June Empties

Posted by on June 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Another month, another bunch of used products :) Here is a quick run down!

Cutex Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover (With Conditioner for sensitive skin)
I don’t want to type too much as I already have a review of this product pending, but overall, it’sred average. Nothing amazing, and I’ll be moving on to something less drying.

Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Crème SPF 15
You can read my review on this product here, the same opinion stands. Not a bad moisturiser, feels good on the skin, but it doesn’t feel like a miracle product.

NIVEA Visage Vital Moisturising Facial Cleansing Wipes
These were interesting, I only ever used these after my showers to wipe off any residual makeup my cleanser couldn’t remove, and for that it did a good job. For full face makeup? Not so well :( I have to admit this does seem to have a strong scent to it (nothing too unpleasant). That aside though, these wipes were incredibly soft and gentle. It is after all meant for mature skin, and I love how it felt on my skin which is why I’ve bought a second pack :D I tend to go through these pretty slowly, which is a good thing as they are a tad pricey.

Garnier Clean Sensitive Velvety-soft Cleansing Wipes
Another product I’ve already reviewed here. My opinion is pretty much the same, I think over time my skin got used to the roughness of these wipes. I won’t be buying another pack, will be moving on to find a brand I truly love :)

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Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 29, 2011 | 6 comments

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

Pros:

  • Wearable range of colours
  • Lightweight palette
  • Mixture of matte and shimmery finishes

Cons:

  • Very sheer pigmentation
  • Texture very hard

Price: $30.95AU

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: Crush Cosmetics

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

I’m constantly trying out all sorts of different neutral palettes, they are certainly the most popular colour range out there. And I had high hopes for this particular palette, and unfortunately was left disappointed.

Honestly, everything but the eye shadows themselves were great. Lightweight, good mixture of finishes, good colour range, but there is little point in all of that if the shadows hardly work.

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

I really had to dig at the palette to get the swatches you see above (besides 1-2 good shades). The pigmentation is truly disappointing, the shadows are very hard which makes me wonder if that’s the reason it is so difficult to pick up any colour, or perhaps not enough mica was used.

All in all, this is one neutral palette worth skipping. Great concept, not so great execution.

Crush Cosmetics 28 Neutral Eye Palette

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 Review and Photos

Posted by on June 28, 2011 | 0 comments

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

Pros:

  • Elegant packaging
  • Moisturises lips throughout the night
  • Has a herbal subtle scent
  • Leaves lips with a slight sheen
  • Contained SPF

Cons:

  • Leaves a wax like residue

Price: ~$19AU

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: David Jones or Myer

I remember reading about how Victoria Beckham raved about how much she loved the Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden, and so whilst I was travelling earlier last year I decided to pick up a little gift set of the same cream, and with it came this cute lip balm.

The one you see in the photo is actually my second tube, I have about less than 1cm left of my first tube. The first thing I noticed was the herbal scent, which I actually didn’t like at the start. I found it to be too over powering, but over time I got used to it and now I’m rather fond of it.

The product has a slight peachy tint to it, but when applied it goes on clear. The product does feel rather thick and almost wax like on the lips, which is why I only ever use this at night before I go to bed. I’d imagine it would be way too heavy for the day time, unless worn alone. Pity because it contains SPF which is ideal for day time use.

By the next day my lips feel moisturised but still slightly waxy. So it’s certainly not the perfect lip balm, but it does quite a good job none the less. I’d be keep to find a lip product that could do the same if not better job without the SPF component.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

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Essie Winter 2010 Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 27, 2011 | 14 comments

Essie Winter 2010 Collection

Introducing Essie’s 2010 Winter collection, these became available in the states probably a good six or so months ago, but are now officially available in Myer Australia as of June 2011 :) They go for $18.95AU a bottle here.

Generally, this collection reminds me a lot of Essie’s Fall 2010 collection, only darker and naturally slightly more pigmented. Some really gorgeous browns and darkened reds here, perfect for the cold weather :) Most swatches are only two coats without any top coat.

Smokin Hot
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
A dark brown gray crème, I found it a little difficult to swatch initially because I had grabbed too much product. Let that be a lesson to clean down the brush first when applying darker polishes.

Masquerade Belle
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
A darken cherry red stain like crème, I really botched up this application :x Reds and very dark colours are so unforgiving when it comes to swatches.

Silken Cord
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
An almost shockingly bright red crème, I think Pretty Woman nails when I see this colour, but with a slight coral-ish twist to it.

Hot Cocoa
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
A taupe brown gray crème, as close to a nude as this collection will get. Probably my favourite from the collection, has a very luxe feel to it.

Luxedo
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
An almost black plum crème, if I did a better job you probably wouldn’t be able to tell it was plum until you viewed it under the sunlight. Reminds me of OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney.

Going Incognito
Essie Winter 2010 Collection
A deep emerald green crème with an almost blue undertone, a stand out colour from this collection in that it moves away from the browns and reds.

This is a safe and conservative collection by Essie, which is pretty typical of the brand. But I will say they are the masters of crème polishes in the market :)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection

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Coles Nail Polish Remover Review and Photos

Posted by on June 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Coles Nail Polish Remover

Pros:

  • Readily available
  • Easily removed polish
  • Doesn’t smell like acetone
  • Smells like vanilla

Cons:

  • Slightly drying to nails

Price: $2.99AU

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: Coles Supermarkets

Given how often I swatch polishes, I tend to cycle through bottles of nail polish remover like crazy, and hence I find this to be a great way to try a ton of different brands to see what works best for me.

Coles’ nail polish remover is my latest purchase, and so far relatively happy. As a remover, it works just like any other remover. It isn’t much of a reach better or worse than more other removers I’ve tried.

However the way it smells is very interesting, it smells like artificial vanilla! You can still smell the typical nail polish scent, but I found the vanilla fragrance to almost be overwhelming at times. A cheap, but effective alternative to more high end branded removers that also come with a fragrance.

I would most likely continue to repurchase this purely because it does the job, it smells like Vanilla and is pretty cheap; if I wasn’t for the fact that I run this blog want to continue to try a range of different products to review :)

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Butter London – Pink Ribbon Nail Polish Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 25, 2011 | 5 comments

Butter London - Pink Ribbon Nail Polish

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Butter London before, a newish nail polish brand that has not so recently been a big hit within the beauty blogging community and I can see why. I can’t admit to owning many bottles of Butter London, in fact I only have two, both of which came free with magazines :D

I really love how smooth the formula is, and these polishes lasted a good while on my nails, probably took a few days before they started chipping.

The shade however whilst lovely is nothing unique. It is highly wearable though!

I think these go for about $19.95 a bottle from Adore Beauty, which is admittedly rather expensive for a bottle of polish, so I’d recommend searching for a cheaper alternative if you can.

Butter London - Pink Ribbon Nail Polish

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Book of Fables: Chapter 62 – Disney Snow White

Posted by on June 24, 2011 | 26 comments

Celina Fables in Fashion Book of Fables

I grew up watching Disney, and loved all the Disney princesses~ My favourite is probably Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but for cosplay purposes I thought I suited Snow White much better :) If you would like to view the entire costume I made for my Snow White cosplay, please view the gallery here.

I absolutely loved cosplaying Snow White :) I’d love to do more princesses in the future, enjoy the tutorial :)

Celina Fables in Fashion Book of Fables

Bobbi Brown Brightening SPF 50/PA+++ UV Protective Face Base
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation – 71
MAC Studio Finish Concealer Palette – Light
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Light
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush – Natural Beauty
NYX Mosaic Powder – Highlighter
Coastal Scents Brow Tones
e.l.f Eyelid Primer – Sheer
Maybelline Define-a-Brow Gel – Clear
Coastal Scents – 88 Warm Palette
Prestige Eyeliner – White
Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Black
DUO Eyelash Adhesive – Dark Tone
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara – Black
Savvy by DB Lipliner – Poppy
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – True Red

Celina Fables in Fashion Book of Fables

MAC 130
Sigma Angled Top Kabuki – F84
MAC 209
Sigma SS252
Sigma SS266
Lancome 17
Art brush
Revlon Lip Brush

Celina Fables in Fashion Book of Fables

Celina Fables in Fashion Book of Fables

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EOS Lip Balm Spheres Review and Photos

Posted by on June 23, 2011 | 12 comments

EOS Lip Balm Spheres

Pros:

  • Adorable packaging
  • Lovely fruity smells
  • Can coat both lips at once
  • Light moisturisaton

Cons:

  • Not very moistursing for winter or very chapped lips
  • Doesn’t last very long
  • Packaging stains very easily

Price: $6.35AU / 3.29US

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: Addicted 2 Lip Balm or CVS.

EOS Lip Balms have been floating around the blog and youtube world for some time now, it’s a spherical shaped lip balm designed to provide moisturse for your lips.

The packaging is without a doubt the most loved and talked about feature of the product, I haven’t seen anything like this before, simply adorable!

As for the product itself, that’s kinda of a different story. It smells lovely and does give a bit of moisturisation, but honestly it doesn’t stand up to the quality of other balms that really do help chapped lips. This reminds me a little of the Soap Opera Balm I reviewed last week, certainly not suitable for Winter, but would be great for Summer if you suffer from very mild dry lips.

But let’s face facts, it’s not the best lip balm out there, but it has earnt it’s spot in my personal makeup bag because it smells delicious and is just so cute! I’ve already admitted to being a superficially visual person, what more do you want from me!? j/k ;)

EOS Lip Balm Spheres

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Garnier Clean Sensitive Wipes Review and Photos

Posted by on June 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Garnier Clean Sensitive Wipes

Pros:

  • Leaves lips feeling hydrated
  • Very cute packaging
  • Has a fruity subtle scent
  • Leaves lips with a slight sheen
  • Lasts up to 6 hrs

Cons:

  • Slightly greasy residue

Price: $7.95AU for 25 wipes

Rating: Fable in Fashion's Rating

Where: Priceline, Chemists, Supermarkets or Target.

When you put on as much makeup as I do for my Book of Fables, you need an effective and fast way to remove makeup. Especially for some days when I shoot 2-3 different looks (I try not to though, else my face starts to look like a tomato X_x;) Wipes are perfect for this! These are the key things I look out for:

  • Remove thick layers (~5) of makeup within 1-2 swipes
  • Actual wipe is smooth and soft on skin
  • Subtle to no scent
  • Skin feels clean after use, no stinging
  • Gently removes eye makeup (bonus if it works on the waterline)
  • Only one wipe should be needed for the entire face

So unfortunately Garnier failed to hit the mark for most of these. For people removing everyday makeup looking for a bit of exfoliation, this might be what you’re looking for.

For me, this just didn’t cut it. It takes quite a few swipes to get thicker makeup off, and since the sheets already have a bit of a roughness to them, I feel like I’m over exfoliating my face. And I really don’t want to use my makeup wipes as exfoliators (I have a bunch of other products to do that with!).

It doesn’t do a complete job at removing all my makeup, I find myself having to go over smaller areas like my eyes with a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover solution / moisturiser to remove my eyeliner / mascara. Not cool.

What it does have going for it, is it doesn’t have any scent and my skin isn’t left with any oily residue at the end. So it works, but probably only for much lighter makeup.

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State of Australian eCommerce

Posted by on June 22, 2011 | 22 comments

This post is going to be more about me discussing some issues I find important in the Australian eCommerce realm, as well as sharing news that Kiehl’s has recently opened up their first Australian eCommerce store and a notes I wanted to point out.

As you guys may or may not know, during the day I work in IT. More specifically I work in eCommerce, an industry I absolutely love being a part of :) Unfortunately it’s an industry that has been the focus of a lot of negative media attention lately and naturally is something I am very close to.

In recent years, Australian retailers have been slowly losing ground to their overseas competitors, no surprise there as I’m sure most people reading this blog post have only contributed to this figure, I know I have.

Our local retailer’s reaction to this? Absolutely appalling, instead of working towards helping and providing to their consumers, they are instead fighting to have pointless regulations put in place to only alienate themselves further from the Australian consumer.

Australian retailers need to recognise that times have changed and respond accordingly. According to surveys the main reasons people choose to shop online are:

• Cheaper prices
• Larger range
• Ability to browse online / compare prices
• Enticing offers / free shipping
• Personalised experience

The term, “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar” couldn’t be truer for local retailers. The one thing they have that many online overseas competitors don’t have is they are physically here.

Not only could they be addressing all the issues above, they could be using their brick and mortar stores to their advantage. They need to lower prices, set up online counterparts, branch into the mobile and tablet market and provide consumers a multi-channel experience.

Only local brands will be able to allow consumers to do things like place an order whilst on the train home from work on their mobiles and pick up in store that evening, and many more. Local retailers are able to more closely interact with their consumers, they really need to take advantage of this!

One company who I think is a great example of this, and is currently leading the “fight” against overseas competitors is Kiehl’s.

About a month or so ago, they dropped their prices to be competitive with those in America. Keeping in mind that their prices do not match their American counterparts, BUT they’ve priced themselves in such a way that if you were to include shipping & fees to order from America, you’d pretty much be a little better off to just order here (or would be pretty much breaking even). A smart and strategic move on their behalf.

The other thing they’ve recently done is join the online market! You would not believe how many Australian companies in 2011 still do not have an online store, talk about living in the stone ages. So much valuable time and money wasted!

But not only have they gone online with their discounted prices, they’ve been sure to bring across the same marketing strategies used in America, such as:

• Free samples with every order
• Free shipping for the month of June
• Free gift with purchase (lip gloss) if you enter the promotional code lipglossblog upon checkout.

With a set up like that, I could not be bothered ordering their products overseas anymore, I’d go straight to the Australian website instead.

Kiehl’s certainly took a step in the right direction, and have as a result created a warm buzz for their branding locally. Their consumers view them fondly, rather than how consumers now see Harvey Norman *rage*.

So long as they continues this trend by improving their local product range, continue providing fantastic offers and eventually branch out into the mobile / tablet market, I can see them being one of the leaders in the Australian retail market, and I wish many of the larger retailers would follow in kind.

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