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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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

7 Step Evening Skincare Regime



Hello Lovelies! 

I have finally found a skincare regime that has been helping my skin look awesome! I've been feeling much better about my spots and therefore feeling more confident. Having a good skincare regime can (let me be dramatic) change your life. 

I got this cleanser in the Priceline Skincare Goodie Bag and I wasn't too sure about how I'd feel about it. I use it to take off my makeup so I do skip this step every now and then if I hadn't worn make up that day. I find it a little drying if i use it normally but as a makeup remover it breaks everything down really well. Also if I have any spots on my shoulders or back I'll use this to help get rid of them. 

This, I'm in love with. It smells so good, it's gently exfoliating, isn't drying and I reviewed it here.

Tea tree is a natural antibacterial and it seriously helps with reducing spots and keeping your skin nice and bacteria free. I have noticed a difference since I started using this and I do recommend if you have spotty skin. It's not drying at all which I was worried about when I first started using it. 

I don't always use a lip scrub as I can get a little lazy but I try to use it regularly and although this was a Christmas edition, the other lip scrubs from Lush are pretty similar. It is basically just the scent that changes but I reviewed this one here. They leave you with soft, dry skin free lips. Lovely.

Full of grace is a serum that I started using as a moisturiser a little while ago. I love the way this feels and it sinks into the skin relatively quick. I haven't absolutely fallen in love with this, but it's working with the routine I'm in at the moment. It's meant to calm sensitive skin so it works pretty well I think with my spots.

I couldn't find the same eye cream online so I linked another one by the same brand. This eye cream has absolutely helped with my dark circles. It helps my eyes look much more awake and I've definitely noticed a difference. 

Last but not least, the Macadamia oil is my favourite and least favourite step. It's probably my new favourite product in terms of results but it does sit on the skin for quite a while. This means your left with a very oily feeling for about 30 to 60min after applying. It depends on how dry your skin is how fast it sinks in. From what I can gather about how the macadamia oil works is that it hydrates the lipids in your skin which makes your skin appear plumper and smoother and it also helps keep moisture in. I apply this by patting onto my face as I don't want to disturb the serum and eye cream. Of course this makes it take a little longer to absorb but I find I get better results. 

So that's it! Sometimes I do skip a step or two depending on how my skin is feeling. I do skip the macadamia oil if I feel my skin is a little oiler than normal. I've found that my skin is softer, my spots heal faster and appear less often. I have hormonal spots so I find it difficult to make them go away completely but this new routine has definitely helped. 

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

English Haul!


Just to brag a little, I have an amazing partner. Not many girls can boast that their male partner will happily walk through the makeup aisle of a drugstore to pick up make up for them. England have some awesome and cheap drugstore makeup. The brand I miss most would have to be Sleek but I've been missing my Collection concealer and I desperately wanted to try some of Tanya Burr's lip glosses as they have been raved about all over the internet!!

Because of Jamie, I have a few more products to talk about, but I've already talked about the Collection concealer here, the Sleek palette here (I broke my old one, so sad.) and the face form palette here. Bad news though, not available in Australia. Why you do dis?

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Rimmel - BB Cream Matte

Rimmel - BB Cream Matte in Light - $12.95/30ml

If you've read this post on the Original BB Cream from Rimmel, you will know I liked it. So when I saw the matte version, I needed to try it. My main issue with the original formula was that it was a little too dewy for me. In comparison, the formula for the matte version is a lot thinner and more runny than the original, although I have not noticed any less coverage.



I've been really enjoying using this as it's light but with a decent coverage and lasts fairly well. It's not perfect in covering blemishes but as you can see from the swatch it covered my freckles really well. I also prefer this to the original formula just because it is matte. I love that it's not as dewy but also it's not extremely matte.

I would really recommend this for an everyday foundation! You can find it pretty much anywhere that sells Rimmel!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Budget Beauty Buy: Essenza - Natural Face Cleansing Wipes

Essenza - Natural Face Cleansing Wipes - Green Tea + Vitamin C
Hello again!!

Let's face it, I'm not a face wipe person. Nope, don't like them. They take longer than a cleanser and face cloth combo and are usually full of chemicals and gross ingredients. I'm not going to pretend that I've always been against them, as a teenager I used them daily, but now that I'm a little older I've moved on. That being said, there are times when a face wipe is oh so convenient; staying at a friends place, coming home very drunk after a night out, or when you're travelling. I got this packet of wipes back in the Priceline Skincare Goodie Bag and I've probably only used it a handful of times but I definitely recommend!

Like I said, face wipes are convenient. I have to take my make up off before going to bed as I do have problematic skin. I preferably wash my makeup off with my current cleanser of choice. However, occasionally laziness wins out and I reach for these. What I love is that they contain no parapens or sulphates and thats a big bonus for me as they really dry my skin out, which is fairly common. Unfortunately so, so many products contain parapens and sulphates and most people just assume that they have dry skin, but really, it could well possibly be the products your using. Just some food for thought!

Back to the product, it contains natural ingredients and is really refreshing. I wouldn't say it would ever find it's way into my regular regime but I like having it there for those nights when I'm feeling super lazy!

I know you can get it in Priceline but I can't find a link on the Priceline website! So I don't know an exact price but I believe it's between $5 and $7.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Budget Beauty Buy - Suvana - Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm

Suvana - Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm - $7.99/25g

I've been trying to write this post since this time last night and I keep getting so distracted! Any way, this is probably my most favourite beauty product at the moment! I got this in the Priceline Skincare Goodie Bag and didn't really use it until I got sick a little while ago. I had this awful snotty, blocked, drippy nose that is still lingering!! I was constantly blowing my nose and obviously this seriously dried it out. Mouth breathing, caused by blocked nose, also made my lips dry out. Insert unimpressed face. I wanted something to soothe the areas and moisturise it and protect it a little, that wasn't too expensive because, let's face it, most of it would end up on a tissue when I had to blow my nose 0.5 seconds later! I remembered getting this in the goodie bag and so got it out.

I have used the Lucas' PawPaw Ointment in the past and I know a lot of people swear by it but it actually contains petroleum jelly and that's a big fat no for me. I don't agree with using it, especially when I can inevitably ingest it! This does not contain any of that and does contain 100% natural ingredients with 98.1% certified organic ingredients, yay! And rumour has it that the packaging is eco friendly too!

I know that in terms of a lip balm it is a little on the pricey side, but it is under $10,  quite a large tube and I love it so freaking much! It's a great natural product that really works. It barely smells or tastes of anything and I do not like honey so I'd be the first to complain if it was strongly scented but it's so mild that I don't mind it. I have literally carried this around everywhere with me lately and I absolutely love it!!



The texture of it is a balm, and pretty thick. Although it's thick it does sink in relatively fast, not instantly and it does take a little while, but it definitely doesn't sit uncomfortably on the lips or skin. It is shiny though, so i don't really recommend applying to areas other than the lips if you are going out in public!

Suvana are a natural, cruelty free Australian brand. I know you get this balm from Priceline and some health food stores.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Budget Beauty Buy: e.l.f. Studio - Concealer in Ivory

e.l.f. studio - Concealer in Ivory - $8.00

I've been trying to give this a good and proper chance. I struggle with concealers. I have bad spots and very pale skin. I've been trying to find an alternative to the Collection Concealer as you can't get it in Australia. Since I have loved everything I've tried from e.l.f. so far, I was hoping to get some good results from this. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan! 

My main issue is that this is just a bit too dark and a bit too orange for me. I also don't find it great for counteracting the redness of my spots, I would think that's because it's quite orange toned. Maybe if you had darker skin than I do you might have better luck. To it's defence, if I use it under my foundation it gives decent coverage, however I don't find it a great product for me. 

Thanks for reading!