Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Konad Starter Kit Giveaway!!!

Huzzah! Another giveaway!! This time it is generously sponsored by NailPolishCanada!!
If you've always wanted to own a Konad kit, now's your opportunity because we'll be giving away a Konad Starter kit which contains the Konad stamper and scraper, 3 special Konad polishes and 2 image plates (M2 and M3)!!!
 My own Konadicure attempt:
The winner of this little giveaway will also be entered into a draw with 10 other winners to win $200 worth of Konad products from Nail Polish Canada!
To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
As an added bonus, you can win an extra image plate if you visit Nail Polish Canada's Konad product page and mention which plate you would like to win in your comment.
Extra entries if you:
  • follow this blog;
  • tweet about this giveaway; or
  • mention this giveaway on your own blog.
Winner will be picked on February 14, 2012 using the Random Number Generator on Random.org.
Sorry Canadian & US residents only.
Good luck!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rimmel - The Kate Collection lipstick swatch and review

Brit drugstore brand recently released a new collection of lipsticks called The Kate Collection. 
No, not the Duchess of Cambridge but the Lady Kate of Croydon.

Rimmel sez:
Amazing alluring shades developed by Kate for RIMMEL. Exclusive signature pack, smooth on pure London class with the Iconic Lasting Finish Kate lipstick. A true chic treat. Unique, sexy and unconventional, just like Kate. 
Black Diamond brings incredible new levels of light reflective elements. Creating gorgeous, hypnotizing tones that make you look, then look again. Wow.
Get ready to fall in love with your new signature colour that capture all the flair, edge and timelessness of Kate’s unique look."
Nunu sez:
I believe these have been spotted in US pharmacies like CVS already, however, there is still no sign of them in Canada. Again I got mine from my friendly Brit smuggler Vicky.
I have shade 05 - a bright corally pink.
There's really no difference in formula between these Kate lipsticks and the usual Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks. They have the same weird smell and the same neither drying nor particularly moisturising formula.
It glides on easily, is nicely pigmented and lasts a good 4 hours between meals.
It is also thankfully free of the annoying glitter/shimmer that some of the Lasting Finish lipsticks have.
I don't quite recall how much I paid for mine, perhaps 5 quids? Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks are usually about $6 in Canada and regularly go on sale at London Drugs for $2.99.
Buy if you're a Kate fan, it's on sale, or you're in need of a nice bright coral lippy and have no aversion to weird scents.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad - review and swatch

I'm really excited with the flurry of new drugstore makeup that has been cropping up. I've been impressed with most of the offerings, especially the L'Oreal Infallibles and the Revlon Lip Butters, and I am anxiously awaiting some newer products, such as the Revlon Photoready Mousse and the Maybelline Bouncy blush, to arrive on my local shelves.
One of the newer products you would have seen in Canadian pharmacies is the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad.
Revlon sez: "Silky smooth, blendable powder shadow that won’t crease fade or smudge.Wears up to 16 hours. Color coordinated quads provide expert mix and match ability for your most gorgeous eyes ever. Available in 16 beautiful quads. Ophthalmologist tested. Non-irritating."
Swatches of Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow in 505 Decadent palette:
Nunu sez:  I received the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad in Decadent a few months back at the London Drugs Revlon Almay beauty event. Decadent consists of warm neutrals - a pink highlighter, a warm golden sand, a peachy pink and rusty maroon.
I held back on reviewing this palette because warm neutrals does not my deathly pallor suit. I had swatched the Inspired palette (blues and greens) back at the beauty event and was severely disappointed with its chalky texture and lack of pigmentation. 
Unfortunately the Decadent palette fell victim to the same problems as the Inspired palette. The swatches above might look acceptable but they are from multiples swipes as I tried desperately to build up the colour enough to be visible for a photo. 
Pigmentation is dismal and texture was chalky. The highlighter shade was ULTRA frosty with visible fallout.
I have no idea whether or not it would last 16 hours as advertised as I didn't even bother to go beyond swatching. 
Each palette goes for $8-13.
Do not recommend. Go directly to Jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.