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I was sent one to review, and let me tell you, it is the easiest thing in the world to apply neatly. You outline and then you colour in – you don’t even really need a mirror for this, AND it doesn’t come off on your teeth or glass (volunteers needed for a pash test though). I scrawled some on before leaving the house one morning and was surprised to discover I was still wearing it at lunch, and it still looked fine. That speaks volumes to me about how it feels as well, not at all drying like most colour-stay stuff.
Here’s what Max Factor say about it:
Launching in 6 super-rich shades, it’s time to unleash your inner-artist to create your boldest glamour statement yet. The easy application of a lipstick bullet tip combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo design; means Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick is your perfect lip painting tool. The ultra-pigmented formula delivers strong colour, a sculpted tip ensures a precise result whilst the smooth texture means colour glides on effortlessly without bleeding. It’s easy – simply play, experiment, and show off your signature style. You are the artist.
The two things I didn’t like about it? I’m not sure how I will sharpen it when I need to (I guess I’ll buy a sharpener?) and also the colour. I was sent Princess Pink, which is much paler than I would normally wear, to the point where it’s pretty much a nude, as you will see in this fairly unhinged looking picture of me.
Yeah I know it’s rude to complain about things that are free, so instead, since they’re only $17, I will go buy myself a brighter colour and wear that very happily.
Lilac eyes and red lips as seen on the runway for Dior Spring/Summer 2010 are a blooming inspiration. There’s a lot to love about this soft shade, not as girly girly as pink but with all its prettiness:
- Lilac nails as seen on Nicky Hilton. Most ranges now have a range of purples. There are some gorgeous lilacs and violets in that Miki minis range of nail polishes. Well cheap too.
- Pretty lilac beadwork in the Te Papa collection online.
- Lilac lips?
- Floral inspiration- Lilac pics on Google images
- Uma Thurman’s gorgeous Prada Oscar gown – super subtle lavender/lilac.
Napoleon Perdis is one of my favourite makeup ranges. Spearheaded by the wonderfully named Australian Napoleon:
Napoleon Perdis picked up his first brush at the age of 13 to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree. Since then the self-taught makeup artist has long dreamed of spreading his glamour gospel. A native of Sydney, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Perdis has always sought to democratize the art of makeup, transforming runway and red carpet trends to reality and colour-matching for women of all ages and skin tones.
Till the end of June 2010, Farmers is doing a deal whereby you get the new Napoleon makeup book “Forever Flawless” about looking good at any age for $49.90 AND get a free one hour makeover.
This weekend the deal is even sweeter as there is 15% of all Napoleon makeup at Farmers (as well as some products at even more reduced prices) – and that includes the book.
I popped in today for a lunch hour makeover and was pleased with the results. The consultant explained each step of the process well and there’s definitely elements to pick up and run with. I’ve learned how to apply mascara to get more volume (flick your brush out to the sides), some new contouring tips, and how to do a smoky bronze eye.
Don’t you just hate it when a product you love is discontinued?
I’ve never had any special allegiance to a foundation (I like my makeup cheap and cheerful more than luxe) but I used to adore Revlon Skinlights skin brightener.
It was a lot lighter than foundation, being more like a tinted moisturiser. Skinlights gave a glow without being overly sparkly or shiny looking. It was discontinued and I was disgruntled.
But I just saw a Revlon email about a new product called Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator:
Boost natural radiance for a fresh, luminous glow. Light reflecting micronized crystals illuminate on contact. Sheer colour in a lightweight, oil-free formula. SPF 18.
I’m going to check it out and see if it’s the new version of the Skinlights.
Something for those of us who want something less full on than foundation.
Have you tried this new Revlon product?
Any other recommendations for skin brighteners, tinted moisturisers, or something subtle for your face?
Recently* we were contacted by Yasmine Allen, a makeup artist from Taupo who has created her own line of colours for eyes called Fizz. Fizz is pigment-based, free of talc and parabens, and so as a lover of bright colours, I was super keen to get my hands on some to try.
Yasmine kindly sent me down a range of samples in yellow (Aunt Daisy), purple (Purple Rain), green (Tiki), pink (Smooch), orange and blue (there are now four more colours). The picture to the right is from her awesome collection of photos to demonstrate FIZZ, but after the jump, I have a go with it myself…
Watch this vid and find out more from Pursebuzz. I think I’m a neutral.
I’m picking this will be the next big thing:
Painting your nails in multiple (but similar) colours. And not just because you’ve got buttloads of pinks left over from Pretty Pretty Party swaps either. Go ahead, prove me wrong, kids…
I’m imagining by now that you’ve seen the new Lady Gaga video for ‘Telephone’, and if for some unknown reason you haven’t, it’s embedded below. It is, quite simply, AMAZE.
There are of course many parts of the video to love, but the part that struck me the most? How awesome Beyonce looked in black lipstick:
Now, for ages I’ve thought that black lipstick could totally be done without being all gothy (in fact, I tried my hand at blue lipstick in 2008), and now finally I have proof! I lust for it so hard. I popped into the M.A.C counter at Kirks to see if they had it in stock, but they said it was from a couple of collections ago. Way to make me feel awesome, M.A.C.
Then, I saw Nina from The Style Hive tweet this pic of her as a Eurasian Beyonce which I hope she won’t mind me sharing here:
She looks amazing and I am so very jealous. Apparently that colour is Chanel Hysteria, which came out over a year ago and is sold out. I am so up to date. Okay, so I’m rambling, but the point is, I need to get my hands on some dark lipstick. But I don’t actually have any money. Make me some recommendations anyway please!
And of course, the best accessory to wear with black lipstick? Chuck Bass.
I bought some sample Shu Uemura cleansing oils off trademe.co.nz recently. Shu is ordinarily a very expensive brand, and elusive in NZ (though you can buy from Kosmakit in Auckland). So I was eager to try this High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil.
This cleansing oil is supposed to cleanse skin and remove waterproof makeup leaving skin fresh and refined. According to beautypedia.com, this product actually contains a skin-irritating menthol derivative that creates only the illusion of freshness.
But is it a good cleanser? I pitted it against Garnier Clean & Sensitive (which I’ve previously reviewed here) and I don’t think it was nearly as good. It left a lot of mascara residue on my skin and felt even more oily than the Garnier.
So Garnier wins this one. Check out our Winningest Products page for more reviews.
The first row of cotton pads shows the results of the first swipe of the eye for each product. Both products removed most makeup, but the Shu Uemura left mascara residue on my skin.