Friday, 20 December 2013

Lime Crime Velvetines ♥ Pink Velvet ♥ Review + Swatches + Comparison + FOTD

How do you write a review about something you are clearly obsessed about? You try ... try real hard! and I'll be doing just that today!

My babies! Lime Crime Velvetines: Pink Velvet, Red Velvet, Seudeberry
If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you know I've been waiting...rather impatiently.. for Pink Velvet's release! and as soon as it did.. it took my sleeps away! I could've bought it on day 1 i.e. Nov 29th but honestly, I just wasn't sure. It looked very cool toned and I was quite certain it'll look scary on me. Doe Deere (the owner of Lime Crime!) is porcelain white and super cool toned and she rocks it like anything! That made me think twice (actually way more than twice...many sleepless nights!) And when it reached NZ shores this week... heart took over mind! I ASKED my gf to be my secret santa and she agreed rather happily (Shout out to you Neha!) and boy! it's the best gift I've ever received in my whole effin life... Yeahh! those photo frames, wall hangings, hideous stuff toys, useless clothes.. better than them all! I was so wrong! It's a stunning shade that albeit my warm skin tone complements it like a match made in heaven.

I've never seen a shade prettier than this!

Ok.. back to being level-headed. I must not show my #obsessedwithanythinglimecrime side to the world.

Lime Crime is US brand that's all about color- brights, bolds and the unusuals! They are vegan and cruelty-free (Thumbs up!). Since I've already reviewed Lime Crime Velvetines in the shade Seudeberry (Review here), I won't go into super details in this post.  Shall let pictures do the talking today!

The Collection

Just applied swatches: When wet! From left: Red Velvet, Pink Velvet, Seudeberry

A minute later: dry and matte

What Lime Crime has to say about them?
Lip stain that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. Touch-proof, long-wearing, and utterly addictive!

Well, I'd happily agree on that statement.
liquid ✔
matte ✔
touch proof (well almost!) ✔
long wearing yes yes!
And addictive ... lets not even go there! I wouldn't lose my sleep over it if it wasn't addictive.

Those roses take my heart away! I can stare at the packaging for hours
Pink Velvet is stunning bright pink with blue undertones. It has surprisingly worked so well on my skin though I'm super warm (NC 30-35-ish Indian skintone). Bottom line, it suits both warm and cool tones.. so every girl needs to have it! It's definitely a universal shade
♥ It's looks different in different lighting. In sunlight its almost neon pink (like MAC Girl about town) and it's more of a deep pink with reddish undertones in the evenings
♥ A liquid that goes on smooth and opaque in one coat

Ingredients! If you care
Dries to a super matte finish in about a minute
Stays on forever.. survives light snacking, drinks and meals! About 4-5 hours easily on me and after that leaves a stain behind. It starts fading from the part! A lip liner underneath would secure it for the whole night.
Doesn't dry my lips the whole time it's on. Not uncomfy at all.
♥ The packaging: They have changed the packaging slightly and this one is even prettier than the last. Roses on cap and the frosted glass case.. This is THE ultimate luxury!
♥ The doe foot applicator actually works. It's easy to maneuver and get that perfectly enviable pout! Just noticed it's doe-foot is actually smaller than the previous two Velvetines. I've been able to get a perfect lip line with pink velvet easily so may be it's helping.
Pink Velvet swatch

If I had to gripe about it (like really really have to!!) I'd say this needs good wellcaredfor lips- Freshly scrubbed and drenched in lip balm (as with all matte's)! It also emphasizes lines and wrinkles on lips after a few hours of wear. That's a sign- top it up!!

I apply it straight from the tube but when I need to lock a matte lip color for the day, I follow this order!

scrub lips (super gentle) → lip balm (10 minutes) → wipe excess lip balm →lip liner (same or lighter shade) → lipstick/stain with brush or straight from tube → Blot (about 2 times) → Done!

That's general rule of thumb for lipstick application. I don't blot Velvetines by the way! Would hate to see them being wasted on a tissue paper :(

On me!

That's pink velvet for you ladies! Hoping you didn't discover my OCD about these babies. Honestly, I feel the addiction growing and am a bit uneasy about addictions in general. Remember I mentioned it in my post here?

Ummmm.. Lets not dwell over my insecurities!! Lets just admire the beauty again.. Pink Velvet that is!
C'mon ladies... come out of nudes and mlbb's and embrace the bold! Enjoy the attention this baby will get you...!

Price: $30 NZD/ $20 USD
Buy it from: and other online stores in NZ! Lime crime's official website ships worldwide (except Thailand)

So, tell me is this a shade you can rock? Is it your kinda shade or too bold? What will you pair it with?


Monday, 16 December 2013

NYX Antwerp Review + FOTD ♥

Remember that massive Cherry Culture haul a few weeks ago? I've finally started using some of that stuff and oh boy! I'm seriously impressed with the brand Nyx! I reckon it's the best drugstore brand I've tried till date! Beats Elf is my books any day! Though I'm not sure if I can call it a drugstore brand since we don't get Nyx at any physical store in NZ! Hence the massive orders from the likes of Cherry Culture and Beauty joint!

The product!

One of the best Nyx products for me has been the Soft matte lip creams! I might run out of words to describe my love for them. You know I'm a fan of matte's right? A very  uncomfortable unhealthy obsession for the dry lipped souls! And I'm assuming you already know how crazy I am about Lime Crime Velvetines (Seudeberry Reviewed here). There is something so endearing about matte lips! I probably can't put it into words so won't attempt!

When I discovered these babies from Nyx, it was like a chance to get more shades in Velvetines like formula. It'll be safe to say I've not been disappointed.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Forest Essentials ♥ Pure Rose Water Facial Toner Review ♥

I could've titled this post  "I'm currently obsessed about"!
Summers are well here in NZ (Yess!! We are in southern hemisphere)  and I honestly can't have enough of it. I'm obsessed about everything that is even vaguely summery! Bring on the lemonades, strawberry shakes and barely there clothes :p

You know I'm pretty big on natural skincare right? This review is about an awesome product from a fast emerging Indian brand "Forest Essentials" that is basically putting our ancient Indian skincare knowledge from Ayurveda into affordable luxury. Finally someone has hit the hammer on the nail. Spot on! Beautiful packaging, natural products and effective concoctions.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Skinfood Mud Masque Review + Trip Photos ♥

Just a quick review of my favorite face pack these days, since many of you expressed interest when I posted a scary photo with it on (here, here and here)

Introducing you to this amazing natural product- Skinfood NZ's Mud Masque-Made from natural Rotorua mud.

For all the non-New Zealanders out there, Rotorua is a city in North Island famous for its hot mud pools, natural spas, sulphur laden volcanic sand, geothermal water and erupting geysers. Its a tourist hotspot! Rotorua mud is known to purify and heal skin conditions. Ancient Maori warriors would return after battle to remove the "Tapu" of war and heal their wounds at these thermal sites. If you ever come to NZ, it tops the list of must-see places! Who wouldn't fancy seeing a mud volcano right?

Back to our product!
I've been to Rotorua and even had a mud bath. I'm happy to report that Skinood definitely got the color right.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Its All Good "She'll Be Right Healing Balm" **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

It wouldn't be wrong to call this tub the Its All Good’s version of ‘Everything Balm’. Yup!! You know my absolute favorite from Trilogy that I mention in every blog post without fail.!!! Reviewed (here)
"She'll Be Right" does everything and much more. I love multitasking products and own so many of them that I'm not a brand loyal anymore. If I feel like 'red', there’s Lucas pawpaw. If I need something heavy duty there's Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (going to review that soon). If I feel like treating myself to a soothing scent, its Trilogy’s everything balm & when I feel like pampering myself with some of NZ's organic goodness, its this lil' tub of ‘She’ll Be Right’. I’ve already reviewed ‘Magic Bites’ from this skincare range – My absolute weapon against insect bites (Review here).
It's All Good products

Awesome news: I have one It's All good's "She'll be Right" Manuka honey and propolis healing balm to giveaway (Thank you “The lovely folks at ECOtanka”).

Read on to see if you’d like to indulge in some organic goodness.

Sunday, 17 November 2013 haul

How are you doing beautiful people? Sorry for the absence! We've been busy moving to a new place and you know how it's hardly ever fun!
I've been meaning to show you this haul of mine since forever. The order arrived almost a MONTH ago!

So, had 40% off  everything a while ago and I obviously went crazy. 3 of us shopped together to share shipping (Whooping $25!!). So much of my wishlist stuff was on there and the prices were irresistible. We spent about $140 USD in total.

I won't say much. Gonna let pictures do the talking! Enjoy....

Combined order of us chics!
I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the website and the brands in general. Everything from NYX is so lovely! Highly recommended... Total value for money!

My stuff! Lip products are the highlight obviously...