Friday, 18 July 2014

Shaaanxo's tutorial Jewel Tones for Summer and Winter Recreation

Hey guys, 
Shannon from Shaaanxo on Youtube did a tutorial featuring the Chi Chi Rich Gems palette and since I own the palette already I tried to recreate her look. All the products I used will be listed below.

For my base I used the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation and covered up my blemishes with MAC Studio Finish Concealer. On my eyes I used Maybelline Barely Branded colour tattoo as a primer. Over that I went with the colour marked as 1 (In the pic above) in the ChiChi Rich Gems palette on my lid, leaving a little space in the inner and outer corner. Using colour 2 on the outer 3rd of the lid and colour 3 on the outer V, I blended that through the crease using a bit of colour 5. Colour 4 was then used in the inner corner and on my brow bone to highlight.
For my liner I used the Benefit They're Real Push Up liner and drew a thin line. For lashes I used Gorgeous Cosmetics Lashes in Madam Mini. For my cheeks, I contoured using MAC Blunt and for my blush I used Benefit's Bella Bamba. Lips are Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick in Rosy Sunday ( Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry is very similar)

And thats how I achieved this look. Hope you guys like it and if you do something similar tag me in your pics using the hashtag #dazzlegloss3 and also don't forget to tag #shaaanxo


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Essence Trend Edition in Dark Romance

Essence is now out with another collection which is apt for winter here in Australia. Dark Romance is a collection of reds, berries and deep blues and grey. I picked up some of the products that I want to share with you guys today.

This collection also features some cool nail and body art products which I didn't pick up because I don't tend to use them. The products I got were the two lipsticks, two lipglosses, two blushes, one cream highlighter and one of the eyeshadow quads.

(Pic Heavy)

Top- Cream blush in 01 Painted Love, 02 Red Romance ( Swatched heavily/ blended in), Middle- Eyeshadow quad in 01 Mystery Glam,  Bottom- Lipsticks in 02 Painted Love, 01 Red Romance, Lipglosses in 02 Light up and 01 Black Shadow.

Cream Highlighter in 01 Light up.

The cream/ mousse blushes are very soft and creamy, but they do require a lot of product and work to actually blend and be seen on the cheek. Once blended they leave a slight stain that lasts for about 5 hours on my skin.
The Eyeshadow quads have some very nice smokey shades which are perfect for the winter but they are quite sheer if you do not apply a primer. They do blend seamlessly but have a bit of fallout too so make sure you tap of the excess before applying them on your eyes.
The Lipsticks are my second favorite products in this collection. They are super creamy and glide on so easily on the lips. The colour pay off is pretty good too. Two swipes and you get full opaque colour. If you are scared to rock red or dark berry lips then you could do only one swipe and pat it with your fingers to create a stain effect. They do have a chemically scent which is very faint and you cannot smell it when you have the lipstick on so thats a bonus.
Essence Lipglosses are the best lipglosses in my opinion. I am not a huge fan of glosses but when it comes to choosing between a MAC lipgloss and Essence, my vote will always go to Essence. They are creamy, non-sticky, and very comfortable on the lips. The two shades I got have a lot of iridescent shimmer which looks beautiful when the light catches it. 01 Black Shadow is a grey base with silver shimmer which is in no way gritty feeling on the lips. 02 Light up is a white base with pink and blue iridescent shimmer. Both these glosses smell like Watermelon Hubba Bubba. Yumm!!
I also got the Cream highlighter in 01 Light up which comes off as a beautiful pinky sheen on the skin when you blend it in. It reminds me of Benefit's Moon Beam but in a cream form. If you can pick only one item from this collection I would highly recommend this highlighter.

Available at Priceline now.

Have you picked up anything from this collection? What are your favorite products from Essence?


Sunday, 6 July 2014

'The Big Smoke' Winter Look 2014 Feat. ELES Cosmetics*


ELES Cosmetics came out with a gorgeous soft, smokey winter look and I almost instantly fell in love with it. I was sent some products to review and recreate the look. The products I used to feature this look are the Powder Liner in Copper and Mineral Matte Eyeshadows in Teak and Hyacinth. I also used the Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Blush to create the berry pout. First lets have a look at the products I was sent to review.

ELES Powder Liner in Copper:
This beautiful pencil liner is super creamy and applies very easily. It sets to a soft powder finish which does not crease on me. It was hard to apply this on the waterline but I wouldn't recommend it either because it has tiny shimmers in it. This pencil also comes with a smudger on the other end which is very handy. You can create a smokey copper eye with just this one product, smudge it a bit and your good to go. Available here for $43.25

ELES Mineral Matte Eyeshadow in Hyacinth and Teak:
I love matte eyeshadows and these shadows are so pigmented a little goes a long way. Hyacinth is a little too light for my skintone so it wasn't showing up much, but on lighter skintones it would look beautiful as an all over lid colour. Teak is a dark espresso brown colour that is perfect for creating a smokey eye. This shade is perfect for my eyebrows too. Both these shadows lasted a pretty good time on my eyes without primer and without creasing. Available here for $26.90

To create the Big Smoke look I used the Powder Liner in Copper all over my lids and blended Teak in the outer corners and a little though the crease. I also applied Hyacinth to the inner corners of my eye and blended a little on my brow bone. On the lower lash line I used the same pencil and then smudged Teak under the line to create a smokey effect. For my blush I went with a berry toned blush by MAC called Pinch Me. For my lips I used Micro Blush by ELES. For my eyebrows I used a tiny bit of the same Teak eyeshadow and blended it in.

I love this effortless look and will be sporting it quite often this winter. 


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Ulta3 Lip Paints Review*

Hey guys,

This post has been due for such a long time but I was busy with my holidays and then I didn't have internet for two weeks but anyways here it is now. I have definitely lagged behind this bandwagon but now that I have discovered these babies, I can't wait to get the other colours. 
Ulta3 is an affordable Australian cosmetic brand which is really popular for its $2 nail polishes. When these lip paints were launched I went looking for them at all the Terry White chemists around my area but unfortunately couldn't get my hands on any. Luckily for me, Ulta3 were giving out some for review to bloggers on their Instagram and I was sent the shades Manic Mauve and Electric Orange. 

These lip paints are in between a lipgloss and a lipstick. They are very pigmented and not sticky whatsoever.
On me these wore for about 2 hours and then started loosing the glossiness. They did leave behind an even stain after about 4 hours. 
It is packaged in a squeezy tube with a doe foot applicator which I really like. 
Enriched with Vitamin E and peppermint oil, it has a slight minty tingle when you first apply it and the scent lasts for about an hour of wear. 

If you are like me and hate sticky lipglosses, these are a great product to try. They retail for $5.95 and you get 7ml of product. 
The shade range is pretty intense and bold but there are some very wearable colours for everyday like Manic Mauve, Expressive Fuschia, Radical Red and Extreme Pink.
 Loud Purple and Electric Orange are the only two I wouldn't dare to wear in public, but you can mix these up and create your own unique shade.  

I have definitely been loving these Ulta3 Lip Paints and will be getting a few other colours when I can find them. If you have a Terry White Chemist near you then I do recommend you check them out because they are great quality products for a very affordable price.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Eyelash Applicator / Tweezer Review

Hey guys, 
Since my last post was about False Lashes I thought I should have a separate post on how I started wearing falsies and what tremendously helped me master the art of applying them.
I used to be very clumsy at applying false lashes, I had tried so many brands, glues, normal tweezers (poked myself in the eye), huge bulky plastic applicators and what not, but still couldn't apply false lashes. Sometimes they just wouldn't stick on my eye or just go way above the lash line. I always had trouble applying them and totally gave up. After sometime I was just going through Jaclyn Hill's Youtube when I came across her video on how to apply false lashes. I loved how she went through a step by step process and showed exactly what to do. I then realized I was doing everything right except for how I was placing them on my eye. 

I then quickly pulled out this amazing tool, which I actually got for free when I made some Ebay order I don't even remember and used it to apply my lashes. That day was one of the most exciting days of my life. I then used a number of lashes and different glues to practice with my tool, just to get very comfortable with it. 
I found that it was easy to place the lashes on the lash line without obstructing the view or stabbing myself because there is no sharp pointed edge. The base of the tweezer helps going over the applied lashes to stick them in place. 
All in all this is a tool I recommend you to try if you are new to applying false lashes. It may look a little daunting when you look at it first but with practice I promise you can master applying falsies. For $1 you can't really go wrong. Yes! this tool costs $1 and you can buy it from here.

I swear, if it hadn't been for this applicator I would still be stabbing my eye trying to apply falsies.


Friday, 20 June 2014

Social Eyes Lashes by Karissa Pukas Review

Hey guys,

Most of you would know that beauty Youtuber Karissa Pukas came out with her own Lash brand about 6-7 weeks ago and I bought a few of her lashes to try out and see how they matched up to the leading lash brands. 
We are an eyelash company based out of Sydney, Australia. After discovering  the strong need for affordable, high quality lashes in the Australian market, Socialeyes (the brainchild of Karissa and Hayden Pukas) was born! Socialeyes lashes are hand crafted from the highest quality human hair and offers a range of style for every eye shape and size. 

When I first saw the website I was a bit skeptical but when I saw the prices I couldn't stop myself from making a purchase. The lashes range from $3.95 to $5.95 and shipping within Australia and New Zealand is a flat rate of $5. They also provide International Shipping for a flat rate of $10. I received my order within 3 days, so thats a thumbs up already. The styles that I bought were Flirt, Dazzle and Delight.

Social Eyes Dazzle Lashes

Social Eyes Flirt Lashes

Social Eyes Delight Lashes

I must say I am very impressed with the quality and cost of these lashes. I do like the Flirt lashes more than the other two because the Dazzle is a little sparse for me ( I still like it, but love the Flirt more ) and the Delight was too packed. The Delight lashes, as you can see in the picture had a weird bend that I just could not fix. Nonetheless I am sure I will get use out of all of them. I have used the Flirt Lashes three times already and I am very impressed with how it has withheld its shape. I am sure I will get another 5-6 uses out of it. The other two lashes I have only tried on once but I am sure you can get ATLEAST 4-5 uses out of each lash if you take care of them after each application.
I think these lashes will take over the Lash market very soon because of its affordability and quality. Now I really want to try the other styles that they have to offer, especially the Ravishing Lashes. If you want to purchase any of these lashes you can here


Saturday, 14 June 2014

I'm Back and Huge Makeup Haul

Hey guys,

I am back from my holiday and I did have a wonderful time. I did quite a bit of damage to my bank account this whole month and I thought a haul would be a good way to start back blogging.( Also the fact that I really want to use these products and couldn't do that till I took pretty pictures of it)
Anyways I have grouped my haul into 4 parts so it was easier for me to talk about the products.

First up is all the makeup I bought from India. I really wanted to buy products I wouldn't be able to get my hands on here from brands like Lakme and Chambor but nothing caught my eye. The products I wanted to buy were either not in stock or discontinued. 

Anyways I still managed to buy two lipsticks from Lakme from their 9 to 5 range and the colours I picked were Rosy Sunday- a muted matte rosy pink and Fuchsia Friday- a darker pink with silver sparkle.
Next up is from Maybelline, I have always wanted the Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate punk but it was discontinued here in Australia. When I saw they still had it in India I had to pick it up. Next from Maybelline I picked up the Cheeky Glow Blush in Peachy Sweetie and a Colour Bloom Lip Balm in Pink Blossom. Again these were products I haven't seen in Australia yet.
MAC in India was soooo cheap compared to Australian prices so I bought two Eyeshadow refills in Club and Plum Dressing, Fluidline in Macro Violet and Matte lipstick in Taupe. The store I went to had some limited edition products from last year that were still in stock so I bought the Nocturnals pigment and glitter set in Silver and Violet. They were from the 2013 Holiday collection and I have been enjoying playing with pigments and glitters recently.

Next is what I bought online from MAC while I was on holiday and couldn't help buying this stuff before it was all sold out.
From the Proenza Schouler Collection I bought the Ombre Blush in Sunset beach and Lipstick in Mangrove.
Almost everyone I know in the blogging world has picked up atleast one item from the Alluring Aquatic Collection and I was no exception. I really wanted to buy the lipsticks but they were the first to be sold out. So I settled for the Blush in Sea Me Hear Me and eyeshadows in Sea Worship and Legendary Lure. I also picked up the bronzer in Refined Golden mainly for the compact (which I think will depot and repot my studio fix powder in there, not sure yet but we will see how it goes).
From the Maleficent collection the only thing available were the lashes and since I am really into lashes these days I picked the number 36 lashes for special occasions. Oh and while I was at the duty free store I picked up the Fluidline in Blacktrack.

Continuing with the Online shopping Ozsale had The Balm on sale 6-8 weeks back and I picked up The Balmjovi Palette which I have been eyeing for almost more than a year now and also The Meet Matte palette. From Kit Cosmetics I ordered the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes palette and the Too Faced Bonjour Soleil palette both of which I had planned to buy since their release in the US.

Lastly I picked up quite a few Highend products from Duty free. The Guerlain Les Violettes Pressed Powder, The Cruel Gardenia Meteorite Illuminating powder (which came with a brush), Chanel Jardin de Camelias illuminating powder, YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 1 Fuschia Desinvolte and finally the Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 203 Rose Dentelle.

Phew!! I know I did spend quite a lot but I had been saving for my trip and I am really excited to use all these products. 

Have you used any of these products before and what do you think of them?