Friday, June 27, 2014

DIOR FLUID STICK | WONDERLAND


Well, hello beautiful! It's undeniable that the Dior Fluid Sticks are beautiful. The packaging reminds me of Cinderella's slipper. I love the faux lipstick created within the clear packaging.  I also love the moment you unscrew the lid and the presser releases, the applicator slowly comes out of the package. I know, I'm weird I notice all sorts of details. Moving on... the Dior Fluid Stick claims it hybrid between a lipgloss and a lipstick, this is a popular formula that is currently being seen across a lot of big name brands. 


The consistency of the Fluid Stick is amazing. It glides easily across the lips and feels wonderful to wear all day. The little fat spade applicator makes for easy application and it is a great lipgloss for on the go. The colour is beautifully pigmented and the particular shade (Wonderland) I picked up is great for Spring and Summer. 


The one thing I am not quite fond of is the smell. It smells almost like cough medicine, similar to the one you use to take as a kid. My honest opinion is a great drug store alternative for this product if the Maybelline Lip Elixir, they both do the same thing, they both claim to be a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid and most importantly they both fade wonderfully off the lips throughout the day without any feathering. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

THE BODY SHOP | CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL


I really never thought there would be a day that I would be putting oil on my face. As an combination/oily skin type, the thought of cleansing my face with oil frightened me-  those who have combination skin know exactly what I mean. It was only recently that my beautician let me know for some combination skin types, the skin produces excess oil to compensate for when your skin is actually requiring moisture or is feeling stripped from chemical products. 


To be honest, I had heard a lot about cleaning oils across the beauty community, but shied away from them for a while. It wasn't until I saw The Body Shop Silky Cleansing Oil that I was tempted to use one. The idea of an oil being made out of camomile, which is universally known to be gentle excited me. The moment I used it, I feel in love. The oil is extremely gentle on the skin, doesn't strip the skin and takes off every ounce of make up. I don't know if this is recommended by The Body Shop, but I use it to take off my eye make up and there isn't that horrible stinging feeling in the eyes. 
The product is fantastic. As the name stipulates the oil feels more like silk on the face and the moment you wash it off, you aren't left with that horrible residue feeling. I can't speak any more highly about this product, I know that sometimes when a product has such a hype it doesn't necessarily meet expectation, but this product really does!
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL PUSH UP LINER | THE EYE LINER EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT



Wowzie wowza. This is one of the most hyped up beauty releases to happen to the beauty community. I actually believe it's the most anticipated release for 2014. I have seen countless YouTube videos, instagram and blog post raving about the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it to test it out and of course let you guys know on how I feel about it. 


Luckily, I ordered it during Benefit Australia's pre-release and tracked it's arrival like a stalker through our postal services. Three days later it was in my hands and I was ready to go! To be honest with you the moment I opened it I was in awe and shocked by what was in front of me. It wasn't what I expected it to be. I thought it would be a felt tip liner with an angle at the end, but it wasn't. It was something completely different and completely revolutionary. This is when I turn into an infomercial....


The tip is designed with a new technology called Accuflex.  The material the tip is made out of is very soft, rubbery and very flexible. This design is meant to help you get  as close to the lash line as possible. The eyeliner itself is a gel consistency (one of my favourite kind of consistencies to create a longer lasting cat eye). 


Of course, I thought I was an expert with eyeliner pens and to be honest the first couple of times I made a complete and utter mess of my eyeliner. It does take practice, while the tip is perfectly designed to get close up to the lash line I wasn't use to the flexibility and how bendy it was (like Gumpy!). The reality was, I was use to be extremely rough to my eyes with felt tip liners and brushes, I just had to adjust the pressure that I was use to in the past - one I did that, I was seeing great success. The tip is also angled which is perfect for flicking out the liner for that cat eye we all desire. It also gives you flexibility to create a thin or thick line. 


Now to what everyone wants to know. Is it long lasting? Yes, it really is long lasting. You can tell by the picture above that the liner lasts. I tried to rub it off with cleansing water, cleaning oil and make up remover and nothing worked at completely removing it. My only recommendation is to buy the remove to come with to avoid the hassle. 

Should you buy this? Yes, but I would say go into the purchase with realistic expectations. Like everything with make up and beauty, getting the perfect application takes practice and a lot of patience. Overall, the product is amazing, different and it's one of the most exciting releases to hit our shores!  


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Friday, June 20, 2014

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE


Well hello my precious! The moment this was re-released at Sephora, I was right on it! I'm a super fan of anything Hourglass,  hey honestly make some of the best beauty products out there.  This little palette is  perfect lighting in a box or the whole of Kim Kardashian glam squad at your door step ( a little over selling it here, but it is amazing). It's honestly magic and I can't explain to you how much I adore this product. 

There are 3 fabulous powders (Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light) within this palette and each one does something different to create the perfect highlights on your face and hide those pesky imperfections. The formula of these powders are just amazing, they feel silky, smooth and work into the skin flawlessly. 


Dim Light is more of a satin finish and this is great where you need to divert light on your face. For me it's generally within the t-zone where I get oily. It's a great finishing powder after you've put on your foundation. It mattifies, without leaving your face looking flat. 

Incandescent Light is powder has a slight glitter finish to it, but not in a disco ball glitter fashion, in a JLo glow kind of way. This is a perfect highlight colour for fairer skin tones. I mostly utilise this on the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow. 

Radiant Light - My favourite of all three powders. It's a peachy toned highlight, which is perfect for my skin tone to act as a subtle highlighter on the top of your cheek bones. When you put this on indoors, it's not ridiculously obvious but the moment you step outside into natural sunlight, it gives you skin that perfect glow that every beauty lover adores. 


Honestly, the swatches don't do it justice because the lighting just working with me when I was taking the photos, but I still wanted to share these with you. 

Also, just a quick note about the packaging - don't be disturbed if your packaging has a slight dent and scratch in it. I've googled and it appears to be a common problem for the palette. Mine has an ever so slight scratch on the lid, which  makes me a sad panda but doesn't make me love this product any less. 


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TOO FACED | NATURAL EYES PALETTE


Oh no Dana, do you really need another natural/neutral palette? The answer is yes, always yes. The moment a brand comes out with a neutral palette, I'm on it like a bad rash. No matter how much I try to talk myself out of needing another palette with warm browns and beautiful shimmers, the prettiness always gets me. Always, damn it! I swear, I'd be much wealthier if neutral palettes weren't my kryptonite. 

I must give Too Faced credit for how amazing their eyeshadow formulas and palette are. I have to say hands down, Too Faced and Urban Decay are the best creators of eyeshadows. I have never bought a product or a palette from either and been disappointed. 


The colours are amazingly pigmented, they are blendable and there is hardly any fall out. This is probably my favourite palette out of my collection, it's small which is great for travel and the truth is there isn't a dud shade in the palette. All the colours are ridiculously beautiful and are so easy to wear. 


I work in a very corporate environment, and this palette is perfect for conquering that every day look without it being boring. There are multiple combinations which can be created.  Beginners there is a wonderful little guide that shows you how to get 3 eye looks in less than 3 minutes (a winner, particularly for people like me who adore that snooze button in the morning).


The packaging of Too Face palettes are also wonderful. I love the tin, because it means they are robust for travel and you don't have to worry about any eyeshadows chipping. The names are quiet raunchy, with a little Sexspresso and Erotica. I understand the overall feel, because it's meant to be a 'naked' palette, but I'm more fond of the PG names like Cashmere Bunny and Honey Pot! That's the grandma in me coming out hah! 

Let me know what your favourite eyeshadow palette is?



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YSL GLOSS VOLUPTE



Oh my word. Can we just take a minute of silence to adore this packaging. Every time I purchase a YSL beauty product I feel ultra posh and immediately want to put it in my purse only as an excuse to pull out and admire. I love the fact that the Gloss Volupte packaging mixes metals, because there is nothing I love than breaking the rules - gold and silver DO look great together and if YSL agrees who are we to argue? 


This lip gloss deserves to sit on a little pedestal. The moment you open it, you are hit with a delightful fruity scent from the gloss. The applicator is fantastic and is an angled diamond shape. It reminds me of a calligraphy pen where the gloss sits in the gap within the diamond and is distributed once placed on the lips. This applicator really does make all the difference, I know it sounds crazy, but trust me. The shape of the applicator is what makes it easy to reapply throughout the day without a mirror as well as distribute the product evenly across the lips. 


Now that I've had my crazy random chat about the applicator, I must say this colour is to die for. I chose Golden 49 because it's a wonderful Fuchsia with golden/silver reflects of glitter pieces. Normally, I hate any glitter in lip gloss, but I don't know what YSL has done to this formula but you can't feel the glitter on your lips at all. I use this lipgloss over Mac Cosmo and it's just wonderful. The texture isn't sticky and is just extremely comfortable to wear throughout the day. I wouldn't say it is long wearing, but it wears off evenly on the lips without any extreme feathering. 


This is one of those products which is very indulge and more of a little treat if you're looking at buying a beautiful lip gloss. 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

TOO FACED MELTED | LIQUIFIED LONG WEAR LIPSTICK


I got these two lovelies as part of my Sephora birthday haul (woohoo, who doesn't love a little beauty haul?). I bought them because they were much hyped within the beauty community and I've loved a lot of Too Faced lipstick products in the past. There is nothing I adore more than an opaque lipstick/gloss, which sits comfortably on the lips.

I purchased the two pink ones out of the collection - Melted Peony (I die for this name, I love peony flowers) and Melted Fuchsia.  I'm very partial to pink lipstick because of my medium skin tone, and I would say 80% of my lipstick collection is in a pink tone.

The  Melted lipsticks claim to be comfortable to wear on the lips, creamy and last for hours. I must say that they do feel wonderful on the lips, are extremely creamy and last long on the lips. Obviously the normal wear occurs when eating but they do stain the lips, so the colour does overall last longer the lips. The applicator is a sponge tip, which I know grosses some people out but from my end it works well in distributing the colour on the lips. My only issue with the sponge tip is you have to be carful how much you squeeze out, because any excess seems to build up in the lid. 


The only disappointment or let down I have with this product is that both colours seem to have a different consistency and sit differently on the lips. Despite both having the identical ingredients the Melted Fuchsia appeared less opaque and more watery as you can see in the swatch above, I found that this colour seems to sit more into the lines of the lips as the day progressed. The Peony which is the lovely dusty rose colour is exactly what I expected from these products, it's creamy like a make cream sheen and delightfully opaque with no evidence of sheerness. I don't know if I got a dodgy Melted Fuchsia, but I was a little bit of a sad panda when I realised both weren't the same in consistency. 

Overall, I'd say purchase the Melted Peony, it's fantastic and if you like more of a gloss consistency lover you will also enjoy the Melted Fuchsia. 


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

EOS LIP BALMS | FINALLY AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA!



Squeal! I can't tell you how excited I was when I found EOS lip balms at Costco. It was the last place I thought I would find this coveted beauty product. I may have squealed out in public, thankfully no one was with me so I didn't have to embarrass them. 

For several months, I've been lemming over this product and every time we saw it on a YouTube favourites video my eyes widened in excitement! To be honest, I firstly fell in love with the packing, because they are super cute and  unique with the spherical shape. On top of that the flavours sounded to delightful. I thought of EOS lip balms as the adult version of lip smackers and for those who knew me when I was a tween, lip smackers were my first beauty addiction. I would hoard multiple flavours, begging my mum to purchase any limited addition packages. 


However, I soon found out they were much more than that. The lip balms are organic, utilising beautiful ingredients including shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil.  I know there has been mixed reviews about EOS lip balms and their formula, but I'm in love. They give the perfect amount of every day moisture to the lips, without being over oily or chunky. I know chunky is a horrible word to use, but you know what I mean, that horrid petroleum jelly texture. I like that fact that the actual ball of the balm is hard, because it doesn't easily squish and it keeps its shape which makes application easy. 

 From left to right: Sweet Fruit, Sweet Mint, Strawberry Sorbet, Honeysuckle Honeydrew. 

My favourite of all the flavours is 'Sweet Mint'. I love anything mint flavoured and this smells wonderfully minty. However, as the formula for Sweet Mint includes peppermint oil, it does tingle a little bit, so be warned if you don't like the feeling of tingly lips. 

The rest are also just as wonderful and smell exactly as what is claim. If you're an Aussie beauty lover, I suggest getting onto these ASAP before they fly out the door of Costco.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH | MOOD EXPOSURE


Oops, I did it again, I bought another Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush. To be honest, I thought about not doing another blog post about this product, because I had already reviewed 2 of the shades here, but I had to be honest and share with you my new love - the Mood Exposure shade. The truth is this colour doesn't look like much in the pan, it comes off as a browny/purple and never understood how people used the colour, but to my surprise and delight once the colours were swirled together they come off as more of a peachy tone. For those who know me personally, they know I love a good peachy blush. 

The formula of these blushes are amazing, they leave the skin with a fantastic glow. I don't know what magic they put into the formula, but these are worth all the hype. Every time I wear this blush, I receive and endless amount of compliments which of course makes me love it even more (hah!). 


The swatch honestly doesn't do it any justice and it must be the lighting at the time I took the picture, all I can recommend is going into the store and swatching it yourselves. It's amazing! You will love it as much as I do. As I've mentioned in my previous post the only one slight con is the power is very crumply once the colours are swirled together so don't be too rough with your powder brush in the pan. 



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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

STILA CONVERTIBLE COLOR BRONZING & CONTOURING DUO



For the longest time I had been looking for a cream contour and I happened to be walking around Mecca Maxima when I spotted this gem. It's the Marigold, a Stila Convertible Color Bronzing and Contouring Duo. The moment I swatched it on my hand, it was one of those holy grail beauty product moments, where the sky opened up and sparkles came shooting out. I was overly giddy and needed it as part of my ever growing collection. 


I've always been a fan of Stila's convertible colours, so I knew that this product wouldn't disappoint. On one side you're faced with a matte brown shade perfect for contouring, particularly for a medium skin tones. The matte shade is extremely blendable and just looks lovely on the skin. It also lasts very well, which I was surprised with given my combination/oily skin. 


On the other side of the contour cream,  you have a lovely bronzy highlight with gold shimmer and peachy undertones. I love this highlighter, but you have to use it carefully or you could be faced with looking overly orange. If you use it ever so lightly, with a stippling brush on the high points of your cheeks it gives a lovely radiant glow, one which looks like you've just been kissed by the sun. If you use it too freely, it will look like the sun had a 5 o'clock shadow and kissed you a little too roughly. 

Overall, it's a great product and a more affordable option than the Nars Matte Multiple in Vientiane. 


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

AUSTRALIS | POUT PASTE

I love featuring Australian brands along with international brands on my blog, because I'm very proud of the products being developed in my country. 

These Pout Pastes are amazing and very affordable at only $12.95 a pop! They are exactly what they claim to be, intense lip colours which is a mixture of a lipstick and gloss. What I love about this product is it's very buildable, you can have a subtle coloured lip if you use a light hand or you can go all out WOW with the colour with a few layers of this wonderful gem.


The formula of the gloss is very thick, but not sticky. Normally, when I see a thick gloss I am always weary because I automatically think they will be drying on the lips, but these are the complete opposite. They remind me a lot of OCC Lip Tars. They last a very long time on the lips considering they are a gloss formula and smell like a delicious fruit. Plus, I can't get over the name 'pash me pink', the word pash is such an wonderful Aussie slang word, for my internationals it means 'make out!'. 

There is only one ever so slight con, if you're lazy like me, I urge you to  make sure the lid is closed before you put it in your hand bag or you might find a little gloss on in your make up bag. 

Overall, for the price and the pigmentation, this gloss is delightful. Try it out and let me know what you think. 


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

THINK PINK | WHO DOESN'T LOVE A BIT OF PINK?

My obsession with the colour pink began in my youth when I was addicted to watching the Power Rangers and always wanted to be the Pink Ranger! Don't deny it, you wanted to be the Pink Ranger too. Obviously, as I've grown my love of pink has subdued (only ever so slightly) and has been restricted to flowers and beauty products vs. bed coverings, jumpers and curtains. 

I love wearing pink, because it reminds me so much of spring and makes me look awake, even on the days when I need an IV drip of coffee. I love bright colours, particularly during the winter, because they bring me such joy and I can pretend I'm living in the Northern Hemisphere where the weather much nicer at the moment. 



So, here we go kiddos, these are my favourite pretty in pink products:

YSL Rouge Volupte (No 9) - OMG! I die for this product. I can't tell you how much I love this lipstick. It's one of those lipsticks that feels so fantastic on the lips, you sometimes forget that you're wearing it. It doesn't dry out the lips, doesn't fade funny or give you that build up in the corners of the lips (you know what I mean, that gross gross build up). It's a heavenly beauty product and worth every cent. Buy it now hah!

NYX Butter Gloss (Eclair) - Amazing, amazing, amazing. I honestly don't know how many times I can rave about how much I love this product. It's amazing, and feels like delightful on the lips. This is great just for a little bit of colour on the days when you don't want to wear much make up.

Bourjois Paris Blush(Rose O'Dor) - The most perfect golden rose colour. It's a pink shade, but you can see the wonderful gold specs throughout it. With this blush, you don't need a highlighter, it makes your skin glow. Plus, maybe because I feel like a granny most days, but I love the smell. I know a lot of people don't like the smell of Bourjois products, but it reminds me of a perfume my mum would wear which gives me feel warm and fuzzy!

Mac Lipstick (Pink Plaid) - I love this colour! It's a matte formula and it stays on the lips forever. It's the perfect dusty pink for every day wear. I wear this layered with Eclair. As always though, I have to make sure my lips are exfoliated before I can put on a matte lipstick to avoid dryness throughout the day.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush - This is a new favourite. Honestly, I think this outweighs my love for the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The last week I've been using it with Nars Sheer glow and it honestly gives me the most beautiful airbrushed looked and makes my foundation last longer on my skin. WIN!

OPI (If you Moust, You Moust) - I think it's cute that this is from the Minnie Mouse collection, but unfortunately moust makes me think of moist, which is one of the most unattractive words in the english language hah. Random thought, I know! Overall this colour is the bomb, it's my go to colour when I want pink girly nails and as an added plus OPI nail polishes are wonderfully long lasting.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Inked in Pink) - Love this colour. It's the perfect rosey pink and perfect for a primer for the Naked 3 palette. The colour tattoos on their own have the most amazing last power and underneath eyeshadow they are like superglue! Absolute love for this product.


Let me know what some of your favourite pink products are.




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