NYX Lid Lingerie Review – New Favourite Palette?

For a self-proclaimed makeup addict, I don’t actually own that many products, as surprising as that sounds. For the longest time, Urban Decay’s NAKED palette was the only eyeshadow palette that I had. (Of course, I’d owned other eyeshadows before, but they either expired or got used up over the years.)

Earlier this year, I finally purchased a new palette – the “go-to palette” by NYX. I was hoping that it’d really be my go-to palette for travel, but two trips and one staycation later, I had mixed feelings, to be honest. I’d find myself using just the brown, grey, and black shades – the neutrals, basically. The lightest colour was too light for me, and I didn’t touch the green or purple shades at all.

And the “face” part? Forget it. Even now, I’m still struggling with contouring and highlighting, and the powder gets everywhere. I’ve since switched to a contour-highlight stick, and it’s become somewhat easier. More on that in a future post!

So anyway, for years I’d been on the lookout for a matte eyeshadow palette. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, and I’m just not into super shimmery eyeshadows anymore. Quite a few high-end brands offer matte palettes, but they’re just so expensive. I looked into drugstore options, but the quality was underwhelming when I swatched the products at the store.

The NYX Lid Lingerie palette was a surprise find – I was in Singapore back in May and mysterious forces pulled me into the nearest Sephora store. The gorgeous neutral colours called out to me, and the quality of each shade was impressive. And with a price tag of S$22, it didn’t leave a huge dent in my wallet.

No names, so let’s just call them Shades 1 to 6 (left to right, top to bottom). They’re mostly warm-toned browns, with a muted lilac thrown in to keep things interesting.

Yes, the lines are a bit wonky. I’m still learning!

Here I’m wearing Shades 1, 2, and 6. I love this palette – it’s got all the shades that I need, and as a bonus, I can use Shade 4 on my brows too. It’s great for everyday looks, but you can just as easily use it to create a dramatic smoky eye for a night out. Quality-wise, it’s better than the “go-to palette”, and I’m definitely packing this with me for my next trip.

Ah yes, I open my eyes and the makeup “disappears”. It’s mostly lousy photo-taking, and I’ll have to work on the right angles and lighting to get the colours to show.

So that’s all for tonight, and maybe there’ll be more of such posts to come. Confession time: since the start of this year, my collection has grown exponentially. I mean, with trips to Taipei and Seoul, it’s almost impossible not to go shopping for beauty products, and they’ll probably get me through the next few years. I could try to abstain from shopping till 2020, but where’s the fun in that?

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What’s in My Bag?

In My BagThis is what you’ll see in my bag on any given day. Is it any wonder why it weighs as though it’s filled with bricks?

Book and glasses

I almost always carry a book with me, and alternate between fiction and non-fiction every month. In July, it was “Body Language: A Practical Guide” by Dr. Glenn Wilson. Right now, I’ve got Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”, which I hope to get started on soon!

Hair ties and bobby pins

These things disappear with alarming regularity, only to reappear in pockets and the washing machine from time to time.

Tissues, plasters (band-aids), and hand sanitiser

Germs are the worst.

Small pouch

For storing just about anything that will fit inside. I can’t tell you just how many times I’ve had to rummage in my bag to find a pack of tissues. Coupled with the urgency of the impending sneeze, it’s not a good place to be in.

Compact mirror

Strange that the days you forget to bring it out are the days you desperately need it. Applies to everything else, really.

Earphones

For watching that funny video on the train without making the other commuters an unwilling audience.

 

Phone

An absolute necessity in today’s world.

Wallet

Ditto.

Umbrella, sunglasses, and folding fan

The weather this summer has been alternating between “scorching hot” and “raining buckets”. How delightful. Wake me up when sweater weather is here!

Tinted lip balm, lip gloss, concealing balm and mini vial of perfume

For touch ups throughout the day, though I don’t really bother unless I’m going somewhere nice in the evening.

Scarf

Shopping malls in Hong Kong could double as walk-in freezers.

Candy

To keep those pesky sugar cravings at bay.

Earrings

Sometimes I take my earrings off in the middle of the day, and then forget to put them back on. It works in my favour because there are also times when I forget to wear earrings when leaving the house, and it’s nice to have a “spare” pair.

Bohemian Capsule Wardrobe

A little something to break up the chain of food posts.

A large part of my wardrobe is decidedly classic or preppy, but bohemian style is something I keep returning to. I’m not sure if I’ll ever decide on a “signature style”, and honestly, where’s the fun in dressing in just one way?

I’ve assembled three outfits from the capsule, and there’s lots more that you can create. 🙂

Alice in Wonderland Makeup: Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics

Hello my lovelies! Today’s post is a quick review of the Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics. It’s part of the Alice in Wonderland series, which is a permanent collection, as far as I can tell.

As you probably already know, I love Alice in Wonderland. Just look at the adorable packaging!

There’s a poem of sorts at the back. Let me try my best to translate it:

Alice walks into the woods
She does not see any trace of the White Rabbit
But the scene that surrounds her
Pink and purple mushrooms among the grass
The sky an endless purple
Confusing directions written on the road signs
A pair of yellow eyes appears in the tree
A cat with purple stripes begins to speak

Not my best work, but you get the idea.

The package opens up like a book. The “page” on the left has more text, which is too long for me to translate. It mostly encourages you to go on an adventure, like Alice did, and for some reason likens the eyeliner to the tail of the Cheshire Cat. There’s a quick bio of the artist behind the series on the bottom left, and the “page” on the right has a few instructions on how to apply the eyeliner, as well as suggestions based on eye shape.

Do you see Alice following the White Rabbit?

I got the shade 01, which is a matte black.

Made with Swarovski elements, because it wouldn’t be a fairy tale without a little sparkle.

It also comes with a pencil sharpener!

The pencil glided on smoothly with no resistance whatsoever, and application was completely effortless. In fact, it might be a little too smooth, as I usually end up drawing a much longer/thicker line than I intended. Still, it’s a vast improvement from my last pencil eyeliner, which was incredibly stiff and barely yielded any colour.

In this photo, you can see that there’s quite a thick cat-eye going on, and that wasn’t actually the look I was going for. So I need to be really careful when using this. There’s also slight smudging around the 6 hour mark, and a bit of a panda eye situation by the 10th hour.

Okay, that’s all for tonight, I hope you enjoyed!

Solone Cosmetics Review: Color Party One Step Magical Stick Eyeshadow

As mentioned in the “Shopping in Taipei” post, I was really eager to try out the Taiwanese cosmetics brand Solone. I was also looking to simplify my makeup routine, and a one-step shadow stick seemed like a good idea.

Each shadow stick contains a colour duo. Mine is in the shade 01, which is pink and brown.

Instructions on the back.

It’s thicker than the average pencil eyeliner, which is probably standard for most shadow sticks.

Just twist and apply – really easy to use!

Both swatches were done with just a single swipe. The product has decent pigmentation, although I’m not sure whether the colours will show up as well on darker skin tones.

The other side of the pencil has a sponge-tip applicator for blending out the colours.

I thought the brown shade was a little light when swatched on the back of my hand, but on the eyelids it turned out fine. I wore it without a primer and it sat well for 6 hours, because that’s how long I was out and about for. I haven’t had the chance to test it for the whole day, so I’ll probably post an update at a later time.

(Edit: I’ve had the chance to wear it for 10 hours without a primer- at the 8 hour mark there was some slight fading and by the 10th hour there was creasing in the lid.)

Using a stick eyeshadow such as this one is definitely convenient when doing a more subtle eye makeup look (great for contrasting with a darker lip). Perhaps there are other beauty hacks that can be achieved with this, so I’ll look into it!

Shopping in Taipei: Makeup, Skincare, and Disney Haul!

Hello lovelies! Yes, I’m finally back! Edwin and I were in Singapore last week to celebrate Mother’s Day with our families. I brought my laptop along, thinking I’d get to use it in the evenings, but boy did life have other plans. I somehow managed to schedule dinner dates with old friends every night, and while it meant that there wasn’t time to blog, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Now that it’s back to the daily grind, I can’t wait to share with you all the various purchases that we made during our Easter getaway in Taipei. Picture time!

I probably got a little carried away… this isn’t even all of it! (You’ll see more in the photos below.) It isn’t all for me though – a good chunk of these were meant as gifts, and have already found their way to the intended recipients.

Also, I apologise for the poor quality of the images. I took these with my phone, and didn’t realise how grainy they were until I saw them on the computer screen just now. I promise to work on my photography skills, and hopefully you’ll get better pictures next time!

LLang sheet masks. It’s a Korean brand I hadn’t heard of, but the packaging was just too cute to resist. How adorable is the “Roman Holiday” reference (top left)?Most of the masks have been given to friends and co-workers, and so far I’ve used the “Seaweed from Jeju” mask on myself – works okay!

For those interested, the masks retail for TWD99 (~HK$25.60/S$4.50/US$3.30) each at Cosmed. It sounds rather steep, but you can buy ten masks for just TWD350 (~HK$90.50/S$16.10/US$11.60)! Not going to bore you with more numbers, just going to say that it’s a massive discount, and a great deal!

More sheet masks, this time from The Face Shop, also a Korean beauty brand. There were so many to choose from at the store, but I just picked the five “flavours” that appealed to me the most. Some of them have also been given away, and I plan on using the “Longan” mask next.

Makeup purchased from Cosmed. Solone is a Taiwanese cosmetics brand which I was really eager to try out, mostly because they had several products that were inspired by Alice in Wonderland. To my disappointment, many of the eyeshadow and blush colours featured on the website couldn’t be found in the stores (and I went to A LOT of them!), so the only Alice-inspired thing I got was a basic black pencil eyeliner (review coming soon).

The blush and mascara are from Integrate, which is a Japanese brand, and apparently Elite Models is a French brand, which I didn’t know. You can’t really tell from the photo, but the eyelash curler is rose gold in colour, and it’s gorgeous.

I don’t have the price of the Alice eyeliner, but the prices of the other products are stated below:

Solone stick eyeshadow     TWD259 (~HK$67/S$11.90/US$8.60)
Solone brow gel                   TWD350 (~HK$90.50/S$16.10/US$11.60)
Integrate blush                    TWD298 (~HK$77.10/S$13.70/US$9.90)
Integrate mascara               TWD272 (~HK$70.40/S$12.50/US$9)
Eyelash curler                      TWD139 (~HK$36/S$6.40/US$4.60)

I’ve listed the retail prices of the Solone stick eyeshadow and the brow gel for your reference, but I actually bought them as a set, and together they cost only TWD329 (~HK$85.20/S$15.10/US$10.90)! Another insanely good deal, and more reviews to come!

Bought the May issue of Vivi magazine at the airport, and it came with a free general knowledge book and a picnic style guide!

We walked past a bookstore and thought we’d just take a peek. We ended up spending almost an hour, and almost all our cash as well! Bought the scores of our favourite musicals and Disney movies.

Biscuits for Edwin’s friends and ginger tea for his parents.

Fruit tea from Smith & Hsu! It’s a bit cheesy, but I really did fall in love with “Fallin’ in Love Again”. Some of it will be given away, as soon as I get some jars to put the tea leaves in!

And in case you were wondering when the Disney stuff was going to be featured, I saved the best for last!

There’s nail polish from The Face Shop featuring Pocahontas and Belle, two of my favourite Disney princesses. I got the Tsum Tsum tissues from a convenience store, and everything else is from (where else?) Cosmed. The Disney villains sheet masks are from Sexy Look, a Taiwanese skincare brand, and the Beauty and the Beast products are from Lovemore, also a Taiwanese brand.

Sexy Look sheet masks are available in Hong Kong as well, but I’ve only ever seen the Disney princess ones here. It’s quite unexpected and thus refreshing to see the villains being featured, and since there was a one-for-one offer (TWD299, I’m too tired to work out the rest of the math at this stage), I went ahead and got Ursula and the Evil Queen.

OMG the packaging is to die for! My Tsum Tsum plushies (from Hong Kong Disneyland) agree.

As though that wasn’t enough Disney madness, we also purchased jars of honey with Tsum Tsum packaging. The Chip and Dale pouch was a freebie from Gracegift because…

I BOUGHT TSUM TSUM SHOES!!!

*squeals with joy*

I’m not a sneaker person (give me ballet flats any day), but these were too adorable to pass up. Can’t wait to wear these babies – maybe on my next trip to Disneyland?

And… we’re done! Thanks for reading all the way, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. There’ll be some reviews coming up, as well as one more “haul” post, because… I bought more Disney stuff in Singapore.

Ah.

Etude House Haul & Review: Big Cover Concealer Cushion, Face Conditioning Fixer, and Manuka Honey Face Mask

After seeing the number of views and likes for the NYX post, I feel somewhat encouraged to do another beauty review. Besides, it’s always fun to try something different once in a while.

So… I had a bit of a spree while at Etude House, though that’s nothing compared to the damage I did in Taipei, but more on that next time. I’m a member, and because I’d spent over HK$300, there were some goodies given for free! The Precious Mineral cushion on the top right corner and the Face Blur samples at the bottom of the photo were the freebies, everything else was my spontaneous purchase, haha oops.

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I haven’t tried the Precious Mineral cushion (HK$188) and the Dear Girls oil control pact (HK$80), so those won’t be included in today’s review. I’m thinking of holding off the cushion till after the summer, in order to simplify my routine, and because the shade 01 is a bit light for me right now. So maybe I’ll use and review it in the fall, and who knows, by then there’ll be more Etude House products added to my collection!

The Big Cover concealer cushion (HK$114) is a liquid concealer with a sponge-tip applicator, and I’ve got mine in the shade Mint. You click the end of the “pen” a few times, and some product will be dispensed from the applicator. I usually do three clicks for each side of my face, left and right, and then rub off any excess on the back of my (clean) hand before replacing the cap.

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I’d describe the coverage as medium, and it’d probably work for most light to medium skin tones. As you can see, there’s a bruise on the back of my hand from knocking into a cabinet, and the concealer covers it a little. Of course, the purpose of a mint-coloured concealer is to correct redness. I apply it before foundation, and it helps to reduce the redness in my skin. There isn’t too much product oozing out, and it’s really easy to use. I love it, and it’s now an integral step in my makeup routine.

Speaking of routine, the Face Conditioning Fixer (HK$98) has also been included, but as the last step, to fix my makeup after it’s done. To be honest, I sometimes forget to use it, and for now it’s not a necessity in my books. I work in an air-conditioned environment and don’t perspire much, so my makeup stays put without much effort either way. That said, it’s quite fun to use the spray, and there’s a subtle scent that I quite like.

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The Face Blur primer is something else I wouldn’t consider necessary at this moment. To be fair, it isn’t a bad product – it went on smoothly and brightened up the skin nicely, plus the SPF is a great bonus. It’s just that I’d like to get ready to go to work (or anywhere, really) without slapping on a hundred different products.

My everyday basics are concealer, foundation, and blush. Brown eyeliner if there’s an extra minute. Mascara if I’m going out after work. Of course I love playing with makeup, and you’ll definitely see lots of eyeshadow, false lashes, and lip colour for a special occasion, and even then, I’d forgo the face primer. Like I said, not this moment. Perhaps when I get older and my skin starts looking drab (oh the horror), then I’d be looking into something to put the glow back on!

The Manuka Honey face mask (HK$10) was unexpectedly creamy! I’m used to masks that contained a more gel-like substance, so this was different. It’s neither good nor bad, just an observation. The eye holes in the masks were also smaller than those of other masks that I’ve previously tried, which I suppose is nice because there’s more “mask” to adhere to the skin, and there was a subtle scent which smelled rather delicious.

I’ve got the concealer and fixing spray on in this picture, though you won’t be able to tell, LOL. This post is all about “invisible” makeup, which probably isn’t as exciting as eyeshadow or lip gloss colours, but hey, I’ve made it! Thank you once again for indulging me, and I hope you enjoyed it!