Monday, July 6, 2015

Savvy Mineral Baked Bronzer in 'Radiance'

The Savvy Mineral Baked Bronzer in Radiance immediately caught my eye. The pretty swirls... The hints of raspberry... The fact that it was on sale...

It's a smooth, pigmented powder comprised of soft, golden bronze and a very subtle hint of raspberry. I feel like
the raspberry tone is almost undetectable, but the whole situation is super flattering on the cheeks (I've been
using it as a blush). It adds a nice warmth to my face, as well as a light sheen.

All up, it's a pleasant addition to my collection, but certainly nothing too special/absolutely necessary.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Disappointing products

Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner
I was told that this replaced my beloved Detergent for Puff and Sponge. No. Lies. No. This is nowhere near as good as the original. It's a liquid as opposed to a gel (do not like) and...STANK. It has a super unpleasant scent that lingers on my brushes for days. It cleans well and yeah, it's only $2.80, but still. BRING BACK THE DETERGENT FOR PUFF AND SPONGE!

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Violet
This isn't a bad product per se, but it's super overpriced. For $32, I want to describe a product as 'fucking amazing', 'totally worth it' and 'sexual', not 'eh, not bad'.

Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm
Coconut is one of my favourite scents ever, and pears make me wanna touch myself. Coconut and pear? Come to mumma. This balm smells wonderful, but it does nothing for my lips. It's one of those balms that feels nice, but does absolutely nothing in terms of hydration. That being said, if Burt's Bees did a perfume in this scent, I'd bathe in it.

Australis Nail Colour in I Lilac You
This needs 3+ coats for full opacity and a pretty, even finish. No. Unless I reaaally love a polish, I ain't doing three motherfuckin' coats. Adios.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
Hold me. I love this foundation for its coverage and ridiculous longevity, but it has oxidized. I went from having an almost perfect match (Ecru, FYI), to 'Bitch, why you look like Snooki circa 2010?'. I still wear it (daytime wear makes me a tad paranoid), but I'm pretty devo about the whole situation.

What has disappointed you recenty?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Best Aussie makeup


Chi Chi
I have a special kinda love for Chi Chi. Yeah, it's a little on the expensive side, but the quality is on-point. Their lipsticks are some of the best on the market. Smooth 'n' creamy formula paired with exceptional pigmentation. A couple of my favourites include Hollywood Wannabee, Spenderella and Wrapped Around My Pinkie. Their palettes are also a win (I own five). Great formulas and finishes (though there are a few chalkies...). I also have to mention their Baked Shadows. I'm currently using one as a blush (I'm Every Woman), but am very much down to try more. Buttery, blendable and bloody beautiful. That alliteration was sweet.

Models Prefer
I didn't realise how many Models Prefer products I owned until I put this stash together. Great brand. Cheap, with (mostly) solid quality. I own several palletes (my fave being the Nude Eyeshadow Pallete), as well as a quad and blush. Most have great pigment, and are easy to work with. I also rate their Brush Cleaner (a constant repurchase) and their Finale Make-Up Setting Mist, a product I intitally didn't dig, but now love.

One of my ultimates. I've loved Australis for a long, long time. Fun and affordable. Their limited-edition collections seem to always hit the mark (dat Neon Crush blush-duo tho) and I very much dig their polishes (Friend Like Me, #bethatgirl and K-Pop are a few faves). And their lipsticks! Gangsta Rap and Uber Cool are the ish. And who could forget their Velourlips? YAS GURL. I'm a big fan of their powders, too.

I haven't tried much from Savvy, but I feel like I should finally bite the bullet and go on a bit of a spree. I recently bought their Nourishing Lip Liner in Rose, and it's one of the best MLBB shades I've come across. Their Natural Finish Pressed Powder is also a winner, but their shade selection is severely lacking (Classic Ivory is a little too dark for me, and I'm preeeeetty sure I ain't that pale). Still, great powder. Fills in pores and doesn't cake. Their Ultra Matte Lip Colour in Icon is another fave (great dupe for Lime Crime's Velvetine in Utopia!).

Guysssss, I forgot about Innoxa! Bummer. Their matte lippies are heavenly.

Here's the video version of this post, if you're interested...

What are your faves when it comes to Aussie drugstore beauty?


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neutral(ish) lip faves

I've always been a fan of a bright lip. MLBB? Who cares! Nude? No thx. But here I am, ditching the purples, reds and burgundies (not ditching ditching), and embracing the taupes and browns. Here are my current loves...

Essence lipliner in Satin Mauve
This. This a must. If you're down for a MLBB with a bit more of neutral-taupe finish, you need this liner. It's smooth and creamy (no drag!), and the pigment is wonderful. I have two. Oh, and did I mention it costs $2? Go.

Essence lipstick in Come Naturally
Holy shit. This is one of my ultimate favourites. Like, ever. An amazing formula, with a nice, subtle shine. DAT COLOUR THO. Grey-taupe-mauve goodness. Easy-to-wear. Pigmented, but not so much that it requires fuss. I love this gem so much, that I'm currently on a hunt for a backup. So far, no luck. Sadface.

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Tootsi
If you missed this video/post, you may not know that I am seriously in love with all things Colourpop right now. Tootsi is one of the reasons for my obsession. This tan-brown is waaaay out of my comfort zone, but I love the things it does to my face. It suits me. It's easy to wear. It's just bloody good. I love it so much, I now have two (only because Neet and I did a swap - she got my Lumiere!).

Savvy Nourishing Lip Liner in Rose
A spot-on MLBB, with a sweet and subtle rosy tone. Great formula, and cheap as chips.

Essence, Essence, Colourpop, Savvy


What are your favourite neutral/nude/MLBB/whatever lip products?


Monday, June 22, 2015

Chi Chi Mattes 2 - first impressions + swatches

When I found out that Chi Chi were releasing four new palettes, I was keen. When I came across a pic, I became manic. Mattes 2 and Mochas were immediate potentials. Browns, bronzes and taupes... Come to mumma. After a small hunt, I finally tracked down a stack at Target in Parramatta (get on it, Sydney girls!).

Mochas was beautiful, but underwhelming. I already own Bronzes and Nudes, and felt like Mochas' shades weren't really that different to warrant it as a purchase.

Mattes 2 was a knockout. Creamy milk chocolate goodness. A handful of swatches later, and it found its way into my basket.

Fresh was stunning (some incredible foil-like metallics!), but there were a few shades I knew I would never, ever wear. Same deal with Sunset.

Mattes 2 is my first ever all-matte palette. Truth be told, I'm more of a shimmer girl, but I was down for a little bit of experimentation. I've had this palette for about a week and have used it three times. I'm loving life. Gorgeous, flattering shades with fantastic pigment and a smooth feel. I find that they need a little more work when it comes to blending, but I'm guessing that's due to their matte-finish. I'm a matte noob.

I wish I had a decent pic of the look I did on Saturday night. I used a handful of the shadows, and it turned out even better than expected. I might do a GRWM. Stay tuned for that disaster.

Mattes 2 is a happy purchase.

Are you going to be picking up any of the new Chi Chi palettes?

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