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November 18th, 2014

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.
October 1st, 2014

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.
September 30th, 2014

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.

August 26th, 2014

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

June 12th, 2014

Autumn Makeup Haul (pt. 2)

01. Benefit The Porefessional – I’ve nearly finished my AB primer, so I decided to pick this one up as a replacement. I was really excited to order this because I’d heard Ingrid raving about it over and over again. Unfortunately for my face, turns out my skin hates this primer. I broke out within days of using it, and once I stopped my skin went back to normal. Bummer.

02. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – I missed the boat on the initial run of lemming purchases of this, but I have it now and it’s lovely. Fun fact: I dropped this during the week and shattered both the product and my dreams.

03. Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation (in Perfect Ivory) – I completely understand if you’re sick of hearing me talk about this foundation. Yes, it’s still my favourite. Yes, I still wear it every day. Yes, I pick up a bottle of this whenever I place an order at Sephora.

04. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (Translucent) – I still have two nearly-full tubs of the Maybelline Loose Powder sitting in my makeup collection, but after using that exclusively for a year or so now I felt like a change. And this is it!

05. Bobbi Brown Corrector (in Porcelain Bisque) – I’m getting close to finishing up my Arbonne cream concealer, so I thought I would give this one from Bobbi Brown a try. I haven’t opened it yet, so I’m not sure what it’s like but I’ve heard good things about it so I have high hopes.

06. Lancome Hypnose Mascara (in Black) – I can’t live without this mascara. It’s my favourite, and I can’t remember a time in (at least) the past 4 years where I didn’t own a tube of this. It’s actually cheaper for me to chuck a tube of this into my cart when I order things from Sephora than it is to buy most ‘drug store’ brand mascaras here in Australia.

07. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner (in Hustle) – This is fast becoming my favourite eyeliner. I was getting sick of wearing the same thing over and over again, and wanted to try something in a brown or bronze shade rather than black. This is an amazing product (long lasting/doesn’t smudge on the lids), and I can’t wait to try some more shades from the range.

May 20th, 2014

Autumn Makeup Haul (pt. 1)

I decided to work a few new makeup items into my collection because I’ve been going through what I own and turfing some old and expired products. I got rid of a LOT of old foundations when I moved into my new house, which means I’m down to basically nothing. Also, with no guarantee of Sephora shipping my orders to me, I need to start trying to find something comparable to Givenchy’s Photo Perfexion foundation. The search begins…

01. Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation in Classic Ivory – I received a sample bottle of this a little while ago, and I remember the colour being a good match, and the texture being quite nice. It’s a struggle to find this shade in a lot of Pricelines though, I looked in three different stores before I managed to find a bottle to purchase.

02. Revlon Colorstay 24 Hour Foundation in Ivory – I’ve tried this foundation before, and I remember liking it. It has quite a thick formula, so I thought I’d give it a go now that the cold weather has well and truly kicked in.

03. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Black – I bought this after hearing Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup mentioning it time and time again as one of her favourites. I’m a big fan of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, but I’m on the hunt for a second ‘drugstore brand’ mascara that I like.

04. + 05. L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks in Bloody Mary & Spring Rosette – I swatched a couple of these lipsticks on my hand when I was in store, and they seemed exactly the kind that I like to wear. Fairly matte, but moisturising without being too glossy.

06. Natio Mineral Eyeshadow Trio in Bronzed – I saw the tester for this eyeshadow sitting on the shelf, and couldn’t resist picking it up. The colours are exactly what I like to wear, and I thought having all three of them together would make this a great little eye palette for traveling or tossing into my bag on the go.

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April 15th, 2014

The Fortnightly Face

fortnight 01
AB Retexturising Face Primer
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light
YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
MUFE HD Blush in Nip Slip
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner in Black (for green eyes)
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Nude Rose

fortnight 02
AB Retexturising Face Primer
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light
YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
By Terry Rose de Rose Liquid Blush in Fresh Rose
Benefit High Beam
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner in Black (for green eyes)
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Nude Rose

March 23rd, 2014

Sephora Haul

I think it may have been Dustyn who mentioned that she successfully ordered something from Sephora recently, despite their call to stop shipping things via Hop Shop Go and other parcel forwarding sites. I didn’t think too much of this until recently, when I got the primal urge to order some makeup. I decided to bite the bullet and see if I had any luck, and I did. I ordered the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in ‘Rose’, Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundtion in ‘Perfect Ivory’ (my holy grail foundation), and the Becca Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in ‘Amelia’. I also received two free samples (Phyto Express Conditioner for fine hair and Fresh Soy Face Cleanser), and I opted to grab my 500 point perk which was the L’Occitane Favourites kit. Have you risked placing an order from Sephora lately?
March 13th, 2014

Product Review: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose

If I had to choose one lip product to use for the rest of my life, it would be this. This is the most moisturising lip product I own, and easily the most wearable. The Fresh Sugar tinted lip conditioners are my favourite lip product to chuck into my handbag on the go, because I know they’re a no-fuss product that I can apply without having to worry about how they’re going to look. I own quite a few of these in various shades, but Rose seems to suit me the best. All of the Fresh Sugar lip conditioners have a strong lemon scent, that at first I was a bit put off by but it’s grown on me over time. Now, as much as I love this product, it has one major flaw. Unfortunately, these balms are not designed to withstand an Australian summer. More than once I’ve opened up a tube and the stick has been so melted that it’s snapped off on my lips, which was not pleasant. The other downside to this product is that it’s not currently available for purchase in Australia, but thankfully there are ways around this. The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose retails for $22.50 USD and is available for purchase (via parcel forwarding) from Sephora.
January 29th, 2014

The Fortnightly Face

fortnight 01
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Arbonne Concealer in Light
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Noir
BYS Eyeshadow Pencil in Brunette
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural

fortnight 02
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Arbonne Concealer in Light
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
Bloom Sheer Colour Cream in Coy
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shell
Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Noir
Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Topaz
BYS Eyeshadow Pencil in Brunette
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pango Peach

If you’d like any of these products reviewed, please let me know in the comments below. While you’re there, let me know what you’ve been wearing on your face this month!