Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Best of Beauty 2014!


It has been 21 days since 2014 and yes I know I am quite late in this but Happy New Year!!
Sadly for me I do have times where I just dont bother blogging for weeks or even months and I think this year may be the year for the constant hiatus as 2015 is going to be the last year of high school for me which means, studying hard and of course taking a break. I will try my best in scheduling posts and posting atleast once a month though.
Any who, this post was originally going to be a massive post of my favourites in 2014 including skincare, haircare and etc but lazy me just stuck with the basics and did some quick snaps of my favourite makeup products of 2014 so les go!


EYES

Having oily lids, it's obvious that I have to be using a primer especially when the sun is out and the humid weather pops out of nowhere. Ive been using this primer for nearly 2 years now and it has made my liner longer lasting, though i wont swear by it on making it smudge proof it really does help make it last longer by a couple of hours.

Maybelline One by One Mascara
I know on my review on this, it didnt hold a curl during that time, but from constant use I found that applying this product starting from the tip and working my way down the lashes helps it hold a curl so much more better than starting from the roots. This mascara does not smudge on me as long as i dont apply it on the lower lashes. It does start to flake after a couple of hours but I love the way it separates my lashes and gives it some more length.

Benefit Push-Up Liner
Although this wasnt my holy grail, pairing this liner up with a primer and only wearing it out during colder times and also when im at work or out to the shops for an hour. It really did not smudge at all. It was mainly my go-to liner for work as it is just so quick and simple to do a winged liner in a short amount of time.

K-Palette Liquid Liner
I have been using this year long as a way to draw in my wing, as it doesnt last long on me, I like to draft out my wing with this liner and fill it in with another liner. Kind of disappointed that I didnt use it like that when i first got it but it is the best way in making my winged liner even!!

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liner
With most of the liquid liners I use, they just always fade on me, this one lasted so much longer than most ones i used. I have used this one so many times in 2014, year round when I felt like going for the cat eye.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Purple
I'de say this one is my HG of 2014, although it smudges like a biatch in hot weather, it has the most gorgeous colour when on the eyes. I tried by best in using this one daily, so I have been incorporating it on my lower lashline. This has got to be my most used pencil liner of 2014!




LIPS


You can see I have nearly finished up the Unscented one, legit these lip butters were amazing to use underneath lipsticks and also at home when my lips were feeling a tad dry. They werent the most moisturising but to be honest, the scents of the other two did get me in a craze in using these constantly throughout 2014! 

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub
I got this one on my Birthday, wanting to try out the famous LUSH lipscrubs everyone goes on about, and no doubt about it, they are amazing in prepping dry lips to amazing smooth soft lips! Everything about it is perfect, the scent, taste, colour and outcome. Being a sweet tooth, this one would be one of my favourites ever since i got this.


After using this lipstick, its pretty much changed me into a Lustre loving-girl. Its a pinkier MLBB lipstick that I love to use daily, work and school. Super creamy and wearable, two of my favourite things together. Honestly wouldnt be surprised if I end up finishing this one soon.

During the winter and spring, I have been using this lipstick for when i was out at the shops or doing a quick errand. This may sound lame or corny, but this lipstick shade actually got me out of my comfort zone in wearing darker shades out in public which i never did.

This was a favourite near the start of 2014, I pretty much used the crap out of it in the first half of the year. It gives makes the lips a shade redder and is quite buildable. It is somewhat drying and the texture wasnt what i was looking for in a tint but anywho it is a low maintenance lip product which did the job well when i had school!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint
The last half of the year I did switch up my liptint and started using the Etude House Tint in orange. It isnt amazingly pigmented but it made my lips look so much more alive. It was like photoshop in a bottle! It was  saviour during the winter times when i woke up with colourless lips.

This will always be my holy grail lipbalm of all time. It is so creamy and cures my chapped lips in a flash. I always stock up when its on sale and pretty much goes with me everywhere!




FACES


NYC Sunny Bronzer
Being the first bronzer Ive ever had, I find that it lives up to its hype from a few years ago! It doesnt make me look like an Oompa Loopa, super buildable and very natural when it comes to bronzing, its not the best for contouring though. I had been using this all year round as a subtle contour/bronzer.

Best face powder I have used by far. I find that it lasts so much more longer than the Rimmel Stay Matte. It has been great during the days when the oils on my face are peaking. Though I havent been using it during summer because lets face it, nothing will stop the sweat from coming through.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
After using this concealer for quite awhile, I found that it isnt as amazing as the first time from using it. I mean it definitely was my go-to of 2014 as the coverage and colour match was perfect but it does crease on me and stick on the dry spots. But was the best when i wasn't going out for a long period of time!

Garnier BB Cream 
Autumn was the season when I bursted this bad boy out, as it is when my skin isnt super dry or super oily. The finish of this BB cream is a light/medium coverage and although i am blessed with skin that doesnt really need foundation or bb cream caked on, when i do have a special night or day this BB cream gave me a flawless finish. 



BROWS


Still my holy grail eyebrow pencil. Lasts through a day of sweating and the shape of the pencil allows me to line my brows perfectly. You can see in the picture above the amount of product I still have left, it has done me well from daily use in 2014!

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
I have been using this one when im feeling a natural brow, especially during the hotter weather, I found that it does start to look patchy when the sweat seeps in, but other than that I have used this paired with my Etude House Eyebrow Pencil all year round.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Schwarzkopf Ultimate Colour Dark Red Brown


Having dyed brown hair for about 3 years I've been completely sick of seeing it on my hair. After contemplating getting my natural hair colour back for a couple of days Ive also been stuck on changing my hair colour to a red/brown shade. I did major researching on foam hair dyes being sold in Australian stores and came across the Schwarzkopf Ultimate Colour. 
There wasnt much reviews or pictures for this one so I was a tad worried on the colour outcome but considering that red shades do fade I would still be back to brown in the future. 

My usual hair colour/ bleached ends/ w natural ombre
I dont think I've ever tried having red/brown hair so it was an exciting thought to me so I did end up doing the most impulsive thing ever, walking to the shops at about 7/8pm to the nearest Chemist Warehouse just to get the dye . Lucky for me there are 2 nearby across the road from each other and the first CW I went to were sold out of the colour so I did go across to the other CW and got 2 boxes of the Dark Red Brown shade, there was a cherry one which Im tempted to try out next! 

Anyways lazy me did not end up taking pictures of the actual packaging and the dying equipment but to describe it, the product comes out of 2 cans that dispenses from the pump. You pump it into your hand which gives you 2 foamy blobs, white and red which you have to mix and then apply onto your hair, simple. It comes out like a mousse and is super easy to apply, as of most foam hair dyes, you just massage it into your hair like you would with shampoo. But best thing about this dye is the fact that you can use this more than once, so you can save the left over product for your regrowth or future use!


I ended up using one box and a couple of pumps from my second box which is pretty good as I do have medium/long hair. As time goes the foam does disappear and leaves your hair with the typical hair dye feeling aside from having dripping dye. 
I left the dye on for about 30-40 minutes before washing it out and my gosh the water did not run clear for me until the third day which I'm going to assume that it was already fading from each wash (and i do wash my hair everyday). It didnt leave any stains on my pillow case and the countertop and was an easy clean on my skin. 

Freshly washed & dried
4 days later
a week later
It has been 2/3 weeks and my hair has completely faded from the red, it is now a chestnut brown, around 2-3 shades darker from my original brown. I still have a tinge of red near my roots but not that noticeable unless under the sun.
I am bummed out that it faded so quick but thats the only con for using a red dye. They do have a Dark Cherry shade which is apparently a dark purple that Im eyeing for the future.
This dye may not suit everyones cup of tea as I dont think it would come up on darker hair, I do have noticable regrowth on the inner parts of my hair (neck area) as most of my horrendous hair dying always missed that part and I found with this dye it didnt do a fantastic job in that area. But aside from that I will be using this dye in the future as it did not damage my hair whatsoever, its still the usual and didnt feel dry after dying it and using the conditioner/hair treatment that it came with.
Ill probably be dying my hair once again next week and see if it will darken my hair!



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shanghai Suzy Miss Kitty || LOTD


Probably one of the most underrated lipstick brands out their would be Shanghai Suzy, it just does not get enough attention in the beauty community!! 
Although the lasting power is pretty standard for me the colours of each seasonal shade makes me drool over them.
I bought the Miss Kitty hoping to get into berry lipstick colours during the winter time but I never got around to using it as the shade didnt make me want to bother with making sure my lips were fully smooth and also how much of a change from using brighter lipstick colours would be.
Hiding in my lipstick drawer, I though why not just use it again even though it may not be "summer appropriate"



Recently it has been my go-to shade just for a pop-in to the shops, doing my late Christmas shopping and grocery runs I've somehow been confortable in wearing it out which I am proud to say. 
I actually have it on my lips right now and the colour is just too gorgeous for me to not use it.
I am quite the lazy person so I dont really bother with a lip liner to outline the lips or to use a lipbrush for a better application so I do apply straight from the bullet and it is somewhat of a hit an miss in terms of getting a dark lip shade looking perfect. Yesterdays application took quite awhile as the edges I had to keep redoing but today I got it looking decent with no fuss. But that's what you get with darker lip shades but in the end it's worth it.

After this swatch, I accidentally smudged it on my white doona and will not come off guys :(

Being a matte dark berry-pink lippy, I do need to exfoliate my lips before applying it as it will cling onto dry spots and wont look as smooth. 
The lipstick goes on somewhat smoothly and does not dry the lipsticks which is the best part!
I find from eating+drinking it will leave the dreaded lipliner look from the lipstick fading on the inside so I only ever use this lipstick when Im going out to the shops by myself, it will be a high maintenance lipstick if you are out eating as reapplication will be needed.
Other than that, it doesnt bleed or smudge (as long as you dont touch the lips) and did me well with a good 1-2 hour shop in the heat.

Disclaimer: I purchased this lipstick with my own money!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Viva La Juicy


I have never been one to buy perfume in a smaller size, Im usually the one that buys the full sized perfume, I mean you either go big or go home!
Though before my dad left to go overseas, its usually a thing to go to Mychemist and buy the perfumes that are always on sale and he let me choose a perfume as a nice gift for myself. Not many of them stood out to me and I thought why not try the Viva La Juicy, marked down from $60 to I think it was $20-$30, I did get a whiff of it in stores and it won me over.


 Viva La Juicy is known for its hot pink bow, appearing in quite a few beauty bloggers vanity or makeup table as it does stand out. Im a sucker for packaging and I just love how the bow just pops out from my perfume collection. Even the crystal top makes it feel so much more classy!
The bottle is a 30ml and fits perfectly in the palm of my hands, would also be a great size to fit in your handbag.


From the first smell, it really reminded me of Katy Perry's Meow mixed in with Britney Spears Fantasy and my gosh it is a lovely combination. I found with Meow that it was too night time-ish for me and for Fantasy that was way too sweet for my liking and mixed together Viva La Juicy is my current perfume favourite! (but Im not trying to say it is the exact perfume combo, just reminds me of a mixture of both)
The scent is on the sweet side but it isnt sickly/overly sweet which I love about it, it reminds me a bit of caramel with a hint of floral which is you are a fan of these scents you may want to check this one out!
The scent lasts a good 6 hours until it becomes a subtle scent, it is very wearable for daily use and I have been picking this up quite a lot for everyday wear and I have not been sick of it yet.

What are your thoughts on Viva La Juicy?


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mechanical Arm Makeup



The reason why special effects makeup intrigues me is how you can use makeup to create something unreal. After watching so many youtube videos of transformations of movie characters and Halloween creations it just looks so awesome, from the before and after aspects!
I've recently been drawing on my hand/arm copying henna prints and I thought why not try the robot/mechanical arm makeup Ive seen a couple of people do.


There are so many creations of the robot arm, and I wanted something not too intensely detailed or too simple, so I did find this picture of a mechanical tattoo and I thought it wouldnt be too hard to copy the cogs and pipes and the tone wasnt too scary. And come on, Im not creative enough to think of my own design!


First starting off, I used a white eyeliner pencil to sketch the main shapes then went on to the detailed parts. I started with white since it was a lot easier to fix up if I messed up and also drawing on top of it with black liner makes it a great template!


Next I used my MAC Fluidline and RT Silicone Liner brush to outline everything and then I got into shading and tonal work.
The white reflective parts were from the white eyeliner pencil which I made sure to colour in wherever the white would show in the reference picture.
I did have a tissue with me since the brushes I was using required me to wipe off the excess liner!
I started from the right working towards the left.
I did have trouble toning the cogs which you can see the crappy blending and off colour, whoops D:
The gel liner literally dried on the skin so quickly so I pretty much had 5 seconds to blend before it was set. 


The last thing I did was putting in some extra details by the edges to make it look like it was apart of my arm, but lets face it, it doesnt really look like that, it just makes it look better imo!
But I started off using gel liner, but the blending was frustrating me so I was using a cotton bud to quickly blend it and also added some black eyeshadow with a blending brush to darken it up a bit.

Products/Tools Used:
-Missha White Eyeliner Pencil
-MAC Blacktrack Fluidline 
-Essence Black Eyeshadow
-Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
-Maybelline Gel Liner Brush
-Sigma Tapered Blending E40
-Cotton Buds

 The entire thing took me 3 hours to do, very very time consuming but I was watching youtube videos and New Girl as I have to multitask whenever im doing anything especially watching videos.
Will probably trying something similar again as it is quite a fun thing to do for me so if you guys have any suggestions in what I could do next that would be good! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beauty Swapbox with Wengiful!


Awhile back, my awesome blogger friend Weng from Wengiful and I decided to do a swapbox!
We concluded that we would spend a maximum of $40 on the goodies to send to each other.
It was a tough decision on choosing the items to send to each other but in the end I did choose items which thankfully she didnt have, so you can see what I sent her [here]


I pretty much died on the inside, when I opened up the parcel, kind of like opening a Christmas present and seeing a variety of gifts, it just gets you excited :') 
Anyways I did receive this parcel before my exam time so it was a great pick-me-up before the dreaded exams.


Obviously the first thing I saw was this Skin79 BB Miniature Set as it was the biggest out of the products. Perfect time to get this set though as I will be going overseas early next year and I will be trying to pack light in terms of makeup! I do have the full sized version of the Hot Pink one and I have been itching to try the other versions so lucky for me!


Next one I picked up was the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Palette. Although I told Weng that Im not a huge fan of shimmery products, I think it was a smart to include a product that you personally like! I love the concept of the All-in-1, as you can use this as multiple things if one doesnt work out for you. I am a huge fan of highlighting so I know I will be using this one a lot next year when the formals and 18th birthday parties start! 


The two Hello Kitty products were the reason why we started the swapbox as it was available where Weng was and she was nice enough to get them for me!
As I my main makeup product is eyeliner, she got me the Hello Kitty Eyeliner which will be exciting to try since I still am looking for my hg eyeliner or even a decent one for daily use. I wont be testing it out yet until I finish my current liquid liners! 
The second one was the Hello Kitty Lip Balm! I love trying out different lip balms and lets face it, you can never have enough lip balms! The scent reminds me of the Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater hand cream and I find that it soaks in the lips hydrating it quite well so it doesnt feel like a layer of lip balm doing nothing. 
Leaving the best till last, the Tony Moly Easy Touch Auto Eyebrow Pencil made me jump on the inside. Im nearly out of my current hg eyebrow pencil (Etude House) and Ive been wanting to try out other Korean eyebrow pencils. Cannot wait till I start using this!!



Thanks so much Weng for the swapbox!! Will definitely be up to doing it again in the future :)



Monday, December 1, 2014

November Favourites

The colour is tad bit off due to the lighting!
Just so you know, this is going to be a super short monthly favourites as I didnt have much new favourites to include. Some of these products wouldve made it in the October favourites but I actually didnt do a monthly favourites then so they have appeared here!


Puretopia Facial Mist & Toner*
As the heat pops in, all my facial mists come in. I did a review on this one and I love how refreshing it is! The smell is quite citrusy which I love as gets me into the summer spirit. My faovurite thing to do is spray this on my face as i have a fan blowing on my face, will be using this throughout the summer!
Review [Here]

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant 
For all my life I have no idea how I never used an anti-perspirant stick. This one was on sale at Woolies and my gosh has it made a difference, I still do sweat through this but it doesnt give me the dreaded sweat stain while wearing a plain tee (tmi yes I know). 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Pencil Liner in Purple
Im sure we are all aware how much I love this purple liner, Ive done a review on this one so I wont go into details but favourite pencil liner to use when Im out and about, love the colour!!
Review [Here]


Lady Jayne Tangleze 
I won this from a giveaway by Twoplicates which I am so glad I won as I was needing a new hair brush. I was on the verge of purchasing the Tangleteaser but I didnt know if it was worth the price or not. But safe to say that the Tangleze does the job way better than an ordinary hair brush. I would say it works well for fine hair but there are some occasions that it will pull on a knot, though in the end it will untangle it. 

Oaty Slices in Raspberry & White Chocolate
Im just going to start off by saying these are the best things you will ever have. Ive gotten a few of my friends addicted to these as Ive been eating it as a snack at home and for all my recess snacks. You can usually get these for $2 for a box of 6 at Coles and Woolies during a sale and I recommending buying these in bulk as I could pretty much eat a ton of these at a time. There are other flavours but the Raspberry & White Choc is my favourite also the Orange Chocolate! 

Canon 700D (Not pictured)
As a late birthday present my dad got me the Canon 700D, I did pitch in some money for this while my dad paid the rest as it is pricey. But trust me it is well worth it, I have always been down about my picture quality as the focus of my previous camera drove me insane but the 700D became my bestfriend from the first use. I have been blogging since 2012 and I told myself not to get a DSLR as I didnt know whether I would be blogging in the long term but I know Ill be using this during holidays and overseas trips aswell as blogging! 

Disclaimer: Products marked with a * was sent to me for consideration, everything else was purchased by me aside from the Tangleze.