February 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I'm not going to lie, I have WAAAY too many eyeshadow palettes... but for some reason I keep buying them. When these Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes first came out I was intrigued but a little put off by the $68 price tag that these retail for in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica. Thinking about it now, under $70 for an eyeshadow palette in Australia definitely isn't excessive, but I think these came out around the same time as the Lorac Mega Pro, which satisfied my palette urge at the time.

Aaaaayway, fast forward a few months and I noticed that Stila was on sale on Beautybay and these palettes were down to around $40 each ! Yes, $40 each! (well, I think it was more like $40.90). I was originally lusting after the all matte "Mind" palette, but decided to splurge and buy the "Soul" palette as well... and I am so glad that I did.

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There are four of versions of the Stila "Eyes Are The Window" palettes. There is Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul. Each of the palettes come in a sturdy plastic packaging with a magnetic closure, a large mirror and a metallic finish that shows up fingerprints like there's no tomorrow. Each palette has a mixture of two metallic finishes, but each palette is different. The Soul palette is gold with rose gold detailing and the Mind palette has silver packaging with gold detailing.

Each palette contains 12 shadows and a total of 14.5g of product. For reference that is 1.1g less than an Urban Decay Naked Palette but 5.7g more than a Lorac Pro Palette.

Each palette also comes with a booklet of eye looks and also a quote on a plastic sleeve (that looks pretty impressive when you first open the palette, but I think I have already lost them).

The Mind palette contains the quote:
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" - Albert Einstein

The Soul palette contains the quote:
"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is beauty of the soul" - Saint Augustine

...touching.

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Let's get onto the individual palettes and I will start with Mind because that was the palette I was most excited for.

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The Mind palette contains 12 matte shades with a beautiful mix of cool purples and slate shades,  earthy rusty reds, and a nice mix of wearable nudes (I will go through each shade individually later in this post). For anyone who loves matte eye shadows, this is a drool worthy palette.

After playing around with this palette for a couple of weeks, I am a little on the fence with it. The colours are amazing and I particularly love the bottom row... they are divine! The thing that I dislike is the formula of the shadows. They are quite pigmented but also quite firm, so when you apply them over a primer the colour sticks very well and appear quite bold, but they don't blend out evenly which leaves patches of darker spots. If this was a little more powdery or soft then they would apply more evenly. So that's a complete bummer! The upside is that I have started wearing these without a primer and they perform beautifully, they are pigmented and blend really nicely. Of course the downside is that without a primer these have the tendency to crease, but it's very minor and barely noticeable (and I have eyelids that are probably on the oilier side of normal), and the colours do last all day with minimal fading. This has become a work/everyday palette for me because at the end of the day I am not too fussed about a tiny bit of creasing.

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Onto what I original thought would be the palette that would cause me to have buyers remorse... the Soul palette.

...this is an absolutely amazing palette! I don't think I can adequately describe how much I love this palette! The shades are PERFECT, it is almost like they have reached into my brain and plucked out all the shades that I want in a basic everyday palette (but they could have swapped the grey with a matte rust). There are five mattes, and they are the mattes you need in any good palette - you get a matte beige, two crease colours (one warm and one cool toned), a matte dark brown and a matte black. Then you get some lovely mid toned shimmery shades, a couple of lighter shimmery highlight shades and a couple of deeper shades. BAM! What more do you want from a palette? Besides one slightly dud shade (which I will talk about later) this palette performs SO well! The only downside is that it is quite similar to the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I have both palettes and even though they are similar, they are different enough. This palette is warmer and less metallic and sparkly. I prefer warmer toned eye shadow shades so I think this one is a lot more wearable on a daily basis.

Now lets get up close and personal...

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Lets start with the individual shades of the Mind palette, and sorry for switching them in a strange order... I wanted them to line up in the above photos :P

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l-r: Understanding, Genius, Imagination, Brilliance

Understanding - A matte mid toned rosy nude. This is one of my favourite shades of the palette as it is quite unique but also very versatile. Unfortunately it is one of the shades that are harder to blend.

Genius - A matte light peachy nude

Imagination - A matte light pinky nude

Brilliance - A matte off white/cream shade

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l-r: Perception, Wit, Observation, Instinct

Perception - A matte burnt red. This is also a stand out shade. It is super pigmented, very blendable, and lasts all day on the lid

Wit - A matte burnt caramel, perfect for a warm crease colour.

Observation - A matte dark taupe grey

Instinct - A matte dark slate grey

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l-r: Intellect, Creativity, Thinker, Reason
Intellect: A matte marsala. This is also an absolute favourite of the palette. This has a lovely blendable formula and is great shade to deepen a warm eye look.

Creativity: A matte dark chocolate brown. This has great pigmentation but is very firm and difficult to blend.

Thinker: A matte dark grape purple. This also is a lovely shade, but it is quite patchy and difficult to apply evenly.

Reason: A matte dark slate grey. This is one of those "is it black or is it grey" type shades, I quite like it because it isn't as harsh as a black, but once again it is one of those shades that isn't the best to blend.

Onto my beloved Soul palette...

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l-r: Vitality, Thought, Kitten, Light

Vitality: A metallic gold champagne

Thought: A metallic warm bronze

Kitten: A metallic silvery pink. This is probably the best known Stila eye shadow shade

Light: A matte nude. Much more flesh toned than the light mattes in the Mind palette

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l-r: Substance, Heart, Affection, Individual

Substance: A metallic warm grey that has a sheen of gold. This gold warmth makes this a lot more wearable for people who avoid very cool toned shades.

Heart: A matte rosy taupe. This is my perfect crease colour and it works perfectly with neutral or cooler looks.

Affection: A shimmery rusty bronze. This isn't as pigmented as some of the other shimmery shades but it is still lovely.

Individual: A matte burnt orange tan. This is great as a crease colour for warmer looks.

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l-r: Essence, Peace, Character, Being
Essence: A true matte black. This is very pigmented and very blendable

Peace: A shimmery marsala. It is similar to Affection but a little darker and cool toned

Character: A blackened plum with some shimmer. This is the worst shade to swatch, but it does apply quite well on the eyes

Being: A matte dark chocolate brown. Very similar in shade to Creativity, but this blends a lot nicer. 


Overall I am VERY impressed with the Soul palette but am on the fence with the Mind palette. The Mind palette is a great palette to accompany a look, but the Soul palette is a perfect stand alone palette.

Have you tried any of the Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes? What are your thoughts?

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes - Mind and Soul review and swatches

February 28, 2015

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I'm not going to lie, I have WAAAY too many eyeshadow palettes... but for some reason I keep buying them. When these Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes first came out I was intrigued but a little put off by the $68 price tag that these retail for in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica. Thinking about it now, under $70 for an eyeshadow palette in Australia definitely isn't excessive, but I think these came out around the same time as the Lorac Mega Pro, which satisfied my palette urge at the time.

Aaaaayway, fast forward a few months and I noticed that Stila was on sale on Beautybay and these palettes were down to around $40 each ! Yes, $40 each! (well, I think it was more like $40.90). I was originally lusting after the all matte "Mind" palette, but decided to splurge and buy the "Soul" palette as well... and I am so glad that I did.

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There are four of versions of the Stila "Eyes Are The Window" palettes. There is Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul. Each of the palettes come in a sturdy plastic packaging with a magnetic closure, a large mirror and a metallic finish that shows up fingerprints like there's no tomorrow. Each palette has a mixture of two metallic finishes, but each palette is different. The Soul palette is gold with rose gold detailing and the Mind palette has silver packaging with gold detailing.

Each palette contains 12 shadows and a total of 14.5g of product. For reference that is 1.1g less than an Urban Decay Naked Palette but 5.7g more than a Lorac Pro Palette.

Each palette also comes with a booklet of eye looks and also a quote on a plastic sleeve (that looks pretty impressive when you first open the palette, but I think I have already lost them).

The Mind palette contains the quote:
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" - Albert Einstein

The Soul palette contains the quote:
"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is beauty of the soul" - Saint Augustine

...touching.

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Let's get onto the individual palettes and I will start with Mind because that was the palette I was most excited for.

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The Mind palette contains 12 matte shades with a beautiful mix of cool purples and slate shades,  earthy rusty reds, and a nice mix of wearable nudes (I will go through each shade individually later in this post). For anyone who loves matte eye shadows, this is a drool worthy palette.

After playing around with this palette for a couple of weeks, I am a little on the fence with it. The colours are amazing and I particularly love the bottom row... they are divine! The thing that I dislike is the formula of the shadows. They are quite pigmented but also quite firm, so when you apply them over a primer the colour sticks very well and appear quite bold, but they don't blend out evenly which leaves patches of darker spots. If this was a little more powdery or soft then they would apply more evenly. So that's a complete bummer! The upside is that I have started wearing these without a primer and they perform beautifully, they are pigmented and blend really nicely. Of course the downside is that without a primer these have the tendency to crease, but it's very minor and barely noticeable (and I have eyelids that are probably on the oilier side of normal), and the colours do last all day with minimal fading. This has become a work/everyday palette for me because at the end of the day I am not too fussed about a tiny bit of creasing.

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Onto what I original thought would be the palette that would cause me to have buyers remorse... the Soul palette.

...this is an absolutely amazing palette! I don't think I can adequately describe how much I love this palette! The shades are PERFECT, it is almost like they have reached into my brain and plucked out all the shades that I want in a basic everyday palette (but they could have swapped the grey with a matte rust). There are five mattes, and they are the mattes you need in any good palette - you get a matte beige, two crease colours (one warm and one cool toned), a matte dark brown and a matte black. Then you get some lovely mid toned shimmery shades, a couple of lighter shimmery highlight shades and a couple of deeper shades. BAM! What more do you want from a palette? Besides one slightly dud shade (which I will talk about later) this palette performs SO well! The only downside is that it is quite similar to the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. I have both palettes and even though they are similar, they are different enough. This palette is warmer and less metallic and sparkly. I prefer warmer toned eye shadow shades so I think this one is a lot more wearable on a daily basis.

Now lets get up close and personal...

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Mind
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Soul
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Lets start with the individual shades of the Mind palette, and sorry for switching them in a strange order... I wanted them to line up in the above photos :P

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l-r: Understanding, Genius, Imagination, Brilliance

Understanding - A matte mid toned rosy nude. This is one of my favourite shades of the palette as it is quite unique but also very versatile. Unfortunately it is one of the shades that are harder to blend.

Genius - A matte light peachy nude

Imagination - A matte light pinky nude

Brilliance - A matte off white/cream shade

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l-r: Perception, Wit, Observation, Instinct

Perception - A matte burnt red. This is also a stand out shade. It is super pigmented, very blendable, and lasts all day on the lid

Wit - A matte burnt caramel, perfect for a warm crease colour.

Observation - A matte dark taupe grey

Instinct - A matte dark slate grey

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l-r: Intellect, Creativity, Thinker, Reason
Intellect: A matte marsala. This is also an absolute favourite of the palette. This has a lovely blendable formula and is great shade to deepen a warm eye look.

Creativity: A matte dark chocolate brown. This has great pigmentation but is very firm and difficult to blend.

Thinker: A matte dark grape purple. This also is a lovely shade, but it is quite patchy and difficult to apply evenly.

Reason: A matte dark slate grey. This is one of those "is it black or is it grey" type shades, I quite like it because it isn't as harsh as a black, but once again it is one of those shades that isn't the best to blend.

Onto my beloved Soul palette...

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l-r: Vitality, Thought, Kitten, Light

Vitality: A metallic gold champagne

Thought: A metallic warm bronze

Kitten: A metallic silvery pink. This is probably the best known Stila eye shadow shade

Light: A matte nude. Much more flesh toned than the light mattes in the Mind palette

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l-r: Substance, Heart, Affection, Individual

Substance: A metallic warm grey that has a sheen of gold. This gold warmth makes this a lot more wearable for people who avoid very cool toned shades.

Heart: A matte rosy taupe. This is my perfect crease colour and it works perfectly with neutral or cooler looks.

Affection: A shimmery rusty bronze. This isn't as pigmented as some of the other shimmery shades but it is still lovely.

Individual: A matte burnt orange tan. This is great as a crease colour for warmer looks.

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l-r: Essence, Peace, Character, Being
Essence: A true matte black. This is very pigmented and very blendable

Peace: A shimmery marsala. It is similar to Affection but a little darker and cool toned

Character: A blackened plum with some shimmer. This is the worst shade to swatch, but it does apply quite well on the eyes

Being: A matte dark chocolate brown. Very similar in shade to Creativity, but this blends a lot nicer. 


Overall I am VERY impressed with the Soul palette but am on the fence with the Mind palette. The Mind palette is a great palette to accompany a look, but the Soul palette is a perfect stand alone palette.

Have you tried any of the Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes? What are your thoughts?

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Hey lovelies! I just wanted to check if anyone is going to Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne this weekend.

The details are as follows and I will be attending with a few other bloggers/vloggers on the Sunday (when the doors open). If you see us, definitely come and say hi!


SALON MELBOURNE/HAIR MELBOURNE 2015 @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sunday March 1: 9am-6pm

Monday March 2: 10am-4pm

TICKETS: $15 online (prior to midnight 28 February 2015); or $20 at the door. https://isa.infosalons.biz/reg/salon15m/register.asp


If you have never been to Salon Melbourne before it is a large trade show that has heaps of makeup, nail products, skincare, hair products and salon products on sale at trade prices. It also has makeup and hair demonstrations (I will insert some more specific information later in this post). It's pretty much a bigger version of IMATS but instead of being only makeup related it also incorporates hair and salon products... and it's in MELBOURNE!



Victoria’s premier hair and beauty destination, Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne 2015 is on this weekend. From sourcing and networking to inspiration and education this boutique hair and beauty destination is your ultimate one-stop shop for career elevation.

No matter your schedule, if you’re a Melbourne based beauty, hair, spa or wellness professional, there’s no excuse for missing this annual showcase. Whether it’s discovering the latest trends, to on-floor specials, make the most of this year’s stellar showcase with this pre-show guide and take advantage of all that will be on offer!


THE HIT LIST:

·        For expert tips, tricks, trends and inspiration, the Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne Main Stage will provide access to names like brow extraordinaire, Jazz Pampling; hair maestros, Lorna Evans and Caterina DiBiase; American makeup guru, Donna Mee; Aussie makeup favourite, Rae Morris – and in an event first, get a dose of celebrity with Mediterranean Tan, Wax & Beauty’s special guest, Gina Liano from hit show, Real Housewives of Melbourne.

·         Get maximum bang for your buck and take advantage of all that will be offered on-floor. With a showcase of over 250 brands including Bodyography, INGLOT and Excellent Edges, stock up on products and tools at exclusive expo prices, while experiencing some of the latest industry products and services.

·         If you’re interested in uncovering the latest in medi-based treatments, head over to the Medi-Stage and see some of the newest products and services to hit the market live in action.

·         See Australia’s top hair styling talent work alongside emerging fashion designers and makeup artists as the HBIA hosts a live fashion-inspired competition.

·         When it comes to education, get up close and personal with names like X-Factor Makeup Director Martin Bray; TONI&GUY; make-up guru, Rae Morris; hair extraordinaire, Lorna Evans; brow artist to the stars, Jazz Pampling; in addition to a diverse array of business specific seminars and sessions.

·         In an education first, catch an inspirational session, titled The Transformation Series. Hosted by Total Salon Solutions’ CEO, Julie Piantadosi, this accessibly priced session will teach how to put the power of your personal brand to work, to transform both the lives of yourself and your clients

·         Let your hair down with the visionary Matrix Australia Design Team as they stage Matrix Playground – a night of inspiration, innovation and creativity. Be quick to secure your ticket to this exclusive event.

TIPS

·        Enjoy a seamless expo experience by downloading the Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne Expo App.  Featuring an interactive floor map, attraction alerts and exhibitor lists, this app will ensure you don’t miss a thing. To download visit http://www.salonmelbourne.com.au/en/visiting/mobile-app/


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SALON MELBOURNE/HAIR MELBOURNE 2015

February 27, 2015


Hey lovelies! I just wanted to check if anyone is going to Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne this weekend.

The details are as follows and I will be attending with a few other bloggers/vloggers on the Sunday (when the doors open). If you see us, definitely come and say hi!


SALON MELBOURNE/HAIR MELBOURNE 2015 @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sunday March 1: 9am-6pm

Monday March 2: 10am-4pm

TICKETS: $15 online (prior to midnight 28 February 2015); or $20 at the door. https://isa.infosalons.biz/reg/salon15m/register.asp


If you have never been to Salon Melbourne before it is a large trade show that has heaps of makeup, nail products, skincare, hair products and salon products on sale at trade prices. It also has makeup and hair demonstrations (I will insert some more specific information later in this post). It's pretty much a bigger version of IMATS but instead of being only makeup related it also incorporates hair and salon products... and it's in MELBOURNE!



Victoria’s premier hair and beauty destination, Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne 2015 is on this weekend. From sourcing and networking to inspiration and education this boutique hair and beauty destination is your ultimate one-stop shop for career elevation.

No matter your schedule, if you’re a Melbourne based beauty, hair, spa or wellness professional, there’s no excuse for missing this annual showcase. Whether it’s discovering the latest trends, to on-floor specials, make the most of this year’s stellar showcase with this pre-show guide and take advantage of all that will be on offer!


THE HIT LIST:

·        For expert tips, tricks, trends and inspiration, the Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne Main Stage will provide access to names like brow extraordinaire, Jazz Pampling; hair maestros, Lorna Evans and Caterina DiBiase; American makeup guru, Donna Mee; Aussie makeup favourite, Rae Morris – and in an event first, get a dose of celebrity with Mediterranean Tan, Wax & Beauty’s special guest, Gina Liano from hit show, Real Housewives of Melbourne.

·         Get maximum bang for your buck and take advantage of all that will be offered on-floor. With a showcase of over 250 brands including Bodyography, INGLOT and Excellent Edges, stock up on products and tools at exclusive expo prices, while experiencing some of the latest industry products and services.

·         If you’re interested in uncovering the latest in medi-based treatments, head over to the Medi-Stage and see some of the newest products and services to hit the market live in action.

·         See Australia’s top hair styling talent work alongside emerging fashion designers and makeup artists as the HBIA hosts a live fashion-inspired competition.

·         When it comes to education, get up close and personal with names like X-Factor Makeup Director Martin Bray; TONI&GUY; make-up guru, Rae Morris; hair extraordinaire, Lorna Evans; brow artist to the stars, Jazz Pampling; in addition to a diverse array of business specific seminars and sessions.

·         In an education first, catch an inspirational session, titled The Transformation Series. Hosted by Total Salon Solutions’ CEO, Julie Piantadosi, this accessibly priced session will teach how to put the power of your personal brand to work, to transform both the lives of yourself and your clients

·         Let your hair down with the visionary Matrix Australia Design Team as they stage Matrix Playground – a night of inspiration, innovation and creativity. Be quick to secure your ticket to this exclusive event.

TIPS

·        Enjoy a seamless expo experience by downloading the Salon Melbourne/Hair Melbourne Expo App.  Featuring an interactive floor map, attraction alerts and exhibitor lists, this app will ensure you don’t miss a thing. To download visit http://www.salonmelbourne.com.au/en/visiting/mobile-app/


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Hello friends, I thought I would touch base with my Makeup Diet series (check out the first post here). This is pretty much a way for me to target products to use up (or get more use out of) and this is the one month progress post.

Let's start with the products that I have used up! I have finally finished both Revlon Colourstay Foundations in Buff and Natural Beige. I do love these foundations, but it is time to move on and let go. I also finished the Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. After finishing up these products I have decided to introduce a couple more products into the mix. I will mention the new products at the end of this post.

I have hit pan on the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner in Marry Up and the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Sand. I haven't really "hit pan" on the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, but it is nearly finished. The concealer in Sand has quite a way to go. I will be happy to see the Bobbi Brown powder go, but I have been using the Benefit Cream Shadow 5 or 6 days a week and have become quite attached! It will be a sad day when I use this up.

Speaking of products that I have become quite attached to... I have become a huge fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette and will be very sad to see this go. I previously didn't like this eyebrow pencil as it was too thin and was bad at filling in large sections of my brows. I have started using this just to define the top and bottom line of my brows and I have been loving it! I still hate how expensive it is for such a small amount of product, but I surprisingly have become a convert.

Some of the products seem to be never ending... these are the Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore Blush, which I have been using EVERY DAY and have made no dent in the pan, the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara that I have been using for a good 6 months and it is still going strong, and the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Absolute Brown which I have been using a good 4-5 days a week and there is no sign of drying up.

The other products are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite which I use most days and am still not loving, and the John Plunkett Instant Primer which probably has a couple of weeks usage left.

My worst progress is with the Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish... I keep forgetting to use this (as it's a step that I rarely use and don't see any positive effects with).

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Onto the new products that I am throwing into the mix.

To replace the Revlon Colourstay foundations I have decided to throw my Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation into the mix. This was my top foundation of 2013 and that year I did use up two bottles! I think I overdosed a little on it and moved on, so I want to go back and use this bottle up. I have older foundations sitting in my drawer that I should probably target first, but I know that I am a big fan of this foundation and it would be easy to use on a daily basis.

To replace the Korres Lip Butter I have chosen the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. Once again, this is a very easy product to throw on at work everyday, I love the shade, and I only have a tiny amount left. It's a win win.

I need to also mention the Benefit BrowZings Palette in Light. I was supposed to include this in the first Makeup Diet post, but I totally forgot. This has been the main brow product that I have been using for months and months now, and I have hit some major pan and am now trying to use it up.

Now for a couple of products that I'm not trying to use up, but I am trying to get more use out of them. Firstly, the Tom Ford blush in Flush which I rediscovered while doing my Addicted to Blush Tag. I think because this was expensive I was reluctant to use it too much, but it has been sitting in my drawer for too long and it needs some love! I have also targeted the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in the hopes that it will be like the Anastasia Brow Wiz and after forcing myself to use it often I will go from disliking it to loving it... fingers crossed!

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So that's it for my makeup diet for the moment. See you next month for another update!

Are you currently doing a makeup diet? What products are your targeting?

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Makeup Diet #2

February 24, 2015

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Hello friends, I thought I would touch base with my Makeup Diet series (check out the first post here). This is pretty much a way for me to target products to use up (or get more use out of) and this is the one month progress post.

Let's start with the products that I have used up! I have finally finished both Revlon Colourstay Foundations in Buff and Natural Beige. I do love these foundations, but it is time to move on and let go. I also finished the Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. After finishing up these products I have decided to introduce a couple more products into the mix. I will mention the new products at the end of this post.

I have hit pan on the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner in Marry Up and the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Sand. I haven't really "hit pan" on the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, but it is nearly finished. The concealer in Sand has quite a way to go. I will be happy to see the Bobbi Brown powder go, but I have been using the Benefit Cream Shadow 5 or 6 days a week and have become quite attached! It will be a sad day when I use this up.

Speaking of products that I have become quite attached to... I have become a huge fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette and will be very sad to see this go. I previously didn't like this eyebrow pencil as it was too thin and was bad at filling in large sections of my brows. I have started using this just to define the top and bottom line of my brows and I have been loving it! I still hate how expensive it is for such a small amount of product, but I surprisingly have become a convert.

Some of the products seem to be never ending... these are the Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore Blush, which I have been using EVERY DAY and have made no dent in the pan, the Lancôme Grandiose Mascara that I have been using for a good 6 months and it is still going strong, and the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Absolute Brown which I have been using a good 4-5 days a week and there is no sign of drying up.

The other products are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Granite which I use most days and am still not loving, and the John Plunkett Instant Primer which probably has a couple of weeks usage left.

My worst progress is with the Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish... I keep forgetting to use this (as it's a step that I rarely use and don't see any positive effects with).

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Onto the new products that I am throwing into the mix.

To replace the Revlon Colourstay foundations I have decided to throw my Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation into the mix. This was my top foundation of 2013 and that year I did use up two bottles! I think I overdosed a little on it and moved on, so I want to go back and use this bottle up. I have older foundations sitting in my drawer that I should probably target first, but I know that I am a big fan of this foundation and it would be easy to use on a daily basis.

To replace the Korres Lip Butter I have chosen the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. Once again, this is a very easy product to throw on at work everyday, I love the shade, and I only have a tiny amount left. It's a win win.

I need to also mention the Benefit BrowZings Palette in Light. I was supposed to include this in the first Makeup Diet post, but I totally forgot. This has been the main brow product that I have been using for months and months now, and I have hit some major pan and am now trying to use it up.

Now for a couple of products that I'm not trying to use up, but I am trying to get more use out of them. Firstly, the Tom Ford blush in Flush which I rediscovered while doing my Addicted to Blush Tag. I think because this was expensive I was reluctant to use it too much, but it has been sitting in my drawer for too long and it needs some love! I have also targeted the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in the hopes that it will be like the Anastasia Brow Wiz and after forcing myself to use it often I will go from disliking it to loving it... fingers crossed!

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So that's it for my makeup diet for the moment. See you next month for another update!

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top: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, bottom: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand

After many months of convincing myself that I really don't need another concealer, I finally bit the bullet and bought the ever so raved about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. A lot of people say that it is similar to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (which I love) so I thought I would do a quick review and comparison.

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As the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light is pretty much my perfect under eye concealer shade, I brought it along with me when buying the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and ended up finding a pretty good match with the shade Custard.

I bought the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer from Mecca Cosmetica where it retails for $35 for 6ml and I usually buy the Maybelline Fit Me Concealers from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse for $13 to $15 for 6.8ml (and you can often find it on sale). The NARS concealers come in 10 different shades and the Maybelline concealers come in 6 shades.

Let's compare the packaging. Both come in clear plastic tubes with black lids. The NARS packaging is a lot more heavy duty feels better quality. The lid also has the typical rubberised finish that comes with NARS packaging. The Maybelline packaging is very basic, there is nothing luxurious about it and the writing on the tube wears off very easily. Even though it isn't fancy, it is sturdy enough to throw in your handbag without worrying that it will break or leak in your bag... so it does the job.


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top: NARS, bottom: Maybelline

Both also come with a doe food applicator. I actually prefer the Maybelline applicator because it is much smaller and allows for more precise application. The NARS packaging must remove a lot more excess product than the Maybelline packaging. You can see in the photo above that the NARS applicator looks a lot cleaner.

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top: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, bottom: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
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left: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, right: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
Onto the product itself. You can see that all concealers are pretty much a similar shade, with NARS Custard possibly being the most neutral of the three, Maybelline Light being more pink toned and Sand being more yellow toned.

Consistency: Both the NARS and Maybelline concealers have a similar consistency with the Maybelline being slightly runnier and the NARS being a little more mousse like.

Coverage: The NARS provides more coverage (I would consider it to be a high coverage concealer) with the Maybelline being a medium but buildable coverage.

Application: I think this is where the concealers vary the most. I find that the NARS concealer requires less blending as it is a slightly drier consistency... but it also doesn't set completely so it does stay slightly tacky and can move unless you set it with a powder. The Maybelline concealer is slightly runnier so it's best to apply a small amount, wait for it to set, and then apply a little more if you want more coverage.

Longevity: For a couple of days I have worn the NARS Custard under one eye and the Maybelline Light under the other eye and I honestly didn't notice a difference in the longevity. Both concealers appeared quite similar and both wore all day.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer pros and cons: The pros are that it's very high coverage so you only need to use a small amount and it would be great for covering dark circles. It is easy to blend and lasts a long time without wearing off. It also comes in a large range of shades and the packaging is high quality. The cons is that it is quite expensive, it doesn't set completely so it can migrate and settle into fine lines and it wouldn't be the best for covering blemishes and imperfections. If you have drier skin then you could get away without setting this concealer with a powder, but if you have oilier skin you will need to make sure to be very gentle when setting the concealer. I have come to notice that if you use a kabuki brush or a large powder brush to set your foundation and concealer, the concealer can actually move and it can start to look patchy and grainy. I need to use a smaller brush to gently pat the powder onto the concealer and then use the kabuki brush to apply powder to the rest of my face... drainer!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer pros and cons: The pros are that it is very affordable, has good coverage, it sets so that you can use it on the face as well as under the eyes, this also means there isn't an issue with this moving or migrating into lines or going patchy when setting with a powder. This concealer also lasts really well. The cons are that this is quite runny so it's best to build this up rather than applying too much at once, which means that you can use more product than the NARS concealer. Even though there are 6 shades available, the range is pretty poor and doesn't cater for very light skin as well as deeper skin tones.

So overall what do I think? Well, I am glad that I tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, as I love the consistency and the coverage, but I honestly prefer the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Maybe if I had dry skin I would prefer the NARS concealer, but I ultimately think that they look the same on the skin and, for my oily combination skin, I need a concealer that sets in place and doesn't migrate and move around as much as the NARS one does. The Maybelline concealer is cheaper and out of the two, it's the one I reach for on a daily basis. Sorry NARS.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer vs Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

February 22, 2015


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top: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, bottom: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand

After many months of convincing myself that I really don't need another concealer, I finally bit the bullet and bought the ever so raved about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. A lot of people say that it is similar to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (which I love) so I thought I would do a quick review and comparison.

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As the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light is pretty much my perfect under eye concealer shade, I brought it along with me when buying the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and ended up finding a pretty good match with the shade Custard.

I bought the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer from Mecca Cosmetica where it retails for $35 for 6ml and I usually buy the Maybelline Fit Me Concealers from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse for $13 to $15 for 6.8ml (and you can often find it on sale). The NARS concealers come in 10 different shades and the Maybelline concealers come in 6 shades.

Let's compare the packaging. Both come in clear plastic tubes with black lids. The NARS packaging is a lot more heavy duty feels better quality. The lid also has the typical rubberised finish that comes with NARS packaging. The Maybelline packaging is very basic, there is nothing luxurious about it and the writing on the tube wears off very easily. Even though it isn't fancy, it is sturdy enough to throw in your handbag without worrying that it will break or leak in your bag... so it does the job.


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top: NARS, bottom: Maybelline

Both also come with a doe food applicator. I actually prefer the Maybelline applicator because it is much smaller and allows for more precise application. The NARS packaging must remove a lot more excess product than the Maybelline packaging. You can see in the photo above that the NARS applicator looks a lot cleaner.

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top: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, bottom: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
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left: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, middle: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, right: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
Onto the product itself. You can see that all concealers are pretty much a similar shade, with NARS Custard possibly being the most neutral of the three, Maybelline Light being more pink toned and Sand being more yellow toned.

Consistency: Both the NARS and Maybelline concealers have a similar consistency with the Maybelline being slightly runnier and the NARS being a little more mousse like.

Coverage: The NARS provides more coverage (I would consider it to be a high coverage concealer) with the Maybelline being a medium but buildable coverage.

Application: I think this is where the concealers vary the most. I find that the NARS concealer requires less blending as it is a slightly drier consistency... but it also doesn't set completely so it does stay slightly tacky and can move unless you set it with a powder. The Maybelline concealer is slightly runnier so it's best to apply a small amount, wait for it to set, and then apply a little more if you want more coverage.

Longevity: For a couple of days I have worn the NARS Custard under one eye and the Maybelline Light under the other eye and I honestly didn't notice a difference in the longevity. Both concealers appeared quite similar and both wore all day.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer pros and cons: The pros are that it's very high coverage so you only need to use a small amount and it would be great for covering dark circles. It is easy to blend and lasts a long time without wearing off. It also comes in a large range of shades and the packaging is high quality. The cons is that it is quite expensive, it doesn't set completely so it can migrate and settle into fine lines and it wouldn't be the best for covering blemishes and imperfections. If you have drier skin then you could get away without setting this concealer with a powder, but if you have oilier skin you will need to make sure to be very gentle when setting the concealer. I have come to notice that if you use a kabuki brush or a large powder brush to set your foundation and concealer, the concealer can actually move and it can start to look patchy and grainy. I need to use a smaller brush to gently pat the powder onto the concealer and then use the kabuki brush to apply powder to the rest of my face... drainer!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer pros and cons: The pros are that it is very affordable, has good coverage, it sets so that you can use it on the face as well as under the eyes, this also means there isn't an issue with this moving or migrating into lines or going patchy when setting with a powder. This concealer also lasts really well. The cons are that this is quite runny so it's best to build this up rather than applying too much at once, which means that you can use more product than the NARS concealer. Even though there are 6 shades available, the range is pretty poor and doesn't cater for very light skin as well as deeper skin tones.

So overall what do I think? Well, I am glad that I tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, as I love the consistency and the coverage, but I honestly prefer the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Maybe if I had dry skin I would prefer the NARS concealer, but I ultimately think that they look the same on the skin and, for my oily combination skin, I need a concealer that sets in place and doesn't migrate and move around as much as the NARS one does. The Maybelline concealer is cheaper and out of the two, it's the one I reach for on a daily basis. Sorry NARS.

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I have decided to make my own tag! I am notorious for being a bit of a blush hoarder so I thought I will create a tag dedicated to blushes ...and yes, I am aware that there are other blush tags around, but the more the merrier.

What colour blush suits you the most? I am a sucker for a blue toned pink blush, but I actually think rosy nudes suit me the most. Rosy nudes tend to go with any makeup look and are great for work.

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l-r: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose, Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

Pressed/cream/loose blush? Pressed! I hate using loose blushes! I do have a few but I rarely (and I mean RARELY) use them. I don't mind cream blushes, but I find that they are a little harder to apply evenly and ain't no one got time for that.

Favourite shimmery blush? NARS Luster is probably my individual favourite. I am more inclined to wear shimmery blushes in the warmer months, and Luster gives the perfect peachy gold glow to the skin and I also see this blush as being a blush, contour and highlight in one because it adds colour, definition and shimmer. If I was to pick a favourite shimmery range of blushes, I would probably choose the MAC Mineralize Blush range. They have a lovely formula and they give a beautiful glow to the skin without being glittery.

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l-r: NARS blush in Luster, MAC Mineralized Blush in Sweet Sentiment

Favourite matte blush? Hands down I love all Illamasqua matte powder blushers... it is the best matte formula that I have come across (not so keen on their shimmery blushes). These are probably mid range when I comes to price, but they are better than any high end blush that I have come across.

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l-r: Illamasqua Powder Blushers in Naked Rose, Lover, Tremble

Favourite cream blush? As I said before, I don't tent to reach for these often because they take a little bit more effort to apply... but if I had to pick my favourite out of my limited cream blush collection I would say the Napoleon Cream Blush that I actually got free in a magazine. I love the shade, it applies easily, doesn't lift off any of my foundation and it isn't overly pigmented (so you don't have to blend it in like crazy). In general I am not a huge Napoleon fan but this is the exception. Sadly, I don't actually think they sell these anymore.

Favourite drugstore blush? I don't buy too many blushes from the drugstore (I admit that I am a blush snob)... but probably my favourite brand is Sleek. Their blushes are very affordable, very pigmented and you can get some fun colours. The one downside is that as these are probably too pigmented, so much so that they can be quite difficult to blend or you can end up looking like a clown. I particularly love the shimmery blushes from this range with Rose Gold being my absolute favourite (it's a more pigmented and peach version of NARS Orgasm).

Favourite high end blush? I want to say Illamasqua matte blushes, but at around $35 they aren't super high end. I do think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are quite impressive, and although I think their range of shades are limited, the quality and application of the blushes are really nice.

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l-r: Napoleon Cream Blush, Sleek Rose Gold Blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Favourite bright blush? I am a sucker for bright pink blushes and the one that started my obsession is Stila Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Pink. I don't necessarily think this blush "adjusts" like it claims, but it is a beautiful blush and it is my favourite bright blush I own (and I own quite a few). I thought I should also mention The Balm Instain Blush range as a runner up. These come in some very bright shades and they are ridiculously pigmented and last all day.

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l-r: Stila Custom Colour Blush in Self Adjusting Pink, The Balm Instain Blush in Toile

Biggest blush disappointment/regret? I think I have to mention the Bourjois Blushes here. I did own a few, but after looking for them for this tag I've realised that I must have thrown them out in a makeup cull... that's how much I dislike them. They are great to start with, the shade range is quite good (containing matte and shimmery), the packaging is cute, and they even smell nice... but after a few months they become very hard and it's almost impossible to pick up any colour. I don't know if this is because they are baked blushes, but they become almost useless.

Best blush packaging? This is a hard one, but I thought it might be a nice time to mention the Tom Ford Cheek Colour. Now I only have one of these, and to be completely honest I really don't wear this too often. I don't know if I rarely use it because of the shade I chose or because I have been worried to use it too much due to it's price... maybe I should force myself to use it more. Anyway, Tom Fords packaging is always lovely and very high quality, and the blushes are no exception. Definitely the most luxurious blush packaging in my collection.

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Tom Ford Cheek Colour in Flush

What's on your blush wish list? I though this question was a must because I know that whenever I do a collection post or a tag dedicated to one type of makeup product, I often get people recommending products I should try. I though I would pre-empt that by saying that Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes have been on my wish list for a long time now, but have always been quite difficult to get in Australia. Now that Sephora is in Sydney I might check them soon. The next blushes that I have been really keen to try are the Makeup Geek Blushes. I know these are much
more affordable and readily available than the Tarte ones but whenever I visit the Makeup Geek site to place an order one of two things happen - the shades I really want are out of stock, or I realise that I want so many shades that it becomes really expensive and I chicken out.

Number 1 holy grail blush? If I had to recommend one blush to someone, it would definitely be Illamasqua Naked Rose! I love the formula, I love the shade and being matte it is very versatile (add a highlighter if you want some shimmer)... it is such a fantastic blush. The only time I wouldn't recommend this is if you have quite dark skin because this could look a little ashy, but there are other great darker matte blushes in the Illamasqua range.

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So that's my tag! I encourage anyone who has a blog or a YouTube channel to do this tag! And don't forget to send me the link so I can check out your answers!



Addicted to blush tag

February 14, 2015

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I have decided to make my own tag! I am notorious for being a bit of a blush hoarder so I thought I will create a tag dedicated to blushes ...and yes, I am aware that there are other blush tags around, but the more the merrier.

What colour blush suits you the most? I am a sucker for a blue toned pink blush, but I actually think rosy nudes suit me the most. Rosy nudes tend to go with any makeup look and are great for work.

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l-r: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose, Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

Pressed/cream/loose blush? Pressed! I hate using loose blushes! I do have a few but I rarely (and I mean RARELY) use them. I don't mind cream blushes, but I find that they are a little harder to apply evenly and ain't no one got time for that.

Favourite shimmery blush? NARS Luster is probably my individual favourite. I am more inclined to wear shimmery blushes in the warmer months, and Luster gives the perfect peachy gold glow to the skin and I also see this blush as being a blush, contour and highlight in one because it adds colour, definition and shimmer. If I was to pick a favourite shimmery range of blushes, I would probably choose the MAC Mineralize Blush range. They have a lovely formula and they give a beautiful glow to the skin without being glittery.

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l-r: NARS blush in Luster, MAC Mineralized Blush in Sweet Sentiment

Favourite matte blush? Hands down I love all Illamasqua matte powder blushers... it is the best matte formula that I have come across (not so keen on their shimmery blushes). These are probably mid range when I comes to price, but they are better than any high end blush that I have come across.

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l-r: Illamasqua Powder Blushers in Naked Rose, Lover, Tremble

Favourite cream blush? As I said before, I don't tent to reach for these often because they take a little bit more effort to apply... but if I had to pick my favourite out of my limited cream blush collection I would say the Napoleon Cream Blush that I actually got free in a magazine. I love the shade, it applies easily, doesn't lift off any of my foundation and it isn't overly pigmented (so you don't have to blend it in like crazy). In general I am not a huge Napoleon fan but this is the exception. Sadly, I don't actually think they sell these anymore.

Favourite drugstore blush? I don't buy too many blushes from the drugstore (I admit that I am a blush snob)... but probably my favourite brand is Sleek. Their blushes are very affordable, very pigmented and you can get some fun colours. The one downside is that as these are probably too pigmented, so much so that they can be quite difficult to blend or you can end up looking like a clown. I particularly love the shimmery blushes from this range with Rose Gold being my absolute favourite (it's a more pigmented and peach version of NARS Orgasm).

Favourite high end blush? I want to say Illamasqua matte blushes, but at around $35 they aren't super high end. I do think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are quite impressive, and although I think their range of shades are limited, the quality and application of the blushes are really nice.

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l-r: Napoleon Cream Blush, Sleek Rose Gold Blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Favourite bright blush? I am a sucker for bright pink blushes and the one that started my obsession is Stila Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Pink. I don't necessarily think this blush "adjusts" like it claims, but it is a beautiful blush and it is my favourite bright blush I own (and I own quite a few). I thought I should also mention The Balm Instain Blush range as a runner up. These come in some very bright shades and they are ridiculously pigmented and last all day.

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l-r: Stila Custom Colour Blush in Self Adjusting Pink, The Balm Instain Blush in Toile

Biggest blush disappointment/regret? I think I have to mention the Bourjois Blushes here. I did own a few, but after looking for them for this tag I've realised that I must have thrown them out in a makeup cull... that's how much I dislike them. They are great to start with, the shade range is quite good (containing matte and shimmery), the packaging is cute, and they even smell nice... but after a few months they become very hard and it's almost impossible to pick up any colour. I don't know if this is because they are baked blushes, but they become almost useless.

Best blush packaging? This is a hard one, but I thought it might be a nice time to mention the Tom Ford Cheek Colour. Now I only have one of these, and to be completely honest I really don't wear this too often. I don't know if I rarely use it because of the shade I chose or because I have been worried to use it too much due to it's price... maybe I should force myself to use it more. Anyway, Tom Fords packaging is always lovely and very high quality, and the blushes are no exception. Definitely the most luxurious blush packaging in my collection.

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Tom Ford Cheek Colour in Flush

What's on your blush wish list? I though this question was a must because I know that whenever I do a collection post or a tag dedicated to one type of makeup product, I often get people recommending products I should try. I though I would pre-empt that by saying that Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes have been on my wish list for a long time now, but have always been quite difficult to get in Australia. Now that Sephora is in Sydney I might check them soon. The next blushes that I have been really keen to try are the Makeup Geek Blushes. I know these are much
more affordable and readily available than the Tarte ones but whenever I visit the Makeup Geek site to place an order one of two things happen - the shades I really want are out of stock, or I realise that I want so many shades that it becomes really expensive and I chicken out.

Number 1 holy grail blush? If I had to recommend one blush to someone, it would definitely be Illamasqua Naked Rose! I love the formula, I love the shade and being matte it is very versatile (add a highlighter if you want some shimmer)... it is such a fantastic blush. The only time I wouldn't recommend this is if you have quite dark skin because this could look a little ashy, but there are other great darker matte blushes in the Illamasqua range.

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So that's my tag! I encourage anyone who has a blog or a YouTube channel to do this tag! And don't forget to send me the link so I can check out your answers!



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Some people may know Arbonne as the brand that has annoying reps, and others may know Arbonne as a brand of makeup and skincare that they are obsessed with. I am in between, I do know that some Arbonne reps can be quite annoying (although I haven't witnessed any of that in the last year or so), but so far I have liked every Arbonne product that I have tried.

Arbonne is a brand from Switzerland and the range is cruelty free and contains botanically based ingredients. If you shy away from face to face marketing (which I tend to do), you can buy Arbonne from their website.

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This review is for the Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Buff and the Makeup Primer. Now I do want to specify that I was sent these for review, well... to be honest I asked to review them because I had heard a lot of good things about the foundation and primer.

They aren't cheap, the foundation retails for $56 and the primer retails for $51 in Australia. Both of these contain 30ml and you can see the ingredients below.

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The packaging is quite simple with a clear plastic container for the foundation and a black/dark grey packaging for the primer. Both of these have a handy pump and the packaging is designed so that, as you use the product, the inside rises so you can use up all of the product (I have no idea what the technical term of that packaging is). The packaging is nothing too fancy, but its very practical.

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Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 - Buff:  I'm not going to lie, I LOVE this foundation! This shade would probably suit a MAC NC20 type skin as it is a light to medium slightly yellow toned foundation. There are 15 shades available ranging from Alabaster to Espresso and there are options for cool and warm skin tones.

It's hard to figure out where to start because I love most things about this foundation! Firstly, it is very runny but high coverage foundation, so you only need to apply a thin layer to get the coverage that you can see in the photo below. What is great about this is that using only a thin layer is that it doesn't feel cakey or uncomfortable. Secondly, I find that one pump will cover my whole face if I apply this with my fingers (see how I apply it in the video at the end of this post)... so one bottle should last you quite a while. Thirdly, this foundation sets really well, and what I love about foundations that set is that they tend to be more long wearing, and also buildable. I can easily apply a second layer over areas that need more coverage instead of having to reach for a concealer. Fourthly, this sets to a natural finish, its not matte, but its not dewy, so it would suit most skin types. Being an oilier skinned person, I do tend to powder this foundation, focusing mainly on my t-zone, but this is one of the longest wearing foundations that I have tried in quite some time! I can easily wear this all day (as in 16ish hours) without needing to blot or re-powder. The miracle about this foundation, in my opinion, is that oil can start to break through but the makeup doesn't break down or become patchy. Lastly, this has SPF, blurs pores and is designed not to clog pores.

Onto the negatives... the only things I can think of are that you need to buy this online (or through a rep) and it costs $56. In the scheme of things, $56 isn't too bad for such a great foundation. My normal drugstore foundation is the Revlon Colorstay which retails for $34.95 in Australia, and the Arbonne one is far far superior to that one! This also beats the infamous NARS Sheer Glow that costs $59 (plus $4 if you want a pump). Compared to the Sheer Glow this has a similar consistency and application, but it wears SOOOOO much longer. I can get maybe 3-4 hours of wear with the Sheer Glow before it starts to break down around my t-zone, whereas the Arbonne foundation may get slightly oily at the 8 hour mark but my makeup doesn't break down at all.

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BAM! A perfect match for my neck!

Arbonne Makeup Primer: The primer is a nice silicon gel consistency that definitely helps smooth out pores, fine lines, and helps give a smooth foundation application. I believe this is also supposed to be an environmental shield, so it will help prevent your skin from absorbing pollutants. If that's what you look for in a primer, then definitely give this one a go! I personally like primers that can keep me looking matte and also prolong the wear of my foundation and although I think this primer helped slightly in that department, I don't think it wasn't significantly better than other silicon primers that I have tried. I know I will definitely repurchase the foundation in a heart beat, but I am not sure if I would fork out the $51 for this primer. In the video below I demonstrate how the foundation wears with primer and without primer.



In conclusion, I have found my holy grail foundation. I love how it applies, I love how it wears, I love the coverage, and I have been receiving lovely comments on my skin when I wear this. I love wearing this to work because I know that my skin will be looking good for 12 hours with little or no touching up! I highly highly highly recommend this foundation.

I am still on the fence about the primer as I feel like it does help with the application and appearance of the foundation, but I don't think it adds enough longevity for me to want to spend $51 for it. My opinion may change as I wear it more and more, but I think this would be more suited to people who are more concerned with blurring pores rather than adding longevity to your foundation.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation and Makeup Primer

February 10, 2015

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Some people may know Arbonne as the brand that has annoying reps, and others may know Arbonne as a brand of makeup and skincare that they are obsessed with. I am in between, I do know that some Arbonne reps can be quite annoying (although I haven't witnessed any of that in the last year or so), but so far I have liked every Arbonne product that I have tried.

Arbonne is a brand from Switzerland and the range is cruelty free and contains botanically based ingredients. If you shy away from face to face marketing (which I tend to do), you can buy Arbonne from their website.

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This review is for the Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Buff and the Makeup Primer. Now I do want to specify that I was sent these for review, well... to be honest I asked to review them because I had heard a lot of good things about the foundation and primer.

They aren't cheap, the foundation retails for $56 and the primer retails for $51 in Australia. Both of these contain 30ml and you can see the ingredients below.

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The packaging is quite simple with a clear plastic container for the foundation and a black/dark grey packaging for the primer. Both of these have a handy pump and the packaging is designed so that, as you use the product, the inside rises so you can use up all of the product (I have no idea what the technical term of that packaging is). The packaging is nothing too fancy, but its very practical.

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Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 - Buff:  I'm not going to lie, I LOVE this foundation! This shade would probably suit a MAC NC20 type skin as it is a light to medium slightly yellow toned foundation. There are 15 shades available ranging from Alabaster to Espresso and there are options for cool and warm skin tones.

It's hard to figure out where to start because I love most things about this foundation! Firstly, it is very runny but high coverage foundation, so you only need to apply a thin layer to get the coverage that you can see in the photo below. What is great about this is that using only a thin layer is that it doesn't feel cakey or uncomfortable. Secondly, I find that one pump will cover my whole face if I apply this with my fingers (see how I apply it in the video at the end of this post)... so one bottle should last you quite a while. Thirdly, this foundation sets really well, and what I love about foundations that set is that they tend to be more long wearing, and also buildable. I can easily apply a second layer over areas that need more coverage instead of having to reach for a concealer. Fourthly, this sets to a natural finish, its not matte, but its not dewy, so it would suit most skin types. Being an oilier skinned person, I do tend to powder this foundation, focusing mainly on my t-zone, but this is one of the longest wearing foundations that I have tried in quite some time! I can easily wear this all day (as in 16ish hours) without needing to blot or re-powder. The miracle about this foundation, in my opinion, is that oil can start to break through but the makeup doesn't break down or become patchy. Lastly, this has SPF, blurs pores and is designed not to clog pores.

Onto the negatives... the only things I can think of are that you need to buy this online (or through a rep) and it costs $56. In the scheme of things, $56 isn't too bad for such a great foundation. My normal drugstore foundation is the Revlon Colorstay which retails for $34.95 in Australia, and the Arbonne one is far far superior to that one! This also beats the infamous NARS Sheer Glow that costs $59 (plus $4 if you want a pump). Compared to the Sheer Glow this has a similar consistency and application, but it wears SOOOOO much longer. I can get maybe 3-4 hours of wear with the Sheer Glow before it starts to break down around my t-zone, whereas the Arbonne foundation may get slightly oily at the 8 hour mark but my makeup doesn't break down at all.

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BAM! A perfect match for my neck!

Arbonne Makeup Primer: The primer is a nice silicon gel consistency that definitely helps smooth out pores, fine lines, and helps give a smooth foundation application. I believe this is also supposed to be an environmental shield, so it will help prevent your skin from absorbing pollutants. If that's what you look for in a primer, then definitely give this one a go! I personally like primers that can keep me looking matte and also prolong the wear of my foundation and although I think this primer helped slightly in that department, I don't think it wasn't significantly better than other silicon primers that I have tried. I know I will definitely repurchase the foundation in a heart beat, but I am not sure if I would fork out the $51 for this primer. In the video below I demonstrate how the foundation wears with primer and without primer.



In conclusion, I have found my holy grail foundation. I love how it applies, I love how it wears, I love the coverage, and I have been receiving lovely comments on my skin when I wear this. I love wearing this to work because I know that my skin will be looking good for 12 hours with little or no touching up! I highly highly highly recommend this foundation.

I am still on the fence about the primer as I feel like it does help with the application and appearance of the foundation, but I don't think it adds enough longevity for me to want to spend $51 for it. My opinion may change as I wear it more and more, but I think this would be more suited to people who are more concerned with blurring pores rather than adding longevity to your foundation.
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I was lucky enough to attended the Glamour Affair blogger event the other week and one of the most exciting parts of the event was when a couple of ladies from Benefit gave us a sneak peak of some of the newest products to hit the Australian counters.

The first is the Puff Off! eye gel (which was released in stores on the 31st of January) and the second is a sneak peak of the new License To Blot, which is the latest addition to the Porefessional line (I believe this launches later in the month). I love the Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream and the Porefessional Primer, so I was very excited to trial these new offerings.

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Lets start with the packaging...

I LOVE the packaging of the Puff Off! eye gel! It is a squeezy tube and has the cutest iron shaped applicator! (see photos below for a close up). It doesn't take a genius to realise that iron is supposed to represent ironing out puffiness and lines... but it's a cute detail. PLEASE NOTE that to remove the cap you need to pull it (it can be a little stiff to begin with), if you twist the cap the metal applicator may break (this point was emphasised by the Benefit staff who told us about the product). This retails in Australia for $44.00 but in the US for $29.00.

The License To Blot packing is a little less fun and looks like an old school glue stick. the shape is a triangle which is supposed to help when applying this around the nose etc.

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The Puff Off! eye gel is designed to smooth the under eye area and is supposed to have instant results (almost like that weird serum on infomercials, but less intense). Because I don't need beautifully smooth eyes while I sleep, I have only been trying this out during the day and have been sticking to my other eye cream (which just so happens to also be from Benefit) at night. You can apply this either onto bare skin or over makeup. I was impressed to see that this doesn't disturb makeup too much if you apply it over the top. If you apply this directly onto the skin then you can use the metal applicator to blend the product in and cool down the under eye area, but it is recommended to pat it on with your finger if you apply it over makeup. You can see from the photo below that this is a peachy toned gel, but when it is blended in then it doesn't have a colour.

On first impression, I personally don't notice any amazing instant results with this gel, however puffiness under the eyes has never been a concern of mine so I might not be the best person to test this. I do like the feel of this eye gel, and it does make my eye area feel smoother and more hydrated (I just can't notice any instant visible results). This does have a slight tingle when you apply it, which reminds me of a very mild version of the tingle you may experience with a plumping lip product. I am mainly impressed that this applies nicely over the top of makeup, so if you are the type of person who wants to refresh your under eye area during the day, you can easily do that with this product.

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Onto the glue stick, I mean, The Porefessional Licence To Blot. This is a blotting stick and is designed to mattify oily skin. The Benefit staff told us that this won't disrupt your makeup (yay) and is supposed to look less embarrassing than pulling out the blotting tissues. Now, I don't know how using blotting tissues in public will raise an eyebrow but smearing what appears to be a glue stick all over your t-zone won't, but each to their own. I personally prefer to blot in private or in the ladies room anyway. I am not too sure exactly when this is released and how much it will retail for.

My first impressions of this isn't good, and sadly I don't think that opinion will change with more use. This is a thick balm type product and even though it does do a pretty good job at reducing the look of oily skin (although it's definitely not as effective as blotting paper or powder), I find it really off-putting applying a thick balm layer on top of my makeup and oil. That concept really doesn't sit well with me and I find that when I apply this onto quite oily skin, my skin feels so cakey that I immediately want to wash it off. The reason why I love blotting paper/tissues so much is because it actually removes the oil... but this adds another layer on top of the oil. ALSO this does disrupt your makeup!

Ok, ok I know that that's all pretty negative, but I can see some ways that this stick can work. Firstly, this would work on skin that is only slightly oily... so if you are on the ball and start seeing oil breaking through, that's when you use this guy, but I would not recommend this for when your skin has reached the stage of being quite oily. Secondly, despite the claims that this doesn't disrupt makeup, it really does! I recommend applying this to your fingers and then patting your fingers on your face... do not rub it in otherwise you will start to smear your makeup. The main pro is that this takes away the oily look but gives a natural finish instead of a stark matte finish (which is what powdering tends to do)... so if you are a fan of a more dewy complexion then this will help you achieve that more than a powder would.

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So those are the newest Benefit products to hit the Australian shores. What are your thoughts on them? Are you interested in trying either one of them out?

Also I will be reviewing these on my YouTube Channel shortly and I will demonstrate the License To Blot... so don't forget to subscribe to my channel to see that coming in the next couple of days :)

NEW Benefit Products - Puff Off! & License To Blott

February 9, 2015

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I was lucky enough to attended the Glamour Affair blogger event the other week and one of the most exciting parts of the event was when a couple of ladies from Benefit gave us a sneak peak of some of the newest products to hit the Australian counters.

The first is the Puff Off! eye gel (which was released in stores on the 31st of January) and the second is a sneak peak of the new License To Blot, which is the latest addition to the Porefessional line (I believe this launches later in the month). I love the Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream and the Porefessional Primer, so I was very excited to trial these new offerings.

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Lets start with the packaging...

I LOVE the packaging of the Puff Off! eye gel! It is a squeezy tube and has the cutest iron shaped applicator! (see photos below for a close up). It doesn't take a genius to realise that iron is supposed to represent ironing out puffiness and lines... but it's a cute detail. PLEASE NOTE that to remove the cap you need to pull it (it can be a little stiff to begin with), if you twist the cap the metal applicator may break (this point was emphasised by the Benefit staff who told us about the product). This retails in Australia for $44.00 but in the US for $29.00.

The License To Blot packing is a little less fun and looks like an old school glue stick. the shape is a triangle which is supposed to help when applying this around the nose etc.

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look how cute!

The Puff Off! eye gel is designed to smooth the under eye area and is supposed to have instant results (almost like that weird serum on infomercials, but less intense). Because I don't need beautifully smooth eyes while I sleep, I have only been trying this out during the day and have been sticking to my other eye cream (which just so happens to also be from Benefit) at night. You can apply this either onto bare skin or over makeup. I was impressed to see that this doesn't disturb makeup too much if you apply it over the top. If you apply this directly onto the skin then you can use the metal applicator to blend the product in and cool down the under eye area, but it is recommended to pat it on with your finger if you apply it over makeup. You can see from the photo below that this is a peachy toned gel, but when it is blended in then it doesn't have a colour.

On first impression, I personally don't notice any amazing instant results with this gel, however puffiness under the eyes has never been a concern of mine so I might not be the best person to test this. I do like the feel of this eye gel, and it does make my eye area feel smoother and more hydrated (I just can't notice any instant visible results). This does have a slight tingle when you apply it, which reminds me of a very mild version of the tingle you may experience with a plumping lip product. I am mainly impressed that this applies nicely over the top of makeup, so if you are the type of person who wants to refresh your under eye area during the day, you can easily do that with this product.

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Onto the glue stick, I mean, The Porefessional Licence To Blot. This is a blotting stick and is designed to mattify oily skin. The Benefit staff told us that this won't disrupt your makeup (yay) and is supposed to look less embarrassing than pulling out the blotting tissues. Now, I don't know how using blotting tissues in public will raise an eyebrow but smearing what appears to be a glue stick all over your t-zone won't, but each to their own. I personally prefer to blot in private or in the ladies room anyway. I am not too sure exactly when this is released and how much it will retail for.

My first impressions of this isn't good, and sadly I don't think that opinion will change with more use. This is a thick balm type product and even though it does do a pretty good job at reducing the look of oily skin (although it's definitely not as effective as blotting paper or powder), I find it really off-putting applying a thick balm layer on top of my makeup and oil. That concept really doesn't sit well with me and I find that when I apply this onto quite oily skin, my skin feels so cakey that I immediately want to wash it off. The reason why I love blotting paper/tissues so much is because it actually removes the oil... but this adds another layer on top of the oil. ALSO this does disrupt your makeup!

Ok, ok I know that that's all pretty negative, but I can see some ways that this stick can work. Firstly, this would work on skin that is only slightly oily... so if you are on the ball and start seeing oil breaking through, that's when you use this guy, but I would not recommend this for when your skin has reached the stage of being quite oily. Secondly, despite the claims that this doesn't disrupt makeup, it really does! I recommend applying this to your fingers and then patting your fingers on your face... do not rub it in otherwise you will start to smear your makeup. The main pro is that this takes away the oily look but gives a natural finish instead of a stark matte finish (which is what powdering tends to do)... so if you are a fan of a more dewy complexion then this will help you achieve that more than a powder would.

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So those are the newest Benefit products to hit the Australian shores. What are your thoughts on them? Are you interested in trying either one of them out?

Also I will be reviewing these on my YouTube Channel shortly and I will demonstrate the License To Blot... so don't forget to subscribe to my channel to see that coming in the next couple of days :)

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