Monday, September 26, 2016

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips Review + Swatches!

Hi lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram or if you know me in person, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of ColourPop cosmetics, and usually have one (if not more) of their products in my handbag at any given time. They have some of the most gorgeous products, at the best prices, with the cutest names. Based in the US, the products retail between $5-8 USD each...yes, they're THAT affordable! Sometimes low prices translate to low quality, but that's certainly not the case with ColourPop as all their products are totally bangin'! Wallet and fur-baby friendly (they don't test on animals), it's no wonder I'm totally addicted to them...which is why it's surprising that they haven't appeared on the blog before. Time to remedy that, I say, so let's start with one of my favourites, the Ultra Satin Lips.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips

The Ultra Satin Lips are a liquid lipstick that's relatively new to the ColourPop range, having only been released a few months ago. They are packaged in a slimline clear tube with a metallic cap and have the brand name and type (ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips) printed holographically on the tube. The tubes contain a doe-foot applicator which makes it really easy to get precise, clean application (because let's face it, no one's got the time to constantly have to apply concealer to clean up edges all the time).

Keep reading after the jump!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Luxe Lip Color Review and Swatches!

Hi lovelies,

Oh my, it's been a month since I last blogged! I do apologise, I caught a dreadful cold which took ages to recuperate from, and time simply got away from me!

Since I'm feeling better now, I wanted to share a post today on some beautiful, luxe lipsticks which landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago. The Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colors certainly live up to the name, as they definitely have a luxurious look about them, don't you think?

Packaged in a sleek, metallic gold tube, you do get quite a little thrill every time you use this to paint your pout. I certainly do, anyway!

Here's what the brand has to say about the Luxe Lip Colors..

"Our boldest, most vibrant colour ever. This sumptuous formula dramatically boosts moisture levels while intensely rejuvenating lips, keeping them comfortable and conditioned—even after it’s removed. Now in 30 shades, with a sleek gold tube. It's luxury, redefined."

Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review!

Hi lovelies!

How have you all been keeping this cold winter? The cold snap has been making me want to make like a bear and hibernate! The awfully cold weather outside goes hand in hand with insanely hot heating inside, all of which is making my skin act up from being bounced about between either extreme. As a result, I've really had to up my skincare effort made a lot easier thanks to this nifty little device - the Clarisonic Mia 2!

The Clarisonic Mia 2
A bit of background.

I've actually owned a Mia 2 for over three years now, which is why I'm amazed I've never blogged about it before. I think it's because I wanted to test it out for a good length of time before I blogged about it, but then I got distracted by other things! I also got a bit lazy about using mine regularly, thanks to continually forgetting to charge it (not that it's hard at all, I've just been really bad with planning ahead of late). I was recently invited to a Clarisonic event where we learned more about the device and its benefits, all of which resulted in me vowing to be more disciplined about using it daily. As you may have inferred from the name, the Mia 2 is actually an updated model of the original Mia 1; the Mia 2 has two speeds and a built-in timer, which is why I opted for it over the original Mia when I purchased mine years ago.

The Clarisonic Mia 2

How does it work?

The Mia 2 differs from other cleansing brushes in the market by utilising an oscillating sonic technology to deep clean the skin. The 'cradle-rocking' technology provides more than 300 movements per second to clean the skin more efficiently and gently, up to six times better than standard superficial cleansing. The technology is so gentle that it can be used on the surface of a raw egg yolk without breaking it. We were treated to a live demonstration where the Clarisonic was used on the surface of pantyhose without ripping it, while a competitor brush caused both rips and laddering. With six different brush heads available, you can easily change the brush head to the one that best suits your skin type.

The nifty travel case which protects your Mia 2 during travelling.

Keep reading after the jump!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NOTD - OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know?

Hi lovelies!

I hope you're all keeping warm and dry! I'm rugged up in my PJs, a fluffy sunshine yellow bathrobe and with a cup of hot green tea by my side as I type this! But hey, at least I have pretty nails...which brings me to the topic of this post!

As you may or may not know, I am currently hosting an Instagram challenge over on my Instagram page, #7dayswithmm. I thought it would be a fun way to challenge myself (and whoever decided to join me), and also have a bit of fun along the way! Just to sweeten the pot a little, I'm also giving away a set of Maybelline lipsticks (the ones I wrote about here) and an amazeballs Clinique gift pack! It's not too late to join in if you're so inclined!

Anyhoo, the theme for Day 4 was nails, so here's what I came up with! I used OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know for my base, OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Ryder for my middle finger, and an accent nail with dry marbling using Revlon Gold Coin and Orly Liquid Vinyl on my ring finger.

What do you think, lovelies? I'd love to hear your feedback!

Much love,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review, Swatches and Giveaway!

Hi lovelies!

I hope you're all well and if you're in Australia, staying warm in this frigid weather we're having! If you're anywhere else in the world, I'm really jealous of you right now with your warm(er) weather! Anyhow, I wanted to share a new launch with you which is currently giving my lips a bit of sunshine these cold winter days...the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid* lipsticks. I first gave you a sneak peek of these lippies in this post, and since they were the product I was most excited for, I couldn't wait to share my thoughts with you!

Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

The pitch from Maybelline reads:

"Drench your lips in double the pigments for the ultimate colour payoff with a comfortable, matte finish. Bolder and fiercer than ever before, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color has a luxurious matte finish that's never dry or flat."

Do I agree with this statement? Yes and no, but more on that later. First up, as always, let's talk packaging. These liquid lipsticks are packaged in a square, see-through tube with a screw top lid and doe-foot applicator. I quite like the packaging as it makes it easy to pick out the shade you're after, and there's also no chance of it accidentally coming apart in your bag. The doe-foot applicator also makes it really easy to get a perfect application in seconds.

Keep reading after the jump!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stone Marble Manicure!

Hi lovelies,

It's been too long since I've shared some nail art with you...I've still been playing, I just never seem to be able to get a good photo before I take my mani off! Darn these winter hours with limited natural light.

There's only one thing I love more than rose gold, and it's marble. It often pops up in my photos (case in point below, and yes, a review of these will be forthcoming), and I thought it would make a beautiful accent manicure too.

It was a really easy mani to do. I began by painting my nails with the chosen base colours (Orly Mirror Mirror and Sally Hansen White On). Next, I used the cling foil technique with Orly Mirror Mirror (tutorial here, but please excuse the terrible photos, it was in my early days of blogging), to create a little texture over the white that also tied in with the rest of the mani. I then used a very fine tipped nail brush to 'draw' on the veining to emulate the striations in marble. Lastly, I applied a thick layer of top coat while the 'veining' was still wet, to smear the lines for a more realistic look. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my first attempt and I can't stop looking at my nails!

There you go, lovelies, my first attempt at a marble manicure! What do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback!

I also used a mattifying topcoat on my nails just after I wrote this post, and I quite like the effect! I'll try to take more photos and update this post, it's definitely a different look to wearing it glossy.

Much love,

PS- Linking up with Ingrid from Fabulous and Fun Life on her Blog Link Up Party, so do go check out all the other amazing posts from this week! 
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