Sunday, December 30, 2012

P HAUL: DRUGSTORE MAKEUP, AVON & SEDONA LACE

I bought these items during the last 2 weeks. I've tried most of them which I have a very good 1st impression with. I bought all of these items online. It's slowly turned into my favourite way of shopping for cosmetics especially for lower cost items.

With no further delay, here's what I've got...



AVON Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation (Medium Beige): I bought this foundation purely based on gossmakeupartist's comment on his youtube channel. Avon NZ has a very limited range of shades for their foundations. For this foundation, they have 6 shades: 1 x Light, 3 x Light/Medium & 2 x Medium. I used it a few times already and I have to say I quite like it. It's really a breeze to apply & goes on very smoothly. When I looked at the bottle, I thought oh no it's got shimmers in it (like Revlon Photoready Foundation). But after I applied it on my skin, there's no trace of shimmers at all. It only gives a nice luminous glow to my skin. 

L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara (Black): L'Oreal in NZ doesn't have any original Voluminous Mascaras. I bought this one from a seller on Trade Me (NZ ebay). I only use waterproof mascara because normal formula doesn't hold my curls at all. I've only tried this once but it's still a little too wet for my liking. I'll leave it to dry up a bit more. Yes, it sounds weird but I like drier mascaras. They work best on my lashes.

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder (Sandy Beige): This sets my foundation very well. It's also very good for touching-up during the day to get rid of the shine on my face. I just apply it with a puff that comes in the compact and it works fine. Not cakey & very pore-friendly.

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer: I have to admit I like this primer more than my Smashbox Oil-Free Primer. It goes on very smooth which gives a perfect base for my foundation. It covers pores very well & also makes my foundation last longer. Most of all, it doesn't break me out like most primers did to my skin.

AVON Smooth Minerals Pressed Powder (Light Beige): It's very powdery & chunky. It didn't sit on my face very well at all. It's not friendly to my fine lines & pores either. It made my face look really cakey after I put it on. I tried it with a powder brush, a puff, a sponge, a kabuki brush, and nothing worked for me So, I decided to return it. 

Sedona Lace Synthetic Angled Top Brush (602): Two reasons I decided to get this brush are; I love the purple/black on the bristles and I've read many reviews saying Sedona Lace brushes are softer than Sigma Sigmax brushes. Well, I totally agree with the softness of this brush. I just couldn't stop rubbing it all over my face when I 1st got it. I haven't actually used it yet but I'm planning to use it for my foundation. I bought this brush from www.addicted2.co.nz. A NZ based online shop which also carries MAC 7 Urban Decay products at good prices.

theBalm Time Balm Concealer (Light/Medium): Recently, I've heard many raves about the brand, theBalm. They're known to have good quality eyeshadows (eg. NudeTude Palette), powder blushes (eg. Hot Mama & Cabana Boy), and a highlighter (Mary-Lou Mannizer). So I thought I would give this product a try. I bought this concealer from www.strawberrynet.com. It arrived in 5 days! I just couldn't believe how fast it was for this item to get here. I'm not a big fan of the packaging. It's like a plastic sample jar, just a little bigger. Nothing's glamorous about it. The concealer has a thick cream consistency, but goes on nicely when applying with my fingers.

L'Oreal Infallible Lipcolour Stars Collection (Linda's Beige):This lipstick comes in a shinny silver compact which holds a lip colour & a conditioning balm to seal the colour. I was worried that this lipstick would have the same 'old lady' smell like other L'Oreal lipsticks do. But, no it doesn't!! The lip colour has a very faded scent which I can't tell what it is. The balm has a fruity scent to it which I quite like. I've only tried this once & was very happy with the staying powder. Linda's Beige is a medium rosy nude. It's brighten up my complexion & a great everyday colour.

Thanks for checking out my blog post :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!



Saturday, September 1, 2012

BEAUTY UK BAKED EYE SHADOW TRIO

In New Zealand, you can find these Beauty UK Trios at Makeup Direct. They are NZ$19.99 at a normal price. I bought them a while back when they have 30% off sale.


I saw a few of UK makeup gurus on YouTube talked about this brand before but I didn't realize they're available in NZ. So when I saw them I went straight to see what Beauty UK products they have.


After a few swatches. I decided to would go for the eye shadows. Their lipsticks are very nice too but I'm more of an eyeshadow person. So that was my pick for the day.

Midnight (L), Beach (R)
In natural light

They have some eyeshadow palettes as well. But I think the packaging for these trios are more fun. These eye shadows have a very good pigmentation. Just once sweep & I get the same colour as I see in the pan. All the colours are shimmery but not too much to make you look like a disco ball.

Earth (with flash)

Beach is a neutral brown trio with a light golden cream, a taupe brown and a bronze. I wear them to work a few times & they stayed on pretty well through out my 9hr work day. I like the golden cream shade as a highlight. I find myself reaching for it a few times during the week to go with my other shadows.

Midnight (with flash)

Midnight has a peal silver, a black and a grey. These are also shimmery. I don't have many of the dark eye shadows to create a smokey eye look. I thought Midnight would be a great start to have in my darker shade collection.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

REVIEW: MISSHA M SIGNATURE DEEP CLEANSING BALM

I bought this cleanser a while back when it was 1st available in NZ. I love a sturdy glass jar. It also comes with a small plastic spatula for scooping the product out. Thumps up for a hygienic freak like me. I really like the clean & refreshing scent it has.


The balm has a very thick consistency, a lot thicker than lip balms. After rubbing it between my palms & fingers as instructed, the balm becomes thinner and easier to work with. I can feel a warming sensation once I apply it on my skin.

 
It removes makeup well but I think it doesn’t do a lot for any waterproof eye makeup though. The warm feeling makes it hard to work around the eye areas. It just doesn’t make any sense to use the product with that kind of sensation around my eyes. Imagine trying to put eucalyptus oil on your eye? Yes, it stinks your eyes & you wouldn’t do it right? 

For NZ$59 a jar, I do think it’s a bit dear for what it is. I can get a cleanser or a makeup remover at Smith & Caughey’s for not much expensive than this.


All in all, I think this is still a good cleanser/makeup remover if you want to experience/try out a new innovative makeup products. But, I would recommend using a different eye makeup remover for delicate eye areas.


Friday, August 3, 2012

P-HAUL: REVLON COLLECTIVE HAUL

I've been in love with Revlon lately. I'm impressed with all Revlon products I bought during the past few months. No need to say that their Colorstay Foundation and Colorburst Lipsticks are my all time favourites, as well as the new Lip Butter. I bought these goodies over a month period both online and at my local pharmacy.


Here's what I bought.... (L-R, T-B)
  • Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Midnight [NZ$12]: I bought this polish when it was having 25% off at Radius Pharmacy. This nail polish by Revlon just came out about a month ago in NZ. I have my eyes on a few shades but this one caught my eyes the most. Midnight is a medium teal blue with cream finish. I worn it once and it stayed on all week without any chipping. It's opaque in just one coat but I applied 2 coats for a better finish. I also bought a top coat from this range. It works really well together.
  • Revlon Photoready Bronzer in Bronzed & Chic [NZ$20]: I've got this one from one of the sellers on Trade Me (NZ's online auction).
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Orchid [NZ$10]: I also bought this one from the same seller on Trade Me. Orchid is a medium pinky lilac with shimmers. It goes on quite sheer. It's such a pretty colour and looks great on my medium skin & pigmented lips, on its own or on top of a lipstick.
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Royal Cloak (NZ$10]: I found this nail polish in a discount bucket at a pharmacy closed to my work. Royal Cloak is a deep purple with silver shimmers in different sizes. It has a grey-ish/blue undertone. I think it's a really good fall/winter colour. 
Update : I've just bought a new Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup Foundation, which has just released in NZ this week. I'll do a review on this foundation after I use it for a couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

NAIL ARTS: BRAID NAILS

I watched this video on youtube & thought "It doesn't look that difficult. I could do that!" And, here's the result from my 1st attempt.

I use 3 colours: China Glaze in Sea Spray, China Glaze in Spontaneous & Essie in Big Spender.


Link for youtube video MissJenFabulous

Link for a blog tutorial thecraftyninja.com

Try this look & let me know your colour combination.


Monday, June 18, 2012

35 THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS I TURN 35 TODAY...

1. It's totally OK to be 35 and still sleep with my favourite Teddy Bear, Nong Mee.

2. Don't go through life expecting that everything is going to be the way I want.

3. People do change over time: their feelings change, their attitudes change, their personalities change, and that's including myself. 

4. Always read the food label before I buy any food. These days I don't just buy food because they look good in the package/jar/bottle etc. Every time I read the label, I always find something interesting in the ingredient list or on the nutrition table & most of them are bad stuff.

5. It's OK to smile obnoxiously at the person who are rude to me, so that they know they can't ruin my day.

Nong Mee

6. A handful of good friends that I can always count on is more than enough for me.

7. I don't need to have lots of money, work for a big company and marry a rich, handsome man to be happy or successful. 

8. It doesn't matter if a donut made from Whole Grain Flour, Free-range Eggs, Fairtrade Sugar & fried in Organic Rice Bran Oil. Unhealthy food is still an unhealthy food.

9. Loss weight because it's good for my well-being, Not because I want to look like Miranda Kerr.

10. Don't squeeze the pimples! A pimple only stays for a week but an acne scar lasts for months or...forever.
6 Month Old Nancy

11. I can paint my right hand nails with my left hand without a big mess. Practice makes perfect!

12. Never ever have more than one credit card. None is the best. Believe me.

13. It's OK to don't know how to drive. That's what public transport & taxis are for.

14. Money is not everything but a little is necessary to survive.
 
15. Stay away from booze.They do nothing good for my body. A glass of Red a day wouldn't stop me from having a cancer or a heart disease, if I had Fried Chicken, Frappucino with Whipped Cream or a block of Chocolate regularly.

16. Do things that make myself happy as long as I don't hurt anyone emotionally or physically.

17. My mon & my sister are a few of my best friends.

My Mom (Khun Id) & My Sister (P'Nut)

18. Some people don't deserve to be kind to. And, it's totally ok...I'm not Mother Teresa.

19. Not all elderly people are nice & kind like my grandparents. Some are just plain nasty & rude and think they can get everything they want just because they're old.

20. If I don't ask for what I want, nobody knows what to give me.

21. It's totally OK to say NO.

22. The only thing I have a total control over is myself.

23. The best skincare is not the most expensive skincare. It's what works best for my skin.

24. I believe in Bob Marley & Three Little Birds "Don't worry about a thing. 'Cause every little thing is gonna be alright!" I have a prove & it's me. I've been to the worst place but I'm fine now.

25. I'm proud of my name "Phromyothi". But, living in a country where they don't know how to pronounce it, is a nightmare, and I feel sorry for them. By the way, it pronounces "Prom-yo-tee".

26. Stop planning so much (refer to No.2) When I was younger I thought I would have my BA by 22, be married by 25, have kids before I turned 30. Well, none of these happens. But I'm happy the way my life is and wouldn't want to change anything about it.

Graduated at age 31

27. Wearing makeup to make myself look better not to change how I look.

28. Evil Queen, Darth Vader & the Boogey Man don't scare me. Lizards & all the reptiles do!

29. I'm more confident than I used to 10 years ago.

30. I am special because nobody else can be "Nancy Phromyothi" Just me and only me!

31. Blogging is not as difficult as I thought and I think I can do it well.

32. I will never get my teen body back but I can make it as good (or pretty close) by having a healthy lifestyle.

33. If someone is no longer in my life, it happens for a reason.

34. Question everything I hear or see. Not everything on the national news is true.

35. I'm grateful to turn 35 and I don't feel, at all, old.
 
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So, what have you learned as your birthday comes?


Sunday, June 3, 2012

CHI CHI VIVA LA DIVA MATTE LIPSTICKS

Chi Chi is another one of those makeup brands that I always walk pass at Farmer's. Previously, the look of the products leads me to think that they are for teenagers. That's why their products are cheaper than other NZ drugstore makeup brands. One thing that I've learn after years of experiencing with makeup is that not all the expensive makeup are good, and not all the cheap makeup are bad.


[The colours appears on these tubes are much lighter than the actual colour]
First thing that this product caught my attention, when I walked pass the display, is the pretty packaging. This Victorian-inspired pattern in matte black & metallic pink on the box & the lid is an eye-catcher. I like the clear bottom that you can see the shade of the lipsticks. The colours are quite true to the actual colour inside. (Picture above doesn't have very good lighting & looks a lot lighter than the actual shade you can see through the clear plastic). 



If I'm right, there's about 20 shades in this Viva La Diva Lipstick range. They come in different finishes. Not exactly sure what they are but as I can remember, they're Matte, Cream & Metallic. I picked Love Game (Cream), a medium reddish plum with very subtle shimmers, and Please Tease (Matte), a mauve-y soft pink. I wouldn't say Please Tease is a matte shade. It's an opaque shade. It has more like a satin finish with no shiny particles in it. 

Top - Please Tease / Bottom - Love Game
Left - Love Game / Right - Please Tease
They call themselves as matte lipsticks but both shades that I picked are very creamy and don't look matte at all. They glide on very smoothly on my lips. They have a really good pigmentation with a great staying powder. I've found that Love Game feels very moisturizing when applied without having to put on any lip balm as a base (I think it's called "cream" for a reason). Please Tease is also very easy to apply but doesn't look as shiny as Love Game.

L-R: Love Game & Please Tease


A downside of these gorgeous lippies, to me, would be the scent. It's very hard to describe exactly what the scent(s) is(are). I'm sure I can smell rose on the 1st note but it's kind of have a little hint of peppermint as well. Downside because rose is not my favourite scent. However, the scent fades after I put it on my lips.

Love Game (in natural light)


Please Tease (in natural light)


There's one more important thing I have to mention. I think Love Game is a very close dupe for MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick. It's almost identical; the tone & finish. The only difference is that Viva Glam VI looks more red while Love Game looks more pink. Since, MAC Viva Glam VI is my all-time favourite lipstick & I wear it all the time. I can tell you these two are a really good match. I can see the difference when I swatch them on my arm but they look exactly the same on my lips when I put them on.

Check out these pretty lipsticks at Farmers for your next beauty shopping!




Friday, May 18, 2012

DESIGNER BRANDS OIL-FREE MINERAL FOUNDATION

The other day, I was at Radius Pharmacy to get my prescription for my whiplash injury. I was wondering around the store waiting for the medicines when I spotted a new arrival makeup stand from Designer Brands Cosmetics. For you who lives outside New Zealand & Australia, Designer Brands Cosmetics (DB) is an Australian cosmetic brand which is part of a company called Total Beauty Network. DB products are available at most pharmacies throughout NZ & AUS. They are being advertised as makeup at drugstore prices with high end quality. All their products are under NZ$30. 

To be honest, I walked pass DB cosmetics countless times before and never wanted to try any of their products. Why? I'm not entirely sure. Maybe they don't have fancy packaging? Maybe they're too cheap to be any good? Or, maybe because I've never heard anyone talk about this brand before. Anyway, I've now tried it and I have to admit. I am truly impressed. 


The one product that I'm talking about is DB Designer Brands Oil-free Mineral Foundation (NZ$14.99). It claims to formulated for oily and blemish prone skin. I've got this is the shade 706 Honey Beige which matches my skin very well. I'm in between MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25-NC30. I think Honey Beige is a tad lighter than NC30 but doesn't look orange like most MAC foundations do. It appears more towards a pinky side but not too pink for warm skin ladies.


The package is a sturdy clear plastic pump bottle. The clear plastic and white/silver packaging makes it look clean. It doesn't look cheap but doesn't look luxurious either. Just a plain straight forward packaging and there's nothing wrong about it. It has a sticker with a barcode & details about the product sealed at the back. I think this is really good as it tells you whether the bottle has been opened or not.


From a tester tube I tried at the store, the foundation was on the liquid-y side. But when I used the one I bought, the foundation came out with foam/mousse texture and not runny at all. I find that it dries pretty fast. I have to apply & blend it very quickly. The foundation evens out my skin tone very well. Since it's oil-free, it gives more of a matte finish. I would say it's has light-medium coverage. Those darker acne scars on my face are still visible after applying the foundation. It's a little drying when using on its own. I find that it gives a better application when mix this foundation with either a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I like using this with my Skin79 BB cream.

I normally set my foundation with translucent powder. During the 5 days that I used this foundation, I didn't use any powder to set and the foundation stayed on very well. I can tell that this foundation keeps my skin shine-free for about 3-4 hours before I have to use blotting papers on my face. The most important thing and a really good thing about this foundation is that it doesn't break me out...not yet anyway.

Overall, I really like this foundation. It gives me better results than what I expected. For a $15 foundation, I believe I do get what I paid for if not....more!




Sunday, May 13, 2012

TUTORIAL: EMERALD DUSK EYES

I was having this look on my day trip to Waitakere Ranges in West Coast Auckland. I bought this MAC pigment a while back and it's just sitting in my makeup drawer without being noticed for a long time. Finally, I use it and I really like the colour. No wonder why I bought it at the 1st place.

Products used.....


**FACE**
Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion SPF15
MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF15 in 2.0
Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm Triple Functions (Pink)
[I mixed  foundation & BB Cream together on the back of my hand before applying on my face with a Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush F80]
MAC Charged Water
[I spritzed this over the brush to dampened it]
MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer in NW25
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude
[I used this over the concealer to brighten up under my eyes]
Australis Ready-Set-Go Finishing Powder (True Translucent) 
[I used this to set my foundation]

**EYES/BROWS**
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown
 Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eden)
MAC Eyeshadow in Wedge
[I use this shade with a fluffy brush & apply it on my creases to create depth & as a transition colour]
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
[Put this on the 1/3 inner of my eyelids. Also, on my tear ducts & under the brow bones as a highlight & to brighten my eyes]
MAC Pigment in Emerald Dusk
[Put this on the other 2/3 of the lids]
MAC Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle
[Apply this shade on my crease with a fluffy brush MAC 224 & blend well]
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon
[Apply MAC Carbon with a pencil brush Sigma E30 just on the outer corner of the lids] 
MAC Eyeshadow in Marvel (from Mickey Contrator Collection)
[Use this shade to blend out the black eyeshadow & create an outer-V. I use e.l.f. Blending Eye Brush]
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
[On the upper lash lines & to tight line]
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge 
[On lower lash lines & waterlines]

**CHEEKS/CONTOUR**
Benefit Hoola
[Apply this with a powder brush on my temples, forehead, under my cheekbones & along my jawlines to contour my face and add colour back to my skin after put on foundation]
MAC Powder Blush in Mocha
[Put this on the apple of my cheeks & blend it up towards the temples]
NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter
[I use a MAC 224 brush to highlight on top of my cheekbones]

**LIPS**
Nivea Repair & Protection Lip Balm
Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle


Hope you like this look :)




Thursday, April 26, 2012

P-HAUL: DRUG STORE & JAPANESE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

A couple of days ago, I asked my family & friends on my Facebook to vote a name I want to use for a series of hauls on this blog. From 5 names, P-HAUL got the most votes. So from now, I will be calling all my beauty hauls "P-Haul". 

And, here's the first post of P-Haul series 



The items I bought .... (L-R, T-B)
    • Missha STARS ON NAIL Gift Set [Free] -- I've received this gift set from Missha New Zealand as a giveaway on their Facebook page. They come in full size bottles with 3 colours; Orange stone, Lavender Stone and Blue Stone. Such a good giveaway!!
    • Australis Nail Colour in Rabid Revenge [NZ$13] -- A dusty grey with purple shimmer. Gorgeous colour! I bought this from Farmers. They are normally $13, but Farmers currently has 20% off on all Australis products. So I got a pretty good deal for it.
    • Clip-On Side-Swept Bang in Dark Brown [NZ$19.99] -- I bought this one from Ippondo, a Japanese Cosmetic Store at Atrium on Elliot in the city. I've been wanting to have a side-swept bang for a while now but not sure whether it would suit my face. I think this clip-on is my answer to have both my normal middle part & side-swept bang. 
    • Hanmi Tissue Face Masks [NZ$24.99] -- I always like Asian Tissue Face Masks and this pack comes with 20 sheets. What a great buy!! They come in 3 different types; Moisturizing, Pore Tightening & Brightening. I picked the brightening pack as I recently have lots of discolouration on my face for my old acne scars. With 20 sheets I think I should see a result, if they work. 
    • Australis Face-A-Holic [NZ$24.90] -- A jumbo compact with Blush, Pressed Powder & Bronzer. I saw this a while back but didn't get it because I just bought Benefit Powda Wowza. I spotted it again this time so I thought I would give another Australis product a try. 
    • DB Designer Brands Oil Free Foundation in Honey Beige [NZ$14.99] -- Another NZ drugstore cosmetic brand. This is my 1st time buying a product from this brand. The brand advertises as having a high end quality with a drugstore price. So I shall definitely give it a try!

 See you again in next P-Haul xxx



Monday, April 16, 2012

EASY EVERYDAY LOOK USING NAKED2 PALETTE

This is a very easy look to create. The colours are great for both work and everyday wear. 


 **FACE**
  Olay Complete UV Protection Moisture Lotion SPF15
L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup in W4 Natural Beige
Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm Triple Functions (Pink)
[I mixed  foundation & BB Cream together before appling on my face]
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach
Maybelline Dream Lumitouch Highlighting Concealer in Nude
Australis Ready-Set-Go Finishing Powder (True Translucent)


**EYES**
Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)
NAKED2 Palette using...
Tease - On the crease to create depth & as a transition colour
Snakebite - Over the lids, concentrate on the outer 2/3
Suspect - On the inner corners, tear ducts & inner part of lower lash line
 Busted - On outer V (in my case it's more like an outer C) & on the outer corner of lower lash line
Foxy - Under the brow bones as a highlight
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge -On lower lash line
e.l.f. Eye Widerer in Pearl White - Tight-lined on lower lash
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown
Fairy Drops Waterproof Mascara


**CHEEKS/CONTOUR**
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Optimistic Orange
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark as a contour
MAC Special Reserve Highlight Powder in Rose Ole

**LIPS**
L'Oreal Color Riche Nutri-Shine Lipstick in Sheer Papaya




Sunday, April 1, 2012

TURNING YOUR CURLING TONG TO A CLIPLESS CURLING WAND

I have this Vidal Sassoon Curling Tong for ages and I kind of stop using it since I've got a Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Tong. Then the other day, I saw a youtube video by kandeejohnson on how to make a clipless curling iron. I think hey! that's a good idea for me to turn my old VS tong into something new & useful.

OK, what you need is your good old curling tong/iron and a screwdriver. Easy as that!

My VS Curling Tong

This particular one that I have is a 2 inches barrel. Kandee mentioned that whatever the curling you're going to use. it has to be the one that has a metal safety stand like my one in the photo. 


First of all, make sure you unplug your curling tong/iron. Next is remove the metal safety stand. This can be removed easily by pulling it side-way & away from the barrel, one side at a time.
 


Then use a screwdriver and remove the screws on both sides of the barrel. This is to remove the metal clamp.



The clamp should come out easily. Now, you will see the spring which makes the clamp stay closed by itself. 



The last thing you have to do is to remove the spring by using the screwdriver. 


Ta-da!! Here it is, my DIY Clipless Curling Tong/Iron. and now, let's try & see how it works.....



I find it easier to use than what it was. It works so good that I think I'm going to be using more than my Bybaliss Pro.


Thank you kandeejohnson for this super clever tip :)



Thursday, February 16, 2012

FAIRY DROPS MASCARA & DOLLY WINK LIQUID EYELINER

My friend just went to Hong Kong & I asked her to get a few things for me. I know you might wonder "Japanese cosmetics in Hong Kong?" Well, the truth is it's cheaper to buy Japanese cosmetics in Hong Kong than in Japan! I paid NZ$40 for both of them which is a really good bargain.


There were 3 things I wanted on the list but she managed to find 2 for me. FairyDrops Mascara and Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner. The one that is missing is Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation. I will have to hunt for that online later.


FairyDrops Platinum Mascara Waterproof is what I've been wanting to get my hands on. I saw they sell this at Asian cosmetics stores in town but they're a bit overpriced. So I've been avoid buying it for months.  As always, Japanese cosmetics have super cute packaging. This one doesn't disappoint me. It has a pink metallic tube with white printed details. 


I always use waterproof mascara because normal formula doesn't hold the curls on my lashes. The hassle of removing it off at the end of the day doesn't bother me. With a good eye makeup remover, it's an easy task just like cleansing my face.What unique about this mascara is the shape of the brush. It has three ball shape along a curved brush.


The one I have is a long & curl version. This is a fiber mascara so you know it will add lots of length. I like the look it gives to my lashes. They look thin & really long after a few coats. It feels light on my lashes with no clumps. This is not the blackest black of mascaras but it's dark enough to give a great definition to my eyes.


Look at this packaging!!  Cute, ha? Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner comes in pink & black plastic case. The pencil is very sleek in pink with purple print & black cap.


I don't usually use liquid eyeliner but I really want to try this one out. I like the thin pointed tip. I imagine it would give a very precise line. Perfect for winged eye.


I've only tried it once. It has a good staying power. Once I apply it & leave it to dry completely. It doesn't smudge at all. However, it does fade during my normal 9 hrs working day.

So far, Japanese cosmetics haven't disappointed me. I've now set myself on a mission to try out more of Asian cosmetics.