June 2014 | Alexis Adrienne

27.6.14

Lipstick Swatch: MAC Dodgy Girl

Hey Girls!

Today I have one of the new limited edition Kelly Osbourne X MAC lipsticks - Dodgy Girl! It's described as a "light lavender" on MacCosmetics.com. I find that it's more of a pink lavender with a cool undertone, rather than a true lavender like Melt Cosmetics Darling. This probably makes it just a touch more wearable!


22.6.14

Nail Art: Dry Brush Stroke Manicure

Hey Girls!

Today I have some nail art which I've tried for the first time. Basically, it's a technique where you remove as much polish as possible from the brush and dab it over a base colour - easy peasy. Today, I've done this using 4 polishes: Sally Hansen Red Snapper, Sally Hansen Good to Grape, Sally Hansen Shell We Dance, and Essence Off to Miami. I followed Chalkboard Nails' excellent tutorial, so have a look over there if you want a better idea of how this is done.


I started by applying 3 coats Shell We Dance, a stunning sheer pink. Something I noticed about the Sally Hansen polishes is that the brushes are very wide - the width of the plastic stem is basically the diameter of the opening to the polish bottle. The wide, flattened brush makes application so easy though - perfect for getting close to the cuticle without making a mess. After SWD dried, I applied Off to Miami (coral), Good to Grape (purple) and Red Snapper (um, red) in that order, following the instructions from the tutorial.


After finishing, I sealed my mani with a coat of Sally Hansen's Big Shiny top coat. I haven't used any mainstream top coats for a while, so I was frankly really impressed with this one. I tend not to have high expectations for top coats from mainstream brands, so it's nice to be proved wrong for once. It's definitely comparable in terms of dry time and glossiness to my favourite Rica Glossy Glam top coat. The only drawback is the shiny, metallic bottle - it looks super cool but it will be hard to gauge how much top coat is left in the bottle after continued use.

Also, because I can't leave things alone... I mattified this mani too. I used the other sibling in the top coat pair - Big Matte. I haven't done a direct comparison yet, I'm pretty sure this is comparable to the Essie Matte About You top coat in terms of being a true matte. Love the different dimension it added to my mani - it totally reminds me of tie-dye. A tip for matte manicures - apply your regular top coat first and wait for that to dry before applying your matte top coat. I find that manis last longer doing this, rather than going straight for the mattifying one. Think of it as a special effects top coat, rather than a sealing + drying one.



I hope you like this as much as I do - I'm so so proud of my first dry brush mani, and I'll definitely be using this technique with other colour schemes. I'm also very impressed with the two Sally Hansen top coats I used - they definitely have a place in my top coat rotation (currently has Glisten & Glow HK Girl, Rica Glossy Glam).

Lexie xx

Big Matte and Big Shiny top coats are available from Farmers and selected Kmart, Pharmacies, and The Warehouse stores for RRP$14.99. 

The Sally Hansen Triple Shine range are also available from Farmers and selected Kmart, Pharmacies, and The Warehouse stores for RRP$12.99.

Products in this post were provided to me for review. All opinions are my own.

17.6.14

Lipstick Swatch: NYX Shocking Pink

Kia ora Girls,

Nyx Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink is a stunning blue-toned hot pink. It applies really nicely without any dragging, and does dry to a nice, matte finish. This lippy is seriously BRIGHT and it freaked my camera out! I think this color would definitely suit a wide variety of skintones :)


I found that this wore pretty nicely throughout the day, would probably be better with a bright lipliner though. A lot of people say online that this is a dupe for MAC Candy Yum Yum, however I don't have CYY so I can't compare the two. Hopefully it's not a case of "they're both hot pink so they are dupes" which I see with SO MANY PURPLE LIPPIES. Just cause it's purple doesn't mean it's the same as MAC Heroine. Just no.


Shocking Pink is excellent bang for your buck - Nyx Matte lipsticks are priced at just US$6 which I think is FANTASTIC for the quality of lippy that you get. I'm giving this a full five out of five!



Lexie x

12.6.14

Swatch & Review: Peacock Pie Locket

Hey Girls!

Sorry I've been quiet lately, been studying for exams - got one tomorrow and the day after. I'll be back to regular posting soon!

This is another Kiwi indie polish, this time created by Peacock Pie. Locket is a gorgeous glitter polish in a light blue crelly base. I absolutely LOVE all of the dominant colors in this polish - purple and copper, along with the sublter yellow circles and smaller black glitters. I chose to wear it on its own, shown are three coats with one coat of Glossy Glam top coat. Glossy Glam did a really good job at smoothing out three layers of glitter, I'm nearly through my bottle so it looks like I'll be getting a big refill size soon :)




These last two photos make it look very matte, but I'm not sure why! I guess it's nice to see what this would look like with a matte top coat? Another thing I was impressed with was how easy it was to spread the glitter around on the nail when applying - no dabbing necessary.

Lexie xx

Peacock Pie polishes are available from their Etsy store

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