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

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Poni Cosmetics Haul*


Poni Cosmetics is a brand I hadn't heard much about, until their brow products started popping up on Instagram lots from some popular makeup artists I follow. I was lucky enough to be sent some of their products to trial, and I was excited to learn more about their brand as I'm always excited to find new Australian brands.

All of their products are named after horses which I think is super cute keeping in with the brand theme, and I love that they include ingredients designed to help encourage natural hair growth in their brow and lash products.


White Knight Mascara - RRP $30

My first thought is that the packaging of this mascara is quite bulky, but when I took a second look I was surprised to find this is actually because it comes with two mascara wands, one for lengthening and one for volume. I think that this is a really cool feature, as for me it is often the brush in a mascara that doesn't work for me, not the product. I love that you can use either one brush for what look you are after, or use them both together for super dramatic lashes. The mascara is semi-waterproof and contains peptides, biotin and L-Arginine, which encourages growth of lashes.



Brow Magic - RRP $29

This is the brow pencil I have been seeing so much around on Instagram recently, and what I was most excited to trial. It is packaged as a super skinny crayon style pencil, with a brow comb on one end and the pencil on the other. It is quite a hard pencil so easy to not be too heavy handed, and a grey colour so rather than try and choose a shade that matches your brows exactly, it suits all shades. I find this actually really great, as it is a super cool colour and I often find most brow pencils to be too warm in colouring. I was surprised at how well it actually blends in with my natural brow colour, as I have a few spots that need to be filled in quite heavily and usually ends in a less natural brow as a result. The pencil also contain biotin which encourages hair growth, so as a bonus the places you pencil in on a daily basis are also getting a boost.


For more information, please visit http://ponicosmetics.com.au/.

*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

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Crown Brush Mini Trade Show Perth


Crown Brush are currently in Perth for a three day mini trade show, and I headed down this morning to check them out and make a few purchases!

They brought majority of their stock with them which was awesome, it meant that you got to have a look and feel of all of the brushes and any products, rather than just seeing photos of them online. The mini trade show was set up really well, with every product labelled with codes so it was easy to locate the prices of.


Another bonus was that everything you purchased also came with free express shipping, so all of my goodies (with the exception of my large Hollywood Vanity Mirror!), should arrive by the end of next week. The staff are super friendly so if you can manage to head down this weekend I recommend it!


I left purchasing a Hollywood Vanity Mirror (above), some of their clear plastic cases and a Zuca Pouch for some extra kit organisation, as well as a brush set and some individual brushes.

You can find the trade show located at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton. For more information visit http://www.crownbrush.com.au/.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Beauty Favourites


This month I have been playing with some new products I've picked up, and playing with bright lipstick colours to cheer me up from the cold winter we have been having at the moment! I haven't been super experimental with my makeup, but have been sticking to looks I know I love.


Inglot Cosmetics Freedom System Lipstick Palette
I purchased this palette last month, and have been playing around with all my new lip shades! I love that you can customise the shades, and also that they are so cheap to replace - it makes it a perfect addition to my freelance kit! If you want to see my feature on this palette with all of my swatches, you can view it here


Chi Chi Cosmetics Rose Wall of Shimmer
I picked up this blush on sale at Target, as it reminded me a lot of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks! I'm a little pale at the moment to be using it as a highlighter by mixing the rows all together, but love that it has a heap of combinations you can create. I'm tempted to buy the other shades next time I see them around!


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
I was lucky enough that my mum picked up this foundation for me in Duty Free after her recent holiday, and it's my holy grail foundation - I never have any problems with longevity or needing to powder my skin throughout the day, which is usually a huge problem for me! There is a reason why this foundation is much loved by so many.


MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer
Not only do I love the packaging of this concealer, this is one of my favourite concealers when it comes to coverage. A little goes a long way, and I usually only end up using less than half a pump to conceal and highlight all the areas I want to.


Chi Chi Cosmetics Lipstick in Bombshell
This lipstick is my favourite 'your lips but better' shade, and everyone I mention it to ends up falling in love with it too! I really like the formula of the Chi Chi lipsticks, and have a few favourite must have shades from their lines now!


Wasp Eyelash Glue
The thing I love most about this eyelash glue is how easy the packaging makes it to apply! It comes in a small screw top bottle, with a wand applicator on the end which means you can apply straight from the bottle without overdoing the glue and sticking your eye shut!

What products have you been loving this month?

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Updated Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette



Only recently did I do a Makeup Geek eyeshadow swatch post, but when Makeup Geek offered free shipping recently, I thought that I would take advantage and fill the last six spaces in my Z palette! If you missed my previous post on my Makeup Geek Palette, you can view it here.

As always, Makeup Geek were super awesome with placing an order and shipping times, with it arriving around two weeks after the order was placed. It's always a good day when a package from MUG rocks up at your front door!

Creme Brulee, Baby Face, Country Girl, Roulette, Mango Tango and Drama Queen

Baby Face and Roulette are both new releases for Makeup Geek, I have been looking for the perfect pale nude shade to match my skin and Baby Face is it! I actually found it super hard to show up in swatches because it blends in with my skin tone so well. Roulette is actually a little more orange toned than I was expecting but makes for a little difference for what can be a super common shade.

Swatched over an eye primer

As always I am super happy with my Makeup Geek additions, and love that I was finally able to get my hands on popular shades Mango Tango and Crème Brulee which always seemed to be out of stock when I was placing an order previously.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans retail for $5.99 each, for more information visit http://www.makeupgeek.com/

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment*


I've been seeing so much hype on social media recently about the Hair&Me brand (especially on Instagram!), so I was super excited to try out one of their Hair Rejuvenation Treatments. The brand is 100% organic, and uses only natural oils to help repair the hair. With the recent craze of coconut oil hair treatments, its great to see products like this being targeted to that market.

I love the cute bright pink sachet style packaging of the treatment, it makes it easy to store and grab when needed. The treatment is a blend of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Virgin Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. Because the oil is absorbed into your hair rather than water, it also claims to reduce the time needed to dry your hair which is always a bonus!


It is also a pre-shampoo treatment as it is oil based, so is designed to add moisture to both the hair and scalp, and can be left in overnight if you like. Because my hair is always damaged due to colouring and heat styling, I'm always up for trying anything to help repair and smooth my hair. I chose to leave the treatment in overnight for the best result.


I did notice both a difference in the drying time for my hair, but also that after blasting with my hairdryer it was much smoother than normal - my hair is normally a bit crazy, especially through my layers and although I will never be the type of person to be able to let my hair naturally dry and look great, it did cut my styling time and felt softer than usually once I had straightened my hair.

I'm really interested to see what the long term results of using this treatment would be, as I think with continued use it would really make a difference in condition and texture of my hair, and it's encouraged me to use more natural oil based treatments over my usual traditional salon treatments.

The Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment retails for $19.95 each, for more information please visit http://www.hairandme.com.au/


*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, 15 July 2015

LUSH Massage Bars*


Although I'm a regular Lush addict, I haven't before played too much with their massage bars, usually distracted by all of their pretty coloured bath bombs and bubble bars.

The massage bars are made primarily of cocoa and shea butter, and warm up with you body temperature - so simply warm the bar up by rubbing them between your hands, and then rub the bar wherever you wish for it to be applied.

Clockwise, from left - Dirty, From Dusk Til Dawn and Tender is the Night.

Dirty Massage Bar - RRP $13.95
This bar is a mix of Spearmint, herbal Gorilla perfume, cocoa powder and vegan dark chocolate. This scent actually reminds me so much of my husband and his love for spearmint chocolate! I think this is a great scent if you don't want anything to sweet or floral, as to me the spearmint just leaves a clean, refreshed scent. 

From Dawn to Dusk - RRP $12.50
This bar is a mix of Sicilian Lemon, Sweet Wild Orange oil, Ginko, Guarana, Ginseng and Moringa oil. It also contains a bit of shimmer in the bar, which is nice for a pamper girly night. This scent is quite light and refreshing, and reminds me so much of a summer morning. The orange is the strongest scent in this blend to me, and I was surprised how easy the mountain shape made application. 

Tender is the Night - RRP $14.95
This bar contains blended Shea and Murumu butters, Jasmine Absolute and Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute. I'm a sucker for Vanilla fragrance, almost all of my perfumes contain a base note of Vanilla, so it's no wonder this is my favourite of the bars I own. It's perfect for layering my scents of body wash, massage bar and perfume!

For more information visit https://www.lush.com.au/.

*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