Review: Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 “The Inspiration”

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Oooo.. I love a new eyeshadow option in my makeup collection!

This super cute eyeshadow duo is the Bare Minerals READY Eyshadow 2.0 in the shade The Inspiration. There are currently 22 different duo shades to choose from, including neutrals and bold colours also. So many decisions…

I’ve been loving wearing a neutral purple base shadow colour at the moment, as it just makes my brown eyes brighten up and compliments so nicely. It was so difficult to steer away from choosing yet another neutral duo, but this one is subtle enough to mix neutral and purple together.

The Inspiration duo comprises of a pearl pink highlight shade (Muse), with a deep plum with gold glitter throughout (Passion). Both can be applied quite sheer or built up to be quite bold. So far, I am loving the highlight shade, as the pink isn’t so apparent that you can use it as a lid, brow and inner corner highlight without looking OTT. And the pearl finish just adds a really beautiful sheen. Moving onto the plum shade, it’s again, very pretty, but does show up a lot more purple and vibrant on the eye, with that plum undertone disappearing. The fine gold glitter works in really nicely with this duo though, adding some shine and sparkle for brightness.

As you can see in the swatch, they are both super buttery and pigmented with long lasting power. They also blend really nicely which is one of the many good qualities about mineral makeup.

So, the one negative is the packaging. Its beautiful, simple and sleek right from the “hello!” greeting on the protective slip, to the product in the pan, but that matte black finish attracts makeup marks like crazy, just like Nars products. But, I don’t think that will keep me from choosing out more shades in the future.

The Bare Minerals product line including The Inspiration eyeshadow duo is available at Mecca Cosmetica at $27.95AUD (Hello, affordable!).

Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush “Radiant Magenta”

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Oh. My. Gosh. I think this has to be one of the most beautiful products I have seen in quite awhile!

The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes hit Australia a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting to get one in my life asap. I’ve got the shade Radiant Magenta which combines the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light with a cool toned bright pink shade. Mixing the two together, a peachy pink blush shade is revealed.

What is nice about these blushes is that while in the pan it looks quite bold and shimmery. But, once applied the skin has a beautiful ‘radiant’ glow, and that ambient lighting powder really smooths the skin and makes it look like it has a healthy sheen. No wonder it makes the skin look and feel so great, the ingredients are also good for the skin being fragrance free, paraben free, talc free, nanoparticle free and gluten free.

There are 6 shades total (diffused Heat, Dim Infusion, Ethereal Glow, Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure and Radiant Magenta). All are equally as beautiful, and equally as expensive..

Everything from the product in the pan to every part of the packaging is absolutely well thought out and totally luxurious. The reflective gold packaging is just a radiant as the blush inside, but there are two things that I don’t like. The first being that fingerprints get all over that shiny surface, and the second is that it feels quite light. Sometimes I like my high end products to feel as luxurious as it looks, and the weight factor makes it feel a little ordinary (hello, plastic!).

But all in all, this is the product of the year so far to splurge on, and you wont regret it. If I suddenly won the lottery, I’m thinking I’d pick up Luminous Flush and Ethereal Glow also. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are now available from Mecca Cosmetica for $50AUD.

Review: Revlon Parfumerie “Lavender Soap”

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The new Revlon Parfumerie scented nail enamels are way too cute to pass up!

First of all, the packaging is the thing that struck me. They are tiny, gorgeous and easy to travel with. The range of scents come in three categories of Fruits and Florals, Sweets and Spices, and Freshes.

The shade I picked up is in the Freshes category, both named and scented as “Lavender Soap”. The idea behind these enamels is that once they dry on the nails, the scent is revealed. Very gimmicky, but I kinda love it too.

The shade range is full of brights, metallics and pastels. This lavender shade has a pearly frost finish to it that really compliments my pale skin (LOVE!). So far, the polish has seemed to wear well for about 4 days with minor chipping. Not too bad, I think!

As far as department store nail polishes go, this one is a little pricey at $15.95AUD (Similar to Essie’s pricing). If you want to try a product that is a little more fun and a lot more cute, try these out. You can find them at Priceline and anywhere else that stocks Revlon.

Review: MAC Stroke of Midnight Viva Glam I

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Bring on Autumn/Winter time I say!

In an effort to try and forget about the heat of Summertime, I am looking ahead and writing about some Autumn/Winter appropriate lip products.

For Christmas I received the MAC Stroke of Midnight Viva Glam 1, and have been waiting for the perfect time to write about it. For awhile I wasn’t going to because the Viva Glam shades can tend to come and go in availability at different counters, but its too pretty to not talk about!

So, before reading on, you won’t be able to get the beautiful little makeup pouch, but you can still find these shades.

Starting with the set as a whole, as you can expect from MAC, all three items are of high quality finish and was a joy to open.

The Viva Glam 1 lipstick is of a deep almost, brown brick red colour with a matte finish. On first application, it is rich in pigment and creamy on the lips, with great lasting power. I LOVE the red accent in the packaging for the Viva Glam range, it just adds something else. With this being my first MAC lip product experience, I was very impressed in the quality of the product. The scent is their signature slightly vanilla of sorts, and just is so comfortable to apply and to wear.

The tinted lipglass is of course of the same quality. Before applying or opening the tube, I assumed that it would be a transparent sheen of that brown red shade. But, the result is again rich in pigmentation. This pairs beautifully with the lipstick as a combination or two different lip finish options. I also have loved sheering this one out with a clear lip balm for extra hydration with a hint of that red pigment.

As we get into the cooler months I cannot wait to keep playing around with these lip products. I can see the tinted lipglass being day time friendly, while the matte lip will suit a bold evening look with bronzed skin and precise black eyeliner.

The MAC Viva Glam lip range is available at counters for $36AUD (Lipstick), $35AUD (Tinted Lipglass).

Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

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I recently wrote about the Origins Drink Up- Intensive Overnight Mask, and after being curious about some other cult products of the brand, I decided to save my pennies one by one and try another mask.

After going to the gym quite everyday and dealing with this intense Summer heat, my skin was starting to feel a bit congested but I didn’t want to go and use just any product. The Origins brand utilises ingredients that are natural and generally great for the skin, which is also great for anyone with the sensitive skin type. Activated charcoal and white China clay help to pull environmental toxins and impurities from the skin. This mask also has no scent that I could really pick up. Again, another tick for the sensitive skinned gals out there.

This charcoal based mask is aimed towards all skin types, which I don’t think can usually be possible. With my usually dry skin type, I was worried this sort of mask would dry out the skin too much, but it wasn’t an issue at all. After washing all makeup off of the face, the mask is applied to the skin and sits for around 10-20 minutes. The good thing about these sorts of masks is that you can just apply it to problem areas, or apply all over.

The consistency of the product is also quite versatile, so you can layer it up from being thin or light to full, depending on how much you prefer to use. The mask also dries quite evenly and comfortably, with no noticeable pulling or tugging. Because of the charcoal, the mask is a dark, almost thick, gel consistency and can stain your cloth on removal. So, for this I would definitely recommend using one that you don’t mind getting dirty. I personally enjoy using my Eve Lom Muslin Cloth for this process. After the mask is removed I also don’t notice any redness, which can be common with clay masks. What I was left with was skin that felt clearer and decongested.

I wouldn’t say that the results aren’t that of the instantly visible kind, but you can definitely feel a new softness about the skin.

Overall, this mask really gave some relief to my skin, and I would recommend to anyone in need of a little skin pick-me-up. A range of Origins facial masks are available from Mecca Cosmetica at $34AUD (100ml).

University Life: It’s My Last Semester!

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I haven’t written any University Life posts over the Summer break. But now, as I enter my last months here I’d like to keep documenting my experiences, thoughts and lessons through this blog. This might be in more detail about how to get through university, or even about how I will continue to find my way out in the world after it’s all over.

So, what do you want to hear about? Let me know about your university experience in the comments below.

Review: Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara

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“Guurrlllll! Are those your real lashes?”

That’s what you’ll get asked walkin’ down the street wearing the new Flamed Out mascara by Covergirl.

I frequently get questioned about what falsies I’m wearing due to being blessed with beautiful long lashes of my own. But, there are some good mascaras out there, high end and affordable that can give you that perfect fluttery look too.

Last week I wrote about the Lipslicks Smoochies, but that’s not all that’s new from Covergirl.

Along with the tinted lip balms, there’s also new shadow sticks and polishes. And, might I add, all have cute, bold packaging. But, now onto more about the mascara.

Just look at the shape of that brush! I have always been a fan of the rubber LashBlast brushes, as they perfectly coat each lash, but sometimes you can’t get to the inner and outer areas. The Flamed Out brush really fits the shape of the eye well, which can be easier to reach the smaller lashes and also create targeted definition of the middle lashes. Instead of a rubber brush, this one has bristles that are more of the traditional fibre texture, and is quite full also, so you don’t have to vigorously wiggle the brush and make a mess trying to reach every lash.

Available in Australia, there are currently two shades, Black/Brown Blaze and Very Black Blaze (featured). Purchasing the black in particular, I did have some worries as there is no waterproof option available. But, I have worn this out in near 40 degree temperatures and it hasn’t budged on me yet.

As mentioned, I love the definition that this brush has on my lashes. It both lengthens and creates volume with a unique and full brush. My only concern is applying to the bottom lashes. For me, it made them too long. So, unless you’re into that look or have shorter lashes, then go for it!

My love for Covergirl mascaras just continues with the Flamed Out range. The Flamed Out mascara, along with the rest of the new range is available at Priceline now at $14.95AUD.

Review: Covergirl Lipslicks Smoochies

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Tinted lip balms and butters have been a popular trend with many affordable makeup brands in recent times. And now, we have Covergirl’s latest offering. The Lipsticks Smoochies Tinted Lip Balm.

As the name suggests, these are a conditioning tinted lip balm. A pretty simple concept, which doesn’t stand out from any regular balm out there on the shelves. But, I have been enjoying them. And, for the price, you can’t really go wrong. I have two of the three shades currently available; #Luv U and #Sweet Tweet. Although I am sure there are a full range of shades available in other countries.

Starting off with the packaging and the naming of the product, it seems this is where the point of difference is aimed to be made. The line explores a colourful, young theme, and the hashtagging (#) fits right in with that. #Sweet Tweet appears to be a kind of general pink hued balm, with very sheer colour payoff, while #Luv U has a lovely berry tone that I just love. Between the two, I’d say the latter is definitely the one I have been reaching for the most, simply because of not only the colour payoff, but I also feel a more conditioning or thicker application that with #Sweet Tweet. The scent is almost between a little fruity and a little waxy, however it does tend to fade once applied. These balms also have about a two hour wear time, depending on activity.

Overall, the concept is cute and simple, ideal for the handbag. However, if I did need a product to further condition and repair the lips, there are others that I would be reaching for as regular wear does tend to almost dry out the lips.

The Covergirl Lipsticks Smoochies are available now at Priceline for $4.95AU.

Review: Origins Drink Up- Intensive Overnight Mask

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This next product is one that has been on my wish list for quite some time. So, when I received it as a gift this past Christmas I was beyond excited.

The Origins Drink up- Intensive Overnight mask to quench skin’s thirst (100ml $34AU) has been a skin care product that gets quite a lot of talk in the beauty world. The mask is the consistency of a thick moisturiser that is designed to be applied and slept in overnight, revealing more plumped skin once soaked in.

The ingredients prove to be healthy for the skin, including Hyaluronic Acid, avocado, apricot and mango oils. These ingredients giving the product a lovely, almost fruity fragrance that repair and benefit the hydration of skin.

On application, you can feel that the formulation is quite rich and creamy, which instantly relieves dry skin. For me, I will need to further test this product over the Autumn and Winter time as it has been quite hot this Summer, its a bit heavy for my skin this time of year. Although, don’t let this scare you off, product reviews do explore this mask working well for both dry and oily skin types, as oily skin does still need moisture.

The amount of product in the tube, the ingredients and the overall consistency of this mask is definitely worth the extra few dollars more than department or drugstore facial masks. Overall, I can’t wait to keep testing this one out over the next few months.

Which skin care products are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

More Moisture

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It sure has been awhile since my last post on this blog. But, after having a break over the holidays, I am back and ready with a new review for you all.

Summertime calls for shine-filled, flowing hair and glowing skin. To take care of both, I have added these products to my evening pamper routine.

Starting with Soap & Glory’s “Clean Girls – Skin Softening Creamy body wash (500ml $13.95AU). Well, that one’s a mouthful. I first fell in love with how moisturising Soap & Glory’s body washes are when I first tried out the latest Sugar Crush scent. This one in particular has quite a fresh, creamy scent with vanilla fruit and orchid extracts. What I also love is along with the creamy consistency it appears quite pearly, which leaves skin glowing.

I recently had my hair cut shorter, and in an attempt to keep it looking healthy I decided to invest in a higher end shampoo and conditioner. The Redken Diamond Oil (Shampoo 300ml $22.95AU, Conditioner 250ml $22.95AU) set was recommended to me for adding shine. I was quite hesitant on the brand as there are some mixed reviews, however this line has won me over. Not only does it add extreme moisture and shine to my hair, but it has improved the level of frizziness this hot and humid Summer weather has caused.

Following up with wet hair the Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Hair Brush glides through any tangles with no painful tugging or pulling. These Tangle Teezer style hair brushes are definitely worth the investment as they reduce any breakage to the hair also, maintaining its health.

Last, I apply a pea-sized amount of Moroccan oil Treatment . Applying a hair oil to the ends of wet or damp hair further moisturises and softens the ends once blow or air dried. I also love applying the Macadamia Natural Oil Luxurious Oil Treatment to finish of when styling, as it softens and adds shine.

That rounds up how I’ve been maintaining my skin and hair health recently.

What are your favourite hair and body products of the moment? Let me know in the comments below!