10 July 2015

{ Review + Swatches } Shades of Red

L-R: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy', Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion' & Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

I'm a neutral kinda gal when it comes to the makeup I wear. I often like to stay in my comfort zone consisting of warm earthy browns and bronzes on my eyes and a dusty mauve/nude beige on the lips. When I do break out of that comfort zone though, which is unfortunately not often enough, I love adding some glam to my look with a statement red lipstick.

I was lucky enough to pick out a few lipsticks from Luxola and decided to go with some delectable reds to show you guys how I personally like to wear a red lip. I absolutely love pairing a bold red with a neutral eye, thick winged liner and adding a pair of luscious wispy falsies. Of course, there are really no rules in makeup and if you prefer pairing your red lippy with a sultry smokey eye then go for it. That's the beauty in makeup. Be creative, be you. There are no boundaries! Do whatever makes you feel good!

L-R: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy', Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion' & Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

How intense and stunning are the swatches above! I was squealing from happiness when I was swatching these lipsticks, especially Zoeva's lipstick in 'Cooling Passion' and Sleek Makeup's 'O.M.G!'. Girllll, they are sooo rich in pigment and sooo creamy!

Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy'

I've never heard of Luscious Cosmetics before but being the makeup lover I am, I was really looking forward to try a new product. This looked like a fiery red in the tube but once swatched and applied on the lips, it wasn't as intense as what I was expecting. This red is mixed with a pinkish/raspberry hue once I applied it which took me a little by surprise as it looked like a true red in the tube. This lipstick is definitely buildable as it doesn't shock you with an immense amount of pigment when you apply it. It's my least favourite in terms of formulation out of the three but a beautiful colour nonetheless.

Price: $21.74 AUD
My rating: 6/10

On the lips: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy'

 Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion'

Now this lipstick from Zoeva is absolutely stunning. I've only tried Zoeva's brushes (which I adore!!) and blushes before but seeing how much I do enjoy their products, I wasn't surprised with how much I loved this cream lipstick in 'Cooling Passion'. First of all, I love the sleek gunmetal packaging and the cap's slick magnetic closure. The formulation of the lipstick is amazing and doesn't drag or tug on your lips. It glides so easily, very smooth, creamy and moisturising. The colour is also such a rich stunning cool toned red. This shade of red is definitely the kind of shade that I would normally reach out for. Can't tell you guys enough how much I'm enjoying this formula and this crazy pigmentation. I love the slight gloss it gives too, makes for plumper lips! I need more shades from this line!!

Price: $15.80 AUD
My rating: 9/10

On the lips: Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion'

 Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

Last but not least, a shade of red that I normally shy away from. I rarely ever wear orangey-reds and always thought they never looked that nice on me. This lipstick proved me wrong. This shade is so so pretty and a perfect statement lip for Spring/Summer. It's Winter in Australia at the moment so I'll have to wait for a few months until the weather warms up. NOT! Remember, there are no boundaries when it comes to makeup! It's okay to rock a vampy burgundy lip during Summer and it's more than okay to wear a coral red in Winter. Be a rebel :P

Great formulation and feels super nice on the lips. Not as creamy and smooth as Zoeva's lipstick but the intensity and pigmentation is 100% there! I love how this coral-red lip can brighten up your complexion too. Definitely a colour I hope I'll be brave to wear more often!

Price: $17.78 AUD
My rating: 8/10

On the lips: Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

I currently have an exclusive discount code that Luxola have provided for my readers (I do not get any commission from the use of this code). Enter 'BLX-PORCELAIN' at checkout for 15% off your first order with Luxola (voucher code is valid until August 31st and is not applicable on non-discountable brands found on Luxola's FAQ). Not only can you purchase the lipsticks and brands I'm wearing in the above snapshots, you can also purchase from brands such as 3 Concept Eyes, Ardell, Beauty Blender, Koh Gen Do, Makeup Store, SKII, theBalm, Wet n Wild and heaps more!

What are your favourite shades of red lipsticks to wear? The takeaway from this post is don't be afraid to branch out and try a colour you wouldn't normally wear. Just like me and the coral/orange-red lipstick. You might be surprised to find out that you actually like it :)

xo Laura

* Disclaimer: The products mentioned above were sent to me by Luxola for review purposes. My reviews are always 100% my honest opinion *

31 March 2015

{ Review & First Impressions } Bellabox Australia

I'm sure a lot of you beauty junkies have heard of Bellabox and if not here is a quick run down. Bellabox is a monthly subscription service in which you will receive a box of at least 5 beauty samples from a variety of brands. In Australia, a box per month is priced at $15 plus a postage fee of $2.95. I personally think the concept of a beauty box or beauty bag is great and fascinating. It allows you to try products from different brands, even those you may have never heard of before. What makes it exciting for me is that element of surprise when you receive and open up the box and then discovering the goodies and hopefully finding new and amazing beauty products! It's really like giving a present to yourself! 

When Bellabox contacted me to review and test out their March box I was like heckkk yes! I've never signed up for any of these beauty subscription services and getting the experience to try it out was exciting for me.

Here's my March box....

Honestly, when I first opened up my box and saw the contents inside I was pretty underwhelmed. Knowing that it's a beauty box, the random Stabilo highlighter threw me off. The only product that really intrigued me was the foot mask. I haven't had the chance to use it yet but I definitely will! My job requires me to stand for hours which can make the skin on my heels quite hard and calloused so fingers crossed this mask does the job!

I'm hoping my feet will smell like apples afterwards! ^.^

Never heard of the brand but I'm down to try a new shampoo and conditioner :) EDIT: Just tried these and I really do like it. I quite like the 'manly' cologne-like scent. I especially enjoyed the conditioner, it left my hair so silky smooth, soft and tangle free :D

Good ol' Palmer's. I like their skin therapy oil but never tried their moisturizing day cream. Smells soooo cocoa butter-y. They recommend to apply the cream on your face and neck area but I think the scent is just a bit too strong for my liking to put on my face. It feels great as a hand cream though!

Hmm... :/ I do like their highlighters doe.

Got the Colour Theory eye pencil in 'Emerald'. Different to the blacks or browns I normally gravitate towards but I'll find a way to wear it!

So many people love Ardell lashes but I'm really not a fan. Even their demi wispies that everyone wears and loves just does not look good on me :( I find their lashes lack that curl that my small monolid eyes need! I'm not getting a good vibe with the style of these 109 lashes unfortunately. I will try them out but I don't have high expectations, wishing I'll be proved wrong though!

Even though I was disappointed with most of the products in this March box, I kind of want to try it out and see if I get better and more exciting products in future monthly boxes. I've seen some of their previous boxes and I was truly impressed with the samples people were receiving. I guess March wasn't their month.

xo Laura

* Disclaimer: The products mentioned above were sent to me by Bellabox Australia for review purposes. My reviews are always 100% my honest opinion *

26 February 2015

{ Review + Swatches } My Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection

After many requests, I have finally decided to make a post dedicated to all my Makeup Geek eyeshadows! This is so exciting for me because I have really only started to notice her eyeshadows some time last year and they have now quickly become one of, or dare I say my absolute favourite eyeshadows to wear. The quality of these eyeshadows are seriously top notch, super buttery, smooth and finely milled and for the price ($5.99 for the regular eyeshadows and $9.99 for the foiled eyeshadows) you really can't go wrong with these.

I've really warmed to the idea of purchasing single pan eyeshadows ever since I started my Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection. I think building your own palette is a fantastic idea and one that saves a ton of space, especially if you're storing them in Z palettes! Z palettes are amazing and the ones I have pictured above is an extra large one, which currently stores my neutral eyeshadows and a large one for my more colourful shadows.

1st Row: Shimma Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Latte, Frappe, Cocoa Bear
2nd Row: Preppy, Mocha, Brown Sugar, Bada Bing, Grandstand (FE), Mesmerized (FE), Flame Thrower (FE)
3rd Row: Hipster, Homecoming, Taupe Notch, Gold Digger, Bleached Blonde, Glamorous, Pretentious
4th Row: Cosmopolitan, Goddess, Prom Night, Moondust, Cinderella, Country Girl, Cupcake
5th Row: Unexpected, Bitten, Mango Tango, Burlesque, Drama Queen, Corrupt

(FE): Foiled Eyeshadow

L-R: Shimma Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Latte, Frappe, Cocoa Bear

 L-R: Preppy, Mocha, Brown Sugar, Bada Bing, Grandstand (FE), Mesmerized (FE), Flame Thrower (FE)

L-R: Hipster, Homecoming, Taupe Notch, Gold Digger, Bleached Blonde, Glamorous, Pretentious

 L-R: Cosmopolitan, Goddess, Prom Night, Moondust, Cinderella, Country Girl, Cupcake

 L-R: Unexpected, Bitten, Mango Tango, Burlesque, Drama Queen, Corrupt

The majority of these eyeshadows are super pigmented, buttery and smooth to swatch as you can see from the photos although a few of the lighter matte shadows tend to be a bit powdery and dry when I swatched them. They make amazing transition shades and brow highlights though as they are not super saturated in pigment. When her foiled eyeshadows came out and I first tested them out, I was so blown away by how silky they apply and how much colour pay off and metallic-ness they give (Grandstand, Mesmerized and Flame Thrower are my top picks!). If you think her regular eyeshadows are great, you must really check out her foiled eyeshadows. They are on another level! I'm really anticipating on additional shades to the foiled eyeshadow collection in the future!

1st Row: Ice Queen, Mercury, Graphite, Stealth
2nd Row: Pixie Dust, Shimmermint, Poison Ivy, Houdini (FE)
3rd Row: Mermaid, Ocean Breeze, Center Stage (FE), Caitlin Rose (FE)
4th Row: Chickadee

 L-R: Ice Queen, Mercury, Graphite, Stealth, Pixie Dust, Shimmermint

 L-R: Poison Ivy, Houdini (FE), Mermaid, Ocean Breeze, Center Stage (FE), Caitlin Rose (FE), Chickadee

  • Great price point- inexpensive for the quality you get
  • Very blendable
  • Great colour pay off, rich in pigmentation
  • Amazing and wide range of shades and finishes
  • Worldwide shipping and fairly quick too
  • So smooth, silky and buttery when applied
  • Long lasting even without eye primer
  • The fact they come in pan form and can be easily stored in magnetized palettes saves so much space
  • Apparently they make great and less expensive dupes to MAC eyeshadows (can't say much about this as I don't have any MAC eyeshadows to compare them to)

  • Can't think of many cons...if I'm being picky, maybe that some of the matte shadows are a bit powdery and dry and also they need more shades in their foiled eyeshadow line asap! :)
  • Caitlin Rose and Center Stage foiled eyeshadows were slightly disappointing in terms of how metallic/foiled and pigmented they are compared to the other foiled eyeshadows. They required more layers to build up the colour

Hope you enjoyed this swatchfest!! I truly think Makeup Geek produce the BEST eyeshadows currently on the market and they are sooo worth the investment. Which are your favourites?

xo Laura

* Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post and I am in no way affiliated with Makeup Geek. The products mentioned were purchased with my own money and as always my reviews are 100% my honest opinion *