Saturday, 22 November 2014

Makeup Swap with Pout Pretty from India

Hey guys,

Dolon from Pout Pretty and I decided to do a makeup swap where I sent her makeup products from Australia that she can't get her hands on and she sent me products from India which I cannot buy here. It was fun selecting and buying products for her as she has very similar taste in makeup and I could buy her products I loved. We set a budget and time frame to send each others products. It was like Christmas in September.
I received the package recently and it was exciting opening it up and looking at all these new makeup goodies I haven't tried before.

The products she sent me were; 
Maybelline Colossal Kohl in Turquoise, ColorBar Lip Liner in Summer Pink, ColorBar Iglide eyepencil in Flirty Turq, Faces Longwear eye pencil in Purple, ColorBar Radiant Glow in Glamour, Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express, Lakme Absolute Gel liner in Deep Sea, Lakme Absolute Drama Stylist Eyeshadow duo in Purple Haze, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, ColorBar blush in Everything's Rosy, Lakme Enrich Satins in 129 (my perfect nude lipstick), Three ColorBar lipsticks in Tooty Fruity, Hot Hot Hot and Oh My Magenta, and lastly L'oreal Lucent Magique Blush in Sunset Glow.
Dolon was generous enough to add in some samples from L'occitane, Etude House, Crabtree and Evelyn and Aesop.

Thank you Dolon for all these goodies. I can't wait to go on trying all of them. I hope you loved the products I sent you as much as I did. 


Friday, 21 November 2014

Eye Of Horus Scarab Sapphire*

Sometime ago I won a competition on Instagram held by Eye Of Horus when they were releasing their brand new Scarab Sapphire eyeliner. I thought that I only won the pencil eyeliner but when I recieved my package I was pleasently surprised.

My prize pack contained the Scarab Sapphire eyeliner, The Goddess Mascara( The wand is amazing!!), Liquid define pen liner and a cute sharpener, all nicely packed in a gold and clear makeup bag.

The Scarab Sapphire kohl pencil (RRP $30) is the creamiest kohl pencil I have tried till date. It is a deep royal blue colour. Also once it is on it does not budge whatsoever. You need a really good oil based makeup remover to take it off. It lasted on my waterline all day long. The pencil also has a smudger on one end. I don't tend to use such smudgers for hygiene reasons since I can't keep it clean but it is really handy to have when your on the go and don't want to carry extra products. 

The Goddess Mascara (RRP $34.95) is made with natural waxes and oils which makes it very long wearing. Very few mascaras do not flake off on me and this is one of them. What I loved most about this mascara is the brush. I love plastic bristle brushes and this one is densly packed. It gives me the right amount of volume and length without clumping. 

The Liquid Define (RRP $30) eyeliner is a pen like eyeliner with a very fine tip. I found the tip to be a tiny bit thicker than the Maybelline Master Precise but very easy to use and budge free. I could wear this eyeliner to the pool and will not have any smudging or bleeding at all.  

I am honestly very impressed by these products by Eye Of Horus and from the packaging to the actual product the quality is remarkable. EOH is also a company that does not test on animals, has naturally derived ingredients and is paraben free. I love the whole egyptian concept of the brand and I 100% recommend you to try their Kohl Pencils. They have a wide variety of colours ranging from the basic black to greens, blues and purple. 
Also if your looking for a mascara for sensitive eyes The Goddess Mascara is formulated without any parabens or nasties and won't irritate your eyes ( not to mention the wand is ah-mazing!!!)
You could purchase EOH products online or visit the website for authorized retailers in your area (currently selling at 640 stores all over Australia).

Have you tried any Eye of Horus products before? Which one is your favorite?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Collection (My Picks)

As all of you know the Holiday season has started and like every year all brands release their special limited edition holiday products and this year was no exception. Out of all the brands my most awaited collection was by MAC and when they had their collection out online I rushed and purchased a few things. Now those who follow me on Instagram may know that they messed up my order and sent me an empty box for the lipstick that I paid for and when I contacted them they said they were out of stock and told me to choose something else. I found this very annoying as I only wanted that shade of lipstick. Luckily my local MAC store had it in stock and I purchased it in-store while opting for a refund from the online store. Anyways now onto the products. (keep reading after the jump)

Mineralise Blush in Sweet Sentiment, Pressed Pigment in Victorian Plum, Matte Lipstick in No Faux Pas and Pressed pigment in Enchantment.

Matte Lipstick in No Faux Pas, Pressed Pigment in Victorian Plum, Pressed pigment in Enchantment and Mineralise Blush in Sweet Sentiment.

Matte Lipstick in No Faux Pas, Pressed Pigment in Victorian Plum, Pressed pigment in Enchantment and Mineralise Blush in Sweet Sentiment.

First of all lets talk about the packaging. This year MAC's theme was Victorian heirloom inspired and hence the packaging was glossy black with silver glitter specks. The actual products and their boxes had the special packaging making it very hard for me to throw away the boxes (Yes, I hoard limited edition packaging). 
The Heirloom Mix collection in particular had lipsticks, mineralize blushes, eye liners, fluidlines, lip glosses, nail polishes, mini pressed pigments and glitters. I did wish I could buy everything out of the collection but unfortunately I don't think I could afford all of it.

Anyways back to the products I picked. The mineralize blush in Sweet Sentiment RRP $47 is a satin rosy pink blush. This was on top of my list and is my first Mineralize blush from MAC. It is a little powdery but I love the colour and the natural flush it gives to my cheeks. It is a buildable blush and will show up on light to medium dark skintones. Very dark skintones may not be able to pull this off and it may look quite ashy on them.

Next up are the Mini Pressed Pigments in Victorian Plum and Enchantment RRP $36 each. Victorian Plum is a dark plum with violet, purple and blue sparkles and Enchantment is a dark navy blue with blue, green and purple sparkles. I found the texture of both these shades very hard and quite sheer, you need a lot of product to build up the colour or use it wet. Nonetheless I still love the colours and can't wait to do smokey eye looks with them.

Last but not the least, the item that makes me love as well as hate MAC, the matte lipstick in No Faux Pas RRP $38. Described as a hot pink, this lipstick is a bright fuschia with a semi matte finish. It reminds me of colours like Girl About Town (Amplified) from the permanent range and Pleasure Bomb (Matte) from the Riri Hearts Mac collection. 
Overall I love each and every product I picked from this collection and I may go back for more (you never know).
Did you pick up anything from the Limited Edition Heirloom Mix Collection by MAC?


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Decléor System Corps Lait Hydratant Moisturising Body Milk*

Hey guys,
First of all, I would like to apologize for my disappearance from the blogosphere. I was working full time plus had joined a makeup course. It was taking up all my time and even though I enjoyed it all I did miss blogging. Now I am back and I assure you I am here to stay. 
Today I am going to review the Decléor Aroma Confort Moisturising Body Milk. I received this product a few months ago and I thoroughly enjoyed using this product. 
Decléor System Corps contains Coconut Oil, Vitamin D, Plant Glycoprotein, and moisturising agents to thoroughly nourish skin, while retaining a lightweight lotion lotion texture which is absorbed quickly into the skin. This must-have body moisturiser envelops your skin in a comforting and protective layer of moisture. It not only re-hydrates the skin, but improves skin elasticity and firmness enhancing the overall appearance of your skin. With its light texture, it hydrates and softens the skin's surface layers to give the skin a velvety smoothness. The body regains energised and revitalised skin.  Suitable for all skin types.

What I love about this product is that it is a lightweight milky lotion that absorbs into the skin instantly. It also has a light pleasant scent that is not overpowering. Even though it is creamy, it doesn't leave any sticky residue on the skin. Formulated without parabens, this moisturizer is suitable to use in winter and summer. 
I generally use this every morning after a shower and apply it all over my body, particularly concentrating in dry areas such as elbows, knees and my hands. Since it doesn't leave a residue I can get dressed immediately. With continuous use I found my body felt and looked hydrated. I only have a few uses left now but this is a product that I will purchase and recommend to any one who is looking for a light weight body moisturizer.  
You can purchase Decléor products from Facial Co here in Australia. This product retails for $55 and can be purchased here


Friday, 19 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation*

If you read my Sparkling Soiree post you would have seen I got the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation* in my goodie bag and I have been using it since then. 
Bobbi Brown - "This creamy, cashmere-like powder delivers a buffed, polished finish and lasting wear in a convenient compact. Available in 20 true-to-skin shades. Anyone with normal to oily skin types who want a powder foundation with adjustable, natural-looking coverage. Inspired by the look and feel of gorgeous skin, this oil-free powder has a soft, creamy texture that feels smooth and comfortable. It blends evenly and seamlessly onto skin and conceals imperfections, fine lines and pores for a finish that stays fresh and keeps skin shin-free through heat and humidity. For medium to full coverage: Apply with a puff or dry sponge (included in compact). For sheer coverage: Dust on with a powder brush."  

This powder foundation comes in a whopping 20 shades so you should be able to find a good match for your skin tone. It retails for $68 and you get 11gms of product. I like using a powder foundation on lazy days when I don't want to spend a lot of time on my makeup but still want some coverage on my acne spots and a matte face. I have the colour Honey which is a touch darker on me but this shade will be perfect for me in the summer. SW is a finely milled soft pressed powder that goes on very smoothly on the skin. I like using a kabuki brush to press the powder into my skin. I find that it lasts about 5 hours after which I have to reapply on my T-Zone. It doesn't make me look super shiny but I still find a little glow coming through. I like how it covers most of my acne scarring and looks quite natural on me. 

Minimal makeup with just lipstick, mascara and the SW Powder.

Sometimes if I need really full coverage, I would use this powder over my foundation and I find it makes my foundation last a lot longer. This powder foundation is very similar to MAC's Studio Fix powder foundation but a tiny bit more finely milled. I do find the cost, shade range and amount of product of MAC is much better. When I use my studio fix I find my face looks like I have powder on (also oxidizes on my skin), but with Skin Weightless it feels very natural. I do prefer Skin Weightless but it is quite expensive so I am not sure if I will repurchase it once I run out.

I would highly recommend you to try it out when your at a Bobbi Brown counter next time.

Have you tried any products from Bobbi Brown?

*This item was kindly provided to me. As with all my posts, it is 100% honest and of my own personal opinion. For more information, visit my Disclosure Policy.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Essence Be Loud Collection

Hey guys,

Today I bring to you new products from Essence that have recently been released at Target stores across Australia. The Be Loud collection has blushes, eyeshadows, jumbo lip pencils, nail polishes and eye liners. 

I picked up the blushes in Pink Me and Ap-ri(C)ot and the Jumbo lip pencil in Pink me.

The blushes look like baked blushes (Think Hourglass ambient blushes) with different colour veinings, but they are not baked. Pink me has red, candy pink and baby pink veining. Ap-ri(c)ot has orange, peach and coral veining. Both the blushes have very good pigmentation and a little goes a long way. The application was a little patchy but with a little blending it looked seamless. They did stay on for about 6 hours after which they faded. 
L-R Blush in Pink Me, Apricot and Lip pencil in Pink Me

The Pink Me jumbo pencil is a glossy, sheer lip pencil. The colour can be built up and is very comfortable on the lips. It doesn't last very long though, probably an hour or two if you don't eat or drink anything. It doesn't stain the lips either so reapplying throughout the day is necessary. 

L-R Blush in Pink Me, Apricot and Lip pencil in Pink Me

Overall not a very exciting collection but I am quite happy with the products I got. If you would like to purchase these products they are still available at most Target stores.

Did you pick up anything from the Be Loud collection?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

MAC Lipstick collection (Permanent colours)

Hey guys,

Today I am going to share with you my MAC lipstick collection from the permanent range. I do have a few limited edition lipsticks but I wanted to share with you the ones you can get hold of now.
I have been collecting MAC lipsticks for the past 3 years now and have gone through quite a few colours and have repurchased them. MAC have a wide variety of lipstick shades and finishes and sometimes its easy to get really overwhelmed by them. My favourite finish from MAC has to be Satin and Amplified, although I do have, almost one of each finish in my collection (including limited edition shades). The only finish I don't have are Glaze and Frost which I am not very keen on anyways.

I do have an extra swatch of the Cosmo lipstick on here because I just got it recently in a Back to MAC program.
Lets start with Dare You (Cremesheen) and MAC describes it as a deep brown red which is exactly how I would describe it too. It is a very warm red with brown undertones and would flatter medium to dark skin tones. I don't wear many reds so thats why I own only one Red lipstick from MAC.
Twig (Satin) is a soft muted brownish-pink again very apt. This colour is a MLBB shade for Indian skintones and darker. I love using this as an everyday shade. 

Lovelorn (Lustre) is a Emotive Blue Pink, it is a very light blue based pink which is great on light to light medium skin. On me it does wash me out but since its a lustre finish, I can still get away wearing it. Lovelorn was my very first MAC lipstick I bought. Creme in your coffee (Cremesheen) is a creamy mid-tone pink brown. This colour is very similar to Twig but with a hint more brown and with a creamier glossy finish. This is my most used colour and this is the second tube I have bought of this colour, which again I am almost finishing up. 

Captive (Satin) is a pinkish plum colour and is  great for the autumn and winter months. Since it is a satin finish, it is quite true to colour and with one swipe you get the most beautiful berry coloured lips. Taupe (Matte) is a muted reddish-taupe brown, again this colour is something I would reach for everyday, it is quite a darker brown nude on me but since it is a matte formula it stays on for a longer period of time on the lips and is not drying at all.

Del Rio(Satin) is a muted plum-brown shade, this colour is very similar to Captive but just more darker and more plummy. I haven't used this shade at all because I didn't know it was in my stash for a very long time. Hopefully I will get some use out of this colour now if not, in the next winter months.
Lastly Cosmo (Amplified Creme) is describes as a Pink coco. I recently got this lipstick by returning 6 empty MAC products and it is fairly new. I have used this maybe twice and I am falling in love with it. This colour is the perfect nude pink for my skin tone and I think I may be loving it a little more than my Creme in your coffee.