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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 

REVIEW: Urban Decay VICE Lipsticks

Urban Decay recently replaced all of their lipsticks with a new line of 100 different shades in five different formulas and because I’m so good at saving money I only picked up eight shades (to start with) and thought I would share my thoughts with you – meet the VICE Lipstick line from Urban Decay!

I tried to pick up a shade from each formula but couldn’t decide on a colour in the cream or sheer formula but I’m sure I will in the future.

The Price:

In Australia you can purchase these lippies from Mecca, both online and instore, and they will set you back $28. Considering the quality and sheer quantity of shades available I find this price pretty decent as you are bound to find your perfect lippy in the collection somewhere!

The Colours:

There are 100 of them, I think that speaks for itself.

Formulation:

They really have thought of every possible lipstick finish possible in this collection! From sheer, every day shades to super chunky glittery shades to dark, vampy, wintery hues. My favourite finish out of the six has to be comfort matte. It really reminds me of the MAC Satin formula which I loooove!

Sheer: This is one of the formulas that I didn’t really find a shade that clicked but there are lots of beautiful ones in the collection! The sheer finish would be great if you want a shade that looks like you put in a little bit of effort but not like you are wearing loads of makeup. I also think this finish would be great if you wanted a “my lips but better” lippy.

Sheer Shimmer: I have the shade Ex-Girlfriend in this formula and looooove it! The finish is somewhere between a shimmery and cream lipstick. It’s not going to last you all day and it’s not an opaque colour by any means but I really like that it is buildable and easy to reapply! I think this is a nice formula to get in an every day colour and Ex-Girlfriend is definitely that for me.

Ex-Girlfriend

Cream: As I mentioned, I don’t have a colour in this finish but from testing in store it seems nice and creamy. It’s also supposed to be a buildable formula so don’t expect this to be your all-day-waterproof lipstick but again, something nice to slap on in a rush and be done.

Metallized: I have two shades in this finish and really like both! Peyote is a beautiful every-day colour that I have been wearing non stop! Amulet is unlike any other colour I own in my collection and, for that reason, I love it! The Metallized finish is really flattering and I’ve been loving these shades (especially Peyote) as a handbag companion since I bought them as they are easy to slap on and reapply! Like the cream and sheer shimmer formulas they won’t last you all day but I looooove them!

Peyote

Amulet

Comfort Matte: As I mentioned above this is my favourite formula out of the bunch! They last a really long time without being drying or powdery on the lips! If you are eating and drinking on a night out, you will need to reapply these shades but they last longer than the others. I picked up four colours in this finish and will definitely be buying more! Backtalk is the kind of colour that I tend to reach for constantly if I want to look like I put in a little bit of effort, it is a beautiful cool nude shade and the pigmentation is insane! 1993 is a warm brown shade and I think I will be rocking it a lot during the warmer months! I also picked up Blackmail which is the kind of deep, vampy shade I love wearing on a night out or during a cold and wet Tassie day. Lastly I got Menace which is a classic blue toned bright pink! It’s a great bright colour for the summer months.

Backtalk

1993

Blackmail

Menace

Mega-Matte: This finish reminds me so much of the MAC matte and retro matte listicks! It is a tad drying but if you properly prep your lips with lip balm, primer and liner before applying them they don’t look powdery or too heavy! I picked up the shade 714 in this shade which is a classic red and is also the shade that Ruby Rose wore in all of the campaigns for this collection. I absolutely love this shade and think it would suit every skin tone!

714

Packaging:

The boxes of the lipsticks are so cool! They have broken up colours stacked upon one another and gold writing. I think they look nice and sleek and I love that they have a sticker of the colour on them too so they are easily recognisable! The actual lipstick tubes look so sleek and also have a sticker on the bottom of them with not only the shade name but the colour of the lipstick too which is great when you have the stored together! They have a little clip when you shut them too so the lid doesn’t fall off in your handbag or during travel! A+ from me!


Overall Thoughts:

I think Urban Decay hit the nail on the head with this range! There really is a colour for everyone! I hope they come out with some of the colours in a variety of finishes as I think that would go really well but overall I think I might have found my new favourite range of lipsticks!

Stay Happy,

-M xx

Review: Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Serum Foundation

When it’s comes to foundation I am always on the search for two things: the perfect dewy finish, and a natural, skin-like look and feel. Basically I want to look like I naturally wake up looking like a glowy unicorn. I mean, is that too much to ask? So when I read that the new Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer foundation is “sheer, lightweight coverage” and “reflects even the softest light” I thought it sounded right up my alley.

So, did it meet my expectations? To be perfectly honest, the first time I wore this it was with a heavy heart that I rang M and said “I think I hate it”. Luckily, she told me to persevere a few more times and experiment with primers and application techniques, because my first impression was way off the mark. I’m guessing I just had an off day with my skin or put too much primer on, but it never looked the way it did that first day ever again.

 I like to wear it with a light layer of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Elixer Serum SPF15 as a primer. But it works well with any primer or, in fact, on it’s own! Which is big for me to say as I am a huge fan of primers. It also feels moisurising on my dry skin, another huge plus for me.

With one coat is a has a nice natural finish; a youthful and healthy glow whilst evening out the complexion. It layers nicely with a second coat with a bit more coverage, whilst still remaining natural in finish. After that, I’m afraid, the layering didn’t continue well. It started to separate a bit and whilst it still felt natural the fantastic finish was gone. 
As expected with a light-wegith foundation, the wear time isn’t its best feature. Having said that, in comparison with other foundations in that category (such as the UD Naked Skin) it takes the cake! It lasted almost all day in the middle of winter, and still looked great at the end of the day. It managed this by wearing away evenly. I hate nothing more than when foundation wears away in patches. It looks atrocious, but this foundation didn’t do that! Good job Napoleon.

 

I prefer it applied with a beauty sponge, but if you didn’t have freezing hands like me I’d imagine it would apply well with your fingers too. I didn’t like it with a brush, I think it is too lightweight for that to really work its magic as it gets soaked up.

 

Overall, I really like this foundation and I am really glad I didn’t give up on it after the first go. I have found myself reaching for it on a daily basis! If you are a fan of natural and glowy foundations you definitely need this in your life.

Pick it up here! http://www.ry.com.au/napoleon-perdis-personal-trainer-serum-foundation-30ml.html

Have you got any other recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay beautiful – Nx

Review: BYS Nude Eyeshadow Palette

If you’ve seen any of my past drugstore eyeshadow palette reviews you’ll know that I’ve been pretty disappointed by what’s on offer. I’m always willing to try a drugstore product in the hope that it will be a near match/surpass one of my high-end products, but when it comes to eyeshadow I’ve never found anything even close. I’d all but given up, and then I heard a rumour that the BYS Nude palette is a pretty good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, and I gave drugstore eyeshadows one last shot…thank goodness I did.

This palette, guys. I mean, well done, BYS.   I am really impressed and here’s why:

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Price

This bad boy will set you back a whopping AU$19.95, and it is regularly on sale on different websites for far less than that. I got mine on eBay. Either way, in comparison to the AU$83 you pay for the Urban Decay palette, it’s a trifle.

Colour Range

IMG_0011_2The colour range is great, it comes with 3 matte (style, NYC and couture) and 9 shimmer eyeshadows. I use the mattes on a daily basis, especially ‘Style’ but the shimmers are also gorgeous for special occasions/when I want to feel a little bit more glam. This is also the area in which it is most comparable to the Naked 1. With the exception of UD’s Half Baked (which is replaced by a light matte nude in the BYS palette) the other colours are almost identical.

Quality

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You won’t be surprised to hear that the Nude palette doesn’t quite match up to the Naked 1 in quality. Whilst I am seriously impressed by the pigmentation of the BYS shadows (especially the matte colours) they’re no match for the Urban Decay formula. They also don’t blend quite as easily. Having said that, they do still blend very well, especially for shadows in that price point, and if you’re willing to put in a little more effort the results are exactly the same as the Naked 1.

 

All in all, I seriously love the BYS Nude palette and I am considering investing in the other palettes in the Nude range. If you’re not willing to fork out almost $100 for eyeshadow then give the BYS alternative a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

http://www.bys.com.au/shop/eyes/eyeshadow/nude-eyeshadow-tin

Would you like to see a makeup tutorial with this look? What are your favourite drugstore eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay happy, N x

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