May 2014 | Alexis Adrienne

30.5.14

Swatch & Review: OPI Blue Chips

Hey Girlies!

Today, I have a polish which recently cause a lot of intrigue in the NZ polish community - a few of us found odd OPIs at reduced prices in pharmacies, and when we Googled for swatches, they didn't seem to exist! They had names such as Stir Fried Eggplant, I Don't Speak Meek, and of course, Blue Chips. I was too skeptical to accept these as really good fakes which had somehow bypassed anyone's notice. A fellow blogger did a bit of research and emailed OPI for the details on these polishes, and this is what they had to say:

"Those were custom colors we did for Winner's in Canada. It is an exclusive for them." - Teri Truong, Technician Support - OPI Products Inc.

Mystery solved! How they managed to end up in tiny pharmacies all over NZ, we don't know yet - but at least we know that they are legitimate OPI polishes and feel secure blogging about them.




Blue Chips has a bright, metallic blue base full of small holographic glitters. The glitters are large enough to make the texture of the polish slightly gritty upon application. My single coat of HK Girl wasn't enough to completely smooth the glitters out, so depending on your top coat, I'd smack on two layers for that glassy smooth finish.

I thought this polish was really stinkin' pretty and was loath to remove it when it started chipping (after 5 days!) I also find that this polish is quite unique in my collection, and I'm quite happy to have it!

Lexie xx


25.5.14

Lipstick Swatch: Impulse Cosmetics Two Timer

Kia ora Girlies!

I made a recent order from Impulse Cosmetics on Etsy for two of their lipsticks, Two Timer and Gamble. The focus of today's post will be Two Timer, a gorgeous blue-toned, pin-up red lipstick. Something different about these particular lipsticks is that they do not have a traditional, angled tip, which made Two Timer slightly difficult for me to work with. I managed to get it to work for me in the end though! I lined my lips using the flattened edge of the lippie before applying.




These lipsticks are very smooth and pigmented. So so smooth and pigmented. I need more!



As I said before, I was slightly thrown off by the flattened tip and would definitely recommend using a lip brush to facilitate application, especially around the lip line. I also think I had a harder time as I am still definitely newer to makeup than most! I ended up unintentionally going just outside my lip line, so my lips are slightly exaggerated in these photos. These lipsticks are labelled as "Opaque Matte Lipsticks", however I found the final finish to be closer to a satin than a true matte. Impulse Cosmetics suggests using their lipstick mattifying powder to achieve the true matte appearance of the photos in their Etsy shop.

I hope you enjoyed my first ever lip swatch on the blog! I have recently acquired a metric butt-ton of makeup and figured that I should probably blog about that too... I actually have managed to hoard so much makeup and skincare that I got a Helmer to throw it all in!

This lipstick was just amazing to me - creamy, pigmented and very comfortable to wear. I didn't feel like this lipstick dried my lips, but I don't know if it provided any additional moisture either. Either way, I usually apply a thin layer of Maybelline Baby Lips before applying any type of lipstick.

All in all, I give this lippy 4/5 polish bottles - that half point was knocked off for not being truly matte.



I'd really love to know what you think of my first lippie post - email me some feedback or comment below!

Lexie xx


20.5.14

Swatch & Review: OPI Mod About You

Hi Girls!

Mod About You has been one of my longtime lemmings and I'm so happy to finally have it! Mod About You is a stark, light pink creme polish that is part of the OPI core collection. Today, I've shown it with accent nails of OPI It's Frosty Outside (a Liquid Sand polish) topped with OPI Crown Me Already.



I really loved having this mani on - it was just so simple, but so pretty and girly. Mod About You's formula is fairly thin, and I found it slightly difficult to control. Here, I've done two careful coats. I also did not expect the color to be this stark and chalky, but it works. Definitely one of my new favorite pinks to pull out when I'm feeling extra girly!

Lexie xx

16.5.14

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream



La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream (Whew! What a mouthful) is a very high protection sunscreen with not only a high SPF rating, but a high PPD (Persistant Pigment Darkening) rating of 31. This means that it has very good protection against UVA, which is the type of UV light linked to skin aging and sunspots. It's also a combination sunscreen, meaning it uses both chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens to protect your skin. I thought I would try it, since it is described as ideal for combination to oily skin. It has a creamy, sort of thick texture - thick in the way that when I turned my hand upside down with it on it, it didn't drip or slide off immeadiately.

I thought some might find it helpful to see the full list of ingredients, so I've listed it below and indicated which ingredients are sunscreens. It's also fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic.

Ingredients: Aqua, Homosalate (Sunscreen), Ethylhexyl Salicate (Sunscreen), Silica, Ethylhexyl Triazone (Sunscreen), Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Sunscreen), Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Sunscreen), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Octocrylene (Sunscreen), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Perlite, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-8 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (Sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen), Tocopherol, Triethanalomine, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Gluconate

So how did I like this sunscreen? Well, frankly I don't like it much. When I use it, I don't find that any of the claims of "double anti-shine action, immediate absorption, ultra-dry finish, no white marks"are fulfilled. My skin is certainly not more oily when I use this product, but it's not any less oily either. While the finish is not heavy, I don't know if it's what I would call a 'dry' finish. It's smooth, but not as dry as other sunscreens I've tried. Also, I find it impossible to apply the correct amount (1/2 tsp for face + neck, or 2mg/cm2) without white streaks everywhere. I suppose it's not so bad if you are planning to wear makeup over the top of it, but I just don't have time for that every morning before going to uni. 

The texture also makes it such a PITA to apply. I usually apply sunscreen by rubbing the amount I want to use in my hands, then patting it all over my face. This is not possible with this product as it requires rubbing in to mitigate the white cast. What I do instead is apply it to one part of my face at a time to avoid excessive rubbing (which HURTS on active pimples!). Unfortunately, there is just no way for me to apply this for full protection without having a streaky whiteface on. Even when I apply less, there is still a visible white cast on my face, making me look paler than I am.




After rubbing it in and waiting for a few minutes.

You can see that on the back of my hand, there's definitely a difference between the skin there compared to my arm. I would only recommend this product to people who are fairer than myself, with slightly drier skin. 

Overall, I give this product 2 out of 5 polishes.





I purchased this product from Escentual.com.

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