Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SPARKLE: Spoiled: The Parking Meteor Expired

One of the reasons I so enjoyed heading over to the US recently was the opportunity to check out the Spoiled nail polish collection carried in CVS drugstores. I had 17 polishes on my wish list and managed to get about 10 - but have no fear it did not break the bank as the Spoiled range is done by Wet N Wild and retails for around $2 US each.

So swatched here today is the colour 'The Parking Meteor Expired' which reminds me of a cross between China Glaze's Watermelon Rind and Emerald Fitzgerald. This is the first colour I tried and I am so impressed. All pictures are taken in natural outdoor light (unfortunately it is cloudy here so I couldn't get a sunlight shot). I am wearing 2 coats with no topcoat and this is day 3. No chipping -  did I mention I'm impressed? Want to see more...

 (the pink reflection here is actually my top - sorry)

Apart from the price and range (Spoiled comes in 70 colours - holy cow), the only other note worthy thing is the brush - it be thick and wide. I found this reasonably easy to use with some practice and I'll be sure to catch the brush in a pic next time I do a spoiled NOTD.

Unfortunately I have not found a way to acquire these online as they are a CVS exclusive. Lucky Americans ;)

What colours have you tried?

Jac x

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TAG: I LOVE Drugstore Makeup

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
Actually I really don't have an overall favourite - I have favourites by products - Revlon for lips, Wet N Wild for eye shadow, Face of Australia for foundations and Australis for Mascara. If you made me choose just one brand to use for the rest of my life it would be between Revlon and Wet N Wild.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
Face - Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Cheek - BYS blush in Peach Sundae and Face of Australia Illuminator
Lip - Revlon lipstick in Demure and Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting or Peach Parfait

3. Least favorite product?
Maybelline mascaras generally and ESPECIALLY The Falsies. Yuck!

4. What is the best makeup bargain?

Walking on Eggshells palette from Wet N Wild or Essence's Blue Addicted Nail Polish (you'll see why under number 7).

5. What is your favorite underdog product?

BYS eyebrow pencils and blushes.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
Well ALL OF THEM in Australia but, generally I think mascaras are overpriced even in the US. In Australia I would have to point the finger of shame at Sally Hansen - my base coat is $16 AUD but only $6USD  - I'm sorry but that's ridiculous.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
  • Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Blue Me Away is a dupe of Zoya's Robin.
  • Essence's Blue Addicted Nail Polish is a dupe for Deborah Lippman's Across the Universe.
  • Julie G's Nail Polish in Julie's Fav is a dupe for Essie's Cute as a Button.

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
'BB creams' (don't even get me started on the fact these aren't 'real' BB creams at all either) - if you actually want to try one then go on eBay and check out brands like Skin Food, Misha and Etude House. 

If you got to the end of this post then consider yourself tagged baby. If you do decide to do this tag as a post please feel free to link your post below - I'd love to read it.

Happy Tuesday.


Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm back (+ a little Illamasqua blush candy)!

Hello everyone!

I have returned from my holiday overseas and I had an absolute ball. I hauled shoes, jewellery, makeup, perfume and of course polishes as you would expect. I'll definitely be posting some haul pics for those of you who want to see it all but in the meantime let me share some pics of my current favourite blush- Illamasqua's Zygomatic. I just loves it!

While it looks like a simple colour (the first pic is most true to colour -sorry about the swatches they are a little brown) it is absolutely lovely on the cheek and that sheen makes your skin look like magic. High 5 Illamasqua!

Hope you are happy and well.