Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Best 5 Spring Blushes


Winter is finally over! Even though here in Melbourne the weather hasn't really changed yet, I'm still so happy that it will be warming up soon! Even though I've been hit with the cold from hell this week, I wanted to share my favourite blushes for this time of year with you. Just because I'm not wearing makeup right now doesn't mean I'm going to stop talking about it all day long. 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Empties - Products I've Used Up | 002

It's time for another empties post! I last posted one at the end of June and I have already built up quite a little pile of finished products. I loved writing my first one and I've actually found myself referring back to it a few times when deciding on certain purchases. Hopefully you find these mini reviews helpful so that I'm not just writing them to please myself!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Colourpop No Filter Concealer Review and Swatches

The Colourpop No Filter Concealers ($6 USD) recently launched online. If you're anything like me, you became a living embodiment of this when you found out about them. Colourpop seem to release a new product every few days, so sometimes it can feel hard to get excited about them. That certainly wasn't the case for these, though. I jumped on their website the moment they were available and picked up two shades. 

I don't usually buy foundation and concealers that I can't swatch first, but considering how affordable these are I decided to take the risk. And it totally payed off. I've been wearing these for a week straight and have been really enjoying them.

They have a creamy consistency, but aren't thick. They blend out quickly and seamlessly without looking cakey. I have quite dry under eyes, so my eyes can tend to look a little scaly (like this) if the concealer is too drying. While these definitely have more of a matte finish, they are hydrating enough to not give me the dreaded lizard eyes.

They have enough coverage to hide my dark circles and my redness, but not so much that it looks like I'm wearing a mask. I haven't noticed any creasing while wearing them either, which is always a huge bonus. The applicator is a wand with a flexible flat sponge tip, which makes placing the product really easy. 

If I could compare them to any other concealers, I'd say there like a mix of Tarte Shape Tape and Nars Radiant Creamy. The consistency is similar to Shape Tape, just as creamy but not as thick, and it blends out just as well. The coverage is very similar to the Nars Concealer, but I find that the Colourpop one looks better on my skin. It lasts a full work day on me (12 hours from application until I get home) without breaking up or fading. 

The shade range is quite limited. Fair 5 is a good match for me, but it does lean quite yellow, so anyone as fair as me with a different undertone won't have a match in this range. They could definitely stand to add shades to both ends of the spectrum, and add in shades for different undertones as well. As you can see in the swatches, there is quite a huge leap between Fair 5 and Fair Neutral 10. The same goes for the darkest and second darkest shade. Hopefully with the success of this launch they will expand the shade range so that everyone can try them out.

They do oxidize slightly, but it does happen almost immediately. As you can see in the swatches above, the shades do appear darker on the skin than what they do in the packaging. While it's not a dramatic difference, it's certainly something to be aware of before buying.  

Overall, I have been really impressed with the Colourpop No Filter Concealers. They not only stand up to my high-end concealers, but they out perform some of them. There aren't many concealers you can get in Australia for under $10, so I'm really happy to have found a cheaper alternative that works for me.

The only negatives for me are the limited shade range and the oxidization, but I can't complain aobut how they wear once they're on. Colourpop have really impressed me with these concealers and I'm sure I'll be repurchasing when I run out.

Thanks for reading! x

Monday, 21 August 2017

Shopping Your Stash: How To Make The Most Of Your Makeup Collection

I have too much makeup. Well, maybe not too much... but certainly more than I need. I think considering I blog about makeup my collection is reasonable, but still far more than I will ever finish up. I'm sure a lot of people can relate to that, with so many new releases and beauty gurus saying that we need everything.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Review

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, you'll have heard of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. This year I've been seeing their products in flatlays and in blog posts. When they reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their products, I was so excited. I always get a little giddy when I try or buy products that people I trust rave about.

I read through their website to learn more about mineral cosmetics, because to be honest, I really don't know much about them. What I gathered was that because their products don't contain a lot of ingredients that can be irritants or bad for your skin (talc, mineral oil, alcohol) they are better for your skin. Their website states that they were created to be able to used on damaged skin while still allowing it to breathe.

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