Monday, 23 July 2012

Essence Stay All Day Cream Shadow Review

Taken in natural light no flash, top: a few coats swatched, bottom: blended

I'm back with yet another cream eyeshadow review, something I can only imagine you will be seeing a fair bit of on this blog - can you say obsessed? Today's eyeshadow is an Essence one from the Stay All Day line of cream shadows. I swatched a fair few of them and was really taken by this shimmery gold one in the shade 'glammy goes to'. I think the worst part about this product is the name -  can Essence tell me where Glammy goes? Anyway this pretty gold shadow is another new favourite of mine and I can see myself wearing it a lot more. Now to what I think of it

Price:  I bought this at Priceline for $5.95AUD

Packaging: These come in a plastic tub, which isn't as sturdy as the glass but it doesn't really bother me. I'm not a huge fan of the design on top of the lid but I do like how essence keeps most of their packaging fairly simple. I will say this eyeshadow was extremely hard to photograph - that's my excuse for the horrible pictures. 

Pigmentation/Formula: They're not as rich and creamy as the colour tattoos but they are soft and extremely pigmented, and easily blendable. 

Where you can buy: I bought this at Priceline, Essence is stocked at Target as well but mine doesn't stock this range

Wear Time: I wore these for around five hours before the colour started to fade, I would highly recommend wearing a primer underneath these shadows. I guess you can say these stay all day, I did need makeup remover to get it off but the colour did fade a bit by late afternoon. 

Overall I really enjoy this cream eyeshadow and I'm actually planning on getting a few more. For $5.95 in comparison to the $11.95 of the Colour Tattoos I think they're a steal and a great dupe. They have a decent range of colours and I actually saw a few shades similar to the colour tattoos so I might do a dupe post in the future. I love that these shadows are cheap but have great pigmentation and texture, I think they're definitely worth checking out if you're looking to try out cream shadows. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Maybelline Colour Tattoo: Bad To The Bronze

Once again another hugely hyped product in the beauty world, ever since these came out in America I wanted to get my hands on some of these but of course I knew Australia would have to wait if we were going to get them at all. I was actually just randomly in Priceline and saw them, I got so excited I may have squeal a little bit - not really (yes really). My Priceline had all the tester shades out but only had a couple of the shades to buy. I swatched them all and I wasn't hugely fond of any of the colours except 'Bad To The Bronze' which surprised me because I thought I'd like 'Tough As Taupe' but I actually didn't like the swatch at all. So I controlled myself and just got the one I knew I'd actually wear. 

Price: $11.95 AUD but Target/Priceline often have sales so look out for them 

Pigmentation/Formula: These are ridiculously pigmented and have great colour payoff, easily buildable for a richer colour or can easily be blended out for a more subtle look. They are also nice and creamy and easy to apply with your fingers or a brush. 

Where you can buy: As I said you can get these at Priceline and Target, I haven't seen them anywhere else but they may be available elsewhere

Wear time: I don't know about the 24 hour wear time because I haven't ever worn them for that long but on me they did last a good 6 hours+

I honestly think these are so worth the money, they are a fantastic cream shadow and for only $11.95 I think they are definitely something everyone should check out. As I said before, I'm not a huge fan of all the colours and this is by far my favourite. But if you're not afraid of a bright colour on your lids you will definitely love all the other colours. I would definitely purchase these again and recommend these to everyone. 

Has anyone else tried any of the Colour tattoos? 

Also a random question, Megan and I are going to Melbourne next week we have been a few times already and absolutely love it but just wanted to ask for recommendations on food/shopping/other things we should check out while we are down there. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below!!! 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Australis "Nudist" Palette Swatches/Review

I bought this little palette from Target a few weeks ago. I am a big fan of Australis products, they are always on trend and very inexpensive. By now I think most cosmetics companies have bought out a natural eyeshadow palette inspired by the UD Naked Palette. This palette comes with 8 neutral shadows. There was no tester for this product in store so I didn't really know what the colour pay off would be like before I decided to buy it but for the price you can't complain. The swatches don't really do the colours justice.

Cost:  $10-$12.

Colour pay off: The first 3 colours in this palette are very chalky and similar in colour and texture. The last 5 colours have great colour pay off, they also have a buttery feel to them unlike the first 3 (my favourite is the second last shadow).

Packaging: I like that this is really sleek and compact although I do not like the brush that it comes with.

Where to buy: Kmart, Target, Big W etc.

Wear time: I used a primer (UD Primer Potion) under these shadows and they lasted around 6-7 hours.

The only fault in the palette (apart form the first 3 colours) is the fact is has no matte shades. They are all shimmery. For me, I like a matte shade to use in my crease so I wouldn't be able to just use this one palette for a look.

All in all this is a great little drugstore palette.

Would you wear these shadows?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Face Of Australia Lip Crayons

I've seen a lot of hype surrounding these lip crayons lately, so I decided to pick some up. I have never tried a lip crayon product so I was really interested to see what they would be like. I first thought after swatching them they would have no colour payoff and would only add a subtle tint to my lips but I was completely wrong. These are fantastic, they are extremely easy to apply and glide straight on. I like to apply a lot to get a richer colour - but of course you can use less for a more sheer look. 

These lasted a couple of hours, and didn't dry out my lips at all - something I've had a huge problem with lately. Although I would probably recommend exfoliating your lips before using these though, as I found they did show up the dry spots. One of my favourite things about these crayons is that they come with wind up packaging which is fantastic for people like me who despise sharpening products. I'm also really fond of the outer packaging, I think it's simple and cute and I love the little pictures on them. 

These come in a pack of three for around $14.00, which is a really great price for three products. I believe these are limited editions but hopefully FOA will realise how popular they are and bring out a full permanent range of them. I can't choose a favourite shade I actually quite like wearing them all. 

Have you tried these? What's your favourite shade? 

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Lust Have It June!

So It's probably a bit late but I didn't actually receive this until the last week of June, I noticed a few others also experienced this as well - probably due to the public holidays etc. 

The products included in the June box included: 
1. LonVitalite – 24K Active Golden Yulan Oil Facial Mask  RRP $59.00   
2. LonVitalite – 24K Active Gold Full Eye Mask  RRP $45.00
3. Batiste – Blush Dry Shampoo  RRP $9.95 for 150 ml
4. Bloom – Glitter Eyeliner  RRP $14.95 full size
5. Marc Jacobs – Daisy Eau So Fresh  RRP $115 for 75 ml
6. Marc Jacobs – Daisy  RRP $90 for 50 ml

As you can see it was a pretty decent mix up of products I especially liked the perfume samples. I already own the full size of Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh so it's good to have something for my bag but also I love the smell of the original Daisy so I was happy to get that as well. I really enjoy getting perfume samples, as it's nice to try it before you go and buy the big expensive bottle. As for the face masks I will probably use them but won't be buying the full size for that price when I'm so in love with my Lush fresh face masks. The two products I was enthusiastic about were the dry shampoo and the glitter eyeliner. I find most dry shampoos aside from the ones targeted at brunettes leave white patches in my hair, although this does have a nice smell so I might just have to use it underneath. Instead of the glitter liner I would  have preferred to try the shade and line product by Bloom that others received as I really can't see myself wearing glitter on my lids, except maybe for a costume or something. 

Did anyone else receive the Lust Have It in June? Was it a hit or miss? 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

All Souled Out

Denim Shirt - Factorie
Blazer & Shorts - Sabo Skirt
Necklace - Diva
Rings - Asos

As soon as I saw the blazer and the matching shorts go up on the Sabo Skirt shop I knew I needed it. The best part is you can mix and match the blazer and shorts with other items if you don't feel like being too out there.

I also got this cute little denim shirt up for $20 on sale. I have been wanting a denim shirt for so long I just never thought it would suit me so I just picked up a cheap one to test the waters. Needless to say I absolutely love it and will probably wear it quite a bit throughout winter.

There isn't too much else to  say about this outfit. I know it's not everyone's taste.

Do you like the floral on floral trend or do you think it's too much?