October 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Ok! I was sent this 1000 Hour Xpress Lash-Gro Eyeliner aaaages ago to trial and review, and after trailing I was a little underwhelmed with the results so the review was put on the backburner because I wasn't excited to write it. After looking at random photos I have been storing on my computer, I decided that this does deserve a review... so here we go!

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This product is a liquid liner that comes in black and brown and retails for $29.99 for 3.5ml on the 1000 Hour website. This liners big claim is that it grows fuller, thicker and longer looking lashes in 60 days.

Now I used this every day (besides a couple no makeup days) for 60+ days and initially I thought my lashes looked longer, but when I compared the before and after photos after the 60 day period I couldn't see any difference in my lash thickness and length. I didn't bother adding in the photos to this post, because they showed no difference and they were just ugly photos of my eye with no makeup on.

The only way I thought I could be applying this wrong is because I applied it over primer and eyeshadow and it does recommend to apply this to clean and dry eyes. Was that the thing that prevented this from working? Who knows!

So this review sounds initially all doom and gloom... but there's a silver lining!

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This is the packaging of the product and initially I thought the 'pot' part of the packaging was made out of a black plastic... it's not! The packaging is actually clear and the black is from the liner. If you have used a liquid liner before (such as the Maybelline Master Precise which contains 0.5g of product) you may be thinking "wow, that's a lot of liner!" ...and yes, it is. This liner contains a whopping 3.5ml of product which will literally last you a year of every day use. After 60 days of use I could see a small reduction in the amount of product in the packaging.

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The applicator is very thin brush that's also very flimsy. It took me a while to get the hang of using it, but when I did, I found that it was great at applying a nice thin line. I do think this applicator could be improved by making it shorter and slightly more sturdy, but if you are used to applying liquid liner then you can adapt pretty quickly.

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The product itself is really nice. It is a thin liquid that is very pigmented, sets pretty quickly, sets matte (which is quite rare for a 'drugstore' liner), and lasts on the eyes all day. This isn't waterproof, but it is budge proof.

So I personally didn't see changes in my lashes after 60 days of use, which initially was quite disheartening, but looking back I really did enjoy using this liner! I wouldn't say run out and buy this because you will see amazing results, but if you are sick of liquid liners that dry out after a month of use (I'm looking at you Maybelline HyperSharp Wing Liquid Liner!), you want a decent liner with good pigmentation, is matte, is budge proof, AND there is a chance that it is good for your lashes... then I recommend trying this liner! The brush will take a while getting used to, but it is a decent product! I definitely need start using this again!

You can buy 1000 Hour products in Priceline and Chemist Warehouse, but I haven't seen this liner in store yet. You can definitely get it on the 1000 Hour website though, or you can contract them to see where you can get it in store.

Have you tried this? Did it work for you?

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1000 Hour Liquid Eyeliner with Eyelash Enhancing Serum - review & swatch

October 28, 2015

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Ok! I was sent this 1000 Hour Xpress Lash-Gro Eyeliner aaaages ago to trial and review, and after trailing I was a little underwhelmed with the results so the review was put on the backburner because I wasn't excited to write it. After looking at random photos I have been storing on my computer, I decided that this does deserve a review... so here we go!

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This product is a liquid liner that comes in black and brown and retails for $29.99 for 3.5ml on the 1000 Hour website. This liners big claim is that it grows fuller, thicker and longer looking lashes in 60 days.

Now I used this every day (besides a couple no makeup days) for 60+ days and initially I thought my lashes looked longer, but when I compared the before and after photos after the 60 day period I couldn't see any difference in my lash thickness and length. I didn't bother adding in the photos to this post, because they showed no difference and they were just ugly photos of my eye with no makeup on.

The only way I thought I could be applying this wrong is because I applied it over primer and eyeshadow and it does recommend to apply this to clean and dry eyes. Was that the thing that prevented this from working? Who knows!

So this review sounds initially all doom and gloom... but there's a silver lining!

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This is the packaging of the product and initially I thought the 'pot' part of the packaging was made out of a black plastic... it's not! The packaging is actually clear and the black is from the liner. If you have used a liquid liner before (such as the Maybelline Master Precise which contains 0.5g of product) you may be thinking "wow, that's a lot of liner!" ...and yes, it is. This liner contains a whopping 3.5ml of product which will literally last you a year of every day use. After 60 days of use I could see a small reduction in the amount of product in the packaging.

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The applicator is very thin brush that's also very flimsy. It took me a while to get the hang of using it, but when I did, I found that it was great at applying a nice thin line. I do think this applicator could be improved by making it shorter and slightly more sturdy, but if you are used to applying liquid liner then you can adapt pretty quickly.

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The product itself is really nice. It is a thin liquid that is very pigmented, sets pretty quickly, sets matte (which is quite rare for a 'drugstore' liner), and lasts on the eyes all day. This isn't waterproof, but it is budge proof.

So I personally didn't see changes in my lashes after 60 days of use, which initially was quite disheartening, but looking back I really did enjoy using this liner! I wouldn't say run out and buy this because you will see amazing results, but if you are sick of liquid liners that dry out after a month of use (I'm looking at you Maybelline HyperSharp Wing Liquid Liner!), you want a decent liner with good pigmentation, is matte, is budge proof, AND there is a chance that it is good for your lashes... then I recommend trying this liner! The brush will take a while getting used to, but it is a decent product! I definitely need start using this again!

You can buy 1000 Hour products in Priceline and Chemist Warehouse, but I haven't seen this liner in store yet. You can definitely get it on the 1000 Hour website though, or you can contract them to see where you can get it in store.

Have you tried this? Did it work for you?

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Hello lovelies, you may or may not have picked up on the fact that 2015 has been my year for highlighters! I have started wearing highlighters every day this year and it is the one item I can't resist splurging on. I decided to invest in the whole collection of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators and here are my thoughts

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Ok lets start with the basics. As far as I am aware, you can only buy these from the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website where they retail for US$28 each. Shipping to Australia was around the US$17-18 mark. There are four shades in the range and each shade contains 9 grams of product.

The boxes are the same black cardboard with rose gold logo of all ABH packaging (yes, I have already become sick of typing Anastasia Beverly Hills). You can see the ingredients listed in the photo below.

Oh I thought I would quickly mention that I had to follow up my order because I hadn't received my tracking notification and it was 9 days after ordering it. The customer service was great and threw in a free illuminator (which I am giving away on instagram) because of the delay. Once I received my shipping notification it only took 3 days to arrive to Melbourne.

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Each illuminator comes in a shiny black round plastic compact that has a nice sized mirror in the lid and a clip closure. These aren't the most sturdy of all compacts on the market and feel quite light, but they don't feel like they will break and they look and feel very sleek. On the bottom of each compact is a large sticker that has the shade name in big letters and the sticker is a similar colour as the product... so its east to see which one you are reaching for without needing to open the compact.

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The product itself is breathtaking (yes, I think makeup is breathtaking). The product is pressed into an art-deco type design which hits the light in different ways to make some parts of the pan look darker and other parts look lighter. The design is very beautiful. I have also heard that the design is supposed to help the brush pick up the perfect amount of product... eh, it's pretty.

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Starlight is described as being a white gold. I actually adore this shade as it's very light, which will suit fair and light skinned people, but it isn't a frosty shade. I have a light to medium skintone and I was very worried that this will look chalky on me (as many silvery highlighters do), but what makes this shade amazing is that it doesn't have much of a white or silver base colour so it almost looks like a light sheen on the skin. This also has a complex finish which almost looks like it has a light gold and pink duo-chrome flash which prevents this looking too icy and harsh. I think this would suit most people who have cooler toned skin.

So Hollywood is described as being a true gold. This must be the shade of the year as many brands are coming out with yellow gold champagne highlighters. This is beautiful and gives a warm champagne gold sheen to the skin, but it's very similar to products like Becca Champagne Pop and Laura Geller Gilded Honey. This would definitely be the most universal of all of the shades in this collection and would be a safe bet if you weren't sure which shade to buy.

Rivera is described as a rose gold. This is like no other highlighter I have ever seen, and I am reluctant to call it a rose gold. This is more of a nude mauve highlighter and is a similar colour as something like MAC Mineralised Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle but a lot deeper in shade. This would suit many people who have medium or deeper skintoned and prefer more cooler pink toned products over golds and peaches. I personally still love this shade and enjoy using it as a nude-plum shimmery blush or over the top of a blush.

Peach Nectar is described as an apricot gold. This is definitely an apricot coloured product and has a strong orange base but it almost has a silvery sheen to it. I was very reluctant to order this one as there is no way I could pull this off as a highlight, but I am SO glad I have ordered it because it is the most gorgeous shimmery peach blush and it will get a lot of use this summer! If you had much deeper skintones and love warmer products then this is the highlighter for you, otherwise try it as a blush!

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top to bottom - Peach Nectar, Rivera, So Hollywood, Starlight

Overall I am pretty impressed with these highlighters. Sure, they are a complete pain in the butt to get your hands on in Australia and with shipping and conversion they aren't cheap... BUT they are gorgeous. What I love about these over other highlighters (such as Becca) is that these are a lot firmer in formula and aren't as powdery, they don't emphasise pores and imperfections (which is my biggest pet peeve about the Becca ones), and they give more of a glow or a wet look to the cheeks rather than the look of glitter or powder sitting on your cheeks. You can apply these lightly for more of a natural glow or apply them heavily for a beautiful sheen. I also love that these cater for many skin types, and even if you can't wear the darker shades as a highlighter, they make the most beautiful shimmery (but not sparkly) blushes or blush toppers.

Would I recommend everyone going out and buying the whole set? No, but if you can do a joint order with a few friends to save on shipping then they are worth checking out!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators collection - review and swatches

October 26, 2015

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Hello lovelies, you may or may not have picked up on the fact that 2015 has been my year for highlighters! I have started wearing highlighters every day this year and it is the one item I can't resist splurging on. I decided to invest in the whole collection of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators and here are my thoughts

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Ok lets start with the basics. As far as I am aware, you can only buy these from the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website where they retail for US$28 each. Shipping to Australia was around the US$17-18 mark. There are four shades in the range and each shade contains 9 grams of product.

The boxes are the same black cardboard with rose gold logo of all ABH packaging (yes, I have already become sick of typing Anastasia Beverly Hills). You can see the ingredients listed in the photo below.

Oh I thought I would quickly mention that I had to follow up my order because I hadn't received my tracking notification and it was 9 days after ordering it. The customer service was great and threw in a free illuminator (which I am giving away on instagram) because of the delay. Once I received my shipping notification it only took 3 days to arrive to Melbourne.

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Each illuminator comes in a shiny black round plastic compact that has a nice sized mirror in the lid and a clip closure. These aren't the most sturdy of all compacts on the market and feel quite light, but they don't feel like they will break and they look and feel very sleek. On the bottom of each compact is a large sticker that has the shade name in big letters and the sticker is a similar colour as the product... so its east to see which one you are reaching for without needing to open the compact.

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The product itself is breathtaking (yes, I think makeup is breathtaking). The product is pressed into an art-deco type design which hits the light in different ways to make some parts of the pan look darker and other parts look lighter. The design is very beautiful. I have also heard that the design is supposed to help the brush pick up the perfect amount of product... eh, it's pretty.

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Starlight is described as being a white gold. I actually adore this shade as it's very light, which will suit fair and light skinned people, but it isn't a frosty shade. I have a light to medium skintone and I was very worried that this will look chalky on me (as many silvery highlighters do), but what makes this shade amazing is that it doesn't have much of a white or silver base colour so it almost looks like a light sheen on the skin. This also has a complex finish which almost looks like it has a light gold and pink duo-chrome flash which prevents this looking too icy and harsh. I think this would suit most people who have cooler toned skin.

So Hollywood is described as being a true gold. This must be the shade of the year as many brands are coming out with yellow gold champagne highlighters. This is beautiful and gives a warm champagne gold sheen to the skin, but it's very similar to products like Becca Champagne Pop and Laura Geller Gilded Honey. This would definitely be the most universal of all of the shades in this collection and would be a safe bet if you weren't sure which shade to buy.

Rivera is described as a rose gold. This is like no other highlighter I have ever seen, and I am reluctant to call it a rose gold. This is more of a nude mauve highlighter and is a similar colour as something like MAC Mineralised Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle but a lot deeper in shade. This would suit many people who have medium or deeper skintoned and prefer more cooler pink toned products over golds and peaches. I personally still love this shade and enjoy using it as a nude-plum shimmery blush or over the top of a blush.

Peach Nectar is described as an apricot gold. This is definitely an apricot coloured product and has a strong orange base but it almost has a silvery sheen to it. I was very reluctant to order this one as there is no way I could pull this off as a highlight, but I am SO glad I have ordered it because it is the most gorgeous shimmery peach blush and it will get a lot of use this summer! If you had much deeper skintones and love warmer products then this is the highlighter for you, otherwise try it as a blush!

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top to bottom - Peach Nectar, Rivera, So Hollywood, Starlight

Overall I am pretty impressed with these highlighters. Sure, they are a complete pain in the butt to get your hands on in Australia and with shipping and conversion they aren't cheap... BUT they are gorgeous. What I love about these over other highlighters (such as Becca) is that these are a lot firmer in formula and aren't as powdery, they don't emphasise pores and imperfections (which is my biggest pet peeve about the Becca ones), and they give more of a glow or a wet look to the cheeks rather than the look of glitter or powder sitting on your cheeks. You can apply these lightly for more of a natural glow or apply them heavily for a beautiful sheen. I also love that these cater for many skin types, and even if you can't wear the darker shades as a highlighter, they make the most beautiful shimmery (but not sparkly) blushes or blush toppers.

Would I recommend everyone going out and buying the whole set? No, but if you can do a joint order with a few friends to save on shipping then they are worth checking out!

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I decided to take a little inspiration from Halloween and do a makeup look that I have never tried before. I have always wanted to do a true black smoky eye so I decided to pair it with a blood red lip.

Halloween inspired makeup - black & red smoky eye and blood red lip

October 23, 2015

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I decided to take a little inspiration from Halloween and do a makeup look that I have never tried before. I have always wanted to do a true black smoky eye so I decided to pair it with a blood red lip.

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Hey friends! If you are from Australia or New Zealand, you might know that Chi Chi Cosmetics has brought out a Brow Pomade which looks like an affordable dupe for the ever so raved about Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. Well, I thought I would write a post comparing some basic information about each of the products and putting them both to the test. It is also worth mentioning that that I got these products around the same time so I used the Chi Chi one for one week and then the ABH one for one week. Both of the shades that I bought are Medium Brown.

Chi Chi Brow Pomade vs Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - review, comparison and swatches

October 22, 2015

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Hey friends! If you are from Australia or New Zealand, you might know that Chi Chi Cosmetics has brought out a Brow Pomade which looks like an affordable dupe for the ever so raved about Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. Well, I thought I would write a post comparing some basic information about each of the products and putting them both to the test. It is also worth mentioning that that I got these products around the same time so I used the Chi Chi one for one week and then the ABH one for one week. Both of the shades that I bought are Medium Brown.

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Being a gal who wears a full face of long wearing makeup on a daily basis (besides the occasional day off), I really need a heavy duty makeup remover in my bathroom. When I first started wearing a full face of makeup I thought the best way to remove it was by using a harsh cleaner or scrub - WRONG! That's a recipe for disaster as it will strip your skin of oils. The best way to remove makeup, especially stubborn makeup, like a matte lipstick or waterproof mascara, is an oil based cleanser. Oil based cleansers dissolve makeup (even waterproof makeup) and the makeup will glide off. This is also a good option for people who have dry skin and really worry about makeup removers that dry out the skin or contain alcohol.


As far as I am concerned there are three main types of oil based cleansers on the market. The first is the good old half oil and half water/toner type of makeup remover which you need to shake up and then apply to a cotton pad to remove your makeup. Now I am not opposed to using them, in fact I went though bottles and bottles of the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Waterproof Face and Eye Makeup Remover (my personal favourite) before deciding that I prefer to use a straight up cleansing oil. I won't be showing any of these types of makeup removers in this post today because I haven't used one in years.

The second type of oil based makeup remover is a cleansing oil. The two that I currently own are the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil and the Innoxa Restore Hydrating Facial Cleansing Oil. Now this is my preferred way of removing my makeup. There is nothing more satisfying than smearing oiling onto your makeup caked face, jumping in the shower and coming out looking completely bare faced and clean.

The Shu Uemura Cleaning Oils are my holy grail of all holy grail makeup removers. Even though the large 450ml bottles are quite expensive (AU$96 - $125 in David Jones depending on which one you get), a large bottle will last me close to a year of daily use so it's worth the spend. They also come in six different types of oils for different skin types or concerns, and each come in smaller 150ml bottles (AU$39 - $56) if you didn't want to invest in the large bottle. What I love most about this oil, and the reason why I have been using these oils for the last 4 years, is that the oil is very watery and it emulsifies as soon as it mixes with water. What this means is that once you have dissolved your makeup, you wash it off the oil with warm water and it leaves no race of an oily residue. This is the only cleansing oil that I have used that doesn't have any residue.

If the price of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil concerns you then a good drugstore alternative is the Innoxa Restore Hydrating Facial Cleansing Oil. This retails for around $18 for 150ml from Priceline, but you can often find it on sale. This contains argan oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, soy bean oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil and orange oil. The oil has a soft sweet orange oil scent and it does emulsify when mixed with warm water, but it does leave a light oily residue on the skin. The residue  could work to soften and hydrate the skin, but I personally like to cleanse the residue off with a gel cleanser.

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Then the last category is the cleansing balms. These still freak me out a little, but they are a very effective way at removing makeup. The two that I have are the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm and the Trilogy Make Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. I was send these for review and I thought I would point out that Pixi is very difficult to get in Australia. Of course Pixi is easily accessible in the UK, but they recently introduced the line into Target in the US. For all the Aussie and international readers - the UK site does ship internationally! So check out all things Pixi here http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/. Otherwise if you are after free shipping, both ASOS and Beauty Bay sell limited Pixi products.

Both of these are thick oily balms that you warm up in your hands and work into your face to remove your makeup. The Trilogy Make Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm contains 80ml of product and retails for $36.90. You only need to use 1/4 teaspoon per application so this will last quite some time. This also comes with a cloth and the instructions say to use the cloth and warm water to remove the balm. If you have dry skin then you could use the cloth to remove the excess but leave the residue to moisturise the skin, if you don't like a greasy residue then you would need to follow this up with a second cleanse. This balm has a nice faint sweet floral scent and contains mango butter, sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil and rosehip oil.

The Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm looks a lot larger, but contains 90g of product and retails for
£18.00. Instead of being a firm dense balm like the Trilogy one, this one is more fluffy and has almost granulated beads of butter in it. This also recommends to remove it with a damp cloth but it doesn't with one. This contain sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and Vitamin E and has a soft floral and shea butter scent.
If you wear hard to budge makeup and struggle removing your makeup on a daily basis then I HIGHLY recommend trying a cleansing oil or cleansing balm.
Have you tried any cleansing oils or balms? What are your favourites? 

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Cleansing oils/cleansing balms

October 19, 2015

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Being a gal who wears a full face of long wearing makeup on a daily basis (besides the occasional day off), I really need a heavy duty makeup remover in my bathroom. When I first started wearing a full face of makeup I thought the best way to remove it was by using a harsh cleaner or scrub - WRONG! That's a recipe for disaster as it will strip your skin of oils. The best way to remove makeup, especially stubborn makeup, like a matte lipstick or waterproof mascara, is an oil based cleanser. Oil based cleansers dissolve makeup (even waterproof makeup) and the makeup will glide off. This is also a good option for people who have dry skin and really worry about makeup removers that dry out the skin or contain alcohol.


As far as I am concerned there are three main types of oil based cleansers on the market. The first is the good old half oil and half water/toner type of makeup remover which you need to shake up and then apply to a cotton pad to remove your makeup. Now I am not opposed to using them, in fact I went though bottles and bottles of the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Waterproof Face and Eye Makeup Remover (my personal favourite) before deciding that I prefer to use a straight up cleansing oil. I won't be showing any of these types of makeup removers in this post today because I haven't used one in years.

The second type of oil based makeup remover is a cleansing oil. The two that I currently own are the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil and the Innoxa Restore Hydrating Facial Cleansing Oil. Now this is my preferred way of removing my makeup. There is nothing more satisfying than smearing oiling onto your makeup caked face, jumping in the shower and coming out looking completely bare faced and clean.

The Shu Uemura Cleaning Oils are my holy grail of all holy grail makeup removers. Even though the large 450ml bottles are quite expensive (AU$96 - $125 in David Jones depending on which one you get), a large bottle will last me close to a year of daily use so it's worth the spend. They also come in six different types of oils for different skin types or concerns, and each come in smaller 150ml bottles (AU$39 - $56) if you didn't want to invest in the large bottle. What I love most about this oil, and the reason why I have been using these oils for the last 4 years, is that the oil is very watery and it emulsifies as soon as it mixes with water. What this means is that once you have dissolved your makeup, you wash it off the oil with warm water and it leaves no race of an oily residue. This is the only cleansing oil that I have used that doesn't have any residue.

If the price of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil concerns you then a good drugstore alternative is the Innoxa Restore Hydrating Facial Cleansing Oil. This retails for around $18 for 150ml from Priceline, but you can often find it on sale. This contains argan oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, soy bean oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil and orange oil. The oil has a soft sweet orange oil scent and it does emulsify when mixed with warm water, but it does leave a light oily residue on the skin. The residue  could work to soften and hydrate the skin, but I personally like to cleanse the residue off with a gel cleanser.

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Then the last category is the cleansing balms. These still freak me out a little, but they are a very effective way at removing makeup. The two that I have are the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm and the Trilogy Make Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. I was send these for review and I thought I would point out that Pixi is very difficult to get in Australia. Of course Pixi is easily accessible in the UK, but they recently introduced the line into Target in the US. For all the Aussie and international readers - the UK site does ship internationally! So check out all things Pixi here http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/. Otherwise if you are after free shipping, both ASOS and Beauty Bay sell limited Pixi products.

Both of these are thick oily balms that you warm up in your hands and work into your face to remove your makeup. The Trilogy Make Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm contains 80ml of product and retails for $36.90. You only need to use 1/4 teaspoon per application so this will last quite some time. This also comes with a cloth and the instructions say to use the cloth and warm water to remove the balm. If you have dry skin then you could use the cloth to remove the excess but leave the residue to moisturise the skin, if you don't like a greasy residue then you would need to follow this up with a second cleanse. This balm has a nice faint sweet floral scent and contains mango butter, sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil and rosehip oil.

The Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm looks a lot larger, but contains 90g of product and retails for
£18.00. Instead of being a firm dense balm like the Trilogy one, this one is more fluffy and has almost granulated beads of butter in it. This also recommends to remove it with a damp cloth but it doesn't with one. This contain sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and Vitamin E and has a soft floral and shea butter scent.
If you wear hard to budge makeup and struggle removing your makeup on a daily basis then I HIGHLY recommend trying a cleansing oil or cleansing balm.
Have you tried any cleansing oils or balms? What are your favourites? 

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I was lucky enough to be given a bunch of amazing Racinne products to incorporate into my skincare routine. I have been using these products for a while now and am ready to give my thoughts on these products.

Lets start from the start because I hadn't heard of this brand and am sure that a lot of you guys haven't heard much about it either (if you have used these products, definitely let me know your favourite product in the comments!).

Racinne is a brand of skincare that has four ranges of products for different skin types and skin concerns.

Delicate Perfection is a range for dry skin which contains a cream cleanser, a toner, a serum, a moisturiser, an eye serum and masks.
Ultimate Youth Power is a range that sounds like a superhero power that I would love to possess! This range is designed for anti-aging and contains a lotion, a moisturiser, a serum, an eye serum, an eye cream, a mask and a neck cream.
Ultimate Aqua Blac is a range designed for brightening and whitening and contains a moisturiser, a few serums, a mask and an eye serum.
Ultimate Hydra Perfection is the range for hydration and this is my personal favourite (hail Hydra!). This range contains a cleansing foam, a scrub, a few serums, moisturises and an eye serum.

If you wanted to check out any of the products, prices, skincare packs, stockist etc. etc. then check out the Racinne website.

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I am going to start by talking about my loves! I am so obsessed with the Ultimate Hydra Perfection range. The products from this range that I have been trailing are the Gentle Refining Scrub (AU$24), the Optimal Fortifying Emulsion (AU$39) and the Ultimate Defence Illuminating Cream (AU$44).

Firstly, I don't think you can see so much from the photos above but the packaging is gorgeous! The packaging is white with a pearlescent sheen that gives it a purple and green glow when it catches the light. Check out my instagram video of the packaging catching the light. Love love love! Secondly the products are beautiful! They are designed for hydration so they are very light feeling on the skin but have a gel like formula. The products also have a soft high end skincare scent that smells very clean.

I fell instantly in love with the Gentle Refining Scrub as it is a very fine and gentle scrub (good for an every day use product but not harsh enough for a very thorough exfoliation) but it is amazing! You use the smallest amount and it foams up to a beautiful luxurious creamy lather that thoroughly removes any oils and dirt without completing stripping the skin *drools*. I have been using the Optimal Fortifying Emulsion serum as a day serum as it is a beautiful light gel product that creates all day hydration. The Ultimate Defence Illuminating Cream is an interesting hybrid between a cream and a gel. It is a very thick cream that applies very lightly like a gel. I think these products work beautifully but are very lightweight so I mainly use them during the day with a sunscreen.

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Onto a couple of the Ultimate Youth Power products that I have been using. These come in very reflective (and hard to photograph) gold packaging and are very luxe and have a similar high end clean scent. The Ultimate Youth Power Serum (AU$88) is a lovely lightweight lotion consistency serum and the Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum ($41) is a gel serum that you apply with this interesting applicator (see photo above - but I still apply it with my fingers) but it works wonders at keeping the skin around my eyes hydrated and smooth. These have been my night products and they have really helped at reducing any fine lines and keep my skin smooth and even.

Overall I am loving these products! They work really easily into my every day skincare routine and I have noticed that my skin has become consistently even, smooth, glowing and hydrated since working them into my routine. I am also astounded at how affordable they are for such high quality products! They are definitely worth the money. I was particularly impressed with the hydrating range and will no doubt be working more of that range into my skincare routine in the near future.

Have you tried this range? What were your thoughts?

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RACINNE mini brand focus

October 16, 2015

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I was lucky enough to be given a bunch of amazing Racinne products to incorporate into my skincare routine. I have been using these products for a while now and am ready to give my thoughts on these products.

Lets start from the start because I hadn't heard of this brand and am sure that a lot of you guys haven't heard much about it either (if you have used these products, definitely let me know your favourite product in the comments!).

Racinne is a brand of skincare that has four ranges of products for different skin types and skin concerns.

Delicate Perfection is a range for dry skin which contains a cream cleanser, a toner, a serum, a moisturiser, an eye serum and masks.
Ultimate Youth Power is a range that sounds like a superhero power that I would love to possess! This range is designed for anti-aging and contains a lotion, a moisturiser, a serum, an eye serum, an eye cream, a mask and a neck cream.
Ultimate Aqua Blac is a range designed for brightening and whitening and contains a moisturiser, a few serums, a mask and an eye serum.
Ultimate Hydra Perfection is the range for hydration and this is my personal favourite (hail Hydra!). This range contains a cleansing foam, a scrub, a few serums, moisturises and an eye serum.

If you wanted to check out any of the products, prices, skincare packs, stockist etc. etc. then check out the Racinne website.

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I am going to start by talking about my loves! I am so obsessed with the Ultimate Hydra Perfection range. The products from this range that I have been trailing are the Gentle Refining Scrub (AU$24), the Optimal Fortifying Emulsion (AU$39) and the Ultimate Defence Illuminating Cream (AU$44).

Firstly, I don't think you can see so much from the photos above but the packaging is gorgeous! The packaging is white with a pearlescent sheen that gives it a purple and green glow when it catches the light. Check out my instagram video of the packaging catching the light. Love love love! Secondly the products are beautiful! They are designed for hydration so they are very light feeling on the skin but have a gel like formula. The products also have a soft high end skincare scent that smells very clean.

I fell instantly in love with the Gentle Refining Scrub as it is a very fine and gentle scrub (good for an every day use product but not harsh enough for a very thorough exfoliation) but it is amazing! You use the smallest amount and it foams up to a beautiful luxurious creamy lather that thoroughly removes any oils and dirt without completing stripping the skin *drools*. I have been using the Optimal Fortifying Emulsion serum as a day serum as it is a beautiful light gel product that creates all day hydration. The Ultimate Defence Illuminating Cream is an interesting hybrid between a cream and a gel. It is a very thick cream that applies very lightly like a gel. I think these products work beautifully but are very lightweight so I mainly use them during the day with a sunscreen.

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Onto a couple of the Ultimate Youth Power products that I have been using. These come in very reflective (and hard to photograph) gold packaging and are very luxe and have a similar high end clean scent. The Ultimate Youth Power Serum (AU$88) is a lovely lightweight lotion consistency serum and the Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum ($41) is a gel serum that you apply with this interesting applicator (see photo above - but I still apply it with my fingers) but it works wonders at keeping the skin around my eyes hydrated and smooth. These have been my night products and they have really helped at reducing any fine lines and keep my skin smooth and even.

Overall I am loving these products! They work really easily into my every day skincare routine and I have noticed that my skin has become consistently even, smooth, glowing and hydrated since working them into my routine. I am also astounded at how affordable they are for such high quality products! They are definitely worth the money. I was particularly impressed with the hydrating range and will no doubt be working more of that range into my skincare routine in the near future.

Have you tried this range? What were your thoughts?

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Kryolan Customer Demonstrations

Just a quick heads up for all the makeup enthusiasts in Melbourne :)

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Kryolan Melbourne Makeup Demonstration

October 9, 2015

Kryolan Customer Demonstrations

Just a quick heads up for all the makeup enthusiasts in Melbourne :)

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Hello hello! Today on the blog we are getting nude with the new Rimmel London lipsticks. This is the whole set of the Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection Lipsticks and I was sent these for review, but I have been wearing these for the last week and have my pros and cons all ready to go.

In Australia they retail for $12.95 for 4g of product and you can buy them from all the usual places that sell Rimmel (i.e. Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Coles, Woolworths etc. etc.). The formula of these lipsticks are the "Lasting Finish" formula so they aren't matte but they do claim to last up to 8 hours.

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The packaging is similar to other Kate Moss lipsticks but they come in a nude/peach plastic with Kate written in white instead of the black and red packaging from the other Kate Moss ranges. I personally don't love the colour of the packaging, and although I see where the inspiration comes from, it looks a little tacky (just my opinion). Other than that these do seem quite sturdy and quite typical of most lipstick packaging.

The only way you can distinguish the colour of each shade is by the label on the bottom of the tube. Each shade is just known by its number, so luckily the label colour is a pretty accurate match of the lipstick inside.

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The five shades are:

40: A very light peachy orange nude
42: A light neutral pinky nude
43: A warm brown/peach toned nude
45: A cool rosy mauve nude
48: A deep chocolate burgundy

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Top to bottom: 48, 45, 43, 42, 40
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Top to bottom: 40, 42, 43, 45, 48
I hope you can see from the lip swatches above that each of these shades apply very evenly, aren't completely opaque but provide nice even pigmentation, have a sheen to the formula but no shimmer or sparkle, and look very hydrating and comfortable on the lips (not emphasising any creases or dry patches).

The formula wore differently depending on the shades. I didn't do much of a test of 40 because it was embarrassingly light for me, but I found that 42 and 43 wore for around 2-3 hours before the majority of it wore off, 45 is the sheerest of all the shades and wore off the quickest (up to 2 hours) and 48 lasted a decent 4-5 hours before the majority of it wore off. None of these shades lasted the 8 hour claim, but I wasn't really expecting them to because the formula is very smooth and almost slippery. Even though the formula was very smooth, I was surprised to see that the shades wore off unevenly with the inner part of the lips wearing off first leaving the outer rim with some patchy colour left over. These did reapply nicely without caking on the lips.

If you want to see how they apply on my lips, I did a first impressions video below where I apply each shade.




Onto the shades. I did really appreciate that there was a nice variety of colours, however I found that this range leaned waaay too light and then BAM there was one dark shade. I like the variety of the peach, the pink, the brown and the mauve tinted nudes but I would have loved to see more mid toned to darker shades. I am NC20-25ish (light-medium skin with warm undertones) and I found that 40 and 42 were way too light for me and would only work as mixing shades, 43 and 45 were similar to my natural lip color but still too light for my preference, so the only shade I would be happy to reach for often is the 48 which looks like a deep brown burgundy on my skin tone. I honestly think that the first four shades would only work on porcelain to light skin tones and 48 would only be considered a 'nude' for people extremely deep skin tones. This leaves everyone with skin tones between my skin through to medium, tanned and deep without a shade that would work as a true nude for them.

HOWEVER... you can of course mix and match to make your perfect nude shade, and below I mixed 43, 45 and 48 to make a nude that suits me a lot better than any of the individual shades in this range.

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Overall I was impressed with how these applied - they are really smooth, really even to apply and are really comfortably on the lips. If you like a more natural formula of lipstick and one of these shades suits you perfectly then I would recommend getting it. Because I personally I prefer a bolder, more longwearing lip (yes, even with my nude lipsticks), then I will only be using 4/5 of these shades as mixer shades to tone down or lighten other lipsticks instead of on their own. The only one that I would be happy to throw in my makeup bag is 48 because it is a beautiful bold brown berry shade. This shade also lasts the longest and I know that I can wear it to work and only need to reapply at lunch time, which is pretty much the minimum wear time I expect to get from my lipsticks.

Have you tried these lipsticks? What were your thoughts?

x Kat

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Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection Lipsticks - review and swatches

October 8, 2015

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Hello hello! Today on the blog we are getting nude with the new Rimmel London lipsticks. This is the whole set of the Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection Lipsticks and I was sent these for review, but I have been wearing these for the last week and have my pros and cons all ready to go.

In Australia they retail for $12.95 for 4g of product and you can buy them from all the usual places that sell Rimmel (i.e. Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Coles, Woolworths etc. etc.). The formula of these lipsticks are the "Lasting Finish" formula so they aren't matte but they do claim to last up to 8 hours.

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The packaging is similar to other Kate Moss lipsticks but they come in a nude/peach plastic with Kate written in white instead of the black and red packaging from the other Kate Moss ranges. I personally don't love the colour of the packaging, and although I see where the inspiration comes from, it looks a little tacky (just my opinion). Other than that these do seem quite sturdy and quite typical of most lipstick packaging.

The only way you can distinguish the colour of each shade is by the label on the bottom of the tube. Each shade is just known by its number, so luckily the label colour is a pretty accurate match of the lipstick inside.

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The five shades are:

40: A very light peachy orange nude
42: A light neutral pinky nude
43: A warm brown/peach toned nude
45: A cool rosy mauve nude
48: A deep chocolate burgundy

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Top to bottom: 48, 45, 43, 42, 40
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Top to bottom: 40, 42, 43, 45, 48
I hope you can see from the lip swatches above that each of these shades apply very evenly, aren't completely opaque but provide nice even pigmentation, have a sheen to the formula but no shimmer or sparkle, and look very hydrating and comfortable on the lips (not emphasising any creases or dry patches).

The formula wore differently depending on the shades. I didn't do much of a test of 40 because it was embarrassingly light for me, but I found that 42 and 43 wore for around 2-3 hours before the majority of it wore off, 45 is the sheerest of all the shades and wore off the quickest (up to 2 hours) and 48 lasted a decent 4-5 hours before the majority of it wore off. None of these shades lasted the 8 hour claim, but I wasn't really expecting them to because the formula is very smooth and almost slippery. Even though the formula was very smooth, I was surprised to see that the shades wore off unevenly with the inner part of the lips wearing off first leaving the outer rim with some patchy colour left over. These did reapply nicely without caking on the lips.

If you want to see how they apply on my lips, I did a first impressions video below where I apply each shade.




Onto the shades. I did really appreciate that there was a nice variety of colours, however I found that this range leaned waaay too light and then BAM there was one dark shade. I like the variety of the peach, the pink, the brown and the mauve tinted nudes but I would have loved to see more mid toned to darker shades. I am NC20-25ish (light-medium skin with warm undertones) and I found that 40 and 42 were way too light for me and would only work as mixing shades, 43 and 45 were similar to my natural lip color but still too light for my preference, so the only shade I would be happy to reach for often is the 48 which looks like a deep brown burgundy on my skin tone. I honestly think that the first four shades would only work on porcelain to light skin tones and 48 would only be considered a 'nude' for people extremely deep skin tones. This leaves everyone with skin tones between my skin through to medium, tanned and deep without a shade that would work as a true nude for them.

HOWEVER... you can of course mix and match to make your perfect nude shade, and below I mixed 43, 45 and 48 to make a nude that suits me a lot better than any of the individual shades in this range.

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Overall I was impressed with how these applied - they are really smooth, really even to apply and are really comfortably on the lips. If you like a more natural formula of lipstick and one of these shades suits you perfectly then I would recommend getting it. Because I personally I prefer a bolder, more longwearing lip (yes, even with my nude lipsticks), then I will only be using 4/5 of these shades as mixer shades to tone down or lighten other lipsticks instead of on their own. The only one that I would be happy to throw in my makeup bag is 48 because it is a beautiful bold brown berry shade. This shade also lasts the longest and I know that I can wear it to work and only need to reapply at lunch time, which is pretty much the minimum wear time I expect to get from my lipsticks.

Have you tried these lipsticks? What were your thoughts?

x Kat

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I know this product has been everywhere in the beauty community and you are probably so sick of seeing it, but oh well you're going to have to put up with yet another review! This is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop which is the limited edition highlighter collaboration with Jaclyn Hill.

Now, if you are from Australia you might be asking "where did you buy that?!?" well I bought it from Lipstick Republic when they were talking pre-orders. Unfortunately there was a mess up with Becca Australia, which allowed a few sites take pre-orders, and Becca international, who wanted this highlighter to be Sephora exclusive in Australia. Luckily the pre-orders were filled but if you want to buy this from now on in Australia it will be only in Sephora from now on. This retails for AU$60 and contains 8g of product.

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You can see that the box has limited edition gold textured packaging (which is a real pain in the arse to take photos of) and it has a little photo and message from Jaclyn Hill on the back. Besides the box, the packaging of the actual compact is the same as the regular line of Becca highlighters. The compact quite heavy and is made of sturdy dark brown rubber with metal detailing and a good sized mirror in the lid.

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The product itself shares the beautiful pigmentation and soft buttery formula of the other shades in the Becca line. The shade is a lovely bright light gold champagne shade that almost has a complicated orangey/rose gold hint to it in the pan.

This highlighter is very pigmented so it can look quite bold on the skin. I personally love an extreme highlight so I thought this would be perfect for me, but one thing that I don't like about the formula is that it applies almost like a metallic sheen which tends to emphasise pores, spots, lines and any imperfections on the skin. This looks most flattering if you use a light hand when applying.

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Hopefully you can see in the photo above that the heavy swatch looks very gold but when it is blended out it tends to look more of a champagne shade. It is a very pretty colour in the pan, but its sadly not as unique when applied to the skin.

This would best suit people who like gold or warm toned products. In the pan this looks quite dark for a highlighter, but as this applies quite bright it would suit people who have light to deep skin tones. If you have very fair skin then you may want to give this a miss as it may look more like a light bronzer than a highlighter.

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Top: Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Bottom: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Going back to where I said that this doesn't look as unique applies as it does in the pan, above is a swatch comparison with the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey which I did a review of the other week. You can see that Champagne Pop is a little brighter and less gold, but to be honest if you applied one on each cheek they wouldn't look much different. I don't have too many gold highlighters but I have a feeling that Champagne Pop would look similar to many gold highlighters on the market.

Overall, I think this is a pretty highlighter and I can see why everyone is losing their shit over it, BUT (yes there is a but), I don't think it's very unique and because this can emphasise pores and lines and imperfections if applied too heavily, I do think there are better (and cheaper) highlighters out there.  I will definitely continue to use this, especially in the warmer months coming up, but it you can't afford it or are struggling to get your hands on it, I wouldn't stress too much because it is dupable. You could probably find a nice light gold eye shadow that would give you the same effect.

Do you have Champagne Pop? What are your thoughts?

x Kat

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Review and swatches - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

October 7, 2015

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I know this product has been everywhere in the beauty community and you are probably so sick of seeing it, but oh well you're going to have to put up with yet another review! This is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop which is the limited edition highlighter collaboration with Jaclyn Hill.

Now, if you are from Australia you might be asking "where did you buy that?!?" well I bought it from Lipstick Republic when they were talking pre-orders. Unfortunately there was a mess up with Becca Australia, which allowed a few sites take pre-orders, and Becca international, who wanted this highlighter to be Sephora exclusive in Australia. Luckily the pre-orders were filled but if you want to buy this from now on in Australia it will be only in Sephora from now on. This retails for AU$60 and contains 8g of product.

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You can see that the box has limited edition gold textured packaging (which is a real pain in the arse to take photos of) and it has a little photo and message from Jaclyn Hill on the back. Besides the box, the packaging of the actual compact is the same as the regular line of Becca highlighters. The compact quite heavy and is made of sturdy dark brown rubber with metal detailing and a good sized mirror in the lid.

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The product itself shares the beautiful pigmentation and soft buttery formula of the other shades in the Becca line. The shade is a lovely bright light gold champagne shade that almost has a complicated orangey/rose gold hint to it in the pan.

This highlighter is very pigmented so it can look quite bold on the skin. I personally love an extreme highlight so I thought this would be perfect for me, but one thing that I don't like about the formula is that it applies almost like a metallic sheen which tends to emphasise pores, spots, lines and any imperfections on the skin. This looks most flattering if you use a light hand when applying.

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Hopefully you can see in the photo above that the heavy swatch looks very gold but when it is blended out it tends to look more of a champagne shade. It is a very pretty colour in the pan, but its sadly not as unique when applied to the skin.

This would best suit people who like gold or warm toned products. In the pan this looks quite dark for a highlighter, but as this applies quite bright it would suit people who have light to deep skin tones. If you have very fair skin then you may want to give this a miss as it may look more like a light bronzer than a highlighter.

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Top: Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Bottom: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Going back to where I said that this doesn't look as unique applies as it does in the pan, above is a swatch comparison with the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey which I did a review of the other week. You can see that Champagne Pop is a little brighter and less gold, but to be honest if you applied one on each cheek they wouldn't look much different. I don't have too many gold highlighters but I have a feeling that Champagne Pop would look similar to many gold highlighters on the market.

Overall, I think this is a pretty highlighter and I can see why everyone is losing their shit over it, BUT (yes there is a but), I don't think it's very unique and because this can emphasise pores and lines and imperfections if applied too heavily, I do think there are better (and cheaper) highlighters out there.  I will definitely continue to use this, especially in the warmer months coming up, but it you can't afford it or are struggling to get your hands on it, I wouldn't stress too much because it is dupable. You could probably find a nice light gold eye shadow that would give you the same effect.

Do you have Champagne Pop? What are your thoughts?

x Kat

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I was having a bad day the other week and needed a bit of retail therapy. On a whim I decided to order a few Enticing Candles. This is an Australian ring candle company and you can check out the range of candles at the Enticing Candles website. If you have never heard of a ring candle, it's pretty much a candle that has a ring hidden in it. This brand has rings ranging from $10-1,000 in each candle.

Enticing Candles - review and ring reveal

October 5, 2015

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I was having a bad day the other week and needed a bit of retail therapy. On a whim I decided to order a few Enticing Candles. This is an Australian ring candle company and you can check out the range of candles at the Enticing Candles website. If you have never heard of a ring candle, it's pretty much a candle that has a ring hidden in it. This brand has rings ranging from $10-1,000 in each candle.

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It's October! When did that happen?!

The year is nearly over, but it means another favourites post! I have tried a lot of products in September, but these are the stand outs.

I actually totally forgot to include the eyeshadows that I have been rediscovering this month... if you want to see more about them, check out my favourites video below:


Onto the products I did remember to take photos of..

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+: I was never a big fan of finishing sprays but lately I have been really loving them. I normally wear really matte and long wearing base products which can often look caky and powdery. Spraying your makeup with a finishing spray doesn't make your makeup last longer, but it takes away that caky finish and makes it look more natural. The lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive gave me the MAC Fix + because he wasn't a big fan... and I love it! It's refreshing and smells amazing (I think it almost has a lemonade scent) and it really does take away that horrible caky look and it makes your makeup look a lot more fresh.

There are two moisturisers that I have been loving and the first is the Skin Doctors Beetox which is a beautiful anti-ageing moisturiser that contains bee venom to help collagen production AND it smells like pink marshmallows, do I need to say anything more? The second is the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Dry, and even though I don't have dry skin, I find that this works beautifully because its hydrating and thick yet it feels really light. This is a fantastic basic moisturiser that doesn't have a scent but it lovely to use.

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Thin Lizzy 6 in 1 Professional Powder - I never in a million years thought that I would try this product, but I was sent it as part of the Priceline Beauty Click Box and I actually love it as a contour/bronzer. I did do a video review where I talk about how it really isn't great for 6 uses, BUT it is a much more affordable dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer! Check out the video review below and also watch photos. The Thin Lizzy is a little lighter and slightly more shimmery than NARS Laguna, but they look very similar on the skin.


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top - NARS Laguna, bottom - Thin Lizzy
The Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo - This is a super weird product. It is a shampoo that looks like a tub of salty sludge. This shampoo doesn't really foam on dirty hair so its best to use this as a second shampoo, but when you do use it it cleans your hair really thoroughly, and leaves it soft and volumised. I had issues with annoying product build up and I believe this shampoo really helped fix it. I now use this once a week as a clarifying shampoo.

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It's spring so I have been loving some bright nails. The two shades that I have been loving are Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 340 Mint Sorbet and Kester Black Monarch. Mint Sorbet is a beautiful pastel shade that will look amazing with a tan and Monarch is a beautiful dark cobalt blue that is a really eye catching shade.

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The Jojoba Company's Purifying Citrus Foaming Cleanser - This is my favourite cleaner of the month. It is a gentle gel cleanser that feels really clean and fresh (great for the warmer months) and it has the most amazing citrus scent that reminds me of the Burts Bees lemon cuticle butter... mmmm.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body - I have been using this on my face and body to turn my moisturisers and body lotions into gradual tanners. The reason why I have been loving it is because I find that often the skincare used in gradual tanners (especially face tanners) isn't the best quality and I don't reach for them often. I can add this into my favourite moisturisers/serums/oils and to turn them into a gradual tanner so its fab! I did a full review here.

L'Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in Medium to Dark - I have been trying a few drugstore brow products this month and this is definitely my pick of the bunch. Not only is the packaging great quality with a nice sized mirror and decent quality tools, but the colour of the wax and powder are beautifully cool toned and match my brows perfectly. This kit rivals higher end brow kits, I have noticed that most drugstore brow products tend to be too warm toned.

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Those are my top picks of September! I would love to know what your favourite beauty product of September was!

Have a great weekend x

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September 2015 Favourites

October 3, 2015

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It's October! When did that happen?!

The year is nearly over, but it means another favourites post! I have tried a lot of products in September, but these are the stand outs.

I actually totally forgot to include the eyeshadows that I have been rediscovering this month... if you want to see more about them, check out my favourites video below:


Onto the products I did remember to take photos of..

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+: I was never a big fan of finishing sprays but lately I have been really loving them. I normally wear really matte and long wearing base products which can often look caky and powdery. Spraying your makeup with a finishing spray doesn't make your makeup last longer, but it takes away that caky finish and makes it look more natural. The lovely Simon from The Skincare Obsessive gave me the MAC Fix + because he wasn't a big fan... and I love it! It's refreshing and smells amazing (I think it almost has a lemonade scent) and it really does take away that horrible caky look and it makes your makeup look a lot more fresh.

There are two moisturisers that I have been loving and the first is the Skin Doctors Beetox which is a beautiful anti-ageing moisturiser that contains bee venom to help collagen production AND it smells like pink marshmallows, do I need to say anything more? The second is the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Dry, and even though I don't have dry skin, I find that this works beautifully because its hydrating and thick yet it feels really light. This is a fantastic basic moisturiser that doesn't have a scent but it lovely to use.

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Thin Lizzy 6 in 1 Professional Powder - I never in a million years thought that I would try this product, but I was sent it as part of the Priceline Beauty Click Box and I actually love it as a contour/bronzer. I did do a video review where I talk about how it really isn't great for 6 uses, BUT it is a much more affordable dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer! Check out the video review below and also watch photos. The Thin Lizzy is a little lighter and slightly more shimmery than NARS Laguna, but they look very similar on the skin.


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top - NARS Laguna, bottom - Thin Lizzy
The Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo - This is a super weird product. It is a shampoo that looks like a tub of salty sludge. This shampoo doesn't really foam on dirty hair so its best to use this as a second shampoo, but when you do use it it cleans your hair really thoroughly, and leaves it soft and volumised. I had issues with annoying product build up and I believe this shampoo really helped fix it. I now use this once a week as a clarifying shampoo.

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It's spring so I have been loving some bright nails. The two shades that I have been loving are Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 340 Mint Sorbet and Kester Black Monarch. Mint Sorbet is a beautiful pastel shade that will look amazing with a tan and Monarch is a beautiful dark cobalt blue that is a really eye catching shade.

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The Jojoba Company's Purifying Citrus Foaming Cleanser - This is my favourite cleaner of the month. It is a gentle gel cleanser that feels really clean and fresh (great for the warmer months) and it has the most amazing citrus scent that reminds me of the Burts Bees lemon cuticle butter... mmmm.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body - I have been using this on my face and body to turn my moisturisers and body lotions into gradual tanners. The reason why I have been loving it is because I find that often the skincare used in gradual tanners (especially face tanners) isn't the best quality and I don't reach for them often. I can add this into my favourite moisturisers/serums/oils and to turn them into a gradual tanner so its fab! I did a full review here.

L'Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in Medium to Dark - I have been trying a few drugstore brow products this month and this is definitely my pick of the bunch. Not only is the packaging great quality with a nice sized mirror and decent quality tools, but the colour of the wax and powder are beautifully cool toned and match my brows perfectly. This kit rivals higher end brow kits, I have noticed that most drugstore brow products tend to be too warm toned.

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Those are my top picks of September! I would love to know what your favourite beauty product of September was!

Have a great weekend x

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