LUSH Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask Review

Lush Rosy Cheeks Review

Hands up if the Summer heat is sucking the moisture out of your skin? I’m certainly noticing that with the heat and a mid 30’s hormone surge ( more on that later ) that my skins pores are gasping for moisture at the moment.

I wandered into LUSH  during late night shopping , was approached by a helpful Lushette ( is that a term? I quiet like it ) and I quickly told her I was seeking a moisturizing face mask that wouldn’t agitate my hormonal and sensitive skin ( I sound like I have a angsty teen on my hands ). Lushette proceeded to demonstrate the benefits of Rosy Cheeks face mask on my hand and Catastrope Cosmetic, generously layering them on, explaining their benefits and washing them off to revel the results. I must admit I liked the smoothing effect of Rosy Cheeks and was already taken at the thought of the rosy scent. I was also excited about the masks being made fresh.

A++ to Lush Hamilton for excellent customer service.

Lush Rosy Cheeks Face Mask

The Mask.

Rosy Cheeks comes in a handy 60g pot, retails for $16.50 and you are advised to keep it in the fridge due to the nature of the ingredients. An additional benefit is your mask is chilled and it is a welcome reprieve on a hot summers evening. Described as a soothing mask that calms redness in your skin and balances it out.


List of ingredients


The mask is quiet thick and a little hard to spread. I warm it up between my fingers to make it more malleable. The mask dries quiet firm and releases a light rose scent, you will need to have a firm wash to remove the mask. I have some pronounced pores and find it settles into them as its drying. The final result is smooth skin and my pores are a little more settled. I do follow with a night cream for added moisture.

Would I purchase again?

Yes, I have been using Rosy Cheeks on a weekly basis and have not had any reactions, its particularly soothing after a day in the garden or the outside.

Additional Bonus

LUSH runs a 5 pot recycling scheme. Bring in 5 pots and receive on fresh mask free!


Besame Decades of Fragrance

“Lizbeths gloved hand brushed over the vanity seeking out the red and gold case hidden among the talc’s, rogues and brushes. Easing the lid of she caressed each golden vial, pausing to twist, sniff and ponder on what her evening would hold? The Cotton Club, jazz and seduction? Head tilted, toe tapping Lizbeth pursed her lips before selecting and concealing one golden vial in the pocket of her purse…..1930’s”.

Image by Miss T Pinups
Image by Miss T Pinups

I’m a long time customer of Besame and their quality cosmetics so when I heard they had released fragrance  range ” Decades of Fragrance” I was intrigued. Further research indicated I couldn’t get it in NZ , selling out frequently so I waited patiently in hopes someone would stock it! I was thrilled when 19Black announced they would be getting a small shipment in so I promptly put one on hold.

The fragrances ( yes there are 6! ) come encased in the signature red and gold colours of Besame Cosmetics. Each gold vial contains a roll on perfume stamped with a corresponding era ranging from the 1910’s-1960’s in red. I’m really impressed with the quality of the vials, initially I thought they were plastic but they are a glass and have a lovely gloss and weight to them.

Besame Decades of Fragrance

Besame spent 6 years developing their fragrance range and each vial contains its own distinctive scent. My top two picks are 1930’s and 1940’s. I found the 50’s and 60’s become more flowery in scent , the 1910s and 20’s are more woody in undertones.

1930’s characteristics are: 

Marlene Dietrich, cigarette and seduction, 1930s Oriental

Top notes: mandarin, cinnamon, clarysage

Heart notes: tobacco, heliotrope, lavender

Base notes: vanilla, cedar wood, musks

1940’s Characteristics are:

After prohibition, NYC jazz club, 1940s Aromatic, Floral, Ambery

Top notes: bergamot, cognac, davana

Heart notes: rose, clove, labdanum

Base notes: sandal wood, amber, benzoin

Something about 1940’s gives me a tingle and brings me back to my childhood, I have yet to put my finger on it but I find myself drawn to it so it is currently my obvious favourite.

The scents are lovely and mild for everyday wear, you will need to top it up after 2/3 hours as it fades. The vials are perfect to popping in your clutch for work or an evening out.

19Black have some Decades of Fragrance’s available on their site here.


Argo natural beauty Review

Argo Naturals Uniquely Organic Skincare Review

Argo natural beauty Review
This post is supported by Argo Naturals

Now that Summer is well and truly here , the humidity is rising and the days are longer I have found the need to freshen up and keep moisturized during the day. The heat certainly dries you out and there is nothing worse than dry and itchy skin.

Argo Naturals Beauty Review

Argo Naturals very kindly sent me some of their Rose Water and Pure Kasuma Oil to try. The Rose Water is quiet a treat and fondly has me thinking of its popularity during the 1950’s in cosmetics and food. Used widely in Middle Eastern culture it has seen a rise in popularity over the past couple of years. Argo Naturals Rose Water is  is produced from genuine Alba rose oil through steam distillation and has a wide range of uses from facial toner to scent. I have been using over the past week as a facial mist before and after the gym and it now sits nestled in my handbag for a quick freshen up at work. The scent is  “rosy” though not overpowering and I have not observed any notable reaction on my sensitive skin. If anything my natural redness has settled a little.

Sweet Painted Lady


I have tried my fair share of body and facial oils so I was only too happy to try Pure Kasuma Oil as it is not an oil i have heard of in New Zealand. A quick visit to the Argo Naturals site and I discovered it is is extracted from a special genus of Safflower, is high in  Vitamins B1, B6, B9, unsaturated fatty acids and omegas. I used the oil on my face  nightly for 7 days and was impressed with how well it absorbed into the skin without leaving the thick coating of oil on the skin that Rosehip does on me. The following day my skin still soft, supple and smooth, foundation glided on nicely and it still felt moisturized in the midday heat. I even used it on Master Corvan for his favourite back massage!

You can purchase Argo Naturals Rose Water and Kasuma Oil via the Argo Naturals website and browse their other intriguing products. I know the Pearl Powder and Ayurveda Brightening Cream are on my next purchase list.

Thank you Argo Naturals


Product Review: Lindy Charm School Lipstick

Lindy Charm School Show

I was very lucky to have the chance to model for Chrissy of Australia’s Lindy Charm School for Girls when she came to the NZ Craft and Quilt Show. Having been a long time fan of Chrissy’s work and knowledge that I jumped at the chance to meet her ,pick up some great styling tips and of course some of her products including her Essential Setting Lotion – more on that in another post.

Lindy charm school Russian Red Lipstick

Lindy Charm School Lipstick in Classic 1 Russian Red

The Lindy Charm Schools signature red lipstick retails for a very affordable $22 and comes in a classic black tube with the Lindy Charm School logo on it. Made in Canada, it contains soothing vitamin E to keep your lips hydrated.

Its no surprise that the perfect red lippy is the ultimate pinups dream and I think I may have found it! I’m going to compare Russian Red to M.A.C vintage classic “Ruby Woo” which I wear on a regular basis and use on my clients. “Ruby Woo” while long lasting and classic in colour leaves my lips incredibly dry ( high clay content ) and crumbles during the day.

Russian Red applied smoothly when placed atop of my already lip pencil lined lips. The colour is classic and after heading out for the morning, running a few errands including brunch it still looked great!  I did not apply a sealant over the lipstick.

I attended an event that night and wore Russian Red again, did the quick kiss on hubby’s cheek and no transfer! This is the ultimate in hubby’s books as he normally shy’s away from my red lips, so a A++ in his books. Returning home after 5 hours ( two retouches during the night after wine ) my lips still held the lovely hue.

I thinks its fair to say that the Lindy Charm School Lipstick in Classic 1 Russian Red is my new personal favourite for my lips. I’m looking forward to using it on my clients at the next pamper parlor event and spreading some of that Russian Red charm!

*This is not a sponsored post.


Beauty Review: Miami Shimmer Spray and Body Scrub

Miami Shimmer Spray

I was browsing Kmart on the weekend and a new little beauty range caught my eye! Priced at a very affordable $3 an item its the perfect throw in your overnight bag to head to the beach range. I’m a sucker for anything that smells like Summer so I choose the Coconut and Lime Shimmer Spray and the Coconut and Lime Body Scrub.

Miami Body Scrub – Coconut & Lime 

In-store I quickly referred to the ingredients list to checkout what the exfoliation ingredient was. It is listed as Walnut Shell Powder and had the go ahead. As a rule I don’t use any products that do not disclose the exfoliation grain is, in some cases it is a tiny plastic grain that builds up in our water ways and seafood….not nice!

The scrub comes in a 160 ml easy squeeze tube in a gel formulation with fine grains. The Coconut and Lime scent is mild and not overwhelming and the grains non scratchy, I’m unsure if it actually exfoliates but teamed with my trusty loofah it seems to do the trick. I have sensitive skin and have been using the scrub for a few days now without reaction which is great!

Miami Shimmer Spray – Coconut & Lime

Packaged in a 240 ml spray bottle it sprays in a light gel formulation depositing a fine silver and gold shimmer to the skin once rubbed in. The Coconut and Lime scent is much stronger than the scrub but pleasant. I used the spray prior to heading out for the night and the shimmer was subtle on my skin and didn’t leave me with the over glittered 90’s disco diva effect..Think 90’s school discos!

Overall a very pleasant little range, I imagine it is marketed towards the teen market but I can see it being my regular go to on sunny weekends or days I need a little tropical pick me up!


Product Review: Big Sexy Hair “What a Tease, Backcomb in a Bottle”

“Backcombing” every pinup girls secret to pinup perfect hair,so when I saw that Sexy Hair had released “What a Tease, Backcomb in a Bottle” I jumped at the chance to try it!

what a tease Product review

Backcombing or teasing is the process of pushing the hair at the roots in a downwards motion with a teasing comb or rat tail comb, creating volume and lift in the hair. Perfect for creating an illusion of fuller, thicker hair or the perfect cushion base for vintage styling.

Big Sexy Hair’s instructions for use:

DO NOT SHAKE. Lift and spray What a Tease section by section into dry hair, focusing at the root. Lightly work throughout the rest of the hair. When product is dry separate hair into pieces for volume, hold and a teased look.

I chose to use “What a Tease” on some of my pinup’s for an upcoming calendar and on myself for  a night out. During shoot prep I sectioned the hair I wanted to add lift, spraying a small amount at the roots. It comes sprays with the consistency of a very thick hairspray so don’t spray it to close to the roots other wise it leaves the hair sticky. I found it gave a moderate lift on fine hair, perfect for soft volume. The spray does have a strong smell on initial spray, however it fades as it drys.

On my night out I wanted to create a great sculptured look so I used “What a Tease” at the roots teamed with back combing! This created MEGA volume which of course I love – The BIGGER the hair the better in my books. After smoothing the top layer I was thrilled with the results, even more so when after a very late night out it still held its style.

Sweet Painted Lady Pinup Hair

Waking in the morning I found my hair was quite stiff on brushing. I recommend giving  your hair a good wash afterwards with a clarifying shampoo to remove the product buildup.

I’m thrilled with this product! With a little experimentation you can create a variety of looks that hold well and don’t slide. It retails for $25 and you only need a little of the product for a long lasting lift.

If your in Hamilton ” What a Tease, Backcomb in a Bottle” is available for Salon 360, Silverdale.



Product Review: Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

Antipodes Skincare review

We all know that I’m already a fan of Antipodes Scientific Skincare since switching to it last year after some major skin complications and seeing some notable results from the Juliet Skin Brightening Gel and the Hosanna H20 Intense skin Plumping Serum ( reviews in the links ). This time around I decided to spurge on the Avocado Pear Nourishing Cream in hopes of battling the dry skin season change blues

Please note: When I do a product review I prefer to have used the product for 5 days or more in order to give it a fair trial. No fluffy reviews here!

Sweet Painted Lady Antipodes Review

The Technical

Scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human cells by up to  92%*

Nature’s anti-ageing by night, beautiful skin by day! There’s no better way to resurrect your skin than with the superior restorative qualities of 100% pure avocado oil. This facial night cream also features calendula oil from marigold petals, highly regarded throughout history for its healing and repairing properties. Active manuka honey soothes and moistens your skin, while potent antioxidant Vinanza Grape helps neutralise free radical damage.

DAILY RITUAL: Apply at sunset by caressing into your face, neck and cleavage. For a super-restorative effect, apply after your favourite serum.

ELEMENTS OF BEAUTY: Avocado oil * Manuka honey active * Vinanza Grape

PURE PLANT FRAGRANCE: Ylang ylang, jasmine & sandalwood


 Antipodes Scientific Organic Skincare

Antipodes Skincare Avocado Pear Night Cream review

The cream comes in an attractive 60ml brown glass jar and retails for $62.50 at Farmers department stores. You can make the most of their buy 2 get one free deal that pops up from time to time.

I began using this 5 days ago and I have started to see a difference, in particular I found my skin soft and smooth for makeup application . On opening the jar I initially found the scent strong and smelling of Calendula, however it doesn’t overwhelm you on the skin and I grew used to it ( I quiet like it now) . The cream is lovely and thick, absorbs well into my skin without leaving a greasy film, however I found my nose greasy in the morning so I now do not apply it there.

Antipodes Avocado Night Cream Review

The formulation is quite thick and hydrating, spreads well and little really does go a long way .

My skin afterwards is now feeling well hydrated and looks brighter, I have seen a little difference in my finer lines on my face which is an added bonus.

I would recommend this cream for dry, normal and combination skin, if you have oily skin you may find this too rich.

What is your favourite Antipodes Scientific Skincare product?


Product Review: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I’m back! The laptop had a minor meltdown but is now in tip top order so away we go again!

Today’s product review is the classic Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. Developed by Elizabeth Arden in the 1930’s as a protective cream containing  beta-hydroxy (in one of its first recorded cosmetic uses). 8 hour cream is well known for its moisturizing properties, soothing skin irritation, chapping and as a anti inflammatory. Ms Arden was so impressed with the product that is said she used it on her horses legs to sooth them.

Sweet Painted Lady Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream review

The Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is now my holy grail must have product for both my purse and in my professional kit. I purchased mine from the Elizabeth Arden Counter for the very reasonable price of $36, selecting the fragrance free solution as it would be the best fit for all my clients. The cream is a rose tinted formulation, thick and lovely and very little goes a long way. Personally for myself I use it on my lips, sensitive patches on my skin, brows and for general moisturizing.

On clients I have used it on the lips, as a moisturizer, brow taming, as a highlighter, over shadow for the glossy modern eye and to tame hair frizz. The uses are endless and it is a great open-ended product to have tucked away, ready to pull out when the need calls.

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How gorgeous is this packaging in the UK ? I wish it was available here in NZ! Do you use Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and what do you like using it for?


Product Review: VO5 Dry Shampoo

Do you have naturally oily hair? Want to maintain your hair colour? Are you always on the go? Want to make your vintage styles last longer? Then Dry Shampoo maybe for you!

Sweet Painted Lady VO5 Dry Shampoo Product Review

Recently a client pointed me in the direction of VO5 Dry Shampoo as she had very fine hair that needed daily washing so I headed to the supermarket and grabbed the “Plump it up!” version. They have two available, the second being Refresh me quick! and are great value at $8.99 for 200ml. Plump it up is recommended for fine, flat and oily hair – “Boost body and grip while refreshing your style” which is perfect for my limp,humidity attacked hair.

Our mornings are usually busy with the three of us getting ready so it has been a quick boost for my hair, spraying it in at the roots,  massaging it it and styling as usual. In comparison to Batiste Dry Shampoo this does not leave and obvious residue and it smells lovely.

The obvious bonus is that it does create great volume and is create for refreshing my bangs and thickening them up – also perfect for victory rolls as it thickens the base up minimizing the use of back combing.

Do you use a Dry Shampoo? What do you love about it?


Beauty review: Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intense Skin Plumping Serum

I had such a great success and result after using the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser ( see post here ) that I was only too happy to purchase from the range again when looking for a new deep moisturizing serum. This time I decided on the Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intense Skin Plumping Serumthis comes in a 30  ml bottle and retails for $49.50 at Farmers.

DAILY RITUAL: Apply to face, neck and decolletage with the lid dropper. Use daily for immediate hydration and the best long-term results.

ELEMENTS OF BEAUTY: Waiwera mineral water * Vinanza Grape® * Mamaku black fern



Sweet Painted Lady Antipodes review


Being a 30 something I’m only too aware of the affects years of running around in the sun and not looking after my skin have made so the idea that my collagen production would be enhanced was a win for me!  After using it for two weeks I have noticed my skin again is looking brighter, pores have reduced in size,my skin feels smoother and very well hydrated!

The serum is 100% water based and as a result spreads beautifully , I only use 2-3 drops to cover my face and neck during my morning and night routine. Overall I am very pleased with the results, the product delivers what it claims and I’m looking forward to purchasing more from the Antipodes Scientific Organic Range. 

For New Zealand based readers you can purchase Antipodes from Farmers Department stores, Hardys Health Stores and other good health stores.