Priceline 50% Off Cosmetics Wishlist

Hi guys, gals, and non-binary pas!

This thursday and friday, Priceline are doing a 50% off All Cosmetics sale! This includes all newly launched brands and new products, and just excludes gift packs, which I think is incredible!! There are so many products that I’ve been interested in picking up to review but I just didn’t want to spend the money and then this sale popped up! So today I wanted to talk about the products that I’m interested in picking up and later this week I’ll probably share what I did manage to pick up!

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April Empties!

Hey guys!

Welcome to my first monthly empties post! In an effort to rectify my project pan, I decided to do monthly empties because there is no pressure to finish a certain amount, it’s just a time to review what I finished and whether or not I plan to repurchase! I hope that you enjoy!

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Journey to Cruelty Free #1

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So, since becoming vegetarian, I really wanted to think about the makeup and skincare that I was using. I know that being a vegetarian doesn’t eliminate all of the cruelty involved in my eating habits but in the effort to minimise the hurt that I’m creating, I wanted to try to start using majority cruelty free products. I’m not doing this to make myself better than anyone else. This is just a personal preference that I believe aligns with my personal beliefs.

I plan on making this a sort of series where I update you all on my progress and my planning. In this post, I am going to identify what brands in my collection are cruelty free and to what degree they are cruelty free (brand doesn’t test/sell in China, parent company doesn’t sell in China, vegan). A lot of brands don’t test but their parent company sells to countries (China) where it is law to test on animals, so you’re still more or less buying into cruelty. I hope that this is helpful, I am only including brands that I personally use so this isn’t everything that is cruelty free by any means. This is already going to be the longest post ever haha. I hope that you enjoy the post!

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Priceline 40% off Cosmetics HAUL!

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On Wednesday last week, Zoe, Caitlan and I went on a bit of a Priceline Pub Crawl of sorts. As you saw last monday, I had a few things that I really wanted to pick up and I got most of the things that I wanted! I did also pick up a couple of other bits and bobs and so I wanted to talk about my day and share with you what I picked up and how much I managed to save!!

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Liptember Week 3!

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Another week has passed and another set of lip colours has been worn. I cannot tell you how desperate I am to wear nude shades again hahaha. There have been so many pretty nudes that I’ve been wanting to wear but this is a challenge that I set myself and so I will stick to it! So once again, I’m going to show you my week of lip colours for Liptember and I’m also going to talk about what I’ve been able to talk about during this week. As per usual, you can learn more about Liptember here and you can donate here!

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Day 15 – Colourpop – Jellies

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Day 16 – Australis – Mash Up

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Day 17 – Bourjois – Pink Pong

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Day 18 – Australis – SAN-FRAN-DISCO

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Day 19 – Me Now Long Lasting Lip Gloss – 25

Day 20 – Milani – Matte Confident (Purchase Here)

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Day 21 – Maybelline – Hot Plum

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This week I got to talk a little bit about every day things that are challenging for those with mental illness. Because I suffer from social anxiety, I am thankful for a lot of things and one thing that I am usually thankful for is self-service check outs. A friend of mine was saying that self-service check outs were losing jobs for people and they were a negative thing that has been introduced into our shopping experience, and there is nothing wrong with that opinion and if I didn’t deal with social anxiety, I might have the same view of that machine. I love self-service check outs because I am usually only holding a few items, I don’t require a bag and I don’t need to talk to anyone unless something goes wrong with the machine. I don’t have to worry about being awkward or if I’m having a really bad day and I just need to focus on myself, I don’t need to pretend to be chirpy to someone haha. They are also great for those who have a language barrier because when learning a language reading tends to be a stronger skill than speaking. But that’s a story for another time haha. Either way, I got to talk a little bit about mental health and spread a bit of knowledge to my peers.

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If you are interested, you can click here for week 1 and here for week 2!

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Spring/Summer Lipsticks!

This post is a follow up to the post I made about Fall/Winter Lipsticks. I thought this might be more appropriate for those in the Southern Hemisphere, like me, who are heading into Summer! The best part of these seasons is my birthday, end of uni year and of course the holidays like Halloween, Christmas and New Years. I  want to point out again that you don’t have to wear these colours in these season. You can wear whatever colour at whatever time. You make your own rules for makeup!

So, here is my large collection of Spring and Summer colours:

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Yeah, I went a bit overboard with lipsticks for this. Trust me, I regretted it later when I had to go and swatch them all and now my hand is crying. All the regrets, all the time. I don’t own many ‘high end’ products, there are 5 here but I generally buy drugstore products. When I think of this time of year, I think of brights, corals and fuchsia. I don’t wear many pastels at all because my skin is so pale that is can often make me look like a little zombie and I’m not really a fan of that look. I don’t have a ‘worn photo’ for everything but I do have hand swatches for everything. I have so many selfies on my phone and its a miracle I even remember which lipstick out of my like 200+ that I am wearing that day.

Etude House Etoinette in POR202, Dear My Blooming Lips Talk in PK005, Minnie Mouse Pink.

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Two of the three lipsticks are stamped and I think they’re really pretty!

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I love Etude House and I think that they are affordable and worth checking out. They have a large range of different finishes and really, you could even just buy the lipstick for the packaging. Its just adorable. My favourite collection is the Etoinette collection and I can only find them on eBay now, I think that collection isn’t being stocked anymore, correct me if I’m wrong.

Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in 351B and gloss in 385:

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The third swatch is the gloss and lipstick combined. I really like the way that they look together. I got both of these while I was travelling in France at the end of last year so they’re extra special. Let me just say though that I never would have bought this shade if I knew that this was going to be such a bright pink. In Duty Free it looked like an everyday pink, so that was a bit of a bummer but I like this shade now and I wear it quite frequently.

Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait and Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry:

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The Lip Butters were really over hyped when they first came out and I think that may be why a lot of people don’t give them much attention now because they definitely aren’t worth that amount of hype. However, I do think that they are still a great product. Peach Parfait has little flecks of gold in it so if you don’t like glitter then I wouldn’t recommend it but I think that this is such a perfect colour to wear with coral, gold and peachy makeup, like in the photo above. Coralberry is one of my favourite Revlon lipsticks. I’d been running around looking for it for months and none of the Priceline’s in my area had it but I eventually found it and I just love it. It is a peachy orange colour and I think it really suits Summer.

Rimmel Stay Glossy in 640 All Day Seduction, Apocalips in Stellar, Moisture Renew in Back to Fuchsia and In Love With Ginger:

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I don’t use the Rimmel glosses enough, they’re really nice. I especially think that this gloss would compliment a lot of the lipsticks that I’m talking about in this post. I think most people know about the Apocalips or Show Offs, I don’t wear them very much because they’re a little bit too creamy for me BUT HAVE A LOOK AT THAT PIGMENTATION. It looks like I’ve swiped paint on to my hand! Stellar is a gorgeous orange red and I definitely plan on wearing this a heck of a lot in Spring and Summer. The new formula of the Moisture Renew line are more… creamy? They felt more like their regular line before they were revamped and I think I like them better the old way but the new colours in the new formula are perfection. In Love With Ginger has a hint of red in it so it isn’t such a stark orange colour, I think that it is pretty wearable.

Covergirl lipstick in Spellbound:

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I LOVE this lipstick. I had only ever tried Covergirl foundation and mascara until the start of this year when I found out that this is a dupe for MAC’s Girl About Town. They are creamy but not too creamy and this one in particular has great pigmentation.

Rimmel Lasting Finish in Firecracker:

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Firecracker is a really pretty coral red, I think that it is pretty unique and I’d recommend checking it out!

Milani Color Statement in Hot Pink Rage:

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I have a deep love for the Milani Color Statement range. I have to buy them on Cherry Culture though so I do a lot of research before I buy them. I have all three matte shades and I think that they are fantastic. They smell great, they look great, and they make you feel great. Great, great, great.

MAC Speak Louder, Speed Dial and Crosswires:

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I love these MAC lipsticks. Speak Louder is a colour I bought on a whim and I still am unsure if I regret it or not. I love the lipstick but I think I have lots like it. Speed Dial is really pretty! Speed Dial and Crosswires were also France purchases that were bought in the middle of France winter, ready for me to come back to Australian summer (bleh). All of these are cremesheens.

Maybelline Vivids in Hot Plum, Fuchsia Flash, Shocking Coral and Vivid Rose:

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I love these lipsticks! They are the best of the Maybelline lip range in my opinion. They are highly pigmented and they stain your lips nicely so when the colour does wear off, you’re left with a pretty stain. We still don’t have the matte collection in Australia so I might have a different opinion on what is the best in the range when they arrive but from what they have in our stores, I definitely think that these are the best. And there are some more wearable shades in this collection, so if you are looking for something more toned down, you could probably find it.

Sportsgirl Pout About It lipsticks in Catwalk Queen and Mad About You:

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Bright Pink Lipstick Day

I don’t hear much about these lipsticks and I think that might be because they are part of a clothing store brand some of their lipsticks are great! Check out those colours!

Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Pink Pong and Color Boost Balm in Orange Punch:

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I love the Rouge Velvet creams (minus Grand Cru) but I don’t like the price, if you ever see these on sale for a decent price, snap them up! The Color Boost Balm is much like every other balm stick on the market, its cheaper than the Revlon ones but it is also less pigmented. I love the colour though.

Australis Velourlips in MI-A-MEE:

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This is one of my absolute favourite lip products! I love the colour and I love love love the lasting power of these lipsticks! If you don’t want the heat to melt away your hard work, I’d recommend picking this up!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp:

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The tube looks very orange in this photo and I apologise because I didn’t notice it until it was on my computer. The swatch is true to colour though. I was struggling to get the product out as I think this has started drying up on me but this is a great product and it smells amazing.

I hope that you found this post helpful! What lip colours and combinations do you want to be wearing this Spring/Summer?

ArrivederLa xxx

 

Review: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Today I was in Priceline and the eight new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip creams were on sale for $10. I had been wanting to try them since I saw them first released but they were $25 and I don’t think that I’d buy it for that price considering I hadn’t really heard anything about it other than just swatching them in store.

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L to R: Pink Pong and Grand Cru.

I had only swatched Pink Pong when I was running around Priceline deciding what to buy and then at the last minute decided I was going to buy both colours and not just Pink Pong.

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L to R: Pink Pong and Grand Cru

So as you can see, the pigmentation of Pink Pong is pretty impressive. Now if you’ve read any of my previous posts, I am in love with NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I was hoping that these would be similar to them and I guess only one of the colours I picked up was.

Pink Pong is a bright fuchsia pink and it is highly pigmented and creamy and pretty much everything you could want in a matte lip cream. But Grand Cru was a pretty big disappointment. I put layers and layers of this colour on to try and get it to look good next to Pink Pong. I had swatched the nude pink in this collection and a few others and they were really pigmented and I am kicking myself for just getting Grand Cru because I have been loving this sort of red lately. It has very little pigmentation. Its probably similar to the Revlon Lip Butters or just a tinted lip balm on first swap. Its just shocking compared to the other colours available.

Description:

“Rouge Edition Velvet by Bourjois is the new era of lipsticks. An amazing, irresistible formula. Its soft, melting texture glides on to the lips and turns into a matte, velvety and incredibly light colour. Lips are left smooth and soft as velvet. Enriched with evanescent oils, it’s incredibly sensuous formula provides a soft, second-skin feel, without drying or fading lips. As a colour expert brand, Bourjois knows that saturated colours are enhanced by an amazing matte finish. Rouge Edition Velvet shades are true “colour shots” with a chic matte finish! Thanks to the formula being saturated with pure pigments, each shade perfectly covers lips with bold, very intense colour. An ultra-fashionable result, straight from the catwalk! Rouge Edition Velvet lasts 24 hours, no need for constant touch-ups! A chic fashion accessory! With its transparent bottle and shade-tinted cap, the Rouge edition lipstick is a must-have fashion accessory to show off! Its slant foam applicator makes application precise and easy, delivering just the right amount of formula. 69.7% of women agree that it’s easier to apply than a classic lipstick!” – Bourjois Cosmetics

The texture of this is a lot creamier and more liquidy than the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams which I think is good. It makes it easy to apply and you can apply layer upon layers without it getting really thick and clumpy. Its extremely comfortable to wear, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all which is great! It also doesn’t really transfer at all! I kissed my hand after half an hour and only the ring around my lips transferred.

I think the pigmentation quotes can be said for most of the colours in this line but certainly not all. Especially Grand Cru. I ended up watching some French Youtubers talk about the colours and Grand Cru’s pigmentation is certainly the worst. If you build it up it definitely gets better but its not the level of pigmentation deserved at such an expensive price. Especially when you can pay less and get a much better product.

The wear is really really good. The girl in Priceline kept telling me that I wont regret buying these and she was wearing Pink Pong and it looked amazing and she’d been wearing it for 6 hours.

Here are my lip swatches:

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L to R: Pink Pong and Grand Cru

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Overall:

So, I would recommend this product if you can find it on sale because most of the colours in this line are really beautiful. They don’t really have a great range of colours. They don’t have any nudes, just a natural looking pink which is really pretty. I would definitely recommend Pink Pong and Ole Flamingo! because they are probably the stand out shades in this line. I hope they bring out more colours and maaaaybe consider dropping the price a little bit.
3.5/5