LIPS | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats vs MAC lip pencils

MAC Lip Pencil vs Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liners

I, like the rest of the world, am really into lip liners at the moment. I’ve actually kinda always been into lip liner. I find that, on the whole, they’re easier to control and have better pigmentation and wear time than most lipsticks. I’ve been gradually building my MAC Lip Pencil collection, because there are tons of them and they’re always great, and of course all those neutral-warm-mauve ones are popular at the moment. I also grabbed two Charlotte Tilbury ones as part of my haul last month, so I thought, why not compare them?

Morgan: La’Bonic Oatmeal Exfoliator

La’Bonic isn’t a brand I had heard of before, probably because in Wellington you can only find them at Commonsense Organics; while I am generally in favour of organic products, I’m not dedicated to them to the extent that I shop at CO. If I had more money, I might… but then again, I know my local supermarket so well that I can smash a full grocery shop out in about 10 minutes, so it would take a lot to test my loyalty.

I’m meant to be writing about skincare, not supermarkets, and the La’Bonic Daily Oatmeal Exfoliator has found its place in my (almost) daily skincare routine, so read on for my comprehensive thoughts on it.

BROWS | Tinted brow gels & Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Cosmetics have launched a few hyped products lately but Gimme Brow is the one that caught my eye the most. As you should know by now I probably care about my brows most out of all the things on my face. Realistically, I didn’t need either of the products pictured as I’m still going strong with my latest of many Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils (although typing that has probably jinxed me and it will run out tomorrow). I couldn’t resist giving them a go, however.

TOOLS | Super sponge smackdown

Makeup sponges! They were a thing I only remembered from when Mum used them when I was a kid, and then the Beauty Blender appeared on the scene. Since Youtubers have sung its praises a bunch of dupes have cropped up, most recently being Samantha Chapman’s Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I’ve heard people say their cheap Farmers sponge is just as good; I’ve heard people say that all of them are terrible and to stick to applying foundation with a brush. My solution? To buy one of each and put them to the test. I evaluated them based on first impressions, cost, sizeshapehow you use it, how much foundation it uses, and most importantly, the results on your face.

I hope you appreciate my efforts! Read on to see how they fared, and which is my top pick of the three.

LIPS | Australis Velour Lips

Girlfriend magazine comes with a free Australis Velour Lips matte lip cream this month. You best believe I scoured the shops finding all the colours so I could try them all! After two failed liquid lip product attempts already documented on this blog I had mixed expectations, but let’s see how they turned out.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

You might recognise this as it’s one of the latest ‘cult’ products that’s been doing the beauty blog rounds. It’s sold out on Sephora at the moment but I know it went into Mecca Cosmetica stores this weekend, so you might be able to find one there. I was in Mecca on Friday making the staff envious because I had the palette before they did! At first I wasn’t sure how I would use these powders but they’ve found their way into my regular routine pretty quickly. Read on for their uses and swatches!

Hair (mis)adventures

I’ve been having a bit of a nightmare with my hair lately. I’m growing it out after years of bouncing between pixie cuts and short bobs (although “grown-out pixie cuts” is probably more accurate). Since my hair has got longer I’ve been noticing more and more of it coming out when I wash my hair or even when I brush it. This led to a moment of crisis before Harriet reassured me that this happens to everyone with long hair! One good thing that came out of it is that I’ve introduced a few more hair care products into my routine. In this post I’ll share what those are and I figured while we’re here, why not show you a timeline of terrible things I’ve done with my hair over the past few years?

Review: Chi Chi Creamy Matte liquid lipstick

Chi Chi isn’t a brand I usually go for, to be honest, as their branding is a little garish and although I’ve looked at their products a lot in Farmers, I’ve usually ended up buying from more well-known brands. Chi Chi is Australian-owned and made in Italy, so you don’t see their products a lot on Youtube or beauty blogs. Last month I watched Shaaanxo’s video where she was sent a whole lot of their products, and an American commenter asked if someone could send them a couple of the lip products that Shannon had liked. Because I’m a nice person and I like sending gifts I offered to get them for her, and picked up one for myself while I was at it.

I bought the Chi Chi Creamy Matte liquid lipstick in First Class, which is allegedly a dupe for MAC lipstick in Morange. I own Morange but for some reason it doesn’t wear very well on my lips, so I was excited to try an alternative. Read on for my review and a comparison of the two.

LIPS | Sleek Pout Paints

Sleek makeup seems to be pretty popular in New Zealand at the moment. I bought a few of their Pout Paints to try because I’ve heard they are similar to the OCC lip tars, but more affordable. I’ve had these for a couple of weeks but I hadn’t tried them out because honestly, painting something unfamiliar on my lips is not at the top of the list of ‘Things I Can Do In Under 5 Minutes When I’m Late For Work’. And let’s be real, I’m running late a lot of the time.