Friday, 22 May 2015

Polished Kiwi Lacquer - Finn & Jake Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Just a quickie post today because the owner of this NZ indie, Polished Kiwi Lacquer, is currently taking a break and the links to her site and social media don't seem to be active. But I love this polish too much not to share swatches and I really hope that Jade returns to polish making!


Polished Kiwi Lacquer - Finn & Jake Swatches & Review

Polished Kiwi Lacquer - Finn & Jake, 3 coats

I think Finn & Jake has to have the smoothest and most even white crelly base I've ever used. I'm not usually a fan of visible nail line because I tend to associate it with streaky, uneven polishes, but this is just perfection (and has actually turned me around on the whole sheer nude crelly thing!). Finn & Jake built up really easily and the glitter distribution was really even too. I did invert the bottle for a few minutes before painting though, as some of the glitter tends to settle to the bottom of the bottle.
I confess I haven't ever really watched Adventure Time (don't shoot me) but I know enough to recognise that iconic colourway :D
Bottom line: I love this. Please make more pretties, Jade!

Polished Kiwi Lacquer - Finn & Jake Swatches & Review

Polished Kiwi Lacquer - Finn & Jake Swatches & Review


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin Beat It Like It Owes You Money Swatches & Review

Gifted

Hey lovelies,

I have an awesome and rather hilariously named Star Kins from their new collection to show you today! I was lucky enough to get Beat It Like It Owes You Money as a gift from my friend Serra (Peacock Pie) for our Polish Elves exchange at Christmas time - thank you, Serra!

I got this a bit earlier than the collection released, but looking at Ami from Star Kin's swatches on the Etsy listing, it looks like no changes have been made. Beat It Like It Owes You Money is a luscious vampy plummy purple with holo shimmer and colour shifting flakies. It built up easily in two coats and dried smoothly with ample shine.

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin Beat It Like It Owes You Money Swatches & Review

Star Kin - Beat It Like It Owes You Money, 2 coats

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin Beat It Like It Owes You Money Swatches & Review

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin Beat It Like It Owes You Money Swatches & Review

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin Beat It Like It Owes You Money Swatches & Review




What do you think of this polish?

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

Another gem from MAC's permanent line for you today. I tried this on at one of the Smith & Caughey's counters during a recent trip to Auckland and although I liked it, I wasn't sure if it was too cool toned for me or not. A short while later I had gathered enough Back 2 MAC empties to swap for a free lipstick (not sure what Back 2 MAC is about? Click here!) so I thought what better reason to take a chance on Blankety?

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review

Blankety is indeed quite cool toned, described as a 'soft pink beige' by MAC but when I was considering getting this shade a friend observed that she'd been unable to make it work on herself due to the purple undertones. That might sound a little crazy, looking at the nude lipstick above, but in some lights the purple undertones are more obvious - I found this article on understanding undertones in color really fascinating. You might too!
Back to Blankety - it has great colour pay off and application with an amplified finish.  Blankety wears for a little over four hours on me and is minimally drying towards the end of wear.

MAC Blankety Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Doesn't migrate or feather
  • Smooth, even application
  • Wears for a little over four hours
What I didn't like:
  • Minimally drying toward the end of wear
Where to buy:

What do you think of Blankety? I'm really glad I took a chance on it as I can see myself wearing it a lot!

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Provided for review/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

Who doesn't love a good vampy lipstick in the colder months? It certainly matches my brooding mood in this wild weather we've been having of late in Wellington. I hope you are all safe and sound if you or your loved ones have been affected by the weather! This Danimer lipstick from Born Pretty Store is certainly vampy enough to match the gloomiest of days - just how I like 'em.

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

The packaging for this lipstick is fairly simple but functional, a lightweight plastic tube that doesn't seem incredibly sturdy but does the job. The lipstick bullet is your standard traditional slanted tip. The lipstick has a reasonably strong synthetic floral scent, which isn't my cup of tea but it's not intolerable.

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Shade #4 is a deep burgundy with a satin finish. It's mostly opaque but as the formula is a little slippery I found it to be prone to streaking and patchiness. This wasn't as obvious from a normal viewing distance and could be resolved by pairing it with a matching lip pencil but of course still isn't ideal. 
I was impressed that I didn't have any feathering, especially considering the slippery formula and depth of the shade. #4 had a surprisingly short wear time at four hours - dark shades usually last a lot longer as a general rule - and it was a little drying.

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

Danimer Lipstick Shade #4 Swatches & Review

A FOTD with #4

What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Doesn't feather
What I didn't like:
  • Prone to streaking and patchiness
  • Minimally drying
  • Lasts for four hours
Where to buy:




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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry & The Modern Brow Collection - June 1st, 2015

Press release

Hey lovelies,

Please enjoy this press release for MAC's much anticipated Wash & Dry collection, launching in NZ next month!

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry Collection - June 1st, 2015

It’s full steam ahead as the M·A·C Wash & Dry Laundromat opens for business, so make a date with good, clean fun. The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues perfect for a full spin or just a quick tumble. All in super-sleek packaging to set your cycle to chic!

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry Collection - June 1st, 2015

Lipstick $44.00NZD

Morange - Vivid orange (amplified)

Creme D'Nude - Light beige pink nude (cremesheen)

Steam Heat - Vivid yellow red (satin)

Tumble Dry - Light peachy coral (lustre)

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Lipglass $42.00NZD

Girl On Board - Light crème nude

Laundry List - Vivid orange

Hot/Cold - True red

Domestic Diva - Frosty watery pink

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Technakohl Liner $40.00NZD

Practice Makes Perfect - Deep blue green

Sudsy - Marine blue

Colour Matters - Lime

Coin Operated - Metal grey with silver pearl

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False Lashes Waterproof $48.00NZD

Stay Black!

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Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio $55.00NZD

Green Clean - Pale white green, lime, deep khaki with gold pearl


Warm Wash - White with orange gold pearl, peachy orange, copper gold bronze


Permanent Press - White beige, calm brown bronze, black with gold pearl

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Powder Blush $52.00NZD


Hipness - Light peach


Crisp Whites - Pale tangerine with pearl

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High-Light Powder $66.00NZD


Freshen Up - Color wave ranging from coral to neutral

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer $28.00NZD


Monday Blues - Blue (cream)


Washteria - Blue green (cream)

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Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry Collection - June 1st, 2015

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry Collection - June 1st, 2015

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry & The Modern Brow Collection - June 1st, 2015
Fluidline Brow Gelcreme $38.00NZD

Deep Dark Brunette - Rich-brunette
Dirty Blonde - Soft taupe-brown
Redhead - Muted golden brown
Ash Blonde - Pale soft taupe
True Brunette - Soft brown

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Eye Brows $38.00NZD

Tapered - Red-brown
Accentuated - Ashy-grey brown
Delineated - Cork taupe
Stylized - Brown

Brow Set $36.00NZD
Clear

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Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set $36.00NZD
Emphatically Blonde - Soft muted beige taupe
Toasted Blonde - Dirty blonde 
Bold Brunette - Muted blackish brown 
Brown Ebony - Asphalt black 
Red Chestnut - Gold brown with gold shimmer 
Quiet Brunette - Muted mid-tone grey

Press Release: MAC Wash & Dry & The Modern Brow Collection - June 1st, 2015

Bronzing Powder $52.00NZD
Refined Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl
Matte bronze - Bronze

Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder $66.00NZD
Golden Rinse - Light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer
Delicates - Neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer

Brushes
#125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush $94.00NZD
#126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush $104.00NZD


MAC Wash & Dry launches on the first of June and is available at the following locations:
  • M·A·C Britomart, Atrium on Takutai, Auckland. 
  • M·A·C Ponsonby, 130 – 134 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. 
  • M·A·C Westfield St Lukes, 80 St Lukes Rd, Mount Albert. 
  • M·A·C Botany, Fountain Lane North, Botany Town Centre. 
  • Smith & Caughey’s Queen St, 253-261 Queen St, Auckland. 
  • Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket, 225 Broadway, Newmarket. 
  • Farmers Centre Place, Shop 81, 501 Victoria Street, Hamilton. 
  • Kirkcaldie & Stains, 165-177 Lambton Quay, Wellington. 
  • Ballantynes, City Mall, Christchurch. 
  • M·A·C Westfield Riccarton, 113 Riccarton Road, Christchurch. 
  • Arthur Barnett, 285 George St, Dunedin. 

Is anything catching your fancy? I'm really keen to check out the high-light powder on counter, I really want it!

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