Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Makeup Revolution has been on the lips (or keyboards?) of every blogger lately, with their ever growing range of products and cheeky tributes to coveted beauty brands like Urban Decay, Too Faced, Stila, Kat Von D and more. I've been intrigued by the brand since its launch and jumped at the chance to order with some friends when Makeup Revolution ran a free international shipping promotion a while ago. Among other things, I picked up one of their Blushing Hearts baked blushers as I'd been lusting after the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush blushes that they mimic for ages.

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

The packaging of the Blushing Hearts is very pretty, made with sturdy pink and gold cardboard. It's not so sturdy that I'd be comfortable popping this in a makeup bag though, for fear of scuffed packaging. That's okay though, as it looks very pretty displayed on my makeup cabinet!

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Candy Queen of Hearts features three strips of colour in shimmering cool pink, pale peach and a dusty rose. Depending on the size and precision of your blush brush, you could potentially use the individual colours, but it's much easier to choose two or all three. I like that the finished result can pull pinker or more coral depending on how much of each colour you pick up. In the swatch below, the blended out swatch looks more coral, while in the FOTD Candy Queen of Hearts reads noticeably pinker.
If you fear shimmery blushes due to their tendency to emphasise pores, this is a very forgiving blush. I didn't notice any emphasis of skin texture, just a soft, glowing finish. Candy Queen of Hearts was easy to apply, blend and had buildable colour pay off. It lasted for eight hours before beginning to fade.

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Swatched individually/blended together

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

Swatched individually

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review

All three shades blended together

Makeup Revolution: I ♡ Makeup Blushing Hearts - Candy Queen of Hearts Triple Baked Blushers Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Buildable colour pay off
  • Provides glowing colour without emphasising pores
  • Super cute packaging!
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Lasts eight hours before fading

What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!

Where to buy:
I officially now need all of the Blushing Hearts. Thanks, Makeup Revolution! :p Have you tried these? What do you think?

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Lani

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Monday, 29 September 2014

MAC Monday: MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains referral links

Hey lovelies,

I've been going a bit nuts lately, picking up where I left off with my MAC collection before having Noel... and then some. So much that I destashed, sure I'd never have time for makeup again... three and a half years, two children and a beauty blog later, I have major seller's regret!

I've been enjoying photographing and swatching my new acquisitions, but I was of two minds as to whether to review them or not. Because the stuff I've been buying is discontinued and/or limited edition, it's not readily available, so showing it is kind of mean. But then again - and this is something I've been learning in my quest to find these pretties - you never know where things will turn up! There aren't a lot of swatches floating around for some of these items so for those who come across these pretties but can't find swatches and reviews, hopefully these posts will be helpful for them at least. So I present MAC Mondays! Limited edition, drool worthy goodies weekly.

Starting MAC Mondays off with a bang, I have this gorgeous Glitter Cream from the MAC For Playboy collection way back in 2003. My friend Natalia listed it brand new in box for sale at a great price in a local makeup group on Facebook and I dithered for a little bit before buying it. I'd never been a fan of Playboy merchandise - but the packaging was so pretty. Could I really justify buying it just because it was hard to find? It looked so pretty in swatches though. Finally, I decided to just do it. And I'm so glad I did!

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

Being 11 years old, the box is understandably a little battered.

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

I love that the inside of the box is metallic pink, this kind of packaging detail just gets me every time!

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

And those pink bunnies! Even my heart melted.

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

There's a slightly raised bunny imprint in the glitter cream which is a cute touch. When you look at it directly it's very subtle, but as you tilt it, it becomes easier to see.

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

Swatched, the Glitter Cream feels like a slightly drier version of MAC's Cream Colour Bases. It's lightly creamy, not overly emollient and has flecks of shimmer that gleam in the light, yet they're not overpowering.
It has good colour pay off and is both buildable and easy to blend. I was super impressed with the wear time, particularly for a cream product. After 7 hours it was still visible on my cheeks without any fading.

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

A FOTD with Playmate Pink (to highlight cheeks)

MAC For Playboy - Playmate Pink Glitter Cream Swatches & Review

Playmate Pink still going strong at the end of the day!


What I liked:
  • Provides a dewy sheen without venturing into disco ball territory
  • Easy to apply with fingers or a stippling brush
  • Great lasting power - going strong after 7 hours
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Start your hunt here:

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Lani

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This Week's FOTDs

Purchased by me/Provided for review/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

How has your weekend been? I've been mega busy and just about fall asleep every time I get a second to myself - daylight savings has probably been contributing to that! Has it thrown you out? I notice it so much more now than when I was younger, but then I wasn't as sleep deprived then... :D

Monday




FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (Shop)
YSL Teint Resist #2
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Fair (Shop)
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder #120 Classic Ivory (Shop)
MAC Summer Rose Beauty Powder (as blush)
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Gold-Go-Lightly (as bronzer)
MAC Lightscapade MSF (Shop)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Shop)
TheBalm Nude 'Tude - Sassy washed all over lid and to highlight, Sultry on socket line and lower lashline (Shop)
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Femme Fatale Wildvine all over lid
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

LIPS
Collection Lasting Color Lipstick - Vintage Rose

***

Wednesday





FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Primer (Shop)
Estee Lauder Double Wear - Ecru (Shop)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Fair (Shop)
Essence Silky Touch Blush - Secret It-Girl
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Gold-Go-Lightly (as bronzer)
Too Faced Candlelight Glow (Shop)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Shop)
Urban Decay Get Baked Palette - Half Baked on inner half of lid and lower lashline, Baked on outer half of lid, Twice Baked on socketline
Essence Mat Effect - Blockbuster to blend out
TheBalm Nude 'Tude - Sassy to highlight (Shop)
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

LIPS
Me Now #04

***

Saturday


FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (Shop)
Collection Lasting Perfection - Ivory (Shop) & MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 (Shop), mixed
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Fair (Shop)
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder #120 Classic Ivory (Shop)
MAC Sideshow You Blush (Shop)
NYX Taupe Blush to contour (Shop)
MAC Perfect Topping MSF (Shop)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Shop)
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Urban Decay Get Baked Palette - Half Baked on inner half of lid and lower lashline, Baked on outer half of lid, Twice Baked on socketline
MUA Undress Me Too - Naked to blend out
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

LIPS
MeNow #03


X
Lani

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Nicola and I have a polish to show you today that is nothing short of phenomenal! Medusa by Polish Armoire is a lacquer that was especially created by Grace (who also writes the Polish Armoire blog) for the PANZ It's A Kind Of Magic challenge - so if you love it, get on over to the PANZ Blog to be in to win!
Medusa is the polish prize for the 'dark side', so Grace concocted this metallic green that is both murky and sinister, yet the golden sparks light it from within.

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Pretty + Polished - Green Eyes & Stormy Skies, 3 coats
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Polish Armoire - Medusa, 2 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

I layered Medusa over Pretty & Polished Green Eyes & Stormy Skies during a swatching session but it really didn't need it. Medusa completely dominates Green Eyes & Stormy Skies - what else would you expect from a polish with such a fearsome name, really? The formula is good, I dabbed a little because the brush in the review mini is quite small, but it wasn't difficult to do so. Whoever wins their own full size bottle is going to be very lucky!

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Twinsy Thursdays: Polish Armoire - Medusa Swatches

Don't forget to check out how Nicola wore Medusa here, and to enter the PANZ Challenge to win this polish here!

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Lani

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Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Karen Murrell are bringing out gorgeous lipsticks thick and fast at the moment! Their newest addition, Coral Dawn, is right up my alley - coral is one of those colours that I find flattering and uplifting. If you missed my reviews of Sugar Rush and Rymba Rhythm, Karen Murrell is a New Zealand brand with a focus on creating natural products from ethical and renewable sources. It's also cruelty free so it ticks the boxes for those who like their beauty products with a conscience.

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

The packaging of Karen Murrell lipsticks is beautiful; each shade has its own artwork for the box, while the lipstick itself is presented in a sleek matte black tube. The artwork for Coral Dawn looked so peaceful that I had to cosy the lipstick up in pretty fabric.

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review

Coral Dawn is an orange leaning coral with a demi-matte finish. It has great colour pay off without being super saturated, so if you shy away from bright corals, this is one to check out. When I wore it, Coral Dawn lasted for 6 hours, gradually fading from the 5 hour mark without feathering or migrating. Like the other Karen Murrell lipsticks I've tried, Coral Dawn has a light cinnamon scent and is very comfortable to wear and apply. The formula glides across the lips without skipping or tugging but isn't overly creamy - it's just an all round nice lipstick.

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Coral Dawn Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great opacity
  • Comfortable to wear (does not dry out lips, feather or migrate)
  • Long lasting - 6 hours +
  • Does not feather or bleed
  • Light cinnamon scent
  • Easy on the conscience! The lipstick itself is made with natural ingredients and the packaging has been created with biodegradable materials from sustainable sources.
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Where to buy:

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Lani

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