Wednesday, 25 April 2018

REVIEW: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks...

In my post last Saturday, I had a bit of a whinge about matte lip products, but I should perhaps clarify that I have the most trouble with dehydrating matte LIQUIDS. There are some regular bullet lipsticks that are matte-ish and yet hydrating and totally wearable, like these Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks - ever so comfy on my parched pout, they have a slight sheen, they're long-lasting and the range has some gorgeous colours ...



This first one is called Kitty Purry, and it's such a lovely soft muted pink - it's actually the perfect match for a polo sweater I have in my winter wardrobe, so it'll be making several appearances in the coming cooler weather ...



My favourite of the four, this is Catoure - I'd call this a mauve, but some would say it's a nude. Whatever it is, I adore it, and it's quite unique in my collection ...


Here we have Crimson Cat - a bold but not out-there cool red that's going to brighten those dull dreary days ...


And this last one is Maroon Meow - a deep purple-red that I'd classify as a berry, a blackberry in fact! It's a shade that will be adorning my pucker a lot as it doesn't bleed into the lines around my mouth, something that annoys the hell out of me with darker shades from some other brands ...


Ingredients include shea, avocado and aloe butters which explains why it's so comfortable to wear. They have a slightly sweetish scent, not at all strong, almost like vanilla...


There are 11 shades in the range - RRP is $17.95, but they're often on special at Priceline or Chemist Warehouse for half that. Absolutely love the formula, well done Katy Perry ...

Have you found a matte lipstick that's comfortable to wear?  Oh do tell, please!

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Monday, 23 April 2018

REVIEW: MAC Bold & Bad Lash Mascara - Glosscar Winner!...

Another of the gems that came my way at the recent Beautyheaven Glosscar Awards Marketplace Member Event. This MAC Bold & Bad Lash Mascara is a stunner in all departments - from the outrageously fabulous packaging to the two lash-lushing formulas in the dual-brush compartments...


Oh how gorgeous it is from the get-go! The main fat silver tube is covered in embossed graffiti made of a velour material - so funky, and to touch it is to love it lol  There are two tubes with two different brushes and two different types of mascara. Unscrewing the black section reveals a solid stem with a generous and tapered brush - the product is the blackest black and designed to lengthen and bulk up the top lashes. I didn't find it did much for my length, but it coats effortlessly and sure makes my spindly lashes stand out without any hint of clumping - the brush separates the lashes brilliantly...


Under the red cap is a teeny weeny wand - honestly, the smallest and finest mascara brush I've ever seen, and it coats every lower lash you possess, even the invisible ones you didn't know you had ♥ The formula is different in that it is smudgeproof (bonus!) and for someone who blinks constantly, I'm very happy to report that it passed the kats under-eye-smudge-smear-flake test with flying colours...


I apply two coats from the red on the lower lashes and one coat of the black on the top. I then curl the top lashes and apply another coat of the black, and finish with a topcoat of smudgeproof - all set for the day, and yet it comes off with micellar water...

It's no wonder that it has, in fact, won a beautyheaven Glosscar Award 2018 for the best new mascara!


Thanks beautyheaven, and congratulations to MAC on this innovative mascara in a way WAY over-saturated market - a bold breath of fresh air! RRP is $42 - double what I usually spend, but if it's ever on special, I'm in ...

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

REVIEW: Nutrimetics nc Hydra Brilliance Lipsticks...

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm so over this matte lipstick trend. Give me any kind of lip product - liquid, balm, bullet, wand, crayon - anything, so long as it doesn't wither my lips stat, or glue them together in the first few minutes after applying. Of course, non-matte lipsticks are still being made by most companies, so it's not like I'm panicking or anything, it's just, well, I've decided to not invest in any more lip shrivellers. Despite promises of pucker comfort, most of the time I'm bitterly disappointed with the formulations, even from my fave brands, so I'm officially getting off the matte bus. There I've said it! Which brings me to my latest pout purchase Nutrimetics, nc Hydra Brilliance Lipsticks. They're strictly a BM (Before Matte) style - creamy to the last molecule, not too waxy, not too slick, subtle sheen, dense pigmentation, bold colour. In short, my kind of lipstick ...

I was so excited to try these out I broke the blogger's rule of slicking them on before I photographed them, but you can still see that the bullet is majestically curved. The silver packaging is ritzy and modern, and the cap closure has an innovation which I reckon is awesome - there's obviously magnets involved because as soon as the lid is almost on, it snaps into place all on its own, and conversely requires a wee bit of effort to de-cap. Love it!

These were on special (usually the only time I buy Nutrimetics products), and I was intrigued enough to dish out $22.90 (RRP $30) to see if this amazing skincare company could put together a great lippie, and they can! Below is Garnet (122C) - a beautifully soft but intense red that will be getting regular workouts during Autumn/Winter...


And this is Orchid (115C) - such a gorgeous purply pink/pinky purple that looks particularly fab with the navy and teal elements in my wardrobe...


They're long wearing, dermatologically tested, no fragrance, and the blurb says they're enriched with Vitamin C & E and "Aquatic Herbs" - no information as to what they are but the ingredients list includes salicornia herbacea. There are 20 shades to choose from (HERE) and I love that on their website, the range is grouped into warm and cool hues...

Nutrimetics is against animal testing, and there's a 60-day money back guarantee. In summary, LOVE! 

What's your verdict on the matte vs regular lippie debate?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Nutrimetics Sweet Pea Posy Fragrance Diffuser...

My passion for colour and fragrance is pretty much limitless, so when I find something that combines the two (especially purple!), I'm literally in heaven. So I did a little happy dance when I spotted this Nutrimetics Sweet Pea Posy Fragrance Diffuser.  It's just the most gorgeous home accessory I've seen in a while, smells divine, so practical and clever, AND it's so beautifully presented ...


Most fragrance diffusers use a reed delivery system, but this one has a fabric flower with a wick attached which you sit on/in the open bottle, and the fragrant oil travels up into the petals. They gradually take on the soft violet hue of the liquid, and you're left with a very compact and stunning little posy whose delicate scent permeates the surrounding area ♥ Mine hasn't coloured up yet - takes about 7 days, and I'm so looking forward to the lilac end result. The bottle is heavy and square, so there's barely any risk of it toppling over. It's just the perfect thing to have on your bedside table hey!...


The fragrance is a combination of various flowers - I can't identify anything in particular, but from the name I'm guessing that sweet pea is one of them (lol!), and possibly lilac & violets too. It's a lovely and balanced floral combination, actually one I would dab behind my ears if it was available as an EDP, not fake in any way or overly sweet, and it honestly smells like you have a bunch of spring blooms in the room ♥ RRP is $40, but it's on special at the moment for $30. According to the box, the liquid should last around 4 weeks, but I intend to hang onto the container and fill it with something else (maybe lavender oil?) because I just adore the look of it, plus I don't have to flip any sticks over to maintain the scented radiation...


MOTHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY!

I reckon it's the perfect Mother's Day gift, and so I'm giving one away to one of you lovelies to gift to your precious Mum on her big day (or keep for yourself!) ...


And because Mum's are so special, I'm also including this boxed travel-size Nutrimetics Apricot Luxuries Collection containing...
  • 50ml Nutrimoist Moisturising Creme
  • 50ml Apricot Body Dew
  • 50ml Loofah Shower Gel
  • Shower Puff

Total prize value is $80, all products were purchased by me, and because of the weight and liquid content, I'll have to restrict this giveaway to...

AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY

Here's how to enter...
  1. Leave a blog post comment on this page that answers the question inside the Rafflecopter (please note: if you don't leave a comment on this page, you won't be included in the draw!)
  2. Leave your email address inside the Rafflecopter so I can contact you if you win
  3. Follow my blog one way or another from the many choices listed
  4. Only one entry per person, please read the T's & C's inside the Rafflecopter
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    This giveaway is now closed - check back later tonight to see who won!

    Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Tigerlily as the winner.  
    Congratulations gorgeous! 
    Tigerlily please respond to the email I've sent you by
    Wednesday 25th April to claim your prize :-)
    Edit: Tigerlily has claimed her prize 

    Thanks for entering lovelies - there'll be another giveaway soon!
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    I'm repeating that you MUST leave a comment on this page to be included in the draw - in previous giveaways, some lovelies have been entering via the Rafflecopter, but not commenting so PLEASE comment below so that I don't have to disqualify you ...

    Best of luck to all who enter!

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx