Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lust Have It October!

It may seem a little late in the month to be posting the October Lust Have It but I didn't receive this until yesterday (ridiculous I know). If you follow Lust Have It on Facebook you would have seen a lot of negative feedback regarding this months boxes. I've mention in my last couple of LHI posts that I was growing tired of their boxes and nothing was really wowing me - this month was no exception. I feel unsatisfied as a customer having to wait a whole month for something to come to me and I paid for it in the first couple of days of October, not to mention the contents was once again unexciting. 

Lust Have It have promised to pick up their game so I'm giving them one last chance to redeem themselves before I unsubscribe. As I said earlier the october box didn't particularly excite me, especially when compared to the October Bella Box

This is what was included in this months Lust Have It: 

Mask In A Cup Facial Mask $9.95

This product seems interesting enough, but I doubt anything will beat the Lush face masks I'm obsessed with. Mine was also squashed when I opened my box - thankfully it didn't leak.  I will give this a go and see if it's nice 

NYX Cosmetics Girls Nail Polish $4.95

We finally recieve a NYX product and it's a nail polish....I like the colour but I already have something so similar. I will probably use this, I definitely would have preferred to try a NYX makeup product. 

Avene Cleanance Skin Products $24.95

More Avene products, I've used quite a few of their products and none of them have really had me going to buy more. I will try these out as they are for acne prone skin, but honestly I think myself and quite a few others are sick of being bombarded with Avene samples - when on their site there seems to be brands we have never received products from. 

Caron Waxaway Ready To Use Sensitive Wax Strips 20pk $9.95

I already have my at home Veet wax kit, so these will probably get thrown in a drawer never to be used. The sample provided would even do one of my legs. 

Star & Rose Bath Fizzer $4.95

I don't have a bathtub at my house, so this will also be going in a drawer never to be used. 

They also included some vouchers for Adorn & Harvest Box - like I mention in a previous Lust Have It post I hate when they put these in, it's like they're trying to make up for the lack of quality in the box. 

Overall it wasn't the worst box but it certainly wasn't the best, I used to so look forward to receiving my Lust Have It in the middle of the month and now I feel like it's such a waste of money. I think LHI really need to step it up next month with new exciting products and brands, especially if they want to keep people subscribing. 

Did you receive Lust Have It this month? What did you think? 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Bellabox October 2012

So as you guys know I've wanted to sign up to Bellabox for a little while now after the last couple months of disappointing subscription boxes I bit the bullet and subscribed. Bellabox is $15.00 per month and ships within the first two weeks of the month - a welcome change. 

Anyway most of you lovely people probably knew all that, so on to what I received in my October box. October is breast cancer awareness month so this month was themed around that, with a box full of pretty pink themed beauty products. 

My first reaction upon opening the box was 'wow there is so many products' something I haven't been accustomed to with other boxes. All of the products where brands I've heard of or used before and I was excited to see some of my favourite brands in there. The products I received were: 

Bourjois Smokey Pencil in Dark Purple 
Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm 
DKNY Fresh Blossom Eau So Intense
Estee Lauder Action Lift Treatment
Klorane Shampoo With Oat Milk
Klorane Conditioning Cream with Pomegranate 
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish 
Clinique Turnaround Extra Radiance Renewer 

As you can see there is a great range of high end and lower end brands which is really exciting. I don't know about you, but if I have heard of a brand before I am more likely to purchase their products especially because they're usually more available. I absolutely loved the contents of this box and there isn't one product I don't want to try. I am especially loving the DKNY perfume - it smells delicious, and the Carmex lip tint. I haven't had a chance to try out all of the products but I know this box was definitely worth the $15.00. 

Did you get a Bellabox this month? What did you think? 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation Review

I bought this foundation about 2 and a half months ago. I was really excited to try it as I am a big fan of creme foundations. I accidentally (like always) bought a shade too dark. I have the colour "Buff Chamois".

As you can see in the photo of me above, it is a little bit patchy - I am not wearing any concealer or powder. I think this foundation is best applied with a brush, unfortunately when I took this photo I had already applied it with my fingers, I would ordinarily use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Like most creme based foundations, it does tend to stick to the dryer areas of your face. If you have really dry skin you might not like this.

I especially like the fact that this colour is yellow based as I find with a lot of cheaper (drugstore) foundations they tend to be very pink toned.

Cost: Around $30.00 AUD.

Coverage: Medium but can be built up to a full coverage.

Packaging: I love the look of this packaging, although not very practical.

Wear time: Anyone that has used the original Revlon Colorstay would know that this foundation does not budge. It is the longest wearing foundation I have tried.

Repurchase?: This is a really nice drugstore foundation. I just think the price is hard to justify...

This foundation would be perfect for someone who wants to try a creme foundation but doesn't want to spend a lot of money on something like Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. Also the fact that it stays on and doesn't break down after a long day at work is a big plus.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think of it?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

IMATS Sydney 2012 Haul

So if you read our last post you know that two weeks ago Megan and I attended our very first IMATS, you can read more about our experience here. It was really crowded at some stalls and it was hard to get in to test some of the products, I didn't really feel like fighting someone over a product so I  didn't end up buying too much. I was happy with the products I purchased and glad I didn't go too crazy. 

Now onto what I actually bought and what I think about them so far.

Inglot Eyeshadow Quad using the 'Freedom' System
Inglot was by far in my opinion one of the most popular stalls of the day, it was absolutely packed but I managed to squeeze my way in and got to swatch a lot of eyeshadows before making my final decision with these four. The four shades I picked are all shimmery, as you can see from the swatch above. 
These shadows are gorgeous and have fantastic pigmentation. I know the colours may seem really boring, but I'm not the kind of girl that wears really crazy eyeshadow colours (I prefer to leave that to my lips). I adore all the shades I purchased and I am also loving the sturdy magnetic packaging! 

Obbsesive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in 'Trollop' & 'Divine' 
These were something Megan and I knew we were definitely going to try and get our hands on, after hearing so much about them through various blogs we were very excited to see them at IMATS. This stall was also extremely packed and we stood there for quite awhile before we could get in and swatch some of the lip tars. I decided on these two fun pink shades because I really didn't need another red lip product in my collection. I am actually obsessed with these and think they definitely live up to the hype. I would definitely recommend only using a tiny bit and applying them with a mirror to avoid pink stains  under your lips like me. 

Crown Brushes
I know I could have spent a lot more time and money on brushes but by the time I wanted to go back to different brush stands it was just so overwhelming I decided I had bought enough. These were my first purchase of the day, and they were all pretty cheap. I'm glad I finally have more eye brushes to add to my collection and a decent blush brush. I love how soft they all are and they seem to be great quality. I haven't had a chance to use these yet as I want to give them a wash before I do so. 

Makeup Forever HD Blush in 07 
This was a complete impulse purchase, I was actually looking at the Aqua Creams when I spotted this and had to swatch it. You only need the tiniest bit of this blush because it's so pigmented, so I know I will get really great use out of it. It's quite easy to blend, and I'm looking forward to testing it out properly and will definitely follow up with a full review. 

Blync Lashes, Red Cherry Lashes & Duo Eyelash Adhesive
I have just recently been getting into false lashes so I picked up a few different types while I was there. I chose ones that weren't too dramatic as my eyelashes are quite long already, I just wanted ones that would enhance the look of them. Again I haven't had a chance to try these on yet but I will let you know how they go. I'm also super excited to finally have some eyelash glue that has been recommended to me rather than the little tubes that come with the eyelashes that never really works properly. 

So that's all I purchased at IMATS, I had a great time and I'm looking forward to next year.

Did anyone else attend? What was your favourite purchase?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

IMATS Sydney 2012

Last weekend Katelyn and I attended IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show for those who aren't sure what it is) in Sydney. This was our first IMATS so I thought I would do a little run down of our experience. It was held at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour which was a great location for it, it is so pretty down along the harbour.

We got to IMATS at around 10am on Saturday morning. We were a bit worried there would be stacks of people and massive lines to get in but surprisingly there weren't. At the door we were given a bag to put all of our purchases in which I thought was a great idea. I personally didn't buy too much, I only got two OCC Lip Tars and a crease brush from Crown Brushes. Katelyn on the other hand went a bit more crazy on the purchasing front and bought quite a few new products to play with - she will be doing a little haul later in the week for those who are interested to see what she bought.

There were quite a few brands there that we had never heard of as well as some really well known brands - click here for the full list of brands. The Inglot and MAC stalls were by far the most busy, I felt a little claustrophobic trying to look at all the products at both of these stalls - I think that was one of the main reasons I didn't buy much. The most disappointing part of the day was realising that NYX had pulled out, they were one of the brands we were most excited for.

Unfortunately the event itself wasn't as big as we thought it would be (in the way of stalls and products being sold) and also the fact that neither of us are make up artists we didn't really feel the need to stay for the seminars as there would have been heaps of actual make up artists wanting to watch so we didn't want to take up seats/space.

All in all it was a great experience and we're both glad we went. We will be attending next year too so hopefully more brands will jump on board for IMATS 2013!

Did you go to IMATS in Sydney?