Thursday, December 8, 2011

Revlon Scented Nail Polish - Review

I picked up a bottle Revlon's new scented nail polish range. These are all sheer, glittery, jelly polishes, unlike the last range of scented polishes they had, which were mainly solid and slightly metallic colours.
I picked up Grapefruit Fizz, as I seriously love grapefruit and the smell of grapefruit. It also seemed to be the least "out there" shade (my logic was that it would go with more things lol).

Revlon Scented Nail Enamel in Grapefruit Fizz

Check out the sparkles!


I seriously hate the brushes on Revlon nail polishes, they are so small and thin, I find that they make application quite tricky. However, this turned out alright. This is two coats.
It doesn't have glitter, but rather small sparkly flakes of pink, silver and gold. 

I like the jelly finish, however it's a bit fragile even when dry, and requires a top coat to prevent any denting. The scent is....not grapefruit. It reminds me of a pack of Starbursts! I can't narrow it down to which flavoured Starburst though..... 

I only paid AU$4 for this, and for that price, I'm pretty pleased, and I'm tempted go back and get another one or two!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Layla Magnetic Nail Polish

Just a quick post to show off my new obsession - magnetic nail polish!
This is Layla Magneffect magnetic effect nail polish in Gun Metal.


I purchased mine from Hair Warehouse for $19.95, and it comes in a range of shades (I also own one in shade Purple Galaxy).

The way it works is you apply a coat of the polish, then using a magnet on the base of the lid, hold it as close to the nail as possible without actually touching. Hold for 10 seconds, and voila! The iron in the polish shifts, and patterns are created.

The only downsides to this polish is it does take a while to dry (which is why the tips are smudged), and the pattern does in fact go blurry after a while. But it's got a mirror shine to it and has a bit of depth to it.

I probably wouldn't pay nearly $20 for another bottle, and would suggest hunting about for a cheaper price, and it is worth giving a go if you are into nail art, etc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Haus of Gloi Summer 2011 Order


I know I'm a whole two seasons behind with this review, but I only made my purchases near the end of the summer season, so I'm totally still allowed to talk about them! (Also, doesn't that beautiful picture of Bora Bora make you want to go there RIGHT.NOW.)
I can't exactly recall how I first stumbled upon Haus of Gloi, but I remember being very intrigued by the sound of their products, and the more I read about the brand, the more excited I became. A small vegan business owned and operated by two people in the States, they strive to provide the best customer service and interesting fragrance blends inspired by the seasons - meaning, once the season is over, you have to wait until the following year to order it again! Everything is handmade, which I really like, and as natural as possible.

I finally succumbed to my urges this winter (American summer) and ordered a full size pot of Beguiled Body Butter, and perfume oil in Sanctum. When I received my order, I also received a handwritten thank you note from the owners and a free 5ml perfume sample of Honeysuckle Lemon Curd, which is a staple perfume oil of theirs and is available all year round. Love the little personal touch, and of course, the free sample made me super happy. On to the yummy descriptions!



Beguiled - Lemon cake made with the tang of fresh buttermilk, raspberry coulis – an otherwise innocent cake corrupted by cardamom and deceptive pink peppercorns. (I drool every time I read this description).



Sanctum - A welcome respite: Muskmelon, coconut water infused with bergamot flower, kaffir lime, polished ho wood and sticky benzoin. (Note to self: don't drink it regardless that it smells like a delicious sounding cocktail).



Honeysuckle Lemon Curd - Rich and lemony with a touch of fresh honeysuckle. (Note: Was too lazy to take photo of sample perfume, but as you can tell, this is a photo taken from the Haus of Gloi site of the full sized bottle).

Okay, summer is my favourite season of the year and I love sweet smells! Anything that promises to make me smell like cake, or something that sounds like a tropical cocktail, I am so there!

At first sniff, the lemon is definitely the most powerful smell in Beguiled. Once it's been applied and settles in the skin, you can smell the buttermilk in combination with the lemon and it's absolutely fantastic. However, I cannot detect any raspberry, which is a shame because I think the combination of lemon and raspberry is divine! I end up smelling like a lemon cake so I am totally in love with this body butter!

Perfume oils are very strong so when I first caught a whiff of Sanctum from the bottle, it smelt very strongly of a combination of different types of melons and coconut. Now, to be honest, I have no idea what polished ho wood and stiky benzoin smell like, so I cannot really gauge how much of that you can smell in there, but I love wearing this perfume as it makes me smell like melons! I find it doesn't really change in scent from when it's wet to when it dries on the skin, and the perfume fades to a lovely coconut smell. The staying power is around 5 hours, so not bad, but not as much as I expected. In saying that, you stop being able to detect the perfume you wear as you become accustomed to it, so I'd have to ask someone to sniff me to confirm the actual lasting power.

And last, but not least, the Honeysuckle Lemon Curd perfume oil! I love how it smells in the bottle (and I hate the little bottle, I struggle to open the stopper, and I just flicked some of the perfume dangerously close to my eye!), completely like some sort of lemon icing, very zesty, no butteriness which you find in Beguiled. Applied to skin, I find that the lovely lemon smell disappears almost immediately and is replaced by the honeysuckle. A bit disappointing on my part because I really loved the way the lemon was so predominant, and I find the honeysuckle reminds me of a car air freshener and the smell actually gives me a bit of headache. So, definitely not purchasing a full sized bottle of this! However, everyone's body chemistry reacts different with a perfume, so don't ever be put off completely by others reviews.

As the products are made according to the seasons in the northern hemisphere, I will be purchasing their winter products during our summer time which should be interesting! I barely resisted buying from their Autumn collection as I still haven't used my other things, but I'm definitely giving in to temptation with their Yule collection as I've been dying to try Eggnoggin, and even though I'm not a fan of earthy or herb-y kinds of smells, I am curious about Snow Wolf and might purchase a mini size pot of it in the body butter! I also want the Parkin cold pressed soap...oh no, I think I hear my wallet crying.

So readers, I wholeheartedly recommend Haus of Gloi, and if you haven't jumped on to this cult bandwagon yet, I highly recommend that you do! Shipping is also very decently priced, and once the exchange rate is good to the NZD, I'll be making my next purchase. What are your favourite perfumes? Have you tried HoG yet?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mecca Cosmetica - In A Good Light SPF30+ Tinted Facial Sunscreen Review



Hola chicas!

Back from my amazing European holiday and in complete work mode (ish), I finally have a moment to spare for a review on a recent beauty purchase!
As we all know, we are supposed to cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day – once in the morning when you get up, and once in the evening before bed. However, I am pretty bad when it comes to sticking to this routine; most mornings I’ll only wash my face and then use toner (the blasphemy!), and it’s not until the evening do I bother to go through the whole routine (sans the moisturising – bad again!).

My biggest problem is the fact that there are so many types of moisturisers out there, I get too confused as to which one I really want to try/is worth spending my hard-earned cash on! My search for the right moisturiser went something like this: Jumped onto the internet and spent hours reading the millions of reviews from various beauty blogs and makeupalley.com. Became far too irritated and confused as to what kind of product I actually wanted, turned the computer off in disgust, and on my next supermarket trip bought whatever was on sale at the time. Came back home feeling deflated and not too happy with my purchase. Read the online catalogue for a Mecca Cosmetica product and ended up going to Kirks to buy it.

So after not having used any kind of moisturiser for a long time, I succumbed to the Mecca moisturiser, even though I had already purchased an Olay moisturiser from the supermarket. What a silly nitwit! you might be thinking. Why not use the first one and instead of buying the second one? Well, my dear readers, I think we can all confess to having done the exact same thing at one point or another. Unfortunately in my case, it happens frequently.

On to what the site has to say about the moisturiser!



PLACE YOUR SKIN IN A GOOD LIGHT
In A Good Light SPF 30+ is a luminising, tinted facial sunscreen providing broad spectrum protection against harsh UVA and UVB rays, in a light, matte-finish cream. This multitasking wonder, in a universally flattering shade, gives skin a sheer tint whilst imparting a natural radiance so skin appears ‘lit from within’- not glittery or shimmery. The non-oily and non-whitening formula contains hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E, to keep skin hydrated whilst protecting against destructive environmental damage.



The price tag for this moisturiser did make me squirm a bit at NZ$65 for 125ml/4.4oz, but I feel justified in the thought that you only have one face to look after, and if the first point of contact with people is your face, you gotta to make it look good!

So, the first thing I’m pleased about is the fact that I actually own a moisturiser I enjoy using. The second thing is that it contains an SPF of 30+. As New Zealand is situated right under a big ol’ hole in the ozone layer, we are more susceptible to the sun’s harsh and damaging UVA and UVB rays. This means that a moisturiser with an SPF included in it is a must for me. The moisturiser comes in only one colour of tint, and I was a bit worried about this, but once it’s applied to the face, it completely absorbs and blends in with the natural tone of your face. You have to be quick rubbing it in to the face as it dries almost instantaneously – which I think is an excellent thing – and it imparts a nice glow to the skin as mentioned in the description.
My skin tends to be more on the oily side so I was worried if this moisturiser would make my face a big oil patch, but not to worry fellow oily friends! It does not do this at all. One pump is enough to cover my whole face, and the second pump for my neck, so I love the fact that I feel like I’m not wasting any of the product when I’m using it! The smell is quite pleasant, and disappears quite quickly, so it doesn’t mix badly if I put a perfume on my neck afterwards.

I am so happy with my new moisturiser – it protects my face from the horrors of the sun, doesn’t make it oily, gives me a nice glow and hydrates my skin whilst protecting it from other environmental skin baddies. What more could you ask for?

Tell me chicas, have you started your summer preparations? Or, dear other hemisphere chicas, have you started your hibernation mode yet? What products are really making you feel like you can face the world in the morning?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lush Cosmetics Haul

Believe it or not, I'd never been into a Lush Cosmetics store. Until today.

Countless times I have walked past and had a sniff, but today was the day I finally popped in! ...And had a sniff around. And I was pleasantly surprised! 
Lush has a great range of freshly handmade cosmetics, many of which are vegan and are environmentally responsible. Everything smells delicious and the staff are super friendly without being too imposing, and they genuinely love the products they have to offer!

I didn't come out empty-handed though. So I now present you with my little haul!

 From top left clockwise: Karma solid perfume 12g, Sweet Lips lip scrub 25g, Honey Trap lip balm 10g, Charity Pot hand & body lotion 10g

I suppose you could say it's a mini haul, as everything I bought is so small and cute! 
Here are my initial thoughts on the products:
 
  • Karma is their most popular fragrance at Lush, and it also happens to be their cheapest too (AU$7.95). It resembles a giant lipbalm with a screwtop lid, and as you work through it, you push the bottom of the container up to dispense more product. Very purse-friendly!
  • Sweet Lips is one of the three lip scrubs that Lush currently offers. It is a vanilla and chocolate sugar lip scrub that smells absolutely devine. This is the first lip scrub I have ever purchased, as I usually make them myself (usually out of sugar, honey and olive oil), but I thought I would give this a go - And it's edible! (Whilst my homemade one is edible, the oil doesn't make it taste great)
  • Honey Trap is a transparent lip balm. Smells like honey and mint, tastes like honey and white chocolate with a hint of mint! Om nom nom.
  • I bought the Charity pot because it was only $2 for the sample and the money goes to the Lush Charity Pot Fund. The smell is so unusual though, to me it reminds me of a hot summer's day by the pool.

Overall I am still surprised that I didn't go into Lush earlier, as I got some nice little goodies today. I'm fairly sure that I shall be returning sometime in the near future.....

Friday, October 7, 2011

Update + September Haul

Just a quick post to say that, no, I haven't died, I just haven't posted anything in ages! 
So here is a quick haul from September - I got a couple of bargains too!

Going clockwise: Burberry Weekend perfume mini, Australis eyeshadow palette in ?? (the label on the back is missing!), Australis eyeshadow palette in Exotics, Revlon Vintage Super Lustrous lipstick in Fire & Ice, L'Oreal Glam Shine 6h Gloss in Watermelon Fanatic, L'Oreal Made For Me Intense lipstick for Dark Blondes in Burning Rose, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Classic Ivory, L.A. Girl nail laquer in Dainty

All of these were purchased from Priceline, except the L.A. Girl products, which are from Cos-Cut. The best bargains were the eyeshadows, which were $1 each! The L'Oreal lipstick and gloss were $2 each, and the Revlon lipstick was marked down to $18. 
However my favourite purchase from this lot would have to be the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer, which was $5, and was a pure impulse buy. Let me tell you, for $5, this is a great concealer! I might review it separately sometime soon.

That's all for now! :)
 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish Fruities

I think I might be craving some sunshine and the summertime.

I went into Target today and spotted Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish Fruities nail polishes, and I simply couldn't resist the pretty pastel-y colours!


I was slightly annoyed when I went to buy these, as Rimmel cosmetics were all meant to be $4 off, but I was told by a Target staff member that "Nail polish doesn't count as cosmetics".
Um. What? So every other time there has been a sale on 'cosmetics', nail polish has been included? GAH.
Oh well, so I ended up paying $5.95 each for these. $1.95 would have been nice though...

So I picked up 053 Apricot Punch, 058 Lemon Drop and 025 Strawberry Fizz. Now in addition to these being such pretty little colours, they are supposed to have a fruity scent when dry! I'm looking forward to doing swatches of these, and will discuss application, colour and the scent of each of these.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rimmel Nail Polish Haul!

How has everyone been? I haven't blogged in a little while, been busy with work and travel!
So during my lunchbreak I popped into Big W and found that they were having quite the sale on cosmetics - particularly Rimmel. I got three nail polishes for under $10AU!
Their polishes are usually between $5-$8, but three for like $10??



Their Lasting Finish range are normally about $5 each, but they went down to $1.84 each! Too bad they only had one shade left - 239 Your Majesty, which is a shimmery silver. Still, I'm sure that silver will come in handy!
Then I picked up two polishes from the 60 Seconds range, which were $3.84 each! I've been dying to get some coral-coloured polishes, so I grabbed two different shades of coral - 415 Instyle Coral, and 430 Coralicious. Instyle Coral is more of a salmon pink, while Coralicious is a deep pinky red coral. Both look gorgeous and will be sure to brighten up any day :)


So overall I'm pretty happy with my haul. I recommend that if you're in Australia that you check out Big W sometime soon and pick up some polishes. They're so cheap, you really can't go wrong!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Perle Coral Sun 102 Lipstick Review

Phew, what a mouthful!

Hello there, our lovely readers! After reading E's lovely review on her Australis lip pencil and mineral lipstick, I was inspired to write up a review on a lipstick I purchased a few months ago.

The big fancy shmancy department store in our home city called Kirkcaldie and Stains was having their big yearly sale, so of course, how could I resist not buying something? (Especially since my work was directly across the road!) I always find it hard to just go browsing through the different make-up counters as I always feel like I'm being judged on my appearance and how much I'm going to actually spend. I did actually have a pretty bad experience with a make-up salesperson from the Chanel counter a while ago, who refused to let me try on some Chanel make-up and made indirect comments about me not having enough money to buy a certain item I was after at that time. I was furious about it and actually ended up buying the thing I was after in a department store called Farmers right across the road instead. Fortunately, one of my friends is good friends with the manager of that counter so I let her know what had happened. Never judge a book by its cover! One of the first things you learn in working retail. Obviously this woman lacked sense.

Anywho, long rant over, while I wasn't looking to spend any money during that sale time, I did actually have the YSL Volupte Perle 102 lipstick on my wishlist after reading Tali's (from the ex-Gloss Goss blog) review of it. Sneaking my way up the YSL counter, I spotted a little goody bag with that exact same lipstick and a peachy lipgloss to match it for a mere NZ$45! I was excited about this price because normally the lipstick on its own is priced at an extreme NZ$65 and the lipgloss just a bit less.






The photo is a bit darker than I want it to be but no time to lighten it, sorry guys!

YSL's description:


ROUGE VOLUPTÉ PERLE
Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15
What it is:
A creamy lipstick that leaves the lips feeling soft and looking beautiful with a satiny-pearl finish.

What it does:
This creamy lipstick provides nourishment to the lips leaving them soft and smooth. It drenches the lips in color and provides a satiny-pearl finish, thanks to the incorporation of voluptuous pearls (transparent crystal pearls and colored pearls) that deliver a sophisticated shine to the lips. It's long-lasting and highly comfortable and leaves lips visibly smoothed, plumped, and radiant

Review:

The case for the lipstick itself is very luxurious; the gold with the pearly white and the YSL emblem circling the tube -- I also really like the weight of it, a fair bit heavier than your standard lipstick. Since it's also a fair bit chunkier than your standard lipstick, you can't really get away with slipping it discreetly into the pocket of your jeans, or a jacket pocket. (Is that your YSL lipstick, or are you just happy to see me? ;D) 

Swatch:


 The consistency is very creamy, it really glides on like a dream. I feel like it could be rated as a fool-proof lipstick; as in, even a fool such as me can put it on and I don't end up looking like a clown! Unfortunately, the colour is quite opaque and it doesn't show up too well unless you've filled in your lips with some nude lipliner. However, it may just be that my lips are too pigmented for this lipstick. In the photo, I have layered the lipstick on my arm around 2-3 times. 
I am actually disappointed with the wear of this lipstick, I find that I get 2-4 hours max. It seems to also settle into the fine lines of my lips as well, so I make sure I apply lip balm before I apply the lipstick. A plus for it having an SPF 15, I didn't realise this until I was searching up the description of it! Oops! I do love the way the colour shimmers, doesn't it just look superbly creamy in the photo?

I do also really love the colour, it's a beautiful peach/coral colour that is perfect for summer. The scent of the lipstick is divine as well; it's a light, almost fruity scent. I tend to wear this lipstick when I'm wearing a bit of bronzer on my face as I feel that it would really suit people with a sunkissed/tan complexion.

Overall, I won't be re-purchasing this shade again as I could definitely pick up a peach lipstick from a brand such as MAC that would do as good of a job, or even better, but I would definitely be keen on trying a different colour as the YSL lipsticks seem so gorgeous.

Have you had a run in with a snobby salesperson at a make-up counter? What do you think of YSL lipsticks? Let's hear it, girlies! :)



Monday, July 4, 2011

Update + Australis Lip Pencil and Mineral Lipstick Review

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I last blogged. Last week I shifted overseas to Australia to work, and I will be here for a minimum of six months. It was tough having to say goodbye to my family and friends, not to mention I'm now in a long-distance relationship :(
However, I'm now set up, I got a laptop and now I can resume blogging :)

So yesterday I made my first cosmetics purchase! I popped into Priceline and got me two lip products by Australis: A lip pencil in Nudie Rudie, and Colour Inject mineral lipstick in Mambo. I will start off with the lip pencil.

There were no testers for this product, but based on the packaging, this looked like a pinky-beigy nude lip liner. Right?

Observe the swatch I did after taking it home and opening it......

Umm. That looks more like a orangy nude colour to me.




Surely it isn't just me? There isn't really any similarity to what the packaging depicts it to be! Still, I guess it's a nude lip pencil. I paid AU $7 for it, and for that, I'm happy that I now have a nude lip pencil. The quality is good, and it doesn't drag. For the price, I would recommend Australis lip liners.


And now we have Australis Colour Inject Mineral lipstick in Mambo. I was tossing up between this one and a shade called Jive, which is a bit more pink. Mambo is described as being a beige nude creme lipstick, but once again, slight mistake in the interpretation of the colour on the packaging. Thankfully there were testers for this one, so I knew that it wasn't quite the colour on the packaging. I already own a Colour Inject lipstick in the shade Cha Cha. If you take a look at the product information on their website (link here), while it describes Cha Cha as a red creme colour, the swatch they show is more of a dark pink. Trust me, it's actually a full-on red colour. Don't trust those swatches.
ANYWAY, here's what Mambo actually looks like:
 With flash

Without flash

I have to admit, this one does look similar to the colour on the packing, but not quite as pale, it's a bit more of a salmon colour rather than beige. This is very creamy and buildable, very moisturising, and the packaging is sleek and sturdy. It's unlikely you'll bust this up if you leave it in your purse! It does have that typical generic lipstick smell though.

Time for a quick swatch.........

 Two products side by side
 

I think that this is a nice nude lipstick as it does have a bit of colour to it. I'm probably going to go back and by another one in shade Jive, these are currently about AU $10 at Priceline and in my opinion, a bargain.
As you can probably tell from the swatches, Mambo does look a bit odd over Nudie Rudie. Well, maybe not odd, just quite different because of how orange Nudie Rudie is. It just doesn't really match that well, but it's a perfect match for my NYX round lipstick in Circe.
 

Monday, June 20, 2011

China Glaze in For Audrey - Review

I just bought my first China Glaze nail polish and went for the ever popular shade For Audrey. I just got it today, so here's a quick review to sum up my thoughts on the product and the colour itself.

First off, please excuse my terrible pictures. It is Winter here and it's not very light, and my camera had some trouble focussing.
So For Audrey is supposed to be a Tiffany Blue, referencing Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast in Tiffany's (hence the name).
I applied one coat of the polish, swatches below:





Application was easy and the polish dried quickly. This is a great quality polish, and so far, I'd say I'm pretty impressed with China Glaze! The colour is nice - most people who own this have raved about it, but I guess I'm a little underwhelmed, and I'd say it's because it is very very similar to a nail polish I already own, L'Oreal nail polish in Water's Edge (review here).

Pretty similar, eh?
 
 Can you tell between the two?
 
Thankfully there is a difference in colour, Water's Edge shows up darker and a tad more green, while For Audrey is brighter.
So I'm slightly cut up about how very similar the two polishes are, but I prefer China Glaze, because it dries much faster, the formula isn't so watery, is smoother, and the brush is easier to work with. I might give away the L'Oreal one.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LUSH Herbalism Face Cleanser Review

Hello everyone!

I thought it was about high time I showed up on here! I am the other (and thus far, useless!) contributor of this blog. Emma has been twisting my arms, trying to make me write a review for a while now, so seeing as I had a wee bit of spare time on my hands, I thought I'd write my first one today! :)

The produce I have chosen to write about today is LUSH's Herbalism face cleanser. 



Let's have a read of how the LUSH site describes it:

Purifying and exfoliating, herbal cleansing-roll wash.


Herbalism should be used on oily and problem skin. It is a green, squidgy, putty-like paste made from powdered herbs, which are actually perfect for the skin. Noriko worked on tailoring it specifically to a certain skin type.
It's called Herbalism because it goes back to the basics of herbal skincare. It cleanses with kaolin, exfoliates with ground almonds, stimulates with rosemary, uses nettle powder to purge dirt and oil, and chamomile soothes the surface. 

My skin is on the sensitive side, and it tends to get quite oily through-out the T-zone, but it's usually my nose that is one big hunk of glowing oiliness. And to make it even more fun, my cheeks tend to get dry and flaky if I use a product that is too drying for that area. Needless to say, it's a big pain in the butt trying to find a decent cleanser for my face.

LUSH products are advertised as being all-natural and not only people-friendly, but also planet-friendly which makes them a-okay in my book. As with all LUSH products, this one has a very distinctive herb like smell. I can't really smell the rosemary, almonds or chamomile, so the over-powering smell must be the nettle slash other herby kinds of goodness. The product itself lives in a little plastic see-through pot which seems sturdier than the packaging they were using for face cleansers previously. (My last one I dropped in the shower and it ended up with a big crack on the lid D:) 

How I use it:

I usually just stick my finger in and scoop a bit of cleanser out - a nickel/NZ 10 cent piece size - and then dilute it down with a thimbleful of water (honestly, I can't think of any better measurement). Basically, less is more when it comes to how much water you use. I prefer to make it into a paste, and if you end up using too much water, it becomes far too runny and just ends up dribbling through your fingers. I then rub it over my face, making light circles with my fingertips, and I try to do this for around a minute. Make sure you do this over a sink as little bits of rosemary, and whatever else it is, drop off your face as you keep scrubbing. As always, it's much easier if you're in the shower, but chances are you don't shower morning and night so learn how to use it above a sink :D

Verdict:

After using it for almost 3 months now, I do have to say I have noticed an improvement in oil levels, especially on my nose. I don't get nearly as oily, and the gentle scrub helps to exfoliate my skin, making it softer. I paid NZD$18 for 100g of it, and since it is a natural product that will go off, the life expectancy of it is 3 months. Overall, I like how it feels on my skin when using it, albeit getting the water + cleanser mixture right and the funky hippie smell, and I feel it does what it says it does. If you have sensitive skin with oily and dry patches, don't be afraid to try this even if it is advertised as a face cleanser for oily and problem skin.

Just on a side note, when taking make-up off, I would recommend using wipes or a cleanser especially made for taking make-up off prior to using this cleanser as I found that I still had to wipe ages with my toner and cotton balls if I'm wearing foundation.


So readers, let me know what you guys think of LUSH's products; have you ever tried their cleansers?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Queen's Birthday Mini-Haul

We are currently celebrating Queen's Birthday weekend, so I decided to go into town and check out the sales!

 With flash
 
 Without flash

I got (going clockwise):
  • Trade Aid organic black tea ($4)
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish nail polish in Go Cobalt ($7)
  • Loujene Fruit Lip Cream in Peach ($4)
  • Black charcoal nose strips ($4)
  • E.L.F Studio stipple brush ($8)
  • E.L.F Studio Powder brush ($8)
The only things that I bought which were actually on sale were the nail polish and the makeup brushes, heh. Farmers were having a 30% off red dot sale, and this Rimmel polish was included. And Bling had 50% off everything storewide, so I got two makeup brushes for the price of one, which I'm stoked about! I was tempted to go nuts and buy way more stuff though. I included the teabags just because I do actually use them on my skin to help treat my dark circles.
Man I'm happy about the E.L.F brushes.....I've been eyeing them up for ages, and now they are finally miiiiiiiiiiiiiiine! :D

NYX Haul

So a wee while ago I ordered a few NYX products online from Beautyjoint, who sell NYX products for ridiculously cheap! I ordered two NYX Round lipsticks ($2US each), one NYX Round lipgloss ($1.75US) and one NYX Megashine lipgloss ($3.75US). They were shipped from California and took about 8 days to get to New Zealand, which is pretty decent, considering I got the standard shipping (which was very well priced in my opinion!). In total, it cost me around $20NZ for four products, including shipping. 
I've been wanting to try NYX for a little while now, as I heard that the lipsticks are comparable to MAC lipsticks, but I'm put off by how pricey MAC is. So instead I got four NYX lip products with shipping for half the cost of a single MAC lipstick!

 Needless to say that I was super excited when they arrived!

 Getting ready to unveil the contents.....

.....and hoorah!

Here's more specifically what I got:
  • Round gloss in 08 - Doll Pink
  • Mega Shine lip gloss in LG164 - Nude Pink
  • Round lipstick in LSS595 - Strawberry Milk
  • Round lipstick in LSS522 - Circe
Time for swatches!


I intend to review these products in a bit more detail, but here's a quick overview of each:
  • Circe - Nude lippy. Appears quite orange on the hand, looks better on lips. Very smooth formula, smells like soap which may bother some people.
  • Strawberry Milk - Reminds me of a baby pink colour for lips. Doesn't look good on me by itself, the colour is so pale that fine lines show through and are very obvious. Soap-scented, and very smooth.
  • Doll Pink - A very Barbie-pink with blue undertones. A little goes a long way, very strong colour, looks just fine by itself. Smells a bit like dishwashing liquid. Nice formula, not too sticky.
  • Nude Pink - Isn't really that nude at all. Looks good by itself or over a lipstick. Very creamy formula, and cute packaging. Has a cherry scent.
I'm not sure which is my favourite, but I have to say my least favourite is the Strawberry Milk lipstick, I just can't wear it by itself.
 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

L'Oreal Nail Polish - Review + Silver Shatter

So I've been after a bluey green nail polish for a wee while now, and was contemplating getting China Glaze's For Audrey. However as outlined in my previous post here, I found L'Oreal's Waters Edge.
Please excuse my red and angry-looking fingers.........


 Without flash

With flash


I'm sorry about the pictures, the weather has been terrible, it's pouring down with rain at the moment!
This is two coats of Waters Edge. While it looks quite bright in pictures, it's actually more of a dusty-looking light teal colour. Now this is my first L'Oreal polish, and it isn't as long wearing as I would have hoped, and it took forever to dry.
Now this colour reminded me a little bit of OPI's Pirates of the Carribean collection, particularly Mermaid's Tears (I know that they aren't really that similar at ALL, but they're both kinda pastel colours!). So I just had to pop a layer of Silver Shatter over the top, just to see how it looks.






Hmm, I think it looks alright, doesn't really make Waters Edge pop though. From a distance, I find that the Silver Shatter does drain the teal colour, but close up it looks ok.
I don't think I would repurchase Waters Edge, I'm still thinking of buying China Glaze's For Audrey though. Waters Edge is a bit too dusty for me to love it, but I only paid NZ$6 for it, so I'm not cut up about it or anything, haha.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mini Makeup Haul

So today I went with my friend to a makeup clearance in Wellington today, had mostly brands such as L'Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline and Calvin Klein, as well as various perfumes.
From this, I picked up a couple of things. I got:
  • Revlon Colorstay Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten (NZ$15)
  • L'Oreal Nail Polish in Waters Edge (NZ$6)
  • Rimmel Volume Booster lipstick in Hello!! (NZ$3)
 Overall I'm pretty happy with what I got from there. I don't own a highlighter, but I'm hoping that the Revlon powder will do the trick for illuminating my skin. I'm also pretty pleased with the L'Oreal polish too, I've been after a greeny-blue polish for a while now.


So after this, my friend and I popped into the mall on the way home and I got more goodies! I bought three nail polishes:

  • BYS Nail Enamel in Down The Rabbit Hole (approx. NZ$7) - Sparkly black polish
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish in Blue Me Away (approx. NZ$9) - Purple shimmer polish
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish in Black Cherries (approx. NZ$7) - Greeny blue polish
 I also bought my first pair of cotton leggings from K-Mart for NZ$8. While I have no intention of wearing them as pants, I finally understand why people do....They are so freakin' comfortable! I'll wear these under skirts/dresses, around the house and for exercise :)

Lastly, when I got home, I found that a small package I bought off TradeMe had arrived:
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Birthday Suit
  • Maybelline Color Sensational in Pink Please
 I bought the Maybelline lipstick to try, and the Rimmel one is to replace an existing one I own which I broke :( But hey, they were only NZ$6 each.
Here's a pic of the whole lot.....




Overall I'm pretty pleased with this little haul. I'm also expecting a package with a few NYX lipsticks and lip glosses within the next week. I've heard so many good things about NYX products, so I can't wait to try them out!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

OPI Silver Shatter - Review

So the Pirates of the Carribean Collection has just been released, and I'm not really that keen on any of them. Except...Silver Shatter.
I bought Black Shatter when it first came out, and I was very pleased with it, but I found that I didn't really like the way it looked over a lot of my nail polishes. When I heard that Silver Shatter was coming out though, I thought: 'that's even better! It'll look so pretty!'. And that was that, so I had to buy Silver Shatter as soon as it came out.


I'm pretty pleased that I got my bottle when I did, because I just can't find it in any of my local stores! As I said earlier, I wasn't interested in any of the other Pirates polishes. I mean, they are pretty pastel-y colours, but I don't think that they are anything too special, so I skipped them. However, I liked the look of Silver Shatter over those polishes in the collection.
So I applied a coat of black Rimmel polish (Black Satin), left it to dry for about 10 minutes, then applied my shatter.






Now that's what I'm talking about! A pretty sparkly silver that also looks edgy. I think that this would look great over bright and girly colours.

So yeah...This is pretty much a quick review just to say that I really like Silver Shatter, and I've taken pictures of it :p