Review: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Brightener

Thursday, 19 December 2013

I have been hearing about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer for as long as I've been involved in the beauty community. I finally crossed it off my 'to-buy' and picked up the Brightener shade to see what I thought of this much raved about product.

At first I was a little bit confused about the packaging. You have to twist to get the product to move up the tube and out the sponge on the top but I was twisting for ages and hardly anything came out! Eventually I got the hang of it but I still think this particular packaging is a bit of a draw-back for the product itself.

I've used it a few times and I'm very sad to say that I'm not overly impressed. The formulation is very thin for a concealer, even a brightening one, and I find it doesn't resist creasing very well, either. It blends well and application is pretty straightforward but if I have to use another concealer over the top then why would I need it? I find I get a similar brightening effect with a concealer that's a few shades too light for my skin tone.

I'll play around with it a bit more to see what I can make it do. I'm just always confused when I try a product that everyone loves but I don't seem to love. What am I missing??

Have you had a similar experience? Do you have any suggestions?

xx Julia

Top Coral Lip Colours for Summer

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Coral is by far my favourite lip colour so, when summer comes around, there's just no stopping me! It's basically the only colour I let near my lips between winter and fall so I've stocked up quite a selection of shades. Today I thought I'd share my favourites with you! Coral is a universally flattering colour but hopefully by browsing my collection you'll find a tone your particularly like.

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in 027 Juicy Papaya - This is my newest edition to my collection. It's a lovely sheer apricot-coral without any shimmer. I love the Revlon Lip Butters for being so easy to wear.

Maybelline Color Whisper in 40 Orange Attitude - The Color Whispers are much closer to a tinted lip balm without the added moisture. This is probably the most orange colour I own and it's great for no-makeup kind of days.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Coral Bliss - The Cremesheen formulation isn't my favourite but it's nice for a sheer wash of a pink-coral. It's a similar colour to Juicy Papaya but without the glossiness.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 255 Kiss Me Coral - I absolutely love this gloss and cannot stop talking about it. It's bright, glittery, lasts for ages, and without any stickiness! One of the best purchases I've made for my lip product collection.

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Dynasty at Dusk - A beautiful light pink-coral with gold shimmer throughout. Though everyone knows the MAC formulation is sticky, I often think the delicious vanilla scent makes up for it!

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 235 Coral Twist - This balm leans much closer to pink than coral but I think it still counts! Like the Revlon gloss, this is super bright and easy to wear with a light wash of colour.

From left to right: Coral Twist, Dynasty at Dusk, Kiss Me Coral, Coral Bliss, Orange Attitude, Juicy Papaya.

I try to use light, easy to wear products in the summer so I generally stick to glosses and tints rather than full on lipsticks. Does anyone else feel that way? And, if so, what are your favourite ones? Let me know!

xx Julia

Review: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 027 Juicy Papaya

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

I finally got my hands on the spring/summer Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters! I picked mine up in a gift-with-purchase from my local Myer the other day in the colour 027 Juicy Papaya.

The Revlon Lip Butters are an easy way to wear a sheer wash of colour that isn't as heavy or drying as a lipstick nor as sticky as a lipgloss. They're creamier and thicker than a tinted lip balm and [most of them] have a better colour pay-off, as well. These are in no way balms, though, and you shouldn't expect an exceptional amount of hydration from them.

Juicy Papaya is a nice apricot/orange colour which really suits the summer months. I can never get enough coral or orange shades so this colour is right up my alley! It's a cream finish without any sparkle or shimmer but it has a juicy kind of sheen when worn on the lips. I've only tried Berry Smoothie from this line before but, in comparison, Juicy Papaya is much sheerer. After you warm the product up a bit there's more colour pay-off but nothing like some of the other Lip Butters that I've seen. It also has a faint vanilla scent.

While I'm really excited to be wearing this product over summer, I'm incredibly glad I held out and didn't purchase this for AUD$21.95. I honestly don't think this product is worth that price when it's such a sheer, non-moisturising lip product. Of course, it's up to you, but I wouldn't recommend picking this one up for full price if you can help it.

Like I said, I got Juicy Papaya in a gift-with-purchase [also including a makeup bag, nail polish, eyeshadow quad, serum sample, and mascara] when I spent AUD$39.95 on Revlon products at Myer. I'm not sure if the deal is still going on but it's worth checking out! You were able to choose from three different colours of Lip Butters and nail polishes.

xx Julia

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Glosses

Thursday, 5 December 2013

L-R: Kiss Me Coral, Pango Peach, Pink Pop, Snow Pink, Super Natural, Berry Allure

Out of all of Revlon's products, their lip products are some the most well-known in the beauty community so today I wanted to show you a recently discovered favourite line of Revlon lip gloss: Super Lustrous. This line hit Australian shores not too long ago and I've been loving them ever since!

Firstly, the colour range is fantastic with 12 different shades ranging across corals, reds, nudes, pinks, and purples so anyone can find their perfect colour. I particularly like their variety of glittery and cream glosses so you don't have to put up with super sparkle if you don't want to. They also have a wonderful formulation with just enough gloss to give your lips shine without any kind of tackiness or stickiness to make wearing them uncomfortable.

I have six of the Super Lustrous Lip Glosses with three glitter and three creams. Kiss Me Coral (glitter) is the colour that drew me to the line in the first place; a beautiful bright coral/red it just pops in any makeup look. Pango Peach (glitter) is a close second favourite with a nice, natural pink/coral that will look really flattering over summertime. Next is Pink Pop (cream) which seems to be everyone's favourite as a bright blue-toned pink. The most versatile of the bunch is Snow Pink (glitter), a light shimmery pink that is just sheer enough to work well over any lip colour. Super Natural (cream) is exactly how the name suggests, a dark nude shade for those not looking for a lot of colour. Lastly, Berry Allure (cream) is a beautiful choice for a dark, vampy purple lip that I can imagine looking really nice on a night out.

What I don't love about this product is the price. AUD$21.95 for 3.8mL is a bit too much for a drugstore brand, in my opinion. I feel like I'm in an eternal battle with Revlon debating whether their products are worth the price tag. If that's something that bothers you, as well, I have a secret for you! At the moment, Revlon has a Kris Kringle Gift Set of five full size Super Lustrous Lip Glosses available for $39.95. That's less than the price of two! I found mine at the Revlon counter in my local Myer so I recommend heading on over and having a look for yourself before they sell out!

xx Julia

November Beauty Favourites!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Unfortunately, November wasn't a great month for beauty favourites because I just didn't use a whole lot! With the uni semester ending and exams, I didn't have a lot of time to focus on my beauty routine so it really was a month of tried and tested. But, nonetheless, I have a few products that caught my eye that I wanted to share with you today!

Original Source Limited Edition Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel -  Original Source is just one of those brands that I hear constantly  being raved about. They're known for their fantastically scented shower gels made from natural fragrances in Australia without animal testing. They're just all good! So, when I ran out of body wash this month, I decided to try something new and went for a Pink Grapefruit scent. I must say that the scent was about 90% of the reason I bought it because it perfectly captures the tartness and fruitiness of pink grapefruit! It's great!

Soap & Glory Hand Food - I was certain that I'd found my favourite hand lotion in Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream until I tried this bad boy. It contains shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow to leave your hands perfectly soft without that horrible greasy feel. It also smells amazing, as all Soap & Glory products do!

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 235 Coral Twist and Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 255 Kiss Me Coral - I cannot get enough of this lip combination! If I wore a bright lip this month, it was made up of these two products. They go together so well to create a beautiful, bright pink-coral-red lip that I have fallen in love with. Both products are light and smooth making them easy to work with and wear. I can feel this being my go-to lip combo this summer.

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette - Everybody knows about this palette with its ridiculously wearable collection of mattes and shimmers. I've been using this product like crazy this past month because it's just so easy! All the colours go together beautifully and you can any kind of look with just one palette. I've been particularly loving Champagne, Light Bronze, Mauve, and Taupe recently.

So, there you have it! A short and sweet November Beauty Favourites from me. Have you been loving any products recently? Let me know!

xx Julia

Review: Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

In a continuation of my current brow product obsession, I thought I would share with you a review of another brow pencil, one which I've been using for a number of months now. I picked out the Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil as my first foray into brow filling products and was initially quite disappointed with the colour selection; only three shades and none that fit just what I was looking for. I ended up with Soft Brown, the middle brown of the trio.

Now, after my beginning 'new product excitement', I began to grow quite disenchanted with this pencil for a number of reasons. Firstly, the packaging: this is one of those pencils that's packaged in plastic which you're supposed to sharpen like a regular pencil. Products that you have to sharpen are generally more wasteful as you need to shave off product to produce a useable tip. Unfortunately, I could never reach a pointed tip on this product quite like it had when I first bought it which made drawing detailed brows impossible.

Then there was the product itself. Other than the unavoidable fact that it was simply the wrong colour (too red, too dark, too heavy), this product is also very soft and waxy. Not infrequently, I would get chunks of product breaking off into my brows and leaving greasy smudges on my skin. It's really difficult to draw a product onto your skin when it just wants to crumble! The waxiness also made my hairs stick together which is counter-productive to filling in my brows in the first place!

It does, however, include a spoolie on the end of the pencil which I appreciate but which hardly covers the faults of this product.

As the Master Shape approaches nub-state, with all of these complaints, I know I won't be repurchasing it and I don't recommend this product, either.

xx Julia

Review: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette

Thursday, 7 November 2013

When I went to IMATS in September, I was prepared with a specific list of products that I simply could not leave the convention centre without. One of those was the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette. For some reason, over the last few months, I have gotten very interested in brow products; more so than I ever have before. I know that a lot of people love the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering so I thought I would try this product out but in a colour a bit more suited to my hair.

Firstly, I really like the packaging. Like all MAC products, this one is sleek and efficient, looking lovely in my makeup bag. Plus, the slimness means that the tip of the pencil is very small which makes drawing little brow hairs a lot easier. The pencil is twist-up, as well, which is great because you don't have to waste any product with sharpening. What isn't great is that it's not retractable so once you wind it up, it's not coming back down! This is only a real problem if you're not aware of it before hand and wind it way too far up!

The product itself is lovely. The pigmentation is great and it's not too soft or too waxy for my super thick brows. I also really like the colour. I have quite dark, cool-tone brown brows such that a lot of brow pencils are much too red to look totally natural. This colour is great because it's a nice medium brown that creates shadow without making my brows look very heavy.

I've actually been loving this product so much that it appeared in my October Beauty Favourites last week. I've really enjoyed trying out a variety of brow products and so far the MAC Eyebrow Pencil has been one of the best ones.

xx Julia

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Underground

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

When my dad offered to pick me up some beauty products during his trip to America last month, I knew I had to get one of the much-raved-about Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils. After much deliberation and googled swatches, I settled on the colour Underground.

I have only ever heard good things about these eyeliners from all across the beauty community. They're waterproof and in their very name they claim to last 24/7. Plus they have such a fantastic range of colours and finishes that beats nearly every other makeup brand.

Underground in particular is described as a metallic taupe, which is very accurate. It has a shimmery finish that reflects the light very nicely around the eyes. I love taupe eyeliners because they add depth and make your eye stand out the same way that black does but in a much softer, more wearable way. The metallic finish also adds a bit extra for a night out look.

I've been wearing this on my waterline and while I love the way it applies and looks, it's definitely not budge-proof. At the end of the day there were zero remnants of the liner around my eye which I was a little disappointed about. Considering I can pay less than half the price in Australia for a Rimmel Scandel'Eyes liner that will last all day, I kind of expected more. That being said, I love the colour and the metallic sparkle so I still really like this liner.

I am happy with my first Urban Decay purchase and the colour range itself is enough to spark my interest in trying other shades in the future.

xx Julia

October Beauty Favourites!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

October has been a bit of a difficult favourites month for me as I haven't been trying many new products throughout. So, this'll be a bit of a recap of some of the old favourites that I've rediscovered this past month! But I do think October has been good for establishing beauty routines as I approach the uni exam period. You learn to put on makeup quick when you've over-slept from completing an assignment!

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 010 Fair - I've been using this powder in conjunction with the Nearly Naked Foundation for a while now because I just love the finish! It's a great colour match for me and leaves my skin looking very natural. This powder is particularly finely milled which I think helps create a smooth, matte surface on the skin, which I generally prefer. I've done a video demo of this product as well as a review that you can check out!

OPI Cajun Shrimp - After my Top Summer Nail Polishes post I couldn't get enough of bright colours on my nails! This is a particular favourite shade of mine because it's a great orange-red that stands out beautifully against pre-tan skin just as well as summer-tinted toes.

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black - This is easily one of the most raved about gel eyeliners amongst the beauty community because it's just such fantastic quality for a drugstore product! While I've never tried either, many people have compared this to the gel eyeliners from Bobbi Brown and MAC. I just love it because it's still creamy after a year of use and it lasts for ages! Definitely one of my favourite drugstore purchases.

Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Advanced Luminous Gel - This has been a very welcome addition to my skincare routine this month! It's a beautiful gel moisturiser that I like using day and night to keep my skin hydrated and ridiculously smooth! I will be very, very sad when I run out of this because I don't think I can afford a repurchase! For my more detailed thoughts, check out my review here.

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Dynasty at Dusk and Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked - As the weather starts getting very hot here in Sydney, I've just generally been reaching for more lip glosses. I love having something nice and shiny to catch the light during the summer! These two shades are the ones I've been grabbing most, especially the gorgeous Naked gloss (shame I only have a miniature!). Naked is a lovely natural gloss that isn't sticky at all, while Dynasty at Dusk does have some stick like most MAC lipglasses and a little bit of sparkle, as well.

MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette - I've gotten quite interested in eyebrow products in the last few months for some reason! This is one I picked up at IMATS in September and I've been really enjoying it. It's not waxy or soft which is what I look for in an eyebrow pencil and I think it's just the right shade that is darkens my brows without making them look heavy. The only problem I have with this product is it's not retractable! Why, MAC?!

So, that's been my past beauty month! What have you been loving recently?

xx Julia

Review: Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Advanced Luminous Gel

Thursday, 17 October 2013

I won this luxurious moisturising gel from another Australian beauty blogger named Julia and I'm so glad I did! I rarely splurge on makeup or skincare items so I was really excited to be given the opportunity to try something a little out of the ordinary.

The Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Advanced Luminous Gel is a "Powerful soothing moisturizing gel" to help "Emanate your radiance" for all skin types.

Organic peach and grape callus extracts with refreshing hydrating components creates a powerful activating gel that rejuvenates and instantly regenerates radiant youthful skin. Natural peach extracts give the skin more vitality and provides a natural barrier that protects the skin from environmental impurities leaving it feeling light, refreshed and glowing luminously.

I was incredibly excited when I opened this product because the packaging is just gorgeous! The white and gold are classic and the pearlescent finish on the jar is just marvellous. 

But then: the product. This jar contains 25g of a beautiful gel moisturiser that I have adored using. I apply it all over my face after I cleanse morning and night. It leaves my skin smoother than any other product I have ever used. It's like I don't even have pores! I have never experienced anything nicer on my dry skin and, let me tell you, applying makeup atop this moisturiser is like a dream!

It also smells really lovely with a fresh, fruity scent that makes it a bit different from your average skincare product. I can only imagine it comes from the peach and grape extract ingredients.

I have adored using the Advanced Luminous Gel and it will be a very sad day when this appears in one of my empties videos!

xx Julia

October Beauty Wishlist!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

As spring rapidly approaches, I can't help but desire a bit of a change from my regular beauty routine. Recently, these are the products that I've particularly had my eye on. If only money grew on trees!

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser - Absolutely everyone has been talking about and praising this moisturiser recently! It's supposed to be great for boosting radiance in the skin as well as providing hydration. It contains coffee beans for antioxidant anti-aging benefits and ginseng to stimulate the skin. Even with the AUD$44 price tag, I would love to give this product a try sometime soon.

Benefit TropiCoral Box Kit - This miniature collection has been available from Benefit for years but, seeing as I've never tried this brand before, I think these kits are a great way to test out a few different products that you know are going to work well together. Plus, coral is just the perfect colour for the summertime! Including miniatures of Cha Cha Tint and High Beam, a Coralista blush, and a Coralista lipgloss, this kit is a nice collection for AUD$42.

Moroccanoil Treatment - Who doesn't want flowing shiny locks while prancing through the summer sun?? I would certainly love to see what Moroccanoil could do for my wild curls as far as shine and general health goes. Many people say that oils are great for curly hair and I haven't heard a bad thing about this brand. So, if the Australian summer gods smile on me, I may be able to see past the hefty price and grab myself a bottle.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Waterproof Powder - Now, if you've ever sweated your way through an Australian summer, I'm sure you would understand how handy a waterproof powder would be! So, as the weather begins to warm, I'm leaning more and more towards this pressed powder from Maybelline. It mayn't be the most expensive product, but when you already have a few pressed powders sitting in your collection, can you truly justify it? I haven't been able to yet!

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion - After a long and sunless winter, there's nothing worse than putting on some more skin-exposing clothing to discover that you're whiter than a mouse! I've heard good things about this product and I always try to support local Australian companies, especially in the beauty world. Plus, it's only AUD$19.95 a tube, so why wouldn't you want to try it?

If only, if only! I suppose for now I'm just going to have to hold on to my dollars! But we'll see what the approaching sun brings.

What have you been lusting after in the beauty world recently? Any limited edition releases, or permanent classics that you just haven't gotten around to yet?

xx Julia

Review: Rimmel Scandel'Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 001 Nude

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Now, I am sure that you've heard about this product before, especially if you've spent any time amongst the online beauty community, but because I love mine so much, I thought I would make a post about it just in case! This product is, of course, the Rimmel Scandel'Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 001 Nude.

I think this eyeliner gets so much attention online because it is one of very few proper nude eyeliners sold in the drugstore. That makes it widely available and affordable, and, thus, popular. But even without all the hype, it's a great eyeliner!

It comes in a pencil form but the liner itself is so creamy and wonderful that it just doesn't compare to your stereotypical, scratchy pencil liner. The pigmentation is also great so there's no tugging at your eye with application and it lasts longer because you don't need as much product to get the same effect.

The best use of nude liners and what makes them so sought-after, is lining your waterline with them. Similar to how white liner used to be used, this brightens and widens the eye to make you look more awake and well-rested. Nude, though, is a much more natural shade than white so it doesn't look quite so stark or harsh on the waterline. This is great if you're a student and just spent all night finishing an assignment but don't want to look half asleep in class the next morning!

I honestly use this product every single day and it has become an irreplaceable part of my everyday makeup routine. Nothing compares to it for this price and I highly, highly recommend picking this liner up next time you're browsing the makeup aisles.

Even if you don't want a nude shade, the Scandel'Eyes range is fantastic. They have your traditional black and brown, but they also carry super fun colours like a light blue and a bright orange! Whatever you're looking for, this formulation is excellent.

xx Julia

Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Pressed Powder

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

I don't know about you, but I am always on the look out for a great new foundation and if I can get it from Priceline, even better! So, when I heard all the buzz from the Americans about Revlon's new range of foundation and powder, I was interested! I picked up the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Pressed Powder mainly because of the claim of how natural they look on the skin. With my fair and dry complexion, I appreciate a natural finish to my makeup.

Starting off, though, I was terribly disappointed that Revlon had released another foundation without a pump. It honestly doesn't make any sense! So much so that I put off buying it because I couldn't be bothered trying to pour out the right amount of product on the back of my hand every time I went to use it! These makeup companies need to pull themselves together if they think pump-less products are what the consumers want.

But otherwise, my first impressions of the foundation were that it was quite thin and runny, which was unexpected, but it was a great colour match for my skin. I purchased the shade 110 Ivory, which is the lightest of the shades offered. I was quite impressed just generally in the range of colours available with about 12 different ones at the Priceline I visited. They also had a nice mix of warm and cool tones, so I'm sure that most people would actually be able to find a close colour match in this foundation.

Upon application I was still pleased. This product blends really nicely into the skin and provides an even coverage. It is a light coverage, though. If you're looking for anything heavy duty to cover a lot of discolouration or something like that, then this is not the foundation for you.

However, strangely, after the first application, the Nearly Naked foundation has a sticky feeling on the skin, which makes applying a second layer or powder immediately quite difficult. This disappears once the product has set and dried. It has one of the most natural finishes that I've ever seen. It may border on dewy for oilier skin types but on my dry skin, this foundation had a nice, natural glow.

The Nearly Naked foundation also has a pretty good wear time in that it lasts on my skin without a primer for a good 6 hours. If you're doing a lot of physical activity then it probably won't last as long but for a day at uni or work, this foundation will be fine.

Now, as far as the pressed powder goes, I absolutely love it. I purchased the shade 010 Fair, which is the lightest in the range, as well. It is so beautifully and finely milled that it looks wonderfully natural on the skin and doesn't look cake-y or overdone. Over top the Nearly Naked foundation, it matte-ifies while also added the slightest bit more coverage. Out of the two products, I prefer the powder in that I can use it with multiple other foundations and it works just as well.

If you're interested in seeing how these two Revlon Nearly Naked products perform on the skin, I have filmed a demonstration and review of them both on my youtube channel.

Have you tried any of the new Revlon Nearly Naked products? What are your thoughts?

xx Julia

Top Nail Polishes for Summer!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

As the weather warms up, it's time to cycle out our winter wardrobes for a brighter colour selection to match the summer sun! Here's a compilation of my favourites nail polishes to flaunt between October and March:

Orly Terracotta - This is a gorgeous bright pink, bordering on neon, that looks great in summer. I've been wearing it for a number of years and the miniature is still powering on! I also have a complete review of the formulation from last summer here

OPI Cajun Shrimp - OPI is my favourite nail polish brand and this colour is pretty spectacular. It's a very bright red-orange-pink colour that I think puts a spicy twist on the classic red nail. If you can't get your hands on this shade in particular, OPI My Chihuahua Bites is almost exactly the same colour.

OPI On the Same Paige - I have been loving this colour for years and years! I've always loved a nice orange nail colour and this one strikes a great balance between brightness, creaminess, and richness. It's a beautiful colour if you're orange-obsessed like me!

China Glaze 721 Custom Kicks - This is one of the most unique colours in my collection. It's a lovely turquoise with the added effect of a golden shimmer. It reminds me of the blazing sun reflecting off the ocean; a perfect summer vision! I've reviewed this shade before here.

China Glaze 1040 Sweet Hook - I love this colour so much it appeared in my September favourites this year! It really is the perfect pastel purple which would look great with a tan! I've mentioned this polish a few times on this blog here!

OPI Bubble Bath - If you're looking for a colour that is a bit more classic and sophisticated then I would recommend this shade. It's a nice pale, natural pink that you can wear sheer or opaque depending on how many coats you apply. I love layering it with glitter as you can see here. It's quite a throwback shade for me, too, as it appeared in my first blog post!

So, those are my nail polish picks for this summer. I think it's a nice mix of brights and pastels! What kind of colours do you usually reach for when the sun comes out!

xx Julia

September Beauty Favourites!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

September has ended so it must be time for my monthly review of the products I've been using a whole lot of over the past few weeks. This September has brought a brightening up of my daily makeup routine with some lovely brightly coloured products ready to come out of hibernation!

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! Sunsheer Edition Eau de Parfum - If I had to have a reason for enjoying this warmer weather, being able to wear this perfume would be it! The sweet floral scent of this just suits  sun-kissed skin and summer time picnics in the park. I did a full review of this perfume here if you would like to hear more!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 110 Ivory - I've mostly been loving this foundation for the perfection of its colour match to my skin tone. It blends in perfectly and gives a lovely dewy-natural finish that looks great. I think it'll be a nice natural foundation for the coming summer.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Power in 010 Fair - I picked this up with the foundation and I must say that I have been loving it! It's very finely milled but it matte-ifies beautifully without looking cakey or heavy. Nobody likes packing on the makeup in the heat and humidity of an Australian summer so I'm looking forward to having this through those months!

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 235 Coral Twist - In my recent review of this product I wasn't super forgiving but in the last month I've given this product a second chance and it paid off! I think the colour is so bright and beautiful that I want to pair it with everything, plus the formulation is so thin it doesn't feel uncomfortable or thick on the lips. If you want to check out my review, head over here.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Sweet Hook - Last summer I absolutely adored this colour and nothing has changed this year! It's a beautiful soft, pastel purple that looks fantastic on the nails. With a tan, I can only see this colour getting better! Here are my thoughts from last summer, as well.

Inglot Freedom System Blush in 29 - I only bought this blush in the last week while I was at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show but it's so beautiful that it instantly shot into my monthly favourites! It is a lovely soft apricot-pink colour that gives the most gorgeous flushed look on your cheeks. It's wonderfully natural and I'm sure that I'm going to get a whole lot more use out of it over summer!

So, those are the products that I've been enjoying over the month of September! I will definitely be using and loving them all through summer. Have you been paying particular attention to any products recently?

xx Julia

Review: Maybelline the Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara in Blackest Black

Thursday, 12 September 2013

I'm always on the look-out for a new mascara to try out because they are all so very different and it can be fun to experiment with dramatic or natural lashes from time to time. Generally speaking, I'm also usually drawn to Maybelline mascaras for their wet formulas and innovative wands and cute packaging.

What I found particularly intriguing about the Mega Plush was the "Revolutionary Gel-Mousse Formula" which promised "Mega Volume" with "No Brittle Feel". I was also hoping that this mascara might prove better than my favourite the Falsies Black Drama in the smudge department. Though, I was a bit wary of the giant flexible wand with its sporadic bristles.

However, upon first use, it was love. This mascara is like none I've ever tried in that it coats every single lash and doesn't clump at all! Your lashes are perfectly separate but volumised and lengthened beautifully. This gives a dramatic look that still maintains an air of the natural which I adore. The true test was the wearing power. I wore this mascara all day [including a trip to the zoo] and there was no smudging, smearing, or flaking! It looked exactly the same as the moment I put it on. Plus, while it definitely feels like I'm wearing mascara, my eyelashes aren't stiff and irritating like they can be with other mascaras that I've tried.

Don't get me wrong, though, the wand is HUGE, easily covering the length of your eye. Unexpectedly, it also has a rather unique shape. It has three flat sides so that the bristles form a sort of tapered triangular prism which is lovely for the top lashes but makes getting the little bottom ones a bit of a challenge. It's also very flexible, as advertised, which I don't see as an advantage. The bend in the wand makes it hard to get a good grip on the lashes and coat completely from root to tip without covering your eyelid, as well. Then, there's the bristles themselves: I generally prefer plastic bristles because I feel they disperse product more effectively but this wand has very sporadic wire bristles which is simply something I'm not used to!

Even with such an unusual wand, though, I really love this mascara and I'm going to thoroughly enjoy using it as the weather warms up down here.

xx Julia

Review: Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

I was on the search for a new moisturiser that had real benefits for my skin but wasn't full of fake and harmful ingredients. That's when I came across the Pure & Natural line from the drugstore classic, Nivea. I hadn't tried a whole lot of products from Nivea before but I thought this would be a good place to try again!

The Moisturising Day Cream is formulated for normal to combination skin but I find it works quite well on my normal/dry skin. It's packaged in a small glass pot with a plastic screw top. It feels nice and substantial but glass is never great for travelling. I'm also pretty unfamiliar with pot moisturisers, generally buying squeeze bottles, but I suppose you get used to the products you have! Though, I like the 50mL size of the product.
The particular allure of the Pure & Natural line is that the products don't contain parabens, silicones, colourants or mineral oils. This makes the product more effective and better for your skin which is always a good thing! 95% of the ingredients come from natural origins including organic aloe vera and argan oil to sooth and moisturise the skin.

This is probably my favourite moisturiser that I've used in a while. It's a thick cream consistency that doesn't irritate any of the dry patches I have. Using it twice a day after cleansing my face, the Moisturising Day Cream leaves my skin nice and soft. It also has quite a nice smell; it's sweet and fresh at the same time.

xx Julia

Review: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub

Thursday, 5 September 2013

I'm always looking for more natural based skincare products in the drugstore so I was quite excited when Neutrogena released its new Naturals line. This line is fantastic because it doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, dyes, or phthalates. None of them have been tested on animals, either. The Purifying Pore Scrub contains 94% naturally derived ingredients and is package in post consumer recycled plastic.

The range is also pretty extensive, including a Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, Purifying Pore Scrub, Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturiser, Lip Balm, and Face and Body Bar.

I've reviewed the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover here if you're interested in reading more about that product.

Now, because the facial cleanser didn't have any sort of exfoliation, I decided to also pick up the Purifying Pore Scrub to use in conjunction with the cleanser.

So far, I'm not overly impressed by this product but it's not horrible. The consistency is quite thin and runny with a lot of very fine beads for exfoliating. The beads are so fine that this product is safe for everyday use but I prefer to use it about twice a week to keep my skin nice and smooth. 

While in use the product doesn't foam up at all but remains more of a thin gel consistency. It also has a strong green apple scent like the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover. I like the scent because it's quite refreshing and doesn't linger on the skin but be wary if you're sensitive to fragrance.

This is definitely a gentle product and you shouldn't expect any heavy duty exfoliating but if you want something for everyday use then this might be your kind of exfoliator. It's also great if you're usually sensitive to or try to avoid the harsh chemicals used in most drugstore skincare products. So far, I'm really glad Neutrogena has provided us with a more natural option!

xx Julia

August Beauty Favourites!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

This month I thought I might try something new and move my Favourites over to my blog as apposed to my usual video format. If you're unfamiliar with favourites, this is a list of a products that I've been using in the past month and really enjoying. It's a good way to find out about new products and even tried-and-true favourites, as well. So, without further adieu, I'll just jump right in!

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in 575 Delightful and Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24hr Eyeshadow in 70 Barely Branded -
This has easily been my most reached-for eye look this past month. It's super easy and goes with absolutely everything! I like to sweep a thin layer of Barely Branded across the whole lid with my finger for a base. Then, I pat the light pink shadow across the top of that and finish with the dark brown shade in the crease and along my bottom lash line. The Color Tattoo helps everything last all day, though it can crease with much extended wear. I have a more comprehensive review of this product here. This Revlon quad is also a nice collection of neutrals but I wish the brown and yellow/gold shades didn't have such chunky glitter in them.

Maybelline the Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara in Blackest Black and Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner -
I've obviously been quite the fan of Maybelline eye products recently! Firstly, I'll just say that I've only been using Mega Plush Mascara for two days and it instantly ranked in my monthly favourites. I bought it to see if the "gel-mousse formula" would be better and resisting smudging than my beloved the Falsies in Black Drama. It does this and so much more! I will do a more thorough review soon but just know that the wand is huge, the product is clump free, and it separates like a dream!

My relationship with the Master Precise Liquid Liner, though, has been a completely different story! Of course I bought it because of all the hype and praise it's received amongst the beauty community but I was really disappointed when I first tried it for myself. I found the brush way too thin and hard to negotiate evenly over my lash line. I just generally really struggled to make this liner work well for me. That is, until this month when I finally figured out how to use it properly! I don't know what I was doing before but I'm so glad I don't anymore. This liner is now super easy and quick with a lovely black pigmentation. I can understand the love now!

Viktor&Rolf FlowerBomb Eau de Parfum (miniature) and Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream -
This Viktor&Rolf perfume is one of my all time favourite scents but it is so incredibly expensive! Luckily, I have amazing relatives who buy me miniature perfumes for gifts! I've had this mini bottle of FlowerBomb since last year but I've only gotten into using it regularly this past month. It's a very sophisticated, musky-floral scent which I absolutely adore! I love wearing it when going out at night but it also suits day time wear.

I've spoken about this Nivea moisturiser before in my videos but it's made a return in these monthly favourites! It's a thick cream that I use after cleansing on my skin morning and night. It smells really nice and sweet and it leaves my skin feeling softer than any other moisturiser has made it feel before. I really love this product and will probably continue to repurchase it!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in 001 Honey and 030 Smitten -
Another product I bought because of the hype! I know I am the last person to talk about these but aren't you glad I finally have? I bought these two in a Priceline sale this past month and have been loving their staining power! I couldn't believe how well these lived up to my expectations after months of people raving all across the internet about them. Honey is a very neutral pink that almost matches my lips' natural colour but adds a nice bit of sparkle. Smitten is a lovely bright fuchsia colour which I've been loving in the colder weather. You can see my full review of these products here.

So, there you go! Those are all the products I've been using a lot of and enjoying in the month of August. A few of them were old favourites but I stumbled across some new and exciting products, as well. Let me know what you think of my doing Favourites posts here instead of in a video from now on. I think this is easier for getting information to you effectively and quickly.

Have you tried some new products and loved them recently? Or did you rediscover something in your collection that you've pulled out again?

xx Julia

Review: Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in 235 Coral Twist

Thursday, 29 August 2013

It seems like everyone has been coming out with lip crayons recently! This is the newest release from Covergirl, the Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. They're advertised as much the same, an easy to apply lip-crayon product.

These ones, however, are said to have "soft shine without the sticky feeling". Instead of a lipstick-like product, Covergirl has released these as closer to a lipgloss in formulation.

I've heard quite a few good reviews of this product from American beauty bloggers so when I saw them in Priceline, and when I saw the price, I thought I should definitely try them out for myself. The Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms are AUD$12.95 compared to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains [AUD$17.95] and the new Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons [AUD$15]. I also really loved this colour, Coral Twist. It's a bright pink-coral colour which I think will be gorgeous in the warmer months!

Since trying this product out, though, I'm pretty glad I only picked up one. It's not the most pigmented on the lips and, as it wears, it does tend to settle into fine lines. I still love the colour but I wish it was a more consistent colour payoff. Though, I will say that it is glossy and, on first application, the product feels nice on the lips. It's an alright lip product but I'm a bit disappointed.

Perhaps there's a way I could make the my Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm work so I'll definitely play around with it a bit more.

Have you tried this recent addition to the lip crayon craze? What was your experience like?

xx Julia