February 2014 | KITSCH/SNITCH

My all time favourite lip balm is the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (if you love a minty balm, fun out and get this now!), so when I was contacted to sample the Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, I had to say yes! ...my review will still be 100% honest!


I'll start off by saying how much I love skincare in glass tubs/bottles! It makes a product so much more luxurious. One day when I have a pretty guest bathroom, I want to fill it with skincare that comes in glass containers.

Like all Burt's Bees products, you can buy this at Priceline, Myer, David Jones, Target and other pharmacies. This retails for $19.95 for this 57g tub. If you aren't familiar with Burt's Bees, it's a natural skincare brand that has been around for decades, and they are free of petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens, or sodium laurly sulphate and they also don't test on animals.


This is a very thick hand cream, it almost feels like a combination of a hand cream and a balm. If you are always looking for a heavy duty hand cream, then I recommend this one! The beeswax is also supposed to shield your hands from the elements, which can help if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

You really only need the tiniest amount to keep your hands hydrated, or you can use a bit more as a hand treatment (I have been wearing it like this to bed). Since this hand cream is so thick, it also works well on dry patches and I have also been wearing it on my elbows. Like most thick moisturisers, this does feel a little greasy on your hands. However, I definitely have other hand creams that feel a lot greasier (and less hydrating) than this.


The one thing that may divide people when it comes to this hand cream, is the scent. This smells very strongly of almond (which makes sense since its an almond milk hand cream). This marzipan scent does fade, but it is still very strong and you will be able to smell it for a while after applying it. . If you like the scent of almond the you will LOVE this hand cream, but if you hate that scent then steer clear of this because this may be unusable for you. Personally almond isn't my favourite scent, but I don't hate it. So even though I don't make orgasmic faces when I smell this, I don't have an issue with it.

Overall I really like this hand cream, and I have been loving using it as my night hand cream. The only questionable part of this product is the scent, and if you are unsure about whether you like a strong almond scent, I recommend smelling it in store before you buy it.

Burt's Bess Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

February 27, 2014


My all time favourite lip balm is the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (if you love a minty balm, fun out and get this now!), so when I was contacted to sample the Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, I had to say yes! ...my review will still be 100% honest!


I'll start off by saying how much I love skincare in glass tubs/bottles! It makes a product so much more luxurious. One day when I have a pretty guest bathroom, I want to fill it with skincare that comes in glass containers.

Like all Burt's Bees products, you can buy this at Priceline, Myer, David Jones, Target and other pharmacies. This retails for $19.95 for this 57g tub. If you aren't familiar with Burt's Bees, it's a natural skincare brand that has been around for decades, and they are free of petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens, or sodium laurly sulphate and they also don't test on animals.


This is a very thick hand cream, it almost feels like a combination of a hand cream and a balm. If you are always looking for a heavy duty hand cream, then I recommend this one! The beeswax is also supposed to shield your hands from the elements, which can help if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

You really only need the tiniest amount to keep your hands hydrated, or you can use a bit more as a hand treatment (I have been wearing it like this to bed). Since this hand cream is so thick, it also works well on dry patches and I have also been wearing it on my elbows. Like most thick moisturisers, this does feel a little greasy on your hands. However, I definitely have other hand creams that feel a lot greasier (and less hydrating) than this.


The one thing that may divide people when it comes to this hand cream, is the scent. This smells very strongly of almond (which makes sense since its an almond milk hand cream). This marzipan scent does fade, but it is still very strong and you will be able to smell it for a while after applying it. . If you like the scent of almond the you will LOVE this hand cream, but if you hate that scent then steer clear of this because this may be unusable for you. Personally almond isn't my favourite scent, but I don't hate it. So even though I don't make orgasmic faces when I smell this, I don't have an issue with it.

Overall I really like this hand cream, and I have been loving using it as my night hand cream. The only questionable part of this product is the scent, and if you are unsure about whether you like a strong almond scent, I recommend smelling it in store before you buy it.

I don't often fall for the hype of new products, but I found myself heading into Mecca Cosmetica over the weekend to hunt down these new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have been all the rage in the beauty community, and despite me not being the biggest fan of them, I am a sucker for a good blush.

Essentially these blushes are a mix between an ambient lighting powder and a blush, so they have names like Diffused Heat, which contains the Diffused Light powder, or Dim Infusion that contains the Dim Light powder. There are six shades in this range and I ended up picking up Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure. I wanted to pick a fun colour and a really wearable shade, and after swatching the shades in store, I quickly narrowed down to these two shades as the other shades were either too light for my liking, or they had large noticeable glitter particles (which I was surpised about!). There were also three shades (Radiant Magenta, Diffused Heat, and Luminous Flush) that all looked very similar when swatched, so I wanted to pick two drastically different shades.

These contain 4.2 grams of product and retail for $50 each. The only place you can get them from in Australia is Mecca Cosmetica.



The packaging is very similar to the Ambient Lighting Powders, however they are smaller and have a metallic gold finish, instead of a metallic brown finish that the powders have. They look like they are made of metal, but the packaging is actually plastic, which isn't as luxurious as you'd expect from the price tag. There is a good sized mirror in the lid.



You can see that each blush has a pretty marbled effect. It is made up of predominantly the blush, but there is a small amount of the ambient lighting powder running through it to give the blush a nice glow. I am a hugely driven by scents, and one thing that I have noticed today was that these smell bad! The Radiant Magenta shade smells like multivitamin tablets (I hate that scent, and it reminds me of struggling to swallow those huge multivitamin tablets and getting them stuck half way down my throat) and the Mood Exposure shade smells a little like paint. Not to scare people off, these only smell bad when you actually smell the pan, you can't smell it when you are applying the blush.  Besides the scent and the plastic packaging, I do like everything else about these blushes.



Radiant Magenta is the perfect blush for people who like a nice pink flush. Even though it appears very blue based in the pan, it does apply as a more mid toned pink with a nice gold sheen. This reminds me of a more subtle version of NARS Orgasm.

Mood Exposure is a shade that I didn't think I would like when I first saw these being advertised, but when I swatched this in store I noticed that it is a very beautiful rosy nude everyday shade that has a very nice natural sheen. I will get a lot of use out of this shade as it can work with any makeup look and it also doubles as a sculpting blush.

Overall the pigmentation of these blushes are really nice, they apply quite softly, but can easily be built up. What I like the most is that these blend beautifully, and you don't have to worry about these applying patchy. I am generally a fan of matte blushes, but I love that ambient lighting powder glow that prevents these blushes from looking powdery on the skin, instead they give you a natural flush and glow to your face.

Are these worth $50 each? If you're like me and you really appreciate a nice blush (even if its applied on a $20 foundation and a $5 powder) then you will probably be happy to pay $50 for one of these. If you are a bit meh about blushes and they aren't an essential step in your makeup routine, then these probably won't convert you into a blush enthusiast. I would be much happier to spend $50 on each of these if the packaging was a little more substantial (ie metal) and if they had a nice scent to them. Even though I like the formula, I won't be running out and getting the whole range of these because a few of the shades were very similar to Radiant Magenta when swatched, and two other shades were very light for a blush... I think Hourglass could have come up with a better range of shades.

Will you be splurging on one of these blushes?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure - review and swatches

February 25, 2014


I don't often fall for the hype of new products, but I found myself heading into Mecca Cosmetica over the weekend to hunt down these new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have been all the rage in the beauty community, and despite me not being the biggest fan of them, I am a sucker for a good blush.

Essentially these blushes are a mix between an ambient lighting powder and a blush, so they have names like Diffused Heat, which contains the Diffused Light powder, or Dim Infusion that contains the Dim Light powder. There are six shades in this range and I ended up picking up Radiant Magenta and Mood Exposure. I wanted to pick a fun colour and a really wearable shade, and after swatching the shades in store, I quickly narrowed down to these two shades as the other shades were either too light for my liking, or they had large noticeable glitter particles (which I was surpised about!). There were also three shades (Radiant Magenta, Diffused Heat, and Luminous Flush) that all looked very similar when swatched, so I wanted to pick two drastically different shades.

These contain 4.2 grams of product and retail for $50 each. The only place you can get them from in Australia is Mecca Cosmetica.



The packaging is very similar to the Ambient Lighting Powders, however they are smaller and have a metallic gold finish, instead of a metallic brown finish that the powders have. They look like they are made of metal, but the packaging is actually plastic, which isn't as luxurious as you'd expect from the price tag. There is a good sized mirror in the lid.



You can see that each blush has a pretty marbled effect. It is made up of predominantly the blush, but there is a small amount of the ambient lighting powder running through it to give the blush a nice glow. I am a hugely driven by scents, and one thing that I have noticed today was that these smell bad! The Radiant Magenta shade smells like multivitamin tablets (I hate that scent, and it reminds me of struggling to swallow those huge multivitamin tablets and getting them stuck half way down my throat) and the Mood Exposure shade smells a little like paint. Not to scare people off, these only smell bad when you actually smell the pan, you can't smell it when you are applying the blush.  Besides the scent and the plastic packaging, I do like everything else about these blushes.



Radiant Magenta is the perfect blush for people who like a nice pink flush. Even though it appears very blue based in the pan, it does apply as a more mid toned pink with a nice gold sheen. This reminds me of a more subtle version of NARS Orgasm.

Mood Exposure is a shade that I didn't think I would like when I first saw these being advertised, but when I swatched this in store I noticed that it is a very beautiful rosy nude everyday shade that has a very nice natural sheen. I will get a lot of use out of this shade as it can work with any makeup look and it also doubles as a sculpting blush.

Overall the pigmentation of these blushes are really nice, they apply quite softly, but can easily be built up. What I like the most is that these blend beautifully, and you don't have to worry about these applying patchy. I am generally a fan of matte blushes, but I love that ambient lighting powder glow that prevents these blushes from looking powdery on the skin, instead they give you a natural flush and glow to your face.

Are these worth $50 each? If you're like me and you really appreciate a nice blush (even if its applied on a $20 foundation and a $5 powder) then you will probably be happy to pay $50 for one of these. If you are a bit meh about blushes and they aren't an essential step in your makeup routine, then these probably won't convert you into a blush enthusiast. I would be much happier to spend $50 on each of these if the packaging was a little more substantial (ie metal) and if they had a nice scent to them. Even though I like the formula, I won't be running out and getting the whole range of these because a few of the shades were very similar to Radiant Magenta when swatched, and two other shades were very light for a blush... I think Hourglass could have come up with a better range of shades.

Will you be splurging on one of these blushes?

It feels like I just opened a Lust Have It box ...oh wait, I did! My January box arrived on the 10th of February so this is my second LHI box in 2 weeks. I must admit, I was impressed that after such a delay with the January box, it was good to see that the February box wasn't also affected by the delay.

LHI is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

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Just like last month, the products arrived in the black postage box. The CEO wrote a little update on the information card about the new boxes arriving in April. She also mentioned that a random 1000 subscribers will receive a So...? perfume product. Spoiler, I wasn't one of the lucky 1000.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive - 7ml sample: This was the preview product from the last box. I haven't tried this yet, but I love sampling expensive masks because I find it hard to spend $65 on a full size skincare product without trying it first. This is exactly what I want to see in a beauty box!


The Cosmetic Kitchen Pure Mineral Concealer in Apricot - full size: The card says that I was supposed to receive an eyeshadow, but I was very excited to see that I got a mineral concealer! This is exciting because I don't own a powder/mineral concealer and it's quite rare to find a makeup product that I don't have. I though this apricot shade would be great under the eyes but I applied it today and it's slightly too dark for the under eye area (see swatch below). I will try to apply it lightly to make it work. This is a really strange product because it is slightly waxy, which I am assuming helps it stay on the skin. I am very intrigued by this! I am so glad to see makeup in this box because the last few boxes have been mainly haircare/skincare.


The Cosmetic Kitchen Brush - full size: I love new brushes and this is a really nice soft vegan and cruelty free blush/powder brush. This and the makeup product alone make this box great value!

Vaseline Ultimate 10 Anti Aging Body Lotion - 25ml sample: I got this moisturiser in a past box (not sure if it was LHI or Bellabox) and I actually quite liked it. It has a nice soft sweet, almost baby powder, scent which I loved, and I also like the idea of anti aging for your body. I would consider repurchasing this one day in the future.

Clairol Professional Colour Radiance Shampoo - 50ml sample: This is a great size sample and you could easily get a weeks worth of washes out of this. I received Clairol hair mask in a previous months box and I actually liked it, so I am interested to try out more from this brand. I may hold on to this shampoo for traveling.

Clairol Professional Transition Creative Spray - 50ml sample: I will also hold onto this hairspray for traveling, because decent small hairsprays are actually pretty hard to track down! The information card says that it is a strong hold spray which remains flexible for up to one minute after application to allow any last minute adjustments. I love that idea and I had to try it out before I stored it away for future travel. Essentially this is a wet hairspray that allows you to muck around with your hair before it dries. I love this idea, and I love that the full size is under $10.

Hand Spa Bijoux - 1 wipe: This a Japanese product and it is an anti-aging hand wipe. If I see a difference after one use, I will go out and buy a pack... but I'm not holding my breath. Interesting concept though, but I think hand creams are enough for me!

We also got some cards...


So that's it for the Feb LHI box! I actually quite liked this box, I would have to say that it is one of the better boxes I have received in the last few months!

Here's my box opening video



What did you think of this box?

Lust Have It February 2014 Box

February 24, 2014


It feels like I just opened a Lust Have It box ...oh wait, I did! My January box arrived on the 10th of February so this is my second LHI box in 2 weeks. I must admit, I was impressed that after such a delay with the January box, it was good to see that the February box wasn't also affected by the delay.

LHI is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

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Just like last month, the products arrived in the black postage box. The CEO wrote a little update on the information card about the new boxes arriving in April. She also mentioned that a random 1000 subscribers will receive a So...? perfume product. Spoiler, I wasn't one of the lucky 1000.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive - 7ml sample: This was the preview product from the last box. I haven't tried this yet, but I love sampling expensive masks because I find it hard to spend $65 on a full size skincare product without trying it first. This is exactly what I want to see in a beauty box!


The Cosmetic Kitchen Pure Mineral Concealer in Apricot - full size: The card says that I was supposed to receive an eyeshadow, but I was very excited to see that I got a mineral concealer! This is exciting because I don't own a powder/mineral concealer and it's quite rare to find a makeup product that I don't have. I though this apricot shade would be great under the eyes but I applied it today and it's slightly too dark for the under eye area (see swatch below). I will try to apply it lightly to make it work. This is a really strange product because it is slightly waxy, which I am assuming helps it stay on the skin. I am very intrigued by this! I am so glad to see makeup in this box because the last few boxes have been mainly haircare/skincare.


The Cosmetic Kitchen Brush - full size: I love new brushes and this is a really nice soft vegan and cruelty free blush/powder brush. This and the makeup product alone make this box great value!

Vaseline Ultimate 10 Anti Aging Body Lotion - 25ml sample: I got this moisturiser in a past box (not sure if it was LHI or Bellabox) and I actually quite liked it. It has a nice soft sweet, almost baby powder, scent which I loved, and I also like the idea of anti aging for your body. I would consider repurchasing this one day in the future.

Clairol Professional Colour Radiance Shampoo - 50ml sample: This is a great size sample and you could easily get a weeks worth of washes out of this. I received Clairol hair mask in a previous months box and I actually liked it, so I am interested to try out more from this brand. I may hold on to this shampoo for traveling.

Clairol Professional Transition Creative Spray - 50ml sample: I will also hold onto this hairspray for traveling, because decent small hairsprays are actually pretty hard to track down! The information card says that it is a strong hold spray which remains flexible for up to one minute after application to allow any last minute adjustments. I love that idea and I had to try it out before I stored it away for future travel. Essentially this is a wet hairspray that allows you to muck around with your hair before it dries. I love this idea, and I love that the full size is under $10.

Hand Spa Bijoux - 1 wipe: This a Japanese product and it is an anti-aging hand wipe. If I see a difference after one use, I will go out and buy a pack... but I'm not holding my breath. Interesting concept though, but I think hand creams are enough for me!

We also got some cards...


So that's it for the Feb LHI box! I actually quite liked this box, I would have to say that it is one of the better boxes I have received in the last few months!

Here's my box opening video



What did you think of this box?

Are you ready for another epically long empties post? These are the products that I used up in January/February of 2014. 

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: I love this dry shampoo, it will be the one that I will continue to repurchase over and over again. This is the brown version (I think they have other colours too), which means that I don't have to worry about brushing out the white residue. This also only costs $4.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

De Lorenzo Elements Mudslide Strong Hold Paste: I got this from a Lust Have It Eco box and I only started using it at the start of 2013 when I got a pixie cut. This took me about a year to use up and I did really like it, it wasn't too sticky and it did work well at styling my hair. After using it for a year I want to try something new so I won't be repurchasing it yet. You can get this at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: Maybe

Davroe Wellbeing Treatments Replenish Jojoba Creme Treatment: I also got this from a Lust Have It box a few months ago, and I didn't mind this product but the tube was so small that it didn't really last all that long. I probably got half a dozen uses out of this and for that reason alone I wouldn't repurchase it. I think this costs around $12 for this small 50ml tube and you can now get Davroe products at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: No

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser: This is a great basic cleanser for people who suffer from oily or spot prone skin. This is super foaming, super clarifying, and reasonably priced ($10.99 from Priceline). I would recommend this for anyone who has that type of skin and is on a budget. I would repurchase this down the tack but I am wanting something a little more luxurious at the moment. Repurchase: Eventually

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I love this product! It is a basic necessity in my skincare routine and I have already bought another one. This is a very thin moisturiser/serum type product that helps clear pimples and unclog pores. I have noticed a big reduction of blemishes after using this consistently. I use this as a daily moisturiser, or if I am having a bad skin week I use this in the morning and at night. I buy this at Priceline. Repurchase: Already have

Summer Tan Dark Self Action Tan: I originally got this in a Lust Have It box, but I bought a backup online from here. This is a great product because the dark chocolate brown shade gives you a natural instant bronzed look that develops into a tan (and you can see if you miss spots!). This does come in a lighter shade, but this dark shade means that I only need to apply one coat to get a good amount of colour. This does wear off pretty quickly (after 2-3 days) but it fades quite naturally. It also doesn't smell like fake tan nor does it transfer onto clothes or your sheets so I love it. I did a full review of this product here. Repurchase: Already have

Sportsgirl Here Today Tanned Tomorrow Gradual Tanner: I just looked on the Sportsgirl website and this is no longer available, however they do have a newer gradual tanner so I am not sure if that is the same product just repackaged. If it is the same product then I will not hesitate to pick up one of these up! This is the only gradual tanner that I have tried that doesn't smell like fake tan, it is a thick moisturiser that smells like vanilla/caramel and never really ends up developing into that typical fake tan scent. I did a full review of this ages ago, you can check it out here. Repurchase: Yes



Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Gel: I bought this while it was on sale at Coles for $2. Original Source is probably my favorite supermarket brand of shower gels... I love the lime one and the mint one, and when I saw this one I had to try it. It smells a lot like a strawberry milk shade, and strawberry is my favourite flavour of milk shade/ice-cream. This scent isn't one that would appeal to everyone, and there were some days where I loved it, and other days where I found this to be too much. This didn't last very long (I might have got a few weeks of use out of this bottle) but I would definitely buy it again in the future. Repurchase: Yes

Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover: I used to look for the cheapest nail polish remover in store, but after trying this one, I realised that spending a few more dollars is worth it! This removes nail polish a lot more effectively than the home brand/cheaper ones, and as a result you don't need to use as much. You can buy this from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse. Repurchase: Already have

Nivea Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Waterproof Make-Up Remover: Three words: I. Hate. This! This is a cream makeup remover, and when you apply some to a cotton pad it doesn't actually soak into the cotton pad, so it just smears it onto your eyes. It feels like you are smearing conditioner into you eyes and it doesn't remove makeup very well. I would not recommend this to anyone! You can get this at Priceline. Repurchase: Hell no!

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge: This is an amazing product for cleaning brushes/beauty blender type sponges. It works so efficiently that it has cut my brush cleaning time at least by a half. This is supposed to be too harsh on natural haired brushes, but luckily I mainly only have synthetic brushes. This also only costs $2.80 from Daiso so it is an amazing purchase. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Already have

One Skin System Vital Night Regenerate: This is an ok night oil, but it's nothing to rave about. I do have another one of these, mainly because I bought two while they were on sale for $20 each at the One Skin System website (normally they are $79). It is a pretty good oil and it does make my skin feel quite smooth, but it is a very greasy oil and isn't as comfortable as something like a rosehip oil. This also has a really strong herbal scent (like fresh cut parsley), and I will happily use my second bottle of this, but I won't repurchase it again because I prefer rosehip oil. Repurchase: No

Biore Pore Strips: I bought this ages ago and they sat under my sink for over a year. I started using these again recently and even though I haven't repurchased these particular ones, I have repurchased the pore strips by 10.0.6, which I think are slightly better than these Biore ones. You can buy the Biore pore strips and the 10.0.6 pore strips from Priceline. Repurchase: Maybe



Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum: I bought this from the Estee Lauder corporate store and they were selling these 50ml bottles of serum for $30 because they were getting rid of old stock to make room for the reformulated formula. I did really enjoy this, I used it as a day serum and it was very light and almost had a natural powder finish. I won't buy this because the 30ml costs $115 from Myer or David Jones, and it definitely isn't worth that amount of money! Repurchase: No

Garnier BB Cream  Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin in Light: This is my all time favourite BB cream. As I have oily combination skin, most other BB creams leave me really oily or they don't have as much coverage as I normally like. This is a very runny product that has great coverage and has a matte finish. The only down side was that it did apply a little streaky and requires buffing, and because it was runny it often dispensed too quickly. This light shade matches my skin colour really well, but since there are only two shades available (light and medium), they wouldn't suit everyone. These also tend to oxidise a little throughout the day. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Yes

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation in 840 Natural Beige: This is my go to foundation! It has a matte-ish finish, it lasts all day, has medium but buildable coverage, and it only costs $19.95 from Priceline (but I bought mine on sale for $10). I did a full review on this foundation here, and I have already repurchased it! I use this easily 5 out of 7 days in a week. Repurchase: Already have

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: This is my absolute favourite sunscreen, I wear this under my makeup on a daily basis and it doesn't make me at all greasy! I haven't yet repurchased it because I am trying to use up another one that I have, but this is going to be the only sunscreen I use in the future! I did a full review here and I buy mine from Chemist Warehouse because it's $8 cheaper than at Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is another holy grail product that I have already repurchased. I use this as a serum at night and I find that it helps to even out the oiliness in my skin and also to prevent break outs. I reviewed this here. I buy this at Chemist Warehouse whenever it's on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream: I got this in a gift with purchase and I haven't noticed any great effect from it. I used it up by using it as a neck cream because my eyes have been reacting weirdly to something lately and I thought that this may have been the culprit (not sure if this is the cause yet). I think Jurlique products are way overpriced and actually aren't all that great for your skin, so I won't repurchase this. I got this at Myer and I think it retails for $52. Repurchase: No

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex: I keep trying Alpha-H products and they keep disappointing me. This was a nice eye gel which was quite cooling and I think it was a lot better than the Jurlique eye cream, but the pump dispensed so much product that I used this up really quickly! One pump nearly distributed enough product to cover your whole face and the packaging wouldn't let you dispense less than a whole pump. This retails for a whopping $69.50 from the Bellabox website and luckily I used Bellabox points to buy this! I didn't mind the product but there was so much waste and it is very expensive. Repurchase: No



Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser: Ultrabland sounds like the name of a really boring superhero. This is a thick cleansing balm that did a great job at removing makeup (even stubborn mascara), but it was so greasy that you had to double cleanse to remove the oily residue. If you aren't phased by greasy residue then I would recommend this... but I was phased by it. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: No

Lush Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser: This was a weird cleanser! It is a firm paste that you mix with water and it creates a really gentle exfoliating cleanser. This did leave my skin super soft, but it was a very messy cleanser. When you used this, dried lavender and chunks of almond meal would fall off your face, so I was only able to use this in the shower. I would consider repurchasing this in the future. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask: This was a great product! It's a fresh mask so you need to keep it in the fridge and it lasts only a couple of weeks. It smells like chocolate and mint and it is designed to remove oil and clear up skin. My only issue with this is that you get so much in the tub that it's hard to use it all up before it goes off. You can get this from Lush. Repurchase: Yes

Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance and Anti-Fatigue Concealer in 52: The best Bourjois products are the foundations and concealers. This is a great creamy, full coverage concealer and I would definitely consider repurchasing this (not that I need concealers any time soon). This shade was too light for me, so I would track down the 53 next time. This retails for $24 at Priceline. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic: I loved this! This was a limited edition Christmas product, and if this available next year I will buy a few. This smells like the Twilight shower gel, which is one of my favourite Lush scents, and it made the bath a really dark purple colour. Repurchase: Yes

DKNY Be Delicious Perfume: This was my handbag perfume and I was sad to finish it! It has a nice sweet but fresh fruity scent. I will definitely buy this if I see it on sale soon. Repurchase: Eventually

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose sample: This is the next perfume I want to buy! I got this little sample from a Lancome Chritsmas gift pack, and I will buy the large bottle soon! It smells like rose and blackcurrant and it is the perfect mix between sweet and floral. The scent also lasts a long time. You can buy these at Myer or David Jones and I think there are three sizes available. Repurchase: Yes!

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 230: This was my handbag powder until it broke. I wasn't a huge fan of this and rarely reached for it. I didn't think it provided much coverage and there are way better powders on the market. This isn't finished, but I can't be bothered using it up now that it is. This retails for $14.95 from Priceline but I prefer the Australis Powder (see below). Repurchase: No

Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Deep Natural: I love this powder! The packaging is great, it contains a mirror and a sponge and it is sturdy and won't accidentally open in your bag. The product is soft and finely milled, provides decent coverage, and has a nice matte finish. This retails for $11.40 from Priceline, but I stock up on a few when they are on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Mirenesse Tight Liner in Saphire Blue: I hate Mirenesse, and wouldn't buy this for that reason alone. This is a felt tip liner and I loved the blue shade. This did end up drying out pretty quickly so I didn't get much use out of it. I have no idea why it's called a tight liner, since most people will use this for a liquid liner... and I never attempted to use it on the tight line. You can get this from the Mirenesse website. Repurchase: No

Eye Of Horus Liquid Define in Black: This is probably my favourite felt tip liner, it lasted a long time without drying up, it was very pigmented, and it was waterproof (which was the best thing about this liner). I would consider repurchasing this, but I wish you could get it in store rather than just online. These retail for $30 from the Eye Of Horus website, but you can order them in packs which make them better value... the mascara is also amazing! Repurchase: Eventually

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black: This used to be my favourite liner when I was in highschool. This works well, and I love that it is a twist up liner, but I think the Rimmel Scandaleye Kohl Kajal ones are better and also cheaper ($9.95). These retail for $23.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: No

Phew! That was a long empties post! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!

Here's my empties video:


January/February Empties

February 23, 2014


Are you ready for another epically long empties post? These are the products that I used up in January/February of 2014. 

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: I love this dry shampoo, it will be the one that I will continue to repurchase over and over again. This is the brown version (I think they have other colours too), which means that I don't have to worry about brushing out the white residue. This also only costs $4.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

De Lorenzo Elements Mudslide Strong Hold Paste: I got this from a Lust Have It Eco box and I only started using it at the start of 2013 when I got a pixie cut. This took me about a year to use up and I did really like it, it wasn't too sticky and it did work well at styling my hair. After using it for a year I want to try something new so I won't be repurchasing it yet. You can get this at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: Maybe

Davroe Wellbeing Treatments Replenish Jojoba Creme Treatment: I also got this from a Lust Have It box a few months ago, and I didn't mind this product but the tube was so small that it didn't really last all that long. I probably got half a dozen uses out of this and for that reason alone I wouldn't repurchase it. I think this costs around $12 for this small 50ml tube and you can now get Davroe products at Hairhouse Warehouse. Repurchase: No

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser: This is a great basic cleanser for people who suffer from oily or spot prone skin. This is super foaming, super clarifying, and reasonably priced ($10.99 from Priceline). I would recommend this for anyone who has that type of skin and is on a budget. I would repurchase this down the tack but I am wanting something a little more luxurious at the moment. Repurchase: Eventually

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I love this product! It is a basic necessity in my skincare routine and I have already bought another one. This is a very thin moisturiser/serum type product that helps clear pimples and unclog pores. I have noticed a big reduction of blemishes after using this consistently. I use this as a daily moisturiser, or if I am having a bad skin week I use this in the morning and at night. I buy this at Priceline. Repurchase: Already have

Summer Tan Dark Self Action Tan: I originally got this in a Lust Have It box, but I bought a backup online from here. This is a great product because the dark chocolate brown shade gives you a natural instant bronzed look that develops into a tan (and you can see if you miss spots!). This does come in a lighter shade, but this dark shade means that I only need to apply one coat to get a good amount of colour. This does wear off pretty quickly (after 2-3 days) but it fades quite naturally. It also doesn't smell like fake tan nor does it transfer onto clothes or your sheets so I love it. I did a full review of this product here. Repurchase: Already have

Sportsgirl Here Today Tanned Tomorrow Gradual Tanner: I just looked on the Sportsgirl website and this is no longer available, however they do have a newer gradual tanner so I am not sure if that is the same product just repackaged. If it is the same product then I will not hesitate to pick up one of these up! This is the only gradual tanner that I have tried that doesn't smell like fake tan, it is a thick moisturiser that smells like vanilla/caramel and never really ends up developing into that typical fake tan scent. I did a full review of this ages ago, you can check it out here. Repurchase: Yes



Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Gel: I bought this while it was on sale at Coles for $2. Original Source is probably my favorite supermarket brand of shower gels... I love the lime one and the mint one, and when I saw this one I had to try it. It smells a lot like a strawberry milk shade, and strawberry is my favourite flavour of milk shade/ice-cream. This scent isn't one that would appeal to everyone, and there were some days where I loved it, and other days where I found this to be too much. This didn't last very long (I might have got a few weeks of use out of this bottle) but I would definitely buy it again in the future. Repurchase: Yes

Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover: I used to look for the cheapest nail polish remover in store, but after trying this one, I realised that spending a few more dollars is worth it! This removes nail polish a lot more effectively than the home brand/cheaper ones, and as a result you don't need to use as much. You can buy this from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse. Repurchase: Already have

Nivea Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Waterproof Make-Up Remover: Three words: I. Hate. This! This is a cream makeup remover, and when you apply some to a cotton pad it doesn't actually soak into the cotton pad, so it just smears it onto your eyes. It feels like you are smearing conditioner into you eyes and it doesn't remove makeup very well. I would not recommend this to anyone! You can get this at Priceline. Repurchase: Hell no!

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge: This is an amazing product for cleaning brushes/beauty blender type sponges. It works so efficiently that it has cut my brush cleaning time at least by a half. This is supposed to be too harsh on natural haired brushes, but luckily I mainly only have synthetic brushes. This also only costs $2.80 from Daiso so it is an amazing purchase. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Already have

One Skin System Vital Night Regenerate: This is an ok night oil, but it's nothing to rave about. I do have another one of these, mainly because I bought two while they were on sale for $20 each at the One Skin System website (normally they are $79). It is a pretty good oil and it does make my skin feel quite smooth, but it is a very greasy oil and isn't as comfortable as something like a rosehip oil. This also has a really strong herbal scent (like fresh cut parsley), and I will happily use my second bottle of this, but I won't repurchase it again because I prefer rosehip oil. Repurchase: No

Biore Pore Strips: I bought this ages ago and they sat under my sink for over a year. I started using these again recently and even though I haven't repurchased these particular ones, I have repurchased the pore strips by 10.0.6, which I think are slightly better than these Biore ones. You can buy the Biore pore strips and the 10.0.6 pore strips from Priceline. Repurchase: Maybe



Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Lifting Serum: I bought this from the Estee Lauder corporate store and they were selling these 50ml bottles of serum for $30 because they were getting rid of old stock to make room for the reformulated formula. I did really enjoy this, I used it as a day serum and it was very light and almost had a natural powder finish. I won't buy this because the 30ml costs $115 from Myer or David Jones, and it definitely isn't worth that amount of money! Repurchase: No

Garnier BB Cream  Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin in Light: This is my all time favourite BB cream. As I have oily combination skin, most other BB creams leave me really oily or they don't have as much coverage as I normally like. This is a very runny product that has great coverage and has a matte finish. The only down side was that it did apply a little streaky and requires buffing, and because it was runny it often dispensed too quickly. This light shade matches my skin colour really well, but since there are only two shades available (light and medium), they wouldn't suit everyone. These also tend to oxidise a little throughout the day. I did a full review of this here. Repurchase: Yes

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation in 840 Natural Beige: This is my go to foundation! It has a matte-ish finish, it lasts all day, has medium but buildable coverage, and it only costs $19.95 from Priceline (but I bought mine on sale for $10). I did a full review on this foundation here, and I have already repurchased it! I use this easily 5 out of 7 days in a week. Repurchase: Already have

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: This is my absolute favourite sunscreen, I wear this under my makeup on a daily basis and it doesn't make me at all greasy! I haven't yet repurchased it because I am trying to use up another one that I have, but this is going to be the only sunscreen I use in the future! I did a full review here and I buy mine from Chemist Warehouse because it's $8 cheaper than at Priceline. Repurchase: Definitely

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is another holy grail product that I have already repurchased. I use this as a serum at night and I find that it helps to even out the oiliness in my skin and also to prevent break outs. I reviewed this here. I buy this at Chemist Warehouse whenever it's on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream: I got this in a gift with purchase and I haven't noticed any great effect from it. I used it up by using it as a neck cream because my eyes have been reacting weirdly to something lately and I thought that this may have been the culprit (not sure if this is the cause yet). I think Jurlique products are way overpriced and actually aren't all that great for your skin, so I won't repurchase this. I got this at Myer and I think it retails for $52. Repurchase: No

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex: I keep trying Alpha-H products and they keep disappointing me. This was a nice eye gel which was quite cooling and I think it was a lot better than the Jurlique eye cream, but the pump dispensed so much product that I used this up really quickly! One pump nearly distributed enough product to cover your whole face and the packaging wouldn't let you dispense less than a whole pump. This retails for a whopping $69.50 from the Bellabox website and luckily I used Bellabox points to buy this! I didn't mind the product but there was so much waste and it is very expensive. Repurchase: No



Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser: Ultrabland sounds like the name of a really boring superhero. This is a thick cleansing balm that did a great job at removing makeup (even stubborn mascara), but it was so greasy that you had to double cleanse to remove the oily residue. If you aren't phased by greasy residue then I would recommend this... but I was phased by it. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: No

Lush Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser: This was a weird cleanser! It is a firm paste that you mix with water and it creates a really gentle exfoliating cleanser. This did leave my skin super soft, but it was a very messy cleanser. When you used this, dried lavender and chunks of almond meal would fall off your face, so I was only able to use this in the shower. I would consider repurchasing this in the future. You can buy this from Lush. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask: This was a great product! It's a fresh mask so you need to keep it in the fridge and it lasts only a couple of weeks. It smells like chocolate and mint and it is designed to remove oil and clear up skin. My only issue with this is that you get so much in the tub that it's hard to use it all up before it goes off. You can get this from Lush. Repurchase: Yes

Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance and Anti-Fatigue Concealer in 52: The best Bourjois products are the foundations and concealers. This is a great creamy, full coverage concealer and I would definitely consider repurchasing this (not that I need concealers any time soon). This shade was too light for me, so I would track down the 53 next time. This retails for $24 at Priceline. Repurchase: Eventually

Lush Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic: I loved this! This was a limited edition Christmas product, and if this available next year I will buy a few. This smells like the Twilight shower gel, which is one of my favourite Lush scents, and it made the bath a really dark purple colour. Repurchase: Yes

DKNY Be Delicious Perfume: This was my handbag perfume and I was sad to finish it! It has a nice sweet but fresh fruity scent. I will definitely buy this if I see it on sale soon. Repurchase: Eventually

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose sample: This is the next perfume I want to buy! I got this little sample from a Lancome Chritsmas gift pack, and I will buy the large bottle soon! It smells like rose and blackcurrant and it is the perfect mix between sweet and floral. The scent also lasts a long time. You can buy these at Myer or David Jones and I think there are three sizes available. Repurchase: Yes!

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 230: This was my handbag powder until it broke. I wasn't a huge fan of this and rarely reached for it. I didn't think it provided much coverage and there are way better powders on the market. This isn't finished, but I can't be bothered using it up now that it is. This retails for $14.95 from Priceline but I prefer the Australis Powder (see below). Repurchase: No

Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Deep Natural: I love this powder! The packaging is great, it contains a mirror and a sponge and it is sturdy and won't accidentally open in your bag. The product is soft and finely milled, provides decent coverage, and has a nice matte finish. This retails for $11.40 from Priceline, but I stock up on a few when they are on sale. Repurchase: Already have

Mirenesse Tight Liner in Saphire Blue: I hate Mirenesse, and wouldn't buy this for that reason alone. This is a felt tip liner and I loved the blue shade. This did end up drying out pretty quickly so I didn't get much use out of it. I have no idea why it's called a tight liner, since most people will use this for a liquid liner... and I never attempted to use it on the tight line. You can get this from the Mirenesse website. Repurchase: No

Eye Of Horus Liquid Define in Black: This is probably my favourite felt tip liner, it lasted a long time without drying up, it was very pigmented, and it was waterproof (which was the best thing about this liner). I would consider repurchasing this, but I wish you could get it in store rather than just online. These retail for $30 from the Eye Of Horus website, but you can order them in packs which make them better value... the mascara is also amazing! Repurchase: Eventually

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black: This used to be my favourite liner when I was in highschool. This works well, and I love that it is a twist up liner, but I think the Rimmel Scandaleye Kohl Kajal ones are better and also cheaper ($9.95). These retail for $23.95 from Priceline. Repurchase: No

Phew! That was a long empties post! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!

Here's my empties video:



I decided to do a quick demonstration on how I style my pixie haircut. To be honest, I cut my hair this way so I didn't have to fuss around with styling, but since I have fine and wavy hair there is some styling required. I did a quick video showing how I style my hair, and I have also done a quick review about the hair products I am using at the moment.




RPR Pump Up My Volume Shampoo and Conditioner: I love using volumising products when I wash my hair because I find that styling products can weigh down my hair, and I feel that volumising products can help to prevent that. I also have quite fine hair and these are specifically designed to add body to fine hair. I really like this shampoo and conditioner, it makes my hair feel very light weight and clean without feeling like it strips my hair. These have a frangipani, grapefruit and lime scent, but I can mainly just smell the frangipani which isn't my favourite scent (aka one of my worst scents)... so I may need to try a different type of RPR shampoo and conditioners when I finish these. You can get these at Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95 each.

Label M Thickening Shampoo: I always have a few shampoos and conditioners in my shower at any one time, so this is the second volumising shampoo that I have at the moment. I got this shampoo from Look Fantastic and I think it works really well. This really does provide a lot of volume and makes your hair look thicker than normal. The scent is a little masculine and smells a bit like cologne so it may also suit males. This retails for £12.25 which is around $22.50 from the Look Fantastic website.

Lush American Cream Conditioner: I normally have a hair mask/deep conditioner that I use once or twice a week, but I have been using this as a deep conditioner lately. This is a double-strength conditioner which feels a little waxy on my hair but it does work quite well (and it has a nice vanilla musk/baby powder type scent). If I had long hair then this will probably weigh down my hair too much, but it is fine on my short hair. This would probably suit people who have dry or damaged hair. This 250ml bottle retails for $23.50 at Lush

Paul Brown Hawaii Hapuna Argan Oil: I religiously use hair oil after I have washed my hair, I guess this was a habit that I formed when I had damaged hair a few years ago from over dying. My personal favourite hair oil is Moroccan Oil, but this one is pretty good too. I find that I can apply quite a lot of this without my hair feeling greasy. You can get this from Hair2go and it retails for $34.95 for 59ml. I also did a full review here.  

So those are the basic haircare products I use. Onto the styling products...


When I wash my hair in the morning, I tend to apply a styling product in my damp hair so I can easily style my hair while I blow-dry it. The two products I have been using are:

Davroe Formation Styling Lotion: This is a runny gel product that I apply in my damp hair and it does a great job at increasing the volume of my hair and it gives a medium hold. Another pro of this product is that it is also a heat protectant, but a con is that if you don't dry your hair properly then this can set quite crunchy. You can get this from Hairhouse Warehouse or the Davroe website for $21.50 for the 200g size, or $9.95 for the 50g. I did a full review of this product here.

RPR Make Me Curly: This is similar to the Davroe product, but it is a cream that defines, holds and conditions. This is a huge tube, and you only need the smallest amount so I can imagine this 200ml tube lasting me years. This is also designed to be quite light weight which is perfect for my fine hair. This is designed for curls, but I use it as a basic styling product. This has a really nice clean soapy scent. You can buy this from Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95.

I don't tend to use those products if I wash my hair at night, mainly because I like going to bed without any styling products in my hair, but also because if I wear this these to bed then my hair tends to hold in a bed head position and its hard to restyle in the morning. So what I use in the morning, if I have washed my hair the night before, are the following:

Toni and Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo: In the morning I start with dry shampoo to freshen up my hair and to add some volume. I have two that I have been using, and this one is by Toni and Guy which is a heavy duty product that is supposed to have an effect for two days. My only issue with this is that it does leave white marks and I hate having to brush them out. If you are looking for a strong dry shampoo and don't mind white marks then you should try this one. I bought this at Priceline and it retails for $15.99 but you can often find it on sale (I think I got mine for 40% off).

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: I love this stuff! Since this is a brown dry shampoo then I can spray it in without needing to brush it out. Normally I never repurchase the same hair product (I love testing new things), but out of all of these products mentioned in this post, this is the one product that I will keep repurchasing. This retails for $4.95 at Priceline.

The next thing I do is control any bed hair by using a more heavy duty hair wax/paste type product.

RPR The Controller Strong Hold Matte Texturising Paste: This is a really thick paste that has a really nice lemon scent to it. I use the tiniest amount and rub it thoroughly into my finger tips and then I rub it into my hair. I mainly use this on fluffy parts or to control my fringe. I really love this product, and I especially love that this has a matte finish so you can't see this in your hair. This packaging isn't very nail friendly and is quite tough to open, so I keep it unclipped so I don't chip my nails :P You can get this from Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95.


Schwarzkopf Taft Fixing Spray: The last thing that I sometimes use, either after I wash and dry my hair in the morning, or if I style my hair the morning after washing it, is hair spray. I don't have a preference for what hair spray I use, but I got this small bottle so I can take it with me for traveling/weekends away. I mainly just use this to help set the style I have created. I got this one for $3.99 from Priceline.

Those are all the products I use to style my pixie cut. I know that there are a lot of products, but besides the shampoo, conditioner or hair oil, I generally only use one, maximum two, styling products at a time and styling my hair only takes around 5min.

Anyway, I hope that was helpful to some people who have short hair or are thinking of cutting their hair.

How I style my pixie cut

February 18, 2014


I decided to do a quick demonstration on how I style my pixie haircut. To be honest, I cut my hair this way so I didn't have to fuss around with styling, but since I have fine and wavy hair there is some styling required. I did a quick video showing how I style my hair, and I have also done a quick review about the hair products I am using at the moment.




RPR Pump Up My Volume Shampoo and Conditioner: I love using volumising products when I wash my hair because I find that styling products can weigh down my hair, and I feel that volumising products can help to prevent that. I also have quite fine hair and these are specifically designed to add body to fine hair. I really like this shampoo and conditioner, it makes my hair feel very light weight and clean without feeling like it strips my hair. These have a frangipani, grapefruit and lime scent, but I can mainly just smell the frangipani which isn't my favourite scent (aka one of my worst scents)... so I may need to try a different type of RPR shampoo and conditioners when I finish these. You can get these at Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95 each.

Label M Thickening Shampoo: I always have a few shampoos and conditioners in my shower at any one time, so this is the second volumising shampoo that I have at the moment. I got this shampoo from Look Fantastic and I think it works really well. This really does provide a lot of volume and makes your hair look thicker than normal. The scent is a little masculine and smells a bit like cologne so it may also suit males. This retails for £12.25 which is around $22.50 from the Look Fantastic website.

Lush American Cream Conditioner: I normally have a hair mask/deep conditioner that I use once or twice a week, but I have been using this as a deep conditioner lately. This is a double-strength conditioner which feels a little waxy on my hair but it does work quite well (and it has a nice vanilla musk/baby powder type scent). If I had long hair then this will probably weigh down my hair too much, but it is fine on my short hair. This would probably suit people who have dry or damaged hair. This 250ml bottle retails for $23.50 at Lush

Paul Brown Hawaii Hapuna Argan Oil: I religiously use hair oil after I have washed my hair, I guess this was a habit that I formed when I had damaged hair a few years ago from over dying. My personal favourite hair oil is Moroccan Oil, but this one is pretty good too. I find that I can apply quite a lot of this without my hair feeling greasy. You can get this from Hair2go and it retails for $34.95 for 59ml. I also did a full review here.  

So those are the basic haircare products I use. Onto the styling products...


When I wash my hair in the morning, I tend to apply a styling product in my damp hair so I can easily style my hair while I blow-dry it. The two products I have been using are:

Davroe Formation Styling Lotion: This is a runny gel product that I apply in my damp hair and it does a great job at increasing the volume of my hair and it gives a medium hold. Another pro of this product is that it is also a heat protectant, but a con is that if you don't dry your hair properly then this can set quite crunchy. You can get this from Hairhouse Warehouse or the Davroe website for $21.50 for the 200g size, or $9.95 for the 50g. I did a full review of this product here.

RPR Make Me Curly: This is similar to the Davroe product, but it is a cream that defines, holds and conditions. This is a huge tube, and you only need the smallest amount so I can imagine this 200ml tube lasting me years. This is also designed to be quite light weight which is perfect for my fine hair. This is designed for curls, but I use it as a basic styling product. This has a really nice clean soapy scent. You can buy this from Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95.

I don't tend to use those products if I wash my hair at night, mainly because I like going to bed without any styling products in my hair, but also because if I wear this these to bed then my hair tends to hold in a bed head position and its hard to restyle in the morning. So what I use in the morning, if I have washed my hair the night before, are the following:

Toni and Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo: In the morning I start with dry shampoo to freshen up my hair and to add some volume. I have two that I have been using, and this one is by Toni and Guy which is a heavy duty product that is supposed to have an effect for two days. My only issue with this is that it does leave white marks and I hate having to brush them out. If you are looking for a strong dry shampoo and don't mind white marks then you should try this one. I bought this at Priceline and it retails for $15.99 but you can often find it on sale (I think I got mine for 40% off).

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: I love this stuff! Since this is a brown dry shampoo then I can spray it in without needing to brush it out. Normally I never repurchase the same hair product (I love testing new things), but out of all of these products mentioned in this post, this is the one product that I will keep repurchasing. This retails for $4.95 at Priceline.

The next thing I do is control any bed hair by using a more heavy duty hair wax/paste type product.

RPR The Controller Strong Hold Matte Texturising Paste: This is a really thick paste that has a really nice lemon scent to it. I use the tiniest amount and rub it thoroughly into my finger tips and then I rub it into my hair. I mainly use this on fluffy parts or to control my fringe. I really love this product, and I especially love that this has a matte finish so you can't see this in your hair. This packaging isn't very nail friendly and is quite tough to open, so I keep it unclipped so I don't chip my nails :P You can get this from Hairhouse Warehouse for $19.95.


Schwarzkopf Taft Fixing Spray: The last thing that I sometimes use, either after I wash and dry my hair in the morning, or if I style my hair the morning after washing it, is hair spray. I don't have a preference for what hair spray I use, but I got this small bottle so I can take it with me for traveling/weekends away. I mainly just use this to help set the style I have created. I got this one for $3.99 from Priceline.

Those are all the products I use to style my pixie cut. I know that there are a lot of products, but besides the shampoo, conditioner or hair oil, I generally only use one, maximum two, styling products at a time and styling my hair only takes around 5min.

Anyway, I hope that was helpful to some people who have short hair or are thinking of cutting their hair.

I am finally getting around to reviewing this Fluidline by MAC. I think I bought this in November, and I have gone through stages where I have worn this every day for weeks, but then I forget about it for a month or so. I am back into this liner and it's the perfect time to review it!


I'll start by saying that I love MAC Fluidline gel liners! I find that the gel formula is a lot easier to apply than liquid liners (although you do need a brush to apply it), and it also doesn't budge once set. I think this is the 5th Fluidline I have in my collection, and even though Blacktracks (the black shade) is my favourite shade, I thought this Waveline shade looked really fun and I bought it during a blue liner stage I was going through.

This is a permanent shade and it retails for $32 for 3g of product. Out of all of the MAC products, I think that the Fluidlines are some of the best valued products, I have had my Blacktracks for around 3 years and it still hasn't started drying out.


Clearly I took the above photos when I first bought this! This liner looks like a bright almost electric blue in the container, and it has a very slight almost pink sheen to it (you can see it best in the first photo) but this sheen isn't noticeable on the skin.


This looks a lot more navy when it's swatched and it also dries with a matte finish. You can also see from the line swatch that this isn't all that opaque in one swipe, so I do find that I need to go over this with second layer to make it look more bold (the patch swatch shows how it looks built up). Once this is set, it does last on my eyes all day.


Overall, this isn't the best Fluidline shade that I own (mainly because it's not as opaque as I would like), but I think this is a really fresh alternative to a black winged liner. I love wearing this liner with a simple nude shadow and a red lip.

What do you think of blue liner?

See my other Fluidline reviews here and here.

MAC Fluidline in Waveline

February 15, 2014


I am finally getting around to reviewing this Fluidline by MAC. I think I bought this in November, and I have gone through stages where I have worn this every day for weeks, but then I forget about it for a month or so. I am back into this liner and it's the perfect time to review it!


I'll start by saying that I love MAC Fluidline gel liners! I find that the gel formula is a lot easier to apply than liquid liners (although you do need a brush to apply it), and it also doesn't budge once set. I think this is the 5th Fluidline I have in my collection, and even though Blacktracks (the black shade) is my favourite shade, I thought this Waveline shade looked really fun and I bought it during a blue liner stage I was going through.

This is a permanent shade and it retails for $32 for 3g of product. Out of all of the MAC products, I think that the Fluidlines are some of the best valued products, I have had my Blacktracks for around 3 years and it still hasn't started drying out.


Clearly I took the above photos when I first bought this! This liner looks like a bright almost electric blue in the container, and it has a very slight almost pink sheen to it (you can see it best in the first photo) but this sheen isn't noticeable on the skin.


This looks a lot more navy when it's swatched and it also dries with a matte finish. You can also see from the line swatch that this isn't all that opaque in one swipe, so I do find that I need to go over this with second layer to make it look more bold (the patch swatch shows how it looks built up). Once this is set, it does last on my eyes all day.


Overall, this isn't the best Fluidline shade that I own (mainly because it's not as opaque as I would like), but I think this is a really fresh alternative to a black winged liner. I love wearing this liner with a simple nude shadow and a red lip.

What do you think of blue liner?

See my other Fluidline reviews here and here.


The January Lust Have It box arrived pretty late this month... in fact I received this January box on the 10th of Feb. To be completely honest, it really didn't bother me! As long as other peoples boxes were late, and mine hadn't been misplaced, then its all good in my opinion! Some people are saying that LHI may have too much on their plate with their new FaB box (see my Jan review here), but LHI were saying that there was a delay with suppliers. Whichever, I am sure they will catch up for the next box.

For anyone who isn't aware what LHI is, this is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

I did an opening of this box below:

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The information card that comes with the box is above. You can see that there are only 5 products in this months box. I thought it is also interesting to note that the products only came in the postage box this month (see the first photo). Normally the products come in a nicer box within the postage box, but supposedly they are coming up with a new box design.

Onto the products...


Paula's Choice Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser - full size: This is a super large cleanser! I got the normal to dry skin version, but there was also the option of getting the combination/oily skin one... the combination/oily skin one would have suited my skin a lot better, but oh well. Since this is so huge, if I don't like it I will just use this as a body wash. This retails for $16.

Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear in Medium - full size: I love the Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector but I despise tinted moisturisers... so I was a little torn about receiving this product. This is also a pretty small tube for a full size product.


I tried this product out today and even though it swatches pretty dark (see photos below), once it is blended out it does sheer out a lot. This still looks very yellow toned, so this may not work for people who prefer pink toned base products, but as my face is quite pink but my neck and body is quite yellow I love products that are this tone.

The formula is very thick and sticky and I had to heavily powder it so it set with a semi matte finish (and re-powder it a few times during the day), so it clearly isn't well suited for skin that is prone to oiliness. It is also super sheer so this may be good for people who are having great skin days and just want some sun protection and a slight wash of colour, but I had to conceal a lot to be able to use this today, and I also found that I was concealing in places that I never usually conceal (like red patches on my cheeks that are usually covered by even a sheer foundation). By the middle of the day I also noticed a small cluster of pimples growing on my chin... which is very rare for me. I am not saying that it was definitely this product that caused the break out (I did apply a new mask the other night) but it did worry me a little.

Overall, I don't think this is my kind of product. I may possibly wear it to the beach or an occasion when I want to look like I am not wearing makeup but want sun protection and a little more colour, but on a daily basis this did not work for my oily combination skin.


Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel - 30ml sample: This is a chemical exfoliant that is supposed to fade signs of sun damage and brighten your complexion. It is supposed to get similar results as a professional peel. I love products that contain glycolic acid so I am super keen to give this a go. I tried this today and I didn't really understand how to use it, I was expecting to need to apply it with a cotton pad (like Alpha-H Liquid Gold) but I think this is more of a runny gel that you apply like a serum (I assume :s). I haven't noticed any amazing effects after one use but this bottle should last me a good few weeks so I can try it properly before I decide whether the full size is worth the $45.80 retail price. 

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil - 3ml sample: This is a hair oil and the sample only contains 3ml. This sample is so small that I will probably be lucky to get 2-3 uses out of it (but hey, at least its not a sachet!). The full size is only $25 for 40ml so if I like it then this is a pretty affordable hair oil... also makes you wonder why they could only spare 3ml for a sample? I haven't used this yet, but I love trying new hair oils.

Simple Skincare Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes - 7 pack: I haven't actually used anything from the Simple Skincare range yet, but I love having these travel packs of facial wipes to keep in my bag.

This was an ok box, it wasn't fantastic but it wasn't shit. When LHI increased their prices to $19.95 from $14.95 they promised over $60 worth of value in each box, and I think this box just made it over the $40 value mark this month.... so not the best, but I will use all of these products so it's not a waste.

...and hey, at least there wasn't any ModelCo!

January 2014 Lust Have It Box

February 11, 2014



The January Lust Have It box arrived pretty late this month... in fact I received this January box on the 10th of Feb. To be completely honest, it really didn't bother me! As long as other peoples boxes were late, and mine hadn't been misplaced, then its all good in my opinion! Some people are saying that LHI may have too much on their plate with their new FaB box (see my Jan review here), but LHI were saying that there was a delay with suppliers. Whichever, I am sure they will catch up for the next box.

For anyone who isn't aware what LHI is, this is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

I did an opening of this box below:

Click for larger image

The information card that comes with the box is above. You can see that there are only 5 products in this months box. I thought it is also interesting to note that the products only came in the postage box this month (see the first photo). Normally the products come in a nicer box within the postage box, but supposedly they are coming up with a new box design.

Onto the products...


Paula's Choice Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser - full size: This is a super large cleanser! I got the normal to dry skin version, but there was also the option of getting the combination/oily skin one... the combination/oily skin one would have suited my skin a lot better, but oh well. Since this is so huge, if I don't like it I will just use this as a body wash. This retails for $16.

Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear in Medium - full size: I love the Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector but I despise tinted moisturisers... so I was a little torn about receiving this product. This is also a pretty small tube for a full size product.


I tried this product out today and even though it swatches pretty dark (see photos below), once it is blended out it does sheer out a lot. This still looks very yellow toned, so this may not work for people who prefer pink toned base products, but as my face is quite pink but my neck and body is quite yellow I love products that are this tone.

The formula is very thick and sticky and I had to heavily powder it so it set with a semi matte finish (and re-powder it a few times during the day), so it clearly isn't well suited for skin that is prone to oiliness. It is also super sheer so this may be good for people who are having great skin days and just want some sun protection and a slight wash of colour, but I had to conceal a lot to be able to use this today, and I also found that I was concealing in places that I never usually conceal (like red patches on my cheeks that are usually covered by even a sheer foundation). By the middle of the day I also noticed a small cluster of pimples growing on my chin... which is very rare for me. I am not saying that it was definitely this product that caused the break out (I did apply a new mask the other night) but it did worry me a little.

Overall, I don't think this is my kind of product. I may possibly wear it to the beach or an occasion when I want to look like I am not wearing makeup but want sun protection and a little more colour, but on a daily basis this did not work for my oily combination skin.


Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel - 30ml sample: This is a chemical exfoliant that is supposed to fade signs of sun damage and brighten your complexion. It is supposed to get similar results as a professional peel. I love products that contain glycolic acid so I am super keen to give this a go. I tried this today and I didn't really understand how to use it, I was expecting to need to apply it with a cotton pad (like Alpha-H Liquid Gold) but I think this is more of a runny gel that you apply like a serum (I assume :s). I haven't noticed any amazing effects after one use but this bottle should last me a good few weeks so I can try it properly before I decide whether the full size is worth the $45.80 retail price. 

Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil - 3ml sample: This is a hair oil and the sample only contains 3ml. This sample is so small that I will probably be lucky to get 2-3 uses out of it (but hey, at least its not a sachet!). The full size is only $25 for 40ml so if I like it then this is a pretty affordable hair oil... also makes you wonder why they could only spare 3ml for a sample? I haven't used this yet, but I love trying new hair oils.

Simple Skincare Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes - 7 pack: I haven't actually used anything from the Simple Skincare range yet, but I love having these travel packs of facial wipes to keep in my bag.

This was an ok box, it wasn't fantastic but it wasn't shit. When LHI increased their prices to $19.95 from $14.95 they promised over $60 worth of value in each box, and I think this box just made it over the $40 value mark this month.... so not the best, but I will use all of these products so it's not a waste.

...and hey, at least there wasn't any ModelCo!

Today I am quickly reviewing a lip balm that I received from the Miss Pearl Store, along with a makeup remover that I reviewed the other week (see post here). The Miss Pearl Store is an Australian store that sells natural and good for the planet beauty products. Some of the brands stocked include Priti NYC nail polishes, Scotch Naturals nail polish , Manic Panic hair dye, SW Basics of Brooklyn, and Crazy Rumours.

This review is of the Crazy Rumours lip balm in the scent Red Hibiscus. This retails for $5.90 at the Miss Pearl Store, and there is a flat rate of $7 for shipping in Australia, and $15 worldwide. 

You can use the discount code "teamkat" for 10% off your order!


The packaging of this lip balm is similar to that of the Burt's Bees lip balms, where you have to peel off a strip to be able to use the product. Other than that, this is a pretty typical lip balm packaging and the design is quite clean and simple. The colour of the logo and the image on each lip balm changes with each scent.

I wanted to mention that this brand has some amazing scents available, and I am really interested in buying a couple more (not that I need any more lip balms) just to try out some of the scents.

The scents available are:
  • Amaretto
  • Apple Spice
  • Banana Split
  • Bee My Honey
  • Candy Corn
  • Coffee Beans
  • French Vanilla
  • Leaping Bunny (plum and apricot)
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Orange Bergamot
  • Orange Clove
  • Orange Creamsicle
  • Peppermint Lemongrass
  • Raspberry Sherbet
  • Red Hibiscus
  • Spiced Chai
  • Star Anise


The list of ingredients are in the photo above, and you will notice that it contains 100% natural ingredients and it is cruelty free and vegan.


I don't know about the other balms in the range (I assume they are all the same), but this one is a clear balm that doesn't leave any colour on your lips. I am struggling to pin point the scent but the site claims that this smells like roses... I honestly think it smells more like yellow Allen's lolly snakes - so it's quite a sweet fruity scent.

As for the formula, I honestly don't think it's as great as the Burt's Bees Bees Wax lip balm (my current favourite lip balm), but I think it is better than lip balms of a similar price point like the Nivea lip balms or the Chapstick lip balms. It does provides great hydration, but it just isn't as thick as I would personally like. This would be a great balm for people (and many boys I know) who want hydrated lips, but don't like the look or feel of a heavy balm. Most importantly, this doesn't leave your lips feeling even more dry after it has worn off (unlike the Nivea ones).

If you are the type of person who wants a thick luscious lip balm, this may not cut it for you. But if you prefer a 100% natural balm that gives you a "my lips but more hydrated feel", then you should try this.

I am mainly intrigued in this lip balm because of the list of scents that it comes in. I definitely have my eye on the Peppermint Lemongrass, the Spiced Chai and a few other scents.

Which scent would you pick?

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm in Red Hibiscus

February 7, 2014


Today I am quickly reviewing a lip balm that I received from the Miss Pearl Store, along with a makeup remover that I reviewed the other week (see post here). The Miss Pearl Store is an Australian store that sells natural and good for the planet beauty products. Some of the brands stocked include Priti NYC nail polishes, Scotch Naturals nail polish , Manic Panic hair dye, SW Basics of Brooklyn, and Crazy Rumours.

This review is of the Crazy Rumours lip balm in the scent Red Hibiscus. This retails for $5.90 at the Miss Pearl Store, and there is a flat rate of $7 for shipping in Australia, and $15 worldwide. 

You can use the discount code "teamkat" for 10% off your order!


The packaging of this lip balm is similar to that of the Burt's Bees lip balms, where you have to peel off a strip to be able to use the product. Other than that, this is a pretty typical lip balm packaging and the design is quite clean and simple. The colour of the logo and the image on each lip balm changes with each scent.

I wanted to mention that this brand has some amazing scents available, and I am really interested in buying a couple more (not that I need any more lip balms) just to try out some of the scents.

The scents available are:
  • Amaretto
  • Apple Spice
  • Banana Split
  • Bee My Honey
  • Candy Corn
  • Coffee Beans
  • French Vanilla
  • Leaping Bunny (plum and apricot)
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Orange Bergamot
  • Orange Clove
  • Orange Creamsicle
  • Peppermint Lemongrass
  • Raspberry Sherbet
  • Red Hibiscus
  • Spiced Chai
  • Star Anise


The list of ingredients are in the photo above, and you will notice that it contains 100% natural ingredients and it is cruelty free and vegan.


I don't know about the other balms in the range (I assume they are all the same), but this one is a clear balm that doesn't leave any colour on your lips. I am struggling to pin point the scent but the site claims that this smells like roses... I honestly think it smells more like yellow Allen's lolly snakes - so it's quite a sweet fruity scent.

As for the formula, I honestly don't think it's as great as the Burt's Bees Bees Wax lip balm (my current favourite lip balm), but I think it is better than lip balms of a similar price point like the Nivea lip balms or the Chapstick lip balms. It does provides great hydration, but it just isn't as thick as I would personally like. This would be a great balm for people (and many boys I know) who want hydrated lips, but don't like the look or feel of a heavy balm. Most importantly, this doesn't leave your lips feeling even more dry after it has worn off (unlike the Nivea ones).

If you are the type of person who wants a thick luscious lip balm, this may not cut it for you. But if you prefer a 100% natural balm that gives you a "my lips but more hydrated feel", then you should try this.

I am mainly intrigued in this lip balm because of the list of scents that it comes in. I definitely have my eye on the Peppermint Lemongrass, the Spiced Chai and a few other scents.

Which scent would you pick?


This is a pretty exciting review! My sister (hi Squiggy!) told me about Shiro Cosmetics late last year, and she told me to choose some products for my Christmas present.

Shiro Cosmetics is run by a 22 year old girl who is clearly into all things geek. She creates collections of pigments and lip products based around really nerdy topics like Game of Throne, Minecraft, The Hobbit... and my all time favourite show Fullmetal Alchemist!

If you know me, you know that I love TV shows and movies, and that my two favourite TV obsessions in the last few years are Fullmetal Alchemist and Game of Thrones. I also used to be a huge Lord of the Rings nerd when I was younger, so I was also interested in the Hobbit collection.  Clearly I was very excited to try this makeup brand.

A bit of quick background... this brand does shop internationally, shipping is $7.50 worldwide and cheaper if you are from the US. They also throw in some samples (I got two samples from the Minecraft collection but totally forgot to photograph them) and I also got a few chocolates thrown in my order (which I ate straight away). These took a little while to ship (it was Christmas time after all) but once I got the confirmation that they were shipped I believe it took less than a week to arrive to Melbourne.



So these are the shades I got, I tried to get a mix of shades that I would actually wear and also characters that I really liked. From the Fullmetal Alchemist collection I had to get Fullmetal and Little Brother... because well they are they main characters and I didn't care what shades they were. I also had to get Tyrion Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones, and I got the Sansa and Barristan Selmy shades because I thought they were quite wearable. I got the green shade from the Hobbit collection because I thought the shade looked amazing.

The containers are typical pigment container that have a sifter in them. These are the full size that retail for $5-6 (depending on the collection it's from). You can get mini jars for $3.50 or sample bags for $1, but only the full size comes with the label on the lid, and if I am going to get makeup for the nerdy factor, I want them to have the labels to match!


Above are the swatches, and I really want to emphasise that I applied these over primer (I used the Lime Crime one). Being pigments, they are well... pigmented, but at the same time these are a little powdery so they do work best when they can stick to a base. These aren't the best pigments I have ever used, I do think the MAC ones and the OCC ones are better, but at the same time these are a heck of a lot cheaper and if you apply them over a primer then they give an effect very similar to the MAC/OCC pigments. One thing that I do really like about these pigments is that some of the shade are very unusual and quite unique.


Fullmetal: This is described as a complex charcoal base with a strong golden shimmer and red highlight. I think this is more of a grey taupe in the container but it has a very strong purple shimmer when applied. You can also see some gold shimmer and possibly some red? This is a really pretty shade!

Little Brother: This is a pure silver pigment and is described as a strongly metallic toned silver. If you watch Fullmetal Alchemist you will understand why this is a metallic silver, and although this isn't a shade that would suit me, I like how much it sums up one of my favourite characters.

No Men Like Me: This is the shade for Jamie Lannister, and in the show he is a read jerk, but if you read the books you will grow to love him. This is one of the more unusual shades out the ones I picked. This is described as a gold-burnished plate cloaked in ashy white... love that description for Jamie! I got this thinking that it would be a light warm toned ashy shade, but it is a light ash shade (see it in the container) and when you apply it it magically (well almost) becomes gold! My only issue with this is that if you apply it unevenly then the gold comes out unevenly... you can see in the up close swatch that where the pigment is packed on more heavily, it looks a little ashy. Nevertheless, a very pretty and unexpected shade. If you apply this sheerly without a primer it looks like a soft gold (see photo at the end of this post)

I Loved A Maid: I had to get the Tyrion Lannister shade because he is by far one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones. Much like his brothers shade, this one is very unusual. It has a strong orange base shade and has a green-gold shimmer. This is described as a green-shifting gold shining over a base of softened Lannister crimson. This is one of those shades that can be quite hard to wear, if you don't pack it on heavily enough it appears as mainly just orange (see photo at the end of this post where I apply it sheerly without a primer). This is one of those shades that would benefit from maybe a copper/bronze cream base so that the pigment really sticks and the green gold shows up better. This reminds me a little of the pigment Green Brown that MAC has brought out as a limited edition shade occasionally... but its a lot more orange.



Queensguard: This is a shade that I got because I thought a darker coppery almost matte shade would look good as a crease colour with a few of these shades. This is a lot darker than what I was expecting but it is a nice copper shade. This is described as a matte orange brown softened with a gentle cream shimmer.

Little Bird: Like the above shade, I got this because I thought it would be a nice summery all over lid type shade. It is described as a delicate matte mauve/beige pink. This isn't as matte as I was expecting, it looks like it has a slight sheen to it, but it is a really nice wearable pink.

You Snow Nothing: This was the limited edition shade of the month in December, and I had to get a Jon Snow shade, but I wasn't a huge fan of the icy white shade of the permanent called You Know Nothing (there is a fine distinction in the names of the two shades). When I saw that this one I had to get it, not only is it John Snow inspired but it is a gorgeous dark blue with very fine gold and red shimmer which gives it a warmer appearance than just a regular blue. This is no longer on the site so I don't know what the official description is.

Lingered In Twilight: This is the only shade I got from the Hobbit range, and I couldn't pass it up because it is so pretty. I haven't worn this yet so I don't know how it wears but it is a black base with green shimmer. This is described as a blackened blue with green tones and slightly metallic shimmer. This is another one of those shades that needs a base to make the colour pop, if you apply this lightly without a primer, this mainly just looks black (see photo below). This would look magic over a black or green cream shadow.

l-r Lingered In Twilight, No Men Like Me, I Loved A Maid

In conclusion, these aren't the absolute best quality pigments in the world, and they really do need a primer to help them stick, but for the price they are pretty damn good! They also have some really unique shades to offer, and the geekiness of them is fantastic!

Shiro Cosmetics Pigments - swatches and review

February 5, 2014


This is a pretty exciting review! My sister (hi Squiggy!) told me about Shiro Cosmetics late last year, and she told me to choose some products for my Christmas present.

Shiro Cosmetics is run by a 22 year old girl who is clearly into all things geek. She creates collections of pigments and lip products based around really nerdy topics like Game of Throne, Minecraft, The Hobbit... and my all time favourite show Fullmetal Alchemist!

If you know me, you know that I love TV shows and movies, and that my two favourite TV obsessions in the last few years are Fullmetal Alchemist and Game of Thrones. I also used to be a huge Lord of the Rings nerd when I was younger, so I was also interested in the Hobbit collection.  Clearly I was very excited to try this makeup brand.

A bit of quick background... this brand does shop internationally, shipping is $7.50 worldwide and cheaper if you are from the US. They also throw in some samples (I got two samples from the Minecraft collection but totally forgot to photograph them) and I also got a few chocolates thrown in my order (which I ate straight away). These took a little while to ship (it was Christmas time after all) but once I got the confirmation that they were shipped I believe it took less than a week to arrive to Melbourne.



So these are the shades I got, I tried to get a mix of shades that I would actually wear and also characters that I really liked. From the Fullmetal Alchemist collection I had to get Fullmetal and Little Brother... because well they are they main characters and I didn't care what shades they were. I also had to get Tyrion Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones, and I got the Sansa and Barristan Selmy shades because I thought they were quite wearable. I got the green shade from the Hobbit collection because I thought the shade looked amazing.

The containers are typical pigment container that have a sifter in them. These are the full size that retail for $5-6 (depending on the collection it's from). You can get mini jars for $3.50 or sample bags for $1, but only the full size comes with the label on the lid, and if I am going to get makeup for the nerdy factor, I want them to have the labels to match!


Above are the swatches, and I really want to emphasise that I applied these over primer (I used the Lime Crime one). Being pigments, they are well... pigmented, but at the same time these are a little powdery so they do work best when they can stick to a base. These aren't the best pigments I have ever used, I do think the MAC ones and the OCC ones are better, but at the same time these are a heck of a lot cheaper and if you apply them over a primer then they give an effect very similar to the MAC/OCC pigments. One thing that I do really like about these pigments is that some of the shade are very unusual and quite unique.


Fullmetal: This is described as a complex charcoal base with a strong golden shimmer and red highlight. I think this is more of a grey taupe in the container but it has a very strong purple shimmer when applied. You can also see some gold shimmer and possibly some red? This is a really pretty shade!

Little Brother: This is a pure silver pigment and is described as a strongly metallic toned silver. If you watch Fullmetal Alchemist you will understand why this is a metallic silver, and although this isn't a shade that would suit me, I like how much it sums up one of my favourite characters.

No Men Like Me: This is the shade for Jamie Lannister, and in the show he is a read jerk, but if you read the books you will grow to love him. This is one of the more unusual shades out the ones I picked. This is described as a gold-burnished plate cloaked in ashy white... love that description for Jamie! I got this thinking that it would be a light warm toned ashy shade, but it is a light ash shade (see it in the container) and when you apply it it magically (well almost) becomes gold! My only issue with this is that if you apply it unevenly then the gold comes out unevenly... you can see in the up close swatch that where the pigment is packed on more heavily, it looks a little ashy. Nevertheless, a very pretty and unexpected shade. If you apply this sheerly without a primer it looks like a soft gold (see photo at the end of this post)

I Loved A Maid: I had to get the Tyrion Lannister shade because he is by far one of my favourite characters in Game of Thrones. Much like his brothers shade, this one is very unusual. It has a strong orange base shade and has a green-gold shimmer. This is described as a green-shifting gold shining over a base of softened Lannister crimson. This is one of those shades that can be quite hard to wear, if you don't pack it on heavily enough it appears as mainly just orange (see photo at the end of this post where I apply it sheerly without a primer). This is one of those shades that would benefit from maybe a copper/bronze cream base so that the pigment really sticks and the green gold shows up better. This reminds me a little of the pigment Green Brown that MAC has brought out as a limited edition shade occasionally... but its a lot more orange.



Queensguard: This is a shade that I got because I thought a darker coppery almost matte shade would look good as a crease colour with a few of these shades. This is a lot darker than what I was expecting but it is a nice copper shade. This is described as a matte orange brown softened with a gentle cream shimmer.

Little Bird: Like the above shade, I got this because I thought it would be a nice summery all over lid type shade. It is described as a delicate matte mauve/beige pink. This isn't as matte as I was expecting, it looks like it has a slight sheen to it, but it is a really nice wearable pink.

You Snow Nothing: This was the limited edition shade of the month in December, and I had to get a Jon Snow shade, but I wasn't a huge fan of the icy white shade of the permanent called You Know Nothing (there is a fine distinction in the names of the two shades). When I saw that this one I had to get it, not only is it John Snow inspired but it is a gorgeous dark blue with very fine gold and red shimmer which gives it a warmer appearance than just a regular blue. This is no longer on the site so I don't know what the official description is.

Lingered In Twilight: This is the only shade I got from the Hobbit range, and I couldn't pass it up because it is so pretty. I haven't worn this yet so I don't know how it wears but it is a black base with green shimmer. This is described as a blackened blue with green tones and slightly metallic shimmer. This is another one of those shades that needs a base to make the colour pop, if you apply this lightly without a primer, this mainly just looks black (see photo below). This would look magic over a black or green cream shadow.

l-r Lingered In Twilight, No Men Like Me, I Loved A Maid

In conclusion, these aren't the absolute best quality pigments in the world, and they really do need a primer to help them stick, but for the price they are pretty damn good! They also have some really unique shades to offer, and the geekiness of them is fantastic!

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