Sunday, April 6

L'oreal's Butterfly Wing Mascara

butterfly effect mascara
L'Oreal False Lash Wings Mascara
After hearing Estee from Essie Button raving about this mascara I immediately added it to my wish list. This is just another case of 'the blogger made me do it.' It's a common problem in my life. I had no need for a new mascara but when I heard Priceline had an introductory offer on it for $18 my resolve crumbled.

I've always been impressed by L'Oreal Mascara's. I don't buy them often because they are expensive. They usually range from  $20-30 but sometimes you can get them for under $20 on sale (which is when I buy them).  The new butterfly wings mascara claims to add instant volume and length, giving a 'winged eye-look'. Here's a photo of the wand:

false lash wing mascara wand

It definitely has an interesting shape. The top sides of the wand slant slightly, which helps catch those pesky small lashes that you always seem to miss. And then there are the arches at the bottom which help stretch out the outer corners. You can see this in the before and after shots:
lash wing mascara before after
Wow. Please excuse the post-assignment eyes.
I think this mascara really lives up to its claims. It's been a while since I've been excited about a mascara, and it's nice when you buy one that actually works. I've noticed a huge difference in the volume and length of my lashes when using this, and I love the curved winged look at the edges, it feels very classic and feminine.

Anyone else tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, March 30

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

apocalips celestial solstice
From the left: #101 Celestial & #201 Solstice
So I might be a little late on this bandwagon, but in my defence it has taken a while for these to be released in Australia. When they were finally  released they didn't even have the shades I wanted (#foreveraustralian)! But I did end up purchasing these two: Solstice and Celestial. Solstice is a light purple shade and contains a hint of shimmer in it. Celestial, on the other hand, which is a lighter pink, has no shimmer. Solstice is my favourite out of the two, (why do I always deviate towards the darker shades?) I love the colour and the slight shimmer it gives.

apocalips celestial solstice swatch

The formulation itself is what you would expect from a lacquer. They will slip and slide all over the place if you're not careful, and need to be touched up frequently. However, they do pack in a lot of pigmentation, and have a beautiful high-shine finish. For me, it's the finish that nullifies the other drawbacks.

Have you tried the Apocalips? What are your thoughts on lip lacquers?

Sunday, March 23

Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream

lioele triple solution bb cream

I purchased Triple the Solution a while ago in a Yesstyle haul, and finally I'm ready to post my thoughts on it. Lioele is a skincare and cosmetic brand from South Korea and is famous for this BB cream. I have oily skin, so it's hard for me to find something that gives me all the benefits of a BB cream but with lasting power and coverage for my oily skin and blemishes, especially in summer. The Triple The Solution claims to cater for all these problems.

When first applying it I was surprised how thick the consistency was. It goes on thick and dries fast, so I definitely recommend using a moisturising base beforehand. I also recommend not using your fingers, as convenient as it is, I didn't particularly enjoy tearing my face apart. I think a brush works a lot better. I use the Real Techniques buffing brush and I find that helps to fill in any large pores for a smoother appearance. Unlike many BB cream's I have tried this one has medium to high coverage, and covers any red spots or volcano's I might be sporting. Unfortunately I don't find this very buildable. When I try to apply another layer it can look cakey. This is probably because it dries matte, so if you have oily skin you won't have to worry about looking too greasy or shiny. When I wear this out for the day I only need to touch up with some powder once. It also has SPF 30 PA++, so you're also getting adequate protection from the sun.

Speaking of sun protection, two of the main ingredients in this cream are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both which provide full coverage from UVB and UVA rays. This is the kind of stuff you find in physical sunscreens (aka the best kinds). As for the other key ingredients, there is arbutin for whitening, beeswax which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties , and Hyaluronic acid for added moisture. There couldn't have been much of these last two ingredients in the cream because I do find it drying at times, and can accentuate the hell out of any dry patches or scabs if I'm not careful.

There are a few things I don't like about this BB cream, how heavy it feels on the skin and the dry patches, but overall it is one of the better ones I've come across for oily, blemish prone skin. Medium to high coverage, matte finish, durable (even in hot weather) with SPF 30 PA++. It's not too expensive either, Triple The Solution ranges between $20-30 mark, depending on where you're shopping. It is definitely a must try for BB cream enthusiasts.

Let me know your thoughts below!