Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lime Crime Venus Palette: Swatches, Review + 3 Eye Looks

Helloooooo loves,

Recently I picked up this gorgeous thang - the Lime Crime Venus Palette,  and I just had to share some swatches and looks with you!


Shall we all just have a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty of this packaging? 60....59....


And now the colours...58...57...


The second this was released on Lime Crimes website, I had my order placed, and my expectations high for this palette, and let me assure you it did not disappoint.

Each colour has beautiful pigmentation and blends seamlessly so without further ado I present to you, the swatches (without primer...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT)



This has become my go to palette, and I use it every single day.
Here are three eye looks that I created using this palette

Sparkly and Bold (Using Muse and Creation, the glitter is by Makeup Store and liner is by Maybelline)


Soft and Blown out (Using Muse, Creation, Aura and Divine)


Pretty and Glamorous (Using Aura, Muse Icon and Creation. Glitter on inner corner is Inglot and Liner is Maybelline)



Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you're loving this palette or want to pick it up for yourself! :)

X

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Summer Glam Makeup Tutorial: Base Products



Hey lovelies!

If you watched my recent chatty video Summer Glam Makeup Tutorial

I skipped the base application because the video was already too long - so if any of you were wondering - these are the base products that I applied prior to the video!|

The Look!


Primer: 
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (Available at Mecca Maxima)




Foundation: 
Revlon Photoready Foundation- Mixed shades Medium Beige and Shell (Available at Priceline *may be discontinued but there is an updated formula*)



Cream Contour and Under Eye Highlight: 
Maybelline FIT Me Concealer 'Fair 15' 
Maybelline FIT Me Shine Free Foundation Stick '330' 
(Both available at Priceline | Chemist Warehouse | Big W | Kmart + more)



Setting Powder:
Illamasqua Pressed Powder '010' (Available at Illamasqua counters)



Brows:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz 'Medium Brown' (Available online at anastasiabeverlyhills.com | beautybay.com | urbanoutfitters.com)
MAC Brow Set 'Beguile' (Available at MAC Counters)




Hope you enjoy the tutorial from here!

Check it out below:



Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Avene Thermal Spring Water

Todays review is going to be a bit of easy reading, so sit back, relax and let me cool you down! (this spray cools you down, get it?) SO PUNNY.

Alright, lets get serious, hey lovelies!

I have been loving the Avene Thermal Spring Water of late, so of course, I have to share it with you guys!



It is targeted at people with irritable and sensitive skin, neither of which I generally have - but regardless it is amazing for an array of things outside of that.

I love keeping the 50mL size in my handbag to use as a cooling spritz if I'm feeling hot, flushed, or stressed, and it instantly cools me down, and helps me feel refreshed.

What it claims:
"Key soothing care for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic, and irritated skin. It's unique and constant composition gives it soothing and softening properties proven by numerous scientific studies."

Soothes:
Sunburns
Facial redness
Diaper irritations
Various irritations
Razor burn
After hair removal

Comfort/Freshness:
To complete makeup removal
After excercise
In summer
During travel

What I think: 

If I have an itch, like a bug bite or an irritation like shaving rash this is the first thing I reach for - a bit of a spray on the area, and its dealt with.

I also like to use this is my skin is feeling dry, either on my face (if im not wearing makeup) or on my body, and it's beautiful to use on your face after a hot shower and just let it sink in.

Quite simple uses - but super effective, and a must have for the handbag now that we are rolling around to the warmer months!


You can pick up the 50mL perfect handbag size for $9.99 at Priceline or you can grab the massssive 300mL grandaddy can for $25.99!

Over and out!



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Milk & Co. Ultra Light Moisturiser

Helloooooo loves


So if you watch my YouTube channel you would know that I've spoken quite a bit about this product lately.

I introduce to you, the  Milk & Co. Ultra Light Facial Moisturiser



I received this in a Priceline Promotional skin care goodie bag, and had thrown it in my 'meh' drawer full of 'meh' things that I hadn't really heard of and didn't really plan to use - until one day the drawer just happened to be open, and it caught my eye.

On the front of the bottle it says 'Vitamin e, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil' - all three of which, happen to be some of my favourite skin care ingredients! So of course I decided to give it a chance.


What it claims: 

"The perfect Ultra Light Moisturiser that evokes dreams of an amazing tropical holiday - wherever you are! Enriched with the finest ingredients to moisturise, protect and care it is suitable for all skin types. Paraben free."

What I think: 

I have to start by saying, the tropical holiday spiel does nothing for me, and apart from that, the description doesn't really tell me a whole lot about what it does either - so luckily the product speaks for itself!

It comes in a rectangular bottle with a flip top lid which makes it easy and sanitary to use. The design of the bottle is sleek and simple, which I also like.



Moisturiser for me is always difficult to get right, and because I wear makeup very regularly I find it hard to get one that doesn't make me too oily, or that doesn't effect the application of my makeup or the look of my makeup over time.

This one however, sinks into my skin leaving it feeling fresh and smooth, and it delivers great hydration while still keeping my skins oil levels regulated throughout the day so I don't end up an oily mess.

Plus it provides a great canvas for my makeup!

It is a cream consistency that is quite thick, but sinks in surprisingly fast and doesn't leave any residue on the skin.

I find the smell to be a bit like frangipani, but nothing too overpowering.

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The main ingredients, and why I love them so much:




Vitamin E is a great ingredient because it is an antioxidant that both protects and repairs your skin.
Antioxidants neutralise the oxidant effect of free radicals which can damage the collagen and elasticity in your skin, so vitamin E in products helps keep the skin healthy and plump looking!

Aloe Vera you may be familiar with for its soothing properties, which in itself is a great benefit when used in skin care - but it is also great for oily skin because of its ability to moisturise without leaving a greasy texture.
On top of that it's great for very sensitive skin and can even be used to treat extreme skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne - such a brilliant skin care ingredient!

Lastly Jojoba Oil - which is one of the skin care ingredients I love to talk about most - despite its very awkward-to-pronounce name.

The cool thing about jojoba oil is that it closely resembles human sebum (the skins natural oil). Because of the similarity of this oil to the skins natural oils, using it topically can trick your skin into thinking that it has already produced enough oil, therefore it can reduce overproduction which occurs for people with oily skin, so of course this is a favourite skin care ingredient of mine that has always worked very well for me!

All in all, I think this is a fabulous product that I regularly recommend to people because I've just had so much success with it! I will definitely be re-purchasing when I run out :)

It retails for $19.99 and you can pick it up at Priceline.


Over and out!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Real Techniques Core Collection



Hello again lovelies!

Nearly every single day I find myself talking to someone about the Real Techniques brush line, and now, owning nearly every single brush and set that they make, I realised - I have never done a review!

So this is me, getting my arse into gear, and reviewing these brushes just for you :)

Just for the record, if you're new to the Real Techniques brush range, all of their brushes are cruelty free and made from ultra plush synthetic fibres called 'taklon'.

These fibres mimic the animal hairs of more expensive 'luxury' brushes and are treated to be softer and 'ultra plush' so in my opinion are actually nicer to use on the face.

The majority of the handle is made from aluminium which makes them very light to hold, and of course also feature a flat bottom to enable you to stand the brushes up on their own, a defining feature of the Real Techniques range. (However, to me, fairly useless as I never have any reason to stand my brushes up...)

This 'Core Collection' range features 4 brushes, all of which have dual uses, so they are great value for money - and deliver a great result - but I'll get to that in a minute!

My detailer brush is dented from rolling over it with my chair *oops*


Brushes:
Buffing Brush
Pointed Foundation Brush
Detailer Brush
Contour Brush


Buffing Brush:




The largest of all four brushes, and my very favourite foundation brush for a long period of time - it even took over the place of my expert face brush which I loved for years - so that's saying something!

I use this brush for applying foundation, and because it is quite large, I love it when I'm getting ready in a hurry because it does your entire face in a short time while still blending seamlessly.

It is a dense brush, with longer bristles than the expert face brush so it is a little softer on the face. It tapers down at the sides slightly to give a more flawless blend. Works brilliantly with liquid foundations, and can definitely be used for powder products as well, just make sure you wash your brush in between products!

I would recommend using this brush for powder products if you want a relatively good pigmentation, or high coverage, so I use it with pressed powder for my chin where I need more coverage, however I wouldn't use it on my forehead because I don't need much coverage there. Also wouldn't use it for blush unless you're going for a very strong look. I personally only use this brush for liquid foundations.

Pointed Foundation Brush:




Scrap the 'foundation' from the title of this brush, I would never use it for foundation. After using the buffing brush and the expert face brush and experiencing their amazing buffing and blending capabilities I couldn't go back to a flat foundation brush.

That aside - this brush is also very small, and if I had to label it a foundation brush myself I would call it "foundation brush for infants" - I find it much more suited to concealer.

I personally don't use this brush a whole lot - purely because I generally like to apply my under eye concealer with my fingers. I do however,  use this brush for the under eye area on clients at work, and it is small enough to work well in the under eye area, but big enough to get it done quickly!

Contour Brush:



This brush probably feels the same way I feel about the fact that I got named 'Sarah' instead of 'Bridget' which I think would have suited me much better.

Not so much a contour brush to me, as it is a fabulous highlighter brush - but this has way more uses than that! Yes it applies powder highlighter like a dream, and can definitely work well with a bronzer or contour powder for contouring (though I have other brushes that I prefer for that) but it also works brilliantly for blending out smaller areas of the face.

For example, if you highlight your chin or forehead with a pale concealer, you could blend it seamlessly into the rest of your foundation using this brush!

I also love it for setting my under eye concealer. I just dab it into my setting powder, and gently press it underneath my eye and it fits almost perfectly so you don't need much movement which could disturb any under eye product. Definitely the best brush in this set in my opinion, and raises this brush sets status from 'want' to 'NEED'.

Detailer Brush:




This brush is absolutely tiiiiiiny and is designed for spot concealing, which it does brilliantly if you need it for that - if you don't need any precision face editing in the form of spot concealing (you lucky bugger) guess what?!

Yup. This brush has dual uses! I personally use it most as a lip brush, it is absolutely perfect for that!

Final thoughts!

If you could only buy one real techniques pack - this one would definitely be the one to go for! It does just about everything that you could need to 'ace your base' I'm so punny, right guys?

For real though, if you want a 'do it all' set, with amazing quality and an equally amazing price - this is your guy. Just be sure to own a good spot cleaning brush spray if you're wanting to use the brush for two different products (i.e. a liquid foundation and then a powder).

It also comes with a little brush stand which makes it ideal for travel, and can also be used to hold your brushes if you're wanting to dry them upside down.



This brush set retails for $44.95 at Priceline stores, or you can pick them up on iHerb for $18.00 + shipping


Hope this was useful for you guys and I'll talk to you soon!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

Hellooooo lovelies!

I thought it was about time I did another skin care review  - so I present to you todays victim...totally unnecessary drum roll pleaseeeeee...

ANTIPODES KIWI SEED OIL EYE CREAM





Only in the past year or so have I started using an eye cream as part of my skin care routine - and in that time I've tried quite a few. Those few, however left me sort of wondering what exactly an eye cream did, and if they were really doing me any favours.

After using this eye cream, I'm not left wondering anymore.

What the Antipodes eye cream claims:


"Ultra-rich Vitamin C from the seed of the New Zealand Kiwi fruit works superbly to help repair damaged tissue. Containing carrot seed oil, aloe gel and 100% pure avocado oil, this is a fragrance-free product your skin will love. Kiwi seed oil helps restore delicate tissue, aloe vera plant gel both cools and calms, jojoba oil conditions. Scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human skin cells by up to 82%."

What I think:

I will start by saying that one thing I really appreciate about the Antipodes range is the honesty when it comes to statistics about their products. You don't get the usual old '99.9% of users saw immediate results' bull$#!*

You get useful, honest and scientific stats about your products effectiveness - which was enough to hook my attention.


It comes in a jar which is 30mL in size and has a screw off lid, so you will need to use your fingers or a cotton tip to get it out. I always pat my ring finger very lightly onto the cream and then apply.




The texture is lightweight and silky and feels very luxurious on the skin, however it is still a rich formula that delivers the hydration needed for the delicate under eye area. I use it both morning and night, because a) the thin light weight texture means that I have to use barely any to get the hydration I need so I don't have to be sparing and b) because it sinks into the skin leaving it moisturised but not oily or greasy looking/feeling so it works in perfect unison with makeup application as well.

This eye cream is fragrance free and based on natural derivatives so it is very gentle and doesn't irritate my eyes, like nearly all others have (must be some sort of ingredient in them, I could never work it out)





Its claim is to stimulate the synthesis of collagen production which means plumping and repairing. I personally have quite deep eye sockets that you can see very clearly in the structure of my face which tends to cast shadows and make me look like I have bags so it is very difficult to treat and conceal. I also get darkness under my eyes because I am slightly iron deficient and it worsens when I am tired or dehydrated.

After using this eye cream for a little while now, I can happily say that I have noticed a difference in the darkness under my eyes, it is more bright and even with the rest of my skin tone than it has been in the past so there must have definitely been some repairing going on!

I also feel a slight difference in the plumpness of the area. I frequently touch my under eye area either to apply concealer, or to show people that THIS IS THE STRUCTURE OF MY FACE, NOT BAGS. K THX BYE.

But seriously. Feeling the area now, it seems ever so slightly less sunken in, which, even though it's a slight change,  is brilliant for me who thought nothing would ever make a difference.

The price tag on this baby is no friend to your bank account, retailing for $44.95. But a fantastic friend to your skin - so in my opinion - totally worth it. However if you don't want to pay full price, the Antipodes range is sold at Priceline, which means that you can frequently find it on sale.

Aaaaaaand lets re-cap

PROS AND CONS:
Pros: 
All natural
Scientifically tested
Good amount of product
Light Weight
Hydrating
Works well underneath makeup
Plumps area
Reduces Darkness

Cons:
Price Tag $$$
If you are a sanitary freak, the jar may not be ideal for you.


Visit www.antipodesnature.com to learn more about the Antipodes range.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

11 Mac Eyeshadow Swatches




Hi guys!

If you're reading this you've probably been sent over from my YouTube channel SarahBeautyx so hi! Welcome to my blog :)

Below are the swatches of the eyeshadows that I got, with primer, without primer, with flash and without flash! Plus a few extras about colour, pigmentation, quality and my favourites!

Hope this helps you out if you're choosing your own mac shades.




I used the primer I always use for my eyes - which is my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the colour 'Soft Ochre' (which looks darker than it is on the inside of my arm because I am ghostly pale!)

The following swatches are with primer on the left side, and without primer on the right side.

WITHOUT FLASH


WITH FLASH

My favourites from these colours are definitely Blanc Type, Soft Brown and Quarry!
I have tried Blanc Type and Soft Brown before but Quarry is a new one for me and I have to say it is stunninnggggg!
It is such a gorgeous cool toned matte shade which I could describe as a soft plum brown, or a taupe violet colour.
So prettyyyyyy agh!



WITHOUT FLASH

WITH FLASH


WoodWinked and Satin Taupe are the definite stand outs from these swatches for me!
Both of these shades were 'must haves' in nearly everyones mac palettes that I looked up - and I now see exactly why.
They both have a shimmer / frost finish to them which is so pretty and eye catching!

Wood Winked swatches a beautiful warm toned light brown/gold colour and Satin Taupe swatches a cool toned brown with mauvey undertones. I'm so glad I got both of these - one warm, one cool. perfect :)


WITHOUT FLASH

WITH FLASH
Ohhhh my lord. How terrible is the Deep Damson swatch without Primer - pretty colour IF you use it with an eye primer - but wouldn't say it's a must have! especially at the australian pricing of $26.

Red Brick of course is the stand out of these two swatches, but I wish it swatched more red, than orange when the flash is on! Still a lovely warm red colour with fantastic pigmentation! :)



Aaaand that is all of the eyeshadows I got.

Hope this was useful, leave a comment of your favourite mac eyeshadow below! I would love to know which shadows you guys think are worth the money - I have an ever growing wish list.

Have a great day loves!


In case you missed my MAC Haul video:
CLICK HERE to watch