My Go-To Spring Makeup

As you may be able to tell, I’m a creature of routine and habit. One of my favourite routines is switching up my makeup look each season. I have certain makeup looks I attribute to each season, and for spring it’s all about peachy cheeks and lips and a neutral eye. I like to keep things looking fresh n’ clean. Here’s what I’ve been wearing on my face on a daily basis lately, including some of my all-time favourite “spring appropriate” products –

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster
NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Tarte 24 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Daphne

Sephora Haul

I try and put off placing Sephora orders for as long as I can, so I can pick up all of my necessary/holy grail items at once. There are some products that I absolutely love that I just can’t find anywhere in Australia, so being able to parcel-forward things from the US Sephora site via Hop Shop Go makes life a lot easier for me. Especially as my holy grail foundation is only available for purchase from there. *stressful* Here’s what I picked up this time around –

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
2x Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge Nude
2x Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Fresh Sugar Lip Conditioner in Rose

If you have any suggestions for products I should pick up from Sephora in the future, please let me know. I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to purchasing new beauty products… Mostly because I have no idea what to try! I’d love to hear your suggestions so please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

Use It Or Lose It Project 2015-2016

Back in September I posted about a little project I’d set for myself, to either use up products or get rid of them. My main goal is to reduce my beauty stash down to a select collection of ‘holy grail’ or staple items. Isn’t that the dream? My first post was regarding haircare, and this time around I’m going to share with you my list of makeup to be used up or chucked out/given away. I did a big cull before writing up this post, so what’s left is stuff I’m pretty sure I’ll get a bit of use out of.

‘Base’ Products
Arbonne Setting Pretty Translucent Setting Powder
Benefit Erase Paste in Light
Benefit The Porefessional
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair/Clair
Revlon Colourstay 24 Hour Fountation in Ivory
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
YSL Touche Eclat in #1

B Collection by Bloom Shade & Line in St Mark’s Square
Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Black
Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Bonsai
CK Brow Definition in Brunette
Face of Australia Eye Definer in Purple
Givenchy Magic Khol in Black
Hourglass Brow Arch in Soft Brunette
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (Brown Eyes)
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (Green Eyes)
Rimmel Waterproof Eye Definer in In The Nude
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Hustle

Bare Minerals Eyeshadow Duo in The Top Shelf
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Shell
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Incognito
Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Gold
Inglot 2 Shadow Palette
L’Oreal Chrome Shine in Midnight Stars
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Colour Pencil in Delicate Beige
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Colour in Enigmatic Brown
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyes Shadow in Smoky
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
MAC Eyeshadow in Dazzlelight
MAC Eyeshadow in Gleam
MAC Eyeshadow in Jest
MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!
MAC Eyeshadow in Trax
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari
Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Dio in Taffeta Taupe
Urban Decay Naked Palette

Dior Diorshow Mascara in Pro Black (travel size)
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
L’Oreal Telescopic in Black
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions in Black
Maybelline Volum’Express in Blackest Black

Burberry Light Glow in Peony Blush
By Terry Rose De Rose in Fresh Rose
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub
Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance
Estee Lauder Silky Powder Blush in Rose Nuance
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunrise
MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl
MAC Satin Powder Blush in Supercontinental
MAC Sheertone Blush in Instant Chic
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso
MUFE HD Blush in Nip Slip
NYX Powder Blush in Angel
NYX Powder Blush in Peach
Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera
Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
The Balm Shadow/Blush in Frat Boy

Benefit High Beam
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink
Pout Baked Sugar in Shimmer Swirl
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Gold
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Benefit D’Finer D’Liner
Bloom Lipstick in Stain
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Sweet Nectar
Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli
Chanel Rouge Coco in Teheran
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur
Clarins Rouge Eclat in Sweet Rose
Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa
Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #215
Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #235
Covergirl Lipstick in Heavenly Paradisiaque
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Shine in Nude Rose
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Petal
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Petal (travel size)
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose
Inglot Lipstick in #230
Inglot Soft Precision Lip Liner in #58
Inglot Soft Precision Lip Liner in #74
Lanolips Lip Ointment in Rhubarb
Lipstick Queen Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff
L’Oreal Lipstick in Bloody Mary
L’Oreal Lipstick in Spring Rosette
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Charming Coral
Maybelline Super Stay Lip Liner in Red
Maybelline The Elixr in Blush Essence
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal
Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Standout
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pango Peach
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress

Sephora Haul (and how I order from the US site…)

Ordering from Sephora has become a sort of hit-and-miss process, which can be extremely frustrating (especially when I’m approaching the end of my favourite foundation). I recently placed an order, and thought it would be a good time to update you all on how I order things from the US Sephora site using a parcel forwarding service. Because I tend to order 4-5 products at a time (depending on cost), I find in the long run it ends up being cheaper for me to get things sent here from the USA. It was even better when the Australian dollar was strong but what can you do?! I posted a how-to style post on Hop Shop Go a couple of years ago, but their site has changed a little bit since then. This is how I order now –

Step One – sign up with Hop Shop Go. Hop Shop Go is my favourite parcel forwarding service. I know Australia Post offer something similar, but I’ve heard enough nightmare stories from people of their parcels going missing and Australia Post not doing much to help them out that I’m happy sticking with what I know. When you sign up with Hop Shop Go you’re issued a postal address, and you’ll need this for later. Please note: to use Hop Shop Go you will also need a PayPal account.

Step Two – sign up as a Sephora member. Sephora have a great rewards system, and you can accrue points to exchange for sample sized products and additional benefits (if you get enough points under your belt).

Step Three – get shopping! Hop Shop Go will not ship aerosols or nail polishes. So no perfumes, sprays, or the Sephora for OPI range for us. I’ve also found I have a much greater success rate with orders that fall under US $100, so I always stick to that. If you’re unsure what to buy from Sephora, see here. Please note: if your order gets cancelled, Sephora will hold onto your money for a few days. So if you’ve been squirreling away your pennies for a little splurge on makeup, you may have to wait a few days longer if your initial order is cancelled.

Step Four – time to order! As you progress to the checkout you’ll be asked for an address – this is where the Hop Shop Go personalized address comes in handy. When placing the order, I always use a VISA. Again, I’ve had more of a success rate with this so it’s what I stick to now. You should get a confirmation email regarding receipt of your order, and then a second email when your order has shipped. These usually come within two or three days.

Step Five – forward that parcel! You’ll receive an email notification when your order arrives at the Hop Shop Go facility. At that point you can log onto the site, click on ‘Ship + Track’ and go from there. My orders usually arrive within a week and are delivered by DHL.

To give you an idea of what a typical order will cost, I’ve broken it down for you. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the Australian dollar is performing terribly at the moment. This plays a big part in whether orders from the US are worthwhile.

Total cost of products at Sephora: $87 USD ($117 AUD)
+ Shipping (this is calculated on the weight of your package): $23.13 USD ($31 AUD)
Total = roughly $148 AUD

Total cost of products in Australia (with no shipping cost): $140.51

One of the big benefits of ordering from Sephora is the range of products available. The fact that I can order the only foundation I use from the site, but cannot find it anywhere in Australia is a big selling point for me.

And now for what I ordered! The main reason for my order was to pick up another tub of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but I thought I’d pop another couple of staples into the cart to make shipping worthwhile. So I also grabbed another tube of my holy grail mascara – Lancome Hypnose, and my favourite go-to lip shade – the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose. I was also gifted three free samples but I only picked two, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, and the NUDE Skincare Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil. Using my Sephora reward points I also picked up a deluxe sample size of Dior’s ‘Diorshow’ Mascara, and Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow. Now I just need to sit back and wait for them to arrive!

Product Review: Hourglass Ethereal Glow Blush

I just realised it’s been a long time since I posted a product review on the blog, but this blush is well worth the honour of being the first review in quite a while. I love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (although I’ve been using it a lot less after dropping and smashing it), so I was really intrigued when the brand released this line of blush. To be honest I couldn’t really justify the price with a cupboard full of blush waiting to be used, so I tucked them away in the back of my mind for future reference. When Christmas came around last year I made sure to pop them on my wishlist, and was lucky enough to receive Ethereal Glow as part of my gift from Sebastian. This is a lovely blush, but I think the reason it works for me is because I have such fair skin. The blush is dusty and the payoff is faint, which means I need to apply a lot of product to get any sort of colour to show on the cheeks. When the colour does show it’s a stunning soft pink with a hint of shimmer to it. I love it so much I even included it in my capsule makeup collection for Autumn. The Hourglass Etheral Glow Blush retails for $46 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima.