Thursday, 19 October 2017

Rimmel London Brow This Way range

Rimmel London is one of the more affordable beauty brands in the drugstore with an amazing range of quality products such as Foundations, concealers, powders, the list goes on!

Well, they have recently added a new line of brow products - Brow This Way
consisting of 6 different products all with different purposes, depending on what your brows need.
Sculpt, define, thicken, tame and highlight, Rimmel have got you and your brows covered!

The line up

Brow pencil with brush $13.99 - Try this classic brow pencil to shape and groom your brows
This pencil is perfect if you already have a good set of brows but need a little definition and fill in any gaps. Use the brush end to brush out built up product from hairs and put them in place.
Fibre pencil $12.99 - New to the Brow This Way range, this fibre pencil works similarly to a fibre mascara, tiny fibres build up over existing hairs giving a fuller, more shaped brow. Perfect for sparse brows.

Sculpting kit $16.99 - This mini brow set has a coloured wax and powder plus miniature tools, a angled brush and spoolie. I like to fill in my brows with the wax first, then apply the powder to set wax in place and give brows a more natural look.

Brow shake soft powder $16.99 - This is a very interesting product, its a brow powder but in a liquid liner type bottle or tube (whatever you would call it) and when you shake it up, you can hear a little ball inside designed to break up the powder and prevent it from going hard in it's packaging. The applicator is a soft doe foot like wand with little hairs that pick up the powder from in the tube and hold it to the applicator. To apply you just wipe the wand where you want product to be. Perfect for patchy brows to fill in the missing hairs. This powder is water proof, transfer-proof and sweat proof!

Argan oil brow gel $14.99 - This tinted brow gel will keep your brow hairs tamed all day while giving them colour, definition and the argan oil helps to condition and smooth brow hairs.

Highlighting pencil $12.99 - This illuminating pencil is a light pink nude with slight shimmer to enhance and lift the brow bone, it's also good to define the brows more if you get brow colour where you don't want it, line under your brows and blend out to clean up edges. This product is super soft making it easy to apply and blend.

All available in Light for blondes, Medium for light-med brown and Dark for deep brunette and black hair.  Highlighting pencil also available in a golden champagne shade.

You can find Rimmel London products in Farmers and some pharmacies

- Lucy Maria xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sukin Skincare 3 Step Face Kit


The Sukin 3 Step Face Kit includes a Foaming Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Mist Toner and Facial Moisturiser, all paraben free, vegan and cruelty free plus full of delicious natural ingredients while also being super affordable! What more could we ask for?

They're also a very decent size in this gift set, all 125ml but also they're all available individually at Farmers for $14.99 NZD each SHOP HERE

Foaming Facial Cleanser -
Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Green Tea with Macadamia and Evening Primrose oils to purify and balance your skin. Suitable for all Skin types.
I know personally how well witch hazel works on healing your skin, my Mum would always put witch hazel on a new bruise when I was younger and it would be less painful and make the healing process much faster, so that will be amazing for new blemishes or ones hiding under the skin. As for Aloe Vera and Green Tea, we all know the soothing benefits those two have, and amazing oils to balance the skin and keep the hydration.
Other ingredients like Tangerine peel oil, Mandarin Orange peel oil and Lavender oil give this cleanser the most delicious citrus scent, not overwhelming. Gentle enough to use twice daily, I wash my face once in the morning and twice with it in the evening if I've got makeup on to remove every speck of foundation and dirt.

Hydrating Mist Toner -
This Alcohol Free hydrating mist combines Chamomile with Rosewater to sooth and tone skin. Suitable for all Skin types. I have been loving this spray for after I've washed my face with the cleanser or when I go out for a walk and come home red faced, I spritz some on my face to hydrate and cool down red, flushed skin. It's instantly refreshing and helps creams and oils penetrate into the skin.

Facial Moisturiser -
Aloe Vera, Horsetail, Nettle and Burdock to soothe and skin-healing Rose hip, Wheat Germ, Jojoba and Avocado oils to promote healthy skin renewal. Suitable for all Skin types. "Fast absorbing, deeply penetrating hydration that softens and soothes skin" This moisturiser smells incredible with cacao seed butter, mandarin and tangerine peel oils and lavender oil, it has a subtle scent of Chocolate orange and it's soo good! Plus, my Mum puts Burdock leaves in her homemade Comfrey cream for all of its healing and hydrating benefits on the skin. I love how lightweight this moisturiser is, it absorbs super quickly so by the time I'm putting makeup on, there is no residue on your skin and everything applies smoothly on top.

Let's Talk Packaging -
Sukin uses all recyclable and grey water safe packaging. As well as PET plastic, with a plant-based raw material structure, PET plastic is 100% recyclable and BPA free! The plastic pumps Sukin uses are made of polypropylene (sustainable plastic) with metal springs that are completely recyclable and separated during the recycling wash process! Other Sukin products use Amber glass packaging which is also 100% recyclable, so there's no chance of harming the earth!

No Bad Stuff -

Sukin removes all the nasties we're used to finding in our skincare such as parabens, sulphates and mineral oils, also every thing is completely vegan and cruelty free so no animals were harmed in the making! You can see the list of harsh chemicals & everything else left out of Sukin products below.

I highly recommend this range and any other products from Sukin because of the affordability, ingredients and eco-friendly packaging!

- Lucy Maria xx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Boi-ing your way to complexion perfection with Benefit

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Benefit Cosmetics team to have a play with their new concealer in the range and check out the cute restyling of some old faves!

Some of you may remember Fake-up, Erase Paste or cult fave Boi-ing? These are the previous names of the newly repackaged concealers and now with a new formula, the Airbrush concealer, the entire range will fall under the name Boi-ing, in honour of their best seller. But don't be fooled by the cute pink packaging, these products do their job well! What ever the dilemma, Benefit's got you covered with 4 different formulas for complexion perfection - Brightening, Hydrating, Industrial Strength and the new Airbrush

All $38nzd, $34aud, $20usd each SHOP HERE

Brightening Concealer (Erase Paste)

4.4 grams
No.1 Light - No.2 Medium - No.3 Dark

Claims = Full Coverage, Ideal for dark circles, Brightening melon undertones, Creamy blendable formula and Radiant Finish

Opinion = I disagree with "full coverage", its more a medium coverage. It has a light peachy undertone to correct the purple/blue tones in dark circles, once it's blended out it looks natural and even. It has that radiant glowy finish to prevent cakey undereyes. I found using my fingertips was the best way to blend while still keeping the coverage. It does look a little dry once it's set but lasts all day without creasing. If I don't set it however, it will start to crease in my expression lines. I also use this as a eyelid primer to correct veins.

Industrial Strength (Boi-ing)

3.0 grams
No.1 Light - No.2 Medium - No.3 Dark

Claims = Full Coverage, Ideal for blemishes and heavy-duty dark circles, Creamy formula with a matte finish
Opinion = It is more a medium buildable coverage but be sure to only use a small amount, spot conceal. If you use too much it will need more blending which almost moves the product around and lifts it off the skin. Applying a small spot of this concealer on a blemish or 3-4 spots under the eyes and blending out with your fingertips or a beauty blender seems to give the best results. Also using any more product can cause it to crease and cake up. For blemishes, it's good to have a matte finish but still have a creamy consistency otherwise it could look dry and make pimples stand out.

Hydrating Concealer (Fake-up)

3.5 grams
No.1 Light - No.2 Medium - No.3 Dark

Claims = Sheer coverage, Hydrating, hides dark circles and visibly smooths lines, lightweight formula and natural finish

Opinion = This concealer has a layer of vitamin E and apple seed extract with a concealer center, perfect for hydrating the under eyes and keeping them fresh all day. I personally love this concealer and use to keep Fake-up in my bag for everyday touch ups. I use it under the eyes or over blemishes that are looking dry to hydrate skin and blend it out with my fingertips to boost the coverage. Because it is only sheer coverage, it doesn't fully cover blemishes or dark circles but would be perfect for someone who doesn't have dark under eyes but wants to look fresh all day!

Airbrush Concealer (NEW!)

5.0 grams
No.1 Light - No.2 Medium - No.3 Dark

Claims = Sheer - medium coverage, Waterproof, lasts 10 hours, airbrushed finish

Opinion = I'm loving this concealer so far, it's almost like a whipped texture with a lightweight, buildable coverage. This concealer does what it says and literally looks airbrushed on the skin blurring pores, fine lines and unevenness giving you a flawless finish. I personally like to apply this with a beauty blender, I just squish the sponge in the concealer pot and bounce on areas I want to look airbrushed, normally under my eyes and around my nose. You can build up the coverage using your fingertips. I didn't have a problem with it caking up or creasing either.

I'm very impressed with these concealers, especially the new Airbrush concealer! Of course I think they need to extend the colour options with a lighter and a deeper shade, because these being the lightest I can tell they will still be too dark for fairer people. The price of these is a little steep in my opinion, $38nzd is a lot of money for one concealer, but if you find one that works for you, it's totally worth it! The Airbrush concealer seems to be the best value for your money with 5.0g of product. It all depends on what you want to cover whether it's dark circles, uneven skin tone or blemishes, surely one of these will work wonders for you! And remember that these are not a liquid cream but solid cream concealers to ensure coverage, use small amounts because using too much will pretty much guarantee caking and creasing. 

Available at Sephora online, Benefit Cosmetics counters and Smith & Caugheys

- Lucy Maria xx