Monthly Archives: September 2015

Things I don’t Love: MUA BB foundation – all in one beauty balm.

I am going to start a new series of reviews on my blog for the things I don’t love.  The products in this category are going to be ones which just didn’t work for me or are things that were ok, but I didn’t LOVE and wouldn’t buy again.  This doesn’t mean that these products won’t work for you – perhaps I may even mention products that you would consider ‘holy grail’ in your own collection – but please don’t be offended.  This is just my opinion and based on my own complexion, skin type and personal preferences 🙂

We are going to kick off this series with a product from MUA.  MUA (Makeup Academy) is a budget-friendly, cruelty-free brand and I have many products from MUA that I really love.  Unfortunately their ‘BB – all in one Balm’ is not one of them.

BB foundation in light - you can see that it is a little bit separated.

BB foundation in light – you can see that it is a little bit separated.

The colour of this BB cream is fair and is a reasonable match for me.  It is very thick out of the tube and you can see (sort of) in the image above that it can separate a bit.

BB foundation in light: spread out on the back of my hand.

BB foundation in light: spread out on the back of my hand.

When you start to spread it out on the skin it is quite greasy under the fingers.  I feel like the texture is very similar to a 50+ sports sunscreen.  It doesn’t feel like it blends into the skin but rather just sits on top of it.  It stays greasy to the touch on my face, even when I set it with powder.

Here you can see the BB cream blended out completely.  I used the ELF powder brush

Here you can see the BB cream blended out completely. I used the ELF powder brush

As you can see, when it is blended out, the coverage is light although it feels very heavy.  Because of the very think texture and the fact that it stays sort of tacky and greasy on my skin, I find that this BB cream breaks down quite quickly and within in few hours my skin is already starting to look patchy 😦  I buy BB creams for the summer months as they are typically lighter and less greasy during the humid, hot times of the year, but this BB cream is heavier and greaser than even my highest coverage foundations.  For this reason I can’t wear this product to work as it won’t last the day.

I have actually stopped using this BB cream although I’m only  being halfway through the tube, which is very unlike me.  Despite my most creative efforts, I just can’t make this one work.  This product cost about AU$8 and for that price there are certainly better options on the market in my opinion.

As I said at the start of this post, there are so many MUA products that I really like, but I don’t love this BB cream.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Beauty Blogger Award!


Thank you so much to Sharon from Beauty, for good. for nominating me for The Beauty Blogger Award.  I have never been nominated before and I am not even sure I properly understand what it means, but I am excited that Sharon has enjoyed my little blog.  It has also been an amazing chance to find lots of new, cruelty-free beauty blogs through her post, so I am extremely thankful for that opportunity too.

The Rules

  1. State the name of the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions you were given.
  3. Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
  4. Write 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the bloggers know that you nominated them

Sharon, Beautyforgood’s questions for me:

  1. If you were creating your own beauty line, what would you call it?

It has never crossed my mind to start my own beauty line so I really don’t know.  Perhaps something like ‘A little bit of beautiful’ to continue my alliteration addiction!

2.   What’s your desert island beauty item?

Probably sunscreen.  I feel like on a desert island I would be all about water purification tablets and some kind of mosquito net rather than packing beauty products, but sunscreen would be my pick for sure.

3.   What’s your vote for most timeless style trend (fashion or beauty)?

I love a pixie haircut.  I think this can look SO cool regardless of the fashion or makeup trends that are going on – a pixie cut is a timeless in my book.

4.   Which is your favorite work of fiction?

I love the David Eddings series of fantasy books called The Belgariad.  My father gave me this series as a young teenager and I loved them so much that I have re-read them many times.  Those books are like familiar old friends now.  I can open any book on any page and just read because I know them so well.

5.   If you could have any benevolent super-power, what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to fly.  I have a very deep-seated jealousy of birds and their ability to fly and I would just adore that power.  I would want it to be some kind of levitation flight system though because I think that having to deal with wings would get old pretty quickly, but I would LOVE to be able to fly!

6.   What is your favorite decade for its makeup looks?

I love the 20’s for timeless style trends.  I love the hats, the drop-waist dresses, the beading, the pearls, those severe cropped haircuts and the dramatic makeup.  It is feminine but I feel like it was an era where woman’s fashion had real spunk.  Everything about it is right up my alley.  My wedding attire was very 20’s and I just love it.

7.   What is one thing that you’ve never done before, but you’d really like to try?

I have never lived in a country where English wasn’t the first language.  I have visited lots of non-english speaking countries but I would love to move to a new country, be immersed in a new language and learn, learn, learn.

8.   Tell us your strangest quirk?

I turn everything into a song.  Literally.  I can sing on any topic and am constantly putting the most mundane topics to popular tunes.  My husband says it is like living in a musical.  I just can’t help it.

9.   What do you aim to achieve through writing your blog?

I am pretty new to makeup in the whole scheme of things and when I started my research into beauty products I found that there was lots of information about makeup from large corporations and lots about makeup that was high-end, but there really didn’t seem to be much that targeted products with the two criteria that I seek: cruelty-free status and budget-friendly status!  I started my blog to try and fill that void.  I want people to know that there are plenty of affordable brands out there that are cruelty-free and very accessible because they won’t break the bank.

10.   If you could see the world from another person’s perspective for the day – who would it be and why?

I work with lots of amazing and talented people who also happen to have Autism.  I would love to walk a day in the shoes of a person with Autism, (although I think we are all already somewhere on the spectrum).  I think an experience like that would make me a more empathetic, understanding human being as well as (hopefully) a specialist much better placed to offer recommendations and supports that can help people.

My nominees:

I have chosen people that I enjoy to read as well as people that I originally found through their youtube channels!

My Questions to my nominees:

  1. What is your favourite meal?
  2. Out of the places you have visited – where is your favourite holiday destination?
  3. If you could recommend only one, favourite, cruelty-free makeup item what would it be?
  4. If you could invite five people to dinner (alive or dead) who would they be and why?
  5. When you go travelling, what are your must-have beauty items?
  6. Why did you start your blog?
  7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  8. What makes you laugh the most?
  9. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
  10. If you could change one thing about the beauty industry, what would it be?

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek: Blush and Highlights

When I made my first ColourPop order a while back I purchased two each of their cruelty-free blushers and highlighters. I don’t really have much in the way of cream face products so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I have been pleasantly surprised by these beauties.

They have the same unique texture of the super shock shadows: silky, damp (but not wet), creamy and spongy.  They go on creamy but dry down almost immediately.  They don’t stay tacky and both highlighters and blushers alike last ALL day.  They swatch beautifully and I adore all the colours that I purchased.

Jelly Fish (pearlized) and Prenup (satin).

Jelly Fish (pearlized) and Prenup (satin).

Blush swatches: Prenup (top) and Jelly Fish.

Blush swatches: Prenup (top) and Jelly Fish.

If we start with the blush colours you can see Jelly Fish is a bright red coral shade.  I love this one.  It is really easy to apply with a brush because it is so pigmented.  I blend a little of this out to get a really beautiful flush.  I think this is the perfect blush for the spring time – it is bright and being a cream type product it won’t sweat off!

Prenup is a much more subtle colour.  ColourPop describe it as a mid-tone plum pink and I think that is pretty accurate.  I find this one a bit more fiddly to apply because it is not as pigmented and it doesn’t pick up on a brush as easily.  I tend to pat this one onto the cheeks with my fingers but even then it gives a very natural and neutral look.

Teasecake (pearlized) and Butterfly Beach (pearlized).

Teasecake (pearlized) and Butterfly Beach (pearlized).

Highlighter swatches: Butterfly Beach (top) and Teasecake.

Highlighter swatches: Butterfly Beach (top) and Teasecake.

The highlights are really pretty.  I feel like these are darker tones in person than they appeared on the website but I still think they work for me, even on my pale skin.  I love both these colours and although they look quite similar in my photographs I think they are much more unique in person.  Teacake is a pale pink which looks almost peachy due to a gold, almost duo chrome, finish.  It is so beautiful and you only need a light hand because these highlighters POP.

Butterfly Beach is a muted rose gold highlighter.  ColourPop describes it as soft peach with gold and silver highlights and I can see where they are coming from.  This one is getting close to being too dark for me but I think that in the summer when I get a little more colour it will be beautiful. I have worn it through the winter though and I just blend it out carefully.  These are both lush.

I really like these super shock cheek products.  I would definitely purchase more of these because they have been surprisingly easy to work with, and in tropical North Queensland, Australia where the humidity is horrendous anything that doesn’t melt-off my face gets 10/10 in my book!  These retail for US$8 which is about AU$11 and I think they are well worth the price.

If you would like to have a look at the ColourPop range for yourself you can find them here.

Have a great day!