Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani 401

I can feel my wallet just quivering. I have slowly started branching out into the high-end of the cosmetics world and it ain’t pretty (for my wallet anyways).

I got my grubby hands on a Giorgio Armani lipstick in the shade 401 which is an orange-red as seen here on Rihanna.

First, let’s talk about the packaging. Sleek, black and shiny. It fits nicely into your hand. The cap clicks into place thanks to a magnet somewhere inside the casing. And it’s very sturdy. So it’d be great for a night out as you can throw it into your make up bag and not have to worry about the lid falling off.

There’s an engraved GA on the lipstick bullet and where the cap meets the tube. Lovely. I love little details like these. Makes buying high-end cosmetics a bit more luxurious lol.

Now, application. Wow, as the word ‘satin’ on the box suggests, it glides on with no tugging. The first swipe gave so much colour. I did another layer because I applied this straight from the tube so I wanted it to be even. It didn’t feel heavy at all on my lips. Very lightweight and creamy. It’s marketed as a long-lasting lipstick and it’s definitely a stayer. Wear time is on average four to five hours for me and this is through eating and drinking. As with most, if not all, red lipsticks, it leaves a nice pretty red stain 🙂

The shape of the lipstick allowed for a pretty precise application straight from the tube. For ‘real life’ purposes, I’d probably play it safe and use a lip brush to apply it but for swatching purposes, I just applied it from the tube and had no trouble at all.

And yes, swatch pic for you all. I don’t do the best swatches but I find swatches so helpful and so…here you go.

These retail for $30USD (I couldn’t find an Australian retail price for these lipsticks. If you know it, please let me know and I can update the post) and contain 4g/0.14oz of product.

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OPI DS Original

I’ve only got two OPI DS polishes in my stash and I love them both SO much!

OPI DS Original

Seeing as Spring has definitely arrived, I thought I’d pull out the holographic polishes and have a play.

DS Original is a lavendar pink with a scattered holographic effect. I did two coats thought it could probably have been better with three but I’m so lazy.  As always, due to me being clumsy, I always top it off with Seche Vite before I go and ruin another mani.

It applied easily with no problems at all and dried pretty fast too.

It was really difficult to capture the really pretty holographic effect so you’ll just have to take my word for it – party on your nails!

OPI DS Original - Natural light

Link Love #10

There’s currently a Garnier BB cream giveaway epidemic on the blogosphere at the moment. Increase your chances of winning win by entering here and here.

Check out this super pretty nail polish combo. I can so picture this on a pair of sexy heels!

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Check out how to maximise the potential of your mascara.

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Link Love #9

Come enter Popblush’s mini giveaway 🙂 She’s got some cute prizes!

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Straight up – if false lashes made me look this hot, I’d buy 58353 in a heart beat!

My bank account is pleading with me after I saw these YSL lipstick swatches from Ailing. Yours will too.

Revlon Top Speed nail enamels

As part of the 30 days of beauty and fashion, I was invited to the Revlon Top Speed fashion show (read about my experience here). I was also sent an awesome hype pack including five out of the 32 available shades from the Top Speed collection. I also got an additional shade as part of the goodie bag 🙂

These polishes from Revlon have a quick drying top coat which allows the polish to set in 60 seconds. Yeah. SIXTY. FREAKING. SECONDS.

First, I’ll start off with the shade swatches and then I’ll let you know my thoughts.

Jelly 210 (one coat)

Jelly 210

Jelly 210

Royal 730 (one coat)

Royal 730

Royal 730

Electric 305 (two coats)

Electric 305

Electric 305

Sheer Cotton 010 (two coats)

Sheer Cotton 010

Sheer Cotton 010

Chili 430 (one coat)

Chili 430

Chili 430

Violet (one coat)

Violet 670

Violet 670

Bar Electric and Sheer Cotton, these were swatched with just one coat per the instructions. Most of these you could probably get away with just one coat. These were swatched in artificial light.

I got so many comments over the two days that I wore Electric! 🙂

– The polishes did try in 60 seconds.

– Without a top coat, the polishes chipped within 24 hours 😦 However, with Electric, I topped it with Seche Vite top coat which did extend the life for abonut 2 days.

– Most of these dried to a satin finish. Royal dried as a matte. Pretty awesome. Chili is quite obviously a jelly 😀

– With these fast drying polishes, you have to work fast. The brushes make it pretty easy for you to do the typical 3 quick strokes with little to no mistakes at all.

– I think these are great for those days where you suddenly realise you need to paint your nails but don’t have the time to do the whole she-bang. Great for parties 😉 These polishes make it so easy to change colours every day.

– If you don’t apply a top coat, they are quite easy to remove. I used my current nail polish remover on a cotton bud and only needed ~2 swipes and all the polish was gone.

Link Love #8

Sorry guys! LOL

Some great posts over the past few weeks (3 to be exact………) which I thoroughly enojoyed:

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Revlon Top Speed Fashion Show

On Saturday, I was very lucky to be invited to the Revlon Top Speed fashion show along with some other bloggers.

This was my first ‘blogger’ event so you can imagine how excited I was! When I reached the location, I was gobsmacked at the line. It was very long but luckily, we got the awesome ‘VIP’ treatment and got to skip the queue, thanks to Marni and Catherine from Contagious PR.

Make-up artist Elsa Morgan chatting to Cosmopolitan's fashion director Nicole Adolphe

The front row was filled with bloggers and I was lucky to meet some new faces. It’s really good to put faces to blogs hahaha.

I loved the fashion show! It was engaging and professional.

Elsa Morgan was the make-up artist for the fashion show and the looks were:

(All products are Revlon) Gunmetal shade as a wash on the lid from a cream palette. Tonnes of Grow Lushious mascara. Photoready foundation with the foundation finisher to mattify. Press the multi metal onyx eyeshadow shade over the gunmetal cream shadow to intensify the colour. Bold lips – press on the lipstick shade for a matte texture.

She also said to look at your cosmetic products differently and try and have multiple functions for them. For example, I love using lipstick as blush! Or blush as eyeshadow. Elsa believes that a manicure is very important. It’s the final touch. In her opinion, it’s like a woman’s credit card that comes flashing out at the right moment and should change and shift according to your mood and the event.

The prominent theme throughout the fashion show – the colourblocking trend! So much bright colours. And obviously the turbans! I don’t know about those though. I’m so not fashionable and definitely cannot pull off those turbans without looking ridiculous!

Fashion: Seduce and Dotti
Make-up by: Elsa Morgan
Shoes: Siren and Lipstik
Bags: Olga Berg

How long are their legs? They go on forever!

The Revlon Top Speed show was a part of the 30 days of fashion and beauty event which has an assortment of different events held throughout the month all over the country. Head on over and see what events tickle your fancy 🙂

We also got to see the faces of the event – Alyssa Sutherland,  Heidi Harrington-Johnson and Sarah Stephens. They are so pretty. Like, take your breath away pretty.

I also have a handful of swatches of the Revlon Top Speed nail enamels to post! Coming soon 🙂

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