June Makeup Haul

Friday, 27 June 2014

Here are a few bits and pieces I've picked up from some sales and splurges over the last week or so that I thought I would share with you!

I am a huge fan of John Frieda Frizz-Ease products so I grabbed the Unwind Curls Calming Cream on sale from Priceline to give a go. I'd love to try their new hair oils, as well, but that'll have to wait for another haul!

The 40% Revlon at Priceline certainly caught my eye the other day. I grabbed the PhotoReady Perfecting Primer because I've heard great things from other beauty bloggers. I'm excited to give another silicon primer a go as I'm nearly finished with the Garnier Perfect Blur. I also grabbed a new product, the Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow. This is the first highlighter I've really tried and I'm quite excited about the shimmery pink glow it gives. I'll let you know what I think in a future review, if you're interested! The last thing I picked up at Priceline was a standard Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara. This isn't the best brow gel on the market but it is the cheapest and sometimes that's enough!

Then I had a sneaky look into Mecca Cosmetica at the Stila counter. Estee from essiebutton has been talking about navy eyeliner and I just had to give it a go! I decided on the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Indigo. I've already used this a few times and really love how it looks. It's just something a bit different from the every day black liner. I've been interested in the Convertible Colors for a little while now and decided to get Poppy after another mention from Estee. She's had quite an impact on my makeup routine this past month! This is a rather lovely red colour that I think will give a natural flush to the cheeks over the winter months.

So, that's what I've picked up recently! If you want any more information or a review of any of these products, just let me know.

xx Julia

Lip Product Addict Tag

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

I've seen this tag floating around Youtube and the bloggersphere and, seeing as I definitely qualify as a lip product addict, I thought it would be fun to do!

Question One - Favourite balm/treatment?

I love the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms, especially the Baby Lips Loves Colour collection. They keep my lips hydrated and soft while adding a hint of colour, which I love.

Question Two - Best Eye-Catching Red?

I definitely have to go with MAC Russian Red. This is the most classic red colour that makes me feel like million dollars every time I wear it. With the matte finish, once this baby sets it doesn't move which makes it perfect to wear on special occasions when you don't want to be worrying about what your lipstick looks like. This is one of my most recommended lip products, for sure.

Question Three - Best Luxury & Best Drugstore?

For best luxury I've picked the Cargo Essential Lip Colour in Sedona. The super bright orange-red of this lipstick is absolutely gorgeous and one of my all time favourites. I feel like not enough people know about this lipstick range but they are super pigmented semi-matte products in a beautiful range of brights and neutrals.

For best drugstore I'm going with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sao Paulo. These lip creams are very easy to wear with the lightest consistency it feels like you're not wearing anything! This is my favourite everyday deep pink from the line that I love in the winter time.

Question Four - Best MAC lipstick?

This one is easy: MAC Plumful. It's my favourite lipstick of all time. The light plum colour is gorgeous for everyday wear and the Lustre finish makes it so easy to sweep on and touch up throughout the day.

Question Five - The most disappointing?

Here I'm going with the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. I think this could be such a lovely soft peachy shade to sweep on throughout summer especially but there just isn't any colour! If anything shows up in swatches, it just doesn't transfer to the lips which makes this a pretty disappointing product.

Question Six - Liner: yes or no?

I hardly wear liner at all because I honestly just forget. I'm not a fan of adding that extra step to my makeup routine that I then have to maintain on every reapplication throughout the day. That being said: I want to start looking into lip liners a bit more and trying some better quality ones because I know when you take the time, they can make a difference in the appearance and wear of your lip products.

Question Seven - Best gloss?

I cheated and picked two for this one. I'm a huge fan of the NYX Butter Glosses and I adore this one in Peach Cobbler. They have such a lot of colour to them without being sticky and they smell amazing!

I also really like the Revlon Super Lustrous Glosses of which I have a fair few. They're not sticky or slippery and they add a nice bit of shine and sparkle to your lips. One of my favourites is Pango Peach.

Question Eight - Something extra

A lip combination that I've been really liking as we head into winter is the C-II lipstick in Rebel and the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Berry Allure. This C-II lipstick is a near perfect dupe for MAC Revel (hence the name) which my friend picked up for me recently. It is a beautiful colour that I like adding Berry Allure to to give a bit of shine.

Are you a lip product junkie? What are your answers to these questions?

xx Julia

Everyday Eye | one

Friday, 20 June 2014

Inspired by the "What's on my face" posts of other beauty bloggers, I thought I would share some of the products that I've been spending a lot of time with recently in an Everyday Eye. These are simple products that work well together and have been inducing me to reach for them over anything else.

Maybelline Big Eyes Eyeshadow Quad in Luminous Browns -
I was so thoroughly impressed when I swatched this in Priceline that I instantly picked it up. A wonderful mixture of satin/shimmery finish shadows to create the perfect natural eye with a hint of orange.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara -
I'm the type of person that only ever has one mascara open at a time and this just happens to be the one at the moment. I'm honestly not wowed by it and it tends to smudge under my eyes the longer I have it on. Not a huge fan but it's what I've been using recently!

Nutrimetics Birds of Paradise Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Duo -
A set of these was gifted to me a number of Christmases ago and I've really only just started to use them. In particular I've been putting this light, sparkly pink across my lid as a neutral base every day. I don't think this is the best product I've used and I wouldn't repurchase it but it gets the job done!

Rimmel Scandel'Eyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Nude -
A holy grail product here, my favourite nude eyeliner. It lasts all day in my waterline to brighten and widen my eyes like nothing else. Mine's looking a bit worse for wear but it'll be an instant repurchase, I love it that much.

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black -
This little guy lay neglected in my makeup draw for quite some time before I decided to pull him out before he dries up. This is a classic black gel liner that I like to apply with a liner brush (Sigma E05 to be exact). It lasts all day and is the blackest liner in my collection.

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer -
I got this little guy with my Lorac Pro Palette and really haven't used it until now. The few times I tried it before, I didn't think it did anything for the longevity of my shadows and in some cases made them crease! But combined with the Nutrimetics Eyeshadow base, this works a treat.

So, there you have it! The products I've been using a lot to create my Everyday Eye. Below are some swatches:

Top-Bottom: Maybelline Big Eyes Eyeshadow Quad, Rimmel Scandel'Eyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, Nutrimetics Birds of Paradise Eyeshadow crayon

What products have you been reaching for recently?

xx Julia

Battle of the Brushes | Sigma v Furless

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I feel like I'm not the only one when I say I'm always on the look out for the perfect brush to add to my collection. Whether I want something versatile or specific, I'm constantly comparing between brushes and brands because, when you're a student like me, you so rarely have the luxury of buying both.

A few months ago I bought into the hype of Sigma brushes and, while I'm eternally cringing at the price of Australian shipping, I've been overall happy with my purchases. At the same time, very early in my blogging career I came across Furless Cosmetics, a vegan, cruelty-free and Australian owned brush and cosmetics company which just ticks all the right boxes. In order to help you decide, I've compiled some similar brushes to compare and offer you my verdict on the best brushes between Sigma and Furless.

Sigma Large Shader E60 v Furless Bamboo Concealer Brush -

While I expected these to be quite similar when ordering, it's pretty obvious with them lying next to each other that they are very different brushes. The E60 (top) has wider, thicker, taller, and more tapered hairs. The Bamboo Concealer (bottom) is very thin, rounded, and easily the stiffest brush I have in my collection.

Both brushes are great for packing on colour when applying eyeshadow and I love how the E60 covers a lot of lid space in a short period of time.

Sigma Eye Shading E55 v Furless Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush -

Unlike the previous brushes, these two are almost identical in shape. If I had to pick a difference I would say the Black Beauty (bottom) is a bit thicker and fluffier than the E55 (top).

I use both of these brushes all the time for applying eyeshadow all across the lid. The Black Beauty is incredibly soft and picks up powder a bit better than the E55. I generally find the Sigma eye brushes scratchy at times and they shed like no other. (You might be able to see in the photo a loose hair on the E55 if you look closely.)

Sigma Small Angled E65 v Furless Bamboo Small Angled Brush -

A really good angled brush for eyeliner or eyebrow application is sometimes hard to come by as they can be too flexible, too sparse, too thick, etc. These two are great, though, both stiff and thin and great to use.

While the hairs are the same height, the Bamboo Small Angled is wider and thinner. The E65, though, is stiffer and maintains its shape better as the hairs on the Furless one tend to separate.

Overview -

As you can see, for as many similarities these brushes have there are also a lot of differences. Based on individual brushes, Sigma wins this round with the E60 and E65. But there are other factors to consider when purchasing from different brands.

Furless is cruelty-free and vegan, which is a major plus in my book, and their bamboo range are particularly environmentally sustainable. They're also Australian owned which allows me to support a local business and avoid the horrendous international shipping charges of other brands.

Sigma is a global favourite but without a base in Australia, you're going to have to make quite a purchase to make the postage worth it. I also find their brushes as a whole to be scratchier and to shed more than any other brand I own.

For future brush purchases, I would have to go with Furless as the overall quality is higher for the amount that I'm paying for them.

If you want to purchase any of the brushes mentioned here or have a look at the brands' other collections then you can view the Sigma website here or view the Furless site here (this is an affiliate Furless link but, if you would prefer, this one is not).

What do you think? Do you prefer Sigma or Furless?

xx Julia

Haul | Aesop Skincare

Friday, 13 June 2014

Recently, I've been on a real skincare kick and have been looking to invest in some products to help me combat how awfully dry my skin has been. I recently received some products from Aesop and they got me interested in trying some more. Finding out they were a Melbourne-based company sealed the deal! After scouring their website for a few weeks, these are the products I decided to pick up.

Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser

This is described as, "Water-soluble, non-foaming cream cleanser enhanced with White Clay for normal to dry skin and ideal for frequent travellers. Gently and effortlessly removes makeup and impurities."

Knowing that my skin prefers cream cleansers, it wasn't hard to choose this one over Aesop's other gel products. The Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser contains lavender stem, white clay, and chamomile bud. You can absolutely smell the lavender and chamomile when using this!

Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

Aesop describes it as, "A mild and refined cleansing exfoliant paste to remove impurities and refresh the skin. Suits most skin types." It contains fine quartz, rosemary leaf, and lactic acid.

I like using this just to freshen my skin up a bit and take a moment to relax (usually on a Monday night). At first I was a little concerned about rubbing quartz on my skin but the particles are very fine and don't feel like they're scratching or irritating my skin at all.

Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

Probably the hardest decision for my skin was the moisturisers. I didn't want one too heavy to use during the day or too light that it wouldn't provide the needed moisture. I decided on this one when the woman at the counter said it gave a dewier finish to the skin than the other moisturisers.

It's described as, "Daily moisturising cream for normal to dry or stressed skin. Use this vitamin-rich, readily absorbed cream for immediate and significant hydration after cleansing." It contains sage leaf, rosemary leaf, and lavender stem.

It is quite a thick moisturiser but it absorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves the loveliest dewy, soft finish that makes my skin feel hydrated and healthy. I am thoroughly impressed with this moisturiser and can't wait to keep using it and seeing the effect is has on my skin.

I'm really enjoying these products so far and am excited to try some more from Aesop as I learn more about higher-end skincare. One thing I'll say is they all have a very strong herbal scent depending on the ingredients that lingers on the skin. I've heard that some people find that off-putting but I think it's very relaxing, especially when getting unwinding at the end of the day. Perhaps just give the products a smell first before you purchase to make sure it's not something that'll worry you.

xx Julia

Review | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

I was eyeing these blushes as soon as the American beauty bloggers started talking about them. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are just the most beautiful marbled powders with a mixture of a highly pigmented colour and one of their much-raved-about Ambient Lighting powders. The one that stood out the most and had me waiting months to snatch up was Diffused Heat.

Diffused Heat is a pink-coral marbled with a very light champagne colour. When mixed together it gives a wonderful pinky blush colour that just brightens up the face like nothing else. What I love about these products is they are so fine that when applied they need almost no blending. It looks as though you really are blushing with a natural, healthy, glowing flush. This shade also has some glitter to add a bit of sparkle but I wouldn't say it stands out on the cheeks.

I am completely smitten and will more than likely be returning to Mecca Cosmetica to pick up another shade or two. If it wasn't for the hefty price tag, I'd have them all right now!

xx Julia