February 2011

Chanel Nail Polish in Black Pearl

by Reika on February 27, 2011

This week I am loving Chanel nail polish in black pearl. As most of you would know, this is the ‘IT’ nail polish of the moment, every girl who loves nail polish should own this one because it is just so unique.

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Chanel Nail Polish in Black Pearl

The shade is truly a reminiscence of black pearl. From the bottle it may look like a boring metallic grayish black. On the nails it looks like a mix of green, black and grey, depending on which angle you look at it. It has lots of tiny shimmers in it, so it dries into a satin finish.  Okay, this is my review for it as I am terribly bad at describing color or scent.

Here is a swatch shot of 2 coats of black pearl, I have to say the picture doesn’t do its justice.

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Dior Diorshow Mascaras

by Reika on February 27, 2011

My makeup is never complete without applying mascara on both the upper and lower lashes; it just instantly opens up my eyes in a way that no other make ups can do. It seems there is a newer, “better” and more innovative mascara that is released every month, as a gullible consumer like me, I always make sure I am kept up to date with the newest mascaras, in case I miss out on the perfect one which I have yet to find.

Today I am just going to talk about Dior mascaras. At the moment I am rotating between these four:

- Diorshow waterproof

- Diorshow Blackout waterproof

- Diorshow Iconic

- Diorshow Extase

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Brushes comparisons:

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From top to bottom: Diorshow Blackout; Diorshow Regular; Diorshow Extase; Diorshow Iconic

Let’s start from the Diorshow regular, as this is their best selling mascara. Diorshow has always been one of my Holy Grails. No matter how many I own, I always like to keep a Diorshow with me. It has everything that I need from a mascara.

- thickens, buildable without clumps

- lengthens

- holds the curl, which is the most important factor for my stick straight lashes

- waterproof, doesn’t smudge

- brush is big enough to grab all the lashes

There is nothing I don’t like about Diorshow regular, on the other hand it doesn’t really wow me, there is room for improvement.

Diorshow Blackout, is the more intense black version of Diorshow. When it was released, I had high hope on this mascara as this is exactly what the regular diorshow is missing. To my disappointment, it is my least favorite. It doesn’t define but clumps my lashes, and worst of all, it dries into a very stiff and brittle spider leg finish…eww..

Diorshow Iconic, another mediocre mascara. According to dior, it’s supposed to give you a lash curling effect without curling your lashes. It might work on genetically blessed Barbie eyes, but definitely not on asian eyes. It has this similar plastic brush to some Chanel mascaras -  I am not a fan of it, the finish is always too natural for my liking. It just doesn’t provide the thickness and length I am after. I quickly lost interest in this one after a few uses.

Diorshow Extase, this mascara would be perfect if it holds the curl! It does a better job in terms of thickening due to the unique design of the brush than any other Diorshow mascara, and it has an intense black finish on the lashes. On the bad side, it weighs my lashes down no matter what I do. I even used my holy grail Kanebo Kate eyelash primer underneath, then apply Extase over it. It still instantly straightens the lashes. I love using it on my low lashes though it totally makes my lower lashes look fake. I would love to try the waterproof version of this one!

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Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Uptown Mauve Collection lipsticks were recently released in Australia. It was love at first sight when I first saw these lipsticks in the promo pictures. I was prepared to buy at least four of them. Unfortunately I only came back with 1 lipstick as the rest of the shades looked very different in real life to what they are in the picture.

Giogio Armani lipsticks

The one I got is Rouge d’Armani in beige 105. The packaging of the GA lipstick is close to perfection, sleek but chic and elegant, with a magnetic closure. You hear the ‘click’ sound when you close it, quite similar to the Tom Ford’s lipsticks.

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Beige 105 in my opinion is semi sheer, but pigmented enough to cover the natural color of your lips. It is a “your lips but better shade”, no shimmers, no glitters. It feels really soft, light and moisturizing on my lips, doesn’t settle into the lines and lasts a long time while still having some sheen to it.

swatch on my hand:

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swatch on my lips:

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Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Beige 105_indoor lighting

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Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Beige 105_with flash

Verdict. I love it! It is a perfect day time on the go lipstick as this shade would complement any makeup look I would normally wear.

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Chanel Nail Polish in Fire

by Reika on February 20, 2011

This week, I am wearing Chanel Nail Polish in Fire.

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- Two coats of Chanel Fire and 1 coat of Seche Vete.

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Chanel Fire without flash

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chanel fire with flash

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Becca Beach Tint

by Reika on February 20, 2011

This month in Australia, Madison magazine is giving out one full size of Becca beach tint with every purchase! This deal is absolutely a steal as it retails for $42 in Australia.

Being a long time Becca lover, I already have the Becca Tint in watermelon and grapefruit in my makeup collection. They are by far the best tint I have ever tried. Before I had discovered Becca Tint, I actually wasn’t a big fan of tint. They always come off streaky and patchy on my skin, no matter how hard I blend it. However, with the Becca tint, the formulation is really creamy but not greasy. Once it is applied onto my cheeks, it literally melts into my skin and gives the most natural flush of color, it just looks like your own healthy glow from within. Once it sets, it doesn’t smudge and lasts all day.

Becca Tint grapefruit is more sheer than watermelon, I am very pale (NC 20), I still have to layer it on a few times. As mentioned earlier, becca beach tint blends like a dream, they can be easily built up to the intensity you prefer.

 

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Becca Beach Tint in watermelon and grapefruit

To give you a better idea of how they look on the face, I have posted some pictures of me wearing becca beach tint. In the pictures below,  I applied the product with the MAC stippling brush (MAC 187). Basically I just dot it around my cheeks, and voila, no harsh lines at all. For photography reasons, I applied more product than usual to show you the effect.

Swatch of Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit

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Swatch of Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon

 

 

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I do not like them on my lips as they are quite drying and accentuating my lips lines. There are thousands of other lip products that I own apply and look better on my lips than the becca beach tint..

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About me..About this blog

by Reika on February 8, 2011

On me,

As far as I can remember, I have always been a beauty junkie. Ever since I was little, I was more drawn to the beautifully packaged cosmetics than toys and games! Back in the teenage days, I would rather starve myself to buy things which were way too expensive for a teenage girl. Fast forward to now, I am in my twenties, have a well paid job to support my hobby of shopping. Over the past years, I have collected so many make ups (some have never been used!) regardless, they are all my treasure. This blog will be my avenue to share my passion with you all.

On blogging

All the products featured in this blog are purchased on my own. This blog will mainly feature high end cosmetics as well as some drugstore products and the products that are exclusive to Asia. I would love to hear from those of you who share the same passion as me via this blog. What can I say, I work in an industry where no one around me understands why I always have grey (or more specifically taupe) color on my nails.

On fashion,

My second interest would definitely be fashion, therefore I might feature some fashion posts every now and then. I don’t follow trends religiously but I do like updating my wardrobe each season. As I age, I have come to appreciate quality a lot more than quantity. These days I mainly focus on buying well made clothes and accessories so they become staples in my wardrobe.

On lifestyle

I am the biggest animal lover. For some reason I have more sympathy for animals than for human beings. I am not a vegeraterian..yet..but I am fully aware of the source of the food. These days I only purchase food that are ethically sourced. Decorating my home is my other weakness…you can always find the latest interior design magazines on my coffee table..

Okay, enough about me. Thanks for taking your time to check out my blog, please follow me or bookmark me for future reference :-)

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