Review: Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 235 Coral Twist

Thursday, 29 August 2013

It seems like everyone has been coming out with lip crayons recently! This is the newest release from Covergirl, the Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. They're advertised as much the same, an easy to apply lip-crayon product.

These ones, however, are said to have "soft shine without the sticky feeling". Instead of a lipstick-like product, Covergirl has released these as closer to a lipgloss in formulation.

I've heard quite a few good reviews of this product from American beauty bloggers so when I saw them in Priceline, and when I saw the price, I thought I should definitely try them out for myself. The Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms are AUD$12.95 compared to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains [AUD$17.95] and the new Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons [AUD$15]. I also really loved this colour, Coral Twist. It's a bright pink-coral colour which I think will be gorgeous in the warmer months!

Since trying this product out, though, I'm pretty glad I only picked up one. It's not the most pigmented on the lips and, as it wears, it does tend to settle into fine lines. I still love the colour but I wish it was a more consistent colour payoff. Though, I will say that it is glossy and, on first application, the product feels nice on the lips. It's an alright lip product but I'm a bit disappointed.

Perhaps there's a way I could make the my Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm work so I'll definitely play around with it a bit more.

Have you tried this recent addition to the lip crayon craze? What was your experience like?

xx Julia

Review: Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! Eau de Parfum Sunsheer Edition

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

For years Marc Jacobs has been releasing amazing perfumes known for their fruity floral scents and delightful bottles. This year, they've come out with three limited edition summer scents for their most popular permanent scents; Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh and Oh, Lola!

As soon as I heard about this from my friend on Instagram, I knew I had to have it! Though once I got to the store, it was a bit of a toss up between Oh, Lola! Sunsheer and Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine. They're both gorgeous fruity, fresh and floral scents which are going to be beautiful in the summer sun.

Oh, Lola! Sunsheer Edition is described as, "A Sheer fruity floral, Oh, Lola! Sunshine Edition is a lighter, fresher interpretation of the original, with an air of femininity. The fragrance opens with a sheer top of effervescent raspberry that blossoms to a pink heart of lush peonies and dries down with a sensual vanilla."

If you're a fan of Marc Jacobs's floral fragrances then you will definitely like this re-imagining of the sophisticated yet young Oh, Lola! I absolutely adore it and cannot wait to wear it to some summer picnics or parties later this year!

I also have to mention the gorgeous bottle! It's the same shape and design as Oh, Lola! but with a transparent pink flower and a clear 50ml bottle. How cute!

xx Julia

Review: Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Recently, Neutrogena released a new line of skincare called Neutrogena Naturals. They claim to contain no harsh chemicals, parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, dyes, or phthalates. The range is also pretty extensive, including a Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Pore Scrub, Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturiser, Lip Balm, and Face and Body Bar.

I picked up the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover because I'm always looking for something to save me time and effort by combining products. I was also really excited about all the differences Neutrogena Naturals claim from other drugstore skincare products. In particular, I've been consciously distancing myself and my beauty routine from sulphates recently.

The product itself has a liquid consistency that doesn't foam but covers the skin almost gel-like. I quite like non-foaming cleanser because it feels like I'm actually cleaning my skin! As opposed to just using harsh sulphates for no actual result.

This cleanser is advertised as a makeup remover, safe enough to use on your eyes. I wasn't inclined to, because of the thicker consistency, but I gave it a go! It removed my gel eyeliner and eyeshadow easier, without any scrubbing at all, which I found really impressive. It had a bit of a harder time with my mascara, though. However, I won't be using this as an eye makeup remover because it did sting. I have other products that don't sting my eyes which I would rather use, instead. But, I love this as an all-purpose cleanser and face makeup remover product.

A drawback for me is the lack of any sort of exfoliation. I have dry skin so I do look for something that can gently smooth my skin while washing. I suppose I could always buy a separate exfoliating wash but who has that kind of time??

Also worth noting is the fact that this cleanser has a very strong green apple scent that may be irritating for sensitive skin.

The real appeal of this skincare range is the absence of all the nasties that you usually find in drugstore products and even some of the high-end brands, as well! 86% of this product is naturally derived, plus, it's not tested on animals. Even down to the packaging, Neutrogena has considered their product. The Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover bottle is up to 50% post-consumer recycled materials. What I particularly love is that Neutrogena has listed the ingredients on the back of the bottle and included the sources of those ingredients, as well.

After trying out this cleanser, I would love to have a look at the other products in this range and perhaps replacing some of my harsher skincare products.

xx Julia

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey and 030 Smitten

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I do believe I'm the last person to FINALLY pick these bad-boys up to try for myself! They are the infamous Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Beauty bloggers and vloggers all across the internet have not stopped talking about these lip staining crayons from the drugstore lip company queen. So, when Priceline was having a 2 for 3 sale, I grabbed the two most appealing colours to me; Honey and Smitten.

Generally, these products are a lip crayon with a bit of gloss on application but a staining quality that lasts for hours. I love stains of all sorts because even as they fade, they're still there! Plus, the crayon shape makes these balm stains super easy to apply when you're on the go.

Honey is a great everyday pink with a bit of shimmer. It looks very natural on the lips; especially for me it's a bit of a 'my lips but better' colour. Stains are quite good when they're a light, natural colour because they're even harder to notice as they fade while eating and drinking throughout the day. I can see myself reaching for this shade a lot when I don't want to think too hard about what I'm putting on my lips.

On the other hand, Smitten is quite a noticeable, bright colour. I chose this one because it's a unique berry-fuscia colour, unlike anything I had in my collection, previously. I also thought it would be a nice bright lip that was still winter appropriate. I've been reaching for this colour most recently because it's just so easy to wear! There's no worry about transfer or quick wear. Plus, it's just so darn pretty!

These are such great products that I can really understand why they've gotten so much hype! I've been using them so much recently and imagine that won't change anytime soon. Perhaps the one thing I don't absolutely love is the scent. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have a very strong mint scent that lingers slightly after application. What I find a bit odd is the incongruence between the scent and the product colour. I would have preferred something fruity or sweet but it's growing on me, so it's not that much of a problem.

I really am very pleased that I finally got these even if I was very behind the crowd! I highly recommend them if you're looking for a super easy lip product to just throw in your bag for on the go use.

xx Julia

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in 70 Barely Branded

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoos were a huge hit when they first came out last year. Now the Metals collection has made its way to our Pricelines for us to fall in love with. The collection includes four shades in Australia including a frosted pink, silver, duo-chrome blue, and, my favourite, a gorgeous champagne colour.

The Color Tattoos are great because they're super easy to use; you don't even need a brush. They provide an even, pigmented sweep of colour across the lid or a nice base to make your other shadows pop.

Some complaints about the original product included how quickly the cream dries out in the pot and becomes almost unusable. However, Maybelline seems to have reformulated with the Metal collection. Barely Branded is smoother, creamier and easier to spread than the original Color Tattoos that I have.  I've had it for a few weeks now and it's as good as new! This is a great improvement for Maybelline and will only increase the popularity of this product.

Now, I searched high and low to get my hands on this colour, in particular, Barely Branded. It was much lusted over here in Australia when we saw the Americans talking about this beautiful champagne colour. As far as pigmentation goes, it's a sheer, shimmery shade which makes it easy to blend and doesn't overpower other colours. It's really just the perfect shade to use as a base under almost any eye look or by itself for something subtle and shimmery. I will warn you that it will crease with all day wear when left by itself but I haven't tried it out with an eye primer so you may get different results.

I apply this with my finger under other shadows on most days. Almost everyday since I bought it, in fact! I do adore it and, for AUD$11.95, I highly, highly recommend picking this up as the perfect drugstore, champagne cream eyeshadow.

xx Julia

Review: Covergirl Eye Enhancers Quad in Country Woods

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Covergirl has released quite a few classic eyeshadow quads and trios in their time and this is one of them! The Eye Enhancers Quad in Country Woods is a collection of four simple neutrals that would suit any eye colour.

I find myself reaching for this quad when I want something light but defined. These shadows are particularly good at casting a natural shadow and using shimmer to add depth to your eyes. I especially love these colours layered over my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded.

What isn't great about this quad is the pigmentation. As expected from drugstore shadows, they're all shimmers or pearls and don't have great colour pay-off. But I don't think that's necessarily a complete negative. Just as sometimes an overly pigmented blush can be hard to work with, lighter eyeshadows are best for natural sweeps of colour across the lid.

The shadows also aren't the most consistent. The colour on the far left in the pan is by far the weakest link with little to no colour whatsoever. Then, the second and fourth shadow are almost the same colour with slight differences in finish. That just seems a bit silly when there are only four pans; half are the same! But, there is good news! The lightest, highlight colour is my favourite eyeshadow highlight in my collection. It's a gorgeous pearlescent cream colour which catches just enough light on the inner corner. I love it! If the quad was a duo with the last two shades, it'd be perfect!

Ultimately, it's not a great eyeshadow quad but it's useable and I like having it in my collection. Is anyone else familiar with Covergirl's quads?

xx Julia