Monday, 24 November 2014

Manicure Monday - Etude House Sweet Idea Bunny Nail #1

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you what I created with the Etude House Sweet Idea Bunny Nail in number 1!
I appreciate the fact that they included a striper brush in the white polish, but I personally would have preferred a wide brush since I have a lot of specific nail art brushes, including striper brushes. I do like the little silicone scooper brush for the glitter though!
This is the manicure I created! I actually found it to be a little boring (it was a lot cooler in my head) but it does show you what the polish and glitter look like in real life! I found the little circles to be quite chunky, so they didn't really sit very well on my nails. The bunny ears lifted after a couple of hours of course, and got caught in my hair, of course!
The striper brush worked well, and I still managed to fill my whole nail with white polish quite well, albeit a little wonky! The circle glitters are just so thick that they jut out from the nail quite a bit, even though I applied a lovely thick top coat.
I still really liked this little set! The packaging is super cute (of course, it's Etude House!) and the polish itself was actually lovely to use, just the glitter was too chunky for someone who constantly touches their hair. >< I really want to try the Mint and Gold glitter next! :3

Friday, 21 November 2014

First Impressions - Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - B10

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Yves Saint Laurent's Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation in B10! I tried out the Youth Liberator Foundation previously and found it to be a bit too dark, so the YSL counter ladies suggested that I try this foundation instead!
What Does It Do?
For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation. Infused in a weightless fluid, Touche Éclat foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. With buildable coverage and free of opaque fillers, this foundation's perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections, enhancing your skin's natural beauty. Available in 17 shades with SPF19 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection." (1)

The colour of this foundation is quite good for my fair skin, albeit a little dark. This is mostly because the foundation is quite sheer, and my face is naturally darker than the rest of my body. It's quite warm toned, so if you have cool toned skin then you can try the BD10 shade!
Ok so this photo looks like a mugshot, I'm totally aware (resting bitch face syndrome hits me hard) but it shows the coverage of the foundation the best! You can still see the freckles on my nose, pores on my cheeks and acne on my chin, but it covers my redness, gives my skin a very healthy looking glow and just generally makes it look like really healthy skin. 
It's a lot lighter in colour than the Youth Liberator and a lot thinner in texture.
Final Thoughts?
I really like this foundation! It's great for days where I don't want to cake the foundation on but still want to look presentable in a hurry! It's actually quite similar to a BB Cream in the sense that it's quite lightweight yet buildable, but doesn't have very many skincare benefits or high SPF so it's kinda different and that means I need it, even though it's expensive ... right? ^.^

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review - Etude House Perfect Brow Kit (No.01 Natural Brown)

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Etude House - Perfect Brow Kit in No.01 Natural Brown! I purchased this little eyebrow compact around this time last year from Roseroseshop for $9USD (although it's down to $7USD now! This has been my go-to brow set since I purchased it, because it comes with almost everything I need to create natural yet defined brows on the go! ^.^
As with everything from Etude House - the Perfect Brow Kit comes in absolutely gorgeous outer packaging, although I do find the actual product packaging quite boring in comparison to the cardboard box. It's very functional and easy to keep clean though!
There are no English instructions on the packaging, but from what the website and pictures suggest these are their steps

1; Use spooley to groom brow surface
2; Use wide brush to gather and apply colour to brow hairs along direction of natural hair growth
3; Use angled brush to define and extend colour to brow edges and tips
4; Use wide brush to gather and apply highlighter to brow edges and tips  
These little brushes are absolutely miniature! You can see a comparison of the brushes to my pinkie finger and it always gives me the giggles because it looks like I have a really massive pinkie finger! The brow kit comes with a super finely milled shimmery highlight, a warm medium coloured brown and a cool dark brown. I use both of these browns for my brows and I also use them to contour my eyes! The highlighter is absolutely gorgeous and fits my pale skin like a little dream. It is obviously very pale, so if you have a darker complexion this my a look a little bright and chalky. Even though this brow kit is "Natural brown" the dark brown is actually quite dark, so definitely not suitable for light eyebrows.
I use the warm coloured brown to fill in the start of my brow, then the cool coloured dark brown to fill in the rest of the brow. I have very dark eyebrow hairs but they are quite sparse, so filling in my brows is definitely a must for me!
I also use the brow kit to contour my eyes! The brow powder isn't as easy to blend as a regular shadow, but in a pinch it's totally workable. I use the warm brown to define my crease, the cool brown to enhance my Aegyo Sal (eye bags), and the brow highlight to brighten up my inner eye. I bumped up the contrast a little so you can actually see the contour as I usually do it very subtly! I'm also trialling some new prescription lenses from GEO - what do you think of them?

I very rarely use the little mini angled brush that come with the palette because it's very very stiff! It still works fine, but it's just not very pleasant to use. On the other hand, the little wide brush on the other side of the angled brush is absolutely lovely to use, super soft and picks up and transfers the colour so well!

What I Love
- Perfect colours for my complexion
- Great for travel (has everything I need)
- Sturdy packaging for travelling
- Multi-functional (brows and shadows!)

What I Don't Love
- Highlighter may not work well on darker complexions
- The angle brush is quite stiff (although it still works well enough)
- No brow gel (personal preference)
- Lightest colour is still quite dark
Final Thoughts
I absolutely love this little Eyebrow kit! I do wish that they had included a brow gel since I personally prefer using a brow gel with brow powder, and that the little angled brush was a little softer, but other than that I think it's a super functional little brow palette which works amazingly for traveling too! I've been using it for a whole year now and have only put a teeny dent in each of the products too, so I think it's going to last me a little while! ^.^

What's your go-to brow kit?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Manicure Monday - Botany Pants Lately?

Hello Princesses!

Today I have a very plain but cute manicure using Doctor Lacquer- Botany Plants Lately?
I'm wearing two coats of this polish over the top of a plain white polish. I'm not sure why my polish seems to have less of the chunky glitter than the gorgeous promo photos (check them out here) but I still think it looks cute all the same since all the glitters are pastel - one of my many weaknesses! ^.^

 What do you think of this polish? Too subtle, or just cute enough?
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