Monday, 4 May 2015

A Birthday Wishlist

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Hey lovelies,

My birthday is this coming Saturday so I thought I'd share a rather greedy wishlist with you. Being a stay at home mum, it'll be quite a while before I can treat myself to most of these but looking is free :D

A Birthday Wishlist

  1. Colourpop Forget the Fruit Cake Set
    I made my first Colourpop order earlier this year and the Lippie Stix were everything I had hoped they would be (you can find swatches & a review of my first five shades here). Needless to say, I want MOAAARRRR and this set looks like an absolute stunner.
  2. YSL Rouge Volupte #34 Rose Asarine
    I'm a big fan of YSL's lipsticks in general and this gorgeous pink has been on my wishlist for a while. I have it sitting in my cart at Fresh just waiting... waiting... one day I'll pull the trigger!
  3. Pretty Serious Kashmir and The Dragon's Curse
    These are two of Pretty Serious' newer releases (in fact, Kashmir just launched on the Sunday just gone!) and I'm completely in love with them. Pretty Serious' formula never disappoints so I'm hanging out to add these to my collection!
  4. Cirque Colors Love Stone and Dear Dahlia
    These pretty shimmers croon their siren song to me everytime I'm browsing the Femme Fatale website. Hopefully I can make an order or piggyback on one soon! :D
  5. LUSH Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner
    I actually have a mini pot of this already from a LUSH gift set (see my first impressions post here) and it KILLS me that it is limited edition! I'm hoping to snag a full sized pot before it's gone because the scent is gorgeous.
  6. Glasshouse Fragrances Triple Scented Candle - Taahaa (Vanilla Caramel)
    This will definitely be a repurchase at some point as I'm currently hoarding the last precious centimeter of this candle like a miser! The scent runs true to the name and although Glasshouse candles don't come cheap (the minis are $24.50 for 60g while the full size candles are $54.50 for 350g) I got a lot of use out of my mini one. It was lovely and calming as it simmered away while my bridal party and I were getting ready for my wedding and has accompanied me on many a blogging marathon night since.
  7. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream - Moscato
    It's blindingly hot pink. It's named after my favourite wine. Clearly we were meant to be bound together for all eternity. I do have another Cashmere Lip Cream, Port, which I really love so I'm looking forward to trying more in this formula.
  8. Ecoya Metro Jar Candle - Vanilla Bean
    Another repurchase here - I like what I like :D My catchcry when it comes to fragrances is often 'VANILLA ALL THE THINGS!!!!'. If everything I owned smelled like it could come from a bakery or sweet shop, I would be thrilled I tell you. THRILLED. I got this candle as a Flybuys reward originally, burned it damn near constantly and unsurprisingly it has now all gone :'( It has a great fragrance throw and the scent is a true vanilla.
    I have just discovered while writing this post that you can in fact buy vanilla all the things on the Ecoya website. Bliss.
  9. Colourpop In Bloom Set
    And another entry from Colourpop with this gorgeous set which contains three Lippie Stix as well as two blushes and a highlighter! I haven't tried the blushes or highlighters yet so I'm longing to give them a try. The Lippie Stix are very 'me' shades too.


Here's last year's birthday wishlist - I managed to get quite a few things from it over the course of the year!

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

NZ Indie Polish Month: Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

It feels good to be posting more polish swatches, hooray for NZ Indie Polish Month!


Today I have Fairy Dust by Nail Juice for you. It's a dusty greyed out indigo filled with copper, green, purple and teal hexes, squares and micro glitter. Very very pretty and the formula built up smoothly in three coats. I really like this glitter mix.

Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Fairy Dust, 3 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Nail Juice - Fairy Dust Nail Polish Swatches & Review


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Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PA-REE, LUN-DUN, MI-A-MEE and HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

Purchased by me/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

I have a set of Velourlips shades to show you today! As some of you may know I've had mixed results with the formula (HO-CHEE-MIN, RIO-D and MI-A-MEE have been the worst offenders to date) while others I've loved (Grandmaster Pash, Noo-d Fighters and NY-CEE). Buoyed by the success of the latter shades mentioned, I picked these up when Australis was doing a buy two get one free offer over the holiday period. That kind of promotion does seem to pop up with some regularity, so it's worth keeping an eye out if you like the look of these!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PAR-EE, LUN-DUN, MI-A-MEE and HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PAR-EE, LUN-DUN, MI-A-MEE and HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs, left to right:
PA-REE, LUN-DUN, MI-A-MEE & HON-O-LOO-LOO

I promised not to talk about the hyphenated names this time. I promised. Okay? I-PROM-ISED. 
Moving on.
Velourlips are a liquid-to-matte lipstick formula with a thick, mousse-like formula. Thicker than the Lime Crime Velvetines and Kat Von D Everlasting Love formulas, more similar in consistency to NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but perhaps a bit fluffier and thicker again. Colour pay off varies depending on the shade but is mostly very pigmented and opaque. They have a sweet, candy-like scent.
The packaging is simple and functional; a lip gloss style tube punctuated with a cute heart and lace trim for some extra appeal. Inside is a doefoot applicator that applies colour evenly and precisely.

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PA-REE

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PA-REE Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PA-REE Swatches & Review

PA-REE is a neutral nude brown. It applies evenly and has great colour pay off. I'm not sure how well it suits me, perhaps if it ran a bit warmer I'd be more confident about it but nevertheless, I do really like it! PA-REE is apparently a dupe for Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin, although I don't own that to compare. It wore for a little over five hours (including a meal!) on me and was not drying.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - PA-REE Swatches & Review


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LUN-DUN

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - LUN-DUN Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - LUN-DUN Swatches & Review

LUN-DUN is a pretty mauve. It's a little bit sheerer than PAR-EE but still looks fine from a normal viewing distance. It wore for six hours on me without drying out my lips. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do, it's just such a cute colour!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - LUN-DUN Swatches & Review

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MI-A-MEE

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MI-A-MEE Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MI-A-MEE Swatches & Review

MI-A-MEE is a super 'me' colour! It's mostly opaque, with a little sheerness coming through where I should have added a second layer, but from a normal viewing distance it's really not apparent at all. It wore for nine hours on me. NINE. 

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MI-A-MEE Swatches & Review


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 HON-O-LOO-LOO

Australis Velourlips - HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips - HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

HON-O-LOO-LOO is my favourite from this bunch, even though application isn't perfect - I just love this peachy pink! It is the sheerest of the shades reviewed today and performs best if you apply a layer then leave that to completely dry before adding a second even layer. A little fussy, yes, but worth it for a colour you love in my opinion. HON-O-LOO-LOO wears for four hours on me.

Australis Velourlips - HON-O-LOO-LOO Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Most colours had great colour pay off
  • Sweet, candy scent
  • Wear for four to nine (!) hours
  • Non drying
What I didn't like:
  • Some shades are sheerer and prone to streaking
Where to buy:

What do you think of the Velourlips range?

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

NZ Indie Polish Month: Star Kin - Glitter Wonderland Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Purchased by me

Hey lovelies,

I have some older swatches from when I was using my previous camera to show you today, I really need to reswatch this polish because it is GORGEOUS! This is Glitter Wonderland by Star Kin.


Glitter Wonderland was, from memory, a holiday polish from the end of - 2013? Yes, that must be right. Time flies! I'm not sure if it's still possible to buy but you could try contacting Ami through one of the links at the bottom of the post to ask :)


Essie - No More Film, 2 coats
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Star Kin - Glitter Wonderland, 2 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

This is a lovely squishy polish with tons of glitter and really great dispersion. I did a little fishing for the snowflakes which is to be expected because those larger glitters tend to be heavier, but that took a minimum of fuss. Definitely possible to wear by itself in three coats, but since I was wearing No More Film at the time I chose to layer it. 

Star Kin - Glitter Wonderland Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Star Kin - Glitter Wonderland Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Star Kin - Glitter Wonderland Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Are you loving this Glitter Wonderland?

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Friday, 1 May 2015

NZ Indie Polish Month: Peacock Pie - Throwing Copper

Gifted

Hey lovelies,

NZ Indie Polish Month is here again! This is our second year doing this and I'm so excited to see all the lovely things the other PANZ gals post.

What is PANZ? 
PANZ (Polish Addicts of NZ) is a New Zealand based Facebook group for nail polish lovers! We're super friendly and love meeting fellow polish addicts so please feel free to come join the fun here.

What is NZ Indie Polish Month? 
It's the brainchild of Serra from Peacock Pie, a month long celebration of all things New Zealand made indie polish! We have some awesome local brands making really cool stuff and we want everyone to know about them. We'll be using the hashtag #nzindiepolish on social media, please feel free to join in!


The first polish I have to show you is Throwing Copper by Peacock Pie! Now this is sort of a mean post, because Serra is currently on a polish making break and you can't buy her polish at the moment, but she is awesome and I want more Peacock Pies in my life, so Serra.... *puppy dog eyes* pwwweeeeeeeeeease come back?

Throwing Copper is a baby blue crelly with subtle pearly shimmer and a mixture of periwinkle, navy and copper hexes along with a generous helping of blue microglitter. This was three easy coats, no topcoat.

Peacock Pie Throwing Copper nail polish swatches & review

Peacock Pie Throwing Copper nail polish swatches & review

Peacock Pie Throwing Copper nail polish swatches & review

Peacock Pie Throwing Copper nail polish swatches & review

Peacock Pie Throwing Copper nail polish swatches & review


Will you be participating in NZ Indie Polish Month?

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

Provided for review

Hey lovelies,

The second last to item I have to show you from the NV Colour preview is my favourite of them all, the Cheeky Stick in the shade 'Chilli Chops'!

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

The cute and informative packaging theme continues with the box telling you all about the Cheeky Stick. It's a compact little thing, fitting easily in the palm of my hand and twists up smoothly. The cap clicks into place very securely, there's no danger that it'll come loose in a handbag or makeup bag.

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

Swatched heavily (left) and sheered out (right) on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Chilli Chops is a bright pink with a hint of coral. It has great colour pay off and the texture is soft, lightweight and ultra blendable with a luminous finish. I applied Chilli Chops straight from the tube and then used a stippling brush to blend it out but you can just as easily use your fingers; it responds well to blending either way. Wear time was a little shorter than I would have liked, lasting for six hours which is admittedly fairly average for me with a cream blush formula. Those with drier skin may find the lasting power to be better (I run normal to oily) and setting it with a translucent powder would also likely help. That being said, it is a handbag friendly size and is easy to touch up on the go without having to bring brushes out and about with you, so the wear time may not be a deal breaker for you.

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review

NV Colour Cheeky Stick - Chilli Chops Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Light, soft creme texture
  • Blends out easily
  • Luminous, natural finish
What I didn't like:
  • Lasts for six hours
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies nationwide, RRP $13.50 (NZ)
  • NV Colour (UK)
What do you think of Chilli Chops?

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Mother's Day 2015 Gift Guide

Purchased by me/Provided for review/Contains affiliate links

Hey lovelies,

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I wanted to share a few gift suggestions for those in need of some inspiration (*coughs* like my husband, heehee).

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Guide

1. Lancome Premier Collection, $101.00 at Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics
Containing six mini perfumes from the many brands under Lancome's umbrella, I picked this because Cacharel Anais Anais is my mum's favourite fragrance. She's had a bottle in her bathroom cabinet for as long as I can remember and I recall rolling the bottle between my palms as a kid, studying the floral design. I'll always associate Anais Anais with her and I think this set would be a great way of gifting her an old favourite as well as a selection of new things to try. Does your mum have a favourite perfume?

2. Star Kin Cuti-Cuddles, $4.50 at Star Kin by Everysensory (but keep an eye out for new potential stockists!)
A great cuticle oil is a must for anyone who likes to keep their hands and nails in good condition and Star Kin Cuti-Cuddles is my favourite of all time. My favourite scents are Caramel Popcorn, Lemon Meringue and White Chocolate Macadamia - the last is unfortunately not currently listed but there are a heap more to choose from and you could potentially message Ami through Etsy or her Facebook page to ask about White Choc Macadamia.

3. Shea Classic Picks set, $69.00 at The Body Shop
I don't think many mums would say no to one of The Body Shop's classic body butters and I know my mother in law is certainly a fan. This gorgeous set contains a shower cream, mini body scrubs and body butters, a soap and a sponge. Dry skin won't know what hit it!

4. ZA Vibrant Moist Lipstick, $18.00 from ZA Cosmetics - list of stockists here
Whether your mum is a diehard bold lipstick lover (in which case, we should totally hang) or is wanting something that's easy to slick on and go, ZA's Vibrant Moist lipstick line has her covered. There are fifteen shades available in varying undertones to flatter a variety of skintones and the formula is smooth and lightly hydrating. My favourites are PK444, RD444, RS444 and PK212s. For swatches of the full lipstick range, click here!

5. Ecoya Mini Metro Gift Set, $37.70 at Recreate Yourself
Ecoya really know their stuff when it comes to candles and this mini set contains three of their most popular scents - French Pear, Sweet Pea & Jasmine and Lotus Flower. I'm rather partial to their Vanilla Bean candle myself but these have all smelled just as divine when I've sniffed them in store!

6. Mum Gift, $62.00 at LUSH NZ
This is a gift I know my mum and I would be fighting over! It contains Yummy Mummy Shower Gel and the matching Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner, both of which I reviewed in this LUSH Mother's Day preview post. Also hiding away in this value packed box are Honey I Washed The Kids Soap (my mum's favourite - she requests it every birthday, Mother's Day and Christmas!), The Comforter Bubble Bar, Blackberry Bath Bomb and Vanilla Delite Body Lotion. If you're shopping online, LUSH recommend that you place your order by the 3rd of May to ensure it reaches you in time.

7. Moisture Mist Mother's Day Set, $39.00 from Moisture Mist - list of stockists here
Moisture Mist's most popular foundation, Beauty Cake, is the star of this gift set! I know this is a go to foundation for many New Zealand women so if your mum is a fan she'll surely appreciate this. It's a great price too, as the Beauty Cake retails for $35.00 on its own and here it is paired with a blender sponge and two ZA skincare minis.


What are you getting your mum for Mother's Day? Have you made any special plans?

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