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New Old Favourite #2: Pixi Lip & Line in Vintage Rose

**The product(s) mentioned in this post is purchased by me. I am not affiliated with any companies.**

*The New Old Favourite series features products in my collection that I had forgotten, and am re-igniting my new love for them.*

I have an unexplained affinity for things that are practical, travel-friendly, and 2 or 3-in-1. Well almost all thing travel friendly squeeze these features into 1, don’t they? :p

While trying out cosmetics from Pixi, I bought the lip & line. Reason was that, I wasn’t too much into lip liner then, and given the limited lip liners in my possession, I thought a perfectly matched lip liner would be perfect and best of all, it’s both products in 1 single pen! Great! Into the shopping basket it went.

Pixi Lip & Line - Vintage Rose

Pixi Lip & Line – Vintage Rose

Pixi Lip & Line - Vintage Rose

Pixi Lip & Line – Vintage Rose

Pixi Lip & Line - Vintage Rose (lipstick)

Pixi Lip & Line – Vintage Rose (lipstick)

Pixi Lip & Line - Vintage Rose (lip liner)

Pixi Lip & Line – Vintage Rose (lip liner)

Left:    Lipstick Right: Liner

Left: Lipstick
Right: Lipliner

The Lip Liner

It is waxy and can be quite difficult to apply (drag on skin) if you have dry lips. Staying power is good and it’s matte.

The Lipstick

It is moisturising with lovely smell. Not the sickly sweet vanilla scent but something along jojoba oil. Lipstick is also matte.

On my lips, it looks like this:

Pixi Lip & Line - Vintage Rose

Pixi Lip & Line – Vintage Rose

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 The colour is very pretty. I wore it for work (well there isn’t any dress code in my work place anyway) and it’s moisturising enough that I do not need another layer of lip balm over it. Packaging is sturdy. The caps will never ever fall out inside your makeup bag (a very good point to have) thus colouring your other preciousss in Vintage Rose. The pen & caps are made of hard thick plastic which is unlike drugstore lipsticks, say Revlon or MUA for example. I will definitely purchase more shades from Pixi as it is a lovely product and not over the top expensive.

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 It’s not available here… damn!!

Pair well with these…

Colours of outfit today (as close to actual as possible)

Colours of outfit today (as close to actual as possible)

Maybelline Color Tattoo - Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze

New Old Favourite #1: Rimmel Eyeshadow Duo in 321 Walnut Pearls

**The product(s) mentioned in this post is purchased by me. I am not affiliated with any companies.**

*The New Old Favourite series features products in my collection that I had forgotten, and am re-igniting my new love for them.*

Just as I was swearing off not wearing anymore taupe colours on my lid for now, I am back to this neutral tone from Rimmel. 😀 Oh fickle minded woman, I am!

Fairy Tale Time!

Long long time ago in the land of makeup newbie, the eyeshadow already came in many colours and palettes and singles and loose powder and cream and texture etc… Not to mention EVERY cosmetic company offered a wide range of it!

It made the newbie frightfully intimidated by it. Approaching the eyeshadows had always been a difficult and confusing task. Such task always ended up with nothing (arrrghhh!! WHICH one to choose??) or snatching one up in haste in order to end the misery and only resulted in disappointment when playing with it at home.

Of course, in those long ago times, this newbie did not know how to apply it properly, nor had any knowledge of making it lasts on lids. There was no kind and clever YouTube beauty gurus teaching her how to do all that without attending expensive makeup classes. She also had sentimental reasons to hold on to the eyeshadows that she ever bought.

Fortunately, with these sentimental reasons, an old favourite was born (??). 🙂

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Review: Etude House Line Nuance Duo in Brown

**The product(s) mentioned in this post is purchased by me. I am not affiliated with any companies.**

In my previous post, I mentioned the Etude House Line Nuance Duo here.

I love practical items such as an eyeliner and shadow in a single pen. It saves space, great for travel (of course this is one of my favourite criteria. If I can’t take with me, how can I ever play with it?), and generally doesn’t require brushes (less brush to pack. Even better!).

When I found this shadow liner duo from Etude House last year, I thought I should give it a try as the brown shadow swatches BEAUTIFULLY, I tell you. So creamy and the shimmer is just perfect – not too much nor too little. And eyeliner is dark olive green with very some glitter and again, my heart has a weak spot for olive green shade.

Etude House Line Nuance Duo, size compared to standard eyelash curler

Etude House Line Nuance Duo, size compared to standard eyelash curler

The liner (on the left as picture above) is a normal twist up liner, and the shadow is packed in the little cylinder. When you twist open the cylinder, the eyeshadow is packed on the sponge tip applicator.

The liner shade is very similar to the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire (mentioned here). Told you I fall for olive green… :p The only difference being that the Revlon ones has bigger gold glitter (you can see it from picture).

Swatches! I put the Revlon's Smoky Shadow Stick liner next to the Etude House one for comparison. Left: Etude House Line Nuance Duo brown shadow  Middle: Etude House Line Nuance Duo olive green liner Right: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire liner (olive green)

Swatches! I put the Revlon’s Smoky Shadow Stick liner next to the Etude House one for comparison.
Left: Etude House Line Nuance Duo brown shadow (1 swipe)
Middle: Etude House Line Nuance Duo olive green liner (1 swipe)
Right: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire liner (2-3 swipes)

With single swipe, the Etude House swatches smoothly on my arm and the colour is so intense. Oh so beautiful my heart nearly melted. In comparison, I have to swipe 2-3 times with the Revlon shadow stick for the same intensity to show up. The Revlon one is drier.

If there’s a slide, the Etude House eyeshadow will happily play on it

As beautiful as it is, one very very bad point about the Etude House is that it slides easily!! With my oily lids it creases after just 2 hours. Boo!! I couldn’t use this for a long time due to how easy it creases. That was before I found my holy grail primer –> NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Anyway, recently I bought the MUFE Aqua Seal, hoping that it would “seal” in the eyeshadow to prevent creasing. To further strengthen the staying power, I even use MAC Paintpot in Painterly as a base (which sadly doesn’t work as primer for me), just to see if sliding is going to be prevented.

For both days I tried using Aqua Seal on top of this eyeshadow:

    (1) Pat a drop of Aqua Seal with fingers on both eyelids
    (2) Dampen a brush with Aqua Seal and pat on eye lid, 1 drop for each lid.

Guess what… it STILL creases!!!! Whaaa???

Next time I am going back to using my NARS primer and see if this shadow still slides on me. If it does, I am going to give it to the next person with dry lids!!! My NARS hasn’t disappoint me so far. My eyeshadows stay put after more than 10 hours (work, heat, cooking, bathing children etc etc). The eyes makeup look as fresh as it is in the morning.

Coincidentally, I have an eyeliner pencil from Etude House which also happily slides off my lids and before noon time I have become a panda. I don’t know if it’s the formula or my eyes just refuse to love Etude House… I wanna love you, Etude House! The colours are so beautiful please let me love you! 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Creamy texture, beautiful colour, 2-in-1 product, light weight

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 It slides big time…

Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire

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This year every cosmetic brands are crazy about eye shadows in crayon sticks. While I am a fan of eyeshadow palettes, the sticks are not bad in terms of travel-friendly (yes yes, I always think about travelling!) and saving space. The pigments offered are usually good too.

Recently I bought the Smoky Shadow Stick at the airport because they are not available in local pharmacies. There are two colours in each of the Shadow Sticks, one light shade and a darker shade. As with the Smoky Sexy palette, the instruction comes with the packaging but I have already ripped and discarded it (couldn’t wait, could I? :p).

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Size compared to standard eyelash curler.

Size compared to standard eyelash curler.

The rose gold shade on one end

The rose gold shade on one end (note the rounded tip)

The dark olive green shade (note the pointy tip) on the other end

The dark olive green shade (note the pointy tip) on the other end

Revlon Colostay Smoky Shadow Stick (205 Atomic Nucleaire) watches

Revlon Colostay Smoky Shadow Stick (205 Atomic Nucleaire) watches

I find that applying the light shade directly on eyelids result in uneven application. Not sure if it’s because I always wear lid primer… Best result is achieved when I rub some eyeshadow on finger tip and pat it on eyelids. The colour is so easy to wear. I would wear it on casual days when I am at home, or on my previous holidays. Then line the eyes (no extreme cat flick!) and the eyes are pretty much done! 🙂

The dark shade has golden glitter, and it swatches BEAUTIFULLY on my arm. However, it looks baaah on my eyelids. I haven’t had any success yet with it, even use alone as eyeliner. I will experiment with layering over black eyeliner some time soon.

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🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 : Travel friendly, compact, versatile

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 : The stick came off the body!! (I think this is a common problem as I have seen it reported in other blogs too.)

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Revlon CustomEyes Eyeshadow Palette, 035 Smoky Sexy (Blue-Grey) with Elf Hypershine Gloss in Joyful

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Today I took out the blue-grey Revlon CustomEyes palette again, as my outfit today is pretty much in the similar tone to the Smoky Sexy palette.

Part of my outfit today

Part of my outfit today

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

There’s a neat graphical instruction at the back of the palette that shows you how to use these 5 colours.

Instruction time!

Instruction time!

Since I am a very obedient person :p I decided to do just that. Oh wait… I left out the 5th colour which is the darkest shade as I preferred to use gel eyeliner instead. Here’s what I ended up with:

Voila...

Voila…

I’m not very good with the lighting and all, nor am I good with my makeup skill. But I am adventurous in my journey. Sounds very cheesy eh? The actual eyes are much darker than this… With the help of some unnatural lighting… here’s how it looked like:

with some office fluorescent light...

with some office fluorescent light… 😦

Let’s move to the swatches then, shall we?

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Swatches of Sexy Smoky (done by fingers)

My fourite shades in this palette is the 2nd (midnight blue) and 4th (gunmetal grey) one from left. The white in the middle acts as a reasonable highlight. The darkest shade on the right is good for lining the eyes for a soft look.

This palette is good for travel as you can easily do a day look just using the lighter colour and the darkest colour as eyeliner, or smoky look for night. And it definitely matches well if you plan to wear jeans during travel. :p

I used MAC 217 to apply all colours, and the brush picks up the colours quite well. It doesn’t say whether you can use this wet, but hey, there’s no harm trying. I don’t like using my eyeshadows wet so I won’t be bothered to experiment. 🙂

Overall, this is a useful little palette. It’s small (again see picture below compared to a standard eyelash curler) and light, comes with a sponge tip applicator which isn’t too bad at all when you don’t want to take any brushes with you on holiday.

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

And since it’s a rather strong eye for work, I paired with a nude-ish lip with the elf lipgloss that was inside the recent Easter goodie bag. The shade is Joyful, and it’s a very pretty nude with just the slightest hint of colour. It smells fruity and taste a little sweet, a bit like sweet orange.

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

That’s all for now. Tata!

chicmum xxx

What’s in my Easter Bunny Goodie Box #2

A while ago, I told you about participating in a Easter Bunny beauty swop with Tara here.

Tara has sent so many goodies to me, I am flabbergasted with surprise after surprise! The first part of the goodie box is posted here.

This is the second and last part of the Easter swop, with pictures to follow.

Items featured:

Left to right: Mascara, eyeliner, baked eyeshadow, lipsticks, lipglosses, FOUR eyeshadow palettes!!

Left to right: Mascara, eyeliner, baked eyeshadow, lipsticks, lipglosses, FOUR eyeshadow palettes!!

But wait! There’s one more! 🙂

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Powder blusher by Jordana

I have mentioned to Tara that I am an eyeshadow kind of girl, and she has very kindly sent FOUR eyeshadow palettes and one single eyeshadow to me. 😮

I have always heard of elf and Wet ‘n’ Wild coloricon palettes but couldn’t get them locally. So seeing them in the box definitely made me squeal with delight! And Tara has also asked if I have ever tried anything from Jordana before, which I haven’t. The blusher looks lovely lovely lovely!!

I can’t wait to try them all, but I have only 1 face… hmm… what to do? :p

Until next time, hope you survive the summer heat (if you are in the SEA…) 🙂

Shu xxx

Depotting Blushers – A Beginner’s Approach & Mini Review with swatch!

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I have some blushers with broken containers. You know how those things get broken easily by accidentally dropping on the floor… Anyway, one night I was thinking about putting them in a metal box with magnets (yes I bought them too). So I set about pulling out the darn pan from the container but it got bent and the blusher shattered.

Of course I experimented with pharmacy blusher first so no heartache nor tears resulted. Looking at the broken pan (and tawny powder everywhere), I changed my mind to depotting them instead.

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