Hit Me With Your Best Shot…at a pink lipstick.

Hi All!

Well it has been a little while since my last post but what better way to get back into it then by showing you my new favourite pink lip!

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What is it?

Hit Me With Your Best Shot; a bright pink Natural Lipstick by Antipodes NZ. One of their natural mineral range that claims to be creamy, pigmented, matte with a slight shimmer (sounds contradictory but save your judgement for a moment).

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I won this from Fashion Pas’ beautiful blog and was excited to try makeup from a skincare brand I love. Straight off the bat I was in love with how pigmented this hot pink came across in one smooth, single swipe of my lips.

The formula is creamy and feels lightweight which I love.  The best part of the formula was how it felt hydrating and moisturizing all day long and I didn’t experience any of the dreaded dry-lip syndrome.

The colour is a perfect hot pink for me. Not too warm, not too cool but a great tone that suits a natural look (aka I forgot to wear any other makeup, hence the sunglasses) but would also look smashing with a smokey eye.

The finish was kind of confusing, but in a great way. Like the branding claims, it does settle to a pretty matte finish however there is a tiny bit of very natural shimmer that keeps it looking fresh and playful.

Lasting time was surprising to me as I thought it would wear quickly judging on how moisturizing it felt on the lips. I reapplied this once during the day, but even that was mainly out of habit. I ate, drank, talked (a lot) and yet although the colour lost some intensity it wore in a very natural way and remained bright on the lips.

Lastly, but importantly for some the packaging. I like the simple packaging of Antipodes’ lipstick range. The simple smooth, matte tube was pretty standard but sturdy. It looks like a premium lipstick without seeming over the top. There is a cute bird design at the top of the tube which helps me pick it out quickly although if I owned a few more of the same brand it might get a bit tricky (think along the lines of trying to find a particular Mac lipstick).

How do I buy it?

Buy it from one of their stockists in New Zealand or Australia (mainly) or pick it up direct from the website.

How much will I pay?

NZ $34 which is not the cheapest but for a premium brand like Antipodes I was expecting to pay more.

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The Good:

  1. The beautiful pink colour that is flattering and easy to wear but still bright and fun.
  2. The lightweight, moisturizing formula but the long-lasting power.
  3. The rather unique matte/shimmer finish that looks natural and fresh without making the lips look dry.

The Bad?

  1. Being pretty picky here but when first applied it has  a bit of transfer. Although if you can find me a lipstick with zero transfer I will love you forever.
  2. Some will think the price is a bit high, but for me the quality is as good if not better than some of my Mac lipsticks so I think it’s worth it.

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Would I buy it again?

Okay so technically I won this and didn’t pay a cent. Without ever trying it out I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, I save my splurge lipsticks for the Mac counter. Now that I have tested it out and realized that this could very well be my new go-to pink lip I would happily pay every cent to repurchase (or to buy a couple more…I have this dusky, vintage pink shade on my current wishlist).

Overall a big winner in my book and a new makeup bag staple for when I need to add a bit of colour to my day.

Lizzy X

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New Year, New You with Bobbi Brown

Hi All,

Happy end of the week! I hope you all have a nice relaxing weekend lined up. We have a flat inspection coming up so I don’t see much relaxing in my immediate future.

Today I am sharing with you some information on the new releases by Bobbi Brown. On the 3rd February (have I mentioned February is my favourite month?) Bobbi Brown released a collection of wonderful new products.

Despite not being able to attend their wonderful press release event last month I was sent two of their new products to have a look at and get a taste of what these new collections have to offer. I have had pretty much zero experience with Bobbi Brown makeup before and so the chance to get to know their makeup was really exciting!

I can never say no to chocolates.

I can never say no to chocolates.

1. Nude Glow Collection

First off is the Nude Glow Collection, a flattering, lightweight combination of products in a variety of pinks and golds.

I am always a sucker for lip products and so I was excited to try out their Sheer Lip Colours (RRP $54). Think a product along the lines of a lip butter; lightweight, easy to wear and adds a beautiful touch of colour. I was expecting these to be super moisturizing and I wasn’t dissapointed, thanks to all the luxurious oils and butters that these are formulated with.

As with a lot of lip butters or tinted balms I wasn’t imagining these to be super pigmented however the one I was sent was rich in colour with one single swipe. Out of the trio I tried out the darkest shade (Pink Rose) so maybe the others aren’t so pigmented but regardless I was very pleasantly surprised. The colour is a mid-toned pink with a slight mauve tone to it. Its rich but wearable and perfect for transitioning into Autumn.

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Sheer Lip Colour in Pink Rose

In this collection there are other trios despite the Sheer Lip Colour, featuring nail polishes, eye palettes (I have my eye on this one) and a Brightening Finishing Powder which looks beautiful.With just the perfect amount of pinks and luminous metallics as well as some flattering nudes this collection is sure to feature something for  everyone and would be especially beautiful for a glowing bridal look.

2. High Shimmer Lip Colour

Wait, wait, I know what you all are thinking (or at least what I was thinking). High shimmer lips? No thanks. One thing that scares me is going out in public with an overly shimmered up lipstick that makes me look 40 years older and makes my lips feel gritty.

Luckily this is not what Bobbi Brown has achieved with their new High Shimmer Lip Colours (RRP $54). By contrast, the shimmer in these lipsticks is much more natural. Bringing a glow to any makeup look and keeping you looking youthful and fresh. There were 12 shades released with this new multi-dimensional effect that aims to stay wearable and moisurizing.

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High Shimmer Lip Colour in Pink Gold Shimmer

The colour I tried out was Pink Gold Shimmer and to be honest it is a peach nude shade that I would not normally reach for. Out of curiosity I wore this a few times and although I don’t think the colour is super flattering for me I often reach for it when I want something to brighten up a makeup (or lack of makeup) look.

The shimmer took me a little while to feel comfortable wearing but eventually I got used to the fact that you can wear a little shimmer on the lips and still look natural. I think Bobbi Brown have done a good job treading the very dangerous line of shimmer in lipsticks. Similar to the Sheer Lip Colour this lipstick was moisturizing to wear which is a must in my book.

The lasting time for such a natural colour wasn’t super long but it is easy to apply and doesn’t cake around my lip lines or dry patches. I would love to try one of the more berry toned colours in this range.

Both of these collections bring a luminousity to your makeup which I appreciate. I like the fact that these are also both easy to wear and comfortable on the lips. The Sheer Lip Colour was my favourite as it is the perfect colour and pigmentation whilst feeling like a lip balm. I can see this easily becoming a staple in my routine.

If you want to check out these products in person head on down to the wonderful Bobbi Brown store at Britomart.

Have a great weekend!

Xx

Note: These two lip products were sent to me to try out however this blog post contains my opinions and my opinions only.

Blog Love #1

Happy Waitangi Day!

I spent the holiday working because for some reason I can’t say no and always end up working the holidays. More money for me though (aka our trip to Europe, YAY!)

Today I wanted to start something new but what I hope I can do every now and again. I spend a lot of time reading blogs so I figured I could sometimes share with you a few bits and pieces that stick out in my mind. A couple of these were guest posts which I think are such great ways to find new blogs that you might not have come across otherwise.

bloglove 11. First off and most importantly considering what day it is, I couldn’t help but include this really well written post by Madicattt on the way that history is conveyed in a very skewed way, exemplified by Waitangi day and the ignorance most people (including myself) often have about the background and history behind the holiday. Maddy’s blogs are always well thought out and opinionated and give the reader a chance to learn about the other side of the story. I wish I could write (or think) half as well as she can!

2. From the political to the pretty, here is the blog where I get my work wall papers each month. Love Mae is a blog as well as a store full of crafty pieces that I continuously browse through. My favourite part though is changing my desktop each month to the beautiful monthly designs.

3. The Dizain Collective is one of the first blogs I check daily and is always full of beautiful mood boards, delicious recipes or in this case wonderful guest posts featuring incredibly cute Valentine’s day printables by Lovingly, Kate (a wonderful blog which is where these were originally featured) . If a big present isn’t your thing these gorgeous vouchers are the perfect gesture and a fun way to make Valentine’s day more personal.

4. Everyone knows A Beautiful Mess, and for good reason. Recently this post on making a macrame curtain was posted and it’s something I would love to try one day soon. It looks deceptively easy…

5. Last but not least, if baking is your thing (or you have a friend who will bake stuff for you) then take a look at this recipe for Chocolate Praline Pie. Yum. High Tea with Dragons is one of my favourite baking blogs and this guest post by Melissa from Baking Makes Things Better looks absolutely delicious (and has given me a new blog to add to the list of must reads).

What blogs have you been loving lately?

Xx