The legend of the masked Lipstick Bandits

A month ago Once upon a time.. a handful of beauty bloggers discovered their true calling over a twitter conversation through a mysterious spiritual meeting.

They realized that they were entrusted with the important task of reigniting your love affair with red lipstick. With stealth.

Our motto? Red lipstick is not an indulgence- it’s a necessity.

The legend of the masked Lipstick Bandits makeup

The legend of the masked Lipstick Bandits FOTD. I have no idea why my lips look melted together in this photo *shrugs*

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FOTD Makeup breakdown:

The ‘mask’:

-MAC Blacktrack Fluidline to fill in the ‘mask’

- Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique on the nose bridge part of the mask to give a satin look to the mask.

- Illamasqua Ore Pigment to trace the top and bottom border fo the mask

Eyes:

- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on top lashline

- Clinique High Impact Mascara

- MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20 on bottom waterline

Cheeks:

- MAC Posie Blushcreme blended from high points of cheeks to the bottom of the mask

- Revlon Colorburst Lipstick ‘Coral’ applied under the bottom edge of the ‘mask’ and blended to deepen the blush. Reviewed and swatched here.

* I don’t know how I came up with these crazy feverish cheeks. I guess I was aiming for something a little bit different- a little bit couture, and a little bit comic book heroine. 

Lips:

- ‘MFV Scarlet’ OCC custom lip tar mix all over the lips

- ‘Black Cherry’ OCC custom lip tar mix in the center of lips.

 

Okay, so I realised that I didn’t use a traditional lipstick formula. *shrugs*

 

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The legend of the masked Lipstick Bandits makeup

The legend of the masked Lipstick Bandits makeup

 

 

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Posted by on Oct 31st, 2011 in Dizzy, FOTD, Illamasqua, Lipstick, Uncategorized | 0 comments.

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Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in limited edition shade Mulberry

Lanolips Lip Ointment witbareh Colour in limited edition shade Mulberry

Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in limited edition shade Mulberry

I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas.

November has barely started, and I’m already hearing ads on TV about “getting in early with Christmas shopping” (the worst kind of shopping), and learning more about power tools and glazed hams than I care to know about. I guess the reason why I resent Christmas is the fact that another year is over already, and I find that a little bit depressing.

On the other hand, I love the infectious festivity that comes with Christmas. Christmas buskers wearing antlers and Santa hats, Christmas movies (I’ve seen The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen a million times, and I still love it), and of course, Christmas limited edition cosmetic collections. Ooh yes, makeup will ease the pain.

When I received the new Lanolips Lip Ointment in their limited edition Christmas colour ‘Mulberry’, I practically burst into song.

 

Lanolips Lip Ointment witbareh Colour in limited edition shade Mulberry swatch

Lanolips Lip Ointment witbareh Colour in limited edition shade Mulberry swatch

 This little tube of joy was inspired by Kirsten Carriol’s family tradition of picking fresh mulberries for Christmas jams and pies. It’s a gorgeous sheer berry which deepens your natural lip colour and give it a gorgeous glossy finish with just perceptible shimmer.

As with all Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour, it has a cushiony balmy texture, and no stickiness whatsoever.

Lanolips Lip Ointment Mulberry lip swatch

Lanolips Lip Ointment Mulberry lip swatch

 

Mulberry is very limited edition- there are only 5000 tubes of this worldwide. If this is your cup of tea, you better get in early before the 5000th tube gets snapped up!

Price: $13.95 for a single tube, and $24.95 as part of the Lanolips Christmas Set.

Availability: Myer, David Jones, www.adorebeauty.com.au, www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au

 

note: this product was sent by PR for consideration.

Posted by on Oct 30th, 2011 in Lip balm, Lip Gloss | 0 comments.

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Reviewed: Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud

Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud

Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud

This delicate blend of botanical extracts gently removes impurities from sensitive facial skin allowing skin to breathe freely without drying or leaving a greasy feel.

Chamomile, Bergamot and Willow Bark decongest the skin, reduces pore size, and assist in preventing spot formation. Polyphenols and mucilages from cold pressed rose petals fight free radicals, tone and soothe the skin, while bioactives from aloe veral calm and moisturise.

Price: $39.00 RRP AU

Availability: Myer department stores, www.grown.com

 

 

Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud

Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud

The Grown Facial Cleanser with Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Rose-Bud is a sulfate free gel cleanser (sidenote: once you go sulfate-free, you don’t look back. I haven’t used anything with sulfates for over a year). It is a silky, low foaming gel that feels luxurious on the face and smells like heaven.

This is a clarifying/deep cleansing type product which is perfect for daily use if you have normal to oily skin, and 2-3x a week usage for those like me with dry, sensitive skin.

I think that this product works best on normal to oily skin, because of the astringent and exfoliating properties of White Willow Bark extract.  Furthermore, the formulation is brilliant for those prone to acne and blackheads because of the Salicylic Acid and Salicin content from the Willow Bark Extract. As you may know, Salicylic Acid is one of the few substances that can clean inside pores, which is why it is so often included in acne formulations.

Overall a really nice clarifying facial cleanser for summer.

 

Facial Cleanser ingredient list:

Water, Aloe Vera leaf Extract, White Willow Bark Extract, Yucca Shidigera Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG- 150 Pentaerythryityl Tetrastearate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Rose Absolute Flower Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Mandarin Orange Oil, Sweet Orange Peel Oil, Bergamot Oil, Chamomile Oil, Polysorbate 20, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Limonene, Caramel.

 

note: this product was sent by PR for consideration.

Posted by on Oct 29th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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MAC Colourizations inspired teal and slate grey FOTD

 

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate FOTD smokey eye

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate FOTD

 

The makeup in this post is based on this MAC Colourizations Collection FOTD by Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog.

 

Face of the Day Makeup Breakdown

Base:

- NARS Sheer Glow

- MAC Studiosculpt concealor

Eyes:

- UDPP

- MAC Constructivist Paint Pot all over lid to crease

- Inglot D.S. 504 (teal/sea blue satin finish) on inner 2/3 of mobile lid, and below bottom lashline.

- Inglot matte 358 in crease (matte medium cool grey)

- Inglot matte 329 (dark chocolate brown matte) in outer V and outer half of bottom lashline.

- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on waterline and top lashline

Cheeks:

- Illamasqua Androgen Cream Pigment (reviewed here)

- MAC Gingerly Blush on top

Lips:

- NARS Supervixen Lipgloss

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate FOTD

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate eye makeup. Please excuse the sad lashes, I didn't know about heated curlers when I did this look

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate FOTD

MAC Colourizations inspired Teal and Slate grey FOTD

 

Posted by on Oct 27th, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Inglot, MAC | 0 comments.

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Organix Moroccan Argan Oil range: Shampoo, Condition, Penetrating Oil, and Intense Moisturising Treatment

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil range: Shampoo, Condition, Penetrating Oil, and Intense Moisturising Treatment

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil range: Shampoo, Condition, Penetrating Oil, and Intense Moisturising Treatment

 

Considering the fact that Argan oil is one of my favourite oils for my skin, it’s a little surprising that I haven’t used an Argan Oil based product for hair before.

I was fortunate enough to be sent the new Organix Moroccan Argan Oil range to trial, and have been using the products for the last few weeks.

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

Organix say..

Indulge the senses with this precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening.
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo will restore moisture to dry hair, protect from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection. 

385ml RRP $19.99

I say..

For me this shampoo ticks all the boxes: It is sulfate free (SLS, ALS, free) so it cleanses without stripping your hair, or irritating the scalp; it is low fragrance, which is essential for me as I have a sensitive scalp; and it lathers well and leaves my hair clean.

Until recently, there were very few products that had all these characteristics available on supermarket shelves. It’s really nice to see ranges like Organix provide quality shampoo formulations at a reasonable price point.

 

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

Organix say..

This rare, ultra light weight formula is nature’s secret to silky perfection! Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil instantly penetrates the hair shaft to seal in shine and protect from styling heat and UV damage.
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil fights frizz, strengthens and moisturises dry, brittle hair to give you smooth sexy tresses.

I say..

Having never tried Moroccanoil or another other Argan oil based treatment oil, I was really curious about this. Unfortunately it didn’t really work well for my hair- even when I used the tiniest amount it weighed my hair down and made it feel quite greasy. Looking back I shouldn’t be so surprised as my hair type is not well suited to this type of treatment- my hair is fine, tends to get oily at the roots, and not at all frizzy.

This product will probably work best on dry frizzy thick hair types.

100ml RRP $24.99

 

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner

Organix say..

Indulge the senses with this precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair, protect from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

I say..

This conditioner gives my hair light moisturisation. It probably doesn’t give me as much of a moisture boost as I would like, but would probably suit those with oilier hair than mine.

385ml RRP $19.99

 

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturising Treatment

Organix say..

Renew your hair’s inner health with argan oil nutrients, antioxidants,
and Vitamin E. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Treatment is a deep conditioning, exotic formula to add brilliant shine and create lush softness without leaving any heavy residue which can weigh hair down.

I say..

This is my favourite product out of the range. It really does make my hair feel wonderfully soft, glossy, and almost ‘slippery’. I like how it deeply conditions my hair without weighing it down. It’s similar, if not better, than my usual HG conditioner- Sebastien Penetraitt.

237ml RRP $19.99

 

Final thoughts:

The standout products in this range for my hair type are the Intense Moisturising Treatment, and the Shampoo. Considering the quality of the products, they are very reasonably priced.

All Organix hair products are safe for colour treated hair (good news for me), and do not test on animals.

 

 note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. 

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