August 2013 | Alexis Adrienne

31.8.13

Eye of Horus Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of my giveaway is.... Lauren G!

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Thank you so much for your participation and support! The winner has been notified and has 24 hours to get back to me, or the winner will be redrawn.

Lexie x

25.8.13

Swatch & Review: Rain City Lacquer Market Bouquet

Heya!

Here's the final installment in my review of Rain City Lacquers - Market Bouquet. Market Bouquet has a very sheer pink base full of smaller holo glitters and large neon hexagons, flowers and butterflies. Here, I've shown 2 coats over 2 coats of Illamasqua Wink.


I found I had to do quite a bit of fishing for the larger glitters, but I still really like the result, especially over Wink! This really made me think of spring/summer flowers, and Market Bouquet is definitely unique in my collection as far as glitters go. This polish definitely needed a generous coat of Gelous to smooth the glitters.

This polish is available from Rain City Lacquer's bigcartel shop, and follow for shop updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Lexie x

Product(s) mentioned in this post were supplied for honest and unbiased review.

21.8.13

Swatch & Review: Rain City Lacquer Pink Rain

Hey everyone!

Here's the 4th polish in Rain City Lacquer's Sleepless collection - Pink Rain. A pink-tinted base full of large neon hexagonal glitters, and smaller pale iridescent pink hexagons. I've chosen to layer 2 coats over 2 coats of Lime Crime Peaches <3 Cream, a pastel-neon peach.


Shown is 3 coats, with lots of fishing for the larger glitters. I think a few more larger neon glitters in the bottle would have made a difference. I'm happy I chose to show this over a peachy orange, I love how the pink looks with it! Like all of the other polishes, I would recommend a coat of Gelous before regular quick dry top coat.

This polish is available from Rain City Lacquer's bigcartel shop, and follow for shop updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Lexie x

Product(s) mentioned in this post were supplied for honest and unbiased review.

16.8.13

Swatch & Review: Rain City Lacquer Caramel Lac-uccino

Kia ora!

Today, I have my third polish in Rain City Lacquer's Sleepless collection to show you - Caramel Lac-uccino. Caramel Lac-uccino has a sheer shimmer base full of caramel colored glitter. This polish makes me think of fall and drinking caramel coffees to stay warm! So gorgeous. I was really blown away by this polish, I have never seen such a perfect neutral glitter before! I chose to layer one coat over two coats of Essie Topless & Barefoot.




I loved the delicate shimmer over the Essie, I felt it was so delicate and perfect! This polish make me think so much of fall (even though spring is on it's way, yay!) To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this polish - this color scheme wasn't one that I gravitate to, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! As with all the other polishes, I recommend a coat of Gelous/Glitter Food to get it perfectly smooth.


This polish is available from Rain City Lacquer's bigcartel shop, and follow for shop updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Lexie x

Product(s) mentioned in this post were supplied for honest and unbiased review.

13.8.13

Swatch & Review: Rain City Lacquer Pretty Purple Rainboots

Hi lovelies!

Here's another pretty polish from Rain City Lacquer, Pretty Purple Rainboots. PPR has a shimmering purple base filled with smaller purple glitter, as well as a holographic purple circle glitter. Doesn't it just sound delicious? I've chosen to show it over 2 coats of Lime Crime Lavendairy.



Shown is 2 coats of PPR over 2 coats of Lavendairy. I loved the holo glitters in this! They were stunning, however they liked to pile up on each other... I'm sure that a few of the glitters in my photos are actually 2 circles on top of each other. It was also a little bit difficult to get an even spread of glitters on my nails, they tended to be dragged up to the upper half of my nails on application. Overall though, I quite liked this polish - I would recommend using Glitter Food or Gelous to for a smooth finish. This polish is available from Rain City Lacquer's bigcartel shop, and follow for shop updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Lexie x

Product(s) mentioned in this post were supplied for honest and unbiased review.

11.8.13

Swatch & Review: Rain City Lacquer Mint Rainier

Today, I've got a gorgeous polish from the recently established Rain City Lacquer. Mint Rainier has a shimmery, silvery blue base with square aqua and periwinkle glitters.

Gorgeous! The polish is also equally gorgeous - a shimmer base isn't something I usually gravitate to, so I was curious to see how I'd like it... I fell in love! I chose to layer 2 coats of Mint Rainier over Cult Nails Manipulative, a beautiful Robin's egg blue with silver shimmer. Mint Rainier is one of five polishes in Rain City Lacquer's 'Sleepless' collection.


I would recommend using a coat of Gelous or similar glitter smoothing top coat before your regular top coat to get that glassy smooth finish. I was pretty happy with the glitter coverage - I felt that too much glitter density would have been overwhelming, especially with the super pretty shimmer base. Almost no application issues, I had a TINY bit of dragging on my ring finger but that's my error - didn't wait long enough between coats. Swatches shown using the Lumos basecoat/topcoat system.

My Poor Girl's macro... haha
Overall, I'm really impressed with this polish, and I can't wait to see what Rica has in store for the future of Rain City Lacquer! The polishes are available from her shop, and follow her for updates on her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

I also did a little bit of research and found a gorgeous photo of this polish is named for, Mt. Rainier.
Photo from Wikipedia
Stunning!

Lexie x

Product(s) mentioned in this post were supplied for honest and unbiased review.

10.8.13

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara Giveaway!

The giveaway is now LIVE! One lucky winner will win a full size Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara, RRP $44 NZD.

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 Just some minor details - you must be over 18 to enter (OR have your parent's permission for me to mail something to you) and this giveaway is only open to NZ readers! Hopefully I will be able to organize an int'l giveaway in the near future. Good luck!!!

Lexie

9.8.13

Review: Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara, Liquid Define Eyeliner and Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

Hey everyone!

Today I have some really luxurious products to show you - a mascara, liquid eyeliner and pencil eyeliner from Eye of Horus. I snagged these products when I was at the Beauty Expo and have just fallen in love with them! Eye of Horus originates from Australia, and their products are based on the ancient and long-wearing formulas of the Ancient Egyptians, using ingredient such as Moringa Oil and Carnauba Wax. They strive to provide non-irritating, long lasting, paraben & cruelty-free and luxurious products to women all over the world. The Eye of Horus (also known as the Eye of Ra, or the Wedjat) represents protection, royal power and good health - an aptly chosen sigil to represent a brand with luxury, product safety and high quality at the forefront of their product design.

The products are packaged in beautifully designed boxes with a gold and black motif, reflecting Eye of Horus' Egyptian influence. They are also branded with the slogan "Awaken the goddess within" in a lush gold script. I love the design of the boxes with a wrap-around gold wedjat, it really adds that oomph factor! All products are formulated with sensitive eyes in mind, and remove quickly and easily with warm water.

Goddess Mascara




Ingredients: Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Orzya Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Candelilla Wax, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates, Crosspolymer, Moringa Oil, Distilled Water.

The first thing that I noticed about the Goddess Mascara was its flexible plastic comb wand, which really helps with separation and definition of lashes. I found that lengthening and defining was really this product's strong suit, as well as its ability to NOT clump after a few coats. I thought that the curling factor of this product was not as strong as say, Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express, but in terms of ant-clumping, length and definition, the Goddess Mascara WALLOPS Maybelline out of the park. This product also has brilliant durability - it didn't flake at all when I wore it, and my lashes looked stunning throughout the day. The only thing that compromised its staying power were tears (they were happy tears, though!). Shown in the photos below is the Goddess Mascara applied to natural lashes after curling.





Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil



'Matte deepest velvet brown pigments transform the everyday Goddess into an alluring Nubian Temptress with wild smouldering beauty. Waterproof formula glides on without smudging. Long lasting.'
Ingredients: Isododecane (emollient), Trimethylsiloxysilicate (emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (emollient), Beeswax (emollient, formula thickener), Carnauba Wax (emollient, formula thickener) Candelilla Wax (emollient, formula hardener), Microcrystalline Wax (emulsifying, binding agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), CI 77491 (colorant), CI 77499 (colorant), Mica (colorant), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (viscosity controlling/bulking agent), Tin Oxide (colorant), CI 77891 (colorant), CC 77491 (colorant).

This product comes in a dual ended pencil, one end with the pencil itself and the other with a smudger. This eyeliner applies like velvet. It goes on so smoothy, no painful eyelid tugging here! The color payoff is also amazing in 1 coat. Really quite impressed with this pencil - I have never used such a long-lasting eyeliner before. I personally use eyeliner pencils on my upper lid waterline, and almost every other product I have used has smudged/transferred to elsewhere in the eye area - not this though! I also used this super lightly on my brows to fill them in a little bit, by applying a tiny bit of the eyeliner, and using the smudger to disperse the product. Again, the only thing that challenged the amazing durability of this product were tears. Eye of Horus has eyeliner pencils in more amazing colors and finishes, I will definitely be acquiring and reviewing more! Shown is the pencil eyeliner (next to the black liquid liner) smudged and unsmudged in direct sunlight on my inner wrist/forearm.




Liquid Define Eyeliner



'Amazingly easy to use liquid texta that draws a gorgeous black line on your lid, allowing for perfect definition. Dries almost instantly and won't imprint on eyelids. Stays on all day or all night.'

Ingredients: Aqua, Acrylate Polymer, CI 77266, Laureth-21, DEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylisothiazalonine (9.5%)

This deep black felt tip eyeliner is what dreams are made of - seriously! It draws on the blackest black lines (thick or thin!) with ease and doesn't leave little lines on your eyelids in case you blink before the eyeliner has dried. I have shied away from felt tip eyeliners for years due to discomfort of the felt tip and issues with dragging/pulling up product when going over it again. The felt tip is a great balance of firm but not hard on your eyelid, and soft enough to ensure flexibility and control without feeling like you're painting your eyelids with a wet noodle. The product doesn't 'pill up' either if you decide that 1 swipe isn't opaque enough on your lids. I also found that this product has really fantastic durability, even over my bare eyelids which tend to become pretty oily through out the day. Shown is a quick makeup look using all 3 Eye of Horus products. If you follow me on Instagram, any photo you've seen of me lately with makeup has been these 3 products :)
I also tested their removability, and whether they held up to the claim that they could be easily removed with warm water. They do, and quite easily - I recommend gently rubbing your eyes in the shower with warm water for a 5-10 minutes (or until you stop seeing product on your fingers), and then using your regular facewash afterwards. Using this method guarantees me a 100% makeup free face when using only these products!

Overall, these are 3 amazing products that I will continue to use in heavy rotation when doing my makeup. I love them so much in fact, that I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY sponsored by Eye of Horus - the details will be posted in an upcoming post, so keep your eyes peeled for that :)

In summary, these products are high quality, cruelty-free, paraben-free, long-lasting, non-irritating and all round amazing. What else could you ask for? I hope you enjoyed this review (I think it's my longest post yet!) and hopefully you're as in love with the Eye of Horus products as I am! All of these products are available from the NZ Eye of Horus website, with free shipping nationwide!

Lexie xx

(ps. I know that the watermark is cut off in some of my photos, I am not sure why this is happening, - it's never happened before. If you click the photos, you'll be able to see the full photo in album format with no cut off edges/watermark.)

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