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Revlon Lip Butters: Worth the hype?

Aussie beauty bloggers have been getting excited these last 2 weeks over the fact that Priceline (an Australia drug store chain) was having a Buy One Get One Free’ offer on Revlon. The reason for all the excitement was the fact that this deal covered the new Lip Butters that have been getting rave reviews across youtube and blogs alike. I’d seen some of the excited tweets but I managed to stop myself from buying any lipsticks until today when I stopped by my local Priceline store and the Lip Butter stand just called to me.

It was crazy how many shades there were but I managed to limit myself to 4. I decided on Pink Truffle, Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie and Lollipop. I’d orginally also picked up Tutti Frutti (a beautiful bright coral) but it turned out I had a tester in my hand and they were all out of the actual product 😦 I might try my luck tomorrow (the last day for the offer) and see if I can find it at another store.
The lipsticks come in silver bullets with textured plastic covers which are in a shade similar to the lipstick they belong to. The caps all have a clear window at the top so you can easily look through and see exactly what shade you’re grabbing if the coloured lids aren’t working for you. The lipsticks are completely wound down when new which is typical of lipsticks which are very creamy so as to prevent them from breaking. Always wind up as little of the lipstick as you can when applying so as not to put too much pressure on the soft lipstick.
The consistency of this lipstick is so soft and buttery (hence the name!) and they apply really beautifully. These lipsticks feel like a thicker balm on the lips which makes them such a joy to wear! No dry flaky lip with these babies! They’re also a lot more pigmented then I thought they’d be. Not all of the shades in the range are  like this but most of the shade’s I picked have a really good colour pay off. Swatched below from left to right is Pink Truffle, Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie and Lollipop.
I swatched each shade on my lips and then showed a comparison with my lips without product. First up is Pink Truffle which is a really beautiful pink toned brown. This is one of those ‘My lips but better shades’ for me which picks up on the pink in my lips and then creates the perfect neutral lip. Neutral lip shades are my favourite to pair with bright or smokey eye looks and I’d choose them any day over a nude lip.
Next up is Red Velvet which is a really pretty vampy red which has a slight plummy edge to it. I actually bought this shade for my mum but I can see that I may end up stealing it from time to time. This shade is perfect for the autumn season when compared to the bright orange toned reds I usually wear as it’s slightly toned down.
Next up is Raspberry Pie which is probably my favourite shade of the ones that I bought because I’m a sucker for red-toned pinks. This one is really pigmented and is one of those shades that brightens up your face when you put it on. This shade is made for sunny days and warm summer nights but will also look great brightening up an autumn look.
Last but not least is Lollipop. This shade is a gorgeous cool toned pink which has a really pretty purple irridesence through it. I love shades like this and probably have too many in my collection but I think they’re really fun to wear. I usually manipulate shades like this to make them pull more purple or pink by changing up the lipliner I wear underneath.
You can probably tell that I am loving these lispticks and I’d highly recommend them. The lipsticks cost a bit over $10 each because of the BOGOF offer but at the normal retail price of $20+, I don’t know if I’d have been willing to pick them up. This is nothing against the product but just because of my usual annoyance at having to pay more than double the US price for the same things! If you’re in Australia, the offer ends tomorrow so I’d recommend going and checking these out before they jump back to normal price.
Have you tried any of the Revlon Lip Butters? What do you think of them?

Lip liner love with NYX

I’m a self confessed makeup junkie and I’m always looking for my next hit so when I saw some NYX lipliners on sale for 50% you know I had to get some! I’ve never been big on lipliners but I’m starting to see their worth so I bought 12 of the colours I thought I’d get some use out of.

Here are the swatches in three different light settings. The colours are from left to right:
Row 1: 849-Beige, 810-Natural, 828- Ever, 815- Toast
Row 2: 840- Rose, 839- Dolly Pink, 816- Fuschia, 838- Purple Rain
Row 3: 841- Coral, 852- Pumpkin Pie, 813- Plush Red, 817- Hot Red

I love these lipliners! I’ve never really understood the point of spending alot of money on lipliners so it works out well that these are cheap and work really well. Like most lip liners these are a bit drying when used all over the lip but a tiny bit of balm under these makes them comfortable. Just don’t put on too much balm or they slip and slide all over the place. I love the fact that NYX has such a wide variety of colours and so many varying tones of the same colour so you can find the exact red or pink or natural colour you’re looking for.

My favourite colour out of the bunch has to be Purple Rain because I’m on a big purple kick at the moment. It has the perfect mix of purple and pink in it and it looks great with MAC Style Curve lipstick. I also managed to find a really good ‘my lips but better’ shade in the colour Ever. Every girl needs a ‘My lips but better’ lipliner, lipgloss and lipstick and now my trinity is complete! My lips have more pink than brown through them and this lipliner picks that colour up really well.

Here are some lip swatches. My lips are quite pigmented but they also have a lot of colour variation through them and my top lip is slightly darker than my bottom lip which is common for women of colour.

You can see how dry the pencil is but I hadn’t put any balm on. The colour is really good though and it evens out any discolouration on my lips.

I added a slick of clear gloss on top to show how you can easily wear a lip liner out without having to put on lipstick as well. I’ve been too lazy to mess around with lipstick during this hot Aussie summer so I’ve been using a lot of my lipliners in this way. You get the colour without the effort of wearing a lipstick.

So what do you guys think of the NYX lip pencils? Are you liking any of these shades or do you have some that are must have’s that I’ve missed? Let me know! And for any Aussies that are reading, NYX is available at random stores but you can always buy them online from The selection isn’t as big as what you can get from the US but it’s pretty decent. Otherwise you can try out which is a US retailer. Happy shopping!

It’s what’s on the inside that counts: Pixi Lip Boosters

I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit of a make up snob. I love my high end brands and the quality and luxury that comes with them. That being said, I’m not one to ignore an awesome cheap product just because of its lack of trophy status. This leads me on to my next post which is about Pixi lip boosters. Pixi is a brand that is sold at Target in America and it’s a brand that falls in the same category as Jemma Kidd’s Target Brand JK. I would be one of those people that would just walk past a product like this because it just doesn’t jump at you and get your attention because it’s not in pretty packaging and it just looks like what cheap makeup would look like. Here’s a picture:

As you can see there’s nothing special about this packaging, they’re just normal plastic twist up pens with a brush. How then did I end up with not one, not two but three you ask if the packaging was so boring? Well to be honest they came free with some orders I received and even though I was unimpressed at first sight, it’s what’s inside that counts and these little gems are like those awesome books you shouldn’t be judging based on ugly and boring covers. They’re meant to be a ‘maximising lip gloss which provides hydration and helps restore collagen’. Well I can’t tell you whether or not they help restore collagen but they do keep my lips hydrated and glossy!

Here are some swatches. The colours I got were (from left to right) Daisy, Sindrie and Trixie. Only Sindrie (the middle one) is non-shimmery.

The texture on these are different to other glosses I’ve tried because they’re not quite sticky but they’re not really smooth. They’re this strange in between texture which means they’re soft enough that you can still rub your lips together but they’re sticky enought that the gloss will stay on your lips. They definitely have a scent and the scent seems to vary from gloss to gloss with Sindri having an almost blackcurrant type scent (my favourite scent out of the three), Trixie having a sort of cinnamon like scent and Daisy having a caramel type scent (my least favourite scent).

Here are some on lip swatches:

Bare Lips

Daisy: My lips but better (and with shimmer) colour. I like this color but I have many like it.

Sindri: An almost red-brown brick type colour. I like the fact that it doesn’t have glitter in it and the colour is buildable. This is at it’s sheerest. You just need to be careful as the colour tends to settle into lines and around any flaking on your lips so definitely exfoliate before using this.

Trixie. This colour looks so bright and peachy in the tube but it just comes out looking like nothing special. It’s still a pretty colour but it has the same problem as Sindri where the colour tends to settle into the lines in your lips.
These glosses are worth giving a go if you happen to see them along your travels because I think that they do a great job at keeping your lips hydrated while keeping them looking pretty at the same time. You just need be aware that, because of the texture, this gloss tends to settle into the crevices on your lip but most of these colours are so sheer that it’s not really noticeable.

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss

I don’t know how or why I went for so long without buying this gloss. If I had of known how good it was this gloss would definitely have been at the top of my Wish List because this is the softest, smoothest gloss I have ever tried.

Here’s the packaging. Timeless and elegant as you would expect from a Chanel product.

I purchased the colour ‘Glass Quartz’ and it is the ultimate ‘my lips but better’ colour. It’s quite a sheer gloss but it’s opaque enough to cover the discolouration I have on my lips and makes them look even. I’ve been using this gloss everyday even when I’m just heading to the supermarket and it feels a bit decadent using a Chanel gloss as an everyday lip product but with a gloss this beautiful, how could I resist?

Here’s a swatch of it on my lips:

The product doesn’t have a smell or a taste that I’ve noticed which is great because alot of scented or flavoured lip products make me a bit nauseous. I also love that it comes with a brush applicator and not a doe foot one. I don’t know about you but lip products with a brush applicator just seem like they apply better in my opinion and the brush in this gloss is super soft.

I’m trying to work out the cons of this product and the only one I can come up with is the cost. It’s not the cheapest gloss but you do get a good amount of product (6ml) for the price but this is definitely a splurge item so save it for a day when you want to treat yourself. If you haven’t already tried this gloss then I urge you to go out and get one. You won’t be disappointed!

My lips but better

No matter how much I try to avoid it I keep buying the same lip colours but I know I can’t be the only one. My absolute favourite colours to get are those that look like my natural lip colour but just better. I thought I’d share a few of my faves.

Lips with nothing on for a comparison

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in Golden Praline
This gloss is so pretty. It has a gold shimmer in it so it’s great for a night out. The only problem I have with it is the smell which I think is supposed to be YSL’s trademark mango scent. I usually don’t really like scented lip glosses but for a colour this pretty, I can deal with it!

MAC Viva Glam Lip Gloss in V
This is very similar to the YSL one but I think the colour is acutally more opaque than the YSL gloss. It’s a nice gloss but it’s just a bit stickier than I would like but that’s true of most MAC glosses.
Loreal Color Riche Lipstick in 708
This is a lipstick but still a fave. I think I like this lipstick because it goes on quite sheer and is really moisturising so the end product is quite close to a gloss anyway! It does have shimmer in it as you can see. I know some people don’t like shimmer in their lip colour but I think it livens up the colour.

Lanolips Lip Ointment in Dark Honey
This is one of those products I walked past many times without taking another look at until I actually saw a swatch of it on someone’s lips. It looked so creamy and moisturising that I had to give it a go and I think it was less than $15 for 2 from memory. It does have a bit of a weird after taste because it is an ointment rather than just a gloss but I still love it and it’s great for those days when your lips are really dry.

Clarins Color Quench Lip Gloss in 12

I actually forgot all about this gloss until my friend reminded me that I had a few Clarins glosses that I should start using again. I put this on and I couldn’t remember why I stopped using it. It’s really soft and not sticky at all and this range has a really pretty fruity scent to it.