Lancome Doll Lashes Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Reviews | 10 comments

Lancome Doll Lashes Mascara

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that Lancome’s Hypnose formula is my favourite mascara ever. Whilst it does have a tendency to dry up faster than I’d like, I can’t deny the amazing results it gives my lashes :) So when Lancome released a “Doll Lashes” version, I knew I had to give it a shot.

Lancome Doll Lashes Mascara

My general impression is that as a standalone mascara, this is great. As you can see from the photos below, two coats gives you thick lush looking lashes. The end result is very similar to that of the traditional Hypnose formula, the main difference I’ve found is the fact that it did take two coats to achieve this. Whereas traditionally, I’d only need one thick coat to get the same effect.

Lancome Doll Lashes Mascara

So if you’re someone who has always loved the Hypnose formula, but thought it was just a bit overkill, this would be perfect. But if you loved Hypnose just the way it is, stick to the original formula.

Comparison aside, I noticed no real difference between the original and this formula. Besides the shape of the brush (which does make it easier to coat lower lashes and small lashes in the inner corner), lasting power is the same. Lasted all day, no smudging nor flaking throughout the day. It’s no surprise Hypnose is my most loved mascara :)

Lancome Doll Lashes Mascara

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Zoya Smoke and Mirrors Collection – Smoke Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Nails | 6 comments

Zoya Smoke and Mirrors

I have a two part collection for you today :D Zoya’s Smoke and Mirrors Collection, with Smoke being featured on this post and Mirrors will be released later on :) Generally I was rather impressed by this collection, I didn’t have any issues with application and two coats each seemed more than enough. The collection is generally a very dark purely crème group of shades, suitable for Winter. No top cost was used so you could see the actual finish of the polish.

Anja
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
A deep burgundy berry shade, beautiful shade that’s perfect for winter. Though I’m willing to bet you’ll probably have a pretty good dupe for this in your collection.

Codie
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
A dark almost burned brown shade (I really need to get a thesaurus), it took me a bit of staring to figure out the actual shade for this. At first glance I thought maybe it was a charcoal shade, even off-black at some angles, but now I’m pretty sure it’s just an incredibly dark brown!

Cynthia
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
Very deep teal shade, surprisingly I have nothing similar to this in my collection and actually really like it. I love that it looks virtually black at a quick glance, but upon further inspection it’s teal, lovely twist!

Dree
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
Khaki green crème, not sure how I feel about this colour. I think this would look amazing on a very select number of skin tones, and I’m not sure I’m part of that pool.

Jana
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
A true taupe crème, I actually quite enjoy this shade. It’s a shade I’d be very comfortable wearing to work, whilst still giving my nails a bit of character and flare.

Petra
Zoya Smoke and Mirrors
A dark gray purple crème, I’d almost consider this a darker version of Jana.

Zoya Smoke and Mirrors

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January Empties

Posted by on January 29, 2012 in F&E | 6 comments

January Empties

WELL! January has been quite the month for me, if I were doing a Project 10 Pan…. I’d have totally failed because I still bought stuff during January, BUT I have finished a total of 13 products :D Some are samples I know, but still! Let a girl feel superficially accomplished for a little!

  • Swisspers 400 Cotton Tips
  • Swisspers 80 Make-up Pads
  • Sasa Cotton Pads
  • Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur [review]
  • Coles Nail Polish Remover [review]
  • John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner
  • Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel *
  • Clinique All About Eyes Serum [review]
  • Garnier Youthful Radiance Anti-Dark Circles Roll On * [review]
  • Maybelline Define a Brow – Clear [review]
  • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream *
  • Benefit Eye Cream *
  • NYX Powder Blush – Natural (First official makeup item I’ve hit pan on, WHOO!)
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See you in Inverloch~

Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Australia | 7 comments

Inverloch Celina

It’s Friday and unfortunately there will be no Book of Fables this week :( I’m actually out in Inverloch at the moment with some of my friends relaxing and getting creative! :D My goal is to shoot at least 4-5 chapters this weekend, which will give me plenty of breathing space to work on some more complicated projects :D In the mean time, let me share with you some photos I took yesterday :D

Inverloch Celina

I is super classy lady no?

Inverloch Celina

Toby, Neil and Nomi out on the deck :)

Inverloch Celina

View from the deck is ammaaazing! I get excited and anxious by the shooting possibilities *_*

Inverloch Celina

The deck, it really has an amazing view :)

Inverloch Celina

Again, the deck XD You can tell, I is obsessed!

Inverloch Celina

Our room, clean before I messed it up XD

Inverloch Celina

The house we are staying at~

Inverloch Celina

Me being silly and playing around with my new iphone app recommended to me by Neil ;D

Inverloch Celina

Fresh flowers to welcome us to the house <3 This place is amazing, I wish this weekend didn't have to end! But I'm sure going to enjoy it for all it's worth :) Hope you guys have a great weekend, I will do my best, work hard and hopefully have some great videos to show for it at the end :)

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Tarte – The Starlet Jewel Box Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Reviews | 12 comments

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Consider this a lesson learnt, I think I’m going to start toning down on any of these “huge” palette like makeup products unless the reviews online are amazing! This was not one of those palette :( Finding ways to store them is just a pain! Introducing Tarte’s Holiday 2011 palette called the Starlet. It’s a beautiful mirrored jewellery box that houses an array of eyeshadows, mascara, eyelash primer and blushes.

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

There is no doubt that the box is adorable, completely impractical and not the most sturdiest of boxes, but cute none the less. The makeup however is pretty second rate in my opinion. The swatches may not make it obvious, but the texture was very hit and miss. There were some shadows are had beautiful pigmentation, buttery formula, then others that were incredibly chalky, some were so solid that I had to literally dig into the pan to get any colour.

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

The blushes however were definitely much better than the shadows, but I would not personally recommend this palette to anyone solely based on the blushes which whilst were high quality, are not shades you need to buy this palette to own. They are easily dupable.

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

I will say that one up side to this palette is that it is relatively easy to depot all the product so you’re left with an empty mirrored box to store whatever you like in it :) It was no easy feat to get the makeup out of the middle drawer though :/

Another great surprise was the Tarte eyelash primer, I’d never tried it before but since this palette came with a mini version I thought I’d give it a go and really loved the effect! I will definitely be purchasing the full sized version when I finish up this sample size and will post a review :)

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

I’m not sure if you can still purchase this palette, but don’t consider it a must have :)

Tarte - The Starlet Jewel Box

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A Day in the Life – An Average Working Day

Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Personal | 18 comments

Day in the life - Work Day

So! I’ve been meaning to do a Day in the Life post for the longest time, but I always keep forgetting to take photos throughout the day so I had to virtually set alarms throughout the day to remind to “snap a photo, snap a photo!” I won’t be narrating any of these photos, mostly because as the clock at the end indicates, it actually is 1:20am in the morning at the moment and I need to get to bed to get up at 6:30am for work… (I know this little sleep is not good for you, everyone and their mum has told me already)

So hopefully the photos will be enough, but please let me know what you think. Whether I should do more of these? Or would you like me to narrate what is happening? Etc etc :) I aim to please! Enjoy~

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

Day in the life - Work Day

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NARS Holiday 2011 Joyous Red Lipstick & Albatross Lip Gloss Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Reviews | 7 comments

NARS Holiday 2011

I’ve already reviewed the Arabian Trio Eye shadow from the same collection a while back. Since then I’ve decided that if I do buy several products from the same collection that I’m just going to lump them all into one post. Saves me time and hopefully makes it more interesting for you guys :)

NARS Holiday 2011

Aside from the Arabian Trio Eye shadow, I also managed to snag the lipstick in Joyous Red and the lip gloss in Albatross. Honestly I probably didn’t need the lipstick, but I had to have the gloss. I love the powder version of Albatross, which is a beautiful shimmery highlighter with yellow / gold undertones.

Generally I am a fan of NARS’ Lip Glosses, they aren’t what I’d call the perfect lip gloss because they do tend to run a tad sticky, but generally I love them :) They have no offensive smells and apply beautifully.

NARS Holiday 2011

NARS Holiday 2011

However I am not a fan of this lipstick, and you can tell from the photo that it is a pretty matte lipstick. Which was disappointing since NARS actually have a range of lipsticks specifically dedicate to matte finishes, so I wasn’t sure why this particular lipstick that doesn’t state matte anywhere on it had to be matte as well :/

NARS Holiday 2011

To be honest though, despite appearances the texture over time didn’t feel drying. It certainly wasn’t moisturising, but it didn’t cause my lips to crack or chap either. None the less, I think unless I manage to swatch the lipstick at a counter before hand (which almost never happens given how far away I work from makeup counters now *sad face*) or read some raving review, I will probably be avoiding NARS Lipsticks.

NARS Holiday 2011

NARS Holiday 2011

For me, I love NARS for almost everything else in their range, but their lipsticks constantly seem to disappoint me :(

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China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011 Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Nails | 6 comments

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

Another holiday 2011 collection! I think this may be the last one, yay! Luckily you can still purchase these shades if you feel so inclined :) I liked that this collection had a good mixture of crèmes and glitters. Overall it’s a solid collection for more festive occasions, depending on your work I can’t see many of these being overly neutral or work appropriate. As always 2 coats with no top coat.

Blue Year’s Eve

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A shimmery royal blue, despite appearances the finish is really smooth. I find the shade to have a very decadent feel.

Champagne Bubbles

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

Shimmery canary yellow gold with silver glitters, I would’ve never thought silver glitters would work well with yellow gold, but now that I see it, it isn’t half bad!

Glittering Garland

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A rich moss green with duo chrome gold and green flecks, I absolutely love this! It is gorgeous, I am such a fan of anything with duo chrome and the finish on this is very smooth. But if you like this without the flecks try China Glaze’s Jolly Holly.

Holly Day

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

An emerald crème shade, Essie’s Going in Incognito has more of a bluer tinge to it.

Icicle

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A metallic silver shade, China Glaze’s Cheers to you is a more metallic version. Surprisingly I found Face of Australia’s Titanium to be a pretty spot on dupe!

Poinsettia

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A chilli red crème, I thought Zoya’s Sooki and Tamsen was a pretty close dupe to this.

Ring in the Red

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

Red glitter with large chunky red glitter, not my favourite of the collection and it leaves a rough finish.

Snow Globe

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

Chunky light hologram glitters, a bit too gritty for my own taste but I do have a number of very similar dupes I can talk about. Color Club’s Snowflakes and Color Club’s Starry Temptress are much finer versions of this polish with a smoother finish. Or check out OPI’s Happy Anniversary which has even finer micro shimmers.

Tinsel Town

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A gunmetal shimmer shade, packed with a ton of large and medium sized silver glitters. Even tho I wouldn’t deem my description as unique, I wasn’t able to find any dupes to this! And I actually really loved it, it’s edgy yet girly.

Twinkle Lights

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A mixture of antique gold, red and green glitters. A few more coats and this would look amazing, very christmasy. OPI’s Bring on the Bling is similar but with a more pinky hue.

Velvet Bow

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

A deep maroon red creme, not a hard shade to dupe! Try OPI’s Sariguite or even a light coat of OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney. Even OPI’s Pepe’s Purple Passion is similarish.

Winter Berry

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

The perfect red, an essential in everyone’s collection… but I suspect most people already have it since it really isn’t that unique.

China Glaze Let it Snow Holiday 2011

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Book of Fables: Chapter 84 – The Dragon

Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Book of Fables | 27 comments

Book of Fables - Chinese New Year

Xin Nian Kuai Le! :) Well, at least it will be in a few more days :D I won’t pretend that I can speak fluent Chinese, so please forgive any mispronunciations in the video, I’m going purely based off my old memory of Chinese classes which I haven’t attended in well over 10 years now XD; But it’s the year of the Dragon, which is always exciting as the dragon is the only sign who is consider legendary. And the only person who I know is a dragon was my grandfather who unfortunately passed away a few years ago.

The dress was my mother’s, she used to wear it during her youth to celebrate Chinese New Year back in Singapore (where my parents are from, though most of my family is from China). In case you were wondering, I am 100% Chinese, I know I get a lot of questions in real life around whether I’m Viet or Japanese or even half Caucasian O_o;; (I… just don’t see it….) but nope. I’m quite boring :) I’m certainly no artist so this was my best attempt at drawing art on my face (doesn’t that just sound so eloquent?) but I hope you enjoy!

I got a real kick out of dressing up minus the last minute rush rush stress that comes with actually making my costume, so having one ready made is a nice change of pace :)

Book of Fables - Chinese New Year

MAC Prep + Prime – Skin Base Visage
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation – RF 100
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher – 001 Translucent
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – Light
NYX Mosaic Powder – Highlighter
MAC Paint Pot – Painterly
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette – 01
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
Savvy by DB Luxury Liner – Shimmering Slate
Benefit BAD Gal Lash Mascara – Black
e.l.f Eyebrow Kit – Dark
Benefit Box Powder – Coralista
Topshop Lipstick – Confession

Products marked * were sent for consideration

Book of Fables - Chinese New Year

Book of Fables - Chinese New Year

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Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday 2011 Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Reviews | 4 comments

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

Back in 2010 I reviewed Smashbox’s Eye Wish Palette and thought that was an impressive palette. Since then I’ve been through my fair share of truly impressive palette and decided to give Smashbox’s Click You’re It palette a whirl so I could compare it to their previous holiday palette.

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

My general impression of this palette is yes, big improvement on their Holiday 2010 version BUT it really isn’t a must have in anyone’s collection. You know those type of gifts that are just kinda of a nice addition, nice to have, but not really an essential? Yeah, well this is it.

The range of colours is very usable, you’ve got neutral shades and some more colourful ones, but nothing too over the top. But the actual quality of the shadows is not the best in my opinion, I found that some were very rich and pigmented (the darker shade) but the lighter ones were pretty disappointing. Left me feeling very lackluster.

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

However one stand out feature of this palette which 2010 sincerely lacked were the gel liner / cream shadows. This year they were absolutely beautiful! Creamy, pigmented and very easy to apply. I remember last year I have to literally dig into the pan to get any colour, complete opposite to this year.

But is it worth buying this entire palette just for those cream liners?… Honestly? Maybe! At $49US, that works out to be a little less than $10 for each liner, throw in the primer, mini eye tutorials and eyeshadows as bonus and it isn’t a bad deal. It really comes down to personal preference, if you don’t have a ton of gel liners and want variety without splurging out, then consider this palette JUST for the eyeliners.

I’ll keep this in the palette for now, but I know personally after a few month of using the same big palette I have a tendancy to try and depot everything into an easy to store and access Unii Palette. As the palette is essentially made of cardboard, you know this won’t be a hard goal to achieve if you decide to.

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

All in all, it’s an okay palette. I’m guessing you may not be able to get this palette anymore, as it was limited edition to Holiday 2011 :/ But after reading this review, I hope you don’t think it was a huge loss :)

Smashbox Holiday 2011 Palette

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