Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising lipstick: Matte Review

Finding the right shade of lipstick to suit your everyday style can become quite the hunt. Over the years I have ended up with a collection of lipsticks that I  hardly ever used because testing them out at the counter on my wrist just isn’t the same as wearing it on my lips. And I had also gone through a phase of buying lipsticks online, and when they arrive in my mailbox the colour was never true on the website. Sometimes these things, you just accept that you got it wrong and there’s no way of returning it…that shade of lipstick goes to the bottom of the make up drawer or you try to pass it off to a close friend or your younger sister.

It was nice to sit down with Stephen Gaskett, Elizabeth Arden’s national make up artist to chat about lip shades that suited my skin tone. I can hardly find the time to attend these sessions, being a busy mum and all. And I can’t honestly remember the last time I stepped into David Jones! But I’m glad I did, as the customer service at the Elizabeth Arden counter was impeccable. Don’t get intimidated by their smart dressing and perfect make up…they were absolutely lovely to chat to and so helpful too.

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From Left: Bold Red, Coral Crush, Nude

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Wearing Coral Crush on the lips

So let me introduce you to the Elizabeth Arden newest released range of matte meets moisture lipsticks, these are available in 6 wearable shades. They have a 12 hour wear, the colourhas flexible satin-pigments that make the colour look ultra smooth and velvety on the lips. The lipstick is made of natural moisturisng ingredients such as manago, shea and murumuru butters, and argan oil and vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection. When you think of long lasting, matte wear sometimes the concern of it being ‘drying’ comes to mind, but after wearing the lipstick for my belated birthday bash, the formula didn’t feel dry at all and feels very comfortable on the lips.

Of course with food and drink the lipstick naturally comes off, but generally the colour does stay on for couple of hours. I find with habit I will reapply every 3-4 hours. I was very happy with the 3 colours chosen for my skin tone, I have been wearing them daily and it’s becoming a favourite!

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At the counter, I was especially surprised to see new technology that is used in the beauty industry, such as the skin matching tool below. The make up artist took a photo of my skin’s surface and it told me which foundation shade suited me best. I was totally blown away, imagine how much money this tool could save a girl from trying 50 different shades from different brands.

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Have you tried out this new technology on your skin? What is your tip to finding the best shade of foundation and lipstick?

E-von

 

 

Starting my French beauty affair

Sorry for the lack of posts of late. I have been super busy with SELF Organics (my little biz) and I will be sharing what went down at my first market stall. So watch out for that will be my next post…today it’s all about my French beauty affair!

It was around a year ago now that I was introduced to a range of skincare that would change my life! It so happened to be a coincidence that I stumbled across Bioderma, as I entered an online competition held by another beauty blogger and surprisingly won! The only knowledge of Bioderma at the time was very little and all I heard about this product was that it was hard to get in Australia and it was also one of the best make up removers.

And since that day, I have been a faithful follower of the Bioderma Crealine and Sebium facial cleansers! Whenever I would talk about this product to people, they would have already heard the hype but may not have tried it. Now it is made widely available in Australia at Priceline and Terry White Pharmacists, and everytime I walk into those stores the shelf is very much empty.

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Last week I met with Arnaud who represents a company in Australia called Cosmetiques de France. He came all the way to Perth to specifically talk to fellow blogger Sophie from Born to Buy and I about the Bioderma, Uriage and Nuxe range. It was an exciting experience to hear from the horse’s mouth about these beautiful products. We sat down at Subiaco’s Cafe Cafe with our fat buttery croissants and me with my chai (so typical of me!) to talk about beauty.

It was very interesting to learn about dermacosmetics and how they are specifically formulated to treat skin problems such as acne, rosacea, ezcema and other types. All the three brands are considered dermacosmetics but they all focus on different ingredients to solve these issues. Nuxe uses botanical extracts and their outstanding product is the Huile Prodigieuse (Dry Oil), Uriage uses a properties of thermal water and Bioderma is recommended by Dermatologists for its treatment of skin disorders. They have to go through strict measures to ensure that they are beneficial for the skin and can be a product that solves skin problems, otherwise they wouldn’t have the support of Dermatologists.

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I learnt so much, and my interest has always been in skincare. When the meeting was over, Arnaud pulled out a goodie bag with products to try and review.  I have heard only positives about them over the bloggasphere and can’t wait to get into them and share my experience. The one I am most interested in is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, or dry oil. Only because it is such a versatile oil that can be used on the face, body and hair…and I am that kind of ‘one product does all’ kind of girl.

So tell me…have you tried any of these brands before? Have you thought about buying a product from a chemist that can help with your skin problems?

We’re having a long weekend here in Western Australia. So I can’t wait to catch up with my R&R because it seems to be non-existent this week. I may have forgotten how to do this…Hope you have a great weekend!

E-von