Here's a collection of different NYX products recently purchased. I can't believe I haven't tried NYX cosmetics before, these are actually really good! I got 2 lip cremes, 2 plumpling lip glosses, 1 Mega Shine Lip Gloss, 1 Jumbo Lip Pencil, 2 Jumbo Eye Pencils and 1 retractable eye liner pencil. These will be reviewed in the following posts. :)

These aren't actually all mine, half of this haul is my sister's, but she's kindly allowed me to photograph and review them. ;)

For those who have tried NYX, what are the must-have products you think I should check out?

I managed to find a few stores in Davao City selling NYX products. I found them at the Rainbow Project in Gaisano Mall and at Chimes shopping mall. Hope this helps!

  What do you think? ♥



29/12/2011

My First NYX Products !

Etude House Party Queen Gradation Nails in No. 3 Party Gold

I really love this nail polish trio from Etude House. Its a set of three nail polishes meant to be applied in a gradation manner. The first polish is Glam Beige is meant to be the base colour, then Crystal Gold the second to be applied mid-nail outwards (I tend to use it from the second third of the nail out) and the last Dazzling Gold from the last third of the nail.

The result is beautiful. Very dainty, glamorous nails.

About the quality of the polishes, the speed of drying of these polishes are average, a bit long-ish with more than a single coat. Dazzling Gold glitters are chunkier and can come off if you forcibly peel them off the nail, but I think a top coat like Seche Vite top coat would make it adhere better. The glitters are not as difficult to remove compared to other glitter polishes, which I am happy with.

Etude House also have other colour schemes for Gradation nails. Off the top of my head, I remember seeing a Pink one and Silver one at the store. I might check them out at the store to see if I want any more! :)


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I also tried Etude Hosue Fresh Nailwash Safe Nai Color Remover. This acetone-based nail polish remover just smells lovely! It smells clean and berry-ish, which is a delight to use compared to the stronger acetone smelling scents. But compared to others, it is a bit less efficient at removing polish and it takes a few scrubs to use to remove the polish, which depends on the actual polish you're using.


Have you tried any of these?.  
What do you think? ♥


28/12/2011

Etude House Party Queen Gradation Nails in No. 3 Party Gold

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you a few outfits I wore during the last week. If you've been following my tweets, you'd know I arrived in the Philippines to spend my Christmas holiday here, and I've been having a wonderful time with my family and amazing food. I haven't got much sleep though and I am ill with a sore throat and my voice is almost completely gone. I hope I start to recover though. Anyway, enough about me! Enjoy these photos, and there are more outfit photos to come!

 Dress by Asos
I wore this dress to a Christmas party dinner with my friends on the night before I left for the Philippines.

This was when I had just arrived in the Philippines, and I looked awfully tired!

Dress by Forever21

This flowery halter top dress was for my little brother's Christmas party at Tropika, Davao City.
 


24/12/2011

Few Outfits During the Past Week


This December Glossybox has currently dominated UK beauty blogs as of late, and I'm sorry *well, not really* to add this review to the Glossybox overload. This is the second beauty box I received from Glossybox. For more on the Glossybox mechanics and my thoughts on them in general, read my first post here.

Compared to the other Glossyboxes, you would notice a striking *yes literally* difference in packaging - it's RED! Perfect for the festive season, and I'm happy to see a change in colour for more variety in my storage collection - I re-use these boxes to store my makeup and other products. In this box, I received 6 products:

Bionova Eye Wrinkle Treatment, Deborah Lippmann Mini Nail Varnish with Stripped to Go Sachet, Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss in Serengeti, Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in Yogi Flow, Blink + GO Eyeshadow and Blush Palette in 05

I was particularly impressed by two products in this set, namely the Deborah Lippmann polish and the Blink + GO Eyeshadow and Blush palette.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Razzle Dazzle . This polish contains red reflective glitters in a dark red berry base. It is stunning in person, this photo does not do it justice at all! It takes 2-3 coats to become opaque.

Blink + Go Palette in 05. This palette contains a rainbow of 6 eyeshadow shades on the top layer, and flipping it over reveals 2 blushes: a light yellow pink and a coral shade. I have not swatched these yet, so I cannot comment on the quality.

Overall, I am a lot more impressed by this month's Glossybox compared to the November 2011 one, but if were not for the nail polish, I would have probably been left unsatisfied.

  What do you think? ♥


You can subscribe to Glossybox through their website here.



22/12/2011

Glossybox December 2011

I have tried these skincare products from the brand Sk:n and they leave me nothing but impressed. I have tried two of their Vitamin-Rich Cleansers, one for oily skin and one for normal or combination skin. From their Repair and Protect range, I tried their award-winning Sunscreen in SPF50, and from the Anti-Ageing range, their Age-Delaying Cream for Younger Skin.

RRP £11 for 200ml
This creamy cleanser is applied straight onto dry skin, with either a cotton pad or straight with clean fingers (my preferred method), massaged onto the skin, and rinsed off with water. I prefer cold water as it is believed to tighten pores. This gently but efficiently removes makeup (including non-waterproof mascara) and does not irritate my eyes. After drying my face, it leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated, not tight at all as other cleansers might feel. It does not irritate my skin... I'm in love!

RRP £11 for 200ml
This Vitamin Rich Cleanser for oily skin comes in a gel form, compared to that for Normal to Combination skin which ones in a lotion form. My skin is more of the dry-combination type, so using this one for oily skin makes my skin feel a bit dry and tight after washing - nothing a moisturiser can't fix! Those who are acne-prone or with oily skin might benefit from using this.
While you are supposed to avoid the eye area when using this cleanser, I found that it also effectively removes eye makeup *naughty me!*

RRP £29 for 30ml
This luxurious cream is so smooth to apply, and dries within minutes, leaving a super soft velvety feel on the skin. I apply this after cleansing and patting my face dry; this way the moisturiser is easily absorbed and keeps the skin's moisture in. This is a wonderful product for this winter, and does not make my skin break out. A Winner!
Because this product contains Vitamin A, I advise to use this at night when you don't have sun exposure as Vitamin A can make your skin photosensitive. Vitamin A, of which a derivative of is used in anti-acne products like Roaccutane, is an anti-ageing product that regulates cell turnover, however for the purposes of this review, it is too soon and difficult to tell its effects!

RRP £15 for 100ml
While the anti-ageing cream is applied at night, this product should be applied during the day to protect your skin against the sun's UV rays with the impressive SPF50. To be specific, sunscreen should be typically applied about 30minutes prior to sun exposure to give the skin enough time to absorb the product. Especially during sunny days, it is also recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. I love this product - it is very easy to apply on the skin, the consistency is perfect - not to thick or thin, moisturises enough for the winter and smells heavenly. Love love :)




I am a strong advocate for these products, not one of them disappointed me. These are reasonably-priced good quality products, and are definitely worth checking out. You can find out more about them and purchase these products from the website: https://www.sknclinics.co.uk/shop

For this December, they currently have a 3 for 2 online offer. Be sure to take advantage of it! :)
  
What do you think? ♥
Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

13/12/2011

Sk:n Care Products: One Word - Fabulous!

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Like Glossy Box, Boudoir Prive is a beauty box company that sends you monthly beauty samples. You can subscribe to them online for £10 + £2.95 (for shipping) per month, which you can cancel any time. This review is pretty late - its for the September box, but nonetheless my thoughts on the products it contains doesn't change.

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The Boudoir Prive beauty box typically contains 5 to 6 beauty samples, but in this edition, they had 7, which is useful, depending on the products themselves. I got the following products:

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Zoya Marina Nail Polish Mini
This is a semi-metallic denim blue colour. I'm not ecstatic about it, and as it dries relatively slowly and I'm a little bit impatient when it comes to nail polish. I've been spoilt by other brands such as drugstore Rimmel and China Glaze, which seem easier to use and of better quality.

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Cargo Boogie Nights Mini Pencil Eyeliner
This is a sparkly denim blue eyeliner, along the same colour scheme as the Zoya nail polish previously mentioned. I found this quite smudgy and I don't really appreciate it. I've been spoiled by the MAC Greasepaint Sticks and Maybelline 2 in 1 Impact Shadow Liners, which are longer lasting and relatively smudge-free.

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A Tiny tub of Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish
This is a lemon-scented sugar scrub - or feels like it at least. This smells really good, however the tub is really tiny, maybe enough for 1 use for both legs or both arms. It really is a sample size!

I also got other products like the Agent Provocateur perfume sample, Macadamia Hair Oil, and Mai Couture Bronzing Blot Powder sample (which I'm a bit intimidated to use).

Overall, I was not really impressed with this selection of products. A lot of them I haven't heard of and after testing, they would not be products I would pick up for myself. I suppose the thing with these Beauty Boxes is the content can be a bit of hit and miss. Sometimes you would get products you absolutely love for the fraction of the retail price, and sometimes you feel you might have just wasted your money.

Exciting news however, is that Boudoir Prive joined the Joliebox, which is the leading beauty box subscription service in France. They have worked with high-end brands like Benefit, Kiehls, Essie, Lancome, etc, which means they will likely provide samples from these high end established brands.

Again, you can subscribe to the Boudoir Prive JolieBox at their website here.


  What do you think? ♥
Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

12/12/2011

Boudoir Prive Beauty Box


Beauty
 
Tina Marie Online shares her stunning Smoke and Ice look.
 
Lipglossiping shares a post on Lipstick Psychology: What does your lipstick say about you?

Enjoy!


11/12/2011

Beauty Blog Link Love - Week of 04/12/11





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Here is my first ever Glossybox! This, like Boudoir Prive, is an online subscription-based company that sends a monthly Beauty Box containing samples of beauty products for you to try. You can find out more from their website here.

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In the November 2011 Glossybox, I received the following...

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Monu Revitalising Moisturiser.

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Dead Sea Bath Salts. I'm more of a 'shower' girl rather than a 'bath' girl, so I don't know if I will ever be using this. I might save it for an upcoming giveaway! :)

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Arbonne FC5 Ultra Hydrating hand Cream. I quite like this product! The smell reminds me of sweet lemon cheesecake. It's a dream to use; easy to spread, dries, and keeps my hands moisturised for a few hours in the cold weather. 

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I was happy to receive this sample of Illamasqua Freak. It smells different from the other scents I typically go for ie sweet ones like Miss Dior Cherie, rather it smells like a feminine version of a musky scent, which unusually - I quite like.

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Nail Rock White polkadots on Black. These nail wraps are the new trend, with simple to complex designs, which are easy to apply like stickers, following the three steps written on the back. My sister already called dibs on these, so I will give them to her to try!

  What do you think? ♥

10/12/2011

Glossybox November 2011

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