August 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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YEEEE! A new Urban Decay Naked Palette... well... kinda. This is the brand new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

Let's take a moment for some Monday morning verbal diarrhoea. I know that this is a Naked palette... it has the same shaped packaging, the same number of shades and the same shaped pans... but is this the Naked 4? Or is this just the Naked Smoky and the Naked 4 will be coming out in the future? Also who else spells smoky with an ey? Aaanyway lets get to the review :P

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So this palette came out in Australia on the 25 August 2015 and you can buy this in store in Mecca Maxima or online at Mecca.com.au and it retails for AU$78 (US$54 in the US) and contains 12 x 1.3 gram eye shadows. You can see in the above photos that the box the palette comes in has a nice smoky design with details of the shades on the back. You also get a smoky eye information sheet with four completely different smoky looks and general information about what makeup is best to pair with a smoky eye.

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Let's just stop for a second and admire the packaging of the actual palette.

The packaging is very different from the last three naked palettes (1 is made of felt covered cardboard with a magnetic closure and 2 and 3 are in metal tins with click type closures). This is a rectangular palette made from a beautiful smoke infused plastic design and raised silver text. On the back you can see the smoke design in clear plastic which allows you to see through to the pans and the brush. The packaging contains a large mirror, a sturdy magnetic closure and the lid sits open on its own so you don't need to hold it up when you're using it. This also comes with a double ended brush with one end being a pencil brush and the end a blending brush. Overall the packaging looks amazing, it perfectly embodies the smoky vibe and feels great quality. One smart thing about this packaging is that it would be quite hard to copy exactly so it should be easier to spot fakes.

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Here are the beautiful shades. There are 12 shades in total and they are organised roughly by finish - 4 shimmery shades, 4 satin shades and 4 matte shades.

You can see that overall this is quite a dark and cool toned palette. If you want to see how it compares to the other palettes, don't worry I have your back...

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top - bottom: Naked Smoky, Naked 3, Naked 2 and Naked 1

You can see from the above photo that all palettes are different. Naked Smoky is a lot darker and cooler toned than any of the other palettes, Naked 3 is very rose toned, Naked 2 is cool toned but more muted and neutral than the Naked Smoky, and Naked 1 is a lot warmer toned than the Naked Smoky.

If I had to pick one palette that is closest to Naked Smoky, I would say it is the Naked 1. The Naked 1 does have some darker cool toned shades like Creep and Gunmetal. It also has some similar lighter shades to the Naked Smoky - High is similar to Sin, Dirty Sweet is similar to Half Baked and Radar is similar to Smog. I did a full video first impressions review of the Naked Smoky and I swatch it compared to similar shades from the other three Naked palettes.




Now lets talk about each individual shades. Do note that a few of these shades have featured in Vice palettes but they haven't been in any of the Naked Palettes. The majority of these shades are exclusive to this palette.

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High - described as a champagne shimmer micro-glitter. This is neutral peachy shade with cool silvery champagne shimmer.
Dirtysweet - described as a medium bronze. This is a shimmery muted bronze/gold shade.
Radar - described as a metallic taupe iridescent micro-glitter. I have no idea how UD came up with that description! This a sheer cool toned bronze shade with a very slight gold sheen. This shade blends well, so even though it is sheer it works well as a crease colour or a shade that you can build up.
Armor - described as a metallic silver-taupe tonal sparkle. This is a beautiful taupe silver and I love the colour! I love smoky eye looks but I find that cool silvers don't suit me, but this is a shade that I could wear because it almost has a warm hint to it. The bad thing about this shade is that the glitter does create a lot of fallout so its a bit of a high maintenance shade.
Slanted - described as a light metallic gray
Dagger - described as a medium charcoal micro-shimmer. This is a very blue toned slate shade that has a sheen to it rather than glitter. This almost satin finish makes this a lot more wearable than Gunmetal from the Naked 1.

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Black Market - described as a jet-black satin. I don't think this is a true black, and it seems to be more of smooth pigmented black with a slight navy sheen to it. This is a beautiful shade - you can see the sheen better in the photo below.
Smolder - described as a deep plum-taupe. This is the only smoky purple in any of the Naked palette. It has a dark brown/grey base with a smooth sheen of purple. This would suit both brown and grey smoky eyes.
Password - described as a cool taupe matte. This is a smooth cool/grey toned matte. This isn't super pigmented but it applies smoothly and blends and builds well. This would also be a great brow shade.
Whiskey - described as a rich brown matte. This is a typical dark neutral matte brown.
Combust - described as a soft pink-taupe. This is a perfect neutral blending colour.
Thirteen - described as a light beige satin. This is a very bright, almost white, matte finish shade.

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Overall I really do like this palette. Even though some of the shades seem similar to the Naked 1, I find that the Naked Smoky does it in a more muted and less shimmery/sparkly way... which makes it a lot more wearable. All of the shades blend beautifully and wear well. The only disappointing shade is Armor as the glitter fall out is quite annoying. I think this is the perfect one stop palette to create a brown smoky eye, black smoky eye, purple smoky eye, gunmetal/silver smoky eye or matte smoky eye. If you don't like smoky eye looks you can also make a very natural look using any of the first three shades and last three shades.

I think this is a great addition to the Naked family and it compliments the range without creating too many double ups. Even though you can make smoky eye looks with the previous Naked palettes, I think this one makes a classic and wearable smoky eye. I find the previous palettes (mainly the Naked 1) are way too shimmery and glittery and can create over the top almost costume looking smoky eye looks. If you are a smoky eye fan, or you just want to complete your Naked palette collection, I do recommend this palette!

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky - review, swatches and comparison to Naked 1, 2 and 3

August 31, 2015

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YEEEE! A new Urban Decay Naked Palette... well... kinda. This is the brand new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

Let's take a moment for some Monday morning verbal diarrhoea. I know that this is a Naked palette... it has the same shaped packaging, the same number of shades and the same shaped pans... but is this the Naked 4? Or is this just the Naked Smoky and the Naked 4 will be coming out in the future? Also who else spells smoky with an ey? Aaanyway lets get to the review :P

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So this palette came out in Australia on the 25 August 2015 and you can buy this in store in Mecca Maxima or online at Mecca.com.au and it retails for AU$78 (US$54 in the US) and contains 12 x 1.3 gram eye shadows. You can see in the above photos that the box the palette comes in has a nice smoky design with details of the shades on the back. You also get a smoky eye information sheet with four completely different smoky looks and general information about what makeup is best to pair with a smoky eye.

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Let's just stop for a second and admire the packaging of the actual palette.

The packaging is very different from the last three naked palettes (1 is made of felt covered cardboard with a magnetic closure and 2 and 3 are in metal tins with click type closures). This is a rectangular palette made from a beautiful smoke infused plastic design and raised silver text. On the back you can see the smoke design in clear plastic which allows you to see through to the pans and the brush. The packaging contains a large mirror, a sturdy magnetic closure and the lid sits open on its own so you don't need to hold it up when you're using it. This also comes with a double ended brush with one end being a pencil brush and the end a blending brush. Overall the packaging looks amazing, it perfectly embodies the smoky vibe and feels great quality. One smart thing about this packaging is that it would be quite hard to copy exactly so it should be easier to spot fakes.

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Here are the beautiful shades. There are 12 shades in total and they are organised roughly by finish - 4 shimmery shades, 4 satin shades and 4 matte shades.

You can see that overall this is quite a dark and cool toned palette. If you want to see how it compares to the other palettes, don't worry I have your back...

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top - bottom: Naked Smoky, Naked 3, Naked 2 and Naked 1

You can see from the above photo that all palettes are different. Naked Smoky is a lot darker and cooler toned than any of the other palettes, Naked 3 is very rose toned, Naked 2 is cool toned but more muted and neutral than the Naked Smoky, and Naked 1 is a lot warmer toned than the Naked Smoky.

If I had to pick one palette that is closest to Naked Smoky, I would say it is the Naked 1. The Naked 1 does have some darker cool toned shades like Creep and Gunmetal. It also has some similar lighter shades to the Naked Smoky - High is similar to Sin, Dirty Sweet is similar to Half Baked and Radar is similar to Smog. I did a full video first impressions review of the Naked Smoky and I swatch it compared to similar shades from the other three Naked palettes.




Now lets talk about each individual shades. Do note that a few of these shades have featured in Vice palettes but they haven't been in any of the Naked Palettes. The majority of these shades are exclusive to this palette.

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High - described as a champagne shimmer micro-glitter. This is neutral peachy shade with cool silvery champagne shimmer.
Dirtysweet - described as a medium bronze. This is a shimmery muted bronze/gold shade.
Radar - described as a metallic taupe iridescent micro-glitter. I have no idea how UD came up with that description! This a sheer cool toned bronze shade with a very slight gold sheen. This shade blends well, so even though it is sheer it works well as a crease colour or a shade that you can build up.
Armor - described as a metallic silver-taupe tonal sparkle. This is a beautiful taupe silver and I love the colour! I love smoky eye looks but I find that cool silvers don't suit me, but this is a shade that I could wear because it almost has a warm hint to it. The bad thing about this shade is that the glitter does create a lot of fallout so its a bit of a high maintenance shade.
Slanted - described as a light metallic gray
Dagger - described as a medium charcoal micro-shimmer. This is a very blue toned slate shade that has a sheen to it rather than glitter. This almost satin finish makes this a lot more wearable than Gunmetal from the Naked 1.

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Black Market - described as a jet-black satin. I don't think this is a true black, and it seems to be more of smooth pigmented black with a slight navy sheen to it. This is a beautiful shade - you can see the sheen better in the photo below.
Smolder - described as a deep plum-taupe. This is the only smoky purple in any of the Naked palette. It has a dark brown/grey base with a smooth sheen of purple. This would suit both brown and grey smoky eyes.
Password - described as a cool taupe matte. This is a smooth cool/grey toned matte. This isn't super pigmented but it applies smoothly and blends and builds well. This would also be a great brow shade.
Whiskey - described as a rich brown matte. This is a typical dark neutral matte brown.
Combust - described as a soft pink-taupe. This is a perfect neutral blending colour.
Thirteen - described as a light beige satin. This is a very bright, almost white, matte finish shade.

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Overall I really do like this palette. Even though some of the shades seem similar to the Naked 1, I find that the Naked Smoky does it in a more muted and less shimmery/sparkly way... which makes it a lot more wearable. All of the shades blend beautifully and wear well. The only disappointing shade is Armor as the glitter fall out is quite annoying. I think this is the perfect one stop palette to create a brown smoky eye, black smoky eye, purple smoky eye, gunmetal/silver smoky eye or matte smoky eye. If you don't like smoky eye looks you can also make a very natural look using any of the first three shades and last three shades.

I think this is a great addition to the Naked family and it compliments the range without creating too many double ups. Even though you can make smoky eye looks with the previous Naked palettes, I think this one makes a classic and wearable smoky eye. I find the previous palettes (mainly the Naked 1) are way too shimmery and glittery and can create over the top almost costume looking smoky eye looks. If you are a smoky eye fan, or you just want to complete your Naked palette collection, I do recommend this palette!

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Natura Siberica products have just hit Australia and I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of products to trial. I really wanted to feature the Oblepikha Body Butter and Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub on my blog because the packaging is so beautiful (yes I am a sucker for pretty packaging).

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Natura Siberica is an organic range that contains bath, body and hair care products made from wild harvested herbs, plant adaptogens and natural ingredients. Natura Siberica was founded in 2007 in Moscow.

These products are available from September and you can see more information about the whole range at http://www.naturasiberica.net.au/.

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I have been using the Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub and Oblepikha Body Butter for the last few weeks and, despite originally having no idea what oblepikha is or how to pronounce it (btw it's an orange berry also known as sea buckthorn that is rich in Vitamin C, E and B - and I still have no idea how to pronounce it), I really like these products. Both products have a very strong fruity scent that almost reminds me of tropical and orange juice. This scent may divide people because it is so strong, but I personally don't mind it. If these products came in a more vanilla or strawberry scent then I would be absolutely obsessed with them.

The Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub is my favourite of the two products and I have nearly finished the tub. It is a very unique almost sticky textured scrub that exfoliates thoroughly but gently. The sticky texture is actually a really great quality as it prevents the product from instantly washing off the body and down the drain (which is a pet peeve of mine and one of the reasons typical salt or sugar scrubs often annoy me). Once this scrub has mixed with the water of the shower, it turns into more of a milky texture and washes away without any greasy residue. I love this formula! This contains 300ml of product and retails for $19.99 which is very reasonable!

Just like the scrub, the Oblepikha Body Butter has a very unique texture for a body butter. When you first touch the product it feels very firm but once you dig your fingers into it it feels more like a foamy cream or a whipped butter texture. I was expecting this to feel quite heavy and greasy but instead it applies more like a thin lotion. This does moisturise the skin well without being too heavy or oily. This contains 300ml and retails for $22.99.

Overall I am obsessed with the packaging of these products and I think they contain fantastic ingredients and are very affordable. The products themselves are very unique and intriguing and work really effectively, but I think the scent is very strong and if you don't love it then it might put you off using the products. If you love a strong orange fruity scent (almost like breakfast juice) then I highly recommend these body products, especially the scrub! I am looking forward to trying more of the products in the range!

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Natura Siberica - Oblepikha Body Butter and Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub

August 30, 2015

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Natura Siberica products have just hit Australia and I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of products to trial. I really wanted to feature the Oblepikha Body Butter and Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub on my blog because the packaging is so beautiful (yes I am a sucker for pretty packaging).

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Natura Siberica is an organic range that contains bath, body and hair care products made from wild harvested herbs, plant adaptogens and natural ingredients. Natura Siberica was founded in 2007 in Moscow.

These products are available from September and you can see more information about the whole range at http://www.naturasiberica.net.au/.

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I have been using the Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub and Oblepikha Body Butter for the last few weeks and, despite originally having no idea what oblepikha is or how to pronounce it (btw it's an orange berry also known as sea buckthorn that is rich in Vitamin C, E and B - and I still have no idea how to pronounce it), I really like these products. Both products have a very strong fruity scent that almost reminds me of tropical and orange juice. This scent may divide people because it is so strong, but I personally don't mind it. If these products came in a more vanilla or strawberry scent then I would be absolutely obsessed with them.

The Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub is my favourite of the two products and I have nearly finished the tub. It is a very unique almost sticky textured scrub that exfoliates thoroughly but gently. The sticky texture is actually a really great quality as it prevents the product from instantly washing off the body and down the drain (which is a pet peeve of mine and one of the reasons typical salt or sugar scrubs often annoy me). Once this scrub has mixed with the water of the shower, it turns into more of a milky texture and washes away without any greasy residue. I love this formula! This contains 300ml of product and retails for $19.99 which is very reasonable!

Just like the scrub, the Oblepikha Body Butter has a very unique texture for a body butter. When you first touch the product it feels very firm but once you dig your fingers into it it feels more like a foamy cream or a whipped butter texture. I was expecting this to feel quite heavy and greasy but instead it applies more like a thin lotion. This does moisturise the skin well without being too heavy or oily. This contains 300ml and retails for $22.99.

Overall I am obsessed with the packaging of these products and I think they contain fantastic ingredients and are very affordable. The products themselves are very unique and intriguing and work really effectively, but I think the scent is very strong and if you don't love it then it might put you off using the products. If you love a strong orange fruity scent (almost like breakfast juice) then I highly recommend these body products, especially the scrub! I am looking forward to trying more of the products in the range!

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I was so excited to pick up the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky that was released on Tuesday at Mecca Maxima or online at the Mecca website. I will be doing a full blog post with swatches as soon as I have used the palette for a week or so, but I thought I would share the video which goes through each shades and compares them to other shades in the Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes.

Also a bit of a sneak peak at the end about a giveaway that's coming up.




What do you think of this palette? Would you buy it? What is your favourite shade?

x Kat

NEW Urban Decay Naked Smoky - video first impressions review and comparison with Naked 1, 2 and 3

August 27, 2015

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I was so excited to pick up the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky that was released on Tuesday at Mecca Maxima or online at the Mecca website. I will be doing a full blog post with swatches as soon as I have used the palette for a week or so, but I thought I would share the video which goes through each shades and compares them to other shades in the Naked 1, 2 and 3 palettes.

Also a bit of a sneak peak at the end about a giveaway that's coming up.




What do you think of this palette? Would you buy it? What is your favourite shade?

x Kat
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Finally! The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes have hit Australian stores. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Melbourne launch, so I have the whole collection to review.

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There are seven brushes in the collection and, just like the original RT brushes, these are broken down into face brushes (gold), eye brushes (silver) and finishing brushes (rose gold). Of course these are just guides on how to use the brushes and you can use them however you want.

I will talk about each brush individually and then talk about the overall design and my thoughts.

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The first brushes are the 100 Arched Powder Brush (AU$65) and the 101 Triangle Foundation Brush (AU$59). The 100 is a beautifully soft tapered powder brush that works beautifully at applying loose or pressed powder. Since this is a large brush and it isn't very densely packed it would only really suit applying powder products to large areas. It is a very luxurious brush and the taper allows you to apply powder under the eyes and around the nose easily.

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The 101 is a very awesome looking foundation brush that is set in a triangle shape (see the photo below). I am going to be completely honest and say that this is more a display brush for me... I personally don't like flat foundation brushes (I much prefer buffing type brushes) and this is just a fancy looking flat foundation brush. The shape is supposed to help get around the nose and contours of the face but I don't think it provides any great benefit. I personally would skip this brush unless you love flat foundation brushes.

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The eye brushes all retail for AU$39 each. There is the 200 Oval Shadow Brush, the 201 Pointed Crease Brush and the 202 Angled Liner Brush. When I first started using these brushes I was a little unimpressed that you can't do a whole eye look using these brushes, but as I have been using them more and more I have found some great uses for them.

The 200 is a very large soft tapered fluffy brush that claims to be able to apply shadow to the lid. I find that this is too big to do that, but it is great at blending out shadow and what I have been really loving it for is applying a cream base to the lid. This picks up and blends cream product beautifully and it has become a staple in my daily routine! I haven't used this for concealer, but I can imagine it to blend in concealer very well too.

The 201 is a very large dense domed pencil brush. This claims to be for working product into the crease but I think this works best for smudging eye shadow onto the lower or upper lash line for a smokey effect. I think this would also be great for applying a highlight to the inner corner since it has a tapered point, and it would be great at applying concealer onto spots.

The 202 is a very small dense angled liner brush and it allows you to have a lot of control. I have been using this with a gel liner and loving it. Allows for a very simple and quick liner application.

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Then we have the 300 Tapered Blush Brush ($59) and the 301 Flat Contour Brush ($65) and these are my two favourites of the range. The 300 is a great versatile brush that can work for blush, contour, highligher and setting powder. The size and the tapered tip makes this such a fantastic brush, and if I were to recommend any one one brush from the range, this is the one I would recommend.

The 301 is a little less versatile and is pretty much designed mainly for contouring and highlighting. I have only used this for contouring and I originally thought that this was a bit of a gimmick, but I actually love it! This soft dense brush applies product really well and the shape allows you to really carve out a cheek contour. To blend out the contour I turn the brush to the side it blends the line out really well. 

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These brushes are very impressive to look at and to use. A lot of effort has been put into the design of these brushes and you can see and feel the quality instantly. The bristles are synthetic but are ridiculously soft. The hombre coloured bristles have also been glued and tied into the ferrule which should help prevent any shedding. The brushes are also very heavy and feel nicely weighted when you are holding them. The brush handle is squared to prevent the brushes from rolling and then it tapers to a diamond shaped point. I love that the handles are very thin because it makes it really east to store these brushes in a small cup or container.

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Overall I think these brushes are fantastic quality and I understand why they cost so much money (although I would still recommend waiting for a sale). Even though I would recommend this range overall, I do have my favourites and I would definitely recommend the 300, 301 and 100. The eye brushes for me are in the middle and even though I think they are good quality brushes, they aren't brushes that I need in my collection and I don't think you can successfully get a whole eye look just using these brushes. The one brush that I wouldn't recommend is the 101, and I would only recommend this brush if you love using flat foundation brushes or if you wanted to buy it to complete the set.

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Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection

August 26, 2015

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Finally! The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes have hit Australian stores. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Melbourne launch, so I have the whole collection to review.

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There are seven brushes in the collection and, just like the original RT brushes, these are broken down into face brushes (gold), eye brushes (silver) and finishing brushes (rose gold). Of course these are just guides on how to use the brushes and you can use them however you want.

I will talk about each brush individually and then talk about the overall design and my thoughts.

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The first brushes are the 100 Arched Powder Brush (AU$65) and the 101 Triangle Foundation Brush (AU$59). The 100 is a beautifully soft tapered powder brush that works beautifully at applying loose or pressed powder. Since this is a large brush and it isn't very densely packed it would only really suit applying powder products to large areas. It is a very luxurious brush and the taper allows you to apply powder under the eyes and around the nose easily.

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The 101 is a very awesome looking foundation brush that is set in a triangle shape (see the photo below). I am going to be completely honest and say that this is more a display brush for me... I personally don't like flat foundation brushes (I much prefer buffing type brushes) and this is just a fancy looking flat foundation brush. The shape is supposed to help get around the nose and contours of the face but I don't think it provides any great benefit. I personally would skip this brush unless you love flat foundation brushes.

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The eye brushes all retail for AU$39 each. There is the 200 Oval Shadow Brush, the 201 Pointed Crease Brush and the 202 Angled Liner Brush. When I first started using these brushes I was a little unimpressed that you can't do a whole eye look using these brushes, but as I have been using them more and more I have found some great uses for them.

The 200 is a very large soft tapered fluffy brush that claims to be able to apply shadow to the lid. I find that this is too big to do that, but it is great at blending out shadow and what I have been really loving it for is applying a cream base to the lid. This picks up and blends cream product beautifully and it has become a staple in my daily routine! I haven't used this for concealer, but I can imagine it to blend in concealer very well too.

The 201 is a very large dense domed pencil brush. This claims to be for working product into the crease but I think this works best for smudging eye shadow onto the lower or upper lash line for a smokey effect. I think this would also be great for applying a highlight to the inner corner since it has a tapered point, and it would be great at applying concealer onto spots.

The 202 is a very small dense angled liner brush and it allows you to have a lot of control. I have been using this with a gel liner and loving it. Allows for a very simple and quick liner application.

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Then we have the 300 Tapered Blush Brush ($59) and the 301 Flat Contour Brush ($65) and these are my two favourites of the range. The 300 is a great versatile brush that can work for blush, contour, highligher and setting powder. The size and the tapered tip makes this such a fantastic brush, and if I were to recommend any one one brush from the range, this is the one I would recommend.

The 301 is a little less versatile and is pretty much designed mainly for contouring and highlighting. I have only used this for contouring and I originally thought that this was a bit of a gimmick, but I actually love it! This soft dense brush applies product really well and the shape allows you to really carve out a cheek contour. To blend out the contour I turn the brush to the side it blends the line out really well. 

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These brushes are very impressive to look at and to use. A lot of effort has been put into the design of these brushes and you can see and feel the quality instantly. The bristles are synthetic but are ridiculously soft. The hombre coloured bristles have also been glued and tied into the ferrule which should help prevent any shedding. The brushes are also very heavy and feel nicely weighted when you are holding them. The brush handle is squared to prevent the brushes from rolling and then it tapers to a diamond shaped point. I love that the handles are very thin because it makes it really east to store these brushes in a small cup or container.

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Overall I think these brushes are fantastic quality and I understand why they cost so much money (although I would still recommend waiting for a sale). Even though I would recommend this range overall, I do have my favourites and I would definitely recommend the 300, 301 and 100. The eye brushes for me are in the middle and even though I think they are good quality brushes, they aren't brushes that I need in my collection and I don't think you can successfully get a whole eye look just using these brushes. The one brush that I wouldn't recommend is the 101, and I would only recommend this brush if you love using flat foundation brushes or if you wanted to buy it to complete the set.

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Hey lovelies! I attended a Lush party on the weekend and thought I would share a haul and a vlog of the day!

Ps if you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel, get onto it because I have an exciting giveaway in the works!

x Kat



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LUSH haul and vlog

August 25, 2015

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Hey lovelies! I attended a Lush party on the weekend and thought I would share a haul and a vlog of the day!

Ps if you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel, get onto it because I have an exciting giveaway in the works!

x Kat



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Hey kids! I caught up with the lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive on the weekend and did a quick get ready with us video. Stay tuned for some exciting reviews this week!

x Kat

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Get Ready With Us!

August 24, 2015

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Hey kids! I caught up with the lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive on the weekend and did a quick get ready with us video. Stay tuned for some exciting reviews this week!

x Kat

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Hey lovelies! I thought today I would feature my new watch on my blog. I love clothes and accessories and am keen to start featuring more fashion items on my blog. If you have seen my channel or know me in person, you would know that I wear a lot of colour and prints and I tend to love to clashing things. With my "eccentric" sense of style I often struggle to find accessories that go with everything I wear.

I was contacted by JORD, which is a brand of wood watches (yes wood!), and I was very excited to check out their range of watches and choose one to feature on my blog. JORD have a great range of styles with different types of wood and you can check out the range at the JORD website.

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The watch that I chose was the Fieldcrest design with Zebrawood and Maple. Which is a great basic unisex watch that retails for US$120.00 and the website has free international shipping... which is music to my ears!

The watch comes in a really lovely wooden case and comes very securely wrapped. I received the order within a week of it being sent, so shipping is very quick.

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The design of the watch is beautiful! The zebrawood is a medium toned wood with dark lines through it, and the maple face makes it really clear and easy to read. The detailing is metal with glow in the dark lines so you can read the time in the dark. It is a very clean looking but eye catching design. The quality of this watch is fantastic, being wood it is quite light weight, but it feels very sturdy and impressively constructed.

The band is a similar design to a lot of watches that have metal linked bands, but instead the links are made of wood. The clasp is very study and is made of metal. One thing to note is that you need to know your wrist measurements when you are ordering a watch, or if you don't have a measuring tape you can download and print the wrist sizer (which is what I did).

Some other information about this watch include -

Citizen Miyota 2035 movement
Scratch-resistant mineral glass
Deployment buckle with push buttons
The Fieldcrest is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water
Clean with lemon or orange oil extract
1 year limited warranty.

Now the most important part... how it looks on!

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I am in love with the look of this watch! The natural wood finish tends to suit any outfit. It even complements my crazy mixed prints outfits. I have received many compliments about this watch and I mainly wear it because I love the look of it... the fact that its practical is a bonus.

If you are looking for an interesting watch and you want something a little more unique than just a basic metal or plastic watch, definitely check out the range at the JORD website, the really do have something for everyone.

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JORD Wood Watch - Fieldcrest with Zebrawood and Maple

August 19, 2015

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Hey lovelies! I thought today I would feature my new watch on my blog. I love clothes and accessories and am keen to start featuring more fashion items on my blog. If you have seen my channel or know me in person, you would know that I wear a lot of colour and prints and I tend to love to clashing things. With my "eccentric" sense of style I often struggle to find accessories that go with everything I wear.

I was contacted by JORD, which is a brand of wood watches (yes wood!), and I was very excited to check out their range of watches and choose one to feature on my blog. JORD have a great range of styles with different types of wood and you can check out the range at the JORD website.

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The watch that I chose was the Fieldcrest design with Zebrawood and Maple. Which is a great basic unisex watch that retails for US$120.00 and the website has free international shipping... which is music to my ears!

The watch comes in a really lovely wooden case and comes very securely wrapped. I received the order within a week of it being sent, so shipping is very quick.

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The design of the watch is beautiful! The zebrawood is a medium toned wood with dark lines through it, and the maple face makes it really clear and easy to read. The detailing is metal with glow in the dark lines so you can read the time in the dark. It is a very clean looking but eye catching design. The quality of this watch is fantastic, being wood it is quite light weight, but it feels very sturdy and impressively constructed.

The band is a similar design to a lot of watches that have metal linked bands, but instead the links are made of wood. The clasp is very study and is made of metal. One thing to note is that you need to know your wrist measurements when you are ordering a watch, or if you don't have a measuring tape you can download and print the wrist sizer (which is what I did).

Some other information about this watch include -

Citizen Miyota 2035 movement
Scratch-resistant mineral glass
Deployment buckle with push buttons
The Fieldcrest is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water
Clean with lemon or orange oil extract
1 year limited warranty.

Now the most important part... how it looks on!

PicMonkey Photo
PicMonkey Photo

I am in love with the look of this watch! The natural wood finish tends to suit any outfit. It even complements my crazy mixed prints outfits. I have received many compliments about this watch and I mainly wear it because I love the look of it... the fact that its practical is a bonus.

If you are looking for an interesting watch and you want something a little more unique than just a basic metal or plastic watch, definitely check out the range at the JORD website, the really do have something for everyone.

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Hey lovelies! I was lucky enough to be send this Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix foundation for review as part of the Beauty Directory Expert Panel. I have been using this most days for the last week and thought I would share my thoughts.

Some basic information before we start. This is a stick foundation that comes in 9 shades, is broad spectrum SPF 20, contains 6.8 grams and retails in Australia for $29.95. This foundation claims to be lightweight, non-dragging and has super-refined pigments for an airbrushed finish.

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I got the shade 140 Nude which matches my skin really well. This is slightly yellow toned but I prefer slightly yellow foundations to correct the redness in my skin.

The formula is quite thick when you first apply it from the stick, but it smooths over the skin quite well and delivers a light to medium coverage with a reasonably lightweight finish. I typically draw a few lines on my face and then use fingers/beauty blender/buffing brush to work the product evenly on my skin. This is definitely not a full coverage foundation, but it does a great job at evening out the skin tone (see photos below). This foundation is slightly buildable but you can probably only build it up to a medium coverage at the heaviest. You will definitely need to apply concealer to cover up any blemishes or imperfections.

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I have oily combination skin and I found that this foundation gave me a natural finish (not matte, not dewy) but I definitely needed to powder it to completely set it. This foundation didn't stay put all day, but I did actually like the way it wore off. Instead of wearing off unevenly around the nose and t-zone and leaving the rest of the face looking patchy, this wore off quite evenly and by the end of the day it looked like natural skin (slightly dewy) with a light coverage. This is the type of foundation I will use when I don't need to look flawless all day and when I don't mind if my makeup is going wear off a little (which is generally on the weekends or when I am visiting family).

The one thing that I was most impressed with was that this is a great touching up foundation. If you blot any oil and then reapply, it looks as good as it did when you first applied it. The handy stick format has made this my new touch up handbag foundation.

If you wanted to dabble with cream contouring then you might want to look at getting these foundations in shades that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than your natural skintone. Do keep in mind that this foundation contains SPF 20 so it is likely to give some flash back in flash photography.

Overall this won't become my everyday foundation (mainly because I like heavier coverage and longer wearing foundation) BUT I have been reaching for this on "no makeup" days where I want a light coverage and a natural finish. I have also put this in my makeup bag for the occasions when I need a tough up. I might look at buying a dark shade for cream contouring when I next see them on sale.

Have you tried the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation? What did you think?

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Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix in 140 Nude - review and swatches

August 18, 2015

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Hey lovelies! I was lucky enough to be send this Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix foundation for review as part of the Beauty Directory Expert Panel. I have been using this most days for the last week and thought I would share my thoughts.

Some basic information before we start. This is a stick foundation that comes in 9 shades, is broad spectrum SPF 20, contains 6.8 grams and retails in Australia for $29.95. This foundation claims to be lightweight, non-dragging and has super-refined pigments for an airbrushed finish.

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I got the shade 140 Nude which matches my skin really well. This is slightly yellow toned but I prefer slightly yellow foundations to correct the redness in my skin.

The formula is quite thick when you first apply it from the stick, but it smooths over the skin quite well and delivers a light to medium coverage with a reasonably lightweight finish. I typically draw a few lines on my face and then use fingers/beauty blender/buffing brush to work the product evenly on my skin. This is definitely not a full coverage foundation, but it does a great job at evening out the skin tone (see photos below). This foundation is slightly buildable but you can probably only build it up to a medium coverage at the heaviest. You will definitely need to apply concealer to cover up any blemishes or imperfections.

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no foundation
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foundation
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finished with powder/blush/bronzer/highlighter
I have oily combination skin and I found that this foundation gave me a natural finish (not matte, not dewy) but I definitely needed to powder it to completely set it. This foundation didn't stay put all day, but I did actually like the way it wore off. Instead of wearing off unevenly around the nose and t-zone and leaving the rest of the face looking patchy, this wore off quite evenly and by the end of the day it looked like natural skin (slightly dewy) with a light coverage. This is the type of foundation I will use when I don't need to look flawless all day and when I don't mind if my makeup is going wear off a little (which is generally on the weekends or when I am visiting family).

The one thing that I was most impressed with was that this is a great touching up foundation. If you blot any oil and then reapply, it looks as good as it did when you first applied it. The handy stick format has made this my new touch up handbag foundation.

If you wanted to dabble with cream contouring then you might want to look at getting these foundations in shades that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than your natural skintone. Do keep in mind that this foundation contains SPF 20 so it is likely to give some flash back in flash photography.

Overall this won't become my everyday foundation (mainly because I like heavier coverage and longer wearing foundation) BUT I have been reaching for this on "no makeup" days where I want a light coverage and a natural finish. I have also put this in my makeup bag for the occasions when I need a tough up. I might look at buying a dark shade for cream contouring when I next see them on sale.

Have you tried the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation? What did you think?

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Winter is nearly over (hooray!) but I thought I would share a few items that have helped to provide a little luxury during the coldest winter in Melbourne in 18 years!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry: This lip oil provides hours of moisture for chapped lips, but it also gives the lips a beautiful shine. The raspberry scent is divine and the packaging is beautiful! Definitely a splurge lip gloss, but it definitely a luxurious way of treating dry lips. I did a full review of this product here. You can buy this from Myer or David Jones for $33.

Tokyo Milk/Dark - Everything & Nothing: I LOVE this scent! It has become my favourite winter scent and it makes me feel amazing whenever I wear it. The scents are sweet orange, pressed petals, desert moss and tea leaves. This is a warm, sweet and earthy scent that I am obsessed with! I bought this from a little store in Carlton, but you can buy it online from muaustralia.com for $69.95

Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil: I can get uneven and dry skin in the cooler months and I always find that rosehip oil helps me effectively treat that. I use this a few nights a week as a night treatment or I mix it with my moisturiser to give it an added boost.

Orly Nailtrition and Nail Growth Treatment and Orly Nail Polish in Haute Red: My nails get quite weak and peel in the cooler months so I have been finding that treatments are mandatory. I have been using the Orly Nailtrition as a strengthening base coat with Orly Haute Red over it. Orly Haute Red is the perfect blue toned red which is a staple in any nail polish collection. The quality is fantastic and it really only needs one coat to get an even colour and finish. If you want an intense treatment with the Nailtrition then you can apply a coat each day for a week, then remove the coats and repeat for a few weeks. You can buy Orly from orlybeauty.com.au

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl: I bought this being a little apprehensive about liquid/cream highlighters but I have been converted! Since winter can make your skin look dull and dry, you can mix this with your foundation to add some radiance to your skin. Also when you apply this as a highlighter on top of your makeup it gives the most beautiful wet shimmering look to the cheeks and is somehow intense but also very natural looking. You can buy this from Lipstick Republic (and use the code kitschsnitch for 10% off your order)

Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray: Similar to how your skin can get quite dull in cooler weather, so can your hair. I have been loving this gloss spray as a way to add shine to my hair. This doesn't make my hair feel or look greasy, it just gives it a lovely healthy look. This also helps smooth and defrizz the hair. You can buy this for $15.99 from Priceline.

Molton Brown London Body Wash in Pink Pepperpod: Last but not least is my go to winter shower gel. In the photo it doesn't look like I have used much (that's because I took this photo weeks ago) but instantly this became my little piece of daily luxury. This is a decadent shower gel that has a warm, sweet and peppery scent and is so amazing at warming you up on a cold winter day. The only problem is that a hot shower mixed with this body wash means that I never want to get out of the shower! You can buy Molton Brown products from David Jones and this shower gel retails for $39.

Those are the little luxuries that have been helping me survive the cold weather. What are your favourite winter luxuries?

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Winter luxuries

August 12, 2015

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Winter is nearly over (hooray!) but I thought I would share a few items that have helped to provide a little luxury during the coldest winter in Melbourne in 18 years!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry: This lip oil provides hours of moisture for chapped lips, but it also gives the lips a beautiful shine. The raspberry scent is divine and the packaging is beautiful! Definitely a splurge lip gloss, but it definitely a luxurious way of treating dry lips. I did a full review of this product here. You can buy this from Myer or David Jones for $33.

Tokyo Milk/Dark - Everything & Nothing: I LOVE this scent! It has become my favourite winter scent and it makes me feel amazing whenever I wear it. The scents are sweet orange, pressed petals, desert moss and tea leaves. This is a warm, sweet and earthy scent that I am obsessed with! I bought this from a little store in Carlton, but you can buy it online from muaustralia.com for $69.95

Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil: I can get uneven and dry skin in the cooler months and I always find that rosehip oil helps me effectively treat that. I use this a few nights a week as a night treatment or I mix it with my moisturiser to give it an added boost.

Orly Nailtrition and Nail Growth Treatment and Orly Nail Polish in Haute Red: My nails get quite weak and peel in the cooler months so I have been finding that treatments are mandatory. I have been using the Orly Nailtrition as a strengthening base coat with Orly Haute Red over it. Orly Haute Red is the perfect blue toned red which is a staple in any nail polish collection. The quality is fantastic and it really only needs one coat to get an even colour and finish. If you want an intense treatment with the Nailtrition then you can apply a coat each day for a week, then remove the coats and repeat for a few weeks. You can buy Orly from orlybeauty.com.au

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl: I bought this being a little apprehensive about liquid/cream highlighters but I have been converted! Since winter can make your skin look dull and dry, you can mix this with your foundation to add some radiance to your skin. Also when you apply this as a highlighter on top of your makeup it gives the most beautiful wet shimmering look to the cheeks and is somehow intense but also very natural looking. You can buy this from Lipstick Republic (and use the code kitschsnitch for 10% off your order)

Charles Worthington Shine Booster All Over Gloss Spray: Similar to how your skin can get quite dull in cooler weather, so can your hair. I have been loving this gloss spray as a way to add shine to my hair. This doesn't make my hair feel or look greasy, it just gives it a lovely healthy look. This also helps smooth and defrizz the hair. You can buy this for $15.99 from Priceline.

Molton Brown London Body Wash in Pink Pepperpod: Last but not least is my go to winter shower gel. In the photo it doesn't look like I have used much (that's because I took this photo weeks ago) but instantly this became my little piece of daily luxury. This is a decadent shower gel that has a warm, sweet and peppery scent and is so amazing at warming you up on a cold winter day. The only problem is that a hot shower mixed with this body wash means that I never want to get out of the shower! You can buy Molton Brown products from David Jones and this shower gel retails for $39.

Those are the little luxuries that have been helping me survive the cold weather. What are your favourite winter luxuries?

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Hello ladies (and gentlemen). I am thrilled to announce that Marc Jacobs have released a new fragrance *balloons fall from the ceiling*. Marc Jacobs do come out with new fragrances quite often, but it's my favourite fragrance brand (as you can tell from my collection in the photo above) so I do get quite excited!

So the new fragrance is... *drumroll*... Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever!


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Daisy Dream Forever was released in Myer and David Jones on 3 August 2015 and this 50ml bottle retails for $120 in Australia. This will also release in Sephora and selected pharmacies on 1 September 2015. I was lucky enough to be send this for review.

Before we talk about the notes, I wanted to mention that the packaging is gorgeous! It is a blue glass bottle with frosted blue glass flowers creating a lace like design. The lid is a metallic silver finish with blue frosted flowers dotted in a cute and slightly 60s inspired design. The one problem that I have with the packaging is that it doesn't actually say Daisy Dream Forever anywhere on the bottle so unless you can remember the specific name of the fragrance, then it looks like its just Daisy Dream. I know that other fragrance lines do this as well, but it annoys me a little bit.

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I thought I would also show the difference between the original Daisy Dream packaging which has blue liquid in a clear bottle and white and gold detailing. They are both beautifully designed bottles and I love keeping them out on display.

The notes of both of these fragrances are actually the same! However in Daisy Dreams Forever some of the notes (the ones in bold) are emphasised.

Top notes: blackberry, grapefruit, pear
Heart notes: jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria
Base notes: white woods, musks, coconut water

The original Daisy Dreams is a light floral fresh scent that would suit warmer weather perfectly, however this new Daisy Dream Forever takes on a deeper more sweet and woody scent. I personally like both of these scents, but I can see myself reaching for Daisy Dream Forever more often as I find that warm sweet fruity scents seem to suit me a lot better than very floral scents.

Do you like Marc Jacobs fragrances? Which is your favourite?

x Kat

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NEW Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever

August 11, 2015

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Hello ladies (and gentlemen). I am thrilled to announce that Marc Jacobs have released a new fragrance *balloons fall from the ceiling*. Marc Jacobs do come out with new fragrances quite often, but it's my favourite fragrance brand (as you can tell from my collection in the photo above) so I do get quite excited!

So the new fragrance is... *drumroll*... Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever!


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Daisy Dream Forever was released in Myer and David Jones on 3 August 2015 and this 50ml bottle retails for $120 in Australia. This will also release in Sephora and selected pharmacies on 1 September 2015. I was lucky enough to be send this for review.

Before we talk about the notes, I wanted to mention that the packaging is gorgeous! It is a blue glass bottle with frosted blue glass flowers creating a lace like design. The lid is a metallic silver finish with blue frosted flowers dotted in a cute and slightly 60s inspired design. The one problem that I have with the packaging is that it doesn't actually say Daisy Dream Forever anywhere on the bottle so unless you can remember the specific name of the fragrance, then it looks like its just Daisy Dream. I know that other fragrance lines do this as well, but it annoys me a little bit.

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I thought I would also show the difference between the original Daisy Dream packaging which has blue liquid in a clear bottle and white and gold detailing. They are both beautifully designed bottles and I love keeping them out on display.

The notes of both of these fragrances are actually the same! However in Daisy Dreams Forever some of the notes (the ones in bold) are emphasised.

Top notes: blackberry, grapefruit, pear
Heart notes: jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria
Base notes: white woods, musks, coconut water

The original Daisy Dreams is a light floral fresh scent that would suit warmer weather perfectly, however this new Daisy Dream Forever takes on a deeper more sweet and woody scent. I personally like both of these scents, but I can see myself reaching for Daisy Dream Forever more often as I find that warm sweet fruity scents seem to suit me a lot better than very floral scents.

Do you like Marc Jacobs fragrances? Which is your favourite?

x Kat

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Hello friends! It is July favourites time and I have a lot of beauty products that I have been really loving! Let's take a look...

Btw if I have done a review on any of these products the review will be linked in the products name.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - I have had this palette for around 2 years now and even though I really respected the quality (and the scent), I never really reached for the colours often. Lately I have been reaching for Hazelnut or Haute Chocolate for an all over the lid colour, Salted Caramel or Milk Chocolate in the crease, and have also been loving occasionally adding Cherry Cordial to deepen up the crease. These have been my go to shadows all month and I have been really loving it!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask - I have raved about this mask before, but this month I started using this as a night mask and it has been amazing! Move over Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, this is my new favourite night mask. Not only does it provide hydration, but it contain manuka honey that helps heal and sooth any redness or breakouts. My skin is so much smoother the morning after using this and I have been using it instead of a night moisturiser maybe 2-3 times a week.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush - This is a pretty new RT brush in the line and I am loving it! Based on the shape I would assume that this is good for contouring, but I personally find it a little too big for contouring. I have been loving this for foundation, powder, but mainly blush. Since this fits nicely in the cheek, it is fantastic at depositing and blending in blush.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 2 Raspberry- The best lip product of the month is this lip oil by Clarins. Not only does it do a miraculous job at moisturising the lips for hours, but it smells amazing and leaves a pretty sheen to the lips. If I can't be bothered wearing a colour on the lips or have very dry lips then I have been reaching for this. Strangely despite being an oil, this applies more like a gloss and despite the colour in the tube, it applies almost clear.

Orly Nail Polish in Haute Red - If you want the perfect blue toned red nail polish, look no further because I have found it for you! This is the perfect pin-up red shade and being slightly blue toned it is an amazing cool weather shade. This also a one coat wonder, so you can definitely get an even coat in one layer if you are in a rush.

Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar - This is a soap designed for the face but I have been using it on the body. The charcoal is supposed to help cleanse the skin more effectively and remove the dirt and grime from your pores. This also smells like mint and contains scrubbing particles which makes me feel really clean without drying out my skin. If you are looking for a soap that will cleanse your skin really effectively, then definitely check this one out! I have since bought three back ups!

Innoxa Skin Perfecting Pore Vanishing Cream - If you have seen my favourites video on YouTube you will realise that I forgot to mention this (because it had fallen down the crack in the couch when I was filming). BUT this is definitely a favourite! This is a silicon based primer type product that works amazingly to fill in pores and diffuse light. I only use this on the areas of my face that have noticeable pores and it helps make foundation glide onto the skin. This also has a flesh toned colour to it which doesn't show up too much on the skin, but does a crazy good job at neutralising redness. If I wanted to have a no foundation day then I would reach for this to smooth pores and also to hide redness.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation - I did a whole review of this foundation on my blog and channel so I will try not to bore you, but I love this for a few reasons... it stays matte all day and it feels lightweight and super comfortable. This does transfer a little and it does wear off around my nose by the end of the day, but if I wear a long wearing concealer on my nose then there isn't a problem. This doesn't last as long as something like the Revlon Colorstay, but this feels a lot more lightweight and comfortable.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - This is another product that I have recently reviewed in depth on my blog and YouTube channel. I'll start with the one negative about this mascara which is that it can clump... if you can make it work without clumping then this will give you great volume, length, curl and it stays all day! I even bought a back up which is super rare for me! I love this mascara!

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top to bottom: Too Faced Hazelnut and Haute Chocolate, Laura Mercier Moonlight and Smashbox Contour Stick

Smashbox Contour Stick - This was a product that I totally forgot to mention in my June favourites so its making a sneaky mention here. This contour stick comes in a set of three sticks (see my review for more information) and this is my first cream contour product and I love it! It looks so natural and for the first time ever I can do an "extreme" contour with it looking natural. I haven't used this too much in July, but it is what I reach for when I want to look natural yet fierce.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Moonlight - I bought a pack of these mini caviar sticks around Christmas last year and I have been obsessed with using this Moonlight shade as an inner corner highlight. It is soooo metallic, it lasts all day on the eyes and it is the perfect balance between warm and cool toned so it pretty much suits all looks. I hate frosty white inner corner highlights on me, so this is my perfect alternative to brighten up the eye.

Those are my favourite products for July, what are yours?

x Kat

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July 2015 Beauty Favourites

August 5, 2015

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Hello friends! It is July favourites time and I have a lot of beauty products that I have been really loving! Let's take a look...

Btw if I have done a review on any of these products the review will be linked in the products name.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - I have had this palette for around 2 years now and even though I really respected the quality (and the scent), I never really reached for the colours often. Lately I have been reaching for Hazelnut or Haute Chocolate for an all over the lid colour, Salted Caramel or Milk Chocolate in the crease, and have also been loving occasionally adding Cherry Cordial to deepen up the crease. These have been my go to shadows all month and I have been really loving it!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask - I have raved about this mask before, but this month I started using this as a night mask and it has been amazing! Move over Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, this is my new favourite night mask. Not only does it provide hydration, but it contain manuka honey that helps heal and sooth any redness or breakouts. My skin is so much smoother the morning after using this and I have been using it instead of a night moisturiser maybe 2-3 times a week.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush - This is a pretty new RT brush in the line and I am loving it! Based on the shape I would assume that this is good for contouring, but I personally find it a little too big for contouring. I have been loving this for foundation, powder, but mainly blush. Since this fits nicely in the cheek, it is fantastic at depositing and blending in blush.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 2 Raspberry- The best lip product of the month is this lip oil by Clarins. Not only does it do a miraculous job at moisturising the lips for hours, but it smells amazing and leaves a pretty sheen to the lips. If I can't be bothered wearing a colour on the lips or have very dry lips then I have been reaching for this. Strangely despite being an oil, this applies more like a gloss and despite the colour in the tube, it applies almost clear.

Orly Nail Polish in Haute Red - If you want the perfect blue toned red nail polish, look no further because I have found it for you! This is the perfect pin-up red shade and being slightly blue toned it is an amazing cool weather shade. This also a one coat wonder, so you can definitely get an even coat in one layer if you are in a rush.

Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar - This is a soap designed for the face but I have been using it on the body. The charcoal is supposed to help cleanse the skin more effectively and remove the dirt and grime from your pores. This also smells like mint and contains scrubbing particles which makes me feel really clean without drying out my skin. If you are looking for a soap that will cleanse your skin really effectively, then definitely check this one out! I have since bought three back ups!

Innoxa Skin Perfecting Pore Vanishing Cream - If you have seen my favourites video on YouTube you will realise that I forgot to mention this (because it had fallen down the crack in the couch when I was filming). BUT this is definitely a favourite! This is a silicon based primer type product that works amazingly to fill in pores and diffuse light. I only use this on the areas of my face that have noticeable pores and it helps make foundation glide onto the skin. This also has a flesh toned colour to it which doesn't show up too much on the skin, but does a crazy good job at neutralising redness. If I wanted to have a no foundation day then I would reach for this to smooth pores and also to hide redness.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation - I did a whole review of this foundation on my blog and channel so I will try not to bore you, but I love this for a few reasons... it stays matte all day and it feels lightweight and super comfortable. This does transfer a little and it does wear off around my nose by the end of the day, but if I wear a long wearing concealer on my nose then there isn't a problem. This doesn't last as long as something like the Revlon Colorstay, but this feels a lot more lightweight and comfortable.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - This is another product that I have recently reviewed in depth on my blog and YouTube channel. I'll start with the one negative about this mascara which is that it can clump... if you can make it work without clumping then this will give you great volume, length, curl and it stays all day! I even bought a back up which is super rare for me! I love this mascara!

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top to bottom: Too Faced Hazelnut and Haute Chocolate, Laura Mercier Moonlight and Smashbox Contour Stick

Smashbox Contour Stick - This was a product that I totally forgot to mention in my June favourites so its making a sneaky mention here. This contour stick comes in a set of three sticks (see my review for more information) and this is my first cream contour product and I love it! It looks so natural and for the first time ever I can do an "extreme" contour with it looking natural. I haven't used this too much in July, but it is what I reach for when I want to look natural yet fierce.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Moonlight - I bought a pack of these mini caviar sticks around Christmas last year and I have been obsessed with using this Moonlight shade as an inner corner highlight. It is soooo metallic, it lasts all day on the eyes and it is the perfect balance between warm and cool toned so it pretty much suits all looks. I hate frosty white inner corner highlights on me, so this is my perfect alternative to brighten up the eye.

Those are my favourite products for July, what are yours?

x Kat

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