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The Beauty Vault - Aug
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ChristineHoll

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About Me I'm a 29 year old mother of one, living on Auckland's North Shore. I enjoy crochet, photography, and life in general!

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Overall rating:
5.0/5
21st July, 2015 at 9:59 am
Nars Lip Pencil Review
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Some of the best on the market

Rikugien and Cruella (deluxe samples from Sephora birthday gift to VIB members) also Hyde Park (satin full sized)

The first couple I owned were part of the Sephora VIB birthday gift for orders placed during your birthday month, like I needed another excuse to purchase more makeup. These are what they call "deluxe" samples as they are slightly smaller than the full sized pencils that you would normally purchase, but they last forever! They both prompted me to purchase another full sized version of the satin variety lip pencil called Hyde Park, probably won't be my last either.

The pencil comes in a black format with black plastic wrapped around its black core, inside the casing the thick length of coloured pigmented "lead" comes out by being sharpened by hand, this isn't an automatic twist up and down pencil. The colour of the pencil is marked on the bottom end of the pencil for easy identification. They also have a lid that pops on snuggly, be sure to check it is fully on though, air can get trapped in the lid and cause the lid to pop off, this has happened a few times with Rikugien. With it being quite chunky I find that it works wonderfully as an all over colour as well as a lip liner so you get the best of both worlds. The colour "lead" part itself is just smooth enough to see application a breeze but not too soft that it melts or breaks as you use or sharpen it. That being said I do find that the velvet based is a little more softer than the satin versions but it really isn't a big deal. Both varieties have a high pigmentation that only needs one swipe to get true colour coverage, it doesn't bleed into your lips or surrounding skin area, doesn't flake and feel dry on the lips. These work great as a lip base too for other products like a gloss topper.

Rikugien (Satin) soft rose pink colour that for my fair skin makes a great nude shade

Cruella (Vevet) a true blue red, scarlet shade that looks amazing on any skin tone

Hyde Park (Satin) Deep red with a softness that the satin finish really gives your pout some sex appeal

I really love my NARS products and the lip pencils are amazing, I will be purchasing more as my collection grows

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Can the sample pencils be sharpened? I got the birthday ones too but the packaging seems like plastic and I don't want to ruin my sharpener!

Overall rating:
3.0/5
21st September, 2015 at 12:06 pm
L'Oreal Paris Foundation Infallible Primer -The Shine Kill Review
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The best primer for creating a matte illusion

Only reason I have given it a middle of the road score is that it is both good and bad for my skin, it all comes down to how you apply this primer on how it will work best for you.

Packaging, coming in an average sized plastic, easily squeezable tube, with a black lid and detailing. There is visible areas that you can see through to the contents inside and keeps in theme with the other L'Oreal Infallible items on the market.

Formula, thick and gloopy are the best words for it, it is clear and settles on the skin almost instantly so speed is the key with this primer, the effect though that it leaves the skin in for applying makeup on top of is worth getting right.

When I first got this I applied it like all other primers before it and found that as I rubbed it all over my face that it dragged in some areas, and would pile up creating little balls of primer which left my skin patchy. Put foundation on top and well.....it wasn't a pretty picture! But after doing some research I found why this was happening and rectified my application to make this work.

As it is a gel state, silicone primer it works to matte the oil areas and to fill in pores, rubbing it over your face will see it drag and become patchy over the dry areas of your skin, and the mere act of rubbing pulls the primer in and out of the pores so they are left visible. So how to use this, simply pat it in the areas where you need the oil covered up. For me that is the forehead, nose and cheeks as I have an oily T-Zone. Patting rather than rubbing sees you push the primer into the pores and fill them, the less motion the better.

It creates a soft veil of matte to help your foundation and/or powders adhere perfectly and gives extra life to your makeup by preventing the oily areas from breaking through and ruining your look.

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Yes I use a F80 when the primer piles up like a ball the foundation just doesn't sit right it pulls and streak even when buffed in. It really pays to pat the primer for the best finish.

Great review! With the issues from rubbing it making the primer ball up, does it affect how you apply the foundation over the top? Particularly if using a brush like the Sigma F80.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
9th April, 2015 at 10:50 am
Health Basics Body Wash Review
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Ruby Bay Sunset

I bought the Ruby Bay Sunset body wash due to it having rosehip oil in it. My skin is VERY dry at the moment so I was wanting something quite moisturising and calming. This body wash has definitely met my expectations, plus more!

It's a nice creamy formula (I'm not sure why, but I thought it was going to be a gel), has a lovely floral fragrance that isn't too overpowering, and is lovely and moisturising. You don't need much product to get a nice lather which makes it quite economical.

The packaging is nice, it's a tall but slim bottle so can fit on my shower caddy shelf easily. There is a rope/string so you can hang it in the shower if you choose but that's not very suitable in my bathroom. You also get a generous amount of product for the price you pay.

I'll definitely be repurchasing this body wash, I just have to make the tough decision about whether to stick with the lovely Ruby Bay Sunset or try another scent!

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That would be awesome! I can see myself trying them all anyway, but Ruby Bay Sunset will always be my first love.

I LOVE the Ruby Bay Sunset... I reckon they should do a 'travel set' with teeny bottles of each so we can try them all hehe

Overall rating:
5.0/5
3rd December, 2014 at 6:46 pm
Health Basics Body Wash Review
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Ruby Bay Sunset

Okay first of all, the little rope on the bottle is genius. It's so easy to just hang up in the shower. And with the lid being on the other end of the bottle it hangs so that even when you're running out the product sits near the lid so it's still easy to get. But of course that's not what you're here to read about, you want a review of the actual product. The packaging is nice and also really easy to just squeeze out the product. I got it in Ruby Bay Sunset and it smelled amazing. It just fills your bathroom with this gorgeous scent, gets all bubbly and fun to use and the smell lingers, but not enough to interfere with your chosen perfume if you use in the morning. So affordable and feels so good on the skin, quite hydrating and leaves no residue on the skin.

Tips: You can use this as bubble bath which is super fun!

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I never thought of using it as a bubble bath, genius!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
1st July, 2014 at 10:55 am
Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Powder Candlelight Review
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Candlelight - Magic fairy dust!!!

This is my baby right now; seriously I have used this powder everyday from the first application. I only brought it about 6-8 weeks ago and I already see the faint circles of the pan from overuse (sobs a little)

The reason I love this so much is because it acts likes a powder to set your foundation or BB cream but it has a shimmer to it, not over the top that you end up a dewy sparkly mess, but in fact it gives a matte glow. Its effect diffuses the light that hits your face to give you an instant in real life filter.

When first applying it use a face powder brush that has some body to it, as you want to load it up and then swirl it all around your face, every bit I include my eyelids, neck, chest, etc... Then go about the rest of your make up routine. Don’t be scared!! It can be daunting as its full of tiny glittering silvers and golds, when you’re putting it on with the mirror up close you can get a shock as to how glittery it looks, but don’t stop keep loading it on, I went lightly first and then had to reapply. As it’s like an illusion you look like a sparkling ball up close but take 2 steps away from the mirror...and Oh My Gawd!! You’re fabulous!!! Really I think its magic, maybe made out of fairy dust?

It works well at brightening your face, hiding dark patches, blemishes and wrinkles and paired with a blur cream under a primer, you end up with an almost flawless look. Night or day it just does its magic, I’ve been compliments by a few people over how clear my makeup looks with this powder on.

The powder compact is cute in its goldy beige casing, with a good solid chunky mirror on the inside and a deep seated powder. The closing catch on the compact is awesome too, normally after a few opening and closings it gives and becomes weaker, but everyday it keeps strong! The powder is light beige colour with tiny golden and silver glittery sparkles running through it. It’s a clear/invisible powder so suits all skin tones and types. Another bonus is it doesn’t rub off, I always finish my makeup with a spritz of spray but sometimes even then powders or foundation can rub off through the day, but I have found that this powder just likes to stay where it is on my face until its time to remove it with remover.

Off to buy my next one, it’s an addiction I fear =)

Tips: Don't be scared of the glitter its only visible up really close, use a large powder brush for even coverage so one area isn't more highlighted and don't limit it to just your face

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I came back and read this review again so I can feel 100% certain that I need it. THIS IS BEING PURCHASED RIGHT NOW! Thank you for such a fab, informative review xx

ChristineHoll a bit of both depending what I am doing for the day. Some days I use it as an all over setting powder for my foundation if I need a little glow all over, some days I use as a blush/contour topper. Its versatile =)

Do you put it on before or after contouring/blush etc? It sounds amazing!

Thanks hun, will check it out x

I get all my too faced products off of beautybay.com

Where did you buy this from? Sounds so lovely x

Awesome review, really want this now!

I'm convinced - I must have this!

Sounds fantastic, I want it!