ausbeautybabes

REVIEW: Urban Decay VICE Lipsticks

Urban Decay recently replaced all of their lipsticks with a new line of 100 different shades in five different formulas and because I’m so good at saving money I only picked up eight shades (to start with) and thought I would share my thoughts with you – meet the VICE Lipstick line from Urban Decay!

I tried to pick up a shade from each formula but couldn’t decide on a colour in the cream or sheer formula but I’m sure I will in the future.

The Price:

In Australia you can purchase these lippies from Mecca, both online and instore, and they will set you back $28. Considering the quality and sheer quantity of shades available I find this price pretty decent as you are bound to find your perfect lippy in the collection somewhere!

The Colours:

There are 100 of them, I think that speaks for itself.

Formulation:

They really have thought of every possible lipstick finish possible in this collection! From sheer, every day shades to super chunky glittery shades to dark, vampy, wintery hues. My favourite finish out of the six has to be comfort matte. It really reminds me of the MAC Satin formula which I loooove!

Sheer: This is one of the formulas that I didn’t really find a shade that clicked but there are lots of beautiful ones in the collection! The sheer finish would be great if you want a shade that looks like you put in a little bit of effort but not like you are wearing loads of makeup. I also think this finish would be great if you wanted a “my lips but better” lippy.

Sheer Shimmer: I have the shade Ex-Girlfriend in this formula and looooove it! The finish is somewhere between a shimmery and cream lipstick. It’s not going to last you all day and it’s not an opaque colour by any means but I really like that it is buildable and easy to reapply! I think this is a nice formula to get in an every day colour and Ex-Girlfriend is definitely that for me.

Ex-Girlfriend

Cream: As I mentioned, I don’t have a colour in this finish but from testing in store it seems nice and creamy. It’s also supposed to be a buildable formula so don’t expect this to be your all-day-waterproof lipstick but again, something nice to slap on in a rush and be done.

Metallized: I have two shades in this finish and really like both! Peyote is a beautiful every-day colour that I have been wearing non stop! Amulet is unlike any other colour I own in my collection and, for that reason, I love it! The Metallized finish is really flattering and I’ve been loving these shades (especially Peyote) as a handbag companion since I bought them as they are easy to slap on and reapply! Like the cream and sheer shimmer formulas they won’t last you all day but I looooove them!

Peyote

Amulet

Comfort Matte: As I mentioned above this is my favourite formula out of the bunch! They last a really long time without being drying or powdery on the lips! If you are eating and drinking on a night out, you will need to reapply these shades but they last longer than the others. I picked up four colours in this finish and will definitely be buying more! Backtalk is the kind of colour that I tend to reach for constantly if I want to look like I put in a little bit of effort, it is a beautiful cool nude shade and the pigmentation is insane! 1993 is a warm brown shade and I think I will be rocking it a lot during the warmer months! I also picked up Blackmail which is the kind of deep, vampy shade I love wearing on a night out or during a cold and wet Tassie day. Lastly I got Menace which is a classic blue toned bright pink! It’s a great bright colour for the summer months.

Backtalk

1993

Blackmail

Menace

Mega-Matte: This finish reminds me so much of the MAC matte and retro matte listicks! It is a tad drying but if you properly prep your lips with lip balm, primer and liner before applying them they don’t look powdery or too heavy! I picked up the shade 714 in this shade which is a classic red and is also the shade that Ruby Rose wore in all of the campaigns for this collection. I absolutely love this shade and think it would suit every skin tone!

714

Packaging:

The boxes of the lipsticks are so cool! They have broken up colours stacked upon one another and gold writing. I think they look nice and sleek and I love that they have a sticker of the colour on them too so they are easily recognisable! The actual lipstick tubes look so sleek and also have a sticker on the bottom of them with not only the shade name but the colour of the lipstick too which is great when you have the stored together! They have a little clip when you shut them too so the lid doesn’t fall off in your handbag or during travel! A+ from me!


Overall Thoughts:

I think Urban Decay hit the nail on the head with this range! There really is a colour for everyone! I hope they come out with some of the colours in a variety of finishes as I think that would go really well but overall I think I might have found my new favourite range of lipsticks!

Stay Happy,

-M xx

Makeup For Mature Skin


We’ve had a lot of questions about makeup for more mature skin so we decided to recruit our beautiful mum to help us give you some tips and tricks on how to best apply makeup to mature skin.

The Prep:

 Our mum, like many other woman her age, has quite dehydrated skin. Her main concern is makeup becoming cakey around her smile lines which can be common if you don’t apply the right base. The best thing we have found to do before applying mum’s (or anyone with dry skin) base is to prep it with a facial spray. Our favourite (and one of the cheapest around too) is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and RosewaterWe sprayed a generous amount over mum’s skin and let that settle in before we applied the Hourglass No. 28 Serum Primer with a Beauty Blender. This primer is absolutely incredible for priming dry or dehydrated skin! It is so nourishing and hydrating and we have found that it keeps our skin looking fresher for longer!  

The Base:

 Mum’s new favourite foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid To Go Compact and for good reason! It is so hydrating (again, essential for aged skin) and has excellent coverage while still looking like skin. Then we used the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer  under her eyes to cancel out any darker pigmentation. Something important to remember with concealer and mature skin is to use a concealer that is only one shade lighter than your skin tone as anything lighter will make you looked aged. As you can see above, we used the same shade as we would on the rest of mum’s face here under her eyes and she looks absolutely stunning! We blended all of that in with the Beauty Blender again. Mum’s skin becomes too dry if she sets it with powder and she finds that she doesn’t need to set it for it to stay all day (especially with this foundation/primer combination) but if you do find that you need to set your face we would recommend the Face of Australia Translucent Powder used with a beauty blender is an amazing combination for keeping the skin still looking like skin.

The Cheeks:

 Like the base, glowing cheeks tend to look the nicest with mature skin so we used mum’s favourite the NARS Laguna Orgasm Duo  which is a bronzer/blush duo. The bronzer has a beautiful golden sheen and the blush has gentle gold reflects in it. The combination looks amazing on the cheeks. To aid in illumination we used the Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter stick on the top of her cheek bones, cupids bow and down her nose. Something to keep in mind with anything that has a reflect in it is to use it sparsely on any areas you have textural problems as this will highlight those problems even more. If you do have issues we recommend using a matte blush and bronzer and even a matte powder that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone as a highlighter to give your face dimension.

The Brows:

 Mum already has beautiful brows so we just ran over Benefit’s Gimme Brow Brow Gel to give them more volume and texture.

The Eyes: 

 Mum, like us, has pretty hooded eyes so we try to keep the drama along the lash line for her eyes. We used the Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer to make the shadow last and used the centre shade in the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette  to set that from lash line to brow bone. Then we used the second shade from the left in the palette in the crease to create a little bit of definition and along the lower lash line for a bit of symmetry. Then, using the darkest brown shade in the palette, we created a bit of depth along the last line with a soft, smudged line and did the same thing along the outer 3rd of the lower lashes. To bring a bit of sparkle to the eyes we used the sparkly shade in the Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Eyeshadow Palette in Nude in the very centre of her lid. To brighten up here eyes and make them appear more awake we used the NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in shade Rue Bonaparte in the water line. This is a great way of looking more awake even on days where you aren’t wearing any makeup. Mum suffers from “panda eyes” where her mascara smudges throughout the day and her new favourite mascara, Kevin Aucoin The Curling Mascarais her new holy grail at stopping that!

The Lips: 

 If you suffer from lines in your lips one of the most important things is to not use a matte lipstick as this, like the skin, will accentuate the lines. For today’s look we used MAC’s Brave Lipstick  which is a satin shade so it lasts a long time but is still hydrating and flattering on the lips.

We hope this has helped those of you who wanted a few tips and tricks on how to work with mature skin!

What are your favourite products to use when you’re working with mature skin? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay Happy,

N&M xx

FAV29

%d bloggers like this: