Saturday, 22 October 2016

My Current Everyday Make-up Routine

I recently fell into a new everyday make-up routine. As a bonus, it was completely accidental - I was mucking around with a foundation that I could never get to look good on my skin and bingo I've got a new favourite look.

 After using Clinque's clarifying lotion and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser I use the Base Magique primer from L'oreal. This is one of my favourite primers ever. It makes the foundation apply so nicely and last really well. It truly does make my make-up last longer.

I forgot to include the next product in the main picture - d'oh! But I absolutely adore the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen. You can use this instead of moisturiser and primer if you are in a hurry, however I often use it between my Kiehl's moisturiser and Base Magique primer. It doesn't smell like sunscreen, feels beautiful on the skin and it acts as a primer, making your make-up apply really nicely. It also protects you from the sun which we all know is very important.

The foundation I keep making reference to is Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation. This is the most expensive foundation I have ever brought and I was initially very disappointed with it. However, now that I have incorporated it into this new routine, I quite like it. It's a great colour match, it has good coverage and lasting power. It might even be my favourite / holy grail foundation! Stay tuned...

Using Elf's Complexion Brush (recommended by Emilynoel83 on Youtube, and if you don't watch her channel you should go and pay a visit to to it) I use Australis' Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder on top of it all.

Finally, I use Benefit's Coralista blush. I was previously not a fan of this blush but I've been really pleased with it lately. It's funny how this new routine uses so many products that I previously didn't love and now I do. 

I obviously then go in with mascara and lipstick but that changes from day to day. I will say though that Max Factor's Clump Defy mascara is a great mascara if you prefer mascaras with a drier formula, its an extremely dry mascara. My all-time favourite mascara is the Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

September Beauty Favourites

Time for September favourites and I have a group of really good products this month to share with you. I really love all of these products and they have been working beautifully in my make-up routine. 

Mecca Cosmetica To Save face Superscreen SPF 50

Everybody knows that sunscreen is a brilliant way to prevent wrinkles and ageing skin, however, I think there are many people that don't follow this beauty and skincare rule. I certainly don't in winter (and yes I know this is bad of me!). But I am trying to change. I have been wearing the 'To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50' from Mecca Cosmetica over my usual moisturiser and underneath my primer and I am really liking it. I don't think it has caused any breakouts, it smells really nice and not like sunscreen at all, absorbs nicely into the skin and hopefully is keeping my skin protected from evil sun rays. It doesn't seem to interfere with the wear of my make-up either which is great!

L'Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

This primer makes your skin feel like it is covered in velvet, makes applying your make-up more effortless and I could swear it makes my make-up stay on for longer. With some primers I am dubious about their ability to make my make-up last longer but with this one I feel like it does something - yay! I have really been loving this primer, so much so that I can forgive the fact that it comes in a jar.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter

I have been using this underneath my eyes as a bit of a concealer. It's the first concealer I have ever used underneath my eyes and I don't really know how to judge such a product but I like it so there you go. Let me know what you think is important in a under eye product!

Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream 

I always walk past the Antipodes products in Priceline however I saw KitschSnitch on Youtube talk about this hand cream and decided I needed to try it for myself! The scent is amazing but I'm hopeless at describing scents so I'm not really going to try. It smells warm and a bit sweet??? On the hands it absorbs really quickly and makes your hands feels really smooth.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment 

I really should sit down and write an actual review on this lip balm because I just love it so very much! This is thicker than your typical drugstore lip balm and it lasts a really long time. Whereas some lip balms can make your lips more chapped and dry, I feel like this one isn't one of those lip balms where your lips get drier and addict to.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick '54 Rock n' Roll Nude'

We will address the elephant in the room first - yes the rose gold packaging definitely contributed to me wandering across to the Rimmel London stand! This is a really nice pinky nude, however it is slightly more pale than the nudes I typically wear. Really nice for spring.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Repurchased Lip Products

How can you tell if a lip product is really really really good? By how many times you've seen it in a favourites video on Youtube, by swatching it instore? To me, I know a lip product is really good if I am willing to spend my hard earned money on it not just once but twice. Today we are going to be looking at the only four lip products I have ever re-purchased. Before we get stuck into hard working lip products I would like to point out that I have excluded lip balms because I have repurchased a gazillion different lip balms. Let me know if you would like to see a post on my favourite lip balms.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey'

The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains were hyped about to the moon and back on Youtube when they were first released. I don't hear much about them anymore but I still think they are trustworthy products. I'm talking about a particular shade called 'Honey' which is - - - . Being in a lip crayon format you can swipe this across your lips wherever you are and you know your lips will be looking good. It won't have smeared itself across your face - always a good thing! It lasts well on the lips, doesn't dry your lips out and has good pigmentation. Once you get to the stage where it starting to dry down and wear off (aprox - - - hours) you can bring it back to life with a lip balm or clear gloss, or swipe some more on. It's a basic, hard-working and no fuss product.

Maybelline Colour Elixir in 'Caramel Infused' and 'Petal Plush'

When these were originally released I jumped on the bandwagon and adored these glosses. But make-up products do actually go off and they actually have "best before" deadlines printed on them. So a little while ago I did a declutter of my lip product and I tossed out three of these. I repurchased two of the shades I previously owned ('Petal Plush' and 'Caramel Infused') but did not repurchase 'Nude Illusion'. Although having said that, I think I will in the future. These have good pigmentation, feel lovely on the lips and last quite a while considering they are gloss.

Top left: Petal Plush Bottom Left: Caramel Infused From left to right: 235 Nude, Honey, Peach Lollipop

Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow in 'Peach Lollipop'

This is a great lip product for when you need something but not anything super special. It's a moisturising tinted lip balm. The pigmentation isn't super amazing but it gives your lips a bit of life - a peachy shade, needless to say.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in #235 'Nude'

I owned this lipstick quite a long time ago but my Mum fell in love with it so I let her have it. Earlier this year when My Chemist Warehouse has 50% off L'oreal I repurchased it. It's my perfect nude lipstick and even though the lasting power isn't amazing, it's still decent, and does what it needs to do.  I also love the packaging, the scent of the lipstick and how it feels on the lips.

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments below what lip products you've repurchased.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Empties #8

My little stash of empty, used up products has been accumulating so I decided it was time to do an 'empties' post. These posts are iconic in the blogosphere and on youtube. Another thing that is very typical in the blogosphere is that these posts come far and few between. I think everybody is guilty of letting the empties pile grow a bit too much...I certainly am!

Lets get into it, shall we?

Maybelline's 'Baby Skin' Primer 

When the tube you see pictured here ran out I brought another one immediately. However, even though I am a good half way through the new tube, I am unsure if I love it as much as I originally did. This primer is very silicon-y and you have to be careful not to apply it. If you apply it, it feels like your face is going to slide off. Having said that, it does help with my enormous pores and redness. It also makes my face feel really smooth, which I love. Would I repurchase? Maybe.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I love this mascara and have already repurchased another one. It does a good job at separating your lashes and fanning them out. My lashes are pretty ordinary but this mascara makes them look great. It doesn't clump or transfer anywhere and is easy to remove. Would  repurchase?Already have.

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara

I love this mascara too! But for entirely different reasons. Whereas the Lash Sensational from Maybelline is quite wet, this is the driest formula of mascara I have ever used. The wand is great and makes application a zinch. This mascara doesn't do spectacular things but it is a good basic mascara that I know I can rely on. Would  I repurchase? Already have.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Black Mascara

I believe this mascara costs $48 which is more than I would ever pay for a mascara. I received this for free with a magazine. The brush on this mascara was extremely large and it took me a while to get use to it. This mascara did work really well but to be honest, it has been sitting in my empties for a long time, and I can't remember much about it! If you have $48 to spend on a mascara it wasn't bad. Would I repurchase? Probably not - if it was cheaper it would still be a "maybe".

Top: Maybelline Lash Sensational: Estee Lauder Bottom: Max Factor Clump Defy

Simple Cleansing Wipes

These are always featured in my empties and I always stock up when Priceline has these on sale. They are useful when I want to remove swatches. I don't use them all that often on my face or eyes but I can if I need to as they are quite gentle. Would I repurchase? Always.

L'Occitane Handcream

I am a really bad blogger - I cannot remember the name of this hand cream. This was really good and at the end I stopped using it because I adored the fresh scent so much! L'Occitane do lovely handcreams and their small $12 tubes are great for the handbag. Plus, they last a long time. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Midnight Fantasy perfume by Britney Spears

Celebrity perfumes are not always popular but this is only the second bottle of perfume I have ever completely used up. It stayed around for awhile was quite intense which are key criteria for any perfume in my opinion! Would I repurchase? Yes!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Essence colour & care 'I care for you' Review

Essence have a new line of nail polishes, in addition to their colour & go collection they now have a colour & care collection. The colour & care collection consists of 4 polishes and all are soft, creamy and pastel shades. 'I care for you' is a gorgeous pale pink polish.

The polishes from this collection are marketed as nail polishes that are made with natural ingredients and with strengthening properties.

The ingredients are:

As you can see these nail polishes are 5-free, that is free from the 5 ingredients that should be avoided in nail polishes (dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin). 

The formula of this nail polish is really good, quite thin but easy to work with thanks to a lovely brush. The brush is flat and very wide, making it easy to coat your nails with minimal strokes. After two coats I felt like the polish was opaque however on a few nails I felt like I could do another coat. They were opaque but there was a very faint streak. Another coat solved this problem and in the future I can see myself stopping at 2 coats. The coats themselves dry quite quickly. 

I always wear base coat but for the first time in probably four years (yes seriously) I applied this with no base coat!!! The polish applied well onto my nails and didn't emphasise any random bumps on my nails. At work I am very very very tough on my nails, so please keep that in mind...on the third day I started developing a little bit of tip wear. There were no major  chips or anything. I was really pleased with this as it was with no base-coat or top-coat and, as I said, my job is out to murder polished nails.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

August Beauty Favourites

August has absolutely flown by but at the same time, when I sat down to think about my most loved products for August, there were a lot. I whittled them down to the very best products, so enjoy! 

My skin was really struggling with winter this year so I overhauled my skincare routine. The Ultra Facial Moisturiser from Kiehl's is the moisturiser that I settled on after trying a couple of samples. It is a pretty basic product but it works so very well. The main pro's of the product are: doesn't leave any kind of residue behind your skin, your skin feels supple and moisturised, doesn't interfere with your make-up and it absorbs nicely into the skin. Con's: it only comes in a tub - I would love it if this came in a tube or pump. 

Lanolin Lemonade Lip Treatment is a classic Australian lip product. It is a shimmery liquid ip balm that does wonders for dry, chapped lips. 

Mac have a gorgeous range of colours, I think we all know that. My favourite lippy from Mac at the moment is 'Patisserie' which is a super wearable lipstick from their lustre collection. On the Mac website it is described as a "creamy neutral pink" and if I was going to have a stab at describing the colour I would say it pink nude with more pink than brown in it. 

'Perpetual Peach' from L'oreals Infallible lipstick range is an absolutely beautiful lipstick. It leans more towards the coral spectrum however it is as wearable as Patisserie, only more pigmented and opaque. This lipsticks lasts really well and is comfortable on the lips. 


Monday, 15 August 2016

Revlon Mascara Revolution Review: Ultra Volume + Super Length

Revlon recently launched five new mascaras as part of their "mascara revolution". The collection of mascaras have been designed to meet everybody's wishes and desires. They have the: Ultimate All in One, Dramatic Definition, Ultra Volume, Super Length and Volume + Length Magnified. For over two months I have been using the Super Length and the Ultra Volume mascaras.

I remember when I first pulled the wand out of the  Super Length tube I was disappointed as the wand is quite large. I don't have the best track record with large mascara wands however I was able to continue using the wand. Unlike other large mascara wands it didn't lead to me never using the mascara. I loved the Super Length mascara the first time I used it: it definitely made my lashes look longer, it didn't clump and separated my lashes nicely.

However, now that I have also been wearing the Ultra Volume mascara...I think I prefer the Ultra Volume mascara a tiny bit more. Both are good mascaras however the difference between them is not dramatic. For me, what gets the Ultra Volume mascara across the line ahead of the Super Length mascara is that it gives a more fluttery effect, whereas the Super Length mascara can sometimes look more spiky.

 Overall, neither of these mascaras are my holy grail mascara but both are really decent mascaras and if a friend said she was going to buy one of these, I wouldn't stop her. If you like larger mascara wands you will probably like both of these mascaras. I believe other mascaras in this new colletction have smaller mascara wands and I will definitely try those out because these mascaras were pretty good.

Monday, 25 July 2016

How I store my "everyday" make-up

Does anybody else fret about optimising their make-up storage? I do! Especially when it comes to my favourite beauty products and products that can be used "everyday". Although, let's be honest...most days I'm rushing out the door and don't have time to mix up the boring old routine. Today I am sharing how I store my "everyday" make-up. This is by far the best system I have used for storing my make-up. I do have another drawer full of make-up. But...products that I know I will be reaching for throughout the week are kept out on the desk.

Last year Target were selling these acrylic 3 drawers + lipstick topper. One of the lipstick top bits are kept in that drawer mentioned so I can stack the two for a total of six drawers.

On the top I keep my favourite lip products, primers and foundations. At the back, I keep my eyeliners.

Drawer 1 - lipglosses and lip crayons

Drawer 2 - Blushes 

These are my favourite blushes at the moment! The one I reach for the most is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in 'Pink Rose'. 

Drawer 3 - Face Powders 

This drawer is face powders, the Revlon 2-in-1 foundation (which is very bulky and difficult to store) and a random blush.

Drawer 4 - Eyeshadows + Primers 

If I'm going to wear eye shadow I have to wear eye primer. My favourite is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow palette addict however I do have a few singles and I do try and use them. 'Millionaire' from Rimmel is a great shadow for a one-shadow look.

Drawer 5 - Blushes 

Another drawer of face powders, blushes and two primers. These primers are smaller so I keep them in the drawer. If I am honest I don't reach for anything in this drawer much.

Drawer 6 - Random things I want to use more (but never do)

I cannot remember the last time I used anything from this drawer. However, if you look closely you can see a blush underneath the Thin Lizzy compact. It's a blush from Chi Chi and it is gorgeous. I think I should pull it out and put it somewhere more prominent.

I would LOVE to know how you store your make-up and any tips you might have!

Have a beautiful day :) 

Monday, 11 July 2016

June Beauty Favourites

There may not be a truckload of products here but I love love love them all so much. 

Maybelline Colorsensational Matte Lipstick in 'Daringly Nude'

This lipstick is amazing. The shade is the perfect for me. Bold lips look great on other people but I never wear bold lips. Having said all of that, this is a gorgeous nude pink colour. The formula of this lippy is also really great and the lasting power is impressive. Expect a full review on the blog soon!

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

I have decided to spend more money on skincare and create an actual skincare routine. I have only been cleansing and moisturising once a day and never taking my make-up off before bed. In my search for the "perfect" skincare routine I picked up a sample of Clinique's Liquid Facial Soap. This is a really nice cleanser. It lathers well, doesn't dry your skin out and makes your skin feel nice and clean. I am definitely purchasing the full-size but it is 4x the cost of the cleanser I was using previously...

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Mono Eyeshadow in 'Millionaire'

This eye shadow from Rimmel in ' Millionaire' is a really pretty colour and is perfect for work. When I don't really have time for eyeshadow before work but I go against my better judgement, this is the best eyeshadow to work. It lasts well over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and adds a real good oomph to your eyes with minimal fuss. 

Victorias Secret 'Pure Seduction'

When I smelt 'Pure Seduction' in the Victoria Secret store I loved it and so it came home with me. It's quite warm and fruity. I like it because it is slightly more heavy than the typical fruity scent. Delicious!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New Products on the Shelf in Australia

New products have hit the shelves in a big way. So lets skip the unnecessary ramble which I usually begin posts with and dig into all the new goodies! There are a lot of new products from Maybelline, Australis and two new limited edition collections from Essence.

When this foundation originally launched in America everybody on Youtube seemed to rave about it. I am definitely interested in giving this one a shot! 

Australis have new cream blushes and lip glosses. I actually picked up one of the lip glosses and they are very thick. If you're not a fan of glosses this one might not be for you. The pigmentation was nice though! The blushes look gorgeous don't they? 

The first limited edition collection from Essence that is currently on the Priceline shelves is 'Winter Wonderful'. Ignore the random matt touch blush...I don't think that is part of the new collection. BUT there is a gorgeous blush that is included in the collection, keep scrolling to see a pic. This range is beautiful! It includes 5 nail polishes, a blush, two lip oils, eyeshadow palette, hand cream, cajole eye liner and hair accessories. 

I picked this blush up and since I have not owned it for 24 hours yet, I can't give a full review. But, having said that, I can say that it has really good pigmentation. I went a bit too heavy handed with it this morning! It gives the cheeks a lovely rosy flush. 

 The second limited edition from Essence is 'light of orient'. This collection included lots of deep and moody colours and is available at Target. The eyeshadow palette looks gorgeous and obviously lots of other people thought so too since it was sold out!

Essence also have some new products in their permanent collection:

What are you excited to see? Let me know in the comments what you want to pick up and what doesn't float your boat.