Monday, July 27, 2015

Chi Chi Baked Eyeshadows - Crazy in Love & I'm Every Woman

While I enjoy Chi Chi's palettes, I think their baked shadows are a step above in terms of quality. I have two - Crazy In Love and I'm Every Woman.

I'm Every Woman is a cool, mushroom-taupe with a matte finish and a soft and silky texture. I tried to make it work on my lids a few times before deciding it wasn't my jam. I was prepared to ditch it until it dawned on me that it might make an interesting blush. Strangely enough, while unflattering on the lids, I'm Every Woman is lovely on the cheeks. It looks exceptionally good when paired with a greige lip. Hooray!

Crazy In Love is a warm, bronze-brown with tiny hint of rust. Beautiful sheen finish. It's a great shade to smash all over the lid, smudge along the lashline and pop into the crease and outer-corner. Consistency-wise, it's smooth and very blendable. Pigment is fantastic, too.

Would definitely be down to pick up more of these...

Do you guys own any Chi Chi baked shadows? Thoughts?


Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's in my shower?

Who doesn't love to creep around others' belongings? I know I do. Forever creepin'!

Natural Look Australia Colourance Shine Enhancing Shampoo
My aunty bought a couple of bottles of this from her hairdresser, and gave one to me. Woo! This shampoo is really nice. Smells like sweet apples, and gives my hair added shine. This 1L bottle is going to last quite some time...

Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil
The past few winters have given me a case of dry, flaky scalp. Do not like. I use this stuff about once or twice a week in order to get rid of the flaky bits that sometimes crop up along my hairline etc. Works well, and smells decent.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash
I forgot I had this (found it in the cupboard). I looove the creamy, sweet-lime scent. It's invigorating, but also comforting at the same time.

Original Source Vanilla & Raspberry Body Wash
This has become a staple in my body wash selection. Smells amazing.

Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple & Coconut Oil Body Wash
Don't like this stuff at all. Doesn't smell that good, and does nothing for hydration.

Yes to Coconut Body Scrub
I love the jelly texture of this scrub, but overall, this stuff is just OK. Once I finish up this tub, I'm back to my beloved Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub.

Anatomicals Cocoa Body Cleanser
Bought this for $4. Smells like chocolate. Total win.

Palmolive Body Butter Coconut Scrub
I'm so over this stuff. Scent-wise, I prefer the peppermint version, but in general, I just don't really dig this bodywash/scrub thing anymore. Once I finish it up, I won't be repurchasing. Well, maybe the peppermint one when the weather warms up.

What's in your shower?


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Best hair products for texture and volume

Since my hair is on the thinner side and can often look flat and limp, I'm a big, big fan of products that give me volume, grit and messiness. Here are my current faves...

John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray + Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray
These two are great for adding a slightly gritty texture and extra waviness. I spray these all over wet hair, give myself a couple of buns and then blast them with my hairdryer. I actually prefer using these when I wear my hair up, as it makes my bun fatter and messier. Fat buns ftw. I prefer the John Frieda a little more as it's coconut-scented, while the Toni & Guy leans floral.

Schwarzkopf Taft Rough & Tough Styling Powder
I love this stuff for when I want super messy, texturised hair with volume. I sprinkle a small amount from about halfway down my part and on my crown, and then work it in with my fingertips. With this stuff, the more you work it in, the messier the result. Love. A few things to note - firstly, this mattifies the hair, so if shiny hair is of upmost importance to you, this product is not for you. Secondly, it leaves quite a hardcore residue and makes hair crunchy, so you can't really play around with your hair once it's in. Lastly, a double-shampoo is essential in order to get it all out. 

Silk Oil Of Morocco Liquid Volumizer
For mega volume, this stuff is the shit. I spritz it on my roots while my hair is damp (though it can also be used on dry hair) and then go to town with my blowdryer. Even without a diffuser or fancy drying techniques, my hair ends up big and poufy. Fantastic. Again, this leaves a fairly heavy residue on the hair and needs a couple of washes for removal. 

Toni & Guy Casual Rough Texturiser
My most recent purchase. I spray this along my part (dry hair), and then work it in with my fingertips. It gives a subtle messy texture, so it's a lot more 'wearable' than the Taft stuff. Plus, it leaves my hair feeling normal. I can still play with it, and change my parting without any dramas. I very much enjoy that. The only thing I don't dig is the fact that the scent (it smells like hairspray) lingers. I wore it on Saturday night, and continued to get wafts of it at 3am. Weird. I'm not that bothered by it, but I wish it smelt better.

What are your fave ways to add a bit of texture and oomph to lank locks?


Monday, July 20, 2015

Palette collection - the yays and nays

Models Prefer Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Plenty of love for this pocket-sized cutie. Great shades (mostly shimmers, with a few mattes), solid pigment and fantastic, sleek packaging. This is how shit should be done. DNW big, clunky palettes with unecessary bulkiness. That being said, I don't really dig the fact that the lettering on the front faded/rubbed off so quickly. YAY

Models Prefer Shadows Palette in Day to Night (won in a giveaway)
This palette is decent. I feel like the pigmentation across most of the shadows is fairly light, but it's still an OK option. Could take it or leave it, really. I might put this one aside so I can use it and then work out if I should keep it or ditch it. SEMI-YAY

LORAC PRO palette (gift from my girl Neet)
This was a maaajor want for a long, long time. This palette is beautiful. The top row is all matte, and the bottom all shimmer. I love this. Incredible pigment and smooth, buttery textures all round. Many faves in this baby. Plus, the packaging is super sleek. Love. YAY

Designer Brands Urban Dreams Eye Shadow Collection in Neutral & Sultry
Fuck this ridiculous packaging. This palette is huge. It's literally the size of my forearm. Sigh. Bulkiness aside, I like the natural, easy-to-wear neutral shadows. Pigmentation is OK. YAY DESPITE PACKAGING

theBalm Balmbini Volume 2 (freebie from PR)
Even though I love the highlighter (Promiscuous Pearl) and the stunning, copper-bronze shadow (Manic Maribel), I hardly reach for this. Note: Ended up chucking it. NAY

The Body Shop Eye & Cheek Palette in 02
This is an oldie from the clearance store in Melbourne. I haven't used it in ages, but I remember a time when this got everyday use. Hmm. Might end up bidding farewell to this one... YAY

Inglot palette
This palette has clearly gotten a lot of use, but these days I only ever use the matte brown as it's my brow shade. I love these shadows though. Dat top-notch quality! YAY
Chi Chi Mattes 2
My newest Chi Chi palette purchase. For my review and swatches, click right here! YAY

Chi Chi Bases
I picked this one up when I was having a pinky-champagne shadow phase. This palette is OK. Quality varies, and some shades disappear into nothing once blended. NAY

Chi Chi Sunkissed
This palette is beautiful to look at, but the pigmentation varies quite a bit. Most of the shadows rock my world, but a few are...nothing. SEMI-YAY

Chi Chi Bronzes + Nudes
The classics! Pigmentation is great (mostly) across the board, and both have been used quite a bit. YAY X 2

What's your palette collection like?


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Collective review

What an awkward little photo...

Original Source Skin Quench Moisturising Shower Gel in Pineapple & Coconut Oil
Nah. This stuff smells not-as-good when lathered up, and does absolutely nothing in terms of getting my skin soft. No repurchase!

Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub
This scrub is kinda cool. I enjoy the jelly-like consistency and how easily it spreads/moves over my skin, but the scent isn't as coconutty as I wanted it to be. It's almost like a coconut-floral hybrid. Will not repurchase.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Wonder'full Mascara
This mascara isn't bad if you're after natural lashes (I'm cool with it), but I hate the brush. It's really, really big and really, really hard, which makes application quite awkward. It feels almost uncomfortable. No repurchase.

Anatomicals Cocoa Body Cleanser
This stuff smells like a delicious, chocolate milkshake. Anatomicals is currently 50% off at Target, so I suggest picking it up if a chocolatey shower sounds like your kinda jam. Possible repurchase!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Butter in Dark Chocolate & Cherry
I love the scent, but as a balm/lip helper, it doesn't do much at all. It's essentially like Vaseline. Pleasant, but useless. No repurchase.


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