Perfect Fishtail Plaits with Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

I must not be the only one who wears her long hair the same way day after day?!

I always see beautiful long hair styles floating around the net but I’ve always thrown them into the ‘too hard’ bucket.

Lo and behold, I received a press release for Scunci’s Crisscrosser tool in my inbox and I saw the opportunity to have a pretty and exciting hair style for once.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

At first, it took some getting used to. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very quick and easy.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

I took some dodgy pictures using my sister as a guinea pig for a quick tutorial.

1. Starting at the nape of the neck, divide the hair evenly into two and place each section through the side slots on the crisscrosser, positioning the waves behind your hair.

2. Using the thumb and forefinger, slide a small section of hair out from one opening, cross it over the front of the tool and place it into the opposite opening, moving it as deep into the opening as possible.

3. Repeat step 2, but take the section of hair from the other opening, cross it in front of the tool and move it deep into the new opening.

4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 down the entire length of hair, until a complete braid is formed. Secure braid with the provided scunci clear polybands.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

What I figured out from going fishtail braid crazy for a week was

1. The thinner the sections are, the tighter the braid will be.

2. When moving the crisscrosser tool down the length of hair as you braid, don’t move it too far along.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

At only $9.95AUD, you, too, can get perfect plaits. Find Scunci at David Jones, Target, Priceline, or Big W.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Winter Favourites 2014

A month into Spring and I thought I’d compile a list of my Winter essentials and favourites which has seen me through another Winter. Good for me to refer back to for future reference, ya know? And because I’m a lagger.

Winter Favourites

Winter Favourites

Footcare 100% Pure Lambswool Insoles ($5.29 -  Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Big W)*

This Winter, I found that even though I was living in boots and thick socks, my feet were still left freezing! Was it a ridiculously cold Winter this year? Anyway, thank goodness for these 100% pure lambswool insoles. These made sure my feet were warm and snuggly even on the coldest of Winter nights.

Pedi-Sox* ($7-11USD – Pedi-Sox)

Winter means dry skin and cold feet! So what do you do when you need to have a pedicure? Pedi-Sox! These are toeless pedicure socks you slip on before you paint the toes, but after you apply your moisturiser so it can soak in and you’re left with soft feet! I don’t know what I did before I had these! They are awesome – your toes are still nicely painted during Winter but they’re not freezing whilst drying!

They say you could use these at nail salons as well and just wear them out once your nails are painted – I haven’t tried this yet. They have so many different designs as well so I’m sure you will find a design to suit your taste.

Quick Fix Facials* ($8.95 – Woolworths)

Quick Fix Facials offer three wonder masks aimed at combating everyday skin issues. Leave each mask on for about 10-15 minutes and then wipe away with a damp cloth for radiant skin.

Mega Moisture Gel Mask
Targeted at thirsty, parched dry skin, this mask left my skin feeling hydrated and soft on those really pesky Winter days where no amount of moisturiser was going to hide those dry flakes.

Anti-Blemish Mud Mask
Mud masks are one of my favourite kinds of face masks. Mud masks, and in particular this one, targets common skincare concerns such as excess oil and blemishes and they work great for my skin type – combinational. Skin was left glowy and clean.

Exfoliating Scrub Mask
Whenever my skin feels like it is clogged, I go straight to this mask. It’s got pink rose clay which helps to really cleanse your skin and decongest the troublesome skin.

Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter ($16.50 – Lush)

As soon as the weather cools, my cuticles go cray cray. Lemony Flutter is my HG. After one application overnight, my cuticles are tamed and look much more socially acceptable. The price may seem steep but seriously, a little goes a long way. Plus you can also use it on your heels, elbows and even toes. Multi-purpose product, I like. Only con is that it solidifies when it’s cold so it’s a bit hard to apply when the nights are freezing!

Soap & Glory Hand Food ($5-$11 – Mecca Cosmetica)

My hands are generally quite dry and wrinkly – like a senior’s hands haha They’re even worse in Winter! So I’m constantly carrying around hand cream. This Winter, my favourite was the Soap & Glory Hand Food. I picked this up in Malaysia last year and only opened it this year #hoarderproblems It’s non-greasy and smells like marshmallows and kept the wrinkles at bay.

AV Lip Balms* ($13.59 for lip balm tube; $22.68 for lip balm pot)

An interesting fact I never knew – 90% of all adults will have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus by the time they’re 40-50 years old. So pretty much, I’ll just assume nearly everyone has the virus. AV Lip Balms are antiviral lip balms containing the Melissa essential oil (10%, strongest concentration possible without the burning sensation), which is known to reduce cold sores and its breakouts, and in some rare cases, even kill the virus.

So there’s this oil that can prevent cold sores and yet why is it not widely available in a lot of products? Well, it is because the average price of the oil is about $15 per gram!

Kylie from AV Lip Balms has come up with a natural lip balm containing the Melissa oil to keep chapped lips and cold sore breakouts at bay.

I love love this lip balm. Winter always, and I mean always, mean dry chapped lips for me. The AV Lip Balm contains moisturising ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax which means my lips are always in tip top condition. It keeps the dry lips at bay but also, at the same time, keeping the cold sore virus at bay too. Best of both worlds.

Lush Lip Scrubs ($9.95 – Lush)

Nothing quite like a Lush lip scrub to keep your lips soft and kissable. So quick and easy to use too – simply rub the exfoliating castor sugar over your lips and wipe off, or if you’re lazy, lick it off! It works immediately and all three flavours I have all taste amazing :P

Lanolips 101 Ointment* ($17.95 – Lanolips)

Once I exfoliate my lips, I like to follow up with a heavy duty lip balm. My go to is Lanolips 101 Ointment – my favourite multitasker! I actually had this on me at all times as I love using it as cuticle cream and around the nose when it was chaffed from all the sniffling.

So there you have it – my Winter favourites for 2014! Let me know if there are other products I should be checking out for next Winter ;)

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

August’s Violet Box arrived in the same packaging as last month – a slide out box – and this month, they changed up the colour of the tissue paper inside, stepping away from the usual purple to a hot pink. Pretty!

Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss ($20.50)
I received this in the shade Lisa,  a mid-to-dark tone pink with gold microshimmer and a doe foot applicator. It has a vanilla scent but not as pleasant as the scent from MAC’s lip products. Pigmentation is good and stickiness is kept to a bare minimum. The product description lists the product as being all natural, certified organic and preservative free. I feel like this point needs to be made – it’s gluten free! Not being a celiac, I never thought about how things like cosmetics would affect such a lifestyle. However, fear not, this gloss is safe to ingest (cos we all know we ingest a high amount of lip products throughout our lives).

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss in Lise ($20.50)

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss in Lise ($20.50)

Foltene Eyelash Treatment ($20.95)
An eyelash and eyebrow treatment promising to restore dry, thin fragile lashes and promotes natural growth. Interesting product…I’ve always been curious about eyelash/eyebrow growth treatments but the thought of putting chemicals near my eyes scare me. I’m not too sure whether I will try this.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad ($22)
Received this in New York City. The colours make for a nice coloured smoky eye. The colours are slightly cooler than what I would normally use but I will try and create a look. Pigmentation is nice.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Swatches show two swipes with no primer.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)
I received this in the scent, Tuscan Honey and the first thing I noticed was the scent – a mix of honeycomb and amber. Second thing – the cute little rose on top of the lid. Talk about attention to detail. Cutest packaging I’ve ever seen. This will find a new home in my handbag. I tend to carry hand creams everywhere because my hands get so dry and wrinkly often.

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)

Appelles Rosemary Body Bar ($5.95)
Appelles has been doing the rounds in a few beauty subscription boxes judging from my blog feed. This vegetable soap bar helps to gently cleanse your skin without stripping your skin and is good for stressed skin. It smells really nice and fresh, not too heavy on the rosemary! I’m usually a body wash girl so I’ll add to this to my bag of goodies to pass onto family and friends.

The August Violet Box is great value, with 4 full sized products, valued well over $50, and you’re paying less than half that for the box.

Being a beauty addict, I love the inclusion of the lipgloss and eyeshadow quad. The eyelash/eyebrow treatment, I feel, is a bit of a tricky one as you’ll have people divided whether or not they’ll try it. Apart from that, this month’s box is one of the better ones.

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

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Dream Week 2014

LGFB Dream Social

Look Good Feel Better is a public service program which aims to improve the self-esteem and quality of life of those undergoing cancer treatments. They do this through workshops that teach patients beauty techniques to help manage the changes to their skin, hair and appearance. Did you know that there will be 10, 000 cancer patients who will be attending these workshops this year?

Dream Week: 7 Days of Hope (31st August – 6 September) is LGFB’s annual fundraising and awareness campaign for LGFB’s workshops. This year, they have a couple of activities you can get involved in.

#7daysoflipstick – LGFB’s social media campaign to highlight the empowering role of makeup can play during cancer treatment; pledge to wear a bold or new lipstick everyday for the 7 days of Dream Week, snap a selfie and post it to your social media channels.

The Lipstick Effect – Purchase a lipstick or lipgloss from any brand at David Jones or Myer and $1 from every purchase will be donated to LGFB.

Pin It Loud and Proud – Purchase a branded Tree of Dreams pin for $5 from David Jones and Myer cosmetic counters, Terry White chemists and discount drug stores.

Dream Week Merchandise – During Dream Week, there will be a pop-up store at Westfield Sydney City selling beautifully designed carry bags, coin purses, makeup bags, bracelets, pins and umbrellas. There will also be two information posts at Westfield Bondi Junction and Chadstone in Melbourne where members of the public are encouraged to speak to the volunteers, make a donation or purchase a pin.

$7 for 7 Days of Hope – Make a direct $7 donation to help fund LGFB’s newest campaign – home-delivered Confidence Kits. This ‘workshop-in-a-box’ initiative aims to give a helping hand to women, men and teens who cannot attend a workshop for various reasons but this gives them the chance to still reap the benefits of LGFB’s program. Donations can be made here: www.mycause.com.au/events/7for7daysofhope

So there you have it. I encourage you all to take part in at least one of LGFB’s campaigns during Dream Week to help raise awareness and funds to this amazing program.

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

Slowly going through my Hawaii nail polish haul from last year. I always get distracted by new polishes that the ones from Hawaii fall by the wayside.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

This week, I felt like mixing things up a bit (LOL) and did a glitter accent nail. Yay, so creative. So today, I have for you, OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours and China Glaze Electrify.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours*, from the Euro Centrale collection, is a bright orange-red. I can imagine this to be a nice shade for the toes during Summer. It practically screams Summer! In the bottle, if you look really carefully, you can see flecks of gold shimmer. And just like in the bottle, you can only see the shimmer if you squint hard enough.

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Formula-wise, I found this to be a bit thicker than usual but not thick enough to be troublesome during application. I used two coats cos I’m a nail noob. I’m sure if you’re a nail painting pro, you could get away with one coat.

China Glaze Electrify is from the Hunger Games collection and it’s a glitter. Surprise, surprise. I’m almost definitely sure I hauled just glitter polishes back from Hawaii. Anyways, China Glaze Electrify. It’s a dense glitter polish, with small round gold and small red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. I’m showing you two coats with no base colour.

20140825_112635In hindsight, I think this makes a great Lunar New Year mani!

The product/s marked with a *  in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Rimmel x Rita Ora Lasting Finish Colour Intense Colour Balm

The jumbo lip crayons has been saturating the beauty market over the last few years and Rimmel has finally jumped onto the bandwagon with their version carrying a ridiculously long name – Lasting Finish Colour Intense Colour Balm.

As part of their celebrity collaboration with Rita Ora, Rimmel has released six shades ranging from nude to red.

I have for you, Give Me A Cuddle and On Fire, to review.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle

Give Me A Cuddle  is a candy pink shade. At first, I thought it’d be too cool for me but it applies much warmer than it appears. Over time, it transitions into a deep pink on my lips.

 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in On Fire

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in On Fire

On Fire, is on the other end of the spectrum and is a bright red with orange undertones. Depending on the light, you can also see the subtle pink undertone as well.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle and On Fire

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle and On Fire

Application wise, the Lasting Finish Colour Intense Colour Balms went on smoothly, with no tugging and is very lightweight. You will notice that it has a coyingly sweet vanilla scent. I’m a huge fan of sweet vanilla scents so this doesn’t bother me at all. However, if you’re not a fan, fear not, the scent doesn’t linger once applied!

Despite its name, I wouldn’t say it’s a balm per se. I didn’t find it moisturising enough. In terms of wear time, the ‘balm’ part wore off within the hour for me however it did leave behind a colour stain which wore beautifully for an additional two hours before wearing off unevenly.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle and On Fire

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in Give Me A Cuddle and On Fire

Even though they were slightly late to the jumbo lip crayon game, I think Rimmel has released a great product. Whilst it has minimal moisturising properties, it definitely isn’t drying and the colour stain left behind wears well. I also think Rimmel has released a colour range that everyone would find at least one shade they like.

Available for $12.95AUD each, you can find the range at Priceline, Target, KMart, Big W, and selected pharmacies, Coles and Woolworths.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: Rita Ora x Rimmel Lose Your Lingerie

Rimmel has paired with Rita Ora to release a colour collection consisting of six nail polishes and six colour rush intense colour balms.

Today, I have for you one of the six nail polish shades, Lose Your Lingerie. All the polishes from this collaboration are part of the ’60 Seconds’ range meaning it should be touch dry in 60 seconds. Perfect for me seeing as I lack the patience to sit and wait for my polishes to dry.

Rimmel x Rita Ora Lose Your Lingerie

Rimmel x Rita Ora Lose Your Lingerie

The packaging is really cute. The cap features a Pop Art inspired portrait of Rita Ora and signature on a British stamp. The attention to detail is amazing – the background of the stamp and her nails on each cap is the same shade as the polish in the bottle.

Lose Your Lingerie is a pale baby pink creme. I tried getting away with one coat but that did not happen. You definitely need two coats as it’s slightly streaky and two coats perfectly even out the streaks.

In the bottle, you can see the slight shimmer. However, this didn’t translate onto the nails at all.

Rimmel x Rita Ora Lose Your Lingerie

Rimmel x Rita Ora Lose Your Lingerie

Lose Your Lingerie dried down to a nice pearly finish, thanks to the subtle shimmer I presume, and even with no top coat, was nice and shiny. In terms of wear, it lasted about 4 days. And true to its name, it was touch dry in 60 seconds. Winning.

You can purchase the nail polishes for $7.95AUD each and they’re available at Priceline, Target, KMart, Big W, selected pharmacies, Coles and Woolworths.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Violet Box July 2014

Violet Box July 2014

Violet Box July 2014

After celebrating its first birthday last month, Violet Box has a new look packaging – it now comes in a slide out box which I know will definitely come in handy when I need to store random bits and bobs.

Violet Box July 2014

Violet Box July 2014

This month’s box included the following:

Violet Box July 2014

Violet Box July 2014

Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Serum $12.50/5ml ($75/30ml)
I’m not good at describing scents but this smells amazing. Like a light, coconut milk, floral, grassy mix. Ok, that may not sound so appealing but trust me, it smells nice haha. It is non-greasy, and was absorbed into my skin very quickly.

Sukin Skin Purifying Facial Mask $2.40/16ml ($15/100ml)
This is a clay-based facial mask that I feel would be a great all rounder especially when your skin just isn’t feeling its best but you’re not quite sure what it needs or what specific face mask you should use. It is suitable for all skin types and cleanses, tone and de-stresses your skin. I also liked that this sample was a double satchel allowing for two uses.

KMS California Hair Play Molding Paste $5.33/20ml ($40/150ml)
Ah, something that I would never use and will definitely be going to a family member or friend. Promises to add definition, provide texture and create a pliable hold for your hair.

LAQA&Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil $20
Another jumbo lip pencil to add to my ever growing collection. There is no shade name on the product itself which is quite annoying! However, after perusing their website, I have concluded that this is the shade Stranger Danger. Stranger Danger is a wearable hot pink, which has amazing pay off upon first swipe. It goes on glossy and with Shea butter as an ingredient, it is not drying on your lips.

As an aside, I think they could’ve come up with a slightly better name than ‘lip lube’…

Dr. Hauschka Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash $6/10ml ($26/200ml)
First off, I am not a fan of anything lavender scented but I think this will come in handy when summer rolls around and my heat rashes resurface.

So Susan Flutter Mascara $32
As I currently have 3 opened mascaras on rotation, I won’t be using this until I’ve used up one. All I can comment on is the packaging, which is really luxe with its gold body. The mascara is marketed to deliver the darkest, curviest lashes possible for you. Hope it can deliver on that promise!

As an extra, Violet Box also included a small satchet sample of Beyoncé Rise.

Overall, I’m not as impressed with the box as I have in the past however, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it because I did – 4 out of 6 products which I will definitely be using makes for a great box and of course, I always like to think of the value of these boxes and this month was no different. The So Susan mascara alone is more than the monthly subscription fee. In addition to that, I like the fact that half the brands included this month are new brands to me.

I have noticed that the boxes are arriving pretty late into the month. The last few boxes I have received have all arrived in the last week and a half of the month. I would prefer for the boxes to arrive earlier on in the month but that may just be personal preference,

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

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review and Q&A: Shanghai Suzy lipsticks

Being an avid user of Instagram, I came across Shanghai Suzy lipsticks a number of times but never got around to purchasing any because reality is, I’m such a lip product floozy that I have a massive box full of brand new lipsticks just waiting to be worn.

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks - $12.95AUD

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks – $12.95AUD

Guess my excitement when I was offered the opportunity to trial and review the lipsticks! Yes, was my immediate reaction because well, it’s for my readers?!

Shanghai Suzy offers lipstick lovers bright, bold shades at a very affordable price point. What really caught my attention was that each season, a new limited edition collection is launched. I’m a sucker for anything limited edition!

I was also able to interview Joanna Wheaton, founder of Shanghai Suzy lipsticks.

Joanna wears Miss Jade Orange

Joanna wears Miss Jade Orange

 

How did you come up with the name for the brand and why did you decide to create a lipstick range?

I’m a huge lipstick fan, and I found that I would rarely wear the same lipstick for more than a season (in fact, I’ve never finished a lipstick in my life!). I found that I was paying $30-$40 for lipsticks I would only wear on a few occasions – I either lose the lipstick when I’m out, or move onto the next colour for the next outfit. I really saw a gap in the market for good quality, on-trend fashion colours that wouldn’t cost a fortune. I have a background in cosmetics marketing and product development so I was lucky to have the skills to make my dream a reality! When I was initially working on the product development side, I was brainstorming colour names – all of the shades are named after my friends, Miss Claire, Miss Emma etc. I have a girlfriend called Suzy, who is from Shanghai.  When I was naming her colour, I thought that Shanghai Suzy sounded better than Miss Suzy, and so the name stuck! I loved it so much I decided to call the brand Shanghai Suzy!

At only $12.95 for a lipstick, how do you keep the price point low and yet offer such high quality lipsticks?

More than anything, I wanted Shanghai Suzy to be affordable! It’s tough at times, but we work on small margins and the business is based on volume and selling lots of lippies! It’s been quickly on the up and up each season so it’s a positive start.

Where do you get the inspiration from for each of seasonal range?

I love reading blogs and magazines, I love looking at beauty editorials from the UK and the US and looking at future trends and what will work for the Suzy customer.  I listen to my friends, they’re always begging me for certain colours and they’re much more fashionable than I am. I love hearing what makeup artists think too as they’re the ones creating the best looks day-in day-out.

What’s next for Shanghai Suzy?

Our Winter season is quietening down now and we’ve already started to sell out of some colours (all of our shades are limited edition).  We have our new Summer range launching in September which is super exciting, I am so in love with the range, I can’t wait to share it with everyone!!! We have an exciting new look and packaging launching around Christmas time too.

Now moving onto my review..

The first thing you’ll notice upon application is the delicious grape Hubba Bubba scent – so reminiscent of my childhood!

The packaging is sturdy, with a sticker of the shade on top, metallic silver writing of the brand name on the side and a ‘click’ when you put the lipstick back.

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks are ridiculously creamy – which is a good thing in my book as it means that even though the finish is matte, my lips aren’t left dry and peeling like with many matte finish lipsticks. Wear time was average – three to four hours before fading but due to the intensity of the shade, especially Miss Kitty, I could get away with not reapplying for an extra hour or two..

Shanghai Suzy lipstick swatches - Miss Amy and Miss Kitty

Shanghai Suzy lipstick swatches – Miss Amy and Miss Kitty

I was able to try two shades for you, my lovely readers -

Miss Kitty BLACK PLUM – the quintessential Winter shade! It’s a darkened wine shade

Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Kitty

Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Kitty

Miss Amy BABY PINK – cool toned pastel pink

Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Amy

Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Amy

I’m sure you can guess which is my favourite out of the two I received. Miss Amy was too cool toned for my warm toned Asian skin. However, this did not deflect from the fact that at $12.95 for a lipstick, Shanghai Suzy is a force to be reckoned with. Affordable, great quality, classy packaging, fun shades. Not many reasons to NOT go out and buy it, right?

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks - Miss Kitty and Miss Amy

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks – Miss Kitty and Miss Amy

You can check out the current range of lipsticks available on the Shanghai Suzy website. At $12.95AUD a pop, you can really afford to get a whole colour collection! These gems can be purchased from the website, or they are stocked around the country in independent beauty stores – stockists listed here.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Karen Murrell Lipsticks – Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

When it comes to cosmetics, my favourite products would have to be lipsticks followed by blushes. So when I was offered the chance to review the Summer Bouquet Colour Collection from Karen Murrell, I immediately said yes!

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell is an all natural, organic brand from New Zealand offering not only lipsticks but also skincare.

Whilst I was swatching these, it dawned on me – it makes sense to wear lipstick with natural ingredients because it is without a doubt that you will consume the lipstick without even intending to – through kissing, drinking, eating etc

Karen Murrell obviously came to this realisation much sooner than I did and created a line of lipstick made from natural ingredients.

Everything about the brand is natural. The cardboard packaging, with original artwork, is 100% recyclable, and is made from New Zealand trees and soya ink.

Even the actual lipstick casing is eco-friendly. It’s made from corn resin and actually starts to dissolve back into the environment in 100 days, should you choose to recycle it.

Karen Murrell Lipsticks

Karen Murrell Lipsticks

In terms of scent,the lipsticks are naturally scented with cinnamon oil and when you remove the lipstick cap, it seems quite strong. I am not the biggest fan of cinnamon but have found that it doesn’t linger so that’s a relief.

Now moving onto the swatches of the 5 shades from Karen Murrell’s Summer Bouquet range – firstly, chasing natural light during Winter has proven to be a difficult task so these are not the greatest pictures – sorry!

The Summer Bouquet Colour Collection was inspired by “vividly coloured flowers delicately peeking out of the gloomiest day of the year”.

#13 Camellia Morning – light petal pink with a yellow base

#14 Orchid Bloom - warm brown peach nude

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection {Camellia Morning, Orchid Bloom}

#15 Peony Petal - slightly bright pink-peach-coral

#16 Lavender Laughter – leans cool; blue-based pale mauve-pink

#17 Poppy Passion – a bright watermelon pink

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection {Peony Petal, Lavender Laughter, Poppy Passion}

The lipsticks are highly pigmented, very creamy, go on semi-sheer but can be easily built up to opaque coverage. I would describe the finish as a satin, with no shimmer.

Out of the 5 shades of the Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection, my favourites are Peony Petal and Poppy Passion; with my least favourite being Lavender Laughter, which is too cool for my skintone.

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection

Karen Murrell Summer Bouquet Colour Collection {Poppy Passion, Orchid Bloom, Lavender Laughter, Peony Petal, Camellia Morning}

In terms of lasting power, the brighter ones last slightly longer than the nude/pastel ones – with an average wear time of about 4 hours until food or drinks touches my lips.

You can check out the lipstick range on the Karen Murrell website. The lipsticks retail for $30NZD but there is an Australian stockist available – Style Patisserie which sells them for $26.95AUD (with free shipping on orders over $75AUD).

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