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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.

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Lorac Mega Pro Palette – Review & Swatches

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Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well.

Today I am going to be doing a quick review and some swatches of the limited edition Lorac Mega Pro palette. I purchased mine from Amazon as Lorac is not available in stores here in Australia and it has been in and out of stock since it was released so I am not sure how easily you will be able to get your hands on this palette. Because it is limited edition and could be difficult to get I debated whether or not to post about it but I really wanted to show it to you guys and give you my thoughts.

I am not going to go into full detail about every shade as I am sure you all have probably read heaps of blog posts or seen a tonne of YouTube videos going into great detail on this palette already. I just wanted to do some swatches and give you my two cents worth.

Lets start with the packaging; So this palette comes in the same thin but sturdy cardboard packaging that the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 come in and is a festive maroon colour with gold writing. There is a large mirror inside which is great especially if you are travelling and there are 32 eye shadows in total inside the palette.

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The packaging does show up finger prints and marks terribly as you can see from the pictures. You may also see from the pictures where I have tried to clean off the marks and it has almost made it worse. Whilst I love the compactness of the palette, how dirty it looks is a downside for me.

As with the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 half the shades are matte and half the shades are shimmer so you get a great range of shades and finishes. This palette is twice the size of the 1 and 2 and therefore has two rows on the top that are all matte shades and the two bottom rows are all shimmer shades.

Again following the theme of the two permanent palettes the shades are mostly neutral although there are a couple of pops of colour however to me these are still quite neutral shades….I guess it depends on your definition of neutrals! 😉

The formula of these shades is just like the other two pro palettes (well I only have the first one but apparently the second one is the same formula as the first and as this palette), the shades are extremely buttery and smooth and blend like a dream. Because they are so pigmented and creamy they do give off a lot of kick up when you put your brush into the pan which does result in a lot of wasted product which is the only downside to the formula. However you can not expect eye shadows to not give some kick up when they are so pigmented and creamy and despite the wasted product I still absolutely adore the formula especially for how easily the eye shadows are to blend out.

This palette would be fantastic for a makeup artist as it contains such a great variety of shades but is also great for any makeup enthusiast and I would highly recommend picking this palette up if you can get your hands on it.

Top Row – Matte Shades

Swatches from left to right – Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso

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Second Row – Matte Shades

Swatches from left to right – White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

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Third Row – Shimmer Shades

Swatches from left to right – Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo

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Bottom Row – Shimmer Shades

Swatches from left to right – Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

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Let me know if you have tried this palette and what your thoughts are on it, I would love to hear from you.

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

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 🙂

Collective Haul – Perfume, Nail Polish, Body Care

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Hi Guys,

I have been doing a lot of shopping lately (you might notice a lot of hauls) and here is some beauty items I have picked up from various places that I thought I would show you. If you would like to see reviews on any of these items, please let me know in the comments below.

– Pamolive Body Wash in Mango & Pomegranate

– I Love…Coconut & Cream Body Wash

– I Love…Raspberry & Blackberry Body Wash

– Nude by Rihanna Perfume

– Pacifica Perfume in Indian Coconut Nectar

– LÓccitane Hand & Foot Cream Set

– Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in 230 Complex and 215 Shameless

– Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 03

– Satin Care Shave Gel in Wild Berry

– Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Polish in 530 Double Down

– Revlon Colorstay  Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

– Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 420 Pacific Blue

– Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 290 Bold Gold

– Rimmel London 60 Seconds in 504 District-ly Come Dancing

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.