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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

Review: Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen

N and I are lipstick lovers so when I heard about a green lipstick that transforms to a natural rosebud pink on your lips I knew I had to try it out!

Enter Frog Prince by Lipstick QueenIt is an emerald-green lipstick enriched with Vitamin E and Shea Butter that reacts with your bodies pH levels to transform in to your “perfect rose-pink lipstick shade” (or so it claims). If you’re thinking, “woah, that’s a big claim that it will transform in to everyone’s perfect pink shade” then you’re exactly where I was at when I walked in to Mecca and bought it off the lovely sales assistant.

It does sound incredible though, if it does what it claims it could turn in to my favourite every day lipstick shade. After all, we’ve all gone through the struggle of finding our “perfect everyday lipstick shade” so maybe this lippie will help us overcome that. Over the last two weeks I have, almost exclusively, worn Frog Prince and I thought I would tell you what I think.

 

 Colour: 

This is the first thing you’ll notice when you see this lipstick, it really is bright emerald-green! But not to worry, one swipe on your lips and they will literally transform before your very eyes in to a lovely natural pink shade. Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Just because it works for me how do I know it will work for everyone?” The answer is, I can’t, but I did have my mum and N both test it out and it did look beautiful (and very different!) on all three of us.

Formula: 

This is probably my favourite thing about this lipstick! It is an interesting mix between a lipstick and a lip balm. It’s so creamy and hydrating that it basically acts as your lip balm and you definitely don’t need to prime your lips in any way before you use it. One thing I was worried about was the way it would wear off my lips and that was also something I loved! It wears off so naturally and just leaves your lips with a slight tint, but nothing too overwhelming! Love, love, love this formula!

Longevity: 

Now this is where the lipstick will probably divide a few of you. It is definitely, by no means, a long-wearing lipstick. If you’re a lover of uber-matte liquid lipsticks and hate having to re-apply then I’ll tell you now, this lipstick isn’t for you. But if you like creamy finishes and don’t mind a touch up every now and then, I think you’ll love it! It lasts about 2-3 hours before I need to re-apply but the beautiful thing is you can re-apply whenever and wherever you want! Because it’s so creamy and sheer you don’t need to worry about perfect applications or using a mirror, a few smudges of your lips together will do the trick!

Over-all thoughts:

I’m about to start studying again soon and I think the long days in the classroom or days where I can’t really be bothered to do a full face of makeup but still want to look somewhat presentable are exactly when I will use this. It is so easy to re-apply and chuck in your bag, I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this lipstick and will most likely repurchase if I do ever run out!


What’s your favourite lipstick? Do you want to give this transforming lipstick a go? Let us know in the comments below so we can test out some new lippies! We are ALWAYS on the hunt for new lip products!

Stay happy, until next time

-M xx

 

Review: Moreish Skincare

One of my favourite things about being a beauty blogger is having an excuse to try out new products, even when there was nothing wrong with the ones I was already using. In the case of Moreish skincare, all it took was a small sale at Priceline and some super cute packaging. I mean really, look at it, that was always going to look amaze in my bathroom!

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Moreish is a New Zealand brand making skincare from pure superfoods such as argan oil, avocado and kiwi fruit. The whole idea behind their brand? “It’s called Moreish because your skin can’t get enough of it.” They are all things I like in a skincare brand, so I bought up. I gave my skincare routine an overhaul with their cream cleanser, day cream, eye cream and argan oil. Keep reading to see what I thought…

 

Euphoria | Cream Cleanser 200mL

Of all the products I purchased this was the biggest let down for me. The reason? Well it claims to remove makeup…it doesn’t. It took me several washes and even then it wasn’t all gone, even when I added bi-carb as my exfoliant. If that’s not really your thing anyway, this was actually a really lovely cleanser. Light-weight, non-drying and my skin seemed to love it.

 

Would I re-purchase? No. But only because I’m lazy and want a one-step cleanser.

 

Daily Redemption | Day Cream

When I first used this cream I did not hold high hopes. It’s super lightweight, and I expected that to result in my skin feeling dry and irritated. I am pleased to say I was wrong! This product was great. I mostly used it mixed in with a drop or two of argan oil, and it kept my skin feeling lovely all day long. It also worked well under makeup, really moisturising and preparing my skin for the base products. All it all I really liked it. I probably wouldn’t recommend this to people with exceptionally dry skin (mine is dry, but not overly so), but everyone else, I really liked it!!

 

Would I re-purchase? Yep! Definitely keeping an eye out for the next Priceline sale.

 

Reawaken | Eye Cream

This is probably my favourite product of the lot. It is super creamy, and I thought that was going to make it greasy and unpleasant, but (as seems to be a theme so far) I was wrong! It absorbs easily and left my usually dry and irritated eye area feeling nourished and moisturised. Big thumbs up from me. The only slight annoyance (and it’s small), it that the shape of the lid makes it really hard to open when you’ve recently moisturised your face! But really, it’s no big deal in the big scheme of life.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely. Love it!

 

Liquid Gold | Pure Argan Oil

I am a very vocal member of the rosehip oil fan club, so it took a lot for me to even consider branching out and trying other facial oils. Initially, I thought I’d made a huge mistake; the oil felt very heavy on my skin and I had a couple of breakouts. I was on the verge of sticking this in the “disappointing products” pile when my skin changed its mind! Well, what actually happened was that the weather started to cool down and my skin became drier. Boy howdy, does dry skin love this stuff.   It kept my skin looking supple and moisturised all day long, and helped to boost my skins moisture and appearance when I wore it over night under a night cream. I am still unsure if I love it as much as rosehip oil, but I certainly do like it. I think this may be really beneficial for any dry skinned gals out there looking for a boost to their skincare routine.

 

Would I repurchase? Definitely!

 

So there were some hits and some misses in this range, but all in all I’m a fan of this brand! Have you tried any products from this range? Which would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

Review & Swatches: Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks

I am a lover of lipstick. So when I started to hear great things about the lipstick brand Shanghai Suzy I, of course, gave it a quick Google to see what the fuss was about. Not gonna lie, I assumed this was a Chinese brand from the name, but it turns out it’s a local Australian brand. The lipstick-only brand was created to fill the hole in the market for good quality yet affordable lipsticks, and they nailed it.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, but it just went ahead and blew my mind. For starters, they are AU$12.95. So, naturally, my plan of buying just one to try the formula out quickly turned into a little trio of first impressions.

 

The formula? Fabulous. They are so creamy, and yet not heavy on the lips, and they last. Like not last as in do-nothing-all-day-like-don’t-even-chew-gum and it lasts, but like really lasts. I gave these guys a workout, I even wore one out to Mexican one night and it still looked respectable after a night of having shoved tacos/burritos/cocktails in my gob. It had faded slightly, but this was almost unnoticeable and it had done it well. Nothing annoys me more with a lipstick than when you go to the bathroom and you have nothing left but a lip liner-esque ring around your lips; that didn’t happen with these lipsticks.

 

As mentioned earlier, I picked up three colours. They are all name ‘Miss somethingoranother” which I think is just adorable. The three I own are Miss Bree (Pink Blush), Miss Sanja (Fuschia) and Miss Victorine (Classic Red). I will say one thing though, it’s not necessarily a negative, it’s just a note. All three of my lipsticks are the ‘matte formula’…they ain’t matte. They aren’t shimmery, or frosted or anything like that at all, but they are also not matte. That doesn’t bother me, but if you are after a MAC style matte lipstick, these are not for you.

 

On to swatches…

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L-R: Miss Victorine, Miss Sanja, Miss Bree

 

Miss Bree – Pink Blush

A cute pink that can go from every day to blushing night-time beauty.
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Miss Sanja – Fuschia

A gorgeous almost-purple. This is probably the one I wear most often, it finished off any outfit perfectly.

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Miss Victorine – Classic Red

I’m going to make a bold statement; this is a pretty good dupe for MAC’s Ruby Woo. I love Ruby Woo, and (as I mentioned) this is nowhere near as matte, but to be honest I think that may be in Miss Victorine’s favour! This is just a gorgeous, classic red. A must have in any girls lipstick collection.

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Top – Miss Victorine Bottom – Ruby Woo

 

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All in all I am a huge fan and will definitely be purchasing more and getting them as gifts for friends and family. Miss Tanielle (Desert Rose) is next on my list.

Do you have any lipstick brand recommendations for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

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