Sunday, 7 February 2016

January Beauty Favourites + Blog Update

These are the products I loved using the most during January... 

Before we get into the post I want to first give you a quick update about the blog. It is no secret that I didn't blog much during 2015 however I am jumping back onto the blogging bandwagon and will be dedicating a lot more time to Beautiful Living in 2016. I am super excited to have my enthusiasm back for blogging and hope you continue to enjoy Beautiful Living




Maybelline Baby Skin Primer 

This primer received so much hype when it was first released in the US a very long time ago. People were shouting from the rooftops that it was similar to Benefit's Porefessional. Whilst I have never used the Porefessional I can say that I am loving this primer. It makes my skin feel very smooth and makes my make-up go on flawlessly. I am also pretty sure it prolongs the wear of my make-up, however I am still messing around with it so I will report back in a full review once I am 100% sure.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 

This mascara has been included in my 'monthly favourites' post before and there is a good reason it is re-appearing here. Whenever I want my lashes to be 10% amazing I reach for this mascara. It easily separates my lashes, doesn't clump and makes my lashes look dramatic without a fuss.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara 

The Falsies is another great mascara from Maybelline that I have recently fell in love with. The formula of this one is less wet than Lash Sensational, so I feel like this one is a little easier to apply. It is definitely a mascara worth checking out.

Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in 'Get Ready' 

Silly as it may be I could spend sentences talking about how cool the packaging is on the lipstick. But I probably shouldn't so lets talk about the actual lipstick, hey? This is a stunning "my lips but better" shade with a berry undertone. This lipstick has great pigmentation and is creamy. If I don't want it to be as bold as it is normally I put it over some Lucas papaw. Beautiful!


L'oreal Color Riche Eye Colour Pencil in 'Delicate Beige' 

This cream eye shadow pencil is beautiful. 'Delicate Bridge' is a champagne-y shimmer shade. This is a very easy shade to apply onto the lid and hey presto that's all you need to do before leaving the house.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment 

So if you are Aussie you will know this iconic product...which according to the tube is a "local topical application for minor burns and scalds, sunburn, gravel rash, cuts and minor open wounds, insect bites, splinters and nappy rush". But I think we basically say that we pull the tub out for many many many things. I love using this as a lip balm. I just recently re-purchased this after not using it for a couple of years and they now have a tube with a lip applicator which is sooo good! I don't know why it took me so long to buy this again because I'm loving it!


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day :)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Empties #7

It's empties time! I have to admit I love watching a good empties post on youtube or reading a empties post...I hope you enjoy this post!

So these are the products I have recently used up. You know that if I use a product up  I must like it but keep reading to see if it is re-purchase worthy!!! 



Essenzza Cleanse and Exfoliate Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes

I picked up these facial wipes from Priceline and the first thing I have to mention is the smell. They smell like pineapple - amazing! I typically don't use facial wipes to remove all my make-up but just my eye make-up and these did a decent job. Would I repurchase? Definitely.  

Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer 

This was a primer that I whole heartedly loved whilst using. However I may have since found another primer I like even more...Having said that this is a nice primer that makes your skin feel super smooth and makes your make-up apply nicely. I loved using this when I was trying to use up an old foundation which I didn't like. It made the bad foundation apply like a good one...yay! Would I repurchase? Maybe

Olay Complete UV Max Defence Lotio SPF30

This is a moisturiser I repurchase every summer because it offers SPF30 whilst moisturising my face. It also absorbs nicely into my skin, doesn't leave any residue behind and doesn't interfere with any make-up you apply over it. Would I repurchase? Yes 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation 

In pretty much every 'empties' post I do there is either a bottle of Colorstay or a tub of the whipped cream colorstay foundation from Revlon. I love both of the equally as much, however in this post it is the liquid version that has been used up. This is a great foundation, I've harped on about it a million times and I think nearly every man and his dog has tried it. Enough said. Would I repurchase? Already have!

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

This mascara was lurking at the bottom of my 'empties' pile so it has been a very long since I have used this mascara. I'm pretty sure I have repurchased this mascara at least once so it must be decent. From memory...this is a really good basic mascara that does a great job at lengthening eyelashes. Would I repurchase? Maybe

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

This is a fabulous mascara when you want dramatic lashes. The formula of this mascara is leaning towards the wet side however it doesn't pose any issues and the brush is quite good. Unique but once you figure it out, it's quite user friendly. Would I repurchase? Already have! 

Essano Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser 

This is a really nice "basic" moisturiser. It absorbs nicely into the skin, doesn't break me out and doesn't leave any weird residue behind. It keeps my skin moisturised and doesn't interfere with make-up application. Would I repurchase?  Already have :)

Essano Gentle Facial Exfoliator 

If you are looking for a new facial exfoliator I highly recommend trying this one from Essano out. Whilst it isn't the most gentle exfoliator I like how it feels exfoliating and is, at the same time, gentle enough to use daily. Would I repurchase? Yes! 


Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy 'Citron' & 'English Honey & Peach Blossom' 

You have heard me rave about Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams. My all-time favourite was the 'English Honey & Peach Blossom' so I was very sad to see this tube completely depleted. The 'citron' was also very nice, it was more of a gel formula compared to the other one. Both of these were fantastic hand creams - very moisturising and smelt amazing. Would I repurchase? Yes 

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes 

I go through so many of these that I forgot to keep one aside for the photo...ooops! They work great at removing make-up and are gentle enough to use on your eyes. Would I repurchase?  Already have!









Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy Australia Day everybody!!! To celebrate Australia, Australian made products, Australian owed products and the fact that tomorrow and on the 28th Priceline (the Aussie "drugstore" will be having their 40% off all skincare sale. Yippeeeee :) ) I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some Aussie skincare brands you can find at Priceline.

Australian Skincare



Saturday, 23 January 2016

What's in my bag?

I am completely obsessed with handbags and I have been for my entire life. I thank my DNA, both my Mum and her Mum share this obsession. Having such an obsession means that I change my bags A LOT so treat this like a disclaimer. This is what my handbag looks like today, tomorrow it will probably be different, however whenever I use this specific bag this is what is in it...Oh and I guess I should mention the actual bag too! This is what I carry around with me when I use my small Longchamp Le Pliage.



  • Mimco Mesh Mash Wallet - I adore the matte mesh on this wallet. I had always admired the original Mimco mesh but it was too bling for me to use everyday, even though you can't see the true matteness of the wallet in the pic, it is definitely matte! 
  • Rubi Bag Tassle - Tassle keyrings seem to be "the thing" at the moment. I didn't want to splurge on one of the super nice (but super expensive) ones because it is just a keyring at the end of the day. This one was $6.95 :) Top Tip: Buy a colourful keyring that is large or has something dangly you can feel it when you are groping around in your bag, because you know...your keys are never going to be easily found!  
  • Nivea Lip Balm, Vitamin Shake 'Cranberry & Raspberry' - There is always a lip balm or three in my bag! This one is my current fave, it smells so nice.
  • Mac Lustre Lipstick in 'Syrup' - This is definitely the lipstick I wore the most in 2015! As it is a colour I can pretty much wear wherever and whenever it is pretty much always in my handbag :) 
  • Headphones - I keep my headphones untangled by using a bulldog clip! So much easier and less embarrassing than having to detangle them everytime I pull them out of my bag.

  • Typo A5 Weekly Buffalo Diary - I'll be the first to admit my memory is not that great! So a diary is a necessity. Last year I tried relying on the calendar on my phone and whilst I LOVE how it syncs between my laptop and iPad I have always been a stationary lover so this year I am using a paper diary properly again. It is also a good excuse to buy pretty pens! 
  • Kikki K Metal Rollerbal Pen: Don't Follow Your Dreams, Chase them - This pen is so cute I couldn't leave it behind in the shop. I love how sturdy and special this pen feels.
  • Mimco Stand Case - Sometimes I don't want to take a bag out (ironic considering the premise of this post!) so this is fantastic because it protects my phone and also provides me with a place to slip in some money and cards.  
  • Crabtree & Evenlyn Sugar & Spice Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy - There is always a hand cream floating around the bottom of my handbag. This Christmas hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn smells amazing and is a great hand cream. It sinks in quickly and moisturises lovely. 
  • And the usual suspects: Stray hair ties, hand sanitiser. Not much to say here...

Friday, 22 January 2016

Workout in Style

There is nothing better than a killer workout outfit to get me motivated to do a workout! I'm a huge fan of all the printed leggings that are going around at the moment. They are so much more exciting than plain old black leggings, which are then typically worn with a black tee. Whilst I was "online window shopping" I saw these beauties, worn with a loose black tee and armed with a big bag (that is awesome because it has sequins on!) to carry all my gym gear in, this outfit would definitely get me out of bed and heading to the gym!
 Workout in Style with Farfetch



Y 3 zipper hoodie, 455 AUD / Fadeless cotton tee, 105 AUD / Norma Kamali leggings pants, 240 AUD / NIKE black flat shoes, 135 AUD / Vanessa Bruno black tote, 285 AUD / Moncler Quilted Beauty Case - Apropos The Concept Store - Farfetch.com, 545 AUD

These clothes were found whilst "online window shopping" at Farfetch.com 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Need a new party dress?

Now that we have had the Christmas Party Season, Christmas and New Years Eve, I don't know about you but I am running out of nice dresses to wear!!! As soon as a new dress enters my rotation I tend to over-wear it, does anybody else do this?

If like me, you feel like if you don't get a new dress soon all the photos of you on Facebook will look identical, it might be time do some online shopping - yay!!! 

This gorgeous scuba dress from Boohoo has a super vibrant floral pattern and a bold black hem. Pair it with a black clutch and some chunky black wedges to tie the whole look together. Some purple nail polish would also look amazing, I'm thinking that 'Bold Sangria' from Revlon would be the perfect nail polish to wear with this dress, a deep purple. 


The link for the dress is here. Shipping from Boohoo was quick, the dress came neatly folded and clean and overall the quality of the dress is good, especially since it was a steal of a price! The material is quite thick so it isn't the most flattering dress in the world. However other dresses in this style tend to be super flattering when they are not in scuba material. 

If you are looking for something a little more casual, check out the awesome shift dresses that Boohoo currently have on their website for $30. A mono print here and a geo print here

The black patent leather clutch is the Black Molten Envelope from Mimco and the shoes were from Novo (approximately 2 years ago). Sidetone: the show are super comfy! 

*Dress provided by Boohoo for review purposes




Saturday, 9 January 2016

2015 Beauty Favourites

It's time to round up the beauty products that I loved the most and used the most throughout 2015. Overall I think that in 2015 I discovered a number of amazing products and there are a number of products that I cannot imagine not using daily. My skincare routine changed but what changed more drastically was my make-up routine...but that's another blog post (note to self!).


Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer

A silicon based primer, this primer provides a silky smooth base for my foundation to be applied onto. Not only does it make make-up application easier but it makes everything look significantly better. 

Australis Pressed Powder 

This pressed powder from Australis is a marvellous beauty staple that prolongs the wear-time of your foundation and blends easily into your skin - no cake face to see here! 

Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder

Okay so what's going on here? Two Australis pressed powders?! That's right, I swear I'm not going crazy. This Fresh&Flawless powder is an Aussie beauty icon and if you don't have this sitting on your dresser you need to give it a shot. It's a 2-in-1 foundation and pressed powder that can be worn alone, over primer or with your foundation. It adds coverage, helps to hide my redness and applies easily. I prefer to apply this with a kabuki brush over the sponge that comes with the compact. This could be my favourite product for the entire year. 

Mac Lustre 'Syrup' Lipstick

This is most definitely the most worn beauty product of 2015, I would be surprised if I had worn this fewer than 4 days a week. It's a beautiful and easy choice to reach for as the colour is very appropriate for anytime and anywhere, regardless of whether you have a full face of make-up on or a no make-up day. Being a lustre means has a slight shine and can be built up to a mid level of opaqueness. You can wear it more sheer too. Syrup is a berry mauve colour, leaning towards the pink end of the spectrum. I wear this lipstick nearly every day - seriously! If you want to buy a Mac lipstick buy Syrup!!! 

Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Angel Food Cake'

We are going to skip the whole "butter glosses are the best, they smell divine...blah blah blah" spiel...Angel Food Cake is a beautiful deep rose pink colour which is very glossy. Unlike some of the other glosses in this range, this one has no hint of milkiness, the colour is pretty opaque for a gloss, and super shiny!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect Mascara

During 2015 I broke away from my habit of only having one tube of mascara open at the one time. I wouldn't say I was obsessed with trying out different mascaras but I am definitely on the path to obsession! The Lash Sensational mascara from Maybelline is brilliant, the rubber brush is an unique shape which helps you get the "full fan effect".  The formula is lightweight, doesn't smudge, doesn't clump and gives you a really impressive effect. This mascara doesn't get consistently good reviews online however I personally love it and think it is worth trying out! Well obviously considering it made it into this post! 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

I never wear eye shadow without first applying this eye shadow primer first! It truly does make your eye shadow last ages. I typically buy cheaper eyeshadow, which typically lasts around 5 hours without primer, however with primer I find most of my eyeshadow lasts up to 8-12 hours. I love this eyeshadow primer and certainly recommend it. 

Maybelline Colorshow Crayon Khol

This pencil eyeliner is by far the best eyeliner I used during 2015. Being a beginner my eyeliner skills are lacking...what I love about this eyeliner is that being a pencil it is quite dry, making it harder to make mistakes. It also doesn't smudge easily. 

Nyx Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' Eyeshadow Palette

This is a great little palette with a lovely range of colours, regardless of whether you want a natural eye or a pop of colour. Without primer the eyeshadows last around the five hour mark. They apply well and blend quite well too. I adore the deeper pink colour and the matte brown. The matte brown is in no way chalky, has good pigmentation and blends well. 

Garnier Moisture Match Light Softening Cream (Normal to Dry Skin)

This is a really good basic moisturiser which I discovered whilst my skin was going through a crazy stage. I love how this moisturiser is very hydrating without being slippery. It sinks in nicely and leaves your skin feeling hydrated all day long. 

Olay Complete Defence Daily UV moisturising lotion SPF 30+

This is my go-to moisturiser for the summer months. It moisturises my skin, sinks in quickly, leaves no weird residue behind and has SPF 30+ which is great! I also love the packaging, the pump bottle makes application easy and mess free. 

Essano Facial Moisturiser 

Before you go squinting at the picture and asking yourself where it is...it's not in the picture because I have ran out of it :( but this is a fabulous moisturiser!!! It sinks in super quickly, doesn't interfere with the application of make-up and doesn't leave any weird residue behind. 

Essano Gentle Facial Exfoliator 

Whilst I have previously stated that the fresh & flawless powder was my favourite piece of make-up from 2015, I think this exfoliator from Essano is my favourite skincare product from 2015. This facial exfoliator is gentle enough to use every day but still has quite a dense, gritty feeling to it. It lathers nicely and feels exfoliating without feeling to rough. It's not the most gentle facial exfoliator I have ever used but it is a great product nonetheless. I prefer exfoliators where you can actually feel something happening, and that is exactly what this one feels like, but without feeling as rough as sandpaper! 

Now time for the nail polish!!! This blog begun as a nail polish blog and although it has grown I still love a good polish of nail polish! This post is ridiculously long so I'm going to simply list the polishes, they all have great pigmentation, good formulas and dry reasonably quickly. 

My favourite nail treatments for 2015 were: OPI Nail Envy (Sensitive version) and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. 

My favourite nail polishes for 2015 were: OPI Big Red Apple, OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!, Marry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in 'GNP 38'. 


Happy New Year and may 2016 be a marvellous year :) 




Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Balm AND Sleek Make-up now stocked at Target Australia - overview and pictures

Hey guys! Just a quick post today because there is some very exciting news floating around at the moment and I wanted to give you some more information on it...Two new beauty brands are being stocked at Target Australia now: The Balm and Sleek.

Sleek are well known for their eyeshadow palettes, contour duos and blushes.

Eyeshadow palettes $19.95
True Colour Lipsticks $16.95
Eye & Cheek Palette $24.95

 The above prices were discovered by squinting at the photos I took, sorry I couldn't make out all of the prices!

Here are some photographs of the new displays at my local Target and an overview of the products stocked. I hope you enjoy this snapshot!!! I am super excited, are you?















And now for The Balm, unlike Sleek who has never been available in-store in Australia before, The Balm has been available at David Jones. However that doesn't lessen my excitement at being able to find them at Target, nonetheless a Target I could practically walk to! The Balm's highlighters (Mary-Lou Manizer, Betty Lou Manizer and Cindy Lou Manizer) are well loved by many and who can resist the cheeky packaging of their Nude 'tude eyeshadow palettes? I use their Argyle Instain blush and adore it - these 'Instain' blushes are insanely pigmented and long lasting. Definitely worth trying, just don't forget to apply them sparingly so you don't look like a 2 year old has done your make-up. 





How gorgeous is that Manizer palette?! and I adore the 'In theBalm of your Hand' palette, such a nice way to taste a little bit of everything from The Balm! 

What products are you most excited about? I would love to know :) And if there are "must have" products feel free to comment below! 

Cheers 



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Preparing for Summer with Cocoa Brown

With a couple more days until Summer officially begins in Australia it is the perfect time to start preparing for the warmer months. Not only will it mean that you can leave the house without a trillion layers - yippee - but for the first time in a long time skin will be shown.


Whether you gravitate towards dresses and skirts or shorts, it is important to make sure those legs are looking good. Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter is a popular tanning brand in the UK. Not only do they have 1 hour self-tanner but they also have a range of skincare designed to keep your tan and skin looking the best. Begin preparing for summer with their Tough Stuff 3 in 1 Body Scrub* which is designed to remove the stubborn left-over tan you can't get rid off, exfoliates and prepares your skin for the new tan. This is a very dense exfoliator that feels quite tough. It spreads easily in the shower, lathers up to give you good coverage, and leaves your skin feeling fresh. I also love the fact that despite being a body exfoliator  it comes in a tube. Nice and simple! I've used exfoliators in tubs before and it is a nightmare. You can buy Tough Stuff for $15.95.

I adore the Chocolate Whip* which is a oil-free body moisturiser with Vitamin E & Panthenol. You can use this before you tan, as a normal everyday body moisturiser (even if you don't have a tan on) and to prolong your tan and help your tan to fade nice and evenly. It is very light-weight and sinks in super quickly which is fantastic! It feels instantly moisturising and this feeling lasts all day. A lot of body moisturisers are too thick, heavy and slow to absorb to use as a hand cream but not the Chocolate Whip! I adore using this as a hand cream because it literally sinks into your skin within seconds leaving no residue behind. A word of warning though...it doesn't smell like chocolate! Instead it smells like cocoa and gardenia, absolutely divine...just not like chocolate!

*Products provided for review. 100% honest opinions.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

October Beauty Favourites / First Impressions

Before I get into the nitty gritty details I want to make a disclaimer - yes these are "beauty favourites" but unlike most of my monthly favourite posts, these products are all quite new to me. So are these tried and tested? No. But at the moment I am loving them...stay tuned for more details review posts once I have worn them for more than 3-4 weeks. 

So let's get into it! A couple of weeks ago I left the house with zero make-up on. It was fine, it was a quick trip out of the house. Wait a second, no it wasn't! I had to go to work too. Luckily I ran into a Priceline grabbed a foundation and lipgloss. The lipgloss was over-priced and not that great. Thankfully the foundation, Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25hr Comfort Serum, was super impressive. At this point in time I'm not 100% sure about the claim that it lasts 25 hours but the coverage is really nice, it is very easy to apply and it looks and feels amazing on the skin. It also has SPF20 which is useful. 


Moxie's lipstick in 'Get Ready' was an impulse purchase but definitely not a waste of money - especially since the tube clicks up and down - so much fun but completely besides the point! 'Get Ready' is a super juicy pink berry. The formula is creamy and quite opaque. Lasting power is pretty good too :) A perfect lipstick for the summer.

Have you smelt Nivea's Vitamin Shake in 'Cranberry & Raspberry'? If you haven't, you NEED to!!! It smells like raspberry/strawberry milkshake. The formula is creamy and sitting on the fence between thick and lightweight, and of course moisturising. I love Nivea lip balms, definitely worth trying if you haven't before.

Finally, one product that I have used consistency for over a month is Essano's Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser. This is a mini tube that I got in an Essano kit but I will most definitely be purchasing the full size tube. It is a really decent moisturiser, not too heavy but provides a good level of moisture without interfering with make-up. It sinks into the skin quickly too which is great!

Monday, 28 September 2015

4 Spring-like Beauty Products

Spring is here, the sun is starting to shine and you can now brave the outdoors without wearing a zillion layers. Well at least some of the time... To celebrate I wanted to write a blog post about some products that are perfect for this time of year. It's still too cold to break out the summer dresses but we can get into the spring mood with our make-up at least! Step one, think pink. Step two, step outside and soak up the sunshine.


Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in 'Magnolia'

This is a peachy pink that I think is perfect for any occasion. It's a good alternative for a nude or 'my lips but better shade'. I have been reaching for the lipstick a lot lately: it's a fun colour,  isn't as boring as a nude and looks great all the time. The pigmentation is pretty good, the formula is lightweight and super creamy and the lasting power is the typical 1-2 hours. It is really comfortable and feels moisturising. It also smells really nice and sweet.

Maybelline 'Pink Me Up' Lipstick

'Pink Me Up' is a deep warm-toned pink that sits on the line between a 'bold lip' and a 'not so bold' lip - which I love because I don't like wearing bold lips. They look great on other people...just not me! This a gorgeous pink shade that I fell in love with the first time I wore it. It would be great for an evening out or with a natural smokey eye. Maybelline's lipstick formula is becoming one of my favourites and is definitely worth checking out.


Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in 'Petalite'

A new addition to Revlon's product line are these 'Ultra HD Lip Lacquers'. Expect a full review on my blog soon but meanwhile I will focus on this pretty shade called 'Petalite'. 'Petalite' is a pretty pale pink with gold shimmer. It's a pretty standard gloss - doesn't stick around for ages and isn't super pigmented BUT it is one of those glosses that you can just whack on and you're ready to go. A good shade to reach for when you want a natural looking pink lip.

OPI Nailpolish in 'Hands Off My Kielbasa'

I know this whole post has been brainwashing you to "think pink" but this nail polish leans more towards the orange-y coral side of things. But because it screams "spring" to me it had to be included. This is a super pretty peachy polish with shimmer. I feel like the polish is glowing from within - does that make sense? Gorgeous!!! It's currently on my nails and it's soooooooo pretty and really shimmery! Did I use the word 'pretty' too much whilst describing this polish?

Monday, 31 August 2015

August Favourites

This month I have tried to mix up the products a bit and I have some new favourite products - yay!!!


Lets begin with a new foundation that I tried for the first time this month and now rate very highly - Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation in '115 Ivory'. I haven't had the best of luck with Maybelline foundations but during the 50% off sale this foundation came down to the $10 mark so I figured I might as well give it a shot. This foundation surprised me, it is really really really good. I will be posting a full review of this foundation soon but here are they key points. Pros: Very liquid-y formula, medium buildable coverage, easy to apply, doesn't cling to my dry patches. Cons: Not super long lasting, no pump in the package :(

Another Maybelline product - Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I wrote up a full review of this mascara the other day, click here to check it out. Overall this is a great mascara if you like a mascara that has a very wet formula and if you want your lashes to look bold and fanned out.

Onto the lip products...because we all know I am a lipstick/lipbalm/lipgloss addict!

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in 'Magnolia' is a lipstick that I have been wearing in anticipation of spring. To me this shade screams out "spring is coming". The formula is really nice and creamy but feels lightweight at the same time. The pigmentation is decent - not super opaque but by no means sheer. I don't think this lipstick lasts that long - a little over an hour before it begins to fade.


Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Angel Food Cake' is a yummy smelling lip gloss that is not sticky and has great pigmentation. 'Angel Food Cake' is a gorgeous deep "my lips but better" shade with undertones of dusty pink and mauve. Well at least I think thats how you would describe it? I have been loving this gloss as it doesn't dry your lips out which is perfect because my lips are dry at the moment (thanks winter).

And now for one random non-beauty favourite :)

Silver 'Bead and Tassel Bracelet' from Seed - I only picked this up the other day but I am obsessed with it. Especially when I wear it with another bracelet I have from Bevilles (the second one in the picture).

What have you been loving this August?

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


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a new Maybelline mascara, the 'Lash Sensational' Mascara in the pretty metallic pink tube. You've probably seen it...it's been everywhere lately. 



Let's begin by having a look at some of the things Maybelline claim about this mascara:

  • It's their first patented fanning brush. 
  • 10 layers of bristles to cover all your lashes.
  • Gives you a full fan effect. 
  • The "inner curve" of the brush is for the roots of your lashes and the longer brushes are to fan our your lashes. 
I have never seen a mascara brush like this one before, it has a small line of bristles and then the rest of the brush is filled with larger bristles. The brush itself is quite large and is slightly curved. The concept of the inner curve and the outer curve (is that what you would call it?) isn't some gimmick - I can clearly see what they are talking about. But that isn't to say that you pick this brush up and instantly know what to do with it (or maybe you do and it's just me?). Overall though I do like the brush and the inner curve definitely helps to to get into the roots of your lashes and the larger section of the brush does fan out your lashes.  


I definitely love how this mascara looks on my lashes. It lengthens them, gives them volume and curls them up and out, like a fan, easily. Plus it holds the curl pretty well too! My lashes normally look pretty ordinary but with this mascara I feel like they look awesome :) 

The one thing that stops me from saying "this mascara is amazing" is the formula of it. It is an extremely wet mascara and couple that with the fact that the wand holds an excess of mascara, it can get messy. I find myself scraping off heaps of mascara on the side of the tube before actually applying it. 

Overall this is a really good mascara and, if you don't mind a mascara that is quite wet, you will probably love it. I really adore the effect this mascara has on my lashes, and the brush is decent, but I do wish the formula wasn't as wet. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

July Favourites

A couple of days late but here we go...these were the beauty products that I loved in July. Geez, that made it sound like I don't like them anymore! For the record...I still love these products :)



Nyx Butter Gloss ' Angel Food Cake'

I've always been a fan of the butter glosses from Nyx and I now love them even more after discovering this shade. Unlike previous shades, 'angel food cake' is less milky and the colour is a lot more intense. Plus there is always that delightful cake scent.

Mac 'Syrup' Lipstick

I don't have a huge collection of Mac lipsticks but despite that this has been the lipstick I have been reaching for pretty much everyday. If it is a "lipstick day" 99% of the time it is a Syrup day. I don't hear a lot of people raving about this shade but next time you walk past the Mac counter I highly recommend you give it a swatch. It is a very versatile pink shade. Love it!!!

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss 'Snog'

Surprise surprise, another "my lips but better" shade!!! This is your typical lip gloss but with extra shine - the colour sticks around for a decent amount of time and the shine lasts and lasts and lasts. If you want to know more check out the review I posted a little while ago: http://theblogforbeautifulliving.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/rimmel-london-oh-my-gloss-snog-review.html 


Maybelline Colour Show Crayon Kohl Liner

This pencil eye-liner has really impressed me. Less creamy than say a Rimmel London Kohl, but I actually find it a little easier to apply. I am a novice when it comes to eye-liner but because this one is quite dry I find myself making fewer mistakes when applying it. It lasts well and doesn't flake off if you accidentally fall asleep in front of the TV watching the Tour de France. A random July favourite, non-beauty related, would have to be watching the Tour de France! Love it!!!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

For the longest time I dismissed eye primers. Shouldn't an eyeshadow be able to stick around all day without a primer? Well maybe it is because my eyeshadow application skills are shocking and I typically buy relatively cheap shadows...but I have a lot of shadows that are lucky to pass the 5 hour mark. Anyway long story cut short...kinda...this eye primer is amazing. It makes eyeshadows that typically last 2-3 hours last over eight hours easily. I highly recommend this eye primer, it's great :)

What products stole your heart in July? I'd love to know!!!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss 'Snog' Review

Rimmel London have added a new range of lip glosses to their range that are worth looking at. I have been wearing the shade 'snog' for the past couple of weeks and really like it!!! It has been my go-to lipgloss.


'Snog' is your typical  'my lips but better shade' with extra shine. If you like berry shades with a brown/pink undertone you will love this shade. The colour, although very pigmented and buildable when first applied, doesn't last for that long - it begins to fade after approximately 1 hour. The shine stays around for a lot longer though! Colour-wise, my camera refused to get the colour right. In the picture above the colour is washed out. If you look in the reflection, that is a bit more accurate...

One of the reasons why I have been wearing this lipgloss a lot lately is because it is great for hiding chapped and dry lips. It doesn't dry out your lips and all that shine disguises yucky winter lips. Talking about winter...I cannot wait for spring!


Overall, this is a really great basic lipgloss. It gives you nice colour, heaps of shine, has a sweet smell and doesn't dry out your lips. Everything you want from a lipgloss. 




Friday, 3 July 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick Pencils Review

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks, the lipstick pencils that were launched earlier this year, and have stolen my life. When these were first released they didn't even register on my radar. Why? 1. They were too pigmented (I know I sound crazy but I cannot pull off a bold lip) 2. You had to sharpen them. But when I saw them on sale I figured I might as well give them a try. Their normal retail price is $9.95 so on sale they are ultra cheap. But for that tiny price you get an amazing product!


I have two shades, 'Minimalist' which is a medium-toned pink with silver shimmer and 'Nude Perfection' which is a warm-toned brown nude. Both shades are incredibly pigmented. The formula isn't necessarily moisturising but they are not drying either. Pretty good for a long-lasting lip product! They feel really creamy when you apply them. In terms of lasting power, I was super impressed. At the one hour mark it looks freshly applied and it is only once you go past the 2 hour mark that the colour begins to fade. They wear off evenly, don't smear and are easy to apply. Both shades are very pigmented and I think people who love a bold lip will love these pencils. If you are not a fan of a bold lip I think that 'Minimalist' is worth looking at.


I like everything about these pencils except for the fact that you have to sharpen them...but I have sharpened mine and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  When you first buy them the pencil is nicely shaped but with continual use (and sharpening) this shape disappears.

I really love these pencils and would definitely recommend you try them out. They come in a number of a gorgeous shades and are great quality and value.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review - Greyfitti

A couple of months ago I raved on and on about the 'Dig Fig' shade from Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel collection of nail polishes. Today I am going to tell you all about another polish from the collection, the shade 'Greyfitti'. 'Greyfitti' is a beautiful pale grey. Whilst it has slight undertones of blue you definitely don't look at the polish and think it is blue...it is grey.


My proper camera is out of action so I apologise for this substandard photo. The polish looks way more amazing in real life...trust me!

The formula of this nail polish is a little thin and streaky on the first coat but all is resolved once you do your second coat. The formula itself was very easy to work with and apply. After applying those two coats I waited a couple of minutes and then applied the special top coat.......and then after that I put on my usual Insta-Dri Sally Hansen top coat. The extra top coat is not necessary though. These miracle gel polishes last really well and endure a lot! I can get easily a week out of these nail polishes before any noticeable wear starts appearing. Typically I only get 2-3 days out of a manicure.

I completely adore this nail polish and highly recommend it. It is a very versatile colour, has a great formula and lasts well. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

May Beauty Favourites

Skipping the obligatory "oh my god where did the month go?" and getting right into which beauty products stole my heart in May...


I am going to begin with Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer - this primer has the ability to turn a train wreck of a foundation into a really decent foundation I happily reach for. I don't want you to think that the Maybelline 'Better Skin' foundation is terrible, because it isn't, but I have difficulty applying it on my temperamental skin. My skin is oily one minute and dry the next...Anyway if I apply the Innoxa primer first and then apply the Maybelline 'Better Skin' foundation, I get a result I really like. It makes the foundation easier to apply, plus once it is on, it makes it look a lot better too.

Next up is the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in 'Minimalist' - This is one of the most pigmented and long lasting lip products I have ever tried. 'Minimalist' is a very pretty pink with silver shimmer running through it. Expect a full review in the coming days :)

OPI Nail Envy (Sensitive & Peeling) - This is the first OPI nail product I have ever tried and I am smitten. I really do feel like it stops my nails from peeling and strengthens them. The formula is thin, dries quickly and applies easily. Make sure you get the sensitive version though as it does not contain formaldehyde.

While we are talking about nails I am going to give a quick shout out to Revlon's Bordeaux nail polish - this is a stunning deep burgundy jelly polish. I have blabbed about this before on the blog so will keep this short...but I love this polish!

Now onto two products that have pretty much achieved the 'holy grail' status...

Maybelline Baby Lips - I am addicted to these lip balms. I picked up few in My Chemist Warehouse's 50% off sale. One of the new ones I picked up was 'Lychee Addict'. It isn't my favourite "flavour" but it is doing my lips wonders, as do all of the original Baby Lips (although the tinted ones don't seem to be as moisturising).

When I first started this blog years and years ago Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve was a staple. It is quite pricey ($24AUD) so I haven't repurchased it until this week and it is safe to say I have fallen back into love with it all over again. If you super dry hands definitely give this hand cream a try!

And that reminds me...May marks the third year this blog has been running. It all began in May 2012!!! Can you believe it???! I would like to say a big thank you to anybody who has ever read the blog, followed or left a comment :)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

April Beauty Favourites

My favourites for April are an unusual bunch - I have been trying lots of different brands and products recently. You will also notice a couple of old favourited (e.g., Nivea lip balm & Garner moisturiser). 


Syrup - Mac 'Lustre' Lipstick

A couple of months ago I brought my first Mac lipstick, less than one week later I felt compelled to buy another. And that is the story of how this lipstick ended up in my lipstick collection. 'Syrup' is a lovely natural looking pink lipsick. Being a very versatile colour, I find that this has been the lipstick I have reached the most for in the past month.

Australis Pressed Powder in 'Natural'

I have only recently started experimenting with pressed powders. So far I am absolutely loving this one from Australis. The colour is a great match to my pale skin, it noticeably prolongs the wear of my foundation and is easy to apply. When I'm in a rush or having a lazy day this works well over BB cream. Otherwise I just wear it over my foundation. Definitely worth checking out!

Nivea Pure and Natural 'Olive and Lemon' Lip Balm + Garnier Moisture Match Moisturiser

I have grouped these two products together because I know I have raved about them before on the blog. These products are amazing and if you haven't tried them yet, you should! Enough said?

OPI 'Big Apple Red' Nail Polish

As somebody with a beauty blog and an addiction to buying nail polish, it is very rare that I re-apply the same polish more than once in a month. However, in April I re-applied this stunning red from OPI 3 times! Yes you read that right...3 times! It is easily a one-coater, has a great formula and wears quite well, even without topcoat.

Nyx Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' Eyeshadow Palette

In the past I haven't loved this longevity of the shadows in this palette. However, I have started wearing them with a primer and now find myself reaching for this palette all the time. There is a really nice selection of colours in this palette, regardless of whether you want a neutral eye or something more interesting.


The swatch on the far left is Mac's 'Syrup'. The three shadows are the ones I use the most from the Nyx palette. Apologies for the extremely messy swactch! 

Thanks for reading & have a great day! 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Winter Fashion Heroes

The cold weather has arrived so it is time to embrace thick and chunky knitwear, stylish coats, scarfs and boots. Despite always whinging about the cold weather, I love wearing winter clothes. In my book, the statement coat always wins over a cute sun dress. I have started buying a couple of new pieces for my "winter wardrobe" and stalking eBay (I must admit that having extra eBay coupons makes eBay so much more addictive).


Jumpers are my "hero" pieces during the winter months. When I'm hanging around the house I usually just have a long sleeve t-shirt on underneath a dorky old hoody. Do I really want to admit that? Please tell me I'm not the only one!!! But whenever you need to throw something on and head out, having a couple of jumpers you love and know are warm and flattering can be a lifesaver. My current favourite is this Esprit jumper in a mix of black and white. It goes with everything, is flattering and most importantly it keeps me warm. It was $99.95 but I got it on sale for $37.00. Bargain!!!

I also love dressing for winter because I get to wear boots! I am a huge fan of boots and wear them every single day. They are so versatile, are weather savvy and always look great. My all-time favourite leather boots are these ones from Aldo. They are great quality and have worn really well. They go with everything; from tights and a dress or skirt, to jeans and a coat. Plus you can wear them wherever and whenever. Dream boots right there, I tell ya! I also have to give a shoutout to the handbags Aldo sells. Not only are their shoes gorgeous but their handbags are stunning and always on-trend.


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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Priceline 40% off Haul

So if you live in Australia, are a make-up addict and/or a shopaholic and don't live in a cave you would know this already...Priceline had their 40% off all cosmetics sale this Tuesday and Wednesday. The aisles of Priceline became packed with people, products flew off the shelves and bank accounts wept. I picked up quite a few goodies and am really excited to give them a go! 


Apologies for the disgusting photos, winter is coming and the light is fading. It was overcast and dark all day :( It was one of those days where it feels like you have no "daytime". Anyway let's discuss some of the products I picked up. The first thing I saw when I walked into Priceline was a huge new stand of the brand new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks. I was super excited to see them and so happy they were in stores for the 40% off sale because they normally retail at $23.95, which is pretty expensive for a "drugstore" lipstick. I tried to be sensible and picked up one shade, 'Magnolia'. My first impression of the lipstick is that it is very lovely. It smells really nice and has decent lasting power. It also does not dry your lips out.

Speaking of new products, I picked up a Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in 'Pink Rose'. These were launched ages ago in America and I have been waiting patiently for them to arrive in Australia. I think this will be a very pretty pink blush. It comes in quite a sturdy compact with a mirror and a little brush. 



I saw this eyeshadow palette from Models Prefer and for a mere $6 I could not say no! The 12 shadows come in a tin and a double-ended brush is included. Reminds you of a high-end eyeshadow palette, yeah? 



I picked up a pressed powder from Australis. I know that a lot of Aussie beauty bloggers /youtubers rave about a powder from Australis but I'm not sure if it is this one or the other one...if you know, please do let me know :) I also picked up  Revlon Colourstay foundation. My holy grail foundation is the colorstay whipped cream that comes in a jar but I decided to try out the liquid version which seems to get a lot of love. The Essence Maximum Definition Volume mascara was a re-purchase. And at the very end near the register I spotted this limited edition tin of Lanolips which was a bargain. The products included in the tin are valued at $27. It was originally being sold for $20 and I got it for $10. I love a bargain :) 

I hope you enjoyed this haul. What did you pick up from Priceline? Also, which products would you like to see reviewed first on the blog?

Thanks for reading!!! Cheers :)




Sunday, 22 March 2015

Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale : Recommendations

If you don't know already, Priceline is having their 40% off cosmetics sale on the 24th of March and the 25th of March. So I thought it might be a good idea if I tell you about the products I love, which you can buy from Priceline. Also, being a make-up addict I would love to hear your Priceline recommendations!



Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Essie All Tied Up Nail Polish Review

Today I have a nail polish swatch and review for you, and that nail polish is 'All Tied Up' from Essie. 'All Tied Up' is a rosy pink with brown undertones and very subtle gold shimmer. The shimmer looks pretty in the bottle however it isn't very noticeable on the nail. You definitely need a topcoat with this nail polish to make the subtle shimmer pop a little.





The formula of this nail polish is superb - you can easily get away with one coat. Combined with a new wider brush, the formula is non-streaky and dries quickly.

Overall I absolutely adore this nail polish. Without a topcoat the polish looks a bit flat but ignoring that, I can easily imagine this polish becoming one of my all-time favourite nail polishes (a big thing for a nail polish addict to say!!!). The formula is great and the colour is great - a very versatile pinky nude that is chic and elegant. Appropriate for work and the weekend. 


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