5 Favourite Things for February: Beauty Review

Isn’t fantastic when you find a product you love and keep on loving! Here’s what is making the My Eclectic Muse beauty rotation this month:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipstick in Plum Velour
  • Loreal Paris La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer
  • Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum
  • Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Gel
  • Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Beauty reviews for each of these products are below and if you want to know more about the 5 Favourite Things for  February simply click the product title for a link to the relevant website, or ask using the comments section 🙂

revlon 2Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipstick – Plum Velour

Plum Velour is a deep plum-berry shade with a slightly glossy sheen.

It’s made the My Eclectic Muse favourite 5 as it’s the perfect rich purple colour and has a slightly vampy aura, but isn’t to OTT so it can be worn during the day at work.

Plus, it has a buildable colour, so you can choose the effect you want.

With autumn around the corner, this lovely lipstick is likely to stay on popular rotation.

Lips 2Although it is not as hydrating as a balm, it doesn’t dry out your lips either, which is a plus.

It lasts a few hours, before reapplication (which is easy as it’s a lightweight lipstick) is needed, and fades into a subtle berry stain.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting lipstick this might not be for you, but if you’re wanting to try a slightly edgy plum hue for the first time or simply looking for a lippy that’s easy to apply on the go, then Plum Velour is a good place to start.

Please note that as it’s a lipstick that you build upon, the hue after the first application may depend on your natural lip colour.

Price: Cost varies between shops, but approximately $14 (AUD)

 

L’Oréal Paris True Match La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer 

Say goodbye to dark circles under your eyes and hello to luminous skin!

This is what the product description says it does: “L’Oréal Paris True Match Touche Magique Concealer is an anti-fatigue and illuminating concealer which helps to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, leaving the delicate skin around the eye area looking radiant, as well as perfectly concealing any blemishes.”  

And guess what? It does exactly that. Yay! I use the shade Natural Beige and it suits my skin tone perfectly (I have quite pale skin).

true-match-touche-magique-w-1-2-ivory-beigeI use it under my eyes (it is fantastic for correcting dark circles) and on my lids as a base for eye shadow. It’s fantastic for removing imperfections as it is thick enough to work well, but could also be used as a general illuminator.

The product is dispensed by twisting one end until the bristles are loaded.

In the past other concealers have at times emphasised lines and not worked with powder, but with the La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer those things are no longer an issue.

The formula is creamy and there’s enough staying power to last several hours.

For a low-fuss, “no makeup” look, try using it with a tinted moisturiser.

Price: Cost varies between shops, but approximately $13 – $15 (AUD)

 

Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum

After getting my makeup done professionally by a Napoleon Perdis makeup artist for an event I redeemed this product from the cost of the session. It was recommended by the artist as the only tiny complaint I have about my skin is that it can sometimes be too dry.

Auto-Pilot-Napoleon-Complex-Skin-Renewal-Serum_lr_rft-697x1024It’s quite a large bottle and a little goes a long way, as you only use a small amount on each application. The pump bottle is terrific for ensuring you only dispense the amount of product you want to use.

Simply pump 2 to 3 drops of this and massage into the face and neck.

The serum has a water-like look and feel, and although it can feel slightly sticky when you first apply it, it absorbs fast once massaged into the skin (takes about a minute), which makes for an easy and hassle free application.

It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Afterwards, you can go about your normal routine, such as applying moisturiser and makeup.

The serum is described as being an anti-aging product to assist with dehydrated skin and skin trauma.

I have been using the serum on a daily basis this month and overall I have seen both an improvement to the lasting time of my makeup and the quality of my skin.

It’s slightly on the pricey side, but works well, so I would definitely consider purchasing again.

Price: $85 (AUD)

Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Gel

This smells amazing and so will you! Made with 100% natural fragrances, this little pink bottle of joy smells just divine.

$T2eC16d,!y0E9s2S7)LPBRD!R5NR2!~~60_35This moisturising shower gel is quite runny, but easy to apply and lather, and will leave your skin soft and smelling sweet. The smell doesn’t linger for too long afterwards, but the upside is that you won’t be craving a vanilla and raspberry milkshake the whole day like who will when you are using the gel in the shower.

I like the packaging, because it’s an easy-squeeze recyclable bottle. Plus, the words on the gel are eye-catching: “82 British sunrises helped make one moisturising bottle of this shower gel”. Cute, huh?

Also, all Original Source products are vegan and made with natural products.

Overall, this is definitely a winner if only for the fact alone that it makes you smile when you open it each time you take a shower. I love it!

Price: 500ml bottle is approx. $7.70 (AUD), but much cheaper when on special (available from supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths & IGA)

 

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Who owns one of these fire engine red tubes/tubs of Lucas Papaw Ointment? Most people do because they’re so cheap and handy.

What I’m loving it for at the moment and why it’s made the My Eclectic Muse 5 favourite things list is that you can use it for a tonne of things other than keeping your pout moisturised and plump.

Lucas Papaw OintmentThe ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties so it can be used as a local topical application for minor burns, sunburn, chafing and insect bites (it’s great to have a tube in your bag for when those sandflies just won’t leave you alone in unexpected places which has been happening to me a lot this month).

It does wonders for your skin! It’s great as a night eye cream; The heavy treatment helps those bags disappear. You can also try it on any other rough, dry patches, such as your feet.

Other unexpected uses include for your hair or makeup. Yes, really! Use it sparingly in place of a serum to tame fly-aways and frizziness if you’re doing a sleek up-do, or use a tiny bit to quickly hold down unruly brows. You can also use it on your cheekbones for a dewy sheen or dab over a matte lipstick for a sexy, glossy look.

If you haven’t tried this product yet, you definitely should. Plus they’re made from Australian papaws. Go Aussie grown!

Price: Cost varies between shops, but a 200g tub is approximately $25