Products That Have Grown On Me


Sometimes, it’s nice when you’re wrong. These are a few of the products I’ve encountered that I couldn’t stand at first, but that have grown on me.

Guerlain is one of my favourite brands, but because of how expensive they are, it’s pretty rare that I buy things from them. Thus, when I do spend my hard-earned dollars on one of their products, it better be good. Their Météorites Baby Glow product just did not seem to work for me when I first tried it. It was way too red and just didn’t seem to cooperate with my skin. However, the shade suddenly seems to be a near perfect match. Maybe it’s because my hair colour is changing or something, but it suddenly works. This product has gone from being one of my greatest disappointments to being one of my go-to products for everyday use.

KvD’s Bullet Lipsticks – You may have heard that all of the KvD bullet lipsticks are being reformulated and if I’d heard that months ago, I would have cheered. However, I’ve kinda grown to like them. I think the turning point was when I figured out that they were easily defeated by oil/greasy foods. Provided you stay away from that, they perform wonderfully. I still hate that the lids tend to come off if you look at them too intensely (or for no apparent reason). But some of these lipsticks are now products that I use on a regular basis, and I’m especially fond of the shade Chula. Let’s just say I’m kinda nervous about the new formula.

MAC – Viva Glam Rihanna (Frost). I’m not a big fan of mac. They’re overpriced, overhyped, and simply overrated. I’ve yet to find a MAC product that I genuinely love. This lipstick is the closest I’ve gotten. I’ve gone from thinking it was an absolute waste of money to thinking it’s alright. Not praising this one as much as the others, because it’s still only an (at best) fairly good lipstick that is still overpriced and overhyped. However, I don’t regret buying it anymore.

Colourpop Sculpting Stix in the shade Dove – I’m not massively into contouring. I find that it tends to look unnatural, unflattering, and muddy. It’s really hard to find contouring products for pale skin that are suitable for a more natural and subtle contour. However, this is one of the few products I’ve found that actually works. At first, I found that it either did nothing or looked clownish. But after spending a fair amount of time working with the product, I think I’ve figured out how to make it work.

Josie Maran Argan Oil – When my hair is in a decent condition, this product does nothing for me. But when my hair is having a bad time and looking worse than normal, it’s a lifesaver. So it helps revive my hair, but doesn’t improve the quality if my hair is already in a good condition.

Sacha Matte Face Powder – Nude Beige. This product is simply too dark for me to be able to use it as a regular powder foundation or all-over face powder. It’s not a bad product, just a poor match. That’s hardly surprising given that the brand normally targets women of colour, so it was more of an “ah well, guess that’s to be expected” case rather than “wow, this is so disappointing” one. What it does work for is when it’s combined with a foundation that is just a little too pale for me. It helps balancing it all out and means that I can now wear BB cremes that are just a little bit too light.


Recent Sephora Haul

IMG_20171016_140519_505.jpgRecently, I bought a few things from Sephora that I thought I’d share with y’all.

KvD is about to create a new formula for her lipsticks, so they’re currently being sold out.  I ended up getting a fairly neutral brownish red that looks like something Dana Scully would wear. The shade is called Chula and I quite like it. I also got one of the KvD eye quads, in this case the one with several purple tones.

I finally got around to buying a new Lancôme mascara, which I’m terribly excited about. The name, Monsieur Big, is absolutely ridiculous. It seems to be a pretty good mascara though, except some minor smudging.

I also got a two toned lipstick from Mirenesse. I’ve been wanting to try a two toned lipstick forever, so I’m pretty keen to try this one.

Lastly, I got an argan hand mask and some deodorant wipes from Sephora. I’ve already tried the mask and to be perfectly honest, I just found it to be a bit meh.

Review: Labiotte’s Wine Lipstick

Brand: Labiotte (Chateau Labiotte)
Product: Wine Lipstick Fitting
Shade: 4
Price: 19.51 AUD
Bought from: W2Beauty

First impressions: The colour is more discrete than I anticipated and a bit more matte than I thought it would be. It’s still a nice colour, so I’m not disappointed, just a bit caught off guard. The packaging is awesome. It feels really nice on the lips, it’s lightweight and not very drying.

Packaging: It’s a wine bottle. I like wine bottles. Especially when they’re comfortable to hold, stay closed, and stand up on their own.

Usage: I wear it without lipliner or lip primer. It stays on pretty well but if you want to keep the bottle on your desk, you can probably use the need to reapply the lipstick as an excuse. The cut is slanted rather than pointed, so you might find some parts of your lip need to be painted with care.

Value for money: 20 AUD is pretty mid-range for lipsticks and I’d say the price is fair considering the extra work that was put into the product. It’s fine but doesn’t make me giddy with what a steal it is.

Would I buy this again? Maybe. It takes me a while to get through lipsticks and this shade is nice but not amazing. I might consider picking it up in a different colour the next time I buy from W2Beauty.

First Impressions: Revlon’s Rum Raisin Lipstick

wp-1480657861165.jpgBrand: Revlon
Product: Super Lustrous Lipstick
Shade: 535 Rum Raisin

Available: most drugstores.

Impressions: I’ve been looking for this shade forever and it seemed like everyone else in South East Queensland were trying to get a hold of it too. Finally found one hiding at my local chemist.

Since I decided to get a new hair colour, I’ve struggled to find lipsticks that look good for everyday use. It’s easy to go full on vamp with a really deep red lip, but it’s not something you’d wear out to breakfast. At least not all the time. This shade was recommended to me for two reasons: firstly, it works really well with auburn hair. Secondly, it is rumoured to be a shade worn by the character Dana Scully in the X Files. Having developed a minor obsession with that show, I simply had to get it.

The shade works really well for me and I’ve previously found Revlon’s formulas to be quite okay. Not expecting this lipstick to be the Holy Grail in disguise, but it seems solid. It feels good on the lips and has a soft scent of mint. So far so good, might return with a full review if I encounter any unexpected issues or benefits.

First impressions: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

wp-1479955049720.jpgBrand: Urban Decay
Product: Vice Lipstick
Shade: (Sheer) Liar
Purchased from: Mecca
Price: 28 AUD

First impressions: The colour is lovely, perfect for everyday use. Deliberately selected a colour with a brown undertone since they tend to agree with my new hair colour. It feels like a matte lipstick on your lips rather than a sheer one in terms of texture.

Packaging: Extremely annoying. It looks like a shotgun shell and the material is nice, but the problem comes with actually using the product. The main issue is that it’s surprisingly difficult to open. It looks durable, but the design appears to be made to look nice rather than actually be a practical lipstick.

Usage: It was easy to apply and makes for a good option to a nude lip. The lipstick looks great in terms of both texture and colour. It’s very close to my natural lips in terms of colour and that little boost of pigment and texture makes for a very easy look to wear. This is the type of lipstick that can be worn for almost any occasion and easily adapts to whatever makeup look you’re going for. It’s  a bit too dry for me personally, but that’s just personal preference. Exposing it to food/drink seems to make it a bit dry but it still stays on decently. I suspect I’ll have to carry this lipstick around with me if I want it to last a full 8 hours.

B.O.M.B. Challenge


I’m always interested in challenges that haven’t been done to death and I recently stumbled upon this one. B.O.M.B. stands for Black Owned Makeup Brands and it’s pretty much what it sounds like. The aim is to complete a full look using only products from black owned brands. I decided to give it a go and spent a healthy sum on cosmetics from Sacha since it’s a brand that I’ve heard a fair amount about and one that is quite budget friendly.
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Review: NYX’s Butter Lipstick

Brand: NYX
Product: Butter Lipstick
Shade: Big Cherry
Available: Target
Price: 11.95 AUD

First Impression: This thing is pigmented, really really pigmented. It’s also creamy but doesn’t feel heavy or oily on the lips. I’ve worn this a few times by now and I’m really happy with it. You’ll get a good 6-8 hours of wear out of this product and when it does fade, it fades evenly. It’s quite resistant to staining and easily survives coffee and a meal. Overall, it’s a really impressive lipstick.

Packaging: Lightweight plastic. Looks alright. Doesn’t fall apart in your bag. Gets the job done but won’t win any design awards.

Pros: High quality. Good price. Actually pigmented and long lasting. It’s really hard to find good drugstore reds, but this one is probably in my top 5 lipsticks at the moment. Also, NYX is cruelty free, which is always a bonus.

Cons: Not available from Target’s website, so you’ll need to buy it in store.

Would I purchase this again? Yup

First Impression: Maybelline’s Lip Studio Color Blur

20160522_160917.jpgIt is not often I get excited about a new type of product to the point where I don’t wait long enough for a complete review before talking about them. Here’s the thing though, the other day I managed to drag myself to the grocery store and ended up in the makeup aisle.

Despite not having planned to purchase anything, one product caught my interest. This lovely little thing from Maybelline.

I wasn’t wearing any other makeup on the day that I bought it and ended up absentmindedly applying it while cooking. This is a photo taken after dinner and a nap.

So what is this product? Well, from what I can tell it is meant to be used as a Korean style stain or tint. However, upon noticing how pigmented it was, I applied it over the entire lip. Similar to the flipsticks from Max Factor, this product has two ends. One that contains the actual product and another that is used to ensure that the blur effect is achieved. I found that the second end works really well for working the product into your lips to the point where you can barely feel that you’re wearing anything. It is apparently called an elastomer smudger.

The shade I’ve got is called 25 Cherry Cherry Bang Bang and the product apparently comes in 8 different shades. It settles and turns into a matte colour that is more flattering than those ultra matte shades that make it look like your lips are made of sand paper.

This is drugstore innovation at its best and it is a great option for anyone who prefers lightweight makeup and wants to bring a bit of colour into their look without it becoming overpowering. It is also quite cheap and I think I paid 12 or 13 AUD for mine.

Review: Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick


I’m waiting for my new phone to arrive, so sorry about the poor quality of the photo. It’s a rich red shade with a golden shimmer.

Brand: Kat Von D
Product: Studded Kiss Lipstick
Shade: Adora
Price: 31 AUD
Available from Sephora

First impression: I’ve been looking for a red with golden shimmers and thus I was super excited when I came across Adora. I’d also been really keen to try some Kat von D products since they’re not too easy to come across in Australia. It has a nice feeling when you apply it and it falls somewhere in between a satin and a matte finish. It’s a very flattering shade that will suit a lot of people. It has a light scent that is rather sweet and reminds me of cake fondant.Read More »

No Mirror Makeup Challenge

This is a challenge a friend of mine has been urging me to do for quite a while. It’s bloody difficult and I’d like to share this struggle with you all.

I decided to do a full face of makeup because why not. I also decided to do something that was quite similar to my normal look.

Products used:
Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream in fair/light
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Romance
Tony Moly’s Cherry tinted lip balm – applied with brush
Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 35 Tough as Taupe
Essence Kajal Pencil in 01 Black
Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam
Innisfree no-sebum mineral pact.

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