Saturday, 3 December 2016

Updated Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette - Shimmers


I recently decided to split my shimmer and matte eyeshadows into separate palettes, so thought I would do an updated collection post for my Inglot Freedom System Palettes.

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


Inglot eyeshadows have to be some of my favourite in my collection to use, and with a huge range I could go crazy making palettes there. I do have a bad habit of choosing shimmer shades over mattes because they are just so pretty to look at, so my shimmer Inglot palette is already complete!





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

Saturday, 26 November 2016

November Faves & Fails


This month I've been loving playing with some brighter, summery shades now that it's getting warmer! For November I have four favourite products and two fail products to share.

The Favourites



1. Maybelline Vivid Lipstick in Shocking Coral
Nothing says summer vibes like a super bright lipstick! I've been keeping this shade on rotation in my collection this month and love how it brightens up my makeup look.


2. MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream
I've been applying this cream under my foundation for a glowy finish and have been super happy with the look! It gives a glow without being glittery or dewy (ie sweaty and shiny). It's been perfect to pair for my bright summery feelings recently.


3. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Its hardy ever that I find drugstore products I continue repurchasing, but this is one of them! It does exactly what I want to do as a primer and is perfect for everyday wear.



4. Too Faced Sweet Peaches Palette
I know this palette featured a few months back in my monthly favourites, but the tones are perfect to match my current makeup looks!

The Fails


1. Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder in Photo Ready
I purchased two of these powders in a Priceline 40% off sale last year, and I'm super glad I didn't pay full price because they honestly don't do anything for me. They don't provide enough coverage or colour to be a under eye setting powder or highlighter, or even make much of a difference at all to any area I apply them (including all over my face).


2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
I know lots of people love this foundation, but I just can' seem to like it. The colour seems to oxidize on me, and the foundation feels greasy on my skin. I've given it a few trial runs now, but I can't see me ever finishing the bottle!

What products have you been loving and hating this month?

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

MAC Cosmetics Skinfinish Natural Palette


One of the most difficult things as a makeup artist is finding the perfect way to store your kit. There is nothing worse than searching through millions of compacts or lipsticks for the shade you want, or things ending up damaged because of transport. Last year I made a huge effort to organize my kit, which involved lots of depotting and deciding what items were really necessary to take with me on jobs.

One of the ways I made life easier for myself was putting all of my MAC powders into Zpalettes. For the skinfinish shades, this meant purchasing some of the Dome Zpalettes as the regular sized palettes aren't tall enough. As an added bonus, you can also take your empty depotted containers in for the Back 2 MAC program, and score yourself a free lipstick for every 6 empty products.


Depotting always freaked me out, as there is bound to be casualties. When you're doing it with products that retail at $50 each, it puts the pressure on to not make any mistakes! Lucky for me, I found that the Skinfinish Powders were super easy to depot, and I didn't even need to use heat on them.

Here is the final result of depotting my MAC Skinfinish Natural Powders, it is so much easier having them all in one palette together rather than having to search through individual compacts, particularly when doing makeup for multiple people with different skin tones in one booking.


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Limited Edition: MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigment Set


I fell in love with the MAC Pigments last year - before then I pretty much avoided them at all costs because I'm a pretty messy person when it comes to makeup, and loose powders are just a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to me. After seeing some truly amazing makeup looks with pigments, I finally gave in and purchases last years MAC Magic of the Night Collection Pigment Set. (you can view that post here).

I had been hoping that more of the mini pigment and glitter sets would be released this year, and thankfully they released two with their limited edition Nutcracker Holiday Collection! I picked up the Gold set although the Bronze was also super pretty, and I'm honestly in love.


This year the pigment sets were packaged in a black and burgundy drawer style box, with gold accents. The pigments themselves are in the standard mini sized glass jars, with a black lid with gold accents which is super pretty - I actually think I like the packaging much more this year than the previous.

The Sweet Gold Pigment Set contains two pigments and two glitters, a pale shade for each and then a darker coloured shade also. I love all of the shades chosen this year, and was super tempted to pick up the Bronze set also!


The first pigment in the set is English Gilt, a pale shimmery champagne shade with gold shimmer. Gold is a  chunky gold glitter that screams Christmas and New Years to me. Heritage Rouge is a deep burgundy pigment with glitter through, and Reflects Rust is a warm rusty red shade Glitter. I can see myself using all of the shades in the set which always makes them value for money.

The Nutcracker Sweet Gold Pigment Set retails for $69AU. For more information, please visit http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

LUSH 2016 Christmas Collection*


LUSH always come out with some amazing holiday collections (Snow Fairy anyone?). This year is no different, with some returns of old favourites, as well as some new items. Here is a run down of my little Christmas collection haul!

First up in the haul is some shower beauty items, Christingle Body Conditioner, Rose Jam Shower Gel, Mr Sandman Dusting Powder and Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub.


Christingle Body Conditioner 100ml RRP $17.50AU*
I really enjoy the LUSH body conditioner, and this one reminds me so much of candy canes with Peppermint Oil and Menthol Crystals. It feels super refreshing so is perfect for the aussie summer too! I have to admit, my husband will be likely to steal this one away if I'm not careful, it matches perfectly with his TIGI Bedhead peppermint shampoo & conditioner! The bright blue shade is also super cute and makes me happy in the morning time.

Rose Jam Shower Gel 100ml RRP $10.50AU*
Most rose scented items normally remind me of Nanna's, but the addition of Sweet Vanilla Pod with Scillian Lemon Oil makes me not be able to get enough of the scent. I love the sweet rose result of the combination without being overbearing, and the added Argan Oil makes it a little more hydrating too.

Mr Sandman Dusting Powder 100ml RRP $11.95AU*
The Lavender and Vanilla scent of this dusting powder so reminds me of summer nights, it is super relaxing and I love the gold shimmer it leaves on my skin. Dusting powder isn't a staple in my beauty routine with a rush getting kids ready each day, so I love using it when I get a chance to really pamper myself for a little extra luxury.

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub RRP $9.95AU
I'm a huge fan of the LUSH Lip Scrub in Bubblegum and always need to have one on the go, so when I saw that there was a limited edition Sugar Plum scent coming out I knew I needed it in my life! It smells super amazing, I have no idea what I will do once it runs out as I know I will want another one straight away!


The next part of my LUSH Christmas Haul is bath items! I picked up bath bombs, a melt, and a bubble bar, as well as an Igloo soap for my collection.

So White Bath Bomb RRP $7.95AU*
This is a fresh, apple scented bath bomb inspried by Snow White, complete with a cute little leaf design, It also contains Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil and Gardenia extract among its ingredients, and is perfect for when you are feeling like a crisp, refreshing bath that's not too sweet.

Never Mind the Ballistics RRP $8.95AU
I so had to get my hands on this bath bomb (in fact, I actually purchased two), The top half of this bath bomb resembles a melt containing oils, and spins when put in the bath making a really pretty effect! The scent is fruity and sweet, perfect for summer and contains Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil and Gardenia.

Snow Angel Bath Melt RRP $9.95AU*
This bath bomb screams traditional White Christmas, with a white angel and a glittery golden base. It is packed full of Cocoa Butter and plenty of gold shimmer for a pretty luxury bath when needed.

Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar RRP $8.95AU*
Inspired by Wizard of Oz, This red bubble bar is full of red glitter. It is super perfect for Christmas too, because in my world Christmas and anything glittery go hand in hand! Containing Rose Absolute, Tangerine Oil and Carnation Absolute, it gives off a pretty floral scent.

Igloo Soap 100g RRP $7.50AU*
This super cool soap is each a block of an Igloo, complete with a snow battered look to the outside of each brick. It has a fresh floral scent of Rose and Sicilian Lemon Oils, as well as containing fresh Lemon Juice making it a nice refreshing soap.

For more information on the LUSH 2016 Christmas collection, please visit https://au.lush.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

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Australis Cosmetics Velourlips New Shades


Australis Cosmetics released four new shades to add to their line a few months ago, and I decided to pick up two of them.

I'm a huge matte liquid lipstick fan, and regularly wear Velourlips shades when I'm after a long wearing colour. Most people seem to have a love or hate relationship with these liquid lipsticks due to the formula. They can have a super drying effect on the lips, with a bit of a chalky consistency but to me the fact that they won't budge through eating and drinking outweighs this.

I do find that the formula has slightly improved from the earliest releases of the Velourlips shades, but as with all matte lipsticks will always have a drying effect and are best applied with a light hand to well hydrated lips to prevent this. As a bonus, they also have a pretty low price point so make for an awesome alternative to some higher end matte lip products.


The newest shades released into the Velourlips line includes four colours, and I picked up the Phenom-penh and Oh-saka! shades. Both shades have purple tones to them, with Oh-saka being more of a dusty rose shade, and Phenom-penh a purple based nude. I love the gap that these shades add to my collection of Velourlips, and although I won't be picking up the other two new release brown shades because the colour doesn't suit me, I think it rounds out the colour range well.


If you would love to see a full updated post of my entire Australis Velourlips collection, let me know!

Australis Velourlips retail for $10.49 each, for more information please visit https://www.australiscosmetics.com.au/.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Limited Edition: NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette


What is it with NARS and releasing all these limited edition products we just NEED in our lives? I resisted the One Shocking Moment Palette and came to regret it not too much after, so when I saw the Cheek Studio palette was super similar I jumped on it right away!

The palette is packaged in a matte black plastic packaging, with a mirrored top and mirror on the inside. The packaging feels sturdy and quite weighted due to the two mirrors, but I must admit that I love the packaging despite all the fingermarks that appear on the lid!


Inside the palette is 7 pans, which includes a Highlight, Contour, Bronzer, and four blush shades. Three out of the four blush shades contain glitter, so if that isn't your thing than this palette may not be for you.

I feel like the colouring in this palette makes for a great Autumn palette, perfect for pairing with burgundy and red shades of lipstick.


My favourite shades from the palette have to be the Paloma Contour shade, and Goulue Blush shade. The only shade in the palette that I don't think will be getting much use from me is the Cheek Studio 1 Blush, as its a little too pale and cool toned for me, and I feel it is a little out of place in comparison to the rest of the shades in the palette.



The Nars Cheek Studio Palette retails for $103AUD. To purchase, please visit http://mecca.com.au/.