17 June 2016

Daiso Winmax Matte Finish Top Coat Review & Swatches

Look what I found at Daiso! A Matte top coat! I was hoping to stumble upon some matte liquid lipsticks (which I think they are going to release some soon, seeing the popularity of it). However, I found the last (Lucky Last!) bottle of matte top coat instead and decided to give it a try. It was staring back at me in the face while screaming "MATTE".

For only AU$2.80, why not? I've been wanting to get something similar and affordable from Essence but to no avail.

I quite like this matte top coat as it did not disappoint. It dries almost immediately after application but be warned it still needs a bit of time to actually dry up. Love the frosted finish it gives to the nails!

I'll probably post an update on its wear time. Now, I hope you enjoy the swatches:

Daiso Winmax Matte Top Finish Top Coat 

Daiso Winmax Matte Finish Top Coat + OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane underneath 
Have you tried any Daiso products that wowed you? Let me know!



11 June 2016


FOTD & NOTD See what's on my hair, face and nails x

FOTD - Esteé Lauder, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Revlon, Maybelline, Boe Beauty,  BYS, Daiso

Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Négligée (Matte)

HAIR Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color in 60 Dark Ash Blonde FACE Left face (that's my right side of face) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in 4.0 Natural Right face (that's my left side of face) Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact in 2W2 Rattan Boe Beauty Blush Powder in #91 Pink Goddess EYES RiRi Hearts MAC Eyeshadow Quad in Smoked Cocoa Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Chocolate Caviar Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Daiso Eyebrow Pencil LIPS BYS Velvet Lips Liquid Lipstick in Bare Beauty NAILS Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Négligée (Matte)

04 June 2016

Mode Matte Lip Cream Swatch & Review in Sleeping Beauty

These lip creams are only AU$3 at Coles. They come in five different shades ranging from a nude, pinks, purples and a red. They're Sleeping Beauty, Jadore, Exotic Jewel, Russian Skies and Hottie.

I got the shade in Sleeping Beauty and it appears to be a warm coral shade in the tube. It's more like bright, neon-y coral pink. I've seen a couple of swatches and reviews online, it looks really bright even on pale/light Caucasian skin tones so fingers crossed and I just bought it anyway because.. AU$3.

It's very pigmented and it dries somewhat powdery on the lips. It actually feels pretty comfortable and I don't mind it at all. I just wish they had more shades that will be suitable for warmer skin tones.

Onto the swatches:

Look at how pretty it is in the tube

Mode Matte Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty without flash

Mode Matte Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty with flash

Mode Matte Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty on full-faced makeup

Mode Matte Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty Smile I think it makes the teeth look somewhat yellow
The only way to make this work on warmer complexions is to use it on full makeup face. And wear light / bright clothes so there will be less of a contrast. The uneven skin tones (usually on coloured women) will make this shade look even brighter on your face. To call it Sleeping Beauty when it's such a loud colour, it's a bit ironic isn't it?
I also had to pair this with my Illamasqua blusher in Lover (a soft apricot that looks like a bright orange in the pan) to pull my look together and make my lips look less stark. I LOVE Illamasqua blushers they are so pigmented and finely milled!

I really hope Mode will come up with warmer shades that will be suitable for everyday wear. Otherwise, I have no complaints at all.

UPDATE: I really love the formula of this matte liquid lipstick as it dries fast and it doesn't leave flakes or anything when i wet my lips as some matte liquid lipsticks do. If it comes in contact with any oily food, it will fade, that's a given but it still fades nicely. I am definitely looking into getting the other shades in range.



03 June 2016

Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette Swatches and Brief Review

I jumped when I heard about this and headed to the nearest Mecca Maxima to try them out. Apparently it's got both warm and cool tones and they're all matte so I was really keen. 

Description of product on the Mecca website:

"A definitive eye palette with shadows that can all be used as a liner, shadow or brow definer. This palette includes both warm and cool tones as well as light and dark shades that can be used wet (for greater colour payoff) or dry for a range of looks. Includes a double-ended shadow/brow brush and how-to guide to get you started."

It doesn't say on the official Smashbox website that it promises warm and cool tones, so that can be a bit misleading.  

14 Shade Swatches of Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette #SHAPEMATTERS
Top two light shades are the two base shades in the middle
Middle row - 6 shades on the left
Bottom row - 6 shades on the right 

I was greeted by this sales girl at Mecca who sized me up when I asked her about it. I was dressed in my baggy jumper which I wore to sleep for the past week because I couldn't give af. I had no makeup on, my hair was greasy and I was actually due for a shower. I'm not sorry you have to deal with my stench, bitch. Joke's on you. HA. Some of them can be bitchy af. Some of them real nice though. 

Back to the reason why I was at Mecca. It was SO disappointing. It doesn't live up to its promises. Firstly it's not at all warm toned. It's more like a neutral to neutral cool tone and the darker brown shades just look really ashy on my Asian NC25 - NC30 skin tone, not unlike the Naked 2 Basics palette that I regretted getting. The black eyeshadow has micro sparkles in it. Like wtf. 

Pigmentation is really lacking and I had to do about three to four swipes for the swatches on my arm. And still, they don't show up that well. It does say that you can intensify the colours by using them wet. I can't say if it works. I should probably update this once I have. Though the lack of warm brown tones have already put me off. It's limited edition but I guess you have to see it in person to decide whether it's worth paying the AU$78 for. Needless to say I didn't get this product and some of the sales girls' attitudes are enough to bounce you back to reality and remind you that you and your hard-earned cash are worth a better treatment. 

To be fair, I had quite a high expectation for this palette as I've always been fond of Smashbox products. I bought their Art. Love. Color. Palettes from their Holiday 2015 collection during Christmas and have been very impressed with the pigmentation and buttery texture of the eyeshadows. Each palette is made up of two of their popular Photo Op Eyeshadow Trios and a complementing blush shade. Very ingenious! Two of the palettes have warm toned browns and warm toned blushes and I love them. I don't have them with me at the moment, so no swatches unfortunately!  

Art. Love. Color. Palettes Holiday 2015

Side note:
I've been struggling to find a nice warm brown eye palette that would really complement Asian skin tones like the Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette. It's my all time favourite and I can't rave enough about it. I basically use its pigmentation and shade as a benchmark for all other shadows. I wouldn't say it's very buttery but I love the fact that it's long lasting. It has fulfilled my wishes but sadly it's limited edition and I don't wanna hit pan on that. 

There is one too many matte brown eyeshadow palettes out there but none of them are warm enough for my liking and give me that dreaded ashy look. I've heard great things about the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette so I might try to get my hands on that. Do let me know if there's something out there that fits what I'm looking for! Hope you're having fun with your eyeshadows!