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Maybelline Dream Cushion review

Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation review …maybelline-cushion-foundation

I was given this foundation by a beauty blogger friend of mine and I was pretty grateful I have to say – only the day before I had scraped the very last of my Maybelline FitMe from the bottle and hadn’t had a chance to pop down to my local Warehouse and splash out the big bucks for another one!  So it was with great excitement (OK – “excitement” may be overstating it, but I am always intrigued by new products) that I opened it the next morning to give it a whirl.

I have to confess right here and now – before I tell you the embarrassing part – for some reason I had it in my head that this product was called Dream Mousse foundation and not Dream Cushion foundation.  Which makes this next disclosure only slightly less embarrassing: I was initially blown away by the texture of this product (thinking it was a really thick, aerated mousse – duh!) and even went so far as to rush in to my daughter’s room to show her this wondrous new product!  It wasn’t until the following day that I realised it was just a foundation-impregnated sponge!!!!

So, my ridiculousness aside … I do actually really like this product. Of course I didn’t read the instructions (which were to apply it with the little sponge thing that comes in the compact) and used my foundation brush instead, but I found it applied really smoothly and evenly and gave a pretty good, reasonably buildable coverage on my normal to dry, 48-year-old skin.  It also lasted pretty well throughout the day, despite me forgetting most days to use a primer first.  In the interests of full disclosure, I applied it with the foundation brush first and then did a little bit of blending at the end with my fingertips, which seemed to work well.

Below there is a picture of me wearing it – not because I love including pictures of myself, (because I REALLY don’t) but because people seem to like to see the product being reviewed in action – go figure!  I’ll admit this picture doesn’t necessarily show it like other beauty bloggers might, but I am wearing Dream Cushion foundation in this photo and my skin looks OK!

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Overall impression then, is good. And it’s a good price point – here in New Zealand, full retail is $29.95 – which is not bad for a product that really does perform quite well.

There were a couple of drawbacks however that I will mention; #1 I don’t think the longevity of the product is great.  It only lasted me about a month before it started getting pretty thin on the ground.  Because I threw the lid out (see below), I’ve had to rely on the internet for this following piece of information, but according to the internet, it contains 14.6g of foundation.  Is that much?  I’m not sure – my FitMe contains 30ml – I did try to do a conversion, but I’m not sure they convert really – and, too hard.  Also – do people really care that much?

Back to the drawbacks: #2 – the lid broke off without me even being unduly rough on it.  But living on the edge as I do, I threw it away and continued without the lid – which really wasn’t as unhygienic as it sounds because my version of the compact has a little internal plastic lid that covers the product (which doesn’t appear to be on the stock photos I’ve found – hmmm.)

So there you have it – Mumpty’s review of the Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation.  For further information and swatches and stuff, you’ll need to do some more research or visit someone else’s blog! Mumpty’s not big on facts and swatches and details (although sometimes I’ll do it) – I’m more about trying it and telling you what I think.

Would I buy it again?  Probably – but I’d wait till it was on sale to be honest.

Yours in harmless foundation reviews …

Mumpty

 

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness Natural Beauty Lab

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A while ago I did a review on the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab’s Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil (you can read it here) and it impressed me so much, I decided I very much wanted to try their break-up make-up balm … and so I did!

One of the initial drawcards for me was the packaging – it’s so cute!  I do love a good tin – especially because you can use it afterwards for all sorts of things; storing your earrings, making soy candles (well, I guess you can – I never have – but it sounds Pinteresty right?!)  Oh – and I liked the name too – it’s clever.

The second thing that sold me was the product description:

“I’m a slick quickie at removing all sorts of make-up.  With all the goodness of chia seed, coconut and avocado oils, your skin will be oh-so-clean and super soft”

And to be fair – they’re quite right!  After using this product, my skin does feel oh-so-clean AND super soft!  It also got my mascara off without stinging my eyes, and that is no mean feat.

I read somewhere too (and I don’t remember where) that it will “melt my make-up off” – I liked the sound of that and that’s pretty much what it does.  It’s kind of a soft,  wax-like substance that you warm in your hands before smooshing onto your face and then massaging it around a bit – concentrating on the areas that have the most make-up.  Then you rinse it off and et voila – you’re done!

Wanna know another thing I love about this product?  It’s cheap as chips!  I bought mine at Farmers for $19.99 – and I’ve seen it on sale for $15.99.  So good.  It comes in an 80ml tin and judging on my rate of usage so far, I would say you’d get a good two months out of a tin.

The only drawback?  And this is because I am DEAD LAZY.  (Prior to getting this, I was removing my makeup with a wipe **chill out man, it’s not that bad!**)  and so I thought I would use this stuff and then remove it with a wipe.  So that’s what I did, but my skin felt a bit waxy and I got a horrible feeling when I was lying in bed that my pores could be being blocked as we speak … so I got myself out of bed and washed it off properly with water and a facecloth.   So there’s that.

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Anyway … this post needed more pics and I couldn’t be bothered taking one, so I am using this pic of me, “fresh-faced”, from a couple of years ago.  Let’s face it, there aren’t many “fresh-faced” photos available for me to choose from – I tend not to keep them (!) so I’m gonna leave it to you to imagine I had used break-up make-up balm just prior to this photo. Thanks.

By the way, this product is vegan friendly, light-weight, non-greasy and contains chia seed oil’s winning 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.  (And yes, that was straight off the tin.)

And that, my friends, is my review.  I hope you enjoyed and find it useful.

break-up your make-up ….

Mumpty

 

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

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Recently I was gifted a bottle of the beauty-award-winning  certified organic chia seed oil from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab, and my goodness … it’s fab!

I’m not normally a face oil-lover to be honest; I’ve tried them in the past and they seem great for a few days (even amazing at first) but after that my skin starts to rebel and go a bit dry, and just meh.  So I always end up returning to my trusty old staple, Nivea Soft.  My skin could be likened to a cheap date … you don’t have to spend much on it to get the result you’re after!  And that’s why I love my Nivea!

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Because I know people like to be able to picture who’s doing all the talking, here is a Snapchat-filtered picture of Mumpty – which in no way demonstrates the efficacy of chia seed oil, but oh well.

So anyway – I was interested to try this offering from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab to see if it was any different to anything else I’ve tried.  So try it I did … I’ve been using it nightly for about a month now and I have to say, I really, really like it.  Firstly, it doesn’t smell bad – some of the other oils I’ve tried just smell a bit strong and I dunno … oily?  I find this one doesn’t and I like that.  I only wear it at night and I’m not sure if that’s the correct way to do it but I just feel like my makeup would probably slide off if I wore it during the day.

Of course I didn’t follow the instructions for long.  The bottle says to apply it to clean skin – and I did that.  But after a few days it just didn’t feel right applying only oil to my skin, so I hit on a plan!  I get my good old Nivea Soft and then squeeze about three or four drops of my chia seed oil into it … smoosh it into my face, and voila!  Happy, moisturised skin that feels glowy and kind of … pliable.  Does that make sense?  But it does – it’s sort of plump (in the best kind of way, not in a fatty girl kind of way) and it certainly feels hydrated and healthy. Basically, instead of looking like this in the morning …

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I look like this …

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OK – well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but only slightly.

If you want to know more about chia oil and its many, many benefits, including its omega 3-6 essential fatty acids, its organic certification, the fact that its vegan and lots of other good things, go to www.goodnessproducts.com.  You can also check out the rest of the range while you’re there … I think I’m going to give the break-up make-up balm a whirl next – if only for it’s clever name and pretty packaging!

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Another plus for the Goodness range is that they use the word “smoosh” which totally legitimises my use of the term – making it a technical, real-grown-up-beauty-blogger term. Right?!!

And I’d just like to leave you with a little Mumpty Tip before I sign off … if you’re not loving the face oil you’ve purchased, don’t consign it to the face oil graveyard – use it on your décolletage.  Lord knows we don’t want a wrinkly décolletage now do we?!

So chia’s … (see what I did there?!) 

MumptyStyle Pink Champagne

Mumpty

Three (more) things I’d buy a million times over, and one I wouldn’t bother with again

Three (more) things I’d buy a million times over, and one I wouldn’t bother with again …

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Gratuitous Snapchat-filtered shot of Mumpty!

Back in February last year, I wrote this post about three things I’d buy a million times over, and two I wouldn’t bother with again.  So, back then I was thinking about some of the products I’ve purchased as a result of online “hype” and whether or not that “hype” was actually justified in the product itself.   I’ve decided to do an updated version, but I only really had one that was just not worth buying again.

So – here are three things I would definitely buy over and over again …

Maybelline FIT Me foundation

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I love this stuff …
a) It’s cheap – $24 odd in New Zealand – I got mine on sale for $16.
b) It’s readily available – I bought it in the supermarket.
c) It applies like a dream and leaves you with a gorgeous, dewy, medium-coverage finish – apply more and you’ll get full coverage.
d) It lasts super well.
e) It has a sunscreen in it – SPF18.
f) Did I mention it’s cheap and works just as well as its more expensive counterparts?

The drawbacks (don’t worry – they’re minor) …
a) It can get a bit shiny, but I believe they have a very good (and again, cheap) powder to finish it with.
b) It doesn’t have a dispenser which is a bit annoying.
c) There weren’t any testers at the supermarket *wink* – I’m sure department stores would have them though!

So go get it!

The Balm “The Manizer Sisters” palette 

The Balm-Manizers palette

I reviewed it here (and wow, a LOT of people have read that post!) and I STILL love it to bits.  I have all but run out of the Cindy-Lou Manizer so am going to be buying the full size version of that one very soon.  Buy it – you won’t regret it.

And having said that … I know this is a sneaky fourth thing, but The Balm Instain Blushers are GORGEOUS.  Amazingly pigmented and such pretty colours.  I currently have two – Pinstripe and Argyle – but I WILL be collecting more.

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I LOVE the packaging by The Balm too.  So retro and pretty.

GlamEyes Liquid Eyeliner by Rimmel 

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This is an everlasting love of mine … the brush is fine, so it’s easy to apply and gives a lovely “flick” for those of us who love cat eyes (which in my case have to be bat eyes); it’s a lovely opaque black; it’s cheap, readily available and stays on super-well.  And despite staying put so well, it’s easy to remove at the end of the day – *bonus*.

And here is the product I’ve bought lately that I definitely wouldn’t bother purchasing again.

Chi Chi Eye Brightener

Chi Chi eye brightener

Honestly, just don’t bother.  I know I’m old and my eyes are probably not easily brightened, but I found this product basically useless.  Which is sad, because I really wanted to like it.  It didn’t apply easily; it didn’t make any discernible difference to how bright my eyes appeared and it didn’t last very long either.  Now possibly I was expecting a miracle, but it sure ‘aint that – I’m just thankful it was under $20, so not a greatly expensive waste of money, although a waste of money all the same.  Anyone reading have better results?

Have you ever given in to the hype, purchased something and then wondered what all the fuss was about?  I’d love to hear about it!

Miracles (and mistakes) do happen …

Mumpty

Winter essentials …

Winter essentials  …

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This post was inspired by the “summer essentials” tag I did last summer. Anyway, because I enjoyed putting that one together so much,  I decided to do a winter version … and here it is!

1) What is your ultimate winter party season lip product?
Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Red Rum.  Sooooo good for that glamorous pop of red that is absolutely necessary for a winter party outfit!  If you’re interested, I did a review on it a while ago and it gets viewed over and over again!

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2) What is your essential product for winter?
Agadir Argan Oil spray treatment – I LOVE THIS STUFF!  I have very fine hair, and I can use this beautiful light spray liberally and it never seems to weigh it down or make it look oily; but it does leave it looking shiny and silky and holds the flyways down.  I get it from my hairdresser and it’s a godsend.  It also smells divine.

Agadir Argan Oil 3) What’s next on your wish list?
When I saw this Shiseido Synchro Skin foundation on makeup blogger, Kirsty Leigh, from Makeup Obsessives, I knew I had to try it!  I have been a Shiseido user from way back and have always loved it, so I popped into the Shiseido counter and got a wee tester.  And guess what?  It is BRILLIANT, so I’m off to buy the full-sized version …

Shiseido Synchro Skin
Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives wearing Shiseido Synchro Skin.


4) Name one beauty essential that is never missing from your handbag during the colder months.
A Nivea Lip Butter of some description – I HATE having dry lips, so I always keep one of these in my handbag.  My current favourite is the Vanilla Macadamia one, but next up is going to be the Caramel Cream for sure!  There’s just one minor irritation with these cute wee tins – sometimes they’re hard to open so they’re probably not ideal if you have false nails.  

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5) What are your winter weather skincare saviours?
Regular home facials (I alternate between the Manuka Doctor apiclear Purifying Facial Peel and the Manuka Doctor apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask) and lots of moisturiser!  I use Nivea Soft  moisturiser because it’s cheap, but it’s also the best one I’ve found for my skin, so why turn your nose up just because it’s cheap right?!  I also do an at-least-weekly hair mask – I like Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua mask – it leaves my hair feeling fabulous.

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 6) What is winter going to smell like this year?
It’s smelling like Viktor & Rolfe Flower Bomb!

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7) What’s your favourite winter makeup tip?
If you’re using a foundation brush to apply your foundation, buff it in as much as you can with your brush, and then follow up LIGHTLY with a slightly damp Beauty Blender to make sure all the little nooks and crannies are smooth and blended.

8) What are you greatest winter indulgences?
 Soy cappuccinos at Punnet and Two Birds @ Narrows Landing  lazy internet browsing  Snuggling up on the couch in a soft blanket reading a good book   Watching Crime TV on a Sunday afternoon while doing the ironing for the week  B.A.I.T shoes in jewel and pastel colours  Winter frocks  Emerald Dita cardies.

9) LUSH winter – your top pick?
A French Kiss Bubble Bar … this looks and sounds like a real treat!  It has calming rosemary and lavender which is perfect for potentially stressed and dry winter skin.

French Kiss

10) Name one (or more) random winter essentials.
 Beautiful pashminas in gorgeous jewell colours to add warmth and pizazz  to your outfit, without bulk. Jewell-coloured berets – I have a teal one winging it’s way to me now! Polkadots on everything!  Brooches – always gorgeous on winter ensembles … here’s my latest one – the Audrey brooch by Deer Arrow – she even has a sparkly crown!

Deer Arrow Audrey

Here’s to a snuggly and glamorous winter …

Mumpty

 

M.A.C Makeup Party: the Mumpty edition

M.A.C Makeup Party: the Mumpty edition …

MACmakeupparty2On Wednesday, the 13th of April, M.A.C launched their first ever “counter parties” in New Zealand. There were nine parties in all, held across the country and hosted by local beauty bloggers.

Mumpty was lucky enough to attend the Hamilton #macmakeupparty, with her daughter, hosted by beauty blogger, Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives.

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Clockwise L-R: our M.A.C artists (Natalie, Baillie and Lochie;) lipstick goals; drinks and nibbles; the new Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick and gloss.

We were greeted warmly by the gorgeous M.A.C artists (Natalie, Baillie and Lochie) at the M.A.C counter in Farmers, Centreplace  – and what total babes they are.  Their makeup? You guessed it  … immaculate.  You can truly see the artistry right there on their faces!

So after a few wines and nibbles we got started.  The three M.A.C artists were teamed up with (in our case) three lucky VIP guests, and we were each given the opportunity to choose two things we’d like to get some advice on … so, brows, lips, contouring, eyes – that kind of thing.

Our artist was Lochie – who was FABULOUS.  Lochie does a lot of M.A.C’s training and is also part of their artistry team, so he does Fashion Week; photo shoots – all that glam stuff.  So I guess we were pretty lucky right?!

Kirsty went first and she asked Lochie to do a subtle, understated look to suit her personality. Actually that’s not true – she asked for ALL.OUT.KYLIE.JENNER – contouring so sharp it  could amputate your fingers and nude, ovvvvvverdrawn lips! And Lochie, bless him,  delivered.

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“Kirsty Jenner” – overdrawn lips and razor sharp cheekbones. (Not pictured – butt implants.)

Kirsty and I were BLOWN.AWAY by the contouring tips Lochie shared with us – whilst it was slightly mortifying to know we had been doing it all wrong, the excitement of having cheekbones more than made up for it!  And by the way – M.A.C Harmony blush seems to be the shiz when it comes to contouring – Lochie says “it’s ashy, so you won’t get that orangey look you see so often with contouring.”  So you have been told – get on it ladies.

When it comes to the lips, he had some great tips about rounding the lip out and making sure you NEVER overdraw into the edges of your mouth because THAT’s when you start to look like a clown.  Keep it nice and tight to the line in those corners ladies!

Kirsty

I’m pretty sure, but not 100% sure, that he used the ol’ favourite blogger combination for Kylie lips; M.A.C Whirl lipliner and M.A.C Velvet Teddy – or he might have used Soar.  Either way, #soKylie.  M.A.C have helpfully put together a section on their website called the Original Perfect Pout – which details all the products you need to get that Instagram-worthy, nude look.

macmakeupparty5Mumpty’s daughter was next – now obviously she is very young and so doesn’t wear makeup yet, however, she does love to practice on me, so when Kirsty offered her a spot on the team, we couldn’t really refuse now could we?  And how many chances do you get to have a M.A.C trainer do your makeup huh?!  And plus – it was nice for me to have an evening out with my girl.

So, my daughter opted for a very natural, dewy look and Lochie showed her how to apply a base to even out her skin tone and then he showed her how to enhance her beautiful eyes.  Lochie applied some gorgeous natural colours to her eyes, which I don’t remember the name of – whoops!  However, I do remember that he used Sushi Flower which is a really pretty shade on.  Pro tip: if you have pink eyeshadows and you’re not sure how to use them; use them over top of a brown or neutral colour to warm the colour up.

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Lochie also used an eyeliner just half-way in on the tops and bottoms of her eyes, which he then went back and smudged to soften the lines.  And hey presto: beautiful!

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And then it was Mumpty’s turn! Now I was going to show you how I looked when I arrived (we were asked to turn up with only foundation and concealer) but I don’t think that’s really necessary – for either of us, do you?  I mean, I don’t know when you’re reading this – you could be having dinner for goodness sake!  Suffice to say, it wasn’t my best look.

Anyway … so I asked Lochie to help me with my “wings.”  My favoured makeup look is pinup, and of course, pinups have wings don’t they.  And being that I’m a slightly “mature woman,” I draw on the most delightful wings, and when I open my eyes again; they disappear – like little magicians!

Lochie’s answer to this dilemma? Bat wings!  I did wonder if he was teasing me, but no – he was deadly serious.  As you can see from the picture above, my wings were really pretty. But … this is how they looked up close and looking down so you could see them:

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See there’s like a little kind of step thing?  You draw two points; line them up so both eyes are the same; then join the dots.  Whilst it might look a bit funny with your eyes in this position (and really – how often do you do that?) it does mean that when you close them, your wings don’t disappear!

Lochie also helped me with my brows – I didn’t even realise, but one is TOTALLY higher than the other.  Lochie said this is pretty normal though – the things you don’t know huh.  Anyway … he showed me how to even them up and told me that the only place to have a defined line is on your BOTTOM browline – the top should be very diffuse and soft, otherwise they’ll look harsh and drawn on, which is ageing.

Speaking of ageing … I asked Lochie if he had any tips for minimising those frown lines between the brows.  His immediate and helpful response? Botox.  Bless.  Sadly, there’s no other cure.  #CaciClinichereIcome. 

Anyway … I then had my lips beautified by a rather glamorous application of M.A.C Ruby Woo – which is, quite simply, divine. I now also want to try M.A.C Red and Lady Danger.

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M.A.C Ruby Woo

So once we’d all achieved some extremely glamorous looks, we lined up for the obligatory M.A.C Wall pic …

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The Makeup Obsessives VIP team at the Mac Makeup Party in Hamilton

And that was a wrap!  Until … on the way out, Laura and I spied this and being the dedicated little MUOs that we are, we decided we simply MUST swatch it.

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And OMG … it is RIDICULOUS.  That colour in the middle?  Pure rose gold. It is actually DELISH.  It’s called Mineralise Skinfinish Future M.A.C  You’re welcome.

How do you get your own M.A.C Makeup Party?
Call or visit your local M.A.C counter – the parties/lessons are $90 each and you get one M.A.C makeup artist per three people.  The $90 is redeemable  on product on the night, and believe me, you’ll want to be buying all.the.things.

Well and truly M.A.C-converted, and slightly in awe of Lochie …

Mumpty

 

It’s a beautiful thing …

It’s a beautiful thing …

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Firstly let’s start by mentioning that I am a HUGE Dita Von Teese fan – no surprise there!  The reason I mention this, is that I read her new book over the Christmas holidays (Your Beauty Mark – read it, you’ll love it!) – in it she advocates having a gorgeous compact to make you look glamorous whilst redoing your lipstick.  Which got me to thinking that perhaps my tacky little plain mirror wasn’t quite cutting it in the glamour stakes.

So I went to trusty old Trademe and started searching … and this is what I came up with – isn’t it GORGE?!

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This little beauty is from an English company called Kigu.  I did a bit of research (‘cos I’m a geek like that!) and found that it was made around 1957 and has the “Pas de Quatre” pose embossed into the metal.  I think this roughly translates to the fact there are four ballerinas in a pose – but anyway – I LOVE IT!

It has a lovely big mirror so is just perfect for touching up those Dita-inspired red lips …

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It also comes complete with the powder puff and powder sifter, which I believe is quite rare as these are often lost.  It even has the original felt pouch to protect it, but sadly not the box.  Although in fairness, it’s coming everywhere with me now, so it wouldn’t have been sitting round in the box anyway!

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Now as someone who possesses a very strong “collector’s gene” (aka is somewhat obsessive!) I feel there’s a strong chance I could get hooked on collecting these beautiful little vintage items … a quick search on the internet shows me there.are.so.many.beautiful.vintage.compacts.that.I.want!!!!! And so far I have found the ballet theme my favourite, followed closely by polka dots.  *Sigh*  Am still debating whether to go down that track or not … your thoughts?

Whilst I was obsessively trawling “researching” I found that for most collectors, this item below, is the “holy grail” of vintage compacts:

Bird in HandIt is the Salvador Dali “Bird in Hand” compact, designed for American company, Elgin.  In fact, there is some conjecture as to whether Dali actually designed it or not, but it certainly doesn’t seem to effect its value – which is HUGE!  Just thought you might be interested.

Anyway – thank you Dita … not only have I been all groupy-ish and purchased your limited edition M.A.C lipstick (complete with signed and kissed postcard, thank you very much!) I am now likely to become obsessed with vintage compacts as well!

Not complaining at all …

Mumpty

 

GRWM: Bettie Rage

GRWM: the Bettie Rage edition

Bettie all done

Who wouldn’t want to look like this mega babe huh?!

Well in this, the first GRWM (Get Ready With Me) on MumptyStyle, the utterly fabulous Bettie Rage shares the products and techniques she uses to get this pinup-style look.

Bettie Rage is an internationally published pinup and alt model, and also just happens to be Miss Pinup NZ 2015.  She is a proud advocate for bully breeds, a vegan and uses only vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare.

Anyway, as you would expect, this is going to be a picture-heavy post … but really, with Bettie’s beautiful face, do you mind?!

Here she is, fresh-faced and ready to go … it’s not a bad canvas to start off with can I just say?

Fresh faced

Bettie begins by priming her face with Inika Truly Organic Pure Primer with hyaluronic acid.Anjel_PrimerShe follows that with Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation which she applies with a foundation brush.

Inika foundation

Once she has achieved the coverage she is happy with, Bettie goes in with her Inika Truly Organic Mineral Foundation Powder and a big fluffy brush to matt it all down.  (The brush is the Vegan Kabuki brush by Inika.)

Foundation Powder

She then chases away any dark circles with Inika Truly Organic Perfection Concealer.

Anjel Concealer

Next up is contour … Bettie uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to contour and landscape her face, and then …Anastasia

she uses the lighter powder to highlight those fabulous cheekbones.

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And here is the combined contour/highlighted result.

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Back to the Inika Truly Organic brand … this time Bettie gives herself a rosy glow with the Mineral Blush in Rosy Glow 01.

Blush

And why not follow that with an ultra highlight to really add some drama!  Bettie uses E.l.f Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter.

Ultra highlight

Next Bettie shifts her attention to her eyebrows.  Bettie’s eyebrows are actually tattooed, however she adds fullness and definition with the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade.

Eyebrows

Et Voila – beautiful brows!

And now … for the eyelids.  Bettie just follows the instructions on this fabulous E.l.f Eyeshadow Palette and here you have the result – so soft and pretty.

Elf eyeshadow

Next, those beautiful cat eyes!  Bettie uses E.l.f Liquid Eyeliner in black.  Here’s how she does them …

Eyeliner

Followed by generous lashings of E.l.f Studio Line Waterproof Lengthening & Volumising Mascara in black and here’s the result:

Mascara eyeliner

Doesn’t she look gorgeous?  Just the finishing touches to go now – the lips and finishing powder.  Bettie takes this look right to the pinup edge with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood.

Lips

And to set this gorgeous combination of products, Bettie uses her Inika Truly Organic Mineral Setting Powder with the big fluffy Kabuki brush to achieve the airbrushed, picture-perfect look you see below.

Finishing powder

Freakin’ BABE!

So there you have it … the products and techniques used by the beautiful Bettie Rage.  Give her look a try – and if you’re successful in duplicating it, send me a pic – Bettie and I would love to see it!

To follow Bettie and see more of her look, follow her on her social media accounts below.

Bettie
Image by Shutter Squeeze Photography

Facebook: click here
Instagram: @bettieragenz
Twitter: @BettieRageNZ
Blog: www.bettieragenz.com 

Steal that girl’s look …

Mumpty

Serioxyl review

Review: Serioxyl hair densifying system

Mumpty_SerioxylSo back at the very beginning of October my friend, who is a beauty blogger,  gave me this three-part hair densifying system called Serioxyl to try.  And try it I did!

Now I must admit, I’ve been a bit naughty and haven’t followed the instructions 100% but I am confident in saying that after at least two months and nearly-empty bottles, I actually have seen results from this system.

As you can see from the picture above, I have developed lots of new hair growth, and as you can see from the picture below, this new hair is quite a bloody pain!  I have very fine hair, and clearly there is not enough weight in this new growth to sit flat against my head so I have this rather alarming outcrop. Sometimes it can be tamed; other times it gets all static-y and I have to back away calmly …

Serioxyl

Now I do understand, of course, that some of this is just natural new hair growth, but I can most definitely say I’ve never had this sprouting-out-the-side thing before, so rightly or wrongly, I am attributing it to Serioxyl!

For those of you want more technical information, you can visit their website here.  For those of you who want anecdotal, on-the-spot information from Mumpty … read on!

L’Oreal refers to the Serioxyl system as a “densifying” treatment; which means it works in a manner that increases the density of your hair and reportedly promotes around 1700 new hairs over a 3 month period.

I said earlier that I didn’t follow the instructions 100% , and I didn’t. Mainly because I wash my hair every day (I know right – SUCH a pain! Actually, Miss Victory Violet referred to that as “the work of the devil” and I quite agree, but needs must!) … and I found it a bit drying.  Sooooo … after about three weeks or so, I started to use it every second or third day instead.

Here are my impressions of each part of the system I received:

serioxyl-glucoboost-coloured-shampoo-1000-mlSerioxyl GlucoBoost clarifying shampoo for coloured, thinning hair … I LOVE the smell of this – all minty and fresh.  And actually, when you first apply it, your scalp tingles and I quite like that – it makes me feel like something is happening in a good way.   Anyway, you massage it in and it’s supposed to cleanse the scalp of impurities and increase the microcirculation of the scalp.  It’s busy stuff right!

Serioxyl Conditioner

Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell bodifying conditioner …  another minty hit of goodness and step two in the system.  This one cares for the hair fibre apparently, without weighing it down. I pop this one on and then leave it for as long as it takes to shave my legs and use my Only Good body wash and then I rinse it off.

As seems to be standard fare in this type of situation, I am running out of the conditioner before the shampoo.

And last in the three-step system is …

Loreal-Serioxil-Mousse-Glucoboost-Incell-600x600-500x500

Serioxyl GlucoBoost + Incell densifying mousse … so this one is put onto towel-dried hair and is designed to “boost the look of the hair’s density.”  I am pretty technical with this one (well, for me anyway!) – I make a series of parts (criss-crossed like a hot cross bun!) and then put a little squeeze of the mousse in each bit. Then I comb it through the lengths and blow-dry it from there.  I’m not 100% convinced it makes THAT much difference, but hey ; it’s a part of the system; I have it, so why not use it I say!

In summary, do I feel like Serioxyl has made a difference to the density of my hair?  Well yes, I do actually! While I’m not blessed with a thick, long, shiny mane of hair as a result of Serioxyl, I definitely feel it has made a difference – certainly there appears to be much more new growth than I would normally see.  I do, however, feel that it has dried my hair a bit, so I have been accompanying this treatment with regular applications of Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask and have also recently introduced a spray of argan oil before and after heat treatments.

Here is my most recent selfie that shows my hair.

Dita hairPffffttttttt!!!!  Hahaa – I wish.  (Gratuitous shot of Dita Von Teese!)  Seriously though, isn’t her hair just PERFECTION?  It deserves it’s own song – you know – like how Betty Davis’s eyes have.

Anyway, here is MY actual hair.

MumptyThis is my deer-in-the-headlights:I’ve-just-discovered-Instagram-has-filters look!  And yes, I know you can’t see much of my hair, but I’m using the pic anyway, because I don’t have a better one.

Serioxyl … definitely give it a try.  Because … well, you’re worth it …

Mumpty

Manuka Doctor facial peel review

Review:
Manuka Doctor
apiclear
purifying facial peel

Manuka Doctor

So today I am reviewing the Manuka Doctor apiclear purifying facial peel which I was lucky enough to receive in my last Beauty Box from Kirsty at Makeup Obsessives.

Now as stated in my previous reviews, I don’t pretend to be a “pro-fesh-inal” beauty blogger, and I really can’t be bothered talking about the ingredients; where they’re sourced; the benefits of those ingredients and that sort of stuff!  (Of course that stuff IS important, but you’ll have to go elsewhere – soz.  PS: I believe Shaaanxo of Youtube fame, did a video review on it, so maybe search that out.)  I’m just here to tell you about how it felt when I put it on and what result I got. PS: It contains manuka honey – obviously.

So here’s my wee rundown:

Texture: clay-like, and soothingly cool to apply (probably not so appealing in winter though)
Colour: white
Smell: pleasant – can’t think of a smell it reminds me of, so let’s just say it smells like itself!

Bee facial

And before you say it,  I know … I am glorious!  Bet you’re pleased I didn’t use that as the first pic huh – that would’ve scared you out of your chair!

So anyway … application.
It’s very easy to apply – you basically hold your hair out of the way (Mumpty’s top tip: because if you don’t … it’s veerrrrry hard to get out!) and then smear it across your pre-cleansed face in a thin, even layer, avoiding the mouth, eyes and eyebrows. As you can see, I didn’t do a great job of avoiding my mouth or my eyebrows, but this was my first application and I learnt from it, believe me!

Then you leave it for 10-15 minutes (or longer if you’re stupid like me (see why that was stupid later) and then once it’s all dry and there are no sticky bits; you can start to peel it off.  It’s MOSTLY easy to peel off and actually, quite a lot of fun.

Here I am, mid-peel:

Bee facial 2

As you can see … it peels off just dandy.

Once you’ve had all the fun peeling the major bits off, you can just take a warm facecloth and wipe the rest away.  I, of course, tried to pick and peel the stuff out of my eyebrows and hair for hours before realising there was an easier way. Duh.

The results?  
Well … I must say, my skin felt FABULOUS afterwards.  I applied my normal moisturiser and went to bed all glowy and hydrated (my face that is!)  The next morning I swear my fine lines (I like to kid myself they’re still fine!) were minimised and my skin felt quite lush and smooth, which is always a nice thing in the morning isn’t it?

A word of warning … because I was so excited about having such lovely glowy skin, I decided to do it twice in one week, and to leave it on for longer than the recommended period (OK – that part was because I was too lazy to get up and do it until the ads came on.)  So a few days after that, my skin started flaking in little patches around my mouth and nose, which led me to believe that perhaps one shouldn’t be quite so enthusiastic with it – probably weekly is enough.  For reference, my skin is slightly sensitive, but pretty well-behaved really – tending toward dry, rather than oily.

Important public* service announcement – of course, if you’re allergic to bees or pollen or anything like that, you’d kinda want to steer clear of this stuff, bee-ing (did you see what I did there?!) that it contains purified bee venom.

Bee back soon with another review …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Coming to MumptyStyle soon:  my review on L’oreal Serioxyl hair growth system.  Check my Reviews page for other makeup and makeup-related reviews.  And click here for my recent review on the Only Good natural body wash.

* I checked that 12 million times to ensure I didn’t write “pubic” service announcement, because that would have just been embarrassing, right?