Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Lip Kit Review and Swatches. Are they worth the hype? How to purchase them! 

Hi everyone! It’s time for a review of a product that has been so hot all over the Instagram at the moment. They’re the super popular Kylie lip kits that was rumoured to be sold out within 30 seconds in her first release. If you did not already know by now, these are a kit consisting of 1 liquid-to-matte liquid lipstick and 1 matching lip liner created by none other than Kylie Jenner.

To clear things up a little, I personally do not like nor dislike Kylie Jenner or the Kardashian family so you’d know that my opinions on the product is not biased based on the fact that Kylie Jenner made them. I bought these lipsticks because I have heard great things about them and I wanted to try them for myself as well as giving you guys my honest opinions, swatches, etc. I also want to explain about the rumours regarding the Kylie lip kits being made by Colourpop and that Kylie is re-selling Colourpop’s lipsticks for a much higher amount of money. I can tell you that Kylie lip kits are not the same as Colourpop’s lipsticks and they are definitely not repackaged. The formula of Kylie’s lip kits and Colourpops are very different so shouldn’t be any worry about Kylie’s lip kits being repackaged. I do, however, believe that Kylie manufactures her lipsticks in the Colourpop factory which doesn’t bother me at all as many companies manufacture different brands at the same company.

Now on to the packaging of the products. The lip kits are always packaged inside a black and white box that you probably have seen all over the internet by now and inside the box there is a handwritten (copied) note of Kylie which I thought was a nice touch to add. The lip kits themselves are packaged inside a white box with the corresponding colour of the lipstick inside, just like the picture above. The box unfortunately, doesn’t represent the actual colour of the lipstick accurately but I honestly am being a little too critical on that. I do really love the box and the packaging that it comes in, it’s honestly very instagrammable and they look amazing in pictures! (blogger problems..)

As I’ve mentioned in the beginning of the post, the each lip kit comes with a matte liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner. They retail for USD$29 per kit which if converted is around $38 per kit and USD$14.95/AUD$19.6 International Shipping. Personally, I really think that AUD$38 for a matte liquid lipstick and a lip liner is a bargain and it’s definitely not expensive because there are 2 products included in each kit and the $38 is the total cost of 2 products.

As for the formula of the lipstick, I can honestly say that they are amazing and they have become one of my favourite liquid lipstick formula that I have ever tried. They are runny in consistency much like the Colourpop’s but they are not drying and is very comfortable on the lips especially if you layer a lip balm underneath. The finish of the lipstick is extremely matte and it dries down a little powdery so it’s very lightweight, transfer-proof and not sticky at all (I am being serious on this one, you really can’t feel it on your lips unlike other liquid lipsticks that can sometimes feel like there’s cement on your lips or is very sticky). They last quite a long time on the lips and can survive a portion of McDonald’s double cheeseburger which is definitely great news. The difference between the Kylie lipstick and the Jeffree Star liquid lipstick is that Kylie’s are a little more longwearing and is more transfer-proof than Jeffree Star’s. Jeffree Star’s formula breaks down easier than Kylie’s and is less lightweight. The scent of the lipstick seemed very vanilla-like to me, it’s very sweet and quite strong on the nose but disappears once it dries. I showed the lip kits to my friend and she told me it smelt like Bailey’s liqueur (children under 18, don’t try this yet).

The lip liner included in the kit is also amazing. It glides on your lips very smoothly, very creamy in consistency and extremely pigmented. They also perfectly match the colour of the liquid lipstick so you don’t have to rummage your lip liner collection or purchase a brand new one to find the ones that matches your lipstick. One thing that might not be so great about the lip liner is that with the darker colours like 22, Mary Jo K and True Brown K, you have to be very careful when applying as it’s very slippery and there is a lot of room for error when you mix creamy lip liners with darker colours. I have heard that the formula of the lip liners are very similar to Colourpop’s which I do not have, but I will purchase some one day and I will give you my feedback on them. In conclusion, I really enjoyed both the lip liner and the lipstick in the Kylie lip kit. I do think they are worth purchasing and worth the USD$29/AUD$38.

Left to right: Candy K, Koko K, Posie K, 22, Mary Jo K

 

Candy K

Left to right: Candy K, Posie K, Mary Jo K

 

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Swatches from left to right: Koko K, Candy K, Posie K, 22, Mary Jo K

My personal favourite colours from the collection are Koko K and 22. Koko K is a nude colour perfect for my NC20-25 skintone, unlike Candy K which shows up like a dark nude pink on me. 22 is a burnt orange which is a type of colour that I never have in my collection. It definitely reminds me of Ofra Cosmetics’ Miami Fever on me and I am really digging the colour on me. Posie K is a dark mauve nude and is actually an exact dupe for the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in shade 13 Marvelous Mauve (AUD$17, purchase them here).

HOW TO PURCHASE KYLIE LIP KITS

Everyone knows that getting your hands on the Kylie lip kits is almost impossible. A lot of people were very angry at the fact that the stock is always sold out in a matter of minutes (it never really last for even an hour), and a lot of people are buying lots in order to sell them at a much higher price. It can be very frustrating but getting your hands on the lip kits is not as hard as you think it is.

  1. If you’re impatient or you are lazy and not the type of person who wants fight off with other strangers on the internet to get your Kylie lip kits, go to http://www.shopandbox.com and request an order for your Kylie lip kits. The downside to using this service is that you would have to pay extra fees and it can get a little expensive, although definitely not outrageous.
  2. If you are patient and willing to wait, do follow @kyliecosmetics, @trendmood1, @lipstickjunkieforever on Instagram and download the Kylie app on your phone. Remember to turn on post notifications of @kyliecosmetics on Instagram and check her post whenever she posts anything on the account.
  3. Take a close look at the hints in her posts like ‘coming soon’; meaning that she is probably going to restock in a few days time.
  4. Be patient and scroll through all the comments people are saying on her account, sometimes you get some information on when the lipsticks are going to be released.
  5. When the information gets released, be sure to convert Pacific Standard Time (PST) to your local time zone (California – Sydney has about 6 hours difference, but also take note on daylight savings).
  6. Copy your credit card information on your computer so you’d only have to copy and paste them during check out and be sure to use Google Chrome and their auto-fill feature. With this you can save time and pay for your items fast.
  7. 1 minute prior to the release time, keep refreshing on the website so you can get on to it instantly when it goes live. Add the items to your cart as quick as you can and check out.

I hope you enjoyed this post about the Kylie lip kits and found it helpful. Goodluck in getting your hands on your Kylie lip kits!

Get your Kylie lip kits here

 

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PART I: Korean Makeup Haul + Nakeup Face Waterking Cover Cushion Review and Swatches

Yay for hauls!! This is my first part of my Korean makeup and skincare haul. I rarely post about Korean cosmetics since I figured that most of you are more familiar with Western brands and Korean brands might seem a little strange for some of you (tbh, sometimes they do come up with extremely strange names for their products but let’s not discuss about that). Korean brands are mostly super affordable and it’s divided into roadshop brands which is equivalent to drugstore brands, mid-end brands and high-end brands. The products in this post features almost all roadshop brands with the exception of ones in the swatches and Nakeup Face which I am guessing is more of a mid-end brand, judging from their price point and packaging.

The main reason I absolutely love Korean cosmetics is because of their affordability and how great they are for the price, they also come up with super innovative products that sometimes can be borderline strange but it’s something that you’d just want to try out.

Here’s what I bought and a quick first impressions of the product:

1. Missha M Magic Cushion Moisture Line Friends Edition. Okay, the actual reason I purchased this is because of the duck packaging. I personally use the Line application on my phone so I am so excited that Missha collaborated with Line and that is why I purchased them. It comes with a replacement air puff and a refill and it costs 11,600KRW which translates to about AUD$13. That is definitely VERY cheap for a limited edition item with a refill pack that comes with it.

I purchased mine in the shade 21 which I kind of regretted because it’s too light on my skin. I really think that Missha’s shade range for their cushion foundations run very light. I do recommend the shade 21 to those who are NC15 or below though! As far as the finish, I really loved it. It gives off a very dewy glow and it’s a very moisturising cushion foundation so it’s definitely perfect for winter.

2. April Skin Magic Snow Cream. April Skin is a fairly new Korean cosmetics brand which I found out through Facebook ads. They did a pretty aggressive social media marketing for their brand, much like those detox teas on Instagram but targeted towards the Korean demographics. I bought this product mainly to even out my skintone and it’s more of a brightening base much like my Le Blanc de Chanel primer that I love very much. It does a very great job and it’s honestly very moisturising and lightweight that you don’t even feel it sitting on your skin. It doesn’t give off any coverage, if you’re curious but it does its job very well as a brightening primer under makeup. I bought this product for 19,000KRW which is AUD$22.

3. A’pieu X Doraemon Air Fit Cushion Blusher. This is pretty much my first ever cushion blusher and I can tell that I am very impressed with it. The format of the blush is pretty much like your average cushion foundation but packed in a smaller packaging with a mini air puff cushion which I think is super cute! The cushion blusher gives off a very natural finish and is sheer so it’s not exactly for an intense blush look but rather a natural pinched cheeks look. These cost 5,800KRW which is AUD$7. Do note that this particular packaging is a limited edition packaging just like the Missha cushion foundation.

4. Guerisson 9-Complex Cream. Don’t be grossed out yet but this product contains Horse Oil which is supposedly the new “it” skincare ingredient in Korea. The texture is very butter-like and it comes with a spatula. The cream itself is very moisturising and the Horse Oil properties promises to effectively heal scars as the structure of its fatty acids is similar to those that comes from humans. The tub costs 15,000KRW which is AUD$17.5.

5. Etude House Dreaming Swan Shine Volumer. I can’t say much about this product. It’s pretty much just your average shimmery liquified eyeshadow with a standard doe foot applicator. This was a limited edition product and the packaging was designed by the talented fashion illustrator Kerri Hills. The top part of the tube has a very cute ballet slipper illustration and a ballet dancer illustrated on the box. The tube costs 6.750KRW which is AUD$7.

Now the last part I am going to talk about is the Nakeup Face Waterking Cover cushion foundation. Nakeup Face is a sister brand to April Skin which I mentioned above and I was very intrigued about this particular product because it promises full on coverage whilst still giving that natural, dewy cushion foundation look. If you have ever tried several cushion foundations, I can tell you that none of them really have great coverage. They’re mostly light to medium coverage at most.

Another feature of the product that I was also excited about is the packaging. I mean, all cushion foundations are usually cased in this boring round compact but this one screams luxe to me. The cushion is cased in a mirror finish compact with embossing of the brand in front. The inside features an all black look which I really liked and the mirror inside is huge! Here are some pictures of the Nakeup Face Waterking Cover cushion..


Gorgeous, right? My first impressions of the product is that the claims are 100% true. They offer such great coverage, much like the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation but in a compact form and natural dewy finish at the same time. I honestly really like this product and I am definitely going to wearing them a lot especially during colder days. The only complaint I have is the shade. I’ve mistakenly chosen shade #21 which again is too light for my skintone and it is definitely very obvious as its a full coverage product. I do own several cushion foundations in the same shade but they are strangely very different to each other. Below are the comparisons of shade 21 from different brands.

As you can see above, the Sulwhasoo cushion is the darkest and followed by Laneige. I would really recommend you searching swatches of cushion foundations before buying them so to not make the same mistake that I did, but apart from that the cushion is one of the best cushion foundations that I have tried!

So what do you think? Are you planning to purchase some soon? Let me know! 🙂

How to buy designer shoes without going too broke?! + How to take care of your designer shoes..

I’m pretty sure, most girls and a few guys are into designer shoes of any sort. We can all blame Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and the City for our never-ending obsession with it. I am also sure that the names Christian Louboutin, Valentino Garavani, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik are very familiar to most of you.

As I have mentioned in my Instagram posts, I do collect designer shoes because I appreciate them and I think that designer shoes craftsmanship is irreplaceable. I believe that what makes designer shoes beautiful is the attention to detail given, not just because “it has a red sole” or because “it’s Jimmy Choos”. Yes, the red sole is what makes Christian Louboutin shoes famous but it’s also about the low cut of the shoe that lengthens the legs, the thin heels, the pitch of the heels, the stitching of the shoe that matters the most. Appreciation aside, I’d like to share a few tips on saving for your designer shoes.

  1. Think about what you’d want to purchase very carefully. There’s nothing worse than having to pay $1K for something that you’ll regret later. Make sure that you are absolutely sure that you love it and it’s not an impulse want. Think about how you’re going to co-ordinate the shoes with your wardrobe and what is the main intent for the shoes. Are they meant for everyday use or are they meant for special occasions?
  2. Save money by cutting on your unnecessary purchases. I find that this method really helps a lot. If you know me personally, I rarely shop at higher-end clothing stores and I usually opt for cheaper clothes from H&M, Target and all that sort. I prefer spending my money on higher-end accessories rather than higher-end clothing as the lifetime of an accessory is longer than that of clothing items. Also, if you’re trying to save money another great way is to cut down on eating out. Try eating at home and preparing your own food instead of constantly eating out which to be honest, is pretty expensive if you think about it. It’s also better for you since you know what really goes on into your meals. I honestly saved a lot of money through cutting down on the amount of times that I eat out.
  3. Look for the different options. Go through many (trustworthy) websites that sell the item that you are looking for. There are many websites that sell authentic items which may cost less than half of what you pay for if you were to get them at Australian department stores. If you were to get a pair of Valentino shoes, for example, try to get them from Europe (or Italy, to be exact) because European designer items are sold much cheaper in Europe. This is also applicable to US designer items. Some websites also offer 10% discount on first purchase if you sign up to their newsletter. Take a look at these examples.

Left to right: David Jones, Farfetch

The price of the items in European boutiques varies because of the exchange rate which can be both an advantage or disadvantage. Try to take the advantage when Euro value goes down or when Australian Dollar goes up. This can save you a lot of money too!

TAKING CARE OF YOUR DESIGNER SHOES

If you’re spending a huge amount of money on shoes, I assume that most of you would also like to preserve your shoe life for as long as you can. There are a few things that you could do at home to take care of your shoes.

  1. Sole protectors. Designer shoe soles are usually made out of leather soles which can wear out easily if worn and can be slippery when wet. As for Louboutin shoes, the red paint on the bottom of the soles will wear overtime from wear. There are a few sole protectors that are marketed for these and the come in a form of sticky plastic sheets that are supposed to prolong the wear of leather soles. I think it’s a brilliant idea, however, I have seen a lot of complaints on them being that they peel the paint of Louboutin shoes and so forth. So I came across a product that serves as a sole protector for my shoe soles but is not actually intended for use as a sole protector. I used an iPad screen protector called Zagg’s Invisible Shield Screen Protector and it is an amazing product! It does not peel of the paint on your soles and you can easily wipe your shoe sole clean after use. The only disadvantage to this is that you need a smooth surface to apply it on, meaning that it can only be used if your shoes have never been worn. Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 11.37.41 am
  2. Leather protector and cleaning. Prior to use, leather protector should be applied to prevent any water damage or stains on your brand new shoes. The leather protector to use depends on the type of leather the shoe is made out of. I will not get into too much detail as there are many different types of leather and I do not know half of the leather types available in the market just yet. I will only get into the 3 main types of leather; suede/nubuck, patent and calfskin/lambskin/cowhide leather. Suede leather is a very sensitive type of leather and it is also the softest and most flexible but is very prone to water stains and other dry stains.
  3. Baby wipes. Baby wipes is a saviour when cleaning your designer shoes. Make sure it is an alcohol and unscented baby wipe so that it will not damage the delicate leather. You can also use the baby wipe trick on your handbags if there are any minor spots. The only type of leather that you should not use with baby wipes are suedes/nubuck and exotics, the damp baby wipe may leave water marks so you would want to avoid it at all costs.
  4. Professional cleaning. If your shoes are damaged and you are not able to do any of the above, it is better to go to a professional cobbler who can handle damages on designer shoes. If you are not sure on which local cobbler to choose, visit one of the high end stores and seek for information about the cobbler. When a high end store is affiliated with a cobbler, the cobbler should be able to fix your designer shoes as they would be experienced in handling them.

Remember, I am in no way a professional and it is purely based on my experience as well as researching online. I hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂

 

Let’s Be Frank

Frankly (pun intended), we all have those moments when we need some extra TLC for our skin. My skin condition changes quite drastically depending on the season, and knowing that winter is coming up very soon here in Australia, I need skincare products that can help me go through the dry and windy winter.

Most of you will probably have heard of an Australian-based company called Frank Body. They are most popularly known for their oh so Instagram famous coffee scrubs. I personally have never tried them prior but Tessa from Frank Body has been too kind and have sent me one of their Original Introduction Bundle pack (RRP $37.95) to try out. The Original Introduction Bundle pack contains 1 full sized pack of their Original Body Scrub (200gr / 7 oz) and 1 full sized tube of their Smooth Body Balm (100mL / 3.52 oz). You can purchase their bundles here.



Before getting down and dirty about the product, can we just appreciate how pretty are Frank Body’s packaging? They come in the box packaging in the cutest shade of pink then wrapped inside the lovely Frank Body doodle tissue paper. I just love the way they sent their products in! I think that these kinds of extra details reflects on the professionalism of the business and value of their customers.

I do believe that Frank Body is an honest company that makes great natural products for your skin and is not tested on animals. I have always believed in using all natural products because they contain less harsh ingredients that might irritate my skin. I am also a firm believer in taking great care of my skin, I know that my Instagram and this blog is mostly dedicated to makeup products but it is important to know that great makeup starts with great skincare routine. I always stick to my skincare routine regimen and I never sleep with my makeup on to ensure that my skin condition is as great as they possibly can.

Okay so let’s get to the products themselves..

The Original Body Scrub contains roasted and ground robusta coffee blend, cold-pressed almond oil, brown sugar and sea salt among the other great stuff that it contains. The coffee granules in the scrub is responsible for scrubbing away dry skin and targeting imperfections like stretch marks. It is known that caffeine can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time and the coffee granules in the scrub is perfect for this! The almond oil is responsible for moisture, so after scrubbing away those pesky flaky skin, you’re left with smooth moisturised skin. Lastly, brown sugar and sea salt acts as a natural exfoliant in the product and works in conjunction with the coffee granules to eliminate those rough skin. The scrub is vegan friendly and most importantly made locally in Australia!

I have obviously tried using my Frank Body original scrub in the shower before writing this blog post and I can tell you that I am now a coffee scrub convert. They smell glorious; like coffee for breakfast mixed with a little hint of citrus (yes, they also do contain orange essence) and they left my skin feeling so smooth and moisturised after shower. I can’t yet tell if the scrub helped with my stretch marks as I’ve just used the product for a short amount of time but I am feeling extremely hopeful as they have been so many feedbacks on how these bad boys eliminated stretch marks and scars. . The scrub is also great as a facial exfoliator and I can say that it definitely made my skin feel soft and smooth. My tip is to use a light hand when using the scrub as a facial exfoliator as it can be a little harsh on the skin on your facial areas.

The only downside to this scrub is that it’s a little messy and there’s no doubt about that. As I have said, I am always left with soft supple skin after shower when using this product but I am also left with coffee granules on my shower tiles. I mean, it takes less than 1 minute to clean them up afterwards so I don’t think it’s a big deal and it definitely still makes the product worth buying. In conclusion, shower time is definitely better when using the original scrub.

Frank Body Original Scrub Ingredients:

Coffea Robusta Seed Powder (Coffee), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Sucrose (Brown Sugar), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance (Parfum)*
* Natural

Now the Smooth Body Balm is the second step of the skincare bundle included in Frank Body’s Original Introduction Bundle. It’s an oil based body balm that is supposed to be used after shower. The Smooth Body Balm features coffee arabica seed oil that stimulates blood flow, targets stretch marks and cellulite. The caffeine content in the coffee seed oil can help improve the production of collagen and elastin. The body balm also contains coconut oil and grape seed and sweet almond oil for various skincare benefits like treating acne and eczema, repair dry skin and fight signs of ageing. I really love this body balm as it is very concentrated, so it definitely helps moisturise the dry skin around the elbow and knee area. I am not a big fan of using the product during warmer days as it can “melt” and be very runny in consistency so I am definitely saving this product when it gets colder and drier as I can see it can be one of my winter must-have skincare product. As for the vegans out there, this product is unfortunately not vegan-friendly because they contain beeswax, but other than that, the body balm gets a five star rating from me!

Frank Body Smooth Body Balm Ingredients:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
* Naturally derived

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about Frank Body. It’s my first post on skincare and I definitely enjoy sharing my skincare product review with you, so I might start posting more skincare reviews for you guys. See you on my next post!

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.