Monday, February 27, 2012

For the Love of Hauling!

Hey lovelies!
How are you all? Hope that you are all well and happy!
Im in a fantastic mood today......why? Because my Nonpareil Boutique package arrived a few days ago! And yes.....makeup can make me happy for days on end hehehe!
For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you would have seen the post i made about my up and coming Box opening video.

Because ive been so ecstatic about this i felt it was only fair to do a blog post as well including photos and a more in depth view on my thoughts of the products i bought!

For those of you that live in Australia, you would know how HARD it is to get your hands on certain makeup brands, such as NYX, Red Cherry and the infamous Urban Decay!  So if you haven't guess yet, these are the brands i have bought! I wanted to see what all the hype was about and give you all a honest opinion of my feelings towards the products!

WHERE I GOT MY PRODUCTS FROM & MY THOUGHTS ON THE COMPANY
All of these products i purchase with my own money from Nonpareil Boutique
( Nonpareil meaning "No Parallel" Which is "of such great quality there is no equal") Which is a company that started in Southern California. They have so much stock its amazing! And its much cheaper then anything i could buy in Australia!
However the popularity of the sight is clear to see, as many of the more popular items were out of stock when i was doing my shopping, but I guess, there is always next time.
There customer service was great and i got constant emails telling me what stage my parcel was at.
On their web sight it says for international customs to expect to wait up to 2 months of a parcel to arrive, So i wasn't expecting it to come too soon. BUT i reckon i was about 2 and a half weeks and it was on my doorstep! So i was very impressed with that!
The packaging as you can see above was just a cardboard box, but everything was wrapped in bubble wrap and it even had that cool shaped peanut foam! (OHHHH the joys of the little things in life!)



After all that....now its time for the good stuff!!!



To make it clearer for you to see, im going to review each item, and give you my honest opinion!

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NYX JUMBO EYE PENCILS
I feel the word "Pencil" isnt correct, i feel its more like a crayon. The texture is extremely soft and very creamy. They are made up of mostly Bees Wax so they are defiantly on the hydrating side. You can use them for anything you desire! Most of the people ive seen then use then as a base or a eye primer to get either vibrant crazy eyeshadow or to intensify the smokiness of a dark eyeshadow look.
They are a huge size (5g) honestly i feel its going to take me years to get though the hole stick!
You will need to use a pencil sharpener the sharpen the stick when it gets too low, as they dont screw up.

I got 2 pencils (Milk 604 & Black Bean 601) to try out and its very safe to say im going to be buying a whole lot more!
The pigmentation is great! Very bright and the colour is true to how it looks in the pencil.
Because of the creamy consistency you will need to wear these with a eyeshadow over the top, this will make the pencil last longer and will stop it from sliding on your eyelid.
The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils form the NYX websight retail for  $4.50 
I got mine from Nonpareil Boutique for $3.50!

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ELF STUDIO CREAM BLUSH
Judging by the packaging i wasnt sure how big the blush would be.

But it was actually a lot larger then it looked! The full size is 15g
Ive used cream blushes in the past and always been really happy with them so i though it was time i bought a new one! Cream Blushes are more hydrating then powder blushes but the colour can tend to fad slightly throughout the day, you also need to be careful with the amount that you apply, because it is easy to apply too much!

The Blush i got is called "Seductress"

As you can see its a bright Red/Coral shade and its highly pigmented. Its a beautiful creamy consistency but has a velvety powder finish (reminded me of the Dream Matte Mousse consistency).
The picture on the left is a solid amount of the blush, on the right its once its been blended out.
So its a very pretty blush colour and would look amazing if used in small portions!


The Blush on =D

On the ELF websight this is sold for  $9.99
BUT i got this from Nonpareil Boutique for  $6.50


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ELF CREAM EYELINER
This was one this i was super keen to try out! If you have ready my previous blog post's you would know ive bought the BH Cosmetics Gel Liners and i thought it would be a great idea to compare the cream liner to the gel.

The liner came with a eyeliner brush. But the brush is crap, its far to flexible making it impossible to gather colour on the brush.

To be 100% honest i was not impressed! Once i opened the cream liner this is what i found


It had a large crack right down the center, and as i mention with the brush it was impossible to gather any colour. Then i noticed that the Cream its self was moving in the container and.............



It feel straight out! It was all dried up! this is the only one ive bought and to tell the truth i wouldn't buy it again, But i may have just got a dodgy one......??

I got the colour "Punk Purple" (4.7g) and when i did manage to get a swatch the colour was nice, not as purple as i expected, and definitely no way near as opaque as the BH Cosmetics Gel liner.
In my opinion your far better off going with the BH Cosmetics Gel Liners!
On the Elf Websight this retails for $9.99
But from  Nonpareil Boutique it was $2.70

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NYX GLITTER CREAM PALETTE
I was in the need of some more cosmetic glitter and i though id give this a go!
This is great value for money as you get 5 very different but complementing glitters in the one palette!
I got the colour "Ocean Breeze" (10g)

As it says they are "cream" glitters. Its almost like they have put masses of glitter into a cream gel and let it set, because its still individual pieces of glitter but the cream base makes it easy to spread. You will need to apply more coats if you want a opaque finish. However because it is a cream it can tent to crease if too much is applied.

The colours are stunning
The are not one dimension glitters which i love! Each glitter has multiple reflects and other glitter partials to make it something truly stunning! But as you can see by the swatch they are not opaque and you will need to build layers if you want more coverage.

On the NYX websight these sell for $5.50
But i got mine from Nonpareil Boutique for $4.99

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NYX GLITTER MANIA
Ok so this was ALOT smaller then i expected (5mls)

but hey, i wont be using every day lol!
This is basically cosmetics glitter and a very pretty one at that! I got the colour "Disco Ball"
As you can see by the swatch, again this is NOT a one tone glitter there is many different pigments which give you the stunning fairy effect =D
Even though this is a small bottle a little goes a long way and this will last me for quite a while!

From the NYX websight these retail for $3
I got mine from Nonpareil Boutique for $2.50

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RED CHERRY LASHES
So if you watch my YouTube Channel you know what a HUGE fan i am of lashes! I use them all the time!
So i was super excited to try these lashes out! These were so cheap compared to the ones i usually buy which are $12 a pair!
As you can see these are 100% Human hair and they are super soft! I got 2 different styles and they are going to look amazing on!
I got #42 and #106 i feel that #106 is my favorite because its more full and wispy on the edges!
They are super easy to apply and the band is very thing and easy to camouflage! AND they are reusable!!


The #106 lashes on =D

Im not sure if Red Cherry have their own websight but compared to Crush Cosmetics who retailed these lashes for $6.95 a pair  Nonpareil Boutique were the clear winner ONCE AGAIN! I got these for  $2.50 each!

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WET N WILD COLORICON PALETTE
So this was another brand which i was super keen to try out! Unfortunately i wasn't too keen on what i found!
Firsly the packaging was SUPER HARD to open! I chipped all my freshly painted nails trying to pry it open lol =( 
I got the colour "Fly me to the Moon" (3.5g)
On the back of the packaging they have a diagram showing you where to place the eyeshadow, which i feel is a great idea for people new to using makeup!


The eyeshadow is a trio and comes with 2 brushes a blending brush and a normal eyeshadow sponge but as you can see they are frayed and poor quality. The eyeshadows come in Matte (blue), Glitter (black) and shimmer (white). So you do get a good variety.


However i felt the colour wasnt very pigmented and when i tried to apply more it became flaky and chalky, this swatch test was me trying to pack the colour on.....but sadly this is all i could get.
So i looked on the WNW websight but they dont list their prices on there...weird!
So once again i compaired the price to Crush Cosmetics.
They sell the same palette for $9.95
While Nonpareil Boutique sells it for $3!

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST.......




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URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE
Now i know they have the second once out but hey it took me so long to find a place that would ship this to Australia so YAAAAAY ohhhhh im so over the moon! this is by far my FAVORITE product i have ever bought, and this is the product that has kept me so excited for days on end lol!


It came in a plastic cover, encased in a purple velvet holder to keen to palette secure
On the back of the packaging it has some information about the palette and a sneak peak at all of the colours

This also came with a beautiful makeup brush and a tester of the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Also the palette itself it a rich chocolate velvet! The palette has 12 shades- in finishes of Matte, Shimmer, Sparkle and Satin.



The Primer Potion is a 3.7ml sample. I feel the consistency is very moisturizing to me it just feels like moisturizer. But it does work at keeping your shadows looking fresh though out the day. because of the consistency a little will go a long way.


As most of you all know this palette is extremely popular and the colours are just to die for! The texture is so soft and creamy and as you can see all the colours are very pigmented!
I cant really say much more only that this is the best purchase ive ever made!

Becuase Urban Decay dont sell to Australia the price is in American dollars on the Urban Decay Websight this retails for $50
I got mine from Nonpareil Boutique for $65
But hey this palette ive wanted for AGES and i dont care if i ended up paying more for it!!!!



MY SAVINGS
If i bought all these products (excluding Naked Palette, because i cant get a true price difference on it etc) form their websights i would have paid (excluding shipping)  $61.33

But from Nonpareil Boutique I only paid $31.69 Including shipping!

SO I SAVED
$29.64





Anyways i hope that you all enjoyed this post!

Wishing you a amazing day

I love you all and ill see you very soon

Jade

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Grammy's 2012

So the Grammys have come and gone!
For me I wanted to re-create one of the makeup looks!

Most celebrities did the boring and safe....natural makeup!
Which yes it does look stunning but...its safe and boring!

So the look i decided to re-create was Jessie J's Stunning smokey purple makeup!



It was a bit hard to see in the photos so i put my own twist on it and make it slightly more dramatic, and amp up the Purple and metallic  hues!








VIEW THE TUTORIAL XX


Products Used

Base
Mac Prep & Prime


Foundation
Napoleon Perdis- Sheer Genius in Light Look 2


Concealer/Highlight
Estee Lauder Ideal Light in Light


Powder
Mac Studio Fix in NC20

Eye Base
BH Cosmetics Gel Liner in Metal

Eyeshadows
Australis Eyeshadow in Electric Dreams- Purple Shade

SugarPills Burning Heart Pallette in Posion Plum

SAVVY Smokey eyes Palette the 3rd Shade


Eye liner
Australis Khole Pencil in Black


Beauty Style Purple Liquid liner in Diva

False Lashes
Eyelure Lashes in Super Full

Mascara
Max Factor Masterpiece Max in Black


Blush/ Bronzer
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess in Rich

SAVVY Baked mineral Blush in Rose

Lip Stick/Gloss
Rimmel Lipstick in 202 Crush

Designer Brands Lipgloss in Naked Glow


BRUSHES USED
Manicare Artist-

Stippling Brush

Rounded Crease Brush
Eyeshadow Blending brush


WHERE ELSE TO FIND ME

FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-Me-Stunning/207478522606459

TWITTER
http://twitter.com/#!/Makemestunning

EMAIL
makemestunning@hotmail.com


 Thankyou for reading!!

Lots of love
Jade xxx