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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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Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels- review and swatches

The Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel’s are new to Australia and well worth checking out. You might be sceptical the way I was but these are not the scented polishes of your youth which came in tacky shades and bubblegum sweet smells. These Revlon polishes come in 24 sophisticated and fun shades which match perfectly with their complimentary scent. The scents aren’t discernible until the polish dries but once they do they reveal subtle and complex scents which last for about 3 days even under a top coat.

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The scents are divided into fruits & florals, sweets & spices and the freshes. It didn’t surprise me that the fruits and florals range were the colours and scents that I was drawn to the most. My next favourite were the sweets and spices range because the shades in this range were so lovely and I liked the scents more than I expected. The freshes range was full of scents that sounded lovely but the shades didn’t draw me in as much so I didn’t really try out this range.

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Before I begin with swatches, I feel like I need to add my disclaimed. I am not a nail blogger so I apologise for the messy polish application!

Pink Pineapple (fruit and floral)- This scent smells the way you’d hope it would but the formula is not ideal. As a white based shade, this does tend to go on streaky and even after 4 coats (yes I said 4!) the colour still isn’t even as you can see below. The shade itself isn’t unique and I really only bought it because the scent drew me in.

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Apricot Nectar- (fruit and floral). Another shade and scent which are perfectly named! The shade is a lovely peachy shade which is perfect for spring. The formula had similar issues as Pink Pineapple but, as it’s more pigmented, the streakiness wasn’t as noticeable.

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Ginger Melon- (fruit and floral). Loved this scent and the shade is perfect for summer! It’s a lovely bright coral shade but it took me 3-4 coats to get the colour to sit evenly.

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African Tea Rose- (fruit and floral). This is a straight up rose scent but it smells of fresh roses instead of potpourri roses which I liked. The shade is a mid tone pink with a blue iridescence through it. I usually don’t like pinks which have this frostiness to them but I really liked the way this looked in person. The formula was a little watery but applied smoothly.

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China Flower- (fruit and floral). I have no idea what a China flower is or what it’s meant to smell like but this had an almost musk like/incense scent to me. I liked it and it was a nice change to the sweeter scents. The colour is what really drew me in though and this gorgeous orangey-red shade is so sophisticated. The formula was a but thin but it reached full opacity in 2 to 3 coats.

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Bordeaux- (sweets and spices)- This shade looks and smells like Sangria! It’s a really lovely rich burgundy shade. The formula was more on the watery side but was easy to apply. The first coat seemed almost red but the plum tones started to come through as I added each coat.

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Autumn Spice- (sweets and spices). This has to be the perfect fall shade! The scent smells like pumpkin pie and has discernable scents of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Those are usually smells I stay away from but this was not overpowering and I actually found it quite comforting! The star here though is the shade which is a gorgeous rich warm chocolatey base which has a shimmer through it which shifts from bronze to copper to burgundy depending on the light. This is my recommendation if you only buy one shade because it’s actually unique!

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Lime Basil- (fruit and floral). Love this shade of green and the scent is also lovely and sweet yet refreshing. The formula though is a bit thick and uneven.

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Balsam Fir- (sweets and spices). This is another great fall shade with a scent that I was surprised I liked. The scent had an almost pine scent to it and reminded me of the outdoors. The shade is a slightly greyed out forest green and is very chic.

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Italian Leather- (sweets and spices). Yet another perfect for fall shade which seems to be the trend with the sweets & spices range! This is another complex shade that changes depending on the light. It’s a slightly green toned grey which has a gold shimmer running through it which shifts from icy gold to a warmer gold. I don’t love this shade on my skin tone but the colour itself is lovely. The scent is meant to be leather but it just smells sort of sweet to me but from time to time I can pick up a whiff of the leather tones in this.

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Beachy- (freshes). This shade is a bright metallic coppery bronze. As is the issue with  most metallics, the brush strokes are visible when this dries. The formula was watery but easy to work with. The scent on this disappointed me but that’s probably because I was expecting it to smell more like the ocean instead of like the sand.

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I loved the bottles these come in and think they’re lovely to display but, apart from the novelty of the scents, most of these shades can probably be found in much better formulas from other brands. There are some gems in here though so they’re definitely worth checking out.

These sell for $16AUD or $6USD each. If you live in Australia and have been wanting to try these out, this is the perfect time to try them out since Chemist Warehouse is selling them for 50% off (until 29 May 2014) and Priceline is having a ‘two for $16’ (which is the same as 50% off and runs until 28 May 2014) sale.

Have you tried any of these perfumed polishes yet? What do you think of them?

~Blush FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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I love when I decide to photograph a look and then, by some good fortune, it ends up working perfectly for one of these Antipodean Beauties challenges! This look is one I tried a few days ago and the inspiration is makeup that I saw a makeup artist from Mecca wearing a few months ago. I noticed how amazing the vibrant orange shade was that she had on her lids and when I asked her about it, she said that she was wearing NARS Taj Mahal blush.

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I love Taj Mahal as a blush and and it’s one of my ‘brown girl staples’ but I always forget that it can be super pretty on the eyes. The last time I used it as an eyeshadow was back in 2011 when I was travelling in Sri Lanka and had very minimal makeup with me so I had to improvise with what I did bring. I used it in the eye look below and, if you’re interested in what I used, you can check out the original post by clicking here.

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I decided to try out a ‘blush only’ eye look and used NARS Blushes in Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross and Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume d’Or. Now I should add a disclaimer here that, while I use blushes as eye shadows, many blushes are not considered ‘eye safe’. This is because they may contain red pigments and dyes which aren’t made for use around the sensitive eye area. I tend to keep pink and red toned blushes on the lid only and keep them away from the waterline and haven’t had any issues. If you have very sensitive eyes though, you might want to take more care.

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clockwise from top left: Chanel Brume d’Or, NARS Taj Mahal, Gina and Albatross.

To get the look below I used:

  • NARS Taj Mahal on the lid
  • NARS Gina on the inner lid
  • Chanel Brume d’Or to blend out the crease
  • NARS Albatross as an inner corner highlight
  • Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid liner in black on the top lashline
  • YSL Faux Cils Mascara on the lashes

 

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I applied a combination of NARS Taj Mahal and Gina to the cheeks as well to tie the look together.

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I finished up the look by applying Natio Smoothie Lip Colour Crayon in Hazel to my lips. I wish I’d gone with something more orange or peach toned and actually ended up changing out the lips later for Lanolips Ointment with Colour in Rhubarb.

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What blush would you use as eyeshadow?

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?

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Peach

From the numerous posts that I have read on many beauty blogs, it seems that things that make beauty bloggers go crazy are taupe eyeshadows, peach lipsticks and coral blushes. I can tick off 2 of those 3 items but peach lipsticks have never done it for me.

I thought that with spring fast approaching, I’d give peach another go so I picked up Revlon’s Colorburst lipstick in Peach and I have to say that I may yet be converted to the peach loving majority.

The packaging for the Colorburst line is stunning and is very high-endesque and I absolutely adore the quilted pattern!

The shade is a sheer orange with a tinge of pink through it and it’s almost slightly frosty.

I tried to do a comparison with similar shades from my collection but my lack of love for peach means that I could only find 2 that were sort of close. Swatched below is Revlon Peach Colorburst lipstick on the left, NYX Heredes Round lipstick in the middle and NYX Soft Matte lipcream in Antwerp on the right. I think MAC See Sheer would also be in the same colour family but a friend of mine has it so I couldn’t do a comparison swatch.

My lips are quite pigmented so this shade shows up as a very natural shade that leans slightly orange but I do need to build it up to get it to the shade you see below.

I love the formulation as it’s quite moisturising but you do need to make sure that your lips are exfoilated as the slightly frosty sheen means that it picks up on any imperfections. This isn’t a long lasting lipstick and as it’s quite sheer, I use it more like a tinted lipbalm than anything else .

I’ve been wearing it paired with coppery eyes (MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow) and orange cheeks (NARS Taj Mahal) and I really like the effect as it’s sunkissed without needing to go out in the sun. It also works well to balance out a smokey or bold eye on my warmer skin tone.

I’ve been eyeing a few other shades from this line and I also want to try out Soft Nude as I know it tops quite a few ‘perfect nude’ lists.

Have you tried any of the Colorburst lipsticks? Is there a shade you recommend? Leave me a comment below!