Saturday, August 16, 2014

Burberry Oxblood

Oxblood (the color) is huge every fall and is personally one of my favorite shades to wear on my nails. This particular oxblood is the exact same shade of red in the iconic Burberry nova check pattern, making it an ultimate collector's item. Add to that the beautiful packaging with the same nova check etching, I'm definitely sold. 

The formula is on the thicker side so I had to work carefully and patiently with two coats. The extra effort is rewarded though because the end result is just perfection. This is probably my new favorite red. 

The only thing I don't like about this bottle is how tiny it is. Carrying only 8 ml of precious liquid, I already made a noticeable dent after just one use. This makes it a little difficult to justify the $22 price tag. 

Oxblood was part of the original Burberry Beauty release last Fall 2013 and I've been searching for it since then. My friend luckily found it at Saks Fifth Avenue New York. 

Until next time, stay polished! :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chanel Vendetta

An oldie but a goodie, Chanel Vendetta is a dark violet with shimmer so faint it can only be seen under direct sunlight. It has that almost black factor which people either love or hate. Formula was standard Chanel - easy to work with but not overly fantastic. 

Chanel chips pretty quick on me but I'm using a new top coat that really helps prolong wear time (review coming soon). 

Until next time, stay polished! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What's in my makeup bag

I was totally inspired by The Beauty Lookbook to get my own clear makeup bag. An array of shapes and sizes can be found in Rustan's The Beauty Source for very reasonable prices. I got the smallest one to help control the amount of makeup I lug around. I love how it forces me to bring just the essentials. Minimize and prioritize - that is my goal. 

Here's a rundown of what I'm currently loving. Coincidentally this means that my blog is morphing into a lifestyle space - yay or nay?

Iope cushion compact - this is my first cushion compact and I am loving this technology. For those unaware, it's liquid bb cream trapped under a cushion that dispenses the product when pressed using a sponge that is specially created not to absorb the liquid. It's genius really. It also has a very pleasant aroma that lingers on the face after application. I highly recommend it if you're going for the natural, healthy, dewy Korean look. I use the shade N23. 

Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat - I have used up several Chanel powder compacts, this is just my current one. I don't think this is the best powder out there but it's perfect for touch ups. I use the shade BR20. 

Chanel Illusion D'ombre - these tiny pots are addicting. Available in an array of colors, the unique texture promises no creasing/smudging/fading whatsoever. I use a touch of Emerveille on my lids and inner corners for a natural brightening effect.

La Ligne de Chanel - my holy grail eyeliner that I recently hit pan on. This product is discontinued so I'm already worried about what will happen once I finish this. It's a cake type eyeliner which might require too much effort for most people but I don't mind because it gives me the perfect cat eye every time. I use the shade Celadon-Lame. 

Shiseido eyebrow pencil - the same pencil I have been using for years. I don't think it's special, I'm just trying to finish it. There's a version with a spoolie which could be a more practical purchase. I believe i use the shade Brown. 

Fairy Drops mascara - The hype around this product is true. The curved brush lifts your lashes and the fibers lengthen and volumize to your heart's content. I just wish it would hold curl more. I use the waterproof platinum version.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - this lipstick is perfect for slapping on the go and if you don't want to wear anything heavy. The formula is a little more moisturizing than Rouge Coco. I'm currently loving En Vogue, a nice coral shade that instantly brightens up the face without overdoing it. 

Stenders lip butter - a must for dry chapped lips. It's made of natural ingredients and available in rose, cranberry, and coffee flavors. My favorite is cranberry. 

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - hydrating and non-sticky, this is the ultimate lip gloss for non lip gloss wearers. I'm loving Calypso, a bright orange with gold shimmer. 

I also usually carry at least one bottle of nail polish with me - Burberry Oxblood shown in photo (review coming soon). 

How about you, what's in your makeup bag?

Until next time, stay polished! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Innisfree Eco Nail Color Pro 11

Part of the loot I received from my sister's recent Korea trip is this Innisfree nail polish in no. 11. It's a berry bordering on plum creme that applies smoothly in one coat. The excellent formula and flat brush gives high control which ends with a glossy finish that renders a top coat superfluous. This is one of the easiest reds I worked with as zero time was spent on cleanup. I'm impressed. 

Until next time, stay polished! :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

China Glaze Pink Voltage

Before summer totally passes me by, here's a snippet from my brief neon obsession. As a first time neon wearer, I never thought I could pull this off. One day I just had a sudden craving for neon pink nail polish (I think Lindsaydoesnails' video is the main culprit, Youtube is such an enabler) so off I went looking. My original plan was to get Shocking Pink but alas they didn't have it so I went home with the next best thing.

Pink Voltage is a neon hot pink with faint blue shimmer. The formula wasn't as horrible as I expected, it was manageable with two coats. It dries semi matte so a nice shiny top coat will make everything better. I generally don't like polish that makes me look tan (what?!) but I have to admit I really like this one. It evokes certain I-want-to-go-to-the-beach thoughts. Once an appalling concept, neon nail polish is now fully acceptable (if not a must!) in my mind. 

So lesson learned? Move out of your comfort zone and try out neons! Now is the perfect time to do it. 

Until next time, stay polished! :)