Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NOTD: Fourth of July 2017 Manicure!

Hi lovelies,

You know, I usually have some form of nail art every week, yet I either run out of time to take photos (I take all my photos in natural light and so I have to wait for the weekends because the sun is gone by the time I get home on weekdays), or I simply forget to share and get distracted by other things...I've been a bad blogger!

It did strike me a few days ago that the Fourth of July was coming up, so I decided to come up with some Independence Day inspired nails. I pulled out one of my favorite polishes, a deep electric blue by a brand called Eclipse. It's such a beautiful shade on it's own that I had to share a couple of photos.



I can't remember where I bought it from and there's no name on the label, only the number #611. I then used a thin striping brush to paint on red polish (Zoya Karina) over white polish (Sally Hansen White On), before topping it with a red diamante.

Fourth of July 2017 Manicure!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spend vs Splurge : Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette vs BYS Cosmetics Berries eyeshadow palette.

Hi lovelies!

As you all know, the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Modern Renaissance palette is probably one of the most sought after palettes of all time. It's a palette I've owned for a while now, and it's truly a beautiful palette with a range of unique, yet wearable shades that will flatter any skintone. It's also a palette that I know many of my readers have had trouble getting their hands on, due to it selling out so quickly.

That's one of the reasons I was so excited when I attended a blog event that BYS Cosmetics held a couple of weeks ago, as I knew that one of their best selling palettes, the Berries palette, was said to be a fantastic dupe of the Modern Renaissance palette. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to receive one in our goodie bag from the event, so I was really excited to try it and report my findings back for all of you!

As the photo shows, both palettes are very similar at first glance, but let's take a closer look and see how close the comparison really is, shall we?

Spend vs Splurge: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance (top) vs BYS Cosmetics Berries (bottom) palettes.

First up, let's talk packaging. Both palettes have a similar colour scheme, but the Modern Renaissance is packaged in a velvet feel cardboard palette with a magnetic clasp while the Berries is housed in a click-shut tin. The Modern Renaissance is also a little shorter and wider than the Berries palette, which bears a striking resemblance to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes (specifically, the 2, 3 and Smoky) in design. In this instance, I have to say I have a personal preference for the Berries packaging; the Modern Renaissance does feel a bit more luxurious but the velvet feel means you have to take extra care not to get it dirty (especially if you are a neat freak like me), and the Berries just feels more sturdy overall.

Keep reading after the jump!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lush Cosmetics Mother's Day 2017 Limited Edition Collection!

Hi lovelies,

I can't believe Mother's Day is almost upon us! This year has flown by, I can't believe that we're in May already!

Anyhow, without further ado, let me introduce the latest Lush Cosmetics limited edition Mother's Day collection to you, in case you're still in a dither about what present to choose the most important lady in your life...

I was especially in love with this collection because Lush brought back Yummy Mummy (read my review on that here), which is only my favourite ever Lush Shower Gel of all time! LIKE, REALLY.

Anyhow, without further ado, let's take a look at some of the offerings that were kindly sent my way to share with you all, shall we? I was generously gifted with a total of 7 products, which I'll go into more detail below.

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2017

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NARSissist Limited Edition Unfiltered I Cheek Palette Review + Swatches!

Hello beauties,

Boy, do I have a treat in store for you! Did you know that NARS have two new limited edition cheek palettes called the NARSissist Unfiltered I and II? I've always loved the NARS blushes and wanted to expand on my collection, but I prefer doing it in a palette because it's so much more convenient than filling up my blush drawer with singles. I picked up the NARSissist Unfiltered 1 palette last year from Sephora US, and a friend of a friend kindly mailed it to me in January.

NARSissist Limited Edition Unfiltered I Cheek Palette.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen it popping up on my feed quite a bit, but I wanted to wait to share my review until today, because it launches at MECCA today!!! Isn't it gorgeous?!

NARSissist Limited Edition Unfiltered I Cheek Palette.

Before I go any further, I'll just make a quick apology for the square format of the photos, I accidentally irretrievably deleted all the photos I took for this blog save the swatch photo, so I had no choice but to use the square ones I took for Instagram.

Keep reading after the jump!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Review + Swatches!

Hello lovelies,

There's a new matte in town, have you heard? The Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte lipsticks finally launched here in Australia this month, and I've been blown away by how phenomenal they are! The original The Only 1 lipstick range was pretty awesome, but in my humble opinion, these are so much better. That could be because I'm a tad bit obsessed with matte lipsticks at the moment, but these truly are just a little bit special.

The brand has this to say about the lipsticks - "The perfect balance of high impact matte colour, moisture, all day comfort and staying power".

Let's take a closer look and see how it delivers, shall we?

Rimmel London | The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks.
As always, let's talk packaging. These are packaged in a slimline, distinctive red tube which is easy to identify in any makeup bag or handbag. The bullet is slanted, which makes getting a precise application a cinch, as it glides easily around the contours of your lips.

The lipsticks also have a distinctive floral scent which is pretty true to all the Rimmel lipsticks. I don't mind it too much (though I wouldn't say it smelled as good as my Kylie or Huda Beauty lipsticks) and it's not discernable once on the lips, but it's something that people with sensitive olfactory senses might want to note.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lush Cosmetics - Fall in Lush Valentine's Day 2017 Collection!

Hi lovelies!

Happy New Year! Yes, it does seem a bit late wishing you all Happy New Year in February (and how did we get here, anyway? It seems like it was just New Year's Day a couple of days ago), but seeing as I haven't blogged in a while, better late than never, right? I think my blogger resolution will be to blog at least once a week. I can't imagine how I used to work full time and get 2-3 posts out a week, when it's such a struggle now. Potentially a sign of getting *cough*older*cough? So if you've stuck with me this long, I really want to say a heartfelt thank you, because I value each and every one of you deeply. Also, if you'd like to hear more from me than on a weekly basis, do follow me on Instagram because I'm usually on there at least once a day and I'm super friendly, so come say hi!

Anyhow, I'm back with a bang because I have some beautiful, limited edition goodies from the Lush Valentine's Day Collection to share with you! In case it's slipped your radar, Valentine's Day is in 7 days, but luckily, Lush are here with lots of great gift ideas for your significant other (or it's fine if you want to just keep it for yourself). Isn't this a perfectly pink offering?

Lush Cosmetics 2017 Limited Edition Valentine's Day Collection.

Keep reading after the jump!
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