Monday, July 21, 2014

IF YOU BUY ONE THING THIS WEEK | KESTER BLACK SNAPDRAGON



Lordy lordy, sorry I've been completely MIA this week for those of you who don't know I'm a Marketing Manager by day and a Beauty Blogger by night. This sometimes means my day job turns into a day to night job during busier parts year and also makes me miss blogging so much. So, I thought today I'd share a quick little post about something I love this week and that's bought a smile to my face. 

I love Kester Black nail polish, they're an amazing Australian brand which is cruelty free (WIN!).  I've been a big fan of theirs ever since I discovered them when getting my nails done by the beauty Chelsea at Trophy Wife Nails. The formula of all the nail polishes are out of this world and they are so easy to apply, even by someone who is a little special at painting their nails like me. This colour is so dangerously attractive, I'm distracted by my fingers every time I'm typing away on my keyboard (anyone else get distracted by pretty colours?), it's a deep burgundy tone with beautiful gold reflects. All the other colours are just as beautiful and I wish I had them all in my collection.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BRAND FOCUS | BENEFIT COSMETICS


I wanted to do a little blog post feature about all my favourite brands, and showcase each one individually, basically gushing about why I love them so much. My first Brand Focus of course had to be about my beloved Benefit Cosmetics. I actually really adore the story of how Benefit was founded by two sisters. They tossed a coin to decided whether they'd open a beauty boutique or a casserole cafe and boy am I happy they picked beauty boutique. Their first two products ever produced were their blushes and their Rosy Tint (later named Benetint), which I love because I think the tints and the blushes are what they do best. I'm also a sucker for their packaging and the adorable vintage vibe. I'm always so excited to showcase the products on my counter and they are always a feature on my make up caddy.  

Within this post I wanted to talk about my favourite products, which aren't over hyped or overly talked about within the beauty community. Everyone loves the They're Real Mascara and Liner because they're great and of course many have raved about my favourite e under eye concealer Fake Up, but I wanted to talk about some of the products that don't get the limelight they deserve. 

Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow (No Pressure) - This product promises to be creaseless and it delivers. I have super oily eyelids (delightful, I know) and this stays on all day. No Pressure is an amazing colour, it's a metallic taupe which is great for every day wear and it's my go to on during the week. Everyone always compliments me when I'm wearing this, so it's a winner!

Hydra Smooth Lip Colour (Dare me and Fling Thing) - First and Foremost, these two gems are displayed in the most amazing packaging. It reminds me of vintage Barbie, and who doesn't love Barbie? On top of the amazing packaging, the formula of these lipsticks are dreamy. They're Opaque, but not too much of a punch of colour, perfect for every day. They feel amazing on the lips and don't dry out your lips at all. 

Hello Flawless Powder- While the liquid foundation may not agree with my skin (it breaks me out which upsets me because it's gives an amazing finish), the powder foundation is amazing. This formulation is too die for, at keeping my matte all day without making it dull. It is a lifesaver to touch up throughout the day, especially with my crazy oily t-zone. P.S Excuse all the crazy brush marks,  I may be overly eager when using this gem. 

Overall, Benefit Cosmetics is love! If you haven't checked out their products you really should! If you have checked out their products let me know which ones are your favourite, I love trying out new things. Any excuse to buy more make up, right?  *insert love heart eyes emoji* 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

IF YOU BUY ONE THING THIS WEEK | THE BODY SHOP HONEY & BEESWAX HAND AND FOOT BUTTER



I've decided to start a little feature on my blog, were each week I introduce to you a product I would recommend you buying if you could only buy one thing. I know this is a horror for any beauty lover, because we normally want to buy multiple things a week after reading countless blogs or visiting our favourite YouTubers.  I guess this is just a post about a product I couldn't live without for the week. 

It's currently winter in Australia, and while most people think that Australia is always sunny the reality the further south you go the colder it gets and at the moment Melbourne is very cold. I normally am not a person who adores moisturiser, I don't get out of the shower and instantly want to moisturiser my skin and I've been lucky enough to have skin that isn't super dry and requires it on a daily basis. 

However, in the winter I find that my hands and feet get super dry and there is nothing worse than dry feet. I'm that creepy person that notices people's dry feet in sandals, gross I know. This product is a miracle worker on the feet and those dry soles. There is something extremely satisfying about dipping your fingers into this jar (isn't it just too cute?) and lathering your skin. More importantly, this stuff really works. It's thick, rich and moisturising. It's amazing and so uniquely wonderful to have a product for the feet that doesn't smell like peppermint (and don't get me wrong I love peppermint anything).  If you love The Body Shop's body butters, you'll love this, but the formula is thicker made for those very dry areas like your hands, feet and I even use it on my elbows. 

What's one product you couldn't live without this week?


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SODASHI SKINCARE



This is completely going to sound like a sponsored post, but it's not! I actually really just love Sodashi products.  I was introduced to their product range by the lovely ladies at Made Beauty Space in Hawthorn. There is nothing I love more than getting a facial and the ladies at Made Beauty Space are the most amazing to talk to about skin care and are so extremely knowledgeable. Not only do you experience the most amazing and relaxing spa experience, but they also are great at giving advice, using amazing organic and local products which make your skin feel amazing. Enough about gushing about these wonderful ladies, but you have to visit next time you're in Melbourne. 

I'm going to be honest with you guys, I don't have the perfect skin like most of us. I actually have congestion in my forehead, which is not actually more of an internal problem as I suffer from digestion issues and IBS (lovely and TMI, I know). I've come to learn over the years, that skin care isn't just what you put on your face, but also what you consume. 

On rotation on my counter Sodashi Balance Cleanser, Sodashi Calm Moisturiser, Sodashi Balancing Serum (for night time). 

However, the Sodashi product range has helped my skin come a long way. I generally have combination skin with oiliness in the t-zone and my cheeks are relatively normal. I use to use a lot of stripping skin care products from the drug store which claim to get rid of oiliness, but what they ended up doing was drying out my skin and forcing it to produce more all. 

What I love about the Sodashi Products is that they are chemical free, which means your skin is not constantly being stripped of all the goodness your skin needs. The products are also made in Australia with the best ingredients to help your skin improve. Yes, their skincare is on the pricer side, but I think if there is one thing you should invest in is skin care. I think when you have beautiful and glowing skin without any make up that's when you feel your most beautiful. 

Like with everything, everyones skin regimen is different and while this combination works for me, it might not work for you, but I really do love the Sodashi products. I'm such a fan girl! Hah. 


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Friday, July 11, 2014

EVERY DAY NUDE AND PINK LIPSTICKS


There is nothing more that I love than a good lipstick. I think a lipstick can make all the difference by changing your face from being flat to being vibrant and awake (which is what I need most mornings). To be honest with you most days I'm rushing out the door, so lipstick is always my saving grace so I don't look like a zombie in front of the world. 

I work full time in a corporate environment, so experimenting with wacky vibrant colours is generally a no no and I keep that for my days off.  I've come to realise that most of my lipstick collection now is filled with lovely nudes and darling pink and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite every day lipsticks. 


Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate (05) - I'm a big fan of Rimmel, I think it is one of the best drugstore affordable brands and the formula of their lipstick is fantastic. This lipstick lasts all day on the lips as the name would suggest and unlike most long lasting lipsticks this feels amazing on and is super moisturising. Plus, the colour is just too cute, it's the perfect medium tone pink that is leaning on the dusty rose side. If you look at it on my hand it's actually very similar to the YSL Rouge Pur Couture. Hello dupe!

Nars Roman Holiday - First and foremost let's take a moment to admire the name. All I can think about is the lovely Audrey Hepburn.   This colour is the perfect pink for my medium skin tones. I can never pull off a super pale pink because it always washes me out, but this is a perfect barbie pink for me. I normally pair this with a super smokey eye or with a cat eye. 

Face of Australia (Peaches & Cream) - This is the most adorable apricot colour. It's a perfect and wearable peach nude that looks great with a smokey eye. A must buy and super affordable for you Australian beauty lovers. Not only is it affordable, but the formula is fantastic, it feels like butter on the lips. 

Mac Cosmo - This is by far my favourite lipsticks of all time. I use this almost on a daily basis, once my lipstick choice of the day wears off I normally top up with Mac Cosmo. It's just so easy to wear, it's that whole your lips but better colour. I've always adored the Mac amplified lipstick formulas, they feel like heaven on the lips and are opaque central! 

Stila Color Balm Olivia - I love these lipsticks, I normally apply this with a brush because I feel this is what gives the product a better application vs. straight from the tube. I also adore the smell of these, it's exactly like peppermint and leaves a little tingle on the lips, but don't worry it doesn't plump your lips like a bee has stung them! 

YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE (09) - Let's all take a second to admire the beautiful YSL packaging, I can't get over how stunning high end cosmetics package their products and it's always what lures me into buying them. This is a perfect midtone pink and I think is a very closely matched by the Rimmel Lasting Colour in 05. 


Let me know what your every day must have lipsticks are!



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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

TOO FACED | BETTER THAN SEX


This is the mascara with a cheeky name that everyone is talking about. Being from a marketing background, I have a appreciation for clever marketing and the name of this product has everyone talking. 

I guess putting the name aside, people want to know does it really work? The answer is yes. As the product claim it gives your lashes a massive amount of volume. The brush is a significant amount larger than what I am use to using with my other mascaras, but it is still easy to use and wiggle across your lashes. 


The formula of the mascara itself is very thick and with any thick formulated mascara you have to be careful not to overload your lashes with mascara which causes clumping and spider lashes.  So my little trick is to to wipe off any additional formula back into the tube and then apply the mascara. You don't need to be overly generous with this mascara, because it does the job even with one coat, which is a bonus because that will mean the product lasts for an extended period of time. 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DEBORAH LIPPMANN | HAPPILY EVER AFTER


I was so excited to test our Deborah Lippmann nail polish, I had heard so many good things about these polishes that I couldn't wait until my package arrived. I picked the Happily Ever After collection, because the colours were beautiful and reminded me of candied almonds. Candied almonds take me back to every wedding I attended in the 90s as a kid. 


The only problem with these nail polishes is that while the colours are beautiful, but the formula isn't. This set happened to be a matteen finish, which is basically a cross between a matte and a metallic finish and while in theory this sounds great it doesn't work. 

To be honest with you, I've ever been a fan of matte nail polish in general. I love a matte lip, but not a nail. I always think it looks like dried chalk on the nails. Call me old school, but there is nothing more beautiful than a glossy/shiney nail. 


I have to say that I'm no expert at applying nail polish, I always apply it awkwardly and continuously have to fix up my mistakes particularly when painting my right hand.  While the brush is amazing for application, the polish itself is very thick, gloopy and goes onto the nails unevenly.


There is one saving grace for these colours, they dry quickly and the moment you put on a high gloss top coat the streakiness goes away and the colours are delightfully opaque. There is nothing I love more than a good pastel colour on the nails particular in the summer.


Overall, they're pretty colours but not worth the price and the effort. I'm actually very keen to try other Deborah Lippmann nail colours in her original formula, because I know how much the beauty community loves them and I've only ever heard good things. 

Let me know your thoughts have you tried any other Deborah Lippmann colours?


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