Saturday, September 6, 2014

BITE BEAUTY LIP LAB | SOHO NEW YORK


Oh my word. I'm so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'm actually in the midst of a vacation in the US. I can't wait to get back home and share with you all the little beauty treasures I've purchased. It's a dangerous place for us beauty lovers, particularly as prices are a lot cheaper lower than in Australia. I've been a kid in a candy store, buying multiple neutral palettes and an excessive amount of lipsticks. 

Speaking of lipsticks, I ticked off something on my bucket list and made my very own lipsticks at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. It's such a wonderful experience for any beauty lover and extremely unique.  I couldn't say no to making my own lipstick particularly when it was only $28 per lipstick! You can't even by a Revlon lipstick for that much back home. 

I tried to make an appointment countless times, but they are normally booked out in advance, so I tried my luck at being placed on the wait-list. Basically, you pop in to the store that day and they call you back when (if) they have an availability. I had to wait approximately 2 hours, but that was okay because the beauty lab is located in Soho, which just meant extra shopping time. 

I was keen on creating two lipsticks a nude and a bold (warm toned pink). I always wanted to create a perfect nude, because I found being a medium skin tone that most nudes completely washed me out. 



The beauty scientists or lab techs (that's what I'm going to call them with their wonderful lab coats and mason jars) were so attentive and listened to what I wanted to achieve. They talk you through the process, mix up the perfect colour combinations and let you try on the lipsticks as you went along. During this time you also pick if you want you lipstick to be a cream, sheen or a matte finish. I went for cream, because they always feel the best after all day wear. 




After they've created the perfect combination, you pick your scent! I went for lime and wild berry, and I'm sniffing them at the moment and they smell delightful. 

Just in case by this stage you didn't feel like the experience was detailed enough, they even give you a chose of four packages. I have never seen a service so customisable, and I was gobsmacked by excitement. 

If you are ever in NYC, you have to check out the Bite Beauty Lip Lab, it's a must for any beauty lover. You won't be disappointed. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THROW BACK THURSDAY BEAUTY EDITION | MAC HEATHERETTE COLLECTION


Recently, I was cleaning out my make up collection and found a lot of throw back beauty products, that I thought would be fun to share with all you lovelies. 

I'm slightly older than most in the current beauty community and my obsession with make up started long ago prior to YouTube gurus and bloggers. It was actually in a time where the beauty community gathered on LiveJournal (any one else retro enough to know about LJ's hayday?). I would save all my money from my job while I was in university to buy the latest and greatest make up releases (I only started knowing about make up and using it during my 2nd year at university). You would never buy products off eBay and this was well before online stores catered for international buyers. So what we would do is have ' LJ buyers', we'd make friends with girls from the US and have the items shipped to us and we'd transfer the funds to them. Crazy I know, it was back in the day when you trusted people on the  internet more. 


It was actually how I was introduced to Leesha and her start of her YouTube video career. It's crazy to think how much the beauty community has grown and expanded. Enough of my ramblings, I guess this whole backstory is just to tell you about how my obsession with Mac Cosmetics was formed and I remember so vividly everyone's excitement for the Heatherette collection to be launched! 

I believe it  released back in 2008,  they released 4 Lipsticks (FleshPot, Lollipop Loving, Melrose Mood and Hollywood Nights), 4 Lipglasses (Bonus Beat, Sock Hop, Starlet Kiss and Style Minx), 4 Duel Eyeshadow Pencils, 4 Pigments, 2 Beauty Powders, 2 Nail Polishes and 2 of the most talked about Eyeshadow Trios. 

I purchased Heatherette Trio 2 with the eyeshadows Baby Petals, VIP and Cassette. I loved this trio so much that I barely used it, I treated it like gold and discovering it again makes me happy. I don't use it anymore, because it's over 8 years old (ah!) - but I keep it in my stash as a memory or like a crazy make up collector/ hoarder! . 


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Monday, August 18, 2014

BARE MINERALS | THE TOP SHELF



Natural/Neutral coloured eyeshadows give me life! You all know how much I love a good natural eyeshadow and this duo is definitely one of my favourites.  

I know this is going to sound like a stereotypical descriptor for these eyeshadows, but they feel like butter, are extremely pigmented and they last on the eyes all day. Good job Bare Minerals, you deserve a make up Emmy for this little duo. 


The colours are fantastic, the champagne colour is perfect for all over the eyelid and the bronze (which is very similar to MAC's Amber Lights), is just delightful in the crease or in the outer corner. 

I must say, there is only one thing I don't like about this duo and it's the packaging. While it feels wonderful, and is very much Nars-esque, it gets too dirty too quickly. You can see despite my many attempts at cleaning it for the photo, there is still a significant amount of  smudge marks. 

However, if you ignore the packaging you'll be extremely pleased with the eyeshadows. It's a good little affordable duo, and it lasts forever (by forever, I mean I've had it for 6 months and I haven't even made a dent in the eyeshadow). 


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Friday, August 15, 2014

ELLIS FAAS HOT LIPS | L406



Look, it's shiny, pretty and looks like a bullet, what the hell is it you ask? It's the best lip product in the world, yes in the world. I know it sounds like a complete and utter overstatement, but I love Ellis Faas Hot Lips. The first time I saw the packaging, I didn't quite understand what it was until I popped open the lid and swatched the delightful creamy lipstick inside! 


I can't say enough good things about this lipstick, my favourite colour is L406 (I wish they had cuter names rather than numbers) and it's the creamiest and non drying lip product you can ask for. Yes, it's a little pricey, but it is completely worth it. The colour is a darling berry and is fantastic for medium skin tones. 

This is another wish list must buy, if you're looking for something a little special! 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SEPHORA FAVORITES | MEET YOUR MATCH



I got this fabulous little Sephora Favourites pack back in June for my birthday. I almost forgot a had it until I was cleaning my make up draw (does anyone else do that?). My guilty make up pleasure is little miniatures, I love trying out sample sizes of products before buying a full size, plus they are just so darn cute. 




This pack mixes my two favourite things, lip and nail products. It also has given me a chance to try some beauty brands I've never tried before including Formula X nail polishes and Bite Beauty.  


The lip products are to die for, you can't go wrong with anything labelled Hourglass, Bite and Tarte. They are all very sheer lip colours and are great for summery light make up days or for layering over your favourite lipstick. 

The Nails Inc, Deborah Lippmann and Formula X nail polishes are amazing, and last a long time on the nails.  My favourite is Formula X, it is definitely worth the hype - it goes on like a dream and is so quick drying, it's like magic. 

Pictured above: Tarte Lip Surgence Elite, Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Gloss Strange Fruit and Hourglass Extreme Sheen Child. 

These little minute lip products will be packed in my little make up bag for when I head to the States later this month. This  really is a great way to try a various amount of brands before committing to a full size product and we all know that samples last a lot longer than we think they do!
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

SALLY HANSEN MIRACLE GEL | B GIRL


Before I review this product, I need to tell you a little back story about gel nail polish and my nails. When Shellac first came out I was obsessed, any nail polish which promised to stay on my nails longer than 3 days was a winner. I'm not very dainty when it comes to my manicures and generally ruin them within 2 minutes of leaving the beauty parlour (normally when putting on my seat belt in the car), so the idea of a long wearing gel nail polish  always thrilled me. The thing about Shellac that no manicurists (except the lovely French Pink ladies in Melbourne) ever tells you is how damaging it is on your nails. The gel doesn't allow your  cuticles to breath and dries your nails out. I naturally had weak nails and after getting Shellac applied countless times to my nails, my nails weakened and actually started to hurt because they were so thin. From that day on, I swore off any Shellac or UV light nail product. 


This is why I am so excited by the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, it gives you the longevity of a Shellac like product but without needing to soak your finger nails in harsh acetone to remove it. I love B Girl, it's my favourite colour, it's a beautiful grey blue which reminds me of a muted Tiffany colour (and let's be honest ladies, who doesn't love Tiffany?). I had to give my nails three coats of the polish and one coat of the top coat, and it dried so fabulously quick. I was amazing,  I thought after three coats my nails would smudge but they didn't. Below is a picture of me wearing them for over 5 days. All I can say, is this is love at first use! 



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JULY BEAUTY FAVOURITES


Is it bad to admit on a fun loving beauty blog that I've had one of the worst weeks?  I guess, we should look at it this way, it was a week  that was so bad that I couldn't even avoid typing anything on my blog without mentioning it. It's weeks like these that are designed to test people and make them stronger.

I decided to do a blog post regardless of my mopey mood because my blog is my escape and talking about the items I love is my scantuary.  So, without any further sooky disruptions here are my July beauty favourites. 

Nar Sheer Glow (Punjab) - This foundation has been an absolute savour. With multiple sleepless nights this month, this is the only product which has saved me from the 'you look so tired' comments at work. The foundation makes your skin look alive, even after countless teary Ed Sheeran sing alongs - admit it we've all been there. 

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette - I'm a lazy little critter in the morning, and I don't want to overly think my make up routines in the morning. This palette makes it look like I put a crazy amount of effort into my eye look, because all the colours are so beautiful! 

Bobbi Brown Blush (Apricot) - This is another one of those products that makes you look alive without trying. This blush has turned me into a English Rose vs. Edward Cullen in the mornings. 

L'Oreal Mascara Butterfly Effects - Most amazing and affordable product. I love this mascara! It makes my lashes fluttery and long! Two of the best combinations a girl can ask for. 

MAC Lipstick Cosmo and YSL Gloss Volupte Golden 49 - These two products are my go to combination for the perfect every day lip colour. Without a doubt if you see me during the week, I'm wearing these two darlings. 

Nars Eyeliner Long Wear Eyeliner - Standard black eyeliner, that I adore. It lasts forever on the eyes is just a dream! 


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