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The time has come to start reviewing some of the numerous holiday/Christmas releases that I have been buying this year. I thought I would talk about the Lorac Mega Pro 3 today because Hailey and I are giving one away on our BEAUTY NEWS channel and the giveaway is open for around another week.

Let's start with the absolute worst part of this palette... it is a complete bitch to get your hands on. Lorac only stocks in the US and often sells products through online stores like Amazon... but this palette is Ulta exclusive and Ulta DOES NOT ship internationally. So to buy this you either need to have a good buddy from the US that is willing to buy one and send it over or you have to use a shipping forwarding service that usually blows the cost of the palette out to an extreme amount of money. I was lucky enough to order this through a friends friend but the fact that this is so hard to get really annoys me about this palette! I don't understand why Lorac can sell their normal permanent palettes through Amazon but over the past two years have refused to ship their holiday items internationally - tisk tisk.

So once again, you can only buy this in store or online at Ulta and it retails for US$59, is limited edition, and contains 32 eye shadow shades.

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If you are familiar with the previous Lorac Mega Pro Palettes or even the permanent Lorac Pro Palettes then you would be familiar with the thin, but sturdy, cardboard packaging with small square pans. This palette is no different. This year the palette is white cardboard with rose gold lettering, which looks really cool and Christmassy, but is actually very impractical and gets grubby very quickly. The mirror is huge and allows you to do your full face of makeup easily in it, but the lid of the palette needs to be held up if you want to use the mirror, but the lid can be folded back behind the palette which is convenient.

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There are two rows of mattes (each with 8 shades) and two rows of shimmer (each with 8 shades). The colour theme this year is very neutral with a lot of warm browns and some nice dusty purples. There is a pop of shimmery red and a few greys which definitely stand out as weird additions to this palette. The only shade that I can see as being a double up to the previous two Mega Pro palettes or the Pro Palettes is the matte shade Jet Black - which also appears in the newer Pro 3. Even with the one overlap it is great to see that the vast majority of this palette is new unique shades.
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Row 1 - Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut,  Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy
Row 2 - Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage, Hickory, Maple, Bark, Jet Black
Row 3 - Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini, Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier, Deep Fog
Row 4 - Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz, Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate, Licorice

Hopefully you can see from the swatch photos about that ALL of these shadows perform really nicely. These are swatched over no primer and are one swipe of each shade. The formula is exactly the same as the eyeshadows in the permanent Pro Palettes and they are lovely but they also have their limitations. They are highly pigmented, very easy to blend and work with, but they tend to be quite soft and can kick up a lot of powder if you are too rough your brush. Once you learn to work around the softness and gently pat your brush into the pan then these are superbly performing shadows.

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Since I have been collecting the Lorac Mega Pro palettes since the first one, I thought I would do a quick side by side comparison of the shades. You can see that the two rows of matte and two rows of shimmer format is consistent throughout the palettes. The first palette (maroon packaging) is a neutral palette with some wearable pops of colours but mainly nude shades with a nice mix of warm and cool, the second palette (blue packaging) was mainly light shades and pops of bold colours, and the third palette (white packaging) is mainly warm neutrals with pops of grey and red. The Lorac Mega Pro 3 is definitely the most "wearable" of the three palettes.

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Even though I think the Mega Pro 3 is a great palette, the shades aren't anything unique and I still feel like the original Mega Pro was a lot more inspiring. It is also worth noting that the original Mega Pro palette had a total of 17.6g of product but the Mega Pro 2 and 3 each have 12.8g of product, which isn't much product for a 32 shade palette.

Overall I am happy to continue to collect the Mega Pro Palettes because the quality is lovely BUT I am consistently disappointed at how badly distributed they are... it's just not fair!

If you did want to get your hands on a Mega Pro 3 Palette, don't forget to enter the giveaway on the BEAUTY NEWS channel! The giveaway closes soon so if you are interested then check it out now!


Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 - review, swatches and comparison to the Mega Pro & Mega Pro 2

December 7, 2016

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The time has come to start reviewing some of the numerous holiday/Christmas releases that I have been buying this year. I thought I would talk about the Lorac Mega Pro 3 today because Hailey and I are giving one away on our BEAUTY NEWS channel and the giveaway is open for around another week.

Let's start with the absolute worst part of this palette... it is a complete bitch to get your hands on. Lorac only stocks in the US and often sells products through online stores like Amazon... but this palette is Ulta exclusive and Ulta DOES NOT ship internationally. So to buy this you either need to have a good buddy from the US that is willing to buy one and send it over or you have to use a shipping forwarding service that usually blows the cost of the palette out to an extreme amount of money. I was lucky enough to order this through a friends friend but the fact that this is so hard to get really annoys me about this palette! I don't understand why Lorac can sell their normal permanent palettes through Amazon but over the past two years have refused to ship their holiday items internationally - tisk tisk.

So once again, you can only buy this in store or online at Ulta and it retails for US$59, is limited edition, and contains 32 eye shadow shades.

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If you are familiar with the previous Lorac Mega Pro Palettes or even the permanent Lorac Pro Palettes then you would be familiar with the thin, but sturdy, cardboard packaging with small square pans. This palette is no different. This year the palette is white cardboard with rose gold lettering, which looks really cool and Christmassy, but is actually very impractical and gets grubby very quickly. The mirror is huge and allows you to do your full face of makeup easily in it, but the lid of the palette needs to be held up if you want to use the mirror, but the lid can be folded back behind the palette which is convenient.

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There are two rows of mattes (each with 8 shades) and two rows of shimmer (each with 8 shades). The colour theme this year is very neutral with a lot of warm browns and some nice dusty purples. There is a pop of shimmery red and a few greys which definitely stand out as weird additions to this palette. The only shade that I can see as being a double up to the previous two Mega Pro palettes or the Pro Palettes is the matte shade Jet Black - which also appears in the newer Pro 3. Even with the one overlap it is great to see that the vast majority of this palette is new unique shades.
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Row 1 - Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut,  Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy
Row 2 - Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage, Hickory, Maple, Bark, Jet Black
Row 3 - Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini, Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier, Deep Fog
Row 4 - Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz, Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate, Licorice

Hopefully you can see from the swatch photos about that ALL of these shadows perform really nicely. These are swatched over no primer and are one swipe of each shade. The formula is exactly the same as the eyeshadows in the permanent Pro Palettes and they are lovely but they also have their limitations. They are highly pigmented, very easy to blend and work with, but they tend to be quite soft and can kick up a lot of powder if you are too rough your brush. Once you learn to work around the softness and gently pat your brush into the pan then these are superbly performing shadows.

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Since I have been collecting the Lorac Mega Pro palettes since the first one, I thought I would do a quick side by side comparison of the shades. You can see that the two rows of matte and two rows of shimmer format is consistent throughout the palettes. The first palette (maroon packaging) is a neutral palette with some wearable pops of colours but mainly nude shades with a nice mix of warm and cool, the second palette (blue packaging) was mainly light shades and pops of bold colours, and the third palette (white packaging) is mainly warm neutrals with pops of grey and red. The Lorac Mega Pro 3 is definitely the most "wearable" of the three palettes.

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Even though I think the Mega Pro 3 is a great palette, the shades aren't anything unique and I still feel like the original Mega Pro was a lot more inspiring. It is also worth noting that the original Mega Pro palette had a total of 17.6g of product but the Mega Pro 2 and 3 each have 12.8g of product, which isn't much product for a 32 shade palette.

Overall I am happy to continue to collect the Mega Pro Palettes because the quality is lovely BUT I am consistently disappointed at how badly distributed they are... it's just not fair!

If you did want to get your hands on a Mega Pro 3 Palette, don't forget to enter the giveaway on the BEAUTY NEWS channel! The giveaway closes soon so if you are interested then check it out now!


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Hey crew! If you are a holiday limited edition junkie and you want to see the majority of the releases for 2016, BEAUTY NEWS has your back! We have put up a high end releases and an advent calendar/drugstore releases video for you to check out.
 
We also have a sneaky giveaway announced in the first video. Enjoy




Ps. I will also be posting a video/blog post soon of the Christmas releases that I have been buying lately and what I think of them x.
 

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BEAUTY NEWS Holiday Specials

December 2, 2016

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Hey crew! If you are a holiday limited edition junkie and you want to see the majority of the releases for 2016, BEAUTY NEWS has your back! We have put up a high end releases and an advent calendar/drugstore releases video for you to check out.
 
We also have a sneaky giveaway announced in the first video. Enjoy




Ps. I will also be posting a video/blog post soon of the Christmas releases that I have been buying lately and what I think of them x.
 

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The latest review in my matte liquid lipstick wear test series is the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Dolce K. I have avoided buying the lip kits previously because I personally don't love the Kardashian family, but most importantly, the price is quite high (especially with shipping). Regardless, there was a discount shipping sale and I jumped on it.

You can buy Kylie Cosmetics from the website which ships internationally. The Kylie Lip Kits come with one liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner for US$29 and shipping is US$8.95 in the US and US$14.95 for international shipping. If you buy one lip kit it will cost you around AU$58 so its not cheap.

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The first thing I noticed about this lip kit is that it looks VERY similar to the ColourPop products (which makes sense since they are made in the same factory). I do think they feel and look a little cheap for the price point.

When I applied the product I was really impressed by the shade and the formula. Dolce K is a perfect flattering medium brown nude and it applies very smoothly, is opaque in one coat, doesn't transfer, doesn't make your lips look too dry, and lasts around 6 hours. The lip pencil is very creamy, not super long lasting or budge proof but is easy to apply and has nice pigmentation. The lip liner is pretty much identical to the formula of the ColourPop lip pencils but the liquid lipstick has an added sweet scent and I find it to be less drying and slightly longer lasting than the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

If you want to see how this applies and how it wears then check out the video below.

 
Overall I like this lip kit, the formula is nice and the shade is exactly what I look for in a nude. I also like having a lip liner and lipstick that almost matches perfectly (the lip liner is slightly lighter than the lipstick). Even though I don't regret buying this (possibly because I lucked out with picking a great shade), I definitely won't be investing in any more because of the cost. These are only a fraction better quality than the ColourPop products that retail for US$6 per item.
 
Have you tried any of the Kylie Lip Kits? What were your thoughts?
 

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Dolce K - review & wear test

December 1, 2016

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The latest review in my matte liquid lipstick wear test series is the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Dolce K. I have avoided buying the lip kits previously because I personally don't love the Kardashian family, but most importantly, the price is quite high (especially with shipping). Regardless, there was a discount shipping sale and I jumped on it.

You can buy Kylie Cosmetics from the website which ships internationally. The Kylie Lip Kits come with one liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner for US$29 and shipping is US$8.95 in the US and US$14.95 for international shipping. If you buy one lip kit it will cost you around AU$58 so its not cheap.

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The first thing I noticed about this lip kit is that it looks VERY similar to the ColourPop products (which makes sense since they are made in the same factory). I do think they feel and look a little cheap for the price point.

When I applied the product I was really impressed by the shade and the formula. Dolce K is a perfect flattering medium brown nude and it applies very smoothly, is opaque in one coat, doesn't transfer, doesn't make your lips look too dry, and lasts around 6 hours. The lip pencil is very creamy, not super long lasting or budge proof but is easy to apply and has nice pigmentation. The lip liner is pretty much identical to the formula of the ColourPop lip pencils but the liquid lipstick has an added sweet scent and I find it to be less drying and slightly longer lasting than the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

If you want to see how this applies and how it wears then check out the video below.

 
Overall I like this lip kit, the formula is nice and the shade is exactly what I look for in a nude. I also like having a lip liner and lipstick that almost matches perfectly (the lip liner is slightly lighter than the lipstick). Even though I don't regret buying this (possibly because I lucked out with picking a great shade), I definitely won't be investing in any more because of the cost. These are only a fraction better quality than the ColourPop products that retail for US$6 per item.
 
Have you tried any of the Kylie Lip Kits? What were your thoughts?
 
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Probably my most used brushes and sponges (definitely sponges) are the Real Techniques brushes and sponges. I find that they are a great balance between reasonably affordable and also long lasting and good quality. Real Techniques recently brought out a new range of sponges and a few new sets.

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One of the new sets is the limited Ultimate Base Set (AU$45) that comes with the classic Expert Face Brush (great for buffing in foundation, applying powder or even blush/bronzer), the Deluxe Concealer Brush which is exclusive to this set, the Miracle Complexion Sponge (I use these every day!) and the exclusive travel case that holds the brushes and also contains a mirror.

If you are starting out with brushes and are looking for a set that is perfect for applying your base then this set is fantastic and is great value!

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Real Techniques have also brought out three new types of sponges (including the Bold Metals Miracle Diamond which I don't have).

The little purple sponges are the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges (AU$16.99) and come in a pack of two. These are very similar in shape to the original Miracle Complexion Sponge (AU$16.99) and they are just as good! I have about half a dozen of the original Miracle Complexion Sponges that I use for foundation, concealer, cream face products and even sometimes applying powder. The mini version are designed for erasing mistakes but I think they word best for applying concealer and even setting concealer with powder.

Then there is the pink sponge which is the Miracle Sculpting Sponge (AU$16.99). This is a strange beast. You are supposed to use the smaller side to highlight and the larger side to contour. I have been highlighting and contouring for quite some time (I am definitely not a pro, but I know how to use a sponge) and I just don't get this sponge. I personally get a better result using the original Miracle Complexion Sponge to contour and highlight with. If you have it and you love it, let me know your secrets.

Overall I really am enjoying the new releases from Real Techniques. They have great quality, are (generally) really easy to use and last a very long time. I highly recommend the Ultimate Base Set and the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges, but I personally haven't figured out the Miracle Sculpting Sponge.

You can buy Real Techniques online or in store at Priceline or online internationally from iHerb.

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Note: these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set and new sponges

November 30, 2016

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Probably my most used brushes and sponges (definitely sponges) are the Real Techniques brushes and sponges. I find that they are a great balance between reasonably affordable and also long lasting and good quality. Real Techniques recently brought out a new range of sponges and a few new sets.

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One of the new sets is the limited Ultimate Base Set (AU$45) that comes with the classic Expert Face Brush (great for buffing in foundation, applying powder or even blush/bronzer), the Deluxe Concealer Brush which is exclusive to this set, the Miracle Complexion Sponge (I use these every day!) and the exclusive travel case that holds the brushes and also contains a mirror.

If you are starting out with brushes and are looking for a set that is perfect for applying your base then this set is fantastic and is great value!

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Real Techniques have also brought out three new types of sponges (including the Bold Metals Miracle Diamond which I don't have).

The little purple sponges are the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges (AU$16.99) and come in a pack of two. These are very similar in shape to the original Miracle Complexion Sponge (AU$16.99) and they are just as good! I have about half a dozen of the original Miracle Complexion Sponges that I use for foundation, concealer, cream face products and even sometimes applying powder. The mini version are designed for erasing mistakes but I think they word best for applying concealer and even setting concealer with powder.

Then there is the pink sponge which is the Miracle Sculpting Sponge (AU$16.99). This is a strange beast. You are supposed to use the smaller side to highlight and the larger side to contour. I have been highlighting and contouring for quite some time (I am definitely not a pro, but I know how to use a sponge) and I just don't get this sponge. I personally get a better result using the original Miracle Complexion Sponge to contour and highlight with. If you have it and you love it, let me know your secrets.

Overall I really am enjoying the new releases from Real Techniques. They have great quality, are (generally) really easy to use and last a very long time. I highly recommend the Ultimate Base Set and the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges, but I personally haven't figured out the Miracle Sculpting Sponge.

You can buy Real Techniques online or in store at Priceline or online internationally from iHerb.

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Note: these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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Here are all the photos from the BEAUTY NEWS Holiday Special Part 1

Don't forget to check out the video if you want to enter our giveaway where you can win a Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette!


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BEAUTY NEWS Holiday Special - Part 1 & GIVEAWAY

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Here are all the photos from the BEAUTY NEWS Holiday Special Part 1

Don't forget to check out the video if you want to enter our giveaway where you can win a Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette!


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