STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW: STAY ALL DAY NATURALLY NUDE

A little while ago I picked up a gorgeous little trio of nude liquid lipsticks from Mecca Cosmetica and have been dying to share them with you.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are the bomb because they last for ages. I found that one application stayed put for a good 4-5 hours, which is really good considering I drink a lot of water, eat a lot of food and sip a lot of coffee.

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The easy to use sponge wand makes application a breeze however I would recommend popping a little lip balm on first so it doesn’t look patchy. A word of warning for first time liquid lipstick users, these lipsticks are super pigmented! A little bit goes a long way, making them great value for money. The creamy matte finish is really beautiful and not drying. Once on the lips, the lipstick has a really nice weightless feel and feels quite nourishing, thanks to added Vitamin E and Avocado Oil. I also found that the lipstick wore off evenly throughout the day, not in patches.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks retail from $35.00 at Mecca Cosmetica and come in a huge range of colours. A great price point for a product that is hard wearing, nourishing and lasts forever.

Check out the different colours below, tested on a light-medium skin tone.


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SERENATA 

 

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BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS THIS SUMMER

As we start to peel off the layers of clothes, its time to shed some of that beauty winter coat and pare back the routine. I’m all about ‘less is more’ when it comes to beauty during summer, and what better way to embrace our Australian climate than to opt for a more laid back regime this year?

I’ve rounded up the top five products you need in your beauty closet for a stress free Aussie summer.

The Faux Tan
This gradual tanner is perfect for a fair skinned chick like me. While you won’t find me baking in the sun for hours during summer, I do love a little sun-kissed glow and I can always count on Bondi Sands to deliver the self-tanning goods. What I love most about the Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk is the dual action formula, meaning it hydrates and nourishes skin while gently building up that golden glow. The formula isn’t sticky, but absorbs into the skin and dries within about 10 minutes – any tanner that doesn’t transfer onto my bed sheets or clothes is an instant hero! Plus, the cocoa butter scent will have you dreaming of an island getaway.

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The Must Have Sunscreen
When Mecca Cosmetica released Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF50+, Australian beauty addicts rejoiced then promptly added 20 of the buggers to cart resulting in a bit of a mass sell out. This weightless, transparent sunscreen for face and body will be making an appearance in beach bags across the nation this summer for its non-greasy formula which stays put through blood, sweat and tears. Okay maybe just sweat and the ocean but you get the idea. Maximum broad-spectrum protection means skin stays shielded from ageing UVA and UVB rays. Bring on the sunshine!

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The Multitasking BB Cream
Pack away the foundation, all you need this summer is this BB Cream by Bobbi Brown that literally does it all. Basically a makeup and skincare hybrid, this little gem provides all day moisture and UV protection while offering the perfect amount of coverage. Formulated with light reflecting pigments, skin appears brighter and younger. What I love most about this BB is the texture, not too heavy and sticky, which is a non-negotiable for those hot summer days.

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The Tress Protector
Throughout summer we expose not only our skin to the elements, your strands take a fair beating against sun, sand and chlorine too!  I’ll admit I was a little late to the party with a hair protectant for the hotter months but having used Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, I can vouch for the fact that this is something you need to add to the beach bag this year. Designed to be used as part of a three-part defense and recovery system, this product is a lightweight, water-resistant spray. The UV defense mist forms an invisible screen to help protect hair against the elements for up to 16 hours. And because Aveda always nail the scent of their products, prepare to be transported to a tropical island!

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The Scent of Summer
There is something really unique about perfume. The way it sits on every single person’s skin highlights different elements and scents within the fragrance. I have always found perfume to be a really personal thing and was so excited when Byredo released a limited edition scent and left it Unnamed. An ode to the brands loyal customers, staff and retailers, and in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary, Unnamed is truly yours. The fresh and unisex scent comes with a set of letters for the owner to label it how they like. Laced with notes of gin, pink pepper and fir balsam this fragrance is just delicious – one to add to the Christmas list for sure!

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Winter Beauty Edit: Makeup

I’m big on favouritism when it comes to makeup. I know what I like, what works for me and while I love trying new products, nothing beats your old faithful bits and pieces that just work every time. Check out my makeup staples for winter. Tried, tested and forever cherished.

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1. Bare Minerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

I love this lightweight, silky smooth formula that creates the perfect natural effect. Coverage can be adjusted easily and the built in brightening serum packed with Vitamin C means your skin appears luminous always, even on the gloomiest of winter days. Its affordable and lasts for ages, as only the smallest amount is required for a day’s coverage.

2. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

You can’t go wrong with a bold lip colour in the middle of winter and this MAC shade is perfect for glamming up your workwear and for sporting long into the night. This matte formula is great for staying put all day, and with a little bit of lip balm underneath, lips stay hydrated. I love the creamy texture of this lippy, just as much as I love its deep red hue.

3. Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in Boadacia

Mecca never fails to impress with their Artistry Nail Polish range. Colours range from subtle nudes to bright and bold and I am just loving this deep burgundy shade for cooler days. Mecca Cosmetica nail polish is great because it glides on easily and lasts forever. Polish up this season with this daring varnish.

4. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

The bronzing hero of the beauty world never fails to disappoint. NARS have nailed it with the globally award winning bronzing compact that creates a beautifully natural, sun-kissed glow to even the fairest of them all. Add some colour to your mug with this absolute champion.

5. NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross

This little beauty is loaded with shimmer to add instant radiance to your complexion. What I love most about this illuminating powder is how light it is, blending easily into the skin adding the most subtle glow. Wear alone or with other cheek products to add some dimension.