REVIEW: Too Faced X Nikkie Tutorials – The Power of Makeup 


The time has finally come my friends! Nikkie has released her collaboration with Too Faced and it’s set to release at Mecca stores and online in Australia tomorrow 27/9! 

N was lucky enough to get her hands on it when she was in London so we’ve had the chance to test it out and we thought we’d give you our thoughts so you know whether or not to spend the money on it tomorrow. 

PRICE:

The first palette will be $82 AUD both in stores and online and will have free shipping from www.mecca.com.au. 

INCLUSIONS:

Each set contains the face and eye palette with 9 eyeshadows, two sweetheart blushes, a bronzer and highlighter. There is also a deluxe sample size of the Better Than Sex Mascara in an exclusive purple shade, a deluxe sample size of the Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer, a Glitterally Glamour Fust Glitter Pigment and a full sized Sketch Marker Eyeliner in Black. Nikkie also included a glamour guide with three different possible looks. 

COLOURS: 


I really love the colour range of the eyeshadows! There are four matte shades: Ivy, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill and Wanted and five shimmer shades: Sugar Coated, Frosted Yum, Irresistable, Mystic Hour and Wham Bam. The blushes are beauuutiful! There are two: I Will Always Love You and Justify My Love. The bronzer is the classic Chocolate Soleil bronzer and the highlight is actually Champagne Truffle which is an eyeshadow shade from the original Chocolate Bar palette and it is gorgeous!!! My favourite eyeshadow colours are Ivy, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill and Mystic Hour! They make a damn good eye look!! The Glitter is an original Nikkie shade so you know it’s going to be pretty specky and she sure didn’t disappoint with “Glitterally”! The Shadow Insurance dries clear and the Sketch Marker is a classic black and the mini Better Than Sex Mascara is such a cool purple!

FORMULATION:


Overall I really love the formulation of this palette! I do think that Wham Bam and Wanted need a bit of work as they aren’t very pigmented but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a black shadow as it is easily buildable. They all blend really nicely and the glitter shades look absolutely stunning when applied with the finger! The blushes aren’t overly pigmented but I personally like that as you can build them up and don’t get a massive chunk of colour on first application! The bronzer is gorgeous and buildable and the highlight is like a sparkly angel came and kissed your face (without any chunky bits)! I’m not personally a massive fan of the shadow Insurance because I need something a bit stronger to stop my shadow from creasing. I’m not 100% sold on the Mascara either but I actually find this smaller size to transfer way less than my full sized black one! The Sketch Marker does run into any lines but it’s very black and dries matte which is great! As for the glitter, I absolute love it! I’m sad it’s in a small size to be honest!

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

I know there have been mixed reviews for this palette but I personally thinks it’s worth the money! If you are fan of Nikkie (like us – she’s definitely our soul sista) then this will make you very happy so I’d jump on it first thing in the morning! The colour are great as you can create every day or more dramatic and fun looks and because it has two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter it’s great for travel! The little pouch the extras come in is great for travel too and I love the leopard print! 


This is the look I first tried with this palette and I was highly impressed with everything! 

I hope this has helped you if you were umming and aahing over whether or not you wanted to buy this palette! Do you think you’ll grab it tomorrow? What’s your favourite shade? Let us know in the comments below! 

Stay happy,

-M xx 

Full Face of AUSTRALIS First Impressions

Australis is a home grown Aussie brand that has affordable makeup in all areas from lips to eyes and face! I recently went a bit ham on some of their products and thought I would do a full face of first impressions so we can try them out together!

Foundation:

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For foundation I got the Fresh &Flawless Foundation in Natural Fawn. It’s a medium-full coverage foundation with matte finish which I quite like for nights out as it is mostly a bit longer wearing that dewy foundations. First off, the colour was a great match and the coverage was a nice medium coverage so some of my freckles still pocked through and I didn’t look like a cake face. It applied really evenly with a Flat Top Kabuki Brush and built really nicely when I applied a second layer around my nose and cheeks where I generally need a bit more coverage! A+ from me!

Concealer:

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To highlight down the centre of my face and under my eyes I used the Concealer Stick in Light. It has great coverage and blended so easily (again with a Flat Top Kabuki Brush)! You could definitely use a different shade if you needed to cover any blemishes but I found that the foundation did that for me!

Setting Powder:

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To set the areas I had concealed I used the banana shade from the Take Me On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit. I can’t find the kit on the website but I would look in store in Kmart or Priceline to see if they have any available. Otherwise they do have a Banana Powder  that I believe is the same product in a single format. This is one of the silkiest banana powders I have used! It’s so buttery and doesn’t leave your face looking super dry! I definitely recommend this!

Brows: 

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For brows I used the Tint my Brow in Light Brown. I have heard so much about this brow gel but for some reason never got around to trying it out! It applied really nicely and the colour match was great! It isn’t my favourite tinted brow gel but for the price I think it’s a great starter for those that are new to makeup!

Cheeks:

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To sculpt my face I used the contour and highlight shade from the same Take Me On Tour Contouring and Highlighting Kit and OH MY GOODNESS… I AM IN LOVE! This whole palette is absolutely incredible! Australis – if this is discontinued pleeaassee make it permanent! Everybody needs this in their life! Like the banana shade they are sooo buttery and smooth and look amazing on the skin! Stunning! I found this highlight on their website but hopefully the kit is still in Priceline or Kmart! You need this kit! Run,don’t walk!

Eyes:

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To sculpt my socket I used the contour shader from the palette and then used the Eyeliner Pencil in Blackest Black to create some depth in the outer corner of my top lid and lower lash line! This was so easy to blend out with a blending brush and super easy to apply! Then I used the Metallix Cream Eyeshadow in Pearl Jammin’  on the inner two thirds of my lid to add some sparkle! I found this a little bit tricky to apply as it broke up a little especially when I tried to blend it but I’m sure once I get the technique right it will be easy and I definitely want to keep trying as it looked so amazing on! Do any of you own these eyeshadows? What’s your favourite way to apply them? After highlighting my brow bone with the same highlighter I used before I finished off my eyes with the Fierce Eyes Volumising Mascara which is INCREDIBLE! It’s super black and made my eyelashes look so long and full – I’ll definitely keep using it!

Lips:

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For lips, I decided to go nude and used their Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in shade Mambo all over my lips! The formula was so creamy and beautiful on the lips, I am for sure going to stock up on some other shades.

So there you have it – my thoughts on some Australis products! All in all I was super impressed with the products I tried and will definitely be trying more from their brand! What is your favourite Australis product? What should I try next?

Stay Happy,

-M xx

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Dry Skincare Routine

Finding the right skincare routine for you can be a drag. As most of you know, I suffer with super dry, dehydrated skin. It’s also quite freckly and dull and I’ve always struggled to find the right mix of products to tackle these issues. I finally feel happy with my skincare routine and thought I would share it with you with the hope that it will help some of you with similar issues.

Cleanser: 

 

I was sent the Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser for reviewing purposes a few months ago and am pleased to say I think I have found the perfect dry skin cleanser! It is so brightening and I sometimes use it to remove makeup too (which it does an awesome job of)! I absolutely love this cleanser! Big thumbs up from me!

Scrub:

 

The Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub is another newer product that I love for my sin type! I use it about every second or third day depending on how my skin is feeling and it does a great job of cleaning my skin out without sucking all the moisture out at the same time! It has jojoba oil in it too which makes it nice and moisturising!

Toner:

 

I am absolutely in love with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater! It is super hydrating and I use it both morning and night (and sometimes during the day as a refresher) as toner and I’ll definitely keep repurchasing it!

Oil:

 

I have fallen in love with the Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil after I was sent it in a PR package! It contains lots of lovely oils that brighten and hydrate my skin unlike any other serum or oil I have tried! I apply it both morning and night to my face and neck and let that sink in before I apply moisturiser.

Moisturiser:

 

An old favourite of mine is the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream for dry, sensitive skin! I have pretty sensitive skin and suffer from a few allergies that make my skin flare up so this is my favourite moisturiser for calming everything down and keeping my face moisturised all day – especially with the help of the Skinstitut oil! It’s also super cheap so you can’t really go wrong!

Eye Cream:

 

The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate is, as you can tell from the title, meant to be only used at night but I find it so moisturising that I use it both morning and night! Kathleen Lights got me on to this just over a year ago and I haven’t looked back! Sooooooo good!

SPF:

 

I use the La Roche-Posay 50+ very high protection stick every morning because it isn’t at all sticky or greasy and doesn’t make my makeup look weird over the top! I can’t find the stick form online but I bought it at Priceline and you can buy the liquid version which is just as nice here.

Lip Balm:

 

The Vanny P lip balms are created by a small business in Western Australia with all natural ingredients! At the moment I am loving the Floral Passion scent for a bit of spring loving!

Night Cream:

 

You have most likely heard me rave about the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask before – but it’s for good reason I promise! This product has absolutely changed my skin! You will wakeup feeling so hydrated and refreshed after using this, I promise! I sometimes use it on days when I’m feeling extra dry and am not wearing makeup too, it’s just that good!

Cleansing Mask:

 

  

The Tru Self Organics Detoxifying Mask is my absolute favourite clay face mask of all time! If I ever have a pimple I mix this up, pop it on for 20 minutes and once I have rinsed it off my skin looks 1000 times better! It isn’t too drying either so it’s safe to use if you are really dry!

Moisturising Mask:

 

  

This is the final Skinstitut product in this post I swear! Their Hydrating Mask is out of this world! If you are having a flare up of flakeyness or skin irritation chuck this on and you feel at least a million times better!

I know it might seem like a lot to do but trust me, for anyone who has dry, irritated skin you know how much it is worth getting rid of dry patches! Using these products will not only make your skin more radiant and hydrated but your makeup will sit on it so much better and look amazing!

I hope this has helped at least some of you!

Stay Happy,

M xx

 

Graduation Makeup

  
Finally the day came where I got to don my robe and flat hat and leave university behind! For anyone who has graduated or had any important event with photos before it is so daunting trying to figure out how you want to do your makeup, after all you’re stuck with those photos for a while.

I decided to go with a soft, natural look that I knew I would still love in years to come. Follow along to see how I created my entire look for my uni graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago.

The Base: 

 

I made sure I went with products I know and love for my entire face but I think it’s especially important to use base products that you know work well with your skin type and look great in photos. For primer I used the Becca Backlight Priming Filter and put my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat on top. The combination of these two products always leaves my skin with a natural radiance and lasts a long time too. To conceal my under-eyes and lighten up around my nose I used the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer in Radiant Silk. Then, using the same damp beauty blender I had used to apply those products I applied the Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder under my eyes and on my nose and chin (i.e. anywhere you know you are prone to oiliness). I find that applying powder with my beauty blender not only leaves me with a natural finish but also makes the product last a lot longer and keeps my oil at bay.

The Brows:

 

Again, for my brows I used a product I know looks great and lasts for years, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. It’s so easy to use and the colour matches my hair perfectly!

The Contour:

 

This is a newer product for my but as soon as I got the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer I knew it was true love! I applied this in a 3 shape on my cheeks as a sort of a bronzer/contour hybrid to sculpt and warm up my face. Trust me; buy this bronzer, you will not regret it.

The Cheeks:  

JACLYN HILL IS A GODDESS! Her champagne collection palette is too die for. I’m telling you, if you haven’t already got this, go to Sephora right now and buy it… It will change your life! I used a combination of Pamplemousse and Amaretto on my cheeks and Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop on the top of my cheek bones, brow bone, cupids bow and down my nose.

The Eyes:  

I had already primed my eyes with the concealer so I went straight in with the lightest shade in the Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette from my lashes to brow bone and along my lower lash line. Then I worked my way along the next three shades slowly building depth in my crease. Importantly, everything I did to my top lid, I did to my lower lash line, building dimension on both. With the second shade from the right I created a slightly darker outer-v to build some more dimension. This part of the eye look is totally up to your own preference, you can make it as dark or light as you like… you do you. Then, using the shade Bellini from The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (currently sold out on line so you can substitute this for any rose gold shade you have) on the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid. Then, to finish the look off I used Stila’s Eyeshadow Compact in Kitten on my inner corner and brow bone to add a pop and Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara on my top and lower lashes.

The Lips:

 

I kept my lips simple so it was easy to reapply if I needed to and used one of my all time favourite lippys, Tom Ford’s Pink Dusk that is a beautiful warm nude to go with the eyes and cheeks.

The Outfit:

 

For my outfit I decided to go with a simple monochrome look as my robe was bright orange (aka the clashiest of all the colours). I wore a Bec and Bridge Black and White dress and some Witchery black lace up wedges. Both of these aren’t available online anymore but again, you do you, wear something you’re comfortable in and think you’ll still like in years to come.

I hope this helps those of you that have an important event, or even a graduation coming up. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve recently graduated and what you wore.

Stay Happy,

N xx

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