Ramblings

[Review] Palladio’s Velvet Matte in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic

In a nutshell:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Longevity: Debatable
Payoff: Vivid

Other info:
Official price: RM25.90
Brand: Palladio
Range: Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Colour
Shade: LV14 Brilliant
Type: Cream
Available from: Selected Guardian stores, Hermo (but of course)

Detailed review

Palladio swatch

Out of the bottle, the Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Colour is super rich and thick. It is a lovely copper shade, with hints of glitter that give it the metallic tint. I had no problems getting a good swipe on the back of my hand.

Palladio on lips

On the lips, it is anything but drying, but rather very moisturising. However, this means that it never really “dries down” and so the lippie is NOT transfer-proof.

One swipe is usually enough to cover most of my lips, but I have had to go back to colour the parts I missed. The colour is still spreadable at that point; it’s very forgiving compared to some of the lip colours I’ve used over the years (Maybelline 24hr Sensational I am looking at you).

The good thing though is that even if it does transfer, it’s very light. Unless, of course, you’re having oily food. All bets are off then. I usually have no problems taking it off at the end of the day, and the lip colour stays on quite well, until mealtimes at least.

How I got it

Palladio’s Velvet Matte Metallic Lip Color is probably my last lipstick purchase for a long while. I’m not allowing myself to buy any more until at least half of my current lippies are gone. I scored this at a 50% off cosmetics sale in Guardian. At RM15 it felt like a pretty low commitment, and I was pleasantly surprised at its effects.

I doubt I will repurchase though; the brown isn’t something I think will wear outside work, and I need a mirror to apply, so it’s not likely to be a daily driver.

Geekiness, Ramblings

What I learnt this week

Image of the video rendering in progress

So, a few quick things I wanted to write about this week.

Video editing is painful

As part of the ASMR series, I’m uploading a bunch of videos that show me typing. This week’s video with the CM QuickFire Pro has been delayed a few days because I’ve been playing around with Da Vinci Resolve.

The verdict? I’m taking a sledgehammer to a nail. This tool is powerful but I need to relearn how to edit videos from scratch. Why did you delete Movie Maker, Microsoft, why?

Rendering can be nuts

As part of my “learning curve” with the software, I ended up exporting a file that was 65GB. Don’t ask.

This explained why my subsequent export of the same video in a different file format took only minutes instead of hours.

Can’t edit noise in the software

For some reason, I could not edit sound to remove noise in Da Vinci. I am going to export and then add the sound back from Audacity when done. I thought I’d removed all noise earlier. Annoying? Yes, very much so.

Exercise hurts

Finally upped my fitness game from mere walking in Pokemon Go to actual exercise. Yesterday (Wednesday) was Day Two, and for some reason my thighs hurt. Note to self: It could also be due to the fact you walked about 10,000 steps a day last weekend.

Still, it is better than almost nothing of the last two years.

Conclusion

This week was a week of pain, to say the least. See you all next week.

Ramblings

Comfort zone and New Year’s Resolutions

I made three New Year’s Resolutions this year to myself. One was to keep active according to the active time recommended by my health apps (no sweat, seriously, which means I should look into upping the challenge levels). The other was to go through my stash of Big Bad Wolf Sale books – this has been harder, because my attention span has shrunk over the last few years. I am getting there, somewhat.

The third, and one I thought I had in the bag, was a goal to write 2000 words a day. Now this may seem like a lot, but when you considered that I averaged around 1700 words a day during Nanowrimo, it looked like something I could do.

Erm… about 18 days into the New Year and to say I am failing epically is kind of a major understatement.

I feel like I need to mention a few qualifiers.

  1. I went into this challenge knowing and expecting that I would not be able to write 2000 words off the bat. That is a goal that would be nice but unrealistic. I instead aimed for at least 300 words a day, with a view to ramping it up as I hit it consistently.

  2. This would have covered everything non-work related, which includes this blog post you are now reading. So it was a fairly low bar to set in the first place.

So when I say that I am epically failing, I am, because even by this low bar I can’t seem to muster the discipline to do so.

Writing even twice a week and publishing a blog post is plenty enough, but the thing is it isn’t that I lack the material nor the skill, it’s that I lack the commitment to timeliness.

Which is why I am writing this, and why, hopefully, you will see a video at the top of this blog post later.

I am trying to document my adventures in writing using a medium I actually don’t really like (yes I am aware of how ridiculous it is).

I am basically videoing my attempts to write every day, with a view to recording the sound as ASMR type video.

Part of this is sheer spite – Google recently revamped their Youtube videos, and so I basically need to get about 4000 minutes of viewtime each month and then about 1k subscribers in order to be eligible for monetisation. So I’m creating short videos that hopefully won’t require too much editing.

Two is forcing myself to at least keep to a semblance of a routine. Something like this should not take me more than an hour or so at most, with the actual recording taking about 15-20 minutes. I foresee the biggest problem I’ll have is with editing sound – I would prefer to record this in Audacity before I merge them all in VideoPad, which is a software I will review.

Will this work? Will it fail? Who knows? At the very least I will be able to say at the end of the year that I tried.

And getting out of your comfort zone is never a bad thing.

Ramblings

[Quickie] Innisfree Christmas 2017 box

Last December, I got tipped to one of the best deals I’ve seen on Innisfree products by Fiona. For RM120, you would get:

  • Green Tea Seed Serum (RRP: RM98)
  • Green Tea Sleeping Pack (RRP: RM58)
  • Green Tea Mineral Mist (RRP: RM22)
  • Orchid Enriched Cream (RRP: RM111)
  • Black Green-Tea Mask (RRP: RM111)

So that’s about RM400 worth of products for just RM120. Did I mention that everything here is full size and not those sample sizes? And because I made a purchase of at least RM120, they also threw in a Bija sample kit.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get the kit, but a random conversation with Rin led me to my purchase because of the Orchid Enriched Cream (anti-aging). I was already on my last quarter bottle of the serum anyway, so that made two items I wanted to get.

I ended up using the Black Green Tea Mask and the Orchid Enriched Cream first before anything else (mom got the Green Tea Sleeping Pack as hers was running out). The online reviews for these two products vary between “Mreh” to “OMG THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER” as beauty products tend to.

Impressions: Black Green Tea Mask

The Black Green Tea Mask is an interesting experience. According to the website, it contains 55% fermented Jeju green tea squeeze, obtained through fermentation and ripened by cedar. Supposedly, it is a great moisturiser and antioxidant.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, except it was surprisingly strong on the tea scent. It was very calming and gentle on my skin. You will know when it’s on your skin, as it has a somewhat heavy feel to me, but once the absorption process begins it’s gone.

So I tried this twice, once following the instructions aka cleansing and toning before masking, and the other as an in-shower mask as recommended by Kathy of Your Seoul Key. The first time, it was fairly heavy on my skin, but the cleansing process left my face looking fresher and calmer.

The second time, my face felt much softer. It also felt that I didn’t need as much as the first time, probably because my face was a bit more moist and the mask could be spread much more easily. Interestingly enough, the shine on my face had cooled down quite a bit (there was much more during my first trial two days before this) but it seemed that I could see more uneven skin tone (or could just be the lighting from the computer).

Either way, the mask is a really great step if you want a luxurious and relaxing spa-at home session. I love it for this alone.

Impressions: Orchid Enriched Cream

This cream is… heavy. It also takes quite a bit of time to be absorbed into my skin. In case you’re wondering, this is no mean feat considering my skin tends to absorb almost everything in a matter of seconds rather than minutes. Also, my forehead becomes super shiny but my cheeks are ok.

The Orchid Enriched Cream works better as a night cream for me, though the worrying part is that I can feel it itching around the edges of my face. This usually indicates a skin reaction, but I’m going to trial this for two weeks as I’m coming off the part of my cycle where my skin usually breaks out anyway, so we’ll see.

Was this a good buy? Yes! Will I end up repurchasing? Check back in one year. :P