Friday, January 23, 2015

Lush 'Confident' Liquid Lipstick!

I was so excited when Lush sent me 'Confident' liquid lipstick, because despite being a huge Lush addict, I'd never tried their makeup before! Shower gels, soaps, cleansers, masks, bath bombs, yes, but a complete makeup virgin! Here's the Lush philosophy behind Confident:

"Your CONFIDENT nature shines through today. People admire you all around for your self–belief. Some may feel irritated by your assured manner, as they might not be feeling so great themselves. That said, your focus should be on your certainty as it is making you strong. You might need a little bit of self-belief today, and that is why your subconscious is asking you for some confidence. Wear this colour to give you the assurance you may need at this moment, and let it remind you of what you require as you continue your day. Feeling CONFIDENT is key, and you have this in spades. What a talent to possess today! It can help you achieve anything! Stay bold and great things will come of it."

Confident swatched on my arm

You can see in the arm swatch above, Confident is a beautifully rich, deep, earthy wine red. It's called Marsala and it's the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year. I found this colour to be very pigmented and quite full-on! For me, it's too dark for daytime wear, but I would feel great wearing it on a night out. I found that it looked best against my palest foundation, so I'd say it would suit those with fair skin tones. It really stands out and makes quite a statement (perhaps that the wearer is Confident?). I felt more comfortable wearing it blotted, and you can see the difference in the two lip swatch photos below.

Confident lip swatch, unblotted
Confident lip swatch, blotted

Formula-wise, this liquid lipstick applies like a dream. It's super-smooth and so wearable and comfortable on. There's no stickiness and it feels somewhat like a lip cream. The ingredients include jojoba oil, rose wax and candelilla wax, which are all very softening on the lips. The little glass bottle that houses the product is pretty cute and small enough to easily pop in your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day (if you dare wear it in daylight hours!). The screw-top lid means no worrying about spillages in your handbag, either. I love the spongetip applicator, although application took a little getting used to since most products have longer wands. Since the handle is short though, you can get a precise line around the edges, which I was definitely seeking with a colour this bold!

Lush suggest on their site this can also be used as a cream blush, and if you want a more subtle look, you can apply it mixed with a lip balm. Alternatively, blot it down until you get a nice stain, like I did! This product is vegan and can be purchased from Lush here.

Disclaimer: This product was provided for consideration. This review is my honest opinion. This is a non-sponsored post.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Alpha-H Goodies!

OK, so this purchase happened! I've been trying to curtail my spending lately, and it was going pretty well. Until a problem presented itself; my beloved Liquid Gold was down to the last few drops and I really wanted to get another one. Facial Co had a Gift With Purchase (free 30ml Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream and 30ml Liquid Gold Anti-Ageing Cleanser) with a minimum spend on Alpha-H products. I was in! Admittedly, Adore Beauty were having a different Alpha-H special at the same time which I was also considering, but the Facial Co one sounded better value for money.

Uh-oh, spaghetti-oh!

On a positive note, this gives me a chance to try a few different products from the brand for the first time! I loved the sound of the Balancing and Pore Refining Mask, so added that to my cart to reach the minimum $80 spend. So I got another bottle of the amazing Liquid Gold (mini-review here), which I swear by, a mask I'm probably too excited about, the 30ml rejuvenating cream and anti-ageing cleanser, together valued at $66, two free samples (Daily Essential Moisturiser 5ml and Micro Cleanse 5ml) and two Mentos mints. I also received a copy of The Face Beauty Book (not pictured, I forgot about it!) in with my order.

I get my best skin ever when I use Liquid Gold. Have you tried it? What's your favourite Alpha-H product?

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money. All thoughts are my honest opinion. This is a non-sponsored post.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bourjois 1 Second Lavande Esquisse Mani!

I actually had a seldom-experienced 3-4 days polish-free recently and my bare nails were all like "what the hell colour do you call this!?" so I covered their nudity with the elaborately-named Lavande Esquisse from the Bourjois 1 Second gel texture range.

I do love the flat 'fan effect' brush (shown in the photo below) which allows for easy application and a smooth finish. Aah, this colour is so pretty! And I only needed one coat!

Disclaimer: I won the entire set of Bourjois 1 Second nail enamels. This post is non-sponsored and all thoughts are my honest opinion.