Cherry Culture Haul

I decided to forget my usual “6 Out / 3 In” method for a while and splurge on a little beauty product spree for my birthday this year. I had never ordered from Cherry Culture before, but they were offering a pretty decent discount and the siren call of Milani’s Luminoso blush was one I could no longer ignore. So I purchased: NYX Doll Eye Mascara in Extreme Black, NYX Felt Tip Liner in Jet Black, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal, NYX Powder Blush in Angel, NYX Matte Blotting Paper & NYX HD Studio Grinding Blush in Georgia Peach & English Rose. All in all a pretty decent birthday present, if I do say so myself.

Blog Sale 29/01/2011

Hi guys! I am once again in my “purge purge purge” cycle of life, where everything that has not seen much love or was just plain wrong for me gets sold or given away to a more loving home. I’m constantly trying to change my attitude towards ‘belongings’ and material objects, and for the most part live with a simple and “less is more” attitude, but sometimes I realise that I just have way too much stuff. Like today. So here is my solution: blog sale! I know you guys share my love of beauty products, so I hope there is something in my collection that will catch your eye.

Please note: None of the items I have put up for sale were sent for me by PR companies. These are all items that I paid for myself, or received in some kind of swap.

As always before I get started posting the items up for sale, I’ll mention a few ‘rules’ –

01: Each sale is final. I will not accept any returned goods, so please ask me questions on items that you are interested before offering to buy them.

02: I will ship interstate and internationally if anyone from overseas is interested in buying any items listed. (Australian shipping: $4 for 1 item $6 for 2-5 items and $10 for 5 or more items – if you’re really feeling generous. International shipping: $10 for 1-5 items $15 for 5 or more items)

03: All payments to be made by Pay Pal please, and in Australian dollars.

04: I will post the items within 3 days of payment being completed (not pending) via Pay Pal.

05: The sale will work on a first come-first served basis. Please email me regarding items that you are interested in purchasing. If you have any questions about products, I will hold that particular item for you until you make a decision.

06: All items are genuine, and I will give honest descriptions about the usage of items, and how much product is left etc.

Hopefully that covers everything! Now, on to the sale…

Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 30ml #1 $10 (worn once, swatched once)
E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal $3 (worn once)

E.L.F. Cream Blush in Flirt $5 (worn once)
E.L.F. Cream Blush in Heartbreaker $5 (swatched once)

MAC Mineralize Blush in Pet Me $25 (worn a couple of times)
MAC Powder Blush in Instant Chic $25 (worn a couple of times)

E.L.F. Natural Radiance Blusher in Shy $3 (swatched once)
E.L.F. Blush in Tickled Pink $5 (swatched once)

E.L.F. All Over Colour Stick $4 (swatched once)
Becca Cream Blush in Wild Orchid $10 (worn a couple of times)

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Petal $15 (worn a couple of times)

Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Anya $15 (swatched once)

Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust Eyeshadow in #7 $15 (worn a few times)
Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust Eyeshadow in #36 $15 (worn a few times)

MAC Eyeshadow in Gleam $15 (worn a few times)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk $5 (worn once)

The Makeup Store Eyeliner in Liquid $5 (worn once)
The Makeup Store Eyeliner in Czar $5 (worn twice)

Stila Lipstick in Natasha $10 (worn once)
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Pretty Rose $20 (worn a couple of times)

E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Kiss $3 (worn once)
E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Watermelon $3 (swatched once)

Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten $15 (swatched once)
NYX Round Lipgloss in Ballerina Pink $5 (worn a couple of times)

Maybelline Lip Gloss in Fierce Fuchsia $5 (swatched once)
Lanolips in Rose $5 (worn a couple of times)

Product Review: NYX Round Lipgloss in Strawberry

For $5.25 AUD, you can’t really deny that the NYX Round Lipgloss is a bargain. But as with most low-priced cosmetic items I was doubtful that the quality of the product would supercede the price range. Happily, I was wrong. I currently have 3 of the NYX glosses in my makeup collection, and if I could justify owning more than 10 glosses at once (when it’s unlikely that I will be able to use up all of the products before they go bad anyway) I would probably buy a few more. The glosses are surprisingly long-lasting, and manage to stay on my lips for around 5 hours before I need to re-apply. (far longer than any high end glosses from brands like Chanel or YSL have lasted on me) The NYX glosses are in the middle of the range when it comes to pigmentation, which I really like because it means I get some colour on my lips without it being too overpowering and opaque.

‘Strawberry’ is a gorgeous pink toned gloss with some small glitter particles that help add a bit of shimmer to the lips without being too obvious. My biggest issue with the NYX glosses is the smell. They have a very strong plastic-citrus sort of smell that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Also the packaging is kind of tacky, but for such a low price point I don’t think I can really complain. If you’re on the lookout for a decent quality yet inexpensive lipgloss, the NYX Round Lipgloss is just that. You can purchase the NYX Round Lipglosses for $5.25 AUD online from Crush Cosmetics.