For me, summer is the time to experiment with obnoxiously bright lip products that I might shy away from the rest of the year. I also like laid back, no fuss lip products- especially those that don’t require constant reapplication during the day. Here are some faves…
The perfect shmexy petal pink in that awesome Beach Tint super matte finish.
I don’t think there has been a single summer for the last 5 years where I haven’t worn Heat Wave most weekends. One of my all time favourite bright reds.
A new love! Great for days when you don’t have time to put on much makeup. This + bronzer= instant glam.
Really easy to wear colour, in a long lasting gloss stain formula that we all fell in love with when these came out.
Bridget Bardot lips. Seriously sexy caramel nude.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 9th, 2013 in Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Reviews | 93000 comments. Summer+Lips%3A+My+Top+5+2013-12-09+10%3A26%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9300
From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, crèmes, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product.
Price: rrp $65 AUD
Availability: BECCA counters worldwide, beccacosmetics.com/au
When I first got the press release for The One Perfecting Brush, I must admit I was a bit sceptical. I found it difficult to believe that a brush that you use for your base, contouring, highlighting, and blush from start to finish could possibly work without leaving your face a complete shiny oompa loompa burnt mess.
But somehow, The One Perfecting Brush seems to defy logic. I’ve been successfully using the one brush to buff liquid foundation into the skin, contour with bronzer with long edge of the brush, highlight my cheekbones, and apply blush – and all the colours come out true and unmuddled (is that a word?). Becca says that the type of non-porous goat hair that is used doesn’t absorb the product, allowing for multiple uses.
I still think it’s black magic.
Becca claims that you can use this brush daily for 2 weeks before washing! I’ve tried using this three days in a row (mostly with liquid/cream products) with a quick wipe of the bristles with a paper towel between uses, and remarkably, my foundation does not come out orange on day three! I haven’t tried using it more than 3 times without washing, because the idea kinda grosses me out.
For the makeup look pictured above, I’ve used the One Perfecting Brush to apply liquid foundation (BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Foundation), bronzer (MAC Bronzing Powder), a small amount of champagne powder eyeshadow to highlight the nose bridge and cupids bow, and liquid blush (BECCA Beach Tint in Guava). For the liquid products I first buffed it into the back of my hand before apply to the face. BECCA has published a demo video here if you want to see the brush in action.
The goat hair bristles are dense and super soft. I love how even and ‘airbrushed’ my foundation looks after buffing it in with this brush, and how perfectly glowy my blush comes out.. I would suggest either keeping to liquid/creams from start to finish, or powder products- you can certainly mix it up if you wish, but I find the application isn’t quite as seamless (I noticed this when I used powder bronzer).
Contouring takes a little bit of practice with this brush, but after a few goes you can carve out a cheekbone reasonably well (I like to use the long edge of the brush to contour).
Just in case you missed the giveaway post to win one of three – you can also enter directly here:
note: this product was sent by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 2nd, 2013 in BECCA, Blush, Reviews | 92010 comments. BECCA+The+One+Perfecting+Brush+Review+2013-12-02+05%3A21%3A31myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9201
Kosmea launched their limited edition Summer Essentials collection earlier in November this year. It contains five of their best selling products selected to provide all round skincare: cleansing, hydrating, revitalising, and anti aging in travel friendly sizes.
The collection includes:
• Clarifying Facial Wash 20mL
• Hydrating Rosewater Mist 25mL
• Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil 10mL
• Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost 10mL
• Replenishing Moisture Cream 20mL
The Clarifying Facial Wash, Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, and Replenishing Moisture cream are amongst my favourite skin care products and have been reviewed previously on this blog. The only thing that I can fault about this set is the fact that I took about 4 days to polish off the little 20mL bottle of Replenishing Moisture Cream- whereas the bottles of oils will last several months each, which makes it a bit difficult logistically if you are using this as a travel pack. For travel, I think it would make more sense to only have one type of oil serum, and double the size of moisturiser.
All in all- a great selection of products, at a pretty awesome price.
Price: Valued at $74.75, RRP $29.95
Availability: Terry White Chemists, selected pharmacies, David Jones, and selected health food stores.
There are 3 Dermalogical Limited Edition Sets 2013- one for skin prone to dryness (The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set, $71) , one for oily skin (the Active Moist Gift Set $67.50), and one for prematurely aging skin (Super Rich Repair Gift Set, $110) .
My skin falls into the first category so that’s the one I trialled. The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set contains a travel size PreCleanse and Special Cleansing Gel, as well as a full sized Skin Smoothing Cream.
I’ve been wanting to try the Dermalogica PreCleanse for some time now, because I’m always on the look out for good oil based, non sulphate, cleansers. I quite like it- it’s light, smells pretty, and does a decent job of cleansing without stripping the skin. Although PreCleanse is meant to be used with the Special Cleansing Gel, my skin prefers to use it on it’s own since I prefer a sulphate free cleansing regime.
The skin smoothing cream is very rich and emollient- great for keeping flakey skin at bay, I’m especially fond of using this around my nose in cold weather.
RRP $71 incl. GST
note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See my editiorial policy in the PR tab for more info.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 1st, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 92120 comments. Travel%2FGift+Sets%3A+Kosmea+Summer+Essentials+and+Dermalogica+Skin+Smoothing+Gift+Set2013-12-01+12%3A08%3A36myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9212
Recent launches at the body shop are the new Color Crush Lipsticks and their Camomile Collection. Let’s have a look at these shall we?
The Body Shop Color Crush lipsticks are formulated with crushed pigments and fair trade marula oil, sourced from a Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.
I find these creamy and very comfortable on the lips, although you will need to reapply quite often to keep the colour intensity up (every hour on my lips).
(left to right) Spice Things Up, Red Siren, Innocent Pink
Price: RRP $23.95 AUD
Availability: The Body Shop stores
Innocent Pink is a pale bubble gum pink with medium opacity. It’s a little too pale for me to pull off.
Spice Things Up is a pigmented pearly medium rose mauve. I wasn’t expecting to like it because I don’t generally like pearly/frosty finishes, but this one is super pretty for work.
Red Siren is a full coverage true red. It’s a very easy to wear, creamy weekend red to wear with jeans or a summer dress.
As you may know, I’m a big fan of cleansing oils because they are free from sulphates and soaps- cleansing the skin without stripping it. This one is lovely to use- light weight and smelling like white lilies and camomile. It’s best for days when you’re not wearing too much waterproof makeup.
This is a marvelous makeup remover for the price point! So pleasant to use, and I find that it is very effective on tough to remove eye makeup. I love that it’s alcohol free and ideal for sensitive skin.
note: these products were sent by PR for review purposes. See my editorial policy in the PR tab for more info.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 22nd, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 88520 comments. The+Body+Shop+Color+Crush+Lipstick+and+Camomile+Collection2013-11-22+09%3A52%3A19myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8852
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses. They have a gorgeous colour range, and have a feather light, non sticky texture that feels great on the lips all day. The standout shade for me out of the 7 shades I’ve tried is still Berry Twist- for it’s incredible pigmentation and wear time.
I was given the opportunity to review 4 colours from the Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss range- Malibu Punch, Flamingo Crush, Palm Breeze, and Autumn Punch. I’ve also purchased the shade ‘Hummingbird’ so keep and eye out for the upcoming review.
Price: $42 Aus rrp, $33.60 at Ry.com.au
Malibu Punch is a bright tangerine orange. It looks quite intense and pigmented on application, but becomes a little more muted and ‘natural’ looking after being on the lips for over 10mins. I love how it looks with neutral eye makeup and some bronzer.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 13th, 2013 in BECCA, FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 89540 comments. BECCA+Ultimate+Colour+Gloss+in+Palm+Breeze%2C+Flamingo+Crush%2C+Malibu+Punch%2C+Autumn+Punch%2C+2013-11-13+04%3A10%3A24myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8954