Sunday, 17 May 2015

Current Foundation Collection

Hello Lovelies! 

So one thing I have noticed lately is that I only own drugstore foundation. I have owned and tried some more expensive foundations in the past and I own a variety of high end makeup in general but I never actually purchase high end foundations anymore. My reason for this is that I can't justify it. I love my drugstore foundations (have you guessed my favourite brand yet?) and they do the same job. I feel like it could just be that I haven't found the high end foundation for me yet, but I'm pretty satisfied in the drug store. The one thing that would sway me to spend more on my foundation would be the effect it has on my skin. If I found a foundation that was truly beneficial to my skin then I would give it a go. As I have always suffered with pimples I'm very conscious of how my skin reacts to my makeup. I would also like to try some more natural brands.

1. The first foundation I want to talk about is one of my more recent finds. The Maybelline - Superstay Better Skin in 005 Light Beige is a new favourite. It states that it will reduce redness and clear imperfections and contains an Actyl-C Formula which is a derivitive of Vitamin C. It also contains a combination of Vitamin B5, septonic M3, Magnesium, Zinc and Copperhydrates. These ingredients supposedly help to regenerate the skin, even discoloured and dull areas and plump skin. (source) My skin has been better recently but I don't know if I would contribute a lot of that to this foundation as I've been improving a variety of aspects of my life. I will do a full review of this soon as I feel like I have too much to say! 

2. The Rimmel - Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory and 103 True Ivory is one that's been repurchased many, many times. I'm surprised I haven't done a full reveiw on this previously but I will give a short explanation on why I love it. It's a semi-dewy foundation. It's not incredibly shiny but it gives a lovely glow! It's another foundation that is supposed to help your skin and I don't find it irritating at all even though it's a light to medium coverage. It's definitely a buildable foundation as well which is what I like. It can be too dark for me without a tan however. Pale girl problems! 

3.  This is my least favourite foundation in my collection but it's a good one to have in the draw I guess. I used to like the Rimmel - Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 081 Fair Ivory and 100 Ivory a lot and I'm not sure if I changed the way I use it or if I have a different preference now. It's very, very thick and gives a high coverage. I do like it when I use it properly as it's very matte so I don't need to powder and I don't really use concealer with it either. It can be hard to blend and with not many colours in the range I don't really feel I can match it perfectly to me. I don't want to trash too much as it is good, just not my favourite. 

4. The original Rimmel - BB 9 in 1 Cream in Light was something I used to purchased a lot, currently it's just been sitting there. I still don't mind it but I prefer the matte version. Check out my review from last year here

5. The Rimmel - Matte BB Cream in Light is the second BB Cream from Rimmel and is so far my favourite. I reviewed it here last year as well, but I'll do a quick recap. It's not too matte, so some people may find that annoying, I still powder it but it's definitely not dewy. It's very light, quick and easy to blend and perfect for day to day. Main issue with both the original and the matte is the lack of shades. Both the Light in the original and the matte are a tad too dark when I don't have a tan.

6. The latest Rimmel BB Cream to be released is the Rimmel - Radiance BB Cream in Very Light. It won my vote instantly because it came in a couple of extra shades (still too few) but the very light is a little too fair for me. I'm more of a matte foundation person but I do like this when powdered if I'm feeling a little dull. My favourite combo at the moment however is to mix the Matte BB Cream and the Radiance BB cream together to make a much better match in colour. It also has a lovely end finish as it tones down the radiance a little but still adds a lovely glow! 

Left to Right: Maybelline Superstay Better Skin in 005 Light Beige - Rimmel Wake me Up in 100 Ivory - Rimmel Stay Matte in 081 Fair Ivory - Rimmel BB Cream in Light - Rimmel Matte BB Cream in Light - Rimmel Radiance BB Cream in Very Light

I've been a bit stuck on Rimmel foundations for the past couple of years so I definitely need to break out of that. I find the foundations I've picked up tend to have some kind of claim to benefit the skin in some way. Obviously the Rimmel - Stay Matte is an exception! It's really important to me to not irritate my skin or my pimples as it can really get me down. Any suggestions on new ones to try are always welcome! 

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Bourjois - Beauty' Full Volume Mascara

Bourjois - Beauty' Full Volume - $19 / 9ml

This mascara has been my go to at the moment! It's perfect for everyday or a subtle make up look. The reasons I like it so much is because it gives nice length to lashes and a good amount of volume. It's quick to get a good result and that's what a girl needs first thing in the morning!!

I'll admit it's not the best mascara, I won't call it a holy grail but it's a good everyday mascara. It's fairly cheap too which is always a bonus!

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Mini Mecca Haul - Hourglass & Byredo Parfums

So yesterday I made the age old mistake of stopping by Mecca on the way to meet a friend and I may have impulsively made two purchases.

Hourglass - Femme Nude Lip Stylo - No.5 Gold Peach - $39

Since I changed jobs, I'm meant to wear very natural makeup. I'm going to confess that I've been struggling. I'm all up for a natural look, but I love playing with different colours and going for bold eyes. So I wanted some extra makeup to play with and keep it special. The lovely sales assistant showed me a lot of different things, one being the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No.5 and I really, really liked it!

It's this gorgeous nudey peach with a hint of shimmer to it. With a satin finish it's a natural but better than natural look. I'm excited to play with this and see what different lip liners do to this colour. See it online here.

Byredo Parfums - Gypsy Water Perfume Oil Rollerball - $85

This was more of an impulse buy, I was walking to the counter and I spotted the Byredo Mojave Ghost on display and omg, this smells so freaking good. But with getting up so early I keep forgetting to put perfume on so I really wanted a rollerball to keep in my handbag. I asked, but the Mojave Ghost doesn't come in the rollerball but Gypsy Water does, which also smells amazing. 
Mecca's website describes it as:

"Gypsy Water is a glamorization of the Romany lifestyle, based on a fascination for the myth. As this wears on the skin, warm elements begin to flicker beneath the cool and sharp ones like the glowing embers of a campfire – golden amber, creamy vanilla and luscious sandalwood. A warm, soft, dreamy skin scent emerges, still with lovely cool traces of juniper, lemon and incense wafting over the top. The roll on perfume oils are alcohol free."

Im awful at describing scents but it is fresh and warm and lovely. Being an oil, it should last really well and I'm holding that's the case! I'll keep you updated. 

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Leo Bancroft - Gloriously Glossy

Leo Bancroft - Gloriously Glossy - $6

I am obsessed with this! It's rare I find a hair product that I love enough to use on a regular basis but this is my new fave. It's subtle but it just gives your hair this lovely shine! It also smells insanely amazing. I definitely use this just for the smell on occasion. I'm going to leave this here, it does what it says on the tin and it's something that I recommend if you want a little extra shine in your hair after styling. I found mine at Target.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

KIT & Nobody Denim - Jean-ius Nail Polish Set

KIT & Nobody Denim - Jean-ius Nail Set - $29.95

The colours in this set are magical. I walked past the Myer concession and couldn't decide on just one so I decided the mini set. The mini's are all 6.5ml whereas the full size are $15.95 for 12ml. So it actually works out quite well per millilitre.

I am completely in love with the colours, they are so on trend at the moment and are great additions to my ever growing polish collections. Theres a nude/camel, white, khaki and burgundy. Nobody Denim recommend pairing the camel with classic denim, the white with distressed denim, the khaki with white demin and the burgundy with dark denim. I don't tend to wear a lot of denim but I can see why these combos would look killer. 

I know my swatches were rushed so apologies for the lack of neatness! I have to confess that I'm a little disappointed by the formula of these. It's really thick and gloopy. The thickness means it's completely opaque which I love but makes it a little annoying to apply and can leave it looking a little streaky/patchy. The only other issue I have, and it's a pretty small issue, is that I wish the khaki was slightly more green as I feel as though it comes out slightly more grey but that's just me. 

All in all, they aren't bad, still in love with the colours and will definitely wear but disappointed that the formula isn't as good as the other KIT polishes I've used before. I think that when dried the formula looks fine but you have to be careful with it. The polish did last well when worn and wasn't hard to take off. 

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella - $34

This is becoming a pretty iconic colour in the beauty world. I'm not trying to brag, but I have two. I bought the one above for when Jamie came back to Australia. I wanted something sexy, but kiss proof. Turns out, not so kiss proof, but still incredible. I got my second in the Digital World Christmas Lip Pencil Set they brought out.

NARS Christmas Digital World Lip Pencil Set source

I am 100% on the bandwagon with this. It's such a stunning classic red lip shade. The formula is amazing and although may not be completely kiss proof it's pretty good at staying on for a long time and lasts fairly well through eating and drinking. 

 It contains vitamin E to stop it being too drying but I still find it a little drying so if you have ultra dry lips you may not get a long very well with this one. I would still give it a go, or stop by Mecca or your local NARS counter and talk to them about it because maybe one of the non-matte Lip Pencils would be better. I love the other colours in the digital world set, my only gripe being that Descanso and Torres Del Paine are very similar. Seeing as it isn't available anymore I wouldn't review the set but I'll mention that all the colour and formulas are pretty good. The Satin Lip Pencils are much creamier and glossier, as expected, and are definitely less drying than the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

NARS is absolutely one of my favourite make up brands. Definitely one that I use to treat myself with as it's a little pricey, Cruella is $34 on the Mecca website.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Chi Chi - Naturals Palette

Chi Chi - Naturals Eyeshadow Palette - $22.95 (online)

Oh, how I had lusted after this for a while. Not being expensive at all I'm surprised it did take so long for me to grab this. It was definitely the fact that I didn't really need this rather than the price that stopped me. I actually picked this up before Christmas but gave it to my husband to put it in my stocking. Since Christmas I have had a good amount of use out of that and I just really like it.

The colours are gorgeous and are incredibly blendable. They are smooth and easy to build up. One of my favourite things is that the shimmery colours do not lack in pigment as can sometimes happen. The mixture of the darks, lights, mattes and shimmers really make this palette a great all rounder. I can use this for nights out and day to day and it's definitely a palette that I would take travelling.

On that note, however, the casing is the only grievance I have. It looks great and for a cheaper palette it's not bad. It just doesn't feel sturdy! It's a palette I would love to take travelling (and probably will) but I would always be worried that it would break in my bag. I have a history of breaking the cheap plastics hinges and I hope these one stay strong for a long while!

All in all, I rate this palette. The colours and pigmentation are fantastic for the price. There are many more palettes in the Chi Chi range that I now feel like I need to try!

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