Saturday, 20 September 2014

IMATS 2014

So today was the day! I got to IMATS a bit after nine, where I joined a huge queue to get in - I eventually made it inside the venue just over half an hour later. Not a great start to the day! The new venue, the Royal Hall of Industries, is huge, and there’s a lot of empty space in the venue - this means it doesn’t feel crowded even with tonnes of people inside. My first stop was the Sugarpill booth, where I lined up for a whole hour (!!!!!) to buy 2 Sparkle Baby palettes (one for me and one for Jasmine) and three loose eyeshadows. My next stop was the Lipstick Republic stand, where I picked up a Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick. I then attempted to line up for the Redefining Beauty (a Sigma reseller) stand, but the crowd was huge and not remotely organised, so I gave up on that. Plus, I don’t actually *need* any more brushes! On the plus side, the stand next to it, Then Beauty, sold Hollywood-style mirrors, like the ones I’ve been looking for, so I was able to purchase one of those! Dani then let me know she was outside waiting for Karissa Pukas, so I decided to head out there to meet her! On the way, I purchased the new MUFE Neutrals 12 Flash Color Case from PM Studio, which I was thrilled about since Sephora never had it in stock while I was in the US. 

I went outside and found Dani, and met Karissa as well! I don’t watch any vloggers’ videos religiously, but she was so lovely that I think I might start! Dani, two of her friends and I went back inside, wandered past the amazing work of the MAC Pro artists (that’s what the second photo is), but soon decided we’d had enough, and left. 

I’m thrilled with the purchases I made, and I’m thrilled I got to meet Dani! The disorganisation of the event was disheartening, however - I think the IMATS team needed a few more people on the door, and I think the really popular stands needed a few more people handling transactions. If these two things were improved upon, IMATS would be a much more enjoyable event. 

#event    #personal    #haul    #makeup    




Friday, 19 September 2014

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick & Tinted Lipglass

I bought these on launch day from the MAC store in Bondi Junction, but they’re still available online! The lipstick is $36 and the lipglass is $35.

The lipstick is a really interesting shade - it’s described as a metallic mauve, although in my opinion it’s closer to a grey-based brown, with multicoloured glitter (note: the glitter is blended in, so you can’t feel it when wearing the lipstick). It’s a frost finish, like the first Rihanna lipstick, so it’s not drying, but it’s not moisturising either. I had to apply multiple layers to get an even, opaque look on my lips, and either then some of my lip colour is visible underneath.

Applying the lipglass on top changes the look significantly. It has purple glitter and an overall purple tint to it, and when applied on top of the lipstick, it brings out the mauve tones MAC referred to in the description. It also makes the visible lip colour look intentional! This lipglass isn’t sticky, and you can’t feel the glitter in it, so I was actually able to wear it comfortably, which is exciting since I rarely wear lipgloss.

The swatch and lip photos are lipstick on its own, lipglass on its own, then lipglass on top of lipstick. 

I think this lip colour combo is pretty great for autumn, so it’s a shame we’re heading into spring here in Australia! There’s always next autumn though. It’s a very unique lipstick shade, and not for the faint of heart - if you’re worried you can’t pull it off, just channel Rihanna and you’ll feel confident about it in no time.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #mac cosmetics    #lipstick    #lips    #lipgloss    




Thursday, 18 September 2014

Since my 21st is next week, I thought it was high time for some new hair. The last time I had it cut was mid 2011, and I’m not sure I’ve ever had it dyed by a professional, so this was exciting. On top of all that excitement, my friend Isabelle was the one who did my hair! She works at La Unica Salon in Sydney’s Inner West, and she worked on my hair for over three hours, doing things that are beyond my understanding. I sent her photos of hair colour ideas before the appointment, and she took those and came up with something unique for me. I’m so happy to finally have had something interesting done to my hair! Isabelle did such a fantastic job. 
Do you think now my hair might go viral on Tumblr? ;)

Since my 21st is next week, I thought it was high time for some new hair. The last time I had it cut was mid 2011, and I’m not sure I’ve ever had it dyed by a professional, so this was exciting. On top of all that excitement, my friend Isabelle was the one who did my hair! She works at La Unica Salon in Sydney’s Inner West, and she worked on my hair for over three hours, doing things that are beyond my understanding. I sent her photos of hair colour ideas before the appointment, and she took those and came up with something unique for me. I’m so happy to finally have had something interesting done to my hair! Isabelle did such a fantastic job. 

Do you think now my hair might go viral on Tumblr? ;)

#personal    #hair    




Wednesday, 17 September 2014

amy-ambrosio:

Luma Grothe at Filhas de Gaia S/S 2015.

#fashion    #makeup    #eyes    




Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil

This is Rimmel’s latest mascara, and like a few other products (Josie Maran’s come to mind), this mascara contains argan oil which is meant to make the mascara apply more smoothly and without clumps. It costs $17.95 from Priceline, but all Rimmel eye products are just $10 until the 24th of September.

The bristles are short, but not spiky (I didn’t stab myself in the eye! A good sign) - in fact, they’re quite flexible which makes application that much easier. After multiple layers, there wasn’t any clumping, which is awesome! The mascara does lengthen and curl the lashes somewhat, but the curl is subtle, and if you’re after a more defined lash, using a second mascara in addition might be a good idea.

Rimmel’s mascaras are normally some of my favourites, but unfortunately this hasn’t impressed me as much as the others (Rockin’ Curves, for example). 

#makeup    #review    #mascara    #swatches    #rimmel    #eyes    




Tuesday, 16 September 2014

missladyfinger:

MANICURE MUSE: MSGM Fall ‘14
Scratching the surface today on Miss Ladyfinger. Nail art tutorial inside!
Here’s what you’ll need to create this look. 

missladyfinger:

MANICURE MUSE: MSGM Fall ‘14

Scratching the surface today on Miss Ladyfinger. Nail art tutorial inside!

Here’s what you’ll need to create this look. 

#fashion    #nails    




New lipstick organiser arrived! It holds 24, and cost just $6.50 on eBay! I’m impressed.

New lipstick organiser arrived! It holds 24, and cost just $6.50 on eBay! I’m impressed.

#personal    #collection    #information    #makeup    




Lust Have It! August 2014 Box*

After a few months off from Australian subscription boxes, the Lust Have It team were kind enough to send me their birthday box late last month. Lust Have It subscriptions are $19.95 per month, but you can get your first month for $14.95.

Included in this month’s box:

  • Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment, RRP $24.95 for 125ml, full size
  • Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Facial Cleansing Wipes, RRP $6.95 for 25 wipes, full size + mini wipes pack
  • BioElixia BodyShaper Stretch Mark Diminishing Cream, RRP $39 for 125ml, full size
  • Bioderma Crealine H20, RRP $29.99 for 250ml, 20ml sample
  • Marsk Eyeshadow Brush, RRP $28.95, full size

Despite containing no actual makeup products, which y’all should know by now are my favourite kind (side note: can I pull off y’all? watch this space), all except one of the products in this box are full sized, which is awesome! I’ve been using the Miracle Hair Treatment and the face wipes, and both are quite impressive. I haven’t used the BodyShaper creme, because I’m into body acceptance and the manufactured stigma against stretch marks goes against that (seriously, everybody has them, they are 100% normal).

The brush is synthetic, which is great, and applies product well. It’s soft, and flexible enough to manoeuvre around the eyes, but not so flexible that it’s floppy and unusable. It’s just right!

And as for the Bioderma, I’m keeping it handy for travelling. What a cute size!

This box is worth just over $100, so for $19.95 it’s great value. Happy birthday Lust Have It!

* = Products kindly provided for consideration, but all opinions are my own.

#review    #subscription box    #press sample    #lust have it    #skin care    #tools    




Monday, 15 September 2014

Thank you @twobirdstalking! I’m peachy keen to try these delicious smelling products out.

Thank you @twobirdstalking! I’m peachy keen to try these delicious smelling products out.

#personal    #skin care    #the body shop    #press sample    




Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights

I bought this while in the US because I wanted to be prepared for their Australian release, and here it is! These cost $25.95 from Priceline, are available in 12 shades, and are currently on sale, so you can buy 2 for $30. 

The first thing I noticed about this was that it is creamier and more opaque than having ‘stain’ in the name suggests - for tagging purposes, I’m classifying this as a liquid lipstick, since it doesn’t have the consistency of a gloss, but it’s not exactly a regular lipstick either. I It comes with a doe foot applicator in an arrow shape, similar to the applicators in many lip products being released recently, such as the Maybelline Color Elixirs.

In terms of performance, this wears well, doesn’t emphasise any lines on the lips, remains glossy, and doesn’t dry out the lips. It definitely does leave a slight stain behind if some of the product is removed as a result of eating or drinking, which is something I prefer, as it means the lips aren’t patchy in colour, or worse, only have the outside lined while the majority of the lips are bare.

While this does perform well, for the price, you’re just $11 away from being able to buy a MAC lipstick, so if you’re interested in these, I’d snap them up now during Priceline’s current catalogue sale, which ends on September 24th.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #revlon    #lips    #liquid lipstick    




Priceline Catalogue

Started 11th September (sorry for the delay!), finishes 24th September
Full catalogue here

Makeup

  • Spend $19 or more in one transaction across the Bourjois range & then receive a free gift
  • Spend $20 or more in one transaction across the Models Prefer Cosmetics range & then receive a free BB Brush
  • Spend $35 or more in one transaction across the Innoxa range & then receive a free gift
  • Spend $35 or more in one transaction across the Natio range & then receive a free bag
  • Spend $45 or more in one transaction across the Nude by Nature range & then receive a free gift
  • Buy 1 get 1 free on Revlon nail enamel
  • 3 for 2 on all Australis cosmetics
  • 3 for 2 on Savvy face products
  • 3 for 2 on entire Glam range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Artiste range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Eylure range
  • All Rimmel eye and lip products $10 each
  • 2 for $22 on selected Covergirl cosmetics
  • 2 for $30 on selected Revlon lip products and Colorstay Moisture Stain
  • 2 for $35 on L’Oreal Butterfly Wings Mascara and Perfect Slim Liner
  • 30% off Maybelline lip products
  • 30% off Revlon Beauty Tools range
  • 25% off entire Sally Hansen range
  • 25% off entire Fuse and Sensationail ranges
  • 25% off entire Kiss and Broadway ranges
  • 20% off entire Face of Australia range
  • 20% off entire EcoTools range
  • $10 off entire Physicians Formula range

Skin Care

  • 3 for 2 on entire La Roche Posay range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Sanctuary Spa range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Essano range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Antipodes skin care range
  • 3 for 2 on entire Sukin skin care range
  • 30% off entire Dr Lewinn’s range
  • 25% off entire Montagne Jeunesse range
  • 20% off entire Palmer’s skin care range
  • 20% off entire Garnier skin care range
  • 20% off entire Bioderma range
  • 20% off entire Nuxe range
  • 20% off entire Ego skin care range
  • 20% off entire Cetaphil skin care range
  • 20% off entire Clearasil range
  • 20% off entire Swisspers skin care range
  • 20% off entire Olay Regenerist range
  • 20% off entire Milk skin care range
  • 20% off entire Puretopia skin care range
  • 20% off entire Burt’s Bees range
  • 20% off entire A’kin skin care range
  • 20% off entire Trilogy skin care range
#priceline    #catalogue    #deals    #budget beauty    




Friday, 12 September 2014

Current favourite lip & nail combo - you can never go wrong with red!

Current favourite lip & nail combo - you can never go wrong with red!

#makeup    #personal    #yves saint laurent    




Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mini MAC haul! Mineralize Skin Finish, Simpsons nail stickers and the brand new Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass!

Mini MAC haul! Mineralize Skin Finish, Simpsons nail stickers and the brand new Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass!

#makeup    #mac cosmetics    #haul    #personal    




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Melange

This nail varnish is part of Illamasqua’s latest collection, Once, and it’s described as a golden teal with a matte finish. It’s available from Illamasqua’s website for £14.50, or roughly $25, or Illamasqua counters in Myer for the same price.

As soon as I saw this shade, I knew I wanted it - look how unique it is! A greyish-teal base with gold shimmer, AND it dries matte? I don’t have any shade at all similar to this in my collection. 

In terms of performance, Illamasqua varnishes perform well. This was almost completely opaque after one coat, but I applied two just to be certain. 

This polish makes me think of mermaids, and fairies, and spring, so I plan on wearing it regularly over the next few months!

#review    #swatches    #nails    #illamasqua    




Keen to try this ridiculously famous scrub! Coco reckons there’s a typo in the product name though…

Keen to try this ridiculously famous scrub! Coco reckons there’s a typo in the product name though…

#skin care    #frank body    #personal