Wednesday, 17 September 2014

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

I have several shades from the new ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge line to show you today! According to ZA, the Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge formula boasts the 'rich colour of lipstick and glamorous shine of lip gloss in one single scoop!'. I was very curious to see how ZA would marry these lip products without it turning into a hot mess, so read on to see what I thought!

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review

Each Liquid Rouge is housed in pink and clear packaging with the product information, claims and ingredients printed on the outside.

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review

I really like the tube style ZA went with. It's sleek and grown up, but the touch of pink on the caps adds a little fun.

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review

I was lucky enough to be able to select three shades for consideration and tried to choose a mixture of hues from the 10 that ZA offer. They all look pretty similar though; I'd love to check out RD411 and OR221 (a cherry red and tangerine orange, respectively) in person to see if they are more saturated.

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review
 Swatched on bare skin in sunlight

Formula was consistent on all of the shades tested. They wear for around three hours before the gloss fades away and the colour disappears. The shimmery shades leave some sparkle on the lips which lingers long after the rest of the product has gone. 
ZA say 'the rich lipstick colour is securely locked in by the shiny, thick gloss layer for full impact'. This is accurate; the colour, while sheerer than I'd expect given the 'rich lipstick colour' description, applies evenly without feathering, bleeding or migrating the way some liquid lipsticks are wont to do. The formula has a lovely gloss and is thick - think the consistency of MAC lipglass - but not unpleasant or tacky. There is a tackiness that only appears after the colour has gone, which I found a little odd, but not unbearable.
I found the Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge to be hydrating with a mildly sweet synthetic scent. It's comfortable to wear and easy to apply (even without a mirror - I tested!) with the curved Ultra Fit Applicator. Here's a closer look at the applicator:

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301, PK331 and RD391 Swatches & Review

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RD301

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301 Swatches & Review

RD301 is a terracotta creme with medium opacity. It has a beautiful shine and would pair well with just about anything.

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD301 Swatches & Review

See the rest of the makeup used in this look here.

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PK331

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - PK331 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - PK331 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - PK331 Swatches & Review

PK331 is a translucent neutral pink with subtle sparkle. It's a lovely 'my lips but better' shade and would work wonderfully on a variety of skintones because it largely adds shine and flush to your natural lip colour.

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - PK331 Swatches & Review

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RD391

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD391 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD391 Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD391 Swatches & Review

RD391 is the sparkliest of the trio and is a touch pinker and lighter than PK331. They are verrrrry close though and I was very glad that I took notes while swatching when it came time to edit!

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge - RD391 Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Sheer, even colour
  • Lasts three hours
  • Curved Ultra Fit Applicator makes it easy to apply precisely and evenly (even without a mirror!)
  • Moisturising
  • Doesn't feather, bleed or migrate
What I didn't like:
  • Leaves a slight tackiness for several hours after the gloss itself wears away
  • Sparkle clings to lips after the colour has gone
  • Not as pigmented as 'rich colour of lipstick' would suggest (in my opinion)
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Interview with Bibiana from Beauty By Bibby!

Hey lovelies,

I'm really excited to bring you an interview with the entirely fabulous Bibiana from Beauty By Bibby, she of the bright hair and equally colourful lippies!

Interview with Bibiana from Beauty By Bibby!

Tell me a bit about you!
My name's Bibiana, I am 21 from Auckland, New Zealand. My mother's Spanish and my Father's European Maori. I live a pretty simple life, work and sleep is all I know at the moment, lol!

How did you first get into polish/makeup? Do you have any special memories? Was there someone who got you into it? 
Ok so believe it or not up until I was 13, I was tomboy, I wouldn't be caught dead in a skirt let alone a face full of make up. I think when I hit puberty I noticed that with a little pride in my appearance I could possibly look pretty and not like a small boy, haha. Then it all progressed from there. I started with lashings of lipgloss and bottom lid eyeliner (cringe) to a full caked on face of many layers. Wouldn't have it any other way.

What made you decide to start your Facebook page? 
It was actually Nicola from Blush Baby. We got to know each other through MUO and I was always buying things from her and posting reviews so she encouraged me to bite the bullet and make a like page. Surprisingly people actually liked me? I was amazed.

How do you juggle your Facebook page with work/family/other commitments? 
That's a hard one I still struggle with today, my job is VERY full time and lately I have been neglecting it ;( but up until now I would always post on my days off.

Is there anything about your FB page you find difficult or dislike? What has been your biggest challenge? 
Hmmm, so facebook likes to hold back on sending you notifications so I miss a lot of PMs from my gorgeous followers. But this makes me think maybe I should make a website.

Do you have any blogging/vlogging/Instagram role models? What do you admire about them?
My role model would have to be Kirsty from MUO, shes the perfect example of someone that has turned her passion into a great thing, helping thousands of others and inspiring young ladies and men to achieve their dreams. She wasn't born into the fame. She worked hard and got it herself.

What has been your favourite FB page moment to date? 
I don't really have one, each time someone posts an encouraging comment it honestly makes my day and i appreciate it so much.

What is your most prized nail polish/makeup item? 
Definitely my RiRi <3s MAC lippy in Talk That Talk. I set my alarm for 1am, stayed up for 3 hours refreshing that damn page on my iPhone, iPad and laptop, lol the struggle is real.

What's the weirdest beauty item you own? 
Would have to be the 4 different types of stage blood casually chillin on my dresser, I even have mint flavor.

What is the strangest polish name in your collection? 
Safe too say OPI's 'Pussy Galore'

Is there anything you regret NOT buying? 
I regret not buying all the YSL lipsticks and goodies for $20 each at the L'Oreal sale, lol, it was the most amazing experience ever! I only brought two :(

Tell me about your best beauty bargain. 
I got a $120 YSL blush for $20 at a L'Oreal friends and family sale. It was the best moment of my life.

Is there a makeup/polish purchase you really regret? 
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot, not many people agree with me but it just wasn't fab on my skin ;(

What is your biggest lemming? 
At the moment Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour and Highlight Book. Oh wow, it looks so delicious, all that bronzey goodness.

What has been your biggest beauty blunder? 
Thinking white powder was a good highlighter haha. Like just straight white matte shadow/powder on top of my foundation -.- why?

Do you have a go to make up look/mani? 
Super bronzed and highlighted with lashes, liner and a bold lip. My look never changes. 

Interview with Bibiana from Beauty By Bibby!

What made you decide to decide to start your own lipstick line? 
When I started becoming super obsessed with lipstick I realized it was a super expensive habit to buy the kinds of colors I was after. The mark up on cosmetics is ridiculous and I wanted to help the ladies get great lipstick for less.

What are the challenges around that? What are the best bits? 
I did some research found someone who could help provide the colors I was after for an affordable price. I opted for a more basic look in packaging and kept labelling to a minimum to keep prices down. In the end I have been really happy with the products I have been able to provide. Seeing all these wonderful ladies willing to rock a green or blue lip just makes my day!

Interview with Bibiana from Beauty By Bibby!


PS. I have a couple of Bibiana's lipsticks to share with you very soon, so stay tuned for those!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Lime Crime Lipstick Swatch Masterpost

Purchased by me/Gifted/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

This is a masterpost for my Lime Crime Lipsticks. I'll update it with further swatches as I work my way through my collection andpotentially definitely acquire more! You can find a link to my review of each product underneath each set of swatches if a review has been completed. Not all of them have or will be reviewed, as many of them are old limited edition shades and a small amount have been destashed.

All arm swatches are done on bare skin, lip swatches are on bare lips. If I've layered the lippy over lipliner or another product in the full face photo, this will be noted.

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Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn Lipstick Swatch

Airborne Unicorn

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Lime Crime Babette Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Babette Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Babette Lipstick Swatch

Babette

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Lime Crime Centrifuchsia Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Centrifuchsia Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Centrifuchsia Lipstick Swatch

Centrifuchsia

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Lime Crime Cosmopop Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Cosmopop Lipstick Swatch

Cosmopop

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Lime Crime Coquette Lipstick Swatch

Coquette

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Lime Crime Countessa Fluorescent Lipstick Swatch

Countessa Fluorescent

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Lime Crime Geradium Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime Geradium Lipstick Swatch

Geradium

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Lime Crime Glamour 101 Lipstick Swatch

Glamour 101

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Lime Crime My Beautiful Rocket Lipstick Swatch

Lime Crime My Beautiful Rocket Lipstick Swatch

My Beautiful Rocket

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Lime Crime Retrofuturist Lipstick Swatch

Retrofuturist

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Lime Crime Poisonberry Lipstick Swatch


Poisonberry

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Lime Crime Velvetine - Pink Velvet Swatch

Velvetine - Pink Velvet

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Lime Crime Velvetine - Red Velvet Swatch

Lime Crime Velvetine - Red Velvet Swatch

Velvetine - Red Velvet

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Lime Crime Velvetine - Suedeberry Swatch

Lime Crime Velvetine - Suedeberry Swatch

Velvetine - Suedeberry

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Lime Crime Velvetine - Utopia Swatch

Velvetine - Utopia

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I may have gone a bit completely nuts when Collection first launched and gradually purchased half the stand :o I'm slowly catching up on the reviews, so expect to see more on the blog in the near future!
I enjoyed Collection's Does It All mascara so decided to try their Super Size Fat Lash mascara. With a name like that, I looked forward to plump, voluminous lashes. Did it deliver?

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

Super Size Fat Lash is housed in a pretty pink tube. The brush is your traditional bristled mascara wand; this is one of the most classic styles of mascara wand out there. Almost a refreshing change with the dearth of increasingly bizarre styles on the market now, from the swan inspired to the spherical and everything inbetween.

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

This mascara does a great job of grabbing every lash and providing defined, blackened lashes. What it doesn't do is add volume. At all. I have lengthening mascaras that give my lashes more of a boost than this; it reminds me of the barely there Maybelline Definealash  I had in my early teens. I wasn't impressed then and I'm not thrilled now. When it comes to mascara, for me size matters - my wee lashes need  all the help they can get! This also doesn't curl or lift lashes and it won't hold a curl.
Super Size Fat Lash doesn't smudge or flake and removes easily; it's nice enough for a subtle look. I wish Collection would slap a name on it that's more accurate to the results though. Grab it if you have naturally full lashes that just need a little defining, or if a more subtle look is your jam. For everyone else, I highly recommend Collection's Does It All mascara (because it really does!).

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review

Collection Super Size Fat Lash Mascara Review


What I liked:
  • Provides definition and inky black lashes
  • No clumping
  • Doesn't flake or smudge

What I didn't like:
  • Wasn't at all volumising as the name would suggest
  • Doesn't provide any lift/curl or hold curl

Where to buy:
  • Countdown supermarkets (NZ) - see a list of stockists on the Collection site here
  • Boots.com
  • It's also available in the Philippines - see a list of stockists on the website's where to buy page


Have you tried this mascara? What did you think?

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Lani

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