Sunday, April 27

Mini Haul

Another day, another shopping trip. And that's how I lurrve to spend my holidays. So without further ado, here are some things I picked up on my most recent trip to Sydney City Westfield.

Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment (Cream) - $59
I've been in need of a decent moisturiser since I made my skincare routine a priority in the new year. It was a toss between this and Origins Ginzing Moisturiser, but once the shop assistant told me about the Make A Difference Plus range there was no going back. This range is all about rehydrating and repairing which is great for the cold weather. 

Theres also three different formulas for this moisturiser which all aim to target different skin types - so it's important to know what you're buying. The more rich formula is best for dry skin, and the two others both target combination/oily skin but one is a gel and the other, which is the one I purchased, is a cream. Finally a rich moisturiser that doesn't make oily skin oiler - who knew they could be so hard to find?

I didn't really need anything else but that didn't stop me from picking up a few things from Priceline and Lush anyway. I've recently been loving the L'Oreal Micellar Solution, as a cheaper alternative to my Bioderma, so I thought i'd give Garnier 's take on this new beauty craze to see how they compare. The new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polishes have just hit the Aussie shelves and as my nail polish collection is getting waaay too big, I decided to pick up just one shade - Chocolate Truffle. Maybe its because of my post-easter choco cravings?

And of course, a trip to the City would not be complete without a bit of oo-ing and ah-ing at Lush. I swear, if I could, I would buy that whole store. In the end, I did restrain myself and only picked up the Tea Tree Toner Water as I'm always in need of some tea tree products and this can also be sprayed on make up throughout the day to keep you wide awake. I also repurchased my favourite Bath Bomb, Butterball.

I hope you guys enjoyed my post, please comment below if you've tried out any of these products or whether you would after reading this.

Monday, April 21

Review: Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Brushes

So following on from my January's Wishlist post, I did manage to purchase this beautiful Limited 
Edition brush set by Real Techniques on feelunique. Anyone who follows enough beauty blogs would know about the Chapman sisters' fantastic range of brushes and their super affordable price tag.

There any so many reviews on this collection and I may be a bit late on writing about them, but they've been a permanent addition to my make-up routine since I bought them so I thought I would put my two cents in and show you guys my love for them. I hope you liked it!

What i liked
 Very affordable
 Pretty to look at! And big enough so they don't get lost in a big pot of brushes (ahem ecotools, pick up your game)
 All 3 brushes pick up product, from illuminating powder to cream eyeshadow, absolutely perfectly. I have a few blushes that are very pigmented and often hard to apply but when im using the contour brush, I never seem to fail.
 They don't need washing too often. It'a a weird thing to like about them and I may get judged for saying this as I know brushes are meant to be washed weekly or fortnightly. But to be honest, when im busy, cleaning brushes in my free time is not what I want to do and these brushes, especially the eye brush, never desperately need a wash - yay for the duo fiber! 

What i didn't like
Absolutely nothing.

My verdict: 5/5 - I can't fault them! So hurry up and get yours now.

Feel free to comment below about you're thoughts on this collection!

Sunday, April 20

OOTD: Shopping Date

Yesterday was my first day off in a while so me and my sister Rose headed to Westfield in Bondi for some retail therapy and this is what I wore...

Blazer - Zara
White cotton shirt - Dotti
Jean treggings (ew that word) - H&M
Boots - Dotti
Bag - Collette by Collette Hayman

Saturday, January 4

January Wants

There's a couple of things I didn't manage to find in the US so the most important have been added to my January Wantlist. There's nothing particular surprising on the list so it's not very exciting but if there are more suggestions that you guys may have please leave a comment below!

1. Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Brushes -Pretty self-explanatory for anyone who is, like me, obsessed with this amazing brand of brushes. I've heard so much about this limited edition set, I just need to get my hands on them!

2. New Look Black Quilted High Leg Biker Boots - I'm currently obsessed with finding a nice pair of high boots as I may be leaving sunny Australia in February to brace to European winter. I don't really want to spend too much as they wont get much use at home so I thought these were perfect!

3. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - An oldie but a goodie that I've never been able to try out as I am struggling to find a retailer that ships internationally at a reasonable price - grr!

4. Mayfair Lane Gel Effect Polish - Estée from Essie Button has mentioned these polishes a few times in her videos and I thought this shade was perfect for summer. I don't own a gel-like polish but I never have to time to top coat so this should hopefully help me in times of need!

5. Elf Conouring Blush & Bronzing Powder - Both St. Lucia and Antigua are beautiful shades so I'm thinking about purchasing both as they are super affordable and perfect size to pop in a purse!

Thursday, January 2

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my lovely followers!!

I hope you had a wonderful christmas break and an even better start to the new year.

So 2014 has finally come and seeing as it was quite a busy and stressful year for me, I'm glad to say bye bye to 2013. I apologise for being so absent for the last 9 months, but I'm making a promise to commit to blogging and I'm quite excited to be back!

I've just got back from a family holiday in Hawaii so I have many new products that I still need to try out, review and rave about so here's a small collection of some of the things that I bought..

I'm definitely most excited about my Naked2 palette, I've waited so long for it! I opted for this one over the Naked3 just because this contains much more neutral shades so I should hopefully get much more use out of it. Have any of you got you're hands on the Naked3?

Friday, April 26

MAC Workshop + Review

Recently I have been to a technique workshop at MAC which cost $120 but you get it all back in products and as I had my eye on more than a couple of things from the store I decided to book myself in! When i arrived I was surprised to find out that everyone but me had cancelled and so I was able to have a one-on-one lesson with one of the teachers Linda. I was so lucky for this chance and I would recommend spending money on something like this to any beauty junkie. I was able to pick my perfect foundation shade, what skincare regime works best for my type of skin and just general techniques like how to put on fake lashes - which I could never master until now!

This is a very late post as it was done over the easter weekend but at least I have had some time to use some of the products so I can now do a mini review! OK let's start so i can start so you can stop reading my useless rambling...

What I purchased:
Studio Fix Powder Plus in C3
Mineralize Concealer in NW20
Blot Powder in Medium

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

When we were discussing my skin type, i was asked if i had ever used a powder foundation and I think she was slightly shocked when I said no. This is because for someone with combo/oil skin, liquids often can't absorb excess oils on the skin's surface like powders do. Pretty sure most beauty bloggers would already know this but I was always scared to try out powder foundations cause I was worried they wouldn't give the same coverage and last as long as my good ole liquids.

Well i will just say one thing - THIS is the greatest product i have ever spent my money on. Even after full day/nights out there is no gross shine in photos and make-up never EVER slips down my face - win.

My verdict: 5/5 

Select Moisturecover

Although during the workshop I used the Pro Longwear Concealer (which was love at first sight) when it came to buying my concealer, there were none left in my shade *cry* 
I loved the way the Pro Longwear was great at both concealing undereyes AND blemishes.. and these days I find it hard to find a product that kicks arse at both.
However, she did suggest the Select Moisturecover particularly for under my eyes which is my main issue - damn you hereditary dark circles
What i love about this is the moisturising aspect of it (hence the name) and it never creases. However, it doesn't give as much coverage as the Pro Longwear and slides off during the day. 

My verdict: 3/5 - don't think I would repurchase again

Blot Powder/Pressed

I haven't heard a great too much about this product but I've come across it in a number of blogs so recognise it so I didn't to give it a go. I didn't use it during the workshop but asked about it after and she recommended it for on the go touch-ups and that is what I've been using it for since!
It's not too heavy when applied and it comes with a mirror and small powder puff in a compact which is perfect size to fit in small makeup bags. For the price I don't think its amazing, and i've recently discovered the New Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder which is half the price and just as great.

My verdict: 4/5 

Thursday, April 25

Wednesday FOTD

Nothing too glam as it was just a day at uni, but here is my first FOTD - hope you like...

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 103 True Ivory
MAC Moisurecover Concealer in NW20
Sleek Brow Kit in Light

Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara
Coral Colours Baked Bronzer
MAC Blotpowder
Revlon Lip Butter - Candy Apple - only applied a slightly with a lip brush 

And before I go, just a sneak preview of what i received from Feel Unique last week (YAY!!) so keep an eye out for the review coming soon...

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