Friday, 13 March 2015


✿ I discovered Lavera on my first trip to ThreeSixty in Kowloon. Since they are an organic and natural and sometimes, vegan brand, I decided I would try both their make up and cosmetics. The range of colors they have is pretty narrow and are mostly suitable for natural make up look. Nothing extravagant or revolutionary but will definitely suit someone who is into a natural and subtle look.

The packaging are very simple, not to bulky and straight to the point.

I think their illuminating eyeshadow is a good pick up eyeshadow for an all over the lid look. It will illuminate the eyelid in a subtle but still noticeable color. Catching more light and brighting the eye. Exotic Khaki looks like an beautiful swirl of khaki and gold, but appears green-ish gold, pretty grey looking and cold, when applied. They can be used both dry and wet, but I definitely like to use they wet first, then blend it in dry, to avoid any sharp edges.

They stay put for the day without using an eye primer, and is pretty pigmentated if used wet. I'd recommend using an eye primer if you are planning to apply them dry though.

In a nutshell : Would recommend for people who wear natural make up and vegans
PROS : Natural, vegan, natural, easy to use and wear, wet and dry
CONS : Choice in colors,  availability in HK

Friday, 13 February 2015

✿ PUPA : Vamp ! Cream eyeshadow ✿

My last favorite find is for sure PUPA's Vamp cream eyeshadow. I am starting to find a hard time explaining to my best friend, why I need this or that make up item, but as for these eyeshadows, it was an easy task to find an explanation.

The packaging is fairly simple, neat and classic, and the pot offers you 8g of product. The pot is made of glass and is quite heavy, the lid it made of plastic and it very easy to close and open. The bottom of the pot has a sticker on and is quite thick, so you can't really see the color you picked, but you can check quite clearly on the side. That's how I store them, so I don't have to open them all the time and get bacterias in. And always make sure they are well closes.

All the colors are beautiful, shiny, luminous, and super easy to work with. The texture is very smooth, soft and creamy, making is so confortable to apply on the eyelid, and to wear. It almost feels like it's melting as you apply it. It also spreads evenly, and won't crease throughout the day and will stay put, without applying any eye primer. I actually use it as one sometimes. I find that applying a powder eyeshadow on top give it more dimension and creates a new tint on light colors.

I like to apply the light colors with my fingertips. But if I am using the darker colors, I will use a brush for more control, either if I want a very precise application with sharp edges, or on the opposite, if I want to have a very blended application. I feel like these Vamp cream eyeshadows give me the best of both worlds. Another great thing is that you can really work on the intensity and build up the application, perfect for smokey eyes !

They are definitely sensitive eyes friendly, they have been ophthalmologist tested, paraben free and therefore there is low risk of allergies ! Another thing is that, even if they stay on for so long, they are easily removable with something as soft as Bioderma. <3
With a little build up.. <3

VERDICT : YES YES YES ! I am running out of good reasons for you to get them, but really, they are amazing. They were 150hkd each in SASA when I get them, it's a little pricey but they are amazing. No regrets. If they happen to be on some kind of offer, get a couple, they won't let you down.

PROS : Long lasting, beautiful colors, easy to work with, pigmented, buildable
CONS : A little pricey 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

✿ MAXFACTOR : Colour Elixir Glosses ✿

I have been lucky to receive a set of Maxfactor's Colour Elixir Gloss and was delighted by this present. Not only do they look adorable, smell like vanilla but they also look so pretty on your lips !

First thing first, the vanilla scent as I opened them was such a seller for me. I love all sweet scented cosmetics and make up ! I always sniff them, and Maxfactor didn't disappoint on that !

All the shades are very natural and, Oh so glossy (no wonder since they contain shine enhancers !). Some of them also have some shimmers, making your lips look even more plumped. Some of the darker shades looked a bit intimidating to me at first, but after the application I found out that they were actually very see through and easily wearable daily. I find them to stay on the lips a far amount of time (2 to 3 hours if you don't eat or drink).
They have a large range of choices when it comes to colours, but to be honest I don't think you can go really wrong in your choice. They are all juicy, glossy and adorable pastel colors !

On to the hydratation ! They are terribly moisturizing, I find the effect to last for 3 to 4 hours, easily ! At first I used lipbalm as a first coat, but found out that it was really not necessary. 
Thanks to the wand, the application is very easy and even. If you press too hard (well you know how "hard" you can press on the lips huh) you will get some excess product on the edges of your lips, but a Q-tip and that's cleaned up :)
Note that I was pleased that no excess were sitting in creases of my lips.
In a nutshell : Would recommend them, TO EVERYONE !
PROS : Glossy, moisturizing, lots of colors, affordable, easy to find
CONS : None