Sugar Pill Kimchi & Trinket Liquid Lipstick Review

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I recently purchased the Sugar Pill Liquid Lipsticks through Princess Polly, an online retailer that I mention that tends to have a rather large stocking of US makeup brands. It was Vogue Online Night, and there were some steep discounts floating about the internet so I really couldn’t deny myself the opportunity to pick up these, particularly when I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to actually try them given the gorgeous swatches that pop up almost daily on the Sugar Pill Instagram account. I only got Trinket and Kimchi, figuring it was best to play it a little safe with a brand I’d never tried before, but I’ll be certainly looking to grab Pumpkin Spice after this, and definitely will be attempting to get my hands on some more of their products when the monetary gods grant me some good fortune.

In the meantime, I paid $50.40 for the pair of these lipsticks with $10 shipping included in that price and I put it on AfterPay, because I’m an adult and I can use AfterPay sparingly to make purchases I don’t really have the funds for now and just pay it off slowly. Ah the joys of the internet! With all those technicalities aside, let’s get into the review!

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Kimchi: A matte lavender mauve with a subtle blend of transparent aqua and violet glitter and it’s donut scented! I absolutely adore this, I was kind of skeptical given the really light colouring, but it’s just gorgeous. It’s dark enough to not wash me out, but still not dark enough to really take anything away from a bold eye look. It’s kind of that perfect in between that you could rock as a statement lip or could just pair with something for a little bit of effect but nothing overpowering. It’s hard to explain, but certainly on my pale skin tone it almost appears dark. Although then again, it is dependent on what colour glitter is being reflected back as I’ve found it tends to look a little different in various lights.

Trinket: A matte mauve infused with luminous golden sparkles that shine brighter as the formula sets and it’s creamsicle (I’m not entirely sure what that is but it smells familiar) scented! This has a beautiful gold glitter spread right throughout the product, and it’s not subtle in the slightest — but that’s what really gives this product a particular something that so many other similar shades just don’t have. It seamlessly blurs the line between ultra-glam and something that could be everyday if you wanted it to be, with the glitter only visible up close or if you’re really taking a hard look/it catches the light. It’s definitely one of those products with a bit of a wow factor!

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I think what I have to mention here is the formula.  It’s creamy, it’s mousse-like and it’s just one of those gorgeous lightweight formulas that never feels dry on your lips nor does it have that cakey or heavy feeling that so many other liquid lipsticks do seem to have – and even better? It’s a one coater. Literally, a single coat is pigmented enough to do my whole lips #blessed. I also found that it wore really well throughout the day and required incredibly minimal touch up, even when I wore it out drinking and eating which is always something that makes my heart skip just a little bit.

I also adore the attention to detail on the packaging. The golds and the dripping hearts just look amazing on this packaging, and what I didn’t realise at the time of purchase was the similarities to the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks — or may they’re similar to these, I’m not sure which came first, from the top right down to the rounded bottom of the tube, the shape of the tube itself, the lid and the way you get that air locking click when you know it’s closed – these are some obvious similarities. It’s a packaging that has weight and a really obvious high end type of value, which you’d expect given the price and overall, I’m incredibly happy with these, and as a bonus the applicator is also easy to use and has a really nice shape.

I don’t think I can stress enough how beautiful the formula is, and given the amount of product I’ve tried in the liquid lipstick category, this one slipped straight into third position in my rankings right below the Colourpop Satin Lips which are also incredibly comfortable to wear and long lasting. I can only wish for more colours after having had these and worn them – despite there only being three colours in their incredibly diverse and unique range of lip products. So, if you’re looking to check out a brand that is producing a quality product with a bit of a twist, I’d say to look no further than Sugar Pill – particularly as they are a cruelty free brand and all of their liquid lipsticks are also vegan and that’s definitely something we should all at least consider when purchasing products when possible.

I’m definitely on the lookout for some liquid lipstick recommendations, so let me know in the comments below what you’d like to see me try!

Until next time,
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Daiso Haul / My Boyfriend Picks My Makeup

Today I have something that is brought to you in part by me and in part by my boyfriend who helped me bring this post to you. You might be wondering how that works exactly given the rather bizarre makeover he gave me last year, well by making some really misguided selections in Daiso in the hopes that he’d be able to locate the charcoal blackhead mask but instead had to settle for a pair of surprisingly decent lashes and some eyeliner – which is a little surprising considering his eyeliner far outranked mine in terms of pretty much every category aside from packaging. While I’m rambling I think it’s worth mentioning a couple of changes I’ve made around the site: I’m currently working on a few masterlists where I’m looking to create a fairly definitive ranking of all the products of any given type that I’ve tried and had some moderate success with. The first of those should be visible in my home menu above and if you’re interested check it out, I’ve now ranked six liquid lipsticks, and will be working on ranking the remainder of the brands I’ve tried in the coming weeks and providing links and swatches, with a numerical ranking on these eventually.

With that aside, let’s get into these reviews. I’m sure many of you know the drill with Daiso, depending on where you live there’s a set price for everything in the store, in the US I believe it’s a little over a dollar, in Australia it’s $2.80 which is still considerably more affordable than a lot of store offering comparable products. It also meant that I got all of these products for less than $15 which is just an added bonus considering there was one that I absolutely hated and just tossed, because I wouldn’t wish a bad eyeliner on my worst enemy. So, here is what we picked up when we were in Melbourne this week, Hamish’s selections have been marked with an asterisk and I’ve got to hand it to him, despite the fact we could hardly read anything on the packaging and what we could read could be a little confusing, he’s made some choices that will be staying in my makeup bag.

  • Gel Eyeliner in Lame Black
  • Flat Eyebrow Pencil in Brown*
  • Impact Eyelashes No. b 01*
  • Eyelashes No. d 09
  • Princess Liquid Eyeliner in Black*

What I Loved:

The Flat Eyebrow Pencil in Brown – I think the first thing I have to say is don’t be led astray by the strangely red drawing on the packaging, this isn’t a red product, it’s definitely just the right shade of brown for my eyebrows it’s just packaged a little strangely. It also isn’t as thick as they seem to be suggesting it will be. It’s creamy and pigmented and it comes with one seriously good spoolie on the other end so it’s definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a more affordable, travel friendly eyebrow pencil. It’s also really nicely shaped and the packaging seems pretty damn solid.

Princess Liquid Eyeliner in Black – I had my doubts about a package that had the words princess liner in a weird, holographic font on the front of the very small package. But it’s got those same features that I associate with some of my other favourite super cheap liners like the Boe Liquid Eyeliner – it’s got a fairly rigid felt tip and it’s dark and super pigmented. It also dries down incredibly fast and once it’s dried, it’s going to be there come any weather situation you might find yourself experiencing.

The Eyelashes – You know they’re making a killing on lashes when they have a lash aisle, or at least a majority of an aisle. These are no exception. Hamish picked the more glam set and I picked up a fairly daily glam style of lash. The bands are thin and are easily applied to the eyes. I think I’ve talked about these previously and if I haven’t well I should have because I literally have bought dozens of these lashes, or at least similar ones and they’ve never failed me.

What I Hated:


The Gel Eyeliner in Lame(?) Black – I don’t know why the colour is called lame black, but it’s certainly not a good product. Don’t get me wrong, if it was good I’d probably never stop raving about a gel eyeliner that came with a brush and in such adorable packaging but it was dry, the brush was fifty shades of awful and well, it went straight in the bin despite the packaging. There was just nothing I could do with it. I tried using it with a little Fix+ and it was just beyond gone. I think this is definitely one worth giving a miss.

Overall, if you’re looking for a really interesting shopping experience Daiso is definitely worth checking out, they have seemingly everything from cosmetics, to gardening tools, to plates, bowls and teapots and everything in between – including food! I do love the lashes they sell, particularly as there’s actually something to satisfy pretty much everyone’s taste, whether that be really dramatic lashes or something a little more natural and clearly they have something to offer in terms of really well priced, decent quality makeup. That being said, it’s also clear that you need to exercise a degree of caution as not everything is a hidden gem (lol). So with that, happy shopping!

Is there anything I need to try from Daiso? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,
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Garnier SkinActive BB Cream – Nude Effect – Self-Adjusting BB Cream in Universal Shade | Review

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I have to admit, there’s always a part of me that likes to play the skeptic. I see ads for new beauty products and subconsciously look to poke holes in the claims based on what I know is possible. This is definitely one that proved me wrong. To me, I couldn’t quite figure out how it was that a BB Cream, something I haven’t really touched since 2011 could have come so far that it could match any skin tone to the point where they can produce a universal shade rather than a range — I’m guessing you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say that I just had to find out whether this product actually could do what it was claiming to do and what is that exactly? It comes out of the bottle white and will adapt to your skin tone thereby allowing them to release a universal shade? Sounds crazy doesn’t it?

So this product claims to be a self-adjusting all-in-1-BB cream with transforms to match your skin tone, unifies with natural coverage, achieves a flawless healthy glow, moisturises and has an SPF of 15+. It’s a lot for one product to be doing for the low price of $9 (for all you Australians out there, head to Kmart if you’re interested), and I wasn’t entirely sold on it but as you can see from the photos below — or what I could capture in the short few seconds where it went from white to a light ivory coverage in line with my skin tone that it does actually work. I also tested it on my housemate, who has an olive complexion and is still slightly tanned from a hard summer at the grain site and it did auto-match to his skin tone as well, so I can at least guarantee that it works in the range of ivory to olive but I’d love to hear how it works on other skin tones!

This is by no means a heavy or medium coverage BB cream, if you’re expecting a coverage miracle you’re not going to find it here, but what you will find is something natural that provides you with some coverage and just lets you look natural and fresh without looking heavy and overdone. It’s an everyday look for the days where you’re not interested in looking like an Instagram filter and that’s perfectly okay with me. I will say it was slightly oily on my skin, although I’m finding that I’m coming back from being incredibly dry to being a combination tending on dry — that is to say that I’m oily through the T zone and dry elsewhere. This held up pretty well considering that I was oily and it had a very moisturising finish which did come across fairly oily towards the end of the day — although that could be attributed to the sunscreen or the apricot oil.

This is me trying it out on three separate occasions, as you can see it can look oily and doesn’t do my skin texture any favours where there might be larger pores or dry patches. So a good moisturiser underneath might be something to consider.

I will also say that it amplified my pores on the right side of my face massively, in one small incredibly dry patch that exists just under my eye it was like there were small craters on my face, and if you’re looking to cover a few more spots you might need to use a light concealer, which is something I will be looking into doing but overall I’m really happy with the finish. It’s easy to apply, the kind of easy where you only need a small 5 cent coin size portion and just spread it on with your hands — it’s that kind of easy that would make it the sort of product you could reach for on a day where time is a little bit of an issue and then you’d still have something on, but not anything that is going to slow you down on the way to school or work. But of course, you do pay for that ease of use, it does oxidise and it can look like a bit of hot mess on oily parts of the skin by the end of the day, so it may require blotting or some powder over the top to avoid this.

While I wouldn’t say that it’s perfect I was fairly happy with the overall look. This BB cream provides a really nice light coverage, which considering I’m currently without any blemishes isn’t a huge issue. It also worked on evening out my skin tone, smoothing out my for a really dewy look with a natural glow and the main thing? It does actually match to my skin tone, starting from a white and slowly blending in. Is it perfect? No. I can’t say it’s going to work on all skin tones as I’ve only got my own to work with and if you have an oily complexion you may run into some issues but for $9 and the kind of ease it provides? What do you have to lose? I paired it with some fairly neutral eyes here and a bold lip, something fairly standard if I’m starting work any time after 7am, my biggest complaint being that it oxidised on my skin and looked darker than it should have, and it looked like a bit of a hot mess through my T zone by the end of the day — and that’s something to consider if you’re looking at a product like this.

Have you tried the Garnier SkinActive BB Cream Universal Shade? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,
x ac

 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Review/First Impressions

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Described by NYX as: ‘A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Our most voluptuous pencil yet! Our Jumbo Eye Pencils can be sharpened with a sharpener that has an opening for a large pencil‘ the Jumbo Eye Pencils are the thing of YouTube legend, particularly Milk — the pure white shade which I left behind in favour of Cottage Cheese purely for that shimmer. These creamy eyeliners/shadow bases are a fan favourite, and you can just see from the reviews online that having one or two of these is something that is almost essential to any makeup lovers collection. Considering I’m working on reducing how much I buy, these colours were selected with the goal of being multipurpose in mind, and I was not disappointed.

601 – Black Bean – You couldn’t ever accuse this of being low in pigment, it went on dark and it stayed dark — what you see on my arm is a single layer of the product and now, several hours layer I’m still wearing the shadow of that thick line on my arm. I absolutely loved how creamy it was – it just glided on smoothly which isn’t something you can say about every black eyeliner/shadow base. I will say the one thing that annoyed me slightly is the fact that it transferred when I didn’t set it – but then again, that’s my mistake rather than an issue on the products part. I’m really happy with how this felt as an eyeshadow base and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it doubles as an eyeliner and how it holds up given that it’s an incredibly creamy formula.

608 – Cottage Cheese – It was a big decision between Cottage Cheese and Milk, and for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s not the easiest decision to make. But in the end it all came down to versatility. The big theme of the week. Milk is apparently the holy grail of white liners, Cottage Cheese on the other hand has the potential to be an eyeshadow base for light shimmery colours and an inner corner highlight, or if you feeling a little adventurous – an actual highlight if you’re willing to sheer it out a little. While this one took a little layering to bring it up to the level visible in the swatches, from that point it was still very creamy and easy to sheer out if you desire and I did find it was an incredibly beautiful highlight when I took the effort to spread it out a little. It also stayed put as an eyebrow highlight, and while this is more sheer than Black Bean, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

630 – Cashmere – I went for this shade because it’s one of those beautiful pale golds that I love washing over my entire lid on a day where I’m not feeling the whole effort on the eyes thing. Like Cottage Cheese, it’s very sheer and if you are wanted a very pigmented look with this colour you will have to layer it, but it’s also got the benefit of acting as a potential highlighter if you so desire. Regardless, I am looking forward to experimenting with it a little more and coming up with some really easy eyeshadow looks with these.

I’ve been doing some reading about the sharpening issue with these, while the website does have a sharpener specifically for them, I probably won’t be buying that as I’ll have to order it from the US and that seems like a fairly lengthy trip for a single sharpener. Instead, I’ll be attempting to use whatever sharpeners I can find, or I might melt them down and put them in some makeup pots similar to the MAC Paint Pot containers that I have lying around. Apparently they melt down really nicely and the oil content seems to protect it from the effects on the heat in the same way some products would be. So I’ll let you know on that front if I end up giving that a try when the product starts to run a little low. I would say that packaging is the only area where these pencils do fall flat as I’d much prefer a pot over a stick personally, it’s more versatile and storage wise, isn’t as messy. It’s just something to keep in mind.

Overall, what are my thoughts on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils? Do they live up to the infinitely large YouTube hype? In short, yes. I feel that there’s a strong selection of colours, and you do have the choice between metallic/shimmery type shades with a little more glitter content and a few matte shades. Considering that these were $5 each on sale at Target this week, they’re definitely something to check out, they are the sort of product that will have multiple uses, but at the same time, the packaging isn’t exactly the best considering they will require sharpening quite often which does mean a tool you’ll have to add to you makeup kit or travel bags if you are carrying them around for everyday use. Regardless of the packaging, I’m really impressed with these shades, and I can see myself wearing them often.

Have you tried the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils? What colour should I buy next? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review

I feel as though I’m so well and truly behind the boat on this one that it’s sunk and a coral reef has had time to grow over it, regardless here are my thoughts on the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Sagittarius and Androgyny which I purchased from Princess Polly which I highly recommend as an option to Australian’s like myself due to the fact that it’s free shipping over $50 (and it arrived the next morning!) and there are some really good discount codes that come out every once in a while making things that little bit cheaper. In total, I paid almost exactly the direct exchange rate at the time for the 2 lipsticks (that being $25.37 AUD), and didn’t have to worry about hefty shipping prices, because they are a killer. If you are interested in any of Jeffree Star’s products, it’s definitely a site to check out seeing as they also have the recent MannyMUA Collab as well!

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Sagittarius‘Sagittarius is soft nude mauve with a matte finish.’
This is a lovely shade, I’m just going to start with that. I saw this on Instagram and I just knew it was the kind of shade that I was going to love and it’s the kind of colour that just universally seems to flatter anyone. I was slightly concerned about the smell, seeing as I had been seeing videos about some sort of toxic odour, but I have to say this has a really soft and really nice sweet kind of scent — I believe, considering the packaging is red, I have a Christmas edition, so it’s got a gingerbread type scent — so any bad scent is something that definitely wasn’t worth me worrying about. I also really loved the pigmentation on this shade, it didn’t take any effort at all to get full coverage. It went on smoothly and wore beautifully, and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this shade — so it’s both thumbs up from me.

Androgyny – ‘Androgyny is a sultry plum mauve with a matte finish.’
I chose this shade, because it was kind of like Sagittarius, in that it was in the mauve family, but I wanted something darker that could really be more of a stand out on the lips and I was not disappointed. Reminding me of some of my favourite shades from Colourpop, Androgyny is dark and it is beautiful. It’s bold and doesn’t suffer the pigmentation problems that many darker shades seem to. It goes on in a single application and it goes on smooth. It was like butter. While it’s missing that soft ginger-bready smell that Sagittarius does, it’s not a bad scent, it’s just has that absence of a scent scent — it that makes any sense. I wore this for an entire day, eating, drinking and talking and it did not move. This formula is really just kicking all sorts of goals for me.

I understand that some people may be a little apprehensive about this brand, it’s owner does not sit well with everyone in terms of opinion, but whatever your thoughts on Jeffree Star, I have to say his makeup — and that’s the thing that matters here — is amazing. There’s a weight to the packaging, there’s quality in the formula and there’s clearly been a large amount of thought and effort that has gone into the production and that’s what matters here. I would say it’s one of the better liquid lipstick formulas I have tried and these two lipsticks are worth every cent I paid for them in my opinion. Considering the drama that has gone on with Jeffree and his brand — and it’s hard to miss, it gets splashed all over YouTube’s beauty community — I have to say I was apprehensive about his brand, but I’m glad to say I’ve given it a chance and it’s something worth considering if you’re even slightly interested in some of shades or formulas.

Overall, I have to say I really love this formula. It was pigmented and lightweight which meant it really only required one pass to achieve the desired effect. And something about it just screams money, from the really soft applicator to the packaging, there’s I’m definitely getting those high end vibes that I associate with Jeffree. I also loved how it dried down — it wasn’t cakey at all and it just stayed put all day long. It may have transferred a little to begin with but once it was fully dry I didn’t really have to reapply which was great. I also really loved how these worked with my skin tone, I wouldn’t say either was a nude on my skin, considering how pale I am, but they were beautiful never the less. Definitely the kinds of shades I would reach for every single day — and I’m definitely looking forward to building up my collection a little more considering how well these wore.

Have you tried the Velour Liquid Lipsticks? What shades do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
x ac