I seriously love it when brands bring out a new collection or release, as this means there are lots of exciting new goodies to play with. I was very lucky to receive a few of the products from Maybelline’s recent product release, so I thought I’d do a little ‘first impressions’ kind of post and give you the low down on these exciting new products. There’s a bit of everything from nail products, to eye products, and lip products – all at Maybelline’s affordable prices and readily available now from any Maybelline stand.
Would you believe it’s now been six weeks since I started using Revitalash? I can’t believe how quickly these past few weeks have gone, and to think that we are getting ever that much closer to Christmas is making me just a lil bit excited!! I said I would do another update at around the one month mark, and then my final update after three months to let you all know how I’ve found this product and if I think it’s worth the investment. If you missed my first post, then you can read that here.
For a girl who’s usually useless at remembering to moisturise daily, I’ve actually found it really easy to remember to apply my Revitalash Lash Conditioner! I think I’ve only missed one or two days in the whole six weeks, and I think this is down to the fact that I keep it with my mascara. I always wear mascara, so I always remember to apply my Revitalash too! Over the past weeks I’ve noticed quite a few visible changes in my lashes, with one big one being how much they have thickened up. My lashes are now much thicker and fuller looking – even when I’m not wearing mascara. They also seem in better condition and I’ve noticed not as many falling out when I remove my eye makeup. While I haven’t noticed a huge change in length for the most part, the outer lashes seem to have grown a tonne making my lashes flare out at the sides which give a bit of a ‘falsies effect’. I also believe my lashes have gotten slightly darker in colour and they now stand out more than they used to without mascara. Overall I’m really impressed so far, and can’t wait to see what they look like after the three months is up.
Facial oils are currently one of the most popular beauty and skincare products. But with so many different brands and different types of oils on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what oil to buy. Generally facial oils aren’t cheap either, so deciding which one to spend your money on can be slightly daunting. I’ve done a little round up on all of the facial oils I’ve tried; which ones are best for different skin types, and find out which one I’m now using religiously.
Would you believe that L’Oreal Colour Riche has just turned 30? This stunning range of lip products was first introduced way back in 1985, and to date they have had over 350 shades, with 30 in the current range. From pinks to purples, oranges to reds, L’Oreal have covered it all with their Colour Riche collection, and now for 2015 they have just released 17 new shades of the lipsticks as well as 8 new Lip Liners! I was so incredibly lucky to be sent all of these from L’Oreal, so I wanted to swatch them all for you and do a little run down on each colour. Because there are so many colours I haven’t been able to take lip swatches just yet, but I will be following up with a post with swatches of my favourite colours from the collection so you can get an idea of what they look like on too. Overall, I have to say that these lipsticks are some of the most pigmented and creamy lipsticks I’ve tried. There are three finishes; satin, matte, and cream and I’ve split the lipsticks into these groups for the swatches. If you have any questions about a particular shade or are keen for me to include it in my upcoming “on the lips” post, then let me know below!
Apologies in advance for the picture heavy post, but these lippys are gorgeous so it had to be done!
If there is one Lush product that you must try, it is one of their Massage Bars. There is nothing quite like rubbing one of these gorgeous smelling bars on to your skin for the ultimate end-of-the-day indulgence. I’ve been using these bars for years, ever since I was given one of the Tuca Tuca scents for my 22nd birthday. While this one is sadly discontinued *sniff sniff*, I have found a couple of scents from the new collection that may actually be even nicer than the Tuca Tuca scent that I adored.
If your not sure what a massage bar is, then let me explain. Created from hydrating butters and oils, these bars melt when they come into contact with the heat of the skin. The product is then easy to massage into the skin. Whether you use this alone or with someone special, the ultra-nourishing ingredients in these bars are sure to hydrate the skin and leave you feeling and smelling pretty damn good! I love to use the massage bars on my legs before I go to bed at night, and when I wake up my skin feels super smooth and moisturized. The scent also lingers on the skin for a fair while, so a massage bar can be a nice alternative to traditional perfume
Lush have recently released a whole heap of new bars in the massage bar range. I’ve been very lucky to trial two of these; Tender Is The Night and Yes, Yes, Yes!
Over the past few months the type of makeup products I reached for has changed, and in particular the foundations that I use. I used to be all about the heavy duty foundations (I’m looking at you Revlon Colourstay), but I got really sick of how heavy and cakey these felt and looked upon the skin. I found that my skin started reacting to these heavy products, causing my skin to breakout and look even worse than it had before I tried to cover it up. Fast forward a few months and I’m now all about foundations that are lightweight yet still offer the flawless finish that I like. I guess I’ll admit to being really picky about foundations now, and it’s not a product that I go and buy “to try”; instead I’m all about sticking with my tried and true faves.
I was very very lucky to be sent the entire range of the new L’Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundations. I’ve always loved the L’Oreal brand for lipsticks and lipglosses, but in all honesty this was the first foundation of theirs that I’ve tried. The whole idea around this foundation is that is offers extreme hold, so it stays put for a full 24 hours without fading or sliding off your face. Without getting too scienfic, this foundation has little star shaped polymers that help to divert any water and oil on your skin, and it’s this that helps to keep the product in place. They also help to absorb any excess sebum that your skin creates, hence why this product gives a perfect matte finish.
Sunday was quite possibly the most glorious day we’ve had this winter. While there was still a chill in the air, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. After the weather we’ve had lately, it was actually nice to have a reminder of what the sun looked like! We decided to make the most of the weather and headed to one of my favourite beaches, Tunnel Beach. Located just a few kilometres out of Dunedin, Tunnel Beach is an absolute must-do whether you are a visitor or a local. There is a bit of walking involved (mainly up hill on the return walk!), but the view when you get there makes it totally worthwhile!