Beauty Duty | April Beauty Reviews

Love putting my beauty blogger hat on to bring you my April beauty reviews of some of the latest and greatest beauty products.  These products were provided to me for testing and review purposes.

April Beauty Reviews

  • Rimmel Velvet Matte lacquer in Velvet Touch
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Game of Chromes
  • Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet Matte in Meteoric Matte
  • Katy Perry Killer Queen Spring Reign eau de parfum
  • Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga eau de parfum

Kimba Likes Beauty Duty | beauty blogger review of Rimmel Matte Velvet lacquer #kimbalikes @kimbalikes

Rimmel Velvet Matte

I’m rather a fan of a matte nail.  I use a matte topcoat over standard nail polish to achieve the chic mattified look.  Rimmel have released a new Velvet Matte collection in four classic colours.

  • Velvet Touch – a dark grey
  • Sumptuous Red – rich red
  • Midnight Kiss – dark blue
  • Matte-itude – matte black

I sampled the Velvet Touch shade.  I took it on holiday with me to the tropics of Far North Queensland.  I found it didn’t set well in the humid heat, leaving it with an uneven finish.

Next up, I tried it back home in Sydney. I found two thin-to-medium coats worked best for the Velvet Matte polish.  A thin coat was a bit patchy, even with two coats.  A thick coat looked lumpy.

It works best when applied quickly in smooth strokes. It literally changes from glossy to matte within seconds. I found it odd not to apply a protective top coat – it’s such second nature – but it would ruin the matte finish.

It didn’t wear terribly well on my nails, with some wear within hours.  Two of my nails lasted for three days, which is good wear length for me and my weak nails.

Would I buy again?

I don’t think so.  Whilst I do like a matte nail, I think I prefer this look with paler shades like a nude, blush or pastel.

You can find Rimmel Velvet Matte at pharmacies | click to shop at Priceline

Kimba Likes Beauty Duty | beauty blogger review of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Game of Chromes #kimbalikes @kimbalikes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fired Up Metallics Collection

The Miracle Gel range by Sally Hansen is one of my hands down favourite nail lacquers. I love the long lasting finish and the ease of application.

I received Game of Chromes (see what they did there) from their new Fired Up Metallics Collection.

My lazy girl beauty tip for nails on the run is a metallic or glitter polish.  I’ve been known to apply it to just the nails that are visible when I’ve got my sandals on.  This is exactly what I did at Sydney Airport whilst waiting for my holiday flight recently.

Game of Chromes needed just one thin coat and made me look like I’d spent considerably more mani time than the 45 seconds I actually did.  I’ve also applied two coats, for a richer, more luxurious finish.

It was the perfect shade for summery holiday dressing.  Perfect for shorts during the day, and equally fab with a dress for a night out.  I found it didn’t last quite as long as usual – probably to do with the sandy beaches and swimming pool action.

My favourite nail lacquer is now available in metallic shades – and the wear is equally fabulous.  Yippeee!

Would I buy again?

In one word – YES! In two words – HELL YEAH! I’m a big fan of the Miracle Gel formula, and this gorgeous shade, Game of Chromes, wins in terms of punny name, wear, colour and compliments.  It makes a subtle statement.  Gleams rather than glitters.

Find Sally Hansen Miracle Gel at pharmacies, department stores and Priceline | click to shop Miracle Gel

Kimba Likes Beauty Duty | beauty blogger review of Rimmel Matte Lip Velvet #kimbalikes @kimbalikesRimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet

I love lippy! Some people are lipstick ladies and some are lip gloss girls, in the same way that some people are cat people or dog people.

I just love lip products.  I was really excited to try Rimmel Apocalips after all the hype.  It’s not a lipstick.  It’s not a gloss.  It’s a hybrid lip creme, with almost a whipped mousse texture.

It applies with a precision wand.  I much prefer a wand to a brush, and this one is a winner.  Makes application easy peasy lemon squeezy – particularly important with a dark matte finish colour. I used the precise edge of the wand to perfectly define my cupid’s bow and lipline before filling in the rest of my lip.  I applied an extra layer to the centre of the lip to reduce wear off.

The velvety matte finish is classy, and the soft focus look of the Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet makes for a modern effect.  Rimmel says it lasts for up to 8 hours and boosts lip moisture up to 31%.

Personally, I found that the finish on the lips was comfortable – without that horrid tight dry feeling matte lip products can give you.  However, I didn’t find that it was particularly long lasting on me, and had to be careful not to smudge it.  I was probably less careful with wearing it than I would have been with a dark lipstick. I have a similar product that has a two-step lip creme /  top coat application process, and I think I probably treated it more like this.

The shade I tried was Meteoric Matte – a beautiful deep plum.  A so hot right now shade for this season.  I chose to wear it as a statement lip on a simple makeup face – nude eyes, natural brows, flushed cheeks and just one coat of mascara.  I love this look! So easy to do  yet such an impact.

Would I buy again?

I would definitely track down this product.  I’m interested to try it in Atomic Rose – a pretty pink perfect for a simple day face or pairing with a glammed up smokey eye.

Find Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet at pharmacies, department stores and Priceline | click to shop Apocalips

Kimba Likes Beauty Duty | beauty blogger review of Katy Perry Killer Queen Spring Reign edp #kimbalikes @kimbalikes

Katy Perry Killer Queen Spring Reign

I was really interested to try this perfume, after I reviewed the Oh So Sheer summer version last year. I’ve also tried the more grown up, spicier original Killer Queen.

Killer Queen Spring Reign is a delicate floral-oriental, with a fresh and pretty fragrance.  It comes in the same faceted flacon as the rest of the Killer Queen collection.  This version is pale pink scent in a clear glass bottle, with rose gold metal lid, with the signature Killer Queen “royal crest”.

The top notes are pretty with a fruity flavour – pink freesia, violet and blackcurrant blossom will do that.  The heart of the fragrance blooms with rose and gardenia scents, and the base notes are vanilla-scented woody.

It is a girly pretty scent, but slightly more adult than many of the celebrity perfumes which smell like lolly shops.  The sillage is pleasant – you’re not going to have a train carriage full of people choking on your fumes.  It lasts well, and all stages of the fragrance are pleasant.

It’s not an earth shattering fragrance, but it is a lovely one to add to your collection if pretty is your thing.

Would I buy again?

It’s not a perfume I’d pay full price for, but I’d definitely keep an eye out when Priceline have their huge perfume sales!  Actually, I infrequently buy duty free perfumes nowadays.  Priceline and Chemist Warehouse are definitely my go to!

Click to shop at Priceline

Kimba Likes Beauty Duty | beauty blogger review of Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga edp #kimbalikes @kimbalikes

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga

I have a bottle of Lady Gaga Fame for Women in my scent collection.  It’s unusual, with floral orchid and jasmine contrasting with honey and rich warm spices.  I’m quite fond of it.  I said “yes please!” when I was offered the opportunity to review the latest in the Lady Gaga perfume range, Eau de Gaga.

I found the simple black glass rectangular bottle with matching lid and inset metal engraved plate evoked classic androgynous elegance.

As it says, “for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her”.  It is a unisex fragrance that wouldn’t be out of place on either sex. This is achieved with the heart note of this luxurious woody-floral fragrance being opulent white violet.

Upon application to the skin, the scent of freshly squeezed limes envelops you.  It mellows into a sexy scent reminiscent of a gentleman’s club (no, not a strip joint.  A venerable institution of the type seen in Hercule Poirot movies!).  All leather and tobacco with the intoxicating scent of violet weaving its magic.

Both the Welshman and I wear Issey Miyake (I find the male version much more to my taste), and I think we’d both rock this sexy fragrance too.

Would I buy again?

In a heart beat.  I really love to have a wardrobe of fragrances, ranging from the sweetly pretty to the sexily androgynous.  I love the versatility of this fragrance and it will be perfect for winter days.

Click to shop at Priceline

Have you tried any of these beauty products featured in my April Beauty Reviews? What’s your favourite lip product?

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