Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

YOLO: you either love the phrase or hate it. I have to be in a particularly silly mood to indulge in a YOLO proclamation but I love this bronzer anytime!

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

Australis You Only Live Once/YOLO was a limited edition release in Australis's Neon Crush collection last year, but I managed to find it at a pharmacy in Lower Hutt last month.  It comes in a neon orange and pink compact with a clear lid and has YOLO imprinted in the bronzer.

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

Applied heavily/sheered out, photographed in natural light

This is my first experience with an Australis bronzer and I'm pretty impressed! As you would expect from the pan, it swatches with a metallic finish which looks a bit scary on my arm but is much more subtle when applied. I've been using this with a light hand on myself and my sister (who is a tad more olive than me) and though it's quite pigmented, the texture is soft and smooth enough that it applies and blends beautifully. YOLO wears for eight hours on me with minimal fading.

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review

Australis Neon Crush: You Only Live Once Bronzer Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Soft, blendable texture
  • Can be built up or kept sheer and subtle
  • Lasts eight hours
What I didn't like:
  • No complaints here!
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies (NZ)
  • You could also try Trade Me and Facebook sales groups

What do you think of You Only Live Once/YOLO?

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MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

Would you believe I only became confident with bronzer in 2014? No matter how much makeup I have, there's always something else to discover. I love that about makeup. I had pale girl fear of bronzer for so long, I thought it was something I'd never be able to wear in a million years without resembling an Oompa-Loompa. Consequently I skipped past the bevy of bronzers released with 2011's Surf Baby collection without a backwards glance and only picked Gold-Go-Lightly up on a whim a few months ago when it popped up cheaply on Trade Me.

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

I really wasn't a fan of the packaging for this collection when it was released - it triggered flashbacks to that period in the nineties when Hawaiian shirts were in and half of my t-shirts had some kind of hibiscus or surfboard embellishment. Granted, I think I was ten when that style was all the rage, but it's still a fashion choice I'd rather blot from my mind. Over time though, the packaging has grown on me, probably because My Paradise blush and Hibiscus lipstick, both from this collection, are two of my favourite MAC products of all time.

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

Gold-Go-Lightly is a Careblend powder, which MAC says is 'formulated to provide a smooth, virtually invisible, fresh-looking finish... This soft, cream-like powder is carefully blended to provide the skin with extra care, nourishment and comfort.'
This all translates to a soft, finely milled - but not powdery - super blendable product which sits beautifully on the skin. It has an almost undetectable, skin-like texture. It's a bit of a shame that the bronzing shades aren't permanent, as Gold-Go-Lightly really sells the formula for me! There is a range of finishing powders from Light to Dark Deep, so I may have to investigate one...

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

Gold-Go-Lightly is a warm light-medium bronze with a satin finish. The colour pay off is great and it blends wonderfully, so it's been in heavy rotation over the past few months. On me, it lasts around eight hours. Worth tracking down if you can find it, and I believe it still is floating around Amazon. Bring this back permanently, MAC!

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: Surf Baby - Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Soft, blendable texture
  • Good colour pay off
  • Lasts eight hours
  • Sits beautifully on skin
What I didn't like:
  • Not permanent! *Sob*
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What do you think of Gold-Go-Lightly? Are you a bit scared of bronzer like I was?

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MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss - #16 and #26 Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have swatches of some unbelievably cheap lipsticks many people have been going nuts over of late, while others remain more dubious. The MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lip Glosses can be found on Ebay and Born Pretty Store for just a dollar or so a pop and boast fantastic colour pay off and lasting power.
Sounds great, right? With no ingredient information available for these products however, some people harbor concerns over what the MeNow lipsticks may contain. I'll be the first to admit I don't pay as much attention to cosmetic ingredients list as I probably should, but I can tell you that I have been regularly using various shades of this lipstick formula for many months now without any adverse affects. If you have allergies, sensitivities or other concerns though, it may be best to steer clear.
Still keen? Let's look at swatches!

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss - #16 and #26 Swatches & Review

The MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lip Glosses come in clear plastic tubes with black satin caps. Inside there is a long doefoot applicator which makes it really easy to apply the lipstick. Given the low price, I'm impressed that the packaging doesn't feel overly cheap; one thing that gives it away is the shade numbers which are poorly adhered stickers on the caps. If you slapped a well known brand name on one of these I don't think you'd suspect the real cost at all.

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss - #16 and #26 Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin in natural light

Let's get one thing out of the way, despite the name, these are not gloss. The MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lip Glosses are creamy liquid lipsticks that dry ultra matte like Lime Crime Velvetines, Australis Velourlips, Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipsticks and so forth. Texture wise they are somewhere between the Lime Crime and Australis iterations, Lime Crime Velvetines are watery in comparison while Australis Velourlips are thicker and almost mousse-like in their consistency. The MeNow lipsticks have a more creamy traditional liquid lipstick feeling (the non matte kind). When you apply them, you don't have to worry about creating perfect lines as quickly as you possibly can, or waiting between layers of colour. They're very forgiving and allow you to take your time to perfect the shape, which I really like - I'm a slow, pedantic applier of lipstick! I'm not so keen on the way they remain slightly tacky during wear but it's tolerable.

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#16

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #16 Swatches & Review

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #16 Swatches & Review

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #16 Swatches & Review

#16 is a mauve matte. The colour pay off is gorgeous and it applies smoothly, only picking up a tiny bit of dryness. #16 lasts for seven and a half hours, doesn't migrate, feather or dry out my lips.

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #16 Swatches & Review


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MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #26 Swatches & Review

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #26 Swatches & Review

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #26 Swatches & Review

#26 is a coral-nude brown (sorry, I'm really not sure what single colour to call this!). It has good colour pay off but was a little more prone to highlighting dry patches than #16. I still really like it though as it such a wearable colour and quite unique in my collection - I would say the closest thing I have is MAC Pander Me (swatched & reviewed here). Again, #26 doesn't migrate, feather or dry out my lips and the wear time was almost as good as I experienced with #16, lasting six hours.

MeNow Generation II Long Lasting Lipgloss #26 Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Non drying
  • Doesn't feather or migrate
  • Wear for six-seven and a half hours
  • Cheap as chips!
What I didn't like:
  • No known list of ingredients
  • Highlights dry patches
  • Stays tacky
Where to buy:

Have you tried any of the MeNow liquid lipsticks? What do you think of these?

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Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I have another holiday lipstick set to show you today! I've been curious about the Too Faced Melted lipsticks since they first launched but since liquid lipsticks tend to feather terribly on me, I held off on trying them out until Too Faced came out with a set of minis for the holiday season. Then of course, I couldn't resist picking them as part of my great holiday set binge!
Unfortunately being a limited edition set for the holidays, Melted Kisses is no longer available, however all four shades included are permanent and the full size tubes can be purchased individually.

Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Swatches & Review

This is my first experience with Too Faced's lip products and I'm not disappointed. The set is beautifully put together in fun and glamorous packaging. The Melted lipsticks are scaled down versions of the full size product and it's apparent that quality has not been sacrificed along the way, they feel just as sturdy as the originals.

Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Swatches & Review

Melted Kisses contains four of the most popular shades from the Melted line: Melted Nude, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia and Melted Berry. A very nice and reasonably varied shade range.


The Melted lipsticks are scaled down versions of the full size product - 5ml/0.16 Fl. Oz. vs 12ml/0.40 Fl. Oz. - and it's apparent that quality has not been sacrificed along the way.

Too Faced Melted Nude Swatches & Review

The Melted lipsticks come in squeeze tubes with a slanted 'precision tip' sponge applicator. I didn't have high hopes for getting a precise application with it because I'm the kind of person who likes to faff around with a lip brush, but it's actually really good. All of the lip swatches in this post were applied neat from the tube, no lip brushes involved. The sponge helps to spread the product across the lips easily while the pointed shape keeps everything inside the lines.

Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin in natural light

The formula on the Melted lipsticks is really consistent. Their texture is very lightweight and comfortable, I often forget I am wearing anything at all when I have one of these on! They don't dry out my lips, feather, migrate or bleed on me and have a faint, synthetic sweet scent.

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Melted Nude

Too Faced Melted Nude Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Nude Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Nude Swatches & Review

Melted Nude is a warm nude. It applies evenly with great colour pay off and lasts for four hours on me. 

Too Faced Melted Nude Swatches & Review


Melted Peony

Too Faced Melted Peony Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Peony Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Peony Swatches & Review

Melted Peony is a pretty light pink. It wore for three and a half hours, with some of the shine becoming more muted after three hours. I found this shade clung to dry patches a little but had lovely opacity.

Too Faced Melted Peony Swatches & Review


Melted Fuchsia

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Swatches & Review

Melted Fuchsia is a whoa, mama! hot pink. I'm trying not to just fangirl all over this shade and actually tell you useful information but it's hard, guys. Look at it. Hnnnnghh. Okay. Melted Fuchsia wears for five hours on me with some staining. The shine fades after three or four hours but the colour remains strong.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Swatches & Review

Melted Berry

Too Faced Melted Berry Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Berry Swatches & Review

Too Faced Melted Berry Swatches & Review

Melted Berry is a luscious raspberry with excellent colour pay off. Like Melted Fuchsia, it wore for five hours and stained a wee bit.

Too Faced Melted Berry Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Non drying formula
  • They do not feather, migrate or bleed
  • Lightweight, comfortable texture
What I didn't like:
  • Although I don't outright hate it, I would have preferred a more appealing scent than the sweet synthetic fragrance that the Melted lipsticks have, or none at all.
Where to buy:

Have you tried any Too Faced Melted lipsticks yet? What do you think of these shades?

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