Saturday, 4 February 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault Part 2


If you have missed Part One of my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault, you can view it here. Over the holidays NYX released two lip vaults, containing mini versions of a variety of shades in both the soft matte lip creams, and liquid suede lip products, I decided to pick up the soft matte version for my collection.

From left to right, top to bottom (*marks exclusive shades): Tokyo, Istanbul, Milan, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Antwerp, Ibiza, San Paulo, San Juan*, Morocco, Manila*, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Paris*, Prague, Seoul*, Bangkok*, Havana*.

Here are the second lot of swatches from the kit, featuring the brighter tones in the lip vault. 




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

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February Empties


This month I have twelve empty products to get rid of - I've been working my way through quite a few recently!


1. TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender
I've actually had this product for a few years now, but have only just gotten around to finishing it! I love the scent of Bed Head products, they always have the best scent! Although this product did the job, I just didn't fall in love with it.


2. L'Oreal Collagen Night Cream
I really liked this cream! It was felt great on my skin and absorbed in nicely without leaving a greasy feeling. I would totally repurchase this in the future.


3. Nutrimetics Botanicals Cleanser
Although not empty, this product is going to be going in the bin as the scent reminds me of cleaning products - not something I look for in a face cleanser.


4. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
This is a mascara that always works well, so I often pick it up if I'm not sure which one to get while shopping. I'm sure it will pop up again in my collection in the future, as it always does the job.


5. Chi Chi Brow Pomade
I love this product, but this one has dried up so it was time to get it replaced. I was surprised how long it actually lasted, as after six months it was not even half empty yet.


6. Face of Australia Impact Curl Mascara
I really like the wand on this mascara, so it's another one that pops up in my collection every now and then, I love that its quite a watery consistency.


7. LUSH Snowman Shower Jelly
My husband has recently developed a LUSH addiction along with my daughter, so at this point I may as well buy shares in a store. One of the most popular products in our house is shower jelly, and I loved this limited edition scent.


8. Loreal Playball Gel Spray
I originally bought this for my husband, but he wasn't a fan so I started using it to smooth flyaway hairs while having my hair braided. I won't bother repurchasing as hairspray does the same job.


9. Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream
I actually picked this up to pack in my hospital bag for when I was pregnant with my son, but have only just finished it as I decided I should use it up. It was ok overall, but I most likely won't repurchase as I'm happy with my regular products.


10. Girlz Only Brunette Dry Shampoo
I always have a few cans of this lying around - it's affordable and does the job, and as a mum it's my lifesaver! This item will be on my repurchase list.


11. Skin Doctors No More Oil Tzone
I have a bad habit of 'saving' products that cost a bit more, and then either forgetting about them or not getting to use the entire bottle before the product goes off (which happened here). It's something I really need to work on!


12, Kara Lashes in #DW
 I did a haul of the Kara lashes to try out, and I actually dont mind them, They seem fairly on par to red cherry lashes, and are super afforable so good for if you are lazy and only use a pair of lashes once!

That's it for this months empty products! What products have you been finishing recently?

Saturday, 28 January 2017

January Faves and Fails


This month I have five favourite product and two fail products to share. I've been really loving bronzed and highlighted makeup looks, with balms or lip tints now that we are really getting into the warmer weather.

The Favourites


1. MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream
This appeared in my November Favourites, but I've been using Strobe Cream in a heap of different ways lately - either under foundation or mixed in with it to sheer it out, as a highlighter or under a powder highlighter if I really want to intensify. I'm actually starting to run a little low, so hoping to pick up one of the new shades in the larger size!


2. Violet Voss X Laura Lee Eyeshadow Palette
My best friend picked up this palette for me as a birthday present, and all the shades are so me! The foiled and duo chrome shades are stunning, and the matte shades include the base colours I always want to reach for. 


3. Rimmel Colour Rush Colour Balm in 100 Give me a cuddle
I've been loving this colour balm to tint my lips as it goes with everything - light makeup or a bronzed up, more dramatic look. its so quick to apply and wears off nicely so I don't have to worry if I don't get a chance to reapply.


4. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
This tends to be my fail safe go to bronzer for everyday wear, and I'm pretty sad that I've hit pan on it now! I've been wearing this pretty much everyday recently, only changing it out when I want a more dramatic and darker contour. 


5. Models Prefer Lip Balm in Giddy Grape
Pretty much the same packaging as the EOS lip balms, I love how cute and little these are to carry around and have one stashed in so many places through my house now. I love the grape scent of this one, and reach for it all the time. 

The Fails


 1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Full Coverage Foundation
I've tried to make this foundation work for me multiple times, but I'm just not a fan. It is full coverage, however I find I get quite shiny on the t-zone area and it also seems to oxidize quite bad on me! Despite my best efforts to put it to good use I've given up on this product now!


2. Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Black Serum Mascara
I actually really quite liked this mascara to begin with! It is really black in colour, and has a good thickening effect. The only reason I fell out of love is that it began to really irritate my eyes! I'm not sure if it was flaking into my eye, or an ingredient that didn't agree, but within a few days of stopping use my eye's weren't sensitive anymore.

What products have you been loving and hating this month?



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/.