Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blackout || Revlon Colourstay Skinny Liquid Liner




After 4 years of being an eyeliner junkie, I'm still on the quest of finding my "holy grail" perfect eyeliner, the one that can resist my super oily lids and super watery eyes.
All the ones I've tried have either gave me the ring of death (raccoon eyes), separated on the ends (due to watery eyes) or flaked into my eye or under my eye. 
I bought the Revlon Skinny Liquid Liner at Mychemist during one of the 50% sales in hope that this could potentially be a decent one for daily use or even one of my favourite eyeliners, I did give this high expectations as I see Revlon as a pretty good brand but sadly this eyeliner was just not the one for me.




 The Revlon Skinny Liquid Liner is what I assume to be one of their typical liner formulas but with a skinnier brush, I may be wrong with the formula being the same but the felt tip brush is definitely skinny. Im going to go straight to the point and just say Im not a big fan of felt tip liners, as much as they are easy to use I hate the precision it gives. I find with felt tip applicators, they start of in a nice shape and gradually becomes horrid, the tip is never in perfect condition which bothers me greatly as I do love a good wing but aside from that problem it is a skinny long brush which is one of the pluses as I can line the inner of my eyes quick but drawing in the wing is a big problem with this one so I do have to use my k-palette liquid liner to pre-draw my wing.

The pigmentation I would say is fairly average, it isnt the blackest eyeliner out there but it isnt surprising as this is a matte finish and I find that glossy liners have the best pigmentation.
You can get away with a layer of this on the lids but you can definitely put on a second layer no harm done.

L-R: Thinnest application || Thickest application || 2 layers done
The main issue I had with this liner was that my lids started to burn a tad when I applied it to the inner parts of my lid, it wasnt a painful burn but it was noticable, I am still using it and the burn is still there until the liner dries but my lids have not changed though I should probably stop using this liner incase. 
Other than that, the liner was typically like the ones I used before, it flaked, smudged a bit and separated on the wings at the end of the day. With a primer it does do all that but less so I find that I dont really bother with primer. 
With experimenting I made my eyeliner different to how I do it (pictured below), just to avoid the eyeliner separating.

Flaking and smudging at the bottom
Flaking, slight smudge and a hella load of separation there 

What are your thoughts on Revlon Liners?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

September Favourites!



To be honest it's been kind of exciting to have tried some new things out last month. As I do love change and trying out different things. It just makes everything a lot more exciting and "new" even though its just a change in products. Lucky for me there wasnt much things I hated or regretted trying out last month, I did use them frequently hence why they've hit in my September Favourites!


Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I ran out of my favourite makeup remover (the Garnier 2 in 1 MakeUp Remover) and I was looking at every single store for a cheap makeup remover that was good enough to remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner. I do love a good bargain, and Olive Oil is probably the best eye makeup remover let alone a cheaper alternative. I remember watching Michelle Phans old video of using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to remove her makeup and I just never tried it out because I have oily skin and I actually hate using oil or even touching it. I only use this method of removing eye makeup if I use a gel liner or a waterproof mascara, also I have to use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove the oil residue left on the eye after.


MAC LoveLorn
I did a review on this recently and I just love how wearable it is on an everyday basis!
It doesnt last long on the lips for me but when I put it on its such a smooth application and gives me a "My lips but better" colour. I personally dont reapply makeup and I hate it when lipsticks give you that lipliner affect after fading, luckily this one doesnt do that.
I've been using this lip colour every time I go out, I would say it's the perfect time to use this since the sun is finally shining!
Review [here]


Essano Moisture Restorative Night Creme
My skin was suffering pretty badly after ski camp back in late August and I was on the hunt for a night creme just to battle my super dehydrated and flaky skin. It came in the Essano Treat Your Skin Pack at Priceline which included 5 products that had Rose Hip Oil in them. 
And oh my gosh this is the best night creme ive tried. A little goes a long way and I always wake up with the softest skin, it makes your skin feel like velvet when you apply it.


Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Therapy
Last month I was trying to finish products to make room for the new and I managed to finish up the C&E Pomegranate Hand Cream (The back up one is the new packaging on the right)! It's my favourite scent out of all the hand therapies. My hands are very low maintenance as I find that they never appear dry and cracked, but I just use this hand cream for the sake of the scent.  


Angel Wing Arrow
I got this as a late birthday present from one of my friends and I've been wearing it with most of my outfits. Im a sucker for simple necklaces and this one has been one of my favs. What I love about it is that it has Angel wings as the tip and for obvious reasons it just makes it more personal to me. 


Pink Hair!
I was waiting until the school holidays were going to start just to dye my ombre pink.
I was a bit hesitant to do it because I though a bright pink wouldnt look good but I ended up loving it! I used half of Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink, a quarter mixed with conditioner as a base and then another quarter to cover the ends. I though I could somehow incorporate an ombre with that but didnt work as planned. My end results did somewhat fail as some pieces looked  like brownish pink highlights, it was due to the fact that I didnt section my hair and for those who are going to colour hair...section your hair and learn from my mistake.
So far after 11 days I do still have pink tips,  but the rest of my hair has faded into a dusty pinky/brown colour.
If there was a permanent pink hair dye, I would actually cry in excitement. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner


When I heard about the new Benefit Push Up liner releasing, it was one of those makeup products that hit number 1 on my wishlist instantly. Being an eyeliner junkie the thought that a gel liner in a pen form was the most exciting thing to have been invented, no more brush to wash and the struggles of dipping the brush in constantly. 
I was lucky enough to get this on my birthday from my brother which wasnt surprising as I kept pestering him about it and how amazing it is even though I never tried it before.
Yes, I am aware that Maybelline did come out with the first gel liner in pen form which I am super tempted to try as the Benefit Push-Up Liner wasnt exactly the "holy grail eyeliner" that I though it would be.



Firstly with the packaging, I am actually a big fan of! With a twist off lid its a lot more easier to open compared with the KPalette liner which requires me to use a crap load of pressure to remove and even if my fingers arent grippy or if they're covered in hand cream. the cap twists off nicely without much trouble.
The body is in similar shape with the They're Real Mascara which is also a nifty design to hold onto and also makes the liner look a whole lot appealing.
When you first open the lid there will be a plug/stopper thats in the tip which Im assuming is to prevent the liner from drying out too quick, but I was lazy in taking the stopper and putting it back in as it became too messy and annoying so I ended up just never plugging the tip and also losing it of course.



Im sure most of you know about the angled accuflex tip which is the main focus of this eyeliner. You twist the base and the gel liner comes out of the tip.
I found the tip to be surprisingly easy to use, its like using an angled eyeliner brush but smaller and controlled. 
I know there were definitely some problems with the tip such as twisting too much and having to wipe of the excess liner. Even when you close the lid and you open it back up the next day, sometimes 1-millimeters of eyeliner comes out (might not be the same if you left the stopper in) which is also a waste but the biggest problem was that you do sometimes have to twist extra liner out and wipe it on a tissue or the back of your hand when you use it the next day because there will be a layer of dried liner or at least not smooth compared to when it was freshly twisted out. but that could also be the problem of not leaving the stopper in. 


Benefit claims that this eyeliner doesnt smudge, budge and that its waterproof. which won me over along with many raves and positives reviews I saw on this liner.
I knew the ultimate test for the eyeliner would be during a school day which is usually the time when most of my eyeliners with either smudge and/or separate at the ends.
Sadly this eyeliner was probably the biggest pain in the butt, it smudged and transferred under my eyes and what made it worse was that this eyeliner actually a pain to remove so having to remove the black ring around my eyes took a lot of scrubbing and constant wiping. It wasnt even a hot day aswell, literally a cold winters day and the smudging was horrible. 
I tested this liner out on a work day which is pretty much either 3 or 5 hours of standing rarely any sweat seeps through and it still smudged on me but luckily it wasnt anything major.
After all the smudging I ditched this liner but then gave it a second change with the Too Face Shadow Insurance primer underneath and the smudging is massively reduced, though I find it to still smudge at the end of the day  but nothing too raccoon-ish.
Though I can say on the plus side that this is the most pigmented gel liner I have came across and also the smoothest. The application of this is definitely the fun part but there can be times when the accuflex tip drags on the skin and doesnt create a smooth line. 



I have been using olive oil to remove this liner and it does the job well. I would say that this eyeliner is water resistant but probably not so waterproof. I have tested this in the rain and there was no smudging whatsoever but I wouldnt trust it enough to go underwater with it.
It was a shame that this wasnt the holy grail eyeliner that I have still yet to find but Ill still be using this when Im going out for a short period of time, obviously using a primer underneath!

What's your thoughts on the Push-Up Liner?




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mac Lovelorn || LOTD


I've been trying to get into lipsticks more as it is one of those products I hoard so Im trying my best to use them up. For my birthday my brother got me a MAC lipstick (with the help of his girlfriend ofc) and I was surprised that they picked a colour that I would use as an everyday lippie.


I do have a slight obsession with MAC lipsticks as the packaging wins me over, its famous slate grey and silver packing in the shape of a bullet  and its range of colours you can choose from. I now have 3 MAC lipsticks which Im hoping to extend someday soon.
Lovelorn is a lustre finish which is demi-sheer finish. I have a thing for applying my lipsticks on quite sheer, because I just love the natural look, Im also too much of a wuss to put on a lipstick at its full colour since I get paranoid when the lipstick starts to fade in the middle which always happens to me.


Swatched on the hands, you will automatically thing that this is a sheer baby pink lipstick but on the lips it is just one of those MLBB (my lips but better) lipsticks, but with a hint of pink.
I've been using this as my go-to lipstick, when im going out, work and sometimes school. 
I find that it starts to fade around the 3 hour mark but you cant notice it as it until you decide to reapply the lipstick and the colour comes back to life.
I find that if my lips arent exfoliated well, the colour will stick onto the dry patches but it wont be noticable compared to matte lipsticks. This lipstick sadly is a tad drying for me but a good lipbalm makes everything better.

Whats your go-to MLBB lippie?!






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sanitary Cuteness


After working at Woolies for over a year now, Im always noticing when new products are out on the shelves, which is whenever I serve a customer and I scan an unfamiliar item. 
Last month I noticed a couple of customers purchasing the Palmolive Hand Sanitisers, literally my first impression was "MINI PALMOLIVE BODY WASH?!!" but no, walking down to the beauty aisle of my Woolies, I later realised that it was a hand sanitiser and I obviously had to get it!
Im not going to go indepth as this is going to be a mini review, but this is just your typical hand sanitiser but with the most amazing scents. Seriously Palmolive makes the best smelling products, hands down, cant even get started on their Strawberry Smoother body wash!!


I bought the Raspberry scent first and the Fig & Coconut scent 2 weeks after because I just had to try the scent out, they costed around $4 at Woolies but they do sell it for $3 at MyChemist.
Starting with the Raspberry scent, it does have a soapy scent, mixed with a sweetness of raspberry, but it just reminds me of soap, but honestly I still loved it. Even the little purple beads inside made me want to use it 24/7 just because the curiousity of how the beads burst while you rub it into your hands.
The Fig & Coconut on the other hand smells like heaven. You will definitely smell the coconut in this but not so much the fig, it smells like Coconut and vanilla mixed in one, my favourite out of the two.
The scent of these bad boys, lingers on until you continuously wash your hands with soap or happen to wash the dishes without gloves on. Its the best when my hands are near my hand and I can smell the Fig & Coconut scent, makes me melt in my chair.
If you happen to pop down to MyChemist or Chemist Warehouse you do have to pick one up, its such a cute addition in the handbag and even the desk.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mattify that Face! || Physicians Formula Super BB Powder


I was shopping at iHerb a few months back and found the Physicians Formula Super BB Powder, it had decent reviews on the iHerb website and the "BB" part of the name made me think that it was a BB cream in powder form so I automatically put it in the shopping cart. Using it for the first time was quite a disappointment, I was expecting at least a decent amount of coverage but for me it was just a powder. But compared to the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and all its hype, it definitely defeats it with its lasting power!


What I found interesting about this product was how it calls itself a sunscreen. It does contain SPF 30 which is a common thing in most BB creams (especially the Asian brands) but in a pressed powder?! Definitely a bonus. Though I would not recommend using this powder alone or without sunscreen for sun protection, especially in summer.
But aside for the SPF and protecting factor of this powder it does claim to have 10+ Beauty Benefits:
Smoothing
Perfecting
Protecting
Oil-Control
Pore Minimizing
Airbrushing
Line-Softening
Concealing
Setting
Long-Wearing
I would say that about half of the claims from the list is about right for me, smoothing, protecting (atleast I think it's doing well in the long run), oil-control, setting and long-wearing. Its pretty much everything I would look for in a powder!


I personally am not a massive fan of the packaging, its bulky and not that travel friendly if you have a small makeup bag, and it also has that cheap feeling although it is sturdy as it has a lid that clicks in and opens up by pressing down a button on the bottom side. But there is a small flaw that just bothered me the first time I was opening it. When you fully flip open the lid after pressing the button, the middle compartment (where the powder lays) opens up so you have access to a mirror and a brush at the bottom (hence why its so bulky). But you have to hold down the middle compartment while opening the lid so it doesnt flip open with the lid...if that makes any sense. Its a small flaw to the packaging but Ive just gotten used to it so I dont have a problem with it now.


I found that with my normal Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, it lasted about 3 hours on a normal  school day before the oils of my face seeped through, But the BB Powder lasted a whole school day, no oils peeping through. I was impressed when I looked through the mirror in the car and my face was oil-free, best feeling ever haha!
But what I really love about this product is how it leaves my skin looking glowy rather than oily, it doesnt have the glow of what a highlighter or illuminator would give but it is a slight natural glow which you will notice after using this.
Though it may be the a con if you are looking for complete matte-ness or even dry skin, I find that it will emphasize the dryness but it doesnt stick onto dry patches or anything like that, you will just see the dehydration of the skin because of the glow.
I usually use this with my Ecotools powder brush over on top of my moisturizer or bb cream and works perfectly fine without any product underneath as well.
Would recommend this one for the combin/oily skinned peeps out there!

You can purchase this at iHerb here


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely Karyn from Rynspiration to do this tag! Thanks again :)
Everyone go check her blog out, she is fairly new to the bb world so go and give her some love.


GETTING TO KNOW YOU


3 random facts about yourself?
- I have a strange addiction to the colour yellow but I dont like wearing yellow clothes
- Im introverted once Im at home but extroverted when Im at school
- Im an eyeliner type of gal yet I have more lipsticks than liners!

Which country do you live in?
Australia!

What's the meaning behind the name of your blog?
Back in primary school one of my friends used to call me by saying my full name fast, it ended up sounding like "An-jelly" so I took that nickname idea and changed it to anjelleee which just looks a whole lot appealing.

Why did you start blogging?
I originally started because I wanted to keep track of all the makeup products I owned but it ended up not working well because I hoard a lot of products which dont get reviewed so now blogging is just a hobby for me.

MAKEUP


If you had to live off one foundation what would it be?
I dont actually use or own any foundations as Im more of a bb cream user. But if it were a bb cream I had to choose, it would be the Garnier BB Cream for oily/combo skin. Its light weight yet gives a natural coverage that im happy with!

What's the most expensive product you've ever bought?
I think it would be my Moroccan Oil for $50, I wouldnt say it was worth the price but it does the job in making my hair smooth.

Which product have you repurchased the most?
Both my Lucas Papaw Ointment and the Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, both have done amazingly well in curing flaky lips overnight!

Smokey & Sexy, Girl Next Door or Bright and Bold?
I would say Girl Next Door with a mix of some boldness to it. I can never do a natural eye look because my winged liner usually takes it away but majority of my face makeup is natural,

Biggest blogger/youtuber inspiration?
Definitely Jenn Im and Zoella. Love their style and their makeup. I dont think I would've gotten into dark lippies if it wasnt for them!

Drugstore or high end?
I love them both!! All I worry about is the product quality. Some drugstore products overrule  higher-end products and vice versa so its a hard decision to pick one.

Bronzer or blush?
Bronzer no doubt about it, I can get away with no blush since my face goes pink through the day.


SKINCARE


How many times a day do you wash your face?
I always wash my face at night but if I end up waking up with a greasy face in the morning I will wash it in the morning as well.

Biggest skin struggle?
I have combination skin which is such a pain in the arse. I struggle with super oily skin in my t-zone but I have dry patches around my nose, forehead and some places around my cheeks. I also get the occasional pimples that usually pop up on my nose or forehead.

What's your favourite way to pamper your skin?
Love putting on a face mask! My current fav is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, its that typical green mask you smother onto your face but it has this refreshing burning sensation when its drying up, it sounds terrifying but it just makes it feel like its doing something. It also helps reduce pimples which is a bonus!

What's your skincare routine like?
In the morning I wash my face if I need to, then I put on my moisturizer or sunscreen depending on the weather. At night I remove my makeup, wash my face again, put on my Hadalabo Moisturizer, use tea tree oil on small blemishes and then I use whatever lipbalm I grab. 

Are you confident to go out without makeup?
Yes, I remember back in the days I used to be so self conscious but I really dont care anymore. I only use makeup because I enjoy the whole application, its literally a hobby for me to do makeup. 

HAIR


Favourite hair product?
I would say dry shampoo(Any of the Batiste ones)! I have a super oily scalp which cannot last a day without a wash or it will look like I dipped my head in a pot of oil. So Dry Shampoo is a HG when I dont have the time to wash it especially if I come back home late.

First day hair or second day hair?
As I said before, cant do second day hair so first day hair! 

How many times have you dyed your  hair?
I've dyed my hair I think about 5-6 times . I'll be dying my hair part pink soon adn there will be a post on that one coming when its done!

FASHION


Neutrals or bright colours?
I love them both together! I dont like wearing all dark or all bright, they have to be mixed in together, I love adding a pop of colour whenever I wear blacks or whites.

Winter fashion or summer fashion?

I think I prefer summer fashion, I find that in winter Im always wearing thick long scarves and jackets which cover up whatever layers im wearing.

Jeans, shorts, skirts or dresses?
If jeggings count as jeans then I would say Jeans if not then shorts! I've stopped wearing jeans because of how uncomfortable they are, I find that when I take off my jeans at the end of the day its just the best feeling but if Im wearing leggings or comfortable pants then I'de be happy to wear then all day everyday!

I tag Weng, Candice and Fifi