Monday, 24 March 2014

Reviews: SweetPea and Fay Lipsticks!

Oh boy, it has been a while since I have blogged about anything but having a baby will do that to a lady! Now I am at home with a newborn boy who mostly sleeps all day I have some time to catch up on a few reviews I've been meaning to do and today I am reviewing the SweetPea and Fay liquid lipsticks!


So I discovered this cute little brand of lipsticks through my fav beauty blog BatalashBeauty.com, they did a review on 4 colours and at first I thought that they looked super similar to the OCC Lip Tars or the Sleek Pout Paints but what kept me interested was in that review they had mentioned that they had worn them for 6 hours without any flaking or patching and that is super impressive for a liquid lipstick! I knew I had to try them so I ordered the Sweetheart Trio (contains Beluga, Mermaid Kiss and Tea Cup) which after postage and conversion from US dollars came to about $35 for the 3 lipsticks (and a lip brush), very reasonably priced!

They didn't take too long to arrive, I only waited about 2/3 weeks and I had these babies in my hot little hands.

First impressions: The packaging is really sweet, very handbag friendly and to my suprise the texture of these lipsticks is almost like a mousse which is great because many liquid lipsticks will leak through the packaging so these guys are definitely not going to ruin the interior of your handbag!
you can see the 'mousse' texture.
The colour payoff on these is also amazing, really highly pigmented but quite flexible so if you just want a sheer wash of colour you only need to apply it like a lip stain or you can go for high impact full colour by applying it more like a lipgloss.
Swatches in order: Tea Cup, Beluga and Mermaid Kiss
On the lips they feel soft and hydrating, very lightweight and comfortable. They definitely wear very well, although I did find that if you do apply them heavily the palest of the colours, Tea Cups did get a bit patchy and collect in the corners but I didn't have this problem with the other two.

Overall, I am loving these lippys! I will definitely be getting more to add to my professional kit because these will be amazing for brides.

Some of the other things that I loved about these is that I was able to use them as a liquid blush by pressing a very small amount into the cheeks with my fingers, so one product does two jobs! Fantastic! Also, being liquid means that you are able to create your own custom colours by mixing a few shades together so anything would be possible and for $7.99 (USD) you really get a lot of bang for your buck.

If you decide to invest in some of these, let me know what shades you get and what you think. I am 100% positive you will love them.

xx
LJ

Monday, 30 December 2013

New Year, New You!


2014 is here! The start of the new year is of course the time to think about ways you can improve yourself and your life with small changes with resolutions you actually will keep.

I have sat down and jotted down my personal resolutions for this year, which will hopefully inspire you to have a think about what small promises you can make to yourself to help make 2014 the best year yet!

1) No More Cheap Nail Polish!
I promise to no longer buy the cheap nail polish from the supermarket that I impulse buy and then always regret when it chips within a day of wearing it! Sure it's cheap in price but its cheap in quality too and I'd rather spend $20 on one great nail polish that I will cherish and enjoy than have 10 $2 nail polishes that fill me with regret.
My buy of the year is the Sportsgirl Nail Art Set ($14.95) - Nail Art will continue to be popular in 2014 and why not invest in this awesome little set which will help you to achieve any nail design you are after!
2) Always Have a Beautiful Candle at the Ready!
There are moments in life that are made better by the scent of a beautiful burning candle so I like to have a stash of them in my linen closet for any moment you may choose to enjoy the calm serenity of that tiny flame.
My favourite Candle of the moment is from a local supplier Red Bamboo (www.redbamboo.com.au) in Strawberries and Champagne.
3) Try New Things, Mix it up!
It's so easy to get stuck into the same routine, the same look and the same products. Why not dedicate this year to trying something new? A new hairstyle or a new lipstick colour you have never tried before, it can be refreshing and exciting to break out of the same ol'!
My something new that I am starting 2014 with is wearing dresses! Seems silly but I have been a pants/jeans girl since leaving school and wearing dresses has never been my style but this year will be different! I will make the dress my own.

What will be your 'Something New' this new years?

xx

LJ


Sunday, 15 December 2013

3 Simple Steps: Summer Skin Makeover!

Summer is here and so many of my clients are crying out about their skin woe's during this time of year. Canberra's climate goes from dry and cold to hot and sunny in no time and the dramatic change in climate can stress your skin. So its time to ditch the winter skin care and change your regime to achieve that summer glow we are all after!

Step 1: Exfoliate!
Nothing like a good scrub to rejuvenate a dull complexion. Doing this once or twice a week you will be helping to keep your pores clear of dirt and dead skin that can cause breakouts and blackheads. It also makes the treatment and hydration steps of your regime more effective because it is being applied directly to fresh skin.
These are the perfect summer exfoliator! An anti-aging self tanner that contains Active Vitamin D will help to tighten pores, eliminate black heads and fade existing sun spots while giving you that beautiful summer glow! 

Step 2: Treatment!
So now that we are fresh faced, its time to apply a treatment mask. If you find that you have lots of black heads or break outs then a mud mask will really help to extract the impurities or if you find that you suffer from redness and uncomfortable skin then a soothing hydrating mask will work wonders. Most of us though will be looking for something to make us soft, smooth and replace all the nutrients our skin is missing, then you must try an Algae mask!
Nutrient rich Algae nurtures and balances the skin leaving it soft and smooth! - Myer $40

Step 3: Hydrate!
It's time to ditch the rich and thick winter moisturisers and opt for a lighter hydrator, preferably with some spf. If you have large pores and are quite oily then go for an oil free moisturiser to keep those pores clean and clear. If you have a delicate, finer skin then go for a light weight moisturiser that contains a rose oil to keep you wonderfully hydrated. For most of us though, a general spf moisturiser that contains Hyaluronic Acid (an ingredient that binds water into your skin) will do the job!
This miracle skin saviour is a must at summer! Hydrating and filled with antioxidants, it also contains your daily dose of sunscreen! - Mecca Cosmetica $45
Having beautiful summer skin is easy with these threes steps. Do this routine once or twice a week and I promise you a glow greater than Jennifer Hawkins!

xx
LJ

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Dangers of Buying Cosmetics Online

The online shopping revolution is a wonderful thing, we now have access to any products we want and the freedom to shop around for the best prices, all from the comfort of our homes. This no stress, no pressure way of shopping makes it easier to make a good decision with a clear head but did you know that many of the products you buy online can easily be counterfeits, even if they don't look, feel or smell like it!

Recently the Daily Mail UK released an article regarding the dangers of purchasing products online that you may not realize are not the real deal. While you think you are getting an amazing price on your favourite mascara or foundation, what you are really buying is an extremely dangerous cocktail of chemicals used to cut corners in formulations and allow the sellers to still make a profit on those 'too low to be true' prices. One great example they outline in the article:

"A counterfeit MAC eyeliner sold on Amazon at £3.50 (it normally sells at £14) contained 46 times the permitted level of copper, making it unfit for use on eyes."


Not only is this fact extremely shocking and worrying for all the people who have purchased thinking they are getting an amazing deal on their favourite eyeliner but it also outlines how easy it is to purchase something that could be extremely harmful to you from a trusted shopping site like Amazon.

So how do we avoid these dodgy deals? Try to only buy from certified sellers and if the price seems too good to be true, then it most certainly will be. If you have already purchased something and you are wondering if you have been duped, then use these handy tips to check for yourself.


To stay informed, please read the article and stay safe with your online shopping!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Gifts Guaranteed to Satisfy the Makeup Lover in Your Life!

Makeup fanatics are a special breed, sometimes it can be hard to understand why we would squeal over the release of a new eye shadow or be happy to spend $35 on a new eyeliner, even if we swear its definitely worth it! If you have an obsessive makeup lover in your life and you want to wow them with your gift purchasing skills, then you have come to the right place. Let me take you through the most desirable gifts this year that you can pick up in Canberra and no matter if you want to spend $20 or $200, there will be something to spoil the makeup lover in your life!

1: Lush Lip Tint/Cream Blush - $24.95
These handmade, vegan makeup products are environmentally friendly and really effective! They come in almost any colour you can think of and couple this with the Lush Lip Balm to have a complete lip set.

 2: The Body Shop Australia Honey Bronze Dry Oil - $39.95
This dry oil is an essential summer product! It gives the most amazing 'just been to the beach' glow but without any greasy residue and that means no damage to your clothes. Also fantastic for faking a temporary tan, this dry oil will leave you smelling divine!

3. Benefit Cosmetics Finding Mr Bright - $45
Anything from Benefit Cosmetics is going to be a winner! These professional quality products have the cutest retro packaging. The Finding Mr Bright set contains sample sizes of illuminating, concealing and lip tinting products that will get everyone hooked on the Benefit products!

4: Napoleon Perdis Merci Lip Gloss Pack - $49
This year Napoleon Perdis have really cute holiday gift pack offerings and this set of 5 lip glosses is definitely on my list this year. Containing antioxidant Vitamin E, these lip glosses might look good but they are actually good for you! Either give all 5 to one lucky person or my hot tip is to divide them into a few gifts (and maybe keep one for you too!).

5. MAC Cosmetics Australia Nocturnals Glitter and Pigments - $65
The creme de la creme of the cosmetics world always has been, and probably always will be, MAC Cosmetics and this year they have not disappointed with their holiday offerings! The sleek black packaging is beautiful but the contents are so desirable, even I am drooling a little. These mini sets come in pigments and glitters for eyes or a set of 5 lip glosses so you can pick either eyes or lips (or both).

6. Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe - $95
With the new David Jones make over in the Canberra Centre, Canberrans' can welcome many amazing big brands to our city, including Laura Mercier! This Luxe set is to die for, and contains everything you could need for a whole makeup makeover.

7: Mecca Cosmetica Stila Limited Edition Artists Signature Set - $235
I absolutely had to include this Stila extravaganza set in this list. The Artists Signature set contains; 15 lip glazes, 2 eye shadow palettes containing 6 eye shadows each, a 4 pan cheek palette, 7 smudge stick eyeliners, 3 smudge crayons and 3 brushes to apply it all with! It is the greatest collection of Stila products that has ever been and the price may seem scary but if you think (watch the makeup fanatic justification skills in practice) that this is enough makeup to last a person at least 3 years then really, it's a bargain!
Any of these items will make you the superstar gifter of this holiday season and don't feel guilty if you are shopping purely for yourself, because many of these sets will dissapear once New Years hits so it's now or never!

xx
LJ