Friday, 18 July 2014

FOTN: Girls Night Out

It's always good to have a girls night out and forget about men dramas for a bit! I went out for dinner and drinks with a few of my girlfriends, here is what was involved...

 Mary Lou Manizer
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Smitten'
Essence Dark Romance Velvet Mousse Blush in 'Red Romance'
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in 'Ebloui'
Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara (not pictured)
Face of Australia Liquid Liner (not pictured)

I really like how I managed to throw in a few more high end products in with my usual drugstore goodies. The blush is a recent purchase and I am in LOVE! It feels so light weight and blends like a dream. I was blown away by the amazing quality of it. The colour looks a bit scary in pan, but it blends out to a gorgeous red-berry tone. The eyeshadow is also new(ish), I've had it for a while but this is the first time I used it. It's a lot softer than the Maybelline Color Tattoos so I find it easier to work with. The colour is sheer, but buildable, and this one has quite a lot of shimmer. It looks a little bit more cranberry coloured in pan, but it comes out as a more brown based colour. I think I'll be able to wear this a lot! As for the balm stain, I love the gorgeous deep pink it is (brighter than pictured below) and it has really good staying power. 

And here is the finished look! I based my makeup around my outfit choice, more specifically the red wine/plum coloured top I was wearing. My drinks for the night also matched ;)

Thanks for reading! Oh, and just a heads up - this weekend, I'm going away to Taree for 2+ weeks to do my uni prac. My schedule will be very busy so I probably won't be able to blog at all, but afterwards hopefully I'll have some exciting topics for you xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lunch or makeup?

Sometimes I end up buying  makeup with my lunch money. Do you? I really wanted to check out the Essence Dark Romance collection so I popped into Priceline today. Unfortunately, the store I went to was fairly wiped out. But I've seen so many blog posts on the collection that I knew what I wanted.

Essence Dark Romance Velvet Mousse Blush in '02 Red Romance'
Essence Lipstick in 'Wear Berries'

Dark Romance Blush
I've never even seen a mousse blush before! It kind of reminds me of red velvet icing. It was only $4.50 so I couldn't pass it up. I don't have a colour like this in my collection, it's a bit scary but hopefully I can make it work...

Essence Lipstick
This isn't part of the DR collection (all the DR lippies were gone!) but I've seen this shade doing the rounds on various blogs so I had to grab it. I love how pretty it is and the packaging is gorgeous. Absolute bargain for the $4.10 (I think?) that I paid for it! I can't wait to use it.

What do you think of Essence products? Have you checked out the new collection?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Current Favourites

I normally don't do favourites posts, but a few things have really been getting my attention lately!

Palmer's Moisturising Cocoa Butter Body Wash
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
MAC Lipstick in 'Plumful'
Sleek blush in 'Pomegranate'

Palmer's Body Wash
This is amazing, it smells divine and is so luschiously creamy. It smells like sweet chocolatey coconuts and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth because of the moisturising properties. I'm excited to try out more of the Palmer's range.

Rimmel Foundation
I use this everyday as my uni foundation. It's light coverage but it gives a great finish and looks really natural, like I'm not wearing anything, but evens out my skintone and hides redness. While it isn't super long lasting, I don't mind because I only wear it to uni. When I first bought this, I didn't really like it because it was so runny...look how far we've come!

MAC 'Plumful'
This is a gorgeous plum shade that many bloggers rave about, rightfully so. It's the perfect winter shade. Check out a FOTD of me wearing it.

Sleek 'Pomegranate' blush
This is a purple-red toned blush that I've also been loving for winter. Sleek blushes are amongst the best I've tried and at such a great price point. If you haven't tried them, you're missing out! Another FOTD here.

So these are my current favourites that I've been absolutely loving over the past few weeks! What are your thoughts on these products?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Makeup Graveyard

Instead of doing an empties post for last month, I thought I would do a 'makeup graveyard' post. I got this idea from Loz over at Polish and Patterns! I didn't really have many empties last month, and certainly nothing noteworthy (just the usual, Seche Vite, polish remover etc).

So let's see what I've decided to eliminate from my collection this month...

Kleancolor Baked Eyeshadow
Rimmel BB Cream
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 'Temptation'
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in '07
Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 'Heather Shimmer'
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 'A Drop of Sherry'

Kleancolor Eyeshadow
I bought this a few years off, off Beautyjoint, for a few dollars. It was pretty good, but I'm not really into using single shadows these days, I prefer palettes.

Rimmel BB Cream
I could never worked out if I liked this or not. I think I tried to force myself to like it. It's about half full still, but I can't be bothered trying anymore. Luckily, the other Rimmel base products I have are awesome (the Stay Matte and Match Perfection foundations) so I won't hold a grudge against this!

Rimmel Lipsticks
These lipsticks were amongst the first that I bought when I was getting into lipstick, about 3 years ago. I don't really use these shades anymore. I never actually used 07 at all because I just can't seem to do nudes. Throwing these out wasn't too hard; if I ever feel compelled to repurchase, they're only around the $12 mark!

Nivea Day Cream
I also have the sensitive version which I much prefer, so I'm getting rid of the 'moisturising' version because I find it too heavy and we didn't really get along.

So those are a few things I've culled, in order to downsize my makeup/beauty collection because it was actually making me a bit stressed out how much stuff I had and that I was running out of storage space. Hopefully I'll do another one of these posts in the next few months, so stay tuned.

Have you done a clean out of your collection recently?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Lust Have It! June 2014

Yeah, it's July. I received the June LHI* box/bag on the 2nd of July. Seeing as I am not a subscriber, I'm not bothered by when it arrives, but I can understand the frustration for regular subscribers. Anyway, moving on to the contents...

The new packaging has returned! I'm really glad, I've accumulated too many of the boxes and I actually threw out a few the other day because I'm short on space.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
John Plunkett Glyco Peel
Teez Trendy Cosmetics Nail Lacquer

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo RRP $27.95 (sample size)
I've never tried this brand, but I see it everywhere. I'm interested in giving this a try.

John Plunkett Glyo Peel RRP $29.95 (full size)
I'm verrry interested in this. I'm wondering if it can be used as a spot treatment, because I've been trying to fade the dark spot on my face left over from a spider bite (with glycolic acid). I've heard that it can sting on application, at least I know beforehand, so I don't get a rude shock when I try it.

Teez Trendy Nail Lacquer RRP $18 (full size)
Of course a nail polish inclusion will impress me! I've never heard of this brand, and I don't have a colour like this in my collection so its an exciting product to receive. The bottle is an interesting shape.

Hello Fresh Voucher
Nuxe sachet samples
Orly nail files and toe separator 

Hello Fresh Voucher
Hello disappointment? I've seen this before in a previous LHI box. I checked it out and it was fairly overpriced, so the $30 doesn't really go that far. 

Nuxe sachet samples (RRP $44.99-49.99 for two different products)
SACHETS. Sigh. It's a shame because I've really wanted to try Nuxe, but I guess I will try and over look that they're sachets.

Orly mini nail files RRP $1.65 and toe separator RRP $4.95
I'm unimpressed by these. Mostly because they have a bright red sticker on them saying 'FREE with every 2 Orly mini polishes'. Well, at least give us the polishes? Don't get me wrong, these are useful products (I can pop the nail files in my handbag), but they're not exciting. 

Overall this box is alright. I'm not raving about it, but I don't hate it. 

What are your thoughts on this months box?

*product was provided for consideration and has been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy
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