Saturday, September 27, 2014

NOTD - Revlon Nail Enamel in Siren

I'm on holidays for two weeks (although I'm not sure you can really call them holidays when both weeks will be filled with tutorial sessions, revision and practice exams!) but it means I have the opportunity to wear nail polish! With the warmer weather hitting Adelaide recently I knew I needed a bright polish to match!

All of the Revlon polishes I've tried I've had really good experiences with, and Siren was no exception. I got this polish in a gift set and it was paired with the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti. A stunning orange colour, it is very eye catching and bright!

As I always find with the Revlon polishes they are so easy to work with in terms of application. It is not streaky or gloopy in any way and you only need two coats for complete opacity.

The polish is reasonably long lasting and chipping tends to become obvious after a couple of days. I probably wouldn't have bought this shade on its own, especially as Revlon polishes are on the more expensive side of things, but I am pleased that it came in the gift set and I know I will get a lot of use out of it.

I love that the warmer weather is starting to come back and I can frolic about in skater skirts and bright polish! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rimmel London Match Perfection Blush in Light

Rimmel match perfection blush. Can you see the appeal? The gorgeous crown imprints coloured in glorious shades of pink? If you don't want to run out and purchase this at the mere sight of it then you are lying to yourself. It's gorgeous.

That is exactly what I did when I saw it for $8 at a shop called Cosmetics Fragrance direct. I'd seen it on blogs before but it didn't really catch my eye until I saw it in person, on sale, and having tried only one Rimmel blush before thought it would be a great idea. I will note that the Rimmel blush I had tried previously was the Rimmel 3 in one blush in Spring Flower which I was not at all impressed with and hoped that this blush would be the opportunity for Rimmel to redeem itself.

When I first opened it I hesitated putting my brush in it because it was just so pretty! Nevertheless, eventually I came around to the idea of, you know, actually using it. Anticipating amazing things, I started applying it on my cheeks and...nothing. There was no colour whatsoever...

And if I'm honest with you, it's not gotten any better since. This blush literally has no colour payoff, none at all. In fact, you could easily use it as a translucent setting powder without anyone questioning its authenticity as a setting powder.

Since I can barely see it when it's on (even after layering and layering and layering that I would never ever do with a normal blush) I can't really judge its lasting power...I guess it doesn't really matter because since you can't see it in the first place, you'll never notice its absence.

I have wondered whether one of the darker shades would be a little better, but I'm pretty darn pale so it's not like I'm giving it hard conditions to work for.

I will say though, as I mentioned I love the packaging and think the imprint and three colours are just gorgeous. It certainly sucked me in, much to my disappointment.

After having tried two blushes from Rimmel that were absolutely hopeless, I certainly won't be purchasing any more.

Do I have the worst luck ever or have you also had similar experiences with Rimmel blushes?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Barely Branded and Bold Gold

Oh my gosh it's another post on YouReview, can you believe it?! As always, I apologise for the pathetic lack of posts lately but that's just how life has been. 

I am really excited to do this post because I'm talking about a product I just love, the Maybelline Colour Tattoos! "Seriously?!" I can hear you say, "These have been out for a million years, everyone knows how great they are." Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know I am renowned for jumping on the bandwagon years after something makes its debut but whatever, this post will probably remind you of an old favourite to get out from the back of your makeup drawer!

I was at Chemist Warehouse and they were having one of their amazing 50% off sales when I saw these beauties up for grabs. I really wanted the bronze shade however that was sold out so I figured a gorgeous golden champagne colour and gold shade would be fun to try out. I rushed home to try them out and was immediately thrilled with my purchases.

In all honestly, I expected these to be quite difficult to work with, thick and not terribly creamy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these are so easily applied using your fingers and give a gorgeous colour payoff with wonderful pigmentation. My favourite of the shades is undoubtedly Barely Branded, the most gorgeous all over the lid base shade that can be used on its own or with a similar colour powder shadow over the top. It is very bright and eye catching so it's not really something I wear everyday, rather I save it for special occasions or nights out. 

Bold Gold is also a beautiful colour however because it really is a true metallic gold shade it's not quite as wearable. If I want my eyes to be the focus then I'll pull out this beauty and go for a golden/bronze look.

In terms of application, like I mentioned I find these apply best when simply using your fingers. With a brush it doesn't apply nearly as pigmented and can be a little patchy. I do, however, use a brush to blend out the edges or blend it into other shadows and find that it is really effective.

Because these are a little tacky in texture, they stick to my lids like glue which is magical. I don't have to worry about it fading or transferring and making a mess everywhere which I have had to do with some cream shadows in the past. Another thing I am thrilled with is that they don't crease at all, a rare occurrence with cream shadows. They blend perfectly with other shadows (whether they be cream or powder) and are just so versatile and easy to use. I love that you can just apply these and wear them on their own or layer them with other shadows to create gorgeous looks.

I am curious as to whether they will dry out as time goes on and how long it takes for them to do that. These are affordable even when they aren't on sale so I'm sure I'll be repurchasing a colour or two when they do.

I am so glad I eventually got around to trying out the Colour Tattoos because they are as good as they look! If you haven't got your hands on them yet I would highly recommend giving one a shot.

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