June 2014 Beauty Favourites

June-14-FavouritesOh God! It’s June favourites time and that means we’re at the half way mark, it also means it’s birthday time, which if I’m honest tends to freak me more and more as the years go by. Anyway back to the post. I picked out my favouites for the month of June based on what I was reaching for most. Most of the products are trusty favouites but I’ve also included a couple of new products which you may not have seen before as well as some fairly recent purchases. Here’s what I loved most over the month of June:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: One of the products I haven’t shared with you before is my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (in Soft Beige). I’m not sure what persuaded me to buy this concealer but I’m glad I did. I primarily use it to cover the dark circles under my eyes as it works magic on making me look less zombi-fied. What I’ve enjoyed most about this concealer is that it’s super creamy, has a subtle brightening effect and it doesn’t cake or crease. It’s a great dupe for NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in my opinion, minus the price tag of course.

Chanel-Perfection-Lumiere-VelvetShisedo Shimmering Cream Shadows: Even though I picked these up relatively late in the month they’ve quickly become my go-to cream shadow. I’ve literally used these every day since I picked them up, no joke. To say I’m obsessed it a bit of an understatement (I’ve already picked up a third shade, which I will share in an upcoming post). There’s so much to love about these shadows; the texture is amazing, they super lightweight and easy to apply and the formulation is long lasting and doesn’t crease. Hands down my favourite cream shadow to date.

Chanel Velvet Foundation: I’ve featured this foundation in my monthly favourites before but it’s just so damn good. I just love the finish of this foundation and it feels super lightweight, which means I never actually feel like I’m wearing a foundation. Although it’s a tad too dark for me right now (I’m a nice shade of sick at the moment) it’s just the perfect base for when I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a base. This is definitely one to try if you have oily-combination skin or just want to dabble with a velvet finish (lightweight) foundation.Chanel-Monte-CarloChanel Rouge Coco Shine (Monte Carlo): I’ve been a bit lazy on the lipstick front, crazy I know, especially for someone who claims to adore them more than any other beauty product. Monte Carlo has been my go-to everyday shade as it’s the perfect anytime, anywhere shade (a soft pink-red). It really perks my complexion, plus it’s super hydrating which is perfect for the cold windy days we’ve been experiencing lately.AntipodesAntipodes Brightening Powder: I’ve recently retired my Benefit Agent Zero Shine Powder, which I was on the fence with but wanted to use up. In summation I was really amazed that i got through the little pot so quickly. Then I recalled how much product was actually in the pot (7 measly grams! Yes I said 7 gm, for $44 AUD! That’s highway robbery Benefit). I digress. Back to the Antipodes Brightening powder. I’ve really enjoyed using this product when I’ve needed a little powder to finish my look. In the past I’ve mentioned that I’m not a huge powder wearer in the past however I’ve also said there is always a time and place. Despite my combination skin, this powder really imparts a lovely sheen that radiates healthy happy skin. It doesn’t cake or look heavy either.

What were some of your monthly beauty (or non-beauty) favourites? Did any of mine make your list?

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Weekend Edit: Style #9

weekend-edit-9Hello lovelies, It’s my favourite time of the week again and as per usual I’m excited and relieved the weekend is here – who’s with me? Without sounding like a beat up record my week has been pretty hectic mostly with work and packing (the story of my life it seems). I also celebrated my birthday this week but kept it pretty low key. I picked up lots of nice goodies, some of which I will share with you in the coming weeks. Of course I’d love any of the above in case anyone was feeling generous, ha!

What’s everyone up to this weekend? Anyone else a fellow cancerian and celebrating their birthday this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay safe and have a blast everyone!

1, All Black 2. Statement brows with Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil 3. Ankle boots 4. Jumper 5. Rings 6.Clutch

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My favourite cream shadows: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows

Shiseido-1If you read my post last week, you’ll know that I’m all about cream eye shadows at the moment. It’s amazing what these little wonders can do when you’re strapped for time. Some of you have heard me harp on (lucky you) about my love of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows. Well over the weekend I succumbed to their awesomeness and picked up two new shades. I’m completely smitten with them, so much so that I already have another shade waiting in situ.

The two shades i picked up are BR709 Sable and BR306 Leather. Sable is a olive-taupe which reminds me of MAC’s Pattina but in a cream formula. It’s one of those colors that gives brown eyes more depth and makes light eyes look more radiant. I almost didn’t bother with it, as it’s quite muddy looking in the pot, but on the eyes it’s just stunning. It’s a gorgeous alternative to copper and brown tones but is still quite neutral so it compliments a lot of makeup looks. Leather on the other hand, is a warm rusty brown copper. I get a beautiful wash of colour with this shade and it creates a gorgeous bronze smokey eye. I absolutely love it. It makes a great base for other shadows as well.Shiseido-2So why so much love? Well firstly, the formula of these cream shadows is amazing. I’m going to go as far as to say the formula is my favourite of all the cream shadows I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot in my time so that’s saying something. Not only are they super creamy but they glide on ever so smoothly. I suspect this has something to so with the inclusion of Shiseido’s original hydrating ingredient – Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE.

Despite my oily eyelids I find that the product doesn’t crease or transfer irrespective of it’s emollience. And since it’s a cream shadow there is no fallout, which makes me very (very) happy. Now in regards to this ‘shimmering’ business don’t expect bucket loads . Shiseido use’s the term very loosely.  In my opinion the finish resembles more of a satin than a shimmer (as the name might suggest). So if the thought of frosty shades freaks you out, don’t let the product name deter you from having a little fun next time you’re near a counter. It’s worth pointing out that there is some variance between the shades (in terms of ‘shimmer’), so if it’s something that interests you make sure you try it in person before committing to a shade. As a side note, of the two shades I picked up, I’d say Sable had a little more shimmer than Leather.

Shiseido-3As with most cream shadows theses are a cinch to use and don’t require a lot of time. Simply dab and blend and you’re good to go. A shadow brush will do the trick as well (if you’re that way inclined). You get a fair amount of play time before the product sets but once it does set, it won’t budge for 16 hours. Of course this means you’ll need a good oil based makeup remover to dissolve the product after a good days wear, but in terms of staying power it’s leading the cream shadow pack.

Each little glass pot contain 6 grams of product and while they are pricey ($44 AUD) you’re getting more product than you’d typically get with an Chanel Illusion D’Ombre (4gm), Bobby Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (3.5gm) or Mac Paintpot (5gm) to name a few.

Shiseido-4If you’re anything like me and you’re constantly in a hurry you’re going to love these. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadows are perfect if you want a quick and easy wash of colour on your eyes or alternatively, they compliment other eye products beautifully.

What are your thoughts on cream shadows? Got any you’d like to recommend? Please share in the comments below.

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Weekend Edit: Style #8

weekend-edit-8Just a quick post to share a few things that have caught my eye this week. I’ve taken inspiration from Jessie Bush’s very black/minimal outfit (I adore her style). Simple jewels feature as per usual, a gorgeous black crop and of course a bag I’ve been lusting over for what feels like forever – The Pashli Mini.

What is everyone up to this weekend? I still have a tonne of packing to do and I have a few people coming to look at a few furniture pieces I’m selling. If the weather is nice I may even go for a bush walk but we’ll see. I need to take some time out and get a good dose of nature. My zen-o-meter is flailing. Enjoy whatever you end up doing and have an amazing and restful weekend!

1. Jessie Bush 2. Gorjana Ava Layer Necklace  3. Black watch 4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Satchel 5. Jarin K Double Side Earrings 6. Whistles Ella Cropped Turtle Neck Knit

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3 minute tops

3-minute-eye-1Monday’s definitely seem to roll around a lot quicker then any other day of the week don’t you think? If like me, you struggle with Mondayitis (or any kind of weekdayitis) I have 2 products (plus a tool) that will take you from drab to fab in less than 3 minutes.3-minute-eye-2

Funnily enough, on those mornings I struggle to get out of bed I usually focus on making up my eyes as they’re a dead giveaway that I’ve gone to bed way too late. My weapons of choice; a cream shadow stick (Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst – soft mauve with pearl which sets off my brown/hazel eyes), mascara of choice (Dior Iconic) and eyelash curler (mine is a Shu Uemura). I simply slap on some cream eyeshadow (any cream shadow will do), blending along my eyelid and extending down to the bottom lashes to add a bit of extra oomph. I then curl my lashes and apply a single coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes – and what do you know, something that resembles a decent attempt in under 2 minutes.

Of course if you’d like to add a base and concealer go for it – remember to subtract about a minute from your sleep. Typically when I’m in a rush I prefer my Dior BB cream as it’s quick and easy to apply and doesn’t involve much forethought as does my Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector. I’ll also slap on a balm which I always carry in my bag but aside from all of that, that’s it. It’s not much but it’s enough to get me by.

What are some of your go-to products when you’re strapped for time? Pop them in the comments below.

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Weekend Edit: Style #7

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Woohoo, it’s Friday! As per usual my week was pretty hectic, mostly with work and a few after work (but work related) commitments. When Friday finally rolls around, I only have one thing on my mind; a good sleep in. Of course catching up on all my favourite blogs, vlogs and online stores is also something I look forward to. Money has been a real issue lately so I haven’t purchased any goodies which, if I’m honest, is the reason there’s been a bit of a lull in terms of posts,. That hasn’t stopped me from drooling over a whole bunch of goodies as you can see from the pic above.

This weekend I’ll be doing a lot of packing. The move isn’t for a couple of weeks but the boy is away on a work trip, so I’m trying to get a head start as we’ll be moving as soon as he gets back.

What are you up to this weekend? Any exciting plans?

1. Mara Backpack 2. Nars ‘Dragon Girl’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil  3. Joanna Slingback Mule 4. Double Stranded Chain 5. Audrey Whistles Cropped Top

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Bourjois: Rouge Edition Velvet

BourjoisVelvet finishes (in regards to beauty products) seem to be all the rage at the moment, which is music to my ears if I’m honest. I just think there’s something quintessentially chic about a velvet finish.

To say I was excited about Bourjois launching a line of velvet lip products (and at drugstore prices) is a gross understatement. I waited patiently for them to make their way from across the pond, and while I hesitated on making an initial purchase (purely because of the not so drugstore price point),  it was love at first swatch.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a matte lipstick lover so I was happy to find that I wasn’t disappointed with these babies. The Rouge Edition Velvets feel like a hybrid product in that they go on like a cream but set to a velvet/matte finish. They have a high-end silky texture despite being touted a matte product. With that being said they have quite a bit of slip which I suspect has something to do with silicones.

In terms of colour payoff expect super dooper in-your-face opague goodness. I get about 6+ hours of wear before having to top up and best of all I can chow down a burger without having to worry about smearing product all over my face. The formula is a tad drying but nothing to complain about in comparison to similar products – there’s nothing a little prep beforehand can’t fix.

Bourjois-4L-R: 01 Personne ne Rougee,  02 Frambourjoise, 06 Pink Pong & 03 Hot Pepper.

However, if there’s one thing I’m not a fan of it’s the scent. There’s something metallic about it that I just don’t like, which I can’t put my finger on. Aside from that I love the line. They make it super easy to look pulled together in zero time.

I picked up 4 shades; 01 Personne ne Rougee (Classic red), 02 Frambourjoise (Red berry with pink undertones), 03 Hot Pepper (Orangey red) & 06 Pink Pong (Berry toned fuchsia). Of the four my favourite is Ping Pong and my least favouite is  Hot Pepper (I just don’t suite an orange based red unfortunately).

Have you tried the Rouge Edition Velvets? Which of the 8 shades is your favourite?

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