Empties June 2016

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Hair Care

NKD Hair Mask – Citrus

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This mask gives me life. The citrus scent isn’t my favourite smell in the world, but it’s by no means bad. Other than that I am a huge fan! It makes my hair so soft and saved my locks throughout summer. I have been giving this as gifts this year and people love it. I am super keen to try the newer vanilla scent, yuuumm!

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Toni&Guy Dry Shampoo – Cleanse

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First of all, this packaging is just so sleek and elegant. I’m not gonna lie, that is 99% of the reason I chose to buy this brand, it looks so good in my bathroom. As for the actual product… I liked it, I just didn’t love it. It claims to “create second day volume and freshness”, and it did make my hair feel slightly cleaner, but nowhere near as much as other brands. It gave me a little volume, but again, nowhere near as much as other brands. The scent was not great, I got used to it eventually but initially I was really hating on the smell, and it stuck around all day. What I did love was the lack of that dry-shampoo-white-streak that you get with other brands when you first apply it. This baby did not have that issue.

Repurchase? Probably not.

 

Skin care

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic

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My mum actually bought this toner, and decided she didn’t like it pretty early in the piece and so gave it to me (gotta love that). I really liked this toner! As somebody who has traditionally skipped that step I was pleasantly surprised by the difference this made. It smells lovely (like cucumbers) and really added some hydration to my skincare routine. Is it worth the AU$48? I’m not sure. I have since replaced it with other cheaper hydrating toners and I feel they are doing a similar job for far less money.

Repurchase? If I win the lottery.

 

Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion

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Again, my mum gave me this after she decided she didn’t like it. It is another toner-esque product that you use post-cleanse and pre-moisturise. This baby will set you back a whopping AU$66, and I just don’t think it’s worth it. Did it hydrate my skin? Yes. Did it do it so much more than cheaper alternatives that I’m willing to sell my first born to purchase it? Not even close. I expected it to blow my mind and completely repair my dry skin. It didn’t.

Repurchase? Nope.

 

Michael Todd True Organics Cranberry Antiox Toner

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I LOVE this toner. This is the trial size but I have had the full size in the past. I have really loved all of the Michael Todd toners I have tried to be honest, it’s such a great brand, and so affordable for the quality and size of the product. This one is particularly great for dry or mature skin types. I like to use it in winter when my skin is struggling in the hydration department or when I am travelling.

Repurchase? For sure.

Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream

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I have reviewed this night cream before (see here) and I will love it until the day I die. Whenever I branch out and try another night cream I always seem to come crawling back to my first love. Even those products that match up in effectiveness don’t match up in price. So affordable and so good. I can’t recommend this enough.

Repurchase? Forever and always.

 

Moreish Euphoria Cream Cleanser

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I have recently done a review on a few of the Moreish skincare range (see here). As I said in that post, I liked this, but it just didn’t make me swoon.

Repurchase? Doubtful.

 

Moreish Liquid Gold Argan Oil

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I have recently done a review on a few of the Moreish skincare range (see here). As I said in that post, for my dry winter skin, this bad boy is my saviour. I was pleasantly surprised.

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Makeup

Reach Techniques Stippling Brush

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I realise that this isn’t technically an ‘empty’, but it’s ready to be thrown out, and for that reason I have included it. I love Real Techniques, I think their products are fabulous and at reasonable prices. We have been using them for years and for the most part they have lasted fantastically, with the exception of this little fella. All of a sudden, for no reason, the hairs just started coming out all over the place. We’ve treated it the same as all of the others, so…yeah, a bit disappointing.

Repurchase? If needed.

 

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation

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We’ve have mentioned this in several favourites and must-have posts. It is my go-to on days when I just can’t decide what level of coverage I want or when my skin doesn’t love life. It’s perfect for natural days or beautifully buildable for a little more coverage. Big thumbs up from us!

Repurchase? I already had a backup in the cupboard.

 

Covergirl + Olay Serum Primer

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I picked this up when I was looking for a hydrating primer and it really came through. It was slightly more expensive for a drugstore product but I think it was worth it. Really helped to moisturise my skin to create a great base for my foundation.

Repurchase? For sure.

 

The Body Shop Moisturise It Skin Primer

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In general, I really love The Body Shop primers. They do exactly what it says on the bottle! And this one is no exception. This baby moisturises my skin and leaves it supple and hydrated ready for the rest of my makeup. Definitely recommend it for dry-skinned gals.

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

The Body Shop Matte It Skin Primer

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As I said, I love body shop primers. Whilst my skin is mostly dry, it is also sometimes combination, especially in my t-zone. In summer, my t-zone can freak out and become an oil slick. A bit of this primer in those oily areas and my makeup lasts longer than it does otherwise. I also love it in winter for nights out as it extends the wear of my foundation.

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer

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I purchased this in the middle of winter, hoping it would moisturise my skin and help ease the appearance of those small lines that dry skin + makeup seem to bring about. It hydrated, but it also left my skin feeling greasy and my makeup seemed to slip right off it, which is not anybody’s goal! It also made my skin breakout. Not winning on any fronts.

Repurchase? Hell no.

 

Chi Chi Fabulous and Flawless Foundation

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This was an early love of mine, and every time I come back to it I have a “omg this foundation really is just as great as I remember it being!”. Great coverage whilst also leaving a natural appearance, hydrating but not oily and it lasts all day. And so affordable! Love it.

Repurchase? Definitely.

What products have you used up lately? Let me know in the comments below – N x

 

 

Review: Moreish Skincare

One of my favourite things about being a beauty blogger is having an excuse to try out new products, even when there was nothing wrong with the ones I was already using. In the case of Moreish skincare, all it took was a small sale at Priceline and some super cute packaging. I mean really, look at it, that was always going to look amaze in my bathroom!

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Moreish is a New Zealand brand making skincare from pure superfoods such as argan oil, avocado and kiwi fruit. The whole idea behind their brand? “It’s called Moreish because your skin can’t get enough of it.” They are all things I like in a skincare brand, so I bought up. I gave my skincare routine an overhaul with their cream cleanser, day cream, eye cream and argan oil. Keep reading to see what I thought…

 

Euphoria | Cream Cleanser 200mL

Of all the products I purchased this was the biggest let down for me. The reason? Well it claims to remove makeup…it doesn’t. It took me several washes and even then it wasn’t all gone, even when I added bi-carb as my exfoliant. If that’s not really your thing anyway, this was actually a really lovely cleanser. Light-weight, non-drying and my skin seemed to love it.

 

Would I re-purchase? No. But only because I’m lazy and want a one-step cleanser.

 

Daily Redemption | Day Cream

When I first used this cream I did not hold high hopes. It’s super lightweight, and I expected that to result in my skin feeling dry and irritated. I am pleased to say I was wrong! This product was great. I mostly used it mixed in with a drop or two of argan oil, and it kept my skin feeling lovely all day long. It also worked well under makeup, really moisturising and preparing my skin for the base products. All it all I really liked it. I probably wouldn’t recommend this to people with exceptionally dry skin (mine is dry, but not overly so), but everyone else, I really liked it!!

 

Would I re-purchase? Yep! Definitely keeping an eye out for the next Priceline sale.

 

Reawaken | Eye Cream

This is probably my favourite product of the lot. It is super creamy, and I thought that was going to make it greasy and unpleasant, but (as seems to be a theme so far) I was wrong! It absorbs easily and left my usually dry and irritated eye area feeling nourished and moisturised. Big thumbs up from me. The only slight annoyance (and it’s small), it that the shape of the lid makes it really hard to open when you’ve recently moisturised your face! But really, it’s no big deal in the big scheme of life.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely. Love it!

 

Liquid Gold | Pure Argan Oil

I am a very vocal member of the rosehip oil fan club, so it took a lot for me to even consider branching out and trying other facial oils. Initially, I thought I’d made a huge mistake; the oil felt very heavy on my skin and I had a couple of breakouts. I was on the verge of sticking this in the “disappointing products” pile when my skin changed its mind! Well, what actually happened was that the weather started to cool down and my skin became drier. Boy howdy, does dry skin love this stuff.   It kept my skin looking supple and moisturised all day long, and helped to boost my skins moisture and appearance when I wore it over night under a night cream. I am still unsure if I love it as much as rosehip oil, but I certainly do like it. I think this may be really beneficial for any dry skinned gals out there looking for a boost to their skincare routine.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely!

 

So there were some hits and some misses in this range, but all in all I’m a fan of this brand! Have you tried any products from this range? Which would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

Autumn/Fall Beauty Favourites 2016

Fall has kind of snuck up on me this year; Summer was so gorgeous this year and that warmer weather has stuck around a little longer than normal. Consequently, my beauty routine was stuck in the summery scope well into March before I finally gave in a let my Autumnal faves sneak back in. But they’re back and they’re beautiful and I really don’t know why I didn’t start using them at 12.01am on March 1st! Silly girl.

So, without further ado, here are my current Autumn/Fall beauty favourites…

Skincare

Liquid Gold – Pure Argan oil by Moreish

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For a few years now I have been an extremely loyal rosehip oil convert. So it took quite a bit of self-convincing to get myself to branch out and try another facial oil. But I did just that.   For about two months now I have been using pure Argan oil in my skincare routine. Whilst initially I found it a bit too heavy for my skin, as the weather became cooler my skin really enjoyed that slightly more moisturising property. I will definitely continue to use it during the colder, drier months!

Black Clay Face Mask by NKDBODY

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This mask leaves my skin feeling so revived, refreshed and oh so soft. I have found that is needs to be wiped off with a damp cloth as opposed to just rinsing, otherwise the colour can seep into fine lines and pores and leave you looking like a Dalmatian, not really what we’re after. Do that and you’ll love this bad boy as much as I do.

 

Foundation

Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup by Urban Decay

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This is the perfect lightweight foundation for autumn. Its thin consistency is perfect for any dryness that may develop as the weather cools and provides light-medium coverage whilst keeping you looking natural and healthy. I have recently done a full review on this foundation, so click here if you want to read more.

 

Powder

Ambient Lighting Powders by Hourglass

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to jump onto the ambient lighting powder bandwagon but oh my goodness I am on it now. M has owned the palette and a single of the Dim Light for quite a while and I have always reached past them, then something recently made me think “I really should try this out again” and holy moly! This powder is stunning. It’s exactly the thing to ensure you keep that glow into the fall. It costs an arm and a leg, but it’s worth it.

Lipstick

Black Wine by Estee Lauder

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Fall calls for deep, bloody, Autumnal reds that remind you of leaves falling from trees and this one by Estee Lauder is absolutely perfect; My go-to autumn lipstick.

Miss Sanja by Shanghai Suzy

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If you’re not feeling the deeper fall colours, then this fushcia is another great alternative. It draws on the fall colours whilst also keeping this fresh and light. It honestly goes with so many different looks I love it!

I have recently done a full review on Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, so click here if you would like to read more about this fabulous lippy brand.

 

Blush

Dolce Vita by Nars

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This blush is delicious! It’s mauvey amazingness in a compact that creates that perfect pinched-cheek look we’re all coveting in the fall.

 

Hair

Hair Mask by NKDBODY

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You skin isn’t the only thing that suffers in the cool, dry months. Give your hair a little loving too with this great moisturising hair mask. My hair feels so gorgeous and silky after I use this and it doesn’t have to be left in for a ridiculous amount of time! Great for lazy people like myself.

 

Tea

Earl Grey by Aurora OR French Earl Grey by T2

I don’t usually drink black teas (I just prefer the lighter green or white teas) but when the weather starts to cool down I seriously crave a cup of earl grey in the mornings. These two are my favourites, and if you really made me choose I would pick the one by T2, but the packaging of the Aurora one is so cute! I recommend both to any fellow tea lovers out there.

 

Mascara

I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara by Essence

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I was recently put onto this mascara by a fellow blogger here on WordPress and I honestly cannot thank them enough. I can’t believe how amazingly well this delivers on both volume and length and for less than AU$6!! That is insane. I will be telling every man and his dog about this mascara.

There are non-waterproof options if you prefer, but in the rainy autumn months I like to play it safe.

 

Eyeshadow

Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced

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No doubt you’ve heard of this glorious palette, and it is just as fabulous as everyone says. But it really comes into it’s own during the fall. The beautiful deep red, the coppers, the browns, the greens…it’s autumn in an eyeshadow palette.

 

What are you fall must have beauty products? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay beautiful, N x

Review & Swatches: Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks

I am a lover of lipstick. So when I started to hear great things about the lipstick brand Shanghai Suzy I, of course, gave it a quick Google to see what the fuss was about. Not gonna lie, I assumed this was a Chinese brand from the name, but it turns out it’s a local Australian brand. The lipstick-only brand was created to fill the hole in the market for good quality yet affordable lipsticks, and they nailed it.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, but it just went ahead and blew my mind. For starters, they are AU$12.95. So, naturally, my plan of buying just one to try the formula out quickly turned into a little trio of first impressions.

 

The formula? Fabulous. They are so creamy, and yet not heavy on the lips, and they last. Like not last as in do-nothing-all-day-like-don’t-even-chew-gum and it lasts, but like really lasts. I gave these guys a workout, I even wore one out to Mexican one night and it still looked respectable after a night of having shoved tacos/burritos/cocktails in my gob. It had faded slightly, but this was almost unnoticeable and it had done it well. Nothing annoys me more with a lipstick than when you go to the bathroom and you have nothing left but a lip liner-esque ring around your lips; that didn’t happen with these lipsticks.

 

As mentioned earlier, I picked up three colours. They are all name ‘Miss somethingoranother” which I think is just adorable. The three I own are Miss Bree (Pink Blush), Miss Sanja (Fuschia) and Miss Victorine (Classic Red). I will say one thing though, it’s not necessarily a negative, it’s just a note. All three of my lipsticks are the ‘matte formula’…they ain’t matte. They aren’t shimmery, or frosted or anything like that at all, but they are also not matte. That doesn’t bother me, but if you are after a MAC style matte lipstick, these are not for you.

 

On to swatches…

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L-R: Miss Victorine, Miss Sanja, Miss Bree

 

Miss Bree – Pink Blush

A cute pink that can go from every day to blushing night-time beauty.
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Miss Sanja – Fuschia

A gorgeous almost-purple. This is probably the one I wear most often, it finished off any outfit perfectly.

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Miss Victorine – Classic Red

I’m going to make a bold statement; this is a pretty good dupe for MAC’s Ruby Woo. I love Ruby Woo, and (as I mentioned) this is nowhere near as matte, but to be honest I think that may be in Miss Victorine’s favour! This is just a gorgeous, classic red. A must have in any girls lipstick collection.

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Top – Miss Victorine Bottom – Ruby Woo

 

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All in all I am a huge fan and will definitely be purchasing more and getting them as gifts for friends and family. Miss Tanielle (Desert Rose) is next on my list.

Do you have any lipstick brand recommendations for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

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