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[Empties] April & May 2015

Review Lentheric I love Vanilla

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Two months after finishing the shampoo, I finally finished the matching L’Oreal Elvive Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz conditioner. Gorgeous conditioner, it left my hair super soft and frizz free. I would definitely repurchase.

I’ve been using the Lentheric I Love Vanilla since I was about sixteen, I always received so many compliments when I wore it because it was like a mix of vanilla/cupcakes/sugar without being overly sweet. Unfortunately this product isn’t easily available in Australia so I don’t think that I’ll be repurchasing it anytime soon.

I love my Dove soap and this was the first time trying their deodorant. I absolutely LOVE the can and the cause, but the product itself was a bit average. It did what it was meant to do but I somehow prefer the Rexona and Garnier deodorants.

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I actually managed to finish a Maybelline Babylips without losing it! This one was the berry flavour, it did a brilliant job of moisturizing and I liked the color too. I’ve already repurchased it but in different flavours.

I received a sample size of the Neutrogena Hydra Boost, not sure if it’s just me but this product actually dried my skin out instead of moisturizing it. I definitely wouldn’t repurchase, I’m actually disappointed because I normally love Neurogena products.

The Covergirl Lashblast waterproof mascara is certainly worth the hype, I loved the huge lashes that it gave me. I’ve already repurchased this, but not in the waterproof version because I found it impossible this one.

I also got through my Braun Silk Epil wipes, these came with my Braun epilator. The epilator itself is awesome but the wipes didn’t do much to be honest.

TRASHED!

TRASHED!

I had to chuck out the three products above because they’re around seven years old. In particular, the Revlon molten metal liquid eyeshadow was gorgeous! It’s such a shame that they discontinued such a great product.

What products have you emptied this month? x

[Review] Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil: Berry Much

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Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Berry Much

My blog feed has been buzzing with reviews, swatches and pictures of the Maybelline Color Drama Velvet lip pencils ever since they were released in Australia. Although they sounded fantastic,  I vowed not to buy one because I really really didn’t need another lipstick in my collection! Luckily for me, I was chosen as one of the M Edition winners and won this lipstick from Maybelline in the shade 310 Very Much.

First impressions, the little pencil looks very cute! The lid fits on perfectly so it would be ideal to travel with. This was my first time trying out a lipstick in a pencil form and I loved the precise application that I got. I’m not sure how annoying sharpening the pencil would be once it gets blunt but for the time being I much prefer the ease of application from this pencil.

The formula of this pencil is smooth, creamy and pigmented. In terms of longevity, after five hours of wear it looks the exact same as it did when I applied it. There’s no feathering, uneven fading or the unattractive dry lips which is a huge plus for me. The only thing which I don’t like too much about this pencil is that I can’t control the color. With some of my lipsticks, I can dab on the color if it’s too intense or dark for my liking but with this it’s straight super dark pigmented color.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil berry much

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Berry Much

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Berry Much hand swatch

Hand Swatch: Maybelline Color Drama Intense Berry Much

Berry Much is extremely bold and intense, even darker than MAC Rebel which is what this color originally reminded me off. The color is perfect for the colder months ahead and is the perfect statement lip if you want a change from red lipstick. I’m dying to try ‘Minimalist’ or “Nude Perfection’ next, once I start buying lip products again that is 😉

The Color Drama lipsticks are available in 10 shades in Australia and retail for $9.95. They regularly go on sale though for 50% off and 3 for 2 so definitely good value for money.

Have you tried any of the Color Drama lip pencils yet? x

[Picture Heavy] My trip to South Africa!

I hope that everyone has been having an amazing February! I recently spent a month in South Africa, the weather was gorgeous and it was fantastic spending time with family and old friends again. I ate lots of good food (too much in fact), relaxed and took advantage of the strong Aussie dollar by squeezing in some shopping.

SHOPPING HAUL

Makeup haul featuring MAC, Estee Lauder and Maybelline ♥

Makeup haul featuring MAC, Estee Lauder and Maybelline ♥

Body Shop haul!

Body Shop haul!

Estee Lauder was around the same price as in Australia, but I picked up the foundation because they stock my shade in Australia. I actually had no idea that they did a compact concealer, it’s probably the first product that I’ve purchased without doing heaps of research first! And I picked up the mascara for around $38 because it came with a free liner and eye cream.

MAC was considerably cheaper, the lipsticks worked out to $20 each. I weep thinking at what I paid for my Studio Fix foundation at Myer last year!

Lastly no haul is complete without The Body Shop! I already had a Body Shop stash at home so just purchased a few shower gels.

I’ve been wanting to try Maybelline’s rocket masacara for ages, but it hasn’t been available here. I’m a huge fan of Maybelline mascara’s so looking forward to trialling it soon 🙂

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[Haul] Chemist Warehouse

Hi guys!

A few months ago, Chemist Warehouse had a 50% off Maybelline offer and a $2 shipping offer going on at the same time. I ordered a few items and took the photo below with the intention of blogging about my haul, but never got down to it. However since I’ve been using the products I bought for the better part of winter and loving them, I figured that a review post was long overdue.

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Chemist Warehouse haul

I’m probably the last person in the world to try the Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner but omg it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I find it super easy to apply, the color is dark black on application, it doesn’t fade or smudge during the day and can be removed easily. In other words, everything that I could ever want in a liquid eyeliner ♥

The Trilogy rosehip oil has been my absolute winter skin saviour. I’ve been applying it on most nights after I shower, my skin just soaks it in. You only need a few drops for your entire face, I learnt this the hard way! Although it hasn’t faded my blemishes much, my skin has been clear, soft and super hydrated.

The oil also came with the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream, a thick and luxurious cream which is easily absorbed and smells really gorgeous. I always use the rosehip oil on it’s own (with no cream after) so on the nights that I don’t use the oil, I have been using this cream. Both Trilogy products have been working really well on my skin and have been lovely to use.

I’m in a love/hate relationship with the Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara. The mascara gives me huge awesome lashes but is complete pain to apply, the wand is massive and I keep getting product all over my eyelids. Not cool. I’ve been using this only on weekends now, when I have time to be really careful and not mess up my face completely. If anyone has any tips for using this mascara, do drop me a comment below!

I picked up the Byphasse cotton pads for around $4 and they’re doing a decent job of removing my makeup without disintegrating or turning fluffy like some other brands do. Will definitely be repurchasing.

Lastly I have been enjoying using the Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Milk.  It does an excellent job of removing all my makeup with just one swipe, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily or dirty.

 I would repurchase all the items above except maybe the Maybelline Colossal Volume. And while we’re on the topic, how amazing is Chemist Warehouse in general?! The perfume prices are SO GOOD and I get most of my makeup at 50% off (which means I can buy even more makeup :P)

Have you tried any of the products reviewed above?

Fatima x

 

[Tag] The Blogger Made Me Buy It!

I spotted this post a while back on Ellie’s Ramblings  and I’m excited to finally be doing the tag on Lipsticks & Coffee (:

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag

1) Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?

Temptalia has got to be my favorite blog for swatches as they are such good quality. For reviews, Kaushal Beauty was one of the first blogs I followed and her blog remains one of my favorites. Her reviews are always on point and her videos and pics are pretty amazing too.

2) Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

If I spot a product I’m interested in buying on a blog, I do a google search to look at other reviews and swatches. I also skim through the ratings on Beauty Heaven and Makeup Alley, my two favourite websites for beauty reviews. I tend to do this for almost all products I buy, I think I enjoy the ‘research’ almost as much as the actual purchase!

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

My Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, which deserves every bit of love and rave reviews that it receives from bloggers ♥ I also love my Real Technique Expert face brush which I probably would not have picked up if I hadn’t read about it on a blog.

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara! I have read SO MANY rave reviews on this mascara but I’m far from impressed, it doesn’t provide huge volume like the Falsies did and tends to get all over my eye lids.

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.

  • Trilogy rosehip oil antioxidant plus
  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Flared
  • Maybelline Baby Lips
  • Benefit’s Do The Bright Thing (purchased for the mascara!)

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?

The Revlon Matte Balms. And I’m glad that I did because ‘Sultry‘ has been my to-go-for shade since I purchased it.

7) Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype?

There was a stage a few months back when every blogger was reviewing Benefit’s Gimme Brow. It does seem like an amazing product but not something I really need so I’m glad I didn’t succumb to the hype.

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?

I’m careful with my spending so I don’t often impulse buy, I usually know what I want and then wait for it to go on sale. That being said, I do tend to pick up smaller items like shampoos and makeup removers and without checking out a review first.

If you’re reading this tag, I tag you to do it too! Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this tag so I can read your answers 🙂

Fatima

[Empties] March & April 2014

Empties time! I had to skip the empties post for March because I had only used up two products so here I am with a combined post.

March and April Empties

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

The sample size of this product lasted forever, the powder is fine and left my skin feeling so smooth.  I used a similar product by The Body Shop called The Body Shop Moisture White Cleansing Powder and liked it more than the Dermalogica version , so if I’m ever after a cleansing powder I’ll buy that one instead.

Repurchase? No.

The Body Shop Strawberry Gel

This had me smelling so yummy  and left my skin soft and cleansed. Would love to try more scents from the Body Shop gel range!

Repurchase? Yes.

Norsca Antiperspirant

This is honestly the worst antiperspirant that I ever purchased, I had to hold my breath each time I sprayed it because it lingered in the air for ages and I kept breathing it in. Also, the can reminded me of insect spray. On the plus side, it did  prevent me from sweating and did not leave yellow or white stains, as claimed on the packaging.

Repurchase? No.

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship shampoo

This shampoo left my long hair feeling so soft and hydrated. It also smells like raspberries and comes at a friendly price so what’s not to love?!

Repurchase? Yes.

The Body Shop Born Lippy – Watermelon

The Born Lippy lipbalms are a favourite of mine, I usually have a few open ones lying open at the same time. The watermelon flavour has no color, and is thicker and more hydrating than other flavours that I’ve tried.

Repurchase? Yes.

Nads Facial Wax Strips

The Nad’s Facial wax strips have a soft fabric backing, not plastic like other brands that I’ve tried in the past. These were average, it took a few strips to get off all the hair from my upper lip each time I tried using it so I just went back to using hot wax.

Repurchase? No.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara (not pictured)

I swapped this mascara at the Benefit Mascara Swap so it has not been included with the rest of my empties above. This mascara was fantastic to use, the brush took some getting used to but I got the hang of it eventually. It gave me really huge lashes in terms of curling and volume and stayed on all day without smudging or flaking. This mascara didn’t lenghten or provide a false eyelashes effect but it’s really good to use daily if you’re just looking for volume and huge lashes.

Repurchase? Yes.

That’s it from me, I can’t believe that it’s already Friday tomorrow! Definitely looking forward to this weekend 🙂

Until next time,

Fatima xx

[Empties] January 2014

Happy Sunday to my beautiful followers! Today I have my first ever empties post. Unfortunately I don’t seem to go through a lot of products so my empties posts are probably going to be really short.

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Cleansing Facial Polish

The product has a citrus scent which is really refreshing to use in the mornings. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean without being drying. The beads are a great exfoliant and is soft enough for daily use.

Repurchase? Yes

Maybelline Hyperglossy Liquid Eyeliner

The writing on the packaging has completed faded for some reason. This was a good liquid eyeliner, very pigmented and lasted all day without smudging and fading. I’m not too keen on is the brush, it’s tricky to use and started fraying after around five months. But overall, it’s an affordable product and gives good results.

Repurchase? Maybe

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner

Highly pigmented, easy to use and lasts all day. The only downside is that this eyeliner is a bit on the pricey side compared to other brands I’ve used.

Repurchase? Already repurchased.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Home Fragrance

I adore scented candles and home fragrances and this was the perfect addition to my collection. You can pick these up for around $6 on sale and they really give the room an amazing scent.

Repurchase? Already repurchased.

The Body Shop Born Lippy lipbalm in strawberry

Yay! I’m so proud of myself for actually finishing a lip product, even though it did take me two years haha. I love this lipbalm, it leaves my lips so soft and smells so yummy.

Repurchase? Already repurchased.

Busby Pure Tissue Oil

I received this as a sample and the size was actually quite generous as you can see. It had a spray attachment which I loved, made application much easier. I’m not sure how much I liked the tissue oil though, it didn’t fade my dark spots but did help a little with stretch marks.

Repurchase? Probably not.

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Clean & Clear Essentials Toner

I was expecting this product to dry my skin out but was pleasantly surprised, it had a lovely scent and felt quite nice on my skin.

Purchase the full size product? Maybe..I don’t really use toner though.

Palmers Massage Lotion for stretchmarks

I don’t really get the point of giving out a sample for this because it had around two uses which obviously couldn’t give me an indication of how well the product works. Also, the lotion had a medical smell that I found awful.

Purchase the full size product? No.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion

First time this and I absolutely LOVE the scent! The lotion was also really good, moisturing and absorbed fast.

Purchase the full size product? Yes

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil

This oil really is extraordinary, it took my hair from dry to healthy in a few days and made it so much easier to manage. The scent is okay, not exactly my favourite but I loved the results so not complaining!

Purchase the full size product? Yes!! As soon as I get through all my current hair products.

This post was longer than I expected, but I enjoyed writing it 🙂

Until next time!

Fatima xx