I have been a huge fan of Lady Gaga for years now, but I’ve only really been into makeup for a couple of years. That’s why I had no idea that in 2010 Lady Gaga had collaborated with MAC to produce a lipstick for their Viva Glam range. All the money from sales of Viva Glam lipsticks goes to the MAC AIDS fund, which supports organisations for people with HIV/AIDS. This is a great scheme, with 100% of the sale price going to the charity, as opposed to a dollar or two which most charitable cosmetics offers seem to be. Recently my friend Kalliana of 9 to 5 Nails decided to accept that this just didn’t suit her, to my good fortune!
Spring is here and Karen Murrell has the sweetest lipstick for this season! Inspired by the days of disco, it’s a candy pink called Sugar Rush*, and I am in love. It’s bright enough to be eye-catching, while still being suited to wear in the day time. I was lucky enough to be sent this, and have had so many compliments about how it looks while wearing it over the last couple of weeks. Karen Murrell lipsticks are made with natural ingredients such as Avocado oil which is hydrating for the lips, and Carnuba wax that has a high melting point so it won’t melt in your handbag in the summer sun. The finish is semi-matte but it doesn’t feel drying on the lips at all which is good for lips like mine which have suffered through a dry winter. The RRP is $29.95 and I think the quality is better than lipsticks from much more expensive brands. Karen Murrell lipsticks are never tested on animals and they are ‘vegetarian lipsticks’ – not vegan, as they do include beeswax. Sugar Rush, and all other Karen Murrell lipsticks, are available from pharmacies and health food stores nationwide – to locate stockists […]
Last weekend Makeup Obsessives had a meet up, and it was AWESOME. It was great catching up with friends, and finally meeting people in person after seeing their pictures for months. We also got an amazing goodie bag which felt like Christmas and my birthday had come at once. I’m progressively working my way through and trying everything, but today I’m going to show you the four lipsticks I got – three were in the goodie bag and one was a gift from a friend.
I am in love with Kmart, I find it impossible to not go there when I go to the mall, and every time I do I seem to end up buying something. This happened the other day, when I went in to buy a tshirt and came out with a tshirt, leggings and also some makeup. Last week I saw Morgan from Hyacinth Girl post her $20 makeup challenge, using Kmart products, and I was inspired. I wanted to try on all of my new products, and I combined this with a bit of a challenge – do an entire face of makeup using only products that can be bought at Kmart. Some of them I actually bought elsewhere but they can be bought at Kmart, so let’s not be nit picky! I started with Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream in the shade light, which has pretty decent coverage, and just put it all over my face with my fingers. Next up was one of my new purchases, ELF Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter. I put the concealer, which was in the shade light under my eyes, and blended it with a brush, and then repeated with the highlighter, to brighten […]
The weather might be cold outside, but my new lipstick from Karen Murrell is heating things up! Bare PR very kindly sent me her latest release, Rymba Rhythm. “Rymba Rhythm is my tribute colour to love and passion. It is designed for anyone looking to turn up the heat in their life!” Karen Murrell, Creative Director, Karen Murrell Lipsticks Reow – I was pretty excited to get this on my lips! Karen Murrell is a brand which is very focused about things being natural. Often, brands will say things like that and it turns out to be a bit of a stretch, or not much more than a marketing claim. However, these lipsticks are actually quite natural – there aren’t any artificial colours or fragrances. The only thing that I’m concerned about is the fact it doesn’t have any preservatives – I’m worried that perhaps this lipstick will go off quickly, but I suppose I will have to see how it lasts. Karen Murrell lipsticks aren’t tested on animals, which is something that is becoming more important to me. They are ‘vegetarian lipsticks’ – not vegan, as they do include beeswax. The full ingredients list is available on KarenMurrell.com As you can see in […]
Revlon Matte Balms have been all over the internet since they were released in the US last year, and then more recently here in New Zealand. They are along the lines of Clinique Chubby Sticks, which have been out for a couple of years, and other stick/pencil format lip products which have been so popular recently. Revlon describes them as “Velvety Matte Look. Moisture Rich Balm A Matte finish that’s beyond plush. Balm that’s beyond comforting. Our Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Coconut and Mango butters nourishes lips. In 10 collectible, craveable colors.” I had been wanting to get at least one for a while, but was on a no-buy last month that I’m continuing this month. Luckily I had a Farmers voucher, and so i bought two over the weekend. The shades are 220 Showy, which is a cool toned pink/coral, and 210 Unapologetic which is a cool toned brighter pink. I’ve swatched them on my arm here: I like the pencil/stick format, very easy to apply, although I wonder if it will be harder to ensure a crisp cupid’s bow once they’ve worn down a bit. The tubes are matte too, which is a nice touch. They smell strongly […]
You heard me – Kmart has its own brand of lip products! If you’ve been to Kmart in NZ or Australia since they did their cosmetics refurbish earlier this year you will have seen a section call ‘Face Eyes Lips Nails’ – not to be confused with the brand ELF (Eyes Lips Face). I’d walked past it before, but never bought anything as I figured it would be poor quality. However, this past weekend I was at my local Kmart with Elese, and an orange lipstick caught my eye, and as it only cost $6 I thought why not give it a whirl. Here’s my FOTD (Face Of The Day) for afternoon tea with a friend on the weekend. I’m wearing MAC Pro Longwear concealer, Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream, Models Prefer mineral foundation, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Silk Naturals loose eyeshadow which I’m planning on posting about soon, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink, Smashbox Mascara and Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in my brows. Phew that sounds like a lot of products but it’s just for a fairly casual outing! And a close up of my lips, to show the lipstick better. My lips are a bit dry here, from […]