March 2014 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I finally got my hands on some of the newest products from OCC, the Cosmetic Colour Pencils. I bought these from Lipstick Republic where they retail for $16 each (use the discount code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order), or of course you can get them for $16 each from the OCC website.

These pencils are multipurpose products, and are designed to be used on the lips, eyes and body. There are 12 shades available (including a clear pencil which would help any lipstick shade from feathering). All shades correspond to a matching lip tar. These contain 1.1g of product per pencil.

Even though these are "for lips, eyes, and body", the three shades with the * at the end of the shade name on the boxes above (and the shades that have black lids below) are not recommended to be used near the eyes. This annoys me a little, mainly because these are marketed as multipurpose products, and also because I was hoping to use Trick possibly as a waterline shade as well as a nude lip liner... ah well I will use it anyway!

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I only bought lip shades because I don't have many lip pencils (but I have heaps of eyeliners) and I am trying to get myself in the habit of using lip liners when I am going out with a statement lip.

The shades I chose were Black Dahlia, NSFW, Hoochie, and Trick. I have all of these shades in Lip Tar form, but I thought Black Dahlia would be perfect for any berry lipstick, NSFW would work for any red shade, Hoochie would work for any of my purple/blue toned pinks, and Trick would work for nude lips and possibly the waterline.

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...I did accidentally break the tip of Hoochie when opening the pencils
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Trick, Hoochie, NSFW, Black Dahlia
Each of these pencils are creamy and pigmented, yet they are pretty firm. This is great for a lip liner, because you can get a sharp precise line without it being too soft and smudgy, but I am not a big fan of this formula around the delicate eye area. Out of curiosity, I ended up testing Hoochie as a liner, and I did find that it tugged quite a lot on the eyes.

Lets see how the shades compare to the Lip Tars of the same name...

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Note: My Trick and Hoochie Lip Tars are very old I probably should replace them because the oil and pigment have separated. The NSFW and Black Dahlia are more accurate representations of what the formula of Lip Tars are like.

As you can see from the swatches above, OCC have done a pretty good job at matching the pencils to the lip tar shades. I applaud them on matching Black Dahlia perfectly, as this is a shade that appears quite black when built up but applied lightly it looks more burgundy... and the pencil does exactly the same thing! The shade that is the most different is NSFW as the pencil is slightly brighter than the lip tar, but they work well on the lips together.

Not only are these pencils perfect to accompany your favourite Lip Tar, but I also love applying NSFW and Black Dahlia all over my lips after applying a lip balm, which creates a really beautiful stain effect. I am pretty happy with my choice of shades because I think these are very unique shades (besides NSFW), and these shades would be difficult to find from other brands. I think the biggest draw card for these pencils is that they come in a great variety of shades (you can also buy shades like clear, a blue, a coral etc etc).

Overall I am very happy with these lip pencils, and I am looking forward to wearing a perfect crisp dark berry lip this winter. I do think that these would work best as lip pencils or body pencils (even though I can't imagine how else I would use them other than lips or eyes), as these shades are a little too firm for using on the eyes and can cause tugging. I think the inability to use half of the shades available on the eyes is a bit of a cop out for a "multipurpose" pencil. I will forgive this since the shades that are marked as "not recommended for the eyes" are shades that I normally won't use on the eyes anyway.

What are your thoughts on these pencils?

OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils in Black Dahlia, NSFW, Hoochie and Trick - review and swatches

March 30, 2014

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I finally got my hands on some of the newest products from OCC, the Cosmetic Colour Pencils. I bought these from Lipstick Republic where they retail for $16 each (use the discount code RepublicVIBs for 10% off your order), or of course you can get them for $16 each from the OCC website.

These pencils are multipurpose products, and are designed to be used on the lips, eyes and body. There are 12 shades available (including a clear pencil which would help any lipstick shade from feathering). All shades correspond to a matching lip tar. These contain 1.1g of product per pencil.

Even though these are "for lips, eyes, and body", the three shades with the * at the end of the shade name on the boxes above (and the shades that have black lids below) are not recommended to be used near the eyes. This annoys me a little, mainly because these are marketed as multipurpose products, and also because I was hoping to use Trick possibly as a waterline shade as well as a nude lip liner... ah well I will use it anyway!

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I only bought lip shades because I don't have many lip pencils (but I have heaps of eyeliners) and I am trying to get myself in the habit of using lip liners when I am going out with a statement lip.

The shades I chose were Black Dahlia, NSFW, Hoochie, and Trick. I have all of these shades in Lip Tar form, but I thought Black Dahlia would be perfect for any berry lipstick, NSFW would work for any red shade, Hoochie would work for any of my purple/blue toned pinks, and Trick would work for nude lips and possibly the waterline.

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...I did accidentally break the tip of Hoochie when opening the pencils
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Trick, Hoochie, NSFW, Black Dahlia
Each of these pencils are creamy and pigmented, yet they are pretty firm. This is great for a lip liner, because you can get a sharp precise line without it being too soft and smudgy, but I am not a big fan of this formula around the delicate eye area. Out of curiosity, I ended up testing Hoochie as a liner, and I did find that it tugged quite a lot on the eyes.

Lets see how the shades compare to the Lip Tars of the same name...

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Note: My Trick and Hoochie Lip Tars are very old I probably should replace them because the oil and pigment have separated. The NSFW and Black Dahlia are more accurate representations of what the formula of Lip Tars are like.

As you can see from the swatches above, OCC have done a pretty good job at matching the pencils to the lip tar shades. I applaud them on matching Black Dahlia perfectly, as this is a shade that appears quite black when built up but applied lightly it looks more burgundy... and the pencil does exactly the same thing! The shade that is the most different is NSFW as the pencil is slightly brighter than the lip tar, but they work well on the lips together.

Not only are these pencils perfect to accompany your favourite Lip Tar, but I also love applying NSFW and Black Dahlia all over my lips after applying a lip balm, which creates a really beautiful stain effect. I am pretty happy with my choice of shades because I think these are very unique shades (besides NSFW), and these shades would be difficult to find from other brands. I think the biggest draw card for these pencils is that they come in a great variety of shades (you can also buy shades like clear, a blue, a coral etc etc).

Overall I am very happy with these lip pencils, and I am looking forward to wearing a perfect crisp dark berry lip this winter. I do think that these would work best as lip pencils or body pencils (even though I can't imagine how else I would use them other than lips or eyes), as these shades are a little too firm for using on the eyes and can cause tugging. I think the inability to use half of the shades available on the eyes is a bit of a cop out for a "multipurpose" pencil. I will forgive this since the shades that are marked as "not recommended for the eyes" are shades that I normally won't use on the eyes anyway.

What are your thoughts on these pencils?
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Hello hello, just a quick update.

For all of you who don't know, I have a YouTube channel so if you haven't already subscribed to my channel, please do... you can watch my box openings, (sometimes) excessive hauls, my favourites and fails, and diet updates, and quick reviews/demonstrations.

I also have two YouTube only giveaways coming up... one when I hit 2,500 followers and one is a colab giveaway. 

Check it out here!

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March 28, 2014

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Hello hello, just a quick update.

For all of you who don't know, I have a YouTube channel so if you haven't already subscribed to my channel, please do... you can watch my box openings, (sometimes) excessive hauls, my favourites and fails, and diet updates, and quick reviews/demonstrations.

I also have two YouTube only giveaways coming up... one when I hit 2,500 followers and one is a colab giveaway. 

Check it out here!
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I had to put this picture in :P
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This is my Lime Crime stash that I bought from Salon Melbourne over the weekend. I did buy quite a lot, but the lipsticks were $14 each, and they normally retail for $23 in Australia from sites like Lipstick Republic (use discount code RepublicVIBs for 10% off) or $18 from the Lime Crime website. The palettes were also down to $25 instead of $42 in Australia and $35 in the US.

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I was going into Salon Melbourne wanting to buy the remaining "wearable" shades in the range. I didn't quite realise that I needed 6 shades to complete my collection... so I ended up buying a handful of shades, literally.

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l-r: Coquette, Great Pink Planet, D'Lilac, Poisonberry, Centrifuchsia, Geradium
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l-r: Coquette, Great Pink Planet, D'Lilac, Poisonberry, Centrifuchsia, Geradium

Just before I describe the shades, I should mention that all of these lipsticks are vegan and they smell like vanilla, very similar to the MAC lipsticks.

Coquette: I was skeptical of this shade because light nudes never suit me. I was very pleasantly surprised by this shade, it is probably the lightest nude I can wear without feeling self-conscious, but I love it! It is creamy and opaque and the peach tone to it makes this very flattering instead of looking corpse like.

Great Pink Planet: This is a cool toned baby pink shade. This is very similar to the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid in Pink Pop, but it applies a little more creamier. This is too light for me, but I will probably mix it with a darker shade.

D'Lilac: This is a very light and grey toned mauve. This isn't for everyone, but the formula is opaque and creamy and this will be another shade that I will use to mix with pinks to add a mauve tint.

Poisonberry: This is a dark very purple that doesn't have a white base to it, so you can apply it sheer like a plum stain, or you can apply it heavily for a dark purple lip. This is the only shade of the six that has a slight shimmery sheen to the finish. This reminds me of a blackened version of Violetta by MAC. This is still in the dark berry shade group, but it is on the extreme purple side of that group. This is a great winter shade.

Centrifuchsia: When I bought this, I thought it looked a little meh. This looks like a typical dark pink lipstick shade in the tube, but when it's applied it looks amazing! This shade doesn't have a white base so it applies like a very bold lip stain. I love this formula, it's bright, pigmented, it lasts a very long time and I love the bright dark pink shade. The formula is similar to the Lime Crime Retrofuturist shade, which I also adore.

Geradium: This is a bold bright coral pink. This also has a white base which makes the colour really pop on the lips. This is also creamy and opaque. I am bummed that I didn't get this before summer! This is a similar tone to the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid lipstick in Shocking Coral, but this is a lot bolder, brighter, and creamier.

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I also bought my very first Lime Crime eyeshadow palette. I decided to get the Alchemy palette because, out of the 4 palettes available, I thought this was the most wearable.

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The packaging is a purple tin with gold detailing. This is actually very lightweight, yet sturdy. However this does not contain a mirror in the lid. The shade names are listed on the back.

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l-r: Incantation, Lucky Charm, Love Potion No 9, Spellbound, Divination
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l-r: Incantation, Lucky Charm, Love Potion No 9, Spellbound, Divination
The above swatches are one swipe of each shadow.

Incantation: This is a very very very pigmented and soft metallic orange copper. You can see in the above swatch photo that one swipe of this shade provides a very bold swatch. This is a perfect autumn shade and would look lovely with bronzes and golds.

Lucky Charm: This is a soft pigmented grass green that has a slight shimmer to it. Even though green is a difficult shade to wear on a daily basis, I feel that because this shade is quite yellow toned, you could easily mix this with browns.

Love Potion No 9: This is a very pretty shimmer light lavender shade that has a slight aqua duo chrome. This is a very pretty shade and I have comfortably worn this all over the lid for a light purple eye look.

Spellbound: This is shimmer cream and works well to blend out shades to to use as subtle highlight shade. This shade is a little powdery.

Divination: This is a dark teal with a slight shimmer. This would make a really nice teal smokey eye, or you could use it as an outer corner shade with Lucky Charm or Love Potion No 9.

Those are my swatches and first impression reviews of my newest Lime Crime goodies! If you would like to see a post about my Lime Crime lipstick collection (I think I now have 14 of them eeek) then let me know!

Which is your favourite Lime Crime product?

Lime Crime first impressions and swatches - Alchemy palette and lipsticks in Coquette, Great Pink Planet, D'Lilac, Poisonberry, Centrifuchsia, Geradium

March 27, 2014

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I had to put this picture in :P
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This is my Lime Crime stash that I bought from Salon Melbourne over the weekend. I did buy quite a lot, but the lipsticks were $14 each, and they normally retail for $23 in Australia from sites like Lipstick Republic (use discount code RepublicVIBs for 10% off) or $18 from the Lime Crime website. The palettes were also down to $25 instead of $42 in Australia and $35 in the US.

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I was going into Salon Melbourne wanting to buy the remaining "wearable" shades in the range. I didn't quite realise that I needed 6 shades to complete my collection... so I ended up buying a handful of shades, literally.

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l-r: Coquette, Great Pink Planet, D'Lilac, Poisonberry, Centrifuchsia, Geradium
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l-r: Coquette, Great Pink Planet, D'Lilac, Poisonberry, Centrifuchsia, Geradium

Just before I describe the shades, I should mention that all of these lipsticks are vegan and they smell like vanilla, very similar to the MAC lipsticks.

Coquette: I was skeptical of this shade because light nudes never suit me. I was very pleasantly surprised by this shade, it is probably the lightest nude I can wear without feeling self-conscious, but I love it! It is creamy and opaque and the peach tone to it makes this very flattering instead of looking corpse like.

Great Pink Planet: This is a cool toned baby pink shade. This is very similar to the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid in Pink Pop, but it applies a little more creamier. This is too light for me, but I will probably mix it with a darker shade.

D'Lilac: This is a very light and grey toned mauve. This isn't for everyone, but the formula is opaque and creamy and this will be another shade that I will use to mix with pinks to add a mauve tint.

Poisonberry: This is a dark very purple that doesn't have a white base to it, so you can apply it sheer like a plum stain, or you can apply it heavily for a dark purple lip. This is the only shade of the six that has a slight shimmery sheen to the finish. This reminds me of a blackened version of Violetta by MAC. This is still in the dark berry shade group, but it is on the extreme purple side of that group. This is a great winter shade.

Centrifuchsia: When I bought this, I thought it looked a little meh. This looks like a typical dark pink lipstick shade in the tube, but when it's applied it looks amazing! This shade doesn't have a white base so it applies like a very bold lip stain. I love this formula, it's bright, pigmented, it lasts a very long time and I love the bright dark pink shade. The formula is similar to the Lime Crime Retrofuturist shade, which I also adore.

Geradium: This is a bold bright coral pink. This also has a white base which makes the colour really pop on the lips. This is also creamy and opaque. I am bummed that I didn't get this before summer! This is a similar tone to the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid lipstick in Shocking Coral, but this is a lot bolder, brighter, and creamier.

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I also bought my very first Lime Crime eyeshadow palette. I decided to get the Alchemy palette because, out of the 4 palettes available, I thought this was the most wearable.

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The packaging is a purple tin with gold detailing. This is actually very lightweight, yet sturdy. However this does not contain a mirror in the lid. The shade names are listed on the back.

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l-r: Incantation, Lucky Charm, Love Potion No 9, Spellbound, Divination
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l-r: Incantation, Lucky Charm, Love Potion No 9, Spellbound, Divination
The above swatches are one swipe of each shadow.

Incantation: This is a very very very pigmented and soft metallic orange copper. You can see in the above swatch photo that one swipe of this shade provides a very bold swatch. This is a perfect autumn shade and would look lovely with bronzes and golds.

Lucky Charm: This is a soft pigmented grass green that has a slight shimmer to it. Even though green is a difficult shade to wear on a daily basis, I feel that because this shade is quite yellow toned, you could easily mix this with browns.

Love Potion No 9: This is a very pretty shimmer light lavender shade that has a slight aqua duo chrome. This is a very pretty shade and I have comfortably worn this all over the lid for a light purple eye look.

Spellbound: This is shimmer cream and works well to blend out shades to to use as subtle highlight shade. This shade is a little powdery.

Divination: This is a dark teal with a slight shimmer. This would make a really nice teal smokey eye, or you could use it as an outer corner shade with Lucky Charm or Love Potion No 9.

Those are my swatches and first impression reviews of my newest Lime Crime goodies! If you would like to see a post about my Lime Crime lipstick collection (I think I now have 14 of them eeek) then let me know!

Which is your favourite Lime Crime product?


I have been lusting after holographic nail polish for quite some time now, and I finally have my hands on one! I bought this from Salon Melbourne yesterday and there was a whole range of Color Club holographic shades, but I settled on buying just this mauve toned shade called Cloud Nine. This was $10, and I am kicking myself that I didn't buy a couple more!


This is a gorgeous light mauve blue holographic shade that looks completely different in sunlight and dim light. The finish is magic when you can see it move! This has a finely milled glitter, so you don't see chunky glitter particles, instead this looks more like a metallic sheen from afar.

I used a base coat, two coats of the holographic polish and a top coat. You can easily get a completely opaque and even finish with two coats, and so far I have had this on for over 24 hours and I have no hint of chipping or tip wear. The only issue I have with this polish is that you do need to be careful about applying it evenly, otherwise any bumps are magnified by the finish of this nail polish.


Overall, I am currently loving this nail polish, and I can't wait to track down some more!

Have you tried holographic nail polish? What brand do you buy?

Holographic nails with Color Club Cloud Nine Nail Lacquer

March 24, 2014


I have been lusting after holographic nail polish for quite some time now, and I finally have my hands on one! I bought this from Salon Melbourne yesterday and there was a whole range of Color Club holographic shades, but I settled on buying just this mauve toned shade called Cloud Nine. This was $10, and I am kicking myself that I didn't buy a couple more!


This is a gorgeous light mauve blue holographic shade that looks completely different in sunlight and dim light. The finish is magic when you can see it move! This has a finely milled glitter, so you don't see chunky glitter particles, instead this looks more like a metallic sheen from afar.

I used a base coat, two coats of the holographic polish and a top coat. You can easily get a completely opaque and even finish with two coats, and so far I have had this on for over 24 hours and I have no hint of chipping or tip wear. The only issue I have with this polish is that you do need to be careful about applying it evenly, otherwise any bumps are magnified by the finish of this nail polish.


Overall, I am currently loving this nail polish, and I can't wait to track down some more!

Have you tried holographic nail polish? What brand do you buy?

I had a great day at Salon Melbourne today with the lovely Melissa from Melissa Bubbles Beauty, Fashion and Life, Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty, and Erin from The Beauty Box. For everyone who doesn't know, Salon Melbourne is almost like IMATS but it also contains salon products (skincare, haircare, nails, salon supplies).


Just like IMATS, I walked into Salon Melbourne with the intention to only buy a couple of things... but walked away with an empty bank account... I couldn't resist makeup at trade prices. Before showing you the random photos I took from the day, I thought I would show you what I bought! I did buy a few other products as presents for a couple of people, but this is what I got myself.


Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Shade 7 Sand - $33

Inglot blush palette with shades - $60

Lime Crime Alchemy Palette - $25

Lime Crime Lipsticks - $14 each (I pretty much bought every other moderately wearable shade that I didn't already own)

Klara Cosmetics Diamond Eyeshadow in 03 Sparkling Champagne - $15

Klara Cosmetics samples - Kiss Proof Lips in Shades 5 and 6, Zero Pore Primer, CC Cream

Color Club Holographic Nail Polish in Cloud Nine - $10



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Jas, Kat, Erin, Mel

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Salon Melbourne haul and photos!

March 23, 2014


I had a great day at Salon Melbourne today with the lovely Melissa from Melissa Bubbles Beauty, Fashion and Life, Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty, and Erin from The Beauty Box. For everyone who doesn't know, Salon Melbourne is almost like IMATS but it also contains salon products (skincare, haircare, nails, salon supplies).


Just like IMATS, I walked into Salon Melbourne with the intention to only buy a couple of things... but walked away with an empty bank account... I couldn't resist makeup at trade prices. Before showing you the random photos I took from the day, I thought I would show you what I bought! I did buy a few other products as presents for a couple of people, but this is what I got myself.


Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Shade 7 Sand - $33

Inglot blush palette with shades - $60

Lime Crime Alchemy Palette - $25

Lime Crime Lipsticks - $14 each (I pretty much bought every other moderately wearable shade that I didn't already own)

Klara Cosmetics Diamond Eyeshadow in 03 Sparkling Champagne - $15

Klara Cosmetics samples - Kiss Proof Lips in Shades 5 and 6, Zero Pore Primer, CC Cream

Color Club Holographic Nail Polish in Cloud Nine - $10



Jas and Mel
Mel and Jas
with Mel
Jas, Kat, Erin, Mel

The end!

Just like normal chocolate bars, I couldn't stop myself from buying this Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. This has only hit Australian shores in the last month or so, and they retail for $68.95 from Kit Cosmetics. I bought mine from the Melbourne Myer store and it was the second last palette, so they are selling quickly.


The box is very cute, it looks like a fancy chocolate bar wrapping and it has the shade names on the back. Other reviews I have seen have shown that this palette comes with a plastic slip inside the palette that also has the shade names on it, but mine didn't come with that, so I'm not sure what happened there.


Inside the box you get the palette and a booklet of three eye looks. I personally think these booklets are a bit of a waste of time because I never use them. I suppose this only comes in handy if you are completely new to makeup and you wanted some step by step guidelines.


The packaging of the palette itself is a metal tin with a magnetic clasp and it looks like a chocolate bar, which is very apt. The palette comes with a reasonable sized mirror in the lid. The total weight of the shadows is 18.9g.


There are 14 shadows and 2 double sized shadows in this palette, and there is a mixture of matte, shimmery and sparkly shades. The matte cream shade and the highlight shade are double the size of the other shades. I can only assume that this is targeted to people who run out of the highlight shades first.

One thing that is important to note is that these shadows have cocoa in them, which makes them smell like chocolate. I personally love this touch, but I can imagine some people being put off by it. You can only smell the chocolate the moment you open the palette or if you directly sniff the eyeshadow pans. You really can't smell the chocolate scent when you applied it.

Top: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate. Middle: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet. Bottom: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate
Top: Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge. Middle: Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto. Bottom: Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

The swatches below are swatches over bare skin without any primer. Obviously these will be more bold when applied over a primer, but I wanted to show the quality of the shadows on their own. All of the shadows are nice and smooth and pigmented. The only two shades that aren't very opaque are the two sparkly shades, but they are still nice quality and can be easily built up, especially over a primer or a cream base.

Top row: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge

Gilded Ganache: A dark khaki toned brown that has a satin base with small gold shimmer particles.

White Chocolate: A matte cream.

Milk Chocolate: A matte caramel brown.

Black Forest Truffle: A dark burgundy shade that has a lot of gold and burgundy glitter. This shade isn't as opaque as the others, but it can be built up easily. It is still nicely pigmented and blends easily.

Triple Fudge: A matte dark cool toned brown, this is a great eyebrow shade if you have dark hair. 

Middle row: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto

Salted Caramel: A matte warm toned orange toned brown. This is a great crease shade to use to use if you want to warm up your eye look.

Marzipan: A classic light peach toned shimmery shade.

Semi-Sweet: A matte mid toned warm red toned brown.

Strawberry Bon Bon: A matte light cool toned pink.

Candied Violet: A sheer shimmery violet with purple glitter. This formula is similar to the Black Forest Truffle shade.

Amaretto: A metallic maroon toned bronze (I am in love with this shade).

Bottom row: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

Hazelnut: A very pigmented warm toned shimmery gold bronze.

Creme Brulee: A metallic dark gold

Haute Chocolate: A metallic bronze

Cherry Cordial: A matte wine shade with some glittery particles. The glitter doesn't show up much on the eye unless it's over a cream base.

Champagne Truffle: A pink toned shimmery white with a gold sheen.

You can see that the vast majority of these shades are very warm toned. I would say that the only shade that is truly cool toned is Candied Violette. I personally love bronze, copper, gold, and maroon toned shades so this is close to my perfect palette, and I will be reaching for this a lot this Autumn. This is a very wearable palette, but it is very different from other "nude" palettes out there, so I don't feel like this overlaps with any of the other palettes I own. This is also the type of palette where you can get a complete eye look (and for me, brow look) from one palette.

Overall, I am very happy I bought this palette, and even though it was almost $70, I think it is worth the money.

What do you think of this palette?

Too Faced Chocolate Bar review and swatches

March 22, 2014


Just like normal chocolate bars, I couldn't stop myself from buying this Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. This has only hit Australian shores in the last month or so, and they retail for $68.95 from Kit Cosmetics. I bought mine from the Melbourne Myer store and it was the second last palette, so they are selling quickly.


The box is very cute, it looks like a fancy chocolate bar wrapping and it has the shade names on the back. Other reviews I have seen have shown that this palette comes with a plastic slip inside the palette that also has the shade names on it, but mine didn't come with that, so I'm not sure what happened there.


Inside the box you get the palette and a booklet of three eye looks. I personally think these booklets are a bit of a waste of time because I never use them. I suppose this only comes in handy if you are completely new to makeup and you wanted some step by step guidelines.


The packaging of the palette itself is a metal tin with a magnetic clasp and it looks like a chocolate bar, which is very apt. The palette comes with a reasonable sized mirror in the lid. The total weight of the shadows is 18.9g.


There are 14 shadows and 2 double sized shadows in this palette, and there is a mixture of matte, shimmery and sparkly shades. The matte cream shade and the highlight shade are double the size of the other shades. I can only assume that this is targeted to people who run out of the highlight shades first.

One thing that is important to note is that these shadows have cocoa in them, which makes them smell like chocolate. I personally love this touch, but I can imagine some people being put off by it. You can only smell the chocolate the moment you open the palette or if you directly sniff the eyeshadow pans. You really can't smell the chocolate scent when you applied it.

Top: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate. Middle: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet. Bottom: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate
Top: Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge. Middle: Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto. Bottom: Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

The swatches below are swatches over bare skin without any primer. Obviously these will be more bold when applied over a primer, but I wanted to show the quality of the shadows on their own. All of the shadows are nice and smooth and pigmented. The only two shades that aren't very opaque are the two sparkly shades, but they are still nice quality and can be easily built up, especially over a primer or a cream base.

Top row: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge

Gilded Ganache: A dark khaki toned brown that has a satin base with small gold shimmer particles.

White Chocolate: A matte cream.

Milk Chocolate: A matte caramel brown.

Black Forest Truffle: A dark burgundy shade that has a lot of gold and burgundy glitter. This shade isn't as opaque as the others, but it can be built up easily. It is still nicely pigmented and blends easily.

Triple Fudge: A matte dark cool toned brown, this is a great eyebrow shade if you have dark hair. 

Middle row: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto

Salted Caramel: A matte warm toned orange toned brown. This is a great crease shade to use to use if you want to warm up your eye look.

Marzipan: A classic light peach toned shimmery shade.

Semi-Sweet: A matte mid toned warm red toned brown.

Strawberry Bon Bon: A matte light cool toned pink.

Candied Violet: A sheer shimmery violet with purple glitter. This formula is similar to the Black Forest Truffle shade.

Amaretto: A metallic maroon toned bronze (I am in love with this shade).

Bottom row: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

Hazelnut: A very pigmented warm toned shimmery gold bronze.

Creme Brulee: A metallic dark gold

Haute Chocolate: A metallic bronze

Cherry Cordial: A matte wine shade with some glittery particles. The glitter doesn't show up much on the eye unless it's over a cream base.

Champagne Truffle: A pink toned shimmery white with a gold sheen.

You can see that the vast majority of these shades are very warm toned. I would say that the only shade that is truly cool toned is Candied Violette. I personally love bronze, copper, gold, and maroon toned shades so this is close to my perfect palette, and I will be reaching for this a lot this Autumn. This is a very wearable palette, but it is very different from other "nude" palettes out there, so I don't feel like this overlaps with any of the other palettes I own. This is also the type of palette where you can get a complete eye look (and for me, brow look) from one palette.

Overall, I am very happy I bought this palette, and even though it was almost $70, I think it is worth the money.

What do you think of this palette?

I was sent some new OSiS+ texture products to trial. These are two newest products from the OSiS+ range, and I have previously used the OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder, so I was keen to give these a go.

I received the travel size OSiS+ Refresh Dust (full 223g size retails for $25.95) and the full size OSiS+ Whipped Wax (retail price $28.95).


The OSiS+ Refresh Dust is a really unique product. If you like the texturising powders (like the OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder) but you hate the application method (which is almost like using a salt shaker to apply the powder), then this is pretty much a similar powder but in a spray version. This is much more convenient than the other texturising powders on the market, but it still provides the volume and texture that the powders provide. The thing that I personally don't like about this product is that it does leave a gritty feeling in your hair, but I'm sure if you are big on texturising products then you can easily put up with it.


The OSiS+ Whipped Wax is right up my alley! Since I have short hair, I do often use styling waxes, but I hate the heavy feeling of styling wax. This product is whipped version of a hair wax, so it almost has the texture of a thicker hair mousse and it provides a medium control without it weighing your hair down. This is perfect for pixie cuts or for people who want some control without it weighing down their hair.

Edit: After about 5 uses of this, the nozzle got stuck and the pressure leaked out... so when I went to use it on the 6th time it was empty. I am hoping this is just a law with my can. 


That's my mini review of some of the new OSiS+ products. I really love the concept of the Whipped Wax for my personal hair needs, and I can imagine this being a staple in my haircare routine.

Have you used any OSiS+ products before?

New Schwarzkopf OSiS+ texture products

March 18, 2014


I was sent some new OSiS+ texture products to trial. These are two newest products from the OSiS+ range, and I have previously used the OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder, so I was keen to give these a go.

I received the travel size OSiS+ Refresh Dust (full 223g size retails for $25.95) and the full size OSiS+ Whipped Wax (retail price $28.95).


The OSiS+ Refresh Dust is a really unique product. If you like the texturising powders (like the OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder) but you hate the application method (which is almost like using a salt shaker to apply the powder), then this is pretty much a similar powder but in a spray version. This is much more convenient than the other texturising powders on the market, but it still provides the volume and texture that the powders provide. The thing that I personally don't like about this product is that it does leave a gritty feeling in your hair, but I'm sure if you are big on texturising products then you can easily put up with it.


The OSiS+ Whipped Wax is right up my alley! Since I have short hair, I do often use styling waxes, but I hate the heavy feeling of styling wax. This product is whipped version of a hair wax, so it almost has the texture of a thicker hair mousse and it provides a medium control without it weighing your hair down. This is perfect for pixie cuts or for people who want some control without it weighing down their hair.

Edit: After about 5 uses of this, the nozzle got stuck and the pressure leaked out... so when I went to use it on the 6th time it was empty. I am hoping this is just a law with my can. 


That's my mini review of some of the new OSiS+ products. I really love the concept of the Whipped Wax for my personal hair needs, and I can imagine this being a staple in my haircare routine.

Have you used any OSiS+ products before?

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