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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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Review: BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter palette.


My beautiful sister, N got me the BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel 14 Colour Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette for my birthday in June so I thought I would put it to the test and let you all know what I think about it. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the palette.

Price: 

This palette is so afordable! It costs $14.50USD and you get 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters! You do have to pay for shipping but I think all up it cost N around $20… Winner!

Formulation:

Hooly dooly, these are probably the most highly pigmented, buttery and smooth eyeshadows I own aside from my three Makeup Forever shadows! They seriously feel like powdery butter! There’s also hardly any fall out because they are so smooth, meaning you can happily apply your face makeup before doing your eyes without having to worry about an industrial size cleanup. They are super pigmented so you don’t have to use heaps but they aren’t hard to blend out at all which really surprised me when I saw how much shadow I picked up on my brush the first time I used the palette! The highlighters have the exact same, creamy formula too and are a delight to use!There are five matte and five shimmery shades – perfect! A lot of our other palettes tend to be either mostly matte or mostly shimmer so I love that this is perfectly centred! The shimmer shades also aren’t chunky or glittery at all which is always a winner in my books!


 Colour Range: 

What I love about this palette is the really catered for a lot of different skin tones, especially with the highlighters! They somehow managed to make four highlighters have the perfect shade range for super light to deep, dark skin tones! The eyeshadows also have a great range of matte transition shades meaning that you will pretty much find your crease shade no matter what skin shade you are.


 Longevity:

This is where things get exciting! I have pretty oily eyelids and my eyeshadows tend to get those gross sweaty blank lines within a few hours normally, especially if I don’t prime my eyes! During my move to Sydney I packed only this palette and completely forgot to pack a primer. I didn’t even know if it was worth wearing the shadows but was going out for breakkie with my cousin one morning at 7am and wanted to look pretty. The next time I looked at my self in the mirror that day was around 8pm (so I had been wearing them for at least 12.5 hours) and MY EYES STILL LOOKED INCREDIBLE! Like I’m talking, freshly applied amazing. These eyeshadows, even though they are super creamy, somehow stay on for hours and hours – probably days if you left them! Winner winner chicken dinner!


 Packaging:

The packaging is definitely a winner for me! Yes it’s big but it’s got 14 powder products in it so that doesn’t bother me! What I love so much is how slim it is! It fits in my toiletry bag so easily even though the actual size of the palette is one of my biggest!

Overall thoughts:

As you can probably tell I absolute love this palette! N and I are actually going to buy another one each for backups haha. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is on the market for eyeshadows or highlighters or generally is alive. Buy it now, thank me later.

Stay Happy,

-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

2015 Favourites

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Foundation

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N YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat

No doubt you’ve heard about the wonders of YSL Touche Éclat concealer, but let me open your eyes to their foundation. It. is flawless; amazing and yet natural coverage and makes you glow without looking greasy. It’s worth the loan you have to take out to purchase it.

Honourable Mention – Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

M Tarte BB Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturiser

I know this technically isn’t a foundation but it’s been my favourite base ever since I got it. It has a light coverage and a skin-like finish, which is great for everyday wear or buildable if you want more coverage.

Primer

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N Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I want to thank the girl at Mecca that turned me onto this primer. When I asked her opinion on a primer that would ensure my skin felt hydrated, evened out my skin and kept my makeup on all day she pointed me straight to the Hourglass display, and she was not lying. I ended up purchasing the full size despite the rather ridiculous price tag, and it was worth it.

M Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

The Goddess herself, Nikkie Tutorials introduced me (and the world) to this and I haven’t been able to get enough of it. The manly smell can be a bit overwhelming to begin with but trust me give it a go, it’s worth it!

Concealer

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N Benefit Fake Up

I stumbled across this concealer by accident. I was purchasing some other things online and this was on sale so I popped it in my cart on a whim, not ever having heard of it. Best impulse buy ever. It offers both coverage and moisturisation, perfect for the under eye area! My fave every day concealer.

Honourable Mention – YSL Touche Éclat

M MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo

I was always a bit scared to try the MAC Studio Finish Concealer as I had heard it was a bit drying but boy am I glad I didn’t listen to them! This is hands down the best concealer I have ever used! Each duo has a salmony shade, perfect for combatting dark circles under the eyes and a more yellow based tone, perfect for covering any pesky spots. It stays all day, doesn’t crease and covers ANYTHING. Love, love, love!

Bronzer

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N Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light 1

This is a matte bronzer with the perfect bronze for my pale skin tone. It’s easy for me to come out looking ashy or dirty, especially in the winter months, but that is not an issue with this product. I am definitely glad I popped this in my shopping basket this year, my 2015 was all the more bronzed and babe’n for it.

M Amazonian Princess by Tarte

This quickly became my favourite bronzer and hasn’t left my side throughout 2015. I can see this working on many skin tones, but remember to keep a light hand if you’re as pale as I am, this baby is pigmented.

Honourable Mention – Dallas by Benefit

Blush

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N Luminoso by Milani

Milani baked blushes in general are amazing. Even if they weren’t so affordable I would still sing their praises, but they are. Luminoso in particular is incredible. I’m talking heart-skips-a-beat every time I apply it kind of blushing beauty. There are literally zero excuses to not have this in your life.

M Gina by Nars

This is my favourite every day blush colour. The Nars blushes pack a punch in the pigmentation department and Gina is no exception meaning this blush will last you a lifetime! It suits so many skin tones and is one that I use on most of my clients with so many different makeup looks! You’ll love Gina!

 

Contour

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N Paloma Contour Duo by Nars

Being a pale but freckly gal contouring can be a dangerous game if done incorrectly or with the wrong product. This duo made me a contouring convert. They work perfectly with my skin tone, blend like a dream and leave me looking like I am naturally sculpted like Angelina Jolie. Perfect for every day or an amped up night look. Love love love.

M Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette

There’s a lot of hype about this product and for good reason! Whether you are a contouring rookie or Kim Kardashian I can guarantee you this will quickly become your go to for contouring. It has the creamiest, most pigmented and blendable formula I am yet to try in any makeup product and I am dreading the day I run out. Thank you Kat Von D <3

 

Eyeshadow

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N Naked Basics 1 & 2 by Urban Decay

Urban decay really knows what it’s doing in the eyeshadow department. These are so fantastic we couldn’t even choose which one we prefer (although to be brutally honest – gun to our heads – the original slightly ups the sequel). They can easily be used for natural looks or glam night-time looks. If you are only going to buy one eye shadow palette, one of these should be it.

M Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Urban Decay was my original eyeshadow love and I certainly haven’t strayed far over the years. The Naked 3 palette has been my go to this year as you can create a simple every day look or amp it up for a night out! It also goes with heaps of eye colours so it’s been fantastic for my clients too!

Mascara

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N Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast

Every other mascara-making company in the world needs to sit down in a room and get lessons from Covergirl on the art of mascara wand making. Seriously. The spoolys on every single one of their mascaras far and beyond surpasses any other. It lifts, separates, lengthens, and adds volume, everything you want from mascara. And as an added bonus you can pick it up from the supermarket. I will buy Covergirl mascaras forever.

Honourable Mention – Bobbi Brown Intensifying Longwearing Mascara

M Benefit They’re Real

It’s no secret that the Benefit They’re Real mascara is my all time favourite/holy grail! I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine a day without this baby! You can read all about my thoughts on the They’re Real mascara here.

 

Eyeliner

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner

Our friend got us on to this eyeliner last year and we haven’t looked back. We won’t lie to you, we don’t use liquid eyeliner a whole heap but that’s what is so great about the Stila Stay All Day eyeliner – it never dries out! We are still on our first pen and it is just as opaque, smooth and precise as is was when we first bought it! Definitely give this one a crack if you’re looking for a long-lasting and deep black liquid eyeliner!

Brow Product

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N Brow Satin Smoothing Duo by Maybelline

Props go to Shaanxo for getting me onto this product. It has a brow pencil on one end and a filling powder on the other. They are pretty great on their own to be honest, but the combo gives a finish to rival most high end products.

M MAC Velux Brow Liner

This takes me back to when I first started wearing makeup back in 2014! My friends bought me a MAC voucher for my birthday and this brow pencil was first on my list! It’s so smooth, opaque and has a spoolie on the other end making it the perfect travel companion. It’s also easy to build up but doesn’t set too quickly so you can make it look more natural if you like. This is the perfect brow product for beginners!

Honourable Mention – Tarte Brow Mousse

 

Lipstick/Lip Product

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N Pink Dusk by Tom Ford

Earlier this year I was on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick. I am super fussy in this category, mostly because I just cannot pull off the lighter nudes. After much searching I came across it at the Tom Ford makeup counter. Pink Dusk, ily.

Honourable Mention – Le Orange by YSL

M Honey Love by MAC

We all know I love my nude lipsticks and Mac’s Honey Love quickly became my favourite of 2015! It is the perfect peachy-nude and lasts a super long time (thanks to it’s matte formula) whilst still remaining creamy so as not to dry out your lips. Snaps for Honey Love!

Honourable Mention – Plink by MAC

 

Highlighter

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N Bobbi Brown shimmer brick

There is a reason that one shimmer brick is sold every 2 minutes (or whatever that ridiculous statistic is).   This baby does its job. We have it in both Beige and Rose and both are beautiful. They add a subtle glow to your look that will have everybody commenting on your makeup.

 

M Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Champagne Pop makes you look like you have been kissed by one thousand angels and appointed the high priestess of the Glow Land. You need this in your life!

 

Powder

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Face of Australia Translucent Powder

This has been our favourite setting powder since we picked it up in late 2014. It has the perfect skin-like finish and helps keep oil at bay on those summer days. And for only $11.95 who could go wrong?!

 

Makeup Brushes

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N Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek

I can’t even explain why this brush makes me so giddy, but it does. The shape applies blush (cream or powder) perfectly. It just does. Get this in your life and be prepared for amazing things.

M MAC 135

I would like to say and big thank you to Desi Perkins, Jaclyn Hill and Nikki Tutorials for bringing this brush in to my life! This is the PERFECT bronzing brush and could be used for blush, highlight, setting powder, eyeshadow (you get the picture). It makes me feel like I am at a spa every time I use it! If you had to have one brush in your life, this should be it!

 

Fragrance

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N Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

This perfume is perfect all year round. It’s a beautiful subtle scent that picks up my spirits. And the bottle is gorg. 10/10.

M Si by Giorgio Armani

I picked up Si at the Boxing Day sales in 2014 and have never looked back! It has a deeper, floraly, musky scent (can you tell I’m really good at describing scents?) and is the one perfume that I get compliments on every time I wear it WITHOUT FAIL! 4 thumbs up!

 

Skincare Product

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N Bi Carb Soda (Baking Soda)

Years ago, I was reading Vogue and an interview with a model backstage at Sydney Fashion Week mentioned that she uses Bi-Carb with her cleanser to exfoliate. I am about 85% sure it was a young Abbey Lee Kershaw, but don’t quote me on that. A few months ago this popped into my head when I was baking and I decided to give it ago. It’s gentle, natural, affective, and (my favourite part) it has done wonders for evening out my skin tone. Thank-you probably maybe Abbey Lee.

M Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

I have super dry skin and tend to get pimples from clogged/dry pores around my chin area. This mask has been an absolute lifesaver! I started using it as a night cream soon after I got it and haven’t looked back! I wake up every morning with supple, glowing skin and it’s all thanks to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask!

Hair Product

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N NKD Hair

I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t think this was going to do a whole heap. I was wrong. This baby makes my hair smooooooooth. Yes all those o’s are necessary, it’s that smooth; zero knots, silky, shiny, amazing hair. I will be stocking up on this and giving it as gifts this year to spread the love. Well done Brittany Lee Saunders, you nailed it.

M BB Thermal Spray

We’ve spoken about the magical properties of this spray before so I won’t go on about it for too long. I will tell you this – if you use any sort of heat on your hair you need this in your life. Your hair will be 1000x smoother and glow like the rays of the sun. Get it!

 

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