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

SUKIN - LOVE YOUR SKIN

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


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Colourpop Cosmetics - Yes Please! Palette review


If your on Instagram, I'm sure you would've seen this stunning little palette floating around the popular page. Colourpop have done it again bringing us the ultimate warm toned palette, with 12 matte and metallic to-die-for shadows - this is the Yes Please! palette

At a ridiculously affordable $16usd you can't go wrong adding this baby to your collection. She's an absolute must-have! You can create a multitude of looks with these shades, go all matte with a pop of yellow or take it in to nighttime with some shimmer and deep brown outer V! Or play around with some sunset shades, you can go day-to-night with this palette. Plus it's perfect to travel with, it's compact and thin so it won't take up space in your makeup bag. And because it's so cheap, it's not the end of the world if it breaks in transit.


Swatches

Top to Bottom 
Full Zip - Matte Warm Ivory
Big Cocktails - Matte Orange
Champs - Matte Pale Peachy Nude
Bling - Metallic Rusty Rose Gold
Louie - Metallic Duochrome Red with Gold flip
Butter Cake - Metallic Light Yellow Gold
Spoiled - Matte Brick Red 
Gno - Matte Burnt Orange
Mischeif - Matte Warm Yellow
Note To Self - Matte Warm Caramel
Chauffeur - Metallic Duochrome Bright Orange with Gold flip
French Kiss - Matte Deep Red Brown

Every shade in this palette is pigmented, smooth and easy to blend with very little fall-out! The shade "Spoiled" is slightly drier in texture than the other matte shades but still performs perfectly on the eye. The metallic shades are so soft they're almost like foiled shadows. And every shade in this palette is new and exclusive to this palette except for "Note To Self" & "Full Zip" which you can buy in single pans. The pans in this palette are a little smaller than their single shadows - each pan has approx 0.85grams per shadow in this palette, whereas the single pans have 1.5grams of product. Still very good value for what you're paying for 12 shades!
There really isn't anything negative I can say about this beauty, maybe besides the fact it's limited edition -.- just like everything good these days! I really hope Colourpop makes this a permanent item or bring the shades from this palette into singles if we run out of a fave (I can see that happening!) and I hope they make more palettes like this one in different colour schemes for everyone, maybe a cool toned palette? Some silvers, blues and greys? What are your thoughts??


** Currently unavailable but always restocking! **
Follow @Colourpopcosmetics or @trendmood1 on Instagram for updates on restock dates and times



- Lucy Maria xx


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

MECCA MAX - PR Package Review & Swatches!


It is officially launch week for Mecca Maximas new signature brand - Mecca Max
Starting with a massive 200+ items, all ranging from $5 - $50nzd, we beauty junkies are bound to find some new holy grail products in this collection! Not to mention everything is 100% cruelty free!

FULL LIST OF PRODUCTS AND PRICES CLICK HERE 

I was lucky enough to get sent this amazing package full of Mecca Max goodies to try out and review for you all! And upon swatching everything, I now want the entire collection! I'm so impressed with the quality and price point of these products and have already made a list of a few other things to try!
Available in store and online Mecca Maxima HERE

Bring On Bright - Illuminating Primer

$20aud/$22nzd each

I am loving this glow-injecting primer at the moment! It lightly illuminates your skin for a glowing base under your foundation. I love the scent, it smells familiar like really fresh and clean skin care. I love the glowy finish it gives to your base and it stays glowy all day under other makeup. I haven't had a problem with this primer causing my foundations to move around, fade or cake. I love it!

Shimmer Shot - Illuminating Wand

$25aud/$28nzd each

These are available in 3 different shades - Pearl, Soft Gold and Bronze. 
Here I have the shade "Pearl" and OH MY GOD how stunning is that highlight?! The packaging is a push/pump wand with a brush tip where the product is pushed out and you apply it straight from the brush tip on to your face. I love the look of this highlighter when swatched, but it dries quite quickly on the skin and leaves the foundation looking patchy where its applied on top, almost lifting the foundation.. When using a beauty blender sponge and working quickly, it looks very pretty but it's a little hard to work with like most liquid highlighters. Maybe on bare skin it would work best..?

Sunlit Skin - Bronzer 

$22aud/$24nzd each

This bronzer is available in 3 different depths of shade - Light, Medium and Dark
This shade is "Medium" and is totally universal! It's such a soft, natural looking bronzer with a subtle sheen giving your skin that sunkissed bronzey glow. This is probably my fave product so far, the formula is so smooth and buttery! I use this everyday at the moment, no exaggeration, this is the prettiest bronzer for light to medium skin tones I've tried! 


Eyephoria - Eyeshadow Palette

$45aud/$50nzd

This palette has 10 gorgeous plummy shades - 2 larger shades, one matte and one shimmer perfect for highlighting the brow bone. And 8 shimmer/ satin shades. Not one matte colour for transition. Straight off the bat I know I can take this alone when travelling because I'd need more matte shades, a bone coloured matte isn't going to work in the crease..
I'm not the biggest fan of plummy shades on myself. I feel this palette is a little repetitive with the golds & purple shades looking very similar to each other and the colours may blend and start to disappear together. The formula is very soft and consistent in every shade but I would've loved to see a little more variety in this palette. Maybe a dark matte brown or matte purple?? Definitely a transition shade like a light/medium brown. And a difference in the gold shades, maybe a bright gold and a deeper bronze? Just some thoughts, the formula is amazing they nailed that for sure! But I personally wouldn't pay $50nzd for this palette..

Pout Pop - Lipstick

$20aud/$22nzd each

The lipsticks are available in 29 shades and 3 different formulas - High Definition, Matte and Sheer
I have 2 shades in the high definition formula "Hey Lover" is a vibrant, warm, hot pink and "Freedom Fighter" is a bright orange red, both incredibly smooth and pigmented. Very long-lasting, hydrating and creamy, I LOVE this high definition formula. I can't wait to try the matte formula and I don't tend to go for sheer lipsticks but I bet the Mecca Max formula is super soft and hydrating. I like these so much I went and purchased two more hi-def shades when they were available in store, "Mean Gal" & "Heaven Sent" both gorgeous nudes!


Gloss Boss - Lipgloss
$18aud/$20nzd
Available in 10 shades, I have the shade "Pow Wow Pink" and it's a a sheer hot pink, not too sticky, just glossy and shiny on the lips. 

City Slickers - Tinted Lip Oil
$16aud/$18nzd
Available in 3 shades - Nude, Rose and Apricot
I have the shade "Rose" which is a very pretty, sheer warm pink. This hydrating and repairing lip oil is very soft and juicy with a hint of colour. I love this for 'no-makeup' makeup days


Eye Max - Double Ended Mascara
$38aud/$42nzd

This double ended mascara has a big, chubby wand at one end for coating every lash, lifting, curling and creating length! And a micro brush at the other end perfect for the bottom lashes or to help separate and define the top lashes before using the big wand. It definitely works, but I prefer to use the chubby wand alone for the top lashes and the small wand for my lower lashes. 

 Before and After - Here I used the smaller wand first to coat all the lashes then used the chubby wand to thicken and add volume. On the lower lashes I only used the small wand
 Before and After - Here I tried without the smaller wand and only used the chubby wand on the top lashes and smaller wand on the smaller lashes


Flawless Blender Sponge
$18aud/$20nzd
Available in 3 different shapes

Ok..Out of everything I've tried so far, this has to be the worst. First of all it smells really weird, I can't explain it, it's like a mouldy smell? And when you wet it, it doesn't grow as you can see in the before and after --> And it's so hard! It doesn't get all squishy and bouncy like a normal blending sponge. I tried it anyway to see if it would work and no..It doesn't blend anything. I don't recommend.

PACKAGING
The packaging is stunning, feels high-quality and looks super luxurious and well-thought out throughout the entire range. I love the gold, orange, black, white and pink together 

Pop Pout Lipsticks


These babies have the cutest packaging of the lot! They have a push-pop design, push down the lipstick and it pops back out for you to pull out, wind up and apply.  The names are 3-D bubble labels in the shades of the lipsticks on top.
 


Shimmer Shot Illuminating Wand


I also love the packaging of these highlighting wands with a brush tip and click pump that pushes the liquid glow out through the brush so you can apply straight to your face. So luxe!

 Sunlit Skin 

I love the style of the compacts. Square with the gold, black and orange reminds me a lot of Yves Saint Laurent packaging, it looks so expensive and luxurious. The powder itself has an embossed "M" for Mecca







I am SO excited for this range and can't wait to try out some more products! I highly recommend giving this new brand a go, the products are amazing for the price range! Let me know, will you be picking any thing up??



- Lucy Maria xx


Thursday, 27 July 2017

MECCA MAX - New brand launching August 1st 2017!

Source - Mecca Maxima/Undertow Media


Something very exciting is coming our way beauty junkies! MECCA are expanding their range with a new signature brand of makeup - MECCA MAX launching August 1st 2017 in stores and online www.meccabeauty.co.nz

"The brand has been created by beauty junkies for beauty junkies to include a range of innovative products across every makeup category at a temping, entry-level price starting from $5" - MECCA

Launching with a massive 206 product line-up, its safe to say Mecca have definitely covered every makeup category in this range! Expect to see products for skin, complexion, eyes, lips, nails lashes and beauty tools. This hot new range will have everything a beauty junkie needs!


FACE TO THE MAX

PRIMER available in 3 different formulas
$20aud/$22nzd each
  • First Base SPF Primer - Prime, perfect, shield and protect! Providing essential SPF whilst prepping the skin for a flawless foundation finish
  • Oh My Matte! Mattifying Primer - Goodbye shine, Hello Matte! Balance out shine and smooth skin with this no-sheen, natural finish primer that stays all day and night
  • Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer - Looking for next-level illumination? This glow injecting primer will ace your base and is the ultimate fast-faker for beam-brighter glam!
GAME FACE BB CREAM available in 5 shades
$26aud/$29nzd each
Light - Light Medium - Medium - Medium Dark - Dark
This tinted beauty balm perfects and protects with SPF 30 for a luminous second-skin finish

 LIFE PROOF LIQUID FOUNDATION available in 8 shades
$32aud / $35nzd each
Porcelain 1.0 - Ivory 2.0 - Peach 3.0 - Light Beige 4.0
Natural 5.0 - Sand 6.0 - Honey 7.0 - Caramel 8.0
This oil-free, waterproof, longwear foundation has a matte finish. Creamy and buildable, ultra coverage that feels like skin

LIFE PROOF CREAM CONCEALER available in 5 shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Porcelain 0.5 - Ivory 2.5 - Nude 3.5 - Sand 6.0 - Tan 9.0
This creamy concealer will remove redness, blur bumps and blend into pigmentation to erase darkness and cover imperfections

 BLUR VEIL WET & DRY POWDER FOUNDATION available in 5 shades 
$25aud/$28nzd each
Light - Light Medium - Medium - Medium Dark - Dark
This skin-filtering foundation powder gives a blemish-free, luminous finish. Use a powder brush for soft, lightweight coverage or up the anti and use a damp sponge and buff it into the skin for a more flawless finish

SUNLIT SKIN BRONZER available in 3 universal shades
$22aud/$24nzd each
Light - Medium - Dark
This light-reflecting bronzer turns up the temperature for silky, glowing skin

 CHIC CHEEK BLUSH available in 3 different shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Candy Coral - Gold Glow - Pink Pop
Add a flush of blush with these easy to blend, colour popping powder

 SKIN HALO DIAMOND DUST POWDER available in 3 different shades
$22aud / $24nzd each
Rose Gold - White Gold - Solid Gold
Infused with soft metallic powder, these next level illuminators deliver a heavenly highlight and glowing skin

BANANA BAKE Skin Filter Powder
$24aud/$26nzd
This yellow-toned, matte finishing powder corrects, filters and perfects. Use it to stop concealer creasing, cover spots, light up under-eye shadows and mattify your makeup

PRESS REFRESH ANTI-SHINE BALM Revolutionary Blotting Balm
$24aud/$26nzd
Minimise shine and remove oil to keep skin matte all day. Apply pre-foundation to smooth over fine lines or use throughout the day over makeup for a fresh finsh

SHIMMER SHOT ILLUMINATING WAND available in 3 glowing shades
$25aud/$28nzd each
Pearl - Soft Gold - Bronze
Click and glow with these pens of liquidised light. Wear alone or mix it with foundation for glowing skin. Use the self-filling brush tip to brighten and highlight cheekbones, the inner eye, cupids bow, nose, everywhere you want to pop!

FACE TRIOS available in 3 different shades and finishes
$30aud/$33nzd each
  • Triple Treat Powder Face Shaper - This Bronze, Blush and Highlight combo is housed in a perfect clutch-size compact
  • Triple Treat Cream Face Shaper - These Bronze, Blush and Highlight creams are perfect for serious face-shaping at home or on the go!
  • Bronze-a-thon 3-D Bronzing Trio - This three-in-one collection of bronzing powders have superfine triple-tone bronzers that will gently sculpt, add glow and provide a naturally luminous tan

EYES TO THE MAX

EYE PRIMER available in 3 shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Nude - Shimmer - Smoke
Prep your lids with these eye primers for a smooth, crease-free canvas

EYE MAX EYELINER PENCIL available in 3 shades
$13aud/$14nzd each
Wide Eyed White - Brown Eyed Girl - Blackest Black
These high-impact line-and-define pencils give your eyes a razor-sharp edge, whilst allowing you to build up the intensity for a smoky, sultry effect! Buildable, blendable and with a smooth clean glide, these are must haves in a beauty junkies collection

EYE WINK LIQUID EYELINER Thick and Thin double ended liner
$20aud/$22nzd
This double ended liner has a combination of thick and thin applicators to line and define eyes or master the feline flick! 

THE ILLUMINATI METALLIC EYESHADOW available in 5 hyper-shiny shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Socialite (deep teal) - Showbiz (light gold) - Wait List (deep pink)
Mia (grey silver) - Spotlight (light champagne)
These mega-impact cream powder eyeshadows smooth on like liquidised metal, then set for a lasting foil finish

DOUBLE VISION POWDER/CREAM EYESHADOW DUOS available in 20 shades
$16aud/$18nzd each
One half fine powder shadow, the other a pro-grip, intensifying cream. Mix and match together and create killer looks

WINK WEAPON MINI PALETTE six colour eyeshadow palettes available in 4 shade groups
$30aud/$33nzd each
Flamboyant (luxe blues) - Globetrotter (urban khaki)
Embellished (essential neutrals) - Minimalist (sexy smokes)
A must-have compact of six eyeshadows in four cleverly curated colour edits. Each spiked with a glamour bomb glitter pigment!

EYEPHORIA PALETTE Jewel toned shimmers and mattes
$45aud/$50nzd
This eyeshadow palette is made for mixing and matching with soft nudes and all-out glam hues! Ten shades of metallic shimmers and mattes that blend perfectly to create statement-making eye looks

BROW GURU Powder and cream mixable duo
$20aud/$22nzd
Fill, shade and shape brows. Deepen your natural colour and fine tune a believable new tint with the fine powder and cream mixable duo

BROW GURU Clear control gel
$16aud/$18nzd
Brush up body and define arches with this shape-manicuring hold serum. This formula wont flake or budge and growth boosters give extra goodness to your brows

EYE MAX MASCARA 

  • Double Ended power couple - $38aud/$42nzd

Designed to lift, lengthen and curl every single lash. Use the micro brush first to define and separate, followed by the chubby wand to build volume and length
  • Volumising Mascara - $25aud/$28nzd
The fattest mascara brush yet coats each and every lash with a super-volumising formula to stretch lashes sky high!

LIPS TO THE MAX

POUT POP LIPSTICK available in 3 different formulas
$20aud/$22nzd each
Matte x5 - Sheer x11 - High Definition x13
These bullets of creamy lipstick will be your new addiciton. Available in 29 ultra-wearable shades of hydrating, long-wear pigment in sheer, matte and high def opaque finishes 

GLOSS BOSS LIPGLOSS available in 10 shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Soft and nourishing on the lips, these polished finishes range from opaque to sheer and shimmer

SHIMMER SHOT LIP GLITTER available in 4 metallic shades
$18aud/$20nzd each
Millionaire (white gold) - Billonaire (rose gold)
Trillionaire (copper gold) - Zillionaire (bronze gold)
Apply this ultra-intense sparkle over lipstick as a top coat or on its own for a hint of shimmer 

A-LISTER LIQUID LIPSTICK available in 7 shades
$28aud/$31nzd each
Hot-To-Trot (strawberry red) - Killer-Instinct (petal pink) - On-Point (plummy mauve) - Power Pink (deep hot pink) - Birthday Suit (pinky nude) - Skinny Latte (mauve brown) - Wham Bam (true red)
High pigment, full-cover, long-wear lip colour. Drench your lips in this matte finish, bulletproof formula

CITY SLICKERS TINTED LIP OIL available in 3 shades 
$16aud/$18nzd
Apricot - Rose - Nude
Leave a hint of tint with this repairing and hydrating lip oil. Wear alone to add subtle colour to your "no makeup" makeup look or glide over richer lip colour for a wet-look lacquer and non-stick finish

AUTO MATTE LIP MATTIFYER 
$20aud/$22nzd
This mattifying lip gel transforms your lip colour to a max matte finish

SKIN TO THE MAX

MAXIMUM SECURITY Makeup setting spray available in 150ml and 50ml
$25aud/$28nzd 150ml
$18aud/$20nzd 50ml
Set, lock and slay all day. Ideal for all skin types, this face-holding spray fuses humidity control with a light hydrating mist to keep your foundation fresh and makeup true to colour all day 

OFF DUTY MICELLAR WATER available in 50ml and 200ml
$28aud/$31nzd 200ml
$15aud/$17nzd 50ml
This genius micellar water lifts away dirt, makeup and other pollutants from the skin and eye area

FACE OFF Makeup wipes 10 pack 
$5aud/$6nzd
Wipe away makeup, oil and impurities without any hassle or water with these soft, brightening, vitamin C-loaded cleansing cloths

TOOLS TO THE MAX

BLENDING SPONGES available in 3 different shapes and sizes
all $18aud/$20nzd each

  • Blender Sphere - Ideal for use with cream or liquid foundation. Achieve a streak-free natural finish with this no-mess, fuss-free sponge
  • Flawless Sphere - Ideal for highlighter, foundation and concealer. This sponge effortlessly blends and buffs makeup over large areas and hard-to-reach spots using the smooth, pointed tip
  • Perfector Spheres - These micro versions of the flawless sphere manoeuvres into small spaces like inner corners of the eyes, brow arches, and eyes to seamlessly blend concealer, fine-tune highlighters and blur eyeshadows into soft-focus perfection 
BEAUTY BULLET SILICONE SPONGE 
$15aud/$17nzd 
Smooth, simple and hygienic makeup application with a flawless, natural finish and poreless perfection

GLAM SQUAD


  • Touch Up Sponges - $16aud/$18nzd (pack of 5) 
Ideal for blotting away unwanted oil and touching up throughout the day
  • Lash Wand Curler - $28aud/$31nzd
Lift and curl lashes sky high with this pro-approved curl and set tool. The soft silicone padding gently lifts lashes from the roots for maximum eye-opening effect
  • Perfecting Tweezers - $18aud/$20nzd
Primp, preen and pluck to perfection with these precision tweezers
  • Press Refresh Blotting Papers - $10aud/$11nzd
Single-use, shine controlling sheets instantly absorb excess oil and keeps your makeup looking fresh throughout the day, without smudging or moving

OTHER

BRUSHES 8 face brushes and 6 eye brushes
ranging from $24aud/$26nzd to $35aud/$39nzd

BRUSH CLEANING 
Shampoo - $18aud/$20nzd
Refresh Mist - $20aud/$22nzd
Cleaning Pad - $15aud/$17nzd

LASHES available in 10 different styles 
all $15aud/$17nzd each

NAIL POLISH available in 15 shades
$16aud/$18nzd each

NAIL FILES classic file and nail care cube
both $6aud/$7nzd each

HAIR TIES no-crease hair coils and no-snag fabric ties
$10aud/$11nzd pack

MAKEUP BAG $30aud/$33nzd


And that is literally everything they're launching on August the 1st at Mecca Maxima! So many different products and new things to try. I was lucky enough to get sent a few samples to try out and from what I've used so far, this brand is amazing quality for the price point! I will be posting swatches and a review on the blog next week sometime when the brand has launched and I've given everything a good try. For now, keep an eye out on my Instagram - @Lucymaria_x
I know for a fact I'll be picking up a few more products from this range!

What are your thoughts on the products and the prices of everything?
Would you try anything from this brand?



- Lucy Maria xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wet n Wild Brush Review

Affordable & Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes!

Wow guys, it has been forever since I've written a blog review & I've missed it SO much. What better way to start back up than with a Brush review? And cute, affordable ones at that!
Wet n Wild is a super affordable, drugstore brand with amazing quality products at a good price. Some of you may of heard of their popular highlighters circling social media a few months back, that's just one of the great products they have to offer.
Today I'm reviewing their two-toned, cruelty free makeup brushes! Soft & amazing for the price. These babies are so hard to find & I think they still sell out quickly so check out BeautyJoint.com for the entire collection, that's where I ordered mine & they're always in stock!

I've used each brush a few times to see how well they work with different products & washed them to see how sturdy they are. They're super soft on the skin, blend products well & they don't shed hair! Some of them are a little sparse & don't have enough hairs to apply certain products efficiently, like the flat top foundation brush sort of soaks up more product then it blends on the face.. And the eye crease brush picks up very little product & takes a lot of building up for colour pay off.

I love the design, the quality white handles & aluminium ferrules, pink/white ombre bristles & the placement for your thumb on the handle is a nice touch.

Face Brushes


Powder Brush - $2.99USD
This is a nice, dense powder brush but not too dense where it will affect any product already on the face. It softly blends powder products for a smooth finish but because it's not as dense as other powder brushes, you won't get as much of the extra coverage from powder foundations.

 
Blush Brush - $2.99USD
This is the perfect brush for picking up a little more blush than say a duo-fibre brush. You will get more colour pay off from your blushes with this brush but it's soft enough to prevent clown cheeks!

Contour Brush - $1.50USD
This brush has the same density of bristles as the blush brush, but is an angled brush with shorter bristles picking up a little more product but blending out softly & not too intense creating a carved contoured cheek. I've been loving this brush with my NYX Highlight & Contour pro palette!

Large Stipple Brush - $2.99USD
Perfect for applying those super pigmented blushes! The duo-fibre bristles pick up just enough product & blend out effortlessly on the cheek creating a smooth, natural flush. You can see the shorter pink hairs & the longer white hairs at the top. I personally prefer these brushes for applying blushes & this one is my new fave! Wet N Wild also have a small stipple brush available, I'm not sure how much smaller but would probably be perfect for applying highlight or contour. 

Flat Top Brush - $2.99USD
This brush is designed for applying & buffing in foundation. I personally think it's not dense enough to create a even, full coverage with foundation, it soaks up too much product & doesn't really buff or move the product & you need to basically drown your skin & the brush in foundation to stop it soaking up & wasting product -.-

Fan Brush - $2.99USD
Used for applying highlight to the high points of your cheeks & brows, but this brush is too stiff & plastic feeling to apply a smooth layer of highlight.. I think it needs to be a little bigger maybe?


Eye Brushes


Crease Brush - $1.50USD
Like I said above, it's quite sparse & doesn't pick a lot of product up. But I guess that could be a good thing when it comes to slowly building colour & transition shades. I don't reach for this brush very often..

Large Eyeshadow Brush - $1.50USD
I like this brush for applying base shadows to the lid or blending & defining the crease more. The length of bristles & density is perfect for picking up more product & keeping the depth of a shadow. It's also good to use with cream base products.

Small Eyeshadow Brush - $1.50USD
This a good flat shader brush for applying eye colours to the lids, like Colourpop super shock shadows. But the bristles are quite short, making it a little stiff feeling with not a lot of movement so I often use this brush for sharpening eyeliner or defining brows with concealer.

Smokey Liner Brush - $1.50USD
Short, dense bristles perfect for smoking out liners or shadows into the lashline. I also like to use this one with concealer for eyeliner or brows but I find the end isn't as tapered as the small eye brush so it doesn't create a super defined line.. Much better for it's intended use

Angled Liner Brush - $1.50USD
This brush is quite dense for a liner brush & like the one above, the bristle tips won't create that sharp line we all want with our liner, so I use this for filling my brows instead :)

Bent Liner Brush - $1.50USD
Designed for applying eyeliner easily with the bent ferrule & pencil like tip. I used this with a few different liquid lipsticks I wanted to use as eyeliners & I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use! It's good for creative liner but using a black gel liner, it's harder to get a sharp line with. I guess because liquid lipsticks have a runnier consistency they're easier to apply & make the tip sharp, but gel liner have the thicker, gel consistency obviously..




I think these brushes are totally worth buying! They're unbelievably affordable & would be perfect for someone just starting to use makeup. The prices of them will vary depending on where you find them, I think the eye brushes are all $0.99 on WetnWild,com
I wouldn't recommend the Flat Top brush personally, but it's so cheap it's worth giving it a shot & seeing if it works for you! There are a few other brushes in this collection I haven't got like concealer brushes & the new kabuki, but I feel these all do what I want them to do without needing those. 


- Lucy Maria xx