Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Support Liptember with Smacking Lips

It's September again, which means it's also Liptember month. If you haven't heard of Liptember before, it's a campaign that is all about raising awareness and funds for women's mental health issues in Australia.

Mental health issues is very much a hidden problem in our society and many affected people and their family can struggle without the right support. Moreover, there are no gender specific health programs and very limited medical research on Women's mental health issues. The effects of mental health is not just a strain on the sufferers, but it can also be crippling on their families and friends so every bit of support they can get is

To help combat this and provide support programs, a group of like-minded people to formed Liptember to provide a gateway for much needed support and research on the lifestyle choices and health issues to Australia women.

Where will the funds raised go to?
All proceeds will go towards:
  • Centre for Womens' Mental Health, a non-profit body who provides national research and programs for gender specific mental health issues for woman
  • Lifeline - a 24hour criris support service that connects Australian with trained volunteers to provide emotional support anytime, anywhere. 

How to get involved? 
Well you can in a few easy options.
  1. You can sign yourself up (either as n indvidual or as a group) as a Liptember fundraiser and get starting with canvassing for donations.  
  2. Make a donation directly to the Liptember foundation and/or by sponsoring a Liptember fundraiser
  3. Buy a Liptember lipbalm (RRP A$10) by Burts Bee at any Myer or Lorna Jane store national wide. This is a light rose tinted balm with a light berry scent that feels smooth and hydrating on lips and keeps them smooth for hours will imparting a hint of colour to your lip. 
The Liptember shade (rose) and badge
 I've got my my donation sorted and my liptember lipbalm in my bag this month and would greatly appreciate anyone else there who is able to help progress this cause and help a sista out!

It's over to you now to help make a difference. Remember small gestures amount to great things.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Swatches: Rimmel London Kate Moss Spring Collection

Last month Kate Moss released her Spring Lasting finish Lipstick collection with Rimmel London. And now that Spring has finally come, it seems apt that I show you the fresh colours now.

So what makes this batch of colours Spring colours? Well they are lighter in shades and fresher in hues, more representatives of the colours we see with the floral blooms in gardens and streets during Spring.
With the same formula and packaging as the orginal Kate lip colours (reviewed here), the shades were selected by Kate to give intense colour and easy wearability with its smooth creamy formula and soft shine finish lasts for hours without fade.
The collection showcases nude beiges, a fushia pink, rose pinks to a vivid red to cater for morning, night or weekend casual lip colour occasions and are packaged in a streamline matte black tube with Kate’s signature printed in pink instead of red in its original collection.

They really are beautiful shades in real life. I fell in love with 4 of the shades the moment I caught sight of them instore but they have been so popular in my local store, they were sold out and I couldn’t get my hands on a couple of shades. Luckily, I was sent the collection a week later so I have the opportunity play with and enjoy the fresh colours.

The shades from the season are #03, #26, #16, #19, #20 and #22 and I've swatched them all to show you below.

#03 is a beige nude that is not too pale is suits both warm and cool skintones thanks to its pinky-brown base.

#26 is the other nude shade in the collection. This one is more a lighter creamy beige and is good for blanking out lips so that other colours will appear more true to shade or can be worn alone if you are going for a concealer-lip look. You will need contrasting eyes (think smokey) and lots of blush if you don't want to look like a washed out ghost.

#16 is a fresh salmon pink. It goes on well with muted makeup and is the perfect pick-me up daytime shade that just subtly brightens the complexion.This shade benefits from a slick of conditioning lipbalm if you have lip wrinkles like I do to help stop the colours from sinking into the lines like the photo below.

#19 is a medium rose shade that looks sophisticated but is safe to wear everywhere as it's not too bright or attention-seeking. This would be the shade I'd carry in my bag everywhere for a fail-safe slick of colour.

#20 is a bright fushia pink. Now this would be Barbie's favourite shade and mine as well for stand-out lips in the evening. It does work better with cooler makeup colourings so make sure to match this with cool candy pink cheeks. It also immediately brightens up your face and the stained look after the colour fades is very flattering.

#22 is a bright tomato red that just screams confidence and power. Even if you don't feel it, this lippy will allow you to fake it till you've got it. It is a fairly neutral red and any complexion should be able to easily pull off this shade. Again this shade works best with lips prepped with a conditioner or lip balm underneath for so the colour sits better on lips. I have applied in the below photo on top of my Nivea lip balm.

Which shades do you like most from the Spring collection? I have to say I love them all with the exception of #26 which didn't quite work for me.  Being so affordable with a good working formula, Kate's long lasting lipsticks have such a good range of shades, you'll be able to find one (or more) that looks fabulous on you.

If you are after more swatches, be sure to also check out Yishan's swatches over at BeautySwatch.

RRP A$11.95 at David Jones, Priceline, Kmart, Target, Coles and selected pharmacies.
These featured products were provided for consideration.