DREAM ON: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation Review

Hey babes,

As an oily-skinned girl, today's product was a very hyped up release for me! I was super stoked to finally get my hands on the Dream Velvet foundation when it released at Farmers in 10 shades. I chose the shade 60 Sandy Beige. The texture is a whipped, mousse texture - very, very similar to the Rimmel Stay Matte mousse foundation. It has a true matte finish once applied, and actually does control oil decently well.
maybelline dream velvet foundation nc25 review
Unfortunately, my excitement for it ends here. I found it to be very difficult to work with if my skin wasn't primed and moisturised enough before application. It was very easy to use too much product and end up with a cakey finish.

I found that it took a lot of work to blend into the skin (spreading around then patting in with a beauty blender), which just makes it oxidise more. The more I have to push around and blend a product into my skin, the more orange and oxidised it will turn. I tried to remedy this by mixing with a facial oil, which did improve the overall finish but did not completely fix oxidising. I feel like drugstore foundations ALWAYS oxidise on me :(

It also did not wear well, with or without facial oil. It wore off on my nose (always happens) but wore off very quickly on my chin as well - definitely an issue I don't have with most other foundations or BB creams.

We can take a peek at the full ingredients list here:
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aluminum Hydroxide. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.
maybelline dream velvet foundation ingredients
Some swatches compared to other foundations - really illustrates how thick and moussey this formula is. From left to right: Etude House Cotton Fit BB Cream (W24), Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless (220), MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC25), MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC25)
maybelline dream velvet foundation swatch nc25
I made a short gif to show the texture of the foundation. Notice that it sticks together well enough to not even drip when upside down - this is why I had such a hard time blending it!
Overall, I'm going to give this a 2/5. While it's a tricky formula to work with and oxidises TERRIBLY, it kept my skin matte where it was able to actually stay on my face.

Have you tried this foundation yet? Did it work for you?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Maybelline online
Amazon* | Farmers

where to buy Maybelline in-store
kmart | The Warehouse | Farmers | Unichem Pharmacies

purchased / contains affiliate links*

The Truth About e.l.f. Primer (& Review!)

Hey babes!

Every so often I see a post on social media complaining about how this particular little product is a complete rip off - deceptively large packaging, tiny product reservoir, etc etc. I finally decided I've had enough of that and wanted to help explain how exactly e.l.f's Primer packaging works! I'm using the Tone Adjusting Primer as my guinea pig today. I picked it up for NZ $14 at Kmart!
elf primer packaging small
So, as you can see here it comes in a nice pump bottle (yay for hygienic packaging!) with a frosted outer, with the product inside the green inner tube. The outer packaging also states it has a volume of 14ml.
elf tone adjusting primer review
The removable outer shell reveals the bottom of the airless pump which e.l.f. uses for this product. This is where people get confused! Because of how airless pumps work, the bottom of it moves up each time it is used. Thus, people open their fully used primers and don't realise that it looks like that because the product is used.
In these photos, I haven't even used the primer yet - so this is what a completely untouched primer looks like.
I'm going to decant it into another airless pump to show you how much the bottom plate moves up (and how much product I can actually get out!). The container I'm decanting into has a volume of 15ml.
You can see that there is some space left at the top - I'm not sure if that is the entire 1ml difference, or partially from product being left in the original packaging.
And here you can see a fully used tube - the bottom is fully pushed up, indicating all the product is gone.

As far as the product itself goes, it's a pretty standard primer. It has a smoothing & mattifying effect once applied, however it doesn't meet it's claim of neutralizing any redness - it's just not pigmented enough for the green tint to actually do anything on bare skin. My foundations/bb creams definitely go on smoother when I use this, though! It's a silicone-based primer, and we can have a full look at the ingredients here:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

My only gripe about this, and some other silicone-based primers is they smell lightly of petrol to me. It's not strong and dissipates fairly quickly, but I'm not sure why this happens. I first noticed it with the L'Oreal Infallible Matte primer... If anyone out there could help explain this, please comment below!

Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. Even though it doesn't neutralize any redness, it's still a decent and cheap primer.

I hope this post has helped to understand the product and packaging a little more! If you have any more questions or comments do let me know!

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy e.l.f. online
Amazon* | e.l.f. cosmetics | BeautyJoint | makeup.co.nz | iHerb*

where to buy e.l.f. in-store
kmart

purchased / contains affiliate links*

JUST SHEET IT: TonyMoly I'm Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

Hey babes!

I'm starting to slowly work my way through my TonyMoly mask haul, and the mask I have up next is the Red Wine one. It claims to "tighten uneven skin texture with enlarged pores". I feel like I have pretty big pores on either side of my nose, so I was definitely curious to see how well this worked!
I was worried about how this would smell - things soaked with wine tend to smell awful and vinegary to me! However, I found that the mask smelled lightly of artificial grape/grape lollies. Like the tea tree mask, the mask was richly saturated in a thin, watery essence.
Here is the ingredients list:

Purified water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Red Wine Extract, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Green Tea Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasmine Flower Juice, Dipotassium Glycyrrizate, Caprylyl-Glycol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Perfume

Like the other flavours in this collection that I've tried, the mask doesn't fit me amazingly well, but the thinner fabric allows me to pull and stretch it into an ideal shape. So did it meet it's claim of shrinking my pores? Unfortunately not. However, it still worked well to hydrate and soothe my skin due to the other beneficial ingredients such as green tea and Japenese Camellia extract. I give this a 2.5/5!

What's your favourite sheetmask brand?

Lexie

rating scale

1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy tony moly online
Amazon (all flavour pack)* | RoseRoseShop (individual) | q-depot (10-pack)*

where to buy tony moly in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa

purchased / contains affiliate links*

GET READY, GET SET: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Spray Review

Hey babes,

As a recent convert to the power of setting sprays (thank you Urban Decay De-Slick!) I was super excited for the launch of Maybelline's new Master Fix Setting Spray. I picked it up at Farmers with a 20% off promo - it sits at a pretty affordable $19.99, but promos make everything better! The Setting Spray comes in a generous 100ml size (in comparison, the NYX sprays are around $18 for just 60ml).


The spray only claims to keep makeup in place. I'd like my fellow oily-skinned girls to note that it doesn't claim to mattify or control oil, HOWEVER, I have found a way to get it to do just that. I tried it three different ways to see how I could get the best results - over makeup, under makeup, and sprayed on my makeup sponge.

The first method (the recommended method according to the instructions) does work pretty well. The only thing I dislike is that for some reason, the spray decides to sit on all my little tiny facial hairs (don't pretend like you don't have them!) and I have to pat the spray in so I don't look like I have a weird fuzzy lil beard. This isn't an issue I've had with other setting sprays. HOWEVER, after patting that down, my face does look pretty flawless and blended together and ready for the day. I still get oily about 4 hours into my day, but again - it's not an oil control product. As a glasses-wearer, my glasses disturb my makeup on my cheeks just below my eyes quite a lot. Using a setting spray has completely stopped this - Maybelline included.

The second method I tried was spraying it all over my face as a priming step BEFORE base makeup. I actually really enjoyed this, as it made blending foundation super easy and my skin looked extra flawless. The second thing I really liked was that this method actually kept my skin matte for about 6 hours! This was a really nice surprise, and I'll definitely use this method for when I need that extra oil control oomph.

The third method was pretty meh to be honest - there wasn't a significant benefit when spraying it straight on my makeup sponge.

Here's a quick peek at the ingredients list:

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Poloaxemer 406, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Parfum/Fragrance

Overall, this gets a 4.5 from me. I think it performs well and is decently sized for the pricepoint its at. I also love that I've 'hacked' it into giving me matte skin, but having to pat in a fuzzy spray beard every single use is a little annoying... 

Have you tried this? What's your favourite setting spray?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better. 
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy maybelline online
BeautyJoint | BeautyBliss* | Makeup.co.nz | Amazon*

where to buy maybelline in-store
Farmers | Unichem Pharmacies

purchased / contains affiliate links*

OH, SHEET: Tony Moly I'm Real Tea Tree Mask Review

Hey babes!

You may have seen my massive RoseRoseShop mask haul on Insta, and I'm slowly getting 'round to trying all the flavours of mask that I bought. First up is the Tea Tree mask, which is honestly the one I was most excited about.
i'm real tony moly tea tree mask review skincare nail girl new zealand
The mask is quite saturated with essence - always a good thing in my opinion! The essence is quite thin and watery though, and it dripped quite a lot while I wore the mask. I did find it smelt lightly of tea tree, but wasn't too overpowering.
tea tree soothing mask tony moly i'm real review
It came without a liner, and is one of the thinner masks I tried. I kind of prefer thinner masks as its easier to make them fit on my face. The fit of this was pretty average - not perfect but not bad. It could have done without flaps cut into it, as I find those make masks fit worse on me. Kind of ironic because I think they are meant to help improve fit?

Here's the full ingredients list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycereth-26, Panthenol Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Succinate, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Tromethamine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.

tony moly i'm real tea tree soothing mask review
I wore this for around 40 minutes. When I took it off, my skin was quite hydrated and a LOT of my pimples were soothed and much less red and irritated, which I'm really pleased with. Based on how well it worked for me and how it only cost me US $0.69, it gets a 4.9 from me. The .1 gets taken off for the fit.

What's your favourite sheet mask? What does it do for you?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better. 
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy tony moly online
Amazon (all flavour pack)* | RoseRoseShop (individual) | q-depot (10-pack)*

where to buy tony moly in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa

purchased / contains affiliate links*

GLOW ON UP: Eleanor Dorn Highlighting Shimmer Powder Review

Hey loves,

I have few highlighters in my rotation, and one that I find I reach more and more for lately is this Highlighting Shimmer Powder ($32) by Eleanor Dorn. It's a gorgeous champagne/white gold highlight that is PERFECT for getting that super glowed up look.
It comes in a neat little square compact with Eleanor's branding and logo embossed in gold on top. There's also a mirror in the compact, which makes it pretty ideal for travel.
The formula itself is SUPER pigmented - I always get compliments whenever I wear to this to work or do a look with it on my snapchat. It's just so, so glowy and flattering. It's also very soft too, but not so soft that it crumbles. I use all my highlighters with the Eleanor Dorn #19 brush (which I know I've posted about so many times on here) but it's just so perfect for the job!
My only gripe is that the pan is pretty small for a highlighter. The pan is the same size as the ones in the Australis AC On Tour powder contour palette, and is easily dwarfed by my other highlighters. The weight of the item is not listed on the packaging or on the website either, so I'm not sure of how much product is actually in the pan.

The other two highlighters here are The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and MAC Perfect Topping. MLM is very, very close in colour - it's just a touch darker and more gold. It's also slightly less soft, but it's still pigmented enough to create a gorgeous glow. Perfect Topping is much more pink and is quite different, but I thought it would be good to show the differences anyway.
I'm actually really bummed that the highlighter is so small, because it would otherwise be pretty much a holy grail for me - I just see myself going through it far too quickly at a pricepoint I can't justify. It's definitely one of my more luxury items in my collection. It gets a solid 3.7 from me.

What are your favourite highlighters?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better. 
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.


where to buy eleanor dorn
Eleanor Dorn Makeup

where to buy the balm
Amazon* | makeup.co.nz | BeautyBliss*

press sample / contains affiliate links*

NAILING IT: Arcadia Cuticle Butter & Cuticle Oil Review


Hey babes!

Cuticle oil is absolutely essential to any good hand/nail care routine, and my two most recent additions come from New Zealand-based company, Arcadia. I was able to grab these on a promo posted by the owner on Facebook. The products themselves come in an amazing variety of scents (which I love, because most commercial cuticle products are unscented or just not in scents I like). The owner is able to provide products in such a wide range because they are made to order, if I'm not mistaken.

I ordered the cuticle butter in Vanilla Hazelnut, and the cuticle oil in Toasted Marshmallow. The label is missing from my butter because I got it wet and I took it off cause it looked ugly :(
The butter is very airy with a whipped texture. I love that it's a MASSIVE tub in comparison to Burt's Bees cuticle butter, but I worry that it will become annoying and unhygienic to get product out of as I use it up. It's more travel friendly than the cuticle oil for obvious reasons, and I like having it with me in my bag. I find that the Vanilla Hazelnut scent is much stronger than that of the cuticle oil, and I'm not sure why this is!

The cuticle oil comes in a glass vial with a brush attached to the lid. However, the brush is far too long and as a result, the brush itself is squashed and deformed at the bottom. This makes application kind of annoying as the bristles are splayed out every which way. I'm definitely planning on trimming the bristles - I recommend doing so as soon as you receive the product. The Toasted Marshmallow scent is MUCH more subtle than the Vanilla Hazelnut, but it's still strong enough for my fiancé to say that something smells "like cookies" when I open it around him.

Both of them hydrate and moisturise my cuticles and nails VERY well, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for new cuticle care to try!

What are your favourite cuticle products?

Lexie xx

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