Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review: Designer Brands Lavish Lip Gloss

I'm not sure how many of you have seen the Designer Brands cosmetics, but you'll find them in chemists. The brand was also recently featured on A Current Affair (see the clip here) and beat out a number of luxury brands to take out the top spot for the best lipstick and lip gloss.



I was recently in Chemist Warehouse and was able to get a good look at their range, which starts at $4.99. I saw the segment on A Current Affair, so my interest was piqued (I definitely consider myself a lip gloss whore), and I was also drawn to the lip gloss colours. I have lots of pinks and reddish glosses, so I opted for something a little different. I bought a Lavish Lip Gloss in the colour Delicious Wine for $6.99 for a whopping 7.5mL of product.


This is how it appears in four different kinds of lighting.

In addition to the Lavish Lip Gloss range, there's an Xtreme Lip Gloss collection. The Lavish glosses appear to be more opaque with a subtler shine to them, while the Xtreme glosses are shinier and are meant to be longer lasting. Well, having used the Lavish gloss, I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever in regards to staying power. I'm sure the pictures speak for themselves, but I only really felt like I needed to reapply after around 3 hours.


The picture on the left is after 2 hours and the right is after 4 hours. It'd worn off by then, but my lips were still nicely moisturised.

The gloss features a wand with a doe foot applicator, which I'm a big fan of. Application was smooth and creamy, and while it's a thicker consistency than I'm used to, that's not a bad thing. The gloss is nice and opaque, but it's not sticky or gluggy. I'm seriously considering getting some more colours. Forget what I said in my earlier Sportsgirl lip gloss review, this is the gloss I'll be buying more of.



In a word, this lip gloss is awesome. It kind of seems like everything I've reviewed recently has been a total rave, but this isn't always the case. I consider myself to have been very lucky in my makeup purchases recently. If you're the kind of person who likes a good yet cheap gloss, I highly recommend the Lavish Lip Gloss from Designer Brands. At $6.99 you can't really go wrong and considering how much you get in the tube, it'll last you ages, too.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nails: Versace V2045-W

So this week I'm wearing a nail polish I bought ages ago, but haven't actually worn before. It's actually called Versace's Heat Nail Lacquer in the colour V2045-W, which is a dark, vivid metallic purple. I bought this from Cosmo Cosmetics for only $5.95, so it was a total bargain.

It's darker in real life than it appears in this photo, but it gives you an idea of the metallic shimmer in it.

It was really nice to apply: it was a lovely consistency, a little thicker than most polishes, and as a result, it only require two coats for full opacity. However, it took forever to dry. I applied the first coat in the morning and the second coat six hours before I went to bed and I still had faint sheet marks the next morning (and that's using my OPI Drip Dry too). I did my top coat that following morning and it appeared to have dried, but this morning I had some more sheet marks! What the?

The colour is so divine that I think I can forgive it. To see what it really looks like, click here. With a quick-dry topcoat, it would probably work better, but it sucks that it takes so bloody long. I'm also glad it was cheap because I'd be really annoyed if it was an expensive polish. It's the perfect purple in my opinion, so I'll definitely be wearing it again. Hopefully it'll last more than a few days, considering it essentially took two days to apply!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Sportsgirl liquid lip colour

Sportsgirl's 'Give me some lip' liquid lip colour was an accidental find for me. I was merely killing time in my local shopping centre while waiting for my sister.

At $8.95, this lip gloss is definitely a steal compared to MAC Dazzleglass glosses, which retail for $42 in Australia. Not only that, but the MAC gloss only contains 2.4mL of product, while the Sportsgirl contains 3.1mL. The gloss comes in a wand with a doe foot applicator, which I much prefer to a brush. I'm a fan of reapplying my gloss without using a mirror, so the doe foot makes it really easy to do that.



The one I bought is called 'Sweetest Thing'. It's quite a sheer gloss, as you can see from the pictures above (click on each to see a bigger version). It's a bright candy pink in the tube, but is quite sheer once applied. There's some silver and purplish-looking micro-glitter in it, which gives it a nice 3D sparkle when you wear it, without being too over the top. You can't feel the glitter when you rub your lips together, which is a bonus. There's nothing worse than chunky-feeling gloss.

One thing I really dislike is the smell. It's got a sickly super-sweet odour that's kind of nauseating to me. Luckily, the smell completely wears off after about 5 minutes. I don't mind a hint of fragrance in my glosses, but the smell here is overpowering. If it didn't wear off, this would definitely have been a deal-breaker for me.

On my lips, the gloss feels lovely. It's smooth and has a nice consistency, without being sticky. It's not too thick either. I found that it wears really well. If I don't eat anything, it'll last a solid two hours before you I think about reapplying. And that's with me periodically sipping water from a bottle. The other thing is that when it does eventually wear off completely (after eating lunch, for example), there's no silly-looking layer of glitter left on your lips. I attribute this to the fact that the glitter is so fine.




First pic is in natural light, second is in the bathroom and the third is out in the sun.

All in all, I love this gloss. It's really pretty and it was under $10, which makes is definitely worth a look at least. The other colours I remember seeing were a paler pink, a peachy colour and a red. I think I'll have to get the red. I love red glosses that are a bit sheer, so that you don't look like a clown when they wear off and leave a 'ring of confidence' (anyone remember that old Colgate ad?). If you're a lip gloss junkie, have a play the next time you walk past your local Sportsgirl store.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Upcoming reviews

So I have some new goodies to review and thought I'd give you guys a sneak peek at what they are.

I recently bought two new lip glosses: a Sportsgirl-branded pink gloss with purply glitter in it, as well as an opaque wine-coloured gloss from Designer Brands. I'm liking both at the moment and they both offer a different kind of sheen.

The other item I'll be reviewing soon a long-wearing liquid eyeliner from Sephora (you can see it here). The boyfriend got me this when he was in Beijing. I've only worn this twice, so I'll need a few more days before I can really comment on how well it lasts.

Also, I'm not sure how many of you are aware of Aromaleigh Cosmetics (www.aromaleigh.com), but they recently announced the imminent closure of the company and are offering 35% off all orders until then. I got 43 mineral eyeshadow samples (I know, even for me that's a lot), but I figured that I may as well go nuts because once they're gone, they're gone. Anyway, it's going to take me forever to try all the colours, so I may just try to do a swatch post with these.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nails: China Glaze DV8

So this week I'm wearing DV8 from China Glaze's OMG collection.


I've been so busy with work this past week, I haven't been able to do any new blog posts. As a result, I had very little time to do my nails. I decided on DV8 because it's one of two nail polishes that I own from this holographic collection (the other one is LOL) and they dry faster than any polish I have ever seen.


This is a pic I found on the web. My photos were all crap because there was no sun.


DV8 is a bright holographic teal colour. Of course, it depends on the light, but the holographic sparkle is most obvious in sunlight. In the normal lighting of my house, it just looks sparkly in an unusual way. It's not until you go in the really bright light that you can see it's got that 3D effect going on.

If you want to see what it looks like on, click here. Scrangie (www.scrangie.com) has the best nail polish blog in the history of the internet (in my humble opinion, that is). Here you'll find the rest of the OMG collection.

I love how this polish applies: no bubbles, no brush marks and super fast drying. I just love it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds eyeliner

I recently purchased the new Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds eyeliner in Black Ice. I was $9.99, although I'm pretty sure that was only an introductory offer. I've never tried the Avon Glimmersticks before, or any other retractable eyeliner for that matter, so I was keen to give it a go. The added glitter finally pushed me over the edge and convinced me that I needed to try it.
Overall, I'm fairly impressed.

One of my favourite eyeliners ever is Avon's Ultra Luxury Eye Liner and I think the last time I bought one it was $5.99. However, since they've discontinued my favourite colour (Hunter Green), I haven't bought one in a long time. I was so devastated about that because it was the perfect green: a kind of forest green. It wasn't too bright or olive, but a dark liner that was only just noticeably green, with a lovely sheen - not shimmery, but it had a satiny look it. Anyway, it's time to let it go.

Ah, memories. How I'll miss you when you're gone...

So the Glimmersticks Diamonds liner is a different texture to the Ultra Luxury liner. It's not as soft, so you need to go over it a couple times when you apply it. On the other hand, the one problem I have with the Ultra Luxury liner is the fact that it smudges, since it's so soft. The Glimmersticks Diamonds didn't smudge on me at all. Hooray! It's not as black as some other liners, however, which may be a drawback for some. Personally, I have plenty of really black eyeliners, but few that are sparkly and don't smudge.



This one draws a great, thin line, which you can obviously thicken if like. The glitter is really subtle and gives a really flattering hint of glam. If you're after something with tons of sparkle, then this isn't the liner you want. The glitter is really fine and appears to be in a number of different colours. I found that smudging it made the glitter more apparent. Since the glitter particles are so fine, and therefore tightly packed in I guess, smudging it spreads out the glitter and makes it sparkle more. The actual black liner itself hardly budges, but the glitter spreads nicely.

Ugh. Is the back of my hand really that hairy? Sorry about that. The left is the liner simply applied as normal. The right line is smudged slightly. It's kind of hard to tell here, but the glitter is definitely more obvious on the right in real life.

I also love the fact that it's retractable. That means no sharpening is necessary (who doesn't love that?) and when you're done, you can just wind it down and not accidentally smush the tip when you replace the cap. Or is that just me? It also means you can see exactly how much liner you have left. Why have I never used a retractable eyeliner before? This isn't a magical new invention or anything. Anyway, the one thing I despise about pencil liners is when they get too small to comfortably hold when sharpening the damn thing, as well as getting a good grip on it when applying it.The only real problem with the Glimmersticks Diamonds liner is that it's not really an option for use on the waterline. For a start, it's not very black, so that sort of defeats the purpose of applying it to your waterline. It's not very soft, so if you persist in applying it there, it takes some effort (and for heaven's sake, be gentle!). I'd also beware of using it on the waterline, since there is glitter in it. It's probably not a good idea to get small particles of the stuff that close to the inside of your eye.

Retractable liner: makeup miracle.

Overall, I'd suggest giving the Glimmersticks Diamonds eyeliner a try. It's really quite cheap and long-wearing, so it's a good investment if you want a subtle sparkly liner. Then there's the added bonus of being retractable. I love it.

Nails: OPI Black Cherry Chutney

So this week's nails are proudly brought to you by OPI in the colour Black Cherry Chutney from the India collection. I grabbed this one when I was in US early last year, but this is the first time I've worn it. I know! How could I wait so long, right? I don't know. I have heaps of polishes and my collection is continually growing, so there's bound to be some neglect in there.I paid US$8.50 for this polish. Can you believe it? We pay $20 retail for OPI in Australia and I've even seen some girls mention on US-based blogs that OPI is pricey! Seriously? Try living with the prices here. If only we had it so good!


Black Cherry Chutney is a really dark burgundy with dark red sparkles. I had been tossing up between this and OPI's Eiffel For This Color (see the picture here) for the longest time. Eiffel is more purple, but looks quite similar when you see it indoors. I went for Chutney because I have tons of purples. It was a very difficult decision, though! I dare say I'd get Eiffel if I ever found it on sale somewhere (in my dreams perhaps).Out in the sun, Chutney is amazing. The sparkles really stand out and you can actually tell the colour is burgundy, rather than black. Unfortunately, winter means so sunshine, so I wasn't able to take a decent photo to show what it really looks like. Besides, this sort of thing is best left to the professionals (see the awesome photo here).

I absolutely love this colour. I was a bit worried about whether a nail polish this dark would look any good on my super-short nails. My fingers are somewhat chubby, so I was dubious, but went for it anyway. I think it looks good. If you've got really long nails, this colour would look really vampy and goth, yet still pretty.

Sadly, this is the best photo I could manage. The flash washed out the colour and made it look like a weird greyish purple.

Monday, July 5, 2010

First impression: Volturi Twilight makeup

I was in Priceline on the weekend and saw a display of the new Volturi Twilight makeup range. When I first heard that there was a makeup range being released to coincide with the release of Eclipse, I thought it was laughable. However, I must say that having an actual look at the makeup, I'm somewhat surprised to find myself kind of liking it.

I then checked the Twilight Beauty web site (www.twilightbeauty.com) to see the full range of products available and there appears to be a Luna Twilight range, as well as the Volturi Twilight collection. However, as far as I could see, Priceline only had the Volturi.

There were a few testers provided, but I didn't really get a chance to have a go at everything, since it was almost closing time for the store. I was able to swipe a couple of the loose eyeshadows, though. The colours I tried were Lover (metallic mauve) and Dusk (dark metallic burgundy). The texture of the shadow was actually really nice and they're quite pigmented. I only used a little bit, but there was quite an impressive colour payoff. The only problem I had was with the $15 price tag. I've paid more for eyeshadows, but that's from brands I know and trust. I'll probably pick up the burgundy eyeshadow if Priceline ever has them on sale.The rest of the range includes lip glosses in square compacts (a pink glittery colour and a black glitter), mascaras, an eye primer, shimmering body gel, fragrances body mist, as well as two Lip Venom products made by DuWop (!), although I didn't see these in the Priceline display. From the web site, it appears the collection was actually available a year ago in the US. I often joke about Australia being the last place to get a lot of different brands and collections, but this just proves my point. I'm sorry, but I didn't take note of the prices of the other products.
The Luna Twilight collection features eyeshadow duos, lip gloss tubes, 'staining balm' (lipsticks), blush, face luminiser, mini palettes (containing eye, lip and cheek colours) and body shimmer. I would argue that this collection has more variety in it, as well as more wearable makeup than the Volturi Twilight range, but I have yet to see this is Australian shops.

All in all, I found the range more impressive than I originally thought I would. I'd definitely be interested in trying the Lip Venom, especially since I've never tried any of the DuWop products, even though they've been around for years. I'm kind of embarrassed to be considering anything so trendy and teenagey, but it's actually worth a look. I'd recommend pushing past any scepticism and reserving judgement until you've had a play.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pics: Pure Luxe OMG

So today I finally got the balls to wear one of my latest Pure Luxe (www.pureluxecosmetics.com) acquisitions, the mineral eyeshadow in OMG, which is a bright red. I also teamed this up with Avenging Angel (matte black with red glitter) and Molten (dark coppery red).

I felt OMG on its own would have been really full on, but with the Molten in my crease for definition, it toned it down somewhat by providing a nice, darker contrast. I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion and then added Molten to my crease. After that, I applied Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy all over the lid and added OMG all over this. A colour this bright definitely needed black liner, so I thought I'd use Avenging Angel for this reason. I dabbed on a teeny bit of the epoxy on my lower lashline to give the red glitter something to stick to. I finished off by sweeping a little Molten on the inner part of the lower lashline.


I wish the redness was more apparent in these photos. It's a much brighter colour than it appears here (see the swatch in my previous post here). So what do you think? Fun, bright makeup or freakish clown-like eyes?



White natural light.





Warmer bathroom light.