Saturday, October 29, 2016

Rimmel London x Kate Moss Limited Edition Anniversary Lip Collection*

Rimmel London is celebrating their 15th year anniversary on their partnership with the notorious Kate Moss. As part of this celebration, Rimmel has released a Special Limited Edition Lip Anniversary Collection that includes some classic red and nude shades in the range. From 2001, Kate Moss was the perfect embodiment of what the brand is all about - edgy, trendy and powerful!

The great thing about Rimmel London Lipsticks is that they always capture the very essence of what they are trying to achieve, whether it's a glossy finish, a bold matte or a traditional creamy lipstick, Rimmel London always do it so well. In this collection, Rimmel wanted to create a collection that really shows what Moss has done over the years including her runway hour to the boho goddess moments.

What attracted me most about these lipsticks is the gorgeous rose gold plastic packaging. It's elegant, yet edgy and so incredibly alluring!

Left to Right: 051 Muse Red, 052 Idol Red, 053 Retro Red, 054 Rock N Roll Nude, 055 My Nude, 056 Boho Nude
There is a total of six shades in the collection - 3 reds and 3 nudes. I believe there's a red and a nude for different skin tones.

Left to Right: 051 Muse Red, 052 Idol Red, 053 Retro Red, 054 Rock N Roll Nude, 055 My Nude, 056 Boho Nude

  • 051 Muse Red - A bright, classic red
  • 052 Idol Red - A orange, bright red
  • 053 Retro Red - A slightly burnt red with a purple undertone
  • 054 Rock N Roll - A pale, peachy nude shade
  • 055 My Nude - A light, orangey, peachy nude shade
  • 056 Boho Nude - A mid-tone nude shade with a slightly brown tone
These lipsticks are incredibly creamy, very smooth to apply and verrrrrrrryyyyyyyy pigmented! One swipe and so much colour is shown! These lipsticks, however, only need the smallest product to wear on the lips. Since it is very creamy, it does transfer and it does not wear well all day, so a reapplication is much needed. Assuming you do not eat or drink or disturb the product on your lips, it wears for 2-3 hours before you notice fading or uneven coverage. 

Nonetheless, these lipsticks do hold great comfort when worn and it is not drying. It does in the slightest way accentuate dry lips, but not fine lines. It makes your lips look fuller due to its high-reflecting finish and look absolutely amazing when worn. My favourite shade in the range is 055 My Nude and 053 Retro Red. They represent the classic, traditional colours that Rimmel is well-known for. 

These lipsticks can be purchased at your local drugstore or department store for $9.76 AUD (prices may vary from store to store and sale promotions). These lipsticks have intense coverage, high intensity vibrancy, smooth and creamy texture and high light reflecting finish. Great lipsticks to celebrate the 15th anniversary with Kate Moss and her success with Rimmel London. 

Have you tried these lipsticks yet? Let me know your thoughts below!

I was not paid or sponsored to talk about these products. This is my genuine thoughts on all the products. This post has not been compensated or compromised in any way. These products were gifted to me as PR. My opinions and thoughts have and will always remain true to my own word and are based on my own experiences. All links provided are purely for reader's convenience and information only! 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Artiste Professional Brush Collection*

One of the newer discoveries I had made this year is that the drugstore is not like how it was before. Most brands are stepping up their games and are creating soft, gently synthetic brushes that are high quality for the average joe. This includes the newest additions of the Artiste Professional Brush Set. There is a total of 6 beautiful brushes that give such a luxurious feel and incredible texture when applied on the skin. These brushes are phenomenal and are extremely different to what had been offered in stores.

These brushes were designed to be everything you need in one complete range of brushes. However, please keep in mind that these brushes are sold separately and not as a bundle as most collections do. In this range, there is a brush for everything you need to create that flawless complexion, including contouring, powder, foundation, eyeshadow...and so on. Each brush does not have a "set" job, don't get me wrong, but they do provide names for easy reference.

Each brush has a beautiful golden, metal ferrule with a black matte, rubber-covered handle. It is absolutely stunning to look at, when sitting on your makeup desk. These brushes have absolutely no fall out after being washed and very sturdy! The ferrules, however, are prone to indentation so be gentle when tapping off the excess product.
Left to Right: A01 Mega Powder/Bronzer, A02 Blurring Foundation, A03 Soft Focus Blush, A04 Flawless Shadow, A05 Crease Brush & A06 Precision Smudge

A01 Mega Powder/Bronzer Brush - $39.95 AUD

My absolute favourite brush from the range! It is packed with soft synthetic bristles that help blend away any powdered products from bronzers, face setting powders, foundations... but it can also be used as a blush if you have a larger face and rounder cheeks. This brush features a large, round. slightly tapered brush shape that is perfect for an easy and quick airbrush application for all over the face. 

A02 Blurring Foundation Brush - $26.95 AUD

Similar to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, the A02 helps you to apply your base makeup perfectly. It is a versatile brush in terms of the numerous ways you can blend away your foundation with it. You can go in circular motions to spread out the product by buffing or by tapping the product like a sponge for that airbushed-finish. This brush features a dense, flat top with round edges that is smaller than the average foundation brushes on the market. I personally think this perfect is the perfect size to create versatility and functionality. I've used this for cream contouring/bronzing, as well as on those lazy days, to blend away my concealer as well! This brush will do about anything right with cream or liquid consistencies. 

A03 Soft Focus Blush Brush - $26.95 AUD

I had my doubts about this brush, due to its size and shape. But after giving it a go, I was blown away at how easy applying blush could be! This brush gave an effortless and quick application within seconds. The tapered, fluffy shape of the brush allows you to have precision, as well as a light application. Blush is not something you want to be heavy-handed with and this product helps you gradually build up colour by sweeping the product from the apples of your cheeks towards the top of your ear. 

A04 Flawless Shadow Brush - $19.95 AUD

Another favourite of mine! This brush is the ultimate "everyday" brush you need to do it all, in terms of eyeshadow application. In my opinion, it is the most handy because it is able to blend, displace as well as press eyeshadow on to your eyelid. And this is due to its flat, dense, slightly-tapered and thin shape. The shape of the brush allows you to do all your eyeshadow steps with one brush by just turning the brush to different angles for different applications. If you would like to blend away a transition colour in the crease, you would turn the brush so that you have the flat side touching the skin and sweep the product back and forth. If you like more precision, you can also turn it so it is on its thinner side and sweep. This brush is also perfect for providing precision when highlighting as well, especially in areas such as down the nose bridge. 

A05 Crease Brush - $19.95 AUD

This brush is not my cup of tea for what its recommended for blending shadow in the crease but I find this brush to be perfect to blend and displace concealer, especially for spot concealing. The A05 has a dense, round and slightly tapered edge (like a smaller size of the A02) which I believe would also be great for cream eyeshadow. Cream Eyeshadow requires a dense and compact brush that would do the job easier and faster and this brush does just that! I use my Maybelline Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows with these and they work amazingly!

A06 Precision Smudge - $19.95 AUD

The A06 is the smallest brush in the range. Artiste suggests that this brush can be used to smudge product across the eyes with precision due to its small shape. I personally think it is too small to smudge eyeshadow on the lower lashline and too small to smudge eyeliner on the upper lashline, but it does provide great smudging precision. I personally use this brush to apply my brow powder. It is able to apply the product exactly where I want it without compromising the sharpness of the edges. It is almost great to apply any other brow product as well, such as pomade. It just has that small, flat, precise paddle shape that is much needed. 

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room... the price. Yes, it is indeed pricey and is in par with high-end brushes such as Sigma Beauty, Zoeva Cosmetics... and so on, but you must keep in mind, Artiste has also a more affordable range that would fit to a person with a smaller budget. This range is to showcase the high quality, professional makeup brushes by Artiste and what they can offer as their best! And I believe this is a great all-rounder range of brushes that offer quality comfort, extremely softness and sturdiness. The rubbery, matte handles are the perfect touch to the brushes and are quite easy to clean once dirtied. This brushes can only be found at Priceline in-store and are all sold separately!

If you have any further questions about the brushes, leave a comment down below! Stay tuned for my next post, as I will be doing another giveaway with the next product I am reviewing! 

I was not paid or sponsored to talk about these products. This is my genuine thoughts on all the products. This post has not been compensated or compromised in any way and I was not paid in any way to mention these products. These products were gifted to me as PR. My opinions and thoughts have and will always remain true to my own word and are based on my own experiences. All links provided are purely for reader's convenience and information only! 


Monday, October 24, 2016

Avene Tolerance Extreme Range: Emulsion*

Avene's second item in the NEW Tolerance Extreme Range is the Emulsion moisturiser. It is my personal favourite in the range and has been a complete godsend in my books. It is a fantastic item you can throw into your bag. It is designed to hydrate normal to combination skin.

This product is very lightweight, milky and gentle. It is a new fusional daily moisturiser that hydrates and soothes at the same time. It absorbs into the skin quickly, while leaving your skin feeling fresh and breathable. This emulsion can be used for both day and night. It works to replenish the moisture levels that your skin is greatly lacking and bring back life. It provides long-lasting hydration for about 6 hours.

All their products keep to a minimum of a few core ingredients to maintain the integrity of the product and to minimise the adverse effects of unnecessary and unwanted ingredients such as preservatives, parabens, fragrances...and so on. The great thing about this product is that it is gentle enough to be used on extreme sensitive skin. For example, it claims it can be used after dermatological procedures, peels or laser treatments. This product will restore the moisture back into your skin and help the skin to heal, minimising scarring.

I have been using this around my cheeks, and it has been working very well! With the combination of the cleansing lotion and this moisturiser, my sensitive skin is able to tolerate the changing weathers without the fuss. The fusion of the two products with ultra-fine textures, provide the skin with the utmost respect. It does not leave any unwanted, lingering residue, which is proven to cause irritation and increased sensitivity.This product contains large quantities of the Avene Thermal Spring Water which help soothe irritated skin, while hydrating the skin for balanced skin.

This product is to be used after cleansing and is best applied after the Avene Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion (click the link for more information on it) and before the Avene Thermal Spring Water. Similarly to the cap in the cleansing lotion, each Avene Product has sterilising caps that help keep the product fresh and eliminates the use of preservatives in their products. This is a great way to remove any unnecessary ingredients that would affect sensitive skin. Avene have taken packaging to a new level and this is a great innovative way to conserve the integrity of the product for longer.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick*

The drugstores better be ready for a new strong contender! Essence is bring in new guns into the drugstore field and they're not playing games. The New Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick is just phenomenal! It's extremely affordable and it is proof that Essence can bring the drugstore game for under $5! 

What I find most amazing about these lipsticks is the creaminess and texture of these lipsticks. They are extremely comfortable to wear. The best way I can describe these lipsticks is that they're a cross between a creamy matt lipstick and a sheer lipstick. It has the colour of a matt lipstick, with its buildable colour but it has the creamy, smooth texture of a sheer lipstick. These lipsticks are part of their permanent collection and I am so glad that they are here to stay for the long haul. 

Each lipstick comes in a circular twist up, traditional lipstick tube, with a semi-transparent, matte lid, similar to that of Maybelline Lipsticks. I actually really enjoy the packaging of these lipsticks in comparison to their current range. It looks more appealing and something that I definitely see being a big hit in stores! 

Left to Right: 02 Perfect Match, 07 Purple Power 
Left to Right: 02 Perfect Match, 07 Purple Power
These lipsticks claim to be a light, creamy textured lipstick that unites a high colour-dispersion with a matt finish. When I had heard the name and saw the emphasis on "matt", I expected a complete matte finish but these lipsticks have a satin to demi matte finish. After the first few seconds of application, it has a satin finish like most traditional lipsticks on the market are like. But after a minute or two, it dries down into a demi matte finish. It has a slight shine to it when reflected in certain lights. 

I enjoy the comfortable feel it has on my lips but with the darker shade, it did accentuate my dry areas and the more I applied, the product started to build onto the dry areas, as creamy formulas do. The nude shades are more flattering to wear when having chapped or dry lips, as it doesn't show as much This however, does not indicate that the formula is drying or anything, it's just makes it more apparent of my dryness. I suggest when wearing the darker shades, you wear it over a lip pencil to increase the longevity of the colour and ease of application. 

These lipsticks lasts for about 5 hours, without eating or drinking. But let's be honest, I'm constantly doing both and these lipsticks needed to be reapplied after it gets disturbed - which I don't mind at all.  One of the best things about this as well is the amazing sweet smell! I cannot stop smelling it from the tube. 

Essence is the most affordable brand on the market keeping these lipsticks at a low cost of $4.70 AUD for each lipstick! That's just under $5 and you get such a great performing lipstick that gives you rich colour that feels absolutely comfortable on the lips. It's creamy and smooth and what you need to add to your handbag! It can be found anywhere that stocks up Essence products, such as Priceline. 

These lipsticks are being released with some new items from Essence as well as part of the Spring and Summer launches in Australia. In this release, it includes some new products such as the Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil, the Rock N Doll Duo Stylist Eyeliner Pen, the False Lashes Dramatic Volume Mascara, the Matt Matt Matt Lip Gloss and so on... I am excited to get the chance to try all of these products. 

I was not paid or sponsored to talk about these products. This is my genuine thoughts on all the products. This post has not been compensated or compromised in any way. These products were gifted to me. I was not pressured nor obliged to make this blog post. My opinions and thoughts have and will always remain true to my own word and are based on my own experiences. All links provided are purely for reader's convenience and information only! 


Friday, October 14, 2016

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain*

There's nothing better than finding the perfect lip product that works all year round. I am absolutely obsessed and addicted to the NEW YSL Vinyl Lip Creams! They are just the perfect range of colours that does it all for your lips. It provides great colour, all-day wear and maximum comfort to create natural to dramatic, versatile looks! They have just launched on the shelves are are just phenomenal! A definitely must have for every pair of lips!

Just recently I attended a masterclass with YSL and they had informed us of the new trends and techniques on how we can wear our lip. The current, popular colour is no longer the Marilyn Monroe classic red, but now it is oxblood, which a slightly deeper tone of red from what we used to know and love. The theme of the event was "I dare you" which motivated us to get out of our comfort zone and try out new ways to compliment the lips. They had showed us four ways to wear a lip colour;

  1. Daring Lips - applying on the upper and lower lips, from the outer corners and going inwards. Allow to dry and repeat for second layer (Recommended with YSL Rouge Pur Couture Verneis A Levres)
  2. Couture Lips - colour your upper lip from the outer corner to the cupid's bow. Then you apply colour to the lower lip from the outer corner going inwards (Recommended with YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick)
  3. Glowy Lips - colour your upper lip from the corner to the cupid's cow. Then you repeat for lower lips (Recommended with YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil)
  4. Baby Doll Lips - colour the upper lip from the corner to the cupid's bow. Apply onto the lower lip from the outer corner to the centre of the lips (Recommended with YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lip)

YSL is such an innovative and luxurious brand that knows how to deliver great quality lip products and the new YSL Lip Vinyl Creams are no exception. There is a total of 12 colours in the range - with a variety of pinks, nudes, reds and mauve tone colours. Each tube of delivers a great hit of colour that offers high coverage and strong pigmentation. When worn on the lips, it is extremely comfortable and has a shiny finish. It makes you have the appearance of more plump lips as well. It is able to be worn all day with no trouble! It does transfer, as it does not completely dry down but it stains the lips, so even if you had eaten, you will have a nice colour left on your lips which makes this product so long lasting. It claims to have a 10 hour stain and it just looks incredible as a stain and on application. The best way I can describe this product is by calling it a creamy stain - almost like a lacquer but with a lighter formula. It is not drying and does not accentuate the dryness of your lips.

Left to Right: 406 Orange Electro, 407 Carmin Session, 410 Fuchsia Live, 411 Rhythm Red
With these YSL Lip Vinyl Creams, you can either lightly apply some colour on the upper lip and press your lips together to get a light hit of colour for that more natural effect or you can build up the colour for a more intense bold colour. The possibilities are endless when it comes to YSL. You can even apply the Korean Lip Ombre by focusing the colour on the centre of your lips, pressing your lips together and blending out towards the outer edges.

Not only did YSL make the formula an easy thing, but they also made the application of the user easy as well! These Lip Vinyl contain a diamond shaped application that allows a flawless application as you glide the smooth product across the lips. There is no streaking nor uneven application. The tip of the application also helps you to stay within your lips and help you be precise and have 100% control over your application.

Every YSL Vinyl Lip Creams are packaged in rectangular, sleek, polished tubes that have the signature, golden logo on each product. Each lip product retails for $55 AUD. Indeed it is a big price for a lip product, but it's absolutely something that you need to try for yourself. The price meets the quality expectations and very much worth its price. There is absolutely no flaw in this product and only perfection! You can purchase these now at any YSL counter at Mecca Maxima or David Jones.

They are high quality lip products that deliver high pigmentations, buildable colour, 10-hour stain and 100% comfortable wear! If you dare, why not #playthevinyl with these lip products and give them a try!

I was not paid or sponsored to talk about these products. This is my genuine thoughts on all the products. This post has not been compensated or compromised in any way. These products were gifted to me. My opinions and thoughts have and will always remain true to my own word and are based on my own experiences. All links provided are purely for reader's convenience and information only! 

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