Battle of the ‘Long Lasting’ Lippies – Stay All Day vs. Infallible Le Rouge

This post has been a long time coming. Quite a few of you have been asking for additional posts and chasing me up, trust me I haven’t ignored you! I’ve been buying new lipsticks to try out, I’ve just been a bit lazy doing the posting bit! So I have a great backlog of 11 new lipsticks to talk about.

Enough of the excuses, let’s get into it!

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

It was a lunchtime make up shop with some colleagues that took us to Mecca Cosmetics. I glanced at their liquid lipstick and noticed their claim of long lasting lip colour with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. The thing that caught my attention first was the range of colours they had. I was a big fan of the purple.


Infallible Le Rouge

L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge

Doing a shop at the supermarket, one of the tasks I hate the most, I came across another set of claims of lipsticks “that lasts all day long”. Well I couldn’t let that go untested could I? The Infallible Le Rouge comes in an interesting range of colours, although the supermarket only stocks a limited range of those colours. I popped one in the shopping basket and went to work testing it out.

So let’s get into the Amber test…

Me wearing Stila in the como


The Stila lipstick is priced at $40. It’s a bit cheaper than MAC

Me wearing the Le Rouge in the Persistent Plum

Lipcolour that I’ve reviewed previously, however is more expensive than other options like the Maybelline SuperStay.

The price of the Infallible Le Rouge lipstick was $24.99, although I note while checking this price, that it was on special in some places for $19.99.


The Stila colour is vibrant and the lipstick is very light

The Stila in the aria colour rubbing off onto my glass

going on with a wand applicator. It is not sticky at all, in fact it has a liquid texture and you will have to wait for it to dry for a few minutes before diving into meals and drinks. The feel is great, it doesn’t dry out my lips at all and sometimes I forget I have lipstick on at all.

The Le Rouge rubbing off on my cup

I was quite surprised at the vibrancy of the colour of the Le Rouge. It went on great, and was easy to apply. The lipstick felt great, although after about 30 – 60 minutes the lipstick feels like it’s drying our my lips a little bit but not majorly.

The Stila in aria colour after a full dinner

Lasting ability

I was very impressed with Stila’s lasting ability. Although I was a little worried when I would notice slight colour rubbing off on glasses. The colour was always flawless whenever I would check. The only minor issue is that sometimes after meals it can start to wear off from the inside part of the lip (as you can see in the right hand photo below with the Stila aria colour).

The Le Rouge lipstick after a full dinner.

Although the Le Rouge did wear off on cups and wore down after meals I was quite impressed that the majority of the lip colour still stayed. You’ll see in the photo that there was some wear but the majority of the lip colour stayed on.


I really do love the Stila range, just the feel and the look of it. Although it is a pricier option compared with the Le Rouge it is still cheaper than some other lip colours on the market. Yet I cannot argue with the fact that L’Oreal Le Rouge, for the price and being a lipstick, actually stayed on through a meal. I think these two are both great options for any type of budget.

Below are a few additional photos of the lipsticks/lipcolours to see what they both look like.

Hot tip!

A tissue after I used the blotting technique

A few of you have contacted me and mentioned that you don’t usually wear make up and you’re not very good at it. It’s ok, you’re not alone. Neither am I! But I might try to share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

My tip for this post is blotting, it’s how you remove the excess lipstick that might rub off on clothes, teeth or when you touch your lips.

To blot you will take a tissue, fold it in half and then put it horizontally inside your mouth. You’ll then put your lips together and the excess will come off on the tissue. Repeat a few times and it should remove all the excess. Especially in the corners of your mouth.

Pro tip is if you’re out of tissues or no where near a tissue, you can rip a page out of your notebook and blot on the paper. Makeup experts are probably shrieking in horror right about now but it totally worked.

If you find some lipsticks or lipcolours you love then tag me in so I can see them!

Happy Lippie everyone!


Battle of the ‘Long Lasting’ Lippies – SuperStay vs. Retro Matte

I grew up for most of my late teenage and early twenties hating makeup. Whenever I would put it on, it took me about 10 minutes before I’d rub it all off. I am also a fan of brightly coloured makeup. I remember having an amazing purple lipstick when I was about 13 and putting it on my eyelids to give me vibrant eye shadow colours. Let’s not even start with the fact that it was probably very bad for my eyelid skin.

In the past few years I’ve found some amazing waterproof products that seem to pass the Amber test. What is that you ask? The makeup has to survive me, for a day. Survive me eating, rubbing my face and having multiple coffees. If it can survive me for a day then I would be happy to purchase it and keep it in my stash.

Maybelline SuperStay 14hr – Burst of Coral colour (455)

A few years ago I was doing a supermarket shop and stumbled upon Maybelline SuperStay 14hr lipstick. I thought I’d give it a try and picked out the brightest red lipstick I could find. I was amazed it stayed on for long periods of time and maintained the vibrancy of the colour. For the past year or so I’ve been buying a different colour shade every month during our supermarket shopping to build up my collection.

M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Personal Statement

While walking through Wellington Airport on the way to a flight I saw a new M.A.C makeup store. I went and asked the team if they had any ‘long lasting’ products and they mentioned that in the past few months they’ve brought out a long lasting lipcolour. I thought I’d try it and compare it against the Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipsticks I’ve grown fond of.


The Maybelline 14hr SuperStay is a great value at $26.49 per lipstick (at Farmers). The

Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipsticks at Farmers

convenience of this lipstick is that they’re available in New World supermarket. My present to myself monthly is to pop a new colour into the shopping basket. 

The M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a bit more expensive at $50.00 and is available at M.A.C stores as well as selected sellers like Farmers.

Me wearing the SuperStay 14hr Burst of Coral

The Maybelline 14 hr SuperStay has a nice, smooth and creamy look. Maybelline describes this brand as ‘weightless’ and ‘high voltage color’.

The M.A.C Retro Matte is definitely a matte look to it. It is not shiny and has a dry look to it (without being dry).


The Maybelline SuperStay 14hr  has not dried out my lips in any time I’ve used it. Once cleaned off with makeup remover it hasn’t left my lips dry. A few select colours have tended to at the end of a full day wear, to turn into dried clumps across the lips.

Me wearing the Retro Matte in Personal Statement

The M.A.C. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour goes on very thinly. I think the key is to put it on sparingly, unlike what I did which was put heaps on during a flight. Although it did dry, it did take more than a few minutes to dry. The lipcolour felt a little dry during the day but nothing major, not enough for me to reach for a lip balm. Once cleaned off with makeup remover it didn’t leave my lips dry either. The applicator tends to put a huge amount of lipcolour on to start with, so it’s important to wipe off the excess.


SuperStay 14hr Lipstick on Coffee cup

Lasting ability

For the Maybelline 14hr SuperStay it is important to put it on, let it air for a few minutes then dab the lipstick, let it dry again for a few minutes and it should last most of the day. There was some very minor marking on coffee cups. There was minor staining on food I ate during the day.

The M.A.C Retro Matte required you to let the liquid lipcolour air dry for about 5 minutes. Once air dried I dabbed it with tissues to check there was no excess that hadn’t dried. It is also recommended to add a few coats, although for this test I only added one. I have found with the darker colours it’s essential to put at least two coats on. There was some marking on coffee cups but nothing major. There was very minor staining on food that I ate as well.

Retro Matte Lipcolour on Coffee cup


My general thoughts are that the SuperStay 14hr is a great buy and the lasting ability for the price difference is pretty amazing. However, if you are a major fan of the matte look then the lasting effect with the M.A.C Retro Matte is just as good even if it is double the price. For me the colour differences are where I’m pretty interested in overlapping my collection. The M.A.C Retro Matte has some amazing dark red colours, while the Maybelline has great pinks and fuchsia colours.

If you’re on a budget, want a smooth creamy finish or great mix of pinks and fuchsia’s colours then the Maybelline Superstay 14hr is for you.

If you don’t have a budget, want a matte finish and need the dark red/purple colouring than M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is for you. Try it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts.

Repost: Keeping it fair – a blog post about Adacamp [2012]

Note: This article was originally written March 2012 after attending an Adacamp in Melbourne. This article was originally published on an intranet for the company I worked for at the time. I thought it was interesting that many of these still exist and are just as valid today, therefore I am reposting here with only a few grammar/wording changes.

I was lucky to be invited to a great event named Adacamp, run by the Ada Institution. The newly created institution works to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture through education: raising awareness, writing simple ‘how to’ guides, teaching workshops for both men and women and helping women learn concrete skills.

The Ada Initiative is named after Countess Ada Lovelace, widely acknowledged as the world’s first computer programmer. She is also the world’s first woman open source programmer.

The organisation decided to hold the unconference style event called Adacamp in Melbourne at the start of 2012. It was an invite only event and I was lucky enough to receive an invite. The aim of the event was to bring together like minded woman, interested in issues facing women in open technology and culture, to share their experiences and develop ways to support and promote women in the field. One of the main aims of this event was to offer resources and expertise to help resolve or work to resolve issues women face in the industry.

For those of you who do not know what an unconference style event is, it’s when the participants come up with the agenda. We decide what we want to talk about and we’re all participants in the discussion around the topics.

The great thing about Adacamp was the range of participants. There were over 30 attendees, of which 3 were from the US, 2 from New Zealand and 1 lady from the Philippines. We were all from a wide range of roles, a political activist, journalist, scientist and a few developers.

I gained some great insights; here are a few topics that were real takeaways for me.

Spaghetti/Impostor syndrome

This is a real syndrome and is similar to tall poppy syndrome. Spaghetti or impostor syndrome is where you feel like you’re inadequate to do a job (like an impostor) or even feel guilty for being paid more to do your job. It tends to affect women but men can get it too.

One of the sad things to hear was that some corporations actually knew about this and used it to their advantage when negotiating pay rates while hiring woman. They would purposely start with a 5-10k lower offer for female applicants, knowing that they were unlikely to negotiate up. But one of the ways to combat this and ourselves is to understand what this syndrome is and working towards resolving it.

Another issue with Spaghetti/Impostor syndrome is down playing our successes. Again, knowing that you have this syndrome and being able to sell your success story is a key factor to moving up into new roles. Because of this syndrome people tend not to tell their success story when nominated for awards and achievements. This especially leads to women not being recognised within our industries.

Having a name for the syndrome allows us to take action. Knowing what happens we now know how to make it work.

One of the interesting points out of the discussion is that women are actually our own worst enemy. They’re usually the first to bring other woman down. Try to support others, don’t be jealous or pull others down. There needs to be a change of culture to support everyone. It’s all about education – help share what spaghetti syndrome is, it could help other men and women.

Social Media and Identities

We had a discussion around social media and today a lot of the social media tools are free. But for the cost of freedom you lose your privacy and information. People are more than happy to give up this ‘information’ for having a free product but do they understand the consequences of giving up the ‘information’?

Another topic we touched on is being open and honest on social media and the costs of that. Some people have been prosecuted by their employees on what they say or do on Social Media. But what if everyone is totally open and honest, is there anything they can use to get someone with? Or do the companies go after everyone?

There needs to be more education around social media for children, youth and for parents. For parents, just getting on and playing is the most educational. It will either teach your children to set their privacy controls or you’ll see stuff that you can address with them.

But the biggest question overall is where will data go in 18 years time? If Facebook is sold who gets your data?

How to get more women into Technology, IT & ICT?

We had a great discussion on how to get more women involved in technology. Some of the statistics show that less women are going through a technical degree at college. Going around the room we all found out that our passion for technology for the majority of us started when we were at primary school age. Therefore companies targeting women at universities is too late. We need to be helping teachers teach technology to younger girls to ignite their passion earlier. Not to mention career conferences are vital to show the great side of technology. It’s a perception that it’s full of geeks and is boring.

We discussed many more subjects such as the philosophies behind communities, what fandom is and how valuing fandom values women’s work and preventing volunteer burnout.

It was a great event that I was very lucky enough to attend. I appreciate being in the room with other inspirational women from around the world. 

The Ada Initiative closed in October 2015.

Battle of the brewers – Part 2

Continuing on from my original post here.

The event was Battle of the Brewers (BotB) Portland vs. Wellington. The event is described as:

Portland comes out punching with Pelican Brewing Company​, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub​ and Breakside Brewery​. Wellington fights back with Garage Project​, North End Brewing​ and Kereru Brewing Company​. Four courses supremely prepared by Shaun Clouston, a beer match each from Portland and Wellington.

Only one city can reign supreme. You decide who did it best.

The brewers from the Wellington and Portland breweries will be at this event to talk through their beers, and fight their corner. This is a fantastic opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the US’ best exports and Wellington’s brewing elite.

With a five course meal prepared by Logan Brown’s chef Shaun Clouston and beers to match from Portland and Wellington, it’s safe to say that those attending were all winners.

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Second Course

The second course was:

Beechwood Honey Roasted Duck, Pheasant Sausage, Turnip & Nashi

Can I just mention how amazing the meal was? The different textures with savoury and sweet flavours was delicious.

The second course meal was served with the beers North End Brewing Amber Ale & Pelican Brewing Kiwanda Cream Ale. Both beers were amazing, however I now have a new favourite beer. The Kiwanda is amazing and I’m now trying to hunt some down in New Zealand to stock in my fridge at home.

A run down of the brews is below for those that have not had a chance to taste them before. The Amber Ale is described as:

Aromas of marmalade and grapefruit combine with caramel and a hint of chocolate, in the mouth the beer is rounded with a firm biscuit malt character with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate balanced by a lightly resinous citrus hop character leading to a rounded dry finish.

  • Style: New World Session Ale
  • Alcohol: 4.4%
  • Brewed with: NZ Mild Ale Malt, Special W, Crystal Malt, Hops: Pacifica , NZ Cascade, NZ Styrians – and London ESB Yeast

The Kiwanda is described as:

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Second Course Beer contenders – Amber Ale on the left, Kiwanda on the right

Inspired by one of America’s traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda Cream Ale is pale gold with a fruity, floral hop aroma. A sweet malty flavor and a smooth snappy finish round out this tasty, refreshing brew!

  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Alcohol: 5.4%
  • Brewed with: Two-Row malt, Flaked barley, Mt. Hood hops, CaraPils malt, pure ale yeast

As I mentioned – I thought both beers were amazing. Matched with food the Kiwanda just did it for me and a new favourite.

The room mostly agreed with me with Pelican Brewery taking the win for this course. It was close, but they scraped in.

The third course of the lunch was:

Grilled Octopus, Crisp Pork, Kim Chi, Black Garlic & Daikon

Third course

Again, an amazing meal by Logan Brown (do they ever make a bad meal?). I love Kim Chi especially so thoroughly enjoyed this dish.

The third course was served with Keruru Resonator IPA & Barley Browns Pallet Jack IPA. The brewer of Keruru mentioned that Resonator is their hoppiest beer as they don’t usually have massively hoppy beers.

A run down of the brews is below for those that have not had a chance to taste them before. The Resonator IPA is described as:

Resonator IPA is a pale golden India Pale Ale that showcases Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops, with notes of aromatic resin & passion fruit.

This special edition beer was made for the 2015 West Coast IPA Challenge.

  • Style: IPA
  • Alcohol: 6.5%
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Third course contenders – Resonator IPA on the left, Pallet Jack IPA on the right.

The Pallet Jack IPA is described as (from Untappd):

2013 GABF GOLD Medal, 2013 Brewing News National IPA Champion! 2012 GABF Silver Medal winner.
The awesome blend of Columbus, Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe Hops bombard this IPA with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and a little bit of pine. The light malt flavor comes from 2-row barley and a touch of crystal malt.

  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Alcohol: 7.2%

Well this was a super close match. Both beers were solid but very similar tasting, with slight differences. I think Resonator just scrapped through with the food matching.

The voting on this was very, very close. Our MC Delaney Mes had a hard time working out who did won, but Keruru scraped through.

Phew, this blog post is taking longer than I thought. Will pop fourth and fifth course on another post in the near future.

Starting the year that is 2012

As we get over the celebrations that were Christmas or New year we look forward to the year that will be 2012. What will this year have install for us?

So now that we’ve had far too much alcohol, food and relaxation we need to kick back into a routine. I have fired up my Scrivener application on my laptop. For those of you who don’t know Scrivener is my tool I use to write. The editing of my novel is now in play. Now to keep my focus and not to get side tracked.

Ooooo shiny *looks away*.

2011 – The year in review

I was so excited for 2011, I really was. I couldn’t wait for the year to come when I was pondering the year that was 2010. Little did I know the huge impact 2011 would have on me personally.

The year started off like any other. Enjoying the beautiful sun with friends during the start of January. I returned to work mid January and was preparing for the huge year of work ahead. Little did I know how much my life would really change.

Being sick

Monday January 17th I was at work and could barely breathe, my chest hurt so much. Walking a few metres had me in a puffing, huffing mess. I went to the emergency department at my local hospital. Testing me they told me my heart had an irregular beat, known as Tachycardia. They sent me home with medication to control it and asked me to follow up with my GP doctor on the Friday.

The Friday 21st of January I turned up at my medical centre only to visit a locem GP doctor, my normal doctor was on holiday. By the time I got to the doctor surgery I was crying. I hadn’t been able to get a park close by. Having no choice I parked where I could and took my time to walk in, resting every 10 metres or so. The doctor saw me and was not happy with my development. She thought that Tachycardia was a symptom not a diagnosis. She told me that she thought I had blood clots. I couldn’t drive anywhere, meaning I had to leave my car behind. They called our local ambulance and I was taken to the main city hospital for further tests.

Safe to say I was a wreck at this stage.

I had to call family to come and pick up the car and meet me in town. I arrived, in an ambulance at the hospital by 10am. I spent the whole day at the hospital having different tests. Around 5.30pm I was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism in the lung, which is a blood clot. It was quite extensive in my left lung. I was given Warfarin, which thins the blood, checked into one of the wards and made to stay for the long weekend.

The more eye opening part of this experience was when the doctor said to me “I’m not sure why you didn’t have more pain, I’m not sure why you didn’t collapse and I’m not sure why you didn’t die”. Nothing like cheating death.

I was discharged from hospital on the following Tuesday and sent home with meds for a week or so.

Birthday and the meaning of life

Having planned a huge birthday party for 2011 in February I had to tone it back. After my sickness I decided to go without alcohol for 6 months while on the medication just to make sure there was no complications. I do however know the best mocktails in Wellington now. 🙂

But having a dinner with my close friends was great. If anything I learnt from the year was that family and friends are everything.

New friends and the start of an old passion

In the later weeks of January and February I happened to stumble across a friend on Facebook who was launching her own book 2012: the final revelation. It was the amazing Lisa Flaus. After a bit of an interesting three way conversation between Lisa, myself and a mutual friend Simon we decided to co-write a book together. After a few weeks Lisa told me I should write my own book. The book collaboration kind of fell through but Lisa helped to guide me through writing my own book.

Writing a book had never really been something I had wanted to do. Once Lisa entertained the idea with me it became more something I thought I should have done all along! I set myself the hard goal of writing a first draft of a novel by December 2011!

The following months was filled with work, friends, family and writing.


In early June I was told the most humbling news ever. I was a finalist in the CIO Awards NZ for the category of Emerging ICT Talent. I was so honored to even be nominated with the 20+ other nominees but to be one of the three finalists was such an honor.

Another trip to the hospital

I had a bit of a scare in June with my health again. I thought that I had the cold. But I had thought that in January so I went up to the hospital to get checked out. After a full day worth of scans and tests they admitted me to hospital with more blood clots.

Luckily for me later in the night I was told that there was a mixup and they had read the wrong scan. I was in fact clear of blood clots and was discharged. The best news for me was that I got to have another scan of my lungs and could confirm that they were clear of blood clots. Helpful to have the scan to confirm it.

Shortly afterwards I saw the specialist and was fully discharged from the blood clinic. They believe I should be fine now and didn’t want to see me again. The best thing I could hear from the specialist. 🙂

The Rugby World Cup 2011

How can I not mention that the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s like only the best thing for us. New Zealanders have been pining for the World Cup win since 1987.

After the win they promptly shut down the main streets in Wellington. There were hordes of people descending onto the main streets. I went down with friends and we danced in the middle of the main streets. So many people but we were all so happy. Everyone was so excited. It was an awesome atmosphere.

A personal goal achieved

In November I had the pleasure of saying that I had completed my first draft for my novel. It was completed a whole month earlier than I had anticipated. A very exciting personal goal for me. However I will put no timeframe on the editing 🙂

A quiet Christmas and New Years

For Christmas we stayed around home and had an Orphan’s Christmas. Basically it was a Christmas for our friends who didn’t have family to celebrate with. It was a great time had by all. We did a type of secret santa for presents, cooked a delicious ham and had salad. The weather where we were was so beautiful. The sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky. For those that don’t know it is summer in New Zealand for Christmas.

New Years will be celebrated with friends and I hope for a better start to 2012.

But here’s to 2011. The year that I learnt I wanted to write. I learnt that family and friends are the best present of all. Not to sweat the little things and to celebrate the positive things.

Thank you all for a great year. It’s been fun. I have loved meeting all my new writer friends this year.

A hectic week

Sometimes you blink and you wonder where time has gone. This has been my past week or so.

This week my normal day job has been very hectic. I have been in almost back to back meetings. I’ve barely even had time for lunches which is where I like to work on my novel sometimes (when I’m in the mood).

My partner surprised me this week getting me the new iPhone 4s (isn’t he awesome!). If you don’t know what it is you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 3 years but it’s a new mobile phone. But my phone broke this week (had it a total of 4 days), the touch interface just stopped working. A bit of a major problem when the whole phone is driven from the touch interface. So that is off being repaired, wishing time would fly by so I can get it back again!

I managed to tackle a part of a chapter in my novel. I sat down and worked through it applying more descriptions and introductions to scenes and trying to take assumptions out of the novel. I had Lisa Flaus check it to see whether I was heading down the right track. She was happy so I will continue writing/editing my chapters into a much better state. So far I’ve done half a chapter but once I’ve finished writing this blog post I’m off to finish the rest of that chapter.

I am traveling for work to a black tie event next week and will have a few days where I won’t really be able to write. Bit of a shame but I guess I’m embracing it and looking at these “time outs” as an opportunity to take a micro rest.

I will continue to observe and dream. It’s something I do automatically, even if I’m unable to sit down and write, my brain will come up with ideas. 🙂

Back into the flow

So I’ve taken about 1.5 week(s) off from writing and spent 2 weeks prior to that procrastinating. That would be most of October. 🙂

I have been preoccupied though…

For those who don’t know New Zealand (where I live) have been hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s a pretty huge deal for New Zealanders as most of us live and breath rugby. The Rugby World Cup happens every four years and takes the top 20 rated teams in the world and they play off to win the William Webb Ellis cup.

The New Zealand team, the All Blacks, actually won on Sunday night. This is very exciting because the last time we won the cup it was 1987, aka a long time ago!

I’m super stoked and so happy that the team won. So much so I was dancing on the main streets of our city centre like the other thousands of people with me 🙂

Below is a picture of the All Blacks with the cup they won.

But now that the Rugby World Cup is over I guess it’s time to get back on track. I’m planning on having my first draft by the end of the year.

The first draft to me will be an outline of the story. I can then go back through and flesh out areas and make the story flow more in the additional drafts/edits.

Scrivener – A tool for writers? #amwriting

So I’m currently doing a bit of research into a new writing tool a friend of mine pointed out to me. Scrivener seems to be a tool created by a writer so has lots of little features that helps to make writers lives easier. Which to me seems like an awesome thing. If you have any thoughts or opinions of Scrivener leave a comment and let me know.

The site for Scrivener is here: