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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?

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Blush of the Day- Savvy by DB Classic Blush in Plum

Today I’ve got Savvy by DB Classic Blush in Plum. These blushes are only $5 each (and I think only available at Priceline?) but they’re much better quality than I expected. My main issue with budget blushes is that they tend to be really hard to blend, or too powdery and lack pigment. These are actually quite nice and apply well.

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They come in boring packaging and the product isn’t as buttery as some of my high end blushes but they go on evenly and are easy to blend. I just apply it with my NARS Yachiyo brush and I’m good to go. The shade Plum is a lovely rosey mauve shade so it’s a little misnamed but beautiful anyway.

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I actually ended up being a little too heavy handed with it when I first applied it because I assumed it would lack pigment so I had to go back and blend it out with my powder brush. I like this product and I think it’s a really lovely autumn/winter shade that’s easy to wear with multiple looks.

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~Luxe FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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This week’s challenge is ‘Luxe’ so I decided to use some of my favourite luxury brand products in a look. For my base I used:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation,
  • Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen (concealer)
  • Burberry Beauty Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation

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For the eyes I used:

  • Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire as a base
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Iridescent Leather
  • Hourglass Calligraphy liquid liner in Cognac
  • Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension Mascara

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I wanted to stick with a bronzey highlighted look so I used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Brume D’Or on my cheeks. This is a gorgeous shade that gives a lovely sunkissed look to the cheeks.

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I finished up the look with bright red lips because nothing says luxe more than a luscious red lipstick. For today’s look I decided to go with Dolce and Gabbana Voluptuous Lipstick in Attractive Monica. This lipstick is part of the range inspired by Monica Belucci and it’s a lovely creamy, rich and pigmented red shade.

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What’s your favourite luxe product?

 

Lip of the Day- Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle

Just a quick post showing my lip of the day from yesterday. Autumn is well and truly here in Melbourne so I’ve been wearing a lot of my rich plums, burgundies and wine shades. I also really love matte shades during this season so I’ve got Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle over NYX Plum lipliner.

 

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~Over the Top FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It’s time for another Runway inspired Antipodean Beauties challenge. This weeks theme is ‘over the top’ and I thought the Dior 2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture makeup was appropriate. Rainbow eyes and a vampy lip seem pretty over the top to me!

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I think that the model’s brows was covered and then drawn higher for the original look but I decided not to for my look. Covering the brows would allow for more space to fill in and, if I ever recreate this again, I think I would go to the trouble of covering my brows.

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The look calls for many bright shades so I decided to use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and Sugarpill shadows. The shades I used are swatched above and from left to right they are NYX Jumbo pencils in Hot Pink, Yellow, Rocky Mountain Green and Electric Blue. The Sugarpill shadows are Dollipop, Buttercupcake, Acidberry, Midori, Mochi and Afterparty. The product swatched on the end is the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Purple.

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I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base and patted the Sugarpill shadows on top. I also applied Sugarpill Tako (white) to the inner corner and underneath the blue on the outer corner to anchor the brighter colours. I finished up by lining my eyes to add some definition.

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For the lips I used NYX Cocoa lip liner topped with Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb.

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Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in Mosaic Gold and Copper Element- Review and swatches

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Do you ever have one of those moments where you decided you just have to have something even though you’ve lived perfectly a perfectly full life without it before? That’s how I felt right before I went and purchased these Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts. I woke up one day and decided I just had to own a rose gold eyeshadow but, as much as I tried searching for one, I couldn’t find the exact shade I was looking for. I came across these and decided that I’d buy them as my consolation purchase.
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I bought the shades Mosaic Gold and Copper Element and I they’re both beautiful on their own or when combined. I loved the packaging these come in and the design releases enough loose powder without making a mess. My only concern is that the lid doesn’t seem very secure as it’s a flip lid so I’d be careful when travelling with them.

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Mosaic Gold is a white shadow that reflects gold and reminds me of one of my favourite inner corner shades, MAC Solar White. Copper Element is a fiery copper shade that is perfect as an autumn lid shade.

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Here’s Mosaic Gold on its own:

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Here’s  Copper Element on its own:

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I usually wear both shades together with Copper Element on the lid and Mosaic Gold on the inner corner and just blend out the crease with a mid tone brown. The shades go perfectly together and the resulting look is very radiant and easy to pair with both neutral or bold lips.

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These shadows seem very finely milled and are quite pigmented on their own. I’d still apply them over a base though because they do tend to have a bit of fall out. There’s a really good shade range in this line and, if I didn’t already have way too many eye shadows, I might have been tempted to pick up more.

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The box has a ‘Pro Tip’ which says that you can mix the loose shadows with a clear gloss to make a lip gloss. I was really curious about how these shades would look on the lips so I mixed them with NARS Triple X lip gloss (a clear gloss) and gave it a go. I used Copper Element all over my lips and then patted Mosaic Gold in the centre. It’s an interesting look but not one I’d ever wear out!

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I decided to pat some of the Copper Element over MAC Ruby Woo to see how it would turn out and it was lovely. The usually matte and bright Ruby Woo ended up turning into a perfect fall shade with the gold mixed in.

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These sell for $25US/$35 AUD. They’re not cheap but I’d recommend them if you find a shade you love enough.