Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Karen Murrell Lipstick - Sugar Rush Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

Good morning! Brightening hump day is this beautiful candy pink confection from Karen Murrell, their latest release: Sugar Rush! This just launched on the 1st of September, read on to find out what I thought about it.

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

I was very lucky to receive this lipstick for consideration from Bare PR and their packaging is just beautiful. 

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

I love the artwork for Sugar Rush (each Karen Murrell lipstick has its own artwork, which is pretty cool!), the girl looks like she has candy floss for hair, which is pretty apt given the name of the lipstick! I've just noticed she has earrings on and dots on her dress and hair in the lipstick artwork but not on the promotional card - good to know I haven't lost my spot the difference skills!

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Noel was particularly pleased by the inclusion of lollies with the PR parcel! We do have to be careful to avoid a sugar rush with him (dealing with the aftermath is not as fun as this lipstick), so into the toilet training reward jar they went, where they have been much enjoyed! He's almost done toilet training *fist pump*

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Sugar Rush is a candy pink hue which can be applied sheerly (one swipe on the left) or built up (as I've done on the right). Karen Murrell suggests pairing Sugar Rush with 'matte foundation, strong winged eyes and a touch of Sugar Rush blended into the apples of your cheeks instead of blusher - smoking hot!' and I think the buildable opacity really lends itself well to that. 
I tested Sugar Rush both as a lipstick and a blush in the photos you'll see below (adding big lashes, because reasons) and found that it wore really well as a blush. I just popped some on my cheeks straight from the tube and then blended it out with a stippling brush and it still looked lovely at the end of the day. It's quite subtle as a blush but could easily be built up.

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

For the lip swatch, I've applied Sugar Rush heavily as in the built up swatch above because opaque pink is my jam. You can see that it has good opacity, though it will tend to sink into liplines a teensy bit (although fortunately this didn't worsen as the day wore on) and emphasised a little dryness I missed when exfoliating. This is a pretty common feature for both paler hues and mattes, both of which I would class Sugar Rush as, so it's not unexpected.  Nevertheless, it's a little annoying, so lip prep is a must.
Wear time was pleasantly good for a lighter shade, lasting for 4-5 hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying, very comfortable to wear, with a light cinnamon scent.

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Wearing Sugar Rush on lips and cheeks

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Of course Noel wanted to come help with pictures :) Please ignore the awkward arm!

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush Lipstick Swatches & Review

Sugar Rush still visible on cheeks at the end of the day.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are a great option for any lippy lover, but particularly if you like to purchase natural, ecologically-friendly products - I covered this in my review of Rymba Rhythm, if you'd like to find out more. Karen Murrell is also cruelty free, double win! Speaking of, I've started labelling reviews for cruelty free brands to make it easier for those of you who use CF products to find them - check out the tag here.

What I liked:

  • Buildable colour pay off
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Works well as a blush and a lipstick
  • Lasts 4-5 hours as lipstick, 8+ hours as blush
What I didn't like:

  • Clings to any dry patches
  • Emphasises liplines a bit
Where to buy:

What do you think of Sugar Rush?

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Lani

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat - Lick-O-Rich, Cherry Drop and Cotton Candies Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Gifted

Hey lovelies,

I have swatches of some of the awesome Sally Hansen Sugar Coats to show you today! I picked up Lick-O-Rich initially because I've been obsessing over black textures and then Melissa from accursedx very sweetly sent me Cherry Drop and Cotton Candies! Thank you Melissa <3

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Lick-O-Rich Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Lick-O-Rich Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Lick-O-Rich Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Lick-O-Rich Swatch

Lick-O-Rich, 2 coats

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cherry Drop Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cherry Drop Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cherry Drop Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cherry Drop Swatch

Cherry Drop, 2 coats

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cotton Candies Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cotton Candies Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cotton Candies Swatch

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cotton Candies Swatch

Cotton Candies, 2 coats

The formula on all of these was great. They were opaque easily in 2 coats and dried down to a textured finish very quickly. I think textures are really fun for when I want to just slap on a colour and wear it for a few days, kind of an alternative palate cleanser. Plus they feel cool! I'm always touching them, which probably looks really strange in public, lol!

Have you tried any of the Sally Hansen Sugar Coats? Which is your favourite?

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Lani

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Press Release: Jua - A Natural Perfume By Trilogy

Hey lovelies,

Please enjoy the following press release from Trilogy :)

Introducing Jua - a natural perfume by Trilogy
Beauty is as beauty does

Jua is the first foray into the world of perfume for certified natural skincare brand Trilogy. An all-natural, sunflower-based perfume oil, this is a very special, limited edition product developed for So They Can, an Australasian charity working to educate and empower communities in Africa.

Jua, which means ‘sun’ or ‘sunshine’ in Swahili, is a beautiful, fresh fragrance imbued with a sense of joy and a depth that evokes a feeling of a meadow warmed by sunshine. With a range of notes covering floral, fruity and woody, Jua has an almost universal appeal in a definitively modern fragrance structure.

The super-chic roll-on applicator is ideal for the handbag, while the warm, sophisticated scent makes Jua a perfect treat when you need a lift or a feel-good gift for someone you love.

This natural perfume oil has hand-pressed Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced from one of So They Can’s social business projects. The charity invests in communities in severe need in Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on education and building the local economy.

So They Can projects are designed to build self-sufficiency with the aim of ensuring sustainable poverty alleviation.

The Fragrance
Inspired by the lush natural environment in Africa, the fragrance itself was in development for several months, going through round after round of trial and experiment, review and refinement. Working with renowned New Zealand-based French perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, Trilogy has managed a rare achievement in Jua – a beautiful bespoke perfume of entirely natural ingredients.

  • Top notes: bergamot, rose bouquet, freesia
  • Middle notes: apricot, frankincense, mint
  • Base notes: cedar wood bark, vetyver, vanilla

The key challenges for the perfumer in creating a totally natural fragrance include achieving a high enough concentration to retain the fragrance in the bottle and longevity on the skin; and having far fewer natural ingredients to work with. Synthetic perfumes are simpler; the greater range of notes enables easier manipulation of the scent, and synthetic ingredients ‘fix’ the perfume so it lasts longer.

Beauty is as beauty does
Trilogy takes a holistic approach to responsibility. We like to look after our planet and the people and animals on it. It’s just the way we go about the business of beauty. Over the years we’ve supported many different charities and community organisations. We chose to work with So They Can because they too work holistically, helping women towards self-sufficiency, not through hand-outs, but through sustainable enterprise.


Jua is made by Trilogy for So They Can as an exclusive, limited edition product which will generate funds to support the charity’s work in Kenya and Tanzania.

The sunflower oil base of Jua is from the first batch of oil pressed by So They Can’s women farmers themselves. Trilogy purchased the entire harvest’s worth of oil, providing immediate, direct economic benefit, which will be further enhanced by funds raised from sales of the finished product.

  • One thousand bottles of Jua have been donated to So They Can for their own fundraising efforts, meaning the entire proceeds will benefit the African communities they work with.
  • Trilogy will also donate a further $NZ2 for every bottle of Jua we sell to our distributors and retailers globally.
Jua Natural Perfume, by Trilogy (7.5ml) RRP $24.90


WHERE TO FIND US: Trilogy products are available from selected Farmers, pharmacy, department and health stores nationwide. For more information, visit trilogyproducts.com.

For more information on So They Can, visit the website at www.sotheycan.com

Will you be picking up a bottle of Jua?

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Lani

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Bottle Shot Spam #27 - Guest Post from Leona Carolina's Closet

Hey lovelies,

We're still settling into our new house so today I have a guest bottle shot spam from my wonderful friend Nicola from Leona Carolina's Closet! You may already know Nicola from her blog but if not I suggest you head on over pronto and check her out, she posts awesome outfit of the days, manis and more. Before you do though, here are super pretty bottle shots of Nicola's top ten non-creme polishes!


Barielle - Elle's Spell


Candeo Colors - Joker


Color Club - Metamorphosis


I Love Nail Polish - Babes In Toyland


LA Girl - Copper Alloy


Milani - Digital


OPI - Goldeneye


Star Kin - Coral Me Maybe


Sweet Tips Nails - Up In Heaven


Zoya - Liberty


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Lani

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Hello Kitty Lipstick - Koala Berry, Pinking Of You & Red My Lips Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I have a super cute lippy to show you today! This is Koala Berry from the Hello Kitty line available at Postie stores in New Zealand. I picked this up on clearance for $2 so run to your Postie if you like this! They've been having a buy one get one 50% off on everything storewide for a while now so there's no better time to pick it up :)

Hello Kitty Koala Berry Lipstick

Hello Kitty Koala Berry Lipstick

Hello Kitty Koala Berry Lipstick

Hello Kitty Koala Berry Lipstick swatch

Koala Berry is a medium glossy berry hue and it's mostly opaque. The formula does the job but isn't anything to write home about. It glides on easily enough but when applying it has a somewhat slick, plasticky texture and is overly fragrant. The slickness doesn't translate on the lips though, and this lipstick lasted a bit over three hours before disappearing with a meal. It was minimally drying but did not feather or bleed, which is always a bonus with a shade like this! I really really wish these lipsticks weren't scented, although the smell does fade after application. I'm not the greatest at describing scents but I'd describe it a very dated floral :p

Hello Kitty Koala Berry Lipstick swatch

A FOTD with Koala Berry

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Bonus! Swatches of two other Hello Kitty lippies I've been sitting on for waaaay too long; Red My Lips and Pinking Of You!

Hello Kitty Red My Lips and Pinking Of You Lipsticks

Hello Kitty Red My Lips and Pinking Of You Lipstick Swatches

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Pinking Of You

Hello Kitty Pinking Of You Lipstick

Hello Kitty Pinking Of You Lipstick

Hello Kitty Pinking Of You Lipstick Swatch

Pinking Of You is a light blue based pink. It clings to imperfections a little as you can see in the swatch above and takes a little babying to apply evenly. I really like it though - you may recognise the below FOTD from my new 'About me' section in the sidebar!

Hello Kitty Pinking Of You Lipstick Swatch

Find the rest of the makeup used for this look click here.

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Red My Lips

Hello Kitty Red My Lips Lipstick

Hello Kitty Red My Lips Lipstick

Hello Kitty Red My Lips Lipstick Swatch

Red My Lips is a super bright pink based red. I love this one! It's actually a really close dupe for Lime Crime Retrofuturist which is handy as Retrofuturist is one of my favourite red lipsticks of all time. This doesn't feather or bleed either and is more opaque than the other Hello Kitty lipsticks reviewed today.

Hello Kitty Red My Lips Lipstick Swatch


If you're wondering what else to pick up from the Hello Kitty line before it's gone, Nicola from Leona Carolina's Closet also has swatches of the other lipsticks from the range here and the glosses here.

What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Doesn't feather or bleed
  • Super cheap!
  • Cute packaging
What I didn't like:
  • Somewhat drying
  • Plasticky slippery texture when applying
  • Strong, dated sweet floral scent (others may enjoy this scent however!)
Where to buy:
  • Postie stores nationwide - but hurry, they're on clearance!

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Lani

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