Call it luck, but every time I try a new product from the Marc Jacobs Beauty range, I am not disappointed. Each product leaves me wanting to try more and more. Which is exactly how I ended up testing out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder.
For all intense purposes, this is a pretty standard face powder that you typically apply after your liquid or cream foundation. It does give a little bit of coverage, but not enough personally for me to justify wearing it on its own.
However in terms of face powders, this is definitely up there. It helps mattify and smooth out my skin when applied on top of my foundation, and it is incredibly lightweight. It sounds cheesy to say it’s “feather-light”, but it really is. Certainly one of the many powders I’ve tried that feels barely there once applied.
Additionally, while it will crease after a while depending on your foundation, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry at all. I have found that some powders do leave the area around my nose a little dry after extended wear. Not the case here, my skin continues to feel “normal” till the end of the day and I don’t feel the need to rescue my skin with a ton of hydrating masks that night!
And another big seller for me was the packaging. It’s huge, yet very slim. Which makes it perfect for travel / on the go. Additionally because of its size, it comes with a massive mirror that is honestly better to use than any compact mirror I own. Bigger mirrors just make touching out and makeup application that much more fun
If you are interested, you can purchase this online for $46USD.
A few weeks ago I went out to lunch at this delicious (just thinking about it is making me hungry now) restaurant called Mamasita with some of my fellow beauty bloggers~ It’s so nice to catch up and discuss travel, these girls are serious globetrotters and it’s always inspiring to hear of their adventures overseas. I almost never wear this white jacket despite loving it so much, with fear that it’ll get dirty and dark over time. But if the girls have inspired me to do one thing, is that for me, there isn’t any point owning all these items if I don’t use them. So I’ve decided to start using/ wearing the things I love more often.
After all, if they do get damaged I’ll just have to go out and purchase a new one… like I need more reasons to go shopping…
Oh and the bag at the end? I’ll be blogging about next Monday (and no it’s not an engagement ring!)
When it comes to “drugstore” brands, Maybelline has got to be one of my favourites, the quality for me easily rivals many luxury brands and I should know, I’m slightly obsessed with luxury cosmetics brands!
It really did feel like a match made in heaven when Maybelline sent me a rather large package that contained a multitude of beautiful products that I couldn’t wait to test out. However the very first thing that caught my eye was naturally the Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara, my favourite drugstore mascara of all time!
Essentially this mascara comes with a thick wand for your upper lashes and a far thinner wand for your lower lashes. Which is perfect for me as I tend to need to always have two mascaras on the go to ensure I have something for up upper and lower lashes, so a 2 in 1 is perfect.
The best part is that the formula is essentially still the Falsies formula which I love as it never fails to volumise and lengthen my lashes without leaving me with panda eyes at the end of the day. To be honest, it’s very similar to my favourite Lancôme Hypnose Mascara in terms of quality and results, only at a fraction of the price.
However the one thing to take note of is how short the wands are since we are dealing with a two of one product. I didn’t experience any issues with the smaller wand, but the wand for the upper lashes can be slightly uncomfortable to use until you get the hang of it.
But let’s be honest, in Australia $19.95AUD for a mascara that can serve two purposes is pretty good value for money in my opinion (you are dealing with someone who has shelled out $52AUD for the Lancôme mascara). I do highly recommend you give this a shot if you have tiny lower lashes but still want to coat them. However if you’re only looking to coat your upper lashes and/or have massive lower lashes then the traditional Falsies mascara will work a treat for you.
Spring has begun, my favourite season of all time~ So of course I did a look based on it. I not so recently purchased the Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow and have been completely obsessed so I had to find a way to work it into a look. I hope you enjoy
Lancome Teint Visionnaire Perfecting Foundation – 005
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher – 001
Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush – 3
theBalm Mary-Lou Luminizer
LORAC Eyeshadow Primer
NARS Eyeshadow – Biarritz
Stila Magnificent Metals – Metallic Pixie Dust
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad – Mocha Latte *
Canmake Highlighter – 1
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Granite
Dior Addict Lipstick – Candide
Hello Kitty Magnetic Gloss – Baby Lip *
Products marked with * were provided for consideration
Have I ever told you guys what a sucker I am for beautiful packaging? Yes? Many times? I tell you too often? Oh well… my apologises!
But it’s true, I do love me some beautiful packaging and this is exactly why I took the plunge and picked up this beautiful Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Bliss, which is a nmuted dusty rose blush. It does seem a little short sighted of me to fall for a blush whose pattern will essentially disappear after a few more uses, but if there was anyone out there who would make a purchase like this it was most likely going to be a beauty blogger
Packaging aside, the product itself is amazing. Soft, pigmented and blends out incredibly smooth. Love it It is apparently enriched with anti-aging vitamins, which sounds great and certainly wasn’t something I took into consideration when making the purchase, but I won’t say no to a product that claims to fight aging I’m a bit of a sucker for Chantecaille in general, the quality is constantly amazing for me I’m really keen to try more.
Just keep in mind that if you’re super sensitive to scents, this comes with a rose based one. It’s nothing over powering and you certainly won’t notice it once applied, but something to keep in mind.
If you’re keen, you can pick one up for yourself online for $38USD. But be quick, it’s Limited Edition
As a blogger who is simply obsessed with photography and capturing as many beautiful photos as possible, Spring is my season. It provides the perfect soft light, flowers are blooming and I just don’t feel I can hit the shutter button fast enough to capture everything. It’s also inspired me to “upgrade” my outfits to be lighter and include a lot more colour! I’m looking forward to the various photography walks / trips I’m planning with friends and/or Toby this season
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is over and what a week it was! I wanted to put together a “to the point” wrap up post regarding everything I managed to see as best I could so please bear with me. I took far too many photos and have taken quite a bit of time to cull them down quite dramatically to just the photos I think were the most interesting
MSFW kicked off with a bang on Shop-Hop night, which was essentially a massive shopping night for Melbournians at all the major shopping locations in the CBD. As this was the evening my team at work at been working towards, rather than shopping, I spent more time just taking it all in, enjoy the freebies on offer and walking from shop to shop with friends. It was a very festive night and I’m keen to see what it will evolve into next year
The following week I was invited as Mecca Cosmetica’s guest backstage to check out the behind the scenes makeup by Mecca and hair by Kevin Murphy, stunning to say the least. Soon after, the show as due to start and we were escorted out to watch designers such as Willow, Alice Mccall, Manning Cartell and more strut their latest collections.
Towards the end of the week, I attended the Emerging Students show, this time as a direct guest of City of Melbourne thanks to my day job. This show as leaps and bounds more than the previous nights, left me feeling a bit nostalgic about the late nights I used to spend sewing costumes for conventions.
All in all, it’s been a fun filled week and I’ve had a real blast. It’s still weird to know that both Fables and IBM have come together in my life this way but I’m grateful for the opportunities both “careers” have given me and I wouldn’t have it any other way
When Dior first released these Fluid Sticks I instantly thought they would be exactly the same as YSL’s glossy stains (which I love~), thanks to the packaging alone. But they are nothing a like at all! YSL Glossy Stains as the name would suggest are truly stains.
The Dior Addict Fluid Sticks however in my mind are a lot more like liquidifed lipsticks. Highly pigmented, glossy upon application and long lasting depending on how you apply it. When applied straight from the tube, I did find the formula to be pretty sticky if you wanted that full pouted lip effect, and it doesn’t appear to dry down to a more satin finish at all. Lighter colours held up created, but the darker colours tended to bleed on the edges of my lip if I didn’t use a lip pencil.
My favourite way to apply these to get the most wear out of them is to apply a very thin layer, almost just dabbing some of the product on my lips and then using my finger or lip brush to spread it against my lips properly. It gives a more stained look and lasts much longer. This works particularly well for Vertigo as it has much deeper pigmentation.
All in all, I do like this fluid sticks, but I’m probably not going to be running out the door to add more colours to my collection. While it is a great product, it really comes down to your personal preference and I personally and more a lipstick wearer than gloss.
Another month is over! I skipped out of fav & empties last month just because I didn’t have the time! But here we are at the end of August, and finally the end of Winter! It sure seemed to drag out for quite some time~ Bring on Spring, I can’t wait for warmer weather!
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MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation – NC20
If you love MAC and want something that will give incredibly thick coverage that isn’t in a liquid bottle then you’re looking at it. Personally too thick for my liking so I found myself only using it for videos / photo shoots rather than day to day.
e.l.f Translucent Matifying Powder
Not sure why it’s called “translucent” when every time I used it I gave off some pigmentation. Granted not much (like most powders), but certainly wasn’t completely translucent. That aside, this powder is fantastic! It did a great job at matifying my skin and no caking. The only issues I have is that the pan is far too small, after a full day a way it did give way to the oiliness around my nose and it ran out incredibly fast for me
Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream
Good all round standard moisturiser, good for sensitive skin I suspect. Though I didn’t find it that different to say using Cetaphil for example. It’s nice, but not sure if it’s really worth repurchasing as I’d prefer something thicker for my dry skin.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+
Best sunscreen ever, this is my 3rd tube and I can’t see myself ever switching. I’d be keen to try others along the way, but I’ll always have a tube of this on hand. It’s not greasy and makeup applies on it perfectly.
Shu uemura Skin Purifier Whitefficient
Shu are known for being the leaders in cleansing oil, so not surprising I loved this. My favourite formulas from Shu are between this and the Ultimo range. Fortunately I’m visiting Japan soon, so I’ll be sure to stock up for a couple years to come
Botanics of Australia Moisturising Shampoo *
Great general shampoo, didn’t see much change to my hair, but nothing overly had either. It didn’t really impress me enough to justify purchasing my own bottle.
Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo & Conditioner
No thank you. Not sure why Herbal Essence is so far the only brand that does this to me, but it strips my hair of moisture, including the conditioner. And my hair ends up feeling dry afterwards. Not sure why because it works a treat for my friends with thinner hair (my hair is very thick).
Dove Go Fresh Nourishing Body Wash – Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent *
Good all round body wash, I’m a little precious and prefer stuff that tends to feel thicker and foams up more so I wouldn’t bother purchasing my own bottle of this.
Bath & Body Works Mini Candles – French Baguette & Farmstand Apple
French Baguette was certainly my favourite out of the two I think once I finish the other 10+ mini candles I have I might start to wind down and focus on other brands. I feel like BBW has really dominated my wallet and attention for the last year in terms of candles lol
Repurchase? French Baguette yes! Probably not Farmstand Apple
Products marked with * were provided for consideration
I’ve been busy working away at culling my nail polish collection, because if you’ve seen my collection you know it needs some serious culling! However Essie is one of the few brands I just can’t see myself culling dramatically, the bottles are just the cutest (very photogenic!) and they make my favourite nudes and soft pinks
Recently Essie sent me their latest Essie Spring 2014 Limited Edition Collection to swatch up, I’ve definitely got a few favourites that I can see taking with me on my next overseas trip The collection comprises of beautiful rich pastels, perfect for day and night. Its strange how these collections always put me in the mood for their intended season (shallow?), like the resort collections every year make me want to plan a tropical vacation!
As always, all swatches are two coats without any top coat for you can see the natural finish.
If you’re interested, each bottle retails for $16.95AUD at Priceline during September and October 2014 only!
A bold vibrant crimson shade, appears slightly pinker in person I found than in the photo. Not sure why photographing pinky reds is so difficult for me to capture accurately in a photo! But it’s a gorgeous shade and is quite the attention grabber.
A sweet pistachio polish with some barely there shimmer infused throughout it. Hard to tell from the swatches, but on the nail there is definitely a bit of shimmer. I personally love this shade! It’s very spring time appropriate and I can see myself wearing this anywhere at any time!
Hide & Go Chic
A more muted azure blue, I think in person it appears just a touch more vibrant and richer in colour. Due to the darkness of this shade, I see it being much more a weekend / evening shade than something I’d personally wear into the office.
A pale tea rose pink, which I think are pretty mandatory in any spring collection. Beautiful, chic, stylist and perfect for absolutely any occasion. No matter how many pink polishes, I never seem to think I have enough.
Spin the Bottle
A semi-sheer nude crème, another great standard wearable spring polish. Similar to Romper Room only leaning more towards the beige / nude side as opposed to pink.
Truth or Flare
A muted baby blue denim shade, a great “at the beach” shade in my opinion, very calming and a great way to wear some colour without being too “out there”.
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