Saturday, 27 September 2014

Review • Za Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge





The Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge by Za claims to give the rich colour of a lipstick with the glamorous shine of lipgloss in one application, so of course, I had to try it out for myself! The colours I tried are OR221* (a shimmery pink toned orange), RD301* (a non-shimmery pink toned nude) and PK331* (a shimmery medium pink). 

While I don't feel these are as pigmented as they claim to be, I adore the formula because it isn't sticky and feels super hydrating on my lips. After applying the Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge, you are supposed to rub your lips together to enable the gloss to seep out to the surface of the lips to provide a barrier to lock in the colour. Like I had said earlier, these aren't as pigmented as I'd hoped, but the gloss does help to keep what colour it does have on my lips for longer than a standard gloss. The gloss part of this product is VERY glossy, so if shiny lips isn't really your thing, then these might not be for you. However you can reduce the some of the shine by blotting the lips lightly with a tissue. 
The main thing I love about this product is the curved "ultra fit applicator" which not only holds just the right amount of product, but it perfectly fits the contours of the lips resulting in precise and easy application, (It's so easy, you don't even need to use a mirror!) My favourite colour out of the three is RD301, mainly because it is free of shimmer (I'm not a huge shimmer gal) and it is a really nice nude colour for my fair skin tone. I like to wear this colour on days where my lips need a bit of a pick me up but I don't want to wear a matte lipstick, which can sometimes be too drying. I also love to layer this colour over MAC's Velvet Teddy. 
My least favourite colour of the bunch is OR221, because it contains a LOT of shimmer. Already being a bright-ish orange colour, I feel that the shimmer as well as the gloss can make it look a bit too much on my skin tone, but then again, it would look lovely on darker skin tones. I do wish that the Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge had more exciting names than RD301 for example, as it could be hard to keep track of which colour is which, but maybe that wouldn't be too much of a problem seeing as the range of colours available isn't very large. 

Overall, I'm very impressed with this product and I have found myself reaching for it more often than not. 

Does this product sound good to you? What do you think of these "hybrid" lipstick/gloss products?


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Wish list //05


Hi lovely readers! I haven't done one of these wish list posts in a while so I thought I would do one today seeing as I already keep note of the products I want on my computer! 

The first product is the Body Shop Vitamin E Exfoliator, which I actually saw in Estée from Essie Button's new Autumn Trilogy video. I love the sound of an exfoliator that scrubs off dead and rough skin, but also moisturises at the same time. My skin can sometimes get quite dry after using a facial scrub, so the vitamin E in this product would really help to restore the skin's moisture. I've tried a little of this in store and I love the fine gritty texture, which isn't sharp at all. That being said, this is a little pricier than your average exfoliator, hence the reason it is on my wish list…hint hint *ahem, SANTA* *eyebrow raise*…. 
The next item on my wish list is the Daisy Dream perfume by Marc Jacobs. I have the Daisy Eau So Fresh perfume which I LOVE, so it makes sense that the Dream perfume has caught my eye. While I must admit, I haven't actually had a chance to smell this perfume yet, judging by reviews, it's pretty similar to Eau SO Fresh except with a more fresh and fruity scent to it, perfect for the spring and upcoming summer! And isn't the bottle just the cutest?! 
After purchasing the Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in the shade in Mischievous, I've been wanting to try more shades. In particular the colour Audacious, a lovely bright coral colour. I've been drawn to more bright coral colours rather than reds lately, probably because of it becoming more and more sunny. I love the formula of these Matte Balms because they feel hydrating while still remaining matte in appearance. I'll be doing a blog post on Mischievous soon, so stay tuned for that! 
The next product is something I want to try even more now that I've started using and loving product from the brand, and that is the Origins VitaZing SPF 15. After watching this youtube video, which shows the effects of UV rays on the skin, I've been making sure I apply some form of SPF onto my skin before adding makeup overtop. As you know, I like to switch around which products I use on my skin so I don't get too used to a certain product. I've been using the Cetaphil UVA/UVB defence SPF underneath my makeup, which is awesome, but I just want to try a different product. I love my Origins Drink Up Intensive mask, so I'm pretty sure I'd like the VitaZing as well. 
The last item on my wish list is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I have seen this concealer on numerous blogs claiming it to be one of the best concealers for them, which really makes me want to try it. I'm nearly out of my Collection Lasting perfection concealer, so perhaps this shall be my next purchase! 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? What's on your beauty wish list?


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Beauty Scenario Tag




Hello again! (yes I know, two posts in one day!)
Yesterday I filmed the Beauty Scenario Tag, which I had been tagged to do by the awesome Chin, from Chinchiminee on youtube, (You should definitely check out her channel.) Hope you like the video, and please be kind, I'm not used to talking to a camera!

Note for a particular friend of mine whose name starts with a 'G': Actually, you know what I'm gonna say... ;)


Minimal Makeup for Doing Nothing Much


Hey lovelies! Today I didn't really do too much besides follow a few people on Twitter, watch numerous youtube videos, listen to remixes on Soundcloud and go out to my local bookstore to pick up a couple of books. On days like these where I am going out, but only for a little while, I can't really be bothered going all out with my makeup routine. I tend to keep it simple to let my skin breathe a bit. I thought I'd show you what I put on-mah-face today.
I started with the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 1 fair underneath my eyes to minimise some of the darkness there. Next I went in with Maxfactor's CC Cream in the shade 40 fair on the areas of my face which had a little bit of redness, (around my nose, chin and in-between my brows). This product does such a good job at correcting any weird tones in the skin, whilst still being pretty lightweight and silky. Next I filled in my eyebrows with my favourite eyebrow shade from MAC called Coquette, (I've talked about this in plenty of other posts, so I won't go on about it here). Then I curled my lashes and applied a single coat of the Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion to my upper and lower lashes to slightly define my eyes. Finally, I topped off the look with this beautiful pink lip crayon balm, (I don't actually know the name of this brand, I can't fine the name anywhere on the packaging, but it's sold in Kmart). 

So that is pretty much my go to makeup for 'Nothing Much' days. I'd love to know what products you like to use on these sorts of days. Oh! And before I forget, head over to my last post if you'd like to enter my Nivea Giveaway, which only one person has entered so far...

Until next time..


Monday, 15 September 2014

Polish Profile: Sinful Colours in Snow Me White


Hey lovelies! I'm here today to share with you another of my favourite nail polishes from the brand Sinful Colours (I swear I'm not sponsored by them!). If you haven't read my last post about Sinful Colours, you can check it out here: I had wanted a really nice, shiny white nail polish for a while, but didn't want to pay a lot just incase it didn't suit me (and looked like white out painted on my nails! Eeek!) I loved the colour Easy Going from Sinful Colours range, so I thought I'd try out the brand again, after all, each polish cost only around $5. I was excited to see that there was indeed a plain white (I didn't want any shimmer or glitter) called 'Snow Me White', which I purchased it right away. This polish takes about two coats to be opaque, however I usually do three just to make it look extra smooth. The thing I love about these polishes as they are so shiny once dry, you could probably even skip going over with a topcoat if you're not planning to wear the colour for more than a few days. The only negative thing about this nail polish however, is it doesn't last as long on the nails as Easy Going. I'm not sure if it's the white 'pigment' used that causes it to chip faster than other colours from the range or not, but just keep that in mind if you're wanting to purchase this. Here I've layered Orly's gold glitter polish (I couldn't find the name on the bottle so I'm not sure what it's called!) over top of every second nail to create a fun sparkly look. 

Anyways, I shall return to studying (ugh) and I will see you in the weekend with a makeup tutorial!


Friday, 12 September 2014

EXAM STRESS SKINCARE


Hi lovelies, Just a quick post from me during my break from studying. Funnily enough, this post is also somewhat related to studying and exam stress. 

I'm probably not the only person whose skin gets rather neglected when exam time comes around, which is why I'm here to share my favourite combo of products to perk up the appearance of the skin with minimal effort. During exam leave, my skincare regime is the last thing on my mind, however, that often results in a dull looking and lack lustre complexion. I wanted to find a simple solution for this without going overboard with the amount of products used. Every morning and night I've been using the Nivea Pure Effect Thermo Daily Warming Cleanser to clean my face. I love this cleanser because the warming sensation, which the product gives off once in contact with water, really helps to clean deeper than some other cleansers I've tried. After using this, my pores feel squeaky clean and overall complexion is looking brighter due to the heat induced blood flow to the skin's surface. After I've cleansed my face, my I like to moisturise right away to prevent my skin from drying out. If you have read my blog for a while, you know I like to flick between a few different moisturisers every so often, just so my skin doesn't get too used to a certain product. The moisturiser, or rather mask that I've been using and loving lately is the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask by Origins. Because I'm on study leave, and therefore not wearing makeup during the day, I sometimes like to apply this mask after I've cleansed my face in the morning and leave it to soak in throughout the day. This product has the texture of a thin moisturiser yet the hydration properties of a night cream or heavier moisturiser. Despite being extremely hydrating, I don't feel this clogs my pores at all. Oh, and the smell is delicious too! 

Let me know if you've tried either of these products, I'd love to know what you think of them in the comments. Also, holler to my fellow study buddies!


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