Friday, June 18, 2010

LUNASOL Nail Finish

Hello again! I just wanted to share some more of my mini-LUNASOL collection. I'm not very keen on buying expensive nail polish but I used to have a thing for Shiseido's pN line. I have a lot of the colours from that line and I do secretly wish they would have that again so I could keep my collection going. Well, a few months back... I was online browsing other beauty blogs and saw some nail finish swatches. I believe it's Yuki's Lazy Channel blog. I remember saving the picture of her swatches too! These swatches were amazing! It made me have to have these nail finishes from LUNASOL. They were pricey but I decided to dish out and try to create the same looks. In the end, I ended up getting:

35 Shining Sheer Rose
36 Shining Deep Black
37 Shining Milky Clear
As you can tell.. these are all very glittery and beautiful. Today I'm only going to show you 2 of them though because I have yet to work the black one. It's hard to paint dark nails! I can never get them to appear "smooth". I did a gradient look with the 37 as a base and layered 35 twice on top.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

LUNASOL Sheer Contrast Eyes 01 Coral Coral

On my last trip back to Toronto, I had a mission to reorganize the makeup I had at home and bring some of the ones that I love back with me. These included my 2 LUNASOL palettes that I had barely touched. It's summer so I thought I would do a look with my LUNASOL Sheer Contrast Eyes 01 Coral Coral. I did this look last summer but I felt it was really orange. I have a problem like that with "warmer" toned eyeshadows. I'm always in the look for the perfect cool tone browns! With that being said, this palette is indeed really warm with the beachy warm sandy colours. I did not do any swatches so hopefully the quad picture will be good for now. I have to say I really like the creamy textures of these shadows. They blend real nice and the shimmer is pretty decent for hot summer nights. I haven't tried this but I bet that I could totally use these shadows and create a look with just my fingers!

Here I am wearing the entire palette. I am very weary of the reddish pink in the palette so I only use it to smudge in the middle of the entire lid. I know my photo has horrible lighting and the quality is not really great but yeaaaah... it's summer, baby!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

LUNASOL 10th Anniversary Palette

Hey again! So this is quite an old product that I recently(ok, a couple of months ago) purchased. I've always had my eye on the LUNASOL 10th Anniversary Palette but never got around to getting it only because the colours didn't exactly appeal to me at the time and also because it was a bit pricey. I only finally got it when I went on a trip with a friend and was amazed about how "cool" it was to have a makeup palette. I know.. I'm a bit weird like that. There are a lot of makeup palettes out there from both Western and Asian brands but I figured I would give a the LUNASOL one a try. It's not only their bestselling products combined in one but it's also great for everyday looks. And to come to think, the price isn't too bad either!
This isn't exactly a review as I don't have swatches but I just wanted to talk about the palette. Old news is always good news! I bought this a few months ago and I've only been reaching for this item apart from my face stuff in my makeup drawer. I'm going to just break it down...

Eyeshadow(Skin Modeling Eyes 01 Beige Beige)
This is by far the most neutral combo you can have in your stash! At first when I saw swatches on other beauty blogs, I thought "Wow.. that's just never going to show up on my lids!" But I was really wrong! It's very subtle but the shimmer in the base beige colour makes it pop out a bit. I think the 2 skin-tone colours make no difference but tone down the shimmer of the beige so I use either/or when I apply. The chocolate colour is really nice though. These shadows are definitely on the warm side but have a slight cool in them. You can totally keep it simple or play them up for night.

Blush(Coloring Cheeks in 01 Reddish Beige)
As a blush lover, I can't really say I am loving this one at all. The quality and pigmentation is awesome but I'm not really fond of the colour. It's just really orange-y red for me. I prefer dirty pinks and this one is just too much. I also have some redness in my face so it doesn't look that great. It only just enhances my flaws. I don't really use the blush much but if I am lazy or if I forget my travel blush(Clinique's Quick Blush in Minute Mocha), I only use a very light hand.
Nobel Shade Liner in EX01 Deep Brown
I had real high doubts about this only because the normal price for these liners is pretty pricey so I never tried it or researched on it. I was a bit worried that it would smudge a lot and create a super-panda eye effect on me. But you know what? It reminds me of that old eyeliner I got from T'estimo! The colour is a very nice rich dark chocolate brown with some shimmer and a hint of metallic. I really like this one! I do! As for staying power, I have noticed a bit of smudge so I don't really use it often either..

High Stylized Mascara EL in 01 Black
Yeah. No. I don't like this one at all. It did nothing for my lashes. No length or volume. It clumps. Just a big fat mess. It also smudged and leaked. Ugh. No!
Full Glamour Gloss N in EX08 Beige CoralDespite the 2 let-downs with the blush and mascara, the lipgloss is definitely something to check-out/invest in. Maybe not this colour specifically even though it pretty much is the BOMB on my lips but because of this one, it makes me want to take a look at the other glosses. It's super light-weight and it's not the slight bit sticky at all! Love love love!!

So with that short review.. I do have FOTDs. The lighting is horrible but hopefully you can see what you can do with this palette. I am using everything that can be used in this palette even those 2 non-existent shadows, the blush and horrible mascara.You can see the eyeshadow better in this picture.
And this is how pretty the lipgloss looks!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hey Guys!

It's been a really long time since I last wrote here! I wish I could review more but work's been so hectic for me. I've been moving around and I think I've finally settled into a place for long-term. Can't say I have much to review lately but there are some products that I'm loving. Perhaps I'll talk about those! =)

Anyways, thought I'd just update with my first FOTD. Yay!

And here's what I used:

Concealer: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW20
Foundation: Revlon PhotoReady in 005 Natural Beige
Powder: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Eyebrow: Anna Sui Eye Brow Powder in 02
Eyeshadow: MAJOLICA MAJORCA Majolook in BR762
Eyeliner: stila smudge pots in Brown
Mascara: MAJOLICA MAJORCA Lash Expander Frame Plus
Blush: Clinique Quick Blush in 03 Minute Mocha
Lipstick: Maybelline(Japan) Volumy Shine in 022