Saturday, 1 August 2015

Femme Fatale Cosmetics August Presale - The Mad Tea-Party Collection Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Femme Fatale's August presale collection has just gone live and I have swatches of all eight polishes in the collection to show you today! I had so much fun photographing this collection, which has a Mad Tea-Party theme. I didn't have any Alice in Wonderland type toys, so.... dinosaurs. Because dinosaurs deserve tea-parties too.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics August Presale - Mad Tea-Party Collection Swatches & Review

Here's what Femme Fatale have to say about this collection:

The Mad Tea-Party Collection is based upon a chapter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The contrast between muted and vibrant colours with a variety of finishes reflects the soberness and eccentricity (respectively) found within the characters in this chapter.

The polishes all come in Femme Fatale's standard white boxes (which you can see here) and contain 9ml. Prices start from $8.50AUD (plus GST for Australian customers) with a few of the more complex shades being priced a little higher to reflect the cost of ingredients. This is something I really like about Femme Fatale - rather than pricing the whole line higher to cover this cost, only the shades that actually require the price increase have the higher price (and the most expensive polish is still only $11AUD, so comparatively inexpensive when you consider the pricing of other indie brands, let alone mainstream ones!). Additionally, they're one of the few brands to reduce the price of their product alongside a reduction in the product size (they switched from 12ml to 9ml bottles at the beginning of the year). MAC, who several years ago reduced the size of their pigments from 7.5g to 4.5g but kept the price the same could certainly learn something!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics August Presale - Mad Tea-Party Collection Swatches & Review

Pictured top to bottom: Twinkle Twinkle, Wonderland, Always Tea-Time

A wee note before we get into swatches! I had two bad breaks on my index and middle nails when this collection arrived two days before the presale began. Rather than punish my ring and pinky nails for the faults of their siblings, I chucked some fake nails I had leftover from my wedding over the broken nails. They are French tips, so the white is more opaque than my natural nail and with some polishes the white shows through more than it would on my natural nails. For completely accurate depiction of the polish opacity, please look at my ring and pinky nails.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics August Presale - The Mad Tea-Party Collection Swatches & Review

A bajillion swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I have a pretty palette from ZA's permanent range to show you today! If you recall the holiday sets (I reviewed both the Gold and Silver sets, click on the links to see) I had trouble with the shimmer in many of the shades refusing to adhere to the lid and providing very little colour pay off without a sticky base, so I was intrigued to see if this palette would fare better.

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review


ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

The Pure Gold palette contains a quartet of shades and a sponge applicator. I like that the size of the colours is proportionate to how much each colour would be used in a simple colour placement. This is contrary to my previous experiences with the Impact-Full Eyes because the glittery shade in this palette performs far better than the limited edition iterations.
ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

First things first, if you don't like shimmery eyeshadows, this isn't the palette for you! Every color in this quad is shot through with flecked golden shimmer, with the gold shade being more shimmer than base colour. It still adheres well though and makes a nice layering shade. In the look below, I used the medium brown all over the lid and inner half of the lower lashline, the darker brown on the outer V and outer half of the lower lashline, the white to blend out and highlight and the gold patted over the lid. 
All of the colours apply and blend nicely with minimal fallout. GD241 may seem like your average warm neutral palette at first glance, but the dark brown is actually quite cool toned toned, so it gives a tarnished, antique look to the whole eye makeup look. I think this is an interesting enough colour to make this palette worth a try! The colour pay off tends to be soft and buildable, which I find to be typical of many Japanese and Korean beauty brands. They're easy to apply and difficult to overdo, making this a blingy yet user friendly palette although lovers of intense pigmentation may feel underwhelmed.

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - GD241 Eyeshadow Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Soft, blendable textures
  • Buildable colour pay off
What I didn't like:
  • Minimal fallout
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies nationwide, RRP $20NZD
  • Japan Mart
  • Ebay

What do you think of GD241?

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Monday, 27 July 2015

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping & Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

Weirdly, I've never reviewed any of MAC's Mineralize Skinfinishes before, despite being my most used highlighting products. This ends here! The two MSFs I have to show you today hail from the Sugarsweet collection in 2009 - coincidentally, also the year my love for MAC really started to take hold. Mineralize Skinfinishes are most often highlighting shades, but occasionally can function as bronzers or blushers depending on their colour and the user's skintone.

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Perfect Topping

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

What you see here is the older packaging style, MAC have switched to a thicker, magnetic case for recent releases. It looks like a flying saucer, I'm not a fan.

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Many Mineralize Skinfinishes have beautiful patterns and colours swirled through them which make them look planets. Perfect Topping is a perfect example of this!

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Applied heavily/sheered out

Perfect Topping is a luminous peach which imparts a tonne of glow without overly emphasising pores or skin texture. It's one of my favourite highlighters of all time and is always in heavy rotation in my stash. It has lovely, buildable payoff and blendability and lasts for seven hours on me before showing signs of fading. 
This was repromoted twice in 2014 with the collections A Fantasy of Flowers (in February) and Lightness of Being (December) but both times the colour was significantly changed from the original 2009 version (which is the one I have), according to Temptalia. If this is on your wishlist and the differing colour matters to you, you'll want to check the batch code before you buy - the final number in the three character code indicates the year it was made, so 9 for Sugarsweet, 4 for A Fantasy of Flowers or Lightness of Being, and the Lightness of Being version is in the new MSF packaging.

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review


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Refined

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review

Applied heavily/sheered out

Refined is a shade I hadn't seen mentioned much before stumbling across it in a Specktra Clearance Bin sale. There's not a lot of swatches floating around online so I wasn't sure what to expect and definitely overdid the application the first time I used it! It's one of the more pigmented MSFs I've tried and a little on the powdery side but blends out nicely. Refined wears for ten hours on me before fading. 


MAC Monday: Sugarsweet - Refined Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches & Review



What I liked:
  • Both shades apply and blend beautifully
  • Refined wears for seven hours
  • Smooth, buildable colour pay off
What I didn't like:
  • Refined is a little powdery
  • Perfect Topping lasts for seven hours
Start your hunt here:

Have you tried any Mineralize Skinfinishes? Do you have a favourite?

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Lani

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Lynnderella Nail Polish Swatch Spam

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Hey lovelies,

Time to unleash some glittery polish goodness from my draft folder! I've always had a soft spot for Lynnderella nail polishes because they were some of the first indies I coveted. This was back when the indie polish scene was just starting to get a lot of buzz, back in 2011! Historically Lynns haven't been too easy to get to New Zealand so each polish has been slowly, carefully and lovingly selected over time. Although I see their newish Storenvy store offers an international shipping option now, so that could change!

Ice the Snowcake

Lynnderella Ice the Snowcake nail polish swatch

Pretty Serious - Tux, 2 coats
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Lynnderella - Ice the Snowcake, 1 coat

Super fine blue and violet glassfleck shimmer and a sprinkling of white glitter? Be still my heart! Super easy to apply with minimal dabbing to place the larger glitters. I suspect this was limited edition, I can't find it in either of Lynnderella's stores.

Lynnderella Ice the Snowcake nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Ice the Snowcake nail polish swatch

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Boy-Girl Party

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

Orly Color Blast - Magenta Glitter Gloss, 2 coats
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Lynnderella - Boy-Girl Party, 2 coats
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Seche Vite

Boy-Girl Party is pure glitter bomb fun! There's heaps of blue, red, pink and fuchsia glitter in here, so I layered it over co-ordinating undies. Because it's resplendent with large glitters, Boy-Girl Party works best when applied in a dabbing motion. This is a permanent part of the Lynnderella range. 

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party nail polish swatch

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Salad Days

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Pretty Serious - VT100, 3 coats
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Lynnderella - Salad Days, 2 coats
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Seche Vite

Salad Days is another super fun polish, it's all the components of a salad re-imagined as glitter and bottled! Lots of dabbing here. Also a limited edition or discontinued shade.

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Salad Days nail polish swatch

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Happy HoloDaze!

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

China Glaze - Jolly Holly, 2 coats
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Lynnderella - Happy HoloDaze, 2 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl, 2 coats

Happy HoloDaze! is probably my favourite Christmas polish of all time. The colours and glitter density are perfectly balanced, I'll definitely be wearing it again this Christmas. Not much dabbing needed here, just to reposition any errant large glitters.

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze! nail polish swatch

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Nosegay

Lynnderella Nosegay nail polish swatch

China Glaze - Light As Air, 3 coats
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Lynnderella - Nosegay, 2 coats

One of the original crelly glitters, showing that simple doesn't mean boring! Nosegay is a delicate lilac with darker purple glitters and very fine secret shimmer. I layered it over matching undies as it is very sheer on its own, but it applies smoothly without any dabbing necessary. I think this has also been discontinued.

Lynnderella Nosegay nail polish swatch

Lynnderella Nosegay nail polish swatch

I bought my Lynnderellas from friends and Storenvy destash sales and I highly recommend keeping an eye on Storenvy for discontinued shades. Permanent and new LEs can be purchased directly from the Lynnderella stores on Storenvy or Ebay

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Lani

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