Saturday, 27 August 2016

MAC Cosmetics Contour & Sculpt Yourself Palette


I haven't been super excited about many new releases for this year, but one I couldn't wait for was the MAC Contour & Sculpt Yourself Palette. It feels like MAC are one of the last companies to jump on the contour bandwagon with a large palette such as this, however I love that this is super wearable and quite natural unlike some releases.


A mix of six contour, highlight and blush shades make up this palette, which is also refillable. At $99AU this palette is super affordable for MAC when you consider the cost of purchasing individual pans ($32AU), so works out to be amazing value. Unlike the pre-made MAC 15x eyeshadow palettes, that the pans can be replaced once you have used all the products too which makes it even better value.

Swatches left to right, top to bottom.

The shades selected in this palette are all amazing choices, and I can honestly say that there isn't one shade in the palette that I won't be using. I also love that as well as a mix of shades, the finishes of the pans also vary between matte and shimmer in the palette.

The Contour & Sculpt Yourself Palette retails for $99AU, for more information please visit https://www.maccosmetics.com.au/.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set


I first was drawn to Sedona Lace when searching for a set of makeup brushes in a different colour. While studying to be a makeup artist, I kept finding myself mixing up my personal makeup brushes with my professional kit brushes while washing them and wanted to be able to easily tell the sets apart.

Lucky for me, Sedona Lace do their entire line in a pink and black colouring, as well as their standard black sets. This was perfect as there is no mixing up brushes now!


The Vortex Brush Set contains 13 makeup brushes, and was designed by Renelyn of Makeup by Ren Ren!

The brushes included in the brush set are;
- Jumbo Fan Brush
- Tulip Contour Brush
- Dome Contour Brush
- Flat Top Buffer Brush
- Universal Blender Brush
- Flat Synthetic Brush
- Sythetic Blender Brush
- Pointed Crease Brush
- Bent Liner Brush
- Brow Spoolie Duo
- Detailed Shader Brush
- Angled Detail Brush
- Capped Lip Brush


I love some of the additions to my brush collection from this kit, including the pointed liner, brow spoolie duo (perfect for brow pomades as it is super thin and precise), tulip contour and jumbo fan brush. I feel like this set is perfect for someone who wants a kit with brushes that are not necessary in a basic kit, but for someone who is a makeup enthusiast wanting some more advanced brushes.

My very first set of Sedona Lace brushes is at least 4 years old now, and despite almost daily use and once a week deep cleansing, the colour is still nice and vibrant which I am super happy about. Many coloured brushes I've had in the past have lost their colour over time, or even within a few washes!

The Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set retails for $109.95USD. For more information, please visit http://www.sedonalace.com/.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter


The first thing that always makes me fall in love with Too Faced products has to be their packaging! This highlighter comes in a gold plastic case, with a white gold lid. Inside you find a mirror included on the lid, and the gorgeous chandelier impression on the powder itself. It took me such a long time to even want to use this highlighter, simply because it looked so beautiful that I didn't want to ruin it!

This particular shade has now been re-named 'Rosy Glow', since the recent release of the new shade 'Warm Glow'. It features two tones to the compact, a pale white gold shimmer highlight on the left, and a pink gold shimmer highlight on the right. I love that this gives you the option of wearing either shade individually or both combined.


This has fast become my favourite go to highlighter, as I love the white gold colour and it it works so well for pale skinned people like me, where some highlighters end up looking like they should be blush or bronzer. Because of the pale gold shade, it is also subtle enough to be able to wear with a minimal makeup look, as well as to apply with a heavier hand or intensify with fix+ for when I want highlight to really glow!

The Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter retails for $44AU. To purchase visit http://mecca.com.au/.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Chi Chi Cosmetics Viva La Diva Lipstick Sets Part 1


I did a post a while back on the Chi Chi Cosmetics Viva La Diva Lipsticks I owned, and how impressed I was with the quality and shade selections. If you missed that post, you can view it here and here.

As part of the 2015 Christmas Gift Pack Collections, Chi Chi released two limited edition Viva La Diva Lipstick packs, each containing four shades. I picked up both sets as I couldn't go past adding to my collection and they worked out to be such good value.


Luckily the lipstick shades released in the sets weren't any shades I already owned, so it worked out great as it was on my wishlist to collect a few more of these!

The first set released is named Soft Pink Nude, and contains some great neutral shades for those who love their nude lipsticks! The shades includes in the pack are Checkin In - a beige nude, Sex Bomb - a mauve nude, Drop Dead Gorgeous - a dusty pink and Game On - a pink nude.


I love the formula of these lipsticks - they contain Vitamin E so are really lovely to wear and not at all drying, and have really good colour pay off. I'm quite a liquid lipstick fan these days so to be honest I find myself only really reaching for my Chi Chi or Mac Lipsticks to wear recently.

The lipsticks retail for $17.95 each, or in the set for $38. For more information visit http://www.chichicosmetics.com/

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Limited Edition: Too Faced Sweet Peaches Palette


I feel like it had been so long since I first heard about the Too Faced Sweet Peaches Palette on Trend Mood, but it has finally been released here in Australia. Too Faced has to be one of my favourite brands, with adorable packaging and awesome wearable products that aren't too overpriced. The chocolate bar palettes have to be some of my all time favourite eyeshadow palettes, and so there was no way I was going to pass on the peaches palette!


The release at Mecca was a little bit of a mess in my opinion - usually their new release products go live around 10pm in Western Australia, but despite checking through the night multiple times, it wasn't until late morning it was live. Palettes also weren't shipped in order of purchase, which meant I actually knew so many people who received their palettes a day or two before me that had ordered after me. Mecca are normally super fantastic with all of their releases and shipping, so I was a little disappointed in the experience.

The packaging of the palette is gorgeous as always! The peaches palette matches the chocolate bar ones, with the same tin packaging. This palette features an orange and peach ombre colouring, and peach shapes imprinted into the tin lid. The inside tin features a mirror on the lid, and 18 eyeshadow pans with a peach scent. I was a little worried that the scent would be a little overpowering, as although I love peach shades in makeup the scent isn't my favourite. I've found that the scent isn't super strong or overpowering however, and is on the sweeter side which I like.

Top row, swatched over an eye primer.

Middle row, swatched over an eye primer.

Bottom row, swatched over an eye primer.

As far as the actual eyeshadows go, the quality is on par to the chocolate bar palettes also. The names are printed above each eyeshadow, and there is a great mix of shades ranging from pale highlight shades to deep, rich tones. It is easy to create a huge range of looks with the shades they provide, with a light day look to dramatic night look.

Overall I am in love with the palette, and so happy that I managed to get my hands on it!

The Too Faced Sweet Peaches palette retails for $72 AU.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Life Update

So it would seem that it has been almost a year since I have been blogging! It's been the biggest break I've ever taken in 5 years of blogging, but was also much needed. I had lost my inspiration, and wasn't happy with the posts I was putting out. Blogging was beginning to turn into a chore rather than something I enjoyed as a hobby, and it has been wonderful to take a break and come back feeling refreshed.

So what has been happening in my life so far in 2016? Quite a lot actually!

  • Completed my Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services - Last year was a pretty full on and stressful year for me, studying full time with a toddler was really hard and I was fairly burnt out by the end of last year. I'm happy to now be able to say that I have the highest makeup qualification in Australia as a makeup artist that is available. 
  • Moved house - I have now moved house, which was a whole lot of stress, but we are very happy with the new house, with more space and lots of new places to explore and adventures to be had.
  • I got a new car - I bought my first brand new car, a black Mazda CX5 I have nicknamed Minnie the Mazdarati. We are quite in love. 
  • I'm having another baby! I found out on New Years Day that I was pregnant with my second child. We are expecting a boy in September, and can't wait for the new addition to our family!

Overall I think the last two years have been the busiest (but also some of the most exciting) times of being an adult for me. I feel like things are starting to settle down a little in my life now - at least until the new baby arrives! I'm happy that I took a break from blogging to focus on these huge events that have happened in my life, and now I'm feeling inspired to get back into the blogging community. 

Stay tuned for some exciting content coming soon (because let's face it, just because I took a year away from blogging does not mean I had a year without purchasing makeup!).

Friday, 8 January 2016

Madam Glam Mini Haul*


Madam Glam is a makeup brand I haven't heard of previously, so I was excited to give a few of their products a try. The sell nail products such as nail polish and gel polish, as well as cosmetics and also have their own monthly subscription service where you gel three gel polishes each month.

From left to right; Earthly Nude Eye shadow, Au Naturale Blush, Marooned Eye shadow.

The blush and eye shadows are both packaged in square, black plastic casing with a clear lid. I really love packaging that you can see the product of, because so often printed labels don't truly represent the shades of the product. Each of the cases also contains a small mirror and applicator under the pan itself, which is really great for travelling or touch ups.

Both the blush and eye shadow pans have really good pigmentation - the swatches show one swipe from the product that was on my fingers, no eye primer.

I did fine the matte eye shadow to seem a little more chalky than the shimmer eye shadow that I have, however they both seemed to have the same colour pay off and blend the same which can sometimes be an issue when it comes to matte shades! The eye shadows retail for $9.

The blush also blended really nicely and was a nice natural shade for everyday wear and lasted well. The blush pans retail for $15.99.

Nail polish in For a Lady and Breaking News.

The nail polish comes packaged in tall glass bottles with a black lid, retailing for $10.95 each. The brush applicator on the nail polish is a good size, and I was really impressed that even on the shimmer polish it was easy to get an even application with two coats. The formula seems nice too, it is not too runny so it makes getting a neat application easy. 

For more information, visit https://www.madamglam.com/.

*Some of the products featured in this post were provided for consideration, but all views are my own and honest opinion. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here