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  

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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  

Korean Skincare

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I’ve been hearing a lot about Korean skincare lately and I’ve been doing some research on the kind of products they use everyday.  Something that really struck me was the importance of toners and essences so this really made me want to try it out.  I went to beautynetKorea to see what I could get my hands on.

I’m currently quite happy with my cleanser and moisturiser so I really wanted to try a new toner and a new serum.  Now my skin type is combination/oily yet in winter I get some dry patches along my jawline that is really not attractive when my makeup clings to it!  So I was looking for something that would hydrate those areas yet wouldn’t make my make me look really shiny with makeup on.  I spotted the Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner – this promises to soften the skin which I though would be perfect to soften up this icky dry patches and hydrate the skin without the abrasiveness of a lot of toners.  This toner is really beautiful and refreshing, it refreshes the skin whilst adding some moisture to the skin. I’ve been using this for about a month now and I really think its working!  I use this after I wash my fine and it has been leaving my skin nice and soft as well as plump.  Next I heard about the popularity of essences, this is a water substance that has a shed load of transforming properties and will add brightness and clarity to your skin, what’s not to love about that? This is the Tony Moly Intense Care –  I use this one straight after the toner. I love these two products because they are super moisturising yet it doesn’t feel like you have a thousand products on your face, they are so thin that it just feels like you have splashed your face with water.  After this step I use the Deep Sea Marine Collagen Ampoule – this is a type of serum that is super concentrated and is full of all the good stuff.  This particular one offers a collagen boost as well a a lot of hydration, this again is a beautifully thin substance so I use this morning and night and it doesn’t add any greasiness to my skin.  This ampoule literally plumps up my skin on touch, I can noticeably see the difference when I am applying it, it clears the skin by smoothing it out and just adds some supple plumpness giving me a very youthful look.   At night I put this on after the essence and before my hydroluron and night cream.

Now as these products were pretty darn cheap I wasn’t convinced that they were going to do anything spectacular to my skin however, I can now eat my words!  Over the past month my skin has been looking better and better, it is really well hydrated, super plump from the ampoule and it has a lot more clarity to it.  I still do have a bit of redness but my skin in general is much clearer and has a much better look and texture.  I honestly think I am now a convert to Korean skincare, they definitely know what they are doing!

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Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner here 

Tony Moly Intense Care Essence here

Deep Sea Marine Collagen Ampoule 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  

Must Have Mascara’s

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I don’t leave the house without a slick of mascara on my eyes, it just adds that oomph that makes me look alive and not a zombie.  So today I though I would share with you my all time favourite mascaras!

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First up is probably not a shock to anyone who has ever read this blog, I write about it all the bloody time!  It’s the Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions – This is a beautiful subtle mascara that literally separates every single lash and gives your lashes that real fanned out effect.  It’s also perfect for layering up as the name suggests it does not clump.  I would say that I use this mostly on day to day occasions but I know I will always have it in my stash.  I have tried so many drugstore and high end mascaras and this is the only one that does not smudge on my lower lash line so no matter what I use on my top lashes,this little baby is going on the bottom lashes.  Next up is Benefit Roller Lash – This has been a very hyped up product in the beauty world and for a good reason in my opinion.  It’s a super dramatic mascara that really gives your lashes a full on curl and full on black lashes.  At first I wasn’t the biggest fan as it was too wet and sort of clumped my lashes together but now I can’t get enough of the stuff!  I’ve even got my Mum converted to it!  I find this mascara super easy for when I am in a rush and just want something I can slick on my lashes in one coat and go.  Now to the drugstore end it’s the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumising Mascara – This one is so cheap that It’s definitely worth having in your stash.  Much like the Clump Crusher it really seperates every single lash leaving you with a doll eye effect, you get super long separated lashes which is my preffered look.  Again I found this mascara a little bit wet to begin with but after I continued to use it and it dried out a little bit I do really love it. Next up is a new one to my collection it’s the Max Factor Masterpeice Transform Mascara – I definitely wasn’t sure about this one to begin with but boy have I changed my tune!  It’s such a dramatic mascara that adds a butt load of volume and length as well as super black lashes,  Once you get the hang of the wand you can seriously get a dramatic look out of this baby.  Finally it’s the most hyped mascara launch I have ever seen Benefit They’re Real Mascara – I’m not usually one for hype and I end up getting things months after they come out but with this one I wanted it straight away!  Although this mascara is a pain in the arse to get off it is just beautiful!  It lengthens separates and with that little ball on the end you can really get in and cot ever single lash.  I think this is about my third tube of this and I know I will go back for more!

So there you go my mascara must haves!  What mascara are you loving at the moment?

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Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions here

Benefit RollerLash here

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumising Mascara here

Max Factor Masterpeice Transform Mascara here  

Benefit They’re Real Mascara here