April 18, 2014

REVLON COLORBURST LACQUER & MATTE BALM

I have never been too impressed by lip crayons/balms I've tried in the past (i.e. Clinique Chubby Stick - I know, it's me), I don't find them particularly moisturising, and the pigmentation is a real hit and miss. I honestly thought I would give Revlon Colorburst Lacquer/Matte Balms a pass, but seeing them on a buy 1 get 1 free special the other day, I decided to take the plunge. So here I go again! ;)



One of the 2 goodies I picked out is the lacquer balm, in 115 Whimsical. It's a deep, pinky purple when swatched on my dark pigmented lips, though I've seen it wear a lot lighter on other bloggers. There's a lovely shine to the finish, and despite a high amount of glitter in the bullet, it does not transfer too much when worn. Like most lipstick/lip balm hybrids, the colour applies quite sheer, but can be easily built up for more intensity. I don't find the formula very hydrating, but it's comfortable to wear and lasts about 3-4 hours on me. 


I can't find anything to fault with Whimsical, though I must admit I was not super wowed by the range so far - that is, until I decided to try the matte balm in 210 Unapologetic.

April 12, 2014

NEW SKINCARE LOVE

I can't believe a week has flown by. It's been particularly stressful at work these past couple of days, I made my first major presentation yesterday, which thankfully went very smooth - I feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I do apologise for not being able to drop by lately, I'll be catching up very soon! ;)


Now that winter is fast approaching (for those of us who live down under), my skin is acting up again - it's breaking out, dehydrated, oily and irritated all at the same time. I have skincare staples that I go back to (see post here), but have also discovered a few new products I've been really loving recently. Some of the items featured are cult faves, so it's nothing new, if you have tried any of them let me know what you thought!



Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
I only discovered this not so long ago after the range popped up at the local drugstore. I've seen Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in a lot of blogs but never really understood what it is used for - until now. I use rose hip oil from time-to-time on my face, but this can be used all over the face and body (including cuticles), as well as on hair! It's not as thick as my usual rose hip oil either, so it's relatively easy to spread. I've been applying this on my face, elbows, knees, the ends of my hair - pretty much anywhere that needs a little added moisture - and it's been such a miracle worker. Did I also mention that I'm addicted to the smell? It's divine!

Eve Lom Dynaspot (Acne Treatment)

My longtime favourite for acne treatment has been Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. However, with my sensitive skin at the moment the formula is simply too harsh and drying. I haven't tried anything from Eve Lom, but this was highly recommended by a colleague so I thought I would give it a go. Dynaspot consists of botanical ingredients such as fennel, chamomile, tea tree oil and yarrow extracts, so the formula is relatively gentle yet still effective against unwanted blemishes. The results are not as dramatic as Mario Badescu, but it's probably the next best thing without being overly drying!


April 5, 2014

CLINIQUE CHEEK POP IN BERRY POP (03)



How cute are these new Clinique Cheek Pops? Even the name is adorable! I've always been a fan of simple, clean packaging, and Clinique gets it so right with the clear acrylic snap compact. The daisy pattern on the blush itself is simply beautiful - hence the image overload - I'm almost hesitant to ruin the design!