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,
MM.
x


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! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sneak Preview - Maybelline 2016 Second Half launches!

Hi lovelies,

Well, I kinda failed at the blogging twice a week thing. But you know what they say, try and try again!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the blogger event showcasing Maybelline's second half of the year launches late last week, so I couldn't wait to show you everything that is being brought out for the second half of 2016. Maybelline were kind enough to give us a really generous goodie bag with most of the collection, so a big thank you to them for that! I'll keep this as brief as possible as we have 13 products to get through, but if you want to see anything in particular reviewed, leave me a comment!

Here's everything from the new launches!

Maybelline new launches for the second half of 2016.

And in case you prefer a flatlay...

Maybelline new launches for the second half of 2016.

Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose (Exclusive Pinks) Collection Swatches & Review!

Hi lovelies,

I'm sorry for the radio silence here on the blog! I've been on a short term contract and there just hasn't been time for much outside of work. Winter also always wreaks havoc with my blogging, as I have to wait for the weekends to take my photos. I'm a little more active on Instagram, so hop on over there and show me some love, if you aren't already! Sneaky tip, there will be a little giveaway coming up very soon, but it will be Instagram-based, so be sure to follow me so as not to miss out! Let me know who you are so I can be sure to follow back!

Anyway, I have missed blogging so I resolve to try and get a post out at least twice a week. Thank you for staying with me and continuing to read my posts. ♥

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose Exclusive Pinks Collection.
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose Exclusive Pinks Collection.

There's no better way to celebrate being back after a month long absence than to share a post on a beautiful collection of lipsticks that arrived at my door a week or so ago. Bear with me, this will be a very photo-heavy post, because I couldn't help but take heaps of photos of this gorgeous collection!

Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer (with SPF15) Review!

Hi lovelies!

I've never tried a Dermalogica primer before, which is why I was quite curious when the new Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15 landed on my desk. I don't have a lot of redness in my skin but I do like a product that can help even my skintone, so I was curious to see if this helped in any way. It's always a bonus when there's a bonus sunscreen factor included, as it's one product I can skip if I'm in a rush!

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15.

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15

Keep reading after the jump!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum) Review!

Hi lovelies,

I have an interesting new product to share with you today, which I was sent as an Expert Panel trial. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl is a rather unique serum which caught my attention immediately. It consists of pale yellow, concentrated Q10 pearls suspended in a clear gel made of Hyaluronic Acid and Creatine.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Keep reading after the jump!

In case you're wondering, our skin naturally contains the Q10 Coenzyme, which helps drive energy production and protects from free radicals. This enzyme is responsible for fulfilling vital functions like skin repair, protection, regeneration and renewal. Unfortunately, levels of this Coenzyme decrease with age, which is why skin begins to be prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls aim at replenishing the skin's Q10 levels. Hyaluronic Acid also occurs naturally in skin, and is known to increase the cells capacity to bind water, holding up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. Creatine is also an energy booster in skin, released where necessary to aid in cell functions. Encasing the Q10 pearls in this gel allows the product to deliver the highest concentration within the Nivea range.

It works in quite an interesting way; the pearls break in the head of the dispenser head to combine with the hydrogel each time the pump is depressed. The resulting mixture is pale yellow, and has quite a whipped, fluffy texture, as shown in the photo below. It applies really beautifully, sinking quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. This is quite an interesting texture for a skin serum. I like to use this by applying 1/1-2 pumps of this after cleansing, and letting my skin settle for a minute before following with a healthy dollop of moisturiser.

I've been using this twice daily for a week now, but I believe it takes two weeks to see a real difference. Unfortunately, we were only given a week to try this, so stay tuned, I'll pop back to update this post in about 3 weeks (because I like to trial skincare for at least a month). I will say that while I don't really notice a huge difference in fine lines, I do think that my makeup sits a bit better since my skin is more hydrated, and my skin also looks a bit less tired after a long day with regular use of this serum.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

In case anyone is wondering about the scent of this, it has a faint, flowery scent which is a tad powdery. I find it pleasant but it's something worth mentioning. Overall, I quite like this and I'm excited to keep using this and seeing if it makes a difference!

This product is available in all standard Nivea stockists and retails for $29.99, which I think is quite reasonable for 40 ml. What do you think of this, lovelies? Are you keen to give it a go?

Much love,
MM.
x


Note: This product was kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.
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