Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Cream Pack – First Impressions!

Are you sick of me talking about my last RoseRose Shop haul yet?!  (See my reviews for Etude House Nail Polish, Holika Holika Lip Attention and CosRX samples). Just a few more things left to talk about…then I’ll need to get shopping again, I guess!

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I tried a 2ml foil sachet sample of “Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Cream Pack“, which isn’t enough to give a detailed opinion of it, but I got a few decent uses out of it. I liked the smell, which was lemony and reminded me a bit of the ‘Returning Starfish Cream‘ scent, and the texture was thick and creamy, and felt very hydrating.

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Often my skin starts to tingle or hurt in the first few seconds of applying a new cream, but I didn’t have any problems with this cream at all. Unfortunately I can’t tell if it’s actually done anything or not,  since I’ve only applied it a few times, but I give it positive feedback so far, and would give it another go.

One thing about it is I couldn’t find any information online in English about how to apply an ‘eye pack’ rather than a typical eye cream. I applied it thickly, and let it set in, like a mask. If anyone has advice on how to use it more effectively, I’d love to hear from you!

These were received as a free sample in my RoseRose Shop order (which I paid full price for). I am not in any way affiliated with Rose Rose Shop and did not receive any compensation for this post. 

Eyes of the Day – 25th June 2015 – Femme Fatale Mermaid Blues and Greens

A different type of post today! A little look at my Eyes of the Day. Just did my makeup quickly, and quite liked the colours I used, and I have to fill in a few moments, so thought I’d do a brief post. My application is sloppy, and my eyebrows are wild, but it’s a fun burst of colour on this frosty Canterbury morning, so here it is.

I don’t take ‘selfies’, or even use social media, so I apologise for the poor quality photos. I need to improve them, I know! They don’t do justice to how gorgeous these shadows are, but I hope you get a general idea. My policy on this blog will always be that I don’t touch up photos of myself, except with full disclosure. I’ve added text and borders, as you can clearly see, but I promise my readers I will not blur out imperfections or otherwise enhance.

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I applied Emerald Dream all over each eyelid first. Didn’t think to use a primer but I don’t really need it to last, I’m just playing. I have E.L.F Sheer Primer, and E.L.F Glitter Primer but I find Femme Fatale’s formula is good enough to not need a primer anyway, although I really want to try their own Shadow Magic formula.

I then applied Deepmoss on the top of each lid, just a light dusting. Usually I’d use brushes, but today I applied with my fingers, so it’s not blended as well as it should be.

I finished off with good old reliable, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner (black, of course) underneath, and a coat of L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara. I’m not all that fussed on Miss Manga to be honest but it’s the only one I’ve got right now so I don’t have much choice. Overall I’m quite happy with the look!

Hope you’re all staying warm – anyone else done any interesting makeup today?

I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned, and all items were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any compensation for this post. 

IHerb – my first haul!

A long, long time ago (February, actually), I made my first order from Iherb. I hate paying international shipping, which is what put me off for awhile, but its actually quite reasonable, and you save so much its worth it. I was planning to buy my sister a tin of Harney and Sons Chocolate Mint Tea, and it was cheaper to buy from Iherb (AND pay shipping) then to buy it locally in stores. I also bought her an ELF Matte Lip Stick (Rich Red), which she said is a nice colour and lovely to use (sorry, I can’t give you a swatch!). I figured since I was ordering stuff anyway, might as well put in a few extra things for myself – was hard to limit myself, but moving across the country is an expensive process, so I had to reign myself in.

I settled for E.L.F Eyelid Primer (Pearl), and E.L.F Shimmer Face (Gold). I don’t use highlighters or primers much, and want to experiment more with them. Unfortunately I didn’t keep track of how long the order took, but it was well packaged and arrived promptly to New Zealand. Everything was in excellent condition, and the tea was fresh with a good expiry date. I was really happy with what I ordered, and the service, and will definitely be ordering again – hopefully soon!

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E.L.F Eyelid Primer (Pearl) :

This glides smoothly onto my eyes, doesn’t irritate and makes my eyeshadows more vibrant and last longer. For the price I paid, I think it was definitely worth it! You can sometimes find E.L.F in stores here in NZ, but the selection is often limited, and they can be quite over priced. This was something like $4 NZ including shipping, I think. It won’t give the expensive brands a run for their money, but it’s definitely worth considering if you have a limited makeup budget like I do!

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E.L.F Shimmer Face (Gold):

Like the primer, it was worth the small price I paid, probably around $4 NZ including shipping. I’m still new to the whole highlighter game, and I know I could be better at it. I probably should have got the pink shade instead, I feel a bit too ‘yellow’ if I apply this too heavy handedly. I use my own beloved set of Bossy brushes to apply rather than the little brush included, which gives a much nicer coverage. Honestly, the brush in it reminds me of the makeup sets you get when you’re a kid! You get a very generous amount of product, and I think if you like a bronzed, healthy, glowing look this would work well for you. As you know if you’ve read my blog before, I’m trying to get the pale look, so this isn’t an ideal product. I do use it occasionally, but it’s not the ideal product for me.

Please note this post contains affiliate links. If you visit Iherb through my link, you don’t pay any extra but I get a small cut towards my blog which would be greatly appreciated. Thank you 🙂 The Bossy brushes were a PR sample but are genuinely loved, and I do not receive any compensation from Bossy for continuing to endorse their brushes. 

CosRX Skincare – Two First Impressions!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

I’ve made posts already talking about my recent purchase from RoseRose Shop – Holika Holika Pro Lip Attention : Bad Girl, and Etude House Give Me Chocolate Nail Polish : Cherry Ganache, but I also received a few free samples, and I will try them out and review them for you too. I wasn’t at all familiar with the brand CosRX until I tried these two samples, and was initially put off when a sachet had a spelling mistake (twice!) on it. My skin is very dry and sensitive, so I wasn’t sure if I should bother trying these, but decided to try them anyway.

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The first sample I tried was ‘Oil-Free Aloe Vera Moisture Gel’, although it was spelled ‘Oli- Free’! My skin was dry and a bit patchy at the time, and it stung a little over the patchy bit, but just briefly. It didn’t cause any redness or irritation, and after a few hours I noticed my skin did seem to feel smoother and nicer. The foil sachet is so small you barely get enough to cover your face, so it’s impossible to get  an accurate idea just from trying it, but I’d definitely give it another go. I think it would be great on sunburn! It is available from RoseRose Shop for just over $10 US for 100ml. 

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I’ve previously tried Mizons All in One Snail Repair Cream and wasn’t too fussed one way or the other about it (based on a small foil sachet sample). I feel pretty much the same about this one – CosRX Advanced Snail All in One Cream. Hopefully the photo gives you some idea of the texture, a light, easily spreadable cream, which has a neutral smell. I found it comfortable to use and quite hydrating, and the foil sachet lasted two applications. I think I preferred it to the Mizon one, and while I’m not rushing out to buy it, I’d give it another try. This is available from RoseRoseShop for $14.47 for 100ml, which seems quite reasonable.

These were received as a free sample in my RoseRose Shop order (which I paid full price for). I am not in any way affiliated with Rose Rose Shop and did not receive any compensation for this post. 

Beauty Joint – My First Haul, With Reviews and Swatches!

This review has taken a very long time sorry – purchased my first Beauty Joint haul in February, just before we moved. I was impressed with their prices, selection and service, and can’t wait to purchase again!

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WET N WILD Silk Finish Lipstick – Shade: Black Orchid

There seems to be some confusion over whether or not this particular product is discontinued (although Beauty Joint still do have it in stock) – it looks like they may be reformulating it? Anyway, I absolutely loved this colour and it’s my new favourite beauty product (despite having owned it since Feb, it’s not exactly brand new to me). I’ve been seeking a rather different, browny tone, but didn’t really know what I wanted. At $2 US (plus a small amount for shipping), I couldn’t really go wrong, and my gamble paid off.

I especially love it paired with my plaid dress and floral “wannabe-Docs” for a “I think I’m so 90’s grunge but I’m not actually” look. 😉 The only downside, if there really is one, is that the packaging does look cheap, but that doesn’t matter – and the price IS cheap. The lid may be a bit flimsy though, I could definitely see this one falling off and floating round the handbag.

Would I buy again or recommend? : Yes! I never buy the same makeup more than once, so I’m not going to buy a backup, but I would highly recommend it

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WET N WILD Mega Last Matte Lip Cover – Shade: Cherry Bomb

This is a lipstick I’ve been eyeing up for so long I’m surprised my eyes haven’t fallen out of my head. I really want a dark, vampy red, but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. In terms of colour, Cherry Bomb nails it, but I’m just not a matte fan, and this is so dry and uncomfortable on me. Since I love the colour, I just layer it up with some gloss and balm. If you love matte, then I would recommend it however.

Would I buy again or recommend? : No, I wouldn’t buy it for myself, but I would recommend to anyone who likes matte (these days it seems like I’m the only person who doesn’t!)

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LA GIRL Glazed Lip Paint – Shade: Tempt

I um’d and ah’d over this one for way too long. At $3.29 USD, it was hardly expensive, but on a very limited budget I wanted to be sure I was getting something I would definitely use and enjoy. Nearly 4 months later, I still can’t decide if I like it or not. OK, I “like” it, but I don’t love it. I’m certainly not “in love” with it! I’m a bit fussy about lip formulas, I hate ‘stains’ or ‘tints’ or any other wishy-washy bullshit that doesn’t know what its meant to be. I didn’t know what to expect from Lip Paint, having not yet been able to try Lip Tar or ‘Too Faced Melted’, etc.

This is kind of an odd product. I like how you can build up the opacity in layers, starting with a sheer tint/stain. It also lends itself quite well to wearing over a similar coloured lipstick. I’ve experimented with applying it with a lip brush but that doesn’t do much to help either for me. It also gets on my teeth badly, but that’s probably just me! It’s a nice colour, I just wish it was thicker and less sheer. I won’t be bothering with any of the others in this range, although I don’t entirely regret my purchase.

Would I buy again or recommend? : No, I would put my money towards something in a thicker, or more traditional lipstick format. I’d recommend if you like those sort of products, but I just found it way too fiddly to use.

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JORDANA Semi-Permanent Liquid Eyeliner – Shade: Go On Purple

“Semi Permanent” : means what? Long-lasting, enduring, “half permanent” if you’re going to be literal about it. None of these terms could be used to accurately describe this eyeliner. For $2.29 USD, it wasn’t exactly expensive, but I still wish I’d chosen a different product. The colour is pretty but nowhere near as vibrant as I hoped for, and the formula was light and a bit watery. Despite mine only being open a few months, I need to shake it well before using (which I have had to do since day 1!). This is a product that would be great for teenagers on a low budget just wanting to dabble in makeup, but for the rest of us, you could easily get a better product. If you see it really cheap, have a go with it (Jordana is available in some dollar stores/Coin Save/etc around NZ), but I wouldn’t spend much on it, atleast not this shade. Perhaps the others are more pigmented and lasting?

Would I buy again or recommend? : No, though I might try a different shade. You could do a lot worse, I just feel there’s probably better out there. I haven’t tried E.L.F’s equivalents, I’d say they are probably better.

e.l.f. Essential Glitter Primer – Shade : Sheer

I use a lot of indie/pigmented/loose shadows, and wanted to try a few primers to bring out the colour and make them last longer. This does the job, and at only $3 US it won’t break the bank either, and it seems like it would last a long time too.

Would I buy again or recommend? : Yes, both! I don’t know how it compares to expensive primers, but I thought it offered good value for money so would recommend to anyone wanting a low-priced eyeshadow primer.

The whole order was around $13 USD (plus postage) and arrived quickly and well packaged. I will definitely be ordering again!

This post does not contain affiliate links, sponsored content or anything that would otherwise benefit me 😉 I purchased all of these at full price with my own money, and did not receive any special treatment. My choice to recommend BeautyJoint is based on my genuinely positive shopping experience with them (based on February 2015). 

Holika Holika Lip Pro – Bad Girl Swatches and Review!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

My third order from RoseRoseShop arrived this week, and I have already reviewed the other item I bought (Etude House Nail Polish from the Give Me Chocolate Range in the colour ‘Cherry Ganache’). My other purchase was Holika Holika’s Pro Lip Attention in ‘Bad Girl’, which I have wanted to try for the longest time. Plus 5 samples, yay! 🙂

I’m not a fan of the current matte liquid trend (I know, I must be the only one, but I don’t care. They just don’t work for me), and this is as close as I think I’ll comfortably get. They describe is as a ‘soft mousse-type lip lacquer’ which seems accurate. It’s not a gloss, it’s not a stain/tint/etc..its a thick, liquid lipstick formula (but not matte). The wand gives a good coverage, which you can build up to be darker if you like. I’ve been looking for my perfect dark-red for ages, and this is more brown than I was hoping for, but still a gorgeous colour, and looks amazing on. The formula feels nice on your lips, not drying, doesn’t slide off or feather like so many lip colours so on me. It wore well for a few hours, which is pretty good by my standards – nothing lasts on my lips or nails!

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I don’t have much else, or many bad things, to say. This seems hard to find, although Holika Holikas website still have it. I would say RoseRose Shop will be your best bet, and it’s cheaper there too, or try Ebay. I paid $8.46 US, plus $3 shipping to New Zealand.

One thing, before I go, I’d just like to point out to new customers to RoseRose Shop, that their emails have a habit of going into your Spam folder! Many people don’t realise this, then get shitty about their “lack of service”. So if you do purchase from them, make sure you check your Spam box, you’ll probably get emails from them in there. I have found their communication and service to be absolutely excellent…once I figured that out! 😉

Would I recommend to others? Yes, especially if you want something a little different to the current popular matte liquid lips. This had a gorgeous colour and great coverage, but didn’t dry my lips out

Would I buy again? Hell yeah I would! Very happy with it, and am glad I bought it.

These products were purchased with my own money, and no compensation was given for this post. I have no affiliation with RoseRoseShop. 

Etude House Nail Polish – Cherry Ganache – Swatches and Review!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

Third haul from RoseRose Shop!

My third order from RoseRoseShop arrived this week – really quick service! I bought Etude House Nail Polish from the Give Me Chocolate Range in the colour ‘Cherry Ganache’, and Holika Holika’s Pro Lip Attention in ‘Bad Girl’. Plus they sent 5 sample sachets too! I know people say RRS aren’t generous with samples, but seeing my total was less than $16US, I’m happy with 5 free sachets – better than nothing! I’ll review these for you eventually too.

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I was thrilled to get my hands on this – partly because the Give Me Chocolate range is limited and not readily available now, and I am quite partial to chocolate. I also “need” more brown nail polishes 😉 I chose Cherry Ganache as it looked like an auburn, red-brown but I was a bit disappointed. The colour is very much a ‘milk chocolate’ brown, no red to it at all. I checked the label, and DID receive the right colour though. Its a bland, neutral shade, something you might wear to a corporate job interview – not something I’d generally buy.

The nail polish even SMELLS like chocolate, which might be a plus to some people, personally I don’t like the idea of encouraging people to smell nail polish. It does make it more pleasant than some nasty-chemical smelling polishes out there. I haven’t been able to get an ingredients list, and am pretty sure this is not 3-free/5-free/cruelty free.nail3nail4

This applied smoothly, but needed atleast two coats. It looked good after two, but a third finished it off. I didn’t use base/top coat, and that was a bad decision, as it chipped badly before 24 hours had even passed, actually it kind of peeled off, like those nail polishes I used to have when I was very young (DAE Jelly Bean Generation, twenty years ago? Just me? OK). Next time, I will spend more time applying it more carefully and hopefully it will last longer. I do have quite flexible nails though, so your results may vary, I have yet to find the perfect nail polish that actually lasts on me.

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Please excuse the messy application! But atleast you get an idea of the colour. This is straight after applying three coats. No base/top coat.

Would I recommend to others? Yes, if you’re looking for a neutral, basic brown nail polish and can get it at a reasonable price.

Would I buy again? Probably not. It didn’t cost me much, and fills a gap in my collection, so no regrets, but I would have preferred the more auburn shade I thought I was getting.

These products were purchased with my own money, and no compensation was given for this post. I have no affiliation with RoseRoseShop.