Friday, October 2, 2015

NEW OILS OF LIFE SKINCARE RANGE | THE BODY SHOP


I have been on such a skincare kick lately, and have been consciously trying to take better care of my skin. I'm also tremendously lazy at the end of a work day, and the last thing I want to do is go through a long and arduous skincare routine.  Luckily the new The Body Shop 'Oils of Life' range makes it easier to stay on top of this routine. I was lucky enough to take sneak peak at the range before it launched on the 5th October. 



Despite knowing the amazing benefits of facial oils, I'm always hesitate of utilising them because of my excessively oily skin. However, the Oils of Life Intensively Revitalising Facial Oil is a dream. It's light weight, has an amazing earthy smell and leaves a velvet (not oily) finish on the skin. Tick tick tick. 
The product is infused with 3 amazing seed oils, Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile (it's like taking your skin on a holiday!).  The benefits of these three oils is that theyactivate repairing properties, to assist with living dull skin. After using this gem for a week, my skin has truly radiated. I've noticed my skin get less oily within the day with the facial oil providing the much needed hydration, which has caused my skin to produce an excessive amount of oil. 

The Intensively Revitalising Cream, has the same amazing properties in cream form. The use the oil at night as it's more consentrated, and the cream in the morning as it's light weight and works as an amazing primer for your foundation. It shares the same earthy smell as the oil!  

If you're a feen for skin care and don't want to pay a truck load for good quality skincare these are definitely worth a try. They have the quality of your higher end creams at a reasonable price, and the you can also score yourself a free sample at the moment through The Body Shop, there is nothing I love more than a sample for skin care, because you can try before committing to the full size.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

REAL TECHNIQUES | BOLD METALS COLLECTION



I have been waiting for this collection to arrive in Australia from the very first day that the Sam and Nic showed us a sneak peak on their Instagram account.  When Priceline announced their arrival, I was out the door, in the store with my wallet out and ready to spend. 

I've always been such a fan of a the Real Techniques range, and loved that they created such an affordable make up brush range which rivalled the quality of many of their expensive beauty brand counter parts.  Like many of you, I was shocked when the prices were first released and my jaw hit the floor.  However,  when you feel these brushes and work with them, you soon realise they're a luxury brush that happens to be sold and distributed to the drug store. When comparing these brushes to MAC, they're still significantly less expensive by $10 to $15 a pop.  

They are designed so well and you can tell Nic and Sam really didn't spare any detail. The first thing which catches every beauty lovers eyes is the amazing colour,  how can you go wrong with gold, silver and rose gold? Not only is it about the beauty of these products which catch your eye but the quality of these brushes speak for themselves. The bristles are soft, each brush has a significant amount of weight to them to assist with controlled make up application and the ends of the brush handle are tapered so you can lay them flat on your counter or work space without having them roll around. 

101 - TRIANGLE FOUNDATION BRUSH ($58.99AUD) 
This brush was the stand out in the range for me. Its unique 3D triangular shape allows for even application and distribution of foundation across the face. Its design also allows you to get around those difficult parts like the curve of your nose and under your eyes. I adore that it is dense, which makes blending the product into the face significantly easier, definitely worth a go. 

100 - ARCHED POWER BRUSH ($64.99AUD, when compared to MAC Power Brush $85AUD)

When I use this brush, it just makes me feel like I belong in a old hollywood film, with my silk robe and red lipstick. This brush is just decedent, and  has glamour all written all over it. The bristles are extremely soft, and the brush is so large it covers the full surface of your face easily and evenly - making it easier to avoid that dreaded cake face. 
300 - TAPERED BLUSH BRUSH ($58.99AUG, when compared to MAC blush brush $70AUD).
Love love love this brush. The dome is so perfectly sized to apply brush to the cheeks. I've always found with blush brushes, the the dome is too large to concentrate specifically on the apples of the cheeks. The bristles like the rest of the range are densely packed in together, to make it easier to pack on the colour as required. 

200 - OVAL SHADOW BRUSH ($38.99AUD)

While this brush is designed for the eye, I find it too large to control on the eyelids. I actually have found a new love for using this blush to apply highlighter to the high points of my cheeks. 

I'll notice, I haven't spoken about the 301 Flat Contour Brush, and the honest truth is I'm still testing it out. I'm not a fan of utilising it for contour, because of it's density, I think it applies to much product for it to look natural. I'm currently in the midst of testing it with cream products and will report back. 

If you only had to get two pieces out of the range, I would definitely recommend the 300 and the 101. 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

TRAVEL TAN BY CUSTOM TAN


Believe it or not, I've actually never used a self tanner.  I have a natural olive skin tone, but with the relentless Melbourne winter and being cooped up in an office for hours on end, I'm starting to look paler and paler.

If I'm being completely honest,  I've always been terrified of using a self tanner. I  have fear turning the colour of an oompa loompa. So, when I discovered a gradual self tanner, I knew it would be the safer alternative for someone who is a newbie and scaredy cat like me. 

First and foremost, the packaging is wonderful, easy to use, travel friendly and comes in a squeeze pouch, how can you not love it? It reminds me of those yogurt pouches in the supermarket that I'm always too embarrassed to buy because they're made for kids! Not only is the packaging great, but the product smells like vanilla shortbread. 

The gradual self tan is white, and then builds into the skin invisibly. The formula itself is very moisturising and felt great to apply on the skin. I used it every day for a week, and my skin ended up having a very natural tan, which looked like I had been holidaying in the Bahamas. This product is also formulated with a sunscreen, so I'll be pulling this delight out when the sun starts creeping out and the skirts start coming out. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TOO FACED | BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION



I'm always very skeptical when there is hype around a foundation, mostly because my skin type is very temperamental and all foundations wear quite badly on me throughout the day.  When the bloggers-sphere went into meltdown over this product I still had my reservations, many were comparing it to Make Up Forever HD, and while that foundation is great when first applied I find it separates throughout the day, particularly around my oily t-zone. 

All I can say, is this foundation for me is ten times better than MUFE HD. After wearing it across 3 full days of work (which for me consistent of 10 to 12 hour days at times), this foundation was resilient and was still on the skin, which for anyone who has an oily/combination skin type is a complete and utter unexpected win. 

What makes me even happier, is it lasts on the face and it's not completely matte. There is nothing I hate more, than turning myself into a zombie with matte foundation only to have to bring my skin back to life using an excessive amount of contour, blush and highlight. This foundation is more of a satin, and reminds me very much of Nars Sheer Glow, but lasts  a lot longer on the skin.  The only slight negative is that you have to be careful when pumping out this product. One pump gives you a little bit too much product, but really that's a flaw I can live with. With half a pump, this product gives you the move amazing medium to full coverage on your skin. 

Also, not that it matters for all people but this foundation is  encased in a beautiful glass bottle, which just makes me feel a little extra special when using it each morning.  I have to say you definitely  need to give this a go if you have issues with your foundation lasting throughout the day.



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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FINISH POWDER | REVIEW



Despite my oily/combination skin type, I'm terribly lazy at powdering my skin. The reason I've never been good at powdering my face after each foundation application is because I would rather look like Edward Cullen than a cake face. That was of course before I found this little treasure.   


I know it's cliche to say that this powder is finely milled, but it really is. The moment you dip your brush into the product you can instantly tell it's weightless. The magic really happens when the powder is applied to the face, it just melts in like a second skin.  For those of you who are into the 'baking' trend, this powder is perfect. Not only is it weightless, but it's buildable, so you can customise the coverage you wish. 


I purchased this delight in Medium, while there is only three shades in the collection - Fair, Medium and Dark, the powder itself is almost translucent when applied, so if you're slightly darker you can build up the product and if you're lighter in complexion you can use a lighter hand.  I also know there has been various feedback in relation to the price of this product, while it's priced at the higher end $45USD you can definitely tell a lot of love and passion has gone into making this product. It is one of those clear cases where a slightly higher price point means quality. 

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Monday, August 10, 2015

JACLYN HILL X BECCA COSMETICS CHAMPAGNE POP HIGHLIGHTER


Forget about Kim K's butt, this highlighter literally broke the internet! I was up in the wee hours of the morning to make sure I could get this highlighter, I was ready to have #highlighteronfleek. When it finally arrive in my mailbox, I literally lifted the box up in the air like baby Simba and sung 'BAHHHHHHSOWHENYAHHHHMAMABEATSEBAHHHHH"


This was my first purchase of any Becca product (can't believe I haven't picked anything up earlier seeing the brand is Australian). I had been eyeing them off for many months, and I was determined to get my hands on Opal. However, when Jaclyn Hill announced her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, I knew I would instantly be in love with product. The highlight colour had my name all over it. 
 

While the name of the product is Champagne Pop, the highlighter itself is more of a golden peach - perfect for that glisten on the cheeks. You know the one I'm talking about, the one which makes your cheeks look perfectly wet.  Champagne Pop is definitely a universal colour, which I think can work on various skin tones. The formula itself is buttery smooth and so pigmented, you literally only need the smallest dab on your brush for that J-Lo glow.

If you need this pretty in Sephora, definitely pick it up and give it a go! It's a great start to entering the Becca Cosmetics world, and I have no doubt you'll love it as much as I do.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

URBAN DECAY | URBAN SKIN WEIGHTLESS COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER


Boy, oh boy! This past week, work, life and excessively watching Netflix until early hours of the morning has caused darkness under my eyes that takes up half my face. I honestly think I could have given Bettlejuice a run for his money in the under eye darkness department. 

This coveted Urban Decay concealer has been an absolute life saver.  It has trumped my love for NARS' radiant creamy concealer. I know at this stage I've lost half of you, with your jaws dropping to the floor, but let me explain. 


The Urban Decay concealer formula is truly developed for under the eye area. It's smooth, blendable and the applicator is malleable enough to fit into those pesky areas like under the tear duck, where the darkness  is more prevalent. As much as I love my NARS concealer, I feel like at times it drags across the under eye area, particularly during those days where the skin might be slightly dehydrated. This also at times causes creasing throughout the day.  The only negative I can say about this concealer is it not made for problematic areas of the skin, as in to cover up blemishes or scarring. Because the formula is so weightless and blendable, it acts more like a second layer of skin vs. a full coverage cover up. 

This product is definitely a go-er, if you're one who loves brightening up under the eyes and needs a little pick me up in the morning. Tickle me ecstatic for this find!



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

L'OREAL | INFALLIBLE 24H - MATTE

As I write this post, this foundation is nestled in my lap like a much loved pet.  I purchased this tube of pure joy last week and have been wearing the foundation every day. It ticks all the boxes for a combination to oily skin type.

I tend to suffer from a very oily t-zone, and it only worsens with the stress of daily corporate life. I've always had an issue with my foundation wearing throughout the day. The L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte lasts on the skin like nothing else. It trumps all my other foundations including Make Up Forever HD , L'Oreal True Match and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24.  #FoundationGoals.



The consistency of the foundation is in between a gel and a liquid, it's extremely blend-able and easy to work with.It's definitely full coverage with a completely matte finish, not even a little satin. I blend it in with a Real Techniques buffing brush and because the tube has a small tip (oh the innuendos), it makes it easy to distribute evenly among the bristles.

I'm completely head over heels in love with this foundation, the only thing is in Australia the colour wave is not extensive, but I'm happy mixing colours for the quality.  Definitely one to try out, if you are like me have issues with foundation lasting on your combination/oily skin.



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Saturday, July 18, 2015

GERARD COSMETICS LIPGLOSSES | BUTTERCREAM, CORAL CRAZE AND CANDY KISS



It currently feels like the antractic in Melbourne and I know people from UK and Canada are laughing at me because an Australian winter is never really that cold. However, this weather has  caused me to hiberate and online shop. 

While browsing through the pages of Gerard Cosmetics' website, I decided I needed a little injection of summer by buying pastel and bright lip glosses, my kind of logic. A few months back, I  wrote a post all about my love for these gems and the love hasn't changed, it's only grown. 

Coral, Lipgloss, Youtube, Gerard Cosmetics.
Coral Craze - A true orange coral.



This thing I've always adored about these lip glosses is they last an incredible amount of time on the lips.  While the formula gets some getting use to, as they are incredibly tacky, they're worth the momentary discomfort, because they end up melting into the lips and locking in for the rest of the day. At times, I'll be wearing this lip gloss over a lipstick and am constantly stocked when by lunch it's still on the lips and as an added bonus not feathering.
Gerard Cosmetics, Lipgloss, Butter Cream
Butter Cream - Midtone pink, perfect for every day.
They're also highly pigmented and exactly like what's shown through the packaging, which I love! There is nothing I dislike more than a beautifully pigmented lip gloss in the package, that ends up sheering out on the lips.  For me, these are very much a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid without being a liquid lipstick.
Coral Crazy, Shanxo, Youtube.
Candy Kiss - Beautiful neon/pastel peach created by Shannon Harris
The packaging is also extremely sturdy, so you don't have to worry about finding lipgloss all over your handbag. Overall, if you're looking for a highly pigmented gloss, 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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Monday, June 22, 2015

ROSEHIP BODY OIL BY ESSANO

ROSEHIP BODY OIL BY ESSANO 
I've always been a bit apprehensive about using a body oil. The moment I hear oil, I think greasy, non absorbent and messy, which of course are the least favourite things about moisturising one's body. 

However, this little treasure deifies all the odds, while it is a pure oil, it absorbs so fast into the skin it must have some sort of magical powers. It must be the power of quality certified organic ingredients. 

Rosehip oil has always been my favourite, not only does it smell like a fresh bouquet of roses from the market, but there are significant benefits to using it.  It improves skin tone and firmness, minimises the appearance of lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin, reduces the appearance of stretch marks, scars and promotes skin elasticity. While, I've only been using the product across the last week, which makes it hard to see improvements in skin tone etc, it has done wonders to those pesky dry patches of the skin including my elbows, knees and feet! The great thing about this oil is it can be used all over, from top to bottom!  

Overall,  this product has given my high end moisturisers a run for their money. Each morning, I'm reaching for this vs anything in my beauty cabinet.  That's a feat for someone who is very lazy at moisturising their skin. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

TOO FACED | THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF BRONZERS


I am ridiculously obsessed with bronzers, contouring and highlighting. The moment I heard about this release I squealed for joy. Prior to purchasing this beauty, I had never owned a Too Faced Bronzer, but I had been pining for them for months. Every time I saw them in store I'd eagerly sniff them,  weird I know, but can you blame me? They smell like chocolate. 


This delightfully compact book, which is the width of an A4 sheet of paper, houses the 8 most loved bronzers by Too Faced. The great thing about this book, is you can try out all 8 colours and figure out which is your favourite to purchase in full size. Each bronzer is 0.08 oz, for comparison's sake a Mac eyeshadow is traditionally 0.07 oz and a ColourPop eyeshadow is 0.07oz, it's definitely enough to try out multiple time to give you a taste of each shade. 

My favourites are hands down Milk Chocolate Soleil for a subtle contour, Snow Bunny to place on the cheek bones as a highlighter and Sun Bunny for that sun kissed look when dusted across the cheeks.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

COLOURPOP & KATHLEEN LIGHTS | WHERE THE LIGHT IS PALETTE


I was so excited to finally receive this little treat in the mail after I ordered it the day of release. I have been an avid fan of ColourPop , and knowing the beautifully vibrant Kathleen Lights was once again collaborating with them just gave me such joy! After all, Lumiere 'til this day my favourite lipstick from the ColourPop range. 

The palette has a perfect mix of shimmery and matte shadows, and is a beautifully curated for any lover of neutrals. All the colours are blend able, pigmented and long lasting. The perfect trifecta whenever we talk eyeshadows.  Let's just say, it was definitely love at first sight. 



KathleenLights (Peralized) - Let's start off with the eyeshadow named after the Queen herself. This eyeshadow is delightful to use and the one which I reach for on a daily basis. It's a beautiful golden coppery satin, which is a hat tilt to the everyone's much loved MAC eyeshadow Amber Lights. Amber Light was one of my very first eyeshadows in my collection and this colour is even better. It's more coppery vs. orange and looks great all over the lid on those lazy make up days.  This colour is hands down my favourite in the collection.


Blaze (Metallic) - This colour is gorgeous and very unique. It reminds me of ColourPop's Amira, but  darker. This shadow is a dark bronze, with multi dimensional glitters throughout which makes for a statement on the eyes. In certain lights it looks bronze and in other lights it looks more purple. It's buttery and blend-able, which is a nice surprise for a colour which is darker.

Cornelious (Matte) - I adore this colour! Just adore it! It's a mid-tone brown/caramel colour, which is perfect for defining the cease. I have used this colour every since I've received it. FLAWLESS.


Glow (Matte) - I have to be honest and highlight that this colour is not my favourite. It's a pure off-white matte eyeshadow which I personally have never been a fan of, because I find them too harsh. However, for those of you who love highlighting under the brow bone, this colour is perfect. The formula is also flawless and easy to blend!

For $20US dollars, this palette is a must buy for any beauty lover and I've said this before but ColourPop eyeshadows can rival any high end shadow any day. They are truly a beauty lovers dream.


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

OH MY GLOSS! | RIMMEL LONDON




When I saw these glosses at Priceline, I knew I had to pick them up! Not only was the name adorable, but the colours were perfect for every day wear. 

Recently, I've been wearing gloss on the centre of my lips on top of my lipsticks to give the illusion of fully and juicer lips. The formula of these lip glosses are beautiful, they give a magical sheen to the lips, don't dry your lips out and are long wearing. The gloss promises to stay on the lips for up to 6 hours, but mine lasted no longer than 2, but then again if you've seen me east lunch you'd understand why. 



The actual texture/formula of the gloss itself is very smooth, and doesn't feel sticky on the lips. They go on the lips very similar to YSL Gloss Volupte, but slightly thicker.  Be mindful when picking out the colours the lighter ones are less opaque then the darker colours. Overall, these are a great drugstore alternative to some of the higher end high performing lip gloss.

P.S On a final note, there is nothing I hate more than taking off the tape that stores place around the lipgloss to stop people from getting in. It's a terror to take off haha. My little Sunday rant.






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Friday, May 22, 2015

GIVE ME BROW | BENEFIT COSMETICS & ADORE BEAUTY MUA SEARCH


For someone who is obsessed with perfecting their brows every morning and is always late to work because I'm fussing over them, I'm surprised I haven't purchased this product sooner. 
This eyebrow gel is seriously no fuss, and cuts down the brow process like a boss. The product is a brush on fibre gel, which plumps up and volumizes your brows like a mascara would to your eyelashes.  I layer it over my Anastasia Brow Wiz, and it effortlessly fills in all those pesky gaps between the grow hair. The formula is certainly build-able, so you can swipe it over your brows for a light wash of colour, or build it up for those Cara Delevingne brows. 
The other great thing about this brow gel is the brush is miniature, which means it gets into every nook and cranny of your brows to make sure no  hair is missed. 

For those of you who can't get this delightful product at a Myer beauty counter, be sure to visit Adore Beauty! Plus, for your budding make up artists, Adore Beauty is actually running a competition to win a full Adore Beauty make up kit worth over $1000, an Adore Beauty gift voucher worth $1000 and a money can't buy one on one session with make up artist, Max May of Max Made. Just tickle me jealous for the lucky winner. While, I love beauty products, I'm certainly not a make up artist - so I wanted to share with my readers you might want to win this amazing prize! 

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