Friday, February 22, 2013

[Review] Butter London "Dahling"

Size: 11ml - .4 fl oz
Price: C$17.50
Type: N/A 

In Canada, this nail polish is purchasable at Sephora & Holt Renfrew (and other online beauty retailers).

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Butyl Alcohol, Streara/konium Hectorite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Acrylates Copolymer (and) Bimethiconol (and) Mercaptopropionic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid. May contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red #6 Barium Lake, D&C Red #7 Calcium Lake, D&C Red #30 Lake, D&C Red #34 Calcium Lake, Aluminum Powder, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Guanine (the label was so small that it is not readable).

Product Description
You don't have to be daring all the time. Sometimes a deep, dusky pink is just the ticket and very posh indeed.

"Dahling" comes in Butter London's classic design; a black rectangle cap on top that secures the cylinder-shaped applicator with a white bird engraved. The applicator is a round brush.

"Dahling" itself is a appears to be lighter than the actual polish. I thought it was a pastel pink shade but it applied to be deep and muted pink (to see the closest representation of the shade, click here).

The scent is almost undetectable in comparison to regular nail polishes in the market.

Would I Recommend This Product? 
I would totally recommend this product. Three impressive facts:
1. Super Chipping Resistant: I have a habit of tapping my fingernails on the table (and I really don't take care of my nails that much) but it survived nine to mostly fourteen days without incidental and minor chipping (and the chipping is almost invisible too!).
2. Satisfactorily Amazing Colour Pay-off: This nail polish is almost opaque in one coat, and if not, two coats is more than enough (three coats is too thick).
3. Fast Drying: It dries quick.
With these being said, I was definitely impressed by the nail polish and I look forward to trying more.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

[Haul] Sephora Mini-Birthday Haul

It was birthday last week which happened to be my picture day. Therefore, I booked an appointment to get my makeup done by a Sephora makeup artist. I ended up purchasing three products that I much favour. I also received a birthday gift from Benefit which really brightened up my day.

Sephora - "Astonish"

This pair of eyelashes really makes you look like you have naturally longer lashes. This is my first pair of false lashes but it really didn't feel heavy or bothersome (and less pricier than the well-known brand lashes). 

Kat Von D - Everlasting Face Shaper Blush "Bellisima"  

The picture turned out to be light muted coral shade but it is, in real life, bright cool-toned coral pink that I would've probably stayed away from if the makeup artist haven't recommended it. It applies to be quite vibrant on my hand (and it makes the skin look darker); however, it applies featherlight, smooth, and blushed-cheek look that really makes you look like you ran for a few minutes. I'm using it everyday and really loving it so far.

Hourglass - Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in "Ivory"

I've heard a lot of positive comments about the Hourglass brand, so it was one of the brands that I really wanted to give it a try. Yet, I had a terrible experience with several light-coverage tinted moisturizers, so this was another product that I wouldn't have tried if I was not recommended.  One thing I highly emphasized during this makeup session was to really hide all imperfections on my face, and therefore, I was highly surprised when she brought a tinted moisturizer. But it felt smooth and photographed really nicely on the "untouched" graduation photos. I would probably have to return this product but it is one shade darker than my complexion, nonetheless, I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Although I see it fading after 8 hours of wear, this tinted moisturizer is probably my most satisfied purchase from Sephora.

benefit - "They're Real" Mascara & "Watts Up" Highlighter (Birthday Gift)

I have a strong preference for mascaras that can curl my straight lashes, and therefore, I have not tried "They're Real" mascara yet. However, I'm really enjoying "Watts Up" Highlighter. If you have a lot of imperfections on your skin, do not directly apply the concealer onto the surface of the skin; I would rather put it on my finger and gently pat it wherever I need. 

I'm planning on purchasing some more products (probably from MAC and YSL), so stay tuned :)