Lust Have It February 2016 Unboxing & Review

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Lust Have It February 2016 Unboxing & Review

Lust Have It's February box was one of my favourites to date! Bold lips, great mascara, lovely skincare, all in one inexpensive package? Heck yes!

Lust Have It are an Aussie based beauty subscription box company that promise to send out 5 to 6 samples in their monthly Beauty Box for $19.95AUD with a $2.95 postage charge. The contents are a surprise, with Lust Have It aiming to provide you with an assortment of items you might not necessarily have picked up yourself (but will hopefully enjoy!).

In my February box I found...
  • Be a Bombshell Silhouette Mascara RRP $21AUD | Full size
  • Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment RRP $28.95 AUD | Full size
  • Mellow Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lipstick RRP $18 AUD | Full size
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil RRP $54.95 AUD for full size | Sample
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream RRP $24.95 AUD for full size | Sample
  • The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Eau De Toilette RRP $36.95 AUD for full size | Sample
  • Garnier Fructis Full and Luscious Shampoo & Conditioner RRP $5.95 each for full size | Samples
PS. The background for these images is a page I'm working from in Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland colouring book. I'm really enjoying her style!

Mellow Ultra Matte Lipstick - Atomic Rose Swatches & Review

Mellow Ultra Matte Lipstick - Atomic Rose Swatches & Review

Mellow Ultra Matte Lipstick - Atomic Rose Swatches & Review

Let's kick things off with the Mellow Cosmetics lipstick, Atomic Rose. Subscribers could receive either a lipstick or a blush from Mellow in their box, which was randomly selected, and although I'll never say no to a good blush, I'm so happy I got this lipstick. Atomic Rose is a warm orange-red with intense, creamy colour pay off, just my kind of colour and formula. The sad news is that this line of lipsticks appears to be discontinued! There's a new Creamy Matte Lipstick range available instead but Atomic Rose unfortunately isn't one of the shades. This definitely has me interested in trying more from Mellow at least!

Be A Bombshell Silhouette Mascara - Nightfall Review

Be A Bombshell Silhouette Mascara - Nightfall Review

Be A Bombshell Silhouette Mascara - Nightfall Review

We're two for two with the cosmetic items this month! This Be A Bombshell Silhouette mascara has fast made its way into my routine too, delivering lift, volume and inky lashes. It comes in two colours: Nightfall (black, pictured) and Bourbon (brown). It doesn't flake or smudge either. Highly recommended!

Lust Have It February 2016 The Body Shop Samples Review

Moving onto some skincare and a fragrance sample from The Body Shop: I tried out the Italian Summer Fig Eau De Toilette when it was included in the Lust Have It Summer & Beauty box, and as I said then, this is a lovely option for summer as it's very light and fresh without being overly sweet.
I've been enjoying the Vitamin E Moisture Cream too, it's exactly what I like in a moisturizer: rich enough to deeply hydrate my skin, but not greasy or heavy in the slightest. The Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil is a winner too, it feels so silky and nourishing going on and absorbs quickly so there's no slick feeling left on the skin.

Lanolips Intense Golden Ointment Review

Lanolips Intense Golden Ointment Review

And finally the only item in the box that wasn't really my cup of tea, Lanolips Golden Ointment. It's not you, Lanolips, it's me. I just can't get into the smell of lanolin, or the lingering stickiness that hangs around for at least twenty minutes after application. I know Lanolin is a wonderful protectant and moisturiser; it's one of the ingredients in my favourite lip balm, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, but there it's disguised with fragrance/flavour and tempered with other ingredients. Golden Ointment works well to hydrate and protect, as long as you don't mind the texture and long dry down.

If you'd like to try out a Lust Have It subscription for yourself, you can use the code LANILOVES1 to get $5 off your first month at www.lusthaveit.com.au/ :)



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Femme Fatale There & Back Again Collection Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale There & Back Again Collection Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale's June collection is rapidly approaching and this time around it's themed after the iconic Tolkien novel, The Hobbit or There & Back Again. It's bizarre, considering what a big reader I was in my youth, that I never got around to reading The Hobbit then, and only just read it last year. Of course I loved it and quickly followed it up by reading the Lord of the Rings, all of this sparking a week-long marathon of all Peter Jackson's Tolkien films. It's nice to have it all still fresh in my mind as I go through this collection; as usual Sophie has perfectly captured her theme in this selection of eight lacquers, from the earthy Lonely Mountain to the deep and mysterious A Thief in the Shadows.

Femme Fatale There & Back Again Collection Swatches & Review

Swatch notes: I used three coats for each polish and all but Lonely Mountain were top coated with Essie Good To Go. I do not use base coat for my swatches and everything was photographed using a three point lighting set up under daylight bulbs.

Gifs via Giphy.com

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A Thief in the Shadows

Femme Fatale A Thief in the Shadows Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale A Thief in the Shadows Nail Polish Swatches & Review

A Thief in the Shadows ($8.50AUD) is a dark purple with blue shimmer and a slight gold shift at extreme angles, complimented by a liberal dose of silver holo glitter. Bilbo wishes he was this fabulous! A Thief in the Shadows flowed on the nails easily with no fishing or manipulation necessary for the larger glitter. 

Femme Fatale A Thief in the Shadows Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale A Thief in the Shadows Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale A Thief in the Shadows Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Elvenking

Femme Fatale Elvenking Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Oh Lee Pace, you glorious being.

Femme Fatale Elvenking Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Elvenking ($10.50AUD) is a sandy, almost mustard gold with green shimmer and gold flakies, peppered with silver and iridescent glitter. It builds to opacity in three coats, but I did notice a tendency to drag between coats if not allowed to dry adequately, so watch out for that.

Femme Fatale Elvenking Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Elvenking Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Elvenking Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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The Necromancer

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Necromancer Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Necromancer Nail Polish Swatches & Review

The Necromancer ($10.50AUD) is a grape jelly glistening with blue shimmer, fuchsia holo glitter and orange-gold flakies. This looks freaking incredible on, the multifaceted glitter and flakie pairing guaranteeing it will look different in every lighting situation. I used three coats and you can just see the white of my tips showing, so if you hate visible nail line I recommend a tinted base coat (like Butter London Nail Foundation) or a fourth coat. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Necromancer Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Necromancer Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Necromancer Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Lonely Mountain

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lonely Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review


I'm still obsessed with Neil Finn's Song of the Lonely Mountain from The Unexpected Journey soundtrack. So good!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lonely Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Lonely Mountain ($8.50AUD) is a rich caramel with colour shifting gold to green shimmer. This is such a lovely, earthy shade which I look forward to using as a base colour for nail art - it would add something really special to a woodgrain look! No problems with formula here, it built up perfectly in three coats and was pretty much opaque on the second, the third just added depth.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lonely Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lonely Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lonely Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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The Last Great Fire-Drake

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Last Great Fire-Drake Nail Polish Swatches & Review


I did not come to steal from you, O Smaug the Unassessably Wealthy. I merely wanted to gaze upon your magnificence, to see if you really were as great as the old tales say. I did not believe them.
- Bilbo Baggins

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Last Great Fire-Drake Nail Polish Swatches & Review

The Last Great Fire-Drake ($8.50AUD) is a reddy purple with teal shimmer and lots of gold holo glitter, as awe-inspiring and magnificent as the great dragon himself. Fire-Drake applied perfectly in three coats and is best sealed with topcoat to eliminate texture - this is more important, I find, in the shimmer & glitter mixes where texture can otherwise be more pronounced.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Last Great Fire-Drake Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Last Great Fire-Drake Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Last Great Fire-Drake Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Heart of the Mountain

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Now we come to another of my favourites in this collection! Heart of the Mountain ($10.50AUD) is a pale silver holo with pink to gold shimmer. It's sheer in an ethereal, delicate way but doesn't streak or pull between coats. If visible nail line bugs you,  OPI My Pointe Exactly would make a lovely base colour, upping the opacity without overwhelming the softly shimmering effect.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Heart of the Mountain Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Wandering Wizard

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard Nail Polish Swatches & Review


I thought about using a serious Gandalf gif, but then I found this one and I just had to use it. HAD to.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Wandering Wizard ($8.50AUD) is a a grey blue holo glitter with golden shimmer, because Gandalf the Grey does not mean Gandalf the drab. Sir Ian would approve! It's mostly opaque on its own and would probably get there with a fourth coat, although as usual, the visible nail line wasn't as noticeable in person - my lights just show all! I can't wait to try this one over a dark, inky blue.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Wandering Wizard Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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My Precious

Femme Fatale Cosmetics My Precious Nail Polish Swatches & Review



Femme Fatale Cosmetics My Precious Nail Polish Swatches & Review

My Precious ($8.50AUD) is a sheer golden glitter with strong pink shimmer. It applies smoothly without clumping on the nails and would make a beautiful topper, too. For those wondering how it compares to Rich in Beauty from last year's Valentines trio, My Precious is a much warmer gold, but the general feel is very similar. See swatches of Rich in Beauty here

Femme Fatale Cosmetics My Precious Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics My Precious Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics My Precious Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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The Femme Fatale There & Back Again collection presale will run from June 1st until June 5th on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website, which ships worldwide. Shades should also be available mid June onwards from their international stockists:
  • Shiro Cosmetics (USA)
  • Color4Nails (USA)
  • Live Love Polish (USA)
  • Beautometry (USA)
  • Rainbow Connection (UK) 
  • Hypnotic Polish (EU)
  • Beauty So Fly (SNG)
  • Dope Nails (Russia)

What's your favourite polish in this collection? Mine are My Precious, The Last Great Fire-Drake and Heart of the Mountain!

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