March 31, 2012

Soft biege lilacs with Lunasol Mysterious Beige

Last year I picked up three Lunasol eyeshadow palettes sight unseen. I used them for some occasions but not quite enough. Today's look features Lunasol 3D Eyes in Mysterious Beige that was released sometime last year for Autumn.

When it comes to Lunasol palettes, I prefer to use the sponge tip applicators. I'm quite lazy in washing them, so I generally try to keep each colour consistent on the sides of the applicators. This palette, unlike all that Lunasol has ever released, consists of 8 colours instead of the traditional 4. However, there is not much colour variation with the thinner stripes, so it defeats the purpose really.

I'm going through this phase lately; needing less pigmented eyeshadows and really keeping my looks low key. Once a upon a time, I loved greens and blues. Nowadays, I stick to the basics which includes mascara, a brown kohl eye pencil, and soft neutrals. Is this age or a result of work conservatism? Anyway, this palette serves well for those kind of days. At first I thought that Mysterious Beige will give me more of a purple look, but in reality, the lilac shade only adds a very soft gradient highlight. I wouldn't even consider this to be the centerpiece of the eyeshadow palette.  

And I must confess that after being spoilt with the butteriness and satin finishes of Burberry and Shu Uemura eyeshadows, the quality of Lunasol eyeshadows just does not compare. They apply nicely, but their texture is on the dry side. Also, Lunasol has this bad habit of including one shade in previous palette with a unpigmented glitter-o-horric shade. This time, Mysterious Beige does not have anything that too glittery. Although, you must always expect to have some fall out with any Lunasol palette. I don't know why... but it just seems to.

On my lips I have on Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick in Rose Coral 33. This applies on like a balm and is nicely hydrating on my rather sensitive dry lips. It's a nice change to have this lipstick into my bag, considering that my last really gave me extreme flakiness and dryness. I was on a mission to finish at least ONE lipstick, and unfortunately I just had to choose the wrong one. Well, that culprit is Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited PK316.  

Like the name suggests, it applies sheer, giving only a soft touch of colour to the lips.

And here's everything else that I used for today's look.

Thanks for reading and I hope you're enjoying your weekend! I just got back to the yoga studio today after a long hiatus and it feels like I have been resurrected! I'm looking forward to another few more days of vinyasa! Namaste. :-)

March 30, 2012

Just like tulips

Tulips is my latest obsession this spring. Although most of them are imported from the Netherlands, the ones they sell at my florist are stunning and come in a beautiful array of colours. My street is full of florists, three within 1 minute walking distance! 

I couldn't help but notice how stunningly close Dior Waterlily is to tulip stems, and I painted a fresh coat of popping pink in OPI Kiss me on my tulips on my ring finger. How appropriate a name it is! 

I hope you're having a wonderful Friday afternoon!

March 18, 2012

OPI Holland Collection Haul & Swatches

I really did mean it when I said I was into nailpolishes lately. Not long ago, I picked up 5 of the Essie's Spring 2012 collection, and now I picked up another 8 from the OPI Holland Collection! It was very hard to put a restraining order on myself this time round. I desperately needed some brights, non-vampy, fun colours on my pinchers.

I'm sure you would have already seen swatches on Scrangie and The Polishaholic a while back. Unfortunately it takes a bit longer for Denmark to release new collections. I know, it's a pain but it helps me to select my colours without going too crazy. Nothing beats seeing the colours in store, even with excellent nailpolish blogs out there. Here is what I picked:

The names of the collection is brilliant! There's alot of cultural things in the Netherlands that is similar to Denmark - i.e. herrings is a popular fish dish, windmills sourcing 20% of all DK's energy supplies, cheeses, and bicycles! 

Four standout neutral, office-appropriate shades:

Did you 'ear about Van Gogh is a must have for creme nude-beige nailpolish hoarders. It hits a soft spot, like taupe eyeshadows. :-) It applies very well in two coats. 

Pedal Faster Suzi! is a light shimmery pink with lots of sparkle. As much as I love pinks, I find it harder to pull off pinks on my nails. I'm not sure why, but probably my skin tone just does not look quite so good with pinks. However, Pedal Faster Suzi is a demure pink and nothing garish at all with this shade. 

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes is the standout shade of the collection. It's unlike any other shade I've seen - almost borderlines with a orangey-brown and rose. The microshimmers look fabulous under the sun, and gives your nails such a beautiful dimension. 

Wooden Shoe Like to Know is a brown with shimmers like Gouda Gouda Two Shoes. This is gorgeous as well. 

And two green blues, my biggest weakness!

Thanks a Windmillion is described as sea green and is reminscent of the OPI Priates of the Carribean Mermaid Tears, but just a smidgen darker. I do not own OPI Mermaid's Tears, however The Polishaholic has swatch comparisons showing this. 

I Have a Herring Problem has the most obvious sparkle on top of a medium slate blue base. I had difficulty choosing between 'I don't give a Rotterdam', but I think I chose well. I pull off darker blue shades much easily. Somehow it reminds me of car varnish. 

No nailpolish haul is complete without some brights for the toes. Come summertime, I will be wearing brights more often, especially with sandels!

Kiss me on my tulips is very similar to Essie's Tour de Finance, but has a creme finish. I think I prefer the creme finish; it's cleaner and appears less teenage-tarty. haha!

A Roll in the Hague is a bright orange. This is a brilliant creme - it achieve opacity in a single coat. The name itself is reason to buy it - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is based there amongst many of the foreign embassies. A close friend of mine lives there now, and I'm planning to visit sometime in the near future. 

Have you picked up anything from the OPI Holland Collection? 

March 7, 2012

Skincare: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

It's probably a good time to take out the sunscreen again as the days become longer and sunnier here in Denmark. I've never been too much of a sunblock user - I'm either sitting in the office or wearing some SPF in my foundations, that I never deem it necessary to put on an extra layer of product. Yes, I should be wearing it all year round, and I should make it a habit. There has already been extensive sun damage done to my skin after the years of sunbathing in Australia and holiday destinations.

There's always some debate about sunscreens - they don't completely block of sunrays (around 90% if used adequetely in quantity and frequency), and you should also use protective clothing. Not that you can wear anything around your face - which makes it even more appealing to have a facial sunscreen hard and fastened into your skincare regimen.
I wanted to make a short review of the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA +++ UVA - I think it's worthy of good mention. In fact, I had first heard about it fromVonvon's Interest. You can read more about her opinion about it here. She claims that this sunscreen seemed to make her complexion more radiant, and that's always a plus in my books!

My initial impressions of the Kiehls sunscreen is that the texture seems to be more of a runny lotion than Diorsnow's sunscreen which explains why people find it to be a pricey product. For comparisons sake; Diorsnow lasted me for a good 9 months, and Kiehls will probably last me half the time! I just feel that I need to squeeze more product from the Kiehls sunscreen to cover my face adequately. 

There's definitely a lightweightness to Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, that I find this feature better than Diorsnow. Bearing in mind that I usually have a serum + moisturiser + primer + foundation + cream bronzer on, I am usually quite picky when it comes to any more products added in that busy daily regimen! Particularly during the summer, anything that is more lightweight will go the extra mile in longevity!

The lotion (for better lack of words), spreads very easily, and absorbs quickly into the skin. There's a marginal scent, in fact, hardly noticeable. I've always wondered why sunscreens have that particular chemically scent. I used to hate lathering the changing room sunscreen back in PE classes, and then sweating into it. Yucks!

Have you tried the Keihls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense? If so, did you like it? Or do you have other sunscreens that you like better?

March 6, 2012

YSL Glossy Stains: initial impressions and swatches

YSL Glossy Stains have captured my attention lately, having seen Raeviewer's raved thoughts on them. I took the opportunity to swatch a few of the standout colours from Matas, my local drugstore, yesterday. My first impressions of the YSL Glossy Stains are that they are excellent in their colour range and I can see myself using these on busy days. A single application in the morning and afternoon is probably all you need to maintain a fuss-free lipcolour all day.

These reminds me of the Chanel Rouge Lacques in texture and application. The only difference is that they stain the lips without having the horrible dryness that 'stains' are usually associated with.  

I wanted to make a comparison of the YSL Glossy Stains to the YSL Golden Glosses. The latter is definitely sheerer and stickier, typical of most lipglosses. I did notice the somewhat 'watery' texture to the YSL Glossy Stains initially, and true enough, it became more viscous after a few seconds. 

Unfortunately, I was not able to swatch the entire line up of numbers 1 to 19, since alot of the shades were missing.

The colours that strike me the most are 11, 13 - only because the after stains are gorgeous too. In pictures, numbers 10 and 11 are very similar - however, 11 is probably more of a pinkish red and 10 an orange toned red. I had initially loved 7 from pictures online, but after seeing it in person, feel that it is a bit too 'brown' for my liking. 19 is the more wearable version of 18, which appears too blue-tone light barbie pink. In general, lighter shades don't stain quite as well as the darker shades, so I consider it pointless as a stain anyway.

Whilst I'm trying to control my spending budget for the next half year before my contract here in Denmark finishes, I can't help but resist picking up some shades from this line up. For now, I walked away empty handed, knowing that I'll be returning back. 

March 4, 2012

Spring Greens with Essie's Navigate Her

The star of Essie's Spring 2012 Collection has got to be Navigate Her. It's reminiscent of young green leaves hinting the change of seasons. It wears a softer neutral pastel creme (just the slight hint of yellow) compared to Dior's shimmery Waterlily, which I also love, but somehow find it harder to pull off in a conservative work environment.  

Do you love my tulips? I love flowers and they offer a centre piece to my living room. 

Yay Spring!

March 3, 2012

Finished products for the month of February

Even though February has been a shorter month, it has been rather 'productive' in terms of finishing up odd half-used jars and bottles of creams. Afterall, there's nothing better than seeing products nearing it's finished line. I'm totalling up 9 products for February! Woohoo!

  • The Body Shop Olive Body Butter - a beautiful thick cream for the winter months. It's creamy but not too greasy to the point that it takes forever for your skin to absorb the cream. The scent is lightly refreshing, although nothing remotely like olive oil. Will I repurchase? Yes, probably. Although, I have quite a few jars of bodycreams to go through.

  • YSL Flash Radiance Skincare Brush - I've had this primer for the longest time now, and have previously reviewed it here. The full size product comes with a fat brush applicator like the YSL Radiance Foundation, which I would normally detach and instead, squeeze the product through a small nozzle. There are small beads of illuminating dispersed through the primer. I had fun using this primer - it seems to give a tingling refreshing feeling after a good hot shower. It's quite interesting, really. Although, I do not think that it offers anything in makeup longevity.

  • Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield is my holy grail sunscreen. It offers SPF 50 PA +++ protection and gives a natural radiance beneath my foundation. Sunscreens is something that I'm particularly sensitive to - the scent and heaviness of sunscreens makes me adverse to adding this essential step to my skincare regimen. But Diorsnow is so pleasant that I will definitely continue to repurchase. 

  • Lancome Bi-Facils is my holy holy grail eye makeup remover and has been previously reviewed here. I have bought so many bottles that I should even consider ordering my own signatured mega deluxe size 1-litre bottle just because I love it so much! No, there's no such thing unfortunately.

  • Shu Uemura Depsea Moisture Replenishing Eye Gel - I'm quite unsure about my feelings towards this eye gel and I have a review of it here. I think I used to like it's light texture when I was living in more tropical weather, but I prefer creamier eye creams now. 

  • Paul & Joe Eye&Lip Makeup Remover - I made a recent review here. Nothing beats Lancome Bi-Facils. Not even this. 

  • Jurlique Rose Hand Cream is beautiful beautiful! It's texture is so emolient, creamy, soothing and sinks right into the poor overwashed hands. I'm a huge fan of Jurlique products, being proudly Australian and natural. If you haven't tried Jurlique, I swear by their handcreams. They are much better than Crabtree & Evelyn. 

  • Lunasol Soft Silver Lighting Nailpolish EX16 was my first ever 'high-end' nailpolish. I bought it a while ago in 2009 as part of a christmas coffret, and I refused to throw it away during my major move last year. It's glitter is breathtakingly beautiful on top of OPI Rumples Wiggin'. Well, all products will eventually come to the end of it's life, and this one certainly has. It's incredibly caked up that any amount of 'diluent' will fail to break up the clumps. So bye bye it is! *sniff!*

  • Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover - I'm sure alot of you would have used this nailpolish remover. Nothing much to say here. 

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