Friday, 21 September 2012

NYX Nude on Nude

So last month while debating on whether to try out our local glitzy glam bag I spent a lot of time viewing the site for Halener Rustique and came across their Urban decay selection, they carry both the Naked 1 & 2 palette which is a very popular though pricey brand (both here and abroad), and I decided  as  my school semester is about to start that I may as well try my hand at the more affordable and popular NYX  Nude on Nude palette which also came with lip colours...

It came neatly packaged in bubble wrap and this is what the colours looked like when opened..

So as you can see, it came with 20 beautiful neutral shades and ten varying pink lip shades...

These shadows were applied to my skin without a base or primer...

The Shadows
The colours seemed a bit more cool than warm... there was a mixture of semi matte to a somewhat
"pearlescent" glow, so there was no chunky or overly shimmery colours. It was soft and picked up easily with my makeup brush. Some colours seemed similar at first but the undertones are different and shows up better in real life. The shadows blended nicely and though there was not too many overly dark  shades I believe you could still get a suitable daylight smoky look for your every work or school look.

The Lip Colours
A lot of the colour are that pale pink which I figure would probably show up well on someone with less pigmentation to their lips than my own or for those who like putting in the extra effort of neutralising their lips with concealer/primer/foundation etc.. but the few deeper shades like the three darker shades of pink and the orange/red are likely to be, my go to colours for this lip palette.

My overall view is, this is a very beautiful and compact palette suitable for travel, the colours are definitely suited for the every day look, especially in the work or school environment where people tend to catch a "fit" if they figure you have on too much colour on your eyes and I'm just liking the fact that you can get that finished effortless look without looking like you tried to hard.

This item can be bought locally at  Halener Rustique, they also offer a few other Urban Decay smaller palettes as well as Sleek Cosmetics if you don't want to go through the drama of online shopping/money conversion etc.( paid $200.00TT) the NYX  website

This is usually $25.00 U.S but can be bought cheeper when there are sales at the sites below..

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Product Changes -hair and skin =(

     So I stopped off at our local Pricesmart to stock up on a few basic items, one such item was my TRESemme Moisture Rich shampoo and conditioner packaged together as a special, when I got home I was idly comparing ingredients and realised it had changed, in fact a lot of the original ingredients was missing?!!

Old Ingredients for Shampoo:
Wateraqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocodimonium Hydroloxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Polyquaternium 39 , Quaternium 22 , Polyquaternium 10 , Panthenol , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract (Sweet Almond) , Corylus Avellana Leaf Extract (Hazel) , Helianthus Annuus ExtractSunflower , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract , Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Fruit ExtractFennel , Citric Acid , DMDM Hydantoin , Tetrasodium EDTA , Ammonium Chloride , Propylene Glycol , Butylene Glycol , Fragrance (Parfum)parfum

Old Ingredients for Conditioner:
Wateraqua , Quaternium 18 , Cetearyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cocodimonium Hydroloxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Panthenol , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract (Sweet Almond) , Corylus Avellana Leaf Extract (Hazel) , Helianthus Annuus ExtractSunflower , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract , Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Fruit ExtractFennel , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Stearyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate , Quaternium 80 , Steareth 21 , Dimethicone , Disodium PEG 12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate , Oleamine Oxide , Glycerin , Citric Acid , PVP , DMDM Hydantoin , Disodium EDTA , Propylene Glycol , Butylene Glycol , Fragrance (Parfum)parfum

New Ingredients for Shampoo:
Water,Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocomidoproyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Niacinamide,Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternum-47, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance

New Conditioner Ingredients:
Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasoloxane, Stearamidopropyl, Dimethylamine,Cyclohexasiloxane, Panthenol, Tocopherryl Acetate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Aspartic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Quaternum-18, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine,Isosteearamiopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, PEG-9, Polysorbate20. Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydanton, Fragrance.

Well I haven't tried it out as yet, so I can't compare the changes in my hair, but I was certainly at a lost for words...Oh well, I guess its not the product that grows your hair so much  as the technique...still what a shocker!! But just thought that I would mention it.


Another one of my favorite item which has undergone some change or at least is missing in action is my  Clean & Clear - Soft Oil-Free Moisturiser Night, according to its label it "works through the night to soften, clarify & renew skin" this item could not be found at any of the Pennywise stores I visited, checked online on Amazon and it seems to be a discontinued product over a year now?!!!!

Anyway, while at Truevalue, I got the remaining bottle...jeez!

this is a lightweight night cream that contains:

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, CyclopentaSiloxane, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract (Orange), Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract (Lemon), DMDM Hydantoin, Alanine, Arginine, Lysine, Acer Saccharum Extract (Sugar Maple), Proline, May Also Contain: Sodium Hydroxide.

     I usually awake with my skin moisturised and glowing, it evens out my skin and the beauty is that its not a bleaching cream, so does not contain hydroquinine...
So now I'm on a mission to find a replacement product, wish me luck and any suggestion would be appreciated......(heart felt sigh)

Anyway just felt like I had to post this!

Keep Good Everyone<33


Glitzy Glam Bag - Halener Rustique

I recently received my first Glitzy Glam Bag for the month of August, this was started by a local beauty supplier about a year ago, but I only discovered this in July via a local Youtuber. I received it on the 4th September, but it seemed like this was a late month for a lot of their customers but I figured it was worth the wait to try out a few new items...

So basically its similar in concept to the glam bag, birch boxes etc where you pay a monthly fee (TT $100) which includes postage and you get either some sample size or  full size items sent to your door or you can probably organise pesonal delivery if in Trinidad...
Items inside:

  • Concealer brush
  • Elf Super glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 - Goddess
  • Nabi Blush - Plum 05
  • bhcosmetics quilted makeup bag

right:  Elf lip gloss, middle : Nabi blush, end: Nabi eyeliner

My take on the items?? Hmm...
I'm not really a lip gloss, and though Elf products are not common in Trinidad and Tobago nation wide,it can occasionally be found at Excellent Stores when they remember to stock up on the US 1.00 line on the little turntable display, (items cost about $10 TT) rack and they've had lip gloss on display which never grabbed my attention...with that said ...

The lip gloss is a little sticky, has a bubble gum scent and taste has a touch of pigmentation and does exactly as it says - gives a super glossy shine and has SPF (protects lips from sunburn)

The Nabi eyeliner is matte and well pigmented,  seems to go on smoothly has no extra staying power but works well as a regular an unknown brand to me.

The Nabi blush in Plum was a bit pale on my skin when swatch, but it blended easily to a more acceptable shade, has no shimmers and was also a little powdery but workable on my skin tone...unknown brand

The concealer brush is typical to its kind.. firm ,synthetic hair, non abrasive on the skin and can serve for other functions.

bhcosmetics makeup bag/pouch is made out of a quilted synthetic shiny cloth material, has an inner pocket and can be used ideally to carry around your daily touch-up make essential.

Recently on there facebook  wall they've mentioned a surprise box, but I did not apply for that one but who knows, if my curiosity irks me enough I just may try it out. You can check out the company on there facebook page but you need to apply as a friend...its open to international shipping and they do sell other items like the 120 palette etc. Everything is calculated in TT dollars so be a smart shopper and purchase only if its worthwhile to you..
Halener Rustique