January 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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This may be a very quick, and slightly strange, post... but I thought I would show the products that I currently have in my shower.

There are two main reasons for doing this post, firstly, I have some pretty good products in my shower, and secondly, my shower is a black hole... once something goes in, it get's forgotten about until it's empty (btw I am aware that this isn't how a black hole works).

You will notice that I actually don't keep too much in my shower. This is partly because I have a small shower, but mainly because I like to use up a product before I move on to the next one. The only reason I might have more than one of each product in my shower is if I am testing it for a review.

St Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub: We all know that I am a huge fan of the St Ives Green Tea Scrub, so when a new scrub was released I had to try it. This is a similar texture to the St Ives Green Tea Scrub, but for those who haven't used either scrub this is a finely milled but very dense scrub. It means that you get a thorough scrub without it being too harsh on the skin. If you have tried the Apricot version, this is the complete opposite! The Apricot scrub is quite sparse the particles are quite large and scratchy. I do like this new offering from St Ives, but I think the Green Tea version still wins. The Green Tea scrub has a better scent and the scent of this one reminds me of lemon/orange scented cleaning products.

Milk and Co Face Cleanser: I love this stuff! It is my second bottle that I have used and I am actually planning on getting a backup shortly. It is a thin gel cleaner that foams nicely but doesn't strip your skin. Two other great things about it is that it has a lovely fresh lemongrass type scent and it is pretty affordable at around $17 full priced. It is also 95% naturally derived and made in Australia.

Fuente Moisture Wellness Shampoo and Moisture Wellness Care: I was sent these, so I am not too sure how much they cost, but you can buy them from various salons (check out the website for stockist). This range is designed to add moisture to your hair, and I have no complaints! These products make my hair soft and shiny without weighing my hair down, which is pretty much exactly what I want from a shampoo and conditioner. This is a Dutch brand that is new to Australia and it is made from natural and organic ingredients. The scent and packaging is very unisex so it would appeal to most people. If you like sleek modern looking products, then this whole range would suit your bathroom.

Lush So White Shower Gel: This is a limited edition Christmas Lush shower gel that shares the same scent as the So White bath bomb (or so I have read on the Lush website). This is a nice sweet but clean scented shower gel that is supposed to smell like apple, rose water and bergamot oil. I love Lush shower gels and you will often find them in my shower.

Lush Yog Nog Soap: Once again, this is a limited edition Christmas Lush product... I tend to stock up on the Christmas products in the boxing day sales and I think I bought 6 or 7 soaps and 4 or 5 shower gels. I bought four of these Yog Nog soaps because they smell amazing! It is a very sweet and spicy scent which leaves my whole bathroom smelling like cinnamon biscuits.

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I love this stuff and I did a full post on it a while ago. I love the scent, I love the formula, I love the results... but I do use it sparingly because it's not cheap!

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel: I saw this baby on discount at my local store... someone had used one pump of the products so it was no longer in perfect condition. I think this bulk strawberry pack retails for around $19.95 (or something like that) and I love it! Anything strawberry scented wins in my opinion, and this scent is very nostalgic and reminds me of when I was in primary school/early high school and The Body Shop products were all the rage for gifts.

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Those are the products that I currently have in my shower. What are must have products that you keep in your shower?

What's in my shower

January 30, 2015

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This may be a very quick, and slightly strange, post... but I thought I would show the products that I currently have in my shower.

There are two main reasons for doing this post, firstly, I have some pretty good products in my shower, and secondly, my shower is a black hole... once something goes in, it get's forgotten about until it's empty (btw I am aware that this isn't how a black hole works).

You will notice that I actually don't keep too much in my shower. This is partly because I have a small shower, but mainly because I like to use up a product before I move on to the next one. The only reason I might have more than one of each product in my shower is if I am testing it for a review.

St Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub: We all know that I am a huge fan of the St Ives Green Tea Scrub, so when a new scrub was released I had to try it. This is a similar texture to the St Ives Green Tea Scrub, but for those who haven't used either scrub this is a finely milled but very dense scrub. It means that you get a thorough scrub without it being too harsh on the skin. If you have tried the Apricot version, this is the complete opposite! The Apricot scrub is quite sparse the particles are quite large and scratchy. I do like this new offering from St Ives, but I think the Green Tea version still wins. The Green Tea scrub has a better scent and the scent of this one reminds me of lemon/orange scented cleaning products.

Milk and Co Face Cleanser: I love this stuff! It is my second bottle that I have used and I am actually planning on getting a backup shortly. It is a thin gel cleaner that foams nicely but doesn't strip your skin. Two other great things about it is that it has a lovely fresh lemongrass type scent and it is pretty affordable at around $17 full priced. It is also 95% naturally derived and made in Australia.

Fuente Moisture Wellness Shampoo and Moisture Wellness Care: I was sent these, so I am not too sure how much they cost, but you can buy them from various salons (check out the website for stockist). This range is designed to add moisture to your hair, and I have no complaints! These products make my hair soft and shiny without weighing my hair down, which is pretty much exactly what I want from a shampoo and conditioner. This is a Dutch brand that is new to Australia and it is made from natural and organic ingredients. The scent and packaging is very unisex so it would appeal to most people. If you like sleek modern looking products, then this whole range would suit your bathroom.

Lush So White Shower Gel: This is a limited edition Christmas Lush shower gel that shares the same scent as the So White bath bomb (or so I have read on the Lush website). This is a nice sweet but clean scented shower gel that is supposed to smell like apple, rose water and bergamot oil. I love Lush shower gels and you will often find them in my shower.

Lush Yog Nog Soap: Once again, this is a limited edition Christmas Lush product... I tend to stock up on the Christmas products in the boxing day sales and I think I bought 6 or 7 soaps and 4 or 5 shower gels. I bought four of these Yog Nog soaps because they smell amazing! It is a very sweet and spicy scent which leaves my whole bathroom smelling like cinnamon biscuits.

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I love this stuff and I did a full post on it a while ago. I love the scent, I love the formula, I love the results... but I do use it sparingly because it's not cheap!

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel: I saw this baby on discount at my local store... someone had used one pump of the products so it was no longer in perfect condition. I think this bulk strawberry pack retails for around $19.95 (or something like that) and I love it! Anything strawberry scented wins in my opinion, and this scent is very nostalgic and reminds me of when I was in primary school/early high school and The Body Shop products were all the rage for gifts.

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Those are the products that I currently have in my shower. What are must have products that you keep in your shower?
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Hello hello! I decided to start a "Makeup Diet" series this year.

I feel like I need to specify that this isn't as strict as a project pan... I don't have a goal to use up x number of products by a certain date and I am definitely not on a spending until I use up these products.

All this is, is a way to target certain products to use more... and eventually use up. I tend to do this with skincare all the time, I will put away all my skincare except for a few products that I am "targeting" and then I will only use those products until they have been used up.

These are products that are getting old, that are half used up, or products that I don't really like but don't hate enough to throw out. I have also chosen products that I can very easily work into my normal Monday-Friday work makeup. The plan is to keep these out on my makeup table and reach for these products roughly around 4-5 times a week (I won't necessarily be using all of these products everyday).

I will check in with my progress maybe once a month and if there are any products that I have finished then I will introduce more products into the mix. The ultimate goal is to streamline my makeup collection a little bit and maybe also to get use out of products that I have forgotten about (in almost a shop my stash style).

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The current products that I have targeted for my makeup diet are:

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner in Marry Up
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Absolute Brown
John Plunkett Instant Primer
Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Sand
Revlon Colourstay Combination Oily in Buff and Natural Beige
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara
Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore Blush
Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish

I filmed a video talking about why I have decided to target each of these products. Check it out below!




Do you ever target certain products to use up?

Makeup Diet #1

January 28, 2015

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Hello hello! I decided to start a "Makeup Diet" series this year.

I feel like I need to specify that this isn't as strict as a project pan... I don't have a goal to use up x number of products by a certain date and I am definitely not on a spending until I use up these products.

All this is, is a way to target certain products to use more... and eventually use up. I tend to do this with skincare all the time, I will put away all my skincare except for a few products that I am "targeting" and then I will only use those products until they have been used up.

These are products that are getting old, that are half used up, or products that I don't really like but don't hate enough to throw out. I have also chosen products that I can very easily work into my normal Monday-Friday work makeup. The plan is to keep these out on my makeup table and reach for these products roughly around 4-5 times a week (I won't necessarily be using all of these products everyday).

I will check in with my progress maybe once a month and if there are any products that I have finished then I will introduce more products into the mix. The ultimate goal is to streamline my makeup collection a little bit and maybe also to get use out of products that I have forgotten about (in almost a shop my stash style).

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The current products that I have targeted for my makeup diet are:

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner in Marry Up
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Absolute Brown
John Plunkett Instant Primer
Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Sand
Revlon Colourstay Combination Oily in Buff and Natural Beige
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara
Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore Blush
Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish

I filmed a video talking about why I have decided to target each of these products. Check it out below!




Do you ever target certain products to use up?
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Hey hey! I am doing a very quick post today... well it will be very picture heavy but light on words (let's face it, it's Friday!).

I thought I would share some Mary Kay products that have relatively recently hit the Australian market. Full disclosure, I was sent these products, but as per usual that will not effect my review of them (but it explains why I almost have the full range of the new Mary Kay products).

You don't need a Rep to buy Mary Kay anymore, you can buy it directly from the Mary Kay website (yay!)

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The Thinking of Love perfume and scented body lotion was released recently. The 29ml bottle retails for $44 and is described as being a fresh, floral and woody scent. This is a pretty typical perfume sent, nothing extremely unique, but I did think it was nice that it came with a charm and also a card inside the box so that you can write a note on it if you are giving it as a present.

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Now for some of the products from the Mary Kay At Play range. These are two of the four baked eyeshadow trios available in the range. The green/yellow/blue trio is called Field Day and the purple/champagne/coral trio is called Sunset Beach (I LOVE this coral shade). Each of these retail for $18 and contain 2g of product. I actually think these are quite nice eyeshadows and could see myself using them a lot if the colours were a little more work appropriate (the trio in Neapoleon is a lot more wearable). These aren't densely pigmented, but the colour payoff is pretty nice and the shades have a really beautiful shimmery effect that looks a lot more impressive in real life than it does in the photos below. If you love a shimmery colourful pop then I would recommend these.

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l-r: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You


From the same Mary Kay At Play range are these Triple Layer Tinted Balms. LOOK HOW COOL THESE ARE! I am pretty excited about these guys! These are however a hefty $21 each... but they come in the four shades and I have In The Plum, Atomic Red, and Orange Love You (I don't have the shade Pink Again shade),


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l-r: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You

For a tinted balm these do have a decent amount of colour that they add to the lips. They also have a delicious berry scent that reminds me of apple blackcurrant juice. These also give the lips a nice shine and the balm lasts for a good few hours. See lip swatches below.


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t-b: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You
Lastly from the Mary Kay At Play range we have the Bold Fluid Liners. I have the shades Gold Metal and Hello Violet, but it also comes in The Read Teal. Just like the eyeshadows, I think these are pretty decent quality liners but although the shades are really fun they aren't something that I would reach for on a daily basis. Also a warning that the violet shade does stain... so the gold wins in my opinion for that reason alone. These retail for $20 each.

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So that is my little round up of some of the new Mary Kay products. My picks would definitely be the tinted balms followed by the baked eyeshadows. The quality of these products are pretty good, but they do require someone who loves playing with colour to fall in love with them.

New products from Mary Kay

January 23, 2015

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Hey hey! I am doing a very quick post today... well it will be very picture heavy but light on words (let's face it, it's Friday!).

I thought I would share some Mary Kay products that have relatively recently hit the Australian market. Full disclosure, I was sent these products, but as per usual that will not effect my review of them (but it explains why I almost have the full range of the new Mary Kay products).

You don't need a Rep to buy Mary Kay anymore, you can buy it directly from the Mary Kay website (yay!)

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The Thinking of Love perfume and scented body lotion was released recently. The 29ml bottle retails for $44 and is described as being a fresh, floral and woody scent. This is a pretty typical perfume sent, nothing extremely unique, but I did think it was nice that it came with a charm and also a card inside the box so that you can write a note on it if you are giving it as a present.

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Now for some of the products from the Mary Kay At Play range. These are two of the four baked eyeshadow trios available in the range. The green/yellow/blue trio is called Field Day and the purple/champagne/coral trio is called Sunset Beach (I LOVE this coral shade). Each of these retail for $18 and contain 2g of product. I actually think these are quite nice eyeshadows and could see myself using them a lot if the colours were a little more work appropriate (the trio in Neapoleon is a lot more wearable). These aren't densely pigmented, but the colour payoff is pretty nice and the shades have a really beautiful shimmery effect that looks a lot more impressive in real life than it does in the photos below. If you love a shimmery colourful pop then I would recommend these.

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l-r: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You


From the same Mary Kay At Play range are these Triple Layer Tinted Balms. LOOK HOW COOL THESE ARE! I am pretty excited about these guys! These are however a hefty $21 each... but they come in the four shades and I have In The Plum, Atomic Red, and Orange Love You (I don't have the shade Pink Again shade),


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l-r: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You

For a tinted balm these do have a decent amount of colour that they add to the lips. They also have a delicious berry scent that reminds me of apple blackcurrant juice. These also give the lips a nice shine and the balm lasts for a good few hours. See lip swatches below.


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t-b: In The Plum, Atomic Red, Orange Love You
Lastly from the Mary Kay At Play range we have the Bold Fluid Liners. I have the shades Gold Metal and Hello Violet, but it also comes in The Read Teal. Just like the eyeshadows, I think these are pretty decent quality liners but although the shades are really fun they aren't something that I would reach for on a daily basis. Also a warning that the violet shade does stain... so the gold wins in my opinion for that reason alone. These retail for $20 each.

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So that is my little round up of some of the new Mary Kay products. My picks would definitely be the tinted balms followed by the baked eyeshadows. The quality of these products are pretty good, but they do require someone who loves playing with colour to fall in love with them.
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In 2014 I significantly expanded my perfume collection (I blame working down the road from Chemist Warehouse and Priceline) and I thought I would share my top picks for the warmer weather.

Even though I am writing this because it is Summer here, I know that Spring is around the corner for a lot of people and these are also perfect picks for Spring!

I like sweeter fragrances in general, but in the warmer months I tend to like light fresh and slightly sweet floral scents. My four picks are:

Marc Jacobs Daisy: This perfume is probably a favourite of a lot of people. It is a girly fresh scent that I like to call my first date or picnic in a park fragrance.

Top Notes: Strawberry, violet leaves
Heart Notes: Violet petals,  jasmine bouquet
Base Notes: Musk, vanilla infusion


Chloe Roses De Chloe: This is probably the most grandma of the bunch, but I still like it. It is a rose scented perfume, but it doesn't have an obnoxious rose scent (I usually dislike rose scents), it has more of a clean fresh rose scent.

Top Notes: Bergamot, litchi & tarragon
Heart Notes: Damask rose, magnolia & cedar
Base Notes: White musk & amber

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom: This is my favourite of the bunch and in fact this is my second bottle. This the perfect mix of sweet, fresh, and floral and it really lives up to it's name as it smells like blossom. This was the perfume that made me realise that I can like floral perfumes.

Top notes: Sparkling grapefruit, cassis, apricot
Heart notes: Muguet, rose, jasmine
Base notes: Apple flower, blonde wood, smooth skin accord

Marc Jacobs Pink Honey: This is a limited edition variation of Marc Jacobs Honey (which I don't own but also really like). This scent is a little different from the others that I have mentioned as it is less floral and more fresh and fruity. I always think of pink grapefruit when I wear this scent and it is perfect for warmer weather.

Top Notes: Pear, fruity punch, juicy mandarin
Heart Notes: Orange blossom, peach nectar, honeysuckle
Base Notes: Honey, golden vanilla, smooth woods


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Ps. I took the information about the notes of each scent from various websites... so I am not 100% sure if they are completely accurate.

What are your favourite perfumes for warmer weather?


Top perfumes for warm weather

January 21, 2015

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In 2014 I significantly expanded my perfume collection (I blame working down the road from Chemist Warehouse and Priceline) and I thought I would share my top picks for the warmer weather.

Even though I am writing this because it is Summer here, I know that Spring is around the corner for a lot of people and these are also perfect picks for Spring!

I like sweeter fragrances in general, but in the warmer months I tend to like light fresh and slightly sweet floral scents. My four picks are:

Marc Jacobs Daisy: This perfume is probably a favourite of a lot of people. It is a girly fresh scent that I like to call my first date or picnic in a park fragrance.

Top Notes: Strawberry, violet leaves
Heart Notes: Violet petals,  jasmine bouquet
Base Notes: Musk, vanilla infusion


Chloe Roses De Chloe: This is probably the most grandma of the bunch, but I still like it. It is a rose scented perfume, but it doesn't have an obnoxious rose scent (I usually dislike rose scents), it has more of a clean fresh rose scent.

Top Notes: Bergamot, litchi & tarragon
Heart Notes: Damask rose, magnolia & cedar
Base Notes: White musk & amber

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom: This is my favourite of the bunch and in fact this is my second bottle. This the perfect mix of sweet, fresh, and floral and it really lives up to it's name as it smells like blossom. This was the perfume that made me realise that I can like floral perfumes.

Top notes: Sparkling grapefruit, cassis, apricot
Heart notes: Muguet, rose, jasmine
Base notes: Apple flower, blonde wood, smooth skin accord

Marc Jacobs Pink Honey: This is a limited edition variation of Marc Jacobs Honey (which I don't own but also really like). This scent is a little different from the others that I have mentioned as it is less floral and more fresh and fruity. I always think of pink grapefruit when I wear this scent and it is perfect for warmer weather.

Top Notes: Pear, fruity punch, juicy mandarin
Heart Notes: Orange blossom, peach nectar, honeysuckle
Base Notes: Honey, golden vanilla, smooth woods


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Ps. I took the information about the notes of each scent from various websites... so I am not 100% sure if they are completely accurate.

What are your favourite perfumes for warmer weather?

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Hey everyone! I thought I would share a nail design that I did a little while ago using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers and NCLA Nail Wraps. I did this post for the Lipstick Republic blog but I decided to share it here as well!

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All of the products used can be bought from the Lipstick Republic website and you can use the code "kitschsnitch" to get 10% off your order.

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The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers that I used were Inked, Pool Boy and Radiate.

These are pretty pricey nail polishes ($23.95 each) but as far as I am aware, Lipstick Republic is the only place you can buy them in Australia and the colour range is absolutely fab! You can't even buy these internationally from the OCC website due to shipping restrictions. These shipping restrictions is also why these have such a significant mark up compared to the other OCC products sold on the Lipstick Republic website. Most shades are not for the faint hearted, but I recommend having a browse if you love fun shades.

Inked is a very very dark inky blue that almost appears black on the nails. If you apply this evenly it is what I like to call a "one coat wonder" nail polish.

Pool Boy is pretty much one of the most popular shades in the whole range, it is the perfect bright light blue.

Radiate is a very exciting shade! The OCC website calls this a UV red, but it definitely has a neon orange hint to it. This has a matte finish on its own, but you can make it shiny by applying a top coat.

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The nail wraps I used were both by NCLA. The top set is called Fowl Play and retails for $17.95 and the bottom set is called All Eyes On Me and retails for $19.95.

These are sticky nail wraps that you apply like a sticker and then file off the remaining excess (these also come with nail files). These last for a good week on the nails and each pack comes with 26 wraps each, so you can get two applications of applying them to all of your nails (plus six extra in case you need to reapply one or if you want to use a couple as feature nails with other looks).

Of course I decided to mix and match all of them to make a bit of a crazy nail look... but I like it!

If you want to check out any of these nail products, check out the Lipstick Republic website and use the code "kitschsnitch" for 10% off your order!

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NOTD: playing with nail polish and wraps

January 19, 2015

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Hey everyone! I thought I would share a nail design that I did a little while ago using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers and NCLA Nail Wraps. I did this post for the Lipstick Republic blog but I decided to share it here as well!

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All of the products used can be bought from the Lipstick Republic website and you can use the code "kitschsnitch" to get 10% off your order.

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The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers that I used were Inked, Pool Boy and Radiate.

These are pretty pricey nail polishes ($23.95 each) but as far as I am aware, Lipstick Republic is the only place you can buy them in Australia and the colour range is absolutely fab! You can't even buy these internationally from the OCC website due to shipping restrictions. These shipping restrictions is also why these have such a significant mark up compared to the other OCC products sold on the Lipstick Republic website. Most shades are not for the faint hearted, but I recommend having a browse if you love fun shades.

Inked is a very very dark inky blue that almost appears black on the nails. If you apply this evenly it is what I like to call a "one coat wonder" nail polish.

Pool Boy is pretty much one of the most popular shades in the whole range, it is the perfect bright light blue.

Radiate is a very exciting shade! The OCC website calls this a UV red, but it definitely has a neon orange hint to it. This has a matte finish on its own, but you can make it shiny by applying a top coat.

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The nail wraps I used were both by NCLA. The top set is called Fowl Play and retails for $17.95 and the bottom set is called All Eyes On Me and retails for $19.95.

These are sticky nail wraps that you apply like a sticker and then file off the remaining excess (these also come with nail files). These last for a good week on the nails and each pack comes with 26 wraps each, so you can get two applications of applying them to all of your nails (plus six extra in case you need to reapply one or if you want to use a couple as feature nails with other looks).

Of course I decided to mix and match all of them to make a bit of a crazy nail look... but I like it!

If you want to check out any of these nail products, check out the Lipstick Republic website and use the code "kitschsnitch" for 10% off your order!

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It's empties time! Like usual... this is going to be a big post!


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I will try to keep this as brief as possible!

Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Reparative Shampoo and Mask: I quite liked these products... and they were sulphate free and I didn't even notice! My main issue was that I used the conditioner so much faster than the shampoo (this never happens to me) If I was to repurchase this in the future I would need to buy two conditioners for one shampoo. Bugger that!
Repurchase: No

Milk and Co Face Cleanser and Body Scrub: I am in love with this cleanser but not so much with the body scrub. The cleanser is a very light foaming cleanser that is gentle and doesn't dry my skin out. It also has a fresh lemongrass type sent that I absolutely love! The scrub, on the other hand, didn't scrub as much as I personally like and it also had a very earthy bark and over ripe fruit scent which didn't do much for me. I did as full review of these products here.
Repurchase: I have already repurchased the cleanser but wouldn't repurchase the scrub.

Beauty By Rubi Shoes Make Up Wipes: I received these from the Rubi By Beauty Shoes Melbourne launch and, to be honest, I am not the biggest fan. These were ok for keeping in your handbag for cleaning off swatches in stores (come on, we all use makeup wipes for that purpose!), but it didn't take off any eye makeup... not even eyeshadow over a primer!
Repurchase: No

Eco Care Facial Cleansing Wipes Organic Rose with Chamomile: If you want decent makeup remover wipes, these are the ones to go for (and they aren't all that much more expensive than the Rubi ones). These are natural, biodegradable, don't contain alcohol AND they actually work really well at removing makeup. I did a full post here.
Repurchase: Yes

Glasshouse Fragrances Triple Scented Candle in Tahaa: I don't normally put candles in my empties, but this is an exception because I LOVE this candle! Definitely my favourite brand of candles is Glasshouse (I always go to call it Hourglass lol) as they are triple scented soy candles and they have an amazing range of scents. Tahaa is a strong vanilla caramel scent. This large candle has lasted me a year! Sure, I have also used other candles in the past year, but I find that you only need to light this for 10 minutes to have it completely permeate your whole house (or at least my little unit). I might light this to make my house smell nice and then if I want the ambience of a candle burning I might light a cheaper candle.
Repurchase: YES

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel: This is a limited edition Christmas shower gel from Lush (this one is from Christmas 2013) and I remember my sister always buying this when I was in high school (so this limited edition scent has been around a very long time). It is super sweet, possibly too sweet for a lot of people, and in my opinion it smells like banana lollies. I have become a little sick of this scent so I didn't repurchase it in Christmas 2014, but maybe next Christmas.
Repurchase: Yes

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion: I am torn. I didn't like the formula of this product (it had a tingly feel if you applied it after you shaved your legs) but I loved the spicy almost cinnamon scent. I also loved that the scent lingered.
Repurchase: Probably not

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The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Polish and Shower Gel: These were limited edition Christmas products so I can't repurchase them, but I LOVED the scent. I wasn't too in love with the body polish but I would definitely repurchase the shower gel.
Repurchase: Shower gel yes!

Estee Lauder Day Wear: I have used this a few times and even though I do like it, I don't think it suits my skin anymore. This is lightweight, non greasy and smells like cucumber (my favourite part), but I prefer moisturisers that are thicker, more hydrating and more natural these days.
Repurchase: Maybe

Uriage Thermal Water: 2015 is the year where I want to start introducing thermal sprays into my skincare routine. This one is pretty cool because you can use it before your moisturise to add hydration, or you can use it as a makeup setting spray! I did a review of this here.
Repurchase: Yes

Bio Sculpture Gel Polish Remover: This was a good nail polish remover but Bio Sculpture is a salon brand so I won't be rushing to track this down.
Repurchase: Yes

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil: The fact that I finished this says it all! I have a few body oils and I rarely use them, but this one was great! Unlike other oils, I didn't find this one greasy and it worked really well at keeping my skin soft and hydrated. I did a full review here.
Repurchase: Yes

Laidbare In Safe Hands: I didn't like this, it was quite a thin hand cream but it had a really odd plant scent that I didn't like.
Repurchase: No

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat: This is my usual top coat and I go through 1-2 bottles a year. This is great because it's affordable and it definitely extends the wear of any nail polish.
Repurchase: Already have!

Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus Renewing Night Cream and Serum: I loved these samples! Using these made my skin soft and plump and I would definitely want to buy the full sized versions. The only thing that has stopped me from buying these already is that these cost a lot of money ($110 for the serum and $145 for the moisturiser).
Repurchase: Yes

Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel Mask: I loved this! It's a similar concept to the Glam Glow mask that sucks out the oils and congestion out of your skin. I do have a back up of this, but I did get a little sick of it, so I probably will try something else after I finish the second one I have. I did a full review (with gross photos) here.
Repurchase: Maybe

La Roche-Posay Redermic R: I loved the concept of this, it is a retinol treatment that is gentle and easily available at Priceline. This is designed for aging skin but I wouldn't repurchase this yet because I didn't notice any difference in my skin... I have heard that this only works if you have aged skin, so maybe I will try it in a few years when I have more aging concerns.
Repurchase: Not yet

Enbacci Brightening Hand and Nail Cream with SPF 15: I really do like this brand, but I wasn't a big fan of this hand cream. The scent was nice, the texture was nice, I liked that it had SPF, but it left a white powdery residue that would get all over my car!
Repurchase: No

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MAC Harmony Blush: Naaaaw the memories...this was my first ever contour product that I bought! This is a matte blush that is a quite similar to NARS Laguna (but matte and maybe a little more pigmented). It is a little orange toned, but works very well with a a bit of a tan or for people who have slightly yellow toned skin. This is a great product because you can apply it lightly or build it up for a stronger contour.
Repurchase: Maybe when I use up some of my other bronzers

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: This is a very hyped up product, but for some reason I didn't get along with it! I hated the sponge (and ended up removing it), and I found that the product itself was too thin and didn't provide much coverage.
Repurchase: No

Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Eye Gel: I bought this because I was told that an eye gel will help with the dehydration under my eyes. This was a good product, but I didn't notice outstanding results for the whopping $100+ price tag (I bought it for around $80 at a beauty expo). I think this lasted me maybe two and a half months using it morning and night... I might buy this again down the track but I don't think I can afford buying such an expensive eye gel every few months. 
Repurchase: Maybe

Buy Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron: Similar to the eye gel above, I was using this to add hydration to my skin. Even though this is significantly cheaper than the Environ eye gel, I didn't notice any amazing results.
Repurchase: No

Coconut Revolution Coconut Body Butter Original: I don't like to include samples in my empties posts unless they are fab... and this was fab! I normally hate the scent of coconut, but this one had an amazing coconut/vanilla/sweet scent. This body butter was everything you want from a body butter, it was thick, luxurious, but didn't leave my skin greasy... it is also made out of coconut oil which is supposed to be amazing for your skin. I will DEFINITELY be tracking this down and buying it.
Repurchase: Yes

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin Conceal in Y1: I actually really loved this concealer. It was very heavy coverage and quite dry (I wouldn't recommend it for under the eyes for dry skinned people) but I loved it for covering spots, redness and under eye darkness. The only reason why I am throwing this away is that the lid broke and it started drying up. I have heard that they have since changed the packaging so I might buy this again in the future. I did a full review with swatches here.
Repurchase: Yes

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream: This sample lasted me around 3 weeks of use and I actually noticed a difference in the smoothness and plumpness of my under eye area after using it for a few days. I also love that this is thick and blends into your skin very easily. I have already purchased the full size and I highly recommend it.
Repurchase: Already have!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent: This is not my first Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, and definitely not my last. Even though this isn't my favourite setting powder of all time, it is a great basic translucent powder that helps keep your makeup matte... and it is very afforable. 
Repurchase: Yes

Derma E Evenly Radiant samples: I decided to include these samples as well because I quite liked this range of skincare. On first impressions I really liked the moisturiser and cleanser. 
Repurchase: I will look into it

I also did an empties video...


Empties 2015 #1

January 18, 2015

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It's empties time! Like usual... this is going to be a big post!


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I will try to keep this as brief as possible!

Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Reparative Shampoo and Mask: I quite liked these products... and they were sulphate free and I didn't even notice! My main issue was that I used the conditioner so much faster than the shampoo (this never happens to me) If I was to repurchase this in the future I would need to buy two conditioners for one shampoo. Bugger that!
Repurchase: No

Milk and Co Face Cleanser and Body Scrub: I am in love with this cleanser but not so much with the body scrub. The cleanser is a very light foaming cleanser that is gentle and doesn't dry my skin out. It also has a fresh lemongrass type sent that I absolutely love! The scrub, on the other hand, didn't scrub as much as I personally like and it also had a very earthy bark and over ripe fruit scent which didn't do much for me. I did as full review of these products here.
Repurchase: I have already repurchased the cleanser but wouldn't repurchase the scrub.

Beauty By Rubi Shoes Make Up Wipes: I received these from the Rubi By Beauty Shoes Melbourne launch and, to be honest, I am not the biggest fan. These were ok for keeping in your handbag for cleaning off swatches in stores (come on, we all use makeup wipes for that purpose!), but it didn't take off any eye makeup... not even eyeshadow over a primer!
Repurchase: No

Eco Care Facial Cleansing Wipes Organic Rose with Chamomile: If you want decent makeup remover wipes, these are the ones to go for (and they aren't all that much more expensive than the Rubi ones). These are natural, biodegradable, don't contain alcohol AND they actually work really well at removing makeup. I did a full post here.
Repurchase: Yes

Glasshouse Fragrances Triple Scented Candle in Tahaa: I don't normally put candles in my empties, but this is an exception because I LOVE this candle! Definitely my favourite brand of candles is Glasshouse (I always go to call it Hourglass lol) as they are triple scented soy candles and they have an amazing range of scents. Tahaa is a strong vanilla caramel scent. This large candle has lasted me a year! Sure, I have also used other candles in the past year, but I find that you only need to light this for 10 minutes to have it completely permeate your whole house (or at least my little unit). I might light this to make my house smell nice and then if I want the ambience of a candle burning I might light a cheaper candle.
Repurchase: YES

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel: This is a limited edition Christmas shower gel from Lush (this one is from Christmas 2013) and I remember my sister always buying this when I was in high school (so this limited edition scent has been around a very long time). It is super sweet, possibly too sweet for a lot of people, and in my opinion it smells like banana lollies. I have become a little sick of this scent so I didn't repurchase it in Christmas 2014, but maybe next Christmas.
Repurchase: Yes

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion: I am torn. I didn't like the formula of this product (it had a tingly feel if you applied it after you shaved your legs) but I loved the spicy almost cinnamon scent. I also loved that the scent lingered.
Repurchase: Probably not

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The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Polish and Shower Gel: These were limited edition Christmas products so I can't repurchase them, but I LOVED the scent. I wasn't too in love with the body polish but I would definitely repurchase the shower gel.
Repurchase: Shower gel yes!

Estee Lauder Day Wear: I have used this a few times and even though I do like it, I don't think it suits my skin anymore. This is lightweight, non greasy and smells like cucumber (my favourite part), but I prefer moisturisers that are thicker, more hydrating and more natural these days.
Repurchase: Maybe

Uriage Thermal Water: 2015 is the year where I want to start introducing thermal sprays into my skincare routine. This one is pretty cool because you can use it before your moisturise to add hydration, or you can use it as a makeup setting spray! I did a review of this here.
Repurchase: Yes

Bio Sculpture Gel Polish Remover: This was a good nail polish remover but Bio Sculpture is a salon brand so I won't be rushing to track this down.
Repurchase: Yes

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil: The fact that I finished this says it all! I have a few body oils and I rarely use them, but this one was great! Unlike other oils, I didn't find this one greasy and it worked really well at keeping my skin soft and hydrated. I did a full review here.
Repurchase: Yes

Laidbare In Safe Hands: I didn't like this, it was quite a thin hand cream but it had a really odd plant scent that I didn't like.
Repurchase: No

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat: This is my usual top coat and I go through 1-2 bottles a year. This is great because it's affordable and it definitely extends the wear of any nail polish.
Repurchase: Already have!

Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus Renewing Night Cream and Serum: I loved these samples! Using these made my skin soft and plump and I would definitely want to buy the full sized versions. The only thing that has stopped me from buying these already is that these cost a lot of money ($110 for the serum and $145 for the moisturiser).
Repurchase: Yes

Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel Mask: I loved this! It's a similar concept to the Glam Glow mask that sucks out the oils and congestion out of your skin. I do have a back up of this, but I did get a little sick of it, so I probably will try something else after I finish the second one I have. I did a full review (with gross photos) here.
Repurchase: Maybe

La Roche-Posay Redermic R: I loved the concept of this, it is a retinol treatment that is gentle and easily available at Priceline. This is designed for aging skin but I wouldn't repurchase this yet because I didn't notice any difference in my skin... I have heard that this only works if you have aged skin, so maybe I will try it in a few years when I have more aging concerns.
Repurchase: Not yet

Enbacci Brightening Hand and Nail Cream with SPF 15: I really do like this brand, but I wasn't a big fan of this hand cream. The scent was nice, the texture was nice, I liked that it had SPF, but it left a white powdery residue that would get all over my car!
Repurchase: No

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MAC Harmony Blush: Naaaaw the memories...this was my first ever contour product that I bought! This is a matte blush that is a quite similar to NARS Laguna (but matte and maybe a little more pigmented). It is a little orange toned, but works very well with a a bit of a tan or for people who have slightly yellow toned skin. This is a great product because you can apply it lightly or build it up for a stronger contour.
Repurchase: Maybe when I use up some of my other bronzers

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: This is a very hyped up product, but for some reason I didn't get along with it! I hated the sponge (and ended up removing it), and I found that the product itself was too thin and didn't provide much coverage.
Repurchase: No

Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Eye Gel: I bought this because I was told that an eye gel will help with the dehydration under my eyes. This was a good product, but I didn't notice outstanding results for the whopping $100+ price tag (I bought it for around $80 at a beauty expo). I think this lasted me maybe two and a half months using it morning and night... I might buy this again down the track but I don't think I can afford buying such an expensive eye gel every few months. 
Repurchase: Maybe

Buy Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron: Similar to the eye gel above, I was using this to add hydration to my skin. Even though this is significantly cheaper than the Environ eye gel, I didn't notice any amazing results.
Repurchase: No

Coconut Revolution Coconut Body Butter Original: I don't like to include samples in my empties posts unless they are fab... and this was fab! I normally hate the scent of coconut, but this one had an amazing coconut/vanilla/sweet scent. This body butter was everything you want from a body butter, it was thick, luxurious, but didn't leave my skin greasy... it is also made out of coconut oil which is supposed to be amazing for your skin. I will DEFINITELY be tracking this down and buying it.
Repurchase: Yes

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin Conceal in Y1: I actually really loved this concealer. It was very heavy coverage and quite dry (I wouldn't recommend it for under the eyes for dry skinned people) but I loved it for covering spots, redness and under eye darkness. The only reason why I am throwing this away is that the lid broke and it started drying up. I have heard that they have since changed the packaging so I might buy this again in the future. I did a full review with swatches here.
Repurchase: Yes

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream: This sample lasted me around 3 weeks of use and I actually noticed a difference in the smoothness and plumpness of my under eye area after using it for a few days. I also love that this is thick and blends into your skin very easily. I have already purchased the full size and I highly recommend it.
Repurchase: Already have!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent: This is not my first Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, and definitely not my last. Even though this isn't my favourite setting powder of all time, it is a great basic translucent powder that helps keep your makeup matte... and it is very afforable. 
Repurchase: Yes

Derma E Evenly Radiant samples: I decided to include these samples as well because I quite liked this range of skincare. On first impressions I really liked the moisturiser and cleanser. 
Repurchase: I will look into it

I also did an empties video...


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Thank you to everyone who entered my Lipstick Republic gift card giveaway!

With over 2,500 entries my jaw literally dropped when the winner popped up... Talia! The lady who introduced me to shopping at Lipstick Republic herself!

For the record, Rafflecopter giveaways are drawn completely at random.

Please do check out Lipstick Republic as they have an amazing range of harder to get makeup brands. Also use the code "KITSCHSNITCH" for 10% off your order!

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Thanks again to everyone who entered and I wish you all the best for 2015!

New Years Ever Giveaway Winner

January 15, 2015

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Thank you to everyone who entered my Lipstick Republic gift card giveaway!

With over 2,500 entries my jaw literally dropped when the winner popped up... Talia! The lady who introduced me to shopping at Lipstick Republic herself!

For the record, Rafflecopter giveaways are drawn completely at random.

Please do check out Lipstick Republic as they have an amazing range of harder to get makeup brands. Also use the code "KITSCHSNITCH" for 10% off your order!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks again to everyone who entered and I wish you all the best for 2015!

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This is just going to be a quick mini review instead of a normal indepth review. The main reason for that is because I honestly haven't made my mind up about how exactly I feel about this foundation, but I wanted to let you guys know about EX1 regardless.

I stumbled across this brand (I think someone mentioned something about it on YouTube) and I was really curious about trying it. EX1 is a brand that is designed specifically for olive/yellow toned skin. The products that are available from this brand are liquid foundation, concealer, pressed powder, mineral powder and blush.


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If you have yellow undertones to your skin and struggle finding base products, then you might want to check out this brand. The liquid foundations come in 5 shades ranging from F100 (similar to NC25) to F500 (similar to NC45). The shade I bought was F100 and I must admit that this shade is pretty dark and definitely wouldn't work for me in the cooler months. This won't work on fair skin tones, but I do know that a lot of people struggle finding darker/tanned coloured base products and this range is targeted to those people. The concealer comes in three shades (D100, D200 and D300).

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Even though I was really interested to try this out for the concept (and the good reviews that I watched/read) but the main incentive to get it was that it was actually really affordable! I bought this from Lookfantastic.com (which has free shipping) and the foundation cost AUD$23.50 and the concealer cost AUD$16.92 (I also used a discount code to get 10% off - are always discount codes available for Lookfantastic).

Onto the packaging...

The packaging is clear plastic with metallic orange finishes. There are two things that I love about the foundation packaging - firstly that it has a pump, and secondly that the product is pushed up from the bottom so when you finish the bottle you don't need to worry about wastage. The concealer is pot set, which doesn't bother me so much but I know it could bother some people.

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The products themselves are pretty good. They are 100% oil and fragrance free and are designed to not clog pores. You can see from the photo above that the lightest shades (F100 for the foundation and D100 for the concealer) are probably what most foundations would call "beige" or "light medium". The foundation isn't extremely yellow based, it is more neutral leaning towards yellow, and the concealer is a lot more yellow toned than the foundation.

The foundation provides a light-medium but buildable coverage with a normal to slightly dewy finish. This is a pretty middle of the road foundation - it doesn't last a super long period of time, and the finish is too "dewy" for my combination oily skin (ie after 4-6 hours of wear I have significant oil break through), but it's probably not dewy enough for people with very dry skin... it's just a normal finish *shrugs*. I was under the impression that this was going to be a foundation that was more targeted to oilier skinned people (possible because of the oil free and anti-spot claims with the concealer etc), but in my opinion it isn't. Ironically this would work better for me in the cooler months, but the shade won't match me.

The concealer is a strange concealer. It is very hydrating (and contains Vitamin E) so it is perfect for under the eyes, but it doesn't provide as much coverage as I am used to. Since this is quite hydrating then it doesn't really set, so the coverage doesn't build. With the yellow tones this could work as a colour corrector under your foundation/concealer if you have dark circles, but if you are after coverage then this doesn't cut it on it's own. This designed to be both a dark circle corrector and an anti-blemish concealer, but I can't imagine that this would cover blemishes all that effectively.

In conclusion, I really wanted to share this brand with you guys in case you are one of those people who are looking for an affordable range that is targeted to yellow based/olive/tanned skin tones. I personally haven't been reaching for these product too often as they don't quite work for my oily combo skin (well, not in the current humid and hot weather anyway), but I though they were worth a mention!

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation and Delete Concealer Review and Swatches

January 13, 2015

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This is just going to be a quick mini review instead of a normal indepth review. The main reason for that is because I honestly haven't made my mind up about how exactly I feel about this foundation, but I wanted to let you guys know about EX1 regardless.

I stumbled across this brand (I think someone mentioned something about it on YouTube) and I was really curious about trying it. EX1 is a brand that is designed specifically for olive/yellow toned skin. The products that are available from this brand are liquid foundation, concealer, pressed powder, mineral powder and blush.


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Taken from http://www.ex1cosmetics.com

If you have yellow undertones to your skin and struggle finding base products, then you might want to check out this brand. The liquid foundations come in 5 shades ranging from F100 (similar to NC25) to F500 (similar to NC45). The shade I bought was F100 and I must admit that this shade is pretty dark and definitely wouldn't work for me in the cooler months. This won't work on fair skin tones, but I do know that a lot of people struggle finding darker/tanned coloured base products and this range is targeted to those people. The concealer comes in three shades (D100, D200 and D300).

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Even though I was really interested to try this out for the concept (and the good reviews that I watched/read) but the main incentive to get it was that it was actually really affordable! I bought this from Lookfantastic.com (which has free shipping) and the foundation cost AUD$23.50 and the concealer cost AUD$16.92 (I also used a discount code to get 10% off - are always discount codes available for Lookfantastic).

Onto the packaging...

The packaging is clear plastic with metallic orange finishes. There are two things that I love about the foundation packaging - firstly that it has a pump, and secondly that the product is pushed up from the bottom so when you finish the bottle you don't need to worry about wastage. The concealer is pot set, which doesn't bother me so much but I know it could bother some people.

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The products themselves are pretty good. They are 100% oil and fragrance free and are designed to not clog pores. You can see from the photo above that the lightest shades (F100 for the foundation and D100 for the concealer) are probably what most foundations would call "beige" or "light medium". The foundation isn't extremely yellow based, it is more neutral leaning towards yellow, and the concealer is a lot more yellow toned than the foundation.

The foundation provides a light-medium but buildable coverage with a normal to slightly dewy finish. This is a pretty middle of the road foundation - it doesn't last a super long period of time, and the finish is too "dewy" for my combination oily skin (ie after 4-6 hours of wear I have significant oil break through), but it's probably not dewy enough for people with very dry skin... it's just a normal finish *shrugs*. I was under the impression that this was going to be a foundation that was more targeted to oilier skinned people (possible because of the oil free and anti-spot claims with the concealer etc), but in my opinion it isn't. Ironically this would work better for me in the cooler months, but the shade won't match me.

The concealer is a strange concealer. It is very hydrating (and contains Vitamin E) so it is perfect for under the eyes, but it doesn't provide as much coverage as I am used to. Since this is quite hydrating then it doesn't really set, so the coverage doesn't build. With the yellow tones this could work as a colour corrector under your foundation/concealer if you have dark circles, but if you are after coverage then this doesn't cut it on it's own. This designed to be both a dark circle corrector and an anti-blemish concealer, but I can't imagine that this would cover blemishes all that effectively.

In conclusion, I really wanted to share this brand with you guys in case you are one of those people who are looking for an affordable range that is targeted to yellow based/olive/tanned skin tones. I personally haven't been reaching for these product too often as they don't quite work for my oily combo skin (well, not in the current humid and hot weather anyway), but I though they were worth a mention!
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Sometimes when you lose motivation to blog, maybe time off work has made me lazy, I always think reviewing something you love can inspire you to get back into it. That is why I have decided to review the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette today.

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I was give this as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend so I'm not sure how much it costs in Australia but I do know that he bought it from Sephora in Sydney. It retails for $46 from the US Sephora site.

The packaging of the palette is a sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure. The palette also has gold reflective detailing. There is also a reasonably large mirror in the lid. This is a very thin and sleek palette and would be great for traveling as it doesn't take up much room and is quite lightweight.

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There are twelve shades in the palette - three large pans (containing 2.7g) and nine smaller pans (containing 1.4g). The shades also appear to be grouped in quads (one large shade with three smaller shades). Of course you can use any of the shades together, but the quads can give you a guide on what shades work well together.

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Above you can see that the names of each shade are conveniently located on the back of the palette.

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Overall, the shades of this palette are very warm toned, with one of two exceptions. If you prefer cooler toned palettes there was also the Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette that was released alongside this palette.

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Ok so I took photos of these swatches a little strangely. I swatches them in the quads with the large shade first and then the smaller shades (see full swatch photos later in this post).

Entomology: This is a very pigmented (albeit a little powdery) yellow toned matte cream shade. Perfect for blending out other shades.

Wrath: A deep burnt orange shade with a hint of shimmer. This has great pigmentation and wears all day. Lately I am loving these orange shades as an alternative to a brown crease shade. If this looks a little scary, I did a get ready with me using this shade and others from this palette which I will link at the end of this post.

Papillio: This is a very warm chocolate bronze shade with a frost finish. Great pigmentation, very easy to blend and lasts all day.

Summerfly: This is a more glittery shade so it can be a little chunkier to apply. It is a very warm coppery gold.

Telepathy: This is a beautiful shade and has one of the best formulas of the palette. This is a shimmery metallic shade that is a warm beige pearl... if that makes any sense? It looks quite silvery, but instead of being cool like a normal silver, it is warmer. Perfect for a highlight shade.

Killing Jar: This is a soft pinky-peach shimmer with gold iridescence. This isn't as bold as some of the other shades and I like to use it as an all over lid shade.

Delaney: This is similar in formula to Telepathy but is slightly darker and more pewter toned. It is a shimmery metallic shade and is one of the cool toned shades of the palette. It has a more brown pewter base but the metallic sheen is a cool toned silver.

Vanish: A matte mid toned taupe with good pigmentation and blends beautifully. This (along with a matte cream) is a staple in any decent palette in my opinion.

Tiny Death: A matte cream base with a little bit of glitter. I love the idea of a matte cream shade in a palette, but I can't understand why they would bother putting glitter in it. The shade itself is a great neutral cream shade with good colour payoff and formula, but the glitter is so sparse that it looks like it is a mistake. The glitter also doesn't transfer very well onto the lid so it doesn't seem to serve much of a purpose.

Disintegration: Whereas Papillio is more red toned, this shade is a mid toned brown that has a more yellow gold/olive tone to it. This shade also has a satin finish and great pigmentation.

Shadow Box: A dark chocolate matte brown with warm red undertones. Very pigmented.

Deadhead: A matte buildable black shade.

So overall I think each of these shades has a great formula (i.e. there aren't any dud shades), but the only shade I really didn't understand the purpose of was Tiny Death. If they replaced Tiny Death with another mid toned shade then I think this palette would be a lot stronger. Besides being very warm toned, this palette also leans very dark and I would have loved to see a matte peach shade or a light satin bronze/taupe instead of Tiny Death to give another option for an all over the lid shade. I find that this palette jumps from light shades (cream/metallic silver) to a lot of dark shades (burnt orange and dark browns) with only a couple of mid toned shades to use all over the lid. I also don't like that all of the large pans are lighter shades, as I personally tend to use mid toned shades more than light shades (with the matte cream being the one exception).

I love the quality of this palette, I think the shades are fun but wearable, and I have been loving using this palette during the warmer months. Like I said above, this palette could have been improved by changing Tiny Death to mid toned shade but besides that this palette is pretty perfect. There are quite a lot of different shades and finishes in this palette, but they all work well together.

...but what is the deal with the morbid shade names?

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I did a get ready with me using this palette if you wanted to see how it turned out:



What are your thoughts on this palette?



Kat Don D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

January 9, 2015

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Sometimes when you lose motivation to blog, maybe time off work has made me lazy, I always think reviewing something you love can inspire you to get back into it. That is why I have decided to review the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette today.

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I was give this as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend so I'm not sure how much it costs in Australia but I do know that he bought it from Sephora in Sydney. It retails for $46 from the US Sephora site.

The packaging of the palette is a sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure. The palette also has gold reflective detailing. There is also a reasonably large mirror in the lid. This is a very thin and sleek palette and would be great for traveling as it doesn't take up much room and is quite lightweight.

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There are twelve shades in the palette - three large pans (containing 2.7g) and nine smaller pans (containing 1.4g). The shades also appear to be grouped in quads (one large shade with three smaller shades). Of course you can use any of the shades together, but the quads can give you a guide on what shades work well together.

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Above you can see that the names of each shade are conveniently located on the back of the palette.

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Overall, the shades of this palette are very warm toned, with one of two exceptions. If you prefer cooler toned palettes there was also the Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette that was released alongside this palette.

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Ok so I took photos of these swatches a little strangely. I swatches them in the quads with the large shade first and then the smaller shades (see full swatch photos later in this post).

Entomology: This is a very pigmented (albeit a little powdery) yellow toned matte cream shade. Perfect for blending out other shades.

Wrath: A deep burnt orange shade with a hint of shimmer. This has great pigmentation and wears all day. Lately I am loving these orange shades as an alternative to a brown crease shade. If this looks a little scary, I did a get ready with me using this shade and others from this palette which I will link at the end of this post.

Papillio: This is a very warm chocolate bronze shade with a frost finish. Great pigmentation, very easy to blend and lasts all day.

Summerfly: This is a more glittery shade so it can be a little chunkier to apply. It is a very warm coppery gold.

Telepathy: This is a beautiful shade and has one of the best formulas of the palette. This is a shimmery metallic shade that is a warm beige pearl... if that makes any sense? It looks quite silvery, but instead of being cool like a normal silver, it is warmer. Perfect for a highlight shade.

Killing Jar: This is a soft pinky-peach shimmer with gold iridescence. This isn't as bold as some of the other shades and I like to use it as an all over lid shade.

Delaney: This is similar in formula to Telepathy but is slightly darker and more pewter toned. It is a shimmery metallic shade and is one of the cool toned shades of the palette. It has a more brown pewter base but the metallic sheen is a cool toned silver.

Vanish: A matte mid toned taupe with good pigmentation and blends beautifully. This (along with a matte cream) is a staple in any decent palette in my opinion.

Tiny Death: A matte cream base with a little bit of glitter. I love the idea of a matte cream shade in a palette, but I can't understand why they would bother putting glitter in it. The shade itself is a great neutral cream shade with good colour payoff and formula, but the glitter is so sparse that it looks like it is a mistake. The glitter also doesn't transfer very well onto the lid so it doesn't seem to serve much of a purpose.

Disintegration: Whereas Papillio is more red toned, this shade is a mid toned brown that has a more yellow gold/olive tone to it. This shade also has a satin finish and great pigmentation.

Shadow Box: A dark chocolate matte brown with warm red undertones. Very pigmented.

Deadhead: A matte buildable black shade.

So overall I think each of these shades has a great formula (i.e. there aren't any dud shades), but the only shade I really didn't understand the purpose of was Tiny Death. If they replaced Tiny Death with another mid toned shade then I think this palette would be a lot stronger. Besides being very warm toned, this palette also leans very dark and I would have loved to see a matte peach shade or a light satin bronze/taupe instead of Tiny Death to give another option for an all over the lid shade. I find that this palette jumps from light shades (cream/metallic silver) to a lot of dark shades (burnt orange and dark browns) with only a couple of mid toned shades to use all over the lid. I also don't like that all of the large pans are lighter shades, as I personally tend to use mid toned shades more than light shades (with the matte cream being the one exception).

I love the quality of this palette, I think the shades are fun but wearable, and I have been loving using this palette during the warmer months. Like I said above, this palette could have been improved by changing Tiny Death to mid toned shade but besides that this palette is pretty perfect. There are quite a lot of different shades and finishes in this palette, but they all work well together.

...but what is the deal with the morbid shade names?

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I did a get ready with me using this palette if you wanted to see how it turned out:



What are your thoughts on this palette?



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Hello hello, I thought I should quickly review this Benefit Complexion Confections box set that I bought from Myer in the boxing day sales (and is still currently on sale and available in some Myer stores)

Even though there were heaps of box sets available for Christmas, most of them were sold out before the sales began. I am sure that this pack was only available because the Benefit skincare range isn't nearly as popular as their makeup.

This pack was originally $75 but is now on sale for $52. These were being sold in the US for $48, so $52 is a pretty good deal.

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All the products come snug in this red plastic insert
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In the box you get a full size Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (normally $43 in Australia), a full size of the It's Potent! Eye Cream (normally $42) and a sample of the Instant Comeback Facial Serum and a sample of the PoreFessional Primer. You also get this really cute tin which I am turning into a container for my Nespresso pods.

I mainly bought this pack because I love the eye cream, and I thought it might be nice to trial other skincare from the range. So far I am liking most of the products, the moisturiser is quite light and the serum is a gel consistency. What is important to note is that these are heavily fragranced, which I really like, but you might want to avoid these if you have sensitive skin.

If you are interested in trying some of the Benefit skincare, I recommend checking out this pack because it's great value!

Benefit Complexion Confections Gift Set

January 6, 2015

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Hello hello, I thought I should quickly review this Benefit Complexion Confections box set that I bought from Myer in the boxing day sales (and is still currently on sale and available in some Myer stores)

Even though there were heaps of box sets available for Christmas, most of them were sold out before the sales began. I am sure that this pack was only available because the Benefit skincare range isn't nearly as popular as their makeup.

This pack was originally $75 but is now on sale for $52. These were being sold in the US for $48, so $52 is a pretty good deal.

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All the products come snug in this red plastic insert
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In the box you get a full size Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (normally $43 in Australia), a full size of the It's Potent! Eye Cream (normally $42) and a sample of the Instant Comeback Facial Serum and a sample of the PoreFessional Primer. You also get this really cute tin which I am turning into a container for my Nespresso pods.

I mainly bought this pack because I love the eye cream, and I thought it might be nice to trial other skincare from the range. So far I am liking most of the products, the moisturiser is quite light and the serum is a gel consistency. What is important to note is that these are heavily fragranced, which I really like, but you might want to avoid these if you have sensitive skin.

If you are interested in trying some of the Benefit skincare, I recommend checking out this pack because it's great value!
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It has been a year in the making, finally here is my top products of 2014. I decided this year to mention my most used/top product based on each category (I was finding it too hard to narrow down to a top 10 or top 14). If I have reviewed any of these product I will link it to the product name. Also at the end of this post I have my two top product of 2014 videos if you want to see me talk in more depth on each product. I would love to hear what your top product of 2014 was, so please leave it in the comments below! xx


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Body Skincare: 

Tanning product: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser in Fair to Medium
Body product: Lush Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner & Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel
Hand cream: Milk Hand Quench Moisturising Hand Cream & NUXE Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream

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Face Skincare:

Makeup Remover: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (Anti/Ox version pictured, also used the High Performance Balancing Oil in 2014)
Cleanser: Milk Face Cleanser
Toner: Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique
Serum: Lancome Visionnaire LR 2412 4% - Cx
Moisturiser: Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt In Cream
Mask: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Eye Cream: Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream
Lip Treatment: NUXE Rev de Miel Lip Balm

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Haircare

Shampoo/Conditioner: Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste & Kerastase Fondant Fluidealiste
Dry Shampoo: Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette
Hair Treatment: OGX Weightless Hydration Oil, Coconut Water & Suigo Hairlook Arts Thermal Protector
Styling Product: Suigo Hairlook Arts Firm Hold Shaping Spray
Hair Tool: Tangle Teezer & Scunci Detangle Brush

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Makeup - Base Products

Primer: N/A
Foundation: Revlon Colourstay Combination/Oily Skin (shades Natural Beige and Buff shown)
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer shades Light and Sand (under eye concealer) & Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 7 Sand (rest of face concealer)
Powder: Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Deep Natural
Best New Release Blush of 2014: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Matte Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose & Illamasqua Lover
Shimmery Blush: Sleek Blush Rose Gold & MAC Mineralised Blush in Sweet Sentiment
Bronzer: NARS Laguna Bronzer (Summer) & MAC Extra Dimension Bronzer in Aphrodite's Shell (Winter)
Highlighter: Scout Cosmetics Mineral Illuminator & MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

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Makeup - Eye Products

Primer: LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer & MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming
Eyeshadow Palettes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, LORAC Mega Pro Palette, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari
Coloured Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric Blue
Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktracks & Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Black
Mascara: MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (not pictured) & Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Brow Product: Urban Decay Naked Basics shades Naked 2 and Faint

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Makeup - Lip Products

Best New Release Lip Product of 2014: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets (shades shown Hot Pepper, Pink Pong, Nude-ist) & NARS Audacious Lipsticks (shades shown Anna and Angela)
Lip Gloss: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Miami Babe
Best Red: MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
Best Nude: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
Best Limited Edition: MAC Mystical Lipstick (Alluring Aquatic Collection), MAC Dodgy Girl (Kelly Osborne Collection) & MAC Strange Journey Lipstick (Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection)

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Other

Perfume: Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose (Winter scent) & Polo Ralph Lauren Big Pony 2 (Summer scent)
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Peach of Cake & Kester Black Nail Polish in Bougainvillea
Nail Treatment: Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat
Brush Cleaner: Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge


Thanks to everyone who has read and supported my blog in 2014 xx

Top Products of 2014

January 4, 2015

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It has been a year in the making, finally here is my top products of 2014. I decided this year to mention my most used/top product based on each category (I was finding it too hard to narrow down to a top 10 or top 14). If I have reviewed any of these product I will link it to the product name. Also at the end of this post I have my two top product of 2014 videos if you want to see me talk in more depth on each product. I would love to hear what your top product of 2014 was, so please leave it in the comments below! xx


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Body Skincare: 

Tanning product: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser in Fair to Medium
Body product: Lush Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner & Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel
Hand cream: Milk Hand Quench Moisturising Hand Cream & NUXE Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream

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Face Skincare:

Makeup Remover: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (Anti/Ox version pictured, also used the High Performance Balancing Oil in 2014)
Cleanser: Milk Face Cleanser
Toner: Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique
Serum: Lancome Visionnaire LR 2412 4% - Cx
Moisturiser: Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt In Cream
Mask: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Eye Cream: Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream
Lip Treatment: NUXE Rev de Miel Lip Balm

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Haircare

Shampoo/Conditioner: Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste & Kerastase Fondant Fluidealiste
Dry Shampoo: Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette
Hair Treatment: OGX Weightless Hydration Oil, Coconut Water & Suigo Hairlook Arts Thermal Protector
Styling Product: Suigo Hairlook Arts Firm Hold Shaping Spray
Hair Tool: Tangle Teezer & Scunci Detangle Brush

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Makeup - Base Products

Primer: N/A
Foundation: Revlon Colourstay Combination/Oily Skin (shades Natural Beige and Buff shown)
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer shades Light and Sand (under eye concealer) & Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 7 Sand (rest of face concealer)
Powder: Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in Deep Natural
Best New Release Blush of 2014: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Matte Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose & Illamasqua Lover
Shimmery Blush: Sleek Blush Rose Gold & MAC Mineralised Blush in Sweet Sentiment
Bronzer: NARS Laguna Bronzer (Summer) & MAC Extra Dimension Bronzer in Aphrodite's Shell (Winter)
Highlighter: Scout Cosmetics Mineral Illuminator & MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

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Makeup - Eye Products

Primer: LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer & MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming
Eyeshadow Palettes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, LORAC Mega Pro Palette, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari
Coloured Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric Blue
Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktracks & Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Black
Mascara: MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (not pictured) & Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Brow Product: Urban Decay Naked Basics shades Naked 2 and Faint

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Makeup - Lip Products

Best New Release Lip Product of 2014: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets (shades shown Hot Pepper, Pink Pong, Nude-ist) & NARS Audacious Lipsticks (shades shown Anna and Angela)
Lip Gloss: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Miami Babe
Best Red: MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
Best Nude: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
Best Limited Edition: MAC Mystical Lipstick (Alluring Aquatic Collection), MAC Dodgy Girl (Kelly Osborne Collection) & MAC Strange Journey Lipstick (Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection)

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Other

Perfume: Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose (Winter scent) & Polo Ralph Lauren Big Pony 2 (Summer scent)
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Peach of Cake & Kester Black Nail Polish in Bougainvillea
Nail Treatment: Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat
Brush Cleaner: Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge


Thanks to everyone who has read and supported my blog in 2014 xx

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