Sugar Rush lipstick from Karen Murrell

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 […]

Winter’s heating up with Karen Murrell Rymba Rhythm lipstick

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 […]

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 […]

What’s in my bag

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a nosy person. It’s not a very good habit, so I try to refrain from doing it most of the time. One thing I love on blogs or youtube videos is when people show us what’s in their bag. It’s like I’m being nosy, but they’re actually showing me! So, I’ve decided to show you all what lives in my bag. I’ll focus mainly on the beauty products but I’ll show you the rest of what I haul around with me too. To start off with, here is the bag itself. I got it in the Boxing Day sales last year, and it’s great. Big enough to carry what I need, but not so big that I make it ridiculously heavy. Here is everything that’s in my bag, and it shows pretty much everything that I usually carry. Not shown are my glasses because they were on my face, or my work phone because I don’t carry it in the weekend. I have other things from time to time, like my Kindle, or something I’m knitting, but this stuff is mainly the essentials. I have my gorgeous wallet from Collette, another Boxing Day […]

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 […]

Lip Product Addict Tag

My friend Jordy tagged me to do this Lip Product Addict tag in her latest youtube video. She also blogs and you should definitely check her site out – A Little Pinch Of Wonder. After you’ve finished reading this post of course! This tag is for lip product addicts, and I certainly am one, as you can see by this picture. I probably have more tucked away in drawers and in handbags too, but this is the bulk of my collection. 1. Favorite balm/treatment? Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter.  This is the lip balm that gets the honour of living in my handbag, as you might be able to tell from the fact that the label is completely rubbed off.         2. Best eye-catching red? Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Fifth Avenue Red. I got it through a reddit exchange as mentioned in this post, and I am so delighted with it. It’s just a really classic red, which makes sense as it’s from the 1950s. 3. Best luxury & best drugstore? The closest I have to a luxury brand is NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencil – the shade is New Lover. They sell for […]

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 […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Makeup

My friend tagged me to do this, so here goes! Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item? I don’t really have many things that are that expensive, I tend to have a lot of cheaper products rather than expensive ones.My Naked 3 palette retails for about $52 USD but I didn’t personally buy it. So the next most expensive thing is probably a Bobbi Brown eyeshadow. I still can’t believe I paid $50 for a grey eyeshadow to use on my eyebrows. It does match really well, but I’m sure I could have got a cheaper version. However, the makeup artist taught me how to fill in my eyebrows, and she did pretty eyes and lips on me too, so I feel like I got my money’s worth in that sense. All of the make up artists I’ve met at Bobbi Brown’s Britomart store are really helpful, as well as at their other counters. Wrath: What item do you have a love/hate relationship with? MASCARA. I love the way it looks, but I have bought so many duds in my life. Either they make my lashes clumpy, or the wand’s shape means I get mascara under my eyes, or it rubs […]

New make up! Naked 3 and more.

For the last couple of years I’ve been a member on Reddit’s MakeupAddiction subreddit. It’s where I’ve learned a lot of what I know about make up, and there have been countless products that I have lusted over after seeing on there. One of these is Urban Decay’s Naked 3, which isn’t available in New Zealand stores. Recently I was talking a fellow member on there, and she was saying how she wanted some Australis Velourlips lipsticks, which aren’t sold in the US – and so, we decided to buy the products that we each coveted, and send them to each other. Today I received my parcel from her, and it’s better than I could have ever expected! Not only did it include the incredibly beautiful palette, but she had also bought me 5 lipsticks and some easter treats. I squealed when I opened the box, and excitedly took some photos. She sent me Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, which came with samples of all of their eyeshadow primers which was amazing because I love the original one. Also, there was a lipstick duo – Bite Beauty vivid luminous creme lipstick duo, with the colours Violet and Palomino (a bright pink). Then […]

My favourite lipsticks

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 […]