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Lip of the Day – L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Milady

I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to shop my stash so I decided to pull out my L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses ( or L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain as they’re known in the US) and give them another go. I’ve been stuck on my matte shades for quite some time so it’s going to take a few tries before I can get back into the gloss!

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I decided to wear the shade Milady over the NYX lip liner in Prune. Milady is a beautiful plummy purple shade with blue iridescence through it. It’s really vampy but has a brightness to it that I love.

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I think it has a nice brightening effect on my complexion. One of my personal makeup rules is that I pair dark lips with more radiant skin to keep the look from getting too dark. I also always add a blush in a similar tone to keep from looking too washed out. I really liked the whole look and how everything paired together.

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I’ve been asked before what I wear in these quick posts so I made sure to photograph my products this time! If you’re interested, the products I used are: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in No 4 Tan, Dior Golden Savannah 5 colour palette, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown, Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious mascara, Savvy by DB blush in Glamourama and Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond (old formula).

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: Part 3

I’ve been wanting to put this post up for so long hence why the photos of me in this post are from months ago! I go through phases with my lip products and, for most of this year, I’ve been using matte liquid lipsticks almost exclusively. I’ve already posted on some of the other shades in this range here and here so I’m not going to go into detail again here about texture, price, longevity etc so please check my older reviews for that information.

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The shades that I’ve swatched for today’s post were all new for 2014 except for the shade Monte Carlo which was part of the original release. The shades I picked up are swatched below and, from left to right, are: Cannes, Prague, Morocco, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen and Transylvania.

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Cannes is a gorgeous muted rosey mauve shade. It’s very pretty and something that would look quite natural (as opposed to nude) on most skin tones. I can see this be used as a good work shade or even a really pretty bridal lip.

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Some comparison swatches are, from left to right: Nyx soft matte lip creams in Cannes, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi and London. I’ve got lip and full face swatches of these shades in my previous reviews. For reference, Abu Dhabi is one of my favourite nude shades on my skin tone as it doesn’t wash me out or look too ‘concealer lips’ like. London is more nude on me but is still wearable.

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Prague is a muted bright (is that an oxy moron?) blue toned pink. There is another shade in this range called Addis Ababa and that is very bright but of a similar tone. Prague is like Addis Ababa’s more reserved sister and a more wearable option if you’re wanting to break into the bright pink lips look.

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From left to right: Soft matte lip creams in Prague, San Paulo and Milan. Prague is definitely my favourite out of the pinks swatched below. Milan is way to light for me and not very wearable unless I wear it over a darker lip liner and top it with a gloss.

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Morroco is a bright coral orange shade. This is so gorgeous and very flattering as it brightens the face instantly!

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From left to right: Soft matte lip cream in Morocco, Kardashian Beauty Enjoystick in Retro Red and NARS Heat Wave. Morocco is very similar to the other shades swatched below but the other two are more red toned than coral.
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Monte Carlo is a gorgeous blue toned red. I love this shade but you all know by now that I rarely meet a red I don’t love!

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From left to right: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru and Lime Cream Velveteen in Red Velvet. The Bourjois shade is deeper and more blue toned than Monte Carlo and is my favourite out of the three below with Monte Carlo coming up as a close second. Red Velvet is pretty but more of a cherry red and I’m very partial to a blue tone as they pop more against my warm toned skin.

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Aah Copenhagen, the shade that has my heart! I love this beautiful plum shade and have worn it constantly over the last few months. It’s going to be one of my staples this autumn and winter.

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From left to right: Copenhagen, Wet and Wild Megalast lipstick in Cherry Bomb, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane’s Plum. I thought I’d have more shades in my collection that were similar to this but it was somewhat unique. What can I say about this shade except that you need it in your life! I’ve seen it on many different skin tones from light to dark and I love it on most people as it’s vampy without being too dark.

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Transylvania is a dark violet plum shade and it’s been named quite well! I think it’s a very sophisticated but super dark lip shade. It also tends to apply quite patchy so I wouldn’t use this without a lip liner underneath.

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From left to right: Transylvania, Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in 04 and Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Midnight Plum. The plum tone to this shade makes it more wearable than the other two shades swatched. I have yet to wear it out but I’ve earmarked it for this winter season!

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Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favourite?

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils Review and Swatches

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I stumbled across these lip pencils by Maybelline by random and I’m glad I did because they’re fantastic! They’re similar to the NARS lip pencils and are the same size and need to be sharpened when they start getting blunt. There’s a range of 10 shades but I picked up the 5 that seemed like they’d work the best with my skin tone.

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The shades I picked up are, from left to right, Nude Perfection, Berry Much, Pink So Chic, Light it Up and Fab Orange. The two pink shades look very similar as you can probably tell so, if you’re of a similar skin tone to me or darker, I’d just pick one of them.

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Nude Perfection is a more peachy brown nude versus a pink nude. The shade isn’t too bad on my skin tone but it’s lighter than I prefer in a nude and I think it makes me look slightly washed out. This type of nude is what I usually wear as a base shade underneath a complimentary gloss shade.

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Pink So Chic is a plummy pink that has a slight purple sheen to it. I think it’s a really pretty shade that works well as a transitional colour into autumn. If you’re of a lighter skin tone  or have less pigmented lips, I imagine that this shade would show up as more of a truer pink.
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Berry Much is a deep berry shade and it is gorgeous! This is a beautiful rich autumn shade. I’ve been wearing this one quite a lot and have been pairing it with gold eyeshadow and black liquid liner. I think this would look great across skin tones but would just look more vampy on lighter skinned girls.

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Light It Up is a nice red shade that pulls slightly warm. I think it’s easy to wear but it’s not my favourite red shade on me. I think that reds that pull more orange or more blue look better on me versus the shades that tend to sit in between.

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Fab Orange is (as the name suggests) an orange shade. It pulls slightly red so it’s a much more wearable orange than some you might have seen which are just true oranges. Shades like this have a complexion brightening effect on my skin tone.

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These lip pencils are very pigmented like most of the Maybelline lip products I’ve tried and finish with a satin sheen. They’re meant to be a velvet finish but they’re not as matte as I’d expect. The up side of this is that they’re really comfortable to wear but the downside is that they don’t last as long as they would if they were a true matte.

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I find that I can get at least 4 hours of solid wear without eating or drinking but that drops as soon as you try to eat or drink. I took some before and after pictures above and below of what my lips looked like after I’d worn Berry Much for nearly 3 hours but having drunk tea in between and after doing a blot test. As you can see, the colour has pretty much worn off but it has left a mauvey stain to my lips.

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Despite the issues with reduced wear, I think the pro’s outweigh the cons and I’d recommend them. If you want to increase the wear time, you can always layer these on top of a lip pencil which I sometimes do. The product is also really affordable at $9.95 AUD.

What do you think of these lip pencils? Have you tried them out?

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle- review and swatches

I have an intense love for Chanel lip products. Every single one that I’ve purchased is clearly high quality and applies so well. If there’s one thing Chanel does really well though it’s a red lipstick and Gabrielle is no exception.

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Gabrielle is the first lipstick I’ve purchased from the Rouge Coco line and I’m impressed. The only disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come in the ‘click click’ packaging I adore from the Rouge Allure range. It still looks chic and very Chanel so it’s a small disappointment.

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I purchased Gabrielle after going through a crazy swatch frenzy in the David Jones makeup department trying to find anything that came close to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. It didn’t end up being a dupe but it was so pretty that I bought it anyway.

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It’s a really pretty warm red which tiny shimmer particles through it and lifts my complexion whenever I wear it. The product applies really smoothly and is very comfortable on the lips. I can get a few hours wear without having to re-touch but I always wear my lipsticks over a lip liner.

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Ignore the foundation, I took these pictures at the end of the day when everything was starting to wear off and go patchy!

I did some comparison swatches against some of my high end reds so that you can get an idea of where it sits in the spectrum. It’s not as deep as Chanel Dragon and is missing the ruby shimmer. To my eye, it’s most similar to Guerlain Garconne or Dolce and Gabbana Attractive Monica and could be a glossier, deeper version of MAC Ruby Woo.

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Without flash. From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

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With flash- From left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Drama #RD501, MAC Ruby Woo, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne #RD607, Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Pirate, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne.

This lipstick doesn’t come cheap at $50AUD/$35USD but if you splurge on just one luxury lip product, Chanel is a great way to go.

What’s your favourite red lipstick?

Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel, Tea Rose and Petal

I love a good lip crayon because they’re so easy to apply. It seems like every brand is coming out with their own version because lip crayons tread the line between lipstick, gloss, stain and balm and cater for a wide market. Today I’ve got the Natio version which is different to some of the others on the market due to Natio’s makeup philosophy. All Natio products are plant-based and are free of parabens, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, BHA and Carmine ( a red pigment which can be derived from animals).

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The packaging is very similar to the Clinique and Revlon versions and comes in a twist up pen which means no sharpening required. Each pencil is also colour coded which makes it easy to pick out the shade you’re looking for when rifling through your makeup bag. The only issue with the packaging is the lid which does not sit flush with the pencil. I’ve had many occasions when I’ve reached for one of these in my handbag only to find them roaming around lidless. It’s a really annoying design flaw but one that can be overcome if you’re conscious of where and how you store these lip crayons.

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These products contain jojoba seed oil and shea butter which is meant to be conditioning. These are extremely comfortable to wear but they aren’t moisturising as such. When my lips are dry and I put these on, they don’t actually combat the dryness, they just add slip to my lips. If you’ve got dry lips, my tip is to exfoliate before putting these on. They have a very faint scent which isn’t detectable unless you’re trying really hard (like I was) to detect it. I can’t place the scent but it’s a very natural scent versus something that smells likes it’s been manufactured.

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From left to right: Petal, Tea Rose, Hazel

The shade Petal is a brightened pinky coral that would be perfect for Spring. It has a slightly whitened base so it’s the least forgiving of the three shades on my pigmented lips. This means that I have to exfoliate prior to wearing it and a bit of lip liner would also help to get the colour to look even on my lips.

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Tea Rose is a rosey brown shade that is a slightly lighter ‘my lips but better shade’ on me. It also has a very fine shimmer running through it which gives the product a slight sheen. It’s a lovely neutral shade that would look great across a wide range of skin tones.

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Hazel is quite a warm rosey brown that shows up slightly darker than a ‘my lips but better’ shade on me. This has a translucent base so it’s the easiest to wear out of the three shown. I think it’s probably my favourite out of the shades I bought and is perfect for Autumn.

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These products are quite well priced (by Australian standards) at $12.95 each. There’s good range of colours available in the range and I think it would be quite easy to find a shade to suit every skin tone. The pigmentation is good on these but, as they’re a glossy formula, the wear time isn’t exceptional. These also don’t have much of a staining effect, at least on my lips, so you’ll need to reapply or use a lip liner underneath if you want a more long wearing colour. All in all though I think they’re great and would recommend them.

Have you tried these lip crayons before?

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks- swatches and review

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I’ve been staying away from making any high end purchases so I find myself spending more time at the drug store. Lucky for me drug store makeup has come a long way and it’s quite easy to find comparable products at a cheaper price (and not as nice packaging). Today I’ve got four of the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks to show you and they’re worth a look!
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I bought Notting Hill Nude, In Love With Ginger, As You Want Victoria and Sloane’s Plum when Priceline was having a 2 for 1 deal. There weren’t any other shades that jumped out at me- these 4 seemed like they’d work the best with my skin tone.

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Swatched below from left to right is Notting Hill Nude, In Love With Ginger, As You Want Victoria and Sloane’s Plum. You can see how pigmented the shades are and how vibrant (except for the nude obviously).

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Notting Hill Nude is a pink toned nude with a hint of brown to it. As it has a white base, this shade can easily wash me out so I wouldn’t apply it as fully as I have below and would pair it with a darker eye look. This shade can be unforgiving on lips that haven’t been exfoliated so make sure you get rid of any flaking before you apply it!

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Comparison swatches are below (from left to right): Notting Hill Nude, Burberry Lip Mist in Copper, MAC Half & Half, Dior Addict Lipstick in 333 Nude, Burberry Lip Mist in Nude Peach and Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in BG934. I find the two Burberry shades and the Dior shade to be the easiest nudes to wear on my skin tone. This is probably because they’re more translucent so they meld better with my natural lip shade.

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In Love with Ginger is a vibrant orange shade with quite a bit of red through it. I love shades like this and the brightening effect they have on my complexion. This is such an easy shade to wear and I love how juicy and glossy it looks on the lips.

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Comparison shades below (from left to right): In Love With Ginger, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Neon Red, MAC Scarlet Ibis, Maybelline Color Sensational in Electric Orange and Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Retro Red. I find this range to be comparable to the Maybelline Color Sensational range but I like this shade more than the Maybelline shades that are swatched. It doesn’t compare to the intensity and pigmentation of the Kardashian shade though- look how vibrant it is!

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As You Like It Victoria is a bright slightly blue based pink. You know I love a bright pink lip so there was no way I was passing this one up!

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Comparison swatches (from left to right): As You Like It Victoria, Maybelline Color Sensational in Fifth Ave Fuschia, YSl Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte, Kardashian Beauty lipstick in Shocking Pink and Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Raspberry Pie. Rose Volupte is one of my go to shades and the Rimmel shade is quite comparable if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

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Last but not least is Sloane’s Plum which is a plum shade with a blue iridescence through it. I have quite a few purple shades which have blue iridescence through them but not any plums. This is a great rich autumn shade which I’ll be wearing more often as the weather cools down.

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Comparison swatches (from left to right): Sloane’s Plum, Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo, MAC Rebel, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle and Loreal Caresse Gloss in Milady. Shade wise, Milady is probably the closest to the Rimmel shade but I didn’t own any dupes. I like this shade because it’s easily transformed by changing the lipliner underneath.

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I’m loving these Rimmel shades and have been wearing them quite a lot. They’re very comfortable on the lips but they’re not moisturising as such. As they’re quite glossy, they’re not long wearing so I always wear these over a lipliner. They sell for about $10 in Australia and I don’t think you can go wrong, especially if you wait for a sale to come round!

What do you think of these lipsticks? Have you tried them before?