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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: SuperStay 24hr Foundation and Concealer by Maybelline

Everybody and their dog is after foundation and concealer that will keep you looking fresh af from dawn til dusk (or dusk til dawn, if that’s how you roll), so when I came across the Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr foundation and concealer I had to see if this would end that search.  I’m not sure I’ve ever needed my makeup to last a full 24 hours but the idea that it could if I really wanted it to caught my eye.

Maybelline tells us that the foundation uses “micro-flex technology” (which is 100% a term they made) that helps the product to resist movement throughout the day and,  I would imagine they are implying, help it to last 24 hours.  So did they live up to my lofty expectations? Read on to find out.

THE PACKAGING

I actually quite like the packaging! Whilst the hefty glass bottle of the foundation makes it impractical for travel, it looks sleek and feels of expensive quality. The foundation also comes with a pump, always a huge tick.  The concealer tube is neither here nor there, it’s fine.

As for the labels, something that irritates me about drugstore products is that the labels/writing often wear away from rattling around it my makeup bag or foundation draw.  I have had both of these for quite a while and the labels still look brand new! It’s something small, but I appreciate it.

THE PRICE

This foundation will set you back AU$24.95 for 30mL, and the concealer AU$14.95 for 7.5mL which is by no means the cheapest drugstore foundation on the market.  It is still, however, a far cry from high-end or luxury foundation prices.

THE FINISH

The finish is somewhere between matter and satin, I guess you could call it a “natural” finish, with medium but buildable coverage.  This means you can wear it for every day or amp it up for night time or big events. The concealer is leaning more towards full coverage.

However, this is where the product really lost points for me.  No matter how I applied this it left my skin looking heavy and cakey.

One application with a drop of oil (the best way I found to apply it…still not crazy about it)

The concealer in particular left my under-eyes looking really seriously atrocious.  And it got worse over time! Even when I thought I’d thinned it out with some facial oil and it looked okay initally, it somehow ended up looking like a dry, creased and cakey mess a few hours later.  I was always desperate to take it off when I looked in a mirror and regretted wearing it every single time.

The foundation was pretty similar. Whilst the finish was improved by adding a drop of facial oil, it still looked cakey after a few hours wear.  I tried applying it with my hands, with a beauty sponge, with a brush, with and without a drop of oil, with a finishing spray and without; no matter what I did it just didn’t sit well on my skin.

I do have dry-combination skin, so this may have played a part in this.  If you have oily skin this may work in your favour!

With a full face of makeup – no setting powder as that makes it cake up even more

THE WEAR

The concealer really did last all day long without any movement or diminishing in coverage.  However, as I mentioned for every single one of those hours, it looked cakey and hideous and I was desperate to get home and take it off.  I particularly remember looking in the mirror after work one day and being mortified that I had been walking around looking like a pale, old lady all day.  The creasing was the worst I have ever experienced.

The foundation didn’t last as well as the concealer, but it also wasn’t as cakey as the concealer.  Which says more about how shockingly cakey the concealer was than the finish of the foundation, because it was still pretty heavy.  It ended up leaving my skin looking dull and unhealthy, which is the total opposite of what I was hoping to get from this “24hr fresh look” foundation.

the verdict

Huge, massive thumbs down from me.  I have honestly been avoiding doing this review because I don’t want to put this foundation back on my skin for photos. I just can’t even.  This may be the worst foundation and concealer I have ever used.  I know that sounds super negative and dramatic but that’s how shitty I looked at the end of the day when I wore these. I would honestly prefer my makeup to fade than leave me looking like a cake face as this did.

If you have oily skin, perhaps this won’t be an issue for you. But honestly, I wouldn’t risk it.

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts? Can you recommend any other long-wearing foundations?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

 

 

MASCARA MARCH – Lash Sensational Washable Mascara by Maybelline

Washable? What does that mean? I have scoured the internet trying to find out what on earth Maybelline means when they call this mascara ‘washable’, I found nadda. If you are clued in on this mystery please please please let me know what a washable mascara entails!  Anyway, we are going to ignore that tiny detail for now and get on with the review of Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline.

Every blogger and their dog has been singing from the rooftops about there love of this mascara, so does it live up to the hype?

VOLUME: Not bad! Not bad at all.  Not as great at The Colossal Leather Black mascara by Maybelline, but still pretty bloody great. It’s a natural volume that can work on a every day basis or into a darker night-time look (unlike the colossal mascara which jumps straight to the latter). This is definitely going to become a staple for me.


LENGTH: For me this is where this mascara delivers, it adds some serious length. The major selling point of this mascara is the special fanning brush which supposedly has ten layers of bristles to help give your lashes a “full fan effect”.  My long, thin lashes easily clump up with lengthening mascaras, but not with this bad boy. Very impressed!

RECOMMEND?: Definitely! I can see why everyone is so impressed by this mascara, it is high-end quality, and for only AU$21.95.  That price is by no means super cheap, but it is still well below the price of high-end mascaras that do exactly the same job (I’m looking at you Benefit Roller Lash).

Have you tried any other Maybelline mascaras? What were your thoughts? Let me know in comments!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – The Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara by Maybelline

All the advertising around this mascara when it was first released really sucked me in! Seeing the same ad before every single YouTube video I watched with the insanely voluminous lashes had me making a special trip to purchase it; I needed that kind of lash volume in my life like yesterday.

Did the Maybelline marketing team lead me astray? Read on to find out..

VOLUME: Okay, so I don’t look quite like the chick in the ad.  But I’m going to go out on a limb and say they aren’t her real lashes (and if they are, I need some of those genes in my family line asap, have you got a brother?).  Having said that, I am pretty damn happy with the volume this mascara gives me! My lashes are long, but they are very much lacking in the volume department, and this mascara masks that amazingly.  Huge tick from me – 12/10.

LENGTH: Again, big tick.  This increases the length of my lashes without clumping them together, something that is a rare find, particularly in drugstore mascaras.  I think it’s something to do with the shape of the brush (Maybelline calls it their first “super-loading brush”), whatever it is it’s working.


COLOUR: I’m not really sure what the difference between regular black mascara and “leather black” mascara is, to be honest.  Is it more matte? Their website just says it will give you “leather black intensity”…which gives me zero information on what that means and I remain at a loss, oh well.  So, it’s black, it’s got great pigmentation and I have nothing negative to say about the colour.

PRICE: At AU$19.95, it’s not the cheapest mascara on the market, but it’s not going to break the bank. Worth the price, in my opinion.

RECOMMEND?: Hell yes.  This is a massive call, but I think I may prefer this over the Benefit They’re Real…don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Aussies can buy their’s here.

Have you tried the regular The Colossal mascara by Maybelline? How do you think it compares to the Leather Black version? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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