Review | Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Last month Revlon launched a whole new collection of cheek products including three new cream blushes and three highlighting palettes. I've just began dipping into highlighters, trying to add some life to my wintery dry skin. So, I decided to pick up the pink-toned palette of the three and bought Rose Glow.

The palette contains five strips of shimmery powder reminiscent of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks. Rose Glow ranges in shades from a pink-champagne, to a true pink, to a rosy-bronze. Three strips contain glitter and the other two have a more satin finish.

As expected from a sparkly drugstore product, this highlighter contains a lot of glitter which will appear somewhat. I do love, though, the added satin shades that give a more natural sheen and spread the glitter better across the cheeks.

It's super easy to apply with a brush and a light hand across the high points of your face. I prefer to keep it to the top of the cheekbones because of the glitter but it's up to you! I also like that you can customise the colour a bit by concentrating your brush in the lighter side, the bronzer side, or swirling them all together.

There aren't a whole of comparable products to this one available in the drugstore and I think that's what makes this one a stand out. I've been enjoying using this to add a bit of sparkle and life to my skin and am considering purchasing the bronze palette for the warmer months.

xx Julia

Review | Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo

Friday, 11 July 2014

I feel like I've just been talking non-stop about this product on my blog recently but that's because it's just been exactly what I needed to perk my makeup wardrobe up after a few weeks of a slump.

This is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in the shade Indigo. I'd heard of these liners well before Estee from essiebutton started raving about her navy eyeliner craze but seeing her rocking it was enough for me to want to give it a go!

Firstly, I'll say I love the colour. It's deep and dark enough to define the eyes but enough of a not-black colour to really pop and add some interest. I don't know why it took me so long to start using blue liner but I am so glad the day has come!

I've been using it for a few weeks and, I must say, I'm still finding the applicator a bit tricky to figure out. I'm probably just far too used to the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner which makes application so incredibly easy that I think all liners will be the same. Unfortunately, they are not. The Stila liner tip is very stiff felt which makes it difficult to shape to the lash line. Also, the product doesn't flow evenly and often doesn't flow into the tip at all making precision application almost impossible at times. I'm trying to work around it but if you have any tips, please share them with me!

Even with the difficulty in application, the colour and the fact that it really does last all day is enough for me. For my first Stila product, I'm quite happy!

xx Julia

Best Everyday Drugstore Eyeshadow Quads

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I've tried and tested many a drugstore eyeshadow quad in my day and, to be honest, have been thoroughly disappointed by most. I'm sure that's true of most bargain beauty lovers so I thought I'd round up some standouts of the best everyday drugstore quads that I've tried.

Maybelline Big Eyes Eyeshadow Quad in Luminous Brown -

This is the newest edition quad to my collection and is by far my favourite. Released in the last few months, I was thoroughly surprised swatching this in store by the pigmentation of the shadows. You can actually see the colour! This is also a really nice collection of neutrals with an orange to add a pop of colour, particularly appropriate in the cooler autumn and winter. Perhaps the only let down is these shades are all shimmer shades, so if you're someone who loves a matte crease, you'll need to find an accompanying shadow for this quad.

Covergirl Eye Enhancers Quad in Country Woods -

The sheerest of the three, this is your stock standard eyeshadow quad. A collection of sheer, natural, neutral shades that just add a bit of dimension to the lid. If you don't like a heavy eye or a lot of pigmentation in the day to day, then this is one to look to. I would love a bit more distinction between the shades and they're all shimmer/satin finishes but the ivory is one of my favourite inner corner highlights, so you win some, you lose some.

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Delightful -

This line of eyeshadow quads seems to be a standard in everyone's beauty collections, we all have at least one! They come in a wonderful away of colour combinations that all work quite well together to make a complete eye look in one quad. I have the shade Delightful which includes a matte ivory highlight, shimmery pink lid shade, very glittery gold/yellow, and a glittery dark brown. Unfortunately the glitter in this palette makes itself into a real pain so I hardly touch the gold shade but with the pink across the lid and the brown in the crease, you have a really simple everyday eye. You can probably tell it's a staple because I've made such divots in both pans! Generally speaking, these quads are the most hit and miss but the colours go so well together that it's almost worth the risk.

What brands do you look to for eyeshadow at the drugstore?

xx Julia

July Empties

Friday, 4 July 2014

Another empties post! This is where I walk you through all the products I've used up in the past month (sometimes more) and let you know what I thought or whether I would repurchase a product.

Skincare -

Dettol Healthy Touch Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera - 
There's not a whole lot to say about this one. I carry a little hand sanitizer in my bag all the time to keep things hygienic, especially when I'm eating in public or something like that. I've got another scent currently on the go but I'd repurchase either version.

Marc Jacobs Honey Shower Gel - 
This little guy came in a gift set with the perfume and a lotion over the holiday period. I love the scent but this gel didn't foam very well and probably isn't for sale individually anyway!

Swisspers Make-up Pads - 
I use these every day to remove my makeup and really like them because they have quilted edges which means they don't shed fibres or cotton all over the place. I've always used them and will definitely pick up some more.

Garnier Anti-Shine Cleansing Gel - 
I purchased this when my skin was undergoing a congested phase in the hopes that this would help clear that up. I don't think it contributed too much to clearing my blemishes and it definitely dried out my skin so I won't be repurchasing. (Review)

Aesop B&Tea Balancing Toner and Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum Sachets - 
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed these products and thought they felt really lovely on my skin. I don't usually consider purchasing products after these kind of sachet samples but I'll definitely think about these two.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser - 
I purchased this just as a product to travel with over summer but after using it all up, I won't be repurchasing. It just didn't provide enough moisture for my skin and that makes it not worth it.

Haircare -

Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner -
I quite like Tresemme products on my hair and this was a nice one that left everything soft, smooth, and easy to manage. I have heaps of haircare to get through but I would look to this as a bargain purchase again.

Pantene Pro-V Intense Smoothening Leave on Creme -
This has been my holy grail hair product for many years and that's why it appears in every single one of my empties posts. It just does exactly what I want when styling my hair and for that I will continue to repurchase it.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Everyday Shampoo -
This was one of those products that I found in my cupboards and decided you use up. I didn't enjoy the process with its incredibly strong scent and lack of any real lather (it's sulphate-free). I just didn't feel like I was cleaning my hair so I wouldn't buy this again.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Rehydrate Intense Conditioner -
I used this every couple of days as a normal conditioner on my hair and loved how soft and smooth it was afterwards. I love pretty much everything from the John Frieda Frizz-Ease range! Thoroughly enjoyed this product and would repurchase it.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined Styling Gel -
I like this product for the definition and shine it gives my hair without and crunchiness. I would repurchase it more often but the tube is quite small for its price so I tend to pick other styling products instead.

Makeup -

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette -
This must be a historic moment because I have not finished a perfume in years! This is one I reached for daily as an easy, light, floral scent that suited pretty much every occasion. I enjoyed using it but there are so many perfumes out there that I can't imagine myself purchasing this one again.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation -
I feel like I used this foundation up quite quickly. That may be because the lack of a pump made it pretty easy to over pour! It provided a nice medium coverage that saw me through summer but it's quite an expensive foundation from the drugstore so I'll probably shop around before considering picking this one up again. (Review)

L'Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation Sachet -
This shade was far, far too dark for me but the line of this product runs incredibly dark anyway so that wasn't a surprise. I had already purchased the full-size before I received this sample so it didn't do a whole lot of good besides confirming I am definitely the lightest shade! (Review)

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Sample -
I've been eyeing this product in Mecca Cosmetica for far too long so when I made a recent purchase, I asked for a sample. I am absolutely in love! Now I just need to save up a few dollars to purchase the full size!

Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara -
This is a constant repurchase for me because, while it may not be the best gel on the market, it certainly is the cheapest and sometimes that's enough! (Review)

That's what I've used up! Have you finished anything up recently?

xx Julia

June Beauty Favourites

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Another month has passed us by! June in particular seems to have flown by but I've picked up a few beauty products recently that I've been absolutely loving and I want to tell you about them!

I feel like I'm constantly trying a million different hair products all the time, on a constant search for my holy grail hair routine combination. This month I picked up the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Unwind Curls Calming Creme and it's perfect. It's a leave-in conditioner that I apply to towel-dried hair when I'm styling my hair at the beginning of that day. It keeps everything soft, smooth, frizz-free, and defined. I really love it! Only downside is the price, but that's something I'll learn to live with, I'm sure.

After a bit of a Aesop splurge last month, I've found two products that I've really enjoyed using throughout June. The Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream is easily the best moisturiser I have ever used. It's thick and creamy but absorbs very quickly and leaving my skin feeling so hydrated! There's no tightness or irritation and the hydration lasts throughout the day. I apply this morning and night after cleansing. I've also loved using the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste about once or twice a week to keep my skin smooth and free of dead-skin-dryness. I was a bit hesitant at first as it contains finely ground quartz but this is a great product for clearing out pores and keeping everything looking fresh.

In June I decided to mix my eyeliner up a bit by rediscovering a love for my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner. I seriously forgot how easy this is to apply and how very black it is! But for when I'm feeling particularly adventurous, I grab my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo. I picked this up at a recommendation from Essie or essiebutton and I love it! It's dark enough to define the eyes but adds a bit of a quirky difference that keeps your everyday makeup fun and new.

Lastly, my cheeks have had fun this past month swapping between my two favourite blush products. The gorgeous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat (review) has gotten plenty of attention online and for good reason! The beautiful peachy-shimmery glow it gives your cheeks is like nothing else. I've also fallen in love with the Stila Convertible Colour in Poppy. This blends like an absolute dream and gives such a natural flushed look which works beautifully in this chilly winter weather. I'll get a lot of use out of this in these coming months.

What have you been loving recently?

xx Julia