Friday, 23 June 2017

BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

I have been on such a huge liquid lipstick kick lately, and when I say lately I mean the last 12 or so months! Lol. My latest additions are from BH Cosmetics. I restrained myself by only purchasing 4. I bought 2 of each regular matte and metallic finishes.

Taken from BH Cosmetics the Mattes and Metallics - "Put more pow in your pout with our BH Liquid Lipstick, a luscious long lasting full coverage formula that goes on wet and dries to a soft matte finish that won't smudge, budge or transfer."

The lipsticks come in a round tube with typical doe foot applicator. I can't seem to detect any fragrance.

The lipsticks have a creamy consistency. They apply smoothly to the lips. Once dry you can barely feel them. They are pretty much transfer proof, I do notice the slight traces on my coffee cup, but doing a "kiss" test on my hand didn't reveal any product at all.

They wear for hours before beginning to fade in the center of the lips. I found that both formulas performed equally as well.

Here's some looks and lip swatches





I hope you are having a fabulous weekend xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Stocktake 2017- Face Products

Now that I have my own makeup area, re-organizing my items seemed like the best excuse to do a much needed declutter. I must say that I got rid of A LOT. I probably could have been more brutal in my declutter, but it's really a work in progress.

I decided to post an updated stocktake of my collection. The last one was July/August 2015! 

Today I will show you my face products. Starting with foundation and BB/CC Creams.

 I have 4 BB creams and 1 CC cream. I have used them all and so far the Garnier BB cream for oily/combo is still my fave and I will be repurchasing when I have finished some of these.

I have 5 foundations. The only one opened is the Rimmel Lasting Finish. Unless I have to review a foundation, I am quite strict about having one open at a time.

I have 9 concealers. The W7 Catwalk Concealer I use to colour correct my under eye circles. The YBF compact is currently in use. It is a neutralizing cream concealer, it has a yellow base. Works well to conceal and highlight my under eye area.

8 powders, 2 are loose powders. Currently in rotation are the All Natural Face Apricot loose powder that I use all over my face and the YBF Neutralizing Powder I use to set my under eye concealer.

Here I have bronzers and highlighters, I even have a contour palette! I have one bronzer, but there are 2 other bronzers in the duo compacts. I have 6 highlighters, if I count the one in the bronzer duo. I use the large Makeup Revolution bronzer pan almost daily. I am currently using the MUA Undress Me Highlighter in Iridescent Gold as it sits in my "everyday makeup drawer".

I have 12 blushes. I haven't been showing them much love because at an attempt to finish my 88 Warm palette that I am currently panning, I have been using some eye shadow shades as blushes.

Now to compare what I have now to 2015 and what my goals are.

I had 3 Primers, now I actually don't have any because I find that the sunscreen I currently use seems to take the place of a primer. I haven't ruled out buying more, though.

I had 7 concealers, now have 9. I do plan to only have no more than 4, 2 colour correcters and 2 concealers.

I had 6 BB/CC creams and foundations, I now have 10 but my goal is to have 1 of each in use and have a back up, so 6 base products in total.

There were 7 finishing powders in my collection and now there are 8, I only want to work towards having a setting powder and all over face powder.

I had 3 highlighters and now have 6 highlighters. I don't really have any goals in this category but don't plan on buying anymore for the time being.

I didn't have any bronzers but now have 3 including 2 that are in palettes. I don't have an obsession with bronzers so am not too concerned about having a goal.

There were 34 blushes and 11 samples in my collection, I only now have 12. This is another category that I don't really have any set goals for, I am happy with the amount I have.

Stay tuned for some more makeup stocktake posts in the near future xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

I can't believe I'm only reviewing the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins now. I bought it during the Deciem Black Friday Sale, but have only just gotten around to trying it. Only half a year has passed since buying it! To be fair, I've had so many products to use up in my skincare stash that I had to let this product collect dust for a bit before being able to reach for it.

Taken from NIOD- "...SS is a cleansing balm that concentrates Ayurvedic saponins. They're unrefined and messy. They borrow their colour and smell from a place far away from today's madding crowd of refinement. But their near-perfect equilibrium between deep cleansing and respecting skin integrity is evidence that -somehow, somewhere- they connected to mankind." (there is much more info on the NIOD website) 

The product comes in a 90ml aluminium tube. It has a simple screw top lid, which is fine for this product because it is quite thick and balm like in consistency.

This cleansing balm is very natural in both look and scent. Being a light brown colour and it smells of greenery and dirt. I much prefer natural than added synthetic fragrance, so I don't mind it at all.

It is fairly thick but it is easy to apply. The recommended time to let sit on the skin before rinsing is 5 minutes. In this time, the product works to really deep cleanse the skin. I like to use it in the morning every other day as, although it is a balm, it's not formulated to remove makeup.

I remove the balm with a warm face cloth which is a fairly easy task. My skin feels tight after removal. Not stripped, more of a firming feeling to the skin. After reading the description on the NIOD website, the feeling is the cleanser doing its work to remove excess oils from the face. As stated, the tight feeling goes away after a few minutes.

I love how nice my skin feels after using the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins. So clean, soft and smooth. It translates to the look of my skin, providing more of a fresh radiance as it acts to remove some of that debris that can dull the look of the skin. This NIOD product is a win for me!

Have you used anything from the NIOD range?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Stripped Down

Another product that I picked up during Beauty Heaven's last Beautorium event was the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Stripped Down. I had been tempted to buy one in the past when they were first being sold in Australian stores, but kept resisting because it just wasn't something that I needed. Anyway enough of that, I now have my very own!

Taken from MNY Australia-"Go beyond gloss with a jolt of intense colour . Maybelline's vibrant lip paint delivers 8 x more pigment in every drop."

The Colour Jolt is packaged in a squeeze tube with 6.4 ml of product. It has a screw-top lid that when removed reveals a sponge tipped applicator with small hole. It has a faint sweet watermelon scent which disappears quite quickly. The consistency of this lip product is quite thick.

To apply, I just squeezed the tube until I could see product seeping through the sponge. Then swept the sponge across my lips. Surprisingly I didn't find the process messy. The thick lipstick is very smooth and just glides across the lips.

The Lip Jolts remind me of the original OCC Lip Tars, in packaging and pigmentation only. I did not like the Lip Tars because I found them messy to apply and they felt heavy on my lips. That's where this lip product differs, it's not heavy and certainly not sticky and feels comfortable and moisturising. 

The wear time is pretty good for a glossy lip product. It lasted hours before any touch-ups were needed, even then there was a stain of colour still on my lips that wasn't patchy. The only con would probably be the sponge applicator, which I can imagine getting a bit questionable after a few uses. The pros far outweigh this one con, though.

The shade I have is "Stripped Down", a lovely pinky nude shade.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Stocktake 2017- Nail Polish

For years I have gone through phases where I  just have a nail polish frenzy. Thankfully, I have since quit being so obsessed, I can't even remember the last time that I bought a nail polish. 

Don't get me wrong, I still love nail polish, but I think I'm now ok in that department. Here's my blog post of what I had in 2015 and I'll show you what my collection looks like now.

I had to stick 2 photos together to show my nail polish shelves.

I also have a plastic set of drawers.

...and of course a fancy cardboard box.

My last count of nail polishes was 407, since then I have done some de-cluttering, giving away quite a few and binning dried up polishes. So my total now is 335!

I am happy that I have reduced the amount that I have, but I still don't think I'll be buying any more polishes for a very long time. Oh, except for black and white, those colours I always replace.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream

I recently hauled some Swisse products from Chemist Warehouse. Something I bought, but didn't really need was the Swisse BB Cream. I already have a few base products but I just couldn't pass up on the sale and I really wanted to try a natural BB Cream.

Taken from Swisse- "Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream SPF 30 is a multifunctional, lightweight facial cream that provides sheer, natural coverage with a subtle luminous effect, while protecting the skin from the damaging effects of the environment."

The BB cream comes in a squeeze tube containing 60 ml of product. It has a flip top lid. The consistency is on the thicker side, but is easy to smooth across the skin. The cream has a subtle natural earthy scent.

I bought the BB cream in the shade Light Beige, the colour looks slightly orange, but sheers out during application. It does feel a little on the oily side at first, but sets to only a slightly tacky finish which I much prefer to a BB cream that doesn't set at all.

Because the cream is so sheer, I would liken it more to a tinted moisturiser. In saying that, I do like how radiant this makes my skin look. It also does a nice job of evening out my skin tone. I may not get coverage, but I feel comfortable enough just using the BB cream as a base on minimal makeup days.

I really appreciate that this BB cream not only has SPF 30, but it is a physical not chemical sunscreen. It also contains Australian botanical extracts so has anti-aging benefits.

As you can see from the above before and after pics (the after I also applied mascara), the Swisse Skin Defence BB cream gives me a subtle my-skin-but-better look.

What BB cream are you loving?

Friday, 9 June 2017

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette and Giveaway

When BH Cosmetics released the original Carli Bybel palette I was tossing up whether I was going to purchase it or not. Sure, it was pretty with lovely neutral shades, but I was trying to cut down my eye shadow palette buying to only palettes that I really, really had to have and I wasn't convinced that was the case.

When the Carli Bybel Deluxe version was released containing 15 shadows and 6 highlighters as opposed to the original which had 10 eye shadows and 3 highlighters, I had to have it. I went as far as pre-ordering the palette before it was even released. The sneak peek swatches had won me over!

Taken from BH Cosmetics- "This palette features 11 original shades plus 10 chic new shadows and highlighters in buttery blendable formulas with staying power."

The palette is a large square with magnet closure and complete with a cardboard sleeve. The palette is so pretty, I love the rose gold writing on the quilted pintuck background design.

Opening the palette reveals not only the eye shadows, but a rather large mirror and the gorgeous marble look packaging with the words Aspire to Inspire under the mirror.

The mattes are lovely and buttery, making them easy to blend. The shimmers are smooth and are nicely pigmented. 

The highlighters are beautiful, versatile enough to be a strong highlight or give a soft glow. There are 2 shades that are too dark for my skintone, but they're great as eye shadows won't go to waste.

Enough of that, lets get to the swatches. I'll begin with the eye shadows


Here's swatches of the highlighters

Of course I've got some eye looks to show you

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

My favourite eye shadow shade is definitely the golden pink shade, I used it in look 4. It is so vibrant and gorgeous, my photos do not do the eye shadow justice, not even in the swatch.

Oh yes! I happened to buy not 1, but 2 of these palettes so I could host a giveaway and share my excitement of the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette with one of my readers. 

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