25 January 2014

AVON Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick Swatches & Review

The Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipsticks come in ten mega-watt, vivid and high definition colours. They have chromo-pixel technology that makes the colours more vivid. All of the colours have tiny specks of glitter in them. They are available in 10 gorgeous shades. These shades are the ones available here in Malaysia. 

The 10 shades are:

1. Pink Pop 
2. Fuchsia Fun 
3. Kicked Up Coral 
4. Really Rosy
5. Brilliant Berry 
6. Charged Cherry 
7. Divine Wine
8. Rockin' Red
9. Personified Plum 
10. Brilliant Brown (not in pictures)  

I got all the shades except for Brilliant Brown because I don't think brown hues don't do anything for my skintone. They appear muddy on me and makes me look dated and too matured. All the lipsticks are placed in the same order as above (except for Brilliant Brown) for easy viewing purposes. Same goes for the lipstick swatches. 

These are the lipsticks in their bullets. They remind me of the Cle de Peau lipsticks but only in terms of the shape of the lipstick. I can't really compare the two of them because the last time I visited the Cle de Peau counter I was hunting for foundation and didn't bother trying other products. 

 Swatches taken with flash.

Without flash. (L-R) :
Pink Pop, Fuchsia Fun, Kicked Up Coral, Really Rosy, Brilliant Berry, Charged Cherry, Divine Wine, Rockin' Red, Personified Plum.

Bare lips for reference.

Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick on lips:

 Pink Pop (gold glitter) : Warm-toned, sheer pink.

Fuchsia Fun (silver and gold glitter) : Fuchsia pink. (It has cooler undertones compared to Pink Pop) 

 Kicked Up Coral (pink glitter)  : Warm-toned, deep coral with brown undertones.

 Really Rosy (gold glitter) : Warm-toned red with a slight hint of orange.

Brilliant Berry (pink and gold glitter) : Berry shade with plum undertones. (This has less plum than Rockin' Red. To me it's a lighter version of Rockin' Red. )

 Charged Cherry (pink glitter) : Bright, blue-based red.

Divine Wine (pink glitter) : Deep red with slight plum undertones. My favourite of the lot. It is deep red with just the right amount of brightness. This would flatter most skintones. 

 Rockin' Red (red glitter) : Burgundy red with plum undertones. (More plum compared to Brilliant Berry.) 

Personified Plum (gold glitter) : Deep plum shade. This is the least pigmented of all and looks as if I'm lifeless and makes my lips look dull when I put it on. It looks like a stain. For deeper, vampy shades it is not only right but a must to choose pigmented colours for statement lips. Save the sheer colours for a natural look. This shade just looks odd as if it's trying to be natural when it is not a natural shade at all. Well, it didn't suit my light complexion because of the stain-like effect. I was expecting quite a lot from this seeing the gorgeous plum shade in the tube.

Photos below dedicated to the shade in Divine Wine. I can't speak highly enough of this.

On lips : AVON Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick in Divine Wine. Outlined my lips with a concealer and it made the colour stand out even more!

Other products used :

Eyes : Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner in Black on upper lash line, AVON Glimmersticks Cosmic in Silver Eclipse on lower lash line, Maybelline the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara.

Face : Maybelline Angelfit Flawless Affinity Foundation in Light Ochre, Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in Radiant Kiss (used with a light hand).

See how well this lipstick shade contrasts with a dark blue outfit. Simply gorgeous! Am also in love with grey eyeliners! 

The Verdict

I love these lipsticks! This entire range has the right balance of pinks, coral, reds and plums! The colours are not opague but they are not that sheer either, they are buildable (Sheerest would be Personified Plum). These are high-shine and are quite pigmented for most shades. They do not last very long as with most Avon lipsticks. I did hope they lasted longer for the darker shades. There were slight bleeding of colours. The glitter is very fine and once applied on lips, it does give lips dimension. It's not a problem for me since the glitter is so fine - it's still better than those frosty Avon lipsticks (anyone agree with me?) These lipsticks are perfect for nights out when you want dimension on your lips. The scent is mild and inoffensive at all, in fact I kind of like it. I hope Avon doesn't discontinue this lipstick range as they have a tendency to do that all the time after you've fallen in love with a particular shade or range.

Retails for RM27.90 (S&S RM32.10) Be on the look-out. They sometimes have sale prices for more than 50% off!

Have you tried any of these?


14 January 2014

Who Are Your True Friends?

Have you ever wondered who your true friends are? Especially when it comes to girls, it isn't easy. There's so much drama and strife going on in real life you'd think people you're dealing with emerged from fictional characters you see on TV. Scary isn't it?

You'd think that all these "girl" drama will disappear together with the adolescence once hitting adulthood. Think again. Some people stay fixated in their little adolescent world for God knows what reason.

I don't understand why some females want to be better than another (especially their close friends) in ALL aspects. I've always seen the world as a somewhat balanced place with people good at different things. (That's what makes each of us unique!) But I tell you, I've encountered girls who want to just be good at EVERYTHING! This creates strife among their own group of friends and of course, people are bound to get hurt. The problem could stem from their own insecurities but that doesn't give them the right to treat other girls as inferiors or doormats. What kind of friendship is this?

Some girls would want all the attention to themselves. Again, stemming from insecurities, but what do they get at the end of the day? Do the attention they get make them a better person? Make them feel secured in the long run? They'd just seek for more attention once they run out of it making them addicts to false security. And girls would do anything just to get attention at the expense of everyone around them. I'm not saying that it's bad, everybody needs some sort of attention - it's normal, but when girls seek it compulsively and want it every SINGLE time - they're bound not to get it at times - it makes them jealous, competitive and they'll never be true friends who'll be happy for you when something amazing happens in your life. Because they'd want it too, and they'd want it even better than what you have. True friends will be sincerely happy for you for all the wonderful little and big things that happen in your life.

The two-faced types are one of the worst. In front of you, they act all nice and sh*t but behind you, they say all sorts of things about you, insult you, judge you, question your every move, etc. Seriously, what's the point of being friends? If that's the sole purpose of them becoming friends, why bother? Do they think they'd always get away with it? A hypothetical situation would be girl A and girl B. Girl A loves shopping for lots of things be it branded or not. Hello? That's what girls love doing right? Girl B would b*tch about her to her bf judging her spending decisions like it's any of her business. Did Girl A borrow from Girl B to buy any of that stuff? Did Girl A owe Girl B any money AT ALL? Then why's Girl B talking so much? That ain't even Girl B's money at all. Why does Girl B care how Girl A spends her money? Mind-boggling.

If anything bad ever happens to any of these two-faced monsters, they lose all their friends in the process with nobody who "have their back", they deserve it. I'll be the first one to run cause I don't take no sh*t from anyone. At least not anymore.

Seriously, what intrigues me most is that these kind of things still happen in adulthood. Or early adulthood. Still, it's adulthood.

These above characteristics are just some of the most annoying people to me, the list isn't exhaustive and I'm sure you've encountered loads of girls who can't stop creating drama for you. :P
But one thing we can all agree on is that you don't need friends who take advantage of you, but see you as an equal, not someone who's inferior. That's the meaning of friendship!

I don't know about you, but I've got my homies - my girls whom I can always talk openly with about my problems and that I know they'll always be there for me. They're the ones who are truly happy for my successes be it small or big and I feel the same way for them too. There's no jealousy that conceives a hidden agenda to become better, as though it's a competition. Basically, there's no drama. Also, they're the ones whom I can go on crazy shopping sprees with. =)

If you're still stuck in toxic relationships I urge you to do yourself a favour and get out of it. You really don't need the emotional abuse and drama. I hope you find friends whom you can trust with your life. And if you feel you have any of the characteristics mentioned, easy, change for the better. Please treat your friends with more respect and you'll have friends for life!

If you're wondering why I'm writing this, I just feel I need to get it off my chest. That's the reason for creating a blog in the first place, right? This blog is about beauty mainly but I'll also post all other stuff that inspires me, making it a blog of more substance, hopefully.



06 January 2014

Merry Christmas 2013 & Happy New Year 2014!

Hey people! How have you been? It's been a while since I last updated due to year-end parties, dinners, friends, family and so forth. Am proud to announce that I've more to review and swatch for you guys!
Ranging from Christmas presents, drugstore hauls, AVON.

I currently have 60 AVON lipsticks in total (bought within a month or two in a collective haul) so stay tuned for those as I'm in love with their lip products and so excited to share them with you! I will swatch & review them according to their lines / series.

This is just a very short update on what's coming. Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.