For those of you who watch beauty videos on YouTube, I’m sure you’ve see the Colours of the Rainbow tag that’s spreading like a plague and infecting girls and young women all over the world. For those of you don’t, it’s essentially a little quiz where you pick a beloved beauty product (or fashion item) to represent each colour of the rainbow. I’ve caught the disease myself, but since talking to myself in front of a camera is not really my thing (does my voice really sound like that?!), I’ll be doing it in my usual blog-writing form.
Note: I feel like adding pink to the rainbow the way the beauty ‘gurus’ did is almost blasphemous, so I’m leaving it out. However I do have a LOT of pink beauty products that I love, so I may have to do a whole separate post dedicated to the world’s most girly colour.
Red: Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment
All you Aussies know what I’m talkin’ ’bout! This little tub of multi-purpose magic is kind of like Vaseline, but more emolient, all natural, and just better. It can be used for burns, cuts, dry skin, insect bites, rashes, and of course, skin. Sometimes when I’m in a pinch I also like to use a bit of it in my hair to tame fly-aways. I don’t know how you can purchase it from overseas, but if you figure it out, I highly recommend you do.
Orange: Maybelline’s Colour Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin
This is my most recent beauty product purchase, and I am in love. I’m a newcomer to the world of orange lipsticks, but already I am hooked. This pick of mine is a red-based orange with a creamy formula, loads of pigment and mind-blowing neon wow factor (though in the photo it looks much more like a pink). I definitely think I’ll be getting some more of these vivid Maybelline lipsticks (I have to make up for all the stuff I threw out, right?). For more of an orangey orange, I like Revlon’s Balm Stain in Rendezvous.
Yellow: Essie’s Millionails Natural Nail Strengthener
This product saved my nails. I am not being dramatic – if you went from months of having weak, thin, brittle nails that constantly cracked, split, peeled and caused pain, to beautiful, strong, nourished and fast-growing nails in a week, you would say the same. Ever since I first experienced the wonder of this miracle-worker, it has constantly been on my nails. I wear it alone when I’m going au-natural, as a base coat (or underneath a base coat) before putting on polish, or to top off a design to make it more chip-resistant.
Green: Glasshouse Fragrance’s Candle in Montego Bay (Coconut Lime)
At first, for the colour green, I wanted to showcase the green tea facial exfoliator that I’m currently using and am absolutely loving, but unfortunately I purchased it in Japan, so I have no idea what it’s called, what brand it’s from, and where to get it from. Fail whale. Instead, here is my most absolute favouritest scented candle from my absolute favouritest fragrance company. It’s more lime-y and sweet than coconut-ty, but a real treat to your nostrils nonetheless, and the scent permeates through the whole house and lingers long after you put out the flame. Go go go Glasshouse!
Blue: Clinique’s Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser
I am OBSESSED with this moisturiser. I got a little sample of it in one of those monthly subscription boxes (it was so long ago I don’t remember which one!), and boy am I glad I got to try it. After the first time I used it, I could already see that my skin was brighter, smoother, plumper, and more radiant. It’s insanely hydrating without feeling greasy or heavy, and when you apply it, it really feels like your skin is just soaking up all the goodness. I chased this up right after I finished the sample (which was a real scavenger hunt given that it hadn’t been released in Australia yet), and have been using it ever since. I give this skincare product one mighty big holy grail-status stamp of approval.
Indigo: Avon’s Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Plumful
As almost everyone who did this tag said, violet was a tricky one. What I ended up picking is more of a deep purple, but it’ll have to do. When I first truly started to discover makeup, one of the first things I learnt was that purple cosmetics made brown eyes pop. So of course, I went and got my hands on every purple product I could find…and the the thing I learnt since then was that purple shades in makeup are more often a miss than a hit. This eyeliner is the exception – it is the only purple eyeliner I’ve found that works on me and does what purple is meant to do. It may be to do with the fact that this purple doesn’t have that heavy pinky-red tone, so instead of making me look sick and tired, it actually brings out the colour of my eyes. It’s subtle enough to be worn during the day, and dark enough to still add definition to your eyes. The smooth, pigmented and long-lasting formula doesn’t hurt either.
Violet: Travalo’s Excel Perfume Atomiser in Purple
An easy way for you to take your favourite perfume with you. What else can I say? I’m the kind of person who would rather sleep in those extra few minutes than use that time getting ready in the morning, so spritzing myself with a fragrance is usually the last thing on my mind. Because of that, the Travalo comes in handy on a daily basis, because it means I can scent myself during the day whenever I remember, and touch up when it starts to fade. It’s also so quick and easy to use, a baby could do it, and to read more about it, we’ve done a Travalo review before! Mine is currently holding Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb EDP (plus a bit of Marc Jacob’s Oh, Lola! that I couldn’t be bothered to use up before refilling it.
Rainbow: American Apparel’s Nail Polish in Supernova
Woah. This nail polish the rainbow unicorn galaxy princess of all nail polishes. It’s an explosive mix of medium-sized and small multi-coloured glitter, and works great by itself or over the top of pretty much any other colour. I’ve tried a lot of glitter polishes, but none have compared to the quality of this one by American Apparel. With this, I don’t have to swirl the brush in the polish for five minutes before any glitter actually emerges, nor do I have to sit there painstakingly trying to get individual particles off the side of the brush and onto my nail. But be careful, just like all glitter polishes, it is a real witch to get off. I usually use it as an accent on two nails of each hand, just to save myself the frustration in the future.
I’m now mostly all rainbowed out, but there’s still a little more left in me. So I’ll just finish this word heavy post with everyone’s favourite rainbow-related quote:
“I wish that I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and we’d all eat it and be happy.”
“She doesn’t even go here!”
“Do you even go to this school?”
“No…I just have a lot of feelings.”