Wednesday, 16 July 2014

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

This is one of MAC’s many collaborations with Rihanna, a blue-based red lipstick and lipglass released as part of the Viva Glam range (the proceeds go to MAC’s AIDS fund). It costs $36 in Australia and $16 in the US (sorry Aussies!)

Unlike Riri Woo, this has a frosted finish, and as a result isn’t as drying, so this is an ideal option if you find matte lipsticks too dry. It looks quite metallic, and is supposed to have gold sparkle in it, although it’s really subtle (that’s my nice way of saying I can’t see any).

The packaging is great - I love collecting LE MAC packaging - and since the proceeds go to a good cause, how can you say no to this RiRi-endorsed metallic red?

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




Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Plush Shadow Palette in The Siren

As soon as this was released, I knew I had to have it - talk about the perfect palette for summer! It costs $59 from Sephora, and comes in a black pouch (within the cardboard packaging). 

I am so in love with this palette! Every single shade is extremely pigmented and long-lasting, and the variety of colours is gorgeous and results in such fun looks. Every shade is shimmery, which might be too much shimmer for some people, but not for me! The mirror in the lid is useful, particularly if you’re lazy and not near another mirror.

If you’re able to try out some of Marc Jacobs’ beauty products, I highly recommend this palette, especially if you love colourful looks.

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




Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Finally visited the MAC Pro store yesterday and added to my collection - this is all of the MAC stuff I’ve bought so far :D

Finally visited the MAC Pro store yesterday and added to my collection - this is all of the MAC stuff I’ve bought so far :D

#personal    #haul    #mac cosmetics    




Julep Maven Subscription Box
I’d heard great things from American bloggers about Julep so I felt I had to check out their subscription box while in the US! The first box is free with the code FREEBOX, so you only pay the $2.99 for shipping. After that, boxes are $24.99 a month, and only available to those in the United States and Canada.
The first thing you do after signing up is take a quiz to find your style, and I was categorised as ‘Boho Glam’, so this is the Boho Glam welcome box.
It contains two full sized polishes, in Harriet (the coral/orange shade) and Jeanne (the light blue shade), as well as a full sized nail and cuticle serum. The polishes are really opaque and only require two coats to look perfect, even the light shade, which is really impressive!
If you love nail polishes, these boxes seem like a great way to try out new shades and products! Plus, with the first box being free, how could you say no?

Julep Maven Subscription Box

I’d heard great things from American bloggers about Julep so I felt I had to check out their subscription box while in the US! The first box is free with the code FREEBOX, so you only pay the $2.99 for shipping. After that, boxes are $24.99 a month, and only available to those in the United States and Canada.

The first thing you do after signing up is take a quiz to find your style, and I was categorised as ‘Boho Glam’, so this is the Boho Glam welcome box.

It contains two full sized polishes, in Harriet (the coral/orange shade) and Jeanne (the light blue shade), as well as a full sized nail and cuticle serum. The polishes are really opaque and only require two coats to look perfect, even the light shade, which is really impressive!

If you love nail polishes, these boxes seem like a great way to try out new shades and products! Plus, with the first box being free, how could you say no?

#subscription box    #julep    #nails    #review    




Tuesday, 8 July 2014

GLOSSYBOX June Box

First things first: how cute is this packaging? This is the ‘Stars and Stripes’ edition, and it’s perfect for the 4th of July! Glossybox subscriptions cost $21 a month and although this is the American Glossybox, they can be purchased in over 16 countries (unfortunately not Australia yet!)

This month’s box included:

  • Strangebeautiful Colorbloc, RRP $18 - These shades were apparently exclusively designed for Glossybox, how fun! Such patriotic shades, and they’re completely opaque in two layers. 
  • Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray, RRP $18 - I’ve been trying to wrap my head around hair products lately since they’ve confused me up until now, and I’ve heard good things about texture sprays. 
  • Ayres Patagonia Body Butter, RRP $28 - This body butter moisturises the skin nicely, but the smell is quite strong due to the inclusion of essential oils. I might give this one away…
  • Camille Beckman Hand Therapy, RRP $10 - This is a lemongrass and sparkling grapefruit moisturiser, and boy does it smell like it! The smell is a bit too strong for my liking, so I might give this away too. 
  • Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil, RRP $18 - I’ve never heard of this brand before, but this is a gorgeous shade! It’s pigmented and creamy and a gorgeous dark champagne shade. 

There are three products in this box (four if you count the polishes separately) that I’ll use, and two that I won’t, both of which are moisturisers and that’s just because I’m sensitive to scented moisturisers. Overall, it’s a good box, and I’m very pleased with the inclusion of two makeup (nails count as makeup in this case) items.

#review    #subscription box    #glossybox    #makeup    #skin care    #hair    




Monday, 7 July 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have June Box
I thought that while I was in the US, I should sign up for some subscription boxes! This box from POPSUGAR looked great, and wasn’t just focused on beauty products, so I signed up. It costs $39.95 a month and is available only to US residents.
It came in a large pink box that isn’t easily reusable unfortunately, and the box was quite heavy. This month’s box contained:
The One & Only by Emily Giffin - Apparently a book about romance and Texas football. Not something I am remotely interested in. I guess POPSUGAR took a stab at the kind of books their readers like and came up with this? I mean, sometimes I read Meg Cabot novels when I’m feeling nostalgic and want something easy to read, but books are so subjective! At least I didn’t receive a weird workout DVD like the one that came in last month’s box.
Sachajuan Citrus Body Lotion - This smells gorgeous, as the citrus scent isn’t too strong, and 300ml is a generous size. Excellent inclusion!
Turkish-T Basic Breeze Sorbet in Turquoise - It’s summer, I’m in LA and didn’t bring any beach towels with me, so this is perfect.
You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes With Aloe - I don’t appreciate being told I smell! Ha ha. Being able to throw individual wipes into my bag is handy, and these smell lovely.
Lollies Basics Hair Tie 3-Pack - These are cute, and if it’s true that they don’t stretch over time like other hair bands, even better!
One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ - Cute little potato people. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to chip flavours, so I might give these to a friend.
Bonus: $15 Native Union Gift Card - I’d never heard of Native Union, but after looking at the website, there are some cute products that aren’t too expensive, so the gift card ends up going a long way towards an item.
Overall, it looks like these boxes are targeted towards a demographic I’m not really a part of (seriously, last month’s box contained ‘skinny sticks’ in addition to the fitness DVD), and I don’t think I’d continue my subscription if I was staying in the US any longer. The products are good, but I just don’t feel like the value is there.

POPSUGAR Must Have June Box

I thought that while I was in the US, I should sign up for some subscription boxes! This box from POPSUGAR looked great, and wasn’t just focused on beauty products, so I signed up. It costs $39.95 a month and is available only to US residents.

It came in a large pink box that isn’t easily reusable unfortunately, and the box was quite heavy. This month’s box contained:

  • The One & Only by Emily Giffin - Apparently a book about romance and Texas football. Not something I am remotely interested in. I guess POPSUGAR took a stab at the kind of books their readers like and came up with this? I mean, sometimes I read Meg Cabot novels when I’m feeling nostalgic and want something easy to read, but books are so subjective! At least I didn’t receive a weird workout DVD like the one that came in last month’s box.
  • Sachajuan Citrus Body Lotion - This smells gorgeous, as the citrus scent isn’t too strong, and 300ml is a generous size. Excellent inclusion!
  • Turkish-T Basic Breeze Sorbet in Turquoise - It’s summer, I’m in LA and didn’t bring any beach towels with me, so this is perfect.
  • You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes With Aloe - I don’t appreciate being told I smell! Ha ha. Being able to throw individual wipes into my bag is handy, and these smell lovely.
  • Lollies Basics Hair Tie 3-Pack - These are cute, and if it’s true that they don’t stretch over time like other hair bands, even better!
  • One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ - Cute little potato people. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to chip flavours, so I might give these to a friend.
  • Bonus: $15 Native Union Gift Card - I’d never heard of Native Union, but after looking at the website, there are some cute products that aren’t too expensive, so the gift card ends up going a long way towards an item.

Overall, it looks like these boxes are targeted towards a demographic I’m not really a part of (seriously, last month’s box contained ‘skinny sticks’ in addition to the fitness DVD), and I don’t think I’d continue my subscription if I was staying in the US any longer. The products are good, but I just don’t feel like the value is there.

#review    #subscription box    #popsugar must have box    




Thank you all so much! This is amazing :D
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Thank you all so much! This is amazing :D

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simsical said: hello! for your giveaway, are you checking your tags for Instagram usernames? because that's how I've submitted mine :)

Thank you for letting me know! I’ll make sure to check them :)

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Birchbox June 2014
Being one of the most famous subscription boxes, I knew I had to check out Birchbox while in the US. Boxes cost just $10 a month and only ship to the United States, although there are other boxes for France, the UK and Spain.
This month’s box included:
Davines Lovely Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and OI All In One Milk, RRP $24-28 - These are described as being ideal for hair that needs detangling and defrizzing (potentially not a word) so I’m excited to try them out! I wish the conditioner sample was a bit larger though since i have long, thick hair and use more conditioner than is necessary.
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, RRP $26 - This cream is ridiculously popular, but weirdly I’ve never tried it! It’s more like a butter than I thought, so you really have to stab it to get it moving. I think it might be a bit too heavy to use on my face, but I might use it to treat burns and bruises as the Birchbox info card suggests.
Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum, RRP $98 - This smells lovely, and I’ve been loving perfume samples lately, so this is great! I’ll probably take it with me on one of my short trips while I’m here since it smells like summer and is a convenient size for travelling!
Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour, RRP $18 - This is cute! I thought Laqa & Co only did nail products, so this is an exciting discovery. The shade is a gorgeous purple, and it’s quite pigmented despite being described as sheer. The size is convenient and it smells nice and minty. 
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, RRP $32.95 - The first thing I noticed about this was how strongly it smells of lemon! Which isn’t unpleasant, just noticeable. I’ve been looking for a new exfoliator, so this is great timing!
Bonus: Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar - A little welcome gift from Birchbox! It’s a lovely shiny pink that feels more like a liquid lipstick than a lipgloss, so I’ll definitely wear this!
For $10, this is a pretty good box of samples, and I can see why Birchbox is one of the most popular subscription boxes in the US. 

Birchbox June 2014

Being one of the most famous subscription boxes, I knew I had to check out Birchbox while in the US. Boxes cost just $10 a month and only ship to the United States, although there are other boxes for France, the UK and Spain.

This month’s box included:

  • Davines Lovely Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and OI All In One Milk, RRP $24-28 - These are described as being ideal for hair that needs detangling and defrizzing (potentially not a word) so I’m excited to try them out! I wish the conditioner sample was a bit larger though since i have long, thick hair and use more conditioner than is necessary.
  • Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, RRP $26 - This cream is ridiculously popular, but weirdly I’ve never tried it! It’s more like a butter than I thought, so you really have to stab it to get it moving. I think it might be a bit too heavy to use on my face, but I might use it to treat burns and bruises as the Birchbox info card suggests.
  • Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum, RRP $98 - This smells lovely, and I’ve been loving perfume samples lately, so this is great! I’ll probably take it with me on one of my short trips while I’m here since it smells like summer and is a convenient size for travelling!
  • Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour, RRP $18 - This is cute! I thought Laqa & Co only did nail products, so this is an exciting discovery. The shade is a gorgeous purple, and it’s quite pigmented despite being described as sheer. The size is convenient and it smells nice and minty. 
  • Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, RRP $32.95 - The first thing I noticed about this was how strongly it smells of lemon! Which isn’t unpleasant, just noticeable. I’ve been looking for a new exfoliator, so this is great timing!
  • Bonus: Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar - A little welcome gift from Birchbox! It’s a lovely shiny pink that feels more like a liquid lipstick than a lipgloss, so I’ll definitely wear this!

For $10, this is a pretty good box of samples, and I can see why Birchbox is one of the most popular subscription boxes in the US. 

#review    #subscription box    #birchbox    #makeup    #skin care    #hair    




Saturday, 5 July 2014

Estée Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup in 1.0

Estée Lauder is slightly late to the BB game, but I won’t hold that against them! This BB cream is available in seven shades, and costs $50, so be sure you want it before you buy it!

The first thing I noticed is that it smells strongly of sunscreen as a result of the SPF 30 in it. It has medium but buildable coverage that results in smooth and even skin, and lasts well without reapplication all day, although I haven’t tried it in hot weather! I bought it in the lightest shade, and I think the light colouring combined with the SPF washes me out a little bit.

It’s described as luminous, and the word ‘glow’ is in the name, but I didn’t really notice a change in the luminosity of my face after application. It has a lovely finish that lets the natural dewiness of your skin shine through; if you prefer a matte finish, then this isn’t for you.

It’s a nice BB cream, but there are so many on the market now that I find it difficult to justify the price tag, since nothing about this product really screams ‘unique’ or ‘must have’ to me.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #estee lauder    #face    #foundation    




Thursday, 3 July 2014

MAC Giveaway!
I’ve been so excited to start this giveaway! It’s open to followers in all countries, as long as you’re 18 or have the permission of a parent or guardian, and it will finish July 25th 12am PST.
To enter, all you need to do is:
Be following my blog, either on Tumblr or Bloglovin
Reblog this post once (likes don’t count)
And you can receive an extra entry if you follow me on Instagram (please state your username in your reblog or the comments if you do!)
Included in this giveaway:
Submerged Nail Lacquer from the Alluring Aquatic collection
Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Beautifully Brown from the Sharon Osborne collection
Eye Kohl in Smolder from the Kelly Osborne collection
Mythology, Trax and Paradisco Eye Shadows (Paradisco is in Pro Palette Refill format)
Viva Glam V Lipglass
21 Lash
Heroine, Please Me and Russian Red Lipsticks
Good luck lovelies! And thank you for your support and kind words, my blog and I appreciate it :D
xxx

MAC Giveaway!

I’ve been so excited to start this giveaway! It’s open to followers in all countries, as long as you’re 18 or have the permission of a parent or guardian, and it will finish July 25th 12am PST.

To enter, all you need to do is:

  • Be following my blog, either on Tumblr or Bloglovin
  • Reblog this post once (likes don’t count)
  • And you can receive an extra entry if you follow me on Instagram (please state your username in your reblog or the comments if you do!)

Included in this giveaway:

  1. Submerged Nail Lacquer from the Alluring Aquatic collection
  2. Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Beautifully Brown from the Sharon Osborne collection
  3. Eye Kohl in Smolder from the Kelly Osborne collection
  4. Mythology, Trax and Paradisco Eye Shadows (Paradisco is in Pro Palette Refill format)
  5. Viva Glam V Lipglass
  6. 21 Lash
  7. Heroine, Please Me and Russian Red Lipsticks

Good luck lovelies! And thank you for your support and kind words, my blog and I appreciate it :D

xxx

#giveaway    #makeup    #mac cosmetics    




Beauty Is Individuality - MAC Pro Masterclass

Written by me, and originally published at BirdeeMag.com.

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a MAC Pro Masterclass hosted by Nicole Thompson in Sydney. It was an incredibly informative evening, and left me feeling so inspired.

Nicole is a Senior Artist with MAC, and is currently the Makeup & Hair Director on The Voice Australia. She also works at all of the major fashion weeks with brands such as Bec & Bridge, Proenza Schouler, Sass & Bide, Vivienne Westwood, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Chloe. Earlier this year she was awarded Makeup Artist of the Year at the Australian Hair Fashion Awards.

Nicole in action

We spent the Masterclass going through Autumn/Winter trends, beginning with a behind-the-scenes video from Fashion Week. Nicole then demonstrated the four main trends highlighted by MAC.

1. OFF COLOUR

“Subverts classic tones with a dirty edge to become the new neutrals.” Think frosted and shimmery lipsticks, pink ‘irritated’ eyes, terracotta reds, blurred lip lines, and the 90s.

Off Colour

2. STREAMLINED

“Eyes have a gestural quality to them that widens the eye.” Think coloured and graphic liner, mascara applied to only half of the eye and clumped lashes.

Streamlined

3. ON REFLECTION

“Explores how shine is the most crystallised direction of the season.” Think highlighter, shine, lipgloss on eyelids, metallics, and gold leaf.

On Reflection

4. UNPROCESSED

“Makeup employs the skin’s own shades to embrace authenticity in every form.” Think defined brows, an emphasis on skin care, and natural shine.

Unprocessed

The key message from the evening was “beauty is individuality” – this season will see a lot more emphasis on working with models’ own features, rather than applying the same look to everyone. Nicole also believes that “makeup needs to look a little free”, and said that if it looks like it took hours to apply, take it off!

It was fantastic to see trends come to life in person, and I feel inspired to try them out on myself now. I think I can pull off a terracotta lip, don’t you? Not sure about the minimal foundation though, I’ll have to wait for my skin to look as good as a model’s!

#makeup    #mac cosmetics    #articles    




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter in 1C Light

I decided to buy this after swatching it at the DGM Showcase at the beginning of April, and I bought it in the second lightest shade, 1C. There are eight shades in the range, and each costs $38.

Unlike the Touche Éclat, the product is dispensed through the twisting of the bottom segment of the pen, which I find easier to do than clicking. It’s advertised as a highlighter and a concealer, so I applied it to my under eye area as I do with the Touche Éclat. 

It has decent coverage, more than I expected, and it does cover up under eye circles, although not completely. In the photos above, I’ve applied just the product, no foundation, so when combined with foundation it will do an even better job of concealing under eye imperfections.

It’s described as a highlighter, but it’s not a highlighter in the shimmery sense, moreso a product that just brightens the area it’s applied to. I was impressed with the coverage of this product, and found it more effective at concealing under eye circles than the Touche Éclat. If you’ve been wanting to buy the Touche Éclat but haven’t been able to justify the price tag, this is a more affordable equivalent that’s just as, if not more, impressive!

#review    #swatches    #face    #makeup    #estee lauder    #highlighter    #concealer    




Tuesday, 1 July 2014

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Powder in Brunette Harmony

This is another product I was given as a gift from the lovely Beauty Heaven team, and it’s available from Priceline for $29.45. There’s a similar product available that doesn’t have the highlighter, so make sure you pick the right one! It’s available in two shades, blonde harmony and brunette harmony, and brunette harmony is slightly darker (from what I can tell based on product photos).

The bronzer is pigmented and buildable but also blends well, which is fantastic. If a bronzer doesn’t blend well then I’m unlikely to use it at all, because few things look worse on me than poorly blended bronzer. It comes with a small brush, but unfortunately the brush has shed every time I’ve used it so far.

The highlighter is subtle and golden, and can be applied on its own, but also applies nicely on top of the bronzer. 

This duo is a good quality product, besides the problems with the brush, and is the perfect product to help fake that golden bronze, endless summer look.

#review    #swatches    #makeup    #l'oreal    #face    #bronzer    #highlighter    




Monday, 30 June 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blush

I was so excited to receive this as a gift from the Beauty Heaven team! I love Benefit’s Hoola bronzer, so I had high hopes for this blush. It’s available for $51 from Adore Beauty and other Benefit stockists.

It’s described as a ‘rose gold powder’, and it’s basically as close to rose gold as you can get without leaving the pink spectrum. It comes with a small brush like all Benefit powders, and the brush performs very well.

Applying this results in a subtly flushed and shimmery look - it’s not overly pigmented, but in my opinion, subtle blush looks better anyway, and it blends into the skin easily. For the swatches, I blended the blush and then swatched it on top so you can see the colour but also how it looks when blended.

This is a gorgeous blush and ideal for anyone who prefers their blush to look subtle and shimmery - the colour is close enough to brown that you wouldn’t need to apply bronzer as well, making this ideal for travel or days when you want a quicker routine.

#review    #makeup    #swatches    #benefit    #blush    #face