Ayayay. I’ve had these Dior Addict Fluid Sticks ($35.00) for over half a year now, but am just getting around to writing about them because… uhm. I forgot about them. I was so excited to have these initially because the reviews were incredible and the packaging gorgeous, but I stumbled in the shade selection process and it’s for that lone, silly reason that I don’t really use these.
I was looking through Sephora.com recently because my boyfriend is headed to Singapore within the month, and since we don’t have a Sephora over here, I’ll need to send a “short” list of things for him to (pretty please) buy for me. I wasn’t really supposed to be looking through the frangrances, but one of their little advertisements caught my eye and I found myself scrolling through the pretty bottles, ooh-ing and aah-ing as I went. Shopping for a scent online is not a smart thing to do if you’ve never tested it out before, so I was content with looking at the pretty packaging instead. For example:
Balenciaga’s lovely Parfum. I have actually had the chance to smell this in a store before and I remember thinking it was pleasant. Very light, inoffensive, and quite young. I also thought it could be a unisex fragrance, though I’m not too sure if that was the brand’s intention. But on to the bottle! I saw this for the very first time (different from the time I was able to test it) in Balenciaga’s New York store. It was on a pedestal sitting in the middle of some bags and clothes displays, and I couldn’t help but think that it complimented Balenciaga’s aesthetic perfectly. The packaging wasn’t a literal translation of their signature handbag design (can you imagine a leather-esque spray bottle with Balenciaga studs on it?) and yet it just fit the brand. If I’m not making any sense, I’m happy to leave it at this: I find the bottle to be pretty but not too sweet. On a side note, the cover can sometimes look like a football. Hmm. Still like it! haha
To see other pretty fragrance bottles, read on!
A couple of months ago I ordered a UNII palette from the US and it has proved to be extremely useful. The UNII palette is essentially a customizable make-up palette, much like the Z Palette except that the UNII palette is made of a sturdy plastic instead of cardboard.
Here she is! I ordered mine in Pomegranate because the black and white were out of stock and it was the closest to red they had. I actually like the color much more than I expected. The palette feels sturdy and is really pretty, too. It’s certainly much better than some original packaging out there, and it makes a lot of sense to be able to have shadows/powders from different brands together in one place.
The palette is a good size (approximately 3 x 6 inches) and it includes a full mirror, a metal plate, a rubber gripper, and a strip of adhesive-magnets (for the bottoms of your refill pans). UNII cosmetics has since come out with a new design which does not have a metal plate and magnet strip. Instead it has the magnet inside the palette and the rubber gasket which you can see on my UNII is no longer removable. A minor change is that the rubber gripper is much cuter in the new palette. A not-so minor change is that the colors available are now much cuter! You can check those out at their website: http://uniicosmetics.com. But for now, let me show you what I did with mine!
These are the shadows that I chose to place in my UNII palette. It’s obviously a neutrals palette, but with this combination I can make both a natural day look and a heavier evening look if I want to. That space below the bottom row of shadows can fit (and it usually does hold) an eyeliner. With that, I’m all set. This has travelled me once and it definitely beats bringing many single shadows or one pre-made palette that may limit you to a certain look. I prefer this even to my Urban Decay NAKED palette, which only makes sense, because these shades are tried and tested by me for use on me. The shadows/powders are namely:
Top Row: Dior random powder – The Balm “Devilish Danielle” – The Balm “Mischievous Marissa” – The Balm “Insane Jane”
Bottom Row: Shu Uemura M 851: “Soft Brown” – Shu Uemura M 860 “BXH2271” – Shu Uemura Bronze – Shu Uemura IR 900Y “BXH 1408” – Laura Mercier “American Coffee”
The Dior powder is a general highlighter. The theBalm shadows are my favorites from my “Shady Lady” palette (yes, I ripped them out)– Mischievous Marissa gives me a lovely, peachy glow and Insane Jane just makes my eyes pop. The Shu matte soft brown is my perfect lid shadow, while the deep brown to its right is the most amazing brown I have ever come across. I usually use that in the crease of my eye and I only need the tiniest bit to create the most dramatic effect… combined with that bronze, the effect is just amazing. For everyday looks, I use the LM American Coffee on my crease. Also, notice how the Shu shadow on the far left of the bottom row is slightly thinner than the others? Shu Uemura has started producing their shadows in Korea instead of Japan (I was thinking maybe the factory was affected by the recent natural disaster?) and has downsized their eyeshadows. It isn’t very obvious when you buy the single eyeshadows in their new packaging, but it’s definitely noticeable when you place the pans side by side. I only have two that are very recently purchased and I haven’t noticed any compromise in quality which is great, of course, but the downsize is definitely a bummer. Anyway, the other two shadows that I haven’t mentioned (Devilish Danielle and the Shu Gold) are highlighters for me. They are amazing just like all the other shadows in my UNII.
Putting my palette together was a ton of fun, which I did expect since I love my make-up (hehe). One down side to the UNII might be removing single shadows from their already beautiful original containers. In this case though, there wasn’t any particular casing that I really wanted to hold on to. It’s a good way to customize to your own needs, as make-up really is something as personal as jewelry– only you really know what you like best. I might want another UNII palette in the future for powders or even a collection of brighter eye shadows, but I’m still not too sure. For now, I’m perfectly happy with the one UNII that I own and have come to love.
Again, you can check out UNII cosmetics here and have a look at that adorable honeysuckle palette! They’re now going for 26 USD (usually 29) which is a holiday price, I think.
Isn’t the bottle just so pretty? :) I fell in love with the look of this perfume (which has been around for a very long time according to my mom, since 1947) when I saw the new advertisements out with Natalie Portman as the new model for the scent. Of course they timed it along with the release of Black Swan, but I love Natalie Portman for all of her roles. So I went to the Rustan’s fragrance section the next time I happened to be in Shangri-la and tried it out–and instantly loved it. I also checked out reviews online and the opinion on the scent is divided: you either hate it or adore it. There are “caramel popcorn” notes along with “mandarin, strawberry leaf, violet, jasmine, wild strawberry sorbet, musk, and patchouli.” I know, it sounds sickeningly sweet and I know nothing about perfume notes and all that, but I do love this scent. :)
More pictures and more femininity after the jump!