MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Review

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I love limited edition make-up packaging, and MAC do spectacular designs. Their Isabel and Ruben Toledo collection has one of my favourite designs so far!

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I’m reviewing three items from the collection today:

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* Ripe Peach ombre blush ($54) is my favourite. It’s a flattering blend of coral-hued pink and apricot, with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle isn’t all that obvious on the skin. The colours in this blush look amazing on warm skin, and it’s buildable and easy to use.

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Red Earth Is Back!

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Red Earth is back in Australia! If you’re a late 90s/early 00s kid like me, you might remember Red Earth stores – they were a bit like The Body Shop but with more emphasis on make-up than body products. The brand has relaunched in Sephora Sydney, Emporium Melbourne and online with a sleek new look – lots of brown, shiny …

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MAC SS15 Trend Forecast Collection review

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MAC’s SS15 looks had lots of bold eye colours and natural, understated lip shades. Here are the matching SS15 Trend Forecast palettes:

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These are MAC’s descriptions of the eye shades:

Superfresh – light mint green
Humble – soft muted beige-taupe
Power Player – deep burgundy
Blue Forecast – light periwinkle blue with white pearl
Urbanist – muted plum brown with slight pearl
Night Walk – deep eggplant with slight pearl

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Rimmel Provocalips 16Hr Kissproof Lip Colour Review

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Rimmel Provocalips is my new favourite lipstick. It may be the last lipstick I ever need (OK, that’s obviously a lie, but you get the idea – I’m obsessed).

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I love lipstick, but I’m a low-maintenance girl. I’m pretty lazy, and checking my make-up in the mirror on a regular basis is too much for me to deal with. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone to work with nice lipstick, then drunken a few cups of tea and eaten an apple, then when I make it to the bathroom three hours later I discover that my lipstick has slid off my lips and disappeared. Or made its way onto my teeth. Or the side of my mouth, and I look like the Joker.

It’s because of this that despite my love of bold lipstick, I only manage to muster up the motivation to wear it once or twice a month. I usually get lazy and end up at my old still-looks-good-after-food favourite, Revlon Kissable Balm Stains.

Enter Rimmel Provocalips. These come in double-ended doe foot applicators. One end has a liquid lipstick, while the other end has a moisturising, non-sticky gloss. The packaging colour is generally pretty close to what’s inside.

The concept is pretty similar to Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lip Color and Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Hour Lip Color, which have been around for a while, though the Rimmel ones are the first ones I’ve seen under $20. First, you apply 1 or 2 coats of the sticky liquid lipstick (it feels a bit like latex), wait til it starts looking matte, then you add the gloss on top to seal it in.

Rimmel Provocalips comes in 8 shades. I’m wearing 2 coats in these swatches, with the gloss on top:

Rimmel-Provocalips-Make-Your-MoveMake Your Move – pink brown (more pink than the packaging)

Rimmel-Provocalips-Ill-Call-YouI’ll Call You – medium pink

Rimmel-Provocalips-Little-MinxLittle Minx – bright fuschia pink

Rimmel-Provocalips-Kiss-Me-You-FoolKiss Me You Fool – bold warm red

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Lip and Eye from Mary Kay

Mary Kay have some exciting new colour products out – I’ve been lucky enough to road test them! Here’s what I thought…

 

Cream Eye Colors

I am a huge fan of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo range so I was excited to see that Mary Kay have released some too. There are 4 colours out:

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Meadow Grass – grassy green

Coastal Blue – deep aqua

Glacier Gray – pink-tinged medium grey

Violet Storm – greyish purple

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All 4 shades contain fine shimmer and go on the skin with a solid shimmery effect. They glide on very smoothly, unlike the sticky Maybelline Color Tattoos, and they dry very quickly and don’t crease as much. On the flip side, this means that they’re not quite as good as an eyeshadow base. I prefer wearing these alone, and the Color Tattoos as a base. The Mary Kay shadows are very wearable colours that can be layered to give a bolder colour, but with just one layer they’re a really subtle way of adding colour to your eyes. My favourites for work wear are Glacier Grey and Meadow Grass, but the other two aren’t far behind!

 

True Dimensions Lipstick

There are 4 new shades of True Dimensions lipsticks out. These are very moisturising lipsticks with sheer but buildable glossy colour, in the same style as Revlon’s Lip Butters, but with better lasting power. The 4 new shades are:

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Low-Key Lip Products: Hurraw! and Luk Beautifood reviews

I didn’t take any fun lipsticks with me to Europe because my boyfriend stupidly refuses to kiss me on the lips if I’m wearing colour – even if I’m wearing a lip stain, he wipes his lips for a full five seconds afterwards. So instead, I’ve been using lip balms and tinted lip colour for this trip. In my last …

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My Skincare Regimen (in excessive detail)

A few people have asked me about my regular skincare routine, which I described briefly in my interview with Beautiful With Brains – here it is in more detail. I generally use the same steps, but I often substitute in different products. It gets pretty complex, but I hope it makes sense! I’ve included a summary chart at the bottom, …

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Essence blush, lipgloss and eyeshadow review

Essence have a bunch of new products in Australia that you may have seen on the shelves already – if not, go check them out! Let’s start with this gorgeous blush from the Blush Up! range – Heat Wave ($6.45). How pretty is the gradient? It’s a pretty coral shade. Despite looking very fluoro in the pan, it’s surprisingly soft …

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