Category archives: makeup

FOTN – Friend’s Birthday Drinks

I wore a bright lip makeup look over the weekend, and thought I would share it with you all. I tend to wear a pretty neutral makeup look most of the time, but for special occasions I like to mix things up a little bit. This was my makeup look for Saturday night. I knew that I would be wearing a dress with red and pink accents (and a wonderfully CLASHING pink necklace that Sebastian hated), so I decided a bright pink lip was the way to go. On my face: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light, YSL Touche Eclat in #1, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, Hourglass Ambient Light Palette, Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Ethereal Glow, MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type, Givenchy Magic Khol, Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, and NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage.

Product Review: Josie Maran Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

As I’ve probably mentioned a million times already, I was VERY EXCITED when I heard that a Mecca Maxima store had opened at my local shopping centre. I decided to treat myself to a couple of things with the birthday money I had leftover from last month. Because beauty products purchased with birthday money definitely do not count as Project 50 Pan cheats. One of the items I bought was the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee blush. What a mouthful. I’d never had a chance to look at the Josie Maran products in person, and the lovely Mecca staff member who was helping me browse was absolutely raving about the range, so I decided to check it out. This blush is really lovely. The texture is a bit strange, it really is like a gel but I quite like it and it applies evenly and shows up clearly on the skin. I tend to use this with my Real Techniques stippling brush, because it makes it a lot easier to blend the product out. A little goes a long way – this blush is BRIGHT. The Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee retails for $27 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica.

Product Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface

I’m actually really surprised that I’ve never written a review of Dollface. It’s one of my most-worn blushes. I can’t speak highly enough of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush formula, it applies evenly and literally stays on my face ALL DAY. Even when I’m having a greasy face day. I can always guarantee that when I go into the bathroom after work to check my face isn’t looking too haggard for public viewing, my blush will still be lookin’ fresh. Dollface is a beautiful light pink shade that manages to compliment my skintone without making me look any ruddier than I naturally do. Tipsy is still my all-time favourite Tarte blush shade, but Dollface is a close second. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface retails for $26 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora.

Product Review: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Toasted

I’ve been feeling a bit more adventurous with eyeshadow recently (for a long time I was wearing either a bare lid or something very basic), and decided to do a bit of an experiment with two of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Palette. I ended up loving the results, so I thought I would share them with you. Now, ‘Sin’ is my most-worn shade in the palette and it’s one of my all time favourite go-to shades. But did you know that when you add a bit of ‘Toasted’ over the top, it looks EVEN BETTER. I did not, but now I do. And now there is no turning back. The combination of the two shades is beautiful, and although I may not have captured it perfectly in the photo above, it looks amazing on the lid. Green eyed girls, this is a great combination for you especially. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Toasted retails for $18 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora. Mine is housed in my Naked Palette, which retails for $54 USD and is also available for purchase from Sephora.

Product Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle

I’ve been so loyal to black eyeliner (and perhaps the occasional purple-toned black), that I missed the whole world of beautiful bronze-coloured liners that were available to me. I first saw ‘Hustle’ featured on ViviannaDoesMakeup (either in a blog post or a video), and decided that I needed to own it ASAP. Anna and I both have green eyes and dark brown hair, so I generally trust any makeup item that she recommends (bar foundations, because I never buy those blindly). I decided to take a risk and ordered myself one of these liners as part of a Sephora order earlier in the year. It’s a definite winner. The shade works wonderfully with green eyes and really seems to make them pop. It’s smooth to apply and doesn’t tug at the skin around my eyes, which I’ve found has happened with a few liners I’ve tried in the past. This is a beautiful eyeliner, and I can’t wait to try more shades from the range. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in ‘Hustle’ retails for $20 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora.

Product Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Tipsy’

Not all blush are created equal. Every now and then you come across a blush that somehow magically ‘lifts’ your entire face and makes you look a heck of a lot fresher than you feel. One such miracle is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Tipsy. I first saw this blush mentioned in an EssieButton video earlier in the year, and made a mental note to pick it up for myself the next time I placed a Sephora order. I’m so glad that I did, because it’s currently my favourite blush. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are the best powder blushes on the market right now, in my opinion. I have a couple of other shades already, and the quality is unbeatable. They’re long lasting, not so heavily pigmented that they’re impossible to work into the skin, and are easily buildable. Tipsy is of the same standard as the other blushes I’ve tried from the range, and the colour is by far my favourite of the bunch. It’s a fresh peachy-pink that works well with my complexion and instantly brightens my face. My fellow fair-skinned girls need to jump on this immediately. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy retails for $26 USD and is available for purchase from Sephora.

Spring/Summer Makeup Haul

As with my intention to ‘shop my stash’ for books, I failed dismally at my attempt to only shop my own beauty stash for the season. This is due in part to me being close to running out of a few of my beauty staples, so with that in mind I was able to justify placing a little Sephora order.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my daily mascara and I absolutely must have a back up tube ready to go for when the one I’m using runs out. I’ve been using Hypnose almost exclusively for about five years now. It’s one of the best mascaras on the market, and I can’t see myself straying from it anytime soon.

Hourglass Brow Arch – I’ve nearly reached the end of the Maybelline brow pencil I’ve been using lately, so I decided to pick this up on the recommendation of ViviannaDoesMakeup.

Beauty Blender Sponge Duo – Another daily makeup necessity. I decided to try out the black sponges this time around, although I’m not sure what the difference will be. Having said that, the pink sponges do tend to get some dark marks along the edges when it’s time to get rid of them, so not having that visible reminder on the black sponges might not be a good thing.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion – I go through a bottle of this foundation every few months. It’s the one I wear daily, so I like to make sure I have at least one back up bottle available to me at all times. The Givenchy foundations ARE available for purchase in Australia, but when I take into consideration the price different between here and the US plus the rate of shipping split over any other items I order, it ends up being cheaper for me to order replacements from Sephora every few months or so.

Tarte Power Pigment in Tipsy – This is the only thing from this particular order that I’m a little bit disappointed in. Which is probably my own fault, as I didn’t bother to read any reviews or look at any swatches before ordering it. Oops.

Boscia Blotting Papers – I tend to pick up a packet of these every time I place a Sephora order, as they’re the best blotting papers I’ve come across.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – EssieButton mentioned this a few times earlier in the year, and the colour looked like something I would really like (and I do), so I decided to pick one up for myself. The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are up there with the best, in my opionion. This one is no exception.

additional samples: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Lancome Definicils Mascara, and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

The Fortnightly Face

fortnight 01
givenchy photo perfexion foundation in perfect ivory
ysl touche eclat in #1
laura mercier loose setting powder in translucent
hourglass ambient lighting palette
nyx cream blush in tickled
the balm mary-lou manizer
urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
mac eyeshadow in all that glitters
mac eyeshadow in blanc type
stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray
benefit they’re real mascara
maybelline master shape eyebrow pencil in deep brown
skindanavia no more shine makeup finish
clinique chubby stick in mighty mimosa

fortnight 02
givenchy photo perfexion foundation in perfect ivory
ysl touche eclat in #1
laura mercier loose setting powder in translucent
hourglass ambient lighting palette
nyx powder blush in peach
the balm mary-lou manizer
urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
shiseido silk eyeshadow duo in taffeta taupe
stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray
lancome hypnose mascara
maybelline master shape eyebrow pencil in deep brown
skindanavia no more shine makeup finish
fresh tinted lip treatment in rose