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Fun Makeup Look for Summer – Feat. The Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Ain’t no doubt about it, summer is fun. The warm weather makes people happy and the good times roll well into those long summer night. In general, I don’t believe in only wearing certain colours in certain seasons, but summertime has given me the urge to be colourful. So I thought I’d use the completely stunning Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to create a fun makeup look with a splash of colour. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

The Base



For the base I was aiming for one thing – glowy af. Tbh, this is what I aim for daily, and in life in general, but for this look in particular I wanted that dewy like a fairy kinda glow.

 

To achieve this I used the NYX Angel Veil primer, to hydrate my skin (especially important when you’ve spent time in the sun) and help with longevity. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation in shade Vanilla. Under my eyes I used my everyday favourite concealer, Benefit’s Fake Up in Light. I then lightly powdered my t-zone and under my eyes with Revlon Colorstay pressed powder in Light – this helped to keep my concealer in place and stops me from slipping from glowy to oily.

 

The Face



If you haven’t got the idea yet, we’re going for glowy. To keep this going, I used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. This is technically supposed to be a bronzer/highlighter duo but I love to blend the two together as a very lightly shimmered bronzer. For blush I used my ride or die, Luminoso baked blush by Milani followed by a beautiful natural highlight using the Soap & Glory Glow All Out luminising face powder. This is a pinky highlight that is just so subtle and pretty, the perfect ‘glowing from within’ highlight.

 

The Brows



For brows I used the NYX micro brow pencil in brunette. I wanted my brows to balance out the brighter eye look we’ve got coming up. I love a full bushy brow – so that’s what I went for.

 

The Eyes


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the beautiful Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. Wow. This palette honestly shocked me with the quality; I was speechless when I swatched this in Mecca. The colour range is beautiful, that blue in particular slays me.

For this summery look I decided to play with the pink shade in the palette, Harajuku, and create a wearable yet bright (totally a thing) look. First I used the shade Stark from lash line to crease to balance out my eyelids and create a smooth base for the rest of the shades. I then used Blonde on my brow bone and Annaheim through and slightly above my crease to create some light depth and a blending point for the rest of the colours. Next up is Zone which I used directly in my crease to deepen things up and create a gradient effect through to Annaheim. To deepen my outer corners I used Blink on a more defined brush and then, with a clean fluffy blending brush, I smoked out the edges so there were no harsh lines. Here comes the fun bit – Harajuku! Using a more precise brush I popped this on the inner two thirds of my eye and, with the same clean blending brush from earlier, I softly blended Blink and Harajuku together to create an effortless gradient. To top it all off, and add a little more glow cause we all know we need it, I added Pop to my inner corners and coated my lashes generously in the Essence I Love Lashes Mascara to finish every thing off. Ta Da! 

 

The Lips


To finish this look off, I tossed up whether to go nude and balance the eye or just commit and go bright. In the end I compromised and went for a muted pink. I used a Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner in Natural to both line and fill in the lips. Over the top I used a true favourite of mine, Shanghai Suzy’s Dusty Rose. This lipstick gives me life, such a gorgeous pinky nude.

 

And there you have it! A bit of a fun look for summer nights, and to match those gorgeous sunsets. What’s your favourite kind of look for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

 

If you’re in the southern hemisphere I hope you are enjoying your summer!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

– N x

REVIEW: Davines MOMO haircare

Over the last few months I have gone from brunette to blonde and have been testing out the Davines MOMO haircare range. I’ve finally formed some pretty solid thoughts of this line and thought I would share them with you. I have the MOMO shampoo, hair potion and moisturising conditioner, all from ry.com. They are all infused with yellow melon extract and formulated for dry, dehydrated hair.

MOMO SHAMPOO:


My first thought about this entire line was, “woah, this better be good for the price!” I’ve never been one to spend much on hair care but going blonde has certainly changed my mind on that. This shampoo is amazing! A little goes a long way, so the once seemingly steep price seemed a little more manageable once I realised this shampoo was probably going to last me the better part of ten years. It foams up really nicely and leaves my hair feeling super clean but not stripped. It’s aimed towards people with dry, dehydrated hair which is why I think it works so well. I’m left with clean hair without the dreaded squeak. 10/10 for this shampoo! I will definitely be repurchasing if/when I ever run out!

MOMO MOISTURISING CONDITIONER:


I have to say, the packaging of this conditioner did intimidate me when I first opened my ry.com package. I’ve never seen any haircare product quite like this one but I soon came to love its simplicity. It has a flip-up lid that is so easy to use in the shower and makes it easy to decide exactly how much product you want to use. I usually keep the conditioner in for around 3-4 minutes while I’m washing my face and body and when I rinse it out my hair feels like an angels harp string! If you have dry hair this is the product of your dreams! I don’t know what I did without it and can’t see myself straying from it’s beautiful smoothness anytime soon!

MOMO HAIR POTION: 


This hair potion had me in all types of emotional states. The first time I tried it I almost passed out from its strong scent. It has the same smell as the conditioner and shampoo but they’ve somehow managed to intensify it 1000 fold! If you are sensitive to smells I would probably steer clear of this one.

Since my first harrowing experience with this potion I have figured out how to best use it. It says on the bottle that it can be used on towel-dried or dry hair as a hydration boost (essentially a kind of leave-in conditioner) but I found out quite quickly that if I used it on dry hair the scent became too much (I’m talking an I-needed-to-sit-down-otherwise-I’d-be-hitting-the-floor-soon kind of too much) and I was better off opening the bathroom door, doing my skincare routine and then applying it to towel dried, dampish hair. This gave me a chance to take in as much oxygen as possible before applying it in an open, air-filled environment. I know what you’re thinking – why go to all this effort for a hair product? My answer is simple – like the other MOMO products, the hair potion has been like a gift from God from my dehydrated locks! It’s so good that I can, with sufficiant oxygen, look past its strong scent in order to adorn my hair with this magical elixir!

In conclusion, I think I have found my new favourite hair care products! They are incredible at re-introducing moisture and life to dry, dull, dehydrated hair and I will continue to purchase them until (by some kind of a miracle) I find something better!

Stay happy,

-M xx

 

*Although I was sent these products for consideration all opinions are my own. I only rave about products I believe deserve the review.

 

 

Empties: November 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love an empties post. They seem so honest and informative! If you want to see what I thought about the products I have finished and whether or not I would repurchase them, keep on reading.

 

Hair 

Cedel Dry Shampoo


This is not the first time I’ve used this dry shampoo and I doubt it will be the last. Is it my favourite dry shampoo I’ve ever used? No. Having said that, it is affordable, readily available at most supermarkets/Priceline/pharmacies and it does the job. The only two things I don’t love about it is the white cast it gives off (which can be frustrating on darker hair) and that it doesn’t leave me with run-my-fingers-leisurely-through-my-locks softness. But, really no dry shampoo does that and, like I said, it cleans my hair.

 

Repurchase? I’d say so.

 

Bumble and Bumble Prep


I’m really very lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I find it time consuming and frustrating and I’m just not very good at it. So, naturally, my blow-drying routine normally consists of me flipping my hair upside down and waving the hair dyer around until it’s dry enough.   This prep spray has my lazy routine looking like I’ve had a professional blowout. Thick, luscious volume. If you have pancake hair like me, get this in your life.

 

Repurchase? ASAP.

 

Skin

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water


I honestly don’t even know how I came to have this in my draw. I’m assuming at some point it came free with another La Roche Posay product as it’s certainly not something I would normally bother spending my money on. Having said that, I really enjoyed using this both as a toner and as a refresher on long-haul flights. But, to be honest, it’s water in a can and you can find much more affordable alternatives.

 

Repurchase? Nah. Well, maybe if I’m feeling fancy.

 

The Fix Coffee Scrub


We are Tassie girls, born and bred, and we love to support local brands, businesses and communities. So when we saw this coffee scrub at a twilight market, as both Tasmanians and avid coffee scrub enthusiasts, we snatched it right up. It’s available from their Etsy page and makes a really awesome gift (it was our gift of choice for friends and family in 2015).

 

In comparison to say the Frank coffee scrub it is less…moist (sorry, I hate that word too).   At first I thought this meant it would be less moisturising, but it was equally as moisturising, it just left our bath tub less slippery. So it was actually a plus! It also smells like peppermint. Honestly it’s heavenly, get around it.

 

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Skin Republic Foot Peel


I’m going to keep this short and sweet. M has used foot peels in the past (not this brand) that, although completely disgusting, looks fun as hell and left her with the feet of an angel and I wanted in on some of that action. This foot peel promises to remove dead skin in seven days. It has been 3 weeks and I am still sans angel feet. In fact I think they may be worse, just a little peely but with none of the satisfaction that M experienced.

 

Repurchase? Nope. Total waste of $15.

 

NKD Body Scrub – Mint


As mentioned above, we are skin scrub junkies. It is a bandwagon upon which we have well and truly jumped. This scrub from NKD Body is….meh. Don’t get me wrong, it smelled lovely and it exfoliated my skin, it just didn’t do it as well as other products (such as The Fix mentioned earlier). My skin was softer, it just wasn’t “omg you have you feel my leg, isn’t it the softest things you’ve EVER FELT” soft. This scrub may be perhaps suited to people with more sensitive skin.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps as a gift.

 

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment


That is quite the lengthy title for what is essentially an eye cream; An eye cream that I really enjoyed. I saw visible difference in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth (because I apply it there also), it kept my dry skin moisturised all day, and was perfect prep for undereye concealer. If you have oily skin I would steer clear of this product, it sometimes even left my dry skin looking greasy if I used too much product.

 

Having said all of that, I am currently using a cheaper drugstore eye cream that is giving me very similar results for a much smaller price.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps in a sale.

 

Makeup

 

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer


As mentioned in my recent(ish) Travel Makeup Bag post, it is one of life’s great mysteries to me why this concealer is not more popular.

 

As it’s name suggests it both hydrates and conceals my under eyes whilst looking completely natural. It doesn’t highlight, but for everyday that is exactly what I’m after. It is honestly my favourite under eye concealer for every day. If you have dry skin, you have to try this out.

 

I have used it for blemishes when I don’t have any other product on me and, for a short term solution, it worked fine. It is very moisturising so it works best set with powder.

 

Repurchase? I already had a backup.

 

BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser – Liquid


I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this was worth the money when baby shampoo has been doing a pretty good job for me all this time. I was wrong. This is the only thing that gets my BeautyBlenders/beauty sponges looking like new. It does have a pretty strong scent (which I didn’t notice until Karima McKimmie pointed it out – thanks for that gal!) but if you can get past/don’t mind that then you have to try this out.

 

Repurchase? Yes. However, M tells me that the solid BlenderCleanser is even better and without the scent, so maybe I’ll check that out first.

 

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious


I have a feeling that this product may be discontinued, but I’m going to review it anyway. Did this make my lashes grow? Nope. Was it a good mascara otherwise? Yeah. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried but it was waterproof, a lovely jet black and it did the job at a reasonable price. I definitely used this mascara well past the time where it should have been replaced.

 

Repurchase? I would have if it wasn’t discontinued. I will if I see it in a discount shop.

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


I’m sure I can’t be the only one who had their life transformed by beauty sponges. I am a HUGE fan of the way they apply my foundation. Yes, the OG BeautyBlender is really fantastic, but to be honest, I think I prefer the Real Techniques sponge. It is a bit softer but without soaking up any more product, and I think it just gives a better finish with less effort for me. The only downside and the only reason I am throwing this out (aside from the fact that it is 2 years old and that is disgusting and it probably has diseases by now) is that it tears reeeeaalllly easily. Which is not an issue I have had with any other beauty sponge.

 

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Have you tried any of these products? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful,

N x

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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