Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon Review

Marc Jacobs Beauty recently dropped a particularly unusual product – a  liquid lipstick in crayon form. Are you as intrigued as me? The concept seems pretty contradictory to me. Available from Sephora Australian, let’s see what these are all about.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty recently dropped a particularly unusual product – a  liquid lipstick in crayon form. Are you as intrigued as me? The concept seems pretty contradictory to me, as crayons are usually sheer, moisturising formulas that can be used one-handed when you’re in a pinch.  Liquid lipsticks, on the other hand, are a whole different ball game, needing precision and concentration to get that highly pigmented, long-lasting formula on the lips.  Always happy to offer up my face and body as a guniea pig for the sake of beauty innovation, I had to give these a try.

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What Marc Jacobs says –

Rewrite the (lipstick) rules: Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon is everything you love about a liquid lipstick in the form of a creamy crayon. It melts into lips with a lightweight liquid sensation, providing powerful one-swipe colour with bold impact. A dose of innovative “ghost pearl” gives the matte look a dimensional sheen for a never-before-seen finish. The crayon offers total control for effortless application. It’s easier than ever to shape and fill your lips.

I picked up the shades How Rouge!, Flaming-Oh! and Coral Fixation. The shades do swatch like standard matte shades on the hand,  but there is so much more to these incredible colours. Once on the lips, there is this pearlescence, almost chrome sort of shift, that I find really hard to describe. They really are a multidimensional shade that looks very unique and shows up differently in natural and artificial lights.

 

The formula is ridiculously creamy, so much so, that at first, it is hard to imagine these being very long-lasting. They glide across the lip and deliver a HUGE amount of pigment, while the crayon actually allows a great deal of control and precision. I find it so much easier to get my desired lipline with this method of delivery.  While the formula is creamy and soft on application they do surprisingly dry down to a satin matte finish, without too much transfer. The longevity isn’t as great as your usual liquid lip, but still lasts through food and drink.  The shades are definitely not flat. The ‘ghost pearl’ certainly adds dimension and the most gorgeous sheen and shift to the lips. To say I am impressed is an understatement.

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Le Marc Liquid lip Crayon is all my lip product dreams come true. It is this unreal, bold pigment in a creamy, comfortable formula that is easy to apply and lasts really well. It is as if they have picked the all best properties from a liquid lip, traditional lipstick and crayon and mixed them all together into this absolute winner. The formula also seems to leave out all the not-so-great features. I would love to see a bigger shade range with a few more nudes, oranges added into the mix, but that won’t stop me from going HAM and getting my grubby mitts on all 10 shades.  I cannot stress to you enough about how much I adore these little numbers.

You can find these at Sephora.com.au for $38 a pop.

What do you think? Are the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons worthy of a spot in your collection?

 

Camille x

 

 

 

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My Top Pixi Picks

 

Pixi by Petra is an iconic international brand which boasts many crowd favorites in both skincare and makeup within their range – a feat not achieved by many.

Pixi is an affordable brand that is easily recognised by its pale green packaging, but don’t be fooled by their soft, whimsical branding, their skincare really packs a punch and the colour cosmetics are of the highest quality.

And while I have tried quite a number of Pixi products, I’ve hardly even made a dent in the huge range, but these are my picks so far…

 

Glow Tonic

Surely this peachy coloured wonder needs no introduction. Loved by professionals and consumers alike, this cult classic is a staple in bathrooms worldwide. This Glycolic based toner refreshes, renews, balances and soothes the skin leaving it brighter and more refined. This magic juice is suitable for most skin tones and is even gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. For me personally, Glow Tonic has really helped ease congestion through my t-zone, it has lifted pigmentation and makes my complexion plump and bright.

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Milky Hydrating Mist

This is such a lovely hydrating mist. I use this under makeup, on-top of makeup and on bare skin throughout the day, to give my skin a little drink. I particularly like using the Hydrating mist under sheet masks and clay masks to give my skin just that little bit of extra moisture.  It is so lightweight and absorbs into my skin really quickly. It smells lovely but it isn’t overpowering and I find that the mist is super fine and evenly delivers the product which is a huge bonus.

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Rose Flash Balm

This sweet smelling balm is an interesting product. It is marketed as an ‘instant skin booster’ and can be used as a primer, mask or moisturiser. It targets lack-lustre skin, instantly reviving, hydrating and ridding the skin of signs of fatigue. I have been using this as a primer and I have fallen head over heels in love. The balm sinks into my skin effortlessly and leaves it oh-so happy.  Makeup applies smoothly over the top and it really seems to make my complexion glow with health.

MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks

The Pixi Mattelast lipsticks are really lovely. They have a light consistency that dries down so comfortably that you’ll forget you are wearing any lipsticks. They don’t dry out my lips and the range of beautiful rosey hued nudes are just my jam. Cannot fault these little babies, and they are one of my favourite daily lip products. Matte Beige is my go-to.

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Palettes

As far as Pixi’s palettes go, it really is difficult to choose between their huge collection of high-quality eye and face palettes. Having recently collaborated with a handful of influencers (#pixipretties), they have released a number of swoon-worthy products. My picks would be the Weylie Hoang eyeshadows and the Cafe Con Dolce multi-use palette. Both palettes boast beautiful formulas and shades but have a multitude of uses. The Weylie eye palette is ideal for travel, as it is small and compact. It contains mid and deep warm shades as well as a few light shimmery shades for good measure. Cafe Con Dolce is a beautiful palette full of soft luminous shades that can be used on the eye or cheek. This cream to powder formula is heavenly and can be diffuser out or built up for a super glow finish.

Have you jumped on the Pixi by Petra bandwagon? What are your faves?

 

Camille xx

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

Illamasqua Rich Liquid and Beyond Powder via RY.COM.AU

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

Another week, another foundation review and wear test.  This week I was kindly gifted some Illamasqua goodies from Australian Makeup Super-Store, RY.COM.AU

Established in 2005 on the sunny Gold Coast, RY has quickly established a reputation as being Australia’s largest online beauty retailer. We are proud to be a fully authorised retailer for all the brands you see here on RY. We have over 250 premium beauty brands across cosmetics, hair care and skin care, including customer favourites Alpha H, ASAP, Dermalogica, GHD, Parlux, Redken and SkinCeuticals.

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

Achieve maximum coverage with the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation; a coveted makeup base utilised and loved by professional makeup artists.

The liquid formula is effortlessly applied to the complexion, offering seamless, blended and water-resistant results. Delivering a semi-matte finish, the foundation conditions the skin and is able to eliminate excess oil to reduce unwanted shine. A perfect base for flawless and long lasting makeup application.

I seriously love the packaging – it is a squeezy tube but still looks oh-so-chic. Absolutely perfect for travel and to pop in your handbag without the risk of shattering. Other brands need to take note.

My first impressions weren’t great. I had washed all my brushes and sponges,  so they were downstairs drying, so when I went to apply this foundation, I used my Clarisonic with the foundation brush head. BIG mistake. The foundation was cakey, thick and immediately settled into my pores and fine lines. It created texture where there was none. You know how I love a subtle glow, but this was beyond. Within half an hour of wearing this, it looked like you could fry an egg on my chin – it was that greasy. I needed to powder before leaving the house, and while this did contain the oil, it did little to help with the other issues. In fact, it made my skin look even worse.

Throughout the day my skin felt disgusting and heavy, and looking in the mirror was a fright. These results are the exact opposite of what this foundation is meant to achieve. So I have put it down as perhaps too much product and not the best tool for the job.

 

But, because I think products can often be misrepresented by first impressions, I persevered and kept wearing the foundation, and lucky I did. I experimented with tools, primers, and powders to really make the most of the foundation and get it to work for my skin. I found that a Beauty Blender is by far my favourite way to apply. It sheers out the thick formula which, in turn, prevents caking. This, in addition to a pore-filling primer like the Tatcha Silk Canvas really makes all the difference. You can see by the photos below how much more natural and smooth my skin looks. A huge difference from the results on the first day of wear.

This foundation is heavy duty. Full coverage and really long wearing. Definitely not something you’d reach for on a daily basis. But for a special occasion, it is ideal. It photographs so bloody well and covers everythinggggg. I think it would work well for most skin types but, like me, you might need to play around with a few factors to ensure you get the most out of the Illamasqua Rich Foundation.

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

The silky powder glides effortlessly over skin, and can be used to create an all-over illuminated finish or applied with more precision to perform like a highlighter. Perfect for illuminating the high points of the face and reflecting light, the powder is effective when worn on the top of the cheek bones, brow bones and even the collar bones.

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This highlighter is gorgeous! Probably one of the prettiest in my collection and the white gold shade is just my cup of tea. The packagaing again steals the show. The shiny black plastic is so sleek and the shape is just so unique and appealing.   The powder itself is very fine and applies beautifully.  It leaves a lovely subtle shimmer that perfectly highlights the high point of the face. This is the exact type of illuminator that I lust over. Soft, subtle with a slight warm undertone – perfect.  Using the Beyond Powder with a dry brush gives your skin the most gorgeous glow, but if you wanna ramp it up and get that ‘gram worthy glow, it can also be applied with a wet brush – I haven’t attempted this, because it is just not my thing.

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I am seriously impressed with the two Illamasqua products that I have tried, and I am looking forward to browsing through the rest of the range on RY.com.au and picking up some more goodies.

 

What are your favourite RY.COM.AU brands?

 

Camille xx

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation Review

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

 

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

Get your complexion covered all day with this 16-hour wear, buildable medium to full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable, and weightless.

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I simply adore the simple glass bottle. It’s a great size that fits into my drawers and has a pump style delivery which is my preferred method. Bobbi Brown do understated class so damn well.

The foundation applies well, it is really workable and can be applied with a sponge, brush or even fingers. I prefer using a Beauty Blender to ensure an even, streak-free and super natural looking finish, I found that a brush did tend to make it look a little streaky and thick.  The coverage can be built up with ease without the threat of the dreaded cakeface.

I found the formula to be creamy, but light like a gel, which seems contradictory but somehow works. I love that with only a light layer, the foundation can even-out skintone and cover blemishes without looking like a mask, but rather acting like a second skin which allows your own skin to shine through – cute little freckles and all.  There is no clinging to dry patches, nor is it too matte that it enhances any texture on my face. Plus, it does a really good job of controlling my oil during the day. As expected my natural oils start to penetrate slightly half-way through the day, but we definitely don’t get to oil-slick territory.

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The wear time is great, and I think this is its only slight downfall. It claims to wear for 16-hours – I can attest to about 12 hours. It definitely does last, but I noticed quite a bit of fading after about 7 hours. The foundation does start to break up a little around my nose and chin, revealing a little bit of redness, but nothing that couldn’t be touched up. So, all-in-all it performs really well.

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Another plus is the shade range. It boasts 30 shades with different undertones, which gives you a fairly decent amount of options to find the right shade for your complexion.

Overall, I am pretty well sold on the Bobbi Brown Skin long-Wear Weightless Foundation. It is definitely light-weight and natural looking but it also covers up the bad bits, smoothes and evens out skin tone all while lasting you most of the day and offering a small amount of SPF. It really ticks the boxes for my current needs and will be a regular on my face.  I have definitely found a new daily wear foundation in this little beauty. I would imagine that it would work well for most skin types and would perhaps wear longer on you gals with not so oily skin.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation retails for $70 and can be purchased directly from the BB website or from Mecca Maxima and department stores.

 

Does this little number tickle your fancy?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer Review

The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response.

The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response. But after kindly being gifted this luxurious little beauty, I feel like it is my duty to put it to the test, share my honest thoughts and let you know whether it is worth the hefty price tag.

Just for a comparison, one of my all-time favorite primers,  the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is $79 for 30ml, and the Tatcha Silk Canvas is $76 for 20grams.

 

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Firstly, what is it?

Prep your skin with pure silk with this luxurious and velvety priming balm, smoothing and evening out the complexion while increasing the longevity of your makeup for all day, flawless radiance.

This little number contains pink and gold pearl to even out skin tone, Japanese superfoods to aid in anti-aging and botanicals to provide a protective barrier for the skin. Sounds like perfection, right?

The packaging as you’d expect is stunning and super bougie, but not in a gaudy way.  The tub is in the shape of a disc and is quite heavy. The primer even comes with a little spatula that allows you to get the right amount of product each time and to also make sure your grubby little mitts don’t transfer bacteria into the tub. The lid screws off revealing a gorgeous pale pink balmy primer.

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The instructions advise that a little goes a really long way, needing only the amount of a rice grain to cover the whole face. Because you only need such a small amount with each use, I think that this little baby will last you quite a while, which makes it a little easier to justify the price.

 

The consistency is slightly balmy, but super lightweight. It spreads on to the skin beautifully. I find it best to warm up the product between fingertips to make it a little easier to apply. It doesn’t feel silicone-y at all, but rather quite smooth and as light as a feather. It instantly absorbs without any oily or powdery residue, just blurred, soft, slightly tacky skin.  My pores are gone. Gone, I tell you. I have giant gaping holes for pores and to blur and disguise them is truly a miracle.

The wrinkles on my forehead are somewhat reduced and there is just a gorgeous luminosity to my skin – it isn’t shimmery, or sparkly, I just look like a picture of health. Silk Canvas acts as a protective barrier, that doesn’t allow your skin to absorb your make up, which in turn, is fabulous for your skin and decreases the amount of makeup you need to use.

 

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First 3 eyeshadows without Silk Canvas / last 3 eyeshadows with primer

 

WITH FOUNDATION

I trialed Silk Canvas with a number of foundations with not a whole heap of difference. My foundation applied really well, it seemed to just glide over the face with little to no effort. My skin did remain to look healthy, quite smooth and luminous. The main difference that stood out to me is how my skin felt – it was so goddamn smooth. My makeup lasted well throughout the day and there was no caking, fading or too much oil peaking through. I did notice that my craters of pores did start to become noticeable as the day wore on.

 

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Primer on left side of face, the right side without

 

 

 

The only real negative I have is that the spatula is super easy to misplace.  It would be unreal if it was magnetic and stuck to the lid to ensure it didn’t go missing. But other than that, this primer is a goodie.

Will you be picking up this beauty? And now to spend my life savings on the rest of the Tatcha range, because I am mother flippin’ obsessed.

 

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.