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Way back in the 90's, for those of you far too young to remember, Poppy was the undisputed lipstick queen of Australia. Her lipstick only range of on-trend matte hues enjoyed cult status and a loyal following for years. Sadly though it all came to an abrupt and sad end thanks to some shonky investors. Clearly not matte lovers!!
Fast forward 20 something years and a new young Aussie lass, Melbournite Joanna French, has thrown her tiara in the ring to be crowned the next queen with Shanghai Suzy. The lipstick only makeup range consists of densely pigmented, on trend colours that smell like bubblegum. Hello Hubba Bubba flashbacks!! Twice yearly a new range of limited edition colours are released and after only having just released it's fourth range since its launch in 2013 the brand has quickly caused a stir in the industry. I first stumbled onto the range when my gal pal at Ruby&Hope became a stockist and after trying on every colour I immediately applied to be a stockist. Cruelty free, vegan, smells like bubblegum and is insanely cheap...What's not to love??
Each super crazy densely pigmented lippy comes in either a matte or nourish formula and now just hot off the press, a shimmer (OMG Miss Veronica!!) and the colour payoff lasts for ages! Now normally my lips would recoil into shrivelled prunes 100 feet from a matte lippy but Shanghai Suzy somehow managed to find a balance between flat matte perfection and a non moisture sucking formulation! To that I say THANK YOU!!
TMC stocks their 'cheap & chic', and let me say 'cheery', range for clients to purchase for touchups (the real reason of course is so I have an excuse to own them all myself!!) but if you are after a particular shade make sure you check in with us before the day to confirm it is in stock. These little babies are limited edition and sell out quickly.
Which is your favourite Suzy?
When I first tried the Beauty Blender is was BIG NEWS! I had been converted to using a sponge!! Ok well not entirely. My favourite toy in my kit will always be my airbrush, but when it comes to blending out concealer before I spray I had always been a brush girl. And it’s been that way for two decades ago! Having never been able to re-create the same flawless skin finish with either my fingers or those stupid triangle sponge thingys, I was reluctant to give the Beauty Blender a go. I mean come on… it’s just a sponge!!
But I was wrong! This perfect little hot pink, egged shaped wonder makes applying the perfect foundation base so quick and easy. It’s brilliant for both personal and professional use and I have to say I have been super impressed with how easily it helps pimples, scars, pores and even fine lines disappear. (Assuming you’re using a half decent primer and foundation to begin with.) It feels lovely in the hand and all my clients have commented on how soft it feels on their skin. It comes in a bunch of colours and there is even a super tiny mini version for even more precise application. These little babies are meant to be used WET so give them a good soak and squeeze first and then use a press and roll technique to get a beautiful finish. They work beautifully with both my Urban Decay and IRIDIS concealers.
At AUS$30 for just 1 sponge it is a lot to pay, but then it really is SO much more than a just a sponge. The Beauty Blender is washable and reusable and if you lovingly care for it using its very own Solid Cleansing Bar, it will reward you with a perfect base many, many applications into the future.
Available in store or online at Sephora and Crush Cosmetics this is definitely one to use both in the kit and at home!!
Full disclosure. All products and tools I review, unless otherwise stated, have been paid for and, like them or not, all opinions are completely my own. No one pays or bribes me, although you are welcome to try :) I only review products I love and use both personally and professionally in my kit.