August 25, 2013
I was lucky enough to receive this lipstick for trial and review in early July and I wore it pretty much every day throughout the month. This is such an easy colour to wear. It’s a beautiful shade of pink that comes across quite natural against my skin tone, and it makes for a great low-maintenance, work appropriate shade. It has a faint fruity smell (very similar to the scent of a Body Shop lip balm but I can’t for the life of me figure out which one), which makes it incredibly pleasant to use. The lasting power of this lipstick was good, but I did find it to be slightly drying on the lips. Because of this, I tend to wear this either over my regular lip balm or with a little dab of balm over the top. The Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Sweet Rose retails for $38 AUD and available for purchase from Adore Beauty. (note: this product was sent for consideration for review)
June 22, 2013
Let me introduce you to my favourite go-to, no-fuss blush. This product ticks all the boxes for me: it’s a neutral pink shade that works well with my skin tone, the formula is sheer (as the name suggests), and it blends well into the skin while being easily buildable if I’m after a more dramatic, clown-faced look. As with Bloom’s other sheer colour creams, this has a faint lavender scent to it which is pleasant but I’m glad that it doesn’t transfer onto the skin. My face doesn’t need to smell like lavender but thanks anyway. The wear time on these is great, and I can wear them comfortably throughout the work day without having to worry about touching up my blush. If you’re interested, I’ve also reviewed the shade ‘Coy’ from this range, which is a gorgeous peach toned shade and I feel like it should be mentioned once again that Shy and Coy are my most-worn cream blushes. Bloom’s Sheer Colour Cream in Shy retails for $24 AUD and is available for purchase from Bloom online.
June 15, 2013
In an attempt to make the most of the products in my makeup collection, I’ve been putting aside specific items to use throughout the month. My goal is to gradually work through all of my products and if I realise that I’m not particularly keen on something, or if I find that it doesn’t suit me anymore, I’m getting rid of it. My day-to-day lip product for May was the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure. I’d completely forgotten that I owned this so it was a pleasant surprise to find it sitting in my lipstick drawer. This is an easily wearable pink shade but it’s not overly pigmented so it takes a few extra swipes to get it to an darker shade on my lips, depending on the look I’m going for. The wear time isn’t great, so if you’re after a long lasting finish I wouldn’t suggest this. For me it’s a great day-to-day lipstick to wear on occasions where I don’t want to have to make too much of a fuss (read: every single day). The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure retails for $50 and is available for purchase from your local Chanel makeup counter.
May 23, 2013
I have a love/hate relationship with cream eyeshadows. I’m currently in the LOVE phase, and wore MAC’s Bare Study on my eyes every day last month. This is a gorgeous neutral champagne shade that can be worn on its own or underneath other shadow to amplify the colour. I love wearing this underneath my everyday eyeshadow shade (MAC’s Orb) to give it a shimmery undertone. I find that when I wear this on it’s own it has a tendency to crease on my crepey eyelids but if I wear it underneath a powder shadow it lasts for the entire day without creasing or fading. I’ve had this product for quite a while, and although it’s shrunken a little bit in the pot but it’s still as creamy and opaque to apply as when I first opened it. MAC Bare Study Cream Eyeshadow retails for $35 AUD and is available for purchase from MAC online.
May 19, 2013
Earlier in the year I made the change from using a loose powder to touch up my makeup throughout the day to using a this Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder instead. Pressed powder is clearly the superior option when you take into consideration ease of use and portability and I’m really not sure why it took me so long to figure this out. This particular powder works well, it isn’t chalky and it blends nicely into my skin without leaving a dusty residue. I often have a hard time colour matching face powder, but this shade works and my fellow pale faced girls shouldn’t be afraid to try it out. The only down side to this product is the fact that the powder seems to have a very fine element of shimmer to it and I really wish cosmetic brands would stop trying to make glitterface happen. I know that this is in place to help give a luminous effect to the skin, but it never seems to work that way for me. The Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder retails for $16.95 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline, Big W, Target, and selected pharmacies throughout Australia. (note: this product was sent for consideration for review)
April 28, 2013
Allow me to introduce you all to the most luxury makeup item I’ve ever purchased. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered this blush on a whim, but boy am I glad that it’s a part of my life. Of course when you buy something from a designer brand you expect it to be good, but seeing as Burberry is relatively new to the beauty-sphere I wasn’t sure what the quality of their products would be like. As it turns out, this is A+++. The packaging is beautiful, the product has a sweet floral scent to it and the staying power of this blush is incredible. The only down side is that the blush is on the powdery side, but as I always set my makeup with a liquid mist this hasn’t been an issue for me. I purchased the Burberry Light Glow Blush in Peony Blush for $53.50 from Strawberrynet (note: this shade is currently out of stock).