2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH

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The time has come for the final monthly favourites of 2015. There aren't too many products in this months favourites because I have been mainly focusing on what products will make the cut for my top products of 2015, and I totally forget to keep track of my favourites for the month.

Let's get onto it!

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex - This is probably my most favourite product of December... I am completely in love! This is an anti-ageing hand cream that uses similar ingredients and science as anti-ageing face creams. I have been applying this in the evening for about a month now and my hands have been so smooth and the fine lines and texture have diminished drastically! This is also thick but isn't greasy so it will also be great for day time usage. This is going to be released in Priceline in January and I can't wait! The tube that I have is the travel size which retails for $14 and the 100ml will retail for $35. I HIGHLY recommend trying this hand cream if you want to reduce the effects of ageing on your hands.

Bare Minerals The Regal Wardrobe - My next favourite product of the month is this Christmas set by Bare Minerals. This also contains 4 face powders but I am particularly obsessed with the eyeshadows. They are pigmented, buttery, blendable and are great colours! These eyeshadows contain great shades that will suit all seasons and you can do complete eye looks with this one palettes because it has a great mix of mattes and shimmers. This is still available at some Mecca Maxima stores (I saw them in Melbourne Central earlier this week) and if you want to see a full review and swatches then check out my blog post.

Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette - Next to the Bare Minerals palette, the Smashbox Crush has been my favourite palette of December. This has a beautiful highlighter, a matte bronzer and four blushes. Most of the shades have lovely pigmentation except for the one deeper berry pink shade. If you want to see swatches then check out my review here

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Estee Lauder Cyber Metallic Eyeshadow in 02 Cyber Pink - I was poking around my makeup collection and found this frosty pink eyeshadow that I never use. I have been desperately seeking a true pink highlighter lately so I started using this as a highlighter and I adore it! Sure, I wouldn't recommend buying an Estee Lauder eye shadow just for highlighting purposes but if you have a light pink eyeshadow that you never use, try it as a highlighter! Swatch below. 

Maybelline Color Sensational The Elixir 06 Nude Illusion - I have been loving this lip gloss this month. On the "no makeup" makeup days (which there have been many because it's been so hot) I have been reaching for this lip gloss for a "my lips but better" effect. This gives a lot of shine, a nice amount of colour, lovely hydration and it lasts hours on the lips without being too sticky!

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Huile Oil - My hair has been particularly frizzy this month so I have been applying a heavy hair oil in my hair the night before shampooing and it has been working wonders as a pre shampoo treatment. I recommend this to anyone who wants softer hair and has a graveyard of hair oils in their bathroom!

Harvest Garden Soaps - I did a full review of these soaps but I thought they are worth mentioning in my favourites. I have three Harvest Garden soaps (one on my skin, one in my shower and one unused) and they are fantastic natural soaps that lather beautifully, aren't drying on the skin, they smell nice and some of them contain natural exfoliating ingredients which have been fantastic to use after a hot day. If you are a soap lover then check out my full review here

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Those are my final monthly favourites for 2015, don't forget to check back to see what my top products of 2015 are!

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December 2015 Favourites

December 29, 2015


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The time has come for the final monthly favourites of 2015. There aren't too many products in this months favourites because I have been mainly focusing on what products will make the cut for my top products of 2015, and I totally forget to keep track of my favourites for the month.

Let's get onto it!

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex - This is probably my most favourite product of December... I am completely in love! This is an anti-ageing hand cream that uses similar ingredients and science as anti-ageing face creams. I have been applying this in the evening for about a month now and my hands have been so smooth and the fine lines and texture have diminished drastically! This is also thick but isn't greasy so it will also be great for day time usage. This is going to be released in Priceline in January and I can't wait! The tube that I have is the travel size which retails for $14 and the 100ml will retail for $35. I HIGHLY recommend trying this hand cream if you want to reduce the effects of ageing on your hands.

Bare Minerals The Regal Wardrobe - My next favourite product of the month is this Christmas set by Bare Minerals. This also contains 4 face powders but I am particularly obsessed with the eyeshadows. They are pigmented, buttery, blendable and are great colours! These eyeshadows contain great shades that will suit all seasons and you can do complete eye looks with this one palettes because it has a great mix of mattes and shimmers. This is still available at some Mecca Maxima stores (I saw them in Melbourne Central earlier this week) and if you want to see a full review and swatches then check out my blog post.

Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette - Next to the Bare Minerals palette, the Smashbox Crush has been my favourite palette of December. This has a beautiful highlighter, a matte bronzer and four blushes. Most of the shades have lovely pigmentation except for the one deeper berry pink shade. If you want to see swatches then check out my review here

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Estee Lauder Cyber Metallic Eyeshadow in 02 Cyber Pink - I was poking around my makeup collection and found this frosty pink eyeshadow that I never use. I have been desperately seeking a true pink highlighter lately so I started using this as a highlighter and I adore it! Sure, I wouldn't recommend buying an Estee Lauder eye shadow just for highlighting purposes but if you have a light pink eyeshadow that you never use, try it as a highlighter! Swatch below. 

Maybelline Color Sensational The Elixir 06 Nude Illusion - I have been loving this lip gloss this month. On the "no makeup" makeup days (which there have been many because it's been so hot) I have been reaching for this lip gloss for a "my lips but better" effect. This gives a lot of shine, a nice amount of colour, lovely hydration and it lasts hours on the lips without being too sticky!

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Huile Oil - My hair has been particularly frizzy this month so I have been applying a heavy hair oil in my hair the night before shampooing and it has been working wonders as a pre shampoo treatment. I recommend this to anyone who wants softer hair and has a graveyard of hair oils in their bathroom!

Harvest Garden Soaps - I did a full review of these soaps but I thought they are worth mentioning in my favourites. I have three Harvest Garden soaps (one on my skin, one in my shower and one unused) and they are fantastic natural soaps that lather beautifully, aren't drying on the skin, they smell nice and some of them contain natural exfoliating ingredients which have been fantastic to use after a hot day. If you are a soap lover then check out my full review here

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Those are my final monthly favourites for 2015, don't forget to check back to see what my top products of 2015 are!

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Ho Ho Ho! Just call me Ms Claus because I have a super exciting Christmas giveaway for you!

I have teamed up with the ever so lovely Hailey from The Beauty In Life blog and WTF..Zar on YouTube to giveaway a Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette... yep, that's right! These babies are super hard to get your hands on if you live anywhere other than the US so we have tracked one down for you! If you are not familiar with this palette then check out my full review and swatch post here.

Now here are the rules...

It starts on 24th December and will be open for 2 weeks (check the Rafflecopter below for exact times). 

Entering is simple, you just need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post and to gain one entry you must be a subscriber to either my YouTube channel or Hailey's channel. You can gain additional entries by following us on our blogs and social media. 




It is open internationally and you must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter as if you win we will need your postal address.

All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.

The winner will be announced on social media and on our blogs, so make sure you keep and eye out for the announcement! After the winner is drawn I will send out a notification email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. If for any reason you know you will not be able to respond to correspondence on the competition close date (out of town, scheduled maintenance of internet, whatever) please just shoot either of us an email so we know, we will be more accommodating for situations like this.

Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, we highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with us and we would never sell or use your email address for personal gain.

Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at our own cost.


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Christmas Giveaway!

December 24, 2015

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Ho Ho Ho! Just call me Ms Claus because I have a super exciting Christmas giveaway for you!

I have teamed up with the ever so lovely Hailey from The Beauty In Life blog and WTF..Zar on YouTube to giveaway a Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette... yep, that's right! These babies are super hard to get your hands on if you live anywhere other than the US so we have tracked one down for you! If you are not familiar with this palette then check out my full review and swatch post here.

Now here are the rules...

It starts on 24th December and will be open for 2 weeks (check the Rafflecopter below for exact times). 

Entering is simple, you just need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post and to gain one entry you must be a subscriber to either my YouTube channel or Hailey's channel. You can gain additional entries by following us on our blogs and social media. 




It is open internationally and you must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter as if you win we will need your postal address.

All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.

The winner will be announced on social media and on our blogs, so make sure you keep and eye out for the announcement! After the winner is drawn I will send out a notification email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. If for any reason you know you will not be able to respond to correspondence on the competition close date (out of town, scheduled maintenance of internet, whatever) please just shoot either of us an email so we know, we will be more accommodating for situations like this.

Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, we highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with us and we would never sell or use your email address for personal gain.

Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at our own cost.


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There are some palettes that you look at and think "that is my perfect palette, I need it in my life and I swear I will use it everyday and it will be totally worth the investment!" ...that's exactly what I thought about the Becca Ombre Rouge Palette.

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The Becca Ombre Rouge Palette is the second eye shadow palette released from Becca (the first being the Becca Ombre Nude Palette). This is set out the same way as the Ombre Nude Palette which has 5 neutral brown shades that has a gradation from a cream shade through to the deeper shades. The Ombre Rouge Palette is similar but instead of neutral browns it is a beautiful warm toned palette that contains a cream, a couple of warm mid toned shades and a couple of deeper burnt orange/sienna shades. I am a lover of burnt orange and warm shadows so this palette looked like the palette of my dreams!

This palette is not cheap! I bought mine from Lipstick Republic where it is currently on sale for AU$64 instead of the usual AU$70 (also use the code "kitschsnitch" for 10% off your order). This contains 8g of product in total (1.6g per shade). You also get an eye chart which tells you how best to apply these shadows for your eye shape.

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The packaging is super sleek and beautiful quality. It is a reflective metal (or heavy fancy plastic?) palette with a huge mirror in the lid and a sturdy clip closure. This is the perfect travel palette because it is very compact, very sturdy and the large mirror makes it easy to apply your makeup.

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The shades don't have names (besides 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). There is a matte cream, a satin rosy mauve, a satin peachy nude, a matte burnt orange and a matte deep sienna brown. All of the shades have a beautifully buttery formula with great pigmentation and apply really smoothly. I also love that all of these shades are very wearable and you can create a whole eye look using the one palette. None of the shades are glittery and garish and they should all work well on all ages.

I do want to note that when I apply this over a primer the colours tend to look slightly darker than what it looks in the pan or swatched onto dry skin, and that's probably because of the strong pigmentation of the shades and the fact that they really cling to a base.

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I don't know if you are sensing a "but" coming along, it is coming! This is a beautiful palette BUT I do think that it has its downfalls. There are two things that disappoint me about this palette. Firstly, the shades look very different and unique in the pan but I find that they muddy together very easily when applied and it's very hard to distinguish between the shades. This might be because they are possibly too buttery and smooth and they tend to spread and blend more than normal eye shadows. Whether I apply one of the satin shades on the lid with one of the deeper matte shades in the crease/outer corner, you can't really tell which shades I am using because they give a very similar effect. When I first used this palette I used all five shades on my eyes and it gave the look of one burnt orange shade, there was no differentiation between each of the shades. Because of this I find that the five shades are a bit of a waste, you could easily get the same look with just a trio of the cream, one satin and one dark matte shade. My favourite way to wear this palette has been by applying the cream all over the lid, one of the deeper shades lightly in the crease and one of the satin shades on the lower lash line. This tends to make a natural and pretty look with the shades looking quite distinct... but once again, that could be done with a trio.

Secondly I find that these shades crease on me. I always apply a base to my eye shadows and haven't had creasing issues for years and years (unless I use really cheap shadows or no base) but when I use this palette there is noticeable creasing by the end of the day. I have tried this with various primers and even my favourite MAC Prolong Wear Pain Point and it still creases! Sure, the creasing isn't major but for the price of this palette I would expect the shadows to last a lot better than it does.

Overall I am not as obsessed with this palette as I would have liked to have been and I am a little disappointed because of the price tag. I am still happy to use this as a work palette or along side another palette (to add a little more depth to the look) but I was expecting to be shouting my love for this palette from the rooftops but instead I just think it's alright.

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Becca Ombre Rouge Palette - review & swatches

December 22, 2015

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There are some palettes that you look at and think "that is my perfect palette, I need it in my life and I swear I will use it everyday and it will be totally worth the investment!" ...that's exactly what I thought about the Becca Ombre Rouge Palette.

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The Becca Ombre Rouge Palette is the second eye shadow palette released from Becca (the first being the Becca Ombre Nude Palette). This is set out the same way as the Ombre Nude Palette which has 5 neutral brown shades that has a gradation from a cream shade through to the deeper shades. The Ombre Rouge Palette is similar but instead of neutral browns it is a beautiful warm toned palette that contains a cream, a couple of warm mid toned shades and a couple of deeper burnt orange/sienna shades. I am a lover of burnt orange and warm shadows so this palette looked like the palette of my dreams!

This palette is not cheap! I bought mine from Lipstick Republic where it is currently on sale for AU$64 instead of the usual AU$70 (also use the code "kitschsnitch" for 10% off your order). This contains 8g of product in total (1.6g per shade). You also get an eye chart which tells you how best to apply these shadows for your eye shape.

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The packaging is super sleek and beautiful quality. It is a reflective metal (or heavy fancy plastic?) palette with a huge mirror in the lid and a sturdy clip closure. This is the perfect travel palette because it is very compact, very sturdy and the large mirror makes it easy to apply your makeup.

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The shades don't have names (besides 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). There is a matte cream, a satin rosy mauve, a satin peachy nude, a matte burnt orange and a matte deep sienna brown. All of the shades have a beautifully buttery formula with great pigmentation and apply really smoothly. I also love that all of these shades are very wearable and you can create a whole eye look using the one palette. None of the shades are glittery and garish and they should all work well on all ages.

I do want to note that when I apply this over a primer the colours tend to look slightly darker than what it looks in the pan or swatched onto dry skin, and that's probably because of the strong pigmentation of the shades and the fact that they really cling to a base.

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I don't know if you are sensing a "but" coming along, it is coming! This is a beautiful palette BUT I do think that it has its downfalls. There are two things that disappoint me about this palette. Firstly, the shades look very different and unique in the pan but I find that they muddy together very easily when applied and it's very hard to distinguish between the shades. This might be because they are possibly too buttery and smooth and they tend to spread and blend more than normal eye shadows. Whether I apply one of the satin shades on the lid with one of the deeper matte shades in the crease/outer corner, you can't really tell which shades I am using because they give a very similar effect. When I first used this palette I used all five shades on my eyes and it gave the look of one burnt orange shade, there was no differentiation between each of the shades. Because of this I find that the five shades are a bit of a waste, you could easily get the same look with just a trio of the cream, one satin and one dark matte shade. My favourite way to wear this palette has been by applying the cream all over the lid, one of the deeper shades lightly in the crease and one of the satin shades on the lower lash line. This tends to make a natural and pretty look with the shades looking quite distinct... but once again, that could be done with a trio.

Secondly I find that these shades crease on me. I always apply a base to my eye shadows and haven't had creasing issues for years and years (unless I use really cheap shadows or no base) but when I use this palette there is noticeable creasing by the end of the day. I have tried this with various primers and even my favourite MAC Prolong Wear Pain Point and it still creases! Sure, the creasing isn't major but for the price of this palette I would expect the shadows to last a lot better than it does.

Overall I am not as obsessed with this palette as I would have liked to have been and I am a little disappointed because of the price tag. I am still happy to use this as a work palette or along side another palette (to add a little more depth to the look) but I was expecting to be shouting my love for this palette from the rooftops but instead I just think it's alright.

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Christmas is so soon that it's scary! If you after a last minute beauty gift then I have your back. These are just some quick packs and stocking stuffers that would suit any beauty lover.

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First is the Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set which is a great set for any person starting out with makeup, or even for someone who has a huge makeup collection - we all need more brushes right?!! This set contains the Multi-Task Brush, the Tapered Foundation Brush, the Base Shadow Brush (one of my favourote and most used eye shadow brushes), the Angled Highlighter Brush, the Fine Liner Brush and a clutch! This retails for $79.99 from the Real Techniques website.

Next is the Mecca Cosmetica Golden Lip de-Luscious SPF 25 which is a luxurious lip balm that comes in it's own gorgeous gift box. This would make for a great Kris Kringle present or stocking stuffer for people who like high quality products. The lip balm itself is thick, smooth, and you only need a small amount to give your lips hydration and shine. My favourite parts of this lip balm is the beautiful pink micro shimmer that this contains and the soft marshmallow scent. You can get this from the Mecca website for $30.00.

For a more affordable lip alternative, check out the range of Revo Lip Balms for under $5. These are domed lip balms that come in many different colours and scents and they give a great moisturised effect with really delicious scents and without any stickiness or shine. The white lip balm pictured is a coconut, and you could pair it with the watermelon (green) and cherry (red) to make a really cute Christmas gift. You can buy these in store at Priceline for $4.99 each.

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Lastly we have some exciting packs from NUXE and Benefit.

Any skincare lover would love to receive the NUXE Love From Paris Gift Set. This contains full sizes of the NUXE Contour des Yeux Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream and Creme Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Mousturising Cream together with a limited edition bottle of the Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. I really enjoy NUXE products and this pack is a great way to try some of their most popular skincare products. This retails for $59.95 and you can buy it from Adore Beauty.

Lastly is any of the Benefit gift packs that you can buy in store or online at Myer. I love the Benefit Christmas limited edition packs because there are heaps to choose from, they are awesome value, and they are a great way to sample a range of Benefit products. This pack that I have is the Pret a Party Kit and it contains a full size They're Real! Mascara, a full size Benetint, a deluxe samples of the POREfessional and a mini Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium. This pack retails for $69.00.

I can't believe Christmas is at the end of the week! Have you done all of your Christmas shopping? I know I haven't!

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Some of these products were send for review and some were purchased by me. All of my reviews are my honest opinion.

Last Minute Gift Ideas - Beauty

December 21, 2015

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Christmas is so soon that it's scary! If you after a last minute beauty gift then I have your back. These are just some quick packs and stocking stuffers that would suit any beauty lover.

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First is the Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set which is a great set for any person starting out with makeup, or even for someone who has a huge makeup collection - we all need more brushes right?!! This set contains the Multi-Task Brush, the Tapered Foundation Brush, the Base Shadow Brush (one of my favourote and most used eye shadow brushes), the Angled Highlighter Brush, the Fine Liner Brush and a clutch! This retails for $79.99 from the Real Techniques website.

Next is the Mecca Cosmetica Golden Lip de-Luscious SPF 25 which is a luxurious lip balm that comes in it's own gorgeous gift box. This would make for a great Kris Kringle present or stocking stuffer for people who like high quality products. The lip balm itself is thick, smooth, and you only need a small amount to give your lips hydration and shine. My favourite parts of this lip balm is the beautiful pink micro shimmer that this contains and the soft marshmallow scent. You can get this from the Mecca website for $30.00.

For a more affordable lip alternative, check out the range of Revo Lip Balms for under $5. These are domed lip balms that come in many different colours and scents and they give a great moisturised effect with really delicious scents and without any stickiness or shine. The white lip balm pictured is a coconut, and you could pair it with the watermelon (green) and cherry (red) to make a really cute Christmas gift. You can buy these in store at Priceline for $4.99 each.

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Lastly we have some exciting packs from NUXE and Benefit.

Any skincare lover would love to receive the NUXE Love From Paris Gift Set. This contains full sizes of the NUXE Contour des Yeux Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream and Creme Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Mousturising Cream together with a limited edition bottle of the Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. I really enjoy NUXE products and this pack is a great way to try some of their most popular skincare products. This retails for $59.95 and you can buy it from Adore Beauty.

Lastly is any of the Benefit gift packs that you can buy in store or online at Myer. I love the Benefit Christmas limited edition packs because there are heaps to choose from, they are awesome value, and they are a great way to sample a range of Benefit products. This pack that I have is the Pret a Party Kit and it contains a full size They're Real! Mascara, a full size Benetint, a deluxe samples of the POREfessional and a mini Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium. This pack retails for $69.00.

I can't believe Christmas is at the end of the week! Have you done all of your Christmas shopping? I know I haven't!

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Hey lovelies! I did a bit of a makeup tips and tricks video and I thought I would also share it on my blog. One of the biggest criticisms I receive on YouTube is the fact that I have moles/beauty spots. Over the years I have started embracing them and filling them in to make them look more put together and on fleek... just like how I need to fill in my brows every day. Here is my video with tips on how to cover moles but also how to emphasise moles!

I hope this helps a few people out there :)

Moles/Beauty Spots Tips & Tricks

December 19, 2015

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Hey lovelies! I did a bit of a makeup tips and tricks video and I thought I would also share it on my blog. One of the biggest criticisms I receive on YouTube is the fact that I have moles/beauty spots. Over the years I have started embracing them and filling them in to make them look more put together and on fleek... just like how I need to fill in my brows every day. Here is my video with tips on how to cover moles but also how to emphasise moles!

I hope this helps a few people out there :)

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Christmas is a super exciting time of the year in the beauty community because brands bring out limited edition products! I would love to say that this post is about a great Christmas gift idea, but in all honesty I bought these for me... and you will probably buy them for you. This is more of a double whammy review of two limited edition palettes that I bought from Mecca recently and really highly recommend.

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The two palettes I bought are the BareMinerals - The Regal Wardrobe which retails for AU$58.00 from Mecca and it is currently still available online (and see which stores have it in stock), and the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette which retails for AU$66.00 and is currently sold out on the Mecca website but you can look up which stores have it in stock.
The rationale behind buying these palettes (because we can always find a good excuse to justify makeup purchases) was that I was umming and ahhing about the limited edition NARS Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette (which retail for $100) but I had a couple of shades in that palette and thought that I can almost get these two palettes for the price of that one NARS palette... and then the transaction was complete!

Let's start with the BareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe.
 
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This is a cardboard palette that has a magnetic closure and it folds out to have three sections - mirror, eye shadows and face powders. I really like how this folds down to a compact sturdy pack (great for storage and traveling), but I find that it's a little annoying when you have it folded out completely. This isn't the type of palette that you can hold comfortably when using it, and it takes up a lot of room when folded out so it needs quite a large surface. I think this would have been better if it didn't have the mirror, since the mirror is hard to use when it is completely folded out anyway.

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left to right: Natural, Cognac, Namaste, Treasure Hunt, 500 Thread Count, Romp, Flash,  Regal
The hidden gem with this palette is the eyeshadows. You can see above that all of them are crazy smooth, pigmented and buttery. There are eight shades in total and the top row is warm toned and the bottom row is cool toned. Both rows have two shimmers and two mattes so you can get a really nicely balanced eye look with this one palette. The one shade that is quite hard to see in the photo above is Natural since it almost matches my skin tone perfectly, but it is a nice smooth and even shade. You can see that the formula is perfect with all shades - the mattes, the metallic and the shimmery shades all apply amazingly with one swatch and without any primer.

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top to bottom: The Love Letter, The Brilliant Sunset, The Skinny Dip, The Summer Fling

The face powders in this palette are nice, but they don't blow me away as much as the eye shadows do. You get two blushes (one soft peach and one dusky mauve), a nude/pink highlighter and a bronzer that has a slight gold sheen. The bendability is great and the shades are very wearable and aren't overly pigmented. I really like the combination of the soft matte peachy cheek with the highlighter and bronzer (I would wear the mauve shade more in the cooler months). The highlighter can be applied lightly for a more natural highlight or built up for a brighter sheen (which is what I do) and on my skin tone I can use the bronzer as a soft contour (the slight sheen doesn't show up too much on the skin), but would also be great for warming up the complexion. The face powders help make this palette a perfect travel companion, but I would love to see BareMinerals bring out a palette that has double the amount of eye shadows instead of the face powders, since the eyeshadows are their strongest performing products in my opinion.

Onto the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette.

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This is also a sleek cardboard palette that is very sturdy, has a large mirror and a magnetic closure. I particularly like the design on this one.

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left to right: Shimmer, Warm Apricot, Guava, Suntan, Rosy, Rosette
BAM! This is a face palette that really packs a punch! This contains six shades - one highlighter, one contour/bronzer and four blushes (two large pans and two small pans). The pigmentation and blendability of these products are generally pretty good. I was mainly sold on the palette because the highlighter was so amazing! The highlighter is called Shimmer and it is a shimmery nude pink (similar to the one in the BareMinerals one, but more bold) and the formula is divine! It is so pigmented and a little goes a long way. This could look too silvery and cool toned on deeper skin tones, but people with fair to medium skin tones will love this. The contour shade (Suntan) is a matte warm brown and can be used as a contour or bronzer depending on your skin tone, the pigmentation and blendability is quite nice. The blushes are also lovely - there is a shimmery coral (Warm Apricot), a satin peach (Guava), a deep berry with a matte base and some shimmer (Rosy) and a matte cool toned pink (Rosette). Most shades have nice pigmentation, blend well and can be applied lightly or built up. The only shade I didn't love was Rosy as it was a little firmer and less pigmented - but it's better to have deeper shades less pigmented so you are able to slowly build them up. I do think that some of the blush shades seemed too repetitive and I would have loved to see maybe Rosy swapped out for more of a nude blush and maybe Guava lightened a bit.

Overall I really love these palettes and think they are both great value for money. If you want a great travel palette and you love a nice eye shadow then check out the BareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe. If you love playing with blushes/contouring/highlighting then definitely check out the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette.

Christmas Palette Picks

December 16, 2015

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Christmas is a super exciting time of the year in the beauty community because brands bring out limited edition products! I would love to say that this post is about a great Christmas gift idea, but in all honesty I bought these for me... and you will probably buy them for you. This is more of a double whammy review of two limited edition palettes that I bought from Mecca recently and really highly recommend.

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The two palettes I bought are the BareMinerals - The Regal Wardrobe which retails for AU$58.00 from Mecca and it is currently still available online (and see which stores have it in stock), and the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette which retails for AU$66.00 and is currently sold out on the Mecca website but you can look up which stores have it in stock.
The rationale behind buying these palettes (because we can always find a good excuse to justify makeup purchases) was that I was umming and ahhing about the limited edition NARS Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette (which retail for $100) but I had a couple of shades in that palette and thought that I can almost get these two palettes for the price of that one NARS palette... and then the transaction was complete!

Let's start with the BareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe.
 
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This is a cardboard palette that has a magnetic closure and it folds out to have three sections - mirror, eye shadows and face powders. I really like how this folds down to a compact sturdy pack (great for storage and traveling), but I find that it's a little annoying when you have it folded out completely. This isn't the type of palette that you can hold comfortably when using it, and it takes up a lot of room when folded out so it needs quite a large surface. I think this would have been better if it didn't have the mirror, since the mirror is hard to use when it is completely folded out anyway.

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left to right: Natural, Cognac, Namaste, Treasure Hunt, 500 Thread Count, Romp, Flash,  Regal
The hidden gem with this palette is the eyeshadows. You can see above that all of them are crazy smooth, pigmented and buttery. There are eight shades in total and the top row is warm toned and the bottom row is cool toned. Both rows have two shimmers and two mattes so you can get a really nicely balanced eye look with this one palette. The one shade that is quite hard to see in the photo above is Natural since it almost matches my skin tone perfectly, but it is a nice smooth and even shade. You can see that the formula is perfect with all shades - the mattes, the metallic and the shimmery shades all apply amazingly with one swatch and without any primer.

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top to bottom: The Love Letter, The Brilliant Sunset, The Skinny Dip, The Summer Fling

The face powders in this palette are nice, but they don't blow me away as much as the eye shadows do. You get two blushes (one soft peach and one dusky mauve), a nude/pink highlighter and a bronzer that has a slight gold sheen. The bendability is great and the shades are very wearable and aren't overly pigmented. I really like the combination of the soft matte peachy cheek with the highlighter and bronzer (I would wear the mauve shade more in the cooler months). The highlighter can be applied lightly for a more natural highlight or built up for a brighter sheen (which is what I do) and on my skin tone I can use the bronzer as a soft contour (the slight sheen doesn't show up too much on the skin), but would also be great for warming up the complexion. The face powders help make this palette a perfect travel companion, but I would love to see BareMinerals bring out a palette that has double the amount of eye shadows instead of the face powders, since the eyeshadows are their strongest performing products in my opinion.

Onto the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette.

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This is also a sleek cardboard palette that is very sturdy, has a large mirror and a magnetic closure. I particularly like the design on this one.

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left to right: Shimmer, Warm Apricot, Guava, Suntan, Rosy, Rosette
BAM! This is a face palette that really packs a punch! This contains six shades - one highlighter, one contour/bronzer and four blushes (two large pans and two small pans). The pigmentation and blendability of these products are generally pretty good. I was mainly sold on the palette because the highlighter was so amazing! The highlighter is called Shimmer and it is a shimmery nude pink (similar to the one in the BareMinerals one, but more bold) and the formula is divine! It is so pigmented and a little goes a long way. This could look too silvery and cool toned on deeper skin tones, but people with fair to medium skin tones will love this. The contour shade (Suntan) is a matte warm brown and can be used as a contour or bronzer depending on your skin tone, the pigmentation and blendability is quite nice. The blushes are also lovely - there is a shimmery coral (Warm Apricot), a satin peach (Guava), a deep berry with a matte base and some shimmer (Rosy) and a matte cool toned pink (Rosette). Most shades have nice pigmentation, blend well and can be applied lightly or built up. The only shade I didn't love was Rosy as it was a little firmer and less pigmented - but it's better to have deeper shades less pigmented so you are able to slowly build them up. I do think that some of the blush shades seemed too repetitive and I would have loved to see maybe Rosy swapped out for more of a nude blush and maybe Guava lightened a bit.

Overall I really love these palettes and think they are both great value for money. If you want a great travel palette and you love a nice eye shadow then check out the BareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe. If you love playing with blushes/contouring/highlighting then definitely check out the Smashbox Crush On Blush Palette.

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There are times where I have one shampoo and one conditioner in my shower and other times where I have numerous! Right now I have around 6 or 7, so I thought I would do a mini review of five more unusual shampoos I currently have in my shower.

Hanz De Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hanz De Fuko is a really interesting brand that has only come to my attention recently. It is a San Francisco based brand and is used by people like David Beckham. This is mainly targeted to men, but it's a great unisex brand (even though all hair products are technically unisex) as the packaging looks very gender neutral and the shampoo has a nice soft herbal eucalyptus type scent to it. The shampoo is a gentle cleanser that contains over 16 plant extracts and is sulphate and paraben free. I also love the conditioner in this range as it has a fresh spearmint scent and together they are very effective at cleaning the hair without stripping it or adding any build up. You can get this from Sephora Australia for $26 or from the international Hanz De Fuko website.

Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
If you are after a clarifying shampoo then look no further! The Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo has saved my hair on numerous occasions and I am obsessed - it has hit holy grail status for me. This is a weird sludge that has large chunks of salt in it so it seems very peculiar when your first use it. If you apply this to dirty hair then it doesn't lather, so the best way to use it is to shampoo first with another shampoo and then do a second shampoo using a small amount of BIG. This shampoo strips any build up and grime from your hair and it leaves you hair smooth, soft and extremely volumised. I use this roughly once a week or when needed. I wish that this shampoo has finer pieces of salt because the large crystals end up falling off or getting stuck in your hair... but it's worth the hassle! This retails for $27.50 for a 330g tub, but the tub lasts a long time! Check this out at the Lush website.

HIF Intensive Detox and Hydration Support
HIF (Hair Is Fabric) is a really interesting brand that falls under the umbrella company Deciem. Deciem is a company that has over 10 brands associated with it and they are known for using new science and doing things differently to get great results and change up the beauty industry. Deciem brands have started trickling onto the Australian market recently and HIF products will be stocked in Priceline in March 2016. Check out the whole range and more information at the HIF website.

The HIF products are a one step cleansing conditioner that cleans the hair and scalp by removing the dirt and impurities and leaving the hair fabric undamaged. They say that this is like a dry cleaning effect for the hair.  There are 15 products in the HIF range and they are all designed for different hair types and hair needs and they retail from $40 to $70. Some examples of the products in the range are Growth Support, Anti-Aging Support, Silver Hue Support and Anti-Frizz Support.

Each of the different types of HIF products have a "cleansing coeffient" value and a "conditioning coefficient" value which are ratings of how much they cleanse the hair and how much they condition the hair. The Intensive Detox has a cleansing coefficient of 10 and conditioning coefficient of 5, whereas the Hydration Support has cleansing 6 and conditioning 8. The directions are the same for each product and you simply work this into your hair, leave it for three minutes and then rise.

Now I want to make it abundantly clear that it is VERY important to pick the product that suits your hair type. I really like the effect that the Intense Detox has on my hair as it cleans the hair really well and it is very easy to use, however I detested the Hydration Support! I have quite limp hair that requires a lot of volume in the roots and that can easily be weighed down with too much product. Also my hair is only slightly colour treated and isn't very dry or damaged. When I used the Hydration Support it felt like I hadn't washed out the product (even though I rinsed my hair for minutes) and my hair was left so heavy and had so much residue, it was disgusting. This residue couldn't be washed out with normal shampoo and required the Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo to remove it. I would only recommend this Hydration Support to people who have very brittle damaged hair and love the heavy effect that products like coconut oil have on their hair. So even though these products are very interesting, be super careful with the one you choose for your hair because they aren't like normal shampoos that all tend to work in a similar way.

Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo Intense
Grow Gorgeous is another Deciem brand that is launching at Priceline in March 2016 and I wanted to give it a quick mention because if you have thinning hair then this might become your new friend. I have only used this a few times so I haven't noticed any great difference in my hair, but it contains amino acids, caffeine, proteins, biotin and B-vitamins that are supposed to help increase hair density and thickness. I will continue to use this and see if I notice much of a difference in my hair density. This retails for $40 and there are other products in the range like serums, conditioners and masks. Check out more information at the Grow Gorgeous website.

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Those are some of the more interesting shampoos that I have been trying lately. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?


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Interesting shampoos

December 14, 2015

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There are times where I have one shampoo and one conditioner in my shower and other times where I have numerous! Right now I have around 6 or 7, so I thought I would do a mini review of five more unusual shampoos I currently have in my shower.

Hanz De Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hanz De Fuko is a really interesting brand that has only come to my attention recently. It is a San Francisco based brand and is used by people like David Beckham. This is mainly targeted to men, but it's a great unisex brand (even though all hair products are technically unisex) as the packaging looks very gender neutral and the shampoo has a nice soft herbal eucalyptus type scent to it. The shampoo is a gentle cleanser that contains over 16 plant extracts and is sulphate and paraben free. I also love the conditioner in this range as it has a fresh spearmint scent and together they are very effective at cleaning the hair without stripping it or adding any build up. You can get this from Sephora Australia for $26 or from the international Hanz De Fuko website.

Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
If you are after a clarifying shampoo then look no further! The Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo has saved my hair on numerous occasions and I am obsessed - it has hit holy grail status for me. This is a weird sludge that has large chunks of salt in it so it seems very peculiar when your first use it. If you apply this to dirty hair then it doesn't lather, so the best way to use it is to shampoo first with another shampoo and then do a second shampoo using a small amount of BIG. This shampoo strips any build up and grime from your hair and it leaves you hair smooth, soft and extremely volumised. I use this roughly once a week or when needed. I wish that this shampoo has finer pieces of salt because the large crystals end up falling off or getting stuck in your hair... but it's worth the hassle! This retails for $27.50 for a 330g tub, but the tub lasts a long time! Check this out at the Lush website.

HIF Intensive Detox and Hydration Support
HIF (Hair Is Fabric) is a really interesting brand that falls under the umbrella company Deciem. Deciem is a company that has over 10 brands associated with it and they are known for using new science and doing things differently to get great results and change up the beauty industry. Deciem brands have started trickling onto the Australian market recently and HIF products will be stocked in Priceline in March 2016. Check out the whole range and more information at the HIF website.

The HIF products are a one step cleansing conditioner that cleans the hair and scalp by removing the dirt and impurities and leaving the hair fabric undamaged. They say that this is like a dry cleaning effect for the hair.  There are 15 products in the HIF range and they are all designed for different hair types and hair needs and they retail from $40 to $70. Some examples of the products in the range are Growth Support, Anti-Aging Support, Silver Hue Support and Anti-Frizz Support.

Each of the different types of HIF products have a "cleansing coeffient" value and a "conditioning coefficient" value which are ratings of how much they cleanse the hair and how much they condition the hair. The Intensive Detox has a cleansing coefficient of 10 and conditioning coefficient of 5, whereas the Hydration Support has cleansing 6 and conditioning 8. The directions are the same for each product and you simply work this into your hair, leave it for three minutes and then rise.

Now I want to make it abundantly clear that it is VERY important to pick the product that suits your hair type. I really like the effect that the Intense Detox has on my hair as it cleans the hair really well and it is very easy to use, however I detested the Hydration Support! I have quite limp hair that requires a lot of volume in the roots and that can easily be weighed down with too much product. Also my hair is only slightly colour treated and isn't very dry or damaged. When I used the Hydration Support it felt like I hadn't washed out the product (even though I rinsed my hair for minutes) and my hair was left so heavy and had so much residue, it was disgusting. This residue couldn't be washed out with normal shampoo and required the Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo to remove it. I would only recommend this Hydration Support to people who have very brittle damaged hair and love the heavy effect that products like coconut oil have on their hair. So even though these products are very interesting, be super careful with the one you choose for your hair because they aren't like normal shampoos that all tend to work in a similar way.

Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo Intense
Grow Gorgeous is another Deciem brand that is launching at Priceline in March 2016 and I wanted to give it a quick mention because if you have thinning hair then this might become your new friend. I have only used this a few times so I haven't noticed any great difference in my hair, but it contains amino acids, caffeine, proteins, biotin and B-vitamins that are supposed to help increase hair density and thickness. I will continue to use this and see if I notice much of a difference in my hair density. This retails for $40 and there are other products in the range like serums, conditioners and masks. Check out more information at the Grow Gorgeous website.

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Those are some of the more interesting shampoos that I have been trying lately. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?


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It's that time of year where I spend waaaay too much money on limited edition palettes and makeup. The first product that I really wanted to focus on is the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2.

Lorac brought our the first Lorac Mega Pro Palette for Christmas 2014 and I did a full review and compared it to the Lorac Pro Palette and the Lorac Pro 2 Palette here. I absolutely loved the Lorac Mega Pro Palette so of course I wanted to try and track down the Mega Pro 2. The catch this year is that it is no longer available on Amazon (last year it was Amazon exclusive and very easy to order internationally) and it is now Ulta exclusive. The shitty thing about being Ulta is that for any international person to get this they either need to know someone who can send it from the US or they need to use a shipping service. I decided to order it through a shipping service with Hailey from The Beauty In Life and we were faced with a very weak Australian dollar and shipping fees that were initially quoted quite reasonable but ended up costing double! So this retails for US$59 but if you want to order it from Australia you will be spending well over $100 for it. Last year with a stronger dollar and better shipping fees it cost me around $75. I hope next year they sell this palette on Amazon again because I am losing faith in Lorac as a brand, especially since the gist of their responses to peoples queries on their facebook was "we understand you can't buy it internationally, oh well".

Onto the actual review!

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The box comes in a nice silver and blue design and the main think I thought I would point out is that the Mega Pro Palette came with 17.6g of product in total but the Mega Pro 2 comes with a comparatively small 12.8g. I am not sure why nearly a third of the product has disappeared, as the pan sizes are the same and both palettes have 32 shades... but I guess that just adds insult to injury after spending so much money trying to get a hold of the palette. Lorac claims that this is due to different density in the pigment - but all I can think is that 4.8g less of density is still 4.8g less product.

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The packaging of the palette itself is very similar to the Mega Pro and the other Pro Palettes. This is a thin and compact cardboard palette with an almost rubberised finish (that gets dirty easily) and the colour theme for this palette is deep blue and silver. This also comes with a decent size mirror and the names of each shade is listed under the pan. You can see that there are two rows of matte shades and two rows of shimmers and each row contains eight eye shadows.

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I thought I would do a quick line up with the Mega Pro and Pro palettes. The Mega Pro had four shades repeated from the other Pro palettes, but the Mega Pro 2 has only one shade repeated (Black - which appears in all four palettes).

You can also see the Mega Pro 2 is a lot more colourful and brighter than any of the other palettes. The original Pro Palette (black) has a lot of basic neutral shades, the Pro 2 Palette (grey) has a few pops of wearable colours (peach, navy, olive green), the Mega Pro (burgundy) has a lot of warm sandy shades and a few more wearable mauves and wines, whereas the Mega Pro 2 has bright oranges, true purples, a vibrant blue and a yellow gold.

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Row 1 (matte)
Porcelain - yellow toned off white
Custard - yellow toned cream
Tawny - warm caramel brown
Burlap - similar to Tawny but more green toned
Melon - bright pastel orange
Tangerine - bright mid toned orange
Saddle - warm dark brown
Forest - blackened deep green
 
Row 2 (matte)
Bisque - pink toned off white
Lavender - bright pastel purple
Purple - deep blue toned purple
Sorbet - warm dusky pinky nude
Goji - red toned plum
Cabernet - deep burgundy brown
Ash - purple toned deep grey
Black - black
 
Row 3 (shimmer)
Sugar - light warm beige
Chiffon - light frosty pink
Prosecco - metallic beige with a silver finish
Soft Plum - dusky rose/mauve
Cinnamon - warm golden bronze
Sandstone - mid-toned beige with a slight green hint
Gunmetal - metallic deep silver with warm undertones
Blue Quartz - a bright mid toned true blue
 
Row 4 (shimmer)
Moonlight - light yellow
Seashell - light yellow beige
Peony - light warm peach
Dark Sienna - deep red toned brown
Penny - old gold metallic bronze
Olivine - light olive gold
Gold Leaf - bright metallic yellow
Black Ivy - deep blackened green with gold sparkle
 

In regards to the formula, if you love the Lorac Pro formula then you will love these. They are quite pigmented, apply evenly, but they kick up a lot of powder. There isn't much fall out when you apply these to the eye, but even a slight swirl in the pan will kick up a lot of product and after you have used a shade a couple of times you will notice a dent in the pan (maybe if they were more dense this wouldn't happen). The shimmers have a beautiful formula that blend nicely and apply boldly, but the mattes tend be quite powdery and don't adhere to the skin enough to give a very bold application. Of course it is recommended to apply a primer underneath any eye shadow and that does help the eye shadows adhere to the skin. With a primer these do last well on the eyes without creasing.

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I regards to the shades in the palette, I think the shades are lovely and varied but it's strangely quite a limiting palette. I loved the Mega Pro because it had a wide variety of cool and warm neutral shades (both matte and shimmer) that could be mixed and matched for a variety of every day wearable eye looks (which is my personal preference). The Mega Pro 2 is strange... it has a lot of light shimmery shades, a lot of cool mid toned shimmery shades and a lot of warm mattes. I found when trying to wear a mid toned warm shimmer (my personal favourite for all over the lid) there was only a couple to choose from (cinnamon and penny) but there were a lot of warm matte shades to pair them with. When I delved into wearing some of the cooler shades all over the lid (Soft Plum being my favourite) I was really restricted tying to find a cool toned matte to put in the crease... there's only bold purples! So even though I think this palette is fun, if you wanted to use it on a daily basis then you will be stuck using only a couple of your favourite shades and most won't be touched! However, if you do like playing with colour then you will love this palette.

My personal favourite shades from this palette are Melon, Tangerine, Sorbet, Goji, Prosecco and Penny. Melon and Sorbet are the most beautiful warm transition shades and Tangerine and Goji are really fun ways to deepen and warm up an eye look.

Overall I think the quality and the shades are nice but I think this palette is a little deceptive as it looks versatile but it feels quite limiting when you are trying to put together shadows for a cohesive look. I think if you have the Mega Pro from 2014 then this is a great accompanying palette as it has a lot more pops of colour and the only repeating shade is black. If this was much easier to get in Australia (and cheaper) then I would totally recommend it because it's a fun palette and you get a lot of shadows to play with. Would I suggest spending crazy amounts of money trying to track it down? Well, no... unless you are a crazy makeup collector like me of course! It's a nice palette, but I don't think it's an every day essential.

If you were wanting to get your hands on this palette, Hailey and I have a sneaky giveaway coming up on Christmas Eve so don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss it!

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Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2

December 11, 2015

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It's that time of year where I spend waaaay too much money on limited edition palettes and makeup. The first product that I really wanted to focus on is the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2.

Lorac brought our the first Lorac Mega Pro Palette for Christmas 2014 and I did a full review and compared it to the Lorac Pro Palette and the Lorac Pro 2 Palette here. I absolutely loved the Lorac Mega Pro Palette so of course I wanted to try and track down the Mega Pro 2. The catch this year is that it is no longer available on Amazon (last year it was Amazon exclusive and very easy to order internationally) and it is now Ulta exclusive. The shitty thing about being Ulta is that for any international person to get this they either need to know someone who can send it from the US or they need to use a shipping service. I decided to order it through a shipping service with Hailey from The Beauty In Life and we were faced with a very weak Australian dollar and shipping fees that were initially quoted quite reasonable but ended up costing double! So this retails for US$59 but if you want to order it from Australia you will be spending well over $100 for it. Last year with a stronger dollar and better shipping fees it cost me around $75. I hope next year they sell this palette on Amazon again because I am losing faith in Lorac as a brand, especially since the gist of their responses to peoples queries on their facebook was "we understand you can't buy it internationally, oh well".

Onto the actual review!

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The box comes in a nice silver and blue design and the main think I thought I would point out is that the Mega Pro Palette came with 17.6g of product in total but the Mega Pro 2 comes with a comparatively small 12.8g. I am not sure why nearly a third of the product has disappeared, as the pan sizes are the same and both palettes have 32 shades... but I guess that just adds insult to injury after spending so much money trying to get a hold of the palette. Lorac claims that this is due to different density in the pigment - but all I can think is that 4.8g less of density is still 4.8g less product.

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The packaging of the palette itself is very similar to the Mega Pro and the other Pro Palettes. This is a thin and compact cardboard palette with an almost rubberised finish (that gets dirty easily) and the colour theme for this palette is deep blue and silver. This also comes with a decent size mirror and the names of each shade is listed under the pan. You can see that there are two rows of matte shades and two rows of shimmers and each row contains eight eye shadows.

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I thought I would do a quick line up with the Mega Pro and Pro palettes. The Mega Pro had four shades repeated from the other Pro palettes, but the Mega Pro 2 has only one shade repeated (Black - which appears in all four palettes).

You can also see the Mega Pro 2 is a lot more colourful and brighter than any of the other palettes. The original Pro Palette (black) has a lot of basic neutral shades, the Pro 2 Palette (grey) has a few pops of wearable colours (peach, navy, olive green), the Mega Pro (burgundy) has a lot of warm sandy shades and a few more wearable mauves and wines, whereas the Mega Pro 2 has bright oranges, true purples, a vibrant blue and a yellow gold.

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PicMonkey Collage 

Row 1 (matte)
Porcelain - yellow toned off white
Custard - yellow toned cream
Tawny - warm caramel brown
Burlap - similar to Tawny but more green toned
Melon - bright pastel orange
Tangerine - bright mid toned orange
Saddle - warm dark brown
Forest - blackened deep green
 
Row 2 (matte)
Bisque - pink toned off white
Lavender - bright pastel purple
Purple - deep blue toned purple
Sorbet - warm dusky pinky nude
Goji - red toned plum
Cabernet - deep burgundy brown
Ash - purple toned deep grey
Black - black
 
Row 3 (shimmer)
Sugar - light warm beige
Chiffon - light frosty pink
Prosecco - metallic beige with a silver finish
Soft Plum - dusky rose/mauve
Cinnamon - warm golden bronze
Sandstone - mid-toned beige with a slight green hint
Gunmetal - metallic deep silver with warm undertones
Blue Quartz - a bright mid toned true blue
 
Row 4 (shimmer)
Moonlight - light yellow
Seashell - light yellow beige
Peony - light warm peach
Dark Sienna - deep red toned brown
Penny - old gold metallic bronze
Olivine - light olive gold
Gold Leaf - bright metallic yellow
Black Ivy - deep blackened green with gold sparkle
 

In regards to the formula, if you love the Lorac Pro formula then you will love these. They are quite pigmented, apply evenly, but they kick up a lot of powder. There isn't much fall out when you apply these to the eye, but even a slight swirl in the pan will kick up a lot of product and after you have used a shade a couple of times you will notice a dent in the pan (maybe if they were more dense this wouldn't happen). The shimmers have a beautiful formula that blend nicely and apply boldly, but the mattes tend be quite powdery and don't adhere to the skin enough to give a very bold application. Of course it is recommended to apply a primer underneath any eye shadow and that does help the eye shadows adhere to the skin. With a primer these do last well on the eyes without creasing.

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I regards to the shades in the palette, I think the shades are lovely and varied but it's strangely quite a limiting palette. I loved the Mega Pro because it had a wide variety of cool and warm neutral shades (both matte and shimmer) that could be mixed and matched for a variety of every day wearable eye looks (which is my personal preference). The Mega Pro 2 is strange... it has a lot of light shimmery shades, a lot of cool mid toned shimmery shades and a lot of warm mattes. I found when trying to wear a mid toned warm shimmer (my personal favourite for all over the lid) there was only a couple to choose from (cinnamon and penny) but there were a lot of warm matte shades to pair them with. When I delved into wearing some of the cooler shades all over the lid (Soft Plum being my favourite) I was really restricted tying to find a cool toned matte to put in the crease... there's only bold purples! So even though I think this palette is fun, if you wanted to use it on a daily basis then you will be stuck using only a couple of your favourite shades and most won't be touched! However, if you do like playing with colour then you will love this palette.

My personal favourite shades from this palette are Melon, Tangerine, Sorbet, Goji, Prosecco and Penny. Melon and Sorbet are the most beautiful warm transition shades and Tangerine and Goji are really fun ways to deepen and warm up an eye look.

Overall I think the quality and the shades are nice but I think this palette is a little deceptive as it looks versatile but it feels quite limiting when you are trying to put together shadows for a cohesive look. I think if you have the Mega Pro from 2014 then this is a great accompanying palette as it has a lot more pops of colour and the only repeating shade is black. If this was much easier to get in Australia (and cheaper) then I would totally recommend it because it's a fun palette and you get a lot of shadows to play with. Would I suggest spending crazy amounts of money trying to track it down? Well, no... unless you are a crazy makeup collector like me of course! It's a nice palette, but I don't think it's an every day essential.

If you were wanting to get your hands on this palette, Hailey and I have a sneaky giveaway coming up on Christmas Eve so don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss it!

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In December I am giving away a few mini prize packs on instagram (follow my instagram here). All you need to do is be one of my instagram followers (be 18+ or have your parents/guardians permission to enter) and when you see a Christmasified (I know that's not a word) photo of the prize posted on instagram then comment on the post for your chance to enter. The three winners will be announced on Christmas Eve. The nail pack will be Australian only as I can't ship nail polish overseas.

Check out close up photos of the packs below.

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Instagram - mini giveaway

December 7, 2015

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In December I am giving away a few mini prize packs on instagram (follow my instagram here). All you need to do is be one of my instagram followers (be 18+ or have your parents/guardians permission to enter) and when you see a Christmasified (I know that's not a word) photo of the prize posted on instagram then comment on the post for your chance to enter. The three winners will be announced on Christmas Eve. The nail pack will be Australian only as I can't ship nail polish overseas.

Check out close up photos of the packs below.

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I recently did a video where I tested a few ways to reduce the look of visible pores. I thought I would do a quick post on the products I mentioned and my tips and tricks.

Firstly, a few skincare tips I have for people who are looking at diminishing the look of pores over time. Start using an exfoliant regularly and a great option is a chemical exfoliant like the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. These types of exfoliants are used like a toner and they gently exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and improve skin texture without any abrasive scrubbing. If you have large clogged pores around your nose you should definitely start looking at using pore strips every week or couple of weeks. My two favourites are the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips and the Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips. Finally there are some great masks on the market that are designed to clear out pores and a really affordable one is the Mario Badescu Silver Powder ($17 at Mecca). This Silver Powder claims to deliver a noticeable result in one application... I personally didn't see that, but if you have quite congested pores you might notice a visible difference straight away.

Then onto some makeup tips for reducing the look of pores. Firstly using a pore filling primer is a great first step. I love are the Benefit PoreFessional Primer which is great if you have slightly visible pores as it is does a pretty good job at filing them in to create an even base for your foundation. However if you have certain areas of concern then I HIGHLY recommend the Innoxa Skin Perfect Pore Vanishing Cream which is an oil free primer that mattifies the skin, reduces redness and fills in pores like nothing else! I wouldn't recommend applying this to the whole face, but instead just applying it to the main areas of concern.

Onto the base. Firstly the way you apply your foundation can definitely emphasise or hide pores. Instead of brushing on your foundation with a flat foundation brush, which can skip over pores and emphasise them and disrupt your primer, I would instead recommend using a damp sponge to pat on the foundation, which will also help keep any pore filling primers in place. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for applying my foundation.

There are also some products on the market designed to diffuse light and minimise the look of pores and fine lines. Firstly is the Hylamide Booster Series Photography Foundation is designed to be a product that you wear under your foundation, over your foundation, mixed with your foundation or on it's own to add a light diffusing quality to your skin. I personally haven't notice a difference when using this but I might test it soon with flash photography. This comes in translucent and golden tan (which is what I have). One product that does give very visible light diffusing results is the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder (my shade is Desert). This powder is amazing and if you see it in store I highly recommend applying some to the back of your hand to see how it instantly blurs the fine lines on your skin. If you have applied your base and you have noticed that it is looking too powdery or the power is caking around your pores, give you skin a quick spritz with the MAC Prep + Prime Fix + to bring your skin back to a natural finish.

Lastly shimmery products really emphasise pores. I am all for a strong highlighter but often all the good work at minimising pores comes undone when you apply a highlighter or a shimmery blush. My quick tips are to keep your highlighter at the very tops of your cheek bones and not bring it down to the apples of your cheeks, use a cream or liquid highlighter if power highlighters are too harsh, and learn which highlighters are the worst offenders are emphasing skin texture - I find the texture of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed makes my skin look bumpy and lumpy whereas other similar highlighters like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators gives a similar effect without emphasing the skin texture. If you are concerned about the pores of your cheeks then stick to a matte blush over a shimmery blush.

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left - not using pore reducing tips
right - using pore reducing tips
The tips that I found to make the most difference are getting your skincare in order, using the Innoxa primer, using the NARS powder and keeping the highlighter to the very tops of your cheek bones.

Those are some of my basic tips on reducing the look of pores. If you have any other great suggestions then leave them in the comments!

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Hiding visible pores

December 6, 2015

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I recently did a video where I tested a few ways to reduce the look of visible pores. I thought I would do a quick post on the products I mentioned and my tips and tricks.

Firstly, a few skincare tips I have for people who are looking at diminishing the look of pores over time. Start using an exfoliant regularly and a great option is a chemical exfoliant like the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. These types of exfoliants are used like a toner and they gently exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and improve skin texture without any abrasive scrubbing. If you have large clogged pores around your nose you should definitely start looking at using pore strips every week or couple of weeks. My two favourites are the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips and the Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips. Finally there are some great masks on the market that are designed to clear out pores and a really affordable one is the Mario Badescu Silver Powder ($17 at Mecca). This Silver Powder claims to deliver a noticeable result in one application... I personally didn't see that, but if you have quite congested pores you might notice a visible difference straight away.

Then onto some makeup tips for reducing the look of pores. Firstly using a pore filling primer is a great first step. I love are the Benefit PoreFessional Primer which is great if you have slightly visible pores as it is does a pretty good job at filing them in to create an even base for your foundation. However if you have certain areas of concern then I HIGHLY recommend the Innoxa Skin Perfect Pore Vanishing Cream which is an oil free primer that mattifies the skin, reduces redness and fills in pores like nothing else! I wouldn't recommend applying this to the whole face, but instead just applying it to the main areas of concern.

Onto the base. Firstly the way you apply your foundation can definitely emphasise or hide pores. Instead of brushing on your foundation with a flat foundation brush, which can skip over pores and emphasise them and disrupt your primer, I would instead recommend using a damp sponge to pat on the foundation, which will also help keep any pore filling primers in place. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for applying my foundation.

There are also some products on the market designed to diffuse light and minimise the look of pores and fine lines. Firstly is the Hylamide Booster Series Photography Foundation is designed to be a product that you wear under your foundation, over your foundation, mixed with your foundation or on it's own to add a light diffusing quality to your skin. I personally haven't notice a difference when using this but I might test it soon with flash photography. This comes in translucent and golden tan (which is what I have). One product that does give very visible light diffusing results is the NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder (my shade is Desert). This powder is amazing and if you see it in store I highly recommend applying some to the back of your hand to see how it instantly blurs the fine lines on your skin. If you have applied your base and you have noticed that it is looking too powdery or the power is caking around your pores, give you skin a quick spritz with the MAC Prep + Prime Fix + to bring your skin back to a natural finish.

Lastly shimmery products really emphasise pores. I am all for a strong highlighter but often all the good work at minimising pores comes undone when you apply a highlighter or a shimmery blush. My quick tips are to keep your highlighter at the very tops of your cheek bones and not bring it down to the apples of your cheeks, use a cream or liquid highlighter if power highlighters are too harsh, and learn which highlighters are the worst offenders are emphasing skin texture - I find the texture of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed makes my skin look bumpy and lumpy whereas other similar highlighters like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators gives a similar effect without emphasing the skin texture. If you are concerned about the pores of your cheeks then stick to a matte blush over a shimmery blush.

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left - not using pore reducing tips
right - using pore reducing tips
The tips that I found to make the most difference are getting your skincare in order, using the Innoxa primer, using the NARS powder and keeping the highlighter to the very tops of your cheek bones.

Those are some of my basic tips on reducing the look of pores. If you have any other great suggestions then leave them in the comments!

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