Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Haul | Sephora Nail Polish + Michael Kors Watch

How did everyone do with their Christmas shopping? I got two things which I'm really excited about!

1) Sephora by O.P.I. Tinseltown 16 pack

My friend and I split this pack which is perfect because there are so many bottles of polish! 

Top: the nail polishes I walked away with
Only Gold for Me Top Coat
Just a Pinch of Glitter
Break a Leg Warmer!
Meet me at the Disco
Merry Me
And a Cherry on Top
Just a Little Dangerous
I'm Wired
What Aura Gonna Wear?

2) Michael Kors Golden Parker Glitz Watch

I've been wanting a MK watch for a super long time so this is so exciting! Do you girls like watches?

What's your favorite thing you got for Christmas? 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Maybelline Lavender Fields Expert Eyewear Quad Review

This is a quad I've had for a long time. Every time I look at it, it's so pretty but unfortunately the payoff is just not there. Eyeshadows is definitely something I find that drugstore products are very hit or miss on.

Don't the colors look beautiful in the palette?

Top swatches with UDPP, Bottom  swatches are shadows by itself
So sad about the poor pigmentation

It has instructions on how to create the look. But with Asian eyes, it's not very useful

After showering(no scrubbing though), the dark color held on quite well. But everything else is gone.

Eyeshadow Ratings
Formula          6/10
Pigmentation  5/10
Colors             4/5
Packaging       3/5
Overall         18/30 C

I would not recommend this palette for anyone. Unless you were just looking for a brown, and in that case, I would just buy a single.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Science Behind it All: Polybutene

Hey guys,

I'm introducing a new kind of posts called "The Science Behind it All'. I wanted to not only increase my knowledge about makeup in the superficial level, but to also understand what it's made of. In these series, I will explore the scientific side of ingredients in cosmetics.

First up: Polybutene

When I read the ingredients list for my Stila lip glaze set, I was shocked.  It's full of tenes, and ates, and lenes, and all these scary chemcial compounds. Since polybutene is first on the list, I decided to do some research.

What is Polybutene? 
-Scientifically: a polymer formed by the polymerization of a mixture of isobutenes and normal butenes. The viscosity of polybutene increases in direct proportion to increasing chain length.
-Normal language: it is a light colored, nondrying, sticky liquid derived from petroleum used as a plasticizer

What is it used in? It can be used in the formulation of lipstick, eye makeup and skin care products.

Why is it used? It functions as a binder and viscosity increasing agent. Pretty much it makes the liquids less runny!

Harmful? Does not cause any suspected health side effects! Considered safe for cosmetics use.

So it looks like this chemical isn't bad at all for you. But of course it's not good either. For those who likes to use natural makeup, maybe take a second look to see if the first ingredient is polybutene next time you buy lipgloss! I think this compound is what makes Stila lipglosses so sticky!

More Links

Natural alternative to polybutene in lip gloss

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara

Rimmel Extra Super Lash Curved Brush Mascara
Quite nice packaging. Black and sleek.

Brush. Has a slight curve, nice bristles

What they say: A "must have" everyday beauty essential. Allows for the building of unlimited coats of mascara on the lashes, whilst maintaining perfect lash separation and definition, without clumping or sticking.

What I say: I think their description is pretty accurate. It's definitely a great every day mascara. It doesn't build to scary big lashes, but definitely a decent amount for a normal day look. Also I really like how plushy the formula feels. When it dries it doesn't feel cakey but it feels soft and plush. 

However, the brush is quite misleading, it doesn't really curl my lashes. Also by the end of the day it feels like the mascara is all gone, although it doesn't smudge on my skin. So a mystery where it disappears to!

Bare lashes

After with Rimmel Mascara

       After: Angled view

Mascara Ratings
Big lashes: 4/5
Blackness: 4/5
No clumping: 5/5
No flaking/smudging: 5/5
Easy to take off: 5/5
Value: 5/5

Overall 28/30 A

I really enjoy using this mascara. I would recommend checking this out! It provides nice long lashes for a day look with a smooth plushy feel that I haven't quite experienced with other mascaras.
Not recommended for those who want curled eyelashes, dramatic looks, and a formula that lasts all day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stila All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set + Two Toned Lips

Stila came out with a beautiful holiday set featuring eight lipglosses in a set called "All Is Bright"
$25 USD/ $33 CAD

My friend picked this up for me in the states since it's so much cheaper just across the border. The packing is so cute and I couldn't wait to open it. However, I was shocked by how much I had to turn before any gloss would rise through the tube. I understand that at $25 for 8 lip glosses, there's not much products. But did they have to use such a big case for so little product?!!

I decided to take out two contrasting colors and see how it is. I picked Black Cherry which is a deep plum with no sparkles and Jolly which is a light pink with a golden sheen.
                             Stila lip makeup 

Figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone and try out the two toned lips trend ;)

Black Cherry on top lip
Jolly on bottom lip

Unfortunately, the two most contrasting colors in the collection are barely visible when put on the lips. Having 8 tubes that ends up looking the same on the lips is no fun. Also, a lot of people commented on how delicious they smell and taste, but I feel like mine taste like bubble gum just like the ELF Hypershine. Not sure if mine's just a bad batch but so far not very impressed with this set.

I've tried two of their tinted moisturizer and their concealer and was not pleased with any of them. I think it is my last adventure with Stila. There's too many great brands out there to waste my money and time on Stila.

What are your experiences with Stila or this lip gloss set? Do they have any standout products I should try before I write them off for good?