Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Bronze Palette Review + Live Swatches

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking all about the Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Bronze Palette. It’s a very coveted makeup product as most of you would have known by now and it sells out in a few minutes tops over at the Kylie Cosmetics website. The palette itself is called The Bronze Palette which contains 2 shimmer shades and 7 mattes; all conforming to that bronz-y eye look that Kylie Jenner always rocks.

The palette retails for USD $42 available here with USD $8.95 domestic shipping or USD $14.95 international shipping.

Now onto the details.

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As you can see above, the palette is made out of a cardboard packaging with a 3 x 3 eyeshadow pan layout much like Makeup Geek’s MannyMUA available here or the BH Cosmetics Shaanxo Eyeshadow and Lip Palette available here. Each of the Kyshadow pan contains 1.40 gr (0.05 oz) or 1.70 gr (0.06 oz) for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ eyeshadow single or 1.8 gr (0.06 oz ) for Makeup Geek’s eyeshadow single.

One advantage of this eyeshadow palette in comparison to the two that I mentioned is that you are able to pop out the pans and put them comfortably into your z-palette (the pans are magnetised instead of glued).

The formula of the eyeshadow itself is surprisingly amazing. I am so impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows and how it performed. All the eyeshadows blend effortlessly and are pigmented apart from the shade Obsidian (matte black) which is an underperforming shade of the bunch yet still performs well enough if compared to other eyeshadow formulas in the market.

PROS:

  • Great formula and colour selection
  • Travel-friendly (pans can be popped out and are magnetised)
  • Mid-range pricing (isn’t too expensive for what you are getting)
  • Sleek packaging

CONS:

  • Difficult to get
  • No mirror

Now to the swatches, click the video below for some live action swatching!

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this palette to everyone especially if you love warm mattes. If you are on a budget, the Morphe 35O palette is a great alternative with some dupes, however, the quality isn’t comparable.

I hope you enjoyed this post! See you in the next one x

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July 2016 Favourites + Fails

Hi lovelies! I’m back for another monthly favourites! There is a LOT of things happening in the month of July and I have been so lucky to have attended a few events so that I can share with you guys what I have been loving and not loving. Let’s get onto it shall we?

 

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FAVOURITES

Marc Jacobs Air Blush in shade Kink & Kisses. Available here.

The formula of this blush is amazing and the colour is a gorgeous soft pink shade that doesn’t lean too peachy (I tend to stay away from overly peachy blushes because it will make me look too red). The blush also contains 2 shade in each pan so you will be able to use 3 different shades in 1 blush. Win! I definitely think it’s worth the money. This was given to me by Sephora Australia and it is not available yet but it will come very very soon to your nearest Sephora store!

BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Lipstick. Available here.

Seriously one of the best affordable liquid lipsticks out there. The formula is similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ liquid lipsticks but at a fraction of the price. The doe foot applicator wand is small enough to get into the corners of your lips and it isn’t overly drying. They’re also super pigmented and never patchy. The only downside that I can think of is that it doesn’t come in crazy colours like some other more expensive brands do.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. Available here.

So, this foundation isn’t new but I used to not like this foundation at all when I first got them. It’s a little weird, I know.. safe to say I’ve now fallen head over heels for this foundation and it’s all for the right reasons. It just gives off the most natural looking finish but with a super high coverage and the foundation lasts quite a while on me. I find that it’s an absolutely perfect foundation for events so I will continue using it and I would probably purchase another shade after I have all my makeup organised.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Available here, here, here.

If I have 2 words to describe this palette: it’s EVERYTHING! This one is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent eyeshadow palette and it comes with a total of 14 shades; 8 mattes, 2 satins and 3 shimmers. It’s no surprise that the little old makeupswatchesau loves matte warm eyeshadows a lot and this palette pretty much ticks all the boxes. Apart from the amazing colour selection, the eyeshadow formulas in this palette is extremely pigmented and buttery soft. My favourite eye look using this palette would probably be a red toned halo eye using Golden Ochre, Burnt Orange, Venetian Red, Love Letter and Vermeer on the centre of the lid.

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick. Available here.

Avon has gifted these to me and I am so happy that they did because I wouldn’t have discovered this gem if they didn’t. I might have talked about these lipsticks but don’t quote me on that. The texture of these are unbelievable – it’s so similar to the texture of those $150 Christian Louboutin lipsticks so that is definitely saying something (I own 2 of them so yes, I can definitely say that they’re similar). It’s super matte for a tube lipstick but doesn’t dry out your lips like your traditional matte formula M.A.C bullet lipsticks. It’s pretty hard to describe them, they’re matte and creamy all at the same time.

W7 Glowcomotion Highlighter. Available here.

The link I attached is from an independent eBay seller but you can find these at your local Chemist Warehouse / other W7 Cosmetics stockists. It’s one of those brands that you kind of look past by everytime you’re at Chemist Warehouse but this product is an absolute bomb! They retail for only $5 and the pigmentation is amazing. Obviously, don’t expect them to be better than high-end highlighters but they are pretty close that $5 is definitely a really really great buy. I love it. The shade is also very similar to the cult product Mary Lou-manizer by TheBalm.

My Makeup Brust Set (largest brush). Available here.

Now to be completely honest, I don’t use all the brushes in the set because I find that they don’t perform very well for their job but the largest brush in the whole set is amazing! It blends my foundation so flawlessly and I am so impressed by how soft they are (densely packed, nicely cut). I do think they are pretty durable since I have washed them a couple of times and they seemed to be doing just fine. This brush definitely gets an A+ from me so please, please if one of My Makeup Brush Set employees are reading this, please come out with an individual brush so we can all enjoy how great they are.

FAILS

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade Rose Matter.

You should probably know by now that I own more than 15 (maybe 20 or 25 – I lost count, I’m sorry) of Jeffree’s liquid lipsticks and I love them (they’re not the best, in my opinion but they’re still great and I definitely can’t live without the Gemini and Mannequin shade). Other than that, though, I was so disappointed with the shade Rose Matter. First of all, the colour was way off from all the swatch pictures. They look neon dark pink on me while the swatches look like they’re nude baby pink. Definitely not nude at all. I understand they look different on different people so that is understandable and I’ll give it a pass. It’s the crazy amount of transfer I experienced made this pretty much a fail for me. I’ve never had any of my other Jeffree liquid lipstick that transfers as much as Rose Matter so it’s pretty shocking that this goes to my fails for this month. Conclusion: not going to re-purchase although they look super pretty inside the bottles.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer 2016 Collection in shade Queen Bee, Watermelon Soda, 714. 

If you have seen my snapchat on these, I went on a little rant about the quality of his Summer liquid lipsticks. I was so disappointed by how poor of a quality these are and I am not going to lie about it. Queen Bee (yellow) is super streaky and patchy and they’re extremely thick so it wasn’t the easiest to apply. I don’t really know what to use these as, this colour is probably the worst out of the bunch. The other colours Watermelon Soda and 714 is also super streaky and patchy. I tried to layer coats after coats but they seem to patch and streak even if you build them up. I also didn’t like the scent, they smelt like part chemical part watermelon that you’ve forgotten in the sun kind of scent which isn’t the most appealing. I definitely much prefer his Rootbeer scent which IMO smells so good. The only shades I loved from this collection was Nude Beach and Virginity but other than that, a 3/5 under-performing shades is pretty disappointing. Definitely not worth the hype.

Kat Von D Ink! Liner in shade Baudelaire.

These were gifted to me by Sephora Australia but they are disappointing. The colour isn’t pigmented enough even though the lasting power is pretty decent. I definitely much prefer the Rimmel liquid liners over these as that performs so much better and a lot cheaper.

So I hope you guys enjoyed my July Favourites + Fails post! Remember, these are all my own personal opinions and what might work/not work for me doesn’t mean that it will do too on you. I also am not bashing the companies or products; I always give each and every product a fair chance so I can give my feedback to you guys and help you decide whether they are worth your hard earned money or not. Hope you had a great weekend lovelies, see you in my next post ❤

Benefit NEW Brow Product Launch – 22nd July (PART I)

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Hello everyone! I’m back again with another review on the Benefit Cosmetics Brow collection that will be launching on the 22nd July 2016. Benefit has come up with whopping NINE brow products in total and I’m here to tell you all about it.

I have been lucky enough to get invited to Benefit Cosmetics Australia brow launch a couple of weeks ago and I have been featuring the products on my Instagram numerous of times. I have even done a quick review of 2 of the products here. So thank you so much to Emanuela and the rest of the awesome ladies (if you’re reading this) at Benefit Australia for providing me with all these awesome goodies to try out!

Even though Benefit has been generous enough to provide me with the whole product range, I was not asked to review or feature them in my social media channels and this is done purely from my own personal intention. You can be sure that my opinions are 100% honest.

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Brow Zings AUD $55

Brow Zings is a brow wax and powder duo that comes with a mini dual applicator and tweezers (how cute is that!). The dual applicator is extendable which is a brilliant idea, seeing that I actually lost both of the applicators in the old version because they were a little bit of a hassle (shown in the picture, black packaging). The newer version comes in 6 shades and numbered accordingly. Shades 1 and 2 are light, 3 and 4 are medium, and 5 and 6 are deep. The differences between each light, medium and deep shades are the undertones. For example, shade 1 is light with cool undertones whilst shade 2 is light with warm undertones. This makes matching your colours so much easier and hassle-free. Thumbs up for Benefit Cosmetics!

How it performs:

The powder is pigmented and blend-able. The wax also spreads easily and is a lot more long lasting than the older version which had a tendency to slip around a little. I personally am not a big fan of brow wax products but this one is alright. I use the brow powder more often than the wax to fill in the gaps in my eyebrows. This is great for those who wants a more natural looking brows or is a beginner with filling in your eyebrows. They’re also very travel friendly, so it could be an option if you want an all-in-one brow product that fits in your travel makeup pouch.

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3D Browtones AUD$42 

The 3D Browtones is described as a subtle-brow enhancing highlight product. You might be thinking, what on earth is a brow enhancing highlight product? I was really skeptical at first because I did not know what it was supposed to be and there are no products like it by other brands. They come in 2 different shades; light/medium, medium/deep.

How it performs:

Is it a brow mascara? Not really. Is it a setting gel? Not really. The product has a very fine shimmer throughout and it is supposed to give your brows a more 3 dimensional look as the fine shimmer reflects different lights and hence giving your brows the illusion of depth. The end of the wand is perfect for brushing through your brow hairs and making sure that the product is evenly distributed. This product also acts as a setting gel but won’t hold your brow hairs as effectively as an actual setting gel would. I absolutely love the product and I use them every single day. I find that it also works very well with brow pomades as they can result in block-like brows and this product will eliminate the 2 dimensional block-like brows after using the pomade.

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Browvo! Conditioning Primer AUD$49

This is another interesting product from the Benefit brow launch. It is described as a nutrient-rich conditioning primer for your eyebrows. The product comes in a twist up tube with a bristled applicator as shown in the picture. The product is clear and it’s recommended that each twist is enough for each brow.

How it performs:

I am actually unsure about whether it did actually made my eyebrows grow because I have extremely sparse eyebrows and nothing seem to work on me in terms of eyebrow growth. Aside from my sad eyebrow condition, however, this product really ‘flattens’ the brow hairs and preps them for other brow products very well. I will try to use them every night to see if it will make my eyebrows fuller and I will update you over on my Instagram about it.

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High Brow Eyebrow Highlighter AUD$38

This product is a re-released product from Benefit Cosmetics, so if you have been a loyal follower of theirs you would have probably tried them at least once. I have personally never tried the older version of the High Brow but I have heard complaints about them not being as blend-able and creamy as they would like them to be.

How it performs:

This is another favourite of mine when I go to special events. I use my High Brow pencil to clean up underneath my eyebrows for that crisp look. They blend very well and is very creamy but you have to work with it quickly before it sets. The High Brow pencil definitely makes it so easy to clean up underneath the eyebrows and it’s super precise because it’s in a pencil form. I don’t reach for this product often as I don’t sport the crisp eyebrows on a daily basis but it is definitely a must-have if you’re looking for a product like it.

One thing that I have to comment on it is that I wished they had made them in a twist up pencil form so that no product goes to waste when trying to sharpen them and it would make it so much more convenient to use.

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Ka-Brow! AUD$42

The Ka-Brow! is a brow pomade just like the uber popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomades. All I can say is that, I love this so much more than my ABH Dipbrow Pomades. I’ll spill all the details later below. The Ka-Brow! comes in 6 different shades just like the Brow Zings where it is categorised in order from light, medium to deep shades. The Ka-Brow! is also available in cool and warm undertones just like the Brow Zings. They also come with an angled brush that clicks onto the cap for ease of use.

How it performs:

Just like I mentioned, I love the Ka-Brow! 1000x more than my ABH Dipbrow Pomade. I find the Dipbrow Pomades clumpy and doesn’t spread as easily as I would like to. The Dipbrow Pomade can also be too pigmented and hence difficult to work with unless you’re extremely careful when applying (I can also say that the ABH pomades are not fool-proof at all). The Ka-Brow! however isn’t as pigmented and is so much easier to work with. It is easier to build up colour than to take off colour when it is already applied. It is also more of a gel consistency, meaning that it spreads easier than the Dipbrow which sometimes makes the brow hair clump together with the product. I can say that I have not been using any other eyebrow pomades other than the Ka-Brow! ever since I got my hands on it. The Ka-Brow! is definitely one of my personal must-haves within the whole range of the new Benefit brow products.

*The products mentioned in this review are given to me but all opinions and views are honest.

Molly Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches + Review

Hi everyone!

I am back with a review on a liquid lipstick range by Molly Cosmetics. They are an indie brand from Hong Kong that has just been released and I was lucky enough to receive 3 of their matte liquid lipsticks. Just so you know, I really love discovering new brands like them and trying out something new because you just might find your next HG product from their range. So back onto the lipsticks.. their liquid lipsticks come in 12 different shades that are all cruelty free, paraben free and gluten free.

Left to right: Eye Candy, Hot Debut, Diva

As shown above, the lipsticks come in a clear plastic tube with a matte black cap, black writing and a label at the bottom indicating the respective shade names. I think the packaging looks very sleek and the weight felt very substantial so I do not have any complaints regarding the packaging of the lipsticks.

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Now as for one of the cutest part about Molly Cosmetics is the bubble mailer it comes in! The lipsticks came in a foiled gold bubble mailer with MC printed on the top left corner. I just can’t get enough of how amazing the bubble mailer is! The shipping from Hong Kong to Australia was very fast, it took about 7 days (including weekends) to arrive so I was very impressed with the shipping considering it’s also a free worldwide shipping. I personally really appreciate companies who do free shipping but most of the times they are slow and extremely unreliable so when Molly Cosmetics products arrived so quickly I was very delighted.

Left to right: Hot Debut, Diva, Eye Candy

Inside the bubble mailer, you will receive a small mesh bag containing your liquid lipstick and possibly the cutest polaroid-inspired card with a lip swatch on it (trust me, I’m going to go frame them after). The lipsticks themselves are also sealed inside a plastic wrapping which I already took off for the purpose of blog pictures.

Now that the packaging aspect is done, I’m going to talk about the actual lipstick itself. The lipstick applicator is a fairly long wand with a thicker side on one end and a thinner side on the other. The wand reminds me of the Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick and the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick (but not as stiff as Sleek Matte Me wands). I personally find wands like these a little hard to work with so I am not 100% liking the wand, I much prefer smaller doe foot applicators like the Kylie Cosmetics lip kit applicators or the Lime Crime Velvetines so it is a lot easier to get into the corners of the lips and also shape the cupid’s bow. However, applicators are personal preference and different people prefer different types of applicators. Scroll below for a closeup shot of the lipstick applicator.

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The liquid lipstick formula is in between a liquid and mousse formula which I really like. It doesn’t dry out too fast like the Kylie lip kits so you have some time to work perfecting your lipstick application and doesn’t make your lips look shrivelled or too dry. The lipstick is unscented which I know some people would rejoice on but I personally love scented lipsticks so I wished it had some kind of scent in it although the unscented lipstick didn’t smell bad at all unlike some of Jeffree Star’s liquid lipstick or the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick.

The formula glided on very smoothly and evenly except the shade Diva which can be just a tad patchy, but layering them will fix the problem in no time. Hot Debut did not seem to be pigmented at all when it is still wet but dries on extremely even, pigmented and dries to a gorgeous bright neon red (with a little bit of orange thrown in). Eye Candy was also a very nice formula as it was evenly pigmented which was a little surprising as good purple liquid lipsticks are very hard to produce. Overall, the formula felt lightweight on the lips and doesn’t leave a sticky finish which kind of reminded me a little bit of Kylie lip kits except a little less crumbly and felt comfortable on the lips. Now scroll below for the actual swatches of the lipsticks..

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As I’ve mentioned above, you can definitely tell that Hot Debut and Eye Candy is a really great formula, the pigmentation is even and isn’t patchy at all. The Diva swatch, however, looked worse than it actually is because my wrist are very textured so it emphasised the patchiness even more but trust me, it isn’t as bad when it is on the lips. All the formula of the liquid lipsticks are extremely long-wearing, I have eaten extremely greasy foods (greasy pizza! who doesn’t love some greasy pizza?) with them on and they stayed put and still looked perfect afterwards! There were only minor crumbling of the liquid lipsticks after my meals, they didn’t feel drying afterwards like some liquid lipstick does and layers beautifully so you don’t need to scrub your lips off before re-application. Do note that all three colours left a stain on the lips particularly Eye Candy but that is what usually happens with purple-based lip products.

INGREDIENTS  (shade Hot Debut):

CYCLOMETHICONE, POLYETHYLENE, ATTAPULGITE, BEESWAX, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, OZOKERITE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE. MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850, CI 42090, CI 15985, CI 45410.

So my overall verdict? Definitely makeupswatchesau approved! I would prefer it to have smaller applicators and some scent, but that’s just me being very picky on the lipsticks yet I would still repurchase the lipsticks and purchase more shades from them. The lipsticks would be a great addition to your liquid lipstick collection and it is a great brand to support (the owners are super sweet and I can tell that they put a lot of effort into the growing brand).

Each lipstick costs AUD$21.53 here with free worldwide shipping as well as an additional 10% off when you use the code MCA234431 valid for all the items in the store.

*Molly Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are not vegan since it contains Beeswax.

**The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

***Discount codes provided are affiliate codes. You are not obliged to use the following code but feel free to use them. My opinions remain 100% honest.

L.A. Colors I Heart Makeup Contour Palette Review + Swatches

Hello everyone! I am back again with a review and this time it is the L.A. Colors I Heart Makeup Contour Palette review. L.A. Colors, as you have guessed, is an American drugstore brand (I mean, they spelt colours without a ‘u’ and no, I did not intentionally typed it that way). They have released a contour palette consisting of 8 different shades including 3 different contour shades, 4 highlight shades and 1 shimmer shade. The brand isn’t available in Australia but you can order them online through eBay or Beautyjoint from which I ordered from. Through Beautyjoint, these retail for AUD$9.5 excluding shipping fees and they are available in 2 shades; Light to Medium and Medium to Deep. The palette that I own is the Light to Medium shade.

There isn’t a lot to say about the contour palette except that it is an amazing contour palette. The texture isn’t as powdery as Australis AC On Tour Contour palette and they are very soft and buttery in texture. You can see how smooth the texture is from the swatches below, they are also extremely blendable which is one of the most important factor that you should look for in a contour palette. So now scroll below for some swatches..

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If you can’t tell already, shade #7 is my favourite contouring shade for my skin tone. It isn’t too grey and isn’t too warm which creates an illusion of shadow naturally (if you don’t use a proper shade, you won’t be able to create the illusion with contouring so shade is one of the most important aspect in contouring). For AUD$9.5 I really think this contour palette is worth it and more.

Contour palette available here.

So I hope you enjoyed this post about my favourite contour and highlight palette as of now. See you guys in my next post!

Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette Review

Hi everyone!

I’m back with a promised review of the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette. It’s one of Rimmel’s new releases here in Australia and I have been getting a few questions regarding this palette so I am going to dedicate a whole post on it.

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This Rimmel Sculpting Palette is designed by Kate Moss and contains 1 highlighting shade, 1 contouring shade and 1 blush shade. The packaging is a flip top black and rose gold coloured packaging that is sleek so it is extremely travel friendly and obviously also gorgeous to look at since it is rose gold coloured. In Australia, these retail for RRP$16.95 and available in 1 shade 002 Coral Glow. I am honestly a little disappointed with Rimmel Australia having released only 1 shade instead of 3 as I saw some other UK and US bloggers showing 3 shade options. Shade rant aside, this sclupting kit is pretty amazing for the price! I am really impressed with the texture of the product and how convenient it is.

I used the highlighter shade with my Morphe M510 brush to apply and it gives off a very pretty finish. It is a light gold shade that is shimmery without any chunky glitter and it isn’t too powdery. The intensity is also very decent so you can definitely achieve a strobed look just with the highlighter in the palette. The highlighter shade in this palette is very similar to The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.

For the blush, there is nothing much I can say about it other than that it is very pigmented, not powdery and matte. You can see some glitter on the pan but it does not transfer on your skin when applied. I do really like the blush but it isn’t the best and definitely not the star of the show in the whole palette.

A lot of people have asked me about the the contouring powder in the palette and how it performs. The contouring shade is honestly quite terrifying when you look at it in the pan. It definitely contain shimmer and looks just a little less shimmery than the highlight shade. I have to say that the contouring powder is workable for contouring; it isn’t orange and it is definitely blendable on the skin but I love it more for bronzing than contouring. I have included a comparison swatch between NARS Laguna and the contouring shade in the palette below.

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As you can see, the shimmer between NARS Laguna and the Rimmel Sculpting Kit is pretty identical. In terms of the shade, however, NARS Laguna is definitely warmer in comparison meaning that if you usually use NARS Laguna as a contour shade, this palette might work for you too!

I hope you enjoy this short review on the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette and find it helpful. I definitely think that this product is worth the money especially if it goes on sale!

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser + Brush Review

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well. I have posted a picture on the Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser and Tan Time Brush over on my Instagram as well as a quick demo of the brush cleanser on my Snapchat story. If you want to know more about the products, scroll down below!

Lottie London is a UK-based cosmetic brush and accessories company that is recently released in Australia. I honestly have not heard of the brand before I saw an Instagram post on the brush cleanser being available at Target. I was about to pick up one of the brush cleansers at Target but it was unfortunately unavailable at my local Target. A few days later, Lottie London emailed me to ask whether I was interested to try out their products so I obviously had to request the brush cleanser. They also sent me their Tan Time brush which I initially wasn’t quite interested in because I am quite picky with brushes and I haven’t heard much about the brand but when I received the brush, OH MY GOD! It quickly became my staple powder/bronzer brush in my everyday makeup routine.

Above is the Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser. It is a solid brush cleanser with added Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to condition your makeup brushes. They retail for AUD$16 and available at your local Target or here. I absolutely adore the Soap Star Brush Cleanser. They are compact, easy to use and cleans your brushes very well. It removed all makeup residues on my brushes and left them squeaky clean. I also didn’t notice any harsh fragrance which is great if you have sensitive skin. I do think that this Soap Star Brush Cleanser is best for travelling as it’s so easy to carry and isn’t as bulky as if you were carrying liquid brush cleansers like the ones from Daiso. A con to the Soap Star Brush Cleanser is that I feel that the price is a little pricey, even though it is actually worth it if you think about how convenient it is. In saying that though, I would 100% repurchase this product when I run out. It is recommended that the soap cleanser is used only with synthetic brushes but I have used it with natural hair brushes and they seemed fine.

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The next product is the Lottie London Tan Time Brush. As I mentioned above, I initially wasn’t interested in purchasing any of the Lottie London brushes during my visit to my local Target but when I received the brush in the mail sent by Lottie London I was immediately in love. It’s such a great brush and I think that it’s a lot better than my Real Techniques powder brush that I own. The bristles are amazingly soft (yes, I think it’s softer than my Real Techniques brushes) and they are dense enough to pick up enough product and not too dense that it will pick up too much.

I have washed the brush and I haven’t noticed any shedding or colour running which is a good sign. The handles also felt sturdy and the colour is just absolutely adorable! I don’t have any negative things to say about the brush from Lottie London and I am definitely going to pick up some more from their range when I visit Target. The brush retails for AUD$18 and it is available at Target and here.

I definitely recommend waiting for Target cosmetic sales so you could pick them up for less than the RRP. Let me know if you have tried the brushes, if not, are you going to pick up some?

*The products mentioned in this review are sent to me for PR purposes but all opinions and views are honest.

Foundation, Highlight and Contour Routine

Hello everyone, today I’m going to share my current foundation/highlight/contour routine that I have been enjoying. I don’t stick to the routine strictly every single day as I like to switch things up a little but this one is a no-brainer go to routine that I do 99% of the time. 

As for the daily basis, I only do a very slight amount of contouring mainly because I’m not Kim K and I don’t have that much time in the morning. 

So here’s a snapshot of the products I use on a day to day basis …

 
Primer – before foundation, I always apply primer to make sure my foundation stays put throughout the day. I’ve really been enjoying the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a primer. If you’re new to the YouTube/IG/Blogging world you might think that I am mental for using an aftershave all over my face but it’s been extremely hyped after the discovery of the product by NikkieTutorials on YouTube.  The high glycerin content in the balm makes it feel slightly sticky so any foundation will adhere to the skin well and makes them look flawless which it did! It also makes my makeup look great for a very long time. If you’ve ever gotten a chance to get these do try them out! 

Colour Correct – I rarely colour correct but if I do I use a peachy shade under my eyes from my MAC Concealer Palette (not shown) and a green corrector from NYX for any red areas.

Foundation – I normally switch up my foundations because I have loads of them in my collection. I have a mix between high-end foundations, mid-end and drugstores and my favourite of all (currently) is my Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation. Yes, it is a very expensive foundation but I do think that higher end brands make better foundations than the drugstores so it’s worth it in my honest opinion. Of course, it’s not the case for every brand as some expensive foundations do actually suck and some drugstore foundations perform better than the more expensive counterpart! When I am looking for more coverage I will use my Estée Lauder Double Wear or a new favourite of mine which is the Maybelline Superstay 24HR Foundation. 

Powder – I am a pretty pale person so I tend to steer away from pigmented powders and I gear more towards translucent powders. The NYX Cosmetics powder shown isn’t translucent but it’s pale enough for me that I can happily use them for baking under my eye area. It’s a great powder for both baking and just an all over setting powder. I usually use my original Beauty Blenders to bake or the Chi Chi Cosmetics Makeup Blending Sponge, whichever is nearest to me. 

Bronzing – my bronzing routine will always change because I love trying on different bronzers! If I have to pick one though, I would definitely choose my beloved Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. It seriously smells delicious, blends nicely into the skin, isn’t too orange and just a great colour for paler skin tone. Another bronzing product I do recommend is Nars Laguna and the Pony Effect That Girl Luminous Contouring Palette which includes contouring and highlighting shades. 

Contouring – contouring isn’t something I do on a daily basis to be honest, but my favourite contouring product as of now is the Maybelline Master Sculpt in Medium/Dark. I know you’re wondering why the heck will I be wearing a dark contouring shade, the contour kit in the dark shade is grey toned but isn’t too heavily pigmented unlike the fair shade which I found very orange looking. If you’re looking for a great drugstore contour kit this would be the bestest choice. The highlighting shade is also great for a more natural highlight (although it is a little powdery). 

Setting Sprays – now the last step of my foundation routine is setting sprays! Setting sprays aren’t that exciting and I have not tried a lot of them but my holy grail setting spray would be the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. I know it’s the cult favourite of a lot of girls in the beauty community and I know why, it’s just seriously a great product. It keeps my makeup looking flawless all day. The downside is that it is on the pricey side so I’m keen on trying the newly released Gerard Cosmetics Setting Sprays which has different scents like Green Tea and Lavender. I will see how it turns out once I get my hands on them.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I’ll make sure to post an updated version of it once it changes 🙂 

Being broke at uni?

As some of you might have already known, I am still a university (or college, if you’re in the States) student. There can be so many things going on at uni, whether it be doing your last minute assignments, cramming for your exams or having to choose between getting goodnight’s sleep or up partying. Now I don’t know about the rest of you but I am a serial shopper and I love to shop! I shop when I am in need of some retail therapy and I shop when I need that new dress for a party next week.

The bad news is, I am still just a stereotypical broke uni student who either spends their money on wayyy too much junk food and impulse shopping trips. As a broke uni student, I love it when I can save as much as possible on everything (e.g I buy 2 packs of Tim Tams at the supermarket if they’re having 2 for $5 so I can do a Tim Tam slam while I cry over my assignment 😛 ) and I love it even more when I can save 10-20% off my favourite online stores like Missguided, Boohoo and ASOS.

So to all the uni people out there, ever heard of UNiDAYS? You can sign up for FREE, really, for no cost at all and you can receive lots of student discounts from various different websites. Just to name a few there’s 10% off ASOS, 20% off Boohoo, 20% off Missguided, 10% off Platypus Shoes (ahem, who doesn’t want discounted Nikes and Adidas), 10% off General Pants and many others.

Thanks to UNiDAYS I can get a generous student discount for the items above (Skirt, NYX Powder, NYX Butter Gloss and The Balm Hot Mama Blush from ASOS and Ankle Boots from Missguided).

If you think you’re eligible, do click here to sign up to UNiDAYS and receive your discount codes every time you shop at the participating online stores.

Also, don’t forget to stalk their social media links below as there might be extra discounts available or new online stores added to their already massive list of participating retailers!

Twitter – https://twitter.com/unidays_au

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/unidays_au

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/unidays/

Website – https://www.myunidays.com/

or, download the app available on iOS here and Android here

 

March Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m finally posting a Favourite of The Month blog series and for this month I’ve got a few favourites I want to share with you. I am not sure if I would be regularly posting monthly favourites every month since I might not actually have a favourite on that particular month.

As you can see above, I’ve got a few favourites ranging from Korean to Western beauty products in the mix.

CK2 Perfume – this perfume is seriously one of my favourite scents ever! It’s quite a masculine scent that’s more woody but has a slight lavender undertone to it, definitely a unique unisex scent. 50mL EDT bottle retails for  $79.95 available here

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit – I’ve been going on and on about these lipsticks on my Instagram and they definitely made it on to my favourites of the month! I have been wearing the lipsticks non stop because they are so lightweight and long-wearing on the lips. They last for a good 8+ hours (with eating and drinking) and starts to feel a little drying on the 5th hour mark. The kit retails for USD$30 here. For a full review and swatches of the lip kit, click here.

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in no. 1 – a very easy wearing lipstick that’s moisturising and very long wearing on the lips. The shade is one of the best selling lipstick shades by YSL Beauty and I can definitely see it suits various different skin tones from the palest of the pale to a more darker complexion. The lipstick retails for $55 here.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Foundation – a light/medium buildable coverage foundation that feels lightweight on the face and gives off a very beautiful skin-like finish. It’s been one of my favourite daily foundations to wear. If you have a Giorgio Armani Beauty counter available near you, definitely give this a try before committing to purchasing one. The foundation is available here.

April Skin Magic Snow Cream – a lightweight brightening cream that I use underneath my makeup as a primer. It feels really good on the skin and has a slight stickiness so your foundation adheres well. Available here.

Missha M x Line Friends Magic Moisture Cushion – a cushion foundation that is moisturising and gives off a very beautiful finish. I really like the texture and longevity of this cushion. This particular one is a limited edition but Missha still sells their Magic Moisture Cushion in a regular packaging.

Nakeup Face Waterking Cushion – another cushion foundation favourite! I love this cushion the most as you can probably tell, it’s been featured in a few of my Instagram posts. You can see my full review of the cushion here. And you can purchase them here.