Tuesday, June 7, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose (Exclusive Pinks) Collection Swatches & Review!

Hi lovelies,

I'm sorry for the radio silence here on the blog! I've been on a short term contract and there just hasn't been time for much outside of work. Winter also always wreaks havoc with my blogging, as I have to wait for the weekends to take my photos. I'm a little more active on Instagram, so hop on over there and show me some love, if you aren't already! Sneaky tip, there will be a little giveaway coming up very soon, but it will be Instagram-based, so be sure to follow me so as not to miss out! Let me know who you are so I can be sure to follow back!

Anyway, I have missed blogging so I resolve to try and get a post out at least twice a week. Thank you for staying with me and continuing to read my posts. ♥

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose Exclusive Pinks Collection.
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Vie En Rose Exclusive Pinks Collection.

There's no better way to celebrate being back after a month long absence than to share a post on a beautiful collection of lipsticks that arrived at my door a week or so ago. Bear with me, this will be a very photo-heavy post, because I couldn't help but take heaps of photos of this gorgeous collection!

Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer (with SPF15) Review!

Hi lovelies!

I've never tried a Dermalogica primer before, which is why I was quite curious when the new Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15 landed on my desk. I don't have a lot of redness in my skin but I do like a product that can help even my skintone, so I was curious to see if this helped in any way. It's always a bonus when there's a bonus sunscreen factor included, as it's one product I can skip if I'm in a rush!

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15.

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer with SPF15

Keep reading after the jump!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum) Review!

Hi lovelies,

I have an interesting new product to share with you today, which I was sent as an Expert Panel trial. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl is a rather unique serum which caught my attention immediately. It consists of pale yellow, concentrated Q10 pearls suspended in a clear gel made of Hyaluronic Acid and Creatine.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Keep reading after the jump!

In case you're wondering, our skin naturally contains the Q10 Coenzyme, which helps drive energy production and protects from free radicals. This enzyme is responsible for fulfilling vital functions like skin repair, protection, regeneration and renewal. Unfortunately, levels of this Coenzyme decrease with age, which is why skin begins to be prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls aim at replenishing the skin's Q10 levels. Hyaluronic Acid also occurs naturally in skin, and is known to increase the cells capacity to bind water, holding up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. Creatine is also an energy booster in skin, released where necessary to aid in cell functions. Encasing the Q10 pearls in this gel allows the product to deliver the highest concentration within the Nivea range.

It works in quite an interesting way; the pearls break in the head of the dispenser head to combine with the hydrogel each time the pump is depressed. The resulting mixture is pale yellow, and has quite a whipped, fluffy texture, as shown in the photo below. It applies really beautifully, sinking quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. This is quite an interesting texture for a skin serum. I like to use this by applying 1/1-2 pumps of this after cleansing, and letting my skin settle for a minute before following with a healthy dollop of moisturiser.

I've been using this twice daily for a week now, but I believe it takes two weeks to see a real difference. Unfortunately, we were only given a week to try this, so stay tuned, I'll pop back to update this post in about 3 weeks (because I like to trial skincare for at least a month). I will say that while I don't really notice a huge difference in fine lines, I do think that my makeup sits a bit better since my skin is more hydrated, and my skin also looks a bit less tired after a long day with regular use of this serum.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

In case anyone is wondering about the scent of this, it has a faint, flowery scent which is a tad powdery. I find it pleasant but it's something worth mentioning. Overall, I quite like this and I'm excited to keep using this and seeing if it makes a difference!

This product is available in all standard Nivea stockists and retails for $29.99, which I think is quite reasonable for 40 ml. What do you think of this, lovelies? Are you keen to give it a go?

Much love,
MM.
x


Note: This product was kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

Monday, April 4, 2016

M.A.C Zac Posen Collection (Eye Z You Palette, Lipsticks and Fluidline Pen) Review + Swatches!

Hi lovelies,

I do apologise for the delay in writing this post; it was meant to come out two weeks ago but I unfortunately caught quite a bad cold, so everything took a bit of a backseat while I took up residence on the couch and tried to recover. Luckily there's plenty of stock left online and in stores, so you can still pick up anything you see here if it takes your fancy!

The M.A.C Zac Posen collection is one that caught my attention immediately, simply because I love the fashion that designer Zac Posen comes up with. The cover image that accompanies this collection is stunning, with an elegant, classy feel given a modern twist with a bright pop of colour on the lips. When you combine fashion from one of my favourite designers and the words 'limited edition'...let's just say it's no surprise that this one reeled me in, hook, line and sinker. Throw in some burnt orange and bright pink lipsticks, a sleek pen liner and a beautiful eyeshadow palette with plenty of pinky purples, and I was jumping for joy when these landed on my desk. Let's take a look at some of the items in this collection, shall we?

M.A.C Zac Posen Collection.
The packaging is simple, sleek yet elegant, with the name emblazoned in gold on a matte, dark greenish grey background. The lipsticks and eyeshadow palette have sharp, square lines, which lend quite a classic feel (and made this beauty blogger's day, as it was so much easier to photograph). The products also have a bit of weight to it, which gives it a luxe feel.

I was kindly sent the Eye Z You Palette, lipstick in Darling Clementine (burnt orange) and fluidline pen, and also purchased the lipstick in Dangerously Red (bright berry red) because I couldn't resist it! In addition to these, the collection also has a Zoom Lash mascara, sheer nude lipstick in a lustre finish called Sheer Madness, Prep and Prime Powder, Haute Contour kit and two makeup brushes.

Both Darling Clementine and Dangerously Red are mattes, which I think will look lovely when topped with Sheer Madness for a little extra moisture.

Keep reading after the jump!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Treats!

Hi lovelies!

I hope you're having an amazing Easter long weekend so far! Now, I'm a big chocolate lover, but I've been noticing an abundance of chocolate everywhere, so I thought it might be fun to come up with a post that outlines some non-edible chocolate related treats...just in case you're a little tired of chocolate (or just want to cut down on the calories), but still want to treat yourself to something along those lines!

Un-edible Easter Chocolate Treats!

1) Try a scented soy candle like Chocolate Cookies from Buddha Bum Soy Candles to help you feel some Easter vibes, and it will make your home smell beautiful, too. Soy candles burn cleaner than other waxes as they don't have as many nasties in them, which means they're less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax burns at a lower temperature, too, which means that a soy candle will last longer than a paraffin candle, bonus!

2) Indulge in a chocolate infused eyeshadow palette like the Chocolate Bar palettes (either the original or the Semi-Sweet, pictured above, or the new Bon Bons palette) from Too Faced Cosmetics, or any of the chocolate themed palettes (there are five in total!) from Makeup Revolution (the white one above is I ♥ Makeup Naked Chocolate)! They smell beautiful and they'll make you feel gorgeous when you look in the mirror!

3) Try a chocolate coloured polish, the one pictured in the photo above is Wooden Shoe Like To Know by OPI, and it's gorgeous! I feel like I've dipped my nails in milk chocolate every time I wear this.

4) The one food item on my list; it isn't technically edible in itself so I figured it passed...a chocolate infused tea! I'm obsessed with Lamington from T2 teas, but there are stacks of other delicious sounding teas, including a curated box containing several different types of chocolate teas called T2 Choc Selfies!

5) A signature fashion item like a pair of shoes or a bag in chocolate tones will also help you fit right in. Pictured above is my little tote bag from Colette Hayman.

There you have it, lovelies, some cute little ideas that will help you celebrate Easter in a slightly out-of-the-box way!

Now, how will you be celebrating Easter? Are you a big chocolate fan?

Much love,
MM.
x

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Salon Melbourne 2016 Haul!

Hi lovelies,

I'm a little late with this post, which is all about what I picked up at Salon Melbourne a couple of weekends ago! If you're wondering what Salon Melbourne is, it's basically an industry event for professionals like hairdressers, makeup artists etc, but luckily, bloggers are also allowed in. I've already reviewed the event the last couple of times I went (wayyy back in 2012 and 2013, which you can read here and here). It hasn't changed overly much in the years so I won't review it again, but will just jump straight to what I purchased, though of course, some of the brands that were exhibiting have changed.

Salon Melbourne 2016
(image courtesy of Salon Melbourne)
I was a lot more restrained with my purchases this year, so here's what I ended up getting.

Haul from Salon Melbourne 2016.
I picked up 5 brushes from Crown Brushes, to fill gaps in my brush collection. Pictured from left to right, as detailed in the photo below, these are:

Fan brush SS023 ($19) - I'd been wanting a dense, fluffy fan brush for applying highlighter, and this was the softest out of all the choices that the Crown Brush stand had. I've already used this and I'm loving the result I get from this!
Dense powder brush 443 ($35) - This was the most expensive brush I picked up. This is a little like a kabuki, but it's a lot denser than all the brushes I own. I wanted something to really buff powder into the skin after the application of liquid foundation, so I can't wait to give this a good try. I've just washed this and there was a fair bit of dye leaking from it, but this should hopefully peter off after the first wash.
Contour brush C473 ($20) - I own a Zoeva contour brush but wanted something that had a bit more bulk to it. I've also just washed this but have yet to try it out properly. There was no dye leaking out which is good!
Eye smudger SS028 ($7) - The eye smudger brush caught my eye immediately! I've got one from Sigma which I love, but I wanted a dupe as a backup. I've washed this but have yet to use it.
Spoolie brushes x 2 C115 ($3 each) - I had to bin my last spoolie, so I really needed a soft spoolie to help brush product through my brows. Both of these felt quite soft, and as they were $3 each, I figured it didn't hurt to pick up two different ones!

Let me know in the comments if you want to see reviews once I've tried them all.

Keep reading after the jump!
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