Monday, 7 February 2011

Let's Go Sky High (NOTD & Reviews)

Hello Starlings - haven't called you that in a while, have I? ;)

The other day, my sister-in-law came home with a little present for me - DuWop Venom Gloss in Pink Champagne!

This little gem is a 'plumping color gloss' which comes in squeezy tube packaging with that plastic doe foot that has a little hole to dispense. No surprises here, the tube works just as functionally as any other tube gloss. The colour is perfect for me! A wonderful nude shade that would sit prettily on top of any lipstick!

So the reason why it has been named 'Venom Gloss' is because it has some plumping effect that feels all tingly on the lips! With the minty scent and the tingles, this definitely has an effect on my lips. Now whether it plumps them is a big question. I don't believe that these kind of products help but maybe with the sensation it causes a slight reaction on the skin causing it to slightly protrude (like when you scratch yourself, you get a raised area).

I don't think this would be good for those who are very skin sensitive or have low pain thresholds. I don't find the gloss unpleasant at all, but I can see why someone might feel uncomfortable with this on.

I can report that the tingling sensation lessens after about 30 mins. I can still detect it, but it's so faint compared to first application.

I love it, thanks, Mel!

Another gift I got (for Christmas 2010, so a while back...) was from the lovely Vicky!

She sent me this gorgeous No 7 Define & Shimmer Eye Palette, along with two other items as a little present - Vicky, I still have yours here... I haven't sent them yet, oops! But I will I promise :)

This quad comes with a double ended brush, one for shading and the other for lining. The swatches below were done using this brush, which is pretty soft for a palette brush! I've used it for application on my eyelids and it has done a pretty decent job.
The colours from left to right are a light champagne, a light khaki green (mucus green? :P), a chocolate brown and a light aubergine. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of green so that one will probably stay unused. However, I'm loving the other colours and have been using this palette for a while now!

The champagne is a perfect highlighter colour and the brown and aubergine simply complement each other when smoked out!

Mel (sis-in-law) also recommended that I try out Rimmel's nail polish as, in her words, the brush is pro. Haha!

I picked up Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish in 825 Sky High as the colour intrigued me. It's a really nice teal that maybe a little bit greener than a teal should be.

Someone once told me that the perfect teal is one that when held next to blue looks green but when held next to green looks blue. With this one, holding it next to blue does make it look green but next to green, it still looks green to me. I'm still getting used to the colour on my nails but I think it looks pretty chic and is a nice alternative to the light vintage jade green that is such a big hit!

The 'Xpress brush 1 sec application' doesn't really do much for me, but it's a nicer brush which seems to mimic the time I paint my nails with O.P.I. polishes (they have that Prowide brush) so I do like this.

The back also claims that this is a one coat polish which dries in less than 60 seconds. Well, it's safe to say that I don't paint super thick coats on my nails as I KNOW it will take more than one measly minute to dry, so the pictured nails have three thin coats of this polish and a trusty coat of 17 Double Gloss Top Coat. As for the less than 60 seconds drying time, I have still yet to find a polish that will withstand this claim.

Beautiful colour and seems quite hard wearing, although with two thin coats on earlier and no top coat, I did notice a few tiny chips and a little fading after 5ish hours. I would advise wearing a top coat with any of these Rimmel polishes.

So, what do you think??

Love love and skyisnolimitlove!!
Toffee xXxXx


  1. Yay I'm glad you like the palette, it's really pigmented and pretty! :)

    Love the nail colour, may have to grab it :D xxx

  2. love the NOTD, now i wana paint my nails blueee :)

  3. The nail polish is so bright - liiiking it!:)