Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Confession of a very fussy bargain hunter

I visit Kmart once every two or so months to see whats happening in the world of mass consumers (who is marketed to more than the high end consumers as we all in the world of commerce know). Here you will see what's new in the drugstore makeup lines before they hit the drugstores; you also get some trendy accessory bargains (shoes and t shirts and some really cute work shirts) for less than a quarter of the price with rather good quality.

I came past these adorable pink sneakers 70s style for $8.00! They are great for walking down to the cafe for an afternoon Cafe Latte and a read of the day's paper!

Product review - Olay Total Effects with a Touch of foundation

Wow is all i can say about this product.

I've been using the normal Olay Total Effects for a month or two and have been quite happy with the results. Its not too oily and I dont need a drawer full of eyecreams night creams day creams etc. So, when they recently came out with a touch of foundation, I was only too keen to update!

The basics of the product remains the same, good quality moisturiser and treatment in one with SPF 15 for sun damage protection. I was only worried that the foundation would look weird with my Asian skin tone. To my suprise, the foundation tone blended with my natural tone just as it said is would (products that keep their promises are SO romantic!!) and wemt on only a smige heavier than a tinted moisturiser and the result was almost flawless for average skin without any major blemishes or scars.

Please refer to the pictures in my last couple of posts for the results.

Product Review - Dolly Wink eyeliner in Black & maxi BONBON Lip Concealer in nude pink

Now, all of you who know of Tsubasa Masuwaka whose famous for her Popteen modelling days and also being the most famous Hime Gyaru would also know that she launched her makeup line under the wing of Koji cosmetics. Being a sucker for cute packaging and also trusting the Japanese to come up with makeup that works I could not resist grabbing her DollyWink black eyeliner to try out. Not only was the price reasonable (AUD$22.00) but the result was amazing compared to other similarly priced drugstore brands and even bigger brands that cost $30+ a pop!

The packaging is sublime. The liner goes on BLACK as charcoal, thick in pigment and precise. The pencil is ALWAYS soft despite it being freezing cold here. The product does NOT smudge all over my lids and the best bit - it comes off with a single swipe of a cotton pad with eyemakeup remover.

What else would you want from a eyeliner, I ask of you???

Apparently lip liner is not heard of in Japan; rather, they use lip concealers to really REALLY get the nude lip look.

Curious as ever, I got myself the maxi BONBON lip concealer from Kawaii on Gouger St. to see what this lip concealer thing is all about.

Here are some pics on both products:

Love the little pout on the cover. Nail lacquer from Sportsgirl $7.95...

...nude azz...

...great packaging for a greater product...

...single line (bottom) and layered line...

...eyeliner only and clean lips before maxi BONBON...

...complete with maxi BONBON and a touch of ModelCo semi clear gloss to finish!
(All pics taken in natural lighting)

Ok,the lips look great, but after a Cibocino it yells out to be reapplied. The only other option I've got so far is to go back to using the Bodyshop lipliner in Salmon and ModelCo semi clear gloss on top, whereby only the gloss needs to be reapplied. I dont want to resort to stay-on lippie as yet but am definitely scouting for alternatives once these items have been used up!


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