Mark Gel Shine Nail Enamel – new from Avon

Wednesday, October 11th 2017 Beauty, Nails

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Meet Mark – no, I’m not talking about a boy – it’s a new cosmetics range. Brought to you by Avon, Mark is a capsule collection for beauty lovers who enjoy bold colors and creative looks. It’s a bit of a different path for Avon, which has been around for over 100 years and has usually resided at a more classic end of the market. I was sent a few different items from the range, and it was the nail polishes that drew my eye first. The Mark Gel Shine Nail Enamel promises gel-like results without a UV lamp, or even a top coat. Time to put it to the test…

Coral lipstick for summer

Wednesday, November 26th 2014 Makeup

I am a fan of wearing coral lipstick, especially because it is so perfectly suited to warmer weather. It’s spring here in New Zealand, and we have been having some beautifully sunny days. Today I’m going to share with you three of my favourite coral lipsticks – ELF Matte Lip Color in Coral, Karen Murrell Coral Dawn and Avon Ultra Rich Color Lipstick in Skin. These lipsticks range from the reddish type of coral to more brownish, and they’re perfect for summer or spring days.

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn, Avon Skin lipstick, elf matte lip color

Beauty Review Vault haul

Monday, May 26th 2014 Nails

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.

Left to right Sally Hansen Diamond Strength French Manicure Pen Kit Ballet Bare, Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick - Very Violet, Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quads - Romantic Mauves, Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quads - Romantic Mauves.

My haul from the Beauty Review Vault

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set – RRP $59

eth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set

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 lip gloss is $2.50/ml. At least with this set you get to try a variety of colours, which is nice, because who ever finishes a lip gloss – not me that’s for sure. Passion Fruit and Coral Kiss are my favourite colours out of the set.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set – swatched on hand

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad – Romantic Mauves. RRP $35

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad - Romantic Mauves

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad – Romantic Mauves

This eyeshadow quad is another gift for my lovely mum. I know she likes pinkish eyeshadow shades and they really suit her green eyes, so I thought I’d grab it for her. The packaging is nice and sturdy, and it comes with a good sized mirror which would be useful for travelling or doing your make up on the run. When I swatched them they didn’t appear to be terribly pigmented, but they might be better applied with brushes rather than the little sponge applicator that the quad came with.

 Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad - Romantic Mauves swatch

Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad – Romantic Mauves swatch

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick – Very Violet. RRP $25.00

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick - Very Violet

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick – Very Violet

When I saw this lipstick listed in the Vault I knew that I just had to have it. An Avon lipstick is one of my favourite lipsticks, and I have had ‘purple lipstick’ on my wishlist for months because they are such a hot trend for this winter. When I opened it and swatched it on my hand, I was in love. It’s a fairly warm purple, compared to the darker colours that are out there, but it’s a good way for me to dip my toes into the world of bolder purple lipsticks.

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick - Very Violet swatchI eagerly applied it and posted this picture to instagram, despite my lack of makeup – that’s how excited I was! I really like the way this looks, and it’s going to be in frequent rotation this winter.

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick - Very Violet on lips

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick – Very Violet on my lips

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength French Manicure Pen Kit Ballet Bare – RRP $35

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength French Manicure Pen Kit Ballet Bare

 

I am yet to actually use this product, as I had newly painted nails when it arrived. So really, all I can comment on is the value. Sally Hansen polishes are usually around $12-14 each, and the top coats are more like $16-19 each, so buying it in the kit is as if the white tip pen comes free. I have always found French manicures difficult, having to use the little sticky strips that can ruin the base coat, or having a wobbly line for the white tips. I’ll be trying this out soon and posting a full review when I do.

 If you would like to join Beauty Review and start earning points from reviews to use at the next vault sale, you can use my affiliate link to sign up here.

Lena x

My favourite lipsticks

Monday, April 21st 2014 Makeup

Among my friends, I’m known as a bit of a lipstick addict. At last count, I have 30 lipsticks, and about half as many glosses. That might not be as many as some other bloggers, but I’ve never been a make up artist or worked anywhere beauty related, and only really got into make up in the last 2 or so years! Most beauty lovers seem to hoard either lip or eye products, and I tend to fall on the lip side of the fence.

I managed to select a few which are my favourite, and my most commonly worn to share with you all today. It was almost like choosing favourite children but I’m sure they all understand! This is going to be a bit of a long post, so get a cup of tea and settle in.

By far my most commonly worn lipstick is Revlon Lip Butter 085 – Sugar Plum. It looks like my lips, but better. It lives in my handbag, so I can quickly put some on if I need to feel a bit more put together. It’s soft and buttery to wear, although this does mean it needs fairly frequent re-application, but that’s okay for me in my every day life.

Revlon Lip Butter - Sugar Plum on lips

Revlon Lip Butter – Sugar Plum

Coming up in close second is MAC Syrup. It’s a soft pink shade, and looks very natural on my lips, which is perfect for the office environment that i work in. It’s formula seems quite similar to the Revlon lip butter in regards to reapplication.

MAC syrup on lips

MAC Syrup on lips

I bought this pinkish brown Art Deco lipstick early this year to wear to a wedding, and it’s been feature regularly in the rotation ever since. Here I am wearing the lipstick on the day of the wedding.The shade is Sandal – number 23.

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Art Deco is a brand that only came to New Zealand last year, and so far this lipstick is all I have bought from them. I plan on buying more of their products, as they seem to be very good quality at a reasonable price tag.

I’ve only become brave enough to wear red lips in the last year or so, and RImmel lasting finish Kate Moss #107 is one that I have been wearing fairly often. It’s a matte, darker red, which feels quite vampy but also office-appropriate. It lasts really well, will easily get me to lunch time  without reapplication, despite many cups of coffee and snacks. I’d really like to purchase more from this range.

Me wearing Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick number 107

Another bright shade I frequently wear is Revlon Lip Butter in the shade Raspberry Pie – 010. It is a gorgeous berry colour, and looks like your lips have been stained after feasting on a raspberry pie! It has a slightly better wear time than the Sugar Plum, probably because it’s more highly pigmented.

Revlon Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie on lips

Revlon Lip Butter – Raspberry Pie

Last but not least is an Avon lipstick that I got from a secret santa. I would never have thought to wear coral lipstick before, but I ended up wearing it a lot this past summer. It’s called Avon ultra colour rich lipstick and the shade is Skin.

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So those are my 6 favourite lipsticks, and here they all are together.

Revlon Lip Butter - Sugar Plum, MAC Syrup, Rimmel Kate Moss 107, Revlon Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie, Art Deco 23, Avon Skin

Revlon Lip Butter – Sugar Plum, MAC Syrup, Rimmel Kate Moss 107, Revlon Lip Butter – Raspberry Pie, Art Deco 23, Avon Skin

What are your favourite lipsticks? I’d love to know, I always have room in my collection for more, even though my boyfriend might disagree!

 

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