Reviews: Elizabeth Arden Gelato Crush, Sisley Phyto Sourcils Design 3-in-1 brow pencil and Maybelline The Burgundy Bar shadows and Lash Sensation mascara

Elizabeth Arden recently launched Gelato Crush – a lip colour collection that includes Plush Up Lip Gelato lipstick (R295) and Plump Up lip liner (R225) – and threw out a challenge to style up their press pack and win a year’s worth of ice cream! Naturally, I wanted to get in it to win it but was avoiding carbs at the time so buying ice cream and not devouring it would’ve been impossible so I had to get creative.

Ta da!

My carb-free Red Velvet ice cream recipe is easy peasy. Simply mix whipped cream with two whipped egg whites, gooi in a whack of chocolate protein powder, add a bit of red food colouring and stick it in the freezer. It’s that simple and the resultant ice cream tastes like chocolate cake batter!

So, what do I think of the lippies? I love them! Each sweet-smelling stick has a balm-like texture that results in a sheer shiny finish that feels light and cushiony on your lips. The formula’s fabulously hydrating too thanks to Shea butter, hyaluronic acid and peptides and they protect against free-radicals too due to added vitamins A and E.

The tube’s pretty unique in that you push the Arden logo to ‘unlock’ them and they slide out of the case.

The lip liners are great too! They’ve got a tapered silicone paddle on the end to help you blend them in and once they’ve ‘set’ they sit tight.

Colour names

Of the three shades I was given Flirty Fuschia has migrated to my handbag where it will live until the end of its days.

Lip pencil in Fire Red and Fuschia Burst and lip colours in Flirty Fuschia, Cherry Up! and Strawberry Sorbet.

Now brace yourself for a car selfie!

I like that the Fuschia Burst lip liner is a perfect match for Flirty Fuschia.

So, what else is on my face? For, Sisley’s utterly divine new brow pencil – Phyto-Sourcils Design 3-in-1 Architect Pencil (R725, selected Edgars and Red Square stores).

But wait… there’s more…

Calling it an ‘eye brow pencil’ actually sells it short as it’s more of a very cleverly designed brow-enhancing powerhouse.

The double-ended wand boasts a brush on one end, the brow pencil on the other and then pulls apart to reveal a highlighter!

I was given a shade called Cappuccino and it’s the perfect taupey hue for cool-toned blondes like myself. The pencil glides on beautifully (it contains antioxidant-rich acacia wax and camellia oil) and, much like Arden’s lip pencils, once it’s dried it doesn’t smudge.

I usually fill in my brows with a powder formula as I find many blonde-focused brow pencils either don’t deposit enough colour or, if they do, it looks too severe and then it’s hard to ‘buff’ into something that looks natural but Sisley’s almost gel-like formula gets it just right. Also, as it’s tip is triangular, you can create a very sharp or thicker stroke depending on how you hold it. As for the highlighter, it’s gorgeous! A warm champagne shade that blends beautifully to highlight under your arch as well as in the corner of your eye.

A perfect, incredibly natural-looking match for blonde brows! (And yes, I know they need a bit of a pluck. I’m growing them out for a threading session.)

I’m also wearing two shades (second from the top on my lid and the fifth from the bottom) from Maybelline’s The Burgundy Bar (R249,95) which you might have seen in one of my Instagram stories last week. Guys, for just under R250, these lovely, shimmery shadows are a total steal! I love that, despite being called ‘Burgundy’ which you think would give it a plummy-focus, it contains lots of flattering bronzey shades.

Each colour is incredibly pigmented, strokes on like a boss and is very easy to blend.

Mascara-wise, you’re looking at Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (R159,95).

Hello new friend!

It’s got a curved plastic bristle brush so it does a great job of catching every single lash to create a very neat-looking, well-defined effect which is perfect for day.


It’s definitely one of Maybelline’s better mascaras (I’m the only girl in the world it seems who doesn’t like iconic Great Lash) and I’d go as far as to say that Lash Sensational now beats out The Colossal to become my new favourite Maybelline mascara.

See anything you’d like to try yourself?

Love, love


5 thoughts on “Reviews: Elizabeth Arden Gelato Crush, Sisley Phyto Sourcils Design 3-in-1 brow pencil and Maybelline The Burgundy Bar shadows and Lash Sensation mascara

  1. OMG I don’t like their Great Lash mascara either! It does absolutely sweet bugger all on my eyes. The Lash Sensational however is, true to the name, sensational. One of my absolute favourite mascaras EVER. I would love to try the other variant, it contains some precious oils in it, although I worry that would lead to smudging.

  2. I have never like Great Lash, never understood why it become “iconic”. Which mascara is your all time favourite Leigh? One you would personally purchase.

    1. Same. Great Lash does NOTHING for me. My ultimate favourite was L’Oreal Voluminous but it’s discontinued now so I’m still hunting for my new holy grail drugstore mascara. Of the luxe ones I love Lancome Hypnose and Clinique High Impact. I must say though, I’m super duper impressed with Maybelline’s Lash Sensation. I’d happily toss it into my trolley in a heart beat. Wet n Wild’s hideously packaged metallic pink one (gone blank on the name) really impressed me too. Alas, my flatmate has stolen it, LOVES it and won’t give it back 😂

  3. Oooh, I haven’t heard of Maybelline’s The Burgundy Bar yet – looks beaut! I must admit I am so happy with my NYX Warm Neutrals palette though as they have matte shades too…

    Sisley’s brow pencil looks flippin’ GORGE! Just totally doesn’t fit in with my beauty budget at the moment… I have lots of Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams and John Lewis shopping in December 😉

    ♡ Cammy • Jane Wonder – Fashion and Beauty Blog •

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