Tuesday, 21 October 2014

KKCenterHk Traditional Retro Red Purple Peony Nail Water Decal Review

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's been overcast and rainy here for what feels like days. Today I have water decals from KKCenterHk to share with you all. As you guys know from my past posts I love anything and everything floral so I picked out N.NAIL Traditional Retro Red Purple Peony Nail Water Decals to try.

Source: KKCenterHk

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Kinetics Nails System Limited Edition Secret Garden Collection Autumn 2014

Wait just a minute...last time I looked up it was still summer. Can't believe how fast time is flying by. It's fall already and you know what that means...fall/winter releases.

"This fall, Kinetics' takes you for a walk through mysterious Secret Garden with the release of a limited edition range of new polish colors, featuring eight autumnal, saturated shades - with a matte effect finish."
Today I have 4 of Kinetics Nail System's Limited Edition Secret Garden Collection for Autumn 2014. The collection is composed of 8 matte fall ready shades.

Let's start off with my favourite....

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Brandbacker: Make Up by One Direction - Take Me Home Collection

Hello my lovely readers!

Thank you to Brandbacker for this opportunity to review One Direction's new makeup kit.
The one I received was called Take Me Home.

There are 3 main collections in this first set, each one coming in a tin with 1D featured on the front sleeve. Inside the tin there are details on what's inside and how to create looks.

Click below to check out the one we got!

We got the Take Me Home collection (pictured on the left).

Each collection is named after an album & their products named after a song title (cute right?)

I know fangirls would totally dig these! I think these are perfect for a 1D fan for the upcoming holidays.

Lucky me, I got a more natural selection of products!

Inside the kit, I received:

- Liquilights UV Glow Gloss in Kiss You. It's a sheer but buildable orange glitter gloss which glows neon yellow under UV (cool!)
- Sheer Lipstick in Last First Kiss. A sheer soft pink lipstick
- Mascara in Little Black Dress. An average black mascara
- Nail polish in Live While We're Young. A cute holographic shine gold glitter!
- Stencils in various shapes
- Eye and body crayon in I Wish. A thick medium brown crayon.
- Eyeshadow Palette w/
  • Back For You (Cream Beige pressed shadow)*
  • Change My Mind (Orange Peach shimmer pressed shadow)*
  • C'Mon C'Mon (Mushroom taupe pressed shadow)*
  • Little Things (Chocolate brown pressed shadow)*
  • Take Me Home (Gold w/ gold glitter creme)*
*my descriptions, the package slightly differs, will address below

Overall:  Cute collection especially for the One Direction fans. The sleeve with the members' picture definitely a plus for fans. The icing for this collection is the names! This is coming from a fangirl who used to buy chupachup lollys just because Spice Girls were on it! I was also surprised by the quality of the makeup. It's not high quality but it's decent especially when the target group is for young girls. It's not like the crappy drugstore holiday packages *cough* when you open it, the mascara is dry and all the "cream" eyeshadows are rock hard. That said, the collection is good for a young 1D fan who is just starting to use make up.
It's not great for people who already have their routine pretty much set and have a handful of Holy Grail products because nothing from this set particularly stands out other than the eyeshadow palette colour selection. I also like the packaging,  it has a brick wall theme, and the packaging of each product also follows the theme. Simple and colourful, great for the target group.

Review of each item:

Sheer Lipstick in Last First Kiss:
Packaging is simple, follows the brick wall pattern and shows the colour at the bottom of the tube. There's a smell to it, I can't describe it but it's not floral or fruity. It's not unpleasant but it's also not great (best description ever right?).  It goes on like a tinted balm, quite smooth, not chalky and no build up around the edges. Mine must have gotten warm because the second time I went to swatch again, it came out of place. 

left side: 2 swipes, 1 swipe of sheer lipstick.
right side: 2 swipes + Kiss You UV Gloss on top, 1 swipe of sheer lipstick

Liquilights UV Glow Gloss in Kiss You:
At first, I was turned off by such a vibrant orange glitter gloss. I swatched it on my hand and it was super orange. It's not really my style and I don't like glitter in my gloss. I had bad reactions to glitter glosses from Bonne Bell before! Turns out, one coat, it's quite sheer. Two and it's more orange, but nothing unwearable.  It has a really faint fruity smell and goes on smooth. It is not sticky but it has a slight grit due to the glitter. I personally still prefer no glitter in my glosses!

 Mascara in Little Black Dress:
What to say about the mascara? It's average, had no clumping but it also felt like I didn't put it on. I have short Asian lashes so I like a mascara that really thickens and lengthens. I didn't expect much from this mascara and didn't make any sort of impression on me.

 Nail polish in Live While We're Young:
Ok, onto the reason why we even blog, nail polish! I can see why any girl would love this. Glittery, sparkly goodness. This polish had even coverage without it being too thick. It has a medium to sparse distribution of glitter. Average drying time, but does not dry smooth. It contains reflective gold (and maybe silver?) large hexes and a sprinkle of rose gold, green, blue and iridescent small glitters. My camera picked it up as a scattered rainbow of colours.

Stencils in various shapes:
Yeah, I don't know what to do with these. You're supposed to colour it in with the eye/body pencil but no thank you..maybe I'll pass it onto my friend and see if he wants to use it as a spray paint stencil. They are basic plastic cut outs.

- Eye and body crayon in I Wish.
Average. I find the brown too "bright". When swatched it's like a bright chocolate but on the eye it's like a mahogany. Very unflattering on me. It looks almost like an orange tinted brown on me. I tried to wear it on my waterline but no way! It looked too much like I had a case of my allergies. I cringed. I tried it as a eyeliner but it's way too thick so I tried it as a shadow. It went on smooth, slightly patchy but another layer is great. I just don't like the colour.. alot.

 Eyeshadow Palette w/
  • Back For You (Cream Beige pressed shadow)
  • Change My Mind (Orange Peach shimmer pressed shadow)
  • C'Mon C'Mon (Mushroom taupe pressed shadow)
  • Little Things (Chocolate brown pressed shadow)
  • Take Me Home (Gold w/ gold glitter creme)

First thing first, brush sucks if I can even call it a brush. On the left is a bristle brush and the right is a foam tip applicator. Look at my swatch pic, the one using the brush is non-existent!! It can't pick up any colour lol. The foam one fared a bit better but still not good! Using my finger was much better!

I really like the colours of this palette, I love neutrals! For starter eyeshadows the pressed powder ones are great. They go on a bit sheer but it's a look I like. 

My favourite would be Back For You, the light soft cream colour is delicate and brightens my eyes. On the package it says it's a creme eyeshadow but I beg to differ, it seems like a pressed powder to me? I even dug my nail in each colour to see.. but I don't know. The gold one Take Me Home is a golden creme eyeshadow with a layer of gold glitter on top. Due to this, the application of it is patchy and gritty. You can see it below on its own close up. I don't prefer cremes anyway since I have oily lids, they crease fairly quickly. The other three colours are great and average, nothing I have to point out. 

I think the palette is my favourite item from this collection. Soft light neutrals, I can wear many different combinations! Sadly, I tried to do a 'look' with them and due to it's soft pigmentation and bad camera quality it looks like nothing hahaaha! oh gosh I will need to practice on that.
My close second favourite is the sheer lipstick + UV gloss combo. Each by itself, is ok but not great. Together they make the best 'everyday' colour (unless you shine a UV light at yourself haha!). 

I did Back For You all over as base, with Little Things in the corner. I lined the bottom with Take Me Home and I used my own Stila Liquid Eyeliner for Eyeliner. I used Little Black Dress as my mascara. On my lips I put on Last First Kiss sheer lipstick and layered Kiss You liquilights UV gloss on top.
At first I used Change My Mind for the corner but it turned out too light in pictures so I switched to Little Things

Check out the collections on https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection
Look for Makeup by 1D at Macy'sDillard'sStageBoscov's, and Lord & Taylor!

This collection was sponsored by the BrandBacker program for review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

KKCenterHk Lovely Cosmos Flowers Sea Water Decal Review

Hello again dear readers! Today I have another product sent to us from KKCenterHk for review. Water decals are another part of nail art that I adore, they're so easy to use and a perfect image is always transferred onto the nail.

I have the N.NAIL Lovely Tones Common Cosmos Flowers Sea Water Decals to share today. It is a full nail decal of various coloured flowers on a black background. The only thing I didn't like about the decal was that a light or white coloured base was needed before you could apply the decal otherwise the colour would not show up. The coloured flowers were surprisingly sheer and I was surprised when I first placed them on my nail and could hardly see any detail or colour. A bit more work is needed with this type of full nail decal as well as you would need to individually cut out the decal to fit your nail.

Otherwise the nail decal is pretty much fool proof application wise, as long as the decal is wet and the surface is wet as well it can be repositioned until you are happy with its placement.

Source: KKCenterHk

Click to see some looks I created with the water decals...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

KKCenterHk Baby Blue Circle Nail Art Studs Review

Hello again dear followers! Today I have a sample generously sent to us by KKCenterHk that I'd like to share with you all. I'm no pro at nail art but I always have a soft spot for it, particularly anything dainty and sparkly. So when the chance came to review nail art studs I couldn't pass it up.

I have the N.NAIL Sweet Series Baby Blue 2mm Circle Nail Art Decorations to share today. The studs are a very pretty shade of iridescent baby blue that shine a slight purple/red colour at different angles. The only thing I didn't like about the studs was that I found that they sort of became invisible if they were placed on a similar base colour. The studs almost felt like they became translucent and slightly invisible. They are quite small at 2mm so they are difficult to place unless you had tweezer or a wax tipped pencil to help with precision placement.

The pack contains approximately 100 pcs and is priced at $2.50USD which is quite reasonable with the amount you receive.

Souce: KKCenterHk

Click to see a couple looks I came up with...

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Swatches

Hello dear followers! Today I have a follow up to Mir's Revlon Colorstay Event post. I will be swatching the polishes I received in my goodie bag at the end of the event. If you would like to read Mir's original post you can do so here.

All my swatches were topped with the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Topcoat which I forgot to take a picture of. The topcoat did a great job adding a gel like shine to my nails and dried fairly quick. I was quite impressed with the overall quality of the polishes. Many only required one coat for opacity and dried quickly with a glossy shine.

Onward to the swatches...

Monday, 4 August 2014

New Point Rewards from Sephora

Today, I came home to see a list of new rewards from Sephora. Now I know there's a lot of un-fairness with some of Sephora practices in regards to their pricing etc BUT I still get excited seeing these rewards. Sadly when I came home, most of them were either unavailable or not up for grabs yet.
I'm not including their 100 / 500 point perks since those are more common and always there..
In regards to their 5000/10000 points, they're not as amazing as the previous ones, (such as the 5000 points from before for a Marc Jacob bag and Marc Jacob beauty products!!!!!!!)

1000 points
For 1000 points this one is alright if you're looking for help with your look. I personally don't care for this one. With my shopping habits and overall 100 points etc redemptions I have most of those deluxe samples pictured and with my VIB ROUGE status, I get unlimited access to the beauty studio. If you're interested in spending 1000 points, I would point you to the Marc Jacob Love & Lust Lip duo which includes a full sized Cabaret lipstick and Shooting Stars lipgloss. Review for that is coming up.

5000 points
 This one is my favourite, 5000 points for 12 months of 500 point perk boxes AND double boxes for Oct-Dec. Meaning in total 15 500 point perks. I've been loving their 500 point perks and I would monthly mail from Sephora lol!! I've received their NARs one recently. I loved it so much, I bought two! Sadly by the time I saw it, "Add to Basket" was not available :( sadface
10000 points
This one is pretty amazing, I totally have a soft spot for SF. So for 10000 points, you get 2 roundtrip tickets to SF, a hotel room, a bag filled with goodies and access to Sephora Backstage experience. The date is already set for October 24th-26th!

There you have it, which ones do you like best? or are you going to break down the points to get a bunch of 100 point perks instead? If so, I am eyeing Marc Jacob deluxe gel-liner crayon! :D



Photos and information was screencapped from sephora.com via my account.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Revlon Colorstay Event (Toronto)

Thank you Revlon for hosting this event!

The cut is early since this post is very picture heavy!
Click below to finish reading what fun we had!