Tuesday, 26 March 2013

See you on the flip side!

Hey all,

I'm writing this post with a heavy heart. 

Marked Beauty is over, for now. 

I'm moving onto another exciting adventure and I hope that some of you will follow me. I have changed a lot as a person since this blog started and my lifestyle has changed as well - I just don't feel that Marked Beauty continues to be a perfect fit. 

You would have all noticed a decline in post's from me and I don't want that to continue - I always promised myself that I will only do what I love. 

Thank you to everyone who supported me during the years! 

You can find me at 

and follow me @protectingpaws on twitter. 

Monday, 25 March 2013

On My Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in Kiss of Life (111)

Hey all, 

Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick's are one of my favourite lines. They are well formulated, creamy, packed full of pigment and long lasting. I'm also a big fan of matte lipstick's, as I think most shimmer on lips should have stayed in the 90s - where it belongs. 

So, I was hella excited when I saw that the matte range was on the shelves! 

I just picked out one (a red, of course) to try as I wanted to scope out the formula before diving in and buying them all.

What I Love 
- Still creamy and doesn't tug on the skin. 
- Highly pigmented, one-swipe colour. 
- There are a great range of shades, with this one being a gorgeous red that would suit anyone! 
- Matte, but not flat. 
- It does not budge! It will stay with you through eating, drinking, showering etc..
- It also smells like fruit, I kid you not! 

What I Don't 
- It is a little bit drying, as most matte lipsticks are. I recommend keeping your lips hydrated between reapplications. 
- It will also accentuate any cracks or dry bits, another reason to keep your lips hydrated. 

Where to Buy: Priceline and anywhere else Rimmel is stocked. 

Price: $11.95 or $12.95 AUD (I'm sorry, I can't remember exactly and can't track it down on the site). 


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On My Lips 

It's a gorgeous lippy and another success story for Rimmel. Three cheers!

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

stila - all you need is love cheek palette

Hey all, 

The title is all in lowercase letters, something that would usually never happen with me. But I couldn't get it to look right, you know? Maybe you don't and it's just me being picky. Regardless, it doesn't matter! We don't have time to get into philosophical debates... 

This review is a bit late seeing as I bought this product around valentine's day and that it is a valentine's day limited edition product. But, you can still grab it at a lot of Mecca stores around Australia or online elsewhere - therefore this review is not a lost cause! 

What I Love 
- Gorgeous packaging (stila always brings it!). 
- Pretty shades that will suit most skin tones. 
- Not too much shimmer, when you get past the initial gold writing. 
- Versatile 

Now on to what I don't love. 

You can see that the gold has vanished and spread its glittery remains around. 
The gorgeous gold writing starts rubbing off during the first use and you will be left with a plain, indented product in no time at all. Also, whilst this gold writing is wearing off - you WILL look like a disco ball. I recommend brushing it all off before planning to put this on your face. When you get past the awkward disco ball glitter phase, it is a gorgeous blush! 

Where to Buy: Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima 

Price: $25.00 AUD 


Individual Shades 

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And now for the swatch of the shades all blended together, this is really the prettiest way to use this blush! 


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Did anyone else pick this up? Did you have the same glitter fiasco? 

Hope you all have a great night! 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

evo - The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask

Hey all,

My hair has now nearly hit waist length, due to a mix of my hectic schedule and the fact that my hairdresser vanished (don't they always?!). But despite being drastically overdue for a trim, I can proudly say that my locks remain healthy. 

Thank hell for that! 

This is the product I believe has kept them looking shiny and feeling soft. 

What I Love 
- Great for long hair. 
- Locks in moisture, creates shine, keeps hair feeling soft. 
- Helps keep split ends at bay. 
- Smells great. 
- Washes out without leaving a residue. 
- Packaging makes it easy to use, no tubs in sight! 

Where to Buy: Adore Beauty, My HAIRCARE

Price: $29.95 AUD

Isn't the packaging adorable?

Sorry for the dim photographs! These pictures were taken in the big wet we had in Brisbane recently!

Hope you all have a great night! xx

*This product was provided for consideration. 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

My HAIRCARE $50 Voucher Giveaway Winner!

Hey all, 

Thank you to those of your you entered this giveaway! I love to see that my readers enjoy the giveaway's that I bring to them. 

Anyway, the giveaway is well over and it is time to announce a winner! 

The winner is Rose Thai! 

Congratulations to the winner! Sorry to those of you who entered without winning, maybe next time? 

Hope you have a great evening! xx

Heart Beauty Magazine

Hey all, 

Well, this is happy news! Very happy news! 

Australia is finally getting its own beauty publication to follow the likes of Allure. 

Heart Beauty Magazine will hit the stands Easter this year and will definitely keep all us beauty fans excited! It will cover new beauty products/services, speak to industry leaders and stories from beauty experts. 

The first issue will contain LOOKS pages featuring work by Rae Morris, Nigel Stanislaus, Rachel Montgomery, Byron Turnbull and Michael Wolff. 

Issues are printed quarterly and retail for $8.95 at newsagents. 

Subscriptions are available from heartbeautymagazine.com for $26.85.

I'm excited, are you? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Giveaway! $50 My HAIRCARE Voucher

Hey all,

I know that I have been mysteriously absent, life has been a little tough.

But I return with a giveaway for you - is there a better way?! 

This giveaway is brought to you by My HAIRCARE, an online hair, nails and makeup shopping destination. 

They will be providing one of my lucky readers with a $50.00(AUD) voucher to spend on whatever they like. And there are many options, as they stock a wide range of brands! Some of these include: 

- Butter London 
- Dermalogica
- Redken 
- OPI 
- Kevin Murphy

This giveaway will be live at 12:00am on 26/02. 

This giveaway is only available to Australian residents. 

The lovely people at My HAIRCARE have also provided me with an Evo The Great Hydrator hair mask, which I will be reviewing for you tomorrow! 

Good luck! 

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Elianto Single Eyeshadow's

Hey all, 

I showed these shadow's in my Malaysia Haul post, as my mum brought them back for me on her last trip there. 

I have a long standing love for Malaysian brand Elianto and already have quite a few of these shadows hidden away - I will always welcome more though! 

Silver Grey, Blue Tahiti, Purple Night, Celery Green & Lavender Grey 
What I Love 
- They are ridiculously creamy and feel silky to the touch. 
- Highly pigmented. 
- Easily blended.
- There are a large range or shades and finishes to choose from (I will link the website). 
- Large amount of product in each pan. 
- Cheap!

Price: MYR14.00 approximately. 


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Aren't they gorgeous?! 

Head to the Elianto website - you can get these online. 

Hope you have a great afternoon & weekend! xx

Monday, 28 January 2013

Malaysia Haul

Hi all,

I know that I have been saying this a lot lately, but sorry for the delays! I wasn't able to find my camera for about a week and was almost sure that it was lost forever - which is pretty stressful for a blogger (especially since I just did a lot of swatching)! But, alas, it tumbled out into the open whilst I was cleaning the house the other day. I still maintain that someone else must have hid it...

Mum headed to Malaysia to visit family without me, as I could not get away from work. But she is forgiven because she brought me back all these beauty goodies! Gotta love mum!!

Most of the products are from Elianto. Elianto is a brand that I tried the last time I was in Malaysia and I really liked their products! Great quality and an equally great price - especially with the currency exchange.

These shine up lipsticks have a wonderful finish. A bit like lip butters, but a lot smoother. 

I have been using the eyeliner nearly every day for about a week and am really enjoying it - will write a review soon.

I am a big sheet mask fan, so these were definitely exciting! I have used a few of already and have liked them so far.

More face masks! I like the sound of the natural pearl mask...

These shadows are so very pigmented. Note to self: buy another empty palette to put them in. 

Definitely one of the creamier formulations that I have tried. 

A baked blusher and a regular blusher. Again, very creamy and blendable. 

Some gorgeous baked shadows - I love the packaging on the baked products as well. 

Polishes! I am particularly excited about the green one in the middle. 

Nail polish stickers/foil - three cheers for leopard print! 

And finally! Some MAC goodies. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Med-Deep (I keep this stocked up)! And Creme In Your Coffee & Viva Glam V. 

Hope you all enjoyed seeing this haul! xx

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Technical Problems

Hi everyone,

I am currently having technical problems. 

The I'm not quite sure where I put my camera type of technical problems. 

Fear not, I will be back to posting soon! 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Blow Dry Bar - Emporium

Hey all, 

Just before Christmas I was invited to check out the newly opened Blow Dry Bar at Emporium in Fortitude Valley. I jumped at the opportunity! I had never been to a salon that specialised in 'blow dries' before and always felt as though I was wasting the time of hairdressers in other salons by requesting one. 

My partner and I were going out for dinner that night and I was hoping to find a salon that could work magic on my hair for special occasions.

I found just that.

My 'before' hair. Unstyled and looking a little flat/dead.
The BDB is in a great location - Emporium is a place that I enjoy visiting. It's surrounded by delicious food options and has parking available. 

The salon itself is gorgeous! I loved the detailing in the decor and felt instantly glamorous when I stepped in the door! The staff are also lovely (which helps!) and a glass of champagne was much appreciated as well! 

The black tiles were absolutely stunning! I could't help but think how great they would look as a bathroom feature wall. 

Whoops, my Mecca Maxima shopping bag. Caught in action...
Vintage inspired, brushed out curls was deemed the destiny for my hair. 

To create this look? Firstly, a blow dry. 

And a glass of champagne...
Then out came the GHD. One day I will learn how to create amazing curls, one day...

Amazing curls like this! 

And I was transformed into a modern day goldilocks! This is how I have always dreamt my hair would look when I woke up in the mornings - amazing! 

You can grab a blow dry at the BDB for $40 for every length and style. 

Up-do's go for $45-$75 and a

Style Cut & Blowdry is $80. 

For a full list of services and prices, check out the menu online

 The gorgeous staff! They are fabulously chatty as well (just the way I like it!). 

My curls were put up for me, so I could continue shopping with ease! It makes quite a pretty updo if you ask me!

The BDB is definitely a salon I would head to before any special event, or just to treat myself. Why fuss over your own hair for hours? At $40 you can end up feeling pampered and leave feeling refreshed. A much better scenario if you ask me! 

Check out www.blowdrybar.com.au for more information. 

Hope you all have a great night! xx 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Nivea Visage Aqua Sensation Moisturiser

Hey all, 

I saw this at my local Priceline and it instantly reminded me of one of my favourite moisturisers - Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection. So, I thought that I would pick it up and see how it fared. I usually don't purchase many drugstore skin products (as I have never found many that work for me), but I am always  open to trying new products! 

What Nivea Says 
"Stimulates the creation of new hydration channels in human skin cells, providing a long-lasting intensive moisturising effect." 

How it Works 
- Presence of new ingredient Hydra IQ supports the creation of new aquaporis.
- Improves moisture flow from cell to cell allowing for deeper hydration. 

What I Love 
- Leaves my complexion looking bright and radiant. 
- Moisturised, without making my skin oily. 
- Doesn't leave a residue. 
- Contains UVA/UVB filters to prevent sun damage. 
- Contains Titanium Dioxide as the active sunscreen ingredient, which is a physical blocker - I find these irritate my skin a lot less. 

What I Don't
- A strong fragrance - it doesn't bother me, but keep this in mind. 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Coles, Woolworths and many pharmacies. 

Price: $14.79

I like it. I'm not as attached to it as I am to Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection, but I definitely like it. They are very similar and I would recommend this moisturiser to anyone looking for a cheaper alternative. 

On a completely different note, how was everyone's Christmas/New Years/Holidays? Hope that you are all happy and well!