Wednesday, 30 March 2011

NOTD- BarryM Grey & Nars Orgasm Nail polishes

A quick NOTD, actually, it's more of a NOTW (nail of the week), I paint my nails every weeks and I will try to post these more often in the future.

As the title suggests, I have BarryM nail polish in Grey and topped with Nars Orgasm nail polish. I used Nails Inc Base and top coats as well.

I got a mini bottle of Nars Orgasm nail polish as a GWP, and ever since I got it, I've been trying to make it work. It's such a beautiful colour in the bottle but just didn't flatter when on my nails. I have lots and lots of nail polishes but for some reason, I've just been really wanting to use this mini bottle of Nars. After many failed attempts trying to wear it on its own, I've tried it layered over other polishes, and failed many times as well. So the other day, I suddenly saw this BarryM polish, which doesn't work for my nails either, and thought why don't I try these two together. And this is the finished result.

More pictures with flash:

I'm still not sure how I feel about this combination, all I can say is I think it's very unique, haven't seen anything quite like this. Since I'm at home at the moment and not doing much, it doesn't really matter if my nails are not nice. I do kind of like it, I don't know.

Let me know what you think!!

Oh and please excuse the terrible paint job...

SpaceNK Skin consultation

I received an email from SpaceNK today about their new skin consultation tool, just tried it and I really like it.
You only need to answer 7 questions and they will provide a customised skincare routine with six products - Cleanser, Serum, Day cream, Night cream, Eye cream and Treatment. Also, when you press VIEW/PRINT MY REGIME, you will see a pdf document with the products and also how and when to use them.
What I really like about this is that you can gain a lot of skincare knowledge, as well as knowing the products that suit your skin type that addresses the problems you're most concerned with. I don't think I will get all the products recommended, but I will certainly try some when my current products run out.
Here's the link to try it out.
Have a great day !

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Swatches - LIBERTE & AVENTURE

More swatches of the Rouge coco shines from the sample I got.

This is Liberte, it's a peachy coral colour with fine shimmer. The four Rouge coco shines in the sample set all contain shimmer, but it's very fine and you can hardly notice them. It does give a nice shiny finish. 

The above is Aventure, it's a very nice pink colour with a golden shimmer. On my lips, it looks like a very cool toned pink for some reason, but I do really love this colour, I think it's my favourite of the four.

I tried swatching Monte-Carlo, it's a very pretty red with pink undertones, but I couldn't get it looking right in photos, it always shows up very light. I will try again soon.

With the four colours I've tried, I think these Rouge coco shines are very very sheer. You can build up the colour, but one or two coats looks very sheer. I think it's great as a everyday lip stick/balm, but not great if you like pigmented lipsticks or wanting a dramatic lip look.

Each colour provides a different tone for my lips, but they do look very similar, because they're so sheer I think. The colours are not that unique, but the formula is very nice, very hydrating and I think it's a nice lipstick to own for daytime use.

As for which one I'll purchase, still haven't made my mind up yet... :) 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

My new favourite bag!!!


Yes, this is my new favourite bag!! I got it about a month ago and have been loving it since.

It's from Warehouse and they still have it on their website, so these should still be in stores. It retails at £32, I had 10% student discount on it, but thinking about it now, it's not that cheap, for some reason, I thought I only paid like 20 pounds for it. But I do think it's worth the money and love it!!!

It is a causal everyday bag, it's quite small so great for when you're just going outside for a short while to get food or going to the post office... (I don't know why I came up with these, but you get the idea)

It's like a nude/beige/ light brown colour, it's got a long strap, but can also remove the strap to use it as a clutch. I'm sure I've read it in a magazine that holding these types of casual bags as a clutch is a trend this year, maybe a micro trend?? I can't remember... Here are some photos of the bag...

 Okay... I haven't told you what I like the most about this bag yet, I ramble too much.
Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, the 3 separate zipped compartments!!! When I saw this in store and saw the compartments, I just had to get it. It's very unique and so useful! It also has pockets for your phone, and more zipped pockets inside the last compartment and at the back of the bag. Don't need to go through your bag for keys anymore.

I just really really love it!!

Hope you're all having a great day!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Swatches - Boy

The Rouge Coco Shines are the newest additions to the Chanel lipsticks range. I believe they launched on March 11th in the UK.

"As soft and melt-away as a balm, ROUGE COCO SHINE introduces a texture that becomes fluid on contact with the lips, making them sparkle with intense luminosity. A precise blend of wax and plant-based derivatives ensures that Rouge Coco Shine glides onto your lips, giving all day lasting colour and up to eight hours optimal hydration. In 18 different semi-sheer, vibrant shades, lips will be ultra-shiny, elegant and perfectly pretty for spring." This is the description on the Selfridges website, for some reason, don't have these yet, but I know they have got them in store.

I went to Debenhams to get my mum a Chanel eyeshadow quad for mothers' day, and the sales assistant was so nice to give me these samples to try! And I thought I'll try them out and show you the swatches. I will only show the colour 54 Boy today, and will try out the others and post them as soon as possible, as well as doing a review on the formula and if I will be purchasing.

I think these swatches are really true to colour, and I forgot to do swatches on my hand, so...

These samples also came with a mini lip brush, and to my surprise, it actually applies the lipstick very well.

Looking at the product itself, 54 Boy seems like a nude pink colour, quite beige looking, however on my lips, as you can see, it's quite a pale baby pink colour, I suppose there might be a bit of beige there. I thought it was my camera washing the colour out, but the colour on my lips does look like their printed swatch (2nd photo of this post, with BOY written over the swatch).

As for formula, it glides on very nicely, very smooth. As you can see, it is quite shiny, in a good way, I do like how it looks, it doesn't feel dry, however I'll need to wear it longer to see if it has the claimed hydrating properties.

Have you tried any of the Rouge coco shines? What do you think of them or are you thinking about getting one soon?

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Product review: MAC Pink Cult Blush - Love it!!!

I  know it's probably a bit late putting this up, since most places have already sold out this blush. I just checked the MAC uk website, it has been sold out, and I couldn't find it on the Debenhams website either. I really don't know if local counters might still have this, but if you can get your hands on it, and you feel like you really need another blush, then GET IT!!! I promise you won't regret it.

First, it is such a unique colour, I have a lot of blushes and nothing is quite like this. It is a muted light nude pink colour, that's the best way I can describe it. The picture below is a pretty good representation to the actual product. The swatches are not that great, but hopefully you get the idea. It is a very natural colour that brightens up my face, makes me look really healthy and awake. (I am NC15ish I think, fair asian skin)
This is a light colour, so not sure how it works for people with darker skintones, but looks great on fair skin.

Secondly, the pigmentation. It looks like such a light colour, but it's actually very pigmented and very buildable at the same time. I love that it's pigmented, yet it's hard to overdo it. I normally use two layers with my MAC 116 brush. I love this brush too, it's my first MAC brush and it applies the product so well. I might do a seperate post about the brush and I certainly can't wait to try more MAC brushes.

Thirdly, umm... I did not think this through. Oh, the texture, it's a matte finish, but somehow I feel it gives me a glowy sheen on the cheeks, makes my skin look really smooth after application.

I have been using it ever since I got it, so about 2 weeks or 3. Overall, it's a great great product and I love it!!!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Help Japan - Donate through iTunes

This is a super fast and easy way to donote to help with the Japan Earthquake. The images in the news certainly shocked many of us and every little bit would help the people in Japan to go through this hard time as soon as possible.

I found out about donating through iTunes from pandacakes03 on YouTube, here's her video about donating: (she does really good makeup videos too)

To donate through iTunes, click here:
It literally took me 10 seconds to do, I do have an iTunes account already, it's so easy.

I will be writing more posts in my blog from now on, since I have just started my Easter vacation.

Hope you're all well!