Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Revlon Haul And GWP

From the first advert I saw, I knew I was going to wind up getting the Revlon Gift With Purchase promotion they've got going at David Jones. I had my sights set on the Sun GWP, which includes a Grow Luscious Mascara, a Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, a Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 201 Torch, a Nail Polish in Siren and a sample of Colorstay foundation for Oily/Combination skin in Natural Beige. 

The main reason I was drawn to this option was for the lip butter in Peach Parfait. The other "Elegant" gift set included the lip butter in Brown Sugar, which I'm not keen on. I already own Peach Parfait, but I wanted another because my sister liked mine so much she asked for it for her birthday! Another reason was the 15mL sample of Colorstay because despite its being a fixed item in both gift sets (which means it definitely won't suit some skintypes and skintones), not only is it the right version, but it's the right shade for me too (although a tiny bit too pink, I think it's as good a match as I can get). After hearing so much praise for it, especially in this MissGlamorazzi video, where it trumps Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, I wanted to try it without buying the full size. As a first impression, it stinks. Quite literally- this is the worst smelling product I've acquired so far, and the smell doesn't dissipate. However, today I used a mix of Colorstay and Healthy Mix Serum and applied it with my fingers, and it worked really well and prolonged the wear of my foundation, especially around the t-zone which gets very oily. The mixture of Colorstay and Healthy Mix Serum held for about 12 hours. Definitely one for longer days or days I need better coverage.

While the other set contained a Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Delightful, this one included one of the new Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 201 Torch, which has a pearly pink shade on one end (rounded) and a warm brown on the other (pointed). I suppose the shade with the rounded end is the lid colour and the shade with the more pointed end is the contour colour. Allison of Amarixe spoke about these in a recent video, so hearing some good things about them from her was extra encouragement (not that I needed any! :P). I've tried it a couple of times but I'm a little disappointed. The colour combination's nice but I'm not a fan of the consistency; it blends out to almost nothing so once blended, the pigmentation isn't enough on its own- I would only wear this as a base, over a primer, under powder eyeshadows. I wondered why it was included in the Colorstay line if it blends out to almost nothing and slides around until it sets, but it made sense to me later on, because once the swatches had set, they didn't smudge no matter how hard I tried. Although I'm glad I got it in the GWP to try, I definitely won't buy one again. 

I've converted to waterproof mascara, so I was disappointed that the Grow Luscious mascara included wasn't waterproof. But I got it anyway, and I'm not sure what to do with it now. I'm not too big on nail polish (my collection stands at 18 bottles), but I don't have a colour like 440 Siren, which is a bright orange-coral. I guess I could get some use out of this. (Clearly these items don't enthuse me as much as the others!)

I do like the cosmetic bag that came as part of the GWP- very fitting for the 'Sun' theme. I know the tone deteriorated as the post went on, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the lot. :)

The minimum spend for this promotion was $39.95, and despite there being 30% off the Colorstay range (and the nice SA plugging it repeatedly), I didn't want any of the Colorstay products so I bought a couple of Revlon lip butters in shades I've been wanting for a while- Berry Smoothie and Cotton Candy. I swatched them alongside Tutti Frutti and Cherry Tart for the umpteenth time to try and decide which to get, but went with these two, reasoning with myself that I'd wear these more often than bright orange and red. I love Berry Smoothie but Cotton Candy is a bit iffy- it swatched so prettily on the back of my hand but on the lips, unless applied sheerly, looks too light and a little odd on me. Nevertheless, I'm a huge fan of the texture and sheerness of the Revlon lip butters and I'll definitely pick up Cherry Tart when the next sale comes around.

'Now what about that makeup diet, hey?' I hear you ask. Er... yeah. Another lapse, but this deal was too good to pass up. :) On a separate note, I was mooching round Myer on Queen St Mall today and had a really good time swatching things and seeing things that I'd only ever seen on blogs and Youtube videos before. The girl at Benefit was really nice and applied Coralista on me, giving me tips on how to apply blush properly hehe. They've got the kits coming out in a couple of weeks- I like the look of the Coralista one with a mini High Beam, a mini Cha Cha Tint, a mini Coralista and a mini Coralista lip gloss. Eyeing it for Christmas time. :D The MAC lady was nice too, and after lots of swatching, I affirmed Viva Glam V's top position on my after-exam-period wishlist. 

Thanks for reading, take care and God bless! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stella and St Ives

Today I stepped inside a Chemist Warehouse during a break between classes and I do declare, I think I have a new favourite store. Just kidding, but it was really quite impressive.

The spoils:
Stella by Stella McCartney 30mL EDP
St Ives Apricot Scrub

I didn't photograph the scrub because it looks hideous next to the pretty purple ombre glass bottle. I know absolutely niente when it comes to fragrances, so I won't pretend I do, but I will comment that the lid is scarily difficult to twist off (I had to wrestle with it for a bit and feared it would go flying and my brand new perfume would end up all over the floor), and it gets dirty so so easily (as shown above; I'd forgotten to clean it up before taking the photo) and even though it smells lovely, I'd prefer a more delicate scent to a heady rose scent when summer's so hot. I do see myself wearing it this spring along with Estee Lauder Beautiful, but probably not during summer. I say probably because it's already growing on me. :) Oh, I should mention I got Stella for $35.99 (RRP $82) and the St Ives scrub for $8.39 (RRP $9.99). Yay discounts!

I'm not sure what to make of Stella. It's certainly nice, and for the price I paid I don't regret buying it, but I think it'll take time to grow on me, since it was so hyped up (particularly by Barbara and Anna). In this video especially, when Barbara says '...in my head I'm telling myself "Barbara, you smell good"' it sent me into a fit of giggles. I've heard a lot of good things about the Apricot Scrub too, but after reading a pretty poor review about it on Beautypedia, I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised because my expectations aren't too high. I'll take note about not using the scrub on breakouts, but instead as a preventative measure? Have you tried it? How do you make it work for you? 

I've got a few posts lined up, including a skincare routine, so maybe the Apricot Scrub may crop up again sooner than expected!
Thanks for reading, take care, and God bless! xx