
"For immediate relief from unsightly whiteheads and pimples, dab one drop of the solution on each erupted area overnight."

This is such a unique product. I'm so glad I read the instructions before I used this because you are not supposed to shake the solution. To use this, you take a cotton swab and dip it into the pink sediment, apply it on your pimple and leave it on overnight.

When it dries, it looks like you've applied a mask on your skin. I personally do not feel it on my face (maybe because it's only on such a small area).

It smells quite... medicated? It's not a very pleasant smell, but once it's dry, I cannot smell it at all.

The results of this is truly remarkable. My pimple went practically flat after one use, and with the help of a bit of foundation and concealer, my face is flawless!

You can purchase this from Kit Cosmetics for AUD$26.95.

4. Nexcare Acne Dressing
This the magical oily-pimple-busting product I was talking about earlier in this post. I've actually raved about this on twitter (if you're following me on twitter, you'd know. If not, WHY AREN'T YOU FOLLOWING ME? =( ). Anyway, it comes in a variety of shapes and packaging... There's even ones that targets the male species. But I haven't really noticed any difference.

I use this by sticking on my pimple before bed. As you can see in the picture above, it's almost translucent (with a yellow tinge). When you wake up in the morning, the sticker goes white from absorbing the oil from your pimple. I then peel the sticker off feeling oh-so-disgusted at what my skin has harvested, revealing a really smooth surface where the massive crater of a pimple used to be. As I said before, this ONLY works on oil-oozing pimples.

Although they say that this can be worn under makeup, I highly recommend you do not do so because it is not concealable... believe me, I've tried. The sticker is just too thick to be concealed properly. So I suggest just using this overnight, whilst sleeping.

You can get this miraculous acne dressing from sasa.com for ~AUD$5.80.

Have you got a pimple-busting product that you absolutely love?

* Skinetica was provided for my consideration.

22 June 2013

Review: Cirque Fascination Street and Rainbow Honey Sakura Matsuri Cuticle Balm

A few days ago, I reviewed Femme Fatale Cosmetics' Fatal Attraction (read here). Today, I have another lacquer and cuticle balm that Sophie from Femme Fatale Cosmetics sent me to share. Sophie sent me a Cirque lacquer in Fascination Street. This is the first Cirque polish that I've tried and I must say that I'm really impressed with both the formula and the colour. Considering I don't normally go for such dark colours (I've been into neutral-pinks lately), I really love this colour.

It is described as a "A vibrant indigo polish with a rainbow holographic finish.", and I wholeheartedly agree. It is a gorgeous holographic polish and I haven't any quite like this in my nail polish stash.

Only two coats were needed to achieve full opacity. I found it really easy to apply this polish. I did not have any problems with streaks.

I'm going to let the pictures do the talking now...

2 coats of Cirque Fascination Street on a nail wheel
Cirque Fascination Street can be purchased from Femme Fatale Cosmetics for AUD$15 + shipping.

Now for my review on Rainbow Honey's Sakura Matsuri Cuticle Balm. I purchased Rainbow Honey's Sakura Matsuri nail lacquer (along with other colours) from Femme Fatale Cosmetics a few months ago and I love love love this polish (and Rainbow Honey in general). Unfortunately, it's currently sold out, but be sure to sign up to Femme Fatale's newsletter to be informed when it comes back in stock! Anyway, I had really high hopes for this Cuticle Balm, since all the Rainbow Honey lacquers that I own are awesome... and I was not disappointed.

It is packaged in a really slim, sleek tube... like a lip balm. It has a cap that clicks shut and sits tight on one end, so you don't have to worry about it falling off in your bag. On the other end is a twisty knob thingy that you twist to get more product exposed.

It contains cold pressed avocado oil, tropical cupuacu butter, babassu oil, organic coconut oil, maracuja oil and Vitamin E. With all those ingredients, my cuticles were really moisturized and did not oily/greasy at all. However, I think the best thing about this cuticle balm is the scent. It smells quite floral/fruity. It's has a sweet smell (my favourite!). I want to describe it as a peachy smell, bearing in mind I'm really bad at describing smells (or colours for that matter).

I think it's totally worth AUD$5.50 for nice smelling and very moisturized cuticles, especially in this cold wintery weather. You can get this cuticle balm here. There are also 4 other fragrances and an unscented one available.

These products were provided for my consideration.