HAIR | Remington Shine Revival Dryer Review

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Remington Shine Revival Dryer Review

My friends have had to put up with me waxing lyrical about my love for blow-drying since I bought a round brush during the Boxing Day sales last year. I know, I know - styling with a round brush is nothing new, heck, blow-dry styling is nothing new. Did you know that the humble hairdryer was invented way back in 1890? It didn't start to enter households in its handheld form until the 1920s, but since then it's become a fixture in the beauty routines of women everywhere and since their inception, they've gone from strength to strength. Back in the twenties, a hairdryer weighed about a little under a kilogram and could only use 100 watts of power, making it both hefty and time-consuming to use. We've come a long way since then!

This Remington Shine Revival dryer leaves its predecessors in the dust. It's a beautiful glossy rose gold colour, which I love. As far as specs go, it has a 2300W motor, three heat settings, two speed settings, is lightweight and easy to use and dries my medium length, thick hair very quickly. There's a concentrator attachment (that's the slim nozzle on the end if you're as new to hairdryer attachments as I am) which helps you to target where you're drying and reduce the amount of hair flying every which way.

Really, I've always been a bit of a pleb when it comes to hair styling. I can manage the basics and straighten and curl my hair, but although I'd owned hair dryers for years, I only ever used them for drying before styling, never both at the same time. Now that I've discovered the magic of combining them, I love that I can straighten my whole head in 5 minutes flat, while creating a lot of volume and body. Plus I like that I can flip out the ends a bit - I think it looks cute, although it's possible I sometimes err too much on the side of Bree Van de Kamp! 

Remington Shine Revival Dryer Review

The Remington Shine Revival hair dryer pack is chock-full of everything you need to blowdry style your hair. There's a pair of sectioning clips - so no more roughly throwing half of my hair into a ponytail just to get at it all, huzzah! There's also a round barrel brush, which is a little sparsely bristled for my personal tastes (and for my thick hair), but does a serviceable job in a pinch and I imagine it'll fare better if you have normal to thin hair. Finally there's an Osmo Berber Oil duo consisting of shampoo and a hair mask, both of which I'm enjoying, and a black quilted-look Remington bag to store all the extras in. 

This set has an RRP $159.99NZD but I spotted the pack on the Briscoes website for $79.95NZD which is an amazing deal for all that you get!

Do you blowdry style your hair?

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Lust Have It Fashion & Beauty Autumn 2016 Unboxing & Review

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Lust Have It Fashion & Beauty Autumn 2016 Unboxing & Review

I have the Autumn Lust Have It Fashion & Beauty Box to show you today! If you haven't heard of this subscription before, it's a quarterly sub which offers 5-7 fashion accessories and beauty products for $35AUD + $2.95 postage. Each box is tailored to the season, includes on-trend accessories and the products within are usually $100 in value. I was pleased to find a mixture of darker hues and metallic accents in my Autumn box and I think you'll like them too! 
Here's what I received:
  • Teeez Be Blushious - Bronzed Rose RRP $31AUD | Full size
  • Teeez Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer - Gold Rush RRP $19USD | Full size
  • Glazel Mineral Powder RRP $25AUD | Full size
  • Coussinet Curb Link Cuff RRP $34.95AUD | Full size
  • Voodoo Fashion Leggings RRP $39.95AUD | Full size

Teeez Be Blushious - Bronzed Rose swatches & review

Teeez Be Blushious - Bronzed Rose swatches & review

Teeez Be Blushious - Bronzed Rose swatches & review

It's been a while since Teeez products popped up in my Lust Have It boxes but I'm really happy to see their return. I love the Be Blushious blush I received, it's in the shade Bronzed Rose which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's warmer, darker and more dramatic than I would usually go for but that's exactly what I like about it - it's great to get outside of your comfort zone some times! It's beautifully pigmented, blends out really nicely and the lasting power is awesome too, wearing for around ten hours on me. 

Glazel Mineral Powder 6 swatches & review

This Glazel Visage Mineral Powder looks nice enough, in a sturdy matte black compact with a generous mirror. Unfortunately it's far too dark for me - I received shade 6, which looks to be one of the medium shades in the range, and I usually wear the lightest option in most brands. I still firmly believe that Lust Have It should be offering their customers the ability to list their ideal shades in their account profile. Something as basic as being able to select their skintone, eye and hair colour would help with the influx of wildly off shades. That being said, I do wonder if Lust Have It are purchasing large random lots and don't have enough control over the included shades to select ones that would match each customer. I'm not sure what the logistics of creating a system to match their inventory with each customer profile would involve either. So maybe this the only way? I guess only Lust Have It have the answer!

Teeez Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer - Gold Rush swatches & review

Teeez Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer - Gold Rush swatches & review

Moving on from my musings, the other Teeez item in the Autumn FAB box was this pretty nail polish from the Chain of Stones collection. These polishes are available in a mixture of finishes, all intended to be on the glitzy side. I received Gold Rush which is an inky black jelly with gold glassfleck shimmer. It's a bit on the sheer side to allow the shimmer to show through, but is mostly opaque after three coats.
Another gripe - Lust Have It say this has a RRP of $19USD, but the price given on Teeez's website is $15USD. It's a small jump, but all the same, I'm getting annoyed with the elevated RRPs.

Coussinet Curb Link Cuff review

Coussinet Curb Link Cuff review

Coussinet Curb Link Cuff review

The accessories for this season's box were a pretty Coussinet curb link cuff, which I received in aqua blue. It's stretchy so you can slip it over your wrist easily without mucking around with clasps (I've always been useless at doing up wrist clasps!). 

There was also a pair of Voodoo leggings, which are always a welcome addition in my wardrobe, especially in these colder months! Lately I've been wearing these leggings as tights under dresses with boots, they're a bit warmer than tights and they have a slimming, flattering fit. 

If you'd like to try a Lust Have It Fashion And Beauty Box for yourself, you can use the code FABLANI to take $10 off your first month at www.lusthaveit.com.au/.



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MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

Today's MAC Monday pick may give you a sense of deja vu, and I wouldn't be surprised. MAC Hipness blush comes back to life more often than Jon Snow, appearing in the following collections (that I know of): MAC For Fafi (2008), To The Beach (2010), which is the iteration I have, and more recently Wash & Dry (2015). MAC decided to make the Wash & Dry version darker, more matte and harder to blend - not sure why they decided to shoot themselves in the foot there! They were already onto a good thing - this version of Hipness is gorgeous.

MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

The To the Beach packaging was split into two colours; half the products were this seaweed green and the other half were a medium orange and everything had ivory sea-themed prints adorning it.

MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

Hipness is described as an 'intense coral with soft white pearl' and has a Frost finish. The colour pay off is buildable and even, blending out easily on the skin without emphasizing texture, as frost finishes are sometimes prone to do. It lasted eight hours on me in total, beginning to look faint at the seven hour mark.

MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review


MAC MONDAY | To The Beach - Hipness Blush Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Lasts eight hours
  • Buildable and even colour pay off
  • Flatters skin
  • Blends out easily
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
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What do you think of Hipness?

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J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation & Vermillion Swatches & Review

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J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation & Vermillion Swatches & Review

A while ago, I was contacted about a new beauty e-store called Things Of Beauty Boutique, run by Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie has been reading and commenting on my posts for a while now so I was really excited to hear from her and about her new venture! Things of Beauty Boutique is a New Zealand based site with a small but growing selection of makeup, skincare, jewellery and accessories, all very well priced and with excellent customer service. Anne-Marie sent me a couple of J.Cat Eternal Shine Lip Glazes to try and a beautiful semi-precious stone necklace. 

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation & Vermillion Swatches & Review

The J.Cat Eternal Shine Lip Glazes are sheer glosses in a huge 36-strong shade range. The packaging is fairly standard, a medium sized tube with a standard doe foot applicator. 

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation & Vermillion Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

The formula of the Lip Glazes is smooth with only the slightest hint of tackiness, and they bear a very light mint scent. They'd make lovely layering glosses, especially to add a little hydration to drier lipstick formulas, as on their own the Lip Glazes are very moisturizing. Their colour pay off is sheer and even.

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation Swatches & Review

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation Swatches & Review

Carnation is a light coral with fine silvery shimmer. It gathers into my lip lines very slightly, but this was barely noticeable in person and to be expected from a pale, milky gloss. It lasted three hours on me.

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Carnation Swatches & Review

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Vermillion Swatches & Review

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Vermillion Swatches & Review

Vermillion is decidedly not vermillion, instead it's a pretty medium pink with stronger colour pay off than Carnation. It had slightly longer lasting power too, clocking four hours wear.

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze - Vermillion Swatches & Review

Things of Beauty Boutique necklace review

Anne-Marie also sent me this pretty semi-precious stone necklace; although I don't see anything similar to it on the website, there are several other lovely pieces - I particularly like the Moon & Rock necklace. This necklace is pretty, delicate and seems well made, I really like it!

Things of Beauty Boutique necklace review

Have you tried J.Cat Beauty Lip Glazes before? You can check them out at Things of Beauty Boutique for a mere $7NZD a pop!

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Notoriously Morbid Night Kiss Lip Balms Review

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Notoriously Morbid Night Kiss Lip Balms Review

If you've spied one of the rare Empties posts on this blog before, you might have gathered that I get through a lot of lip balm. As a huge chunk of my posts are about lip products, if I'm not swatching or testing, you can pretty much guarantee my lips are swathed in a generous amount of lip balm to keep them in good shape, and one of my current favourite formulas is Notoriously Morbid's Night Kiss Lip Balm. These have been recommended to me by Notoriously Morbid devotee friends from right back when they were still named Coffin Kissers and I'm really not sure what took me so long to give them a try. Perhaps the intuitive knowledge that I wouldn't be able to stop buying them once I started? Yep, that might be it.

These come in so many flavours and even a flavourless one so there's definitely something for everyone in the range. My bakery scent addiction is well catered to (and they've just added a bunch more bakery scents!) so I'll be showing you a lot of these today. Other important info to know - they are unavailable from July to September each year due to the hot weather in the US (these have very low melting points, so the break in sales is necessary to avoid a melty mess in your mailbox!) and they're $3USD each.

The low melting point makes the balms glide across your lips super smoothly and they are very hydrating. Occasionally I notice some crystallizing across the surface of the balm which make them feel slightly gritty for the first second or so that you're applying, but because they melt so quickly, it's quickly smoothed out again and doesn't really impact use.

Notoriously Morbid Night Kiss Lip Balms Review

The scents I currently have are:

Bloody Red Velvet Cake - Pretty much exactly what it sounds like! It exactly captures the sweetness and hint of tart bite that I love about red velvet cake.
Butchered Toffee - Divine, buttery caramel. It smells exactly like you're stirring homemade caramel over the stove. This is actually my second one in this scent - I polished the first one off in two months, the fastest I've ever finished a lip balm!
Vanilla Veil - Light, sweet vanilla. It's not the rich vanilla that MAC uses in their lipsticks, so if you find that too strong then I think you'll like this.
Dean's Seductive Strawberries - Chocolate covered strawberries. Sweet, but not in a saccharine, sickly way. These next two are from the Winchester Gospels, inspired by one of my favourite shows, Supernatural. Honestly, I'm surprised that there doesn't seem to be any fan art out there of Dean Winchester with chocolate covered strawberries, but maybe that's best for my health. I'm not sure my heart could take that gorgeousness.
Cas' Enochian Schnapps - Watermelon & cinnamon. These scents are so perfectly balanced together, this balm has become a surprise favourite.

Have you tried these before? Do you like scented lip balms? I've got a couple more on the way and am really hoping I'll be able to place another order for the new bakery scents before they're out of stock until September!

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Lust Have It April 2016 Unboxing & Review

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Lust Have It April 2016 Unboxing & Review

Onto another Lust Have It Beauty Box! The April box was a huge hit with me, I liked most of the products and the only one I didn't was simply because the colour wasn't right for me. Let's take a look at what I received:
  • Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow RRP $25AUD | Full size
  • Marsk Certified Organic Eyeliner RRP $28.95AUD | Full size
  • Personail Nail Polish Wraps RRP $18AUD | Full size
  • Marsk Certified Organic Browliner RRP $28.95AUD | Full size
  • Soak Hair Shine Shampoo & Hair Revive Conditioner RRP $24.95 for full size | Deluxe samples
    Some subscribers received Apelles Blackseed Shampoo and Tamanu Conditioner instead.
Lust Have It are an Aussie based beauty subscription box company that promise to send out 5 to 6 samples in their monthly Beauty Box for $19.95AUD with a $2.95 postage charge. The contents are a surprise, with Lust Have It aiming to provide you with an assortment of items you might not necessarily have picked up yourself (but will hopefully enjoy!).

Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow swatches & review

Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow swatches & review

This Mannakadar 3-in-1 highlighter, eyeshadow and blush is a bit of a genius idea, although I'm not really sure about the blush aspect - it's too shimmery and pale for that purpose, in my opinion. Your mileage may vary, though! It comes in one shade, Fantasy, which is a warm nude peach - I'd love to see an option available for cool skintones, too. The colour pay off is great and it's very easy to apply and blend.

Marsk Brow Pencil - Audrey, Eye Liner - Snowflake Swatches & Review

Marsk Eyeliner - Snowflake swatches & review

This Marsk eyeliner in Snowflake is a pretty lightly shimmered white which makes a nice inner corner highlight. I tried to use it on the lower lashline too which was a no go - it just doesn't have the pigmentation to show up very well, although it is even in its colour pay off, so inner corner it is! 

Marsk Brow Liner - Audrey swatches & review

Marsk Brow Liner - Audrey swatches & review

Although comically wrong for me, this Brow Liner in the shade Audrey is nice enough, with great pigmentation. It's also great to see a shade more suited for those with red or auburn hair, as suitably coloured brow pencils can be hard to find. 

Soak Hair Shine Shampoo & Hair Revive Conditioner Review

SOAK isn't a brand I'd heard of before, but I really liked the Hair Shine Shampoo and Hair Revive Conditioner. It washed my hair perfectly, leaving it soft and shiny without buildup. I'd definitely consider repurchasing, but flatrate shipping to New Zealand is $30AUD so I feel like I'd have to buy a lot to make it worth my while. There aren't currently any New Zealand stockists listed on their stockist page.

Personail Nail Polish Strips - High AF by Zeke review

Personail Nail Polish Strips - High AF by Zeke review

The final item in the April box was these nail polish strips by Personail. The design I received is a psychedelic mix of rainbow swirls, brightly coloured mushrooms, geometric shapes, fried eggs and oozing ice cream-like drips. The design is aptly named 'High AF' and was a limited edition collaboration with Zeke's Lunchbox. I wore these strips for about a week and was impressed with how well they held up on the whole. I did notice some small bubbling after a few days, but I'm pretty noob at nail polish strips so I'm not sure if that was a result of user error or just something that happens after a while. The strips were easy to work with and there was no damage to my nail when I was ready to remove them, they just peeled right off. I'd definitely consider buying more of these.


If you'd like to try out a Lust Have It subscription for yourself, you can use the code LANILOVES1 to get $10 off your first month at www.lusthaveit.com.au/ :)



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YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

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YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

Packaging doesn't get much more luxe than YSL; I've fawned and exclaimed over its beauty many times and I'll do so many more times. Although I'm a huge fan of YSL's lipsticks, I confess my sole venture into their eyeshadows prior to this palette is the Couleurs d'Afrique palette from the 2008 The Lights of Africa collection (which I still have and must share with you guys some time!). Eight years on, did their 5-Colour Ready-To-Wear Couture Palette meet my expectations?

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, YSL's presentation is beautiful, you truly feel you are getting what you pay for with this weighty golden compact. There's a large mirror inside and the five eyeshadows are arranged so that the suggested base colour (top left) is the largest and the accent colours and highlight are smaller. Also included: the requisite sponge applicator, this time with a twist - it has a pointed sponge on the other end of it instead of another round sponge. It's accompanied by a small liner brush.

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

I really like how well thought out the Couture palettes are: they come with an information sheet which labels the eyeshadows by their potential uses and shows you how you can use the included applicators for each eyeshadow. There are also instructions for application and even diagrams (not pictured). Of course you can use any of the colours however you'd like, but this guide is an effective cheat sheet. Particularly great if you're not confident with colour placement and just want it laid out clearly for you. 

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

With its mixture of softened peach, ivory, brown and taupe shades, Saharienne is a palette for those who like their eye makeup to be understated, elegant and subtle. The texture is smooth and finely milled with medium, even colour pay off and they're mostly easy to work with - only the middle shade, the darkest, presented any issue as I found it difficult to blend out. 

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

I've used the Saharienne palette here with ZA Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store (use code LR10K31 for 10% off).

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

YSL Couture Palette 4 Saharienne Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Buildable, even colour pay off
  • Smooth, finely milled texture
  • Beautiful and functional packaging
  • Clear instructions for suggested colour placement included
What I didn't like:
  • The darkest shade is a little difficult to blend out
Where to buy:

Have you tried any of YSL's eyeshadow palettes? I can't stop swatching Jardin Majorelle or Love when I stop by the YSL counter and I'm beyond curious about the 10 shade palettes.

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