Friday, November 21, 2014

Swatches + Quick Review: Motives Cosmetics in Venti, Naughty & Berry Sexy

It's been strange. Since my encounter of MAC's Diva and Rebel, I haven't had a dark lippie out of my bag. I have compiled a nice collection of them, and with the arrival of these darlings from Motives Cosmetics, I truly have no reason to stem out of the addiction.

Motives is widely known for their highly pigmented and rich formula; at the price of MAC, and, with the addition of saving (killing two birds with one stone) - it's a no brainer!

These three beauties were happily added to my newly ever-growing collection of lipsticks - since reducing the 40+ lipsticks to a narrow eight once I moved to Canada. 

1. Motives for Lala Moisture Rich Lipstick in Venti ($17.08)
2. Motives for Lala Mineral Lipstick in Naughty ($18.98)
3. Motives by Loren Ridinger Rich Formula in Berry Sexy ($16.21)

They all look the same, eh? Too curious of how they'd look swatched.

One dark lippy from each collection!

 Nude - Venti - Naughty - Berry Sexy

I usually suffer from extremely flakey lips after testing and removed two lipsticks, with how smooth and creamy each one of these were, there were no problems with it at all. I really liked each one, 

1. Motives for Lala: Venti struck me up as a very dark, blue-toned brown shade once swatched, but it looked great on! Almost a relative of our beloved MAC's Diva, 

2. Motives for Lala: I loved the packaging of Naughty! The click and shmick packaging for Naughty was only the cherry on top, it is very beautiful and rich.

3. Motives by Loren Ridinger's Berry Sexy sure surprised me. the pay off was a much more maroon version of Naughty, but it looked like a brighter deep pink/red on the lips.

Create an account and save big on Motives - check it out their lipsticks, here

I will be following up with in-depth posts on each lippy real soon! But, for now, ending off with my favourite lipstick of the three - the brownest of them all - Venti! *cheese*

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner + Giveaway

Eyeliners. Since my first $12 purchase of a Sephora Liquid Liner in 2008, I've been relying on it since. In either two forms it came in, liquid or gel. But it's only been over a year and a half since I incorporated the winged liner as my every day look, and it's only been a few months since I've become acquainted with gel eyeliners. Not such a good habit, but, I rely on a swipe of this across each eyelid a day.

 It makes a difference.

I received one of the holy grail of all gel liners (since the beginning of time) from the lovely Ashley of Mizspa.  Mizspa is an online beauty shopping site which carries many big named brands, SKII, Clarins and Lancome to name a few, do check out their website, here

It was with great pleasure to affiliate with them, having followed their instagram for a while, I especially appreciate the love and effort they put into packaging their goods. Having a great love for eyeliners, I chose the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner set to review and share!

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is perfect! Smooth and rich pigmentation which makes application easy. It dries matte and is budge-proof staying throughout the day, I haven't found any fault.

A gel liner as great as this is a must in any make-up stash. And thanks to Mizspa, I will be holding an international giveaway of this fantastic Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Set! 

I will also be holding this giveaway from Instagram as well as on this post (on Instagram it will be mandatory entries to repost, follow on Instagram and 'like' the Mizspa Facebook page)!

To enter this giveaway (+1):
1. You must be a GFC or Bloglovin' follower of this page
2. 'Like' Mizspa on Facebook!

Additional entries:
3. Follow Mizspa on Twitter (+1)
4. Follow me on Twitter (+1)
5. Tweet about the giveaway!
"A giveaway for a set of Bobbi Brown's amazing gel liners over at @Arsyparsy! Enter to win:" (+1)
5. 'Like' Arsyparsy on Facebook (+1)
6. Share my giveaway post on Facebook (+1)

Comment below with:
1. GFC/Bloglovin' name:
2.  Facebook name and pages liked:
3. Twitter handle:
4. Tweet link:
5. Share link:
6. And, tell me of your experience with eyeliners! Do you use it as often as I do? What is your go-to brand at the moment?

(Psst - You can also re-post on Instagram for an extra entry ☺! Check out @Alice_Please on Instagram for the post!)

Open internationally - giveaway will close on 14th September.
(I will need a few days to check with Mizspa for Facebook names ;))
 Find out more about this fantastic Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner after the jump!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Girlz Nailz' Gold on Black Fishnet Nail Wraps

The amount of time I've spent looking at nail wraps, and... the amount of nail wraps I already have on stash. They are complex, fiddly little things, which always turned me off from trying them out. Always with the fear of not getting them 'just right' and messing the whole thing up. But with the arrival of a nicely designed nail wrap sheet of Girlz Nailz on my desk, I had no excuse! I had to over come this fear.

I made a great choice in choosing the these nail wraps! They already look great from the packet. There are 22 nail wraps in the pack, enough for a full set of toe and finger nails! Upon unveiling the wraps from it's plastic packaging, it has a nice shine and a smooth finish.

And, hold up! As good as the quality of Minx nails, Girlz Nailz was previously a distributor to two leading UK nail wrap brands before starting up their own company - you are guaranteed quality!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Swatches + Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin, Hot Plum, Fuchsia Flash and Brazen Berry

Sighting these lipsticks in my local Shoppers, it never itched me at all to bother with these. Still being as frugal as ever, $12/lipstick... I just couldn't do it. I am super appreciative of the drugstore brands here being a lot lower priced than in Australia, but I still can't weigh out the costs.

(But I will definitely be throwing [drugstore brand makeup] hunnids once I am employed *giggles*)

I always admired the amount of makeup people in the US/Canada would be selling online. To my luck, I saw a lady selling six Maybelline Vivid lippies, but I still couldn't do it, even though it would have been $7.50~ a piece, it was just too much for my pocket to handle. I passed the offer and found myself curling in my bed the next few days, wide awake, thoughts going through my head of regret. I would awaken each successive morning, and peep into my, now- depressing lipstick box, with no shades I would want to wear. It is really hard now, from being buried (not really, just fourty+ lippies) a few months ago, and to now, just having a measily 12 to choose from. 

Another offer came up, of four lippies this time, and now, $8.00/ea. There were 3/4 in this bundle that I wanted. Oh, the pinks!!! The purples!!! I had to do it. I accepted the invoice, and a week and a half later...

I quickly scoffed down my blueberry waffles, sorted out my college application, and opened each lipstick in awe. I can't describe my happiness opening the package this morning. They are so beautiful.

Bottom to top: Hot Plum, Fuchsia Flash, Brazen Berry and Vibrant Mandarin

Close up: here

I am especially in love with Brazen Berry! It's a purple that I've never tried before. Vibrant Mandarin, I knew, once I opened the package that I wouldn't look so great on me, and that was true. But I do need a red-orange tone lippy in my life again (I previously had BYS Wet Red).

These are super pigmented, buttery, moisturising and stains so nicely!

A purchase, with no regrets!

Indepth reviews of my favourites of this lot to come ☺.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Nail Art: Maroon Embellished Claws

Chipped nails are a no go, I was just about to paint these babies! I sat on my bed, sighing and looked my one chipped index nail... How can I work my way around this, not have the standard curved nail and still use one of my new polishes...

Before and after shots: It's like a new person (set of nails)!

Essense came out with their new Colour and Go nail polish range and of course, I had to buy a few... 
Finally my change to try them out!

Products used:
Essence's Colour & Go 'Do you speak love?'
Microbeads off eBay!

Step 1:
I filed each one of them into a 'claw', 'v' form.
It looked pretty ugly when it was done, but I carried on and hoped for the best.

Step 2:
Painting two layers of Essence's Colour & Go 'Do you speak love?' on each nail:
Actually looks pretty cute...

Step 3:
And time to coat with a thick clear coat and embellish! 
 I went with three beads down the center from the bottom!

It's true colour during daytime.... I love it!

I think this is the sweetest look - especially with the whole bling along the middle.
This stayed on for four days! Pretty awesome!