Good kisser vs A Novel Romance


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I headed into Myer this weekend to see the MAC Novel Romance collection. I was jonesing for a Lingering Kiss but it’s sold out at my local store. Bummer.

As a side thought I thought a swatch of a Novel Romance (L) vs Good Kisser (R) might be useful as I couldn’t really tell the difference on a lot of swatches on line. They are VERY different in person, vivid vs very light and silky.


NOTD – Raspberry with black dots (OMB + Lunar)

My nail of the day is a pretty simple one, a raspberry pink base with black dots (Revlon Lunar). The polish is OMB (aka “Oh My Bieber” part of the Nicole by OPI x Justin Bieber polish collection from a few years ago). It’s actually a really nice polish and filled with shimmery glass, which I think is just about to run out. It’s somewhat amazing in a house of nail polish addicts that a bottle can get fully run out, so cudos JB – your decision making doesn’t tend to be your strength but your knocked it out of the park on that nail polish collection.

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Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede

My day to day lipstick is the Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick. It’s drying as heck, but really stays on and the premuim pink color is subtle enough on my colouring to make me look signficant less tired but is not that bright. Unfortunately it seems harder and harder to get my hands on (are they discontinuing this range?) , and I’m not a massive fan of the doe foot applicator. I decided to give the new ultimate suede range a chance hoping they might be a touch less drying. I went with the shade Muse as that seemed to be the closest to Premuim Pink (my colour in Color Liquid Lipsticks)



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It starts off relatively good, definitely more moisturising than the liqiud lipsticks. The colour is sheer but buildable and has a nice finish as it applies.


But alas it rapidly dries out and the colour changes somewhat.

I think I’ll stock pile my older liquid lipsticks for now and buy up on the lipbalm stains 🙂photo 3

Nouveau Cheap has a review of this colour and some others here if you wanted some more swatches.

Speckle by Illamasqua

I was not convinced by the bottle on this polish, but it’s a lovely classy and subtle polish on the nail. It’s a pale, “nude” (warm) pink with fine black and larger black matte glitters.




The finish is very smooth considering the amount of glitter, and the glitter is perfectly distributed so no fishing or weird technqiues were required to get it to distributed equally.

As with all Illamasqua it has wore very well and there is only minimal tip wear on two fingers after 5 days wear. The polish is also relatively easy to remove for a glitter even when using a standard basecoat.

Revlon Just Bitten LipStain Balm in Darling

This is the Revlon Chubbystick/Lip Crayon dupe. I had been vaguely debating the colors and somehow walked out with a lilac colour that I would usually run a mile from as I start off with quite pale lips and look quite tired with out a pop of warmer colour on my face. As it turns out though it’s a surprisingly flattering shade on. ImageImage

The stick applies with a nice light slick of colour and is a cute pinkish purple on. It fades to a flattering stain and keeps a nice level of moisture all day. It has a slight tingle-ly minty feel on the lips.


Selena Gomez on Justin Bieber (Confetti fun x OMB!)

I got a bottle of a multicoloured glitter topper and shimmer coat from the Selena Gomez. I thought it might be funny to layer it on one of the polishes I have from the Justin Beiber collection called OMB! which is a sort of rasberry foil-shimmer. To be honest it doesn’t give the clearest view of either one but it is VERY COLORFUL and SHIMMERY and GLITTERY and I kind of love it. It’s the ultimate teen-dream nail! hehehehehe I really got to show Confetti Fun over black as it’s actually one of the best OPI/NOPI multi coloured glitters.


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Edited to add; Here is Confetti Fun over Essie Licorice (plain black crelly)

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Rose Lounge by Bourjois – Doll Hands time

I got a new nail polish with my latest GWP from Priceline, called Rose Lounge by Bourjois. In the bottle it looked like a baby pink, perhaps good for a french mani. I thought it might be fun for an ethereal neutral nude. It definitely look different – a little sheer for mine so a bit soft plastic doll nails, or perhaps presson fake nails circa 90’s .It was alternately repulsive and kind of adorable. Application was OK but a little sheer on the third coat still and wore very well until I took it off 3 days later. Image




What do you think? Are doll nails the latest thing? Team it with this makeup tutorial to take it to the next level…

Wet’n’Wild Megaslick Balm Stain in Stiff Pink

This is another goodie from my Secret Santa – Wet’n’Wild Megaslick Balm Stain in Stiff Pink. This is seriously better than my expectations – it has a wildly bright blue based pink balm and lasting power that actually lives up to the claims of being a lip stain. It’s a bit of a chameleon in that the tone looks very different inside to out, and the colour takes about 5 mins to hit it’s neon stride as it starts off more lip balm-esque.




Rose D’Or by Bourjois

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I was super stoked to get a Rose D’Or blush from Bourjois in the GWP. This is a gorgeous, highly pigmented pink blush with golden shimmer. I often find the golden shimmer in blushes a bit chunky but this is the lightest milled shimmer I have found. I don’t have NARS orgasm but I suspect it’s a pretty close match to the colour with a finer shimmer.  It’s so lovely and smooth. The pot is also adorable and retro, with a mirror and brush built in.

Bourjois products have a slightly floral, talcy scent. My (dearly departed) mother always used Bourjois pots so the scent is very sentimental to me but that is probably the only downside to this.