Lipstick mania! Arbonne and Face of Australia swatches and review

More lipsticks I’ve been trying recently – last week I reviewed some matte lippies from Rimmel’s Kate Moss collection, this time it’s a few glossy offerings. Arbonne Lipstick (RRP $36 for 2.17 g) comes in 14 shades – I’ve only tried out Jam so far. It’s a muted plum/wine colour that’s very flattering on my skin tone. This lippie’s packaging …

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Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick review & swatches

I’ve only recently started exploring lipstick – I’ve been using stains forever, and since Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains came out I’ve been happily trying out some long-wear colour. The main thing keeping me from wearing more lipstick is reapplication, and it’s often a mess before I remember! So predictably, my favourite finish is long-lasting matte. I was really …

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Review: Olieve & Olie natural Australian skincare

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out a bunch of Olieve & Olie products. Olieve & Olie are a boutique Australian brand who make gorgeous handmade skincare products based on real olive oil. 95% of their products’ ingredients are locally sourced from regional Victoria, and they’ve incorporated many sustainable practices into their production. My first reaction to these …

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Neutrogena Naturals review and giveaway

As many readers know, I’m not a fan of brands which expect consumers to pay a premium simply because they’re natural, with the implication that “natural” things are somehow safer, or less “unnatural”, because they “don’t contain chemicals” (see one of my earliest posts on this marketing claptrap here). A lot of “natural” brands rely upon consumer ignorance and spread …

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Lip balm frenzy!

I love my NIVEA Repair and Protection stick balms – so much that I’ve got 6 half-used tubes stashed around the house, in my handbag and at uni (in case of chapped lip emergency I guess?). So it takes a really good pot of lip balm to make me sticky up my fingers. Here are the two that I like …

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Lab Muffin’s top beauty products of 2012

2012 is nearly over, so here’s a round-up of the beauty products that got the most use this year (nail polish excluded): Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel (reviewed here) – My go-to exfoliator when my skin feels like it needs a good scrub. It’s a mix of physical and chemical exfoliant, and it lives in my shower caddy pretty much permanently.PVA …

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DIY Custom Lipstick; or, How to use up old lippie part 1

Today I’ve got a DIY project to show you, that I’m very proud of – mixing lipsticks to get custom colours. I’ve recently started buying lippie, inspired by the likes of Michaela and Ling. As a rookie lipstick buyer/wearer, I have a whole collection of shades that look terrible on me – they’d be great if they were sheer, but …

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Four makeup tips every girl should know

Happy Friday! Today I have a guest post about makeup tips, something I’m not completely confident in yet – so instead here is some advice from Isabella Franklin, who knows a bit more about this than I do… Editor at Large If you slap on the same concealer and blusher every day with little to no thought, it might be …

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