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)
May 10, 2013
Every time I use this perfume I get Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones stuck in my head, which is absolutely fine by me. I’m terrible at describing scents so I’ll let Brooke from Firebird (previously Flourish) do the leg work: “The scent of brown sugar, mellow and sweet, joined by coconut, vanilla and sandalwood. Soft, gentle and comforting.” Firebird scents have this amazing way of smelling exactly the way they’re described. This perfume is no exception and smells exactly like brown sugar. It’s creepy and amazing and I love it. It lasts just as long as the other Firebird fragrances on the skin, but I do have to note that I can only use these perfumes on my wrists as they seem to irritate the skin on my neck. If you’re willing to work around this, I highly recommend all of the Firebird perfumes and if you’re looking for a new perfume for the season I suggest heading over to their store to check out what is on offer at the moment. The Firebird Brown Sugar Perfume Oil retails for $10.22 AUD and is available for purchase from the Firebird Etsy store.
May 2, 2013
As per usual, my skin kicked up a fuss at the recent turn of the season. To try and combat this (quite clearly inspired by Jen), I went on a little spree at Kit Cosmetics in the hope of shaking up my skin care routine. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s necessary for me to use an oil-free moisturizer as part of my morning skin routine because honestly, the less oil I add to my already-greasy mug the better. I was surprised at how small this tube is. So surprised that I asked the sales assistant if it came in a bigger tube, much to her disdain. Sorry I have a gigantic face. This does pretty much exactly what you want from an oil-free moisturizer; lightly hydrates the skin without leaving a greasy residue. The smell isn’t my favourite – slightly herbal, but with a minty scent on top of that – but it fades pretty quickly so it’s not a deal breaker for me. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the packaging of Origins products make me so happy. I love having them on display in my bathroom alongside the 5 billion strands of hair I shed every day. I like this moisturiser so much and have used it so often that I’ve nearly run out and have already ordered a replacement. The Origins Zero Oil Moisturizer retails for $39 AUD and can be purchased from Kit Cosmetics.
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).
April 20, 2013
I own an embarrassing amount of the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks, and although it’s not the most exciting colour Temptress is probably my favourite shade. At the very least it’s my most-used shade because it’s so easy to wear and works well for day-to-day looks. My lips are naturally a dark pink shade so I can’t wear a lot of nude toned lipsticks without looking like the spectre of death, but this one works well for me. The only down side to this product is the lasting power, which doesn’t seem to be as long as the other shades I’ve tried in this range. Despite that, it’s still my go-to lip product at the moment. The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress retails for $21.95 AUD and can be purchased from Priceline.