Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine Lipstick Review + Swatches




As much as I love the hot chocolate aspect of Winter, it's still quite gloomy. I like to play around with different lipsticks during winter to lift my mood. However, I don't always feel comfortable wearing really bold and colourful lips at work or around my clients. Rimmel brought out their Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine Lipstick not long ago and these babies got a lot of use from me!



ABOUT RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW SHEER AND SHINE LIPSTICKS

  • Available in 6 shades
  • Enriched with Vitamin A C and E
  • Provides a boost of moisture
  • Fresh juicy colours with a radiant shine
  • Ultra light-weight texture
  • Non sticky and comfortable to wear
  • 4g per lipstick
  • SPF 20

Price: $13.95 ea. from Priceline



MY VERDICT

  • This range quickly made it's way into my daily staples. I can pretty much grab any shade, slap it on and for it to be fairly appropriate for work. The lighter colours are very very sheer and the two bolder reds/oranges are quite pigmented.
  • These lipsticks are highly moisturising, I love the fact that they are sheer and locks in moisture. I never experience chapped lips with these.
  • Scent wise, these lipsticks smell like..... super sweet raspberry lollies...or minty coke bottles. This is consistent with a lot of Rimmel's lipsticks and I can't say I'm a big fan. Luckily, the scent of these lipsticks are relatively subtle and not overly pungent.
  • The finish is glossy, texture is lightweight as claimed and non-sticky/comfortable to wear.
  • Red-y. Set. Go and Pink Rules have a longer wear time (see video application below). Otherwise the colours would wear off in a an hour or two and requires re-application. However, since this is a sheer lipstick, it's not suppose to have a great colour pay off, so it's fine in my books.
  • If you want colour and you want longevity, give this a miss. If you like lip tints or low-key everyday lip colours like me, these are perfect.

LIP SWATCHES

Please ignore everyone walking in the background, they wanted a piece of this blogging action!

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were provided for editorial purpose, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

What's in My Travel Makeup Bag? - Umina Beach Edition



I am so happy to be taking a break from work.

Even if it's a short break.

My partner and I are heading up to Umina Beach for a wedding, I've been to the central coast once... and we both know people who commute to Sydney from Central Coast on a daily basis. But for us... it's a bit of a "road trip"... well more like train trip since my car is in service.

My makeup bag is packed with mainly deluxe, sample or travel size products. I did pack a few full size products I can't live without.


To cover my day to day skincare needs. Uni Organics have the perfect little kit!

This kit contains the whole shebang, cleanser, scrub, lip balm, serum and day cream ! This is a fantastic little travel kit -  I will post up a full review post on this kit so stay tuned!


Now for treatment products, hair, body, makeup removal... I've packed some samples.

And the Elucent day cream... well that's for my boyfriend. He loves that it's a non-greasy yet hydrating day cream with SPF.

So far, I have been impressed with Caolion's pore products I can't wait to try their pore pack sample!!


Since we are up for a wedding, I tried to take some of my more bold-ish makeup products. I received a small sample of Laura Mercier's Primer and Benefit's Hello Flawless Foundation it'll be my first time trying this primer and foundation, my skin certainly needs to be flawless!

For eyes, I decided on a fairly naturally looking classic kitten flick so Rimmel is in the bag alongside my Canmake Palette. For lashes, I'm bringing my Factorie Mascara, this is one of my favourite tubular mascaras because it actually hold curls... who knew this clothing brand mascara can turn into a HG mascara.

Since I'm going easy on the eyes, I'm gonna go bold with the lips. L'STAJ is my all time go-to liquid lipstick for special occasions I have Lady Sassy packed and ready to be worn!

I can't wait to share my itty bitty trip with you guys :)


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Winter Edit: Cold, Cough and Flu ft Brauer Natural Medicine


If you follow my Instagram (@lilynotlouise) you probably know that I was RIDICULOUSLY sick with an awful virus that lasted for over a week last month. Prior to that, my mum was sick with the flu. I blame the tightly packed peak hour trains where people freely sneeze/cough and spray their germs all over me.

I pretty much took the entire week off work and have never felt so awful and I haven't been sick for 2 years! A few months ago I was sent some Brauer products and  really wanted to test them out. Initially I was planning to write a very generic post introducing the product.. but then mum got sick and I got sick... it was bittersweet because I was able to put these natural medicines to the test.


Brauer is an Australian brand providing quality natural medicine solutions since 1929, their products are Australian made! The foundation of Brauer is Homeopathy, based on the principles by Hippocrates. If you don't know who that is, he's the more or less the first Physician who believed that people get sick from environmental factors rather than an act of punishment inflicted by gods. I learned about Hippocrates at Uni and he came out with some pretty bizarre theories in terms of the treatment and causes of Hysteria (Google it!).

Back in the days, Physicians and Psychiatrists were wacked out of their mind in terms of treatment, you may have read up on Lobotomy, Trepanation etc (favourite part of my Psych degree). Like every philosopher/physician's theory, you agree with some and disagree with others.
 

If you follow me on Snapchat (@lilynotlouise) you would have seen me talk about Brauer a couple of times!




Brauer Manuka Honey Cold and Flu Elixir & Brauer Manuka Honey Sore Throat Spray

These two are my must have combo during the initial stages of my cold/flu/virus. My first sign of symptoms is ALWAYS a sore throat, so sore that I can't talk and can barely swallow. Luckily I found relief with Brauer's Sore Throat Spray!!! It does have a bitter taste and it's not the most pleasant thing to consume and I got use it over time. I love this sore throat spray because it's effective and lasting. I would recommend this over Betadine any day, I gargled Betadine once and accidentally swallowed some, I was horrified because on the packaging it wrote "Do not Swallow".

I can't determine the effectiveness on the cold and flu elixir because I had a virus and it was more or less a waiting game. Mum was quite happy with the elixir as it did ease her body aches.


Brauer Manuka Honey Chesty Cough Elixir & Brauer Manuka Honey Dry Cough Elixir

I took the Dry Cough Elixir while I was ill and it did reduce my cough, usually I'd have a coughing fit every hour. If estimated, I'd say that my cough was reduced by 50% compared to my usual coughing manners.

It must be genetic that when mum and I get sick we always move onto a chesty cough at some point.While she was sick with a dry cough I accidentally gave her the chesty cough elixir. A few days later with half the bottle consumed, she told me how great the elixir was because she did not experience any phlegm or mucus while she was sick! So another effective product.

Because our flu and virus was quite serious, one thing I need to disclose is that I did take Nurofen whilst taking Brauer's natural medicine. Mum took a couple of Panadol and some herbal medicine while taking Brauer. From our experience, we feel Brauer is fantastic as a supplementary solution to assist with symptom relief, especially with symptoms that cold and flu tablets are unable to ease effectively.

What's your view on natural medicines?

 
Disclaimer: All products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

HOW TO: Conceal Under Eye Circles ft Medik8


Unfortunately puffy under eye circles runs in the family, I can't escape it! If I don't sleep enough, over sleep, eat too much junk or dehydrated, my eye circles can be more prominent than usual.

I personally hate them, I feel that puffy or dark under eye circles can age a person significantly. So here's a little post going through my 4 simple steps to hide those circles!


STEP ONE: Eye Cream


Eye cream is always the first step. I like to apply an eye cream to clean skin to prep and hydrate the skin as concealer tend to dry out my under eye area.

I have gone past my gel eye cream period as my under eye area love rich eye creams. Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye* is a fantastic rich and hydrating cream. I personally like to use this for day and night, it's high performing.


STEP TWO: DE-PUFF



I like to use a treatment product as a second step to assist with de-puffing the under eye area. Medik8 Dark Circle* has now been in my stash for about 4 months now. I have read a lot of reviews for this product online and it is a bit of a hit and miss, works miracles for some but not others. Luckily for me, this works quite well in terms of de-puffing. This can be used as a treatment product alone or under concealer/makeup.


STEP THREE: CORRECT


A salmony peach concealer is your key to rid any darkness under your eyes. I've seen a lot of tutorials with red lipsticks, but that's just TOO much for me! I find salmon/peach coloured concealers to work just fine! The salmon shade concealer I own is from Shiseido in No. 6 Honey.


STEP FOUR: CONCEAL



My last and final step is to conceal away that peachiness! I am using a beige concealer that is lighter than my skin tone, applying this over the peachy concealer for an instant brightness. Here I am using a concealer from Bloom's Secret Weapon Concealer Kit.


VIDEO DEMO


*These products were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

BOOKI BROW CO Brow Kit Review, Swatches and Video



Booki Brow Co is the new kid on the block, founded by Brooke Jesberg  who has a whooping 12 years of experience in the brow industry. Booki Brow Co is all about turning brow-confidence into self-confidence. Making everyday a good brow day.

Three key products were released Trio Compact (define, blend and highlight), duo brow brush and duo highlighting brush.

I have never been a brow person until I recently got my brows done for the first time ever, now I love doing my brows!!!



A solution for black brows...

There are two brow sets from Booki Brow Co, one for brunettes and one for those with black brows like myself. I don't dye my hair and its jet black, so are my brows. I had to buy brow products from Korea or use a greyish taupe colour in order for it to suit my brows. Is it me or is there really not a lot of mainstream brands that carries brow products for those with black hair and brows?

I don't know about you but, it was a struggle for me, the entire palette is always brown, dark brown and very deep brown. So you can probably envision my surprise when I saw the palette for darker hair YESSS finally a colour that suits me!!! Thank you Booki Brow Co!!!

Before we get into the review, since the brunette palette didn't suit me, I decided not to dip my fingers into the product and gave it to a friend who will put it to good use.

My Verdict..

I absolutely love Booki Brow Co's dual ended brushes and spoolie. The products are easy to apply and buildable. My brows stayed put all day long and the highlighter colour is amazing, I have been using it as a highlighter for my cheeks too!

There were small amounts of fall out but nothing significant as the shadows seem to be densely packed. To be honest, I don't have a lot of experience with brow products since I only recently started doing my brows, so I am quite satisfied. But I can tell you that you can achieve both a natural and a bold look with this kit. Once you use the spoolie all the harshness will disappear.

Swatches


Video Demonstration (Bold-ish Brows)
Since I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to brows, the below is just a product demonstrate of how I have been using the products. I like the inner half of my brows to look a little bit more natural so I don't look angry! Hence, using the deeper brown for inner half and black grey for the rest. But everything gets blended together eventually! Dont forget to join Ingrid's link up party here


Disclaimer: All products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Empties: June - July 2016



Can't believe we how fast this year is going, we are in AUGUST! How insane!
I have a small lot of collective empties from June to July, I always feel that the empties verdict is the most accurate because I spent a lot of time finishing (or partially finishing) the entire product. So if there's any product you are curious about, have a read!



Tony and Guy Dry Shampoo
I really can't tell the difference between dry shampoos this worked as well as my Batise ones. I tend to only use this when my hair feels disgusting and needs a wash. Now that I wash my hair every second day I haven't really found the need to repurchase.

SkinB5 Acne Control Caplets*
A full review was written a while back. I did take this in short bursts when I break out in the past few months, this stuff is effective however, now that I have been using it for almost a year, I found that it's not as effective for pimples arising during "that time of the month". Still a form of treatment that I would recommend for acne sufferers.


Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean Perfume
The second full size perfume I have ever finished! I did spray this like a mad woman though, it took forever to finish. The scent was a little fruity and island like - does that even make sense?

Rosehip Plus Daily Organic Cream Cleanser*
This is a gentle cleanser and great to use around the eyes. Now that I have finished the entire product, I feel that it's great for removing light makeup (which is what I wear on a daily basis), but if you are wearing heavier makeup, you might want to double cleanse.

See my full review for Rosehip Plus Cream Cleanser here.


Goldwell Ultra Volume Conditioner
This conditioner did not work for me. It turned my hair into dread locks (not quite but  you know what I mean, all bunched up together). I kept giving it the benefit of doubt but the result always ended up the same.

Swisse Hand Cream
This little tube took me forever to use, it's very light weight and hydrating. I don't mind the scent either. This was a sample size so great for my handbag but I had to clean the lid all the time as the product would clog around the lid.

Sunsense Daily Face Invisible Tint Finish*
I have heard a lot of negative reviews for this product but I really like it! Since my skin can get quite dry I love that it gives me a little bit of a shine. I can see why oily skinned gals wouldn't like this as it does not have a matte finish. But for me, two thumbs up.


And some small samples that I finished, all were "meh" nothing worth mentioning a part from the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - which I loved.


I had the courage to throw the above out. They had either gone off, too old or just didn't work for me.

  • Revlon palette - I have had this since I was 21, time to part.
  • Maybelline Color Molten- Another product that just did not work for me, there was barely any colour pay off and the texture was a bit.. strange?! Cushion-y and difficult to use..
  • Sugar Baby Lipstick - Another product I loved but had for years..
  • Minxx Lip Gloss* - Not having a lot of luck with this brand, the lipstick was off when I received it and now the gloss is off .. sigh... (Here's the full review)
  • Oil of Morocco Lip Gloss- I strangely liked this peppermint scented gloss. It was a bit sticky but did my lips well and I got some use out of it. However had it for years.
  • Rimmel Radiance BB Cream* - Oh how I loved this product. Unfortunately the texture has gone funny so I suspected it's time for the bin.(See full review here).

*These products were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

EVENT: Shu Uemura Grand Opening at Queen Victoria Building


Shu Uemura recently opened their first Boutique in Sydney, this is such an exciting milestone for the brand. I was lucky to be able to celebrate the grand opening at their spanking new boutique. I am a sucker for Japanese beauty products, when I went to Japan I purchased more than I can chew. During University I could never afford Shu Uemura, luckily, my close friend returned from her travels and gifted me the infamous Shu Uemura eye lash curler. That's where my relationship began with this amazing brand.

Shu Uemura's Boutique is located on the Lower Ground of Queen Victoria Building. It's a bit further down from Doughnut Time's stall, you can't miss it.



Let's take a moment to admire the gorgeous colourful lashes on shu bear in the photo above. They are so fluffy!!!!!

If you are not aware already, Wengie (Youtuber) is more or less the face of Shu Uemura Australia. I started watching Wengie's channel earlier this year and she is adorable! It's not a grand opening if there's no ribbon cutting, right?



Following the ribbon cut, we headed into the store to have a look at their wide range of skincare and makeup, you can see more photos of the beauty products below!
 








To fuel my undying passion for food. Above I have included some photos of the catering from the event. Healthy and delicious sushi alongside some pretty naughty doughnuts from Doughnut Time!!!

 
Closing off this post with a photo of myself with the beautiful Wengie! This is the second time I have met her and she actually remembered me from Benefit's Launch! Tickled pink ^_^

Find out more about Shu Uemura here.

*Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of Shu Uemura.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Be Fraiche DIY Skincare Workshop - Bondi Junction, Sydney



Have you ever thought about making your own skincare? I was recently invited to Be Fraiche's lotion and cream workshop. This workshop is created and ran by lovely Helen, she has a background in Organic Skincare Formulation and perfumery. You are learning from an expert!
Making skincare is relatively simple, however you will require a few pieces of equipment and crucial items such a oils, essential oil, shea butter, scale and natural preservatives etc. I don't know a lot about the science behind skincare, so I learned a LOT from Helen!


The workshop started with self introductions and we learned a little about Helen. She went through a few slides and explained different ingredients in skincare. This was FASCINATING! Unless the ingredients are put in layman's term in brackets, I usually don't have a clue what it is or it's role in my skincare (See picture below).

We each received a handy little booklet which provided fantastic information about an array of different ingredients, what they are good for and the formula to make rich cream and lotion. This booklet was put together by Helen!

Here are a few things I learned from Helen during the workshop:
  • Emulsifier contains water and oil parts.
  • Propylparaben is a synthetic preservative.
  • Essential oils are made from distilled plants, only a small amount of essential oil is produced through the plants while the rest is fragrant water that can be used in making Turkish delight etc.
  • Patchouli oil is great for anti ageing.
  • Companies are able to patent perfume, hence hide their "secret ingredients" within the perfume so it does not need to be disclosed.
  • Preservatives are only required when making water based skincare products. It is not required in oil based products, however Vitamin E is necessary to prevent the oils from going rancid.
  • Children under 6 years old should not be in contact with essential oils as they may develop allergies.

Before we started making our own skincare, Helen demonstrated each step to guide us. All tools and equipment were provided at the workshop. We each made our own oil based rich cream mine had mango butter, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E and sweet orange essential oil for the scent.

To make the Emulsion, we got into groups - my skin is forever changing. It was combination for most of this month and now it's dry and chapped by wind burn. The Emulsion was a little bit difficult to make, the combination of the oil and water was tricky but with Helen's guidance and having a pro mixer in our group we made the perfect lotion!

We used a naturally derived preservative so it will last for approximately 6 months.




It felt so good to be able to make my own lotion and oil based cream - the accomplishment was real! Not to mention we were also treated with snacks and Nudie orange juice half way through the workshop, nom nom nom.




Once our cream/lotion is ready, we poured our little achievement into empty containers provided at the workshop. We also received a sample of Helen's Bean Scrub!!

I highly recommend this for those who love DIY, into natural skincare and want to know what goes into their skincare. This workshop is also perfect if you like to customise the texture and scent of your creams. If you are sick of paying a ridiculous amount of money for skincare and looking for natural alternative, check out Helen's workshops!

Be Fraiche Workshop
Price Range: $95-$170
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/befraicheskincare/
Website (coming soon): https://www.befraiche.com/
Instagram: @befraicheskincare
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/make-your-own-skincare-workshop-series-tickets-22716738376

*Lily not Louise was invited to this workshop as a guest, thanks to Helen from Be Fraiche.