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Review on Benefits “They’re real!” Mascara

Hi Guys,

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t known about Benefit Cosmetics for years and years. Probably have only known the brand for about 6 months now. But in that time I have most definitely become a loyal supporter of the brand. I think Benefit is a fabulous brand which produces excellent quality products with the most unique/adorable packaging.

So onto why I am posting. I am doing a review of Benefits “They’re Real!” Mascara. The website says that the product “lengthens, volumises, lifts, curls & separates” and I couldn’t agree more with each one of those five statements. I find this mascara to be very lengthening on my lashes, and what girl doesn’t want that right! Not only does this mascara lengthen it also volumises the lashes. Lifts them so that they look even longer, and curls them for that false lash effect. One of my favourite things about this mascara is that it separates the lases to make them look fuller while at the same time not being clumpy and that’s very hard to find with mascaras.

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(As you can see I font have visible lashes as I have blonde hair so this mascara really helps me highlight those otherwise hidden lashes)

Benefits goes on to say that the mascaras “jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out!” Now I love the part about it being jet black and long wearing but at the same time its ability to be a long-wearing formula also annoys me as I find it extremely to remove when I am taking my makeup off. I mean, it’s great if you get pushed in a pool as you know it isn’t going to smudge straight away but when you want to go to bed after a big night even after washing your face it’s kind of hard not to wake up with black circles under your eye the next day.

Lastly Benefit says “A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!” This is one of my favourite things about this product. The brush is just phenomenal! As you can see from the pic below this brush is perfect for getting into all those hard to reach places. I love using the top for getting my inner corner eye lashes which is near impossible to reach with every other mascara wand I have tried. Its also perfect to use for those bottom lashes and this brush in general has really won over the product for me.

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I received a sample of this product and found it amazing so I just recently got the full size and it is defiantly my new go-to mascara.

Have any of you guys tried this mascara and if so, thoughts?

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M.I.A – but I’m back (again) + Best makeup travel essentials

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Sorry I have been so M.I.A recently. I have been on a cruise recently and then on boxing day (26 dec for non-aussies) I went to Japan for New Years. My trip was phenomenal. The people were amazing and any preconceived idea I had was just blown out of the water. I will defiantly be heading back and exploring more of Japan as I only got to see Tokyo and a small mart of Nikko. 

Just wanted to make an honorable mention to the beauty products that saved my life in Japan. My Lioele triple the solution, Australis fresh and flawless powder, Benefit mascara and the elf eyebrow kit were a god-sent! These four products were all I used for my everyday looks while traveling and they were amazing. Could stand the harsh (freeeezing) weather conditions I experienced and were just an all round gem for the trip. I recommend these products for easy makeup while traveling :)

Here are some pics from my trip and I look forward to blogging about all things beauty, fashion and food in 2014 :)

 

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Drab to Fab – FOTD

Hi Guys,

So I was feeling a little washed out behind my new glasses so I wanted to come up with a look that really made my eyes pop!

This is is the look I created and below is the products I used :)

Please let me know your thoughts on this look :D

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August Favourites

Hi Guys,

So today I am going to share with you my August favourites. I’ve chosen my top 6 so here goes…

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  • Jordana Best Extreme Lash Mascara

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  • NYX Black Label Lipstick in India

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  • Loreal True Match Foundation in W2

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  • Maybelline instant age rewind illuminator

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  • POREfessional

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What have been your favourite products this month?

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Side note. As many of you know I am a Sigma Affiliate. So don’t forget to head on over to Sigma and grab yourself some amazing brushes! I promise you wont regret it. You can also use code “LJW2013″ to get 10% off at the checkout :)

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Get to Know Me: The Beauty Blogger Tag!

Hey everyone!

Thought I would take this opportunity to let you guys get to know me better whilst also taking the opportunity to do my first ever tag! I’m super excited about it so here goes…

 

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

I wouldn’t say curly and I wouldn’t say straight. I would say FRIZZ. It’s kinda a wavy, frizzy mess to be honest. So annoying but as it’s gotten longer it’s been a lot easier to work with which is good.

 

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

A salon. I have a really good relationship with my hairdresser and I wouldn’t let anyone else touch my hair. I have been going to her for around 10 years which is basically half of my life! She’s very reasonably priced and I love just going there for a chat to. I’m one of those people who likes to try crazy colours also so she has a lot of fun (pink, purple, red, black, brown and blonde)

 

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?

I love changing up my hair. But I am a “throw it up in a bun” kinda girl. I just get lazy.

 

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

I do my own. It’s what I consider my “me time” I get to relax and spoil myself. Also get to get away from the craziness that is life. I will get fake nails for special events like formals and birthdays though.

 

5. How often do you change your nail polish?

When I was super organised I would paint my nails nearly every day. It was crazy. But now ill paint them at least once a week.

 

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

Toenails always have polish on them. Why not?!

 

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?

If I am in a hurry, I will slap on some BB cream (lioele of course) and mascara and be ready in a minute. But if I am going out, I like to take my time. Maybe up to 30 minutes.

 

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

Bit of both. If I am doing a smokey black eye (which can get messy) I will do eyes first to avoid having to redo my makeup if eyeshadow gets everywhere. But mostly the face first if eyes are being kept simple.

 

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

Lately I have been collecting like a crazy lady. So probably a collector.

 

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

This is one thing that I am going to have to get better at. I can’t really put them on myself so only if I get my makeup done will I wear falsies. Or if my sister helps me put them on. Mini goal is to be able to apply them myself by the end of August – challenge accepted.

 

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?

Not at all. I don’t wear makeup to work (only mascara) so hardly will I ever do a full face of makeup. Only if I am trying things out for my blog or actually going out to an event or clubbing.

 

12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?

Never. Love makeup but hate the feel of it on my face so not at all.

 

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?

All the time. I generally only wear makeup on weekends or if I am going out.

 

14. How many high-end products do you have?

I haven’t counted to be honest. I would mostly have cheap products as I am a uni student on minimum wage haha. But I do have a few. I picked up some Benefit cosmetics recently and I have a Christian Dior lip gloss and Estee Lauder powder which I love. I mostly tend to buy cheaper or more reasonably priced makeup as most of it is just as good quality if not better.

 

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?

I’m so a last minute kinda gal. I dress based on how I feel so I usually leave it to the last minute.

 

16. How often do you change your handbag?

I have one main bag- my black mimco bag (photo in my OOTD#1 post)- that I love to death. Its so amazing. I wanted it for over a year so it is my baby. But if I am going to the shops or out clubbing I will use one of my clutches.

 

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

I wake up around 6.30am and am usually in bed by 10pm. Loveee my sleep haha.

 

18. How often or when do you workout?

At one point I was super disciplined and went up to 3 times a week but since being on holidays I haven’t gotten back into the swing of it so I haven’t been in over a month (oops!).

 

19. Left handed or right handed?

Right.

 

20. How tall are you?

Around 163cm.

 

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Not at all. I know a bit of Chinese and French from school but that’s about it.

 

22. How many pets do you have?

One dog. His name is Blake and I love him with all my heart.

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23. How often are you on WordPress?

WordPress is my new go-to app. I love it. I love writing my own posts but even when I’m not posting I’m reading everyone else’s posts. I love looking through the “beauty” or “recipe” tag and just looking for posts that way.

 

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

Not really. I read other blog posts but not the comments unless it’s something that’s grabs my attention.

 

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

Yes. I am one of those people who unless they write lists forgets everything so yes I do.

 

26. How did you come up with your blog name?

Its brittersblog so basically my nickname with blog at the end haha. Pretty lame but I’m going to roll with it :)

 

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

I have quite a few cameras. Its definitely a hobby of mine so I have a Nikon D90, Panasonic waterproof camera and a sony digital. Also I do use my iphone, ipod and ipad so take a lot of my photos (especially for my blog as its so easy).

 

28. How often do you clean your house?

I live at home. And my mum is a stay at home mum so I am pretty lucky in this department (love you mum!)

 

29. What’s your favorite colour?

Electric blue

 

30. Do you swear?

Yes. It’s a bad habit I need to work on haha!

 

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Working. GHEY!

 

Wow! Hopefully that gives you more insight to what I am light :) I tag anyone who’s interested in doing this for their blog. Hope everyone has a great day :)

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OOTD#1 Casual Friday

I wanted to try something new and do an Outfit Of The Day post. So bare with me if this seems a bit dodgy as it is my first attempt :) So todays outfit is what I am wearing to work for casual Friday. So usually everyone wear jeans and a nice top – so this is the look I created.

Today I am wearing:

–      blue jeggings (for those who don’t know this is a mix between jeans and legging and OMG they are so comfy – $35AUD http://www.supre.com.au/DENIM-STRETCH-ANKLE-JEGGINGS.aspx?p84667)

–      a white Ralph Lauren polo I bought while I was in china ($9AUD)

–      a black and white striped sweater ($10AUD http://www.sesfashion.com.au/)

–      and my beloved patent turnlock zip top mimco bag ($499AUD http://www.mimco.com.au/patent-turnlock-zip-top)

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The make-up I decided to do is very simple and I used the products below to create this casual Friday look.

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Talk soon lovelies :)

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I CONFESS!! I have a serious addiction!!

Without a doubt I can admit to you guys that I am one of those people that gets obsessed with things. Right now its makeup. Six months ago it was nail polish. During that obsessive phase I collected probably 100 nail polishes. I mean, I still love my nail polishes but makeup is my current obsession. So as a crazy obsessed makeup freak I did what any crazy lady would do and went and bought some more makeup. So this is just a quick haul to show you what I got.

Until now I had never owned any benefit cosmetics so I thought its time I opened my collection up to this amazing brand. I have heard so many good reviews (on here and on yourtube) on the POREfessional primer and the high beam  highlighter. So I bought the full sized POREfessional but decided to get the high beam as part of a pack as is came with a blusher, lip gloss and the infamous rose tint. I am so excited to try out these products and write a review but I just wanted to show you guys this mini haul quickly! Did I mention I got a free masacara?! That’s right Myer’s highest selling product was thrown in for free when I bought the other two products, so I am stoked about this! Will post a review soon and will include swatches so keep an eye out.

Have a good day guys :)

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