Saturday, October 25, 2014

MAC Proenza Schouler Pinkfringe Lipstick ♡ Review + Swatches


What is everyone up to for this long waited long weekend?! Today I am reviewing the MAC Proenza Schouler lipstick in Pinkfringe, for those of you who aren't doing anything exciting for this Labour weekend, hope you enjoy my review ^^ ~ 

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick 
MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick in Pinkfringe

MAC Pinkfringe is described as a vivid flamingo pink with a Satin finish, I have always thought of it as a bright, very pigmented pink and I was afraid of wearing it to work as I thought it would be too bright for the office. Surprisingly this is a very soft color, it goes on sheer and you can build up the color to a more vibrant pink; I have been wearing it for sometimes now and I love how it goes well with my complexion and the formula is very moisturizing.

I may be crazy in love with MAC products, but I am still learning about their product finish etc... For those of you who are not sure what a Satin finish is, it is described as a color-rich, soft satin, semi-matte and it conditions while adding intense color.

I have previously reviewed three other lipsticks from the Proenza Schouler collection (Mangrove, Woodrose & Primrose) and each lipstick has given me a great impression; I went from not liking the packaging at all to being absolutely obsess with it. I was only able to get the four lipsticks from this collection, all other items were sold out too quick; overall I love this and it is one of the best collections MAC has released in 2014.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick in Pinkfringe

Pinkfringe is such a cute name, don't you think? ^-^

Looking from the lipstick tube I thought this was going to be one of those bright, almost neon Candy Yum Yum like' pink, I was afraid of wear it out, especially to work, in an office environment; but I really wanted to see how this lipstick wears on me and plus, I haven't given it much love since I bought it home... So the first time I tried it, I applied the lipstick lightly and it appeared as a sheer pink ~ Pinkfringe is quite pigmented, the good thing is that you can apply it sheer or you can apply as normal for a more opaque coverage.

MAC Proenza Schouler lipstick come housed in a square tube with metallic look and ombre style designs. I was not feeling the packaging when MAC first released this collection, but the more I look at it, the more I fell in love! Especially when I finally own these lipsticks, they are so beautiful in person! The metallic look tends to leave lots of finger prints, but the whole lipstick tube is designed nicely, The cap opens easily and close tightly, so there is no worrying of the lipstick cap falling out and smear all over your handbag when you carry it around.

I have come to realized (after testing and writing so many lips products reviews) that I am not one of those lucky ones with an all-time moisturized lips girl. So before I test out / wear a lip product nowadays, I always made sure to exfoliate (I use LUSH lip scrub), apply lip balms and made sure my lips is silky smooth. Pinkfringe applies smoothly and evenly, it does shows the lines, but not very obviously.

Pinkfringe is long wearing, well, longer than I have expected; seeing as I could apply it sheer, when I first started wearing it, I thought it could only last me two hours max. Nope! Pinkfringe always pass the lunch break test ^-^ ~ I don't eat teeny tiny food for my lunch, I always have fried rice, pasta, wraps etc... So a lot of times the lipsticks I have on would always transfer to my food or my cup. Pinkfringe only transfer to food a little, but it always stays put and last through my lunch break. Overall Pinkfringe wore well for six hours for me.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick Pinkfringe Swatch 
MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick Pinkfringe Lip Swatch 

MAC x Proenza Schouler is a Limited Edition collection and it was released in April this year (2014), the lipsticks are still available to purchase on both MAC website and Nordstrom ($22.00).



I love Pinkfringe ♥ Not only is the color wearable, it is very moisturizing during the wearing time, it does not dry out my lips, the packaging is beautiful and most importantly, it does not turn my teeth yellow! 

Do you own this lipstick? Are you a fan of the MAC Proenza Schouler collection?

Friday, October 24, 2014

RONA Makeup Haul + Store Review

I often buy Korean cosmetics from eBay, RoseRoseShop, BeautynetKorea and all these other online boutiques, but sometimes it is a hassle if I just want a few items and since I have no patience, I just get so frustrated with the waiting time. I actually don't mind shopping in-stores these days even if they cost a full price, when I work out the shipping price and time wasted shopping online, paying full price in-store is not that bad!

Anyway, awhile back I visited this cute Asian makeup boutique in Auckland CBD, it was like an eBay heaven in there! Their prices aren't like crazy-crazy, so I grabbed a few things. This is kind of like a mini haul and a talk-through of the products I bought, also a store review. I have only been there once and first impression is very important, I was there for about 20 minutes and my whole experience there was... I felt like I didn't exist! I did really enjoy seeing all the products that I always save to my watch-list on eBay in person thou!

ETUDE HOUSE Help My Fingers Quick Dry Drop

I have never seen this product on eBay nor have I tried a fast drying top coat or quick dry drop kind of things before. I have seen people reviewed the OPI Drip Dry one, some says it's pretty messy and a majority of people loves it, so this quick dry nail thing has been on the top of my must try list for a long time. When I saw the Etude House quick dry drop in-store, I thought this is it! It's time I finally get to try a quick dry drop and plus my nails needed a make-over so badly!

For the past two weeks, I have been changing my nail colors quite regularly. I usually change my nail polish once in two weeks, cause I am impatience, I get frustrated having to wait two hours for a coat of nail polish to fully dry and I often wondered how people change their nail arts every single day, they must have a fabulous life-style, not having to worry about dirty dishes and/or running errands etc...

Since I bought the quick dry drop, I would sometimes change a nail color overnight, I could wear red today and change to a green tomorrow, no problem, not frustrated and always a happy gal ~ The Etude House Help My Nail Quick Dry Drop is suppose to a create a high gloss protective shield which can resists smudges, nicks and scratches to make your nail colors last longer, it only takes 30 seconds to set your nails with two drops.

I was very impressed with this product and it only cost $10! So cheap ^-^

Etude House Look At My Eyes Jewel: PP501 & Look At My Eyes Cafe: PK001
Etude House Look At My Eyes Jewel: PP501 & Look At My Eyes Cafe: PK001
    Look At My Eyes Jewel: PP501 & Look At My Eyes Cafe: PK001

I won an Etude House Look At My Eyes 8 Color Eye Shadow Palette on eBay, it was only the palette, no eye shadows included. I originally planned to store my MAC eye shadows in this palette, but the Etude House pans are a tad too big for MAC. So I had to get some Etude House eye shadows to fit the palette, I didn't want to sell the palette cause it has a very cute and girly cover, also came with two eye shadow brushes.

I think these cost $8 each, there were many colors options to choose from and I only picked up two. The depotting process was surprisingly easy compare to MAC eye shadows, for the Etude House eye shadows, I can just flick the eye shadows pan out with a knife; simple, easy and not squashed or broken. I have tried and depot two MAC eye shadows and both came out shattered, the pan squashed and I end up throwing them in the bin :( What a waste, but I just proof myself suck at depotting eye shadows!

There are two styles from the Etude House Look At My Eyes eye shadow range, there's a jewel type which is like glitter eye shadows and another is called cafe which is just normal eye shadows... Etude House didn't say what type of formula these are... These eye shadows are very pigmented and I absolutely adore the jewel ones, it's like SOOO Sparkly! Both eye shadows are very creamy and easy to apply.


Now, onto the store review.

LOCATION: Unit 5G, 239 Queen Street, Auckland

BUSINESS CATEGORY: Cosmetics & Skincare

PRODUCTS SELECTION: There are many brands and products selections to choose from at Rona Makeup, I think most of them are Korean brands and those items available in-store, they can be purchase from eBay and other Korean online beauty store as well. Almost all the well-known Korean beauty brands are available in-store at Rona Makeup, even limited edition products that are no longer available on eBay.

PRICING: Comparing the products I have purchased from Rona Makeup, the prices are just a little bit more expensive than buying from eBay. It would be nice buying in-stores for those who ran out of a certain product and need a replacement asap, this way you don't have to wait two weeks for your items to arrive from Korea. Only downside in the pricing area is, Rona Makeup doesn't price their products! Not a single price tag I spot on their makeup stands or anywhere in-stores! I pretty much had to guess the price and if I decided to buy it, I would have to take my item to the counter and ask for the price... No price tags is SUCH A HASSLE! Especially when the girl who looks after the shop IGNORES YOU from the minute you enter the store!

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Till this day I still don't understand why every single Chinese-owned cute Asian clothing / makeup boutique I visit ignores their customers! I assume Rona Makeup is owned by a Chinese person and I also assume the girl who bag my shopping is the boss or a member of the boss' family.

I went to Rona Makeup on a fine Saturday afternoon and there was only one girl looking after the shop. From the minute I walked into their store, the girl ignored me till I placed the items I wanted on the counter and asked for a price check. During the time I was looking around the store, the girl looking after the shop was chatting to another girl, it didn't seem like she was helping the other customer choosing the right product, instead they were chatting about holidays and other personal stuff, in Chinese... (that's why I assume this shop is own by a Chinese person). The girl from the shop didn't once look up in my direction and see if I needed help, even thou I looked up a couple of times hoping she would be like "oh I'm happy to help!".

I wasn't sure if I should feel relax that no one is tagging along, bugging me if I need help or be mad that she completely ignored me. I guess I was glad that no one was bugging me and following me around trying to help, but I was also not impressed with their customer service, especially when there is no price tags on any products and it makes the whole shopping experience really hard :/ unless if I didn't care about the price... then maybe I'd feel more relax about it.

Anyway, I told my parents about my shopping experience at Rona Makeup and I questioned why the girl there ignore me... Shockingly, my parents told me IT'S NORMAL for Chinese to do that!

OVERALL: ♥ their products selection, great pricing & sheeeeeit customer service >.<
I RATE THIS STORE: imageimageimage


Do you prefer when someone tags along, try and help you during a shopping trip or have them completely ignore you? For me, it was nice to be left along, but I would prefer if someone can come around and ask if I need help once in awhile, not tag along like Ippondo staff does...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Carousel Cosmetics ♥ That's What She Said // Review + Swatches

Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said
Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said

I have briefly reviewed / posted a first impression of Carousel Cosmetics' That's What She Said lipstick back in August, you can read the post here. While the packaging didn't impress me that much, I had rave about the good quality and excellent pigmentation of the lipstick.

At the time of my first impression post, I have only had the lipstick for a few days; so I was not able to fully judge it; and now, nearly two month later, I had plenty of time to wear and experience this lipstick and I gotta say, it is one of the most pigmented and long-lasting lipstick around! 

Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said
Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said

CAROUSEL COSMETICS is a New Zealand beauty brand own by online beauty boutique Beauty Bliss, I have shopped from their site a few times in the past and I had great experiences with them; always been impressed with their delivery time and excellent customer service. 

When I posted my first impression post of the beauty line, Carousel Cosmetics only stocked five lipsticks; and now I just checked, they have added new makeup brushes to their line. I can totally see Carousel expanding their line and become more and more well-known in the beauty world! 

Carousel Cosmetics have described their brand as bright and fun ~ Their lipsticks are designed and marketed in New Zealand; but they are made in USA and they have ensure the brand will delivery high quality and true to color products. I currently only have one lipstick from the brand and I have yet to try their makeup brushes, if they do come out with a flat-top foundation brush, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it heheh I am in need of a new foundation brush and Carousel's makeup brushes aren't expensive! All of their products are quite affordable. 

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID ♥ is one of the five lipsticks from Carousel Cosmetics, it looks like a beautiful Barbie pink shade from the lipstick bullet; but it appears as a fuschia / darker pink once applied on the lips. The formula of the lipstick is described as a non-drying creamy texture.

I have previously mentioned that I was not a fan of the packaging and I was told that Carousel Cosmetic was only a few weeks old (at the time of my first impression post), so things could change in the future and there will have new packaging once the brand grow a little more. I guess we all have to start somewhere to becomes successful right?! Drake: ♪ started from the bottom now we're here  I am really looking forward to the new changes of the brand, especially their packaging ^^ I imagine something kawaii ~ ^^

So... anyways, this lipstick is seriously ahhh-mazeball! The pigmentation is like WOW IN YA FACE! No really LOl, it's very pigmented. The lipstick applies smoothly and nicely, it is very creamy but it doesn't smear around, it doesn't bleed (I don't wear lip liners that often) and it last up to seven hours for me. The longest I have worn That's What She Said it was seven hours, I haven't worn it longer than seven hours so I am not sure if it will last any longer?! After I have remove my makeup, the lipstick leaves a heavy stain on my lips; lipstick stains can be removed with makeup remover oils.

Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said
Carousel Cosmetics Lipstick: That's What She Said

Keep my lips moisturize during the whole seven hours of wearing time.
♥ Pigmentation is amazing and color is bold and fun.
♥ Application was easy, no tugging, no dragging, went on smoothly.
♥ Lipstick last up to seven hours for me, could last even longer if I didn't remove it so fast.

★ Slightly yellow teeth :( That's my only problem with all bright colors lipsticks.

WHERE TO BUY?: Beauty Bliss
HOW MUCH?: NZD $19.00

Have you tried Carousel Cosmetics? Do you like how it looks on me?