Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner

I bought this from Priceline for $4.97 as all Maybelline products are currently half price until Monday, and I’m glad I did! I really prefer liquid liners like this, rather than the pen style liners, and I find them easier to use (this fact may not be obvious as my application still leaves a lot to be desired).

This review will be brief, so here we go: this liner dries quickly, dries glossy, which is a change for a black liquid liner, is easy to apply and lasts well. Since it’s so affordable, especially with the 50% off sale on at the moment, I would highly recommend picking this up!

#review    #makeup    #swatches    #maybelline    #eyeliner    #eyes    




Welcome news from Mecca Cosmetica!

Welcome news from Mecca Cosmetica!

#mecca cosmetica    




Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

I’d heard a bit of the hype surrounding this kit while I was in the US, and decided to pick it up while visiting Anastasia’s original salon in Beverly Hills. It cost $40, and is also available from their website and Sephora (although it’s sold out at the moment), and will hopefully be available from places like BeautyBay and Net A Porter for Australians soon.

It contains three powders for highlighting and three for contouring. One of the highlighters is shimmery, but otherwise all powders are matte. The contouring powders are dark enough that I think this palette would work for all skin tones, which is great. All of the powders are pigmented, a dream to apply and seriously so blendable. I cannot emphasise how wonderfully they blend! It’s so impressive.

Another good aspect is that there’s a gap on the side of each pan where you can insert tweezers or whatever to easily remove each pan and replace it with one of their refills! 

Contouring and highlighting have been increasing in popularity lately, and if you, like me, are totally on that bandwagon, this palette is fantastic value, containing everything you need to sculpt and define your features.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #anastasia beverly hills    #face    #highlighter    #bronzer    




POPSUGAR Must Have July Box
I received this last month while still in the US but haven’t had a chance to review it yet! You can read my review of the June box here, and this will be my last review of this service as I’m obviously no longer in the US. It costs $39.95 a month and is available only to US residents.
This box contained:
Michael Stars Beach Hat - This hat was so ugly it made me cry a bit. I left this behind with my roommate because there was no way I was going to try and fit it in my bags when I had to throw out four items of clothing.
French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers - These are really cute, except I’m 20 years old and don’t really make or serve salads. I left these behind.
Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion - I’ve heard good things about these, and the inclusion of both improves the quality of the box in my eyes, but I had to leave them behind as well.
ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws - I’m a sucker for cute straws (ha) and I brought these with me!
TKO Jump Rope - Weird flashbacks to fourth grade and skipping competitions. Left this behind.
Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips - Gave these to a friend because I’m not even sure what coconut chips are.
Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara - Kept this because hello, makeup! 
I knew this was a lifestyle subscription box when signing up, but it evidently caters to a lifestyle that I’m not involved with. I’ll stick to beauty boxes from now on.

POPSUGAR Must Have July Box

I received this last month while still in the US but haven’t had a chance to review it yet! You can read my review of the June box here, and this will be my last review of this service as I’m obviously no longer in the US. It costs $39.95 a month and is available only to US residents.

This box contained:

  • Michael Stars Beach Hat - This hat was so ugly it made me cry a bit. I left this behind with my roommate because there was no way I was going to try and fit it in my bags when I had to throw out four items of clothing.
  • French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers - These are really cute, except I’m 20 years old and don’t really make or serve salads. I left these behind.
  • Sun Bum Sunscreen and Lotion - I’ve heard good things about these, and the inclusion of both improves the quality of the box in my eyes, but I had to leave them behind as well.
  • ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws - I’m a sucker for cute straws (ha) and I brought these with me!
  • TKO Jump Rope - Weird flashbacks to fourth grade and skipping competitions. Left this behind.
  • Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips - Gave these to a friend because I’m not even sure what coconut chips are.
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara - Kept this because hello, makeup! 

I knew this was a lifestyle subscription box when signing up, but it evidently caters to a lifestyle that I’m not involved with. I’ll stick to beauty boxes from now on.

#review    #subscription box    #popsugar must have box    #skin care    #makeup    




Monday, 18 August 2014

devoutfashion:

American Beauty: Model Akuol de Mabior for Summary Magazine

(via romyweinbergerwhite)

#makeup    #fashion    




Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cherrywood, Harlow Red, Sunset Orange, Bright Raspberry and Dusty Pink

I saw these on display in Sephora, where they’re available for $26, and picked up one in Bright Raspberry. As soon as I tried it on, I fell in love, and started wearing it everyday! And as you can see, I left the US with five out of the eight available shades, because this product is just that good. Australians can pick these up from Myer for $44, or directly from Bobbi Brown.

They look like traditional lip pencils, except they’re thicker, and they’re a lot creamier and easier to apply. I’ve already talked about how I love lip pencils/crayons as lipstick because they’re easy to line the lips neatly with, and these are no exception - the thickness doesn’t make application any messier, so no worries!

Unfortunately, one downside is that you lose a fair bit of product every time you sharpen them (you can see in the top photo how short my Bright Raspberry stick is compared to the others), but I’m willing to deal with that because the formula of these is so fantastic. In addition to the creaminess, they last all day without touch ups, and don’t transfer too much, which is good since people are always telling me I have lipstick on my teeth. 

These are definitely some of the best purchases I made while in the US, and by year’s end I’ll probably have gone to Myer to pick up the three I don’t already own!

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #bobbi brown    #lips    #lipstick    




bitchesforlunch said: Cute blog! Saves me from buying a product and being disappointed! Thanks! 😘

Thank you lovely! xxx

#ask    




Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Night Links

  • What are the best-selling lipstick shades? This may surprise you [Vogue Australia]
  • Lush Introduces Products That Preserve Themselves [Refinery29]
  • Nail Ruiners and Habits (and How to Fix Them) [Makeup.com]
  • Winged Liner For A Droopy Lid [The Beauty Department]
  • #TBT: The Best Of The Worst ’90s Beauty Trends [Refinery29]
  • 6 OMG Uses for Your Dry Shampoo [Byrdie]
  • Gucci’s First Cosmetics Line Is Here! And It’s Stunning [Allure Magazine]
#links    #makeup    #skin care    #nails    #fashion    




Saturday, 16 August 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayons in Ody(Sea), Mari(Gold) and (Plum)Age

A review of Intro(Vert) from October last year can be found here.

Marc Jacobs released new shades of his eyeliner earlier this year, and I knew I had to pick them up while in LA. They cost $25 each and are available exclusively from Sephora.

I loved Intro(Vert), and these three were just as great. Ody(Sea) is bluer than Intro(vert), and the colour definitely reminds me of the sea! Mari(Gold) is a gorgeous and bright yellow gold with some subtle pink sparkles - really, really subtle. (Plum)Age is less pigmented than the other two, strangely enough considering it’s darker. So a few swipes are required, and once you’ve done that, it’s a beautiful purple with lighter purple sparkles.

These liners glide onto the skin and last well throughout the day for me, and I definitely prefer the automatic style rather than a liner you sharpen, as I feel like automatic liners are better value.

The highliner gel crayons are probably my favourite Marc Jacobs Beauty products that I’ve tried, and they’re definitely some of the best eyeliners I’ve tried.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #marc jacobs beauty    #eyeliner    #eyes    




Beautylish now ships to Australia!
They have free shipping on orders over $100, and first time customers receive $25 off when they spend $150 or more. Some brands, like Kevyn Aucoin, are unfortunately not available for shipping to Australia.
Beautylish stocks the following brands:
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anna Sui
Armour Beauty
Benjabelle
Charlotte Tilbury (as of September)
Chikuhodo
Cover FX
Eve Lom
Embryolisse
Ilia
Indie Lee
Koh Gen Do
Korres
Lit Cosmetics
Lucas’ Papaw Remedies
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Paw Palette
RCMA Makeup
Rms Beauty
Sachajuan
St Tropez
Sugarpill Cosmetics
The Brush Guard
Too Faced
Wayne Goss
Z Palette
Happy shopping lovelies! xx

Beautylish now ships to Australia!

They have free shipping on orders over $100, and first time customers receive $25 off when they spend $150 or more. Some brands, like Kevyn Aucoin, are unfortunately not available for shipping to Australia.

Beautylish stocks the following brands:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Anna Sui
  • Armour Beauty
  • Benjabelle
  • Charlotte Tilbury (as of September)
  • Chikuhodo
  • Cover FX
  • Eve Lom
  • Embryolisse
  • Ilia
  • Indie Lee
  • Koh Gen Do
  • Korres
  • Lit Cosmetics
  • Lucas’ Papaw Remedies
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Paw Palette
  • RCMA Makeup
  • Rms Beauty
  • Sachajuan
  • St Tropez
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics
  • The Brush Guard
  • Too Faced
  • Wayne Goss
  • Z Palette

Happy shopping lovelies! xx

#deals    #beautylish    




Congratulations colourthatcanvas on Instagram/phannieelizabeth on Bloglovin for winning my Sephora giveaway!
Please send your full name and address to catherinebouris@gmail.com so I can get your goodies out to you :) 
And thank you so much to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for one in late September to celebrate my 21st birthday.
xxxx

Congratulations colourthatcanvas on Instagram/phannieelizabeth on Bloglovin for winning my Sephora giveaway!

Please send your full name and address to catherinebouris@gmail.com so I can get your goodies out to you :) 

And thank you so much to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for one in late September to celebrate my 21st birthday.

xxxx

#giveaway    




Friday, 15 August 2014

Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow in Gold Goddess

This product is a relatively new release from Covergirl, and it’s available from Priceline for $11.95. There are six shades in the range, and it’s essentially a creamy eyeshadow, that apparently “contains reflective pigments, so your eyes dazzle when light hits your face.”

It’s very creamy, pigmented, definitely sparkles when the light hits it, and a small amount of product goes a very long way. I quite like this shadow, and I’m impressed by how pigmented it is and how long it lasts without creasing. The shadows might seem a bit expensive because you only get 5.4ml of product, but such a small amount is required to cover the lid that the small tube should last you quite a while.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #covergirl    #eyeshadow    #eyes    




Thursday, 14 August 2014

Priceline Catalogue

On sale Thursday 14th August until Monday 25th August
(Full catalogue here)

New Products

  • Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer, $10.97 and $7.47
  • Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara, $13.46
  • L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire, $15.36

Makeup

  • Spend $20 or more in one transaction across the entire Sally Hansen range & then receive a free gift
  • 3 for 2 on selected Revlon cosmetics
  • 3 for 2 on all Beauty Essentials beauty tools
  • 50% off entire Maybelline New York range
  • 30% off entire Almay range
  • 30% off all L’Oreal lip products
  • 25% off entire Rimmel range (excluding Wonder’full mascara)
  • Buy 2 and save 25% on Nude by Nature products
  • 20% off Manicare and Glam products

Skin Care

  • Spend $25 or more in one transaction across the Nivea Face range (excludes Men’s) & then receive a free gift
  • Purchase any Indeed Laboratories product & then receive a free Pepta-bright
  • Spend $10 or more in one transaction across the Aveeno Skincare range & then receive a free gift
  • 50% off selected Palmer’s products
  • 30% off Olay Total Effects range
  • 20% off Garnier Pure, Pure Active, Ultralift and Body ranges
  • 15% off all Aveeno products
#priceline    #catalogue    #deals    #budget beauty    




Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

I wasn’t going to buy this liner, because a lot of people’s reviews were swaying me towards the idea of just saving my money this time, but my lovely friend Sarah said she quite liked it, and since I trust her opinion I picked it up. That and the idea of saving money is not one I’m altogether familiar with.

I picked it up for $24 from Sephora, but Australians can pick it up from Adore Beauty or Myer for $35.

It’s described as the ‘world’s first lash hugging gel liner’, and it certainly hugs the lashes! It has a rubber applicator, and you twist up the gel product, and it’s definitely a balancing act between getting enough product out and not getting so much that it wipes off onto your lashes, which happened to me a couple of times!

Confession time: as many of you already know, I’m pretty bad at applying liquid and gel liner, so my opinion isn’t the most reliable one with such reviews! However, I think this liner gets a bit of a bad rap, and once you get the hang of it, it’s alright to use, and it lasts forever. Seriously, if you’re worried about liner coming off throughout the day or night, this one won’t, I promise you.

If you’re a fan of gel liners, or Benefit in general, check this liner out, even if just because it’s so unique!

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #benefit    #eyeliner    #eyes    




Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Elle Vietnam, June 2014

Photographer: Stockton Johnson

Stylist: Andrew Holden

Hair and Makeup: Yoichi Tomizawa and Nam Vo

Model:  Zo Nowak 

Source: Byrdie

#makeup    #fashion