Face Favourites

Now, I’m not one to do ‘Monthly Favourites’, I love reading them, but I just suck at doing them. Which is kinda sad because I love sharing products that I’m currently loving. Today I’m here to share with you some products that I like that go on my face! Surprisingly there are a lot of highlighters in this lot of stuff, I didn’t expect that to happen. But I’m glad it did, I’m really excited to share with you some of my favourite ‘face’ products!

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Unbeknownst to me at the time, but I kind of organised this photo into groups. The first three on the left side are for more of a dewy look, the three on the right side are more matte. The bottom two are liquid/cream products, then the next middle two are ‘primer’-esque products and the top two are liquid foundations. The column through the middle is powder. I honestly just threw it all together for the one photo. I think it worked out alright. It serves its purpose.

Prime:

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Priming my face is something that I’ve recently started to make a beauty habit. Since discovering Kismet Jardin and working with them, using the Hydra Gem under my foundation has become apart of my morning routine. You can read my full review of it here.  It works so well under foundation, for me being of the dry skin type using this product allows me to wear matte finish foundations without it clinging to my dry spots!

The QV Matte finish oil free moisturiser is a new product that was only released in stores April 1st. I didn’t know if it was going to be a good fit for me because I do have dry skin, but using this product on top of the Kismet Jardin Hydra Gem allows me to use super dewy finish foundations. I never knew that priming my face would have such benefits to the look and wear of my entire face of makeup. I now can’t live without these two products!

Foundation:

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I’d been a lover of the L’Oreal True Match in the original formula for quite a while but sadly the finish clings to some of my dry spots, I finally make the decision to purchase the Lumi version of the foundation and it is perfection! I use this on top of the Hydra Gem and Matte moisturiser together and it gives my face the most flawless finish! I love this foundation so much and can see myself repurchasing it over and over!

The Maybelline foundation is something that I’d heard a lot about but had never picked up, but in the 40%off Cosmetics Priceline sale and I’m glad I did. I can wear this on top of the Hydra Gem and not even have to powder on top! It has such a nice natural finish. It lasts a really long time and doesn’t break down or separate which is a winner in anyones book. The shade I have is a little bit pink for me but I can get away with it, which is good because I’ve been using this foundation a lot lately and I don’t want to live without it.

Australis’ fresh and flawless face powder is a cult classic. I’ve been using it for years, and I’m never disappointed. It glides effortlessly over liquid foundation to add some extra coverage and to set. It also works so well on its own when I’m having those rare ‘good skin days’. I own it in a few shades and use them all at once. It is such an affordable product for everyday use!

Highlighters/Illuminators

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There are a few here that are in my daily use rotation. A mix of different formulas and a wide range in brands, I’m really excited to share with you these products. From left to right the brands are: Williams Pro Makeup, Vani-T, Tarte and Face of Australia.

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You can see here that there are different shades and vary in luminosity and glow. I use them all so much and would love for you to try some of these products!

Williams Pro: #SelfieGlo
This beautiful little diamond tub holds a loose pigment like highlighter that can be used all over the body. I’ve used it on the cheeks and cupids bow, as well as a brow highlight even as an eye shadow. It is gorgeous. It has a duo chrome finish to it from a pearly white to a warm pinky red/orange/gold? it sounds strange but it reflects the colours in your skin tone so well to make it look very natural. This product can be layered for more intensity, too. I really like to spray my brush with MAC fix+ and apply this as an eye shadow. It is so pretty!

Vani-T: Mineral Colour Stick – Ivory
I got sent this product by a mix up, but I’m happy to have it in my collection. I fell in love with Vani-T products after the Bloggers United AU Adelaide event and since then I’ve purchased more products, but this colour stick is such a beautiful warm highlight shade. It blends into the skin like butter, it is absolutely gorgeous. Because it is a cream product, you can set it with a powder highlight and it makes everything absolutely pop! I LOVE this product and will probably purchase some more of the colour sticks. They’re universal!

Tarte: Rainforest of the Sea ‘Skin Twinkle’ lighting palette:
I picked this up in the 40% off Tarte sale a little while back and to say I was excited was an understatement! The two shades swatched here are: (L-R) Sunlight (champagne gold) and Moonlight (rosy pearl). These are so pretty and perfect for daily glow but as always, like all highlighters can be layered for intensity. The products are so smooth they look and feel like cream, but they are powder and some of the finest powders I own. The shade in the middle is a matte shade that I use for setting my under eye area. You can see the dent taken out of it, I really do like that powder. (its not swatched though).

Face of Australia: Mineral Therapy Illuminator – Angel Mist
You can mix this in with your foundation for an all over dewy glow, use it as an all over face primer for that ‘back lit’ glow from within look, or tapped on the cheeks bones and other ‘general highlight’ areas. It blends so easy. It is a liquid product so a little goes a long way! Its a pinky / pearl / shell illuminator and it does a great job of bringing out that natural glow.

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And there you have it! These are some of the products that I’ve been really liking so far! If you want an in-depth review on any of the products in this blog, just ask and I’ll get to it!

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Review: Face of Australia – Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes

I don’t know about you guys, but I love eyeshadow palettes, ‘drugstore’ or ‘high-end’ I can’t get enough of them. So whenever I find a new one that I really like, I get super excited to share it with you, and today, I have TWO!

Face of Australia have been coming out with a few new palettes lately and I picked these up toward the end of last year and have been using them for the past few months. They’re called the “Face of Australia – Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes” and they’re available from Priceline. Each of these palettes retail for $18.95 AUD which I must say is a bit pricey, so if you’re on a budget I’d suggest getting only one of these palettes as they are quite similar. But if you’ve got the money to spend / want them because you’re a makeup hoarder like I am then I’m here to show the the subtle yet totally worth it differences these palettes have!

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As shown in the picture above, there are two palettes the ‘Nude’ and ‘Naked’ now this is kind of confusing a bit because the palettes are the ‘Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes’ and one of them is called ‘Nude’. It confused me for a bit when I was purchasing them and trying to figure out the differences.

Packaging: These palettes are made from some pretty heavy duty plastic. They feel like good quality without being heavy. They’re also compact enough to take travelling and offer enough shadows you won’t need to carry much more makeup. They’re sleek and black and aren’t to ‘busy’ looking. The palettes also have a pretty decent sized mirror on the inside. The mirror can be arranged to be open standing without needing support. So its good to place on a surface and use that mirror instead of taking a portable mirror with you. (happy travelling) However, because of the palettes design they’re slightly curved so if the mirror is pushed back too far it will get top heavy and rock backwards.

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Each palette holds 15 shades and as you can see they’re quite similar. The left is the Naked palette and the right is the Nude. At a glance you’d think they’re the same palette, but if you look closer the ‘Naked’ palette has more of a gold neutral theme whilst the ‘Nude’ has a hint of rose shades. Both palettes have a mix of mattes, shimmer and pearl/satin finishes. The palettes also come with a double sided applicator, one side has a foam tip and the other is a small detail flat brush. I’ve used the brush side (I hate the foam things) a few times and they’re quite acceptable. I’m glad that companies are adding small brushes instead of JUST those foam applicators.

Some shades are more pigmented than others, the really glittery shades don’t have much payoff but I’m sure using some fix+ would change that. However they’re good if you’re wanting to top off your eyelid with just some glitter. I was surprised with the matte shades. Usually drugstore mattes are hard and powdery and don’t offer much pigment at all, but these mattes are creamy – a little fallout with some of the lighter shades – and have great pigmentation. The other shades have great pigment and are equally as creamy. The really glittery shades (lucky there are only a few in each palette) are the only let down. The shadows are quite easy to blend too; I was surprised at how easy it was to blend them through the crease area.

Swatches:

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Sorry for the quality of the photo, I had to take this with my phone, I couldn’t get the right angle with my big camera (blogger problems). There was no primer or fix+ used in these swatches. MOST of them show up on my very pale skin. For me the standout shade is the black from the ‘Naked’ palette. It is so hard to get a pigmented matte black from any company, and the fact that this is a ‘drugstore’ brand is amazing. This is one of the most pigmented black shadows I’ve come across.

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Slightly better shot of colours but bad shadows across the swatches.

I’ve used these palettes for the past few months now and I think you can do a few good looks just using the one palette. They are similar so if you have the chance to get in and look at one close up, I’d suggest it. Or if you’re more a gold fan than a rose fan (or vice versa) then grab the one that appeals to you! I was regretting getting both for a short time but now that I have both and know some good looks using both I’m glad I have them. These palettes are (maybe still are) a limited edition palette so if you’re interested I’d get in to your nearest Priceline quick or order online soon!

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Nautical Nails – Nail Tutorial

So in my head, its always appropriate to wear whatever nail polish you want, DON’T LET THE SEASON DEFINE YOU.

I picked up some nail polish yesterday when I was trawling the shelves of my local Priceline (6 bottles – I have an addiction) and I fell in love with two shades in particular.

The polish I picked up was from two different brands / collections. I picked up the entire ‘Nauti Girl’ range from essence and two of the ‘Calypso Bay’ polishes from Face of Australia. (I already have four out of the collection, me and Newbytobeauty are obsessed with that range) When I have the entire range of the Calypso Bay polishes I’ll be doing a post, *spoilers* They’re amazing. I also really love the polish from the Nauti Girl line that I used in this look, nice going essence.

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So as you can see it’s pretty simple, and also… PRETTY!

THE STEPS:

  1. The things you will need: This look can be done with a bunch of different colour combinations, for this look I used an antique gold shade and a deep navy colour. You’re also going to need sticky tape for the ‘cut out/ stencil’ design.
  2. The navy colour is: 01 Ahoy, Boy! from the Essence ‘Nauti Girl’ collection and the gold is: 03 Pirates Booty from the Face of Australia ‘Calypso Bay’ collection.
  3. Paint your nails with the colour you want to have the cut out in. In this case I wanted navy nails with a gold cut out so, gold is the first colour to put down. *Don’t forget to put a base coat to protect your nails.*
  4. Once they’re dry, take a piece of sticky tape and cut it into squares (any shape with a straight right angle on it). Stick it to the back of your hand a few times to get rid of the stickyness of it so it doesn’t rip up the polish. Place the tape on the nail, the position is up to you, but make sure its straight (or not, whatever look you’re going for is fine)
  5. Paint over the nail with the top colour, in my case navy. Once the colour is opaque (this only took me one coat with this polish) peel off the tape – make sure you don’t let the polish dry because when you take the tape off, the polish might chip or peel off too!

So there you go. It is really that simple! Add a top coat and you’re good to go!

I hope you like this, and if you try it out let me know, I’d love to see some different colour combinations!

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