Thursday, January 28, 2010

Too Faced Natural Eye Kit Review


I decided to do more natural eye looks for work. Since I was picking up items from Beauty.com, I searched around for a good natural eye palette to try. I heard of Too Faced before and ever tried buying on of their palettes at Beautycrunch back in 2008.


I just have to say I really hated these two palettes. The quality of the eye shadows, blusher and lipstick and gloss were terrible. I gave them away and since then have never been tempted to buy them. When Sephora Singapore brought in Too Faced, I didn't even bother to visit the counter to try out their items.

I have seen the Natural Eye Kit featured in two of my favourite blogs. Musing of a Muse and Makeup and Beauty Blog. You can see their raves for this palette when you click their links. I was very surprised that the shadows looked pigmented. Karen from the Makeup and Beauty Blog also did a very beautiful eye with the palette. So this became something I wanted to try.



I really liked the look of the palette straight away. It is made of hard cardboard so it is best not to put this baby in the bathroom just in case. It has a little pull out drawer which stores the applicator. I have doubts that the applicator is actually useful though. The lid is held close with a magnetic thingamagig so it closes tight.




I must say the pull out cards are very useful. It makes doing a natural eye as simple as 1 2 3.






I tried the classic look for the first day of work in 2010. I'm partial to shimmers and shine so naturally I like the Classic and Fashion look best.



Closeup pictures.




This is the day look. As you can see they are all matt colours. They felt soft and pigmented when I swatched them with my fingers on my arm.





This look I tried for work. They blended well and were smooth. With my Urban Decay Primer Potion, it lasted the whole day.



Now why did I enlarge this. Nude Beach looks almost similar to Silk Teddy but if you looked really close you will see that Nude Beach has more obvious glitters. Therefore it is a Fashion look.





This palette sells for USD$34. Thats about USD$3.80 for each eye colour. I'm happily surprised by the quality of the eye shadows. In my opinion, this is a great buy for those looking for a natural eye palette.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks.

Watch out for some EOTDs soon.

Edited to add:

I used the fashion look for the first time today. Nude Beach has chunky glitter so there was quite a bit of fall out. So be forewarned, you probably need a good does of loose powder under your eye to catch the glitter. That being said, it is a fashion look so not very appropriate for office wear.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Smashbox Arched Liner Brush #21 Review



I spreed at Beauty.com during December. I bought a few items. Smashbox Arched Liner Brush was one of them.

Taken from Smashbox website:

Apply liner like a pro with our best-selling precision brush. The same brush head as our popular EYE LINER BRUSH #8 with an ergonomic bend to conform to the shape of the eyes, providing better control and flawless application in one quick, easy stroke. Use it to apply CREAM EYE LINER, JET SET WATERPROOF EYE LINER, or any EYE SHADOW along the lashline and inner rim.




I am not good at lining my eyes. I prefer pencils because they are easier to control but I love using gel/cream eye liners because of the intensity of the eye line made. I always get eye lining product on my lashes when I try to line them with my Bobbi Brown Ultra fine eye liner brush. I heard that arched eye liner brushes eliminate this problem altogether so I had to test it out.

I tested it out using Stila's Smudgepot. The eyelining looked more neater and no more smudging my eye lashes too. I just wished that the brush was a little more stiffer. That would make eye lining more of a cinch for me.

This costs USD$20. I'm not sure of there is a better, cheaper arched eye liner out there though.

Ratings: 3 lipsticks.

If it had been cheaper and had a stiffer brush, I would have given it a 4 rating.

Edited to add:

I have used this a couple of times and just love how neat my eyelining has become. Everyone should own a arched eye liner even if it is not from Smashbox. It does make eye lining easier for noobs.

I have upped my ratings to 4+ lipsticks

Sunday, January 24, 2010

beautyblender Review




So what is this cute pinkie object? A beautyblender of course!

Okay I must say this again, no I did not break my new year's resolution of buying only one makeup item a month. I bought this along with other "things" at Beauty.com at the end of December. (I went crazy during Christmas!) I just been too busy to review and take pictures.

I don't know what made me buy this. I saw a video from youtube of a makeup application demonstration using the beautyblender. I have seen beautyblender before and have heard some raves about it. So I guess it was in the back of my mind. I think partly I also wanted something that would give me a better application for my cream blushers.

Taken from beautyblender website:

Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your make up dazzling and undetectable. Beautyblender is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free.



Blend your way to a flawless face! Seeing make up is the first sign of an amateur application. Beautyblender was created without edges in order to eliminate visible lines and streaks. So go ahead, experiment fearlessly with your Beautyblender and discover the many ways its unique shape will set you free!




Bounce Beautyblender against your face when applying make up. Bouncing, called stippling in the make up world, blends make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin. Use Beutyblender's pointed side for hard-to-reach spots like around the nose and mouth, and under the eyes. Use the round base for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin.




If you apply make up with your fingers you'll find that Beautyblender will smooth and refine your make up to provide a clean finish.




Use Beautyblender damp when applying wet/dry make up. When Beautyblender is wet it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size. Wash after use and place in the Beautyblender insert pedestal to dry. Beautyblender should not come in contact with extreme heat of any kind.




If you have problem skin Beautyblender works to cover blemishes. Use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique to work make up into depressed areas of the face. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the make up's edges, leaving a perfect finish.




 
It comes with a cleanser satchet and instructions on how to use it.
 


I use this end for my cream blushers. I follow the instructions and dampen my sponge then dry it on tissue paper. Then I lightly bounce this end on my cream blusher. I make a smiley face and gently bounce the sponge off my cheeks. I really like the effect it gives, enough product is applied so I don't need to layer it with my powder blushers but still natural looking. Now I don't have to stick my fingers into my blusher pots.





I use this end to apply my undereye concealor. I use the same method as before. Unfortunately I don't see any difference as to the finish. It still looks the same if I used any old makeup sponge.

I do notice something really cute. After washing throughly with soap (I can't bear to use the cleanser yet) and squeezing out the water, my sponge becomes really big and can't even fit back into its container. But after a few hours it shrinks!

It is a pricy little thing! For one sponge it costs USD$19.50. The kit which comes with a bottle of cleanser and 1 sponge costs USD$34.95! Can't normal soap do the job???

Sonia Kashuk also makes a similar belnding sponge but it costs only USD$9.99. I haven't used it so can't make a fair comparison. It is blue in colour. You can see the image of it here.

So do I think it is a good buy. I'm not sure. I can't really tell yet. I probably need to see how it works with my Giorgio Armani foundation and compare that with my favourite foundation brush first.

Presents in the mail

I had a very pleasant surprise at the beginning of the week. I package packed with things. I opened it up and it came from a wonderful new friend I made over my blog. Thanks Anna!


Apart for a very beautiful face highlighter, I received many bodycare and skincare samples and a whole lot of chocolates and sweets. Yum! I'm truly blessed.



I'm going to take my time and savour these items.




This is the very pretty highlighter that also came with my package. I love the inrticate tree design inside.






I was very careful with my swatch so I used my little pinkie finger to swatch this. It is sheer and natural looking. Great to highlight my cheek bones and under my eye brows.

I love making friends. It is just so cool that makeup can bring so many ladies together.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Korres Golden Goddess Collection Abyssinia mascara review

This mascara came with the rest of the products. I'm always happy to try out mascaras that claim to be volumizing. I love thick lashes!




Taken from Korres website:

Properties



Dramatically volumizing mascara with Abyssinia Oil, for lush, incredible dramatic look


• Abyssinia Oil, rich in fatty acids ,provides Natural luster and emollient feeling on the lashes while offering excellent pigment for the most dramatic look


• Vitamin E and Provitamin B5 deeply condition lashes to prevent breakage.


• Bamboo extract strengthens and smoothes the outer layer of the lashes
 


This mascara has about 8 ml of product. It has a really slim brush, it reminds me of my old favourite Clinique Lash Power mascara that also had a slim brush. I love a slim brush. It is much easier to get to those lashes right at the corners of your eye. Not to mention it won't cause accidental smudges which happened to me frequently when I used Diorshow. (I'm a klutz)



 
It does a fair job of volumizing my lashes although I still prefer my YSL Everlong. Too bad it isn't waterproof though. I need waterproof mascara because my eyes water frequently especially when I wake up really early (like 5.15 am) to go to work. I yawn alot and my eyes water. I can't afford to have panda eyes at the start of the day. Surprisingly on my test run, it didn't smudge at all. Even though I yawned like a million times and had an almost 10 hour work day. So thumbs up!
 
This mascara costs USD$20 and comes in 4 colours. Black, brown, Cobalt Blue and Plum. YSL Everlong goes for USD$28.50. Perhaps this is a good cheaper alternative?
 
Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Korres Sale going on now!




Oh my! There is a Korres sale going on now. The best deal? $7 eye shadows. Their sunflower and evening primrose eye shadows used to sell for $16. They are now going for a song!




Check out all the sale items here!

Edited to add: I just popped by my local Korres store to check out colours and prices. My gosh the eyshadows are selling for SGD $30 and the Mango lipsticks are selling fro SGD $40. What are horrible markup!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Korres Golden Goddess Collection Cherry Oil Lip gloss review



If you have been reading my blog, you would know I simply adore Korres Cheery Oil Lip glosses. They are really wonderful products.

Taken from Korres website:

Properties




Long-lasting, creamy, semi-sheer formulas in wearable and vibrant shades. Go natural with NEW naked shades!
• Cherry Oil moisturizes lips, prolonging the wear and giving a high-shine, non-sticky finish
• The natural active Jojoba Oil smoothes fine lines and deeply hydrates the lips
• Potent antioxidant Vitamin C and E prevent free radical damage and repair the lips


This is truly no exception. I really love this colour.



Okay you know why this picture is enlarged. Just look at the gorgeous gold shimmer on this gloss.



The gold shimmer is fine so none of that gritty ugly mess. Especially after a few hours of wear. This colour just goes so well with the overall Golden Goddess look. I feel like a goddess wearing this!

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Monday, January 18, 2010

Korres Golden Goddess Collection Soft Eyeliner Pencil review




This is Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Golden.

Taken from Korres website:

Properties



Exceptionally soft, smooth and easy to apply eye liners in vivid colors, enriched with long-lasting pigment
• Deeply hydrating and smoothing liners provide precise definition without tugging or pulling the delicate skin around the eyes
• Vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant, defends skin against free radical damaging while also providing moisture
• Macadamia oil rebalances dryness without clogging the pores or irritating the sensitive eye area



I do agree that it is soft and does not drag the lids but I guess I've been spoiled with Urban Decays 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil. I just feel that it isn't creamy enough.



I really like the bright gold colour though. But I suspect UD's Eldorado would look the same. Unfortunately, this is neither water or smudgeproof so after a while it creased on me. But not that badly.




This has about 1.13g of product and cost USD$16. UD pencils have about 1.2g of product and costs USD$17. I would definitely go for UD instead of Korres.

Ratings: 1 lipstick

Sunday, January 17, 2010

EOTD with Korres Golden Goddess Collection



I made used of most of the collection for my eyes and lips with the exception of Golden Bronze today. I love the fact that there is a how to foldout to show me how to apply my eyeshadows.








I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion to hold the shadows in place. I also added Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Honey on my lower lashline.

Tada!