Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

Hourglass-Brow-Arch-1I’ve been searching for the perfect eyebrow pencil for what feels like forever and I think I’ve finally found it. I’ve tried a fair few pencils in my time but nothing comes close to matching the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. Honestly, everything I’ve tried up until this point has felt inferior.

First up I have to mention the sleek packing; it has a real luxe appeal and feels weighty which I like. Despite the hefty price tag ($48 AUD) I’m pretty impressed with the amount of product you get. I say ‘pretty impressed’ loosely because I haven’t had the courage to see how much actual product sits in the retractable mechanism (I’ve stuffed a few products this way before so I’m not wiling to take the risk). All I know is that I’ve hardly made a dent in the product and I’ve literally used it every day since I picked it up – so, I’m pretty impressed!

I also love the automatic/retractable pencil because it means I don’t require a sharpener, which in turn means I’m not wasting product. I can’t tell you how many pencils I’ve gone through while trying to sharpen a waxy product in humid conditions. It used to drive me bonkers. Never again (hopefully).

Hourglass-Brow-Arch-3I have the shade Dark Brunette but at the time of purchase I really struggled  between it and Soft Brunette. Three MUA’s later and I picked the darker shade as all three MUA’s said it framed my face better. I have to admit, the shade is a bit darker then I’m used to but it doesn’t look unnatural at all and that’s because there’s no red pigment in the formula. In case you’re curious Soft Brunette was a tad more grey in comparison.

Despite it’s appearance the pencil is super easy to use. I start off by grooming my brows with the included spoolie and brush my eyebrows down to reveal my natural shape. I then apply the product to the fullest part off my brow and continue filling in sparse ares with short, quick strokes. When I’ve achieved the look I’m after I finish by brushing my brows in an upward motion. I find I don’t feel the  need to add extra products because the waxy texture adds volume and provides hold as is.Hourglass-Brow-Arch-6For those who might be interested the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is “free of sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes, fragrance, gluten and vegan-friendly”.

In my opinion it’s very effective product and is a breeze to use. The wax to powder texture stays on all day so no more worries about my brows running a muck during the course of the day. I honestly love it and would definitely buy it again!

Just out of curiosity, has anyone out there tried the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor? I’ve heard it’s quite comparable (minus the price tag). I’d love to hear from you if you have and what you thought, particularly if you’ve tried the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil too.

Thanks for reading!

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YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in 03 Rose Libre

YSL-Kiss-&-Blush-Rose-Libre-1To say that I was ecstatic to try my very first YSL Kiss & Blush is a huge understatement Nothing excites me more than discovering new treasures particularly when they’re from the beauty department. I realise that sounds a little shallow but sometimes the mind needs a little time-out, wouldn’t you agree?

Back to the YSL Kiss & Blush and once again YSL have made it pretty easy for us beauty lovers to pull out our wallets and hand over our hard earned cash. Sure there might be a little trepidation at first (hello steep price point), but the Kiss & Blush are pretty hard to resist once you’ve given them a whirl. I mean take a look at these babies – are they not the prettiest things you’ve ever seen? Granted they look like fancy bottles of nail polish, but that’s part of the allure wouldn’t you say?

YSL-Kiss-&-Blush-Rose-Libre-4When I initially heard YSL was launching a 2-in-1 lip and cheek product I was super excited. I spent a considerable amount of time trawling through online images. I knew choosing just one shade (from a sea of pretty colours) was going to be the hardest part.

I’m usually a bright lip kinda girl but after some deliberation I chose the shade 03 Rose Libre which under normal circumstances, isn’t a shade I would have gravitated toward. 03 Rose Libre a neutral mid-toned pink which has the slightest bluish tint that just works for me – it’s just easy.

The air whipped luminous texture feels very lightweight on both the lips and cheeks. As a blush it has a lovely translucent finish (sans shimmer) that imparts a really lovely and healthy sheer wash of colour, that just so happens to make me look like I’ve just gone for a winter run. On the lips, it appears much more matte. Admittedly there is a little slip on first application but it eventually sets. It doesn’t cake when being built up and the longevity is good but not amazing (if I’m completely honest). What I like most about this product is that it works as a multipurpose product meaning there is less to throw in my makeup bag plus it’s great for when I want that match-matchy look.

This is by far my favourite launch in a long time from YSL and I’m looking forward to adding more shades in the future, when my wallet permits. Have you tried these yet?

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This happened: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow in Sunshower (OR313)

Shiseido-Sunshower-1Last week I shared a couple of new purchases one of them being the  Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Shadows which I picked up in the shades Leather and Sable. If you remember that post I also mentioned I had to pull myself away from a third shade, called Sunshower (OR313). Well, I couldn’t get it off of my mind so when I just so happened to stumble upon the Shiseido counter while out shopping, there was no way I was going to walk away a second time. Is it wrong to divulge that I actually feel at peace now? Please tell me I’m not alone here? Shiseido-Sunshower-2Sunshower (OR313) is the perfect subdued copper with a hint of toffee and golden rose. It’s off the charts gorgeous and I’m completely enamored with it. On my brown/hazel eyes it’s really flattering (if I do say so myself) but I suspect this shade would look lovely on all eye colours, depending on how you use it. When it comes to eye makeup some of you will know that the no-makeup makeup look is a look near and dear to my heart, however every now and then I like to step outside my comfort zone and branch away from safe neutrals. While Sunshower isn’t bold or garish, it’s definitively a shade that playful but also casual at the same time. Shiseido-Sunshower-3I won’t go into detail about why I love these cream shadows but if you’d like to find out more I have a whole post dedicated to the reasons, which you can find here. Honestly, Shiseido have done an outstanding job with these cream shadows and they are one of my favourite finds of the year. They are definitely deserve a lot more credit in my opinion.

Let me know if you’ve given them a whirl. Id’ love to know what you thought.

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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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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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Ginger Pop!

Clinique-Cheek-Pop-GingerFirstly, thank you so much for your kind comments regarding Friday’s post. It’s so nice to finally share the news with you. Reading all your comments was so heart warming and further heightened my already super happy state. Thanks everyone!

So back onto today’s post, which is completely unrelated of course. I have a recent acquisition to share with you and while I realise I’m a tad late to the party it’s still fun playing show n’ tell. I know I’m meant to be saving all my pennies but I couldn’t resist Clinique’s Cheek Pop blushes on a recent shopping trip. Honestly, I probably have enough blushes to last a life time but I just couldn’t help myself when I stumbled upon the pretty gerbera/daisy embossed design (so pretty). Just out of curiosity, did anyone else think the Cheek Pops would be bigger?Clinique-Cheek-Pop-Ginger-2Currently there are 4 shades in total in the collection: Berry Pop, Plum Pop, Peach Pop and Ginger Pop. When I was ahming and arring over the the shades I tried to pick one that was missing from my collection. I already have a fair share of pinks and peach shades, so the one that stood out like a bit of a sore thumb was Ginger. On me, Ginger resembles a reddened coral but with an ever so slight tinge of tawny goodness. If I’m honest I wasn’t keen on Peach Pop and  the nuances between the two pink based shades (Berry and Plum Pop – which I liked very much btw), were too comparable, so the decision to go with Ginger was pretty simple.

Clinique-Cheek-Pop-Ginger-3While the blush is lovely and luminous on the skin it can pack a serious punch in regards to colour, so don’t be fooled (see above as an example – you’ve been warned). What I love about these blushes is that they feel like a powder on ititial touch, but transform into a cream-powder finish on the skin. This results in a very luminous finish that lasts a good 6 or so hours on my skin (before starting to fade away). Ginger truly is a gorgeous shade, which in my opinion, will work across the spectrum of skin tones. My biggest (and only) gripe with little blushes is that they simply don’t come in enough shades. If you’re listening Clinique, please introduce some more shades.

Have you tried the Clinique Cheek Pops yet?

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First Aid Beauty: Radiance Renewal Pads

First-Aid-Beauty-Facial-Radiance-Pads-1So I pretty much jumped on the band wagon and picked up a tub of First Aid Beauty Radiance Renewal Pads on Caroline’s recommendation. That lady could sell potato sacks and I’d be all over them.

I’m a fan of liquid exfoliants through and through (hello Alpha H Liquid Gold) but I wanted something less abrasive, between more intensive treatments. FAB Facial Radiance Pads contain lactic and glycolic acids and from what I can tell are pretty mild and therefore effective to use on a daily basis. Exact amounts of acid aren’t disclosed so we have to take FAB’s claims with a grain of salt but for the most part I’ve been really loving this product.

The pads contain cucumber and Indian gooseberry which tone the skin, while lemon peel and licorice root boost skins radiance. The pads contain no harsh chemicals and colorants so they’re perfect for all skin types, especially those of you who might be more sensitive.

Each tub contains 60 pads so if you use 2 a day, the tub should last a month. While they’re a little on the pricey side ($31.95 AU) I’m definitely noticing small improvements in terms of the overall clarity. Also worth noting, is how much better my base products look after I’ve used a pad, so overall not a bad investment.

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I use the pre-soaked pads in place of a toner but also as an exfoliating step, both in the a.m and p.m. I use a single pad after cleansing and apply it to my face and neck although you could also us in on the decolletage.

The solution feels very mild and doesn’t sting my skin, however it does feel a little tacky and leaves a slight residue (which admittedly I don’t see as a big problem). I haven’t noticed a scent although my allergies are out of control at the moment, so I can’t really comment on that front.

Supposedly, over time the pads will reduce visible pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines, but as we all know there’s no stopping the aging process so I don’t have high expectations. While it’s still far to early to be able to give you a conclusive review I ‘ve enjoyed incorporating these radiance pads into my regime and can actually see a visible improvement.

Let me know if you’ve given these a whirl and what you though. I’m curious to try more FAB products so pop any suggestions you might have in the comments below.

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