Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FINISH POWDER | REVIEW



Despite my oily/combination skin type, I'm terribly lazy at powdering my skin. The reason I've never been good at powdering my face after each foundation application is because I would rather look like Edward Cullen than a cake face. That was of course before I found this little treasure.   


I know it's cliche to say that this powder is finely milled, but it really is. The moment you dip your brush into the product you can instantly tell it's weightless. The magic really happens when the powder is applied to the face, it just melts in like a second skin.  For those of you who are into the 'baking' trend, this powder is perfect. Not only is it weightless, but it's buildable, so you can customise the coverage you wish. 


I purchased this delight in Medium, while there is only three shades in the collection - Fair, Medium and Dark, the powder itself is almost translucent when applied, so if you're slightly darker you can build up the product and if you're lighter in complexion you can use a lighter hand.  I also know there has been various feedback in relation to the price of this product, while it's priced at the higher end $45USD you can definitely tell a lot of love and passion has gone into making this product. It is one of those clear cases where a slightly higher price point means quality. 

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Monday, August 10, 2015

JACLYN HILL X BECCA COSMETICS CHAMPAGNE POP HIGHLIGHTER


Forget about Kim K's butt, this highlighter literally broke the internet! I was up in the wee hours of the morning to make sure I could get this highlighter, I was ready to have #highlighteronfleek. When it finally arrive in my mailbox, I literally lifted the box up in the air like baby Simba and sung 'BAHHHHHHSOWHENYAHHHHMAMABEATSEBAHHHHH"


This was my first purchase of any Becca product (can't believe I haven't picked anything up earlier seeing the brand is Australian). I had been eyeing them off for many months, and I was determined to get my hands on Opal. However, when Jaclyn Hill announced her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, I knew I would instantly be in love with product. The highlight colour had my name all over it. 
 

While the name of the product is Champagne Pop, the highlighter itself is more of a golden peach - perfect for that glisten on the cheeks. You know the one I'm talking about, the one which makes your cheeks look perfectly wet.  Champagne Pop is definitely a universal colour, which I think can work on various skin tones. The formula itself is buttery smooth and so pigmented, you literally only need the smallest dab on your brush for that J-Lo glow.

If you need this pretty in Sephora, definitely pick it up and give it a go! It's a great start to entering the Becca Cosmetics world, and I have no doubt you'll love it as much as I do.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

URBAN DECAY | URBAN SKIN WEIGHTLESS COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER


Boy, oh boy! This past week, work, life and excessively watching Netflix until early hours of the morning has caused darkness under my eyes that takes up half my face. I honestly think I could have given Bettlejuice a run for his money in the under eye darkness department. 

This coveted Urban Decay concealer has been an absolute life saver.  It has trumped my love for NARS' radiant creamy concealer. I know at this stage I've lost half of you, with your jaws dropping to the floor, but let me explain. 


The Urban Decay concealer formula is truly developed for under the eye area. It's smooth, blendable and the applicator is malleable enough to fit into those pesky areas like under the tear duck, where the darkness  is more prevalent. As much as I love my NARS concealer, I feel like at times it drags across the under eye area, particularly during those days where the skin might be slightly dehydrated. This also at times causes creasing throughout the day.  The only negative I can say about this concealer is it not made for problematic areas of the skin, as in to cover up blemishes or scarring. Because the formula is so weightless and blendable, it acts more like a second layer of skin vs. a full coverage cover up. 

This product is definitely a go-er, if you're one who loves brightening up under the eyes and needs a little pick me up in the morning. Tickle me ecstatic for this find!



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

L'OREAL | INFALLIBLE 24H - MATTE

As I write this post, this foundation is nestled in my lap like a much loved pet.  I purchased this tube of pure joy last week and have been wearing the foundation every day. It ticks all the boxes for a combination to oily skin type.

I tend to suffer from a very oily t-zone, and it only worsens with the stress of daily corporate life. I've always had an issue with my foundation wearing throughout the day. The L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte lasts on the skin like nothing else. It trumps all my other foundations including Make Up Forever HD , L'Oreal True Match and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24.  #FoundationGoals.



The consistency of the foundation is in between a gel and a liquid, it's extremely blend-able and easy to work with.It's definitely full coverage with a completely matte finish, not even a little satin. I blend it in with a Real Techniques buffing brush and because the tube has a small tip (oh the innuendos), it makes it easy to distribute evenly among the bristles.

I'm completely head over heels in love with this foundation, the only thing is in Australia the colour wave is not extensive, but I'm happy mixing colours for the quality.  Definitely one to try out, if you are like me have issues with foundation lasting on your combination/oily skin.



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Saturday, July 18, 2015

GERARD COSMETICS LIPGLOSSES | BUTTERCREAM, CORAL CRAZE AND CANDY KISS



It currently feels like the antractic in Melbourne and I know people from UK and Canada are laughing at me because an Australian winter is never really that cold. However, this weather has  caused me to hiberate and online shop. 

While browsing through the pages of Gerard Cosmetics' website, I decided I needed a little injection of summer by buying pastel and bright lip glosses, my kind of logic. A few months back, I  wrote a post all about my love for these gems and the love hasn't changed, it's only grown. 

Coral, Lipgloss, Youtube, Gerard Cosmetics.
Coral Craze - A true orange coral.



This thing I've always adored about these lip glosses is they last an incredible amount of time on the lips.  While the formula gets some getting use to, as they are incredibly tacky, they're worth the momentary discomfort, because they end up melting into the lips and locking in for the rest of the day. At times, I'll be wearing this lip gloss over a lipstick and am constantly stocked when by lunch it's still on the lips and as an added bonus not feathering.
Gerard Cosmetics, Lipgloss, Butter Cream
Butter Cream - Midtone pink, perfect for every day.
They're also highly pigmented and exactly like what's shown through the packaging, which I love! There is nothing I dislike more than a beautifully pigmented lip gloss in the package, that ends up sheering out on the lips.  For me, these are very much a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid without being a liquid lipstick.
Coral Crazy, Shanxo, Youtube.
Candy Kiss - Beautiful neon/pastel peach created by Shannon Harris
The packaging is also extremely sturdy, so you don't have to worry about finding lipgloss all over your handbag. Overall, if you're looking for a highly pigmented gloss, I'd recommend giving Gerard Cosmetics a go. There's always a discount code floating around, so you can always snap them up when they are on sale. 



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Monday, June 22, 2015

ROSEHIP BODY OIL BY ESSANO

ROSEHIP BODY OIL BY ESSANO 
I've always been a bit apprehensive about using a body oil. The moment I hear oil, I think greasy, non absorbent and messy, which of course are the least favourite things about moisturising one's body. 

However, this little treasure deifies all the odds, while it is a pure oil, it absorbs so fast into the skin it must have some sort of magical powers. It must be the power of quality certified organic ingredients. 

Rosehip oil has always been my favourite, not only does it smell like a fresh bouquet of roses from the market, but there are significant benefits to using it.  It improves skin tone and firmness, minimises the appearance of lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin, reduces the appearance of stretch marks, scars and promotes skin elasticity. While, I've only been using the product across the last week, which makes it hard to see improvements in skin tone etc, it has done wonders to those pesky dry patches of the skin including my elbows, knees and feet! The great thing about this oil is it can be used all over, from top to bottom!  

Overall,  this product has given my high end moisturisers a run for their money. Each morning, I'm reaching for this vs anything in my beauty cabinet.  That's a feat for someone who is very lazy at moisturising their skin. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

TOO FACED | THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF BRONZERS


I am ridiculously obsessed with bronzers, contouring and highlighting. The moment I heard about this release I squealed for joy. Prior to purchasing this beauty, I had never owned a Too Faced Bronzer, but I had been pining for them for months. Every time I saw them in store I'd eagerly sniff them,  weird I know, but can you blame me? They smell like chocolate. 


This delightfully compact book, which is the width of an A4 sheet of paper, houses the 8 most loved bronzers by Too Faced. The great thing about this book, is you can try out all 8 colours and figure out which is your favourite to purchase in full size. Each bronzer is 0.08 oz, for comparison's sake a Mac eyeshadow is traditionally 0.07 oz and a ColourPop eyeshadow is 0.07oz, it's definitely enough to try out multiple time to give you a taste of each shade. 

My favourites are hands down Milk Chocolate Soleil for a subtle contour, Snow Bunny to place on the cheek bones as a highlighter and Sun Bunny for that sun kissed look when dusted across the cheeks.

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