Friday, August 1, 2014

Foundation collection

I'm not really sure why I decided to blog about my foundation collection, but here I am. Let's get into it.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 in 825
Oh, the hype! Everyone was raving about this stuff and I lucked out when I spotted it for $5 at my local Kmart's big cosmetic clearout. Great foundation! A nice full-medium coverage with decent staying power. That being said, 825 is not quite right for my mug. Dang.

Revlon Colorstay in Buff (Combo to Oily Skin)
A classic. I've been using this on and off for years. It covers well, stays-put and the shade Buff is a great match for my skintone (HEAR THAT, MAYBELLINE?! GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!). Colorstay is my ride or die bitch.

Jane Iredale Glowtime Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in 5 (PR freebie!)
The first time I used this, I hated it. It was thick and emphasised dry patches. Then I decided to give it another go. Love! I'm not exactly sure what went down the first time I gave this a whirl, but this foundation (it ain't no BB cream) conceals all my shit and has a lovely velvet-matte finish. Unfortunately, with good often comes bad. It's hideously expensive ($72), oxidizes throughout the day and the shade I was colourmatched to, 5, is a little dark. Eh, I still rate it.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation in Pure Pearl
I bought this when I decided to give up the matte-finish foundation and go for something a little more natural and glowy. It didn't go well. Look, this is a beautiful foundation (decent coverage with a spectacular, glowy-finish), but it lasts on my skin for approximately 13 minutes. I mostly use this as a glow-booster in my other foundations, but not very often. Shame.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in Ivory and Pure Ivory
I dig mousse foundation. It's light, airy and reminds me of desserts. This foundation is lovely. It has a nice, whipped consistency that smooths onto my skin and covers redness and blemishes like nobody's business. Plus, it lasts pretty nicely throughout the day. The only thing is...NO COLOUR MATCH. Neither of these shades work for me, but I've been mixing them to get somewhat of a match. Not really working, but whatever.

What's lurking in your foundation library?


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment 'Improper Copper'

I have a love-hate relationship with pigments.

I love their punchiness and epic pigmentation, but I hate how fucking hard they are to blend and use in general. So beautiful, but so tricky.

Despite my complicated feelings, I ended up picking up a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment. Partly because I fell for the shade Improper Copper and partly because I had recently watched a GRWM by my beloved Vivianna Does Makeup who used a pigment and looked amazing.

I usually shy away from copper-toned things as they tend to make me look ill, but this, this is no copper. Improper Copper is more of a brown-bronze-rust with a hint of coppery shimmer. It. Is. Amazing.

Pigmentation is superb (no surprises there!) and staying-power is perfection. That being said, I always use a Maybelline Color Tattoo as a base. I actually paired it with Pomegranate Punk the other day and...YAAAAAAAS! It was a good time.

If you're down for some pigment action, I definitely recommend Improper Copper (there are a few other shades - a coupla brights, a nude and a slightly uninspiring bronze). Oh, and they're $11.95. Yay for affordable shit!

Have you bought a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment? Are you planning to? Discuss!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My happy list

I remember doing a post like this aaaages ago and thought it'd be cool to do an updated version. Here are thirteen things that never fail to plaster a smile across my face:

1. Animals
Dogs, cats, alpacas, koalas, manatees...they're all awesome. Special shoutout to my main man, Ralph.

2. Being productive and getting shit done
When I do a bunch of stuff, I feel awesome. You know when you have a giant to-do list to conquer and you actually get through it all? Best feeling.

3. Hanging with good people and laughing about silly shit 
Simple, but effective in bringing in dat joy.

4. Growing
Growing, learning and experiencing new things/places/emotions is a very good thing. Plus, I love that I can do this with something as simple as reading a book.

5. Kindness
Whether it's directed at me or otherwise, when I see people being kind to one another and to animals, it makes me smile.

6. Weather
Gloomy, rainy days are heaven, as are mildly warm and sunny afternoons. Anything in between can kiss my caboose.

7. Exercise
It may sometimes be a struggle, but I always feel like a motherfucking champion afterwards. Dat serotonin.

8. Good food
Sweet, salty and everything in between. Food forever!

9. Connecting
You know when you come across someone and you get that instant spark/connection and you just mesh really, really well? That feels nice.

10. Makeup
It brings me a special kind of superficial bliss.

11. Happiness
That shit is contagious, yo. Seeing other people smile, laugh and be merry always makes me happy. Unless they're assholes.

12. Finding awesome stuff on sale
That dress that I've been wanting for three years is now 80% off?! Yesssssssss!

13. This photo:

What's on your happy list?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Disappointing products

Soz for the lack of pics. I'm going to throw up a video pretty soon, so keep an eye out on my channel if you're curious to see what this crap looks like. Or you could just click on their names. Let's get into my shit list.

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
I usually don't fall for gimmicky shit, but here I am. This stuff felt OK (it had a minty tingle) and cleaned my mug fairly well, but it did my skin no favours. DNW the uncomfortable/tight post-cleanse feeling + dry and peely skin. Binned.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
So much hype for this lacklustre pot of crap. Okay, so it's not total crap, but it didn't do anything spectacular. It made my skin feel soft and that's about it. Save your dough. I made a vid and post about it, if you're interested.

Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask
Another mask that let me down. It didn't do anything in terms of clearing my zits, helping them to heal or calming redness. In fact, it did sweet fuck all aside from feeling hot on my skin for about 10 seconds. All show with no substance.

Beauty Blender dupe from Gloss
SWEET JESUS IN HEAVEN. Using this was like trying to apply foundation with a squash ball. It was hard, felt like rubber and got real weird when wet. Should've bought a Scratchie.

What products have disappointed you recently?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ulta3 'flirty bikini'

Just a quickie to show off one of my fave cheapies! Ulta3's flirty bikini is the absolute shit. It's a gorgeous, vibrant, violet creme that kiiinda has a jelly finish paired with a great formula. As usual.

I'm happy/immensely relieved that the tiny shimmer in the polish (potato-quality photo doesn't show it) doesn't come out on the nail (WHERE DOES IT GO!?) because I'm pretty sure it'd ruin it. You don't mess with perfection, folks!

If you spot this in your local Ulta3 bin (that sounds real classy), get it.


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