Lust Have It December 2015 Review

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Lust Have It December Review

Lust Have It's December box arrived in my hot little hands in early January and after playing around with each of the products for a while now I'm ready to share my thoughts.

In case you haven't heard of or tried Lust Have It before, they're an Aussie based beauty subscription box company that promise to send out 5 to 6 samples per subscription 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!).

Included in my December box was:
  • Naobay Moisturizing Peeling Brightening Facial Milk Scrub RRP $27AUD | Full size
  • Sasy n Savy Hand Cream RRP $15-20AUD | Full size
  • Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Micellar Mini Wipes RRP $2.25AUD | Travel size
  • Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad RRP $22AUD | Full size | 2 colour options
  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil RRP $24.50AUD 
This was a fairly value packed month, with all but one of the items being full sized. Surprisingly the skincare items won my heart this time around, usually it's the opposite!

Be A Bombshell London Eyeshadow Quad Swatches & Review

Be A Bombshell London Eyeshadow Quad Swatches & Review

Be A Bombshell London Eyeshadow Quad Swatches & Review 

Let's start with my least favourite product and get it out of the way! This Be A Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad left me distinctly unimpressed, the colour pay off is weak and it doesn't blend terribly well. For the arm swatches I had to do around five swipes for each colour to get them to show and they didn't fare much better on the lid - you really need to pack them on over a good primer. I'm honestly not sure what universe this is worth $22AUD in. 

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil Swatches & Review

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil Swatches & Review

The second cosmetic item is the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil, a creamy matte chubby pencil that you can use to brighten and  highlight. I think it'd work better for me if it wasn't so close to the colour of my face (my inner arm, which I swatched it on, is paler and cooler in tone). I'm wearing it on the cupids bow in the lip swatch and really didn't notice any difference. It blended out easily and and had a nice texture though, so worth checking out if it works for your skintone.

Naobay Moisturizing Peeling Gel Review

This one has a ridiculously long name - it's the Naobay Moisturizing Peeling Brightening Facial Milk Scrub. Save some info for the back of the tube, guys! Initially I was quite excited as I thought it might be a peeling gel - I've never tried one of those before, and they look appealingly gross yet fun. It's actually just a scrub, but a really nice one, with a good amount of grit and a very light citrus scent. I've been reaching for this often!

Sasy N Savy Hand Cream review

This Sasy N Savy is pretty brilliant stuff! I got the Jasmine scent from the Orchid From Paradise range and the fragrance is quite strong, but not off putting - fans of floral scents will really enjoy it. I've been slathering this on regularly and love how moisturizing it is, without being slick or greasy in the slightest. I'm actually down the the last dregs in the tube now and would definitely repurchase given the chance.

Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Micellar Mini Wipes review

Finally we have this little travel size packet of micellar cleansing wipes. I quite liked these, they're gentle on the skin but the wipes have an embossed texture that really helps to grab and lift at your makeup. I'd consider picking up more if I saw them in a shop, but they didn't blow me away enough to hunt them down or pay international shipping - a quick Google search only seemed to turn up stockists in Australia.

If you'd like to try out a Lust Have It subscription for yourself, you can use the code LANILOVES1 to get $5 off your first month at www.lusthaveit.com.au/ :)



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LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

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LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

The LA Splash Lip Couture range has been all the rage recently, particularly with people looking for alternatives to Lime Crime Velvetines, so I decided to pick one up and see what all the fuss was about. If you want a highly pigmented lipstick that will last all day, you definitely need to check these out!

LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

Matte liquid lipsticks seem to have quickly become LA Splash's forte, they have four different versions of the formula which are differentiated by different coloured caps and varying packaging and applicators. The Lip Couture range has a gold cap and a long applicator that tapers on each side, the Smitten Lip Tint Mousse have pink caps and small doefoot applicators, the StudioShine Waterproof Lip Lustres have silver caps and angled medium doefoots, and still a fourth range, the Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks have a red chrome cap, a frosted barrel and angled medium doefoots.

The long, tapered applicator present here isn't a style I'm overly keen on - the length feels unwieldy - but it does the job well enough and I was able to outline and fill in my lips easily with it.

LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

Hidden Desires is a vibrant orchid purple with great colour pay off. The formula feels similar to MUA and Makeup Revolution's lip lacquers, if you've tried those - it's quite thick and paint like. This thickness tends to show more with additional layering; I needed two coats for opaque colour on my lower lip and you can see it's looking thicker there and has a slightly plastic sheen. You'll want to give it a good couple of minutes between layers as until dry the formula remains quite tacky and can streak or remove sections if over-manipulated or allowed to touch too soon.
When I tested for wear, Hidden Desires lasted a solid seven hours on me, after that remnants continued to linger for a further three and a half hours but it was looking pretty beaten up at that point - and understandably so, after ten hours! The thickness didn't make it uncomfortable to wear, in fact it was only minimally drying toward the end of wear. It has an odd, chemical kind of scent.

LA Splash Lip Couture - Hidden Desires Swatches & Review

I'm kind of left feeling ambivalent about this product. I adore the colour and the longevity's definitely a selling point, but the thickness isn't my favourite. It's also worth noting that at $14USD, these aren't that much cheaper than formulas I personally prefer, like Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks ($18USD). 

A tip for international readers - these seem to be cheaper by a dollar or so on Ebay compared to LA Splash's webstore, many of the listings I saw had free international shipping too. LA Splash's international shipping is an astronomical $27.95USD flat rate (including insurance - I'd bloody hope so, at that price!).

What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Wears for seven hours
  • Doesn't migrate or feather

What I didn't like:
  • Minimally drying
  • Odd chemical scent

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Coco Loco, Marzipan Nipples, Lasso of Truth, Bob-B-Q and Fira Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Coco Loco, Marzipan Nipples, Lasso of Truth, Bob-B-Q and Fira Swatches & Review

I've got a lovely mix of Darling Girl neutral eyeshadows to show you today. Neutrals with a twist, I should say, as all of these have contrasting shimmer or a duochrome finish that sets them apart from your average neutrals.

Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent, while others are discontinued or past COTM (colour of the month) shades, so I'll note their availability with each review. Last year Susan did a Pink Friday sale where she brought back selected COTM and GWP shades for a limited time and I really hope she does the same this year.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($6USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($2.50USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 5 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $4USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

Formula overview:
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range (and I've accumulated an embarrassing amount); they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.
Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.


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 Fira

Darling Girl Fira eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Fira eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Fira eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Fira eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Fira eyeshadow swatches & review

Fira (discontinued) is a rich russet brown with strong pink sheen that lends it a coppery cast. At extreme angles the pink changes to green, the shift being more visible over a sticky base. I wish this one was still around, it makes a great "one and done" shadow and blends beautifully. 

Lasso of Truth

Darling Girl Lasso of Truth eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Lasso of Truth eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Lasso of Truth eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Lasso of Truth eyeshadow swatches & review

Lasso of Truth (past GWP) is a warm caramel brown with subtle subtle blue and red sparks. It's true to the usual velvety smooth formula, it works well by itself and is stunning over a sticky base.

Bob-B-Q

Darling Girl Bob-B-Q eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Bob-B-Q eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Bob-B-Q eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Bob-B-Q eyeshadow swatches & review

Bob-B-Q (past COTM) is an orangey brown with pink and copper sparkles. It becomes much darker over a sticky base so I think you could do a lot with this eyeshadow in one makeup look just by using or omitting different types of bases! I found it slightly difficult to blend over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, likely because it has a semi matte base to it, which typically don't play nicely with Pixie Epoxy.
This eyeshadow is inspired by The Walking Dead, which I haven't yet seen and am not sure I'm brave enough to try! Are you a Walking Dead fan?

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Lasso of Truth, Bob-B-Q and Fira Swatches & Review

Here I've used This is Lemonade? (Snow in Love collection) as an inner corner highlight with Lasso of Truth on the inner half of the lid and Bob-B-Q and Fira on the outer half and centre of the lid respectively. I smudged black liner along my lower lashline and patted Avon Calling (also Snow in Love collection) over that. I also used Slave For Sensation from the Matte I'd Like To Find collection as a transition shade. The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Lasso of Truth, Bob-B-Q and Fira Swatches & Review

Marzipan Nipples

Darling Girl Marzipan Nipples eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Marzipan Nipples eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Marzipan Nipples eyeshadow swatches & review

Marzipan Nipples (permanent) is described as an 'almost matte pinky-tan' with 'peachy sheen'. There's some pinky-violet shimmer going on here too, at least to my eye. It performs equally well alone or with a base, darkening up considerably with Pixie Epoxy. Marzipan Nipples takes its name from Orange is the New Black, which again, I haven't seen - I feel like I'm living under a rock over here, guys!

Darling Girl Marzipan Nipples eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Marzipan Nipples on the inner corner for this look, with a couple of other Darling Girl shades: Cake Pops on the lid and lower lashline and #breaktheinternet to blend out. 

Darling Girl Marzipan Nipples eyeshadow swatches & review

I'm also wearing a little too much of another Darling Girl product in this look - it's Blushing Heart Inner Glow Blush, which I'll be reviewing soon.

Coco Loco

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

Coco Loco (permanent) is described as lightest tan with lavender iridescence'. This isn't currently listed on the new site but Susan says it isn't discontinued, so hopefully it should be available on the new site soon. Coco Loco is beautiful and was one of my first 'neutral with a twist' eyeshadows from Darling Girl, it truly opened the floodgates! The shimmer shows up more strongly over a sticky base, as you can see, but is still quite visible when applied alone, and it blends out easily.

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Coco Loco all over the lid and lower lashline here with #breaktheinternet on the crease and Forget Me Nots Spectral Shift on the inner corner. I used the LORAC Pro palette for extra depth too. The lashes are Ardell Curvy #411s.

Darling Girl Coco Loco eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

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MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

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MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

Cult of Cherry is one of those hallowed collections I've lusted after from afar for many years. MAC have done quite a few red themed collections, but I think this was one of the earliest, launching in July 2008 (and quickly followed by Red, She Said for the holiday season that year). It also marked the second outing of the Mattenes, which had first debuted in their eponymous collection in 2007.

I'd love to get my hands on the three other Mattenes that featured in this collection (Rapturous, Chock-Ful and Bing) but for now I'll settle for Kirsch, which was a lucky find on MUABS. The Mattene formula settles somewhere between MAC's matte and satin formulas and is generally richly pigmented with smooth application. Their slim tubes and matte rubberized packaging sets them apart from MAC's regular lipsticks. I love the look of the packaging but it is truly awful to try and keep clean. They have the usual MAC vanilla scent.

MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

Kirsch is described as a 'blackened cranberry'. It has subtle red sparkles which aren't really noticeable on the lips but can be seen peeking through in the arm swatches and the close up of the lipstick bullet. It has mostly even colour pay off but there's a slipperiness to this particular shade that makes it a little difficult to even out completely - definitely one that needs a coordinating lip liner to suit my tastes better. It lasts for just over five hours on me and is slightly drying but despite its flaws, I'm really happy to have a small piece from this collection and love the colour. What do you think of Kirsch?

MAC Monday | Cult of Cherry - Kirsch Mattene Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Mostly opaque colour pay off
  • Wears for five hours
  • No feathering or bleeding
What I didn't like:
  • Can be hard to completely even out the colour
  • Minimally drying
  • Hard to keep packaging clean
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