Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nails: Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie

This week's nails are in the colour Scrangie from Rescue Beauty Lounge ( Those of you who follow this blog would know I mention Scrangie ( a lot - she's a nail polish extraordinnaire. I love her blog. This colour was actually names after her: she created the colour in conjunction with RBL. There were a couple of other colours in this blogger collection, which were also created with and named after nail polish bloggers.

I got Scrangie and one other colour from RBL when they had a sale about a month ago. The polishes are quite expensive, especially when you take into consideration the US$18.50 postage fee; however, you can order a few bottles and the postage cost remains the same. The polishes are usually US$18, but during the sale they were 50% off. I had to set my alarm for 12:55pm, as the sale started at 11am, which is 1am Australian time. I regret nothing! This is the most amazing colour.

Yes, I have many purples, but nothing like this. It's a blue-based purple with a bluey/green shimmer. It looks so different depending on the light you're in. It's seriously gorgeous.

Left: Indoors, no flash. Right: Bathroom light (heat lamp), no flash.

I'm not a huge fan of the formula of this nail polish, though. It's a bit thin and required three coats to get opaque coverage. It also took much longer to dry than most of the other nail polishes I own. The other problem is it bubbled slightly. After the first coat, I did a much thicker second coat (a result of impatience), which left tiny bubbles over most of my nails when it finally dried. It's not as bad as OPI, which dried with large noticeable bubbles in it if you apply too thick a coat. For the third coat, I did a thin, even layer and that managed to hide the bubbles. A glossy top coat and you can't even tell.

However, the colour of this polish is so amazing, I can't complain. Formula and price be damned! RBL describes is as similar to a beetle's wing. I can see that. Although I've included a number of photos here, to see what this looks like on Scrangie herself, click here. Her photos are much better than mine.

Left: Outdoors in the shade. Right: Outdoors in full sunlight. Drool!

Am I right? Is this the best medium purple in existence?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: Fyrinnae lip lustre

I recently did another Fyrinnae ( order and got a whole bunch of lovely new eyeshadows, in addition to a couple of mini lip lustres. I got Beloved, which is a mauvey pink with aqua shimmer (it's also meant to be colour-changing, but since I'm wearing it on my lips, I haven't really been able to see this for myself), as well as Sugar-Coated Revenge, which is a deep purple with lots of sparkle.

For minis, they're amazing. Not only do they come in an awesome little tube, but they have doe foot applicators! There's 3mL of product in each tube, which is incredibly generous. Especially when you think about the fact that each one is only US$2.50. A full-size lip lustre is only US$4.50 for 5.8mL of product!

According to the Fyrinnae web site, these aren't intended to be lip glosses. Here's what they say: "Please keep in mind that these are NOT intended to be like lipgloss. This product is a non-sticky lipcolour 'stain', leaving moisturizing colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness. These are made to be opaque." However, I have been wearing them just on their own and they wear really well. They last a long time, but they're not as super-shiny as a traditional gloss. And although there's shimmer in it, Fyrinnae points out that it's not glitter. It's certainly not gritty anyway.

And now for the swatches. I've used two different types of lighting to show off the colours. On the left is Sugar-Coated Revenge, with Beloved on the right.

This picture was purposely taken out of focus so you can see the pretty sparkle in each of them:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Squee: MAC birthday goodies

Sorry it's been a little while since I've posted anything. Work has been hectic! Anyway, here's the first of two posts I have planned this week.

Last week (the 8th) was my birthday (we won't go into details...), but needless to say, I got some lovely presents from some lovely people. My friends at work all chipped in and got me some MAC makeup! They know me well (thanks Helen, I know it was all you!). From my earlier rant, I'm sure you're all aware of my disgust with the price we have to pay for certain brands in Australia, MAC being one of them. However, that's not to say I don't love MAC makeup. I do, I just can't bloody afford it! So you can imagine my delight when I was presented with these goodies.

I was so excited! There was an eyeshadow from the Disney Venomous Villains collection (a matte Evil Queen colour in Vile Violet) as well as a lipstick (an Evil Queen lustre lipstick in Sinister). Plus, my first MAC nail polish in Dark Angel (cream formula). They are so droolworthy. So here's a closer look.

Left: the eyeshadow swatched dry and then over Urban Decay Primer Potion, followed by the lipstick. Right: the nail polish.

I just love them! I don't have very many matte eyeshadows, so I was a bit worried about getting it to work for me, but I needn't have worried. It goes on very smoothly and blends out nicely. The lipstick is gorgeous! It goes on smoothly, has subtle shimmer in it and smells divine. Yes, I have a weird thing for yummy-smelling lipsticks.

Then there's the nail polish. Swoon! It was so smooth and the brush was really nice to use. It didn't take too long to dry and it didn't bubble at all, despite me putting on a fairly thick couple of coats. I find that some one my OPI polishes bubble if I apply too thick a coat. That's impatience for you! Anyway, I needed three coats to make it appear fully opaque, although I'm sure I'm the only one who would have noticed that it was a little patchy.

All in all, I think that's a might fine gift. Thanks guys! I love it all.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eyeshadow: Halloween fun

So last night was Halloween. We didn't have too many kiddies trick or treating, which is a bit of a shame. I know we don't really get into it here in Australia like they do overseas; however, I noticed that even supermarkets like Coles seemed to be getting into the spirit of the holiday, with costumes, lollies and other bits and pieces for sale in the last month or so.

Anyway, I wanted something fun and bright for Halloween, since I wasn't dressing up or anything and I didn't want to scare any of the neighbourhood children. I combined Aromaleigh's Severina on they eyelid (over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, of course) with Morgana Cryptoria's Warped on the lower lashline. Unfortunately, neither of these colours are available anymore.

Left: indoors with flash. Right: outdoors in natural light.

I like the way this turned out. I bumped into a friend earlier in the day and she loved it so much that she wants me to do it on her one day. Cool! I don't often get to doll up other people, except my sister on special occasions (although since she doesn't like glitter and too much sparkle, it's not as fun). The only problem is that both colours looked brighter an more intense in person.