Beauty Haul: MAC, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Benefit & Chanel

This was my “last hurrah” splurge before embarking on Project 10 Pan recently. Any beauty obsessed girl worth her salt knows about the now cult-status Naked Palette from Urban Decay. They will also know that this precious gem has been sold out for A VERY LONG TIME. Granted, I could have traded one of my organs for enough cash to buy one from someone selling them on ebay but miracle of miracles Sephora decided to get them in stock. And lo and behold… They are still in stock. Also shown in this haul: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lustering, MAC Fashionflower Beauty Powder in Apha Girl, MAC Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Adventure, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, Benefit D’Finer D’Liner, the Laura Mercier Silk Road Eye and Cheek Palette and a tube of the Mirenesse Sexy Secret Weapon Mascara which was a gift from Adore Beauty.

Product Review: The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant

I have a am developing a deep love for The Jojoba Company. Though this is only the second product I have officially reviewed so far, I am loving the entire range of products that was sent to me for review. The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant is currently my favourite exfoliant that I have on rotation. As I already use Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant quite a bit during the week I try not to overdo it with any other exfoliation products. The Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Exfoliant is a manual exfoliant, which means there are little grainy bits in the product that scrub away to remove dead skin cells. The first time I used this product I used it in the shower and for some reason my face felt like it was reacting negatively to the scrub. I was sure that when I stepped out of the shower my face was going to be beet red, but it wasn’t. It was ghost white as always and looked freshly scrubbed and clean. Ever since that first use, I have not experienced the same sensation when using the product so I’m really not sure what that little episode was about. Having said that and despite this product being recommended for sensitive skin, I would recommend those of you with sensitive skin try a sample of this product before investing in the full size tube just to be on the safe side. One of my favourite things about the Jojoba Company products I’ve tried so far is that my skin doesn’t feel “stripped” in any sort of way after using them. Apparently you can also leave the Exfoliant on for 10-15 minutes for a luxury treatment face mask. I am yet to try the product in this way, but it does sound divine. The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant retails for $34.95 AUD and you can search for a local stockist on the Jojoba Company website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Product Review: Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Benefit are one of my favourite cosmetics brands. They have created some of my favourite makeup products, High Beam, Girl Meets Pearl, Erase Paste, Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners and their Ultra Shine lip glosses. When I initially received the press release for their new product ‘Cha Cha Tint’ I was beyond myself with excitement. It sounded amazing – a mango coloured liquid blush? Yes please. When it arrived on my doorstep I did a little happy dance and applied it to my face right away. The first thing I noticed is that the application is quite similar to Benefit’s Posy Tint in that you have to be quick because the product dries and sets rapidly once applied to skin. If you’re not fast enough, this can happen. As you can imagine, this can be slightly bothersome so if you’re not used to this sort of application I would recommend trying it out a few times to get a feel for the product and how it applies.

As with the similarly packaged Benefit products, Cha Cha Tint is applied with a thin brush that is quite similar to a nail polish applicator. To apply, it is suggested that you place three small dots on your cheek and blend, but I find it easier to apply a very small amount of product to my fingertips, pat them together and apply to cheeks (remembering to work quickly). The result is a gorgeous mango/peach flush that lasts a very long time, and manages to make it’s way through an entire work day without budging. (You might also want to make a note that because the product is long lasting, it can be quite difficult to remove from fingertips after the initial application…) This colour is going to be on my cheeks a LOT in the Spring/Summer months at the end of the year. Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint will be available for purchase from June 18 2011 and will retail for $66 AUD. For stockist information please call (02) 8353 5000. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Product Review: Face Of Australia Blusher in Outback Primrose

If you’ve not yet heard of Face Of Australia, they are currently the darling brand of the Australian beauty blogging community. Not only are their products affordable and of excellent quality but they handle themselves as a brand exceptionally well, especially when it comes to dealing with fellow Aussie beauty bloggers like myself. I was intrigued as to what this brand was all about, and a little while ago I posted a mini haul of products that I purchased from this brand. Included in that haul was the Face of Australia Blusher in the shade Outback Primrose. Otherwise known as an inexpensive, highly pigmented perfect pink blush.

As you can see from the pictures above it’s quite a dark and heavily pigmented shade of pink, so if you have very fair skin like myself I would suggest using a very light hand when applying it to your face (unless of course you want to look like one of those slightly creepy porcelain faced clown dolls). The blush is long wearing, though I do generally layer it over a cream blush which helps most blushes last a little bit longer throughout the working day. The Face of Australia Blusher in Outback Primrose retails for $9.45 AUD. I picked mine up from Big W, but you can check for a local stockist on the Face Of Australia website.