Love, Honour & Be True lipsticks

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I stumbled across brand new British lipstick company, by sisters Helen and Kitty, Love, Honour & Be True while catching up on some makeup goss in the Facebook group In My Kit The cute name intrigued me so I had a look at their website and it was love at first sight (pun intended) So far the range includes 5 shades that are often requested by brides; soft nudes and pinks. Each shade had a wedding day inspired name, they include ‘I Do’, ‘Love Story’, ‘Just Married’, ‘Kiss The Bride’ and ‘Blushing Bride’ – seriously, how gorgeous are those names?! I decided to purchase all 5 shades to try them out. Firstly, when I contacted Helen and Kitty about purchasing these I could not have been happier with the customer service I received, these lovely ladies were friendly and so happy to help. Each lipstick retails at ยฃ12 (AU$20) and comes in a smooth white tube with silver branding, I really like the packaging, it feels sturdy and good quality – you won’t need to worry about the lid coming loose, the lid closes with a satisfying snap. I also really love the logo, it’s clean, pretty and reminds me of an old wax letter seal – which I think is rather romantic!

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All 5 shades are quite sheer in pigmentation but build up to a light to medium coverage, to be honest I was expecting these to be more pigmented and opaque but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing as they do glide on beautifully, feel almost like a balm and they have soft satin finish. They’re very comfortable to wear (I’ll update with how long lasting they are when I get a chance to wear them properly) they have a soft vanilla scent which is barely noticeable when wearing. The only shade I was initially disappointed with was Love Story (reddy pink) as it had the sheerest coverage of them all, but after having another look at the website I realised it’s not intended to be for a strong red lip as it’s described as ‘romantic yet subtle’ – which indeed it is, Love Story would make for a lovely soft, berry stained / just bitten, rosebud lip.

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The other shades are as follows:

Kiss The Bride is a soft blue toned pink

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Just Married is a warm, almost peachy nude

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I Do is a pink toned nude

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Blushing Bride is a rosy nude

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These are really wearable colours that you would definitely wear again and again long after the honeymoon is over (another pun, I’m on a roll!) they’re designed to ‘enhance a bride’s natural beauty’ so I am thinking they are meant to be sheer and buildable in coverage. I don’t have any lipsticks with texture like these in my kit and I think my brides to be would really enjoy trying them. They also come packaged in a white organza bag with sweet little paper hearts (I do love little touches like that), perfect for carrying around for touch ups on the big day.

Overall I think Love, Honour & Be True lipsticks are quite lovely and I adore the idea behind the brand. I think brides would love having a specially named lipstick on their wedding day. I wish Helen and Kitty much success for the future of Love, Honour & Be True and I’d love to see the range expanded.

What do you think – would you love to walk down the aisle wearing ‘Blushing Bride’?

Rebecca x

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knock, knock – is anyone still there?!

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HELLLLOOOOOOOOOO IS THERE ANYBODY IN HEREEEEEEE?

So…ahhh….the last 6 months has flown by eh? I don’t even know what happned, crazy Christmas season came and went and next thing I know it’s June *coughalmostJuly* and I haven’t blogged in 2014… blogging is hard mmmmmk.

I have been thinking maybe I’m just not cut out for this blogging caper and the longer I left it the more I couldn’t find my mojo to get back on it, BUT then I thought maybe I just need to not over think it. I’ll just waffle on and see where it takes me. Yes? Yes.

So anyhoo, I’ve been pretty busy this year building up my little freelancing business, if you have liked my facebook page or follow me on Twitter (@zoutliquorice) or Instagram – no not the one linked here silly, that was too hard basket too, seriously, who has time to log IN and OUT of insta accounts?! So if you want to follow me on my personal Instagram you’ll have to put up with pictures of food and my kids. Yes really. But if you’re keen my username is @salt_diamond….where was I? Oh yes, if you follow me here, there and everywhere you’ll have seen some of my latest work. I’ll do some posts highlighting some of my recent shoots. I’ve been really lucky to have found some amazing photographers to work with. I’ve also been lucky enough to have worked on Miss Universe Australia finals, Miss Humanity Australia finals and Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Week – all excellent learning experiences.

For those interested I’m having a little giveaway on my facebook page when it reaches 300 likes – only 60 to go! Prize includes some goodies from Shu Uemura, Sleek Makeup and Hey Gorgeous! I’ll provide details sooooooon!

Hopefully this post means my mojo is back and hopefully some of you will stick around

Love

Bec x

First Look: Naked 3 Palette!

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NAKED 3!

It was a two week process from ordering from Urban Decay to having it shipped to me but it’s finally here and it was well worth the wait!

If you can actually believe it this is my first Urban Decay purchase *hangs head in shame* I mean – I’ve lusted after their products for ages but put ordering from America in the ‘too hard basket’ But when the Naked 3 was released I just HAD to have it! I saw a tweet that it was up on the UD website – I didn’t hesitate I jumped straight onto it and ordered – and lucky I did because by the next morning (local time) it was sold out

*at the time of this post it will be available on the Sephora website in the next couple of hours (6th December in America) Get on it girls and boys

Now I haven’t had time to really play with it as I only got it yesterday but I did a quick swatch (on my daughter’s arm) and I did actually use it on a client today and used Mugshot and Trick (both GORGEOUS) I also used Strange which is a lovely matte with great colour payoff

Another thing I love about this palette (apart from the pretty colours) is how solid it feels in your hands – no worry about it coming open during your travels – I haven’t used the brush yet but It looks pretty good – it’s seems soft enough but not as soft as I thought it would be but I reckon I’d quite like it for concealers personally (it is slightly different to the brush in Naked 2 (which I also purchased)

Ok enough words – let’s look at the pretty pictures!

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ย  Also included with the palette is a sample book of Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original – Eden – Sin – Anti-ageing — these add up to about a months worth of primer between them all

I think this will end up being one of my most used palettes – I think it’s really versatile and will suit most people

Are you lusting after Naked 3? Are you planning to purchase it? Or if you have purchased it – thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

Bec x

Spotlight: HEY GORGEOUS

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Image courtesy of Hey Gorgeous Skincare

Image courtesy of Hey Gorgeous Skincare

 

Yes my comma and full stop are still broken so I’ll be using ( – ) a lot

 

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now as I haven’t been so excited about a company in a long time but I just wanted to wait until I had a decent amount of time to really try the products and see how they worked for me before I raved about them – and raving about them I will!

I first came across Hey Gorgeous on Instagram – someone I follow reposted a photo for a competition they were having – oooohhh what’s this? I clicked on their profile and immediately wanted to know more about their products – they had me at -coconut body souffle! I found them on Facebook and subsequently drooled over every picture they posted

I was lucky enough to win the Instagram competition and thought it was a great opportunity to order a few other goodies and have it sent over with my prize – long story short – there were a few minor hiccups with my order and after a few false starts it arrived and it was love at first sniff – I had ordered the Coconut Body Souffle and the French Roast and Vanilla Bean salt body scrub (my prize was the Passion Fruit and Lime Body Butter and the Strawberry and Black Pepper salt body scrub) yes___they smell as good as they sound

To be completely honest I didn’t think the moisturisers would do much for my very dry skin – it was coming to the end of winter / start of spring and this is the time of the year my skin is just horrible – dry flaky and prone to cracking – I’ve tried SO many different lotions and potions but generally just stick to sorbolene (which doesn’t do much for me in winter) so you can imagine my surprise when the Hey Gorgeous moisturisers actually kept my legs moisturised – even better to know that a little goes a long way

The salt scrubs smell good enough to eat and is there nothing better than jumping in a hot shower and scrubbing the day away?

So I couldn’t wait to order again as Hey Gorgeous kept tempting me with delicious offerings on all the social media platforms – I thought I’d try some of the face products as my skin had suffered through winter and was just so dry (my eyebrow threader was very concerned and questioned my skincare regime – code for sort your face out girl!) This prompted me to order the Happily Ever After Youth Elixir Serum and Coconut Lime Face mask (No Bec you can’t eat it!) at this time I also started cleansing with Shu Uemura cleansing oil (at night) and using Sanctuary Spa Power Peptide Serum and Khiel’s Ultra Facial Cream (during the day) I added the Youth Elixir serum into my night routine and started using the face mask 1 – 2 times a week and within a few days I started noticing a huge difference in my skin – it looked fresh and bright and rarely flaky and then OMG my four year old daughter thought she’d play chemist and tipped out my Youth Elixir and mixed the remainder with water! Worst day EVAHHH! So I *had* to order it again_______and some toner_____and a night cream____aannndd some more moisturiser
YUP – hooked

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French Roast Vanilla Bean salt body scrub

The mix of coffee and vanilla give this scrub a heady chocolatey scent – it has a mixture of fine coffee granules and larger rocks of salt that gently buff away dead skin cells

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Happily Ever After Youth Elixir Serum

A mix of essential oils with the sweet delicate scent of neroli – just a few drops is all you need –ย  warmed up in your palms and applied a cleansed face – I like to use this at night under my moisturiser

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Coconut & Lime face mask

This smells like freshly squeezed limes____and coconut YES TRUE! I was a bit unsure about using lime on my face and when first applied it felt a little tingly and warm (but not in a bad way) after a few minutes that feeling went away – This has chunks of coconut in it and can be messy (part of the fun if you ask me) I apply this about 15 mins before jumping in the shower and come out with baby soft skin

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Rosehip & Rosemary night cream

I bought this because I’d been using my Khiel’s cream day and night and just felt I needed something richer for night and this sounded perfect – It’s a rich cream but not at all heavy – it has a definite scent of rosemary which actually smells beautiful – even my husband commented on how nice it smelt – only a tiny bit is needed so I think this tub will last me ages

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Vanilla Body Butter

OMG OH EM GEE! You don’t know how much you need smell-a-vision (smell-a-puter?) right now! It just smells soooooo gooooood – it is actually hard not to want to lick my arms after I’ve applied thisย – Hey Gorgeous really nail their body butters – rich & hydrating – my skin feels moisturised all day using these and don’t be fooled by the seemingly small tub – another product where a little goes a long way

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Pomegranate & Rooibos toner

Now I’m not all that familiar with pomegranate or how it smells (yes I’ve tasted it but it’s not a scent I’d immediately recognise) so I’ll describe this as ‘refreshing’ – I use this as a traditional toner after cleansingย  and I also use it as a refreshing spray – it’s nice to just spritz on during the day – this would be suited to all skin types

With my last order the lovely ladies at Hey Gorgeous so kindly sent my children their own personalised goodies! My girls got Fairy Dust Magic Souffle and my son got Batman After Sun Balm – complete with their names on the label – how gorgeous is that!

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Here’s a little bit about Hey Gorgeous (taken from their website)

โ™ฅ ย Everything we make, we make with love.

โ™ฅ ย Hey Gorgeous is family run. Real people. Real products.

โ™ฅ ย We source locally and use only natural ingredients.

โ™ฅ ย Our planet is important to us. We try to keep our carbon footprint small.

โ™ฅ ย Our products are cruelty free! We only test on our friends.

โ™ฅ ย Our testimonials are all 100% true. We stand by this.

โ™ฅ ย We stand by our products. They really work.

โ™ฅ ย We love helping people feel confident and gorgeous.

โ™ฅ ย Weโ€™re relatively young, but we have big dreams and amazing friends.

โ™ฅ ย We are based in South Africa, but we now offer worldwide shipping.

Everything I’ve reviewed in this post I have bought myself and I’m not affiliated with Hey Gorgeous in any way – I’m just a huge fan of their products – so much so that I can’t help myself but share how wonderful they are – and not only their products but the lovely ladies that are Hey Gorgeous – the customer service I have received from HG is reminiscent of the good old days – helpful friendly and nice – I’m telling you – it’s like talking to old friends

So please jump over to the prettyย  Hey Gorgeous website and check out their yummy range – you’ll be pleasantly surprised that most of the products are around AU$20 – which in my opinion is value for money

And I’d love to know what you think – what product jumps out at you the most?

Bec x

 

 

Something exciting

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Hello hello!

Before I start I just need to tell you all that the full stop and comma buttons on my computer are broken – it’s not my grammar OK! Let’s just say there was a coffee incident one morning NOT MY FAULT *looks at husband* So excuse me until I can be bothered taking my macbook in *sigh*

Ok I have exciting news – I’m going to be doing a Christmas giveaway! It’s all very exciting – I’ll have more details soon – watch this space

So today I’m just doing a quick post on what I’ve been up to but I’m planning a few posts this week as I’ve got a few things I want to share with you all

I’ve joined back in with the BeautyHeaven forums – I was very active there a few years ago but needed the break and that break ended up being a few years – I use to be known as Glitter Girl (yeah ok I was young don’t judge) but you can find me there now as Rebecca V MUA – I’m really loving being back as I feel I have more to offer – but I can’t remember everyone’s usernames so if you remember me say hello!

I’m also thinking about doing some videos *maybe* I’m shy so I’ll need to think some more—-or maybe I’ll do more photos and looks? When I can work out how to photograph my makeup without enhancing every wrinkle on my face :-P

I’ve been doing a few weddings and photo shoots – which I adore doing! I have a good feeling about next year and my career – I’m also considering applying for a retail makeup job as my youngest will be doing more hours at kindergarten next year (and rumour has it that Urban Decay is coming to Australia)

OOh and hopefully next week some time I can review the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette! Yes this baby is coming my way! I was lucky enough to get a sneaky order in before it sold out and it has just been delivered to my HopShopGo address – fingers crossed it’s here soon :D —- I also have a confession to make—- this will be my first Urban Decay purchase – yup I KNOW! I also ordered Naked 2 :)

I’m also doing another round of Michelle Bridges 12WBT and you can find me there under Beccy – I really love this program – I’m doing the 1/2 Marathon program to kick my arse back into gear —- and so I have an excuse to buy cute workout gear – have you seen the running skirts at Lululemon?! I have linked this blog to my makeup instagram account but to be honest it’s a pain in the butt to log in and out of different accounts – if you want you can follow me on my main account @salt_diamond but be warned I post pics of food and family life too :)

Is there a topic you would like me to post about? Let me know!

Bec x

 

Picture Polish and Essence mini haul

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I went to my local Target to buy something from the new NYX display. I thought I’d treat myself to a new lippy (having already treated myself to two lip butters, eyebrow powder and a jumbo lip pencil) but then I noticed the Essence display was being stocked with their new range New In Town, OH HELLO! Sorry NYX you’ll have to wait! Now we all love Essence, cheap & cheerful, a little hit and miss but it is really guilt free spending. Lipstick less than a cup of coffee – don’t mind if I do.

I picked up the long lasting lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty which is a warm rosy nude. Great if you have naturally pigmented lips like myself. The first swipe is quite sheer but the pigment builds up easily giving a semi opaque cover. It’s very creamy to apply and feels comfortable to wear but it does have a artificial scent and taste which might turn some off. For around $4 it’s ok to chuck in the handbag.

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I also got eyeshadow in 04 Black Goddess. I would describe this as a warm grey brown with silver and pink micro glitter. The texture is quite dry but it has pretty good colour payoff. I was about to get one of the new Metal Glam shadows in an almost identical shade but when I swatched in store the payoff was very sheer.

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Another product that caught my eye was the 3D Eyeshadow in 08 Irresistible Vanilla Latte. I think this is my favourite Essence find. They’ve probably been around for ages though. These can be used wet or dry (I forgot to swatch wet) the darker shade is a warm shimmery light rosy gold and the lighter shade is a cream duo chrome which has a pink sheen. I didn’t by this to use on eyes, I bought these to use as highlighters. I think they’ll look amazing on the cheekbones and brow bone. They’re quite sheer but wet they may work better if you’re after a more intense look on your eyes.

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Lastly, I went to Sydney on the weekend and was browsing in a swimwear shop when I noticed they stocked Picture Polish. I chose the gorgeous summery shade Sunset. It’s a neon coral. Picture Polish is nasty free and made in Australia. This is opaque in two coats. Picture Polish wears well on me and goes on smoothly.

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Have you purchased from the New In Town collection?
Bec x

Sleek Makeup Full Fat Lash mascara

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a mascara from Sleek Makeup on twitter and it came last Friday. The mascaras in the Sleek makeup range are one of the few products I haven’t actually tried so I was really excited to win one and test it out.
The mascara comes in simple but sleek (well duh) outer packaging and the actual tube is the same square shape. It’s a little different but I quite like it. The wand is silicon with a domed tip and straight base. It looks a bit strange but works really well. The domed tip can be used vertically or horizontally to reach every single lash. The mascara formula is a nice consistency and is described as ‘blackest black’ and it is indeed very black. On the box it says ‘Hold the skinny. Go for supersize lashes with 100% full fat volume’ – now I rarely take notice of what is claimed on packaging because let’s be honest most of it is a load of bollocks and while I don’t look like I’m wearing falsies my lashes do look thicker and longer. Also worth noting is that this hasn’t smudged at all today, I pretty much always get a smudged patch on my lower lash line on the outer corner of my right eye (regardless if I’m wearing mascara on my bottom lashes or not) I think it’s from when I smile and my eye creases more on that side. It doesn’t state anywhere on the packaging if this is waterproof or not (I’m assuming not) so I’m very impressed with this mascara.
This is $8.99 and you can buy it here.
Verdict – awesome bargain buy. I think I’ll be adding Sleek mascara to the list of Sleek products I can’t live without.

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