Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NYX haul

I was super excited about my NyX purchases earlier and when they arrived, I really couldn't contain my excitement. It was my debut NyX purchase and after all the reviews I've read, was quite beside myself.

Mini NyX haul (Jumbo eye shadow pencil, blushers, eyeshadow kit, makeup bag) plus two Sigma brushes
I felt the package upon arrival was kinda small-ish, and when I opened it up, yup, I found that the makeup-cum-brush holder bag was smaller than I anticipated. I feel that it's not going to get much use, seeing that its just not big enough to fit any of my brushes length at all.

As you can see, the makeup bag can't even fit standard-sized brushes...I can only foresee putting in makeup pencils in the brush slots..
The NyX Nude on Nude Natural Look kit is a compact set of eyeshadows with lip gloss; handy to carry around if needed
The NyX Nude-on-Nude Natural Look makeup kit was a compact little thing as well. It's a useful size for travelling though. The eyeshadows were not bad, a bit on the powdery side but the colors are intense enough for its price (it was RM45). It also comes with two lip glosses, which to me, do have a nice, un-oily consistency to them but the colors are not intense.

The blushers were slightly smaller than I thought they would be too but I love love love the colors: I got Mauve and Angel. A bit powdery but color intensity was amazing, had to learn to apply with a light hand with this one.

NyX blushers: Colours Mauve at left and Angel at right. Love them!
The uber famous NyX Jumbo eye pencil in cult colour favourite, Milk, didnt disappoint either; it glides on smoothly and is super easy to use, I use it rim my waterline quite a bit these days to give my eyes a more awake look. I tried it as an eyeshadow base as it's purported to be useful as one too, and found it useful for that provided you swipe on a thin layer rather than glopping too much of it on. Eye primer still works best though.

On a non-Nyx note, I'd also finally got myself two Sigma brushes, the first two I've ever had, and am in love. It was pricey really. Sigh. Hence I could only get two for now. The tulip shaped F25 Tapered Face Brush is sooo soft and lovely to use. I've always wanted one since I saw one of my fav youtube makeup gurus, nguerriero19, use it for her blusher application and could never find one similarly shaped anywhere. So when I saw it available in a local reseller's website, the one which also sells NyX, I took a deep breath and ordered it although it's a bit steep for just one brush. I also got myself a E17 waterline liner, seeing that I experiment a lot with smoking out eyeshadows these days.

Am quite sold on Sigma brushes now. I'll have to save to get a proper essentials kit though as they are really pricey, for me anyway, but after testing these two out, I feel that it'll be worth it. I'll talk about my brushes in a separate post though, so it'll be all about brushes.Till then!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rediscovering lipstick (pt 1)

I told myself no beauty buys this month. I did.

Then I lapsed a little in my resolve. I mean lipstick? What's a girl to do without a lil bit o lippie? Never mind she still has quite a few in her stash.

So curiosity got the better of me when I went to local beauty chain, Shins, that carry a few different brands for hair, face and accessories. I was pretty tempted by their offers on Bloom...and so far they're the only store that carries Real Technique brushes (which I have resisted to get for now) but then of all things I saw a bunch of lipsticks I've never seen them carry before. And of all things, the lipsticks were a Korean brand, something the store has not done before. It's a weirdly named brand too. I mean calling something mik@vonk? I don't even know how to really pronounce it. The sales assistant claims it has mostly natural products and really helps to moisturise the lips. And before I knew it, I was swatching all the colours on my hand

Lippie "splurge": mik@vonk on the left and Maybelline Color Sensational on the right. More weird pseudo-English Korean copy on the mik@vonk box: "Magically inspired Know-how in the creation of sparkling beauty"...rofl
While its outer packaging is seriously boring and really run the risk of no one giving it a second look, the lipstick itself has a most unusual shape. It has a somewhat geometric shape, which I found pretty useful in filling in the corners of my lips. Yes, I bought one. It had 10% off and I got it for around RM23. I got the colour RD201 Noblesse Red, a bit misleading because it isn't as red as its name.

mik@vonk unboxed, in RD201 Noblesse Red

It was redder when I swatched it on my hand but when I slicked in on to my lips (I did it in the shop right after I paid for it), it turned out to be a bit more of a berry colour with more pink in it than red. It also has a bit of fragrance and that certain taste, like a castor oil sensation on the lips, which some people might really not like. Then I noticed it has grapeseed oil as one of its ingredients; I believe that weird aftertaste and sensation is due to that.

All being said, I ended up really liking the lipstick. It looks natural on my lips and has a subtle satin finish. It also stayed on reasonably well, better than other drugstore brands within that price range. I also found it really does moisturises the lips plus I found it even plumps up my lips. You really have to applaud the Koreans for their dedication in make-up (and everything else it seems eg electronics, medicine, food etc). They were probably dabbling in cosmeceuticals before the term was even coined.

RD201 Noblesse Red freshly slicked on
After a meal of chee cheong fun :P I was amazed color was still on
The colors in the range looked really wearable and after seeing how gorgeous the one I chose turned out on my lips, I do recommend the lippie to anyone. The fragrance, taste, and slightly minty sensation could be a turn-off for some but I got used to it and I rather focus on its wearability and how it actually makes my lips look better on its own.

And my lippie adventure went on. At Watsons. With Maybelline Color Sensational..in a separate post..