Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NARS SHEER GLOW + PRESSED POWDER REVIEW

Hello :D

Today I'm doing a review that I've been meaning to do for the longest time, drum roll please...


I'm reviewing the cult favourite Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the pressed powder. I picked up both of these from Mecca Maxima a while back, the foundation was $68 and the pressed powder was $52. Prices have now dropped so the foundation is only $59 and powder is $48.

We all know the Sheer Glow comes in a beautiful glass bottle but without a pump. You can purchase one seperately for an additional $4 and I was going to get one but when I found out you can't put the lid back on when you have the pump in, the thought of a foundation lid rolling around the back of my draw with no purpose in life made me a little sad so I decided to just keep the lid and deal with it.


I bought Sheer Glow with the intention of using it during the winter, I wanted something dry skin friendly - hydrating and not cling to dry patches. I'm not sure what Nars meant by the name "sheer glow"  because this foundation is not at all what I thought it would be. I don't think the coverage is sheer at all, if anything, the coverage is great and I don't even need concealer when I wear this foundation. As for the "glow", I was under the impression this would leave my skin feeling hydrated and look dewy. This foundation dries matte on me and feels dry on my skin compared to other fluid foundations such as MAC Face and Body or Rimmel Lasting Finish.

The reason it has taken me so long to review this product is that it's inconsistent. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes I didn't. By now, I think I've managed to suss it out.



WHEN I DON'T LIKE NARS SHEER GLOW:

Under natural light, this makes me skin look dry and rough. It can't handle a 9 to 5 day in the office. (I actually work 8:30 to 5:30 but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it). By the end of the day, it's broken down and sliding around on my T-Zone.

WHEN I LOVE NARS SHEER GLOW:
At night! This looks great on camera and under artificial lights. My skin looks flawless and radiant and longevitiy doesn't really matter because I only need to look good for a few hours, I get to that certain point late at night where I stop caring about how my makeup looks.

Now moving on to the pressed powder, I bought this in the shade beach because going from the swatches on their website, this looked the most yellow. Sadly, I don't like this powder. It feels really dry in the pan and there are lumpy bits in it, not finely milled like MAC Studio Fix.

It's also not very pigmented. There's barely any colour so it doesn't give any coverage and doesn't feel like it does anything to benefit how my foundation looks or how it wears.



The bottom line is - I would not repurchased either of these. I'm sad to say I was a bit disappointed in these. I had high expectations for NARS and the amount of money I spent on them. The foundation is good but for $68, I'd like something I can wear day and night. The powder is just a miss for me. This won't stop me from try other NARS products, especially now that Mecca has lowered their prices. Do you have any NARS reccomendations?



Thursday, 26 June 2014

INDEED LABS HYDRALURON & EXFOLIATOR

Indeed Launch: 11th June @ECQ Terrace Pullman
the hydraluron fambam + cousin exfoliator

Hi Guys!
Today I'm going to be telling you a little bit about one of my favourite skincare lines - hydraluron by Indeed Labs. The products in this range all contain a high grade hyaluronic acid with can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water to give you instant and sustained moisture. These magical little moisture boosters are a must have for the dry winter seasons.

hydraluron serum moistuer booster
The range began with this little serum which is now outselling their infamous nanoblur. It can be used morning and night, though I'm not really "all there" in the morning so I don't usually remember. I've been using it every night for a month now and my skin is handling the dry wind and indoor heating better than ever.

hydraluron moisture boosting mask

Next they launched the moisture boosting mask which is essentially a sheet mask saturated in hydraluron. It has next generation 3D hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin from beneath the surface for 24 hours of long lasting moisture retention. 

What's strange is, while I use it, I feel like it isn't doing anything. It has no cooling or tingling sensation and it's completely fragrance free. However, once I remove it and massage in the remaining serum, my skin feels so soft, plumped and hydrated. Amazing stuff!

hydraluron moisture jelly

On the shelves in July will be the new hydraluron moisture jelly. It comes in a really cool container with a huge white button you push down to pump the product through to the top. Again, it's totally fragrance free and this one contains an ingredient called Patch2O which creates a moisture mesh over your skin to help with moisture retention.

powder powered exfoliator
In addition to the jelly release, Indeed Labs is also launching an exfoliator. This is a micro powder exfoliator that contains hyaluronic acid, okinawa red algae, rice bran powder and pineapple enzymes. Just shake some of the powder into your hand and mix it with water to create to create a light, fluffy, moussey paste. It's really fun the way it puffs up. You can use as little or as much as you like. You can also mix it in with your face cleanser or body wash.

This isn't one of those exfoliators you will 'feel working'. The enzymes and other ingredients in it help to gently dissolve those dead skin cells so you're not using what can be harsh abrasives that might damage your skin. Even though I can't feel the scrub, my skin is left very soft and smooth afterwards.

What I love about the hydraluron products is they're suitable for all skin types, whether you're normal, oily or dry. It will give you that moisture boost without leaving a greasy film so they are great for balancing out oily skin. There's also no shimmer, colour or scent so safe for men to use as long as they can handle the bright pink packaging :)
Those are my thoughts on these products. I genuinely love all of them and excited to try out some of the other products from Indeed Labs!
x





Monday, 16 June 2014

MAKEUP THAT WILL GO THE DISTANCE - BEST LONGWEARING PRODUCTS

Hi Guys :D

I have put together this little list of my favourite longwearing makeup products, mostly of the affordable kind. I think longevity is ideal for any beauty product because who really wants to be worrying about foundation fading, eyeliner smudges, exposed lip liner and all the horrors we find when we catch our reflection later in the day.


  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation: I've used all 3 formulas of this that were ever available (12hr, 16hr and 25hr) and this would be up there with the original 12hr formula. This gives such a beautiful flawless, dewy, natural finish that lasts. Even at the end of the day, my skin may be a bit shiny but it still looks flawless. I wear 202 Nude which is perfect for girls with yellow/olive undertones.
  2. Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1: A primer, concealer and foundation all in one! This lil baby gives you near full coverage with a semi-matte finish, great for oily skin. The shade I have 60 Sand is pretty light, most of the shades are except for the darkest shade which is about 10 shades darker than the next one down. The pump and glass bottle is a mega bonus and is just as good as the Covergirl version.
  3. Too Faced Shadow Insurance: A lid primer is an absolute must have. I'll admit I prefer Urban Decay more because it's easier to blend. I find this is a little thicker and I remember reading somewhere it was better suited for super oily lids. Regardless of the texture, it gives your shadows an excellent sticky base to make the colours more vibrant and keep them crease free!
  4. Maybelline Color Tattoo: A very thick cream shadow that can sometimes feel a bit dry but this stuff lasts. There is a sick colour selection (wish there were more mattes) and Inked in Pink is a lovely light pink that could be used as an everyday base. It would be stunning on fair skin tones.
  5. Rimmel Scandaleyes: I feel like I can't shut up about these. These are my favourite cream shadow sticks. The colours are beautiful, they glide on and blend like a dream. Best of all, they can be worn alone all day without creasing or fading. Simply the best!
  6. Maybelline Master Smoky: This is meant to be like a shadow stick but its more like an eyeliner. A fat fat eyeliner. It's drier so it can be a bit trickier to blend unless you've warmed it up. Once it sets, it's there until you remove it.
  7. Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencil: Very similar to the Rimmel Scandaleyes but the texture feels thinner and lighter. I have this in the taupe shade which gives a very subtle wash to my lids so I prefer to dust over it with another taupe shadow.
  8. Maybelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner: Now I know Benefit has the They're Real Push Up Liner but Maybelline had this one out first well over a year ago. This bad boy is for real, once it's on your lashline, it's not going anywhere! Best way to remove it is with my HG Garnier Clean Sensitive Makeup remover.
  9. Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Pencil: A buttery smooth, pitch black pencil that you can smudge for that sexy smokey look. Like the Maybelline Master Smoky, once it sets, it won't budge, even on the waterline.
  10. Australis Velourlips: Rich, matte colour that stays. Nuff' said.
  11. Max Factor Lipfinity 24hr: Liquid lip colour you paint onto your lips. Once it's dry, just top it off with the clear balm to restore that feeling of normality. Apply it in the morning and it will be there when you come home at night. Amazing stuff and their 5 newest shades are all beautiful, easily wearable colours <3. Check out my review and swatches!


Friday, 13 June 2014

NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 2 & WINDRUNNER

I love anything black and white with abstract geometric prints. I finally got my hands on (or feet in) the Nike Flyknit Lunar 2's and naturally, had to get the Windrunner because, it's awesome!!!


Click here to buy: The Iconic











CHI CHI METALLICS AND SMOKEYS PALETTES PHOTOS AND SWATCHES

Hi Guys,

If you can't tell already, I'm a massive fan of Chi Chi's Glamorous Eyeshadow palettes, can't get enough of them. Chi Chi released 4 new ones - Naturals, Elegant, Smokeys and Metallics. I first got Elegant and Naturals but just picked up Metallics and Smokeys. You can check out my last post on the Elegant and Naturals palettes here. I've also got posts on the other palettes too, I'm thinking of doing a new swatch post for those since I have a better camera now.

I've done detailed a detailed video review for this palette (as well as the Elegant and Naturals)


Chi Chi Smokeys and Metallics
Metallics








Smokeys
Smokeys
Smokeys


Friday, 30 May 2014

CHI CHI ELEGANT AND NATURALS PALETTES SWATCHES

 Hi Guys :D

In case you're not aware, Chi Chi recently launched 4 news palettes to add to their Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes colletction. The two that I picked up from Myer at $22.95 each were the ELEGANT and NATURALS palettes. I adore both of these for their beautiful colours and pigmentation. Happy to add these to my collection. 


I've done a video where I talk about these but here are some photos and swatches for you if you were considering getting them. All photos are raw and 100% unedited.


enjoy! x


Elegant Palette, pretty muted purples


First half of the Elegant palette


Swatches of First half of Elegant palette


Second half of Elegant palette


Swatches of second half of Elegant palette, how gorgeous are these?


Chi Chi Naturals Palette

First of of Naturals palette, cool tones


Swatches of First half of Naturals palette, cool tones


Second half of Naturals palette, warm tones


Swatches of second half of Naturals palette, warm tones



You can also check out my video review of these :D


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

MAY FAVOURITES

Hi Guys :D

Here are my favourite beauty products for the month of May.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Essence 3D in Foxxtrot, Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara, Max Factor Lipfinity 24hr Lipcolor, Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Fishnet, Vera Wang Princess Night Perfume
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr was my go to this month. I've had it stashed away at the back of my makeup draw and from using it again, I remember why I love it so much. It gives my skin a dewy flawless finish and lasts. Even if my t-zone gets oily at the end of the day, the makeup still looks flawless.

The Essence 3D eyeshadow duo has a beautiful shimmery bronze and peach shadow. Perfect for those mornings when you're short on time or don't know what eye makeup to wear. These universally flattering shades are easy to wear and the pigmentation and texture of these is to die for. The multidimensional shimmer effectively gives the appearance of a more contoured and highlighted eye makeup.  

Urban Decay Fishnet is an old favourite. A pretty pink lilac with blue duo chrome that I love to dust over any purple or blue eyeshadow for a little something extra.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner comes out jet black and applies opaque without dragging. The tip makes it easier to control so it's my old reliable when it comes to winged liner. The only downside is I don't feel that it's waterproof and does wear on on my inner corners.

Max Factor Excess Volume is a double ended mascara. The first side is essentially Lashblast/False Lash Effect. Same brush and feels like the same formula. The second side has a more traditional brush and makes your lashes extra black. Big volume and big length, what's not to love?

Max Factor 24hr Lipfinity - Looooooove. Apply these in the morning and they're still going strong when you come home. These really do last all day but they can be easily removed with a good makeup remover (my go to is always Garnier Clean Sensitive). I adore every shade I own, you can check out my last post which has photos and swatches.

Vera Wang Princess Night - A beautiful sweet and creamy scent with strong notes of berries, sugar and vanilla. There is a hint of musk that comes through as it dries down. It is discontinued but some Priceline and Chemist Warehouse stores still carry a few.

Palmolive Strawberry Smoother, Puretopia Glowingly Smooth Body Polish


Palmolive Strawberry Smoother Exfoliating Body Wash - I want to eat this, it smells like a delicious mix of strawberries and cream. Very impressive for a supermarket brand and it doesn't dry my skin out.

Puretopia Glowingly Smooth Body Polish - Where have you been all my life? If you're in the market for a body scrub, this is it. This trumps Garnier Body Tonic, Body Shop Strawberry Body Scrub and even my Dermalogica Buffing Cloth. This scrub leaves my skin feeling baby soft, it's just unreal! I would happily recommend this to everyone!

So those are my favourites, what were yours? You can also check out my video where I talk about each product in a bit more detail.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

MAX FACTOR 24HR LIPFINITY SWATCHES*

Allo Poppets!

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new shades of the Max Factor Lipfinity 24hr Lip Colour. I'm sure most of you are familiar with these types of lippies by now. You get a liquid lipstick that you apply like you would a lipgloss and once it's dry completely, there is a clear balm to apply over the top to restore that feeling of 'normality' and to keep the colour from cracking.

L-R: Stay Cheerful, Forever Precious, Stay Bronzed, Endlessly Mesmerising, Just In Love

The lipstick feels very thin and slippery as you're applying it but it helps it to dry faster and smoother without caking up in fine lines. Once you've applied the balm, it feels like you're just wearing the balm or a very moisturising lipstick. These last all day without transfer and I absolutely love them!

L-R: Stay Cheerful, Forever Precious, Stay Bronzed, Endlessly Mesmerising, Just In Love


Here are my lip swatches of the shades :)

Stay Cheerful - medium bright pink

Forever Precious - light salmon pink with frosty sheen

Stay Bronzed - dark reddish brown with gold shimmer

Endlessly Mesmerising - soft nude pink

Just In Love - raspberry red

Hope you guys have enjoyed this post!

x


Sunday, 27 April 2014

NEW ESSENCE ESSENCE RELEASES SWATCHES - BLUSH UP! AND MORE*

Allo Poppets!

Essence has been killing it with the new releases! Here is just a sneaky peaky of some of the new stuff I'm testing out. I've already got some tutorials planned for these bad boys :)


First up we have the very popular Blush Up! blush. I always thought I would have to go high end to get one of these gradient blushes like the MAC of Estee Lauder one but thank our lucky stars, Essence has brought us one for just $6.45! 


This shade is called Heat Wave which is very fitting for this blush which starts off a bright orange and fades to hot pink. It is very pigmented so use a light hand when applying :)




Essence has added new shades to most their eyeshadow lines, there's 2 really cool additions to their quattro line, a smokey blue and smokey purple. This is their All About Nude eyeshadow palette which has 6 beautiful pink/purple shades perfect for winter.


My favourite would be the middle shade in the top row which is a lovely semi matte light pink and the first shade on the bottom row which is a stunning iridescent baby pink.


Essence has revamped their lipgloss line and now the XXXL lipglosses come in both mirror and matte finish.

Baby Doll's Favourite (mirror finish)

07 Silky Red (Matte Finish)


Essence has a new waterproof liquid eyeliner pen and it is so much better than their previous ones, it's proving to be competition to my Stila Stay All Day. I could do a comparison if anyone is interested?

I have the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Scorching Brown which is a glittery bronze, very pretty on the lower lash line :)


This isn't the end of it, there are some beautiful new nail polishes, mascaras, a bronzer/highlighter, a CC cream and mattifying face primer all available now at selected Pricelines and Target stores :)