Thursday, 24 April 2014

A Birthday Wishlist

Hey lovelies,

A little behind on the Fyrinnaes, so for now I have a fantasy birthday wishlist to share with you! I don't know about you but I love to treat myself for my birthday. This year it's not really going to happen since I'm on maternity leave but I can still dream :D

All images are not mine, they belong to their respective owners and the sources are linked below each.

Lime Crime Wicked Velvetine, Babette and Coquette Lipsticks, Citreuse Uniliner, Alchemy palette
Wicked is one of the Velvetines and the one I know I'd get the most wear out of - I love a deep red lip, and a longwearing matte one sounds divine! The rest have lingered on my wishlist for far too long!

Etude House Play Nail Neon Topper Set
I absolutely love Etude House's Play nail polishes and these neon glitters look soooooo cool!

Star Kin Worble - swatch kindly provided by Claudine at Bling Me Polish, check out her blog and Instagram :) I've tried to resist this one for awhile but I won't be able to much longer! Worble is gorgeous.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
Do I really need another neutral palette? YES. THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS YES. Especially a chocolate scented one!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint
Etude's take on the radiant orchid trend is making me want to branch out into liquid lip tints!

China Glaze Wish On A Starfish - swatch by The Nail Polish Project
Everytime I try to order this beautiful texture it's sold out. Someday it will be mine!

Real Techniques eye brush set and miracle sponge
Recently I've been building my brush collection from the meagre core brushes I had. I absolutely love the Real Techniques angled foundation brush so I'm really keen to try their eye brushes and a miracle sponge - I've never tried a sponge before! o_0

Emily de Molly Copperfield, Bo Peep, Monet's Garden, Scarlet's Red, Fifth Element
Oh Emily de Molly, you glittery goodness you. These pretties are on my wishlist just waiting for me to man up and place a big EdM order - gotta justify that shipping ;)

MAC Smoked Purple, Studded Kiss and Instigator lipsticks, Nightmoth lipliner, all swatches from Temptalia
Can you tell I'm on a vampy lip kick? :D 

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
Nuff said.

Lynnderella Love Potion No 99
Dreams are free, right? This has been on my wishlist for years, but it seemed so out of reach until Storenvy became a haven for polish destashes. One day, my pretty.

Smitten Polish Electric Lime, Not Your Mama's Easter Grass, swatches by edie4711
Unnnnffffff. Look at those greens. I don't even need to say anything else.

Glam Polish Grease Is The Word - swatched by the lovely Mimi at Makeupwithdrawal
So much glowy gorgeousness! Neon lime and shimmer? Gimmeeee.

And oh, about a million things from Fyrinnae, Femme Fatale, Darling Girl and Innocent + Twisted Alchemy - but if I listed them all this blog post would be neverending :D

Have you got a fantasy wishlist?


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Toswoong Makeon Princess Limited Edition Season 1 Eyeliners - Swatches & Review

Hey lovelies,

Today I have another of Tosowoong's beautiful Makeon Princess eyeliner sets to show you! This is Season 1, a very wearable set.

Season 1 features a mermaid reminiscent of Ariel, very cute!

The eyeliners come boxed in yellow packaging. I like that there are English translations, it's a nice touch and saves a bit of googling!

The casing is a sturdy tin which closes securely. It has a removable velvety plastic tray to hold the eyeliners in place. L-R, we have: #02 Party Tonight Pearl Black, #03 Lovely Espresso Brown, #04 Sexy Vampire Burgundy and #06 Look At Me Lovely Beige. All of these shades are from Tosowoong's permanent collection of eyeliners, so the limited edition really just applies to the format (they are shorter than the fullsize eyeliners) and packaging.

Swatchity swatch! I'm repeating myself from my previous review of the Season 3 set, because the quality is very consistent:

The colour pay off on all of the eyeliners is great - Secret Princess Gold is the sheerest of the five but even so, it's still very densely packed with sparkle. Speaking of sparkle, the shimmer in this isn't irritating to my eyes and doesn't migrate over the course of the day. The wear time is fantastic, they don't crease or disappear and they survive a trip to the beach. 

They are very easy to sharpen, though there can be a little wastage because the product itself is somewhat soft. This softness is handy too though, it stops the eyeliners from skipping or dragging during application, and it means that you can pick up product easily with a liner brush if you'd like a more precise line. They're just, to put it the blunt Kiwi way, pretty bloody fantastic.

The only claim they don't consistently live up to is doubling as an eyeshadow, which Tosowoong demonstrate in their Ebay listings. I find that some shades feel tacky as an eyeshadow (such as Blonde from the Season 3 set/Bronze Spectrum line), while others are fine (like Deep Bronze, also from the previously mentioned set/collection), and the tackier ones crease after 6 hours wear. Some of the shades are also a little harder to apply evenly as an eyeshadow.

I won't repeat myself regarding formula etc below, instead I'll show you a close up of each pencil and a look with each (full posts with further FOTD details will be hyperlinked).



Lovely Espresso Brown on lower lashline (details on Sunday)




What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Fantastic lasting power
  • Some shades work as an eyeshadow too
  • Can be smoked or blended out (though you'll need to be quick, they set fast!)
  • According to Tosowoong's Ebay listing, these are hypo-allergenic
  • Can be picked up cheaply
What I didn't like:
  • Not all of the shades double as eyeshadow (speaking of the line as a whole as the brand indicates they can be used as eyeliner or eyeshadow).
Where to buy:
All of the shades in this set are available separately as well as in the set. It's worth checking out the Tosowoong store because they run a lot of auctions at lower prices than their Buy It Nows and it's very easy to pick up a bunch of these very cheaply - often with free shipping too!

Have you tried any Tosowoong eyeliners? What did you think?


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Maybelline Blush - Coral Burst Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I'm a sucker for a coral blush and I'm always envious of the limited edition collections Maybelline puts out in the States that aren't released here - so you can imagine how stoked I was to find this gem! Coral Burst comes from last year's spring collection, Color Goes Electric.

The packaging is a simple compact with a clear lid, so you can easily see the colour inside. The compact feels quite sturdy, however it is a little tricky to open. I feel like I need a tool to pry the clasp open so I don't damage my nails.

In the pan, Coral Burst is a rich, vibrant orange and it appears this way when swatched heavily too. Sheered out, it becomes more coral, though it retains its vibrancy. The gold shimmer is very noticeable in the heavy swatch, but when the blush has been sheered out as you'd wear it on the cheeks, it's a lot more subtle and imparts a glow, rather than leaving you with disco ball cheeks!

Coral Burst has gorgeous colour pay off, but it is a little stiff to blend out. I found it worked best for me when I used a light hand to apply initially and then buffed like my life depended on it. The lasting power was great with the colour still being visible, although a little faded after a long day.

What I liked:
  • Fantastic colour pay off.
  • The shimmer provides a glowing finish, not disco ball cheeks.
  • Long lasting.

What I didn't like:
  • A bit stiff to blend - use a light hand and buff, buff, buff!
  • Compact is a little difficult to open.

Where to buy:
  • Ebay
  • Cosmetics clearance sales (which is where I picked up mine)


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Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - #2 Pink Shock Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I have an exciting new lippy to show you today. UK brand Collection has recently rebranded from Collection 2000 and has relaunched in New Zealand after a few years of being absent from our shores. I think the last time I saw it here was in a Hamilton pharmacy 4 years ago, so this is a welcome return!

Of course I had to try one of their lippies after Philippa (of Philippa Mae on Youtube) posted swatches in NZ Make Up Junkies so as soon as the Collection stand popped up in my local Countdown (which are the exclusive stockists) I snapped up Pink Shock. I've been really feeling a candy pink lately, changing seasons be damned, so Pink Shock is right on the money :)

The packaging reminds me of the Australis Mineral Inject lipsticks, it is the same slanting glossy black with an angled cap. The hot pink trim and decor is a nice touch.

This lippy is lightweight but not flimsy by any means. It closes nice and securely too.

Pink Shock is a creamy blue based pastel pink with a satin finish. I've seen it compared to MAC Candy Yum Yum, but I disagree (though for me, dupes have to be indistinguishable or have only really minute differences - others are more flexible). Candy Yum Yum is brighter, a few shades darker and matte.

When I wore Pink Shock, it lasted for five hours very well. There was some minor settling into liplines after an hour which didn't worsen over time, fortunately! It wasn't really noticeable from a normal viewing distance either. 
Application was easy; the colour pay off was good and mostly opaque with enough creaminess to glide across lips. It does not feather, bleed or migrate and retains the slight gloss for several hours.
Pink Shock was neither hydrating nor drying while I wore it, but a few hours after it had mostly worn away my lips felt very dry. It wore away around the five hour mark with food, leaving a faint, even pink stain.

What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Lasted 5 hours
  • Doesn't feather, migrate or bleed
What I didn't like:
  • Lips felt very dry after wearing this
  • Minor settling into liplines after an hour
Where to buy:
  • Countdown supermarkets (NZ) - see a list of stockists on the Collection site here
  • It's also available in the Philippines - see a list of stockists on the website's where to buy page

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