Friday, August 23, 2013

Rimmel London - Your Majesty

This is a quick manicure I decided to paint and it's with Rimmel London's Your Majesty which I picked up on sale for $2.97 at Chemist Warehouse's 50% off sale.

Your Majesty is a silver shimmery polish that has quite a thin but consistent formula. I'm wearing two coats here, although an extra coat wouldn't hurt. The finish seems to have a slightly "grainy" and textured look, but it is actually still very smooth when you touch it.

I'm extremely happy with all the Rimmel polishes I've tried and will definitely continue purchasing them. They are also very affordable (ranging from $6-$8 AUD) for polishes in Australia, and if you wait for a sale then you definitely wont feel guilty after buying these!

Have you tried any Rimmel London polishes before and did you like them as much as I do? :)

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Monday, July 29, 2013

China Bar Signature

Just a quick post on my visit to the Exhibition St branch of the China Bar Signature Buffet last week.

I had a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" offer so after my friend and I split the bill, I paid $16.50 instead of the normal $33 for lunch on a Friday.

Unfortunately, I didn't end up with any photos of the buffet food. I went in thinking "eat first, photos later" and I'm kicking myself for not realising that they would stop bringing out new food in the last hour before lunch ended. By the time I went on my last round with my camera, pretty much all the food was almost gone.

The food however, was great! I tried a little bit of everything and enjoyed most things.

Pictured above are tempura prawn and salmon sushi, pan fried dumplings and fried wonton dumplings with red vinegar sauce. This was the last round of food I had and were all second servings of a few foods I liked most out of the range available.

More dumplings, this time "Yum Cha" style.

There were a lot of dumpling dishes to choose from, as well as a large variety of sushi (salmon, tempura, avocado and chicken), Asian style roasted meat (chicken, pork and duck), seafood dishes, soups, fried food, stir fry dishes, and the regular all you can eat buffet salad bar.

This chocolate fountain was my highlight of the desserts and I had a lot of fun making (and eating) my creation! In my opinion, the desserts available (the cakes, mousse, etc.) were not as good as I expected and aside from a slice of Tiramisu, I didn't even finish half of the other desserts I tried.

Again, apologies for the lack of photos. I did enjoy my experience at China Bar and I would consider dining there again- despite the high prices. It was definitely a very nice way to end my semester break, as all my classes will officially commence again this week.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Monochrome Polka Dots

Despite being such a simple pattern, I love how polka dots can produce such a cute look whether they are on clothes or nails, or even home decor! I'm a big fan of them so it was no surprise when I decided to include these dots on my nails.

In a way, my nails were inspired by this polka dot top I picked up from HK's Forever 21 that I am wearing as I couldn't decide on what polish colours to use. I can be an extremely indecisive person at times and in this instance there were just so many different colour combinations I could choose from for this manicure! In the end I went with black and white like my shirt, as I had worn it out recently.

I used black (Lovely me:ex BK901) and white (Lovely me:ex WH002) polishes from The Face Shop's Lovely me:ex nail polish collection and a dotting tool to create the dots. For those of you who don't own dotting tools, bobby pins are awesome alternatives too! Unfortunately, when I went over my nails with a top coat, the black polish smudged a little and that resulted in that black streak on my middle finger. :(

Aside from the black polish smudging, I really liked how this mani turned out and love how it was so simple and easy to achieve!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Revlon - Radiant (Blue Mosaic)

I've already been on my semester break for almost four weeks now but it's felt no where near as long. I'll be creating my semester 2 timetable this week and for me, that is an indicator of how fast time has gone by as timetabling my classes had seemed so far away a few weeks ago. I hope I manage to get two days off again though!

Anyhow, on my nails below is Revlon's Radiant, also known as Blue Mosaic.

Revlon - Radiant (Blue Mosaic)

I purchased this bottle of polish almost two years ago whilst in Hong Kong and my bottle is called "Blue Mosaic", however I found out that Revlon ended up re-releasing it under the name "Radiant". It is made up of small blue glitter pieces as well as larger blue, silver and turquoise hexagon shaped glitters in a clear base. 

Radiant is a very sparse glitter polish and in my swatches, I actually needed FOUR coats to achieve opacity (and there are still a few spots that aren't completely opaque). Applying the four coats was quite time consuming but I am happy with the result! It's super shiny and sparkly, and it reminds me a lot of the ocean.

The next time I use this I will definitely be layering it over a base colour. Maybe a blue base to match the glitter, or black to bring out the colours... any suggestions on what shade I should layer Radiant over? :)

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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Move to Bloglovin'

I'm sure many of you have seen the announcements regarding the removal of Google Reader and Google Friend Connect on July 1st. If you'd like to keep updated with my posts, then an alternative to GFC is by following me on Bloglovin'.

Or if you haven't already, you can import all the blogs you are currently following from Google Reader to Bloglovin' with just a click of a mouse!

Clicking the link below will let you continue following all the blogs you are subscribed to on Google Reader without having to individually follow them again. It only takes a few seconds to do too!

Bloglovin' is a great alternative to continue being updated on the latest posts from the blogs you follow, and although I am sad to see Google Reader go, I'm glad that there's still a way for me to keep up with the blogs I follow!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gmarket Haul 3

It's been such a long time since I've made an order from Gmarket and I found out that they've raised the shipping costs even higher! :( Although I wouldn't mind waiting a bit longer to get my packages with lower delivery costs, I do love the fast shipping as I usually receive my items a few days after they are dispatched from Korea.

I recently made an order with a couple of friends and the items that I picked up are below. Links are also provided.

The top is a chiffon material and I purchased it because I really liked the lace detailing. It was actually the most expensive item I bought but I'm really happy with the quality. The shorts were pretty much just an impulse buy because I thought they were cute, really cheap, and I love floral patterns. I don't regret buying them though!

The skincare items I purchased.

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil: 8,960 won (on sale, originally 12,800 won)

I've been wanting to try a cleansing oil for a while now and I've read a lot of great reviews on the Etude House one. This one is actually one of Etude House's best selling products so my expectations were a little high. I've used it a few times now and I can say that I'm happy with it so far! It removes makeup really well, it has quite a thin consistency for an oil, and also smells pretty nice.

Etude House Petit Bijou Peach Touch Eau De Toilette: 11,340 won (on sale, originally 18,000 won)

I really wasn't planning on getting this but it was so cute and cheap... I couldn't resist! I'm horrible at describing scents but I think this one has a light and fresh fruity smell. It's definitely wearable and worth the AU $10 I paid, but I probably wouldn't have gotten this had it not been on sale.

Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam: 5,850 won (on sale, originally 6,600 won)

I have been using this cleanser for almost a year and this toner for a few months and they are both products that I really like. Since the ones I am using are both running low, I decided to repurchase them. The cleanser is extremely cheap for a product that works well as I do feel a difference in my skin afterwards. The toner is very refreshing and does what a toner is supposed to do, and I liked it enough to repurchase and continue using it.

Freebie from The Saem. It's a mini set of their Harakeke toner, emultion and cream and it's so adorable!

I've been meaning to buy a silicon case for a while and although this isn't silicon, I thought it was so adorable and very suitable for the Winter season we are currently in here in Australia. It says that it's actually a "jelly" case and I find that it's not as soft as silicon but not as hard as plastic... so it's kind of like a "soft plastic". Well, the quality is great and I can see myself purchasing other cases from this store again.

The last item I purchased was this weighted hula hoop with massage balls. Youtuber BubzBeauty has mentioned weighted hula hoops in a few of her videos and blog posts over the past year and so after doing a bit of research, I decided to buy one for myself. Apparently hula hoops can help to really tone your abdominal muscles and it's an easy way to add in an extra bit of exercise without leaving the house.

I've heard that using this hurts a lot and some people say that they have ended up with bruises afterwards but so far I personally don't think it's that bad? The hoop was really cheap on it's own but because it is heavy, the total amount I paid including shipping was actually around AU $43.

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And that concludes my haul! I may review a few products in the future but if there's anything in particular you want reviewed, drop a comment below!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Essie's Nice is Nice + Rimmel's Your Majesty Gradient

When I paint my nails, my routine includes watching a movie or catching up on a few of the many television shows I like whilst the polish dries. That being said, I haven't had the time to paint my nails + watch anything for the last two weeks due to the fact that I've been studying for my exams (aside from Fast 6.. exams or not, I HAD to see it), and I have actually been sporting this mani for over two weeks now! There are a few chips here and there though nothing major, but it's definitely time to remove it... I'm surprised that it lasted so long.

I used three coats of lilac polish Essie - Nice is Nice as a base and sponged Rimmel London's Your Majesty on the tips to create that gradient/ombre effect. 

The gradient is quite light and subtle as the pastel lilac and silver shades blend together nicely. It was such a simple way of sprucing my nails up a little and it is also an extremely easy look to achieve.

Essie Nice is Nice swatched alone

Essie - Nice is Nice and Rimmel London - Your Majesty

Well, despite having all my exams crammed within three days, it meant that I was lucky enough to start my semester break quite early. I sat my last exam of the semester this morning and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the holidays and catching up on all that lost sleep. 
If you still have upcoming exams, I wish you all the best! :)

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alanna Renee - Milky Way

I have a gorgeous glitter polish to show you today!

The polish is called Milky Way and is another bottle from indie 3-free polish brand Alanna Renee. Alanna is also a fellow Australian blogger who has a range of gorgeous glitter polishes for sale- including this beauty!

A few weeks ago, I posted about Alanna's Harry Potter inspired collection which was the Magical World collection. Well, she also has a number of other polishes that she released before that line, and Milky Way is one of them.

Milky Way is made up of multi sized, colour shifting pieces of glitter. Because it has a clear base, it makes it absolutely perfect for layering and I can see it complementing so many different polishes! You will most definitely be seeing Milky Way on this blog again in the future!

Loreal Paris Resist & Shine (unnamed) and Alanna Renee Milky Way

I layered one coat of Milky Way over a coat of this extremely dark purple/black polish from Loreal. It is so dark that it pretty much looks black (as you can see from my swatches), but a purple shimmer can be seen on a few different angles. The polish doesn't have a name, but it has an amazing consistency and I am in love with the brush! It makes application almost flawless!

Australian buyers can purchase Milky Way along with Alanna's other polishes from her website here and they retail for $7.99 each. 

For those who are not in Australia, there are also international distributers with Alanna Renee polishes available too and you can check them out by clicking here.

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I'd also like to add that today is the last day of May and I seriously cannot believe how fast this year has gone by. Aside from my upcoming exams, I've pretty much finished my first semester of uni and I'm definitely looking forward to sleeping in during my mid-year break. :p To those of you who also have exams soon, I'll finish this post up by wishing you all the best!

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