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

Ecotools
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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sephora and Mecca Haul

I was in sydney last week, my accommodation was close to Macqarie shopping centre. It was such a big mall with Mecca and Sephora stores. I also did some shopping from H&M as we do not have it in Canberra.



When it comes to beauty products, I try to spend only on those items which I really need (but this try was failed at the end). I was looking for some highlighters, setting powders and concealer. First I went to Mecca, I was looking for Hourglass highlighter but SA explained me that It is much better to invest in Ambient Lightening Powder, because they can work as a finishing powder and a highlighter for my skin tone. Her suggestion was really very helpful, the shade Diffuse light is very versatile and can be used in both ways. I also got By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder mini for 15$, I need to try loose powder to set my makeup. The mini contain 1.3 gram which looks a lot for me. 

 


I also visited Sephora after doing some online research about sale items. But the sale items in store was totally different from online and nothing attracts me. I ended up buying Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealer which was a full price product. I got it in shade Macadamia, it was creamy concealer great for under eyes and blemishes.

On our last day I was just walking around Pitt street and enjoying Sydney. I had no plan to buy anything but then I entered into Sephora. There was further 20% off on all sale items and I am surprised that there very good selection of product. Who can resist when Marc Jacobs foundation is down to 32$ from 60$, luckily I got my shade. I also picked Kat Von D concealer and lip duo for 16$ each. I ended up spending 64$ at Sephora for these three items.

I have not try any of these brands specially Sephora ones, they are not available in Canberra. I will review some of these products on my blog soon. Have you manged to get some bargains recently, love to hear your experience.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rimmel London Volume Shake Mascara Review*

Price: 18.95$ from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Big W, Target, Supermarkets



Rimmel London Volume Shake Mascara Mascara has a big heavy chunky packing which can be shaken up to keep it fresh. It has traditional wand which has brush like bristle. The formula is creamy, 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 instantly gives me long thick lashes with out clumping. It gives volume as well as length.  It do last for 5-6 hours on my eyes and then starts to fade. It is very easy to remove which is added benefit for me. It can be removed with makeup cleanser or micealar water or even warm water.

Overall, It is an innovative product which can last for one year on your makeup cupboard. You only need to shake it to keep it fresh.

*The product is provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quick Swatch - Lottie London Glossip Girl*

Price : 14$ from  Lottie London Website and ASOS



Swatches from left to right Bau-Friend, Crush and Bare

Lottie London Glossip Girls comes in a tube packing with doe foot applicator.  These lip glosses have creamy thick consistency and they are highly pigmented. They glide smoothly over lip and feel wet upon application but get dry after some time.  I love the fact that they are moisturising and keep my lips hydrated during the cold dry weather. They do last for up to three hours and I need to reapply it after eating or drinking. All of these shades are opaque, provide full coverage with glossy finish, you can see the swatches.

I like the shade selection as they are suitable for all skin tone. My favourite shade is Crush, it is perfect for cold winter days. 

This products is ideal for lip gloss lovers, It perfectly makes my lips glossy and juicy.

**The product is provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Thin Lizzy Airbrush Veil Loose Powder Review

 Price: 39.99$ from Priceline and selected Pharmacies


I recently purchased Thin Lizzy gift pack, you can find details here. I did little research on Thin Lizzy and then give this product a try. Honestly I was not expecting much because loose powder does not work very well with my dry skin. But I really like this powder, it delivers all its claims. 

Thin Lizzy Airbrush Veil Loose Powder is lightweight translucent powder which I use all over my face. It instantly set my makeup, specially my under eye area. I do have fine lines around my eye but it does not enhance them. I feel like it is a perfecting powder, it gives me luminous finish with out glittery or shiny effect. It also help to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, even my base looks airbrushed. It last for long time on my face with out being cacky or patchy.  


Overall,  I am so happy I discover this great product. I was not expecting much but it pleasantly surprised me.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Nude By Nature Advent Calendar Review

Nude By nature Advent Calendar released before Christmas. I have not bought it at that time but grabed it when it was on clearance at Priceline. The calendar has beautiful packing with rose gold writing and magnetic clasp.  It has 12 different box for products.



I got following products in this calendar.


DAY 1: Nude by Nature Rose Gold Compact Mirror
DAY 2: Perfecting Concealer 2ml (Medium)
DAY 3: Mini Beauty Sponge
DAY 4: Nude by Nature Rose Gold Tweezers
DAY 5: Perfecting Primer 15ml
DAY 6: Travel Nail File Set




DAY 7: Mini Eyeshadow Brush
DAY 8: Coconut & Lime Soy Travel Candle 
DAY 9: Sheer Light Illuminator 15ml
DAY 10: Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener
DAY 11: Mini Kabuki Brush
DAY 12: Radiant Loose Powder Foundation 4g (medium)




All of these products are really useful and pretty with rose gold packing. My favourite products are Soy candle, mineral foundation, illuminator and perfecting Primer.

I bought this for 15$ from my local Priceline and I am really very happy with its contents. But when I saw that it's RRP is 69.95$ I was actually shocked. I feel that it is little bit overpriced as contents do not worth this price tag. Also I bought it to try Nude By Nature products but it contains only 4 regular product while others are limited edition. If I compare it with benefit Advent Calendar, I can clearly see that Benefit one has all their iconic product and we can try them before buying full size.

This calendar contains beautiful products but it is not for those who want to try Nude by nature products.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Two Products for Hydrated Skin - Clinelle PureSwiss Hydracalm Lotion and Milk Cleanser

Winters are here and we really need a good skin care during this dry cold weather. I have recently introduced to Clinelle skin care and I happy to inform you that their products provide intense hydration. 


Clinelle PureSwiss Hydracalm Milk Cleanser: 9.99$ from Priceline and local Pharmacies

As the name says, it is a milky cleanser and has lotion like consistency. I only need a coin size amount for my entire face and  it is very easy to use. It is non sticky and does not leather at all which I like. I have found that it is very gentle on my skin and it cleans with out striping. After each use my skin feels soft and hydrated which I love. 

Clinelle PureSwiss Hydracalm Lotion: 14.99$ from Priceline and local Pharmacies

It comes in a transparent bottle packing and has serum like consistency. It is very light weight and feels gentle on my skin. Surprisingly it quickly absorbs with out leaving greasy layer. It really gives intense hydration, it calms my skin and moisturize it very well. I use it under make up, it does not affect the looks and longevity of my make up. It can be used alone or followed by a moisturiser, it depends on your skin conditions.

Overall, I have experienced instant and long term results with these two products. Both of them instantly makes my skin hydrated and silky soft. After few days of use, the overall condition of my skin improved a lot. The hydration level is  increased, all dry patches are disappeared and my skin looks silky smooth. 

I am so happy I explored these two affordable products., they are really very gentle and effective. Have you tried anything from Clinelle

Friday, June 16, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Hair Care Review*

I have recently come across a new hair hair products by L'oreal. I have received these four products as a part of trial team.

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Shampoo:17.95$

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Conditioning Balm:12.95
L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Disciplining Cream:17.95
L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Masque:17.95$


My hair is dry and frizzy, all of these products work great with my hair type.

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Shampoo comes in a pump bottle packing which I love. It has thick consistency and applies easily with out dripping.  It leathers well but not too much which I like.  My hair feels clean and fresh after each wash. 

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Conditioning Balm comes in a tube packing. It has thick consistency which is very easy to apply and remove. It instantly smooth my hair making it silky and shiny.

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Disciplining Cream comes in a strong tube packing, it has thick creamy consistency and I need only small amount. This cream absorbs into my hair with in few seconds. I feel that applying to much can be ended up with greasy hair. It instantly smooths my hair, controlled frizzy bits and settled unruly hair. I feel that this cream is much easy to use as oils make a lot of mess

L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Camelina Smooth Ritual Masque comes in a plastic jar packing . I have not find any usage instruction on the jar, so I use it for 15-20 minutes.  The consistency is thick enough and it stays in my hair perfectly with out dripping. The formula is creamy and non sticky so it removes easily with few splashes of water.  I use it in shower and I feel that it is much easier to remove when applied on wet hair. It instantly transforms my hair, they are silky smooth  and easy to manage. 

Final Verdict: All of these products comes in a nice packing and has pleasant plant based smell. I have used loreal Botanicals range regularly, after each application my hair are easy to manage and frizz free. I use hair dye to cover grays and these products do not affect my hair colour. 

All of these products work well with dry, frizzy and unruly hair. They moisturise, smooth, and improve the texture of my hair.  After regular use my hair are transformed into silky smooth and frizz free hair. All of these products are gentle on my hair and scalp I love the fact that it is free from paraben and Silicon.

Overall, I like these product, they are suitable for dry, dull and  frizzy hair. They are also great for those who are looking hair care with out silicone and paraben. 


* The products provided fir review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Colour Pop Ultra Matte vs NYX Lip Lingerie

If you read my blog you know that I like NYX lip lingerie, I recently tried Colour Pop Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks, here is a quick comparison of both products.


Packing
Both comes in a sleek pretty packing with a soft useful applicator. 

Formula
Both are highly pigmented, provide full coverage and one swipe is enough to show intense colour. Both are matte liquid lipsticks, Colour Pop formula is drier than NYX.

Application
Both applied easily with out any issue, dries in few seconds and they are nontransferable.

Longevity
Here is the main point where I love NYX than Colour Pop. NYX last long time on my lips with out being patchy or flaky. Colour Pop formula is so drying and it starts flaking after half an hour.  Even I need to remove it properly to get rid of patchy flaky lips. I am so sad, I heard lots of good things about their matte lipstick but it does not work for me. May be I have dry lips that's why it is not for me. 

Value for money
Colour Pop is only available online, it cost 6$ USD which is equal to around 8$AUD, it is cheaper but after adding shipping cost it is expensive. NYX cost 15$ and it is available in Priceline and Target store, I got mine for 9$ during 40% off sale.   

Final Verdict: NYX lip lingerie is the winner, The formula is great and last long on my lips. During 40% off sale, it became more affordable. The only problem is limited shade selection but still I think it is a best drugstore liquid lipstick in Australia.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Concealer Review*

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Price: 29$from selected Priceline stores and pharmacies
Bourjois Healthy Concealer Price: 20$ from selected Priceline stores and pharmacies




Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in N2 Vanilla and Concealer in Medium

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 
It is a cult favourite product, recently it is reformulated. I am lucky to receive this for trial.  It comes in strong glass bottle with red pump which is very easy to use. I got the shade N2 Vanilla which is closest to my skin tone.   It has sweet smell which disappears after application. This is a liquid foundation, it is light weight and highly pigmented, I only need small amount to cover my entire face and neck.

My skin is currently dry and I apply this foundation after using moisturiser.   Surprisingly it applies easily and blends effortlessly into my skin. For me, It provides light to medium coverage which is buildable, it covers light brown spot, blue veins and uneven skin tone. For better coverage I used concealer with it. This is non transferable foundation and it does not stain my clothes or mobile phone. 

I found that this foundation is great for dry skin and keep my skin hydrated for hours.  It gives me natural fresh face with luminous finish. It last up to 7 hours on my skin and starts to fade after 6 hours.

I love this foundation, it works great with my dry skin. I hope it will work for normal, combination and mature skin too. For oily skin beauties, I think touch ups with powder can make it last longer.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
It comes in a tube packing with doe foot applicator. I got the shade medium which is perfect for my skin tone. It has fresh sweet smell which disappears after application. It is creamy and highly pigmented, I only need a small amount. 

The creamy formula apply and blend easily without  any effort.  This concealer give light to medium coverage which is buildable. I found that  this concealer is great for under eyes , but does not completely cover acne and blemishes. But it is lightweight and if you have acne problem, your skin can still breath under it.

Overall, I like this concealer, it is creamy and hydrating so perfect for normal, combination and dry skin beauties. 

Have you tried this foundation and concealer, love to hear your thoughts.

* The products are provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Nip+ Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Mask Review*

Price: 29.95$ from Priceline, selected pharmacies and Nip+ Fab online store





Nip+ Fab Glycolic Instant fix mask comes in a 50ml soft tube packing, which is very easy to apply. The mask has gel like consistency and it is transparent. According to the instruction, a thin layer should be applied all over face avoiding delicate eye areas. I only need small amount for my entire face, I think this tube will last for long time. The mask is non sticky and very easy to use.  I apply it all over my face and removed it after 10 minutes with few splashes of water. It instantly makes my skin soft and smooth, making rough areas less noticeable.

I am using it twice a week since last month and I am so happy with the results. I have noticed that the regular use brings more improvements. My dry dull skin looks silky smooth, rough skin patches disappeared and overall condition improved a lot. I have some black heads and open pores, this mask helps to reduce their size and make them less noticeable.  It also brighten my complexion and help to fade old acne marks.  

Overall, I am super impressed with this mask, it is must have in my skin care regime. I love the fact that it has anti aging benefits which I really need in my life. Have tried anything from Nip +Fab? love to hear your thoughts.

* Product is provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Beautorium Haul

Beauty Heaven hosted beautorium in the month of April and we received it few weeks back, I am sharing my haul in this quick post.


I have only ordered Paula's Choice 2% BHA exfoliant, but received 4 free sample with my order, Here is some details.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide 7 Capsules: It is valued around 16$, my favourite freebie in this pack.

NS Leg Care Cream: Deluxe sample,Great for this winter season.

Blistex Pearl Lip Balm: Love this sample,You can never have enough lip balms, it is full size product and cost 5.95$.

Du'it Though Hands: It is sample size product, perfect for me as I always have dry hand.
I never tried any thing from Paula's Choice so I am so excited to try this. 

I love to be a part of Beauty Heaven community, Have you ever participated in Beautorium, Love to hear your thoughts?



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Beautylish Haul

Last month I placed order with Beautylish and  I am pleasantly surprised with their service. I received my order within 10 days and it was securely packed.



Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: I think this is the most photographed palette ever. I remember that few years back Urban Decay naked was everywhere in beauty community but this one beats Naked. Actually  it was my birthday present, unfortunately I can not buy it in Canberra. The only option is online purchase but it is always out of stock at Sephora and even on beautylish. So when I receive the email about its availability, I quickly ordered it.

It Cosmetics CC Cream: I just include this to get free shipping, it is 12 ml sample size and cost me 15 USD.

ABH Palette is really beautiful and it cost me 55$ AUD while its is sold for 75$AUD in Astralia. I am really enjoying this palette, detailed review will be coming soon.

My experience with Beautylish is excellent,  it is a very useful website  for those who do not live in a big city and can not access these brands. Their prices are reasonable too and they offer free shipping over 50$. 

Have you tried any of these, love to hear your thoughts, have a lovely weekend :)

Note: The mentioned prices are based on conversion rate of USD into AUD at the time of purchase.

Colour Pop Haul

Colour Pop had free shipping few weeks back and I managed to get some goodies. I received my package with 3 weeks and all items were securely packed in a strong box.  




I bought Just Bee Have kit which was already reduced to 11$ USD, It contains 3 products, lip liner,  lipstick and Ultra matte liquid lipstick. I also purchased Highlighter Lunch money which is a possible dupe of Becca Moonstone.

Colour pop has amazing products with such a cheap price and with free shipping it is more affordable, stay tuned for my thoughts on these products.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baby Shower Ideas: Do’s and Don’ts

The news of a new baby arriving soon presents excitement and happiness. Whether you are a first time mom or have had kids before, the feeling is always the same. Planning a baby shower should therefore be perfect.


Here are some baby shower ideas that will certainly help you.

Theme 
Whether you decide to go for traditional theme or modern one, it should be unique. For a baby boy most of the time the theme color is blue while for girls it’s pink. But there are way much more themes to choose from such as jungle theme, animal theme, musical theme or even a nautical theme. 

If you are not sure of the baby’s gender, go for a neutral theme like a vintage or black and white theme. It may sound boring but it’s very sophisticated.

Food
If you are planning for a friend, find out what the mom to be doesn’t like to eat and don’t include any food that will upset her. The last thing you do not want is the main guest of the party getting sick during the event. 

Remember that the cake should be the center of the shower. Make sure the decoration is as amazing as the taste of the cake. 

Here are two easy to make recipes that could help you and save up some of your time.  

1. Cheese ball
Softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, chopped green onions, garlic powder, almonds, worcestershire sauce, and cheddar cheese.

Procedure 
  • Mix mayonnaise and cream cheese, stir until smooth.
  • Add Parmesan and cheddar cheese, green, onion, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce into the mixture and stir.
  • Chop almonds and place into a plastic wrap. Roll the cheese mixture into balls.
  • Roll cheese balls in almonds then wrap with plastic wrap.
  • Place into refrigerator for  few minutes then unwrap and serve.
2. Banana bread
Ripe bananas, milk, plain yogurt, vanilla cream, all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, butter.

Procedure 
  • Mash bananas and add in milk, yogurt and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  • Cut the butter into very tiny pieces and add into the flour mixture.
  • Add the banana mixture into the new flour mixture and mix well to make dough.
  • Preheat oven.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place the scones.
  • Bake until firm and brown on the edges.
  • Let it cool then serve.
 Gifts 

There’s no limitation to what you can give someone as a gift but you should try to be creative. You can buy things like, on-the go changing mat, multi-portion freezer tray, self-heating travel bottle or stroller storage.  Giving the gift of  newborn photography props is also a fantastic ideas, they will be used on the newborn to forever capture special and wonderful life events with great photos. They are available in many online stores and can even have them custom made. Gift must all be about the baby. 





Monday, May 29, 2017

Top 4 Body Care Products in Winters

Winters are very harsh in Canberra. I do have itchy and problematic skin during cold weather.  Here is my top 4  body care products during winters,  I have reviewed each of them separately .


Dermaveen Soap Free Wash*: Best body wash for dry itchy skin, it is very gentle and can be used on little kids too.

Bio Oil*: It is a must have for dry itchy skin, it also improves overall texture of my skin.

Dermaveen Body Moisturiser spf 50+*: We should not forget sun protection in winters, this is very gentle sunscreen, can be used on face too. 

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion: My HG body moisturiser, great for all family members, I am using it for the last 3 years.

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

* Products provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lottie London Get The Look Palette - Day Dream Review*

Price: 30$





 Swatches from left to right
Beach Pum, In the glow and On Point
 Swatches from left to right 
First Row -In the Buff, Instagram, First Kiss
Second Row - Man Crush, Girls Gains, #nofilter

Lottie London Day Dream Palette comes in a cute card board packing with a mirror. It is all in one palette and contains a bronzer, a highlighter, a blush and 6 eye shadows. All of them are creamy and highly pigmented, even one swipe is enough to show intense colour. Unlike other drugstore palette, the mattes perform really very well even I need to be careful with them. All the colours apply and blend easily, only blush has little fall out while others are perfectly fine. I like the colour selection of this palette. it is great for all skin tones. 

Surprising eye shadows and blush last for a very long time, they perfectly stays  more than 8 hours on my face.  All the eye shadows work well with my pale skin tone, only "In the buff" looks little bit chalky.  I love the blush "On point"  and Highlighter "In the glow" while in the eye shadows "Man Crush" and "Girls gain" are my favourite.

Overall I am really impressed with the quality of this palette, It is a great all in one palette and perfect for travelling.  It has variety of wearable shades which is great for different skin tones and different makeup looks. 

Note: This post is linked up at Ingrid's blog Fabulous and fun Life.

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