Mecca Cosmetica Haul

I am allowing myself a little treat every pay day while in isolation, you know, just to keep morale up. Recently the lovely Anissa tweeted to say that the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes were available. I feel like I always miss out on the Beauty Loop boxes, so quickly I hopped onto the Mecca site to immediately place an order. Here’s what I purchased:




Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara, it’s the only one I wear. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other people about how well this works for them, but it’s perfect for me and I’m not even tempted to try something new. Stick to what works!
Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer – This is another product I have repurchased a few times. I’ve even managed to turn both my best friend and mum on to using it, so it must be doing something right. As a primer it doesn’t seem to do much in the way of keeping my makeup on my face for extended periods of time, but it does give a lovely “glow” as a base.
Living Proof Restore Repair Leave In Conditioner – I have been loving my Aveda shampoo and conditioner products, but I’m finding the conditioner is not quite as heavy duty as my hair needs at the moment. I’m nearly finished with my current “leave in” product (Kevin Murphy ‘Staying Alive’), and I wanted to try something new. I’m curious to see how this works for me during winter because my hair has a tendency to get quite dry at the ends during the colder months.
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – True to tradition, my skin has been playing up a bit as we transition into a different season. My biggest concern at the moment is dryness, so I’m hoping this hydrating serum will help give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m a big fan of the Darphin skin care range (not so much the price tag) so I have high hopes that this will work well.

My Go-To Spring Makeup

As you may be able to tell, I’m a creature of routine and habit. One of my favourite routines is switching up my makeup look each season. I have certain makeup looks I attribute to each season, and for spring it’s all about peachy cheeks and lips and a neutral eye. I like to keep things looking fresh n’ clean. Here’s what I’ve been wearing on my face on a daily basis lately, including some of my all-time favourite “spring appropriate” products –

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster
NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Tarte 24 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Daphne

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine

I was sent the new range of Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine lipsticks for trial and review, and was pleasantly surprised when they showed up at my door. I’ve swatched the range of shades below –

Shades from top to bottom: Pink Rules, Red-y Set Go, Glow-Rious Pink, Spin All Spring, Woke Up Like This, and Better and Brighter.

You can see just how moisture-rich the lipsticks are in the second shot in natural light. This moisture does transfer to the wear on the lips, and they feel slick and smooth on application. The only downside to this is that it means the more intense colours can be prone to “slipping” a little bit, which could be something to consider if you’re like me and struggle when wearing anything other than a matte ‘bold’ lip. As some of the colours in the range don’t suit my colouring or style, I took them to a recent catch up with my girlfriends and they were snatched up quickly. There is a shade in the range to suit almost anyone, and these are definitely worth stopping to check out (and swatch) next time you come across of a Rimmel display. The Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer Shine lipsticks retail for $13.95 AUD and are available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was sent for consideration for review).

Sephora Haul

I try and put off placing Sephora orders for as long as I can, so I can pick up all of my necessary/holy grail items at once. There are some products that I absolutely love that I just can’t find anywhere in Australia, so being able to parcel-forward things from the US Sephora site via Hop Shop Go makes life a lot easier for me. Especially as my holy grail foundation is only available for purchase from there. *stressful* Here’s what I picked up this time around –

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
2x Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge Nude
2x Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Fresh Sugar Lip Conditioner in Rose

If you have any suggestions for products I should pick up from Sephora in the future, please let me know. I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to purchasing new beauty products… Mostly because I have no idea what to try! I’d love to hear your suggestions so please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

Use It Or Lose It Project 2015-2016

Back in September I posted about a little project I’d set for myself, to either use up products or get rid of them. My main goal is to reduce my beauty stash down to a select collection of ‘holy grail’ or staple items. Isn’t that the dream? My first post was regarding haircare, and this time around I’m going to share with you my list of makeup to be used up or chucked out/given away. I did a big cull before writing up this post, so what’s left is stuff I’m pretty sure I’ll get a bit of use out of.

‘Base’ Products
Arbonne Setting Pretty Translucent Setting Powder
Benefit Erase Paste in Light
Benefit The Porefessional
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair/Clair
Revlon Colourstay 24 Hour Fountation in Ivory
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
YSL Touche Eclat in #1

B Collection by Bloom Shade & Line in St Mark’s Square
Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Black
Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Bonsai
CK Brow Definition in Brunette
Face of Australia Eye Definer in Purple
Givenchy Magic Khol in Black
Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (Brown Eyes)
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (Green Eyes)
Rimmel Waterproof Eye Definer in In The Nude
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle

Bare Minerals Eyeshadow Duo in The Top Shelf
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shell
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Incognito
Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Gold
Inglot 2 Shadow Palette
L’Oreal Chrome Shine in Midnight Stars
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Colour Pencil in Delicate Beige
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Colour in Enigmatic Brown
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyes Shadow in Smoky
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
MAC Eyeshadow in Dazzlelight
MAC Eyeshadow in Gleam
MAC Eyeshadow in Jest
MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
MAC Eyeshadow in Trax
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari
Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Dio in Taffeta Taupe
Urban Decay Naked Palette

Dior Diorshow Mascara in Pro Black (travel size)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
L’Oreal Telescopic in Black
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions in Black
Maybelline Volum’Express in Blackest Black

Burberry Light Glow in Peony Blush
By Terry Rose De Rose in Fresh Rose
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub
Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance
Estee Lauder Silky Powder Blush in Rose Nuance
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunrise
MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl
MAC Satin Powder Blush in Supercontinental
MAC Sheertone Blush in Instant Chic
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso
MUFE HD Blush in Nip Slip
NYX Powder Blush in Angel
NYX Powder Blush in Peach
Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera
Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
The Balm Shadow/Blush in Frat Boy

Benefit High Beam
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink
Pout Baked Sugar in Shimmer Swirl
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Gold
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Benefit D’Finer D’Liner
Bloom Lipstick in Stain
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Sweet Nectar
Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli
Chanel Rouge Coco in Teheran
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur
Clarins Rouge Eclat in Sweet Rose
Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa
Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #215
Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #235
Covergirl Lipstick in Heavenly Paradisiaque
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Shine in Nude Rose
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Petal
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Petal (travel size)
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose
Inglot Lipstick in #230
Inglot Soft Precision Lip Liner in #58
Inglot Soft Precision Lip Liner in #74
Lanolips Lip Ointment in Rhubarb
Lipstick Queen Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff
L’Oreal Lipstick in Bloody Mary
L’Oreal Lipstick in Spring Rosette
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Charming Coral
Maybelline Super Stay Lip Liner in Red
Maybelline The Elixr in Blush Essence
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal
Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Standout
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pango Peach
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress