Review: Clio Kill Black Eyeliner Pen

Today I’m going to review the Clio Kill Black Eyeliner Pen, I bought it for about $20 from Watsons in Singapore when I was there recently on a short holiday. I thought the name of the Clio Kill Black was somewhat amusing!

Clio is a pretty popular Korean brand as far as I know, they’re renowned for their eyeliner pens and mascaras so I decided to pick both up to see how the eyeliner stacked up to my favourite Koji Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. Dollywink is a Japanese brand for those who aren’t already fans of this cult fave!

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Beauty Pick: Top 5 Mascaras

Mascaras are one of the most difficult things to buy. Unlike a blush or eyeshadow, you can’t simply pick one up and purchase without testing. Even if you do test them, it can be hard to tell if they are doing anything for your lashes.
I do admit I am picky when it comes to mascaras. I need to know that they will wear well, don’t smudge, hold the curl and yet thicken and lengthen my lashes at the same time. Also, I need any new mascara to play well with others as I often layer up to three on the same eyelashes. Beauty gurus out there, I know you feel me!
So after the dozens of mascaras I’ve been through, I have rounded up the 5 best ones that work especially well for voluminising and lengthening lashes. I haven’t yet found a perfect mascara that holds the curl for more than 4 hours, so I’ll keep you posted on that!

Note: these mascaras aren’t in order of preference.beauty pick: mascaras

1. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

This new discovery has quickly become one of my faves! The thicker brush means that mascara voluminises lashes in one swipe, meaning you don’t have to apply multiple coats. It is also very black and does not flake/smudge even after a good 10 hours of wear.

The only thing is that it can clump lashes together so I have to use a skinny brush to comb them out (as I apply a few coats) but if you only apply one coat it should be fine!

Repurchased? No, still on my first tube.

2. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Aside from Bobbi, Chanel is one of my favourite luxury makeup brands. I know I say this for a lot of different products, but they do many products consistently well. One of these fantastic products is the Inimitable Intense in Noir.

I was a convert early on quite a few years ago when the original Inimitable was introduced. What I LOVE about it is the brush shape, which is rare amongst most mascaras.

The conical shape gets every lash and makes sure there are absolutely no clumps. It doesn’t smudge a bit yet gives a really lush black appearance to lashes. I zigzag the wand when I use it and it boosts the volume as well as length.

No complaints, I love it!

Repurchased? Not the Intense version but I have owned the original Inimitable.

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara

The fluffy, curved brush (apparently a patented Spoon Brush design) takes some getting used to but it really does give you the false lash look in just a few swipes.

It’s also available in Waterproof but I didn’t buy that as waterproof mascaras usually dry out my lashes. This is probably one of the best drugstore options out there along with Covergirl Lash Blast (an old fave). My lashes are noticeably thicker and blacker when I have The Falsies on.

Repurchased? No, I want to test out other drugstore versions. Also, I have so many mascaras I’m trying to use up…

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

The best feature of this mascara is its lash regenerating ability. Whenever I use it for a prolonged period (>2 weeks daily) I notice my lashes are stronger, don’t fall out as much and are slightly thicker. They’re also blacker and glossier.

It’s also super comfortable to apply and wear; no clumps whatsoever and it lengthens/thickens my lashes easily. Only complaint is that I apply so many coats that the curl doesn’t hold up for long!

Repurchased? Yes, twice already! (Partly because it’s not available in Australia)

5. Koji Dolly Wink Black Mascara

I purchased this for the first time from Watsons in Takashimaya Singapore, as they were having a special deal (mascara + pencil eyeliner for $21 I believe).

It’s not one I instinctively reach for though, but it is a pretty good mascara. It lengthens more than thickens, and is totally clump free. In fact, I use this mascara to declump my Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara.

The skinny brush makes it easy to apply each lash, even the bottom ones, and is a nice everyday mascara.

Repurchased? Nope.

Mascaras I don’t like:

Just because we’re on this subject, the mascaras I have tried and disliked include:

Dior DiorShow – The XXL brush is way too large for my eyes and I feel it didn’t thicken/lengthen my lashes whatsoever.. Don’t understand the hype at all!

Benefit Bad Gal – Again, an unremarkable mascara that doesn’t deserve cult status (too natural looking and smudges!)

NYX Faux Lashes Boudoir – Unsure of why I even purchased this (from Asos). It clumps and smudges too easily…

Revlon Grow Luscious – I purchased this as it had Jessica Biel as the spokesmodel. Unfortunately a bad buy! It was too natural looking and didn’t ‘grow’ my lashes at all.

Stila Stay All Day – Umm, stay all day it did NOT! I remember wearing this to Disneyland two years ago and it totally smudged after a mere 2 hours. I constantly had to touch up in the restrooms which was a pain!

P.S I threw it away after the second day.

 

OK, enough ranting. Hope you enjoyed!

Quick Review: Hourglass Ambient Blush in Dim Infusion

The newest offering from Hourglass is its Ambient Lighting Blush, which retails for $50 at Mecca Cosmetica and comes in 6 shades. If you’re familiar with the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass, which were a huge hit last year, you’ll like these blushes which are pretty much each of the ambient powders mixed in with blush pigment.

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I purchased the shade Dim Infusion. It is much smaller than the ambient powders and come packaged in a stylish copper compact with a mirror while the Ambient Powders come in a darker greyed bronze compact.

Dim Infusion is described as a “subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth”, and I already have Dim Light on its own so I knew I would like Dim Infusion.

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What’s in my shower?

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to share with you what’s in my shower and the products I use daily to get myself squeaky clean. When it comes to body and hair care, I’m by no means a high maintenance gal so don’t expect too many high end products! When it comes to skincare and makeup, however, I’m a very different person…
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Mecca haul: Christmas is here!

Though expensive, Mecca is pretty much the only alternative we have to Sephora here, so whenever I go past the store I can’t help but take a peek inside. Yes, it can be all too much for a makeup junkie to resist so I inevitably buy something each time.

I LOVE seeing all the new products especially around this time of the year when there are so many Christmas themed products and Secret Santa gift ideas! And, I love the festive paper bag.

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What I purchased (with some restraint):

  • Kit Cosmetics Multipurpose Wonder Balm, $22
  • NARS The Multiple in G Spot, $58 (so it says on the website, though I think I only paid $40+ for it?)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Cream lipstick in Nocturnal, $45

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First up, the Kit Multipurpose Wonder Balm. I was looking for something that would alleviate my dry, cracked lips, since I found that nothing has worked!! Even in summer, my lips are always chapped and I’ve tried most balms from Bobbi Brown to EOS and Carmex, so I thought I’d give this one a shot since it has no petroleum jelly and is packed with essential oils. Plus, it’s certified organic, made in Australia and travel friendly. What’s not to like?

It is actually pretty good! I’ve used it nearly everyday for a week now and while I haven’t seen a marked improvement in the condition of my lips, I noticed that when I do use it, they’re softer and more moisturised. The balm also stays on for quite a long time compared to my EOS balms, yet isn’t too thick like the Bobbi one is. I keep it next to my bed and use it on my cuticles and any scratches as well.

Note: Do not leave this in direct sunlight as the product will separate and become runnier! I forgot today and left it by the window…

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The NARS Multiple is something I’ve been eyeing for a while, but hesitated to get it as I do have a lot of cream blushes. But when I tried it on at Mecca I realised that it’s a cream-to-powder finish which I LOVE since it has longer staying power. I tried on a couple of shades including Orgasm but I wasn’t a fan of the way the colours worked with my skin tone (too light, too shimmery, too pink) but when I tried G Spot I really liked it!

I was surprised at how light the tube was and how easy it is to carry in your bag – apart from the smudges the matte black tube can get from your fingers, it’s quite a travel friendly product especially for quick touchups. Plus, The Multiple is intended for use on the cheek and lips so it’s perfect!

It does try to a powder finish on the cheeks but on the lips, it stays creamy.

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G Spot slightly darker and more of a dusty rose shade than how it looks in these pictures, with gold shimmer. The shimmer is not noticeable when applied, and though it looks dark in the  tube it can be applied sheer. I’ve always looked best in berry/earthy tones so I wasn’t surprised when I gravitated towards this shade.

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It’s also nice to match your lippie to your blush as it ties the whole makeup look together and makes everything coordinate, no matter what eyeshadow you are wearing.

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The Hourglass lippie in Nocturnal is also in my favourite shade, berry. I can’t help it! They’re just so pretty and look really festive for this time of the year. Nocturnal is a purple toned berry shade that is a few shades darker than the natural colour of my lips.

The tube is weighty and not something I’d tote around on a daily basis but it does make me feel glamorous when I’m applying it at my vanity!

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Nocturnal is not a unique shade but it’s flattering and feels really comfortable on the lips, like a balm. It’s extremely hydrating and pretty much erases any lip lines/dryness/flakiness, as you can see from the photo above. It also has a slight sheen to it and it’s super easy to apply as it just glides on!

I love the formula, to me it’s much smoother and more moisturising than the Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colours or the Chanel Coco Rouge Shines.

Well, that concludes it for today’s haul and mini review! More hauls and reviews to come, particularly of my recent trip to the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: VS loves coral makeup set

 

I picked up the VS Loves Coral makeup set at Victoria’s Secret today at the Melbourne airport, en route from Canberra on a work trip. I’ve only ever tried Victoria’s Secret lip glosses so I decided to pick up some other makeup from their VS line.

The coral set in particular looked cute, travel friendly and great for summer! It retails for $31 and includes their Luminous Mineral Blush in Can’t Resist, Colour Drama Lipstick in French Kiss (mini size), and nail polish in Coral Crush (mini size).

Took all these photos with my iPhone so excuse any poor lighting/fuzziness!

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Review: Essence Me and My Ice Cream Collection

Hello everyone! Last week I picked up a couple of items from the new Me and My Ice Cream collection from Essence, which is one of my fave drugstore brands. It’s just so affordably priced and the quality is not too bad, either! The only downside is the packaging, but with rock bottom prices who can really complain?

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Here’s what I purchased:

Essence me and my ice cream shimmer pearl and eyeshadow

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Haul: Becca Cosmetics

BECCA Cosmetics is one of my favourite higher end makeup brands. I just love everything about it, from its sleek aesthetic to the models they pick for their campaigns and the way their makeup looks on the skin – natural, polished and classy.

Plus, it’s an Australian brand :)

So when I saw they had sale a couple of weeks ago, how could I resist? (The sale is still on – check it out here) My only gripe with the products I received is that they weren’t in tip top condition – e.g. the creme blush was dented in one area and the lip glosses in the palette had moisture beads on them which I found quite odd.

But anyway, here’s what I bought:

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Sorry about the poor image quality! I’m looking at investing in better lighting equipment at the moment because nothing annoys me more than poorly lit/fuzzy photos! Read on for my haul…

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