Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: A Makeup Review

1. Which makeup brand stood out to you most in 2013?
ELF was definitely the brand of the year for me. I had heard a little about them, and soon found out that they had an Australian website. Once I had a look around and saw the amazing prices I knew I had to try them out. I was so impressed with the quality considering the low price tag, that I now have quite a nice collection of ELF items. I would go so far as to say that probably 30% of my makeup is ELF.

2. Best new discovery of 2013?
Brows brows brows. Confession time: in my 10+ years of using makeup, I never did my brows, until this year. I always saw these amazing power brows and just never thought it would look good on me. I was so afraid of looking like Dr Frank N. Furter:

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My first brow purchase was a simple, cheap pressed-powder in the darkest brown I could find. I still use it now, it's a pretty good product for day-to-day use, but I have since upgraded to Illamasqua's Brow Cake in the shade Motto. I also use pencil eyeliners to sharpen the lines of my brow. I am still a beginner but I think I'm getting the hang of it now!

3. Best re-discovery -- A product that you fall in love with over and over again?
This would have to be Rimmel lipsticks. Rimmel was basically my first go-to makeup brand, and I have always loved their range of shades. The Kate Moss line is gorgeous, and I am very excited to see the Rita Ora collection in 2014.

4. Best seasonal product of 2013?
Firstly, a little disclaimer: I used to be a goth. I still have some residual gothness in my system. I am definitely 'alternative', and my makeup does tend to lean towards bold, dark eyes and a fierce red lip. However, I seem to be evolving, as I am currently really enjoying neutrals, nudes and light glosses for summer. It feels a lot fresher in the heat, and it feels a lot more light and airy than the heavy makeup I used to wear. I think as the weather cools I may bring in some more dark lipsticks, and smoke out the eyes, but for now I am enjoying a more natural look.

6. Most regretted purchase of 2013?

I would have to say the Hard Candy Flat to Fab Mascara. It was a flop, completely unusable for me, and it hurt my heart to have to throw out what was essentially a full tube of mascara (even though it was only fun-sized).

7. Youtube highlights of 2013?

Wayne Goss. Oh how I love him. He's down-to-earth, funny, and really great at simplifying and explaining the process behind makeup techniques. He covers all of the bases, and his channel is just perfect for beginners right through to makeup mavens. Plus he loves (and references) Nighty Night which kind of makes him my soulmate.

8. Best makeup tool of 2013?
Without a doubt, my ELF Studio Powder Brush. It is a gorgeous, flat top brush which is multipurpose. I have found it great for liquid and cream foundations, wonderful for applying powder, and it even works as a general buffing and blending brush for bronzer and blush (oh my there was a lot of alliteration in that sentence).

9. What are the products you are excited to try in 2014?

I'm definitely looking forward to Rita Ora's Rimmel collection, I am imagining lots of bright colours and rocking red lip products. I am also desperate to get my hands on the Too Faced Haute Chocolate Palette.

10. What are your Makeup Resolutions for 2014?
Well, for that you'll have to tune in to tomorrow's post!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

ELF Haul - Part Two: Cosmetics

On to Part Two of my ELF Haul! Today we'll be taking a closer look at the items on the left, the fun items, the cosmetics! Once again, a reminder of the haul in its entirety:

Friday, 27 December 2013

ELF Haul - Part One: Tools

As you may know if you read yesterday's HAULiday post, I got some great ELF products for Christmas. I wanted to do a more in depth look and review of these items, as ELF is currently my favourite budget cosmetics brand and I can't stop talking about them! To avoid bombarding you with images, I'm going to split the haul up into two posts.

So here's the haul in it's totality:

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Happy HAULidays!

It's Boxing Day and I'm currently recovering from an overwhelming day of overeating, overexcitement and oversharing. Families are fun. Anyway, it was a wonderful day, and I got some gorgeous new makeup and beauty items from my family. I thought I'd share my Christmas Haul with y'all:

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Monday, 23 December 2013

December Empties

Welcome to the second instalment of my monthly "Empties" post. Here are the products that met their demise this month:

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips

Recently my local grocery store has had a great sale on Maybelline products, and I just couldn't resist picking up some Maybelline Baby Lips, especially for just $1.99 each!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Hard Candy's Flat to Fab Mascara

Those of you who read my review of the Hard Candy's Kiss and Make Up set know that I recently received a little fun-sized tube of their Flat To Fab Mascara. I didn't try it immediately as I was already wearing a full face of makeup and didn't want to disturb the equilibrium. But today, I got the chance to try it, and... well...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

My First Sephora Product!

Ooooh I am so excited!  I just snagged my first ever product from Sephora!

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Redemption of the White Eyeliner

So, if any of you read yesterdays "Makeup Misses" post, you'll know that one of the products that failed to impress was ELF's Eye Widening Pencil in Pearl White.

BUT, I turned to the wonderful subreddit 'Makeupaddiction', and they gave me some great ideas on uses for this pencil, so it wouldn't turn out to be a complete flop.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Makeup Misses: December Edition

Today I'm going to be doing a rundown of my most recent "makeup product flops". Sometimes you get a product, be it from a new brand or a trusty favourite, that just doesn't live up to your expectations. Here are my two most recent fails.

Firstly, Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Primer in shade 001.

Friday, 13 December 2013

NP Set: Smoke Signals

Recently I managed to snag yet another eBay bargain, a limited edition 12 eyeshadow palette from the NP Set brand, which is an affordable range that comes from Napoleon Perdis. This eyeshadow set, entitled "Smoke Signals" promises smokey, dramatic glamour.
The set has a range of deep dark hues, with a few vivid colours thrown in for good measure. The palette is on the smaller size, so perfect to fit in your handbag!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Vera Wang: Pink Princess

Today I received a lovely little sample of Vera Wang's fragrance Pink Princess.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Hard Candy: Eye-Cons Kit

My second review of Hard Candy's "Beauty To Go" collections is the Eye-Cons kit. This little box of wonder contains a mini eyeshadow, a glitter eyeliner and an eyeshadow primer.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Hard Candy: Kiss and Make Up

Today I'll be doing a little review of one of Hard Candy's "Beauty To Go" sets. This one is called Kiss and Makeup, and contains a tube of 'Flat To Fab' Mascara, a tube of Plumping Serum Lipgloss, and a tube of 'Eye Def' Glitter Eyeshadow.

Box a little smushed in the post.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Matte Nails with Iridescent Tips

I decided it's time for Round Two of the Matte Nail/Fancy Tips attempt at making my nails look fancy. I have been practicing and I think it has paid off! I decided to add a little colour to the mix too.

I used Avon's Violetta as the matte purple base, and Sinful Color's "Let Me Go" as the accent colour.

"Let Me Go" is a gorgeous iridescent lavender/blue/green sheer polish, and I was interested to see what it would do on top of matte purple. Wanna see?

Saturday, 7 December 2013

How To Brow

Today I'm going to be showing my brow routine. Now, doing my brows is still a relatively new thing to me. For years I just left them be, all sparse and sad looking. But recently I have discovered what a difference it makes to your face to have them filled in, especially considering that I wear thick framed glasses.

Unfortunately, filling in brows isn't quite as easy as you'd initially think.

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Brush Overhaul

It's time for a brush collection overhaul!

I recently received some new brushes that I got for a bargain price on eBay, and I was so impressed with the quality that it made me realise my collection of brushes probably needs a good sorting out. I have amassed quite a collection over the years, but probably only use 40% of them on a regular basis. Since I'm trying to clean up my makeup battlestation a bit, today seemed like a good day to tackle the brushes.

So here is my brush collection before I started the chop:


Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Eyeliner Tragedy

Found on Tumblr

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Matte Nails with Glossy Tips

Today I decided to attempt to recreate a look I have seen circling around Pinterest - the matte black nail with a glossy French tip.

Disclaimer: I am a complete amateur when it comes to painting my nails. Having said that, practice makes perfect so I hope you can forgive smudges and wobbles and whatnot while I improve my skills!

I begun by painting my nails with a matte black nail polish I purchased from Avon. The great thing about this polish is that it only needs two coats to provide full coverage, and it dries so quickly. By the time you have done the first coat on both hands, the first hand is ready to be painted again. Brilliant for a quick manicure on short notice.

Here are the nails with their base matte coat:

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions Mascara

Last week I picked up the much revered Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions Mascara. I got it for the bargain price of $10, and having heard so many rave reviews I knew I had to give it a try. I have something like 5 eyelashes. It's ridiculous. I have basically no eyelashes, they are sparse, straight and generally not happy about being on my face. Up until now I have only ever used Rimmel Mascara, but I have been finding that it clumped and felt quite flaky over time.

So here is the Clump Crusher before I got my grubby hands onto it:

Monday, 2 December 2013

My Skincare Regimen

Having briefly mentioned it in an earlier post, I thought it would be a good idea to give a more in depth synopsis of my daily skincare routine. As a bit of background, I have acne prone skin. For a long time it was constant, as part of my OCD is dermatillomania (a compulsive behaviour which manifests as skin picking), but after a lot of determination I have largely overcome that, which has improved my skin dramatically. However I am still prone to hormonal outbreaks and have very sensitive skin. I have combination skin, often dry in the T-zone area and more oily around the nose and chin.

Now I've given you too much information, on to the regimen!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Makeup at 20,000 Degrees

December is here, which means here in sunny Australia it is officially the first day of summer! Temperatures are going to rise, outdoor occasions will be in full swing, and of course, Christmas is just around the corner.

For me, this is the time to change up my makeup routine. I have to be more careful with my skin, and full coverage foundation and powder goes out of the window, lest I look like this:

So here is how my makeup routine changes with the heat: