Maybelline The Elixir – ‘100 Petal Plush

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The liquid lipstick-gloss hybrid products have become all the rage at the moment, with Maybelline, L’Oreal and Dior becoming the centre of the popularity.

The product I’ve chosen to try out is Maybelline’s The Elixir in the shade ‘100 Petal Plush‘, a natural, blue-based pink with tiny silver shimmer.

The packaging is so cute and compact, having a twist up lid and lipstick shape to show the colour of the product inside the tube. The applicator is perfect for this type of product, being a tear drop shaped applicator that transfers the right amount of product to the lips while also being quite comfortable to use.

With the formula, I was impressed at first with the light vanilla scent and the glossy, moisturising appearance of the product. However, on application I was disappointed. The colour of the packaging didn’t really reflect the shade in it’s true to colour form, coming out as quite a blue-based, very sheer wash of colour. Another gripe I have with this one is the taste. The vanilla scent is the total opposite of the floral taste that you get, which is quite strong.

These things can be overlooked if you enjoy the formula enough, which is super soft and moisturising. However, I’m not totally sure if I am in love with this latest lip trend yet.

The Maybelline Color Elixir range including the shade ‘100 Petal Plush’ can be found at Priceline for $17.95AUD.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin

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MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin makeup primer will give you the skin that you’ve always wanted.

Let’s just begin with the sparkles on the packaging. SO PRETTY! Anyway, that’s beside the point. Even though there is some great packaging for this product, with a handy pump applicator, you are able to get the perfect amount of product for one use with ease.

The formulation of the primer is very silky, and smooth with a white consistency that blends out seamlessly. One thing to keep in mind is that this primer has tiny micro glitters in it. It’s not noticeable unless you get all up in someone’s grill, but it may bother those who want to use clean products. The glitters help to brighten the complexion and add a lovely velvety glow to the skin.

Immediately on application of foundation, I noticed that it glided over so perfectly even, and dramatically reduced any natural redness from the skin or blemishes to achieve perfect looking skin.

The lasting power of the makeup was flawless for well over 10 hours of wear. MAC describes the primer to be, “An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.“. And I can agree with these claims. In fact, I was so impressed with the primer and the look it gave my makeup that I think it’s possible that less product may be needed to cover up certain areas of concern as it works wonders with blemishes and reducing redness.

MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin primer is available from MAC counters at $45AUD.

Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

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The Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser will help to rid you of all your troubles. Well.. Maybe not all of your troubles. But, it claims to be a 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes that is formulated for all skin types.

The cleanser is designed to replace your makeup remover, eye makeup remover, facial cleanser and toner to deliver skin that is cleansed, refreshed and smooth.

The cleanser is extremely gentle and soft on the skin. The formulation of the product is quite a thin creamy liquid that keeps its texture upon use (non-foaming). The packaging is clean and simple, like the rest of the Philosophy product range. The round bottle has a push cap lid that is ideal for easy use, however, you loose a bit of control with pouring out the product due to it’s thin texture.

While it is a joy to use, keeping skin soft and moisturised with no eye irritation, I have found that it doesn’t completely remove eye makeup (mascara in particular). With a bit more time put into massaging the product into the face, I’m sure this can be overcome – If not, it’s nothing a little Bioderma can’t fix!

None the less, I have been loving this cleanser for the Winter time. It truly leaves skin with a comfortable soft feeling that doesn’t dry it out or feel tight.

So, do you believe the hype?

The Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser is available from Mecca Cosmetica at $30AUD (240ml).

MAC Lipstick – ‘Patisserie’

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MAC’s lipstick in the shade “Patisserie” gets a lot of talk for being the ultimate go-to lip colour of choice. Now, I understand what it’s all about.

The shade simply goes with any makeup look, not overpowering but a perfectly natural lip option that will brighten up the face and add a bit of something but not too much.

Patisserie is a neutral pink-brown shade with a Lustre finish, meaning that it is quite sheer. There has a subtle amount of golden shimmer apparent that produces a lovely nude sheen to the lips, making it a staple for any makeup collection.

While it is quite sheer, I find that the formula is quite creamy, making it a buildable colour that can also layer with other lipstick colours and lip glosses to prolong the wear time and perfect a natural look easily.

Pair with a smokey eye, a bronzed complexion, peach blush. This lipstick will help you to mix and match your look anywhere, anytime.

MAC’s lipstick in the shade “Patisserie” is available from MAC pro counters and online at $36AUD.

Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Loop Box – L1 July 2014

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Back in May I reviewed the Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Loop Box – L1 (See the post here), now a couple of months have passed by and another box has been released in early July.

This months box is quite skincare focused, with some fun and new luxury products to try.

Eve Lom Moisture Mask – 100ml $145AUD
This hydrating mask is an ideal treatment for dull and dehydrated skin. Designed to be applied for 5-10 minutes and removing the excess to be left with restored and balanced skin. I’m looking forward to trying this one, it sounds quite like the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask – a staple for in the Winter time or for anyone who travels a lot.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment – 30ml $125AUD
This treatment is designed to be applied as a daily serum to reveal younger, more vibrant skin while also repairing any hyper-pigmentation or scarring. I wasn’t too taken with the results of this serum, although skincare takes awhile to trial and error, so I’ll be sticking to my Napoleon Perdis serum for now.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner – Travel size $15AUD, 250ml $39AUD
Already having thick hair, I wasn’t really in need of trying a thickening shampoo and conditioner, but I gave it a go anyway. The scent of both were quite nice and fresh, leaving my hair both clean while also managing flyaways which I LOVED. What I didn’t love so much was that while the shampoo seemed to go far, the conditioner just didn’t go far enough to get moisture into my dry hair, leaving me wanting to follow-up with other products. These may not have been right for my hair type, but I’m definitely curious about the rest of the range now.

Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel – 150ml $38AUD
This was by far the gem out of the box this month. I absolutely adore my Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream, and was excited to try a cleanser from the brand. The size was quite generous also, giving enough product to see if it suits your skin type. The gel is so light, and removes makeup perfectly leaving skin super soft, comfortable and refreshed – which is perfect for sensitive skin types. This one has me seriously considering buying the full size or trying out another cleanser from the Ren range.

Are you a Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Loop Member? Do you use any of the products mentioned in this months box?

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream Beauty-Boosting Balm

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Every time I look at the black and gold packaging of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection I just know that each of the products present a luxurious experience.

Cue singing: “I’m soooo fancy!

The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream Beauty-Boosting Balm with SPF 30 is designed to give the appearance of a HD foundation combined with anti-aging moisture and broad-spectrum sunscreen protection to perfect the skin. Free of parabens, mineral oil and fragrance, this is a perfect alternative for those who suffer from skin sensitivity.

The shade I have is light/medium, which perfectly blends into the skin. I found that the finish and wear of the BBB cream was quite nice on the skin, adding a natural warmth and glow to my complexion.

The packaging is that of a squeezable tube with a screw cap lid, which is quick and easy to extract product from. The formulation of the cream is very much of the feel of a thick moisturiser, with the coverage and blend ability of a light-medium coverage buildable foundation. At first, I was quite worried about the finish as it does appear very dewy on immediate application. But once the product has been blended and allowed to set for a minute or two, it dries to a smooth finish with a definite natural glow. I would recommend using a primer underneath and good blending brush (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) to aid the evenness of product during application.

As for wear time I’d say that this wouldn’t be a base product you would grab if you needed your makeup to last all day. It has a very lovely light, natural, glowing finish that suits casual wear up to 6 hours I’d say. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t yet found the right BB cream for you, and are looking for the perfect balance of coverage and moisture in the one product.

The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream Beauty-Boosting Balm SPF 30 can be purchased separately or as part of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer

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The wise Napoleon Perdis once said.. “Not to prime, is a crime!

And, I 100% agree with him.

The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer is actually the very first makeup primer that I ever used when I first got serious about makeup. So, I can say that it’s a great one worth sticking by.

Chamomile, Yarrow Extract and Vitamin E help to restore the skin with essential nutrients to keep the skin moisturised during the day while also helping your makeup to last longer.

To apply, use your fingers or the beautiful Auto Pilot Primer Brush to smooth a thin layer of product onto the skin. Then, I like to wait just a minute or two to let the primer begin to set and let the moister penetrate the skin before applying my foundation. The formulation is almost like that of a lightweight, milky gel that has a cooling effect on the skin that works for all skin types. Typically, this primer works wonders for long days wearing makeup, and can keep things looking fresh for around 10 hours. This primer doesn’t claim to put a time on makeup lasting power, but I can truly say that it ensures that the skin is healthy and moisturised while keeping makeup looking fresh and glowing.

Made a mistake with your makeup? No worries. This primer doubles as a moisturising makeup remover!

The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer can be purchased separately or as part of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum

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The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum will have you waking up with a good skin day, everyday.

Skinvest in the best” – Napoleon Perdis

I can definitely agree that when you are using this serum you will feel as though you are using a great product. The Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum claims to aid dehydrated and stressed skin, fighting against premature aging and helping to repair and protect the skin.

Who new skincare could be so easy? Pump 2-3 drops of this and massage into the face and neck and let the product work it’s magic.
I like to apply this in conjunction with my favourite moisturiser, although you could totally alternate products per your day/night skincare routine also.

The serum has a water-like look and feel, and absorbs fast once massaged into the skin, which makes for an easy and hassle free application. The formula also helps the skin to feel refreshed with a fruity scent derived from antioxidant-rich Australian berry extracts including Pepperberry, Riberry, and Muntari Berry.

The lightweight, fast absorbing formula proves to be great for sensitive skin types, not being able to feel any apparent product residue. I also love that this can be applied in the morning or in the evening, however I do prefer to let the product work overnight. This ensures I wake up to clear, smooth and moisturised skin every morning!

The Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum can be purchased separately or as part of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection.

Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection

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I almost have no words for the beauty of this collection… almost.

So many beautiful products luxuriously packaged into one box, it’s the ultimate gift.

The Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection contains only the best products to create a flawless base for your makeup. Starting with the Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum, Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, Auto Pilot BBB Cream Beauty Boosting Balm and to apply all of this you might ask?.. The collection also includes the Auto Pilot Primer Brush.

The collection has all of the right products to begin a perfect pampering skincare routine. From repairing the skin to prepping and perfecting your skins base, it is an impressive set. And what’s even better? All of the products are not only so luxuriously packaged, but also full-sized!

I will be looking at each of these products individually this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Until then, check out more about the Napoleon Perdis Skin Renewal Collection online now.

The Perfect Neutral Eye – MAC ‘Naked Lunch’ & ‘Sable’

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HELP WANTED: Seeking the perfect pairing to achieve a simple neutral eye look.

Is this you?

MAC’s Naked Lunch and Sable eye shadows make a perfect match to achieve a neutral, natural and simple eye look. Pop the pro pans into a pro colour 2x compact and you are good to go!

Naked Lunch makes for both a great highlight for the brow bone, inner corner or even just swiped over the eye lid. With a natural and subtle pink frost undertone, it suits skin tones to produce a highlighted glow to brighten the eye.

Sable is a soft bronze-brown shade that will suit most eye colours, and in particular will shine on brown-eyed beauties. It has a subtle almost gold coming through in its metallic frost finish. I can almost never wear gold or even just yellow toned shadows, but this one has the right amount of a neutral undertone that works well with both my skin tone and eye colour. Place either all over the lid or in the crease for definition for that natural, go-to look.

Both shadows blend beautifully together and I find that they brighten the complexion with their glowing finishes.

You can find both Naked Lunch and Sable eye shadows at MAC counters and online at $26AUD for the Pro Palette Refill Pan form.