Sunday, March 22, 2015

MAC X CINDERELLA STROKE OF MIDNIGHT EYESHADOW PALETTE




In the words of Cinderella, a dream is a wish the heart makes and this palette is a dream come true for any beauty lover.  I knew I needed to get my hands on this collection before it vanished as fast as Cinderella's carriage turned into a pumpkin. 

The palette is ideal for any neutral lover and is made up of some much loved MAC shades. It's a great addition if you're thinking of building your collection and for those who miss out, you can rest easy the palette is dupeable, the only original shade  is 'Stoke of Midnight'.   However, purchasing the eyeshadow in this format is also a cost saving exercise, for 6 shadows you pay $72AUD/$44US, vs. $198AUD/$96US.

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Vapour is a velvet finish eyeshadow, which is a beautiful pinky/cream colour. Perfect for highlighting under the brow bone.

Phloof is a delightful frost formula, it's a pinky beige and ideal to use near the the tear duct.

Omega is a matte, and it's a very neutral beige, very soft and subtle. The colour would be used to contour the crease to add definition.

Quarry,  my absolute favourite. The reason I love this colour is because its so very similar to my favourite Colourpop Cosmetics eyeshadow 'Bill'. They're both a bewitching plum brown perfect to subtly smoke out the outer c.

Satin Taupe, I call this shade the OG Tanya Burr. When I started watching YouTube beauty tutorials many moons ago, I have a vivid memory of Tanya using this colour constantly and I don't blame her, it's stunning. It's a frost finish and perfect to sweep all over the eyelid during those lazy days. It's very similar to Quarry, but with a silver shimmer running through it. 

Stroke of Midnight, this colour is no ordinary black. It's more of a black/plum with purple shimmers through it. It's a velvet, so it isn't as shimmery as a frost. A great way to change up your traditional black.

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Left to right: Omega, Phloof, Vapour, Stroke of Midnight, Satin Taupe and Quarry.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

COLOUR POP SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS | REVIEW

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This post has been a long one in the making, but I am very excited to finally share it with you all. These ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have been raved about endlessly through blogs, instagram and YouTube.  At $5 a pop (no pun intended), I had to give these a go and make sure they weren't too good to be true. 

I received my eyeshadow in a mail a few weeks ago, and since their much anticipated arrival I've been using them on a daily basis.  I put them through the ringer and tested them in multiple ways- with a base, without a base, on hot days and on cold days. I really wanted to make sure before I shared my opinion that I had used them enough to communicate my honest thoughts. 

These have hands down become my favourite eyeshadows and I can't wait to purchase more. I honestly believe they are better quality than my much loved MAC eye shadows and last all day, even on my hideously oily lids.

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The formula of these eyeshadows will not be as you expect. The moment you touch them, you'll be instantly surprised. The shadows themselves are very creamy in consistency, they almost feel like a cream, which is why the original pattern fades away quickly upon use. While I traditionally steer clear from cream for fear of creasing, these eye shadows magically say on the eyelids and almost transform into a powder once blended in.

 The shadows come in 7 interesting and delightful finishes including matte, metallic, pearlized, pressed pigment, satin, tie die and ultra metallic. I purchase 3 of the 7 all of which are fantastic.

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Bill (Matte) - This is an amazing taupe/light Brown matte colour. I use this on a daily basis all over my lid, and it's perfect for every day wear. 

Cricket (Metallic) - This colour is so delightfully unique. Every time I swatch it, I feel like it's a colour the belongs in a Disney movie. It's a deep purple with light purple and silver glitter. The glitter has completely no fall out. Magical, I know!

Fringe (Metallic) - Beautiful champagne colour  with silver reflects throughout.  Perfect for a highlight colour. 

Hustle (Matte) - A true burgundy, perfect for smoking out the outer 'c'! A great way to use a different shadow to create a multidimensional smokey eye.  

Ibiza (Pearlized) - Ibiza reminds me of a mermaid. It's a completely whimsical colour and the swatch doesn't do it justice. Its so multidimensional and a perfect turquoise with silver shimmers. This all over the lid, is just mesmerizing. 

Krinkle (Metallic) - Krinkle reminds me of a Christmas Beetle. The colour is a blue/grey with silver and blue shimmer. 

On the Rocks (Metallic)- This colour is also my favourite. It's a beautiful bronze with light purple shimmers and just is delightful on the centre of the lid to complete a look. A must have in any beauty lovers collection. 

So Quiche (Metallic) - Love the name and love the shadow. It's a metallic taupe with purple reflects. Great for all over the lid. 

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Monday, March 9, 2015

L'OREAL MISS MANGA MEGA VOLUME MASCARA | REVIEW



There has never been a time that I have tried a mascara and instantly fallen in love . Normally, it takes me a few applications before I can decide if it's love or just lust. However, with the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume mascara, it was definitely love at first go.

I'm very much a girl who adores a lengthening mascara more so than one which gives you volume. This mascara is an expert at lengthening, while also giving your lashes some body. My favourite mascaras are normally those which don't clump, easily lengthen, non smudging and don't give that spidery lash effect. I don't ask for much do I? Miss Manga delivers, it's all of these things and so much  more.

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The applicator is unique, it's a cone shape and bendable, and not overly large (nothing more I dislike than a large applicator).  The shape allows you to flutter and build up the outer lashes, while also  capturing those pesky lashes close to the tear duct. Definitely, one to try and I'm stocking up because this beauty is limited edition! 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES



How is it already March? I've come to realise the older I get, the faster the years seem to go by! I guess one good thing about time flying by is that I get to share with you my monthly favourites. This month, I rekindled with some old flames and also discover some new ones. So here we go: 

Lacome Teint Idol Ultra 24H -  Many moons ago this foundation was my holy grail, and after repurchasing it this month, I don't know why I ever stopped using it. It's just a dream for anyone with combination/oily skin and and it goes on so smoothly. No cake face and no clinging on to dry patches. This is the only foundation I've used were at the end of the day I still see it on my face. I have one of those skin types were in 3 hours all my make up generally tends to slide offs like Mr Doubtfire and her cake mask!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow | On the Rocks -  My love for Colourpop cosmetics is on the fangirl rickter scale of love. I have a few posts coming up about their Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix, so keep an eye out. However, On The Rocks has been my favourite colour to use in the middle of the eyelid. It's a beautiful bronze with purple, yes I said purple shimmer through it. This is amazing to give your eyelids dimension and the formula is just creamy smooth!

Kevin Aucoin The Volume Mascara - I do adore this mascara, but I believe it's incorrectly named. It's not a voluminous mascara, it's actually a lengthening mascara. I love the formula, it's non smudging and beautifully separates each lash. I brush is delightfully thin, so I tend to utilise it for my bottom lashes. I wear this all night, with not a smudge in sight!

Gold Rings -  I have never been a girl who wears rings on a regular basis, but I have found some gold rings that I can't do without. When wearing this Monica Vinader ring (which I spotted on Amelia Liana's fingers) I have received an excessive amount of compliments. I partner this ring, with this adorable golden hollow heart ring I found on etsy

Marble - I've been in love with anything which has a marble print on it! And these wonderful tiles in this picture were inspired by Young Mum Stuff on instgram. I can't believe these were just sample tiles. They make for a beautiful place to rest your jewellery and nick nacks. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

MILANI BAKED POWDER BLUSHES


Oh my lucky stars! I think I've found the greatest, most pigmented, delightfully smooth blush and at only $8.49US a pop! Or for us Aussie's you can get these here, for $16.50.

I purchased these during my US trip in September and ever since I started using them, I find myself reaching for one on a daily basis. We all know I was first attracted to them, because the packaging was gold, and gold is my weakness. 


Left to Right: Dolce Pink (Midtone Pink with golden Shimmer),  Bella Rose ( Bright Pink. Matte, slightly satin),  Carolina ( Peach with silver shimmer) and Luminoso (Peach Satin)

My one little criticism about the packaging is it's quite chunky and takes up a lot of room in any make up collection. The reason behind this, is because the packaging not only includes the blush,  but a little mirror and brush for those who want to touch up throughout the day. The reality is, you don't need too touch up with this product, the formula of these blushes is so delightful, they last on the skin all day and coming from someone with combination skin, that's is a feat and a great test to pass. 

The packaging claims that these blushes, shapes, contours and highlights. I personally wouldn't use any of the shades to contour, but a lot of the shimmery shades are great for a blush/highlight combo - allowing you to skip the additional step of applying a highlighter.

If you only buy one of these blushes, my recommendation and my favourite is Luminoso. This blush is just amazing, will rival any high end blush and is a very close dupe for Hourglass Dim Infusion with more of a sheen.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ALL ABOUT THAT GLOSS | FAVOURITE LIPGLOSSES


All of you are going to start thinking I'm a liar. I keep harping on about how I don't like lipgloss and now my two latest blog posts are all about glosses. The reality is I think I hate the idea of lipgloss. I must have been scarred in my youth by cheap gloss that felt like you had slathered your lips with glue. As I've gotten older, I've found glosses which make me happy, and this is what this post is all about.

These glosses are 3 key things, comfortable to wear, my hair doesn't get stuck in them and last but not least they are PINK!

Maybelline 'The Elixir' | Captivating Carnation - This has to be one of the most talked about beauty products of all time. I remember when this was launched, the beauty blogger world went crazy for them and it was a product which truly broke the internet and emptied out drug store shelves.  The Elixir formula feels like a balm on the lips and gives a subtle colour payoff. The one thing I will say about them is they are slightly sticky to touch and sometimes they slide around the lips if not layered on top of a lipstick.  For those interested, I have a blog post, all about these little trinkets which includes swatches.

NYX Butter Gloss | Peaches and Cream - Without a doubt, hands down my favourite 'drug store' lipgloss. This stuff feels amazing on the lips and doesn't feel sticky, not in the slightest. The colours are also very pigmented for a gloss and are great for all day wear. Give me more, just give me more! Definitely give them a go. I've also done a blog post all about these delights.

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain | Sweetheart Valentine - I don't know if I can call this a lipgloss, because it is a balm in the truest sense. However, it's the most pigmented balm I have ever tried. The minty smell is addictive and makes your lips feel amazing. It's a great product for those 'no make-up' make up days, basically my Sundays! 

YSL Gloss Volupte | 202 - I have no words for this product. I worship it *insert heart eyes emoji* and it gets cradled in my bag every day!  I know YSL beauty products cost an arm and a leg, but they really are one of those products that are worth the dollars. This product is the bomb.com! The applicator is perfectly shaped to fit into your cupid bow, the formula is a dream and the colour payoff is just  magical! As goldlocks would say, this lipgloss is just right, Plus... look at the packaging. 

Let me know some of your favourite glosses! I'm always interested in finding some new loves.


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Monday, February 9, 2015

GERARD COSMETICS | LIPGLOSSES


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Some of you lovelies have already seen my in depth review on Gerard Cosmetics' lipsticks and today I wanted to have a little chat about their lip glosses. While my review on the lipsticks were quite mixed, the lipglosses are a completely different story.  They are divine.

Many of you already know that I'm not a fan of lip glosses, I find them irritating to wear and I don't like the fact that some formulas slip and slide across the lips. Gerard Cosmetics' lipglosses are unique. They last a significantly long time on the lips and the colour payoff can rival any lipstick. I must warn you though, the formula are sticky and thick. There is no denying the tackiness of the gloss, but it's not uncomfortable. It takes some getting use to when you first start applying the glosses, but once the colour locks in, you soon release the tackiness is what gives the colours their staying power. 

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Gerard Cosmetics Lipglosses - Pouty Princess, Plum Crazy and Rose Hill. 







The packaging of the glosses is a lot more studier than the lipsticks also, you can rest easy knowing these lipglosses are not going to get all over your hand bag. The little light and mirror are perfect for touch ups and the doe foot applicator is a standard size making application easy. 

Overall, if you're looking for a highly pigmented gloss and one which lasts. 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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