Monday, September 8th 2014 Makeup
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 or purchase online go to www.karenmurrell.com
This post originally appeared on nzgirl
Product provided for consideration
Wednesday, June 25th 2014 Makeup
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 Rymba Rhythm lipstick (image supplied)
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 the picture above, Rymba Rhythm is a very creamy lipstick, which was great for me with my dry winter lips. This creamy formulation means that it didn’t have the greatest staying power, it survived a coffee with only a slight fading of the glossy sheen, but was all gone after I ate a sandwich. That was alright for me though, reapplying my lipstick isn’t too much of a hassle, and I don’t mind doing it if it means my lips stay moist.
I’ve worn the lipstick a few times since I got it, and generally I kept my eye make up neutral since it is such a bold colour. Yesterday I kept my eye makeup very simple, and just used a bronze eyeliner pencil and plenty of black mascara. You could also pair this lipstick with a smoky eye, or crisp winged black eyeliner for a night out.
A before-work photo of me wearing Rymba Rhythm
I really loved this lipstick, and am sorely tempted to buy some of the 15 other shades in the Karen Murrell range. My mum borrowed the lipstick off me, and she really liked it too, especially how moisturising it felt on her lips. It’s also nice to support a small kiwi business too, as opposed to a giant multi-national corporation.
This lipstick has an RRP of $29.95, and can be bought at selected pharmacies and health food stores in New Zealand – or from Karen Murrell’s online store, and they can be shipped internationally.
Have you bought any of Karen Murrell’s lipsticks? Are there any ones you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments section, to tempt me into buying more of these pretties.
Thursday, June 12th 2014 Makeup
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.
210 Unapologetic, left, 220 Showy, right.
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 of peppermint which I disliked because it’s something that can be quite drying, and the fragrance is unnecessary to add. Both colours lasted well on my lips, through a morning of coffee drinking and snacks, only needing a reapplication after lunch.
- Quick before work photo of me wearing Unapologetic. Not my best photography work, cutting off the top of my head
They are quite bold colours, however both are very wearable – I wore them to work and received compliments, especially on Unapologetic. I’ve mentioned before how I like to wear a bright lip to work because it can distract from the fact I haven’t done much with the rest of my make up. The two cost me $44 at Farmers which I think is a reasonable price for a good quality product, and if you want them cheaper they often have sales.These two shades were the only ones from the collection that I really liked, if they come out with more then I will consider buying some more because the formula is so lovely.
Readers – what do you think of these matte balms? Have you got any of the balms from Revlon, such as the lacquer balms, or the balm stains – would you recommend them? Let me know in the comments.
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.
Handbag from Sportsgirl
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 buy. It’s quite big but I have a lot of coffee loyalty cards to hoard, so it’s perfect. I have another card holder for business cards, because I’m a fancy professional lady. There’s also a portable phone charger, and a spare phone battery, because my phone’s battery life is abysmal. The thing that is just a reflection is tictacs, in case anyone was wondering. I have some medication there too, not exciting but it’s practical. I have headphones, to listen to music on my phone or ipod which I sometimes carry too. The rest is fairly self explanatory.
Now onto the beauty products:
Eye drops, moisturiser, hand cream and hand sanitiser
These items are useful but not so glamourous. Drops for when my eyes get dry, a mini moisturiser for my face, mini hand cream, and some scented hand sanitiser.
Sample of Taylor Swift’s perfume, a folding brush/mirror, and a couple of spare hair ties.
Exciting things! Napoleon Perdis lip gloss (no shade written, just got it free with a magazine last year), one of my favourite lipsticks – Rimmel Kate Moss Matte #107, Jordana Barely Pink 165, and Burt’s Bees Mango lip balm. These lip products change all the time – I tend to put in whatever I’ve applied that morning, and they collect in there during the week. These ones happen to be real favourites of mine, and they get worn regularly. I expected the Jordana one to be kind of crappy because it was $4, and I only bought it because people in the Makeup Obsessives group were raving about them, but I really like the colour of it. I’ve swatched them for you below, except the lip balm because it’s clear and not interesting to look at really.
Swatches of the lip products I have in my bag.
I don’t carry any other make up with me. I used to carry a pressed powder but it smashed, and although I (my boyfriend, really) managed to fix it with isopropyl alcohol, I didn’t want to tempt fate. I just don’t feel like anything else really needs to be touched up during the day. My foundation and eye make up usually stay put pretty well, so all I do is reapply lipstick.
This wasn’t a strictly beauty post, but I think there will be some nosy readers among you that enjoy having a look to see what I have in my handbag. I didn’t explicitly list everything because a lot of it is pretty obvious, but if you have any questions about the stuff in there, feel free to ask. What do you all carry in your bags? Are there some essentials that I’m missing?
Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 Makeup
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.
Lips Colour Deluxe Semi Matte Lipstick – Shade 022
The tube is nice and solid, the cap didn’t come off in my handbag.
Here’s a wrist swatch of it, to show how it looks without my lip colour interfering
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!
Pretty basic make up look – I wanted to focus on the lips
And a close up of my lips, to show the lipstick better. My lips are a bit dry here, from wiping off a previous choice that I regretted – don’t blame this lipstick for it!
I wore the lipstick out for a coffee date, and it faded a bit after my coffee and muffin, but after 4 hours it still looked decent which is a great in my books. If you have a nearby Kmart, and want a nice matte lipstick at a low cost – I recommend getting these. I’m certainly going to be going back and purchasing a few more of their offerings. There aren’t any testers but for $6 I’m willing to run the risk.
Have you tried anything from Kmart’s Face, Eyes, Lips, Nails range? Is there anything you suggest that I try or that I should steer clear of? Let me know in the comments section.
Thursday, May 29th 2014 Makeup
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.
SO MANY LIP PRODUCTS!!
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.
How it looks when new
My lip balm with totally worn off label
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 $51 in New Zealand but I got it in a Sephora gift bag. It’s a pink with gold flecks in it, perfect for parties.
My best drugstore product is this Milani Gloss Stain in the shade Mango Tango that I also received from my reddit exhange. It’s glossy but stains, and is quite long wearing. I probably wouldn’t have chosen the shade for myself but I really love it. It sells for $6.50 in the US which is very affordable.
4. Best MAC lipstick?
Syrup! So smooth and pretty, and it just works with so many different looks. It’s one of my most worn lipsticks by far, and it made it to my top 6 lipsticks.
5. The most disappointing?
ChiChi Creamy Matte Liquid Lipstick – not matte, nor long wearing like they claim it is. A sandwich and a glass of wine left me with only a faint tinge. I do love the colour, which is the shade Show Stopper, but it doesn’t live up to it’s description or my expectations. I’d seen so many people rave about them, and I really just don’t understand the love for it.
I wore it to a party last week and had to reapply three times
Swatched on my hand
6. Liner – yes or no?
No. I have too many shades of lipstick, it’d be crazy to try and match them all. I have a couple and use them if I want really long wearing lip colour but generally I go without.
7. Best gloss?
This product by Natio is technically an ‘Antioxidant Lip Shine’ but really it’s a gloss. It’s fairly pigmented for a gloss, and not disgustingly sticky like many of them can be. The shade is called ‘Love’ which is quite sweet. It has Jojoba Oil and Shea butter which makes it slightly moisturising.
8. Something extra!
My L’Oreal Infallible long wear lip duo really lives up to it’s name. Last year I swatched all of my lip products on my arm for a forum post, and this lip duo lasted for so long. I gave my arm a good scrub but it wouldn’t budge, eventually it came off the next day. The colour is ‘perma-pink’ and that is the perfect description!
The picture of them all swatched shows just how much my collection has grown in the last year since my make up addiction has grown! It also has one of my beloved Clinique Chubby Sticks that I have since lost tear.
What do you think of my answers? Do you agree or disagree? Jordy listed the ChiChi matte liquid lipstick as a favourite, so it goes to show that different people have different tastes!
If any of you that are reading feel inspired to do this tag, link it in the comment section and I’ll check it out
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.
My haul from the Beauty Review Vault
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set – RRP $59
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 – swatched on hand
Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad – Romantic Mauves. RRP $35
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 Ultra Color Rich Lipstick – Very Violet. RRP $25.00
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.
I 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 my lips
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength French Manicure Pen Kit Ballet Bare – RRP $35
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.
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 on my skin easily. So many frustrations have come with mascara. You can’t usually get testers, not that I’d really want to use a gross tester on my eyes, so it’s always a bit of a guessing game. When it’s right, it looks so good though. Any recommendations for mascara, dear followers?
Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?
It’s a real mix of brands, I use a range of different products. I have about 9 MAC products, and that is probably the most of any one brand.
Sloth: What product do you neglect the most due to laziness?
I neglect make up other than lipstick most days of the week, so does that count? I tend to be all or nothing with my make up. I’ve been neglecting trying my new ELF highlighter as I’m scared of looking stupid, but I plan on giving it a try tonight.
Pride: What product gives you the most confidence?
Lipstick. Even when I have no other make up on, I feel like lipstick makes me look more put together and professional which always makes me feel confident.
Lust: Which item is top of your beauty wishlist?
I really want to get a dark purple lipstick, like Harlot from Blush Baby – I just need to get brave enough to wear it. I also want a Tangle Teezer, my hair has been getting so knotty since it has been long.
Envy: Which makeup product/look is great on others but not on you?
Bold, winged eyeliner. Not much of my eyelid is visible when my eyes are open, so wearing eyeliner like that means none of my eye make up really shows up, and so they can look kind of small.
Wednesday, April 30th 2014 Makeup
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 there were two Milani products – the lipstick shade is 12 Flamingo Rose, and the Power Lip gloss stain is 07 Mango Tango. The Revlon lipstick is called Fifth Avenue Red which is part of their legacy collection of discontinued shades. This one was originally introduced in 1958. As far as I know, none of these are available in NZ so it’s amazing to get to have them.
Revlon Fifth Avenue Red, Milani 12 Flamingo Rose, Milani Power Lip 07 Mango Tango and Bite Violet and Palomino
I had been restraining myself from buying a bright pink lipstick, so she must have read my mind with the Bite Beauty lipstick duo! I think all of the colours will really suit me, and they are so beautiful.
I haven’t actually touched the Naked Palette’s shadows yet as I didn’t want to make a mess of them with my fingers, and I figured everyone on earth has seen swatches of it by now, but if you haven’t, you can have a look at Temptalia’s review and swatches. I have been saving YouTube tutorials and pinning like mad on pinterest in advance of getting this palette, so I’ll be posting some different looks that I’ll try with it this weekend most likely.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!