Beauty products emptied in August 2015


Heigh ho. Four more months and we will be in 2016. I hate how fast-paced our lives have become.
Personal care is often adversely affected when you are short for time. I went through a couple of weeks in July when I did not moisturise at all and had flaky elbows within a week. Thankfully, I am now back to my routine of all-over moisturising two times a day. I have also resumed co-washing (eschewing shampoo and washing my hair only with condish). And I am seeing results already - fewer tangles; less hair-loss. 
Here are the beauty products I emptied in August 2015 and for my quick impressions about each.

Scroll down to find out what beauty products I emptied in August 2015 and for my quick impressions about each.

Cargo Cosmetics Summer in the City Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, EOTD

Despite the name, this is one year-round neutral palette. From the external box, I expected the Cargo Cosmetics Summer in the City palette to contain summery oranges, warm beiges, ruddy browns and a bright or two. Wrong. It is a very gold-centric palette and the packaging reflects that as well.
The Cargo Cosmetics Summer in the City palette contains 12 shimmery neutrals ranging from goldens, browns and coppers - and a duo of lavender and purple. The palette was not on my radar at first. I visited the counter to buy the Shanghai Nights palette, but ended up buying Summer in the City instead because, as Thomas Gray said, "What female heart can gold despise?"*
Here are swatches and review of the Cargo Cosmetics Summer in the City eyeshadow palette, and for an eye makeup I did with some of the shades.

Scroll down for swatches of the Cargo Cosmetics Summer in the City eyeshadow palette, and for an eye makeup I did with some of the shades.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Satin Lipstick in Perfect Day review, swatches

Ever bought a lipstick on an impulse, got complimented for it and then tried to repurchase only to find it out of stock? Yep, that's me.
I saw the Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Lipstick in Boots and loved the shade Perfect Day - other shades I wanted were out of stock. They had a 3-for-2 offer on the brand, so I picked two of these lipsticks and a body butter on an impulse.
I wore the lipstick to Oxford Street and two SAs in Selfridges wanted to know what lipstick I was wearing. Admitting to wearing a drugstore lipstick while in Selfridges seemed like a bad idea at first, so I took refuge in a paroxysm of coughing but told the second SA it was Soap & Glory.
"Are you serious? I thought it was some expensive brand! I need it!" she said.
There was only one thing to be done.
I crossed the road and hit Boots. Out of stock. Boots at Southfields - ditto. Boots in Shaftesbury Ave - same story.
It could have been worse; at least I have two lipsticks and not just one.
Here are swatches and review of Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Satin Lipstick in Perfect Day.
Doesn't that external box remind you of Dr Strangelove?

Scroll down for swatches and review of Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Satin Lipstick in Perfect Day.

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2015

Houndstooth is one of my favourite patterns ever, and I have lost count of the number of houndstooth skirts and dresses I have. The August 2015 Ipsy bag is my favourite design for this year so far. I only wish it were canvas instead of vinyl so I could keep it for longer. Themed "Prep School", this month's bag is supposed to contain products you need when you go back to school/college.
 Check out the contents of my Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2015.

Check out the contents of my Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2015.

Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit in Grape: Review and NOTD


Some time ago, Lisa of Cosmetics Sanctuary mentioned a Kickstarter project for Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kits. For backing the project, you would get a gel kit free and they shipped worldwide. I signed up at once. Every one of the kits was sold out in a matter of days and there were 542 backers.
Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit in Grape
The Kickstarter project was run by Christina Kao. It took them a while to get through all the orders because there were that many! The colour options were Grape, Strawberry and Cherry Red. I picked Grape and pledged $25.
I received my kit in May but could not play with it because of travel. Airplanes, for unknown reasons, are lethal to my nails and I ended up with nubs (which are slowly growing).
This was my first time with gel polish and I was quite apprehensive about burning my hands, breaking my nails even further, ending up with no nails at all, discolouration, inability to get rid of the gel polish, World War III....

Scroll down for more about Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit.

LookFantastic Beauty Box August 2015 review


August 2015 marks LookFantastic's 17th birthday, so they had promised to deliver a great box - not to mention fabulous deals all month. For the uninitiated, LookFantastic is a UK-based beauty retailer who ships worldwide. Boxes cost £15 a month and annual subs will get you a box for a mere £9.
LookFantastic Beauty Box August 2015 review, unboxing
LookFantastic's beauty subscription was launched last September. They began beautifully and then went meh for a while, so I have been hoping they resume their former glory. Scroll down to find out if they did.

Here are the contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Box for August 2015.

Urban Decay N*ked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches

In Thailand, there are vendors selling "Urban Decay N@ked 4", "N@ked 5" and so on. They have the branding, brush, spellings and text down to the last full-stop. The fakers were generous enough to offer a whopping 24 shades in the fake N@ked 4, while wisdom kicked in later and they stuck to 12 shades for the fifth edition. The quality of the fake palettes and their contents is a subject best left alone. A friend of mine visited Thailand recently and she tells me the shadows "smell of crayons". Both fake palettes cost a paltry $7.
The counterfeiters might just have got away with it - if there had actually been a N@ked 4, with 24 shadows.
The fourth original N@ked palette from Urban Decay is the N@ked Smoky, with 12 eyeshadows.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches

I suppose the counterfeiters must be bemoaning their lack of patience. If they had waited, they could have copied the original design.


Here is the N*ked Smoky eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay, with swatches and my review.