Make-Up

2016 Drugstore Beauty Favourites

Buckle up your seat belts and prepare some snacks because  we are about to show you our 2016 Drugstore Beauty Favourites! Enjoy.

Skincare

N

SugarBaby Vita+Skin Slim-Ulate Coconut & Coffee Stimulating Body Scrub

This was an impulse purchase. I was at a Priceline sale, and remembered just as I was about to head for the checkout that I had run out of coffee scrub. Which will just not do! So I grabbed this bad boy because it was close by. Excellent impulse purchase. It smells AMAZING, I feel beautifully moisturised and exfoliated. New fave scrub.

Honourable Mention

Beauty Essentials Bright Eye Cream

Another impulse purchase. This was bought when I needed an eye cream for travel but didn’t want to spend a fortune. I LOVE THIS. It is possibly my favourite eye cream ever, over all the ones I’ve tried, drugstore or high end. Get around this. It’s amazing. And SO cheap.

M

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads

I got these bad boys when I was having a particularly in a particularly bad skin phase and didn’t realised how much I would love them. I have been using them religiously morning and night. They make my skin brighter with no drying effects. Love.

Hair care

M

TONI&GUY Nourish Reconstruction Mask

This mask has saved my hair this year! It is so incredible moisturising and (surprisingly, considering the quality) doesn’t cost a small fortune! This is a must for anyone who wants to give their hair some lovin’

Primer

N & M

Nyx Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

So many YouTubers rave about this primer, and it was slowly killing us not being able to get our hands on it in Aus. So when N went to Europe in 2016, she snapped it up quick smart. Our thoughts? Think a less greasy version of Hourglass Veil primer (which is one of our all time faves). One of our fave primers, not just in the drugstore category but in life. If you can, try this baby out.

 

Foundation

N

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

It was a rocky start to my relationship with Bourjois healthy mix serum foundtaion. It’s a regular in beauty bloggers drugstore favourites, and so I was super keen to try it! The first time I wore it, I applied it with a BeautyBlender and it didn’t sit on my skin well at all. Second time I used my hands, same deal. I was not impressed. The third time, however, in a somewhat uncharacteristic move, I used a buffing brush. Generally, I really dislike applying foundation with a brush, but for this particular foundation, it’s absolute perfection. Glowly, healthy, medium-long wearing, I truly love this foundation….when it’s applied with a brush.

 

Concealer

N&M

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Everyone’s raved about Fit Me concealer since forever, and we found out this year that it was for good reason. This is high-end quality stuff; it doesn’t dry out our under eyes but we do find it needs to be applied with a beauty sponge. It’s also great for spot concealing.

 

Corrector

M

Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer

I’ve written a whole post on this, if you want to read more click here. The short version is: creamy, blendable, effective, and cheap. You need this.

Powder

N

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

I am not even sure this is my powder tbh, I think it is M’s from many moons ago. But I found it in a draw, used it and fell in love. My skin does not get on well with setting powder, I can look ghostly and cakey very easily with my dry under eyes. The Stay Matte powder helps to get rid of that greasy look whilst keeping me looking fresh. Great powder.

 

M

Australis Banana Powder

This stuff has changed my setting game. My only qualm is that the colour is only suitable for small range of skin tones; people in the super pale or super dark tones won’t suit this colour. Otherwise, I love it.

Contour

N

Nyx Highlight & Contour Palette

This was another UK purchase (and then typically it turned up in every store in Australia the second I got it there…*eye roll*). YouTubers raved, and they were right. Is it as good at Kat Von D or Anastasia? No. Is it still fantastic? Yes. It is an amazing drugstore alternative to those ride or die high end palettes. No muddiness in site.

M

Australis Take Me On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

I’ve mentioned this in my Australis Full Face Tutorial post. I use this as a brontour and love the effect it gives me. This definitely feels like a high quality powder, well done Australis.

Bronzer

N

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

For some reason, Soap & Glory products cost a mint in Australia. So when I saw this bronzer in the UK for a much more reasonable price I snapped it up, keen to try the brand I’ve seen so much of! This bronzer reminds me of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I really love it. Natural, buildable, blendable bronze. Really glad I got it.

 

Honourable Mention

Models Prefer Bronzer

If you’re looking for a bronzer next time you’re in Priceline, grab this bad boy. Cheap as. Great colour. It doesn’t blend seamlessly at first, it does take a little more work than the Soap & Glory bronzer, but for availability and price, who care!? Definitely recommend.

 

Blush

N

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I feel boring putting this in. Everyone loves it, everyone goes on about it, and everyone has it. But….this is my favourite blush. Hands down, in all categories. Ride or die. I’d be lying if I put any other blush here. I feel so pretty every time I wear it and I get excited to use it. If you haven’t got it yet, get on it asap.

M

Nyx Cream Blush in Boho Chic

This blush has a really cool consistency. It’s definitely a cream product but on me (I do have dry skin) it transforms into more of a powder when I apply it. I really like the colour and I’m keen to try more of this formula.

Highlight

N & M

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette by BH Cosmetics

Carli is queen. This palette is da bomb. You can more in M’s review here.

 

Honourable Mention

Australis

Like the rest of the palette the hightlighter is incredible quality. The thing I like about it is that it’s less intense than the Carli Bybel, which is perfect for an everyday highlight. This palette is perfect for travelling.

Eye Shadow

N

BYS Nude Eye shadow Palette

I’ve done a full review on this palette here. In short: great quality, great pigmentation, great colour range, great price.

M

Morphe 12P Palette

To be completely honest, I bought this palette thinking I would create a couple of colourful looks for the gram and be done with it. I was wrong. It has completely changed my makeup game in 2016. I’ve full review here.

Brow Product

N

NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil

There’s not much to say about this. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day, great colour range, and super cheap. NYX eyebrow products are all ace, and this is one of my faves. I find myself reaching for this over all my other brow products.

M

Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel in Clear

This stuff keeps your brows in place all day. Big tick.

Mascara

N

Max Factor Velvet Volume Mascara

I got this for free with Vogue. Thanks Vogue. I LOVE, this mascara. No clumping (my absolute pet hate), length and volume. My go to every day mascara. I will repurchase this forever.

 

Honourable Mention

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara

Looking for amazing mascara under $10? Look no further. Great volume, great lasting power, fantastically jet black, it doesn’t give the clump free effect of the MaxFactor product, but to be honest no other mascara does that for me, so for under a tenner, this mascara is bloody fantastic.

 

Lips

N

Shanghai Suzy in Dusty Rose

I’ve done a review on Shanghai Suzy lipsticks here. This colour is my favourite of them all. A wonderful pinky nude that goes with everything, and suits everyone and great quality. All for an insanely reasonable price. Get around it.

 

M

Apocalips by Rimmel London

Lip Velvet in Atomic Rose

Atomic rose is a beautiful every day matte colour that wears really nicely throughout the day with a velvety finish.

 

Lip Lacquer in Celestial

This is the perfect “whack it on and don’t think about it for the rest of the day” product. The pigmentation is insane.

Brushes

N & M

Real Techniques Blush Brush

I was forever stealing M’s one of these and so finally got myself one. I use it for everything. Blush, bronzer, setting powder. It’s so soft, so great at blending, washes perfectly, and a great price! Definitely my favourite brush.

 

Honourable Mention

Real Techniques Setting Brush

It broke my heart not putting these in first place because I really do love these too. I have two of these, one for setting under my eyes and my t zone, and one for highlighting. They are my go to brush for both of those things. I will probably buy more. I love them.

 

Tanning

N&M

Bondi Sands Summer Bronze Instant Tan in Light/Medium

This is a very recent edition to our lives. We got sent this product to test out by a PR company, and didn’t really know what we were going to think, not normally being into instant tans and often disliking the smell of the Bondi Sands products. We were very pleasantly surprised. Great natural colour, so easy to apply (we use a mit to rub it in), dried quickly, and lasts really well! Definitely a new fave!!

Happy New Year and stay happy,
N & M xx

 

REVIEW: Morphe 12P Picasso Palette


I got this palette from Beauty Bay thinking that it would be fun to play with some colour for a couple of Instagram posts and that would be it but boy was I wrong. I definitely didn’t think that I would love this palette as much as I do! If you are interested in finding out why I love this palette so much then keep on reading.


The palette retails for $23.70 on Beauty Bay and has 12 matte eyeshadows in it. The colours are so incredibly pigmented and blend like a dream! The range of colours makes it easy to create heaps of different looks, all I use with it is a neutral crease colour to blend everything together (and maybe a bit of glitter).


This palette has really inspired me to play around with colour and glitter, especially with NYE coming up! I definitely think it’s worth getting if you want to have a go at more colourful eye looks! It is so easy to use and fun to play around with. It gets an A++ from me – well done Morphe!


Have you tried this palette? What are your favourite colours to use? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay Happy,

-M xx

Cream Contouring 

I can always use a bit of help in the face sculpting department so I decided to pick up the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair a few months back to see if it was worth the hype and could help me look like a French model in the moonlight. Keep reading if you want to see what I think of it. 

Price: I bought mine on Beauty Bay which was $66.40 and $4.60 cheaper than it is at Sephora Au (all about those savings).


Packaging: I really like the packaging! It has a sleek see through case with black edging and bottom and six magnetic pans that can be taken out and put in to any other palette or replaced as you use them up. I’ve got to admit, I think it would have been great to have a mirror in this palette but it doesn’t bother me too much as I always seem to have a mirror handy anyway. 


What you get: The palette includes three Contour shades, two matte highlight shades and one shimmery highlight. I think they did really well with the selection of Contour shades in this palette as they suit a good variety of tones. Although they aren’t super dark, Anastasia does have four shades available in her cream palettes to suit everyone from super fair to extra deep skin tones. The two matte highlight shades are very, very fair and quite similar. I would have probably preferred if one was more yellow toned and one more peachy but I guess that’s harder to do in a palette marketed for such fair skin tones. The shimmery highlight shade is one of my favourite parts of the palette! It reminds me a lot of the MAC cream colour base in pearl and is such a beautiful, subtle highlight shade! 


The Formula: I heard a lot of people saying that the formula of this palette was really dry and hard to blend which, to be honest, is why I didn’t get it until now. I’m happy to say I completely disagree with these people! I use a setting spray on my brush, face or the palette (or all three) before I use it and find that it blends so beautifully in to my skin which is a miracle for my super dry skin! It also doesn’t move my foundation around underneath it and blends seamlessly with any base! What I do find great is that because it isn’t the creamiest formula it’s no going to move around and be gone within a few hours. The coverage of the creams are amazing! If I’m having a good skin day I often don’t wear foundation or Concealer and think my skin look pretty ace! 10/10 from me! 


How I use it: Depending on how deep my skin tone is at the time I use either of the darker shades under my cheek bones, along my jaw line and hair line and through my temples and the crease of my eyes to create a natural looking shadow and the illusion of some dimension! Then, using one or both of the two matte highlight shades, I highlight my undereyes, centre of my forehead, chin, Cupid’s bow, and under my cheek contour. This acts as a contrast to the contouring I’ve just done and brighten up my face a bit. I either use the brush I applied the product with or  a damp beauty blender to blend it all together find that both work really well. 


Overall thoughts: I really, really like this palette and think it’s totally worth the money! I might even grab a few more shades to use in my mua kit! 

Stay Happy,

-M xx 

REVIEW: Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer

We all have those spots and tones in our skin that foundation just doesn’t seem to cover enough or the combination of skin tone and foundation can look ashy. This is where colour correcting comes in.

I’ve always wanted to try out colour correcting but never seemed to be able to find the right product. M loves her M.A.C concealer duo for correcting dark circles under her eyes but I suffer from a lot of redness around my cheeks and nose and needed something to fix that. I thought it was a lost cause and had accepted my red cheeks when I got a text from M with a picture of the Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer quad and immediately wanted to try it out to see what it was like!


First up, I have to admit that my hopes weren’t set to high as it was only $12.99 but, after testing it out, I was pleasantly surprised!


The quad comes with four cream shades to “create a perfect base and achieve an all over even skin tone” according to the packaging. The colours include a peach shade to counteract dark spots and correct discolouration, a green shade to neutralise red undertones (hallelujah!) and correct blemishes, a yellow shade to camouflage purple/blue undertones and correct uneven skin tones and a lilac shade to eliminate yellow undertones and correct dull complexions.


The packaging is very slim, light-weight and, in my opinion, pretty sleek for an affordable product!

The consistency of the creams is a really nice cream-to-powder finish! It feels so creamy and buttery when you apply it and blends out to a nice smooth powder finish but remains creamy enough that it can be  applied under foundation without it becoming cakey.

use the green shade with either my finger or a small buffing brush on my cheeks and nose and any pesky pimples. I use my fingers to apply the yellow shade directly under my eyes and in my inner corners to counteract my blueish under eye circles and then use the peach shade directly underneath that in an upside down triangle shape to brighten everything up. Finally, I use the lilac shade as a kind of pre-foundation highlighter placing is on top of my cheek bones, on my brow bone, in the centre of forehead and down the middle of my nose (you know the drill).


After I had applied the product I use a damp beauty blender or my fingers to blend it as much as possible in to my skin, you will still have colour on your skin after this step but don’t worry, we’ll be applying foundation next. Next I apply foundation as I usually would and bask in my even skin tone! I find that I normally still need to apply a little bit of concealer under my eyes to help with brightening but it is much less than I would if I hadn’t applied the colour corrector and doesn’t look ashy!

I absolutely love this concealer and would highly recommend it to those of you who have any uneven skin tones or even if you are a makeup artist as it would suit quite a few different skin tones! I use so much less foundation than I would otherwise too, so you are definitely saving in the long run!

Aussie babes can buy it from Priceline here.

Have you tried colour correcting before? What’s your favourite product? Let us know in the comments below.

-M xx 

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