Saturday, 31 March 2018

My Holy Grail of Makeup

Since I was a teenager, I have had many successes and fails in the beauty realm. From mismatched foundation shades to finding the perfect colour match, mascaras that look like false eyelashes to droopy lashes and everything in between. It would be pretty fair to say I have experienced it all. In my experience, there have been a few products that I always go back to because they deliver on their promises and never disappoint. Stay tuned to find out what they are!

Monday, 21 September 2015

September edition: What's new in Australian beauty?

I just can't believe it's September already! Spring is definitely  my favourite times of the year when I can trade my monochromatic winter wardrobe for pops of colour, floral tones and prints. Speaking of updating my wardrobe, I also love to do a little spring cleaning to my beauty routine with the change in seasons. It's time to toss out that old mascara that I've just started fall for or perhaps been hanging on to for a little too long for a fresh tube.

Today I came across Rimmel's instagram to toss out my eyelash curler. Let's just say they had me from the get go. I had no clue what they were on about until I heard about a new release...

Introducing Rimmel's Super Curler 24H mascara!

So usually here in Australia, new products take a while to reach our shores (perhaps there's a lot of sea to cross or something). Being a new release in Australia and the world, I couldn't really find much information so I thought I'd share this little video. I'll definitely be searching the shelves for it as I'm a sucker for lush lashes.

Comment below if you're keen for super gorgeous curled lashes or if you would like me to review it when I get my hands on it!

  -    ABB xx.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Let's talk about strobing

What on earth is strobing? I first came across the art of strobing when watching the ever so talented gossmakeupartist which he describes as a makeup technique that involves highlighting the face for a dewy healthy finish to the skin. To me it sounds like nothing new, highlighting and contouring has been popular since Kim Kardashian made it all the rage. Not to mention MAC strobe cream which received a lot of attention a couple of years ago. But what makes this beauty trend different is the lack of contouring which achieves a more natural look with purely highlighting only- think runway model luminous glowing skin!

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream

Strobing or 'reverse contouring' works by accentuating the high points which ultimately creates dimension to the face without the need for dark tones and shadows to recess your features thereby achieving a much softer effect. The forehead, down the bridge of the nose, cheekbones, temples and cupids bow are the common places which tend to hit the light naturally. Sounds perfect for an everyday healthy illuminated skin look.

Are you already a strober or keen to give strobing a go? Let me know in the comments below.


Saturday, 11 July 2015

New to beauty in July

Unless you've been hiding under a very glittery rock for the past couple of years, you would have probably heard of Urban Decay's incredibly successful 'Naked' palette. It was so successful that they've managed to release not one but three palettes in the line of pigment rich yet buttery-smooth eyeshadows and attain a cult following in the beauty world. Recently, Urban Decay was acquired by L’OrĂ©al Paris who also happens to own Maybelline New York amongst many other cosmetic brands so its not too surprising that Maybelline has come out with a similar product to the Naked palette.

Cue Maybelline's The nudes eyeshadow palette!    $25.95

What Maybelline say:
  •  Ultra-blendable pigments
  • Create infinite looks with bold beiges, sultry sands, brazen bronzes and over-the-top taupes
  • Use as duos, trios or quads

Since this palette was released in the US last year, its easy to find reviews on it. I can't really say too much at the moment except that I'm  definitely keen to try it. It seems like great value with very wearable colours that I would be able to use on a daily basis regardless of whether it is a UD dupe or not.
PS. I've managed to spot the palette at my local Woolworths supermarket so it should be in most MNY stocklists very very soon! So be sure to keep an eye out for them if they interest you.

Comment below and let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Empty favourites: Clearasil Stay Clear Skin Perfection Wash

My first empty is Clearasil Stayclear Skin Perfecting Wash with microbeads in 150mls.
What it claims is 'gentle exfoliating formula helps clear and prevent breakouts. Contains moisturisers to help care for your skin.'

My first impression:
I thought this cleanser was nothing special. Sure it did cleanse and was gentle on my skin but I didnt see any visable improvements and I could not feel the microbeads working. Nothing amazing...yet.

But then...
I changed to another cleanser and realised the difference it had actually made. I realised it did prevent breakouts (as I have combination to dry skin I only have the odd spot every now and then). When I changed back and started to love this product completely. Although Clearasil is aimed at the teenaged and acne suffering market, I believe this to be suitable for anyone with a dry to normal complexion. While I have also tried the gel version (review on that later), this creamy cleanser was just so soothing on my skin and cleansed exceptionally well without overly drying out my skin. It did not lather so much but was the most moisturising face wash I have used to date.

My final decision:
Since it actually did prevent spots (which I am getting more of since ive run out) I would say it is true to its claims to 'penetrate deep into pores to remove dirt, oil and bacteria'. But most importantly it is super gentle even on sensitive or irritated skin. During the winter when my skin was very dry, this was the only cleanser which didnt leave my skin feeling tight before moisturising.

Recommendation from my experiences: Combination to dry skin types will love the creamy formula. (if youre oily go for the gel version)

Would I buy it again?
For a supermarket brand (which I did not expect such a stand out product from clearasil) and even out of all the cleansers I have used before, I would say this is a very decent and effective cleanser. For the price it exceeded my expectations and is definitely worth trying (and repurchasing!)
I bought this from Woolworths for about $10 from the regimen set which includes the co-ordinated scrub. So effectively this was only $5! I would say to give this product some time to really se a difference

Sunday, 13 January 2013

New Ecotools Brushes 2012

Im constantly on the hunt for new products and especially when there are no reviews for them (makes me curious!). So Ive previously bought some ecotools brushes which were just so soft and great to use that when they come out with a new release I come running to buy it. While they probably wont hit my shores for a long time I will probably just source them from online. However recently I found out that there are fake ecotools which is quite strange since they are quite inexpensive anyway...

So back to the reason for this post! I visited the ecotools website and found out their new releases. While I wont talk about all of them (so if youre curious you can check it out for yourself), i though I would just mention the top 3 which I will hope to be buying when they are instock on my favourite site for buying my brushes (iherb).

Here goes:
1) Face and body sculpting brush.

2) Fresh and flawless complexion brush set (with super cool design!)

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  • Flat Concealer Brush
  • Buffing Concealer Brush
  • Precisiion Foundation Brush
  • Complexion Blending Brush
  • Full Powder Brush

    3) Deluxe fan brush

  • On another note, the 6 piece eye essential brush set looks like it has a new packaging! How exciting :) It looks alot prettier but sadly I already have this. I wish they put the beautiful green design on all the packaging (eco travel bags). Also the design looks new on all of the brushes too. They have a darker bronzed metal look with the logo stamped in. Looks very cool!

    Saturday, 5 January 2013

    Ecotools and Modelco is now available in which Australian supermarket?

    Both Ecotools and Modelco are now avaliable at Woolworths! I spotted a good variety of brushes and other cosmetic implements at my local store which means Priceline is no longer the only one to stocklist for Ecotools.