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  

Brush Essentials – Eyes

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I have to admit I am a bit of a brush addict, just like everything else involved in beauty I have to have them all!  So I thought I would share with you my eye brush essentials.  I can do any look I want with these brushes whether it be simple or a complicated smokey look.

To start off with its the most versatile brush of them all!  It’s the MAC 217 – the holy grail of the blending world, I use this every single day and every single look I do.  On a day to day basis I use this to deposit a a wash of eyeshadow over the entire lid and sometimes I just leave it at that.  I also use this to do a very diffused shading in the crease for an very natural look.  Next up is the Zoeva 224 Luxe Defined Crease – I use this little one for when I want a bit more of a defined crease, its a very little and soft brush that deposits are fair whack of colour in the crease, I can also really pinpoint where I want the colour to go.  The Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush – This solves all my blending issues, its a wonder tool in my eyes.  I mainly use this brush in two ways, firstly I sweep across a transition shade in the crease or secondly to blend everything seamlessly once I have finished an eye look.  This brush just makes both of these things so incredibly easy.  Next up is the Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush – I use this brush to really define my crease, if I want to use a dark shade to just add a bit more definition in the crease this is my go to brush.  I also use this for any colour that’s going on my lower lash line and it makes blending under there a synch!  This is perfect for highlighting the tear duct as well.  The Nars Smudge Brush – does exactly what it is called, smudges the hell out of everything!  I use this to smudge any eyeliner that I put on my top lash line with just a few sweeps of this brush you get the perfect ‘lived in’ eyeliner look.  It’s also perfect for the same thing on the lower lash line.  Finally the brush that we all need for the perfect winged liner, the Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush – I really love this small liner brush, its nice and fine which allows me to have a lot more precision when I’m doing my liner.  Its quite a stiff brush as well so there is very little bending or movement from the brush which can be detrimental to any liner look!

So there you have it my essential eye brushes.  Can you suggest any brushes I may need to add to my collection?

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MAC 217 here

Zoeva 224 Luxe Defined Crease here

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush here

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush here

Nars Smudge Brush here

Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush here

 

Rediscovered Products

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As a beauty addict I have so many products that it’s inevitable that I forget about some products and that some just find their way to the back of my draw.  So the other day I went digging for products that I haven’t used for a long time and need to be back in my beauty life!

To start with its the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light – As I am an oily skinned girl I have to get my glow on in ways that don’t make my skin look shiny and oily just lit from within.  I remember this product being perfect for this!  I used it underneath my foundation which made the glow look really natural but made me look alive instead of just matte and flat.  I used this again the other day and it really is a little beaut, I’m not sure why it made its way to the back of my draw but it will definitely be going back into rotation.  Another base products I have neglected is the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation – I purchased this as it was described as the oily girls dream so how could I not go for it?  In summer I fell in love!  It would last on my skin all day without moving or sliding off my face and staying pretty much matte till the end.  This is a very matte foundation so I used in in conjunction with the Revlon Skinlights and it just added a subtle glow without it losing its staying power.  I know that when it starts to get a bit warmer this will be my go to foundation.

To liven my face up I’ve rediscovered my Nars Adult Content Cheek Palette – This is a do it all palette, its got a natural blush a bright blush a highlighter and a brown blush that can be used as a bronzer and a highlighter.  The reason I rediscovered this one is the thought of travel, I will be heading to Europe in January (A long way away yet I’m still excited) and as soon as I thought of this trip my mind immediately went to what makeup will I take?!  This little bundle will be perfect!  It’s got everything I need and I absolutely love the shade Deep Throat for everyday use and Desire for party time.  Unfortunately this was a limited edition palette however, Nars are constantly coming out with cheek palettes and they are all amazing!  Finally its a stunning lip colour, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 107 – I rediscovered this beauty from a little known youtuber called Zoella, you might not know her, she only has 8 millions followers (haha).  She is a major fan of this lipstick and after seeing her wear this in so many videos I knew I had to bring this back for winter, it’s.  This one is a brand spanking new tube, I seem to have misplaced my old one or used it up but boy oh boy am I glad I bought a new one!  It’s the perfect winter shade of a deep red wine and even looks brilliant with my very pale skin winter skin.

So there are my most recent rediscovered products!  Are there any products that you have rediscovered lately?

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light here

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation here

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 107 here