Monday, 20 October 2014

Product Review - Etude House Play 101 Pencil


Hey guys! So onto today's post I've decided to review Korean Brand 'Etude House's' recently released 'Play 101 Pencil's'
Now if you keep up with my channel (click HERE) you would've seen me haul a bajonker load of Korean Cosmetics, including a few of the play 101 pencils.
There is 50 colors available in the entire range (click HERE to view entire range) and are roughly about $7.00AU a pop. 
They claim to be versatile and formulated, where you can use them anywhere on the face, (one pencil can be used as contour, highlight, eyeshadow, liner, eyebrow, lip, blush, concealer... you name it!). 

I will be reviewing:
  • Packaging
  • Products Texture and application
  • Colour pay off 
  • Versatility
  • Lasting power
 In this review I will be using three different pencils. 


NO. 5 - a shimmery ivory colour.

NO.17 - A vibrant pink shade (favourite alert!)

NO. 45 - A bronze brown with some subtle gold flecks through it.

PACKAGING

  • The products come packaged in a box the same colour as the product you purchased
  • They are in a wind up form - quick, easy and convenient when you need more product
  • Comes with a cap - like most
  • Attached to the bottom of each pencil is a sharpener - so convenient when you want a more sharp, crisp line, making it more versatile when it comes to where you apply it on the face.
  • The sharpener attachment is the same colour as the specific pencil colour - Love this! So easy when it comes to grabbing it out of your make up drawer, no need to read any colour names or open up a bunch of pencils to get to the colour you want. 



APPLICATION & LASTING POWER
Before application of any of the 101 Pencils. Here I have already applied foundation, concealer and my brows are done - I did not apply any eye or face primers.


After Application of the 101 Pencils. 
NO. 5 - Used as a highlighter, under my brows, inner corners of my eyes and the tops of my cheek bones. 
NO. 17 - Used as an eyeshadow all over my eyelid. 
NO. 45 - Applied as blush and lip colour. 

  • Application - Very smooth and easy to blend (used fingers for blending), it does set fairly fast so I definitely recommend to blend as soon as applied. 
  • Very opaque, all applied with one layer and the colour pay off is amazing. 

 After doing the rest of my hair and make up, I finished the look off by applying liquid liner and mascara. 



3hrs After Application
PS. Throughout the day I did not retouch or blot anywhere because I didn't want it to interfere with the review. 
  • Everything still seems in perfect condition
  • Highlight on the cheek bones, inner corner of my eyes and under my brow bones are still visible. 
  • Eyelids have not creased
  • Lips and cheeks are still vibrant and in good condition. 


7hrs After Application (and lunch)
Once again, I did not retouch or blot anywhere because i didn't want it to interfere with the review. 
  • Highlight is still visible
  • Eyelids have not creased (love it!)
  • The lips have started to fade, leaving only visible colour on the outer portions of my lips. 
  • Cheeks have slightly faded but is still visible. 



Overall Thoughts
  • Packaging? 
Love it! I thought the package was well thought out for it's consumers, it is still sleek, modern and attractive and all the yet making it still convenient for us users.
We are able to know what colour the product is without having to open the product or read it's name. 
I also love the little detachable sharpener it comes with, makes it easy when you want a more precise and sharp line. 

  • Products texture and application?
To be honest, this is one of the smoothest pencil products I have ever used, the texture is much similar to a kohl pencil, where it glides on smoothly, but it sets and doesn't smudge. 
It does not pull at all when applying (even on the lips!) and glides on beautifully, 

  • Colour Payoff?
Very vibrant and clear colour. I found that one layer was enough to work with and use on my face - good in ways where there is no product wastage.


  • Versatility?
I must say, they do live up to what their made for. Very versatile, the texture is so smooth and it sets so well that it works perfectly anywhere on the face. It's great for traveling (don't have to pack a bajillion make up products, just bring a couple of these babies!), good for those who aren't that into make up and just want a few things to work for them and wonderful for those with a creative mind and want to play around with their make up. 


  • Lasting powder?
I was amazed at how they lasted on my eyelids, seriously guys, this was worn in 30C weather, in the markets... the outdoor markets, and not once did my eyelids show any signs of creasing. 
However, they did fade on my lips and slightly on my cheeks - conclusion, if disturbed by food or hands it will fade, so always reapply on lips!



All in all, I have to say I am very impressed by this Etude House range, and I seriously need to buy some more, maybe one for concealing... and contouring... oo and for the brows!... haha. 



I hope you all enjoyed this review and be sure to check in for more reviews and fun stuff in the future. 

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Stained Nails Solution DIY


Stained Nails? Something us bright nail colored addicts know way too much about! 
Personally it's become a vicious cycle, I paint my nails to conceal their stains, but their stained because I paint them, sound familiar? *sigh*
On today's post I will teach you an easy DIY, to fix those stained discolored nails using household items!

 Before we begin, this is the before shot of my nails, stained, awful and gross!



  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice. 

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, warning the baking soda + lemon juice creates a small volcanic like eruption, but nothing to be afraid of. LOL.

Soak your nails in the solution for about 5 minutes. 


Use a nail brush or a tooth brush to softly scrub the surface of your nails. 


 Rinse your hands and apply some cuticle cream (my favourite is the Burts Bees ones) to restore back your nails moisture. 


TADA! Sparkling white! Now you know you can safely wear dark and bright nail polish's without having to worry about the stain!




Hope you found this post helpful and I'll see you all in the next one! Toodles!


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Monday, 29 September 2014

Manicure Monday: Midnight Glitter


On today's Manicure Monday, I am rocking a black french tip with a twist. I felt like being a bit of a rock star and went for something more edgy than my usual pinks... but I couldn't leave out the glitter!

Products:
For this manicure I used:
  • Essence Colour & Go - "Black Is Back"
  • Maybelline Color Show - "Glitter It"
  • Essence Gel-Look Topcoat

Because I loved how my nails turned out, I decided to make a nail art tutorial on how you can do it too! Guys, I was so surprised at how easy it was! 


TUTORIAL



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Friday, 26 September 2014

Make Up Tutorial: 90s Inspired

The 90s, it's making a huge come back, from boybands, to fashion and make up looks. On today's episode of Vanessa's Corner I will teach you all how to do this 90s Inspired Make Up Look. 
Points of this look are:
  • Matte Shades
  • Neutral Shades
  • Bronze complexion
All these factors played a huge part in make up looks during the 90s. 

I hope you all enjoy this simple and everyday make up look. 





PRODUCTS USED:

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
2. Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder
3. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick (Tonkin)
4. Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc (31)
5. Australis Matte Out Mattifying Face Base

6. Modelsprefer Matte Khol Liner Pencil
7. Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil (04 Brown Writer)
8. Tony Moly Baby Doll Pot Concealer
9. Essence Lash & Brow Gel (clear)
10. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation
11. Rimmel London Wonder'full Mascara
12. ELF Eyelid Primer


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Fashion Friday - 90s Inspired



Fashion Friday! Like all the past trends, the one that is making a huge comeback, is the 90s. So go on, watch 'Saved By The Bell' and 'Clueless' again, listen to your old 'Backstreet Boy, Backstreets Back' and 'TLC' album, borrow your dad's/husbands mustard trade boots - because it's alllllll coming back!


 OUTFIT #1 - 'Grunge With A Grunt'
 Remember when you were younger and you had no where to put your jacket when you ran and played, so you use to tie it around your waist? Haha! Well it's a fashion look my dear! 
Get that Statement Tshirt and that pair of high waist shorts, add a Flannel Shirt around your waist and rock out the grungiest pair of boots and beanie you own. 

TSHIRT - 'Valleygirl'
DENIM SHORTS - By yours truly :)
FLANNEL SHIRT - 'By Baleno' - Hong Kong


ACCESSORIES
 BOOTS - 'Girl Express'
BEANIE - 'Rubi'

OUTFIT #2 - 'Girl's Got A Clue'
This outfit was inspired by the movie 'Clueless', in the film Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is mostly, if not always, going for that prep girl vibe. This outfit represents all you preppy girls out there... but with an edge. 
Use that basic collared top that you love so much, but pair it with much edgier pieces, such as this pleather skater skirt and this oversized tartan printed cardigan. Add your knee high socks, ankle boots and bowlers hat - and you're back in the 90s!

TOP - 'Ralph Lauren'
SKIRT - 'Girl Express'
CARDIGAN - 'Valleygirl'

ACCESSORIES
ANKLE BOOTS - 'Grosby'
BOWLERS HAT - 'Ebay'
KNEE HIGH SOCK - 'Target'


OUTFIT #3 - 'Pretty Girl'
The other two outfits have too much grunge? Go for a soft palette. In the 90's wearing a round neckline white tshirt under your floral dresses was as common as... 9 is in 90s (?)... Pair the outfit with some sandals (jelly flats in particular are so adorable) and go flower picking (IDK... I'd wear this outfit if I was going flower picking... lol).

TSHIRT - 'Giordano'
DRESS - 'Kitty Kat'

ACCESSORIES
JELLY SANDALS - 'Rubi'


OUTFIT #4 - "Artist"
Another huge trend in the 90's was wearing that crop top with that longer length skirt and pairing it with some comfortable white lace ups. 
Go with that cool girl vibe and rock out your ankle length skirts you've got stashed at the back of your closet. 

SKIRT - 'Imprint'
CROP TOP - Made by yours truly 


ACCESSORIES
WHITE LACE UP SHOES - Korea
BOWLERS HAT - 'Ebay'

OUTFIT #5 - "Rhythm & Blues"
And lastly, what would the 90's be without the influence of RnB music. You know you were raised in the 90's when you've owned cardboard covered singles (lol remember those?) of TLC, Aaliyah and EnVogue. 
Those ladies knew how to rock a pair of Timberlands and boyfriend jeans. 
Pair those over-sized boyfriend jeans with a chunky black belt, white tshirt and chunky boots - then you, my girl, have become an RnB diva.

BOYFRIEND JEANS - 'Target'
TSHIRT - 'Giordano'


ACCESSORIES
 CHUNKY BOOTS - My husbands
BEANIE - 'Ebay'
CHUNKY BLACK BELT - 'Calvin Klein'


That concludes this weeks 'Fashion Friday', I hope you all enjoyed this post and feel inspired for your future outfits! Thanks for visiting guys and I'll see you all in the next one! BYYYYYEEE!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation & Concealer

Today we will be reviewing Maybelline's recent foundation and concealer release. The 'SuperStay Better Skin' Foundation & it's pairing Concealer.
I was sooooo excited when I first heard about these two, because the original Super Stay Foundation is one of my ultimate favourites!

Before we begin the review, I want to mention, this is not a first impressions review, I actually used this product a good month and a bit prior to this post - just because I really wanted to get a good feel and collect all of my thoughts on the products before posting it to you all.
This post will show you my thoughts on the feature of the packaging, formula, product claims and images of me using it throughout the entire day. 

Now... Shall we begin?



Claims

Looking from the Maybelline website (click HERE to view), they claim the foundation does the following:
  • Specially formulated to leave a healthier and energized feel and appearance after three weeks of using. 
  • Long wearing formula - last's all day
  • Flawless Coverage
  • Hydrates and smooths skin
  • Evens skin tone 
  • Reduces redness
  • SPF14

On the website (click HERE to view) they also claim the Concealer does the following:
  • Specially formulated to leave a healthier and energized feel and appearance after three weeks of using. 
  • Long wearing formula  - lasts all day
  • Flawless coverage
  • Covers imperfections
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Reduces redness
Packaging
Now, when I was looking at the points of the packaging for the products, I noticed that they really thought out the products packaging and I appreciate that they really thought of their consumers, in terms of convenience and quality. So well thought out Maybelline!

FOUNDATION
  • Foundation contains 30mls of product. 
  • Thick Glass Bottle - Good quality, some people don't like glass bottles, but I prefer glass bottles because I feel it better quality.
  • Pump Dispenser - Love love LOVE when my foundations come with a pump, you get better control as to how much product comes out of the bottle and it cuts out a lot of product wastage. 
  • Clear Bottle - I know this may seem like a small point to some, but I love when my foundations come in clear packaging, helps me get a good idea of how much product I have used (or have left) and of any signs of the product separating (one of the first signs of cosmetic expiry). 


CONCEALER



  • Concealer contains 11mls of product. 
  • Clear plastic squeezable tube - I like the idea that it is a squeezable tube, once again making it more convenient for the consumers on the control of how much of the product we squeeze out.
  • Tip Applicator - Okay, guys, this is the best applicator ever. If you're like me and absolutely hate getting make up on your hands, this applicator helps so much! I just used the applicator to apply on my blemishes and used a cosmetic tool (brush or sponge) to blend. It's so convenient and mess free. 


APPLICATION & RESULTS

BARE FACE
 This is my bare, freshly washed, toned and moisturized face, before any application of products. 
As you can see I have a lot of darkness around my eyes, redness, hyper pigmentation, scarring and freckles - perfect skin conditions to see how these two products work!


AFTER APPLYING
This is the results after applying one thin (yes thin, a little goes a long way with this one) layer of foundation using a beauty sponge and dabbing it on. Spot concealing with the concealer and using the beauty sponge to blend it out. 
I did not use a primer or set the products with any powders.

When applying it:
  • It was easy to manipulate and blend into the skin
  • Did not feel thick or heavy on the skin
  • And it did set to an almost powdery finish
Instantly after application:
  • The foundation diminished all skins redness and hyper pigmentation (no concealer required for that)
  • The foundation filled and hid my pores around my cheeks
  • The Concealer completely hid the dark circles under my eyes
  • The Concealer concealed a lot of the scarring around my cheeks, chin and temples. 



AFTER APPLYING THE REST OF MY MAKE UP
This is after applying the rest of my make up, once again I want to mention, I did not set the foundation with any powders or setting spray. 


FOUR HOURS AFTER APPLICATION
  • Blemishes and dark circles were still concealed. 
  • Did not show any signs of oiliness or dry patches. 
  • Foundation and concealer hadn't settled into any of my fine lines.
  • Was still in perfect condition!
 EIGHT HOURS AFTER APPLICATION
  • Showed slight signs of oiliness on the top of my nose (I tend to get very oily on my T-Zone)
  • Concealer was still in perfect condition under my eyes, but did start to fade on my chin. 
  • I noticed that the foundation started to show signs of patchiness and cracking between my eyebrows. 
  • I did notice some of the foundation & concealer transfer onto tissue when I had to blow my nose a few times (damn hay fever!)


FINAL VERDICT

FOUNDATION
  • An awesome foundation in terms of coverage and feel on the skin. 
  • Medium to full coverage foundation.
  • Not at all thick or cake looking.
  • Breathable and comfortable on the skin.
  • Consumer friendly and well thought out packaging. 
  • Did find that my skin became oily on my T-Zone after 8 hours of wearing it, so I do recommend using a settling powder if you do have oily/combination skin such as myself. 
  • I wouldn't say its as long wearing as the original 24HR Super Stay Foundation, but it lasted a good 7 hours before any signs of oiliness or fading (and this was without any retouches or using oil sheets throughout the day). I definitely, once again, recommend using a setting powder.
  • Now, in terms of the formula claiming to make your skin appear more healthier and energized, I wouldn't say I've seen significant changes after using it for a month and a half, but then again... I'm a mother of two under two and barely have any sleep - so good luck to any company trying to make my skin look more healthier and energized! HAHA! But in all seriousness, I didn't see any significant changes, but what I did notice was that it did not irritate or make my skin break out - which happens too often when testing out foundations that just aren't up to par. So thats an A+ in my books.
CONCEALER
  • Convenient and well thought out packaging. 
  • Good quality and full coverage concealer, definitely did a great job at covering my dark circles and blemish scarring.
  • Comfortable on the skin.
  • Transfers, so I do recommend setting it with a powder. 
  • Does not settle into fine lines or creases. 
  • Have become a big fan! This concealer worked wonders when I was experiencing post pregnancy cystic acne, this concealer is such good quality and covers up so well without irritating the skin in any slightest way. 


MAKE UP TUTORIAL - Demo using both products. 



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