Sunday, 23 December 2012

Review: Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil & Colour Inject Gloss

Australis products are definitely becoming more popular with quality that doesn't disappoint! Not long ago I was lucky enough to win a Colour Inject Gloss in Fandango from Australis and claimed the the "buy one get one free" offer from Priceline for my 10 Hour Wear Pencil in Bombastic Bronze. I was quite excited to try these products out as I've heard great things about it!

Australis 10 Hour Wear Pencil in Bombastic Bronze RRP $9.95
After hearing a few raves about this, especially from Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time I knew I had to get this eyeliner! Australis says it is a pencil that applies like a liquid eyeliner, waterproof and lasts for 10 hours. It comes in two other shades as as well, Aqua Attack and Grape Cake but I'm not adventurous enough to use such bright attention-seeking colours! I love how there is a bronze shade, I find that black eyeliner is too harsh for me.

Creamy formulation
Excuse the wonky swatch!
Thie beautiful eyeliner glides on so smoothly and its formulation is creamy and definitely didn't disappoint! There are very subtle shimmers which I like, giving it a bit of iridescence. So does it live up to its 10 hour wear? I used it without a primer for a whole day, and let's say I am impressed! No smudging and the liner stayed put, although there was very minor smudging on my bottom lash line but it wasn't much of an issue. The quality of the packaging feels great too except for its clear lid which makes it look a little cheap- and it would have won more points if didn't need to be sharpened. Despite that, this will definitely be a repurchase (glad I bought two of them!) as it has a superb formulation.

Australis Colour Inject Gloss in Fandango RRP $11.95
Thanks to Australis again for this lip gloss! I'm actually not a big fan of lip gloss as the shine and stickiness puts me off, as well as it somehow exaggerates the yellowness of my teeth (yuck). I've heard that Colour Inject Glosses have a nice colour pay off, as well as being nourishing, and containing and "injection" of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Sounds like a fun gloss!

Fandango is a bright coral colour which is great for summer! The first thing I noticed about the gloss was its delicious scent- Australis describes it as lychee but I find it quite fruity in general. Unfortunately for me the gloss was quite sticky and glossy, although it is meant to be glossy so I can't fault a gloss for being glossy!

Fuzzy applicator
Very glossy!
The colour was very pigmented which is impressive for a gloss. The swatch looks very bright but on my lips it was a little muted (my lip swatches did not turn out well and shouldn't be seen in public so I haven't posted a pic of it here). I quite like this coral shade and would be great for a night out.

Have you tried either the 10 Hour Wear Pencil or the Colour Inject Glosses from Australis? 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Review: Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons

Yes I am a little slow to try these hyped up Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons  but I wanted to wait until there was an offer before I purchased them! These three gorgeous lip crayons retail for $14.95, however I popped into a Priceline and its price was down to $9.95- add on a voucher I had that was for around $5, these lip crayons were mine for less than $5! However since these lip crayons were limited edition, you can't find them in stores anymore (good work Karen, reviewing something people can't buy anymore...)

How adorable is this cupcake candle? You open it up to reveal the candle!
 From first inspection, it seemed like Macaron would be the nicest shade of all; a nice dark pink, nearly red sheer shade for the lips and I absolutely feared the brown shade, Sundae. However I was pleasantly surprised! Sundae has turned out to be my favourite colour of the three as it didn't appear brown on my lips, but instead a nice nude-like shade! It seems like such a flattering shade for most complexions while being very modest.

These lip crayons can be built up to increase its pigmentation which I love! A thin layer for a subtle sheer look, or layer it again and again to achieve a stronger colour turn out. In terms of use, the wind up crayon is quite fun and cute, although the plastic packaging does make it feel a little cheap (but then again, it was cheap!). I wouldn't call these extremely moisturising but they are quite smooth and easy to apply.

L-R: Sundae, Macaron, Cupcake
Comparing these to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm stains, the FOA lip crayons are much easier to apply and are much more sheer and forgiving to dry flaky lips. Revlon's lip stains however are much more pigmented and extremely long wearing (it was so hard to budge!) but tend to accentuate dry flakes. The packaging for Revlon's lip stains feels more sturdier than FOA's, however at $17.95 a pop, you would really hope so as FOA's lip crayons are just a fraction of that price (and for three of them too!). I am quite satisfied with this trio of lip crayons and I don't think I'll venture for Revlon's or Clinique's Chubby stick anytime soon.

Have you tried the FOA lip crayons before? How about the other lip crayons that are out?

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Review: Lush Sweet Lips Lip Scrub

What an irresistible name for a lip product- "Sweet lips." Now, who wouldn't want to have sweet lips? I had always known that Lush had amazing lip scrubs but I couldn't justify paying $10 for a measly 25g of sugar and oil! Previously I had tried to make my own lip scrub using raw sugar and olive oil but it became an oily mess and I had no where to store my product, oops. The raw sugar has quite large crystals compared to your normal refined sugar, and refined sugar has larger crystals than castor sugar (which is used in Lush's lip scrubs) which was a little too rough on the lips (the raw sugar, that is). After reading reviews here and there about how long a jar of Lush lip scrubs lasted and how well they worked, I succumbed and bought my own little jar of sweet goodness.

I thought this was a cute little touch instead of just stating an expiry date!

Sweet lips is described as a "lip scrub for chocolate fanatics" with vanilla extract to keep lips moist and a rich, deep cocoa fragrance to give an "irresistible touch". Lush lip scrubs also come in Popcorn which I initially wanted as it was so unique and had a salty popcorn taste, but I wasn't sure if I would use it as often as the Sweet Lips; Bubblegum; and Mint Julips which I was told by a sales assistant that will help plump the lips. It was hard to choose, but I thought I could not go wrong with a sugary vanilla flavour.

"Lick off the excess"?! I thought lip scrubs were meant to be wiped away along with the dry lip flakes! The Lush lip scrubs are edible but the thought of licking dry flakes off my lips was a little off-putting- but I tried it anyway and it didn't bother me at all! Yum, sugar.

It looks absolutely delicious!
The lip scrubs are such fun to use! Dipping my finger into the little jar of sugar and scrubbing away will never lose its novelty, and also results in smooth exfoliated lips! Very impressed with the lip scrub and I do think that $10 is worth the joy of using it (well, that is just me I think). This jar definitely seems like it will last a long time, as not much is needed! A great buy for those who tend to get dry flaky lips (wait, isn't that everyone?)

Have you tried Lush's lip scrubs before or any other type of lip scrub?

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: Butter London in Pink Ribbon Nail Lacquer

Gorgeous packaging. Cute name. Free from formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (Dibutyl phthalate for you chemistry nerds out there... okay... *sulks away*) which are chemicals that may cause cancer (called carcinogens). Enough of the chemistry talk, but what's there not to love about Butter London nail lacquers? I got this as a freebie from the October's issue of In Style magazine (I briefly mentioned this in the previous post) and was pretty excited to try it out!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon
I had trouble opening the lid, I twisted with all my might but it didn't work. But alas, I had a closer look at the lid and it says "Lift to open". Who would have thought a nail polish would have a pull up lid?

Oh dear, Mr Butter London is naked!
Little bird with a crown

On inspection the shade "Pink Ribbon" is a sheer peachy pink, quite a nice neutral colour for the nails. The formula was runny- I had to take the photo really quick before it dripped everywhere- and easy to apply. However, I was extremely disappointed with how the colour turned out. I knew it was going to be sheer, but not SO sheer that my nails appear not to be painted at all!

Do you see it? No? Neither do I! The only thing "Pink Ribbon" offers is a nice shine to the nails. Perhaps this is the only disappointing shade in the Butter London range as I have only heard of good things about these nail lacquers! The other shades they offer look quite gorgeous so I definitely won't give the Butter London a miss- I'll just blame it on Pink Ribbon.

Have you tried Butter London Nail Lacquers? Which shades do you have? What did you think of them?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Lucky me & Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant review

How I love freebies and giveaways! I may not be as lucky as some who constantly win giveaways but I am happy at the few products I have received the past month or so! This post has been delayed mainly due to my dissatisfaction of the photos I have taken, but I'll get over it and will post it today.

 While taking this picture I forgot to add something else I had- the Butter London nail lacquer! I will post about it in another post though.

From left to right:

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 13g- freebie with the November issue of Marie Claire
  • Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar Wax set- from beauty with the-beautifool ♥'s giveaway! Check out her awesome blog too!
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream sample- sample from Rouge's website 
  • Schick Hydro Silk Razor- from a Facebook giveaway
  • Schwarzkopf LiveColour Shake It Up Colour Foam in 668 Amber Ample Twist- won a giveaway from Priceline's Twitter
  • Mirenesse Cat Eyes Liner- from a Facebook giveaway
  • Butter London Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon (not in main picture)- freebie from October's issue of In Style

 Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 13g

A white powder! ;)
When I saw this freebie with the November issue of Marie Claire, I HAD to get it. Marie Claire is my most absolute favourite magazine (great articles and it is nice and thick- no that's not what she said!) and lately I've been trying to find a good exfoliator. I had a look and it sells for around $83 for a 75g bottle! That is crazy expensive! Quick calculations (using a calculator of course) says this little 13g sample is worth about $14. Sweet. (Addition: since then Dermalogica have dropped their prices and you can get a 75g bottle for $62.10!)

I had a bit of a read about this exfoliant on the Dermalogica website and it is a rice-based exfoliating powder which activates upon contact with water. It claims to exfoliate, brighten and smooth the skin which is definitely something I am looking for! How do I even use this powder? Instructions say "Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant® into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly".

After reading a few reviews online the general consensus was that it was an excellent exfoliator so I didn't hesistate to try it!. Wow. What an amazing product. I don't think I've been so pleased with a product before! It did create a nice creamy paste which I lathered on my face, it was so easy. I rinsed my face and wow, my face is super soft and smooth! Very pleased as I have never used an exfoliator that has worked so well! I applied my rosehip oil and I had never feel it glide so smoothly and absorb so well before. I would definitely want to repurchase but will want to find a good deal as $83 is not something you will call cheap! I was very impressed and am super glad I got this freebie with my favourite magazine.

Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar

Yay my first prize from a blog giveaway! Super happy. I have never heard of this brand before, but it is a Canadian brand. It is a natural hair removal treatment made from sugar infused with soothing chamomile (sounds yummy!). The Parissa Body Sugar claims to be gentle on skin yet tough on hair (it can also be used on the face) and is ideal for both beginners and pros.

Comes with 140ml sugar, 20 washable strips, 8 ml Azulene oil, 3 spatulas (only the small one is shown)
I've actually never waxed before! I have shaved, used hair removal creams and now I only use an epilator as it is quick and easy. I've always stayed away from waxes as they seem a little messy and time consuming although I will definitely try this Parissa Body Sugar set sometime! The little blue vial of Azulene oil looks so cute hehe.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

 This came in such a cute little jar! I don't mind Olay products but if I had the choice I wouldn't really use them, but there is no particular reason why- maybe it just doesn't appeal to me. This micro-sculpting cream claims to firm and lift the skin's appearance in areas most prone to sagging by intracellular hydration (hydrating the cells!) and smoothing the skin's surface. Sagging isn't really an issue for me at the moment so I might pass this onto my mum! Another huge claim it made is that it works even better than the world's most expensive creams, even one that is $350. I don't think I'll try to prove that anytime soon so let's just leave it at that!

 Schick Hydro Silk Razor

 Looking forward to trying this shaver! I haven't used anything really fancy before (just your regular two blade Gilette or Schick razors) so I hope this will provide an easy smooth shave ;)

Schwarzkopf LiveColour Shake It Up Colour Foam in 668 Amber Ample Twist

Do you love the colour too?!
I was lucky enough to win this in a Priceline giveaway on its Twitter! When I first saw this hair colour in the pharmacy at work, I was quite intrigued as the packaging reminded me of a milkshake, so cute. This colour foam retails for $12.99 but the cheapest I have seen it is for $10. It was so hard to decide on a hair colour I wanted as the pictures on the Schwarzkopf website were so small! I was tossing up between Amber Ample Twist, Nougat Delight and Cranberry Kick shades. I thought that Amber Ample Twist (what a mouthful!) was in the middle of the two other shades so I chose that one and I am happy with that selection!

This hair colour claims to be a "permanent vibrant foam colour with a dazzling gloss effect and a juicy, fruity scent!" Yum! I could smell the fruity scent too which was pleasant. Looking forward to colouring my hair with this as I think a foam hair colour will be much easier to use than your regular creams. I hope there will be a good colour pay off although I am doubtful. Will definitely post a review up when I do dye my hair though :)

Mirenesse Cat Eyes Liner

The last of the freebies! This is the Mirenesse Cat Eyes Liner pencil! It retails for $29.95 which you can buy from its website. It is a highly pigmented crayon eyeliner (wind up, doesn't need sharpening woohoo!) which claims to glide on and stay put all day. I have only ever come across one eyeliner that doesn't smudge on me- eyeliners are notorious for giving me panda eyes and not staying put EVEN after I slather on the eye primer (I use a Revlon one in case you were wondering!). So I was happy to try this although I find black eyeliners a little too harsh for me as I would rather a dark brown colour.

Wind up is always handy!

How did it hold up? A little better than I expected although it still smudged a little after about 8 hours but that wasn't much of a surprise to me. In terms of "gliding" on, it was okay but nothing amazing. I used the smudger but it was just a smudger- it did blend out some wobbly lines though! Would I repurchase it? No. It is a nice eyeliner but nothing special.

This post turned out to be a bit long! I was going to halve it but I wasn't really sure how that would have worked so this has ended up as a big post!

Have you tried any of these products? What freebies have you gotten lately?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Review: Lucas Papaw Ointment vs. Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment

Greetings everyone! I haven't posted in a while, mainly because of exams. But now I am free (yay freedom for more than 3 months!) I can freely blog :) Today I will be doing a review on Lucas Papaw Ointment and Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment, and comparing the two.

The two are packaged similarly and are bright and stand out in a messy bag. The Lucas Papaw Ointment and Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment are both are Australian made which is great.  For those who have been living under a rock, they are multi purpose- pawpaw ointments can be used for chapped lips, dry skin, minor burns and wounds, chafing, relieving symptoms of eczema and dermatitis, sunburn, nappy rash (let's hope none of us get that...), cuts and insect bites- something that will be handy to carry around with you!

Lucas Papaw Ointment 25g RRP $5.99
  • contains Carica Papaya 39mg/g Fresh Fermented Fruit
  • antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
  • has a tendency to "bubble" up, not a smooth consistency
  • unique subtle smell (of the pawpaw)
  • when used for dry lips, the ointment doesn't last very long
  • also comes in larger sizes 75g and 200g tubs

Coco Island Pawpaw Ointment 25g RRP $4.99
  • contains Carica Papaya fruit extract and Bioactive Manuka honey 16+
  • tropical treatment that revives, smoothes and moisturises
  • smooth consistency
  • no scent
  • ointment lasts longer than the Lucas Papaw Ointment when used for dry lips
  • also comes in a 100g tube
As I was browsing the shelves of Priceline one day, I stumbled upon the Coco Island's Pawpaw Ointment which I was excited to try- mainly because of the added Manuka honey in the formula (Manuka honey is wonderful, it is an antibacterial too!). Let's say lucky I bought it! I loved the Lucas Papaw and have used it for years as it was so versatile, but the Coco Island has won me over. Its smooth consistency and it's ability to stay on the lips to keep them moisturised for longer definitely gave it an edge over Lucas Papaw. I also nabbed a deal from Priceline where it was $9.99 for the 100g tube and a bonus 25g tube! Definitely a great deal. I remember the days when Lucas Papaw used to be $4, but I guess its popularity has made the price go up! All in all, a pawpaw ointment is definitely an essential with all its uses, it will always be handy :)

Have you tried any of these pawpaw ointments before? 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Review: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Ah the famous Shu Uemura eyelash curler. It has a huge amount of amazing reviews and a reputation for being a fantastic eyelash curler, as well as being a cult classic. After having my eyelids pinched by cheap eyelash curlers (eek $2 ones), probably about more than a year ago I decided to purchase the Shu Uemura eyelash curler! I got it off eBay but I can't remember how much for- but it was a bargain. Did I have qualms about it being fake? Definitely. But the performance has been excellent and my doubts subsided. I'm not too sure how much the curler retails for in Australia though (maybe around $30?), if someone can enlighten me then I can include it here in the post!

 Anyone read Japanese? :P Designed and made in Japan!

Oops the rubber is a little dirty!
The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is designed best for Asian eyelids but this does not mean that it won't suit anyone else! The curler is curved more than conventional eyelash curlers and this is what minimises and prevents any pinching.
Let's talk about the cheap eyelash curlers I have used before. Pinching was awful, and the curve definitely did not suit my eyes. When you attempt to "curl" the lashes, you have to apply pressure and the eyelashes  become kinky and very unnatural looking- it is obvious where the lashes have been curled at, shown by the kinks. Not only that- they had the tendency to pull out lashes, definitely not ideal! I got sick and tired of using a subpar curler, and after reading many amazing reviews for the Shu Uemura, I really wondered if it lived up to the hype. Here is what the website says it offers:
The emblematic, best-selling and award-winning shu uemura eyelash curler featuring enhanced design and upgraded features for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl.
  • upgraded silicone pad in a new "mushroom" shape provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum curl.
  • upgraded patented hinge with precise engineering applies perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes
  • curved angle suits all eye shapes
  • calculated shape and size of frame length and ergonomic handles ensure stability and control
What I like to do before using eyelash curlers is to heat them up a little by using my hairdryer. Before I curled my lashes I blasted the curler for about 4-5 seconds, tested the temperature on my hand then used it on the lashes. PLEASE don't immediately put the curler to your eyes without checking the temperature first as you might burn yourself! So here is a before and after shot (excuse the messy eyebrows- I got to do something about them....and the blurry shots, my phone isn't too good at close ups)
The photos speak for themselves. WOW! Such a dramatic difference in my eyelashes. It was such a pleasure to use the curler- absolutely no pinching as the shape was perfect and I did not have to apply pressure at all, which I did with the cheaper curlers. The curl was smooth with no sign of kinkage (haha is that even a word?!). How well did the curl hold? Very very well. I actually took several attempts to take photos of my eye but they turned out super blurry- so instead of using the other eye (I don't know why) I decided to flatten out my eyelashes again to take a before shot but they were very stubborn! The curl held very well (I ended up curling my other eye's lashes in the end haha).

After using the curler for more than a year, it is still in excellent condition! And if I ever need to replace the pad, the curler comes with one replacement one. Overall, a delightful eyelash curler to use with wonderful results.

Who's tried the Shu Uemura curler? If not, which curlers do you use?