Wednesday, 25 December 2013

REVIEW | NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX is a make-up brand that I have only recently discovered this year, and being an American brand it is very hard to come by in Australia. Therefore I decided to purchase my first two soft matte lip creams (San Paulo and Istanbul) on the one and only, ebay. When I first tried them out I instantly fell in love! and when I found out that the brand was finally coming to our shores, being stocked in Target, I was so excited and decided to pick up some more of their products including another soft matte lip cream in the colour Antwerp. The packaging is nothing too special as it looks like your typical run of the mill lip gloss tube and for some reason is slightly different for Istanbul, being the only one in my collection with a neat little description of what the product actually is. It reads "It's not a lipstick nor is it a gloss. It's something you've never experienced before. It's a lipstick cream that goes on silky but looks soft matte",which I think sums it up to a T. I am a huge fan of matte lipsticks and so this product is a winner for me. It has a doe foot applicator which spreads the product very smoothly and evenly on to the lips. Once applied it is so soft and creamy and it honestly feels like your not wearing anything on your lips! when it begins to dry it looks completely matte yet maintains that soft feeling, however I must say after a couple of hours it does tend to sit in the cracks of your lips so I would suggest wearing a lip balm underneath it if you are prone to dry lips.
The pigmentation is also amazing, with only one swipe you get instant colour pay off. But I cannot talk about this product without mention the scent. It is amazing. They have a rich vanilla scent that smells soo yumy!! If you are not one for scented products it may be a bit off-putting but it fades really quickly after application. The longevity of the lip creams is also really awesome (as long as you don't eat of course) lasting up to about 4-5 hours without touch-ups.


Istanbul is a very soft, baby pink shade and also very flatting for most skin colours, which is great as it is hard to find lighter lipstick shades that suit my fair skin and won't wash me out. This colour is great for make-up looks that involve a dark, cool toned smoky eye for night outs or worn simply with minimal make-up for summery days .


I would describe Antwerp as a pinky coral colour, and also seems to be the most popular shade in the entire range. I can certainly see why! this lipstick shade is absolutely perfect for the summer months and will no doubt be sported on my lips throughout the season! I find this shade extremely wearable and gives a pop colour to an otherwise boring outfit.

San Paulo 

San Paulo is a pinky, raspberry colour and although it is not as dark on the lips as it appears in the tube, it is slightly darker in real life than what the photo suggests. This is also a shade that would be greatly suited to any skin colour and a hue that wouldn't look out place no matter what season. I find this colour very easy to wear, whether it be pared with plain/ neutral outfits or fun, bright prints and is a shade that I reach to if I am looking for a pop of colour.    

There's not much to hate about these lippies, they are great quality for the low price of $12.95, they come in a variety of colours and as you can tell, are highly pigmented, the scent is delicious, its comfortable and has a matte finish. Out of the three shades I own, I cannot possibly choose a favourite as they are all so unique in their own right! I definitely suggest picking these up next time you stop by target, they are a great addition to your make-up collection so its worth giving them a go, trust me you wont regret it!!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

DUPE: Windsor Smith Lily | London Rebel Stereo

Windsor Smith Lilys - $89.95 buy here
London Rebel Stereos-$39.99 buy here

Chunky sandals are right on trend this summer and I have seen them in soo many shops recently. I personally absolutely love the way they look and think they add a much more put together look when worn with pretty much anything! and lets be honest who can be bothered putting much effort into their outfit in the heat of the summer? certainly not I, so these shoes really fit the bill. 
The Windsor Smith Lilys seem to be at the top of the line in this particular style and although I loved these shoes and would admire them on other people, I couldn't bring my self to pay 90 bucks for a pair of sandals that may not even be in fashion by next summer. I don't know maybe that's just me being stingey, but when I saw the exact same pair of  shoes in London Rebel for under half the price... lets just say it didn't take very long until I was walking away a very happy customer!! 
So far I have worn them around 4-5 times in the space of about week which is actually quite a lot considering I don't leave the house very often and have found that they are really comfortable. Having a slight platform along with a modestly sized heel adds a bit of height without the discomfort of a high heel, which is great news for those who happen to be on the shorter side of the spectrum. When I first tried them on, I thought I might need a bigger size than my regular size 8 as they were quite tight, however the shop assistant assured me that they would stretch about 20% and stretch they did, as after wearing them a couple of times they fit me perfectly. I think they look best teamed with cropped jeans or pants for a more polished look or flowy summer dresses/ smock dresses for a super casual and summery vibe.
Overall, I highly recommend the London Rebel Stereos as dupes for the Windsor Smith Lilys if you are not willing to pay the price tag as they are good bang for your buck and are guaranteed to keep your feet happy all summer long. 

Monday, 2 December 2013


Hello everyone!
Welcome to my blog, Fashion Collective. My name is Jane i am currently 17 years old and fresh out of high school. I have always been interested in fashion and intrigued by the latest trends and pretty much by how the whole fashion world operates. Over the past few years i have spent many hours scrolling through various fashion blogs and websites and finally i have decided to give it a crack myself. As a girl dreaming of making my into the industry, i hope to share with you my personal style and thoughts and opinions on all things fashion related with some beauty and lifestyle thrown in on the side. Things you may expect to find on my blog include: outfit of the days, how i style, hauls, trends, reviews, the occasional life post and even some DIYs.
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