30 September 2013

October Think Pink! Series

Hi everybuddy!

It's been a LONG while since I've worked on any [blogging] series since the 'Colour Me In' collaboration with Amanda, Tezza and Alice.... which was from last year! Can ya believe? It's been a yearrrrr!

This time around, we're all pretty busy, so I've decided to go solo with this new blogging series called, October Think Pink, hoping to raise funds for Pink Ribbon Day!

For this, I'll need YOUR help! It's easy though!

For the month of October, I will be posting about pink beauty products every second day, and for EACH comment, I will be donating $0.20 (AUD). This obviously will not include spam comments! @_@

Ultimately, this means that YOU can also help out and help to fundraise by leaving a comment on each post. My maximum amount will be set at $100 (AUD), mainly because I still need to fund myself for food, university, bills and others, but of course, I'll be donating a separate share of my own too! ^~^

Yeap... A very basic, but fun idea that I've seen done by another beauty blogger. I've forgot what the blog was called and have absolutely no idea what the blogger named her series. @_@ If you can remember, then be sure to let me know!

So that's all for now..... ^~^

Get ready! Set! Comment! 

Oh! Wait! Wait! Did I mention that I'll also be hosting a giveaway at the end of the month? :P

*Spam comments will NOT be counted towards the fundraise.
*Only comments within the October Think Pink! series will be included.
*Series ends 31 October 2013 11:59PM (Sydney time).

13 September 2013

Illamasqua The Scared Hour Collection Nail Lacquer in Facet


Let's talk more about new products today! Just a bit over a week ago, I was invited to Illamasqua's launch for their newest collection, The Scared Hour. 

The collection was launched on 1st September, so you should be able to find them at your local Illamasqua stockist(s) by now. The collection features quite a few products, but straying away from the usual bright and bolds, The Sacred Hour features neutrals along with the darks and the vampies.

As per usual, their promo photos never fails to disappoint me! Here are some of my favourites that I've gathered online...

For your reading (or enabling) convenience, a brief rundown on the products and prices:

  • Reflection Palette ($53): Has a water-resistant formula, silky textures, shimmery finishes, is long-wearing and applies with an effortless application. I've felt these and they share the same bouncy texture (when touched) with their previous palette from the Paranormal collection.
  • Velvet Blushers ($28/2 shades): These are actually cream-to-powder blushers! They feel like a cream in pan, but applies with a matte finish. 
  • Lipsticks ($39/1 shade): Long-wearing with a creamy matte finish.
  • Nail Varnishes ($34/2 shades): Inspired by opalescent crystals and flint, these varnishes are suppose to create a "mystical finish" whilst being long-wearing and chip resistant.
  • Lush Lash ($22): Enchanting, feather-like lashes to complete and complement and add drama to any look. 
  • Skin Base Lift ($24): A brightening concealer which is suppose to lift, illuminate and provide a flawless coverage for the skin. Blends easily, and is infused with warm peach tones to flatter every skin tone. Also available in a white shade for those who are interested, called "White Light"!

Illamasqua kindly sent me home with one of the two new nail lacquers, Facet, and their Skin Base Lift [brightening concealer], which is raved by their staffs to be perfectly suited for achieving the Kim K look! 

My skin is disastrous at the moment so the concealer will have to wait! However, there are never bad days for nail polishessssss. Hoho! 

I forgot to mention that this collection is based on a mystical theme and I'd have to say that the colour and shimmers of this lacquer fits the collection PERFECTLY. The purpley-grey based colour combined with fine gold shimmers reminds me a lot of the foggy wild woods where all the mystiques are found.

I'm serious.

It's actually not sheer like I've expected, so 3 coats was enough for a decent coverage. Also pretty glossy throughout the week that I wore it, with minimum tip wear! ^~^

But on the end note, $36 a pop... Quite a good formula, so you if you're keen on this particular shade and can afford it.. I don't see why not!

Will you be trying anything from Illamasqua's The Sacred Hour Collection?

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Facet, $34.00, available at Myers.

04 September 2013

Drugstore Cosmetic Launches for Australia -- September 2013

A few days late for this month's launches.. woopsies! x~x!

Essie soon to be available at Priceline
YES! You read right! No longer will you need to be making a trip to ze fancy Myers for Essie's nail lacquers. Priceline will be stocking them soon, so keep an eye out for that! 

*Not sure if there's any differences in prices.

Max Factor CC Cream ($19.95/6 shades)
Yissss! CC Creams! If you haven't heard of them yet, they're basically the next generation of BB Creams, called Colour Correcting Creams. Max Factor claims that their CC Cream "provides intense complexion correction immediately on application, to provide healthy and natural-looking skin". 

*If you are interested, these are currently on sale at Priceline!

Almay CC Cream (Available in 3 shades)
Almay also released their very own CC Cream which has that "smart shade" technology again. It's described as a "Complexion Corrector", a lightweight foundation in combined with "clarity enhancing skincare". Almay claims that its formula is suppose to blend easily and flawlessly into the skin whilst concealing discolourations and imperfections. Also brightens and has SPF 25. 

L'Oreal SuperLiner Perfect Slim Eyeliner ($24.45/1 shade)
Goddd, It's been yonks since I've featured any eyeliners in my launch posts! This one is a precision felt-tip liner with a super fine 0.4mm tip, enabling you to create even the thinnest strokes! It also has a grip-zone to hold which allows optimum control for anybody. Sounds pretty perfect for anyone who's new to eyeliners~

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara ($27.95/1 shade)
As the name suggests, this is an anti-clump mascara. In short, it offers to separate the lashes whilst providing dramatic volume. The brush is described to be "L'Oreal's biggest ever brush", but I've never used their mascaras, so I'm not too sure how big! 

Keep that in mind though if you are a keen bean on this mascara!

L'Oreal Anti-Dullness and Anti-Fatigue CC Cream ($26.95/2 types)
Both CC Creams are described to offer weightless coverage, leaving the skin with a "healthy-looking, radiant nude complexion and 24 hour hydration" with SPF 12. Both ARE shade-transforming products, just like their Anti-Red CC Cream. 
  • Anti-Dullness: Helps to revive dull-looking skin, has a milky-mauve colour.
  • Anti-Fatigue: Helps to revive tired skin *immediately*, has a milky-apricot colour.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons ($15/4 shades)
These may have been launched last month, but I don't see them featured around too much (or maybe I just haven't been actively reading blogs) so I thought I'd give them a mention here!

Described to be "lightweight" and "non-sticky", these lip crayons claims to leave the lips bright and smooth, with just enough shine and transparency to "enhance" each shade.

Bourjois Record Liner Waterproof ($19/3 shades)
Ahhh! Another eyeliner! According to Bourjois, their Record Liner Waterproof is:
  • A stretchable gel-cream which will glide on easily
  • Long wearing for up to 48 hours!
  • Intense and rich in terms of pigementation
  • Smudge-proof
There's also a flat angled brush which clicks onto the top of lid. I'm sure you've already seen this similar packaging across other brands, such as Face Of Australia ^~^

Natio Pearl & Pop Nail Colours ($5.95/12 shades)
Pearl & Pop is a limited edition collection of miniature nail polishes by Natio! The shades featured within this collection are fresh and bright which is ideal of Spring and Summer.

They sure do look cute, but with such small bottles for pastel colours... I'm hoping that the formula will kick butt!

Oh! And here are the two other Natio products that launched last month, but I didn't mention. I'll briefly round them up here...

  • Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer and Enhancer ($17.95/2 shades) -- A lightweight powder which is suppose to add a bronze glow and luminousity to the skin in one sweep.
  • Heavenly Eyes Mineral Eyeshadow Trio ($14.95/4 sets) -- These are available in four different colour combinations. The eyeshadows are described to be rich and pigmented, long-lasting and each trio comes with a duo-ended applicator.

I also wasn't aware of these two new products from last month by NP Set either, so here they are....

  • California Cool Bronzing Powder ($24/1 shade) -- Is a fine, matte face bronzer which combines pink and brown tones. 
  • California Cool Gloss-and-Go Duo ($15/2 shades) -- Is a lip stain and gloss combo. It delivers long-lasting colour with a hydrating coat of clear gloss. 

That's all for this month's launches! ^~^

Let me know which products you are most excited for!

I'm ALL about lips, but I'm not really into lip crayons so... Nothing for me this month! 
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