Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Summer Goth - Beauty & Fashion Essentials

Whoever said we needed to brood indoors when the temperature rises along with the UV index? I'm your stock standard alternative, black clad and existential goth girl (with a sun allergy - extra goth points for the Vampire hiss), but the outdoor world doesn't scare me; or at least areas in the shade don't! As some of you may already know, and a heads up for those that don't, I have an intolerance to sunlight (and other forms of UV emitting light sources) caused by having Lupus. I also lost pigmentation and the ability to tan (a far cry from the little olive brown kid I was). Surely enough, the goth lifestyle was my destiny - I used to express myself more when I was active in the scene, but I tend to keep things very casual these days.

Bright hair, black clothes, skin that looks darker than it really is.

I have curated a list of essential items to survive summer as a goth!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Range - #RivetReview

Antipodes Skincare, hailing from New Zealand, offers nature inspired beauty products to target and treat concerns at a cellular level with the patented Vinanza Performance Plus antioxidant blend from Vinanza Grapes and Kiwi. This brand prides itself on its holistic approach that is backed up by science; a balanced approach to being effective and eco-conscious.

Product jars.

Having tried other products from Antipodes with great results, including the very active Apostle Brightening Serum, and Grape Seed Butter Cleanser, I was very excited when I was invited to the launch of the brand new Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening range including the Light Day Cream with Bee Venom# and Vinanza Grape and Kiwi, and the Eye Cream with Persian Silk Flower.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Misconceptions about Beauty Bloggers as told by Rivet Licker

We're all one and the same when it comes to beauty communications. A blog, a YouTube video, a social media #sponsored post; whatever platform; somebody in the public is going to make assumptions about what we do, how we act, where we congregate. I don't speak for everybody, but in my experiences as an almost socially incompatible human attempting to communicate thoughts I have when washing my face, I had a lot of assumptions myself, until I met the people who play the same field. 

The life you THINK I live.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Finding My New Foundation- Part 3

Urban Decay had two foundations I was interested in trying, so I requested samples of both when I visited Mecca Maxima. Unfortunately, due to the weather change since Part 2, my skin is behaving slightly differently (i.e. I am sweating a lot), and sun exposure has really amped up my freckles and redness. I am currently wanting something full coverage that doesn't feel like an oil slick on my face.

Foundations applied only on cheek area.

In Part 3, I road test Urban Decay's Naked Skin and All-Nighter foundations. I picked the shade 0.5 in both formulas as they blend seamlessly to my neck, despite my face being darker.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Have you ever gone to Priceline or any store that sells budget through moderately priced cosmetics and you see people applying testers directly onto their faces? Do you find opened merchandise that appears to have been used or witness somebody using it? Do you have an urge to react in an anti-social manner but use every strength to not punch the perp in the face, or at least hope they contract an infectious disease so they learn their lesson? Do you alert staff to suspected theft and merchandise damage?

Reenactment of in-store tester application directly to eyes and lips using my own products.
I'm a consumer. I tell it like it is. I alert staff to asinine acts that take place in the makeup aisle because I don't want to get sick from irresponsible citizens who think applying testers to their face, or worse still, opening merchandise to use as testers is okay. You're just ruining it for everybody.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Brite Organix Matte Lipstick #RivetReview + Swatches

Brite Organix are known for their bright and bold “fashion” hair colours. As an ethics driven brand, they are 100% Cruelty Free and Vegan, along with having options for semi-permanent and temporary hair colour from all over the spectrum. And yes, I'm a #BRITEBABE right now! 

Brite Organix Matte Lipstick

In 2016, Brite Organix released a range of nine Matte Liquid Lipsticks in 9 on-trend colours, with shade names such as “Hella” and “Dope”, ranging from nudes to deep darks to brights, embracing their ethics and offering the Australian market another range of Cruelty Free matte lipsticks at an affordable price point.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lip Plumpers – Trending #RivetReview

Lips are a huge business in the beauty industry. Many people strive to enhance their pout slightly and others want to go full with Angelina Jolie in mind. From the one and only King Kylie, to YouTube Makeup Influencers such as Carli Bybel having fillers, with their fans following suit, it has become one of the most popular non-surgical procedures. There's absolutely no shame in having them, but not everybody can afford it, or simply aren't suitable candidates to have the procedure done (that's me!)

Upper left lip collapses into my mouth.

A luscious pout is something I've always dreamed about. I don't have the thinnest lips in the world, but I certainly wasn't blessed with, or have been able to achieve the size or shape I want. Having braces as a teenager pushed my lower lip further out than it originally was, and a dog bite left me with some scarring and a crooked smile, not to mention nerve damage to part of my face. I'm so contraindicated to having lip fillers that even cosmetic doctors have said no, so in my quest of getting the pout I want, lip plumping products will have to do.