Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder Review

Hey all, 

Now I don't know about you, but I have always been speculative about translucent powders. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea! But I just can't see how one powder can blend seamlessly into all skin tones, especially darker ones like mine (NC42). And in general, my fears have been met; with most translucent powders making me look ashy and ghost-like. 

Recently though, a friend convinced me to try Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder - promising that I would not be less than impressed. Although she uses the loose powder, I picked up the pressed one as loose powders are all too messy for me, I'm a definite neat freak!

I must say that she wasn't deluded as I first thought, I really do like this product.

What I Love
- It's pretty much invisible on my skin
- Doesn't leave you looking ashy
- Sets make up and removes oiliness 
- Gorgeous, compact packaging

What I Am Not So Crazy About
- Is a bit pricy
- Harder to find in Australia
- The applicator sponge it comes with is absolutely useless! I would recommend applying this product with a brush, so you can really blend it in. 

Where to Buy: I bought mine on the Adore Beauty online store. 

Price: $65


Before blending.
After blending, as you can see - it vanishes! 
Overall, I like it. I don't LOVE it, but I am quite attached to my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish at the moment. I do find myself picking up this product quite a bit in the morning of late. It wears well, and has lasting effects. I wouldn't recommend saving for it, but if you have the spare cash laying around - give it a try! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Lust Have It! - November Box

Hey all, 

I'm defying doctors orders...and blogging! I am just not one to sit still - there are things to do, people and places to see! But thankfully, I am feeling a lot better and I am grateful for all of your kind words and thoughts! I probably won't be blogging as frequently as usual in the coming weeks, but I am back! 

On to the review!

My November lust have it! box arrived about a week ago, and what can I say? Another box, another disappointment. I had such high hopes for lust have it!, but they just don't seem to be living up to my expectations. The products this month are similar to what was in the box last month - and they just aren't exciting me! They are nice products, just nothing that I have been dying to try and I don't think the products are much suited to me. 

I will give them another month to see if the boxes improve. Following the time-tested system of 'Three strikes and you're out". 

What Was in the Box 
RoC Complete Lift Daily Moisturiser - $59 (50ml)
Nude by Nature Lip Liner in Chique - $14.95
Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Fragrance - $79.00 (30ml)
Hawley International Miracle Shine 2 Step Nail Shiner - $6.95
Kerastase Nectar Thermique Leave In - $39.50 (150ml)

On the beauty box front, my BellaBox for this month has been shipped and I am super excited for its arrival. I have also heard great things about I Love This Box, so I might think about looking into subscribing if Lust Have It doesn't work out. 

I am indeed obsessed! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

p.s - My blog has gone dynamic! I'm loving the new pink layout, but I would love to hear what you all think! 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector - BB Cream Review

Hey all, 

Now, I have been hearing bloggers rave about BB creams on overseas blogs for a while now - and my have I been interested. No matter what age we are, we all want radiant, even toned and, flawless and perfect skin. BB cream is supposed to do exactly that, a bit like a miracle in a jar! It would be like having one product that meets all your skin's needs in a matter of minutes!! 

Interested? Well, those are the claims Garnier are making for their new Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream.  Of course I definitely had to try it out! 

Garnier's Claims 
- Fulfils all of your skin's needs: hydration, comfort, UV protection, corrects signs of fatigue, fixed dullness, corrects imperfections and sun spots. 
- Combines all your beauty steps into one single application. 
- 24hr hydration
- Evens complexion 
- Boosts healthy glow

What I Love
- Super hydrating
- Leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth 
- Slight tint does even skin tone and brighten your complexion
- Makes skin look healthier 

What I Am Not So Crazy About 
- Very light coverage, doesn't cover all imperfections (it does help though!)
- I have combination-oily skin and I did start looking shiny after a couple of hours. 
- Not available for those with darker skin tones 

Price: $14 (If I remember correctly)

Where to Buy: Priceline, Supermarkets and Selected Pharmacies 


Ignore the lipstick swatches people! It's my job
I'll come right out and say it, it definitely does not live up to all of Garnier's claims. Saying that though, it is a pretty good product and I must say that I am quite impressed. As far as tinted moisturiser's go, it does an amazing job. It evens out the skin tone, brightens up the entire complexion and does leave you looking more radiant. It also does cover the appearance of small imperfections and blemishes. 

I'm the kind of girl who generally enjoys foundations with more coverage (who doesn't enjoy looking perfect?), but I have been using the Miracle Skin Perfector at times where I do not feel as though I need as much coverage - for example, to the gym, grocery shopping, or taking the babies to the vet. 

I do recommend that you check it out and see how it works for you! If you have perfect skin, it may be all you need & if not, it's a great tinted moisturiser!

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Face of Australia Blush Review

Hey all, 

I am definitely a big fan of FOA products in general. They are cheap, and are usually amazing quality for  the price. So of course I had to try their blushes! They only have three in their range currently, which is a bit disappointing; but the three they have are such pretty, wearable shades, that I think would suit any skin tone! 

Although they aren't as pigmented as some other blushes (for example, MAC & NARS), they definitely add some gorgeous colour to your cheeks! 

These are definitely going to get a lot of use this summer! 

Nutmeg, Primrose & Terra
What I Love 
- Absolutely gorgeous shades, that would suit any skin tone
- Don't leave a powdery look
- Easy to apply and blend 
- just the right amount of shimmer
- Packaging is simple, sleek and stylish
- Cheap! 

What I Am Not So Crazy About 
- Not very pigmented, you do have to apply them with a heavier hand (especially if you have dark skin like me) 
- Tiny shade range with only 3 shades available 


Nutmeg, Primrose & Terra
As you can see from the swatch, they do leave a gorgeous hint of shimmery colour to my skin. They do have a decent amount of pigment to them & would swatch a lot brighter on lighter skin tones. 

Price: $9.45

Where to Buy: Priceline, Big W, K-Mart and online at Fashion Addict 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Friday, 4 November 2011

Lust Have It - October Box

Hey all,

I have most definitely been going on a bit of a beauty box subscription spree in the last couple of months, and so far am absolutely loving the concept! I subscribed to Lust Have It after a fellow blogger commented on my beauty box post. I was pretty excited about it after checking out their website! But now, I am not so certain how I feel.

We all know how important first impressions are, don't we? Well firstly, my October beauty box didn't arrive in October at all , but on November 1! Now I am sure lust have it! didn't intend for that to happen, and it was probably of Australia Post's doing...but nonetheless, it did irk me. 

How about the products? Well, they are nice products. I just feel that they aren't tailored to me in the slightest, and they weren't really what I was looking for. There were quite a few anti-ageing samples, and at under 25 they just don't excite me as much. I was really hoping for more make up related products, and less general skin care. 

Enough rambling! 

What Was in the Box?
- Lancome Genifique Youth Activator 
- LimeLily Cosmetics Cream Blush in 
- Lush Soap - Honey I Washed the Kids 
- Taut Collagen Orange Drink 
Kerastase Resistance Range
- Bain De Force Shampoo
- Ciment Anti-Usure Treatment
- Ciment Thermique - Reconstructor Milk 

All in all, my socks weren't knocked off. Although the Lush soap smells divine, and my hair is going to thoroughly enjoy the treatments - I was just expecting more! I shall leave my subscription open for the next couple of months, and see what the future boxes are like.

Maybe I am just too fussy? Either way, I still have hope!

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wishing Upon a Star: November

Hey all, 

Mmm...make up! 

I have had massive beauty related cravings this month, so it was really hard for me to cut my wish list down into an 'appropriate' size. Thankfully it's coming up to Christmas soon! Definitely time for me to start placing wish lists strategically around the know, light reading material and everything! 

Here's a portion of what I'm lusting after this month! 

The Goodies 

Illamasqua Blush in Hussy - $42
Love! That is the emotion I have for my Illamasqua blushes! I'm always looking to add to my collection & have been lusting after Hussy for a while! 

Revlon Lip Butters
I have no idea if we are even getting these in Australia, but I saw one of my favourite beauty gurus Emily Noel from emilynoel83 (youtube) talking about them and I think they are to die for! I really hope we get them soon, if not, I may just have to buy some off eBay! 

Illamasqua Skin Base in 10 & 12 (my perfect shade!) - $65
I have spent so much money on foundation etc recently, that I haven't really been able to justify buying more. But I have gone 2 whole weeks without forking out (amazinnng :P), and this just looks so amazing! 

Wittner Wedges - $149.95
Shoes, shoes, and more shoes! I absolutely adore the colour of these wedges. No, I don't really need them. But they are pretty! And they will look amazing keeping all my other wedges company.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused & Blissful - $25
I haven't bought any of these beauties yet and am not entirely sure why! I should get onto it, stat! 

Inglot Freedom System 5 Eyeshadow Palette, full of shadow's of course!
I have no idea exactly what shadows I want, there are so many to choose from! But, I have definitely been wanting to purchase a freedom system palette for a while now, and I think this may just be the month to do it! I do love Inglot products after all... 

Is anyone else finding it extremely hard to believe that it's November already?! Where-o-where has this year gone? Now I am starting to feel as though I am behind on Holiday plans!

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Essence Blossoms Etc... Eyeshadow Review

Hey all, 

I may have just been living under a rock for the past couple of months, but I had absolutely no idea that Essence products could be found in Australia! I was definitely on the verge of jumping in joy when I spotted a small range of Essence products at my local target when out shopping for lamps the other day! (Yes, no matter what I am shopping for - I will find myself in the make up section!)

They had the Blossoms Etc... collection and a rock chick collection (sorry, can't remember the exact name) just placed on cardboard displays on one of the counters. The Blossoms Etc... collection was full of gorgeous and feminine spring colours, I just had to pick up all three eyeshadow's!

From left to right: Bloom-a-Loom, A Hint of Mint & Forget-Me-Not

Aren't the colours absolutely gorgeous?! 
What I Love 
- Gorgeous, feminine colours that are perfect for spring/summer!
- Go on super smoothly
- Silky, soft finish
- Highly pigmented
- Long lasting 
- Cute packaging & gorgeous detail on the shadow's themselves
- Cheap

What I Am Not So Crazy About
- Not so long lasting without a primer, I definitely recommend using one
- I wish that there was a wider shade range
- Hard to find where I live! 

Swatches (without & with flash) 

Price: $3.99(AUD)

Where to buy: I have only found these in the Brisbane City Target & even then they were nearly all sold out! I really wish they were easier to find, they are absolutely gorgeous! 

These are definitely great shadows, and at $4 a pop, they are definitely worth checking out! I think the colours are absolutely precious and have already been using them all quite frequently! I also picked up a couple of Blossoms Etc... nail polishes. 

Does Kitten Approve? 

Yes she does! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

October Favourites!

Hey all,

It's my favourite time of the month, favourites time! I feel like its come around so quickly this month and I can't believe that the year is nearly over! I know this is a couple of days late, sorry guys! I have been so busy with work, uni AND jury duty! 

 I would like to take a moment to thank you all for being so kind & supportive of my blog, it has meant so much to me and has given me the inspiration and strength to continue. Lots of love, I mean lots! 

Anyway, favourites time! (before I start getting all teary!) 

What I Have Been in Love With

MAC Lady Danger
Definitely my go to red! It's a gorgeous blend between red and orange that I think suits every skin tone! Very glam! 

NYX Round Lipstick in B52
Pretty mauve-pink, my favourite casual lipstick this month! 

Australis Eyeshadow Primer (review coming!)
My current favourite eyeshadow primer! I use it everyday, and it really does keep shadow's vibrant and long lasting! 

e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach
My go-to highlight this month! Gorgeous summer shade, and it has the perfect amount of shimmer to really brighten up your face! 

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Gunmetal 
My current fave grey for smokey eye looks! Have used this shadow so often for my night time looks this month! Highly pigmented, long lasting, and such a pretty, pretty colour! 

MAC Woodwinked
Everyone loved Woodwinked! I have been picking it up so frequently this month for my daytime looks! 

NYX Mauve Blush
I do love my NYX blushes, and this shade is perfect for me. It's sublte, and gives just the right amount of colour! 

MAC Pinch Me
One of my favourite blushes of all time! Gorgeous pink, and perfect for darker skin tones (like myself!)

These are by far my most reached for items this month, and at time I even felt like I was getting into a bit of a make up rut! I also just noticed there is a lot of NYX and MAC in there - didn't mean that to happen at all! It is probably just because I have been purchasing quite a bit from both brands of recent.  Hope you enjoyed this post & I would love to see all your favourites, just post a comment with the link below!

Hope you all have a great day & thank you all so much! xx