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Rimmel Kiss & Stay Lipgloss: The gloss that stays just a little too long

This month’s ILoveThisBox sample box contained a full sized lipgloss by Rimmel. I thought it was great that that they included a gloss in there but I only wish they had gone with a different kind! Don’t get me wrong, I like Rimmel as a brand and I own quite a few products by them but every brand has hit or miss items and this was most definitely a miss for me!

The product is called ‘Kiss and Stay’ as you’re meant to be able to wear this and have it be kiss proof. I was given the colour ‘First Kiss’ and the product is in a double ended tube with one side containing the Step 1 colour which is a bright pink. The Step 2 side contains a super sparkly mauvey gloss which applies clear. The Step 1 colour is the one that has the long lasting properties in it.

Without flash:

With flash:

So I put on the step 1 colour not expecting much to happen and before my eyes I can see my lips start to shrivel and I just get this crazy amount of tightness on my lips! Just look at how dehydrated my lips look!

I put on the gloss after that and, while my lips started to get some mositure back in them, the tightness was still there if a little bit reduced.

The shade is… ok. It’s not my favourite as the pink that was included is very reminiscent of the shades of pink that was big in the 70’s and has this unflattering pearlescent sheen to it and the gloss side is very 90’s looking! I think that if the gloss was just clear or even in the same colour family as the coloured side, this product would have been vastly improved. Also, I would have loved for the pink side to have had more depth to it. This shade may look great on you but it just wasn’t working for me.

Don’t let the picture below fool you, I was acutally counting the minutes till I could take this stuff off and you’ll see why in a little bit…

When it came time to take this off, I decided to do what I always do and tried rubbing this off with a tissue but this is what I was left with:

The thing just wouldn’t budge! Since that didn’t work, I tried using a makeup remover wipe and I was rubbing so vigorously at this point!

I wasn’t really getting anywhere so I brought in the big guns and went at my lips with The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ. I can’t explain how brutal I was and here is the result:

It still wasn’t completely off! I had to finish up by rubbing at my lips again with my makeup remover wipe. Finally I was back to my thankfully product free lips! My lips felt so sore after this whole saga though. The only benefit for me was the reminder that I should exfoliate my lips more often because they were so soft afterwards!

Ok so I know that this product aims to deliver kiss proof lips and that it succeeded but does anyone really need lips that kiss proof?? I mean there’s longlasting lipstick and then there’s a product like this which almost tatoos itself to your lips! This may be what some of you are after but I like a product that I can wipe off with a normal amount of makeup remover when I’m done with it.

I’m putting this firmly in my fail basket because while you may need to suffer for your beauty sometimes, there’s no need to suffer this much! I know this wasn’t the most objective review but some products just bring this out in me!

What do you think of the product? Have you tried it before? What’s your top fail product?

Estee Lauder Polished Platinum Pure Colour Eyeshadow swatches and EOTD

I’d never tried Estee Lauder eyeshadow’s before purchasing Polished Platinum and I have to say that I am very impressed and definitely plan on getting more.

The packaging is gorgeous but I didn’t expect anything less from this brand. The product itself is pigmented with a soft texture that isn’t chalky which is my test of a high quality eyeshadow.

The colour is a silver that has a gold shimmer through it. I usually stay away from silvers but the gold edge to this shadow makes it quite wearable on my skin tone.

Here it is compared to MAC Electra eyeshadow on the left and MAC Patina eyeshadow on the right. You can see that it doesn’t have that blue undertone to it that a lot of silvers like Electra tend to have.

I decided to use it in a smokey eye look today and applied it as an all over lid colour on top of Blackground Paint Pot.

I also used:
MAC Concrete eyeshadow in the crease
MAC Typographic eyeshadow to darken the outer v and crease
I used a mixture of MAC Electra eyeshadow and MAC Forgery eyeshadow around the tear duct
I used Milani Liquifeye pencil in Silver along the bottom lash line and darkened the outer corner of the bottom lash line with MAC Typographic eyeshadow
I finished up by lining my top lash line with Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black and coated my lashes with Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black.

On the rest of my face I’m wearing:
A mixture of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen in S104 and Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Wheat
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Orange
TheBalm Time Balm Concealer in Mid-Medium
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural
NARS Powder Blush in Gina
on my lips I’m wearing Pixi Lip Booster in Trixie

MAC Sea & Sky EOTD

A while ago Alicia from Funny Face Beauty had a makeup competition which I won a prize in except there was a bit of a mix up with the prize I got. Alicia felt guilty about it (even though she did nothing wrong) and sent me a few things to make up for it. There were quite a few things in the package I received it and it was all stuff I’ve been wanting to buy.

One of the things I received was a MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow in Sea & Sky and I am in love with it! It’s an eyeshadow duo with one side which is marbled and swatches as a sky blue and the other side which is a solid rich bright blue.

As with all mineralize eyeshadows, this product can be used wet or dry. I’ve been using it wet as a lid colour but have been using it dry in the crease. I swatched both colours wet and dry to show you the difference:

The left two swatches are dry and the other two swatches are wet.

The marbled side is pretty to look at but the colour itself isn’t very exciting. The solid colour is absolutely stunning though and it’s not comparable to any of the blues I already own. The pictures also don’t really do it justice and it really needs to be seen in person.

I swatched the eyeshadow against some of my other MAC blue eyeshadows:

left to right (All MAC): Marbled side of Sea & Sky, Tilt, solid side of Sea & Sky, Deep Truth, Atlantic Blue, Prussian, Contrast

I’ve been playing around with this eyeshadow a bit and my favourite way to apply it is to use the dark blue on the lid in a smokey eye.

To get this look I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid up to the brow bone
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over the lid just up to the crease
The dark side of the Sea & Sky eyeshadow applied wet all over the lid just up to the crease
The light side of the Sea & Sky eyeshadow to blend out the edges of the dark blue
MAC Contrast eye shadow on outer lid and into the crease
MAC Typographic eye shadow (dark grey) to darken crease and outer v
MAC Naked Pigment on inner lid and around tear duct
MAC Solar White eye shadow around the tear duct
NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black on upper lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara on lashes

Smokey Burgundy EOTD

I’ve been loving all the summer themed posts that have been popping up on alot of blogs but living in Australia means that I have to wait a while for summer to show its face. Seeing as I haven’t seen much winter EOTD’s lately, I thought I’d try one for myself.

Winter is usually about the greys and blues but I’m still stuck in Autumn mode so that means I’ve been loving all my burgundy’s, plums and rusty oranges. I haven’t really given my MAC Antiqued or Cranberry eyeshadows any love of late so I thought I’d throw them into a look. The look came out very smokey and dramatic so I’d personally reserve it for a night look.

Here are swatches of the products I used: (From left to right) MAC All that Glitters, Antiqued, Cranberry, Sketch and Embark eyeshadows and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on liner in Corrupt

Here’s how I got the look:
I started off by priming my eyes as usual with Urban Decay Primer Potion also bringing it on to my bottom lashline
I then patted MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all over my eye from lashline to brow bone
I patted MAC Antiqued eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid
I patted MAC Cranberry eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid and blended the point where the two shadows meet
I took MAC Sketch eyeshadow on a belnding brush and worked it in to the crease and outer v
I then darkened the crease and outer v with MAC Embark eyeshadow and also worked it into my bottom lashline
I blended out the crease using MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow
I took some MAC All that Glitters eyeshadow on a pencil brush and worked it around my inner corner
I lined my top lashline with NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black
I lined my waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Corrupt
I coated my lashes in Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara

Beauty on a Budget: NYX Round Lipsticks Part 2

The rest of the shades I have in the NYX Round Lipsticks are (from left to right): Heredes, Snow White, Milan, Louisiana and Tea Rose.

Heredes: This is a gorgeous coral/terracotta shade and I am in love with it! It looks so gorgeous against a warmer skin tone and I think it works well as an autumn or spring shade.

Snow White: I’ll admit that I bought this for the name alone but I really like it. It’s a slightly deeper red than I usually buy but it looks lovely and luscious on the lips.

Milan: This is what I would class as a true mauve shade. It’s relatively easy to pull off but it’s not my favourite.

Louisiana: I bought this shade on a whim and I’m glad I did because it is gorgeous! It’s a lovely bright pink that leans warm.

Tea Rose: This is one of those shades that gets recommended alot which is why I picked it up and it’s nice but not my favourite with my skin tone. I’ve seen lots of girl who are of a fairer skin tone rock this and it looks awesome on them!

Beauty on a Budget: NYX Round Lipsticks Part 1

I’ve bought a few of NYX’s Round Lipsticks and I thought it was time I swatched them.

From left to right: Creamy Beige, Champagne, Cocoa and B52

Creamy Beige: Concealer Lips alert! Not the most flattering shade on me so I definitely need to pair it with a darker lipliner.

Champagne: This shade looks a bit strange on me and I haven’t figured out why. It has a slight purple irridesence to it and is more of a frost shade.

Cocoa: I love this shade! I think it’s a gorgeous neutral lip colour that’s really easy to wear. I think it’s also very work friendly.

B52: This shade is slightly pinker than the above shade but still quite pretty.

The NYX Round Lipsticks have a cult following mainly because they’re cheap but still quite pigmented. These products are super creamy and go on really well but my major pet peeve with these is the smell. They all have a really strong artificial smell which I haven’t been able to pinpoint but I do find it quite offensive. Luckily it does wear off after a while but I still wish NYX would just make these without a scent!

Since these are really creamy, the wear time isn’t very long but I can still usually get about 2 or 3 hours of wear if I don’t drink or eat. I purchased mine from They’re usually $2.50 on this site but I sometime wait till there’s a 50% off sale on NYX and then buy them.