Today I thought I would upload a super quick and simple video going over some of my top 6 liquid foundations 🙂 It’s a pretty simple video, but I’m trying to focus in on making simpler videos that are more applicable to my day to day life 🙂 If I enjoy the new change then there’s a good chance I’ll be releasing videos weekly again 🙂 *fingers crossed*
A couple of months ago Lancôme released their Miracle Cushion Compact Foundation ($60AUD) and I was kindly gifted one at their last Myer Counter opening event.
You may remember sometime late last year I decided to dip my toe into the cushion compact craze with Amore Pacific and I loved all aspects of it except the lightest shade in the Amore Pacific range was too dark for me 🙁
So I was keen to try Lancôme’s version since the shades did appear to be a little lighter (which was surprising!). And after some use I have some key dislikes and likes to report.
Firstly I love that this feels so natural, I certainly don’t feel the need to throw on any powder after I’ve applied (it feels so lightweight!), maybe it’s because I have dry skin but my skin didn’t feel too “wet” after application and lasted well throughout the day. And I’m loving the shade, I was given shade 2 and even though initially I was worried it was too dark it actually suited me very well once applied! Likely due to how sheer this foundation is.
Which leads me to the part I’m less impressed with. Pigmentation. In the photos above you can still see some of my freckles come through, which to me isn’t pigmented enough. (Not that I have any issue with my freckles, it’s more a measuring stick I use to work out pigmentation level.
Personally this would be a great weekend / light makeup day sort of foundation, but if you’re looking for something heavy duty and polished I’d consider a different foundation OR powdering this cushion compact with a powder foundation after.
If you’re interested you can pick one up at David Jones or Myer (Note: For some reason the Myer website is listing this as $20 more than David Jones, likely just a pricing error but worth double checking if you intend to buy)
Being a nude and neutral girl, the Chanel Les Beige is certainly a collection that captured my attention. I managed to pick up two polishes from the collection Precious Beige and Lovely Beige ($39AUD / $27USD) which I love in terms of quality and wear.
Precious Beige is probably my prefered shade over Lovely Beige, but since I tend to love lighter shades I kinda regret not picking up Beige Pur and Beige Rose as well… (potentially something I’ll need to fix soon) However if you love nude / neutral polishes these are certainly worth checking out 🙂 Each swatch is two layers with no top coat (which I don’t think you’ll need)
A little late to the party just because I’ve been on a bit of a makeup ban for the last couple of months (because I fell into a sticker binge…) but I finally walked past the counter at David Jones the other day and decided to pick these two up! I knew I wanted Mediterranee since the moment I saw it online ages ago and I’m so glad I managed to pick it up! The colour is completely me 😀
Both Mediterranee and Lavanda are stunning, so saturated and vibrant! I’m completely in love with these shades that I’d dare to wear them to work 🙂 I love how high gloss they are, however one thing I noticed (maybe all in my head) but I swear the brushes have gotten smaller? Not that I’m complaining because it’s smaller enough to allow for a more precise application, but worth keeping in mind 🙂
Both swatches are two layers with no top coat (and frankly unless you are worried about chipping, you don’t need top coat)
Many months ago Bobbi Brown released a series of trio blushes ($75AUD each) and I’d been eyeing them for the longest of time. I’d seen reviews, I’d seen videos and I still knew I didn’t need it because I have more blushes to last a life time. But as you can see I caved and don’t regret it one bit!
Because coral is my weakness in a blush I decided to pick up Calypso, there are two other palettes a berry and pink version. Each shade in this trio is layerable and can help provide some subtle contour and highlight.
Personally I didn’t get around to using these until I took a trip interstate, thanks to its large mirror and slim structure it makes for the perfect travel blush and highlighter.
The pigmentation I found consistent with other Bobbi Brown blushes. Not as pigmented as many more “artsy” makeup lines like MAC or Illamasqua, but pigmented enough that a few swipes is enough to give a nice subtle wearable glow. For me I’ve always viewed Bobbi Brown as being the perfect natural everyday makeup brand, a makeup concept I’ve been adopting a lot more as of late.
I wouldn’t call this a must since the colours aren’t THAT unique (but really how unique can we get with blush now?) but if you don’t have that many in your collection and are looking for something to travel with then I would certainly give this some consideration, similarly it’s not a make or break product as much as I loved it 🙂
You should still be able to pick one up from Bobbi Brown hopefully!
We have officially made it through half of 2015, I’m shocked that the year has just flown by, but also incredibly excited because all our holiday travel plans were marked for the 2nd half of the year so I cannot wait to experience new adventures overseas to places I’ve never been before 😀
On top of that, one thing has happened in June was my major simplification of my makeup routine. The products you see above? The only makeup products I’ve been reaching for, and quite honestly I could probably go without the blush (and may skip that step for a week to see how I go). It’s fantastic because I can zip through my entire makeup routine in under 2 minutes. I think the main reason is because every morning when I wake up for work it is still complete darkness, which makes me want to stay in bed more and gives me the impression of very little time. So I tend to wake up rush through my mornings and realise I still have a good 10 mins spare, which (as cheesy as this sounds) is the time I spent to watch sun rise now 🙂 It’s a completely amazing and Zen experience to have each day, I love it!
No idea how long that will last, but it really does make you think about how little make up you actually need to day to day life and how amazing the world is around us 🙂
Another gem from the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine range ($55AUD / $36USD), these are some of the most beautiful and luxurious lipsticks I’ve ever used and this shouldn’t come as news to you if you’ve been reading this blog for some time now.
If you aren’t familiar with any of the YSL lipstick range, then the first thing you’ll notice about this range is the weight the bullets carry. They feel heavy and luxurious and while may not be perfect for travel, is a great accessory to any beauty desk.
The Shine range isn’t known for being overly pigmented, but rather works well as a moisturising and glossy tint. I especially love this in Violet Insurgent as the deep berry shade gives me more flexibility as to how pigmented I want my lip colour to be. Definitely one of my favourite ways to wear deeper shades without having to over commit to anything too heavy.
Additionally if you’re curious of the scent, like most YSL lipsticks, this comes with a sweet fig like scent that I absolutely love! Always a fan of sweet scents 🙂
A few months ago Bobbi Brown released this amazing pocket sized neutral palette called Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sand Eye Palette ($110AUD / $70USD) that contains twelve neutral shades in a highly travel friendly palette that also comes with a beautiful large mirror and a dual-ended eyeshadow and eye liner brush.
The palette contains the following shadows:
Sand Castle (light silver pink)
White Sand Sparkle (light silver sparkle)
Seashell Shimmer Wash (light pale pink)
Sunkissed Metallic (midtone champagne pink)
Copper Sand Shimmer Wash (shimmering pink peach)
Suntan (medium beige)
Beach Pink metallic (light pale pink)
Seashore (champagne pink)
Beach Bronzed Shimmer Wash (midtone beige shimmer)
Golden Sand Shimmer Wash (midtone beige shimmer)
Bronzed Sand Sparkle (rich, dark brown)
Black Sand Sparkle (grayish brown)
The quality of Bobbi Brown eyeshadows, especially in palette format has always been a little hit and miss, and I tend to find price to be a good indicator. Palette sthat come as a set or at a low price tend to be difficult to use, this however is a whole different story. The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, rich in colour as you can see in the swatches and blend out amazingly well. The shades that lean on the high shimmer side however may have a bit of fall out so best to proceed with caution, mattes however are just fine.
However the thing that caught me off guard was the size of the pans, so I included a shot with my hand to you give you an idea as to the size. The palette was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, nothing terrible because I will certainly get a lot of use out of it, but probably worth keeping in mind if this is something that is important to you.
Would certainly recommend this palette to those who are neutral addicts, just like myself 🙂 A favourite in my collection!
If you pass duty free often then you’ve definitely seen these little lipstick sets. Most brands offer little travel sets designed for beauty lovers on the go and I can never just walk past without picking up something!
One of my latest purchases was a Lancôme Trio lipstick pack, the thing I love about these sets is that the colours are usually neutral and highly wearable, which is perfect since that’s my makeup 80% of the week so I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to get good use out of them.
These beauties were no exceptions, I’ve already gotten a lot of use out of the two pink shades. They are just such easy to wear shades I can throw into my handbag before I leave for work. The pigmentation is pretty sheer, which is part of why these formulas are so wearable. Additionally, I love the gloss and moisture that comes with these lipsticks, which may not be great for windy days, but is perfect for giving your lips that hydrated natural healthy look 🙂
Love these lipsticks and love how wearable and easy to use they are! They’ve definitely secure a permanent place in my on the go makeup bag.
Unfortunately I have no idea how much these are, when I purchase makeup overseas I find it difficult to really keep track, but safe to say I haven’t had any bad experiences thus far with duty free exclusive makeup so I recommend you give it a shot if you get the chance 🙂
The Beauty Blender ($26AUD / $19.95USD) has been a cult favourite in the beauty community for many years now, and as a result many “alternative” versions have been released by competitor brands and despite trying most of them I still find myself gravitating back towards the original Beauty Blender.
I’ve been using this beautiful pink tool for well over a few years now but realised I’ve never created a blog post on it! I know a common excuse I’ve made in the past was that there are plenty of reviews and videos out there already on it, there isn’t much point for me to share my thoughts. But then this blog wouldn’t be a true reflection on what I use, and so I decided, no matter how mundane I may seem to make a post about it anyways 🙂
I think there are different ways people will use this blender. If you’re not familiar with the Beauty Blender then it is basically a tear drop shaped brush that you must use wet (you can see the size difference between a dry sponge and a damp one). Make sure to squeeze all excess water out, and then use it to apply to blend out any hard lines in your liquid foundation or blush. And if you think any sponge will do trust me, this is a special type of sponge.
I actually use the Beauty Blender at least 5 days a week over the last month or so, I’ll first apply my liquid foundation on with a brush (Real Techniques Foundation Brush) and then after that I’ll smooth it out perfectly with the Beauty Blender. In the past I used to skip the Beauty Blender step and often found my makeup looking a little uneven, especially later in the day. However with the Beauty Blender everything is smooth and even, even when it’s time to go home at the end of the day! Love it 🙂
Since I keep all my makeup outside of my bathroom, it can be a bit of a hassle to get up just to wet it under the sink but the results are completely worth it~ I usually give my Beauty Blender a deep clean over the weekend with my Beauty Cleanser. I do this at the same time I deep clean all my brushes and it’s good as new for the next work week.
If you use liquid foundation then I couldn’t recommend this enough, especially if you have naturally smooth skin and are completely anal about how your foundation applies. It’s certainly not a necessary step if you’re not a makeup perfectionist, but if you are, trust me this will satisfy 🙂