Thursday, January 31, 2013
Just a quick review of a new self-tan gel that I bought the other day. This is the Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer, which is the tinted gel version from this range. I believe this retails for $13.95 here in Australia, but I bought it on sale for just under $10.
I am a sucker for a tinted gel tanning product, the main reasons are because it makes it easy to apply (and I am not very advanced with self tanning products), you see where you are applying the product, and you get an instant tanned appearance without needing to wait hours for it to develop.
I reviewed a similar tinted gel from Face Of Australia (see post here), and it was horrible! It didn't apply evenly and it didn't sink into my skin, but the benefit of a tinted gel is that I could see that it wasn't applying well and I was able to wash it off before it gave me tiger striped legs.
You can see that this is a dark amber/brown tinted gel which is pretty runny and contains a lot of shimmer. The tinted colour and the shimmer last on your skin until you wash it off, but by the time you do need to wash it off, the fake tan has developed. This product does smell like fake tan, even though it does have that typical Garnier fruity scent trying to mask it.
So you apply the tan directly to clean and exfoliated skin. It doesn't take much time to blend the colour into the skin, and you can see where there are any uneven spots so you can rub it in before the tan sets in. This does dry pretty quickly once it has applied - you have plenty of time to rub it in, but you don't have to stand there air drying before you put on your clothes.
Here is a bit of a weird photo... but it shows the tan applied to the leg on the left and not on the leg to the right. You can see that this gives an instant natural tan to the skin, which will develop further over the next few hours. It does give quite a natural tan finish, so if you want a stronger tan then you may need to apply it again the following day. I personally will probably use this once a week, just to give my skin more of a glow rather than a strong tan.
Even, easy application
Natural tan appearance
Smells like fake tan, even though it's trying to cover the smell with a fruity scent
Gives the skin a slight gold shimmery appearance until you have a shower.
Overall I am pretty happy with this tanning product, and I would recommend it to people who like no fuss tanning. Have you tried this product? What do you think of tinted gels?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Great news for Aussies, Lipstick Republic are now stocking Sleek makeup! You can buy the Blush by 3, the i-Divine Eyeshadow palettes, the Primer Palette and Pout Paints!
I have a few Blush by 3s, the Storm Palette and a few Pout Paints and I can definitely recommend them!
Check out some of my old review on these products:
Blush By 3
Blush By 3
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I have been waiting and waiting for my Lust Have It box this month, and I feel as though these days I am getting them much later than most people... which never used to happen. Anyway I was really excited to come home to this, but sadly one thing in this box sort of pissed me off and put me in a bit of a shitty mood, so sorry if this post is a little negative.
Lust Have It used to give out their monthly boxes in makeup bags, and after collecting about five of them, I am happy to see that they have changed their packaging. The boxes now come in... well... a box, and I believe there will be a range of these boxes (correct me if I am wrong). This one is pink, white and floral and could be recycled as a nice gift box, or you could even stack these on a book shelf and use it for storage, which is what I will probably do.
So this is a pretty well stocked box, it comes with a kabuki brush (which is what I am most excited about), a full size bb cream, and a full size lip gloss. As this box costs $15 per month, if you were to use all of these products then you're getting pretty damn good value. There is also a sachet of sunscreen, shampoo and conditioner, and sample bottles of Avene's Cleanance skin range.
Nude By Nature BB 5-in-1 Miracle Cream in the shade Dark - full size: Ok so lets get this out of the way! I was excited to try a new BB cream, especially since this is a full size product and I have never tried Nude By Nature, but I got the shade dark and I am generally a light, so this is the biggest waste of a BB cream! I will probably just throw this out! This would have been the most exciting product in this box but instead it made me feel like I am wasting $15 each month. If a beauty box is going to send full size makeup base products PLEASE ask what shade people are because this is ridiculous! If it were a sample, I could mix it with lighter products to get my shade, but as it is, I would have to buy two light BB Creams just so I could lighten this product... and I'm not going to do that! I feel pretty let down, and I have been a Lust Have It supporter for a long time, but I am at the end of my tether, and if it weren't for my annual subscription, I would be seriously considering unsubscribing.
So this is the packaging, I can't tell you what its like because I will never use it! I did open it however, so I could swatch it for you guys... and this is swatched on my arm, which has fake tan on it so my face is actually a bit lighter than my arm at the moment! There is no way I will use this rubbish, it will look like I have smeared chocolate mousse on my face. Rant over.
Lust Have It Kabuki Brush: On to the best thing about the box, the Kabuki Brush! I love using Kabuki brushes when I powder my face, and this one feels nice and soft and pretty dense. Definitely excited about receiving this, because EVERYONE CAN USE THIS! This does smell a bit funky though, really plastic and synthetic.
Elle Bache Great 50+ Sportsbloc Active - 20ml sample: Ok so I might have another rant here... I like the idea of including a sunscreen, especially a SPF 50 one, which I have never used before and I think they have only recently been allowed on the Australian market, but if you are going to include a 20ml sample PLEASE do not put in it a sachet! What is wrong with a small squeezy tube which I can actually put in my handbag? This will be opened, used once or twice, make a huge mess and I will throw it out. Not super keen on even opening this at the moment.
Klorane Shampoo and Conditioner 10ml samples: I think I got these in a Bellabox a few months back, and I didn't like them too much because the shampoo didn't foam too well. Anyway I am happy to give them another go... and at least the sachet mess will be confined to the shower!
Avene Cleanance Skin Range - 5ml samples of the exfoliant and lotion and 25ml sample of the Cleanance Gel: I really like the idea of including a range of samples from the same line. I am definitely intrigued by all of these products - the cleanance gel, the anti-shine lotion and the exfoliant!
Silk Oil Of Morocco Moroccan Lip Gloss - full size: I liked the look of this because it looks like a really vibant red, but it comes out really sheer and has these weird red chunks in it (see swatch below). I am not a fan of sheer red glosses, because they look like red jelly on the lips, and I prefer a more opaque colour, and I am not impressed with the chunks. The best thing about this gloss is that it smells like peppermint tea.
Even though this was a well packed box, I found that I was pretty let down because the BB Cream was SOOO off the mark with the shade that I feel like I have wasted my money. Normally I am happy to try things out and give hair products a go that I normally wouldn't use etc, but on this occasion I just felt like I really can't make this work, and I have had enough! If you are going to send out full size BB Creams you must ask people what their skin tones are! The best thing about this box was the kabuki brush, but I don't think one brush will keep me subscribed in the future! To top it all off, I hear that other people got Lush makeup! I wish I got that instead of this chunky lip gloss!
Does anyone want a dark BB Cream that has been swatched once? Otherwise it will be binned!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
A week ago I went to Chemist Warehouse and showed my haul (see post here), and I mentioned how I wanted to pick up a Revlon Colorstay, but they only had shades Ivory and a really tanned one... so during the week I went past another Chemist Warehouse and bought a Colorstay in the shade 150 Buff for $17.48! That's a pretty awesome price, since I hate spending over $30 for a drugstore foundation.
I also picked up another Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Darling for $8.98, I think I basically have the whole range of these now, and I am due for another review on my newest three.
I then got a Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Glow in Baby pink for $1.98! I was so tempted to buy the darker pink one and a few others, but I have SO many lip balms so I had to practice some serious restraint... which was really hard!
Lastly, I picked this Apivita Express Beauty with Grape mask... I actually got this from Priceline, but I thought I would include it anyway! I like these masks, but they are pretty expensive for two sachets of mask (ranging in price from $7.95 to $12.95), so I never buy them, but I used this grape one the other week and it was AMAZING! It is the type of mask that you leave on all night and my skin felt so good in the morning! After looking for these, I realised that its supposed to just be a eye mask, but one sachet covers your whole face, and I recommend trying it. This one cost $7.95, and if it ever goes on sale I will stock up!
Anyway, thats my small haul, I will try to review some of these products over the next few weeks.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
In the December Lust Have It box I got a Everyday Minerals blush, as well as a 10% off voucher for the Everyday Minerals website. I had a look at the website and I was umming and ahhing about a few things, but ended up purchasing the Brow Defining Kit, because it looked like great value and I use brow products every day, and I do actually use brow products up occasionally, unlike other makeup products like blushes. As the name suggests, this makeup is mineral makeup and they don't test on animals... I definitely need to start buying more natural makeup!
So this cost $10.99 and $5.58 shipping, and with the discount it came to a total of $15.47. The shipping did take a good 3 weeks to arrive, and I even forgot that I ordered this... which made a nice surprise in the mail.
This kit is currently on sale for $7.99 at the Everyday Minerals website
So I was pretty impressed when I opened this pack. It contains two brow/eyeliner powders - one in a chocolate brown shade called Dark Brown, and one black brown which is called Mrs. Coffee. This also comes with matte eyeshadow in the shade Rare Silk which is supposed to be used as a brow highlight, and lastly this comes with an angle brush. The containers come with sifters, which are good because they prevent the messiness of a powder product, but I find them a little annoying because it can make it difficult getting the product out... each to their own.
This brush is a small thin angle brush, which is great for defining your brows, but it takes a little bit longer to fill in your brows because it is smaller than a typical angle brush. I am amazed at what I got in this pack... because normally an angle brush alone would cost around $15 in a store.
|Swatches indoor lighting: Rare Silk, Dark Brown, Mrs. Coffee|
|Swatches in direct sunlight: Rare Silk, Dark Brown, Mrs. Coffee|
Rare Silk is a matte off white shade, and I like that it has been included in the pack, but on my eyes I find that this doesn't add much of a brow bone highlight... when I apply quite a lot it looks a bit powdery, but when I blend it, it is virtually undetectable. I like that it is matte, but because it doesn't show on my skin, it would have been possible better if this was a slightly shimmery shade. Since this this an eyeshadow, I will probably use it more on the eye lid rather than the brow bone.
Dark Brown looks quite red in the tub but does apply as a dark chocolate brown with a slight grey tone. This shade matches my eyebrows quite well, and since it is a powder you can choose to apply a little or to apply a lot. Strangely this does have a slight shimmer to it (which you may be able to see in the direct sunlight swatch), but it is not noticeable when applied.
Mrs. Coffee is a black brown, and I initially thought that this would be the shade I reach for, but it does apply very dark, almost black. If you have really dark brows, this would be perfect for you! I love that this doubles as an eyeliner, because that's what I will use it for, and it is very pigmented and easily gives a soft but strong eyeliner look, especially if you use the small angle brush that was also included in the pack. This is also slightly shimmery in the sun, but is barely detectable when applied.
|Using the brow kit|
The photos above of before and after using the kit. You can see that I have really sparse brows, with annoyingly long eyebrow hairs. Because of that, I do use brow products every day! The after photo is me using all the products in the kit. I used Dark Brown all over the brow, and then I added a bit of Mrs. Coffee to define the arch. This is a really bold look, and day to day I would definitely tone it down a little.
Overall, you can't beat the value of this kit, it has two large brow/eyeliner powders, a small matte eyeshadow, and a brush, and it's all natural mineral makeup. The only downside to this kit is that it only comes in these shades, which really only suit dark brows. I would love it if they had the Dark Brown for occasions when you want bold brows, but then a light brown for more a more natural look, and to suit people with lighter hair.
Have you tried this brand? What do you think of mineral makeup?
Friday, January 25, 2013
This is a quick look using two nail polishes that I have recently bought. The first one is China Glaze 862 Something Sweet and the other is Revlon 230 Popular. I was actually wearing Something Sweet when I bought Popular (see it in my recent haul) and decided to layer Popular over Something Sweet as an accent nail.
I was expecting Something Sweet to have a mauve tone to it, because thats how it looks in the bottle, but it actually is a true baby pink. This does apply quite streaky and you can get away with two coats, but for a more flawless finish you will need three coats. This does last a good 3 to 4 days with minimal chipping.
Popular is a sheer milky light pink shade with silver glitter of different sizes. The silver glitter actually looks more white on the nails because the milky polish mutes the silver.
Above is the look that I did with Something Sweet and Popular. I then took this polish off after a few days and decided to try Popular on its own. Below are photos of what Popular looks like with three coats. You can see that it is a sheer light pinky nude that doesn't built up to an opaque base. You can also see that the silver becomes a muted, almost white-ish glitter. I didn't know what to expect from this nail polish, and I did mainly buy it to layer it over other polishes, but I do quite like it on its own.
What do you think of these polishes?
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I was lucky enough to receive these lipsticks to review from Lipstick Republic. I have been buying makeup from Lipstick Republic for a few months now and I can't sing their praises enough! They are a great Australian website that sells hard to access makeup brands for really affordable prices. Lippy Girl is a Canadian brand that makes eco friendly, natural, organic, vegetarian and animal friendly makeup. These lipsticks sell in Canada for $15.50, and they sell here in Australia for $15 on Lipstick Republic! FINALLY there is a website that treats Australians like equals and doesn't ridiculously over charge!
Before I move on to the review, check these lipsticks out at the Lipstick Republic website, and don't forget to use the discount code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order.
Onto the review, and even though I sent these for review, I will review them as if I bought them myself.
So the packaging is very cute with a baby pink box and girly logo. The names of the shades are fun and cheeky, with names like mother pucker and sassy ass. The names might not be for everyone, I can't imaging buying one of these for my grandmother... although my mum would get a kick out of them.
The lipstick tube itself is smaller than the typical lipstick, but contains 3.8g of product, which is actually 0.8g more than a MAC lipstick. The tube is a black plastic and has the logo in pink on the side, and a sticker with the name and details on the bottom. The plastic doesn't feel like its great quality, and the bottom part of the lipstick can sometimes come off when trying to open the lipstick. This is not a big deal, but if you get one of these and it happens, don't worry its normal. I like good quality packaging, but I would prefer a makeup brand to put more money into the product than the packaging, so I'm not fussed by this, especially since these cost $15... if they cost $50, that's when I would be disappointed.
|Left to right: gob smacked, nudist, sassy ass, home wrecker, nonplussed, mother pucker, vexy vixen|
|Swatches without flash. Left to right: gob smacked, nudist, sassy ass, home wrecker, nonplussed, mother pucker, vexy vixen|
|Swatches with flash. Left to right: gob smacked, nudist, sassy ass, home wrecker, nonplussed, mother pucker, vexy vixen|
These are very smooth buttery lipsticks that are a pleasure to apply, they feel like I have just taken a chunk of cocoa butter and have rubbed it on my lips. These are what I wanted Revlon Lip Butters to be like, but they weren't. As you can see from the swatches, they have decent colour pay off, but you can apply them more sheer if you wanted to. You will also notice that all of these are pink toned, even the nudes have a tone of pink... so if you don't like pink lipsticks, these might not be for you, but if you love pink then you will love every single shade. These aren't shiny, but you can see from the swatches with the flash, that these have a bit of a sheen. These also don't have a typical lipstick smell, they smell more like wax, which does linger for a while... but its not unpleasant. If you look the ingredients (see photo below), you can tell why these smell like wax. As I said before, these are very smooth nourishing lipsticks, so they aren't designed to be long wearing. I was pleasantly surprised that they can easily last around 2 hours without eating... this of course vary with some of the darker shades lasting longer, and the lighter shades like nonplussed having a shorter lasting time. However these are easy to apply, and are just as comfortable as a lip balm.
Gob smacked is a really nice neutral pink, its the type of pink that would be a great first date shade, and would suit a lot of skin tones.
On my lips, nudist looks similar to gob smacked. It is not as bright as gob smacked, and has a more nude/mauve tone to it. This is definitely a "your lips but better" shade, and would be a great work lipstick.
When I saw sassy ass in the tube I instantly thought that this was a shade that I would be drawn to but would rarely wear because it is too bright... but when I swatches it and saw that it is actually quite sheer, I instantly fell in love! This is my favourite lipstick of the moment as it gives your lips a nice subtle pink pop that is perfect for warmer weather.
The swatch doesn't do home wrecker justice! this is a really nice dark berry tone, that you can build up or blend in for a more stained appearance. I think I will get a lot of use out of this in Winter.
I am always drawn to light nudes and I always want them to like me, but they never do. Just like sassy ass, I was very happy to see that nonplussed was a sheer lipstick, because it means I can actually wear this shade without looking dead. This is a light nude, that gives a natural look on the lips, but slightly lightens the lips and adds a pink tint.
Mother pucker reminds me of Lime Crimes Retrofurtist. It is a sheer vibrant red that gives almost a jelly finish to the lips that looks really fresh and unique. This can easily be sheered out to give the lips a stained look.
Last but not least, vexy vixen is a vibrant pink that almost looks magenta on my lips. This a really fun colour that any lipstick lover will adore.
I didn't know what to expect from this lipstick range, but I was pleasantly surprised! Normally I love a long wearing lipstick, but these days I am preferring comfort over longevity, and these are perfect! They feel like a lip balm and they provide a great pop of colour without making your lips feel uncomfortable and dry. Like I said before, these are what I wished the Revlon Lip Butters were like, but the Revlon Lip Butters didn't impress me, but these do, and they are cheaper and contain better ingredients! If you are looking for a comfortable, natural, and affordable lipstick, definitely give these a go!
Check them out at the Lipstick Republic website!
Here is a photo of me from last week wearing sassy as...
PS How cool is my new header! Thanks to the boyfriend for drawing that for me!