Monday, 1 August 2016

Beautylish Haul feat. Wayne Goss & Becca

This small haul is from a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to share because I want to tell you about how awesome Beautylish is. I have purchased from Beautylish a few times now and I am always impressed with the service. 

My parcels are shipped out within approx. 24 hours, this order was shipped out in less than 8 hours. I always receive my orders within a week (and that is to rural Victoria). My parcels always come well packaged and the items wrapped up safely. Their customer service is always quick to respond and very helpful. I highly recommend Beautylish to get your next beauty fill. If you spend over US$50 you get free shipping to Australia (WOO!). 

Now onto the haul!

The main reason for my purchase from Beautylish was the release of the new limited edition makeup brush from Wayne Goss (a YouTuber if you haven't heard of him before). I purchased The Anniversary Set at Christmas time and I have the last two years Holiday Brushes. I love them all so I couldn't resist. I also picked up some items from Becca that I have been eyeing off so I could take advantage of free shipping. 

The first item added to my cart was of course The Air-Brush from Wayne Goss. This is an insanely soft brush designed for powder products. When I say soft, I mean soft. It is softer than brush I own, including other Wayne Goss brushes and my Suqqu Cheek Brush. It is perfect for highlighter, contour, blush or targeted application of powder. 

Becca is a brand I am really just starting to discover so I had to pick up one of the raved about Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl. A gorgeous luminous white highlighting powder. I also purchased one of the new Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blushes in Foxglove. This is a a very pretty shimmery pink shade. 

A close-up of The Air-Brush (I probably should have washed it before taking this photo!) See the nice tapered but soft brush head. I have no regrets about adding this brush to my growing collection.

If you are looking for your next beauty splurge, I highly recommend you check out Beautylish. I am already planning my next haul (hello Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips!). 

Have you purchased from Beautylish before? 

PS: This is not a sponsored/gifted post, I just really love Beautylish. Also apologies for my less than spectacular photographs. Winter sucks. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Disappointing Products #2

It has been a long time since I have done a 'Disappointing Products' post, my last and only one is way back in 2012 (post HERE if you are interested). 

I try to be positive so I rarely post reviews on products I don't like. Especially since if I don't like a product, I stop using it pretty quickly. I don't have a lot of products in this post either, mostly because I throw them out/pass them on pretty quickly. My stash doesn't have room for crappy products!

Australis - AC on Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit
I think this a good entry level product but it just doesn't work for me (I know a lot of people love it). The contour colours look muddy on cool, fair skin. The yellow (banana) shade is too yellow for me. I also found the powders to be quite chalky and hard to blend. 

Bobbi Brown - Old Hollywood Eye Palette
I fell in love with this palette as soon as I saw it and I paid a massive $125 for it. I hate it. The shadows are powdery and patchy with poor pigmentation. They have really bad fallout too - I had glitter all over my face by the end of the day. An expensive, disappointing product. 

Maybelline - SuperStay Better Skin Concealer
This is the lightest shade and it is still so dark! I picked it up in a rush as I had a giant pimple on my chin that needed covering ASAP. It worked in a pinch that day but I haven't used it again. 

Tom Ford - Concealing Pen
Another pricey disappointment. This is the concealer with the little sponge on the top. Firstly the applicator sucks - the product just seems to get stuck in the sponge. Secondly, it did nothing to conceal my dark circle. The formula is thin and didn't actually have any coverage. I am determined to finish it somehow though as it was so pricey. 

Tom Ford - Correcting Pen
This concealer seems like such a great idea, two different shades of concealer in one nifty little pen. Pity the concealers aren't any good. Both are cakey, difficult to blend and do not wear well. Again I am determined to finish it as it cost so damn much!

Giorgio Armani - Rouge Ecstasy 
Pricey disappointments seem to be a theme to this post. These lipsticks were quite hyped when they were first released and I had to have them. I picked up two shades 500 (the pink shade) and 302 (the coral shade). These lipsticks have quite chalky appearance to them when applied to the lips and they are very patchy. The formula just sits on top of the lips. So disappointing (look how pretty the red cases are!). 

Benefit - They're Real Push-Up Liner
I have no idea why I bought this. I guess I get swept up in the hype thanks to all the beauty bloggers raving about it. The actual gel liner is quite good, the applicator is difficult and fiddly. I also found I wasted a lot of product as it dried out in the applicator between uses. 

What products have disappointed you lately? 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Makeup Empties #4

I keep a bag on the back of my door for my makeup empties and since the bag was getting pretty full, I thought it is time for another empties post. 

The last empties I posted was in August 2015 so a new one is definitely due. This is all the products I have finished up since then. I did however throw out a few mascaras without including them, mainly because I can't remember what I think of them. That probably indicates that they weren't that amazing. 

CHANEL - Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
Holy grail foundation. Already repurchased. 

DIOR - Airflash Spray Foundation
I really enjoyed this foundation, it left my skin looking flawless. There is a bit of a knack to applying this but well worth the effort. Coverage is good and wears well. I reserved this as a 'going out' foundation. Originally I purchased this from Harrods as it was unavailable in Australia, it is now here though. May repurchase - it felt like it didn't have as many applications as a conventional bottle of foundation so that puts me off a little. 

GIORGIO ARMANI - Maestro Fusion Makeup
I purchased this soon after its release, at the peak of the hype around it. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is light coverage but enough to even out my skin and make me look put together. A favourite for when I was in rush. I have recently purchased the new Maestro Glow so I won't be repurchasing anytime soon, I need to give the new a good try first. 

COLLECTION - Lasting Perfection Concealer
I have had this concealer for way too long. I purchased it off eBay when all the YouTubers were obsessed with it. I liked it, the shade Fair was a great match for my skin. I will probably repurchase - it is a good product at a reasonable price. 

LANCOME - Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact
I LOVE this foundation. I used this almost everyday for about 2 months after I initially purchased it. It is so easy to use and it makes my skin look flawless and glowing. I purchased the duo pack with a refill so I am currently using that one. Will repurchase after using up the refill. 

MAC - Strobe Cream
I use this as both a primer and moisturisers in rushed mornings as a kind of two products in one. I really like this product and will continue to repurchase (I already have one almost empty and backup). TIP: the travel size actually works out cheaper than the full size! $15 for 30ml vs. $55 for 50ml. 

MAC - Fix+ Spray
I purchased this because it seems to be a product every makeup lover uses. I didn't have an issue with the product - it did as I wanted. I however hated the spray on this, it was like pointing a hose at my face. I am now using an Urban Decay one that has a much finer mist. 

BY TERRY - Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder
This was a sample included in a Mecca Beauty Loop box ages ago. It is only 1.3g but lasted quite some time. I liked this powder - it set my makeup without leaving my skin looking really matte. The texture was a little odd though. I won't purchase the full size. 

MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Mascara
I didn't like this mascara. The formula was too wet and just left my lashes looking clumped. It did nothing Sensational for my lashes. 

DIOR - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
I enjoyed this mascara. It made my lashes dark and long, it was good for volume. I didn't really find it to hold a good curl though. Wouldn't repurchase. 

CHANEL - Inimitable Mascara Waterproof
I should have thrown this mascara out years ago but I paid over $50 for it so I couldn't bring myself to part with it. Especially since I have barely used it. Why? Because it is bright blue and I got talked into at the Chanel counter. It is a lovely mascara just not one I needed to pay what I did for it. 

BOBBI BROWN - Smokey Eye Mascara
A nice mascara that made my lashes long and dark. I have another sample of this to use before I consider purchasing it. 

CHANEL - Le Volume Ultra-Noir De Chanel Mascara
I didn't particularly like the original formula of the Le Volume De Chanel mascara but I really liked this one. It is a very intense black and made my lashes look full and dark. Would possibly purchase. 

This is a tinted eye primer. I quite liked this product. It was good to neutralise the colour on my eyelids even without using shadows on top. I won't repurchase at this stage as I have other products that will do the same job (MAC Painterly Paint Pot & NARS Primer). 

STILA - Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
I wish I could give an opinion on this product but I only got to use it once before it dried up and fell out the next time I opened it. Fail. 

BENEFIT - Gimme Brow 
I love this for quick and easy brow grooming. It makes my brows look neat and tidy with very little effort. Already repurchased. 

A pretty long list of empties there. Pretty happy with what I have used up. No lip products though. I'll have to get working on them (HAHA!). Anyway I don't use products to finish them, I use them because I like them and enjoy using them.

What are your latest empties?

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Burberry - London with Love Blush Highlighter

It was love at first sight with this beauty. I am absolutely powerless to resist blush anyway but add in a pretty pattern and slap on 'limited edition' and you have me whipping out my credit card. I know, I am a marketers dream.

The Burberry London with Love Blush Highlighter appeared on the Burberry website back in April. I have had it in my stash for two months now but it was only in the last couple of weeks that I could actually bring myself to dip my brush in it. I really didn't want to upset that pretty pattern. 

The London with Love Blush Highlighter features a raspberry pink in the centre, in the shape of a heart to form the blush. The heart is surrounded by a soft beige highlighter. You can either use each shade individually or mix together. I personally prefer to mix them for a glowing, pink blush. The blush on its own has a satin finish whereas the highlighter is quite shimmery. They mix together perfectly. 

The formula is lovely - soft and blendable but not powdery. Pigmentation is strong, almost too strong so a light hand is needed for application. I found wear time with this blush to be good. It lasts all day with only minimal fading around the edges. I can look in the mirror when I get home and I still have pretty pink cheeks. 

The product itself comes in the standard Burberry compact with the check print, it comes housed in a velvet pouch and a brush is included. Honestly, I haven't even tried the brush - I much prefer to use my own blush brush. This product is also quite heavily scented (as I have found most Burberry powders to be), I don't notice it once applied but something for those sensitive to scented products to be mindful of. 

The swatches above a little out of order (apologies). The first swatch is both the blush and highlighter heavily swatched. The second is just the blush and the third is just the highlighter. The final swatch is a lighter swatch of both the highlighter and blush. As you can see both the highlighter and blush are quite pigmented. When mixed together they make such a pretty rosy pink. 

Overall I am very happy to have the London with Love Blush Highlighter in my collection. The formula is spot on and the palette is gorgeous. It's LOVE!

The Burberry London with Love Blush Highlighter is available in Australia now and retails for $94.00 (luxury and limited edition don't come cheap). It will sell out fast, so if you want it, buy quickly - you have been warned!

Are you feeling the love with the London with Love Blush Highlighter?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Birthday Haul

Almost a month ago I headed to Chadstone for some post birthday retail therapy. Since I turned 25, I needed some therapy. Turning 25 is a little scary - I am now a quarter of a century old! I got money for my birthday and it was burning a hole in my wallet - I had to spend it. 

I had a pretty big wish list of items I wanted to purchase. I don't do a lot of online shopping now, I prefer to pick up items in store when I can. When I shop in person I get carried away and buy more than I planned to though. Maybe I should go back to online shopping? 

I purchased three foundations in one day. Looking back now, that seems pretty excessive. However they have been ones I have been lusting after for ages. The YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint is a reformulation of the original Touche Eclat Foundation. I also wanted the new foundation brush that was released at the same time but it wasn't in stock. 

I have been lusting after the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation since its release in the states some time ago. Thankfully the Laura Mercier counter at DJ's was actually staffed that day so I could get colour matched, plus I got the last one in my shade (#winning). The Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation is another one I just had to have. I couldn't resist picking up The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening as they were 40% off and something I definitely need. 

Even though Mecca Maxima has been stocking Urban Decay for ages now, this is my first Urban Decay from them. I have heard great things about the Naked Skin Concealer and the lightest shade is super light (perfect for a translucent person like me). The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is another one that has rave reviews and I needed to try it. 

There is absolutely no way I can go to Chadstone with visiting Chanel. I restocked some skincare (which is kind of boring) and picked up some new makeup items. The Hydra Beauty Flash Hydrating Balm is new and modelled on the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (which I used to use and love). So far I am enjoying the Chanel version, it makes a great primer. 

When I orignally purchased from the Eyes Speak Volumes collection one of the Stylo Eyeshadows I was wanting was sold out. Luckily Bronze Platine was back in stock because it is a gorgeous shade. 

The boutique also still had some items from the Les Sautoirs de Coco Collection. I fell hard for the Perles et Fantaisies Illuminating Powder. It is so pretty and the design is so Chanel. The Rouge Allure in Indemodable was too pretty to resist. 

I haven't tried a lot of products from Bobbi Brown but I like what I have. Last year I purchased a Blush Trio, this year they released Blush Duos. I chose the shade Plum/French Pink. I also purchased another Art Stick this time in Bright Raspberry, I love the formula of these. 

I admit the last two items were actually purchased online, only because I couldn't get them in store. I haven't tried the Shanghai Suzy range of lipsticks before but I knew I had to have this one when the shade is Miss Steph. I've only used it once but first impressions are good.

Finally the last item of my birthday haul and a bit of a spur of the moment purchase. When I saw the latest Tom Ford collection up on the DJ's website, I had my credit card out faster than you can say 'Tom Ford'. The Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal is gorgeous and I am so glad I didn't hesitate to purchase it (it sold out pretty quickly). 

What have you hauled lately?
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