April 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH

Time for April favourites (and fails)... I can't wait for May, not only is it my birthday in May,  but I am going to Japan! So I'll start with my favouites, and then I will go onto my fails, because sadly I have a few fails this month.




Lush Twilight Shower Gel: *Drools* this shower gel smells so nice! I hate lavender, and lavender is supposedly the primary scent... but I find that this is smells more of warm cinammon biscuits with a background scent of lavender. This is the perfect warm scent for cold weather. This is limited edition and is released around Chistmas time, but this has taken over from Snow Fairy as being my favourite Lush shower gel.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Nail Polishes in Toffee Apple and Goddess: Good old Sportsgirl, they always bring out great shades of nail polish! I am loving the bright emerald green shade of Toffee Apple for a pop of colour, and I am also loving Goddess for a sparkly metallic nail. This range of nail polish isn't the greatest for wear time (although Goddess lasts pretty well), but if you wear a top coat over it then they last 4ish days with no issue. See full reviews of these here and here

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat: I thought I would have to mention this top coat, as it is the top coat that I use to make the Sportsgirl polishes last. Without this top coat, nail polishes in general tend to chip on me in less than 24 hours, but with this top coat they last days. I bought this in January, and since using it it has changed my nail polish routine... no more hideous chipped polish! I love this stuff, and I even have a back up.

Lime Crime lipstick in Countessa Flourescent: I love this shade, and if you love a bright lip then you will love this too! It is a bright blue based pink and it is so easy to apply and wear - it applies smoothly and is opaque on one swipe. This also stains so it helps with the wear time. I have been wearing this whenever I have gone out this month and I pretty much only need to reapply it once during the night. You can buy this from at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order) or Lime Crime. See full review and swatched here.

Innoxa lipstick in Strawberry: This is a really cheap lipstick that you can get from Priceline, I think it costs under $15, but you can often get them on sale for under $10. I don't know if this shade is available anymore, but it is a great pink toned nude... it looks quite dark in the swatch, but it is a my lips but perfect shade. It is also really creamy and highly pigmented.

Maybelline Expert Ware Eyeshadow Duo in 70 Brown Tones: This is an eyeshadow duo that I have had for ages and never wore because the colour pay off is pretty bad. I decided to try this on my eyebrows, and I love it. Not only is the darker brown a perfect shade for my eyebrows, but the light shade is great for mixing or blending out the brows for a subtle "ombre" eye brow effect. I don't think you can buy these anymore, but I might search for it on ebay, because I am sure I will want a backup!

Illamasqua Eye Shadow in Tango: This is my most loved eyeshadow at the moment, and I honesty have been wearing it pretty much every day since buying it. It is a warmer version of a bronze, but isn't as orange as a copper - its more of a red toned bronze. I have been embracing Autumn shades for my makeup recently (which is rare for me), and this works perfectly for Autumn looks. I also get heaps of compliments when I wear this shade. See full review and swatches here.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk: When Color Tattoos came out, I went a bit nuts and bought a bunch of them... but I only really wore the Bad to the Bronze shade. Because I have been loving Autumn shades, I have been using this purple/red shade as a base, and it works really well. Finally I am getting use out of this shade!


Pomegranate Punk, Tango, Countessa Flourescent, Strawberry

Random Favourites time...

MOR Cucumber and Casaba candle: I haven't burnt this yet, but I keep it on my bedside table and it makes my bedroom smell really nice and fresh and clean. Man I love this candle!


Game Of Thrones Season 3: I am so glad Game Of Thrones is back! I have read the first 4 books, and book 3 is by far my favourite - this will be an epic season! If I had to sum up this season, I would call it three weddings and a lot of funerals! Love it!


Iron Man 3: I saw this movie last Saturday night, and I really did enjoy it. I think it was one of the most entertaining movies that I have seen all year... besides West Of Memphis which is amazing! I love Tony Stark, he kicks arse in this movie!



Time for the fails...



Her Fashion Box: Lets start with the biggest fail... It is the subscription box Her Fashion Box! This was such a rip off of a box, and I actually find it quite offensive. This is the most expensive box on the market ($39.95 a month), and the value is appalling. They give you a really cheap accessory and claim that it costs $39.95, where in reality it seems like some cheap junk jewelry that you would get from Diva Accessories for $1, and then they give you full size makeup that they overprice. In my opinion this is a really poor way of overvaluing your box! I would have been disappointed with this box even if I paid the $15 that other subscription boxes charge! See my review of this box here, and watch my opening video below:



Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finishing Spray - Matte Hold On Oily Skin: I had such high hopes for this product as I have combination oily skin, and the only makeup problem I have is makeup slippage and oily t-zone. This claims to fix both of those problems, and I was so excited to give it a go. I have been wearing this to work for the past 4-5 days, because work is where I tend to work flat out for 8 hours and never have a chance to touch up my makeup, and as an experiment I have been applying this spray to only the right side of my face. When I get home I have been making sure to see if there is any difference between the left and the right side of my face... and there hasn't been. I have tried this with heavy foundation (with and without a primer) and also a bb cream (with and without a primer)... and this finishing spray has not helped my skin one single bit - if anything, the side with the spray may even look worse! I am really upset that I wasted my money on this. Keep your eyes out for a disappointing products post featuring this spray!

Revlon Kissable Balm Stains: Ok, I love these lip products, but I thought I would add them as a "packaging fail" product because the lid of my Honey one came of in my bag and caused a lot of chaos. I originally thought that I was just unlucky, but it happened when I was out with a friend, and she told me that hers did the same thing a few days before! I decided that the lids are just far too loose and can easy fall off. So just a warning, these are great products but keep them in a secure makeup bag if you want to keep them in your handbag.

Thats it for my favourites and fails. Remember to check out my 500 followers giveaway because it only has a few days left!

April 2013 Favourites and Fails!

April 30, 2013


Time for April favourites (and fails)... I can't wait for May, not only is it my birthday in May,  but I am going to Japan! So I'll start with my favouites, and then I will go onto my fails, because sadly I have a few fails this month.




Lush Twilight Shower Gel: *Drools* this shower gel smells so nice! I hate lavender, and lavender is supposedly the primary scent... but I find that this is smells more of warm cinammon biscuits with a background scent of lavender. This is the perfect warm scent for cold weather. This is limited edition and is released around Chistmas time, but this has taken over from Snow Fairy as being my favourite Lush shower gel.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Nail Polishes in Toffee Apple and Goddess: Good old Sportsgirl, they always bring out great shades of nail polish! I am loving the bright emerald green shade of Toffee Apple for a pop of colour, and I am also loving Goddess for a sparkly metallic nail. This range of nail polish isn't the greatest for wear time (although Goddess lasts pretty well), but if you wear a top coat over it then they last 4ish days with no issue. See full reviews of these here and here

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat: I thought I would have to mention this top coat, as it is the top coat that I use to make the Sportsgirl polishes last. Without this top coat, nail polishes in general tend to chip on me in less than 24 hours, but with this top coat they last days. I bought this in January, and since using it it has changed my nail polish routine... no more hideous chipped polish! I love this stuff, and I even have a back up.

Lime Crime lipstick in Countessa Flourescent: I love this shade, and if you love a bright lip then you will love this too! It is a bright blue based pink and it is so easy to apply and wear - it applies smoothly and is opaque on one swipe. This also stains so it helps with the wear time. I have been wearing this whenever I have gone out this month and I pretty much only need to reapply it once during the night. You can buy this from at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order) or Lime Crime. See full review and swatched here.

Innoxa lipstick in Strawberry: This is a really cheap lipstick that you can get from Priceline, I think it costs under $15, but you can often get them on sale for under $10. I don't know if this shade is available anymore, but it is a great pink toned nude... it looks quite dark in the swatch, but it is a my lips but perfect shade. It is also really creamy and highly pigmented.

Maybelline Expert Ware Eyeshadow Duo in 70 Brown Tones: This is an eyeshadow duo that I have had for ages and never wore because the colour pay off is pretty bad. I decided to try this on my eyebrows, and I love it. Not only is the darker brown a perfect shade for my eyebrows, but the light shade is great for mixing or blending out the brows for a subtle "ombre" eye brow effect. I don't think you can buy these anymore, but I might search for it on ebay, because I am sure I will want a backup!

Illamasqua Eye Shadow in Tango: This is my most loved eyeshadow at the moment, and I honesty have been wearing it pretty much every day since buying it. It is a warmer version of a bronze, but isn't as orange as a copper - its more of a red toned bronze. I have been embracing Autumn shades for my makeup recently (which is rare for me), and this works perfectly for Autumn looks. I also get heaps of compliments when I wear this shade. See full review and swatches here.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk: When Color Tattoos came out, I went a bit nuts and bought a bunch of them... but I only really wore the Bad to the Bronze shade. Because I have been loving Autumn shades, I have been using this purple/red shade as a base, and it works really well. Finally I am getting use out of this shade!


Pomegranate Punk, Tango, Countessa Flourescent, Strawberry

Random Favourites time...

MOR Cucumber and Casaba candle: I haven't burnt this yet, but I keep it on my bedside table and it makes my bedroom smell really nice and fresh and clean. Man I love this candle!


Game Of Thrones Season 3: I am so glad Game Of Thrones is back! I have read the first 4 books, and book 3 is by far my favourite - this will be an epic season! If I had to sum up this season, I would call it three weddings and a lot of funerals! Love it!


Iron Man 3: I saw this movie last Saturday night, and I really did enjoy it. I think it was one of the most entertaining movies that I have seen all year... besides West Of Memphis which is amazing! I love Tony Stark, he kicks arse in this movie!



Time for the fails...



Her Fashion Box: Lets start with the biggest fail... It is the subscription box Her Fashion Box! This was such a rip off of a box, and I actually find it quite offensive. This is the most expensive box on the market ($39.95 a month), and the value is appalling. They give you a really cheap accessory and claim that it costs $39.95, where in reality it seems like some cheap junk jewelry that you would get from Diva Accessories for $1, and then they give you full size makeup that they overprice. In my opinion this is a really poor way of overvaluing your box! I would have been disappointed with this box even if I paid the $15 that other subscription boxes charge! See my review of this box here, and watch my opening video below:



Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finishing Spray - Matte Hold On Oily Skin: I had such high hopes for this product as I have combination oily skin, and the only makeup problem I have is makeup slippage and oily t-zone. This claims to fix both of those problems, and I was so excited to give it a go. I have been wearing this to work for the past 4-5 days, because work is where I tend to work flat out for 8 hours and never have a chance to touch up my makeup, and as an experiment I have been applying this spray to only the right side of my face. When I get home I have been making sure to see if there is any difference between the left and the right side of my face... and there hasn't been. I have tried this with heavy foundation (with and without a primer) and also a bb cream (with and without a primer)... and this finishing spray has not helped my skin one single bit - if anything, the side with the spray may even look worse! I am really upset that I wasted my money on this. Keep your eyes out for a disappointing products post featuring this spray!

Revlon Kissable Balm Stains: Ok, I love these lip products, but I thought I would add them as a "packaging fail" product because the lid of my Honey one came of in my bag and caused a lot of chaos. I originally thought that I was just unlucky, but it happened when I was out with a friend, and she told me that hers did the same thing a few days before! I decided that the lids are just far too loose and can easy fall off. So just a warning, these are great products but keep them in a secure makeup bag if you want to keep them in your handbag.

Thats it for my favourites and fails. Remember to check out my 500 followers giveaway because it only has a few days left!

My Lust Have It box has finally arrived! This arrived much later than I was expecting, and my annual subscription has run out so it has only given me 4 days decided whether I want to resubscribe (which I no doubt will). This costs $19.95 per month, but if you want to subscribe then you can use the discount code KITSCH to get $5 off your first box at http://www.lusthaveit.com.au

I have filmed an opening video for this box...





For the past three-four months, the Lust Have It boxes have been arriving in these patterned boxes. The pattern and colour varies each month... these are really great to use as storage boxes.


This is a pretty jam packed box. There are two full sized products in my box - a papaw ointment and an eyeshadow, and there are also some samples of some pretty expensive products. I actually missed out on the Rachel K CC Cream samples... but no doubt if I contact LHI, they will send them out (I'll keep you guys posted).


Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner - 10ml samples: These are really expensive products! The full sizes are 200ml and cost $49.00 and $49.95. I don't know if I have ever used such expensive hair products... I am curious to see how my hair responds to some exfoliating.
Edit: These are strange products, the shampoo is really runny and doesn't foam up, and both the shampoo and conditioner smell really herbal. My hair does feel nice and clean, and pretty soft, but I don't know if I like the idea of a shampoo that doesn't foam.

Nude By Nature Papaw Ointment - full size: This is MASSIVE! Holy shit what a big tub of papaw ointment! I have never been a big papaw ointment fan, but I am more than happy to keep this next to my bed for a night time lip treatment. This is also petrochemical free, unlike Vaseline and other papaw ointments. This is quite a thin ointment, and is not at all sticky, but this also has little chunks in it, which you can see in the photo below. I don't know if this is supposed to have little chunks, or if this is just something that is on the surface of the balm... who knows? Anyway, this smells really nice and I am happy to use it. This is also a really affordable product - $12.95 for 75g.


Gosh Cosmetics Mono Eye Shadow - full size: This is in the shade 016 Aubergine which is a really pretty dark purple. I don't have a shade like this, but I can imagine getting a lot of use out of this since it is a great Autumn shade and would work well with bronzes and coppers. This is really smooth to apply and has no fall out, but it isn't the most pigmented eyeshadow, and it needs some building up.


Molton Brown Patchouli and Saffron Body Wash - 30ml sample: This is a really nice smelling body wash, it is a really nice warm floral scent. A lot of people would be sick of body wash and shampoo samples, but I haven't tried Molton Brown, and I will be using this ASAP!

AWE Cosmeceuticals Nirvaata Calming Serum - 5ml sample: This is a barrier serum that is designed to protect the skin against sensitives etc, this is a great idea for people with sensitive skin... but I don't have sensitive skin so it's not really for me. I might take this traveling instead of bringing a full size serum with me.

Pink Tiger Duri Cosmetics Nail Tools: Nail File and Lint-Free Gauze: Gauze is the best thing to take nail polish off with! When I used to work in a lab I used to take gauze home to take my nail polish off with... it works well because it is quite rough and really scrubs the polish off. I don't know how much this claims to cost, but I work at a hospital and these are pretty easily accessible for me. This pack does contain 200 sheets which will last ages.

Overall this box is not the best box, but its pretty good... even without the CC Cream samples!

Did you get this box, or did you get something different? What did you think?


Remember to enter my 500 followers giveaway!... only a few days left!

April 2013 Lust Have It Box

April 27, 2013


My Lust Have It box has finally arrived! This arrived much later than I was expecting, and my annual subscription has run out so it has only given me 4 days decided whether I want to resubscribe (which I no doubt will). This costs $19.95 per month, but if you want to subscribe then you can use the discount code KITSCH to get $5 off your first box at http://www.lusthaveit.com.au

I have filmed an opening video for this box...





For the past three-four months, the Lust Have It boxes have been arriving in these patterned boxes. The pattern and colour varies each month... these are really great to use as storage boxes.


This is a pretty jam packed box. There are two full sized products in my box - a papaw ointment and an eyeshadow, and there are also some samples of some pretty expensive products. I actually missed out on the Rachel K CC Cream samples... but no doubt if I contact LHI, they will send them out (I'll keep you guys posted).


Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner - 10ml samples: These are really expensive products! The full sizes are 200ml and cost $49.00 and $49.95. I don't know if I have ever used such expensive hair products... I am curious to see how my hair responds to some exfoliating.
Edit: These are strange products, the shampoo is really runny and doesn't foam up, and both the shampoo and conditioner smell really herbal. My hair does feel nice and clean, and pretty soft, but I don't know if I like the idea of a shampoo that doesn't foam.

Nude By Nature Papaw Ointment - full size: This is MASSIVE! Holy shit what a big tub of papaw ointment! I have never been a big papaw ointment fan, but I am more than happy to keep this next to my bed for a night time lip treatment. This is also petrochemical free, unlike Vaseline and other papaw ointments. This is quite a thin ointment, and is not at all sticky, but this also has little chunks in it, which you can see in the photo below. I don't know if this is supposed to have little chunks, or if this is just something that is on the surface of the balm... who knows? Anyway, this smells really nice and I am happy to use it. This is also a really affordable product - $12.95 for 75g.


Gosh Cosmetics Mono Eye Shadow - full size: This is in the shade 016 Aubergine which is a really pretty dark purple. I don't have a shade like this, but I can imagine getting a lot of use out of this since it is a great Autumn shade and would work well with bronzes and coppers. This is really smooth to apply and has no fall out, but it isn't the most pigmented eyeshadow, and it needs some building up.


Molton Brown Patchouli and Saffron Body Wash - 30ml sample: This is a really nice smelling body wash, it is a really nice warm floral scent. A lot of people would be sick of body wash and shampoo samples, but I haven't tried Molton Brown, and I will be using this ASAP!

AWE Cosmeceuticals Nirvaata Calming Serum - 5ml sample: This is a barrier serum that is designed to protect the skin against sensitives etc, this is a great idea for people with sensitive skin... but I don't have sensitive skin so it's not really for me. I might take this traveling instead of bringing a full size serum with me.

Pink Tiger Duri Cosmetics Nail Tools: Nail File and Lint-Free Gauze: Gauze is the best thing to take nail polish off with! When I used to work in a lab I used to take gauze home to take my nail polish off with... it works well because it is quite rough and really scrubs the polish off. I don't know how much this claims to cost, but I work at a hospital and these are pretty easily accessible for me. This pack does contain 200 sheets which will last ages.

Overall this box is not the best box, but its pretty good... even without the CC Cream samples!

Did you get this box, or did you get something different? What did you think?


Remember to enter my 500 followers giveaway!... only a few days left!

This is the last post about the products that I bought from Lipstick Republic when they were having a 20% off sale. I bought an e.l.f matte nail polish (see post here), a Lime Crime lipstick (see post here), and these Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour pigments.


So I bought these two pigments on sale for $11.20, but they are normally $14 at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order). These contain 2.5g of product and are vegan and cruelty free.


There are over 30 shades to choose from, which made it really hard deciding which shades to choose. I originally was looking at nude shades, but then I realised that I only reach for pigments when I am going out and want a bold eye look, and I have plenty of nude shades of pigments that I never use. So I ordered the shades Poison and Artifact because they are shades that are quite bold, but wearable. I thought they would also work well with my brown eyes, and would be perfect for the cooler months coming up.


The packaging of these pigments are great, the container is clear so you can see which pigment you are reaching for, and they also come with a sifter so it's a little less messy than other pigments.

Poison heavily swatched and sheered out, Artifact heavily swatches and sheered out

Poison: This is a gorgeous shade, and I am really glad that I bought it. It is a dark teal shimmer and is the perfect shade for brown eyes. This will be a great shade for a smokey eye, and would look amazing with black or gold. This can be applied quite heavily or sheerly, but if you do want to apply it heavily, you might want to apply it wet (aka using a wet/damp brush to pick up the pigment) so you avoid too much fall out. I think this would also be perfect over a dark cream shade, like the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt, which will bring out the teal colour without needing you to pack on the colour.

Artifact: This is a really pretty copper shade that has quite a heavy red/cranberry undertone. This is a beautiful autumn shade that I will get a lot of use out of. This can also be heavily applied or sheered out, but this is more pigmented than Poison. This shade is my favourite autumn alternative to the typical bronze or gold eyeshadow. Very happy with this shade.

These are some of the nicest pigments that I have used, because they are finely milled and are easy to apply evenly. If you don't like pigments at all, then you won't like these, but if you are on the fence about pigments then these might impress you. Of course, if you are like me and you like using pigments, then you will love these! I am already looking at which shades I want to order next.

What do you think of pigments? What are your favourite brands or shades to use?

Remember to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics loose colour pigments in Poison and Artifact

April 26, 2013


This is the last post about the products that I bought from Lipstick Republic when they were having a 20% off sale. I bought an e.l.f matte nail polish (see post here), a Lime Crime lipstick (see post here), and these Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour pigments.


So I bought these two pigments on sale for $11.20, but they are normally $14 at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order). These contain 2.5g of product and are vegan and cruelty free.


There are over 30 shades to choose from, which made it really hard deciding which shades to choose. I originally was looking at nude shades, but then I realised that I only reach for pigments when I am going out and want a bold eye look, and I have plenty of nude shades of pigments that I never use. So I ordered the shades Poison and Artifact because they are shades that are quite bold, but wearable. I thought they would also work well with my brown eyes, and would be perfect for the cooler months coming up.


The packaging of these pigments are great, the container is clear so you can see which pigment you are reaching for, and they also come with a sifter so it's a little less messy than other pigments.

Poison heavily swatched and sheered out, Artifact heavily swatches and sheered out

Poison: This is a gorgeous shade, and I am really glad that I bought it. It is a dark teal shimmer and is the perfect shade for brown eyes. This will be a great shade for a smokey eye, and would look amazing with black or gold. This can be applied quite heavily or sheerly, but if you do want to apply it heavily, you might want to apply it wet (aka using a wet/damp brush to pick up the pigment) so you avoid too much fall out. I think this would also be perfect over a dark cream shade, like the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt, which will bring out the teal colour without needing you to pack on the colour.

Artifact: This is a really pretty copper shade that has quite a heavy red/cranberry undertone. This is a beautiful autumn shade that I will get a lot of use out of. This can also be heavily applied or sheered out, but this is more pigmented than Poison. This shade is my favourite autumn alternative to the typical bronze or gold eyeshadow. Very happy with this shade.

These are some of the nicest pigments that I have used, because they are finely milled and are easy to apply evenly. If you don't like pigments at all, then you won't like these, but if you are on the fence about pigments then these might impress you. Of course, if you are like me and you like using pigments, then you will love these! I am already looking at which shades I want to order next.

What do you think of pigments? What are your favourite brands or shades to use?

Remember to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

I thought I would do a quick post on this nail polish while you can still get it. I bought this the other day from Sportsgirl when they were having a further 30% off all sale items, and this was on sale (along with other shades) for $4.95... further reduced to around $3.50. I don't think the further 30% off sale is on anymore, but you can no doubt still get it from the sale baskets in Sportsgirl for $4.95.


I mainly wanted to try this because it is one of those scented nail polishes, and I haven't tried any yet. This is also a shade that I don't have anything like in my collection... I believe there was a pink, a purple and a blue that was also on sale, but this green caught my eye... each shade had a different scent, I recall one being bubblegum and another being jellybean. This shade is supposed to smell like toffee apples when the polish has dried.


I love this colour! It is a vibrant emerald toned green and I can't believe I don't own any shade like this! It definitely needs two coats, as it applies evenly with one coat but it is quite sheer. Does it smell like toffee apples? Well I was expecting it to smell more like toffee apple lollies, but it smells like brown sugar... which is still much nicer than the typical nail polish scent, but doesn't scream toffee apple.

One thing that was a little annoying regarding this scented polish, and probably scented polishes in general, is that I always use a top coat to extend the wear my nail polishes, and you definitely need a top coat with Sportgirl nail polishes since they aren't the best quality... anyway, the thing that annoys me is that once you put a top coat on you can barely smell the toffee apple scent.

Nevertheless, I really love this shade, and the scent is quite fun and novel. With the top coat, this nail polish lasted on me about 3-4 day with minimal wear, but knowing Sportsgirl polishes well, this would be lucky to last one day without chipping if you don't use a top coat.

What do you think of this shade, or scented nail polishes in general?

Also check out my 500 followers giveaway!

Sportsgirl Nail It scented nail polish in Toffee Apple

April 24, 2013


I thought I would do a quick post on this nail polish while you can still get it. I bought this the other day from Sportsgirl when they were having a further 30% off all sale items, and this was on sale (along with other shades) for $4.95... further reduced to around $3.50. I don't think the further 30% off sale is on anymore, but you can no doubt still get it from the sale baskets in Sportsgirl for $4.95.


I mainly wanted to try this because it is one of those scented nail polishes, and I haven't tried any yet. This is also a shade that I don't have anything like in my collection... I believe there was a pink, a purple and a blue that was also on sale, but this green caught my eye... each shade had a different scent, I recall one being bubblegum and another being jellybean. This shade is supposed to smell like toffee apples when the polish has dried.


I love this colour! It is a vibrant emerald toned green and I can't believe I don't own any shade like this! It definitely needs two coats, as it applies evenly with one coat but it is quite sheer. Does it smell like toffee apples? Well I was expecting it to smell more like toffee apple lollies, but it smells like brown sugar... which is still much nicer than the typical nail polish scent, but doesn't scream toffee apple.

One thing that was a little annoying regarding this scented polish, and probably scented polishes in general, is that I always use a top coat to extend the wear my nail polishes, and you definitely need a top coat with Sportgirl nail polishes since they aren't the best quality... anyway, the thing that annoys me is that once you put a top coat on you can barely smell the toffee apple scent.

Nevertheless, I really love this shade, and the scent is quite fun and novel. With the top coat, this nail polish lasted on me about 3-4 day with minimal wear, but knowing Sportsgirl polishes well, this would be lucky to last one day without chipping if you don't use a top coat.

What do you think of this shade, or scented nail polishes in general?

Also check out my 500 followers giveaway!

Heads up! If you read my blog, you will know that I love the Suigo range of shampoos and conditioners. My friend messaged me today telling my that they are having a sale of Suigo products on OZSale. I just ordered a larger Ultimate Hair Care Pack containing a 680ml shampoo and conditioner and a 500ml treatment, and I bought a smaller Vital Nutrition Hair Care Pack (not pictured) which contains a 260ml shampoo and conditioner and a 100ml treatment. I think I have stocked up on shampoo and conditioner for a year! I honestly believe this range is better then Redken!

Check it out in the beauty section of the OZSale website.

Suigo Sale!


Heads up! If you read my blog, you will know that I love the Suigo range of shampoos and conditioners. My friend messaged me today telling my that they are having a sale of Suigo products on OZSale. I just ordered a larger Ultimate Hair Care Pack containing a 680ml shampoo and conditioner and a 500ml treatment, and I bought a smaller Vital Nutrition Hair Care Pack (not pictured) which contains a 260ml shampoo and conditioner and a 100ml treatment. I think I have stocked up on shampoo and conditioner for a year! I honestly believe this range is better then Redken!

Check it out in the beauty section of the OZSale website.

Priceline have 40% off all makeup for today and tomorrow only, so of course I had to head down and check it out. I am going on a holiday in a few weeks so I wanted to be quite restrained and mainly buy things that I need... with a couple of other treats thrown in.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 914 Vibrant Manderin: This originally is $16.95, but this was on sale for $10.17. My favourite lipsticks are bright lipsticks, so this new range from Maybelline is right up my alley, I was tossing up between this shade, the coral and the plum, and at $10.17 a lipstick, I might go back tomorrow and get the plum shade! This reminds me of Morange by MAC. I can't wait to try this and review it.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52 Vanilla: This was originally $20, but was on sale for $12. I really like this powder, and have just finished one so I thought I needed to replace it. The one I just finished was a darker shade, and was too dark for me, so I went for the lightest shade. This is a great powder because it provides quite a lot of coverage.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige: This was $12.95 but was on sale for $7.77. I love this powder because it really mattifies, but it has a really light coverage (and you can get in in a translucent shade). I like to have a light powder and a heavy coverage powder because I use them with different foundations.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat: This was $14.45 but was on sale for $8.67. I love this top coat, it has definitely made a huge difference to the longevity of my nail polish, and since it has a silver container, I thought I should buy a back up incase my current one runs out. I use this every time I paint my nails, and I swear it even turns a crap nail polish into a decent wearing nail polish. I should really review this top coat soon.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencils in 003 Brown and 006 Deep Blue: These were $9.95, but are on sale for $5.97. I love these liners, I have them in black, bronze, taupe and nude... and I didn't know they had a dark brown shade! I needed to buy the dark brown, and when I saw the dark blue (which is almost a navy shade), I thought I needed to get them both. I have a few blue liners but never wear them because they are too light.

Natural Being Manuka Honey night cream for oily to normal skin: These werent part of the sale, but they were on sale for $2 each, so I thought I would try them. They also had normal to dry skin versions.

Face Of Australia Strengthening Nail Polish Remover: This also wasn't in the sale, but I needed some nail polish remover and I thought I should give this a go, it claims to moisturise and strengthen brittle nails. This was $3.49.

Priceline Round Cotton Pads Twin Pack: Once again, this wasn't on sale, but these are a staple in my household. This twin pack cost $6.49.

So thats it! I am very temped to go back and get another lipstick! Hmmmm

Did you get anything from this sale?


40% off Priceline Haul!

April 23, 2013


Priceline have 40% off all makeup for today and tomorrow only, so of course I had to head down and check it out. I am going on a holiday in a few weeks so I wanted to be quite restrained and mainly buy things that I need... with a couple of other treats thrown in.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 914 Vibrant Manderin: This originally is $16.95, but this was on sale for $10.17. My favourite lipsticks are bright lipsticks, so this new range from Maybelline is right up my alley, I was tossing up between this shade, the coral and the plum, and at $10.17 a lipstick, I might go back tomorrow and get the plum shade! This reminds me of Morange by MAC. I can't wait to try this and review it.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in 52 Vanilla: This was originally $20, but was on sale for $12. I really like this powder, and have just finished one so I thought I needed to replace it. The one I just finished was a darker shade, and was too dark for me, so I went for the lightest shade. This is a great powder because it provides quite a lot of coverage.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige: This was $12.95 but was on sale for $7.77. I love this powder because it really mattifies, but it has a really light coverage (and you can get in in a translucent shade). I like to have a light powder and a heavy coverage powder because I use them with different foundations.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat: This was $14.45 but was on sale for $8.67. I love this top coat, it has definitely made a huge difference to the longevity of my nail polish, and since it has a silver container, I thought I should buy a back up incase my current one runs out. I use this every time I paint my nails, and I swear it even turns a crap nail polish into a decent wearing nail polish. I should really review this top coat soon.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencils in 003 Brown and 006 Deep Blue: These were $9.95, but are on sale for $5.97. I love these liners, I have them in black, bronze, taupe and nude... and I didn't know they had a dark brown shade! I needed to buy the dark brown, and when I saw the dark blue (which is almost a navy shade), I thought I needed to get them both. I have a few blue liners but never wear them because they are too light.

Natural Being Manuka Honey night cream for oily to normal skin: These werent part of the sale, but they were on sale for $2 each, so I thought I would try them. They also had normal to dry skin versions.

Face Of Australia Strengthening Nail Polish Remover: This also wasn't in the sale, but I needed some nail polish remover and I thought I should give this a go, it claims to moisturise and strengthen brittle nails. This was $3.49.

Priceline Round Cotton Pads Twin Pack: Once again, this wasn't on sale, but these are a staple in my household. This twin pack cost $6.49.

So thats it! I am very temped to go back and get another lipstick! Hmmmm

Did you get anything from this sale?



Heads up! Priceline is having a 40% off all makeup sale for today and tomorrow only!

What are you thinking of buying?

Sale time at Priceline!


Heads up! Priceline is having a 40% off all makeup sale for today and tomorrow only!

What are you thinking of buying?

I had an Illamasqua splurge over Easter when the Illamasqua website were having selected items on sale for £8 (approx $11.80). I ended up buying three eye shadows, one lipstick, a pigment on sale, and a cream blush that I have been lusting after for a while. This is a review of the eye shadows that I bought.


Being Illamasqua, most of the items that were on sale were crazy bright shades, but they managed to include three wearable eye shadow shades, and I snapped them up! The three shades I got were Justify (matte mid toned taupe), Tango (shimmery copper), and Wolf (matte dark warm brown).

I like the packaging of these, they are very sturdy and are very typically Illamasqua, but I thought I would point out that these aren't ideal for depotting and putting in most palettes, since they aren't a conventional eyeshadow shape. 

Left to right: Justify, Tango, Wolf


Justify: Holy crap I adore this shade! It is a mid toned taupe and it is so soft and smooth, is super dooper pigmented, and applies like a dream with no fallout! This is also the perfect crease colour as it is a really neutral taupe shade. I also like mixing this with a darker brown to create the perfect eyebrow shade. I will get a lot of use out of this shade!

Tango: This is my new baby! It is the perfect coppery red shade and is wearable for daily use, but can be used as a statement shade as well. What I love about this eye shadow is that it transfers so beautifully onto the lid, there is no need to load up the brush and to pack this shadow on because the colour pay off is a dream. The first time I wore this at work, I got three compliments on my makeup... so that says how good this shade is. It would also look stunning on blue eyes because of the red undertones. This is like a mix of a bronze and cranberry from MAC. Just a quick comparison below with MAC's Romp and Cranberry.

MAC Romp, Illamasqua Tango, MAC Cranberry

Wolf: This is a pretty standard dark matte chocolate brown that is a staple in any makeup collection. Admittedly, this isn't as pigmented as the other two shades, but it does apply nicely, and doesn't create any fallout. Even though I would like the pigmentation to be slightly stronger, this does actually work quite well the way it is, because I mainly just use this in the outer corner of my eye, and I like to start sheer and build the colour up, instead of whacking a bold chunk of brown and having to make it work. This shade works really well with Justify in the crease, where I start with Justify and then add Wolf for more depth. I also use this as an eyebrow powder.

Overall, I was guilty spending so much money on eye shadows that I don't need, but these have been a pleasure to use, and I have frequently been reaching for all three of these shades to make a complete eye look.

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Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadows - Justify, Tango, Wolf

April 22, 2013


I had an Illamasqua splurge over Easter when the Illamasqua website were having selected items on sale for £8 (approx $11.80). I ended up buying three eye shadows, one lipstick, a pigment on sale, and a cream blush that I have been lusting after for a while. This is a review of the eye shadows that I bought.


Being Illamasqua, most of the items that were on sale were crazy bright shades, but they managed to include three wearable eye shadow shades, and I snapped them up! The three shades I got were Justify (matte mid toned taupe), Tango (shimmery copper), and Wolf (matte dark warm brown).

I like the packaging of these, they are very sturdy and are very typically Illamasqua, but I thought I would point out that these aren't ideal for depotting and putting in most palettes, since they aren't a conventional eyeshadow shape. 

Left to right: Justify, Tango, Wolf


Justify: Holy crap I adore this shade! It is a mid toned taupe and it is so soft and smooth, is super dooper pigmented, and applies like a dream with no fallout! This is also the perfect crease colour as it is a really neutral taupe shade. I also like mixing this with a darker brown to create the perfect eyebrow shade. I will get a lot of use out of this shade!

Tango: This is my new baby! It is the perfect coppery red shade and is wearable for daily use, but can be used as a statement shade as well. What I love about this eye shadow is that it transfers so beautifully onto the lid, there is no need to load up the brush and to pack this shadow on because the colour pay off is a dream. The first time I wore this at work, I got three compliments on my makeup... so that says how good this shade is. It would also look stunning on blue eyes because of the red undertones. This is like a mix of a bronze and cranberry from MAC. Just a quick comparison below with MAC's Romp and Cranberry.

MAC Romp, Illamasqua Tango, MAC Cranberry

Wolf: This is a pretty standard dark matte chocolate brown that is a staple in any makeup collection. Admittedly, this isn't as pigmented as the other two shades, but it does apply nicely, and doesn't create any fallout. Even though I would like the pigmentation to be slightly stronger, this does actually work quite well the way it is, because I mainly just use this in the outer corner of my eye, and I like to start sheer and build the colour up, instead of whacking a bold chunk of brown and having to make it work. This shade works really well with Justify in the crease, where I start with Justify and then add Wolf for more depth. I also use this as an eyebrow powder.

Overall, I was guilty spending so much money on eye shadows that I don't need, but these have been a pleasure to use, and I have frequently been reaching for all three of these shades to make a complete eye look.

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I ordered a few items from Lipstick Republic the other week when they were having a 20% off sale. I ordered a nail polish, some pigments and this Lime Crime lipstick. I have a few Lime Crime lipsticks (two oranges , two reds and a purple - see my Lime Crime lipstick collection post here), but I don't have any pinks! I was never a big pink lip fan, but lately I love the look of a bright pink lip. Lime Crime recently brought out a new pink called Geradium which is a bright coral, and I wanted to buy that shade along with Countessa Flourescent, which is a bright blue based pink, and I wanted to compare the two on my blog. Geradium was sold out, but I couldn't pass up buying Countessa Flourescent while it was on sale. This cost $16.80 on sale, but is normally $21 at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order), or you can buy it at Lime Crime.


The packaging is obviously cute, in a bright purple box with silver reflective writing. This is also a vegan lipstick, which is great... but what is even better is that it feels like a normal lipstick!


The actual packaging of the tube is make of the distinctive Lime Crime purple, and has a holographic unicorn on the tube. This tube is quite chunky and is slightly thicker than a regular MAC sized lipstick.


In the tube this looks very pink, but it doesn't look super bright... I was a little disappointed looking at the lipstick in the tube because it looks quite dull. The scent of this lipstick is a soft vanilla scent, very similar to the scent of MAC lipsticks.


When swatched the lipstick starts to look really bright and impressive, it is also really smooth and pigmented. This is clearly has a white base which makes the colour pop once you apply it. I have worn this lipstick two or three times since getting it, and it is a really easy lipstick to wear. You don't have to prep your lips, it doesn't cling to dry patches at all, it glides on, isn't drying, has great pigmentation, and the colour wears a good 2-3 hours easily and then fades to a nice pink stain (which I love). I wore this last Saturday night and I only needed to reapply it once.

Overall I love this lipstick, and I would honestly say that it is my favourite out of all the Lime Crime lipsticks I own. It's bold, it's bright, it's comfortable, it doesn't dry your lips, and it lasts. I will definitely get a lot of use out of this lipstick! If you are looking for a bold bright pink, don't waste your time trying other brands/shades - I highly recommend Countessa Flourescent by Lime Crime!

Lime Crime Countessa Flourescent Lipstick - swatches and review

April 20, 2013


I ordered a few items from Lipstick Republic the other week when they were having a 20% off sale. I ordered a nail polish, some pigments and this Lime Crime lipstick. I have a few Lime Crime lipsticks (two oranges , two reds and a purple - see my Lime Crime lipstick collection post here), but I don't have any pinks! I was never a big pink lip fan, but lately I love the look of a bright pink lip. Lime Crime recently brought out a new pink called Geradium which is a bright coral, and I wanted to buy that shade along with Countessa Flourescent, which is a bright blue based pink, and I wanted to compare the two on my blog. Geradium was sold out, but I couldn't pass up buying Countessa Flourescent while it was on sale. This cost $16.80 on sale, but is normally $21 at Lipstick Republic (use the code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order), or you can buy it at Lime Crime.


The packaging is obviously cute, in a bright purple box with silver reflective writing. This is also a vegan lipstick, which is great... but what is even better is that it feels like a normal lipstick!


The actual packaging of the tube is make of the distinctive Lime Crime purple, and has a holographic unicorn on the tube. This tube is quite chunky and is slightly thicker than a regular MAC sized lipstick.


In the tube this looks very pink, but it doesn't look super bright... I was a little disappointed looking at the lipstick in the tube because it looks quite dull. The scent of this lipstick is a soft vanilla scent, very similar to the scent of MAC lipsticks.


When swatched the lipstick starts to look really bright and impressive, it is also really smooth and pigmented. This is clearly has a white base which makes the colour pop once you apply it. I have worn this lipstick two or three times since getting it, and it is a really easy lipstick to wear. You don't have to prep your lips, it doesn't cling to dry patches at all, it glides on, isn't drying, has great pigmentation, and the colour wears a good 2-3 hours easily and then fades to a nice pink stain (which I love). I wore this last Saturday night and I only needed to reapply it once.

Overall I love this lipstick, and I would honestly say that it is my favourite out of all the Lime Crime lipsticks I own. It's bold, it's bright, it's comfortable, it doesn't dry your lips, and it lasts. I will definitely get a lot of use out of this lipstick! If you are looking for a bold bright pink, don't waste your time trying other brands/shades - I highly recommend Countessa Flourescent by Lime Crime!

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Giveaway reminder!

April 19, 2013


Just a reminder that there are 2 weeks left until my 500 followers giveaway closes! Remember to enter, the more the merrier :)

Check out the original giveaway post here.


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I had a bit of a Illamasqua slurge over the long Easter weekend, they were having a sale where 6 nail polishes, 6 lipsticks, 6 eye shadows and 6 pigments were on sale for £7-8 (approx $11). They won't ship nail polishes to Australia, but I did pick up a lipstick, a few eye shadows, a pigment and a cream blush... for good measure.


I will be reviewing these over the next few weeks, but today I will review the Pure Pigment in Beguile. The other pigments that were on sale were blues and reds etc, so I thought I would choose one that I might use more often... the sparkly white which I could use for an inner corner highlight. I also wanted to try this because some bloggers swear by this pigment. The pigments are normally £15.50 ($25) for 1.3 grams, which is pretty pricey, but I have one of these pigments on the shade Ore and I love it, it is definitely my go to pigment when I want to impress. 


Even though the packaging looks impressive, it is actually pretty impractical. The lid does clip on quite tight, but the pigment will become really messy if you throw this in your makeup bag or your draw. It needs to be kept flat if you want to reduce the mess.

Swatch without flash
Swatch with flash

So this is not what I expected from this pigment, but after playing around with it, I am pretty impressed. I expected this to be more of a frosty white sparkly shade that would be typical of a white pigment, instead this has no base colour whatsoever and is purely a duo chrome looking glitter. You can see from the swatches above that this gives off an aqua and pink shine that is really pretty, but is also quite sheer and subtle. Warning, because this is a fine glitter, it will create a little fall out, but if you are careful it's not a big problem.

If you like really light frosty eye shadows, then you may be disappointed by this pigment, but I love that this has no base colour. I am not the biggest fan of a bold inner corner highlight, because I find that it can make my eyes look far apart and just a bit weird, but since this pigment has no base colour it just adds some sparkle and dimension in the inner corner. This would also be perfect pressed over any eyeshadow to make it sparkly.

I am pleasantly surprised by this pigment. Has anyone else used this? What do you think?

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile - review and swatches

April 18, 2013


I had a bit of a Illamasqua slurge over the long Easter weekend, they were having a sale where 6 nail polishes, 6 lipsticks, 6 eye shadows and 6 pigments were on sale for £7-8 (approx $11). They won't ship nail polishes to Australia, but I did pick up a lipstick, a few eye shadows, a pigment and a cream blush... for good measure.


I will be reviewing these over the next few weeks, but today I will review the Pure Pigment in Beguile. The other pigments that were on sale were blues and reds etc, so I thought I would choose one that I might use more often... the sparkly white which I could use for an inner corner highlight. I also wanted to try this because some bloggers swear by this pigment. The pigments are normally £15.50 ($25) for 1.3 grams, which is pretty pricey, but I have one of these pigments on the shade Ore and I love it, it is definitely my go to pigment when I want to impress. 


Even though the packaging looks impressive, it is actually pretty impractical. The lid does clip on quite tight, but the pigment will become really messy if you throw this in your makeup bag or your draw. It needs to be kept flat if you want to reduce the mess.

Swatch without flash
Swatch with flash

So this is not what I expected from this pigment, but after playing around with it, I am pretty impressed. I expected this to be more of a frosty white sparkly shade that would be typical of a white pigment, instead this has no base colour whatsoever and is purely a duo chrome looking glitter. You can see from the swatches above that this gives off an aqua and pink shine that is really pretty, but is also quite sheer and subtle. Warning, because this is a fine glitter, it will create a little fall out, but if you are careful it's not a big problem.

If you like really light frosty eye shadows, then you may be disappointed by this pigment, but I love that this has no base colour. I am not the biggest fan of a bold inner corner highlight, because I find that it can make my eyes look far apart and just a bit weird, but since this pigment has no base colour it just adds some sparkle and dimension in the inner corner. This would also be perfect pressed over any eyeshadow to make it sparkly.

I am pleasantly surprised by this pigment. Has anyone else used this? What do you think?

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