Saturday, February 18, 2012

What's In My Bag?

I haven't posted in a while! I am on vacation and have not been home for the most part. Anyway, I'm back now.

This is a What's In (makeup) My Bag? post. Basically, I have a makeup bag that I always have with me. It contains just the basic things that I use when I'm on the go, things that I need for just touching up.

1. Makeup bag - Forever 21 
2. Vanilla scented hand lotion - Cake 
3. Vanilla scented hand sanitizer - Bath and Body Works
4. Kabuki brush - Too Faced
5. Lip Balm - Maybelline Baby Lips in Quench
6. Studio Fix concealer - MAC
7. Blush - Bobbi Brown in Apricot
8. Translucent matte powder - Laura Mercier
9. Liquid Eyeliner - Maybelline by Eye Studio
10. Mascara - Covergirl Lash Blast Volume

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Smell My Fingers

A great way to kick off the spring season is treating yourself to Dior's Garden Party nail polish collection for Spring 2012. Yeah, it might be too early to put away the boots and the coats... but you'll forget all about the nasty weather when staring at your lovely nails.

The 'collection' has two shades: Waterlily and Forget-me-not

Waterlily (left) and Forget-Me-Not (right)

Since I have never tried Dior's nail polish before, I was a little wary about getting both. Just because it is a high-end line does not mean that it will be impeccable. This was also my very first scented nail polish, and I didn't really know what to expect. I'm not a fan of anything scented, really. So, I decided to get only Waterlily for the meantime. 

I am a little underwhelmed by the packaging. I suppose that it's simple and clean though, just like Chanel's 

Bottle & Cap cover
Keep in mind that I took these pictures with my 4s. I am way too damn lazy to take out my DSLR just to snap photos of a nail polish. Lol. That being said, the color that you see in these pictures don't even close to the real deal.

On my nails!

Waterlily is a gorgeous soft, jade green with subtle shimmer. Some people who have tried this polish are bothered by the floral scent. Personally, I don't hate it but I don't like it either. I thought that the scent would go away after the polish dries, but it actually lasts! I must have washed my hands at least 20 times since applying this yesterday, and the scent is still there. It is not a strong scent and can really only be smelled if you go and sniff your fingers.

I cannot really do a comprehensive review of Dior nail polish as I've only tried this one--which I DO like. Is it as good as Chanel polishes? In my opinion, no. The formulation is good, although I find that it's quite thick and heavy. I did have some difficulties applying it, but that might just be because I'm not used to it. The brush, however, is FANTASTIC. It is slightly larger than the regular nail polish brush and has an angled tip.

It's more than probable that I will go get Forget-Me-Not as well. It's such a beautiful purple! Also, I'm definitely not waiting until Spring actually rolls around to rock these babies!

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Murderous Stare

I was finally able to find the Giorgo Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow. I've heard and read a lot about it so I was anxious to give it a try. They are available at the downtown Vancouver Holt Renfrew, the only place in BC that actually sells Armani cosmetics.

Anyways, I was flabbergasted when the saleslady told me how much that teeny tiny container of eyeshadow is. It came out to $47.50 after taxes. Keep in mind that the Naked palette is $50 USD. That being said, you can understand why I'm unable to justify the cost for this one eyeshadow.


So I got shade number 6: Khaki Pulse. It's a beautiful golden bronze color with subtle hints of green.

"6 - Khaki Pulse"


Despite the ridiculous price, I absolutely LOVE this eyeshadow. (This is dangerous because once I like one thing from a certain brand or line or collection, I end up buying more.) It goes on beautifully, does not crease and wears well throughout the day. Even just touching it is a magical experience. It's like touching powdered silk/cashmere. Lol. (Well, it is silk eyeshadow)

On my eyes
 So that is what it looks like on my actual eyelids. In this picture, I'm wearing only Urban Decay's primer potion underneath the eyeshadow. The pigmentation is great, I don't think that you need to use a base. It is very shimmery yet still appropriate for day time wear. I think that it's just the prettiest eyeshadow in existence. I look forward to playing around with it more and creating different looks.

Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
Eyes: Giorgo Armani Eyes to Kill #6
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Volume
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in 'Lollipop'

If you like this eyeshadow but cannot shell out $50, try the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. They are similar in formulation and have an array of nice shades. Of course the drugstore counterpart doesn't even come close to the real thing, but the L'Oreal ones are the next best thing. You can also try the MAC pigments if you like how this looks on the eyes.

To sum up, I was thinking about returning this eyeshadow, but after putting it on...I simply cannot even think about giving it up. It's my new favorite, and I'm definitely going to pick up the other shades. It's unfortunate though, that they are all shimmery. I wish that they also came out with matte shades. Then again, I'd go completely yeah.

Anyways, thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sephora, Drugstore and Nail Polish Haul

Another haul!
I tried keeping it shorter by having less products, but the in the end, there was only a 2 minute difference. LOL.

Again, it is much better to view the video on youtube instead of here.