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Thursday, December 9, 2010

MAC Paint Pot - Bare Study

Over the next few weeks i'm going to be blogging about a staple product in my every day make-up routine; MAC Paint Pots.

Paint Pots, like any other high quality eye primer, ensure that your eyeshadow stays on all day, stays pigmented, doesn't move from your eyelids and doesn't crease. Unlike other lid primers though, Paint Pots come in a variety of colours so they can be worn as a primer, or just as an eyeshadow. They're also really great at making eyeshadows 'pop', giving them a colour boost. 

I was going to do one big post on them but I really want to talk about how I use each one seperately so i'm starting with the one I use every single day.


Bare Study is a pale champagne colour, I would describe is as a pale white/pink with golden reflects.
I use this all over my lid and up to my brow every single day as my eye primer. It's perfect for almost any skin tone.

I prefer using bare study rather than a regular lid primer because of the extra coverage it gives over my eye lids (I have a few freckles on my lids, close the the eyebrow). It provides a new, even surface to work on.

If I do want to use a colour as a base, I will still apply Bare Study all the way up to my brow and then add another colour Paint Pot over the lid. Bare Study is versatile and is the perfect addition to any look.

A Paint Pot will set you back $30 but mine lasted about 18 months with almost every day use.

I recommend Bare Study for everyday wear on almost every skin tone, it's flawless, subtle and your eyeshadows will thank you.

(Bare Study does have a sheen and very suttle shimmer to it, if you prefer a Matte base or if you have darker skin, I recommed buying Painterly Paint Pot. It's a little more skin toned and doesn't have the same sheen.)


Q: Do you use an eye primer?

Disclaimer: I have worked with MAC on a professional level for many years and received a lot of my professional training from MAC. However I have never been employed by MAC and this product was paid for with my own money. I am not being paid for this review, all opinions are my own. 


Animal Testing: MAC has always maintained cruelty-free production of products and is against animal testing. There has been some controversy over the past few months but MAC is still maintaining that they do not test on animals. 
Some MAC brushes do contain animal hair. MAC maintains that the hair is is farmed ethically and cruelty-free. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MAC Eyeshadow Series - Satin Taupe

I have been obsessing over this shade and all it's glory lately.

MAC describes the shade just as 'Taupe with Silver Shimmer' which in my opinion is completely unjust. Satin Taupe is a fantastic neutral taupe with a very light lilac sheen with a silver glow. It is a Frost but has a much greater pay-off than most MAC Frost eyeshadow. It's light enough to wear all over the lid if you're in a rush in the morning and can be applied either light handed or heavy handed if you want to use just the one shadow to give a smokey effect.

I have been loving it in the crease over MAC Shroom. It's so easy to work with and would be flattering on every skin tone.
(Image sourced from www.makeupgeek.com)

This shadow would definitely make my Top 10 list of MAC recommendations. If you love MAC shadows and don't already own Satin Taupe, you are missing out.


Disclaimer: I have worked with MAC on a professional level for many years and received a lot of my professional training from MAC. However I have never been employed by MAC and this product was paid for with my own money. I am not being paid for this review, all opinions are my own. 


Animal Testing: MAC has always maintained cruelty-free production of products and is against animal testing. There has been some controversy over the past few months but MAC is still maintaining that they do not test on animals. 
Some MAC brushes do contain animal hair. MAC maintains that the hair is is farmed ethically and cruelty-free. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette


I am fairly certain that, by law, it would be a crime of me to own this palette and not review it.
I know you've already read 30+ reviews raving about this palette and, well, you're about to read another.

The Urban Decay Naked Palette flew off shelves in only a couple of days when it was first released. On the second round of paletted Sephora sold out online within 48 hours. Luckily though, the US is getting a brand new batch in the next few weeks (although Ulta stores are already stocking the palette).

The Naked Palette features 6 permanent shades, 1 repromote and 5 brand new and exclusive shades encased in a velvet-feel flip top case. The shades are incredibly pigmented and long wearing.

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(Image sourced from www.makeupgeek.com)

I have nothing bad to say about any of the shades.. except for one. Sidecar has an incredible amount of fall out, no, not just fall out, sparkly glittery fall out. After using the shade my face looked like a disco ball.

But if you excuse that shade, the palette is fantastic.

I have been loving Sin all over the lid with Dark Horse in the crease and a little bit of Creep in the outer corner. Half Baked is another shade that needs it's own mention, it is the best, most pigmented gold eyeshadow I have ever used.

In the US it retails at $44, I don't expect that it will hit Australia so I suggest using a mail forwarding service.
Or, if you're impatient like me and can't wait for it to come back in stock, you can go buy the palette at ridiculous prices on eBay.. (cough$80cough)

Also included in this little piece of heaven is a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion and a double ended eyeliner in Zero (black) and Whisky (brown)

Buy it, you'll love it. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser


I am officially banning myself from buying new cleansers. Over the past year I would have purchased at least 30 different ones, all of various different prices, just looking to find the best without realising that I actually had it right all along.

This is the general rotation:
Step 1: Buy a new, pretty, cleanser.
Step 2: Gaze at it's promises and beauty.
Step 3: Use it morning and night for 10-15 days.
Step 4: Notice either blemishes, blackheads, dry skin, oily skin or increased redness.
Step 5: Hate new cleanser.
Step 6: Go back to my box of half used cleansers and dig around for Neutrogena Deep Clean to save my skin.
Step 7: After 2-3 days of using Neutrogena Deep Clean, praise it, promise to never stray away from this heaven in a bottle again.
Step 8: Go shopping and see a new, pretty, cleanser.
Back to Step 1

So here is my oath:
Dear Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser,
I love you. You save my skin day after day, bottle after bottle.
I promise I will never be tempted by a fancy new bottle or a catchy name brand again.
It's just you and I from now on.
Love, Rebecca.


In all seriousness, this is an amazing cleanser. I have normal/combination skin and rarely have even a single blemish while using this cleanser. It retails for $13.95 a bottle in Australia, ($6.49 in Ulta if you're in the US) and I've probably gone through about 4-5 bottles in the past few years. It really is a skin miracle and I highly, highly, highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sleek Devine 'Storm' Palette


I'm never really interested in buying the 'lower end' eyeshadows. I've tried them all and they just don't compare to my higher end, higher quality shadows. But, surrounding all the hype about the Sleek Palettes, I decided to give one a go.

I can't be sure how much these retail for in the US, but I purchased mine online for $16, which is about the same price as a Maybelline or Covergirl quad.

There are many different palettes of different colours to choose from, I chose 'Storm' because it looked like it had the most wearable shades. The colours are a metallic finish (similar to a Velux Pearl from MAC) except for two matte shades (the third left on the top and fifth left on the bottom). After I opened the (incredibly nice) packaging, I straight away swatched each colour on my fingers and I was impressed but didn't get my hopes up.

I tried the colours the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day, etc, etc.
Bottom line, AMAZING quality, nothing like any drug store brand, I couldn't even class this palette as being of drug store quality. The pigmentation is fantastic, they last all day (over primer, I used MAC Bare Study Paintpot) and with the exception of one colour there was no fall out.

The navy blue colour (fourth in on the bottom row) has a lot of fall out, I couldn't make it work without looking like I had bruises over my face, which is disappointing but it's not going to stop me from buying more of these amazing palettes. The only other complaint is from the light matte shade, now I don't really like matte shades in the first place, but the colour pay off of this one is far less than the other colours (third from left, top row)

(swatches found on google images)

Every thing from the product to the packaging is great about this item.
I'm giving it a 9/10, half a point taken from the flakey dark blue, and half a point for the pale matte shade.

9/10

Saturday, August 28, 2010

LUSH Lip Scrub


If you don't know what a lip scrub is, it's essentially a sugar based lip balm exfoliant designed to remove dry skin cells from your lips. I've been making my own out of vaseline and sugar for years but it's never really been perfect. When I received an email update about the newest Lush products, as soon as I saw 'Lip Scrub' I was already sold.

If you're unfamiliar with the Lush brand, they are an all natural, all organic skin and body care brand based out of Canada but sold all around the world.

The lip scrub is essentially just sugar and jojoba oil, with a little added flavour, colour and scent.
It's nothing you couldn't whip up yourself at home, but it's just so practical and convenient to buy.

The scrub comes in three scents/flavours, Bubblegum (which smells like Snow Fairy), Mint Julips (which is, of course, mint) and Sweet Lips (chocolate scented). Being a reformed Snow Fairy addict, I fell off the wagon and went straight for Bubblegum.

I love this product. I use it every morning as part of my skin care routine. The jojoba oil nourishes my lips while the sugar exfoliates so I don't end up with dry, raw lips.

$9.95 gets you 25g. I've had mine for about two months with daily use and i've only used maybe 10% of the product.

The only down side of the product is that there is probably a little too much sugar and not enough oil, resulting in the product being harder to pick up and there is a lot that falls straight into the sink (or if you're like me and use it at a vanity, straight down your top).

The good by far outweighs the bad though and I will continue buying the product.

10/10

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Make-Up

This product has been a rising star in the online beauty community and as soon as I heard that it was a dupe for NARS Sheer Glow (A product that I can't buy in Australia) I had to grab it and give it a go.

On first use, this product was almost thrown in the bin. It's not like other foundations i've tried. I applied it far too thick and ended up looking washed out and my skin had a grey tint.

After working with it more, I started to like it. I apply my usual foundation with a 187 skunk brush, I stipple it on and blend it out. You absolutly cannot do that with this foundation. It's a lot thicker and needs more pressure to blend properly. Instead, I used a 190 flat foundation brush and very lightly sweep it on starting in the middle of my face and working outwards.
I end up with a semi-matte, medium but buildable coverage.

Would I recommend this product? Yes and no.

On the up side, it's cheap, it's non irritating and it has a good coverage. It lasts all day (which is amazing) and it doesn't add oil to already oily skin. It's soft enough to also use on dry skin.

The down side is that it is thick and can feel a little bit 'mask like'. It does last all day, but does start to lower itself into pores and fine lines towards the end of the day. And this is just a personal preference, but it's a little too 'matte' for me.

Compared to it's drug store competitor, Revlon Colorstay, this foundation wins hands down.

I should also tell you that when I do wear this foundation (which has been a lot recently), I mix it with my Clinique Even Better Foundation. About 70% Neutrogena and 30% Clinique, I find that it just adds a little more 'glow' and takes away a lot of the matte finish.

A great bargain and great product, I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a medium-full coverage and a semi-matte finish. It would work for all skin types.

Nivea 3-in-1 Waterproof Make-Up Remover


I've used a lot of make-up removers, there are some that i've liked and repurchased, there are some that i've managed to use up but didn't buy again and there are some that i've just hated.
I wear a lot of waterproof make-up, especially eyeliners and mascaras, and it is a pain in the neck to remove but I like it better.

When I think of Nivea, I think of High School. It's probably the cheapest skincare brand in any drug store and it was what I would always buy when I didn't have the money to spend on other brands. I haven't even touched a Nivea product in years, even through my quests to find that perfect eye make-up remover.

So there I was, browsing the skin-care isle of my supermarket with my sister, trying to find a remover that I hadn't tried before. After saying a swift 'no' to 5 or 6 removers that I had already tried, my sister pointed to this one. I saw the brand and answered with a biast 'no'. I told her that if a $19 remover wasn't going to work, a $6 remover wasn't going to work. While I looked for others, she read the back of it out to me and eventually convinced me to buy it. I'm now on my third bottle.

This is the first make-up remover that i've tried that removes most water proof make-up without having to rub my eyes within an inch of their life. It seems to just melt away most mascaras and eyeliner glides off.

Having said that, it's not fantastic at removing the one mascara that no brand seems to be able to remove which is Max Factor False Lash Effect. But it does try harder than others.

The formula is moisturising and it's a cream rather than a water-like liquid. It contains Chamomile which is great for night-time use. It's ophthalmologically tested, as all eye make-up removers should be, and it's suitable for contact lens wearers.

Great product, great value and i'll be happy to keep buying this.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Update

Among the distractions of online shopping and revelling in the world of online beauty vloggers, my own blog has gone untouched. Shameful behaviour on my part. However, it does mean that I have a whole lot of new products to review and a lot more to talk about.

It also means that in my searches of finding online stores that ship to Australia and still only charge American prices, I am able to indulge in some more high end products to review, (because seriously, Australia, who charges $22 for a Maybelline mascara?).

Heres a run-down of a few reviews I have coming up.

  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Make-Up
  • Clinique Even Better Liquid Foundation
  • Maybelline Colossal Mascara
  • Stila Smudge Pots
  • Bobby Brown Creamy Concealer
  • Benefit 'Ooh La Lift'
  • Benefit Hoola
  • L'Oreal HiP Blushing Cream
  • L'Oreal Hip Jelly Balms
  • L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Powder Eyeshadows
Just to list a few. If you have any products that you're looking for a review on, let me know.

So tune in, follow and let me know what you want to see!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer

 

I thought I was getting an amazing bargain when I picked this up at 50% off, turns out, not such a bargain.
But to be fair, i'll talk about the good points first:
  • The coverage is pretty good. It's not full coverage, but it's pretty close.
  • The formula is smooth and glides onto the skin easily.
  • On young skin, the cream would sit smoothly on the skin.

Now, the bad:
  • The staying power is below average, after a few hours it needs to be reapplied.
  • ANY fine lines will be filled in and highlighted, they gather a build up of the cream and it looks horrible.
  • The formula sits on the skin like powder. 
  • It's not smooth, it cakes up and looks like you have 10,000 layers of it under your eyes.
I think on really young, teenage skin, this product would be okay, not great but okay.
For someone in their 20's like myself, it's too harsh and not natural enough for daily wear.

Price: $7.45 (on sale from $14.45 - Australian Dollars)
Score - 10/10
Coverage: Medium/Full coverage, just as it states
Score - 10/10
Application and Feel: Matte to touch, a little bit like chalk. Easy to apply and blend.
Score - 5/10
Last: Lasts a few hours, needs consistent reapplication.
Score 2/10
General Comments: Not a great product for a fresh look, I wouldn't recommend it.


SCORE - 5.5/10

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lancome Eye Shadow Quad

  
 

I love cosmetics and nothing beats the smooth texture of a high quality shadow.
This particular eyeshadow quad is a Lancome sample quad that I managed to get my hands on at only a fraction of the cost. 

The colours in the quad are:
Off The Rack - A pale pink metallic, shimmery colour.
Latte - A soft ivory highlighter.
Ciel Du Soir - A dirty matte charcoal colour.
Spontaneous - A romantic berry purple.

I've used this quad almost every day since I bought it and I love it. It's obvious what the colours are for (Off The Rack - Lid, Spontaneous - Crease, Ciel Du Soir - Outer Corner, Latte - Highlighter) and they all work very well with each other.

One thing I love about Lancome shadows is that they are very blend-able, you don't need to work at them for a long time to have them look soft and well blended.

I love this quad and all it's colours but I have to mention how much I am in love with the combination of 'Off The Rack' and 'Ciel Du Soir'.


The effect that the soft, metallic/pearl look of Off The Rack combined with the dirty, matte look of Ciel Du Soir is really pretty and interesting.

(Apply Off The Rack over lid and above the crease, apply Ciel Du Soir in the outer corner and blend it into the crease)

The colours are pretty standard, almost every brand would have something similar. Let me know what you think :)


Finding Your Perfect Eye Make-Up Remover

Removing your eye make-up before you sleep is essential.  
It clears your skin of pore-clogging chemicals and allows it to breathe. It stops your lashes from becoming infected or falling out. Your eyes needs a break at night just like you do, that's why you need your perfect eye make-up remover.


There are six questions that need to be answered when finding a great eye make-up remover:



Does it uncomfortably sting your eyes if it gets in your eye?
Eye make-up removers shouldn't irritate your eyes. You should be able to wipe away make up without having to clench your eyes shut to avoid it getting into your eye. A very slight, very mild stinging sensation that lasts for only 1 or 2 seconds is okay, but if it is uncomfortable, irritating, or painful it's a definite no-no.


Does it leave your eyes red or puffy?
Your eyes should be clean, natural and soft after using an eye make-up remover. If your eyes swell, have a red tinge or become puffy then the make-up remover isn't right for you.


Does it remove make-up easily or do you need to rub your eyes in order to remove make-up?
To remove your eye make-up, you should apply eye make-up remover to a cotton pad and press it against your eye for about 20-30 seconds, it should then be removed in 2-3 strokes of the same cotton pad. Excessive rubbing of the eye causes tissue damage which turns into lines and wrinkles. You should never need to scrub at your eye to remove make-up.


Will it remove water-proof mascaras and eyeliners?
Obviously, if you are someone who doesn't wear waterproof mascara or eyeliner then this doesn't apply to you. But if you do, you need to be aware that waterproof make-up requires a lot more effort to remove which means that you need a stronger make-up remover. Make-up removers designed for water proof make-up will say so on the bottle or packaging.


Is it designed just for eyes?
There is a difference between facial make-up remover and eye make-up remover. Eye make-up remover is a lot more sensitive and designed to be on, near and around eyes. Facial make-up remover has more harsh chemicals to remover dirt and make-up from your skin. Applying facial make-up remover to your eyes can be quite painful or irritating. Many facial make-up removers are also not Ophthalmologically tested.

Is it Ophthalmologically tested?

While all eye make-up removers are required to be Ophthalmologically tested, there are a few that aren't.
What is my skin type? If a product is Ophthalmologically tested it means that it has been through many trials to ensure that it is safe for use on your eyes. They have had to undergo scientific experiments to ensure that your eyes will not be harmed in any way when using the product. This is of vial importance and you should always check that your eye make-up remover is Ophthalmologically tested.
Please don't be confused though by the lack of the words presence on a make-up bottle. Some companies, such as Neutrogena, list on their website that all of their facial care products are Ophthalmologically tested, there for they don't put it on all of their products. Do a little background check online for the product if it doesn't list it's testing on the bottle or package. 


What is your skin type?
If you have oily skin, you need an oil free make-up remover. If you have dry skin, you need a protective make-up remover. If you have sensitive skin, you need a sensitive make-up remover.
If you don't know your skin type, you can have it checked at a lot of make up counters such as Clinique.
Most people have what is known as 'Combination Skin' which means that they have oily places and dry places, or oily places and normal places. When you wake up in the morning, feel your skin. If it is oily or dry, you'll be able to tell.



Most skin-care counters will allow you to test out the products before you buy them, however if you are buying from a drug store or department store, you may not be able to test the product before use.
Finding out which eye make-up remover works for you may take a few attempts and a few different purchases but it is definitely worth it.

Here are my Top 4 Eye Make-Up Removers:

(Pictured from left to right, L'Oreal Bottle varies in different countries)

Garnier Nutritionist Night Cream


Moisturizing is an essential part of your skin care routine and a night moisturizer is one of the best things you can do for your skin. I'd never really found any type of day or night cream that I really loved, I just had ones that I used. That was, of course, until I tried the Garnier Nutritionist range. Not only am I in love with this cream, but it is the one I would recommend to anyone.

The cream combines equal parts of Magnesium, Omega 3+6 and Lipopeptides.

Magnesium energizes your skin and helps to boost the production of your skins natural skin cells while Omega 3+6 helps the skin defend itself in harsh conditions such as dry weather. In a combination, the two nourish and protect your skin, locking in your skins natural moisture.

Lipopeptides stimulate the production of your skins natural lipids. Lipids are what keeps your skin soft.

On the box it lists that 65% of users had noticably rested skin upon awakening and in 1 month 72% of people had smoother skin and 63% of people saw brighter skin.

These are the effects that the cream had on me:
  • After the first use my skin was noticeably softer.
  • When I woke up the next morning my skin was incredibly hydrated and touchably soft with no oily residue. 
  • After about one week of use my skin was brighter and I looked more awake in the mornings.
  • After two weeks, my skin held on the the dewy glow that this cream was giving me throughout the day and well into the night.
  • After two weeks of use, my skin was incredibly soft, smooth, balanced and nourished. As well as appearing firmer with a slightly more even complexion.

As for the natural side of things, the cream combines extracts from kiwi fruit (which you can smell and it's delicious), rose hip oil and hazelnuts.


Here's the rundown:

Price: $19.95 for 50ml (lasts about 6-8 weeks)
Score: 9/10
Cream Texture and Scent: Thick, like any night cream. Very smooth. Smells good, slight kiwi fruit smell.
Score: 10/10
Does it do what it lists: Yes, very nourishing and hydrating. The only thing I would change is making it a little less oily on application. While the 'oily' feel does disappear it would be nice for it to not be there at all.
Score: 9/10
Quality: High-end quality, I'll continue to buy it.
Score: 10/10

General Comments: This cream quickly became a staple in my skin care routine. It's everything I could ask for in a night cream.

SCORE: 9.5/10

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Toni&Guy - Refreshing Dry Shampoo


I've tried quite a few Dry Shampoos and this one has to be my all-time favourite.
For those who don't know what a dry shampoo is, it's a spray that absorbs all the oil from your hair that starts to build up a few days after a wash. That way you can get more time between washes while your hair still looks fresh and just washed.

What I've found from most dry shampoos is that they leave your hair feeling chalky and they take away all natural shine and texture. Toni&Guy dry shampoo leaves in moisture and doesn't look or feel powdery.

It does cover up some of the natural shine from your hair, but not so much that you hair looks dry.
It still leaves you with a fresh hairstyle.

The only flaw is that a bottle only has about 15-20 applications in it, depending on how much you use.
It can be purchased from department stores and leading supermarkets.

Here's the rundown:

Price - $14.95
Score - 7.5/10 (It's more expensive than others on the market, but it does a much better job. The only downside in the price is that the bottle is used up quite quickly).
Texture/Feel - Slightly matte but still touchable soft. Erases some shine but doesn't leave hair looking dry.
Score - 9/10
Application Process - A simple spray on the roots of your hair, nothing fussy.
Score - 10/10
Last/Wear - Lasts for about 8-10 hours and is a daily application.
Score - 10/10

General Comments: Like all dry shampoos, it does start to build up after a few days so I wouldn't recommend wearing it for more than 2-3 days in a row. I love this product, it beats all the dry shampoos I've ever tried.

SCORE - 9/10

Garnier Clean Sensitive Eye Make-Up Remover



Now, I don't have 'sensitive eyes', but like any eyes they do need to be taken care of. That is why it's important to have a great eye make-up remover.

The questions you need to answer in order to find a good eye make-up remover are as follows:
  • Does it uncomfortably sting your eyes if it gets in your eye?
  • Does it leave your eyes red or puffy?
  • Does it remover make-up easily or do you need to rub your eyes in order to remove make-up?
  • Will it remove water-proof mascaras and eyeliners?
  • Is it designed just for eyes?
  • Is it Ophthalmologically tested?
Garnier Clean Sensitive Delicate Eye Make-Up Remover ticks off only two of the requirements for eye make-up removers.

It stings. It's not a horrible sting but it does sting your eyes if it gets in your eye. If it stings for me, someone who doesn't have sensitive eyes, I can't imagine how it would feel for someone who does have sensitive eyes. The stinging lasts about 3-4 minutes.

It left my eyes slightly red and the veins in my eyes were more prominent for about an hour after use.

It definitely would not remove water proof mascara, even if I soaked my eye it would not come off. It did remove all traces of eyeshadow and eyebrow pencil though.

The points that it does pass in is that it is Ophthalmologically tested and is designed just for eyes.

I won't continue to use this product.


Here's the rundown:

Price - $6.95 for 150ml
Score - 10/10 - Compared to other leading brands.
Removal - Eyeshadow and pencils only, won't remove mascara or water-proof mascara.
Score - 4/10
Feel - It mildly stings your eyes and is uncomfortable. Leaves eyes slightly red.
Score - 4/10
Residue - Soft eyes, not oily, feels clean.
Score - 9/10

General Comments: While it's a good price, it doesn't work to a good enough extend to be worth the money. It's uncomfortable and won't remove mascara, two big no-no's in my book.


SCORE: 5.5/10


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - Nude Delight


I'm new to nude lips but I do love them. Rimmel makes great lipsticks and this one isn't an exception.
They moisturize like no tomorrow and they last for a descent amount of time.

Nude Delight (#700) is a great nude colour for those who are just figuring out how to use nude lipstick. It still has a bit of a pink/brown shade to it which keeps it simple and not overpowering.

When I bought this lipstick I wasn't sure whether it would have sunscreen in it but it smells like it does.

Heres the rundown:

Brand - Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick
Price - $13.99
Score - 10/10
Colour - Basic, exactly as it looks in the tube and is one solid colour all the way through.
Score - 10/10
Colour Last/Lock - 2-3 hours if there is minimal 'interruptions' such as drinking. It definitely leaves marks on glasses you drink from and does 'kiss-off'. However, Rimmel makes a colour lock formula to go with all their lipsticks that makes it last for hours.
Score - 6/10
Scent/Smell - Smells like a lipstick, nothing special. Smells the same way but with a sunscreen smell included also.
Score - 9/10
Moisture - Very nice, long lasting moisture.
Score 10/10

General Comments: I like it, i'd buy it again in this colour and other colours.

SCORE - 9/10

Zoya Matte Nail Polish - Posh


This is the first Matte Nail Polish that I've tried, I know I'm late in jumping onto the trend but I was convinced that I would hate it. I love nail polishes but one thing that I love the most is the shine. The whole point of Matte Nail Polish is that it has no shine at all.

So I bought this Zoya nail polish from eBay and the day it came I took off my original, shiny pink/orange nail polish and replaced it with this one. It's a dark red/plum colour when it's dry, quite a lot darker than the bottle.

The most noticable thing when applying the polish is the speed in which it dries. I could literally watch it dry as I watch the shine fade and the matte effect appear.
I was surprised by the feel of the nail polish, I thought it would feel rough or chalky but it's actually very smooth and nice to touch, almost like velvet.

As for the look, i'm not sold on it. I miss the shine.

The good thing though is if you buy a matte nail polish and you don't like it, you can put any top coat over it and you'll have your shine back.

So here's the run down:

Nail Polish: Zoya 'Posh' Matte Velvet Lacquer #500
Price: $AU11 - Brand New on eBay
Wear: I'm only on day three but there are no chips or cracks which is great, it looks as if it'll wear for at least 6 days.
Texture: Quite a runny formula, two coats is needed and it can get quite messy if you're not experienced at applying your own polish.

General Comments: It's 'okay'. The colour is great, the wear and the feel are great but the lack of shine looks like it's 'half-finished' to me. Maybe i'm just not meant to wear Matte.


Score: 6/10