Thursday, 5 March 2015

Nick visits again ~ ZA Men Ultimate Moist Smoothing Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer review (part one, redux)

Nick visits again ~ ZA Men Ultimate Moist Smoothing Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer review (part one, actually)

Hello there! It's Not-Lani here. More appropriately, Nick Rowell.

Well I'm the younger brother anyway. And I'm here to do a review for ZA Men's facial cleanser and moisturiser!

Now, you may be wondering, I've been here before. To do the exact same thing. You wouldn't be wrong either! No no, I was here. Unfortunately I ended up over-committing myself, mostly to a show I was directing, which ended up taking over my life for the summer. But that's okay - hello again!



Nick visits again ~ ZA Men Ultimate Moist Smoothing Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer review (part one, actually)

So I'll make clear again what my aims are with ZA's products here:
Whenever I shave, I often get a small amount of shaving rash on my face, no matter how much shaving cream I apply, how warm my face is beforehand, or how sharp my blades are. On top of that, I get ingrown hairs on my neck from shaving. So hopefully ZA can help out!

Prior to this I have been using Sukin facial cleanser and moisturiser, which I had no particular problems with, but rather it did not solve completely my shaving rash or ingrowns.

I have been given the full range of ZA Men's facial cleansers and moisturisers to trial, but I will be trying out Ultimate Moist first. My skin can get a bit dry
 on occasion, just enough for me to notice but not enough to become flaky, so a hydrating product seems like the sensible option.

I'll check in every week or so to update how my skin responds to ZA Ultimate Moist. Just to clarify - I shave my face every three days or so, and will be cleansing and moisturising every day.

Seeya soon!

~ Nick


Nick visits again ~ ZA Men Ultimate Moist Smoothing Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer review (part one, actually)
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A note from Lani - This set was provided for review, and was a holiday set (though it is still available) with a recommended retail price of just $15 at selected pharmacies nationwide, Makeup Direct and Japan Home Mart in Albany, Auckland. The products are also available separately, although you'll save a bit of dosh picking them up in the set. There are also two other sets available to cover different skin types - Ultimate Recharge and Ultimate Matte, both of which Nick will be trialling.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I'm back with another Darling Girl review; this time one of DG's many stunning duochromes is up on the chopping block. And when I say many, I'm not kidding - when I made my order I spent a ridiculous amount of time poring over the Effects/Duos category before making my picks (and still left a tonne on my wishlist). In fact, just browsing the category again while gathering info for this post distracted me for longer than I'd like to admit!
Briefly, Darling Girl Cosmetics is a US based indie cosmetic company who offer varying sizes of their eyeshadow and face products for very reasonable prices. I purchased:

  • The Bloggers Review Kit ($4USD - 4 sample bags containing 1/8 tsp of product & 1 Petit, containing 1/4 tsp)
  • Mix & Match Sample Set ($4 - 5 baggies)
  • And a selection of the international only sample bags, which I can no longer find on the site. 
They mainly offer Petit ($2.50, 1/4 tsp product) and full size jars of their products ($5.90+, 3/4 tsp).There don't appear to be any sample sizes of the lip products (which I'm keen to check out next!). Okay, that wasn't so brief. Onto the eyeshadow!

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Left: Applied dry/Right: Applied over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Frankenstein is described as a 'murky greyish green with strong copper shift.' I thought this shade was really interesting, because swatched on my arm, I wouldn't have picked the green base at all! Yet on my lids (applied to outer half of lids below) you can see the hint of khaki green at the edge of the colour. This made it pair with Demeter (another Darling Girl shade, shown on inner half of lid) in an unexpectedly lovely way.
Applied dry, the shimmer is just as present as it is over a sticky base, however the base colour does become sheerer and a little patchy. I applied Frankenstein dry to the outer half of my lid to create the shape I wanted below and the sheerness was more apparent then, although it was still very easy to work with. Over the Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Frankenstein is positively luminous; I love that copper sheen! What do you think?

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Frankenstein Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

A FOTD with Frankenstein (heehee)

What I liked:
  • Shimmer shows up dry or over Pixie Epoxy
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Super reasonably priced - $2.50 for a Petit, $5.90 for a Full Size jar, or try a Mix & Match sample set (5 samples for $4 - all prices in USD)
What I didn't like:
  • Sheerer and a little patchy applied dry
Where to buy:
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics
What do you think of Frankenstein? 

X
Lani

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Darling Girl Daily: Haute Hollyhock Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Today's Darling Girl is another blush, this time a lavender one, Haute Hollyhock. I purchased a sample size from Darling Girl, but it is also available in a full size jar (10g with approximately 1 tsp of product) or a Petit (3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product). According to the website, samples contain approximately 1/8 tsp of product, but my bag is labelled 1/4tsp.

Darling Girl Daily: Haute Hollyhock Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review

From the Darling Girl website:
Our Inner Glow blushes impart a soft halo of color onto your cheeks with this delicate powder that subtly reflects the light and casts a luminous glow. From soft golden sheens to a funkier green glow, don't worry these are very soft sheen that you give you that "Inner Glow"

Darling Girl Daily: Haute Hollyhock Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review

Applied heavily/sheered out

Haute Hollyhock is described as a 'bright magenta with a soft blue duochrome'. I see the base as more of a dark lavender pink. It looks quite heavy on my arm, but applied to cheeks Haute Hollyhock is very subtle, though it can be built up. Loose blushes can sometimes be trickier to work with, but Darling Girl's formula is generally an exception as they tend to be buildable and super blendable. Much better to build the colour up as required than to over-apply and have to spend ages buffing it out for dear life, in my opinion!
I really can't see any of the blue shimmer on my cheeks, just a hint of fuchsia, but it certainly adds interest to the colour in the baggie. Haute Hollyhock lasts around seven hours on me.

Darling Girl Daily: Haute Hollyhock Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Daily: Haute Hollyhock Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Buildable colour pay off
  • Blends out easily
  • Wears for seven hours
What I didn't like:
  • I would have liked to see the blue shimmer translate on the cheeks more
Where to buy:


What do you think of Haute Hollyhock?

X
Lani

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Monday, 2 March 2015

ZA Gift With Purchase

Provided for review/Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

ZA have a new gift with purchase offer beginning at select Unichem and Life Pharmacies and independent ZA stockists today. From the 2nd of March until the 29th of March you'll receive a limited edition oil blotting paper pack free when you spend $40.00 or more! So I thought I'd share just a few (heehee) of my favourites from the brand.

ZA Gift With Purchase

Vibrant Moist Lipstick 
I've now got five of these beauties and I haven't yet met a shade I don't like. They're glossy, hydrating and wear for hours. If you're prone to feathering, do layer the darker shades over a lip pencil just in case, but the feathering I experienced with the darkest shade I own, RD555, was pretty minimal. The pictured shade is BE222.

Blushes in June Bride and Pink Petal
These are really nice blushes (or in June Bride's case, a highlighter) for the price - $20NZD. They have a soft but not overly powdery texture and buildable colour pay off. June Bride looks like it could be dupey for NARS Albatross, though I don't own that one to compare - you can see my review for June Bride here and Pink Petal is in the works!

Brow Pencil
I have so much love for ZA brow pencils! My very first brow pencil was the now discontinued ZA Everbrow pencil in the shade BR21. The formula's only increased in awesomeness since then. I use the shade Honey Brown in the new range, and my mum, mother in law and sisters all used other shades from the line for my wedding. They offer great colour pay off and long wearing defined brows.

True White Instant Brightener
- I raved about the subtle highlighter and makeup base in my review in January and it's still in heavy rotation. Think of it as ZA's answer to MAC Strobe Cream. I'm currently enjoying mixing it with my foundation for a glowing but still medium-full coverage base.

Liquid Eyeliner
And of course I couldn't do a Best Of ZA list without mentioning my current favourite liquid eyeliner. Although I initially received this to review (review here), I've already bought a replacement, which is sort of the true test of a beauty blogger's love for a product, don't you think? I love how fine the tip is, the glossy opacity and that it doesn't crease or crack. Try it out, you won't be disappointed!

ZA Gift With Purchase

And a better look at the very cute blotting papers up for grabs with this GWP. I don't typically find myself getting oily during the day to day, but when I'm shooting a lot of lip swatches under hot studio lights these come in handy for sure! I didn't even realise how oily I was getting until I tried one and wow... if you've ever tried blackhead nose strips, these offer the same disgusting satisfaction :D Great for chucking in your purse and the limited edition artwork is so pretty!

The fine print:
For a limited time only, while stocks last. Qualifiying purchase must be made in a single transaction. Clearance items cannot be counted towards the qualifying purchase. Not in conjunction with any other offer. One gift per customer.

Will you be taking advantage of this GWP?

X
Lani

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Darling Girl Daily: Fantasia Inner Glow Blush Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

Today I'm showing you Darling Girl Cosmetics' most popular blush, the super bright Inner Glow blush Fantasia. I purchased a sample size from Darling Girl, but it is also available in a full size jar (10g with approximately 1 tsp of product) or a Petit (3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product). Samples contain approximately 1/8 tsp of product, but my bag is labelled 1/4tsp.

From the Darling Girl website:
Our Inner Glow blushes impart a soft halo of color onto your cheeks with this delicate powder that subtly reflects the light and casts a luminous glow. From soft golden sheens to a funkier green glow, don't worry these are very soft sheen that you give you that "Inner Glow"


Applied heavily/sheered out

Fantasia is an orange leaning coral with purple iridescence. It looks rather intense in the arm swatch, but Darling Girl's blushes are incredibly easy to work with, generally being a breeze to apply and blend out. Fantasia lends itself beautifully to being built up, which I think is especially helpful with a loose powder blush - some of them can look overdone very quickly. Once buffed into the skin, the shimmer all but disappears, leaving pretty glowing coral cheeks. Fantasia wears for seven hours on me.




What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Blends beautifully
  • Wears for seven hours
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Where to buy:

Have you tried Darling Girl Cosmetics? What do you think of this blush?

X
Lani

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Press release

Hey lovelies,

Here's a collection I'm super excited for, and it launches in New Zealand tomorrow! The array of red lips and the pops of chartreuse make my heart happy. Keep scrolling to see the rest of the gorgeous things MAC Toledo offers.

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Fashion’s most romantic couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, are renowned for their award-winning and imaginative work in fashion design and illustration. This unique collaboration with M·A·C pairs Isabel’s sensational penchant for colour with Ruben’s vibrant energy in a palette of hues designed to sculpt, paint and transform the face. Specially designed white packaging features Ruben’s illustrations, an array of graphic lines and red-lipped faces brought to life with his one-of-a-kind aesthetic.

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015


Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015
Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

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Eyeshadow Palettes $105.00 NZD
Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015
Bellgreens
Fresh Blade - Pale frosted yellow (veluxe pearl)
Gorgeous Gold - Muted yellow gold (veluxe pearl)
Savant mid-tone mustard lime (satin)
Vicuña light neutral olive (frost)
Charcoal Brown  - muted taupe brown (matte)
Sushigreen - charcoal olive with multidimensional pearl (velvet)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015
Violetwink
Sweet Allure - Soft light pink (satin)
French Clay - White grey (frost)
Stars ’N’ Rockets purple with pink pearl (veluxe pearl)
Tendersmoke - Muted silver lilac (frost)
Frizzyplum dark violet with multidimensional pearl (frost) 
Overnight cool black (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015
Moodyblu
Midnight Snow - Pale silver (frost)
Idol Eyes - Silver violet with gold (lustre)
Deep Truth - True dark blue (frost)
Knight Divine - Black with silver pearl (veluxe pearl)
Exotic Purple - Dark navy (satin)
Indigogo - Blackened navy with multidimensional pearl (veluxe)

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Lipstick $44.00NZD

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Oxblood - Light peachy nude (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Barbecue - Vivid orange red (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Victoriana - Mid-tone pink red (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Tenor Voice - True classic red (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Opera - Dark red (matte)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Sin - Deep blood red (matte)

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Lipglass $42.00NZD

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Oxblood - Light peachy nude

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Barbecue - Vivid orange red

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Victoriana - Mid-tone pink red

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Tenor Voice - True classic red

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Opera - Dark red

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Sin - Dark blood red

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129SE Powder/Blush Brush $94.00NZD
Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015
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Isabel & Ruben Toledo Makeup Bag $56.00NZD
Selected MAC stores only
Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

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Modern Twist Lash $52.00NZD

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Vynil - Black

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Caligrafy - Navy

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Tarot - Purple

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Chlorafill - Lime

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Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner $40.00NZD

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Designer Purple - Iridescent Violet

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Chlorafill - Green line with pearl

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Petrol Blue - Deep navy with pearl

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Blush Ombre $64.00NZD


Ripe Peach - Light coral


Azalea Blossom - Cool light pink

Kindergarten Red  - Crimson into pale nude

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Nail Lacquer $28.00NZD

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Faint of Heart - Palest milky nude (cream)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Venus Red - Clean true red (cream)

Press Release: MAC Toledo Collection - March 2nd, 2015

Vixen - Deep burgundy red (cream)


Do you see anything you like in this collection? I've ordered all of the lipsticks (of course) along with Oxblood lipglass and I can't wait to see the blush ombres and pearlglide eye liners in person! That makeup bag is so cool too, although I don't really need another...


X
Lani

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