Sunday 23 April 2017

Favourites 2017 Quarter #1

How is it already heading towards the end of April? Where does the time go?! 

In the last couple of years I have only posted annual favourites. I find it extremely difficult to think back on the previous 12 months and select my favourite products. This year I have decided to post quarterly favourites and then probably an annual post summing up my absolute favourites. 

Anyway onto the favourites. As always, these products may not be new releases or even new to my collection. They are just products I have been reaching for the most in the last three months. 

LA PRAIRIE - Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation 
I saw and read so many rave reviews on this foundation that I had to have it. Never mind that it costs almost as much as a months grocery shop. At first I didn't get the hype but once I found the best way to apply it for my skin - it was LOVE. I like to apply with a combination of fingers and sponge. It perfects my skin, provides coverage but still looks like my skin. It also lasts all day. I could however live without the concealer. It is too thick and sticky for my liking. 

GUERLAIN - Happy Glow Blush
As soon as I saw the promo images for this collection, I knew I would own this blush. It is a gorgeous shimmery, soft pink. It is so pretty in the pan (and on the skin), it also smells like violets. Only downside is that is very fragile. How do I know? Because this is actually my second one. My asshole cat knocked the first one off my chest of drawers and it shattered like my dreams into a million pieces. I yelled at the cat, cried and then ordered another one. That cat costs me a fortune... 

CHANEL - Joues Contraste 64 Pink Explosion
I only just realised that this was also in my 2016 Favourites. I just find it a perfect pink blush for me. It is nicely pigmented - it provides a perfect healthy flush. It's a favourite for my makeup bag. Luckily this is a permanent shade. 

BECCA - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
I cannot get enough of highlighters at the moment. These Becca ones are some of my most favourite. Left to right - Moonstone, Rose Quartz and Pearl. They have such a creamy, pigmented formula and it wears so well. I can't wait to add more to my collection. 

GUERLAIN - Meteorites Happy Glow Pearls
As with the blush, I knew I would have it as soon as I saw it. Not just because it is pretty but because I also consider myself a Meteorites collector. These pearls give a beautiful, soft highlight, perfect for the cheekbones or the d├ęcolletage.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS - Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
I finally succumbed to the hype around this palette in February and I am so happy that I did. The shades are insanely pigmented, almost too pigmented. The options are endless with this palette and I can't wait to play with it even more. I am also now taking ABH much more seriously as a makeup brand (not just that brand that does brow products...). 

I never realised how important a good, clear brow gel is. I brush my brows in place with this in the morning and they don't budge all day! This is only a mini but I will definitely be buying a full size (when Sephora gets its shit together and has it in stock, in store). 

CHANEL - Le Vernis
I have been purchasing Chanel nail polishes for years. The colours have always impressed me but the formula was quite lacklustre for me, it was streaky/thin and never lasted long. The reformulation has made such a difference! The new shades last almost a week for me with minor tip wear and I only need two coats. *busy buying ALL the nail polishes*

CHANEL - Rouge Coco Shine 124 Rouge Lumiere
This sheer red is just so effortless. It makes me look like I have put a lot of effort in (yeah, like 5 minutes). Really comfortable to wear too. You know I love the Rouge Coco Shine formula. 

HUDA BEAUTY - Liquid Matte Lipstick
Now, I didn't think I was a matte liquid lipstick type of person. How wrong I was! I have fallen hard and fast for these Huda Beauty lipsticks, even the darker colours (when I have always been a brights type of girl). The minis are The Red Edition, the full sizes are Gossip Gurl and Video Star. I highly recommend these, you may (will) be surprised. 

What have you been loving so far this year? 
Would you like to see quarterly favourites posts? 

Friday 24 February 2017

Makeup Empties #5

I was having a major clean out in my room the other weekend and I realised I became very close to throwing my precious bag of empties out. Since the bag was getting pretty full, I decided it was time for another Makeup Empties! 

LAURA MERCIER Foundation Primer - Hydrating
This took me ages to finish! The tube has a pretty big 50ml. A nice primer but I prefer the original Foundation Primer from Laura Mercier. Foundation does not last quite as long with the hydrating as it does with the original formula. 

MAC Strobe Cream
Still a favourite before makeup moisturiser/primer. I have repurchased and will most likely continue to do so. 

CHANEL Hydra Beauty Flash
I loved using this as a primer, it is hydrating and seems to smooth my skin texture. Will probably repurchase but it is on the pricer side at $100 for 30ml. 

URBAN DECAY All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I really like using this to take away any powdery finish on my makeup. It helps give me that dewy look that I love at the moment. It also helps my makeup last all day. Already repurchased. 

BURBERRY Sheer Foundation
I feel like I have had this foundation for ages (and honestly, I think I have). A lovely light and luminous foundation with a great shade match (I was the second lightest shade which never happens). I didn't really like the bottle though, it was hard to get the remaining product out of and felt awkward to hold. 

LOREAL Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
This was the first time in a long time that I was not disappointed or just outright hated a 'drugstore' product. Overall this was a nice light and dewy foundation. Only problem was it had a tendency to turn a little orange on my fair skin. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
I still adore this powder and have already repurchased (and half used) it. 

LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturiser
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this. Some days I was in love with it and others I really didn't enjoy it. Probably won't repurchase it, I just found it a bit blah. 

LANCOME Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact
I adored this foundation. Super easy to use and left me glowing. I will repurchase when I get around to it (one day). 

BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss Concealer
A pricey but lovely concealer for the under eye area. I found it hydrating and it covered my dark circles quite well. Probably won't repurchase.

GIORGIO ARMANI High Precision Retouch
This concealer surprised me by how effective it actually was. The colour was odd but it did a great job at concealing my under eye area. The very fine brush was also really nice to pinpoint application. May repurchase one day. 

TOM FORD Concealing Pen
This concealer is possibly the biggest waste of money ever. It is the worst concealer I have ever tried. The applicator sucks (it has a little sponge on the top), it doesn't actually conceal and is just plain horrible. I hate.

This is a much hyped about product which is very good at concealing dark circles in conjunction with a concealer. A good product but I found it could be a little thick and crease on me. 

DIOR Diorskin Star Concealer
This concealer wasn't bad but it also wasn't amazing. An okay everyday concealer. I won't repurchase. 

DIOR Hydra Life BB Eye Cream
I enjoyed this product when I first used it. I found it good at softening my dark circles but not being too heavy. This isn't fully empty but it is way too old now. The colour has changed and it has a really strong off smell.

LOREAL Brow Artist Plumper
This was slightly too dark for my brows but good when I wanted a quick groom without having to fill in my brows. Not quite empty but it has gone clumpy (like an old mascara). 

BENEFIT Gimme Brow
Love! Already repurchased.

ESTEE LAUDER Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
This was a freebie with a magazine. It was okay. Nothing amazing and honestly I was glad I hadn't paid the retail price. 

MAYBELLINE The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara
This mascara was much better in my memory or maybe I have just used great mascaras since first using this about 6 years ago. Won't repurchase. 

CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre - 82 Emerveille
I adored this cream eyeshadow and it lasted ages. Emerveille is a pretty champagne beige. Will repurchase. 

CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick - 39 Shy Honey
This isn't really even close to lipstick. It is a very lightly tinted lip balm that sadly isn't really that moisturising. Won't repurchase and not even sure if Clinique still makes these. 

What have you finished up lately?

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Chanel Energies et Puretes de Chanel Collection - Spring 2017

Another day, another pretty Chanel collection...

The lovely ladies at the Chanel boutique actually caught me unaware with this collection. I had seen promotional images on Instagram but didn't realise it was being released in Australia so soon. I got to be the first person to play with the testers and spent a good twenty minutes oohing and aahing over everything. 

Again, apologies for my less than stellar photography, I need some lessons - stat!

I am seriously powerless to resist a highlight at the moment. In the past they were something I could easily leave behind. Not anymore!

The pleated pattern of this highlighter is inspired by Japanese 'washi' paper and is very pretty to look at. In the photo above it looks almost blurry but this is actually just the pattern. The Plisse Lumiere de Chanel is a light, slightly pinky gold shade with fine shimmer. It is nicely pigmented for a highlighter and easy to blend out. I adore! Look at it! How could you not?!

Did I need another neutral eyeshadow palette? No. Did that matter? No. The shades in this palette are gorgeous and you can create a whole eye look using the one palette. I especially love the shade in the bottom left corner - it is sooo pretty! Impressed with the quality of this palette too. All the shades are perfectly pigmented and buttery soft. This palette is actually very similar to Codes Subtils from the Coco Code collection. No wonder I was drawn to it!

The blush fiend in me was super excited to see these blushes. Years ago Chanel had these Tweed Effect blushes and I have one from then (which I used to use ALL the time). Whilst they have a sparkly overlay, they actually have a satin finish with no sparkles. Once you have used them for a while you end up with the two shades divided down the pan (hence the 'blush duo'). 

Tweed Coralline is a soft coral with a golden sheen and Tweed Cherry Blossom is a slightly cool pink-red. Both are highly pigmented which is actually a little bit of a pain. A very light hand is needed when applying, if you want a soft, diffused blush (like I do). They can be a little difficult to blend out on the cheeks, I sometimes have to go back in with some powder on a fluffy brush to blend. 

I got caught up in the moment when I decided to purchase this lip gloss. Not because there is anything wrong with it. I just don't wear lip gloss very often and the shade is a little more coral than I like. Vibration is a bright pink-coral with slightly warm undertones. It pulls quite orange against my cool skin. 

The Rouge Coco Shine formula is one of my favourites. Rouge Lumiere is a sheer, cool red with very fine shimmer. This shade looks gorgeous on, a sheer take on the classic red lip. I love. 

Funny story - my Mum recently found out how much a bottle of Chanel nail polish retails for. She was shocked and then told me off for spending that much on nail polish. I also got a slap on the hand (haha!) and she is now plotting if I will notice if she sells them off (yes, I will notice).

Resplendissant is a cream red shade with a slight coral tinge to it. Bleu Pastel is a pastel baby blue shade. Neither shade have shimmer (though the photo above makes it appear that they do). I haven't tried either of these shades yet, I've been lazy and haven't painted my nails in weeks if not months.

There you have my picks from the latest Chanel collection. I highly recommend all the powder products I have featured and the Rouge Lumiere lipstick. The collection has been out for a few weeks now. So if there is something you like the look of, don't wait too long! 

Have you picked up anything from the Chanel Energies et Puretes de Chanel Collection?

Monday 6 February 2017

366 Days of Lips - 2016 Results

Back at the start of 2015 I decided to keep a record of every lip product I wore for the whole year. I managed to do so and I posted about it here. 365 Days of Lips has become a habit for me, I have been keeping records for 2017 too! 

Note - 2016 was leap year, hence the 366 Days of Lips. 

Keeping a record has actually helped me clean out my stash. I can't justify keeping lipsticks I have not worn in over 24 months. Especially since so many are getting a bit old (probably really old but I just don't like to admit it). 

I didn't realise until I started this post but six of the ten lipsticks are from Chanel. Can you tell where most of my money goes (and why I am always broke haha)? 

1. CHANEL Rouge Coco Stylo - 202 Conte
This lipstick is perfect for a lazy day when I want to look polished but not like I have put too much effort in. Conte is a pretty nude-pink and the formula is hydrating and feels lovely on the lips. 

2. CHANEL Rouge Coco Stylo - 208 Roman
I love this fuchsia pink. Again love the formula and the hydrating feeling it gives. This shade is quite pigmented. The only downside is I seem to always get this one on my teeth!

3. BOBBI BROWN Art Stick - Bright Raspberry
This matte berry lipstick is a favourite for its colour and wear time. It is also really comfortable on my lips and not drying. 

4. CHANEL Les Beiges Lip Balm - No. 10
This was my most worn lip product for 2015 and it made the top 5 again for 2016. Honestly, I am surprised how much of this is left. As I said last time, this is perfect for days when my lips are dry and I am lazy (which is often). 

5. CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink - 150 Luxuriant
I adore this formula of lipstick, I am surprised only one made it into the top 10. This is gorgeous pinky-red, it is a liquid lipstick but does not dry down fully matte. It is comfortable to wear and lasts well. 

6. MAC Lustre Lipstick - Lovelorn
Another product that made an appearance in the 2015 edition. This soft pink lipstick is a favourite for a more natural look. Look how little is left! It is almost time to give up on it (and put in the Back 2 MAC bag).

7.  CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine - 116 Mighty
Another lipstick with a balm feel. Also another pink lipstick from Chanel. Another lipstick on the sheerer side that gives my lips colour but does not feel heavy or too made up.

8. LIPSTICK QUEEN - Frog Prince
Honestly, I purchased this because of the gimmick behind it. It is not actually a green lipstick - on contact with skin/lips it transforms into a pink shade that is meant to suit you perfectly. Not sure if that is true but it does become a very pretty pink. The texture is similar to a lip balm.

9. CHANEL Rouge Allure - 166 Indemodable
This is a more pigmented formula from Chanel with a satin finish. Indemodable is berry-pink that I find really lifts my complexion. I still love the case that the Rouge Allure lipsticks have - a click to release tube. I feel so fancy using it. Haha!

10. CHARLOTTE TILBURY Hot Lips - Bosworth's Beauty
Another pink lipstick! Who would have thought?! This is a Matte Revolution formula from the Hot Lips collection. I thought this shade was going to be too pale but it is perfect. The Matte Revolution formula is my favourite from Charlotte Tilbury.

What did I learn from this experiment in 2016? I like pink lipstick, actually I love pink lipstick is probably more accurate. I wear a lot of sheer formula lipsticks but I also like my bold matte shades. I also need to cull even more lipsticks from my stash. I have a lot of unloved MAC ones that are really getting on in age (like 3+ years). If they can stay in my stash and get that old, they obviously are not being used!

I actually really like keeping my 365 Days of Lips record. It is like a diary for my lips! I highly recommend giving it a try - especially if your lipstick stash seems to be getting out of control. 

What was your favourite/most worn lip product for 2016? 

Thursday 2 February 2017

Chanel Coco Codes Collection - Spring 2017

"Black, white, beige, gold, red. Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer for CHANEL, reinterprets the iconic colour codes of CHANEL. A palette of unexpected shades that invites women to follow their instincts and invent their own codes." -

I love it when Chanel releases a collection with a gorgeous blush as the centrepiece. It makes me pay attention instantly (and open my wallet). The Coco Codes Collection was released in early January but you know - I'm lazy and have only just found time to share some pretty pictures on here. 

Apologies in advance for my less than spectacular photography. I just couldn't.

This really is the star of the collection. This blush palette features four shades - white, beige, gold and red. It is really up to the user as to what shade you get - I prefer to mix all four evenly but you definitely focus on one half if you wanted to. All four shades blended together gives you a pinky-peach colour with soft shimmers. The texture of this blush is gorgeous - smooth and velvety. It is easy to blend and wears well throughout the day. This is limited edition (of course!). 

I love eyeshadow palettes but really don't wear eyeshadow enough to justify purchasing them. This one however, I could not resist. The shades are just perfect and exactly what I love in an eyeshadow palette. All four shades work well together and create a very pretty eye look. The texture of the shadows is fantastic - smooth and easy to blend. Pigmentation is also really good and not powdery. This eyeshadow palette is limited edition (and I believe it has already sold out at a lot of counters). 

My love affair with the Stylo Yeux eyeliners continues. I just adore the formula of these and could not resist adding these two new shades to my stash. They are smooth and easy to apply and last all day on my eyes. 

Noir Petrole is a deep olive-black with a soft shimmery satin finish. Mat Taupe is a matte, dark brown-taupe shade. I believe the former is limited edition whilst the later is permanent. 

This top coat is a sheer black that you apply over another nail polish to change the colour. This plays into the idea of 'creating your own code'. In the promotional photos for this collection, the model is actually wearing the Blanc White polish with this top coat. It transforms the polish into a gorgeous grey. I haven't tried this yet but I am intrigued by it. This is also limited edition. 

Overall, another lot of Chanel products I am very happy to add to my stash. But then am I ever unhappy with Chanel? Nope. I think this collection is very well put together and the products all work together. There was also lip products in this collection

The Chanel Coco Codes Collection is available now on Chanel counters. If there is anything you want to pick up, don't wait long!

Have you picked up anything from the Coco Codes Collection?

Thursday 26 January 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag - 2017

If I wasn't so busy (read: watching far too much Law & Order SVU) this post would have been up well over a week ago. 

Each year Beautylish (one of my favourite places to shop online) has Lucky Bags available starting Boxing Day (but are not shipped until the new year). They are inspired by the Lucky Bag tradition for New Year in Japan. 

In 2016 I held off too long and missed out. I then had major regrets when I saw the contents on the bags popping up on social media. I was not going to miss out this time! I purchased mine as soon as they became available (at something like 3am). The bag cost US$75 but it worth over double that. 

The most annoying part of the Lucky Bag was how long it took to get to me. It was only about 10 days but I am really impatient. Shipping was free but it was only standard shipping. 

My Lucky Bag arrived beautifully wrapped in brown paper and the gorgeous paper used as a background in the photos. I was too excited to open it to take photos beforehand. 

I am really pleased with my Lucky Bag - the contents are worth over US$150 and all the products are things I can/will use. Obviously the big ticket item in this bag is the By Terry palette. 

BY TERRY - Sun Designer Palette
I received this in the shade 1 Tan & Flash Cruise. It is a face palette that has blushes on the left and bronzers on the right. I am not a massive bronzer person but I could see those shades making nice eyeshadows. I think this palette could be really good to travel with. It retails for US$82.

BECCA - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
I am all about the highlight at the moment so I was very pleased to receive this Becca highlighter in the shade Moonstone. It is a shade I did not have but the formula is so lovely, I am thrilled to add it to my quickly growing Becca stash. This retails for US$38.

This product isn't exactly exciting but brow pencils are an essential and I haven't tried this one before. The shade is Universal Taupe which works well with my brows. I also like the sword like shape (similar to Shu Uemura when they sharpen the pencil for you). It retails for US$24.

Z PALETTE - Small Palette Leopard
I understand the idea of Z Palettes but I am not a depotting type of person. I like my makeup to look like it did when I purchased it (usage aside). This is probably the only item I won't use. I do like the leopard print though! This retails for US$14. 

Good brushes are so expensive, it is important to take good care of them. I have never tried this type of brush shampoo before but the lavender scent smells lovely. This retails for US$15. 

I am unsure of this brushes brand - posts on Instagram suggest it is a Chikuhodo brush specially made for the Lucky Bags. The brush itself feels well made and the bristles are quite soft (not Wayne Goss soft but still soft). I do not know how much this would retail for, maybe US$20? 

There you have my Lucky Bag 2017! 

Overall I am very happy with it's contents and can see myself using almost every item. The value is definitely there - excluding the brush as I am unsure of its retail price, the value of this bag is US$173. That is almost US$100 more than I paid! I will be getting another one next year, that is for sure. 

Did you purchase a Lucky Bag? What did you receive? 

Monday 9 January 2017

2016 Favourites

It's that time again! 

The end of another year means another annual favourites post. I seriously cannot believe how fast 2016 went! It is true what they say - that the years pass quicker, the older you get. I am starting to think how nice it would be if we could slow time down little occasionally, really give yourself a chance to enjoy a good moment. But then it would also be nice to speed through the bad times wouldn't it?

Enough of my ramblings, onto the beauty! After all, that's why we are all here. 

What can I say about beauty in 2016? I bought too much, learnt new techniques, invested in some products, wasted money on others and had some new beauty experiences. 

Apologies in advance for my bad photos. I cannot seem to find good light lately!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY - Light Wonder Youth Boosting Foundation
I have liked all products from Charlotte Tilbury that I have tried and this is no exception. I adore this foundation. The coverage is light, it leaves my skin looking natural and radiant with perfect amount of glow. It is so easy to apply too, it has come my go-to everyday foundation. 

NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer
This concealer was in my annual favourites a few years ago. When it ran out I didn't get around to replacing it (I like to try new things). I finally replaced it and I remember why I love it so much. A perfect colour match, it's hydrating and really helps cover my dark under eye area. 

GUERLAIN - Meteorites Compact
My 2015 Favourites included the Meteorites Pearls, in 2016 I discovered the compact version. I still love the pearl version but the compact is so much easier for travelling. I love this as an allover finishing powder. It sets my foundation and helps blur any imperfections.

LA PRAIRIE - Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
2016 was the year I started to 'bake' with loose powder when I needed my makeup to last. The La Prairie is my favourite for this purpose. It is a freaking expensive product but you get a lot of it. The little pot in the photo is 10g you also get a massive 56g pot to refill the little pot with. La Prairie has a had a lot of blogger/vlogger love lately. I also purchased the Caviar Foundation but my opinion on that is still undecided. 

BURBERRY - London with Love Blush Highlighter
I reviewed this during 2016 HERE. I still love it as much as I did then. A perfect shimmery pink blush!

CHANEL - Joues Contraste
I love all my Chanel blushes but I fell hard for this permanent shade in 2016. The shade is 64 Pink Explosion and I love it for a fuss free everyday blush. The cool pink shade with a small amount of shimmer works perfectly on my fair skin. 

LAURA MERCIER - Face Illuminator Powder
I had quite a thing for highlighters in 2016. When Laura Mercier first released this range of highlighter, the sole shade available was too dark for me. I was super excited when I saw another 3 shades had been released. This shade is Devotion and it is a gorgeous soft pink which highlights my cheekbones perfectly. 

BECCA - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
I can't believe it took me this long to try the highly raved about Becca highlighters. This shade is Pearl and whilst it is a powder, it is so smooth it could be mistake for a cream. Pearl is a lovely icy silver shade. Perfect for highlighting pretty much anywhere. 

WAYNE GOSS - The Air-Brush
This brush is one of the softest brushes I have ever felt. In 2016, I became a total Wayne Goss brush convert. I adore them! The Air-Brush has gone well with my highlighter addiction. It blends out a cheekbone highlight to perfection. 

CHANEL - Crayon Sourcils
I knew I had to try this eyebrow pencil when I saw Zoe Foster-Blake raving about it on Instagram. The pencil is firm but still soft enough to blend out easily. I use the shade 30 Brun Naturel which is a nice cool brown and works well with my brows. I love the spoolie at the other end. This should be mandatory on all brow pencils!

CHANEL - Stylo Eyeshadow 
This same product was featured in my 2015 Favourites. Firstly, I still love this product - it is super easy to use and lasts all day. Secondly, Chanel released new shades in 2016 that made me fall in love with this product even more. The shades are 157 Beige Dore, 167 Bronze Platine and 187 Brun Chatain. 

CHANEL - Rouge Coco Stylo
A new release from Chanel in 2016. These are similar to the Rouge Coco Shine line. The stylos are more balmy and hydrating than the Shines but surprisingly I find they are more pigmented too. Perfect for days when my lips are feeling dry or when I don't want to have to put a lot of effort in. The shades I love are 202 Conte, 208 Roman and 212 Recit. 

Until the release of the Hot Lips collection my only criticism of Charlotte's lipsticks was there wasn't enough shades. The two pictured are Electric Poppy and Bosworth's Beauty. They are the Matte Revolution formula which I love, it is a luminous matte - long lasting but easy to wear. 

CHANEL - Rouge Allure Ink
Another new release from Chanel. These are Chanel's take on a liquid lipstick. I seriously adore them, I purchased a few shades when they were first released and went back a couple of weeks later to buy more. They are highly pigmented, easy to apply, long lasting and still comfortable to wear. The shades pictured are 146 Seduisant and 150 Luxuriant (I have another 3 shades, these 2 are my favourites). 

There you have it! My favourites for the year that was. Happy New Year, I hope 2017 brings everything you wish for! Now if it could just deliver that Chanel Large Classic Flap bag to me...

What are your favourites for 2016?
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