Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tumblr Inspo #10

For anyone who hasn't seen the first nine instalments of my 'Tumblr Inspo' feature, I am completely addicted to Tumblr and love to collect the images I've been loving and inspired by over the month and share them in this space - usually accompanied by a random babble/update type piece!

While it is technically the "summer holidays" in Australia, I am taking some summer classes to help chip away at my course to allow me to go on exchange. Because I am only taking two classes as opposed to my usual four, I have had some spare time to work on my blog and catch up with my friends. When school is busy I tend to neglect my friendships outside of university, and I really try to make up for this when I have the time and see people as often as I can before uni goes back. I'm sure everyone who has left high school has similar feelings of guilt and I'd really love to hear how you deal with these kinds of things. I know "making time" is so important, but with everyone running on different schedules it can be so difficult to coordinate.

As for my blog I've been putting a lot more time and effort into it in terms of planning and taking the time to photograph things until I'm proud of what I've produced. No more hasty snaps and last-minute posts for me, which really usually leave me stressed rather than feeling like I'm making "authentic" content. A lot of people kind of frown upon pre-planning, but when I am feeling inspired and churn out three posts in a row, I don't want to post three posts - why not save the other two for when I'm feeling uninspired, right?

What have you guys been up to lately?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Perfect Spring Flush

When NYX first launched in Australia about a year and a half ago I went a little crazy and did a massive NYX haul. At the time I was a blush-phobe so I don't know what drew me to such a vivid colour, but something about this shade changed my entire blush related outlook. I am now obsessed and my makeup doesn't feel complete without it!

NYX's 'Peach' is by no means a peachy blush, which I've seen so many people point out. What is with NYX and their colour naming, by the way? Regardless, it's a beautiful bright but an also somewhat deep pink. The great thing about NYX's formula is that it isn't "creamy" or "buttery" or any other food related word. They are actually quite dry and even though I've swirled my brush in this almost daily it looks barely touched.

This is a formulation that works perfectly for me. It is impossible to go overboard with this as even a decent swirl in the pan picks up a really natural amount of colour. I feel like I've made this formula sound unappealing due to it's lack of strong pigment, but it doesn't have the cons that a lot of "drier" blushes do. It isn't chalky on the skin, it doesn't kick up a lot of powder and it isn't hard to work with. Overall, I just really love this product and  I think it's perfect for anyone who is a little intimidated by blush because you definitely won't be messing up. I really want to expand my NYX blush collection!

What is your favourite blush and have you tried any by NYX?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's in my Makeup Bag?

One of my greater achievements lately has been downsizing my makeup bag and only including my essentials. For awhile I had a colossal thing that contained at least half of my makeup collection and a ton of "to try" type products. I'm making a conscious effort to swap out things rather than simply create a giant pile of products that I don't use. This makeup bag fits in one hand and I have the best of the best for my daily use! So here's a look into my makeup bag...
  • Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious in 'Blackest Black'
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in 'Light'
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in 'Nude'
  • NYX Blush in 'Peach'
  • Maybelline Brow Drama in 'Dark Brown'
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara in 'Black'
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in 'Light'
  • Maybelline Super Stay 24 Concealer in 'Ivory'
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious in 'Blackest Black'
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in 'NW20'
  • bareMinerals Prime Time Primer in 'Original'
  • Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner 
  • Essence Eyebrow Kit 
  • Face of Australia Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Looking at the list I'm actually quite surprised at how much fits in such a tiny bag! As you can see, I really love Maybelline and they make up a bulk of my daily favourites. I also don't include a base in my bag as I don't always wear when and I change it almost every day depending on what I'm looking for!

Do you have a daily makeup kit and if so, what size is it?

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Review: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

I think it's clear to everyone right now that I don't really apply seasonal colours to my makeup looks. I have been rocking a dark lip more this spring and near-summer than I did in the fall and winter, and while I'm okay with that, I'm not okay with how many of these colours I have been buying lately - it's an addiction!

I picked up the Revlon Moisture Stain in 'Parisian Passion' purely because it was the darkest colour available. I really enjoy the formulation of these stains as they don't fade in an unpleasant way and are not at all high maintenance, which is rare for dark lips. They apply quite opaque with a super glossy finish, and once the gloss wears off you're left with quite a strong staining effect with no patchiness or mess.

The applicator really makes applying this a dream as it's very tapered and as darker shades aren't so forgiving, this is essential. I think applying a deeper lip liner under this product would also work really well, however I think this would make the staining property quite redundant but I still like the idea. I really do recommend this for people who like no-fuss makeup or people who simply can't check their makeup throughout the day.

Have you tried these? If so, what is your favourite colour?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Review: Nuxe Rêve De Miel

I can't believe that this is my very first pot of this highly coveted and raved about product. NUXE Rêve De Miel is so, so talked about and I'd been eyeing it up and looking at my options for awhile. It isn't the cheapest of lip balms, especially in Australia, but one day when eyeing up a lipstick on Feel Unique and needing to break the twenty dollar free shipping mark, I decided to just take the plunge and pick it up. Plus, who could resist the cute pink 20th anniversary packaging?

I had one of those angels singing type moments when I opened the box and held this weighty little pot in my hand. It felt luxurious, heavy packaging always does to me, and when I screwed off the cap it was definitely not when I expected. I had never heard anyone mention the strong citrus scent before, and I knew it was meant to be thick, but the texture truly is different to anything I've tried in the past.

The scent definitely did make me cringe at first as my migraines are usually triggered by strong scents, especially citrus, so my brain just thinks "nope" every time I catch the smell of lemon or orange. However, after application I realised that I couldn't actually smell it anymore and felt completely relieved. As per every review on this balm, it's incredibly nourishing, weightless on the lips regardless of it's thickness, and doesn't leave a shiny look to the lips - but I wouldn't go as far as calling it a "matte" balm. I am most excited to try this as a lipstick base because everything about it suggests that it would be perfect! I really do recommend this to anyone who has been eyeing it up forever, it really does live up to the hype!

Have you tried the NUXE Rêve De Miel, and if so, what did you think?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Confessions of a Concealer Fiend: My Daily Duo

It was not my intention to make it look as though the concealers were sunbathing on a beach alongside a model, I just loved the texture of the sand and water, but I guess that's the visual we're going with today. As a self proclaimed "concealer fiend" you can imagine that I take concealers very seriously. I weigh up which ones I want to buy with care and anything proclaimed "holy grail" by another blogger I instantly lust after like crazy.

While I haven't dubbed anything holy grail as of yet, these two are what have come the closest for me and what I use on a daily basis. They are both products you have probably seen a million times before and are rolling your eyes looking at them now, but trust me, they're hyped for a reason!

Maybelline's Age Rewind is so light and blends into the under eye area seamlessly, yet provides such a nice coverage. It doesn't make sense to me, but I'm not complaining. If I'm applying makeup this will be a part of it without fail. I actually "shopped my stash" and pulled this out again a few months ago and I don't know how I had been without it for so long! If you've been putting off trying this I highly recommend taking the plunge because you won't be disappointed.

MAC's Pro Longwear (NW20) is a perfect match for me, so I tend to use it more for areas that don't need brightening. This is the perfect concealer for the "spot treating" method of foundation application, where you apply a super light base and simply add a high-coverage product to the areas that need it. This blends into the skin beautifully so you can use it in larger areas without fear it will look cakey, yet it still has such a high coverage!

Do you have a holy grail concealer and if not what comes closest?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Favourite Liquid Liner

If my memory doesn't fail me, which it so often does, I haven't written a post in reverence of this product before (which is utterly sinful). Winged liner à la Lana Del Rey was one of the huge contributors to my eighteen-year-old self wanting to dabble in makeup and thus the trial and error of finding the liner that is "just right" commenced. Liquid liner is my weapon of choice and at the rate I go through them I'm not on board to invest, which is where the incredible Maybelline Master Precise comes into play.

This liner has an ultra thin, tapered nib that is perfect for getting into the inner corner, but with a little added pressure also creates quite a thick line. This means that with some practice you can do the lining portion of your eye in a matter of a sweep or two. The wing, however, still remains a little tricky even with a product as great as this, but the style of the applicator definitely helps with getting a sharp and fine point.

The formulation is amazing. It's super black with one coat, but not as liquid as other super-opaque formulas so a sudden blink will not ruin your hard work. Once this liner sets it's not going to crack or budge from oily lids alone (especially when paired with a primer), however it is not waterproof and I have lost my wings before from tears. This might be down to eye shape and my wings beginning quite close to my outer corner, however it is not messy and seems to fade rather than run.

I highly recommend this liner to beginners or lovers of the liquid format. What liquid eyeliner would you recommend to me?