May Empties

Hey lovelies,

It's time for another empties post! I missed April as I just didn't have anything to share, aside from the usual packet of make up wipes! But I'm back with a vengeance this month :D


Revlon Brow Styling Gel

I've only tried two brow gels - Revlon's one and MAC's, and I have to say, I do prefer the Revlon one. Unfortunately it's no longer sold at most stores in New Zealand. I got this mini tube in a Revlon brow set off Trade Me (it also contained brow stencils, tweezers and a blonde brow pencil in a little black case) - I've gone through a full size tube of this in the past and luckily Postie Plus have now parallel imported some full size tubes so I will be buying back ups! This stuff is great. It keeps brows groomed without making them look hard and unnatural. 


Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Oil Free Scrub

This is a 15ml sample tube I've been using a few days a week in the shower and I've been really enjoying it. It has enough grit to make it feel like my face is getting a good clean, but not so much that it's painful. It smells nice too. I'm considering buying a full size tube once I get through some of the other scrubs accumulating in my bathroom ;)


LA Colors Grafix Eyeliner - Black

I guess this is more of a 'broken' than an empty, but I'm including it all the same! A decent liquid liner that unfortunately didn't survive for too long before it got jammed together and then snapped. You can find a full review here.


Fountain Cleansing Balm

Last year I was lucky enough to win a Fountain sample welcome pack from Aussie blog Not Skin Deep, but I've been terribly slack and only started trying the samples out now! The cleansing balm was really nice to use, although it smells very strongly of bergamot. It made me feel like a cup of Mike's Earl Grey! A full size bottle retails for $38 AUD on Fountain's website.


Tresemm√© Heat Defense Styling Spray

I have literally had this spray for years! I think I bought it in 2008? I use it before blowdrying my hair and found my hair didn't get quite so fluffy when I used it. This stuff lasts and lasts and smells really nice too. I must repurchase!

Did you have many empties this month?

X
Lani

Waterlily

Good morning lovelies,

Oh dear, my poor neglected blog. I'm doing a Toastmaster programme at the moment which means I'm writing speeches when I'm usually blogging. I haven't forgotten you though, and things will be back to normal before long. I'm really enjoying Toastmasters though and highly recommend it.

Here's a polish I lusted after as soon as it was released but bided my time and waited to snag at a bargain price :D It's Dior Waterlily! Instead of paying NZ retail (over $50) I found my bottle on Trade Me for $20. Score!


Glisten & Glow - Stuck On Blu!
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Dior - Waterlily, 3 coats
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Glisten & Glow - HK Girl

It's so very pretty. Slightly more muted than Milani Dressmaker (itself a Chanel Jade dupe) and it's more of a pearl finish than a straight up shimmer. It has a floral scent which isn't my favourite but isn't overbearing even when newly applied. I've been wearing Waterlily since Saturday and the scent is still there, though faint. I'm really glad I waited for the opportunity to snag this beauty :)

Have you got any Diors? Would you pay retail?

X
Lani

Miki Lipstick - Fuschia Fun & Runaway Red Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Recently, while picking up yet another replacement liquid eyeliner, I happened across a pharmacy that had testers of their Miki products. I'd been eyeing up some of their coloured liquid eyeliners, so jumped at the chance to swatch them - and then I saw the lipstick testers. I'd glanced at their lipsticks when they first started popping up in stores but wasn't too keen on buying one without swatching it first. So when I found these testers, I swatched everything they had before deciding on Fuschia Fun (their misspelling). I'm not really sure why so many cosmetics companies find it difficult to spell 'fuchsia' correctly. Do they not have access to spell check?

After trying and loving Fuschia Fun, I picked up Runaway Red the next time I came across a Miki stand. I don't know if I'll pick up any more shades from the Miki lipstick line - the remaining shades are pearl finish nudes, a baby pink and a mauve from memory, none of which would be very flattering on me. But I really like the two that I have.

Let's start with Fuschia Fun!

Miki Fuschia Fun lipstick

The lipsticks come in plain black packaging with a little colour swatch at the bottom so you can see at a glance which lippy you are grabbing. This is really handy when your lip bag is as chockful as mine is!

Miki Fuschia Fun lipstick swatch

Fuschia Fun is a neutral pink with a lovely soft sheen and great pigmentation.

Miki Fuschia Fun lipstick swatch
Swatched over bare lips, no lipliner.

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Miki Runaway Red lipstick

Miki Runaway Red lipstick swatch

Runaway Red is more of a coral-red than a true red, but since I'm a sucker for both corals and reds I'm pretty happy :) Like Fuschia Fun, it has great pigmentation and sheen.

Miki Runaway Red lipstick swatch
Swatched over bare lips, no primer.

Both lipsticks have a faint synthetic scent which isn't unpleasant. The tube contains 4g of product - comparatively, MAC lipsticks are 3g, so the Miki lippies are great value for money.

You can find a full FOTD featuring Fuschia Fun here, and a full look with Runaway Red here. Will you be trying them out too?

Miki products are $4 each or two for $6 at selected pharmacies and Postie Plus stores in New Zealand.

Thanks for stopping by!

X
Lani

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Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black Swatch & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Today I have a rather bargainous treasure to share with you - Intense Colour liquid eyeliner by Miki! Miki is an Aussie brand that is really inexpensive - just $4 each or 2 for $6 here in New Zealand.

Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black

The liquid liner comes in simple but sturdy black packaging. It contains 3 ml of product.

Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black

The applicator is a long thin brush. It is firm enough for the bristles to stay together and impart a line easily yet flexible enough to offer a lot of precision and creativity.

Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black swatch

The liner dries to a matte finish and has good opacity.

Here are a few looks I created using the Intense Colour black liquid liner:

Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black

Full look here.

Miki Intense Colour Liquid Eyeliner - Black

Full look here.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the great quality of this liner. It doesn't fade or crack over the course of the day, and I don't have any trouble with it transferring above my crease towards the end of the day (which often happens with glossier liners and is the reason I don't wear gel liner). Another bonus is that the matte finish doesn't 'grab' the shimmery eyeshadows I favour and muddy up my liner over time. I often find that my glossier liquid liners will grab the shimmery shades and I'll wind up with a shimmery highlight on the inner third of my liner :s Which sounds cuter than it is, put like that!

Miki is available in selected pharmacies and Postie stores nationwide.

I hope this was helpful, it's been fun trying out a brand I usually overlook :)

X
Lani

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PANZ Nail Polish Challenge: Bling & Galaxy Nails!

BYS
Hey lovelies,

Bit of a catch up today (which I feel I am becoming notorious for..), here are my manis for the Bling (last week) and Galaxy nails (this week) for the nail polish challenge some of the lovely ladies in the polish group I'm a member of on Facebook and I are participating in.



For Bling I chose to wear OPI Got Your Number (3 coats). These liquid sands sure are fun and so very sparkly!


And again with top coat - the top coat soaked up within 10 minutes though, you'd need a few coats of a thicker top coat for a long lasting shine. Got Your Number has a jelly base and is not completely opaque at 3 coats, but the sparkle distracted from that in real life. I'm looking forward to trying more!


And my first ever galaxy nails! I used... 

Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu! Base coat
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BYS - Down the Rabbit Hole, 3 coats
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NYX Girls - Frizzy Spots, 1 coat
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Color Club - Glitter Wonderland, sponged
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LA Girl Rockstar - Punk, sponged
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Kleancolor - Chunky Holo Black, 1 coat
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BYS - Down the Rabbit Hole, sponged
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Seche Vite

I may have gone a little overboard ;) I'd love your constructive criticism!

If you're in NZ and keen to join the polish group, you can request access here. We're really friendly :)

X
Lani

FOTD Round Up [PIC HEAVY]

Hey lovelies,

Another FOTD round up for you! Here's what I've been wearing lately (can you tell I've been saving these up for a while??)


Saturday 4.5.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer
MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Lime Crime primer
Too Faced Satin Sheets all over lid
Too Faced Teddy Bear in crease
Too Faced Totally Toasted on lower lashline
Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette - shimmery beige to highlight
Wet n Wild Greed palette - matte beige to blend out
Miki Intense Colour liquid liner - black
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
MAC Giddy lipstick



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Monday 7.5.13
This was a horribly rainy, gloomy day so I had to use flash!

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
MAC Oh So Fair Beauty Powder
MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Clinique Two To Tango duo - tan shimmer all over lid, brown shimmer in crease/lower lashline
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer as highlight
Miki Intense Colour liquid liner - black
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
Revlon Fire & Ice lipstick

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Wednesday 8.5.13


FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Lime Crime primer
Rimmel Colour Mousse Mocha all over lid
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - dark brown all over lid/lower lashline, beige shimmer as highlight
Miki Intense Colour liquid liner - black
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
MAC Russian Red lipstick

Nail polish on Wednesday was Essie Beach Party :)



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Thursday 9.5.13 (My birthday!)

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer
MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Revlon Polished Bronze all over lid/lower lashline
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer as highlight

Miki Intense Colour liquid liner - black
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
Wet n Wild Red Velvet lipstick

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Sunday 12.5.13 (Mother's Day!)

This charming fellow is my darling brother Nick. We like to be silly together :D

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Revlon Polished Bronze all over lid/lower lashline
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer as highlight

Miki Intense Colour liquid liner - black
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Make A Wish lipstick



Aren't we attractive? :p

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Monday 13.5.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer all over lid/highlight
Revlon Polished Bronze in crease/lower lashline
Australis Curve liquid line
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss 111 Kiss of Life lipstick

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Wednesday 15.3.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer all over lid/highlight
Revlon Polished Bronze in crease/lower lashline
Australis Curve liquid line
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
MAC Love Goddess lipstick


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Thursday 16.5.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
MAC Oh So Fair beauty powder

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Revlon Polished Bronze all over lid/lower lashline
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer as highlight
Australis Curve liquid line
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss 106 lipstick

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Friday 17.5.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - bronze all over lid, beige shimmer as highlight
Australis Curve liquid liner
Miki Aqua liquid liner
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Prestige Champagne lipstick
Tarte unnamed nude gloss



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Saturday 18.5.13

FACE
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
Too Faced Who's Your Poppy? blush
Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze
Too Faced Blonde Ambition all over lid
Too Faced Teddy Bear 
Revlon Polished Bronze on lower lashline
Maybelline Eyestudio Irresistably Ivy Quad - beige shimmer as highlight
Maybelline Line Stylist Bright Highlight on inner third of lower lashline
Australis Curve liquid liner
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine


Nail polish on the Saturday was OPI The Spy Who Loved Me, but you'll see more of that later ;)

Phew! You made it to the end! Thanks for stopping by!

X
Lani

This Week's New Additions

Purchased by me/Gifted

Hey lovelies,

I hope your week has been good. Noel is coming down with a tummy bug, poor little guy :s

I got some gorgeous things in the mail this week! Next week should be an even more exciting mail week :D

Dior Waterlily

I quashed a lemming by getting Dior Waterlily for $20NZD + shipping off Trade Me. I've been in love with this polish since it was first released, but couldn't bring myself to drop $50+ on one nail polish :s Heck, I don't like paying more than $20 unless it's really special. I can't wait to try Waterlily!

Revlon Nude Slip and Maybelline Bright Eyeliner

Noel and I went to Porirua and Lower Hutt to do some shopping on Thursday and I picked up Revlon Nude Slip (Shop) for $3 at an importers clearance (it's being sold for $6 at Postie Plus stores at the moment though). I also grabbed a Maybelline Line Stylist liner in Bright Highlight (Shop) for $6 from Postie Plus.

Pahlish Deep Waves of the Sea, Glisten & Glow top & base coats

Lastly I got Pahlish Deep Waves of the Sea, HK Girl top coat and Stuck on Blu! basecoat (both by Glisten & Glow) along with a pedicure kit from Harlow & Co as a birthday gift from the ever wonderful Annemarie (Gimikd Girl). Thank you so much!

What did you get in the mail this week?

X
Lani

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Random Polish Spam!

Hey lovelies,

I've been catching up on my photo editing over the past couple of days, so how about a bit of polish spam?


Milani - Totally Cool, 3 coats


Revlon - Strawberry Cream, 3 coats


Cirque - Dark Horse, 2 coats over black + top coat


Maybelline Express Finish - Autumn Leaves, 2 coats + Kleancolor - Chunky Copper, 1 coat


Daring Digits - Silent Night, 1 coat over black


Spoiled by Wet N Wild - Shrimp on the Barbie, 4 coats + Bon Bons - Unnamed Coral, 1 coat


NYX Girls - Golden Lavender, 2 coats


NYX Girls - Golden Lavender, 2 coats + Nfu Oh #113, 1 coat


NYX Girls - Golden Lavender, 2 coats + Nfu Oh #113, 1 coat + Wet n Wild - The Crown Is Mine, 1 coat


NYX Girls - Golden Lavender, 2 coats + Nfu Oh #113, 1 coat + Wet n Wild - The Crown Is Mine, 1 coat (shade)


Rimmel - Coralicious, 2 coats


Rimmel - Coralicious, 2 coats + Wet n Wild Stars & Stripes, 1 coat


Confetti - My Favourite Martian, 3 coats

See anything you like? ;)

X
Lani

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