Saturday, March 30, 2013
I am going away for the weekend and decided to do a quick whats in my weekend bag blog post. I find going away for the weekend a great way to use up some samples. Generally I like to use samples as soon as I get them (I guess I am pretty rare), but lately I have been saving some of them for holidays. I got this see through makeup bag from the David Jones gift thing (see post here), and I love that you can see where everything is. I also put my brushes in a zip lock bag because I didn't want them to get squished.
Suigo Absolute Volume Shampoo and Conditioner: I love this shampoo and conditioner and I have been using them all week and they aren't even nearly finished... gotta love 60ml samples! I will reviewing these samples soon, these are perfect for a "salon" feel but at home.
Travel toothbrush: I got this from the orthodontist and I keep it in my handbag, very handy and travel friendly.
Colgate Optic White: I didn't get a chance to track down a mini toothpaste, so I am taking my beloved Colgate Optic White. I love this toothpaste.
Colgate Plax Mouthwash: This isn't actually Plax in the bottle, I top this mini container up with whatever mouthwash I have in the bathroom and I usually keep it in my handbag.
Rexona Naturals roll on deodorant: This is the roll on deodorant that I keep in my handbag in case I need to have a refresh during the day. This deodorant smells nice, but I don't use if often so I don't know how long it lasts.
Palmolive Luscious Mango Body Wash: I got this from a Bellabox a while ago and never bothered to use it. I no doubt will give a review of it when it ends up in my empties post.
Bandaids: Just in case there's any blisters.
De Lorenzo Elements Mudslide: Ok, I need to have a product to style my hair so I am taking a full size product. The boyfriend will be using this too so it works well. This is a putty type product that works well for styling my pixie cut, and doesn't feel greasy.
Bioderma Creline H2O sample: Just in case I have hard to budge makeup I thought I would bring this cute little Bioderma sample. Note to self: pack cotton makeup remover pads!
Ocean Essence Coconut Body Milk: I got this in the latest Bellabox I think... It's handy having a body moisturiser for after a shower.
Nivea Energy Fresh 24 Hour Anti-perspirant: This is a mini spray deodorant that I also keep in my handbag, perfect for traveling!
Invisible Zinc: We'll be outside a lot, and this is the only suncreen that doesn't leave me feeling greasy, and it is the only one that also actually stops me from getting burnt... most other ones just reduce the burn. This is amazing, but because it is so expensive, I only use it on my face.
Ella Bache Great 50+ Sportsblock Active sunscreen: I thought I would bring this for my body, but I don't know if it will be enough. I might have to bring a backup tube of suncreen too. This is 50 SPF and waterproof, so I am interested to see how well it works.
AWE Calming Serum sample: I don't know what this is like, but I thought I should bring a serum like product just in case. Clearly it is hard for me to give up my extensive skin routing for the weekend!
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse: Since I am leaving my beloved rosehip oil at home, I thought I would bring this multipurpose oil as a subsitute. This works on your skin and hair so its a great multipurpose oil to have.
Marc Jacobs Daisy sample: In case I want to smell nice :)
Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant, Clarifying Facial Wash, Replenishing Moisture Cream: Here is where most of my daily face care is - my cleanser, exfoliant (in case I need it) and a moisturiser. I haven't tried these, but I like this brand because their rosehip oil is amazing!, so I am curious to try the rest of the range.
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara and SauceBox Mascara: I should actually just bring a sample mascara, which I do have somewhere, but this is my current mascara combo. I find the Grow Luscious one is too wet and clumpy, but I am trying to use it up so I use it over the SauceBox one which does separate my lashes really well, and the Grow Luscious one adds a bit of volume.
Laura Mercier Eye Basics: I think this in the shade Wheat, but the label has come off so I'm not too sure. This is a skin toned eye product that has no shimmer, and you can wear on its own or you can wear it as a primer. I think its a really nice product because it looks natural but it also blanks out the eyelid and creates a nice canvas for eyeshadow. A primer is definitely needed with the Naked Basics palette so this is the one I chose.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer: I don't use concealer everyday, but this is a just in case my skin looks rubbish product.
Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation: I love this foundation, it is really easy to apply and is really comfortable. I chose this one because it's super easy to apply with your hands and it's definitely low maintenance. See review here
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: This is my new baby, and it is a basic eyelook in one mini palette, perfect for travelling. It has nude shades, crease shade, eyebrow shade, black and a highlighter - bam! everything you need! See review here
Bourjois Healthy Balance powder: This the powder I have been using lately so I decided to bring it along. It is also really thin and compact, and it gives a bit of extra coverage, which works well with my Max Factor foundation which is a light-medium coverage foundation. See review here
NARS Laguna and Orgasm minis: I probably won't both with contouring etc, but this is just in case I go out for dinner and want to look a bit more put together. See review here
MAC Cream Colour Base Movie Star Red: I love this on the cheeks, it lasts all day, and adds a nice pop to your makeup with a neutral eye. This also doubles as a red lip if I was planning on wanting to look a little more glam. See review here
Benefit Creasless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up: I can't leave this at home! This is my favourite eye product, and if I am in a rush then all I need is this and some mascara and my eye makeup is done. The shade is lovely and it lasts all day without creasing (unlike Maybelline Colour Tattoos which needs a shadow over the top).
MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde: This is easy to throw on, but I think it is a little too orange toned, so I will add some brown shadow from the Naked Basics Palette over the top.
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Espresso: This is a really smooth pigmented liner that is easy to apply, it also has a sharpener on the lid. Handy.
Physicians Formula Black Shimmer Strips: This liner lasts all day without smudging. I thought I would bring a black in case we go out for dinner etc, but otherwise I will use the brown. See review here
Real Techniques Accent Brush: I was going to leave this at home, but when I used all of these products today (testing to see if I needed anything else), I realised that I didnt have a brush that I could apply an inner corner highlight with.
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush: This is one of my favourite Real Techniques brushes. It is really tapered and thin, so it works well applying a crease colour or a darker shadow on the lash line.
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush: This is perfect for both applying a wash of colour over the lid, and also blending.
Everyday Minerals Angled brush: This is a super thin angled brush that works well for eyebrows and to apply a shadow on your lashline.
Artiste Professional Contour Brush: I use this for applying my cream blush, and although I generally like to use one to apply and the other to blend, I will try to make do with just the one brush.
Elf Blush Brush: I thought I would bring this just in case I did want to use the powder blush or contour... I just realised that I didn't bring a highlight... hmmmm I might need to add that.
Lust Have It Kabuki brush: I use kabuki brushes for applying powder. I like a lot of powder because I get quite oily, so I like to use a dense brush to really set the foundation well.
That is all! I do think I might have to find a highlight to bring though... not that I really need it. Is anyone else going away this weekend? What are your must haves to bring with you?
I hope you all have a great long weekend!
Friday, March 29, 2013
It's Good Friday so I thought I would do a Easter nail look... I was originally going to make my nails look like Easter eggs, but I have work later today and I wanted something a little more subtle. This is my attempt at a simple chicken nail look, but it looks more like happy faces, oh well.
So I used a yellow polish for the base, an orange for the beak, and black for the eyes. I used Sportsgirl Nail It! in Sunshine, Bourjois So Laque in 42 Orange Creation and the Konad Black polish.
I also used a small dotting tool, but you can easily use a toothpick or something similar to do this look.
All you need to do is put two dots for the eyes and then make a rough triangle shape of the beak and voilà!, you have a wonky looking chicken!
Hope you have a great Easter... and if you are nonreligious like me, then embrace the chocolate!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I have resisted and resisted and resisted jumping on the Urban Decay Naked band wagon, but I finally caved. You might be wondering why I resisted to long, but to cut a long story short, I wanted the Naked Palette when it first came out, but being stuck in Australia they were really hard to get, and the websites that were selling them at the start were ridiculously overpriced. Then the Naked 2 Palette came out, and I was torn between which one to invest in. Now that the Naked Basics Palette came out and I instantly knew this is a palette that would fit well into my makeup collection, since I definitely need more matte shades, and also a palette that I would use every day.
Anyway, I bought this from Look Fantastic for £20.00, or around $29... I may have also bought a second one for a giveaway soon.
So anyway this is half the size of one of the Naked palettes, and it contains six shades that are mostly matte. Venus is the only shade that is shimmery, and I think the addition of Venus is a very smart move because most people would want a shimmery highlight shade, and having Venus in the palette means that you can get a whole look in one palette. Foxy also seems to have more of a satin finish, but the rest are matte.
I love the packaging of this palette! It is smaller than an iphone, it contains a large mirror, and is made of really sturdy plastic that has a rubbery coating. This is not only very travel or handbag friendly, but this also feels like you could throw this across the room and it won't break... not that I will test it.
So the colours are very neutral and are perfect for a naked palette, but I do think that Foxy and Walk Of Shame are possibly a little too similar.
The texture of these shadows are so lovely, they are super soft and smooth, they nicely pigmented and are easy to apply. Since some of these colours are very soft, it would be best to wear a primer with these, also there can be some fall out with these because they are so soft.
|Venus, Foxy, Walk Of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave|
|Top row: Venus, Foxy, Walk Of Shame. Bottom row: Naked 2, Faint, Crave|
I love these shades, they are great for a nude eye look, and although I think Foxy and Walk Of Shame are too similar, I think this is the perfect palette for an everyday basic eye look. On first impressions, my favourite shades are Naked 2, Venus and Foxy. I Think Naked 2 is the perfect crease colour for people with pale to medium skin tones.
This is definitely encouraging me to invest in either the Naked or Naked 2 Palette, since I think this Naked Basics palette would accompany either of those palettes perfectly. What do you think of this palette?
Here is a quick eye look using all of the shades in this palette, some eyeliner and mascara...
Also keep an eye out for my 500 followers giveaway in the near future, where I will be giving away a Naked Basics palette along with a couple of other goodies.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wow this photo of my bathroom sink looks crazy packed! In person it really doesn't look that bad! I thought I would share what was on my bathroom sink, and to go through each item and mention whether I love it and would repurchase it, or whether its meh and I'm just using it up until I can buy something to replace it.
Starting from the left of the sink... this is where I keep my teeth products, hair styling products and hand soap. I only keep my hair styling product and my boyfriends styling product here, and all of my other hair products that I don't use daily (oils, heat protectants, hairspray etc) are kept under the sink.
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste: I love this stuff, and I have two tubes of this under my sink as a back up. I would love to review this product, but I have braces so its hard to show before and after pictures. I do however think this is whitening my teeth, and I really like the feel and taste.
Colgate Dental Floss: You can't see this very well from the photo, but there is a cup that contains a toothbrush, toothpaste and the dental floss. I would repurchase this dental floss, but I am not too fussed about which dental floss I use.
Urban Rituelle Organic Hand Wash and Hand Cream: I don't mind these products, but I don't think they are easy to find, and I wouldn't go out of my way to track them down. The hand soap is really earthy scented, which my boyfriend really likes, but I think both the products are just nice... they aren't my favourite hand products.
De Lorenzo Elements Earth Mud Slide Styling Cream: I got this product from the Lust Have It Eco Box in December, and when I first got it, I didn't have a pixie cut so I was worried it will go to waste. Since I got my hair cut, I have been using this to style my hair, and I really like it. I would definitely consider repurchasing it in the future.
KMS California Hair Play Molding Paste: This is the boyfriends choice in hair styling product, and we have two of these under the sink, so this will be on my sink for a long time.
Colgate NeutraFluor 220: I use this because I have braces and it is supposed to strengthen teeth... I have two of these under my sink too.
Onto daily skin care products:
Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Makeup Remover: I mainly use this to remove my eye makeup before I cleanse my skin. I find that this works really well, is really gentle and is really affordable. See review here.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: I love using this when I have early starts, I find that it really wakes me up because it has a lot of tingly eucalyptus. These are hard to get in Australia, but I may buy one of these on ebay in the future. See review here.
One Skin System Renewal Cleanser and Daily Hydrate: I really like these products, the cleanser is a nice fresh cream cleanser and the moisturiser is a light fresh moisturiser. My only problem with these products is that they look the same, both in packaging and the actual cream product... if I don't keep them in order I can easily mistake them. I am also a little torn with the moisturiser; I love the scent and feel of the moisturiser, but it is too light for a night moisturiser, and it doesn't contain SPF for a day moisturiser - it's a good product and I want to love it, but I don't know if it suits my skin routine. I really like this range though, and am keen to try the other skincare they have. See review here.
Biore Triple Action Toner: I am not really fussed with toners, and this one is fine. I also have a Biore cleaner in my shower and I really like it. I would consider repurchasing this, but I like to try new toners until I find my holy grail toner.
Onto other skincare products...
Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil: I love this stuff, and I tend to use this to take my whole face of makeup off (if I have heavy eye makeup, I use the Garnier makeup remover on my eyes first). It feels really nice and it melts off my makeup. This bottle has lasted me nearly a year, so I will probably repurchase this, but I might wait for it to go on sale on strawberrynet, because this is not cheap!
Pharmaoil Skin Therapy: Pharmaoil was having a giveaway of this oil on their facebook page, so I signed up to try a bottle. I believe this is a moisturising oil, and I have been using it on the dry skin on my back and my arms. I don't mind it, but it is quite a heavy oil, and I wouldn't want to use it on my face often.
U Skin Solutions Clean and Go Exfoliating Gel Cleanser: This is a strong exfoliant that works really well at scrubbing my skin, but I haven't used it enough to decide whether or not I would repurchase it.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold: I am not sold on this product, I do think it makes your skin feel really nice the day after you apply it, but it doesn't have any long term effect for me. I do have a back up of this, only because I got it in a pack with the night serum... I don't think I will purchase it again. See review here.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum: I am also not really sold on this serum, it isn't bad, but I don't think it is worth the price, luckily I got this in a good deal when they were changing to new packaging and the old packaged products were being sold cheap. I won't repurchase.
Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: I love this sunscreen, it is really thick and protects your skin from UVA and UVB. This also doesn't give that horrible greasy feel that other sunscreens give, which is why I am happy to wear it under my foundation on a daily basis (when I remember to wear it).
Organic Moroccan Oil sample: This is a little sample of a hair oil, and it's ok but I find it too runny for a hair oil, also the bottle is quite annoying to use. Once I use it up, I won't buy a full size.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: This will always have a place in my bathroom. It is the best spot treatment ever, and it has helped my skin so much! I am already thinking of buying a new one for when this runs out. See review here
Sukin Rosehip Oil: I need rosehip oil in my skin routine, and even though this is not my preferred brand, it's ok. I do prefer Kosmea and I have a Kosmea backup under my sink.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse sample: This is a multipurpose oil that smells amazing! I like to use this in my hair, on my face, on my body... anywhere. I have purchased a full size.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex mini size: My friend gave this to me because she is allergic to it. I don't use eye cream too often, but this one is ok... I don't see any rave differences, so I wouldn't purchase any time soon.
Anyway that's everything that I keep on my sink... maybe one day I will delve into under my sink so you guys can see everything that I am storing as backups and all my samples etc.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I normally post nail looks on Sunday, but I worked all day Sunday so here it is on Monday morning! I bought this light gold metallic nail polish from Sportsgirl on Wednesday (see review here) and I was quite surprised how well this nail polish lasted! Normally Sportsgirl polish lasts only a day or two without chipping, but this one hadn't chipped at all (mind you I did use a good top coat) so I decided to incorporate into a nail look.
So I used two coats of the Nail It! nail polish by Sportsgirl called Goddess, and I used a Wet 'n' Wild black for the tips. All I did was brush two strokes of black from the side of the nail to the tip of the nail, it's a really easy fool proof technique, so easy that you can do it on both hands without any help :P
I did like the effect, but I think its a little too bold for me... I might try this with less contrasting colours next time!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
I am not a big fake tan person, but there are definitely days when I feel like I need to add a bit of colour. For days like that, I love self tanning products that are tinted because you get an instant bronzed look. I have never invested much money on tanning products, but in the Feb Lust Have It Box, we were given this full size product of a self tanner by a brand called Summer Tan, and man this this awesome! This is $29.95 for a full size, which is not what I would usually spend on a fake tan, but this has definitely changed my opinion on higher priced tanning products.
I just wanted to quickly note that even though this is a dark shade, it does apply quite sheer, and works really well on my light skin tone... I wouldn't even mind if it were a little darker.
|One arm with Summer Tan applied, and the bottom arm without|
There are a few things that I love about this product, and the first one is the pump packaging. I love that you don't need to squeeze a tube when when you have hands covered in tanning lotion! Secondly I love the smell and consistency, it smells and feels like a moisturiser, and that fake tan smell only becomes a little noticeable after a few hours, but its very subtle. I love that it leaves your skin smelling like a moisturiser, instead of an overly sweet of fruity scent that is used to cover up the fan tan smell. Lastly, and most importantly, I love the colour! The colour is a green toned brown, which sounds a but strange, but it looks so natural on the skin. This doesn't look at all like you are wearing a bronzer, instead it looks like you have a natural tan. This also doesn't built up to a horrible orange shade when you apply this every few days for a week. I would buy this product over and over again because of the shade alone. Below is a comparison with a tinted tanning product by Garnier, which looks so much more orange, shimmery, and unnatural compared to this Summer Tan product.
|Garnier Amber Solaire and Simmer Tan Dark Self Action Tan|
There are a few downsides to this product, but they are manageable. Firstly this almost stains your skin almost instantly, which means that if you don't wear tanning gloves (which I don't) you will have crazy brown hands pretty quickly. My recommendation is to apply this to your legs and then wash your hands, apply this to your arms and then wash your hands etc etc... or of course you can just get tanning gloves. It is worth the hassle however, because the results are amazing. My second downside to this is that I find that this doesn't last as long as other tanning products, if you want a strong tan you will need to apply this ever second day or so, instead of other tanning products that only need around two applications a week to maintain.
Overall I love this product, it gives the results that I am looking for with a fake tan - a bit more colour with a natural finish. I also love that if you want to look super tanned for a night out, you can apply this during the day and it won't leave you with that horrible fake tan smell or that orange shimmery glow. Even though I rarely use tanning products, this has highlighted the benefits of spending a little more money on a more high end product.
What do you think of high end tanning products vs more affordable tanning products?
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Just a quick post on a nail polish that I picked up yesterday... When I catch up with my friend for a coffee, we often make Sportsgirl out meeting point, and it often means I don't leave empty handed. Yesterday I noticed that Sportsgirl have a bunch of new glitter polishes that contain really fine glitter that give the nails a metallic finish.
Here is what my nails looked like when I left the store...
I was going to buy a couple, but I only left with the shade Goddess, which is a silver and gold shade.
So this costs $7.95 and it is a polish that has really finely milled gold and silver glitter, which gives the overall look more of a light gold metallic finish. I think its really pretty.
This is what the polish looks like after one coat... I was pretty impressed with the coverage, you can definitely get away with just one coat if you wanted to.
This is what the polish looks like with two coats. This is one of those glitter nail polishes that leave a rough finish... it doesn't effect the overall look, but if you don't like the rough feel then you will need to add a top coat. I would also recommend using a top coat because these aren't the highest quality nail polishes on the market, and they will chip pretty quickly without a top coat.
Overall, I really like the look, and I love some of the other shades that have been recently released in Sportsgirl.
What do you think of this nail polish, are you a fan of metallic glitter nails?
This is what I have been wearing on my cheeks for the last few weeks, and I thought I should share it with you guys because I bought this about a year ago and it just sat in my drawer until I realised that it can be worn on the cheeks, and not just the lips. This was limited edition, but I don't think this Movie Star Red shade sold very well, because there are numerous sellers on ebay that are selling this for around $15, and I bought this on strawberrynet for a similar price. That's another good thing about knowing how to use these dark cream cheek products - they're pretty scary to look at, so they don't sell very well and you can often find them on sale.
I have never been a big fan of cream cheek products, because I find that they don't last very well, but this has changed my opinion of cheek products, and I am very tempted to buy any of the three dark cream cheek shades by Illamasqua. This cream product gives the cheeks a lovely flush, and it lasts all day on the cheeks.
|MAC Movie Star Red - blended and swatched|
If you love a bold cheek colour, which I do - especially in cooler weather, I would recommend trying red cream cheek products. Before using this as a blush, I just bypassed dark blushes like this and never even bothered swatching them because they looked so intimidating... but now they are my newest blush obsession!
I even made a video demonstrating how I apply this! So watch the video if you want to see what it looks like on the cheeks.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I have a review and a giveaway today (yay!) from a new up and coming Australian brand named AYA Cosmetics. I was contacted by Elizabeth to trial their lipsticks (how could I say no?!) and they were also lovely enough to add in a couple to giveaway. More about the giveaway at the end of the review!
On a quick side note, does anyone else pronounce the name as Arya... as in Arya Stark? No? Just me?
Back to the review!
So this is the 'Bare Basics' collection, which are moisturising mineral lipsticks that are vegan, naturally scented, lead free, cruelty free. They also packaged with all recyclable materials. This collection is the first of three collections that will be released this year.
You can find out more information at:
You can purchase the lipsticks at the website above or from the following eBay sellers:
Alwaysyouthful (for Australian sales)
Dusk to Dawn Beauty LLC (International sales)
These retail in Australia for $16.95 each.
Starting with the packaging... I really like the idea of using recycled cardboard as packaging, and I also like the bold graphic design. You might be wondering whether cardboard is sturdy enough for lipstick packaging, but it actually works really well and is very different from what you usually get. Don't worry, the part that contains the lipstick is still made of metal and plastic, but using cardboard on the outside is also a lot more environmentally friendly than using all plastic. My only recommendation is to keep this away from water :P
I was also happy to see that the ingredients list looks like a list of ingredients for a recipe, it's full of waxes and oils instead of chemicals. This lipstick does have a soft scent that you can only detect if you give the lipstick a strong sniff, and the scent is a soft fruity oil type smell.
|Swatches without flash: Naturally Nude, In The Buff, Just Peachy, Particular Pink|
|Swatches with flash: Naturally Nude, In The Buff, Just Peachy, Particular Pink|
You can see that the lightest shade is the Naturally Nude, which is a very light apricot toned nude shade. This is one of those shades that when applied heavily, it can look like you have applied concealer on your lips. I know that some people adore light lip shades, but they don't really suit me, so I find this shade more appealing when you do apply it lightly to the lips. If you are very fair and find normal nudes too dark, then try this!
|In The Buff|
*Drools* I have just found the perfect nude shade and it is called In The Buff. It is the prettiest pink toned nude that just makes me happy! This is definitely a my lips but 100 times better shade. It is also one of the creamier shades of the range. Love love love! When I first tried this shade, I had to share it on instagram:
If you love coral shades and want something that you can wear on a daily basis for a pop of colour, then Just Peachy is for you! I also love this shade, it is a bright mid toned peachy-pink, and I can imaging this looking good on everyone!
Last but not least is Particular Pink. I love this blue toned light pink shade, it is definitely a little more daring than the other shades, but I have been wearing this all weekend because it is such a fun shade. This is the driest formula of the four, so you will have to remember to apply a balm under this one.
These are knockout shades, and I have been playing with these lipsticks all weekend, and I thought there were a few things I should mention. Firstly, I didn't find these to be the most moisturising lipsticks, even though they do contain a lot of oils and ingredients that are designed to moisturise, I found that after a day of applying and reapplying these, my lips were craving a balm... mind you, I never apply and reapply lipsticks all day, generally I might apply a lipstick when I am leaving the house, so this might be normal for long repeated wear of lipstick in general.
Secondly, I have noticed that there are good ways to apply these and there are bad ways to apply them, and depending on how you apply them they can be amazing or they can be difficult to get along with. I noticed that if you apply too many coats, they can start to look a little cakey, so I think you get the best effect if you apply 2-3 swipes on your lips. Also, and this one is the most important in my opinion, once you apply these don't mess about with your lips. What do I mean by that? Well I find that if you start to press your lips together too much (like you might when you are applying a lip gloss) then the colour starts to become a little patchy (see photo below). This might be a hard thing to resist for a lot of people, but I find that if you apply this straight from the tube and then tap it out with your finger to blend it in, or to apply it with a lip brush, then you won't have a problem and the finish will stay looking lovely for a few hours (talking or general movement won't create this patchy effect). So like I said before, if you apply these correctly, they will look awesome, but otherwise they can be a little patchy... but if they do go patchy, then you just need to blend it out with your finger and you'll be fine!
Since I do apply these by tapping them into my lips with my finger, I do find that this takes off some of the shine and leaves the lipstick with more of a semi-matte finish (which I think looks stunning), so you may want to apply a gloss over the top if you prefer a glossy finish.
One other thing to note is that the darker shades do stain the lips. I personally love the stain it gives, but I thought I would mention it... also please excuse the tissue remnants on my lips.
Overall I think theses lipsticks look amazing! I love the shades and the finish, and I have found my perfect nude colour. I love that these are mineral lipsticks and are cruelty free, but I find that they aren't as moisturising as claimed (especially the pink shade). Also these aren't just a lipstick that you can slap on without thinking or without using a mirror, they can look amazing but you need to play around with how they best work for you.
If you are curious about trying these lipsticks, I am having two mini giveaways where you can win a lipstick in the shade Just Peachy or In The Buff.
I have decided to make this an Australian only giveaway, mainly because this is a new Australian brand, and because I will have an international giveaway when I hit 500 followers. You need to be 18 or over to enter, and this will be open for 2 weeks from the time this is posted.
To enter you need to follow my blog on either GFC or Bloglovin, and you need to leave a comment telling me your name, email address, what shade of lipstick you want to win, and how you follow my blog. Eg "My name is Kat, my email is email@example.com, I follow you on GFC, and I would like to win In The Buff".
You can also gain up to three additional entries by following me on each of the following twitter, on YouTube, or on Instagram (one entry for each), and you can gain two additional entries by tweeting about this giveaway. If you do follow me on twitter, YouTube or Instagram, don't forget to tell me your username/s. If you tweet about this giveaway, don't forget to tag me in the tweet.
You can only enter once, good luck!