Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FAVOURITES TRILOGY PART 3: BLUSHES



So, this is my final post in my favourites trilogy which was all about highlighters, bronzers and blushes. Blushes are one of my favourite make up products. The truth is like every good make up addict I can't stop buying them. I'm always drawn to the pretty pink and the stunning peachy tones. 

Mac Pink Swoon US$21/AUD$41 - Like many others before me, I love this colour. As it's a sheer tone, it's perfect for that little pinch of colour on the cheeks. It's one of my favourite pinks and it gives you that beautiful snow kissed cheek. It's glow-y and natural. Just perfect.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Doll Face US$26- Similar to Pink Swoon, this is the perfect baby pink for your cheeks which gives you those snow kissed cheeks, like you've just come off the ski slopes of Aspen or in my case Mt Buller. I also have oily/combination skin so the 12 hour blushes last all day on the face, who can complain with that? These aren't readily available in Australia, which is a complete bummer - so I go through Sephora and use My Us forwarding address to get them to me. Goes to show what a girl will do for a brilliant blush!

The Balm Instain Swiss Dot US$22/AUD $26.95 - This was a new find. I couldn't believe it was a cheek stain, but in a powder format. Plus, on top of all of that the colour is marvellously opaque.  This is the perfect coral colour and it's a great pick me up for those days when you're feeling meh. I can't recommend this product enough. It lasts on the skin all day and because it's a powder you have more control of the application vs. a liquid. Win!

Stila Convertible Colour Cerbera US$25/AUD$40- Amazing peachy tone. The moment I tried this at Mecca Cosmetica, I knew it was love. It blends beautifully, stays on well and gives a lovely dewiness to the skin. I also love this colour on the lips, a perfect nude/peach.

Clinique Cheek Pop/Blush Pop Ginger Pop US$21/AUS $40 - I've already raved about how wonderful this product is in my Spring Favourites. So I won't go on any more, because I won't be able to stop. It's amazing. Go buy it!

Hourglass Lighting Blush Dim Infusions US$35/AUD$50 - Once again another blush I've raved about in a separate post. The swatch doesn't do it any justice and no words can explain how amazing it is. It leaves your skin glowing - a perfect mixture between a blush and a highlighter. Love love love.





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Sunday, April 27, 2014

FAVOURITES TRILOGY PART 2: BRONZERS

Oh no fellow beauty kids, this picture is a little worse for wear. You can tell I've used all these products multiple times and I've hit pan on 2 of them. On a positive note, you can really tell these are my favourites as they are well used, well loved and the packaging is a little lacklustre.

So, let's pretend the packaging is perfect in true beauty blogger style and let's talk bronzers. I love bronzers and contouring powders because I suffer from what I like to endearingly call a 'moon face'. While I love my rounded face, because it keeps me looking younger and is quite pinch-able, it's frustrating when you want those beautifully contoured lines and a cheek bones to rival Benedict Cumberbatch (any Sherlock fans out there?) . Let's be honest, bronzers help a sister out.


So here are my top favourites, some are limited edition...don't hate me - I've given the best alternatives. I know how it feels when people post limited edition products and you start lusting over them.

Stila Sun Bronzing Power Shade 01 US$28/AUD$55- This bronzing powder is perfect to utilise all over the cheek, most like a blush. I wouldn't recommend it as an all over bronzer as it's slightly on the orange side, but it's perfect to give that sun kissed glow on the cheeks over the summer.  I wish I would have bought Shade 02, a lot of reviews highlight that Shade 02 is more brown, which would have been perfect for contouring. 

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Warmed US$32/AUD$47 - I bought this many moons ago, when Tanya Burr mentioned it in a tutorial. The tutorial was a Victoria Secret look and I'm a sucker for those angels and their glowing cheeks. I searched high and low for this product as it was a limited edition and finally got it in a swap. I love this product and never regret the hours that went into searching for it, so I feel bad for teasing you guys! The good news is Mac comes out with very similar colours during skin finish releases all the time including 'Comfort' and 'Stereo Rose' (another cult favourite). 


Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (Bronze Universel) US$48/AUD$67- This is another cult beauty product. Not only is the packing beautiful but I love the fact it's a cream. It's extremely blendable and perfect for an all over face contour. I love using this to bring a bit of a life into my face after using mattifying products, it assists with getting rid of the dreaded cake face. The honest truth is the swatch doesn't do it justice at all, which is frustrating because it's just stunning. It's great for most skin tones because you can build it up or blend it out because it is a cream. If you don't want to break the bank,  a good drug store alternative is Bourjois Bronzing Primer /AUD$19

Mac Accentuate Sculpt and Shade Powder - This range was all the rage when they first were released. I remember the Mac forum on Live Journal (does this show my age), went wild when this range was released and to be honest it was worth the hype. The powders were designed for specific skin tones, and the perfect contour and highlight was created to compliment light, medium and dark tones. Accentuate is still my go too for extreme contouring. When a want a really defined cheek bones I partner this powder on top of Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel.  While you can't buy these anymore, Mac Pro still creates 'Sculpting Powders', which are pretty much identical. 
Let me know what are some of your favourite bronzers!
  
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Friday, April 25, 2014

FAVOURITES TRILOGY PART 1: HIGHLIGHTERS


I thought I would do a bit of a series on my top highlights, blushes and bronzers, all things le face! Today is all about highlighters. Shine like a diamond ladies (not like an oily mess).  The reality is, I'm very particular about my highlighters, sometimes they're too glittery and other times their not shimmery enough. 


I guess that's why I only have 2 favourite highlights: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Aka 'The Luminizer' and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Nude Glow.



The Balm The Mary-Lou Manizer US$24/AUD$34.95 -  I do really love this highlighter and I love all the quirky names The Balm come up with for products. I'm a fan of The Balm in general. One of their blushes will be featured in my favourite blushes post (a little bit of a spoiler, oops). However, the reality is this highlighter is designed for lighter skin tones as it's more of a champagne shade than peach/bronze. I'm more of a medium cool skin tone, so I use this product with a light hand to give me that radiant sheen on the skin (JLo Glow, we all want that glow!). There is only one negative to this product and it's the smell. It smells almost fizzy, which I know is weird to say but it smells like a fruit tingle. I know this should be a good thing, I mean who   doesn't love lollies but it's odd to smell it in powder form.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Nude GlowAUD$72- I couldn't find this on the Bobbi Brown US website. This was a Christmas release and unfortunately is limited edition. It's a beautiful  colour perfect for my medium skin tone. However, if you're look for an alternative, try Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Pink Quartz 


Hope you enjoyed this post, see you next time to talk about blushes. Woot!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

RAINY DAYS, PAINTING NAILS | NAIL POLISH FAVOURITES



FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  KESTER BLACK SNAPDRAGON, ESSIE BODY LANGUAGE, ESSIE MINT CANDY APPLE, RIMMEL LONDON DISCO FEVER, MAYBELLINE BARE IT ALL, ESSIE SILVER BULLION


It's currently Good Friday in Australia.  The streets are quiet, the clouds are out and the weather is less than happy.

When I get  rare days off work  there is nothing more I like to do than paint my nails. A luxury I don't often get with a crazy work schedule. I'm normally the person who tucks their hands under a table during meetings to avoid the glares at my  the dreaded chipped nails! 




Excuse the poor swatches, I don't think it does any justice to Kester Black Snap Dragon, which is a beautiful burgundy with gold flecks (love!) 

I hope this post brightens all your days and happy Easter my darlings. 


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

SPRING MAKE UP ESSENTIALS

After watching countless YouTube videos and hauls, I've become jealous of the fact that it's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Technically, it's Autumn in Australia, but we've had such good weather - you could easily confuse it for Spring.   

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and highlight my Spring time favourites. The reality is some of these products are my all year round favourites. 

Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation - I blame Essiebutton for this purchase. Honestly, I must say - anything Essie recommends is bang on. I have combination skin and this foundation is fantastic. It's long lasting and leaves the most beautiful satin finish. It also wears beautifully throughout the day and doesn't oxidises as the day goes on, a big plus for those of us who have an oily t-zone! 


NYX Butter Gloss (Peach Cobbler & Vanilla Creme Pie) - I'm not much of a lipgloss fan, I can't stand the sticky feeling or my hair getting stuck to my lips (not a cute look). However, the butter glosses by NYX are amazing. They feel more like a balm and give the perfect amount of colour to the lips. I use these on days when I don't want to wear a lot of make up, for me this is normally a Sunday (Sunday Markets anyone?). I give my skin a day off from foundation and only use butter gloss and mascara! Amazing amazing. 

Clinique Cheek Pop - These are currently all the hype on YouTube and they deserve all the attention they are getting. My favourite colour is Ginger Pop and it's an amazing warm peachy tone.  It feels like butter. It almost feels like a cream blush, but goes on like a powder! It's magic. 

Miss Shop Nail Polish (Pick Me Niall)  - Miss Shop Nail Polish for those who don't know is a brand created by Australian Department store Myer. It's a beautiful baby blue, and is the perfect colour for Spring/Eater! Plus, I love that the name is One Direction related (should I be admitting that as a twenty something year old?)........ that's what makes you beautiful.

Lime crime Lipstick (Geradium)- First and foremost, even though the packaging is not pictured, we must talk about it. Purple with a sparkly unicorn? Yes please. Aside from the amazing packaging, the colour of this lipstick is just perfect. It's a mix between a bright pink and a coral. And I can't rave enough about the creaminess of these lipsticks. they feel so moisturising on the lips. 

Revlon Parfumerie (Pink Pineapple) - There has been a lot of mixed reviews about this collection, not because of the quality of the polish but because of the smell. This colour luckily smells lovely, I mean who doesn't love pineapples! I know the others smell a little funky, but the good thing  is that the smell doesn't last long. Maybe a day or so after it is applied. 

Mini Eggs- These might not be a beauty favourite but they are a Spring/Easter favourite never the less.  A crunching outer and cadbury chocolate inside... drool. Plus, they looks so pretty. Love speckled eggs! 

Until next time lovelies, I hope you're having a lovely day whether it's spring/autumn.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE

Melbourne weather has been so temperamental lately, one minute you're craving hot chocolate and then the next minute you want an iced chocolate. Moral of the story, chocolate is always a good thing no matter the weather! This brings us to the delightfulness which is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Everyone and their mum has been talking about this product and it's one of my favourite neutral palettes I own and let's be honest... I own too many. 


First things first, let's just get this out on the table, the product smells delightful. I've never been a fan of products which claim they smell like chocolate only because they never smell like chocolate, they always smell like a weird cocoa butter hybrid. This Palette SMELLS like chocolate! Just like a hot chocolate to be more specific. Someone pass the marshmallows. 

The eyeshadow colours are amazing! Some are better in consistency than others, but let's talk colours: 

Gilded Ganache (Sheen) - This is a beautiful brown colour has a slight greenish tinge with the more marvellous gold sparkle. It's very blendable and no fall out.
White Chocolate (Matt) - The double B! A beautiful and blendable cream colour, perfect for a highlight colour. 
Milk Chocolate (Matt) - Same consistency as White Chocolate, a light brown which is my favourite to use in the crease.  
Black Forest Truffle (Frost/Glitter) - A beautiful deep purple with gold glitter. You need to be careful of fall out with this colour, unfortunately the consistency is slightly chalky. 
Triple Fudge (Sheen) - Black/Brown colour, blendable and great for the outer C! 
Salted Caramel (Matt) - Let's just take a second to say I love salted caramel. It's a peachy light brown great for an overall lid colour.
Marzipan (Satin)- One of my favourite colours in the whole palette, a peachy shimmer with more of a satin finish. 
Semi-sweet  (Matt) - Reddish brown matt eyeshadow, great for that outer C again!  


Strawberry Milk (Matt) - This is a beautifully smooth eyeshadow, it feels like butter! But the reality is that this is my least used colour in my palette, but every time I see it it reminds me of strawberry short cake!
Candied Violet (Shimmer) - Purple and Blue colour, with a heavy glitter base. Once again beware of fall out, be sure to pat on the lid vs sweep. 
Amaretto (Sheen) - Brown base with golden peach undertones, just lovely! So lovely.
Hazelnut (Sheen)- This is like Amaretto's sister. Reminds me of Amber Lights by Mac. 
Creme Brûlée (Sheen) - I love this kind of colour for all over the lid. It's golden with a brown sheen. 
Haute Chocolate (Sheen) - A darker brown shimmer, I would say a cousin to Amaretto and Hazelnut. It's just a chocolate family in this palette. 
Cherry Cordial - Burgundy Brown colour. Amazing, but is a slightly chalky consistency. 
Champagne Truffle (Sheen) - Pink/Cream sheen, perfect for highlighting the eyebrows and even the tops of the cheeks. 

In summary, fellow beauty addicts, this is a must have in your make up collection. It's just amazing and versatile. For the price it's a great one to have. 

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