July Favourites

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I honestly cannot believe that it is the end of July, it feels like only yesterday that I got home from India and went back to uni.  Now I’m in my last semester and have to grow up and get and adult job, gulp!!  Moving on, it’s time to share with you my monthly favourites!

First up is a favourite due to a little challenge i have set myself, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a palette challenge. I set myself this challenge to use all of my palettes for three weeks straight in order to get more use out of them and find some awesome new looks.  So as you may have guessed I started out with a staple in my palette collection, the Urban Decay Naked Palette – I love this palette, you can literally do any look you with ever need with this beauty right here.  I’ve been loving using this for the month and I have been experimenting with different combinations and looks, you can check up on my progress on my Instagram follow me at @bellusbeautyblog.  I’ve been posting my makeup looks and what shades I have been wearing.  You can also read the original palette challenge blog post here.

Next up is a foundation that I will always love but I absolutely adore in winter, it’s the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – This is one of the first really expensive foundations I had ever purchased and was not disappointed one little bit! I did get it when I was in Hong Kong which made it a little bit cheaper thank god!  I’ve been getting a bit of use out of it this winter when I’ve been wearing a bold red lip, I like to have a nice glowy skin when I wear a red lip so it looks a bit more modern than the severely matte skin that I normally associate with a red lip.  Even though I have super oily skin this stays put all night long and doesn’t separate at all which is all the more reason to love it!  I’m so glad I have a back up of this for when it runs out, I don’t think I could go long without it!

So as you may have read in a previous post I purchased my first ever lipgloss a few weeks ago and boy am I happy!  The one that grabbed me is the Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait – This really does have high colour, as someone who is much more comfortable with the colour payoff of lipsticks I was pleasantly surprised that you could clearly see the colour on my lips.  This shade is a very natural dusty pink which I have been known to love ahem, NYX Audrey, and it’s just a great alternative to a matte lip look plus it is super easy to apply on the go.  If you would like to read my full blog post on this beauty you can find it here.

  

The next two favourite are not beauty related but I know I couldn’t do a favourites post without including them.  The first one is my brand spanking new camera, its the Olympus Pen E-PL7 – This camera is the new love of my life!  I don’t know what I was thinking just taking photos with just an iPhone when I could have something as fantastic as this.  So hopefully you have noticed that my photography game has stepped up a notch as I have been trying to get a little bit more creative as well as the quality been a thousand times better!  Now I didn’t just get this camera from my blog, I thought it would be a brilliant yet portable sized camera to take with me to Europe in January.

  

Now the other non beauty favourite is Tanya Burr’s Cookies – I swear since I discovered this amazing recipe I haven’t stopped baking them for friends and family, I even baked them yesterday for my mothers work do.  These cookies are so rich and indulgent and mighty full of chocolate that I just can’t get enough of them.  The reason they are so indulgent may be due to the fact that they have one whole block of chocolate in them!  I have been using Cadbury’s Salted Caramel or Crunchie block, they are both delicious and when they are baked they go al soft and gooey! Yum!  You can find the recipe here.

So there you have it, another months and another favourites!  I don’t want to wish the year away however, it do really want this last semester to be over as well as get my travelling on to Europe!  What have been your July Favourites??

Sarah xxx

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Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here

  Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait here

Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera here

Tanya Burr Cookie Recipe here  

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Pinky Peach Perfection

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My love for pinky peach anything knows no bounds, I cannot even begin to tell you how many lipsticks I have in this shade it’s almost embarrassing yet when I’m at the shops I still go straight for them.  I thought I would share with you my favourite pink peach lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes – if I wanted to do a complete pinky peach look these are the products I would use.

First up is a new Item to my collection the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – I adore this blush so much, it adds a natural flush to the cheeks as well as adding a youthful glow from the subtle shimmer in it.  I had a few choices when picking the shade of this product but I just knew I would not be disappointed with this peachy shade!  Another blush that I love for this kind of look is Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – This is a definite favourite in the beauty world and I do not disagree one little iota!  Again it looks natural and the gold shimmer gives a beautiful lit from within glow to your face.

For the eyes I can’t go past the Sleek I Divine Palette in Oh So Special – This has a beautiful mixture of shades and some the are absolutely perfect for a pinky peach look.  When I use this I love taking the darkest matte peach shade in the crease and the pinky peach glitter shade all over the lid.  For me I really benefit from these shades, they make my eyes look a lot brighter and a lot greener, another reason to love the pinky peach vibe!

Now for lip colour, as I said I have a bazillion pinky peach options but I somehow managed to keep it down to two for this post. First up is Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 16 – I love this lipstick for an everyday option, it just goes with everything!  This lipstick was even used on all of us bridesmaids in my brothers wedding!  Plus it looks bloody awesome with a complete pinky peach look especially paired with the Hourglass blush  My second pick for lips is the Revlon Colorburst Lip butter in Sweet Tart – I love the formula of these lip products, they have a lot of pigment plus they are super moisturising and comfortable on the lips.  This shade is slightly more pink than the Kate Moss counterpart however, it definitely still has that beautiful peach vibe to it which looks perfect with this look.

So there are my go to products for the perfect pinky peach look!   How do you feel about the pinky peach shade?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush Luminoso here

Sleek I Divine in Oh So Special here

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 16 here

My Ambient Lighting Family

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Its finally happened, I’ve got the set and I now have my full ambient lighting family!  It’s taken my quite a long time but I am absolutely loving the ambient lighting collection.  It all started when the Ambient Lighting Powder came into existence, I jumped on in straight away and got the shade Diffused Light – now this shades looks super white however, it does not cast a whiteness on my face at all.  Now this makes my skin look like its airbrushed, it diffuses any fine lines and kind of diffuses my pores which is bloody awesome!  Now the next two I added to my collection at the same time, I had been eyeingg off the blushes for quite some time but for some reason I just couldn’t justify the money (this coming from a girl who spent $80 on a lip balm) but when I tested the bronzer I knew I had to have the set.  First let’s talk about the blush, this is in the shade Diffused Heat – the light colour powder is the perfect match to Diffused Light so it blends in completely onto the face, the colour is the perfect pinky peach shade which looks stunning on the cheeks at gives me that fresh rosy cheek look.  But I tell you what, my absolute favourite out of them all is the new bronzer!  I purchased the shade Luminous Bronze Light – these babies are pigmented and I mean PIGMENTED!  When I am fake tan free I only need to slightest swipe of this to make a real impact however, when I have got fake tan on I really like to go to town with this to achieve a real bronze goddess look.  I just love how this bronzer makes you look alive without being muddy or orangey and it gives you a glow without looking like a disco ball.  I love this in winter so now imagine how much I am going to love it in summer!  With a combination of the blush and bronzer there is literally now need for any highlighting!

So there is a little insight into my Hourglass Ambient Lighting family, have you tried any or all of these products?

Sarah xxx

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Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light here

Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronzer Light here 

Winter Nails

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I am obsessed with winter nails shades, this deep berry shades and red wine shades – oh my! Seeing as winter is still going strong I thought I would share my favourite winter nail polishes.

First up is an oldie but a goodie OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – for a long time this is all I would wear on my nails even in the summer! It’s such a deep, deep purple shade that almost looks black. It’s such a winter staple that looks incredibly chic its an absolute winner!  For a deep red wine colour I love the Nails Inc Gel Effect in Kensignton High St – this is a stunning deep burgundy red wine shade which looks lovely on the nails and I mean anything close to red wine, I’m in! The gel effect is great as well, it’s last a super long time on you nails which is always a bonus!  Sticking with nails inc I have been obsessed with the Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc in Judo Red – when these came to Australia I couldn’t get to Sephora quick enough to snatch them up! And of course I had to get both shades because I am me and can’t help myself. I think any shade of red even the orangy shades are perfect for winter. A red nail much like a red lip is a girls best friend! Much like the gel effect these last a bloody long time!  Another red shade I love for winter is OPI Malaga Wine – my lovely cousin bought this one for me and I can’t thank her enough! This is just the absolute perfect red wine shade for my skin tone, if I’m really pale it looks edgy and vampy and if I’m tanned it just looks like a beautiful deep red. At the moment if I haven’t got the on my fingernails I definitely have it on my toenails! It just looks so classic and chic on my toenails that I haven’t bothered straying from it.  Next up is Chanel Paradoxal – I mean you can’t go wrong with Chanel, am I right? This is one of those kind of two toned shades that’s purple with a tiny bit of green. I love layering this on top of a really dark shade as well to get a real depth to it.  Finally its a quite new one to me the Burberry Metallic Khaki- this is a beautiful khaki glitter shade that I just couldn’t go past when I saw it in Singapore, this cost a bloody arm and leg but you know what I had to have it! This khaki shade seems to be very in right now so I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it. Now it doesn’t last as long as the Nails inc ones but that is to be expected from a glitter polish but I love it anyway!

So there you go my top winter nail shades! What are you go to winter ail polishes?

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OPI Lincoln Park After Dark here 

OPI Malaga Wine here

Nails Inc Gell Effect Polish Kensington High Street here 

Burberry Metallic Khaki here 

Empties

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I love reading and watching people’s empties blogs, they are really helpful as you can find out exactly what someone thought about the product after they have used it all up!  So over the last couple weeks and months I’ve been saving up my empty products to do a review on what I thought of them.

First up is Nars Laguna Bronzer – This is not the first one of these I have gone through, I love the stuff!  It is so worth the hype, its not too warm which allows it to look natural.  This is a product I use pretty much everyday so I have already replaced this and got a new one on the go.

The Origins Drink up Intensive Overnight Mask – Is my absolute saviour! I discovered this a couple of months ago and have been using it two nights a week since I bought it.  I put it on freshly cleansed skin before I go to bed and I wake up with bright plump and hydrated skin.  This has been especially brilliant in winter and it really helps the dry patches on my jawline ease up a bit and not look so obvious.  I am repurchasing this little beauty next week!

Another skincare item is Indeed Laboratories Hydroluron – Another skin saviour! This is the product I use to really add some hydration to my skin, its an integral part of my skincare routine so I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

I was very sad to run out of one of my favourite scents Narciso Rodriguez For Her – I bought this one years ago but It has been in consistent rotation, its such a musky wintery scent which is perfect for this time of year.  Another reason I’m sad it’s empty.  Look I probably won’t repurchase this one yet, I have so many perfumes that it would probably be a waste of money but I would definitely recommend it.

Next up is Ren Rosa Centafolia Hot Cloth Cleanser – I thoroughly enjoyed this product!  It’s a cream product that you use on dry skin and then it turns into a kind of oil, it is perfect for removing makeup, it gets every single trace of makeup off your skin.  It’s also very nourishing on the face and quite hydrating which has been great for the Autumn and Winter months.  I haven’t repurchased this yet as I am using a Lush one at the moment but I would love to repurchase it in the future.

The Lanolips 101 Ointment – is bloody brilliant!  Its so thick and nourishing and its the perfect lip balm for seriously chapped lips.  I took this one with me to India and it saved my lips, I was using it a thousand times a day!  It was especially brilliant for the plane trip as well.  I will definitely be taking another one when I go to Europe.

Finally I have been using the Oral B 3D White Whitestrips – I have never tried these before but I had heard such great things that I wanted to give them ago.  At first I was using them twice a day on top and bottom teeth however, the made my teeth super super sensitive especially on my bottom teeth so I cut it down to once a day and on my bottom teeth every second day.  These worked really quickly!  I noticed a change within three days of using them, not that my teeth were too yellow but now they are amazingly white.  I’m definitely heading back to chemist warehouse to get some more of these.

So there you go, some empty products I’ve been using and loving!  What products have you finished up?  Did you enjoy them?

Sarah xxx

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Nars Laguna Bronzer here

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask here

Indeed Laboratories Hydroluron here

Narciso Rodriguez For Her here

Ren Rosa Centafolia Hot Cloth Cleanser here

Lanolips 101 Ointment here

Oral B 3D White Whitestrips here  

My First Ever Lipgloss!

I have never been a lipgloss kind of gal, I always found them sticky and way too shiny!  So I haven’t used a lipgloss in around a decade.  This all changed a week ago when I was perusing the Urban Decay stand in Mecca Maxima in Bondi Junction, whilst my cousin was on the search for the perfect brown pencil I was on the search to add something new to my already ridiculously large collection.  I came across the new Urban Decay Revolution High-Colour Lipglosses – now for a while now I have been looking for the perfect subtle everyday lip colour that I can just slap on with any makeup look.  So when I wandered past these lip glosses I was drawn to the shade Failbait, it’s a dusty rose shade that when swatched still had plenty of colour without the opaqueness of a lipstick.  This is what got me, I can still have the exact colour that I love without it being as stark and opaque as a my many matte lipsticks, it adds that beautiful colour with a subtle glossy shine that looks stunning on the lips.  So naturally when I found this I was heading straight to the counter to purchase it.

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The verdict:  I am in love!  To the detriment of my bank account I have found a whole new line of lip products to delve into and go crazy with.

Now that I have discovered lip glosses I need your help!  What are some good options for me to try out?

Sarah xxx

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Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss here 

Palette Challenge!

I have my fair share of palettes!  I really feel like I don’t get enough use of them so I am setting myself a challenge, I am going to use each palette for three weeks straight so I get some solid use out of all of them and really see how many looks I can get out of each one of them.  So where to start…

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How about I start with an oldie but a goodie!  The original Urban Decay Naked palette!  I’ve gotten so much use out of this since purchasing and I still reach for it on a weekly basis, they are all such beautiful shades and textures that I just can’t go past it sometimes.  My particular favourites are the pinky shade toasted as well as the two matte shades naked and buck which I probably use the most so I think this challenge will make me venture out from those shades and use some different ones.

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Next up I thought I would go with the Stila Eyes are the Window to the Soul – Mind – This palette is completely matte with a mixture of warm and cool colours that I picked up earlier this year in Singapore.  To be honest I haven’t used this a hell of a lot and I’m not sure why, the colours are stunning and the texture is amazing so at least now I’ll get a lot of use out.  I think I’ll be very excited to see what I can do with this palette.

This little treasure is the Sleek I Divine Oh So Special Palette – this was such a bargain that I just couldn’t go past it!  It has served me well over the years however, I haven’t used in quite a while.  From memory the matte shades aren’t super easy to work with but I think they’ll go alright for transition colours but I do remember the shimmers being really pigmented and creamy so it should be fun to use this again!

What is not to love about the Lorac Pro Palette?!  It’s just so versatile and such amazing quality that I’m so happy to have it in my collection.  Now it is looking a little grubby but thats just because I freakin love it and use it so much!  Like my promise with the naked palette I am going to try and do some different looks than usual to get out of comfort zone and mix things up.

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This one is my collection of single eyeshadows from MAC and Makeup Geek – I think I can do some pretty spiffy looks with the combination of colours in my Z Palette, I’ve personally picked out the colours so i know most of them go together, especially the makeup geek ones. Again I have a mixture of mattes and shimmers so lets see what I can do with them all!

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This palette is a little worse for wear, I took this to India and Singapore and was so happy it came with me!  It’s the Nars And God Created the Woman Palette – I didn’t use it everyday but when I wanted to add a little somthin somethin I used some of the subtle colour and when we were going out at night I got to crack out the shimmers and darker shades.  Of course Nars have not disappointed with the quality and the shades and this is definitely the perfect travel palette, compact without sacrificing shades and quality.

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This palette is a bit of a novelty but I still love it.  It’s The Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette – the names are gimmicky to perfection and the quality is also incredible!  It’s pretty much all you want in a palette, especially as I have green eyes, the purples are perfect!  I was really shocked at how pigmented and creamy they were as well!  An added bonus is the highlighter and blush that are in the palette, as expected from The Balm they are pure heaven!  The Disco Disco highlighter is a subtler version of the Marylouminser and the blush is the perfect shade of peach.

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Finally I am going to finish with what I think is probably my favourite palette the Urban Decay Naked 3 – I love this palette so much!  As expected from Urban Decay the quality is exquisite and the colour range is perfection, again these colours are perfect for my green eyes which is probably why I keep going back to it.

So there you go my palette challenge is set and I can’t wait to get started!  Three weeks of each palette and a chance to be more adventurous with my combinations.  What do you all think of this challenge?  Would you like to join?

Check out my progress on my Instagram @bellusbeautyblog

Sarah xxx

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Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Still Eyes Are The Window to the Soul – Mind here

Sleek I Divine Oh So Special Palette here

Lorac Pro Palette here  

Makeup Geek here 

Mac Cosmetics here 

The Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette here

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette here