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Viva La Diva Lipstick Review | Chi Chi Cosmetics

Viva La Diva Lipstick Review | Chi Chi Cosmetics

 

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With extensive eyeshadow palettes, no animal testing and almost every colour of lipstick you can imagine, Chi Chi makeup is a frequent visitor to my face. Having never owned a nude lipstick (hello red and coral my friends!) I wondered if their recent Viva La Diva collection of deep nude shades might convert me to neutral lip-dom.

Before we foray any further into my lipstick opinions, this post is in no way sponsored or paid for by Chi Chi cosmetics or their suppliers. ( Just ask my sister who sourced this set for me when my local store didn’t have it! )

The turquoise box Viva La Diva set holds three shades – Show Pony, Modern Minimalist and Urban Chic. I tried them all over Rimmel Honey Clover lipliner – which is pretty close to my natural lip colour – because I like to draw my lips on.

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Here’s a quick arm swatch to show the colours without lip liner underneath.

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Now on to the lips…

Show Pony

Show Pony (below) is the most neutral shade in the set. With hints of terracotta Show Pony leans closer to brown than I’d usually like. It didn’t convert me to nude lips, however it looks gorgeous paired with warm autumnal shades so I’ll definitely wear it more heading into winter.

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Modern Minimalist

Modern Minimalist (below) is my personal favourite and closest to my natural lip colour. Slightly deeper than Urban Chic and more berry tinged than Show Pony I can wear this with just about any eye shadow colour and it’s a really nice understated day shade.
(Since trying it Modern Minimalist has made it into my weekly lipstick rotation!)

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Urban Chic

Urban Chic (below) is the lightest shade in This Viva La Diva collection. More what I’d consider a traditional nude, Urban Chic is a touch lighter than my natural lip colour. It’s an innocent peachy pink and complements a french pink manicure for effortless chic. While it’s pretty with soft makeup it’ll take me a while to adjust to having lipstick lighter than my actual lips.
(I keep thinking I have face powder stuck to my lipstick!)

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Wearable shades are all well and good, but a lipstick’s only as good as it performs…

Feel | The Chi Chi Viva La Diva lipsticks have a creamy texture, swiping on matte and opaque. They don’t irritate my sensitive skin, and I haven’t had any issues with drying, flaking or seeping outside of my lip line, even without lip liner.

Wear | Working long shifts and modelling any lipstick that transfers or wears off goes in the bin pronto.  These aren’t in the bin. Thanks to the creamy matte texture I find these stay put through eating, drinking and talking all day. These lighter shades also appear to be fairly kiss proof, but smudging might be more apparent with dark colours.
The photo below is of Urban Chic, over lip liner after a full days work. Taken at 1:00 am it’s not the best lighting, but trust me, the lipstick’s still on.

Random observations | The packaging is pretty but the caps tend to fall off in my bag, so use a lipstick case if you have one. Typical of Chi Chi cosmetics they smell good, and the colour swatch bases make grabbing the right one easy.

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The verdict?

While I’m not converted to brown toned nude lipsticks, I am in love with Modern Minimalist! Urban Chic comes out occasionally on super girly days and I want to try it with a dark smokey eye a la Brigitte Bardot . At $39.99 NZD The Viva La Diva collections are a budget friendly way to expand your collection, as a solo Viva La Diva lipstick retails at $22.99 NZD.

I’m really interested to see what your favourite nude shade is (of any brand) and how it looks on you so please share and inspire me!

With style and sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

 

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Honest Review | Collectif Clothing Juliette Pencil Dress

Today we’re talking wiggles. Not the wiggle in your walk and the giggle in your talk, but the Collectif Clothing Juliette wiggle dress.
Being in the Southern Hemisphere we’re coming out of winter as I write this, so I’ve had ample opportunity to test drive this cozy number for our Northern Hemisphere friends!

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Let’s talk aesthetics first.

The Juliette pencil dress is a green and navy woven ‘chaise check’ (essentially a slightly glitchy looking tile pattern).
A sexy scooped back offsets the high boat neck front. It has a wide fur trim at the hem and a removable fur collar.
It also has a back split, but we’ll talk more about that later.

Overall verdict? It’s a demure yet foxy dress Joan Holloway style dress.

Now on to the serious stuff. How well does the Collectif Juliette dress wear?

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Fab things about wearing the Juliette pencil dress

  • You feel like a sassy 1960’s martini drinking secretary. That scoop back is all kiiiiiinds of sophisticated sexy.
  • The fur trim is soft and snuggly, and the fur pile is long enough that it feels luxurious.
  • While the dress is unlined, the fabric is soft and non irritating.
  • It’s cooooooooozy. I’m not a fan of winter clothes ( I feel so frumpy all bundled up) but this is flattering and dressy enough that I’ve worn it to formal events and haven’t frozen!
  • It makes your butt look great. seriously. Check it out in the next photo.

Sad things about wearing the Juliette pencil dress

  • It’s a bit big in places. I ordered the size 8, which matched my measurements on the size chart. The Juliette dress is non-stretch fabric, so while some ease is required I find the waist and sleeves a bit looser than they need to be.
  • It’s made for someone taller (I know I’m short, I know ). The sleeves and hem are both too about 4cm too long. Which wouldn’t bother me much except… being a wiggle the Juliette has a slim skirt. When a slim skirt extends too far below the knees it increases the risk of the back split ripping when you walk.
    Which is exactly what happened to me. And then it just kept unravelling until it was dangerously high and I had to put my coat on.
  • The facing DRIVES. ME. NUTS. You can see in the photo below that the neck facing has a naughty habit of riding up above the level of the fur collar. This seems to be because it isn’t tacked down at all, so I can fix it, I just never remember to before I put it on.
  • It’s not easy care. Fur goes a bit gross if you chuck it in the washing machine so this is gentle hand wash or dry clean only.

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim
An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

Outfit Details

Dress | Collectif Clothing Juliette Pencil Dress
Shoes | Remix Vintage Shoes
Glasses | Eyebuy Direct
Earrings | Vintage
Hosiery | Columbine 70 denier pantyhose from Farmers

Photos taken at the Wellington Opera House

An honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette pencil dress, in green and navy chaise check and dark green fur trim

So there you have it, and honest review of the Collectif Clothing Juliette dress. As you can see, the pros and cons are fairly even, and while I get a lot of wear out of this dress, the length issues mean I wouldn’t buy another one. I just don’t have the free time to fuss around altering the hem with all that fur in the way!

The Juliette dress is also available in black ( which I bought at the same time as the this one ) and a regal gold and black jacquard. I believe all colourways are on sale right now, so if you want to pick one up now is the time!

With Style & Sass,

      Velvet DeCollete

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