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

 

 

Review: Dirty Works Coconut scrub and body butter

Winter is the time when I get all bundled up and I tend not to pay too much attention to my skin. Bad I know! I look after the skin on my face much better. Whereas the rest of the body is hidden away for the next few months under jeans, leggings, pants and long skirts so for me…it’s something I don’t worry too much about. But I can’t say my skin looks all that great under the layers. And it doesn’t help that I sleep with the heater on! Skin is the largest organ, it is still growing and shedding and I just can’t hide away from the fact that well…the limbs are looking a bit dry and flaky.

So I was lucky enough to receive some new products from Dirty Works range to try out. I have never come across this brand before and thought why not give it a go…I’ll give anything a go if it can rescue my dry limbs! So please read on for my review on two products, a scrub and body butter.

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‘Life’s a beach coconut scrub’ 200 mL – $7.95

Hmm…the cold weather doesn’t really make me want to spend too much time in the bathroom. It is the coldest place in my house! Can anyone relate?  These products looked so retro and fun to try so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get some moisture and TLC back into my skin. When I first saw the purple and quirky packaging, I thought hey these look like cute! And there was even a retro babe in bikini on the ‘Life’s a beach coconut scrub’, hey looks like she is having fun on a beach somewhere…hopefully these will help me forget the freezing cold for a few minutes.

My skin was getting that white powdery look from the neglect and needed a good ol scrub. So I was quite excited about trialling this beauty. The scent is described as exotic coconut, I can say it does smell just like coconut milk with a hint of lime. It is a really nice pleasant smell that reminds me of holidays at a beach. Some may find the scent strong but I quite like it.

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The scrub is made out of pecan shell granules that gently scrubs dead skin away and sweet almond oil to moisturise and hydrate. When I was squeezing it out of the tube I could tell the scrub was quite disperse within the liquid, hence it wasn’t too rough and felt really soft to exfoliate away the dry skin. I concentrated on those ultra embarrassing and noticeable areas of dryness like elbows, knees and ankles. It was quite creamy once it was mixed with water in the shower, and kind of left my floors a bit slippery. So becareful when scrubbing away, be sure to wash the product down completely. My skin felt really soft and smooth after a good scrub, it was glowing, moisturised and smelt tropical!

I like the cute, clever packaging and for the price you pay it is a lovely scrub.

‘That Fiji feeling coconut body butter’ 300 mL – $7.95

The body butter is quite a rich, thick and creamy consistency. It has a similar smell to the scrub, however I felt this was a little bit stronger. After applying it to my skin, the smell lasted longer and noticed the fragrance could be smelt on my bed covers in the morning.

It contains cocoa butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil which hydrated my dry skin back to normal. This body butter was easily soaked into the skin, I found that the skin just absorbed it so well that it didn’t leave a greasy feeling or a film on the skin. That was one thing I thought was great about the product and another, it was easy to put my clothes over the top after application.

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These two were a perfectly paired, they worked so well together and helped my Winter skin  become soft and silky once again. I only wish I could be on a beach now! The scent definitely helps stir the imagination of being under a coconut tree on a warm day at a tropical destination. It’s an indulgent beauty treat at an affordable price.

If you are interested in tracking them down for yourself, the Dirty Works Coconut scrub and body butter can be found in Coles supermarkets nationwide.

Hope you liked the review, how are you keeping your skin hydrated this Winter?

E-von