March 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I thought I would quickly get this review up because I am anticipating that these will feature in my March favourites next week. I was send these to review, but I am going to admit that I am loving them and I have been reaching for them everyday over my normal cleansers and body lotions

Coast To Coast is an Australian brand that has released three ranges for skincare, bath and body, and hair care. The three ranges are Coastal, Rainforest and Outback (how Aussie) and you can get cleansers, exfoliators, toners, serums, moisturisers, masks, lip balms, body lotions, body scrubs, body washes, hand creams, foot treatments, shampoos and conditioners in each of the three ranges. The ranges are each designed for different skin/hair types which makes choosing the right product very simple.

COASTAL: The Coastal range of skincare is designed for people who have normal, dry or sensitive skin. The Coastal range of bath and body products are designed to hydrate, soothe and refresh, and the Coastal range of hair products is designed for normal and dry hair.

RAINFOREST: The Rainforest range of skincare is designed for people who have oily, combination or blemish-prone skin. The Rainforest range of bath and body products are designed to revitalise, contour (?) and invigorate, and the Rainforest range of hair products is designed for normal and oily hair.

OUTBACK: The Outback range of skincare is designed for people who have dehydrates, dull or uneven skin. The Outback range of bath and body products are designed to brighten, nourish and replenish, and the Outback range of hair products is designed for dry and damaged hair.

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I have been trialing the Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser with Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus from the Rainforest range and I have been really enjoying it! It is a gel cleaner that is oil and sulphate free, contains salicylic acid to help clear up breakouts, and the lilly pilly, eucalyptus and tea tree is supposed to help regulate and prevent oil production. I'm not sure if these claims hold up, I have been using these for a couple of weeks and my skin has been quite clear and a lot less oily than before I started using these products. I'm not sure yet if I've just had a good skin week or if these products are actually working. What I love most about this is that it cleanses really well without stripping the skin, it has a nice refreshing minty herbal scent and contains good ingredients (see the list of ingredients on the website). This is also very affordable at $19.95 for 100ml.
I have also been using the Deep Pore Purifying Polish with Lilly Pilly and Oatmeal from the same range and I think it's a great accompaniment to the cleasner. The scrub is designed to be used 2-3 times a week to help draw out oils and shrink pores. Like the cleanser, I like how gentle and effective this is, I like the fresh herbal scent, and the ingredients (see the list of ingredients on the website). This retails for $22.95 for 100ml.

Lastly, I have been using the Nourishing Body Balm with Desert Lime and Sweet Orange from the Outback range. I am loving the scent and lightness of this body lotion. It is hydrating but it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin and I love the fresh lime and and orange scent. This also contains some lovely ingredients like aloe vera and leatherwood honey (see the list of ingredients on the website). This retails for $24.95 for 250ml.

Overall I am actually very excited to try more product from Coast To Coast. I think this brand delivers some really nice basic skincare products with good results, great ingredients and are quite affordable. There are a lot of products available in the three ranges, so check out the website for more information. You can buy them online or in store at David Jones or Sephora.

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Coast To Coast

March 29, 2015

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I thought I would quickly get this review up because I am anticipating that these will feature in my March favourites next week. I was send these to review, but I am going to admit that I am loving them and I have been reaching for them everyday over my normal cleansers and body lotions

Coast To Coast is an Australian brand that has released three ranges for skincare, bath and body, and hair care. The three ranges are Coastal, Rainforest and Outback (how Aussie) and you can get cleansers, exfoliators, toners, serums, moisturisers, masks, lip balms, body lotions, body scrubs, body washes, hand creams, foot treatments, shampoos and conditioners in each of the three ranges. The ranges are each designed for different skin/hair types which makes choosing the right product very simple.

COASTAL: The Coastal range of skincare is designed for people who have normal, dry or sensitive skin. The Coastal range of bath and body products are designed to hydrate, soothe and refresh, and the Coastal range of hair products is designed for normal and dry hair.

RAINFOREST: The Rainforest range of skincare is designed for people who have oily, combination or blemish-prone skin. The Rainforest range of bath and body products are designed to revitalise, contour (?) and invigorate, and the Rainforest range of hair products is designed for normal and oily hair.

OUTBACK: The Outback range of skincare is designed for people who have dehydrates, dull or uneven skin. The Outback range of bath and body products are designed to brighten, nourish and replenish, and the Outback range of hair products is designed for dry and damaged hair.

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I have been trialing the Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser with Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus from the Rainforest range and I have been really enjoying it! It is a gel cleaner that is oil and sulphate free, contains salicylic acid to help clear up breakouts, and the lilly pilly, eucalyptus and tea tree is supposed to help regulate and prevent oil production. I'm not sure if these claims hold up, I have been using these for a couple of weeks and my skin has been quite clear and a lot less oily than before I started using these products. I'm not sure yet if I've just had a good skin week or if these products are actually working. What I love most about this is that it cleanses really well without stripping the skin, it has a nice refreshing minty herbal scent and contains good ingredients (see the list of ingredients on the website). This is also very affordable at $19.95 for 100ml.
I have also been using the Deep Pore Purifying Polish with Lilly Pilly and Oatmeal from the same range and I think it's a great accompaniment to the cleasner. The scrub is designed to be used 2-3 times a week to help draw out oils and shrink pores. Like the cleanser, I like how gentle and effective this is, I like the fresh herbal scent, and the ingredients (see the list of ingredients on the website). This retails for $22.95 for 100ml.

Lastly, I have been using the Nourishing Body Balm with Desert Lime and Sweet Orange from the Outback range. I am loving the scent and lightness of this body lotion. It is hydrating but it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin and I love the fresh lime and and orange scent. This also contains some lovely ingredients like aloe vera and leatherwood honey (see the list of ingredients on the website). This retails for $24.95 for 250ml.

Overall I am actually very excited to try more product from Coast To Coast. I think this brand delivers some really nice basic skincare products with good results, great ingredients and are quite affordable. There are a lot of products available in the three ranges, so check out the website for more information. You can buy them online or in store at David Jones or Sephora.

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I thought I would do something a little differently today (well I took these photos and filmed this on Sunday, which is a perfect day for experimenting with makeup). I thought that I would take some newer products (either products that I have only used a couple of times, or products that I haven't ever used before) and demonstrate them in a get ready with me.

I talk through my initial thoughts of the products in the video, but if you want to know how the products wore during the day then I will also have a mini review below!

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Before I get onto the products that I am testing out, I thought I would mention that the other products that I used are:
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Shade 840 Natural Beige
Maybelline Matte Maker Powder in Natural Beige
Benefit Brow Zings in Light
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette
Stila Sun Bronzer in Shade 1

...so those are the products that I was wearing in the "before" photo.

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Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black: This is the first "tubing" mascara that I have tried and to be honest it was a little strange. The application is like any mascara, but it applies an almost rubber coat around the lash which is waterproof, budge proof and non flaky. I am going to admit that this does live up to the claims! If you have problems with mascara smudging or running, then you might want to look into trying a tubing mascara because they really do stay put. What I didn't like was that it didn't provide enough volume for my liking, and the removal of the "tubes" is a little freaky. I think the key to removing this mascara is to use warm water which will help soften the tubes and allow you to gently pull them off. Honestly, it looks like you are pulling off spiders legs. The main thing that concerns me about using a mascara that requires you to gently pull it off to remove it, it is that if you aren't careful you could pull out some of your eyelashes by mistake... I'm sure once you get used to the removal process then it gets a lot easier. I would recommend this for people that really struggle with finding a budge proof mascara, but I think I will stick to normal mascaras for now. If you wanted to check out more information about the Blinc range of mascaras the website is http://www.blinccosmetics.com.au/.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC3: This concealer contains two shades (a larger pan of a lighter shade and a smaller pan of a darker shade), I use the lighter shade under my eyes and the darker shade on blemishes, but you can mix the two to suit any area of your face. I love this concealer! You will see how this applies in the video, but it is a firm concealer that's very pigmented and applies to a more matte finish. This is oil free and is designed to last all day so it will be great for people with oilier skin who finds that their makeup breaks down during the day. What I love about it is the longevity, the seamless finish and that it doesn't move and crease on my under eye area unlike other creamier concealers. I LOVE this concealer and it delivered everything I look for in a concealer. If you don't like the drier concealers then this might not be for you, but I love love love it! It retails for $49 in Australia, but it contains 5.9 grams of product and you only need to use the smallest amount per application. You can buy this at David Jones.

Make Up Store Slim Lipstick in Sheer 108: I love the sleek packaging of this lipstick, its simple, classy, it feels good quality and it takes up very little room in your makeup bag. As the name suggests, this is a sheer lipstick and the 108 shade is a sheer red. I am not generally one to wear a sheer lipstick, if I wear a red I often go all out bold red, but this is a nice change. This applies evenly, smoothly and gives a lovely shine to the lips. This reminds me a lot of a tinted balm but with more colour. I have been wearing this to work and it's a great day time red. I really like that it fades into what looks like a raspberry stain with a balm. I can see myself wearing this a lot in the cooler months.
Check out more details at the Make Up Store website.

Make Up Store Marble Blush in Ritsona Red: This blush is beautiful! Check out the photo later in this post to see the close up of the marble effect. This is a matte/satin blush that is made up of a marbled red, orange and magenta. It is super pigmented and bold but with a light hand it creates a gorgeous pop of a red/coral to the cheeks. This reminds me a lot of the Balm In Stain blushes in pigmentation and longevity. You can buy these at Luxola.com where it comes in two shades.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette: I did a full review and swatches of this palette here, so I won't go into too much detail. But for the look I used Bon Bon, Peanut Butter and Puddin' as shadows, Hot Fudge and Licorice as liner, and Butter Pecan as a face highlight. You can buy this at the Mecca website.

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Get ready with me and first impressions

March 24, 2015

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I thought I would do something a little differently today (well I took these photos and filmed this on Sunday, which is a perfect day for experimenting with makeup). I thought that I would take some newer products (either products that I have only used a couple of times, or products that I haven't ever used before) and demonstrate them in a get ready with me.

I talk through my initial thoughts of the products in the video, but if you want to know how the products wore during the day then I will also have a mini review below!

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Before I get onto the products that I am testing out, I thought I would mention that the other products that I used are:
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Shade 840 Natural Beige
Maybelline Matte Maker Powder in Natural Beige
Benefit Brow Zings in Light
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette
Stila Sun Bronzer in Shade 1

...so those are the products that I was wearing in the "before" photo.

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Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black: This is the first "tubing" mascara that I have tried and to be honest it was a little strange. The application is like any mascara, but it applies an almost rubber coat around the lash which is waterproof, budge proof and non flaky. I am going to admit that this does live up to the claims! If you have problems with mascara smudging or running, then you might want to look into trying a tubing mascara because they really do stay put. What I didn't like was that it didn't provide enough volume for my liking, and the removal of the "tubes" is a little freaky. I think the key to removing this mascara is to use warm water which will help soften the tubes and allow you to gently pull them off. Honestly, it looks like you are pulling off spiders legs. The main thing that concerns me about using a mascara that requires you to gently pull it off to remove it, it is that if you aren't careful you could pull out some of your eyelashes by mistake... I'm sure once you get used to the removal process then it gets a lot easier. I would recommend this for people that really struggle with finding a budge proof mascara, but I think I will stick to normal mascaras for now. If you wanted to check out more information about the Blinc range of mascaras the website is http://www.blinccosmetics.com.au/.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC3: This concealer contains two shades (a larger pan of a lighter shade and a smaller pan of a darker shade), I use the lighter shade under my eyes and the darker shade on blemishes, but you can mix the two to suit any area of your face. I love this concealer! You will see how this applies in the video, but it is a firm concealer that's very pigmented and applies to a more matte finish. This is oil free and is designed to last all day so it will be great for people with oilier skin who finds that their makeup breaks down during the day. What I love about it is the longevity, the seamless finish and that it doesn't move and crease on my under eye area unlike other creamier concealers. I LOVE this concealer and it delivered everything I look for in a concealer. If you don't like the drier concealers then this might not be for you, but I love love love it! It retails for $49 in Australia, but it contains 5.9 grams of product and you only need to use the smallest amount per application. You can buy this at David Jones.

Make Up Store Slim Lipstick in Sheer 108: I love the sleek packaging of this lipstick, its simple, classy, it feels good quality and it takes up very little room in your makeup bag. As the name suggests, this is a sheer lipstick and the 108 shade is a sheer red. I am not generally one to wear a sheer lipstick, if I wear a red I often go all out bold red, but this is a nice change. This applies evenly, smoothly and gives a lovely shine to the lips. This reminds me a lot of a tinted balm but with more colour. I have been wearing this to work and it's a great day time red. I really like that it fades into what looks like a raspberry stain with a balm. I can see myself wearing this a lot in the cooler months.
Check out more details at the Make Up Store website.

Make Up Store Marble Blush in Ritsona Red: This blush is beautiful! Check out the photo later in this post to see the close up of the marble effect. This is a matte/satin blush that is made up of a marbled red, orange and magenta. It is super pigmented and bold but with a light hand it creates a gorgeous pop of a red/coral to the cheeks. This reminds me a lot of the Balm In Stain blushes in pigmentation and longevity. You can buy these at Luxola.com where it comes in two shades.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette: I did a full review and swatches of this palette here, so I won't go into too much detail. But for the look I used Bon Bon, Peanut Butter and Puddin' as shadows, Hot Fudge and Licorice as liner, and Butter Pecan as a face highlight. You can buy this at the Mecca website.

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Eeeek, this was a post that I wanted to get up ages ago...ah well, better late than never!

This is a quick post about a few new release products that I have come across in the last few weeks  and my first impressions (some of these I bought and others I were sent for review). If you want to see any of these products reviewed in more depth, just let me know in the comments!

This post was supposed to go up before my Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar review, but since the in depth review and swatches are up, I will keep this brief. This is the second edition of Too Faced's very popular Chocolate Bar palette. It was released at the end of February and you can buy it for $65 in Australia in store at Kit Cosmetics or Mecca Maxima or online at http://mecca.com.au/. I personally really like this palette, the shades are very wearable (if you like warm shadows) and I find myself reaching for these shades over the shades in the original Chocolate Bar palette. However, it is worth mentioning that I much prefer the quality of the shadows in the original Chocolate Bar palette, it overall had better colour payoff and was much more blendable. Check out my full review here.

The newest Katy Perry perfume to hit Australian stores is the Killer Queen Spring Reign. Even though it's not Spring in Australia, I do love fresh Spring scents all year round... and I also appreciate the play on words with Reign. The bottle is clear glass with a rose gold lid, and the liquid itself is pink. The scent is lighter and fresher than the other scents in this line and some of the notes include rose, violet, freesia, blackcurrant blossom, and cedar wood.  I would recommend any of these Killer Queen perfumes to people who like sweet fresh fragrances similar to Marc Jacobs' scents. You can buy this in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Myer and any other place that sells Katy Perry fragrances.

Some new offerings from Rimmel are a few matte products.The first is the Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet, which I guess you can tell is just a matte version of the original Alpocalips Lip Lacquers. I love the feel of this because I love the look of a matte lip, but hate how uncomfortable and dry some matte liquid lipsticks set. This does stay more as a creamy consistency on the lips but eventually settles to look matte instead of staying glossy like the original Alpocalips Lip Lacquers. The pigmentation of this product is amazing! You get a very bold lip colour without needing to layer the product (see swatch below). The shade that I have is Burning Lava which is an amazing cool toned red, but there are three other shades in the range (a nude, an orange and a wine). The one pet peeve that I had about the original Alocalips sadly still applies to the new matte version... I find that because these stay quite liquidy on the lips and don't really set, they can move and smear very easily. I wore this to work the other day and found that I had to keep looking in a mirror to tidy up any smears. Another side effect to having a lip product that doesn't set means that it can wear off easily if you are eating or drinking as well.

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It doesn't look very matte on the lips because it takes some time to settle to a more matte finish.


The second matte release from Rimmel is the Velvet Matte nail polishes. These come in four dark wintery shades and I have Midnight Kiss (see below) and the black which is Matte-Itude. If you love matte finish nail polishes then you would love these! They are very opaque (they are almost a one coat wonder polish) and they set very matte very quickly. I do find that the matte finish wears off a little over a few days, but I think they are pretty impressive. My only negative about the formula is that because it does set very quickly, you may notice this starting to streak as it sets while you're applying it. I think this polish works best when you apply a thick coat.

Rimmel is 3 for 2 at Priceline at the moment so if you are interested in these products then check them out while they are on sale!

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Last is The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Now, I have only used this a few times (which is not enough to develop a strong impression), but I wanted to share it with my readers because I love overnight masks! I think The Body Shop have been kicking goals with some of the products they have been releasing lately and this Drops Of Youth range is no exception. The consistency of this mask is really strange as it is a mix between a jelly and a cream (hence the "bounce"). This is what the website says about some of the ingredients:

The stem cells of Edelweiss slow down the loss of collagen and stimulate skin cells renewal. In addition, the Bouncy Sleeping Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid, a natural component of the skin and a “moisture magnet” trapping up to 100 x its own weight of moisture and delivering maximum level of moisture, so by the morning skin is dewy, plump and bouncier. 

So those are some of the new release products that I have been playing with this month. Let me know if you want to see any in depth reviews of any of these products x

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New releases February/March 2015

March 20, 2015

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Eeeek, this was a post that I wanted to get up ages ago...ah well, better late than never!

This is a quick post about a few new release products that I have come across in the last few weeks  and my first impressions (some of these I bought and others I were sent for review). If you want to see any of these products reviewed in more depth, just let me know in the comments!

This post was supposed to go up before my Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar review, but since the in depth review and swatches are up, I will keep this brief. This is the second edition of Too Faced's very popular Chocolate Bar palette. It was released at the end of February and you can buy it for $65 in Australia in store at Kit Cosmetics or Mecca Maxima or online at http://mecca.com.au/. I personally really like this palette, the shades are very wearable (if you like warm shadows) and I find myself reaching for these shades over the shades in the original Chocolate Bar palette. However, it is worth mentioning that I much prefer the quality of the shadows in the original Chocolate Bar palette, it overall had better colour payoff and was much more blendable. Check out my full review here.

The newest Katy Perry perfume to hit Australian stores is the Killer Queen Spring Reign. Even though it's not Spring in Australia, I do love fresh Spring scents all year round... and I also appreciate the play on words with Reign. The bottle is clear glass with a rose gold lid, and the liquid itself is pink. The scent is lighter and fresher than the other scents in this line and some of the notes include rose, violet, freesia, blackcurrant blossom, and cedar wood.  I would recommend any of these Killer Queen perfumes to people who like sweet fresh fragrances similar to Marc Jacobs' scents. You can buy this in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Myer and any other place that sells Katy Perry fragrances.

Some new offerings from Rimmel are a few matte products.The first is the Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet, which I guess you can tell is just a matte version of the original Alpocalips Lip Lacquers. I love the feel of this because I love the look of a matte lip, but hate how uncomfortable and dry some matte liquid lipsticks set. This does stay more as a creamy consistency on the lips but eventually settles to look matte instead of staying glossy like the original Alpocalips Lip Lacquers. The pigmentation of this product is amazing! You get a very bold lip colour without needing to layer the product (see swatch below). The shade that I have is Burning Lava which is an amazing cool toned red, but there are three other shades in the range (a nude, an orange and a wine). The one pet peeve that I had about the original Alocalips sadly still applies to the new matte version... I find that because these stay quite liquidy on the lips and don't really set, they can move and smear very easily. I wore this to work the other day and found that I had to keep looking in a mirror to tidy up any smears. Another side effect to having a lip product that doesn't set means that it can wear off easily if you are eating or drinking as well.

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It doesn't look very matte on the lips because it takes some time to settle to a more matte finish.


The second matte release from Rimmel is the Velvet Matte nail polishes. These come in four dark wintery shades and I have Midnight Kiss (see below) and the black which is Matte-Itude. If you love matte finish nail polishes then you would love these! They are very opaque (they are almost a one coat wonder polish) and they set very matte very quickly. I do find that the matte finish wears off a little over a few days, but I think they are pretty impressive. My only negative about the formula is that because it does set very quickly, you may notice this starting to streak as it sets while you're applying it. I think this polish works best when you apply a thick coat.

Rimmel is 3 for 2 at Priceline at the moment so if you are interested in these products then check them out while they are on sale!

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Last is The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Now, I have only used this a few times (which is not enough to develop a strong impression), but I wanted to share it with my readers because I love overnight masks! I think The Body Shop have been kicking goals with some of the products they have been releasing lately and this Drops Of Youth range is no exception. The consistency of this mask is really strange as it is a mix between a jelly and a cream (hence the "bounce"). This is what the website says about some of the ingredients:

The stem cells of Edelweiss slow down the loss of collagen and stimulate skin cells renewal. In addition, the Bouncy Sleeping Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid, a natural component of the skin and a “moisture magnet” trapping up to 100 x its own weight of moisture and delivering maximum level of moisture, so by the morning skin is dewy, plump and bouncier. 

So those are some of the new release products that I have been playing with this month. Let me know if you want to see any in depth reviews of any of these products x

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Empties time again, and I am sure that by now everyone is aware what an empties post is. If not, in brief it is all the beauty products that I have used up since my last post and my thoughts on them and whether or not I would repurchase the product.

Ps if you don't to read through this excessive post (sorry about that), I will link my YouTube Empties video at the end of this post.

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St Ives Green Tea Scrub: If you know me, you will know that I have gone through dozen of these green tea scrubs and it's been my holy grail scrub for years! Sadly, it has recently been reformulated and the newer formula isn't as good. I still have half a tube of the old scrub so I will do a full review of the differences soon, but it a nutshell they have reduced the amount of scrubbing particles and it's no longer worthy of holy grail status.
Repurchase: yes I would, but reluctantly

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: Another holy grail product... my all time favourite dry shampoo! It's cheap, works well and is brown tinted. I have about 3 of these as backups under my sink!
Repurchase: Already have!

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge: This has been the only brush cleaner I have used for over a year now. It costs $2.80 and work so well (just be careful that it's quite strong so it can damage delicate non-synthetic brushes). I buy three bottles a time when I go to Daiso.
Repurchase: Already have!

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine: This used to be my night time lip balm and if you asked me two years ago if I would repurchase this, I would have said yes (and in fact this is my second tub). But ever since trying the NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm there is no turning back.
Repurchase: No

Revlon Colorstay Combination Oily Skin: These are the old formula/packaging but I love this foundation! It really does provide great coverage, longevity and oil control and its my go to work foundation. My shade is Natural Beige.
Repurchase: Already have!

Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum: I am so glad that this is just a sample because I wasn't a fan (LOVE the eye cream from this range though). This just feels like a tacky sugary water that didn't do much for me.
Repurchase: No

Benefit Porefessional: Now this is a Benefit product that I can get behind. This is a silicone primer that helps fill in the pores and create a smooth surface for your foundation. What I love most about this is that I find that it does help my foundation stay in place and not break down as much from oil during the day.
Repurchase: Already have!

La Roche-Posay Thermal Water: I tried to use thermal waters as part of my everyday skincare routine at the start of the year, but they weren't for me! I found that they made my skin much oilier than normal so I won't be using them anymore. I do love La Roche-Posay's skincare in general though.
Repurchase: No

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Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: Even though I liked the light consistency of this moisturiser and how it didn't leave me too greasy, I wasn't a huge fan of the lavender scent. It felt like this tub lasted me 100 years.
Repurchase: Maybe

Lush So White Shower Gel: This is a limited edition shower gel. This has the same scent as the bathbomb of the same name. I find this shower to smell quite floral/sweet but clean. I did buy a bigger bottle when the Boxing Day Sales were happening.
Repurchase: Already have

Lush Cupcake Mask (sample): I got this sample from the Glamour Affair blogger event where Lush attended and made the mask as a demonstration. This is a fresh mask which expires in 2-3 weeks, and normally when I get a full size tub of this I always waste some of the product. This sample size was awesome because I got 2-3 uses from it, which how many times I would use a mask in 2 weeks anyway. I wish you could buy these fresh masks in tiny tubs! Besides that, I did like this mask. It smells like chocolate and mint and is designed for oily/blemish prone skin.
Repurchase: Yes

Lush Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser: I don't know what it is about Lush face moisturisers, but I don't really like them. This tub took me months and month to use up and I just didn't see any great effects. It also smells a little like playdough.
Repurchase: No

Jergens Natural Glow Nail Moisturiser in Fair to Medium and Jergens Daily Moisture Dry Skin Moisturiser: I really like Jergens as a basic affordable body lotion range. The Moisturiser was hydrating but lightweight and I loved the gradual tanner! The gradual tanner is a thick luxurious moisturiser that builds up a little but of colour at a time, which is great because you can slop it on without having to worry about streaks.
Repurchase: Yes (I have already repurchased the gradual tanner)

Sally Hansen Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover:
This is a must have product in my household and I have discovered that really cheap nail polish removers are really frustrating because it takes you double the time and double the amount of product to remove your nail polish. This Sally Hansen one works really well and because it's a "mid range" price, I always stock up when I see it 50% off at Chemist Warehouse. Love it.
Repurchase: Already have


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L'Oreal Superior Preference 4.4 Riviera Dark Brown Auburn: I decided to add some warmth to my hair the other day by dying my hair to an auburn brown shade. It was a spontaneous decision so I decided to try a bottle hair dye... my mistake! The colour on this box is lighter than my natural hair, but some how my hair turned out much darker than my natural hair colour and less auburn and more like a blackened plum. The dye was fine, but I am not happy with the extreme difference in colour.
Repurchase: No

Jar Body Scrub in Africa: I really do enjoy smearing coffee grounds all over my skin - firstly, I LOVE coffee and secondly it gives such a satisfying scrub. However I wasn't a fan of the packaging because once coffee gets in the seal you can't close the bag, and I often got water in the bag. I don't think I used this often enough to miss it so I won't run out and get more now, but I will definitely buy some more down the track.
Repurchase: Yes

Dirty Works Glow Girl Buttery Salt Scrub: This is a decent dupe for the more expensive Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub. Whenever I see this on sale in Coles I stock up!
Repurchase: Yes

The Body Shop Body Butter in Glazed Apple: This was a limited edition Christmas scent and I must say that if this scent was made permanent I would be a happy person. Generally I do like these body butters but they are super thick and suit more winter weather. I would repurchase if this scent came out again, otherwise I will keep sticking to my favourite strawberry scent.
Repurchase: Yes

Garnier Pure Active Daily Cleansing Gel Wash: This used to be my holy grail cleanser (before I knew what a holy grail product was) back when I was in my late teens/early 20s. I decided to give this another go and I realised that it is way too harsh for my skin these days. I ended up using it as a body wash and really enjoyed it.
Repurchase: No

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Lancôme Visionnaire: I have tried a couple of Lancôme serums and this has been my favourite! It's not cheap, but if you were looking for a nice serum that will give you softer more glowing skin... I loved this one!
Repurchase: Yes

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream: I love Lanolips products but I found this hand cream to be a little greasy for my liking. I ended up using it as a hand treatment before bed. The scent was lovely too.
Repurchase: No - too greasy for a daily hand cream for me

Kosmea Rose Hand Cream: This was a nice hand cream that provided moisture without greasiness. It has a pleasant rose scent that I am sure people who love rose scented things will adore. I prefer other scents over rose, so I probably wouldn't repurchase it. I did like that it contains rosehip oil though!
Repurchase: No

Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream: I am a BIG fan of this moisturiser. In fact, I have already repurchased it. It is a thick moisturiser that feels luxurious and amazing, but it sinks in nicely and doesn't leave an oily heavy feel to the skin. Love love love!
Repurchase: Already have

NS-8 Foot and Leg Moisturiser and NS-8 Heel Balm Complex: I like both of these products! I am the type of person who needs to apply moisturiser to their legs and feet most nights before going to bed. I loved the minty/menthol scent and coolness of the foot and leg moisturiser and I loved that the Heel Balm feels like a regular moisturiser, yet still helps prevent dry cracked feet. Never again will I bother with thick greasy balms! I am very impressed with this range.
Repurchase: Yes

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Melt In Cream: This has become my holy grail sunscreen because it's designed for sensitive skin, is SPF50+, is reasonably affordable (around $25) and it does not make my oily/combo skin oilier, it does not clog pores, and I can't even notice that I'm wearing it. I will continue to repurchase this when I have used up other sunscreens that I currently have.
Repurchase: Yes

Embyolisse Lair Crème Concentre: Let's be honest, I bought this because the Pixiwoo sisters used to rave about it. I found this at IMATS 2013 and it has pretty much been sitting in my bathroom ever since. It is just a basic no frills moisturiser, which is fine, but it didn't do enough for me to want to reach for it over other moisturisers I had... I forced myself to finish it up.
Repurchase: No

The end! These are always painfully long posts to write (I can't even be bothered proof reading it lol). Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts of them are!

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Empties 2015 #2

March 19, 2015

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Empties time again, and I am sure that by now everyone is aware what an empties post is. If not, in brief it is all the beauty products that I have used up since my last post and my thoughts on them and whether or not I would repurchase the product.

Ps if you don't to read through this excessive post (sorry about that), I will link my YouTube Empties video at the end of this post.

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St Ives Green Tea Scrub: If you know me, you will know that I have gone through dozen of these green tea scrubs and it's been my holy grail scrub for years! Sadly, it has recently been reformulated and the newer formula isn't as good. I still have half a tube of the old scrub so I will do a full review of the differences soon, but it a nutshell they have reduced the amount of scrubbing particles and it's no longer worthy of holy grail status.
Repurchase: yes I would, but reluctantly

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: Another holy grail product... my all time favourite dry shampoo! It's cheap, works well and is brown tinted. I have about 3 of these as backups under my sink!
Repurchase: Already have!

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge: This has been the only brush cleaner I have used for over a year now. It costs $2.80 and work so well (just be careful that it's quite strong so it can damage delicate non-synthetic brushes). I buy three bottles a time when I go to Daiso.
Repurchase: Already have!

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine: This used to be my night time lip balm and if you asked me two years ago if I would repurchase this, I would have said yes (and in fact this is my second tub). But ever since trying the NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm there is no turning back.
Repurchase: No

Revlon Colorstay Combination Oily Skin: These are the old formula/packaging but I love this foundation! It really does provide great coverage, longevity and oil control and its my go to work foundation. My shade is Natural Beige.
Repurchase: Already have!

Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum: I am so glad that this is just a sample because I wasn't a fan (LOVE the eye cream from this range though). This just feels like a tacky sugary water that didn't do much for me.
Repurchase: No

Benefit Porefessional: Now this is a Benefit product that I can get behind. This is a silicone primer that helps fill in the pores and create a smooth surface for your foundation. What I love most about this is that I find that it does help my foundation stay in place and not break down as much from oil during the day.
Repurchase: Already have!

La Roche-Posay Thermal Water: I tried to use thermal waters as part of my everyday skincare routine at the start of the year, but they weren't for me! I found that they made my skin much oilier than normal so I won't be using them anymore. I do love La Roche-Posay's skincare in general though.
Repurchase: No

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Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: Even though I liked the light consistency of this moisturiser and how it didn't leave me too greasy, I wasn't a huge fan of the lavender scent. It felt like this tub lasted me 100 years.
Repurchase: Maybe

Lush So White Shower Gel: This is a limited edition shower gel. This has the same scent as the bathbomb of the same name. I find this shower to smell quite floral/sweet but clean. I did buy a bigger bottle when the Boxing Day Sales were happening.
Repurchase: Already have

Lush Cupcake Mask (sample): I got this sample from the Glamour Affair blogger event where Lush attended and made the mask as a demonstration. This is a fresh mask which expires in 2-3 weeks, and normally when I get a full size tub of this I always waste some of the product. This sample size was awesome because I got 2-3 uses from it, which how many times I would use a mask in 2 weeks anyway. I wish you could buy these fresh masks in tiny tubs! Besides that, I did like this mask. It smells like chocolate and mint and is designed for oily/blemish prone skin.
Repurchase: Yes

Lush Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser: I don't know what it is about Lush face moisturisers, but I don't really like them. This tub took me months and month to use up and I just didn't see any great effects. It also smells a little like playdough.
Repurchase: No

Jergens Natural Glow Nail Moisturiser in Fair to Medium and Jergens Daily Moisture Dry Skin Moisturiser: I really like Jergens as a basic affordable body lotion range. The Moisturiser was hydrating but lightweight and I loved the gradual tanner! The gradual tanner is a thick luxurious moisturiser that builds up a little but of colour at a time, which is great because you can slop it on without having to worry about streaks.
Repurchase: Yes (I have already repurchased the gradual tanner)

Sally Hansen Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover:
This is a must have product in my household and I have discovered that really cheap nail polish removers are really frustrating because it takes you double the time and double the amount of product to remove your nail polish. This Sally Hansen one works really well and because it's a "mid range" price, I always stock up when I see it 50% off at Chemist Warehouse. Love it.
Repurchase: Already have


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L'Oreal Superior Preference 4.4 Riviera Dark Brown Auburn: I decided to add some warmth to my hair the other day by dying my hair to an auburn brown shade. It was a spontaneous decision so I decided to try a bottle hair dye... my mistake! The colour on this box is lighter than my natural hair, but some how my hair turned out much darker than my natural hair colour and less auburn and more like a blackened plum. The dye was fine, but I am not happy with the extreme difference in colour.
Repurchase: No

Jar Body Scrub in Africa: I really do enjoy smearing coffee grounds all over my skin - firstly, I LOVE coffee and secondly it gives such a satisfying scrub. However I wasn't a fan of the packaging because once coffee gets in the seal you can't close the bag, and I often got water in the bag. I don't think I used this often enough to miss it so I won't run out and get more now, but I will definitely buy some more down the track.
Repurchase: Yes

Dirty Works Glow Girl Buttery Salt Scrub: This is a decent dupe for the more expensive Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub. Whenever I see this on sale in Coles I stock up!
Repurchase: Yes

The Body Shop Body Butter in Glazed Apple: This was a limited edition Christmas scent and I must say that if this scent was made permanent I would be a happy person. Generally I do like these body butters but they are super thick and suit more winter weather. I would repurchase if this scent came out again, otherwise I will keep sticking to my favourite strawberry scent.
Repurchase: Yes

Garnier Pure Active Daily Cleansing Gel Wash: This used to be my holy grail cleanser (before I knew what a holy grail product was) back when I was in my late teens/early 20s. I decided to give this another go and I realised that it is way too harsh for my skin these days. I ended up using it as a body wash and really enjoyed it.
Repurchase: No

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Lancôme Visionnaire: I have tried a couple of Lancôme serums and this has been my favourite! It's not cheap, but if you were looking for a nice serum that will give you softer more glowing skin... I loved this one!
Repurchase: Yes

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream: I love Lanolips products but I found this hand cream to be a little greasy for my liking. I ended up using it as a hand treatment before bed. The scent was lovely too.
Repurchase: No - too greasy for a daily hand cream for me

Kosmea Rose Hand Cream: This was a nice hand cream that provided moisture without greasiness. It has a pleasant rose scent that I am sure people who love rose scented things will adore. I prefer other scents over rose, so I probably wouldn't repurchase it. I did like that it contains rosehip oil though!
Repurchase: No

Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream: I am a BIG fan of this moisturiser. In fact, I have already repurchased it. It is a thick moisturiser that feels luxurious and amazing, but it sinks in nicely and doesn't leave an oily heavy feel to the skin. Love love love!
Repurchase: Already have

NS-8 Foot and Leg Moisturiser and NS-8 Heel Balm Complex: I like both of these products! I am the type of person who needs to apply moisturiser to their legs and feet most nights before going to bed. I loved the minty/menthol scent and coolness of the foot and leg moisturiser and I loved that the Heel Balm feels like a regular moisturiser, yet still helps prevent dry cracked feet. Never again will I bother with thick greasy balms! I am very impressed with this range.
Repurchase: Yes

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Melt In Cream: This has become my holy grail sunscreen because it's designed for sensitive skin, is SPF50+, is reasonably affordable (around $25) and it does not make my oily/combo skin oilier, it does not clog pores, and I can't even notice that I'm wearing it. I will continue to repurchase this when I have used up other sunscreens that I currently have.
Repurchase: Yes

Embyolisse Lair Crème Concentre: Let's be honest, I bought this because the Pixiwoo sisters used to rave about it. I found this at IMATS 2013 and it has pretty much been sitting in my bathroom ever since. It is just a basic no frills moisturiser, which is fine, but it didn't do enough for me to want to reach for it over other moisturisers I had... I forced myself to finish it up.
Repurchase: No

The end! These are always painfully long posts to write (I can't even be bothered proof reading it lol). Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts of them are!

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Hello hello, today I have an exciting review! It's the first product I've been sent to review as a member Beauty Directory Expert Panel... fancy! If you a beauty blogger, I highly recommend checking out Beauty Directory for information about events being held and also details of some beauty PR companies.

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This is the brand new Endless Performance Crème-to-Powder Foundation that's been released from Mary Kay. This foundation comes in 9 shades (the shade I have is Beige 3), contains 10g of product and retails for $30 from the Mary Kay website. Now I do want to mention up front that buying this foundation means that you just buy the pan. If you also want the compact, it retails for a further $28. So you will be paying a pretty penny for 10g of product. However, if you are the type of person who likes to touch up their makeup on the go, this compact is very very handy!

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The pan fits into the compact magnetically and there is a little compartment under the pan to keep the sponge and a nice sized mirror in the lid. This is such a handy compact as it is sturdy, has a strong closure, and you can easily throw this in your bag for touch ups during the day.

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If you want to take the pan out then there is a little gap under the tray that allows you to easily depot the pan with something pointy like a pen.

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The product itself is a very interesting firm mousse/cream to powder formula. As this does set to a powder finish then it is probably designed more for people who prefer a matte finish to their base (like me!). This is also oil free, non-comedogenic (won't clog your pores) and is designed to be allergy and irritant free so its great for people who have sensitive skin. This is also designed to be heat and humidity resistant, so it's a great warm weather foundation. This would most likely suit people who have normal to oily skin.

This is also designed to be buildable and long wearing (up to 12 hours without wearing off). I accidentally chose a shade that's a few shades too dark for me (I personally think these shades lean a little dark) so I never tried building it up and opted instead to sheer it out more than I normally would. I did think this was easy to apply and I did really like the feel of this foundation and the wear/oil control. I found that the sponge was great at applying a thin layer of this foundation, but you could easily use a brush or your fingers to apply a thicker layer.

Overall I do really like this foundation, and I know I would love it even more if I had an exact colour match. However, I do recommend buying this through a Mary Kay rep rather than online (as I failed to choose the right shade when choosing online), and I did want to mention that if you didn't already have the compact, this is a pricy item to buy outright and for the amount of product you receive it might be out of a lot of peoples price range. Now that I do have the compact I will no doubt buy refills because I think this is one of the most compact and easiest foundations to use to touch up my makeup throughout the day or to take traveling.

If you are cautious about buying the compact in case you don't like the foundation, you can either buy the foundation and keep it in a magnetic palette, or you could buy the compact and reuse it because this compact also fits the pan blushes/highlighter/bronzer/eye shadows.

Let me know what you think of this concept and if you would give this foundation a try!

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Mary Kay Endless Performance Crème-to-Powder Foundation

March 18, 2015

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Hello hello, today I have an exciting review! It's the first product I've been sent to review as a member Beauty Directory Expert Panel... fancy! If you a beauty blogger, I highly recommend checking out Beauty Directory for information about events being held and also details of some beauty PR companies.

IMG_1417

This is the brand new Endless Performance Crème-to-Powder Foundation that's been released from Mary Kay. This foundation comes in 9 shades (the shade I have is Beige 3), contains 10g of product and retails for $30 from the Mary Kay website. Now I do want to mention up front that buying this foundation means that you just buy the pan. If you also want the compact, it retails for a further $28. So you will be paying a pretty penny for 10g of product. However, if you are the type of person who likes to touch up their makeup on the go, this compact is very very handy!

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The pan fits into the compact magnetically and there is a little compartment under the pan to keep the sponge and a nice sized mirror in the lid. This is such a handy compact as it is sturdy, has a strong closure, and you can easily throw this in your bag for touch ups during the day.

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If you want to take the pan out then there is a little gap under the tray that allows you to easily depot the pan with something pointy like a pen.

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The product itself is a very interesting firm mousse/cream to powder formula. As this does set to a powder finish then it is probably designed more for people who prefer a matte finish to their base (like me!). This is also oil free, non-comedogenic (won't clog your pores) and is designed to be allergy and irritant free so its great for people who have sensitive skin. This is also designed to be heat and humidity resistant, so it's a great warm weather foundation. This would most likely suit people who have normal to oily skin.

This is also designed to be buildable and long wearing (up to 12 hours without wearing off). I accidentally chose a shade that's a few shades too dark for me (I personally think these shades lean a little dark) so I never tried building it up and opted instead to sheer it out more than I normally would. I did think this was easy to apply and I did really like the feel of this foundation and the wear/oil control. I found that the sponge was great at applying a thin layer of this foundation, but you could easily use a brush or your fingers to apply a thicker layer.

Overall I do really like this foundation, and I know I would love it even more if I had an exact colour match. However, I do recommend buying this through a Mary Kay rep rather than online (as I failed to choose the right shade when choosing online), and I did want to mention that if you didn't already have the compact, this is a pricy item to buy outright and for the amount of product you receive it might be out of a lot of peoples price range. Now that I do have the compact I will no doubt buy refills because I think this is one of the most compact and easiest foundations to use to touch up my makeup throughout the day or to take traveling.

If you are cautious about buying the compact in case you don't like the foundation, you can either buy the foundation and keep it in a magnetic palette, or you could buy the compact and reuse it because this compact also fits the pan blushes/highlighter/bronzer/eye shadows.

Let me know what you think of this concept and if you would give this foundation a try!

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Look at these swatches! Just look at them! This is one swipe of each shadow... it's a work of art.

Before I get too carried away... this is the Make Up For Ever 6 pan palette that I made at Salon Melbourne the other week (check out my haul here). Make Up For Ever (MUFE) is a brand that's a little tricky to buy in Australia so I was very excited to see that Media Makeup had a stand with a huge range of MUFE products at a discount of around 30% (or at least the eye shadows were).

Ever since hearing that MUFE reformulated all of their Artist Shadow eye shadows for their 30th birthday, and after hearing all the fantastic reviews of the new formula, I really wanted to try them out! I was originally going to buy a 4 pan palette, but I ended up narrowing my favourites to 6 shades. My main goal was to create a palette that had a mix of warm shades and mauve-taupes which are my two favourite eye looks at the moment. Unfortunately one of the shades I was most excited to buy was sold out (I think the shade was M704 Canyon which was a unique matte rusty red-orange) so I had to choose a slightly more garish pumpkin matte orange that I think clashes a little with the overall palette... but eh, what can you do!

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Onto the packaging. You need to buy all the pans separate which you can depot into any metallic palette you own. I chose to also buy a MUFE palette... and the insert isn't included so I bought that  for an extra $3 (for a neater looking palette).

The palette is light tin packaging with a very simple black design. The two things that slightly irritate me about the packaging is that the insert is made of foam/cardboard and can get quite grubby, and that there's no mirror in the lid. Ok, I lie, I think this really annoys me about this packaging because I keep catching myself going to use the mirror, and I am disappointed every time I realise it's not there. I can forgive it though because these are designed mainly for makeup artists who wouldn't use the mirror, and because I love the shadows so much that I reach for the palette regardless. I might just have to find a small mirror and stick it in the lid.

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There are literally hundreds of shades to pick from in the MUFE range, and they are divided into mattes, satiny, metallic, iridescent, diamond and metallic. I picked up three mattes, two iridescent shades and one diamond (*drool* the diamond shades are amazing). The swatches below are not over a primer and they are one swipe (with my finger) of each shadow.

Onto the shades...

M-534 Oat - This is a super smooth, beautifully blendable, pigmented peachy cream matte shade. This is probably too dark to be a highlight shade for me, but it is perfect for helping blend out a look. I am very impressed with the formula! It's very rare to find a matte light shade that swatches so well.

D-708 Pinky Copper - I would have no problems making a palette entirely of these diamond shadows! They have a beautiful amount of fine sparkle that doesn't look garish or tacky, but just makes the colour pop. The name pinky copper pretty much sums this shade up, it is a orange based pink that almost looks like an intense rose gold... more like a rose copper. I have tried this all over the lid and it does look too warm toned on me, but it is so lovely to dab on the centre of the lid or to apply in the inner corner as a pop shimmery colour. Lovely shade.

M-726 Sienna - This is the shade that I bought to replace the one I actually wanted. Because the other shade (I think it was Canyon) was so lovely, I was a little bit disappointed in this shade. It's a very bright burnt orange matte that is nicely pigmented, but doesn't blend quite as nicely as the other shades. It is lovely to work into the crease to add some warmth to a look.

M-546 Dark Purple Taupe - This type of matte dusky purple taupe has been my new obsession over the last 6 months or so. This reminds me of the mauve shade in the Lorac Pro palette but is a little darker. This is perfect as a crease colour if you want a cooler/neutral look and it is one of my most used shades of the palette.

I-544 Pink Granite - My most used shade of this palette is by far this shade. This is the perfect all over lid colour for me. Being an iridescent shade this is quite shimmery, but it's not sparkly like the diamond shades. This is a beautiful rosy taupe with warm undertones and it works wonderfully on brown eyes. This shade reminds me of some of the mid toned shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The pigmentation and blendability is also amazing.

I-606 Pinky Earth - This is the same formula as the last shade. It is a beautiful, crazy pigmented shimmery shade that is a mix between a deep bronze/wine/taupe if that makes sense... it is a deep bronze but it has a coolness to it instead of a gold/warm undertone.

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Clearly I am in love with the formula of these Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Eye Shadows. If I had unlimited funds I would buy all of the shades!

Have you tried any of the Make Up For Ever shadows? What did you think?

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Eye Shadows - M-534 D-708 M-726 M-546 I-544 I-606

March 17, 2015

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Look at these swatches! Just look at them! This is one swipe of each shadow... it's a work of art.

Before I get too carried away... this is the Make Up For Ever 6 pan palette that I made at Salon Melbourne the other week (check out my haul here). Make Up For Ever (MUFE) is a brand that's a little tricky to buy in Australia so I was very excited to see that Media Makeup had a stand with a huge range of MUFE products at a discount of around 30% (or at least the eye shadows were).

Ever since hearing that MUFE reformulated all of their Artist Shadow eye shadows for their 30th birthday, and after hearing all the fantastic reviews of the new formula, I really wanted to try them out! I was originally going to buy a 4 pan palette, but I ended up narrowing my favourites to 6 shades. My main goal was to create a palette that had a mix of warm shades and mauve-taupes which are my two favourite eye looks at the moment. Unfortunately one of the shades I was most excited to buy was sold out (I think the shade was M704 Canyon which was a unique matte rusty red-orange) so I had to choose a slightly more garish pumpkin matte orange that I think clashes a little with the overall palette... but eh, what can you do!

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Onto the packaging. You need to buy all the pans separate which you can depot into any metallic palette you own. I chose to also buy a MUFE palette... and the insert isn't included so I bought that  for an extra $3 (for a neater looking palette).

The palette is light tin packaging with a very simple black design. The two things that slightly irritate me about the packaging is that the insert is made of foam/cardboard and can get quite grubby, and that there's no mirror in the lid. Ok, I lie, I think this really annoys me about this packaging because I keep catching myself going to use the mirror, and I am disappointed every time I realise it's not there. I can forgive it though because these are designed mainly for makeup artists who wouldn't use the mirror, and because I love the shadows so much that I reach for the palette regardless. I might just have to find a small mirror and stick it in the lid.

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There are literally hundreds of shades to pick from in the MUFE range, and they are divided into mattes, satiny, metallic, iridescent, diamond and metallic. I picked up three mattes, two iridescent shades and one diamond (*drool* the diamond shades are amazing). The swatches below are not over a primer and they are one swipe (with my finger) of each shadow.

Onto the shades...

M-534 Oat - This is a super smooth, beautifully blendable, pigmented peachy cream matte shade. This is probably too dark to be a highlight shade for me, but it is perfect for helping blend out a look. I am very impressed with the formula! It's very rare to find a matte light shade that swatches so well.

D-708 Pinky Copper - I would have no problems making a palette entirely of these diamond shadows! They have a beautiful amount of fine sparkle that doesn't look garish or tacky, but just makes the colour pop. The name pinky copper pretty much sums this shade up, it is a orange based pink that almost looks like an intense rose gold... more like a rose copper. I have tried this all over the lid and it does look too warm toned on me, but it is so lovely to dab on the centre of the lid or to apply in the inner corner as a pop shimmery colour. Lovely shade.

M-726 Sienna - This is the shade that I bought to replace the one I actually wanted. Because the other shade (I think it was Canyon) was so lovely, I was a little bit disappointed in this shade. It's a very bright burnt orange matte that is nicely pigmented, but doesn't blend quite as nicely as the other shades. It is lovely to work into the crease to add some warmth to a look.

M-546 Dark Purple Taupe - This type of matte dusky purple taupe has been my new obsession over the last 6 months or so. This reminds me of the mauve shade in the Lorac Pro palette but is a little darker. This is perfect as a crease colour if you want a cooler/neutral look and it is one of my most used shades of the palette.

I-544 Pink Granite - My most used shade of this palette is by far this shade. This is the perfect all over lid colour for me. Being an iridescent shade this is quite shimmery, but it's not sparkly like the diamond shades. This is a beautiful rosy taupe with warm undertones and it works wonderfully on brown eyes. This shade reminds me of some of the mid toned shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The pigmentation and blendability is also amazing.

I-606 Pinky Earth - This is the same formula as the last shade. It is a beautiful, crazy pigmented shimmery shade that is a mix between a deep bronze/wine/taupe if that makes sense... it is a deep bronze but it has a coolness to it instead of a gold/warm undertone.

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Clearly I am in love with the formula of these Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Eye Shadows. If I had unlimited funds I would buy all of the shades!

Have you tried any of the Make Up For Ever shadows? What did you think?

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Hello friends! Today I will be talking about the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. 

Let's get onto the basics. The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette was released a couple of weeks ago as the sequel to the very popular Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Both of these palettes retail for $65 in Australia and you can find them in store at Kit Cosmetics or Mecca Maxima, or you can buy them online at http://mecca.com.au/

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Onto packaging...

Sticking to the theme of a chocolate bar, the packaging is a tin that's designed to look like a chocolate bar, and the box that it comes in resembles the wrapper of a chocolate bar. In both the Chocolate Bar palettes, the eye shadows contain cocoa so they give off a really nice hot chocolate scent when you open the palette (don't worry, you can't smell it once you have applied it to the eyes).

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Let's get to the brief comparison between the palettes. If you want to see my full review and swatches of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette then check out my blog post here.

When it comes to the packaging there are a few differences:
  • The colour of the packaging is different - the original looks more like a dark chocolate bar and the Semi Sweet looks more like a milk chocolate bar.
  • The Semi Sweet palette is thinner and much sleeker (see photo above). Please note that if you have bought the original palette in the last few months it will come in the same sleek packaging as the Semi Sweet palette.
  • The original palette came with a plastic slip that had the shade names on it, but the Semi Sweet palette has the shades printed above each pan (yay).
  • The two large shades in the Semi Sweet palette each contain 0.6g less product than the large pans in the original Chocolate Bar palette (you can see the size difference in the photo below). 
  • When you open the original palette the lid lays flat, but the Semi Sweet palette's lid sits at an  angle so you're able to place the palette on a flat surface and potentially use the mirror without needing to hold it up. 
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Now let's talk about the differences in the shades. I am going to abbreviate the Chocolate Bar Palette to CB and the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette to SS.
  • Firstly, I never thought the CB was a cool toned palette, but compared to the SS it does appear cooler overall. They are both warm palettes, but the SS contains some extremely warm shades.
  • Secondly the CB contains 6 matte shades but the SS contains 7 mattes.
  • Thirdly, besides the warm orange and blue shades in the SS, the rest of the shades are very standard nude shades whereas the CB has some wearable but more unusual shades (wines, green browns etc).
  • Fourthly, I found that the SS is overall a much darker palette with the only light shades being the two large highlight shades (one matte and one shimmery) and the Pink Sugar shade which contains just sparkle and no base colour. The CB has a wider variety of tones.
  • And most importantly, I found that overall the quality of the shades in the CB were consistently better than the SS. The SS has some shades that perform very well and others that don't, but I would say that every shade in the CB is pigmented, soft and blendable.
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left shades are from the Chocolate Bar Palette and right shades are from the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Now on to the shade similarities. Being both warm toned neutral palettes, there are bound to be some similarities with the shades. I was actually surprised to see that there were only a few real similarities.
  • The two matte highlight shades White Chocolate (CB) and Coconut Crème (SS) are similar but Coconut Crème is a little more yellow toned and White Chocolate is more pigmented.
  • Hazelnut (CB) and Frosting (SS) are both warm bronze shades, but once again the shade in the CB is more pigmented but it is also more warm toned.
  • Salted Caramel (CB) and Peanut Butter (SS) is similar in pigmentation but Salted Caramel is more muted pink toned and Peanut Butter is more orange.
  • Lastly Semi Sweet (CB) and Truffled (SS) are very similar, they are both typical chocolate matte brown shades, but Semi Sweet is a lot more pigmented and easier to blend.
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Onto the individual shades in the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Please keep in mind that these are not swatches over primer, however most shades did require a few layers to build up the colour. The full arm swatches are at the end of this post.

TOP ROW

Licorice: A typical matte black. Decent pigmentation and nice blendabiliy

Coconut Crème: A matte yellow bone shade. The pigmentation wasn't very strong, but the shade works well as a brow bone highlight.

Nougat: A matte rosy nude. I love this shade! It is not super pigmented to swatch but it's a lovely subtle crease colour and is probably one of my most used shades of the palette.

Truffled: A typical matte chocolate brown.

Hot Fudge: A deep blackened plum brown with a warm shimmer throughout. The pigmentation of this shade is nice - the shimmery shades are definitely smoother and more pigmented than the matte shades.

MIDDLE ROW:

Cocoa Chilli: A warm dark brown with gold glitter.

Pink Sugar: A pink duo chrome fine glitter with no base colour. This is lovely to add some shimmer on top of another shade or some sparkle as an inner corner highlight, but it's not a great stand alone shade. Since this is quite glittery, it is also probably the chunkiest shade of the palette. I have shown a close up below so you can see what I am talking about.

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Puddin: A cool toned matte brown - a great eyebrow colour. Not super pigmented, but smooth to apply and blend.

Blueberry Swirl: An almost duo chrome blue shadow that has a sheer blue/purple base and a flash of vibrant blue shimmer. Since this isn't very opaque so you could easily tone it down to make it more wearable, or you can apply it over a stronger base to make the blue sheen really pop.

Peanut Butter: A matte warm orange brown. This is one of the shades that drew me to the palette. This is probably the most pigmented matte shade of the palette.

Frosting: A dark shimmery bronze. Nice pigmentation and blendability.

BOTTOM ROW:

Rum Raisin: A beautiful cool toned rosy taupe with great colour pay off. This shade can be easily overlooked but it's one of the nicest shades in the palette.

Mousse: A mid toned neutral caramel brown crease colour. It's the perfect crease colour because it's not too warm and not too cool, a very versatile shade. I also mix this shade with Puddin to do my brows, and this could work for people who have light brows. 

Caramel: A lovely coppery gold shimmery shade. This is great colour payoff, is smooth and blendable. The shimmery shades are definitely the best performing of the palette.

Bon Bon: Similar formula to Caramel, but is more peach toned and less yellow.

Butter Pecan: This highlight shade looks quite dark and yellow (for a highlight shade) in the pan but when you apply it to the skin it's more of a frosty champagne shade. Not a highlighter for the faint hearted. 

Definitely the best performing shades are the shimmery shades, and the mattes are easy to blend but lack some colour pay off so they do require some building up. Besides the orange toned shades and the random blue, lets face it, this honestly isn't a very special or unique palette. It contains a lot of classic neutral shades that a lot of people will use everyday (i.e. a matte cream, matte black, warm and cool crease colours, brow shades and some nice shimmery shades). If you own a lot of neutral palettes then you might find that the Semi Sweet contains a lot of shades that you already have, but if you don't own many palettes then this would be a great palette to start with, because it is very versatile and wearable. I personally love having one palette that can do a variety of complete looks without needing to reach for another palette, and I think that's why I prefer this palette over the original Chocolate Bar palette. With the original palette I found that I was always reaching for other palettes to complete a look.

Overall I quite like this palette. Compared to the original Chocolate Bar Palette, the formula of the shadows are a little disappointing but I much prefer these shades. Even though I raved about the formula of the original Chocolate Bar palette, I rarely found myself reaching for the palette because the shades weren't everyday shades for me. This Semi Sweet palette is more my style and provides a more complete look.

If you are debating about which palette to buy, I would recommend looking at the shades and seeing which ones you would use the most. In my opinion the Chocolate Bar had a better formula and more unique shades, but the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar has more everyday wearable shades. If you were wondering if the palettes were similar to own them both, I think they complement each other very well and there are only a couple of shades that are quite similar. If you don't like warm toned eye shadows then I would avoid both palettes.

Have you tried the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette? What are your thoughts?

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Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette review, swatches and comparison to the original Chocolate Bar Palette

March 16, 2015

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Hello friends! Today I will be talking about the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. 

Let's get onto the basics. The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette was released a couple of weeks ago as the sequel to the very popular Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Both of these palettes retail for $65 in Australia and you can find them in store at Kit Cosmetics or Mecca Maxima, or you can buy them online at http://mecca.com.au/

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Onto packaging...

Sticking to the theme of a chocolate bar, the packaging is a tin that's designed to look like a chocolate bar, and the box that it comes in resembles the wrapper of a chocolate bar. In both the Chocolate Bar palettes, the eye shadows contain cocoa so they give off a really nice hot chocolate scent when you open the palette (don't worry, you can't smell it once you have applied it to the eyes).

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Let's get to the brief comparison between the palettes. If you want to see my full review and swatches of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette then check out my blog post here.

When it comes to the packaging there are a few differences:
  • The colour of the packaging is different - the original looks more like a dark chocolate bar and the Semi Sweet looks more like a milk chocolate bar.
  • The Semi Sweet palette is thinner and much sleeker (see photo above). Please note that if you have bought the original palette in the last few months it will come in the same sleek packaging as the Semi Sweet palette.
  • The original palette came with a plastic slip that had the shade names on it, but the Semi Sweet palette has the shades printed above each pan (yay).
  • The two large shades in the Semi Sweet palette each contain 0.6g less product than the large pans in the original Chocolate Bar palette (you can see the size difference in the photo below). 
  • When you open the original palette the lid lays flat, but the Semi Sweet palette's lid sits at an  angle so you're able to place the palette on a flat surface and potentially use the mirror without needing to hold it up. 
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Now let's talk about the differences in the shades. I am going to abbreviate the Chocolate Bar Palette to CB and the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette to SS.
  • Firstly, I never thought the CB was a cool toned palette, but compared to the SS it does appear cooler overall. They are both warm palettes, but the SS contains some extremely warm shades.
  • Secondly the CB contains 6 matte shades but the SS contains 7 mattes.
  • Thirdly, besides the warm orange and blue shades in the SS, the rest of the shades are very standard nude shades whereas the CB has some wearable but more unusual shades (wines, green browns etc).
  • Fourthly, I found that the SS is overall a much darker palette with the only light shades being the two large highlight shades (one matte and one shimmery) and the Pink Sugar shade which contains just sparkle and no base colour. The CB has a wider variety of tones.
  • And most importantly, I found that overall the quality of the shades in the CB were consistently better than the SS. The SS has some shades that perform very well and others that don't, but I would say that every shade in the CB is pigmented, soft and blendable.
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left shades are from the Chocolate Bar Palette and right shades are from the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Now on to the shade similarities. Being both warm toned neutral palettes, there are bound to be some similarities with the shades. I was actually surprised to see that there were only a few real similarities.
  • The two matte highlight shades White Chocolate (CB) and Coconut Crème (SS) are similar but Coconut Crème is a little more yellow toned and White Chocolate is more pigmented.
  • Hazelnut (CB) and Frosting (SS) are both warm bronze shades, but once again the shade in the CB is more pigmented but it is also more warm toned.
  • Salted Caramel (CB) and Peanut Butter (SS) is similar in pigmentation but Salted Caramel is more muted pink toned and Peanut Butter is more orange.
  • Lastly Semi Sweet (CB) and Truffled (SS) are very similar, they are both typical chocolate matte brown shades, but Semi Sweet is a lot more pigmented and easier to blend.
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Onto the individual shades in the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Please keep in mind that these are not swatches over primer, however most shades did require a few layers to build up the colour. The full arm swatches are at the end of this post.

TOP ROW

Licorice: A typical matte black. Decent pigmentation and nice blendabiliy

Coconut Crème: A matte yellow bone shade. The pigmentation wasn't very strong, but the shade works well as a brow bone highlight.

Nougat: A matte rosy nude. I love this shade! It is not super pigmented to swatch but it's a lovely subtle crease colour and is probably one of my most used shades of the palette.

Truffled: A typical matte chocolate brown.

Hot Fudge: A deep blackened plum brown with a warm shimmer throughout. The pigmentation of this shade is nice - the shimmery shades are definitely smoother and more pigmented than the matte shades.

MIDDLE ROW:

Cocoa Chilli: A warm dark brown with gold glitter.

Pink Sugar: A pink duo chrome fine glitter with no base colour. This is lovely to add some shimmer on top of another shade or some sparkle as an inner corner highlight, but it's not a great stand alone shade. Since this is quite glittery, it is also probably the chunkiest shade of the palette. I have shown a close up below so you can see what I am talking about.

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Puddin: A cool toned matte brown - a great eyebrow colour. Not super pigmented, but smooth to apply and blend.

Blueberry Swirl: An almost duo chrome blue shadow that has a sheer blue/purple base and a flash of vibrant blue shimmer. Since this isn't very opaque so you could easily tone it down to make it more wearable, or you can apply it over a stronger base to make the blue sheen really pop.

Peanut Butter: A matte warm orange brown. This is one of the shades that drew me to the palette. This is probably the most pigmented matte shade of the palette.

Frosting: A dark shimmery bronze. Nice pigmentation and blendability.

BOTTOM ROW:

Rum Raisin: A beautiful cool toned rosy taupe with great colour pay off. This shade can be easily overlooked but it's one of the nicest shades in the palette.

Mousse: A mid toned neutral caramel brown crease colour. It's the perfect crease colour because it's not too warm and not too cool, a very versatile shade. I also mix this shade with Puddin to do my brows, and this could work for people who have light brows. 

Caramel: A lovely coppery gold shimmery shade. This is great colour payoff, is smooth and blendable. The shimmery shades are definitely the best performing of the palette.

Bon Bon: Similar formula to Caramel, but is more peach toned and less yellow.

Butter Pecan: This highlight shade looks quite dark and yellow (for a highlight shade) in the pan but when you apply it to the skin it's more of a frosty champagne shade. Not a highlighter for the faint hearted. 

Definitely the best performing shades are the shimmery shades, and the mattes are easy to blend but lack some colour pay off so they do require some building up. Besides the orange toned shades and the random blue, lets face it, this honestly isn't a very special or unique palette. It contains a lot of classic neutral shades that a lot of people will use everyday (i.e. a matte cream, matte black, warm and cool crease colours, brow shades and some nice shimmery shades). If you own a lot of neutral palettes then you might find that the Semi Sweet contains a lot of shades that you already have, but if you don't own many palettes then this would be a great palette to start with, because it is very versatile and wearable. I personally love having one palette that can do a variety of complete looks without needing to reach for another palette, and I think that's why I prefer this palette over the original Chocolate Bar palette. With the original palette I found that I was always reaching for other palettes to complete a look.

Overall I quite like this palette. Compared to the original Chocolate Bar Palette, the formula of the shadows are a little disappointing but I much prefer these shades. Even though I raved about the formula of the original Chocolate Bar palette, I rarely found myself reaching for the palette because the shades weren't everyday shades for me. This Semi Sweet palette is more my style and provides a more complete look.

If you are debating about which palette to buy, I would recommend looking at the shades and seeing which ones you would use the most. In my opinion the Chocolate Bar had a better formula and more unique shades, but the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar has more everyday wearable shades. If you were wondering if the palettes were similar to own them both, I think they complement each other very well and there are only a couple of shades that are quite similar. If you don't like warm toned eye shadows then I would avoid both palettes.

Have you tried the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette? What are your thoughts?

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I decided to film an impromptu rant yesterday after I got home from work because I was a little fed up that this Lime Crime issue is being swept under the rug (mainly by Lime Crime). I was also pissed off that a lot of people are defending Lime Crime because they "personally haven't ever experienced bad customer service" from Lime Crime. I think that is a load of bullshit! I personally haven't been scammed or blocked or disrespected by Lime Crime, but I am angry on behalf of all the people who have.

If you have no idea what I am referring to, please watch my video below and please also do your own research and make up your own mind. I would love for this to spark some interesting discussion in a forum where your opinion won't be blocked and deleted.

Rant over.

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Boycott Lime Crime Rant #boycottlimecrime

March 12, 2015

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I decided to film an impromptu rant yesterday after I got home from work because I was a little fed up that this Lime Crime issue is being swept under the rug (mainly by Lime Crime). I was also pissed off that a lot of people are defending Lime Crime because they "personally haven't ever experienced bad customer service" from Lime Crime. I think that is a load of bullshit! I personally haven't been scammed or blocked or disrespected by Lime Crime, but I am angry on behalf of all the people who have.

If you have no idea what I am referring to, please watch my video below and please also do your own research and make up your own mind. I would love for this to spark some interesting discussion in a forum where your opinion won't be blocked and deleted.

Rant over.

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I was lucky enough to be sent the new range of solid shampoo bars from Lush.

These 5 new bars fit in nicely to the existing range of around 8 shampoo bars that are offered by Lush. If you want to take a peek at the whole range then check out the Lush website.

Along with the shower gels and lip balms, the solid shampoo bars were the first products that I tried from Lush back in the day. I remember a good 10-12 years ago my family went through a stage where we only used these solid shampoo bars for our shampoo.

These cost $13.95 each in Australia but each bar is said to last around 80 washes if you store them correctly. These do hold their shape very well and are a lot firmer than a traditional bar of soap, so if you keep it in a well drained and dry place then they should last you a long time. Since these are so compact they make for a perfect travel shampoo and you can even buy a tin to store them in. My only pet peeve about these (and bar soaps as well) is that when they are nearly finished they can break up which makes the last uses of them a little annoying.

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I want to clarify that in the last week or so I have only been using the Jason And The Argan Oil shampoo bar. I will be briefly mentioning the other bars, but my experiences are based on Jason And The Argan Oil bar.

What I have been loving most about using the solid shampoo bar is the results. I have been using this without any conditioner (which is fine for my above shoulder length uncoloured hair, but might not be recommended for damaged or long hair) and I have noticed that it adds a lot of weightlessness, softness and shine. I originally wanted to try this without conditioner to see if it can be used as a stand alone product, and since then I haven't bothered following it up with conditioner because I love the effect it has on its own. Normally my hair can be quite limp, especially at the roots, and this has added a weightlessness and shine that I rarely experience with a regular shampoo. Of course old habbits die hard and I will probably use a conditioner every so often as a treatment, but at least with the Jason And The Argan Oil shampoo bar, I find that it is conditioning enough to act as a stand alone product. Lastly, what I was impressed with was that you need the smallest amount to work up a really nice lather, so I'm not sure if it will last 80 washes but it will last a long time.

Let's get into some of the details of the individual bars.

Montalbano: A very citrusy shampoo that contains lemon oil, olives, rosemary and popping candy. This is designed to leave your hair squeaky clean and shiny. 

Jason And The Argan Oil: This is the one I was most excited about! It has the same scent as the Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner. This is an all rounder bar designed to make your hair stronger, shinier and softer.

Copperhead: This is the earthiest scented bar and it contains coffee and henna. This doesn't colour your hair, but it is designed for coloured hair because it brings out the tones in dark coloured hair.

Honey I Washed My Hair: *Drools* this smells a-ma-zing! This has the same honey/toffee sweet scent as the Honey I washed The Kids Soap (which I adore). This is designed to leave your hair feeling soft and shiny... and of course smelling delicious.

Braziliant: This is designed to strengthen and condition the hair and contains orange oil and andiroba oil. This has a hint of sweet orange mixed with herbal woody scent.

Overall I am really happy to see more of the Solid Shampoo Bars added to the Lush range. I am particularly excited to see some of my favourite Lush scents (rose jam/honey I washed the kids) in a shampoo form.

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NEW Lush Solid Shampoo Bars - Montalbano, Jason And The Argan Oil, Copperhead, Honey I Washed My Hair and Braziliant

March 11, 2015

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I was lucky enough to be sent the new range of solid shampoo bars from Lush.

These 5 new bars fit in nicely to the existing range of around 8 shampoo bars that are offered by Lush. If you want to take a peek at the whole range then check out the Lush website.

Along with the shower gels and lip balms, the solid shampoo bars were the first products that I tried from Lush back in the day. I remember a good 10-12 years ago my family went through a stage where we only used these solid shampoo bars for our shampoo.

These cost $13.95 each in Australia but each bar is said to last around 80 washes if you store them correctly. These do hold their shape very well and are a lot firmer than a traditional bar of soap, so if you keep it in a well drained and dry place then they should last you a long time. Since these are so compact they make for a perfect travel shampoo and you can even buy a tin to store them in. My only pet peeve about these (and bar soaps as well) is that when they are nearly finished they can break up which makes the last uses of them a little annoying.

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I want to clarify that in the last week or so I have only been using the Jason And The Argan Oil shampoo bar. I will be briefly mentioning the other bars, but my experiences are based on Jason And The Argan Oil bar.

What I have been loving most about using the solid shampoo bar is the results. I have been using this without any conditioner (which is fine for my above shoulder length uncoloured hair, but might not be recommended for damaged or long hair) and I have noticed that it adds a lot of weightlessness, softness and shine. I originally wanted to try this without conditioner to see if it can be used as a stand alone product, and since then I haven't bothered following it up with conditioner because I love the effect it has on its own. Normally my hair can be quite limp, especially at the roots, and this has added a weightlessness and shine that I rarely experience with a regular shampoo. Of course old habbits die hard and I will probably use a conditioner every so often as a treatment, but at least with the Jason And The Argan Oil shampoo bar, I find that it is conditioning enough to act as a stand alone product. Lastly, what I was impressed with was that you need the smallest amount to work up a really nice lather, so I'm not sure if it will last 80 washes but it will last a long time.

Let's get into some of the details of the individual bars.

Montalbano: A very citrusy shampoo that contains lemon oil, olives, rosemary and popping candy. This is designed to leave your hair squeaky clean and shiny. 

Jason And The Argan Oil: This is the one I was most excited about! It has the same scent as the Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro's Argan Oil Body Conditioner. This is an all rounder bar designed to make your hair stronger, shinier and softer.

Copperhead: This is the earthiest scented bar and it contains coffee and henna. This doesn't colour your hair, but it is designed for coloured hair because it brings out the tones in dark coloured hair.

Honey I Washed My Hair: *Drools* this smells a-ma-zing! This has the same honey/toffee sweet scent as the Honey I washed The Kids Soap (which I adore). This is designed to leave your hair feeling soft and shiny... and of course smelling delicious.

Braziliant: This is designed to strengthen and condition the hair and contains orange oil and andiroba oil. This has a hint of sweet orange mixed with herbal woody scent.

Overall I am really happy to see more of the Solid Shampoo Bars added to the Lush range. I am particularly excited to see some of my favourite Lush scents (rose jam/honey I washed the kids) in a shampoo form.

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Hey friends!

Over the weekend I filmed a video with the lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive. We listed out current skincare favourites and if you want to see what we picked then check out the video below!

Ps I have some awesome reviews coming up this week... so check back tomorrow :)

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Skincare favourites with The Skincare Obsessive

March 10, 2015

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Hey friends!

Over the weekend I filmed a video with the lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive. We listed out current skincare favourites and if you want to see what we picked then check out the video below!

Ps I have some awesome reviews coming up this week... so check back tomorrow :)

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Hello lovelies! February has come to an end so it's time for my favourites (and empties coming up shortly).

Even though February was a short month I did manage to have a very eventful time when it came to beauty products. This is a quick breakdown of the top beauty products that I have been loving and I have filmed a video that shows these favourites as well as some beauty fails and random favourites. Check that out below!


If you wanted to know where to buy these products, I have linked sites to the product name.

Ettica Cube Cosmetics Lipstick Holder (24): I received this from the Glamour Affair blogger event at the end of January and I am obsessed! I used to keep some of my favourite lipsticks in a box and I had to rummage around to find the one I was looking for. Now they are all on display in easy reach and it has made my makeup storage that little bit more organised. I am planning on buying a few more of these soon! Check out the range of Ettica products here.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil: This is an old favourite and it was one of my top skincare products of 2013. I went off oils in 2014, reaching for serums instead, but I have turned back to this particular rosehip oil after getting stubborn break outs on my neck during the hormonal time of the month. Rosehip oil helps calm it all down and reduce some of the scarring that the breakouts have left.

Seven Wonders Natural Hair Care Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo: I cut my hair this month and I can confidently say that my pixie cut is officially gone (which is neither a good nor bad thing). Since I now have a style that's not just an in-between growing out my hair look, I have been wearing my hair out more often. The one styling product that I have been using religiously is dry shampoo and a new one that I have been trying is this Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil dry shampoo. It adds volume and refreshes my hair without completely drying it out and making it feel too powdery (I am assuming this is thanks to the argan oil). This does leave my hair with a white cast, but I find it easier to brush out than Batiste. If you don't like how normal dry shampoos dry out your hair, then you might want to check this one out!

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark: I went to a Bondi Sands event in February and was able to take home a few of their products to try. I have tried the self tanning foam before, but it was the Light-Medium shade. I have heard numerous times that this is the best selling fake tan in Australia, and even though I liked the Light-Medium shade I wasn't blown away. After trying the Dark shade I completely understand the hype behind it! This tan literally look me from being pale as hell to being super crazy tanned (in a good way) and the tan was lovely and even and lasted all week. The only down side is that it gets on your sheets (so wash it off before you go to bed) and it also probably isn't the type of tan you would want to layer and layer as it is very dark (but awesome) with one layer. If you are concerned about it being too dark then you can wash it off after a couple of hours for a lighter tan.

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Stila Eyes are the Window Palette in Soul: My FAVOURITE palette of the month... and probably so far of 2015 is the Stila Soul palette. I think minus one or two shades, this is my perfect palette and it is very similar to how I would design my own eyeshadow palette. It contains the mattes that all palettes need (cream, warm crease colour, cool crease colour, dark brown and black) and then it has some beautifully smooth and pigmented shimmery shades. All of these shades are quite warm toned (besides the one gun metal grey shade on the bottom row) and I think they work perfectly for my skin tone and brown eyes. You can see my full review with swatches here.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation - Buff: My favourite base product for the month hands down is the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation! OMG this stuff is fab! This lasts all day on my oily combination skin, it provides good coverage and its very comfortable to wear. I also tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation this month and I hated it! Compared to the NARS one, this Arbonne foundation is a miracle. Check out my review of the Arbonne foundation here and the NARS foundation here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette: This has been a bit of a surprise! I have had this product for ages now and I never wore it because I need to fill large areas of my brows, and this doesn't do the job because it is a very thin pencil. When I forced myself to use this up (as part of my Makeup Diet series) I have started using it to outline and define my brows and I have fallen in love with it! This just adds that extra element to my brows and I can't think of any pencil that quite compares.

Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks - Social Climber and Femme Fatale: These have been the two lipsticks that I have been reaching for the most this month. These are both matte but are nice and creamy and easy to apply. The only downside is that they apply a little thicker than other high end matte lipsticks I have. I have probably been reaching for them on a daily basis because they are long wearing and are also quite affordable. Social Climber is similar to MAC Velvet Teddy, but instead of being brown based its more pink based (I have a photo comparison on instagram). Femme Fatale is similar to MAC Lady Danger.

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I hope you also had a great February full of excellent makeup products! Let me know what your favourite product of the month was.

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February 2015 Favourites

March 6, 2015

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Hello lovelies! February has come to an end so it's time for my favourites (and empties coming up shortly).

Even though February was a short month I did manage to have a very eventful time when it came to beauty products. This is a quick breakdown of the top beauty products that I have been loving and I have filmed a video that shows these favourites as well as some beauty fails and random favourites. Check that out below!


If you wanted to know where to buy these products, I have linked sites to the product name.

Ettica Cube Cosmetics Lipstick Holder (24): I received this from the Glamour Affair blogger event at the end of January and I am obsessed! I used to keep some of my favourite lipsticks in a box and I had to rummage around to find the one I was looking for. Now they are all on display in easy reach and it has made my makeup storage that little bit more organised. I am planning on buying a few more of these soon! Check out the range of Ettica products here.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil: This is an old favourite and it was one of my top skincare products of 2013. I went off oils in 2014, reaching for serums instead, but I have turned back to this particular rosehip oil after getting stubborn break outs on my neck during the hormonal time of the month. Rosehip oil helps calm it all down and reduce some of the scarring that the breakouts have left.

Seven Wonders Natural Hair Care Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo: I cut my hair this month and I can confidently say that my pixie cut is officially gone (which is neither a good nor bad thing). Since I now have a style that's not just an in-between growing out my hair look, I have been wearing my hair out more often. The one styling product that I have been using religiously is dry shampoo and a new one that I have been trying is this Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil dry shampoo. It adds volume and refreshes my hair without completely drying it out and making it feel too powdery (I am assuming this is thanks to the argan oil). This does leave my hair with a white cast, but I find it easier to brush out than Batiste. If you don't like how normal dry shampoos dry out your hair, then you might want to check this one out!

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark: I went to a Bondi Sands event in February and was able to take home a few of their products to try. I have tried the self tanning foam before, but it was the Light-Medium shade. I have heard numerous times that this is the best selling fake tan in Australia, and even though I liked the Light-Medium shade I wasn't blown away. After trying the Dark shade I completely understand the hype behind it! This tan literally look me from being pale as hell to being super crazy tanned (in a good way) and the tan was lovely and even and lasted all week. The only down side is that it gets on your sheets (so wash it off before you go to bed) and it also probably isn't the type of tan you would want to layer and layer as it is very dark (but awesome) with one layer. If you are concerned about it being too dark then you can wash it off after a couple of hours for a lighter tan.

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Stila Eyes are the Window Palette in Soul: My FAVOURITE palette of the month... and probably so far of 2015 is the Stila Soul palette. I think minus one or two shades, this is my perfect palette and it is very similar to how I would design my own eyeshadow palette. It contains the mattes that all palettes need (cream, warm crease colour, cool crease colour, dark brown and black) and then it has some beautifully smooth and pigmented shimmery shades. All of these shades are quite warm toned (besides the one gun metal grey shade on the bottom row) and I think they work perfectly for my skin tone and brown eyes. You can see my full review with swatches here.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation - Buff: My favourite base product for the month hands down is the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation! OMG this stuff is fab! This lasts all day on my oily combination skin, it provides good coverage and its very comfortable to wear. I also tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation this month and I hated it! Compared to the NARS one, this Arbonne foundation is a miracle. Check out my review of the Arbonne foundation here and the NARS foundation here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette: This has been a bit of a surprise! I have had this product for ages now and I never wore it because I need to fill large areas of my brows, and this doesn't do the job because it is a very thin pencil. When I forced myself to use this up (as part of my Makeup Diet series) I have started using it to outline and define my brows and I have fallen in love with it! This just adds that extra element to my brows and I can't think of any pencil that quite compares.

Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks - Social Climber and Femme Fatale: These have been the two lipsticks that I have been reaching for the most this month. These are both matte but are nice and creamy and easy to apply. The only downside is that they apply a little thicker than other high end matte lipsticks I have. I have probably been reaching for them on a daily basis because they are long wearing and are also quite affordable. Social Climber is similar to MAC Velvet Teddy, but instead of being brown based its more pink based (I have a photo comparison on instagram). Femme Fatale is similar to MAC Lady Danger.

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I hope you also had a great February full of excellent makeup products! Let me know what your favourite product of the month was.

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