Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Vanilla Body Lotion
candybunny88 1/5/2013 8:22:00 AM
despite the fact that i am a huge fan of vanilla-scented products and have been aware of the body shop line for years, i never really proceeded to pick anything up since body shop products are horribly overpriced here in NZ ($38 for a small bottle of lotion, i mean, really?). so you can imagine how very excited i was when i saw these lotions on sale for half the price right after xmas. i picked up a small bottle as i was travelling somewhere for new years and wanted to take some lotion with me. the smell is a very, very strong vanilla to the point where sniffing the bottle literally gives me a headache. the consistency of the lotion is thicker than most however it is not greasy or heavy and it actually absorbs into the skin quickly and nicely. i was amazed at how soft this thing made my skin feel its seriously incredible! i think im going to pick up a larger bottle while i still have these things on sale, i would recommend this lotion however it does give me a headache every now and then
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Hissyfit - Saving Face Foundation SPF 50
candybunny88 1/4/2013 1:41:00 AM
I have some pretty mixed feelings towards this product. First, let me start off by saying 'man this thing is expensive!', because it truely is! It's over $50 here in NZ and it's only a sunscreen, whaaaaattt! so i thought this product must be amazing and i had struck gold when i found some at a heavily discounted price. i was seriously so happy i got 2 tubes in the colour sand. i was very pleased with the colour match however all hell broke loose when i put this stuff on my face. the consistency of the product is very, very thick, creamy (not in a good way), greasy and heavy. my face was beaming with oiliness in no time and i literally felt like my skin was suffercating!! so i promptly left the product on the shelf and forgot about for about 2months. and when i pulled it out again, thick, clear oil was pouring out of it when i opened the lid. the product has obviously separated despite the fact that the expiry date has not been reached. i blotted as much oil away as possible and was shocked to find that although the product is still thick in texture, it is no longer greasy as hell. i actually wore it today and loved the result. the coverage is pretty full yet still natural, the colour match is good and it stayed on for the whole day without too much shine. i will definitely use the tubes i have up and would repurchase if i can find them at an awesome price again. also i would make sure that i leave the tube for a bit for the oil to separate before using it.
alright Revlon, I get it, you are really, really bad at doing mascaras! I bought this tube of mascara at a makeup clearance sale for about $9nzd so thank god I didn't have to pay the full price otherwise I'd be flipping!! I have never in my life come across a waterproof mascara that doesn't hold a curl! The brush is so, so big that it doesn't work properly, the formula is bad that it doesn't build any volume and it smudges everywhere! Seriously, what the?
okay I must admit I bought this polish as a result of 'love by association'. I loved Skyfall (the film) and the soundtrack so much that I wanted to gather things that are related to Skyfall. And since I'm such a nail polish junkie, the OPI Skyfall collection seemed like a good place to look. This is a mid-dark tone colour which I'm not normally a fan of. However I quite like this polish since the glitters in it are just amazingly beautiful! It's fun yet sophisticated and bond-esque. I'm very happy with my purchase!
I'm not normally someone who wears dark nail polishes. In fact dark polishes look pretty bad on me so I always go with light or bright colours. And since Essie is so darn expensive here in NZ (we are talking $24 NZD a bottle, which is like $19USD), I've never had the urge to buy any Essie polishes unless I find them at a makeup sale So at the latest makeup clearance sale, I got the chance to swatch Sew Psyched. I really wasn't expected much and was very pleasantly surprised. It's a beautiful khaki that applies very smoothly. The polish is very opaque and you can get a great coverage with 2 coats. It's not streaky by any means. What impresses me the most is the colour since it looks so good on my short nails and it's just so sophisticated so it's perfect for work. I'm really happy with this purchase and would buy again if the bottle runs out (which probably will never happen) and I can find it for cheap again
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips - Pink Glow
candybunny88 12/8/2012 4:36:00 AM
I've always been a huge fan of tinted lip balms since I don't like wearing lipsticks but i like the look of a bit of colour on my lips (difficult right? I know!). I've always been pretty disappointed that we don't have the whole selection of baby lips here in NZ because we only seem to have the clear balms and not the tinted ones. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted these at my local Postie Plus store! Since they were on sale for 30% off, I got both baby pink and pink blast for $7 NZD, not bad huh! The packaging of these balms are pretty cute, but I'm really not a sucker for packaging so I really don't mind. The smell/flavouring of these balms is a very pleasant berry scent, it kind of reminds of me of mixed berry ice cream. The texture of the balms is nice, smooth. However I don't think it hydrates anywhere near 8 hours as I find myself re-applying every hour or so. Funny enough my lips do feel very plump and firm and look poutier for some reasons. Now let me talk about the colour. These balms promise to deliver a tint of pink that is unique to the person wearing it. My guess is that there is something in the balm that react to the pH level of your lips (or wherever you are swatching the balm). The difference in colour I get from both balms is rather small as both of them give me this really, really intense pink. Now my lips aren't that pigmented naturally and are somewhat of a shade of mauve, and after the balms they are of this very intense, rosey pink colour, like if I bit my lips extremely hard. I know it sounds painful but the colour is actually pretty flattering. The crazy thing is the colour lasts and lasts on me. The last time I applied this balm was in the mid afternoon, and some food and a nap later the colour is still well and alive on my lips at 10.35pm at night. I think I like these balms. they make for great low-maintenance products! Will repurchase! in fact might re-purchase some more tomorrow!!
Bronzers -New York Color - Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny 720
candybunny88 11/17/2012 8:52:00 AM
Although this brand is not readily available here in NZ, i had heard mountains of rave reviews on it prior to discovering it on a discount website. As you can imagine I was super pleased to find these bronzers for around $4 NZD i believe? Well, this bronzer is pretty nice, since it's matt and cheap and you get a lot of product. the colour of it isnt too obnoxiously orange so its good for my skin tone. the packaging could improve though since the plastic used seems to be really cheap, however it is suprisingly functional since it snaps shuts beautifully and somehow i dont feel like its gonna fall apart any time soon. I think my only beef with this otherwise rather wonderful bronzer is that the pigmentation isnt great, i really need to get my brush in there in order to have enough colour buildup to contour. however its good for a dust of colour on the face since you are less likely to go overboard.
BB Cream -L'Oreal - Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
candybunny88 10/12/2012 6:24:00 AM
wow, what's up with every makeup/skin care brand releasing BB creams these days?? anyways, i received a sample of this at a fashion event and to be honest im so glad i did. l'oreal is super expensive where i live and i never would have tried this otherwise as a tube costs around $30 nzd, um, no thanks! but this stuff is amazing! i got mine in the shade medium, it's one of those smart shade things where the liquid comes out white but as you rub it in it adjusts to your skin colour. to be honest the experience of rubbing this into my skin is kinda weird since i can really feel the beads. it's almost like exfoliating, but maybe not as harsh. the coverage it gives is medium at best but that's all i need since my skin's been behaving lately. i dont think it has any spf so it's my perfect night-time foundation where i want a bit of coverage but dont want a mask on. i probably would repurchase if it goes on sale. good product nevertheless!
I have always heard good things about rosehip oil and since i'm super concerned with my skin showing signs of aging (despite the fact that many of you might not think i'm that old anyways). i've always been curious about this product but never bit the bullet to buy it since it's kinda expensive ($39.99 nzd for 45ml) and i wasn't sure if my skin was gonna like it (i've super oily skin). i recently got a 2.5ml sample of it and started using it daily. i basically just rub a few drops into my face after cleansing and toning and before moisturising. let me tell you this stuff has done wonders for my skin! before i started using this, my skin was playing up horribly for unknown reasons as i have always had clear-ish skin. i had break-outs on my forehead and a flaming-red dry patch of skin on my chin! after 2 weeks of using it consistently, my break-outs have disappeared and that freaking dry-patch is pretty much gone. what's more my skin is super glowy and just nice-looking. my makeup goes on so much nicer and i find that even just with a very, very light coverage tinted moisturiser and some powder on top, my skin looks flawless and im so happy about it. it hasnt caused my skin to be more oily either and its getting warmer where i live (i get oilier in summer). the little 2.5ml sample has lasted me for 2 weeks so far and it's still half full so i know a full-size is gonna last me for ages. i will definitely repurchase after the sample runs out. i love what it's done for my skin!
I'm one of those girls who are almost OCD about skin care. Regardless where I am or what time I get home, I can't go to bed without removing my makeup and doing the whole skincare routine. As a result of my consistency, I've always had nice, clear skin that would look great with just some tinted moisturiser. However recently I started seeing a new guy and as I started staying over at his, I find myself sleeping with my makeup on simply because there is nothing at his house I can use to remove makeup/do my skincare routine and I really cant be bothered to bring my array of products to his. After a couple of weeks I could tell that my skin is paying for it, hard! I started to get pimples and little bumps and the texture of my skin got horrible and that's when I discovered ultrabalm. it comes in a convenient little tin that I can easily take with me and it has so many functions! It's great for removing my waterproof eye makeup, treating dry patches on the face, smoothing under the eyes, moisturising lips and I even rub it into the ends of my hair as a replacement for my hair oil. I know some people might say that you can do the same thing with Vaseline which is way cheaper however I think the texture of this product (it's way creamier and less gloopy than vaseline) makes it much easier to remove makeup. plus i would never ever put vaseline onto the ends of my hair. I'm a big fan of this product and will probably keep purchasing. It's one of the cheapest items you can get at LUSH although I'm not so sure as how long this tin is gonna last me as i find myself reaching for it a lot.
I have two of thse nail polishes and one of them (foil spoil) can easily pass as a dupe to Chanel Graphite. The colour is beautiful, the formulation is great and the finish is glossy enough to go without a top coat. These nail polishes also really strenghtens/hardens my nails to the point where I feel like they would last for a long time on the nails without chipping or peeling off. I'm seriously loving foil spoil as the colour is just beautiful and it's subtle yet bling on the nails! it's sophisticated to wear to work as well. These Australis polishes are way cheaper than most at $10 a pop, however they are still more expensive than my beloved Kleancolor hence the 4 lippie rating. would buy again though because Australis seem to come up with great colours and dupes all the time
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Cosmedix Reflect Spf 30
candybunny88 4/20/2012 4:23:00 AM
Holy crap is this sunscreen expensive! I bought it from a local salon since my BF gave me a voucher and no kidding this sunscreen cost me $100 NZD!!! That's like $85 USD just for 120ml of sunscreen! Did somebody say daytime robbery? and I bought this because it was the cheapest thing they had in that bloody salon! Other than that this sunscreen is pretty good! I'm huge on wearing sunscreen daily and since I have really oily skin it's hard to find a sunscreen that's not gonna turn me into a grease ball after a couple of hours. This sunscreen is like a liquid and you basically squirt it onto your hands then rub onto your face. It literally feels like water but dries faster than water. It's weightless and doesnt make me oily looking at all. However it does have a funky smell, I think it smells like rice milk or something I cant quite put my finger on it. I would buy again if not for the ridiculous price, I mean $100? what the hell!!
I don't think this line of nail polishes is available here in NZ but I managed to get a spanking brand new bottle at my local 2nd hand store for $5 NZD. I got it in the colour Notorious which is a mid-tone bluey green. The colour is nothing super special but I love it since it attracts a lot of attention. The finish is creme, the application is a dream! It also dries pretty fast so it didn't take me so long to do two coats! I would love more colours if I can find them available for cheap, and I will be uploading photos!
Firstly, the name of this polish is so deceiving! It doesn't look like the sand nor the beach! Or what you would think of as a combination of sand and beach.. Anyways, this is by far the nudest colour I own. Normally a bright nail polish wearer, I realised that since I'm going to start working in a very conservative environment soon I'd better find me some nice subtle shades. I bought this polish for $8 NZD on sale as I never would have paid the full price ($24.50 NZD, day time robbery people!). It's a light-mid tone taupe with flashes of purple and pink so it doesn't look dead boring on my hands. The application is nice and smooth and the lasting power is more than decent. I must say the colour is a bit too muted for my taste, but hey, that's nude polishes for you right?
Polishes -New York Color - Long Wearing Nail Enamel - Times Sq Tangerine 112
candybunny88 1/16/2012 2:34:00 AM
i recently bought a few bottles of NYC nail polishes and this times square tangerine is one of them. despite my rather vast nail polish collection, I dont have a good orange and I wanted one for summer (yep I live in the Northern Hemisphere and it's summer here!). the colour is a creamy bright carrot-juice orange. the formula is creamy and dries fast. the polish is opaque in one coat but i put two on out of habit. the lasting power is great since it stayed on for nearly 5 days with only chips at the finger tips. I love it and will buy more NYC nail polish for sure to the dismay of my wallet lol!