Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer

Hello my loves!

Today's review is on the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer. This was the first concealer that I ever purchased, when I was about 15 years old. Since i've been using this concealer for so long, I decided it was about time for me to post a review on it!

This concealer is said to last for 24 hours without transferring, whilst providing natural-looking coverage to help conceal undereye darkness, imperfections and flaws. 

The texture is very thick and creamy, and quite drying. I find it to be too heavy and prone to creasing if used on my under eye area, but I do like it for concealing face blemishes. The formula sets very fast, and I find it to be quite difficult to completely blend in.

This concealer is so pigmented, and has amazing coverage! Also, I do have to agree with it being long lasting. I never wear my makeup for 24 hours straight, so I can't test that claim, but I can say that it lasts all day long on my skin.

I'm not exactly impressed by the shade range of this concealer. There are only three shades available in Australia; Ivory, Cream, and Deep Beige. I own the shade Ivory, which is the perfect colour for extremely pale skin tones (like me!). I am so happy to find a concealer range that has such a pale shade, but unfortunately they only cater to pale to medium skin tones, so darker-skinned girls will have to miss out on this one.

The packaging of this concealer is nice, but nothing extravagant. It has a clear plastic bottle, with a white lid. The concealer is applied with a doe foot applicator. 

The Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer is widely available in drugstores/chemists around Australia. It retails at $14.95 for 5.5ml of product.

Overall, I do enjoy using this concealer. I would recommend it to any fair-skinned beauties looking for a blemish or face concealer. It is intensely pigmented, has great coverage, and lasts all day long.

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

OOTD & Review | ft. 6ks

Hello my loves!

Today I wanted to share a review & OOTD featuring clothes from the website 6ks. 6ks is a global online retailer for women's clothing. What I love most about this site, is the fact that they have affordable prices as well as global free shipping!

The first item I received, was a plain black chiffon blouse with gold metal collars. I think that this shirt is the perfect basic item, and I love the detailing on the collars. The only thing I would recommend, is to choose a larger size than normal. I got a size Medium, and I usually wear a ladies 8/10 AU. This shirt just fits, but it is slightly tight over the bust. If you have a larger chest area, I would definitely recommend going up a size.

I paired this shirt with a pair of high waisted dark wash denim jeans from the brand Country Denim, and my studded black boots from Therapy Shoes. I decided to spice up this outfit with a bright pink lipstick, the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Colour Crush.

I have seen countless items of clothing across tumblr that feature this Alexander Wang inspired, 'Parental Advisory Explicit Content' logo. When I saw this t-shirt on 6ks, I knew that I needed it in my closet!

I styled this casual t-shirt with a pair of black ponti pants from the brand Billions & Trillionsand my studded black boots from Therapy Shoes, and my leather jacket from Ice Fashion. 

Overall, I am so impressed by the clothes I got from 6ks. They took just over 2 weeks to be delivered to Australia, which I find to be a decent shipping time. I will definitely be ordering off 6ks again, and I would recommend their company to anyone who is looking for cheap, yet fashionable clothes.

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. All other products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers

Hello my loves!

Today's review is on a range of extremely affordable lipsticks, the Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers. This lipstick range contains 26 shades, which I find amazing for such a cheaply priced brand.

I own three of these beautiful lipsticks; Think Pink, Just Peachy, and Pinkerbell. Think Pink is a pretty pale pink, and is one of my all time favourite lipsticks! Just Peachy is a warm peachy shade, and Pinkerbell is a bright pink with yellow undertones, and has been compared to MAC's Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick. 

These lipsticks are described as having a "semi matte, creme finish", which I completely agree with! They provide a long wearing, matte formula, which contains no shimmer. I find that these lipsticks can be slightly drying on the lips, but they are much more comfortable if I apply a thin lip balm before lipstick application. Please note that lip balm application will make them appear less matte than they truly are.

The Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers have intense pigmentation, and are very long wearing. They claim that they last for 4 hours, but I would have to say that they can last even longer on me, as long as I don't eat or drink. Otherwise, they will start to fade after the 4 hour mark, and require retouching.

The packaging of these lipsticks is pretty average. The lipstick is stored in a black plastic case with a clear lid. My only complaint is that the bullet doesn't twist all the way down, so you have to be careful when recapping. Oh well, I can't exactly complain for such a cheap product. 

901B Think Pink | 903C Just Peachy | 968 Pinkerbell

These lipsticks can be purchased at most American drugstores, but unfortunately they can't be purchased in store in Australia. I bought mine off BeautyJoint for $2.75 USD each, here.

In conclusion, I am a massive fan of these Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers. I'm not usually a fan of matte lipsticks, but I really enjoy wearing these. They have incredible pigmentation, lasting power and a great formula, all for such an affordable price! I will definitely be purchasing more shades soon! 

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

Unlike every other review that I have posted on this blog so far, today's post isn't going to be completely positive. As much as I love telling you guys about my favourite products, I also think it is important to share products with you that I haven't enjoyed as much. 

That leads me onto today's review. I want to share my opinions on the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. If you've been watching YouTube and reading blogs for a few years, you will know about the hype surrounding this product. So many beauty bloggers and vloggers adore these lip butters, but I want to tell you guys why i'm not a huge fan of these. 

My first peeve with this product, is the amount of shimmer that they contain. Personally, I prefer lipsticks that have a creamy consistency, and do not contain any shimmers. I'm not sure if it is just the particular shades that I have, but they are packed full of shimmers. If I look closely at my lips while I am wearing one of these, my lips look like a disco ball! I simply cannot stand that amount of shimmer being on my lips, as it just looks and feels gritty.

I also dislike the way they feel on my lips. The formula is just so thick, which is definitely not helped by the shimmers that they contain. I find these to be pretty uncomfortable to wear, as I feel like I have just spread a thick balm over my lips. Also, I that I find that they melt very easily.

Another issue I have with this product, is the price. These retail for $21.95, for 2.55g. This places them at the higher price range of the drugstore, which I wouldn't mind if I adored the product. For a product that I do not love, I do not want to be paying that much!

Moving onto the positives, I really enjoy the quilted packaging. They are housed in semi-translucent coloured packaging, which matches the shade of the actual lipstick. There is also a clear window at the top of the case, which allows you to see the actual lipstick shade. This would be extremely helpful for anyone who has a large collection. 

I also like the shade range offered. There are 20 different shades, ranging from light nudes to bold reds. Even though I am not a huge fan on the shimmery formula, I do have to commend Revlon on their extensive shade range. It is much more impressive than the majority of drugstore lipstick ranges.

I own three shades of the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters; 025 Peach Parfait, 050 Berry Smoothie, and 090 Sweet Tart. Peach Parfait is a peachy brown colour filled with chunky shimmers, Berry Smoothie is a medium pink berry colour, and Sweet Tart is a bright warm pink shade. These lip butters have an extremely faint sweet scent, which fades after application.

L-R: Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie & Sweet Tart
Swatches were taken with three swipes of each lip butter.

Some neutral aspects of this product, are the lasting power and pigmentation. Personally, I do not wear these very often, but I do recall them lasting a few hours on my lips. They do wear off with eating or drinking, so reapplying is necessary. Also, for being a balmy consistency, they do have decent pigmentation. They certainly aren't as pigmented as a lipstick, but I would say that they offer more colour payoff than a tinted lipbalm. 

Overall, i'm on the fence about the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. I adore the wide colour range and packaging, but i'm not too impressed by the actual formula. I wouldn't recommend these to my readers, unless you prefer shimmery lipsticks. If you do own this product, i'd love to hear what you think about it!

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review and Swatches ♡ Inglot Eyeshadow Palette

Hello my loves!

Today, I decided to put together a review and swatch post on my beloved Inglot Freedom System 5 Eyeshadow Palette. I put together this palette whilst I was at Sydney IMATS 2013, and because i've been loving it ever since, I decided it was time to finally post about it on my blog.

If you've never heard about the Inglot Freedom System Palettes before, basically you can purchase different sized empty palettes to fit their pan blushes, powders, eyeshadows, eyebrow wax or powder, lipstick, or a combination of each. I have the Freedom System Palette 5 Eyeshadow Square, which I filled up with five Inglot eyeshadows.

This palette costs $14 AUD, and the eyeshadow refill pans cost $10 AUD. There are five different finishes of eyeshadow, AMC (2.7g), Pearl (2.7g), Matte (2.3g), Shine (3.2g), and DS (2.5g). I think that the price is amazing for the quality that you get. In comparison, a MAC eyeshadow pan costs $26 AUD for 1.5g of product.

The Freedom System Palette is strong and sturdy, and has a frosted translucent lid that shuts with magnets. The actual eyeshadow pans are also magnetised, so they are extremely easy to put in the palette. I think that this palette looks so modern and sleek sitting in my acrylic makeup storage.

I adore these eyeshadows! They are so pigmented, soft, and so easy to blend. I have four out of the five different finishes, and I have to say that I love them all. To be completely honest, I prefer my Inglot eyeshadows over my MAC eyeshadow!

L-R: DS 461, Shine 31, Pearl 397, Matte 390 & Matte 360

To sum up this review, I absolutely adore my Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette. The packaging is lovely, and the eyeshadows are pigmented and buttery. For the price, you can't beat it! I will definitely be putting together more of these palettes in the future, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone! 

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.