Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose and Fomo Review

I got the travel set of Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose and Fomo few months back. Here is a quick review of these two shade

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose and Fomo
  • They have easy to use tube packing with a soft and practical applicator.
  • They are highly pigmented, matte and provide full coverage, you only need  one swipe for intense colour.
  • They are true to their colour, they show almost same as they look in the tube.
  • They are neither hydrating nor drying and perfect for healthy lips.
  • They do last for a long time and does not feather or disappear.
Overall, they are good addition to my liquid lipstick family and I feel that these 1 ml will last for long time as I only small amount for each use.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Highlighters Review - The Balm Mary lou manizer, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Tarte Amazonian Clay highlighter Exposed

These are my top three high end highlighters. All of them are creamy, pigmented and last for long time on my cheeks.  Here is a quick comparison of these three highlighters.

Swatches from left to right
The Balm Marylumizer, Becca Shimmering Skin Serfector, and Tarte Amazonian Clay highlighter in Exposed

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: A pale highlighter, gives subtle glow, perfect for everyday use.

Becca Shimmering skin Perfector in Moonstone: It is whiter than Thebalm Mary Lou Manizer. It is highly pigmented, I only need small amount for each use. It gives intense glow more suitable for occasional wear but for daily use it can be applied light handed.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Highlighter in Exposed: It is darker than other highlighters, but looks more shiny and glittery on my light to medium skin tone.  It is more powdery and you need to use it carefully. 

My favourite is Becca Moonstone, while The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is great for subtle glow. Tarte highlighter is my least favourite as it is more golden and has some glitter too. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mecca 20th Birthday Haul

Mecca celebrated their 20th birthday recently, they had some amazing offers during their celebrations. On their Birthday, they offer three free deluxe samples with all online orders. I wake up at 8AM that morning to place my order and successfully got the sample pack.

Three Deluxe Samples

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Shadow Palette in Metallic

I ordered Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Shadow Palette in Metallic and Korres cleanser.

I got three free deluxe samples, Nars The multiple in Orgasm, By Terry Hydra Powder and Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. The order also included the regular three sachet samples and Mecca 20 sticker.

I received my order on 2nd working day which is super quick. I am so excited to try all these goodies, it is the best birthday treat ever.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Full Brow Brighten Up Eye Cream and Brow Highlighter Review

Available at David Jones, Adore Beauty, Style Patisserie and Full brow official website.

Have you heard about full brow? there are not so many online reviews about them. I was lucky to win Full Brow Brighten Up Eye Cream in their Instagram competition. They were generous enough and send me brow highlighter and a pretty makeup bag with my prize.

No doubt, I was super excited about these gorgeous products. I am using them since last few weeks and honestly I am blown away by their quality.  Full brow products have prettiest packing and they are made in Italy. Here is a full review of these two products.

Swatches from left to right - Full Brow Brighten Up Eye Cream and Brow Highlighter

Full Brow Brighten Up Eye Cream
It is velvety white coloured cream and has some shimmers. It  is easy to apply, hydrates my under eye area and help to brighten up.  I used it under and over makeup and it works well in both ways. I feel that my  eyes look much fresher and younger with this cream

You can see the swatches, it  really brighten up my skin.

Full Brow Highlighter
It has soft creamy texture and glides smoothly on my skin. I used it under my brows and in the inner corners of my eyes. I also tried it on my cheekbones and nose. On my warm skin tone, this highlighter works great. It gives me a perfect subtle glow which looks very natural. It is long lasting and do last for a long time without fading.

Overall, I love both of these products, now they are available at David Jones. You can check them and swatch them in store any time. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream Review

Price: 29$-105$ From David Jones, Myer, Mecca, Sephora, Adore Beauty and Clinique official website

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream comes in a glazed jar with silver lid. The cream is not fragranced which is good. It has very light smell which is not so overpowering.  The cream has thick consistency and feels velvety smooth on application. I only need small amount to cover my entire face and neck. It takes some time to absorb and instantly make my skin moisturized. My dry skin feels silky smooth as it works like a drink. 

It also keeps my skin hydrated for hours, I do not need to reapply it. I used it under makeup and found that it does not affect the longevity of my make up. After few days of uses, It increased moisture level of my skin. My dry patches are disappear and my skin feels fresh, healthy and nourished.  

Overall,  I like Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream, it works really very well with my dry dehydrated skin. According to the CLinique website, this cream is recommended for skin type 1 which means very dry and dry.

 Have you tried any skin care from Clinique? love to hear your thoughts

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quick Swatch - MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Price: 36$ from Myer, Davidjones and MAC website

MAC Velvet Teddy Swatch
I bought it without trying it in store as tester was finished. I do not have many nude lipsticks but I feel that after this I do not need more.

I have naturally pigmented lips, when I used it for the first time, it looks little bit dull. Next time I used it after covering my lips with base product and then it really looked intense.  This lipstick is highly pigmented, transfer a little bit and  last for 4-5hours with eating and drinking. 

Overall, I like this iconic shade and it is perfect nude for light skin tones.  But I think it may not work well  for medium to dark skin tones

Monday, October 2, 2017

Loreal vs Maybelline Cushion Foundation

Drugstore Cushion foundations introduced last year, I have tried L'oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion foundation , you can find details here. Few months back, I got the opportunity to try Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation as well. Here is a quick comparison of both products.

  • Both comes in a similar packing with sponge and mirror. Both looks dark in the pan but actually the colour is lighter
  • L'oreal contain 14.6g  product and sold for 29.95$ while Maybelline also has 14.6g  product and sold for 26.95$  so not a huge difference of price and product quantity.
  • Both are very easy to apply and blend due to their unique cream to liquid formula, Both provide medium coverage. L'oreal hast SPF 29 while Maybelline has SPF 40 more suitable for Australian sun.
  • L'oreal gives me luminous finish while Maybelline provides matte finish.
  • The formula of L'oreal foundation is hydrating while Maybelline formula is not musch hydrating. 
  • L'oreal foundation is not highly pigmented and does not provide full coverage. Myabelline is more pigmented provide better coverage. It is more suitable to cover acne marks, pigmentation and blemishes.
  • Both foundations last for more than 7 hours on my face. Also I live in Canberra which has cold and dry weather so my foundation longevity is not affected by heat and humidity.
Final Verdict: I actually like both products but for my dry skin L'oreal did a better job.  It is hydrating and gives me natural long lasting finish. Also I do not have acne or pigmentation so coverage is not a big issue for me. I feel that Maybelline is more suitable for normal, combination skin beauties, and for those who wants better coverage.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Quick Swatch - Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Ever Sumptuous

Price:20$ from BigW, Target and Selected Pharmacies

Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Ever Sumptuous

It is sad that Max Factor is no longer available at Priceline. I have tried few Max factor products and all of them were really great. Here is a quick swatch of Max Factor Lipfinity lipstick in Ever Sumptuous.

The lipstick comes in a pretty sleek golden packing which I really love. It is highly pigmented, provide full coverage and give matte finish. The formula is not very hydrating so for dry lip  you need to be careful.  Ever Sumptuous is a coral red colour which looks good on my warm toned complexion. It last long on my lips and leave a pretty stain upon disappearing.

Overall, It is a very good long lasting matte lips but more suitable for those who have healthy lips.

Friday, August 18, 2017

My Favourite Recent Discoveries

Recently, I introduced to a number of new beauty product, Here is some of my favourite discoveries.

Cushion Foundations
Cushion foundations are new in beauty market, I actually love the idea behind cushion foundations. Their application method saves a lot of time, and being  medium coverage, it gives me natural looking fresh beautiful skin.

The Body Shop Liptint
Lip tints are in the market for long time, but I never thought of trying them. Luckily I got TBS lip and check tint from their clearance and I am super impressed with the formula. This higly pigmented lip tint has thick gel like consistency and last for long time on my lips and checks. It looks very natural and gives me no make up look.

Dermalogica exfoliator
This powder form exfoliator is new to me, I am pleasantly surprised that it works like a magic for my dry skin. It gently removes dry patches and even blackheads making my skin silky soft. The regular use brings more improvement to my skin. I love both microfoliant and superfoliant.

Neutrogena Micealer foam
I can not believe that a single product can remove all your make up, but this product actually does it. It gently clesns my face without striping my skin.

Klara reset gel
I explored this product at the end of the last year and I am blown away by the results.I apply it before using foundation, It balled up and gently removes dead skin in seconds. Having dry skin, I often have problem with foundation application, but with this product makes my skin silky smooth and hydrated as well. 

Have you tried any of these, what is your favourite recent discovery? 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette Review

Price: 52$ only from Mecca 

Here is a quick review of Too Faced Totally Cute Eye shadow Palette


  • The packing is really very cute but it is also strong and includes mirror.
  • It contain mattes and shimmer while 3 light shades are perfect for highlighting.
  • All the shades are highly pigmented, you can see the swatches.
  • Some shades are creamy while some are more powdery.
  • They are easy to apply and blend, some shades have little fall out.
  • The shade selection is interesting, you need to play with it but it is not great for everyday look.

Overall the quality of the shadows are very good but I feel that this palette is expensive as you get 9 shadows for 52$ where as you can get 16 -18 shadows for 70$ in full size palettes. Also this is not a must have palette in you makeup collection. The shades are not for everyone, they are fun colours and perfect for occasional wear. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lover Review

Price: 34$ from David Jones, Myer, Adore beauty

I got Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lover during  Beauty Heaven beautorium event. Here is a quick review of this lipstick.
  • It comes in a slim sleek packing with applicator, I need to press the button to get the product out.
  • The applicator has a soft tip, it is very easy to apply and also help to apply lip colour evenly.
  • The colour is pigmented and one swipe is enough to show the colour.
  • The formula is hydrating, but it does transfer and you will find it on cups and glass.
  •  It  does not last very long on my lips and start disappearing after 3 hours with eating and drinking. It does leave a pretty stain upon disappearing.

Overall, It is a beautiful product by Elizabeth Arden and great for those who love liquid lipsticks. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My QV Prize from Ingrid's Blog

Last month my fellow blogger Ingrid from Fabulous and Fun Life hosted a give away. I am not very lucky when it comes to winning competitions but surprisingly I won that giveaway which contains a full range of QV products. QV is one of my favourite brand, their products are very gentle. 

QV is one of my favourite brand, their products are very gentle.  All the items were securely packed inside the big strong box. 

Thanks QV and Ingrid for having such a wonderful giveaway, I love all of these products. It is a lovely treat in this cold winter season.

Keep eye on Ingrid's blog for her next giveaway and do not forget to enter.

Three New Budget Makeup Favourites from Rimmel

Here are three new budget makeup favourites from Rimmel

Rimmel London Volume Shake Mascara

This Mascara has a big heavy chunky packing which can be shake up to keep it fresh. It has traditional wand but little bit bigger in size. The formula is thick and pigmented , one coat is enough for length and volume. The application is very easy, due to the traditional wand I can apply it within second.  This mascara gives instantly gives me long thick lashes with out clumping. It do last for long time on my eyes and I need to remove it at the end of the day.

Rimmel London Brow Shake Filling Powder 

This product is unique, it is in powder form but in tube packing. The applicator has soft sponge which contain the powder. It is really very use full and perfectly apply this brow powder. I got the shade Dark brown which is actually very dark but looks great on my black eyebrows. So I recommend choosing one shade lighter than your actual brow colour. It gives me bold dark eyebrows which lasted for more more than 8 hours. I need to be careful when using this as sometimes powder can fall out on my face. I only need small amount for my brows and I think this tube will last for a long time.

Rimmel London Brow This Way Fibre Pencil

I am already in love with Rimml  eyebrow pencil, and I was so excited when they release this new product. Rimmel London Brow This Way Fibre Pencil has traditional packing which need to be sharpen.It is pigmented and I can see some fibre in it. Yes, there are tiny fibre in this pencil which I can see upon swatches. They do look like a tiny hair on my brows and instantly give a fuller brow look. I got the shade   which was perfect for my black eyebrow. You need to be carefull when you choose the shade.

Overall, I really like these three products, they are great addition to my makeup collection. I can not decide the favourite between them , all are unique in their own way.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beauty Redefined - Max May Makeup Kit Must-haves Masterclass at the Canberra Centre

I was lucky to be a part of Max May Make up kit must haves master class. I have learned a lot in this event. The class was held in Canberra Centre's new Beauty Precinct . Upon arrival we are welcomed by a glass of champagne.  All the participants received a gorgeous goody bag full of makeup. 
Here is a brief description of his makeup application tips.

  • Skin preparation is very important, so use a hydrating cream in the first step and apply giving message. He also use Jurlique eye balm in addition to moisturiser.
  • Apply Foundation according to the skin type, application method can vary. You can use fingers or brush, but applying with finger is his favourite method, because it warm the skin which resulted in better application and absorption. It takes a lot of time to apply the foundation.
  • Use Full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, dark spot, or acne marks. Use a radiant concealer for radiance but it will provide light coverage.
  • Highlighting is an other important step, here are different points of highlighting or brightening which are shown in above picture.

  • Enhance rather than cover. Choose the feature you like and enhance it. Do not bother about tiny details no one look so closely.
  • The next step is eyebrows, brush brows to know their natural shape and then fill them accordingly. He use brow gels and brush in seeping motion, we can also brow pencils for this purpose
  • Matte Bronzers  are preferable to use, it needs to be apply on cheeks, underneath the jaws ans temples. 
  • Using eye shadows are the next step and we should start from light shades and then use darker colour.
  • Eyelash curler are great to enhance eyes, also use mascara for defined eyelashes. 
  • Apply blush on apples of the cheeks, then highlight cheek bones, nose, Inner corner of eyes and cupid brow,
  • Lipstick is the last step, he applied it with fingers. He advised that use a nude lipstick that has your natural lip colour undertone.

That's all,  these tips are really very useful.  I was impressed with the final results, the model looks gorgeous with these make up techniques.

At the end, all participants were entertained with delicious refreshment. Honestly, It was a fun filled and I enjoyed each and every part of the event.  I hope that Canberra Centre will continue hosting these kind of events in future. I highly recommend checking Canberra center website, and buying tickets early because there are limited seats in all events.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tarte Cosmetics Haul

I recently placed order with Tarte and received my parcel within 12 days. Who can resist when its free international shipping. I ordered 3 kits which contains different travel size products. All of them were already reduced and I ended up spending 49AUD. It was really very affordable because of sale and free shipping.

Tarte Blush, Highlighter and Bronzer
Tarte Liquid Lipsticks

I like all these travel size products, specially the makeup minis are very cute.  I have never tried Tarte because it is not available in my city. 

 Have you tried Tarte before? love to hear your thoughts and recommendation.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Favourite Budget Brush Brands

Do you know that we do not need to spend tons of money on makeup brushes. There are a lot of brands which offer superior quality makeup brushes with lower price tag.

Here are my top three budget brush brands.
  • Ecotools
  • Platinum Beauty
  • Real Techniques

 Ecotool Brushes

I recently got some brushes from Eco tools and I am really loving them. They are lightweight, soft and fluffy. I have washes them few time and have not experience any hair fall.  If you are looking for some new eye shadow brushes, I highly recommend Enhancing Eye Set. It contains 2 double sided high quality brushes, so you will get 4 brushes in total. Ecootools Ultimate Concealing due is an other pack which they recently introduced. It conatins two brushes, a pointed one for spot coverage and a bigger one for blending.  They perfectly cover the imperfections and gives airbrush finish.

                                                                        Platinum Beauty

Platinum Beauty
I am really surprised to see these brushes, their quality is not less than high end brushes, I have reviewed these brushes here, They are super quality affordable brushes which are easily available at your local Woolworths.

                                                                   Real Techniques Brushes

Real Techniques
Real Techniques is also one of the best brushes in the markets. Their brushes are super soft and fluffy, they are on pricier side as compared to other brands but still worth considering. Their blush brush and duo fiber brushes are my favourite.

Have you tried any of these brushes, Love to hear your thoughts.
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