Review: Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

Not so new to the Australian beauty market are these Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour, offering 8 shades which claim to be

Kiss proof , transfer proof, food proof, high impact endless color. No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

Ok. So when I first received these, there were no instructions to be seen – apart from “Step 1″ and “Step 2″ on the product! So trial and error and reading other bloggers’ reviews, I concluded that you should let the colour (step 1) dry first before applying the top coat.

Details first. As you can see, on one end is the lip colour, and the opposite end contains the top coat. The consistency of the lip colour is quite thin and runny. The top coat is designed to lock in the lip colour and applies like a clear gloss. Both applicators are doe foot applicators so application is a breeze. Due to the colour drying very quick, you do need to work carefully and quickly.

Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

The big question, I think, is how do they feel once applied? Surprisingly, very comfortable! The colour on its own can be a bit sticky which is why you need the clear top coat which adds some moisture.

As for their 16 hour kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof claims? Well. I couldn’t really test it for 16 hours but I did for 10 hours (which is long-wearing enough for me!).

Close up, application starts looking a bit dry and manky. At the 10 hour mark, it wore off from the middle of my lips. However, the colour is still there and from afar, it doesn’t look that bad! But of course, close up, it does not look that pretty.

And now onto the swatches -

110 Dare to Pink – a milky pink
200 I’ll Call You – medium pink mauve
310 Little Minxk – fuchsia pink
230 Kiss Fatal – plum

Arm swatch - 110 Dare To Pink, 200 I'll Call You, 310 Little Minx, 230 Kiss Fatal

Arm swatch – 110 Dare To Pink, 200 I’ll Call You, 310 Little Minx, 230 Kiss Fatal

500 Kiss Me You Fool – fire engine red
550 Play With Fire – ox blood red
700 Skinny Dipping – brown-based nude
730 Make Your Move – rosy brown nude

Arm Swatch - 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 700 Skinny Dipping, 730 Make Your Move

Arm Swatch – 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 700 Skinny Dipping, 730 Make Your Move

My favourite shades are I’ll Call You, Little Minx and Make Your Move.

In terms of removal, you do need an oil-based makeup remover to easily wipe the colour off. I just used baby oil and they came off easily.

You can check these out at your local Priceline, Coles, Big W, Chemist Warehouse and Woolworths and they retail for $17.95AUD.

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Review: Bespoque

Launched in June 2014, Bespoque Skincare offers you the chance to create a completely customised facial cream for yourself. I mean, who knows your skin better than you?

Bespoque - Skincare designed by you

Bespoque – Skincare designed by you

The process itself is very simple. You can complete the questionnaire online or in store at a Terry White chemist on an interactive display. The questionnaire is very intuitive and asks all the important questions needed in order for you to create a moisturiser that is right for you.

Examples of questions asked: Do you want a fragranced moisturiser? What are your skincare concerns? What colour label do you want?

At the end of the questionnaire, your results are shown to you based on your answers and you have the option of adding or removing the features. It also tells you the cost of your moisturiser which can range from $36.95 to $69.95. Once your order is placed, if you’re at a Terry White chemist, behind the scenes, it’ll take about 5 minutes for them to blend and create your moisturiser. If you did it online, no worries. You can come and pick up your customised moisturiser at your earliest convenience.

Bespoque - Skincare designed by you

Bespoque – Skincare designed by you

The process for me was very simple and easy. I created a moisturiser that was light and hydrating, with a rainforest scent, aimed at reducing the redness in my cheeks and exfoliating skin cells.

As for use, well, how can I fault it? I was able to create something that was aimed at my current skincare concerns and it does what it says. My redness isn’t as obvious, my skin is hydrated, it gets absorbed quickly and it isn’t heavy on my skin.

I definitely recommend this to everyone but especially those with constant changing skincare concerns or those who cannot find a moisturiser that agrees with their skin and/or skincare routine.

To find out more and create your own, check out the website.

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Review: Colour By TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range consists of 20 shades and retails for less than the price of a cup of coffee – $3.50! The lipsticks contains ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to ensure your lips are kept moisturised.

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

The packaging is identical to the Revlon Lip Butters with each outer case reflecting the colour inside. This makes it easy for you to grab one without having to flip each one upside down to figure out which one is which. Plus no need to remember names ;) The lipstick cases are very lightweight. On the bottom of each lipstick is a sticker (again each sticker is reflective of each lipstick shade) with the name and number of the shade. The only con I have is that the lipsticks themselves seem to be quite soft as I have had one or two breaking at the base of the bullet already.

I was very lucky to receive a package containing 10 of the 20 lipsticks and have swatched them for you!

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range

870 Our First Kiss – sheer dusty pink with a frosty finish

872 Pucker Up – bright watermelon-fuchsia

874 I Don’t Kiss & Tell – Barbie pink

875 Mwahh! – dark grape with a slight sheen

876 Lovers Smooch – deep fuchsia pink

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick RangeColour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

877 Lip Attitude – vampy purple-red

879 Hurry Up & Kiss Me – orange-based red; feels much softer and creamier than the others. Careful application required otherwise need a lip brush

881 Kiss & Make Up – orange with a slight coral undertone

886 A Kiss Is Still A Kiss – peachy nude

888 Pout Those Lips Girl – frosty sheer purple; my least favourite of them all. It went on really patchy and was so sheer.

The Colour by TBN Moisturising lipsticks are true to their name as they are very creamy with decent pigmentation and when I wore them over the course of a few hours, my lips did not feel dry or uncomfortable. Surprisingly, there’s no waxy crayon smell that usually comes with el-cheapo lipsticks!

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

For a list of your local stockists, head to the Total Beauty Network website or call 1300 765 332.

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Review: NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask

My favourite facial masks are clay masks because I find that they work very well with my combination oil skin. So when I was offered the chance to review a product from a relatively new brand, NAT. Natural Skin and Body Essentials, I opted to trial the Rebalance Clay Mask.

NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask $25.20

NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask $25.20

NAT. Natural Skin and Body Essentials is a skincare brand offering a range of products for all skin types. The Rebalance range caters to combination oily skin which is perfect for me.

The Rebalance Clay Mask promises to

cleanse, purify and refine pores for combination to oily; uses natural clay to purify and refine the skin, 100% natural lemon essences works to brighten and deeply cleanse whilst Aloe Vera helps softens and sooth the skin

The clay mask is not too thick and spreads out really well on the skin. To be honest, for a clay mask, it is quite thin in consistency compared to my regular clay mask, Queen Helene Mint Julep.  There is no strong tingly sensation. The added aloe vera is very soothing especially when clay masks are known to force blemishes to the surface! There is no strong scent – although there is a slight citrus hint – and after use (and the following day), my skin is flawless. I don’t need to use a face oil like I usually do and my skin feels smooth and plump with very little oil compared to when I don’t use a clay face mask.

The product comes in your typical squeeze tube – my favourite for face masks as I find it hygienic and easy to use.

For your local stockist, check the link here. You can purchase a tube for $25.20.

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Review: Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel $12.75

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel $12.75

Natralus is an Australian brand producing organic skincare, after sun care as well as household care products.

The Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel combines the soothing ingredients of aloe vera, vitamin e and paw paw to help soothe, rejuvenate and rehydrate irritated skin.

At first, I thought that I’d have no use for it as I rarely get sunburnt and  so there it sat on my shelf until I found a use for it.

I get “heat rashes” often especially during the Summer and when they appear, they itch like crazy.

So when I saw that this spray gel was suitable to use on rashes, I whipped it out and sprayed the heck out of my body. It was SO soothing. The “marks” didn’t go away but the itch did. I’m not sure why “gel” is in the product name as I found that it was more of a fine mist. It was absorbed quickly, not sticky on my skin and left no residue.

Basically, this stuff = godsend. It is ideal for use on skin that is so sensitive or raw that touching it would make it worse.

You can purchase this for $12.75/125ml from selected independent supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores, petrol and convenience outlets and online: pharmacyonline.com.au, chemistdirect.com.au, naturalhealthorganics.com.au, organicsaustraliaonline.com.au. It also comes in a 200ml pump pack, and 30g and 75g tubes.

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Review: Violet Box February 2015

This box made it with one day left of February. Talk about cutting it close!

This month’s box contained 5 products, 4 of which were full size products.

Violet Box February 2015

Violet Box February 2015

Natural World Moroccan Argan Oil ($5.99/25ml)
Remember when argan oil was all the rage? This is definitely going to be put to use once I use up my other hair oils. As my hair is quite damaged still from all the bleach, I love that using a hair oil helps my hair feel much softer and look a bit healthier.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser $11.74/30ml ($46.95/120ml)
I love exfoliating cleansers as I think it saves me a bit of time (and bathroom counter space). It has a fresh citrus scent and looks like a larger version of the Lush Lip Scrub. I’m a bit worried about the sugar granules but the packaging assures me that their “round-edged sugar crystals slough dead skin without tearing…” I’m definitely intrigued!

Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32
So a concealing jumbo pencil. I cannot wait to try this. If this works, I will be adding it to my make up bag for sure! Despite its name, the description tells me it’s a concealer pen. I got this in the shade Coco but I haven’t tried it yet to see whether the colour matches.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26
Received this in Black de Luxe, a very deep black which goes on very easily. This is supposed to be waterproof and long lasting – something I always like in my eyeliners – so I cannot wait to try this.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26 / Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26 / Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32

Pretty Woman Magnetix Nail Polish $9.99
I received the shade Metallic Pink which . One thing that’s different about this magnetic polish is that there are 2 magnets included – one with a wavy design and one with straight lines. Another feature that stood out was the fact that the magnets are actually curved – for ease of use over the nails. Perfect!

Once again, Violet Box delivers! Constantly putting together monthly boxes with brands and products I haven’t heard of and with a value that far exceeds the monthly subscription price, I honestly think Violet Box is one of the better beauty subscription boxes out there.

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month. For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here.

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Review: Violet Box January 2015

If you’ve noticed, there was no review for December’s Violet Box cos I think it went for a walkabout during the holiday rush.

Violet Box January 2015

Violet Box January 2015

Appropriately themed “New year, new you” for the first box of 2015, the items included in January’s box:

Violet Box January 2015

Violet Box January 2015

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel $6.70/5ml ($67/50ml)
This is a protein peel promising “instantly smoother,  brighter and softer skin” . I find that you have to work quickly with these face peels as they tend to react pretty much instantly with the dead skin. I’m looking forward to trying this gel peeling mask!

Lonvitalite 24K Active Gold Yulan Eye Mask $5.19 ($25.95/5 pack)
Whenever my eyes feel swollen, I always love placing an eye mask on them. This one by Lonvitalite looks luxe and will be good to reduce the swelling.

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

This one looks interesting! Raw chocolate clay mask. As you all know by now, my favourite face masks are clay masks. This one by the Cosmetic Kitchen can be used as is – just add water and apply. Or there is a little receipt on the packet to make a radiant choc avocado mask. How interesting!

Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil $24.95
Received this in the shade Spir, an off-white shade which would be good for lining either the inner corner or bottom waterline to brighten up your eyes. The formula feels soft and didn’t require me to drag it onto my skin.

Mellow Cosmetic Blush $14
A simple name of “Pink”, this is a sheer but buildable pink blush with yellow undertones. It doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter but isn’t quite matte in finish. Something I would change would be the packaging. It was difficult enough to open the cardboard packaging and remove the blush but it was even harder to flip the lid!

I liked that for a “new year, new you” box, they included a variety of masks. Janauary’s Violet Box included 3 full sized products, 2 samples and 4 brands I hadn’t heard of.

For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here

Mellow Cosmetics Blush in Pink and Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil in Spir

Mellow Cosmetics Blush in Pink and Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil in Spir

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month.

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Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes

I received these a while back and cannot believe I haven’t written about them yet. Spoiler alert: LOVE

Launched with 47 shades plus a top coat, the Miracle Gel polishes are a “up to 14 days” wear polish. All you need to do is apply 2 coats of colour – the instructions say don’t apply a base coat – let it dry, and then you apply the top coat. It involves minimal steps and no light needed. Removing it is just as easy – there’s no need for the whole “soak your hands in acetone” rubbish. Simply remove with a swipe of nail polish remover!

I got amazing wear time from the Miracle Gel polishes. At first, I wasn’t that impressed with them because it only lasted about a week for me and I usually get a week out of my professionally applied manicures anyway. However, after reading somewhere online that I should “cure” my manicure in sunlight, I got better results – 10 days! That’s unheard of for me because I am quite rough on my nails. Even after a week of wear, the shine is still there! However, when it chips, it chips bad. I also got “wear lines” – lines which appeared after about a week of wear where it appeared as though the polish was cracked.

The top coat comes in a black bottle and the only con I have about it is that when applying, there is some colour transfer.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

But after using it a few times, there hasn’t been any muddiness in the bottle. Unfortunately, it isn’t a quick drying top coat so you do have to sit still for at least 15-30 mins. At least it adds lots of shine to your mani like a good top coat should?*

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes: Birthday Suit, Pink Tank, Sugar Fix, Street Flair,  Greyfitti, Peach Malibu

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes: Birthday Suit, Pink Tank, Sugar Fix, Street Flair, Greyfitti, Peach Malibu

Left to right (2 coats): Birthday Suit*, Pink Tank*, Sugar Fix*, Street Flair*, Greyfitti*, and Peach Malibu

Birthday Suit - very light nude, appropriate for work/office
Pink Tank – one of my favourites and not just for the beautiful bright pink shade but the formula on this is perfect – not too runny, perfect creamy finish and opaque in 2 coats
Sugar Fix – a slightly dusty, milky, cornflower blue. The formula on this one was slightly thin so I cheated and used quite thick coats but other bloggers have done 4 thin coats
Street Flair – dusty purple
Greyfitti – medium grey
Peach Malibu – warm peach. I love this for when I’m sporting a tan (which is actually nearly all year round….haha)

I’m not sure if I would call these “gel” polishes per say, as the appearance, alone, did not look like salon gel polishes. I would actually call the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes as long-lasting polishes.

I have read mixed reviews about these polishes and for me, they work. I loved wearing these over the holiday season, where time was low but parties were high, so I was glad I had these. It was one less thing to worry about knowing that over 2 weeks of partying, my nails would still be looking fresh! And the good thing is the fact that you can remove them without having to soak your nails in acetone.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colours and Top Coat ($16.95) are available from from PricelineChemist Warehouse and other Sally Hansen stockists.

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Christmas Looks #2 and #3

For look #2, I changed the lashes to something more “out there” using the Glameyes Manicare Sparkle Lashes, a limited edition release made with Swarovski elements*. I decided that if I was going to keep the rest of my make up “simple”, I may as well go all out with my lashes. Little effort for maximum impact!

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

I kept the same base and eyes from look #1 but just changed the lips to Sorme Confection lipstick*, a nude peach-pink, almost leaning towards coral, shade. The Sorme lipsticks feels light and hydrating on the lips and the shade makes your lips look so lush!

Christmas Look #2

Christmas Look #2

Look #3, I replaced the lipstick with Empress Lip Thick Gloss, a strawberry red shade*. The gloss claims to be a lip plumper as well but I didn’t notice any major lip plumping effect. I did appreciate that the gloss is not too sticky :)

Look #3

Look #3

And a close up of the eye look for all three looks:

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I love the effect of these lashes however they did feel slightly heavier than what I am used to. The Swarovski elements added a nice touch of glamour to such a simple look.

Sorme Cosmetics swatch - Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

Sorme Cosmetics swatch – Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

When you layer both the lipstick and lipgloss, you get a really nice light berry shade!

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Christmas Look #1 – Red Lips

When it comes to Christmas, my default look is always a red lip.

This look features a bright red lip with a very basic eye look. I will be posting look #2 soon which switches up the lip colour but still the same eye look.

Christmas Look #1

Christmas Look #1

Face products
- Sorme Fresh Start Oil-Free Under Foundation  Makeup Enhancer*
- Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream in Light/Medium* {this provides light coverage, perfect for the humid weather we had during Christmas day here. Covered the redness around my nose and cheeks well}
- Australis Cosmetics ACONTOUR palette to contour*
- MAC Instant Chic blush
- Sorme Cosmetics Shimmer Glow in Bronzed* {In Summer, I love the look of glowy cheeks and I achieved this effortlessly with Bronzed. Looks like chunky glitter in the tube but goes on to give a nice glow}

Eyes
- Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer*
- Urban Decay Naked 1 palette {shades: Half-Baked, Smog, Darkhorse and Virgin}
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
- Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner
- Model21 false lashes #04

Lips
- MAC Classic Dame mattene

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