Friday, March 28, 2014

Collective Haul!

In the past couple of weeks I have been spending money I maybe didn't need to (don't you act so innocent). This is basically a quick little insight into what I have bought recently! :)

1. Nude, by Rihanna, eau de parfum, 30 ml
I really like this perfume, in my opinion it smells floral, sweet and also of musk. It smells slightly similar to Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna. All in all this smells really good and I can still smell it towards the end of the day. 4/5

2. Chi Chi make-up set
This is a set from Chi Chi. It came with the "Rich Gems" palette, lip glosses and a blush. Firstly, the glosses smell AMAZING. Like caramel, yummy. I am not sure if these glosses can be purchased separately but if they are go and smell them! The blush is nice too, a light, sheer, shimmery pink colour. The palette is also nice, the colours are pigmented, although the formula is a tad on the chalky side (fixed when blended out).  Set 3/5

3. Garnier Moisture Match
I picked up all 4 of the new Garnier "Moisture Match" moisturisers today. I haven't tried them all out yet, I will be doing an in-depth review of all 4 next week so keep your eye out for that :)

4. Batiste dry shampoo- tropical
Now I know what you're thinking, "does she really need all that dry shampoo"? The batiste dry shampoo has to be my favourite, it does exactly what it is supposed to do and doesn't leave my hair looking white. The tropical scent is the best if you ask me. (Whoo hoo for 2-for-1 sales) ;)

5. Swisspers Organic Cotton Tips
Who doesn't need cotton tips? These were on sale for $1 so I couldn't pass them up.
5/5 for price!

6. Nivea Lip Butter- Rasberry Rose
I love the caramel and vanilla flavours of these lip butters and couldn't resist the new rasberry one! This one is great. Super moisturising and goes on sheer. Nothing bad to say at all.

7. Maybelline New York lip balm
I have never seen this type of product from Maybelline before. It was in a massive clearance bin for about $3 so I thought, why not! It is an orange shimmery shade (no name) and goes on really nicely. The colour is sheer but still makes the lips shimmery and it is very moisturising, which I was surprised about.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this interesting/helpful in any way.
Look out for my review on the Garnier Moisture Match creams next week.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review/First Impressions: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This week I picked up Garnier's "Micellar Cleansing Water" while it was 30% off (around $8). Micellar cleansing water is basically an oil free, very gentle makeup remover. The reason I picked this up is because I have always wanted to try Bioderma's cleansing water but I am yet to justify spending a whopping $29.99 at Priceline. Hopefully Garnier will deliver a similar product with a better price tag! I was a little skeptical about this Garnier product as almost every toner/cleanser from Garnier I've tried has broken me out. I have to say.... I really love this product! I have sensitive eyes and any oil based makeup remover I've tried somehow always gets into my eyes and makes removing my makeup a less than enjoyable experience. This I am very pleased to say hasn't irritated my skin or eyes whatsoever. I used 2 cotton rounds to remove each eyes makeup with little rubbing. It has removed all of my makeup (I don't wear waterproof mascara) like a breeze. This product leaves my skin feeling soft (not oily), although I would follow it up with my usual cleanser/toner/moisturiser.  I will definitely be adding this one to my regular skincare routine. Would recommend, 4.5/5.

Friday, March 14, 2014

My Picks: School Makeup

Wearing makeup to school can be tricky. You don't want to wear too much and look like a birthday cake, although you still want to be looking your best after a short nights sleep. Some days I wear minimal makeup, other days I like to look a bit more done up.
These are my makeup picks for school.

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day moisturiser SPF15
This is the best daily moisturiser (granted I would prefer a higher SPF). It smells great, feels great, isn't too oily, doesn't break me out, and it really good under foundation.
Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in "ivory"
This concealer is nice and creamy, a good colour match for me, illuminating, not to heavy yet covers what I need it to. It isn't any industrial strength super concealer, but it gets the job done.
Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation in "115"
I bought this product on a whim because Priceline had it on sale (you got me again Priceline).  I actually really like it. It claims to be a "shine-free" foundation which I wasn't sure about at first as I have dry-normal skin. After using it for a while I have come to the conclusion that "shine-free" is a bunch of bull. It is nice and dewy on my skin (different for everyone). I love the look and feel of this foundation, so much so I bought a back-up. 
Australis fresh &flawless pressed powder in "natural"
I'm sure almost everyone who wears makeup in Australia has heard of this powder. It is apparently a dupe for the "Mac Studio Fix Pressed Powder" although I have not yet tried that one. It is an all-round nice powder. It sets my makeup well and doesn't look cakey. What more could you want? The only problem I have with it is the colour range isn't extensive in the slightest. The Lightest is "natural" and that suits me but I don't know if it would suit porcelain skin. 
NYX Cream Blush in "Natural"
Love this cream blush, nice colour, easy to blend, nothing bad to say.

NARS duo in "orgasm/laguna"
Ah, Orgasm and Laguna. Who hasn't heard of these iconic pair. I love both of them. Thats all I can say really. Laguna is the perfect contouring colour and Orgasm is a beautiful blush shade. I like to layer a tiny bit of Orgasm over my NYX cream blush, although it is just as good on its own.

Old Australis Brow Kit (I use the darkest brown)
Australis Lash and Brow Extender (clear gel)
Any brow powder that suits your brow colour will work great, it doesn't even have to be brow powder specifically, just any  matte eye shadow will do the trick.
Essence 3D eyeshadow in "irresistible vanilla latte"

Really love this one it is super cheap, a beautiful champagne colour and easy to blend.
Hands down my no.1 shadow.

Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner 
Great liquid liner, really easy to use. Nothing bad to say.

Australis Voluptulash mascara "black"
The Brush was off-putting for  me when i first opened it. My reaction= "oh no, one of the eyeball stabbing brushes". It really is strange because there are only bristles on the top and bottom of the wand, the sides are smooth. In saying that it still creates nice full lashes and it removes like a dream.

Burt's Bees Rejuvenating açaí lip balmThis lip balm is great, does everything a good lip balm should (the pink grapefruit is the best and I lost it D: ).