Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I'll admit that this year has gone pretty quickly, but November has DRAAAAAGGED big time!
I have quite a few favourites this month because I did do a bit of shopping this month. I also have a couple of random favorites as well as fails, but I will talk about them when I finally get around to filming a favourites video... so keep an eye out for that video on my YouTube channel.
So I will start with makeup favourites and I will move onto skincare/haircare later.
Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in 215 Light Medium: I bought this when Priceline was having 40% off makeup, and sure I don't need a new concealer but I heard good things about it... and well... it was on sale! This concealer has a swirl of moisturiser so it is very hydrating and it has a decent amount of coverage. It's super easy to apply, looks great, doesn't crease and I love this shade. This Light Medium shade is actually a much lighter shade than I expected, so I am glad I didn't buy the light!
Smashbox Eye Shadow Palette in Sparks: I got this Smashbox palette in their Wonder Vision pack (see my review with swatches here). The pack came with this eye shadow palette, an eyeliner, and a mascara. The eye shadow palette is by far the best thing in this pack, and it contains 6 warm shades of eye shadows with various finishes (mattes, metallics, duochrome etc). I have been using this palette almost everyday since buying this from Kit Cosmetics. What I love most about it is that you can easily do a whole eye look just using this palette and you don't have to reach for any other shades. I am also giving one of these packs away (and one in another shade) as part of my Christmas Giveaway so check that out to enter!
Essie Nail Polishes - shades Lapiz of Luxury, Vanity Fairest, Chinchilly: Essie nail polishes were newly introduced to Priceline in the last couple of months, and I decided to buy a few while they were on sale. These are pretty decent nail polishes, but I mainly love them because of the great shade range. I have only reviewed Vanity Fairest so far, but check out my review here.
MAC's Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag in Nude: I don't usually buy limited edition packs from MAC because generally there are one or two products in each pack that I don't like/already have. When I saw this pack, I had to have it because I loved everything in it and I knew I would get a lot of use out of each product. I won't review this whole pack now (because I reviewed it here, which includes swatches), but I have been using the Fluidline in Past Twilight, the Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming and the mascara most days.
Crown Brush C451: Over the last few months I have been using my hands to apply my foundation because I am sick of having to buff out brush marks and having the brush soak up heaps of foundation. I bought this at IMATs and I have only started using this this month. This is a really dense brush that buffs in foundation really well, and because it is so dense, it doesn't soak up too much foundation. Loving it!
Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Gel: Original Source shower gels were on sale at Coles for $1.99 so I was going to get the lime one (which I have had many times before) but when I saw this vanilla and raspberry one and smelt it, I had to buy two of them! This an ok shower gel, but it smells sooo good! Initially when you apply this I get a whiff of strawberry yoghurt, which is a little gross, but when you start lathering it up it smells more like a strawberry milkshake or ice cream, and because strawberry ice cream is my absolute favourite, I love this!
Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner: I ordered this toner and the Organic Lemon toner, and I used the lemon one first and was a bet "meh" about it. I thought that these toners were way overhyped. I finally finished the lemon on and decided to move onto the hyped up blue green algae toner, and I love it! It gives a slight tingle when you apply it, it smells earthy, and I just feel like it does a great job at cleaning my skin. If you are going to try out Michael Todd toners, I recommend that you go straight to this blue green algae one and don't bother with the lemon one!
Polished London Dry Shampoo in Bightly Brunette: I wash my hair at night and I love using a bit of dry shampoo in the morning to keep my fringe nice and fresh. My preference is for tinted dry shampoo so I don't have to deal with that white cast that other dry shampoos tend to leave. This is my new favourite because it is $4.95 from Priceline, it does a great job at combatting oil and providing volume, and it's a great brown shade - win win!
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E: I am including this because I realised that I haven't used Palmer's Cocoa Butter in at least 5 years! I used to use this all the time, but for some reason I stopped. I randomly bought this recently and am loving it! I love the scent and I reminisce whenever I use it.
Those are my favourites for November! I can't wait for December because I really need a holiday! Let me know what your favourite product of November was.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I received my first ever Violet Box last friday, and I honestly think that this is the last Australian beauty subscription box that I haven't yet tried. For purposes of full disclosure, I want to make it clear that I was sent this box by Violet Box to review, but I have already signed up to receive the December box because I like to give a box a couple of tries before I decide whether or not to stay subscribed (also because I am only signed up to one other box and I am secretly hoping that these boxes will deliver great boxes for Christmas).
So this is a monthly box that retails for $22.95 per box, but you can buy deals where you get 3 months, 6 months or 12 months at a discounted rate. I also used the discount code VIOLETBOX10 for $10 off my first box... how can you fault $12.95 for your first box?! You can sign up here.
This is what the box looks like. It comes in a black box with the Violet Box logo and a purple ribbon and purple tissue paper. This also comes with an information card (which you can see below), and this is probably one of the only subscription boxes I have come agross that doesn't try to make a theme for each month... which is quite refreshing.
ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder in the shade Peach Belini 02 - full size: People who read my blog would know that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to ModelCo makeup. I think that they are way overpriced and that you can get much much much better products for half the price. Nevertheless, I also believe that most companies can make a decent blush so I was happy to be open minded while trying this blush. This is in a bright mid-toned coral-red shade that is quite shimmery. This is designed to be a sheer blush, so even though it looks very bold in the pan, it does apply more naturally. This is a great Summer shade, it looks nice on the cheeks, but the staying powder isn't the best. See swatches and close up of the blush below.
ModelCo Colour Box Eye Pencil in the shade Black 01- full size: Black eyeliners are a safe bet in beauty boxes, obviously because most people use them. This is a pigmented soft eyeliner that lasts quite well but it is very smudgy. If you have oily lids then you won't get along with this eyeliner as it doesn't really set all that well. This also comes with a sharpener in the lid. I have a few eyeliners that I love so I can't imagine reaching for this too often, but this would work well if you want a very smokey smudgy look.
Guess Night and Guess Girl - samples: This box contains a sachet sample of Guess Girl which is a nice sweet fragrance that is right up my alley, but the sachet is a very messy way to sample this. This box also comes with a small spray sample of Guess Night which is a mens fragrance. I haven't tried this, but I did give it to the boyfriend and he said it "smells alright".
Body Armour Face Cream - full size: I haven't yet tried this, but it is a thick face moisturiser that is designed to be used in sensitive skin after skincare treatments. I don't have sensitive skin, but I love trying new skincare and I have never heard of this brand before. This also retails for $35, so it makes this box excellent value!
Tailor Skincare - sample pack of 4: This is another product that I haven't heard of before. This is a brand from New Zealand that packaging mud masks in little one use packs. This mask is designed to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin, and in this months box we received 4 packs of this mask. I love the idea of these packs and I love the eco friendly packaging. I will hopefully try this later on today and insert a quick review of what I thought into this post.
So that's it! That's my first ever Violet Box! I was pretty happy with this months box, my favourite products are the moisturiser, the mask, and the blush... I think I would have been much happier with it if there wasn't two ModelCo products in there, but that's just my personal prejudices coming out.
What did you think of this months Violet Box?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
So far I have only bought two Christmas packs, one was from MAC (see review here) and this one is from Smashbox. This set comes in three shades; this one is in Sparks which contains a warm toned palette with golds and coral shades, Flash contains purples and silver shades, and Cosmic cotains blues and taupes. These retail for $48.95 each at Kit Cosmetics.
I actually bought three of these packs, of course I bought this Sparks shade for me, but I also bought one to give away and also a Flash shade to give away - so if you want to enter my giveaway to win one of these two pack check out my post.
This comes with a 6 shade eye shadow palette (this is the only thing that varies in each pack), a Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx, a Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black and some cards showing various eye looks.
So this isn't the cheapest pack in the world, but for Australian Smashbox prices it's pretty damn good. This mascara alone normally costs $28.95, generally the eyeliners retail for around the same, and I am sure that if this eyeshadow palette was sold separately it would retail for well over $40, as their eyeshadow trios (which contain 3.4g of product compared to this palette that contains 4g and 6 shades) retail for $39.95.
The thing that sold me on this kit was the eye shadow palette. When I swatched it in store, the gold shade was so buttery smooth that I thought it was a cream shadow. So lets start with the eyeshadow palette...
This palette is a very cute hexagon shaped packaging that contains 6 triangles of shadows. I think the packaging of this is super cute and I love the shades because they contain a mix of metallics, mattes, and satin shades. I can easily do a whole eye look using this palette, without having to reach for another palette, which always makes a palette more user friendly in my opinion. If I used cooler toned shades or bright blues often, I would have no hesitation picking up the other palettes.
|l-r: Peach, Gold, Coral, Bronze, Cocoa, Bare|
This palette contains:
Peach: This is a duochrome peach shade that looks peach but reflects a soft gold shade. This is quite a sheer but pigmented shade
Gold: This is a very buttery metallic gold shade. This is a super intense shade but it has the best formula of the 6 shades.
Coral: This is a more satin finish coral shade, and I have been loving using this shade as a crease colour because it adds more warmth to a neutral eye look.
Bronze: This is one of those shades that have an almost matte/satin base but some flecks of fine gold glitter. This is actually very pretty and doesn't create any fall out.
Cocoa: This is a matte chocolate brown that makes this palette very wearable. This is great for the crease or the outer corner.
Bare: This is a matte warm peach toned nude, and it matches my skin tone really well. I mainly use this as a blending shade.
This also comes with these suggestions on how to use the palette. I guess this is a good idea if you aren't sure how to use more than one eye shadow at a time (I know a lot of people who are worried about applying numerous eye shadows).
My personal go everyday look using these shades is using Nude all over the lid, Peach in the inner corner, Coral in the crease, and some Cocoa or Bronze on the lash line/outer v. Gold I use whenever I want a fun bold look.
The mascara is pretty good, it is one of those ones that have a traditional mascara brush. These days I personally prefer the spikey brushes, but nevertheless there is nothing to complain about this mascara. It separates and lengthens lashes and if you apply one coat you can get a nice natural look, but if you apply more coats then it starts to build up volume and look more dramatic. I wouldn't run out and spend the $28.95 on this mascara alone, but I do enjoy using it.
The eyeliner is a nice pigmented black and once it sets it doesn't budge. It is pigmented but it isn't super soft, which I know some people will like and others won't. This is soft enough to smudge out and use on the waterline, but it isn't as soft as something like the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliners.
So overall, I love this pack. The mascara is good, the eyeliner is good, and the eye shadow palette is amazing! If you want to check this pack out then you can find it at Kit Cosmetics, otherwise enter my giveaway!