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Brand Focus: Nudestix

Nudestix

Nudestix

Nudestix is a brand that is all about multi-tasking, easy to use products. Their brand motto is #gonudebutbetter.

I have been so lucky to have met the face behind the brand twice now and each time, I am just in awe at how passionate and involved Taylor and Ally are with Nudestix.

I was first introducted to Nudestix last year at a Sephora brands showcase. I walked away with 4 different shades of their Metallic Eye Color Pencils and a Brow Stylus.

Nudestix is all about the makeup pencils. It is legit makeup pencil errthang! Sure, makeup brands were all about the lip crayons a year ago but Nudestix has stepped it up and they have not only the eye and lip pencils we usually see but also, a skincare pencil range. Wut? Yep. There’s a Sculpting Pencil, which is dual-ended to contour and highlight with, and a Skin Pencil range one for blurring, cleaning up, mattify and moisturise.

They all come in a sleek black metal tin with an accompanying mirror on the inside of the lid and their own sharpener. This makes them very travel friendly as you can pack all the pencils you need just in one tin!

First up, I will be discussing the Magentic Eye Color Pencils ($35AUD)  – I have this in the shades: Angel, Spirit, Moon, Lilith, Gilt and Spirit.

Nudestix magnetic eye pencils in Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit; eye pencil in Bronze

Nudestix magnetic eye pencils in Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit; eye pencil in Bronze

I generally have oily lids and usually don’t go without an eyelid primer. However, one day, I forgot my trusty eyelid primer and only had these on me. I applied it anyway and 10 hours later, my lids are still looking fresh AF. There was no creasing to be seen! This is exciting news for my oily lids and is a testament as to how long wearing the Magnetic Eye Color Pencils are.

The Magnetic Eye Color Pencils glide on so easily so you can be sure there is no eyelid tugging happening. In addition to this, the colour payoff is even and intense.

I also have the Eye Pencil ($34AUD) in Bronze. This is not as long-lasting as the Magentic Eye Color Pencils above nor is it as intense. This gives me a smooth, satin finish and comes with a smudger, so is my go-to for a quick smokey eye.

Nudestix magnetic eye pencil swatches: Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit and eye pencil in Bronze

Nudestix magnetic eye pencil swatches: Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit and eye pencil in Bronze

Moving onto the Brow Stylus ($34AUD) – this is a waterproof, 2-in-1, triangled tip eyebrow pencil. I received the shade Brown but found there was too much of a red undertone for me to pull it off. Shade aside, it was very easy to use. It glides on easily and the triangled tip definitely helped in creating hair-like strokes. The gel on the other end is also coloured and the size is perfect for brushing those brow hairs into place.

Nudestix eyebrow stylus pencil and gel in brown

Nudestix eyebrow stylus pencil and gel in brown

Ahh, now my favourites – the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils ($39AUD). I have this in Royal, a neutral red and Belle, a perfect mix of pink and brown.

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencil swatches: Belle and Royal

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencil swatches: Belle and Royal

These are touted to be waterproof, kiss-proof and non-feathering for up to 6 hours. Despite being a matte finish, these are very soft, creamy and not drying at all. You can use this to colour in your lips and swipe onto your apples and blend for some quick cheek colour.

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencils in Royal and Belle

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencils in Royal and Belle

Last, but not least, their Blur ($38AUD) pencil. This is an instant line and pore filler to Give the appearance of smooth and flawless skin. I like to use this on my lips before applying matte lipsticks so they don’t settle into any fine lines.

Nudestix Skin Pencil in Blur

Nudestix Skin Pencil in Blur

So there you have it – a quick introduction to Nudestix and my favourite products from them. You can purchase them from Sephora, in store and online.

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Review: Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting Kit

Designed by Kate Moss, the Sculpting & Highlighting kit is one of the recent offerings from the Rimmel brand. It contains three complimentary shades designed to highlight, sculpt and define (blush). From the Rimmel London website, only one shade seems to be available in Australia – Coral Glow – but from various overseas beauty blogs, I can see that it is available in 3 different shades overseas.

Packaging…ok, it looks like nothing special, being plastic and all, but the rose gold makes for a nice touch.

Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

For my medium to olive skintone, this Coral Glow is quite complimentary. The highlight shade is a soft beige-champagne with subtle shimmer. The contour/bronzer shade is quite warm with gold shimmer but it’s not too chunky so works well as a contour or bronzer. The blush is a soft peachy-pink coral which gives my tanned skin a slight hint of colour.

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

This palette is more suited to fair to medium skin but it does give me a nice natural look for everyday use. A bit of a warning though – when I am picking up the product with my blush, there’s some fallout. You can actually see a bit of the powdery-ness (not a word but you know….) in the swatch pic above with the bronzer/contour shade. Not too much but definitely something to be aware of. In terms of lasting power, the blush disappears throughout the day but the bronzer/contour shade lasted a full day of wear – same with the highlighter.

At the moment, Coral Glow seems to be the only shade available in Australia. Here’s hoping the other two shades will arrive on our shores soon!

You can pick this up for $16.95 at Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Target, Kmart, BIG W, selected pharmacies and selected Coles and Woolworths.

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Review: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara and Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

About a month ago, I was very lucky to be invited to the launch of Elizabeth Arden’s Grand Entrance mascara and the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer and Grand Entrance Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer and Grand Entrance Mascara

The Grand Entrance mascara delivers an 80% increase in lash length and volume and a whopping 162% increase in curl. This newbie from Elizabeth Arden is glossy, long-wearing and water-resistant.
The 3-in-1 triangular brush is quite different to my usual mascara brushes but this technology means my lashes are individually coated and separated without clumping and flaking.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

I have trialed this mascara for the last month and I definitely see such a huge difference. My lashes are longer, darker and the mascara holds a curl very well. At the end of the day, my lashes are still curled! This is no easy feat with my stubborn, straight lashes. I like using this mascara for everyday – it provides me with the lengthening and darkness I look for in an everyday mascara without giving me spider lashes. Once applied, I can go about my day without worrying about it flaking or smudging.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara - before

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – before

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara - after

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – after

The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara is available in two shades – Stunning Black and Stunning Brown. You can grab this at all Elizabeth Arden counters – to find your nearest stockist, you can contact 1800 015 500. Available in .3oz, this will set you back $42.00AUD.

Until recently, I never used a primer under my make up. However, I have learnt the error of my ways and will never skip a primer again. I actually have a post coming up about my favourite primers – stay tuned.

The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer is a silky, lightweight primer that is perfect for all skin tones. The Flawless Start Perfecting Primer smoothes any uneven skin texture, and minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. This is all thanks to the triple blurring complex with light-diffusing technology. The primer is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Whilst it is silcone-based, the Flawless Start Perfecting Primer leaves my skin with a smooth finish and imparts a very nice glow.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

When it comes out of the tube, its beige in colour with a peachy-pink tint but once applied and blended, there’s no distinct colour. The texture is like a mousse but blends easily enough and really turns my skin into the perfect canvas. I have also used the primer on its own as well on my “no makeup” makeup days. It smoothes out my skin whilst controlling my oil skin throughout the day.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer - texture

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer – texture

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer - completely blended in

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer – completely blended in

After a full day of wear, my makeup is still in tact with minimal oil on my T-zone. I had no need to do my usual touch-ups through the day. Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Again, this is now available at all Elizabeth Arden counters for $48AUD/30ml.

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Review: Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek has jumped onto the highlighting and strobing bandwagon and has added this little beauty to their line, the Solstice Palette ($14USD). I am a highlighter addict and when this palette showed on my doorstep, I was giddy with excitement!

Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14USD)

Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14USD)

It looks so luxurious with the gold packaging, but it is still light as a result of the plastic packaging. Inside, you get four different highlighters, a brush and a mirror – yasss! I haven’t tried the brush itself as it seems a little too dense for my liking. I like using a fan brush to apply my highlighters. The finishes of the highlighters also vary from baked powders to cream. The four shades are:

  1. Ecliptic – bronze cream
  2. Hemisphere – cool toned lavendar baked powder
  3. Subsolar – champagne powder
  4. Equinox –  rose gold powder
Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14USD)

Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette ($14USD)

For a drugstore product, this is really worth its value. The pigmentation is insane and you really only need a little bit of product. If you’re confused as to how and what you should use each powder for, fear not, Sleek has provided instructions on the back of the box!

Subsolar provides the most beautiful glow and gives me a “lit from within” look – my favourite. For the price, this Sleek MakeUp Solstice Palette is a great product for beginners to strobing and the shades suit all skintones. The compact packaging makes it ideal for travelling and on the go.

Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette swatches ($14USD)

Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette swatches ($14USD)

This has become one of my mostly reached make up product and I definitely recommend you take a look and swatch when you see it.

You can purchase this gorgeous palette from Sleek MakeUP’s website for $14.99USD (+shipping).

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Review: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation SPF20 and Fix + Protect Primer SPF25

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation & Fix and Protect Makeup Primer

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation & Fix and Protect Makeup Primer

Rimmel is just bringing out the goods lately. Reformulated by Rimmel, the new Match Perfection foundation ($18.95) promises to blur your imperfections for a poreless and luminous finish. The Rimmel Match Perfection foundation is available in 8 shades and contains SPF20. I was sent two shades, Sand and True Beige. For my olive skin, I was a mix between the two.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation swatches - Sand, True Beige // Fix and Protect Makeup Primer

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation swatches – Sand, True Beige // Fix and Protect Makeup Primer

After trialing the foundation on numerous occasions, I have found that:-

  • It contains microshimmer which is not noticeable on skin; provides for that luminous finish.
  • Feels very hydrating. Rimmel promises up to 24 hours hydration.
  • Very blendable. It provides for medium coverage. It covered the redness in my cheeks and around my nose well without requiring me to cake on the foundation.
  • The packaging is glass and feels very sturdy. The pump allows me to control the amount of foundation I require.
  • The Rimmel Match Perfection foundation gives you a dewy finish. Oily skinned girls, like me, will definitely need to set with some powder or it transfers and/or breaks down during the day.
  • I like that it contains SPF20 which is enough for me when I am at work, usually indoors and only ever dashing across the road to grab lunch or a coffee.

Along with the Match Perfection Foundation, Rimmel has also released the Fix and Protect Makeup Primer (13.95) which contains SPF25. Despite being oily skinned, I haven’t taken to using primers yet (I am too lazy to add an extra step in my routine). This is probably one of a handful of primers I have used in my lifetime. The primer is lightweight, very runny (is this normal?) and is pearl white in appearance. Not sure how obvious it is in the swatch picture but there’s microshimmer there in the primer, which I dislike. Rimmel sells the shimmer as “light diffusing….built-in complexion beautifier…” but I’m not convinced. It does feel lightweight once applied and does what it’s supposed to do. However, the shimmer just puts me off. I know you can’t see the shimmer unless you’re looking at my face up close though…

You can check these out at Priceline, Target, Big W, Kmart, selected pharmacies and selected Coles and Woolworths.

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Review: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

This new nude collection released by Rimmel London in collaboration with Kate Moss includes five nude lipsticks with shades designed to be flattering options for all skin tones. You’re bound to find a nude shade that matches your skin tone, with the shades varying from the subtle apricots to cashmere beiges and rich toffees.

After trialling the lipstick over a week, I have concluded that they are moisturising, comfortable to wear and reaches opacity in a swipe or two. The finish is semi-matte, and despite the “up to 8 hours” wear claim, I found that they only lasted about 4 hours until I needed to reapply.

Packaging-wise, they come in a peachy nude plastic tube, with silver reflective detailing. The cap features the ‘Kate’ signature logo and the Rimmel crown embossed on top.

The shades are:-

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

#40 Pale Nude – cool peachy nude

#42 Apricot Nude – cool pink nude

#43 Tan Nude – yellow beige nude

#45 Rose Nude – warm peachy yellow nude

#48 Dark Nude – rose pink warm brown nude

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss swatches $12.95 (#40, #42, #43, #45, #48)

My two favourite shades for my olive skin, pigmented lips are #45 and #48. The other three shades were just too light for my tanned skin and made me look like a corpse. The first three shades would definitely suit paler girls better.

You can purchase these shades from Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies, selected Coles and selected Woolworths for $12.95.

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Review: Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen Lipstick

 

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Jumping onto the Pantone Colour of the Year bandwagon, Innoxa has released a limited edition lipstick in the shade, Marsala. When the Pantone Colour of the year was announced, I gotta admit, I kind of thought “Yeah, definitely not a colour I can pull off cosmetics wise!” Well, oops. This interpretation by Innoxa has made it a wearable, earthy tone which is perfect for the cooler weather. This is a nice mix of red and brown. It’s not too muddy on but has enough red to just brighten up your face.

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

It glides on smoothly, with no pulling at all, thanks to ingredients like jojoba oil and avocado oil. It feels comfortable and light on the lips and lasts about 4 hours until eating and/or drinking. See that swatch there? That’s just one swipe!

I love this shade; it wears so well against my skin tone and has made its way into my “work appropriate” lip stash.

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

This limited edition lipstick is available at selected Myer, Priceline and pharmacies nationally for $14.95!

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Review: OPI Venice Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

To coincide with the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall/Autumn, OPI released a nail polish collection capturing the essence of Venice. The collection features the addition of 12 different shades to OPI’s current permanent line and I received the Little Bambinos Mini Pack ($24.95) from the collection for review. The mini pack includes four 3.75ml polishes to help add a little bit of Venice in your life.

The shades include:

A Great Opera-tunity – a great neutral melon-peach creme

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

Worth A Pretty Penne – pretty rose gold flecked with bits of silver copper

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

Amore At The Grand Canal – classic blue-red creme that doesn’t stain the nails!

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

My Gondola or Yours? – smoky black

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

As always, the formula is on point with OPI. With the exception of My Gondola or Yours, you could almost get away with just one coat. My Gondola or Yours required a little more work in the application but with all of them, by coat 2, you’ve achieved full opacity. Regarding wear time, I got an average of about a week before they polish started chipping.

You can check out the collection in selected Myer and David Jones stores, and selected salons nationally. Full size bottles are $19.95AUD each and the Little Bambinos Mini Pack is $24.95AUD.

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Review: Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb

I first heard of Sleek MakeUP on the Makeup Alley forums about 8 years back. This was when my make up addiction was just beginning and Sleek’s eyeshadow palettes were all the rage.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks

Sleek MakeUP prides themselves on the fact that their colour range caters to women of all colours, from fair skin to women of colour and not charge a fortune for it!

I was very fortunate to have been sent a few stand out products from the brand to have a play with. As a lipstick addict, I instantly gravitated towards the lipsticks first. The True Colour Lipsticks come in about 31 different shades, and two finishes – matte and sheen. These lipsticks are infused with vitamin E to help hydrate and protect your lips.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks - Cherry, Succumb and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks – Cherry, Succumb and Papaya Punch

Here are my thoughts on the Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb.

Papaya Punch, I would describe as a nice coral shade, leaning towards the orange end of the coral spectrum with a matte finish. Ensure your lips have been well exfoliated prior to apply this as the matte finish means that the colour does cling onto the dry flakes on your lips.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch – Swatch

Cherry is a deep berry red, perfect for gloomy Autumn days with a satin finish.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry – Swatch

Succumb is a nude mauvey pink, depending on your natural lip colour, again with a satin finish. On my lips, Succumb sits closer to the brown nude spectrum making it an essential work appropriate shade for me.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succumb - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succumb – Swatch

In terms of wear time: being a matte finish, Papaya Punch lasted a bit longer than Succumb, which has a sheen finish. Cherry also has a sheen finish but due to the intensity of the shade, it lasted just about as long as Papaya Punch, being about 4 hours with no touch ups.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb - Natural Light Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb – Natural Light Swatch

Even though it’s a matte finish, Papaya Punch felt very comfortable on my lips and they did not feel dry at all. Succumb and Cherry also felt nice and comfortable on my lips. Felt like I was wearing nothing at all! In terms of scent, here’s the big surprise – no discernible scent at all! Wait. What? Yes, that’s correct. Cheap lipsticks with no scent. Score!

You can purchase these Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks from their website for $7.49USD or $10.95AUD from Lipstick Republic.

Details:

Nails – OPI Worth A Pretty Penne
Face – Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, TheBalm Frat Boy blush, NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard, Australis ACONTOUR palette, MAC Brow Shader in Porcelaine/Browning, TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Lashes – Glam by Manicare Bahamas

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Review: Designer Brands CC Creme

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Prior to receiving this Designer Brands CC Creme in my mailbox, I had never tried a CC cream before. I only dabbled with BB creams briefly as I was so overwhelmed and actually came across one I liked on my first few tries.

This Designer Brands CC Creme promises a number of things – minimise the appearance of uneven skin tone, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and brighten dull, tired skin.

And after using it over the course of 3 months, I can definitely agree with the above.

In terms of coverage, it is not super heavy at all. In fact, it provides very sheer coverage. This may not be suited to your needs but for me, it was perfect. I have broken capillaries on my cheeks and some redness around my nose and the Designer Brands CC Creme provided just enough coverage so that the redness was covered without being too heavy on my face. It definitely felt light and would be great to wear in summer, as it contains SPF15. The consistency is not too water, or too thick. One pump was more than enough to cover my face and was easily buffed in.

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

I have used this for over three months now, and always reach for it when I just need to even out my skin tone without looking too made up. It makes for a great “natural” make up base.

The Designer Brands CC Creme comes in two shades – Light Medium and Medium Dark, and the shade I received, Medium Dark makes for great match. Not too light, or too dark, but just the right balance to brighten up my skin.

And a quick mention of the packaging. It’s very lightweight, handles clumsiness well and looks sleek!

The shade range is limited, so if you can find a match and are looking for natural coverage, have a look at this Designer Brands CC Creme. For your local stockist, call 1300 765 332 or check out their online store locator.

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