March 14, 2011

Nivea Competition Review FAIL!

Hi Beauties,

As I'm sure you're all aware, Beauty Heaven and Nivea recently teamed up to offer us the chance to win one hellova 'holy sheizer!' German experience. All you needed to do was film yourself reviewing your favourite Nivea product.

Well, as always, we were completely disorganised with our submission and left it to the last minute. Who would have thought that a measly 2min vid would take a whopping 33 minutes to upload to YouTube?! Needless to say, we didn't make it :o(

Anyway, here's our review for Nivea Visage Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes - attempt number 256.  We had a little giggle after watching this vid and we sure hope you do too!

 P.S. this was filmed VERY late at night lol!

video

March 12, 2011

Ooh Baby! It's Maybelline Baby Lips!

SoMAKEUPurMind Review
Hiya Everyone!
I have loads and loads of uni stuff to do so this review is going to be a quicky.

Over the last couple of months I have been undergoing my second stint of Oratane treatment.  This topic has been on my To Do List for so so long but I just haven't been able to find the time to blog about it.  Anyway, Oratane, Roaccutane, Accutane, whatever you want to call it, forces the subject (i.e. me) to endure the most irritating dry lips imaginable.  This symptom is at the forefront of my mind all day, everyday. It's just plain awful and believe me, I have tried everything out there to soothe my aching pout with no success. Well, that is until now...

A couple of months back, I had all but given up on finding a solution when I jumped onto BH. As per usual, it was problem solve-ed. There it was, BH's new video 'There's no maybe about it...' starring good old Deb and Liv - I just love 'em!    Fast forward to March and I finally found this product in store. I purchased Baby Lips from my local Coles for $3.95 and let me tell you, it's the best 4 bucks I have ever spent! 

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Lip Balm

I have been using Maybelline NY Baby Lips for about a week now and it has significantly improved the condition of my lips. It's a fantastic lip product, complete with SPF20 and a very subtle and colourless shine. With winter approaching, Anti-oxidant Berry will have your lips looking, smelling and feeling wonderful!   I highly reccommend this product, even if your lips aren't particularly dry.  Infact, I challenge you to find a better balm.

SoMAKEUPurMind Overall Rating 5 out of 5

L'OREAL PARIS Volume Million Lashes

SoMAKEUPurMind Review
Volume Million Lashes, the 'Millionizer Brush' and the revolutionary built-in excess wiper.   

L'OREAL PARIS Volume Million Lashes

Packaging
Volume Million Lashes was yet another notch on my belt of unneccessary purchases. As a third year marketing student, I am well aware of all the little tricks designed to exploit us as mere consumers. GAH! Then why, oh why am I still such a sucker for packaging?! 

Volume Million's packaging is sexy, contemporary, and speaks of such glorious things... volume, length, clump-free definition.  This mascara talks the talk but can it walk the walk?

The Millionizer
'The Millionizer Brush' is just another one of those over-sized plastic molded brushes, similar to the CoverGirl Lash Blast. Whilst I don't particularly like this kind of brush, I have to give it credit for lash definition.

L'OREAL PARIS Volume Million Lashes
- The Millionizer

Formula
This mascaras biggest let down is the formula. Volume is next to impossible with this thing! The consistency of the formula is thin, watery, and non-buildable and therefore, I hereby dub Volume Million Lashes a one-coat, crispy-lash mascara. Oh, and as an added bonus, it tends to flake lol.

Negatives aside, this mascara is quite lengthening and super black (and I mean super). I absolutely adore its sweet peony rose aroma (but I'm sure this will make many of you cringe).

P.S. Given that the formula is so thin, I'm pretty sure that the excess wiper is a total gimmick.

Application Swatches

Lashes au naturale

One coat of Volume Million Lashes

Overall Opinion
At AU$27.95, L'oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes is a  seriously overpriced drug-store mascara that manages to fail its number one selling point - volume.  Whilst I initially hated this mascara, I have learned to love it.  It's  perfect for those desperate mornings  when 'instant pretty' is a definite must. 

So in sum, Volume Million Lashes Mascara provides  blackest black, clump free lashes that are wonderfully defined but if it's volume you're after, look elsewhere. 

SoMAKEUPurMind Overall Rating 4 out of 5