Friday, 31 October 2014

Born Pretty Store Stud Review

Provided for review/Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I'm back with another mani! I feel like doing my nails even when I'm not really feeling it is helping to slowly push me out of my nail polish funk. This time I went for jewel tones and gold accents and I quite like how it turned out.

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

Thumb & ring: OPI - DS Temptation, 3 coats
Middle: Kiko - Venom Teal, 2 coats + dabbed glitter gradient with OPI - DS Temptation
Pinky: Kiko - Venom Teal, 2 coats

I started with Kiko Venom Teal from the apparently discontinued Laser line, a rich teal shimmer which appears to have a purple duochrome in the bottle but sadly doesn't deliver. It was smooth and opaque though. To compliment it, I chose OPI DS Temptation which is absolutely packed with glitter! It dries quite gritty, so I needed to use two coats of topcoat to get it completely smooth. I added gold pyramid studs kindly provided for review by Born Pretty Store with dabs of topcoat to get them to stick and then sealed them in with more topcoat.

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

The pyramid studs are really cool. They're nice and sturdy with a subtle beaten texture. They are quite large and flatbacked, so if you have small or very curved nails you may struggle with placement. I got them as flat as I could and there were still small gaps at the sides. They lasted about a day on my nails, but would likely have stayed put much longer if I had used nail glue instead of topcoat.

Born Pretty Store Stud Review - OPI DS Temptation & Kiko Venom Teal Swatches, Review, Nail Art

If you like the look of these studs, you can pick them up a bag of 10 of them at Born Pretty Store here for $2.10USD and free shipping. Don't forget to use my code LR10K31 to get 10% off your order. Score!

Are you feeling this manicure? In a bit of rut like me? Let me know in the comments :)

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Lani

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please!, Coralberry, Hide 'N Seek, Forget Him! and Cupid's Crush Swatches & Review

Gift with purchase/contains affiliate links/Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

If you're on the hunt for budget friendly, cruelty free lipsticks then I have some great finds to share with you today! TheBodyNeeds is perhaps most well known for the veritable bevy of MAC samples they offer, but they also have their own cosmetic range which is bursting with a variety of wallet friendly products. Every time I order some of their MAC lipstick samples, I throw in a few of their own products. Today, I'll be showing you some of their Lip Lustres, which retail for just $2.79USD.

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please!, Coralberry, Hide 'N Seek, Forget Him! and Cupid's Crush Swatches & Review

Here's what TheBodyNeeds says about their Lip Lustres:
  • Soft, silky and not sticky! A slight stain remains after the long kiss ... pamper your lips!
  • Product weight 4 g/.14 oz packaged in a 81mm tall/10mm diameter slimline tube.
The first full size tube I purchased, Hide N Seek, has a clear label which lifts and peels and is generally a nuisance. This shade is discontinued now and was purchased at a discount so I imagine the clear label was something that was phased out. The remaining full size tubes I have (Coralberry and Bitch, Please!) have paper labels which stay put but are prone to getting grubby and of course, you can't really wipe down the paper!
One thing to note is that these kinds of tubes are sometimes fussy about winding down again, so it's important to only wind up enough to use.
The clamshells are gift with purchase Lip Lustre samples and are not available for purchase. They seem to be randomly selected by TheBodyNeeds, I have received Forget Him! twice and Cupid's Crush once.
The Lip Lustres have a very sweet scent with an underlying hint of castor seed oil.

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Bitch, Please!

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please! Swatches & Review

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please! Swatches & Review

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please! Swatches & Review

Bitch, Please! is a pink based lavender creme. The formula is opaque but very slippery, which makes it prone to leaving lines when you press your lips together. I suspect blotting the colour and then reapplying would help with this. Bitch, Please! is very moisturising which seems to go in hand and hand with the slippery formula, so I guess it's a bit of a trade off as to whether a completely even application or a lot of hydration is more important to you. It's a very unique colour on my collection and  I didn't find the lines to be noticeable at a normal viewing distance, so for me it's worth it. Bitch, Please! wore for four hours on me and left behind slight pink staining.

TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Bitch, Please! Swatches & Review


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Coralberry




Coralberry is described as a 'raspberry infused coral'. It's a pink leaning coral creme. It shares the same slippery formula as Bitch, Please! so I won't repeat myself too much! Lovely opacity, a touch streaky. It reminds me of Lime Crime Geradium and Wet n Wild Pinkerbell, although it  is a little lighter and more white based. Coralberry wore for three hours, however it was looking a little patchy after two and was mostly just a tint by three. I didn't notice any staining with this shade.



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Hide 'N Seek





Hide 'N Seek is discontinued and no longer available on TheBodyNeeds' website, but I figure you never know will show up in blog sales and the like so I'm showing you anyway :D It's a deep red based    coral, almost a poppy hue, filled with flecks of golden shimmer. The shimmer is chunkier than you find in most lip products and can feel quite gritty on the lips - something that may bother some. I didn't mind the grittiness, but I did find it clung to dry patches on my lips and made the overall application a bit more uneven than I'd like. Hide 'N Seek doesn't have nearly as much slip as Bitch, Please! and Coralberry but was still somewhat hydrating. It lasts around four hours on me before fading. Hide 'N Seek is quite close to MAC Hibiscus (limited edition, discontinued and running perilously low!)



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Forget Him!





Forget Him! is described as a 'vivid hot pink'. It's a magenta filled with violet and pink sparkles with a hint of translucency that makes it very wearable. I love that it's shimmery without being frosty. Forget Him!'s formula has just the right consistency; creamy and moisturising without having too much slip. It wears for around 3 hours on me without staining. Definitely have to pick up a full size tube of this!



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Cupid's Crush





Cupid's Crush is a pale yellow toned pink with medium opacity. It's a very close match for MAC Creme Cup lipstick (see comparison swatches on my Facebook page and don't forget to give it a like!) so it's a great alternative if you've been looking for a dupe! I find the formula to be less streaky than Creme Cup, as an added bonus, though it does settle a little into liplines after an hour and a half. Cupid's Crush is moisturising and lasts about two and a half hours before beginning to disappear. 



What I liked:
  • Moisturising, creamy formula
  • Great colour pay off
  • Extremely well priced
What I didn't like:
  • Bitch, Please! and Coralberry have a bit too much slip
  • The gritty texture of Hide 'N Seek may bother some
Where to buy:

Have you tried any of TheBodyNeeds' products?

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Lani

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

I have a little gem from L'Oreal to show you today! I bought this eyeshadow trio when it was on sale for a mere dollar on Snatchadeal a while back - for $1, why not?! I've had mixed experiences with L'Oreal eyeshadows so I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I think I've stumbled onto something awesome!

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

The L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio eyeshadow is swamped in packaging. The case is already fairly big given the size of the eyeshadow inside and to add to the bulkiness, they've included in a clear insert to hold a curved sponge applicator. I actually do not know anybody who uses these sponge applicators to apply their makeup. Do you? Why do brands keep including them? I just don't understand.
I don't hate the packaging, but I do think it could have been streamlined significantly.

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

Golden Fidelity contains three shades: a pink tinged champagne, a gold and a medium brown. All three are shimmery and appear darker in the pan than they are applied. They look a bit lack luster swatched on bare skin as shown above, but don't let that fool you! Over primer, they apply and blend beautifully. 
The brown shade in particular I really enjoy, because I often find darker shades look really harsh in my crease/socket line against my pale skin, but this is so easy to build up and blend out. The gold shade is the sparkliest and sheerest of the three - in the makeup look below I used it on the outer half of the lid and the sparkles didn't really translate. It had the driest texture of the three and may perform better with a sticky base. The champagne shade is similar to the brown shade in blendability and colour payoff. 
All  three shades have a slightly stiff texture in the pan, as if they were baked too long. Because of this, I had to keep going back for more product, which isn't ideal and may be a dealbreaker for some. Although they're not really unique, these colours are staples for my favoured style of neutral eye makeup (softly defined so as not to compete with the liner and lipstick!) so that fact and the blendable nature of these eyeshadows still make them a winner in my book.

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Appeal Trio - Golden Fidelity Swatches & Review


I think these eyeshadows may now be discontinued, but they're still floating around on discount etailers (as I mentioned, I bought mine on Snatchadeal but they've sold out of this colour now) and the usual suspects like Amazon and Ebay. If you love these kinds of colours, Golden Fidelity is worth picking up!

What I liked:
  • Buildable colour pay off
  • They apply and blend beautifully
What I didn't like:
  • The eyeshadow texture is a bit stiff, so I had to pick up more product with my brush a few times
  • The gold shade is sheerer than the others
  • Packaging is bulkier than necessary
Where to buy:

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

I've loved using my MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes for highlighting almost exclusively for a few years now. It's not that I didn't like other brands, I was just happy with what I had - surely one highlighter was much the same as another, right? (Revoke my makeup addict card, guys!)
Then Too Faced Candlelight Glow came into my life and blew me away. When I wear this highlighter, I have my own theme music. My own lighting technician in a compact. It. Is. Amazing.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Candlelight Glow is a fairly solid chunky plastic white and gold compact. The white part reflects golden shimmer, it's super pretty!

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Inside you'll find a mirror and a duo of chandelier embossed shades. The chandelier is pretty worn away on mine now, but definitely still there. 

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Candlelight Glow is made up of an ivory with gold reflects (it reminds me of MAC Vanilla pigment) and a shell pink shimmer. They blend together to create a luminous pinky-champagne which is very pigmented and high shimmer, so if you aren't a fan of frosty or intense highlighters, Candlelight Glow may not be for you. I like to apply this with a Nars Yachiyo brush dupe to diffuse the glow, the two work very well together. 
The wear time is nothing short of phenomenal - it easily lasts 11 hours without any sign of fading. This is definitely on the contendor list for my upcoming wedding!

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Easy to blend out
  • Incredible wear time - still going strong after 11 hours
  • Your very own lighting technician in a compact!
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing. We're getting married.
Where to buy:

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