29 June 2014

Singapore Duty Free Haul

As I didn't get much time to shop in Singapore, I did most of my shopping in Duty Free. I kind of splurged a wee bit too much, but I still get so excited seeing my loot.


Having had two Chanel polishes prior to my shopping spree at Duty Free (although I have yet to crack open the limited edition Peridot shade), I decided that I HAD to have more. The Chanel nail polish formulas are amazing!

 I initially wanted the Frisson shade, but when I left Singapore for the Maldives, the terminal that I was at was sold out of Frisson. So I picked Mica Rose, which is a close alternative. From looking at the bottle, Mica Rose has Silver and pink/purple shimmer, whereas Frisson has more of a gold shimmer. The base colour of Frisson is slightly peachy than Mica Rose, but there's not much of a difference. I also picked up Dior's Ruban on the way out. Chanel May and Frisson was purchased on the way out from Singapore to Sydney.

L-R: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 15 Corail Intuitive; Chanel Rouge Coco in 60 Triomphe, Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mirage 338
It wasn't until I got home that I realised that I already have the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Corail Intuitive. I am not sure what I'm going to do with this one yet.

The Chanel Rouge Coco was a serious impulse buy. I just wanted another Chanel lipstick!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick was actually purchased at a Sephora and not at Duty Free. I just realised this as I'm typing this blog post now. I'm going to be doing a review on this shortly, so I won't go on too much about this here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour in No 1
 I was sold when the sales assistant said "Limited Edition". There were two shades available. The other one (shade No 2) had a brownish colour instead of the pink stripe at the bottom, which I thought was perfect for bronzing. The middle stripe on the other shade was a lighter brown, instead of the peachy colour in the shade I picked up. Since I tend to use blushes more than bronzers, I decided on shade No 1.

Michael picked this palette up for me on the plane. He got an upgrade, whilst I was stuck in cattle class as there wasn't enough seats in Business for me. On his defence, they did ask if we are happy to be separated and I said yes, Michael can take Business because he doesn't sleep as well on the plane, as I do. He was purchasing some pandora beads for his mum as a present and something went wrong with the transaction so he received a $20 voucher for his next purchase over $30. He asked me what I wanted, and I perused through the inflight shopping magazine, paying careful attention to the makeup section (as you do). I found this Lancome palette and my heart started beating faster, my eyes dilated, and I knew it had to be mine!

All in all, I thought I did pretty well restraining myself in Duty Free. It could have been a lot worse.... at least that's what I keep telling myself.

26 June 2014

Wantable - June 2014

As mentioned in my review of the Wantable May box (read here) that was posted earlier this week, I received both May and June boxes when I was away.

I won't explain why Wantable is one of my favourite beauty subscription boxes, as I have already done so in May box and don't want to be too repetitive. Instead, I'm going to go straight into the review.

Similar to May's box, I have received 4 full sized products for June.

1. Chella Eyeliner Pen in Black - USD $24.00 
"From Chella: Straight line to loveliness! This silky eyeliner glides on to define, emphasize and embolden with long lasting vibrant color that stays on until you want it gone! Beautiful!
Beauty Tip Apply above and below lash line. Store eyeliner pen tip down."

A good pigmented black eyeliner. However, it didn't pass the smudge test when swatched. Therefore, I don't think it will last long on my lower lash line.

2. Eddie Funkhouser Lip Gloss in Publicity Stunt
I don't have any information on this lip gloss, as I wasn't meant to receive this. On my information sheet, it says "Vincent Longo Dew Drop Blush in Color Desert Rose". I wish I had received the blush instead of this lip gloss, as this is not a shade I would wear. I have contacted Wantable regarding this but have yet to hear from them.

3. Ofra Lipliner in Nude - USD $10.00
"From Ofra: Water resistant pencil suitable for the most sensitive eye & lip areas. Created with a synthetic beeswax base for a smooth, soft and long lasting application.
Beauty Tip: Apply under lipstick for ultra-long wear."

I don't have many lipliners, as I rarely use them. But it's always nice to have one or two handy should an occasion arises that I would require one. This shade is also perfect for me, a I have quite a number of lipsticks that are "nude" - see swatch at the end of the post.

4. Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance Bronze in Gold Bronze - USD $30.00
 
"With potent anti-aging ingredients (Green Tea Extract, white Green Tea extract and Vitamin E), hydrating ingredients (Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Salflower Oil and olive oil) and skin perfecting ingredients (Kalpariane- a wrinkle filler and Brown Seaweed Extract- a skin tightener), Gleam Body Radiance gives your skin the appearance of healthy glowing skin because its a pigmented makeup. Gleam Body Radiance helps diminish the appearance of small stretchmarks and small varicose veins. Skin is left smooth and looking like velvet perfection. Use a darker shade to instantly bronze and tan without the harmful effects of the sun or the expense of going to a tanning salon! We use the highest quality grade crushed pearl from Europe that is not too glittery. The Pearl draws the light in and illuminates! Perfect smoothing highlighter for every skin tone!"

I received this body bronzer in my May box. At least this is not a complete dupe, as it is in the shade "Gold Bronze" (I received Rose Gold in my May box). As mentioned in the May review, this is something I wouldn't use, as I live a pretty boring life - the only places I go to are work and supermarkets.


L-R: Chella Eyeliner; Ofra Lipliner in Nude; Eddie Funkhouse lip gloss; Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance Bronze
I thought I'd throw in a swatch comparing both Melanie Mills Body Radiance Bronze creams. Out of the two, I prefer the Rose Gold one. Now to find an occasion to wear these... or does anyone want one?

Overall, I am a bit disappointed with June's Wantable box because I'd only use 2 out of the 4 items received (on a good day - the eyeliner is a bit of a hit and miss as it's not smudge proof). If I received the blush instead of the lipgloss, I think I'd feel a lot happier with the box, as I'd utilise 3 out of 4 items. I'm going to have to revise the answers to the quiz that Wantable uses to match products to my preferences before ordering my next box.

If you would like to subscribe, I'd greatly appreciate it if you use my invitation link (click here), as I get a $10 credit to my next box.

This product was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

24 June 2014

Giveaway featuring Lady Jayne

Lady Jayne is one of my favourite hair styling/accessories brand. Lady Jayne products are so affordable, but yet quality does not seem to be lacking! Furthermore, it is easily and widely available (at least it is in Australia).

I am so happy and excited to announce a giveaway collaboration with Lady Jayne! There are three prize packs to be won with each prize pack valued at $33. The prize packs will contain a paddle brush, snagless elastics (my favourite elastics), and a bun stylr.


Please note that this giveaway is only open to Australian residents and Lady Jayne will send the winners their prizes directly.


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23 June 2014

Wantable - May 2014

I'm back!!! I miss the sunshine and the warmth! I'm planning on doing a blog post on my trip to Singapore/Maldives, along with the things that I purchased. Unfortunately, I didn't get much shopping done in Singapore, and to compensate, I spent a rather large amount of money at the airport (duty free).

This review of Wantable May's box is rather late, as the first box sent to me was lost in the mail and this replacement box arrived when I was in the middle of my holiday. The June box also arrived around the same time and will be up on the blog in a few days. 

If you have yet to hear about Wantable, it is a monthly subscription box. There are three variations - cosmetics, accessories, and intimates. I've personally never tried the accessories or intimates ones as they don't appeal to me as much as cosmetics. Wantable costs USD$36 a month or $40 for a one-off box. However, I'm not sure why you'd want to pay $4 more, as you can easily cancel your subscription with a click of a button (and it takes immediate effect). Wantable currently ships to the following countries (besides USA):
Canada - USD$6.00
UK - USD$7.00
Australia - USD$10.00

It is not the cheapest beauty subscription box on the market, but it's my favourite as they hand pick and send 4-5 products based on a quiz that you take. Therefore, the box is tailored to your preferences. Furthermore, all products sent are full-sized! 

I received four products in my replacement May box. 

1. Mirabella Eye Definer in Foil - USD $19.00
"Richly coloured eye pencil glides on smoothly for a perfectly precise look."

Although this seems like a great eyeliner pencil when swatched, I think I have far too many eyeliner pencils I do not use. I think I need to re-do my quiz and change my preferences. However, this eyeliner pencil is a tat unique, as it is not a "flat" black. It has a slight metallic look to it. 

2. Vinent Longo Pressed Powder in Golden Sienna - USD $28.00
"From Vincent Longo: One of the softest, lightest weight powders available in compact form. By triple milling the powder and using real silk fibres, the powder becomes ultra fine and smooth to the touch. The large mirrored compact is great for touching up your makeup on-the-go. Blends completely into foundation and concealer leaving no residue for a totally invisible finish. Absorbs surface oils and sets foundation and concealer to maintain a smooth, matte canvas throughout the day. Eye and cheek colour glide-on over the pressed powder, colour will not streak.
Beauty Tip: Dab a puff into the compact being sure to work the powder into the fibres. Tap the puff into the palm of your hand to remove excess powder and starting with the under eye area, lightly press the powder into your skin. Continue pressing as you move your eyelids, up to your forehead, along your temples and cheekbones, down your nose and ending along your chin and jaw line." 

I was a bit put off when I read the shade name. I envisioned "Golden Sienna" as a dark colour for some strange reason, but was pleasantly surprised at how light it was. It matches my skin tone perfectly despite putting on a tan from my recent holiday. I use a brush to apply this powder to set my foundation and it is so fine and smooth. Blending the powder is a dream! I used this powder today and my face didn't get oily enough to warrant an oil blot! HURRAY!

3. Mirabella Colour Queen Shadow Duo in Shockwave/woodstock - USD $30.00
"Rule the runway in brilliantly-bold hues. Highly pigmented color pairing contrast and complement, layer shades for a uniquely beautiful ombre-inspired look."

I initially thought this was a single shadow until I read the name on the information sheet, as I was blogging. As such, there are two swatch photos - one below with both shades, and another at the bottom of the post with the bright reddish pink shadow (which I assume is called shockwave) and the rest of the products that was received in this box.


I have to admit that the shade on the left (shockwave, I think it's called) is not a shade I'd use willingly. In fact, I was thinking about using it (sparingly) as a blush when I thought it was a single shadow. However, I might try to blend it with the other shade and see what comes of it when I get some time to myself.

Both shades were pigmented. I only swiped my arm once to obtain that opacity.

4. Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance Highlighter in Rose Gold - USD $30.00
 
"With potent anti-aging ingredients (Green Tea Extract, white Green Tea extract and Vitamin E), hydrating ingredients (Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Salflower Oil and olive oil) and skin perfecting ingredients (Kalpariane- a wrinkle filler and Brown Seaweed Extract- a skin tightener), Gleam Body Radiance gives your skin the appearance of healthy glowing skin because its a pigmented makeup. Gleam Body Radiance helps diminish the appearance of small stretchmarks and small varicose veins. Skin is left smooth and looking like velvet perfection. Use a darker shade to instantly bronze and tan without the harmful effects of the sun or the expense of going to a tanning salon! We use the highest quality grade crushed pearl from Europe that is not too glittery. The Pearl draws the light in and illuminates! Perfect smoothing highlighter for every skin tone!"

This is an interesting product that I'm going to assume is to be used on the body and not the face. I rarely use bronzers such as this, as I rarely go anywhere besides work. I think it'd be a bit over the top if I used this prior to work... not that anyone would be able to see considering it's winter and I'm usually rugged up!

L-R: Mirabella eyeliner, Mirabella eyeshadow in shockwave, Vincent Longo Pressed Powder, Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance Highlighter
Overall, I'm satisfied with what I received in my replacement May box. Wantable was super easy to deal with when I realised that the box was lost - the tracking link did not update for about 2-3 weeks. Despite the high price tag, I think it's worth it as you get excellent service and products that are tailored to your preferences.

If you would like to subscribe, I'd greatly appreciate it if you use my invitation link (click here), as I get a $10 credit to my next box.

This product was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

04 June 2014

(House Renovations) And so it begins...

Last night was the first night that we slept in our new home. Currently everything is a mess with boxes everywhere. I managed to get out of work an hour early yesterday to head to my parents and attempt to pack up my crap. I failed miserably, as I still have lots to pack. We loaded up a car before heading to Ikea to return some curtains that we bought, and purchase other things like a cutlery drawer organiser and shelving for the new wardrobe that Mike made. We went to the clearance section and I was so excited to see two Alex drawer units with 9 drawers on clearance!
Alex drawers - photo courtesy of Ikea
They normally retail for $299. However, one was chipped and was discounted by 50%, and another (the one I ended up purchasing) had scratch(es) and was discounted by 40%. I picked the scratched up one because it was hardly visible compared to the chipped one. I'm going to store my makeup in the Alex drawers, and I'm super excited about it.

We stopped by my parents and loaded up the other car before driving back to our new home to unpack. I must have spent about 3 hours unpacking clothes last night before bed, and I still have more boxes of clothes to unpack. I think I MAY have one too many t-shirts and tank tops.

Whilst I was organizing our wardrobe, Mike was setting up a corner glass table that I purchased for something crazily cheap like $40 from Target years ago when I was working there. He set it up for me in my own getting-ready/makeup/nail-polish room, and it looks fantastic! I'm so excited to see the end result when everything is unpacked, so I can finally do a blog post on how I store my makeup.

Speaking of blog posts, I may not have time to blog much at all due to the whole house-in-a-mess situation I'm in. Also, it's getting increasingly hard to take photos during weekdays as the sun goes down by the time I finish work, and I'll have to take all my blog photos over the weekend. Furthermore, I will be going to Singapore/Maldives on the 11th of June for about 10 days. I'm going to try to post regularly on instagram (follow here) when I'm in Singapore/Maldives, so make sure to follow to see what I get up to! I will also have guests coming to stay when I get back from my holiday for about 4 days after, so I may not have time to blog at all.

This month is definitely going to be one of the busiest month for me this year. Fingers cross I get through it unscathed!

02 June 2014

Empties - May 2014

It's time for yet another empties post. Whilst cleaning and packing up my junk, I found a few "empties" I forgot to include in previous Empties post (we're moving today!). Therefore, there are a few more items in some categories than usual, in particular hair care and facial wipes.


1. Nizoral 2% Anti-Dandruff Treatment
I've been using this instead of my Selsun Blue to treat and prevent dandruff. This leaves my hair feeling really squeaky clean and is effective, as I don't get an itchy scalp when I use this. It also smells pleasant unlike most other pharmacy strength anti-dandruff treatments. The downside is the hefty price tag. However, you're only meant to use this twice a week, so it should last a while (it lasted me about 5-6 weeks).

2. L'Oreal Elvive Anti-Breakage Deep Repair Treatment
I've been using this as a conditioner instead of a mask/treatment, as my hair is damaged and gets really dry and tangled. I found that this worked brilliantly as a conditioner, and I would repurchase.

3. Earth Science Olive & Avocado Hair Treatment
I also used this as a conditioner, and wasn't too impressed. I prefer the L'Oreal Elvive one (above) and tried to alternate when I've had a good-ish hair day to use this up. I would not repurchase, as it did nothing for my hair.

4. Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 
This is such an interesting shampoo. I was alternating this with the Nizoral shampoo. My scalp didn't feel "exfoliated" like my face would with a scrub, but my scalp wasn't irritated, and it didn't dry out my hair. So it's a win-win!

5. Garnier Fructis Ultra Nourishing Mask
I was also using this as a conditioner, and I really liked this mask. It detangled my hair and made it feel so soft. The only thing I dislike about this mask is that it comes in a tub. I much prefer conditioners/masks to come in a bottle/tube for ease of use.

6. Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Daily Wash
I was using this as my morning face wash. It was an ok product, and it's nothing I'd write home about, which explains why I haven't done a review on it. I probably would not repurchase, as there are better products out there and far too many that I'd love to try.

7. The Body Shop Matsuma Shower Gel
This shower gel makes you feel like you're showering in orange juice. Although I'm not the biggest fan of citrus smelling shower gels, I didn't mind this one.


8. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer
I did a review on this here, so I won't go into too much detail about this primer. It's a silicone based primer, which I found great for my oily skin. I would repurchase if LORAC was more available in Australia.

9. David Jones Milk & Honey Cream
This moisturizer smells so clean. It did a great job at moisturizing my skin too. I'd repurchase if I didn't have  a whole heap of moisturizers to go through.

10. Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (travel size)
This is one of those eye makeup removers that claim to be oil-free but have two distinct layers that require shaking to mix. I'm pretty sure there's oil in there, which may explain why there are two distinct layers when left alone for a few minutes. Regardless, it removed stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner well.

11. Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm
I was using this a night cream. I think it's a bit too moisturizing for my skin as I woke up with an oily face (particularly around the nose) several times.

12. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Deep Cleansing Wipes
I have a love-hate relationship with these wipes. Whilst it does a marvellous job at removing my makeup, it stings the crap out of my eyes. It also leaves a layer of something on my skin, which makes me want to wash my face immediately after (I tend to have a shower straight after removing my makeup anyway). I won't be repurchasing as there are makeup removing wipes that I prefer (see item 14 below).

13. Johnson's 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes
This is the last of my Johnson's 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes. I am no longer a fan, after having found far more superior wipes. This is too dry for my liking, and doesn't remove as much makeup as other wipes on the market.

14. Wotnot Facial Wipes for oily/sensitive skin (5 wipes)
Love these wipes! They are everything Items 12 and 13 aren't. They remove my makeup well, they don't sting my eyes and they leave my skin feeling clean. Would and have already repurchased.

15. Essence Get BIG! Lashes Waterproof (Black)
Whilst I'm impressed at the volume I manage to achieve with this mascara, I'm not too happy at how long it lasted before I deemed it bin-worthy. Compared to my other mascaras, this lasted about 1-2 months (which to Essence's defence is how long you're meant to keep a mascara). It ended up being too gunky to use. On the plus side, it's affordable to replace!

16. Lancome Cils Booster XL (travel sized)
Not too sure how long I've had this in my drawer for, as I have another that is opened. I used this every day for the month of May before deciding to throw it out. It's a great primer that helps lengthen your lashes and add a touch of volume.

That's all the empties I have for May. What have you emptied lately?