Here are 3 very similar matte lipsticks I’ve bought recently. Left to right we have
- LA Splash Latte Confession, 2) Lord and Berry ‘Intimacy’ and 3) Kat Von D Lolita II.
My thoughts are
- Man, LA Splash has a nasty chemical smell. It’s a great formula otherwise in that it really lasts a long time, a true 8 hours. It’s a great colour but not quite what the swatches suggest.
- Great colour, but really short wear time considering it’s a matte. Probably 2 hours- ish before fading. This was a freebie with my last Look Fantastic box.
- This colour pulls much more orange on me than most people. It’s a nice warm colour and feels great on the lips. This does not have the great wear time on me that people talk about so don’t know if I’ve got a dodgy batch,
I’m a sucker for a grungy metallic and this green-gold shade hits the spot perfectly. It’s been on my wishlist for a while but when it came up on catchoftheday.com.au for half price, along with the Nail Hardware base coat and PD Quick top coat I pulled the pin.
I’ve traditionally not had much luck with wear time on butter London but using the branded top coat and base does make a lot of difference. It’s not quite Illamasqua wear times, but definitely in the range of OPI wear times. The sizes are also a little more generous than I realised at 50% bigger than their standard bottle with a volume of 17.5ml which makes the pricing a little more palatable.
See – isn’t it beautiful! Sigh, a perfect art deco type colour and so multi seasonal.
The BeautyLish Lucky box is sent in early Jan. It’s based on the Japanese tradition of retailers putting together a grab bag of assorted products for a fixed price. The Beautylish bag promises $150 of products for $75.
I got Wayne Goss Eyebrow brushes ($55), Too-Faced Sugar Pop ($36) but oddly not stocked by Beautylish, Becca Ever-Matte Primer ($36), It Brow Power Cosmetics ($24) and an RMS eyeshadow which retails for $28. There is also a tiny bottle of Micellar Water which I think has an RRP around $6. That means I got $185 worth of goods for $75 which is a pretty sweet deal. Of course they aren’t necessarily things I’d chose myself but still it’s quite fun to try new things.
I just picked up the Tarte Easy Glowing set from Sephora. It’s a mini cheek stain (4.8g) in a Dazed which is a light pink shimmer and a Amazonian clay ‘blush’ mini (1.5g) in a colour called enthused which is a golden highlight. It retails for $16 on sephora.com.au so it’s good value if you wanted to try a cheek stain without forking out for a full one.
Both colours a quite subtle and will be nice for light summer looks. The blush has a solid casing which is nice for a summer look. The cheek stain has a fruity smell which reminds me of a fruit tingle. It’s a cool set, especially as a stocking stuffer for Christmas gifts.
Bellabox had a good month this month…
They sent a
- NYX baked eyeshadow single in silver.
- A LAQA&co cheeky pencil (for use on lips and cheeks) in cha-cha which is coral colour.I find pencils hard to blend on the cheeks but it is a nice format for travel.
- An Ulta3 glitter eyeliner in purple haze.
- A body bar aka soap from universal skin care.
- A BIC razor which is always handy from the “Soleil Glow” range.
- A sample of Burts Bee hydrating water.
This is a great box- it’s a nice mix of skincare/makeup/other which is what you want from a monthly beauty box.
This is a swatch of Love Triangle over Nobody gives a Rotterdam by OPI. Love triangle is chunky glitter by Emily De Molly, with matte white triangles, white and blue pastel meduim hexagons and fine pink, blue, white and pink small glitters and shiny square meduim glitters. It’s lot of fun and a bit different.
I swooped in quick to pick up Stila’s Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Set from this years holiday collection. It has 3 deluxe samples – which the box says are 1ml/0.03oz each but the tubes say are 1.5Ml/0.05oz – of Baci, Beso and Ricco.
You get a lovely nude, a classic red and a plum which I think covers the most popular colours customers will be looking.
At $29 it’s a good price for a friend who likes mid-range cosmetics as that’s a pretty common price point for a single lipstick in that range. It’s also a lovely looking pack and the lipsticks don’t feel stingy in size.
(I’ve included a shot next to the super cute Hourglass mini, that is a tiny lippie and retails for $14 at Mecca). Great for a clutch, but it is teeny if you are gifting.
I’m pretty sure this will sell out so jump in quick.
Adore beauty is one of the hidden gems of Australian cosmetic buying. They send your items quickly, have reasonable pricess and regularly have coupons – oh and shipping is free over $30. I just did a little haul and picked up last years Christmas gifts set by Nuxe with a 50Ml dry oil bottle of Prodigieuse and a 10Ml special edition Prodigieuse, with an anti-aging cream (50g) and a beautful hazelnut smelling candle for $39.95. I also got some “They’re Real” remover as I love the the “They’re Real” mascara but never wear it as it’s such as nightmare to remove. I also grabbed a becca waterproof cheek tint as it’s nearly summer and I look half dead once my blush fades – and this stuff is seriously swim/sweat proof and smells deliciously of the named fruit. They have a becca sale so I nearly got a shimmer skin perfector as well but between my hourglass dimlight and mary + cindy loumanizer I’m totally set for shimmering skin perfection…
I got $15 off and it arrived quickly with 2 free samples and a tim tam (quickly claimed by the preschooler).
I totally recommend these guys, great prices, great shipping and great customer service. Check retailmenot for coupons before buying of course
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Butter London Fairy dust is a super dense silver holographic polish. It’s insanely shiny and beautiful, and of course, utterly impractical for any kind of grownup function. It’s beautiful.
This is one coat, because being a slightly practical adult I have no desire to try and remove two coats of a glitter this dense. You could definitely get an opaque effect on the second coat