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