Bold Winter Lipsticks

I love me a bold lip and when winter comes around I am all about the dark reds and berry tones!  So today  I thought I would share my favourite bold winter lips.

First up is my all time favourite lip formula, the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – I love this deep red, its just so flattering on every skin tone.  I am normally ghostly white in winter so this really pops on my pale skin plus it makes my teeth look amazingly white.  Next up is Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate in 107 – this one is a fave of beauty youtuber Zoella and she definitely had a part in me buying this one.  I really love the formula of the Kate Moss lipsticks and this one is no exception.  Its such a stunning deep deep berry red that looks absolutely stunning on a night out.  A new one to my collection is Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless – this is a really dark purple that scared me at first but I’ve finally been brave enough to wear and I really like it.  I wear quite a sheer wash of it but it just adds quite a fashion forward look to my makeup.  Staying with Revlon its the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Crush – this one is an old favourite of mine and probably the first lipstick that got me into the darker shades.  As its a bit glossier that the matte shades it is probably a good one to start out with but still gives you that real berry toned lip.  I love this as well as it leaves a stain on you lip so there’s no awkward wearing off.  Finally back to Nars its the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned – this one is truly stunning!  Its a beautiful berry purple tone that is slightly pinkish, I love this kind of vampy colour with a nice wash of a dark matte brown on my eyelids.  I wore this A LOT last winter and I’m sure I will this winter as well.

What’s your favourite bold winter lip choice?

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Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella here

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 107 here

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless here

Revlon Colorburst Balmstain in Crush here

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned here 

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What I wore on Saturday Night

It was a rare occasion that I went out on Saturday night so I thought I would share with you my makeup look.  I had just watched Australia’s Next Top Model where they were all wearing subtle eyes and stunning red lips so I thought I would give that a try.

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For my base I chose my favourite foundation for a night out the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – This has a great amount of coverage plus it gives my skin a beautiful glow which is what I was looking for.  For my terrible dark circles I chose my favourite combination of Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Light/Pale – this combination is the only thing that seems to cover up my dark circles, the Napoleon concealer is very think and salmon coloured which cancels out the darkness and the Maybelline concealer is extremely lightweight but adds extra coverage to really knock that darkness over!  For concealing on my face I used a new product to me, its the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Medium Beige – After watching how Lisa Eldridge conceals I realised I needed to use something with a little bit more coverage and this certainly seems to do the trick.

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To keep this all in place I used my trusty old Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Peach Glow – I know this powder will set my makeup plus make it last all night.  I definitely needed to add some dimension to my face so I chose to bronze with another trusted favourite Nars Laguna Bronzer – as you can probably see as I have hit pan, I really do love this bronzer it just adds a lovely glowy bronze to my face.  To add even more dimension to my face I decided to contour with the Hourglass Ilume in Bronze Light – the cream formula and the cool tone of this makes it a very natural contour look and the cream highlighter is also stunning!  Finally for my face I used my new love Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink – I used this very lightly on the apples of my cheeks for a subtle flush, I really wanted it to be about the bronzer.

IMG_1017For eyes, I wanted it to be super subtle so I used a mixture of Taupe and Sable from my Lorac Pro Palette – this added a bit of definition to my eyes but wouldn’t distract from my dramatic lip.  I also tightlined my upper lash line with the Rimmel Scandleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black – this was just to make my lashes a little bit fuller.  Now I forgot to photograph the mascara I used but it was the Benefit Roller Lash – this give me nice long and volumes lashes.  For eyebrows I wanted them to be fairly bold so I used my Anastasia Dipbrow in Chocolate – it fills them in perfectly as well as keeping them in place.

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Now for the very exciting part, red lips!!  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go completely orange red or a blue toned red so I though ‘why not both?’  I filled in most of my lip with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square and lightly went over that with Cruella this was a beautiful effect and one I’ll definitely be doing again!

So that was my look for a Saturday night out!  I never realised just how much makeup goes into a night look!  When I was taking these photos I thought to myself ‘wow that is a shed load of makeup’.  I hope it’s just not me!  What do you like to wear for a night out?

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here

Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer here

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser here

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer here

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder here  

Nars Laguna Bronzer here

Hourglass Ilume here

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush here

Lorac Pro Palette here

Anastasia Dipbrow here 

Rimmel Scandleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal here

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil here  

Glorious Face Masks

 Korean skin care has been getting some major traction in the beauty world lately so I though I would share with you some of the Korean sheet masks I have plus a few other face masks that I couldn’t live without.

Recently my mum and dad had a little trip to Singapore so of course I put my order in and this time I wanted to try some skincare considering how much makeup I bought when I was in Singapore.  So I asked mum to head to Etude House to pick up some of their sheets masks.  I had heard a lot about sheet masks and used a couple but after Lisa Eldridge raved about them I knew I had to try more.  These ones from Etude House come in large range for any skin concerns, I mainly focussed on hydrating and smoothing for my oily/combination skin.  I really wanted to concentrate on smoothing and hydrating my dry patches that I get in winter, they are the absolute bane of my existence.  I have a little selection in this photo and have already tried the pomegranate and olive ones, they really did hydrate and smooth my skin, my skin looked so fresh and supple.  To be honest these sheet masks look super freaky when they’re on your face, they are a white cotton sheet (hence the name) that just has cut outs for your eyes and mouth as I said super freaky!  But they work so I love them!

As well as the sheet masks my mum picked me up some eye masks, how cute are those little cucumber ones!  The first ones are Anti Dark Circle Eye Pads from Color Combos Skin – I have yet to try these but I’m very intrigued, I have some serious dark circles so if these work I’ll be in heaven!  The cute little cucumber ones are Cooling Cucumber Pads from Skin Lite – again I haven’t tried these but they’re so cute I don’t want to open them!  I’ve been flat chat with uni at the moment which means late nights and early morning so some cooling eye pads might be just what I need!

Moving away from the Korean skin care I thought I would share my other favourite face masks.  First up is one that is fairly new to be but that I fell in love with instantly!  It’s the Origins Overnight Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – I got this one after I got back from India and my skin was in desperate need of moisture!  I use this after cleansing before I go to bed and then wake up with soft plumped and supple skin.  I tend to use this about 2-3 times a week depending how my skin is feeling, its just an absolute miracle worker.  I will definitely be repurchasing this one.  Next up is an absolute beauty world favourite its the Aesop Parsley Seed Clarifying Mask – This is absolute perfection in a tube, I don’t know how it does it but it smooths and clears my skin and someone shrinks my pores slightly!  Again I use this about 2 times a week and I often follow it up with either a sheet mask or the Origins mask to give my skin a real treat.

What are you favourite masks?  I’m still fairly new to the mask game so If you have any suggestion please let me know!

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Etude House Sheet Masks here

Color Combos Eye Pads here

Skin Lite Cooling Cucumber Pads here

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask here

Aesop Parsley Seed Mask here 

Ready Set Go!

If you’re an oily skinned girl like me or want your makeup to last all day a setting powder is the way to go!  As I’ve mentioned before, just a couple of times, my face is an absolute oil slick so I need to use a setting powder every time I wear makeup if I want it to stay on my face!  So here are the ones that are in my collection at the moment.

First up is the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Powder in 003 Peach Glow – I’ve loved this powder for a looong time, this is probably about my third or fourth one and as you can see I have hit pan on this one too!  I pretty much reach for this one when I have a long day, I just know I can trust it, it sets my makeup perfectly and keeps me matte for at least a couple of hours.  For those with dry skin this one might be a little bit too matte but for those of you oily ones like me its absolutely perfect.  Once this one runs out I know I’ll be grabbing another one.  Next up is another traditional kind of setting powder, its the Bourgeois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanilla – this gives me a matte finish without me skin looking too flat.  I would say that this one would be a great beginner powder for someone who doesn’t really like to use them.  The packaging of this one is brilliant for travel or having in your handbag, it is super slim so it takes up no room whatsoever.  Moving on towards a more ‘new age’ powder its the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light – this little beauty is a game changer, it is almost magical the way it adds a beautiful ethereal glow to your skin without making you look like a disco ball.  I use this alone in winter but when its a stinking hot Australian summer day I use my Rimmel powder then this over the top for a little glow.  So technically this next one is a powder foundation, its the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation in No.20 – so this one is quite a thin powder foundation that doesn’t have super high coverage like other powder foundations so I tend to use this over a BB cream or tinted moisturiser.  As it is quite light it just adds a little bit more coverage to a tinted moisturiser and makes it last all day so its my perfect companion and I mean honestly how can you not love Chanel!

So now you know how I keep my makeup on my face and not sliding down it.  Do you have any tips or tricks to set makeup?

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder here

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder here

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light here

Chanel Vitalumiiere Loose Powder Foundation here

Favourite Matte Lipsticks!

At heart I am a real matte lip lover, i’m not one for glosses at all i’m all about the matte!  I thought I would share with you my favourite matte lipsticks of all time.

Starting off with may favourite lip product of all time the Nars Velvet Matte Pencils –this one isa rather grubby looking Red Square –   can you tell I love this a one? I just absolutely love this formula, they are so easy to apply and very creamy so not too drying on the lips.  I have MANY different colours and have actually written an entire post about these beauties here but I always go back to the shade red square, it is just a beautiful orangy red that really makes a statement.  Next up is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet – this one is in Ole’ Flamingo.  These are a liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish, I just love the way that these apply as well as the stunning colours they have! Ole’ Flamingo is a beautiful deep pink that I got a lot of wear out of in summer.  I often head for these when I’m rushed for time and just to a simple eye and slick this on as I know it will last all day or night.  Again I have a few shades of this one but I would have to say Ole’ Flamingo is my favourite.  I have mentioned the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey in previous posts as well, I just think this is the perfect drugstore lip formula!  It’s not drying, has lots of pigment and this shade in particluar goes with everything, I get so much wear out of it.  Keeping with drugstore lippies the Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms are another brilliant drugstore lipstick.  This one is in the shade Showy a bright pink that always adds a nice pop to a look.  Now these aren’t as long lasting as the previous product and do require reapplying but they are just nice and creamy and with the wind up stick they are very convenient.  Finally I couldn’t go past MAC Matte Finish Lipsticks – this one is in the shade Pink Nouveau, this is a little more pinky than NYX Audrey but I still use it as an everyday lipstick, plus it lasts a bit longer than Audrey!  Mac lipsticks are just heaven, they last a really long time as well as well as being incredibly pigmented.  This shade was one of the first MAC lip products I purchased and this is my second tube of it!  It just such a great universal pink that looks fantastic when I have a bit of a smokey eye, it just adds little bit of colour without taking focus away from the eyes.  Great work MAC!

As you may be able to tell I love me some pink lipstick!  The last three look rather similar but do serve different purposes and it will not stop my from buying more pink lipsticks!

So there you go my favourite matte lipsticks!  What do you think of my choices?  Do you have any that I might be missing?

First Time in the Sydney Sephora!

Sephora has been in Sydney since December last year and as a beauty blogger you must be thinking – how the heck have you not been in there yet?  A very valid question!  When Sephora first opened I was overseas and was very disappointed not to be one of the first in there and as I was in Singapore which also has Sephora I went crazy in there instead – I actually have two blog posts on what I purchases in Singapore here and here.  So as that was the case I for some reason took my sweet old time getting there, but last week I managed to get into the city and spend a small fortune!  I have to tell you I am so, so, so excited that all of those brilliants brands are in one convenient store especially as some of those were a nightmare to get in Australia!

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Here’s what I got!  I started with the new Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation in B20 – This sounded like my kind of foundation as soon as I read about it – highly pigmented, lightweight and long lasting so I knew I had to rush out and get it.  It is certainly lighweight, it glides over the skin smoothing everything in its path, it also has a great pigment as it give me very decent coverage using little product.  I have used this a couple of times now including long days at work and uni and it really does last!  Apart from a little bit of oil breakthrough that I just blot away it doesn’t break up on my skin or disappear which is what I’m really looking for.  I actually find this a little bit similar to the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet but with a much longer lasting formula.  Overall I think this will be a fantastic foundation for me even though the price almost killed me!  Sticking with foundation I purchased the CoverFX Custom Cover Drops in N 20 – I’ve heard a lot about this little product in the beauty world and it just really intrigued me.  So the whole premise of this is that you can add a couple of drops to any foundation or tinted moisturiser to customise the coverage – what a brilliant idea, being able to add more coverage to a foundation or moisturiser!  I gave this a go by adding it to a bb cream that I love but would love if it had more coverage.  This truly worked!  I added two little drops, mixed it in and voila the perfect coverage!  I thought this product would be great in a darker shade to add to my foundation when I have fake tan on as well.  All in all a handy little product right there.

The last item I purchased was the Nails Inc VVB Victoria Beckham Collection in Bamboo White and Judo Red – to be honest I brought these for then packaging alone!  It just looks so darn pretty!  But I have genuinely heard great things about these nail polishes and as I have a couple of Nails Inc polishes I knew they would be worth it.  I’ve only used the Bamboo White at this stage and I’m in love!  It’s such a sophisticated colour that just looks effortless on the nails and is really easy to apply.  Normally I steer clear of really nude colours as they can be quite streaky and need lots of coats but it isn’t the case with this one, after two coats it was perfect.  I can’t wait to try the red now!

There you have it my first time to Sephora Sydney!  I may not have purchased a lot but my poor little wallet is looking quite sad at the moment.

Any suggestions what to pick up for my next venture to Sephora?  I’m sure it won’t be long till i’m there again!

Palette Time!

On a particularly dreary day I went on a little online shoppings spree, my products of choice was eyeshadows!  At this stage even I am thinking that I have enough eyeshadow palettes but for some reason it just isn’t stopping me.  First up is the Lorac Pro Palette 

Lorac Pro Palette

Now this little beauty needs no introduction, it has been around the beauty world for a long time but Lorac is particularly hard to purchase in Australia so I had to do some serious research to find it.  These eyeshadows are seriously creamy and seriously pigmented!  They just glide onto your eyelids and make blending an absolute breeze. I also love the fact that it has matte and shimmer colours so it makes it perfect to travel as you have absolutely everything you need!  The Garnet shade is a particular favourite of mine, it looks really lovely with my green eyes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext palette I purchased is TheBalm Balm Jovi Palette this is one of the coolest palettes I own, the name first of all is hilarious and the fact that all of the shades are a version of bands is just great!  These eyeshadows are probably the most pigmented colours I have ever worked with plus they are super super creamy which makes it a dream to work with.  At the moment I am I love with using Blink 1982 all over the lid and then Alice Copper in the crease and outer V.  I then sometimes use Presto to push right into the top lash line to thicken my lashes a little.  I have been really reaching for this a lot since I purchased it and I really that it is a brilliant palette, it has an amazing range of shades as well as a mixture of shimmers and mattes.

A bonus of this palette is that it comes with a highlighter and blush as well as two lip colours!  What a handy little thing, it makes it absolutely perfect for travel!

TheBalm is known for its highlighters and this is no exception, this is a beautiful and subtle highlighter that gives a lovely glow.  The blush is also the perfect peachy shade for everyday, it gives me a beautiful natural flush.  The lip colours are called Milly and Vanilly enough said, just fantastic!  I love it!

So there you go another two palettes to add to my collection.  Did I need them, no but did i want them, yes!!

Have you tried either of these palettes?  What did you think?