A SammyDress Wishlist

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Hey lovelies,

Sammydress recently got in touch and asked me to take a peek at their site, so I thought I'd share a few picks from their beauty category with you. They're a China-based store with a wide range of products, from the aforementioned beauty to clothing, accessories, home & garden and kids toys. Shipping costs vary depending on your location and the weight and volume of your order. Here are a few items that took my fancy!

A SammyDress Wishlist

  1. Cheap false eyelashes have come a long way in quality in recent years, you're no longer limited to inflexible, heavy and uncomfortable falsies at the $2 shop. Now you can get trays of five to ten pairs of lashes for just a few dollars that are lightweight and easy to use - I've been using similar options for the past couple of months and couldn't be happier. This particular style reminds me of the Ardell #110s (one of my faves!). They're wispy and subtle enough to add a little oomph to your eye makeup without being too in your face. These ones are $3.26 for five pairs here
  2. For a more dramatic eye, this voluminous flared style would be perfect. I love the way flared styles flatter my eye shape, they're great for elongating and opening up hooded eyes too. You can get a set of five pairs for $3.26USD here
  3. Okay, so I already own a set of these eyeshadow brushes but they're surprisingly really good and I am really bad at keeping up with my brush washing, so it definitely wouldn't hurt to have another set :D There's a firm pencil brush, which I like for adding concentrated colour to my crease, and three blending brushes which do a great job of applying washes or diffusing colour. It's just $3.75USD for the set of four brushes here

Have you shopped with Sammydress before? I definitely got distracted by all the clothes while browsing their website. I really need some more tops and skirts for the coming warmer weather, but find myself buying more dresses instead :D

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Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

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Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer have a new exclusive polish coming soon to Dope Nails and it's a must for green lovers! Morning in a Pine Forest is a cool, earthy green inspired by the popular Russian painting of the same name (read more about it here).

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest, 3 coats
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Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

The gold and green shimmer in this polish so clearly evoke the sunlit forest depicted in its namesake, Anthea has done an amazing job! I love the addition of flakies and holo sparkle too. Morning in a Pine Forest builds up easily in three coats although it was looking pretty good at two and I added topcoat for shine.

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - Morning in a Pine Forest Swatches & Review

Morning in a Pine Forest will be available from Dope Nails in the very near future. Currently they ship within Russia and post-Soviet states, though international shipping is available by request.

You can keep up to date with Sayuri by joining the Sayuri Sweethearts Facebook group or any of the following channels:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

What do you think of this polish? Are you a fan of green?

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

This year, Femme Fatale have started creating exclusive shades for their Facebook group, Femme Fatale Fiends and they've quickly become among the most coveted products for group members. Unwoven Light, which I have to show you today, is the second exclusive nail polish shade to be released and it's a beauty! 
Femme Fatale polishes are 9ml and as an exclusive, Unwoven Light comes in glossy black box instead of the usual white. You can see the box in my review of the Valentines Trio here, which featured the same packaging.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light, 3 coats (middle & pinky)
OPI - Bubble Bath + Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light, 1 coat (index)
Kleancolor - Black + Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light, 1 coat
All topcoated

Unwoven Light ($10AUD) is a sheer, iridescent polish with very fine pink to green shimmer and an assortment of microglitter, hexes, shards and shreds. As a topper, Unwoven Light would compliment pretty well anything you chose to layer it over although I particularly like it over nude, and can we talk about how glorious it is over black?! Hnnnnnghhh. I'm digging it just as much by itself though. My nails are a little stained from repeated polish wear and the shimmer disguises that pretty well.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Unwoven Light Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Unwoven Light will be available on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website from October 1st for 48 hours only and has a two bottle limit. A password protected link will be made available to Femme Fatale Fiends group members only prior to the release.

International buyers can can also pick it up from Shiro Cosmetics from 4pm PDT on September the 30th. As with the Femme Fatale site, there will be a password protected link listed in the Femme Fatale Fiends group before it releases.

Will you be snagging Unwoven Light?
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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midsummer Night's Dream Collection Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midsummer Night's Dream Collection Swatches & Review

Hello lovely people!

Femme Fatale's October collection is as stunning as the rest of their releases and this time around it also happens to be based on one of my favourite Shakespeare plays - A Midsummer Night's Dream. For fun (and because I'm a giant nerd) I've included the speeches in the play in which the name of each polish appear. Here's what Femme Fatale say about the collection: 

The Midsummer Night’s Dream collection is an ethereal 7 piece interpretation from the classic Shakespeare play. Our primary visual influences were from the 1988 illustrations by Sylvie Monti found in the children’s retelling by Naomi Lewis.

The polishes all come in Femme Fatale's standard white boxes (which you can see here) and contain 9ml. Prices start from $8.50AUD (plus GST for Australian customers) with a few of the more complex shades being priced a little higher to reflect the cost of ingredients. This is something I really like about Femme Fatale - rather than pricing the whole line higher to cover this cost, only the shades that actually require the price increase have the higher price (and the most expensive polish is still only $10.50AUD, so comparatively inexpensive when you consider the pricing of other indie brands, let alone mainstream ones!). Additionally, they're one of the few brands to reduce the price of their product alongside a reduction in the product size (they switched from 12ml to 9ml bottles at the beginning of the year). MAC, who several years ago reduced the size of their pigments from 7.5g to 4.5g but kept the price the same could certainly learn something!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midsummer Night's Dream Collection Swatches & Review

Swatch all the things after the jump!

Sayuri Nail Lacquer Sweet Tooth Collection Swatches & Review

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Sayuri Nail Lacquer Sweet Tooth Collection Swatches & Review

I'm really excited to share swatches from a new to me brand with you today, Sayuri Nail Lacquer! Their soon to be released Sweet Tooth collection is quite the maiden voyage, composed of scattered holo pastels with gorgeous contrasting shimmer. You may already know contrasting shimmers make my knees go weak so this collection had an easy mark in me on that count. 

Of course, with a name like Sweet Tooth, I had to have a bit of fun raiding our lolly jar for photos. My four year old said it was his favourite photo set of mine ever, although I suspect he was gunning for leftover props :D

Sayuri Nail Lacquer Sweet Tooth Collection Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
Across the board, the Sweet Tooth collection have a really nice consistency, not too thick or thin. Because they're pastel and a degree of translucency is required to allow the shimmer and holo sparkle to come through, they do run on the sheer side, with all of them taking three to four coats for opacity. The contrasting shimmer is more apparent in some shades than others, but is always readily visible in differing lights. I noticed some brushstrokes in some of the more shimmery shades which may or may not bother you; it's more of a pearl effect than frostiness, so I wasn't phased. The lovely thing about nail polishes that combine duochrome and holographic finishes is that they're never lacklustre - you know those holo polishes that look incredible in the sunshine but dull as dishwater indoors? None of that here! You get the best of both worlds.

Sayuri Nail Lacquer Sweet Tooth Collection Swatches & Review

A tonne of swatches after the jump!

August Empties

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I'm hideously behind in sharing my August empties, but better late than never, right? August was short and sweet for empties, I finished off a few favourites and one product I've fallen out of love with over time.


  • Skinlite Makeup Cleansing TissuesThese wipes pop up in Empties posts as often as I remember to photograph them! I've been using this brands since I was maybe 18 or 19 and they're great. They effectively remove most makeup, including waterproof mascara, without irritating my eyes or skin. Love that I can pick them up for between $3 and $4.50 at Kmart or The Warehouse too.
  • L'Oreal Elvive Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum
    I believe this is the third bottle of this I've finished up and I have another one already open. I just love this stuff, it's cheap and cheerful and helps to smooth my hair and add shine without weighing it down.
  • Natural World Moroccan Argan Oil
    Another favourite hair product! After emptying my original full size bottle and being unable to find another I was pretty heartbroken. Fortunately my friend Ami kindly sent me this mini and it's taken me a fair few months to polish it off. Uncle Bills, the store I bought my full size bottle from originally, finally got more of it in again - I bought two bottles :D It's a very light oil which makes my hair feel great and I love the smell too.
  • MAC Select Cover-Up NW15
    It only took me five and a bit years, but I finally finished this concealer! To be fair, I went off it partway through last year and found new love with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (and subsequently NARS Radiant Creamy), so I've had to force myself to use the last wee bits. It's an okay concealer, it works well for covering spots, but as the texture of the skin under my eyes changes as I get older (and my sleeping habits yo-yo alongside the moods of my children) I've found it less suited for undereye concealing. It's not forgiving of fine lines and doesn't do enough to hide dark circles for my needs, so I won't repurchase again.


What have you finished up lately?

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Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review

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Hey guys! 

I have a bumper post today featuring a bunch more of the Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creams for your viewing pleasure. I had to chuckle at them bringing out new five new shades just as I was putting together the full collection collage, isn't it always the way? :D I can't wait to check out the new ones though, especially BAE-JING and SAN-FRAN-DISCO. 

For today, though, I have nine of the permanent shades currently available in New Zealand, along with one of the limited edition metallic shades from the AC/ME collection, which was last year's holiday release. I have already reviewed the other pictured shades, so I'll link those posts below.

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MIL-A-NO | HON-O-LOO-LOO | PAR-EE
MI-A-MEE | RO-MA | MAL-I-BOO
SHANG-HI! | LUN-DUN | TOK-I-O
BAR-THA-LONA | NY-CEE | Grandmaster Pash
Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D | DOO-BAI | BUDA-PASH

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review

Velourlips (10ml for $15-17.50NZD) 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 (where the formula allows).

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

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MIL-A-NO

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MIL-A-NO Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MIL-A-NO Swatches & Review

MIL-A-NO* is a pale warm nude with very fine silvery shimmer. It's a bit of a finicky one to apply, you need to work very quickly to apply an even layer, because it does NOT play nicely if you try applying a second layer. If you need to even out an area, it's best to wait a good couple of minutes for the first layer to dry, then carefully pat extra product just where it's needed. I found the shimmer emphasised uneven texture, but despite its flaws, I really love the colour of MIL-A-NO*. It wore for six hours on me and was a little drying.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MIL-A-NO Swatches & Review

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RO-MA

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RO-MA Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RO-MA Swatches & Review

RO-MA* is a neon pink with warm leanings. Like the other neon Velourlips, I struggle to work with the formula; though pigmented, it's simultaneously streaky, thick and prone to balling up. You can see in the swatch the small balls and clumps of product. On the plus side, it wears for eight hours on me without being drying, so if you nail the application at least you won't have to worry too much about touch ups!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RO-MA Swatches & Review

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BAR-THA-LONA

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BAR-THA-LONA Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BAR-THA-LONA Swatches & Review

Mmmmmf. Has there ever been a more perfect strawberry red than BAR-THA-LONA*? Somehow I doubt it. It has mostly opaque colour pay off, applies easily and wears for eight hours without being drying.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BAR-THA-LONA Swatches & Review

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Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D Swatches & Review

3 layers

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D Swatches & Review

4-5 layers

Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* is a rich chestnut brown with lots of gold shimmer. It's the sheerest colour I've tried in the range, but it builds up without any fuss whatsoever so I find it hard to hold that against it! The colour is so different to everything else in my collection and I just adore it. Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* wears for six hours on me and is somewhat drying. 
Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* was part of the trio of limited edition metallic Velourlips released with the AC/ME collection for the holidays last year, but all three shades are still available on Australis' website (which sadly only ships to Australia) and I've seen them in pharmacies still too. 

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D Swatches & Review

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BUDA-PASH

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BUDA-PASH Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BUDA-PASH Swatches & Review

BUDA-PASH* is a gorgeous deep brown leaning burgundy with great colour pay off. My camera washed the closeup out a bit, but the full makeup look below is colour accurate. It lasts for five hours on me without being drying and leaves some staining.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - BUDA-PASH Swatches & Review

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Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

I've actually reviewed RIO-D, MAL-I-BOO and TOK-I-O before, but since my photos have improved markedly since then, I thought I'd redo them to include in this post.

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RIO-D

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RIO-D Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RIO-D Swatches & Review

RIO-D is a neon orange-coral. The formula is just as fussy as the other neons, pictured is the best swatch I've managed to get in the year or so I've had this lipstick. Despite that, I really love the colour and I can't think of a dupe that quite straddles the line between neon orange and coral the way RIO-D does. RIO-D wears for six hours on me, is lightly drying and I experience some flaking over the course of wear.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - RIO-D Swatches & Review

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MAL-I-BOO

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MAL-I-BOO Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MAL-I-BOO Swatches & Review

Oh, MAL-I-BOO, how I wish I could love you! Sadly time has not improved my experience with this lipstick, it remains as chalky, streaky and clumpy as when I first tried it. It wears for six hours on me and like RIO-D, it flakes a little during wear. It's also drying.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - MAL-I-BOO Swatches & Review

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SHANG-HI!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - SHANG-HI! Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - SHANG-HI! Swatches & Review

Be still my beating heart! SHANG-HI! is a vibrant plummy-fuchsia with rich, opaque pigmentation. It applies super smoothly without emphasising texture, almost giving a soft focus effect - unusual for a matte! SHANG-HI wears for five hours, isn't drying and leaves behind heavy pink staining.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - SHANG-HI! Swatches & Review

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TOK-I-O

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - TOK-I-O Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - TOK-I-O Swatches & Review

TOK-I-O is the perfect grape purple with mostly opaque colour pay off. True purples are gradually becoming more readily available from mainstream brands, but Austalis definitely lead the charge on this one. It takes two and a bit layers to become opaque and is prone to clumping and emphasising uneven lip texture, so you'll need to work quickly to spread it evenly across the lips. It lasts for six hours on me and is moderately drying. I really love TOK-I-O, it sparked my love for purple lipstick in a big way!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - TOK-I-O Swatches & Review

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DOO-BAI

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - DOO-BAI Swatches & Review

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - DOO-BAI Swatches & Review

DOO-BAI is a wonderfully opaque deep berry. It applies smoothly without accentuating texture and lasts for eight hours on me. I did find it to be a bit drying. Again, the close up appears a touch lighter than the makeup look, it is undeniably vampy, which I love.

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - DOO-BAI Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • BAR-THA-LONA, RO-MA, DOO-BAI wore for eight hours
  • MIL-A-NO, RIO-D, TOK-I-O, MAL-I-BOO & Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D wore for six hours
  • SHANG-HI! wears for five hours
  • SHANG-HI!, RO-MA, BUDA-PASH and BAR-THA-LONA aren't drying
  • Most shades apply smoothly
  • Sweet candy scent

What I didn't like:
  • RO-MA, MAL-I-BOO, & RIO-D are streaky, thick and prone to clumping
  • TOK-I-O is prone to clumping
  • Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D, TOK-I-O, RIO-D, MAL-I-BOO, DOO-BAI and MIL-A-NO are a bit drying
  • MIL-A-NO, RO-MA, MAL-I-BOO & RIO-D are difficult to layer
  • RIO-D and MAL-I-BOO flake a little as they wear
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What do you think of these shades of Velourlips? Are you looking forward to the new ones?

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Lani

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