Saturday, 18 February 2017

EYE SHADE IT BRONZE EYE PALETTE

I recently spotted this palette whilst browsing in Sportsgirl and it instantly reminded me of the Kylie Jenner eyeshadow palettes - except way, way cheaper if you're in Australia. I debated whether to get it, did I need it - but of course like all beauty enthusiasts the answer is always Yes. I'm was always a bit wary of cosmetic lines from clothing retailers, but H&M and Topshop changed my opinion on this and I now think they offer some great, affordable products for all budgets, you just need to do some research and swatching to find what's a hit and a miss!

This palette contains a lovely mixture of matte and shimmers, all of the shades are complimentary for green eyes and have warm and cool shades, the eyeshadows are highly pigmented, easy to blend and last really well although I always used an eyeshadow primer as I have oily lids. I've been so impressed with this palette, the colours are so wearable and have a nice shade range to create day or night looks. For $19.95 this was a total STEAL. None of the shimmery shades have chunky glitter or fall out, they're all buttery and smooth and can be intensified by spraying your brush with Fix+ or a water before applying.  

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  • AFFORDABLE
  • PIGMENTED
  • EASY TO BLEND
  • COMPLEMENTARY SHADES 
  • INTENSIFIES GREEN EYES

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

First Aid Beauty // Mattifying Oil-Free Gel Review


FIRST AID BEAUTY oil-free mattifying gel - $29.80

This oil free mattifying gel claims to hydrate the skin, regulate oil production and tone the skin. Since purchasing this product, I use it as my day and night moisturiser. In the morning, I'll wake up, wash my face and apply this, followed by the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, for some soft focus blur and SPF. These two make your skin look beautiful and it makes for an equally lovely base before make up. First Aid Beauty claim this moisturiser also visably reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Do I agree with this? Yes. When you first apply this it feels luxurious and moisturising but not heavy, then when it dries down, it leaves you with a satin/matte skin and my skin looks plumped and tightened. It's a really beautiful moisturiser, which is why I've been using it for everything and have since run out and ordered my second tube. The packaging makes it travel friendly and really easy to dispense the amount you need. 
In terms of oil control, I definitely see a reduced amount of shine on my skin when I use this and when I use it prior to make up, it helps prolong the wear. It doesn't keep me matte from 8am - 10pm, especially in such a hot, humid country, but I don't think anything would! For such an affordable price, I highly rate this product if you have oily/combination skin. You can find First Aid Beauty products in Selfridges, or on Beauty Bay which offer free shipping on most orders.

Have you ever used any products from First Aid Beauty before? If so, what was your favourite product?

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

SEPHORA and MECCA MAXIMA // BEAUTY HAUL


 I definitely don't go make up shopping as often in Australia as I did in the UK. Prices out here are pretty steep when it comes to cosmetics and where me and my boyfriend live doesn't have any department stores - so no Mac, no Estee Lauder, no Dior.. So for a birthday treat my mum sent me over some money to buy some new make up and I got Adam to drive me all the way to Sephora and Mecca Maxima. Here's a little look at what ended up in my shopping bag and if you want any of the products reviewed, let me know in the comment section below.

KAT VON D Shade and Light Contour Palette
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow 
Alpha H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Resurfacing Mask
Sephora The One Mascara 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Palette in Sundipped
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
La Vanilla Perfume
Sephora Contour and Highlight Stick
Sephora Algae Eye Mask
Sephora Eye Kohl in Nude
Sephora Handbag Fragrance in Mango 

Monday, 30 January 2017

THE SUNDAY SUSTAINABLE BAKERY


On the Menu
Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll
Spinach and Ricotta Parcel
Praline Cheesecake
Almond and Chocolate Croissant
Smoked Cola

If you've followed me on Instagram or my blog for a while now, you'll already know me and my boyfriend Adam are HUGE foodies. Adam and I have both worked in hospitality, as a chef, waiter, assistant manager and bartender and it's been a shared love of ours since we started dating.
I blogged a while back about our favourite restaurant in Byron Bay - Republik. This, to our huge despair closed down, but in its place - The Sunday Sustainable Bakery arrived. Everything here is made from scratch, they source locally where possible, organic ingredients and all their food is just so delicious. Their individual pecan pies are so delicious, they leave you craving another and their pork and fennel sausage rolls are full of flavour with crumbling pastry and they also serve some pretty tasty coffee. If you want to find it, it's on Jonson Street and you wont regret a visit. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Benefit's Brow Collection

** I WAS GIFTED ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS FOR REVIEW

Benefit have always been a company that has been so generous towards me. They have always supplied me with their latest releases, so I could share them with you all and I am so grateful. Their new brow range landed at my family home in the UK and my mum forwarded them to me in Australia, so they've had a long journey, but I've finally got my hands on them and I've been trialling them the last few weeks.
The Ka-Brow, is an intensely pigmented brow pomade, then comes with a hidden, fine synthetic brush, to make it easy to fake those hair strokes. The pomade is creamy and pigmented, making it so easy to work with but it sets after a few minutes and stays in place all day long. I like to layer the Gimme Brow on top, to add some texture to my eyebrows. This has small fibres in that cling to your brow hairs and make them look thicker.
The Goof Proof brow pencil, has a spooly on one end, which is brow necessity, and a creamy pencil on the other, it's a little thicker than the one I usually use, but it makes it such a fast process doing your brows. I prefer to use this when I want natural, softer looking eyebrows. If you're a fan of finer pencils, they've recently released a Precisely My Brow eyebrow pencil with a finer tip.
 Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow primer is the last of the products I was sent to try and this is almost like a brow gel. It sets hairs in place and works well with powder layered on top.

My top pick? The Ka-Brow eyebrow pomade which has a built in brush.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

New In Beauty // candle co byron bay

In Byron there's one shop that makes my little beauty lover heart flutter and that's the Candle Company. A cute little shop hidden away in the arcade off one of the main roads, which is full of oils, candles, skin care and make up. Higher end make up, make up flown over from America, exciting new brands, the hottest products.. Ah. I let myself browse in there once every 6-8 weeks, to see what's new in and the girls are always so helpful and friendly, never pushy and always throw in free samples, or sometimes even free products. They remember you by name, and even know my boyfriend Adam who I drag around there reguarly in case I run out of space to swatch products on my own hand, or if I can't decide between scents. He loves it. Really.
 These are the goodies I picked up from my most recent browse and I'm so happy with all of them. Let me know if you want any swatches and if you're in Byron, go have a look and say Hi to the girls in there!

- ESSENTIALS, all essentials, of course. -

KYLIE jenner lip kit in Dolce K
BEAUTY blender sponge
MODEL rock cosmetics liquid lipstick
COLOURPOP lipliner in BFF2
SMASHBOX halo highligting perfecting powder bronzer
SHANGHI suzy lipstick in Baby Lavender
BECCA highlighter in Moonstone