16 April 2014

Face Of Australia Limited Edition Screen Siren Nail Polish Collection

Ola my beautifools.

FINALLY, got around to editing photos for Face Of Australia's latest limited edition nail collection, Screen Siren. I've swatched these a while ago (same with their Lasting Looks lippies), but just never had time to get around to editing them. 

Finally finally finally!

"Inspired by one of the most beauty screen siren, Marilyn Monroe", this collection features 4 nude shades [to suit all skin tones], 3 pops of colours and a matte top coat.

The idea is nice, but it's a bit odd to have half the collection nude-based. Maybe if you're a nude-nails lover, but for me, I'd definitely be more egg-cited for others.

On the brighter side though, I like the mix of brights and nudes. I can imagine some of the prettiest manicures with the mix of these poppy colours and nude-toned beiges. Only imagining though, since I am one of your worst bets at nail art. -.-"

Isn't It Delicious? is a bright persian green. It was my first pick to swatch when my sister laid them out on the desk! It's so bright, so pretty. Looks great whether glossy or matte. Definitely a must-own shade of this collection, methinks. 

I'm not sure why, but the bottle I own of this shade is a bit thick, hence the blotchy application. Even after added thinner. I think I'd have to put my sister to blame for this! The first time I used it, it was fine... meep.

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend is a bright, bright fuchsia. This was my sister's first pick when she unboxed my parcel (she always does this!). According to her, this bright fuchsia colour could "stop the traffic", because it's THAT bright. I must agree though, it's holy golly BRIGHT.

Looks better glossy, in my opinion. What do ya think?

Some Like It Hot is a bright pumpkin orange. On my tanned skin, this shade stands out a lot. I'm not too sure how I feel about the orange colour. I've always loved cute corals, but orange has always been a bit intimidating, I feel. Unlike Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, I feel like this looks better matte than glossy. 

As for the four nudes, it'll be helpful to note that two are more yellow-toned and two are more pink-toned. We'll start off with the more yellow-toned nudes.

Travilla is the lighter, yellow-toned nude colour. It's a light almond colour. A very clean colour to wear, although it makes my tanned hands look a bit darker than it already is. I like this in both finishes, but I could picture mattifying this and combining it with a glossy black for some chic nail art. Someone give my suggestion a go and tell me how it goes please. My executions just never goes well ._."

Oh, FOA's fun fact! Did you know that Travilla is the name of the costume designer who created Marilyn';s famous white dress that blew up when she was standing above the subway gate? 

Bombshell. A dark vanilla colour. Still yellow-toned, but a tad darker than Travilla. Although I did say that Travilla is a tad too light for my hands, I feel like this is just too spot-on for my hands. I'm fussy, I know! This is just too spot-on for my skin-tone that it just looks a bit too norm. Looking for a shade in between of Travilla and Bombshell.............. Zzz. 

Now onto the pink-toned beiges...

 I'm not too sure how to feel about both pink-toned shades. I feel like the yellow-toned ones suits me better, so I have no comment for these. They're not bad, but it wholely depends on what you like. They are nice to own, but most likely crossed-off my list if I were to go out to purchase these. 

No Angel is the lighter one of the two pink-toned nudes. I'm not sure why, but in the photo, it looks more pink and less beige than what it really is.

Monroe, the last of the bunch! A dark vanilla colour. Not bad, but I'd much prefer sandy-toned beiges!

The formula for these are just right. Really nice and easy to apply. Pigmented too. The nudes are close to being non-streaky, so they'll take you zero skill to work with!

Once again, I'm super sorry for the late swatches. This should have been done earlier, but twas' impossible. The collection is still in stores though, so if you're eye-ing any of these shades, make sure to add them to your cart!

Which shades are your favourite?
In which finish?

I personally love Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend its glossy finish, and Isn't It Delicious? in both finishes!

Face Of Australia Screen Siren Collection, $4.95 each, available at Priceline, Big W and other FOA stockists.

Disclaimer: This collection was provided by Face Of Australia for review consideration only. I am/was not obliged to review, nor feature any of these products. All opinions within this post remains truthful, and unbiased.

11 April 2014

Drugstore Beauty Launches for Australia -- April 2014

Hey guys! I'm late again :(

Sorry, this first week of April is actually when assessments are due, and tests begin for two of the language classes I'm taking. Yosh, Chinese and Japanese baby!

I'm still on to my FOA Screen Siren swatch post, please be patient! I appreciate it very muchies :P


Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush ($11.95)
I've received this in my mail box right after publishing last month's launch post... >_<
This brush, however, is supposed to gentle exfoliate the skin whilst effectively removing embedded impurities that a make-up pad or cotton wool can't get to. Described to be suitable for all skin types. Deep cleanses when used in conjunction with your daily cleanser. It's like a toothbrush for your face!!

Available at Priceline and selected pharmacies only. 

Nivea Q10 Plus CC Cream ($19.55/1 shade)
Half skincare, half cosmetics... kinda. A multi-tasking moisturiser (moisturiser?!??!) that provides colour correction and Q10 anti-wrinkle properties in one simple step. Sounds alot like a tinted moisturiser to me... Eep. Has anyone tried?

Innoxa Skin Perfecting BB Powder 5 in 1 ($26.95/2 shades)
Described be a lightweight multi-tasking powder, it is supposed to help:
  • Improve the skin's texture
  • Minimise skin imperfections
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines & pores
  • Absorb excess oil
  • Correct the skin tone
  • Calm & sooth
Fragrance free, with a fancy anti-ageing formula. 

Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stain/Matte Balm/Lacquer Balm 
Okay, I'm sure you've heard a TONNE about these. Especially with the BOGO offer at Priceline which ended recently. 
  • Balm Stains: Offers a lightweight flush of colour, comfortable and moisturising, and has a slight peppermint fragrance.
  • Matte Balms: Offers a medium-buildable colour payoff with a true matte finish. Also contains peppermint fragrance. Available in 10 shades.
  • Lacquer Balms: Medium-buildable colour payoff with a high shine finish. Also contains peppermint fragrance. Available in 10 shades.

I haven't tried these, but I've swatched them in store. I'm actually not too interested in any other ranges besides the Matte Balm range. I felt like the Lacquer Balm range was really sheer though, and that the Balm Stain range didn't really excite me. I do wonder if it actually stains though, or does it only provide the "stained-look", hence why they're described to provide a "light-weight flush of colour".

Face Of Australia High Definition Primer ($13.95)
I know they've always had their 4-in-1 base primer, but here's one that's "specially formulated to help make-up glide on easily". Has a lightweight formula, described to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores, and is suitable for sensitive skin.


  • Complexion Perfection Foundation Sponge ($5.95) -- An application sponge which is designed for fast and flawless foundation application.
  • Tinted Lip Balms ($4.95) -- Aww!! These look so cute! They are a limited edition collection. Buttery lip balms that delivers a low-sheen colour with high moisture. 

NP Set Eye Slicks ($14/3 shades)
A creamy eyeshadow with a cream-to-powder formula that's described to "last without creasing". 

Eek... Some new launches by Physician Formula. Urghhhhhh, Why do I feel like they release such similar sets of products every 2-3 months, but in different packaging? The products don't seem to make a hit, and they are bloody pricey.  

  • Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes ($24.95)
  • Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil - Deluxe Edition ($29.95)

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint ($24.95/6 shades)
I'm sure you guys have seen these in store! I think it may have been released last month... This foundation features a lightweight formula, and offers a "nude velvet finish".  Although I don't know what that actually means, I must say that I'm in LOVE with how it looks! The packaging is oh so nice! *-*

essence Metal Glam Collection
A spankin' new collection by essence!! Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Credits to Beauty In China >

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Eye Shadow ($4.50/4 shades) -- Highly pigmented, metallic-based eyeshadow.
  • Lip Gloss ($3.50/3 shades) -- Shimmery lip gloss for the "metallic effect".
  • Highlighting Powder ($5.35) -- A white hold highlighting power with a soft cream texture (?) and subtle shimmers.
  • Blush ($4.95) -- A cream blush, offers a powdery apricot finish (?)
  • Stick-on Jewels ($3.50/1 style) -- Stick on jewels for the body.
  • Nail Polish ($2.95/4 shades) -- Long-lasting metallic nail lacquers.
  • Gold Topper ($3.50) -- Top coat with gold flakes.
  • Nail Stickers ($3.50/3 styles) -- High-shine metallic nail stickers.
  • Stick On Eyeliner ($3.50/1 style) -- Adhesive stick-on eyeliners. Reusable.............?!

Ahhh, as much as I love seeing new collections by essence, the way they describe their products are just whack. What is a an "apricot finish"? A highlighting powder with a "soft cream texture"? And.. reusable stick-on eyeliners!?!?!?!?

No waaaaaaay. 

And that's all for this month! I apologise that this is a late post, but I had a loooooooooot to do!
As per usual, let me know...

How do you like the products this month?
Which ones have you already tried?

I've actually went to purchase the Gold Topper from essence's Metal Glam collection. Nagging my sister to do a NOTD-duo post with me, featuring the lacquer. Hopefully, she'll get to it soon, since I'm done with my part!

Besides that, I also tried to get my hands on the Revlon Matte Balms when they were on BOGOF at Priceline, but the shades I wanted was sold out!!!!! Urgghhhh. Can only cross my fingers and toes that I can find them at the markets. My heart pains paying the full price, haha.

Time for me to get down to my overly-late FOA Screen Siren Collection post.. Please look out for that!

Thank you for reading, and being patient with me!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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