October 2012 | KITSCH/SNITCH

There was a happy monday discount advertised on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics facebook page last week, so I decided to place an order. I ordered a three pack of nail polishes and I chose the shades A Tisket, A Tasket, Eternium Dreams, and Tricky Treats. I also bought a full sized blush in the shade Velvet Cupcake. Femme Fatale were kind enough to also include three eyeshadow samples in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor

The three pack of nail polishes costs $31.50, you can pick which three nail polishes you want in the pack, there are 10 glitter shades to choose from, and a couple of new ones that are coming out soon... I want them all! The discount code GLITTERSAVER gives you a 10% discount on the Femme Fatale website for the nail polish packs. The blush costs $8 for the full size or $1.10 for a sample.

One great thing about this brand is that they are Australian, and a lot of their products are vegan. I also had to take a photo of how cute the packaging is!


These are the three nail polishes I chose. This is how the website describes these shades:

A Tisket, A Tasket, a semi-opaque white polish with green shimmers and various glitter in pink, teal and green.

Eternium Dreams, a glitter polish the is full of black glitter in various shapes/sizes/finishes, green flakes, tiny aqua green glitter and iridescent squares which shift from green/blue/purple. The base is slightly tinted black.

Tricky Treats, a glitter polish made with predominantly orange glitter bars and hexes, in a lightly tinted orange jelly base. Also has a scattering of pink hexes, holo pink hexes, holo gold bars, red and purple squares, tangerine hearts, and subtle amount of fine copper shimmer.

I am in love with these shades. I am currently wearing A Tisket, A Tasket and I will do swatches of the other shades over the next week or two.

Three coats of A Tisket, A Tasket taken in the shade
Three coats of A Tisket, A Tasket taken in direct sunlight
Heavy swatch of Velvet Cupcake and blended swatch - taken in direct sunlight
I am addicted to blushes, so I couldn't place an order without ordering one. I ordered a very light candy pink matte blush, aptly names Velvet Cupcake. It is a loose pigment, and it is gorgeous! This is a really bizarre blush and I have never come across anything like it. As you can see from the swatch above, it does appear on the skin as a true baby candy pink, but you will notice from the photo below, that the powder is almost white, but when you blend it in, it develops into a vibrant pink. What I like about this is that it acts almost like a stain, so it stays on your cheeks really well, it also means you only need the slighted amount to get a nice colour. If you aren't aware of how this blush develops, you could very easily apply too much. I am curious what their other blushes are like!

Velvet Cupcake rubbed into the left finger and not rubbed into the right finger

The lovely people at Femme Fatale also included a few eyeshadow samples. These are beautiful colours, and I can't wait to start experimenting with them. Sorry that they are bit messy in the photo below, I stupidly enough took photos after I was playing with them.

Eye shadow samples in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor
Eye shadow swatches in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor
The swatches don't do these justice! They are stunning! I will have to order a few more and do a whole post with dry swatches vs wet swatches. The photo above is of the pigment on bare skin, which shows that they can be quite vibrant even without a primer.

This is my first taste of Femme Fatale Cosmetics, and I am very happy so far. If you want to check them out then visit http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/

Femme Fatale Cosmetics mini haul - Glitter nail polishes in Eternium Dreams, A Tisket, A Tasket, and Tricky Treats, and blush in Velvet Cupcake

October 30, 2012


There was a happy monday discount advertised on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics facebook page last week, so I decided to place an order. I ordered a three pack of nail polishes and I chose the shades A Tisket, A Tasket, Eternium Dreams, and Tricky Treats. I also bought a full sized blush in the shade Velvet Cupcake. Femme Fatale were kind enough to also include three eyeshadow samples in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor

The three pack of nail polishes costs $31.50, you can pick which three nail polishes you want in the pack, there are 10 glitter shades to choose from, and a couple of new ones that are coming out soon... I want them all! The discount code GLITTERSAVER gives you a 10% discount on the Femme Fatale website for the nail polish packs. The blush costs $8 for the full size or $1.10 for a sample.

One great thing about this brand is that they are Australian, and a lot of their products are vegan. I also had to take a photo of how cute the packaging is!


These are the three nail polishes I chose. This is how the website describes these shades:

A Tisket, A Tasket, a semi-opaque white polish with green shimmers and various glitter in pink, teal and green.

Eternium Dreams, a glitter polish the is full of black glitter in various shapes/sizes/finishes, green flakes, tiny aqua green glitter and iridescent squares which shift from green/blue/purple. The base is slightly tinted black.

Tricky Treats, a glitter polish made with predominantly orange glitter bars and hexes, in a lightly tinted orange jelly base. Also has a scattering of pink hexes, holo pink hexes, holo gold bars, red and purple squares, tangerine hearts, and subtle amount of fine copper shimmer.

I am in love with these shades. I am currently wearing A Tisket, A Tasket and I will do swatches of the other shades over the next week or two.

Three coats of A Tisket, A Tasket taken in the shade
Three coats of A Tisket, A Tasket taken in direct sunlight
Heavy swatch of Velvet Cupcake and blended swatch - taken in direct sunlight
I am addicted to blushes, so I couldn't place an order without ordering one. I ordered a very light candy pink matte blush, aptly names Velvet Cupcake. It is a loose pigment, and it is gorgeous! This is a really bizarre blush and I have never come across anything like it. As you can see from the swatch above, it does appear on the skin as a true baby candy pink, but you will notice from the photo below, that the powder is almost white, but when you blend it in, it develops into a vibrant pink. What I like about this is that it acts almost like a stain, so it stays on your cheeks really well, it also means you only need the slighted amount to get a nice colour. If you aren't aware of how this blush develops, you could very easily apply too much. I am curious what their other blushes are like!

Velvet Cupcake rubbed into the left finger and not rubbed into the right finger

The lovely people at Femme Fatale also included a few eyeshadow samples. These are beautiful colours, and I can't wait to start experimenting with them. Sorry that they are bit messy in the photo below, I stupidly enough took photos after I was playing with them.

Eye shadow samples in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor
Eye shadow swatches in Spearmint Candy, Archangel, and Ancient Traitor
The swatches don't do these justice! They are stunning! I will have to order a few more and do a whole post with dry swatches vs wet swatches. The photo above is of the pigment on bare skin, which shows that they can be quite vibrant even without a primer.

This is my first taste of Femme Fatale Cosmetics, and I am very happy so far. If you want to check them out then visit http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/

Thanks to everyone who entered the give away. I used Random.org to generate the two winners, and the winners are:

Give away #1 winner - Claire Garvey
Give away #2 winner - Nalini

I am very happy that these lovely girls won these prizes, they both have been followers of mine for a little while now. Congratulations Claire and Nalini! I will be sending you an email very soon xoxox

Sorry to all of the people who entered and didn't win, I can assure you I will be having more give aways soon!

100 followers give away winners!

October 29, 2012


Thanks to everyone who entered the give away. I used Random.org to generate the two winners, and the winners are:

Give away #1 winner - Claire Garvey
Give away #2 winner - Nalini

I am very happy that these lovely girls won these prizes, they both have been followers of mine for a little while now. Congratulations Claire and Nalini! I will be sending you an email very soon xoxox

Sorry to all of the people who entered and didn't win, I can assure you I will be having more give aways soon!
Sorry about the grubby finger prints

I rarely buy new perfumes, but I got a sample of the DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom perfume in this months Bellabox, and I was ummming and ahhhing about buying it before I tried the sample, and after I tried the sample I was convinced! This is the 50ml bottle, which ranges in price significantly depending on where you get it from. You can buy it at Myer and David Jones, places like the Perfume Connection, or chemists like Priceline... you can even buy it cheaper online at Strawberrynet.com

This is the description given by the Sephora website:
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is a radiant new fragrance that marries freshness, vibrancy, and femininity. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.

Notes:
Grapefruit, Cassis, Apricot, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Apple, Blond Woods, Smooth Skin Accord.
Style:
Bright. Alluring. Sophisticated.


If you love the other DKNY Be Delicious perfumes, then there is a good chance that you will like this one. This perfume smells a lot different from the original Be Delicious perfume, but I think it is designed to appeal to the same group of people. What I liked about this Fresh Blossom scent is that it isn't as sweet and fruity as the other two that I have (see photos below), instead it is a really light fresh floral scent. I was so happy when I used the sample of this, because strong floral scents tend to give me a headache, but this one didn't. This perfume is the perfect Spring scent, it's light and fresh with a slight sweetness to it, and it has a nice soft jasmine and rose scent. This is the first floral perfume that I can tolerate wearing, and I think it's the perfect perfume for people who prefer sweet scents, but want a light sophisticated scent for certain occasions or even for work.

Oh I also wanted to add that the first two times I wore this, I got compliments on it. The first was my sister asking, straight away when I saw her, what perfume I was wearing, and the second day I wore it, a patient at work (I work in an emergency department) told me that I smell nice! Clearly this perfume is a winner! 

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, Be Delicious Limited Edition Red Delicious, and the original Be Delicious

So this has the same packaging as the other perfumes of this range, the 50ml has a button on that top the squirts out the perfume, whereas if you buy the 30ml, the silver dome is a lid that you have to remove before you use it. Unlike the other two perfumes I have in the range, the Fresh Blossom has clear glass that looks pink because the perfume is pink. The other two have clear perfume but coloured glass.


Have you tried this range of perfumes? Which is your favourite?

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom perfume review

Sorry about the grubby finger prints

I rarely buy new perfumes, but I got a sample of the DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom perfume in this months Bellabox, and I was ummming and ahhhing about buying it before I tried the sample, and after I tried the sample I was convinced! This is the 50ml bottle, which ranges in price significantly depending on where you get it from. You can buy it at Myer and David Jones, places like the Perfume Connection, or chemists like Priceline... you can even buy it cheaper online at Strawberrynet.com

This is the description given by the Sephora website:
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is a radiant new fragrance that marries freshness, vibrancy, and femininity. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.

Notes:
Grapefruit, Cassis, Apricot, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Apple, Blond Woods, Smooth Skin Accord.
Style:
Bright. Alluring. Sophisticated.


If you love the other DKNY Be Delicious perfumes, then there is a good chance that you will like this one. This perfume smells a lot different from the original Be Delicious perfume, but I think it is designed to appeal to the same group of people. What I liked about this Fresh Blossom scent is that it isn't as sweet and fruity as the other two that I have (see photos below), instead it is a really light fresh floral scent. I was so happy when I used the sample of this, because strong floral scents tend to give me a headache, but this one didn't. This perfume is the perfect Spring scent, it's light and fresh with a slight sweetness to it, and it has a nice soft jasmine and rose scent. This is the first floral perfume that I can tolerate wearing, and I think it's the perfect perfume for people who prefer sweet scents, but want a light sophisticated scent for certain occasions or even for work.

Oh I also wanted to add that the first two times I wore this, I got compliments on it. The first was my sister asking, straight away when I saw her, what perfume I was wearing, and the second day I wore it, a patient at work (I work in an emergency department) told me that I smell nice! Clearly this perfume is a winner! 

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, Be Delicious Limited Edition Red Delicious, and the original Be Delicious

So this has the same packaging as the other perfumes of this range, the 50ml has a button on that top the squirts out the perfume, whereas if you buy the 30ml, the silver dome is a lid that you have to remove before you use it. Unlike the other two perfumes I have in the range, the Fresh Blossom has clear glass that looks pink because the perfume is pink. The other two have clear perfume but coloured glass.


Have you tried this range of perfumes? Which is your favourite?


This isn't a product review, but I did just want to alert my Australian readers of a great bargain that I found in Target today. Last week I sampled the Bioré Combination Balancing Cleanser and I really liked it, so while I was browsing Target today, I wanted to see if they had it in stock and how much it costs. Well not only is there 30% off all Bioré products in Target at the moment, but they had this awesome pack, which I couldn't go past.

So this pack normally retails for $14.95, but with 30% off it cost me $10.46!

I know that not many of my readers will find this post interesting... but this pack will come in handy if you are a younger reader who suffers from hormonal skin (and is on a budget), or if you are anything like me, and even though you are well into your adult years, you still suffer from break outs (and are always looking for ways to save money!). I mainly bought this pack for the cleanser, which normally costs more than what I paid for the whole pack, but I will no doubt use some of the other products too.


The pack contains:
  • Bioré Combination Balancing Cleanser - retail price $10.99
  • Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - retail price $5.79
  • Bioré Triple Action Toner - retail price $8.99
  • Bioré Nourish Moisture Lotion SPF 15 - $10.99


Have you tried any of these Bioré products?

Skincare bargain - Bioré Daily Essentials Skincare Pack

October 27, 2012


This isn't a product review, but I did just want to alert my Australian readers of a great bargain that I found in Target today. Last week I sampled the Bioré Combination Balancing Cleanser and I really liked it, so while I was browsing Target today, I wanted to see if they had it in stock and how much it costs. Well not only is there 30% off all Bioré products in Target at the moment, but they had this awesome pack, which I couldn't go past.

So this pack normally retails for $14.95, but with 30% off it cost me $10.46!

I know that not many of my readers will find this post interesting... but this pack will come in handy if you are a younger reader who suffers from hormonal skin (and is on a budget), or if you are anything like me, and even though you are well into your adult years, you still suffer from break outs (and are always looking for ways to save money!). I mainly bought this pack for the cleanser, which normally costs more than what I paid for the whole pack, but I will no doubt use some of the other products too.


The pack contains:
  • Bioré Combination Balancing Cleanser - retail price $10.99
  • Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - retail price $5.79
  • Bioré Triple Action Toner - retail price $8.99
  • Bioré Nourish Moisture Lotion SPF 15 - $10.99


Have you tried any of these Bioré products?

Normally I don't go on the Lust Have It facebook page before I get my Lust Have It box, because I hate ruining the surprise, but today I went on the page to see if anyone had received their boxes yet. Whoa, what an interesting experience! Lust Have It must have sent the boxes out in different shipments, and the Lux and Luscious boxes were shipped first. The response to that box was very negative, and looking at the reviews of that box, I completely understand why. It did look very empty, pretty cheap, and had items that people didn't want. Words like "disgrace" "disappointment" and "Nanna" were thrown around a lot, and quite a few people unsubscribed.

I just wanted to say that I understand why people were upset, it did sort of seem like the Lust Have It team were cutting corners and taking their followers for granted, I think they also underestimated how knowlegeable and serious their followers are about good products. I do also understand that Lust Have It has taken on a lot over the last few months; with their breast cancer boxes, their mens box and their eco box. It is just a shame that they seem to have been a little neglectful to their original followers. Also I know that the September box wasn't a favourite, mainly because of the repeat of products and the lack of full sized products, so I think this one was the last straw for some people. In addition to this, other beauty subscription boxes are really lifting their game and Bellabox brought out a very impressive October box. After saying all of that, I didn't get the dreaded Lux and Luscious box and after all of the discussion on their facebook page and expecting the worst, I am pretty happy with my box.

If you feel let down by the box you got this month and are thinking of unsubscribing, I would recommend you wait a couple of months. Lust Have It have heard everyone's feedback, and you should allow Lust Have It to redeem themselves over the next couple of months. I would also want to see what was in store for their Christmas box... If you are not happy with the next two boxes, then I would recommend to unsubscribe.

Onto the box...


So there are only 5 products in this box which is a little light in my opinion, also it contains no makeup products. If there were maybe two extra makeup products then this would be a pretty good box, but as it is it's pretty average. One good thing about this box is that it contains 3 full sized products, it contains a De Lorenzo hair treatment worth $24.95, a full pack of Beauty Snapz that are worth $9.95 and a bath bomb worth $4.95. With these products alone this box is worth nearly $40, and it also comes with a $10 Davro voucher and another $15 voucher for the Adorn Mineral Cosmetics website.



I won't go through a product by product run down like I usually do, but I must admit that my favourite product here is the De Lorenzo Rejuven8 deep conditioning treatment - I don't have a deep conditioner at the moment, so this is good timing, also De Lorenzo is a good brand. I also like the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil tester - I am always looking for products to make my skin even better. This also comes in the cutest little dropper container, which I will no doubt keep when it has been used up. Lastly I am looking forward to having a bath with the bath bomb.

Update: I love the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, I have been using it every night under my moisturiser and it makes my skin super soft in the morning. It smells a little strange, almost like bread or something edible... but I kinda like it! I have also used the deep conditioning treatment, and it was ok - it is quite thick and waxy and I felt like it works the best if it is allowed to sit in your hair for a good 5-10min, so it doesn't really work all that well in the shower, and is definitely more of a bath time product. Speaking of baths, I used the bath bomb. It has a nice subtle scent which isn't too overpowering, but what I liked most was that it left a really nourishing film on my skin... normally the idea of a film is pretty gross, but this isn't a greasy feeling, its more of a moisturised feel. 


I don't mind the addition of the wax strips, but because it contains two strips I can't imagine these being too useful, and it seems like an odd product to have a sample size for. The Beauty Snapz are a bit strange (see directions below), but I will no doubt use them.


Overall this is a pretty light box, but it's ok. I do think I got the better box out of the few that were available so I am very happy under the circumstances. I hope Lust Have It start focusing more on recruiting more brands and getting a better range of products, rather than focusing all of their efforts into making eco boxes and boxes for men etc. I think people are getting very sick of seeing the same brands over and over each month, especially when people leave feedback saying they don't want to see some of these brands again. Lastly, I know you can't please everyone, but a nicely balanced box (with more than 5 products) always makes people happy - so in my opinion, a good box contains at least one hair product, one body product, one face product, one makeup product (the more the merrier), a nail polish or scent, and something a little different. I know Bellabox did make a really good balanced box this month (see review here), and people loved it! I'm sure people didn't like all of the products in the box, but there were enough products and a good enough range to keep everyone happy - and that should be the aim of a beauty box subscription.

Do you subscribe to Lust Have It? What did you think of the October box?
Also remember to enter my give away!

Lust Have It Box - October 2012 Bold and Beautiful Box

October 25, 2012


Normally I don't go on the Lust Have It facebook page before I get my Lust Have It box, because I hate ruining the surprise, but today I went on the page to see if anyone had received their boxes yet. Whoa, what an interesting experience! Lust Have It must have sent the boxes out in different shipments, and the Lux and Luscious boxes were shipped first. The response to that box was very negative, and looking at the reviews of that box, I completely understand why. It did look very empty, pretty cheap, and had items that people didn't want. Words like "disgrace" "disappointment" and "Nanna" were thrown around a lot, and quite a few people unsubscribed.

I just wanted to say that I understand why people were upset, it did sort of seem like the Lust Have It team were cutting corners and taking their followers for granted, I think they also underestimated how knowlegeable and serious their followers are about good products. I do also understand that Lust Have It has taken on a lot over the last few months; with their breast cancer boxes, their mens box and their eco box. It is just a shame that they seem to have been a little neglectful to their original followers. Also I know that the September box wasn't a favourite, mainly because of the repeat of products and the lack of full sized products, so I think this one was the last straw for some people. In addition to this, other beauty subscription boxes are really lifting their game and Bellabox brought out a very impressive October box. After saying all of that, I didn't get the dreaded Lux and Luscious box and after all of the discussion on their facebook page and expecting the worst, I am pretty happy with my box.

If you feel let down by the box you got this month and are thinking of unsubscribing, I would recommend you wait a couple of months. Lust Have It have heard everyone's feedback, and you should allow Lust Have It to redeem themselves over the next couple of months. I would also want to see what was in store for their Christmas box... If you are not happy with the next two boxes, then I would recommend to unsubscribe.

Onto the box...


So there are only 5 products in this box which is a little light in my opinion, also it contains no makeup products. If there were maybe two extra makeup products then this would be a pretty good box, but as it is it's pretty average. One good thing about this box is that it contains 3 full sized products, it contains a De Lorenzo hair treatment worth $24.95, a full pack of Beauty Snapz that are worth $9.95 and a bath bomb worth $4.95. With these products alone this box is worth nearly $40, and it also comes with a $10 Davro voucher and another $15 voucher for the Adorn Mineral Cosmetics website.



I won't go through a product by product run down like I usually do, but I must admit that my favourite product here is the De Lorenzo Rejuven8 deep conditioning treatment - I don't have a deep conditioner at the moment, so this is good timing, also De Lorenzo is a good brand. I also like the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil tester - I am always looking for products to make my skin even better. This also comes in the cutest little dropper container, which I will no doubt keep when it has been used up. Lastly I am looking forward to having a bath with the bath bomb.

Update: I love the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, I have been using it every night under my moisturiser and it makes my skin super soft in the morning. It smells a little strange, almost like bread or something edible... but I kinda like it! I have also used the deep conditioning treatment, and it was ok - it is quite thick and waxy and I felt like it works the best if it is allowed to sit in your hair for a good 5-10min, so it doesn't really work all that well in the shower, and is definitely more of a bath time product. Speaking of baths, I used the bath bomb. It has a nice subtle scent which isn't too overpowering, but what I liked most was that it left a really nourishing film on my skin... normally the idea of a film is pretty gross, but this isn't a greasy feeling, its more of a moisturised feel. 


I don't mind the addition of the wax strips, but because it contains two strips I can't imagine these being too useful, and it seems like an odd product to have a sample size for. The Beauty Snapz are a bit strange (see directions below), but I will no doubt use them.


Overall this is a pretty light box, but it's ok. I do think I got the better box out of the few that were available so I am very happy under the circumstances. I hope Lust Have It start focusing more on recruiting more brands and getting a better range of products, rather than focusing all of their efforts into making eco boxes and boxes for men etc. I think people are getting very sick of seeing the same brands over and over each month, especially when people leave feedback saying they don't want to see some of these brands again. Lastly, I know you can't please everyone, but a nicely balanced box (with more than 5 products) always makes people happy - so in my opinion, a good box contains at least one hair product, one body product, one face product, one makeup product (the more the merrier), a nail polish or scent, and something a little different. I know Bellabox did make a really good balanced box this month (see review here), and people loved it! I'm sure people didn't like all of the products in the box, but there were enough products and a good enough range to keep everyone happy - and that should be the aim of a beauty box subscription.

Do you subscribe to Lust Have It? What did you think of the October box?
Also remember to enter my give away!

Face of Australia has just come out with an amazing pastel range that contains eight shades. These retail for $4.95 for 13ml of polish, and I got these at Priceline. I was so tempted to get the whole range, but I thought I would limit myself for now. I love everything about these, I love the shades, the cute names and even the font they used on the packaging.


The shades I got are After Dinner Mint, Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too, Boys 'N' Berries, and Castle On A Cloud.


Each colour with two coats of nail polish

Castle On A Cloud is a really pretty almost mauve grey with a very slight shimmer to it (see photo below). I found this colour to be the most opaque of the four, you could even get away with possibly wearing one coat if you apply it evenly.

Boys 'N' Berries is a very flattering lavender colour with no shimmer, I think it is a really flattering colour. This isn't as opaque as the grey, but you can get a nice solid colour with two coats.

Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too is the second most opaque of the four, and is very easy to get a nice even colour with two coats. This is the perfect blue based pastel pink, and contains no shimmer. I think this will be a very popular shade for Summer

After Dinner Mint is a beautiful mint green with no shimmer, this was one of the shades that I was most excited about because it is so bright and eye catching. Out of the four, this had the most sheer consistency and this needs 2-3 coats to get a good bold colour.


Annoyingly when I first opened my Castle On A Cloud, the lid was not attached to the brush... Hopefully I have super glue somewhere in the house :P


I love this range, it's cheap, easily accessible, has a good range of colours, the names are very cute, and the formula is pretty good. The only negative is that the formula does vary from shade to shade, but overall they are fine to work with. Another down side is that they are probably limited edition.

Edit: These aren't the longest wearing nail polishes, but strangely enough I have noticed that the more opaque shades tend to chip more than the sheerer shades. So the shade that started chipping after 24 hours of wear was they grey, and the other started chipping more on the second and third day. The chipping on the grey was worst of the four shades, followed by the pink, and the purple and green just had minor chipping and still looked ok on the third and fourth day. 

Will you be picking any of these up? What shade do you like most?

Face of Australia Pastels Nail Enamel in the shades After Dinner Mint, Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too, Boys 'N' Berries, and Castle On A Cloud - review and swatches

October 24, 2012


Face of Australia has just come out with an amazing pastel range that contains eight shades. These retail for $4.95 for 13ml of polish, and I got these at Priceline. I was so tempted to get the whole range, but I thought I would limit myself for now. I love everything about these, I love the shades, the cute names and even the font they used on the packaging.


The shades I got are After Dinner Mint, Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too, Boys 'N' Berries, and Castle On A Cloud.


Each colour with two coats of nail polish

Castle On A Cloud is a really pretty almost mauve grey with a very slight shimmer to it (see photo below). I found this colour to be the most opaque of the four, you could even get away with possibly wearing one coat if you apply it evenly.

Boys 'N' Berries is a very flattering lavender colour with no shimmer, I think it is a really flattering colour. This isn't as opaque as the grey, but you can get a nice solid colour with two coats.

Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too is the second most opaque of the four, and is very easy to get a nice even colour with two coats. This is the perfect blue based pastel pink, and contains no shimmer. I think this will be a very popular shade for Summer

After Dinner Mint is a beautiful mint green with no shimmer, this was one of the shades that I was most excited about because it is so bright and eye catching. Out of the four, this had the most sheer consistency and this needs 2-3 coats to get a good bold colour.


Annoyingly when I first opened my Castle On A Cloud, the lid was not attached to the brush... Hopefully I have super glue somewhere in the house :P


I love this range, it's cheap, easily accessible, has a good range of colours, the names are very cute, and the formula is pretty good. The only negative is that the formula does vary from shade to shade, but overall they are fine to work with. Another down side is that they are probably limited edition.

Edit: These aren't the longest wearing nail polishes, but strangely enough I have noticed that the more opaque shades tend to chip more than the sheerer shades. So the shade that started chipping after 24 hours of wear was they grey, and the other started chipping more on the second and third day. The chipping on the grey was worst of the four shades, followed by the pink, and the purple and green just had minor chipping and still looked ok on the third and fourth day. 

Will you be picking any of these up? What shade do you like most?

So I did a review on Jordana eyebrow powders the other week (see review here), and while I was doing a little research for that post, I came across the Australian Jordana website. Even though the products cost more than on international websites, the shipping is heaps cheaper. I wanted to pick up a couple of the blushes so I decided to place an order. Each of these blushes were $8 each, the eyeliner was $7 and the shipping was $4.40. I got the blush in 33 Sandalwood and 37 Blushing Rose, and the Quickliner eye liner in 03 Brown Stone.

It is also worth noting that I ordered these on a Monday and they arrived on the Wednesday, which I thought was very impressive.


The packaging of these blushes are simple, but also really compact. They have a clear screw top lid and no mirror or any added bulk. I actually like this simple packaging, it would make these very travel friendly. Each blush contains 2.2g of product.


These blushes have a nice soft texture, and aren't too powdery. The Blushing Rose colour is very pigmented, but because Sandalwood is a lighter colour, it is a bit harder to build up colour.

Sandalwood heavily swatched and blended, without flash
Sandalwood heavily swatched and blended, with flash
I must say, I adore this colour! I took a gamble because it is a very light colour, but it is amazing. If you want a very natural pretty peach cheek, then this is the blush you need! It is a matte light peach that will suit light to medium skin tones, it will either not show up on darker skin or it will possibly apply powdery. I do find that I have to build this colour up (mainly because I like a heavier blush), but it is absolutely worth the effort.

Blushing Rose heavily swatched and blended, without flash
Blushing Rose heavily swatched and blended, with flash
When looking at swatches online, I really wanted to try one of the two rose colours - this one is the shimmery one and there was another shade that is matte. I decided to go for the shimmer because I was getting a matte blush with Sandalwood. This is a very pretty rose pink with a slight hint of shimmer that you can mainly only see in direct light. This shade would look beautiful on all skin tones, and it is super pigmented so you don't need much product. I also find that this easily lasts a whole work day, and it still looks lovely at the end of the day. I have been reaching for this colour a lot over the past week or so because I know it lasts really well.


While I was ordering blushes I decided to order an eyeliner, because you can never have enough eyeliners. I really wanted a brown, because I have been mainly only wearing brown eyeliners these days, but I couldn't find any swatches online, so I was taking a gamble with the shade. I pretty much only wear dark brown eyeliners so I was pleasantly surprised with this shade. I really like the act that this is a twist up liner, since I hate having to sharpen them all the time.

Brown Stone swatch, single line and heavy swatch, without flash
Brown Stone swatch, single line and heavy swatch, with flash
This is a great eyeliner, you will notice from the single line that this is quite a soft and pigmented liner. I also think the colour is a great alternative to black. The only thing that I find a little bit negative about this eyeliner is that it isn't soft enough for applying easily to your waterline. 

Overall I am very happy with these products, I think for the price they are great and I was happy with the Australian Jordana website. I think the stand out products are the blushes, and I will no doubt buy more in the future... and I may be including them in my favourites post this month.

Jordana Blush in shades 33 Sandalwood and 37 Blushing Rose, and Quickliner in 03 Brown Stone - review and swatches

October 23, 2012


So I did a review on Jordana eyebrow powders the other week (see review here), and while I was doing a little research for that post, I came across the Australian Jordana website. Even though the products cost more than on international websites, the shipping is heaps cheaper. I wanted to pick up a couple of the blushes so I decided to place an order. Each of these blushes were $8 each, the eyeliner was $7 and the shipping was $4.40. I got the blush in 33 Sandalwood and 37 Blushing Rose, and the Quickliner eye liner in 03 Brown Stone.

It is also worth noting that I ordered these on a Monday and they arrived on the Wednesday, which I thought was very impressive.


The packaging of these blushes are simple, but also really compact. They have a clear screw top lid and no mirror or any added bulk. I actually like this simple packaging, it would make these very travel friendly. Each blush contains 2.2g of product.


These blushes have a nice soft texture, and aren't too powdery. The Blushing Rose colour is very pigmented, but because Sandalwood is a lighter colour, it is a bit harder to build up colour.

Sandalwood heavily swatched and blended, without flash
Sandalwood heavily swatched and blended, with flash
I must say, I adore this colour! I took a gamble because it is a very light colour, but it is amazing. If you want a very natural pretty peach cheek, then this is the blush you need! It is a matte light peach that will suit light to medium skin tones, it will either not show up on darker skin or it will possibly apply powdery. I do find that I have to build this colour up (mainly because I like a heavier blush), but it is absolutely worth the effort.

Blushing Rose heavily swatched and blended, without flash
Blushing Rose heavily swatched and blended, with flash
When looking at swatches online, I really wanted to try one of the two rose colours - this one is the shimmery one and there was another shade that is matte. I decided to go for the shimmer because I was getting a matte blush with Sandalwood. This is a very pretty rose pink with a slight hint of shimmer that you can mainly only see in direct light. This shade would look beautiful on all skin tones, and it is super pigmented so you don't need much product. I also find that this easily lasts a whole work day, and it still looks lovely at the end of the day. I have been reaching for this colour a lot over the past week or so because I know it lasts really well.


While I was ordering blushes I decided to order an eyeliner, because you can never have enough eyeliners. I really wanted a brown, because I have been mainly only wearing brown eyeliners these days, but I couldn't find any swatches online, so I was taking a gamble with the shade. I pretty much only wear dark brown eyeliners so I was pleasantly surprised with this shade. I really like the act that this is a twist up liner, since I hate having to sharpen them all the time.

Brown Stone swatch, single line and heavy swatch, without flash
Brown Stone swatch, single line and heavy swatch, with flash
This is a great eyeliner, you will notice from the single line that this is quite a soft and pigmented liner. I also think the colour is a great alternative to black. The only thing that I find a little bit negative about this eyeliner is that it isn't soft enough for applying easily to your waterline. 

Overall I am very happy with these products, I think for the price they are great and I was happy with the Australian Jordana website. I think the stand out products are the blushes, and I will no doubt buy more in the future... and I may be including them in my favourites post this month.


So I have had these Laura Mercier Illuminating Sticks for quite a long time, and I have been wanting to review these for a while now. I have finally decided to review these today because I am giving one of each of these away as part of my 100 followers give away (enter here!).

I don't know how much these cost in Australia, or even if they are available in Australia, but you can buy these for $25 each on strawberrynet.com. These actually contain quite a lot of product, with each stick containing 8.6g of product

This is what the Laura Mercier website says about the Illuminating Stick:
Laura Mercier Illuminating Stick is a simple and convenient way to add a naturally flushed and healthy glow to any skin tone with its soft, velvety creme formula.

I would have to agree with this statement, these sticks are a great way to add a little shimmer to your look, they are too dark to be used as a highlighter on pale skin, but both of these can be used as a nice sheer shimmery blush. I like to add the rose one on the tops of my cheeks to blend with my pink blushes, and I like to add the bronze coloured one in the same way when I am using bronzer or more peach toned blushes. 


The packaging of these are great! It's a little like a large lipstick that you can twist up and down. Easy to carry with you if you are traveling too.

Swatch in direct sunlight
Swatch indoor lighting
Golden Honey Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly in direct sunlight
Golden Honey Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly taken with indoor lighting

This Golden Honey Glow shade is a really beautiful bronze. It is pretty much a cream of finely milled bronze shimmer that you apply to you skin and then blend out for a hint of a gold glow. This is a really creamy formula which is easy to apply, and easy to blend evenly. You can apply a sheer amount or build it up for a stronger effect. 

*Note: I forgot to take photos of the swatches indoors, so I had to re-swatch them, which is why the indoor and direct sunlight swatches are different.

Golden Rose Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly in direct sunlight
Golden Rose Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly taken with indoor lighting

Golden Rose Glow is a really nice way of adding a flush to your cheeks, and I often use this one, on it's own, as a blush. The colour isn't as strong as the bronze shade, but is just as pigmented and the formula is also really creamy to apply and easy to blend. The photo taken in direct sunlight tended to show more of the shimmer and didn't show much of the rose colour, the indoor swatch shows the rose colour blended more accurately.

Overall I really like these, and in my whole collection of makeup I don't have anything that compares. The formula is great, the packaging is great, the only reason why I don't use these too often is because I find that they are an added step in my makeup routine. You only need to use a little bit of this product to create a beautiful shimmer, so these do last a long time.

If you are interested in winning one of these, don't forget to check out my give away here!


Laura Mercier Illuminating Strick in shades Golden Honey Glow and Golden Rose Glow - review and swatches -

October 22, 2012


So I have had these Laura Mercier Illuminating Sticks for quite a long time, and I have been wanting to review these for a while now. I have finally decided to review these today because I am giving one of each of these away as part of my 100 followers give away (enter here!).

I don't know how much these cost in Australia, or even if they are available in Australia, but you can buy these for $25 each on strawberrynet.com. These actually contain quite a lot of product, with each stick containing 8.6g of product

This is what the Laura Mercier website says about the Illuminating Stick:
Laura Mercier Illuminating Stick is a simple and convenient way to add a naturally flushed and healthy glow to any skin tone with its soft, velvety creme formula.

I would have to agree with this statement, these sticks are a great way to add a little shimmer to your look, they are too dark to be used as a highlighter on pale skin, but both of these can be used as a nice sheer shimmery blush. I like to add the rose one on the tops of my cheeks to blend with my pink blushes, and I like to add the bronze coloured one in the same way when I am using bronzer or more peach toned blushes. 


The packaging of these are great! It's a little like a large lipstick that you can twist up and down. Easy to carry with you if you are traveling too.

Swatch in direct sunlight
Swatch indoor lighting
Golden Honey Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly in direct sunlight
Golden Honey Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly taken with indoor lighting

This Golden Honey Glow shade is a really beautiful bronze. It is pretty much a cream of finely milled bronze shimmer that you apply to you skin and then blend out for a hint of a gold glow. This is a really creamy formula which is easy to apply, and easy to blend evenly. You can apply a sheer amount or build it up for a stronger effect. 

*Note: I forgot to take photos of the swatches indoors, so I had to re-swatch them, which is why the indoor and direct sunlight swatches are different.

Golden Rose Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly in direct sunlight
Golden Rose Glow heavily swatched, and blended sheerly taken with indoor lighting

Golden Rose Glow is a really nice way of adding a flush to your cheeks, and I often use this one, on it's own, as a blush. The colour isn't as strong as the bronze shade, but is just as pigmented and the formula is also really creamy to apply and easy to blend. The photo taken in direct sunlight tended to show more of the shimmer and didn't show much of the rose colour, the indoor swatch shows the rose colour blended more accurately.

Overall I really like these, and in my whole collection of makeup I don't have anything that compares. The formula is great, the packaging is great, the only reason why I don't use these too often is because I find that they are an added step in my makeup routine. You only need to use a little bit of this product to create a beautiful shimmer, so these do last a long time.

If you are interested in winning one of these, don't forget to check out my give away here!


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