Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ZA Brow Liner - BR771 Honey Brown Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

I'm always on the hunt for a good brow product so I was really excited when ZA contacted me about their newly revamped brow liner. This isn't my first rodeo with ZA brow pencils - their Ever Brow BR21 pencil used to be my holy grail and I went through three of them before getting the itch to try something new. Lately I've been favouring a matte brown shadow and clear brow gel to tame my brows, using a pencil again is a nice change of pace.



When I last used a ZA brow liner, they were white with 'ZA' printed all over the liner. Now, they're glossy and black, a colour combination that I love! There's a matching pink cap for the spoolie on the end, but no cap for the retractable liner (so make sure to wind it back down before popping it back in your makeup bag!).


The liner is quite fine, and as I mentioned retractable. Not being sharpenable does have one downside; the edges that make it so easy to get a nicely defined brow the first time you use it wear away quickly. It's still perfectly possible to get a good application when worn down a bit, I just wish there was a way for it to always be ultra precise!


The spoolie is fairly standard, firm and does a good job of taming brow hairs and blending out any excess product.


Honey Brown is a light-medium yellow toned brown, perfect for dark blonde or light to medium brown eyebrows. The texture feels a little dry at first but quickly warms up on my skin. It's best applied in short, rapid strokes. ZA calls their brow liner a 'waterproof and smudge-proof' formula and while I didn't test it in water, it did hold up all day without smudging or fading every day that I've worn it. I'm really impressed! It also kept my runaway brows in place very well - I skipped brow gel to see how it held up on its own and the results were the same as when I use gel.


Nothing on brows


ZA Brow Liner - BR771 Honey Brown



What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Provides defined yet natural brows
  • Easy to use twist up liner (no sharpening!)
What I didn't like:
  • The liner tip loses its defined edges quickly (though it remains perfectly usable)
Where to buy:


Have you tried this brow pencil? What are your favourite brow products?

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Lani

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

Gifted/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

I was the lucky winner of a pay it forward giveaway in a US MAC Facebook group I'm a member of recently and one of the prizes was this pretty Milani blush. I've had my eye on Milani's blushes for a while now so I was super excited to try this!

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

Warm Petals is packaged in a fairly solid feeling plastic case with a clear lid and rather glamorous looking gold trim. You get a whopping 17g  (0.60 OZ) of product so you're getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

This blush is sculpted into a blooming rose. I know it's gimmicky but I just love things like this! The texture isn't impeded at all by the shape - Milani describes their blush formula is 'ultra silky-soft' and that is entirely apt. 

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

Warm Petals is a warm tan shade flecked with gold shimmer. The formula is soft, pigmented and ultra blendable albeit a tiny bit powdery. The gold shimmer doesn't really translate to cheeks (below I have layered Too Faced Candlelight Glow over it on my cheekbones, which is the strong golden sheen) and the blush appears as more of a matte tawny rose, rather than tan when applied. Warm Petals lasted for 8 hours before starting to fade.

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

Milani Powder Blush - Warm Petals Swatch & Review

A FOTD with Warm Petals

What I liked:
  • Great pigmentation
  • Soft, ultra-blendable texture
  • Lasts 8 hours
What I didn't like:
  • Very slightly powdery
Where to buy:
Have you tried any Milani blushes?

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Lani

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Monday, 20 October 2014

MAC Monday: A Rose Romance - Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

Today's limited edition lovely Summer Rose Beauty Powder originally hails from A Rose Romance back in 2009. It's one of two rose embossed powders in the collection - I used to have the other one, Blush of Youth, but found it a bit sheer, even for my complexion. I'm a sucker for a gimmicky embossed product though, so I couldn't help but pick Summer Rose up when it came up on Trade Me for a good price.

MAC Monday: Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review

The packaging is your standard MAC black compact; it's what's inside that counts! Look at that beautiful rose imprint! Other companies have done rose blushes, including Milani and Etude House (see my review of one of their latest offerings here), so if you love the look but don't fancy the hunt for Summer Rose, they are easy enough to find :)

MAC Monday: Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review

In Summer Rose's case (and Blush of Youth, from memory) the rose imprint seems to make it a bit harder than I'd like to pick up the colour. The texture is a little stiff and coupled with the inherent sheerness of the beauty powder formula, I found I had to keep picking more up with my brush to build up the colour. If you love this colour, I'd suggest trying to find it in the Liberty of London packaging, as it was released without any imprint in that collection and was reportedly easier to work with (although that can be harder to find, given the lovely packaging!).
Because it's a sheerer formula, Summer Rose is virtually impossible to overapply. It blends out beautifully, leaving a natural flush and the slight shimmer imparts a pretty glow. I get about 6 hours wear before it begins to fade.

MAC Monday: Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Summer Rose Beauty Powder Swatches & Review


What I liked:

  • Buildable colour
  • Gorgeous rose design
  • Blends out beautifully

What I didn't like:

  • The texture of the powder is quite stiff, making it harder to pick up the colour

 Start your hunt here:

Will you be tracking Summer Rose down?

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Lani

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

This Week's FOTDS

Purchased by me/Provided for review/Contains affiliate links/Gifted

Hey lovelies,

What a weekend! We went to a family friend's 21st on Saturday and then spent today hanging out with my siblings, it was a lot of fun. I got lots of swatching and testing done this week too. What did you get up to?

Monday


FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Primer (Iherb)
Estee Lauder Perfectionist foundation - Cool Bone
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer (Amazon)
MAC Pink Sprinkles blush (Amazon)
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly
Too Faced Candlelight Glow (Amazon)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Amazon)
Rimmel Colour Rush #130 Tribute all over lid
TheBalm Nude 'Tude palette - Sassy to highlight/blend out (Amazon)
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Pen
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

BROWS
TheBalm Nude 'Tude palette - Sultry (Amazon)
Jordana Brow Gel

LIPS
Lime Crime Velvetines - Pink Velvet (Beauty Bliss)

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Wednesday




FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Primer (Iherb)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Cool Bone (Amazon)
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer (Amazon)
MAC Fun & Games beauty powder blush
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly
MAC Perfect Topping MSF (Amazon)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Amazon)
TheBalm Nude 'Tude - Sassy to highlight/blend out, Stubborn all over lid, Sultry on socket line (Amazon)
Peripera Smoothie - Shimmer Brown on lower lashline, Shimmer Beige on inner corner (Ebay)
ZA Liquid Eyeliner BK999 Real Black*
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

BROWS
ZA Brow Liner BR771 Honey Brown*

LIPS
TheBodyNeeds Lip Lustre - Forget Him! (TheBodyNeeds)

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Thursday





FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Primer (Iherb)
Collection Lasting Perfection - Ivory (Amazon) & MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 (Amazon), mixed
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer (Amazon)
MAC Summer Rose beauty powder
MAC Gold-Go-Lightly
MAC Perfect Topping MSF (Amazon)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Amazon)
MUA Undressed palette - Shade 6 on inner half of lid and lower lashline, Shade 7 on outer half of lid and lower lashline, Shade 5 on socket line, Shade 1 to blend out/highlight
ZA Gel Eyeliner *
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara*

BROWS
ZA Brow Liner BR771 Honey Brown*
Jordana Brow Gel

LIPS
Melt Cosmetics lipstick - Summer!

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Saturday


FACE
ELF Mineral Infused Primer (Iherb)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Cool Bone (Amazon)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Fair (Amazon)
Too Faced Be Merry palette - Spice bronzer, Peachy Keen blush (Amazon)
MAC Lightscapade MSF (Amazon)

EYES
Covergirl Shadowblast Beige Blaze (Amazon)
Too Faced Be Merry palette - Buttered Rum all over lid/lower lashline, Brown Sugar on socketline, Egg Nog to blend out, Bubbly on inner corner (Amazon)
ZA Liquid Eyeliner BK999 Real Black*
ZA Gel Eyeliner BK999 Real Black to tightline*
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (Amazon)
Mon Secret Lashes

BROWS
ZA Brow Liner BR771 Honey Brown*
Jordana Brow Gel

LIPS
MAC Hoop Lipstick (Amazon)



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Lani

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Essie Swatch Spam

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

It's been far too long since I've done a swatch spam post! Here are some unposted Essies: the first batch is in natural light/sunlight.

Essie Sweet Talker Swatch

Sweet Talker, 2 coats

The formula on this is unbelievably good, super opaque and just the right amount of thickness to glide onto the nail. Must reswatch this asap because this swatch is rubbish!

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Essie Fair Game swatch

Fair Game, 2 coats

Fair Game is a touch too frosty for my taste, but I can't fault the formula, two easy coats.

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Essie Coat Azure swatch

Coat Azure, 2 coats

Another smooth two coater, although again, this could do with a ridge filler, it wasn't at all forgiving of my peelies!

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Essie Pink-A-Boo swatch

Pink-A-Boo, 4 coats

I love this one in the bottle, but couldn't get into it on my nails. It's sheer and prone to streaking. It would probably look better on unstained nails!

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Essie Where's My Chauffeur? swatch


This one was streakier than anticipated, I was quite disappointed after all the hype from other bloggers when it first came out.

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Nice is Nice, 3 coats

This warm purple is so pretty! It could have used an extra coat however, as it was quite thin and streaky.

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Essie Knockout Pout swatch

Knockout Pout, 3 coats

A gorgeous bright shade that dries to a satin finish. No complaints here!

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Essie Mojito Madness swatch

Mojito Madness, 3 coats

Mojito Madness builds up nicely in three coats, but dear god it stains! Double up on base coat for this one.

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Essie Armed & Ready swatch

Armed and Ready, 2 coats

Armed and Ready has a great formula, lovely and opaque. Perhaps too opaque! That gorgeous copper shimmer is very shy and I suspect it is being drowned by the opacity of the base.

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Essie Topless & Barefoot Swatch


The formula on this one is thin and a little prone to streakiness, it works best when you 'float' each coat on. It could've used a ridge filler too, but I really love the colour.

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The following were taken in my lighting set up (using daylight bulbs), the first one was with my older camera and the remainder with my new one :)

Essie French Affair Swatch

French Affair, 3.5 coats

This is such a beautiful colour. Like Topless & Barefoot, I found French Affair to be streaky and needed to float on each coat. I like the colour, but it's not unique enough to be worth the effort, in my collection at least. 

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Essie Ole Caliente Swatch

Essie Ole Caliente Swatch

Essie Ole Caliente Swatch

Ole Caliente, 3 coats

This super saturated tangerine creme is gorgeous and covers nicely in three coats.

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Essie Sand Tropez Swatch

Essie Sand Tropez Swatch

Essie Sand Tropez Swatch

Sand Tropez, 3 coats

One of my favourite nudes ever! Sand Tropez is a little watery yet manageable and I can't say no to that putty creme goodness anyway.

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Essie Braziliant Swatch

Essie Braziliant Swatch

Essie Braziliant Swatch

Braziliant, 3 coats

And the last shade for today! Thanks for sticking with me :) Braziliant has an average formula, not too thick, not too thin, nice and opaque. The pink shimmer is subtle and adds nuance more than contrast.


Essie is available at Farmers and selected pharmacies. Not all of these shades are available in NZ stores but they're pretty easy to find on Ebay and Amazon.

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Lani

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