Saturday, 22 October 2016

Updated Makeup Geek Palette - Mattes

As I explained in my previous post where I shared my updated Shimmer Makeup Geek Palette, I've now started splitting my Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans over two palettes so that I can separate them into shimmer and matte shades.

If you have missed my previous reviews and updates of my Makeup Geek Collection, you can view them here.

Although matte eyeshadows are such a staple in anyone's collection, I have to admit I own WAY more shimmer shades as they are just so pretty I can never resist. I'm starting to correct that however, and below is my Zpalette containing all of the matte Makeup Geek eyeshadows that I own.

Top row, swatched left to right over an eye primer.

Second row, swatched from left to right over an eye primer

Third row, swatched left to right over an eye primer

For more information, please visit the Makeup Geek website.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sedona Lace Travel Set Makeup Brushes

I have had a travel set of makeup brushes on my wishlist for a while now, because I find it such a pain to have to take either my full size brushes, or make do with out them when I'm away.

I picked up the Sedona Lace 12 Piece Synthetic Travel Set, which is the travel version of the personal makeup brushes I currently use. All of the Sedona Lace brush lines are synthetic, which is awesome for those of you who are animal friendly and shop accordingly.

The travel set is identical to the regular Sedona Lace 12 piece set, and comes packaged in a zip up hard case. This is super handy, however for some reason there is one little 'pouch' that seems to be slightly too small for the brush to fit back in which is a little annoying.

The first thing I love about this set is that the brushes themselves are normal sized - it's just the handles that are shorter. This is perfect for me as it drives me crazy to use 'travel' makeup brushes where a powder brush is smaller than the brush I normally use to apply blush!

The quality of the brushes is really great, with little to no colour fading of the bristles, and they still feel super soft and apply beautifully even after a fair amount of use (some of my Sedona Lace Brushes are 4 years old and still going strong!).

There is a really good variety of brushes in the set, containing;
- A powder brush
- Duo Fiber Brush
- Foundation Brush
- Large Angled Contour Brush
- Concealer Brush
- Medium Angled Shading Brush
- Small Angled Brush
- Large Shader Brush
- Tapered Blending Brush
- Pencil Brush
- Eye Shading Brush
- Eyeliner Brush

I love that most of the brushes they chose to include are multi-use brushes, such as including the angled contour brush that is perfect for contour and blush. The only brush I really feel like this set is missing is a lip brush, because I love to ensure a precise application. To fix this I purchased one of the individual lip brushes, as they come with a cap they are small in size so fit in the case too. Alternatively, there is a matching second travel set available which has a lip brush included also.

Overall I am super happy with my purchase, and love that I now have a set of brushes that are ready to go in an overnight bag or on holidays without taking up too much room. I plan on purchasing the Vortex Travel Set in this years Black Friday sales, so I can combine the two and have a bigger variety of brushes for longer holidays.

The Sedona Lace 12 Piece Travel Set of brushes retails for $99.95USD, for more information please visit

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

In My Collection - Purple Lipsticks

If you missed the first part of my 'In My Collection' series, you can view it here.

For part 2, I'm sharing my collection of purple lipstick shades! Despite purple not being classed as a very 'wearable' colour, I seem to own quite a few shades! I love super dramatic dark lipsticks, and this seems to show in this part of my lipstick drawer.

From left to right; Sleek Makeup in Exxxaggerate, MAC Cosmetics in Instigator, NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk, NYX Matte Lipstick in Aria, Rimmel in 29, Australis Cosmetics in Gangsta Rap, Asutralis Cosmetics in Love Me, Leave Me, Australis Cosmetics in Limited Edition 1, Australis Cosmetics in Mash Up, Chi Chi Cosmetics in Lady Bump, Maybelline in Violet Intrigue, Maybelline in Lavender Voltage. 

There are a few similar shades in this part of my collection, but they seem to have different finishes which is good. I have quite a few more sheer, creamy lipsticks in this part of my collection than I expected which also proved to be super hard to swatch! I much prefer matte finish lipsticks in terms of wear and longevity, so its most likely why I never noticed some pretty similar dupes.

Keep an eye out for more of my upcoming collection posts! Which part of my collection would you love a peek into?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Palette

Last year I overhauled my pro kit, and attempted the huge task of depotting as much of my kits into palettes as possible. Luckily there weren't too many casualties, and it has made a huge difference in the way my kit is stored, as well as setting up and packing away for makeup bookings.

One of the things I wanted to eliminate as much as possible, was individual compacts. So I grabbed myself a Dome Zpalette, and made myself my own MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighting palette!

I am super pleased with the result, and love that all of my MAC highlighters are now grouped together and easy to see whenever I need.

The MAC Cosmetic Skinfinish Highlighters retail for $48AU each, for more information visit

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Palette

One palette of last year that I was super excited about was the Tarte Tartelette palette. Last year I found myself getting into matte eyeshadow shades quite a bit rather than the shimmers I'm usually drawn to. When I saw this palette was getting released with so many mauve tone shades it was right up my ally - an all matte palette in super pretty shades!

The palette is packaged in a gold plastic case with a purple ombre lid with gold writing. Inside the palette there is a mirrored lid, and 12 eyeshadow pans with their names printed underneath the shade.

The shades have a good variety of choice, with some super pale nude shades to a super dark charcoal meaning you can create anything from a simple natural look to a dramatic smokey eye. The formula of the eyeshadows is really nice and buttery, and they feel great to wear. I did notice fading throughout the day with some of the shades, so an eye base or primer is a must if you want to keep the colours vibrant.

The Tarte Tartelette palette retails for $75. To purchase visit

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September Monthly Faves & Fails

This month I have five favourite products to share that I have been loving using recently, as well as two fail items that just didn't give the results I was hoping for.

The Favourites

1. NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette
I only trialed this palette briefly when it first arrived as it was just before I was moving house, and then I kind of forgot about it and started using my MAC contour palette instead. I found it again this month and have been reaching for it a heap, I love the contour shade in this palette and feel like 

2. Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
I've been reaching for this banana powder to help brighten my tired mum eyes this month, anything that is going to help brighten my face after being awake all hours with a newborn! I have had this sitting around for a while now, and so glad I'm finally putting it to use. 

3. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ 
A product that is nothing new at all, but one I've been depending on this month! I've been using this to refresh my face with and without makeup, to add moisture into my skin and blend my foundation as well as the usual uses of intensifying eyeshadows and highlights.

4. MAC Boldly Bare Lipliner
I haven't been wearing any dramatic makeup this month at all, but I have been loving this lipliner in Boldly Bare to add a natural colour to my lips. It's the perfect shade to still look natural with minimal makeup, 

5. Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Sex Bomb
This has been my go to lipstick shade recently, it is one of my favourite picks for a colour to brighten up my face without being too dramatic and having to worry about it still looking good if I don't have time to touchup. 

The Fails

1. Essence Lash Princess Mascara
I've heard so many people loving Essence mascaras, but honestly I hated this one! I used it once and didn't bother again - the formula was super watery so it smudged everywhere, and added no length or definition to my lashes at all. 

2. Sleek Eye Dust in Dirty
I was super disappointed in this loose pigment from sleek, considering their eyeshadows are such good value for money. Even when used with fix+ I struggled to get a decent colour pay off, and found it was super hard to blend with so much fallout. 

What products have you loved or been disappointed in this month?

Saturday, 24 September 2016

In My Collection - Peach & Coral Lipsticks

I noticed with my blog posts I always seem to share my purchases and collection by brand, so instead I thought I would show my collection based on similar shades for comparison. I'm starting with my lipsticks collection, and all my peach and coral shades.

From left to right: Australis Cosmetics in Hustle, Australis Cosmetics in Make A Wish, NYX Cosmetics in Femme, Chi Chi Cosmetics Super Hottie, Chi Chi Cosmetics in Status, Maybelline in Shocking Coral, and Maybelline in Vibrant Mandarin.

I am loving seeing my collection swatched side by side, and I'm super surprised to see so far that I don't have too many dupe shades - although we haven't reached red or nude shade lipsticks yet! 

Stay tuned for more of my collection soon! Are there any products you would love a peek into?