Friday, September 18, 2015

August 2015 (Birthday Box) Lust Have It Review!

Hi lovelies!

In case you've been avidly following my blog and are wondering where the July LHI review went...I'm afraid I ran out of time to write it before the birthday box showed up. *shamefaced look* (read why here). The August box marks LHI's birthday, so it's extra special! Here's what I received in my August box:

Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow in Medium (full sized)

Reed Orange and Poppy Seed Scrub (full sized)

Mellow Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Olive (fill sized)

Mellow Cosmetics Mineral Auto Twist Liner in Navy (full sized)

Ulta3 Volume & Length Mascara (full sized)

All in all, with five full sized products in this month's box/bag, I think it's great value, and has a fun selection of products too! Let's take a look at some photos.

August 2015 Lust Have It Box.
Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

M.A.C. Haute Dogs Collection Review.

Hi lovelies,

This post was meant to go live late last week, but I've been busy battling a few things that haven't left much energy for blogging! My credit card was compromised while traveling interstate so I lost almost $3k to scammers, I'm still in the process of trying to sort out a dispute with my bank. I also had a guy in a hire van hit my parked car a couple of weeks ago, so I've been busy trying to sort out car insurance/car repairs...and then my shower sprung a leak and I didn't have hot water, and naturally it had to happen over a weekend so I couldn't get it fixed until the Monday! There were also a few other niggling little issues that happened in between, so it's been a bit eventful of late!

Anyhow, without further ado, did you know that M.A.C. came up with a cute collection called Haute Dogs, which launched in Australia on the 7th of September? I thought it was the most adorable thing ever, and as a dog lover, I was thrilled to receive a few products to play with! The Haute Dogs Collection is from the Mineralize range, there are baked eyeshadow quads, fluidline liners, nail lacquers, lipsticks, lip pencils, lip glasses and brow pencils, as well as several face products and brushes. I think the cover photo is really interesting, don't you?

Image sourced from M.A.C. Cosmetics Australia.
I was fortunate enough to be sent two eyeshadow quads, Posh Pedigree and Pure Bred, as well as a nude lipstick in Rare Breed. A word of warning, this is going to be a very photo-heavy post!

There are a total of three quads in this collection, and I received Pure Bred, which is a collection of brown/plum shades, and Posh Pedigree, which is a collection of taupes/greys. Both quads are gorgeous and I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite. Rare Breed is a pretty rosy nude brown lipstick.

Keep reading after the jump!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Eye of Horus Babylon Brown Liquid Define and Nile Dual Brow Perfect Review.

Hi lovelies,

I apologise for being a bit quiet on the blog over the past couple of weeks. A friend of mine got married interstate and so a few of us made the trip out, it was such a gorgeous wedding!

Anyhow, I wanted to share a gorgeous parcel I received from one of my favourite beauty brands, Eye of Horus Cosmetics (you can read my review of their eye pencils here). They sent me a pack containing two beautiful necklaces, as well as two of their recently released products; the Babylon Brown liquid define (liquid eyeliner) and the Nile Dual Brow Perfect (dark brown pencil and brow gel).

Now, if you know me at all, you'll know that I never leave home without having my brows done and eyeliner on. I also have an obsession with liquid liner, so I was really excited to try these!

Eye of Horus Goddess Pack.
Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

July 2015 US Haul.

Hi lovelies!

I have a US shopping haul to share! I'd bought a few little bits and bobs over the past couple of months and just left it at my parcel forwarder until I was ready to ship it, as it works out cheaper to ship in mass. I also picked up a couple of things for a few friends so everything is pictured in the first photo below, but the rest of this post will be on everything I purchased for myself.

Here's the combined haul, and yes, we picked up four Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters (gosh, that's a mouthful) between us!

The mass haul.

Now, here's everything that I picked up for myself.

Coastal Scents had a big sale a couple of months ago so I picked up 28 eye shadow hot pots for just under $1 USD each. I also picked up an empty eyeshadow palette to store them in. I do have quite a few z-palettes but I prefer palettes which are built to size, as it's much easier to keep clean and just looks a lot nicer. I added a single eyeshadow brush to my order because I like having several base brushes on hand when I'm doing my eye makeup. Shipping to Australia would have been quite pricy for the weight, so I sent it to my parcel forwarding address and stored it there until I was ready to ship a few orders in one consignment.

Coastal Scents hot pots, empty 28 pan palette and  eyeshadow brush.

Some of the shades do look quite similar, but unfortunately that's what happens when you pick shades based on swatches you've googled online! I tried to get a good selection of colours and neutrals. I'm not entirely sure what happened to one of the shadow pans (second from left on the second row) as it looks like it had a good chunk gouged out of it, but luckily, the rest arrived intact.

On to the gorgeous Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter. I love Jaclyn so I really wanted this highlighter shade. I've been totally obsessed with my Becca Highlighter in Opal (reviewed here) since I got it, so I want to collect all the shades that Becca have!

 Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop.

Aside from the box, there's nothing to differentiate this highlighter from the rest in the Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed range, so you have to flip it over to check the name on the back.

 Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop.
Overall, though, this is a simply gorgeous shade and I'll have swatches of the different shades in a separate post coming shortly. I have absolutely no regrets buying this!

 Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop.
Last but not least, I've been longing for several MAC lipstick shades so I picked up these five lipsticks, Steam Heat, Girl About Town, Brick-O-La, Craving and Mehr. I initially purchased Steam Heat from the Limited Edition Wash and Dry Collection when it first launched, but I was fortunate enough to receive the same shade as a PR gift, so I'll either sell this one or keep it as a backup. Swatches and review here, if you'd like to check it out. I absolutely love this collection, the packaging is just so bright and summery!

MAC lipsticks.
MAC lipsticks.
I can't wait to play with my new lovelies, they look so gorgeous!

Let me know if you'd like to see reviews of anything in particular! Here's one last photo of everything I picked up!

What have you hauled recently? Let me know in the comments, I love a good haul!

Much love,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Review.

Hi lovelies,

I have a review on one of my favourite perfumes to share with you today...Tresor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum by Lancome. I must say that Lancome has a special place in my heart when it comes to perfumes, because my first ever perfume was actually from Lancome. It was gifted to me on my 16th birthday, and while that particular fragrance has long since been discontinued, the long lasting yet subtle scent was one that stayed in my memory for years.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum.

Midnight Rose was released in 2011, and is part of the Tresor line of fragrances. I would describe it as a fruity, floral perfume with vanilla and woodsy undertones to provide some depth. What I love about the perfume is its subtle sillage, yet the Eau de Parfum formula manages to linger on my skin for hours after application. The bottle is simple, yet classy in design, and adds a touch of beauty to any dresser, with the deep purple at the base graduating to an pale lilac at the top. There is also a pretty purple satin rose on the cap to provide a touch of femininity.

Keep reading after the jump!

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum.

I have a weakness for feminine, sultry and mysterious scents, and this is certainly no exception. I always get plenty of compliments when I wear this, and it's versatile enough to wear both to the office, as well as on special occasions (cough*date nights*cough) when you wish to impress. I've worn this twice in the past week and both times, I've been complimented on my fragrance and asked what I was wearing! I'd say that's a 100% success rate!

I like to layer this on for extra longevity on special occasions, applying the scented lotion directly onto moist skin after my shower, and then applying the perfume to my pulse points for additional impact (you can check out this post I wrote a while ago for extra tips on how to get the most out of your fragrance application). I've found that the best time to purchase both the lotion and the fragrance is in a coffret, as it provides much better value. It's even better if you can manage to pick up the shower gel at the same time.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum fragrance and body lotion.

I'm actually on my second bottle of this particular fragrance, and as I'm already almost halfway through, I've got my eye on this particular coffret from Active Skin. They also have some other great bargains that I'm finding extremely tempting! Orders above $95 are free, and they offer same day dispatch for orders placed before 2 pm, plus you can redeem points from purchases to be used as discounts against future purchases! Win!

Have you tried this perfume before, lovelies? What are your favourite scents? Let me know in the comments so I can go check them out!

Much love,

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Violet Box Build A Box Review.

Hi lovelies!

If you're a regular to my blog, you'll know I'm a huge fan of the Violet Box subscription service. Every now and then, though, VB offer something a bit different, and that's the opportunity to choose your own products from a list on the website. This is known as 'Building Your Own Box' and essentially consists of 2 skincare selections, 2 makeup selections and 2 hair/lifestyle selections.

The website was having some difficulties when I first tried to build my box, due to overwhelming demand, so I ended up just shutting it down and getting back to it at a later time. I did have a bit of a problem with some of my initial picks getting sold out, and then, my order sort of disappeared into the ether and wasn't dispatched until I called Violet Box almost a week later to confirm that my box had been dispatched. Luckily, they were really good about sorting out the error and they were also kind enough to let me substitute one of my original skincare picks with a makeup item that had been dropped from my selection from the original order, so I ended up with 3 makeup items instead. Here's what I chose for my box!

Eyetini Cream Shadow in Spiced Rum (full sized)

Jing Ai Velvet Shine Lip Jewel in Pink A Boo (full sized)

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Madrid (full sized)

Gascoigne and King travel candle in Love Vanilla (full sized - but this is a travel candle)

Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment (full sized)

Lon Vitalite Collagen Crystal Eye Mask (deluxe sample)

Everything I received in my Build A Box.
Gascoigne & King Love Vanilla candle, Lon Vitalite eye mask, Hair&Me hair treatment, Eyetini cream shadow, Jing Ai lip crayon and Be A Bombshell eyeshadow quad.

Keep reading after the jump!
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