April 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Here is a review of a very spontaneous purchase! I really like Benefit, but I tend to steer clear of buying a lot of their products in Australia because they are soooo expensive (I mainly just buy the gift packs). However I do have a shopping list of products that I want to buy from the Benefit website (where you can order Benefit at US prices). One thing I can now tick off my shopping list is the Benefit Majorette Blush.

Aaaanyway the whole reason I decided to start this post with that little spiel is because I saw someone post on facebook last week that there were some discounted products at the Myer Melbourne Benefit counter. I managed to get my bf to pick this blush up for me before all the discounted products had sold out. Normally this retails for $51 in Australia ($28 on the US website), but I bought this for $25.50! Bargain!

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Let's start with the packaging. This comes in a cute, albeit very bulky and childish looking, compact that looks a little like a marching band drum. Part of me really likes this packaging, but another part of me things it could get lost amongst a child's Polly Pocket collection.

The packaging is cardboard, but it is a very sturdy cardboard. The orange part on the inside of the compact is plastic, which adds to the stability of the packaging. What I like most about the packaging is that it has a nice mirror in the lid and it has a magnetic closure.

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You also get a Tips and Tricks which pretty much says that you can use this on it's own to "amplify your natural flush" or you can use it as a base to boost your powder blush.

The ingredients list for all those who may be interested...

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Onto the product. You get 7g of product and it is formed nicely in this dome with a pretty design in the pan (this design gets worn away very quickly). I would liken the texture of this blush to a firm clay... it feels firm, but you can easy pick up product if you rub your finger on the pan. This also has a nice sweet orange scent, which reminds me a lot of the Orange Lip Smacker. You can smell it while you are applying it, but it doesn't linger on the skin.

I didn't mention this earlier, but this is a cream blush... I am not generally a fan of cream blushes, but I really do like this formula. It has an almost silicon feel which helps it blend evenly onto the skin. This also has an almost cream to powder finish, so it doesn't feel sticky and it doesn't disrupt any makeup underneath it.

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The colour of the blush is lovely! It's a very universal soft peach shade that might look orange in the pan, but it does apply more pink on the skin. You can see from the photo above that you can blend this out very easily and evenly. You can easily use your finger or a stippling brush to apply this, and it is surprisingly pigmented, so you don't need too much product. The longevity of this blush is pretty good, but not amazing. I could see this on my cheeks at the end of the day, but it was quite faded. If you wanted better longevity you could easily layer a powder blush over the top.

Pretty much everything about this blush is a positive! The colour, the pigmentation, the texture, the application are all great! The only negatives are the price, the bulky packaging and the fact that this only comes in one shade (that really doesn't concern for me much because the shade is lovely, but it might bother other people)... some people might also see the scent as being a negative. Also it is worth noting that Benefit is not cruelty free.

I think I have finally found a cream blush that I really like and am happy to wear on a daily basis!

Have you tried this blush? What did you think?

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Benefit Majorette Blush - Review and swatches

April 27, 2015

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Here is a review of a very spontaneous purchase! I really like Benefit, but I tend to steer clear of buying a lot of their products in Australia because they are soooo expensive (I mainly just buy the gift packs). However I do have a shopping list of products that I want to buy from the Benefit website (where you can order Benefit at US prices). One thing I can now tick off my shopping list is the Benefit Majorette Blush.

Aaaanyway the whole reason I decided to start this post with that little spiel is because I saw someone post on facebook last week that there were some discounted products at the Myer Melbourne Benefit counter. I managed to get my bf to pick this blush up for me before all the discounted products had sold out. Normally this retails for $51 in Australia ($28 on the US website), but I bought this for $25.50! Bargain!

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Let's start with the packaging. This comes in a cute, albeit very bulky and childish looking, compact that looks a little like a marching band drum. Part of me really likes this packaging, but another part of me things it could get lost amongst a child's Polly Pocket collection.

The packaging is cardboard, but it is a very sturdy cardboard. The orange part on the inside of the compact is plastic, which adds to the stability of the packaging. What I like most about the packaging is that it has a nice mirror in the lid and it has a magnetic closure.

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You also get a Tips and Tricks which pretty much says that you can use this on it's own to "amplify your natural flush" or you can use it as a base to boost your powder blush.

The ingredients list for all those who may be interested...

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Onto the product. You get 7g of product and it is formed nicely in this dome with a pretty design in the pan (this design gets worn away very quickly). I would liken the texture of this blush to a firm clay... it feels firm, but you can easy pick up product if you rub your finger on the pan. This also has a nice sweet orange scent, which reminds me a lot of the Orange Lip Smacker. You can smell it while you are applying it, but it doesn't linger on the skin.

I didn't mention this earlier, but this is a cream blush... I am not generally a fan of cream blushes, but I really do like this formula. It has an almost silicon feel which helps it blend evenly onto the skin. This also has an almost cream to powder finish, so it doesn't feel sticky and it doesn't disrupt any makeup underneath it.

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The colour of the blush is lovely! It's a very universal soft peach shade that might look orange in the pan, but it does apply more pink on the skin. You can see from the photo above that you can blend this out very easily and evenly. You can easily use your finger or a stippling brush to apply this, and it is surprisingly pigmented, so you don't need too much product. The longevity of this blush is pretty good, but not amazing. I could see this on my cheeks at the end of the day, but it was quite faded. If you wanted better longevity you could easily layer a powder blush over the top.

Pretty much everything about this blush is a positive! The colour, the pigmentation, the texture, the application are all great! The only negatives are the price, the bulky packaging and the fact that this only comes in one shade (that really doesn't concern for me much because the shade is lovely, but it might bother other people)... some people might also see the scent as being a negative. Also it is worth noting that Benefit is not cruelty free.

I think I have finally found a cream blush that I really like and am happy to wear on a daily basis!

Have you tried this blush? What did you think?

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Well hello hello old friend...

If you were in Australia in the 90s and were into wearing makeup, you would know of Red Earth. I was only a kid in the 90s, but I remember thinking I was really cool wearing my bright metallic blue nail polish by Red Earth called Mars. I also remember being in my tweens and buying one of my first shimmery eye shadows from Red Earth.

...So clearly I have a nostalgic attachment to Red Earth and I am so happy to see that they are back!

Red Earth used to have stores everywhere until they sold the business to Esprit and then it disappeared (check out an article about it here)... but now it's back!

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I was sent these to trial, but if you want to have a play in person then they do have a Red Earth stand in Emporium in Melbourne. Or of course, you can check out their website where shipping in Australia is free for ordered over $75.

The two products I was sent are the Velvet Radiance Blush in 09 Sunset Glow and the Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick in 16 Coral Love.

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I'll start with the Velvet Radiance Blush, because I LOVE this blush! This is shade 09 Sunset Glow and I just wanted to mention that I love the names of the blushes! There are 10 shades in the range and they all have really nice names like High Noon, First Light, and Desert Dusk... besides all sounding like Twilight books, they are very romantic names that remind me of the sky at different times of the day. The blushes contain 5 grams of product and retail for $24 each.

This Sunset Glow shades is a shimmery coral that gives the most beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. This is a sheer blush, but it applies really smoothly and you can build up the colour. I also love that the shimmer is very fine and gives the skin a healthy glow rather than a sparkly look. I think this is the perfect blush for beginners because you really can't go wrong with applying this. I know I will be hitting the Emporium shop next time I am in the city because I am in love with this formula!

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Then onto the lipstick. Red Earth have two types of lipsticks - the Hydra Luxe Lipstick and the Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick. The lipstick I have is a Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick. These contain 3.6 grams of product and retail for $24 each.

16 Coral Love is a bright mid toned coral pink shade with a cream finish and has a beautiful formula. It is a very silky smooth and hydrating formula that has great pigmentation. Often it's hard to find a hydrating formula with decent pigmentation, but this is definitely the best of both worlds. I personally find that this is a little too slippery for me (I am always sipping on water/coffee/tea while I am at work) and would prefer a drier more long wearing lipstick, but I do appreciate how well this applies and how nice the colour pay off is. This does wear a good few hours with minimal eating and drinking. If you want a comfortable lipstick with lovely pigmentation, then this is definitely one to check out.

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Overall I am really glad to see that Red Earth is back! So far the products are very impressive and I am very happy to see that these don't cost an arm and a leg. At $24 each these are very affordable and are in the same price range as a lot of "drugstore" makeup in Australia. I will definitely be going to the store in Emporium to swatch a few more blushes, and I would love to get my hands on a glossy deep red lipstick for winter.

...I wonder if they will ever bring back the Mars nail polish?

Do you guys remember Red Earth? What do you think of these products?

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Red Earth - Velvet Radiance Blush in 09 Sunset Glow & Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick in 16 Coral Love

April 26, 2015

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Well hello hello old friend...

If you were in Australia in the 90s and were into wearing makeup, you would know of Red Earth. I was only a kid in the 90s, but I remember thinking I was really cool wearing my bright metallic blue nail polish by Red Earth called Mars. I also remember being in my tweens and buying one of my first shimmery eye shadows from Red Earth.

...So clearly I have a nostalgic attachment to Red Earth and I am so happy to see that they are back!

Red Earth used to have stores everywhere until they sold the business to Esprit and then it disappeared (check out an article about it here)... but now it's back!

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I was sent these to trial, but if you want to have a play in person then they do have a Red Earth stand in Emporium in Melbourne. Or of course, you can check out their website where shipping in Australia is free for ordered over $75.

The two products I was sent are the Velvet Radiance Blush in 09 Sunset Glow and the Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick in 16 Coral Love.

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I'll start with the Velvet Radiance Blush, because I LOVE this blush! This is shade 09 Sunset Glow and I just wanted to mention that I love the names of the blushes! There are 10 shades in the range and they all have really nice names like High Noon, First Light, and Desert Dusk... besides all sounding like Twilight books, they are very romantic names that remind me of the sky at different times of the day. The blushes contain 5 grams of product and retail for $24 each.

This Sunset Glow shades is a shimmery coral that gives the most beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. This is a sheer blush, but it applies really smoothly and you can build up the colour. I also love that the shimmer is very fine and gives the skin a healthy glow rather than a sparkly look. I think this is the perfect blush for beginners because you really can't go wrong with applying this. I know I will be hitting the Emporium shop next time I am in the city because I am in love with this formula!

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Then onto the lipstick. Red Earth have two types of lipsticks - the Hydra Luxe Lipstick and the Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick. The lipstick I have is a Pure Colour Pigment Rich Lipstick. These contain 3.6 grams of product and retail for $24 each.

16 Coral Love is a bright mid toned coral pink shade with a cream finish and has a beautiful formula. It is a very silky smooth and hydrating formula that has great pigmentation. Often it's hard to find a hydrating formula with decent pigmentation, but this is definitely the best of both worlds. I personally find that this is a little too slippery for me (I am always sipping on water/coffee/tea while I am at work) and would prefer a drier more long wearing lipstick, but I do appreciate how well this applies and how nice the colour pay off is. This does wear a good few hours with minimal eating and drinking. If you want a comfortable lipstick with lovely pigmentation, then this is definitely one to check out.

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Overall I am really glad to see that Red Earth is back! So far the products are very impressive and I am very happy to see that these don't cost an arm and a leg. At $24 each these are very affordable and are in the same price range as a lot of "drugstore" makeup in Australia. I will definitely be going to the store in Emporium to swatch a few more blushes, and I would love to get my hands on a glossy deep red lipstick for winter.

...I wonder if they will ever bring back the Mars nail polish?

Do you guys remember Red Earth? What do you think of these products?

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Hey friends!

I thought I would revisit the ever so famous Perfect Palette Tag because in the last 18 months my palette collection has expanded significantly!



Products Mentioned:

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Eye Shadows
Bare Minerals Dream Sequence Quad
Lorac Mega Pro
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
Lime Crime Alchemy Palette
Saucebox Midnight Blossoms Palette
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Blog
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul

Perfect Palette Tag Questions:

1. Best Packaging
2. Best Color Payoff
3. Most Versatile
4. Best for Traveling
5. Biggest Regret
6. Best Color Names
7. Least Used
8. Most Used
9. Most Loved
10. Desert Island

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Perfect Palette Tag UPDATED

April 24, 2015

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Hey friends!

I thought I would revisit the ever so famous Perfect Palette Tag because in the last 18 months my palette collection has expanded significantly!



Products Mentioned:

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Eye Shadows
Bare Minerals Dream Sequence Quad
Lorac Mega Pro
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
Lime Crime Alchemy Palette
Saucebox Midnight Blossoms Palette
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Blog
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul

Perfect Palette Tag Questions:

1. Best Packaging
2. Best Color Payoff
3. Most Versatile
4. Best for Traveling
5. Biggest Regret
6. Best Color Names
7. Least Used
8. Most Used
9. Most Loved
10. Desert Island

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I have been trying A LOT of tanning products lately! The most recent one I have tried is also one of the most unique self tanners I have ever tried!

I have been trialing the TanOrganic Self Tan and the TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil. TanOrganic is the world's first 100% natural and organic, eco-certified self tanning brand, but what I love most about it is the formula... which we will get onto shortly.

You can buy these in store in Myer, on the TanOrganic website (which has free shipping in Australia), or you can check out the stockist page of the website. 

The TanOrganic Self Tan retails for $35 and the Dry Oil retails for $42.50 and they each contain 100ml of product.

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I tried to take photos of the ingredients list... but it's quite hard to do on long thin bottles. It is interesting to note that the OrganicTan is 84% Aloe Vera based and the Dry Oil contains Argan oil, Borage seed oil and Rosehip oil.

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I love the packaging! These are long thick glass bottles that feel very heavy and high quality (be careful not to drop these). These also have a twist top cap with a very rustic (in the best possible way) wood covered lid.

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These don't have pumps, instead you twist off the top and there is a small opening that allows you to shake out a small amount of product at a time.

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Onto the product itself, and I will start with the TanOrganic Self-Tan. This is like no other tanning product I have ever used! Usually tanning products come in a cream/mousse texture which can often stain your hands (if you don't use a mitt... by the way this brand also sells a tanning mitt bit I personally don't think it requires one), transfer onto clothes, or applies like a thick and heavy body lotion. This fake tan doesn't do any of that!

There are a lot of positive points about this product. This is a very unique watery formula that looks a lot like soy sauce (see photo below) and it is SO easy to apply! You only need a few drops and you rub it into clean dry skin, and just like rubbing a small amount of water on your skin, it's spreads easily and evenly, it's super lightweight, and it dries almost instantly. Also this has a strong orange oil scent that doesn't linger on the skin, and the best thing is that it NEVER develops into a fake tan scent. After applying this it doesn't feel like you have applied anything to your skin. It's amazing!

It is worth noting that this develops into a light to medium tan. If you are a hardcore tanner then this won't cut it for you, but if you like to take it slow and build up a tan over a few applications, then this is perfect. This also fades off very evenly so I haven't noticed uneven scaly wearing off. It is a very natural feeling and looking tan.

The only negative is that it takes a while for the tan to develop (it is recommended to keep it on for 6 hours) so you may want to apply this before bed and let it develop overnight. I haven't noticed any transferring onto clothes or sheets so you can easily wear it to bed. Since this does take so long to develop, and it doesn't deliver an instant stain, I don't bother using a tanning mitt with this product. Like I said before, if you wanted an instant dark tan then this won't give you that. This is definitely more of a natural tan that requires a few applications to build up.

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Onto the TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil... or as the bottle says the "Oil Arganic" which is an interesting play on words. I love oils, but am very picky with my oils. I have only come across a few dry oils that I can use comfortably (I hate feeling greasy), and luckily this is one of the few dry oils that I really enjoy and would happily use in place of a body lotion.

You can use this like any other multipurpose oil. You can use it on your body, on your hair and your cuticles and hands. I mainly just use this as a body oil and I can vouch that it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin greasy (YAY). This shares the same orange oil scent as the TanOrganic Self-Tan.

Some of you may be wondering, why use an oil over a body lotion? Well, along with moisturisng the skin, oils tend to provide antioxidants and helps diminish scars and stretch marks. I also find that when you get a non greasy body oil, it leaves your skin feeling smoother and more lightweight than body lotions or body butters. This also accompanies the TanOrganic Self-Tan very well and will help prolong your tan.

Overall I am very impressed with these products. I love a good body oil and I can see this one staying on my sink instead of being thrown into the oil graveyard. I am surprised that I enjoy the TanOrganic as much as I do. The thing I like the most about it is that it is SO easy to apply and it is the first fake tan I have ever used that doesn't feel like you have applied anything on the skin! I just wish that this applied a little darker so that you can get a more noticeable tan after one application.

Have you tried either one of these products? What are your thoughts?

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TanOrganic Self-Tan & TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil review

April 20, 2015

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I have been trying A LOT of tanning products lately! The most recent one I have tried is also one of the most unique self tanners I have ever tried!

I have been trialing the TanOrganic Self Tan and the TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil. TanOrganic is the world's first 100% natural and organic, eco-certified self tanning brand, but what I love most about it is the formula... which we will get onto shortly.

You can buy these in store in Myer, on the TanOrganic website (which has free shipping in Australia), or you can check out the stockist page of the website. 

The TanOrganic Self Tan retails for $35 and the Dry Oil retails for $42.50 and they each contain 100ml of product.

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I tried to take photos of the ingredients list... but it's quite hard to do on long thin bottles. It is interesting to note that the OrganicTan is 84% Aloe Vera based and the Dry Oil contains Argan oil, Borage seed oil and Rosehip oil.

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I love the packaging! These are long thick glass bottles that feel very heavy and high quality (be careful not to drop these). These also have a twist top cap with a very rustic (in the best possible way) wood covered lid.

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These don't have pumps, instead you twist off the top and there is a small opening that allows you to shake out a small amount of product at a time.

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Onto the product itself, and I will start with the TanOrganic Self-Tan. This is like no other tanning product I have ever used! Usually tanning products come in a cream/mousse texture which can often stain your hands (if you don't use a mitt... by the way this brand also sells a tanning mitt bit I personally don't think it requires one), transfer onto clothes, or applies like a thick and heavy body lotion. This fake tan doesn't do any of that!

There are a lot of positive points about this product. This is a very unique watery formula that looks a lot like soy sauce (see photo below) and it is SO easy to apply! You only need a few drops and you rub it into clean dry skin, and just like rubbing a small amount of water on your skin, it's spreads easily and evenly, it's super lightweight, and it dries almost instantly. Also this has a strong orange oil scent that doesn't linger on the skin, and the best thing is that it NEVER develops into a fake tan scent. After applying this it doesn't feel like you have applied anything to your skin. It's amazing!

It is worth noting that this develops into a light to medium tan. If you are a hardcore tanner then this won't cut it for you, but if you like to take it slow and build up a tan over a few applications, then this is perfect. This also fades off very evenly so I haven't noticed uneven scaly wearing off. It is a very natural feeling and looking tan.

The only negative is that it takes a while for the tan to develop (it is recommended to keep it on for 6 hours) so you may want to apply this before bed and let it develop overnight. I haven't noticed any transferring onto clothes or sheets so you can easily wear it to bed. Since this does take so long to develop, and it doesn't deliver an instant stain, I don't bother using a tanning mitt with this product. Like I said before, if you wanted an instant dark tan then this won't give you that. This is definitely more of a natural tan that requires a few applications to build up.

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Onto the TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil... or as the bottle says the "Oil Arganic" which is an interesting play on words. I love oils, but am very picky with my oils. I have only come across a few dry oils that I can use comfortably (I hate feeling greasy), and luckily this is one of the few dry oils that I really enjoy and would happily use in place of a body lotion.

You can use this like any other multipurpose oil. You can use it on your body, on your hair and your cuticles and hands. I mainly just use this as a body oil and I can vouch that it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin greasy (YAY). This shares the same orange oil scent as the TanOrganic Self-Tan.

Some of you may be wondering, why use an oil over a body lotion? Well, along with moisturisng the skin, oils tend to provide antioxidants and helps diminish scars and stretch marks. I also find that when you get a non greasy body oil, it leaves your skin feeling smoother and more lightweight than body lotions or body butters. This also accompanies the TanOrganic Self-Tan very well and will help prolong your tan.

Overall I am very impressed with these products. I love a good body oil and I can see this one staying on my sink instead of being thrown into the oil graveyard. I am surprised that I enjoy the TanOrganic as much as I do. The thing I like the most about it is that it is SO easy to apply and it is the first fake tan I have ever used that doesn't feel like you have applied anything on the skin! I just wish that this applied a little darker so that you can get a more noticeable tan after one application.

Have you tried either one of these products? What are your thoughts?

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to jump onto the sphere lip balm trend. This trend was started with brands like EOS, and up until recently they have been pretty difficult to access in Australia. One of the newer releases to the Australian market is the Revo Lip Balms that have launched at The Beauty Office.

The thing that impresses me about these Revo Lip Balms is that they contain 7g of product and they retail at The Beauty Office for only $4.99! Normal stick lip balms (like Chapsticks) retail from $5ish and contain little over 4g of product.

I was sent these for review, but I can tell you already that I am really liking them! I originally thought "what am I going to do with three of them?" but I keep the strawberry one next to my bed, the watermelon one in my kitchen (no idea why) and the melon mint in my handbag and whenever I see them, I want to use them!

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One thing that I though was worth noting is that all of the information is on the packaging, so when you remove the packaging you are left with no information about the product (except for the expiry date, which is handy), but it doesn't even tell you what scent it is. However, the packaging colour of each scent is very different so you can easily tell which one your are picking up.

I thought I would also mention that you can see that the ingredients list mineral oil as being the main ingredient in this balm. Personally that doesn't stop me from using it, but I know a lot of people are a little weary of products that contain mineral oil. I think on the lips it should be fine, but in skincare it can make people break out... so maybe refrain from smearing this all over your face.

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The three balms that I have are Strawberry (pink), Watermelon (green), and Melon Mint (yellow)

All of the types available in Australia are:
Coconut 
Cherry
Blue Razzberry
Watermelon
Tangerine
Melon Mint
Strawberry
Onto the packaging...

I am surprised at how much I really like these little spheres! Not only are they super colourful and fun, but they are suite sturdy so the lid doesn't come off in your handbag AND they are really easy to find in your bag! They are also surprisingly really easy and comfortable to use. I think they feel a lot more natural to apply than a stick lip balm... maybe back when we were cavemen we used to use balls of fat to moisturise our lips :P

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One thing that made me go "oooooooh" when I opened these, was that the balm itself is coloured (but applies clear)... green on the outside/pink on the inside for the watermelon is genius!

The balms themselves are very moisturising and smooth (not sticky). I thought it was interesting to note that these balms are quite firm. When you apply it, it only applies a thin layer and it doesn't really look like you have used any of the product at all (unlike a softer stick balm that become misshapen and worn down with one application). The only difference in formula between the three scents (besides the colour and the scent) is that the Melon Mint one has a tingly menthol feel which I really like and I think might have a slight plumping effect on the lips (it's great as a lip prep before a bold lipstick).

All of the scents are very sweet, and the balms themselves taste sweet. The Watermelon reminds me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher, the Strawberry one reminds me of a sweeter version of the Strawberry Chapstick, and the Melon Mint one has a really interesting mix of melon and mint and they remind me of when Skittles brought out the mint flavours. This is pretty much the same as the toffee mint Skittle... it's definitely a mint, but a sweeter more buttery scent.

So overall I am a convert. Sure they won't replace my favourite higher end lip balms like the NUXE Reve De Miel, BUT I will reach for these over a chapstick or a basic lip balm. I love the scent of the strawberry, but I think overall I like the Mint Melon one because mint just feels really fresh and it has that tingling effect.

Have you tried these? What were your thoughts?

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Revo Lip Balms

April 15, 2015

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to jump onto the sphere lip balm trend. This trend was started with brands like EOS, and up until recently they have been pretty difficult to access in Australia. One of the newer releases to the Australian market is the Revo Lip Balms that have launched at The Beauty Office.

The thing that impresses me about these Revo Lip Balms is that they contain 7g of product and they retail at The Beauty Office for only $4.99! Normal stick lip balms (like Chapsticks) retail from $5ish and contain little over 4g of product.

I was sent these for review, but I can tell you already that I am really liking them! I originally thought "what am I going to do with three of them?" but I keep the strawberry one next to my bed, the watermelon one in my kitchen (no idea why) and the melon mint in my handbag and whenever I see them, I want to use them!

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One thing that I though was worth noting is that all of the information is on the packaging, so when you remove the packaging you are left with no information about the product (except for the expiry date, which is handy), but it doesn't even tell you what scent it is. However, the packaging colour of each scent is very different so you can easily tell which one your are picking up.

I thought I would also mention that you can see that the ingredients list mineral oil as being the main ingredient in this balm. Personally that doesn't stop me from using it, but I know a lot of people are a little weary of products that contain mineral oil. I think on the lips it should be fine, but in skincare it can make people break out... so maybe refrain from smearing this all over your face.

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The three balms that I have are Strawberry (pink), Watermelon (green), and Melon Mint (yellow)

All of the types available in Australia are:
Coconut 
Cherry
Blue Razzberry
Watermelon
Tangerine
Melon Mint
Strawberry
Onto the packaging...

I am surprised at how much I really like these little spheres! Not only are they super colourful and fun, but they are suite sturdy so the lid doesn't come off in your handbag AND they are really easy to find in your bag! They are also surprisingly really easy and comfortable to use. I think they feel a lot more natural to apply than a stick lip balm... maybe back when we were cavemen we used to use balls of fat to moisturise our lips :P

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One thing that made me go "oooooooh" when I opened these, was that the balm itself is coloured (but applies clear)... green on the outside/pink on the inside for the watermelon is genius!

The balms themselves are very moisturising and smooth (not sticky). I thought it was interesting to note that these balms are quite firm. When you apply it, it only applies a thin layer and it doesn't really look like you have used any of the product at all (unlike a softer stick balm that become misshapen and worn down with one application). The only difference in formula between the three scents (besides the colour and the scent) is that the Melon Mint one has a tingly menthol feel which I really like and I think might have a slight plumping effect on the lips (it's great as a lip prep before a bold lipstick).

All of the scents are very sweet, and the balms themselves taste sweet. The Watermelon reminds me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher, the Strawberry one reminds me of a sweeter version of the Strawberry Chapstick, and the Melon Mint one has a really interesting mix of melon and mint and they remind me of when Skittles brought out the mint flavours. This is pretty much the same as the toffee mint Skittle... it's definitely a mint, but a sweeter more buttery scent.

So overall I am a convert. Sure they won't replace my favourite higher end lip balms like the NUXE Reve De Miel, BUT I will reach for these over a chapstick or a basic lip balm. I love the scent of the strawberry, but I think overall I like the Mint Melon one because mint just feels really fresh and it has that tingling effect.

Have you tried these? What were your thoughts?

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Over the last few years my brows have become one of the most important steps in my makeup routine. Even on no makeup days I don't feel complete without doing something to my brows.

Naturally my brows are really sparse, unruly and strangely long. No matter how much brow gel or wax I use, I always find that a stray hair or two ends up making my brows look really messy. I have come to realise that occasionally trimming my brows makes my daily brow routine a lot easier. This post is a quick demonstration of how to trim your brows.


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The main think you need is a good set of grooming scissors and a spooley/brush of some variety. The kit that I have been using is the Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush Kit. You can check this out at i-glamour.com.

It is important to invest in a good pair of brow scissors. They need to be sharp, small and precise, otherwise you can accidentally cut into the brow shape (we've all been there).

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Step 1: Brush the brow hairs up with the brush/spooley

Step 2: Trim the hairs above the brow line

Step 3: Brush the hairs down with the brush/spooley

Step 4: Trim the hairs below the brow line

I find that this does make my brows even more sparse than they usually are, but they are also a lot neater, are much easier to fill in, and they stay in place all day.  Below is the final result after I have filled in my brows with only a brow powder.

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If you're like me and you have long unruly brows, instead of worrying about a good brow gel/wax to hold your hairs in place, maybe consider trimming your brows!

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Brow Trimming / Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush Kit

April 13, 2015

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Over the last few years my brows have become one of the most important steps in my makeup routine. Even on no makeup days I don't feel complete without doing something to my brows.

Naturally my brows are really sparse, unruly and strangely long. No matter how much brow gel or wax I use, I always find that a stray hair or two ends up making my brows look really messy. I have come to realise that occasionally trimming my brows makes my daily brow routine a lot easier. This post is a quick demonstration of how to trim your brows.


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The main think you need is a good set of grooming scissors and a spooley/brush of some variety. The kit that I have been using is the Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush Kit. You can check this out at i-glamour.com.

It is important to invest in a good pair of brow scissors. They need to be sharp, small and precise, otherwise you can accidentally cut into the brow shape (we've all been there).

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Step 1: Brush the brow hairs up with the brush/spooley

Step 2: Trim the hairs above the brow line

Step 3: Brush the hairs down with the brush/spooley

Step 4: Trim the hairs below the brow line

I find that this does make my brows even more sparse than they usually are, but they are also a lot neater, are much easier to fill in, and they stay in place all day.  Below is the final result after I have filled in my brows with only a brow powder.

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If you're like me and you have long unruly brows, instead of worrying about a good brow gel/wax to hold your hairs in place, maybe consider trimming your brows!

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This isn't the type of post that I normally post on my blog, but I thought it would be good as a get to know me type thing. This is just essentially random top 3s over the last year or so. I would love to know what your top things are so if you want to do a similar post then definitely link it in the comments (or just tell me in the comments).

Top 3 movies:
Interstellar (by far!)
Guardians of the Galaxy
What We Do In The Shadows

Top 3 songs:
Alt J - Every Other Freckle
Arial Pink - Picture Me Gone
Daniel Johns - Preach

Top 3 food/drink:
Coffee!
Cheese, lettuce and mayo sandwiches
Choc mint kitkats

Top 3 clothing/accessory items:
Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses
Patterned blouses
Ankle boots

Top 3 makeup products in general:
Bright lipstick
Long wearing foundation
Eyeshadow palettes

Top 3 hobbies:
Going to the movies
Blogging
Napping/reading in bed

Top 3 TV shows:
Real Housewives of Melbourne
Rupaul's Drag Race
Game of Thrones

Top 3 embarrassing TV shows:
7th Heaven
Cake Boss
Supernatural

3 things I want to do by the end of 2015:
Change career/go back to study
Get a tattoo
Go on a holiday

3 favourite bands:
TV On The Radio
Mumford & Sons
Grizzly Bear

3 most watched Youtube channels:
Screen Junkies
Sci Show
Allura Beauty

Top 3 Rupaul's Drag Race queens (awesome suggestion by Becky):
Jinkx Monsoon
BenDeLaCreme
Bianca Del Rio
(runner up: Nina Flowers)

Also if there is any other top 3s that you can suggest, I can edit them in :)

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Random top 3s

April 10, 2015

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This isn't the type of post that I normally post on my blog, but I thought it would be good as a get to know me type thing. This is just essentially random top 3s over the last year or so. I would love to know what your top things are so if you want to do a similar post then definitely link it in the comments (or just tell me in the comments).

Top 3 movies:
Interstellar (by far!)
Guardians of the Galaxy
What We Do In The Shadows

Top 3 songs:
Alt J - Every Other Freckle
Arial Pink - Picture Me Gone
Daniel Johns - Preach

Top 3 food/drink:
Coffee!
Cheese, lettuce and mayo sandwiches
Choc mint kitkats

Top 3 clothing/accessory items:
Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses
Patterned blouses
Ankle boots

Top 3 makeup products in general:
Bright lipstick
Long wearing foundation
Eyeshadow palettes

Top 3 hobbies:
Going to the movies
Blogging
Napping/reading in bed

Top 3 TV shows:
Real Housewives of Melbourne
Rupaul's Drag Race
Game of Thrones

Top 3 embarrassing TV shows:
7th Heaven
Cake Boss
Supernatural

3 things I want to do by the end of 2015:
Change career/go back to study
Get a tattoo
Go on a holiday

3 favourite bands:
TV On The Radio
Mumford & Sons
Grizzly Bear

3 most watched Youtube channels:
Screen Junkies
Sci Show
Allura Beauty

Top 3 Rupaul's Drag Race queens (awesome suggestion by Becky):
Jinkx Monsoon
BenDeLaCreme
Bianca Del Rio
(runner up: Nina Flowers)

Also if there is any other top 3s that you can suggest, I can edit them in :)

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I am always excited to start a new month because I love going through my makeup and picking out my favourite products. I have just realised that all of my favourites are new products! Whoops! Clearly I have been doing a little too much shopping this month...

Orly Nail Lacquer in Candy Shop: One of my most used nail polishes this month is Orly Candy Shop from the Sugar High range. This is a beautiful muted, but still bright, mauve shade. This also lasts really well on the nails with minimal wear. This is a perfect bright shade for the upcoming cool weather and I can see myself wearing this a lot. You can buy it from the Orly website.

Color Club Hot Hot Hot Pants: This is my hands down most worn shade of the month. I honestly think I have worn this three times... and in a month that is a decent effort! This is from the Poptastic Pastel Neon range and a neon pastel is exactly what this is! This is a bright coral/peach shade and because it has a white pastel base, it really pops on the nails. This makes your hands look really clean and I have been receiving a lot of compliments on this shade. You can see me wearing this nail polish in some of the photos later in this post.

Make Up Store Marble Blush in Ritsona Red: If you look at the photo below I am sure that you can tell why I love this blush. It is just so pretty with its mix of red, orange and magenta marbled in the pan. This is a very pigmented blush, so it won't be for everyone, but it does mix to give a beautiful vibrant dark coral red shade (see swatch later in this post). This colour is very unique for a blush and would work well on people with deeper skintones. If you are quite fair (like me) then you can easily use it with a light hand. I love these types of blushes for the cooler weather because it gives mimics a natural flush to the cheeks and looks really pretty with fair skin. You can buy this at Luxola.com where it comes in two shades.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC3: OMG! Whenever I think about this concealer it makes me happy. This is a high coverage concealer that is long wearing and oil free. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a concealer as I have oilier skin and I find very creamy concealers don't last very well on me. Each pan comes with two shades of concealer (a larger pan of a lighter shade and a smaller pan of a darker shade). I tend to use the darker shade on blemishes and the lighter shade under my eyes, but you can also mix the two together to "camouflage" any area. This is a firm concealer that sets quite matte, so it is probably targeted at people who have normal to oily skin, but I am OBSESSED. 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. If you want to see how it applies, then you can see me trying it for the first time in my tutorial here.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops: I went on a bit of a drugstore binge the other week (check out my haul here) and I picked up a few awesome NYX products. One of my most used products that I bought was the NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Pops, which is a smooth, shiny and hydrating lipstick. I love the colour! It is a mid toned rosy nude that gives a "my lips but better" look. This is the lipstick that I have been reaching for when I can't think of what to wear, or if I am wearing a bold smokey eye and want to tone it down with a nude. Love it! I bough this at Target Australia.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole' Flamingo: The NYX Butter Lipstick is the one I have been reaching for when I want a nude, but when I want a bright shade then I can't go past Ole' Flamingo! It's no secret that I love the formula of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, but what I love about this shade is it's intense colour and crazy longevity. I apply this on my way to work (at around 8am) and it is still looking great without tough ups when I get home from work (after 6pm). I am loving it! I bought this on sale at Priceline but you can also buy it from ASOS.

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l-r: Make Up Store blush, Chi Chi shadow, Make Up For Ever D-708 Pinky Copper and I-544 Pink Granite, NYX Pops and Bourjois Ole' Flamingo

Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You: I have been eying this shadow for aaages but always passed it up because I never use individual eyeshadows. I had to buy it when Target were having 30% off makeup, and I am glad that I did. The pigmentation and colour of this shadow is really lovely. It is described as a burgundy plum and the formula is smooth and pigmented but maybe a little powdery. I have been wearing this shade, and only this shade, for a Autumn smokey eye look and it looks beautiful. This would suit all skin tones and eye colours. You can buy these from Target, Myer or the Chi Chi website.

Designer Brands Extend A Brow in Light Medium: Along with the Laura Mercier concealer, I think this brow product was the most exciting discovery of March. It is a tube of brown fibres that you apply with a doe foot applicator and it does wonders at filling in patchy brows. If I had nicely shaped brows then I would happily use this, and only this, on a daily basis, but with my tragic brows I still need to follow it up with a bit of shaping. These fibres also stick really well to the brows so you don't need to worry about any setting gels. My only negatives are that the doe foot applicator is quite large so it's hard to apply the fibres in the tail of your brow and I am finding that I am using it up very quickly... however at $12.99 from Chemist Warehouse I don't think it will break the bank to repurchase it. Highly recommend this for people who have patchy brows.

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Make Up For Ever palette: I decided to make my own 6 pan eyeshadow palette at Salon Melbourne (see my haul here) at the start of the month and even though it wasn't a cheap exercise, I have been LOVING the shadows! These are probably some of the best quality shadows I have ever used, they definitely beat Urban Decay, MAC, Lorac etc etc. I did do a whole blog post on this palette with shade names and swatches, so check that out here for more information on the palette. My two most loved shades are D-708 Pinky Copper and I-544 Pink Granite (see swatches in the photo earlier in this post).

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Coast To Coast Nourishing Body Balm, Deep Pore Purifying Polish and Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser: I will keep this simple because I did a whole post on these three products, but the skincare brand that I have been most excited about this month is Coast To Coast. This is an Australian skincare brand that has a huge range of skincare, body products and shampoos/conditioners. What I love most is that there are three ranges that are targeted for different skin types and it makes choosing the right skincare really simple. They also have great ingredients and smell fab! Check out my full blog post here.

Katy Perry Killer Queen Spring Reign Perfume: My perfume of the month is the new Katy Perry one. Even though it's not spring in Australia, it has still been quite warm and a nice fresh perfume is always appreciated. Some of the notes are rose, violet, freesia, blackcurrant blossom, and cedar wood so it is a lot lighter and floral then the other Katy Perry scents, but I really like it! You can buy this in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Myer and any other place that sells Katy Perry fragrances. 

Those are my favourite products of March. What was your favourite product?

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March 2015 Favourites

April 6, 2015

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I am always excited to start a new month because I love going through my makeup and picking out my favourite products. I have just realised that all of my favourites are new products! Whoops! Clearly I have been doing a little too much shopping this month...

Orly Nail Lacquer in Candy Shop: One of my most used nail polishes this month is Orly Candy Shop from the Sugar High range. This is a beautiful muted, but still bright, mauve shade. This also lasts really well on the nails with minimal wear. This is a perfect bright shade for the upcoming cool weather and I can see myself wearing this a lot. You can buy it from the Orly website.

Color Club Hot Hot Hot Pants: This is my hands down most worn shade of the month. I honestly think I have worn this three times... and in a month that is a decent effort! This is from the Poptastic Pastel Neon range and a neon pastel is exactly what this is! This is a bright coral/peach shade and because it has a white pastel base, it really pops on the nails. This makes your hands look really clean and I have been receiving a lot of compliments on this shade. You can see me wearing this nail polish in some of the photos later in this post.

Make Up Store Marble Blush in Ritsona Red: If you look at the photo below I am sure that you can tell why I love this blush. It is just so pretty with its mix of red, orange and magenta marbled in the pan. This is a very pigmented blush, so it won't be for everyone, but it does mix to give a beautiful vibrant dark coral red shade (see swatch later in this post). This colour is very unique for a blush and would work well on people with deeper skintones. If you are quite fair (like me) then you can easily use it with a light hand. I love these types of blushes for the cooler weather because it gives mimics a natural flush to the cheeks and looks really pretty with fair skin. You can buy this at Luxola.com where it comes in two shades.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC3: OMG! Whenever I think about this concealer it makes me happy. This is a high coverage concealer that is long wearing and oil free. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a concealer as I have oilier skin and I find very creamy concealers don't last very well on me. Each pan comes with two shades of concealer (a larger pan of a lighter shade and a smaller pan of a darker shade). I tend to use the darker shade on blemishes and the lighter shade under my eyes, but you can also mix the two together to "camouflage" any area. This is a firm concealer that sets quite matte, so it is probably targeted at people who have normal to oily skin, but I am OBSESSED. 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. If you want to see how it applies, then you can see me trying it for the first time in my tutorial here.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops: I went on a bit of a drugstore binge the other week (check out my haul here) and I picked up a few awesome NYX products. One of my most used products that I bought was the NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Pops, which is a smooth, shiny and hydrating lipstick. I love the colour! It is a mid toned rosy nude that gives a "my lips but better" look. This is the lipstick that I have been reaching for when I can't think of what to wear, or if I am wearing a bold smokey eye and want to tone it down with a nude. Love it! I bough this at Target Australia.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole' Flamingo: The NYX Butter Lipstick is the one I have been reaching for when I want a nude, but when I want a bright shade then I can't go past Ole' Flamingo! It's no secret that I love the formula of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, but what I love about this shade is it's intense colour and crazy longevity. I apply this on my way to work (at around 8am) and it is still looking great without tough ups when I get home from work (after 6pm). I am loving it! I bought this on sale at Priceline but you can also buy it from ASOS.

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l-r: Make Up Store blush, Chi Chi shadow, Make Up For Ever D-708 Pinky Copper and I-544 Pink Granite, NYX Pops and Bourjois Ole' Flamingo

Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You: I have been eying this shadow for aaages but always passed it up because I never use individual eyeshadows. I had to buy it when Target were having 30% off makeup, and I am glad that I did. The pigmentation and colour of this shadow is really lovely. It is described as a burgundy plum and the formula is smooth and pigmented but maybe a little powdery. I have been wearing this shade, and only this shade, for a Autumn smokey eye look and it looks beautiful. This would suit all skin tones and eye colours. You can buy these from Target, Myer or the Chi Chi website.

Designer Brands Extend A Brow in Light Medium: Along with the Laura Mercier concealer, I think this brow product was the most exciting discovery of March. It is a tube of brown fibres that you apply with a doe foot applicator and it does wonders at filling in patchy brows. If I had nicely shaped brows then I would happily use this, and only this, on a daily basis, but with my tragic brows I still need to follow it up with a bit of shaping. These fibres also stick really well to the brows so you don't need to worry about any setting gels. My only negatives are that the doe foot applicator is quite large so it's hard to apply the fibres in the tail of your brow and I am finding that I am using it up very quickly... however at $12.99 from Chemist Warehouse I don't think it will break the bank to repurchase it. Highly recommend this for people who have patchy brows.

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Make Up For Ever palette: I decided to make my own 6 pan eyeshadow palette at Salon Melbourne (see my haul here) at the start of the month and even though it wasn't a cheap exercise, I have been LOVING the shadows! These are probably some of the best quality shadows I have ever used, they definitely beat Urban Decay, MAC, Lorac etc etc. I did do a whole blog post on this palette with shade names and swatches, so check that out here for more information on the palette. My two most loved shades are D-708 Pinky Copper and I-544 Pink Granite (see swatches in the photo earlier in this post).

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Coast To Coast Nourishing Body Balm, Deep Pore Purifying Polish and Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser: I will keep this simple because I did a whole post on these three products, but the skincare brand that I have been most excited about this month is Coast To Coast. This is an Australian skincare brand that has a huge range of skincare, body products and shampoos/conditioners. What I love most is that there are three ranges that are targeted for different skin types and it makes choosing the right skincare really simple. They also have great ingredients and smell fab! Check out my full blog post here.

Katy Perry Killer Queen Spring Reign Perfume: My perfume of the month is the new Katy Perry one. Even though it's not spring in Australia, it has still been quite warm and a nice fresh perfume is always appreciated. Some of the notes are rose, violet, freesia, blackcurrant blossom, and cedar wood so it is a lot lighter and floral then the other Katy Perry scents, but I really like it! You can buy this in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Myer and any other place that sells Katy Perry fragrances. 

Those are my favourite products of March. What was your favourite product?

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I filmed an Autumn look using only drugstore products.

Below is the video and the list of products!



List of products:
Face of Australia Face Base Primer
Essence All About Matte Fixing Loose Powder
Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in the shade 840 Natural Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder Natural Beige
Designer Brands Extend A Brow Silky Fibres in Light Medium
Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Living On A Prayer
Prestige Brow Perfection Revitalising Clear Brow Gel
Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadow Copper Fling
Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eye Liner in Absolute Brown
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in Brown
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
Model Rock Lashes in #41
Duo Lash Glue Dark Toned
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Essence Blush Up in Heat Wave
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in 08 Beige
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil 719 Pecan
NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick in Snow White

List of brushes:
QVS Kabuki Brush
UBU Picture Perfect Professional Stippling Brush
Models Prefer Angled Eyeliner Brush
Crown Brush Mini Smudger Brush
UBU Smoke Screens Smokey Eye Kit
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
UBU Tweezers
e.l.f Blush Brush
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush

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Autumn look using drugstore makeup

April 4, 2015

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I filmed an Autumn look using only drugstore products.

Below is the video and the list of products!



List of products:
Face of Australia Face Base Primer
Essence All About Matte Fixing Loose Powder
Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in the shade 840 Natural Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder Natural Beige
Designer Brands Extend A Brow Silky Fibres in Light Medium
Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Living On A Prayer
Prestige Brow Perfection Revitalising Clear Brow Gel
Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadow Copper Fling
Chi Chi Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You
Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eye Liner in Absolute Brown
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in Brown
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
Model Rock Lashes in #41
Duo Lash Glue Dark Toned
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Essence Blush Up in Heat Wave
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in 08 Beige
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil 719 Pecan
NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick in Snow White

List of brushes:
QVS Kabuki Brush
UBU Picture Perfect Professional Stippling Brush
Models Prefer Angled Eyeliner Brush
Crown Brush Mini Smudger Brush
UBU Smoke Screens Smokey Eye Kit
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
UBU Tweezers
e.l.f Blush Brush
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush

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Is anyone super excited for Easter?!? I just realised that I haven't done any Easter themed blog posts this year (I might see if I can squeeze a nail one in soon). To be honest, I have just seen Easter this year as being 4 glorious days off work... and chocolate, we can't forget about chocolate. Anyway, I have decided to sneak a quick skincare post before the long weekend (I have a lot of blogging to catch up on over the Easter break).

This is almost the full range of the Bioderma Hydrabio range (I am missing one moisturiser from the range). I was given these to trial at a blogger session where we were able to learn more about this range, and the Bioderma range in general.

I'll start by saying that this whole Hydrabio range is designed for dehydrated skin. The beauty of Bioderma products is that they not only reduce the symptoms of skin concerns, but they also work to treat the cause of them. Also all of the Bioderma skincare products are designed for sensitive skin. Do note that this Hydrabio range has some fragrance, but it is supposed to be in such small quantities that won't irritate your skin. I personally think this small amount of fragrance makes these products smell fresh and clean, which I really like.. but then again I my skin is rarely irritated by fragrance so I can't comment on whether the fragrance will bother people with sensitive skin.

Now this range has really appealed to me because I do have dehydrated skin. Dehydration is different from dry skin and so any skin type can suffer from dehydration. I personally have oily/combo but dehydrated skin and I know my dehydration stems from not drinking enough water and drinking too much caffeine. You can often tell if your skin is dehydrated if you have just washed your face or stepped out of the shower and your skin feels really tight.

Firstly from this range I have the Bioderma Exfoliating Cream which is described as a "gentle moisturising scrub". This would suit people who don't like very abrasive scrubs, but personally I love abrasive scrubs so this didn't quite cut it for me. I still think this is a decent scrub, but for $39.99 a tube I don't think it's a must have (check it out at Priceline). If a gentle moisturising scrub sounds amazing to you, then I recommend trying it, otherwise save your money for the other products in the range.

Next is the Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution. This is the hydrating twin of the ever so famous Sensibo H20 Micelle Solution. I love this stuff, and I must admit that the bottle in the photo is actually my second bottle! This is a gentle makeup remover that feels like water but has micelle molecules that are attracted to oil, so it works really well at removing makeup and general face oils. The way you use this is by applying it to a cotton pad and then removing your makeup (you don't need to wash it off). I only use this to remove my makeup on a minimal makeup days (or when I am traveling) because if this was to be my primary way of removing makeup I would need to use numerous cotton pads of it to remove a full face of makeup (I wear a lot of makeup). I instead use this as my morning cleanse as it's quick, gentle, and helps hydrate my skin - win, win, win. This is also amazing at removing makeup swatches! This retails for $29.99 at Priceline, but it is a worthwhile investment.

My favourite toner I have ever tried is the Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Toning Lotion. My biggest pet peeve with toners in general (and why I rarely use them) is that I never feel like they do anything! This toner is different because it not only removes any makeup/cleanser residue, but it actually somehow feels like its moisturining my skin. I don't know how to describe it but it is like a liquid lotion. I love it and do recommend it to people who are looking for a gentle and effective toner. This retails for $29.99 at Priceline... oh and I love the blue bottle.

Then we have one of my favourite additions to my skincare routine in the past 12 months... a gel serum. This is the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and this is the most expensive product from the range retailing at $42.99 at Priceline, but if you are serious about hydrating your skin then this is the place to invest. Not only is a gel serum awesome because it's light and refreshing, but gel holds water which is what provides hydration to the skin. I use this as my day serum (because it is light and fresh) and I use an anti-aging serum at night.

Lastly we have the Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream which is one of the two moisturisers in the range. The other moisturiser is a lighter version. I quite like this moisturiser, it's thick but sinks into the skin nicely and it's just a nice basic moisturiser. I can comfortably use this on my oily/combo skin both during the day and at night, but if you hate thicker moisturisers then there is the light version available. This retails for $39.99 at Priceline.

So overall I am pretty impressed with this whole range. I have noticed that after using this range for a while, my skin no longer feels tight after I have washed it and it does feel a little more plump. Since I didn't buy these myself then I can easily say "go out and buy the whole range because it's great" but I do realise that buying the whole range is quite an investment. Do I think it's worth the money? Yes. Would I repurchase the whole range? No. I can definitely see myself repurchase the gel serum, the toner and the micelle solution because I think they are completely worth the investment, but I probably won't repurchase the moisturiser and scrub. I do like the moisturiser, but if you are using the gel serum then I don't think its mandatory to buy this exact moisturiser to pair it with. I do also like the scrub, but I don't see how a scrub that you was off would add much hydration to your skin... and at $40 I would give it a miss.

Have you tried this range? What did you think?

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Bioderma Hydrabio range

April 2, 2015

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Is anyone super excited for Easter?!? I just realised that I haven't done any Easter themed blog posts this year (I might see if I can squeeze a nail one in soon). To be honest, I have just seen Easter this year as being 4 glorious days off work... and chocolate, we can't forget about chocolate. Anyway, I have decided to sneak a quick skincare post before the long weekend (I have a lot of blogging to catch up on over the Easter break).

This is almost the full range of the Bioderma Hydrabio range (I am missing one moisturiser from the range). I was given these to trial at a blogger session where we were able to learn more about this range, and the Bioderma range in general.

I'll start by saying that this whole Hydrabio range is designed for dehydrated skin. The beauty of Bioderma products is that they not only reduce the symptoms of skin concerns, but they also work to treat the cause of them. Also all of the Bioderma skincare products are designed for sensitive skin. Do note that this Hydrabio range has some fragrance, but it is supposed to be in such small quantities that won't irritate your skin. I personally think this small amount of fragrance makes these products smell fresh and clean, which I really like.. but then again I my skin is rarely irritated by fragrance so I can't comment on whether the fragrance will bother people with sensitive skin.

Now this range has really appealed to me because I do have dehydrated skin. Dehydration is different from dry skin and so any skin type can suffer from dehydration. I personally have oily/combo but dehydrated skin and I know my dehydration stems from not drinking enough water and drinking too much caffeine. You can often tell if your skin is dehydrated if you have just washed your face or stepped out of the shower and your skin feels really tight.

Firstly from this range I have the Bioderma Exfoliating Cream which is described as a "gentle moisturising scrub". This would suit people who don't like very abrasive scrubs, but personally I love abrasive scrubs so this didn't quite cut it for me. I still think this is a decent scrub, but for $39.99 a tube I don't think it's a must have (check it out at Priceline). If a gentle moisturising scrub sounds amazing to you, then I recommend trying it, otherwise save your money for the other products in the range.

Next is the Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution. This is the hydrating twin of the ever so famous Sensibo H20 Micelle Solution. I love this stuff, and I must admit that the bottle in the photo is actually my second bottle! This is a gentle makeup remover that feels like water but has micelle molecules that are attracted to oil, so it works really well at removing makeup and general face oils. The way you use this is by applying it to a cotton pad and then removing your makeup (you don't need to wash it off). I only use this to remove my makeup on a minimal makeup days (or when I am traveling) because if this was to be my primary way of removing makeup I would need to use numerous cotton pads of it to remove a full face of makeup (I wear a lot of makeup). I instead use this as my morning cleanse as it's quick, gentle, and helps hydrate my skin - win, win, win. This is also amazing at removing makeup swatches! This retails for $29.99 at Priceline, but it is a worthwhile investment.

My favourite toner I have ever tried is the Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Toning Lotion. My biggest pet peeve with toners in general (and why I rarely use them) is that I never feel like they do anything! This toner is different because it not only removes any makeup/cleanser residue, but it actually somehow feels like its moisturining my skin. I don't know how to describe it but it is like a liquid lotion. I love it and do recommend it to people who are looking for a gentle and effective toner. This retails for $29.99 at Priceline... oh and I love the blue bottle.

Then we have one of my favourite additions to my skincare routine in the past 12 months... a gel serum. This is the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and this is the most expensive product from the range retailing at $42.99 at Priceline, but if you are serious about hydrating your skin then this is the place to invest. Not only is a gel serum awesome because it's light and refreshing, but gel holds water which is what provides hydration to the skin. I use this as my day serum (because it is light and fresh) and I use an anti-aging serum at night.

Lastly we have the Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream which is one of the two moisturisers in the range. The other moisturiser is a lighter version. I quite like this moisturiser, it's thick but sinks into the skin nicely and it's just a nice basic moisturiser. I can comfortably use this on my oily/combo skin both during the day and at night, but if you hate thicker moisturisers then there is the light version available. This retails for $39.99 at Priceline.

So overall I am pretty impressed with this whole range. I have noticed that after using this range for a while, my skin no longer feels tight after I have washed it and it does feel a little more plump. Since I didn't buy these myself then I can easily say "go out and buy the whole range because it's great" but I do realise that buying the whole range is quite an investment. Do I think it's worth the money? Yes. Would I repurchase the whole range? No. I can definitely see myself repurchase the gel serum, the toner and the micelle solution because I think they are completely worth the investment, but I probably won't repurchase the moisturiser and scrub. I do like the moisturiser, but if you are using the gel serum then I don't think its mandatory to buy this exact moisturiser to pair it with. I do also like the scrub, but I don't see how a scrub that you was off would add much hydration to your skin... and at $40 I would give it a miss.

Have you tried this range? What did you think?

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BAH I did a video of my drugstore haul but I completely forgot to write the blog post! As you can already tell, today I will be sharing my haul of drugstore makeup that I have been buying over the last few weeks (thanks to 40% off makeup at Priceline, 30% off Target, and a random ASOS order).

Drugstore Haul - Priceline, Target, ASOS

April 1, 2015

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BAH I did a video of my drugstore haul but I completely forgot to write the blog post! As you can already tell, today I will be sharing my haul of drugstore makeup that I have been buying over the last few weeks (thanks to 40% off makeup at Priceline, 30% off Target, and a random ASOS order).

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