Monthly Archives: March 2016

Australis: Mini Velourlips – Matte Lip Creams

I purchased these Velourlips, matte lip creams, during a 40% off sale on Australia day this year.  I have not had a lot of luck with matte, liquid lipstick and would not have paid full price for these for that reason but I was willing to give them a go while they were on sale.

The formula is drying, as you would expect, but the lasting power is really pretty impressive.  I can’t give you exact length in hours for the wear time as I haven’t been that diligent in my observations but they certainly last through eating and drinking for me!  Best of all, these don’t seem to crumble away and flake off over time as I have experienced with other matte liquid lipsticks.  As they are drying I wouldn’t wear these every day but interspersed with more nourishing products across the week they are quite fun.  I have to be honest that I am not a huge fan of the ‘super matte lip’ look – but if that is your thing, I think you will like these.

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Mini Velourlips: Nudes and Pinks

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Swatches: Mil-A-No, Hon-O-Loo-Loo, Ho-Chee-Min, Los-Angel-Es & Lun-Dun

For application a very thin layer is best and if it is possible to lay the colour down accurately in just one swipe that is ideal but they will let you fiddle a little without turning into a disaster.  Some of the paler colours can be a little bit streaky upon application but it is workable.

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Mini Velourlips: Brights

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Swatches: Tok-I-O, Shang-Hi, Mal-I-Boo, Bar-Tha-Lona & Rio-D.  (Sorry – the tubes in this picture don’t match up with their swatch – the names do refer to the swatches though!)

These little minis are small – but I really like that.  Each mini contains 3ml of product and you get 10ml in a full size.  It gives you a chance to try out lots of colours and if you like one enough to use up this travel size then you can purchase a full size and know it will be money well spent.  These travel kits retail for AU$14.95 and a single full size is AU$10.49 which works out to be about the same cost per millilitre.  As a girl with LOTS of lip products though, I can’t see myself running out of these too soon, so I’m glad to have a smaller size – at least I might be in for a chance of getting through them before they expire.

Have wonderful day!

 

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Pink Fizz palette

I love the chocolate bar palettes from Makeup Revolution so it is no surprise that when they released two new additions to the series at the end of 2015 I was quick to add them to my collection.

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Pink Fizz

When I looked at the Chocolate Pink Fizz online I did wonder whether the palette was a bit same-same in its colour selection.  I questioned whether I would get many different looks out of this palette as a result.  I will admit to you that I actually purchased this palette because I can be a bit compulsive.  I own the other chocolate palettes in this collection and I just thought hey – why not just finish off the set (that is appropriate logic right??).

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Pink Fizz

But, it turns out I really enjoy this palette.  I’m surprised how much I like these tones and there isn’t as much pink here as I initially thought.  I actually find this is a nice palette for work.  The colours are bright, light and not overly dramatic.  I do wish that there were a couple more matte shades though.  There are only three mattes in the palette: one crease shade, a  brow highlight and then a dark chocolate for darkening up the outer crease.  It is functional, but I’d like more options.

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First Row Swatches (left to right): Champers, Drink, Flute, Sparkling and Toast

The first row contains soft, light pinks.  These are feminine and pretty.  Champers is a great matte brow highlight and I enjoy Drink as a transition shade in the crease.  Flute, Sparkling and Toast are quite similar shimmers but they are extremely pretty.  I enjoy the way all these shades work together on the eye.

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Second row swatches (left to right): Bubbles, Girl, Party, Elegant, Celebrate and Truffle

The second row are all shimmer shades.  Bubbles is a particularly sparkly shade and would benefit from fixing spray during application to avoid glitter fall-out.

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Third row swatches (left to right): Rosy, Cork, Pop (matte), France and Pink Fizz

The third row includes the weakest shade of the whole palette.  Rosy is a very odd formula. It is thick and almost damp to the touch and is extremely difficult to apply with a brush.  You may be able to tap it onto the eyelid as a centre highlight but is lacks pigmentation.  I never reach for this shade.  (This shade is also in the Chocolate Salted Caramel palette and I never use it there either!)  Pink Fizz is also quite creamy in texture.  Again, it is easier to apply with the finger onto the lid rather than with a brush, but it certainly performs much better than Rosy.  Meanwhile I LOVE France – such a pretty dark blue.  I use it on the lower lash line all the time.

Chocolate Pink Fizz is a very pretty palette.  It is a refreshing move away from the brown tones of the other chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution and I have surprised myself with how often I reach for this.

If you would like to try it for yourself it retails for about AU$16 from the Makeup Revolution website.

Have a wonderful day!

P.S.  This does have a sweet scent but I can’t put my finger on what it smells like specifically.

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel

Oh man.  I can’t even tell you how long I have been waiting for the release of this palette.  I have been drooling over the Two Faced – Semi Sweet palette for so long, but I knew that Makeup Revolution would eventually come through with a fantastic dupe.  And so they have 🙂

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel Palette

The shadows are the same great quality seen in the chocolate palettes which came before this one.  Easy to blend, pigmented and beautiful on the eye.  There is a nice balance of shimmers, mattes and glitter shades.  Plus, this palette has a sweet, caramel scent which is a bit yummy.

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel Palette

I really enjoy this palette.  The colours are predominantly mid-tones and warm.  Right up my alley!

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First Row Swatches (left to right): Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle and Enjoy

The first row is nearly all matte in formula.  Delicious is a perfect matte brow highlight and Heavenly is an excellent transition shade in the crease.    Although it hasn’t shown up well in this photo, Enjoy, is a glitter shade with a dark brown satin base and gold micro glitters.

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Second Row Swatches (left to right): Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet and Fudge

The second row starts with Choc which is a matte chocolate brown with gold, micro glitters.  Then we have Cake which has the weakest pigmentation in the palette.  The formula is very unusual.  It provides a pink flash rather than actual pink colouration.  Perhaps it could be tapped like glitter over other shades (it is too think and damp to blend out with a brush), but to be honest, I never use this one.  Meanwhile Crunch and Sweet are my favourite colours in the palette – so beautiful together!

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Third Row Swatches (left to right): Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon and Yum!

Finally we have the third row.  Lets just all take a moment to appreciate these beautiful colours.  I reach for this row constantly and just adore the way that these shades go together.

I can’t say enough good things about this palette.  I love it and can’t recommend it enough.  If you want to check it out for yourself you can pick it up from the Makeup Revolution website for about AU$16.

Have a fantastic day!

Things I Don’t Love: Mr. Bean Coffee Bean Coconut Scrub

Welcome back to my ‘things I don’t love’ series, where I discuss products that didn’t work for me or that I just don’t love.  Today I am going to discuss the Mr. Bean Coffee Bean Coconut Scrub.

This is a product that definitely falls into the category of doing exactly what it is advertised to do… but there are unforeseen negatives that you might want to be aware of before you give it a go.

Lets start by talking about the good points about this product:

  • all natural ingredients – I recognise everything on the list!
  • fair trade
  • cruelty-free
  • Australian owned and made.
  • the natural oils are moisturising for the skin
  • this smells really delicious!!

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This is a seriously good scrub.  It is VERY scrubby and the texture is rough but exfoliating.  So if it is so wonderful, why has it appeared in the ‘things I don’t love’ series?

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Mr. Bean Coconut Coffee Bean Scrub – very textured and scrubby!

Well it is not because of the product itself, but rather the MESS that this product causes when you use it.  The coconut oil that is so moisturising is also very dirty.  When you rub this scrub onto the skin it leaves big brown dirty smudge marks all over your skin.  To get it off you need to wash with soap which ameliorates some of the moisturising properties.  Also the coconut oil/coffee combination leaves brown smudges all over your bath!  Again, I then had to wash the bath tub afterwards.  Lastly, the scrub is dense and does not ‘melt’ in the water because it is coffee grounds so you also need to be aware that this is going to send lots of solid waste down the drain which may be a blockage issue if you use this sort of thing regularly.

So we have a super effective and natural exfoliator BUT it does have some messy factors that need to be considered.  I only use this scrub on the days where I intend to wash the bathroom otherwise it is a real hassle.  For me, the mess that this causes means it isn’t a product that I love, even though it works extremely well as a body scrub.

If you are happy to deal with the mess, I can totally recommend this product 🙂

Have a fantastic day!