Daiso Visit & Haul

Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Beauty | 8 comments

I think everyone I know has already visited Daiso in some capacity, so naturally I had to go and see what all the fuss was about. It’s basically a $2 dollar shop, only filled with lots of Japanese brands and everything in the store is $2.80AU (cash only).

Needless to say I managed to grab a few items, mostly stationery and makeup :) I’m a huuuge stationery collector, it’s probably the only thing I’ve been collecting that has spanned a good two decades of my life! But this isn’t a stationery blog, so here’s are the beauty products I managed to snap up.

I was most excited and impressed with the lashes. They are sturdy and good quality, and at only $2.80AU I almost regret not grabbing more, if it weren’t for the fact that I have a drawer filled with them already :x

The packaging for the eye shadows are too cute, very slim so perfect for travel.

Got a chance to actually use the lip gloss in a future Book of Fables, and I was a bit disappointed that there was hardly any pigmentation. It’s basically a very sheer pink tint with lots of glitter, which is fine if that’s what you expected when placing your purchase.

The blush I just had to get for the sake of packaging, how cute is it? Like a mushroom! It’s more a cream blush than powder.

Once I’ve had a chance to really use the products above I’ll try and do a review :) But at $2.80AU each it’s hard to go wrong (unless they give you some crazy allergic reaction!… *touch wood*)

I also grabbed this little empty lip palette, which I will use to store the lip products I intend to make and mix for my makeup artist kit. I just can’t find any lip palettes that are cheap and pigmented enough for my models, so I’ve decided to make my own lipsticks, will post about that soon :)

Overall Daiso was great fun, not sure it’s a place I’d go back to very often though. It is rather out of the way for me to get to, and I don’t foresee myself needing to constantly restock on more plastic containers or cheap makeup often. Plus I hear the ones overseas are much bigger and comprehensive, so I might save my money for those instead when I head overseas :)

Still Daiso is still worth visiting at least once, more likely than not you’ll walk out with something you can use (or look at!) :)

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Nail Swatches: Zoya Ice and Fire

Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Nails | 2 comments

Ice and Fire (or Flame as seen online) is Zoya’s end of year collection for 2010. No swatches contain any top coats. Enjoy :)

Tiffany

“Pink, peach and light copper toned foil particles accented by flecks of gold foil. A soft and feminine way to wear the foil finish, especially flattering for warm skin tones.”, I had this on my nails for over 5 days without any chipping :D

Gloria

“Rose, mauve-pink and magenta foil particles with gold and subtle red metallic accents. A delicate winter rose look made unique with a flashy foil finish.”, 2 coats.

Lisa

“An iridescent combination of deep raspberry pink, bright candy apple red and subtle gold tones in a dazzling sparkle finish. A bright, festive red that sparkles so much it’s almost jewelry.”, 2 coats.

Sara

“Pearls of dark fuchsia, red-violet and ruby tones in a bright sparkle finish. A very rich and different shade of cool red sparkle that will stand out in a crowd.”

Crystal

“Light, silvered shiny blue metallic foil with sparks of brilliant yellow gold. A cool, snowy winter blue that’s ideal for any Ice Princess.”, I personally found this formula lacking opacity, even after 3 coats.

Valerie

“Royal purple, dark violet, red, deep pink and gold iridescence amplified by a glittering sparkle finish. Dark and complex but still warm and inviting, the perfect complex winter purple.”, 2 coats.

Overall
This collection is all shimmer! If you love shimmer, without the chunky glitter particles, this is the collection for you :) However aside from Crystal I don’t find the colours to be overly unique, pretty but certainly not unique.

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Book of Fables – Chapter 32: Fairy Floss

Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Book of Fables | 14 comments

I did this look because I love fairy floss…. no seriously, that’s pretty much all there was to it!

Apologises if this is pink overkill, but my mum thinks it’s cool… not really, but I don’t have much to say about this look except check out my lashes! :9 Sometimes it’s fun to just grab a bunch of of stuff, and throw it together.

Ingredients

MAC Prep and Prime
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ – Sand
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – Beige
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Light
NARS Powder Blush – Orgasm
NARS Bronzer – Laguna

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagene – Black
Milani Crystal Eyez – Beautifully Brilliant
Red Earth – Body Makeup Glitter – Silver
Coastal Scents Matte 88 Palette

Savvy by DB Lip Liner – Tulip
Maybelline Color Sensational – Pink Peony
Dior Kiss Lip Gloss Berry Smoothie

Method

Face
Prime, foundation, conceal and powder. Follow these 4 rules and I promise you as close to flawless skin as possible!

Cheeks
Pink blush to the apples of your cheeks and then bronzer to the hollows. Dig deep into the bronzer, concentrating closer to your hair line.

Dab glitter gel on the high points of your cheeks, just below your eyes followed with some silver cosmetic grade glitter.

Eyes
Conceal your brows, then pat on a hot pink powder.

Prime the eyes, apply a shimmering light pink on the brow bone, lid and inner corner of your eye. Extend the light pink just a bit more under your lower lash line. Apply a hot pink powder to your crease and to the rest of your lower lash line. Use a dark pink to the outer corner of your eye. Pat on some glitter gel all over your lid, followed with the same silver cosmetic grade glitter. Don’t be too heavy, we want a light application.

Curl and apply mascara to your lashes. Apply false lashes of your choice :D Something fun and festive!

Lips
Line your lips, apply lipstick and then gloss.

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Swatches: Too Faced Glamour To Go Fairy Edition Holiday 2010

Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Time for another Holiday 2010 gift set review / swatch. Again, I use the term “review” loosely because I haven’t honestly used this long enough to give an accurate rating.

The Glamour to Go: Fairy Edition palette is one of the Holiday items released by Too Faced for the 2010 holiday season. I picked this up at my local Kit Cosmetics for $32.95AU, but I think you can get it online for $19.50US? Just watch for the shipping rates, when I did the maths it worked out to be $1.50AU MORE expensive to order online O_O Crazy shipping rates, hope you’re luckier than me!

The palette comes with 8 eye shadows (mixture of colours and textures), a blush, a bronzer, a lip colour and no applicator. It’s a tiny palette that can fit comfortably in my hand.

I found the colour selection for the eye shadows kind of odd, there being no real “logic” to the colour pattern. The darker shadows were more pigmented than the lighter ones. The shadows were not super silky pigmented, but pigmented enough for me to comfortably apply them with a brush to my eyelids.

The lip gloss was rather disappointing, I was hoping for at least some colour, but I got next to none :( The swatch above is actually 3 swatches layered over each other, and still you can only barely see the colour. If you want any “slip” on your lips, you are going to have to dig deep into this pan.

The blush and bronzer were very pigmented, more so than the eye shadows. Very silky powder too, the colours are a good “general crowd” pleasing choice, probably the best products from this palette.

The packaging is cute no doubt, but not very strong. I knocked this palette off a drawer and it fell probably only 20cms? And it blush / lip / bronzer drawer automatically pulled open. So even though it does seem to “click” in place, I’m not convinced it wouldn’t just somehow open when crushed against the contents of my messy handbag.

Overall

It’s a great palette with lovely colours, but it’s not unique. Aside from the blue and moss colours, I feel like I’ve seen this palette before. The loose lip / blush / bronzer drawer leaves me too worried to travel with this. It’s a nice to have palette, but not a must.

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Review: NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Reviews | 2 comments

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

Pros:

  • Shadows have strong pigmentation
  • Good variety in textures
  • Travel friendly palette

Cons:

  • Flimsy packaging
  • Lip colour can be challenging to apply

Price: 19.95AU / $11US

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: Cherry Culture for American price, Crush Cosmetics for Australian price.

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

If I had to take one neutral palette with me on a business trip, this would be it. And given my line of work, this palette has been very much loved. I’ll be the first to admit I fell in love with the cute packaging first, but as soon as I started using it I was pleasantly surprised. For only $11US, the palette is quite the deal!

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit
NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

You may not get a ton of product for each eye shadow, but given the pigmentation I’m pretty sure it will take a good while before you hit the pan. However, I would recommend using brushes for application, not sure how well the sponge tip applicators really works (as I personally do not use them).

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

With 9 shadows you get good variety in the family of neutrals with mattes, satins and shimmers, eyes can be taken from day to night. However the packaging is cheap, and so some of the pans may not be glued in properly. Not a big issue, gluing them back in will fix that. Should note this palette is extremely travel friendly, I can fit it into the palm of my hand.

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

The lip colours are a bit tough to apply, I usually use my fingers and whilst that doesn’t give you a clean application it’s enough for me. The brushes work great, but you’ll need to go over your lips a few times to get the right pigmentation.

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

Overall, I waived between 4.5 and 5 stars for this item, whilst I don’t appreciate the flimsy packaging, it is only $11US! So I’ll leave you with that, and maybe you can give your own rating :) Bottom line is this is one of my favourite most versatile cheap palettes.

NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit

Note – Just letting you know that I do own the other 3 mini NYX palettes as well, and honestly they are all around the same in terms of packaging and product quality. So ultimately, the difference simply comes down to colour. I might post photos and swatches from the other 3 palettes if you like, let me know :)

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Illamasqua Counter Opening

Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Events, Media | 2 comments

Last Sunday the MBBE crew and I were invited to attend a bloggers event to celebrate the opening of Illamasqua‘s new counter opening at Myer Melbourne :) I’ve seen reviews here and there regarding the Illamasqua brand from UK and Aussie bloggers, but have never personally tried out the products for myself till that Sunday.

We all started the day together with Yum Cha, and Christabel from Illamasqua was our special guest of honour :D After quickly dropping by Mecca Maxima it was off to the new Illamasqua counter, and it was one seriously impressive counter~

And behind the counters hid five gorgeous mannequins, drinks, lollies and goodie bags galore!

Each blogger was given a quick make over or in my case a colour match :) Check out Celeste‘s look!

I also ninja-ed one of Violet getting her makeup done >:D

Illamasqua was kind enough to give each blogger a tube of lipstick and a medium pencil, which I will be putting to go use soon! I couldn’t help myself and bought a new foundation and quad cream eyeshadow, which I am sure will come in handy for future Book of Fables chapters.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, though any days with my MBBE girl is sure to be a great one! :)

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Nail Swatches: ORLY Viva Collection Summer 2010

Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Nails | 4 comments

Welcome to ORLY’s Viva Summer 2010 collection, four hot colours to celebrate the warmer weather and late beach nights :) All swatches are 3 coats, except for La Playa which is only 2 coats. No top coat was used.

Fiesta

A deep pink shimmer that can apply quite thick. I feel like I’ve seen this colour in OPI Summer Flutter’s Flower to Flower polish before.

I haven’t actually compared the two side by side in real life, Flower to Flower seems to have fine golden shimmer instead, though the two are pretty similar in terms of colour hues.

Bailamos

A azure blue / teal shimmer with fine gold understones, which was sent me to for consideration, they must know my weakness for blues because this is my favourite colour from the collection. Then again, I always seem to favour the blues in any collection, so no surprise there.

Ole

A rich coral creme, though seems more orange in my swatches. I thought this particular polish to be the “thinnest” out of all the others, and so the 3 coats was certainly neccessary to achieve complete opacity.

La Playa

Royal blue creme, a highly pigmented polish that only needed 2 coats. One of the difficulties with working with very pigmented dark polishes is that they stain. So if you slip up a bit whilst applying, you need to clean it up straight away less it will stain your skin :(

Overall
Yar, no surprise that my vote goes to Bailamos! But I can see Fiesta being the most crowd pleasing colour, a lot of people really do seem to love pink polishes :) My only advice is I wouldn’t buy both Flower to Flower and Fiesta, pick out and you should be happy!

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Book of Fables – Chapter 31: Mint

Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Book of Fables, Cosplay | 2 comments

Get your cosplay on! This week is mainly directed at cosplayers who tell me that there is no need to wear makeup when you cosplay a character that doesn’t appear to be wearing makeup. Wrong, so very very wrong. You always need makeup when you cosplay!

Don’t tell me you are magically born with perfect even skin, softly flushed cheeks, big bright eyes, long lashes and glossy lips :P All of which are standards for any animated character, so consider this look highly versatile beyond the limitation that are Mint Buramanshu. This look can be used for any character that doesn’t appear to be wearing any makeup.

Ingredients
MAC Prep and Prime
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ – Sand
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – Beige
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Light
NARS Powder Blush – Orgasm
Canmake Highlighter – 01

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
NP Set New Neutrals Palette
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagene – Black
Chanel Sculpte Sourcils – Noir

NYX Lip Pencil – Natural
Maybelline Color Sensational – Pink Please
L’Oreal Glam Shine Volumizer Gloss Repulpant – Forever Sweet

Instructions
Face
Prime, Foundation, Powder and Conceal! All standards that should be followed for 95% of looks :) Using a medium brown powder, contour your nose so it appears smaller.

Cheeks
Use a natural pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a highlight your cheek bones, nose, forehead and jawline with a highlighter.

Eyes
Prime your lids, then taking 3 neutral colours (very light brown, medium brown and dark brown). Apply the light brown to your brow bone, inner corner of your eye and all over your lid. Use the medium brown to your crease, then line your upper lash line with the dark brown. Don’t be afraid to make the line thick, this is the colour that will “open” your eyes.

With a black eyeliner, line your upper lash line enough so the dark brown is still visible. If you want you can line your lower lash line with a white liner, but don’t use black or it will make your eyes look smaller and give you a harsher look (and it will be even more obvious that you are wearing makeup)

Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara. Apply false lashes (choose these wisely, you can’t just randomly pick up any false lashes, I’ll try and do a post on this one day!). Bottom lashes are optional, but only if you can keep them subtle. We aren’t going for a gyaru look here, we want to look as natural as possible for photography.

Shape your eyebrows with a brow pencil.

Lips

Line and fill in lips with a lip pencil, cover with lip stick then apply a generous layer of gloss.

Tips:

  • Be careful not to apply anything too heavily, whilst this is a cosplay look, the idea is to enhance our features NOT “draw” them on.
  • You know you’re on the right track if in real life, your makeup looks a tad heavy, but appears very subtle in photographs.

I’ve got a bunch more posts to make regarding natural makeup for cosplayers, so let me know if you have any questions in particular you’d like answered and stay tuned :D

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Benefit – Her Name was Glowla

Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Reviews | 0 comments

Time for another Holiday Gift “review”, I use review lightly because I find it almost impossible to give a solid review for sets like this. Too many variables, but I’ll do my best to give an overview.

FYI, You can purchase this palette from Benefit’s website at $36US or check out the Benefit counter at Myer where it goes for $69AU.

Her Name was Glowla is one of the Holiday gift sets released by Benefit for 2010, and for someone who has never bought a Benefit product before, this was a great introduction to the brand :)

It contains:

  • Mini Powder Blush in CORALista
  • 5 Eye Shadows (Passion Pearl, Peachy Sheen, Terracotta Satin, Steamy Copper, Deep Bronze)
  • Mini BADgal lash mascara
  • Full sized Lip gloss in Life on the A List
  • Mini High Beam
  • Mini Moon Beam
  • Blush and Eye shadow applicators

I’ve used this palette for a solid week and really love it! Both the blush and eye shadows have lovely pigmentation, always a must for me. The eye shadows in particular have a soft velvety texture.

The blush reminds my of a semi-matte version of NARS Orgasm, pink with some coral. Very pigmented so just a few dabs on the palette was enough to flush both cheeks.

The mascara surprised me, I found no smudging, though it didn’t find it did much for my lashes in terms of thickening or lengthening. It more defined my lashes than anything overly dramatic.

The gloss had very good pigmentation, and felt smooth on the lips. I don’t have any comments for longevity, never did try it long enough.

I really loved the high beam and moon beam mini tubes, honestly when I applied them in the mornings I couldn’t tell if they had worked, they just blended away into my skin. However, once the sun came out whilst walking to the office I could see a lovely dewy glow in my reflection when the light hit. Very subtle and polished. I can see me going through these quickly so I’ll have to invest in a full sized version soon!

Overall, I really loved this palette for a day to day look. It is perfect for work since it’s great for creating neutral looks. Nothing disappointed me in terms of quality (perference is another thing all together) and as I said, it’s a great introduction into this famous brand :) I didn’t use the applicators, I’m a brush girl! But I find applicators handy when I’m out and about.

Speaking of which, the palette is a tad chunky for my liking. It could certainly fit into my handbag no questions, but it would probably take up quite a bit of space (my work bag is an LV Speedy 25, I like smaller bags). I’m a huge fan of cute small palettes hehe.

This is a great palette, so glad that out of all the Benefit gift sets, this was the one I picked :) However if you have enough neutral palettes, might be best to look for something with more drama!

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Annie’s Fashion Photo Shoot

Posted by on November 17, 2010 in Photoshoot | 0 comments

I’ve mentioned her before on Fables, but she deserve a whole post to herself~ This girl is one of Australia’s up and coming vintage fashion designers, in fact there is a possibility of her works appearing on L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2011’s runways next year, so look out for that!

As part of her studies Annie was to construct a Look Book with her current works, and asked if I could play the role of “makeup artist” for her latest shoot. How could I say no? Especially with Elias coming along to shoot, it’s a winning team with those two alone :D

All clothes seen in these photos have been designed and constructed solely by Annie, her construction is flawless~ And all photographs are by the brilliant Elias Lopez. Again, how lucky am I to know such talented people who let me play around with makeup?

This is the main reason why my love for makeup began, to me it’s exactly like painting, creating art and expressing myself without using words. As a classical pianist, web designer, cosplayer and “makeup artist”, finding different mediums to express myself with is my greatest passion, and having these four methods makes life beautiful for me :)

Special thanks to Sarah and Jenny, the beautiful models you see in the photos :)

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