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MASCARA MARCH – Fierce Eyes Mascara by Australis

THIS MASCARA IS LIFE. If we were in a beehive, this mascara would be the queen bee’s knees (all the analogies). Australis definitely delivered with their Fierce Eyes. And for only $11.49 as well.  I mean, honey (yet another bee reference?), it don’t get better than that.


Volume: This is the most voluminous mascara I have ever put on my eyelashes in my whole entire life.  Your neighbours are going to complain about all the volume. So get soundproofing.

Length: This length is, indeed, fierce. That is all.

Colour: It’s black. It’s great. You need it.

Waterproof?: It isn’t waterproof so I do need to set my undereyes, otherwise it turns into transfer city (it goes from the lashes terminal to the cheek terminal quick af). With the setting it stays put.


Recommend?: 12/10 consumers (all 12 being me) would recommend to a friend. Have recommended to a friend, in fact. Multiple friends.

More Mascara March reviews to come!

Stay happy, M x

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

Makeup Look: Too Faced Sweet Peach palette Winter Look

 

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It’s no secret that our Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is one of our all time favourite eyeshadow palettes so when Too Faced came out with the Sweet Peach palette in the same format we jumped on it! It has the most glorious warm tones and a great amount of mattes and shimmers!

My favourite look for winter time with this palette is a warm smokey eye and warm nude lips. So let’s jump straight in to it!

The base: 

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First I used my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation (shade Fair Sand) with my Zoeva Silk Finish brush to create an absolutely stunning airbrushed effect! Then to cover my under eye circles I used my Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (shade 2) and blended that in with my fingers. On top of that I used my Kat Vond D Lock-It Concealer (shade Light 16) to lighten things up and also to cover any spots I had. To set all of that I used my Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Powder on my T-Zone and under my eyes using Zoeva’s Powder brush.

The Cheeks:

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To add dimension back to my face I used my The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer under my cheek bones, under my jawline, along my hairline and in my temples with my Zoeva Luxe Highight brush. Then, to add warmth and blend out my contour I used my new (and amazing) Too Faced Sweet Tea Baked Bronzer through the places I had already contoured with Zoeva’s Powder Brush. For blush I used my new favourite, Becca’s Mineral Blush in Flower Child with my Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush. To finish off my cheeks I swept Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Champagne Pop along my cheekbones, cupids bow, nose and eyebrow bones.

The Eyebrows:

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Hallelujah! How much better does everything look when your brows done?! For my brows I used my all time favourite brow product, Tarte’s Amazonion Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and the brush provided to carve out my brows and then Nars’ clear Brow Gel to set them in to place. To highlight my brow bone I used Benefit’s High Brow.

The Eyes:

 

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To Prime my eyes I used Mac’s Prep and Prime 24Hr Extend Eye base and blended it in with my fingers. To set that I used Peaches ‘N Cream all over my eyelids on Zoeva’s Luxe Crease brush. Then, using Zoeva’s Luxe Petit Crease brush, I ran Puree just above my crease to create depth. I constantly blended with the Luxe Crease brush to diffuse the edges. I also ran Puree under my eyes with the same Petit Crease brush and joined it with the outer part of my eyeshadow on the top lid. I blended Summer Yum on the outer corner of my top and bottom lid with the Petit Crease brush to deapen the look up and add more depth and warmth. Then, using one side of the Cream Shader brush by Zoeva, I patted Caramelized on to the outer 2/3 of my mobile lid and lower lash line, using the other side of the same brush I then put Luscious on the inner 1/3. To finish the eyeshadows up I used Zoeva’s Luxe Pencil brush to put White Peach on the inner corner and along my brow bone. I then lined my upper water line and the outer 2/3 of my lower water line with Maybelline’s Color Show Crayon Kohl Eyeliner in Chocolate Chip and then finished off my eyes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. 

The Lips:

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Because the Sweet Peach palette is so warm toned I wanted to create a nice warm toned, nude lip. To create this I used Chi Chi’s Stay on Lip Liner in It Girl to line and fill in my lips and then used Rimmel’s Apocalips Lip Velvet in Atomic Rose.

So there you have it! My Winter Too Faced Sweet Peach palette look. What do you think? Do you think you’ll recreate it?

Stay happy,

–  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

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