Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cat Power sang it best, "Once I wanted to be the greatest" ... Autumn lip gloss under $15.00"

That may or may not have been the mantra used by the Face of Australia team when they set about creating the Divine Shine Lip Plumper in “Lavish Instincts” cause this prod is THE SHIT! Best Autumn find I’ve stumbled across (or in this case been sent for consideration) so far. You want to know why? OK I’ll tell you – geez SO demanding!

Divine Shine Lip Plumper in "Lavish Instincts" RRP: $10.95

It’s getting cooler and windier = dry, non-pretty, flakey lips. This also means that the bright matte fuschia lipstick we’ve all been flaunting throughout the warmer months is no longer looking so flash. (Especially on my not-so-soft and actually quite chapped lips, despite my best efforts with a pot of Carmex, Chapstick AND home exfoliation remedy of very scientifically “rubbing sugar on my lips”).

This particular gloss is IDEAL for cool weather as it is enriched with natural emollients to moisturise and condition lips, which is super important if you are trying to avoid a windburnt pout.
It’s a PLUMPING lip gloss infused with Cinnamon & Ginger to stimulate circulation below the skin's surface, encouraging lips to flush and plump. Menthol combines to produce a longer lasting plumping effect for bigger lips while good ole’ Lanolin fills fine lines and makes lips appear smoother & fuller. An added benefit are the intense light reflecting pigments used to ensure a mirror-like gloss effect meaning that I can FAKE smooth, lush, plump lips even when mine are actually being very naughty and dry.
The colour! A warm nudey-brown not unlike golden syrup. This looks sooo good on -None of that kinda-corpsey effect achieved with some nudes. I urge you, don’t be afraid of brown toned lips, paired with a neutral base and smoky eye (not specifically black – bronze looks gorgeous too!) this gloss adds definition and a certain sultry effect. Of course if you are lucky enough to have a peaches and cream complexion this hue may not be the best for you, however there is a delightful shade named “Sterling Blossom” which is a similar colour to the cranberry/red wine lipsticks I was banging on about in my last post which looks just darling on fair skinned maidens. Just be sure to add a light sweeping of bronzer to avoid looking like a vampire. Face Of Australia’s Pressed Bronzer (just the one shade) is actually very lovely and luminous however quite dark and I’m kinda olivey anyways so I like to use my standard matte Bobbi Brown bronzer then lightly dust FOA’s on the tip of my nose, chin, forehead and top of my cheek bones to try make me look all glowy and Giselle-y.

Sorry about the terrible quality (Iphone4 tut!). Here's me wearing the Divine Shine Gloss and Pressed Bronzer (RRP: $11.95) available from Big W, Priceline, Kmart and selected pharmacies.
NOTE: I think it is super important to update your makeup the same way you do your wardrobe. A barely-there application of tinted moisturiser and paw paw lip balm aint going to cut it for Autumn. So get experimenting and embrace the stunning burnt-gold eye shadows and ultra chic taupe nail polishes that will never be more appropriate then right now.

PS (Gosh I'm being chatty today!) Like that nail colour in the first pic? It's the SHELLAC I finally tried out on Friday - loving it so far. Will blog after the 14 days it's meant to last and let you know how it endured.

* I was very kindly sent these products for consideration, however this did not influence my opinion and ALL reviews are of my own honest to God/Buddah/Allah opinion. No bullshit here beauties, I only write about products I acutally like and have tried.