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November 28th, 2013

Product Review: Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light

I’m sure many of my fellow pale-faced ladies would agree, finding a concealer to match a fair skintone can be a real pain in the butt. I use concealer for two things: to hide the genetic dark circles under my eyes, and to cover up any redness around my nose and chin. I get the occasional blemish, but it’s not something I deal with too often so I don’t really take that factor into consideration when looking for a concealer. I’ve been trying out the Arbonne cream concealer for a few weeks now, and it’s become an essential part of my daily makeup routine. It’s a slightly darker shade than I would normally opt for, but it works wonders to cover the dark circles under my eyes. It blends easily into my skin and stays put throughout the day. I also find all of the Arbonne packaging really attractive looking: bonus. The Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light retails for $33 AUD and is available for purchase from the Arbonne website (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).
November 26th, 2013

5 Makeup Product FOTD Tag

The beautiful Jenny from My Funny Valentine invited me to participate in the 5 Makeup Product FOTD Tag, so here we go! The challenge is to pick 5 products to create a ‘face of the day’. It’s amazing how many products it takes to achieve a ‘natural’ makeup look, but I tend to wear less makeup on the weekend so I decided to showcase a fairly typical Saturday look for this challenge.

01) Givenchy Photo Perfexion in Perfect Ivory – This is my holy grail foundation. If you’re extremely pale like me, it’s likely that your number one requirement for foundation is a decent colour match. This often means that all other factors fall by the wayside, but lucky for me I’ve managed to find a foundation that ticks ALL the boxes. I used this on my face and up across my eyelid to even everything out and give the illusion of eyeshadow.

02) Stila Convertible Colour Blush in Lillium – I’ve been leaning more towards more natural looking blushes lately, and steering clear of the bright pinks that I used to reach for. Lillium is a neutral pink shade that looks like a natural flush on my cheeks. This is the perfect no-fuss cream blush.

03) Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eye Liner – I rarely wear liquid eyeliner, but when I do I tend to get on a roll and wear it for a few days at a time. I love the Maybelline Master Precise liner because it helps create a very fluid looking line. It’s foolproof for hamfisted folk such as myself.

04) Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my all time favourite mascara. This is the perfect mascara. The ultimate. It lengthens and thickens my lashes, and doesn’t transfer to my eyelid (which is something I constantly struggle with when it comes to mascara). It also stays put all day and doesn’t flake underneath the eyes at all.

05) Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Truth – My new favourite lipgloss. I have naturally dark lips, and this is a perfect colour match for them. This could quite easily turn into my ultimate ‘your lips but better’ product.

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November 21st, 2013

The Christmas Edit

I would love to be able to experience a white Christmas, mostly because I’d die to be able to wear one of those big cosy Christmas sweaters and lounge around next to the fireplace all day. Unfortunately I would literally die of heat stroke if I wore a sweater during an Australian Christmas. My Christmas day is typically spent sitting indoors next to the air-conditioner, avoiding the face-melting conditions of the world outside. This usually lasts until the sun is low enough in the sky that I’m able to head outside without bursting into flames, and then it’s straight into the pool. Taking this into consideration, my Christmas day makeup is kept minimal: tinted moisturiser, cream blush, and a dab of tinted lip balm on the lips. The real effort is made when I go out for dinner with my family on Christmas Eve (one of our yearly traditions).

01) NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – When I wear a red lipstick/winged liquid liner combination I try to make sure that my base looks as flawless as possible. I like this foundation because it lets just enough skin show through to keep things looking natural.

02) Chantecaille Diamonds Eyeshadow Trio – The festive season is all about glitz and sparkle, and I love bringing out my glittery eyeshadows to wear at night.

03) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – In my opinion, a little flick of liquid eyeliner is the perfect match for red lipstick and this is one of my all-time favourite liners.

04) NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red – Red lips are the key to this look, and I love wearing a really bright and festive shade of red.

05) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light – Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this highlighter and I’m dying to try it out. I feel like it would give a beautiful glow to the tops of the cheekbones and help bring this entire look together.

November 15th, 2013

Product Review: Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Nip Slip

I can only imagine what kind of “interesting” search terms will lead people to this post. I ordered this after seeing it featured in a youtube makeup tutorial by Lo Bosworth, it looked like a fairly decent blush and the shade name was undeniably intriguing. The rest of the collection seems to have been graced with similarly cheeky names (innuendo, caught in the act, walk of shame, quickie, and PDA to name a few), and I’m confident in my assumption that quality-wise they’re all going to be just as beautiful as this little treasure. Nip Slip looks terrifyingly pink in the bottle, but blends out to be a very natural fleshy colour. This is a heavily pigmented liquid blush, and a very small amount of product goes a long way (if you’ve ever tried the By Terry liquid blush, this has a similar pigmentation/payoff). This blush lasts ALL DAY on my face, which says a lot because staying put on my grease slick of a face is no mean feat. It took me a little while to work out the best way to apply this blush, because it’s so pigmented it can come off looking a little ridiculous unless you get the blush-to-face ratio just right. I use my Real Techniques stippling brush to buff the product into the back of my hand and then use the brush to apply the remaining product to my cheeks. The Make Up For Ever HD Blush in Nip Slip retails for $45 AUD, and I purchased mine for $26 USD from Sephora (via parcel forwarding service Hop Shop Go).
October 12th, 2013

Product Review: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa

I love a good chubby stick. In fact, I can confidently say that Clinique’s Chubby Sticks have been my favourite lip product lately and this shade in particular is my go-to lip colour at the moment. To be honest with you guys, every time I pick it up I think…

If that isn’t enough to entice you to purchase this little beauty, read on. Clinique Chubby Sticks offer everything I could possibly want from a lip product: they give just the right amount of coverage, feel moisturizing on the lips, and they give me the ability to apply lip colour with what appears to be a giant crayon. These kinds of products are more popular now, but when they first came out on the market I had a lot of people questioning what the heck I was doing. Mighty Mimosa is my latest chubby purchase and I really love this shade. I wanted something quite neutral and slightly peachy, and this is pretty much perfect. The Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa retails for $35 AUD and is available for purchase from Clinique online.
October 1st, 2013

Sephora Haul

Can someone send me frequent reminders that the ‘treat yo-self’ concept should really be limited to a once-a-year event? Or maybe just cut up my credit cards. THANKS. Anyway, I placed a spur of the moment order with Sephora last month because I developed an obsession with the Makeup Forever HD Blush in the shade Nip Slip. I mean, the name alone. I decided to stock up on a few essentials (and non-essentials) while I was placing my order, just to make the shipping cost worthwhile (ha). I bought: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head, Beauty Blender Duo Pack, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora, Clinique Chubby Stick in Mimosa, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, and the Makeup Forever HD Blush in Nip Slip. I BOUGHT A BRONZER, GUYS.
August 25th, 2013

Product Review: Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Sweet Rose

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 22nd, 2013

Product Review: Bloom Sheer Colour Cream in Shy

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 15th, 2013

Product Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure

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 23rd, 2013

Product Review: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study

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.