Reviews: L’Oreal Color Riche Chameleon Mono shadows, Olay’s Regenerist 3 Point Super cleansing system and Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear lip lacquers

L’Oreal sent me a few of their new metallics-inspired goodies from their L’Or Lumiere collection. This includes the Volume Million Lashes mascara I wrote about earlier this week, a super pretty powder I’ll chat about later on and these boys down below – Colour Riche ‘Chameleon’ Mono eye shadows (R99,95 each, Clicks and Foschini).

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Swatches from left to right are 602, 601 and 600. The big close up is of 602 as it suffered the least from pre-photography finger dipping and I’m wearing 600 on my brow bone.

L’Oreal’s always done a stellar highlightery, shimmery kind of shade. To date I still mourn the discontinuation of their Holographic/Chrome/Platinum sheer shimmer shadow in Golden Rose, the perfect gold-pink brow bone highlighter. The reason for all those forward slashes, by the way, is that they released it under a zillion different names that varied from country to country. And I know this because, years after L’Oreal pulled the plug, I used to track it down on eBay and stock pile it. If I’m Gollum, it was totally one my preciouses.

Anyhoo, the closest thing to Golden Rose in this lot is the pinkier shade of the bunch (600) which has found a new home in my make-up bag. Lovely stuff.

Moving on, let’s chat about Olay’s Regenerist 3 Point Super cleansing system (R334,99).

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It’s sold in a box that contains a battery operated facial cleansing brush and Regenerist Skin Perfecting cleanser. 

The first thing I thought when I looked at this baby was ‘Ooooh, it’s like Olay’s answer to the Clarisonic!’ To be clear though, the two really are very different – the Clarisonic emits a zillion trillion sonic pulses and doesn’t actually ‘spin’, whereas this is exactly what Olay’s cleansing brush does to rid your face of dirt, make-up and grime. According to the brand, their brush rids your skin of 4 x as much dirt as another facial cleansing product (although they didn’t specify which one) to ensure your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin.

So, does it work? Yep, it does. It has two speed settings but I only use the faster one as I’m a hard guns kinda girl. The bristles are super duper soft so they merely create a lather with your face wash, be it Olay’s or otherwise, but it feels good and does the job nicely. While Olay reckon you should avoid the eye area, I’ve been going there anyway (what can I say, I have a live on the edges ethos when it comes to beauty) and have been running it over my tightly closed eyelids without any hassles – the bristles are seriously that soft.

In all, if you’re looking for an interesting new way to cleanse (and very, very gently) exfoliate your face, this is it. I’m not sure if it provides a deeper or better cleanse than a cloth or sponge or even your finger tips when using a good facial wash, but using it sure feels fancy and lots of fun. Also, being water-resistant, you can totally use it in the shower.

Last but not least, Smashbox have launched Be Legendary Long-Wear lip lacquers (R250). Each liquid lippie is non-sticky and lightweight yet grips lips nicely for a highly pigmented colour pop that lasts.

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Knock Out on the left and Beet It on the right.

I like the curved doe-foot applicator – it makes slicking it on a breeze – and that the vitamin E-enriched colours have a nice, hydrating texture that don’t dry out your lips. While Smashbox says each lippie has a ‘staining effect’, it’s not really all that noticeable, so don’t snap one up looking for a lip stain. But if its a highly pigmented lip gloss that you’re after, chances are you’ll be impressed.

Love, love

Leigh

DKNY will soon be launching My NY and – surprise – it doesn’t smell like apples!

We all know Donna Karan is crazy in love with New York and her big applelicious DKNY line is a regte testament but now she’s gone and surprised me by teaming up with singer/actress Rita Ora, a girl who’s a little more edgy than her usual faces, and created a scent that – wait for it – doesn’t smell like apples!

Pretty ad, ne?

Pretty ad, ne?

A fresh patchouli-musk-type scent, DKNY My NY (R560 for a 50ml EDP) opens up with raspberry, pink pepper and galbanum (a green, ‘sappy’-smelling resin) top notes. It soon reveals a heart of jasmine, freesia and orris resting on a base of patchouli, vanilla, musk and ambergris. (FYI, ambergris is a waxy substance formed in the intestines of whales that, according to google, has a musky-waxy-honey-like smell. Sjoe!)

I'll be updating this with my own bottle shot as soon as the sun comes out. The lighting in my apartment is terrible when the weather's gloomy.

I’ll be updating this with my own bottle shot as soon as the sun comes out. The lighting in my apartment is terrible when the weather’s gloomy.

Anyway, when I sniff My NY I only pick up on the raspberry, something fresh and green, patchouli, musk and jasmine. To me, it smells feminine and girly, but refreshing and light – not overly sweet in the least. In fact, you could happily douse yourself with it and still not offend anyone. Something about it makes me think of a much lighter, less sweet version of Issey Miyake Pleats Please, another berry-patchouli juice, or possibly a ‘spritzer’-version of Chanel Chance.

In short, this is a very pretty, super feminine, easy-to-wear scent that’s perfectly suited to a hot summer’s day and, much like Donna’s bestselling Be Delicious line, I’m quite sure this is going to be a real crowd pleaser. Keep an eye out for it in stores like Edgars and Red Square as of 22 September. 

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

So let’s talk about the latest addition to the Kiehl’s line up – Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (R625, selected Edgars stores).

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Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

It promises to ‘give new life to dull, tired skin’ using liquid-to-serum technology that hydrates the deeper layers of your skin while plumping it up to smooth out the appearance of fine lines. The star ingredients are mega-moisturising plant-based glycerin (15%) and Shiso leaf extract. I don’t know too much about the latter but apparently it can help reduce the look of pigmentation.When I first looked at the ingredients list, I kind of wrote this off as, despite all the glycerin, it’s also got quite a lot of silicone in it which my face doesn’t appreciate – it always seems to break me out within days. However, I’ve used this for about a week or so and far so good. I like that it it’s got a creme-gel texture that feels a bit like ‘watery silicone’, if that makes sense. So it glides across your skin, but absorbs in a flash and there’s nothing left hanging around on the surface of your skin.

So, who’s going to want this? Anyone looking for a nice hydrator, either to boost what they’re already using or, if you’re an oily-combo girl like me, sommer as is. If you’re concerned about aging, however, I wouldn’t rely on it as a sole time fighter or brightener – you’re still going to have to layer up with something that includes retinol and good a SPF. But if you’re after a li’l aquaboost via a feather light formula, this is worth looking into.

If your budget doesn’t extend to Kiehl’s but you want something similar – consider The Body Shop’s Vitamin E moisture serum (R149). It’s also a lovely lightweight glycerine-silicone mix that also includes antioxidant vitamin E.

Love, love

Leigh

Reviews: L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara, Tip Top’s new nail polish shades and Maybelline Baby Lips Electro

L’Oreal sent me their original Volume Million Lashes mascara (R169,95) the other day and I was super keen to try it as I really like their So Couture version.

L'Oreal Million Lashes

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes

Volume Million Lashes promises volume, length and zero clumps and it certainly lives up to the latter two. I liked that it created a lovely, defined look and really did extend the look of each lash – perfect for a day at the office. I still prefer So Couture though. While it doesn’t lengthen or define as well, it does bring the volume, and that’s the look I like best. More is more, darlings!

Volume Million Lashes on the left and Volume Million Lashes So Couture on the right.

Volume Million Lashes on the left and Volume Million Lashes So Couture on the right.

The bottom line? Both of these mascaras are total keepers but if you’re after definition and length, the original’s your baby. Want a tad more volume? Opt for So Couture.

Moving on, let’s take a look at a few new nail colours from Tip Top. I can’t believe their price hasn’t gone up in two years – they’re still just R39 each and the quality, for the most part, is really pretty decent.

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From left to right: Navy-gator, Sea Me Now, In My Genes, Lady Lilla, Jade in the Shade and Cupid’s Arrow.

While its not really evident in the pic, the fuchsia colour is actually more of a dark berry which, personally, I feel is a bit more suited to colder weather. To be honest, most of the colours feel a little autumnal to me but In My Genes (on the right up top) and Lady Lilla (on the right down below) have a certain freshness to them. In My Genes actually reminds me just a little bit of Nail Inc’s super popular Baker Street polish but without the hefty price tag.

Last, but not least, get a load of Maybelline Baby Lips’ new Electro line. They should be in stores right now and are only R29,99 a pop.

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Top left features Fierce N Tangy, Minty Sheer and Strike A Rose. On the right I’ve swatched them as Strike A Rose, Minty Sheer and Fierce N Tangy.

As far as lip balms go, Strike A Rose is the business. It smells and tastes like a strawberry Fizzer, feels like you’re using a Labello and boasts a very visible tint that – wait for it – leaves a stain in it’s wake! Love that!

While Minty Sheer and Fierce N Tangy aren’t my bag (my lips crave colour) I have to give the latter props for its seriously yummy, juicy pineapple scent and taste. It had me dreaming of pina coladas all moring but definitely no walks in the rain. Winter can, like, totally piss off now.

Love, love

Leigh

A closer look (with swatches) at MAC’s Kelly & Sharon Osbourne collections

I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t expecting a lot from Sharon & Kelly’s recent collaboration with MAC. While both of women are fascinating, I don’t equate either of them with ‘aspirational glamour’. So, I guess you could say short sighted l’l ole me was super surprised by just how fabulously lustable their collections are – Sharon’s is super wearable and Kelly’s hits all the right notes in regards to being on trend.

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MAC x Kelly & Sharon Osbourne

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Kelly's stuff is packaged in lilac and Sharon's is red. Clearly, the inspiration was drawn from their hair.

Kelly’s line is packaged in lilac and Sharon’s is red. Clearly, the inspiration was drawn from their hair.

I was given two items from the collection and love them both – one of Kelly’s lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum and a Sharon lipglass in Bijoux.

Kelly Yum Yum on the left and Bijou on the right.

Kelly Yum Yum on the left and Bijou on the right. I’ll also be updating this post with piccies of the lippies on my face, hopefully later today.

Kelly’s lippie is kind of like a second take on MAC’s bestselling Candy Yum Yum but instead of being matte it’s got more a satin finish and is slightly darker and a bit more fuchsia whereas Candy Yum Yum is more on the mauve side of things. Personally, I think Kelly’s colour’s a bit more flattering. I found an awesome comparison piccie over here.

Sharon’s gloss reminds me a helluva lot of another MAC one – their lip-plumping Plushglass in Ample Pink. This is a good thing as I luuuurve Ample Pink. It’s one of the few ‘nude’ lip colours I’ve ever found that has just enough ‘pink’ in it to not wash me out. Love that!

Currently, the collection is sitting on MAC counters as well as available online and selling out fast as I type. In short, if there’s anything you want for your make-up bag, you’d better hardloop.

Love, love

Leigh

Weird Asian beauty goodies two of which may or may not contain snail slime

The radness that if my friend Vo recently went on holiday in the east and I was kind enough to ask if I wanted anything. ‘Oh, just any freaky beauty stuff you happen to spot. You know how they’re big into bird pooh facials and all that shizz. If you see anything cheap and nasty just nab it asseblief…’, I said.

And that’s how I came to be the proud owner of these boys:

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A snail gel-infused eye mask, an egg cream mask (admittedly not all that absurd) and the piece de resistance – Mr Smile Patch!

The latter promises to plump up your smile lines but I have no clue what’s in it. Possibly snail slime too but as I don’t read Korean, I really have no idea. I tried them this morning but my treatment was short-lived as a neighbour who’d locked herself out decided to scale the roof 50cm away from the open sliding doors where I was sitting; patches on my face and selfie-snapping.

Neighbour: (Dying from awkwardness). Errr… Hi. Sorry about this.

Me: (Double dying from awkwardness) Er… hi. Um. This is a weird facial treatment a friend got me from Korea.

Neighbour: Oh.

Me: It’s supposed to smooth out your smile lines.

Neighbour: Ah. (A pause.) Well good luck with that.

*Cue long embarrassing silence as she slowly crawled past me while I sat there feeling like a total tit*

Me: Well, bye then!

It was at this point, when I smiled good bye at her back, that one of the patches fell off, deep into the side crevasse of my couch. Obviously I dug it out but, as the patch is super frail and gelitanous, it had been torn to bits and lost all its moisture. Just like that, my dreams of a less liney looking gesig were dashed. Or at least on both sides anyway.

Feeling 50% prettier already...

Feeling 50% prettier already…

On the upside, the lovely gel-creme textured egg mask (it uses egg yolk among other things to hydrate) was pretty rocking.

Not! Terrifying! At! All!

Not! Terrifying! At! All!

A big dankie-dankie to Vo for bringing me a touch o’ beauty from the orient. You’re a total gem.

Love, love

Leigh

The Body Shop adds new shades to it’s Colour Crush line and I’m going to die all alone and be eaten by cats wearing the jerseys I knitted for them

The Body Shop has added new shades to its Colour Crush Shine lipstick (R120) and eye shadow (R120) line – three new lippies (Pink Luxe, Golden Syrup and Make My Heart Gleam) and four lovely, pearlescent neutral shadows that I’ll be showing off in a bit.

Lippie-wise, I was given two of the shades, Pink Luxe and MMHG (you can tell it’s a crazy day when I revert to acronyms, ne?)

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MMHG on the left and Pink Luxe on the right.

Like all the other Colour Crush Shine lippies, each shade is infused with hydrating Marula oil and delivers a flattering, satin finish that feels super comfy on your lips – almost balmy, even – but with good colour pay off and staying power.

As for the eye shadows (also infused with Marula oil as well as honey, FYI), these are total gems.

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The swatches on the left are on dry skin, those are the right are on damp skin. Shade-wise, from left to right you’re looking at Rosemance, Coco Deluxe, Champagne Kiss and Golden Cinnamon.

Being a beauty editor, people might assume I’d be down with getting creative with my eye shadow – that I’d be happy to rock a pers or blou lid now and again but this is not the case. When it comes to decorating my oogies I’m as white bread as they come and have a make-up bag full to the brim with an array of nudes, taupes and browny bronze, possibly the ‘missionary position’ of the shadow world yet my favourite shade in shadowland.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I’m very glad Coco Deluxe and I have crossed paths. This is a truly gorgeous brown as it’s not too dark or light (despite looking dark in the pan) and not too ‘red’. Many bronzey hues cross the line into ‘reddish’ undertone territory and that’s not going to do a tired eye any favours. You still want a dash of ‘golden-bronze’ in there though, especially if you’ve got blue eyes like me, as this is what helps to make them pop. (And yes, I did throw up in my mouth a little bit when I said pop. We really need to come up with another colloquialism for ‘enhance’. Like STAT.)

But ja, getting back to the shadows. Coco Deluxe is the kiffness and the two highlightery, shimmery shades are awesome too – Rosemance being a lovely brow bone shade while Champagne Deluxe is a great ‘corner of your eye’ shade. To show them off some more I used all three to create a basic ‘day time’ eye. Check out it.

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Coco Deluxe on the lid, Rosemance on the brow, Champagne Kiss in the inner corner and then blended into the crease using a windscreen wiper motion.

I used the shadows dry so they’ve gone on nice and light. If you wanted to intensify them, you could put down a primer or foundation first (this ensures more pigment sticks to your face) or use them wet. I wouldn’t recommend the latter though unless you’re a pro at blending. For the record, I’m wearing Bobbi Brown Party Eyes mascara (very nice stuff) and slapped on the shadow using my beloved MAC 217 eye shadow brush, AKA the best eye shadow brush ever.

See anything you want? They’re sitting in store as I type.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. Can you see how old and crepey my skin is looking in that shut eye pic? OMFG. This is the horror of having taken close up shots of your eyes for so many years. You can total watch the aging process like a car crash in slow motion. Which would be total fine if I weren’t heading into spinsterville. If you girls have any hot brothers or cousins or whatever please send them my way fast. I’ve got, like, maybe two good years left before I can’t have sex with lights on anymore. Help a sister out here!