Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chinese Fake Lashes

I found some pictures of a review I wanted to do as an 'audition' for Marlena's Makeup Geek channel/blog. Knowing me, I filmed it too late (one day before deadline) and I'm not a hero in video-editing. Since I have my own blog now I figured I could do it here!

I don't use fake lashes very often (as they are a pain in my behind to put on), but somehow I like to play around with them. They are expensive here though, so I took a look on e-Bay, and it's eyelash heaven!

There are different sellers you can choose from, I tend to look at the negative/positive comments, just so I don't get ripped-off. I bought mine for $2.79! (Seller: lxdstation) I just saw you can get them cheaper... Oh well!

I got 60 pairs of lashes (6 styles, so 10 pairs for each style), a little tool and glue. I threw the glue away, I don't like to put random stuff on my eyes; instead I use DUO lash glue.
This is what the packaging looks like:

And the different styles (I had to take the picture from an e-Bay seller, because I've used mine and taking pictures was a no-go):

Personally I liked nr.1, nr.2 and nr.5 the most. They look pretty natural, but still add that little extra on your everyday look or that cat-eye effect.

I didn't like nr.3 that much because it's too much for me. But if you want the drama this is perfect!

Nr.4 is a REAL pain in the derrière! As you can see in the swatches (below), the 'spikes' are pointing towards... every corner they can point to actually.

As for nr.6: I can't find anything negative to say, I just don't like the style of it.

Overall, I can't really tell the difference between these ones and drugstore lashes. (I don't dare to say high-end lashes, because I haven't tried them all; I really couldn't judge.)
I like the fact that I don't need to panic when I mess up, I just take another one without feeling guilty about money I just wasted. Whether you're new or a pro, these are nice to experiment with!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chic Chalet Collection - Kiko

When I am in France I usually tend to buy up whole Sephora, since we don't have it here in Belgium. But this time I decided that I didn't need any makeup for now.
THEN I saw this store Kiko (an Italian makeup brand). I had passed it on my previous trips, but I wanted to give it a go. So I bought my first Kiko palette: Chic Chalet - Daring Fire Hues.

Chic Chalet is the fall collection 2011 of Kiko Cosmetics. It has palettes which you can use daily, but also some other ones with colors that I've never seen before, or at least not in this price range.

Unexpected Rosy Taupe and Luxurious Gold and Plum obviously speak for themselves;
Hyperreal Green Wood has a vibrant green shade which is GORGEOUS, but I didn't buy it because I don't like myself with green eyeshadow. If you do like green eyeshadow, this is a must, I believe!

Daring Fire Hues is -like I've said- the one I bought. It has a 'never seen before' fuschia-red eyeshadow and a beautiful orange-golden one. Those are the reason I bought it; the light pink and the purple are nice too, but you can find those somewhere else if you want.

Sensational Cool Shades and Elegant Nocturnal Shades are both with cool shades, and to be honest I don't remember the swatches I did in the store. I do remember liking the 'light blue'-ish color in the Sensational Cool Shades palette though. The teal in the Elegant Nocturnal Shades is beautiful too.

The palettes are small, so it's easy to carry it around. It's made out of plastic, but yet it shows classy. I don't know if it would survive a fall, but you get a nice matching poutch for extra protection. Also, it has a relatively large mirror inside for your convenience!

The eyeshadows are very creamy, with a metallic finish. The pigmentation is excellent, and proves that you don't have to spend a fortune on good pigmented eyeshadows. With just 12.90 euro this is a very good deal, and honestly, I don't know why you would hestitate!

Product : 8.5/10
Pigmentation : 8.5/10 
Texture : 8.5/10
Packaging : 4/5
Price: €12,90