Brow products I have known: reviews, swatches

Brow products I have known: reviews, swatches

Beyond a bit of plucking or the occasional threading, I rarely do anything to my brows. They're not particularly full, and they're kind of uneven, but I'm fairly happy with them from day to day.

Even so, I can't deny that they look just that little bit better when I fill them in, particularly in photos. So I'll do them on a whim -- mainly when I'm putting a full face of makeup. It just seems to balance things out, and help frame the face.

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A Red Lip #3 (and a Nude): OCC Lip Tar in Memento and Stalker

A Red Lip #3 (and a Nude): OCC Lip Tar in Memento and Stalker

Job hunting is hard. I'm choosing to see it as character-building for now, but man, I don't think I'm too far off the "soul-destroying" stage. Perhaps it's unsurprising, then, that I'm regressing to childhood and slathering what basically amounts to paint on my lips.

The OCC Lip Tars are high-pigment, lightweight liquid lipsticks that dry down to a satin finish. Lucy and the Powder Room had a selection on sale for half off a year or so ago, where I picked up dusty rose Memento and bright, blue-based red Stalker. 

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Baby's first Nars: Habanera Eyeshadow Duo

Baby's first Nars: Habanera Eyeshadow Duo

It's a tricky thing, balancing the magpie in me, the one that wants all the sparkly things, with the unabashed cheapskate. I never like to buy anything at its full price. That's not to say I'm thrifty; I've been known to buy a bunch of stuff that's A MILLION PER CENT OFF! when I would have done much better to save the cash and splurge on one really nice (but eye-wateringly expensive) eyeshadow palette or something. But where would the fun be in that?

 

So I watch, I wait, I bide my time until the odd treasure pops up for just the right price on Trade Me. That was how Habanera, my first Nars product, came into my possession. It so happened that Auxiliary Beauty had also blogged about the very same duo a couple of weeks prior, a post that didn't exactly dissuade me from it. I mean, look at the sparkles! (Also it was $15. Thank goodness for people de-stashing.)

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Kester Black Peony: a review

Hello sausage fingers!

Hello sausage fingers!

Needed a pick-me-up. Picked me up some nail polish.

Kester Black is an environmentally friendly and cruelty free nail polish brand from Australia, started by New Zealand-born designer Anna Ross. When I was last on their website several months back they had jewellery, but there's no longer any listed in their online store. Shame, I liked it. 

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Peony's formula is on the thick side, and dries a shade or two darker than in the bottle (which, by the way, is a little pinker in person than in the photos; I'm awful at colour correction). I love the bottle design. There's something so chic about the shape and logo.

Taylor stocks Kester Black in their three Auckland stores, but the range isn't very big -- there were only five shades in the Newmarket store. They sell for $20NZD, and $17AUD online. Unfortunately they only ship to Australia and New Zealand, but they appear to have a couple of European stockists

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ETA: a quick comparison with similar colours. Next to Peony is OPI My Address Is Hollywood; across is Butter London Fairy Lights and Scoundrel, with an unnamed Australis shade below. 

Champagne taste, beer budget: BYS Three-Way Liquid Eyeliner Pen

The Clarins 3-Dot Liner was one of those limited edition products that I umm-ed and aah-ed over for too long, and it sold out. They brought it back late last year as part of their permanent collection, but by then I was being much more sensible about spending money (read: broke), so I refrained from indulging. 

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Happily BYS have a way more affordable version -- the 3-Way (HAHAHAH) Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen retails for something between $7-10 (sorry but it's, like, the one receipt I didn't have stuffed in my wallet), compared to Clarins' $45-ish. 

The three-pronged design saves you time if you're into tightlining -- the flexible wee felt tips wriggle in nicely between your lashes and on your waterline. It's a subtle effect, and not really something that will be picked up by 99% of the people looking at your face on a daily basis; kind of a my-lashes-but-better effect. "I have luscious lashes? Why thank you; I grew them myself." It's also handy for drawing a thicker line if you turn it on an angle; I had no trouble drawing a cat-eye. Well, no more trouble than I usually do.

What of the liquid itself? I rate it five Lisa Eldridges out of five (I love Lisa Eldridge). I've been wearing it all week and it hasn't had any issues lasting about eight hours on the upper lashline (I don't generally wear makeup for much longer than that). It does rub off the skin if you really go at it with water, so don't rub your eyes dummy.

There are versions of this from other brands now, including ELF for the US (judging by this post, the BYS version is much more similar to the Clarins one in terms of length of the prongs) and Bourjois if you're in the UK.

I purchased this from Kmart. BYS Cosmetics states that they don't test on animals.