Monday, 30 April 2018

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter

I don't think the highlighting trend will be going away in a hurry and quite frankly, I don't want it to. I enjoy a subtle highlight on my cheekbones, so I don't need to use a lot of product for each application, therefore I try not to buy every highlighter that appeals to me. I have a few and I probably wouldn't need to buy another one for years. Of course, with all the releases, it's hard not to be tempted. This was the case with the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter. Not only did it look good, reviews I read had me needing it in my stash!

Taken from Maybelline- "Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter delivers the look of a melted metallic highlight in an easy to apply highlighting powder. Features reflective pigments for an eye-catching chrome effect."

The highlighter comes in a round, plastic compact with a clear lid. I like that you can see the product without opening. The highlighter powder has a funky textured square design.

I couldn't wait to swatch this highlighter. I purchased the shade Molten Gold, which seems to be the only shade available here in Australia (I have my fingers crossed that Rose Gold is released here). It is so creamy to the touch and beautifully pigmented.

After seeing how well this product swatched, I was excited about putting it on my face. Using a small fluffy brush, I dipped lightly into the powder then brushed it onto the top of my cheek bones. I was able to achieve a beautiful golden glow. 

I added a little more of the molton gold for testing purposes. I wasn't left with 2 obvious stripes of highlight, it blended beautifully into my skin.

I didn't notice any obvious emphasis of my skin texture or accentuating of my fine lines. At the end of the day, the highlight looks just as good as when applied hours earlier.

The Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter certainly lives up to the hype and I can see myself reaching for Molten Gold a lot!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Australis Neutralize Palette

When I went to a recent cosmetics sale at Priceline an eye shadow palette was definitely not on my radar. It has been years since I've bought drugstore eye shadow because the quality is a bit meh in my opinion. Well, I happened to come across a tester of the Australis Neutralize palette and of course I couldn't help but swatch. I immediately put one in my shopping basket.

The palette contains 20 shades no less. Fancy packaging is something I am often drawn to, but I do like the practicality of being able to see the eye shadows through a clear plastic lid. As the name suggests, the shades are neutral, ranging from warm to cool, but there also some pink shades, too. Let's get on with the swatches.

There is a mix of metallics and mattes. Every need is covered to complete an eye look. From a colour to set eye primer, a highlight shade, crease shades, outer corner and of course lid shades. We all know that I love a shimmery lid shade!

The metallics are soft, especially the 3rd shade in the top row. so it's best not to use too much pressure when dipping an eye shadow brush into the pan. They are so pigmented and I love the foiled look that they give to the lids. The mattes are a little powdery, but so nice to use, blendable and smooth.

I must say that Australis has impressed me with this gorgeous palette and I hope they continue with this formula, but then again I will be tempted to buy even more eye shadow palettes that I don't need! Here's some eye looks that I created.

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #4

Because I have been wearing different lipsticks a few times a week lately, I decided to throw in another lipstick declutter post this month. I will continue to post more than one update a month if I try on enough.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Cookie

BH Cosmetics ColorLock in Devotion

Essence XXXL Shine Gloss in Sparkling Papaya

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Cake

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor in Sand

ColourPop Ultra Glossy in Aquarius (I bought a trio that also included Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte finish in the one shade, I didn't think it was necessary to include pics of the other 2) I will be keeping all 3.

I love the ColourPop Lippie Stix formula and the shade that I like and am keeping is Cookie. I'm not keen on the shade Cake, so that one will be going.

Staying in my collection is also Essence Sparkling Papaya and Revlon Sand. I didn't love BH Cosmetics Devotion so I will be decluttering that lipstick.

My lipstick tally now stands at 30.

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Another day, another The Ordinary product review. Anyway, now having dehydrated skin, I decided it would be the perfect time to introduce some Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient known for its hydration, into my routine. Yep, and I chose to give The Ordinary HA Acid 2% + B5 serum a try.

Taken from Deciem- "HA can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low- medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next generation HA cross-polymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of B5 which also enhances surface hydration."

The HA serum comes in a 30 ml glass bottle with dropper. Fingers crossed I don't tip it over, because I am hopeless when it comes to remembering to screw the lid back on. I know! It doesn't really have much of a scent to comment on. The serum has a fluid consistency, but not overly runny.

Since recently finishing the Ordinary Buffet serum (which I love), instead of opening my back-up, I replaced the step with this serum. I had read reviews on the Deciem website about the HA not absorbing well into the skin, so I apply the serum immediately after applying my essence, which currently is the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner.

The serum absorbs quickly and I am left with soft, smooth and beautifully hydrated skin. I know it's not ideal, but I can't stop touching my skin. The last time I was compelled to keep touching my face was when I was using the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum is a win for me!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #6

I'll just jump straight into showing you what nail polishes that I have tried on.

Australis Nail Colour in #bethatgirl

Blue Paradise

Iced Queen

Shade #73

Charlestone Me

Victorian Violet

Paparazzi Purple

Fluro Pink

I'm definitely keeping #bethatgirl it's one of my favourite purple nail polishes. Although the camera didn't pick it up, the LA Colors Blue Paradise is sheer, but the pale purple has a lovely gold shift, unfortunately my nails are in poor shape and don't do this polish any justice,but I wiill be keeping it. I love the shade of Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Iced Queen but it has been well loved, and has now become difficult to get enough product out on the brush, so I will be saying bye to that one. 

Also going is Blush-amour Shade #73 and Mirenesse Charlestone Me nail polishes. I don't hate the shades, I just don't feel that I need them (trying to be ruthless! lol) I'm going to keep Australis Paparazzi Purple and getting rid of La Belle Victorian Velvet because it is so similar. Models Inc Fluro Pink is a little streaky so decluttering that one.

I'm so happy that I am getting rid of more that I am holding onto.

Current nail polish tally- 32

Monday, 16 April 2018

Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil

I have come to appreciate facial oils. As it is with all skincare, the market is so saturated with oils (no pun intended), I can often find it overwhelming choosing just one. Of course I do change things up and often. When Trilogy released the No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, with no less than 15 oils, I was all over it, when it came on sale, that is! lol.

Taken from Trilogy- "Discover the power of pure plant oils with our one-of-a-kind, anti-pollution multi-tasker, Enriched with powerful antioxidants for rosehip, cherry and baobab oils to repair and protect, and independently proven to help provide anti-pollution defense against environmental damage to skin." Check out the link for the full 15 oil ingredients list.

The 30 ml of product comes in a tinted glass bottle with dropper dispenser. The golden coloured oil smells like rosehip oil to me.

My favourite way of applying this oil is to first spritz with a mist, currently I'm using rosewater. I then immediately dispense around 4 drops in my palm and massage into my skin. I then repeat for my neck and decollete.

Spritzing mist on first and applying oil while my face is still damp helps the oil to absorb faster, rather than it sitting on the skin for some time or being greasy. 

My face feels soft and plump after using this oil. It feels suitably hydrated so that I do not feel the need to follow with a night cream. I just love the idea of my skin receiving benefits from so many oils. However, if I'm being completely honest (as always), I seem to get the same results with rosehip oil. Don't get my wrong, I am enjoying the Trilogy No. 15 Beauty oil, but will form a final opinion once I have finished the bottle. I will update you in an empties post.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Lime Crime Venus XL Palette

With all the warm toned palettes I own, one would think that I would not feel the need to buy more. Wrong! I don't need more, but I recently caved into an impulse buy. My hubby had gone on a trip with his motorbike mates to Tasmania, so I felt like treating myself, too. I was quick to order the Lime Crime Venus XL eye shadow palette.

The packaging of this palette is gorgeous. Although this is a warm toned palette, it is based more on pinks, deep reds and purples, rather than reds, oranges and warm toned browns that I have been gravitating to (and still adore). This palette also includes some neutrals which are great to complete an eye look. I'll show you some swatches.

I love how well the eye shadows swatch, especially that rich red shade of the first eye shadow in the second row, stunning! The mattes are a little powdery, but I am ok with that if it means they are easy to blend, which these are.

I really enjoyed using this palette. I've never used Lime Crime eye shadows in the past, and I'm really happy with the quality. This palette is not going anywhere, I love it. If  I didn't have so many eye shadow palettes that I want to get use out of this year, I would have spent more time with this one.

I will show you some of the eye looks I created. Instead of my usual eye pics, I thought I would just go with full face ones. I'm not sure we all need to see close-ups of my aging eyes, lol.

Thank you for reading! xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #3

I'm back to show you how I've been going with my lipstick declutter. Be prepared for a lot of photos of my face! Eek!

 Modelrock Liquid Lipstick in Born This Way

Savvy High Shine Gloss in On Set

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney

 Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Hot Fire

Dose of Colors Lipstick in No Shade

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me 2

Rimmel Lipstick in Shade 107

ColourPop Lippiestix Lumiere

I will definitely be keeping the DOC lipsticks, they are new to my collection and I love the 3 of them. I reviewed them some time ago, you can check that post out here. I adore the Lippiestix formula, especially the mattes and Lumiere is one of my fave shades, so keeping that one. 

The ones I am going to part with are the Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney because I don't really like the formula (I used to, but not so this time around) and Rimmel lipstick in shade 207 from the Kate collection because I have other lipsticks in that shade.

Lipstick tally- 24