Hello! I’m excited to show you my most updated make up storage!

I must admit my collection isn’t the most exciting compared to others out there, but nevertheless one can never get enough ideas to play with right?

You won’t see any skincare here because they live in my bathroom vanity.

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My newest additions are the drawers on the left!

My bf regretfully but kindly told me about these drawers that were on sale at CatchOfTheDay (COTD) for only $39AUD exc. shipping.

Before this sale, Aldi had some for $69.99AUD.  It had a nice height to it but had a metal frame.

Muji is also an another option but I never have luggage space or Kg’s left, and shipping it is also a recipe for disaster.

Most other ones cost $100-200AUD for a full sized one but the quality is much better and this is reflected through its weight.

Why the hype about acrylic drawers?

I like them because they are hard wearing, don’t shatter as easily as glass and don’t yellow like normal plastic.

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My 6 – drawer acrylic organisers

The dimension of these drawers are 27cm x 21cm x 24cm (HxWxD), it is slightly shorter than A4 paper.

These drawers aren’t the best quality but they do the job and my cosmetics fit quite comfortably in them.

I ‘m happy I bought 2 because I need that much and even if I get Ikea drawers down the track, I would still want to keep these on the table.

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Here is one of my drawers, I put my single e/s in here .

It would probably fit 5 x 5 MAC pots in there and you can have a stack of 2 comfortably.

It won’t stack Armani, Jill Stuart or Maybelline Color Tattoos though.

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It houses naked palettes in a stack of 2 cosily, but no more

Pros:

  • 6 relatively spacious drawers
  • Drawers themselves are sturdy and have no give
  • Tall enough to stack Nars blushes, lip pencils, mascaras and thin palettes on top of each other
  • There is enough drawer depth to make it functional, about 4cm measured from inside
  • Organiser becomes more sturdy with weight, so I can fill up the drawers without worrying about it breaking
  • The drawers run along the support frame smoothly
  • I like how it has proper drawer handles – keeps the dust out better
  • Drawer units stack comfortably on top of each other
  • Has 4 transparent rubber grips on the bottom so it won’t move around
  • Units are bubble wrapped inside the box, and bubble wrapped again around the box.  Any spare space was filled with air pillows
  • Like with all my other acrylic drawers, these don’t yellow over time unlike normal plastic does

Cons:

  • You pay for what you get – You won’t get a $100+ product for only $39, they will have cheaped out in some way
    – In the case of these drawers they cheaped out on frame thickness and refined edges
  • Would have been better if the drawers, or even 1 drawer was taller so I could put larger products in as well
  • Although the drawers themselves are sturdy, they aren’t as thick as my other acrylic drawers
  • Corners of the frame are not rounded off and are quite sharp
  • The frame has some give when you squeeze the sides or add weight at the top because it is not very thick
  • It will make a bit of squeak when you squeeze the sides, but does not make sounds when you open and close the drawers
  • Because the acrylic frame is not very thick, I am reluctant to stack these as it may bend or break it over time
  • One of them came with a crack at the top right corner :( Luckily this did not affect its structural integrity

For $39AUD this is probably the cheapest 6 drawer unit you will find anywhere.

They aren’t the highest quality of acrylic units, and will give a little if you push at it, but the frame isn’t so thin that it would collapse over time.

I’m happy with them still.  For the price you pay you can save a lot of money and spend it on other stuff instead, or just save it :D

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This old Models Prefer organiser used to live in my bathroom, but it fits perfectly on top of my drawer units!

I remember it was around $30AUD and came with a mirror that I took off.  After 3 years it still looks good as new.

The quality of this one is very good with thick acrylic and rounded edges.  It’s quite heavy too.

My used brushes and miscellaneous things that are too tall to put in the drawers live here.

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My old trusty Ikea wooden drawer unit

This is also 3 years old and still going strong.  I think it was $30-40AUD

I believe this was from the Moppe range but I can’t find them anywhere on the Ikea website :(

The middle has drooped a little but it’s still doing well.

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Eyeshadow palette storage

I was originally going to lay them flat in the acrylic drawers but realised it wasn’t going to work.

Storing them vertically means you can easily see everything and every palette gets an equal chance at being picked hehe

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Lipsticks

My lipsticks live in one of the wooden drawers to keep the dust off them.  My bigger lip pencils live in the acrylic drawers.

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My glass brush jar and old acrylic drawers

I love my glass brush jar ^^ These jars are really expensive if you buy them at a kitchen/home store.

I bought them at a discount homeware place at about $30AUD around a year ago, but haven’t seen them since :(

I like to have a lid on my brush holder so dust doesn’t get in and I can also see all my brushes in the jar too.

There is also a normal cylinder shape one that I keep in the bathroom for my face brushes.

On the right are some old acrylic drawers I keep in the room because they are still very useful :)

So that’s it!  Hope this gives you a few more ideas for your own storage.

Until next time that’s all for now folks!

Hello!  I’m here with a bit of a comparison post today of the make up setting sprays I’ve used so far.

The main thing I’ve been looking for in a setting spray are:

  1. Help the make up set in place
  2. Improve lasting power of my make up
  3. Get rid of any over powdered areas
  4. Make my skin look more hydrated
  5. Good pump mechanism that disperses the produce evenly across my face
  6. Rehydrate my face/refresh my make up through the day

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 Model in a Bottle Make Up Setting Spray : Matte finish, sensitive formula

They have repackaged their product so maybe the spray mechanism may be better now.

I bought this from Cherry Culture when they still stocked this product.

They don’t have this brand anymore but you can buy it from eBay or directly from their website.

I remember there was a lot of hype about this product and it was on sale for $21AUD.

With the positive reviews on Makeup Alley and other bloggers I thought I couldn’t go wrong.

Ingredients:

SD Alcohol 40B, Purified water, Butylene glycol, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ethyl, Acrylates/Octacrylamide copolymer, Lavandula Angustifoilia Lavender extract, Aloe Barbadensis gel (Aloe Vera), Biosaccharide gum-1, Polysorbate 20, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

Pros:

  • Good setting power
  • Comes in a glass jar
  • Comes with a twist cap, and 2 spray pumps
  • Has a regular and sensitive formula
  • Small ingredients list
  • Did not cause any reactions to my skin
  • Matte finish
  • Does set the make up quite well

Cons:

  • Really powerful alcohol/chemical smell even in the sensitive formula
  • Takes a while for the scent to fade
  • The spray pump included was HORRIBLE, it would spit product at you
  • I changed it to my other spray bottle so that it would disperse product better
  • I have to pat the product in well to avoid leaving patchy looking skin
  • If not patted in you get dots on your face where the product had dried up
  • Don’t get this in your eyes, stings.. alot.
  • Not sure if it’s just me but I felt like my skin couldn’t breathe even though it didn’t cause any reactions

So although this product works, it just smells so bad, and the formula is very fiddly to work with.

I don’t know if I got a dud but I know that other people found the smell overpowering and they had trouble with the pump too.

Too much trouble for what it is worth for me ><

Did anyone experience the same problem as me with this product??

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I probably don’t need to introduce this one since it is so widely known!

I have to thank my work colleague for going to Sephora in the US to buy it for me :)

It comes in various formulas but I got the most basic one since my skin isn’t oily or problematic.

Ingredients:

Water, SD-Alcohol 39-C, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Methyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance

Pros:

  • Comes with 2 lids – I think I used the purple lid and the smaller one was just for travel insurance hehe
  • Very mild scent, I can’t remember if it even had any scent
  • Spray pump dispersed product very evenly in a very fine mist
  • Instructions were very helpful – spray in an X or * motion to get the most even coverage – I do this with all my sprays now!
  • Could be a pro or con but leaves a slightly dewy finish
  • Helped makeup blend in to give a polished finish
  • Removed any over-powdered areas
  • I could pat it in with a sponge to further set my under-eye makeup
  • Skin felt like it could still breathe well
  • Can be used to touch up through the day and rehydrate the skin

Cons:

  • Difficult to find if you’re in places like Australia
  • So many chemicals O.o
  • Expensive – over $30AUD
  • Did not make my make up last all day
  • Leaves a slightly dewy finish which some people may not like
  • Make sure to spray at least 10-15cm from the face otherwise it won’t give you even coverage
  • Packaging was nice but it reminds me of NARS rubber packaging that gets dirty easily

I quite liked this product because it did a good job of finishing my make up and I like the spray pump.

I didn’t think that it was that great in making my make up last all day though as my make up still faded and moved under my eyes.

I would like to try all the other setting sprays in the Skindanavia range before I decide to repurchase this one.

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Mac Fix+ Skin refresher/finishing mist

This is another one that doesn’t need much of an introduction.

This is widely available and is fairly affordable!

I think I’m gradually starting to give into the MAC fad because their products are indeed pretty decent.

They come out with reliable products that do their job, and they are not cheap but not ridiculously expensive.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) extract, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Tocopheryl acetate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyenthanol <ILN33369>

Pros:

  • Comes housed in a very pretty box that is engraved with the MAC logo, and it is pearlescent white!
  • Good quality bottle and the pump disperses product evenly in a fine mist
  • Pump also has a twist lock mechanism that works well when you travel
  • Decently priced – $27AUD
  • Readily available
  • No scent
  • I like the ingredients list, it has quite a lot of good stuff in it like caffeine, cucumber extract, arganine
  • Really does its job in finishing the make up look
  • Works really well for rehydration
  • Gets rid of any over-powdered areas
  • I felt that it did help with lasting power of my make up
  • I can pat it in with a sponge to further set my under-eye makeup
  • Can leave a natural finish or a more dewy finish depending on how much you spray
  • Even if I accidentally spray too much, my make up still stays safe and I just have to wait for the product to dry
  • Skin can breathe

Cons:

  • Still does not give full day lasting power
  • For some reason I have a tendency to over spray the MAC Fix+ and make my face actually damp – user error lol

MAC has a friendlier ingredients list and does a good, even better job at setting make up than the All Nighter spray IMO.

With the Fix+, I like how I can refresh my trouble under-eye area when it is looking a bit dry and patchy.

I remember I didn’t like doing this so much with the All Nighter spray.

Many people still prefer the All Nighter spray so I might find out why when I try the other ones from that brand.

Hopefully there are even better setting sprays out there that aren’t too difficult to access.

Until next time that’s all for now folks!

 

 

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!

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