Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DECEMBER FAVOURITES | CHARLOTTE TILBURY, NYX, MILANI, THE BODY SHOP AND FORMULA X

Charlotte Tilbury, The Body Shop, NYX, Milani

On my word, how is 2014 over? I can't believe how fast the year has flown by and I am excited to start 2015. 

December was a hectic month, while most people are winding down, my work starts winding up and along with that comes events, parties and festive outings.  My December favourites have been absolute saviors, particularly when I've had no time to get ready.  

The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita luxury palette has been a godsend. This compact palette traveled in my handbag throughout the month of December and we become best friends (she calls me darling and I call her sweetie). The four colours are so versatile that it took me from a  day to night look with a swipe of a eyeshadow brush.  The sparkly number on the bottom left looks amazing on the center of the eyelid.  

I've also been adoring my NYX butter gloss in Apple Strudel. Let me tell you, I'm all for a bold lip, but down you're chowing down at dinner parties and business lunches, the last thing you want to worry about is having lipstick all over your face. This lovely little gloss gives the right amount of colour, feels fantastic on the lips and more importantly fades subtly. 

I'm late to the bandwagon on this one, but Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is just.... I have no words. It's a perfect mix between a blush and a highlighter and reminds me so much of a more affordable version of the Hourglass Ambient Lightening Blushes, which we all know I love!

I adore wearing festive colours on my nails during December, and A+ from Formula X has been the perfect raspberry red. I've raved about these nail polishes on countless occasions but I still can't get over how fast they dry, how long they last and how shiny they are.

And last, but certainly not least, the Body Shop's Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz feels like heaven on the skin particularly when dehydrated. This little bottle has also been traveling with me all month long and I use it like a Mac Fix Plus for a pick me up. 

What have been your some of your December favourites? x



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Monday, December 29, 2014

PERFECT NUDE LIP | CHARLOTTE TILBURY, TARTE AND NARS



I don't think many beauty bloggers would admit to this but I've never actually been a fan of the nude lip. I've always found that it washed me out and didn't suit my skin tone. That all changed when I found the right nude lip combination.

I have three go to products for a no fuss nude lip, which is perfect for every day wear and for any look. I know this is said too much amongst the beauty community, but this combination of products creates the your lips but better look.


Step 1) Line and fill in those puckers with Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk. This lip pencil is designed to reshape and resize your lips, think Kylie Jenner! Personally, I don't use the pencil to create larger lips but to make sure my lipstick stays on all day.
Step 2) Swipe a little Tarte Glamazon Lipstick in Inspired, all over that pout. It's a perfect match for Pillow Talk and the matte consistency means that colour isn't going anywhere.
Step 3) Apply the delightful Nars Lipgloss in Coeur Sucre to the centre of your pout for the perfect amount of shine and ta da you're done!
 

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT ESSENTIALS


I'm not going to lie, I'm very much a homebody. My Saturday nights are usually spent with a tub of ice cream, a block of chocolate or a cup of tea (sometimes all at once, I know I'm a rebel). This is usually partnered with a lot of reality television, where I tend to scream at the television. So, during those rare moments I go out on a Saturday night to rage, by rage I mean consume delicious food, these are my essentials. 

The one good thing about going out is putting my pretty make up to use. My Saturday night isn't complete without a little Milani eyeshadow (this stuff doesn't budge all night), a swipe of Tom Ford lipstick in Casablanca and a coating of YSL Gloss Volupte in Rose Jersey

I've also been completely in love with The Daily Edited personalized leather goods, I feel like Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass' love child by having my initials plastered on all my items. The clutch is perfect for those no fuss night out and makes for a lovely talking point. 

Finally, the golden necklace from Rare Rabbit quickly takes my tank top from drab to fab and a sprites of Coco Chanel Noir just makes you feel expensive. The smell of this stuff is just addictive! Every time I wear it, I relieve an immense amount of compliments.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

INSTAGRAM | DARLING DEE DEE



Hello my beautiful darlings,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and enjoyed your time with your family and friends. I also hope Santa delivered you some special treats, particularly beauty ones. 

I just wanted to share with you a couple of snaps from my instagram page for those who might not follow!  @darlingdeedee.  

Love,


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FRESH SUGAR LIP TREATMENT - TULIP

This lip balm is a little piece of heaven.  If I'm being honest with my blogging family, I actually can't stand lip balms. I hate the way they feel on my lips, but over the last couple of weeks and because of the mayhem of Christmas I've been wanting a coloured lip with no fuss, and boy does this stuff deliver. 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
 Excuse the melted balm stick, it's because it's 30 degrees Celsius in Australia and the packaging with sun baking in my car. 

First and foremost, this stuff smells amazing. It's like lemon gelato and who doesn't love gelato! Secondly, it's the perfect sheer mid tone pink that looks amazing on any skin tone and lastly it's a lovely consistency which doesn't make your lips feel sticky and gross! It's literally like a moisturiser for your lips.


Take a look at that swatch! How can you be disappointed with a lip balm that gives you those kind of results.  Love, love, love! 
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Monday, December 22, 2014

STILA EYES ARE THE WINDOW | SPIRIT PALETTE


Cosmetics, Make Up, Stila, Rose Gold, Gold, Buy

Oh my rose gold. Yes, I know I should be talking about the actual product instead of the package, but the packaging is amazing. Stila, has done an amazing job with the packaging of the 'eyes are the windows' palette.

Initially I was drawn to the Soul palette but told myself that I needed a little bit of colour in my life and I couldn't keep buying purely neutral palettes despite how beautiful they are.  The Spirit palette is a great middle ground product. It's beautifully neutral, but has pops of colour so you makes you feel  adventurous.

I must say, these eyeshadows are wonderful.  There is a mixture of shimmers, satins and mattes,  so you can create some dynamic looks. All the formulas are wonderful and there is very minimal fall out.  My favourite is the top right hand burgundy colour, which makes for an exciting smokey eye vs. a black or a brown.

Overall, this palette is delightful, and it's a great little Christmas present for any beauty lover. I must say, if I had this in my stocking I'd be squealing just for the packaging.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE BODY SHOP | GLAZED APPLE TIN OF TREASURES

Glazed Apple, The Body Shop,

I just have to start this off by saying this scent makes me giddy! It's one of my favourite releases from one of my favourite brands. The moment I heard that The Body Shop was launching a glazed apple collection I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The glazed apple tin of treasures comes with a miniature Shower Gel, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Polish and a cute little green loofa. It's all packaged in a cute little apple tin perfect for storage of bits and bobs.

Glazed Apple, The Body Shop,

The smell itself of divine! It's mouth watering goodness and you wouldn't expect less from a name like Glazed Apple. It's sugary sweetness, but the crispness of the apple keeps it from being sickly. If you're a sucker for anything apple scented like I am, this is a little set and product line to go on the Christmas wishlist.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

ISCREAM NAILS | NAIL POLISHES



I can't even hold my excitement for these nail polishes. I have been a massive fan of iScream Nails for years. I knew the collection wouldn't disappoint,  Celia and her team are amazing nail artist in Australia. 

It's launches like these that make me so happy and proud about the amount of talent we have in Australia, we are lucky to have so many amazing beauty curators. 

These nail polishes are amazingly pigmented, dry super quickly, are easy to apply and the packaging and names make you reminisce about the wonder years.  Let's not also forget to mention that they're cruelty free! 

 Left to right (Mint Madness, Sunny Boy, Juicy Juicy, Blue Haven, Bubblegum Bang and Grape Soda) 

I love that fact they are shaped like mini ice scream cones (how cute!) and the colours just make me excited for when Melbourne has a proper summer. The names make me feel like a young at heart and the moment I read  Sunny Boy and Blue Haven,  I was transported to grade 2 with pig tails waiting in line for the canteen to buy my summer treats.

The colours are so fun, and very summery. Any girl would be happy to have these under her Christmas tree this year.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK | BARBARA AND VERA




If you can't tell, I'm on a bit of a NARS kick! Don't be surprised if this isn't the last post about this beloved brand. 

The Audacious lipstick collection is a very loved release amongst beauty bloggers and I must say it's worth the hype.  However, it has been a struggle trying to get  the colours I've been wanting in Australia. So I was forced to purchase from Sephora International,  let's be honest that's not really a complaint, I picked up some other goodies along the way. 

Barbara, Nars, Audacious, Vera

The two colours I put in my basket was Barbara and Vera. Barbara is the perfect pinky nude for another with a medium skin tone and Vera is the kind of red I want in my life forever. Who doesn't love a raspberry red? The formula of these lipsticks are off the chain. They feel amazing on the lip, and are the perfect satin finish. I love my lipsticks to be more of a satin, because it's the perfect mixture between a matte and a sheen finish. 



These are a must buy for everyone who loves lipsticks as much as I do! To be honest with you, I want to do another cheeky order before Christmas to fill my own stocking. Oh the unhealthy lifestyle of a beauty lover!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

NARS VIRTUAL DOMINATION CHEEK PALETTE



Nars Blush, Lovely, Blush, Nars, Cosmetics
When I missed our on last year's Nars holiday cheek palette release, I trolled the internet to get my hands on one and failed miserably! This year, when I heard about the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette I knew I wouldn't let it escape my pretty little hands. 

This limited edition holiday cheek palette showcases all of Nars' bestselling products. The largest cheek colour is the oh-so-famous Laguna Bronzing Powder, a bronzer which every beauty lover needs in their collection. The four smaller blushes are Deep Throat (pink/peach with slight shimmer, top right), Miss Liberty (highlighter, top left), and Sex Fantasy (pink with a slight touch of lavender, bottom left) and Final Cut (peach coral, bottom right). 


Nars, Blush, Nars Cosmetics, Amazing

Each blush is 0.15oz, which is just slightly off a standard sized Nars blush 0.16oz ( original size retails in the US for $30) and the Laguna Bronzer is a lot larger than the 0.38oz you usually get.  If you've had your eye on Nars blushes, it would be silly not to snap it up. Not to sound frugal, but you're receiving over $158 in value for $68!

This is a great Christmas present to purchase for any beauty lover, unfortunately for fellow beauty lovers its  not available in Australia (maybe when Sephora opens in Sydney!), but I ordered mine via Sephora using ShopMate by Australia Post (which was a lot of a smoother process than myus which I previously use to use). So get your hands on it ASAP, or else you'll end up trolling eBay like I did last year! 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | THE DOLCE VITA


The Dolce Vita, Charlotte Tilbury, Make Up, Review

Let's take a moment to insert the praying hands emoji for this eyeshadow palette. The Dolce Vita palette by the lovely Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most talked about beauty products in history. 


I tried to resist temptation for the longest time, telling myself I didn't need another neutral palette, but after countless beauty videos and blogs highlighting how wonderful these eyeshadows were are, I knew I needed it in my life. 

This really isn't just another neutral palette, Charlotte Tilbury knows make up and the consistency of these eyeshadows are a dream.


The Dolce Vita, Charlotte Tilbury, Make Up, Review
Each one is buttery, feels amazing and even the glitter colour (pop) had me worried, but there is absolutely no fall out.  You receive four beautiful eyeshadows, a primer (creamy/nude satin, top left),  enhance (bronzy red shimmer/satin, top right), pop (antique golden shimmer, bottom left) and smoke (smokey brown satin, bottom right).  
This is one palette that's easily thrown into ones bag and is super versatile You can take these shadows from day time to night (which is partying on the couch with a cup of tea and reality tv shows).  De Definitely requirement on the Christmas wish list, or a cheeky stocking filler for your best friend. 
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TOM FORD CHEEK COLOR | RAVISH

Tom Ford, Cosmetics, Cheek Colour, Blush

The one product range I was so excited about purchasing while I was in the States was Tom Ford. While the holiday seems like it was many moons ago, seeing these pretty products in my draw always reminds me of the trip and how desperately I want to jump on a plane straight to New York. 

If there is one thing Tom Ford does right it's the packaging. The moment you hold any of their products you instantly know it's high end and luxurious. You can't help but feel glamorous putting these products on. It's the type of packaging that makes you want to wear your mother's pearls and frolic in dresses Elizabeth Taylor would envy. 

Tom Ford, Cosmetics, Cheek Colour, Blush

I only purchased one blush, because by the end of the trip my wallet was screaming at me. However, I don't regret purchasing this little gem. It's amazingly buttery and looks wonderful on the skin, and would be fantastic for people with a slightly darker skin tone. While it's summer in Australia, this colour is perfect for the Autmun/Fall, it is definitely going to be my go to for the colder months.  


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL: AGENT ZERO SHINE




If you have an oily t-zone and you know it, clap your hands. *Claps ferociously*. It's one of my greatest pet peeves about my skin. I spend all morning getting my make up on point and then 4 hours later it's melted off my face because of my dreaded oily t-zone. I know they say oily skin keeps you younger, but that doesn't make you feel any better when by lunch time you're questioning whether you even remembered to put foundation on that morning. 

Benefit's The Porfessional: Agent Zero Shine is our life safer ladies. This stuff is like magic, you dust it across your t-zone in the morning and ta da it locks and loads that foundation. It lasts at least a good 6 hours on the face. 
Benefit, Benefit Cosmetics, The Porefessional 
The power itself is a peachy colour and is silky smooth. What makes it even better is that it's travel friendly and easy to carry. It comes with its very own baby kabuki, which makes you go awwww. This product is every beauty lovers dream. As hard as it pains me to say this, if I was asked to give up either my morning coffee or agent zero shine in the morning - I'd have to say coffee. That's how good this product is!  


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

REVLON COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN



Even though it's the middle of Spring in Melbourne, I am always drawn to Autumnal colours when it comes to lip products.  Maybe that's because there are always four seasons in a day in Melbourne and today feels more like Winter than Spring.


The Revlon Colourstay (pains me to spell color, without a u!)  Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion is the perfect Autumn/Fall/Winter colour. It's a deep plum shade, that I personally like to believe lives in  Lorde's beauty bag.  

The product is a long wearing lip stain which claims to be lightweight, creamy with vitamin E and aloe without that dreaded sticky feeling.  


When first applying the product, I felt a slight stickiness. It's very thick in consistency, which at first made me weary. However, after a few minutes it seeps into the lips and locks in. No stickiness at all, and you almost forget you're wearing it. I was surprised after 4 hours my lips were still very pigmented. 

I kept asking my my friends r relentlessly if the colour was on my lips all day and each time they begrudgingly said yes! Overall, this product is a winner, it's long lasting, comfortable on the lips and very pigmented. 


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

LORAC MEGA PRO PALETTE



Lorac Mega Pro Palette, Swatches, Beauty Blogger, Lorac Pro

Well, hello lover.  This is probably one of the most hyped up holiday releases of the year. The Lorac Mega Pro palette has turned me into a modern day Veruca Salt. The moment I saw it,  I feel in love and immediately wanted it then and there.

Unfortunately, each time I went to purchase it, it was completely sold out! So I scrawled the internet and ended up purchasing it off eBay, way above it's retail price. All I can say is it is totally worth it and worth the extra dollars I paid.


The palette consists of 32 beautiful shadows, 16 of which are matte and 16 which are shimmers/satins. If you love the original Lorac palettes, you will adore this one. I can't fault the eyeshadows at all, they are pigmented and long wearing. There is not an ounce of chalkiness, and I find even with the shimmers there is minimal to no fall out, which for a clumsy applier of beauty products is a mega plus. 

The exciting thing about this palette is 28 of the colours are completely brand new. I love it when a make up company gives us something new and doesn't try to just repackage old colours. The 4 original colours are White, Cream, Espresso and Black which are the must have basics and I've almost hit pan on all of these in my original Lorac Pro palette. 

Lorac Mega Pro Palette, Swatches, Beauty Blogger, Lorac Pro

Above are a few colours I've swatched. You can just tell , even with the gentlest swipe of  colour on my fingertips how pigmented these shadow are. My favourite is Merlot, a winery/burgundy red which makes for an amazingly different smokey eye. 

The only thing I will say that I won't like about the palette and all the Lorac palettes is it's very difficult to clean. The moment you get any eyeshadow on the packaging, it instantly looks like a hot mess. While I'm OCD about my make up packaging, it's something I can completely forgive because the eyeshadows are out of this world. 

Hopefully the re-release this palette soon or make it part of their permanent range. It am in love.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

NARS EYESHADOW DUO AND EYELINER



Believe it or not, I've never owned a NARS eyeshadow duo! I can already see you guys throwing up your arms and screaming 'Shut the front door!' But it's true! I've always had NARS blushes, eyeliners and lipsticks but never an eyeshadow duo.   

I'm so proud for this to be my first. Jardin Perdu is completely beautiful. One is a royal purple and the other is a stunning sliver. The feel like heaven, and are the type of eyeshadow that always look wet, which by the way is one of my favourite formulas. 

Left: Eyeshadow Duo Jardin Perdu Right: Night Series Eyeliner Night Porter and Night Flight. 

I also received a Night Porter and Night Flight eyeliners by the wonderful beautiful at NARS. They gifted these to me. I was completely surprised and felt very special!
These eyeliners are amazing, they are all black, but have a very subtle undertone. Night Porter is black, with green reflects (amazing!) and Night Flight has  royal blue/purple undertones. I die for these eyelinders and what makes them better is they are creamy and long wearing. I've placed this on my waterline and they just look divine! 
If you own an NARs eyeshadow duo, let me know which is your favourite. I'm interested in trying out some more. 
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW




I'll give you a moment to pick your mouth off the floor, because it took me a good 2 hours to get over the beautiful packaging. We all know this is one of the most coveted products in the beauty world at the moment and how can you not be in love with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, Bronzer, Glow,

 The packaging is a beautiful rose gold and you and tell it's complete quality. Picking it up makes you feel like you're holding a bar of gold and every time I use it, I feel like a complete celebrity.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, Bronzer, Glow,
The moment you swatch this product, you understand why the world is going bananas over it. It feels like silk and everything about the product ticks the right boxes. The bronzer is very subtle and is more for creating shadows across the face. It's very iridescent it gives you that natural glow to the face. 
The highlight, I have no words. This highlighter is special. It's beautiful and the moment you place it on your cheek bones your face completely lights up. It's not shimmery, but very iridescent, if you love the Hourglass Ambient powders, you love this.  It really is all about the film start glow. 
You need to place this delight on your Christmas wishlist. 
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