Aug 22, 2010

Requested: Cost Effective, Perfect Eyeliners

After having sampled a fair few eyeliners in my time, I have made a short list of the ones that I feel are worthy of purchasing. It was specifically requested that I recommend cost effective ones, however I do feel there are many great pricier options available.

- Maybelline Define-a-Line liquid Eyeliner Pen RRP $22.99
This is my top pick for affordability and performance. The shade soft black would be my choice for those wanting a dark line or the basis for a smokey eye. The fuschia packaging is also very eye catching. A winner all round.

-Revlon Colourstay Liquid Eye Pen RRP $27.00
This eyeliner is applied the same way the Maybelline one is, a felt-tip pen with a precise point. Easy application, however quite hard to remove. The pigmentation on this one is great though, very dark and defined. The only down side for me is how hard it is to take off. I definitely don't like eyeliner lurking in my lashes at bedtime.

- L'Oreal Contour Kohl Eye Pencil RRP $26.99
This liner is part of the newer collection of L'Oreal liners (About 6months old). I LOVE the pigmentation on this one. Very dark and similar to my Estee Lauder Doublewear Eye Pencil. I'm having a bit of a moment with liquid liners, but if I had to purchase a new kohl pencil, it would be this one.

-L'Oreal Infallible Longwear Retractable Eyeliner RRP $26.99
I've never really jumped on the retractable eyeliner bandwagon, just doesn't seem like my thing. This eyeliner didn't really exceed my expectations either. The pigmentation wasn't all that great and the plastic smudger on the end just doesn't seem practical. Probably wouldn't waste my money on this one. Buy the Contour Kohl instead.

Other liners worth a mention:
-Napoleon Perdis Liquid Liner Pen
-Lancome Artliner
-Estee Lauder Doublewear Pencil
-Elizabeth Arden Gel Liner

Aug 21, 2010

Review: YSL Teint Radiance

Recently, my local YSL counter had a gift-with-purchase promotion. Naturally, I took the opportunity to try a new elite cosmetics brand, especially because I had birthday vouchers I had to use. To qualify for the gift I had to purchase two products. I chose the Teint Radiance foundation and the Touche Eclat concealer/illuminator- I had been lusting after the Touche Eclat for the longest time!

Anyway, the lovely consultant helped me select the correct shades (3 in the foundation and 2 in the concealer).

I have quite dry skin (can get flaky patches if I let it), so I chose the Teint Radiance as it contains Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is deeply hydrating and has been dubbed the moisture-molecule for a reason. It helps hold moisture in the skin to the tune of thousands of times its own weight in water. I am so glad this foundation has Hyaluronic Acid in it because I will rarely use a product without it!

Although Teint Radiance is hydrating, it is not oily or thick. It is a very light, creamy-textured product that spreads and blends well. It has a satin finish and moderate coverage to give a fresh result. The key feature of Teint Radiance is the mineral particles and reflecting pigments to sculpt the light and shade the face for a flawless and glowing look. It also has an SPF20 to protect from the Sun's rays! A must.

I use mine over an illuminating primer for a super-dewy and glowing look (I know it's winter but I'm not all that keen on matte). I dispense two pumps to the back of my hand and work it into my face using a foundation brush and blending from my nose outwards.

I adore this foundation - I can't say it doesn't look pretty on my dresser with it's gold cap and frosted glass either. The only potential downside for me is the smell. I can't put my finger on it but it smells sort of sunscreen-y. Definitely not a reason to not re-purchase!

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!
- Lizy x

Aug 17, 2010

My New Robert Robert Heels

I just had to put a picture up of these shoes. Aren't they gorgeous?! My Mum bought them for me on the weekend when we took a drive up to Otaki. I have a feeling I'll be wearing these a lot this Spring/Summer.
- Lizy x

OPI Swiss Collection

I'm very excited about the new OPI Swiss Collection! The French Collection will always be my favourite (deep purples, reds and modern nudes), however the Swiss Collection is definitely rivaling it in the prettiness stakes. The Swiss Collection boasts 6 creme and 6 shimmer shades (Gold and silver glitter-foil, berries, chocolate, teals, gilded plum, bright red and shimmer blue). The two shades that caught my eye first were Glitzerland and Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. These were the gold and silver intense glitter-foil polishes. I love them! However the gold didn't match my light skin at all so I went ahead and got the silver one.

I know the picture quality is not very good, I must have been shaking a lot but you get the idea.
I also got Just a Little Rosti at This also (pictured top). Both shades have great opacity, two coats is all that is needed. Just a Little Rosti at This is a rich wine-berry creme shade that just seems to work with my colouring. It's a great winter shade (although was designed for the Northern Hemisphere's Fall) that warms up whichever outfit you're wearing. I didn't get a photo of this while I was wearing it (sorry), but it lasted a full week with minimal chipping.

These were the two shades that I liked the most initially but another shade in the Collection, Diva of Geneva is also very beautiful. Let me know what you think.

- Lizy x

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