13 August 2014

Review | Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

I've always been under the impression that most black eyeliners are created equal, to a certain point. I never thought I'd actually to come to strongly dislike something so trivial as eyeliner, but I think the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On eyeliner takes the cake. It was so... not everything I thought it would be. I have the original UD 24/7 eyeliner in Zero and I LOVE it. It has a great formula, glides on easy and lasts all day without smudging or transferring. I once wore it, watched an episode of Doctor Who, cried like a baby and it didn't fade or smudge. It's incredible.

Before I go off on the the 24/7 Velvet eyeliner, I'll point out some of the good stuff. It has good pigmentation and the shade Black Velvet is actually a nice dark black.

I did a side by side swatch with the regular 24/7 liner in Zero and you can definitely tell there's a different finish. The Velvet liner looks more matte, which I actually really like. Too bad it's just chalky as hell.

L: 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet   R: Original 24/7 Liner in Zero

And because it's chalky, it tends to flake. I've only worn it out once because the flaking was SO bad.

It's not cute when you've got a bunch of smudgy black dots all over your face. Apart from the chalkiness, it's also very soft. Here's the aftermath of my swatch:

At first, I thought I might've gotten a busted one, but I did a little research and found that many people had the same problems with this eyeliner.

In short, I would NOT recommend the UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil! Stay away! It sucks balls. Don't waste your $20*. But if you really want to spend $20, get the original 24/7 eyeliner. And if you want something cheaper, the Milani Liquid Eye Pencil is a good alternative.

*I didn't spend $20 on this eyeliner. It was included in one of my Ipsy bags.

10 August 2014

Topshop Grunge Sticks

My mum and I once again had our quarterly care package exchange. My package included a tub of Sudacrem, a Rimmel blusher and a some Topshop goodies, which I specifically requested.

I asked for the Topshop Brighten in Moonlight,which I've used before, lipstick in the shade The Damned and two Grunge Sticks in Unkempt and Go Go. I hadn't seen the Grunge Sticks on any other blogs before, but I was really intrigued since I've really been into cream shadows lately so naturally I asked my mum to look for them. Fortunately, she was able to find both.

L: Unkempt    R: Go Go
The grunge sticks are pretty much your run of the mill shadow sticks. They glide on very easily and almost have that slick texture, though they aren't as slippery as they may seem at first. These particular shadow sticks have loads of shimmer in them which make that much more fun. I can't comment much on longevity as I only wore them for an hour. I also wore primer underneath so it didn't crease. I can definitely see the pigment fading over the course of the day, though, especially if you don't apply anything else on top of it, like eyeshadow. Topshop was right in naming them "grunge sticks" though because they it feels a bit like you're applying straight grease onto your eyes, especially the black one. They're soft in texture and easy to blend but you have to be kind of quick with blending because they set after awhile. I know that sounds totally contradictory to how I've been describing the grunge sticks, but just trust my description, haha.

I haven't had the proper opportunity to wear them out somewhere so I've done a quick look. Enjoy!

The Topshop Grunge Sticks are definitely perfect for when you want a more a rock n roll vibe. You can just slap them on, apply some really black mascara and be on your way!

07 August 2014

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

I was tagged by the lovely PrettyInPlum (aka Steffi). I love questionnaires. :)

1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do.
Curling my lashes. I don't know, I just don't think it's necessary for me.

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something you do regularly?
Definitely not. The main reason is I don't use a whole lot of brushes anyway, at least for my everyday face.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
Before I wouldn't last longer than a couple of days, but lately I haven't been caring too much. If it's just one nail, it's okay. And if it's only one nail and it's really jacked up, I'll wear a band-aid on that finger.

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product, even if you need it? (ex: purchasing a new top coat or foundation)
I'll buy replacements usually a week before I know I'm going to run out, especially with skincare products.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
Probably not cleaning my brushes as often as I should. Also, when I do little spot clean-ups on my make-up with a q-tip, I just stick the q-tip in my mouth to moisten it up a bit. Is that gross? Hahaha. 

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off all the time.
Oh gosh, laundry probably. But if I put it off, that just means I'm forced to wear all the clothes that are in my closet that I don't touch for whatever reason.  

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
Not usually. I always make ample time to get ready or at the very least get my brows on.

8. Can you commit to a spending ban?
Yes, I've done it a few times before. I think I might actually put myself on one right now.  

9. How organized is your make-up and nail polish collection?
It's fairly organized. I've got an inventory list of all my nail polish and lipstick. They're not stored in any special way, but they do have their own space. 

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
Probably close to a month I'd say. Earlier this year, I didn't have a laptop so I couldn't really update. But now I've got a new laptop and new camera so I'm hoping I'll be better. 

Alrighty, well I'm tagging anyone and everyone who reads this! Enjoy!

06 August 2014

SDCC 2014 - Sunday Bits & Bobs

This post is just a wrap-up of my SDCC weekend. Sunday was the only day I was able to walk the floor so I didn't stop too much and take pictures of cosplayers. Plus, there weren't as many of them. I only had a few hours to walk around and see if I could get some goodies and made that my focus for the day. But I hope you do enjoy the pictures I did manage to take!

29 July 2014

SDCC 2014 - Panels & Podcasts

This year, I opted out of going to the big room panels so I attended smaller panels at the convention center, along with a couple of offsite panels at Nerd HQ. I also attended a live recording of the Nerdist Podcast at the Balboa Theatre. But unlike the panels at Hall H, Ballroom 20 and the like, these panels aren't free. However, they aren't unreasonably expensive either.

The tickets for Nerd HQ panels cost $22 each and for a very intimate venue and a higher chance of being able to ask a question, I'd say it's pretty fair. I like to think of it as a panel "fast pass." I'm not saying it trumps the panels at the actual con because they are actually tons of great ones there, but if you want to see the “big Hollywood stars” and don't want to camp out for Hall H/Ballroom 20, this is a good alternative. You are at least guaranteed entrance, no matter what and there is no such thing as a bad seat.

On Friday, I went to my first ever Nerd HQ panel featuring the lovely Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit), who was there to promote her book The Squickerwonkers.

Of course, the audience asked Lost and Hobbit related questions, but she also talked extensively about her book. She actually released it last year, but made some changes and is now releasing a new version in November. I believe you can purchase an audio accompaniment and guess who the narrator is? You'll never guess so I guess I'll just tell you... It is none other than the seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy! They played a sample and he sounded incredible. I might just buy it just for that. If you want to watch a recording of her panel, then check it out here. You might even spot me, but I'm not sure. I actually have not watched it myself.