Beauty Banter – On My Vanity Table This Week…
The past week has been jam-packed with beauty, well, ‘beauty Products’ to be exact. Inspired by all of the latest lovelies on my cosmetics counter, I thought a dedicated beauty post was in order. Read on to discover what beauty gems have recently been released (some of them aren’t even in-store yet, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek at some soon-to-be-released items), along with a couple of items that aren’t necessarily new, but they are items that I’m really enjoying…
First up – INIKA’s Spring 2013 Limited Edition Colour Collection – Enchanted. Inspired by the floral-motifs that filled the spring 2013 runways, lush floral and fresh foliage, INIKA’s limited edition colour collection – Enchanted, combines everything you need to achieve a truly enchanting look that captures the magical essence of spring. It’s right on-trend with the colours and makeup styles seen on the recent SS13 runways worldwide – strong 60’s themed winged eyes, softly stained lips paired and subtle contouring to bring out facial features for a fresh and lifted spring look. This limited edition, natural, organic makeup collection includes: Mineral Matte Eye Shadow in Cornflower, Mineral Eye Shadow in Honeycomb, Certified Organic Creme Colour for Cheeks & Lips and an Organic Eye Liner in Coco. Available in store from August 1st at selected pharmacies and health food stores. For more info, you can check out INIKA online by following this jump: www.inikacosmetics.co.nz. In my personal opinion I thought some pieces of the collection were better than others, but again, this is just my opinion. I’m not a big fan of loose eye-shadow pigment (I prefer my shadow in pan or cream form) so I probably wouldn’t look to repurchase those. What I did love was the cheek and lip tint (both for its hue and 2-in-1 convenience). I also really liked the eye liner pencil as the application was effortless (no need to pull at the delicate skin around your eye to apply as it glides on easily) and the colour – a nice warm brown.
Maybelline New York – Color Show Nail Polish. A fashion fix for your fingertips – Color Show comes in 25 runway ready shades for bolder, crisper colour! The Maybelline hues I’m currently enjoying, as pictured below, are: (L-R) Coral Crush, Chiffon Chic, Plum Paradise, Impeccable Greys and Onyx Rush. Oh and I heard that Maybelline’s new ‘Nail Art Factory app’ will be launching on Facebook this month. The app will allow you to upload your own nail art and share looks with friends, browse through the nail art gallery, watch tutorials, or just simply try on all the shades. Pretty darn cool right? Keep an eye out for this mid-June.
APOCALIPS LIP LACQUER by RIMMEL and LUSTRE SHINE NAIL COLOR by SALLY HANSEN. APOCALIPS Lip Lacquer encompasses the intense colour of lipstick with a smooth lacquer-like shine. Forget the dryness of many long-wear lipsticks, forget the stickiness of gloss, Apocalips has a creamy and conditioning texture that glides on easily and evenly whilst packing a powerful colour punch! The packaging is equally explosive with its spectacular jagged edges and dramatic black colour code. There are 8 shades to choose from and RRP is $17.99. Available 8th July from Farmers, Kmart and The Warehouse. My Apocalips lacquers featured below are Stellar (red) and Nova (pink).
Another ‘soon to be released’ product – LUSTRE SHINE NAIL COLOR. A new collection from Sally Hansen featuring eight incandescent nail hues infused with REAL SILVER!! These nail varnishes are like no other. They capture the light and deliver the most captivating, prismatic effect imparting a mother-of-pearl, glowing, iridescent finish. Seriously show-stopping nail polish. My hue of choice, as pictured below, is ‘Scarab’. The Lustre Shine Nail Color Collection is available June 12 from Farmers and selected Pharmacies. RRP$12.00.
My absolute favourite URBAN DECAY (UD) products have been well and truly replenished this week! I cannot live without these UD products and as you can see, I’ve made sure I won’t run out any time soon. If you haven’t yet tried UD’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil you are seriously missing out! It is like no other eye pencil! I use the colour Bourbon (a rich chocolate-brown) and I can’t even begin to express just how good this is. It’s THE perfect eye pencil! The colour lasts all day, gives 100% colour payoff, it has a soft kohl consistency and glides on like a dream (thus the name I guess).
My other UD ‘must-have’ is the 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Again – simply amazing. It has a really good applicator, making it super simple to apply and the colour stays on ALL DAY, without fail. The other thing that I love about this particular liquid eyeliner is that it dries with a glossy finish, so it continuously looks fresh and vibrant, which in turn gives you that ‘just applied’ look throughout the entire day. I have the following colours (which personally I think are the best colours). Revolver – a gorgeous glistening silvery grey. It honestly looks like you have lined your lid with pure molten silver. Perversion – a glossy black. Demolition – a rich chocolate-brown with shine – sans the sparkles. All of these liquid liners have a glossy finish that just won’t quit!
Last but not least – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Transforming Potion. Not too many people know about this little gem, yet it’s one of the most clever makeup inventions to come out of UD! This product will transform any eyeshadow of choice, into liquid eye colour! Yup – it transforms eyeshadow into a liquid liner OR liquid shadow. It has a dual wand so you can dip the larger brush (packed with potion) into your favourite shadow to create rich, smudge-proof colour, or you can use the thin brush for precision lining. Genius! You can purchase Urban Decay from many online stores based right here in NZ (thank goodness, because up until about a year ago I was having to get friends to send them over from the US).
MOR COSMETICS. I am a certified MOR addict! The packaging, the fragrance (and obviously the quality product), what’s not to love?! Every time I see something new by MOR I will convince myself (and anyone within earshot) that I simply MUST have it! Necessity obviously! My latest love – the ‘My Sweet Vanity Gift Pack’ in the scent Lychee Flower. This gift pack contains a Lip Nectar, Perfume Oil and purse-size MOR Vanity Mirror, of which all comes packaged in a limited edition makeup purse. Love, Love, Love! Available in-store now.
Last but not least, my latest infatuation – Nail Art STRIPING TAPE. I normally get my nails done professionally, but lately I’ve actually been doing my own nails as it seems crazy not to use all the fab nail polish I’ve been getting, plus I’ve been loving creating my own nail designs using Nail Art Striping Tape. Funnily enough I’ve actually received more comments on my nails since I’ve been doing them myself. The recurring question – ‘how have you created metallic lines so perfectly on your nails?’ The answer – this super cool ‘nail art striping tape’ of which you can pick up for next to nothing. I got around 30 rolls in a variety of metallic colours for $6 on TradeMe.
PS: I also want it noted that I resisted the urge to answer the abovementioned ‘nail question’ with ‘I’m a natural with super-steady hands and an eye for detail’.
Well Beauty Babes – that’s my beauty banter for this week. Any fab new beauty treats you’ve picked up lately that I should know about? If so, I’d love to hear about them.
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