Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bonne Bell Honey Kiss - Review

Time for another review!

Today I'm doing three Bonne Bell Honey Kiss lip glosses. Now I'm sure that you're wondering, Honey Kiss? Haven't these been discontinued?
Well, yes. But you can pick these up off Ebay, and some chain stores such as Kmart do still sell them, just depends where you look.

Here's a little note about what the product says:
  • Sheer color sponge-on lip gloss that lasts
  • Light and natural flavor
  • Infused with honey, nature's ultimate moisturizer
  • Natural, moisture rich botanicals soften and soothe lips


So from left to right, we have Honey Sugar, Honey Kiss and Honey Be. I love the packaging, the tubes are so cute! The spirals remind me of a beehive, and the sponge applicator is pretty decent too.

Swatch with flash:

Swatch without flash:
As you can see, Honey Sugar is clear with glitter. Honey Kiss has a slight pink tint to it. Honey Be is the only real 'coloured' one, which has a nudy pink shine to it. However, all of them are very glossy. Each gloss has a different scent, which you wouldn't really guess from the names.

1. Honey Kiss in Honey Sugar

It's hard to describe the scent of this, it smells fairly sweet, but kinda fruity..? 
I don't know why, but I cannot work out what it smells like! It isn't unpleasant though. It goes on clear, and adds a hint of glitter to the lips.

2. Honey Kiss in Honey Kiss

Wow, this has an interesting smell! It does resemble sweet honey, but some people love the smell, some people hate it. Personally, I don't mind it :) 
Even though on the swatch it shows up slighty pinky, it just looks like a clear gloss when applied to the lips.

3. Honey Kiss in Honey Be

Now this one's scent isn't great, kinda like crayons to me. However this is the one that shows up the most on lips. This is a really pretty gloss! I think it looks great when paired with a natural makeup look.

The Verdict

So what do all these glosses have in common? 
When applied, they do feel very soothing, and I do find that they soften my lips, even after being removed. I wouldn't say that they are really flavoured at all, definitely scented though. The staying power is pretty average for a lip gloss, but while the glosses are sticky, they do feel very smooth on the lips.

I personally wouldn't bother with getting the transparent or lightly tinted versions of Honey Kiss, however I'd say that it's worth trying the Honey Be shade, or another heavily coloured one. Don't let how the product looks in the tube fool you! It doesn't show up that strong once applied to the lips.

Well, that's all for now!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nivea Lip Care - Review

Hello ^.^
This is a review for six Nivea Lip Care balms which I own, and I thought that I'd share my thoughts on them with you guys!

So here we have Pearl & Shine, Hydro Care, Essential, Milk & Honey, Star Fruits: Pink Grapefruit and Light Kiss, which so happens to be the order that I purchased them in!


1. Nivea Pearl & Shine
   
The tube reads: "Daily care with a beautiful pearly shimmer"
I purchased this balm so I could wear it when I wanted a touch of pinky shimmer to my lips, however when worn, it looks exrtemely frosty, particularly around the edges of the lips, and the pearly colour exaggerates cracks and fine lines in the lips - Not impressed!
Having said that, this balm feels great on. It's not waxy or too sticky, and it makes your lips feel soft and smooth.

2. Nivea Hydro Care

This product is basically a transparent balm used for dry lips. It goes on smooth and feels very light, and adds a very natural looking shine to the lips.
This does feel slightly greasy to me though, and has quite a strong and unusual smell to it...It's hard to describe, but it's not pleasant.

3. Nivea Essential

The tube reads: "Long-lasting care and protection"
This one is very similar to Nivea Hydro Care. It has a very similar scent to Hydro Care, but much more subtle and not overpowering at all. This also goes on smooth, but it feels a bit waxier and therefore a bit heavier, but one application of this will last a reasonable amount of time before needing to be reapplied.

4. Nivea Milk & Honey

The tube reads: "Natural daily care and protection"
Application-wise, this feels like it's somewhere inbetween Hydro Care and Essential, as it's not too waxy, but not too greasy either. It doesn't really smell like milk and honey to me, more like natural beeswax, because it doesn't smell super sweet like honey is. Or maybe that's the point of having it as milk and honey?

 5. Nivea Star Fruits - Pink Grapefruit

This is probably my favourite one! It has a cute design on the tube, is very moisturising, looks glossy on and adds a teeny bit of colour to your lips. Oh, and I looooove grapefruit!

6. Nivea Light Kiss

Hmm where to start? When this came out, I was really looking forward to it. It comes in a cute little pot and the name Light Kiss....It sounded so promising!
For me, the only good thing about this one is that the texture is indeed light. It feels like softened butter when taking it out of the pot.
However, this is one of the worst smelling and tasting balms I have ever tried!! It smells and tastes like heavily scented soap, no kidding! And when applied to the lips, it has these tiny little gritty pieces of balm in it, can you imagine applying butter with small grains of sand in it onto your lips?? YUCK.
Light Kiss isnt transparent either, it's white, and when you apply it, you need to actually blend it a bit, otherwise you are left with a slight white tint on the lips.

The Verdict

So out of the six Nivea lip balms, I would probably only really recommend two of them: Nivea Essential if you're looking for a plain lip balm, and Nivea Star Fruits if you want a fruity tinted balm. If grapefruit isn't your thing, there's plenty of other ones in the Star Fruits range avaliable, such as cherry, strawberry and dragonfruit. (I used to own the cherry one, and I loved it. But I used it all up and never got around to replacing it :| )
Also I suggest you stay away from Light Kiss, I'm annoyed that I bought it in the first place, I really can't recommend it at all.


So those are my thoughts on the Nivea Lip Care range! Hope you found it helpful :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hello

Welcome to my first ever blog! Not much to see here at the moment, but I will hopefully keep this up to date.
Here's the deal.
I'm a bit of a makeup hoarder you see. I like to buy makeup, LOTS. I have bags and bags of the stuff, no kidding. And a majority of it goes unused.
When I told one of my best friends about the makeup situation, she suggested that I share it with the world, and give reviews so my products don't go to waste.
So I have a plan.
I intend to blog about my evergrowing costmetics collection, giving reviews and sharing my thoughts, and perhaps I will blog about anything else that comes to mind. We'll see.
Oh, and I should also mention that this friend of mine, she'll be authoring this blog with me :)