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!

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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.