March 2017 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Hello dear blog readers (if there any of you left?). I know I have been very MIA on my blog this year - the Beauty News channel is booming and takes up a lot of time and energy so I feel like maintaining blogging is spreading me thinner and thinner, but I am sure I will get used to it and finally have everything balanced out soon enough. Bare with me, I will make an effort to keep my blog active but I am taking having a bit of a break and having a rethink about what direction I want to take with my blog. I am thinking more lifestyle could be fun as I have had it up to here *gestures to my eyebrows* with reviewing makeup on my channel and then regurgitating the same information in a blog post. Anyway, watch this space to see what I decide to do... in the mean time lets regurgitate what I have already said in a YouTube video.

Ok so I was super happy to see the tail end of February... nothing personal Feb, I just had a really boring makeup month and s-t-ruggled coming up with content for my channel (and evidently my blog). I think Feb was the first month in years where I didn't buy any new makeup or beauty product! It wasn't an intentional thing, I just wasn't inspired by any of the new releases AND I am in the process of spending a lot of money on a tattoo and holiday... so there's that.

So the products I have been loving are a bit lack lustre, but lets give them some light anyway. Firstly, I have been loving the Daiso Tube Squeezer! This handy contraption helps squeeze out your toothpaste (or any tube product) but that's not why I like it... I like it because it has a little suction cup and a little hook that allows you to hang up your product in your shower or on your mirror and then easy remove it and hang it up again... genius!

Then the two products that have come in handy for post tattoo care are the Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel and Bepanthen Antiseptic Cream. When looking after a fresh tattoo you need to clean it well with gentle product and the Bioderma one is great as it's free from fragrances and soap and works a treat on raw sensitive skin. Bepanthen has been fab at keeping my tattoo moisturised, it is sticky as hell but it last for around 12 hours on the skin and the antiseptic properties help at preventing any infection. Woo.

Some warm weather favourites are the Cancer Council Hand Cream SPF 30 and the Braun Silk Epil 9. The hand cream is a really fresh scented hand cream that has SPF 30 but doesn't feel greasy on the skin - perfect for the warmer months, or just to prevent any signs of aging. I can also thank the Braun Epilator for saving me from having to shave my legs every other day... I am currently on week 2 without needing to shave. Epilators aren't the most comfortable things in the world (after all, they pluck out your hairs one by one) BUT they work super well and they are less messy than waxing and you don't need to grow out your hairs to use it (unlike waxing). Check out my Cancer Council review here.

Some other random favourites are:
The Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - this was a limited edition Valentines Day lip scrub and even though it worked great at exfolating the lips, lets face it, I love it because it tastes so nice! Check out my Lush Valentines Day post here
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette has been the palette I have been reaching for when I want to add a pop of colour to my boring project pan makeup. I forgot how nice the Zovea eyeshadow quality is and the cranberry shade has been a great addition to my boring brown looks.
The Rimmel Magnifeyes in 002 Kissed By A Rose Golden and 003 Queens Of The Bronze Age are two cream shadow sticks that I have been liking for quite some time now but they don't quite make it into the favourites pile each month. These are surprisingly great if you want just a quick wash of colour on your lids and they last really well. They are also great as an eyeshadow base.
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry is not a surprise, this was my favourite nail polish of 2016 and here it is again in a favourites. It is the perfect bright green that isn't too dark, isn't too pastel and is the best pop of colour for the warmer months. It would also look great with a tan... not that I have one :P
If you want to see me talk about these products in case you can't be bothered reading - check out my video below!


Ok! So thats my regurgitating for another month. I am looking forward to creating different from my channel very soon!

Much love x Kat


Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion. No one gives a damn that I am writing this post, these are genuinely my favourites of Feb!

February 2017 Beauty Favourites!

March 3, 2017

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Hello dear blog readers (if there any of you left?). I know I have been very MIA on my blog this year - the Beauty News channel is booming and takes up a lot of time and energy so I feel like maintaining blogging is spreading me thinner and thinner, but I am sure I will get used to it and finally have everything balanced out soon enough. Bare with me, I will make an effort to keep my blog active but I am taking having a bit of a break and having a rethink about what direction I want to take with my blog. I am thinking more lifestyle could be fun as I have had it up to here *gestures to my eyebrows* with reviewing makeup on my channel and then regurgitating the same information in a blog post. Anyway, watch this space to see what I decide to do... in the mean time lets regurgitate what I have already said in a YouTube video.

Ok so I was super happy to see the tail end of February... nothing personal Feb, I just had a really boring makeup month and s-t-ruggled coming up with content for my channel (and evidently my blog). I think Feb was the first month in years where I didn't buy any new makeup or beauty product! It wasn't an intentional thing, I just wasn't inspired by any of the new releases AND I am in the process of spending a lot of money on a tattoo and holiday... so there's that.

So the products I have been loving are a bit lack lustre, but lets give them some light anyway. Firstly, I have been loving the Daiso Tube Squeezer! This handy contraption helps squeeze out your toothpaste (or any tube product) but that's not why I like it... I like it because it has a little suction cup and a little hook that allows you to hang up your product in your shower or on your mirror and then easy remove it and hang it up again... genius!

Then the two products that have come in handy for post tattoo care are the Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel and Bepanthen Antiseptic Cream. When looking after a fresh tattoo you need to clean it well with gentle product and the Bioderma one is great as it's free from fragrances and soap and works a treat on raw sensitive skin. Bepanthen has been fab at keeping my tattoo moisturised, it is sticky as hell but it last for around 12 hours on the skin and the antiseptic properties help at preventing any infection. Woo.

Some warm weather favourites are the Cancer Council Hand Cream SPF 30 and the Braun Silk Epil 9. The hand cream is a really fresh scented hand cream that has SPF 30 but doesn't feel greasy on the skin - perfect for the warmer months, or just to prevent any signs of aging. I can also thank the Braun Epilator for saving me from having to shave my legs every other day... I am currently on week 2 without needing to shave. Epilators aren't the most comfortable things in the world (after all, they pluck out your hairs one by one) BUT they work super well and they are less messy than waxing and you don't need to grow out your hairs to use it (unlike waxing). Check out my Cancer Council review here.

Some other random favourites are:
The Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - this was a limited edition Valentines Day lip scrub and even though it worked great at exfolating the lips, lets face it, I love it because it tastes so nice! Check out my Lush Valentines Day post here
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette has been the palette I have been reaching for when I want to add a pop of colour to my boring project pan makeup. I forgot how nice the Zovea eyeshadow quality is and the cranberry shade has been a great addition to my boring brown looks.
The Rimmel Magnifeyes in 002 Kissed By A Rose Golden and 003 Queens Of The Bronze Age are two cream shadow sticks that I have been liking for quite some time now but they don't quite make it into the favourites pile each month. These are surprisingly great if you want just a quick wash of colour on your lids and they last really well. They are also great as an eyeshadow base.
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry is not a surprise, this was my favourite nail polish of 2016 and here it is again in a favourites. It is the perfect bright green that isn't too dark, isn't too pastel and is the best pop of colour for the warmer months. It would also look great with a tan... not that I have one :P
If you want to see me talk about these products in case you can't be bothered reading - check out my video below!


Ok! So thats my regurgitating for another month. I am looking forward to creating different from my channel very soon!

Much love x Kat


Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion. No one gives a damn that I am writing this post, these are genuinely my favourites of Feb!
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Hey crew, if you have been reading my blog or watching my channel for the past year or so you would know that some of my all time favourite lipsticks that were released in 2016 were the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks (see review here). Now Rimmel are back with a matte version *GASP* and I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range to review. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks claim to be comfortable, long lasting and have bold colour with a matte finish. These retail for $15.95 each and you can buy them from Priceline.
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Ok let's start with the basics. There are nine shades in the range and the shades go from nudes to pinks, to reds, a purple and a chocolate brown. At first I thought this range was pretty comprehensive but after wearing them all I am missing some warmer shades - peach, orange, orange toned red. Being a person who suits oranges and orange toned reds I don't have many shades that I am really drawn to in this collection.

The packaging is very similar the original packaging (see below), they both have the exact same shape and show a band of plastic that represents the shade inside, but instead of being glossy and black it has a red and more matte finish. To be honest I don't love the new packaging, the plastic it feels quite lightweight, cheap and stiff to close.

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You can see from the photos above (who am I kidding, they are screenshots from my video review because I forgot to take swatch photos), you can see that the shades are quite opaque, they look nice and bold on the lips... but they aren't super matte. Much like the original The Only 1 lipsticks, these do apply quite thin and almost glossy and then settle to a more set formula. When they set on the lips they look a lot more matte.

Check my video out below if you want to see how each shade applies




That setting formula is what I loved about the original lipsticks but it's the downfall of these. The original glossy lipsticks needed to set and become a little sticky to last a long time on the lips, but when you take that same formula and add a more powdery matte finish then these can settle to be a bit chunky... sticky + powdery = gloopy. That's what I dislike about these lipsticks the most and what really let me down. They are comfortable, easy to apply, have a strong sweet scent (like the original ones - some love it, some hate it), are quite affordable, BUT they start looking chunky after a couple of hours of wear. Matte lipstick formulas are naturally longer lasting lipsticks and didn't benefit at all from being mixed with this The Only 1 setting formula.

So overall I wasn't in love with these and I think my love for the original formula really made me have high hopes... and a greater disappointment. I do think the best performing shades are the reds because they tend to almost stain the lips and wear off looking a lot more even than some of the other shades. I also love the addition of the brown nude and the chocolate brown as they are generally quite flattering as nudes on various skintones. So would I recommend these? Probably not, they are definitely wearable but they aren't anything that I would reach for - I would much prefer to recommend the original The Only 1 Lipsticks, and that's a big claim coming from a matte lip lover.

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Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion


NEW Rimmel The Only 1 MATTE Lipsticks

March 2, 2017

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Hey crew, if you have been reading my blog or watching my channel for the past year or so you would know that some of my all time favourite lipsticks that were released in 2016 were the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks (see review here). Now Rimmel are back with a matte version *GASP* and I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range to review. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks claim to be comfortable, long lasting and have bold colour with a matte finish. These retail for $15.95 each and you can buy them from Priceline.
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IMG_0916

Ok let's start with the basics. There are nine shades in the range and the shades go from nudes to pinks, to reds, a purple and a chocolate brown. At first I thought this range was pretty comprehensive but after wearing them all I am missing some warmer shades - peach, orange, orange toned red. Being a person who suits oranges and orange toned reds I don't have many shades that I am really drawn to in this collection.

The packaging is very similar the original packaging (see below), they both have the exact same shape and show a band of plastic that represents the shade inside, but instead of being glossy and black it has a red and more matte finish. To be honest I don't love the new packaging, the plastic it feels quite lightweight, cheap and stiff to close.

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PicMonkey Collage

You can see from the photos above (who am I kidding, they are screenshots from my video review because I forgot to take swatch photos), you can see that the shades are quite opaque, they look nice and bold on the lips... but they aren't super matte. Much like the original The Only 1 lipsticks, these do apply quite thin and almost glossy and then settle to a more set formula. When they set on the lips they look a lot more matte.

Check my video out below if you want to see how each shade applies




That setting formula is what I loved about the original lipsticks but it's the downfall of these. The original glossy lipsticks needed to set and become a little sticky to last a long time on the lips, but when you take that same formula and add a more powdery matte finish then these can settle to be a bit chunky... sticky + powdery = gloopy. That's what I dislike about these lipsticks the most and what really let me down. They are comfortable, easy to apply, have a strong sweet scent (like the original ones - some love it, some hate it), are quite affordable, BUT they start looking chunky after a couple of hours of wear. Matte lipstick formulas are naturally longer lasting lipsticks and didn't benefit at all from being mixed with this The Only 1 setting formula.

So overall I wasn't in love with these and I think my love for the original formula really made me have high hopes... and a greater disappointment. I do think the best performing shades are the reds because they tend to almost stain the lips and wear off looking a lot more even than some of the other shades. I also love the addition of the brown nude and the chocolate brown as they are generally quite flattering as nudes on various skintones. So would I recommend these? Probably not, they are definitely wearable but they aren't anything that I would reach for - I would much prefer to recommend the original The Only 1 Lipsticks, and that's a big claim coming from a matte lip lover.

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Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion


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