Monthly Archives: April 2016

Makeup Declutter: Round 1!

If you have a large makeup collection then you know how easy it is to end up with products that you have purchased that you simply never reach for.  Even with the best of intentions I don’t think any of us can honestly say that we are happy with EVERY purchase we make.

I am trying to move some such products on from my own collections and (where appropriate) give them to others who might love them more than I do.  So here are the products that I am decluttering this time round.

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The first product is this tinted moisturiser from E.L.F.  and as you can see from the swatch… I totally ordered the wrong colour by accident.  This is WAY too dark for me and needs to find a new home.

DSC02842And here we have another online shopping fail.  The Matte Perfect Foundation from MUA.  It says ‘fair’, but it is not fair enough for my pale skin.  This is the lightest colour in the range though so fair ladies, be warned!

DSC02836Take three on the online shopping fails.  This is the Makeup Revolution Liquid Concealer in the colour ‘Natural’.  This has quite a thick formula and I have  tried to make this work on my very dark under eye circles but to be honest, this is too dark for me too.

DSC02826 Now these three eyeshadows make me sad.  All three are cream, metallic, foiled eyeshades; one from Makeup Revolution and two from Australis.  I wanted to love these so much but I just couldn’t make them work for me at all – or at least I didn’t enjoy the way they looked on the eye even though they are SO beautiful in the pot.  If you want to read my full review on these eye foils you can find it here.

DSC02844Now this ‘Mix it – Colour Correcting Foundation’ simply didn’t work for me.  I found that on my skin, this broke down very quickly and just didn’t work for me.  I have also reviewed this one in detail and if you are interested you can find it here.

Although I do make an effort to really make everything I buy work for me, sometimes I think it is better to gift things to others that are only going to collect dust in your own collection.

I hope you are having a fantastic day!

 

The Ticklish Giraffe – Fan Fun Box: Ice Scream!

The Ticklish Giraffe is an Etsy seller who produces quirky bath an body products.  Their shop is one of those totally awesome finds that you make through the joy that is social media and I have the beautiful Carisa from YouTube to thank for gifting me this box.  Carisa’s YouTube channel is so much fun and she is such a joy to watch that if you aren’t subscribed to her, you should be.  She has been reviewing the Fan Fun Boxes and honestly, seeing her enjoy the products in her unboxing videos is a huge temptation.  This really was a delightful gift to receive and let me show you why…

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‘Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Whipped Soap Parfait,’ and ‘Butter Nuts, My Space Body, Linen & Air Spray.’

One of my favourite items in the box is the ‘Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Whipped Soap Parfait.’  Firstly, the packaging is just too cute.  I love the little orange wash puff and the little wooden spoon in conjunction with the ice-cream cup.  The attention to detail here is just amazing.  Plus, the scent!!  It is cream with a sweet orange scent.  Delicious.  I have used this to shave my legs (as recommended on the card) and it was glorious.  And yes, I did use the wooden spoon to scoop it out – oh the fun!

Next is the ‘Butter Nuts, My Space, Linen & Air Spray.’  This is yummy.  Genuinely, it smells like buttercream, vanilla, maple and nuts.  It is like spraying dessert around your room.

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‘Root Beer Me, Dead Ed Wax Melt,’ cute banana guy and ‘Not So Thin Mint, Sugar Mama Scrub.’

Up next is the ‘Root Beer me, Dead Ed Wax Melt.’  The card describes this wax melt as smelling like summer’s favourite beer!  Root Beer is not something you can purchase easily in Australia so I have never tried it and have no idea what it should smell like BUT this smells to me like a rich combination of cola and sarsaparilla and I imagine it will be a really warming scent, perfect for the coming winter months.

My second favourite product in this box is the ‘Not so Thin Mint, Sugar Mama Scrub.’  This smells amazing.  It is chocolate, it is mint and it feels really scrubby and moisturising.  I have been loving this as a hand scrub on my dry hands and it is beautiful.

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‘I Just Split My Pants, Mini Tubby Tornado Trio.’

Finally, we have the ‘I just Split my Pants, mini Tubby Tornado Trio.’  The packaging of these is super cute.  It is a cardboard ice-cream box filled with paper shreds and three sweet smelling bath bombs scented like a banana split.

Overall I have loved this Fan Fun Box from The Ticklish Giraffe.  I have loved everything I have tried so far and the packaging of the products in addition to the completely adorable product names just make this subscription SO much fun.

Thank you so much to Carisa for sharing the love with me here.  I can definitely recommend The Ticklish Giraffe and they do ship internationally!!

Have a fantastic day!

 

 

 

Things I don’t love: Foil finish, metallic cream eyeshadows.

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series where we discuss products that just didn’t work for me.  Today I am lumping two very similar products from two different brands together as I feel that they look and act in the same way even though the colours I will be reviewing here are different.  We are going to be discussing the Australis ‘Metallix Cream Eyeshadows’ and the Makeup Revolution ‘Awesome Metals Eyeshadow’.

Just from looking at the packaging of these products you can see that they are very similar.  I believe that both are designed to be dupes for the Stila ‘Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadows’ and I suppose if you are looking for a more budget-friendly and cruelty-free  alternative to that product these might be just what you are looking for.

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Australis Metallix Cream Eyeshadow – Guns and rose petals; pearl jammin

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The texture of these products is part of the problem for me.  They are very thick and very sticky.  Like the Stila version, Makeup Revolution does provide a primer and mixing tray with their eyeshadow to allow you to thin out the consistency of the cream before applying, but I did not find that this helped overly.  Mainly, I find these extremely difficult to apply.  Let me set the scene for you – imagine this:

  • I apply a swipe of the eyeshadow across my eyelid with my finger.
  • It goes on so thickly that it immediately cracks/creases when my eyelid moves.
  • I panic.
  • I try to thin it out with my finger to stop the foiling from cracking further.
  • All I achieve is spreading the glittery shadow to new sections of my eye while completely lifting off sections I had originally applied – it is now creasing and patchy!
  • I panic again, and go back in to try and even out the texture but this just starts a glitter fallout like I have never experienced.
  • I try to brush the fallout away from under my eye but just manage to smear it creating further mess.
  • In a last desperate bid to save the situation I go in with a brush in an attempt to brush off the fallout, thus spreading glitter everywhere.
  • The end results?  I look like the tin-man from the Wizard of Oz after a Saturday night bender!! 🙂

I literally had to remove everything, wash my face and start again.  It was a total disaster.

And perhaps those of you out there who love this kind of thing are cringing at my incompetence but I just found that both brand’s versions of this foil metallic shadow went on SUPER thickly and looked totally bazar but when I tried to thin them out (I won’t say ‘blend them out’ because that is simply not possible) the product just starts to lift off all together when you go back to correct or even it out.

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Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals – rose gold

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Not one to give up I have tried patting them gently over other powder eyeshadows like a glitter but found them to again, disturb the shadow underneath and/or end up looking super patchy.  I have tried them with and without the primer.  And as you can see from this review, I even tried the product from two different brands just to see if it was a brand specific issue.  Its not.

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Swatches: Australis – Guns and rose petals; pearl jammin.  MUR – rose gold.

I wanted to love these so badly.  I feel like every other review I have read is really positive for both the Australis and Makeup Revolution versions.  This does make me think that my issues are user error – but seriously, how hard can it be??   I have reached the conclusion that regardless of how pretty these look in the pan, they just don’t work for me.  Apparently I just don’t like ‘foiled’ shadows 😦

If you would like to try a cream shadow that is super metallic while also being SUPER user friendly, I can’t recommend the metallic Super Shock Shadows from ColourPop enough!

Have a fantastic day!