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Indie Spotlight On: Paris Sparkles

17 Feb

So a few weeks ago Paris Sparkles posted an amazing offer on their Facebook – 50% off! I jumped at the chance and picked up four beauties for my small-but-growing indie collection.

bottles01L-R: Chataigne ; Cobalt Surprise ; Thanks a Latte ; Wintermint

bottles02L-R: Chataigne ; Cobalt Surprise ; Thanks a Latte ; Wintermint

Lookit all that pretty! Ready for some photos?

chataigne02Chataigne, 3 coats

chataigne01Chataigne, 3 c0ats

chataigne03Chataigne, 3 coats

Phwoar what a beauty! I can’t even begin to explain how in love I am with Chataigne. If you don’t already know, I’m a sucker for nudes, browns and neutrals, but I’m also addicted to glitter. This baby is right up my alley! It was much more opaque than I had been expecting, and truth be told I could have gotten away with two coats but I’m insane and added a third. Formula is a little thick, but it’s the good kind of thick – more coverage and great glitter pay-off, and it doesn’t flood anything. Dry time is good and removal is easier than other glitters I have. This is also one of the only polishes I’ve worn to work that managed to come home unscathed – an extraordinary achievement!

cobaltsurprise01Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

cobaltsurprise02Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

cobaltsurprise03Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

Another absolute stunner! Somewhat reminiscent of China Glaze’s Dorothy Who?, Cobalt Surprise is different in that the glitter is bigger and has some holo in there, as well as some sneaky tiny purple bar glitter (which I guess is the surprise!). I’ll eventually do a comparison between the two, but for now believe me when I say Cobalt Surprise is more intense and a lot more fun! Same comments for formula as Chataigne – a little thick in a good way, great pigmentation and glitter pay-off, good dry time and decent removal. One happy minx over here!

thanksalatte01Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

thanksalatte02Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

thanksalatte03Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

And now for something a little different! Instead of a jelly base like Chataigne and Cobalt Surprise, Thanks a Latte has a soft almost-chocolatey base with silver and aqua holographic glitter in it. Uuummmmm, can you say LOVE?! This was another one that was just screaming to me as I browsed the shop; there was absolutely no way I was checking out without her. It is gorgeous and subtle, but with a bit of kick so it’s not boring at all! If you don’t understand why I love this polish, I don’t think we can be friends anymore xD

wintermint01Wintermint, 3 coats alone

wintermint02Wintermint, 3 coats

And last up is this pretty little baby, Wintermint. I knew from the get-go that Wintermint would be more of a layering polish, but I knew you’d want to see it alone first. Now let’s check out my first layering with Wintermint, and an actual mani I wore to work:

wintermintovermojitoWintermint, 1 coat over Ulta3 Mojito

Oooooh pretty, right? Now here’s some swatches layered over one of MaSucree’s many many greens:

wintermintovertreehugger02Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

wintermintovertreehugger01Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

wintermintovertreehugger03Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

I love how potentially versatile Wintermint is; I already know that it looks great over green and I’m highly anticipating its usefulness over other shades too! I love polishes that I can experiment with! I also think it looks just lovely by itself if you’re after a soft subtle bit of colour and sparkle. So, win-win all round! This was another polish with the easiest application and formula, I just have no bad words at all for Paris Sparkles.

So to wrap up!

Things I like:

  • Great coverage for glitter polishes, I was especially surprised at how well pigmented the jelly-based polishes were.
  • Full -sized bottles of 15mL (bow chika wow).
  • Price was pretty decent too – only $8USD a bottle!
  • Great formula and application – thick but in a good way 😀
  • Good drying time and pretty easy removal for glitter – I didn’t even need the foil method.
  • Freakin’ beautiful colours.

Things that could be worked on:

  • Nada. I’m in love and may consider stalking.

So what do you all think? Keen to pick up some pretties? If you follow Paris Sparkles on Facebook, you’ll see that there are many pop-up sales and discount codes, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to snap some up!

Paris Sparkles polishes are available online through their Etsy store for $8 USD apiece.

Lates!

-Del xx

 

Ozotic 905 Beam from Gracie Lou – Swatches and Review

3 Oct

So recently I was presented with the opportunity to review one of the new Ozotic polishes that Gracie Lou is stocking. Of course I jumped at the chance! With my current buy-ban, I’m taking every opportunity I can 😉 The Husband is a strict taskmaster.

Onwards!

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Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Hollywood Heiress

5 Mar

Hello darlinks!

I hope the start of you week has been kind to you. Before I get into swatching and reviewing some of my recent purchases, I thought I would show you a new lipstick of mine that I got only yesterday. I know I only just discovered Lipstick Queen Lipsticks, but now I discovered Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks -_- *sigh* I think my extreme obsession has switched to lipsticks for a while.

I have used Chi Chi cosmetics before, I have one of their Quad eye shadow palette that Del got me for Christmas 🙂  Sadly Chi Chi does not seem to have a website that is up and working, but hopefully soon it’ll be working.

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CR Nail Polish Swatches

1 Mar

Before I got into nail polish in a big way I was a bit of a nail polish snob. I would never have thought about buying nail polish from a dollar or discount store. First of all the displays were lacking and they always tucked away some where that you couldn’t see the colours too well.

Once I discovered KleanColor which is a very inexpensive brand but with amazing quality, I went on a mission to try other cheap brands. Because surely if there was one amazing brand hiding in the teeny bopper infested discount stores there would be more.

The brand that I have most recently discovered is CR polishes or Care Romeis Beauty. CR doesn’t seem to have a website that I can find and nor do they seem to have a big following online. However I am pleasantly surprised at the range of colours that are available. So far I have found them in random discount/variety stores out West Auckland. My biggest haul coming from A-Z in Henderson Mall.  Each well sized bottle is $2.00 NZD and the Henderson store has amazing colours.

So take a look at the colours I picked up last month, warning there are a tonne of pictures.

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Lipstick Queen – Jean Queen Swatch and Review

24 Feb

Lipstick Queen is a brand that I have drooled over for a long time, but in New Zealand they are usually $40.50 NZD which is a lot for one lipstick. However I managed to find them for $20.00 NZD on the sales table at Farmers 😉

I have brought two so far Saint Coral and Jean Queen. Jean Queen being my favourite so far 🙂

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Illuminating Concealer

19 Feb

Hello Lovelies!

In my quest to hide the prominent dark circles under my eyes I have trialled Garnier Anti-Dark Circles Roll on and Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (BB Cream). I found that these two products worked perfectly together, another product I found that helped conceal my dark circles was the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Illuminating Concealer (don’t ask me what’s going on with that name O_O).

Please note that the products have been swatched on top of one another so that you could see how they worked in conjunction with other products. I have done this because you would not just use the eye cream, or just the concealer.

Please feel free to drop me a comment if you have any questions about any of the products I have reviewed.

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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Lashes

15 Feb

The first I heard of Fibre Lashes was when a lady at work told me about the Model Co. Fibre Lashes she had just brought. Fibre lashes? What Cave had I been living in?  The idea of getting that false lashes look without the glue and fiddling was intriguing. I have tried false eye lashes and I have failed miserably to the point where I made my eye lids raw *sob*

The Model Co Fibre Lashes were a little bit out of my price range especially for something that could turn out disastrous. So with the idea of Fibre Lashes I started googling my little heart out. L’Oreal Paris kept popping up with their own version of Fibre Lashes.

Now living in New Zealand there is a huge difference between what I find online and what I will find in stores. L’Oreal Paris NZ kept coming up with Lash Architect 4D, where as every where else I kept finding L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Lashes. I have now come to the conclusion that Lash Architect 4D is pretty much the same thing, new name. Which does mean I will be able to replace my mascara once it is finished.

Because at the time I thought there was a difference I went to the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay….Trademe. I managed to find a seller selling brand new L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Lashes.

So let’s find out how false lashes measure up.

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