Review: Revlon Ultra HD lipstick and lip lacquers

It’s been raining lippies on the blog for a while now and the latest to cross my desk are Revlon’s Ultra HD lipstick (R145) and lip lacquers (R145).

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Revlon Ultra HD lipstick

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Revlon Ultra HD lip lacquers

There isn’t a lot of information available about these dudes online – Revlon only says that they’re made using ‘revolutionary wax-free gel technology that delivers true colour clarity without the heavy feel’. Either way, they’re right. The colours are fabulously impactful and yep, they do feel nice and light on your lips.

Right! It’s swatch time!

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From left: Revlon HD lipstick in Azalea, Dahlia and Poinsettia.

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From left: Revlon HD gloss in

From left: Pink Ruby, Fire Opal and Smoky Quartz.

Of the two products, I most like the lacquer as it doesn’t feel sticky but it sits tight. The lipstick feels amaaahzing on your mouth – like a moisture bath for your lips – but as it’s got so much ‘slip’, it doesn’t stick around and you have to reapply it often.

Packaging-wise, the lacquer wins again. It’s pretty sleek-looking and the rhinestone on the cap is a nice touch. I’m not a huuuuge fan of the lippie tube though. The actual lipstick doesn’t wind all the way down so I’m just going to have to be super careful as to how I recap it until I get to the point where I’ve used enough of it for it to fully ‘hide’ in the tube.

As far as scent and flavour goes, the gloss doesn’t smell or taste much like anything but the lipstick is deliciously fruity smelling and tastes good too. I know there are loads of people who don’t appreciate that but I’ve always rather liked scented, flavoured lip products.

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This is me wearing my favourite of the bunch – the lacquer in Pink Ruby.

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...and the lippie in Azalea*.

…and the lippie in Azalea*.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

*Notice how auburn my brows look in this pick? That’s the result of a crap ‘blonde’ eyebrow pencil I won’t be reccomending on the blog. This is exactly why I’m always saying it’s important to snap a shot (preferably with flash) of any new makeup you intend to buy with a flash before you hand over your money. That pencil looks good to the naked eye but now so good on film, hence into the giveaway pile it goes.

Who wants to win a gorgeous Why heart pendant?

Right! It’s finally time to give away a gorgeous piece of why jewelley – a Heart Collection diamond pendant and chain worth R2000! You’ll even get to pick between two options.

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Rose gold…

…or…

...yellow gold.

…yellow gold.

Decisions, decisions, right? Personally I’m loving trendy rose gold right now, but would probably pick the gold one as it’s never going to date.

There are three ways to enter so listen up:

The first is via Instagram, so find me there (I’m @lipglossgirlx0x0) and check my feed for deets.

The second is via Twitter. Drop me a tweet reading ‘Hey @lipglossgirl and @WhyJewellery, I’d love to win a diamond heart pendant. Pick me!” (For this entry to be valid, please ensure you’re following @WhyJewellery on twitter and that you include a pic of the pendant in your tweet.)

The third is for all the non-social media peeps out there. Simply hit me up in the comments section telling me which colour you’d like win – rose or yellow – and ensure you’ve liked why’s page on Facebook.

You can only enter once but you’re welcome to enter via all three methods to increase your odds of winning threefold. I’ll be using a random number generator to select a winner at COB Friday 27 February.

Good luck girls!

Love, love

Leigh 

 

Review: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising matte lipstick

If you adore Arden’s Beautiful Colour Moisturising lippies (and you should, ‘cos they’re divine, especially Red Door Red and Electric Pink), you’ll be interested in their new matte additions (R220) to the line up.

I do love me a lippie in a gold tube.

The tube is a gold version of Arden’s infamous red door, if you hadn’t noticed. 

Each of the eight new shades is just as hydrating and lip lovin’ as the other more satiny-textured hues, but their finish is a sophisticated velvety-looking matte.

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From left to right: Nude, Barely There, Coral Crush and Bold Red.

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From left to right: Chocolate, Raspberry, Rose Petal and Pink Pucker.

 

I love that, despite being ‘matte’, your lips don’t look ‘flat’ or dry. In fact, they feel hydrated and plump thanks to pigments cocooned in a ‘moisture sphere’ made up of natural butters like mango, Shea and Murumuru. Then there’s something called Maxi Lip in the mix, a peptide that, according to the company that makes it, helps plump up lips instantly while encouraging more collagen production over time. Oh! And let’s not forget about antioxidant vitamin E and moisturising Argan Oil!

In short, Arden’s new lippies feel like an ultra indulgent balm, but look like the most flattering matte lip colour money can buy and, if you try them, you will want, want, want.

My favourites of the lot? Raspberry, a lovely blue-toned berry hue that’s more magenta than purple so it’s going to get a lot of airtime on my lips this winter.

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Raspberry

I also like Bold Red that, despite its name, is actually a ‘subdued’ red that speaks authoritatively as opposed to shouts, making it great to wear in the day.

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Bold Red

Last but not least, there’s Rose Petal, a ‘your lips but better’ nude kind of hue with just enough pink in it to not wash out pale peeps like myself.

Rose Petal (If I look high in this pic it's 'cos I am.  Tension headache funsies!)

Rose Petal

Keen to try them yourself? Get thee to an Arden counter now and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Love, love

Leigh

Spoiler alert: You’re going to want the MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toledo collection. Like bad. Real bad.

Come the 12th of March (my birthday, actually!) MAC Cosmetics launches a vibrant new collection called MAC x Isabel and Ruben Toldedo. Now, in the name of full disclosure, I had no idea who those people are but a quick google revealed that Isabel is a fashion designer best known for creating Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress while her hubby, Ruben, is an artist.

Out the loop-ness aside, this collection is one of the nicest I’ve seen in ages. I love that the majority of the colours are all super-wearable as opposed to avant-garde. Then there’s the Blush Ombre. (R600 a pop). I don’t know about you but I’ve always been crazy partial to a good ombre blush.

Up top you're looking at Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom and down below is Ripe Peach (OMG, I want you with the passion of a thousand fiery red lippies) on the left and Kindergarten Red (which looks more coral to me) on the right. Each shade is R600 a pop.

From left to right: Blush Ombre in  Ripe Peach (OMG, I want you with the passion of a thousand fiery red lippies), Azalea Blossom and  Kindergarten Red (which looks more coral to me)

I also love that the lippies (R240) serve up three choices of red (which is big, big news right now) and that coral is one of the few I can wear that doesn’t diminish the brightness of my smile. (Many corals that have too much yellow in them will do that. This is why blue-based lippies, in general, are your friends.)

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From left to right: Oxblood*, Barbeque, Victoriana, Tenor Voice, Opera and Sin.

*I know, I know – surely the nude lippie isn’t called Oxblood. That can’t be right. But it is. Weirdly.

The lipglass (R230) is a reflection of what’s going on with the lipsticks, making them pretty much manna from heaven too…

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From left to right each shade shares the same name as its matching lippie.

The Toledo collection includes four attention-seeking mascaras (R260) and three eye pencils (R240). I’ve tried the latter and it’s creamy, dreamy yet super impactful formula glides on like freshly washed hair swishing around on a satin pillow case. Love, love, love!

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Modern Twist Lash ascara from left to right: Caligraphy, Chlorafill, Tarot and Vinyl. Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner from top to bottom: Petrol Blue, Chlorafill and Designer Purple.

Of the collection, I was given three items and I love each and every one of them.

 Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue, lipstick in Barbecue and Lipglass in Victoriana.

Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue, lipstick in Barbecue and Lipglass in Victoriana.

Ready to get swatchy?

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From the top: Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue, lipstick in Barbecue and Lipglass in Victoriana.

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Wearing the Petrol Blue eye liner and Victoriana gloss.

Wearing the Petrol Blue eye liner and Barbecue lippie.

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Wearing the Petrol Blue eye liner and Victoriana gloss.

Wearing the Petrol Blue eye liner and Victoriana gloss.

Other items in the collection include three eye shadow palettes (none of which I’m crazy about) and three super accessible nail polishes (pale pink, red and oxblood). To check out the full collection, visit MAC’s foreign website and then watch the local one like a hawk so you can be one of the first to nab that peach-coloured blush. Let’s not pretend you don’t want it. I know I do. So here’s hoping I beat you to it. Ha!

Love, love

Leigh

 

Cotton On The Wanted Denim collection’s in store now

Have I ever told y’all how much I love Cotton On? Like, I really, REALLY like their shizz. They’re one of few stores that I know I can walk into and I WILL find something awesome. In fact, it would be fair to say my wardrobe’s sitting at 60% Cotton On but that figures probably going to sky rocket now that the store’s launched their new The Wanted denim collection.

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A carefully curated selection of super trendy styles, The Wanted collection serves up skinnies (mid rise and high rise and low-rise super stretch), boyfriend jeans, deluxe sport jeans and jeggings all available in a nice selection of the washes. The best bit, however, is that prices are very, very lekker (soos n krekker) – from as little as R249 for jeggings to R499.

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From left to right: Jeggings R249, deluxe sport jeans R499, deluxe skinny jeans R499 and skinny mid rise jeans R299.

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From left to right: Deluxe sport jeans R499, jeggings R249, boyfriend jeans R499 and skinny mid rise jeans R299.

I attended The Wanted’s launch the other day but can’t show off my photo’s as I was having camera lens dramz and the OCD part of me refuses to allow semi-blurry shots on my blog. The only short I sort-of own is this that Karisa snapped and What’s Apped to me.

Decisions, decisions...

For the record, I’m wearing a pair of dark blue acid wash jeggings in this pic but didn’t buy them.

You can see the pain is real, right? Picking out a pair of jeggings was like choosing between a week of free parking in Cape Town or watching the douche in the Audi that cut in front of you get snapped by a speed trap. Like sooo hard!

In the end, I settled on a pair of black jeggings. I love that they’re super soft and have just the right amount of stretch in them. Enough ‘flex’ that you can easily crouch down to snap a shoe shot at a launch but enough ‘hold’ that they lift up your butt and don’t lose their shape after a day’s worth of wearing.

After the launch I popped into Woolies for milk and saw a very similar pair of RE jeans going for just over R500. (What?! I mean I love you, Woolies, but you’re hardly Guess – what is uuuup with that pricing, dude!)  It kind of brought home just how crazy good R249 is which is why I’m totally going back to Cotton On to nab another pair in acid grey. Reckon they’re going to be a real winter staple.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR MegaWatt lipstick

Maybelline’s latest lippie collection is called MegaWatt, an addition to their long wearing SuperStay line. Much like the regular SuperStay lip colours, it feels nice and light on your lips and promises to stick around for – gasp! – 14 hours (I know, the name’s like suuuch a spoiler). The difference, however, is that pigments are bold and bright making each ‘look at me’ hue a perfect pick for summer.

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Maybelline SuperStay 14HR MegaWatt lippies

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From left to right: Flash of Fuchsia, Red Rays, Burst of Coral and Neon Pink.

Of all the colours, I most like Flash of Fuchsia. It’s got a bit of a ‘foil’ effect which makes it a little different and fun. So many shimmery or pearly lipsticks can end up looking dated (yep, I’m talking to you Ms Pearly Red, Pink or, worse yet, maroon… you big old tannies, you….) but not this one. I also think Neon Pink’s going to fly off the shelves as it’s a great dupe for MAC’s Candy Yum Yum.

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Flash of Fuchsia on the left and Neon Pink on the right. I haven’t applied weird filters or anything – the light disparity’s due to different types of weather at different times of the day.

Both shades a good job of staying on until I drank something hot like a cappuccino. As far as feeling comfy goes, yep, that’s true, they are nice and lightweight but do feel the teensiest bit dry after a few hours of wear, but not so much that it would bother me. After all, those are the breaks with long-wearing formulas. If you want something that’s more emollient, it’s just not going to stay put.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

Uwe Koetter’s ‘Why’ collection is the last word in affordable luxury (and you could win, win, win!)

As South Africans, we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to lustable jewellers. I mean, who needs Harry Winston, right? Thing is, not every girl will be lucky enough to run around with a Koetter creation on her on her finger (or writs, or ears, or arm…) but here’s the good news – the ultra-luxurious brand’s become a little more attainable thanks to its backing of a new jewellery collection called ‘Why’, aimed at women like you and me.

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First finger: Topaz ring R4000 and amethyst and citrine eternity ring R2500. Second finger: Diamond and topaz ring R4000 and amethyst ring R2500. Third finger: Peridot and topaz eternity ring R2500.

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Pretty, pretty!

Each piece is made using sterling silver that’s been plated with either white, yellow or rose gold and most of them feature at least one diamond. But here’s the kicker – the pricing starts from just R500. That’s the price of a top at Woolies, girls! They even have engagement rings going for R12 000.

A smidge of Why's Love collection.

A smidge of Why’s Love collection.

Last month, I was invited to pop into Uwe Koetter’s Cape Quarter store to experience the Why? collection for myself and it really is just that – an ‘experience’. The heavy glass doors swish open to reveal a gleaming show room peppered with sparkling, gleaming trinkets that pull your eyes in every direction like a magpie tossed into Aladdin’s cave. A lush lounge suite invites you to sip on a whiskey poured from a crystal flacon or indulge in an espresso from their champagne bar.

The 'Why?' experience

The ‘Why’ experience

This is a store you’d never just nip in and out of. There are too many pretty things to see and the lovely staff are more than happy to give you a tour. They’re also happy for you to try things on and walk around the store with it ‘to see how it feels’. In the end, that’s what fine jewellery’s all about, isn’t it? Finding something beautiful that truly resonates with you and makes you feel good, special even, whenever you wear it.

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On the left: Rhodolite rings R1 200 each. On the right: Topaz ring R4 300.

Anyway, I saw a host of pretty pretties and was invited to take my pick (I know, you hate you me, you haaaate me) but it was a difficult task. There was just sooo much mooiness.

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On the left: Teardrop floral diamond earrings R1000. On the right: Triple tier diamond chandelier earrings R1 600.

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On the left: Heart diamond pendant R2000 each. On the right: Heart diamond ring R2 200.

Eventually, after much deliberation, I decided I didn’t want to remove this baby from my finger, an amethyst and citrine eternity ring.

Love this!

Love this!

I don’t usually wear thin, delicate rings. I like a big cocktail number big enough to deck a would-be hijacker in a parking lot. But something about this particular li’l darling just spoke to me. It’s gold with purple and yellow stones reminded me of Thierry Mugler’s Alien EDT, which is one of my favourite perfumes. Also, I liked the fact that it was a pop of colour. I’m usually a bit boring in that I stick to plain old gold as it ‘matches’ everything so stepping into eye-catching colour territory made me feel bold and daring. Later, I researched the properties of the stones online and found that citrine is all about ‘fresh energy and a new start’ (love that!) while amethyst can protect you from migraines and insomnia (both issues I occasionally battle with) as well as, er, drunkeness!

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From left to right: Crown diamond pendants R1 800 each, filigree diamond pendant R900 and map diamond pendants R1 200 each.

In short, my Uwe Koetter Why? experience was wonderful. I love the freshness, modernity and the youthfulness of the brand and, like I said, I adore that it’s accessible to women like me – those who crave beauty and luxury but don’t have the budget to blow R20K on a bauble while saving up for a deposit on a home.

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On the left: Round eternity ring R500. On the right: Diamond Stax rings, R1200 each.

But now here comes the awesome part – Why has been kind enough to offer me yet another beautiful piece to give away in a reader competition. I’ve yet to choose which item I’ll give away – they’re all just so gorgeous – so I thought I’d ask for your help. Let me know, in the comments section, which item you’d most like to win and I’ll use it as a measure of what to request as a prize for a competition that’ll go live on Monday next week. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is one you’re not going to want to miss.

Don’t want to leave your chances up to Lady Lucky? You can shop the collection online over here.

Love, love

Leigh