Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Christmas and Boxing Day Haul

Christmas and Boxing Day are the time of year when you can go all out (shopping wise) to spoil yourself and your loved ones, without feeling as guilty as you usually would due to the immense amount of sales around!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Review and Swatches: NYX Round Lipsticks - First ever NYX products!

Any beauty blogger, reader, watcher or enthusiast who has seen American beauty videos will know of the brand NYX. NYX is a drugstore brand with great quality products at amazing prices, and sadly predominately available in America. I grew greatly jealous over time of the products people had, so finally, I set out to buy some. I found a seller on eBay who offered a bulk deal of 6 at an extremely reasonable price and set off. When they finally came in the mail, I was ecstatic! 

Let me tell you, from what I have seen, these lipstick do not disappoint. The light fruity smell, smooth consistency and amazing variety of colours can do nothing but invite people in to want the whole collection!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Beauty Wishlist

So Christmas is this Sunday, and although I didn't physically wish for something, in my head, there were many beauty related things I wish for!

  1. Mac Products - I bought my first MAC foundation a while back, and I adore it! I wish the Australian prices weren't so dear, but needless to say, I wish for, well, basically everything!
  2. Inglot eyeshadows - I bought an empty freedom palette to ensure that I gradually build up a collection
  3. Benefit Box Blushes - Coralista and Bella Bamba are up the top of my list. They look so pretty and even though are pretty similar to others in my collection, are tickling my fancy.
  4. A Sephora or Ulta to open up in Australia - no need for an explanation. This wish involves all American brands stocked, with American Prices
  5. Real Techniques and Sigma Makeup Brushes - I've heard great things about these brands, and would love to try them!
  6. An American friend - I would love an American penpal of sorts, to befriend, to do swaps with, and to buy stuff and have them send it too me.
What did you ask for for Christmas, beauty related or otherwise?
Love Gianna

Monday, 19 December 2011

TAG: If All My Makeup Disappeared...

I was perusing youtube the other day and came across this tag. Basically, this tag is to list the 10 products you would repurchase if all your makeup disappeared!

5 Lip Products to get you through the Holiday Season

No matter how you choose to spend your holidays, one thing for certain is that it is a truly hectic time for everyone. Parties, events, shopping, holiday's and catchups - you name it, you'll most likely do it. In this time, you'll probably try to rush through your routine, and with these five lip products you'll have enough variety for a multitude of looks.

If I were going away for the holiday season, whether I lived in a country going through summer or winter, these would be the 5 lip products I would pack!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

All Time Favorite Red Lipstick

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 090 True Red

Last year, I had a multitude of parties I had to attend, and it was during these, that I learnt the allure of the red lip. Being someone who wore a lot of black and no colour, I was intrigued when I first found my mother's Dior lipstick, and after the first wear, I fell in love. It was a new way to add a bit of spark and sultry-ness to an outfit without being too 'slutty'. The red lip soon became my 'thing' within our group.

At my birthday last year, I received a gift box from some girlfriends, and this little baby was hidden inside it, and since then I have never looked back.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Nail of the Day: Twinkling Christmas

Two of my favorite (beauty related) things about the holidays are the ability to have christmas nails, and the huge varieties of holiday polish collections, such as the 2011 holiday OPI and China glaze collections, which I'm quite a fan of.

Review: Bourjois Volumizer Mascara

'Two looks in one mascara. Natural or Killer volume! You decide.'

This Bourjois Volumizer Mascara claims to build up to 11x more volume in just two mascara steps, whilst also having the option to go for a natural or dramatic look.

Let me tell you, this mascara is amazing! Do not pass it by if you have the chance to buy it! It even comes in black and brown to suit everyone's general needs. This is a must-have mascara!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

November Favorites

This month has been weird weather in Melbourne, so I haven't been doing anything too extreme makeup wise, and I haven't really added anything new to my routine. So I know it's a bit late, but here are my November favorites.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Review: Maybelline Master Liner

New Maybelline waterproof Master Liner Cream Pencil.
Bolder, Smoother, Unlike any other.

The new Maybelline Master Liner is a waterproof, wind up cream liner that claims to have a creamy soft glide and intense colour, whilst being smudge-proof and waterproof.

Christmas NOTD: Winter Wonderland

December is finally here, and that means the holidays! For me, that's Christmas, so my nail polish collection has expanded to compensate for Christmas time. Even though Australia don't have White Christmas', I saw a variation of this look on youtube and had to have this as the starter to my holiday nail season!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Review and Swatches: BYS Blush in Coral

This blush was another prize I won from Hannah's 100 follower giveaway. This was another prize I was particularly excited to win, because Coral is a blush that is somewhat raved about in the Aussie beauty blogging community, and I now know why.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Holiday Nail Polish Haul Part 2: OPI

From Left to Right: Gone Gonzo!, Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, Fresh Frog of Bel Air - true colours

I'm a big fan of OPI nail polishes, and it seems like the majority of the beauty blogging community are too, so when I saw the New OPI Muppets Holiday 2011 Holiday Collection, I knew I had to have it. The collection was released to celebrate the release of the Muppets movie, and contains 6 glitter polishes and 6 shimmers. I originally only liked the three I purchased, with the other glitters similar to those I already have and the others I deemed to be nothing special, but after reviewing other swatches, I will definitely be sourcing the silver and rose gold shimmers.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (BB Cream)

When I won Hannah's 100 follower giveaway, one of the things I was most excited to try was the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, or Australia's first drugstore version of a BB Cream. BB creams have been all the rage in the beauty community lately, and the reviews I heard about this product were mixed, so I was excited to finally try it for myself.

Nail Of The Day: Black Crackle

I got this Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish polish (in 025 Strawberry Fizz) in a pack, and had not used it before yesterday. I think it is such a gorgeous baby pink, and to only add to the adorable-ness of this product, it is scented! The package claims that when dried, the polish has a fruit scent, and I could really smell a (artificial) candy fruit smell on my nails, which lingered onto the following day. I topped it off with the OPI Black Shatter coat and my Sally Hansen top coat.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Beauty Down Under's Giveaway Haul!

When I was told that I had won Hannah's 100 follower giveaway, I was ecstatic! I've never one anything before, and her's was one of the first blogs I'd began to follow, not to mention the prizes were amazing. 

Friday, 18 November 2011

Major Haul - 15 items for $55: Bourjois, Covergirl and More

Every six months or so, there is a cosmetics warehouse sale near where I live. The brands there are Max Factor, Covergirl, Bourjois, Essence, Ulta3 and Elite Professional. The best part is that nothing is over $10! Now there isn't the latest products or the best variety of shades and colours, but there is enough of a range of items that everyone will certainly find things they will like.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Holiday Nail Polish Haul Part 1: China Glaze

From left to right: Holly-day, Glittering Garland, Twinkle Lights, Snow Globe

I've never used a China Glaze polish before, but after hearing so many great things about the brand in general, I've been wanting to give them a shot for a while. When I saw the China Glaze Let It Snow 2011 Holiday Collection, I knew I had to make these the beginning of my collection! There are so many beautiful shades that just scream 'Christmas' (or holiday season in general) to me, so I had to limit myself to four, but there are two more I'm debating about getting.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Review: 10.0.6 No Time To Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask

Take control of excess oil with No Time To Shine. The Sea Minerals and Kaolin Clay are the star ingredients that draw out and eliminate excess oil. Couple these with Calendula and Sea Kelp and your complexion will be beautifully balanced and toned.

This is not the first 10.0.6 product I've used - I love the pore strips, hated the tinted moisturizer and was wary of the Deep Down Detox Mud Mask (much for the same reasons of this). The bright and modern packaging was what first attracted me to the products and they do seem to be quality products, but I think they would work best for certain types of skin.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Review: Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in 'Royal Blue'

As you all know, I am slightly scared of colourful eyeshadow. I am a strictly neutral eye girl. However, Priceline are having another 20% off sale on Rimmel cosmetics, and when I saw this range of eyeliners for $6.80AU, I couldn't resist picking this up. I already have the Jet Black eyeliner that I love (it's much more soft and creamy then a regular pencil, although the staying power isn't fantastic) so I thought that this would be a good way to slowly venture into colours.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tag: What's Your Nail Style?

Hello lovelies, this evening I'm going to be doing a tag that's been going around at the moment, and that's 'What's Your Nail Style?'.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush in 'Flash It'

Perfectly blended, multicoloured blush allows you to customise and create the exact shade you are desperate for! Formulated with light reflecting and balancing photochromatic pigments so that you look just as hot in photos as you do in the mirror! The pore-invisible technology blurs pores, fine lines and other imperfections leaving a perfectly flawless and glowing finish. Enriched with jojoba and grape seed oil to lock in skin moisture.

I don't know about you, but to me, Australis was just another brand in Priceline which I skipped over. Until recently, I didn't own anything from Australis, but that is slowly changing! With the recent makeover Australis had, not only did packaging become more sleek and high-end looking, there was also the release of the new Paparazzi Perfect range, featuring a new selection of cosmetics aimed at making you look as good in photos as you do in person. Let me tell you, so far, the products do not disappoint!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

October Favorites

So, November is finally here, and I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by! Maybe because it was a new year for me, or just because uni was so fast paced, but this year has just gone sooooooo quickly! Anyway, a few of these products i've had for a while and they've made their way into my daily routine, but i've never shown them before, so they deserve to shown. The rest, are just products I've picked up recently and have started loving!

Urban Decay's Naked Palette - I've had this palette for a few months and I adore it so much!! The colours are extremely pigmented, and even though I haven't used the dark colours as much, this palette is simply amazing and will forever be a favorite.

Maybelline's Falsies Mascara - The only thing I can say about this is 'WOW'. I picked this up on sale because i've heard so much about it, and i'm not sure if its because if the curved wand or the formula, but this mascara is brilliant. It really gives the look of false eyelashes!

Rimmel London Kate Collection Long Lasting Lipstick 05 - I've mentioned this before a few times, and all I can say is that this berry lipstick is affordable, the perfect formula and amazing colour.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Foundation in Sand Beige - This foundation gives great coverage and long wear. The only problem is there are like, 5 colours that are nearly identical, and I just happened to pick one, that if applied too heavily, has the potential to turn orange. If I apply just a thin, even coat this foundation is the bomb.

BYS blusher in CandyFloss - A really light candy pink that, I think, is a perfect colour for a nice soft flush of colour.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Nail polish in Guava - I haven't used this in a while as I'm waiting until we have good weather because this colour begs for sun! A few coats of this gorgeous coral and it it reaches full coverage. The only problem is it chips relatively quickly.

Sally Hansen Base and Top Coat - I got sent this after I complained about a Rimmel nail polish staining my nails yellow (mentioned here) and it's actually really good. Not that I would expect anything else from a Sally Hansen product. This is a must have when doing my nails.

BYS eyeshadow palette in Metallics - My sister got me this palette ages ago, and I've barely used it, because as you may know, I have a few issues with elaborate eyeshadow, but last week I got this really nice and simple eyeliner look going with the blue and green colours, so now this palette is a favorite of mine! It's also a really cheap and pigmented palette.

Australis Mineral Inject Lipgloss in Lambada - At first I was against this lipgloss because it was a really milky consistency that left visible lines from application, but after a while and very thin application and spreading out with fingers, it has begun to grow on me. A very different colour to anything I have in my collection, and I love the smell!

Lush Cupcake Mask (not pictured) - You know the feeling of a freshly cleansed and moisturized face, after the moisturizer has sunk in, leaving an incredibly smooth face? This is what this mask does! Although a little pricey for the small tub that has a life of only 3 weeks, this chocolate-smelling mask is to die for, and will definitely be repurchased!

Do you have any products you loved this month?
Love Gianna

Monday, 31 October 2011

Sleek 'Storm' Palette: Review and Swatches

My Sleek Palette arrived today, and I was sooooooooo excited that it had finally come! For those of you who don't know, Sleek is a UK 'high street' brand of makeup with fairly cheap prices (compared to Australian standards). Nearly every blogger I've seen has some form of Sleek product and raves about them all, so I thought I'd take the plunge and get a eyeshadow palette.

Now the first thing I noticed about the product is that both the box that it came in, as well as the palette casing itself, live up to the name of the brand - They're both in very sleek and classy thin, matte black packages with (almost embossed) shiny lettering. The palette itself is fairly compact, being not much bigger than an iPhone, with 12 pots, each 2cm in diameter.

Palette compared to an iPhone 4

Now the colours on the Storm, which I've yet to test the staying power of as this palette just arrived today, are extremely pigmented! The most pigmented, I would have to say, is the black. There are 3 matte eyeshadows (third on the top row, and last two on bottom row) in a colour similar to that of a waffle (ice cream) cone, a coffee colour, and a black. The rest of the colours are shimmery, but not glittery, which for me is a big plus!

Top row - a variety of soft browns(1,3,4),  a champagne(2) and a rose(5) and burgundy(6)

Bottom row - dark browns (1,5), a grey blue (2), dark green (3), sapphire (4) and black(6)

Sorry about the quality of the second row. The colours are pretty similar, but it suddenly got darker so the shimmer wasn't as pronounced.

The only issue I have with this palette is that many of the colours are really similar to colours I already have on the naked palette. Looking back, I should have gotten the original palette, as it has a bit more of a variety of colours that I don't already have, but the good priced eBay seller I found didn't have that one. Apart from that, I'm really happy with this set, and I think it will be good for making a different kind of smokey eye.

My two favorites definitely have to be the rose and the sapphire! This palette was highly impressive and I am certainly going to try buy another.

Do you have any 'drugstore' or cheaper palettes that you are highly impressed with?
Love Gianna

Sunday, 30 October 2011

To buyers of Mac Cosmetics, I have a question...

So i've been watching and reading numerous beauty videos and blogs, and see the numerous guru's with large collections of MAC products.  I couldn't figure out how fifteen year olds had these massive collections, until i realized the incredible price differences between Australian mac cosmetics and other countries.

What I've heard America's pay for their MAC products, is what we in Australia would be paying for better 'drugstore' products, such as Revlon.

Here are just a few of the price differences:
  • Eyeshadow - $33AU/$18US/£11.50
  • Lipstick$36AU/$17.50US/£13.50
  • Powder Blush - $41AU/$23.50US/£17
  • Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - $49AU/$32.50US/£19.50

I know of many Australia's who do buy Mac products, but I was wondering, if you had to start buying MAC at Australian prices, as opposed to the ones you are used too (whether it be US dollars or Pounds etc) would you continue to purchase them? I know I would certainly have a whole collection of MAC for US prices!!

Love Gianna

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Beauty Haul

So I was at Chadstone today, and it just so happened Priceline had a 20% off sale on all Cosmetics and Skincare, so I bought a few things that I wanted to try (even though afterwards I found out the brands would have better sales on later on in the week). I also went to Lush for the first time after hearing so many great things, and let me tell you, I am a convert!

The Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipgloss in Lambada. I've been super impressed with the new range of Australis products, so decided to try what I thought would be neutral lipgloss. From what I can tell, it's a creamy baby pink that I wouldn't usually wear (mostly due to a mix between a class in my weirdly coloured Italian skin, and it's baby pink), but I figure that a light enough coat would be a nicely tinted casual lipgloss. It also has a smell that reminds me of apricots, but its not an over-the-top smell, and I actually really like it.

The Covergirl Lipslicks in Demure is in the form of a lipstick, but has the wear of a very sheer gloss. It's a colour that isn't a stain, but provides a dash of darker colour to my lips, and I'm really looking forward to trying this out.

The next thing I purchased was a Face of Australia Eye Primer in Matte. My camera couldn't capture the true colour of the product, which is an off white, and has no shimmer in it (FOA have a shimmer primer too). It is a thick, creamy consistency, and I'm also looking forward to trying this.

After Priceline, i went to Lush, and even though at first I was put off by the abundance of smells, after browsing all the products, I fell in love with the place! I had to restrict myself and settled on the Cupcake Face Mask, which is supposed to be good for oily skin (and smells like chocolate!), and the Sea Vegetable Soap, which is supposed to be uplifting. At the moment, they have a wide variety of Christmas products in, so I can't wait to go back to do my christmas shopping and bag me some goodies too!

Have you done any good hauls lately? Any new products you recommend?
Love Gianna

Monday, 24 October 2011

Calling All Australians...

Hey all, just a quick note I feel obliged as a cosmetic lover to share with everyone:

It's Priceline's tenth birthday coming up, so on the 25th and 26th of October (tomorrow and Wednesday) they're having heaps of great sales. Overall there is is 20% off the marked prices of all cosmetics and skincare, as well as even better sales for individual brands.

I think this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on old favorites, or test out those new products you've had your eye on.

Check out the catalogue here.

What do you think? Major haul time, or what!
Lots of Love, 

Sunday, 23 October 2011

e.l.f Essentials Beauty Encyclopedia - Review and Swatches

This is the perfect gift for yourself or for a friend. Add this trendy Little Book of Beauty as a reference guide to your collection.
This all-in-one compact includes the must-have makeup essentials:
12 eye shadow shades
1 eyeliner
1 eye shadow applicator 

If you follow bloggers or watch YouTubers from overseas, you'll have heard of this brand called e.l.f. From what I heard, it was a cheap, drugstore brand with relatively good-quality cosmetics. When I found out they had an Australian store, I was so excited to browse their products!

Let me tell you, the website did not disappoint! They have a great variety of really cheap products, compared to products we would find in Australia. Their 3 ranges have a vast variety of single products ranged from $1.99 - $9.99, with sets of products for as cheap as $15.

I had a look at their new products, and found this beauty book, with 12 eyeshadows at an introduction offer of only $3.99! I've been wanting to try some e.l.f products, and i thought for this price, this would be the ultimate product to begin with.

I chose the smokey eye set, which has a variety of matte and shimmery colours, which are super pigmented and also very smooth! It almost feels like a creamy product. The set also comes with this little instruction page, which is really handy for beginners, or people like myself, trying to venture out and try new things.

The dark colours, let me tell you, are just wow. One really light swipe gives you a super dark and pigmented colour,  that I was really impressed with! I took two swipes to get the same effect with the lighter colours, but thats basically a given with lighter shade.

(top row - matte white, shimmery dark grey, matte black, shimmery silver)

(middle row - shimmery off white, near-matte muted grey green, shimmery champagne, shimmery latte)

(bottom row - shimmery pale gold, shimmery orange gold, shimmery dark brown, shimmery bronze, accompanying eyeliner)

These colours give incredible payoff, and the black was definitely the most pigmented (I've heard reviews saying this rivals MAC's Carbon). The one downfall I had with this set is that the third colour in the second row is slightly crumbly, but apart from that, this set has no faults! Even the eyeliner that comes with this set is smooth. Not the most amazing thing ever, but certainly great for someone looking out to try eyeliners.

Overall, I am super impressed with this e.l.f set, and will definitely be repurchasing from the site, especially after hearing so many great things about a variety of products!

Being in Victoria, the the palette arrived 2 days after I ordered it! It is a flat rate of $5.80 for shipping, but there is free shipping for orders over $30, which I feel is extremely reasonable, and not at all hard to total given the range!

This palette has now gone up to $9.99, but I certainly feel it is worth it, whether you are a beginner looking into some basic colours, or broadening your general/smokey collection! I already have a naked palette, but I definitely think this will certainly be rivaling the use of that.

e.l.f Cosmetics have great prices for their products, and at the moment are having a month of 50% off one product per day, so it is definitely worth checking out!

Have you tried any e.l.f products? Which ones would you recommend?
Love Gianna

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

First Haul: Burts Bee's, BYS and more..

Firstly, I would just like to apologize for the terrible quality of this picture - my camera decided to skitz and I could not for  the life of my figure out how to fix it.
Secondly, I think i have the blogging bug. Either that or its a justification for the amount of cosmetics I have been buying. But i think it was the first - it's just kinda fun!
Anyway, to the point of this post - a haul! I've been doing a bit of cosmetics shopping as of late, and I think its because I've been trying to avoid exam study, but thankfully, last one is friday. Now onto the haul!

 Rimmel Long Lasting Lipsticks in 05 and 14

So i've already done a review on these lipsticks, but I had to put them in. I'm pretty sure the berry is my new favorite lipstick. These lipsticks are brilliant!

Burt's Bees Extra Energizing body wash, Naturally Nourishing body lotion, and Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

So a while ago, I was at myer and they had this little Burt Bee's kit for $25AU, and never having tried them before, went to buy it. The added benefit was that it scanned up for $15 :)
Anyway, i tried the products, absolutely loved them, and was able to pick up these three babies at wholesale prices.
The body wash is one of the most amazing things ever - citrusy, with a hint of ginger, and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smoothed. It's one of the most amazing things ever!!
The moisturizer reminds me a lot of the Palmers moisturizer - they smell the same, and are both incredibly moisturizing, and work like a treat. The only difference is,  that this is slightly more runny.
The tinted lip balm is a lovely colour, nice and smooth, but the one problem I have with this is that it has a slightly bubblegum-my smell that I'm not the biggest fan of.
I don't think I'd pay full price for the lip balm, but i'd certainly repurchase the body wash and moisturizer.

BYS blush in CandyFloss, and BYS Longwear Lipstick in Firey Fushia

I knew my one of the 3 local $2 shops sold BYS products, but i'd always just shrugged them off. Today I went in looking for the Coral blush so many people rave about, but they didn't have it. I settled for the CandyFloss, hoping to test the consistency and wear on this instead. It's a lovely shimmery, almost bubblegum pick, and I'll be excited to try this out.
I've also heard great reviews about the lipsticks and was wanting to try one, so when I saw this one, I knew I had to buy it. A gorgeous bright magenta, that goes on really smooth and has a nice consistency. Can't wait to bring that one out.
I also picked up a white crayon eyeliner. Haven't done too much with it yet, but its nicely pigmented and also really smoothed.
I'm becoming quite impressed with these BYS products. I'm def gonna go buy me some more :)

Savvy by DB Baked Mineral eyeshadow in Bronze

Last thing I picked up was a Savvy by DB baked mineral eyeshadow in Bronze. I've heard some reviews about this product saying that it was surprisingly good. It's kind of rough at first, but surprisingly pigmented. I'm excited to see the wear on this shadow.

I've also just ordered a Sleek and ELF eyeshadow palette. Can't wait for those to come :)

Have you done any great hauls lately? What's your favorite purchase been as of late?
Love Gianna

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Review: Rimmel 'The Kate Collection' Long Lasting Lipstick

(left: no. 14 - right: no. 05)

I've been hearing some great things about the new Kate Collection Long Lasting Lipsticks, which were released to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Kate Moss being that face of Rimmel London. After a poor excuse for my management exam, I sauntered over to my local Priceline (which is disappointingly small) and wouldn't you have it, they were there! There were only about 5 colours and no testers, so after eying at a few, I found a darker nude colour that I liked. It was a bit of a gamble, but hey, it's basically a part of history. After looking through them all, I happen to spot a single tube of a different colour, which happened to be a gorgeous darker berry pink, and not owning any pink lipsticks myself, snatched it up without a thought.

(Top: no. 14 - Bottom: no. 05)

Truthfully, there is not much fault with these two lipsticks. I haven't tested the staying power per se, but the consistency rivals that of my Dior Diorific lipstick (which is to say it's reaaaaaaaaaaally smooth), and is also pretty creamy. There is a fragrance to it that's hard to describe - its not a bad smell, but doesn't really tickle my fancy. Never really smelt a lipstick like that, but hey, its unique.

Overall, the Kate Collection Long Lasting Lipsticks are great lipsticks! There is a great range of colours, particularly a beautiful rich red (which, if i didn't have so many reds, would have bought  too), and my favorite, the no. 05 berry pink.

I'd definitely purchase more of these lipsticks! I'm actually considering going to stock up on 05, simply so I never run out it.

Have you tried the Kate Collection lipsticks yet? Would you be willing too?

Monday, 17 October 2011

Review: BYS Wonderland Nail Enamel in Down the Rabbit Hole

At first, I was very reluctant to try any BYS products of any kind, after I smelt the first nail polish and swear I got a little high of the fumes. I thought they were just a cheaper form of drugstore products, but after going through numerous brilliant beauty blogs (A+ for alliteration!), I began to reconsider my opinion. So many beauty guru's which I am huge fans of rave by many of the products, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was originally looking for the blush in Coral, which seems to be a huge hit among beauty bloggers, but i was stopped by the nail polishes rack - row upon row of the biggest variety of colours and types of products that i was just in awe. I was looking for a glow in the dark one mentioned by shellbarbie in a haul, but after scanning the racks and not seeing that one, and deciding to limited myself one polish, my eyes fell on this beauty.

I saw  beautiful black polish dotted with, not so much shimmer, but those silver sparkles that have the rainbow effect when in the light. When I tried it on though, it was very opaque - it was quite sheer and had the effect of a tinted black top coat. I continued, simply because any nail colour with sparkles automatically has my vote, and after three coats, you almost couldn't see my nail. I then decided to compare it as a top coat over a plain black polish:
(the left three: black with the top coat, one on the right: three coats of Down the Rabbit Hole)
As you can see, a couple more coats would have had it to full colour.

From what I can tell from the name, Down the Rabbit Hole, it appears to be a mini Alice in Wonderland collection, with two other colours in the collection named Adventures in Wonderland (a greeny multicoloured sparkle colour), and Through the looking glass (a bright blue with sparkles). They're all pretty colours, and can't wait for the rest!!

What do you think? Any other BYS products you would recommend?