lipstick swatches

Go Matte Or Go Home!

rimmel matte bb cream, maybelline fitme matte stick foundation, maybelline bold matte lipstick, OPI Matte black nail polish

Before I gave birth, I envisaged Maternity Leave to be a time where I would successfully juggle a newborn baby with a lot of free time to do whatever I wanted.  I imagined me being one of those Mums who would get up bright and early, do some yoga, make some fabulous smoothie concoction in a hipster Mason jar (and Instagram it!) and drink it with a stripy straw, followed by Baby Time and when she napped, I would be able to carry on my day and do plenty of blogging and make plenty of clean-eating meals, blah blah blah.  It all seemed so easy…

Reality check – it has been the total opposite!!!  I just have NO free time!!!  Motherhood is hard work and I’m not afraid to say that some days are a struggle because it is so intense and full-on.  It is, by far, the most difficult thing I have ever encountered.  But at the same time, I love it soooo much and I feel immensely blessed.

Anyway, I am rattling on (not an easy feat typing with one hand as the other hand/arm is cuddling the baby) when I am supposed to be introducing you to the Matte beauty stash I have been loving lately…  Yes, I still have a bit of time for makeup.  I refuse to be a frumpy mummy so I am happy being a semi-yummy mummy hehe…


New Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks & my Fambam choose their Favourites

New Rimmel Moisture London Renew Lipsticks

When we went to UK recently, one of the places we REALLY wanted to go to was London.  Yes, I’ve been there multiple times and we spent a few days there for our honeymoon but we wanted to visit again because a) SHOPPING and b) FOOD (and if my London friends and family are reading this, then of course, we wanted to visit you guys too!!! *ahem*)  However, we only spent a few measly hours in London and that was at Heathrow Airport where Baby Bunty vomited in spectacular fashion – attention-seeker or what?!

Speaking of London and attention-seekers, Rimmel London recently released their new Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks in 12 eye-catching colours and lucky old me got my mitts on the sexy pop-up press kit so let’s take a look together…


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.