Monday, December 8, 2014

Review :: Teeez Trend Cosmetics (GoodieBox)

Hi guys - it's been a while since I blogged - but I have been actively vlogging over on my youtube channel. Check out my videos here (channel name is RiverofbeautyNZ).

I have also re-joined twitter - you can follow me here.

I recently did an unboxing vlog of GoodieBox. It's a monthly subscription beauty box, and this was my first one. I was really happy with it, and I'm looking forward to my Xmas edition one later this month.

3 of the products in the November box are by a brand called Teeez Trend Cosmetics. I had never heard of them before, and I can definitely say I am impressed.

When you sign up to GoodieBox you fill out a quick questionnaire - questions like what your makeup style is etc. I think I picked adventurous for mine - so I was really happy with the eyeshadow colour I got!

The 3 products were:

Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow - Indigo Dare
Full retail price - $32.00 NZD
Full Size 2g

High gloss, semi-metallic finish

I love this! It is so, so pigmented. The picture to the left is with no primer underneath too - completely amazing.

It's a gorgeous colour and such a pretty finish too. On my lids in the picture to the left is only Indigo Dare and a tiny bit of a dark blue Claire's eyeshadow in the outer v. 

I'm really happy with this product, and although it is expensive, it is really good quality.

I may need to check out their other colours...

Desert Lush Sheer Lipstick - Bloodstone Burgundy
Full retail price - $36.00 NZD
Full Size 3.5ml

Hydrating, SPF 10

This lipstick is interesting. It is quite sheer, but very buildable. I am actually wearing it on the photo to the right, but it is also swatched in the above. This actually makes it a great lipstick - because you can wear it as light or vibrant as you want.

It feels so moisturising on your lips too. Again, great quality. With the exception of MAC I don't know if I could spend $36 on the lipstick - but it is great quality. 

The colour is alright - I probably would have preferred a nude/pink. I'm not sure what other colours were in other peoples GoodieBox's.


Perfect Eyes Pencil Brush
Full retail price - $28.00
Soft, tapered brush

Nothing too special about this brush. It is really soft, and feels like good quality. Because I don't have another brush in this style/type I will get a bit of use out of it.

Overall I love this products, and glad I got to try them out. A GoodieBox is $29.00 + shipping, so just one of the products alone got me my monies worth.

I will be getting a lot of use out of the eyeshadow...and I may need to check out more colours.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beauty Review :: Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

I've always been a Maybelline Mascara user. I've tried quite a few different ones, and have never been amazed by them, but always use them as they are pretty good and a reasonable price (well, they are in the USA - not so much here). They are generally about $20-$25 here, about $6 in the USA. So unfair!

My mascara was running out, and after a failed attempt to try a Rimmel mascara, Max Factor was having a special for all mascaras for $20 (usually 32).

I bought the shade "Black" and I usually don't buy waterproof mascara, because I prefer that only for special makeup/events. For everyday I like it to come off easily at the end of the day with my makeup wipes rather than having to bother with waterproof makeup remover.

Packaging: It's pretty standard packaging, nothing special. Nice and sleek, with black and gold.

Application: I really like this applicator wand. It;s very sturdy, and the brush bits are quite small and fine, but there are lots of them to provide good coverage and help you get close up to your eye. Also handy for doing the bottom lashes.

Look: These make your eyelashes look really natural, and that's basically all I want in a mascara. Best of all, it doesn't clump together at all.



I will definitely be purchasing this product again. It's a bit of a shame it is $32, so hopefully I will get it on special again once I run out.

So glad I branched out from Maybelline and tried this!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Swatches :: Lipstick Collection & a video!

Today I'm going to do another swatch post, this time with (most of) my lipsticks.

I prefer pink and nude lipsticks, but I have a couple of other ones in there too.

Brands include Lime Crime, Innoxa, Maybelline, Revlon, GOSH, IN2IT, MAC

Starting off with Lime Crime - these lipsticks swatch so well. I want them all. Over the last few years I have collected three of them.

Top: Babette

Middle: Coquette

Bottom: Great Pink Planet

I have reviews of all of these on the blog, click the names above.

But overall these are great, pigmented lipsticks. They can be a little drying, but are definitely my favourites.

I bought these two a couple of years ago, and I haven't actually seen this bran around in a while. The brand is Innoxa.

Left: Baby Doll

Right: Sugar Frosted

These are actually both pretty nice, I'm just not a fan of the texture/formula. The lighter shade is also a bit harder to pull off, you kind of have to mix it with a darker gloss.

Can you even see the one on the left? Nope? Me neither. It's crap. Never use it, might as well put nothing on. These are Maybelline Colorsensational. 

Left: Rose Glimmer

Right: Mango Diamonds

Obviously I don't wear the left one, I don't really wear the one on the right either as it is a bit of an unusual colour, but I think I could use it with neutral makeup/eyes.

Maybelline Color Whisper in Oh La Lilac.

I never use this, I should. The formula is really creamy and the colour is pretty nice. It's got enough colour in it to notice, but it's not so dramatic like the Lime Crime ones.

I think I need to pull this one out a bit more!

This one is a pretty nice formula too. Revlon Colorburst - Creme Brulee.

It's the only colour like this that I have, and I probably don't use it as much as I should.

Left: GOSH Velvet Touch in Sunset. 

It's a pale red/orange colour which is also good with a neutral eyeshadow. It's not to in your face like a dark red lipstick, but enough to emphasis the lips in a look.

Right: IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick in Cranberry.

This lives up to it's name, it's very moisturising and not drying at all. It is also a very true cranberry shade. It's like a deep berry colour, and I definitely prefer that over other red shades. This is my go-to bold lipstick.

Left: MAC - Creme d'Nude - the first lipstick (besides lipgloss) that I ever bought. This is my second one, and it was my favourite ever when I bought it the first time. Now, I don't use it too much as it's quite sheer. But it's still really nice if you want to play down your lips.

Right: MAC - Pink Plaid - I actually forgot I had this one. It's a nice bright pink, but isn't too standout like lime Crime. So it is also nice for a more subtle pink.

So my favourites from the above would be Lime Crime Babette, IN2IT Cranberry, MAC Creme d'Nude. The only ones I'm not really a fan of are the Maybelline Coloursensationals, and the Innoxa ones.

Yesterday I uploaded my first ever Youtube video! It's a tutrioal to create a smokey eye look:

I will be uploading more videos. I have filmed one already today, which will be up in the next couple of days - a tutorial on a vibrant Purple eyeshadow look.

I also signed up to Goodiebox a couple of weeks ago, so i will be filming an unboxing of that once it arrives.

Please check it out, and make sure to subscribe:

Smokey Eyeshadow Tutorial

Don't forget to also follow me on instagram - @riverofbeauty

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review :: Australis - Velour Lips - To-ki-o

On the weekend I picked up a few new products to try. I have had my eye on both Lime Crime's purple lipsticks for a while, but never bothered to order one.

So when I saw this at Farmers, I decided to give purple a go with a cheaper product first.

This is a matte lip cream from Australis. One of my favourite mid-range/affordable makeup brands. I have pretty much always used Australis for my go-to/everyday eyeliners.

This cost me $17.50 NZD.

So, let's get on with the review!

Packaging: Just your standard lipgloss tube, black lid, simple packaging. Nothing special here.

Value: As above, this cost me $17.50 and is 10ml. Pretty average. not really cheap, but not over-priced either.

Quality/texture: This product applies like a lipgloss, but dries matte. It does fade a bit, and stays slightly darker around the outside of the lips. It is quite sticky once it dries, but didn't make my lips too dry by the end of the day.

Longevity: This lasted really well with no primer for around 3-4 hours, including eating breakfast and drinking a coffee. After that it did fade as above.

Overall: This is an awesomely unique colour. It's great for a few hours, as it would last well if you had an event to go to, rather than an all day look.

I've never tried a matte before, and I wasn't a huge fan of that - but that could be because I'm used to a more glossy looking lip.

I definitely love this colour on me, and would be keen to try out some other colours from this line.


Checkout Australis website: