May 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Hey friends! Don't forget that my giveaway closes in ONE WEEK!

Check out all the products and terms and conditions in my original post.





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GIVEAWAY REMINDER

May 28, 2015

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Hey friends! Don't forget that my giveaway closes in ONE WEEK!

Check out all the products and terms and conditions in my original post.





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I can't believe I have never mentioned Bare Minerals on my blog until now!

Towards the end of last year I bought my first Bare Minerals eyeshadow quad and I recently was given another one for my birthday from my lovely bestie Kylie!

The two palettes I have are The Dream Sequence and The Happy Place. Both of these palettes are permanent and you can buy them from Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima, Kit Cosmetics and of course the Mecca website. They retail for $39 each and contain a total of 5g of product.

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The packaging is sleek rubberised black plastic (similar to the finish of NARS packaging) with a simple Bare Minerals logo on the top and the shades names on the bottom. Inside the palette there is a good sized mirror and a double sided sponge tip applicator (which is a little unnecessary). The packaging also has a clip type closure which is quite sturdy.

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Swatches with no primer

The Dream Sequence:

500 Thread Count: This is a slightly pink toned off white that looks matte on the skin but has a slight satin finish to it. Very pigmented and buttery and a perfect brow bone highlight.

Romp: This is the shade that made me want to buy the palette. The pigmentation is incredible (yes the swatch is one swipe over bare skin). This this a metallic mauve taupe that would suit people who like cooler silver toned eyeshadows. Disappointingly, this shade doesn't suit my colouring and I wish it was slightly warmer toned, but the quality of this shadow is second to none!

Boudoir: This is a crazy impressive colour. It is a pink toned violet that has lovely pigmentation (which is rare for a purple eyeshadow) and it has a duo-chrome finish that flashes more of a blue toned purple. Very pretty shade, but it can look very clownish if you use it all over the eye. I recommend using this on the inner corner or the lower lash line or just dabbed on the centre on the lid to create a pop of colour.

Nightcap: When I first bought this palette I though this was the dud shade that I would never use, but it has become my favourite shade in the palette (and my favourite purple eyeshadow in general). This is a matte aubergine purple that doesn't have the same colour pay off as the other shades in the palette. I use this in the outer crease and it is the most amazing shade! It adds warmth without adding too much colour, it blends beautifully, you can start soft and build the colour, and it works for both warm and cool toned looks. I ADORE this shade!

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Swatches with no primer
The Happy Place:

Peace: This is a soft peachy orange nude that has a lovely satin finish. In the pan it looks quite matte, but it does have a beautiful glow to it. This is a great all over the lid shade for a no makeup look, or it also works great to blend out other shades. On deeper skin this could also be used as a brow bone highlight.

Imagine: This is the shade that made me want this palette! It is a very pigmented shimmery rosy copper and I am in love with it! This would work on all eye colours and is the perfect Autumn shade. This would also work really well as an accent shade.

Exhale: This is a crazy pigmented, smooth, even to apply matte shade and it is a in a really beautiful universal cool toned brown. This can work with any eye look to add some depth or you could even use it as an eyebrow shade. As this shade is so pigmented, you only need to apply a tiny amount at a time.

Euphoria: This is a beautiful warm dark bronze that almost looks purple toned in the pan, but at least on me it looks very brown. This also has crazy pigmentation and it applies smoothly and evenly. I have been loving this shade to smoke up a nude look.

OVER ALL
I love these palettes! The quality of the shadows are some of the best I have every tried. They are buttery, pigmented, apply smoothly, last a long time and are really easy to work with. I also quite like the packaging and I think the price point is quite reasonable. My only negative about Bare Minerals shadows in general is that you can only buy them in quads or duos and I always find myself wanting one or two shades from each pallet but rarely wanting them all. I would love to see Bare Minerals create customisable palettes because the range that they have is quite limiting. I honestly think if they had a bigger range and you could create your own palettes, these shadows could be more popular that MAC or NARS shadows.

Thanks so much for reading my review! Don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY that closes in a week!
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Bare Minerals Eyeshadow Quads in The Dream Sequence and The Happy Place - Review and Swatches

May 27, 2015

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I can't believe I have never mentioned Bare Minerals on my blog until now!

Towards the end of last year I bought my first Bare Minerals eyeshadow quad and I recently was given another one for my birthday from my lovely bestie Kylie!

The two palettes I have are The Dream Sequence and The Happy Place. Both of these palettes are permanent and you can buy them from Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima, Kit Cosmetics and of course the Mecca website. They retail for $39 each and contain a total of 5g of product.

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The packaging is sleek rubberised black plastic (similar to the finish of NARS packaging) with a simple Bare Minerals logo on the top and the shades names on the bottom. Inside the palette there is a good sized mirror and a double sided sponge tip applicator (which is a little unnecessary). The packaging also has a clip type closure which is quite sturdy.

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Swatches with no primer

The Dream Sequence:

500 Thread Count: This is a slightly pink toned off white that looks matte on the skin but has a slight satin finish to it. Very pigmented and buttery and a perfect brow bone highlight.

Romp: This is the shade that made me want to buy the palette. The pigmentation is incredible (yes the swatch is one swipe over bare skin). This this a metallic mauve taupe that would suit people who like cooler silver toned eyeshadows. Disappointingly, this shade doesn't suit my colouring and I wish it was slightly warmer toned, but the quality of this shadow is second to none!

Boudoir: This is a crazy impressive colour. It is a pink toned violet that has lovely pigmentation (which is rare for a purple eyeshadow) and it has a duo-chrome finish that flashes more of a blue toned purple. Very pretty shade, but it can look very clownish if you use it all over the eye. I recommend using this on the inner corner or the lower lash line or just dabbed on the centre on the lid to create a pop of colour.

Nightcap: When I first bought this palette I though this was the dud shade that I would never use, but it has become my favourite shade in the palette (and my favourite purple eyeshadow in general). This is a matte aubergine purple that doesn't have the same colour pay off as the other shades in the palette. I use this in the outer crease and it is the most amazing shade! It adds warmth without adding too much colour, it blends beautifully, you can start soft and build the colour, and it works for both warm and cool toned looks. I ADORE this shade!

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Swatches with no primer
The Happy Place:

Peace: This is a soft peachy orange nude that has a lovely satin finish. In the pan it looks quite matte, but it does have a beautiful glow to it. This is a great all over the lid shade for a no makeup look, or it also works great to blend out other shades. On deeper skin this could also be used as a brow bone highlight.

Imagine: This is the shade that made me want this palette! It is a very pigmented shimmery rosy copper and I am in love with it! This would work on all eye colours and is the perfect Autumn shade. This would also work really well as an accent shade.

Exhale: This is a crazy pigmented, smooth, even to apply matte shade and it is a in a really beautiful universal cool toned brown. This can work with any eye look to add some depth or you could even use it as an eyebrow shade. As this shade is so pigmented, you only need to apply a tiny amount at a time.

Euphoria: This is a beautiful warm dark bronze that almost looks purple toned in the pan, but at least on me it looks very brown. This also has crazy pigmentation and it applies smoothly and evenly. I have been loving this shade to smoke up a nude look.

OVER ALL
I love these palettes! The quality of the shadows are some of the best I have every tried. They are buttery, pigmented, apply smoothly, last a long time and are really easy to work with. I also quite like the packaging and I think the price point is quite reasonable. My only negative about Bare Minerals shadows in general is that you can only buy them in quads or duos and I always find myself wanting one or two shades from each pallet but rarely wanting them all. I would love to see Bare Minerals create customisable palettes because the range that they have is quite limiting. I honestly think if they had a bigger range and you could create your own palettes, these shadows could be more popular that MAC or NARS shadows.

Thanks so much for reading my review! Don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY that closes in a week!
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May is my birthday month and I decided to buy myself one of the products that have been on my wish list as a birthday present to myself. This is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed in Opal. I was umming and ahhing about whether to get the pressed version or the liquid version, but I thought I should start with the pressed (because I tend to use pressed products more often) and down the track I will buy will be the original liquid version.

I bought this from Adore Beauty where it retails for $60 (but right now it is on sale), but you can also now get Becca from Lipstick Republic (which I LOVE) and if you want to get 10% off your order you can use the code "kitschsnitch". Both stores are great and reliable, I find that Lipstick Republic ships much faster (I generally receive my products the next day) and I think Adore Beauty took maybe 4 days to arrive. Also note that Lipstick Republic stocks the shade Rose Gold, where as Adore Beauty doesn't.

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Lets talk about some of the basics. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed comes in a total of 5 shades:

Moonstone (pale gold)
Opal (golden opal pearl)
Rose Gold (soft gold infused with rose tones)
Topaz (golden bronze pearl)
Blushed Copper (warm copper infused with rose gold tones)

...I think there was also a limited edition Champagne Gold which was a very bright yellow toned gold.

Moonstone, Opal and Topaz are stocked at both Adore Beauty and Lipstick Republic, but Lipstick Republic also stocks Rose Gold.

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The packaging is a heavy brown plastic compact with metal detailing on the lid and a large mirror in the lid. The mirror and metal is so heavy that the lid won't tilt at an angle without falling over. The pan is really large and contains 8g/0.28 Oz of product.

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Onto the product. I thought this was going to be an intense, but subtle highlight (if that makes any sense). From the reviews I thought that this would be a bold highlighter but be finely milled and look glowy instead of glittery... that must have been the liquid version instead of the pressed.

This is a soft, buttery, and very pigmented light rose gold bronze highlighter that really packs a punch. This is gorgeous applied with a light hand, but when you apply too much this can get very messy. Some people think highlighters like MAC's Soft and Gentle to be too glittery and unrefined... this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed is very similar in intensity as Soft and Gentle. This is not a highlighter for the fainthearted, or for people who want a natural glow. Applied very lightly it's lovely, applied too heavily and it emphasises pores and bumps really badly! It's a lovely highlighter and I am glad that I have it in my collection, but I think I fell for the hype and thought this would be my holy grail highlighter, and sadly it's not.

I also think this is a lot darker than I expected, which is not a big problem, but it wouldn't suit very fair skin and I might need to give this a miss in the cooler months. I thought I should swatch this compared to some other well known (and extremely intense highlighters) MAC Soft and Gentle and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

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Top: Becca Opal, Middle: MAC Soft and Gentle, Bottom: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal - review, swatches and comparison

May 24, 2015

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May is my birthday month and I decided to buy myself one of the products that have been on my wish list as a birthday present to myself. This is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed in Opal. I was umming and ahhing about whether to get the pressed version or the liquid version, but I thought I should start with the pressed (because I tend to use pressed products more often) and down the track I will buy will be the original liquid version.

I bought this from Adore Beauty where it retails for $60 (but right now it is on sale), but you can also now get Becca from Lipstick Republic (which I LOVE) and if you want to get 10% off your order you can use the code "kitschsnitch". Both stores are great and reliable, I find that Lipstick Republic ships much faster (I generally receive my products the next day) and I think Adore Beauty took maybe 4 days to arrive. Also note that Lipstick Republic stocks the shade Rose Gold, where as Adore Beauty doesn't.

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Lets talk about some of the basics. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed comes in a total of 5 shades:

Moonstone (pale gold)
Opal (golden opal pearl)
Rose Gold (soft gold infused with rose tones)
Topaz (golden bronze pearl)
Blushed Copper (warm copper infused with rose gold tones)

...I think there was also a limited edition Champagne Gold which was a very bright yellow toned gold.

Moonstone, Opal and Topaz are stocked at both Adore Beauty and Lipstick Republic, but Lipstick Republic also stocks Rose Gold.

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The packaging is a heavy brown plastic compact with metal detailing on the lid and a large mirror in the lid. The mirror and metal is so heavy that the lid won't tilt at an angle without falling over. The pan is really large and contains 8g/0.28 Oz of product.

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Onto the product. I thought this was going to be an intense, but subtle highlight (if that makes any sense). From the reviews I thought that this would be a bold highlighter but be finely milled and look glowy instead of glittery... that must have been the liquid version instead of the pressed.

This is a soft, buttery, and very pigmented light rose gold bronze highlighter that really packs a punch. This is gorgeous applied with a light hand, but when you apply too much this can get very messy. Some people think highlighters like MAC's Soft and Gentle to be too glittery and unrefined... this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed is very similar in intensity as Soft and Gentle. This is not a highlighter for the fainthearted, or for people who want a natural glow. Applied very lightly it's lovely, applied too heavily and it emphasises pores and bumps really badly! It's a lovely highlighter and I am glad that I have it in my collection, but I think I fell for the hype and thought this would be my holy grail highlighter, and sadly it's not.

I also think this is a lot darker than I expected, which is not a big problem, but it wouldn't suit very fair skin and I might need to give this a miss in the cooler months. I thought I should swatch this compared to some other well known (and extremely intense highlighters) MAC Soft and Gentle and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

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Top: Becca Opal, Middle: MAC Soft and Gentle, Bottom: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
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Hey friends, I am having a tiny break from blogging (mainly lack of time and inability to take decent photos thanks to horrible winter weather). I will be back in full force hopefully next week!

In the mean time, here is a video that I did about how I curl my short hair (see my review of the AbsoluteHeat Curling Iron here).

I also have a giveaway happening right now! Check it out here.



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Curling my short hair/long bob using the AbsoluteHeat 25mm Curling Iron

May 20, 2015

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Hey friends, I am having a tiny break from blogging (mainly lack of time and inability to take decent photos thanks to horrible winter weather). I will be back in full force hopefully next week!

In the mean time, here is a video that I did about how I curl my short hair (see my review of the AbsoluteHeat Curling Iron here).

I also have a giveaway happening right now! Check it out here.



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Hello lovelies! I thought I would do an international giveaway to celebrate 6k subscribers on YouTube! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to my channel, it does mean so much to me!

Anyway I thought I would giveaway some Australian drugstore makeup which can either serve as a starter pack if you are an Aussie follower, or a peek into some Australian makeup if you live overseas.

All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. You must be a subscriber of my YouTube channel and have your parent/guardian's permission to enter if you are under 18. There are other ways to earn more entries, but the only mandatory one is to be a follower of my YouTube channel.

Check out my video for more details about the products:


Main prize:
Chi Chi Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You
Chi Chi Lipstick in Social Climber
Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder in the shade Natural (you can pick a different shade if this doesn't suit you)
Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit
Australis Velourlips in Doo-Bai
Face Of Australia Face Base Primer
Colour Theory in Flirt Alert

Runner up prize:
Colour Theory in Pink Rumour
Colour Theory in Pouty Pink

Please contact me at kitschsnitch@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Thanks again and good luck!

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Australian Drugstore Makeup GIVEAWAY

May 14, 2015

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Hello lovelies! I thought I would do an international giveaway to celebrate 6k subscribers on YouTube! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to my channel, it does mean so much to me!

Anyway I thought I would giveaway some Australian drugstore makeup which can either serve as a starter pack if you are an Aussie follower, or a peek into some Australian makeup if you live overseas.

All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. You must be a subscriber of my YouTube channel and have your parent/guardian's permission to enter if you are under 18. There are other ways to earn more entries, but the only mandatory one is to be a follower of my YouTube channel.

Check out my video for more details about the products:


Main prize:
Chi Chi Baked Eyeshadow in Rock With You
Chi Chi Lipstick in Social Climber
Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder in the shade Natural (you can pick a different shade if this doesn't suit you)
Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit
Australis Velourlips in Doo-Bai
Face Of Australia Face Base Primer
Colour Theory in Flirt Alert

Runner up prize:
Colour Theory in Pink Rumour
Colour Theory in Pouty Pink

Please contact me at kitschsnitch@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Thanks again and good luck!

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I was lucky enough to be sent a AbsoluteHeat Elite Professional Series Digital Ceramic 25mm Curling Iron to test out from i-glamour.com.

These curling irons come in three barrel sizes - 25mm (small), 32mm (medium) and 38mm (large). I went for the 25mm because I have fairly short hair. Each size retails for $89.95 for each size at  http://i-glamour.com/ 

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I thought that before I talk about the specifics of the curler, I will talk about my experience with it.

I used to curl my hair a lot, so I am not a complete noob when it comes to hair curlers... but I'm not a pro either. Compared to other hair curlers I have tried I really liked that this one has a clear lit up display, has a temperature control (132 - 232 degrees celcius), and I thought that this was able to heat up and cool down quickly. One thing that I didn't like about the design was that the cord was quite weighty, and whenever I went to put it down I needed to be careful where I placed it because the weight of the cord kept wanting to pull it off the bench. Besides that I thought it was easy to use, worked really quickly (I got decent curls within a few seconds) but I did accidentally drop it while it was on and I burnt myself (clumsy me) so be super careful.

The photo above is after I have curled my hair and brushed out the curls to create waves.

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The features of the curler include:
  • Temperature: 132°C - 232°C    
  • Digital LCD display for precise temperature settings    
  • Advanced temperature control wheel customizes heat effortlessly    
  • Kick stand aligns flush with handle during styling to avoid snags and protects surfaces from heat while iron is resting    
  • Designed to use on all hair types, including keratin-treated hair    
  • Dual voltage for worldwide use    
So overall I really like this! I think it works really well (just watch the weighty cord), has a good range of temperature settings (you can go up in 10 degree intervals), it is easy to use, comes in three sizes, it's pretty affordable, and I really like the results.

If anyone wants to see a video demonstration, just let me know!

If you want to check this out then visit
i-glamour.com.

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AbsoluteHeat Elite Professional Series Digital Ceramic 25mm Curling Iron review

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I was lucky enough to be sent a AbsoluteHeat Elite Professional Series Digital Ceramic 25mm Curling Iron to test out from i-glamour.com.

These curling irons come in three barrel sizes - 25mm (small), 32mm (medium) and 38mm (large). I went for the 25mm because I have fairly short hair. Each size retails for $89.95 for each size at  http://i-glamour.com/ 

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I thought that before I talk about the specifics of the curler, I will talk about my experience with it.

I used to curl my hair a lot, so I am not a complete noob when it comes to hair curlers... but I'm not a pro either. Compared to other hair curlers I have tried I really liked that this one has a clear lit up display, has a temperature control (132 - 232 degrees celcius), and I thought that this was able to heat up and cool down quickly. One thing that I didn't like about the design was that the cord was quite weighty, and whenever I went to put it down I needed to be careful where I placed it because the weight of the cord kept wanting to pull it off the bench. Besides that I thought it was easy to use, worked really quickly (I got decent curls within a few seconds) but I did accidentally drop it while it was on and I burnt myself (clumsy me) so be super careful.

The photo above is after I have curled my hair and brushed out the curls to create waves.

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The features of the curler include:
  • Temperature: 132°C - 232°C    
  • Digital LCD display for precise temperature settings    
  • Advanced temperature control wheel customizes heat effortlessly    
  • Kick stand aligns flush with handle during styling to avoid snags and protects surfaces from heat while iron is resting    
  • Designed to use on all hair types, including keratin-treated hair    
  • Dual voltage for worldwide use    
So overall I really like this! I think it works really well (just watch the weighty cord), has a good range of temperature settings (you can go up in 10 degree intervals), it is easy to use, comes in three sizes, it's pretty affordable, and I really like the results.

If anyone wants to see a video demonstration, just let me know!

If you want to check this out then visit
i-glamour.com.

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Here is a bit of a sneak peak! I was sent the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse to review leading up to their Australian launch.

Cocoa Brown is a company from Ireland that has a range of tanning products including self tanners, bronzers, gradual tanner, body lotion, body scrub and tanning mitt. Check out their website for more details of the products.

UPDATE: Check out www.cocoabrown.com.au to purchase Cocoa Brown online, or check out their stockist list to see where you can get these in store.

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I was sent the most famous Cocoa Brown product, the 1 Hour Tan Mousse along with the Self Tan Applicator Mitt.

The concept of this tan is that if you leave it on for 1 hour you get a light glow, 2 hours and you get a medium glow and 3 hours and you get a dark glow.

When I have been testing this out I have been applying it for 3+ hours. After applying this for over three hours this did gradually develop into a medium tan (but they do have a darker version available), but the tan was gradual. When I first applied this I used it on one arm and not the other to see the difference, and the tan only was noticeable the next day. The colour of the tan was quite nice... it definitely wasn't orange, but I didn't get a chance to layer this over a few days to find out if it does build up to look more orange.

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There are quite a few things that I loved about this tan. Firstly, I loved the firm mousse texture. I found that this was really easy to apply, it applied evenly and it dried quickly. Secondly I really enjoyed the scent. The scent reminded me a little of DKNY Be Delicious perfume (which I adore) so it was really nice to apply, and even though this did develop into a slight fake tan scent to it at the end of the day, if you did wash it off after 3 hours you wouldn't notice it.  Thirdly I liked that it has a slight hint of colour so you can see where you have applied it and whether you have left any gaps. Lastly I liked that this tan lasted a good 4-5 days but it wore off very evenly.

The negatives about this product in my opinion is that since this gives a light-medium tan, you never get a "dark glow" if you keep this on for 3 hours. Secondly this does claim to not have the fake tan scent, but I think it can only live up to that claim because its designed to be washed off after 3 hours, if you leave it on all day the it does develop into a slight fake tan scent. Lastly the name implies that you will have a tan in an hour, but you really won't. The name is more referring to the fact that you only need to have it on for an hour, but it is definitely more of a gradual tan.

Overall I really did enjoy this tan! It gives a nice amount of colour for every day use, it is super easy to apply, it smells great, and it wears off evenly. For me this isn't a going out tan because doesn't give an instant result (and I often forget to tan until the day of an event), but this is great as an every day tanning product.

Keep your eyes peeled for Cocoa Brown by Melissa Carter's Australian release!

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Cocoa Brown By Melissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse

May 10, 2015

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Here is a bit of a sneak peak! I was sent the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse to review leading up to their Australian launch.

Cocoa Brown is a company from Ireland that has a range of tanning products including self tanners, bronzers, gradual tanner, body lotion, body scrub and tanning mitt. Check out their website for more details of the products.

UPDATE: Check out www.cocoabrown.com.au to purchase Cocoa Brown online, or check out their stockist list to see where you can get these in store.

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I was sent the most famous Cocoa Brown product, the 1 Hour Tan Mousse along with the Self Tan Applicator Mitt.

The concept of this tan is that if you leave it on for 1 hour you get a light glow, 2 hours and you get a medium glow and 3 hours and you get a dark glow.

When I have been testing this out I have been applying it for 3+ hours. After applying this for over three hours this did gradually develop into a medium tan (but they do have a darker version available), but the tan was gradual. When I first applied this I used it on one arm and not the other to see the difference, and the tan only was noticeable the next day. The colour of the tan was quite nice... it definitely wasn't orange, but I didn't get a chance to layer this over a few days to find out if it does build up to look more orange.

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There are quite a few things that I loved about this tan. Firstly, I loved the firm mousse texture. I found that this was really easy to apply, it applied evenly and it dried quickly. Secondly I really enjoyed the scent. The scent reminded me a little of DKNY Be Delicious perfume (which I adore) so it was really nice to apply, and even though this did develop into a slight fake tan scent to it at the end of the day, if you did wash it off after 3 hours you wouldn't notice it.  Thirdly I liked that it has a slight hint of colour so you can see where you have applied it and whether you have left any gaps. Lastly I liked that this tan lasted a good 4-5 days but it wore off very evenly.

The negatives about this product in my opinion is that since this gives a light-medium tan, you never get a "dark glow" if you keep this on for 3 hours. Secondly this does claim to not have the fake tan scent, but I think it can only live up to that claim because its designed to be washed off after 3 hours, if you leave it on all day the it does develop into a slight fake tan scent. Lastly the name implies that you will have a tan in an hour, but you really won't. The name is more referring to the fact that you only need to have it on for an hour, but it is definitely more of a gradual tan.

Overall I really did enjoy this tan! It gives a nice amount of colour for every day use, it is super easy to apply, it smells great, and it wears off evenly. For me this isn't a going out tan because doesn't give an instant result (and I often forget to tan until the day of an event), but this is great as an every day tanning product.

Keep your eyes peeled for Cocoa Brown by Melissa Carter's Australian release!

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I always try to keep my favourites to a minimum, but every month they blow out to a lot of products. Here are my favourite products of the month of April and a little bit about why I am loving them!



UBU No 35 Brush: This brush came with a smokey eye kit (or something like that), and I honestly didn't love this as an eyeshadow brush, but I LOVE it as a concealer brush. This is synthetic, so it doesn't absorb too much product, is it soft, but also firm so it's perfect for blending out a creamy concealer.

Arbonne Pure Vibrance Colorlast Hair Serum: I am very minimal with my hair routine, I use shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. This is the current hair oil that I have been loving, and it has quickly become my most reached for hair oil (even over Moroccan Oil). My hair is quite picky because it is wavy and frizzy, but a lot of products weigh my hair down and make it too limp, it is very hard to find a good balance. What I love about this hair oil is that it is thick and nourishing, but it doesn't weigh down my hair, and if I accidentally apply too much then it's not a problem! This also is designed to help extend hair colour.

Ella Bache Radiance C Ampoule Brightening Serum: I wanted to mention this because it deserves a place in my favourites but there's a "but"... and it's a big but! So this is a product that I was sent to trial and I used it for 14 days (day and night) and saw some nice results. I found that this really evened out my skin tone, reduced redness and cleared my skin a bit. The "but" is that this is crazy expensive. This is a 14 day bottle (you need to activate the product by mixing in a powder and it only stays activated for 14 days) and when you buy this you get three of these bottles which gives you 6 weeks of use. The three bottles cost a whopping $189 in Australia which means my 14 day sample cost $63 (see more information at the Ella Bache website), which is far too expensive for me to maintain. Do I think the results were worth the money? No, not really... but if it was cheaper then I would be more than happy to permanently integrate it into my skincare routine. The only way I could justify the cost is if I used it leading up to some huge event (like if I got married), but I really can't justify spending the money on a regular basis, and I think you could get similar results with a cheaper product. Nevertheless, it is a good product, I did like the results and I think it was the best skincare product I used this month.

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Model Rock Lashes #241: I have been trying to use fake lashes for going out and sometimes filming this month and the lashes I have been loving are the #241 from Model Rock. I cut these in half and use them more as demi lashes, which gives me a lot more uses from each pair (you end up getting 2 pairs in a pack and they can last 4-5 uses depending on how well you clean them). I have bought these at places like IMATS where they cost around $4 each ($6.95 from the Model Rock website), so they are really cheap, they look nice and fluttery, the band is clear and flexible so they are comfortable... and I just find them really easy to use! If you have seen me with fake lashes this month it's these cut in half!

Tokyo Milk Dark Parfum Everything and Nothing: My scent of the month is Everything and Nothing. I bought this as a present to myself the other week and I have been loving it! It is a warm soft orange scented perfume that also has a complicated unique earthy scent to it. It has become my new autumn scent, I just wish it lasted longer!

TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil: Now that the weather is starting to get colder, my skin is starting to get drier and I have been loving using this dry oil as an alternative to a body lotion. This doesn't feel super greasy on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling really smooth after one or two applications. I also love the orange scent which is quite strong originally but smells soft and sweet on the skin. I did a full review here.

Orly Push The Limit: The shade of nail polish that has been on my nails for about 3 weeks in April is Push The Limit from the Orly Adrenaline Rush Collection. This is a neon melon shade and it is amazing! It lasts really well (4-5 days with minimal wear) and applies really it evenly.

Revo Lip Balms - Mint Melon and Strawberry: I don't want to harp on about these too much, because I did a whole blog post about them (see my review here), but these Revo lip balms were the only lip balms I used this month. They are hydrating, smell great, and comfortable to apply and are only $5 each.

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Red Earth Velvet Radiance Blush in Sunset Glow: The main blush that I have been loving this month is this one by Red Earth (see swatch later in this post). This is a fool proof blush that applies very evenly and gives a gorgeous pink coral sheen to the cheeks. This can be applied lightly or built up for more colour. I did a full review here.

Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Keratin Care Shampoo and Daily Intense Mask: I am pretty bad at reviewing hair care - I either know if I love it or hate it, but often I cant tell why. I have been loving this shampoo and conditioner lately, it leaves my hair smelling great and it helps control frizz but still maintaining volume.

Colour Theory Nail Polish in Isle Of Red: This is a super cheap nail polish so the quality isn't amazing (it's still pretty good for $4), but I am obsessed with this shade! I have been looking for the perfect dark red nail polish, and this is what I was looking for. It's not too purple, it's not too brown, it's not too dark, it's just perfect! This going to be one of my most used nail polishes during autumn/winter season... I just wished this lasted longer!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Leslie: When the cooler months start, I always do two things: I buy a new scarf and I buy a new autumn/winter lipstick. This is my 2015 cool weather lipstick and I bought it because its the nicest dark brown red. Swatched it almost has a blood colour to it (see swatch below), which sounds morbid but it's really pretty. Just like the nail polish I mentioned, this is a dark red that isn't too dark, isn't too berry, isn't too brown... it's perfect! Also these Audacious lipsticks are some of the best quality lipsticks I have ever tried.

Lush Reindeer Rock Soap: I feel like a jerk mentioning this because it's Christmas limited edition... buuuut Lush do bring back some Christmas products as their Christmas in July campaign. Anyway, this is a delicious smelling soap that smells like raspberry boiled lollies and makes my bathroom smell amazing! I love it.

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Yay it's May!

Thanks so much for reading about my favourites in April. Definitely let me know in the comments what your favourite product of April was!

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April 2015 Favourites

May 7, 2015

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I always try to keep my favourites to a minimum, but every month they blow out to a lot of products. Here are my favourite products of the month of April and a little bit about why I am loving them!



UBU No 35 Brush: This brush came with a smokey eye kit (or something like that), and I honestly didn't love this as an eyeshadow brush, but I LOVE it as a concealer brush. This is synthetic, so it doesn't absorb too much product, is it soft, but also firm so it's perfect for blending out a creamy concealer.

Arbonne Pure Vibrance Colorlast Hair Serum: I am very minimal with my hair routine, I use shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. This is the current hair oil that I have been loving, and it has quickly become my most reached for hair oil (even over Moroccan Oil). My hair is quite picky because it is wavy and frizzy, but a lot of products weigh my hair down and make it too limp, it is very hard to find a good balance. What I love about this hair oil is that it is thick and nourishing, but it doesn't weigh down my hair, and if I accidentally apply too much then it's not a problem! This also is designed to help extend hair colour.

Ella Bache Radiance C Ampoule Brightening Serum: I wanted to mention this because it deserves a place in my favourites but there's a "but"... and it's a big but! So this is a product that I was sent to trial and I used it for 14 days (day and night) and saw some nice results. I found that this really evened out my skin tone, reduced redness and cleared my skin a bit. The "but" is that this is crazy expensive. This is a 14 day bottle (you need to activate the product by mixing in a powder and it only stays activated for 14 days) and when you buy this you get three of these bottles which gives you 6 weeks of use. The three bottles cost a whopping $189 in Australia which means my 14 day sample cost $63 (see more information at the Ella Bache website), which is far too expensive for me to maintain. Do I think the results were worth the money? No, not really... but if it was cheaper then I would be more than happy to permanently integrate it into my skincare routine. The only way I could justify the cost is if I used it leading up to some huge event (like if I got married), but I really can't justify spending the money on a regular basis, and I think you could get similar results with a cheaper product. Nevertheless, it is a good product, I did like the results and I think it was the best skincare product I used this month.

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Model Rock Lashes #241: I have been trying to use fake lashes for going out and sometimes filming this month and the lashes I have been loving are the #241 from Model Rock. I cut these in half and use them more as demi lashes, which gives me a lot more uses from each pair (you end up getting 2 pairs in a pack and they can last 4-5 uses depending on how well you clean them). I have bought these at places like IMATS where they cost around $4 each ($6.95 from the Model Rock website), so they are really cheap, they look nice and fluttery, the band is clear and flexible so they are comfortable... and I just find them really easy to use! If you have seen me with fake lashes this month it's these cut in half!

Tokyo Milk Dark Parfum Everything and Nothing: My scent of the month is Everything and Nothing. I bought this as a present to myself the other week and I have been loving it! It is a warm soft orange scented perfume that also has a complicated unique earthy scent to it. It has become my new autumn scent, I just wish it lasted longer!

TanOrganic Multi-Use Dry Oil: Now that the weather is starting to get colder, my skin is starting to get drier and I have been loving using this dry oil as an alternative to a body lotion. This doesn't feel super greasy on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling really smooth after one or two applications. I also love the orange scent which is quite strong originally but smells soft and sweet on the skin. I did a full review here.

Orly Push The Limit: The shade of nail polish that has been on my nails for about 3 weeks in April is Push The Limit from the Orly Adrenaline Rush Collection. This is a neon melon shade and it is amazing! It lasts really well (4-5 days with minimal wear) and applies really it evenly.

Revo Lip Balms - Mint Melon and Strawberry: I don't want to harp on about these too much, because I did a whole blog post about them (see my review here), but these Revo lip balms were the only lip balms I used this month. They are hydrating, smell great, and comfortable to apply and are only $5 each.

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Red Earth Velvet Radiance Blush in Sunset Glow: The main blush that I have been loving this month is this one by Red Earth (see swatch later in this post). This is a fool proof blush that applies very evenly and gives a gorgeous pink coral sheen to the cheeks. This can be applied lightly or built up for more colour. I did a full review here.

Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Keratin Care Shampoo and Daily Intense Mask: I am pretty bad at reviewing hair care - I either know if I love it or hate it, but often I cant tell why. I have been loving this shampoo and conditioner lately, it leaves my hair smelling great and it helps control frizz but still maintaining volume.

Colour Theory Nail Polish in Isle Of Red: This is a super cheap nail polish so the quality isn't amazing (it's still pretty good for $4), but I am obsessed with this shade! I have been looking for the perfect dark red nail polish, and this is what I was looking for. It's not too purple, it's not too brown, it's not too dark, it's just perfect! This going to be one of my most used nail polishes during autumn/winter season... I just wished this lasted longer!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Leslie: When the cooler months start, I always do two things: I buy a new scarf and I buy a new autumn/winter lipstick. This is my 2015 cool weather lipstick and I bought it because its the nicest dark brown red. Swatched it almost has a blood colour to it (see swatch below), which sounds morbid but it's really pretty. Just like the nail polish I mentioned, this is a dark red that isn't too dark, isn't too berry, isn't too brown... it's perfect! Also these Audacious lipsticks are some of the best quality lipsticks I have ever tried.

Lush Reindeer Rock Soap: I feel like a jerk mentioning this because it's Christmas limited edition... buuuut Lush do bring back some Christmas products as their Christmas in July campaign. Anyway, this is a delicious smelling soap that smells like raspberry boiled lollies and makes my bathroom smell amazing! I love it.

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Yay it's May!

Thanks so much for reading about my favourites in April. Definitely let me know in the comments what your favourite product of April was!

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Hey friends! I thought I would share a sample of the Colour Theory Autumn/Winter Nautical But Nice Collection. 

I thought I would share this because I love the concept of this collection (who doesn't like the combo of red lips and navy?) and Colour Theory is a really great affordable makeup range... I need to start featuring more affordable makeup on my blog (especially since I might be a full time student in the near future).

You can find Colour Theory only at Amcal and Guardian Pharmacy.

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The new Nautical But Nice Collection contains lipsticks, nail polishes, an eyeshadow palette, a waterproof mascara, a primer and a blue eyeliner.

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I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range of the lipsticks from this collection. There is (l-r) Coral Reef, Abandon Ship, Love Boat and Ahoy Sailor! These retail for $6 each!

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My favourite shade is Ahoy Sailor! which is the top shade in the photo above. This isn't a matte lipstick, but it has a semi matte (non shiny finish) and it is a smooth bold blue toned raspberry red. This is the perfect winter red!

The shade below that is Love Boat which is a sheer blue toned red with a lot of glitter. This isn't really my type of lipstick, but it does look a lot nice on the lips than it does in the swatch. The glitter is a little chunky.

My second favourite shade is the Abandon Ship shade. This is a dark coral with very fine shimmer that gives this a more metallic finish. I think the bright dark coral is a really lovely colour, I just wish it was less metallic looking because that finish can be hard to pull off.

My least favourite is Coral Reef which is a light peachy orange cream shade. This swatches nicely but applies quite patchy on the lips.

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I also received the nail polish in the shade Isle Of Red and I am obsessed with this shade! This is a beautiful wine red shade and it is my perfect winter red. I don't think I have a dark red that I love as much as this, I just wish that the staying power was a little better. With a decent top coat this lasted 3-4 days with minor chipping. This is super affordable at $4.

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Lastly I tried the Waterproof Mascara. I am not a waterproof mascara wearer normally, but I really did like this mascara. What I loved most was that the brush really grips onto my lashes which really helps coat the lashes thoroughly. One coat gave length and separation, but you could build it up for more volume. I did find that this was quite difficult to remove so this won't be a daily mascara for me, but it is a really great affordable waterproof mascara. This retails for $8.

Have you tried Colour Theory? What do you think of the Nautical But Nice Collection?

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Colour Theory Nautical But Nice Collection

May 4, 2015

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Hey friends! I thought I would share a sample of the Colour Theory Autumn/Winter Nautical But Nice Collection. 

I thought I would share this because I love the concept of this collection (who doesn't like the combo of red lips and navy?) and Colour Theory is a really great affordable makeup range... I need to start featuring more affordable makeup on my blog (especially since I might be a full time student in the near future).

You can find Colour Theory only at Amcal and Guardian Pharmacy.

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The new Nautical But Nice Collection contains lipsticks, nail polishes, an eyeshadow palette, a waterproof mascara, a primer and a blue eyeliner.

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I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range of the lipsticks from this collection. There is (l-r) Coral Reef, Abandon Ship, Love Boat and Ahoy Sailor! These retail for $6 each!

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My favourite shade is Ahoy Sailor! which is the top shade in the photo above. This isn't a matte lipstick, but it has a semi matte (non shiny finish) and it is a smooth bold blue toned raspberry red. This is the perfect winter red!

The shade below that is Love Boat which is a sheer blue toned red with a lot of glitter. This isn't really my type of lipstick, but it does look a lot nice on the lips than it does in the swatch. The glitter is a little chunky.

My second favourite shade is the Abandon Ship shade. This is a dark coral with very fine shimmer that gives this a more metallic finish. I think the bright dark coral is a really lovely colour, I just wish it was less metallic looking because that finish can be hard to pull off.

My least favourite is Coral Reef which is a light peachy orange cream shade. This swatches nicely but applies quite patchy on the lips.

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I also received the nail polish in the shade Isle Of Red and I am obsessed with this shade! This is a beautiful wine red shade and it is my perfect winter red. I don't think I have a dark red that I love as much as this, I just wish that the staying power was a little better. With a decent top coat this lasted 3-4 days with minor chipping. This is super affordable at $4.

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Lastly I tried the Waterproof Mascara. I am not a waterproof mascara wearer normally, but I really did like this mascara. What I loved most was that the brush really grips onto my lashes which really helps coat the lashes thoroughly. One coat gave length and separation, but you could build it up for more volume. I did find that this was quite difficult to remove so this won't be a daily mascara for me, but it is a really great affordable waterproof mascara. This retails for $8.

Have you tried Colour Theory? What do you think of the Nautical But Nice Collection?

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Hey lovelies! Today I'm excited to bring you a mini giveaway of QVS and UBU beauty tools!

I have been given the opportunity to share a short video on what tools you need to apply foundation and then you can win the products shown in the video! This giveaway is open for just over a week and it is Australian only (sorry, I promise I will have a larger international giveaway soon!).

You must be 18 or over (or have parents/guardians permission to enter) and you enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (so it's easy to contact the winner). The two requirements of entering is that you are a follower of my blog and that you comment what your favourite beauty tool is. You can gain more entries by following the Rafflecopter options. If you have any questions about the giveaway, please contact me at kitschsnitch@gmail.com.

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You get to win the following products:

10-1245

10-1095

Professional foundation sponge

2 Powder Puffs

Mini QVS and UBU giveaway

May 1, 2015


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Hey lovelies! Today I'm excited to bring you a mini giveaway of QVS and UBU beauty tools!

I have been given the opportunity to share a short video on what tools you need to apply foundation and then you can win the products shown in the video! This giveaway is open for just over a week and it is Australian only (sorry, I promise I will have a larger international giveaway soon!).

You must be 18 or over (or have parents/guardians permission to enter) and you enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (so it's easy to contact the winner). The two requirements of entering is that you are a follower of my blog and that you comment what your favourite beauty tool is. You can gain more entries by following the Rafflecopter options. If you have any questions about the giveaway, please contact me at kitschsnitch@gmail.com.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
You get to win the following products:

10-1245

10-1095

Professional foundation sponge

2 Powder Puffs

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