Sunday, 5 March 2017

Beauty Favourites | February 2017

I struggled to look back over the products I've loved throughout February, it seems like a really month and at the same time I have no idea how we're through with the second month of 2017. There are a lot of products I've used and loved this month BUT I have only included the products that I have loved AND used consistently throughout the whole month.



Maybelline Fit Me Foundation 

Sometime last year this foundation was a favourite of mine. But as I love exploring new options, it eventually found itself un-used and shoved at the back of my drawer. I have started using this foundation again and really love it. The lasting powder is really good, especially when set with a power. It doesn't cling to any of my dry patches and

Sometime last year this foundation was a favourite of mine. But as I love exploring new products it eventually found itself shoved at the back of my drawer. I started using this foundation again and have remembered why I loved it so much! It lasts for a good amount of time, especially when set with a powder. It doesn't cling to my dry patches and gives my skin a nice texture and like the sticker on the bottle, it makes my skin look dewy + smooth.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream 

I have always had rough and dry skin around my nails. I use hand cream but this cuticle cream from Burt's Bees has helped get rid off all that dry peeling skin. After using this nightly for around a week, my skin looked dramatically better. I highly recommend this cuticle cream!!!

Fanola Nutricare Shampoo* 

Full disclosure, I received this product for review purposes. However my opinion is 100% honest and unscripted. First up, this shampoo gets bonus brownie points for it's scent - it's a very calming warm scent that is described on the label as "milky". I also detect caramel/vanilla scents, I think? I'm dreadful at identifying scents but I do know Inlove this scent! The shampoo is quite liquid-y and lathers nicely into my hair. It doesn't strip my hair or make my hair feel too squeaky clean after use but does make my hair feel clean. I would definitely considering purchasing this shampoo with my own money (you can buy it from https://amr.com.au)

Mecca Cosmetica Happy Hands Hydrating Hand Cream (Limited Edition)

First of all, I am really sorry this was a limited edition product from Christmas. However I am hoping that this hand cream reappears again, or perhaps there is also already a hand cream in the Mecca Cosmetica line? This hand cream makes me so happy! :) It smells divine, it reminds of a fancy hotel room??? and it really moisturises your hands well without leaving behind any residue. I don't need to mention the gorgeous rose gold packaging, do I?!?!?!

O.P.I 'Ducle De Leche' Nail Polish 

I can't say no to a good pinky nude nail polish and in February 'Dulce De leech' from O.PI won my heart. I absolutely adore this shade and have re-applied it to my nails multiple times this month. I rarely reapply the same colour to my nails back-to-back however this polish is really perfect.

Milani Baked Blush 'Luminoso'

This blush gets so much hype and I do think it is deserves it. It gives your cheeks a healthy pinch of colour and a glow that is beautiful but not OTT. I also like this blush because it's easy to apply and you don't have to be too careful with it.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour in 'Desert'

This is a brand new lipstick that Revlon just launched in February and I LOVE IT!!! The colour 'Desert' is my favourite type of lip shade, a warm pinky peach nude. You get great pigmentation, hydration and lasting power with these new lipsticks. You can expect a review of these on the blog soon.


Friday, 24 February 2017

New Maybelline products on Australian Shelves | February 2017

There has been a flood of new products landing on the shelves in Australian "drugstores". Today I am tackling all the new releases from Maybelline. 

Maybelline have launched their Color jolt Intense Lip Paints. There are 8 shades which vary from nude to purple, so everybody should be able to find a colour they like. These remind me of the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks as they have similar sponge-tip applicators. I picked up the nude and the pink shade, so you can expect to see a review on those soon. 





 Maybelline have jumped on the cushion foundation bandwagon and now have a "dream cushion liquid compact foundation" available in 6 shade. My Chemist currently has 35% of Maybelline face products so if you're interested in trying it out, you could pop down there.


Maybelline have a double-ended contour/highlight jumbo crayon product and two new strobing sticks. The Master strobing sticks come in 100 light and 200 beige.


The Bricks Bronzer and Highlighter is also a new  product. It's the powder palette you can see below and includes a matte bronzer with a highlighter. 



I hope you have enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments below what you are most excited about!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Project Pan 2017 - Introduction

For the first time I am doing a project pan! Although none of the products in here have actual pans - can I still call it a "project pan"? Most of the products are lip products because I am forever buying new lip products and often forget to use older lip products even if I love them!



Covergirl Colorlicious 640 'Juicy Fruit' Lipgloss 

The sole reason why this lip gloss is in my project pan is because there is a story behind it...being a little bit obsessed with lip products I brought it in a hurry, after realising I had left the house without any lip products one day. For the price I find this lipgloss to be underwhelming. I want to use it up so I didn't waste my money because I don't love it.

Clinique Chubby Stick intense '01 curviest caramel' 

I rarely reach for this lip crayon which is a shame considering it's quite nice AND I feel like it was the product that kicked off the lip crayon craze! It might be a tiny bit too brown for me but I still want to wear it more because it's really nice. It makes me so sad that I have all of these amazing lip products but I forget they exist :/

Mac 'Shy Shine' (Lustre)

This is a very easy lipstick to wear, that you can throw on when you're running late. It can help make you look more polished and it doesn't matter if you've applied it with no mirror. It doesn't last all day but it doesn't dry your lips out either. I featured this in my '2016 Make-up Favourites' post so check that post out here if you want to see a swatch!

Mac 'Syrup' (Lustre)

This is sort of "cheating" because it is nearly completely used up! This was the second lipstick from Mac I brought and definitely my favourite. When I went through a stage when I wasn't interested in blogging or make-up (what was wrong with me???) this was the lipstick I wore every day. It's such a great lipstick that is appropriate for any place and any time.




Bite Beauty Pepper/Cafe Lipstick 

My first ever purchase from Sephora when they arrived in Australia was this little lipstick duo. The colours are really nice, they wear well and I love the concept behind Bite Beauty. However, having said that this duo drives me crazy. One end has broken and the other end if nearly broken, which makes application stressful. I want to use as much of this up as possible (before it crumbles to pieces). I think mini lipsticks have a tendency to break so I would love to buy a full-sized lipstick from Bite.

Maybelline Fit me Dewy +Smooth Foundation ' 115 Ivory'

I feel like I quite liked this foundation early in 2016? But I haven't reached for it for a very long time. I don't want to toss it in the bin because it's a decent foundation...so I'm going to try and use it all up.

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss ' 330 Snog' 

This is a really nice lipgloss that I love but never reach for. As lip glosses go off and go funky I want to wear this great lip gloss before I have to throw it out.

I really hope I am not being too ambitious with my targets for the project. I'll keep you updated throughout the year. If you're doing a project pan too feel free to leave a link to your blog below :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Do these really work? Grammar Tangle Ties

I'm going to be completely honest and say that when I got sent these Glammar Tangle Ties to review I was skeptical. I've never seen hair ties like this before and they reminded me of those key rings that were popular when I was in primary school... So do these really work or do they get stuck in your hair and hurt like crazy?



The Glammar Tangle Tie is a traceless hair ring which is meant to be suitable for all hair types. The idea behind them is that they are meant to exert an uneven amount of pressure on your hair meaning there is no tell-tale sign when you pull your hair out that your hair has been tied up.

Pros:


  • They feel really comfortable in your hair regardless of if you tie your hair up in a bun or a ponytail. 
  • Using your standard hair tie I sometimes tie my hair up to tightly after a little while I can't bear it anymore and have to re-do my bun/ponytail. This is such a pain especially if I haven't thrown my hairbrush into my bag for work. With the Tangle Tie I never get that headache, it's impossible to tie the too tightly. But they still hold onto your hair tight enough that you don't feel like its loose. 
  • You're never going to struggle when it's time to pull your hair tie out. These literally slide right out of your ponytail!
Cons: 

  • After using them for a little while they loose their shape. 
  • They are bulkier than your standard hair tie so they won't necessarily fit into your phone case / wallet / pocket. 

You can buy these from AMR. For a three pack it's $2. As I mentioned earlier I received these for free but I honestly would not feature them on the blog if I didn't like them. Overall I really like these hair ties and will continue to use them.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2016 Skincare Favourites


Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF50

I adore Mecca Cosmetica's To Save Face Superscreens. They come in both SPF50+ and SPF30+. For some reason there is a difference in how they feel and their formulas. I typically stray towards the SPF50 because it offers a higher level of protection. It doesn't have that yucky sunscreen scent, it absorbs into the skin super quickly and makes applying make-up easier, it sort of acts like a primer too. Bonus! You can read my full review by clicking here. Compared to the SPF50 version the SPF30 version feels more creamy.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Last February I visited Las Vegas and I had to pay a visit to Sephora. Which is where I purchased two sugar lip treatments from Fresh. AND OH MY GOD it is seriously the only lip balm I have worn all year. In 2015 I would easily have tried out at least a dozen lip balms. This though is my holy grail of lip balms. Unlike other lip balms it doesn't dry out lips out in the long-term. It has a luxurious plump feeling on the lips, lasts forever on the lips and has a delicious scent. The tinted version is also really nice.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser

When it comes moisturiser, my list of requirements is rather long:
- Leaves  no yucky residue behind.
- Doesn't interfere with how my make-up applies.
- Doesn't interfere with how my make-up lasts.
- Doesn't make me feel oily at the end of the day.
- Absorbs into my skin instantly.
- Leaves my skin feeling moisturised but not overly moisturised (does that make any sense?)

I find that the Ultra Facial Moisturiser from Kiehl's satisfies everything I look for in a moisturiser. I'm on my second tub of it and I'll probably re-purchase a third. It's a great basic moisturiser.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion

I overhauled my skincare routine in 2016 and for the first time in a long time I have been using more than just a cleaner and moisturiser. I introduced the Clarifying Lotion from Clinique into my routine and noticed a definite improvement in my skin. Some people say bad things about Clinique and that this is a drying product. I'm not sure where I sit on all that but overall I really think it has improved my skin.

Clique Liquid Facial Soap

Continuing on with the Clinique theme...I splurged on this cleanser and really enjoy it. It doesn't dry your skin out but it still gives that clean feeling. Used in combination with the Clinqiue Clarifying Lotion and the Ultra Facial Moisturiser, I noticed a drastic reduction in pimples and break outs! Yippee.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

2016 Make-up Favourites

Happy New Year!!! 2016 has been and gone so it is time to talk about what products I loved in 2016. This is a huge post so let's skip the intro and get into the details...



Smashbox powder Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

When I wandered into Mecca I wanted something that would my make-up lat longer and provide a bit of extra coverage. After receiving amazing customer service I walked out with this powder from Smashbox. And I absolutely love it! I was warned that with a heavy hand this could look a little cake and whilst that is true, it is avoidable. Instead of just having a tub of loose powder you "shave" the powder up into the accessible part of the tub which minimises wastage and helps you get only the amount of product you need.



Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

2016 was the year of high-end foundation experimentation for me. I received a sample from Mecca after hearing mixed reviews but instantly fell in love and rushed back to buy the foundation after wearing the foundation for a handful of days. This foundation gives fantastic coverage, lasts really

Maybelline 'Rose Poudre' Nail Polish

In previous years I had different polishes on my nails every 3 days or so. In 2016 I started working full-time and my nail polish obsession faded away. Having said that I still love a good nail polish! 'Rose Poudre' is a gorgeous dusty pink colour that can be applied in one coat. It dries quickly and applies really easily, thanks to a great brush. I'm probably half-way through my current bottle and will definitely be repurchasing this polish.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

This mascara was actually in my 2015 beauty favourites but I thought it deserved to be in this post too. I have had this mascara in rotation all year and have repurchased it numerous times. The Lash Sensational does a really good job of separating and fanning out my lashes as well as adding volume without making them clumpy or gunky.

Mac Lipstick in 'Syrup' 

This lipstick from MAC is literally going to become the first lipstick I have ever completely used up. I have the tiniest nib of product in the tube which I have reluctantly working towards using up. This is a fantastic lipstick to wear as it is perfect for any situation and time.

Mac Lipstick in 'Shy Shine'

'Shy Shine' is the more neutral and lazy day version of 'Syrup' which I just talked about. It's semi-sheer and quite shimmery so it will go with any look and can be easily applied on the go. I've seen it described as a warm coral but I was going to describe it as a nude-ish pink with a slight coral undertone to it? It is more shimmery than the typical lippy I wear but I absolutely adore it.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 'Naked' (Cream)

In 2016 this was my "special" lipstick which I wore whenever I was going out. These lipsticks have amazing pigmentation, feel really creamy on the lips, don't dry out your lips and

Naked | Syrup | Shy Shine


Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment

A good base coat is really important for a great looking manicure and healthy nails. This 7-in-1 nail treatment from Sally Hansen is a really good base coat. It dries very quickly and I have noticed my nails have been in much better condition since using this base coat.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Review | Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50

Regardless of if it is a freezing cold day, a scorching hot day or somewhere in the middle... we should always wear sunscreen. The say sunscreen is one of the bets anti-aging products you can use but we typically only start thinking about sunscreen when it is sunny and hot. Even when its cloudy and "meh" weather sunscreen should be applied. The Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen with SPF50  has been my go-to SPF product for the past couple of months. It's a no-fuss product that I absolutely adore and will repurchase when my current tube empties.



This post has been sitting in my "drafts" folder for close to a week. I think it's because I want everybody to love this product as much as I do!

This sunscreen is skin-coloured but becomes invisible once applied, leaving no white cast. It feels really hydrating on the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling smooth. I find that this can be applied instead of or over moisturiser and used like a primer, as it provides a good base for make-up. It doesn't feel greasy and it doesn't leave any residue behind.

The packaging is great, a sleek black tube. The only thing that would improve the packaging would be if the lid flipped open instead of of the screw-off lid. There is no yucky sunscreen smell. It has no real scent, but smells nice at the same time.

Overall this is a luxurious feeling sunscreen that feels moisturising and works as a great base for make-up.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

My Current Everyday Make-up Routine

I recently fell into a new everyday make-up routine. As a bonus, it was completely accidental - I was mucking around with a foundation that I could never get to look good on my skin and bingo I've got a new favourite look.


 After using Clinque's clarifying lotion and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser I use the Base Magique primer from L'oreal. This is one of my favourite primers ever. It makes the foundation apply so nicely and last really well. It truly does make my make-up last longer.


I forgot to include the next product in the main picture - d'oh! But I absolutely adore the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen. You can use this instead of moisturiser and primer if you are in a hurry, however I often use it between my Kiehl's moisturiser and Base Magique primer. It doesn't smell like sunscreen, feels beautiful on the skin and it acts as a primer, making your make-up apply really nicely. It also protects you from the sun which we all know is very important.


The foundation I keep making reference to is Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation. This is the most expensive foundation I have ever brought and I was initially very disappointed with it. However, now that I have incorporated it into this new routine, I quite like it. It's a great colour match, it has good coverage and lasting power. It might even be my favourite / holy grail foundation! Stay tuned...

Using Elf's Complexion Brush (recommended by Emilynoel83 on Youtube, and if you don't watch her channel you should go and pay a visit to to it) I use Australis' Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder on top of it all.


Finally, I use Benefit's Coralista blush. I was previously not a fan of this blush but I've been really pleased with it lately. It's funny how this new routine uses so many products that I previously didn't love and now I do. 


I obviously then go in with mascara and lipstick but that changes from day to day. I will say though that Max Factor's Clump Defy mascara is a great mascara if you prefer mascaras with a drier formula, its an extremely dry mascara. My all-time favourite mascara is the Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline.




Sunday, 9 October 2016

September Beauty Favourites

Time for September favourites and I have a group of really good products this month to share with you. I really love all of these products and they have been working beautifully in my make-up routine. 

Mecca Cosmetica To Save face Superscreen SPF 50

Everybody knows that sunscreen is a brilliant way to prevent wrinkles and ageing skin, however, I think there are many people that don't follow this beauty and skincare rule. I certainly don't in winter (and yes I know this is bad of me!). But I am trying to change. I have been wearing the 'To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50' from Mecca Cosmetica over my usual moisturiser and underneath my primer and I am really liking it. I don't think it has caused any breakouts, it smells really nice and not like sunscreen at all, absorbs nicely into the skin and hopefully is keeping my skin protected from evil sun rays. It doesn't seem to interfere with the wear of my make-up either which is great!

L'Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

This primer makes your skin feel like it is covered in velvet, makes applying your make-up more effortless and I could swear it makes my make-up stay on for longer. With some primers I am dubious about their ability to make my make-up last longer but with this one I feel like it does something - yay! I have really been loving this primer, so much so that I can forgive the fact that it comes in a jar.


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter

I have been using this underneath my eyes as a bit of a concealer. It's the first concealer I have ever used underneath my eyes and I don't really know how to judge such a product but I like it so there you go. Let me know what you think is important in a under eye product!



Antipodes Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream 

I always walk past the Antipodes products in Priceline however I saw KitschSnitch on Youtube talk about this hand cream and decided I needed to try it for myself! The scent is amazing but I'm hopeless at describing scents so I'm not really going to try. It smells warm and a bit sweet??? On the hands it absorbs really quickly and makes your hands feels really smooth.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment 

I really should sit down and write an actual review on this lip balm because I just love it so very much! This is thicker than your typical drugstore lip balm and it lasts a really long time. Whereas some lip balms can make your lips more chapped and dry, I feel like this one isn't one of those lip balms where your lips get drier and addict to.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick '54 Rock n' Roll Nude'

We will address the elephant in the room first - yes the rose gold packaging definitely contributed to me wandering across to the Rimmel London stand! This is a really nice pinky nude, however it is slightly more pale than the nudes I typically wear. Really nice for spring.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Repurchased Lip Products

How can you tell if a lip product is really really really good? By how many times you've seen it in a favourites video on Youtube, by swatching it instore? To me, I know a lip product is really good if I am willing to spend my hard earned money on it not just once but twice. Today we are going to be looking at the only four lip products I have ever re-purchased. Before we get stuck into hard working lip products I would like to point out that I have excluded lip balms because I have repurchased a gazillion different lip balms. Let me know if you would like to see a post on my favourite lip balms.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey'

The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains were hyped about to the moon and back on Youtube when they were first released. I don't hear much about them anymore but I still think they are trustworthy products. I'm talking about a particular shade called 'Honey' which is - - - . Being in a lip crayon format you can swipe this across your lips wherever you are and you know your lips will be looking good. It won't have smeared itself across your face - always a good thing! It lasts well on the lips, doesn't dry your lips out and has good pigmentation. Once you get to the stage where it starting to dry down and wear off (aprox - - - hours) you can bring it back to life with a lip balm or clear gloss, or swipe some more on. It's a basic, hard-working and no fuss product.

Maybelline Colour Elixir in 'Caramel Infused' and 'Petal Plush'

When these were originally released I jumped on the bandwagon and adored these glosses. But make-up products do actually go off and they actually have "best before" deadlines printed on them. So a little while ago I did a declutter of my lip product and I tossed out three of these. I repurchased two of the shades I previously owned ('Petal Plush' and 'Caramel Infused') but did not repurchase 'Nude Illusion'. Although having said that, I think I will in the future. These have good pigmentation, feel lovely on the lips and last quite a while considering they are gloss.

Top left: Petal Plush Bottom Left: Caramel Infused From left to right: 235 Nude, Honey, Peach Lollipop


Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow in 'Peach Lollipop'

This is a great lip product for when you need something but not anything super special. It's a moisturising tinted lip balm. The pigmentation isn't super amazing but it gives your lips a bit of life - a peachy shade, needless to say.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in #235 'Nude'

I owned this lipstick quite a long time ago but my Mum fell in love with it so I let her have it. Earlier this year when My Chemist Warehouse has 50% off L'oreal I repurchased it. It's my perfect nude lipstick and even though the lasting power isn't amazing, it's still decent, and does what it needs to do.  I also love the packaging, the scent of the lipstick and how it feels on the lips.


Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments below what lip products you've repurchased.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Empties #8

My little stash of empty, used up products has been accumulating so I decided it was time to do an 'empties' post. These posts are iconic in the blogosphere and on youtube. Another thing that is very typical in the blogosphere is that these posts come far and few between. I think everybody is guilty of letting the empties pile grow a bit too much...I certainly am!


Lets get into it, shall we?

Maybelline's 'Baby Skin' Primer 

When the tube you see pictured here ran out I brought another one immediately. However, even though I am a good half way through the new tube, I am unsure if I love it as much as I originally did. This primer is very silicon-y and you have to be careful not to apply it. If you apply it, it feels like your face is going to slide off. Having said that, it does help with my enormous pores and redness. It also makes my face feel really smooth, which I love. Would I repurchase? Maybe.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I love this mascara and have already repurchased another one. It does a good job at separating your lashes and fanning them out. My lashes are pretty ordinary but this mascara makes them look great. It doesn't clump or transfer anywhere and is easy to remove. Would  repurchase?Already have.


Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara

I love this mascara too! But for entirely different reasons. Whereas the Lash Sensational from Maybelline is quite wet, this is the driest formula of mascara I have ever used. The wand is great and makes application a zinch. This mascara doesn't do spectacular things but it is a good basic mascara that I know I can rely on. Would  I repurchase? Already have.


Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Black Mascara

I believe this mascara costs $48 which is more than I would ever pay for a mascara. I received this for free with a magazine. The brush on this mascara was extremely large and it took me a while to get use to it. This mascara did work really well but to be honest, it has been sitting in my empties for a long time, and I can't remember much about it! If you have $48 to spend on a mascara it wasn't bad. Would I repurchase? Probably not - if it was cheaper it would still be a "maybe".


Top: Maybelline Lash Sensational: Estee Lauder Bottom: Max Factor Clump Defy

Simple Cleansing Wipes

These are always featured in my empties and I always stock up when Priceline has these on sale. They are useful when I want to remove swatches. I don't use them all that often on my face or eyes but I can if I need to as they are quite gentle. Would I repurchase? Always.

L'Occitane Handcream

I am a really bad blogger - I cannot remember the name of this hand cream. This was really good and at the end I stopped using it because I adored the fresh scent so much! L'Occitane do lovely handcreams and their small $12 tubes are great for the handbag. Plus, they last a long time. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Midnight Fantasy perfume by Britney Spears


Celebrity perfumes are not always popular but this is only the second bottle of perfume I have ever completely used up. It stayed around for awhile was quite intense which are key criteria for any perfume in my opinion! Would I repurchase? Yes!







Friday, 9 September 2016

Essence colour & care 'I care for you' Review

Essence have a new line of nail polishes, in addition to their colour & go collection they now have a colour & care collection. The colour & care collection consists of 4 polishes and all are soft, creamy and pastel shades. 'I care for you' is a gorgeous pale pink polish.




The polishes from this collection are marketed as nail polishes that are made with natural ingredients and with strengthening properties.

The ingredients are:
BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ALCOHOL DENAT., STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, N-BUTYL ALCOHOL, TRIMETHYLPENTANEDIYL DIBENZOATE, BENZOPHENONE-1, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE). 

As you can see these nail polishes are 5-free, that is free from the 5 ingredients that should be avoided in nail polishes (dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin). 


The formula of this nail polish is really good, quite thin but easy to work with thanks to a lovely brush. The brush is flat and very wide, making it easy to coat your nails with minimal strokes. After two coats I felt like the polish was opaque however on a few nails I felt like I could do another coat. They were opaque but there was a very faint streak. Another coat solved this problem and in the future I can see myself stopping at 2 coats. The coats themselves dry quite quickly. 

I always wear base coat but for the first time in probably four years (yes seriously) I applied this with no base coat!!! The polish applied well onto my nails and didn't emphasise any random bumps on my nails. At work I am very very very tough on my nails, so please keep that in mind...on the third day I started developing a little bit of tip wear. There were no major  chips or anything. I was really pleased with this as it was with no base-coat or top-coat and, as I said, my job is out to murder polished nails.



Sunday, 28 August 2016

August Beauty Favourites


August has absolutely flown by but at the same time, when I sat down to think about my most loved products for August, there were a lot. I whittled them down to the very best products, so enjoy! 



My skin was really struggling with winter this year so I overhauled my skincare routine. The Ultra Facial Moisturiser from Kiehl's is the moisturiser that I settled on after trying a couple of samples. It is a pretty basic product but it works so very well. The main pro's of the product are: doesn't leave any kind of residue behind your skin, your skin feels supple and moisturised, doesn't interfere with your make-up and it absorbs nicely into the skin. Con's: it only comes in a tub - I would love it if this came in a tube or pump. 



Lanolin Lemonade Lip Treatment is a classic Australian lip product. It is a shimmery liquid ip balm that does wonders for dry, chapped lips. 

Mac have a gorgeous range of colours, I think we all know that. My favourite lippy from Mac at the moment is 'Patisserie' which is a super wearable lipstick from their lustre collection. On the Mac website it is described as a "creamy neutral pink" and if I was going to have a stab at describing the colour I would say it pink nude with more pink than brown in it. 


'Perpetual Peach' from L'oreals Infallible lipstick range is an absolutely beautiful lipstick. It leans more towards the coral spectrum however it is as wearable as Patisserie, only more pigmented and opaque. This lipsticks lasts really well and is comfortable on the lips. 






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Monday, 15 August 2016

Revlon Mascara Revolution Review: Ultra Volume + Super Length

Revlon recently launched five new mascaras as part of their "mascara revolution". The collection of mascaras have been designed to meet everybody's wishes and desires. They have the: Ultimate All in One, Dramatic Definition, Ultra Volume, Super Length and Volume + Length Magnified. For over two months I have been using the Super Length and the Ultra Volume mascaras.


I remember when I first pulled the wand out of the  Super Length tube I was disappointed as the wand is quite large. I don't have the best track record with large mascara wands however I was able to continue using the wand. Unlike other large mascara wands it didn't lead to me never using the mascara. I loved the Super Length mascara the first time I used it: it definitely made my lashes look longer, it didn't clump and separated my lashes nicely.


However, now that I have also been wearing the Ultra Volume mascara...I think I prefer the Ultra Volume mascara a tiny bit more. Both are good mascaras however the difference between them is not dramatic. For me, what gets the Ultra Volume mascara across the line ahead of the Super Length mascara is that it gives a more fluttery effect, whereas the Super Length mascara can sometimes look more spiky.



 Overall, neither of these mascaras are my holy grail mascara but both are really decent mascaras and if a friend said she was going to buy one of these, I wouldn't stop her. If you like larger mascara wands you will probably like both of these mascaras. I believe other mascaras in this new colletction have smaller mascara wands and I will definitely try those out because these mascaras were pretty good.







Monday, 25 July 2016

How I store my "everyday" make-up

Does anybody else fret about optimising their make-up storage? I do! Especially when it comes to my favourite beauty products and products that can be used "everyday". Although, let's be honest...most days I'm rushing out the door and don't have time to mix up the boring old routine. Today I am sharing how I store my "everyday" make-up. This is by far the best system I have used for storing my make-up. I do have another drawer full of make-up. But...products that I know I will be reaching for throughout the week are kept out on the desk.


Last year Target were selling these acrylic 3 drawers + lipstick topper. One of the lipstick top bits are kept in that drawer mentioned so I can stack the two for a total of six drawers.

On the top I keep my favourite lip products, primers and foundations. At the back, I keep my eyeliners.



Drawer 1 - lipglosses and lip crayons



Drawer 2 - Blushes 


These are my favourite blushes at the moment! The one I reach for the most is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in 'Pink Rose'. 

Drawer 3 - Face Powders 


This drawer is face powders, the Revlon 2-in-1 foundation (which is very bulky and difficult to store) and a random blush.

Drawer 4 - Eyeshadows + Primers 


If I'm going to wear eye shadow I have to wear eye primer. My favourite is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow palette addict however I do have a few singles and I do try and use them. 'Millionaire' from Rimmel is a great shadow for a one-shadow look.

Drawer 5 - Blushes 


Another drawer of face powders, blushes and two primers. These primers are smaller so I keep them in the drawer. If I am honest I don't reach for anything in this drawer much.

Drawer 6 - Random things I want to use more (but never do)


I cannot remember the last time I used anything from this drawer. However, if you look closely you can see a blush underneath the Thin Lizzy compact. It's a blush from Chi Chi and it is gorgeous. I think I should pull it out and put it somewhere more prominent.

I would LOVE to know how you store your make-up and any tips you might have!

Have a beautiful day :) 
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