Sunday, May 24, 2015

Estee Lauder 2015 Warehouse Sale Haul!

♫ Flo Rida - GDFR ft. Sage The Gemini and Lookas
(Completely unrelated, but my recent song choices have been heavily influenced by the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack. ಠ_ಠ)

I've been to my fair share of warehouse sales, and having to queue for several hours is no surprise to me, but last weekend's Estee Lauder warehouse sale really took the cake! (≧∇≦)


So, long story short, one of my friends asked if anybody in our Whatsapp group wanted tickets to the Estee Lauder warehouse sale (it's a by-invite only sale). Being the makeup junkie that I am, and after years of reading about the crazy deals from previous sales on various blogs, I of course said yes. Fast forward a couple of days, and I was at Cindy's house grabbing literally 2 hours of sleep before we woke up at 3.30 am (!!!) in order to get to the venue by 4 a.m. so that we could be the first batch (after the VIPs) to get into the sale.

Enough of the backstory, I know you're here to see my haul from the warehouse sale. (¬‿¬)

(Decorations not included.)
All of the items I bought are from MAC, except for a couple from Clinique and Estee Lauder.


First up are the MAC eye makeup products. These came in packs of 2, and include Fluidline gel eyeliners and Paint Pots.
 Paint Pot in Frozen Violet (left); Fluidline in Phlox Garden (right)
Fluidline in Green Moss (left) and Dark Majesty (right)
I'm really happy with my Fluidline purchases, as uniquely coloured gel eyeliners are quite rare from drugstore or Korean/Japanese makeup brands. Dark Majesty, which is black with silver micro-shimmer, is the perfect complement to the bright pops of colour that are Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss. (◡‿◡✿)

Next are my favourites - the blushers!


I'd been lemming after the MAC x Toledo ombe blushers ever since I saw them in stores, but dismissed them as something I'd never get since they were limited edition and pretty pricey (pardon the bad pun). I was super stoked to see them at the sale, and after (a lot of) mental struggle, decided to get the purple ombre Azalea Blossom instead of grabbing both. *coughbudgetcough* The pink ombre Kindergarten Red belongs to Sarah (I helped her to buy it), which I hijacked here to take photos. ψ(`∇´)ψ

(Top) MAC x Toledo ombre blush in Kindergarten Red & Azalea Blossom; (bottom) Clinique Cheek Pop in 03 Berry Pop
As for the uber cute Clinique Cheek Pop, I was fortunate enough to salvage it from Cindy's stash, because she didn't want it. Another item to check off my beauty wish list!

Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?!
Bonus: I also grabbed this beautiful box of 3 soaps from the Estee Lauder table for my mum as a belated Mother's Day present because she doesn't use skincare or makeup, but absolutely loves soap bars.


It was crazy, a lot of fun, my bank account bled more than usual, and I learned a lot of things including how to play chor dai di, but the best part is being able to get to know and catch up with fellow makeup-lovers during the wait. (。⌒∇⌒)。

Photo credits to Cindy and Fiona :D (Hello Kitty-censored my face there lol)
Hope to see you all again next year! *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Mono in 570 Plum Up The Jam

♫ DJ Shadow - Six Days (Feat. Mos Def) (Remix)

I'm starting to think I have a thing for reddish eyeshadows, judging from the ones I've reviewed on my blog so far. (⌒_⌒;) Well, here's another one to add to the list, and it's the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Mono in 570 Plum Up The Jam, which I purchased on my last Singapore trip.


I was attracted to this particular shade because its rich burgundy hue reminded me of Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015.

(Source: Pantone)
The mono eyeshadow is packaged in a completely transparent plastic flip casing, nothing fancy, which makes it easy to identify individual eyeshadow shades. The plastic case is light, and while it may not feel very sturdy, it's not too bad, and definitely worth the cheap price tag. It's fairly small (approx 4x4 cm) and is easy to carry around.

Each eyeshadow mono pan contains 2.0g of product, and is made in France.


It looks absolutely gorgeous, right? The fine golden shimmers complement the eyeshadow perfectly, making it more interesting than a flat burgundy shade.



Unfortunately, it merely looks better than it performs. I was quite disappointed that the eyeshadow was not very pigmented, and lacked the depth and complexity of the colour seen in the pan. It performed a bit better with an eyeshadow base, although the golden shimmer sadly did not translate well when applied on skin, making it look rather muddy.

Shown above is 2 swipes each
For the look below, I used Catrice Long Lasting Eyeshadow 070 Mauvie Star as a base all over the eyelid, and then applied 570 Plum Up The Jam on the outer corner. The cream eyeshadow worked very well as a shimmery base for the plum eyeshadow, and made up for the non-existent golden shimmer, haha!


Although this particular shade did not wow me as I had expected, I still quite like it when worn like this. Despite its lack of pigmentation, it layers beautifully over a shimmery (cream) base, and is not too scary especially for beginners. It's also quite soft without any fallout, and easily blended out using a fluffy brush.


If you're looking for a rich burgundy eyeshadow to add to your collection, you might want to give this a miss. However, if like me, you prefer using eyeshadow monos or just want to expand and experiment with more unique shades, you can give this a try. :)

I really like how this eyemake turned out, so here's another shot of it, haha! ♪(◡‿◡)♫


Get the look:
✿ Catrice Made To Stay Longlasting Eyeshadow in 070 Mauvie Star - all over eyelid
✿ Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Mono in 570 Plum Up The Jam - outer half of eyelid
✿ Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner in #15 Burgundy Garnet - used as (upper) eyeliner
✿ NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - lower waterline
Bunny Color Brown circle lens

Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: Bunny Color Brown Lens from Klenspop

♫ Big Bang - BAE BAE

I am currently so addicted to Big Bang's two new songs. Perfect background music to work to, because today I'm reviewing a pair of pretty lenses from Klenspop. ;)


I was pleasantly surprised to find that my lenses, which were shipped directly from South Korea, managed to arrive within a week of being sent, and everything packed safely within a box. The lenses come with their own box (with a step-by-step guide on the back) and include a lens case and tweezer (to extract the lenses from the glass vials).

Step-by-step guide on how to wear and remove contact lens
The sticker label on the glass vials have basic information about the lens e.g. type (name), expiry date, manufacturing date, diameter, etc. It's all in Korean though, so I have no idea what all the other words mean, lol.

BUNNY COLOR BROWN 
Brand: LENSPOP 
Diameter: 14mm 
Water Content: 38% 
Life Span: 1 Year (recommend 3 months usage)
Country of Origin: South Korea


Out of all the circle lens designs I've tried, I still prefer the ones that do not have a very obvious pattern, and give off a natural look when worn. The Bunny Color Brown lenses have a randomly scattered dark + light brown pattern, with a diffused limbal ring that makes it blend in perfectly with dark brown irises. In fact, its design strongly reminds me of the GEO Grang Grang Brown lens, which has a similar 'softer' outer ring and scattered design.



Even though the Bunny Color Brown lenses only have a visual diameter of 13.8mm, the slight iris enlargement is enough to give me bigger-looking eyes with a pretty brown gradient effect. The lenses are quite thin and feel comfortable when worn, although my eyes did start feeling a little dry after the 5-hour mark.

Natural makeup
Burgundy smokey eye makeup
I absolutely love how the lenses blend in perfectly with my natural eye colour, giving them a nice dolly look and adding definition to my otherwise boring dark brown peepers. The best part is how it looks natural even with the lightest hint of makeup, and equally gorgeous when paired with a smokey eye. (◕‿◕✿)


You can purchase the Bunny Color Brown lens from Klenspop here. They offer a wide variety of circle lenses up to -10.00 power degrees, so there's something for everyone. Each pair of lens comes with a free lens case, and you can get free shipping with purchase of over $80! (≧∇≦)


*This item was sent to me by Klenspop for review without financial compensation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and strictly my own.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink

♫ Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All

Welcome to the 6th installment of my Peripera My Color Lips lipstick review! ( ˘ ³˘)♥


This lipstick was bought from a beauty expo last October; I remember snapping pics for a review shortly after that but somehow never managed to get the blog post done. The pictures have been sitting in my memory card for long enough, so I decided I'd better make good use of them. (⌒_⌒;)


I'd been itching to get this particular shade of the Peripera My Color Lips lipstick, #21 Soul Pink, for a while, but it was either sold out or not worth the shipping fee from buying it online. Therefore, it was quite the serendipitous discovery when I spotted it being sold at one of the Korean cosmetics booths, and at a total bargain to boot!


I know I've gushed over the packaging countless times, but honestly - take a look at it and tell me it's not pretty. I dare you. The pink floral-embossed cover with silver accents. The sleek shiny metallic pink body. The cute little cookie-shaped base. The overall lacey pinky princessy feel of it.



Of course, these wouldn't be my HG lipsticks if they only looked pretty but were rubbish to use. The Peripera My Color Lips lipsticks are creamy, pigmented, and non-drying, with a lovely yet subtle rose scent. I've been suffering from slightly dry and flaky lips lately, so they do show lip lines and other imperfections when applied straight from the tube. Luckily this can be remedied by using a lip brush to smooth out any lines or uneven patches.

Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink
Lip swatch: Peripera My Color Lips in 21 Soul Pink
#21 Soul Pink is a muted, slightly mauve-tinged rose red shade with very fine shimmer when seen from the tube (quite similar to #10 Rose Pink but a bit brighter). On my lips, it pulls slightly more pinkish, and the fine shimmer is all but noticeable.


✓ Pros: Gorgeous packaging, great colour payoff, lovely rose scent, moisturizing formula, generous amount of product (3.5g), wide variety of colours, good lasting power.
✗ Cons: Packaging is bulky, higher price point, not easily available outside of Korea, colour will settle into lines on dry lips.


Update: I think that the Peripera My Color Lips lipstick range have been discontinued, as they are becoming increasingly difficult to source online, even on Gmarket Korea. However, this is just my assumption based on my own observations online, so if you have any solid information, please feel free to let me know! :)
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