Australis: ‘Liquid Strobe’ illuminating drops

A few months ago a spotted the new Australis liquid strobe illuminating/highlight drops in my local Priceline and jumped at the chance to try them. Having dry skin I love trying new cream and liquid products. They retail for $19.95 so they are a bit pricey if you’re going to get them both, or if you’ve got an extensive highlighter collection. If you don’t or if you just want them anyway and want to know what I think about them, then read on, dear friend, read on.

First Impression: Pretty but eh..

When I was swatching them on my hand, I instantly fell in love with them, they give off the prettiest natural sheen, no chunky glitter at all, but after a little while of rubbing the product in, I noticed it started to separate especially in the spot where I’d had foundation on my hand from previous swatches, – not cute. This put a halt on me wanting to use them on my face. I removed them with a makeup wipe and did another test, this time I used less product, made sure there were no oils on my hand and swatched again – success!

I wasn’t blessed with beautiful hands, so just imagine they’re food network quality hand model hands. The two shades are so pretty, I hope they come out with more to suit everyone as I can really only wear the pink shade. I wear both because I do what I want! But the gold one looks good when I have some kind of tan.

How I use it: Daily glow!

This is my go to glow for days when I’m not wearing any makeup – work, uni, errands. On days such as this I only do my brows, mascara and highlight. So here is a pic of me in my ‘every day’ glory – dry skin and freckles galore!

that nose highlight tho…
I mainly go for the forehead, tip of the nose, cupids bow (my favourite), chin and then cheek bones.

#sneakymirrorselfie (;

Tips and Tricks: apply sans sponge!

I found that using a small amount and blending it in with fingers works best, and then with your brush or beauty sponge just *dab* around the edges to blend it into foundation or skin.

The Product // Final thoughts:

The product has a silicone/slippy feel to it but it doesn’t feel gross on the skin. It has a pretty good liquid time before it sets so it gives you plenty of time to finesse it and work it into place. Adding little at a time to build intensity is my favourite way to use it. Once it sets it is in place for good! Doesn’t transfer or rub off and because its a liquid it doesn’t have that layer of powder look / feel. – for me thats great, my skin is like the Sahara desert, the less power the better.

These also look beautiful mixed in with other products – foundation, tinted moisturiser etc. Work well on the face and the body.

While its no lie that I love Australis products – I could probably do a full face with all A/C products, this is another great one and I think its worth trying out! Plus, the dropper applicator is super fun. Products with droppers are almost guaranteed to go home with me.

Things I’ve noticed: I’m a detective.

  • No smell
  • Easy to work with
  • Good amount of product for price
  • Glass jars – be careful
  • Not gloopy – product is quite thin
  • No chunky glitter

Let me know if you’ve used these or are thinking about purchasing. I’m nosey so tell me your life stories (:

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Review: Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Palette

So it’s been out for a while now but I still hear people raving about how good it is, and with that, I knew I had to own it!

I’ve ordered from BH cosmetics before and this time it only took 10 days to get to me (it arrived the day before my birthday – yay). Even though BH cosmetics is an American site and its all in USD there are always massive sales on, I’ve never paid full price for anything that I’ve purchased from there. Get the palette here!

If you don’t know who Carli Babel is, she is an American YouTube beauty, lifestyle, fashion and fitness guru. Her videos are really well done and she’s really easy to watch.

The Palette

The packaging looks gorgeous. Its high quality cardboard that feels firm and sturdy. It has an almost quilted design on the front and back of the palette (you’ll see in the photos) with silver metallic writing. The white and silver make it look very chic. On the inside there is a decent sized mirror, however it isn’t free standing so it will need to be held or propped up with something. There is a quote on the inside which reads ‘Aspire to Inspire’ I think that is a really nice message. Because the palette is cardboard it isn’t as bulky or heavy as others which makes ideal for travel and don’t worry about it flying open, it has a magnetic closure so your shadows are safe!

Each of the four highlight shades has a floral imprint which I’m not sure how I feel about it, yes it looks nice, but it doesn’t tie into anything else in the palette. There are floral designs on the inside of the palette boarder but they’re not the same, and the eyeshadows don’t have anything stamped into them it just looks a little out of place, but thats just how I see it. Other people might not see it the way I do.

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The palette is an eyeshadow and highlight palette. 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters that accommodate a variety of skin tones. There is an even mix of shimmer and matte shades in the palette 5 matte and 5 shimmer but of the shimmer shades 4 of them are almost identical to the highlighters which kind of bothers me. I feel like there could have been four different eyeshadow shades and if I wanted the shade of the highlight I could use that as eyeshadow anyway? Because the palette is aimed towards all skin tones the darkest highlight is never going to be used by me as a highlight shade, it’s just a large eyeshadow in my opinion (and I’m sure the lighter highlight shades are great eyeshadow options for those with a deeper skin tone to mine) but there is a full sized eyeshadow and highlight that is basically the same colour. That is one of the only downsides I can see to this palette.

The shadows don’t have a lot of fall out and the highlighters are some next level glow going on, on your face. The matte shadows can be a little chalky but its nothing that can’t be worked with. The shimmer shades are creamy/buttery and very pigmented!

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This is a look I did for my birthday brunch using just this palette.

Swatches:

Top Row.

top row
L-R: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
  1. Matte cream coloured highlight doesn’t show up on my arm but looks great on the eyes.
  2. Champagne shimmer. One of my favourites.
  3. Matte cool toned light brown. Good transition colour.
  4. Matte muted plum – a mix between 3 & 5
  5. Matte plum colour. Can’t wait for Autumn with this colour!

 

Bottom Row

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L-R: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
  1. Champagne gold shimmer.
  2. Ture gold shimmer.
  3. Rust brown with copper reflect shimmer.
  4. Copper shimmer.
  5. Matte dark brown/olive green mix

 

Highlighters:

HL
L-R H1, H2, H3, H4
  1. Pinky toned highlight – fair
  2. Champagne toned highlight – fair to medium
  3. Honey Gold toned highlight – medium to dark
  4. Copper Gold toned highlight – dark

 

Comparison: Here are some swatches of the highlight shades with the eyeshadows shades that look almost identical.

comparison

Looking at the swatches in a grid pattern the top row has two groups and the bottom row has two groups.

Top row group one: H1 and T1 – Group two: H2 and B1

Bottom row group one: H3 and B2 – Group two H4- B4

As you can see the shades are pretty similar. For anyone wondering I use a mix of the first and second highlight for my face.

You can still get the palette on bh cosmetics.com but I’m not sure if it will be around forever so if you’re after it, get in quick!

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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:

nude naked

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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