I have a confession…. I am an online shopping addict and cannot control myself! I feel like there needs to be more support groups for this kind of thing haha!
But my downfall if your good luck as today I am bringing you a haul!
All these goodies were purchased from Beauty Joint which is an amazing online cosmetic retailer that ships internationally. This is where I like to get all my drugstore products like elf/NYX/KleanColor as its so much cheaper than it is in Australia (for NYX) and most of the other products are not even available for purchase here.
So onto what I picked up :)
What’s your favourite drugstore product?
So today I thought I would do a one branded makeup look. I picked ELF Cosmetics as I recently picked up a few more products and have enough to do a full face look :) ELF is probably the cheapest makeup brands I have come across that actually have decent products. ELF does have a number of hits and misses and despite the brands misses when ELF hits it hits hard!! A hit from ELF is their amazing eye brow kit which trumps anything I have ever tried. I am also a huge fan of their studio blush in peachy keen which leaves the softest peach glow on your cheeks. I pick up my ELF products from here or here.
In reviewing the ELF products I do have to mention that I am still undecided how I feel about a few of the products as I haven’t used them long enough to form a full opinion on how they work for me. It was my first time using the liquid foundation and powder and I mean for a foundation that cost me $3 I can’t really complain but I found it did give me that sticky sunscreen feeling if that makes any sense (also the bottles pump came broken so that sucks as I had to open up the bottle and swipe it on the back of my hand which isnt very hygienic).. I found the powder did help with the shininess that the foundation left me but it definitely wasn’t a mattifying/full coverage powder. I tried the bronzer from the bronzer and blush duo as well for the first time and I had no idea it would be so pigmented and swept a lot more than I expected onto my face. Don’t you hate that?! I then used the Studio Blush in Peachy Keen which I absolutely adore. This is probably my favourite blush I have ever come across, such a beautiful colour! As usual I used the eyebrow kit and then used the waterproof eyeliner. Now this was interesting to work with as I think mine had dried out so it was a bit of a mission to apply. I finished up with mascara and I had to use my Jordana Extreme Lash Mascara as I didn’t own an ELF mascara (so nearly 100% elf haha).
Anyways, so there it is, did you enjoy this full branded makeup look? If so, what brand should I try next?
So today I am reviewing M.A.C’s Saint Germain Lipstick. Now this is the first M.A.C product I have ever purchased and the only one I own to this day. I had heard so many good things and when I tried it on at the shops I simply couldn’t resist not buying it. In Australia M.A.C is ridiculously expensive so this baby cost me a steep $36 which is the most I have ever paid for a lip product but I don’t regret it at all I love this lipstick!
(As you can tell I use this a lot as there’s not much left! This is is on my lips)
It’s a bubble gum pink which is bright and fun! For me this is my perfect clubbing lipstick cause it super bright and it has great staying power. It’s one of M.A.C’s amplified cream lipsticks which means it build able which I love about it, so I can dab a bit on if I want to wear it to work or layer it thick to get a brighter pink.
(please not this is not my image just one I found from the net which shows the colour better)
In terms of packaging M.A.C does an amazing job so no complaints in that department. I love how its vanilla scented, smells soo yummy! Saint Germain is definitely one of those colours though that you will either love or hate and I just happened to love it. It goes with my skin tone and doesn’t make my teeth look yellow which is what happens to a lot of other people who use this product so that’s good. I will without a doubt repurchase this product but I will wait until I go to USA in Feb as I can pick it up for $15US which is less than half of what we Aussies pay!
Overall this is a great lipstick with awesome pigmentation, a super creamy texture and great long lasting power!
(And it matches me top! Boy do I have my shit together today or what! :P )
Have you guys tried this lipstick or what is your favourite lipstick from M.A.C? Any suggestions of lipsticks I should pick up for when I go to America?
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.
(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.
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?
These are my top 5 skincare pics.
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub: I love cleansers where you can feel it really scrub your face. This is perfect for that. It exfoliates and is deep cleansing.
Biore Deap Cleansing Pore Strips: Like most people, the worst black heads can be found on my nose. So I like to use these every now and then to clean my pores. They work a treat!
Innoxa Stretch Marks: I, like most of you probably, have stretch marks. I hate them, but they are a fact of life. This however doesn’t mean I won’t do anything in my power to hide/minimise the scar they leave. So this is what I use :)
Cetaphil Moisturiser: This is that awesome cheap moisturiser that I just love to chuck anywhere when I feel a bit dry, whether it be my legs or my elbows (also my face). This is probably the cheapest/well rounded moisturiser on the market!
Olay Moisturiser (normal skin): Last but not least, my favourite moisturiser. This just works and that’s all I can say! I’ve never had a moisturiser that didn’t make me feel oily and gross before this product and now I have this I don’t think I will ever change!
Also, another beauty must for me is doing face masks. Check out this awesome pic of me and my sis doing one. I grab these off ebay :)
As usual, I’m late to the party (my bad). It was my birthday the other day and as usual I wanted to pick up some makeup. This time however, I splashed out and went for a high end product (after all it was my birthday!), so I got NARS Laguna Bronzer. Shock horror, it’s my first NARS product ever, so I am ecstatic over this purchase!!
Can I just say ‘WOW’, I don’t think any other word could describe it better. This bronzer is just phenomenal, just what I was looking for. It’s the perfect colour for my skin, the formula is amazing and it doesn’t have that tacky/overdone sparkly shine most bronzers do. Its matte with minimal shine and it’s just ‘WOW’! It looks natural on my skin and I can wear as much or as little as I want (toally buildable). I’m not going to lie. It is exy ($55 AUD), but contrary to that, it’s just worth it! It suits my pale skin where most bronzers just look overdone and to be blunt, ORANGE!
This is definitely a purchase that I will never look back and regret buying it. It’s a sizeable bronzer too so I know it will last forever! Now packaging, no words can describe it, it’s just practical and makes perfect sense. Its classy, its black, its NARS (so basically you can’t go wrong).
If I was you ladies and haven’t picked this bad boy up already, save your pennies and do it, I can tell this is going to be my new holy grail makeup product :) 10/10
(Swatch on my hand)
(On my skin, dont mind the lame sweater)
Have you guys tried this product yet?
So I’m back from China! It was incredible. Such an amazing experience which I will surely blog about soon, but I just had to write a quick post on an amazing find.
So I’m sure many of you beauty enthusiasts have heard all the rave about the Naked 2 palette. But I’m sure it wasn’t just me who was a little turned off by the steep price no matter how much the beauty guru’s raved about it.
Well I have great news for you.
I have found a dupe or maybe you’d call it a fake/copy.
But I have used this palette and its basically identical. Colours are the same, still pigmented and it even comes with the double sided brush. The only thing wrong with it was that the mirror was plastic.
AND WHATS BETTER?
It was $12 like #winning
So here is the link and go grab yourself one would you. You will not regret it! :)
Please note it does take a while to come in the post.