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Makeup Haul – Essence, Models Prefer & Chi Chi

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Hi Guys,

Just thought I’d share a quick haul with you of some products I have picked up lately.

– Essence silky touch blush in Autumn Peach
– Essence Be Loud Collection blush in Apricot
– Essence Blush up powder blush in Pinky Flow
– Essence beach cruisers collection blush in Summer Break
(Can you tell I went a little Essence blush crazy!!??)
-Essence Maximum definition volume mascara
– Essence beach cruisers collection waterproof liquid eyeliners in Sun, Fun & Copper and Keep Calm and go to the Beach!
– Modelsprefer Mineral Powder Soft Touch powder in Soft Focus
– Chi Chi mineral eyeshadow in Don’t Stop Believin

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are or if you have picked up anything lately you would recommend I try.
If you would like me to do swatches or reviews on any of these products please let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer: all products were purchased by me using my own money. This is not a sponsored post.

Australis AC on Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit Review & Swatches

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Hello Lovelies!

Today I am going to do a really quick review on the new limited edition Australis AC on Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.

I purchased this kit from Priceline here in Australia but I believe it is available from anywhere that stocks Australis products. The cost of this kit is $16.95 and you get three highlight shades and three contour shades.

I have heard people are having trouble finding this in stock still but I have also heard that it is due to be re-stocked again in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for it if you are interested in getting it as it is limited edition.

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The packaging is made from black plastic that is fairly sturdy, there are six pans inside and no mirror which is unfortunate, I would have preferred to see a mirror inside but this is not a deal breaker for me.

This palette is supposed to be a dupe for the more expensive Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette which I don’t have but by looking at pictures they do look very similar.

Shade descriptions – Top Row – Left to Right

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First Shade – Matte pink toned highlight

Second Shade –  Matte yellow toned highlight

Third Shade – Shimmer pink toned highlight

Bottom Row – Left to Right

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First Shade – Matte neutral brown

Second Shade – Matte cool toned brown

Third Shade – Matte warm toned brown

The formula on these powders is very smooth and creamy. They blend out fairly easily and are very pigmented so I have to use a light hand with any of the contour shades as I am very pale.

I love to mix the two matte highlight shades together and use them to set my under eye concealer. I do not find the powders to settle into the fine lines under my eyes, they last all day and give a lovely subtle highlight effect. These two shades are definitely my favourites from the whole kit.

The shimmery pink highlight shade is nice but definitely not my favourite highlighter. It is not too overpowering so is nice for an every day look and the pink tone is perfect for fair skinned girls. I like this highlighter but I prefer a more intense champagne shade highlighter for most of my makeup looks.

The first contour shade I haven’t got a lot of use out of as I find it looks quite muddy on my pale skin tone. The middle shade is a nice cool toned shade for contouring but I also find this one to look a bit muddy on me if I am not careful with it. These shades may be better for medium to dark skin tones and if you are fair I suggest being careful with these two by using a light hand when applying.

The third contour shade is very warm toned and surprisingly actually suits me the best out of the three but only if used for bronzing not contouring. Again it is very pigmented and I have to use a light hand with it.

Overall I think this is a great palette and would make a great addition to any makeup lovers kit at an affordable price. Despite not being a huge fan of the contour shades I think this palette was worth the money for the highlight shades alone. The contour shades will still be a great addition to my professional makeup kit as I am sure they will be great for many other skin tones despite them not looking that great on me.

Let me know if you have tried this palette and what your thoughts are on it and/or if you also have the Anastasia palette and how you think they compare, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased by me with my own money.

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette Review and Swatches

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Hi Everyone!
If you have been reading my blog for a while then you will know that I absolutely love Makeup Geek products so when I heard they were coming out with this limited edition Vegas Lights palette I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
This is a limited edition palette containing six eyeshadows, five are new exclusive shades and one is already a permanent shade.
You can purchase this palette from the Makeup Geek website for $37.99 USD and they ship world wide.
The palette is made from sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure and a mirror inside. The palette has a lovely design on the inside and out and the eyeshadows are magnetised to the palette and can be removed and placed into a Z palette which I love! I think it is such a great idea to be able to change out the shadows in this palette.

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Now onto the shades and swatches;

Casino – this is a beautiful shimmery yellow golden shade that is so buttery and pigmented. This is one of my favourite shades makeup geek has ever came out with, it’s amazing!

Sin City – this is warm orange shade with gold shimmer. This is a gorgeous colour but I was a little disappointed in this one as it is not as pigmented as the other shadows.

Roulette – this is a stunning shimmery cranberry shade. This is lovely and smooth and very pigmented.

Mirage – this is a matte yellow based cream shade that makes a beautiful brow bone highlight. I really like this shade and it blends beautifully.

Desert Sands – this is probably my favourite shade in the palette! It is an amazing warm toned brown that makes the perfect transition colour. It is so pigmented and smooth and I will cry if they don’t make this permanent!

Bada Bing – this is the one shade that is already in the permanent line and so I already owned this one. It is a matte deep brown with gold glitter throughout. The glitter is not really detectable on the eye. This shade is nice but could be more pigmented and I wish they had put a new shade in the palette because I really don’t need two of this shade.

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Swatches from left to right – Casino, SinCity, Roulette, Mirage, Desert Sands, Bada Bing.

Overall the quality of this palette is awesome and I really hope they make these new shades permanent. This palette is limited edition so if you want it you had better pick it up quick as it has already been around for a while and I believe I read this is the second stock batch out now and once it sells out that’s it, there won’t be anymore released.

So that sums up this review, let me know in the comments if you have tried this palette and what your thoughts on it are.

Love you guys xo

My New Makeup Vanity!

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Hello lovelies!

I hope you are all well. I just wanted to do a quick post showing you my new makeup vanity which I am totally obsessed with!
I have never had a proper makeup vanity and up until now have had to stand in a dark corner in front of a mirror with no lighting with my makeup next to it in plastic drawers…not ideal!! So to have a proper vanity with a Hollywood mirror is so exciting for me.
So here is how I made this;
The drawers are from Ikea and are the Alex 5 drawers in black and I have 3 of them under my desk.
Linnmon 200cm black/brown table top sitting on top of the drawers.
The chair is one of the Borje dining chairs.
The White pots holding my brushes, eyeliners, lip liners and lip crayons are the Skurar pots which I think look super cute.
My lovely husband made the mirror with the lights for me which I love so much not only for doing my makeup but for taking photos for my blog in front of as they are nice and bright and are the cool daylight bulbs so they keep colours true.
The clear set of acrylic drawers on top of the desk are one of the filing drawers from Offiveworks, these come in different sizes and colours. This holds so much makeup! I was shocked when I was filling it up how much fits in there.
I absolutely love my new vanity and hope you guys enjoyed this quick post showing you where I got everything from.

What does your vanity look like? I would love to see photos 🙂

Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow 30E Review and Swatch

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Hi Everyone,

I have a really quick review that I wanted to do for you guys today and it is on the Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow Crayon in 30E.

I picked this product up last year at IMATS Sydney and have been absolutely loving it ever since and I can’t wait to go back to IMATS this year and hopefully be able to pick up some more shades. This is basically a cream eye shadow crayon and it is waterproof which is something I absolutely love about this product because it makes it totally budge proof!

This shade is a really pretty pinky/peachy champagne shimmer, it makes the perfect base for any champagne, pink or peach eye shadow and I have also used it under gold before and it looked gorgeous. The formula is very smooth and creamy and it blends out really nicely. I prefer these crayons to the Aqua eyes in the pots as I find them a little harder to get a nice thin even application with whereas with this it goes on perfectly. I find this lasts all day long and is waterproof so it is perfect for summer.

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The crayon does have to be sharpened and whilst it doesn’t overally bother me, I would prefer if it was a retractable as it is easier and wastes less product.

I really love this product and this it is such amazing quality and cannot wait to try more shades from the range. Let me know what shades you would recommend from the line in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.

Trashy Tuesday – Week Three – Product Empties

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Hi Lovelies!

I hope you are all doing well. It’s time for another Trashy Tuesday where I share with you products I have used up and what I thought about them so let’s get into it.

Arbonne FC5 Nourishing Daily Shampoo –

This is my Holy Grail shampoo along with the conditioner which I used up and showed in an empties a while ago. The brand is all natural and smells so delicious like fruit. This is a very gentle creamy shampoo that is free of sulfates so it does not lather like a normal shampoo but I find it still gets my hair really clean. This shampoo is very moisturising especially with the coordinating conditioner and I absolutely love them together. I desperately need to repurchase both the shampoo and conditioner as I miss them so much!

Messhead Hair Therapy Dry Shampoo –

I was not a huge fan of this dry shampoo, it smells fairly nice but did not do much for making my hair look or feel clean again. It does not have the strength of my beloved Batiste Dry Shampoo and also not the lasting power, I found I would have to keep reusing this throughout the day whereas with the Batiste I only have to use it once in the morning. I won’t be repurchasing this dry shampoo again.

LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner –

This product is made from Argan Oil and is designed to be used in the shower after washing your body. You put it all over and then rinse it off and pat dry and it is supposed to remove the need to moisturise after you get out of the shower. This smells so delicious like roses and I do find it is very hydrating and I don’t need to moisturise afterwards. My only gripe with this product is that it is very expensive, this is a smell pot I got in a set but the full size pot is over $30 and I find I went through this very quickly. I would consider repurchasing though as I do really like this product. I am going to keep this pot as if you return 5 empty pots to LUSH they will give you a free fresh face mask.

Orion Body Sync Woman Sport Deodorant –

This deodorant is from Aldi and was very inexpensive (less than $2) and I did find that it worked quite well. This is still about half full but I am getting rid of it as I decided to move onto more natural aluminum free deodorants as aluminum has been linked to breast cancer so I don’t want to use deodorants with it in them anymore. I won’t be repurchasing this because of this reason and I also won’t be finishing this product.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Brightener –

I really like this product especially the one in fair/light. This is the pink toned one designed to brighten and it was nice for highlighting. This is a very creamy thin formula but it still gives about a medium coverage. I do prefer the one in light as it is more yellow toned and I like it for my under eyes and for a subtle highlight so I will probably repurchase that shade again instead of this one.

Azelique Age Refining Skin Polish –

I purchased this product off www.iherb.com and didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did. This is a microdermabrasion scrub that is designed to be used 2-3 times per week to clear pores and remove dead skin cells like a microdermabrasion treatment would do. I absolutely love this product! It is very gentle to use but OMG it makes my skin so smooth and soft! I find it really helps clear my pores and keep my skin clear. I am obsessed with this product and have repurchased another one, I would highly recommend it.

Whitening Lightening Zero Whitening Pen –

I am really inconsistent with these whitening pens so I can’t really comment on how well they work because I always forget to use them. This is basically a pen that you click and teeth whitening gel comes through the brush on the end and you brush it on your teeth and leave it on and it is supposed to whiten your teeth. I have noticed a very slight improvement in the whiteness of my teeth with this but like I said I am very inconsistent with it so if I was to use it more consistently I am sure I would get better results. I have a couple more of these so I will try and use the next one more regularly and report back.

That sums up this week’s Trashy Tuesday, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts on them are. Have a great week guys J

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.

Haircare Haul – David Babaii

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Hi Everyone,

I have a quick haircare haul I wanted to share with you today. I recently picked up some items from David Babaii’s haircare line off www.ozsale.com.au which is a site that has flash sales on a variety of brands and products that run for a few days. Recently they had David Babaii on their site on sale and I have always been curious to try some things from the line since hearing good things from Jodie on her YouTube channel Goo Roo Beauty (jodik76).

David Babaii can be found in Priceline here in Australia but it is quite expensive which has always made me hesitant to purchase anything. The products seem to range from $25-$35 roughly and they were running for around $8-$9 on Ozsale so I couldn’t pass up that great deal.

I have been playing around with these products but I am still forming my opinion on them however if you would like a review on any of the products please let me know and I’ll do that for you once I have tried them out a few more times.

Here is a list of the products I purchased;

–          David Babaii Blow Out Rapid Blow Dry Spray

–          David Babaii Finished Styling Spray

–          David Babaii Instant Miracle Hair Volume Powder

–          David Babaii Miracle Elixir Nourishing Oil Spray

Let me know if you have tried any products from the David Babaii line and what your thoughts on them are, I would love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.