Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Nude by Nature Mineral Lipliner

In my Lust Have it box was a solitary full-size makeup sample - a natural mineral lipliner from "Nude by Nature".

Now when I do reviews, if I am unfamiliar with the brand, I go to their website and have a look. Nude by Nature have a website, they even have an online shopping cart - but there is no mention of this lipliner at all. You can't buy it or get any information about it. They do claim to be "Australia's No 1 Mineral Makeup Brand", but this particular product appears to be entirely absent from their catalogue. I don't know if this means we were given a discontinued product in the sample boxes or what the story is.. all a bit strange really!

The only pictures of it on the web are, as far as I can tell, from other people who also got the sample box. 

I was interested in getting more information about it because this product is a bit of a mystery to me. 

Soft Brush one end.. 
Hard pencil the other end... 
It's a long pencil, with a very VERY hard lipliner at one end.. and a soft brush on the other end. This is.. somewhat confusing. The brush has no visible effect on the liner at all and I can't imagine what it would do in that regard.. so I'm wondering if it's meant to be for the lipstick you put on over the top?  It's all a bit of a mystery... if you have any ideas or theories I'd love to hear them.

So when I tried this on my lips I was really struck by how freaking hard the pencil is. I had to apply a lot of pressure to get any colour on my lips at all. I feel like I gave myself a dermabrasion treatment applying this!

And the results are very subtle indeed: 

Three pictures here, left to right, one with nothing on my lips, one using the pencil to line my lips, and one with my lips filled in with the liner:

I am really glad I got this sample, because if I had bought it at full price I wouldn't be very happy, I don't think. I prefer softer pencils that are gentle on my lips, and the "barely there" natural look isn't really my cup of tea either.

All in all I don't think I'll be picking up any more of of these, and this product makes me a but dubious about the rest of the line.. though I will of course always keep an open mind.

So... the mystery of the brush. I want to hear your theory! Is a hard lip liner a "thing" - are the people out there who have a preference for a really hard makeup pencil?  Hit me up in the comments... 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: GlossyBox November

My much-anticipated GlossyBox arrived today!

The packaging is black and mushroom.. verrry nice, tied up with a ribbon, everything nestled in shredded crimped black tissue.. almost a shame to unwrap it all but I did!

Here's what's in the box:

Also in the box is a 15% off voucher for more jurlique stuff.. and a voucher for a free Mirrenesse Superlong gel mineral face colour (if you go to their facebook page).

So yes, some good stuff here, and it's obvious the contents are worth way more than the $14.95 cost of the box.. I think I like this box the best out of all the ones I've gotten thus far! 

Of course I will review these, and let you know what's good and what's not! :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Makeup Looks: Purple Haze party makeup

I was off to a party and in a colourful mood, so wore red and purple, and of course I had to do matching makeup. I had a sample of the Shishedo creme eyeshadows from my visit to their counter recently, so this is what I used!

I put together this purple and red look: 

The products I used:

  • Shiseido cream eyeshadow - Mist, Magnolia & Purple Dawn 
  • Savvy by DB Liquid Eyeliner in Plum
  • Beauty Style Petites Eyeliner in Purple Glitter
  • Bareminerals Flawless Definition Mascara
  • Lipstick Queen's Red Sinner lipstick
  • Savvy by DB white pencil eyeliner
  • L'Oreal age defying foundation
On my eyes I used Mist (opalescent white) under by brow, Magnolia (sparkly pink) on my lid and heavily contoured my eye crease with Purple Dawn (sparkly dark purple).
I lined my waterline with white pencil for extra "pop" and then put on two layers of liquid liner - first the dark plum and then the purple glitter. The glitter did not stay where it was put and spread all over my eye, which was fine for the look I was going for. 

On my lips I went with red sinner and then put some of the dark purple creme shadow in the centre of my bottom lip. 

I think purple and red is a great combination - what do you think?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scintillating Scents: CK One Shock

Another goodie in my beauty box sampler for October were samples of the new Calvin Klein fragrance, CK One Shock for Her and CK One Shock for Him. When Calvin Klein released the fragrance "one" it was a great unisex citrus scent, and was really popular. I liked it a lot, so I was keen to try out these new versions. 

Now one has become two.. according to their blurbs:

CK One Shock For Her is an opulent oriental - floral fragrance with top notes of passion flower, pink peony and poppy. Its heart is made of feminine jasmine, narcissus, blackberry and dark cocoa. The base consists of amber, vanilla, musk and patchouli.

CK One Shock For Him is built around aromatic, spicy and deep oriental nuances. It opens with citrusy clementine, fresh cucumber and energy drink accord. The heart of black pepper, black basil and cardamom is placed on the base of masculine tobacco, musk, patchouli and ambrene wood.

No surprises, it's the men's fragrance that I think is the real winner.. I am just not into florals, it seems. 

I'll be keeping the men's fragrance in my handbag because it has a really cute little spray pack on the sample tube, it's going to be fun to wear when I am out and about. The women's one I passed on to my daughter who likes floral scents more than I do. 

Check out the crazy tv commercial they did for these! It's just like being at a rave! Except everyone looks like a model! Okay, so it's not like being at a rave at all, but it sure is colourful.. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: Biotherm Aquasource Moisturiser

Here's another goodie from the October Beauty Box.. a cute as heck little sample jar of Biothem Aquasource Moisturiser.

Biotherm has been around since 1950, and was created by a Mrs Jeanine Marissal. She was a chemist who came up with the idea of using thermal plankton in beauty creams. Apparently it's used at a natural spa at a lovely spot on the french Pyrenees called Molitg Les Bains.. looks like a nice little place:

Apparently this stuff comes in different colours depending on which part of the world you're in.. check it out..

Whatever colour it comes in, (here it's green) it seems like it's good stuff. The sample I used felt really nice and light on the skin and made my face softer straight away.

I guess you really can call this a "spa in a jar" (if you want to use that, biotherm, just send me a cheque!).. it didn't pep me up QUITE as much as a trip to France would have, but it did make my skin feel good :)

Shoe & Lipstick combo for GlossyBox Competition

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Epic Makeup Haul thanks to "The Plastic Diaries"

The mailman thinks I have a crush on him, I'm sure, because every time I see him these days I grin at him idiotically.. it's not about him though, it's what he brings!

Thanks to the generosity of the author of "The Plastic Diaries", he not only got smiled at but SQUEALED at today.

You see I entered the survey competition and was the very lucky winner of a $500+ makeup prize.

Here I am being rather excited and showing what I got:

If you're not video inclined, here is the EPIC list of what I won:

• Urban Decay Naked Palette (valued at US $48)
• Face of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes 25 pack (valued at AU $4.95)
• Bio-Oil 60ml (valued at AU $14.95)
• Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Della (valued at AU $35)
• Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in 07 Silver (valued at AU $12.95)
• Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in 05 Blue (valued at AU $12.95)
• Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF15 in Hue No 30G (valued at AU $14)
• Blixz 24 Professional Nail Foils in Like A Leopard Pink & Gold (valued at AU $17.50)
• Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Q10 Plus Eye Cream (valued at AU $18.97)
• Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Q10 Plus Night Cream (valued at AU $18.98)
• Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Lotion SPF 30+ (valued at AU $17.99)
• Sally Hansen Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen in 01 Clear Opal (valued at AU $16.95)
• Le Tan Face Tan Instant Glow (valued at AU $7.99)
• Sephora Shadow Shields 30 pack (valued at US $16)
• Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional (valued at US $53)
• L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream 15ml (valued at AU $10)
• Innoxa Lovely Lips Lipstick in Waterlily (valued at AU $14.95)
• Innoxa Lovely Lips Lipstick in English Rose (valued at AU $14.95)
• Veet Suprem’Essence Easy Wax Strips 18 pack (valued at AU $10.99)
• Sukin Purely Ageless Botanical Hydration Booster 25ml (valued at AU $23.95)
• The Jojoba Company Pure Australian Golden Jojoba 30ml (valued at AU $19.95)
• Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner in Black (valued at AU $8.95)
• Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminating Pearls (valued at AU $14.95)
• Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 (valued at AU $12)
• Essence Multi Colour Blush (valued at AU $5.50)
• Joico Joigel Medium Styling Gel 250ml (valued at AU $22.95)
• Dove Damage Therapy Heat Defence Treatment Mask 200ml (valued at AU $8.79)
• Carmex Lip Balm Click Stick SPF15 Original (valued at AU $4.99)
• Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black (valued at US $18)

....soooo many gorgeous things. SO MANY!

The generosity of The Plastic Diaries just floors me, and I am so very grateful to have been the winner of this prize!  You will be seeing these products featured in this very blog over the coming weeks and months as I play with all my lovely new things..

If you have any ideas about where I should start, let me know in the comments!

My celebrity lookalike?

So over at "Chasing Elixr" us beauty blogger types have been challenged to find our "Celebrity Lookalikes".

I'm a fat girl with crazy red hair.. there are no celebrities that look like me... none. And that is totally okay, because aspiring to look like someone else just because they're famous really isn't my style. I get inspired by famous people and what they wear, but I like to think that's really different to "trying to look like" them.

Unsurprisingly I had to plug in about 5 different photos before I got one with any matches at all, and when it finally came up with some.. this is what I got:

According to this program I look like a Scientologist (eww!), a vampire, a vampire hunter, another vampire, (maybe they ARE on to something!!)  someone who writes about wizards, the "boring one" from Sex & the City (I mean, c'mon, I am so much more like Samantha.. okay, maybe not in looks.. ) and some other people.. who is Lambert Wilson, anyway? He looks like a handsome fellow. OH!! Google tells me he is The Merovingian in The Matrix .. I didn't recognise him from this photo.  Niiiiice!

If you want to see yours, you can check them out here.  Hope you do better than I did! :D

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dita Von Teese Launches Plus Size Lingerie Line in Target Australia

Well, Dita Von Teese's love affair with Australia continues, it seems.. first she launches her "Muse" clothing line here, and now she's adding lingerie to the mix!

According to the press release:

Diamondcut International today announces Target Australia as the exclusive Australian retailer of 
the upcoming lingerie collection designed by international style icon, Dita Von Teese. Entitled Von Follies by Dita Von Teese, the range will be available in Target Australia stores across Australia from early February 2012.

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese was inspired by Dita’s long-time love of lingerie and her own personal collection of vintage lingerie. The launch range combines sophistication and sensuality with distinct 
touches such as grosgrain and velvet ribbons, delicate eyelash lace, and control mesh to give the 
essence of the sultry 1950’s glamour girl.

True to Dita Von Teese’s signature style, the collection encapsulates an iconic vintage feel 
including one of her personal favourites, the overwire bra and high waisted briefs, garter belts and lovely corsolettes. Each item enhances the feminine silhouette that Dita Von Teese is world 
renowned for representing. 

Explaining the inspiration for the range, Dita Von Teese noted, “There are so many vintage lingerie 
pieces I love that I haven't been able to find in all my years of collecting. I wanted to design pieces 
that are tributes to my vintage obsessions, to make them beautiful and functional, while 
modernising them for everyday wear.”

“I've had a longtime fascination with the 1950’s era overwire bras. It's something that has been 
quite a task to create, but the end result is so chic, and so unique, I'm very proud of it. It's a 
statement piece meant to be seen,” she said. 

The  range features  ten collections that range from black lingerie sets that  Dita  Von Teese feels 
every woman should own, to bold luxurious reds, nudes with black lace overlay, vintage-inspired 
pale shades of satin, and even an animal print. 

The stylish range also represents great value to customers. Bras and briefs will range from $17.00 with 
exquisite bustiers and fitted corsolettes ranging from $79.00.

With selected bra styles available up to an  E-cup and briefs up to size 20, Von Follies by Dita Von 
Teese will bring a touch of sophistication and glamour to Australian women of all shapes and sizes. 

Dita Von Teese explains, “It was very important to me to offer lingerie in a large range of sizes. Size range was one of the first things I asked when I was approached to create this collection. It was important to me to accomplish the task of making these beautiful things in sizes that can make any woman feel sexy and glamorous, and I'm very proud that we have been able to do that, while keeping prices affordable,” she concluded. 

The first pieces from the collection will be in Target  Australia  stores across Australia from  early February 2012 with exciting new product lines to be introduced in March and April 2012. To ensure 
that all Australian women have easy access to this exclusive range, Von Follies by Dita Von Teese 
will also be available for purchase online from the Target Australia website at
from early February 2012.

I am delighted that they are bringing the range out up to a size 20, and it's going to be far more affordable than the gorgeous Muse range. Now we can all enjoy a little bit of Dita!

Thanksgiving Makeup Looks: Sunset Eyes

One of my favourite beauty blogs is "Fables in Fashion".. and my favourite day on that blog is every Friday, where the very talented Celina opens up her "Book of Fables" and gives us a really cool makeup look in a fantasy theme..

Recently she did a sunset eyes look that has really stayed with me.. today was a gorgeous spring day and I was off to a picnic, so I decided to do my own version of the look - much simpler than Celina's gorgeous concoction, but suitable for the event I was headed to. Here's what I came up with:

I used a metallic gold on my inside eye and along the bottom lashline, a peach orange on my outer eye and a light shimmery lemon shade under my brow.

As far as I am concerned it's sunset season at the moment.. I am lucky enough to live by the bay and thanks to the wonder of daylight savings I can often make it down to the water after work just in time to see the sun go down.. it is a great way to unwind and chill out after a stressful day..

This is a great look for thanksgiving, what with all the pumpkin colours used.. Thanksgiving is not really a thing here in Australia but my partner is half-American so we always have a feast! Any excuse to eat turkey and pumpkin pie is okay-by-me! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

In the Beauty Box for October were generously sized samples of John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner. I've been using them for the last few washes.

The advertising blurb says it will "repair your hair weightlessly". Now that sounds cool! I'd love it if my hair floated about as though gravity didn't effect it.. imagine the hairstyles you could do! Strangely the girl in the ad doesn't have gravity defying floaty hair even though there has been a lot of photoshop wizardry done.  Is it just me or does the girl in this ad have a really strange expression on her face? It does look like the photographer coached her to "make love to the camera"?

She's really, REALLY happy with her hair, it seems.

I found myself wondering "Who the heck is John Frieda, anyway?!". Apparently he's a UK celebrity hair stylist.  Here he is sidling up to Sarah Jessica that's style power! :)

Apparently he sold off the hair products part of his business back in 2002, so good or bad you can't attribute these products to him any more. It must be very odd indeed to see your name on something that you have nothing to do with.. but hopefully his huge mountain of cash consoles him somewhat!

So.. the shampoo? I can't say I was driven to the heights of semi-comatose ecstasy myself, but I will say this are nice products!

It smells nice, it has a nice lather, and it got the job done. My hair looks shiny, clean and in good condition, feels moisturised and is behaving itself. 

It's reasonably priced, I'd definitely consider buying this in the full size.. maybe I will when I have tried out all the haircare samples in my ever-growing "to review!" pile :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: OPI Rainbow Connection Nail Polish

Like many people, I used to LOVE watching the Muppet show as a kid.. I must admit I had some serious trepidation when I heard they were making another Muppet movie.. remakes being what they are there was the chance that things would go very, very wrong.

If the trailers are any indication though, it looks like it's going to be kind of awesome!

And unlike the boring merchandising of other recent films, they are doing some really awesome things with some quality brands - there's rumour abounding of a Miss Piggy themed MAC range, and OPI have come to the party with a range of Muppet inspired polishes.

Many of them have glitter, which is bound to get my attention!

I chose to buy Rainbow Connection, which has a spectacular amount of glitter in it.

The polish is quite thick, but it dried quickly, way quicker than I was expecting for the amount I put on to get good glitter coverage.

I did just one thick coat in the picture you can see above, I am sure you could build it up with multiple coats to good effect.

I also think this would look awesome layered over another colour, which is how I am going to try it next.

One thing I did notice with this was that it came off in big chunks.. not the little chips of normal polish but half-a-nails worth at once. This may well have been because I put it on too thickly, but I was actually pretty pleased - I wasn't looking forward to having to scrub my nails to get it off, which is normally what happens with glitter polishes.

How could a nail polish inspired by such a lovely song be anything but muppetacular?! Here's a cool version of Kermit and Deborah Harry doing a duet. Trashtastic! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wild Makeup Looks: Devil Woman

Here's a wild look I did not too long ago, it was a party in the theme of "Devils and Angels".. you can see which one I chose to be!

The look is pretty self explanatory. Lots of red, lots of glitter and lots of over the top makeup! I added my dred falls, horns AND a crown just to complete the outfit. The red glitter spread everywhere, which made me all sparkly.

For my eyes I covered the lid in bright red eyeshadow, and painted out a really dramatic cats eye. I extended the makeup forward toward my nose for an exaggerated eye shape as well. You can see I put some silver micro glitter on the inner corner to brighten my eyes up. I used liquid eyeliner to do the black, and sliver microglitter eyeshadow for under my brows.

It was a fun look to wear!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The biggest, wierdest Hairdo you will see this year.. I hope.

 Have a look at this nice lady. Her name is Thelma Madine. Apparently she is the go-to woman if you happen to be a Traveler (aka a Gypsy) and you want a huge, crazy, stop-em-in-the-aisles wedding dress. This is a woman for whom ostentation is a core design principle.

Apparently she has risen to prominence due to a reality show called "My big fat gypsy wedding".

Frankly, I think the fame might have gone to her head, a bit. look what she made.

Okay so the colours and the size of that skirt are a bit over the top but here's the kicker... That's human hair. Yes, the whole dress is made from human hair.

Now in the victorian era and before, hair was a perfectly acceptable thing to make jewellery and other things out of.. and monks have worn hair shirts for years, so this isn't exactly an original idea.. but I suspect THIS dress may well be one of a kind.

 Apparently the dress took hours for her and her team of eight assistants to make and it's worth $50,000. Thelma thinks this dress would be perfect for Lady Gaga. I think if you come up with a dress design, and the only person you can think of who'd wear it is Lady Gaga.. you might have gone somewhat awry.

More details on this monstrosity of a dress can be found here:

PS. This is all the lovely Hair Romance's fault. she tweeted this, and I haven't been able to stop looking at it since. Now it can haunt YOUR dreams as well! You're welcome. :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Face of Australia mini mousse cream eyeshadow

So it's five o'clock on a Friday and the phone rings.. you've got a date! Of course you need to freshen up your makeup to something fun for nighttime.. but you've only got $4 in your pocket. (Here's hoping your date pays for dinner!)

Here's a cute little product that would totally save the day! At only $2 a tube, the Face of Australia mini mousse cream eye shadows pack a lot of shimmery punch in a little tube.

I couldn't resist the price of these when I spotted them at priceline, so I chose a bronze colour and a light gold - both have a lot of shimmer.

They go on like a breeze and the creams blend together effortlessly.

If you want serious staying power you will want a good primer under these, but if you just need it for a couple of hours they're fine just as they are.

A very nice quality product for the price and definitely worth the tiny amount of space they'd take in your handbag.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wild Makeup Looks: Medusa for Bacchanalia

 So on the precipitous date of 11/11/11, under the full moon, I did a DJ gig for a private party in the theme of "Bacchanalia ". Bacchus was the Ancient Roman God of wine, lust and excess, so a party in his honour (a Bacchanalia) is meant to be a wild debaucherous affair indeed!

The costume theme was ancient greco/roman fantasy. I decided to do a very dark and sultry Medusa. I managed to find red glitter skeleton leaves (hooray for Xmas decorations) and made a wreath for my hair. I added some bright red extensions and pinned it up for lots and lots of curls and volume. I then strung "red belly black" rubber snakes through the wreath so they were draped over my hair, with tendrils of snakes coming down around my face.

For the makeup, I knew I'd spend most of the night in very dim light, with only moonlight and the screen of my laptop illuminating me,  so I really went over the top with the contouring and contrast I used. 

I started with a very pale Illamasqua base, and then did some really extreme shadowing with a dark pink mac eyeshadow called "Full Flame" (I picked this up from the lovely Yolanda's blog sale)

Then on my eyes I used the blacks from my Two Faced Smoky Eye Palette, along with the red Illamasqua pigment (called Berber) I recently picked up.

I applied a generous amount of Illamasqua's amazing illuminator in "Odyssey" (how suitable!)  under my brow and high on my cheekbones. This product is seriously amazing. The Illamasqua makeup artists call it "liquid light" (or, more amusingly, "fairy sweat/spit") and it just adds light wherever you put it. Fantastic for highlighting. 

On my lips are two Illamasqua lipsticks, pristine (black) and a touch of "Box" (red) in the middle of my lower lip. I highlighted this with some of the red glitter pigment as well. 
For the rest of my costume I wore a red dress from City Chic that had a suitably grecro-roman line of drapery to it, and I overlaid a piece of black/red chiffon over the top with a vintage "omega" belt. 

You can't see them but I had gladiator sandals on my feet.

My Djing efforts were well received and I had lots of comments on my outfit and makeup. It was a really fun night.

I do love a costume party!! How about you? do the words "fancy dress" fill you with dread or are you keen for any excuse to dress a little crazy? 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Om She Aromatherapy Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Matsya

 So here's a little cutie I picked up the other day.. a baked mineral eyeshadow trio from "Om She Aromatherapy".

The trip has a metallic red, a white/silver and a dark grey/gunmetal colour in it.

The colours are highly pigmented, they go together really well.. I used it to put together a fun combination that I wore out on the weekend.

You can see from the pictures where I put the colours, it would be very easy to add less red and more grey if you wanted a more subtle look.

Subtle has never really been my thing though, so I went all out with the colour. It looked really fun and I got lots of compliments!

The way this turned out it reminded me a bit of the "USO Women" who used to go and entertain the troops during the war - they often had a "patriotic" theme to their costumes and makeup, which meant a lot of red, white and blue!

They had some of them in the latest "Captain America  movie, and I managed to find a picture of them below.

How brave are you with colour? Do you love experimenting with wild hues or are you more of a neutrals person? Let me know in the comments..

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bellabox sample box review - November

I got my first Bellabox today. My first impression is that its smaller and lighter than the other boxes I've gotten..

So what's inside?

So, once again, high on the skincare, low on the makeup. The brands in here are luxe but the samples are TINY. Not sure how they expect people to really evaluate the product with such a small amount of it.

On the upside I have really been wanting to try something from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. For the price of these boxes you really only need one or two products in each one that flips your lid to make it worthwhile. I am certainly getting to try a lot of new things I wouldn't normally have encountered.. I am not a person with much brand loyalty when it comes to skin and hair products, so I am quite happy to try a different product every day or so..and when it's an expensive brand I wouldn't normally splurge on, that's a bonus!

I will review these and post them up for you...after all these deliveries my "to-review" pile is getting rather huge!

If you have any special requests on where I should start first do please let me know!

Are you getting these sample boxes? If you are, are you liking them? If you're not, why not?

Hello Kitty Eyeshadow & Lipstick - Haul and Reviews

The blogosphere was buzzing about the new Hello Kitty range that has just come out, so I had to see what all the hype was about! I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products. To be honest I thought they would be a bit gimmicky but they are actually really good!

What I ended up buying:
  • Eyeshadow duo in "Gun Flower" (yes, I picked this because of the quirky name. )
  • Eyeshadow duo in "Grand Canyon"
  • Lipstick in 08-02 (why, when the eyeshadows have such fun names does the lipstick just have a number?!)
  • I got for free: A Hello Kitty plushie - which I promptly gifted to my 14 year old daughter, thus winning the title of "ZOMG BEST MUM EVER" for approximately 3.8 minutes. 

So, what were they like on?  

"Gun Flower" (which I still think is an awesome name) has a light shimmery pink and a gunmetal grey.. perhaps that's what the name means - pink like a flower, grey like a gun?

Both the colours are highly pigmented and blend nicely. I kept things simple and put the pink under my brow down to the eye crease, then used the grey for contouring in the crease and on the lower lid. 

A great, no fuss wearable combo, great for work or going out during the day.

"Grand Canyon" is a little more exciting. It has a great antique gold colour which is really shiny and metallic, and a dark chocolate brown - the brown comes up almost black on my skin, I was hoping for more of a warm tone to complement the gold, but they do come together quite nicely. After wearing it for a while I decided the darker brown actually made the combination a bit more "edgy" and I found I quite liked it!

For this one I put the gold all over my eye, and then used the brown as a "V" at the edge of my eye. 

I would wear this in the evening or when going out.. it is a bit "disco" for work, I think. 

Lastly I picked the closest thing to a red lipstick this collection has, the unimaginatively named "08-02". The case is cute with a little diamante-encrusted hello kitty on the side of the lid. The colour failed to inspire, turning out a lot more pink than red on the lips. The sticker on the packaging indicating the colour is a nice dark brownish-red, and the lipstick itself looks like a dark red, but once I got it on it looked very pink on me. 

This too I passed on to my daughter, who is a lot less anti-pink than me.. once again earning myself the title of "BEST MUM EVAAA" for another 2.9 minutes or so. Every bit counts, right? 

Overall I was impressed with this collection, it is very reasonably priced, and I can see it making a really nice Xmas present for a young girl. If you have a teenager on your Xmas list maybe you should consider this! 

How do you feel about "novelty brand" makeup? Do you expect the quality to go down as the gimmick factor goes up? 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Taut Collagen Drink

Regular readers will know I have been working my way through my sample boxes. I am aware that I am about to get another batch of them (hooray!) so I am trying to review the bits and pieces I haven't quite got to.

In the Lust Have it October box, I've reviewed everything.. but this.. The Taut Collagen Drink.

It contains shark cartilage, people. AND the bottle looks like a medicine bottle. It's a little bit scary, to be honest.. and so, I have been putting it off.

But I did promise, so it was time to bite the bullet and try this thing. 

I took off the lid and nervously sniffed. Hmm. Orange.. fake orange. A bit metallic. Despite my imagination working overtime I couldn't detect a fishy smell at all.

As I lifted it to my lips, I swear I could hear the theme from "Jaws" playing. Duuun-aaah.. Duuun-aaah.. dun dun dun dun... 

I bravely took a swig. And..

Okay, a shark didn't leap out of the bottle and attack me. The taste though... 

Hmm. not that bad. Not bad at all, actually. Tastes like vitamin C tablets, a bit like berrocca, or a strong-tasting orange softdrink. 

Even though the therapeutic claims have been challenged by the medical fraternity, I can at least say it doesn't taste anywhere near as scary as it looks.

I love this box sample box review - November

I got another sample box yesterday. It's the "I love this box" sampler. The first thing I noticed is, it's heavy!! This boded well.

So.. What's in it?

  • Caudalie Paris facial care samples, a moisturiser, anti wrinkle serum and an anti wrinkle ultra nourishing cream. Apparently the full size products are $80 a pop.
  • Certified by Nature, Nvey ECO's taupe eyeshadow. Looks like a good neutral colour. Yay for makeup in the box!
  • Keratinology by Sunsilk Salon Perfection Hair collection. Big botlltles of shampoo and conditioner.. This is where the weight was coming from! Not very exciting but definitely a product we all use so that's good :)
  •  POD liquid tan - gradual tanning face serum. Looks like a full size sample. I don't tan. If they sold fake pallor in the stores I would buy that by the truckload and overuse it until people snickered behind my back at my ultraviolet paleness. (yeah, they probably do that already.) There's a snowflakes chance in hell that I will use this... So.. Anyone want it? If you are willing to review it and have your review published here, let me know in the comments and it's yours.

So.. The verdict? There's lots of stuff here, generous amounts and several new brands to try. Looks good! I will review them and post the reviews here as usual!

If you want me to start with something in particular let me know :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Scintillating Scents: Illamasqua Freak Review

So when I went to my mail box this morning, there may have been some squealing. And an excited wiggle-dance. Maybe.

It MAY have been because I was lucky enough to receive a sample of Illamasqua's new perfume, Freak.

I have said before that I feel as though Illamasqua's branding is targeted right at me.. similarly, this perfume feels like it was made for me. After all, I've been called a "freak" more times than I can say. I always choose to take it as a compliment! :P

The perfume is described as follows:

Once again I notice Oud popping up.... I seem to be drawn to fragrances that feature this ingredient! That's probably because I really love musky, woody, spicy sorts of scents. 

The scent has great staying power and seems to waft around you, not in an overpowering way, but it's definitely a fragrance others will notice you wearing. I had a sweet little old lady come up to me on the train today and say "I just had to tell you, dear, you smell divine!!". 

At the moment they have a deal going where if you spend a little more you can get a nailpolish, pigment and lip gloss in any colour you like.. definitely worth the extra, I think, as everything I have tried from Illamasqua is just top notch quality. Their styling is also just to die for. This is one freak you're going to want to have and hold for your very own. 


Disclosure: This item was kindly provided for review. As always my opinion is unflinchingly honest, regardless of where the product came from!