Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wet N Wild 8 Colour Icon Palette in Blue Had Me at Hello - Review, Swatches and Demo

Hey everyone

Today I have a review of the second of three Wet n Wild 8 Colour Icon Palettes in Blue Had Me at Hello.

Once again I am very happy with the quality of these eye shadows for the price point they are at. They are highly pigmented and have such depth when applied to the eye. There was one dud shade in this palette - the white on the left hand side. It is very chalky and gritty, as you can see in my swatches below. But besides that, this palette is great! I like how the shades are labeled and co-ordinated to create easy looks, especially for someone who is newer to bold makeup.This palette also wore a full 8 hours on me with no fading or creasing (I do use Australis Eye Primer with all eye shadows though).

Onto the swatches!

So colourful!

Natural Light


Left Side of Palette Look

Right Side of Palette Look

HOLY MOLY. THAT TEAL HOT DAMN. Okay I'll calm down now. But seriously, I feel some kind of glorious mermaid.

Why yes, I am fabulous

Wet n Wild makeup is not available in Australia, I bought this through Non Pareil Boutique for $5.50.


September Favourites

Benefit Erase Paste - I am so glad I found this product, it is the best product I have tried to minimize dark circles under the eyes. I wrote a full review of it here.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Beige - This was the only limited edition colour tattoo that I picked up. It is easily my favourite colour tattoo that I own. I wrote a full review of it here.

Lush Coco Lotion - This is a lotion for bodies and hands that smells vaguely tropical. I like it because while the scent is very nice it is not very overpowering like some Lush products can be. It is a thin feeling lotion that is absorbed straight into the skin leaving no residue. I would highly recommend trying this out :)

Face of Australia Blush in Nutmeg - I picked this blush up on a whim but I have been using it a lot this month. It is a peachy brown colour that has quite a sculptural effect. I use this blush more on the contours of my cheeks than the apples. For a peachy colour, it does feel more like a winter shade than a summer one. But I love it anyway :)

Witch Blemish Stick - This product was a freebie in the Priceline Beautiful Skin is in the Bag promotion earlier this year. I dab this on blemishes when they start to appear and it stops them from breaking out into a red sore. Love this stuff :)

What have been your favourite products this month?


Friday, September 28, 2012

Myer / Priceline Haul aka why I'm now on a spending ban

Hey everyone

I went into the city Myer and Priceline yesterday and now I have a little haul for you :)

So first I picked up a mini of Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter and an Innoxa eye shadow quad

Natio are currently having a buy 3 products get 30% sale so I picked up a firming night cream, skin brightening face balm and matte bronzer.

Myer still had some GWP bags left over from last month so I got this as a bonus for spending $38. I just love the makeup bag that it came in! It also contained the same brightening face balm, so now I have two! I might include the spare on in a future giveaway :)

I also swung by Priceline and picked up a home eye brow waxing kit and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. My local priceline has not had this shade in stock since they launched so I thought I'd better grab it while I could!

Okay after this haul I am officially on a spending ban for the month of October. The only thing I am allowed to purchase in the next month is the Urban Decay Vice Palette because I already planned to buy it.


September Empties

Neutrogena Oil Free Facial Moisturiser SPF 15+ - This has been my daily facial moisturiser for about a year now. The reason I like it is because it feels light, moisturises well and does not lease any residue on my skin. I have already repurchased a new one :)

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical - This is hands down the best dry shampoo I have tried, and it smells delicious. I have very thin hair that gets oily very easily and this is a good way to combat this issue.

Juuce Pure Oil of Marrakesh - I bought this little sample of Morrocan Oil to try out. This smelled amazing! Once I tried it though I realised that Morrocan Oil was a bit too thick on my hair, so I instead ended up purchasing Mythic Oil instead, which is pretty much perfect. Review on that coming soon also :)

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - These are hands down the best makeup removing wipes I have tried. I like to remove the bulk of my foundation with one of these before I cleanse at night, otherwise I feel like I am just smearing makeup across my face with my cleanser. Highly recommend these.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent - This powder is good and I enjoy it but it has the tendency to look very cakey on the skin. I have since switched to the Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder and I much prefer the look that it gives. However, when summer comes around I might go back to this because it does keep my face matter for longer,

Have you tried any of these products?


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wet N Wild 8 Colour Icon Palette in Petal Pusher - Review, Swatches and Demo

Hey everyone

Today I have a review of the first of three Wet n Wild 8 Colour Icon Palettes in Petal Pusher

I really wanted to expand the amount of colours I had in my eye shadow collection so I decided to pick up the three of these palettes. Reviews of the other two will be coming soon. So far I have been hugely impressed with the quality of these eye shadows for the price point they are at. These shadows are all pigmented and show up beautifully on the eye. I like how the shades are labeled and co-ordinated to create easy looks, especially for someone who is newer to bold makeup. These shadows wore a full 8 hours on me with no fading or creasing (I do use Australis Eye Primer with all eye shadows though).

Onto the swatches!

I love the colours in this palette, so girly and romantic :)

Natural Light


Left Side of Palette Look

Right Side of Palette Look

I absolutely love this palette and would thoroughly recommend it to everyone! Wet n Wild makeup is not available in Australia, I bought this through Non Pareil Boutique for $5.50.

Has anyone else tried Wet n Wild makeup? What was your favourite product?


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Palette in Australia?

Hey everyone

Just wanted to make a quick post for anyone lusting after the Urban Decay Vice Palette.
I was initially going to use a shipping forwarding service from the US but I just found out today that are going to be getting the palette in stock mid October. They ship to Australia for free and I have used their service multiple times with great customer service and reasonably fast shipping (about 10 days for me, I live in Perth).

I hope this helped anyone in Australia who is after this palette :)

Is anyone else wanting this palette as much as I am?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My apologies

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you know I have been having a very intense time at university for the last few days, my apologies for the lack of posts and I will hopefully be back to normal tomorrow.

In the mean time, here's a picture of me this morning


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wet n Wild Haul from Non Pariel Boutique

Hey everyone :)

I got this in the mail on Friday, this is my haul from Non Pariel Boutique.

I got the 3 Wet n Wild 8 Colour Icon Palettes in Petal Pusher, Blue Had Me At Hello and Comfort Zone. I got the trio in Walking on Eggshells.

It shipped on the 12th of September and it arrived on the 21st, so to me that is a great delivery time from the US :)

Will be using these for a while and then giving you a review soon :)


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfecter for Combination/Oily Skin: Review and Demo

Hey everyone

I picked up the new Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfecter in the new formulation for Combo/Oily skin on the recommendation of Jodi from Goo Roo Beauty. I have been trialing it and the verdict is - I completely love it!

Now I have tried the original formula and I thought that it was a bit too oily in consistency for my liking. It also did not give as much coverage as this new version. However - my Mum uses the original and she seems to really like it, and we have quite similar skin, so this is just my opinion :)

One of the best attributes about this BB Cream is that even though it feels very light on your skin, it has a medium coverage. I think overall it gives a matte finish however it's not the mattest of mattes. It lasts a full 8 hours on my skin with no noticeable fading.

Moisturizer only / Garnier BB Cream

As you can probably see in the first image, my main skin problems are redness, dark circles and large pores. This product definitely minimized the look of my pores and covered my redness. It wasn't powerful enough to cover my dark circles but that's not something I expected anyway :)

As you can see I am having a small break out on the side of my face. The BB Cream covered the spots but not completely. I think if you have bad blemishes/acne, this is not going to provide you with the coverage you  need.

I picked this up for $9 at Coles. Bargain of the century :) I have a new daily foundation!

Have you tried this new version vs the old one? What are your thoughts?


Friday, September 21, 2012

Bargain Beauty Buy - BYS Blush

Hey everyone

So today I have for you another bargain beauty buy - BYS blush :)

Now BYS are a brand I have used when I was younger, and I never had much luck with their quality. But when Caroline from Femme Beauty mentioned that these were worth a go a while back I picked them up. And I was pleasantly surprised!

Pretty in Pink, Coral, Pink Velvet

Natural Light vs. Flash
Pink Velvet, Pretty in Pink, Coral

These blushes are nicely pigmented and they last most of the day on my skin. The powder is quite finely milled but they are a little bit powdery. They also all have a sheen to them. The only drawback is that they have that baby powder type of smell to them. It's not something you notice once it's on your face though.

I think these are definitely on par with other 'low end' blushes I have tried.

These retail for $4 each.

Have you had any luck with BYS products?


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Free Butter London Nail Polish with In Style Magazine!

Hi everyone

Just wanted to let you know about a magazine freebie worth picking up - a Butter London nail polish with this months In Style Magazine

You get a choice of 2 colours Pink Ribbon, or Pillar Box Red which I chose.

This was a opaque in 2 coats on me, the formula was lovely to work with. I have been wanting to try a Butter London nail polish for ages, and this was a good way to try one out. After this, I think I would definitely pick up other colours in the range :)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Benefit Erase Paste Review and Demo!

Hey everyone

So I recently purchased the Benefit Finding Mr Bright Kit that contained a product I have been wanting to try for ages, Erase Paste! I have been using it for a month now and I am ready to say it...

This is a holy grail product.

Onto the pictures.

When it was brand new out of the box :)

Before and After
No foundation/primer/powder used in this image

As you can see the purple tones under my eye and in my inner corner are eliminated by the salmon tone of this product. It also helps to brighten the eye area in general.

Now, I put off buying this for a long time (and still only got it in a kit) because I heard a lot of reviews complain that it creased under their eyes. This concealer is very creamy, and I am only 19 but as you can see I already have some very fine lines under my eyes.

However it has never creased on me. I think that some reviewers must be applying too much product, and not setting it with a powder. For application, you just want to lightly touch your finger in the product and tap it out on the under eye area, minimal product is required to see great results on.  Then set the concealer with a light dusting of powder to prevent creasing and mattify the area.

Benefit's Erase Paste retails for $47 at Myer or $26 at Sephora. I am wearing shade 2 in this image.

Do you have under eye circles? And if so, how do you conceal them?


Monday, September 17, 2012

My Hair Story/Inspiration

Hey everyone

So today I needed a bit of hair inspiration. I'm so sick of having mid length hair. Sigh. I have been growing my hair out for a year now. This is what my hair used to look like 2 years ago.

Then I dyed it black and it looked like this

Then as I grew the black out I dyed the roots dark down with a semi permanent, like this

Then I chopped off the black ends and stopped dying the roots brown, and it looks like this

I just want my hair to grow fast already. I want it to look like this

Patience will win out I guess


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Home Decor Shopping List :)

Hey everyone

Here are some current items on my home decor shopping/wish list :)

4. Ahead of the Current Fish Bowl via Modcloth

I love quirky home wares, I wish I had more money and more space to create a home.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly Haul

Hey everyone

Just wanted to post a pic of a few of the things I have been picking up lately :)

The Batiste Dry Shampoo and Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder are repurchases but the rest are all new products. So far so good with all of them so except reviews in a month or so.

Hope your weekend is brilliant


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Springtime in Full Colour

Hey everyone

As soon as the spring time rolls around, I am dying to get out the most vibrant colours in my wardrobe. I love love love fun dresses and here are a few I'm dying to get my hands on!

What are you updating your wardrobe with this Spring?


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Liebster Award

Thank you to Abigail from Shrinking Wallet for tagging me!

The rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things About Myself:
1. I am an architecture student, but I am thinking about changing to construction management next year.
2. I have only been quite into beauty for 6 months. Beauty blogs / YouTube got me into makeup.
3. I love to read but I rarely get time at the moment.
4. My main future goal is to see the world.
5. I love science and art equally.
6. I had bad allergies/asthma for my whole life, then when I moved out of home they stopped. Turns out I was allergic to my dogs :(
7. I truly love learning. I try to learn something new every day.
8. I have a big soft toy Totoro that is the point of many jokes between myself and my boyfriend.
9. I am a very friendly and chatty person, and I have a pretty awkward sense of humour.
10. I sometimes worry about choosing between having a career and having children.
11. I mad about champagne eye shadow :)

Abigail's questions:
1. What is one thing you can't live without?
Probably my iPhone as sad as that is.
2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When you are on an empty bus, and someone decides to sit next to you, instead of in any of the thirty empty seats. GO AWAY
3. What is the first thing you'd save if your house was on fire (assuming all pets and family members were saved)?
My computer because it has all of my work and photos on it.
4. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
The north west coast of America, or Canada.
5. What is your favourite movie genre?
6. Are you loyal to a brand? If so, what is it?
Neutrogena skin care. I am always trying out new products, but if I just want something that I know will work well and not make my skin react, they are always what I will go back to.
7. If you could turn back time, what would you change?
I am not a regrets kind of person. Look to the future, not the past :)
8. Where is your ideal holiday destination?
New York City / Miami!
9. What is your favourite season?
Autumn or Spring.
10. To-mah-toe or to-may-toe?
To-mah-toe hahaha
11. Curly hair or straight hair?
Straight if it's short, curly if it's long :)

My Questions for you!

1. What is the one thing you have to do every day?
2. Never drink soda again or never eat chocolate again?
3. What made you start your blog?
4. What is your favourite perfume?
5. If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?
6. If you won $10000 to spend in 24 hours, what would you buy?
7. What's one thing you take for granted?
8. A person that you aspire to be like?
9. What is your favourite online store?
10. Which is your favourite holiday?
11. If you could have any job tomorrow, what would it be and why?

I don't even have 11 followers so I can't tag that many people haha.

I Tag
Kate from la beaute et le blogueur
Tara from Still Blushful
Mia from That Lovely Face
Sleep and Water
Beauty in a Bottle


Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Thoughts on Counterfeit Products & Update on Fake MAC at Target Scandal

Hey everyone

In the light of the current Target scandal today I wanted to write a bit of an opinion post on counterfeit products and the true cost of them.

Fake MAC Cosmetics from eBay

Counterfeit cosmetics are everywhere. Online, at market stalls and shady unauthorized retailers. If you know where to look on any given day, you could come home with a bag full of counterfeit cosmetics in any given city in Australia. As beauty bloggers, we all like buying makeup, and in Australia, we pay a lot for it. When it comes to luxury brands, we are often pay three times the amount we would in the US, and this can seem unfair. Sadly Australia is a tiny market for most luxury brand companies and they aren't too concerned about bringing us the best prices. But that is another topic for another time.

The price of luxury brands in Australia has made many people look for ways to import from the US and other countries that get a better deal. And this is perfectly okay. However, this has sadly resulted in a lot of people buying what they believe to be parallel imports, when really they are cheap and nasty counterfeits.

So why is counterfeiting such a bad thing? In terms of cosmetics, there is a huge likelihood that these products have not been through any kind of testing or regulations regarding ingredients. Here is a link to an article regarding a counterfeiter who sold makeup on ebay.

Health care worker, 24, sold £40,000 of toxic Chinese imitations of top make-up brands from her bedroom

She was selling cosmetics that had three times the amount of legal lead contained in her products. You have no idea what these products contain, how could you even think about putting them near your face? When we spend hundreds of dollars on skincare and have routines to stop anti-aging and break outs, I don't understand why anyone would risk an infection or even something horrible like a chemical burn.

So yesterday it came out that Target were selling MAC counterfeit cosmetics. I think that it is disappointing that a household name like Target would act in this manner. If someone like me could go into your store and doubt the authenticity at first glance, how on earth did it slip through your departments to actually put out these products onto the shelves?

Target Sued by US Gaint for Selling Fake Cosmetics

Of course there are some people who actively seek out counterfeit products. Counterfeit handbags of house names are a dime a dozen. But why do people actively seek out fake products? To flash a logo and think you're a better person because you can afford such an item?

But did you realise that counterfeit goods fund criminal activity? Here are some links.

Counterfeit Goods Fund Violent Gang Activity

The True Cost of Counterfeit Goods

I can understand people wanting to have the real thing without the massive price tag. If you genuinely admire the product but can't afford the luxury version, why not just find something in a high street shop that is a similar style? The high street is always imitating the current trends of luxury items, it won't be difficult. And you know, your money won't go towards funding drugs or human trafficking.


Friday, September 7, 2012

FOTD: MAC Impassioned and Urban Decay Half Baked :)

Hey everyone!

Oh hi there!

Face Products:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Benefit Erase Paste
Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder
Essence Matte Bronzer for Blondes
Australis Highlighter

(Sorry that my lashes look so clumpy)

Eye Products:
Urban Decay Half Baked and Smog Eye Shadows
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Essence White Eyeliner
Lancome Black Eyeliner

MAC Impassioned Lipstick

Can you tell I wish the weather was warmer already? :)


Thursday, September 6, 2012

£50 Boohoo Fashion Voucher Blogger Challenge

Hey everyone are hosting an awesome giveaway, you have to create an outfit from under £50 and this is my entry :) are a favourite of mine, because they do free shipping to Australia! Awesome!

I ordered a new top off them yesterday and then I found about this competition - so I thought, why not style my outfit around the top I bought?

Grand Total - £48.00

I am definitely going to style the top this way, I am so in love with this outfit :)

I am really tempted to by the rest of these items now, but I guess I will just wait to see how I do in the comp :P I love the flatform sneaker trend! I created this outfit to be casual enough for the day time, but it could easily transition to night if add a jacket :)

Anyways, I hope you all enter the competition too and good luck to everyone else!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Beige - Limited Edition

Hey everyone

So I saw via Noveau Cheap that new Maybelline Colour Tattoos had been released in America, and I was excited to see them. I have only tried one shade so far and I really like it so when I saw Barely Beige, a limited edition shade, I had to pick it up!

First impression!

Limited Edition was written on the packaging :)

Natural Light vs Flash
Barely Beige swatched next to Tough as Taupe

I really like this shade and I think if you like it you should pick it up ASAP

At the time I bought it the seller had it listed at $11, the price has since doubled due to it's popularity