12 January 2017

SWATCHES + IMPRESSIONS: Maybelline VIVID Matte Liquid Lip Colours

Took me such a long time to get to, but now we here. 


I've received the entire shade range of these Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colours from one of
Maybelline's Blogger Event yonkssss ago.

note: Clumsy me, misplaced the 3 other shades so I can only show you the 5 I have on me!

I remember, when we saw these lip colours, we were ALL so excited. I remember most of us having high hopes that they'll make affordable yet quality matte lip colours like many other brands, such as Colourpop, The Balm, Too Faced and so on.



Sadly, "matte" is the last thing that comes to mind when I think of these products.

(L-R) Electric Pink, Orange Shot, Fuchsia Ecstasy, Berry Boost, Possessed Plum


The formula is very much like a highly-pigmented lip gloss. It sits on top and stays glossy for a good 3-4 hours. Consistency is thin and velvety on the lips. Can glide around sometimes, so therefore, prone to bleeding, smearing and transferring.


With the formula it has, I find that the applicator doesn't really help nor offer a precise application.. It's unusually long and flat.

(L-R) Electric Pink, Orange Shot, Fuchsia Ecstasy, Berry Boost, Possessed Plum


Won't lie, the shade range is great though. Covers wearable cool-toned and warm-toned shades, although there are only 8 different shades. However in saying so, I think all colours are pretty average. There's not really a stand-out colour for me.


SWATCHES

ELECTRIC PINK: A bit more cool-toned on me, but still wearable.




ORANGE SHOT: Listed as orange, but on me and to me, looks more like a bright fire-engine red. Orange-toned, yes.




BERRY BOOST: A pretty and wearable, deeper pink.




FUCHSIA ECSTASY: Easily confused with 'Berry Boost', but diz is warmer.




POSSESSED PLUM: Not too dark, surprisingly. Very wearable! Would be good for those who wants to give dark lippies a first-time go.




All in all, if these products were really matte as marketed.. they'd go OFF! But for what it is... not really a hit for me. (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞


Have you tried this range by Maybelline?
Do you prefer them as is, or would you change the product's formula?


Let me know! (⌒_⌒;)


While we're on topic, don't forget to enter my INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY for a chance to win the entire shade collection of these lippies!

Link is here >




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09 January 2017

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lippies!

Quick announcement!

I'm currently hosting an Instagram giveaway for these Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lacquers!



As seen, all you gotta do is like the photo and tag a friend for a chance to win!

Link to giveaway >

As easy as A-B-C!


Hoping to see you there,

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05 January 2017

NEW ON COUNTER (JAN 2017): Maybelline, Australis, Bourjois, MUD, Mavala, Real Technique

Won't lie. Started the title to this post as "2016". Ehhh, and I told myself I won't be one of those forgetful people!

Had suchhhhhhh a lovely New Years Eve. A few snaps [from Project Zero] to prove it:


2016 was such a bad year, but at the same time, such a great year. It was a year of... you know, just realising stuff (Kylie Jenner, 2016).

It's hilarious because we all thought, "man, what a joke!" when Kylie included it as part of her New Years resolution.. little do we know... it's true. LMAO. Or at least, it's very applicable for me!

2016 was a year of ups and downs -- it started with so many downs, but ended on such a banging note. So much that I couldn't wait to see what 2017 has in store for me!

I hope you've all had the best, banging start to the year of 2017! And that 2017 will be a more successful and happier year for every single one of YOU!




MUD Make Up

  • High Definition Waaterproof Mascara ($5)
  • Brow Shaping Powder ($6)

  • Lipsticks ($3/4 shades)
  • Velvet Matte Lipsticks ($5)
  • Full Colour Lip Lacquer ($6)


    • Face Defining Contour & Highlighting Palette ($10)
    • Colour Correcting Palette ($8)
    • Make-Up Blender ($8)

    Not sure how many shades some of these products are available in, but lookin' at chuuu beauty blender! 



    MAYBELLINE Brow Precise Micro Pencil ($13.95/3 shades)
    A brow pencil with an 'ultra-fine' tip and a grooming brush on one end. Designed for precision and blending. 



    MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara ($21.95)
    A nourishing mascara that provides lashes with a 'full-fan effect', offering fuller and more defined lashes. 



    BOURJOIS Twist Up The Volume Black Balm Mascara ($23)
    I love it when beauty brands slip in words into their product to mislead consumers, lmao... "balm". OK M8. Anyways, this mascara offers length, definition and volume. Ultra-black, with a 'two-in-one' brush. 



    BOURJOIS Sculpt Light Strobing Highlighter ($25)
    A light, gel highlighter that illuminates and visually sculpts the face. Pearly finish, I believe. 




    BOURJOIS Delice de Poudre Duo ($24)
    Eep. Can't wait to film my YouTube video for this post and f"k up on the pronunciation for this one, yay! Basically, a bronzing and highlighter duo. Yup.




    BOURJOIS Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder ($24)
    A chocolate-scented bronzer that offers a radiant, non-shiny glow. Feels like I've seen this before. They must release this every year, yes? 



    AUSTRALIS Blend Friends Beauty Blender Trio ($14.95)
    I've started using beauty blenders lately, and it is the most amazing thing I have ever added to alter my foundation routineeeeee. Saw these at Priceline yesterday, couldn't help but squeal at how the cute packaging was. Hope they won't disappoint! Limited edition.




    REAL TECHNIQUES Brow Set ($10.01)
    A set of tools to clean, fill, define and shape the brows. Expect to find: angled tweezers, detailing tweezers, a slanted brow spoolie, a slanted arch definer and a slanted brow brush. Comes with a tool carrier. 



    MAVALA SWITZERLAND BB Cream ($39.95/6 shades)
    Must be a new brand. Surprisingly, pretty accessible if you're in Sydney. Have a look at their store locator. This BB cream is described to be light, with a non-greasy texture. Suitable for all skin types.




    MAVALA SWITZERLAND I Love Mini Color's ($8.50/6 shades)
    Described as a nail collection that's ideal for the upcoming Valentine's Day, and.. Mother's Day? Hmm. Mother Day's is in Maaaaaay! Way too early for that!




    On another note, I've been scouting Face Of Australia lately. Couldn't find them on Beauty Directory anymore... and their stands at Big W hasn't been taken care of very well. Products are getting old and there seems to be no new releases.. Anyone know if they're going to be discontinued?

    Don't take my words for it! Just a thought aloud...

    However, time to stock up their [famous] translucent powder for future baking-purposes!


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    24 December 2016

    VLOG: Christmas Gifting 2016

    !!

    Been MIA again! Definitely gotta add that to my New Years resolution.... so I could feel more guilty about procrastinating, lmao.

    Just wanted to quickly drop my latest YouTube video's link here:



    A quick snippet of what I've purchased for friends and family for Christmas. Some quick last minute tips and also, tips for large-group gifting!

    Hope you like it!


    If I don't hit back before Christmas... Hope you all have a lovely and safe Christmas!

    Please be safe.


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    02 December 2016

    NEW ON COUNTER (DEC 2016): Australis, Akin, NYX, Palmer's

    I've been out and about this month. As soon as the 4th of November hit (marks the day of my last assessment for the semester), my mum barely saw me at home..

    Besides work, I've been out exploring festivals, clubs and many eateries! 


    A SLICE OF LIFE

    Instagram vs reality (IKEA)


    Chillin' at Bondi and passing Stanwell Tops


    Getting my #trameatsfatfat feed @ Goodtime Burgers, Left Of Field, Vine & Grind and PappaRich
    (coz I don't discriminate)


    Still waiting for someone to swipe-right me.. (。-_-。)





    ❶ AUSTRALIS BBH Palette ($16.95)
    Stands for Blush, Bronze and Highlight. Contains 6 shades as shown, launched last month (woops!).




    ❷ AUSTRALIS Fake Eye-D Eyeshadow Palette ($24.95)
    Also launched last month, a palette with 15 eyeshadows. Mix of mattes and shimmers.




    ❸ AUSTRALIS Queen C Cream & Powder Contouring & Highlighting Kit ($19.95)
    I LOVE the play on names for these new babies! Fun! This kit contains a range of cream and powder shades for contouring and highlighting. Been on counters since last month as well. 




    ❹ A'KIN Hydrating Antioxidant Day Cream ($39.95/50mL)
    I've been getting into the higher-end skincare brands recently. Never felt the need for it, but I've been snatching up so many sale opportunities that I think it's safe to say that I'd much prefer higher-end brands when it comes down to skincare.. especially for moisturisers! Thought I'd feature this one, which is formulated with organic cocunut water and green tea! 

    ❺ NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Kit ($79/36 shades)
    If this was available a few years back, the 18-year-old me would've broke the piggybank and go straight for this kit with 36-minis, no doubt. I still really like the look of this, but I'm not a fan of the formula. Not creamy enough, and slips around too much on the lips. 

    If you fancy the formula, then mate, you're in!

    (lmao, felt like that was the most Australian thing I've ever said... yes/no?)



    ❻ PALMER'S Flipbalm ($5.99/3 flavours)
    Not sure if anyone has seen these around.. Flipbalms! Haha. Like an EOS lip balm, but flippable. Available in three flavours: Juicy Watermelon, Creamy Coconut and Ripe Mango. 




    And that wraps up the last #NOC post of this year. Pretty bland this month.

    You'd think there'll be products cluttering hoping to debut for Christmas, but Christmas listings actually launched some time ago. Besides, I absolutely dislike Christmas listings!!

    There are so many gift packs containing products that are already made available. Not enough new, innovative products, ya feel?


    Definitely will hunt for Palmer's Flipbalms during my next visit to Priceline.

    Other products? Meh, not so much. 


    I'm off to Jervis Bay for a few days tomorrow, and then a week later, off on a cruise (not sure where I'm going) until the 19th!


    Catch you all soon. 

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    16 November 2016

    LIPPY LOVE: Chi Chi Matte Lipstick in Social Climber

    Celebrate my comeback with a lippy-post, shall we?


    Since I've last updated (God knows when, it's been waaay too long ago), I've been going through phases of so many different lip colours!

    Early June, I loved dark lippies. Then I've moved to reds. I think earlier in the year, at one point, I was obsessed with oranges and corals as well. I really can't remember!


    However, there are those days when I feel.... blue. Umm... no. I don't mean I want sport blue lippies, lmao. What I really mean is, my mind tells me something along the lines of:

    Hmm, man. What lippy colour should I wear today? Something that's not too bold nor bright, but will still brighten up my face.

    Then a few moments later...

    A-HA! Where's that Chi Chi lipstick?!?!!?

    And yup, it's Chi Chi's Matte Lipstick in Social Climber ($18.95).


    This pink, is the perfect pink for me. It's a pretty, warm-toned pink. It's my go-to for when I want some colour to brighten my face up, but doesn't give off the brighter and bolder vibes.

    It's almost like a my-lips-but-better pink, but with a slight oomph!


    The formula is amazing. I'm extremely impressed with how long-lasting it is on my lips -- even after drinks and most foods.

    Although the shade is there, I feel like the colour does dull-out after a few hours though.. so touch-up is recommended!

    The shade shows up pretty true-to-colour here!

    Otherwise, it's a perfect pink shade with a pretty darn good formula. Worth every penny! And yes, as you could see in the photos, mine's almost out... Needs to restock soon.


    When was the last time YOU've finished a lip-colour product?
    What was it?


    Can't remember the last time I've finished a lipstick.. Probably a few years back? Haha. Don't think I've ever shown a lippy so much loyalty!


    Disclaimer: Product was purchased by me. 

    13 November 2016

    EXPERIENCE: Brows Feathering

    I've recently got tatted up, yes!

    Two tramp stamps on ma face, because one is not enough.

    I've been wanting to get this done for a while now, but kept putting it off. I wasn't sure if I wanted a tattoo stuck on my face forever. 

    Thoughts that ran through my head: 
    • What if they aren't even?
    • What if the one day, browless becomes the new trend?
    • What if I wake up one day and wanted more angular brows? Heck, what if I feel like Nike-shaped brows? 

    I won't get to shape my brows differently if I get them feathered!

    But yeah, I decided to yolo and get them done anyways. 


    BACK STORY

    My mum is the Guinea piglet. She had hers done in Vietnam and they look quite nice and natural, unlike those Sharpie-inspired brows that I've seen from most tattoo jobs... Not a fan.

    So her brow tattooist came over to Sydney. My mum quickly urged me to get my brows done since my natural brows are very uneven. One side long, one side short, one side higher and one side was lower.

    'Very uneven' is an understatement.

    BEFORE: Thick brows, no shape, uneven (one had a tail, one was straight).. *squeals*

    Adding to that, I am a shit brow-er. Unlike most girls nowadays, with mad brow-drawing skills... Fade in the front, with the perfect arch and tail... My drawn brows usually looked something like this... 


    I kid you not!

    I told Mama, "yeah I'll get it done. Book me in". Then I cancelled. Then this convo repeated a few times, until I've finally gathered my guts and went ahead with the procedure. "My brows are already so bad, can't get any worse" I thought to myself. 



    THE SHAPING
    We spent 45 minutes drawing the shape. I made sure to get good looks of it. The tattooist drew for me two different brows style on both sides. One side was a Korean-style brow shape, and the other side, she called it "Thai-style".


    Korean-style: A bit on the thicker side, very straight, almost no arch. Very uzzlang-esque.
    Thai-style: Pretty much your average brow shape. Visible arch and thinner. 

    I went with the Thai-style, with little arch. Of course, I could've asked for a higher arch, but I hate that look on me. Makes me look like a grumpy betch. And my brow hairs don't really allow it. My brows are naturally quite straight. 

    I also liked that the Thai-style was thinner, as I could go ahead and alter its shape and thickness if I wanted to, later.



    THE PROCEDURE
    Felt like ant bites on your brows. My tattooist gave me breaks whenever it hurted too much, but otherwise, it was nothing unbearable. No nappies were used during the procedure.

    This is coming from someone who can't really tolerate pain too, by the way... So....don't be afraid guys! No pain, no gain ya know.

    P.S. I've chosen black as my colour. You could go ahead and do tones of browns, but I thought black would be more suitable for my natural hair colour, and would suit all shades of hair colour in case I wanted to go redhead or blonde in the future!

    Yes, I've got everything figured out. I wish I was this thoughtful for everything else in my life.



    THE AFTERMATH
    I had this done on my very first day back to uni at 9AM. Uni started at 1. My brows were slightly swollen, but calmed down in time for uni.

    They were DARK. Not Sharpie-like, but maybe half its intensity. I had to pile on a full face of makeup and play up my eyes so my brows would balance out and look "normal".

    I was told not to draw over it, however, having foundation over it was OK. I wouldn't recommend foundation over your brows though, if you DO get this done. It made my brows look blue, lol. Just play up your eyes and glam up. Everything will look fine. I also found wearing my glasses helped to take away the attention from my dark brows.

    Brows now (slightly darkened with brow pencil)

    My brows took a week to peel.

    It faded to a dark grey, with very slight blue undertones. Not too noticeable, I don't mind it. I usually go over the top with a dab of brown to fix its undertone and darken it a bit. Eventually that blue tinge faded away, so now, it's a medium grey.

    >> You'd say, "What's the point of getting a brow tattoo if you're going to have to draw them anyways?".

    >> I'd say, "I just want them shaped so I don't have to shape them every morning. Will also be a breeze for me when it comes down to plucking and trimming. They still look good without any brow products on top. Anymore effort is just a bonus!".



    CONCLUSION
    So yes, I love my tramp stamps. Nowadays, I spend roughly 20 minutes on my face for uni. So quickkkk. Costs of feathering can range from $300-400. Mine was home-job, so it only costed me $150.



    TIPS & ADVICES
    I'd highly recommend these feather tattoos if you're a shit brow-doer. However, please pick a good salon, or tattooist.

    PLEASE bring 1-2 people with sharp eyes for details to go along with you when you get this done, so they can comment on the trial shape. Whether it's even and is of a good size for your facial frame and size. I brought my mum and sister along. Probably best to not bring your boyfriend or brother ay.

    Don't kill me boyz.


    A few more snaps of what my brows look like nowadays:




    Hope you've found this post helpful!!!

    Feel free to email me, or message me on my social platforms if you have any questions!
    I am, in no ways, a professional, but could still give you some advices (I'll try).

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