Saturday, 30 June 2012

On My Cheeks: Models Prefer Blush in Desk to Date

Hey all, 
I don’t usually post on the weekends, as I always try and keep them for ‘me’ time. But since I haven’t posted as much as I usually do this week, I thought that I would use this weekend to catch up! 
It seems as though I have been hit with everything at once - bronchitis, a job transition, house renovation issues, and a cat with a cold. To say the least, I have had issues keeping organised this week! The end is in sight though, as they say; and thankfully too - my nail polish is chipped beyond belie and my skin is definitely showing signs of stress. 
I have posted about Models Prefer products a few times now, always with positive reviews.  Their Mattifying Primer and Glitz & Glamour Highlighter are amongst my most reached for products. And with the addition of this blush, I have to say that the brand continues to impress me. 


Shade 
- A gorgeous medium pink that would compliment any skin tone. No shimmer, but has a sheen to it. 
What I Love 
- Gorgeous shade.
- Highly pigmented. 
Creamy, applies smoothly and is easily blend able. 
- Very reasonably priced. 
What I Don’t 
- Get quite a bit of product fallout, as you can see in the below picture. 




Where to Buy: Priceline 
Price: $9.99


Swatches 


Unblended 


Without Flash 




With Flash 




Blended


Without Flash




With Flash






Despite the fallout, this is a gorgeous blush that creates a healthy and natural glow. At $10 a piece, I definitely recommend that you give it a try! 


What do you think about Models Prefer? 


Hope you all have a great night! xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

On My Lips: FOA Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons

Hey all, 

Almost everyone in the Australian beauty blogging world would have heard about these by now; but I love them so much that I couldn't help but write my own post! I've been trying a lot of jumbo lip pencils lately and had to grab the FOA Lip Crayons the second they were available. They have had a lot of love since then! 


The Shades 
Macaron - A deep pink. 
Cupcake - A light and bright pink. 
Sundae - A brown-nude. 


What I Love 
- Most of all, I love how they look like actual crayons - I am a sucker for anything adorable 
- Great colours, reasonably pigmented for a tinted balm. 
- Highly moisturising. 
- Goes on smoothly and is easy to apply. 

What I Don't 
- Can't buy them individually. 
- Wish they had more shades! 

Where to Buy: Big W

Price: $14.95 for 3. 

Swatches 

Without Flash


On My Lips 

Macaron


Cupcake


Sundae 



I think that these are wonderful! Sundae is my personal favourite, as it's a great 'my lips, but better' shade for me.

 If you do decided to give these a try, remember that they are a 'sheer' lip product - so you won't get packed on colour. They are perfect for a more natural, muted look though. 

Have you tried these? Which one is your favourite? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

I will leave you with this. 

My soul! It aches! 

Monday, 25 June 2012

Sleek Monaco Eyeshadow Palette - Review + Swatches.

Hey all, 

How was everyone's weekend? I had a particularly busy one myself! I am fighting the flu of doom and am in the middle of organising a bit of a career change - busy, busy, busy! At least I haven't had any time to get into trouble, have I? 

Since I started 'shopping my stash' - read the post here; I have had a look through my whole collection, just to remind myself what I have. This has happily resulted in the rediscovery of many old favourites and some new gems. 

This is one of them! 


I loved the potential of this palette, and am so glad that I grabbed it! When I first tried it, all I could think was 'wow'. 

What I Love
- Well put together, all the shades compliment each other. 
- Very highly pigmented. 
- Creamy and smooth. 
_ Long lasting, especially with a primer. 
- Reasonably priced. 

What I Don't
- It is a limited edition palette, but can still be found online. 

Where to Buy: Try eBay. 

Swatches 

Top 6 Shades 

Without Flash 

Bamboo, Aquamarine, Midnight Garden, Sunset, Washed Ashore & Magenta Madness
With Flash 


Bottom 6 Shades 

Without Flash

Summer Breeze, Sand Walker, Kiwi Zest, Lotus Flower, Humming Bird & Moors Treasure
With Flash 


Isn't it gorgeous?! It is hard to pick a favourite with so many lovely shades, but I particularly like Kiwi Zest and Sunset. 

Which shade do you like the look of? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

On My Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet

Hey all, 

I have already posted about my favourite lip butter, Berry Smoothie, and that post has more of a review.  You can read it here if you want more information, as this post will just be brief. I just had to share another lip butter love with you though - I can't help myself. Although it hasn't quite knocked Berry Smoothie off its pedestal, it is close. And of course, it's red! 

You all know that I am determined to own as many red lipsticks as possible! 


Shade 
A gorgeous, deeper red. Blue-based, but very flattering. 

Finish
Typical Lip Butter standard. Creamy and moisturising, as well as being highly pigmented. 

Where to Buy: Priceline, and wherever Revlon is stocked. 

Price: $21.95

Swatch

Without Flash 


On My Lips 


It is such a gorgeous, deeper red and is definitely very wearable. Not as scary as some lipstick's, as it isn't overly bright. It is also a lot easier to apply evenly! If you want a toned down red lipstick, this one is definitely for you! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx



Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Australis Nudist Palette - Review + Swatches

Hey all, 

Although I love my brighter shades, I have to admit that I am a sucker for a neutral/natural eye. I am a big 'bright lip' girl and nude eyes work a treat for toning down a bright lip shade. Also, you can pair them with anything and wear them to any event.

Three cheers for versatility! 

I saw this palette on Sweetaholic Beauty a while ago, and just had to run out and find it. I am very glad that I did! 


Shades
8 gorgeous neutral shades, ranging from light to dark. All shades have slight shimmer. 

A closer look at the shades from left-right. 



What I Love
- Such a versatile palette, with a great range of neutral shades. 
- Highly pigmented shadows. 
- Creamy, smooth and easy to apply. 
- Long lasting, especially when paired with a primer. 
- Compact, stylish packaging. 
- Great price!

What I Don't
- Doesn't contain any matte shades - wish it had at least one or two. 
- It was pretty hard for me to track down, and I am pretty sure that it is limited edition. 

Where to Buy: Target, K-mart, Big W and Priceline. 

Price: I am pretty sure it was $12, correct me if I am wrong! 

Swatches 

Without Flash 


With Flash


This is definitely a palette that I have been reaching for a lot lately! I love the combination of shades, even though there aren't any mattes; and have found that it's easy to create plenty of looks with a palette this versatile. 

Universally flattering, and all up a wonderful drugstore neutral palette! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Monday, 18 June 2012

Shopping My Stash

Hey all,

This post is going to be short and sweet, as I have been feeling very under the weather for the last few days. I still wanted to share with all of you though! 

I'm not going to lie, I have a very large make up collection. Friends and family are always harping at me to 'start some sort of business', or looking at me as though I am insane (probably just a little). Having a large number of products, I have found that many end up becoming lost and forgotten; and sometimes feel guilty that not all my products are getting the love that they deserve.

So I decided to do something about it, and participate in the 'Shop My Stash' theme that has been going around for a while.

What Is It? 
It is pretty much just an opportunity to rediscover items from your stash, and to place them in your everyday routine. 


My Rules
1. Every week, pick 5 items from my stash that I haven't been using. 
2. Use all of these items at least twice in the week. 


The Products
Anything, except nail polish and brushes. 


Week One 


1. Sleek Primer Palette
2. Illamasqua Cream Blush in Libido
3. Benefit Ooh La Lift 
4. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Sunset Strip 
5. Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in Monaco 

I am going to be doing this every week for the next three months. Feel free to join in, for as long as you like, and link me if you have already started!

Hope you all have a great night! 



Thursday, 14 June 2012

On My Cheeks: Illamasqua Cream Blush in Libido

Hey all,

I am on a bit of a cream blush crusade at the moment, and have developed a long wish list for when I finish my Project 50 Pan challenge. I always thought that cream blushes would never work for me; as I have quite oily skin, turning into an oil slick is a common concern. But, as soon as I started trying out more and more cream face products, I realised that they were just perfect! 

Definitely a new love. 

I picked Libido up in My Funny Valentine's blog sale for a steal of a price. I must admit that I had a moment after buying it where I thought that I was crazy - it is one hell of a bright blush. I promise you it is not as scary as it looks! 



What I Love 
- Gorgeous shade that is perfect for my darker skin. 
- Creamy and smoothes on like a dream. 
- Highly pigmented.
- Extremely blend able
- Love the packaging and the name as well! 

What I Don't
- Not a suitable shade for everyone
- It starts to melt quickly when temperatures rise (I do I've in scorching hot Brisbane though). 

Where to Buy: Myer 

Price: $42.00

Swatches 

Without Flash 


With Flash 


Blended



Not a shade for the porcelain skinned, or the faint of heart. It is definitely a gorgeous shade nonetheless, and has become one of my favourite brights. Who doesn't love a little red after all?

What is the brightest blush that you own? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Australis Double Decker Eyeshadows - Review + Swatches

Hey all, 

Before I picked these Double Decker shadow's up, I had often seen them at Priceline and thought that they looked like a bundle of fun! I get a big kick out of novelty of any sort, and these definitely piqued my interest. What are they? They are eyeshadow duos with both a metallic cream shadow and a loose powder - all in one little compact!

Did they live up to my excited little expectations? Yes, they did!


The Shades
I picked up three gorgeous shades. All the shades have shimmer. 

Supernova Casanova - A gorgeous, deep-brown metallic. 
Greenhouse Effect - A deep olive green.
Give Me Some Space - Deep, dark purple. 

What I Love 
- Packed full of pigment. 
- Gorgeous  multi-dimensional shades to suit everyone. 
- The novelty is a bundle of fun! 
- Handy compact. 
- Long lasting when set with the loose powder.
- Very reasonably priced! 

What I Don't 
- The loose powder section of the compact can get quite messy. 
- The cream shadow cannot really be used by itself. 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Big W, K-Mart and Target

Price: $9.95

Swatches 

Metallic Cream Base Shadow 

Without Flash 


With Flash 


Loose Powder On Top
They absolutely transform when you apply the loose shadow on top, just like magic! I have placed a little dot of the loose powder by itself above each swatch. 

Without Flash 


With Flash


How pretty are they? I have been creating a lot of metallic eye looks lately and will definitely head out to buy the rest of these babies. Like I mentioned before, you can only see their true beauty when you use the cream shadow and loose powder together - so if you are looking for standalone products, these may not be for you. 

Have you been enjoying metallics? Have you tried these? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

On My Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte in #17 Red Muse

Hey all,


Sorry for the lower frequency of blog posts over the last week or so, I have been busy with university assignments, work changes and just caught up in general life! That being said, I should be back to posting every day (except weekends) again! 

You all know just how much I adore red lipstick, and this is yet another one that I think is absolutely divine! I picked this one up a couple of months ago and have used it SO much since. Perfect formula and perfect colour, it is definitely a new favourite. 


Formula 
YSL Rouge Volupte's have such a gorgeous formula, and are therefore one of my favourite lipsticks out there. They are creamy, moisturising and definitely pack a punch when it comes to pigment!

Shade
Bright medium orange red. If that makes any sense at all! I believe that it is definitely universally flattering.

What I Love 
- Glides on like pure silk and is velvety and moisturising.
- Highly pigmented.
- Doesn't smudge - even though it is creamy. 
- Gorgeous, gorgeous packaging. 

What I Don't
- Not very long lasting; but for such a velvety lipstick, you can let it slide.

Where to Buy: Myer & David Jones

Price: $55.00

Swatch 


On My Lips


Sure, this lipstick may be a little on the pricey side. But, you definitely do get what you pay for. The quality is impeccable, so why not treat yourself? 

Have you tried YSL Rouge Volupte? Thoughts and favourite shade? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Friday, 8 June 2012

Project 50 Pan - Challenging Myself

Hey all, 

After my last post, I have received a lot of questions about Project 50 Pan. Many of you want to know what it is, what are the rules and more importantly, why on earth am I doing it! So I though that I would write a post specifically about my take on Project 50 Pan. 

Maybe you'll get tempted? Maybe you will think that I am insane? Not to worry, both are reasonable responses. 


What Is It? 
Project 50 Pan was created by Anissa of Beautifully Glossy, and is a challenge where you aim to finish 50 products from your collection. This challenge has an imposed buying ban.

Why Am I Doing It? 
I'm doing it mainly as a way to both explore my collection, and to also get through the scores of unused products that I already have (to replace them with new, shiny ones of course!). Also, it is a way to save money (which will be spend later, of course). 

My Rules 
Everyone creates their own variations to Project 50 Pan and these are just my take on it. If you decide to do it yourself, feel free to make it your own. After all, it isn't supposed to be absolute torture! Hmm...

1. No purchasing new products until 50 have been used: there are exceptions, listed below. 
2. If I buy a new product that doesn't fall under the below exceptions, I have to add 2 more slots to the 50. 
3. I am allowed to replace finished products. 
4. If my skin starts to disagree with a skin care product I am currently using (highly likely), I am allowed to change it. 
5. I am allowed to purchase limited edition products, giveaway products and gifts. 

See, it doesn't sound too bad!

Thankfully I have already built up 20 empties and only have 30 to go, the end is in sight!

The Products 

1. Simplicite Plant Gel Cleanser for Dry/Mature Skin 
2. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes 
3. Clarisonic Sensitive Skin Brush Head
4. MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder 
5. Face of Australia 3 in 1 Primer 
6. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 
7. Biotherm Biosource Cleanser 
8. VO5 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir 
9. L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair Conditioner 
10. Lush Sugar Scrub. 
11. Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream 
12. OP Therapy Summer Glow Sea Salt Scrub
13. Wet Ones Sensitive Wipes 
14. Lush Soft Coeur Massage Bar 
15. Bilstex SPF 20 Lip Conditioner 
16. Same as above. 
17. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength 
18. Avon Super Shock Mascara 
19. Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara 
20. Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara

So, do you think that you will undertake this project at some point? Why/why not? 

Hope you enjoyed the read & that you have a great night! xx


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

May Empties and the Beginning of Project 50 Pan

Hey all, 

I know that this post is running a little late, so sorry! I have been swamped with university assignments, but thankfully they are all done now and I can finally breathe easy again. 

I got through a total of 20 products last month, which is great for me as it is also the month that I have decided to start Project 50 Pan. For those of you who don't know, Project 50 Pan was created by Anissa of Beautifully Glossy and is a project where you halt purchasing until 50 products are used up. 

Why am I doing this to myself again? 

I am trying to cut down on purchasing to both save money and to give me a chance to explore my collection. 

Here are my May empties and the beginning of 50 finished products! 

Face Products 


1. Simplicite Plant Gel Cleanser for Dry/Mature Skin 
An absolute winter favourite for me! Cleanses without drying and keeps skin well moisturised. Smells divine as well. I use it every night, or every second night depending. 
Price: $37.90
Repurchase: Already have. 

2. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
These babies have been in my empties before, and I still love them as much as ever! Non-irritating and perfect for dryer, winter months. 
Price: $6.99
Repurchase: Already have. 

3. Clarisonic Sensitive Skin Brush Head 
Adore my Clarisonic and replace the brush head every 3 months without fail. I have found that the sensitive head works best for my skin. 
Price: $34.95
Repurchase: Have a new one on now, and will repurchase again when the time comes. 

4. MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium Dark
I adore this, it takes away shine without adding too much colour. Doesn't leave a powdery effect. Saying that, I do like my Mineralize Skinfinish more. 
Price: $36.00
Repurchase: Not this time, but probably in the future. 

5. Face of Australia 3 in 1 Primer
My favourite drugstore primer, smoothes out skin and creates the perfect base. Doesn't cause me to break out either. Also has SPF15+, which is great! 
Price: 12.95
Repurchase: Always have one in my collection, so yes. 

6. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep 
Absolutely adore. Holy grail product. Can't live without it. Definitely recommend that you try this baby! 
Price: $47.00
Repurchase: Always have two in stock, just in case 

7. Biosource Cleanser 
One of the best cleansers for my skin that I have tried. Balances oil without drying, and leaves skin smooth. Use it every morning, or twice a day depending. 
Price: $29.00
Repurchase: Another one that I always have two in stock of! 

Hair and Body 


8. V05 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir 
A wonderful once-a-week hot oil hair treatment. Keeps my hair hydrated and full of shine. 
Price: $6.99 with 5 in a pack. 
Repurchase: Yes. 

9. L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair Conditioner
I go through conditioner so much quicker than shampoo, and this is one of my favourites. Perfect for my hair and does everything I would ask of it. 
Price: $6.99
Repurchase: There are always about 4 in my cupboard.

10. Lush Sugar Scrub 
Love! A great natural exfoliator and it smells pretty yummy too. 
Price: $6.50
Repurchase: I like having 3 of these in the cupboard, I don't know why 3 is the magic number - but it works!

11. Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream
I suffer from horribly dry hands, especially in winter. This being so, I have a bit of a collection of hand creams. I really like this one though! It is specially formulated to last through hand washing, so is great for when I am busy. 
Price: $9.99
Repurchase: Yes

12. OP Therapy Summer Glow Sea Salt Scrub
This baby size product was in a Bella Box that I received and I absolutely love it. A great scrub, with a great smell. 
Price: Full size is $19
Repurchase: Already have. 

13. Wet Ones Sensitive Wipes 
Purse pack, great for everything
Price: $1.99
Repurchase: Yes. 

14. Lush Soft Coeur Massage Bar
Amazing smell, great for the skin. Chocolately goodness! 
Price: $10.50
Repurchase: Picked up a different massage bar to try. 

Make Up & Nails 


15 & 16. Blistex SPF 20 Lip Conditioner x 2
Great! Especially for winter. Very conditioning. Has high sun protection levels as well. 
Price: $5.49
Repurchase: Always have a few laying around. 

17. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength
A great nail treatment, strengthens and prevents peeling. I do like my Nail Tek Foundation more though. 
Price: $16.95
Repurchase: Not this time. 

18. Avon Super Shock Mascara 
One of my absolute favourite mascaras of all time! Here is a review I wrote.
Price: $9.50 from the US (Bought on eBay)
Repurchase: Always. 

19. Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara
A great all round mascara, nothing too special though. 
Price: $12.95
Repurchase: I don't think that they sell this one anymore. 

20. Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara
This one, I love. The wand is amazing for getting great uplift to the lashes. 
Price: $12.95
Repurchase: In the future. 

Phew! I always feel great after writing an empties post. It is good to see that I actually get through a few products each month, it definitely feels very rewarding. 

Project 50 Pan Tally - 20 

20 down, only 30 to go! Wish me luck! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

*Also, follow me on Instagram (sharleenabramley) to keep up to date with the #30daysoflippy challenge!