Saturday, 21 January 2017

Australis Fake Eye-D


I spotted this Australis palette during the last Priceline sale, and decided to pick it up as the shades look really wearable. The first thing I noticed is that the packaging is exact to MAC Cosmetics palettes - Australis really seem to have been aiming for more affordable versions of many high products in the last few years.

MAC Cosmetics palette (top) in comparison to Australis (bottom)

There are fifteen eyeshadows in the palette, leaning towards the cooler side with a variety of colours and finishes including matte, foiled, shimmer and glitter. I love that they have included basic neutral shades along with a few muted pops of colour for a really nice mix of looks to create.


I was quite surprised with how well they wore overall - I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadows as I find the pigmentation and use just doesn't really compare. I found these eyeshadows quite easy to blend, and although there was a little fading throughout the day when I didn't use any sort of eye base or primer, at the end of the day it still looked really good.




The Austalis Fake Eye-D palette retails for $24.95 For more information, please visit https://www.australiscosmetics.com.au/

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Colourpop Can You Knot Lip Bundle


I picked up a few more Colourpop goodies recently during their Black Friday sale, including the Can You Knot Lip Bundle. The set contains three lip products, a Satin, Glossy and Matte finish product. The set is packaged in the usual Colourpop liquid packaging, with an extra box to hold the trio together.


Included in the set is;
- Notion, a matte finish deep red violet.
- Sookie, a gloss finish plum.
- Hutch, a satin finish blackened violet.

I love that this set includes one of each finish lip products, as it gives a good chance to play around with all of them! These shades are also right up my alley. It might be summer in Australia, but deep red burgundy shades will always be a part of my regular rotation.


The Can You Knot Lip Bundle retails for $15USD. For more information, please visit https://colourpop.com/

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Violet Voss X Laura Lee Palette


My amazing best friend surprised me with the Laura Lee Violet Voss PRO Eyeshadow Palette for my birthday this year! I haven't owned any Violet Voss products before as shipping works out so expensive to Australia, so it was such a good surprise for her to get me one.

Violet Voss teamed up with youtuber Laura Lee to make a limited edition eyeshadow palette, full of twenty warm toned shadows as per their usual packaging. There always seems to be so much more demand for a product when it is a collaboration, and as a bonus when it's from a beauty blogger you know you can hit up their channel for ideas on looks whenever you need.


The palettes themselves are quite thin, packaged in black cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid, making it quite light overall. The individual shade names are printed underneath the pans which makes life so much easier as a blogger, and when recreating looks from Youtubers.

The shades are gorgeous, perfect if you like warm toned eye shadows. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer shades, and the formula is so gorgeous and buttery. The pigmentation is also amazing, and the foiled finish shades are so stunning. I really recommend having a good play around with this palette, because lots of the shades don't wear the same as they appear in the pan.

This eyeshadow palette has completely sold me on the brand, and I now have a few more of their palettes added to my wishlist currently! The quality is really lovely, and overall the palettes are the perfect size.





Did you end up getting your hands on this palette too? Do you love it as much as I do?

For more information, please visit the Violet Voss website at https://shopvioletvoss.com/.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault Part 1


NYX Cosmetics released two lip vaults for the holidays; A soft matte lip cream vault, and liquid suede lip vault. I decided to pick up the soft matte lip cream version, as I own a few of lip creams and quite like them. The vault contains thirty six mini sized soft matte lip creams, with fourteen exclusive shades.


The lip creams are packaged exactly the same as the full sized versions, with a plastic tube and black lid with a sponge tip applicator. They contain a good amount of product, and I love that the applicators were kept the same as the full sized versions. It makes them the perfect size to throw in your clutch on a night out for touch ups, especially the products that I own a matching shade to. I also feel like there are lots of really wearable shades in this vault, along with a few super bright pops of colour that would be perfect for music festivals this summer.

From left to right, top to bottom (*marks exclusive shades): Cairo, Athens, London, Stockholm, Abu dhabi, Zurich, Cannes, Los Angeles*, Berlin*, Dubai*, Rome*, Budapest*, Monte Carlo, Madrid*, Copenhagen, Vancouver*, Trandsylvania, Moscow*. 

I decided to split the feature into two posts, since thirty six lip swatches would make for a super photo heavy post. Here are the first eighteen shades in the vault. 




Make sure you keep an eye out for part two of the feature!

The NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault retails for $79. For more information please visit http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2016 Favourites


2016 Saw me getting back to basics with my makeup routine. A flawless base, matte eyeshadow in neutral shades, and nude and red lips.

FACE



PREP - MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream
PRIMER - The Body Shop Matte It
FOUNDATION - Estee Lauder Double Wear
CONCEALER - MAC Cosmetics Concealer Palette in Light
POWDER - Maybelline Matte Maker
CONTOUR - NARS Paloma Contour
BRONZER - Benefit Hoola Bronzer
BLUSH - Bourjois Blusher in Rose d'Or
HIGHLIGHTER - Too Faced Candelight Glow
MULTI-USE - MAC Cosmetics Fix+
FACE PALETTE - MAC Cosmetics Contour & Sculpt Yourself Palette

EYES



EYE BASE/PRIMER - MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Painterly
EYELINER GEL - MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack
EYELINER PENCIL - MAC Comsetics Eye Kohl in Smoulder
MASCARA - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
FALSE LASHES - Red Cherry Demi Wispy Lashes
BROW PRODUCT - Chi Chi Cosmetics Brow Pomade in Soft Brown
BROW MASCARA - Maybelline Brow Drama

LIPS



PREP - LUSH Cosmetics Bubblegum Lip Scrub
LIPBALM - Carmex 
LIPLINER - NYX Lipliner in Pale Pink
LIPSTICK - MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo
LIQUID LIPSTICK - Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap

What were your 2016 Favourites?

Saturday, 31 December 2016

December Faves & Fails


December is always a little bit of a crazy month in preparation for holiday season, but it's also the beginning of Summer in Australia and that means it is time to start breaking out the products for a sweat-proof, bronzed up look.

This month I have six favourite products to share, as well as two fail products that I just can't get to work for me.

The Favourites


1. Ariana Grande Ari Perfume
I got this perfume for my birthday in October, and I have been loving it since! It has base notes of musk, woods and marshmallow accord, and fruity top notes. The notes are not usually my thing when it comes to perfumes as I normally stay far clear of anything musk like, but I adore this scent so much.


2. Loreal True Match Foundation
This is a foundation that always seems to work with my skin, so its great as an everyday go to when I'm just doing a simple makeup look. I know it will always work the way I want it to, and saves me using up all of my high end foundation on days when all I do is take my kids to the park!


3. Bourjois Blush in Rose d'Or
This is a stunning blush in the most pretty shade, it has become one of my top go to blush shades, There is a pale gold shimmer through, that doesn't show up overly shimmery on the skin but just gives a pretty glowy result.


4. ChiChi Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
I realized that I don't think I have ever featured this product in my monthly favourites, but it is one that I use daily. I really love this product and think it does just as amazing job as higher end versions I have used in the past. I have never been a fan of my eyebrows as they are super uneven and just never grow in the gaps, so a good brow product is a must for me.


5. The Body Shop Skin Primer Matte It
I actually haven't tried out too many of the Body Shops makeup products, but this one is a total fave of mine. It works really well as a mattifing primer, and is perfect now that the weather is starting to warm up as I find I have an oily t-zone.


6. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Midi
This colour comes off darker than it seems to be in the tube, but I really have been enjoying it lately! I just received some more Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks for Christmas, so I'm really looking forward to trying out some new shades as we all know how much I love matte liquid lipstick!

The Fails


1. Benefit Bene tint
I so love the idea of multi use products because they are perfect when travelling or to throw in your bag, but I just haven't been able to fall in love with this product. I have never been a huge fan of cheek stains which means this only really ends up being a lip product for me, and I just don't find myself reaching for it.


Face of Australia Pressed Bronzer in Bronze
This bronzer is actually huge! I can honestly not see me hitting pan on this bronzer for years even if I used it daily, but the colour is just much too warm toned for me, and leaves me looking a little orange.

What products have you been loving and hating this month?

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Updated Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette - Mattes



As I explained in my recent post about my updated shimmer Inglot eyeshadow palette, I have recently decided to separate my palettes into mattes and shimmers finishes. If you missed that post, you can view it here.

If you missed my previous review and post of my palette, you can view it here.


Although I use mostly matte eyeshadows I never seem to actually own to many, so this palette is still a work in progress currently. I'm super excited that once it is finished I will have a basic go to palette of custom matte shades I can use daily.




The Inglot 20 pan Freedom Palette retails for $32, and eyeshadow pans for $12 each. For more information, please visit http://www.inglotaustralia.com/.