Friday, May 30, 2014

Project Swap: Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eye shadow 05 Rosy Brown

I have for you today, Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow generously on loan to me by Luna of Lunaface. Dear Luna gifted me a Kiko lipstick in No. 908 some time back, I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the lipstick. When she told me about the Long Lasting Stick Eye shadows, I was intrigued. So when she passed hers for me to play with I was so happy.

Kiko Makeup Milano is a Italian drugstore brand which can be found in most of the European countries.

(Taken from the Kiko website)

Stick Eyeshadow - Extreme hold for a blendable intense colour.

The creamy formula ensures extreme blendability of the line immediately after application.

Once set, the colour remains uniform and radiant for up to 8 hours, without streaking or smudging.

Water Resistant, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow gives splendid, pure and vibrant colour tones.

Application is simple and comfortable, thanks to the special rounded stick and its ultra-smooth and light texture.

Available in 32 high-impact shades.

Rosy Brown is a very creamy and pigmented brown with grey and mauve and shimmer thrown in.

I have done a very simple look with this just using this eye shadow. I find that it blends very easily and doesn't set too fast so you can still blend. Using my fingers seems to be the best because my fingers actually heat up the product and makes it even more blendable. It stayed on my lids the whole day with creasing or smudging.

The packaging of the Kiko Long Lasting Stick in very similar to the Laura Mercier Caviar Stciks which has a twist up feature and a plastic packaging.Both have 1.64g of product and are made in Italy. Hm... I wonder if they are made in the same place.

Top to bottom: Kiko and Laura Mercier
Left to right: Kiko and Laura Mercier
I took out Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Amethyst for a comparison. The Caviar Stick feels a little creamier and opaque than the Kiko but not by too much. Once applied, there isn't much of a difference in terms of formula and wear time. Both perform equally well.

Kiko sells for GBP 6.90 about SGD $15 whereas Laura Mercier sells for USD 26 about SGD $33. What a price difference for essentially the same product.

Kate from Drivel about Frivol has some swatches for shades I definitely want to get my hands on. There are more amazing swatches at LeMilleBolleBlu.

You can also check out Lunaface's rave of this product over here.

If you love cream eye shadows and either live in Europe or have friends going there, ask them to get these for you. They are definitely a worthy buy.

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Sigh

Lipstick Queen is founded by Poppy King who used to also own a lipstick line called Poppy King if I'm not mistaken quite a few years back. I remember going to Tangs many years ago and being enamoured by the beautiful array of lipsticks. I think my lipstick hoarder instinct started then. I would visit Tangs almost every month and choose a Poppy King lipstick to go home with me.

When I first heard about Lipstick Queen I was curious unfortunately it wasn't available in Singapore. I didn't feel the need to get them online. I am so happy to see Lipstick Queen being carried in Tangs Orchard. While I was choosing my second Diptyque scent, I happened upon the Lipstick Queen counter. Of all the lipsticks available, I was drawn to the Butterfly Ball which had interesting flashes on blue in all the lipsticks.

(Taken from Lipstick Queen website)

The light, airy and magical look of the butterfly wing is the ultimate in glamour produced exclusively by Mother Nature. All the subtle Butterfly Ball shades pay tribute to this. They are as sheer as a butterfly wing with a beautiful hint of shimmer and Iridescence when they catch the light. The formula is incredibly wet, soft and moisturizing to condition your lips, while dressing them at the same time. 

The subtle flash of blue pearl in each shade is flattering on the lips and helps teeth appear whiter. 

Super moisturizing and conditioning with aloe vera and vitamins E, C and B. 

Contains film formers to help seal in moisture.

There are a total of 7 shades.

Float - Pale shimmering nude
Hot - Hot shimmering pink
Goodbye - Deep shimmering wine
Moment - Sexy shimmering red
Sigh - Warm wistful mauve
Smitten - Soft Rosebud Blush
Trance -  Subtle shimmering raspberry

Sigh is a pretty medium sheer plummy mauve shade on my lips. I don't think the blue flashes helps to make my teeth whiter but they are gorgeous to look at. It is very forgiving on my lips because it doesn't dry it out. 

I am pleased to get Sigh. I love the colour and how it looks on my lips. It is USD $22 however I bought it at SGD $35 at the local counters. I wish the markup wasn't so high though. Would I get another shade? Perhaps.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 669 Rose Tricheuse

I took my time to review the Dior Addict Fluid Stick because at of this moment I'm still quite on the fence about it. I'll tell you why soon.

I should seriously be excited about all the bright colours because they are just so me. I would have expected myself to pick the stand out shades of the range such as Wonderland, Adventure and Pandore. But you know what, as much as I like how glossy they look swatched, I'm aware that too much of a hi shine isn't flattering on me. I prefer my bright lippies to be of a satiny or matte finish. 

I decided to pick a more muted colour 699 but unfortunately that was out of stock so I decided to try Rose Tricheuse.

I'm a little confused with how many shades are there exactly. I compared the shades listed on the Dior website with the Sephora one and it seems slightly different. I don't see Rose Tricheuse anywhere. I am trying to look for the name of the shade 699 which I originally wanted but can't find the name either.

I like the packaging. It looks sleek. I like being able to know how much product I have left.

The applicator is easy to use.

Rose Tricheuse is a bright rose with hints of coral to me. The swatches in bright sunlight looks beautiful.

Here comes my issue, application isn't always a breeze for me. When I apply balm underneath, Rose Tricheuse just slides all over the place. I cannot get an even coat on and somehow it looks off on me. I learnt to wipe off my balm before application and apply lip liner all over my lips to 'hold' Rose Tricheuse it its place. I don't really love how it looks just upon application but after pressing my lips together, the hi shine is toned down, it looks better on me.

The Dior Addict Fluid Stick isn't the most moisturising lip product but it doesn't try out my lips either. I get about 4 hours of wear when just sipping on water and snacking but it does not last through a full on meal.

I wish I would love it more but I just don't know. I don't know why it bothers me so much that I don't feel love for the Fluid Stick. Perhaps because on the good days it really looks nice on my lips. You know what, being the irrational person I am, I'll probably pick one more up just to confirm whether I like it or not. I still want that mysterious 699 shade.

My partner in crime Miaka's Life and Loves has Rose Tricheuse and Magique. Magique looks really nice too.

SGD $47.

Ratings: 3- lipsticks

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Guerlain Rouge G 48 Geneva

I missed the Rose Grenat boat (Paris from My Women Stuff has an excellent review of it here). I am still kicking myself over it because I truly love the Guerlain Rouge G line of lipsticks. I don't care if they are oddly shaped and hard to organise or that they are really very heavy I just love the sexy silver casing. The two I have Gala and Gigolo have been nothing but a joy to use and I am up for owning one more, or two or a gazillion. Heh!

I read about new Guerlain Rouge Gs being released for summer and since I couldn't get my hands on Rose Grenat, I just felt like I had to get one of the new ones.

The new ones are:

Galiane (15) Nude beige (New, Permanent)
Gaetane (16) Deep brown (New, Permanent)
Geraldine (77) Luminous pink (New, Permanent)
Gladys (78) Vibrant fuchsia (New, Permanent)
Geneva (48) Blood orange (New, Permanent)

My pick is Geneva. It is such a glorious looking orange with just enough sheerness to it so that it blends with my lip colour. I don't think a fully opaque orange will look good on me. Too in your face.

I love my lipsticks to be creamy with just enough slip for it to glide smoothly but still holds on to my lips so that it doesn't slide all over the place. The Guerlain Rouge G is just that.The formula is very comfortable on my lips. Applying it is a totally luxurious experience. What's not to love?

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Burberry Lip Cover and Lip Definer Bright Plum

After my initial taste of plummy lips with Guerlain's Rouge G Gigolo, I am hooked and I wanted to try some more. I was actually hunting for a good plum lip liner to go with Gigolo and was looking at them at Dior because I love their lip liners. Unfortunately they don't have any to match plum lipsticks so I headed for my second favourite lip liner which was Burberry. I ended up with Bright Poppy lip liner. I made the mistake of swatching Bright Plum Lip Cover too and I decided I had to bring both home with me.

Lip Covers are one of my favourite lipstick formulas. They are rich and creamy. They provide just enough slip and are very kind of my lips. You can read about the formula and what I think of it in detail in my first lip cover post here.

Bright Plum is just as it is named, a bright plummy shade. Totally not goth looking.

Like my red lips, I like to wear plum lips with a stronger eye liner look and soft pink cheeks.

Here is a comparison of Gigolo on the right and Bright Plum on the left. Honestly they are quite similar with the exception that Gigolo is slightly more opaque in terms of finish and looks slightly redder in bright sunlight as compared to Bright Plum. I can't tell the difference when they are on my lips. You don't need to own both.

Bright Plum at SGD $43 is the cheaper version as compared to Gigolo.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Diptyque versus Jo Malone Candles

As you can see, I have recently "upgraded" my candle choices. After trying my first Jo Malone candle in Green Tomato Leaf, I wanted to try a Diptyque candle too. In fact I have walked past the Diptyque counter quite a few times but could not make a decision to buy because everytime I tried to take a sniff of the candles, the scent was so faint I could not smell much. I was afraid that it would be the case if I brought one home.

I finally got one. The SA at the counter gave me some newer ones to sniff and the only scent I liked was Baies. It is described as a bouquet of roses and black current leaves. The trick is to leave it burning for about an hour and the scent will come through.

Personally I find the throw of Jo Malone candles to be further. I'm not sure if it is the scent but both my Orange Blossom and Green Tomato Leaf scents fill up the entire living room and kitchen within a short time, it is not overpowering but has a presence.

My Diptyque has a more subtle throw but somehow after more use, the scent becomes stronger. I tend to use my Diptyque in my bedroom whereas I use my Jo Malone candles I use in my living room.

They are expensive so I use my candles rather sparingly. I love my Yankee Candles too but somehow the scents are just very different. Dare I saw less complex.

Between Jo Malone and Diptyque, I prefer Jo Malone just because there are quite a few scents that I love. I can't seem to find anything that my nose loves except for Baies from Diptyque.

What about you? Do you love scented candles? Which are your favourites?