Product review: Revlon Matte Balms

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 […]

Turn your manicure matte with Sallly Hansen

Matte nail polish is a big trend at the moment, and Sally Hansen has a great new product to transform your manicure to a matte one. No need to buy a collection of matte polishes – by applying this top coat over normal nail polish, your manicure will turn matte in seconds. The top coat dries very quickly, and is great at preventing chips too. I was so impressed with this, I’d tried another top coat previously that was not a good look, but I am in love with how this looks. Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat is available in NZ at The Warehouse for $14.99, as well at Farmers, and anywhere else that Sally Hansen is stocked. Have you tried this? What do you think of the matte nail polish look – a big fan, or totally over it?   A shorter version of this post was originally published on nzgirl.co.nz

Star Kin ‘Indigo I Promise’ Nail Polish

A month or so ago, I joined a great Facebook group for kiwi nail polish addicts, and it’s really rekindled my love of nail polish. Polish was like my gateway drug into my make up addiction, but I hadn’t been as into it recently, beyond painting my nails each week. In this group, I was exposed to some incredible NZ indie nail polish brands, and through an arduous process I decided to make my first indie polish purchase from Star Kin by Every Sensory. When they arrived (of course I couldn’t limit myself to one, but I’ll review the other at a later date) I was so excited. I ordered on Thursday, they were shipped on Friday afternoon, and arrived on Wednesday – considering Monday was a public holiday, I was quite pleased with that. They were really well packaged in bubble wrap, and she even included a small hand-poured soap, a few lollies, and a lovely note. This is what I love about buying from small businesses – the personal touch. Today I’m going to be reviewing Indigo I Promise – described as “a very deep blue crelly base, jam packed with copper micro glitter and copper shimmer”. I had to […]

Kmart brand lipstick – say whaaaaat?

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 […]

Review: Collection Cosmetics Nail Polish

Recently Collection Cosmetics (re)launched in New Zealand, and as part of this they did a big giveaway on their Facebook page. I was lucky enough to win a nail polish – shade number 12 which called Purplicious. I have had this on my toes for the last few weeks but figured that once was probably enough when it comes to posting pictures of my toes on the blog, and took some pictures when I put it on my fingernails. I really liked this polish, it was beautifully opaque in two coats, not at all streaky, and dried very quickly. I liked the chunky top of the bottle as it was easy to hold while painting, and the brush is just a very standard size/shape – not too big or too small. The longevity has been good so far, I’m 3 days in and no sign of a chip despite my propensity to do reckless things with my nails. Here’s how it looks on my nails before I cleaned up around the cuticles, and added a top coat: This is the final result, which I’m very impressed with for such an affordable polish – they’re only $6.39! I would rather have 4 or 5 […]

Beauty Review Vault haul

Beauty Review is a great New Zealand-based website that sends out full sized beauty products for people to review on their website. You can also review products not sent to you by them, chat on the forum or read the interesting articles that they put up. Four times a year they have a ‘vault’ sale which is where you use the points you earn by reviewing and participating on the site to buy products. They held one a few weeks ago and today I’m going to review the products that I received. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set – RRP $59 I chose this with the intention of giving it to my mum for a belated Mother’s Day gift – a bit of a cheapskate, I know, but my mum loves a bargain just like I do. And yes, she knows I was going to swatch them for the blog. She’s so long suffering. Anyway, on to the review – to be honest I was a bit disappointed with it – the glosses are quite small and weren’t anything special compared to just about every other lip gloss I’ve tried before. They work out to be $3.70/ml, whereas an Australis […]

Product Review: Garnier Moisture Match – Goodbye Dry moisturiser

Garnier NZ has recently launched Moisture Match 24 Hour Hydration Tailor Made moisturisers  which are a “new generation of moisturisers with a variety of sensorial textures, customised to match specific skin needs.” According to their promotional material the five different moisturisers all offer 24 hour hydration to suit your skin. The types are as follows Protect and glow – for normal skin Goodbye Dry – for dry/very dry skin. Start afresh – for normal/dry skin Wake me up – for dull skin Shine be gone – for combination/oily skin Last month Garnier NZ had a contest on their Facebook page  to win of their new moisturisers. I didn’t win a full size, but they did send out samples as a consolation prize which was nice. They have five different types, and according to their quiz I should use Goodbye Dry – for dry/very dry skin. This was correct, I do have dry skin. The quiz/contest has finished on their facebook, but it’s available on Garnier UK’s website. I received 5 sachets, which was great – it meant I was able to properly try out the moisturiser for about a week before reviewing it. When I first opened it I was […]

Product review: Sinful Colors Nail Polishes

Today I’m going to do a review of a couple of Sinful Colors nail polishes that I purchased recently. It’s a brand that I had seen online, but never seen in person until recently. They were $5.99 each, which is a really good price considering OPI and Orly are around $25-$30 each. The colours are Dancing Nails #835, which is a shimmery red, and Frenzy #922 which is a glittery purple. The formula of Dancing Nails was a little bit difficult to work with. I found that it was a bit runny, which meant my manicure looked a bit sloppy, until I got the hang of using much less in my brush. The photos below show that it my application wasn’t amazing but I think in future it’d look better.I wore Dancing Nails on my fingernails for 4 days and then removed it as my friend wanted to use me as a model for her nail tech course. My polish was just starting to show wear on the tips of some of the nails, and I think I easily could have worn it for a week without it chipping. I did use Orly Bonder base coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Top coat, as […]

Product review: Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub

Today I’m going to review Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. When I was staying with my friend last month in Australia I was examining the products in her shower, as you do, and I opened up this body scrub. The smell was amazing, I almost wanted to eat it – it’s a maple scent, and it smells just like maple syrup. She said it not only smelled great but made her skin smooth, and I was sold. My skin on my legs, upper arms, and butt can be rough, so I was excited by the prospect of making them nice and soft. The tub is 300ml, and it cost me $18.95 Australian dollars, ($20.50 NZD) at Mecca Cosmetica. Unfortunately Mecca in New Zealand doesn’t stock Soap and Glory, but I have emailed them asking them to, so hopefully they’ll realise there’s a demand and stock it. That might be wishful thinking though. I’ve been using it once or twice a week now for a month and I don’t seem to have made much of a dent, so I think it will last me for quite a while. Soap and Glory describe it on their website as follows:  SMOOTHIE […]

It’s prime time

For my first post, I thought I would start with the first product that I apply to my face – primer! Primers seemed to hit the beauty world with a bang in 2012, or at the least, that was when I first heard of them. Almost every cosmetics brand seems to have a primer now, whereas before then it wasn’t anywhere near as common to see them on make up stands. Primers have many different benefits, creating a smooth canvas for your base to go on, helping your make up to last all day, minimising the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and hydrating the skin. They range in price, with cheap options such as ELF which is under $10, to Guerlain’s L’Or Radiance Concentrate primer which is $169 and features 24 carat gold! The products that I have tried are more affordable than that, mainly around the $20-30 mark. What I want from a primer is mainly to create a smooth base for my foundation. I have quite dry skin due to acne medication that I’m on, and therefore my skin can be a little bit rough at times. Over the last couple of years I have purchased* and used […]