Sunday, 9 October 2016

Colourpop 'foxy' ultra matte lip review

Hi all!,

This week I am writing about my recent purchase of the Colourpop foxy collection of 5 stunning mini ultra matte liquid lipsticks. 
First up as always a bit about the brand!
ColourPop was born, raised and made with love in the City of Angels. Founded in 2014 by Seed Beauty, they pride themselves on being wallet friendly and bunny approved.
Colourpop's products are tested in the nicest way possible, leaving fur babies to be fur babies and experimenting on people instead (the people at ColourPop HQ to be exact!). 

Beeper- warm mid-tone taupe
Clueless- dusty mauve pink
Tulle- dusty mauve burgundy
Creeper- true classic blue red
More Better- deep violet wine
If you would love to check out the colourpop website click here. They have amazing swatches of this collection on different skin tones, they are all so flattering!

Application tips
Make sure your lips are bare, dry, and exfoliated for the smoothest finish. Apply a matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. Next, apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. It's suggested to store these babies upright and shake before application!
This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips leaving SUPER intense colour with a bold, ultra matte finish. It's very long wearing and completely kiss proof!
So these are they first lip products/any products I have purchased from Colourpop. I have very much enjoyed them so far but for sure have to be in the right mood. I find that if my lips are even a tad dry that I cannot handle having these on, but that goes for any matte lip product. 

These I purchased without any lip liners (I have since purchased matching lip liners) and I can apply them reasonably ok without lip liner's but it is difficult and is not overly neat, it would be better with lip liners!. Since purchasing a few liners I have not actually applied these again ( But I will). To be honest everyone, I have purchased so so many lip products lately that I am struggling to go through them all on rotation to try....that sounds just awful! Do you have that problem to??!?
They do dry to a complete matte and are transfer proof, they will last all day through food and drink if you want them to . I personally cannot wear matte lipsticks for a 8 hour work day because I am talking so so much in my job it just starts to get uncomfortable for me. 
I love the intense pigment of the colour of these and cannot wait to try out the rest of the range of satin lips, glossy lips, and more matte lips plus all of the liners that I have recently purchased. 
Have you got this collection or other colourpop products? Let me know down below if you have or anything else you might suggest! I would so love to hear from you and get some response of your thoughts, also like this post if you would love to see more Colourpop!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Nyx butter gloss review

Happy weekend everyone!

Today I wanted to spread my love on the nyx butter gloss! As you all know I am a giant fan of the nyx cosmetics line and these are my most beloved product so far out of there range.

These are so easy to wear, and very nourishing on the lips. If I do not take care this does end up on my teeth which is a bit of a pain but its a simple fix as just being careful with application and also taking the time to do the few tricks I know to avoid this getting on my teeth.
This will last all day if left alone, which of course is really impossible because we need to eat and drink! While eating and drinking it 100% will transfer onto your food & cups, but that is ok!

There are so far 34 shades in the range but I am sure so many more are coming out! The shades available are:
Angel food cake - Mauve
Apple Strudel - Peach
Blackberry Pie - Black
Cherry cheese cake - Orange
Cherry Pie - Red
Cotton candy - Pink with a blue undertone
Cranberry Biscotti - Deep berry
Creme Brulee - Natural
Cupcake - Hot pink
Devils food cake - Deep plum
Eclair - Pink
Fortune cookie - Nude
Gelato - Purple
Ginger snap - Chocolate brown
Madeleine - Mid tone nude
Maple blondie - Deep peach
Merengue - Pink lilac
Peach cobbler - Red-orange
Peach crisp - Peach
Peaches and cream - Pink coral
Pink buttercream - Coral with a pink undertone
Praline - Deep nude
Raspberry pavlova - Red brown
Raspberry tart - Violet
Red velvet - Deep red
Red wine truffle - Burgundy
Strawberry cheesecake - Warm pink
Strawberry jam - Strawberry red
Strawberry parfait - Fuchsia
Sugar cookie - Bright fuchsia
Sugar plum - Lavender
Sunday Mimosa - Light peach
Tiramisu - Brown
Vanilla cream pie - Mauve

To visit the nyx website click here

This is a stunning pink. It is wonderful and more of a natural tone pink and would look stunning on every skin shade. This is another gloss that looks great with or without makeup and doesn't look out of place either way.

Angle food cake
This is my favorite shade that I own out of this range and my favorite general nyx lip product. It is a mauve color and I wear this one most days and am going through this one fast! This shade is very close to my own lip color so I find it looks really nice and evens out the color of my lips and actually makes them look bigger!

Apple strudel
This is a stunning peach gloss! I love the way this looks with a summer dress and simple makeup. 

Cherry pie
This is a wonderful true red. I have not been able to fit this into my normal day to day makeup as I do not feel I suit red lips! It is so so stunning!

Creme Brulee
This is a wonderful natural color on the lips and goes with majority of makeup looks. I find this is a great shade for my skin tone when I am not tanned or even if I have no makeup on. It doesn't wash me out a lot which is a big problem I normally have with light pink lip products.

Make sure to check out the website as they show all of the colors and they are so so beautiful. I cannot wait to get more of these but I have such a nyx obsession I think I may have to wait a bit longer, my makeup collection is growing a lot!

So as you would have gathered these are a gloss finish on the lips which looks great and is very flattering on most lip shapes. The colors come off as very sheer with a small amount of pigment to them. So if you are wanting a full look these wont work for you but I find these are the best product for my lips on a day to day basis because they are so easy to remove without a mirror and if you are a busy person like me that will really sell you on a product!

Well that is it for this week! I really hope you have enjoyed this weeks post and come back next week for more!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

My favorite outfits from the 2016 Emmy's

Hi all!

This week I am bringing something a bit different and hopefully something that you also really like! This is my favorite looks from the 2016 Emmy's.

Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace
Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace

I adore the fit of this dress for Emilia's body type. She is strong and is slightly curvy. The color of the dress really suits her fair skin!

Sophie Turner in Valentino dress and Forevermark jewelry
Sophie Turner in Valentino 

I know a lot of people have displayed there hate towards Sophie's choice of outfit but I love it! With the debut of her now blonde hair I think black was such a good choice for her. It stands out against her skin tone but is very flattering. I really enjoy the fair of the skirt.

Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu
Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu

Ok, this I think is really my most favorite dress from the Emmy's this year. The cool tone red really suits her complexion and the cutouts give it that bit of a difference. It has a slight train to it which I really enjoyed and gave her a bit of a flair for the night.

Olivia Culpo in Zac Posen
Olivia Culpo in Zac Posen

In general I think I would have disliked this dress if it was in a different color like black which I feel I have seen numerous times. I enjoy this dress and the difference it has towards the top of the bust and also towards the calf. It is something we do not see that often in white & cream/tan shades.

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad
Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad

I love this dress so much! The pattern in stunning and the deep slit in the bust suits it so much! I like the different shades involved in this as it suits her lovely skin tone and blonde hair.

Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams in Marcus Lupfer

I enjoy everything that Maisie selects for fashion statements. She has a great style. I love the difference this dress makes with the different embellishments on the top half and her dramatic hair and makeup really balance it out.

Emmy Rossum in Wes Gordon
Emmy Rossum in Wes Gordon

I really like it when someone selects a striking white dress! This has a hip length leg slit which will look stunning when Emmy walks. She has a great body so can really wear something like this with grace and style.

Mandy Moore in Prabal Gurung
Mandy Moore in Prabal Gurung

I do not enjoy this color at all on a lot of people. But this is really nice on Mandy Moore. With her new show just out (which I love!) I am so glad that she chose this. It makes her a bit different surrounded but all the glitter and glam. The multi layer with ruffles is definitely a style I have not seen in a good while!

Julianne Hough in Simon G. jewelry
Julianne Hough in Armani

I enjoy the basic yet not so basic style of this dress that Julianne chose. The strapping detail on her shoulder is just beautiful. The coral red/orange shade is stunning against her skin tone. This looks a lot more comfortable than a lot of other dresses at the Emmy's!

Sarah Hyland in Monique Lhuillier
Sarah Hyland in Monique Lhuillier

This is so so different! I like it! I really like that Sarah chose to wear pants at the Emmy's, we do not see that look a lot on the red carpet from women and this is a very different look in general than what we normally see. The split train is a very nice feature that would look nice when involved in movement. 

Ariel Winter in Yousef Al-Jasmi
Ariel Winter in Yousef Al-Jasmi

I think out of all the outfits I really like at the Emmys , Ariel's dress is the most daring . It is not daring in the way that it shows a lot of skin because of the slip underneath but the style and cut of it is more unusual. I like the fake cutout look and that she did chose to wear a slip because I think a lot of people would chose it without! The dress itself is fairly skin tight and she has a wonderful body to show off! I enjoy the silver color against the nude and also her skin tone. The pattern on the silver is different as well and very striking to the eye. I am so happy she chose this!

Well that's it for this week everyone! I hope that you really enjoy this different post instead of beauty related this week! Let me know if you are keen for more!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Goodness chia seed grab and go kit review

Hi everyone!

So today I am so excited to bring to my blog a few items from the goodness range!

I am new to this brand so decided to purchase the grab and go kit which is a great idea to let someone really give the products a go before investing in full sizes. I purchased my set for NZ $24.99.

A bit about the goodness brand if you are not familiar . They are natural & vegan-friendly. Something I love is that they do no animal testing on there products and also made in New Zealand. And they use certified organic chia seed oil which has so many great quality's for your skin! 

Goodness products are available in Australia and New Zealand and I hope eventually they will be available world wide. The people that made this wonderful brand also made the trilogy natural skincare and the Ecoya range. I have never tried the trilogy range but I just adore the Ecoya range, I actually didn't know that they were behind all these different products!

Another thing that really sold me on the goodness range in that they have the NZ best in beauty award. So if all the above things didn't pull you to love them that really should, its a big achievement to have that! 

Below is what I got and how I am finding them so far.

Every Day Cream Cleanser (20ml) 
With all the goodness of apple extract, chia seed, avocado and coconut oils. I really enjoy this as an everyday gentle face wash. I have sensitive skin and have had no issues at all with this.

Every Week Face Scrub (10ml) 
With all the goodness of powdered pumice, chia seed, avocado and coconut oils. I have only tried this twice since purchasing and while its not my favorite product out of the range it is a more gentle exfoliating type face wash I own which is nice for the times when I am having a bad skin flare up and cannot take the more intense products. 

Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil (5ml)
I’ve got the balance of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids just right. I love this! This is really one of my favorite products I own. I can apply this on its own to hydrate my skin or add it to any moisturiser for that little bit extra I might need.

Every Morning Moisturiser (20ml)
With all the nourishing goodness of bilberry and hibiscus extracts, chia seed, avocado and coconut oils. This is a wonderful moisturiser and I very much enjoy using. It is thin and lightweight so is completely fine to use under makeup and is hydrating enough that it gives me enough to last all day without my skin getting dry and sore.

Every Evening Cream (25ml)
With all the goodness of honeysuckle flower extract, chia seed, avocado and coconut oils. I use this most out of all of the products in this kit. I like to use an oil twice a week on my skin at night time then the rest of the time this is what I use. I find this gives me a lot of hydration to my skin and is great for sensitive skin. 

Visit the goodness natural beauty lab here.

Have you tried this brand or similar products? let me know!

Well that is it for this week!

Have a wonderful week everyone.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

L.A girl pressed powder review

Hi all,

This weeks post is on the L.A Girl pressed powder! This is the cheapest pressed powder I have ever purchased at NZ $9.04 which is an absolute bargain.

L.A girl cosmetics can be purchased all over the world and is a brand that is really starting to make an impact. You can find a product for every step of your makeup look in there range. They are also cruelty free which is great! 

This pressed powder can also be purchased for USD $7 for any American readers. There is also 18 shades in the range which is such a great thing to see a brand do. It can be so hard to find the perfect shade sometimes so that makes it a bit easier.

What I was looking for: The main thing that I look for especially for powders is that it helps reduce shine. Since I have oily skin this is a big thing for me because I do not always want to try and blot and fix up my make up throughout the day. Since this is designed for a matte finish this gets a big tick for what I want!

My first impression: On first application I noticed that the powder is very creamy and silky. It comes with a little puff but I find it evens out my complexion more if applied with a brush and buffing it into my skin. It doesn't appear to clog pores which is an added bonus and looks extremely natural & lightweight so would be great for everyday use. 

Can it be built up? This is another thing that I had to consider. Can it be buildable enough that it can work well for everyday work use. So far its good, I have not used it to a thick coverage but its been very easy to get it to a medium but natural pigment on the skin.
This little compact comes with a puff applicator and a mirror so would also be perfect to keep in your bag. 

If you would like to check out the L.A Girl NZ website click here.

Also I have now joined Bloglovin which displays my social media and also my other blog! Make sure to check it out and follow! 
Do you have a favorite powder or makeup product you cant live without? Let me know below!

That is all this week everyone, have a lovely weekend and week!


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Australis velourlips minis review

Hello all,

This week I wanted to do a review on the Australis Velourlips. I have this collection of mini's to review today! 

Australis is a great brand! Upon finding them in my city I have adored there range and cannot wait to try more products. I am very keen on trying there foundations as I have seen a lot of reviews stating that they are great for sensitive skin and they do have products for matte purposes. Australis does not test on animals and is also Vegan friendly and have no palm oils in there products. I really like this brand not only for its products but for how they are so open and proud of what there brand stands for. Best of all this wonderful brand ships worldwide and is not expensive at all!

There are 24 colours in the Velourlips range which is heaps to chose from, I think everyone would be able to find a number of shades for there own preference.

I have the following colours:

Hon-o-loo-loo - A baby pink
Ho-chee-min - A neon barbie pink
Mil-a-no - A peach orange
Los-angel-es - A light lilac 
Lun-dun - A pink with a purple undertone

What are these? These lip creams are a great concept. They go on as a cream then dry to a matte finish. They are designed for long wear and have a great colour payoff. They apply with a doe foot applicator. These are great if you are wanting an all day look that wont budge and doesn't need a lot of top off and doesn't flake, or cake!

My first impression : The colour is amazing,compared to other products of a similar nature that I have these have a lot of pigment to them. For me these dried out my lips extremely painfully. I was not dehydrated nor did I have sore lips at all so I didn't expect to have any issue with anything matte but these were possibly the most drying lip product I have ever used. The colour looked great on the lips and really pop from far away but I did notice it amplified every single line on my lip, which didn't look that good to me.

A couple of the colours are to intense for me right now but I know I will use them in time.

Scent: These smell like sour lollies, it makes my mouth water!

Although the first few times I have used these they were extremely drying. I have yet to return to these and put chap stick under them for more comfort. At this stage I have other lip products that are not as drying so reaching for these have not been on my to do list.

Would I recommend? Yes! While I found these drying on a couple of different occasions it does not sway my vote of these as a great product. I have heard so many good things about them and I am keen to give them another go.

If you would like to visit the Australis website for all of there awesome products click here.

Also make sure to check out my Instagram.

Do you have a favorite product from this brand?

That is all for now!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Setting sprays: NYX vs L.A girl

Hi all!,

Welcome all to my blog! Today's post is something a little different that I am interested in maybe doing more often. It may be products with similar uses or even dupes of makeup products!

This weeks post is going to be about two matte setting sprays I have come across recently, maybe one or even both will be available to you in your city! 

Nyx matte finish long lasting setting spray vs L.A girl pro H.D setting spray with matte finish.

Nyx: available in a matte and dewy finish spray
L.A girl: Available in a matte finish spray

Nyx's promises : Demand perfection! For that fresh makeup look that lasts, the NYX Makeup Setting Spray - Matte is a gorgeous shine-free matte finish that is lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put.

L.A girl's promises: To keep that matte finish of freshly applied makeup, mist evenly with PRO Setting Spray after makeup has been applied. The lightweight, non-sticky formula sets makeup for all day wear. The ultra-fine mist is refreshing and dries quickly setting makeup to help you stay beautiful longer. Paraben and fragrance free.Helps keep makeup last longer. Natural matte finish

Nyx: $19.45 NZD 60ml
L.A girl: $15.99 NZD 30ml

I have worn both of these setting sprays ALOT , every day that I have worn makeup have had one of these on also.
My aim to be able to find products that are similar in price and similar in function as I know completely what it is like to not be able to find products you desperately want in your city but do not like the thought of purchasing things online that you do not know what are like. Keep in mind these are just my own thoughts and you will also be able to find many a reviews on these products!

I managed to get the smaller sized sample of this setting spray at a Nyx launch and I felt so lucky! This spray sits wet on the skin for about 1 minute then it sets on the face unnoticeable. I find it does make a difference in my makeup that it looks matte once this is dry on the face. During the day it takes about 5 hours then I notice I am getting oily again around the t-zone. A quick blot and touch up with some form of matte power and my face is back to being matte again. Towards the end of the day after 9 hours use I still have majority of the makeup I started on with which is amazing. This helps the longevity of my makeup more than anything else I have used.
To view this setting spray click here

L.A girl
I purchased this right after I received my Nyx setting spray as I was very curious about other setting sprays and this was on sale so I thought well why not! I enjoy this spray a lot, it takes a bit longer to set on my face , about 3 minutes. When it drys it is completely unnoticeable visibly and also to touch. It takes about 3 hours before I notice that I am getting oily again so I blot and touch up as normal but need to do so another 3 hours later. I normally wont blot more than twice a day as I do not have time at work to do that! At the 9 hour mark what I am at home I do not have as much makeup left as I would using the Nyx setting spray but still more than what I would have without any setting spray at all. So in my books this is completely still worth getting.
To view this setting spray online click here

Overall comparison:
Both setting sprays boast the same promises about making your makeup last longer, stay matte & perfectly lightweight to make your face feel just as comfortable as it was without the setting spray. Both to me do all of the things promised, one maybe has some other ingredients to help with the shine free aspect but other than that these are extremely similar. The Nyx is technically cheaper per ml but if you are looking to spend as little money as possible right now then the l.a girl setting spray would be your choice. 

I love what both of these do for me, I use them both equally as I enjoy what outcome they both have . I would repurchase both but will most likely get just what I run out of first and stick with that from now on. 

Have you got products you love that you would love me to find a comparison or dupe for? I would love to find more things so let me know!

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That is all for now everyone! Have a lovely week