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Ciccone Cosmetics Lipstick Collection – Review & Swatches

When the Australian beauty brand, Ciccone Cosmetics, emailed me and said that they would send me some lipsticks for review, I did NOT expect them to send me EIGHT lipsticks – that’s the ENTIRE collection!  The packaging of these lippies will appeal to all those who love the colour pink and adore sparkly bling bling – oh wait, that sounds just like me!!!  I had so much fun taking photos of these lipsticks so please be warned that this is a picture-heavy post of all things pretty!

The Ciccone Cosmetics lipstick collection – Rhea, Hera, Aphrodite, Cupid, Oceanus, Apollo, Voluptas and Athena – are all names derived from Greek or Roman mythology.  They are a mixture of soft pinks, beige, red and chocolate colours mixed together.  Depending on your skin tone, some colours are more wearable than others.

Ciccone Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches


Rhea is a nude beige which swatched beautifully on my arm against my NC-30 skin tone, but sadly, not on my lips.  I look like I am on my deathbed.  It highlights all the wrinkles and flakies on my lips so if you’re thinking of purchasing this for yourself, priming your lips is essential.

(However, Rhea will not be left unused because when I apply it on top of my lips after lining it with a siren red lipliner, the colour combination looks amazing!  I will do a separate post on this at a later date, so please look out for that.)


Hera is described as a soft earthly pink tone.  The pigmentation of Hera was great and I only needed one swipe to achieve full colour and opacity.


Aphrodite is a vampy red which has sex appeal.  The name is so apt because Aphrodite was the goddess of love and sexuality!  I can imagine myself wearing this on a special night out with the Husband.  The formula and intensity of the colour was one of my favourites in this collection.  For precise application, I would highly recommend a lip brush.


When swatched on my arm, Cupid is fuchsia but on my lips, it’s an amalgamation of lilac and a cool pink.  Glided on beautifully, but as evidently seen on the photo, priming lips beforehand would be beneficial.


Welcome to my favourite shade of the Ciccone Cosmetics lipstick collection!  Oceanus is a soft coral peachy-pink.  It was love at first swipe!  I am so blinded by love that I am turning a blind eye to the wrinkles and flakies in the above photo – but I assure you that a lip wrinkle filler or a lip primer is next on my wishlist.


Apollo is a pink caramel shade which reminds me of another lipstick in my collection – NYX Frappucino.  Another love at first swipe!


Voluptas is a bright red with hints of orange.  For some reason, I can picture Snow White wearing this on her lips!!  This is another one of my favourites.


Athena is a light brown-pink colour.  I kept having to check the label as I was getting Athena mixed up with Apollo but when applied to the lips, you can see that they are different.

My Opinions

The Ciccone Cosmetics lipstick collection is impressive.  The colours which stood out on my lips were clearly Oceanus, Aphrodite, Voluptas and Apollo.

As the lipsticks are semi-matte, priming lips beforehand would be essential.  There is a faint vanilla scent which, when compared to the smells of NYX lippies, I much prefer the Ciccone Cosmetics lippies any day.  Lasting power definitely depends on what you are doing with your lips so if you’re a big tea-drinker like me, you may need to top up throughout the day.

The only downside to the pretty pink packaging of these lippies is that there is no way of distinguishing the shades unless you read the label and you know which shade matches the name.  If you have a goldfish-memory like mine, this is an impossible feat so you will have to pop open the lid and twist up the lipstick to find the one you want.

One last picture of these lovelies…

Ciccone Cosmetics lipsticks cost $25 AUD each.  For more information, please visit  They are also available in Myer.


FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine & Divine Shine Lip Plumper

If you’re a regular reader of The Best Beauty Blog, you’ll realise that FACE OF AUSTRALIA is one of my favourite Australian make-up brands.  I am genuinely impressed with the quality of their products at drugstore prices.  A while ago, I was sent two of their lip products to review – FOA Mineral Lip Shine in Fairy Floss and FOA Divine Shine Lip Plumper in Lavish Instinct.


FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine is infused with natural mineral pigments to deliver radiant shine and sheer colour with no synthetic dyes. FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine contains antioxidant vitamins and skin hydrating ingredients to keep lips soft and protected. Natural sun protection filters shield lips from everyday environmental aggressors and boosts the recovery of the skins’ natural moisture level.

  • A cross between a lipgloss and lipstick
  • Glides on easily and moisturises lips
  • Staying power of 3-4 hours before reapplication is required
  • Has a slight vanilla taste and smell – but it is not too sickly
  • Fairy Floss is a lovely sheer candyfloss pink

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Divine Shine Lip Plumper

Cinnamon & Ginger stimulate circulation below the skin’s surface, encouraging lips to flush and plump. Menthol combines to produce a longer lasting plumping effect for bigger lips. Lanolin fills fine lines and makes lips appear smoother & fuller. Intense light reflecting pigments ensure a mirror-like gloss effect.

  • When I first saw FOA Divine Shine Lip Plumper, I will admit that it didn’t instantly catch my attention, but then I fell in love upon the first application!
  • The smell and presence of cinnamon and ginger is obvious but it is not overpowering – in fact, I would welcome more of it!
  • There is a slight tingling sensation in the lips and I was expecting my lips to double in size, but nothing happened…  Nevertheless, my lips don’t require plumping up though
  • Lavish Instinct is a sheer shimmery caramel colour which reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold which I reviewed a few months ago (in fact, if I have to compare the two of them, FOA would win hands down in performance and affordability as a lipgloss)

Have you tried any of these FACE OF AUSTRALIA lip products?

For more information, please check out FACE OF AUSTRALIA website.

NYX Round & Black Label Lipsticks – Swatches & Review

UPDATE : More NYX lipstick swatches can be viewed here.

Being a beauty blogger is really bad for my rapidly depleting bank balance! And although, I KNOW I should not be spending, I cannot resist…especially when NYX was doing a 50% sale recently on Cherry Culture. I’ve heard many good things about NYX lipsticks but there were so many shades to choose from on the website and the swatches provided were tiny thumbnails so it was pretty difficult but in the end, I chose 3 different shades – Frappucino from NYX Round Lipstick range and Peachy and Apple from the NYX Luxurious Black Label Lipstick range.

NYX lipsticks

The Round Lipsticks are slightly cheaper than the Black Label range but I didn’t notice much difference in the formula but the packaging is somewhat fancier in the Black Label range.

NYX Lipstick Swatches

NYX, lipstick swatches, round lipstick. black label lipstick, red, nude


Keep reading to see NYX lipstick swatches on my lips

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine In 73 Rose Scintillant

Fancy a reasonably-priced, scent-free, natural pink moisturising lipstick?  Look no further because I recommend Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine in 73 Rose Scintillant!  I was anti-lipstick till recently and now I can’t enough of them!

Bourjois, rose scintillant

Lipstick Swatch

Bourjois, rose scintillant lip swatch
Bourjois, rose scintillant arm swatch


  • Uber-cool packaging with a transparent lilac plastic casing which slides open up by pressing the side metal button
  • Glides on lips with its creamy formula and does not dry it out
  • Doesn’t have that “I’ve got lipstick on” feeling
  • Subtle sheer pink which enhances my natural lip colour and adds a bit of shine
  • I believe in beauty blogging terms, it’s MLBB (My Lips But Better)


  • Nothing

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine in 73 Rose Scintillant gets a kissable 10 out of 10 from The Best Beauty Blog!

What lipstick are you wearing?

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss In Rose Gold

I have one Bobbi Brown product in my huge make-up collection and it was given to me by one of my best girlfriends.  She gave me Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold.

Bobbi Brown lipgloss, rose gold shimmer gloss

Product Description

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss offers beautiful, non-sticky shine with a touch or iridescence and is perfect on its own or over your favourite lipstick.

It is formulated with :-

  • Aloe extract to soothe and soften lips
  • Vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection
  • Jojoba and avocado oils to moisturise lips

Product Swatch

Bobbi Brown, shimmer lip gloss, rose gold

Bobbi Brown, shimmer rose gold


  • The colour is a lovely shimmery pinky gold
  • Long-lasting lipgloss which gives a nice glossy sheen
  • Doesn’t dry out lips and keeps them moisturised
  • Smells like cocoa butter and doesn’t have a synthetic chemical taste
  • Looks great over a nude lippie


  • It’s too sticky for me and I often find strands of my hair stuck to my lips
  • Small tube for a high-end costly product – which makes me question whether it is worth it to repurchase…hmm?

Overall Rating

I love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold because it was a gift from a girlfriend – but I wouldn’t repurchase after I finish using it.  But I am keen to try other Bobbi Brown products though.