Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wishlist: High End

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High end and luxury makeup is something all of us bloggers tend to go a little crazy and get insane bouts of lust over. Our wishlists are never reasonable or even probable, but they are called "wish" lists for a reason. These are the things I'm currently dreaming about...

MAC Lipliner in 'Nightmoth'
Aside from hating the name due to my insane moth phobia, the colour is stunning and perfect for the hoard of burgundy and purple-hued lipsticks I have in my stash at the moment. This is on the more probable end of the wishlist, however I always worry about not getting enough use out of stand out products like this.

MAC 217 Blending Brush
If I had to pick a favourite makeup brush it would definitely be a blender. They are not only multi-use but really do make all the difference in a makeup look. It seems as though every other product could be applied with hands or the like, but shadows will never look flawless without copious blending. This is a cult favourite, so naturally it is one I need to try!

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
I have a keen fear of my eyelash curlers ever since they pulled out a few lashes very painfully a week or two back, so I've been on the hunt for something a little more pricey that also look more safe. My heart is set on this stunning pair by Shu Uemura and I have heard amazing things!

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Callisto'
While there are many, many stunning shades in this collection, naturally the super neutral one stands out to me most. What I love about this is that it looks like a one-shade lid kind of shadow and definitely gives off the glistening metallic vibe that I'm coveting for this summer.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in 'Glastonberry'
RE: Nightmoth, I'm in a burgundy-berry obsessed haze which is odd considering summer is around the corner here. Regardless of how unseasonal I may look, I am in love and insist on rocking this look. This looks like the perfect shade and the formulation sounds incredible, especially as I find matte lips quite drying.

Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses
This is a "no, no, no" in my head but a definite yes in wishlist land. Everything about these appeal to me. The formulation looks great for a gloss and can we take a minute to appreciate the packaging? Anything clickable I'm down for, especially when it comes to makeup!

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in 'The Dolce Vita'
I've seen this on one too many blogs to not be head over heels in lust with it. The colours are simple and very everyday while also giving the air of luxury that comes with all Charlotte Tilbury products. There are a lot of dupes for this selection colour wise, but nothing comes with that stunning gold glitter!

LORAC Mega PRO Palette
As a huge, huge fan and advocate of the LORAC PRO palette, this is a dream. I've heard mixed reviews, but if the shadows are of the same quality as the original I would be hooked. I also love that they have put a lot of effort into creating new shadows rather than reusing the old ones.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
I'm a light base lover and I've been steered in this direction so many times! I know that I'll be obsessed so I don't know why I've held off picking it up for so long. This is definitely something that will be making it's way into my collection sooner or later.

What is on your high end wishlist?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Instant Repurchase: Revlon's 'Lash Potion' Mascara

I feel like I need to reel it in when it comes to raving about this mascara, but on the other hand there has been a sufficient amount of time in between my last rave to warrant another. I never see or hear much about Revlon's Lash Potion which leaves me confused and wanting to speak out about it more as I feel like this is one of those products everyone should try. I have a hefty mascara stash, but this is the only one I ever need to repurchase instantly at the first sign of gloopiness.

This is my holy grail, and I can't say that about many products because I am constantly on the search for something better when it comes to everything else. I don't tend to pick up mascaras too often anymore because nothing ever compares to this. The thing that makes Revlon's Lash Potion so great is that it is an all in one with no sacrifices in any area. It isn't a "this is great but you could do this or layer it with that to get an even better result", it is the best result all on it's own. It gives incredible length, amazing volume and is super, super dark - it basically ticks every box. The brush is very large which I know can deter people, but I think this is the key to why this mascara doesn't clump as it does have quite a thick formula. I think it's obvious by this point that I strongly, strongly recommend this product.

What product in your stash makes you want to force everyone in the world to try it? Let me know!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Ultimate Affordable Contour Palette






Finding the perfect contouring shade has been a challenge for me and something I talk about frequently around these parts. Products tend to be either too warm or too orange and I never usually notice until I get the product home and onto my cheeks. So naturally when Australis announced they were releasing an affordable highlight and contour kit I was over the moon as I'd been eyeing up the Anastasia Beverly Hills one for awhile.

To be perfectly honest, this is of a much higher quality than I expected. For $16.95 AUD I expected a good product and one I would use often, but definitely not a product of the quality that it is. The powders are so buttery to touch, lovely to apply and don't leave a powdery finish on the skin at all, which is something I definitely didn't expect. Don't get me wrong, they definitely mattify, but there isn't the presence of powder on the skin that can be occur when you're using different powder product.

My favourites of these shades have to be the centre of each category, the banana highlight shade and the cool-toned contour shade. The yellow powder makes such a noticeable difference when used to set the under eye, it brightens and almost provides a coverage without looking like you've added product. The cool-toned contour shade mimics the ashy tones of a shadow perfectly and therefore looks completely natural. Instead of looking like you have a brown stripe down your cheek at certain angles, this looks like a shadow no matter which way you tilt your face or what lighting you are in which is something that is really important to me as I love seamless, natural makeup.

As to whether this is a dupe for the Anastasia palette, I can't say for  sure as I haven't had a chance to try it. I will say, however, that the colours presented in both are near identical and appear in the same order. As I cannot fault the quality nor the pigmentation of the Australis powders I would definitely recommend trying this product out first if you've been thinking about the Anastasia one and don't want to splurge just yet. I would be very interested to read a true comparison of the products to see how they weigh up!

Have you been able to find an affordable contour palette and if so, what is it?

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Favourite Affordable Brush Brands





Makeup brushes can get ridiculously pricey, and while some may be worth the investment there are plenty of quality brushes you can pick up at a 'drugstore' price. There are so many brands on the market that great brushes, but I've compiled some of the brands I love and have had great experiences with.

Sigma Brushes

These are the priciest of the lower-end brushes that I'm going to be discussing (at least here in Australia), but they are of an incredible quality and stock such a diverse range that you will find exactly what you're looking for. My two favourites are their powder and crease brush and I find myself reaching for them almost daily. Sigma dominate my collection as they sell them in even more affordable sets and bundles. If you are wanting to dip your toes into Sigma brushes I definitely recommend picking up a travel set as they contain a bit of everything and retail for around $75.

EcoTools 

EcoTools were the first makeup brushes I ever purchased so I have some serious nostalgia when it comes to them. This brush collection is more limited than Sigma, but there really is a brush to cover every base. I love their eyebrow and eyelash groomer to pieces and cannot do my brows in the morning without it! Their powder brush is also a stand out and I use it to give a light dusting of bronzer as it's fluffy and not very dense. You really can't go wrong with EcoTools, and I have heard amazing things about some of their foundation buffing brushes as well. Another great thing about EcoTools is how attainable they are - I can even pick them up in my local supermarket!

Real Techniques

This is a brand that I am majorly lacking in. I am currently in the process of researching their brushes so I can decide which ones to mass-order online. While I'm not super experienced in the Real Techniques department, my Expert Face Brush is close to my heart and works wonders for foundation and concealer. These are amazing because I can pick them up at my local drugstore and they aren't insanely expensive either, even if I would rather opt for an international online purchase.

What are your favourite affordable brushes and what Real Techniques brushes are a must-have?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tropical Print Everything




This may seem largely unseasonal to most of you, but here in Australia we are starting to get the thirty degree days that let us know that summer is well and truly on its way. I go through intense loves seasonally, so the warmer weather has definitely triggered something in me. In winter it was the mohair look sweaters, last summer it was pineapple print and this summer it's anything tropical and leafy. I can't even explain why it appeals to me so much, I've just found myself reblogging masses of ferns on Tumblr and my heart skipping a beat every time I see something in this lush, green print.

I can never resist a makeup bag, regardless of how many I already own, so this piece was a no-brainer. It was smaller than I expected, but it ended up working out much better for me as I tend to overstuff my everyday makeup bag with things that aren't everyday products. This can only fit my daily essentials which is great, as it's small and compact and I can grab it and go without having to rifle through my makeup stash making sure that I haven't forgotten something important.

I can also never resist a cute phone case, especially since I go through them so quickly due to being extremely clumsy, so this ended up in my clutches about two seconds after entering the store. I love that the background is white too, so it looks amazing paired with a white iPhone. There was also a beach towel in an identical print but I had to resist it for now because the lady in store was already side-eyeing my mass leaf buying spree.

Do you go through crazy periods of buying only one kind of thing as well?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Review: Rimmel 'Match Perfection' Foundation

This is a foundation that needs no introduction. Much loved in the beauty community, it always appears when top drugstore foundations are lined up and for good reason. I am picky when it comes to foundations purely for the reason that I don't like anything that is apparent on my skin. Regardless of this being a medium to full coverage foundation, it doesn't have the obvious look that other foundations can, and in all the right ways.

This provides coverage and is highly perfecting while also being luminous, but isn't cakey or thick. It's probably the most liquid foundation I own as I always find myself being surprised at it running down the back of my hand since I'm not used to such a thin consistency. I do notice glitter-like reflects in the sun, which is why I stopped wearing it for some time during the day, but I think my tastes have changed because it doesn't bother me anymore. As for longevity I think this has quite a standard staying power and even longer when powdered down, which is what I tend to do.

I still reserve this largely for going out or days where I need to be done up, but that is for no reason except that I seldom wear a base day to day - even a BB cream is stretching it. This would be an amazing daily foundation for anyone who loves more coverage as it's quite thin and quick to apply, especially with a sponge.

What is your go-to, foolproof foundation?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Sliders Trend

If you've been around here for awhile you will know I'm completely in love with the sliders trend, along with a lot of the blogging world it seems. They receive some hate, kind of the shoe equivalent of the leggings as pants debate, but much like leggings once you try them and realise how completely comfortable they are everything changes - at least for me.

I seem to have a magic radar when it comes to picking painful shoes, so wearing these is like a dream. It is hard to say they look "cute" with an outfit, but I really do think they add something different when paired with the right things. These are the ultimate shoes for casual days when you will be walking a lot or just for running errands.

How do you feel about the sliders trend?