Month: January 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – A Ray of Light!

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From left to right: Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light.

I bought this at the end of 2013 and it cost me a pretty penny, not because the palette itself is inherently too expensive, but rather, it was difficult to track down before Christmas and the shipping cost was a killer! This palette was limited edition and in the end I bought it from Liberty UK online, I’m not sure if it’s still around but if you can get your paws on it, DO IT! Here’s why:

This is a beautiful mix of Hourglass’s Ambient lighting powders and can be used as a highlight, setting powder and maybe even a slight blush/contour, depending on your skin tone. I use Radiant Light (far right) all over my face with a light touch as a setting powder after foundation and concealer, as it sets my makeup nicely and adds a nice glow (but not shimmery or greasy looking). 

I thought I wouldn’t be able to use Dim Light  or Incandescent Light at all because of my golden skin tone, but they work really nicely as highlighters and, with a light touch, under eye setting powders. 

If you’ve ever wanted to try these powders, this palette is a perfect selection and is worth the bucks! If you can only find them individually, choose which shade will suit your purposes (highlight? setting powder? overall glow?) and go for it, these are amazing!

Face of Australia – Small haul and mini review

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Face of Australia is an Australian drugstore brand that was on sale at Big W a couple of days ago, and they are already products that I was  intensely curious about, so I decided to pick up a small selection. I got the Budge Proof Eyeshadows from top to bottom in Poison Ivy, Violet Days and Midnight Sky. I picked up one blush in Primrose, and 4 lasting looks lip cremes in (from left to right) Many Moons, For-red-er, Rubies and Love Berry.

Budge Proof Eyeshadows

These were on sale for just over $5 each, and are a creme to powder long lasting eye shadow, budge proof, so they claimed. They were cheaper than the Maybelline Color Tattoos, but definitely do not perform as well. They have a sheer, powdery texture and come off quite blotchy when applying as a swatch or on the lids. The best performer was Poison Ivy, the deep green colour, which has flecks of glitter but is quite powdery when applied. They budged from my lid pretty quickly unfortunately, making their name completely inaccurate! It’s a product that you can *make* work, but it takes a bit of effort, which is a shame, because in the pots the colours are really seductive and pretty, but on application, pretty disappointing. I’m glad I only got these on sale!

Blush

I only got one shade of blush in Primrose and it swatched very sheer and slightly powdery on my arm. Fortunately, when I applied it on my cheeks, it was sheer but buildable and had good colour payoff. It didn’t feel or look cakey after building up the colour a bit, and the pink is quite a cool but natural shade, and is quite pretty on the face. A nice blush, not a massive standout, but nice overall.

ImageFrom left to right: Poison Ivy, Violet Days and Midnight Sky, plus a swatch of the blush in Primrose.

ImageFrom left to right: Many Moons, For-red-er, Rubies and Love Berry.

Lasting Looks Lip Cremes

Wow. These are impressive drugstore lipsticks! I had not heard or read about these lipsticks and stumbled upon them in my local K-Mart and bought one shade, close to my own lip colour, Many Moons. Many Moons is a mauve-y ‘my lips but better’ shade with a nice natural sheen. I was impressed by the sleek packaging, the creamy texture, the long wear time, the colours and the LACK OF TASTE! Yay! FINALLY a drugstore lipstick that had low scent and nearly no taste whatsoever. I absolutely *hate* the ‘lipstick’ taste of all lipsticks, I think drugstore lipsticks in particular can have a very strong plastic-based lipstick taste and I particularly find that is the case with Covergirl and Maybelline lipsticks. As much as I love the big name drugstore lipsticks, I am always put off by any sort of taste.

All of the shades I picked up are creamy, opaque, long lasting and are very flattering colours. There’s no glitter in the product and they feel very moisturising and have good wear time. These are my favourite lip products, to date, and I hope they don’t discontinue them!

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Overall I was happy with the products, but let down by the eyeshadows. I would definitely try more lip products from this brand, or at least expand my selection of lip cremes. I think they’re divine. I’m not really sure what is happening with this brand as it’s only a small drugstore Australian brand and while I think it’s been around for a while, I’m not sure if the sale is indicative of a discontinuation or not. I don’t know how popular it is online, but I don’t see much written about it, which is a shame in the case of the lip products as they are very impressive. At the time of writing this, I was unable to access the website (it was down? or had some weird error message) and saw they could only be purchased online via Priceline Australia’s website. I have seen Face of Australia in-store at Big W, K-Mart and Priceline in Australia, if you’re curious about this brand.

Tiny Haul and TMI Tuesday

Yesterday, I picked through Target’s clearance section and it had a nice few gems littered throughout it. Target Australia sometimes has good makeup items on sale, but the incidence of that is few and far between (compared to American Target anyway). No matter, I still found a few items that I will enjoy trying. I have already popped open the Colorsenstational lipgloss and I’m surprised this doesn’t get more love online. It has a nice smooth texture and applies cleanly without feeling sticky at all. They didn’t have any variety of colours in the clearance section, only Coral, which is ultra orange BUT, is fairly sheer, so you can use it as a top coat for other colours.

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Beauty Attitude Summer Sorbet 5 Piece Nail Polish Pack, Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Tropical Fusion, Maybelline Colorsensational High Shine Lip Gloss in Coral and Covergirl Intense Shadowblast primer + rich shadow in brown bling.

I’m pretty happy with this tiny haul, I’m trying to keep my makeup collection fairly contained and not excessive in products because firstly, I’m not a squillionaire, and secondly, I’m a slight hoarder and would have a very unruly collection! My fiance is already pretty unhappy with my hoard, not so much the hoard itself, but the fact that its cluttered everywhere around the house, so I don’t want to add to that. I think since mid 2013 I’ve been able to resist the big crazes and new makeup palettes and have a more mature sense of what I want versus what I need. It’s very tempting to succumb to every new and shiny thing, but with a wedding to plan (and importantly, a honeymoon!) and save for, and general house expenses piling up, it’s easy for me to prioritise. I always let myself have a little something though, if I find it (reasonably) on sale 🙂

And for the TMI… we have such lovely weather in Australia and we’re blessed to have a little deck attached to our townhouse, so I get to use the laptop outside and enjoy the comforts of the indoors and outdoors at once. We have a fair bit of privacy too as all the houses/units around me back onto each other so everyones backyards are adjacent, and while there are some properties with windows facing our deck, they’re not ones that loom over the top of it. We do however, have a unit block right next door which is generally blocked by a nice sized tree, which means we can’t see those neighbours and they can’t see into our yard, deck or house… but we CAN hear them. One day a few weeks ago I was blogging and I heard yelping noises. I thought some lady was in need of help (it was female yelping), and it didn’t sound like a dog, but then a few moments of continual ‘yelping’ and I realised it wasn’t yelping at all. I cringed and realised my neighbours were VERY LOUDLY doing it. The ‘yelping’ didn’t last long and then there was silence. And a few minutes later the hum of normal conversation started, which I couldn’t hear the details of, but I’m assuming, was post-coital. Oh the perils of blogging outdoors! 😛

Til next time x