Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick
Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick

My love for the red lip seems to have no limits, which would explain why in the last two months alone, I’ve found myself with at least six new red lipsticks. While the collection is no longer available, I managed to snag the trio of lipsticks from Charlotte Olympia’s recent collaboration with MAC after spotting that they were on sale at Nordstrom. Though I’m of the belief that there’s no such thing as too many red lippies – and of course that no two are the same – if I somehow manage to misplace every other red lipstick I know, I know that this trio will have all my bases covered. From Leading Lady Red which is a blue-based all rounder, to Starlet Scarlett which is a fun bright red with an orange undertone, and Retro Rouge which is the vampiest of the three, it’s little surprise that I’m having a little trouble settling on a favourite!

It probably goes without saying that I recently went HAM at Sephora and basically any beauty section I laid my eyes on during my recent trip. While a haul is coming (via my YouTube), I thought I’d take a minute to touch on some of the new beauty bits that have been right up my street.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation – I’ve been on the hunt for a great foundation come wedding day (it’s only 8 weeks away now… eek!) and this was on my list of foundations that I’d been dying to try. I loved the fact that there was an incredible selection of shades, and that this foundation really lived up to my expectations. It’s a very thin consistency, and feels virtually weightless on the skin. It’s much lighter coverage than some of the other foundations on my vanity, however I find that it does an excellent job of evening skin tone and masking any redness that I have on my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer – I picked this up on a whim from the miniatures section of Sephora in New York and really didn’t expect to like it even quite as much as I did. Just like the foundation, this is lightweight, super creamy, covers up redness like no other, and blends out beautifully. I love the fact that this is compact enough to slip into a small purse for touch ups on the go. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one in the full size!

KIKO Ultimate Pen Longwear Eye Liner – Unfortunately while in transit my Maybelline eyeliner dried out, so one of my first stops while in Italy was to pick up a new eyeliner. This eyeliner from KIKO is an absolute winner; it stays on practically all day, and the nib gives you the perfect cat eye flick, every time.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – This has been on my radar for months, and I’m a little glad I held out as I managed to snag it for less than half price during a quick stop in Macy’s. The shadows are extremely pigmented (though do kick up a bit), and there’s a great selection of everyday neutrals, including some more colourful options for those wanting to have a little bit of fun with their makeup. This one’s limited edition, I believe, so if you manage to spot one at your local department store or Mecca (if you’re in Australia), then I highly recommend giving this one a second look.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger – I’m a huge fan of a bold red lip, and when I spotted this while picking out the shades for my new MAC eyeshadow palette (more on this later), I just had to have it. I absolutely adore MAC’s matte lipstick formula; it’s incredibly creamy, long wearing, and far less drying than other mattes I’ve tried.

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter – For me, it’s all about that cream highlight, and this one has been a bit of a winner. I have this in the shade ‘003 Soho Glow’, which has a gold undertone that literally glows. When swatched, this does have some glitter particles but I find that this adds a subtle illumination and blends in rather than sitting on the cheeks.

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell WillowBee Mask & Cleanse* – My skin has been in desperate need of hydration since getting back home from our holiday, and this WillowBee Mask & Cleanse has been a lifesaver. I was lucky enough to be sent a few different things from the Heaven range from Tazzanna Store ahead of their launch today, and this has become a fast favourite While you can use this as a cream cleanser, I prefer to slather this on as a mask (which I leave for 20 minutes), as it feels so rich and nourishing on the skin – exactly what my skin has been craving! After I rinse it off I follow it up with a light layer of the Orange Flower Hydrogel; this has a gel like consistency that sinks into the skin immediately and while it’s not my favourite, I feel like it helps to lock in moisture.

rimmel moisture renew sheer shine lipstick review and swatches
rimmel moisture renew sheer shine lipstick review and swatches

While I’ve spent the last week complaining about just how cold it is in Sydney, this new lipstick launch from Rimmel has definitely been putting a little spring in my step. I’m a sucker for anything pink plus I’ve typically loved Rimmel lipsticks; they’re one of the better affordable lipsticks out there. I’ve been putting these to the test over the last few weeks so figured it was high time I shared my thoughts for those of you thinking of picking up a shade or two.

The formula is a little lighter than the rest of their Moisture Renew line, and as the name would suggest, the lipstick applies a sheer wash of colour on the lips. Once applied, the lipstick itself is very moisturizing and feels cushion-like on the lips. As with all sheer lipsticks, the colour does wear and fade quickly – but evenly – leaving a light stain on the lips, so you’ll need to reapply throughout the course of the day if you’re after a bolder look. There’s also a light citrus or fruity scent (it seems to vary depending on the shade), which dissipates very quickly upon applying the lipstick to your lips.

I’ve seen this released in six shades here in Australia (five of which I’ve swatched for you below), the latter of which I don’t have being a very neutral looking nude.

With so many bright fun shades, these are the perfect way to start Spring – just a few short weeks away!! – and also a great alternative for those who don’t typically wear lipstick often. The formulation and the wear is a little like a tinted lip balm, though I find these to be much more pigmented and very reminiscent of MAC’s cremesheen formula.

rimmel moisture renew sheer shine lipstick review and swatches

Woke Up Like This [100] – A sheer, almost milky pink with a faint peach undertone, this is probably the only shade which came across as less wearable for me.

Glow-rious Pink [200] – This is essentially Spring in a tube. It’s a light petal pink which looks stunning on the lips.

Pink Rules [300] – A magenta-hued pink, this shade just screams summer. It’s one of the more pigmented out of the range and leaves a stain on your lips once the initial gloss has worn off.

Red-y, Set, Go! [500] – One of my favourite shades of the lot, this is an excellent dupe for MAC’s Dozen Carnations. It’s a bright, orange toned red that really packs a punch; perfect for a summer night out!

Spin All Spring [600] – This is a beautiful apricot hued-peach shade, with a lot more depth and pigmentation than Woke Up Like This. It reminds me a lot of MAC’s Shanghai Spice!

Overall, I think that these are a really fun new addition to Rimmel’s Moisture Renew range, and a great alternative for those who want to try a little colour, without fully committing. Even though we still have a good month to go before spring hits Sydney, I’ll definitely be tucking these lippies into my makeup bag once the weather warms up.

tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches
tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches

Tartelette ‘in bloom’ eyeshadow palette

I know… I’m a little late to the party. I’ve been keeping this palette to myself for the last few months, but I really wanted to make sure that it was worth its salt before I shared with you just how good this is. I was dead set keen on nabbing their latest offering, the ‘in bloom’ palette (or Amazonian Clay 2), as along with a decent array of mattes, it included three shimmer shades, something which felt a little lacking from Tarte’s original Amazonian Clay Palette.

tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches

In the palette, you get 12 shades; 9 mattes and three shimmers:

  • Charmer (off white)
  • Jetsetter (warm taupe)
  • Rocker (shimmering taupe)
  • Smokeshow (black brown)
  • Flower Child (peachy nude)
  • Smarty Pants (tan)
  • Firecracker (bronze copper)
  • Activist (dark brown)
  • Funny Girl (champagne)
  • Sweetheart (peach)
  • Rebel (chestnut brown)
  • Leader (aubergine)

Just like the original, the pigmentation is excellent, overall. Funny Girl is probably the only shade of the lot which takes some work to get a decent colour payoff, however I think it works best layered over deeper shadows to add a little bit of sparkle. The shadows do kick up a little bit of powder, however they blend out beautifully, and the formulas themselves are incredibly smooth. The wear time on them is also excellent; my eyelids are on the oilier side, but with a primer I find that these shadows last all day on me and then some.

For me, this has become one of those palettes that I reach for frequently, as the shadows range from cool to warm, and it’s incredibly versatile – you can make it work for day and for night (and the HUGE mirror makes it very travel friendly). What really surprised me about this palette wasn’t how good it was, but the scent. It’s a little bit of a cross between Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Palette and a fresh marshmallow plucked straight from the bag, and makes the whole palette seem that much sweeter (as long as you have a sweet tooth like me, that is!).

My favourites in the palette are hands down Flower Child, Smarty Pants and Sweetheart, plus I love a little bit of Leader packed onto the lash line and smoked out for a little bit of depth.

Personally, this definitely sits within my top three favourite palettes; it’s fairly neutral, high quality, and has a large enough variety of shades to keep me coming back to it on a daily basis. Have you added this palette to your collection yet? x