Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Everything 2013!

Everything below was done/purchased/ or acquired in 2013. Enjoy scrolling!

Nail of the Day

OPI Glitzerland

OPI Malaga Wine and Butter London Yummy Mummy (index)

                                                        Butter London Yummy Mummy

Ulta3 Hollywood

OPI The Show Must Go On with OPI Gold Shatter on ring finger

China Glaze For Audrey

Etsy Hauls

Savor - whipped soap and foot scrub, and perfume mist samples

Somethin' Special - perfume oils

Scent By The Sea - perfume oils

(not pictured) Alkemia perfume oil samples

Perfume Split/Decant Hauls

L'Occitane, Diptyque and Serge Lutens selection

Bond no. 9 Success and Robert Piguet Fracas

Alexander Mcqueen My Queen and LL Illusions Noire, Escada Cherry in the Air, Thierry Mugler Violette Angel

L-R: Lolita Lempicka Eau de Desir, Unknown, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, The Different Company Sublime Balkiss, Fresh Sugar, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Prada L'Eau Ambree, Balenciaga Paris, 

Full Bottles

L-R: Katy Perry Meow, Lolita Lempicka L'Eau En Blanc, Ineke Sweet William, Ineke Scarlet Larkspur, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea, Chloe EDP

Smaller Perfumes 

Top Left: I acquired my very first Lavanila perfume from doing work experience at an organic shop/cafe. The owner was impressed with my work on the very first day, and gave me one of her extra testers. I was pretty much over the moon as I have never seen Lavanila stocked anywhere else in Sydney. The retail price was pretty steep for 10ml at $34.95! Wearing Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit has always given me joyful memories.

Middle Two: In 2013 I ventured into the perfume oil department and Al-Rehab perfumes provide great example of quality Arabian oils. They do not cost your entire pocket money as I bought mine for about $8AUD including shipping to my mailbox. They last for days on your skin even when washed. They don't project as well as some of my perfumes, but are definitely enough for you to enjoy it from time to time. I am not affiliated in any manner.

Face of the Day! 

All glowed up!

Mock formals

Real formal

Hair Of The Day!

Knot braid 

See you in 2014! ;)

x lala

Monday, 23 December 2013

Fragrance Review: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea

How gorgeous is this beehive bottle? 

Flora Nymphea to me, is a lovely, clean and romantic honeysuckle-like scent. It opens up with delicate green white florals and orange blossom. Fresh and inspiring. It never merges into the state of being 'too fresh' or 'sharp,' as the red berries provide a gentle tart and zesty element.

Then comes the syringa dripping with honey. The honey in this is not the same as the honey in say, L'Occitane Immortelle de Corse, which is a heavy, caramellized, beeswax type of honey. The honey in Flora Nymphea is rather, a light, floral-nectar type of sweetness. I envision a garden of white florals caressed in summer time mist.

As FN reaches it's final stages, the syringa, red berries and nectar notes lose their character as a floral woody musk remains. The floral turns a bit powdery along with the woods which keep it remaining natural in essence. White musk plays its part with the touch of honey that is remaining, leaving a sensual feel. 

Flora Nymphea is bright, vivacious and sparkling with nature. This perfume actually reminds me of sucking on honeysuckle nectar as a child during summertime. So precious. 

x lala

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Scent By The Sea 11 perfume oils review

This is my review for Scent By The Sea perfume oils from Etsy. They arrived beautifully packaged in these beautiful organza bags wrapped with plastic then foam sheets. Shipping was impeccable for an indie Etsy store - 9 days to Australia! 
Kim and Kel from Scent By The Sea are from a special place in the United States. They make their perfumes in Redondo Beach, therefore 'scent by the sea.'

Well only one of these bags is for me- the black one. This is what my package looked like opened up.

Everything was so neatly planned out! I liked having a personal thank-you note and a business card ready whenever I need them again. I asked for a sample of Dark Frida which I was very pleased to see.

I ordered the Custom Perfume Oil Sample Set :
 -Dark Frida (free sample)
-Vanilla Chai Tea
-Milk Bar
-Night Blooming Jasmine
-Fiori Di Roma
-Farnese Gardens
-Dragons Blood
-Cote D'Azur (discarded)

The packaging of these perfume oils are superb! The oils are enclosed inside amber bottles that don't allow UV rays to affect the scent. To my best knowledge, the scent shouldn't turn as dramatically as perfume in glass bottles. The packaging itself is a 5/8 apothecary amber bottle that is slightly larger than the sample bottle. Each bottle comes with a gorgeous typewriter-style label. My entire set came in an organza drawstring bag.

From the name of this one I expected chocolate- like pure chocolate. Instead what I got was something reminiscent of orange, to which I later discovered to be bergamot. I was taken aback, no chocolate in a chocolate perfume? I was patient and waited for the top note to go away. Then I could discover the milky chocolate underneath! It is a very milky flavoured chocolate substitute. Kind of like those gluten-free chocolates. I don't get any floral dry down that was mentioned. I like this one and there's nothing wrong with quirky orange chocolate, just needs a bit of getting used to. Quite wearable in colder weather.


Cote D'Azur
Oh my god... Cote D'Azur is disgusting! I got a pungent wax candle smell with rotten lavender and vanilla when first applied to skin. Didn't get any better by the next 5 or 10 minutes so I decided to scrub it off. Oh man it stays on really well. Even though i scrubbed long and hard, enough to make my neck and wrist sore and red, the scent lingered. I bared with this scent for 3 hours and it will be the longest I will ever go with this one. It's filthy, unwearable, and makes my face scrunch up so badly it could be a 'derp' face! I cannot believe how different this scent smells to its lovely description on their Etsy store.
Dark Frida
I just put on my mini sample of Dark Frida and I quite like it! It smells like orange and honey cheesecake! If there is such thing! I didn't expect it to be gourmand at all but it smells so cute and yummy!  In the middle notes and dry down I find it to smell like cake dough with fake orange flavouring, rather than being an actual cake. I got straight up cake dough with loads of melted butter. Fattening foody scent need I say more? If you are into foody scents with orange-y bergamot on the side then this is for you.

Dragon's Blood
Wow! What can I say, this one I ordered just for the sake to know exactly what is a dragon's blood smell so popular in perfume oils? Scent By The Sea Dragon's Blood is a rich incense, spice, woods and damp earth scent. It's far from what I'm used to, and I find it hard to describe. It stays linear the whole way, and is very potent as I only needed one to two dabs to get me noticed. On the side note, I don't know where I would wear this to...? Definitely too heavy and obtrusive for school or work. While too serious and austere for shopping or special events. I try to wear this at home when the feather is foggy and the temperature below 20 degrees Celsius. I have to be in the unhappy, angry or frustrated mood to wear this. It's not your typical uplifting scent though it is indeed calming. I feel more relaxed afterwards. If you're not into the earthy and spicy scents then you'd likely dislike this scent. It's not light either, it's heavy and projects well. Dragon's Blood is a definite winter time aromatherapy type of scent.
Undecided rating

Farnese Gardens
When first dabbed on, this smells like nature, but more so, a well-manicured garden of coniferous trees. Eucalyptus leaves, greenery, moss, herbs and fresh air is what comes to mind. As the oil starts to develop on your skin, the scent of soft florals emerge, leaving an airy whisper on top of the herbal base. Because of this floral present, the powder tags along. The powder makes it smell synthetic, a bit like hair product or a fresh 'bathroom.' I do not like this middle stage and this smell is noticeable when you think you don't have any fragrance on. Farnese Gardens in it's best stage really is a green, natural, laid-back or 'hippie' scent. I see a carefree naturalist wearing this.

Fiori di Roma pleasant this one...I recognize this scent as an authentic green tea smell. However it is more so as a green tea leaf with some jasmine flowers in the mix. It is herbal but with a hint of fresh zesty flavour-I can only guess as citrus. The citrus plays very well with the jasmine and herbs being already there, but makes it extra fresh yet mellow. In the dry down, the citrus leaves the tea party and instead the green tea and white floral dance together, leaving an exotic, fresh spicy base. I can see this scent as a place and this particular place is a Japanese tea house complete with a zen garden. If I were to associate this scent with a colour it would be a light, warm green.

Ganache smells similar to Cioccolata when first dabbed on because of the obvious- they are both chocolate scents with a sharp tang. I also got a gluten-free chocolate vibe from Ganache, but this time with a bit of a green accent rather than citrus. The accent is what I'd call a leaf litter smell after a rain in a dry forest. As it started to dry down, a natural tea scent develops with minimal chocolate in the background. It's definitely tea in Ganache rather than leaves! I much prefer this than Cioccolata, it's more mellow and tolerable without the citrus notes.

Milk Bar
This is a sweet, gourmand and rich milky vanilla scent. If this scent was a food it'd be condensed milk. This scent is really delicious almost mouth-watering. It basically is 'warm sweet liquid satisfaction' It has a nutty vibe to it which makes Milk Bar different to other milk-scented perfume oils. Wearable as long as you adore vanilla, this is a holy-grail milky-vanilla in oil form.

Night Blooming Jasmine
Night Blooming Jasmine is a clean, elegant jasmine. It is one of those scents you would envision a young, traditional bride to wear to her church wedding. It is pure, with hints of musk and palest of powders. There is a certain 'green' note that makes this scent so clean and unlike any animalic jasmine in the market.
On the contrary...
I must say, my opinion when I first smelled this, I expected a hypnotic night-blooming jasmine you smell at midnight under the impression of an alluring emerald-eyed seductress. How I was wrong! I got boring, flat, musky jasmine that feels basic to my senses. I wouldn't wear this but it makes a great scent in my makeup drawer as the powder of my cosmetics goes great with the musky white floral blend. Just dab three to four times on a cotton round.

Petulia is a very interesting and quite a 'shocking' one because it is not the scent I expected it to be. Let me explain, Scent By The Sea lists Petulia as: "Posh frocks & Carnaby Street." As I was reading this description and about to order my sample set, I picked this scent in my custom sample set. I thought that Petulia would be a floral scent, as it sounds similar to 'petunia' - the flower. Also, posh frocks and whatever Carnaby street is, sounds like a classy street with beautiful women in vintage dresses briskly walking, whilst looking upon shop fronts- Audrey Hepburn style. Okay, I thought this one would be a floral chypre or floral oriental to be clear.
What does it actually smell like then?
Petunia is actually what I would describe as sherbet or Wizz Fizz if you know that kind of sherbet candy. It has the smell of the taste of sherbet by all means. It's sharp, tangy, sweet with the acidity of citrus fruits. Lovely, if you like sour candy but not if you were expecting something completely wearable.

Vanilla Chai Tea

Smells like muted spices with prominent black tea notes. I can smell the chai but it took me a while to register. I can't detect any vanilla in these first five minutes but I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival. The composition of this is well balanced in the way that nothing jumps out at you-it is an inviting blend of softly spoken spices, darkly-infused tea under a cashmere wrap of dainty sugar and vanilla.
This actually makes me want to go back to Autumn, enjoying the new-found cold and sipping chai lattes, preferably inside a warm cafe in an unknown neighborhood. The foreign yet beautiful surroundings contrast with the homely feel of Vanilla Chai Tea. This is a snuggling in bed type of scent on a stormy night and maybe add the fireplace rustling in the background. Swoon!

Overall, Scent By The Sea perfume oils are superb! Their scents last for up to 10 hours on my skin with a bare skin scent in the final hours. All oils blended with my skin in a way that allowed the oils project well and strong.

I highly recommend you buy a sample set before you cave into the full sized perfume oil from Scent By The Sea. Not only are they better value, they give you a whole range to choose from. Next time, I might buy multiples of the same scent (Milk Bar) if I happen to use up. 

Which scent grabs your attention?

x lala

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Fragrance Review: Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau

L'Ombre Dans L'Eau ("Shadow in the water") is a female fragrance from 1983, based on the unusual and beautiful harmony of black currant leaf and Bulgarian rose. It incorporates notes of Bulgarian rose, cassis, black currant, bergamot, ambergris, musk and mandarin orange.

This is my impression of L'Ombre Dans L'Eau...

Listening to chill wave, drinking a full glass of ice water then spritzing Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau is what I would call "Shadow in the water"

The dreamy, shoegazing sounds of whispers and synth touch on the icy feel of the water and aromatic qualities of L'Ombre Dans L'Eau. The music is like a soft shadow, starts off melodiously with celery and black currant leaf notes. Purely green - a naturopath's paradise. Five minutes in, a violin ensemble of budding roses and black currants bewitches the consciousness. Offbeat yet so softly feminine. The bundles of black currants are sour, unripe and organic, neither candied nor syrupy. The black currants never overpower, always subdued with the timbre of black currant leaf and cassia. The transition from middle notes to dry down is simply enthralling. The rose and black currant lose their character as woodsy ambergris and classical musk stirs, as if the freshness had dematerialized. L'Ombre Dans L'Eau lingers from morning to twilight for a full 7 hours, and flourishes with medium to heavy sillage.

L'Ombre Dans L'eau is an abstract yet down to earth experience of sorts. Best enjoyed with a glass of chilled water on a clear, early summer's day.

x lala

Friday, 4 October 2013

Chanel Le Vernis Magic

Chanel Le Vernis Magic is a special edition from “Vogue Fashion Night” Autumn/Winter 2013-14.

Chanel Magic is a deep, navy blue with subtle green undertones. It is a true one coater as shown below, however I prefer the look of two coats.

One coat (without top coat)

Two coats (without top coat)

The formula is fantastic, pigmented and glides like butter. One coat is enough if you are in a hurry but two coats looks more complete and lasts longer. If wearing two coats, I experienced tip and cuticle wear by the fourth day but no major chipping throughout the course of one week. 

~ I love this colour as it suits the days when you want to toughen up but still stay chic. The formula and longevity are just bonus points. The only thing I dislike is that it is hard to get hold of. Not only is it special edition, it is limited in quantity too. I was lucky enough to snatch this up from my sister who is a Chanel lover and convert. I don't know how she got this but I am so glad she did. 
Love you sis. 

x lala

Monday, 23 September 2013

Bondi Junction Haul

Yo! Last weekend I went with my other good friend Gillian to go shopping in Bondi Junction Westfield (Sydney). I can't say I bought a lot of things... although it's a reasonable haul for my no-work allowance. These are the things I got ->

You are probably looking at the Beatles shirt on the left there (well I am!). You ask, "where is it from?" This shirt is actually from Cotton On! It was on sale at 2 for $30 or $20 each. I only got one so it was twenty dollars for me.

It is quite long as you can see, and I like to pair this shirt with dark tights as it covers my bum!

The piece of clothing to the right is a jumper from All About Eve in Myer. It was priced originally at $50 but was reduced to $12.50! 

I really like this jumper! It is so comfortable and keeps me warm as there is woolly material inside, this jumper is 100% cotton.

Next, I bought a NARS brow gel in Oural (clear) from Mecca Cosmetica. It cost $35.

It's a fairly good, first brow gel for me. It leaves your brows neat and tame, although quite stiff. It holds all day long and should be washed off with makeup remover. I like this one!

This is my Inglot Pearl 430 eyeshadow. It is a pigmented 'bold' gold that is very flattering to brown and blue eyes. As with all Inglot pearl eyeshadows, they are smooth, almost buttery, have great colour pay-off and don't fade!

These refill pans are magnetic and are supposed to go in the Inglot Freedom System but I bought mine solely so I could put it in my UNII palette. This eye shadow pan was $10 :)

Murine Tears for dry, gritty, tired eyes, is the eye drop fluid that I bought out of pure desperation. I was wearing contact lenses for 5 hours, and my eyes were all crazy and dry! I had to find eye drops that day because I wasn't carrying any and HALLELUJAH! I found these at Woolworths after searching for almost an eternity. I didn't apply any drops until I went on the train back but these actually saved my eyes. I felt a cool, soothing sensation and my dry, blurry eyes calmed down within the next 5 minutes. This stuff works, but don't put more than two drops in one eye if you don't have really dry eyes. Your eyes will feel hurt, and you might feel a nerve ending(?). I can't go into all medical details, but it's not a nice feeling when you over-apply. Recommended retail price is $9.99 but I bought at $9.10

I was given a sample of BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic by a lovely SA in David Jones. We talked about Annick Goutal perfumes, Prada Candy L'Eau and notes in fragrances. I found out that her favourite Annick Goutal was Petite Cherie, whereas I hated it due to the synthetic pear note. She (I don't remember her name :O) asked me what I liked and I told her
"The one I am wearing now! Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau from Mecca Cosmetica." 
She smelled my wrist and she expressed great interest saying how nice it was, and thanking me for showing her a new scent she likes. I asked for the best sweet scents and she let me test the Bon Chic which I liked. However I wanted a more creamy, vanillic, sweet scent, to which she suggested the new Prada addition Candy L'Eau. I didn't like that one much because it lacks the real gourmand qualities and instead infused a light concoction of caramel and citrus. To this stage, my friends were becoming really hungry and asked if we could have lunch (hehe hungry hobos), I told the the SA that I would be off to lunch but might come back for more testing but she kindly offered me a sample of Bon Chic that I tested earlier on. I was over the moon because I don't usually receive samples from sales assistants! My secret to nab a free sample or two? Initiate a good chat about fragrances with the SA about the perfumes you like, your thoughts, and any questions for them. Make sure you have some prior knowledge beforehand though!

Well that's it for my mini Bondi Junction Haul, hope this haul inspired you to go shopping again.

x lala

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Fragrance review: Ineke Sweet William

Sweet William is the second perfume in my Ineke perfume collection.

Today I am writing to you in a different style and I hope you enjoy the read!

Sweet William is a melange of spice and wood with anise, cloves and a dashing of peach, sweet yet bitter. It drifts you away to some high-end clothing store stocked with vintage clothing. Male and females all welcome, perfect for the modern bohemian. It is the aroma of woods that everybody is accustomed to in this store. Nobody says anything, sophistication is spoken in silence. The scent offends nobody, it is by far an acquired and 'grown' type of scent. After searching tirelessly for wearable treasures in this hippie-esque store, a waft of bourbon vanilla layered between sandalwood arises in the drydown. A rather pleasant surprise, for the real treasure was not in finding the best piece around, but your most unique moment in scent. A different yet inspired experience Sweet William is!

The sillage (pronounced si-yaajz) of Sweet William is similar to Ineke Scarlet Larkspur. It projects quite well in the first thirty or so minutes but then turns quite soft and weak when left for longer. People can smell this if standing very close to you but hardly a trace is sniffed if more than a metre away.

Longevity: On a cold weather day, It lasts up to 4 hours on the neck and wrist, though it becomes barely detectable in the last two hours. If you wear this before you go to bed, it could last on your skin until the next morning with subtle hints if smelt closely.

Overall, Sweet William is a warm spicy, grown-up scent that is also quite unisex hence 'male and females all welcome.' Even though my distaste for Sweet William, it is perfectly suited for the cold weather at the moment. I would advise you to try this before you buy, as your skin might disagree with some of the spices like cloves or cinnamon - especially in the summertime.

I recommend this fragrance for women over 25 years or the type of man that is sensual, quirky, refined and a bit introverted.

Readers, which Ineke fragrance would you prefer from the sounds of things? Scarlet Larkspur or Sweet William?

x lala

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Fragrance review: Ineke Scarlet Larkspur

Hello there beautiful people! I am writing an actual fragrance review for the very first time on my blog! This is Scarlet Larkspur from niche brand Ineke. You can only find them in the US or alternatively on Ebay, where I found mine. I got a fairly good deal from the seller 'chinableu' who ships internationally pretty quickly.

Scarlet Larkspur is a floral oriental fragrance from niche brand Ineke. Let's go straight into the notes!~ I would best describe this as a spicy fruity fragrance, with top notes of blood orange, red currant, morello cherry and deepens with claret wine, nutmeg, saffron, amyris wood, tonka bean and bourbon vanilla.

Scarlet Larkspur's notes may seem rich and heavy, but despite the spices and nutmeg that is present, it has a translucent feel about it. This is why this scent is both light and heavenly. With the cherry present, I do not find it syrupy. Yet with the red currant also present, it is not tart like some currant scents. (Syrupy like cherry syrup or sickly sweet jam. Tart as in sharp acidic smell).

The sillage of Scarlet Larkspur is soft to moderate.  You can definitely smell it on yourself from time to time, but not enough to distract you. It is not cloying or headache-inducing from my experience, however this could vary. The projection of SL is actually a bit disappointing for me, I have tested this during Sydney's winter (15-20 degrees Celsius) and no one could smell my perfume unless they were in a meter's proximity. Overall, the projection is nothing to be afraid of, nonetheless unsuitable for conservative environments like work or school. I find it a bit too experimental for most people's taste. Do not overapply intending to make a good impression, you may as well be the cherry bomb!

I found SL had overnight longevity and moderate overall during the day. It lasted a good three and a half hours with a slight trace after this time. The aroma lingers on your skin after a shower especially if you plant your nose onto applied area.

Ineke fragrances are conscientiously designed; employing an elegant cylindrical bottle and a lid that reminds me of a rubber stopper. The lid is easy to grip and has a texture similar to Nars blush packaging. The bottle is recognizably Ineke, with the crimson gradient feature on the bottle. Each Ineke bottle has a different coloured gradient. The bottle design is simple yet delightfully appealing.

As a first perfume from Ineke, I have noticed the sprays disperse a lavish amount of perfume compared to other brands. Because the sprays are quite generous, I usually spray twice, one on my arm and one on my neck or dĂ©colletage.  The spray can be effortlessly utilized and the spout is easy to take off if you wish to decant.

I find this perfume can be worn in both hot and cold weather. In hot weather, there will be more fruit emphasized. In cold weather, more spices being emphasized.

If any women reading possess a liking towards cherry or currant notes, this is an excellent perfume to test! A refreshing burst of cherry enveloped between wine and soft spices. I recommend Scarlet Larkspur for fun, flirty yet sophisticated females from 20-45 years of age. I can guarantee that the majority of these women will be satisfied with the impressive composition and exotic scent. Do try this before you buy!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Chic n' Bronzed FOTD

Hi lovelies! I have a special guest today to feature my face of the day. She is my good friend Catherine.
I did a simple and polished look that also looks natural. I can imagine this look being used to go anywhere you desire.
Products used:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Soft Beige
Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze
Nars Douceur Blush
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer
Inglot Freedom Eyeshadow in 34 and 37 (lid and crease)
Designer Brands Black Eyeliner
LancĂ´me Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb (brow bone)
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in 35 (brows)
Chanel Lipstick in Saga 79

That's it for now, please leave a comment on how you think I did. Thank you Catherine for being my model. :)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Would You Rather Tag


 1.) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?

The very first question and I find this beyond difficult to answer.  I would have to say lose all of my palettes and eyeshadows. I don't have many palettes (maybe 3-4) and my eyeshadows are a necessity to me but I would farewell them if I get to keep all of my mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lipglosses. The latter collection is far bigger. 

 2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Chop off all of my hair. I find extremely long hair unattractive and a sign of lack of maintenance. It will be very very hard to wash and with the split's a disaster! I would rather bare with the bald look and go incognito for a couple of months.

 3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?, that's another hard one! Coral blush is very flattering on lots of people and instantly warms you up like a sunshine. (haha?) But I would rather a pink cheek because it is more versatile in makeup looks and looks more demure.

 4.) If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather
buy clothes or makeup?
$1000 in makeup could buy a lot of things but $1000 in clothes is a more wiser choice. I would buy some pieces of high-end clothing and purchase some more wardrobe staples like jeans and tops. I would like to invest in some high quality winter coats for this season.

 5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

I would have to say...eyeliner as lipstick! I wouldn't mind spending one day with black or brown lips. I don't think it would be too shabby!

 6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Um... I live in Australia which is the land without Sephora? If we had a Sephora here, I would pick Sephora because they stock an array of makeup brands rather than a one-off brand. There would be more variety and freedom to choose - which I like. MAC is nice but not a necessity in the world of excessive makeup.

 7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

One eyeshadow colour definitely. I find that people don't notice my eyeshadow too often and when I do change it up, I like to point it out to friends. Like "Hey, do you like my new eyeshadow colour? It's new!" blah blah~ I tend to change my lip colour from time to time depending on the weather and my mood; so it is an absolute must.

 8.) Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Neither! But if I had to choose, I would wear summer clothes in winter because there are always heaters available. I am not that afraid of the cold than the heat. I used to always get nosebleeds  in summer when I was younger! D:

 9.) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?Obviously bright nails. I don't like sombre dark nails that epitomize winter. I prefer eye-catching colours on the nails. Although I detest neon polishes, they were only IN like 5 years ago? They are so out of fashion and I know China Glaze recently presented a neon collection. I'm sure the formulas are great but I'm just not so keen on the idea. I like bright pinks, oranges and blues. 

 10.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
My favourite lip product is Luca's Papaw Ointment and my favourite eye product is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I can use any other lip balm as replacement for the ointment but the primer is perfect for me. I've heard of Urban Decay Primer Potion but until then I would still say that I would give up my favourite lip product. This question wasn't hard at all!

 11.) Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
Is it just me or that I can never achieve a messy bun? They always look spikey and unflattering on me. In general, in my opinion, messy buns and Asians don't mix! We look like we failed the traditional updo worn commonly during festival time. Please don't be offended, I am just offering my point of view. Plus, I have spent ten years of my life perfecting the ponytail, so 'puh-leese' messy bun!

 12.) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
I would choose to never use lipgloss. I don't like having sticky/tacky lips anyway and having the wind blow stray hairs onto my lips and therefore having them temporarily glued! You can always use lip balm as substitute, just no stickiness :)

 13.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Shave my eyebrows and have none at all. I don't find it that bad actually. People with trichotillomania have the itching desire to pull them out so I don't see why not. I can always fill them in with eyebrow pencil and still look decent. Didn't women in the 1920s shave their eyebrows and draw a thin line?? This could even be a recurring trend perhaps...we will have to see.

 14.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Since makeup covers a large portion of things, I would have to admit that I can live without nail polish. It takes patience to apply polish and can be a hassle at times (when you smudge it and have to redo it!) Nail varnish makes your whole look more 'polished' [see what I did there? :P] but I can be fine without it.

So that's it! Please leave a comment below and I recommend anyone to do this tag! It is so interesting and fun! Comment which answer you liked the best. :-)

Essie Coat Azure NOTD + Review

This is a polish I bought two years ago in a Spring collection from Essie I recall it was the Essie Spring 2011 French Affair Collection called Coat Azure. I used Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat for swatches below. J'aime Essie!! Je l'adore beaucoup!

When I first put this on, I had doubts regarding the colour, however, I started to like it when I stared at it in full sunlight. This is a very pretty dusty blue colour that would remind me of a pristine beach at midday. There is a slight shimmer if you look carefully and this makes it the extra bit special.  The light really bounces off and makes it all shimmery and pretty (: I would recommend this colour for spring and summer or whenever you're in a dreamy mood.

                                                         outdoor afternoon lighting

The formula for Coat Azure is fantastic; smooth, non-streaky, and lasts a week of wear with good quality base coat and top coat. Results in opaque nails in one to two coats.

                                                          indoors afternoon lighting

Great polish from a superb collection. Even though I have owned this nail polish for two years, I still think this polish has endured the test of time. No gloopiness was experienced! Absolutely recommend this for everyone. Universally appealing and another top-notch quality from Essie. 5 stars~!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Colours of the Rainbow Tag

This tag must be one of the coolest and cutest ones out there and is my very first one (yay!) Well what is it? This is a simple tag where you choose beauty products from the colours of the rainbow. Example is a red lipstick for the colour red. The order goes ROYGBIV plus pink and multi-coloured so there is a total of nine colours. I have cheated a little bit by adding two products instead of one for a colour. This is because I couldn't choose between them; they were just that awesome!


This has to go to my humble old Lucas Papaw Ointment. I have been using this for years and the same tube seems to be going on forever. It makes your lips like a baby's; so soft and supple. Cracks and peeling no more! You can use this the same way as Vaseline. Cheap and highly recommended!


This is Hera's Sun Mate Daily Sunscreen. Pleasant formula that is lotion-based and blends in smoothly. Does have a bit of an oily sheen, so beware oily-skinned gals! Light floral scent that goes away after application. Available from Ebay otherwise Asia-exclusive.


Another Asia-exclusive, the Maybelline Magnum Waterproof Mascara.
Wow! This mascara made my lashes very lengthened and curled! It has a slightly drier formula compared to non-waterproof formulas and it defines lashes well. Great choice for lengthening short lashes.  I got mine for $7 on Ebay which is a steal. I recommend this for anyone looking for a good curling, defining an lengthening mascara thats also waterproof. :)


Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer is a medicated concealer that helps to clear and prevent blemishes. The gentle, soothing, oil-free formula provides natural-looking coverage as blemishes heal. I got the concealer in shade 04 which is a light green tint which helps counteract redness. It works superbly for the redness around the nose and any random breakouts.

Teehee, I told you I cheated a bit, didn't I? This is the second product, the NYX Single Eyeshadow in Kiwi. A true to colour yellow-green. Has a bit of understated shimmer that is best suited with yellows and golds. Recommended for an edgy makeup look.


First ever eye shadow primer to the left is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Let me just tell you, this is INGENIOUS! Begin bare-faced. Use a tiny dot and pat it on all over the eyelid and then apply any eye shadow. It makes most eye shadows brighter and last longer, than it would of been when worn alone. Also prevents creasing and allow shadows to stick to your eyelid. Holy Grail status for me.

Next is Maybelline Babe Skin Pore Eraser which I bought during a visit to China. It is marketed as a pore erasing primer that holds your makeup and makes your skin soft and smooth. It is also light weight and breathable. This primer is a fragrance free translucent gel with a rather thick consistency. However it is extremely easy to blend and hasn't made me break out! Note: this does not make your pores smaller although it claims to make your pores go away. Try this if you can get hold of it.


One of my favourite eye shadows is NYX Single Eye shadow in Morocco. A dark blue-based periwinkle indigo that can be used for eyeliner or in the crease. Beautiful colour and smooth texture. One of NYX's better eye shadows I have experienced.


Mac Grand Galaxy Extra Dimension Eye shadow. A difficult colour to describe as it is a blend of purple, blue, grey and taupe. Again, works nicely as a crease colour or lid colour. Takes on a metallic finish with the shimmer present. Would repurchase if it wasn't limited edition.


My two newly acquired perfumes that I have slowly fallen in love with. They are two very different scents. To the left is Katy Perry Meow 100ml released in 2011 featuring notes of tangerine, pear, jasmine and gardenia; the heart are honeysuckle, lily of the valley and orange blossom, while the sweet base features aromas of amber, vanilla, sandalwood and musk. A simple and sweet girly perfume for the younger audience. Tres creamy and enjoyable!

Lolita Lempicka L'eau en Blanc 100ml is a perfume created intended for brides however I use it when I want to smell clean like soap! The fragrance is dreamy and romantic, inspired by the scent of white violets, which is interpreted in the signature Lolita Lempicka gourmand style. The top notes include powdery iris and violet leaves. Violet flower in the heart is enriched with sweet aromas of cherry, raspberry and liquorice, while the base is woody and oriental due to accords of vetiver, tonka bean, heliotrope and musk. Tres powdery and nostalgic, reminds me of something lost in childhood memories. I like it but I don't necessarily adore it. Still worth buying in my opinion.


Sportsgirl Nail Polish in Fruit Salad. A clear base with holographic glitter that has a semi-thick formula and glossy shine. I am satisfied with this polish and the price which was $7.95 AUD. I would of chosen a rainbow glitter polish by SAVVY but I can't find it (darn it!) I apologize for that but this would have to do.

Please comment and share if you enjoyed this tag or if you would like to see some swatches. Have a smashing day darlings! :-)