Saturday, 5 September 2015

Super Last Minute Father's Day Ideas!

Provided for review/Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Father's Day is one of those occasions I always struggle to come up with ideas for and my gift selection is often left woefully last minute! If you experience the same trouble, read on for a few quick ideas you can nip out to the shops for.

Image via BDM Grange

If you want something cheap and cheerful but potent, look no further than the Lipidol After Shave Oil. This handy oil is supposed to supplement the skin's natural oily layer which is stripped away during shaving. If it's anything like as good as their cleansing oil, I think dads receiving this will be very pleased. I hope so anyway - I bought a bottle each for Mike's dad and his best mate (affectionately known as his second dad) :D
It's available at Farmers stores nationwide for the princely sum of $9.95.


Images via ZA's PR

ZA have once again brought out their ZA Men skincare sets, value packed bundles which contain a cleanser or scrub, a moisturiser and a face cloth. Several of our hard to buy for male rellies found these under their Christmas trees last year, for the RRP of $15 they just can't be beat! Particularly when the individual, full size products these sets contain retail for $9.90 (cleansers and scrubs) and $12.90 (moisturisers) respectively. My brother Nick trialled the Ultimate Moist set here and here.
The ZA Men sets are available at selected pharmacies in NZ

Images via LUSH NZ

My husband Mike helpfully chimed in with some suggestions from LUSH! Pictured above are the Veerappan Moustache Wax ($18.90) and the Kalamazoo Beard and Face Wash ($22.90), the latter of which he actually reviewed just last week - you can catch his review here
Available at LUSH NZ, find your nearest location via their store locator.


And lastly, if your dad is anything like mine, nothing would please him more than his favourite sweet treat on Father's Day (or any day, if we're being real). My dad LOVE Pascall Jet Planes and 
They're available at supermarkets, petrol stations and dairies nationwide.


How is your Father's Day shopping going?

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

JORD Wooden Watch Review

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Hey lovelies,

Recently I was contacted by US Company JORD, who make beautiful and unique wooden watches, to ask if I'd like to try out a watch for review. Although I love the look of watches (and of course the function!), I've never found a style I was truly happy with - metal watches feel too weighty, leather seems to rub too much, while chunky plastic just isn't my thing. So I've not been a regular watch wearer in a very long time. This watch, however may change things!

Jord Wooden Watch Review

Carved from wood, JORD watches are described as 'true pieces of art', with the grain of the wood making each a one of a kind creation. I chose the Fieldcrest ($120USD) in dark sandalwood, a moody, unisex style which is very lightweight and comfortable to wear, despite being a larger style than I would usually gravitate towards. JORD offer a sizing option on their site with clear instructions, so it was easy to get the right fit, but it's possible to order further links if required. The watch is very well made, and the joints are all polished smooth so there's no pinching of your skin between the links - don't you hate when watches do that? I've been nipped by metal watches in the past.

Jord Wooden Watch Review

When the watch arrived, about a week after receiving a shipping notification, it was beautifully packaged and arrived safe and sound. I'm not the only one who has been enamoured by the Fieldcrest - my husband has pretty much claimed it for himself and I had to wrestle it off him to take some pictures! :D 

So far it's held up to being worn daily very well and hasn't needed a clean yet, but as wood is naturally a porous material, it will need polishing over time. JORD say you should condition it with beeswax, butcher block oil or walnut oil to help protect it - as with wooden furniture, if taken care of, it should last a long time.

Jord Wooden Watch Review

Jord Wooden Watch Review

If the Fieldcrest style isn't your thing, JORD have plenty of other pieces on their website with the option to filter by style or wood. Most of the watch models are available in different woods and some are accented with metal or splashes of colour, so there's something to fit almost every taste. With prices starting at $120USD, I think a JORD watch would be a wonderful and unique gift for a loved one.


Wooden Wrist Watch


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Monday, 31 August 2015

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

As a big fan of MAC's matte lipsticks, The Matte Lip 2015 has been one of the releases I have been most looking forward to this year, even if I haven't yet bought anything from it! As a longtime MAC fan and terrible lipstick hoarder, I actually have half of the twenty-two piece strong collection from their previous releases already so I thought before I bought any of the new shades, I'd better swatch and review these eleven :)

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 Lipstick Swatches & Review

Right, so - all the lipsticks promoted in this collection are permanent, with eight already being part of the existing permanent range (Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy, Please Me, Pink Pigeon, All Fired Up, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine and Ruby Woo). Dangerous was part of the permanent line for a time but mysteriously vanished a few months ago, so it's nice to see it resurface! Repromoted from the Punk Couture collection (2013) are Studded Kiss and Instigator and from the Retro Matte collection (also 2013) we have Steady Going and Runway Hit (as an aside, this is also where Flat Out Fabulous, Dangerous and All Fired Up made their debut).

Brand spanking new are the shades Matte Royal, Antique Velvet, Persistence, Naturally Transformed, Tropic Tonic, Men Love Mystery, D For Danger, Stone and Whirl, the latter two being inspired by the cult lip pencils of the same names. I'll pop up a press release later with colour descriptions and pictures.

These all come in MAC's standard black lipstick tubes and carry a retail price of $40NZD (or $17USD in the States). You'll notice my tubes of Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy look a bit different, as they are sample tubes purchased from TheBodyNeeds, which is a great option if you're not sure about committing to a full size tube of a particular colour. I may yet buy a sample tube of Naturally Transformed to try out, I'm not sure if I can pull off those strong yellow tones!

The finishes are a mixture of Matte and Retro Matte finishes with the Retro Mattes typically feeling drier and a bit more prone to tugging during application, they lack the slight creaminess of the Matte formula. Retro Mattes also have a more flat finish and can be more unforgiving of uneven texture on the lips. I didn't have any problems with any of these feathering, which is why it's not noted below. MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 Lipstick Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs: Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy, Please Me, Pink Pigeon, All Fired Up, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Dangerous, Ruby Woo, Studded Kiss and Instigator

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Kinda Sexy

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Kinda Sexy Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Kinda Sexy Lipstick Swatches & Review

Kinda Sexy is described as a 'neutral pinky rose' but always seems very peach to me! It's one of my favourite nude lipsticks from MAC (though it's in danger of being usurped by Honeylove, which I reviewed here) and has a super smooth texture with great opacity. On me it lasts four and a half hours without being drying.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Kinda Sexy Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Velvet Teddy

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Velvet Teddy Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Velvet Teddy Lipstick Swatches & Review

Velvet Teddy has risen in popularity alongside the 'Kylie Jenner lip' in recent years and is now a firm fan favourite. It's described as a 'deep beige', but I'd call it a warm medium brown with hints of rose. It has the same creamy, opaque finish as Kinda Sexy and lasts four and a half hours. It's non drying.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Velvet Teddy Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Please Me

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Please Me Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Please Me Lipstick Swatches & Review

Ahhh, Please Me, one of my first big loves from MAC's matte range. It's described as a 'muted rose tinted pink' and has a very subtle warmth about it - close enough to being neutral in my opinion that it should flatter a variety of skintones, and the muted quality keeps it very wearable in general. Please Me has great opacity, applies smoothly without dragging and lasts for four hours on me without drying out my lips.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Please Me Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Pink Pigeon

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Pink Pigeon Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Pink Pigeon Lipstick Swatches & Review

Pink Pigeon is a 'bright clean pink' with cool undertones. This gorgeous hot pink perfectly walks the line between the neon tones of Candy Yum Yum and the glossier, darker Girl About Town - I'm rather enamoured with it! Pink Pigeon applies smoothly with intense colour pay off and lasts for six hours without being drying. It leaves behind strong pink staining.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Pink Pigeon Lipstick Swatches & Review

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All Fired Up

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - All Fired Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - All Fired Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

All Fired Up is described as a 'bright fuchsia' and has a Retro Matte finish. What I love about All Fired Up is that despite being undeniably pink, it has a muted quality that makes it a less 'in your face' shade. The colour pay off is fantastic and it doesn't tug during application, though as I mentioned, the Retro Mattes do generally feel more resistant than the Mattes. All Fired Up wears for five hours on me and is noticeably drying.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - All Fired Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Flat Out Fabulous

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick Swatches & Review

Flat Out Fabulous is a 'bright plum' with a Retro Matte finish. I'm honestly embarrassed it's taken me this long to swatch it, because it is the most incredible colour! Lovely opacity here and it applies pretty smoothly. When I tested Flat Out Fabulous for wear, it lasted six hours some fading, but those six hours included a shower and food, so I was sufficiently impressed! It was minimally drying too.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Heroine

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Heroine Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Heroine Lipstick Swatches & Review

Heroine is a bright magenta-purple. It wears for five hours without feathering or drying and leaves behind a strong pink stain. I've worn this a couple of times now and I really like it! It's such a fun shade.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Heroine Lipstick Swatches & Review


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Dangerous

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Dangerous Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Dangerous Lipstick Swatches & Review

Dangerous is another one I wish I'd swatched a whole lot sooner - orangey reds are a real weakness of mine and this one is damn gorgeous. It has vivid colour pay off and applies smoothly, perhaps a little more so than the other Retro Mattes. Dangerous wore for five hours on me without being drying.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Dangerous Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Ruby Woo

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Ruby Woo Lipstick Swatches & Review

My tube of Ruby Woo comes from last year's holiday collection, it normally comes in standard MAC packaging :)

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Ruby Woo Lipstick Swatches & Review

And now we come to one of MAC's most enduring shades and the sole Retro Matte to remain in the permanent line for many, many years - Ruby Woo! Did you know that Ruby Woo has been around since 1999, when it was launched in the first Retro Matte collection? It launched alongside five other Retro Mattes: Verushka, Santiago, Bronx, So Be and Moxie - to date, I'm only aware of Moxie ever being repromoted, the rest have sadly remained discontinued. It's been awesome to see Ruby Woo joined by new Retro Mattes over the past few years as fashion circles around again to the ultra matte lip. 
It's not the easiest lipstick to work with although the formula seems to have improved over the years - this is my second tube and it's a lot less prone to dragging or skipping than my previous one was. The colour pay off is fantastic and on me Ruby Woo wears for just over seven hours with a little fading to the centre. It's moderately drying.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Ruby Woo Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Studded Kiss

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Studded Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Studded Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

Studded Kiss is described as a 'dark oxblood red' which I'd agree with. It has a Matte finish and the same spectacular opacity as the rest of these shades. Texture was nice and smooth and it wore for six hours on me with some staining. Studded Kiss was another noticeably drying one.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Studded Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Instigator

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Instigator Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Instigator Lipstick Swatches & Review

And finally Instigator is the deliciously vampy lipstick rounding out the collection. Described by MAC as a 'deep blackened plum' with a Matte finish, it's exactly that and I loooooove it. Instigator is mostly opaque and applies smoothly. It lasted for close to seven and a half hours on me, becoming somewhat drying after four hours and only looking a little faded toward the end of wear.

MAC The Matte Lip 2015 - Instigator Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Lovely colour pay off
  • Applied smoothly
  • Dangerous, Pink Pigeon, Kinda Sexy, Velvet Teddy and Please Me aren't drying
  • Lasting power ranges from four and half hours to seven and a half
  • No feathering or migrating
What I didn't like:
  • Instigator, Ruby Woo, Studded Kiss, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up are minimally to moderately drying
  • Ruby Woo can slip and drag
Where to buy:

Have you bought any of the new matte shades? Have you tried many of the existing shades or repromotes?

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment Review

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Hey lovelies,

This month Clinique launched their new Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment and, having been able to test it out for the past couple of months, I'm ready to tell you what I think of it!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment Review

Smart Customer-Repair Eye Treatment sure wears a lot of hats Clinique says it 'visibly brightens, lifts, smoothes crepiness and diminishes fine lines and crow's feet. Plus, a boost of hydration helps repair dehydrated skin'. You just gently pat the light gel around the orbital area morning and night, easy at that. Unlike some other eye creams I've tried, it's not tacky or cloyingly fragranced, nor is it thick or slow to absorb; instead it sinks in quickly, is allergy tested, fragrance free and gentle enough to use on the eyelids too. 

The ingredients list reads like a greatest hits of skincare and although I don't purport to be an expert on that subject matter, I'm particularly pleased by the inclusion of hyaluronic acid (to attract and bind moisture) and algae extract (to soothe and calm skin). Also included on the list:
Cladosiphon Okamuranus extract, hydrolysed rice protein, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, sodium RNA, acetyl hexapeptide-8 and palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, whey protein, plum extract, morus nigra root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract, ascorbyl glucoside, glucosamine ferment, cucumber extract, sunflower extract and barley extract.
(Psst - if you'd like to check out some bloggers who really know their stuff on skincare, I highly recommend Hyacinth Girl, Lena Talks Beauty, Nail Girl, Lab Muffin and Makeupwithdrawal).

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment Review

Over the past few months I've certainly noticed that the area under my eyes is much more hydrated and the slightly pebbled texture seems less pronounced. Crow's feet and fine lines aren't something I've begun to notice too much yet at the ripe old age of 26, so I can't accurately report on that. I do feel that there are some brightening effects - despite being ill rather often of late with the last of the winter weather, my skin has been looking a lot better than I've felt and my undereye circles have not been making many appearances. 

The packaging for the whole affair is rather sleek and simple, a brushed silver plastic tube with a clear cap and a pump which dispenses enough to comfortably apply to both eyes without needing to go back for seconds. It contains 15ml of product and has an RRP of $95NZD.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is available from Clinique counter nationwide and online at Smith and Caughey's  now.

Do you have a favourite eye cream?

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Friday, 28 August 2015

LUSH Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash Review

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Hey lovelies,

My husband is not a LUSH man. Should we find ourselves in the vicinity of a LUSH store, he finds the aromas that I enjoy so much too cloying or too pungent in turn. So when an email landed in my inbox from LUSH's PR team declaring that 'all men love LUSH!' I was only too keen to see if I could convert him.

LUSH Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash Review

Mike received Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash, which LUSH describe as follows:

Keep things bright and bushy with this creamy wash for furry faces. Fresh pineapple juice is full of enzymes to cleanse the skin and zap away dirt, whilst almond oil, jojoba oil and cupuaƧu butter will leave your beard soft and strokeable. Simply scoop some out of the pot and massage onto your beard and face, rinse off and pat dry.

It retails for $22.90NZD for 250g.

LUSH Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash Review

^ You know what that top tip says to me? It says this is a license to steal my husband's skincare.

Here's what Mike has to say about Kalamazoo:

I trialled this over the last few weeks and Lani tells me that it does make my beard softer and cuddlier. Kalamazoo is a semi solid goo in a little tub that you lather up and wash your beard and face with. It does take a bit of effort to make sure that it is all rinsed out of your beard since it gets right in there, I have had a couple of soapy beard days when I didn't quite get it all out. Seems to work as advertised and doesn't have a strong smell, pretty good stuff.

LUSH Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash Review

Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash can be purchased at LUSH Online (NZ) or you can find your nearest LUSH store using the store locator. International readers can find their local LUSH site here!

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