Monday, October 13, 2014

My Sephora hit list


I'm not sure if you guys have heard, but Sephora's coming to town. I know, I know. Exciting stuff.

Aside from the disappointment that they're not going to bring along Urban Decay, Too Faced (I WANTED U.S. PRICESSSS!), Lorac, Buxom and a few of my other loves, I'm still keen as hell to run amuck in their Aussie flagship. I can only imagine the chaos...

Anyway, inspired by Neet's post here, I decided to whip up a little Sephora hit list.

Let's go clockwise...

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
I've heard great things about Kat Von D's stuff and this palette looks right up my bronzey alley.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick
I'm considering this purchase purely partly for the packaging.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow in The Lolita 
I've heard good, good things about this palette (pretty sure it's a michele1218 fave), and I'm all about the neutrals.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Um, is this not the cutest packaging in the world? I'm not really enthused by any of the swatches online, but maybe something will entice me irl. I JUST WANT THIS ADORABLE, LITTLE CHROME DELIGHT IN MY LIFE.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
This one's here because I wanna see what all the damn fuss is about! I think I'm going to have a tough time picking a shade...

Who's coming to Sephora? And what's on your hit list?


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mini review - Estee Lauder Perfectionist foundation

Estee Lauder do a fine foundation! I had a long and tumultuous affair with their Double Wear Maximum Cover (that shit covered everything) and encountered some heartbreak with their regular Double Wear (loved it, but couldn't score a decent shade), so when I got news that they were doing a new anti-ageing/skin-boosting Perfectionist-based foundation, I was keen.

I was lucky enough to encounter a really lovely girl at the counter in Myer Sydney who gave me a couple of pots to sample and see if it was right for me. Lesson: don't be shy to ask for samples.

Firstly, the texture of this foundation is liquidy velvet. It feels so nice. Glides onto the skin and just melts. Love.

Secondly, it covers fairly well. It doesn't cover everything (what does?), but I'd say a decent medium-coverage. The finish is nice, too. Natural. Not matte, but not dewy. A nice in-between. Velvety.

I'm going to recycle a selfie from my last post because I'm wearing Perfectionist as a base. My skin was so nice a few weeks ago, but now it's back to being a problematic ass. Sigh.

Lastly, wear. I must say, it did get me a little oilier than usual and the lasting power wasn't as good as what I'm used to (Revlon Colorstay is my everyday). I had to make more of an effort with the blotting papers, but it wasn't too, too bad. Still, I don't think it'd be a good option for our brutal summertime.

It's a nice foundation, but I'm glad I scored a sample because if I had forked out $68, I would've been bummed. If your skin leans more toward the dry side, this might be a goer!

Have you given the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation a go? Is it on your list?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Easy lips

I love an 'effort' lip, but I'm having a moment of laziness. Give me ease! Give me effortlessness! Give me shit
that I can slap on without too much of a fuss!

Here are a few of my fave easy lip things...

Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Wrapped Around My Pinkie
For a punchy and pigmented lippie, this one's a strangely easy-to-slap-on-and-wear fave. It's a pretty, sweet peach
with a juicy finish that brightens up my face, but doesn't make me look too 'done'. After applying from the tube, I like
to mash it into my lips with my finger to make it look even more chill.

Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss in Lambada
An uber-soft, slightly peachy nude that smells delicious and looks nice and shiny on the lips. This one's obviously
the easiest of the three to apply and wear. Having a bit of a moment with it, actually. It might be love.

NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream
Creamy, buttery formula, great pigmentation and a glossy finish. Love this stuff! Easy to swipe on and doesn't look
too fussy when it's on my mug.

What are your easy lip faves?


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IMATS haul

IMATS has come and gone for another year! Here's what I bought...

Smashbox blush in Stylist
I was keen to find a 'nutmeg' blush to play with. This one spoke to me and was a steal at $10.

Lime Crime Velveteen in Utopia
A magenta Velveteen. Of course this needed to be purchased.

Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Potion #9
I just about died when I swatched this. Think Lime Crime's Airborne Unicorn but about 236x more vibrant.

Make Up Store Gloss Wand in Daisy
I'm having a gloss moment right now and this colour was a must. 

Bdellium Tools brushes - 785, 769 & 714
I needed a few more brushes to poke my face with and these were cheap and cute.

If you want to see swatches and hear me excitedly swear, watch my vid:


Monday, September 22, 2014

Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara

Even though I've been having a longstanding affair with this cheapie, when I spotted the beautiful tube of Rimmel's new Wonder'full mascara glistening in the fluroscent lights at Kmart, I was tempted. When I spotted the $10 pricetag (it's usually $17.95), it was done. Take my money.

Firstly, HOW GOOD IS THE PACKAGING? Sleek, modern, attention-grabbing, sexy. Good one, Rimmel.

The wand is bendy and strangely enough, I find that the bendiness gives me more control, allows me to coat all my lashes and get right in there. The bristles are rubbery and have a little flexibility. Great for catching and coating all my lashes.

As for the It gives me length, curl and volume with minimal clumpage. Seriously. No matter how many coats I slap on, the clumps are very, very minimal. Maybe it's the argan oil? Who knows. Regardless, I dig it.

I will say that this is more of a 'natural-looking' mascara. It gives definition, length and volume, but with minimal drama. Something quite different from my usual. Surprisingly, I'm finding that I prefer it. Here's my face featuring Wonder'full. I know the liner kinda dominates, but hopefully you can see the length and definition in my lashes.

Definitely recommend giving this a go if you're down for trying something new in the lash department. This one's a winner, guys!


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