Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 220 Cafe Au Lait

Shade : 220 Cafe Au Lait
Dry time :Quick
Formula : Silky smooth and not streaky
Application : Easy 
Price : RRP $16, but I got mine for $8 when it was on sale
Pigmentation : Moderate. It achieves an even coverage in two coats, completely erases the white tips in three coats.
Finish : Cream and glossy. No shimmer / glitter. Can get away without a top coat
Top coat needed? : A must, or it starts chipping in the first day

What I think about it?
   It is my perfect nude! Excellent formula and great shade, I really enjoy wearing it <3 nbsp="" p="">

Swatch (two coats with top coat)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My experience of shopping at BeautyBay

  I still remember how excited I was when I first discovered BeautyBay in 2012. BeautyBay is an online retailer based in the UK and offers international shipping inclusive the selling price. I was absolutely satisfied with my first order and it was once my favourite online store. However, things have changed and I definitely less prefer BeautyBay compared to Lookfantastic, Echemist.co.uk, Lifeandlooks and other online retailers nowadays.

1. Delivery Time
  In the past two years I have placed 6 orders in total. My first order took about 12 days and it was reasonable considered the parcel was shipped from the UK to Australia. However, the delivery time ended up taking longer and longer in each order. The last order I placed in mid-November 2013 arrived two and a half months later and I only received my parcel in February 2014. My order was about 90 pounds worth and I was anxious if it went missing or mis-delivered. I wrote to CS in January 2014 and filed a claim. Yet, I never heard anything from them in that one month time (between jan-feb 2014), not even a reply of whether they had received/ accepted/ declined my request.

2. Free Shipping On All Orders Within Australia/ HK/ the UK ??
  Technically, online retailers from the UK don't need to collect VAT from their international customers if the orders are shipped overseas, so a few online stores offer international customers VAT-free / discount. Often retailers just keep the same price and contribute the difference into their margin. It is nothing wrong about it although it would be nice if they reduced the price.

  The thing I am not very happy about BeautyBay is what they call "FREE SHIPPING". Unlike Lookfantastic, Echemist.co.uk, ASOS and other online retailers which offer the same price for customers from anywhere, BeautyBay's system adjusts the price based on the delivery destination. Yes, it is still FREE shipping but the price has been adjusted. Again, it is nothing wrong for businesses to try to absorb the costs but I do feel it acts a bit sneaky (HK and Australia are both in zone 2)

Let's use Urban Decay Naked Palette as an example
To the UK (including VAT), 37 pounds.
To Hong Kong, 36.52 pounds.
To Australia, 44.1 pounds.

Another example - Anastasia Beverly Hills

3. Restrictions
  BeautyBay used to ship nail polishes internationally. Once I made a purchase of some OPI nail polishes but they emailed me and told me they had cancelled my order and they discontinued shipping nail polishes internationally :(
  I understand it might due to delivery restrictions, yet having perfumes and nail polishes shipped internationally was a massive attraction and I did enjoy their services.
[[I secretly wish they would consider it again.]]

  It is very unlikely I will purchase anything from them anymore. However, I agree that they have a good selection of brands which some are really cool and might be hard to find elsewhere. For examples: ArtDeco, Le Metier De Beaute, Louise Young, Ellis Faas. It is still a online store you can consider if you have products you cant find elsewhere and you understand there is a risk the delivery might take long where refund/exchange might not be given.

  (Sidetrack:::: Feelunique has the most restrictions and lots of brands cannot be shipped internationally, including Bareminerals, stila and other brands most stores offer :S SakFifthAvenue and Nordstrom dont ship 90% of beauty products overseas. Sad!! Sephora just started shipping beauty products to Japan, South Korea and the UK, hopefully one day they will ship to Australia! )

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Essence Long-Lasting Pencil - Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green

Pigmentation: Soso, not comparable to my favourite Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliners or Milani Eyeliners.

Finish: Shimmery but not metallic.

Longevity: Excellent. I normally use them on my bottom lash line and outer wing, they are still visible after 8 hours.

Packaging: automatic/ mechanical pencil, travel friendly and hassle free! 
(I hate to sharpen my eyeliners all the time! )

Price: RRP $2.5 each! The cheapest eyeliner I have seen from Priceline!!!

  Essence Long-Lasting Pencils in Tu-Tu Tourquoise & I Have A Green are not intensely pigmented or metallic so using either of these two shades solely might not give enough definition to your eyes. I recommend using a black/ dark brown eyeliner near the lash line/ tightline for more definition and only adding the turquoise or green as a accent color. The shades are refreshing and beautiful, especially suitable for summer season!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAC Paint Pot Bare Study* Any dupe?

  When I was at MAC counter in February and tried to get a new Painterly paint pot, I got told MAC was turning all paint pot into Pro Longwear Paint Pot. I visited the official US MAC website and YES they only carry Pro Longwear Paint Pot nowadays :( 
Besides a bit more expensive with the same volume, I am not sure if the product itself has been reformulated.

  Since my Bare Study is almost completely dried up, I have been trying all drugstore eye shadow stick/cream in these two months.

Top - MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
Champagne color with gold pearl shimmer. I used it as my base through the whole 2012 n 2013. Good staying power so I can wear it alone or as an eye shadow base.

But now I do not plan on repurchasing it when there are so many gems hiding in drugstores. 
I dislike the packaging. I scooped out my BareStudy into a light plastic container so I did not need to travel with that heavy bulky glass pot. Not to say hygiene problem, the more air exposure the product has, the quicker it dries up.

Middle - Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 002 BulletProof Beige
Very subtle shimmery light peach. No it cannot be a dupe of Bare Study because it does not show up on my skin, however it works the best as a base. It enhances pigmentation of powder eye shadow and extends its longevity. From my experience, my eye shadow still showed up well after walking in rain and crying. Also, the product does not dry up as quick since crayon formal reduce exposure.

Bottom - Models Prefer Infinite Color Shadow Pencil in Pop The Bubbly
Very similar to Bare Study but a touch warmer. The difference is so mind on eye lid that they are almost the same :)
I love this one very much since it shares all the benefits Bare Study offered but in better packaging and more affordable price point! Recommended!

Right - Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Branded
Light champagne with silver shimmer, similar to Bare Study but lighter. The most shimmery out of all.
It is not my favourite since the longevity is not as good as the others and it runs if you have moisture on your eyelid. I can never wear it alone or it creases in an hour or two. I have 10 color tattoo eye shadow purchased at different points and some of them had had cracks and half dried up when I bought them. Always a bit of a gamble when you try to purchase gel eyeliner / cream eye shadow in pot.

So... Is there a dupe?
there is nothing exactly the same if you just swatch the products I talked about on your hand.

Products in this kind of shade really dont look much different on eyelid one from the others. Regarding performance, Pop The Bubbly definitely outgrows Bare Study.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Small haul: Priceline 40% off Sale!

Hello gorgeous, I just came back to Melbourne last month and had quite a few big changes in my life. New uni, postgrad, moving out and friend gatherings, all kept me really busy.
But last week I stopped by Priceline for its 40% off sale <3 just cant resist!

The main thing I wanted to get was the Sally Hansen gel manicure starter kit. I had been eyeing on it for quite sometimes and it was reduced to $60 this time <3 I plan to use normal color nail polish then seal the color with gel top coat. Hopefully it will work well!

I also got a few Essence products. Although the RRP is quite cheap, it is even better with 40% off and you could get more for your money :p Its LONGlasting eye pencils come in beautiful colors. Pigmented and very long-lasting!! I heard good things about its lip liners, eye shadow and mascaras so just gave them a go :)

I also picked up a Rimmel Scandaleyes eye shadow stick (in bulletproof beige) as well as Face of Australia Budge Proof eye shadow (in tip top taupe). 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Favourite Eye Shadow 2013

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye shadow Quad - Natural Smokes
It has everything I need for daily eye makeup and very handy to carry around. The matte light beige is very subtle to highlight inner corner and under brow bone. Two shimmery shades pose as eye shadow and that matte dark brown works perfectly to fill my brows and eye line. Yet the pigmentation is not the best and you might use a primer to enhance its colour payoff.
Revlon ColorStay 12 Hr Eye Shadow - 02 Coffee Bean
My ultimate favourite quad from drugstore! It has three mattes and a shimmery bronze. It is hard to find good matte eyeshadow from drugstore, but all the matte shades here are very pigmented. The eye shadow retains soft, buttery texture and looks beautiful on eyelids. I love using this quad in autumn or winter and it is perfect to match it with red lips <3 font="">

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow
I love inglot eye shadow! Excellent colour payoff and buttery texture. There are so many different colours and finishes to choose from. I am sure you will find something you like if you visit an inglot store. The price is fairly affordable compared to MAC, Gorgeous Makeup, Napoleon and other brands. All the staff I met from Inglot stores in Melbourne were very friendly, helpful and absolutely gorgeous! Good CS is always a bonus :)!
(I wont recommend Sydney Bondi branch though. There is not any customer service provided besides two staff members stood there and stared at you. pfff)

The Balm Shady Lady Vol.2
I got this palette from an online sale and it only cost around 20 bucks (quite a good price) ! I like the colour selection which offers enough flexibility but also practicality. This palette has quite a few neutral shades and my favourite is Insane Jane (a silvery taupe)! Mischiveous Melissa, Makeout Mary and Bossy Bobbi are beautiful as well. However, the eye shadow is slightly powdery and creates quite some fallout. Generally the pigmentation is acceptable. Particular shades including Bossy Bobbi and Feisty Felicia need to be assisted with a primer and layered up .


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blythe Clothes For Sale

I still have quite a few Blythe Clothes although I no longer own a Blythe Doll.
All prices listed include international shipping.

-------- Used --------
AUD $6

AUD $5

AUD $6

AUD $9 for two sets

two tights + pants AUD $5

AUD $3

AUD $3 (if you also purchase other item, the price will reduce to $ 2)

AUD $5

AUD $7

AUD $7

AUD $7

=== New ===
AUD $13

AUD $10

AUD $7

AUD $5

AUD $8

$3 (if you also purchase other item, the price will reduce to $2)

AUD $8

AUD $8