Sunday, 29 November 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Review

After returning from my adventure last week to Priceline's Cosmetics sale with a fairly significant loot I was faced with the dilemma of what to try first. First world problems, I'm well aware. So I figured I'd start with the lippies. What I love about trialling makeup over skincare is that you tend to know straight off the bat if you like a lipstick or not, and by the end of the day you assess its longevity and how much work it is to maintain and you know for sure where it stands. Skincare generally needs a longer trial period and although I really love skincare I do enjoy the instant love you get from great cosmetics.

You may recall from my last post I picked up four of the Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks in Tulip, Poppy, Primrose and Dahlia. Tulip is a soft coral nude, Poppy is a warm orange toned red, Primrose is a rich plummy brown and Dahlia is a deep red toned brown.

I like to be able to apply lipstick straight from the bullet. For a normal work day I like to put it on in the morning at home, throw the tube in my handbag and touch-up once after lunch, and have it carry me through to home time. Ideally, a lipstick should be able to withstand careful sipping of tea and water throughout the day with minimal fading. 

These lipsticks didn't quite tick all those requirements. The shape of this lipstick is a bit unusual, for me anyway. It is round in shape as you would normally see but rather than the tip coming to a defined point you are working with a flat surface. I don't love the shape, I found it tricky to get a smooth line, especially towards the corners of my mouth. I tried using a liner and a brush, both of which obviously helped, but it meant taking that bit longer to put on my makeup and early in the morning before work I tend to favour products that look great without the extra fuss. Maybe it will just take some getting used to but I think I prefer the traditional shaped bullet that has a tear drop point, I think it curves around the contours of your lips more easily giving you are more natural application.

L - R: Dahlia, Primrose, Tulip and Poppy

The colours are beautiful and look gorgeous on, and the finish has a glossy sheen that quickly dries to a more satin look without feeling dried out which I love. But the longevity just wasn't there, I found the intensity of the colour faded as I sipped tea and after eating lunch it was almost gone leaving only a faint stain.
 L - R: Dahlia, Primrose, Tulip and Poppy
The range has twenty floral-named hues to pick from and they are all really gorgeous colours. I will definitely keep wearing the four I have but will probably only reach for these in times when my makeup doesn't need to last as long.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Priceline's 40% Off Cosmetics Sale Haul

I get way too excited at the prospect of a Priceline '40% Off Sale'. This time around it was Cosmetics and I was really organised. I made my list, sorted it by brand so I had a clear and direct route in-store, got in and then got out quick smart. Priceline on sale days can be a bit of a circus, there are heaps of helpful staff around but if you don't know what you are looking for it can get a little overwhelming and in my experience you tend to throw things in your basket that you haven't given enough thought to. Especially if you go with some friends.

Now I know you could look at this haul and tell me I went over the top, my friends certainly did went I got back to work, but I use these sales as an opportunity to both stock up on things I love as well as pick up things that I have wanted to try for ages but wasn't completely sold on. I'd much rather be disappointed with a product I got on sale than one I paid full price for, which I'm sure we can all agree on.

Now that I'm done justifying my loot, let's just take a look shall we?

Mascara is the single beauty product I use up the quickest. I know you are meant to throw them out every three months but mine never last that long anyway. I try to only have one or two on the go at a time, and if I don't love it I chuck it and move on. Life is too short to battle with a crappy mascara I think. If I do love it, it will get used everyday but I always find they go a bit dry or I use them up by the three month mark. I have had two of these before (L'Oreal's Telescopic and False Lash Butterfly Wings) and have loved them both so I repurchased them, however the other four I have had on 'the list' for ages because of recommendations or loving the other versions of them.

As much as I wish I could easily find drugstore foundations that I love the truth is that as a pale person the colour range available from brands (or at least the selection that gets stocked in Australia) is often not wide enough to accommodate us fair gals. I'm the shade Siberia in NARS Sheer Glow for anyone wondering. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and Maybelline Fit Me have had my eye for a while because they get such great reviews online so I picked up the lightest shades in each. Can't wait to see how these go.

I also grabbed the Max Factor Face Finity All Day Primer and a couple of powders; with the weather warming up and the days getting that bit longer I'm keen to find things that help me keep my makeup looking fresher for longer.

Finally lippies and eyes. These are probably my favourite things to shop for, and judging by the number of people I spotted leaving Priceline with a rainbow of pink, red and coral swatches on the back of their hands I would say I'm not alone. I grabbed four of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks in lively summer perfect hues and two of the L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks in more neutral tones.

I have been to a few of these sales now and my tips would be firstly, to have a list. It's easy to get carried away when you see a hundred other people reaching for a thousand different things. It's equally easy to walk out and completely forget something that was at the top of your list. Secondly, stock up on favourites. Self explanatory really but make use of the discount on things you know you will need in a month or two, or you tend to go through quickly. And finally, take tissues. No, not because it's an emotional day, although I was pretty irritated when there were no fair coloured concealers left in Maybelline Age Rewind. No you need tissues because there's few things more annoying than having a handful of swatches and no tissues in sight to wipe them off. Just a few ideas to make the day a little easier!

Hope you all enjoyed this sale and picked up some new goodies. I have being loving seeing everyone's hauls on Instagram this week and it's already getting me way too excited for the next sale.