Manis for Patrick

Hey lovelies,

By the time this post goes live, I'll be in hospital inducing labour to bring our second son, Patrick, into the world! Unless he makes an appearance overnight that is :) Exciting!!

In his honour I want to share the skittlette manis I've done over the past week trying to encourage him to hurry up. Both use OPI Nail Envy as a base and HK Girl Glisten & Glow topcoat.

Index: Hello Kitty - Shop Teal You Drop, 3 coats + star studs from Ebay
Middle: Skinfood Pedicure Sparkle - Sun Yellow, 3 coats
Ring: Hello Kitty - Shop Teal You Drop, 3 coats
Pinky & thumb: Dollish Polish - Expecto Patronum, 3 coats

Index: OPI - Alpine Snow, 3 coats + diamantes from Ebay
Middle: Etude House Color Pop - CBL605 Blue Jungle Pop, 2 coats
Ring: OPI - Alpine Snow, 2 coats + Daring Digits - Frosted Lights, 2 coats
Pinky & thumb: LA Girl Sand Blast - Sandy Beach, 2 coats

Thanks for stopping by!


Etude House Sweet Recipe - My Dear Jelly Lips Talk JPK004 Swatches & Review

Hey lovelies,

How are you doing today? I'm pleased to be slogging my way through my bursting-at-the-seams draft folder :) Today's post is a review of JPK004 from Etude House's Sweet Recipe My Dear Jelly Lips Talk line (try saying that five times fast!).

I love, love, love the packaging of these lipsticks.

The lipstick itself comes in a glossy white tube with faint shimmer. I love the design of it, it's so unique and girly!

Look at the pretty heart! So much attention to detail.

The lipstick itself is a sheer glossy coral with no shimmer. A very wearable shade that goes with a lot of different things. It does settle into liplines however, which can happen with lighter shades like this but is nevertheless a bit of a pain.

A FOTD featuring JPK004 - full look here.

There are 8 shades in the Dear My Jelly Lips Talk range and they're easy enough to find on Ebay and e-tailers of Korean cosmetics. All the shades look to be sheer, glossy hints of colour so if you're after those kinds of shades these could be a great pick.

What I liked:
  • Smooth, moisturising formula
  • Cute packaging
  • Great price (around $10NZD with free shipping on Ebay - I paid $5.95USD + shipping from Roseroseshop a few months back).
What I didn't like:
  • Settles into lip lines
  • It took a few passes to even out the lip colour
  • Smells exactly like these banana lollies:


I don't hate it, I'm just not a huge fan of banana lollies. This might be a selling point for you ;) But if all of the Sweet Recipe lipsticks smell like this, I'm not sure I'll be buying any more.

Recent NOTDs

Hey lovelies,

I have some recent manis to show you! My base for all of these is OPI Nail Envy and my top coat is Seche Vite (I miss my Glisten & Glow HK Girl! *Sniffle*).
Recently my nails have been well behaved in an unprecedented good way! I've been taking magnesium to help with Braxton Hicks contractions, and that coupled with OPI Nail Envy seems to really agree with my nails. I've even had to file down my problem nails - my index and middle fingernails - because they were getting too long! On more than one occasion! WHAT IS THIS MADNESS.

OPI - Opening Night Gold, 4 coats

Mmmm, black label OPI. This was a bit sheer but built up nicely and the holo effect is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for these nude holos!

NailNation 3000 - Glow Worm, 3 coats

I love the base colour of this one, but I was pretty disappointed by the little black flecks in it. I don't know if they are supposed to be there, but they disrupt the holo effect and make me cranky.

Chi Chi - Unnamed Chartreuse. 4 coats

I adore this colour, but the formula is streaky and sheer. I'm hoping it can be redeemed by layering it over a similar base colour, because the shimmer in this pretty-ugly shade is so pretty.

OPI - Emotions, 3 coats

I'm not usually big on textures, but I freaking LOVE this. In fact I now need ALL the black textures. My nails felt so bad ass wearing this, LOL.

Dollish Polish - Totes Magotes, 4 coats

Please forgive the shrinkage here *glares at Seche Vite*. I have mixed feelings about Totes Magotes. I absolutely love the colour and holo effect, but found the formula to be prone to bubbling and sheerer than I'd like. I've got some serious lobster hands going on here, but I swear it wasn't that bad in real life!

Thanks for stopping by!


Missha Eyeshadows - Satin Touch Shadow #5 Sand Brown, Shine Pearl Shadow GBR01 and Triple Perfection Shadow #4 Chocolate Brown Swatches & Review

Hey lovelies,

If you're looking for some bargainous wearable eyeshadows then you're in luck! I have some gorgeous eyeshadows from Missha to share with you today.

Sand Brown is a warm golden tan shimmer. Don't be fooled by the rubbish swatch above - I found it to be unusually difficult shade to swatch, but when applied it's lovely.

Triple Perfection Shadow #4 Chocolate Brown is a great workhorse - everything you need for a neutral eyeshadow look in one pan! The left hand shade is a champagne frost, the centre is a golden tan similar to Sand Brown and the right hand shade is a deep brown pearl.

GBR01 is a pale golden peach glitter. It's absolutely beautiful to look at in the pan but the pay off isn't great. You'd need to really pack it on to get it looking like it does in the pan, which is a shame.

Here are some looks I've done with these eyeshadows:

Missha Satin Touch Shadow #5 Sand Brown all over lid/lower lashline, Triple Perfection Shadow - #4 Chocolate Brown - darker shade in crease/outer corner of lower lash line, lighter shade as highlight.

Missha Satin Touch Shadow #5 Sand Brown all over lid/lower lashline, Triple Perfection Shadow - #4 Chocolate Brown - centre shade all over lid, lighter shade to highlight and Shine Pearl Shadow GBR01 all over lid.

Full FOTDs for both of these looks are here.

What I liked:
  • Sheer, even colour great for subtle washes and day make up - I don't believe these are intended to be ultra pigmented but they do build up nicely. 
  • Great price point! I bought these at the Missha counter in Auckland, and thought everything was really reasonably priced, especially considering the cost of cosmetics in NZ (my favourite example being a MAC lipstick costing $16USD which equates to about $20NZD, but the NZ retail price is $40NZD). The Satin Touch eyeshadow was $12.50, the Triple Perfection was $15 and the Shine Pearl shadow was $12.50. I couldn't find the palette listed on the Missha NZ website, but I believe it was around $25. Of course you can find them listed even cheaper on Ebay and Roseroseshop.

What I didn't like:
  • GBR01 is almost imperceptible when applied (unless you really pack it on). 


Rainbowlicious Jellybean Soap Review

Hey lovelies,

Today I have another Rainbowlicious review for you! I previously reviewed their awesome dinosaur soap here, this is another of Noel's favourites.

We use our dinosaur soap exclusively for handwashing, but the Jellybean* soap lives in the bathtub. It's quite a large soap, which makes it great for lathering up in the shower or bath.

Jellybean is rainbow swirled with a gorgeous candy scent and is also packed with glitter and JELLYBEANS! Okay, not the edible kind, but they're convincing, right?

Look how pretty they are submerged in there!

Noel having fun in the tub!

Like the dinosaur soap, Jellybean has just the right amount of lather and the glitter rinses right off. It leaves a lovely soft scent to the skin and doesn't strip skin either.

If you're in the Wellington region and you're keen on some lovely bath products, do check out Rainbowlicious. They make lots of amazing smelling and ultra realistic cake and dessert themed products too.

You can check out Rainbowlicious Soaps & Scrubs' Facebook page here.


*Provided for review by Rainbowlicious. My opinions are honest and are my own.

Skinfood Seaweed Real Color Lip Pencils - #1 Deep Sea Red and #2 Deep Sea Misty Rose Swatches & Review

Hey lovelies,

I have some really awesome lippies to share with you today! These two pretties are #1 Deep Sea Red and #2 Deep Sea Misty Rose from Skinfood's Seaweed Real Color Lip Pencil line.

These lipsticks come in pencil form with a pretty metallic cap that closes securely.

The lipstick itself is very fine tipped - not quite as thin as a lipliner, but a long way away from other pencil style lip products (such as Revlon Balm Stains, Etude House Pop Sticks etc). This allows a really precise application but does mean that application can take a little longer.

Pigmentation is absolutely fantastic, particularly Deep Sea Red. Look at that gorgeous cherry hue!

Deep Sea Red is a vivid cherry red. It's a few shades lighter than MAC Riri/Ruby Woo but it's definitely in the same vein.

A FOTD featuring Deep Sea Red - full details here.

Skinfood Seaweed Real Color Lip Pencils - #2 Deep Sea Misty Rose Swatches & Review

Deep Sea Misty Rose is a soft peachy nude with yellow leanings. The closest shade in my collection is MAC Please Me (and Jordana Matte Pink Passion, which is a dupe for Please Me) but Please Me is much pinker. Just sing out if you'd like a comparison :)

FOTD with Deep Sea Misty Rose - more details over here.

There are 6 shades in the Seaweed Real Lip Color line - #1 Deep Sea Red (Matte), #2 Deep Sea Misty Rose (Matte), #3 Deep Sea Beige (Glossy), #4 Deep Sea Orange (Matte), #5 Deep Sea Coral (Glossy) and #6 Deep Sea Peach (Glossy). After trying Deep Sea Red and Deep Sea Misty Rose I'm really tempted by Deep Sea Orange - these lipsticks have the most velvety, comfortable texture of all the mattes I own.

What I liked:
  • Fantastic pigmentation
  • Pretty packaging
  • Smooth application - Deep Sea Red in particular glided on like butter
  • No lipliner required! And no feathering in sight.
  • Great wear time - they didn't last through oily food, but did last 6 hours + easily through snacking and drinking without the need for touch ups.
What I didn't like:
  • Deep Sea Misty Rose was a little harder to apply evenly due to the size of the pencil
  • They don't twist up - they'll need to be sharpened, which inevitably leads to product wastage :(
Will you be trying the Seaweed Real Color Lip Pencils?


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Australis Pout Paste - Pash Me Pink Swatches & Review

Hey lovelies,

How is your day going? I've been pottering around chipping away at bloggy stuff and housework, which has me feeling pretty productive :) So I have a pretty lippy from Australis to share with you today - Pash Me Pink, from their Pout Paste line.

Pash Me Pink is a glossy neutral pink in a squeezy tube.

The applicator is a doe foot which makes application really easy.

The tube promises 'intense lip colour' and Pash Me Pink really delivers here. It has a thicker texture and glides on easily and evenly.

I'm afraid one thing I can't comment on with this product is the wear time. I found Pash Me Pink's thicker texture lent itself to migration toward my teeth and feathering around my lip lines. It was also quite tacky which I found increasingly annoying as I wore it, so it got wiped off in a grump after about an hour.
It's worth noting that I don't typically have a lot of luck with liquid lipsticks (OCC Lip Tars, Lime Crime Carousel Glosses) in general, so if you really like them then this product may still work for you. 

What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off and shine
  • Easy application

What I didn't like:
  • Tacky texture
  • Feathers something awful on me and migrates toward my teeth!

Rainbowlicious Dinosaur Soap Review

Hey lovelies,

I have something fun for the kids to share with you today - a neon orange glittery dinosaur soap by Rainbowlicious Soaps & Scrubs! Rainbowlicious Soaps & Scrubs is a local family run company making gorgeous soaps, scrubs and more. Now that I'm on maternity leave I'm taking a tonne of baths (good for preggy aches & pains!) and making the most of their lovely products - hopefully I'll have some more reviews up for you soon! For now, I wanted to share this dinosaur soap which Noel and I bought from their stand at the Paraparaumu Strawberry Festival in November. How awesome is this??

The soap is decently sized and is great for little hands! It has a subtle scent I can't quite place, perhaps a bit of vanilla? Despite the glitter, you won't come away from a handwash looking like you've just broken out of a glitter factory - it rinses away as you wash. The lather is good, and it's pretty moisturising for a soap; none of that horrible dry, stripped feeling some soaps leave.

Noel just loves using his dinosaur soap to wash up. It's been wonderful as part of his toilet training, both in teaching him about hygiene and as a bribe to go to the loo! 

If you're in the Wellington region and you're keen on some lovely bath products, do check out Rainbowlicious. They make lots of amazing smelling and ultra realistic cake and dessert themed products too - my Mum and sisters got some for Christmas from Noel :)

You can check out Rainbowlicious Soaps & Scrubs' Facebook page here.


Etude House Missing U I Can Fly Handcream - #1 Eagle Owl and #3 Cerulean Warbler

Hey lovelies,

I have some super cute hand creams to share with you from Etude House today! These hand creams don't just have gorgeous packaging - Etude House also donates a portion of their profits from their Missing U collection to various worldwide animal protection agencies. They've done a few Missing U collections now, each focussing on different endangered animals. Michelle at At First Wink has a great post mentioning the collections here.

I love that the bird edition of Missing U even has NZ's own native parrot, the Kakapo! I chose the the Cerulean Warbler  (Sweet Cotton Candy scented) and the Eagle Owl (Very Berry Cherry).

Squeeee! How could you throw this packaging out? I've hoarded this away. Goodness knows what I'll do with it, but it's just so cute. The cardboard packaging is recycled and printed with soy ink. 

The owls themselves are quite compact - they easily fit in the palm of your hand, so they're convenient to pop in your handbag - if you're not too tempted to just display them. 

As you can see, the head screws off to reveal the hand cream inside. The owls themselves are well made - they feel nice and sturdy, and the lids close securely, so you don't have to worry about a hand cream explosion in your handbag! 

The texture of the handcreams is on the thicker side, which I personally prefer in a hand cream. They spread really well and absorb into the skin quickly, moisturising without leaving your hands greasy. Both are lightly scented, so you won't have to worry about offensively strong smelling handcream annoying those around you.

What I liked:
  • Fantastic price point - I found them on Ebay for $7USD (about $8.50NZD) with free shipping. I bought mine from Roseroseshop, who currently has them for $4.95USD plus shipping, but Eagle Owl is no longer listed on Roserose.
  • The thickness, moisturising qualities and absorption rate are exactly what I look for in handcream
  • Soft scent which isn't overpowering.
  • They're for a good cause!

What I didn't like:
  • I'd love if they contained a bit more product - I use Eagle Owl, which lives in my handbag, a couple of times a week and it's already half finished.

What do you think of these handcreams? Will you be trying anything from the Missing U range?


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