Thursday, October 27, 2016

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip & Ultra Metallic Lip Collection

I finally got my second package from Colourpop which contained most of the Ultra Matte Lips and Ultra Metallic Lips that I ordered. So in total, I have 7 ultra matte lips and 7 ultra metallic lips on hand with me right now. Seven in the ultra matte lip range is pretty little but in the ultra metallic range, it is pretty much the majority of the collection. I left out colors that sounded too bronzey or yellow after the bad case with Flitter in my previous post. 

You can click on the linked video to watch the entire swatching of all 14 colors on my Chinese/Asian lips but just in case you're too lazy, I pulled some screenshots of each color out from the video. I also added a short review for each shade that I did not include in the video. The colors that I chose were mainly dark colors because they suit my skin tone better. Definitely getting more soon though!

About me: fair skinned Chinese with neutral skin tones.

LUMIERE 2
Dusty mauve pink from a collaboration with Kathleen Lights. Under room lighting, it tends to look dark purple on my lips though. It's still a pretty shade though I had expected it to be more of a pink than purple. Pretty much transfer proof! 

CLUELESS
Another dusty mauve pink with more pink tones. I'm surprised at how it looked on me because I was expecting it to look washed out as all nude pinks tend to do. Pretty transfer proof too!

VIPER
A darker mauve pink which is perfect for my skin tone. It dried darker than in the bottle but I adore this color. Also pretty much transfer proof! 

BAD HABIT
Looks like a bright fuschia pink on me although the website describes it as a dusty mauve pink (how misleading). Transfers and smudges!

MORE BETTER
YAAAS. Give me more of this!! I adore this cranberry red with hints of pink. I've been looking for a red lipstick that leans on a darker side and I think this is perfect. Transfers!

TULLE
Got so many compliments when I wore this out recently. It's a brownish-red/burgundy color that looks darker under room lighting but makes a great vampy lip. Transfers a bit!

NOTION
Dark burgundy red. Color is great but you can tell that it is a bit streaky and patchy. Not sure why it dried with the outer lip darker than the inner lip. Transfers!

J.I.C
Cool toned ivory with silvery glitters. Perfect as a lip topper because it is quite sheer. Also, because my lips have been stained bright pink at this point from all the swatching, it looks extra pretty. Transfers!

FLITTER
I think there are many fans of this color but I am just not one of them. The reflective gold color just does not go well with my skin which already looks yellow (cos asian). Otherwise, the pink base looks really pretty and the gold glitter is very intense so it gives a true metallic finish. Transfers!

MANEATER
This is supposed to be a rose gold, but c'mon, it looks more like a copper shade to me. I would only use the term "rose gold" if it had more hints of pink but there's none at all. It's still pretty nonetheless and brown lips are in right now? Transfers!

KWEEN
I had expected this to be a darker red but it is pretty sheer and looked like a neutral red on me. Transfers!

ZEBRA
This is a pretty mix of brown and red to give a rustic coppery color. Super metallic like Flitter. Transfers!

MUGSHOT
Since Kween did not turn out dark red, I'm glad this one did! It's a great rusty red with gold glitter, but nothing as intense as Flitter. Transfers!

3-WAY
All time favorite Ultra Metallic Lip color. It is slightly sheer but it is build-able. This is a beautiful plummy pink with gold glitter and I can't stop wearing this. Love it to bits. Transfers!

Definitely watch the video if you'd like to see more! 

xoxo

Friday, October 7, 2016

First Impressions: ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks

I know ColourPop has been around for awhile and the whole hype about it has been going on ever since Kylie Cosmetics came out with their matte liquid lipsticks and people were trying to find cheaper alternatives to them. I don't use lipsticks a lot and I have a ton at home that I don't even use so it took me hella long to jump onto the bandwagon. But, I finally caved and got myself a few liquid lipsticks to try out. 

Since it's $30 to get free shipping, I picked out 5 liquid lipsticks - 2 matte and 3 metallic. All their liquid lipsticks are priced at $6 each so it is very affordable and super easy to over pack your cart with stuff! I've never tried out a proper matte liquid lipstick before so I have nothing to compare it to, but at the same time, it is my honest first opinion about them. Also, I hardly see any swatches of them on asian skin so why not?

Before we get started, here's a shot of my bare lips. I am a fair skinned asian with neutral undertones. I have both blueish purple and green veins so yeah :/




I chose Lumiere 2, Bad Habit, Flitter, JIC and 3 Way.




Lumieré 2
Lumiere: A dusty mauve pink in a matte finish created by the lovely @KathleenLights - "I wanted a color that both bold and shy people could wear. It's not a nude..it would look great on EVERYONE​!"

I don't look good in a full on nude lip so since the description of Lumiere said that it is not a nude color and that everyone can wear it, I decided to pick Lumiere 2 in the matte liquid lipstick formula. This is the first color that I tried and wore for a full day out.

Unfortunately, I don't fancy it because it turned a dark purple on me with no hints of pink. I feel like an alien with it but that's not a bad thing. I guess it looks pinker with more light like in the second photo. I took that with the sunlight facing me directly. 




Pros:
  • Very pigmented. Good color payoff.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Great lasting power. My friends were impressed with how well it lasted because we had met for lunch and I had this lipstick on before eating. I showed them how the lipstick didn't transfer when I touched my lips or kissed my hand. It proved to last throughout my meal as well with minimal color transfer on my cup and spoon.
  • Does not smudge and transfers minimally.
Cons:
  • This one depends if you like how the color turned out or not. I did not so it's a con for me. From the bottle and swatch, it looks like a nice dusty pink, but it totally turned mauve purple on my lips, which is disappointing because I had wanted a pink shade. 
  • Slightly drying. It does highlight lip cracks and chapped lips.

Bad Habit

This dusty mauve pink will be a bad habit you don't want to kick.

It looks bright in the bottle, but thankfully it comes off darker when applied on. It's a dark rosy pink (that almost reminds me of one of my Adidas Superstars). It's a very bold color to wear so I think I'll reserve it for special days.

Pros:
  • Very pigmented. Good color payoff.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Longer drying time so you it is easier to work with.
Cons:
  • Transfers quite a lot and smudges.

Flitter

Flitter into their DMs in this warm pinky undertone with flash of gold on top in a Metallic finish.
Nope. Just nope. The gold metallic look does not look good on me. I don't like it on me and it could be because it looks very yellow which is not something I would use. The rosy pink base color is pretty though. I guess it would be fine to layer on another color for extra dimension and sheen. I'm thinking of topping it with a sheer color to cancel the gold.




This last one was taken in my bathroom and it looks more yellow than the ones that I took with more natural light so I guess that's why I hate it so much. I'm thinking this is how it will look like at shopping malls too.

Pros:
  • Very pigmented. It has a ton of tiny gold glitter that gives a true matte metallic sheen.
  • The rosy pink base is really pretty. I like that it matches me. 
  • It applies nicely and evenly. 
Cons:
  • Some of the glitter does transfer off but not everything comes off so the metallic look still stays on. 
  • Feels sticky.

JIC

You never know when you’ll need this light cool-toned ivory sprinkled with a ton of pink and silver glitter in a Metallic finish.

This color is pretty but it does not really have a metallic finish but more of a glittery finish in my opinion. It is one of the lighter and slightly sheerer shades so I think it would look nice as a lip highlight or as a coat on top of a base color. As a color on it's own, it kinda washes me out so I would prefer not to use it alone.




Pros:
  • Very glittery which I think is pretty. If you don't like that it is sheer and not metallic then this would be a con for you.
  • Good for layering and highlighting
  • Does not feel drying. Does not accentuate lip lines.
Cons:
  • Transfers easily.
  • Feels sticky.

3 Way

Be careful who you share this plummy pink with gold sparkle in a Metallic finish.

The gold glitter on this one is not as intense as Flitter so it does not have a super yellow-gold sheen. Absolutely LOVE this color and the glitters in it. It is a tad shimmery so I think that makes it super pretty. Perfect shade for fall.


Pros:
  • Transfers minimally and does not smudge.
Cons:
  • Color is not as pigmented and intense.
  • Drying but does not accentuate lip lines.

Transfer test:
I took a swipe of my swatches to see how much of it transfers. Lumiere 2 and 3-way did a good job of not budging much but the other three shades came off quite a bit. The metallic shades had quite a sticky feel as compared to the matte shades which felt more velvety. Also, Bad Habit has a tendency of smudging.
Pointer - Lumiere 2, Middle - Bad Habit, Ring Finger - J.I.C, Little Finger - Flitter, Thumb - 3Way

Guess what? 

I ordered more CP lippies and I'm also planning on getting other cosmetics so stay tuned for more CP reviews! 

xoxo

Monday, October 3, 2016

DIY Denim Trends


Denim is something we use all year round and it never goes out of style. But, if you do find yourself bored with the pieces you have, you can always upcycle your clothes and turn it into something trendy! 

90s Style - Patches!

Patches have made a comeback and they are so easy to add to your clothes because you literally just iron them on. Remember to place a protective cloth over the patch before ironing so that you do not burn your denim or patch. I found that ironing with high heat worked best in melting the glue. You might need to go over the patch a few times, especially at the edges to ensure that it is secure. An easy way to check for gaps between the patches and denim is to trace the outline of your patch with your fingernail. 

Statement Jackets


Jackets with phrases on the back is something that is super trendy right now. If you are on a budget, you could easily DIY one with a bit of patience and fabric paint. 

I've made a California stencil based off Brandy Melville's cali jackets so just click the image to open the full sized one, drag it onto a word document and print it out.


Using an exacto cutter, trace and cut out the outline of the stencil. Then, flip it over and put some glue. Use a weak bond glue so because you will need to remove it later on. It would be ideal if you could stick the stencil down such that there are no gaps so that the paint doesn't leak when you are sponging it on. I used a makeup sponge to apply the paint and went over it 2-3 times for a more opaque color. 

Leave it to dry for awhile before peeling it off and I don't think you should iron denim so I left the paint to dry for another 2 days before using the jacket. You could place a protective cloth over the words once they are dry to iron and set the paint in but leaving it to dry for a few days works as well. Plus, you don't wash jackets as often as you do with shirts.

Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans have been around for awhile and they look like they will be staying for more! A good pair of ripped jeans definitely is not easy on the wallet but you can grab some inspo off google and tumblr to make your own! 

Knee slits are always nice and that just involves slicing the knees of your jeans. You can cut the slits in holes instead if you want the slits to show up more. Otherwise, cut some slits and holes in your jeans and pull out the blue threads to give your jeans a distressed look. 

It is definitely a tedious process which is probably why ripped jeans are so expensive in the first place. If you have sandpaper or a grater lying around, those would be great to give your jeans a nice ripped and distressed look too.

xoxo