Monday, June 24, 2013

Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner in Black

Being the eye-liner fanatic that I am, I'm always on the look out to try out new eyeliners.
I'm also still trying to find the ultimate eyeliner to with-stand my oily lids and the watery-ness at both ends of my eyes. 
I've already tried quite a few liquid eyeliners and most have been disappointing when it came to withstanding my watery eyes, so when I bought the Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liner, I had a feeling it would also be the same... and sadly I was right.

Can I just stop to say how much I love the pink metallic writing against the black?! 

I purchased this at Mychemist for $6.97 during it's 50% off sale.
The thing that had drawn me the most to it was it's brush. It's nothing fancy, but I like to aim for brushes that can do thin lines and thick lines. There are days where I rock the think liner and there are days where I rock the thin line so those eyeliners are preferable.

The brush
The brush really reminded me of the Rimmel Glam Eyes. But a teeny bit thicker.
Since I'm used to applying eyeliner, I cant be the judge of whether it's easy to use or not but it was easy to use. When I wiped the excess eyeliner off on the bottle, the brush turns into a flat applicator which helped apply the eyeliner in one straight line (in my experience though). It's probably the best eyeliner brush I've used so far.

L-R: Dollywink, 24 Hour K-Palette, Rimmel Glam Eyes, Lancome Artline, Maybelline Hyper Glossy
Wish Flash
As you can see in the swatches, it's very glossy and very pigmented!
I was surprised at how pigmented it was. 
But when I had it on my lids, it wasn't as glossy and didn't seem as pigmented, but it was pigmented enough for me to be content with it.

Clockwise: First applied, rubbing test, after 5-6 hours, close-up of the end.
I like to extend my eyeliner around 1 cm from the end of my eyes, so I have to create another line from the ends of my eyes to the tip of my eyeliner, which is the most watery part of my eye. ( AKA the danger zone).
From the picture above, the eyeliner didn't last on the "danger zone" after 5-6 hours, it pretty much separated. I also found that after 1-2 hours with it on, it made a small trail of eyeliner coming from the ends.
But if I look on the bright side, it would be a really good eyeliner if I dont use it near the watery space. 
I found that it didnt smudge when it was raining (unlike the Rimmel Glam Eyes) and it creates a really precise wing.
So I would assume that it would be a HG eyeliner  for most people, but for me it just didnt win me over.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey and Chamomile & Calendula

Having dry lips frequently, I will always be using a lip balm day and night. And being a lipbalm junkie, I'm always happy to try different lipbalms but for now  I'm only just starting on Nivea before I test out different brands.
I actually used a Priceline voucher on these lipbalms as well as 5 other lipbalms but they were already on sale for $3.34 each, bargain! 

Chamomile & Calendula  Ingredients
Milk & Honey Ingredients 
On the back it states that: 

Chamomile & Calendula: 
-soothes sensitive lips with extra mild care
-100% free of preservatives
-With natural ingredients - certified organic shea butter and natural jojoba oil

Milk & Honey:
-Pampers your lips with extra rich care
-100% free of preservatives
-With natural ingredients - certified organic shea butter and natural jojoba oil

I picked the two lipbalms in the pure & natural range 'Chamomile & Calendula' and 'Milk & Honey'

I did some research on their website and their main ingredient is very natural so perfect for those looking for the natural lipbalm option.

Chamomile & Calendula
  • Camomile – a wound-healing ingredient that leaves chapped lips wonderfully soft
  • Calendula – traditionally used to soothe and alleviate inflammation.
Milk & Honey
  • Milk – rich in all important amino acids, vitamins and minerals
  • Honey – contains a high amount of antioxidants and has effective healing properties.

The scent of these lipbalms dont linger on the lips but smell quite noticeable in the tube. Honestly the Chamomile & Calendula scent isn't my favourite it smells like one of those floral fragrant pillows they sell during mothers day, I rather prefer the Milk & Honey because it smells a lot like honey. 

Compared to my all time favourite lipbalm, the Nivea Essential Care. This lipbalm is a lot thinner and requires going back forth tons of times until you get a thicker moisturising consistency like the Essential Care. But unlike the Essential Care the lipbalm doesn't reach to my standards in its moisturising compartment.
It feels as if I'm just applying a layer of lipbalm that does nothing.

With an equal amount of money you could just buy the Essential Care lipbalm which actually does something.
Sad to say that this was a disappointment for me and I wouldn't repurchase this again.
I would recommend just saving your money on a different lipbalm.