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Makeup Declutter December 2016

I love trying new makeup.  It is the reason that I have more eyeshadow than I could use in my lifetime… a terrible thing to admit, but I just love experimenting with, testing and then reviewing products.  Of course I have my ‘weekly makeup drawer’ that I rotate to ensure that I continue to use all the things that I have, but when you have a collection as big as mine it soon becomes clear when things just don’t cut the mustard because you NEVER REACH FOR THEM.

Here are some products that I am decluttering because they just didn’t work for me.

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E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder and E.L.F. cover everything concealer in corrective yellow and fair.

These E.L.F. face products from their essentials range are certainly less than average.  the Clarifying Pressed Powder is not a skin match for me – too dark and too orange.  It is also a bit cakey so it is a pass on all fronts.  The Cover Everything Concealers are greasy, thick and are difficult to blend.  I also found that these stayed kind of tacky on the skin.  Another pass.  These guys are a bit cheap and nasty!

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Savvy – Graduating Blush and Bronzer

Although Savvy by DB claims on their packaging that they do not test on animals I have not been able to clarify whether they are owned by a third party that may test or whether they use a third party to test their products… so I can’t confirm their cruelty-free status.  After trying these I am not that tempted to do so anyway.  I thought that these looked like quite multi-use products but they are SO powdery and lack pigmentation.  The texture on all three is dry and flakey and I really don’t enjoy them at all.

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Essence – Wave Goddess Highlighter Powder

This highlighter was disappointing.  It is basically a white powder that is quite matte and contains micro glitters.  Sigh.  It looks really odd on the skin and reminded me of children’s makeup.  I used it once and never touched it again.

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E.L.F. – Shimmering Facial Whip and Holiday Blush and Bronzer duo

I didn’t mind the shimmering facial whip as a liquid highlighter.  It worked well enough with a stippling brush although it did tend to stay a bit tacky.  My main issues is that the product separated in the tube not long after purchase and wasn’t really useable from that point.

The blush and bronzer duo was part of a holiday kit which included a kabuki brush.  The brush is gone already as it was truely terrible – scratchy and awful.  The duo is an odd one – the blush is powdery and quite patchy and it contains (groan) micro glitter.  The bronzer is satin and is more gold in tone that bronze.  It was a bit too shimmery for my taste.

Other decluttered products include:

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Designer Brands – Starry Nights Eyeshadow Quad

The DB Starry Nights quad lacks pigmentation.  I never reach for it as a result.

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Essence – Mosaic Compact Powder

Mosaic Compact Powder?  Glitter!!  (see full review here)

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E.L.F. Shimmer Powders

The E.L.F. shimmer powders are also glittery and they lack pigmentation altogether.  (see full review here).

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E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Cream

Oh and the E.L.F. Duo Eyeshadow creams… greasy and bad.  Enough said – but if you want a full review you can find it here.

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E.L.F. – pressed powder in porcelaine

The E.L.F. pressed powder was fine but the colour wasn’t a match for me.  (full review here).

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Chi Chi – Real Minerals Bronzing Powder and Blush

The Chi Chi Real Minerals products were good quality but they were too shimmery and glittery for my taste.  This came in a set of four with a powdered foundation and translucent finishing powder – both of which I enjoy and have remained in my collection.  For a full review see here.

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BYS – eyeshadow palette

Lastly, I am decluttering this BYS eyeshadow palette.  I can’t confirm the cruelty-free status of BYS as I have never researched their brand or products, but it does say on the packaging that they don’t test on animals.  This was a gift many moons ago and I never reach for it as the quality of these shadows is pretty poor – super powdery and no real pigmentation at all.  This is an old product though so I can’t speak for their current eyeshadow formula.

And that is everything that I am decluttering this time around.  I figure there is no use keeping things that I am simply not going to use.  I donated all these products to a local school’s beauty program for their experimentation.  I think it is useful for the kids to see a range of makeup so they can recognise the elements that make for good quality products.  The kids were thrilled and had a ball seeing if they could make these items work for themselves.

Have a wonderful day!

Chi Chi: Real Minerals Powder Value Kit

I purchased the Real Mineral Powder Value Kit from Chi Chi, in ‘Light,’ during the post-Christmas sale from Myer this year.  It contains a full size Real Minerals Foundation, a full size Bronzer, a full size Finishing Powder, a blush and a kabuki brush (which I haven’t photographed here as god only knows where I have put it!).  I get rosacea on my cheeks and Chi Chi claims that their mineral formula allows your skin to breathe and is great for sensitive skin.  Chi Chi is cruelty-free and these powders are also free of nasty ingredients.  This pack has a reported value of AU$85 if you buy the products separately but the ‘value kit’ retails at AU$29.95… in the Christmas sales I paid just AU$10!!  Bargain.

I would recommend trying the Real Minerals range through the Value Kit as two of them are really great and two of them are powders that I just don’t love.

Lets start with the winners 🙂

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Real Minerals Foundation: Fair

The Real Mineral Foundation in Fair is a very soft powder.  The colour is quite neutral in tone and it blends out beautifully on the skin.  I would say the coverage is light at best, so I am not convinced that it really functions as a ‘foundation’, but I very much enjoy it in combination with a BB cream (or a liquid foundation if I really need the coverage) or to very softly even out skin tone on a ‘no makeup’ day.  The colour would be too dark for girls with porcelain skin but I can make it work, particularly in combination with the Chi Chi Finishing Powder.

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Real Minerals Finishing Powder

The Finishing Powder is again, a very soft, finely milled powder.  I very much enjoy this to set my foundation with a big fluffy brush.  It is so fine that you only need such a small amount and it doesn’t end up looking cakey.  As it is translucent it doesn’t add to the coverage of the foundation which is nice for daily wear and avoids ‘cake face.’.  I also enjoy this powder to blend out contour, blusher, bronzer and highlighter at the very end of putting on my face products.  It blends the coloured face products out in such a natural way.

Now onto the two products that I don’t love.

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Real Minerals Bronzing Powder

The Bronzing Powder is very different in texture to the foundation and finishing powder – dryer and courser.  The powder seems to have two distinct parts, a red-toned matte bronze base and then gold micro glitters.  As I purchased this online I didn’t realise that this wasn’t a matte bronzer until the kit arrived 😦  I don’t mind bronzers that are glowy, but I can’t dig the glitter.  Also, this colour is much too dark for me and the red undertone just doesn’t look natural on my skin tone.  I think this would suit someone with a medium skin tone. Also, I find this bronzer is VERY pigmented, a situation which is amplified by the loose powder nature of the product.  Even a slight touch of the brush picks up a lot of powder, which I run off on the lid, then tap off the brush, then run the brush over my hand and then it can still be a bit patchy and hard to blend.  Bummer.

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Real Minerals Blush

I have to be honest, I have barely worn this blush.  Again, I didn’t realise that this would be a glittery product so I was really disappointed when I opened it.  The website states it contains ‘light reflecting particles’ so I probably should have known better!  The base colour is, again, quite dark for my fair complexion, but I do like this kind of dark rose for the cooler months.  Like the bronzer, this powder really separates into a base layer and glitter layer and the silver micro glitters get everywhere when you blend this out on the cheek.  The colour looks pretty, but I just can’t deal with the glitter so I never reach for this.

Overall, I am still really happy with my purchase of this Real Minerals Powder Value Kit.  The foundation and finishing powders are great products and if you buy them separately they retail for AU$19 each, so my AU$10 outlay was money well spent, even though I don’t love the bronzer and blush.  In fact the Value Kit retail price of AU$29 is still good value!  Plus, the kabuki brush was also lovely… pity I don’t know where it is!

If you would like to check out the Real Minerals Value Kit for yourself you can find it here on the Chi Chi website or you can also buy Chi Chi in Australia at Target or Myers.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

 

In search of ‘Peach’ tones: shopping my stash!

The Two Faced Sweet Peach Palette is massively popular at the moment but it has been oddly difficult to purchase.  Why so illusive Too Faced??  And of course because everything happens more slowly in Australia, I don’t even think it has been released here yet!  Although I love the look of the Sweet Peach Palette at around AU$78 it isn’t a palette I intend to purchase, so I decided to shop my own stash for makeup products that are cruelty-free, budget-friendly and all within the oh-so-popular peach colour family.

If I have a full review for any of these products I will link it for you 🙂

First up we have blusher.  I love peachy toned blush.  I think it is so fresh and bright and feels like summer to me, which is convenient as I live in North Queensland where it is pretty much summer all year round.  I have four individual blushes here.  The Shades include MUR’s Treat, MUA’s Shade 1 and 4, as well as Freedom Makeup London’s Angelic.  I also have an Ultra Blush Palette from Makeup Revolution called Hot Spice.

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Makeup Revolution’s Treat, MUA’s Shade 4, Freedom’s Angelic, MUA’s Shade 1.

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Swatches: Treat, Shade 4, Angelic and Shade 1.

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Makeup Revolution – Ultra Blush Palette in Hot Spice.

Next up are some peach highlighter shades.  I have two of MUR’s Blushing Hearts from their I Heart Makeup range.  These are sold as blushes but I think they are more of a blush topper or highlighter really.  I have them in Peachy Pink Kisses and Iced Hearts.  Then we have the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights.  I love this highlighter!

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Blushing Heart in Peachy Pink Kisses, Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights, Blushing Heart in Iced Hearts.

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Swatches: Peachy Pink Kisses, Peach Lights, Iced Hearts

Peachy lips anyone?  I found a few lovely shades from the peach family in my collection in a range of satin, matte and gloss formulas.  We have ColourPop lippie stix in Fancy and Cake, Wet n Wild’s Just PeachyFreedom’s Juicy Lips and Game on! and Makeup Revolution’s I Heart Makeup, Wow! Gloss in Sunshine today please.

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ColourPop Fancy and Cake, Wet n Wild Just Peachy, Freedom Makeup Juicy Lips and Game on!, MUR – I Heart MakeupWow Gloss in Sunshine Today Please.

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Swatches: Fancy, Cake, Just Peachy, Juicy Lips, Game On!, Sunshine Today Please.

Next up we get to my favourite part…the eyeshadows.  I have a few palettes to share that include some lovely shades from the peach colour family, including the New-trals vs Neutrals palette from Makeup Revolution, E.L.F’s Prism Palette in Sunset and then the Sunkissed Glamorous Eyeshadow palette from Chi Chi.

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Makeup Revolution’s New-trals vs Neutrals

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E.L.F’s Prism Palette in Sunset

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Chi Chi’s Sunkissed

And last but not last, I have three beautiful peachy single shadows to share with you from ColourPop.  We have Shark Attack which is a pearlized formula and one of my all time favourite ColourPop shadows.  Next is Flipper which is a metallic formula and finally Cheeky which is a satin formula.

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ColourPop’s super shock shadows in Shark Attack, Flipper and Cheeky.

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Swatches: Shark Attack, Flipper and Cheeky.

So if you are anything like me, and you are lusting after peach tones but you can’t access (or just can’t afford!) the Sweet Peach Palette from Two Faced, then hopefully some of the budget-friendly options that I have shown here might meet your cravings for peachy goodness.

Have a great day peach goddesses 🙂

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: Coconut and Etiquette

Welcome to instalment four of Super Shock Sunday.  If you missed the previous posts, you can find all the blogs from this ColourPop series under the category tab labelled Super Shock Sunday on the right side of this page.

Today the shadows in focus are Coconut and Etiquette.

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Coconut and Etiquette

I know that blue eyeshadows are a bit 70’s really but I am loving these eyeshadows at the moment.  I am rocking blue eyeshadow with everything at the moment and loving it.  I have been particularly sneaking it in on the lower lash line with more neutral eye looks for a pop of colour.

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Swatch: Coconut (pearlized)

I love Coconut.  This colour is just so beautiful.  It is the most stunning peacock teal and I love the pearled finish for this colour.  If you are going to buy a blue from ColourPop I can’t recommend this one enough.

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Swatch: Etiquette (pearlized)

Next up is Etiquette which is another pearlized finish shadow.  This is a true royal blue and is very pretty.  I feel like this colour is more of a ‘going out’ shade when compared to Coconut which just feels really summery and fun and casual.  I enjoy Etiquette with dark browns in the crease for a dramatic look.

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If you own Baby T from the Forever Freshman collection that was released in the ColourPop Autumn collection you may have thought (like I did) that it is very similar to Etiquette.  Baby is supposedly a matte shadow but I think it looks more like a satin and the colours of these two is actually very close when on the eye (more than the photo above suggests).  If you own one, you probably don’t need the other although both are stunning.

So, that is it for this blog 🙂

If you are interested in having a look at the ColourPop website for yourself you can find it here

Have a fantastic day!

Chi Chi Cosmetics – Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Chi Chi is a fantastic Australian brand that is Peta-registered which makes them part of the beauty without bunnies program.  That gives them a big tick from me!  You can find Chi Chi products in Target and Myers in Australia but as I live away from a major city I found myself lusting after their products online.  I was super excited to try these Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow palettes because they have had really impressive reviews and I ended up picking up a Glamours Palette Duo which included the Naturals and Sun Kissed palettes in an amazing sale where I got both for AU$25!  Individually these generally retail for AU$22 so that was a super great deal!!  Generally the Duo package is AU$30 which is still a big saving so if you are keen to give these a go I would recommend getting your hands on one of the Duo packs.

Chi Chi Cosmetics - Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Chi Chi Cosmetics – Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

My first impression was that although the packaging is very sleek it feels a little bit cheap in comparison to other Chi Chi products.  Of the two, the Sun Kissed palette is my favourite.  The colour selection is really interesting with some lovely peachy, bronzy, browns and golds.  I don’t have anything else like this in my collection.  Unfortunately there is only one matte shade in the Sun Kissed palette (apricot colour, 4th from left below), and as you can see from the swatches the pigmentation isn’t amazing – it is a bit chalky but you can work with it.

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Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette – ‘Sun Kissed’ swatches

The Naturals palette is a good everyday, cool-toned palette with a mix of taupes, creams, browns and golds.  I feel like this palette is well named as the looks you can create with this palette really are more natural than dramatic, which I like for work.  There are three mattes in this palette (4th, 7th and 8th from the left below) which include a couple of nice crease shades making this more of a practical one-stop-shop when getting ready in the morning.

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette - 'Naturals' swatches

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette – ‘Naturals’ swatches

Overall, I find these shadows a little bit hit and miss.  These are not the most pigmented or buttery shadows I have ever used but I do think that the colour selections are good and you can certainly work with these to make a lovely look, just be prepared that some individual shadows may be a bit powdery. They definitely work best with a primer in which case they will last throughout a work day for me.  The fact that they aren’t that pigmented can work in their favour as it keeps the looks subtle for work contexts where you want to look put-together without too much drama.

The Glamorous Eyeshadows are not my favourite Chi Chi product and I have to admit that I’m glad I got these on sale as I would have been disappointed if I had paid the full AU$22 for each of these palettes BUT I do like them.  While I don’t love these, I would recommend the Chi Chi perfumes – they are REALLY beautiful (review pending) and I have also heard amazing things about the Chi Chi baked eyeshadows and lipsticks, so if you haven’t tried anything from this brand, those products may be a better place to start.  Saying that, this is just my opinion so if you would like to try the Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes for yourself you can find them here: Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Have a fantastic day!