Review: Revlon ColorBurst #080 Coral

Revlon Color-Burst #080 Coral

Revlon Color-Burst #080 Coral

So how do you know that you and a lipstick are just meant to be?

a) When you’re on a tight budget, and spending $25 on a lipstick seems a little frivolous;
b) you’ve fallen in love with a particular shade and;
c) on the fourth visit to the Revlon display’s, in many a department store, it’s reduced to $8!!! Who could refuse!

What I love: a sexy bright shade, which I’d describe as a orange red rather than a coral. It looks great just slicked with its luscious shiny finish, or blot and powder it to give a more matte day time look. The ColorBurst line is fast becoming my favourite mid-priced lipstick, glides on silky smooth and is not too heavy, is really moisturising and seems to have good colour pay-off. The packaging is chic, in a matte quilted black case, and I personally really like how the end of the tube is the shade of the lipstick – makes it much easier to find in my drawer when I’m in a hurry.

What I don’t love: although you get a couple of hours of wear from this lipstick, due to the bold nature of the shade, it really needs more regular touch ups. It definitely wont last through a coffee, let alone lunch, so be prepared for some up-keep to ensure this statement shade works for you all day. Also be sure to line your lips when using this shade as, like most bright shades, you may end up with a little bleeding outside the lip line.

I really love this lipstick, it ticks all my boxes – sexy, shiny, bold and cheap!

Rating 4/5

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Review: L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelée #303 Sweet Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

This is definitely one of my frequent go to’s – I actually have this shade on my desk at work so it’s often part of my mid-afternoon ‘wardrobe change’ (aka I’m too lazy to hunt in my bag for the shade I put on earlier in the day). I’d describe this shade as a neutral, muted rose with a hint of berry.

What I love: this shade really does suit almost everyone. I’ve recently used it for a wedding and it suited the bride and all her bridesmaids, who were of varying skin tones and hair colours, and it looked great. The texture is creamy and rings true to it’s claim as a lipstick that is nourishing like a balm but shines like a gloss. It’s really easy to just swipe over your lips and has lovely colour payoff without having to pack it on. It also has a really yummy scent, which I can’t quite place, but I’m thinking jelly beans?

What I don’t love: for all it’s nice ‘smooshy’ feeling on your lips, it can sometimes feel a bit heavy. Also, in terms of  it’s staying power, it wont last past your morning coffee, which is a real shame because it’s so pretty. As for the packaging which, although I really like due to it’s unique tapered shape and colour peek window, unfortunately the lid has an annoying habit of coming off in my purse.

Overall I’d recommend this as a beautiful addition to anyone’s lipstick collection, so long as you’re prepared for frequent touch ups.

Rating 3.5/5

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Review: Lipstick Queen, Jean Queen



I’ve mentioned this before, but I absolutely love the Lipstick Queen range, all the more for knowing that the brand  is dedicated to lipsticks and glosses and is owned by none other than Poppy King, an Australian with a passion for lipstick. The thing with Lipstick Queen, is that you know every shade is borne out of a love for the pout so the colour, pigment and shine are top quality.

So with that in mind I’ve finally gotten round to reviewing the lipstick I had to have, Lipstick Queen’s Jean Queen.

What I love: the texture is to die for, it’s virtually weightless, silky smooth and just glides on your lips. It feels like a balm rather than a lipstick and as a result is super moisturising.

The shade is really lovely, a sheer YLBB kind of pink and I do agree with the product description in that it lights up your face. I’m not totally sold on whether it’s the perfect shade for denim but it certainly looks gorgeous on all skin tones and any outfit, jeans included!. It has a glossy sheen so it’s perfect for someone like me who doesn’t like sticky glosses, but still wants a dewy pout.

The packaging is simple but cute: blue metal with the Lipstick Queen logo, and I like that it’s smaller than most lipstick cases so you can fit your in your purse.

What I don’t love: The only thing that I don’t like about this, and all Lipstick Queen products is that I can’t buy it in my city. Luckily it can be purchased online from Kit Cosmetics, but I’m so impatient and hate having to wait for the postman!

All in all, a definite must have for any Lipstick Queen or Princess.

Rating 4/5

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Alluring Classic – Leighton Meester

Allure Magazine Jan 2011 Cover

Alluring Classic

Leighton Meester appears on the cover of Allure Magazine’s January issue and looks stunning.

I love that her lips are a focus on this shoot, with a beautiful matte orange/red lipstick. The subtle shade on her lids, combined with the flawless skin and soft waves makes for a very classy look indeed.

Review: Rimmel London Colour Show Off #140 Kiss Me

Rimmel-Colour Show off-Kiss-Me-#140

Rimmel-Colour Show off-Kiss-Me-#140

Although I am a self confessed lipstick lover, I tend to shy away from really bold colours, but with bright being the current trend, I thought I’d give it a go. So I started my hunt for a bold lipstick, preferably in a coral/pink shade, that was reasonably priced in case I never wore the damn thing again!

Enter Rimmel London Colour Show Off in shade 140 ‘Kiss Me’  at AUS$14.95

What I love: it has excellent colour pay off and I personally think it’s a very flattering, albeit bold, shade. It’s definitely a bright coral pink, so it ticked both boxes there, but you have to have the confidence to pull it off! I’m not ashamed to admit that I still haven’t gathered up the courage to wear this one to work, but I do love it for a flirty, fun weekend shade.

What I don’t love: the texture is a little heavy for my liking and the smell is very strong. It’s a rose scent, which is usually pleasant, but it can be overpowering, which is true in this case.
But what i really don’t like is the packaging – it’s a bright, shiny, flimsy pink plastic.  Hideous, tacky, urghh! Well that’s obviously my personal opinion, and I suppose you get what you pay for, but when you compare other lipsticks at the same price point I think it disappoints.

So although I love the colour, that’s probably all I love about this lipstick. If you’re looking for an inexpensive bold lipstick to see you through this trend then it’s definitely an option.

Rating 2.5/5

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Bold Fruit


Bold Fruit

Just sharing a quickie, I love the styling of this shot, it’s a bold, sexy and mouth watering use of the orange trend.

It’s been such a long time since I last posted and it feels like everytime I have a spare minute to post I have terrible skin and don’t want to take a photo! Right now I’m suffering from an allergic reaction to Neutrogena’s Oil Free Cleanser (the grapefruit one) which is just hideous. I’ve never had  an issue with any products before, and I’ve been slapping things on my skin since I was 13, so I’m devastated that this has turned out so bad.

But I do have two new liptsicks that I want to share; I finally got Jean Queen when I was in Melbourne a couple of weekends ago, and am loving a bold  new shade I got from Rimmel’s Colour Show Off range. So here’s hoping  my skin clears up soon, either that or I’ll have to brush up on my Photoshop skills!

Alannah Hill – an inspiration for lipstick lovers

Alannah Hill Spring/Summer 2010

Alannah Hill Collection

Alanah Hill has a beautiful collection this spring/summer and the images are to die for. Classic old hollywood glamour with beautiful florals and embellishments in hues of fuschia, violet and mustard. Of course I am completely seduced by the lipstick in the collection. Check it out here

Alannah Hill Collection

Alannah Hill Spring/Summer 2010

Review: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge #392 Prune Amethyste

L'Absolu Rouge - Prune Amethyste

L'Absolu Rouge - Prune Amethyste

If I’m going to be really honest, I bought this lipstick because of the packaging; glossy black case with a magnetic clasp that provides that perfect ‘click’ as it snaps closed – Heaven.

Aside from that I also really like the formula of this lipstick, it goes on so silky and smooth, I spend all day just smooshing my lips together so I can feel it! This lipstick is VERY moisturising, it’s like having butter on your lips, so did I mention – Heaven?

This particular shade is what I describe as one of my ‘statement’ pinks. It’s very bright so I usually wear it with black and very minimal eye makeup. I’d describe this as a satin finish with a hint of sparkle so it’s great for evening or if you’re feeling particularly bold during the day.

Scent wise it’s a pretty classic ‘lipsticky’ smell. There’s a slight rose scent which I think is nice but if you are adverse to lipsticks that smell then this one might be a bit strong.

Every time I wear this lipstick I always say to myself, I should wear it more often and at $30 AUD it’s a fairly reasonable price to consider expanding my colour range!

Rating 4/5

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Jean Queen

I Love Lipstick Queen, I have the Medieval Tinted Treatment, Wine Sinner and Saint Rust and I wear all enthusiastically and often. They are an amazingly smooth and moisturising texture and the colours are buildable so I get a lot of wear out of them.

So I’m really excited to try this new shade, described on the Lipstick Queen website as ” A lovingly created special pink that offsets the blue in the denim and lights up your whole face at the same time”. But alas, there are no stockists where I live, however I am making an interstate trip in a couple of weeks so I think this will be my treat purchase!

In the mean time has anyone tried it? Care to share your thoughts?

Review: Revlon Color Burst #35 Blush

Revlon Color Burst-#35 Blush

Revlon ColorBurst-#35 Blush

I bought this lipstick a couple of weeks ago after reading some positive reviews on Make Up Alley and it has become my new go to lipstick! I’m actually wearing it more often than my Chanel Rouge Coco #5!

So I love this lipstick because:

  • It has a beautiful creamy texture that feels so light on the lips, unlike the Rouge Coco, which is a little drying, I don’t notice my lips are dry at all with the Revlon.
  • The colour is one of those ‘My Lips But Better’ shades. I’d describe it as a neutral pinky colour, which would suit most medium to light skin tones.
  • It’s so easy to wear, I can apply it in a hurry and even without a mirror.
  • It’s has a perfect amount of shine with just a tiny hint of sparkle. Enough to make your lips look full and luscious.
  • The packaging is very chic – a matte black case with a diamond detailing on the front and back, very classy
  • It has almost no scent at all!

I suppose the only down side to this lipstick is that it isn’t long wearing, and requires frequent re-application throughout the day, but given how quick and easy it is to slap on it doesn’t bother me at all!

Rating 4.5

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