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Monthly Favourites: May 2017

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I recently had a week of prac for uni, and when I was deciding what foundation I was going to wear on my first day my hand instantly reached for this. I wanted a foundation I knew was going to apply well with ease, make me look fresh and last well. I know that this product will consistently give me those results without me having to try too hard.

I apply it with a buffing brush and it leaves me with a healthy well-rested look…when I was actually nervous af and hadn’t slept a wink. This baby performs every time.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

This was hiding in the back of my draw and after having rediscovered it…wow! Now I remember why Laura Mercier primers were what got me into primers in the first place! I’m not sure if this helps with longevity but it certainly helps with hydration and application. My foundation applies like a dream, and that perfect application helps my foundation to wear well throughout the day. Imma have to stock up on this one.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%

This serum is tres expensive.  Like AU$79.95 for 30mL. I know, my jaw hit the floor too. I was really hoping that this would be terrible and I’d hate it and be able to tell you all to save your dollars.  But, alas, it’s freaking amazing. I apply it in the evening before night cream (making sure to leave it for a minute or so before applying the cream to allow the product to work its way in) and my skin literally (okay not literally) glows in the mornings. I have to check myself out it looks so healthy.  Hydrating af and helps to even out skin tone. And it actually does both of those things, not like other products that just write in on their box.

Benefit Gimme Brow

I don’t have much going on in the brow department.  I really peaked brow-wise in the 90s/00s.  So when I first tried Benefit’s Gimme Brow I really was begging it to gimme some damn brow.  And it does. This baby delivers! It’s not as full on as when I use my MUFE Aqua Brow, but for every day full brows this is my new fave – I much prefer it over the MAC brow set. In fact, I have already bought a backup. I realise I’m late to the party on this, but if you haven’t given this a go I highly recommend it.

I use the shade medium for a natural look.

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics  Eyeshadow Palette

This is not as popular as it’s older sister the OG Naked Basics, but I have a serious soft spot for this travel-sized palette. ‘Skimp’ is my all time favourite eyeshadow shade, which is so boring but it is what it is.  It is a satin finish which makes it perfect for all over my lid without making them look or feel dry. This palette is perfect for travel, you can do an everyday natural look or amp it up for an evening smokey eye, and all in one compact.  Skimp all over my eye, Stark in the crease, maybe a little bit of Frisk or Cover in the outer corner, and I’m set for the day. And they’re UD eyeshadows, so the quality is pretty swell.

If you only want one easy to use eyeshadow palette in your life, I highly recommend this.

MUFE Ultra HD Stick Foundation

My skin has been super dry over the last couple of months. Winter has hit me hard and I’m starting to feel like a scaly dragon with eczema. Because it’s been so dry I haven’t worn much makeup but when I have, the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation has been the only thing that works. It’s super creamy and the coverage can be built from a nice light (yet perfected) coverage right up to a super full, smooth finish. I love, love, love this foundation! I’m in the shade Y225 Marble.

Let us know if you would like a full review.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

I recently rediscovered this and have fallen back in love all over again! This is hands down my favourite mascara ever! You need it in your life! I’ve done a full review on it here.

The Maze Runner book series by James Dashner

We have been obsessed with this book series over this last month and have even spent days reading to each other Jane Austen style. It’s not quite at The Hunger Games’ standard but it’s super suspenseful and will keep you guessing the whole way through! If you’re looking for an easy, fun book series you should definitely check it out!

N.B. Don’t bother with the movie! It’s awful.

What have been your current favourites? Let us know what we should try next!

Stay Happy,

N & M xx

 

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel in Clear

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

Mascara

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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

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