Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MUA Undressed Palette - FOTD, Swatches & Review


The MUA Undressed palette is said to be THE dupe for Urban Decay's Naked. The shades are said to be nearly identical, though I don't have the actual Naked palette to prove that.


To be honest, the whole naked craze never really appealed to me. For starters, I pretty much have all the eyeshadow I need with my Coastal Scents 88 palettes and neutral shades just aren't exactly something I lust after. 


But when I found out I was going to London, this became the number 1 thing on my shopping list. I needed to know if I was missing out on the neutral craze, and for 4 pounds this was pretty much the best opportunity to get a taste of Naked. 


For 4 pounds you don't get a sleek suede case, but a sturdy plastic one. It doesn't have a mirror, which may be an issue to some of you. Personally, I see no loss. (You also get a really large anti-theft sticker that ruins the back sticker on your palette D=) Straight off the bat, I can see potential for a number of looks with this palette. It really does seem versatile.

Top: Puff, Ash, Fawn
Bottom : Bronzed Ore, Burnished Brown, Tawny
Swatches done on bare skin and Nyx Eyeshadow base in white
Top: Puff, Ash, Fawn
Bottom : Bronzed Ore, Burnished Brown, Tawny
Without flash
Swatches done on bare skin and Nyx Eyeshadow base in white
Top: Puff, Ash, Fawn
Bottom : Bronzed Ore, Burnished Brown, Tawny
With flash

Top: Gild, Hazel, Lion
Bottom: Henna, Fuel, Cool Grey
Swatches done on Nyx Eyeshadow base in White and bare skin
Top: Gild, Hazel, Lion
Bottom: Henna, Fuel, Cool Grey
Without flash
Swatches done on Nyx Eyeshadow base in White and bare skin
Top: Gild, Hazel, Lion
Bottom: Henna, Fuel, Cool Grey
With flash
The shadows are pigmented enough, especially with a primer. They blend pretty nicely and are definitely worth their price. All shades are on the shimmery side, except for Hazel. With all the shades being brown in nature, over-blending can make your eyeshadow look really muddy so be vary of that.


For my look, I decided to keep it pretty basic. This was my second time using this palette and therefore I was a little more familiar with the colours and formula. I used rose-gold leaning Tawny as my main all-over lid colour.


Products used:
Face:
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream - 02
Hard Candy Glamouflage Concealer - Medium
Garnier Tinted Pimple Roll On
K Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow  -02
Nyx Mosaic Powder - Latte
Rimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder - Transparent
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Taupe
MUA Undressed Palette
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner - Black
Lashblast by Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara - Black 
Lips: 
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Transylvania


I feel like I made a mistake by using Taupe color tattoo as a base, it made everything more, taupe. I feel like gold would have allowed Tawny to really shine through.

Despite that, my thoughts on the palette are pretty much the same. I don't really like it. Don't get me wrong, the colours work well and it's a good palette but it simply isn't my cup of tea. I can never seem to achieve my desired amount of drama with this palette. The colours are just too soft and natural. If that's what you're going for, then this may be for you. Currently, I only use this palette on my mum and she seems to love it.


I don't regret buying this palette though, because it means I won't ever spend my money on the actual Naked palette. I bought this guy at Superdrug in London. If you're in Singapore, you're gonna have to get it online. Lookout for sprees on Carousell!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks in Lolita & Lullabye - Swatches & Review


I've been a huge fan of Kat Von D's style and aesthetic for a really long time so I promised myself that I had to own her cosmetics at at least some point in my life. When these Studded Kiss Lipsticks were released, I drooled over them for what felt like forever. 



I wanted to make sure that I spent my money on the right ones that I would actually wear and were of good quality so I could justify the price. After some research, I decided on these two, Lolita and Lullabye.


The packaging is beautiful. I love LOVE the way they look and feel. The KVD etched onto the lipsticks themselves are also beautiful. The day I got these I just kept showing them off to my friends (who then judged me for how much I shelled out on these)

They do have one drawback though, the caps can be pretty loose and sometimes come loose in my makeup bag. This hasn't ruined my lipsticks yet, but definitely has the potential to do so. I guess this could especially be a problem if you don't have a designated makeup compartment in your bag.


First up is Lullabye! Lullabye is a shimmery and glittery medium pink colour. The glitter shifts a little purple(though not visible in pictures). I'm not a huge pink fan, but this guy won me over.


Though the glitter bits appear gritty on the tube, they apply very nicely and feel smooth on the lips. The colour has a satin finish and is somewhat neon, but not overly so. It wears nicely and stains the lips a little. It does transfer a little, but not enough to be a problem. I noticed no feathering too.


Getting Lolita was completely out of character for me. I love my bold and unnatural lip colours and this is definitely not one of those. I'll be honest, I bought this to get on the whole Kylie Jenner '90's brown lip' bandwagon. It's a brownish pink that I ended up really liking.


Lolita happens to be my perfect 'My Lips But Better' or MLBB shade. It's so soft and pretty. It applies smoothly and has a matte finish. It clings to dry spots a little but nothing too bad. It's not dark or brown enough for the 90's look, at least on my NC30ish skin. This does transfer and is mostly gone in the centre of my lips by the time I'm done eating.


Here's a bonus FOTD with Lolita to show you how soft it is. I think it'll come in very handy when I have to go for family events and will be expected to not be as bold and dark as I'd like. I really like the range of Studded Kiss Lipsticks and would love to own more (Wonderchilde, I'm looking at you).

You can get these guys from the Sephora US website, though they don't ship to Singapore so you're going to have to go through a freight forwarder. I got mine through a spree on Carousell, so you could look our for those too!

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading all the way through!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cosmic Lips Feat. Organdie Lamé by & Other Stories... - Swatch & Review



So I was bored after school the other day and started playing around with my lipsticks. I started off by slapping on some of Portland Black Lipstick Co.'s Black. I then glazed over my lipglosses to find something interesting to layer over the black and this happened.
 

I had the chance to visit & Other Stories' flagship store while I was in London. I loved their cosmetics range and ended up getting two blushes(reviews soooon) and this lipgloss in Orandie Lamé. I was initially drawn to it because it was on sale and in case you don't already know, I have a thing for purples.


As with everything from the minimalist heaven that is & Other Stories, the packaging is really nice and sleek. Nothing too fancy, and it doesn't feel cheap. It has a long-ish flat applicator that's pretty nice.


On it's own Organdie Lamé is rather soft and pretty. It gives your lips a slight purple tinge and is very sparkly. It's great for toned down looks and adds a little interest to your look with the bluish glitter.


But layer it over black and you have something else altogether. I'm not too big on fully glossed lips so I don't think I'd ever wear this out but it will be great for photoshoots or artsy makeup looks. When layered, you can see more of the duochrome shift which is beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading all the way through(if you did)!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Not-So-Poisonous Plum - FOTD


I've been rather busy with school lately so this post won't be awfully special. In this post, I'm going to share with you one of my favourite ways to wear Sugarpill's Poison Plum for a more toned down and time friendly look.


So what I do is basically blend a small amount of poison plum into my crease. That's basically it. I love how is adds a little pop of colour and adds definition to my crease.


Products used:
Face:
Maybelline BB White - Fresh & Natural (1 : 2 ratio)
Hard Candy Glamouflage Concealer - Medium
Cyber Colors 24hr Eyebrow duo - Brown
Rimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder - Transparent
Eyes:
Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Primer
Sugarpill - Poison Plum
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner - Black
Revlon Colorstay Gel Liner - Brown
Lashblast by Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara - Black 
Lips: 
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Amsterdam (applied in the middle and blended out)

I hope you enjoyed this very short post. I promise something more exciting next week! (more lip swatches, anyone?) 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Illamasqua Lipsticks in Kontrol and Disciple - Swatches & Review


I got these babies on a recent trip to London. They're my first Illamasqua products so I was really excited. Knowing and loving Illamasqua's knack for the theatrical, I had to buy unnatural shades to have the honour of being my first products.


Being a hoarder and fangirl, I naturally had to keep the boxes.


I like how sleek the packaging is. The caps are nice and secure and overall they don't feel cheap. 



Kontrol, being a purple, has been on my wishlist for very long so I'm really glad I have it. It's a blue-based purple that leans slightly grayish.


It applies on smoothly and isn't patchy at all. It has a satin finish and doesn't dry out my lips. I wish the wear time was better, though. It fades pretty easily especially in the center of my lips. This is currently my second favorite purple lipstick, Mac's Heroine being number 1.


Here's a full-face shot to help you get a better idea of what it looks like when worn. It looks great on my NC30ish skintone. ((and matches my violet contacts)) It's quite a bold colour but yet somehow wearable if you ask me.


Disciple looks almost black in tube form but trust me, it is anything but.


It has so much depth once applied. I am so in love with this colour. It's very dry and can be a little difficult to apply but nothing too bad. It doesn't feel dry once applied which is nice. The colour is amazing though. It's quite out there, but I feel like I could wear this to school.


I love how Disciple looks on me but I guess I'm not 100% used to the stares yet. But don't worry, I love this guy too much to let him collect dust on my vanity. It's one of those colours you'd brave through a difficult formula for. 

All in all, everyone needs Illamasqua in their lives. I hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Harley Quinn - Halloween FOTD


This year for Halloween I decided to be Harley Quinn. I've been wanting to play tribute to my favourite comic book character for ages and this Halloween seemed like a good chance to do so. I'll admit that my costume wasn't exactly the best and neither are the pictures I took, but it looked great in person and I felt badass as hell.

My makeup started off pretty simple, a red and black smokey eye with red contour and a bold red lip. This however changed throughout the day as my makeup got smudgier and the overall look got more grungy.


Products used:
Face:
Maybelline BB White - Fresh mixed with
Skin 79 Super BB - Hot pink
Hard Candy Glamouflage Concealer - Medium
Nyx Mosaic Powder - Latte
& Other Stories Powder Blush - Oldham Red
Cyber Colors 24hr Eyebrow duo - Brown
Rimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder - Transparent
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo - Audacious Asphalt
Tamanala Red pigment mixed with
Kiko Mixing Solution
Sephora black eyeshadow
Sugarpill - Love+
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner - Black
Lashblast by Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara - Black 
Brandless half-lash falsies
Lips: 
Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 01



I added a point on my upper lid and I also drew on a smile. They added more character and I really liked how it looked. This is how most people saw me too because they were added pretty early on. I don't have a great picture though because the lighting in my room sucks at night.



No Halloween post is complete without a costume so here's mine. I got my Harley Quinn hoodie from ThinkGeek.com and I am so in love. 

Also, my Primark boots are to die for. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading! Hope you had a good Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette - Swatches, Review & FOTD


I have been lusting after Sugarpill since I first heard they were a thing way back when. When I found this guy mildly swatched on Carousell for $30 I could not resist and snagged it up immediately. I was broke but I do not regret buying it at all.



The one thing I love about Sugarpill is how fricking adorable the packaging is. Not as adorable as Shrinkle(Sugarpill's founder), of course ;D


The palette is made of cardboard but is sturdy enough and the magnet closure makes it feel very sleek overall.

taken with flash

On the left the shadows are swatched over a Nyx's eyeshadow base in white and on the left they are over bare skin. All of them apply really smoothly and are really pigmented. Poison Plum and Flamepoint do not show as well as the other two without a base but still are really easy to work with.

taken without flash

I was really impressed with Love+ because red shadows usually aren't this amazing and I'm really glad I have it in my stash now. Poison plum is really beautiful and I see myself using it the most out of the rest.


My look started out fairly simple, I used all the shadows in a cut-crease wing kinda thing. Sadly, Love+ and Poison Plum got lost behind my lashes. I actually really like this look and might recreate it someday.


I then decided to smoke it out. I blended out with black and some Poison Plum at the very edges. I also added a gold pigment to my lips.

Products used:
Face:
Maybelline BB White - Fresh & Natural (1 : 2 ratio)
Hard Candy Glamouflage Concealer - Medium
Coastal Scents Camouflage palette to contour and highlight 
Cyber Colors 24hr Eyebrow duo - Brown
Rimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder - Transparent
Eyes:
Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Primer
Nyx Eyeshadow Base - White
Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette
Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner - Jet
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner - Black
Sephora black eyeshadow
Lashblast by Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara - Black 
Brandless falsies 
Lips: 
Portland Black Lipstick Co.  - Black
Gold pigment from Tamanala.com


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!