Liquid Love

Does anybody wear regular lipstick anymore? I guess some people do, but beauty lovers are all about the liquid lipstick at the moment. So, what do I recommend, rate and hate? Read on!

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

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This stuff is amazing if you want seriously long wear. Unfortunately, it does feather and flake, but this can be minimised by applying some sort of balm as required. Huge range of colours, plus you’ll look really #onfleek for owning this.
Available: Online from Anastasia Beverly Hills website (shipping is pricey so convince some friends they need this in their lives also)
rrp: $USD20.00

NYX Soft Matte Lipcream

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This stuff is the shiz in terms of feathering and flaking – very minimal. However, it doesn’t have the longevity of the others. Great range of colours, smells good and feels nice on the lips.
Available: Target and I believe Priceline is now stocking it also? Please confirm in comments. 
rrp: $12.95

tarteist™ creamy matte lip paint

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Arghhhhhhh, I love this stuff! Feels powdery soft when it goes on, and wears well. This is definitely the least offensive application of all the ones I’ve included – total pleasure to wear. Range of colours is growing, so keep your eyes peeled.
Available: Sephora 
rrp: $29.00 

Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick

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This stuff is good, but without taking into account postage and handling costs of the ABH liquid lipstick, this one is the most expensive of the range. It has a sponge applicator (not a sponge wand applicator for those interested in details), which I personally found easier for a quick application. Good range of colours, but nothing I have died over yet.
Available: Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima
rrp: $31.00

So, that’s a wrap on liquid lipsticks at the moment. I think this product area will continue to grow until the next new thing comes out… Lip tattoos, maybe?

And remember, if irritation occurs, discontinue use…

Best of 2014

Happy new year, readers! Hope you have all been enjoying some sort of break, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. I personally don’t celebrate (though I do enjoy it, possibly due to my love of shiny things), so I headed to Hawaii for a beach break. Regular readers will know that I love the USA, and need little encouragement to visit. The Australian dollar isn’t quite as strong as it has been in the past, but Hawaii did not fail me with it’s offerings. I was flying for NYE, which suited me just fine, because I’m a bit of a NYE grinch.

So as 2015 rolls in, I think it’s customary for bloggers to post their 2014 favourites… right? I drafted this very easily, so turns out I had some very clear favourites in 2014. I selected one clear standout product in each category of Skincare, Eyes, Face, Lips, Hair & Nails.

Best of 2014

Skincare Clarins HydraQuench Cream
This stuff is so gorgeous and was a late-2014 discovery. I picked up a Christmas gift set that included this cream, the matching serum and a third item I haven’t even taken out of the bag yet. This cream is extremely hydrating, sinks into the skin beautifully and feels amazing. My only gripe is the packaging – I hate jars you have to dip your fingers into, as it doesn’t seem that hygienic plus I find I use a lot more product. Clarins does great skincare and is really easy to find in department stores and salons. This cream retails at $65.00 [Myer]. Not the cheapest product, but it’s worth the $$$.

Eyes Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow
I did a whole blog post on this, so it’s probably not a big surprise to regular readers that it’s a favourite. This stuff is fiddly to use, definitely not an item for everyday and is crazy expensive – but I haven’t seen much else on the market that does the same job. Retails for $44.00 [Mecca Cosmetica].

Face Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
2014 saw me increase my highlighter use as part of my everyday routine. Now I’m addicted to using it to add some colour to my face without adding blush. It really adds dimension to my face, and helps fake a healthy glow. I had read a lot about this highlighting palette before picking it up in the US, and after first use I realised why it was the holy grail for so many beauty bloggers. The powder is like velvet, and the tiniest bit goes a long way. Face palettes can sometimes be rubbish, because they try to cater for too many skin tones, but this palette seems universal. Retails for $76.00 [Mecca Cosmetica].

Lips Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner
Finally something that does not cost a bomb! I’ve been a long time lover of Rimmel as a brand, but this was my first year of buying the Exaggerate lip liner – which is their automatic wind up pencil. I generally don’t like automatic pencils because I feel they never have a decent point and the wind up mechanism can die before the pencil runs out – but Rimmel does not fail. I picked up the nude shade (the shade name escapes me now) and it quickly became everyday wear. I can’t think of any other product that I used to completion in 2014, but this little number got used up. Not much thinking or risk involved for a product that retails at $12.50 [Priceline].

Hair Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask
This is another product that made it from a single blog post to the favourites list. When I used it on its own, I liked it, but didn’t love it. Recently I used it in conjunction with a toning shampoo (I’ve become addicted to blonde ombre in 2014 also), and the results were magnificent. Anyone who has ever used a toning shampoo will know that their hair will turn to straw immediately. I used this straight after using the Fudge Purple Shampoo, and not only did my blonde ends look better but my hair felt better than before! Retails for $49.50 [Skincare Store].

Nails Essie Good To Go Topcoat
This may be boring to some, but anyone who loves painting their nails like me will know there is nothing worse than painting your nails and then managing to bump the paint an hour later. This topcoat is fast drying without chipping easily like some other fast-drying polishes do. Extremely shiny, and maintains a manicure for 5-7 days; retails for $17.95 [Priceline].

So that’s it for me! Thank you for those who have been reading along in 2014 – I really appreciate you reading my beauty raves and rants, and look forward to sharing more in 2015.

And remember – if irritation occurs, discontinue use…

Sticky lip gloss…

Sticky lip gloss – I’m not a fan. I’m not alone in this, I know, there are plenty of people who hate on sticky glosses. Your hair gets stuck to them, they have way too much residue, and they just feel horrible. In my personal experience, there are very few non-sticky glosses, so as a result, I’m not a huge of glosses at all. I’ve been a long time user of MAC Lipglass in the past, as they have an OK colour pay off and aren’t so sticky that my lips get stuck together, but lately I always reach for a lipstick rather than a gloss.On my US wanderings, I was very keen to try out Milani Cosmetics. They come up in so many US-based YouTube videos and tutorials, and seem to be good value for money. The brand was a bit tricky to find at times, or I would find the display (which was quite tiny in most places) and there would be minimal stock. I managed to pick up a few items, one of which was the Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss. $4.99 was a safe investment price, and I figured if it was horrible, it would just sink down to the bottom of my lip collection, and join the rest of the sticky glosses.

20140908_171046_2A sticky gloss on a delicious looking Donna Hay cover

What a pleasant surprise – this stuff is really nice. I bought the shade Mauve Fetish, which is a classic Aych shade – browny pink. Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here – this stuff is sticky as hell. I don’t think I’ve ever used a stickier gloss! Butttttt the colour pay-off is excellent, and it stays on for a really long time (which also means it has extended stickiness). Secondary to my hate of sticky glosses is the need to reapply them so often, but this stuff needs very little reapplication. I put it on the other day before meeting a friend for a coffee, and it was still visible 3 hours and 1 coffee/cake combo later. It was impressive enough that it gave me some inspiration for a blog post – regular readers will notice I’m somewhat lacking in this lately!

Would I buy it again? For sure – the colour pay off is great.
Who would I recommend it to? Lovers of glosses.
Is it value for money? Yup. $US4.99!
How can you get it? Milani is available in Australia via Crush Cosmetics. I couldn’t find Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, but an interesting relative of it may be the “Lip Intense” – $10.50. It might be worth checking out if you are an avid vlog watcher and blog reader like myself and are curious about what Milani has to offer.

Until next time… 

Beauty Cults: Revlon Colorburst Balm

Revlon Color Burst

Australians, this range has been a long time coming. For too long, we have seen these balms featured in the vlogs of the Americans and the British. Finally, they have reached our shores. Why products take so long to launch in Australia, I’ll never understand. Are we not enough for you, Revlon?

I picked up two of the balms from Priceline – they had a BOGOF for $17.95. There are two different types within the range – Matte and Lacquer. The idea of the matte really appealed to me, until I saw the range of colours on offer. Head over to the Revlon site if you’re interested in seeing the range – they have an interactive page to show you the colours.

matte range
(Photo courtesy of Ebay)

I found the matte really tricky to select from – I like pigmentation, but I do also like subtlety on a daily basis. I only wear bright or deep lip colours on special occasions, and was really keen to find something that I would like to use regularly. I ended up selecting 225 Sultry Sulfureuse, which is a pinky brown shade (it’s the very last shade on the left in the above picture). There is no debating whether it’s a true matte balm – this is severely matte. The lacquer shades were easier to choose from – I picked up 115 Whimsical Fantaisiste, which is a shimmery fuchsia shade. I easily could have selected one or two more colours as they definitely were more my style for an everyday look. The lacquer balms reminded me more of my beloved Clinique Chubby Sticks, in that it had quite a lot of colour balanced with quite a lot of balm. The matte balm, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same level of moisturiser as the Chubby Stick, so it didn’t quite compare. The matte one is heavily pigmented, which isn’t what I’m looking for on a daily basis – it definitely needs a mirror and careful application, and frankly, I want to be able to slap it on with minimal help. In the same breath, I have to mention that it’s wearing power is excellent. I wore it all day to work – some eating, some drinking and plenty of talking and it was still noticeably present by 4pm. Interestingly, it did make my lips tingle, and I’ve just checked the ingredients list – contains peppermint oil.

The packaging is divine – the balm container is a fairly accurate representation of the colour inside, which makes for easy use. It has a standard twist up design, and a matching colour lid. I think I’ll head towards the lacquer section next time there is a bargain to be had.

Would I buy it again? Perhaps. They would have to be on sale and offer a very tempting colour. There are a lot of crayon style lip products on the market nowadays, so I would probably try out some others.
Who would I recommend this to? Anybody who loves a cult product. If you’re just really interested in a crayon-style lipstick, and you have a bigger budget, I still rate Clinique’s Chubby stick as a better option.
Is it value for money? It’s way more affordable than the Chubby Stick.
How can you get it? Myer, Priceline, Target, Big W. It’s very new, so I think there will be plenty of specials on these products for a while.

What’s all the buzz about?

Burt’s Bees, I have really tried with you. I don’t think I’ve been gifted so much of one brand of skincare before, in addition to what I have bought myself. Yet, I cannot love you, nor can I even like you. The principles of this brand sound great on paper (or screen) – no animal testing, socially responsible recyclable packaging and all natural ingredients. Plus, the packaging is quite sweet! I love honey and honey-related items (although I’m terrified of bees, but that is a story for another day), so I had really high hopes for this brand.

I’ve been using their products for over 2 years, and have trialled a number of items – plain lip balm, tinted lip balm, body wash, body lotion, makeup wipes, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream and even the eye cream! I have not been impressed with any of these products, or even been able to enjoy using any of them. They are quite readily available in Australia – Priceline, Myer and David Jones all stock this brand, as well as large and small chemists.

Image The makeup wipes left me with stinging skin, so were relegated for use when doing a smokey eye and all that is required is a small clean up under the eye. The eye cream left me with almost sagging skin, I actually thought I saw the start of a fine line near my eyes, so immediately discontinued use after this, to see the problem go away. The cuticle cream had a lemon stench that even I, one of the greatest citrus lovers to have ever lived, couldn’t stand. The hand and foot creams are not worthy of a mention – but at least they didn’t cause a negative response. The body wash is one of the only products I liked, the smell was a gorgeous honey smell, but unfortunately it doesn’t stay on the skin, even when layered with the lotion. Finally, the lip balm was fine… just fine. But for $6.95, there are cheaper options on the market that do a better job (e.g. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment $4.95).

Would I buy it again? I’m not going to lie to you. The marketing is good and it’s in all my favourite stores – so if they came out with a new product that looked good and made grand promises, I’d give it a go. But if the product line remained static, I wouldn’t touch it, and would never replace any of my current products.
Who would I recommend this to? Nobody, unless someone actually had money that they would otherwise burn. In that case, I would recommend the body wash, just because it smells nice during use.
Is it value for money? The prices aren’t horrendous, but based on this review, do you think this question is necessary?
How can you get it? Don’t worry about it.

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A lil’ lip addiction

I’ll admit early on that lip posts are a bit of a struggle for me. Lips are not my favourite facial feature, and I really struggle to work with them. With my ageing wisdom, I realise that very few people have perfectly shaped, luscious lips, and like any feature, there are always some tricks to tweak and enhance it. Lisa Eldridge has a brilliant tutorial on how to make thin lips look fuller which I highly recommend if you want some tips or ideas – I used her tips to even out my lip shape, and was really happy with the result.

Having said all that, I do still have some lip products I really enjoy using (e.g. Chubby Sticks) and recommend. Today’s product is the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick. I’m trying to push myself to use some sort of lip product everyday, which helped me rediscover these lipsticks quite recently.

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These are a great product, and are perfect for regular use. They have a great price point (RRP is $11.95), and for that amount of money, you get a really buttery, highly pigmented lipstick. I love the simple packaging and range of colours. It’s not a huge range of colours, – enough to give you a good choice, but not too many to confuse you. They have a nice smell (compared with the poison-like smell of some other supermarket brand makeup), and a decent level of moisture. I always apply something under my lipstick for moisture anyway, but this lipstick tops that up a bit as well.

The negatives for this lipstick is that it’s not particularly long-wearing – the longest I’ll get out of it is about 2-4 hours, depending on the level of drinking/eating/talking in which I will be participating. Since all my social events involve at least 2 out of these 3 activities, I always need to top it up. Rimmel stock a limited range of lip pencils (but enough to do the job), so I definitely recommend pairing the lipstick with a pencil if you need to enhance the wear time.

There is also a matte range, which is housed in a red container. I can’t comment on those lipsticks, as I’ve never used them. I love all things matte, but I generally steer away from it for my lips – I need all the reflection I can get!

Would I buy it again? Easily – the range of colours is limited, but it’s a solid performer.
Who would I recommend it to? Anyone looking to expand their lipstick usage, or wanting a decent daily use lipstick.
Is it value for money? That’s what makes it such a good product – yes!
How can you get it? It’s impossible to ignore Rimmel – Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Big W & K Mart.