The Face Shop Pencils Review

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The Face Shop Pencils

Obtained: PR provided.

Thoughts:

I love The Face Shop, it’s one of my favorite brands for skin care products. I’ve only ever ventured into their make up a couple of times but I was never particularly wowed. This time I bought a dark purple eyeshadow stick and a creamy white pencil.

The white pencil:

The colour is really shimmery and the texture is creamy, it applies so much easier than most of my other pencils which is awesome because I like using it on my waterline. This I would absolutely buy again and it’s become one of the most important pieces in my make up set.

The dark purple eye shadow stick:

I have the light purple/pink one of these already which I quite liked but I found that one was hard to get pigment out of. This one didn’t have that problem at all, it gives a nice dark shimmery purple. I like the consistency but it does have a tendency to crease. I like to use it with a brush as an eyeliner because the staying power is quite good like that. I probably wouldn’t buy this again because of the creasing.

Would I buy The Face Shop Pencils again: Yes on the pencil because it’s awesome but no on the shadow stick because it’s a bit too creasy for me. I will definitely have another look at the collection in general.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Review

I love when good people’s hard work pays off. This is one of those times, I’ve known Kaz from her blog Pretty Random online for years and she is so nice, her posts are hilarious and she does awesome nail polish swatches. Anyway fast forward to a while ago and she announced that she was going to be launching her own line of cosmetics. A cosmetics line which took her massive amount of knowledge from testing other people’s products into account. She and I have very similar taste when it comes to polish so it was at that point that the drool started forming on the side of my mouth.

Then she started posting swatches of her samples and I was so excited that I started throwing money at my computer screen and hoping some of that glittery goodness would magically appear on my desk. Funnily enough with her store not open yet that didn’t work XD However she did contact me a few weeks ago and offer to send some samples over for me to try so YAY that!

This is what arrived in my post box from Pretty Serious Cosmetics:

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Everything was packaged in cardboard boxes and bubble wrapped. Matching purple tissue paper in the box too. Nothing damaged in transit.Opening up the packaging, I received the matching CGU set of lipgloss, nail polish and loose eyeshadow. It’s a light purple base with blue shimmer. Did I mention that all of the names are nerdily inspired? The first collection is called “Hello World” mwahaha. As always promised I would be completely honest in the review regardless of being friends, luckily my expectations of awesomeness were not disappointed.

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Everything is Vegan friendly, cruelty free and the polishes are also Big 3 free as well as formaldehyde resin free.

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So let’s go one by one with these. The package of 3 is currently $26.85 or they can be bought individually on the site.

Lipgloss-

Packaging is plain and plastic, the lid is a little light but the overall weight is nice. The size is a tiny bit wider than most of my other glosses so I think it’s good value. Only complaint I have there is that it’s got one of those tops that wipes most of the gloss off the applicator. They are fairly standard though so can’t complain and I just popped the white part off the top so it comes out more smoothly.

It was extremely difficult to get a decent swatch of the lipgloss, it’s very sheer in that it provides only a slight wash of light purple with slight blue shimmer. You can definitely tell it’s shimmery in the light but capturing it on film not so much >_< I prefer more opaque coverage so my favorite way to wear it is layered over a matte lipstick for extra shimmer.

The formula is very different to a lot of other glosses, going on it actually feels like a creme lipstick. I don’t know how to describe it other than velvety… but liquid velvety… and not sticky so my hair just kind of slides off rather than getting stuck in it. The smell is something that one really has to experience as well. It is the EXACT smell of grape HubbaBubba. That could be a good or bad thing considering it made it really hard not to lick >_>

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Loose Eyeshadow-

The loose eyeshadow powder is beautiful, this close up will give you a better idea of the blue shimmer’s real colour.

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The powder is smooth and the glitter isn’t scratchy which makes for a very nice application both wet and dry. Dry it gives a very subtle shimmer and is beautiful on every day looks. Wet is where this really stands out because it looks AMAZING. Very pigmented and shimmery but still easy to blend with other colours. I have added this to my “most used” drawer which is saying something because I find loose powder in general less convenient than pressed. It’s a very big jar for the price so I’m thinking of pressing some myself to add into my every day and travel palettes, that’s how much I like it XD

I’ve got some nice FOTD photos coming up in an outfit post using it but until then you might like to see this live version of Morning Make Up that I did for a daily vlog where I apply it wet.

Nail Polish-

And lastly the polish! Seeing as Kaz is a renowned polish blogger I expected big things from this and I wasn’t disappointed. My swatch today will be modeled by the lovely James… because he was dumb enough to sit next to me and be engrossed in his game 😀 Poor James!

The bottle is square which I prefer as they store more easily, the lid is matt black plastic and the brush is standard. Drying time was also standard.

Anyway you can see that with two coats it dries to a pink based purple and again the blue shimmer isn’t over powering at all. The formula was flawless and smooth, opaque with one coat but I did two to get a real depth of the shimmer. Overall this is a winner too and I’d really like to bust out my brushes and Konad to see if this would work with it. I haven’t used the Konad in so many years >_<

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So overall?

I love the idea of matching collections like this. This probably isn’t a surprise considering how much I love matching everything. I found no major flaws in the collection and the quality is above what usually comes in this price range in Australia. Friendship aside I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again or the rest of the collection.

Mostly this collection really inspires me, it’s awesome to see good things come from nice people. It sounds soppy but I know how hard Kaz worked on this and it gives me hope that if I work just as hard that maybe my projects (like Bergamot) will turn out equally awesome. I can’t wait to buy some of the rest of the collection (hello Birthday Money!) and to see what she comes out with next. *cough*youshouldtotallymakeapinkglitter*cough*

Now quick look at the site before I buy it all 😀

Bioderma Crealine AR

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Bioderma Crealine AR

Obtained: PR provided.

Thoughts:

After the success I had with the other Bioderma products I was looking forward to trying this one. It was recommended to me after I had a particularly nasty allergic reaction to some eyelash glue as it helps remove redness and helps problem skin. When I have reactions I get eczema too and this has ingredients to help correct that.

It did! Really really well actually 😀

Basically it is a green tinted moisturiser to be used daily to help sensitive skin with redness. I personally didn’t think the green tint reduced any redness visibly because it’s such a thin solution that is absorbed into the skin right away. It made my skin feel really smooth and great instantly and it also helped to remove the eczema within around a week. Anything that means less eczema is a good thing in my books!

The formula is Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic which I love.

The biggest thing I can say about this is that it really did help my skin, after prolonged daily use I can really see the difference in my skin’s texture and tone so I think that’s the biggest positive of all. Love it!

So this was another positive experience with the Bioderma range and it makes me want to not bother even testing other skin care products anymore and just stick with this range exclusively.
Would I buy Bioderma Crealine AR again: Yes, absolutely!

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Hello Kitty Cosmetics Competition And Review- CLOSED!

Limited edition Hello Kitty make up? Oh yes please. After my last review of the Hello Kitty range (cough and seeing my sizable collection of it) their PR department was lovely enough to send me some of the new limited edition items that are out this month and offer some prize packs for you guys!

YAY HELLO KITTY COMPETITION!

Review first then competition details at the end 😀

First up the limited edition items starting with the compact mirror.

Thoughts:

It came in a little protective bag which was a nice touch. It’s light black plastic with a slightly shiny finish. The Hello Kitty print on the front is made from silver hologram which has a rainbow finish in the sun. It’s quite subtle but very cute.

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Inside are two mirrors, one regular one and one magnifying face mirror. It’s very thin, thinner than the face compact which makes it perfect to keep in the handbag while still being a good enough size to actually be usefulOverall I really like it and I’m considering decoing it. That’s another thing actually, the surface is perfect for deco because it’s so flat 😀VioletLeBeaux-Hello-Kitty-Make-Up-904_16667Next up is the travel brush.

It’s fairly small, and the bristles are quite short. I would probably use it for foundation because I prefer larger blush brushes. The bottom section comes up to protect the bristles so when the lid goes on which is useful. The casing is made of metal with the pink logo printed on the side. The bristles are synthetic and I’d say probably medium quality.

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Last of the limited editions, the sharpener.

Plastic with the printed logo, I don’t know if there’s much to review with a sharpener… it sure does sharpen pencils XD

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Actually inside it comes with a little removable pick thing which I was wondering about. Is it to remove clogs or broken pieces of pencil?? Either way it does it’s job and looks cute! You can also flip the lid so it goes the other way and holds shavings in on the go.

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On to the non-limited versions!

Two more polishes, the orangish Kawaii Coral and silver Le Fric C’est Chic.

The polish is a nice formula as I mentioned last time, the bottles are cute and the colours are interesting. The Kawaii Coral is a bright slightly milky orange it is opaque in two coats and stands out a lot. The Le Fric C’est Chic is a super shimmery silver that reminds me a lot of the Ulta3 silvers. It is opaque in one coat and would be great for konad because of the amount of shimmer.

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Lipgloss in “Girly Lip”. I have the Baby Lip colour in this too and I love it to death as a neutral but this Girly version blows it out of the water. It’s a shiny dark pink with blue undertones… it’s pretty much my favorite shade of make up ever 😀 It lasts a while but it’s not what I would consider a long lasting gloss. The colour and finish totally make up for that though and it’s quickly become a colour that I use constantly!

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Eye shadows! Desert Dore on the left and Gunflower on the right 😀

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This Desert Dore shade really surprised me. I normally hate neutrals but I found this to be so wearable that I fell in love. It has a gold shimmer through it and so it goes perfectly with pinks and stands out from my skin tone well. It lasts all day and doesn’t crease easily. One thing I love about these is that they stack, the tops are flat so if you have a couple of them you can stack them easily in a drawer.

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The pink in this duo works perfectly with the above shade too and has a slight simmer in it so they mix really well. I wasn’t a big fan of the black shade in this one but I personally don’t use black a lot and it did go very well with the pink and neutral above.

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And here are some photos of me wearing the make up! The lipgloss has worn off quite a bit at this point, it’s much brighter at first swipe.

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Competition time!

Hello Kitty has 5 prize packs to give away:

Valued at $62.85 and are made up of three gorgeous Hello Kitty Cosmetics and three LIMITED EDITION Hello Kitty accessories:

  • Hello Kitty Mirror Compact (Limited Edition available in April only)
  • Hello Kitty Makeup Sharpener (Limited Edition available in April only)
  • Hello Kitty Retractable Powder Brush (Limited Edition available in April only)
  • Hello Kitty Nail Polish
  • Hello Kitty Diamond Gloss
  • Hello Kitty Duo Eye Shadow
Terms:
  • Australian residents only (sorry everyone else, I am finalising 2 other competitions coming soon for you!)
  • Entries accepted from when this goes live until midnight 25th April 2012.
  • Winners will be judged on creativity.
  • I will contact winners via email for their details to give to the Hello Kitty rep who will send your products. You have 1 week to respond before another winner will be picked.
  • More terms and conditions here.

To enter just leave a comment on this entry telling me which product is your favorite and why 😀

Good luck everyone!

Yellow Face Shop Nail Polish Swatch

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Yellow Face Shop Nail Polish

Price: $4

Obtained: Came free with some of my other purchases

Thoughts:

I love the finish on this polish, it’s so creamy and cute and it has a very slight shimmer through it which looks great in the sun but isn’t too overpowering. It’s quite opaque and perfect for Spring and Summer themed nails. I think it would go well with Konad because of the consistency.

Would I buy Yellow Face Shop Nail Polish again: Yes it’s a nice canary colour.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

Cosmetics Plus Blue Nail Polish Swatch

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Cosmetics Plus Blue Nail Polish

Price: Around $4

Obtained: Bought

Thoughts:

This polish is a bit of a mystery, no brand name, no markings, no nothing and no information from the shop staff. It’s a pity because it’s an awesome polish and I would love to know where it comes from so I could buy more in the range now that I don’t have any Cosmetics Plus near me.

So this one is an interesting blue/green. I don’t think it would be suitable for konad because it’s such a subtle colour. Still very pretty and it goes really well with a lot of other polishes in the range.

Would I buy Cosmetics Plus Blue Nail Polish again: I personally wouldn’t buy it but considering other people’s reactions I would suggest testing it out in store for yourself before making a decision.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my honest opinions whether product was provided for review or bought. I am not an expert, just a girl who likes beauty products. Click here to read about my personal preferences or for more information on “Currently Using” mini review posts. Click here for my Editorial and Ethics Policy.

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