Monthly Archives: March 2017

E.L.F: Acne Fighting Foundation

I had heard really good things about the E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation and decided that it was time to give it a try for myself as my skin has been temperamental in the months since I had my baby.  This foundation contains Salicylic Acid which I have always found effective when spot treating acne on my face so I was keen to see how it performed in foundation form.


E.L.F. Acne Fighint Foundation in Porcelain

Firstly, I very much enjoy the packaging of this product.  The tube is plastic (not normally my preference, but great for travel) with a firm fitting lid and small nozzle for dispensing product.  I find this makes it easy to control the amount that I want to dispense and it helps prevent the product being exposed to air and bacteria.

The foundation itself is quite thick but I find that it blends nicely with both a brush and makeup sponge.  I apply a thin layer for a natural looking, medium coverage.  This is buildable but can look a little cakey on my combination skin if I apply the product too thickly or apply multiple layers, but if you have youthful skin (I am now in my mid 30’s so have my share of fine lines), you may not have this issue.


swatch: shade Porcelain

This is quite a good colour match for me when blended out – in fact the best colour match of all the E.L.F. foundations I have tried.  I believe that this is the lightest shade in the range though, so if you have truely porcelain skin colouring, you may not find a shade to suit you.

I find that this foundation wears well.  I always use a primer and setting spray as I live in very humid conditions, and it certainly lasts as well as my other foundations.

Lastly, although I am loath to claim that wearing this foundation absolutely improved my acne prone skin, I do feel that this wore better on my skin during breakouts than other foundations.  It didn’t irritate my skin, nor did it make blemishes worse by further clogging pores etc

I would certainly repurchase this foundation which I think attests to how well it has worked for me.

Have a wonderful day!

Highlighter Duplicates – you only need one!

If you have ever wondered whether there are dupes within the TAM Beauty brands or between TAM Beauty brands and MUA, your questions are about to be answered!  Today I want to highlight some highlighters (yes, I went there, lol), that are identical from four brands: Makeup Academy, Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup London and I Heart Makeup.  


MUA – Undress Your Skin, Shimmer Highlighter; Freedom – Pro Highlight, Brighten; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Goddess of Love and Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights.

The four peachy/pink highlighters above are, in my opinion, identical.  Aside from packaging and powder presentation, these look and wear exactly the same on the skin.


Swatches (top to bottom): Freedom, I Heart Makeup, MUA and Makeup Revolution

I can’t distinguish between these in colour, longevity of wear or formula although I do note some minor differences in the ingredient lists.  The three highlighters in the compacts weight 7.5g while the heart shaped highlight weighs 10g.


Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; MUA – Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, Iridescent Gold.

The same duplication across the brands can be found in the golden shades too.  MUA, Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup all have a golden highlighter too.  The MUA and Makeup Revolution products are identical in my opinion.


Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Golden Goddess.

The I Heart Makeup version is ever so slightly warmer in tone in the pan, but in swatches they are extremely similar and blended out on the skin you can’t tell the difference at all!  Freedom also has a version of the golden highlighter in their range called the ‘Pro Highlight – Glow,’ but I do not own it because, as you can see, I already have all the gold highlight I will ever need!


Freedom Makeup London – Pro Highlight – Glow.  (Image Credit – TAM Beauty Website)

Looking at the names of the brands you might note that three out of the four are owned by TAM beauty so perhaps I should have suspected that they could be similar, but to be honest it didn’t really occur to me that they would release the same product, repackaged, under different brand names, so be warned!  Saying that, this is not a criticism of the highlighter products at all – in fact I have given positive reviews of ALL these products, but no one needs IDENTICAL duplicates of products in their collection.

I hope you found this helpful!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

P.S. Please note, this issue of duplication is not a problem across all similar products in the various TAM Beauty brands but if I find any other exact dupes I will certainly blog about it 🙂

E.L.F. Contour Palette

If you are not interested in reading a detailed review of this product the long and short of it is – this contour palette is really great!

I purchased this on the recommendation of Emily Noel 83 from Youtube and she did not disappoint.  I have not really LOVED any of the contour products I have previously purchased – I mean, they were totally fine, but I found that I didn’t really reach for them that much.  But, there is something about the tones of the powders in this palette that really suit my skin tone and unlike some other contour palettes in my collection, I use EVERY shade.  Since I purchased it I have been using it almost every day I wear makeup (along with one from Nude by Nature – review to come!)


The compact itself is a sturdy matte black with a full-size, quality mirror.  The pans do click out if you want to customise this using powders from the illumination, blush or bronzer palettes from this same range.


E.L.F. Contour Palette

The banana powder, bronzer and contour shades are matte and then there is a shimmery highlighter which is subtle but pretty.  I have fair skin and all of these shades work for me.  If you have medium to dark skin you will probably find that this is too light for you but E.L.F. has just released a new version with deeper hues that may suit you better.


E.L.F. Contour Palette Swatches

The powders are pigmented without being scary.  I find overly pigmented contour shades to be a lot of blending work and/or you have to be so careful when picking up and placing colour that it becomes a hassle.  Not so with this little palette.  These blend well and are nicely buildable.

The matte shades are really finely milled, soft and lovely.  The shimmery highlighter is a bit powdery but it looks pretty and glowy on the skin and is subtle making it perfect for everyday wear.

Overall, this is a great little palette.  You can purchase this from the E.L.F. website in Australia for AU$14 which is a good deal, but if you can catch it during one of the 50% sales (like I did) it is a complete steal at AU$7!!

Have a fantastic day!!



I Heart Makeup: WOW! Gloss Collection

I know what you are thinking…no one person needs this much gloss.

And you are right, but I purchased these WOW! glosses from I Heart Makeup during a special where they had the whole collection for some extremely low price, and the temptation was too much.  While I would not have ordinarily purchase so much of any single product all in one hit, I have very much enjoyed these glosses and thought I would do a swatch comparison for you today.


Pinks (Top to bottom): Wham!, Pretend to be Psyched, Too Cool for School.

The formula of these is creamy without being sticky and glossy without being glittery or shimmery.


Berries and Brights: No Need to Panic, You Go Girl, Double Wow!, Scarlet.

These swatches are a single swipe with the applicator and as you can see, the colours are pigmented.  As such, you do need to apply the brighter shades with some care, but I find the applicator does allow for quite accurate application.  If you are worried about them slipping, a lip liner certainly helps keep them in place – but I never bother with that.  You could also wear these over a lipstick if you wanted added shine, but I have always used these alone.


Peaches and Corals: Sunshine Today Please, Supersonic, Watch Out World.

I am all about comfortable lip products and these glosses tick that box.  They offer a nice punch of colour while also being quite moisturising on the lips and super comfortable.


Nudes: Naked All Day, I Woke Up Like This.

Like a typical gloss, these WOW! glosses don’t last overly long on the lips so you will need to reapply them quite regularly throughout the day but I find I get 1-2 hours of wear out of these depending on whether I eat or drink.


Also, the packaging of these glosses is great!  They are very ergonomically designed with a thin and rounded profile that fits PERFECTLY in your jeans pocket.  The applicator is a thin duel-sided affair that you can put between your lips and apply both top and bottom at the same time which is very handy when you are out and about.  At a pinch I use the reflective pink lid to check my application when using them on the run.

I really do like these glosses.  You obviously don’t need the whole collection, but there are some beautiful shades here and I am quite sure that everyone can find at least one that would suit their taste.

My favourite shades are Wham!, Sunshine Today Please and Naked All Day.  If you have a favourite WOW! gloss shade, I’d love to hear in the comments.

I you’d like to check these out for yourself they retail for AU$3.25 and you can purchase them from the TAM Beauty website.

Have a glorious day!