YSL Black Opium EDT Review

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YSL Black Opium EDT Review

YSL Opium is one of those fragrances to which all others are compared and aspire to; a rich, hedonistic and wonderfully complex classic first released in 1977, its staying power in the perfume collections and hearts of women worldwide has been truly impressive. Over the years YSL have reimagined this heavyweight in the form of Opium Pour Homme and Belle d'Opium (both now discontinued) and more recently, Black Opium EDP and its little sister, Black Opium Eau de Toilette. 

Having denied myself the pleasure of a good perfume for many years in sympathy with my husband's overly sensitive nose, I was delighted when a small rebellion in the form of Black Opium arrived on my doorstep. It was love at first sniff, the top notes of pear, black currant, mandarin and citrus creating a sharp but sweet fragrance which is underscored and given warmth by the middle notes: jasmine, coffee, tea and orange blossom. As the scent develops the base notes of white musk and white wood become more prevalent, and although they're not actual ingredients, the combination of all of the other notes gives me cocoa and vanilla vibes, which really sold me on Black Opium. I've found that the scent wears pretty close to the skin, and being an Eau De Toilette, Black Opium isn't as intense or lingering as EDPs or perfumes, so it hasn't bothered my husband at all. It lasts around five hours before it becomes quite faint to my nose.

YSL Black Opium EDT Review

If the scent description hasn't pulled you in, the bottle will surely give you pause, glistening with glitter and a transparent window in the centre of the bottle which gives it the effect of glowing from within. The cap pulls off to reveal a spray - that one had hubby and I confused for a second, trying to twist it open before we figured it out! This is a beautiful perfume to both display and wear and moreover, it's a very familiar and likable scent, which makes it ideal for gifting. I know I'd be thrilled to find a bottle of this under my Christmas tree!

YSL Black Opium EDT Review

Black Opium EDT has an RRP of $140NZD for 50mls and is available now from selected pharmacies, Farmers and departments stores nationwide. If you're in the mood for a bargain, I spotted some great gift sets at Farmers which included Black Opium, including one with a mini Faux Cils mascara, one of my favourite mascaras of all time!

Bonus credit: here's a fantastic tribute and write up of the original, vintage Opium perfume. I foundit incredibly fascinating!

Have you tried Black Opium?

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Essie Gel Setter Top Coat & In Stitches Nail Polish Review

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Essie Gel Setter Top Coat & In Stitches Nail Polish Review

Essie have been a favoured brand in my nail polish Helmers for a long time now, so I was super excited when they recently launched a new top coat, Gel Setter. Taking a cue from the rising popularity of gel manicures, with their ultra glossy finish and long wear time, Gel Setter is supposed to give double the wear and double the shine of a regular mani.

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat Review

Now, any of my nail polish buddies can tell you I've been pretty devoted to Glisten & Glow's HK Girl top coat for a few years now, so dipping my brush into another top coat felt pretty akin to starting an affair! Gel Setter accompanied me on several swatching sessions while we got to know another before we took the plunge and embarked on a pedicure. 

I didn't feel it really extended the wear of my pedicure, but the shine - whoa mama, the shine. It's been a month and said pedicure and is now ridiculously grown out and chipped but it's still shiny. No more dulled polish after a few days wear, Gel Setter has your back (or rather, your appendages).

Gel Setter certainly delivers the look of a gel manicure, promising a 'thick, plush coating'. I love how glossy and cushy it looks; it is thick, but doesn't feel that way on the nail. The downside to the thickness is that I'm getting through my bottle much quicker than I usually would, I'm at about 7/8ths full after a month and a half of use. 

I conducted my very scientific drying test of buckling my youngest child into his car seat for the kindy run (seriously, car seats and wiggly toddlers are death to drying manicures) five minutes after applying top coat and was very impressed that Gel Setter passed with flying colours. I tapped at my nails and even pressed on them after the Patinator was secured and it was good as gold. 

Essie In Stitches Nail Polish Review

In Stitches, 2 coats

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat & In Stitches Nail Polish Review

After Gel Setter

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat & In Stitches Nail Polish Review

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat & In Stitches Nail Polish Review

Gel Setter is available now at Farmers and selected pharmacies with a RRP of $24.99. Will you be taking it for a spin? What's your favourite top coat?

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Black Friday 2015

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Hey lovelies,

I've put together a list of Black Friday specials, sales and exclusive products I think are pretty awesome from a good variety of brands for your perusal! A few of them are affiliate links but the majority are not, I simply like the brands :) Happy Black Friday shopping!


Darling Girl have a limited edition duo based on the Slapsgiving episode of How I Met Your Mother! Be still, my beating heart. The duo isn't up yet that I can see, but shimmery goodness can surely be found soon on the Darling Girl website.


Notoriously Morbid kicked Black Friday off with a bang, selling out of most of their "What We Make In The Shadows" collection within minutes of launch! Never fear though, there are some sets without the coupon left at the time of writing, and there are lots of other fantastic exclusives and specials as detailed above. I recently reviewed a lot of Mystic Mattes, if you're curious!


Real Techniques make fabulous brushes, especially for the budget conscious and a 30% discount makes them all the sweeter. I really like the eye starter set and can't live without the Miracle Complexion Sponge - I've actually lost count of how many I've been through now, as I've taken to buying a bunch at once - my youngest has an unfortunate habit of biting a chunk off one the second he gets the opportunity. 



Colourpop are joining in the fun with staggered discounts based on the amount you spend. If I had my way, I'd be picking up all their sets, I can't get enough of their products and really want to try the new eyeliners! I've reviewed a bunch of stuff here.


Glambot is a mecca of gently loved and new cosmetics all on one site! They're usually priced pretty competitively already, but the Black Friday sale has me watering my money tree frantically. Check out the offerings here.



Too Faced have been hitting it out of the park in the last few years so it's a great time to try them out if you haven't yet, or treat yourself to a new addition to your collection. The 2 Melteds for $30USD deal is certainly tempting, I really enjoyed the formula when I reviewed it here. Also check out the Candlelight Glow highlighting powder if you love a super luminous highlight (here's another review).


Makeup Revolution have a sweet deal going, not only do have they discounted a bunch of gift sets and their 100 Eyeshadow Collection, they've also got this massive free gift when you spend £30. Check out the offers here - that Ultra Salvation Lip Collection is tempting me!


Recreate Yourself are discounting their electrical brands for Black Friday, which just bumped new straighteners right to the top of my wishlist. My friend used her GHDs to do my hair a while ago and now I'm lusting after a pair of my very own *heart eyes* you can find all the deals on their site!


Born Pretty Store have a tonne of deals available and as always, they ship worldwide for free! Their full list of deals is here, but in my opinion the MeNow liquid lipsticks starting at $0.79USD (find my review here) and these lashes at $0.99USD for 5 pairs can't be beat!


TheBodyNeeds has a great selection of their own products and MAC samples on sale for Black Friday! I've cashed in some gift vouchers and picked up a few more MAC lipstick samples to swatch, it's a great way to try shades before buying a full size tube, or in my case, ones I may not want in a full size tube. Their own branded products aren't half bad either! You can see some of my previous reviews here. The discount will show up in your shopping cart, so don't worry about it not showing on the product listing pages.


Stevens (NZ) offer a wide range of kitchen & homewares products, but what's pulling me in the most are the Ecoya candles! They're on sale at the moment plus there's free shipping on orders over $50 until Sunday the 29th of November. The Watermelon & Citron scent is calling my name :D


Jeffree Star have broken my heart a little by restricting their free shipping over $50 offer to US customers only, but the good news is that they offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $100 and with so many pretty lipsticks to choose from it won't be hard to reach that total :D Selected shades re 30% off, here are three of my picks from the discounted offerings: Anna Nicole, I'm Nude and Redrum. Be warned though, if you haven't tried Jeffree Star lipsticks before, you'll soon find yourself needing all of them.



W2Beauty have a 1+1 event for all their best selling Missha products, it's a small sale comparatively but if you're wanting to stock up on a favourite skincare item or try something new I'd say it's definitely worth a peek. They offer free worldwide shipping too.


MAC? Sale?! MAC have evidently changed their business plan along with their (US) website, discounting their holiday kits by 25%, plus they've launched their traditional Black Friday themed product. This year it's a Patentpolish Lip Pencil!


I'd love to hear what you pick up during Black Friday!

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Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint and Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint and Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

More Darling Girl lip products today! 2015 has certainly been the year of the lip for Darling Girl Cosmetics; though I use and enjoy plenty of their other products, the lip products are what keep my fangirly hoard-all-the-Darling-Girl urges alive and kicking. 
These two are special shades of Sparkle Matte-ic and Pucker Paints: Vampire Barbie was the July COTM and is still available for purchase on the old Darling Girl website here, while Bewitching was an 'oops' batch of Pucker Paint that Susan thought was too pretty to discard. It's also still on the old site here.

Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint and Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

I love the vampire variation of the Pucker Paint pin-up girl on the Vampire Barbie tube! 

Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint and Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Formula overview:
Darling Girl Pucker Paints and Sparkle Matte-ics have lovely colour pay off, with a thin, creamy texture - definitely not as watery as Lime Crime Velvetines, nor as viscous and mousse-like as NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams or Australis Velourlips. They have a very easy to control formula which dries down to a matte finish quickly, while still giving you enough time to outline and fill in your lips without the product bunching up on itself.

With most shades, I apply two thin layers, concentrating on creating the lip shape and lightly filling in on the first, before completely filling in and evening out on the second. Be sure to leave a couple of minutes between layers - I like to keep my lips parted until the lipstick has fully set because until then, it retains a slight tackiness that will cause it to grab at itself and pull patches of pigment away if allowed to touch (this is pretty common for these types of formulas). If you're not keen on waiting to layer, this formula also works wonderfully with my friend Teigan's application method - dip into the tube, apply to left half of lower lip, dip again, apply to right half of lower lip, etc (check out her blog, Miss T's Makeup).

The Pucker Paints and Sparkle Matte-ic Lip Tints do not cling to the lips or highlight every crevice the way some liquid matte formulas do and they're only minimally drying towards the end of wear. Some can appear chalky upon first application, in which case lightly rubbing a finger or cotton bud over your lips can remedy that. There's no tackiness at all once dry, just a smooth, powder-soft finish.

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Vampire Barbie

Darling Girl Cosmetics Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Cosmetics Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Cosmetics Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

Vampire Barbie is described as a 'crimson red with pink holo-sparkle' and is inspired by Pam from True Blood. It's been far too long since I  watched that show and this lipstick is definitely giving me a strong urge to indulge in a good binge watching session! 
This was my first time trying one of the Sparkle Matte-ic Lip Tints and they apply just like the Pucker Paints with the addition of shimmer. The shimmer can be quite subtle with a regular application, as shown above, or you can gently press your lips together a few times to make the shimmer more visible. 
I found Vampire Barbie really easy to work with, it was even and opaque and the subtle sparks of pink caught the light beautifully when I wore it out to dinner. It lasted for four and half hours on me and was a little bit drying towards the end of wear.

Darling Girl Cosmetics Vampire Barbie Sparkle Matte-ic Swatches & Review

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Bewitching

Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint Swatches & Review

Bewitching is described as a 'rich magenta', I would put it on the purple end of the magenta spectrum. Those white specks are unmixed pigment, I think - a little annoying but quite subtle. Bewitching stains hot pink and the stain begins to peek through during the course of wear which or may not be a deal breaker for you - I know some people hate the pink breaking through the purple, it tends to bother me with darker purples (where the contrast is more obvious) more than pinker purples, like this one. It lasted for six hours on me and was not drying.

Darling Girl Cosmetics Bewitching Pucker Paint Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Bewitching wore for six hours, Vampire Barbie for four and a half
  • Bewitching wasn't drying
  • Easy to apply
What I didn't like:
  • Bewitching stains hot pink, which begins to show through the lipstick colour during the course of wear
  • Vampire Barbie was a little bit drying
  • Bewitching has some white specks
Where to buy:

What do you think of these shades?

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Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand, Tantalizing Taupe and Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand, Tantalizing Taupe and Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

Nude lipstick: there's always a place for it in every makeup bag, but finding the perfect hue can be hard work. If you're finding it a challenge, then look no further than the lineup in Maybelline's Colorsensational Stripped Nudes collection, a permanent range of six shades that cover a good spectrum of skintones from light to dark. I have three of them to show you today.

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand, Tantalizing Taupe and Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs: Sultry Sand, Tantalizing Taupe, Brazen Beige

I really like the packaging of the Stripped Nudes range; the tubes are a glossy muted nude colour to differentiate them from the other Colorsensational lipstick ranges. There's also a wee strip of black lace printed alongside the shade name and number which is a very pretty and understated addition, and the label itself is tinted to roughly match the shade inside. 
Small bit of trivia: this collection is known as The Buffs in the States, where there are four additional shades and the corresponding colours all have different names. Just to keep you on your toes.

Formula overview:
The Maybelline Colorsensational formula is supposed to provide 'crisper colour from pure pigments' and a 'creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar'. The three colours I received were buildable to mostly opaque colour pay off and applied smoothly, though they can emphasise uneven lip texture - particularly Sultry Sand, being such a pale shade. They're not drying but I didn't find them hydrating either. They have a mild, sweet scent with a hint of play dough, though not as prominently as Melt Cosmetics lipsticks do!

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Sultry Sand

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand Lipstick Swatches & Review

Sultry Sand is a very pale whitened nude with warm leanings. It's prone to streaking and is very unforgiving of uneven lip texture but with a bit of care I was able to get it mostly even. I actually like it more than I thought I would, the pale nude look is definitely growing on me! Sultry Sand lasts for four and a half hours on me.

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Sultry Sand Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Tantalizing Taupe

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick Swatches & Review

Tantalizing Taupe is a light rosy brown with mostly opaque colour pay off. It was really easy to apply and wore for a little over three hours. I can see myself getting a lot of use from this one!

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick Swatches & Review

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Brazen Beige

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

Brazen Beige is a paler version of Tantalizing Taupe, a soft warm slightly peachier nude. It was also easy to apply and delivered mostly opaque colour opacity, clocking in four hours wear time.

Maybelline Colorsensational Stripped Nudes - Brazen Beige Lipstick Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Buildable to mostly opaque colour pay off
  • Tantalizing Taupe and Brazen Beige are very easy to work with
  • Wear time ranged between just over three hours to four and a half hours
  • Non drying
What I didn't like:
  • Sultry Sand is streaky and can emphasise flaws
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies and supermarkets (NZ)
  • Farmers (NZ)
  • Kmart (NZ)
  • Ebay
Have you tried any of the Maybelline Stripped Nudes range?

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