Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Swatches - Colour Correctors

Hello Princesses!

For this Sunday Swatches Session I've swatched my current collection of colour correctors! I don't have very many, and I only use them occasionally (with the exception being Etude House's Any Cushion!) but when I use them they are incredibly handy!
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Blue
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Lavender
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Yellow
Meow Cosmetics Camo-Cats - Green
Missha Signature Raidience Make Up Base - Green
Etude House Baby Choux - Green
Etude House Baby Choux - Pink
Etude House Any Cushion - Magic Pink
It was especially interesting for me to see the difference between the Etude House Baby Choux and Any Cushion, because they are such similar products. I have to say that I prefer the Missha base and Any Cushion base to the two Baby Choux bases because they are paler in colour and suit my complexion a little better!
I hope these swatches are helpful for you princesses! ^.^ Feel free to share these swatch pictures - but please put a link to this post if you do share! xx 

Friday, 18 April 2014

First Impressions - The Body Shop Moisture Foundation 02

Hello Princesses!

As you guys know, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect pale foundation, so today I decided to try out The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in the shade 02!
 What Does It Do?
"This lightweight liquid foundation gives light to medium coverage, a flawless finish and is ideal for normal to dry skin.

  • Light to medium coverage
  • Contains SPF 15
  • No added fragrance
  • Dermatologically tested
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen), Octyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (Emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dextrin Palmitate (Emulsifying Agent), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (Emulsifier), Isopropyl Lanolate (Emollient), Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyethylene (Opacifier), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Ethylene Brassylate (Masking Agent), Boron Nitride (Bulking Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Methylparaben (Preservative), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Hectorite (Opacifier), Phenyl Methicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Propylparaben (Preservative), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (Binder), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Pyrus malus (Apple Extract) (Natural Additive), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour)." (1)

This foundation is probably 2-3 shades too dark for me (although it may not seem like it in photos) but I really quite liked the formula! It gave me nice medium coverage which covered my light acne scars, hyper pigmentation, pores and redness beautifully. It was quick and easy to apply, and didn't look cakey or flakey!

Would I Purchase This Product?
No. This foundation is definitely warm/yellow toned, but even though I liked the coverage and formula - it's just way too dark for me to wear outside, which is such a pity! If The Body Shop released a lighter shade that was suitable for my skintone I would definitely be buying it! This is a similar colour to MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, and if you are interested in seeing a comparison of the swatches - head over to my Sunday Swatches - Foundation post to check out all of my foundations!

If you princesses are interested in trying this product out, head into your nearest Body Shop and pick up a tester pot!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review - Etude House Missing U Hand Cream I Can Fly!

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you some of the cutest hand creams around - Etude House's Missing U Hand Cream I Can Fly!  I bought these from RoseRoseShop for $5.50USD each.

These little hand creams have the most gorgeous packaging, as you usually expect from anything Etude House, and each colour has a different scent and a different endangered bird with it's own little story!
"Kakapo - Sunny Apple Scent.
Hi! I'm Kakapo, the longest living bird on earth! Although I can't fly, I'm a great night parrot endemic in New Zealand. People live me and my Kakapo friends so much that they hunt and take us as pets. As a result, we are now in danger of extinction, with only 121 of us now. Please help us to be friends with you for a long time!

Eagle Owl - Very Berry Cherry Scent
Hi! I'm Eagle Owl, the great night bird! I like to hunt during night time, with my big eyes lit as headlights. I am in danger of extinction, because hunting has become so difficult in bright city nights. Please help e to fly free again!

Cerulean Warbler - Sweet Cotton Candy Scent
Hi! I'm Cerulean Warbler, the pretty singing bird in blue! You may already know me from many fairy tales as I represent happiness, I like to sing, sitting on a branch, but nowadays I can't find many places to sit and sing because of tall buildings with glass walls. Also, many of my friends didn't notice those walls and crashed into them. Please help me to sing freely again!

Easten Glass Owl - Peach Peach Peach Scent
Hi! I'm Eastern Glass Owl, the vest night hunter with a pretty heart-shaped face mask. I utilize my features like high tech equipment so I can hunt very well even in the dense forests at night. However, I am in danger of extinction, because hunting has become so difficult with lesser natural areas. Please help me to fly freely again!" (1)

I find it slightly hilarious, yet slightly morbid that you unscrew their heads to get the hand cream out. The name of the product is slightly irritating to me for two reasons - the abbreviation of You to U, and also the grammar. It would be a little better if the product was called - Missing You Hand Cream, I Can Fly! (but perhaps that's just me being picky!)

The hand cream is very thick, faintly coloured and very scented. If you don't like heavily scented products then you should probably stay away from this hand cream! I don't particularly love the Apple Scent (pictured below) but found the Peach and Cotton Candy scent quite lovely!
I have a very high expectations for hand creams since I punish my hands and cuticles quite severely with acetone nail polish remover and general workie stuff, and in all honesty, this hand cream doesn't quite cut it for me in terms of moisturization and absorption. It's just a perfectly average hand cream in a super adorable container! ^.^
(I mean seriously - HOW CUTE IS THAT, it's giving you the side eye!)

What I Love
-SUPER CUTE packaging
- Affordable 
- Pocket size and travel friendly

What I Don't Love
- Not a revolutionary hand cream

Final Thoughts
Even though I don't love the hand cream, I really do love the packaging, and will use up all of the hand cream and replace it with another one! ^.^ The packaging for this product is just fantastic - super cute, pocket/handbag/palm sized, and very durable since it's made of a tough plastic. I would gladly repurchase this product if I ever lost the owl packaging, but it would be a purchase for the packaging, and not the actual products.

I hope you princesses found this review helpful, have you ever tried these hand creams before?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Manicure Monday - Blushing Rose

Hello Princesses!

Today I have a super sweet manicure using some of the items I got from my Born Pretty Store haul a couple of weeks ago! ^.^ It's still a fairly typical manicure for me (pink and cutesy) but I thought it was pretty interesting to use black rhinestones since I've actually never used them before!
To create this manicure, I used my Color Club polish in Blushing Rose, with Black Rhinestones and a White Bow from BPS. I was pretty happy with the result because I think it looks super cute! ^.^ What do you princesses think?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday Swatches - Foundation Swatches

Hello Princesses!

Today I'll be starting a new series called Sunday Swatches, (I'm a sucker for alliteration), since my number one most viewed post on my blog is my BB Cream swatches (with over 10k views wtf) so it seems like you guys like seeing these types of posts, or at least stumble your way over here through Google searches!

Personally, I always google swatches of products before buying them if I can't swatch them myself, and I find it really helpful to see comparison style swatches, so let me know if you guys feel the same way, and what type of swatch comparisons you would like to see next! ^.^

A lot of these products are tester sized (I'm not rich!). 
Click any picture to enlarge!
1 - Meow Cosmetics; Snow Lynx
2 - Phoenix Cosmetics; Pure White
3 - Meow Cosmetics; Abyssinian
 4 - Meow Cosmetics; Angora
5 - Meow Cosmetics; Manx
6 - Meow Cosmetics; Siamese
 7 - Kleancolor; Translucent Beige
8 - NARS Sheer Glow; Siberia
9 - Maybelline Fit Me; 110
10 - NYX Stay Matte; Ivory
11 - L.A Colors; Ivory
12 - Shiseido Sun Protection; SP30
13 - Rimmel Match Perfection; 010 Light Porcelain
14 - MAC Studio Fix; NW10
15 - Revlon Photoready; Vanilla
16 - Revlon Colourstay; Buff
17 - Etude House Magic Any Cushion; No.02 Light Beige
18 - Bobbi Brown Cream Compact; 00 Alabaster
19 - Maybelline Mineral Powder; Ivory
20 - Laura Mercier Foundation Powder; No.01
21 - L'Oreal True Match; Light Ivory
22 - Lush Colour Supplement; Light Yellow
23 - YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation; B10
24 - YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat; B10
25 - MAC Studio Fix; NC15
26 - MAC Studio Sculpt; NC15
27 - The Body Shop; M02
28 - MAC Match Master; 1.0
29 - Estée Lauder Double Wear 1W1
30 - Estée Lauder Double Wear 1N1
31 - Estée Lauder Mat Cover; Very Light
32 - Rimmel Stay Matte; 100 Ivory
33 - Natio Natural Cover; Natural
34 - Dior Diorskin Forever; 020
35 - Dior Diorskin Forever; 030
36 -  Dior Diorskin Forever; 040
And all of the foundation together, Freshly Applied - Blended - Oxidised/Set
*Phew* Turns out that I have a lot more foundations than I thought I did! Some of these testers have been thrown out because they're too dark (looking at you there Dior), some have been sold because they don't match my skintone at all, and some will be completely new to you because I haven't even shown them in a haul yet! ><

This time I chose to number and type the swatch colours because some people complained (ungratefully) at my last choice of cursive script (which yeah was slightly hard to read - but they were noted in the blog post too) so I hope this format is easier to read! 

I hope you princesses enjoyed this Sunday Swatches session, let me know what you would like to see next! I have BB Cream, CC Cream, Colour Correctors and Concealers to swatch and photograph too! ^.^ Feel free to share these swatch pictures - but please provide a link to this blog post if you do! xx
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