Product review: Innoxa 2 in 1 eye shadow and eyeliner stick.

Lately I’ve been on the look-out for a new eyeliner.  I am very fussy when it comes to eyeliners and it’s so hard to find one that meets my specifications.  Around the same time that I began my hunt, Innoxa sent me one of their 2 in 1 eye shadow and eyeliner sticks to try out.  Although it’s not perfect, this product does tick quite a few boxes and is a great addition to my makeup kit.

The packaging is very simple and compact, which I like.  The pencil is sleek and narrow and fits comfortably in my hand.  However it’s not so thin that it’s difficult to get a proper grip on it.  I feel that this is important when it comes to eye pencils, because my hand is less than steady so I need something that’s easy to hold onto if I have any hope of drawing a straight line.

The pencil is double-ended, with an eye shadow at one end and an eyeliner at the other.  This is a great idea, particularly for women who love to travel because it takes up very little space in your makeup bag.

 

I was sent the brown black pencil, with a brown eye shadow and a black eyeliner.  I have to admit that I didn’t have high hopes for the eye shadow.  I’ve not had much luck with cream-based shadows, and even less so with pencil eyeshadows.  But I was willing to give this one a shot.

The first thing that I noticed is that the eyeshadow comes with a spring-loaded applicator tip.  It re-fills itself so you can apply it right from the pencil.  I was a bit wary of this, because I prefer to apply my shadow with a brush.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  The eyeshadow goes on smoothly from the pencil and the applicator tip gives you a lot of control.  I used my finger to blend out the colour a bit and the end result was lovely.  The one thing I didn’t like was that the rubbery texture of the applicator pulled at my lids a little bit.  But this was one minor downfall in an otherwise stellar product.

 

The shadow also stayed put beautifully throughout the day.  Cream eye shadows are notorious for creasing, but this one was excellent.  The colour didn’t fade even after a long day at work.  I was extremely pleased with it.

 

Now, onto the eyeliner.  To begin with, I love the fact that the eyeliner has a twist-up mechanism.  This eliminates the need for sharpening and makes sure that your eyeliner remains crisp and fresh every time you use it.

The liner itself is a beautiful dark black.  So many pencil liners are a bit wimpy in the colour department, tending to run more to grey or charcoal.  I prefer my eyeliners to be as black as a crow at midnight, and this one definitely delivers in the colour department.

 

The texture of this eyeliner is just beautiful. It is silky and glides on easily.  This would be an ideal product for eyeliner novices to practice with, because it is so easy to use.  It can be used to create a clear, crisp line or smudged for smokier looks.  I do find that the liner doesn’t really set, so it is susceptible to smudging throughout the day.  However, this is fairly typical for pencil liners, due to their creamy texture.

One thing I wasn’t so thrilled about with this pencil is that it would not draw on my waterline.  I don’t often wear liner in my waterline, but I do occasionally like to place it there for some of my mod-rocker looks.  Try as I might, I couldn’t get this liner to transfer even a dot of colour onto my waterline, so that was a definite downfall for me.

 

The liner lasted very well, without any fading.  I did notice that it smudged a little throughout the day, but as I said before, this isn’t uncommon with pencil liners.

 

Overall I was very impressed with this product.  I would recommend it for travelling fashionistas, because it can be used entirely on it’s own to create gorgeous eye makeup.  You don’t need to pack any brushes or sharpeners, just throw this pencil into your bag and off you go.  At $14.95,  this double-ended pencil is a steal.  Best of all, it’s 100% cruelty free.

 

 

Daily outfit 18//4/2014

I’m so pleased that it’s Friday.  Not only is it Good Friday, but it’s the beginning of a long weekend.  I get four days off work for Easter, and I am so excited.  I’m planning on going to church (several times in fact, there are quite a few mass services over the Easter weekend) and spending loads of time catching up with family and friends who are in town for the holiday.  I’d also like to make a start on some spring cleaning that’s been hanging over my head for quite a while.

Today is also Fancy Friday,  a weekly event dreamed up by Dapper Dolly to encourage people to dress up at the end of the week.  Fancy Friday gives Casual Friday a kick in the pants and lets glamour and gorgeousness reign supreme!

Today I was feeling a bit of a punk princess vibe.  I know that I’ve worn this dress for Fancy Friday before, but I can’t help busting it out again. It really is one of my favourite wardrobe items.

I am wearing:

- Silver ear cuff

- Diamente stud earrings (inherited from my Nana)

- Black pearl necklace (inherited from my Nana)

- Black lace corset dress from 7 Angels.

- Black and white cardigan from Cotton On

- Black and purple 1/2 and 1/2 tights from Ambra

- Comic book platform heels from Betts

I had hoped to wear my hair in a sleek ponytail today.  However it simply wouldn’t cooperate.  Every time I smoothed one piece down, another strand would pop up in another spot.  I decided to abandon the idea of a sleek do and just go with the messy texture my hair seemed determined to maintain.

Instead, I played around with this funky triple-decker bun.  I really liked the way my hair turned out.  Next time, I think I’ll really define the parts between the buns, tease out my hair even more and make it into a kind of faux-hawk style.

I’m so pleased that it’s cool enough to wear tights again. I do love a bit of fancy legwear, and it’s wonderful to be able to dip into my hosiery collection once again.  These half-and-half tights are an old fave of mine, and they’ve lasted remarkably well through four years of regular wear.

I hope that you all have a wonderful long weekend.  What do you have planned?

Things I Love Thursday 17/4/2014

Awwww yeah!  It’s Thursday again, and I’ve got a huge list of fantastic happenings that have been making me feel wonderful this week to share with you.

This week, I love:

- Season 4 of Breaking Bad.  As season 3 was wrapping up, I began to wonder where on earth the story was going.  I worried that they had begun to paint themselves into a corner.  But nope, season 4 took it in a direction I wasn’t expecting which is fantastic.

-Snapping a picture of this cute little moth.  I love the beautiful orange shade on its’ wings.

- Gardening.  I’ve been busily preparing my vegetable garden and I’m now ready to plant my seeds.  Normally I hate yard work, but working in my little garden has actually been really relaxing.  It’s so nice to get my hands dirty and spend some time out in nature.

- Grilled squash and cucumber salad.  Delish.

-Cuddly cats.  Now that the weather has started to get colder, my cats have become mega-cuddly.  At night time both cats pile onto the bed and compete to see who can snuggle the closest.  Miss Jelly in particular loves the chilly Autumn mornings, as they provide a wonderful opportunity for her to wriggle under the covers for one last snuggle before we get up for the day.

- Sunshine on my skin.

- Cutting my nails.  I like having long nails, but sometimes it’s such a relief to chop off my talons and enjoy the feeling of short nails.  In particular, I love to type when I’ve just cut my nails, because it feels like my fingers are flying across the keys.

-Finally finishing this crocheted Mario blanket for my brother.  I began working on this in August last year, and it’s been such a long and tedious process to get it finished.  It was supposed to be my brother’s Christmas present, but I didn’t finish it in time.  He’s a massive gaming nerd and he has a particular affinity for classic Nintendo games, so I was sure that this pixellated Mario would be just the thing to spread over his bed.  I’m so happy with how it turned out.

- Planning my birthday party.  I’ve decided that I want to have a trivia night for my birthday this year.  I love trivia and quizzes, and I think this would be a great way to celebrate my 28th birthday.  As my birthday falls in Winter, it’s always hard to think of something fun to do when it’s so cold out.  I figure this will be a nice, laid-back evening of fun and games.  I’m really looking forward to it.

 

-This amazing video tribute to one of my favourite Disney characters, who has just undergone an outrageous makeover.

 

What do you love this week?

5 simple ways to make your workday better.

I’d wager that there aren’t too many of you out there that skip to work every day with a song in your heart.  Even if you’re lucky enough to have the job of your dreams, chances are there will still be days that make you want to cry and rend your clothing.  And if you’re one of the many peeps who has a job that falls somewhat short of your dream career, then you probably have quite a few of those hair-ripping days.

As someone who has worked at a number of less-than-fabulous jobs in her time, I’m here to tell you that there are a few things you can do each day to make even the yuckiest job bearable.

1. Pack a lunch

If your lunch break is the shimmering oasis in a desolate workday, it definitely pays to make sure that that time is as awesome as possible.  You don’t want to waste a second of it standing in line waiting to buy a sub-par sandwich and weak coffee.

What if you knew for sure that you had a delicious lunch to tuck into the moment you set foot in the break room?  Wouldn’t that make the morning a little bit more bearable?  Sure it would!  So take the time each morning to pack a lunch for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal, even a delicious sandwich and a piece of fruit would be great.  I love to package up my leftovers from the night before for my lunch.  Not only is it economical, but my co-workers are always jealous of my lunches.

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In addition to giving you something yummy to nosh on, a well-planned lunch will revive your energy levels and give you the stamina you need to get through the afternoon.  You’ll be much brighter after a lunch of leftover spaghetti and a banana than you would be after wolfing down a chocolate bar from the nearest shop.

2. Take something to do in your lunch break

Following on from my previous point, it pays to think ahead and plan what you’re going to do during your lunch break.  Take a brilliant book or your favourite magazine to flick through.  It sure beats re-reading the copy of Women’s Weekly that’s been sitting on the break-room table for six months.

If reading isn’t really your thing, there are loads of other things that can make your lunch break special.  Bring a journal and begin working on that story you’d been meaning to get down.  Listen to music, email your friends, paint your nails, walk to the park.  Just do whatever you need to do to make that little chunk of mid-day time a bit more blissful.

3. Wear something fabulous

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I always feel so much better when I’m wearing something that makes me feel happy.  Even if you have to wear a uniform, there are plenty of ways to inject a little of your own style into the mix.  Pop your hair into a delicious beehive.  Experiment with braids.  Add a beautiful pair of earrings or a stunning brooch.  Even a slick of delightfully lush lippy can give you a pick-me-up and make you feel more like yourself.

4. Plan something to do after work

Give yourself something to focus on and look forward to by planning something special to do after work.  You might make a reservation at your favourite restaurant or buy yourself movie tickets to get you through the drudgery of the work day.

Your plans needn’t be so elaborate.  You can simply set aside an hour to take a bath, do some yoga or read your book on the couch.  You might like to make a Skype date with your bestie or plan to catch up on your favourite T.V show in bed.  Whatever you decide, knowing that you’ve got something special to look forward to makes the hassles of the day so much easier to take.

5. Look on the bright side

Your attitude can make all the difference when it comes to facing the work day.  If I can, I like to try to approach each shift with a positive attitude.  I find that if I try to smile, relax and just enjoy myself, the work day doesn’t seem so bad.  Constantly telling yourself, “I hate working here, all these customers are bastards, I just wish everyone would leave me alone” makes it so much more difficult to cope at work.  If you can, try to maintain a positive approach and just go with it.

 

What do you do to make your workday better?  I’d love to hear your tips.

Daily outfit 15/4/2014

The sun is shining once again in my little corner of the world.  To celebrate, I’m wearing my favourite shirt as part of a laid-back ensemble.

I am wearing:

- Blue swirl-print shirt (thrifted)

- Blue bootcut jeans from Target

- Green loafers from Rubi shoes

- Penny farthing collar pins (gift from my friend Tom)

- Blue stud earrings.

I have so much love for this shirt.  I thrifted it ten years ago for a dollar, and I’ve worn it more times than I can count.  In spite of the constant washing and wearing, it’s still in great condition.  The blue print makes my eyes really pop, and it’s such an easy colour to pair with both relaxed and dressed-up outfits.  I usually wear it with jeans for a casual-but-funky look.

These jeans have been kicking about in my closet for about two years now.  I bought them for a steal at $15, because I loved the classic shape and the dark wash.  But they were miles too long for me (a common problem because I’m quite short.  It’s rare that I buy pants off-the-rack that are the right length for me).  I finally took the plunge and chopped about 20cm off the bottom and then hemmed them myself.  Now they’re the perfect length for wearing with casual flat shoes.

To add a bit of detail to my casual outfit, I decided to wear these matching collar pins, a gift from my friend Tom.

Tom is one of my dear friends from college.  Last year, he embarked on a massive round-the-world adventure.  When he got home, he showered me with loads of gorgeous pressies.  These pins were picked up from Berlin, where they were hand-made by a street vendor.  Tom and I share a mutual love of Berlin, because it’s the setting for one of our favourite films: Cabaret.

Simple makeup, glossy lips and relaxed hair finish off my look for the day.  I wore this outfit to work on some sewing projects, do grocery shopping and have dinner with my Mum and brother.

Do you have a favourite wardrobe item that you’ve worn again and again?

Product review: Innoxa Anti-oxidant Lip Glaze

I love a good lip-gloss.  I love the way that just a quick slick can add such a carefree, flirty spirit to any outfit.  Gloss is playful, pretty and oh-so-feminine.

The gorgeous folks at Innoxa were kind enough to send me one of their Anti-Oxidant Lip Glazes to review.  I was so excited when I opened the package and this gorgeous red tube came tumbling out.

I was sent the shade Apple, which is a beautiful sheer red gloss.  I couldn’t wait to try this baby out!

As you can see from the swatch, the finish is sheer and glossy, but still packs a colourful punch.  So many coloured glosses don’t offer much in the way of colour, and are really more of a tint.  This one is beautifully pigmented with just the right amount of colour to really make an impact.

 

On the lips, the glaze offers gorgeous shine and beautiful colour.  I love adding this product to my makeup routine on days when I want  a bit of colour on my lips, but I don’t want to wear a fully made-up lip.  The glaze also looks amazing when worn over a red lipstick for extra punch.

 

The glaze comes with a doe-foot applicator, which makes it very easy to apply.  The applicator picks up just the right amount of product so you aren’t left with a patchy finish.  The tube is very solid, and I’ve been carrying it around in my bag for weeks without any spillage or leaks.

 

When I read the word “glaze” I was worried that this gloss would be very sticky.  I’m not a fan of sticky lip products, so I was a bit wary of this.  However, once I tried it my fears were put to rest.  While the glaze does have a slight stickiness when you first apply it, I find that it settles down after a few minutes of wear.  I’ve worn this on windy days and I haven’t had to worry about my hair getting stuck to my pout.  The gloss had a very moisturizing feel and left my lips feeling very smooth and soft.

 

The Innoxa Lip glaze lasted very well when compared with other glosses in my collection.  It stayed on throughout the  day (although I did reapply after eating) and maintained a good finish with plenty of colour and shine.  I was very impressed with the longevity of this product.

 

 

One of my favourite things about this product is that it is cruelty free.  Like all of Innoxa’s products, the lip glaze is not tested on animals.  Innoxa is a proudly 100% cruelty free company, which is definitely a plus in my book.

 

The Innoxa Anti-Oxidant Lip Glaze retails for $14.95.  I think that this is a bargain price for a very good-quality product.  I will definitely be re-purchasing this once the tube I was sent runs out.  I’m very excited to try some of the other colours in the range, and I think that the Plum shade will be the next to join my collection of glosses.

Daily outfit 11/4/2014

I have to apologize for the quality of the photos in today’s post.  The weather here is absolutely dismal, so there was no chance that I would be able to take pictures outside.  It’s so grey and dreary, that even with every window open and every light on, all of my photos turned out quite grainy and blurry.  So I’m sorry for that.

 But let’s crack on, shall we?

I am wearing:

- Grey cable knit jumper from Supre

- Brown tweedy trousers (thrifted)

- Black brogues from Rubi Shoes

- Cubic zirconia stud earrings (inherited from my grandmother)

Today’s outfit is a fairly simple one.  It’s really starting to get cold here, so I’m beginning to dust off some of my cozy jumpers  I just adore the texture of this grey jumper.  It’s a really lightweight knit, and the cables on it are so dainty.  The grey colour makes it so easy to wear as it goes with loads of other colours. I love wearing it with a bright red skirt on a dull, dreary day.

As it’s Fancy Friday, I decided to add a little pop of sparkle by wearing my Nana’s stud earrings.

These little beauties are so sparkly and are simple enough to pair with ultra-casual outfits for a pop of glamour.  Sometimes, an extra-special piece of jewelry is all you need to take a basic outfit from drab to fab.

What are you wearing this Friday?  Why not take part in Dapper Dolly’s Fancy Friday link up?  Fancy Friday is a way to encourage readers and bloggers alike to add a bit of sparkle and spice to their outfit on the final day of the week.  It’s a great way to lift your spirits and ring out the week in style.