Hello, quick review today about an eyeliner I have been using to death lately.

I must admit that I have been extremely non-adventurous with liquid liner pens.

Just the thought of having my liner smudge all over the bottom of my eyes, running down or flaking on my face horrifies me so I have just stuck with what has worked.

You can see my previous post on Kiss Me Heroine Make and Sana super quick EX liner pens here.

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The packaging is very typical of liquid liner pens

Surprisingly the print has not rubbed off at all and I’ve nearly finished mine up now, very impressive!

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Very fine brush tip

Pros:

  • I prefer to use liquid liner to tight line now, I find it lasts much longer!
  • Very fine brush tip
  • Brush tip is flexible but also firm enough to draw a precise line
  • Formula is a dark black
  • You just have to shake before use to get the product to glide smoothly
  • No fuss and no excess product that you have to get rid of before you apply
  • Then pen is light but the ball in the cartridge gives it a nice weight
  • Has a ball that helps shake up the product to prevent it from drying out
  • Minimal fading through the day
  • Does not smudge, just fades evenly
  • Lasts a long time, I have used it every time I apply make up and has lasted at least 4 months
  • No scent
  • No irritation to the eyes even if I accidentally get some in my eyes when I tight line
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Not opaque on first layer so I build it up a bit
  • Does fade a bit through the day
  • Will come off a bit if you curl your lashes after application
  • A bit more expensive than other Japanese drugstore liners of the same type
  • Finish is a bit glossy
  • Not the darkest black out there.  The newer formula Kiss Me Heroine Make liner is darker

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From left to right: Freshly applied, wet, wet and rubbed

This eyeliner is overall good, I haven’t had any major issues with it and I don’t touch it up through the day.

It’s a no fuss liner that does the job and you don’t have to worry too much about transfer or flaking.

The main issue is that it isn’t opaque in one application, and there is some fading through the day although it is not visible unless you stare.

I think I should definitely start venturing out and try different liner pens.

Maybe my next one might be Stila, or Eyeko, or Physician’s Formula?  Which one should I try?

Until next time, that’s all for now folks!

Many apologies for my absence yet again, I’m totally failing at blogging this year ><

I’ve been too engrossed in such Korean variety shows as Room Mate, We Got Married, Running Man, OnStyle Jessica & Krystal and some other random ones!!

Nevertheless I’m here with yet another eyeshadow post.  This is a special one because my awesome bf convinced me that I should add this to my collection hehehe I had no objections XD

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MAC quad in A Glimmer of Gold

I think this belongs to the Spring 2014 collection and are supposed to be a permanent range.

I must admit that MAC does really well with their simplistic yet high quality packaging.

The case is easy to hold, has a decent sized mirror, has magnetic enclosure and is also light weight.

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A Glimmer of Gold has a shimmery array of gold and copper toned baked mineral eye shadows

Classically I’m not a fan of baked e/s but I was fascinated by the intense shimmer!

I think it is a very useful quad to have in your collection just for that extra touch of shimmer to your look.

Pros:

  • High shimmer
  • Slightly frosty finish but does not look unflattering
  • Can be used wet or dry – as with all over baked e/s
  • Buildable pigmentation
  • Blends well even after building up pigmentation
  • E/S is smooth and easily picked up with the brush
  • Works great over a cream base
  • Long lasting finish if used with a good base
  • Despite the high shimmer and fly away powder in the pan, it does not have much fall out on the face
  • Although the lighter shades look similar, they still show up differently on the eyes
  • Very nice packaging

Cons:

  • As with most baked mineral e/s it is very sheer upon first application
  • Feels a bit powdery
  • Not good without a primer
  • Does not work well with all brushes, I prefer to use very dense brushes
  • I really didn’t like using the e/s wet, it seemed to go on more patchy (not to mention I think wetting e/s can harbour bacteria easier)
  • I prefer to just build pigmentation by applying cream as a base
  • It is impossible to keep quad clean because there is so much powder fly away
  • The top right gold and bottom left coppery gold look pretty similar
  • Does not apply as shimmery as I see it in the pan
  • You can’t get many looks out of this quad
  • Very expensive!!! I think it was something like $79AUD?

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With e/s facing the light – you can see the shimmer better here

Left (Top left of quad) – A slightly frosty creamy gold

Second (Top right of quad) – A warm light shimmery gold

Third (Bottom left of quad) – A copper toned shimmery gold (more orange on the eyes)

Last (Bottom right of quad) - A medium toned shimmery slightly brownish grey

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With the shimmers away from the light – you can see the underlying color

Baked e/s aren’t my favourite but I do still reach for it, mainly because I really like the shimmer.

I can easily create a smokey eye with the help of cream shadow base and a dark shadow just on the outer v.

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My first use of MAC quad

I used RMK brown cream shadow underneath which worked really well to create a bit of depth.

Etude House Last Perm definitely did not give me a lash perm and killed my curl T.T

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A more recent look

I didn’t show it in the picture but I used Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Too Cool in the inner part of my eye, and Bad to the Bronze on the outer part to serve as the base.

I quite like this look too.   The semi sheer and ultra shimmery finish of the e/s gives a bright yet smokey look to the eye.

So there you go!  I think baked mineral e/s definitely require a bit of playing around with but no regrets for getting this one :)

Asked if I would buy more, probably not because I was only after the shimmery gold palette while the other combos didn’t interest me much.

Until next time that’s all for now folks!

Hihi!

I’m here with a continuum of my Armani posts ^^

After many stores of swatches and umming and ahhing I only bought 2 lipsticks.

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Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 501 Peony

I was actually after the limited edition shade (I can’t remember the number), but naturally it was sold out in HK.

501 was the closest shade to the one that was out of stock.

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Rouge Ecstasy in a pigmented and moisturising lipstick that still lets your natural lip color show through.

To me, 501 is a bright coral pink shade that helps brighten my complexion.  You can definitely tell that you have color on your lips but it still somehow looks natural.

I was on a mission to find corals, peaches and pinks this trip haha

Creamy in consistency, this lipstick is very comfortable to wear :)

Pros:

  • Pigmented but not full coverage formula
  • Not purposely scented
  • Still looks natural and not flaky on the lips
  • Wears well and fades evenly
  • Creamy formula
  • True to color
  • Love the piano finish and sleek packaging with magnetic closure

Cons: 

  • Lips feel a little dry once the lipstick wears down through the day
  • Disappointingly had the strange cheap lipstick smell
  • Still need to exfoliate and moisturise lips well before application

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Same EOTD as my previous post
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An older EOTD post.  The lipstick gives the lips a very healthy shine :)

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Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick in 500

The sheer lipsticks are meant to function more like a moisturising balm but with very good pigmentation.

They say that it’s supposed to lock in moisture for up to 8hrs but I don’t think it lasts that long XD

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This gorgeous lippy was my favorite lip purchase in HK!

I actually had no intention of choosing this shade but my bf Ricky made me buy it haha

He was standing with me looking at the wide range of lipsticks and he shoved this one in my face saying “get this one”!

I was sort of like… “Really? It’s so bright O.0″ but I got it anyway and I’m so glad!!

This is a very rich pink with a tinge of blue which you can see on the first photo.

Pros:

  • Very pigmented
  • The color makes your lips look almost translucent
  • Shade is true to color
  • Unscented
  • Creamy, moisturizing formula
  • Stains the lips nicely
  • Removes easily without a stain left behind
  • I can build up the color by blotting and reapplying to make the color last longer
  • Lips don’t feel dried out after the lipstick fades away
  • I can reapply through the day without a problem
  • Love the piano finish sleek packaging as usual

Cons:

  • Is definitely not sheer but that’s a good thing hehe
  • Does not stain lips although it lasts a long time
  • Is not easy enough to apply without using a mirror
  • Shade variety was not that impressive

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EOTD – e/s was a combination of MAC and Armani Eyes to Kill singles

Highly recommend Armani lipsticks, but I think the only bad thing is that I didn’t find the color selection that great even though they had a lot there.

Until next time that’s all for now folks!

Hello!

I’m here with a beautiful, black glossy goody post today ^^

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The boxes that marked the beginning of my love towards Giorgio Armani cosmetics ^^

It took me a long time to start venturing into the Armani cosmetic range.  I just couldn’t find anything that tickled my fancy!

I suppose my desire to continue the search for neutral e/s helped me find this beauty and I’m so glad I did!

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 color eyeshadow quad in 02 Terra Sienna

I actually bought this quad via Beckie who was still in HK then after I came back.

Terra Sienna is a very dark brown that is neutral enough to be safely used on warm and cool toned skin.

This palette requires you to be careful with application though both of the darker shades are very dark and pigmented.

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The box itself houses the applicators snuggly in the compartment underneath the e/s

The packaging is soooo luxurious with the magnetic closure, the easy flip up of the e/s and decently sized mirror.

It is bulky but it is also very light, but it doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy.

The glossy piano-like finish attracts fingerprints but for some reason it’s still just as sexy with fingerprints XD

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02 Terra Sienna

Pros and cons for the e/s in general

Pros:

  • Super pigmented whether it be the frosty or matte shades 
  • Very little fallout, none if excess tapped off
  • Velvety smooth texture with all e/s
  • Matte shades are so blendable although they lean towards the drier texture
  • Packaging is luxurious but functional as well
  • Very decent size in e/s provided
  • Each shade has its own use and they can be used on their own
  • Not scented
  • Sponge applicators included become useful if you need touch ups
  • E/s stays put all day so you don’t need to touch up (I always use primer)

Cons:

  • No brow highlighter shade – the shimmer/frost shades are a bit too sparkly for the brow bone 
  • Expensive, but then it’s about right for department store cosmetics (I think it’s around $70AUD)
  • The darker shades are a little drier in texture than the more shimmery shades but it still blends very easily
  • Limited color variations

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Swatch of 02 Terra Sienna

First shade: Frosty white – Very smooth, just enough frostiness to highlight the inner corners without looking OTT

Second shade: Shimmery taupey champagne color, brightens up the lid very well and gives a shimmery wash over the very dark matte shades

Medium shade: Muddy rather dark brown which is mostly matte with very very fine shimmer flecks
- I blend blend blend to lighten it up. Super pigmented, buttery smooth, super blendable

Darkest shade: Very dark black brown which is also mostly matte with very very fine shimmer flecks

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My EOTD with 02 Terra Sienna

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 color eyeshadow palette in 02 Bourdoir

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My failed photo of 06 Bourdoir

Bourdoir is my first purchase and I was thinking it would be more of a medium chocolate brown.

It is actually a brown that leans reddish but is still flattering to the eyes. For some reason it ends up looking slightly purple as well.

When looking at 02 and 06 individually it is difficult to tell which is which, but the top shade of Bourdoir is slightly darker than the second.

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Swatch of 06 Bourdoir

First shade: Shimmery pinkish champagne shade

Second shade: Shimmery silvery white shade

Medium brown shade: Mostly matte slightly satin finish medium reddish toned brown

Dark brown shade: Dark warm brown mostly matte with very fine shimmer flecks

Those with eyelids that tend to be more swollen might not like this palette as much as it can make your eyes look a bit swollen due to the reddish hues.

I really like it but I think I end up blending the dark a lot into the medium shade.

Having said that I still love both of Terra Sienna and Bourdoir equally as much ^^

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EOTD with Armani Eyes to Kill and Rouge Ecstacy

I think the purple eyeliner brought at the red tones in the e/s more than if I used a regular black liner.

I highly recommend Armani e/s quads for those that want to spend a bit more coin for a versatile palette that can be used for a neutral or smokey eye.

I was going to include the lipsticks in this post, but by the end of it I decided it’s too long so I shall leave that for another day ^^

Until next time that’s all for now folks :)

Hello!

I was doing an eyeliner clean up a few weeks ago and thought I would do a comparison of some of them!

I don’t own every brand out there but I think I eventually will hahaha

Namely I would like to try more Japanese liners and the waterproof Tom Ford, YSL, Giorgio Armani and Shu Uemura pencils etc, in future.

If you don’t feel like reading through this whole post I have a summary at the very end.

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My pencil and liquid liner collection but I’ll be leaving out gel and liquid liners from this post ^^

Despite a lot of people not liking pencil liners because of their tendencies to transfer, I really love to use them!

I don’t usually use pencil liners on their own, but I use it as a base for smudging out.

My usual liner steps are:

  1. Draw general shape of line with pencil liner 
  2. Smudge and smooth line out with a dark eyeshadow
  3. Tight line and darken the lash line with liquid or gel liner (they generally last longest on my lash line)

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Freshly swatched liners

I tried to just use 1 representative from each brand, but I included 3 Models Prefer liners since they are all from a different range and wasn’t sure if the quality was the same.

From left to right:

  1. Rimmel Scandaleyes in 005 Nude (sharpen)
  2. Milani Liquif’eye metallic eye liner pencil in 03 Gold (sharpen)
  3. Palladio herbal eye liner in Black Brown (retract)
  4. Models Prefer Infinite color eye pencil in Brown Suede (retract)
  5. Chanel Stylo Yeux WP liner in 100 Santal (retract)
  6. Models Prefer Mystique smooth gel liner in cosmic purple (limited edition) (retract)
  7. Models Prefer eyeliner in Vinyl Black (retract)
  8. Cyber Colors Super Stay gel liner in 01 Black/Black (sharpen)
  9. Makemania dense black liner (sharpen)
  10. Spring Heart Long Lasting eyeliner in 01 (black) (retract)
  11. Koji Dolly Wink liner pencil in Black (sharpen)
  12. Maybelline Master Liner in BK-1 (retract)
  13. Revlon Colorstay liner in Black (retract)
  14. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencil in Perversion (sharpen)
  15. Too Faced Perfect Eyes WP liner in Perfect Black (sharpen)
  16. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 0L (sharpen)

I wish all pencil liners were retractable!!!

The most creamy  and pigmented liners are: 

  • 14. Urban Decay
  • 15. Too Faced
  • 4,6,7. Models Prefer liners
  • 5. Chanel
  • 13. Revlon
  •  8. Cyber Colors
  •  1. Rimmel

The only problem with creamy liners are that you need to use a light hand and build it up.

If you apply too much pressure the liner can crumble.

The hardest in texture are: 

  • 10. Spring Heart – Good for price, but need to warm it up before using
  •  3. Palladio – crumbly when applied, also flakes off through the day
  • 11. Dolly Wink – Although hard in texture it is smooth to apply and lasts all day
  • 12. Maybelline – Has good staying power but is harder in texture

The problem with harder textured liners is that it skips when you draw a line, and it does not smudge well.

Good thing about them is that they generally have better lasting power.

The least pigmented are:

  • 10. Spring Heart
  • 12. Maybelline
  • 16. Make Up Forever

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Liners smudged across twice with finger

Top 5 most smudging: 

  •  9. Make Mania (not waterproof anyway)
  • 15. Too Faced 
  • 16. Models Prefer (vinyl black) 
  •  3. Palladio
  • 11. Dolly Wink

Top 5 least smudging: 

  •  5. Chanel
  •  8. Cyber Colors
  •  1. Rimmel
  • 14. Urban Decay
  •  6. Revlon

Just because liners may or may not pass the smudge test, testing cannot end there!

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After rubbing with water as well

Top 5 most smudged and faded: 

  •  9. Make Mania
  •  2. Milani
  • 11. Dolly Wink
  • 16. Make Up Forever
  • 15. Too Faced

Top 5 least smudged and faded: 

  •   5. Chanel  
  • 14. Urban Decay
  •   1. Rimmel (changed color because other liners transferred onto it)
  •  8. Cyber Colors
  • 13. Revlon

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Lastly after a very vigorous rubbing after all that testing

Top 5 least hard wearing: 

  •  9. Make Mania
  •  2. Milani
  • 11. Dolly Wink
  • 10. Spring Heart
  • 6,7. Models Prefer

Top 5 most hard wearing:

  •  1. Rimmel 
  •  4. Models Prefer infinite color pencil suede brown
  •  5. Chanel
  •  8. Cyber Colors
  • 14. Urban Decay

So if you didn’t feel like looking through all of that:

My favourite brands in general: 

  1. Models Prefer WP liner ranges – cheap ($8AUD), super creamy, pigmented, smudges well if you work quickly
    - Although it doesn’t pass all the tests it does well anyway with a primer for me
  2. Chanel – Worth your money, Creamy, pigmented, many shades, long lasting, retractable
  3. Urban Decay – So creamy, so pigmented, enough drying time to allow for some smudging,
    - Lasts all day especially if set with e/s
  4. Revlon – Very good mid range liner, creamy, pigmented
  5. Cyber Colors – I was very surprised how good this liner is, creamy, not crumbly, lasts all day

My “OK” liner brands: 

  1. Rimmel – I love this for tight lining because it is creamy, lasts a long time and fades naturally
    - Annoying that it crumbles a little if you apply too much pressure
    - Dries really quickly so difficult to smudge out
  2. Too Faced – Very pigmented, smudges well, lasts all day if set with e/s
    - Annoying that it crumbles easily with pressure
  3. Dolly Wink – Although it has a harder texture it still applies smoothly, very pigmented, lasts a long time if set with e/s
  4. Maybelline – Although it is dry in texture it is still usable and lasts through the day after setting with e/s
  5. Milani – It is creamy, maybe the gold specks make it a bit clumpy, dries very quickly so not much time to smudge out

Dislike these liners:

  1. Make Mania – Although it is not WP it is not that creamy either, bit of a meh 
  2. Palladio – It is hard and crumbly although the color is pretty
  3. Make Up Forever – Overpriced for a drugstore quality product, lacks in pigmentation, fades through the day
  4. Spring Heart – I used to love it but the hardness of it is too unbearable for me now

Sorry if the post was confusing but hopefully you all found it helpful in some ways!!

Until next time that’s all for now folks!

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