Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review & Swatches ♡ Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Vouvray

I don't usually write up an entire blog post for one specific shade of lipstick, but I HAD to make an exception for this one! The lipstick of choice, is the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Vouvray. 

This lipstick is described as "A lush, long-lasting, moisture-rich lip color" that "delivers super antioxidant resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent long-term antiaging benefits. Each lipstick contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine."

Bite Beauty are a natural lip care company, which pride themselves on creating lip products that are healthy enough to eat. This lipstick is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum byproducts, meaning that you don't have to be worried about accidentally eating some of the lipstick off your lips!

The packaging of the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks is gorgeous. The lipstick is housed in a rubberised, matte charcoal coloured tube, which is akin to NARS packaging. The angle of the top of the tube varies depending on the shade chosen; reds have a sharp angled tip, neutrals have a natural slant, pinks are curved, and berries have a point.

Bite Beauty describes Vouvray as a "ballet pink" shade. In my eyes, it is a wearable neutral pink, which is my perfect everyday shade. In terms of the formula, it is creamy, pigmented, and glides onto the lips beautifully with a lightweight texture. For a creamy lipstick, it lasts a good couple of hours, and as it fades, it does so evenly. It has a light, pleasant fragrance, that isn't noticeable post application.

The Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks retail for $24.00 USD, and at this stage, are quite difficult to purchase here in Australia. I won mine in one of Shaaanxo's giveaways, but Bite Beauty can be purchased from Sephora and shipped to Australia with the use of a forwarding company. For those who live in Sydney, I believe that this lipstick may be available for purchase in the Sephora Sydney store.

Overall, I absolutely love this lipstick! It is my perfect every day shade, and the formula is fantastic! To be honest, it is probably my most favourite pink lipstick that I currently own.

Eila xo

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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. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review & Swatches ♡ Essence April 2015 Range Update

Essence are soon to be releasing a number of new products to their range, just in time for the autumn/winter season here in Australia. The following products, as well as number of others, will be on sale from the 6th of April 2015. Most of these products follow the nude trend; and include a number of natural, soft, neutral shades. If you're interested in seeing a sneak peak of what is to come, then keep reading!

First off, is the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 90 Summer Dreaming*. I am a massive fan of the Silky Touch Blushes - in fact, I now own 7 of these babies. This is a beautiful light peachy pink blush, which is ideal for pale skin! It's pigmented, yet not too overpowering, and just adds the perfect amount of colour into your cheeks.

Essence have reformulated, repackaged and added new colours to their line of single eyeshadows. They now have a new texture, and the design imprinted in the eyeshadow has been changed. The range includes matte, shimmery, and metallic formulas. I have the Essence Mono Eyeshadow in 15 Hazel Me Not*, which is a matte cool toned brown shade. This eyeshadow isn't overly pigmented, but does make a fantastic transition/blending shade.

Moving onto lip products, I have two of their five new nude lipsticks, which seem to be an addition to their Longlasting Lipstick range. These are the Essence Longlasting Lipstick Nude in 01 Wearing Only a Smile* and 03 Come Naturally*. Wearing Only a Smile is a very pale peachy nude, and Come Naturally is a deep mauve nude shade. These lipsticks are very creamy, but I'm not a fan of the lighter nude shade, as it makes my lips blend into the rest of my face!

I also have two of their six new nude lipglosses, the Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss in 01 Shy Beauty* and 03 Taste the Sweets*. I had never tried any of the XXXL lipglosses before, and so far I am really liking the formula. They are glossy, non sticky, and smell amazing. Shy Beauty is a pale candy pink shade, and Taste the Sweets is a medium rosy pink.

They have also released a brand new mascara and eyeliner, the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara* and the Essence Easy 2 Use Eyeliner Pen*. This black mascara is an second addition to their line of Lash Princess mascaras. This mascara provides great volume, curl and thickness to the lashes, but unfortunately it smudges under my eyes, so I can only use it on the top lashes. The new black eyeliner pen gives results very similar to those of the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner. It is extremely precise and has a very fine brush tip, which makes eyeliner application a breeze! This is definitely a new favourite of mine.

Moving onto nails, another product following the nude trend is the Essence I Love Trends Nail Polish The Nudes in 05 Pure Soul*. This is a pretty pale beige shade, filled with micro shimmer. I haven't had a chance to wear this one yet, so I don't know what the formula is like. There is also a new range of 26 gel nail polishes, that set just like a regular nail polish, and do not use a LED or UV light that is usually required for gel polish. I have two shades, the Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 11 4 Ever Young* and 04 Our Sweetest Day*. Our Sweetest Day is a light metallic shade, and 4 Ever Young is a vibrant watermelon creme shade - swatch here. These polishes have a gel finish, and are extremely glossy. They have also released a base coat and a top coat that work in conjunction with their gel nail polishes, the Essence The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat* and the Essence The Gel Polish Top Coat*. So far I have been really liking these, as they extend my nail polish wear time and make my nails look extremely shiny. These new gel polishes are also great, as they are easy to remove with regular nail polish remover!

Summer Dreaming | Hazel Me Not | Wearing Only a Smile | Come Naturally | Shy Beauty |
 Taste the Sweets | Easy 2 Use Eyeliner Pen

Overall, I have only been playing with these new releases for a few weeks, but so far I am really impressed! I can't wait for this collection to release so I can purchase some of their other new goodies, like the sponge nail polish remover and some more of the mono eyeshadows. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list of all of their new products, it is only the ones I have. If you're interest in seeing what else they will be releasing, have a quick look here.

Eila xo

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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. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Review ♡ The Jojoba Company Skincare

I apologise for my massive blogging hiatus over the Christmas season, but I am back today - and hopefully I'll be able to get into some sort of blogging schedule.

Today's post is a review on two products from The Jojoba Company. They are the 100% Natural Australian Jojoba, and the Hydrating Day Cream. Ever since hearing Shannon from Shaaanxo raving about The Jojoba Company, I've wanted to test out their skincare range. After trying out these two products, I now understand what all the fuss is about!

Before I get into the individual products, I just wanted to talk a bit about the brand in general. The Jojoba Company is a natural brand, which focuses on creating skincare based on pure golden jojoba. Their skin care products are free from mineral oils, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours, and contain no animal derivatives. They are also gluten and dairy free, and suitable for vegans.

Each product is packaged in a frosted glass bottle, with a pump on the top. The packaging feels luxurious and looks gorgeous sitting on top of your vanity, and the pump makes it so easy to dispense the right amount of product.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba* is as the name may suggest, pure jojoba oil. This stuff is absolutely fantastic. I apply this under my moisturiser at night whenever my skin is feeling dry and dull, and use it as a makeup remover for long wearing lip products such as the Australis Velourlips or Rimmel Provocalips. This oil breaks down makeup so easily, whilst moisturising the skin at the same time. When I use this all over my face, I wake up in the morning with supple, hydrated and glowing skin. For someone who has dry to normal skin like me, and often suffers from dry patches, this is a miracle product! I own the 85ml size, which retails for $29.95 AUD.

The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream* is a lovely, lightweight daytime moisturiser. This moisturiser is packed full of wonderful ingredients such as green tea and olive leaf extracts, Siberian ginseng, natural silk peptides, pomegranate, beta glucan, and of course, jojoba oil. I may only recognise a handful of these ingredients, but I can tell that they all work together wonderfully to create a light, yet potent moisturiser. This provides the perfect amount of hydration, without feeling greasy and causing your makeup to slide off your face! It does not include any SPF though, so when using this you must remember to add sun protection. I have the 85ml size, which retails for $52.95 AUD.

Eila xo

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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.