01 April 2015

Red My Lips 2015

Hey, how is it going? Happy April Fools and hope you guys had a good laugh at  yourself of somebody else you were trying to prank. I don't have anything up my sleeves today, no jokes no pranks today because I'm dedicating this post to Red My Lips 2015. Every April throughout the whole month, red lipstick will be worn as a symbol to raise awareness regarding sexual violence, rape and victim blaming. It has been running for 3 years now and I've only just found out. I think it's a really good campaign for people to gain respect and know that one can wear whatever they want (or not wear anything at all) without inviting assault.

For those who can't wear red lips, you can incorporate some form of red lip accessory to your outfit - a brooch, temporary tattoo or one that I find cute is to paint your nails with red lips. It's an international event in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month so everyone can participate!

You can read about the campaign here in detail :


https://www.facebook.com/events/613910365398935/

or

http://www.redmylips.org



So I was thinking, there are 30 days in April and I only have 3 really red lipsticks with me right now. I might need to get more or I'll have to use them in rotation which is boring. Apart from promoting this campaign, I have a little tip on wearing red lipstick. Because red is so pigmented, I blot my lips first with the lipstick, then apply another layer. This way there's already an outline and it's easier to layer it. There are matte lip creams for a long lasting pout such as Australis Velour Lips, Savvy Ultra Matte Lip Colour or even NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams which I've been thinking of getting! I suppose pigmented red lips not only make a statement but reinforces the campaign you're supporting don't you think? Also, cool-toned and warm-toned reds do have different effects on the overall complexion. So start buying red lippies or better yet, donate to the cause! Either way, have fun and get the word out!



Red lipstick from this Revlon compact that is so so amazing, Elizabeth Arden lipstick in Brick, Topshop  lipstick in Trigger. 


L-R: Revlon Multi-Use Palette (cool-toned cherry red), Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Brick (warm-toned red), Topshop Creamy Finish Lipstick in Trigger (cool-toned deep red). 


Blotting before applying reduces mistakes. 


Adding a layer after blotting equals perfect pout! 


Revlon Multi-Purpose Palette.  


Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Brick. 


Topshop Creamy Finish Lipstick in Trigger. 



 Hope you enjoyed the post and have a great Easter weekend!




Love,


Polkadotpaw





14 March 2015

Topshop Sheer Lips Review & Swatches

Hey there! I haven't been active lately, partly because I haven't been shopping for makeup lots. I was planning to do reviews and swatches of products that have been with me for quite some time, because hey, I would be really familiar with the products wouldn't I? But I didn't get around to it. Haha.

Anyways, I went to this Topshop Student Lates event in Brisbane City and they were giving out free beef burgers and ciders and popcorns. Everything was on 20% off for the night. Had a great time looking around and doing a bit of shopping. I was drawn to their makeup section - the clearance section to be specific. I've always known their makeup was good quality, and there's this rumour circulating the Internet regarding Topshop makeup being owned by Estee Lauder companies. I have messaged them and have yet to find out. (No wonder their makeup quality is amazing?) So, I was thinking if they are on sale, why not?

I bought a couple of lippies but I'm only going to review the Sheer Lips range in this post. I can tell you they're amazing. I think they can be comparable to Chanel Rouge Coco Shine or the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy lippies in terms of finish and pigmentation. There could be tons of sheer lipsticks out there that I've yet to try. Really, I don't think anybody can go wrong with sheer lipsticks unless the application is really patchy.

You may or may not get these in stores anymore depending on the availability and because these are sale items, but they always come up with new shades for the new season so they're worth checking out. 

The Topshop Sheer Lips are smooth and hydrating. They're perfect for everyday wear, adding just a hint of colour to your lips without being over the top. Don't let the bright colours in the tube scare you, for they apply really sheer and are quite easy to pull off. Really, I haven't got anything to complain about these. They don't smell funny or anything so yeah, and I might get some more. 

The colours I've gotten are Nuclear, Play with Fire, Alibi, and Hunky Dory. 

Nuclear is a bright coral pink, Play with Fire is a bright orange, Alibi is baby neutral pink and Hunky Dory is a neutral nude shade with multi-coloured glitter. 

Sometimes I think they should come up with corresponding names for their lipsticks. Like a sequel, you know? They can maybe then pair them up and sell them as a set or something so they'll rake in more revenue. Take Play with Fire for instance, why can't they name another matching dark brown shade to go with it by the name of So Get Burnt Mthrfckr? I'm pretty sure it'll be a hit. 

On to the swatches: 

The packaging is so mod. The tubes are matte black. So, so cool. Love the Topshop makeup packaging to bits. Oh, and you wouldn't have to worry when you take it with you in public or if people are wondering if you're using your grandma's lipstick. 

 L - R : Nuclear, Play with Fire, Alibi, Hunky Dory. 

 L - R : Nuclear, Play with Fire, Alibi, Hunky Dory. 

 L - R : Nuclear, Play with Fire, Alibi, Hunky Dory. 

Nuclear

Play with Fire

Alibi

Hunky Dory


Have  you tried Topshop Sheer Lips yet? What are you waiting for?! I can guarantee you won't be disappointed! 

Hope you're having a great weekend! 


Lots of hugs and kisses, 



Vicki



24 November 2014

Ulta3 Watercolour Nail Polish Limited Edition Review and Swatches

Hey there! I'm happy to present to you the Ulta3 Watercolour nail polish. It's perfect for summer and the colours just brighten up your day. I bought the set when I saw that it was available at Terry White Chemists. There are 5 nail polishes in the set; Lily White, a cream matte white (solid colour), while the rest are watercolour / tints in Seeing Red, Marine Blue, Cello Yellow and Peek-a-boo Purple. The complete set retails for $10 and all the polishes are in full size. It's a steal compared to the OPI sheer tints in which you only get 4 mini sized bottles at $24.95.

There are so many ways to wear this - the possibilities are endless, making it really versatile. You can use it as a background for nail stamping or free-hand designs, or even wear it on its own as it is real cool the way it is. Polkadots, tartan, stripes, abstract patterns, you name it! I find that the watercolour effect polishes do bubble up, and they never really dry up, or they take quite a while to dry. A layer of top coat speeds the process of drying time and creates a solid barrier for the polishes.

Onto the photos!



They look brilliant under the sun. A glitter top coat adds more interest and pulls the whole look together. 

 The Ulta3 Watercolour Nail Polish Set. 
The OPI Pirouette My Whistle which I used as a glitter top coat. 


Overall, I really enjoyed this set. It was fun, quick and easy, and really brightens up my day! Get it before it sells out as these are limited edition! Everyone seems to be asking for these and it's all the rage now! Have fun and go crazy! 



Love, 


Vicki

19 November 2014

Long Lasting Nail Polish?

It's been a while. I've been busy, with shifting, studies, exams, assignments, you get the idea. Anyways, I'm all settled down now and have been staying in Australia for the last 4 months or so. It's great here, really, except for the lack of international brands in their markets. I've been deprived of my shopping for so long I can't even remember the excitement and adrenaline rush of shopping in a proper shopping mall. People are nice in general. Moderate paced, polite and courteous at most times. A totally different environment from where I spent the last 5 years of my life, which is Kuala Lumpur. Apart from being a shopping haven, I honestly don't think Kuala Lumpur is fit for living.

Anyways, I have all the time in the world now so I better update the beauty products that have made its way home to me. I'm going to list the brands that I've tried here and I'll do individual reviews or combined ones if I see fit. I finally tried Lush, the ever so popular, almost-free-of-preservatives beauty brand. I've discovered Ulta3 that is well-known for their nail polishes. I've also got to experiment with Illamasqua cosmetics, got myself a bottle of their polish, and boy, they wear like steel. Local brands like Australis, Face of Australia (oh, even Napolean Perdis) are not bad at all. Speaking of which, Australis came out with an AC on Tour Contour and Highlight Kit that is very similar to the Anastasia contour kit at a fraction of a price. I've managed to snag myself one last palette I believe and it's been sold out ever since - all the Pricelines I went to did not stock it and it wasn't available on their website either.

And yes, Priceline is a popular drugstore but I feel they're more like a makeup store than a pharmacy, really. You'll see loads of young girls from students to working adults, mostly women, at the makeup aisles who are more concerned with beauty. Other drugstores (or chemists as they call it here) are populated with more mature consumers, from working adults to retirees, both men and women who will be hanging around the fish oil area, or some vitamin / supplements area. I swear the Marketing Research subject is making my brain compartmentalise everything even though the semester is over.

But, it's much easier typing away without having to reference anything and I can do it with passion. I went crazy today and bought myself many bottles of nail polish. I've been wondering these few days, which is the best, long lasting nail polish? Particularly a vampy red shade. Because who would like to re-touch their nail polish every two days? Chipped nails do not only look unkempt, it's disgraceful. I've done some research on the Internet, and lo and behold the best nail polish that in terms of long lasting as voted by consumers is a $2 cheapie, Sinful Colors (In the US, in Australia it's AU$4.95.) The most expensive Chanel nail polish ranked second last in the nominated polishes. Surprise, surprise. Covergirl, Sally Hansen, and Revlon among others made it to the list as well. I particularly liked the video in this link.

I've been asking some friends around for the best long lasting polishes, and I got responses such as Bourjois So Laque and Skinfood (Korean brand) Nail Vita polish. I tried looking for the Bourjois one in Priceline as they had this 2-day 40% off all cosmetics sale. But they've sold out on vampy red shades. I'm a sucker for vampy red shades cause it's sexy. And fierce. And feminine. I could go on. I know this is post is so wordy, but my absence is similar to a friend you haven't seen in ages and there's loads to catch up on!

Here are two pictures of my haul today. I'm really excited about the Ulta3 Watercolour nail polishes that everyone is asking about. They're all the rage! Hint: They're dupes for the OPI Sheer Tints. They're available at Terry White Chemists so hurry and get yours as these are limited edition!



(L-R) Sets: Issey Miyake Pleats Please Nail Polish Set, Ulta3 Special Effects Watercolour Nail Polish Set.

(L-R) Individual Bottles: Maxfactor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit, Covergirl in Wine Stain, Sinful Colors in Georgia, Sinful Colours in Kissy, Maybelline in Fuchsia Fever, Maybelline in Blue Freeeze.


I believe the Issey Miyake Pleats Please one was a gift with purchase together with the perfume of the same name, but they were selling it in Cosmetics and Fragrances Direct as is. Sinful Colors discontinued the colour that I bought which is Georgia, a deep vampy red. (It's not on their website anymore) I wonder why. It's such a gorgeous, luxurious, timeless, elegant, and expensive looking shade. It's the last bottle in the clearance section and I was so glad I managed to find it. I hope Sinful Colors will consider re-producing Georgia as well as other classic colours like Mirror Mirror and Truth or Dare. It's terribly wrong to discontinue these shades and for such a price and most importantly being long lasting, I would be a loyal consumer. For life!

So, my question to you is, which are the longest lasting nail polishes that you swear by? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!



Love,

Vicki

12 May 2014

Avon Over Nature Makeup Palette

This all new makeup palette contains 4 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and 2 applicator brushes housed in a beautiful purple orchid print casing that is surprisingly sturdy. The eyeshadows and blushes are shaped to resemble the orchid and makes this palette all the more charming. This looks too good to pass up and I'm glad I did not because the pigmentation is very good. I got the one in Garden Voyage, pre-dominantly consisting of purple eyeshadows and coral blushes. The other palette we have in Malaysia is Ocean Flower, featuring slightly pinker blushes and turquoise / tan / black eyeshadows. In Australia and New Zealand however,  both these variants are not available. They have 'Tropical Dessert' which features pre-dominantly brown eyeshadows - which I think they should also market in our country. The Over Nature here in Malaysia also carries 8 spring-worthy lipstick shades housed in a similar purple orchid print casing, whereas 5 shades are sold in Aus & NZ.

Makeup Palette retails for RM49.90 (S&S RM54.80)

The Over Nature range is limited edition.

Below are the pictures of the all new AVON Over Nature Makeup Palette in Garden Voyage.





Swatches without flash.

Swatches with flash.

Just by looking at it makes me all feminine and happy. Doesn't it?



Love,
Polkadotpaw






07 April 2014

Makeup Quality is Degrading!

I felt the need to say this as it's so unfair for the price we pay! Prices usually go up and never come down but the quality of makeup is degrading. In my free time when I don't blog I read a lot of reviews online of different products and recently I've been very interested in Revlon foundations. They're comparable to MAC. (And they smell the same, I've got MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer and did a sniff test side by side, they smell exactly the same!)

Apparently there was a reformulation of the Revlon Colorstay in early 2013. It doesn't perform as well as the previous version and the most disturbing thing I've seen in the reviews is that it transfers a lot after the reformulation! Yikes! It's a pet peeve to me so will have to try out the foundations again and see if they really transfer that much. 

I remember my maternal grandmother telling me she used to put on Max Factor foundation on her face before going out. They didn't have many brands at the time but it sounded like it was top quality and I never hear her mentioning anything about breaking out. She's now in her 80s and her face is still flawless and smooth. Better than mine! My late paternal grandmother used a lot of Elizabeth Arden she even had a train case that she carries along whenever she travels! Apparently that's what a lot of women did back then! How cute is that? I wish they produced cosmetics as good as those days. The quality of makeup is synonymous to that of cars; back in the day the steel was a lot harder and stronger but now, it's a lot weaker and softer. 

I think it's rant-worthy after searching high and low for a drugstore foundation that was almost perfect. 


Polkadotpaw

02 April 2014

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum Foundation

Sorry, have been busy and left my blog alone for a long, long while. But I'm back and hopefully make it up! I'm reviewing the YSL Youth Liberator foundation today. Just a short review on what I think about it.
I don't think this needs any further introduction as everyone on the internet has been pretty much raving about it. But for those of you who have no clue whatsoever, this foundation is basically infused with an age-defying serum. 

I got this from Selfridges (UK online) via a friend who stays in Australia. She wanted to buy more stuff so the VAT deducted can be used for shipping. So this bottle has been travelling the whole world before reaching me in Malaysia. (YSL cosmetics are not available in Malaysia, we only have their perfumes)

So what do I think about this foundation? I don't know if it's the rave reviews that raised my expectations way too high but from the sound of it I bet you can tell from the sound of it I'm begging to differ with all those rave reviews. 

Let me tell you I absolutely HATE this foundation. It does give me a dewy finish but right after the 30-minute mark, my face looks like a grease-ball, there's shine everywhere and worst of all, it makes my pores look bigger. Bumps and irregularities are enhanced and it is absolutely abominable. I have combination skin and it feels so heavy on my face by the end of the day. The shade I have, B30 is too yellow and after oxidizing, it looks even muddier. It is sheer in coverage, it wouldn't cover my rosacea-red cheeks or blemishes. I actually prefer my bare skin after I take my makeup off for the day over this foundation. That's how much my skin hates this product as well. 

Malaysia is really humid so I can tell you it doesn't work at all on my skin in this climate. The only time I got it to be work alright, mind you I said alright, not excellent, was when the strong winds from Siberia was blowing and it was raining really heavily (about a month or two back). The weather was cold it reduced the chances of my face becoming overly oily. 
I also tried buffing it in with a brush and dusting a thin layer of powder on top to prevent oiliness - It still feels very heavy and greasy at the end of the day. 

I feel cheated by L'oreal. I feel like their products in general are substandard for the price they're charging (for the luxury brands under them). Because I don't quite remember really enjoying something from L'oreal. Just for the record, the liquid pen eyeliner from Shu Uemura is just downright terrible and again I don't get the hype. It skips and erases the previous line if I go over the liner again on my eyelids. Simply terrible. 

My point is, don't believe in the hype. Especially for foundations, it really must be suited to our skin type whether it's dry / normal / combination / oily etc. I don't believe there's a product that works for every single person. Some may love a product, others may hate it.  Try it for yourself before buying. 

P/S: I just realized the foundation I always reach for, the Chanel Perfection Lumiere is oil-free. Funny I just realized the spamming of "oil-free" written all over the back of the frosted glass bottle like one and a half years later after using it? I have my eyes on the Laura Mercier oil-free foundation. I tried it at the counter the other day it works well for me and I'll get it when I'm about to finish my liquid foundations! 

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I've also thrown in the YSL Glossy Stain in #12 Corail Fauve for a really short review (I promise). It was a Christmas gift and I was really delighted to have it. (It was actually Secret Santa so it was kinda an exchange) Nice as a gloss but it doesn't last as a stain. And it smells like liquor. Honestly, would I repurchase this if I run out of it? The closest I would get is purchasing L'oreal's dupe for it (Caresse Shine) which works fine. For the price, I don't think it performs that well. I'd suggest going to Korean brands for lip stains that really work. I'm absolutely in love with Korean lip stains; they last for a few good hours on lips and are more affordable too!

Pictures below:  

Looks luxe in packaging. Not thoroughly impressed with any of these. 

Left-right : YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation in B30, Glossy Stain in #12 Corail Fauve. 

I don't quite like the scent either, if I haven't mentioned already. 

Here's the foundation on. I don't think I've gone past the 30-minute mark but I assure you, it's not something I would want to show you and it's not something you'd like to see. 

Trying to look more serious as I'm trying to convey my dislikes about the foundation. I shouldn't look so happy, right? 



Have you tried this foundation? Love or hate? Tell me in the comments below!
Hope you enjoyed my honest review. Have a great day!



Love, 
Polkadotpaw