lip swatches: (from top) Winter Berry, Current, Plum.
BERRY & BRIGHT LIP COLLECTION
“This exclusive set of four luxuriously comfortable, long-lasting, satin-matte lip colours features three deep, rich shades and one sheer shade with shimmer that’s perfect for creating a festive, wintertime look.”
I’ve been fortunate enough to trial the Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection. This collection consists of 3 highly pigmented lip colours, and one layering shade- Winter Berry is a cool toned red, Current is a fuschia red, Plum is a deep purple-ish berry. ‘Sugar’ is a sheer silverish shimmer that can be layered over the top of the other shades.
I’m impressed with the formulation of these. They are non-drying on the lips, they don’t bleed, and they stay around forever and a day! I’ll often have a residual stain in the morning after removing this the night before. On me these are closer to satin finish with a slight sheen than a matte finish- you can blot and powder over the top to get a true matte if you wish.
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Wet and Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer – Rae recommended this for oil slick lids which defies even TFSI and UD Primer Potion. It is BRILLIANT. The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried quite a few.
Clarins Instant Light Concealor– it is lightweight, long lasting and has peach undertones to counteract undereye circles.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay Eyeshadow– not just a fantastic matte eyeshadow, I’ve been using this on my brows every day since getting this, a great shade for Asian colouring.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch eyeshadow – the ‘little black dress’ of eyeshadows. This has been on high rotation in the past few weeks, I adore it.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray-I picked this up about a month ago and was so excited to find that I’ve finally found something that actually works in extending the wear of my blush, contour, highlighting.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dolce Vita and Walkyrie – love these pencils I can’t even.
Musq Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant– I recently tried this brand for the first time, and have been super impressed by these two products. Reviewed in my previous post.
MooGoo Cover- Up Buttercup SPF 15 Natural Moisturiser– ($29.90) Formulated with mineral sunscreen ingredients only, in a moisturising base. SPF 15 doesn’t sound like much but 19% Zinc Oxide is decent. I like this moisturiser with SPF in winter because it’s super emollient without feeling suffocating, and it makes my foundation sit better over flaky skin.
Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream– lightweight, silky, sinks in fast, and smells gorgeous. Exactly what you need in a day time moisturiser.
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A lovely package from Musq arrived on my doorstep a month or so ago. They are a luxe Australian beauty and skin care company who are all about natural and ethical ingredients.
This is the first time I’ve tried products from the brand- I really enjoyed their hand wash and the exfoliant.
The Face and Body Exfoliant ($42/70g) features montmorillonite mineral particles, rose water, rice powder, and essential oils. It has this amazing airy dry souffle like texture- I haven’t seen any formulation quite like it. When you massage it into wet skin it lathers a little and stays on the skin well (pet hate with body scrubs is when they drop off the skin while you’re exfoliating, leaving most of the product on the floor). The exfoliating particles are the perfect size and roughness as a body scrub, although far too coarse for delicate skin on the face (so I’m not sure how it can be considered a face scrub). It is a delight to use, and it does a good job! My only complaint here is the small size of the tub for the price.
The hand wash (500mL/$29), which features lemon myrtle, mandarin, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, is kind to the skin and smells like a boutique spa- it also looks gorgeous on my bathroom sink. Makes me look forward to washing my hands!
note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See PR tab for editorial policy.
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Umber Firefinch is a neutral to cool ashy brown in a satin finish. It has a medium pigmentation (although it’s easier to sheer out than it is to build up in opacity), and that silky buttery texture we’ve come to expect from Rouge Bunny Rouge.
Longevity and crease resistance is about average on my (oily) lids, on top of my usual TFSI.
Swatched below, next to Blackpepper Jay (on the left)
Compared with other neutral browns eyeshadows:
Swatched: (from left) Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay, Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch, Tom Ford She Wolf duo (2 swatches), Sleek Storm Palette shadow (second shadow from the right on the bottom row), MAC Mystery eyeshadow
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Tags: Rouge Bunny Rouge
I have been hearing great things about this cult undereye product for years now, but it was only after reading about it on Karima’s post on Shameless Fripperies (she uses this together with Clarins Instant Light concealor- reviewed below) did I seriously think about making it part of my makeup routine.
Applied heavily on the left swatch, blended out on the right.
This is a silica based powder designed to set undereye concealer as well as brighten the area and diffuse light around fine lines. I like to use a fluffy brush to apply a fine layer of this on top of concealer.
The Secret Brightening powder has a very subtle brightening effect, and a subtle light diffusing/mattifying effect when worn on top of my undereye concealor. I’ve photographed myself wearing it under my left eye only in the picture below. As you can see, it’s a very subtle effect, but it does seem to give a more ‘awake and refreshed’ look.
Secret Brightening Powder worn over concealer in the left eye only (right side of photo). Clarins Instant Concealer worn in both eyes.
The Secret Brightening Powder (right) compared with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (left).
Clarins Instant Concealer is another product I’ve heard great things about, and the other recommendation that I’ve taken from Karima’s post.
This concealer is a liquid formulation with a lightweight feel and a velvety, light diffusing finish which looks natural and not at all cakey on my skin. It wears well with no creasing or collecting in fine lines. This has medium pigmentation, which is easily sheered out or increased with layering.
I have the shade in 02 which has a strong peach undertone to counteract blueish undereye circles- I find this works well on me, although to be honest my undereye circles aren’t that bad and although this is better with colour correcting, a regular (non colour correcting) concealer does an ok job.
It’s available in 4 shades. I feel that 02 is the closest match to me.
Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)
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