14.10.14

Chloe & Bella Swatches & Review

I have some Chloe & Bella Cosmetics Nail Polishes to show you today! Chloe & Bella is an Indie Nail Polish brand and all their nail polishes are hand made with love! A little back story on Chloe & Bella – Barbara is a lover of nail polishes and started creating nail polishes that she could never find, and really wanted. 

I have a few shades to show you today: Rose, Starlight, Black Opal, Midnight, and The Basics Trio (which includes Black Out, White Out, and Crystal Clear top coat). All of my swatches in this post are topped with their Crystal Clear top coat for a glossy finish!

'Rose' is a glitter topper that has different shapes of both chunky and fine red glitter suspended in a clear base. The formula of this was impeccable - no fishing required to get the glitters out, and one coat gives just the right amount of glitter. I did decide to put 2 coats on top of Black Out (a black cream polish) to show you all the different sizes and shapes of the glitter. For a more subtle glitter look, I like to top this on a red cream base so that in different lightings and angles, the glitter shines.

'Starlight' is packed full of silver glitter. There are also little bits of holographic triangle glitters suspended in the polish. This is only 2 swatches, and it's really opaque. This picture does not do it justice because this beauty was so hard to photograph but, they look so sparkly on the nail. The silver looks almost like aluminium foil on the nails because it almost has that sort of platinum look to it. The holographic triangles are so beautiful and look multi-coloured in certain angles and lights.


Would you look at that?! 'Black Opal' is a deep blue-purple with a ton of shimmer running through it. It shifts colour in different lightings and angles - hopefully the first picture shows the purple shift well. This is a pretty sheer polish - you could probably build it up to maximum opacity with 3 coats, but I chose to do 2 coats over White Out (a white cream). 

'Midnight' is an almost black colour that sometimes looks dark green, and sometimes looks blue. There is a bunch of shimmer running through this. The formula of this is amazing - it's super creamy and opaque. This is 2 coats under direct artificial light. In natural lighting, it's a dark green. I think this is gorgeous for Fall. This is my favourite shade out of all of these hands down.

'Black Out' is a black cream. Super smooth and easy to apply.
'White Out' is a white cream. Very opaque, creamy, and easy to apply.

Those are all the polishes I have from Chloe & Bella to show you today. I'm absolutely in love with them! Which is your favourite shade out of these?

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

7.10.14

ELF Moisturizing Lipsticks

ELF is one of those brands that is either a hit or miss for me- some of their products are my holy-grails, like their Eyebrow Kit, Blushes and Brushes; and some not so great. In a recent purchase from their online store, I picked up two of their Moisturizing Lipsticks. I've heard pretty good things about these and I'm kind of obsessed withlipstick, and they're only about $3 each so I thought why not.

I picked up the shades Coral Cutie and Pink Minx. Coral Cutie is a bright pink-leaning coral. Pink Minx is a light, nudy-pink colour. They're both glossy, but they don't have any shimmer or glitter in them. 

The formula of these lipsticks are very pigmented, and they feel lightweight on the lips. They have a almost MAC lipstick-like scent.. (you know, that batter-y, idk scent that all MAC lipsticks have). I personally really like nice smelling lipsticks instead of those that smell like crayons. These do last a pretty long time on the lips.

However, these aren't as creamy as I expected. When I see something that says "moisturising", I'd expect it to be creamy and easy to apply because they usually have some oil in there to moisturise, right? These are so dry that when I go to apply it, it actually drags my lips. These also tend to settle in the cracks and lines of my lips.

I mean, for $3, these are pretty good since they have great pigmentation and they feel nice on the lips. Using a lip balm underneath would probably solve the problem. I don't find myself reaching for these that often so I probably wouldn't get more shades. Have you tried ELF Moisturizing Lipsticks? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun

5.10.14

Shop My Makeup Stash | ♡ Week 2

Remember when I did my first Shop My Makeup Stash post? It was supposed to be a bi-weekly thing but that didn't happen, huh.. The “Shop My Makeup Stash” series is basically me choosing a few products from my existing collection that I haven't used in a long time, and try them out for a week. At the end of the week, I will post a Final Look and also short reviews on those products. My first post did receive quite a number of good feedback, and it's a great way to use things up and rediscover some products that I really loved before; so here's Week 2.

Etude House CC Cream in Silky
If I remember it correctly, there are two different formulas for these Etude House CC Creams - Silky, and the other one is Glow. I picked up Silky because it's supposed to give a more natural, matte look instead of a glow. I do naturally have really oily skin so I like more of a matte finish. When I first got this, I used it a lot until I realised that this is too light for me. The problem is, there aren't different shades available because a CC Cream is actually white, and it blends into your skintone after you apply it. This one gave my face a white cast and I stopped using it. Hopefully I can find a way to make this work. Fingers crossed!

Anna Sui Whipped Eyeshadow in #200
Not sure if this is still available, but I actually got it from a warehouse sale some time last year I believe. It's a creamy, "whipped"-texture eyeshadow. The shade is a beautiful, light lilac lavender colour with tons of shimmer! I don't wear this a lot because it has too much shimmer for everyday wear in my opinion. 

Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial
I got this from my international beauty swap from the UK, and I used it so much when I first got it. The formula is beautiful and glossy, but I don't find myself reaching for it too much because it's definitely something that you have to be careful when you're applying because it's so opaque. It is a beautiful rosy pink colour and I think I'll fall in love with this all over again when I try it this week.

Maybelline Diamond Glow Quad in 06 Lilac Mauve
I think you guys can tell that I was really into purple eye looks at one period of time. I remember being pretty disappointed with the pigmentation of these eyeshadows, but I guess we'll see. It does come with some beautiful, shimmery shades of purple.

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef
I bought this back when everyone was talking about these and they were all the hype. I haven't really tried it out enough to know what I think about it because I used to apply this with my fingers because I didn't have a stippling brush to apply cream blushes with and these are so hard to blend with fingers. I do have a brush to use with this now, and I hope I'll like it!

So those are the products that I've chosen for this week, and I'll update you guys on how well (or not) they work at the end of the week! If you've tried any of these products, tell me what you think about them in the comments!

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Jiawun