Sunday, October 24, 2010

Khaki is the new black

It's been over 2 weeks since my last post! I've been off the face of the earth doing assignments and presentations, and will have to continue focusing on study for my end-of-semester exams. Onwards to my pretty...

I saw this polish at a little clothing boutique in early August, so before Chanel's collection was released. I didn't purchase it when I first saw this polish, but when I went there after a week it was sold out! I've been lemming it ever since and continued visiting the store every 2 weeks or so. FINALLY, I got my hands on it this Friday.

I haven't got Chanel's Khaki Vert so I can't compare the two, but from looking at online swatches, this polish is slightly greener. All the swatches online look different, so I can't be sure.

I tried to take the photos in different light to show a true representation of the colour. The polish itself looks different depending on the light so I can't pick which picture is the best representation... but I'd say the middle pic is the best.

So this polish is a creamy khaki, applies pretty well and dries relatively quickly. Two coats for opacity as in the pictures, but if you look at my index finger, its started to chip. After one day of wear. NOT impressed! But that might be because I didn't apply a topcoat this time round. I have to remove it before going to work anyway, so tis okay.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Self-control for MAC Venomous Villains collection

Here in Australia we are one step behind in the release of new collections...

So, the long-awaited Venomous Villains was released on Monday 4th of October (which is actually quite quick since normally it takes about 2-3 weeks or so). Viva Glam Cyndi and Gaga lipglasses were also only released on the same day (like a month after it was released in the US)!

My original list of items for VV consisted of Bite of an Apple blush, Her Own Devices beauty powder, Wicked ways lipglass, Revenge is Sweet lipglass and Strange Potion lipglass. Also I wanted to get the Viva Glam Cyndi lipglass. The lipsticks and eyeshadows in VV are too in-your-face for me to wear :S

After countless hours of staring at blogs however, I decided to remove Bite of an Apple and Strange Potion off my list. Bite of an Apple is too red for my already reddish cheeks, and Strange Potion is too similar to Jazzed lipstick which I own.

I called up the MAC counter on Sunday and asked to put Cyndi, HOD, WW and RIS on hold, which they did but I was told it would only be until Monday night. I couldn't make my way there yesterday, so I called up today to see whether they were still holding them for me - luckily they were!

So today I rocked up to my "local" MAC counter - by "local" I mean its actually 45 minute train ride away (come on what do you expect in Australia) - tonight to pick up my pretties :)

When I got there and swatched away like a madwoman, Bite of an Apple was indeed too red for me and Strange Potion was too similar to Jazzed which I happened to be wearing tonight. WW, although looks like a lovely cherry red in the tube (and on everyone else), screams fuchsia on my lips. Although a pretty colour on its own right I was after a red gloss so I restrained myself from getting WW. I only tried one brush stroke of HOD on my cheek, and it seemed like with a few more sweeps it would be a good natural blush. RIS is such a gorgeous colour, I didn't even try it on my lips!

The sold-out items when I got there: Bite of an Apple, Heartless and all the nail lacquers. I was surprised to see Strange Potion and Violetta were still there, because I thought they would be gone quickly - since they are such gorgeous colours.

There is my rant for the day - out of this huge collection, I managed to only purchase Revenge is Sweet and Her Own Devices + Cyndi lipglass. But with the crazy marked-up prices here, I bet I spent about the same money as most other girls in the US/Canada.