Tuesday, September 30, 2014

URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED NATIVE | BRONZER, HIGHLIGHTER AND BLUSH



I know what you're thinking, it's beautiful! I was very excited to try another Urban Decay product out of the 'Naked' range other than the eyeshadow palettes. I picked up the Flushed compact in Native, despite hearing some mixed reviews.  My honest opinion is that the compact is stunning. However, the colours are very dupable and if you have something similar in your make up collection then it really isn't worth picking up.

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The bronzer colour look extremely orange in the palette and at a swipe, but once blended out it's a perfect contouring colour with a slight shimmer which makes you look like you're glowing from within. I wasn't a fan of the highlighter (it doesn't work for my medium skin tone). I think it's too silvery/white and I like my highlighters more on the golden side as they blend better into my better into my skin. I found despite blending it out (Jaclyn Hill style), it just stuck out like a sore thumb on my cheeks. The blusher reminds me so much of MAC Dollymix, and this is completely wearable, - it's matte and a perfect pink. 

I think this is a great compact for someone who is starting out in the make up world, because it's all 3 times in one easy to carry around case!
 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PERFUME | ELIZABETH AND JAMES | NIRVANA BLACK


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If there is one random fact you need to know about me, it is that I have a crazy sensitive nose. I easily get a headache from certain smells, so picking perfume always ends up being a not so fun experience...I know that is completely hashtag first world problem statement.

I guess because I'm so sensitive with smells, I was very reluctant to get excited about the Elizabeth and James fragrance that everyone was raving about.  I was also hesitate, because it was created by the Olsen twins and I always um and ah about fragrances created by celebrities. However, when I sprayed it on in Sephora, I loved it. While it will never beat my love for Elie Saab perfume, it's still becoming one of my favourites.

perfume, elizabeth and james nirvana black, sephora

First and foremost, the packaging is to B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I love that it is sleek and feels great to touch (weird I know) and of course it's black and gold. You all know my love for black and gold. 

I loved this more than the Nirvana White, because it wasn't so florally. Florals are a big no no for me, and I gravitate towards more mature and musky scents. It's very woody, vanilla and spicy, which are my favourite kind of scents. I would also have to say it reminds me a lot of Tom Ford Black Orchid, which is also amazing, but this is a lot more affordable. 

Overall, I think this is a lovely fragrance, it has a moderate lasting power, but I think would be great for winter and those colder months. 


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

TOM FORD LIP COLOR


I am so excited to be back to blogging regularly after my lovely holiday to the US. What makes me even more thrilled is that I stocked up on so many beauty and skin care products that I can't wait to share them with you all. I went completely and utterly overboard, but that's what happens when an Australian's beauty lover go overseas and the price of beauty products is almost half (excited squeals). 

I couldn't leave the States without purchasing some of the much talked about Tom Ford lipsticks. They were going to be my little luxurious beauty treat. I  have been in love with these lipsticks for the longest time, and this loving relationship started through hours of Instagram and beauty blogging stalking. Anything that's packaged in gold and black is right up my alley and has my name written all over it. 


During my whole trip, I was constantly looking for wearable, every day lipsticks that are suitable for most eyeshadow looks and particularly for every day work wear. These three darlings, while very similar were different enough for me to grab (I'm easily swayed into buying more make up than I need, who's with me?). 

The three colours are picked up are Indian Rose, Casablanca and the newly released Negligee which is part of their fall release. Negligee is a great option for those looking for that Kylie Jenner slightly nude/brown look. 

From left to right: Negligee, Casablanca and Indian Rose.  

The formula of these lipsticks are amazing, and remind me a lot of MAC's amplified formula which is my favourite lipstick consistency. They feel lovely on the lips and are very long wearing. They are worth their high end price tag. Also, for those who are MAC enthusiasts Casablanca is a lot like Cosmo (one of my very favourite MAC lipsticks). 


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

BITE BEAUTY LIP LAB | SOHO NEW YORK


Oh my word. I'm so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'm actually in the midst of a vacation in the US. I can't wait to get back home and share with you all the little beauty treasures I've purchased. It's a dangerous place for us beauty lovers, particularly as prices are a lot cheaper lower than in Australia. I've been a kid in a candy store, buying multiple neutral palettes and an excessive amount of lipsticks. 

Speaking of lipsticks, I ticked off something on my bucket list and made my very own lipsticks at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. It's such a wonderful experience for any beauty lover and extremely unique.  I couldn't say no to making my own lipstick particularly when it was only $28 per lipstick! You can't even by a Revlon lipstick for that much back home. 

I tried to make an appointment countless times, but they are normally booked out in advance, so I tried my luck at being placed on the wait-list. Basically, you pop in to the store that day and they call you back when (if) they have an availability. I had to wait approximately 2 hours, but that was okay because the beauty lab is located in Soho, which just meant extra shopping time. 

I was keen on creating two lipsticks a nude and a bold (warm toned pink). I always wanted to create a perfect nude, because I found being a medium skin tone that most nudes completely washed me out. 



The beauty scientists or lab techs (that's what I'm going to call them with their wonderful lab coats and mason jars) were so attentive and listened to what I wanted to achieve. They talk you through the process, mix up the perfect colour combinations and let you try on the lipsticks as you went along. During this time you also pick if you want you lipstick to be a cream, sheen or a matte finish. I went for cream, because they always feel the best after all day wear. 




After they've created the perfect combination, you pick your scent! I went for lime and wild berry, and I'm sniffing them at the moment and they smell delightful. 

Just in case by this stage you didn't feel like the experience was detailed enough, they even give you a chose of four packages. I have never seen a service so customisable, and I was gobsmacked by excitement. 

If you are ever in NYC, you have to check out the Bite Beauty Lip Lab, it's a must for any beauty lover. You won't be disappointed. 

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