Sunday, August 2, 2015

Classic Neutral Eye Look with 3 Rimmel Products

I recently saw Ex Machina at the Govindas Cinema, it seemed to be a fairly underground and low key flick, I haven't seen any promotions nor has it been shown at mainstream cinemas.. which is a shame. "Deus Ex Machina" means "god from the machine" in latin, pronounced "ex-mack-ena". I made the mistake of yapping around telling everyone that I was going to see "Ex Machine-na" until I was kindly corrected.

If you enjoy a combination of sci-fi, thriller and artificial intelligence, then this movie is for you. [SPOILER ALERT] This movie explored themes such as morality, trust, creation, control and ethics among artificial intelligence, there's been a some criticism around it's compatibility with modern robotics - however, in order to enjoy the movie and experience what may potentially be a footprint of future robotics I'd suggest you to look past this. If this is what we are expecting in the next 30 or so years, the future is dark and eerie. With reproduction set a side... how different are we from robots who can generate their own thoughts anyway.

The female characters in Ex Machina had minimal makeup (yet remained absolutely gorgeous). So I thought I'd play around and came up with this very basic look with 3 products from my favourite Priceline brand.


The eyeliner and eyeshadow stick are both waterproof, it doesn't crease and it won't leave traces all over your lids.




I used Rimmel's Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 002 Bulletproof Beige all over my lids, it's smooth and easy to apply. A relatively bold wing with Rimmel's Exaggerate Eye Definer in 212 Rich Brown, this liner has a built in sponge smudger, I use the left over product on the smudger under my lower lash line. Once that's done, I curled my lahses and applied a generous coat of Rimmel's Wake Me Up Mascara (it smells like cucumbers!!!)


What's your favourite robot movie (if you have one)?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

I won  2 tickets to see Love & Mercy a couple of weeks ago, after seeing a few ads on TV my partner and I decided to hit Dendys. To be honest, I didn't know too much about Brian Wilson or The Beach Boys prior to seeing this movie. I'd often associate The Beach Boys with Cadbury or The Good Guys - very very guilty.[MINOR SPOILER ALERT] Let me just say that after seeing the movie, I appreciate The Beach Boys a LOT more, the movie provided a lot of insight into Brian Wilson's private life, he was a sheer musical genius with a very dark life. The story telling was captivating and provided synchronicity between Brian's experience as a young adult (music and early onsets of Schizophrenia) and how his mental illness with surrounding factors impacted his mid adult life. Elizabeth Banks stole the movie, I've only ever seen her play minor roles in Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games, she sure did show off her talent in this movie.

If you're going to see a movie this week, I highly recommend Love & Mercy... now onto the foundation review!

Price: $85 (from Myer and David Jones)
Shade: BD 40 Golden Beige (Great for light olive skin - this is too light for me during summer)
Weight: 25ml


Product Claim

- 24 hrs soft matte, first YSL foundation that provides all day wear and comfort with hybrid technology for feather light texture and concealing features.
- Provides total symbiosis with your skin as ultra smooth texture glides on effortlessly, melts into your skin for an even, matte complexion
- First YSL foundation applicator of it's kind, provides the idea dosage of foundation to apply directly onto your face.
- SPF 18
- Available in 21 shades


Application:
1. Shake
2. Swipe with applicator wand
3. Blend with fingers or brush



Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 3%
Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimenthicone/Methicone, Silsequioxane, Crosspolymer, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Silica Silyate, Fragrance, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides


My Verdict

- The packaging of the foundation is slender, classy and overall luxurious, instead of your usual plastic bottle, you get a nice heavy glass bottle.
- I really liked the application wand, the amount of foundation on the wand will cover your whole face, the product spreads and blends exceptionally well. In fact, not much blending is required, definitely fits their slogan "fine as ink" - not that I know what fine ink feels like on my face. IMHO - it glides like elemental mercury (not that you should be using mercury on your skin).
- It provides medium to high coverage, concealer is a thing of the past with this foundation, my blemishes, under eye bags and scars were gone while most of my pores were very well covered.
- Not sure about the 24hr wear, I don't think I've ever worn a foundation for that long, but it definitely lasted at least 7 hours (a night out - long night).
- Not recommended for dry skin, it really brought out the little flakes on my nose, I can't use this product on or around my nose during winter. It will look flawless on normal/oily skin.
- Not recommended for flash photography, I looked really washed out.
- This foundation is 5ml less than the standard 30ml foundation, yet the price-tag is exponential compared to my usual foundations. The most expensive foundation I have are approximately $40-$50 from Shiseido/Clinique - and I thought they were pretty good. Never have I had the luxury of putting on a whooping $85 foundation. This foundation is expensive.



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*This product was kindly provided by BeautyHeaven, all opinions are my own

What's your favourite high end foundation?


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Rimmel London | Oh My Gloss!

A few weeks back, I went to see Jurassic World on the weekend of it's release, the line was out the door, at least 25% were children between the age of 6-15. With the last Jurassic Park movie hitting the cinemas circa 2001, this movie was highly anticipated. [SPOILER ALERT] Unfortunately, it was a little bit of a let down for me, I enjoyed Chris pratt until his bromance with the raptors excelled without reason - and I love bromance. The fact that Claire was running around in 6 inch heels throughout a dinosaur movie was ridiculous. Quite a few plot holes, the T-Rex would've killed the raptor + the main characters towards the end, I mean why stop after the hybrid? That defeats the whole nature of the T-Rex... and eventually, they'll have to contain the Rex (Didn't the whole park go to shits because of the T in the first movie?). Rant over.

I'm a bit of a movie buff, so bare with me as I learn to incorporate movie rants at the beginning of beauty posts.



Price: $11.69 (from Chemist Warehouse)
Shades: Pin Up (left) Purrr...Glossy Cat (right)

Product Claim

- Up to 6 hours of colour, shine comfort and moisture
- Infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E
- Featuring "Gloss-lock" technology; providing long-lasting 3 dimensional shine
- Non sticky light weight and comfortable to wear
- Available in 8 shades

Swatches

Pin Up (top) Purrr...Glossy Cat (bottom)
 
 
My Verdict
  • It was definitely glossy - but most of my other glosses are glossy too, I don't think I'm really seeing the  "Gloss Lock Technology", what is that anyway...
  • I hate wearing glosses during winter or windy days, my hair just can't keep itself away from my glossy lips. While these weren't too sticky, I'd still recommend you to avoid using if you are as terrified of the hair in gloss situation during windy days.
  • My lips did feel moist to begin with, but with most glosses it tends to dry my lips out a little after an hour of wear. It was comfortable to wear and relatively light.
  • There's a weird perfumey, soapy, sickly sublte but sweet scent. I'm not a big fan (back story: I've developed an odd senstivity to smell a couple of years back during my university placement in outpatient rehabilitation where I had to be around a lot of used commode chairs).
  • It's accessible and affordable, the range of shades (or lack thereof) was a little bit of a let down, no corals, no purples and no darker shades.
  • This is definitely not my favourite gloss, I'd probably give it a 3/5. 


Purrr...Glossy Cat 

Pin up

*These products were provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Dolly Wink Volume Mascara







This review is long over due, I purchased this mascara during my trip to Japan, I was buzzing up and down the make up isle trying to figure out which mascara I should buy. I picked up this Dolly Wink mascara, purely because it's got the word "Volume" written on it, and it's the only word on the shelves of mascaras that I understood.

I can't remember how much I purchased this for, but it was around $21 AUD, and it was in a duo eyeliner pack. I  believe it's retailing around random sydney stores for approximately $26.


Before and After

Natural lashes - No mascara


Curled lashes - No mascara

With Dolly Wink Volume Mascara 1 coat to top and bottom lashes
My Verdict
  • My lashes are naturally straight and most mascaras make my lashes droop, even after curling. So far, I've found Shiseido's waterproof mascara to be effective in holding my curl, and Benefit They're Real mascara to do a relatively decent job. This mascara tops the lot with a cherry on top. It's ultra-light formula allows my lashes to remain curled and stay curled. It lengthens, creates volume and won't smudge.
  • The brush has small bristles to coat all the difficult to reach lashes, I usually go over my lashes with one generous coat, otherwise you might see clumps.
  • The formula is fast drying... and did I mention that it'll last all day? My eyeliner and eye shadow would've creased into a muddle, but my lashes would remain in pristine condition.
  • This mascara is waterproof, but it's easily removable with make up remover - personally, I feel that it's much easier to remove than Benefit's They're Real mascara.
  • Accessibility is an issue. Quite a few Japanese/Korean make up shops in Sydney stores this mascara, otherwise, I've seen Dolly Wink products on Ebay and Yesstyle.
  • This is a mascara that every uncurlable-straight-lashed girl should have in their stash. Definitely my HG mascara.
Also note that there is a similar mascara with a silver cap, the reviewed mascara has a gold cap.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Event: Glamour Affair Sydney 2015

Glamour Affair was one of my most anticipated Beauty Blogger/Youtuber event of the year. The event was put together by the lovely Melissa Bubbles and Three Bees Blog. It was so good to get together and meet all the bloggers/youtubers, I also had the pleasure of meeting Temporary Princess - whom I felt like I have known for years!


Getting to the event was a bit of a trek with trackwork, together with a train, a bus and a ferry, it took me over 2 hours to get to Daniel San Beachside Dojo, but it was well worth it. I was prepared do whatever it takes to get to this event.

I have never been to an event like this and always dreamed about being a part of a real life beauty community since I started blogging. Well, this dream came true :)

The day was packed with make up talks/demos from Shella Martin, demos from Lush, a Q&A with Boe, networking, activities and prizes. This is definitely one of the most memorable events of the year!

Shella Martin doing her magic

Co-Founder of Boe and beauty guru Jordy

A beautifully asethetic and fragrant demo from Lush

Sarah from Ms Billy (left)
Leah from Temporary Princess (left)


Group pic!

Here's a shot of most of the products we received from Glamour Affair - this includes the Innoxa prize I was lucky enough to go home with. I gave a few items to my partner already. I knew there was going to be a lot of products, but I honestly did not expect THIS MUCh. It was overwhelming. Damn guys, you really know how to top things off!

I had to get my partner to wait for me at Circular Quay wharf because I had no idea how else I would've carried all this home. Then, I spent 2 hours in total doing show and tell to my partner and then to my mother. Mum's got dibs on half of the lot.


A huge thanks Melissa Bubbles and Three Bees Blog for putting this incredible even together, you guys are amazing ^_____^
 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Event: Supanova Sydney 2015 {Pic Heavy}

Once a year (some times more) cosplayers, comic/anime/cartoon fantics, gamers, figurine collectors and sci-fi fans come together to celebrate pop culture and meet actors, artists, directors, creators, pupeteers and people behind the scenes. It's been around since 2000 and has developed rapidly in the past 5 years.

I will never understand why it's set in the blazing cold month of June. I had a costume ready but decided to rug up in a giant coat and scarf instead. It was either to remain sick or get even more sick, with little sleep and dreadful flu bags under my eyes, we soldiered on into the cold

 Thanks to Glamour Affair the day before, I was in posession of 4 Gothic Chic lipsticks from Shanghai Suzy, I decided to put Dove (a greyish blue) on, which explains why I look partially ill.

My partner and Deadpool Panda 

Spongebob! 

 Billy Bryan 
 Famous puppeteer who played Stay Puft Mashmallow Man in Ghostbusters, other associated characters includes King Kong, The Energizer Bunny and Cat in the Hat
 
 I'm not sure who these guys were but their costumes were pretty cool

 The old dude from UP and my new son
 
Female Darth Maul 

Sith 

 John Jarratt
He played Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek movie series. He is as creepy in real life.
 
I'm not much of a LOTR fan, but here's one of all of those who are - ONE RING... TO RULE THEM ALL. 

 Doof Warrior from Mad Max Fury Road
If you haven't seen it, yo better get a move on! It's probably one of the best movies I've seen this year.
 
 The Avengers  without Captain America 
 Iron man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and female Hawk- Eye
 
 My partner with his new Avenger friends

We also got a print out photo from HotShots
 
 Centaur
How amazing is his costume!!
 
 Darth Vader
He may look short but he was very tall!


My partner went a bit crazy with purchases, I was tame and picked up a couple of things....


I just couldn't go past the Pac Man ring ($8) I'm not a ring person, in fact I never wear rings, but this is better than Tiffany and Co.

My partner and I both purchased a T-shirt each, again, too funny to pass by...  finally found something to wear on Wednesdays ;)

 
Did you go to Supanova this year?
 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review: Rimmel BB Radiance BB Cream and Lasting Finish Powder Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to try out some base products from Rimmel, I'd jump at any opportunity to trial foundations and powders. Finding the perfect base has always been a struggle for me. I have numerous different foundations/bb creams on my shelf and I never know which to go for in the morning.

If I don't get my base right... well, it's like a bad hair day.


 
Silky Biege


Silky Beige
Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder Foundation in Silky Biege

Cost: $17.95 (from Target)

About the product
- Lasts for 25 hours
- Can be worn wet or dry
- Medium to full coverage
- Waterproof build-able coverage
- Available in 4 shades: Light Porcelain, Soft Beige, Silky Beige and Warm Honey


 
Silky Biege
 
Verdict 

- This product is quite versatile, I've used it wet - it glides on like a wet compact foundation with light-medium buildable coverage. Do not use a make-up spritz or setting spray to wet your brush or compact, I did that the first time around and the spritz created an impenetrable shell on the compact. Instead, just use water.
- For dry use, I recommend using a flat top brush and dabbing the product onto your face. The powder is finely milled, you won't be able to tell that you've got powder foundation on your face.
- It is waterproof, I purposely went swimming with this on and got out the pool with continous flawless skin! So if you're gonna hit the pool, beach, gig or a heavily sweaty event, and still want some basic coverage, this is your saviour.




Rimmel BB Radiance BB Cream in Medium

Price: $12.95 (From Priceline)
3 shades available: Light, Medium and Medium-Dark

It's 9 in 1:
- Primes
- Smoothes
- Conceals
- Minimises the appearance of pores
- Natural coverage
- Moisturises for 24hrs
- Awakens tired skin
- Brightens skin with Vitamin C Complex
- Provides a radian finish


Verdict

- Smooth and easily blendable texture when using a brush or your fingers. I peronally prefer using fingers, as the heat assists with a more even coverage.
- I was able to achieve a medium coverage, pretty much all of my blemishes and little acne scars were gone after 1 coat. I wouldn't go ahead with two coats, looks cakey.
- I probably wouldn't recommend this for those who are conscious about their fine lines, I used it on mum and unfortunately it accentuated her fine lines.
- My skin gets ridiculously dry during winter, otherwise I have combination skin. My nose gets really dry and most foundations encourage the flaking of the little dry skin on my nose. This did not, it's great for dry skin.
- I have a lot of pores, it did minimise my pores to some degree, however still visible.
- The scent is quite pleasant, it's lighly floral and doesn't smell like an obvious lab.
- The fact that it only comes in 3 shades is a down fall, luckily medium suits me fine, it's not overly pink. I have light-medium olive skin.
- Longetivity wise, it lasted the working day - most foundation tend to stick on my face anyway.

*These products were provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own
 

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