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?

Thursday, 14 January 2016

New In / Buxom, Tarte, BareMinerals.

New In: Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer, Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, BareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Buxom Full On Lip-Stick in Marrakech. 

I feel like it's been the longest time since I brought myself any high end goodies, so I decided to treat myself, while trying out some new brands that are available to me in Australia. I've always lusted after Tarte and Buxom, but they're not easy to get hold of in the UK. I've been loving brighter skin recently, so I couldn't pass up the Buxom Divine Godess Luminizer, which is literally Victoria Secret babe in a tube. I use this alone as a base, mixed in to foundation, on top, it's so versitile and it never looks overdone. It gives your skin a luminosity that just makes you look dewy - not oily, but healthy. I have oily skin and I don't have an issue with this looking greasy or overdone. Even though it looks golden and warm in the tube, it may add the slightest, almost unnoticeable tint of colour to your face but it's barely noticeable.
To add to the bronze glow, the Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess is a highlighter and bronzer in one. I actually use this on top of my matte bronzer, just to go over my cheekbones and temples to add a golden sheen to the skin. I feel like this just adds the nicest touch of shimmer to the skin, ideal if you're going blush free, just bronzing the skin and want a warm highlighter. It's not super pigmented so I don't feel like you could overdo it even though it looks intense in the pan.
The BareMinerals concealer was a last minute basket add, I swatched it on the back of my hand and the coverage, the smooth finish - I was sold. If you have oily skin, you'll have to set this. It's got a really beautiful coverage, with a very dewy finish which I find works well underneath the eyes, but around the face on my skin type everything just slips around. On dry or normal skin, you would love this, it's super hydrating, it doesn't settle in to lines and it does have a serum finish which is glowy.
The Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara is always mentioned on blogs and YouTube, so I couldn't pass up this mini. The brush is full, so it really grabs every hair and it fully coats each lash. It doesn't do an amazing job at adding length, but volume and thickness it's got covered. I need to invest in a good lengthening mascara, then layer it with this and I'll have lashes for days.
The Buxom Lip-Sticks I'd never heard of before but I loved the simple packaging and I fell in love with the shade Marrakech and so would you if you're a nude lover. It's super creamy, really comfortable to wear, relatively long lasting, pigmented and it gives your lips a bizarre cooling feeling when it's first applied.

I'm digging pretty much everything I brought, successful haul - plus I also went back for a beauty blender and I have to say that they're worth the price and applying foundation or concealer with them is just dreamy. I've tried a few dupes, but after the real thing, they don't really compare.

What're your most recent beauty purchases? 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Beauty Blog Sale // beauty products, skincare.

UK ONLY unless willing to pay extra shipping fee's.
PAYPAL PAYMENT only, POSTAGE & packaging IS £3.00 - for multiple items, I can combine postage!
APOLOGIES for the quality of the photos.
DIOR Star Foundation, shade 031, used once. £12.50
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, 85% left. £4.00
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, shade 5, 50% left. no lid - £4.50
Clarins Lipstick, Tropical Pink, used once, £5.00
The Balm, Sexy Mama translucent powder, £7.00
Mac Skin Base Visage Mini, £1.00
Clarins Cream Eyeshadow, Aquatic Grey, never used, £6.00
Mac Studio Sculpt concealer, 90% left, NW25, £4.50
Benefit mini cream shadow, birthday suit, £1.00
 Make Up Store eyeshadow, Diva, barely used, £2.00
Soap & Glory CC superfluid, never used, nude peach, £2.50
Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation, '110 Honey', 90% left, £10.50
Benefit Majorette Cream Blush, swatched once, £7.50
Philosophy BB cream, 02 medium, never used. £5.00
Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Base, 02 champagne, £7.50
Benefit Big Easy BB cream, slight marking on packaging, 90% left, 04 medium, £8.50
Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask, 80% left, £4.00
Nuxe 24HR soothing and rehydrating mask, 70% left, £4.00 Clarins Ombre Cream Eyeshadow - 01 Aquatic Rose, 95% left. £5.00
Illamasqua Eyeshadow Quad in 'Neutral Palette' barely used, as shown. £14.50
Clarins Eyeshadow Single in 'Smoky Plum' barely used. £4.00
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in 'El Dorado' usage shown, 90% left. £5.50  Korres Wild Rose Foundation, WRF2, 95% left. £4.00
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Foundation, 72, used once. £2.00
Benefit Watts Up Cream Highlighter, 90% left, £10.00
Dr. Jart BB Cream, used once, £5
Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, 5 Hue, 85% left. £8.50 Clarins Face & Blush Powder 'Opalescene' 90% left. £9.00
Cargo blush in Catalina, barely used, £5.00
Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow, Bone, 90% left, £5.00
Liz Earle bronzing powder, usage shown, £4.50 YSL Liquid Lipstick, 18, barely used. £7
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, barely used, in box - shade warm beige 3.5 £11.50
Clinique Chubby Stick Eyeshadow in Fudge, barely used, £5.00
 Mac eyebrow pencil, lingering, barely used £5.50
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector '03' used once. £5
Too Faced Lipstick, 'Naked Dolly' caught slightly in the lid, 80% left. £7
Too Faced Plumping Lip Crayon, 90% left. £4
Clarins Lip Balm in 'Sweet Cherry' 85% left. £5
Clarins Lipgloss, Coral Tulip, used twice. £5.50
Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, shade Santa Fe, 80% left. £10
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in 'El Dorado' usage shown, 90% left. £5.50
Clarins Cream Blush in '01 - peach' barely used. £5
Soap & Glory Glow All Out Highlighting Powder, barely used. £4.50  Mac Full Coverage Foundation, NC20, used twice, £10.50
 The Body Shop Bronzing Powder, 03, usage shown. £5
 Illamsaqua Lipstick in 'Liv' 85% left. £5.50
Too Faced Holiday palette, contains two bronzers, two blush, range of eyeshadows and a booklet with looks, usage shown, mainly just the ivory shade - £11.50 Kiko Universal Fit Foundation, '07' never used. £2.50
Kiko Luscious Lipstick, shade 500, £1.50
Estee Lauder Matte Primer, 60% left, £6.50
Nars Multiple - now discontinued and unavailable, Palm Beach, 90% left. £12 Mac Cream Blush in 'So Sweet So Easy' 75% left. £6.00
Mac Powder Blush, Rosy Outlook, used once. £7.50
Benefit, Boi-ing Concealer, '03' 90% left. £5.00
Bourjois Beige Rose concealer barely used - £1
Bourjois BB Bronzing Balm, used once. £1.50
Mischa Perfect Cover BB Cream, never used. £2.50
Stila Liquid Lipstick in 'aria' - barely used. £5.50