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

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Arnhem Byron Bay / Willow Lace Bodysuit & Maple Maxi Skirt

Born into a gypsy lifestyle of colour and beauty, flower child Arnhem Bickley spent her early years travelling around Australia and the world with her hippy parents. Drifting through different communities and festivals and living in teepees with no electricity or running water, a heightened sense of creativity emerged in young Arnhem, who began sewing clothing for her dolls at the age of four.

This bohemian spirit flows into every piece of Arnhem Clothing. Her range is characterized by distinctive, custom signature prints of vintage-inspired floral, tribal and earthy designs, heavily influenced by the wilderness and beauty of her home in Byron Bay.

Arnhem creates elegant pieces with an effortlessly feminine yet playful style. All Arnhem Clothing has that one off feel about it, with nothing mass-produced.

Arnhem Clothing has quickly grown to become one of Byron Bay’s iconic fashion labels, with celebrity fans including Isabel Lucas and the Veronicas. Arnhem has amassed a huge following around the world …..and we’re just getting started.


WILLOW LACE BODYSUIT - PEACOCK AND WHITE - $20 

 Arnhem is a Byron Bay based label, they're not mass produced and always have a simplistic beauty to them. Whether it's the material, the unique patterns, the detailing on their lace items or just the cut of the clothing themselves, they design and make really gorgeous clothing. I'm late on the bandwagon with Arnhem and only recently discovered their range when my friend Zoe told me about their sale and I picked up a few pieces. If you've not heard of the brand before either, now is the perfect time as their sale is still on and there's heaps of bargains to be found! They do ship worldwide, it is a little pricey - around £15 but the clothing is beautiful and if you snag something in the sale, you'll of saved money even with the cost of postage!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

THE LIGHTHOUSE VIEW / Hawkers Co

ADAM IS WEARING:
SUNGLASSES - HAWKERS CO MATTE CARBON SUNNIES $49
JUMPER * local brand - AFENDS

One of my favourite spots in Byron, and my favourite person in the world - enjoy the view.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Texturise your hair with Charles Worthington

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray - £6.99

I LOVE this stuff. I've always been a hater of hairspray - crispy hair is just yuck and it makes my hair so difficult to brush out the next day so I tend to opt for volumising sprays that add the right amount of hold and texture to my roots and ends. One of my friends recommended this product to me and since then I've repurchased it about 4 or 5 times. It's only £6.99 in Boots, plus the whole range is currently on offer 3 for 2, and it's amazing! It's lightly fragranced, non sticky and adds heaps of volume to the roots of your hair and enough texture and hold to the ends that it keeps your style in place. It's comparable to the Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finishing spray and Kerastase Powder Bluff but better. This is HEAPS cheaper, so easy to get hold of and it works so much better for me than the high end versions. This works especially well if you have long hair, fine hair or hair that just struggles to hold volume. Buy it now, thank me later. This is a hair staple for me, along with Batiste Dry Shampoo, obviously.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Review.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation - £34

Packaging

Becca always has such minimalist packaging that manages to ooze simplistic luxury. The kind of brand that knows that you don't have to over exert yourself in the packaging department because the product speaks for itself. This foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a twist off metallic lid, as you untwist it the centre pops up and this is how you dispense the foundation as it has a dropper. This means you get the perfect amount of foundation for application. 

Finish/Coverage
This is definitely a foundation for those who love a radiant finish. Combination and oily skins will have to be very careful with this, a foundation with such a dewy finish although it looks beautiful it's just not long wearing for us. I can use this when I'm going out for the evening for a few hours but any longer and I'd have to powder and prime so much it would completely take away from the beauty of this product. Dry to normal skins, would love this - it's a very thin formula, it blends beautifully - I like to apply it with a stippling brush to get as much coverage out of it as possible, but saying that it's still a sheer/light coverage. Lisa Eldrige says it best though when she says if you have great skin, opt for a foundation with a light coverage then go in and spot conceal - have people telling you how beautiful your skin is, not how beautifully your foundation sits. Not gonna lie though, I'm a lover of full coverage, conceal the f outta my face type of products 90% of the time. I am from Essex after all.

Anything I should consider when I buy this foundation?
It transfers. It transferred on me, but again I'm combination/oily. I would say get yourself a light powder that sets the foundation whilst still letting the luminosity of the foundation show through. Get yourself a Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural powder or the Bourjois Healthy Mix powder. I picked up the shade Medium which is comparable to an NC30 although as it's a sheer coverage if you're a little off in colour it's pretty forgiving and wont show.

 Summary

This foundation is beautiful. If you're a lover of luminous skin, a glowy finish, a sheer coverage and hate the feeling of foundation of your skin - this is perfect for you. It's a really luxurious formula and truly encompases the idea of a high end foundation, but be wary on oily skins.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

High Street Haul / Priceline

PRICELINE HAUL / what you need:

Macademia Deep Repair Hair Masque - this is one of the BEST hair masks I've found for dry, brittle hair, so ideal for me now I'm blonde. It deeply hydrates the hair and leaves it so much easier to detangle which helps prevent breakage.

MineTan Dark Ash Tanning Mousse - this is my third time repurchasing this product and it's easily one of my favourite self tanners. It gives me the deep tan I want, it doesn't smell, it's affordable and it never streaks on me.

Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator - I've always used the Dermalogica exfoliating powder, but I remember heaps of people raving about the Indeed Labs version when it was released so I decided to give it a try. I've only used it once so far, but it's just as good and for half the price!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - I love the Real Techniques brushes and forgot how much I enjoyed using them until I repurchased this brush. It blends products with such ease and leaves you with an airbrushed complexion. This brush is the perfect size for foundation, concealer, cream contour - so it's really an all in one.

Neutrogena Cleansing Towlettes - for lazy people like myself who don't have a proper skin care regime, these are the best face wipes I've used. They have a really lovely scent which they claim helps to relax and calm you before bed, they remove ALL your make up and they leave your skin feeling really hydrated after.

Sinful Colors Nail Varnish - cheap, huge colour range, opaque colours that have now released a gel finish range and a collab with Kylie Jenner.  

Also purchased - The Bourjois Healthy mix foundation and powder, Bourjois Push Up Volume mascara andd Lash Machine fibres, BYS brow products, 1000 Hours indivual short lashes and a SELECTION of nude lip products, what a surprise! haha.

What have you been buying recently that you're excited to use?  

Friday, 6 May 2016

JBronze Face Flawless Tan


JBronze Face Flawless Tan - $24.95

I was recently sent a few products from the JBronze range to try out and the first of the products to go on trial was the face flawless tan. I've always found it a hard task to find the right tanning product for my face. I've tried facial tanning oils, creams, body tanners on my face, to mixing foundation and self tanner together - eek. This facial tanner comes in the form of a cream which actually comes out a olive green colour. Sounds off putting, I know but it blends in to almost nothing, if not a slight bronzed tint on application. I like to darken my face a good 2-3 shades so I apply this quite heavily and give it a few minutes to dry, after that it doesn't feel greasy or tacky. The biggest benefit to this product is how moisturising it is - I think this is essential when you fake tan your face. I tend to find a lot of facial tanning products to be drying, or to emphasise spots or dry patches and nothing looks worse than visible flaky skin that's got discoloured edges, or worse a black spot. I apply this right before bed, sleep in it and then rinse it off in the morning and my skin is unbelievably soft and left with an even bronze tint. The cream does have a fragrance to it, so those who are fragrance sensitive might have to be a little wary, but aside from that I'm really happy with the results I get from this!

Whats your favourite facial tanning products?


Saturday, 19 March 2016

REPUBLIK - BYRON BAY.

REPUBLIK RESTAURANT & BAR. BYRON BAY.
ON THE MENU //

TO START.
CHICKEN LIVER PATE. ONION JAM. TOASTED CIABATTA.
FOR MAINS.
DUCK LEG. GRAPEFRUIT. CAULIFLOWER. BEETROOT. RADICCHIO. PISTACHIO.
BORROWDALE PORK BELLY. ORANGE GLAZE. ROAST CARROT. APPLE & WALNUT.
AND YOU CAN NEVER GO WITHOUT DESSERT.
CREME BRULEE. DOUBLE VANILLA. BISCOTTI BISCUIT.

Republik is undoubtably my boyfriend Adam and I's favourite restaurant in town. As huge foodies, having previously worked in Hospitality also, we are constantly looking for new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to try. If you're after a meal where you can see what you're paying for - in interior design, ambiance, unintrusive - but attentive waiting staff, menu creativity, quality ingredients and skilled cooking, you don't need to look any further. Every meal we've had there has been delicious, refined and just a really lovely experience. The restaurant itself is set in the heart of Byron, opposite a large - free car park, if you're passing through, spend the extra money on a short taxi ride and enjoy their cocktail and wine list. The beautiful interior design will have you talking whilst you attempt to decide what you want from the mouth watering selection. The print on the waiter aprons matches the cushions spread around the booth seating, the exterior glass is partially mirrored to invite privacy while still letting you partake in a spot of people watching and fairy lights are weaved carefully through the vines on the walls.
Their menu has such variety that there's something for everyone and with the option to sit inside, or out - you can choose to really absorb the vibe of Byron and enjoy the beautiful weather. Every dish is beautifully presented and as a chef I have huge appreciation to the attention to detail and the skill required to deliver such well put together, balanced dishes that also look vibrant and enticing - and dare I say it, completely Instagrammable. Price wise, a main is around $29, which considering the portions, is completely justifiable.


**UPDATE / Republik has now gone in to closure and is no longer there, but in its place is the Sunday Sustainable Bakery which I'll blog about at a later date, but if you stop by, grab yourself a loaf of their organic, made on site bread and one, or two of their pecan pies.

Monday, 14 March 2016

THE BEST MEXICAN - BYRON BAY // MISS MARGARITAS.

  
MISS MARGARITAS 

ON THE MENU // PULLED PORK NACHOS
                                    CRISPY SNAPPER, MANGO, BEAN AND RICE BURRITO
                                    CRISPY SNAPPER TACOS WITH CHIPOLTE SLAW. MANGO & FRESH LIME.
                                    LYCHEE CAPRIOSKA

 This is one of my favourite places to eat in Byron. I always drag my boyfriend or friends here because the food is so good, they also have happy hour between 5-6 (go before 5!) and there's deals on cocktails, beers and food. I pretty much always get the pulled pork nachos, because they're that amazing - but everything I've tried is beautiful. The staff are laid back and friendly, it's pretty compact inside but spacious enough to not feel like you're butting in on other peoples conversations. Described as 'a friendly place which blended the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron' I would have to completely agree. They've hit the nail on the head and it's loved by all. They've also just opened a second restaurant in Broadbeach.

RECOMMENDATIONS? get the pulled pork nachos, or a burrito if you're really hungry - just after a snack? tuck in to the 3 for 2 tacos, drinks wise - hit up happy hour, if you're a lover of cocktails like me a classic mojito, margharita, or my favourites, a lychee caprioska or a salty seadog. If you love Mexican, you'll love the relaxed vibe, menu choice and drinks.

DOWNSIDE? they get absolutely rammed. There's a bench outside you can sit, order a drink and wait on a table but I've been there for over an hour before, stomach rumbling -  if the queue looks intense, order a takeaway, go to the bottle shop and eat dinner on main beach.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

BREAKFAST at THE ROADHOUSE, BYRON BAY.


ON THE MENU //
GRILLED SOURDOUGH WITH SPROUTS, POACHED EGGS, AVACADO, SESAME & PUMPKIN SEEDS AND SMOKED POLISH SAUSAGE.
ICED CACAO - COCAO WITH COCONUT SUGAR AND MILK OVER ICE.

I think I just had one of the healthiest fry ups of my life. This morning myself, my boyfriend, Adam and his mum Deborah, walked down to the Roadhouse cafe in Byron, which is only 5 or so minutes from where we live.  If you're in Byron, this place is worth checking out. It definitely appears to be the watering hole for those who love a three step coffee (milk jug, espresso shot, raw sugar) but if you can look pass the paper straws, jam jar water glasses that you fill from a metal dispenser and words such as 'organic' 'cold press' and 'chia seeds' (I lie, I love all those little touches) then this place is worthy of a visit. The food is undeniably good, the best breakfast I've had in Byron and it's in a fairly nice setting with a chilled vibe. It's pretty well priced, with coffees under $5 and breakfast working out at near $20 but you get your moneys worth and you wont leave hungry. Word of advice? Get the smoked polish sausage. It's amazing.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Contouring and Highlighting // HIGH STREET EDITION.

CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT LIKE A PRO, ON A BUDGET

MORPHE 9C CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT PALETTE //
The Morphe contour and highlight palette is new to Beauty Bay and my make up bag. It contains 8 matte shades -3 highlighters - pink and yellow, 4 contour - warm and cool tones, a peachy shade, which could be a blush on fairer skins, or a highlight and there's one golden shimmery highlighter. I love the range of colours, it's pigmented, buttery smooth and blend easily - I also double this up as a neutral eyeshadow palette.

AUSTRALIS BANANA POWDER //
If you're an NC20 - 35 and you wanted one shade for under eye highlighting, or to set your concealer to brighten the area this would be the one. It's pigmented, lightens the area, doesn't look cakey, blends easily, comes in a sleek compact and it's crazy cheap.

NYX HD CONCEALER - PORCELAIN
So many people rave about this concealer for under eye brightening so I ordered the shade Porcelain from Asos. It's a medium coverage, blends without caking and doesn't settle in to fine lines. It doesn't beat my favourites, Nars radiant creamy concealer or the Chanel concealer, but it's a fraction of the price.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Stop your blonde from going brassy and see me go from black to blonde.



GET THE COLOUR YOU WANT TO START WITH //

The amount of times I've left the hairdressers unhappy is sickening and I've learnt from my mistakes when it comes to being more direct and specific when asking for what I want. I now always show the hairdresser reference photos when it comes to the colour and the cut, with the undertone I like and any worries I have with the condition of my hair. I like mine to look ashy, almost a silvery white, without looking over processed. If you're going from dark brown or black to blonde, it's going to take time. You want it to take time. That way it's going to be easier on your hair, you'll be able to maintain some of the condition and have more control over how light you're going. The first time I got blonde highlights, they threw on 10%, put me under a heat light - for an hour and even then it barely lifted. After that I researched hairdressers, looking for their before/after photos to see what they could achieve. When you've had your hair bleached, you'll have a toner put on and this is when they'll take it from brassy to a beautiful creamy beige!
 Most importantly, if you find a good hairdressers, STICK WITH THEM. So important. They'll get to know your personal preferences and you'll build up a relationship so you'll become more open with vocalising what you want.

USE A TONING SHAMPOO //

I use a Silver shampoo from the Loreal Professional Range and it's the best I've found for really making a difference to your hair. I use it one or twice a week, depending if my hair needs it - it's easier to maintain your colour then waiting until it's really brassy then trying to fix it. I start off by washing my hair with a clarifying shampoo, to remove any product, then applying the silver shampoo - go on with cleansing my face, shaving my legs, exfoliating and then wash it off. I don't stick with a time limit, but I would say 15-20 minutes works for me. After this your hair will be D-R-Y. I've been using the Natural Look Colour Art Mask which has coconut oil, chamomile and papaya extracts. It helps to detangle my hair, leaves it super soft and helps restore body. I always finish washing my hair with a burst of cold water to close the hair cuticles as this will help to promote shine.

HAIRCARE TIPS //
  • Attempt to limit yourself with heat styling to special occasions. I know. It's hard, if you're struggling, try turning the temperature down on your styling tools, if it has the option. Always use a heat protectant spray and a leave in conditioner to help counteract the drying effect.
  • Scalp massage. This helps with regrowth by stimulating the scalp as it causes blood to rush to the area
  • Get a regular trim. There's no way to mend split ends - it's just not possible and if you leave them, they can travel up the hair shaft and it'll mean you'll end up with breakage all over. Getting a regular trim will get rid of any split ends and it'll make your hair look fuller. Hate a blunt cut? Ask your hairdresser to cut in the base line and then feather it so it doesn't look so blocky.
  •   Invest in good products. It's worth spending a little extra on products that have an ingredients list that will benefit your hair. You want products that will protect your colour and condition, but also nourish the hair. 
NOW TO BOMBARD YOU WITH PHOTOS, here's my hair timeline - showing you the gradual process of getting my hair from almost black to dark brown to blonde - through ombre, highlights, toners and then finally the colour I wanted all along.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

currently on offer, buy 1 get 1 half price in Boots.

Ideal for those with oily skin, the Sanctury 5 minute thermal detox mask is self heating on application and helps to rebalance the skins oil level to clarify and rebalance the skin. The heat helps to open up the pores, so the charcoal and clay can help draw out any impurities in the skin. I always opt for a clay mask as I have oily/combination skin to help clear out any congested pores. Even if you have dry skin, you can apply this on your t-zone and then follow it up with a hydrating mask after. This has a very thick consistency, similar to the Origins Clear Improvement mask, or the Body Shop Seaweed Clay mask. It recommends to use this twice a week, but I use it once a week as I dedicate a day a week to a complete body/face and mind refresh. I remove all of my make up, cleanse my skin, then apply this mask - wait 5 minutes and once it's dried, remove it with warm water then follow it up with a moisturising mask and a gel oil free moisturiser and my skin feels like satin. I've used this mask previously, but Sanctury have just relaunched their range, keeping their trusted products - just giving them a modern touch visually and adding a few new launches which I'll be reviewing in the next week or so!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Benefit Celebrate Besties with Starbucks

 
BENEFIT & STARBUCKS TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE #BESTFRIENDS
 
Benefit and Starbucks have recently teamed up to celebrate the month of love with a special offer for you and your bestie. Head to any Benefit counter and pick up a pink coffee sleeve and treat your favourite person to a free drink when you buy yours. Also make sure to keep an eye out for pink coasters in Starbucks which will see you get a complimentary makeupper at a Benefit counter of your choice!

Enjoy x

High Street Must Haves.

HIGH STREET MUST HAVES.

BARGAIN ALERT / They're currently on offer 2 for £10 in Boots, for that price you'd be crazy not to pick up two.
This is a newer palette from Sleek that contains some really beautiful shades, there's a matte ivory and a deep brown which covers all neutral bases, there's a few golds, greys, a cranberry, a beautiful rosy purple and a few other shimmers. They're all intensely pigmented and easy to blend.

This is an absolute steal at under £5 as it offers everything you'd need to create a contoured, highlighted and flushed face. The bronzer is the perfect shade for my NC25/30 skin, it's matte, blends beautifully and can be built up to your desired intensity. The highlighter is slightly too pale and icy for my taste, but that's purely personal preference, on fairer skins it would look beautiful but I prefer more golden or champagne shades. Then we have two blushers, one is a rosy pink that almost gives the Benefit Dandelion effect, brightening your face with a hint of colour and the slightest amount of shimmer. The other is a deeper, matte pink which I also love to dust higher on the cheekbones. I'm on my second palette, I've even got my boyfriends mum converted to using this daily.

I've raved about this for years. I love this shade, it's almost identical to Mac Fleshpot - a nude, milky pink but with a creamier, moisturising finish. I find this lasts really well on my lips, it's incredibly pigmented and you can get these on offer, 3 for £5. There are a few other really beautiful shades in the Natural Collection range so if you haven't stopped for a browse before, go have a swatch.

This isn't a product for everyone, the shade is a very Barbie-esque pink that looks glossy on the lips but it's also intensely moisturising and great for a hint of colour if you apply it sparingly. On days when I want to look fresh faced and feminine, I love dabbing this really lightly on the lips, blending it in and it just looks like an effortless tint of colour.

Topshop Doe Eyed Mascara - £10
This is hands down the best mascara I've ever tried. I've gone through three tubes of this and as long as they make it, I'll buy it. The brush is huge but it does an amazing job of separating your lashes, adding length and volume. I also love that you can layer this and by that I mean you can apply a coat, let it dry, then apply another layer and it wont clump on you. It doesn't transfer or smudge underneath my eyes, which in a mascara that's not waterproof is hard to find.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Product RAVE // Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

 Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
I adore this product. 

I brought a mini of the Hourglass mineral veil primer from Space NK a while back and had forgotten about it completely, then when I came out to Australia I brought it with me. Since then I've used it for every special occassion and evenings out. I was attempting to draw out its lifespan by using it sparingly but once it was gone, I definitely missed it from my make up routine so I had to invest in a full size version. I found it on the Mecca make up website for $79, but if you're in the UK this will set you back £52 for a 30ml bottle. If you've seen my haul posts on Instagram or my blog in the past, you'll know I can't lie when I say I'm an addict to high end brands, but I really do believe it's worth investing in a few quality products to build your make up bag around. A good primer, foundation, concealer and mascara.
The packaging of all Hourglass products are chic, expensive and eye catching, with their simplistic design, even their mineral veil comes in a heavy glass bottle with a pump - I know some people look at glass packaging as a disadvantage, but I've never had an issue even when travelling. I use a single pump to cover my whole face and it comes out white, but blends in to nothing yet leaves your skin feeling like velvet. It's mineral based, water resistant, oil free and boasts an SPF of 15 whilst eliminating redness, minimising pores, softening fine lines and creating a flawless base for make up application. This leaves my face looking refreshed and almost as if you've used a soft focus tool on your skin. I find it makes applying my foundation and concealer such an easy task and things just blend so effortlessly. I won't lie and say this keeps my oily skin shine free all day, it definitely does prolong the wear of my base products but it is 32 degrees out here most days recently and if I didn't have a little bit of oil production it would mean I wasn't perspiring at all, which would be dreamy but unrealistic, haha. Not only can you use this as a primer, it can also just be worn alone as a light sun protectant and to help achieve flawless skin without actually applying tinted products. 
What else can I say? You need it, buy the mini if you're wary and thank me after.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip 'Tulle' & 'Trap'.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in 'Trap' and 'Tulle'

If you follow me on Instagram (lisamichellexx) you'll of seen a month or so back I placed an order with Colourpop cosmetics. I got a few eyeshadows, a highlighter, a few lippie stix and some of their ultra matte lips. I've trialled out all of the products now and I'll be posting reviews on all, but today I wanted to mention these two Ultra Matte Lips in 'Trap' - the lighter, milkier shade and 'Tulle' - the deeper, raspberry. I've been pairing these up together, applying Tulle first all over, then placing Trap on the inside to create a bit of a highlight and contour to the lips. I love how pigmented the Ultra Matte Lips are, Colourpops shade range is totally on trend, the whole branding I adore, although I don't love the cost of shipping to Australia - SOB. As much as I love this combination, I do have to admit that the lighter shades I purchased do get a little dry on the lips and if you apply too much you do get patchiness. I combat this by applying a tiny bit of lipbalm on the top, which I know defeats the purpose of buying a matte product, but it helps extend the wear of them and make them a bit more comfortable on the lips. I'm sure if you applied lip balm first then applied these, it would have the same effect and still dry to a matte, or semi matte finish. I should mention, I don't find this an issue with the darker, or more vibrant shades, I don't have to prep my lips in any way - they stay put and feel completely comfortable to wear. Here's the combination below.

What's your favourite Colourpop product?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Beauty Wishlist


Beauty Wishlist // February 2016

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
I brought a mini of this a while ago to trial out and only used it when I was going out for the evening, or a special occassion and I've just ran out. This is skincare and a primer in one, it's oil free and works really well with my combination skin. It conceals pores, any fine lines, blurs any imperfections and leaves your skin feeling like velvet, leaving a beautiful base for make up to sit on. I also think it helps to prolong the wear of my base, even though I still get a little oily, it's more of a slight dewy sheen on the skin instead of looking greasy.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
I've heard so many people rave about this product, claiming it's full coverage, leaves a beautiful finish and works well for oily skin. I'm almost out of my Estee Lauder Double Wear and after a new foundation, I like medium - full coverage, matte or semi matte finish and for it to wear well - is that too much to ask for?!

Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
I swatched this recently and loved how easily it blends in to the skin, it's a lovely natural sunkissed shade with a bit of warmth to it and it just melts in, blending so easily.

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit
I've been after a contour kit for a while now, I tried the Anastasia Beverley Hills palette but wasn't completely happy with it. I want the two lighter shades to be like Emphasize Pro Highlighting powder from Mac and a pan form of Ben Nye Banana powder, along with a champagne, shimmery - not glittery, highlighter, then a golden bronzer like Tarte's Park Avenue Princess, along with an ashy contour shade and a slightly warmer colour. I should just get a Z palette and depot all these products indivudually, haha.

Tarte Tartlette Palette
 This is full of matte neutral shades that look really intensely pigmented but easy to blend. I love matte shades and I've really missed having a neutral palette that I can create more easy to wear looks with. Have any of you guys used this palette? Or do you have other recommendations? Ideally I'd just repurchase the Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette but it's so hard to get hold of in Australia!

Kate Somerville Exfolikate
I've heard so many things about Kate Somerville products and this has rave reviews on the Sephora website. I can't go without an exfoliater, otherwise I find make up doesn't sit as well on my skin and my Dermologica Daily Microfoliant is just about to run out!

What are you lusting after recently? Do you have any product recommendations for me?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Budget Beauty // Face of Australia

 I know, you can't get hold of Face of Australia the UK, I promise I'll get back to reviewing products that are available worldwide soon enough but I couldn't bypass shining a little spotlight on the brand Face of Australia. I recently picked up a few of their products from Priceline, some I wasn't a fan of, two that I love and they're so cheap I can't not tell you about them. 
 The first is their powder blush in Nutmeg, this comes in pan form and it's just $9.45 - it's a warm coral shade with shimmer, that looks very similar to Coralista from Benefit. It's a little less pink toned and not quite as overwhelmingly shimmery on the cheeks, which for some people be a plus. It's a finely milled powder, buttery and blends beautifully on the cheeks leaving you with a hint of colour and a healthy glow. It's not intensely pigmented, but I do like that you can build it up to the finish you want.

The Brow Sculpting Gel I picked up in the shade Light/Medium, which is ideal for my newly lightened hair. This is really similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, it has tiny fibres in it and it's a pigmented gel so as you brush through your brows it adds colour and fullness. This didn't leave the dreaded crispy finish that some brow gels can offer, instead it just makes you look like you've got naturally bomb eyebrows which is all I want and it's only $9.95.
Have you found any budget beauty products recently that you love?