It Cosmetics Blurred Lines Lipstick Swatches and Review

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It Cosmetics has been featuring prominently in my makeup routine, with their yellow-toned Your Skin But Better CC+ cream and their easy-to-apply Bye Bye Redness concealer. I’ve recently added their new CC+ Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipsticks to my rotation.

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There are 7 new shades available in Australia, 4 of which are creme and 3 which contain shimmer. Swatches:

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Daring: sheer brownish plum creme

IT Girl: vibrant red creme

Love:  sheer mauve rose creme

Live: sheer rose pink creme

Naturally Pretty: soft mauve pink with subtle gold shimmer

Believe: sheer berry with silver shimmer

Ruby Slippers: sheer pinkish red with gold shimmer

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Crop Natural Skincare Cosmetics Review

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Crop Natural Skincare launched their skincare range in Coles late last year, and now they’re launching a cosmetics range. It’s surprisingly comprehensive, with 28 new products (including a brush).

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Natural Mineral Pressed Blush ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Bouquet, in a black compact with a clear window

Natural Mineral Pressed Bronzer ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Solaire, in the same packaging

Natural Mineral Pressed Highlighter ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Aura, in the same packaging

2 in 1 Folding Mineral Kabuki Brush ($20) – Slanted synthetic fibre brush that folds together with a magnetic closure, or folds out into a flat fan shape for contouring.

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Natural Tinted Lip Balm ($16 for 2.49 g) – Comes in  Tulip (pale pink) and Berry (mauve pink), in wooden pencil form

Natural Lipstick ($18 for 3 g) – Comes in Spice (orange pink) and Plum (mauve pink), comes in black bullet packaging with Crop symbol in a matching colour

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Revo Lip Balm Review

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As I’ve whinged before, eos balms do not play nice with my lips, even though I love the scents and the packaging. Revo lip balms are the latest brand to catch onto the bubble packaging, so I was pretty damn curious to see if they’d live up to my expectations. Here’s my review…

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The big difference between Revo and eos is that Revo lip balms don’t shy away from petrochemicals, which I fully support – petrochemical-free balms just aren’t enough for my dry lips. My favourite balm, Nivea Repair and Protection, has waxes in spades.

The ingredients in the Watermelon Revo balm are:

Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Flavour, Isopropyl Myristate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopherol, Sucralose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bismuth Oxychloride, Red 6 Lake (CI 15850).

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Fact-check: The Lead in Lipstick is Safe

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This “lead in lipstick” hoax has been going around Facebook again – it’s actually pretty ancient (goes back to the early 2000s) and refuses to die. Here’s one version:

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All the versions of this chain email are slightly different but all have the same themes… and all are BS. There’s a whole bunch of wrong in this scary-sounding PSA.

Firstly:

Recently a brand called “Red Earth” decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90.

This bloody factoid changes currencies all the damn time – let’s pretend it’s in Australian dollars, cos it’s probably the way it’ll make most sense. Red Earth was never $67, and it sure as hell isn’t $9.90 now. Even if you don’t know science, you should know that Red Earth is a comfortable $24.

Why? Because it contained lead.

This is true. BECAUSE EVERYTHING CONTAINS LEAD. The thing is, atoms and molecules are really really really really really really ridiculously tiny. According to some maths, each of us contains about 200 billion of Shakespeare’s atoms (and 200 billion atoms from anyone else who’s ever lived and been dead for a while), so it’s not surprising that in your lipstick, there’s at least one atom of an element that was spewing into the atmosphere for 80 years thanks to leaded petrol. So a “trace amount of lead” is unavoidable in everything outside of the most high tech, fanciest lab.

So the real question is, how much lead is there? They’ve got one thing right:

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eos Lip Balm Review

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eos lip balms are one of those products that everyone seems to own (in the US anyway), so I was excited to finally try them out. In Australia, you can …

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MAC Twig Dupes and Comparisons

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I’ve always been a fan of the brown/rose/mauve family of lipsticks, so when I got my hot little hands on the much-loved MAC Twig, I wasn’t surprised when I loved it. Then I realised that I had an embarrassing number of lipsticks in my collection in the same colour family…so why not do a swatch comparison post?

(This is only about a third of my pinky-browns. Like I said, embarrassing.)mac-twig-dupes

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MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig* – This is a lovely pinky-brown colour that’s great for my-lips-but-better looks on darker girls i.e. “Kylie Jenner lips”. It smells pleasantly vanilla. The formula is a bit drying on my lips, but my lips are very prone to dehydration (fat lip life) so most people will fare better. The colour payoff is magnificent, and it’s opaque with one swipe, with a not-quite-matte, not-quite cream finish.

Marc Jacobs Lip Crème in Infamous* – Close colour dupe. This is a tiny bit little pinker than Twig, but has the same sort of finish. It’s very creamy and moisturising for a satin lipstick, with nicely opaque colour payoff. The packaging screams luxury, with a cool magnetic closure that snaps shut with a satisfying click. It’s practically fragrance-free.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in SultryClose colour dupe. The crayon format of this lipstick makes it very easy to apply, and I love the matte metal detail on the twist-up end, although I’ve found that these Revlon lids crack very easily and then slip off in handbags. The colour is a bit redder than Twig, but it’s pretty damn close! The colour payoff is great. Like other Revlon crayons, this has peppermint oil which gives a minty scent and a weird tingle.

ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Rose BloomClose colour dupe, slightly matter finish. It’s almost the same shade as Revlon Sultry and the colour is fantastically long-lasting. This is an excellent budget option – the main drawback is that the packaging feels flimsy, and the bullet is a bit wobbly in the packaging. Its floral scent also hangs around for a bit, which won’t be to everyone’s liking. It’s a bit drying as well, but for the price it’s hard to complain too much.

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick Review

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I’m in a bit of a crazy lipstick discovery phase at the moment, and I’ve just discovered FUCHSIA. When I try bright colours, it takes me a while to get comfortable, but the lipstick that started this love affair – Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Raspberry (argh long product names) – is a really beginner-friendly bright. It’s dark enough that it feels familiar if you’re already comfortable with bright red, but it’s bright enough that you feel perked up. And it looks stunning with my current favourite clothing colour, blue. (On a side note, I am so into blue right now it’s ridiculous. I was so certain it was going to be Pantone’s Colour of the Year, then they went with meh Marsala, which I’m still feeling super meh about. I’m all about the blue, baby. My hair in this photo is unfortunately not blue – it’s the reflection from the building across the road.)

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The formula is amazing too – moisturising and comfortable, super pigmented and glides on smoothly (it contains mango, shea and murumuru butters which I’m guessing is why it’s so lush). It’s not as all-out matte as a MAC lipstick, and it’s possibly a tad shinier than a Rimmel one though, but with the matte-ness comes dry flaky zombie-mouth hell).  I’d put this in the satin category. It has a pleasant desserty vanilla scent. I’m really liking the trend towards creamier lip product scents – I’ve never been a big fan of florals near my mouth. It makes me feel a bit like I’ve eaten soap.

The only complaint I have with the formula is that the colour comes off unappealingly all over my food when I eat, but that’s pretty standard with any moisturising lipstick. I’ve recently picked up a fantastic lippie tip – take off your lipstick before you eat, and reapply afterwards, which I hope will help.

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