Friday, 28 February 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics

Left to Right: Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave.

After testing out the Original Urban Decay Naked Palette for a good while, I thought it was time to try another Urban Decay Product that I bought not long ago. Rather than going straight to the Naked 2 Palette, I jumped right on the Naked Basics Palette because I thought the original Naked Palette was lacking in some matte shades and I wanted to try something a little bit different.

The Naked Basics Palette contains six shades in total with five mattes, and one satin-type shade. The satin shade is there to be used as highlight on the brow bone as well as in the inner corner of the eye. Personally, I think that there are way too many lighter shades in this palette and I would have preferred one more medium to dark shade.

All the shadows have good pigmentation even though in they don't come up that great in the picture above {sorry, crappy lighting}. I was very surprised at how creamy, soft and easy they were to blend for a matte eye shadow because normally the eyeshadows I use seem quite chalky and hard to blend. I always use an eyeshadow primer underneath the shadows and have never experienced any fall out or creasing.

I am also impressed with how versatile this palette is. It's perfect to take travelling because it's small, lightweight and you have the basic shades needed for any look- whats not to love? All the colours work together so well so you can create a simple, natural day look and instantly turn it into a dark night time look.

Overall, it's a perfect palette for those who are not into the shimmer scene or people who want to mix up their normal everyday eye makeup. I wasn't disappointed with the quality of the eyeshadows and I'm sure this palette will be a favourite of mine for a while.

What are your thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette?


Friday, 21 February 2014

The ASOS Cat Ears Watch

Around this time last year I bought this cat watch from ASOS because I thought it would be perfect for university {and maybe because of the whole cat trend was floating around..}. I didn't even end up using it due to taking a gap year but I decided to dig it out of the wardrobe a couple of days ago so I could get it working again for uni.

Isn't it the most adorable watch you have ever seen though? It has a round face with a cat design, gold detailing and a leopard print band. The only thing that I think is missing are some numbers but then it would have taken away from the cute design. I love this watch because it's so simple and I hope that it'll be easy to piece together with outfits. I have looked on the ASOS website and unfortunately they don't sell them anymore however I did check ebay and they have ones with different colour bands if you're interested.



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

MAC Lustering

After loving my last trip to MAC, I became obsessed with their lipsticks. In Januarys Melbourne trip, the MAC store in the city was calling me to buy another lipstick on the last day I was there. I stood there for ages trying to pick something that was an every day pink lipstick and that's when I found "Lustering".

I was so excited when I swatched "Lustering" on my hand because it just was the perfect pink lipstick in my opinion. MAC describes it as an "outspoken pink" but I think it looks like a watermelon shade on the lips. I usually am scared with pink MAC lipsticks because they are usually too bright and bold or too bubblegum pink and then when I found this one I knew I had to have it. "Lustering" is a lustre which is my favourite finish from MAC because they are sheer but build-able making them so much more versatile. I didn't find one layer very pigmented so I just kept swiping until I got it to the colour that I wanted. As it is a lustre finish the lasting power isn't that great but that's what is to be expected with balmy type lipsticks.

I really love the colour of this lipstick. I like that it's really easy to apply and feels lightweight on my lips. I have been wearing this quite a bit lately because it is a very summery shade without being over the top.

Have you tried MAC's Lustering?


Monday, 17 February 2014

Dot by Marc Jacobs

I never used to be one for Marc Jacobs fragrances until my mum bought me Daisy for my birthday last year. Ever since then, every time I go to a shop that sells Marc Jacobs perfumes I always go and test them to see which one I want next. I mentioned that I really liked the Dot Fragrance to my parents and they were so lovely and bought me a bottle for Christmas!

Marc Jacobs fragrances have the most beautiful and eye catching bottles and Dot was no exception. It's red and black polka dots which drew me in because it reminds me of a lady bird {lady bug? wat?!}. I love this colour combination because it matches my room perfectly. The lid is half the beauty - it has red and black butterfly wings going on and I think it's absolutely the cutest thing ever! It also has gold detailing with the name or the perfume which I thought gave it a sleek touch.

I smelled this scent in Priceline and I was obsessed. It smells really fruity which is pretty different from my Daisy perfume which has more of a floral scent. Dot has the top notes of red berries, dragon fruit and honeysuckle, mid notes of jasmine, coconut water and orange water and base notes of driftwood, vanilla and musk {described from sephora}. I just adore this scent, I just love it for summer because it smells so sweet and fruity, although it is a little strong it's really nice and I'm pretty sure it lasts a good while because at the end of the day I can still smell the scent on my clothes.

Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume?


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Valentines Day Beauty Picks

With Valentines Day right around the corner I thought I would share some of the products that I am considering to use to create a simple and sweet makeup look. As it is Valentines Day of course a lot of the products will be pink {oui so girly} I was considering throwing in some reds but I think pink is much more natural and suits the looks I'm going for.

For eyes, I'm going to keep it very simple with this MAC Eyeshadow Quad in "Showstopper" which is  really lovely on. Obviously with a quad you can create many different combinations but I'm just going to use all of them and add winged eyeliner and then mascara. If you're more daring, I would suggest deepening the crease with the darker shade and adding more sparkle, voilĂ . 

Another way to incorporate pink into a look is by lightly applying pink blush. I didn't want to go crazy with dark pink blushes so I picked a couple that are sheer but build-able to create a fresh and subtle feel. One of my picks is the Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush which has a variety of colours that you swirl around to create one glowing colour on your cheeks. The other is the Benefit's Boxed Blush in Dandelion which is the perfect ballerina pink shade to really give natural colour to the face.

This is the fun and yet really frustrating part because I have so many different shades of pink lipsticks, lip glosses, etc. that it seems impossible to choose just one. That's why I narrowed it down to some of the lip products that I think would complete this look. The first being a MAC lipstick in "Sweetie" which is a Lustre finish and it's sheer and gives a nice sheen. The second is a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in "Celestial" which is a dusty rose colour and is my favourite out of the whole Apocalips range. The third is a Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in "Born with it" which is a sheer light pink lipstick which is perfect for a simple Valentines Day look.

And these are some of the products that will be gracing my face this Valentines Day.
What are your picks for Valentines Day?


Monday, 10 February 2014

The Body Shop Born Lippy

A couple of years ago for my birthday my cousin gave me some products from The Body Shop. Two of them were pots of the Born Lippy lip balms in the flavours Strawberry and Raspberry. I used the Raspberry one every day before school and I was obsessed with it and then I tried the Strawberry flavour and didn't like that one as much. Somehow I managed to lose BOTH of them and then eventually forgot about them.

THEN I took a trip to The Body Shop in Melbourne and picked up some more. I bought the flavours in Raspberry {Obvs} and Passionberry. I pretty much use these at home all the time because I can easily clean my hands and apply it on my lips. I normally don't like lip products in little pots because they are so impractical for during the day and it just gets nasty bleh. I use it before I do my make up to moisturise my lips so they are ready for lipstick by the time I finish my face. I also use a little bit before I go to sleep to hydrate them.

The smell amazing, they smell really sweet and similar to their names. Passionberry smells like grape and the Raspberry just smells delightful. They taste good too, I know you're not supposed to eat them but sometimes you can't help but lick your lips. They go on really smooth and leave a glossy finish and I'd say that they last a good while which is something that I like with a lip balm. They definitely make my lips feel less chapped which is SO good - 10 points to The Body Shop.

I can't even explain how obsessed I am with the Raspberry lip pot. This will be a product that I will repurchase time and time again because I love it so much. If they were to bring this product out in stick form I would be extremely over the moon. The Born Lippy Lip Pots are $7.95 at The Body Shop.

Have you tried the Born Lippy Lip Pots?
What are your thoughts on them?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Revlon Lip Butter Collection {Swatches}

I was organising my lipsticks and discovered that I had quite a few Revlon Lip Butters and thought why not share my collection with you. I own 7 lip butters from the range and I have been loving them at the moment. I have bought these at different times and took advantage of different sales from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse so I didn't spend all my pay in one go ;D.

From Left to Right: Pink Lemonade, Juicy Papaya, Tutti Fruitti, Sorbet, Wild Watermelon, Invite Only & Provocative.

All the Revlon lip butters come in a rectangle lipstick tube which has a quilted, check pattern running down two sides. I find this so unique and I think it jazzes up the packaging making me want to pick them out more from the crazy amount of lipsticks I own. What I really like about the Lip Butters is that they are slanted which gives really good precision when applying in one go. They twist up and down and I really like how once you are finished using the Lip Butter, you twist it all down and you hear a faint click so you know that it won't smudge all over the sides and lid. I just hate when I go the drugstore and all the lipsticks are squished all over the lid! {Just me?}

The formula itself is alright. It's a gel formula which provides hydration and allows the lip product to apply smooth. I'm a fan because they are a sheer lip butter and you can build up the pigmentation. They are supposed to be moisturising but I find them awfully thick and heavy on the lips and it wears off quite easily. They feel nice after you apply them and they keep your lips moisturised for a good amount of time. The only issue I have is that before it start to fade it made my lips feel a bit tight so I would recommend reapplying regularly to keep your lips hydrated. I find that they do catch onto dry lips so make sure to exfoliate and apply a light layer of lip balm on your lips beforehand.

Even though there are some things that can be improved with the Lip Butters, I will continue to use them up because they do a good job at providing a sheer colour to my lips when I can't wear my matte lipsticks due to stanky hot weather and chappy lips.

Pink Lemonade:
I'm never one for really light pinks but I saw this ballerina pink shade and I had to get it.
Juicy Payaya:
I am IN LOVE with this pink coral shade. It's so subtle and natural and I'm actually obsessed with it.
Tutti Fruitti:
I mentioned this orange shade in my January Favourites and I have been wearing this a lot lately.
This hot pink shade looks really scary in the tube but looks really nice on the lips.
Wild Watermelon: 
I love this red shade lip butter because it's not an overly scary red and can be worn everyday.
Invite Only:
 This shade is blue with silver and blue tiny sparkles in it and goes on the lips clear with a bit of glitter. 
This is purple in the tube and has tiny purple, blue and silver glitters in it and goes on clear with some sparkle.

To be honest, I don't even know why I bought the last two shades. Maybe because they are limited edition and the colours on the packaging reeled me in. I don't really have a use for "Invite Only" and "Provocative" as they feel more heavier than the other lip butters and they look like the same colour on the lips. Nonetheless, I still enjoy having them in my collection and I'm sure I will find a use for them.

The Revlon Lip Butters come in 20 different shades so there is something to suit everyone. The price is a bit steep at $21.95 at Priceline which I think is crazy ridiculous. Luckily, I have never paid full price for these Lip Butters because places like Chemist Warehouse have sales on drugstore products all the time so make sure to do your research to see where you can get the best deal. 

I don't think I am going to purchase any more of the Revlon Lip Butters as I think I have enough at the moment. I do prefer my Maybelline Color Whispers to these Lip Butters because they apply so smooth and feel so light on my lips however that doesn't stop me from using the Lip Butters.

Have you tried the Revlon Lip Butters?
What are your thoughts on them?


Monday, 3 February 2014

January Favourites 2014

Can you believe that one whole month of the year is gone?! ONE WHOLE MONTH! January went too quick for my liking and now here I am picking out some of the beauty products that I have been giving extra love to this month.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
I bought this ages ago but never really found the need to use it but I rediscovered it in January and it is a life saver. The weather has been all over the place with a lot of hot and muggy days and I find that in the morning my hair looks a bit gross so I use this dry shampoo to make my hair look fresh and it adds a little bit of volume which is great. I think it smells really good - nice and clean and there are a whole bunch of different fragrances to suit everyone.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum
I use the tiniest amount on the ends of my hair after I have washed it so it reduces the amount of fly-aways and frizz when it's drying. I think it does a pretty good job at keeping my hair tame and I use it alongside with the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shampoo and Conditioner and I think it works like a charm.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Even though in nearly every January Favourites post the Naked 3 Palette has made an appearance, I decided to go with the original because I bought it in January and have been loving it ever since. You can create so many different types of natural to sultry, sophisticated looks. Love, love, love it!

NYX Powder Blush
This blush is in the shade "Dusty Rose" and I really like this blush because it's not overpowering on my cheeks. I think it lasts a pretty long time and it's a really nice natural colour. I like the soft texture it has and I think I might get another colour from the range soon. Which one would you recommend?

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
I have been obsessed with this Lip Butter from Revlon in the shade "Tutti Fruitti". I have been wearing this a lot in January because it's such a lovely bright summery shade. Although the lip butter feels heavy on the lips, it lasts a long time which is what I like in a balmy type lip colour. 

What have you been loving in the month of January?

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