Saturday, 22 November 2014

My everyday face

Don't get me wrong, I love to experiment with make-up and try out new products but most of the time  I rely on a handful of trusted products. Boring? Maybe. But lets be honest it is no fun sitting through a meeting wondering if that new foundation has oxidised and turned you orange, or if your new blush makes you look like a clown!


These are the four products I pretty much wear everyday. I do alternate between a couple of eye shadows and blushers but these are the #1's. If I'm in a rush or I just don't want to do anything different these are what I reach for.

1. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in 'Natural Beige'.
This is my holy grail foundation. No matter how many different foundations I try, this is always the one I return to. I have probably gone through five jars of it and will always repurchase it. It's a lovely creamy formula that blends and smooths over your face easily; gives good coverage (I would say medium coverage) but is easily buildable, and; lasts for most of the day.

2. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
This mascara lengths your lashes like crazy and doesn't transfer anywhere despite not being waterproof.

3. Nyx Blush in 'Mocha'.
'Mocha' is a gorgeous warm pink. This is a very buildable blush but it is easy to apply without looking like a clown.

4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Inked in Pink'.
A sweep of this across my eyelids and that's it! The pure simplicity, foolproofness and longevity of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos make them perfect for your everyday look.

What products do you reach for on a  daily basis?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas gift guide: gifts to post

It is tricky enough trying to find and decide on the perfect gift, add in the restraints of postage and it can feel impossible. It is fast approaching the time of year where you need to send off your overseas mail so I hope this guide helps. The things I usually seek out when I need to post a gift are scarves, little pouches and cosmetic bags, cheap costume jewellery (nothing too expensive) and things that cannot break easily and are not too heavy.

Christmas gift guide: gifts to post



Necklace, 14 AUD / Bracelet / Scarve / Hair accessory / Scarve / Scarve / Beauty product / Pantone | iPhone 5 cover Lavender | Myer Online / A5 NOTEBOOK REFILL: MINIMALIST 2014 - A5 - Notebooks - Notebooks &..., 9.16 AUD / my stash, 5.71 AUD / easy on the eye, 5.71 AUD / Button Up Pin Set

For scarves I recommend shops like H&M, Forever New, Myer, David Jones, Jeans West and Mimco. Sportsgirl and Typo always have great little pouches, pencil cases and little gifts. For stationary shops like Kikki K and Typo are always great.

Hope this helps and if you have any other ideas for pressies that can survive being posted around the world, leave a comment :)



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Priceline Haul

Hi guys!!! Today (and tomorrow) Priceline has 40% off all cosmetics so I thought it was a good time to pick up some goodies. Well, let's be  honest... I will use any excuse to do some shopping and 40% is a good reason in my book.


On a complete impulse I grabbed the CC cream from Physician's formula. I love their mascara but have never tried any of their other products or any CC creams.

Something that was most definitely not an impulse buy was another jar of the Revlon Colorstay whipped cream foundation. I have lost count of how many jars I have brought of this foundation. Maybe five? Maybe more?! Another purchase that was not an impulse was the Maybelline Elixir gloss in 'Caramel Infused'. This was a re-purchase because I lost my previous one :( I also re-purchased the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Barely Branded'. Love it!!!

A purchase that was completely unexpected was the Models Prefer Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in 'Gold Star'. I thought I picked up the bronze version but obviously not. I'm not sure what I am going to do with a gold eye liner???

I also grabbed a longlasting lipstick from Esssence in 'Natural Beauty', a Lip Quench lipstick in 'Nude Satin' from Face of Austraia and a Babylips Electro Pop lip balm in 'Shocking Pink' from Maybelline.

If you grabbed anything from the Priceline 40% off sale I would love to know what you picked up!

Thanks for reading,
cheers :)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A little haul


Hi guys! I'm back from my hiatus :) My thesis was due at the end of last month and I literally sat at my desk for over 12 hours a day working on it for over a month. Naturally following that some shopping occurred...

After not reading any beauty blogs or watching any youtube videos for nearly two months the shops were a goldmine of new products I had never heard of! I was instantly drawn to the 'Summer Fiesta Nude Eye Shadow Palette' at kit because we all know I don't need another nude eye palette! With 10 baked eye shadows in a selection of gorgeous colours, in a pretty palette and a massive mirror...I was hooked. Add in the fact that it is limited edition and it had to come home with me :)  So far I have been impressed with this palette and have been reaching for it pretty much everyday. 




I also picked up the Australis AC/ME Metallic Finish Eyeshadow in Bronzonce and a Provocalips Lip Colour from Rimmel London. Reviews will be coming soon on all of these products but so far my favourite is the eye shadow palette from Kit! 

Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting back into blogging :) 
Cheers! 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Spring Racing - The Clutch Edit

The spring racing carnival is coming and those planning on attending one of the spring racing events needs: the perfect dress, the perfect shoe, the perfect clutch and the perfect jewellery. And probably a pot of gold to fund it all!

I have searched high and low for clutches that will go with lots of different dresses and span all price ranges.Enjoy!
The Spring Racing Clutch Edit














Supernova Pouch
mimco.com.au

Monday, 8 September 2014

Haul + First Impressions

Hi guys! I have been really busy lately at uni and with a pile of things to do, what do I do? Procrastinate at the shops of course!!! This is my little haul and my first impressions of the products I have used so far.


The reason I went to the shops was that Nyx was 30% off and I'm never one to say no to a bargain. I brought the Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' eyeshadow palette. This palette comes with nine eyeshadows. The three shadows I have used so far are: the bottom left and the two shadows to the right in the top row. These are decent quality for the price. Th bottom left shadow makes a beautiful inner highlight. It's shimmery but not too crazy. They are not super pigmented and don't last for a super long time BUT I haven't tried them with a primer yet. 

I also got the 'Terra Cotta' powder blush which is a natural tan with shimmer. I plan on using this for a natural blush / bronzer / highlighter look. I have another, more pink, powder blush from Nyx and love  it. 

I also discovered a new section in the beauty department at Target...a shelve full of mini-sized Nivea products, 2 for $5 or 1 for $3. I love the idea of mini-sized products because they are cheaper, I get to try lots of new products and as a beauty blogger it means I can get through them quicker and review them for you without having a million products open at the same time. 


I picked up the Nivea 'In Shower Rich Body Lotion' because I've heard good and bad things about it and the 'Rich Nourishing Body Lotion' because Nivea is well known for body lotions. I've used the body lotion already as both a body lotion and a hand cream. It is great as a hand cream because it literally sinks in immediately. As a body lotion is does a good job at moisturising my skin and sinks in quickly. I have only used the 'In Shower Rich Body Lotion' one time and don't feel like I have decided if I like it yet. I'll get back to you!

Thanks for reading,
cheers :)




Thursday, 4 September 2014

Products that smell amazing...

Are you a sucker for products that smell amazing? I am!!! Don't get me wrong, quality, packaging and price are all important factors but, in my book, a product gets bonus points for smelling delightful.


I'm going to start with a type of product that you wouldn't expect to smell good...nail polish. Revlon has a range of nail polishes that have different scents. Their 'Parfumerie' collection of nail polishes have three different types of scent: sweets & spices, freshes and fruits & florals. I have four polishes from this collection and all of them are consistently good quality. My favourite is the 'Apricot Nectar' polish that smells unbelievably delicious (plus it lasts for over a day). 'Apricot Nectar' smells quite sweet and fruity. Kind of like peach lollies? To read my full review of 'Apricot Nectar' click here.

The lipsticks from She are some of the best smelling lipsticks out there in my opinion! They have a very rich, luxurious aromatherapy oil scent that is really unique for a lipstick that only costs $14.95! If you want to read more about these lipsticks click here. 

These lip glosses get a lot of rave reviews in the blogosphere but I'm just going to mention them anyway! What am I talking about? The Nyx Butter Glosses of course. These are some of the best lip glosses ever. They smell like cupcakes or cake mixture, are super duper moisturising and give your lips a nice touch of colour. Perfect for the winter time when your lips are dry and chapped but you still want some colour on your lips!

Another lip product that smells amazing and does amazing stuff is the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid with Lemon Oil. This smells like "real" lemonade, not the cheap stuff, and works fabulously to keep your lips hydrated.

I am a bit of a hand cream fiend but I think I might have found my favourite hand cream ever?! What hand cream am I talking about? The L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream for dry skin. I know most of the products I have talked about smell like food but I promise this one doesn't. Unless you like eating baby powder??? This is a very luxurious hand cream with a subtle scent that is hard to put your finger on but to me it smells like baby powder, but in the best way possible!

I would love to know what your favourite smelling product is...?





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nyx 30% off at Target - Wishlist

Hi guys!!! This is going to be a super quick post because I have an assignment due tomorrow and it still needs A LOT of work :/ I know I haven't been around much on the blog but hopefully once I regain my control over uni I'll be more consistent...hahaha

Anyway whilst I was procrastinating I saw that Target has 30% off Nyx for the next couple of days. Which got me thinking about things I want to buy from Nyx...Nyx is a brand I really love and usually their products are of good quality. So with 30% off you can't do much wrong. 


Nyx Wishlist





How beautiful are those eyeshadow palettes?! I already have one blush from Nyx and I have literally worn it everyday for the past month (or two). Another product of theirs I love are the Butter Glosses. One of the best glosses I have ever tried - not sticky, very moisturising, nice pigmentation, plus they smell amazing. If you haven't tried them you should!

What is your favourite Nyx product?


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Rimmel London Rita Ora - Do Not Disturb Nail Polish Review

A couple of weeks ago the Rita Ora collection from Rimmel London was launched in Australia. The collection is comprised of 12 nail polishes and 5 lip crayons. Today I am reviewing one of the nail polishes from the collection, 'Do Not Disturb'. 'Do Not Disturb' is a gorgeous vibrant teal with a cream finish. 


The formula of this polish was really good. I did two coats to get complete opaqueness but you could nearly get away with one coat. It wasn't streaky, was easy to apply and dried quickly. It also lasted really well without chipping. To be honest it was a week or two ago that I had this on my nails so I cannot remember precisely how long it lasted...but I remember it lasted longer than most nail polishes. BUT and there is sadly a "but" here...this polish stained my nails really badly. I always wear base coat and have never had a polish stain my nails before. But when I was taking this polish off I discovered that it had stained my nails. Plus, as I was wiping it off it smeared onto my skin and I couldn't get it off. 


So I loved the colour of this polish but without figuring out to stop it from staining my nails I wouldn't want to wear it too often. 

Thanks for reading, cheers :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Lips of the week #2

I love lip products and recently have been mixing up the lip products I have been using a lot! They are easy to love too...they are usually foolproof, quick and simple to wear, can transform your look and in most cases it is hard to find a bad one.


The first lip product I have been reaching for a lot in the past couple of weeks is the lipstick in 'Hush' by omSHE. Not only does this lipstick smell divine and come in a beautiful gold tube (I'm a sucker for pretty packaging) but it is the most gorgeous natural pinky nude. Definitely more pink than nude, which is exactly what I like! If you haven't tried the omSHE brand before I highly recommend you do, they have lovely lipsticks and a good range of nail polishes that are 3-free.


Next up, an old product that I dug out from my stash - the Covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm in '275'. This was my go-to lip product last year but I hadn't worn it in a while and I honestly do not know why. A MLBB shade that is perfect for this time of year. For a product that labels itself a gloss balm, this gives good pigmentation, has a nice creamy formula and decent lasting power.


Another old favourite of mine, the Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Creme Brulee', has been the lip product I reach for when I don't really know what to put on my lips. It gives my lips a milky pink tinge, moisturises them like crazy and smells like cupcakes...yummy!

It's winter so I have been stacking on the lip balms! A recent purchase of mine, the Lanolips 'Lemonaid Lip Aid with Lemon Oil', has won a place in my heart. It smells like lemonade, feels really smooth, lightweight and kind of liquid-y. When the Maybelline Baby Lips first launched I didn't get the hype but all this time later I have finally been converted. The 'Mango Pie' Maybelline Baby Lips has been kicking around my desk, handbag, pocket...pretty much everywhere all the time. It actually is a really good lip balm. Not exactly breaking news is it?! And finally, after a lot of debating I picked up the Nuxe Reve de Niel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. I have read a billion amazing reviews on this lip balm and despite it coming in a pot (ew germs!) it seriously is amazing. I put this on my lips before going to sleep and it is still on my lips after eating breakfast. Impressive stuff! I'll write up a full review of this soon.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!!! :)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Empties #3

Hi guys! It has been a couple of months since I last did an "empties" post so I thought it was time.


Natural Instinct Hand Wash*: This was a really lovely hand wash. It smellt amazing, felt really soft and moisturising and lathered up nicely. I adored how this product left my hands feeling nourished and it's scent but I can't remember it claiming to be "antibacterial"? Would I re-purchase? Absolutely, but if it isn't anti-bacterial I would only use it in the laundry.



Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream: Guys, you wouldn't believe how relieved I am to finally feature this tube of hand cream in an empties post! It is kind of ridiculous but it makes me sooo happy because this tube took over 2 years to use. This was a really nice hand cream perfect for people who wash their hands a lot as it left a glove-like feeling, even after hand washing! This was the hand cream I turned to in the cooler months when my hands are especially dry. However you only need to use a little bit so it will take you a while to work your way through the tube! I would repurchase this product but I'm in no hurry.

Palmolive Raspberry Hand Sanitiser: These Palmolive hand sanitisers were recently launched in Australia and I have quickly become addicted to the raspberry one. Actually, to be honest I haven't even tried the other scent because I love the raspberry one so much. Not much to say really except that it smells better than most other hand sanitisers. Would I repurchase? Already have!

The Body Shop Jolly Orange Body Butter: This was from Christmas a couple of years ago. I liked the scent but I don't really love The Body Shop Body Butters. They don't sink in instantly and can leave a residue behind. Would I repurchase? Probably not.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel: How many of these have I featured in my empties posts? I started using this product 7 years ago when I was in high school and had horrible pimples. It saved me from those pimples and I have praising it since. But this year I have started swapping out all of my skincare for products without parabens so sadly I won't be repurchasing this one (well maybe one back-up!) but would 100% recommend it if you don't care about parabens.

Bloom Aromatherapy Lip Balm: This has been lurking around in my drawer for years and years and years. I don't think I have even used it for five or so years. It is well and truly expired and I'm chucking it out. Would I repurchase? I can't remember enough about it to say! I'm going to hazard a guess and say no.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish: This is a quick drying top coat. I haven't quite finished this bottle up because it has gone a bit gloopy but I really love the product. I have already repurchased.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength: Two!!! Yes I had two of these lurking in my drawer. Both have gone thick and gloopy. That tends to happen to these once you get to the bottom quarter. Nontheless I like these and have already repurchased.



Nivea Invisible Black & White Deodorant: This is what I usually use. It works. What else can I say? Would I repurchase? Already have.

Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant: I occasionally suffer from asthma. Both mornings after using this aerosol I noticed myself feeling a bit asthma-y. I would't use this product again for that reason alone.

Dove Pink Deodorant: Another deodorant. At this point I would like to point out that these were collected over months and months :p I can't remember much about it. Would I repurchase? I can't remember anything about it but yes.


And finally lets take a moment to commiserate. Benefit's So Hooked on Carmella is the only perfume in my entire life that I have loved. I used this every day for an entire day until it ran out. And then they discontinued it! :'( I am absolutely devastated about this. It's not discontinued overseas (yet) and am very tempted to try and get a stockpile shipped to me. Would I repurchase? Yes, by the litre!!! Hahaha :)


Thanks for reading :)



Monday, 11 August 2014

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Review

I don't talk about mascara much on the blog. Probably because I have only recently fallen completely in love with mascara. Seriously, how could I not know the magical powers of mascara? Anyway,  I have been using the Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara for a good two years and don't get me wrong, I love the fact that it is free from nasty chemicals. But...it is pretty expensive and Priceline had 50% off Rimmel. I use to use a Rimmel mascara years ago so decided to pick up the Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara for the awesome price of $8.97. I have heard good things about this mascara in the blogger universe so I decided to give it a shot. One stroke of this mascara on my pretty ordinary lashes and I was sold.


These are my lashes before applying the mascara. I had no idea what I was doing with these photos...apologies!

 These are my lashes with one coat of the mascara.

                                      

This mascara claims to wrap and extend every single lash, condition your lashes and make your lashes look 90% longer. I have it in 'Black'. It also comes in 'Brown' and 'Extreme Black'. I haven't noticed any smudging of the mascara and the wand is quite thin and long. This makes it quite quick to apply.

Do I think it makes my lashes look longer? Absolutely! I'm not sure if the photographs capture it but I really do think this makes my lashes look super long. Which is fab because I have really short lashes.

Does it extend and wrap around every single? I think it does. I have zero skill when it comes to applying mascara and am lucky if I don't stab myself in my eye with the mascara wand! Yet I don't think there are any lashes that are not completely covered with mascara.

Does it condition your lashes? I honestly can't say whether it does or not because I'm not sure how to tell if it has. I definitely haven't noticed it having a negative effect on the health of my lashes.

Please let me know what your favourite mascara is and if you know of any good ones that are free from nasty chemicals :) Cheers!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Moisturiser Edit

Brilliant skincare is hard to find. I have no trouble finding ordinary skincare - products that work and do the job relatively well - but it takes a lot for me to fall in love with a skin care product. Whats more, my skin is always changing so a product that works for me in April might not do much good in January. Plus what works for me might not work for you. Oh boy!!! Skincare is a minefield of dilemmas but some some products are worth their weight in gold. Today I want to share with you the moisturisers I have been loving and have made a little moisturiser guide for you :)


My holy grail moisturiser is the Mario Badescu 'Buttermilk Moisturiser'. I started using this seven years ago when I was in high school and had terrible pimples and oily skin. I have lost count of how many bottles I have gone through of this moisturiser. This moisturiser is very lightweight and a little goes far. It sinks in instantly (seriously), leaves your skin feeling supple, moisturised and soft. My skin is often quite red and whenever my skin feels irritated or I have some pesky pimples or that dreadful dry patchy skin you get after a pimple, I apply this and my skin is immediately soothed. As this moisturiser absorbs instantly, doesn't leave any residue on your skin and is lightweight, in my opinion it is my perfect moisturiser all year throughout. It doesn't interfere with any make-up you wear apply on top of it and if you are looking for a moisturiser for all situations this is the one I recommend. You get 59ml and you can buy this for $28.95 from Kit Cosmetics and Mecca. 

Now, it is probably really obvious that I adore the Buttermilk Moisturiser but unfortunately there is a but. Seven years ago things like parabens didn't concern me but they do now and I have been swapping out all of my skincare for products that are free from nasty chemicals. I have found some great lip balms, cleansers and body lotions without nasty chemicals but it has taken me a long time to find a moisturiser that I love.


The Boots Laboratories Optiva Comforting Day Cream* with SPF15 is a very thick and luxurious moisturiser. It is paraben free. Unlike the Mario Badescu one this one is thicker and less lightweight and spreadable. If you have super dry skin or irritated skin this is definitely the moisturiser you should reach for. However, unlike the Mario Badescu moisturiser, I do not recommend wearing make-up over the top of this one as I find that it leaves a residue on my skin that means that my make-up doesn't last as long and by the end of the day I feel oily in my T-zone. I love this moisturiser for days when I either don't need make-up or don't need my make-up to last for a long time. This also a great moisturiser for the evening. I highly recommend this moisturiser for anybody who needs an intensive moisturiser. You get 40ml in the tube and can buy this for $22 from your Amcal or Guardian pharmacy.

The Natural Instinct Daily Moisturiser* is a great moisturiser for those people who want a moisturiser that does everything. It's like the paraben free version of the Buttermilk Moisturiser. This one doesn't sink in quite as quickly as the Buttermilk Moisturiser but unlike the Optiva Comforting Day Cream it doesn't interfere with your make-up. It doesn't leave a residue on your skin and leaves your skin feeling really hydrated. Plus it is vegan free, pH balanced and free from a very long list of chemicals, including being free from parabens, sulphates and petrochemicals. I have really been enjoying wearing this moisturiser under my make-up.You get a 125ml in the tube and can buy this for $10.29 from Priceline.

So there you have it! From my collection of moisturisers, these are the ones I love and would recommend. What is your favourite moisturiser? 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Sally Hansen 'Bittersweet' Nail Polish Review + Nail Art

A couple of days ago I painted my nails with Sally Hansen's 'Bittersweet'. I wrote up a review of it but thanks to work, uni, winter rain and lack of light, photos didn't happen. Then today when the sun came out I realised my nails were too chipped to swatch. So I decided to do a bit of lazy nail-art.


'Bittersweet' is a dark brown polish that looks a lot darker on the nails compared to what it looks like in the bottle.


Drying time was pretty good with this polish considering my coats were quite thick...oops! The formula was non-streaky and quite thick which is something I normally like but I found that despite this colour being very dark I needed two coats. My first coat was pretty opaque but I felt like it looked patchy.....hence the second coat. I don't know if that makes any sense because how can it be opaque and patchy at the same time???


To hide a couple of chips I stuck on some french manicure tip guides from Essence and painted over the chips using Revlon's 'Fall Mood' nail polish. I thought this actually turned out pretty well and it was super quick. With a coat of Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri top coat this took no time to dry. Yipee :)