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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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Lush - Yog Nog Soap

Lush - Yog Nog Soap - $6.90/100g

Hello Lovelies!

I'm back and what better way to kick start back into blogging than with a Lush product? This absolutely delicious smelling soap is a limited edition Christmas item. I literally fell in love with it as soon as I smelt it and ended up buying it twice in a row because I forgot I had already picked it up! Yog Nog is super creamy and moisturising as it's made with soy yoghurt. The smell is spicy and christmasy, so it's probably better suited to a colder christmas as it's summer here in Australia and this is a super wintery scent. But, I freaking love it! It smells so good and I cannot stop sniffing it.

I think this would be an awesome stocking stuffer if you need something small to fill up a present, or even as a secret santa gift. It smells great and is super lovely to use! It's available online or in store.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Seventeen - Skin Wow! 3 Way Highlighter

Seventeen - Skin Wow! 3 Way Highlighter - £5.99/30ml

Hello Lovelies!

This was a product I was curious about but wasn't too sure how I would go with it. I love highlighters and hadn't yet tried a liquid highlighter. It can be used as a primer, mixed into foundation to add a glow or as a highlighter. I tend to only use this as either a primer, if I'm feeling a little dull and I want more of a glow, or as a general highlighter.

It comes with a pump top and I feel as though it dispenses a good amount. It's very easy to keep clean and I find the packaging really sturdy which would be good for traveling.

In the swatch I've shown one pump and as you can see it goes a long way. It's a very silvery, pearlescent colour. I don't think that it makes my makeup last longer when used as a primer, but if you are feeling a little lacklustre than I do recommend. I would be wary of using too much as it is quite shimmery.  I've really enjoyed using it but as it's not available in Australia it will probably not be repurchased for a while!

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