Thursday, 18 December 2014

Beauticology Gingerbread Man Duo Gift Set - Hot Chocolate Lip Balm and Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter Photos & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

In an effort to resist The Body Shop's Glazed Apple body butter while Christmas shopping last weekend, I instead picked up the Beauticology Gingerbread Man Duo Gift Set, which contains a body butter and a lip balm. It retails for $5NZD at The Warehouse, but they were doing buy one get one half off on all health & beauty gift sets, which fitted in nicely with the other items on my gift shopping list. What's a bit of Christmas shopping without a treat (or two) for you as well?

Beauticology Gingerbread Man Set - Hot Chocolate Lip Balm and Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter Photos & Review

I've got to admit, the cute packaging sucked me in right away. That and the lure of getting a body butter, which I'd convinced myself I needed, along with a bonus lip balm (I can never have enough of them!) for $2.50NZD. Score, right? I hadn't tried Beauticology products before but I'd seen their gift sets at The Warehouse many a time and contemplated buying some for other people on the shopping list. 

Beauticology Gingerbread Man Set - Hot Chocolate Lip Balm and Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter Photos & Review

Beauticology Gingerbread Man Set - Hot Chocolate Lip Balm and Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter Photos & Review

Hot Chocolate Lip Balm has a sweet, faintly synthetic chocolate scent. It feels more like a lip gloss than a balm, to be honest - the texture is quite thick and it left my lips shinier than many of my lip glosses do. Don't let that put you off though, it does a great job of hydrating lips and the thickness seems to help it stay on longer. I used it last night before bed and there was still some on my lips come morning!

Beauticology Gingerbread Man Set - Hot Chocolate Lip Balm and Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter Photos & Review

Sweet Gingerbread Body Butter has a strong gingerbread scent and a really light texture which absorbs into the skin quickly. I'd call it a lotion more than a body butter, which to me implies something a bit thicker and heavier. The gingerbread scent is more faint on the skin - I've just used some on my hands and it smells like I've been rolling out gingerbread cookie dough! Which I now want to do. Thanks, Beauticology.

Where to buy:


Have you tried anything from Beauticology? Found any bargain beauty buys lately?

X
Lani

PS. I still totally want the Glazed Apple Body Butter.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar Photos & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Our latest obsession here at the Team Buddy fortress (yes, I am absolutely putting that on our letter box) is Lush bubble bars. Noel, like most three and a half year olds, ADORES bubble baths, but nothing bums him out more than bubbles that pop and disappear within minutes of hopping into the tub. We'd been buying various brands of bubble bath from pharmacies for a while with mixed results - some of them seemed to dissipate immediately, others required you to use half the bottle to get any bubbles, still others smelled awful!

Then I was given the Lush Rosie gift set for my birthday earlier in the year, which contains two bubble bars, and it was a total game changer. Long lasting bubbles that smell incredible? Um, yes please! You just crumble off as much as you need, so you can get several baths out of one bar.

Well, if we were already sold on the regular bubble bars, we were downright clamorouing for this jumbo sized reusable Magic Wand bubble bar! Instead of crumbling off a bit of the bar, this Christmas offering can be swirled in the water to create beautiful Snow Fairy scented bubbles, then you just pop it somewhere safe to dry out, ready for your next bath.

Forgive the over exposed picture, my camera freaked out a bit at the neon pink and purple together, but the second photo shows the colour of the wand more accurately. We've used ours a handful of times already since taking these photos and it's only just starting to thin a bit.

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar Photos & Review

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar Photos & Review

We used our Magic Wand bubble bar with the Sparkler ballistic for golden shimmery water.

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar Photos & Review

The Magic Wand bubble bar is $11.50NZD at Lush. Next on our wishlist is Brightside and Holly Go Lightly!

Are you a fan of Lush bubble bars? Got a favourite? Share in the comments!

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Lani

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

ZA Christmas Limited Edition Gold Set Swatches & Review

Provided for review (not the Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I just really love that stuff.)

Hey lovelies,

Here's a pretty holiday set from ZA to get you into the festive spirit! ZA have released special limited edition shades of some of their most popular products which are exclusive to these sets. There's a gold set, which I have to review for you today, and a silver set, which I hope to show you later in the week.

Each set is $29.90 and includes two shades of Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge (worth $18 each) and an Impact-Full Eyes Groovy eyeshadow palette (worth $20), so you're getting $56.00 worth of products at a little over half price.

This was my first time trying ZA's eyeshadows so I was pretty excited to take them for a spin! I have tried the Rich-Glam Liquid Rouges before, and you can find my review of three shades from the permanent range here.

ZA Christmas Limited Edition Gold Set Swatches & Review

The set comes all bundled together ready for gifting. Inside, the packaging has been adorned with gold diamonds, a glamorous take on the standard black packaging. The diamonds remind me of harlequin pattern.

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Impact-Full Eyes Groovy - Pure Gold

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

The Pure Gold palette contains a quartet of shades and a sponge applicator. I like that the size of the colours is mostly proportionate to how much each colour would be used in a simple colour placement, though I would have preferred to see the sizes of the gold and the brown switched (you'll see why shortly!).

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin in sunlight.

The first shade is a champagne shimmer with good colour pay off. It has a lovely, soft texture and is easy to blend.
The second shade is a gold shimmer with fine iridescent glitter. If you're thinking of applying this directly to your lid without any sticky base forget about it. There's very little in the way of binder to this shade and it doesn't like to adhere to the lid by itself at all. I did give it a shot, but there was a lot of fall out and I was left with a sparse trail of glitter strewn across my lid. Used with a sticky base, however, it's magic. I put a thin layer of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on my lid and after letting it dry for a minute, patted on the shadow with a flat shader brush. This was so much more effective and kept everything in place. If you'd like to read my review of Pixie Epoxy, you can find it here.

The third shade is a warm orange toned brown with flecks of gold glitter. The base colour is powdery and prone to sheering itself out into nothing on the lid. The glitter doesn't bind with the base colour either, so this is another one that left behind a lot of fall out. Worn alone, I found it best to pat the colour on and then just barely blend out the edges. Again, this benefits hugely from being layered over a sticky base as the colour becomes richer, entirely opaque and the glitter stays firmly in place.

The fourth and final shade is a dark brown with gold shimmer. It has good colour pay off and the same soft, blendable texture as the first shade. I wish this colour had been given a larger pan size as I can see it getting a lot more use than the gold glitter.

All in all, I think it's a beautiful palette and the colour choices are right up my alley, but I wasn't impressed that half of the eyeshadows needed a sticky base to work. I don't believe your average consumer will own Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or a similar product as they tend to be more of an indie thing, so I envision people getting frustrated trying to use this without it. On the plus side, if you are buying this as a gift for someone it could be really cool to pop a trial size of Pixie Epoxy in with it to introduce them to a life changing product!

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

For this makeup look I used the warm brown shade all over the lid and along the lower lash line, the dark brown along the socket line, the champagne to blend out and highlight and then a thin layer of Pixie Epoxy followed by the gold shimmer across the center of the lid.

ZA Impact-Full Eyes Groovy Limited Edition Pure Gold Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review


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Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge 

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red and Vivid Red Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red and Vivid Red Swatches & Review

The Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge formula is intended to be long lasting and provide the 'rich colour of lipstick and glamorous shine of lip gloss in one single scoop'. They have a curved Ultra-Fit applicator which is designed to provide easy application as the curved side hugs your lips to distribute the colour evenly. I like to use the pointed tip of the wand to outline my lips before using the curved side to fill them in. I do sometimes find that the curved applicator can lay things on a little too thickly though (which was more noticeable with Vivid Red, being the more opaque of the two), so I'll then use the opposite side to even the product out. This formula has a faintly sweet syntheic scent. 

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red and Vivid Red Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin in sunlight

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Coral Red

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red Swatches & Review

Coral Red is a sheer coral with pink and gold shimmer. The colour settles into liplines a little up close, but this wasn't noticeable in person. It's very comfortable to wear, hydrating lips and lasting for three hours without feathering or migrating. There is a very small amount of tackiness as the lipcolour wears away and some sparkle remains after the colour is gone. 

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Coral Red Swatches & Review

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Vivid Red

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Vivid Red Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Vivid Red Swatches & Review

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Vivid Red Swatches & Review

Vivid Red is a mostly opaque warm red with very fine golden shimmer. This took a little bit of effort to apply evenly but it's rather stunning once on, the gloss and shimmer makes it a real attention getter! Vivid Red wore for three and a half hours with some minor feathering and was lightly hydrating. Paired with a matching lipliner, it would make an absolutely gorgeous combination for holiday events.  

ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Limited Edition Vivid Red Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great price - just $29.90 for all three products
  • The Rich-Glam Liquid Rouges are lightly hydrating and feel very comfortable on the lips
  • Coral Red has sheer, even colour pay off
  • Vivid Red has good colour pay off
  • Half of the Impact-Full Eyes Groovy palette (champagne, dark brown) has good colour pay off and a silky, blendable texture
  • The other half is stunning over a sticky base
What I didn't like:
  • Half of the Impact-Full Eyes Groovy palette needs a sticky base to work (warm brown, gold)
  • Vivid Red takes a little effort to even out
  • Vivid Red has some minor feathering
  • Coral Red settles into liplines somewhat
  • Both Rich-Glam Liquid Rouges lasted for three to three and a half hours, which I would not class as long wearing
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies nationwide
  • Makeup Direct (With free shipping on orders over $25)

What do you think of this makeup set? Would you love to find this under your Christmas tree this year?

X
Lani

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MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Sometimes buying a product for the name results in an unexpected win. Sometimes it's just plain dumb. This is one of those times.

I stumbled across Budlette lipstick on Trade Me pretty cheaply. I'd never heard of it before, but a quick Google showed me reviews on MakeupAlley that called it a 'holy grail frosty nude'. I was intrigued. More convincing though, was the name. Budlette reminded me of 'buddy', which is the pet name Mike and I have for each other and now our children, too. Everyone in our house is nicknamed buddy. We refer to our family as 'Team Buddy'. It's a whole big thing. So of course, I had to buy the buddy lipstick.

According to Temptalia, Budlette was a limited edition release in 2002 with the Fab Florals collection. Surprisingly for its age, it still has a faint vanilla scent.

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

Budlette is described as a 'creamy baby’s breath buff'. It's a sheer pale peach tinged beige filled with silvery-white shimmer. The sheerness and the shimer makes my lips look patchy, dry and flaky - just what you want in a lipstick, right?! Several reviewers on MakeupAlley mentioned Budlette makes a nice layering lipstick, so I may have to play around a bit, cause right now I am just not feeling it. Appearances aside, Budlette wore for four hours and was very comfortable to wear - I would even go so far as to say it was lightly hydrating.

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

MAC Monday: Fab Florals - Budlette Lipstick Swatches and Review

See the rest of this makeup here

What I liked:
  • Non drying, lightly hydrating formula
  • Wears for four hours without migrating or feathering
What I didn't like:
  • Patchy colour pay off, which makes lips appear dry and flaky
Start your hunt here:

What do you think of Budlette? Are you feeling this lip colour?

X
Lani

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Press Release: MAC Lightness of Being Collection - January 6th, 2015

Press release

Hey lovelies,

I'm delighted to bring you a press release today for MAC's upcoming Lightness of Being collection, which launches on the 6th of January, 2015, at all authorized MAC locations in New Zealand.

Press Release: MAC Lightness of Being Collection - January 6th, 2015

Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…Expressive colour for the modern spirit.

Press Release: MAC Lightness of Being Collection - January 6th, 2015

Press Release: MAC Lightness of Being Collection - January 6th, 2015



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Mineralize Eye Shadow $50.00NZD

Spiritual Life - Shimmery Pale Lemon (Half Pearl/Half Frost)
Natural Vigour - Shimmery Champagne Peach (Half Pearl/Half Frost)

Just Breathe - Shimmery Light Blue (Half Pearl/Half Frost) 


Uninhibited -  Shimmery Light Grey (Half Pearl/Half Frost)


Leap - Shimmery Lavender (Half Pearl/Half Frost)


Force of Nature - Shimmery Brown (Half Pearl/Half Frost)

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Mineralize Skinfinish $60.00NZD

Lightscapade - Shimmery Off-White With Light Pink/Blue/Yellow Marble

 

Perfect Topping - Shimmery Pale Peach With Lavender Marble

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Mineralize Blush $54.00NZD



Uplifting - Peach With Bright Orange Marble



Please Yourself - Bright Pink With Plum Marble

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Mineralize Lipstick $58NZD



Be Fabulous - Washed-Out Pale Pink



Luxe Natural - Light Beige Cream



Dreaminess - Soft Cool Pink Cream



Style Surge - Neutral Coral Cream



Touch the Earth - Light Wood Brown

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Mineralize Glass $58NZD



Poetic - Pale Champagne Pink With Pearl

 

Loose and Lively - Peachy Orange



On Cue - Gold Pearl



Boundless Energy - Violet Pink



Beautiful Moves - Pale Mint With Pearl

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MAC Studio Nail Laquer $26NZD


Lightness of Being - Pale Beige




Modern Movement - Pale Lavender

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Eye Pencil $34NZD



Taupe - Dark Brown



Slate - Dark Grey

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287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush $85NZD



159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush $85NZD



187 Duo Fibre Face Brush $94NZD


Are you lusting after anything from this collection? I'm intrigued by the mint Mineralize Glass and the textures on the powder products are just gorgeous, especially the Mineralize Skinfinishes!

X
Lani

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