Monthly Archives: January 2017

ColourPop – Super Shock Shadows: Girly and 8Track

I recently picked up a couple of new Super Shock Shadows from ColourPop and thought I would share them with you here.  They are both satin shades and are so pretty.  I have decided that I really enjoy the satin formula – it is super smooth and easy to work with.

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8Track

8Track is a dusty, cool-toned gold shade and is very pigmented.  This works very well as a single-shadow look.  I pack the colour on with my finger or a sponge tip applicator then blend it out into the crease with a fluffy, synthetic brush.  I have worn this numerous times throughout December and have loved it.

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Girly

Girly is a cream shade with a pink and gold sheen to it.  I love this colour.  It is extremely brightening and very pretty and feminine.  This is great for a very simple and minimal makeup look on its own, or partnered with other colours as a lid shade.  I also adore this as a beautiful inner-corner highlight.

If you haven’t tried the Super Shock Shadows I really do recommend them.  I love them for a quick makeup look as you don’t even need a brush to apply them and they last all day!  Before you buy a hundred shades (don’t laugh – they are so beautiful it would be easy to do), remember that these are a bouncy, cream formula so they will dry out in time and therefore have a much shorter shelf life than a powdered shadow.  Also, if you don’t like to use your finger to apply these, then a sponge tip applicator is going to be your friend!

Have a wonderful day!!

Essence: Lash Princess – False Lash Effect Mascara

I purchased the Essence ‘Lash Princess – False Lash Effect Mascara’ after seeing it hyped up on youtube by a number of ladies.  I was looking for a new mascara and Essence is one of the few cruelty-free makeup brands that I can access in person in my small town.

I have mixed feelings about this product.  What this mascara has taught me is that I am actually more of a lengthening mascara lover rather than a volumizing mascara lover.   Overall, I think I am more in the natural lash basket rather than a super dramatic lash person – so keep that in mind when reading this review.

Before I get started, the packaging of this is super cute.  I enjoy the rubber embossing on the lid – very grippy  🙂  I like that the brush is relatively small as I am not about those big, bristle mascara brushes.  Saying that, I found that this brush comes from the tube quite heavy with product.  I have to clean it off considerably to avoid uber clumping.  This mascara sure does give a lot of volume though!  One coat gives plenty of drama.  I often ran a clean spoolie through my lashes after application to separate my lashes a bit but that is just personal preference.

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One criticism for me is that the formula is very thick and slow to dry when applied and I found it extremely difficult to avoid it transferring on my lid and/or under eye during application.  I certainly enjoyed this mascara much more when it was a little older… but the catch is that I found the ‘golden era’ quite short.  I was just enjoying the formula when it was suddenly too dry and moving into the flakey zone.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.  Mascara does need to be used and replaced quickly so it was a timely reminder to replace the product in a way.

Overall, this was a pretty good mascara.  It wouldn’t be MY first pick, but if you enjoy a dramatic mascara this may be work a try.  With a price tag around AU$5 you don’t have much to lose!

Have a great day  🙂

ColourPop: Creme Gel Liners

Happy 2017!!  I am going to kick off this year by reviewing a series of products that I have been loving throughout the holiday season.

When ColourPop started offering free international shipping with orders over USD50 I couldn’t help but place an order.  I hadn’t tried any of their creme gel pencils so I was excited to throw some in my cart.  I picked four colours, all metallic, and I am totally in love.

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Top to bottom: Over Board, Get Paid, Dirty Talk, Show Me

I can honestly say that these are my favourite eyeliners at the moment.  They are really smooth, super pigmented, apply without needing much pressure and are soft on the eyes.

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I love that the pencil is a twist up and that the colour is clearly shown on the end of each liner.  I also LOVE the metallic colours.  I selected quite neutral colours; as you can probably tell, I prefer brown eyeliner over black for everyday wear, but ColourPop has a huge range of matte shades and some very bright colours too!

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Swatches left to right: Overboard, Get Paid, Dirty Talk, Show Me

The metallic nature of the shades I selected make these rich neutrals really shine on the eyes.  These colours do not fade throughout the day and I have worn these on the waterline too and they last really well there as well, which is impressive.

I have obviously used these with eyeshadow, but I think that they are pretty enough that they look beautiful on their own too.  I have used ‘Overboard’ on its own for a very simple cat eye and I thought it was super pretty.  My favourite shade is ‘Get Paid’ as I am so in love with rose gold and this has worked super well with the Zoeva ‘Rose Gold’ palette that I am currently testing out (keep an eye out for a review on that beauty in the coming weeks!)

Overall, I am super impressed with these gel liners from ColourPop and I will certainly be repurchasing these colours in the future, but, I am also excited to try out their matte shades including some of their brighter colours.  I can totally recommend these.  They are beautiful!

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I am excited to continue bringing your new content about cruelty-free and budget-friendly beauty products this year.

Happy new year everyone!!