Sunday, December 30, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Something I've had for a while now.  It has been used a little bit.  I tried every color at least once. Used some colors for a few weeks but then I got sick of them.
Most of the wear is from me wiping it down with a tissue more than me using it on my eyelids. Overall, the fall out is too much for me so it became neglected.  I also remember having irritated and dry eyes while wearing those shadows so that is another reason why it became neglected.

Karl for Shu eye and cheek palette: Prestigious Bordeaux

The shadows were a bit messy as new.
Full view for texture. The sky was a bit cloudy so there wasn't direct sunlight to help bring out the sparkles.

This is now $61 AUD at David Jones and free postage if you don't have a counter near by.
Oddly enough cheaper than the US website price.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TOMS Classic Grey Canvas Flat Shoes - Ash canvas UK 5

I dress like a kid :)
I purchased these TOMS from asos because they were discounted down to $43.35.

These shoes are great for walking.  To break into them/soften the material, just wet it with some water and massage and wiggle it a bit and wear them.  They can stretch to 1/2 bigger and shrink back once you wash them.  Exactly like jeans. They are easy to clean, just put them in a bucket and add some shower gel and swirl it around/ soak for 10 mins, rinse and and put them out to dry.

I have worn them death, they are great for vacations that involve a lot of walking.  I did a 8km walk on uneven ground and I was fine but I ended up with a tan line.  Most of the time I would be walking about 3km in these 3 to 4 times a week.  After all that I think they lasted 4 months before the sole wore out and the material started to get holey near the base of the heel.

Paul and Joe Lipstick Refill - Full Pigment 302 and 303

So I heard these lipsticks were lightweight, creamy, long lasting and pigmented.
Lightweight and creamy...yes.
Pigmented... maybe after 3 coats with a lip brush.  
Long lasting... a faded stain.  No ring on the lip line but fades even enough after a 3 course meal + drinks.
They are not drying, actually very comfortable and moisturizing.   
By the way, they are scented but not noticeable after application and they don't have a horrible taste at all.

I like them :)

Silk Stockings 303 (top) & Retro 302 (bottom)

I got mine from and atm they are $15.30 AUD + free shipping.

Lantern Moon Destiny Circular Needles in Ebony

I am not a knitting expert but I as usual I like to get the unusual brands.

I purchased these needles from two different sellers.
The one on the left is from an ebay store called Yarnbow with 100% rating and the other one is from Fabulous Yarns.

The 16" version has a matte finish and the white text on it is rather unclear and a different font.  You can see with the comparison shot.  This is not as smooth as the other finish.
The 32" version has this really polished finish, it is really slick and glossy.

Anyways the 16" version feels more like wood.  I have no idea if they are both authentic (old and new stock) or counterfeit.  I can't tell if they are both ebony wood either.  I'm not game enough to scratch them to see if it is black all the way.  They are nice needles but I won't say you must get these.
For the price, these don't make you knitter any better than cheaper wood or metal needles, I see no benefit what so ever.  They are pretty and that is all.

They cost less than makeup or art paint brushes.  However they cost 2 to 3 times more than KnitPicks needles (at RRP).  You can buy the entire interchangeable set for the price of the 2 I'm showing :)
While I'm on the topic of comparing these to knitpicks, knitpicks cords are more flexible and behave better if you want to know.

Different packaging.

Different finishing

As always, I hope this is helpful for anyone that is considering a purchase in the near future.

Update, the shiny finish wears off rather quickly leaving a dull lighter color wood that isn't as smooth as before.  I only did 5 rows of 49 stitches...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

THREE 4D Eye Palette 02

Something that I've wanted for while.

A THREE 4D Eye Palette in 02.

I was tempted to try something from THREE because my favourite bloggers were raving about THREE eyeliners. However, I don't like pencil eyeliners so I picked eye shadow and the blue looks similar to Blue Moon from Addiction (which I don't have yet and I am hoping I don't need it with this palette in my stash).

Anyways, as usual I hope these photo are helpful for those that are hesitant about buying this without seeing it in person.  Full view for texture.  The sunlight really makes this palette sparkle.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
Color: OCHER

I only used 3mm of product from my last one, that took 2 years (It was a lighter shade). The old tube is still good, it didn't dry out or become rancid but it does say 24 months on the tube.

Glides on like a dream, no tugging and it blends really well.  Emollient and leaves a dewy finish.  I can't fault the formula in other words.  I have a feeling there is more fragrance in this than the old tube I had.  The fragrance lingers and if the smell bothers you then I won't recommend this product.

This shade I have here matches my dark (more tanned) forehead but it is too dark for the rest of my face like under eye area so I can't really use it for that.
I guess this will be one of those products I can use to darken my complexion.