Thursday, 6 July 2017

My first purchase from BITE Beauty! Swatches + Review

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It's no secret that I love a good lippie. I gravitate towards colourful, bright shades that are highly pigmented, long-wearing and matte! Matte lipsticks are what I go for, however they tend to dry out the lips...That's when I heard these lip crayons were deemed a moisturising matte formula! Wow! The marriage of complete polar opposites! I was also swayed by the promise of a precise lip line with little effort, sans lip liner! 



Introducing Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Peche and Sucre. Beautiful, beautiful, stunning shades!~ 



I bought these during the Christmas break of 2016. I wanted something matte, yet ultra-flattering and gorgeous for summer. I researched the kind of poppy pink-coral shade I love a`la Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite - my go-to uni shade that looks good with anything!




Here's how they look. These lip crayons are no ordinary bullet-style lipstick. More so a lipstick-pen. You twist up for more product. No need to sharpen. (Unlike the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils which I was considering) A huge plus that helped cement my blind-buy. 

With this kind of format, you can create a sharp line. They're essentially a jumbo lip liner. Oh so convenient~~ I know there will be some of you who actually prefer this to the standard lipstick! :) 




This is Sucre - literally meaning 'sugar' in French. Bite Beauty chose French-inspired names for this line. Other shades I love purely based on the names ~ Amaretto, Framboise et Fraise~




Sucre is a watermelon-pink-coral with warm undertones. It had full coverage in one swipe and produced a satin finish that dries down to matte.

A truly universally-flattering shade. It's a kind of pink that can suit anybody. I recommend all ladies regardless of age to try Sucre. :)




Picture above of swatches: Left is Sucre and Right is Peche




Peche is a warm peachy-coral that really nails what I'd call my ideal summer shade. Full coverage in a single swipe. Just like Sucre, it applies smooth, and feels comfortable on the lips. I could say there is a consistent formula throughout the line. No hit or misses!

Simply stunning. 

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As for the formula, this lipstick feels comfortable and creamy on the lips; which lends it a slight moisturising effect in the beginning of wear. As the product sits on the lips for an extended period of time, say, six hours, it can become drying. This is not too surprising for any lip product to be honest. 

There is a discernible scent to these lip crayons; a fizzy, fruity, acidic, sherbet-like scent. Not particularly my favourite scent to have on my lips but it's there until you forget about it. :P 

As noted above, these lip crayons garner full coverage in one swipe. No patchy blotches or any noticeable waxiness - smooth and sleek application. You can definitely get perfectly lined lips thanks to the precise pointy tip, but this of course can get degraded with use - which is a very normal phenomenon whatsoever! ;)

Overall, these lip crayons can last a decent amount of time if you don't eat or drink all day - hypothetically speaking! But after you have had any meal, these can slip off your lips, because these have a very emollient, creamy formula. These do not stain and last long on your lips, and I would recommend touching up throughout the day.

I love Peche and Sucre. Both colours just scream summer and sunshine - uplifting, happy colours to pair with your tropical top, floral dress or just to make a pop(!) to your ensemble. Heck, I even wear it in winter... ;) ;)

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What's your favourite bright lipstick? Would love to know in the comments below!


Have a beautiful day! :)

and until next time,

~lala





Skincare Review: Korres Wild Rose 'Peeling' Mask AHA 10%

Hi there,

It's been a long time since I've last blogged...but now that I'm well into my mid year uni break, I'd love to take some time out to write about my favourite things! :D



This is one of them. It's truly the best skincare product I have discovered this year. It's from a brand from Greece, called Korres. I thoroughly enjoy my Almond Cherry shower gel from them, and grabbed a few Japanese Rose shower gels too. However, this is my first skincare item I've tried from Korres.

It's called a 'Peeling Mask' but it's not actually a mask you will literally peel off - like those black charcoal masks that were trending. From what I've heard, when referring to 'peeling,' in Europe, it's meant as 'exfoliating.' 

So when I used this mask for the first time... I was trying to peel if off! But nope, it doesn't do that. You need to rinse off the mask with water. 



The actual formula is like a thick cream, but you can spread it on your face for a thin application, or you can build it up in areas you want to especially target to hydrate, and nourish. 

There is a noticeable scent when left on your face, but it's an especially pleasant, luxurious, powdery-rosey-floral that smells like an expensive face cream. Well, if you don't like the scent, (which I don't think anyone should!) - you need to wash it off in 5 - 15 minutes anyway, or as they tell you to. I leave it on for 30 minutes or even a bit longer to 45 minutes. I feel it has better results when left longer, and my skin does not have any adverse reactions to it. One thing to note is that you may experience some tingling on your face, a gentle stinging sensation. This is entirely the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) working on your skin! Not painful at all for me, but this can vary depending on your skin sensitivity. Likewise, you can rinse it off earlier if you want a gentler effect. It's recommended to use once or twice a week and leaves lasting results. My skin is left so fresh, clear, and smooth! 

*I recommend using this product straight after cleansing or after a shower. That way the mask acts on your clean skin without any irritants affecting it. 




This product is truly amazing and so good for my skin. I have large pores and bumps around my nose that feel coarse to touch. This mask smooths out these bumps and makes the pores look smaller and less 'inflamed.' I also have oily skin around the nose which can also become dry from over-cleansing, which makes things really challenging. For me, this mask doesn't dry me out nor does it feel excessively oily. It moisturises my skin just the right amount and leaves the skin feeling so soft, supple and soothed - like a baby's bottom! 

I've used this product four or five times now and each time, there is a significant difference in the texture of my skin, the appearance of pores, the moisture levels before and after, and just generally my mood! I feel so relaxed and much more confident after a pamper session with this mask.

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One thing to note, it's a mask, so you will need to wash it off. Give yourself some time to use this mask. Make a cup of tea, relax around at home for a thirty minutes or so, and then rinse. Do not wear this mask out, or under any makeup etc, because it's not a moisturiser, even if it feels and applies like one! The AHAs can reach adverse effects when misused! :O 

What else to say? I would like to say it's so worth it for the $12.80 I paid from allbeauty.com. However, I may have to buy some backups as I write this. The price might not last long and stock can run out fast! It originally retails at $40 I believe? However this particular Wild Rose product is not in Mecca Cosmetica at the moment, for those of you in Australia. This product is relatively easy to find online and you better get to it! ;)

Truly a miracle product! If you have troublesome skin that gets dry, yet oily, rough, with pores or even no noticeable pores, this could do so much! I have nothing negative to say about this and only hope for it to have positive effects with continued use. 

I hope you're having a lovely day, 

Until next time! :)
~lala


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fragrance Review: Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc


Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc


A really soft powdery patchouli, stripped back from its harsh hippie tendencies. Elegant and mild, soft and clean. A bit old fashioned from the aldehydes rather than hippy. Feels like second skin. A lot lighter and airier than I expected.

The bottle’s spray mechanism produces a fine mist, which explains why it smells light and airy, rather than a dense, heavy patchouli and powder. Since it’s so light, I feel I have to plant my nose onto my wrist, sniffing the heck out of it! Really, really subtle. I’d have to go a bit crazy with the sprayer, I reckon!

A blast of star anise when first sprayed, reminding me of mum’s cooking. Slowly, aldehydes unravel itself. Then it comes to its heart stage of patchouli, powder and musk where change in scent is minimal. Dry down is a fluffy, powdery, amber, sandalwood musk. I think I get some vanilla but maybe I am simply imagining it because I’d like it to be there.

A very slight hint of Coromandel, by no means similar but the patchouli I get here in Patchouli Blanc bears similarity to the patchouli in Coromandel. A dialled down, minty facet of patchouli is here.

Very well done perfume! A patchouli scent I can wear anywhere! Really effortless and classy.

*For those new to Reminiscence, the bottle is really interesting, rather than a rectangular shape depicted in pictures online - it actually concaves in! This adds a bit of ‘edge’ to what would otherwise be a boring bottle. I appreciate Reminiscence for being cool like that :)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Scents I loved this SUMMER!~

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Summer is nearly ending! As we head into late February and late summer, all I feel is a slight sadness to farewell this holiday break, yet also an honest relief to feel the mercury drop a bit under 20C... and relish in its cooler change. 



Summer is a tricky time scent-wise, especially if you live somewhere prone to heatwaves and humidity. Perfume is probably one of the last things I would want to anoint myself with when it is getting in the high 30s, early 40s - it happens! Rather than leaving a pleasant smell, any scent can smell rotten and sweaty on the skin!

However, I have discovered two scents that smell its best during the Aussie summertime. The Body Shop's Italian Summer Fig and Penhaligon's Amaranthine. Refreshing, sensual, skin-like scents that leave a sensual trail in the breeze.


Italian Summer Fig is the The Body Shop's take on the cult-favourite Diptyque Philosykos, which is actually a really lovely, crisp yet milky fig. Both the EDT and body mist formulations of Italian Summer Fig are light and gentle in sillage; translucent even. A softer and more fleeting Philosykos, but certainly a great dupe at a very acceptable price. So you won't feel bad about spraying it everywhere, and anywhere you please!

I also bought the body cream during The Body Shop's post-festive season sale. So many good things to be had. You know what, I just checked and much of its stock are still on sale! Quick get onto it! The body mist was something like $9.95 and so was the body cream. 

Personally I've made good use out of this Italian Summer Fig collection this summer, and I just love it. Beautiful sunkissed fig smell. If you've ever had the opportunity to snap a few figs or fig leaves off the plant, you will know this aroma well and this captures it like a charm.  Appropriately named Italian Summer Fig! :) 



Another that has taken me through this summer journey is Penhaligon's Amaranthine. I have already written a short review and mentioned it in my 'Perfumes I loved in 2016' post not long ago. Go check that out :D 

Just effortless, balmy, and sensual but in a relaxed and confident way. I just love the feeling this evokes when I wear this. It really mixes with your skin for that 'lived in' touch. That, is what I say, is an endorsement because not all perfumes can react with your skin in such a way. That kids, is what skin chemistry is! Haha.. I should go teach PERFUME101 and begin lectures for Autumn semester!!! LOL just kidding!

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These scents will leave you feeling like you're on holiday - even if you're not!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed the warmer moments with a few special scents to call your own. :) 
Bye for now! 

~lala

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A study of RED lipsticks! Review and swatches!!

I have actually taken photos for this intended post waaaay back! I mean late 2015! Phew! Can you believe it - we're in 2017? 

At that time I bought and came across a few red lipsticks so I took some nice glamour shots and swatches of them! Now's about time I show them off to you :) :P

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Here's Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in 325 Rouge Kiss.


I acquired this mini lipstick as part of a Guerlain gift set with any purchase over $120 (?) I bought my beloved L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum and love this lipstick just as much! 

This is a reddened coral that has a buildable opacity, a bit like a balm at first but you can apply more to achieve a more saturated colour. This has a dewy, glossy finish but is never 'too much.' There is no noticeable glitter so you can wear this every day and get away with it. It works with any neutral eye look and again, you can build it up. Personally, I throw this in my cosmetic bag and chuck it on when I am on the train to uni. I love mini lipsticks! So easy to apply! Who even finishes an entire lipstick? Not me!! :O



These swatches above are for Guerlain Kiss Kiss 325. From left to right, a gentle swatch, two swatches, and then a more intense 3 swatches. This is to show the buildable intensity.

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Illamasqua lipstick in Box


This is gorgeous... truly gorgeous, flattering, perfect scarlet red for those who love a good matte lippy! This is their cult classic shade from IllamasquaA universal shade of red for any skin tone. Where the Guerlain was more coral, this is a definite blue red which will make your teeth look whiter. This is perfect for those who love the vintage, retro pin-up look. Great formula and long-wearing, doesn't bleed into lines, no liner necessary.


As you can see from the swatches above, Box is a bit waxy and uneven at first but this is fine. After a few swipes, its perfect opacity is achieved and boy, is it a stunner! Looks slightly pink in this image but in real life, it leans crimson red. You can also tell it's matte! :) 

You can tell I am quite in love with this... here's to a New Year's resolution to wear Box more often!!

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Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the Snow


This has a really well-done formula from Revlon. Full opacity in one swipe, great longevity and wear and feels comfortable on the lips... however the shade is just not 'me!' A deep, raspberry pink with berry undertones, that unfortunately leans a bit too pink and cool-toned for my liking. If only it were more red, in my opinion. I do have to say that Cherries in the Snow is a classic shade from Revlon dating back to the 50s! After all, it has stood the test of time, avoiding discontinuation, so there must be some love out there!!?


See, pigmentation = amazing! Maybe I will try to reach for this more this year.

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That's the end of it! What kind of red strikes your fancy? May it be the sheerer pop of reds, or the dolled up retro reds? Do you like it with a bit of berry, coral or just the classic red? Matte, glossy, or the now trending, metallic? Hmm... leave your comments below and thank you for reading!! :)


~ lala

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Reflection: Perfumes I loved in 2016 ~

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Well, it's nearing the end of the year, and about time we welcome 2017. Time for some reflection, don't you think? I've been busy all year with uni although that has not dampened my passion for perfumes! This post is dedicated to the perfumes that I have acquired in 2016 which I also happen to truly love and treasure. <3 All perfumes are from my own personal collection and all photos are taken by me! :)



Overall, there is a common theme of GUERLAIN. I love all things 'Guerly!' ;) Probably one of my all-time favourite perfume houses. I've acquired quite a few this year, from Mon Precieux Nectar, to Idylle Eau Sublime to Eau de Shalimar, to the now discontinued Eau de Cologne du 68, to getting backups of Shalimar Cologne! I think I am all set!! But hey, I saw that Aqua Allegoria Rosa Pop pretty darn cheap on FragranceX!!!?

Other themes include a deeper fondness of floral gourmands and an introduction to wearing aldehydes in perfume. One thing is for sure - I always love to try new things and venture into new territory.



Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime - So underrated. Discontinued!! Why you do this Guerlain?? Ugh. Idylle Eau Sublime is a flanker of the Idylle line - but it's better! A charming fruity floral with rose, jasmine, lychee, peach, and musk. There's this light honey/nectarous quality that reminds me of Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea, also by perfumer Thierry Wasser.



Guerlain Shalimar Cologne - just wonderful stuff. If you loved Shalimar Parfum Initial and L'eau, and felt like mourning its loss (discontinuation,) you my friend, need not! I smell nuances of the Initial in the new Shalimar Cologne. It's a fluffy, soft, citrus-powdery cloud of undeniable deliciousness. Love it year round - especially with a bit of a cool breeze lifting its sillage.




Givenchy L'Interdit EDT vintage circa 70s/80s! - I feel ever more elegant and adult every time I smell this. Beautiful soapy aldehydes and just classic. It's a rarity that I treasure.



L'Artisan Drole de Rose - just really pretty, dainty rose/violet/powder! Soft in its sillage and the perfect scent for people to remember you by after a hug. Really easy to wear, feminine, every day~

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The following perfumes are the new additions to my collection, most of which I discovered and fell in love during December!



Dear Rose White Song - dainty, white almond blossoms, heliotrope, vanilla, musk, powder. An almond dream~ Review to come soon!



Keiko Mecheri Isles Lointaines - A creamy yet fresh white floral with gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, and milky vanilla and almond. A little bit like posh sunscreen wafting in the breeze by the beach. Gentle sillage and longevity. So wearable.



Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum and Penhaligon's Amaranthine  - both thanks to my lovely perfume friend Portia. Firstly, Loukhoum is just gorgeous, so much more vividly rosey in spray form! On initial spray I can taste the intensely saccharine Turkish delights in my mouth. The overall feel is dense and rich, just like its namesake. One I'd love to wear in the cold of winter!



On the other hand, Amaranthine is warm weather fragrance... but not for the faint of heart! I've read reviews detailing erotic milkmaid imagery... hmmm... sadly I don't really see it, but I love it for its unique, airy, summery, soft spicy feel. I detect notes of ylang ylang, jasmine, and a twist of warm spices that do not weigh the composition down. It is definitely sexy in a self-assured, effortless way though!




Best of samples:
Nishane Hundred Silent Ways - OMG to die for! The most exquisite, beautiful white floral with gardenia, tuberose and a delicate fruity peach on a bed of creamy vanilla. My sample shall be savoured.




Chanel No. 5 L'eau - Aldehydes made in the most charming, elegant, fresh and wearable way possible. A youthful contemporary No. 5 from Chanel, yet I can see all ages wearing this. Fares well in the heat too!


       
Best of decants:
Amouage Lilac Love - My favourite Amouage for sure! Look at that beautiful lilac bottle. Although it should be noted that there are no real lilac flowers used in this perfume, nor should it supposed to be a lilac scent... it's a beautiful floral gourmand! With notes of heliotrope, cacao, vanilla, gardenia, rose, orris root, tonka bean... it's amaze.

                                                                                                            -picture on right stolen from Fragrantica!

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Ugh! You have finally made it so far in this 'novel' !! Well, although these are most of my favourites from 2016, there is a selection that I've tried and bought and deem some of the not so favourites (at all) ... but we will save that for another day! ;)

~~~Happy New Year everyone!! Woohoo 2017~~~!!

Best wishes,
~lala

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Nail of The Day: Revlon Modern Grace Swatches Review


2 coats of Modern Grace, no top coat.



Direct sunlight


Indoor lighting

"Revlon Modern Grace from the Top Speed collection contains a patented formula which gives a quick, smooth lay down of colour for a super shiny finish in only one minute. The colorPrecise brush works seamlessly with the one coat, while its triangular bristles give a smooth and even salon quality application." - Revlon

Well, I agree! Modern Grace is such a lovely, unique colour that I believe, is hard to dupe! It's a cool toned, deep lavender purple that appears bright yet dark in different lighting. Modern Grace has an almost saturated pastel tone to it, with a hint of white base; common with pastel polishes. One coat provided good coverage, but I went along with two to see its true intensity. The application was smooth, as claimed by Revlon and the finish is definitely no dull matter. Shiny and glossy without top coat. I am three days into its wear and hardly any chips! I intend to see this nail polish lasting well into the week until I take it off. 

I really like how the application was really easy, quick drying, a one coater aided with the thicker brush. I was too lazy for top coat to be honest but I do not see a real need for it. What I really love is the shade. So different, shiny and interesting!

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`lala