Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Lippie from the MAC Star Trek Collection and a Few Comparisons

MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick Review, Swatches
MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick

I must admit, I am not a Trekkie, but when I saw the release deets of this collection on the internet, I felt that after years of staying true to creams and mattes, perhaps its time to try out shimmer on the lips again. I passed on the bold brave yellow, champagne and purple lipsticks and decided to go for the coral of the collection, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick.

MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick is a medium toned coral pink with a gold duochrome frost. If I were to compare it with existing lippies in the permanent line, it leans more coral than MAC Creme de la Femme Lipstick and it is lighter, more pink compared to MAC "O".

For a frost, I find this quite easy to wear. It's not too 'in your face', and with a clear gloss on top it just looks like a pretty shimmery lippy.

To be honest, this colour would work better if it were released in the heat of summer, but I will use it as my transitioning shade to when fall is properly here.

Digging through my pile of shimmery corals, I've swatched it next to those I felt might be quite similar.

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick Swatches
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick Swatches
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick

It's been a while since I made proper comparison swatches and I was so pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this one, I should do them more often. I've dug up some old favourites - Cute-ster and Lollipop Loving - which were huge hits in the day I might add!

So compared to MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick, MAC Cute-ster Lipstick from the Hello Kitty collection is sheerer and lighter in colour. Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick is similar in shade but a bit sheerer with flecks of gold glitter. MAC Lollipop Loving Lipstick is lighter pink with a gold-green frost. MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick is warmer in tone with less of a frost.

MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick
MAC Cute-ster Lipstick, Kanebo T'estimo PK240 Lipstick, MAC Lollipop Lovin Lipstick, MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick, MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick (R to L)

Overall I really like this lipstick. I think this shade is universally flattering. To make the pink stand out more, I would perhaps use a pink nude longwearing lip pencil, like Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Pencilunderneath to even out the base.

Have you picked up anything from the MAC Star Trek Collection? Do you wear frost finish lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Makeup featuring Mirina Collections Statement Necklace


Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette, Pixi Box of Beauty, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vancouver Review Swatches
Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette, Pixi Box of Beauty, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vancouver

Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold
Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold


Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold

Mirina Collections Statement Necklace in Viola Gold

This look is a fusion of the glow of summer and the cool tones of fall, symbolic of the current transitioning season. As some of you may know through our instagram page (follow us: @theskinandbeautyblog), my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream collection is ever growing, with Vancouver being my latest addition. It's the same formula that we all love, but in a more daring and bold color. I am really excited that the SMLC line is getting more variety. I also used Pixi by Petra's Box of Beauty to highlight my face and give my cheeks a glowy blush, my beloved Benefit Hoola Bronzer for a little contour, and Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette to create a soft and dewy eye look.

We also recently collaborated with Mirina Collections, who was kind enough to invite us to their special Mirina Girl Ambassador program. The piece I picked out is called Viola Gold, from their best selling Statement Necklace line. If you're an accessory girl like I am, you'll love love love their stuff. We do have a discount code that our readers can use, should you choose to grab one of their stylish pieces. Just type mirinagirls in the coupon code box when you check out of your cart and you will receive 25% OFF of your purchase.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review

I have tons of these lil tubes trawled around the house and in different handbags, for a purpose. Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment is a non-scented multi-use greasy ointment that can cure a lot of woes. 

This water-free ointment creates the ideal environment to support the recovery process of dry, damaged or irritated skin. The active ingredients Panthenol and Bisabolol are clinically proven to support the skin's normal functions. It also contains Glycerin to moisturise and strengthen the skin barrier. Other ingredients include Petrolatum, Cera Microcristallina, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol.

Many have compared this to cheaper Vaseline. Personally, I can't tell the difference between the two products due to the petroleum content, although I do prefer the tube packaging of Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment as opposed to the unhygienic Vaseline tubs.

Here's a list of uses:
1. Dry, chapped, cracked and irritated skin
2. Lip Balm
3. Treated skin eg. after laser therapy, chemical peels, dermabrasion
4. Foot salve for dry calloused feet
5. Hand & cuticle cream
6. Psoriasis, as a protective skin barrier
7. Tattoos

This is a sticky ointment and so I would advise using small amounts of this during the day time to avoid getting things stuck on the ointment. This product also contains mineral oil and petroleum so use caution if used on the face if you are particularly acne-prone. During the winter, you might want to use this in conjunction with a stronger moisturiser.

Top tip: Before bed, apply this liberally on your hands and feet, protect with gloves and soft socks while you sleep. You will wake up with super soft tips and toes!

Overall I do love Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment and I would repurchase this product once I've run out!

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Livia
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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Lord & Berry: Team Nude

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry is an Italian fashion house that has been producing makeup for the last twenty years. I've always been impressed by their makeup and these three products sent to me make no exception.


Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick*. This is a reddish brown nude colour in a creamy formula that easily glides on the lips. I would say the formula could even better than the NARS Lip Pencils (Gasp!). The colour gives off that Kylie Jenner vibe that everyone loves.


 Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches
 Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss*. This is a pink tinted brown shade in a cream finish. Its non-sticky, and well pigmented; one swipe is enough. It amplifies your pout beautifully!

Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner*. This is a pale pink liner with a white base. Its an eye brightening alternative to white on the waterline. It doesn't irritate my eyes, contact lens wearers should look into it before purchasing though. It's quite comfortable to wear.

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin Lip Gloss Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review, Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review, Swatches

I'm so impressed by these three nude toned makeup products from Lord & Berry. I recommend them!

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Livia
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