Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - Big Bang: Review + Swatches

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Big Bang - $25.00 in store or $9.25 off ASOS :)

After seeing the gorgeous swatches on many UK blogs, I could not wait to get my hot little hands on Rimmel's Apocalips range of Lip Lacqures. Rimmel claims these lacquers have the intense pigment of a lipstick but with the shine of a gloss that 'lasts and lasts', and I'm with them on that one!
I picked this colour as well as Celestial up off ASOS - by doing this the two products combined came to less than I would pay for one here in NZ ($25.00).

Big Bang is a pure, true red with more blue undertones than orange, which is ideal as it helps to prevent the nasty yellow teeth look that some more warmer toned reds can give. I was sceptical at first because I thought with these being so glossy that they would slide right off your lips but in no way do they do that. The formula settles in to a matte finish after about 30mins wear and then lasts forever, which I really like. I wear this to work and it stays put for a good 8hours minus one touch-up after eating. I find the application wand a little difficult to use but my best advice would be that less is definitely less when applying this product as an overload could get very messy! Also, a lipliner is important to stop the not so hot feathering look. 

Big Bang is super pigmented and lately I have been pretty partial to a good red lip - this is 100% my go-to red lippy!

Have you tried any of the Apocalips Lacquers? Do you feel they live up to the huge hype?

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

xoBeauty Flat & Tapered Top Synthetic Face Brushes

xoBeauty Flat Top Synthetic Face Brush $26* & xoBeauty Tapered Top Synthetic Face Brush $26*

I'm just going to begin by saying these brushes are of an amazing quality for the price. I received them a few weeks ago and have used them every single day since. The Flat Top brush immediately replaced my Real Techniques Buffing Brush - the xoBeauty bristles are a a lot softer and the brush is very dense so I feel like it really buffs my foundation in to give a more flawless look.
The Tapered Top brush would be ideal for contouring as it has the perfect shape and is once again very dense and has extremely soft bristles, although I use it for highlighting and it does a fab job.
When I first opened these beauties up there were a few bristles that had shed - I quickly removed those and totally expected more to fall out but to my surprise I haven't had one single bristle come out since then.
All in all I think these brushes are of such a lovely quality, I use them on the daily and don't have a bad word to say about them. The xoBeautyShop also has free shipping throughout NZ and Australia which is a sweet bonus.

Have you tried out any of the xoBeauty Brushes? Let me know your favourite or any you have been eyeing up in them comments below :)

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Typical Comfortable Outfit

Lippy - Barry M 162 / Boots - Luichiny / Woollen Cropped Vest - Op-Shop / Kneehigh Socks - Farmers / Plaid Vest - Op-Shop / Skirt - Glassons / Necklace - Equip
Once again another casual, comfortable outfit from Me... I don't know if I'm the only one but I never feel comfortable wearing jeans, they're too restricting and I never feel 'ready'. A skirt and top is the only way to go, it's a no brainer.

I also had my hair cut again while visiting my parents house. You can't really tell here (plus I'm having a bad hair day) but the back is cut quite a bit shorter than the front and I love it. Short hair is so addicting because it's so easy to do, it literally takes me 5mins max to curl + style my hair.

This necklace has practically become a part of me since I bought it last week, it hasn't come off my neck - I love it. I also added a nice big coat and scarf to this outfit to make it wearable for the day in this crazy Winter weather :)

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