Monday, 30 January 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

Being a makeup hoarder collector, it was actually a nice feeling to be buying a foundation because I needed it, not just wanted it. On my wishlist for quite some time was the much talked about L'Oreal Infallible Matte foundation. Yes, I know I'm late to the party, lol.

Taken from Priceline- "Infallible Matte is an easy to spread, lightweight, liquid emulsion that is never dull and never cakey. Infallible Matte resists sweat, stress, heat and humidity with no shine and no mask effect."


The foundation comes in a 35 ml plastic squeeze tube. A screw top lid covers a small hole dispenser.


This product is a liquid foundation but is on the thicker side. It has a scent that I can only describe as that typical makeup smell, it's quite light so I don't really notice it to be honest.

I have applied the foundation with a brush, sponge and my fingers. Each method works equally well. It is smooth and easy to apply and blend. I get a medium coverage that is buildable to full. I only need a small amount, but when I have applied that little bit too much  I haven't experienced a problem with cakiness.

As someone that generally prefers a more dewy finish, I actually like this matte foundation. It has more of a velvety finish rather than being flat. I can go without a finishing powder, but this foundation is light weight and performs quite well with a powder also.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is a fabulous drugstore foundation that has great coverage and is matte without being a heavy mask on your face. Why did I take so long to try you??

What foundation are you currently loving?


Friday, 27 January 2017

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lipsticks

I have been a huge fan of ColourPop for some time now. Affordable products that in my opinion are worth more than the price tag. The only downside has been the cost of International shipping. Story of my online shopaholic life! Fortunately the last couple of months of 2016, ColourPop offered free shipping with minimum spend to us International customers. It was perfect timing for my end of year splurge. I only purchased lip products this time around, a mix of Ultra Metallics and Ultra Satins. This post I will be showing you the Ultra Satins.

Taken from ColourPop- "A lightweight, comfortable, bold lipstick, with a Satin finish. This lipstick is extremely long wearing, although not completely kiss proof- you may leave some marks on your coffee cup!"



Typical liquid lipstick tube packaging with a doe foot applicator.



The lipstick has a mousse like consistency, quite different to the liquid consistency of the Ultra Mattes. The Ultra Satins feel very comfortable on the lips. They don't completely set, but last for hours even through eating and drinking. I find that in a pinch, instead of reapplying at the end of the day, I simply rub my lips together. This blends any fading which is possible because the formula is slightly creamy. 

I really love this liquid lipstick. I can get the matte finish that I love, but not have to deal with the dry lips that generally go hand in hand with a matte liquid lipstick.

Now for some lip swatches.



 Echo Park



Calypso




Femme




Molly



Brooklyn







I am including this post in Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up Party on her blog Fabulous and Fun Life :)






Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Project Pan 2017 Intro

Instead of choosing a multitude of beauty items to finish in 2017, I decided that what would work best for me would be a rolling 5 pan. So how this works, is that I have 5 products in my project that I am attempting to finish. Once I finish a product I'll replace it with another and keep a tally of products used in this project for the year.

Let me show you the first 5 products




ColourPop Cornelius eye shadow is matte, so I've been able to get a lot of use of this shade by using in my crease. Makes a nice all over the lid colour, too.



During 2016 I was doing a rolling 5 pan project on my Instagram ( @indie_ana1 ) and this Mirenesse lipstick was one that I had been trying to finish. It is never-ending lol, but I am determined to finish it!



W7 Catwalk Concealer is a product that I use on a daily basis to colour correct underneath my eye area. 


This Smashbox Lip Pencil is a neutral colour, so I can get a lot of use out of it. It's a nice product to use thanks to the perfect consistency of not being too creamy or stiff.



I use the LA Girl black eye liner in my upper waterline. It's twist up, so no need to sharpen, YES! It is a decent liner, nicely pigmented and doesn't budge throughout wear.

I know I have been really easy on myself right from the get go, but I for me to succeed in a Project Pan, I need to be realistic. I want to finish things, but I don't want to get too bored and give up. As time goes on, I'll add products that need more use.

If you are doing any form of Project Pan, do link your post in the comments section, I'd love to check it out :)

Monday, 23 January 2017

W7 Catwalk Concealer

W7 is a budget brand from the UK. I am always drawn to these types of brands because who doesn't love a good bargain? :) I feel that if I don't like the product I haven't paid too much to be concerned about binning it. Plus when a makeup product does work for me it's certainly a bonus that it is cheap to replace when needed!

One of my Chemist Warehouse trips for prescription medication lead me to the W7 counter, I believe the only store in Australia that stocks this brand. I figured that for $4.99 for a concealer wasn't going to break the bank.

Taken from the W7 website "With a creamy consistency and long lasting formula, this product can cover, camouflage and hide blemishes and redness."



The concealer is packaged in a typical concealer tube. As you can see, it has a doe foot wand for application.



This product is quite creamy in consistency.

When I first applied the Catwalk concealer, I found it to be a little too yellow toned and more of a medium shade than the light that it is labelled as. I put it away, glad that I had only paid $5 for it, I am also glad that I didn't throw it away, lol. Finally, it dawned on me that instead of trying to highlight my under eye area after foundation, I could use this concealer to colour correct before foundation!

For the purpose of colour correcting, I find this concealer fantastic. It is a great shade to neutralise my dark circles.

To apply, I just dab it along my dark circles, then blend out with my finger or concealer brush. The creamy consistency makes it very blendable, yet still providing coverage that I need without becoming cakey.

The W7 Catwalk Concealer works great under foundation, it blends out well without totally disappearing. I'm happy I found a use for this concealer as a colour corrector because it really works well this way.

Have you used any products from the W7 range?











I linked this blog post to Fabulous and Fun Life Link-Up Party :)

Friday, 20 January 2017

Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate

If I can buy I dupe for less than the original, I'm all over it. Budget UK brand Makeup Revolution is known for their Too Faced Chocolate Bar dupes with the I Heart Makeup eye shadow palettes. The original Chocolate Bar is a cult favourite and MR has duped it with the palette I <3 Chocolate.


I love that melted chocolate bar packaging. A large factor in my wanting this palette.




The following swatches were done with my finger on bare skin.







I don't have the Too Faced palette to compare, but after seeing many swatches online, I believe the shades are very similar.






Look 1





Look 2


 


Look 3

Above are 3 looks that I created with the palette. I found that the shimmer shades don't translate on the lid as well as when swatched. They're nice, but needed some building up to get good coverage. I found the mattes lovely to use. Usually with budget palettes like this one the shimmers are fantastic, but the mattes are average. Quite the opposite in this case. A cream shadow base like a Maybelline Color Tattoo would probably make a world of difference, something I don't like to do during testing for reviewing purposes, but I'll try in future.

Overall, the I Heart Chocolate palette is decent, not my favourite, but it is certainly workable and I am happy to have it in my collection.


Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution?





Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Mor Marshmallow Perfume Oil

I have heard many raves of the Mor Marshmallow fragrance in the past. It was something I had wanted to try, but it wasn't really on my radar to purchase. Well, that all changed when I was lucky enough to receive the perfume oil as one of my birthday gifts from my generous sister.

Scent description taken from Mor- "Marshmallow is collectively orchestrated with vanilla musk and jasmine flower that gloriously rapture in this pretty, feminine fragrance. Sugar dipped rose petals with white carnation and cotton candy play beautifully to create a deliciously sweet perfume."




Can I just begin by saying how much I love the packaging. The 9 ml roller bottle is encased in a pale pink cylinder with a gorgeous gold design. It is truly beautiful and elegant. The bottle has an intricate pink design on the glass background.



Without previously reading the scent notes, I was surprised that upon application I could detect rose. As the name would suggest, I was expecting a sweet marshmallow fragrance. It certainly is there, but not alone. The rose is not too strong and is happy to share center-stage with a fluffy cloud of marshmallow. The rose doesn't turn this fragrance into an "old lady" perfume, the candy notes help to temper the sometimes sharp nature that rose perfumes can often have.

The perfume has decent longevity, it lasts for hours on my skin. During wear, it becomes softer and develops a powdery quality whilst providing delicious gentle wafts of scent.

Mor Marshmallow is feminine and elegant. I can see why it is a favourite for brides.

What's your favourite perfume?

Monday, 16 January 2017

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser x 3 Dual Action Rejuvenation Moisturiser

Thanks to beauty website Beauty Heaven, I was fortunate enough to be given the L'Oreal Laser x 3 Dual Action Rejuvenation Moisturiser to trial.

Taken from Priceline- "The L'Oreal Laboratories have combined high concentrations of Vitamin C-G with Pro-Xylane in a dual moisturiser, formulated to work on and under the skin's surface to fight signs of aging."


 I really appreciate the lovely red chrome-look and plastic packaging, a squared bottle that can sit proudly on my dresser.

The moisturiser has a dual chamber, but the pump top dispenser combines both through the one nozzle. The top of the dispenser has a depressed curved section, perfect for the finger which when pressed pumps both serum so they can be applied together.



One side stores the white moisturiser and the other side is a pinky colour, they are both of the same creamy consistency.

Upon application I can detect the scent that is common to L'Oreal skincare. A nondescript floral fragrance. I must admit that I'm not a fan. It's not offensive by any means, but I have come used to natural scents in skincare rather than synthetic. It does disappear fairly quickly.

I use two pumps for face and neck. The moisturiser glides across the face beautifully, leaving my face silky smooth, plump and hydrated. My skin completely absorbs the product, no sticky or oily residue left behind.

I have been using this moisturiser morning and night. To really test this product, I have been using after toner and eye cream, but not including my regular application of serum or facial oil. I do allow for a sunscreen during the day.

I have not experienced any adverse reactions on my combination skin such as redness or breakouts. Other than my T zone, my skin has been on the drier side. Using the Laser x 3 Dual Action Rejuvenation Moisturiser has kept my skin sufficiently hydrated. I have not felt the need to include a richer moisturiser into my routine, even at night when my skin generally feels its driest. Keeping skin hydrated is very important when trying to minimise the effects of aging, this product certainly gets the tick of approval from me in that department!


Friday, 13 January 2017

Chi Chi Sunkissed Palette

Not too long ago I participated in what's known as Beautorium. This is an event held on beauty website Beauty Heaven where you have the opportunity to swap earned points for beauty products. One of the products on offer was the Chi Chi palette Sunkissed. I've wanted to try a palette from this brand for some time, so was quick to add it to my cart.


Sunkissed contains a range of warm and neutral colours, which I have been all about lately. Having shimmers and mattes make this a cohesive palette that can easily complete your eye look, whether every day or dramatic. 



I swatched the shadows with my finger on bare skin. Some shades needed a few swipes to show up. 

                                      

A couple of the shimmer shades I found a little crumbly. The golds in particular weren't very pigmented as you'll see in my first Look, the lid colour is quite sheer. It does make for a nice every day wearable look, though. The neutral and peachy shimmers are much better in pigmentation. The mattes did tend to have some kick-up when using with a brush, however I found that they blended beautifully.


Look 1



Look 2



Look 3

Overall Chi Chi Sunkissed is a palette I am happy to have in my collection, it contains shades that I love and could use on the daily. They're not perfect by any means, but are definitely workable.





Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Nail Art 2017 #1

I was inspired to create my mani after seeing a tutorial on Facebook. It looked fairly easy and I just loved the finished look. A dotticure, but not just any dotticure, the dots being multi-toned. I'll explain...


Once I decided I wanted warm colours on my nails, I needed to begin with a dark base colour. For this I chose Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in Save the Date. For the dots I began with a combination of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in White On, Models Prefer Nail Color in Trendy and Ulta3 Nail Color in Honolulu. With the smaller end of my chosen dotting tool I slightly mixed the polishes so that the individual colours were still obvious. I then proceeded to place dots on my nails with the swirled polish using the larger end of the dotting tool.




I definitely want to try some different colours using this technique!