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    Affordorable.com

    is a virtual space where Liyana Aris documents her evolving modest personal style, which is based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest and doing it all on a budget; about 93% of her closet are filled with affordable things. (PS: The remaining 7% has a lot to do with her secret addiction to Adidas shoes and her occasional splurges on discounted high-end bags and clutches, shhh.) [+]
    29.1.13 .

    This is definitely one of my favourite bright lipsticks to wear here in Paris.

    I got this at Auchan Supermarket, and i have to be honest, i gravitated particularly to this colour then only because it was on sale.  Almost half price; if i remember correctly, it cost me 4.85 EUR, but it would be well over 9 EUR now. But after checking out Rimmel's website, i was really glad i bought this, because out of 11 shades, 3 stood out the most, including this one; the other are 01 and 20. Which i will probably try to get my hands on later...

    The packaging:



    A simple black tube, with "Kate <3" written in soft pink on it. Looks cute enough for a pharmacy/drugstore product, and the plastic tube is sturdy enough for you to fling this quickly into your handbag when in a hurry. I suppose the background colour where the shade number is stamped should indicate the colour of the lipstick, but it's not accurate. At least not on me.

    The colour, plus swatches:

    In 3 different lightings

    Shade 22 is definitely in the red family, but it has some pink and orange to it.

    In Malaysia, we have this drink called "sirap",  in which red kordial sirap (a cordial mixture of melted sugar and either rose or pandan essence, then a bright red colourant is added usually) is combined with plain water to produce a pinkish red drink. To zest it up a bit, sometimes we mix sirap with cordial orange, and the colour produced from this would be a pink-orangey red. I don't know what the offcial name of this drink is, but it might commonly be known as "sirap oren".

    Well, all i'm saying is, almost everytime i put this lipstick on, i'm reminded of sirap oren. But a sirap oren with more sirap in it than cordial orange. Feel free to Google "air sirap oren" if you're not Malaysian and are super curious.

    In 3 different lightings; right swatch is single swipe, left is a few strokes

    I do think this lipstick offers a kind of shade that would look different on every other person though. But on me, the colour comes out mostly red with hints of pink and orange, which i find just lovely.

    The application:

    A little concealer on the lips to help give a cleaner canvas to paint on (and could also possibly help lipstick lasts longer).

    I personally find a lip liner does the best job at ensuring longevity of a lipstick, especially when i colour in the whole lips with that pencil. But since a lip liner might also change the true colour of a lipstick, i skipped that step here.

    Applying straight from the tube; one downside of doing this without the aid if a lip brush is the lipstick feathers out of my natural lip line, so what i always do is apply any lipstick straight from the its tube and smooth it over with a lip brush. This really helps in making the lipstick sticks.

    Nicely brushed in - finished!

    The verdict:

    Well, what can i say, i LOVE this lipstick. First of all, it is such a FUN colour! It results in a semi-matte finish i would say. While it isn't particularly moisturising, it doesn't feel dry on my lips either. It's affordable, plus there are plenty of colours to choose from from this range of Kate Moss/Rimmel lipsticks.

    I love how pigmented this lipstick is. One layer is sufficient to get the true colour to display - like in the photos above - but layering it would make the colour stronger, and stay around longer too.

    In the swatches photos above, on my forearm, one swipe of this lipstick (right swatch) and a few (left) don't differ that much though, which is fantastic of course. On the lips however, a few layers might show a bit more difference.

    Lasting power is pretty great but like most lipsticks, a little boost would help a lot. I usually layer this on top of my Silkygirl Long-Wearing Lipliner in 04 Maroon and this lipstick would last even longer, and that's after some eating and drinking too. I feel like this is a great red to wear for winter-spring transition.

    I would say "Yes!" to repurchasing this, for sure.



    More photos:

    Swatch on finger


    In harsher lighting
    I wore this shade when Shah and i went out to play with the snow. The pop of fun red definitely livened up my puffy green winter jacket!





    Check out all the colours available on Rimmel's official website: Lasting Finish by Kate Moss

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    29.1.13 .

    This is definitely one of my favourite bright lipsticks to wear here in Paris.

    I got this at Auchan Supermarket, and i have to be honest, i gravitated particularly to this colour then only because it was on sale.  Almost half price; if i remember correctly, it cost me 4.85 EUR, but it would be well over 9 EUR now. But after checking out Rimmel's website, i was really glad i bought this, because out of 11 shades, 3 stood out the most, including this one; the other are 01 and 20. Which i will probably try to get my hands on later...

    The packaging:



    A simple black tube, with "Kate <3" written in soft pink on it. Looks cute enough for a pharmacy/drugstore product, and the plastic tube is sturdy enough for you to fling this quickly into your handbag when in a hurry. I suppose the background colour where the shade number is stamped should indicate the colour of the lipstick, but it's not accurate. At least not on me.

    The colour, plus swatches:

    In 3 different lightings

    Shade 22 is definitely in the red family, but it has some pink and orange to it.

    In Malaysia, we have this drink called "sirap",  in which red kordial sirap (a cordial mixture of melted sugar and either rose or pandan essence, then a bright red colourant is added usually) is combined with plain water to produce a pinkish red drink. To zest it up a bit, sometimes we mix sirap with cordial orange, and the colour produced from this would be a pink-orangey red. I don't know what the offcial name of this drink is, but it might commonly be known as "sirap oren".

    Well, all i'm saying is, almost everytime i put this lipstick on, i'm reminded of sirap oren. But a sirap oren with more sirap in it than cordial orange. Feel free to Google "air sirap oren" if you're not Malaysian and are super curious.

    In 3 different lightings; right swatch is single swipe, left is a few strokes

    I do think this lipstick offers a kind of shade that would look different on every other person though. But on me, the colour comes out mostly red with hints of pink and orange, which i find just lovely.

    The application:

    A little concealer on the lips to help give a cleaner canvas to paint on (and could also possibly help lipstick lasts longer).

    I personally find a lip liner does the best job at ensuring longevity of a lipstick, especially when i colour in the whole lips with that pencil. But since a lip liner might also change the true colour of a lipstick, i skipped that step here.

    Applying straight from the tube; one downside of doing this without the aid if a lip brush is the lipstick feathers out of my natural lip line, so what i always do is apply any lipstick straight from the its tube and smooth it over with a lip brush. This really helps in making the lipstick sticks.

    Nicely brushed in - finished!

    The verdict:

    Well, what can i say, i LOVE this lipstick. First of all, it is such a FUN colour! It results in a semi-matte finish i would say. While it isn't particularly moisturising, it doesn't feel dry on my lips either. It's affordable, plus there are plenty of colours to choose from from this range of Kate Moss/Rimmel lipsticks.

    I love how pigmented this lipstick is. One layer is sufficient to get the true colour to display - like in the photos above - but layering it would make the colour stronger, and stay around longer too.

    In the swatches photos above, on my forearm, one swipe of this lipstick (right swatch) and a few (left) don't differ that much though, which is fantastic of course. On the lips however, a few layers might show a bit more difference.

    Lasting power is pretty great but like most lipsticks, a little boost would help a lot. I usually layer this on top of my Silkygirl Long-Wearing Lipliner in 04 Maroon and this lipstick would last even longer, and that's after some eating and drinking too. I feel like this is a great red to wear for winter-spring transition.

    I would say "Yes!" to repurchasing this, for sure.



    More photos:

    Swatch on finger


    In harsher lighting
    I wore this shade when Shah and i went out to play with the snow. The pop of fun red definitely livened up my puffy green winter jacket!





    Check out all the colours available on Rimmel's official website: Lasting Finish by Kate Moss

    25.1.13 .

    I'm a loyal fan of Maybelline mascaras. Reason number one: they are affordable. Reason number two: they work!

    One of the makeup products that got me excited when i first came to Paris was the legendary Maybelline Great Lash mascara. The infamous pink and green tube, for some reason, isn't available in Malaysia. Or maybe it was, a long time ago. After all it's been around since 1971. Pretty amazing isn't it?

    I've read that it's a "staple" in professional makeup artists' bag, but it mostly doesn't fare well with non-pro makeup lovers, based on online reviews. I decided to give it a go anyway. Of course. I've had this mascara for about a couple of months.



    The colour is 'Blackest Black'

    The slim, spiralling wand
    The packaging:
    I think it looks adorable and super fun! The eye-catching colours have a lot to do with that. Colours aside, the design is simple and straightforward.

    The wand:
    I do like mascaras that offer a big wand, but slim ones are easier to manoeuvre, like this one. The bristles here spiral though. Interesting!

    Application - Batch 2:

    *Batch 2 are photos depicting how i now use Maybelline Great Lash, while Batch 1 will show photos of how i used to use the mascara. Yes, turns out how exactly i use it is important!

     No eye makeup. No makeup whatsoever on me in fact!

     After curling lashes with my Stage eyelash curler; i usually crimp at the base of lashes and count to 20. I'm a little vicious with my lashes that way!

    First coat of Maybelline Great Lash, top and bottom; i applied very, very light-handedly, by the way.

    Second coat of Maybelline Great Lash, top and bottom; same light-handedness in applying.

    Right eye mascaraed by Maybelline Great Lash; left eye bare

    Finishing up:


    Before and after shots:


    Application - Batch 1 (you can see the full-length tutorial at Coppery Eyes and Red Lips: A Warm Winter Look:


     Curled with eyelash curler

     First coat of Maybelline Great Lash

    Second coat

    Right eye mascaraed; left eye bare
    Finishing up:


    Before and after shots:


    Verdict:

    Maybelline Great Lash is a nice, unfussy mascara that gives me quite a natural finish. My lashes separate well, which i think has something to do with the spiralling bristles. No clumpy mascara goo with this one. I don't find my lashes to be more voluminous or lengthened, but they do appear more prominent. The colour is a good, nice black.

    If you notice, other than "great lashes", this mascara doesn't actually promise anything else specifically - not that women would be won over my this technicality. Since there is such a hype over this mascara, a lot of users might feel a little underwhelmed by the result produced, and i do admit that i was one of them. But i think i will get loads of use out of this one.

    Usually, i apply mascara by starting at the base of my lashes, wiggling the wand to get right in between, and pulling outwards. I always do this with almost a great vigour. This was what i've been doing with this mascara (and other mascaras) but then i noticed that the curl i obtained from eyelash curler never did hold; my lashes would droop after a short time. I came to the conclusion that the formula of Maybelline Great Lash is of a relatively heavier one. I don't know if it really is, but it kept happening every time i use it, until i did my Warm Winter Look tutorial. I had mascaraed my right eye, and on the whim, i tried applying mascara on my left eye with a light hand. And the result was surprising. Subtle, but to me it's noticeable. If you look at my "after" photo in Batch 1, you can see that the lashes on my left eye are more uplifted.

    So from here onwards, i think i will be using the "light-handed" approach to applying any mascara, and hopefully it will always produce better results.

    I do think that my lashes tend to move sideways / outwards after applying this mascara. Something to do with the spirals too i bet; it's evident in the "after" photo in Batch 2. But i'll be honest, it doesn't bother me that much; i'll just have to remember to wiggle it straight up next time!

    I have combination skin, but gets oily very easily too. Some mascaras that i've tried and used will smudge after a while, and this one does that too. Powdering can't even rescue me from that situation, but sweeping an eyshadow under the eyes help to prevent as much as possible that though. But there are times when my eyes water from wearing contact lenses, which can cause this mascara to smudge like crazy, so much more so than other mascaras.

    I don't remember the exact price of this, it was about 7-9 EUR. Not that the price mattered to me, since i have no idea where to get this back at home. I know that it's considered cheap everywhere else it is available though, so maybeee, for its price, it should be considered a steal? Plus it's received so much love throughout the years! Granted, it's received some less likeable feelings too.

    Not the best mascara ever, nowhere near my superstar Maybelline New York Pulse Perfection Waterproof Vibrating Mascara, sadly discontinued long time ago =( I don't think i will repurchase, because i'm not wowed by the result. I could do without the smudges too. Plus i love trying out new mascaras and i think there are better mascaras out there. But i have to say that this is a decent enough mascara, and i'm glad i gave it a go.

    A tiny tip: Another thing that i ALWAYS do before applying ANY mascara, including this one, is wiping the tip of the wand on a tissue before applying:

     A little goo at the tip of wand

     Get rid of it!

    Goo-free hence higher chance of clump-free lashes

    The reactions to this mascara have definitely been mixed. Judge for yourself!

     Examples of positive and negative reactions:

    - InStyle.com named this mascara "Best 2012 Inexpensive Mascara".

    - When Maybelline Great Lash celebrated its 40th year of existence, Tracy Reese, Vivienne Tam and Max Azria put their own respective spin on the design of the tube. That's three respectable designers that Maybelline snagged to collaborate with on this particular mascara. (personal note: I'd say that's a win for this mascara!)

    - It's been known to reside in Kate Beckinsale's personal little makeup bag. InStyle said so.

    - Voted 'Cult Product of 2006' in Dolly Teen Choice Awards held in Sydney, Australia.

    - In Makeup Alley, the review for 'Maybelline Great Lash Mascara' averages 2.1 out of 5, with only 25% of the staggering 4929 (!) reviewers saying they will repurchase. Another review for 'Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Blackest Black' (i think both include the same mascara) has 569 reviewers giving it an average score of 2.9, and 47% of them will buy again. Not very good numbers, are they?

    I realize that this has been quite a long review on one product, but anyway, i hope it helps!

    xxoo


    24.1.13 .

    A favourite look of mine in the cold months of winter:








     When it comes to applying makeup, i usually drag the process out, but the great thing about this look is it isn't time-consuming.

    The steps i did:

    1. Prime the skin first; i just moisturise nowadays and skip face primer, mainly because the one primer i have with me is less liked by my skin now. Apply a layer of foundation, then prime the eyes if the plan is to wear this eye makeup for long hours. Sweep a light copper colour all over the lids with a stiff blending brush.



    Depending on the intensity desired, build up if necessary. Just add more shadow and blend the edges.



    2. Apply the same colour under the eyes.



    3. Line waterline with black kohl pencil or black gel liner.


    NOTHING stays on my waterline these days, which is so-o-o annoying. I find that i have to apply and to reapply, but i hope you don't have the same problem!

    4. A brown eye pencil is good for this, but i used a dark brown shadow and a small stiff angled brush to line my upper lashline. I was in a hurry (not cool when i want to have fun doing my makeup) and didn't get the perfect straight line, so i settled for a smudgy line, which looks perfectly fine to be honest! I might just continue "settling" for that in the future. Smudgy is in after all!



    5. Apply the same shadow on the lower lashline as well, but just not as thick. Get right in between the lashes. I stopped the liner where my lashes naturally grow, but it would also look pretty to line all the way into the inner corner of the eyes.


    See the subtle difference in the lower lashline in the above photo and the photo above it? Just makes the eyes even more smokey, doesn't it?

    6. Cover any darkness under the eyes with a corrector or a concealer. I did my orang lipstick + concealer trick for this.


    7. Next, powder the T-zone area. And i absolutely need to set the concealer under my eyes too. A note: before powdering, conceal any dark spots on your face, then powder on top to set!


    8. Mascara time!


    9. One thing i just discovered: i love applying bronzer as blusher! I don't know if this can work for everyone, but for me Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer is perfect for this purpose.



     10. I had applied the same concealer i used under my eyes for my lips as well.


    This step is to sort of cancel out most of the natural lip colour as a canvas for the lipstick. I love pairing this copper colour with a red hued lipstick.


    Now give a final upwards comb through the eyebrows; i decided to keep my brows natural here.

    And the look is finished!

    More photos of the end result:




    And in a different lighting (SO hard to find the perfect lighting at our apartment here in Paris!):


    And in the harsher lighting:




    Thanks for reading! <3

    Products i used:

    Face
    - L'oreal True Match liquid foundation in W7
    - Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 005 Silky Beige
    - MAC Morange lipstick + Stage Picture Perfect Liquid Camouflage in 07 Temptress Empress

    Cheeks
    - Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52 (also known as Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer)

    Eyes
    - Racy Kacy shadow in The Balm Shady Lady Vol. 3
    - Caught In The Act Courtney in The Balm Shady Lady (also in Shady Lady Vol. 2)
    - Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in 01 Black
    - Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black

    Lips
    - Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 22