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Makeup Use Up – 2018

Project panner – I am not.

Minimalist?  Nope.  Not me.

I am all about that organised clutter, eccentric decorations, bright furniture and a gazillion frames of pictures and paintings… and I have a big Makeup collection that I very much enjoy rotating through.  I declutter products that I don’t use regularly or don’t love and I donate them to the hair and beauty department of my local secondary school, so what I have I do really enjoy.  If you came here to see lots of empty eyeshadow palettes and blush pans I am sure to disappoint you.

Saying that, I do have a lot of makeup products in my collection that are partly used that I want to finish, need to be used before they are out of date or are small sizes that I just want to finish off and move on out of my life.  So I have decided to challenge myself to focus on these items through 2018 to make sure I really get my money’s worth out of what I own.

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Primers: Nude by Nature Airbrush mineral primer, E.L.F. Daily moisture stick, E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer, Freedom Makup London PROSTUDIO Priming water and Fixing spray

I have a number of products that I use to help my makeup last on my face that I want to get through this year.  I very much enjoy the Nude by Nature airbrush mineral primer and the Freedom fixing spray so these will be easy to finish off and both are about half done already.

The E.L.F. Daily moisture stick is also a product I enjoy but just don’t reach for enough so want to focus on using that.  Freedom isn’t my favourite brand of priming water but I only have about a quarter of the bottle left so just want to finish it off.  And finally, the E.L.F. Mineral face primer… I haven’t given this much of a go and it has been in my collection for over a year so I want to either use it up orif I don’t love it then declutter it.

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Base products: E.L.F. Tone correcting powder in cool, E.L.F. High definition undereye setting powder, Nude by Nature mineral finishing veil, Evelyn Iona Cosmetics natural and organic concealer, Nude by Nature Liquid mineral concealer, Australis Oh2Glow Foundation, Australis Stayput! Longwear foundation, E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation and Makeup Revolution The One concealer.

I have a number of base products that are small or well used that I want to finish off this year.  All three of these foundations are half gone already and I just want to focus on getting them finished.  I have already hit major pan on the E.L.F. Tone correcting powder already and I am keen to finish off the Nude by Nature finishing vail mini which shouldn’t be hard to do.  The E.L.F. Undereye setting powder is really nice, but I just need to use it up now as it is quite an old product in my collection.  As for the three concealer – I really enjoy the Nude by Nature mineral concealer and the Evelyn Iona concealer and these are both minis so I don’t want them to get lost in my collection and go to waste.  The Makeup Revolution concealer is one that I haven’t decided if I like… again, i just need to give it a good go and either finish it up or declutter it.

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Eye Products: E.L.F. Eye refresh, hydrating under eye primer, eyelid primer, mineral eyeshadow primer, brow pencil and mascara primer.  Eye of Horus bio lash lift mascara and ColourPop super shock shadow in Supermodel.

I have a lot of E.L.F. eye products here that I want to get through and these are all things I enjoy but are a bit neglected in my collection.  I particularly like the under eye primer and the brow pencil.  The eye refresh is a nice treat, but I just need to remember to use it!  As for the eyeshadow primers and mascara primer – these are getting old and I need to use them up!

The Eye of Horus bio lash lift mascara is a really nice product but it is EXPENSIVE so I want to make sure I get my money’s worth out of it before it dries out.  And finally, I have a lot of the ColourPop super shock shadows so I have chosen one to focus on to use up completely.

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Colour products: Thin Lizzy 6in1 powder, Nude by Nature Sheer Light Illuminator, Adorn Cosmetics Illuminiser, Luna Minerals Bronzer, Mineral Blush in ‘Grapefruit’ (the sample doesn’t have the brand name on it??) and the Hanami Vegan mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls.

Lastly we have some coloured face products.  I have chosen two bronzers here – the Luna Minerals sample and the Thin Lizzy 6in1 powder.  I really enjoy both of these products – the Luna sample should be easy enough to get through as it is small.  The Thin Lizzy compact will be more of a challenge but it is an older product in my collection and I don’t want it to go bad before I have used it up – it is such a beautiful bronzer!

I have two highlighters here too – the Nude by Nature Sheer Light Iluminator and the Adorn Cosmetics Illuminser.  These two actually work really well together.  I use the liquid after foundation but before I set my face, and then top with the Adorn Illuminiser powder and it is a very pretty combination.  These are both mini sizes so I hope to have them finished easily before the end of the year.

I also have a mineral blush sample here that I got in a Vegan beauty box… but I can’t remember the brand!  The shade is ‘Grapefruit’ and it is beautiful so I want to get my use out of it even if I don’t know the product details.

Lastly, I have the Hanami Vegan mineral lipstick.  I really haven’t given this a proper go and  it is quite an expensive lipstick so I want to put it in this project to remind myself to wear it. I doubt I will get through the whole thing in 2018 as I tend to wear nudes and this is a pink shade BUT I am going to give it a go.

So there you have it.  28 products that I would like to use up in 2018!  I will check back in with you all mid-year and then at the end of the year to monitor my progress.

If you are trying to use up some of your makeup products this year I would love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great 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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

Freedom Makeup London: Contouring Products

I have a few products from the Freedom Makeup London range that I enjoy for contouring. I must preface this blog with the admission that I am not an avid contouring kind of girl.  I like to give my face some natural shape and dimension but by no means do I sculpt out my cheekbones, nose and forehead like so many makeup gurus.  So please keep my context in mind when reading this review 🙂

The three Freedom Makeup London products I am going to discuss today are:

  • Pro Contour palette in Fair,
  • Bronzer in shade 110 matte,
  • Pro Highlight in Brighten.
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Pro Contour Palette in Fair

The Pro Contour Palette is designed to contour the face with shadow and highlight.  It is a small little compact that comes with a great mirror.  Both powders are matte, are extremely finely milled and so soft to the touch.  I very much enjoy the highlight shade to highlight under the eyes and cheekbones.  The darker contour shade is actually quite pink toned and it is a little too warm for my taste for contouring purposes, however, I really like this as a nude blush.  It is extremely pretty on the cheeks!

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Bronzer Shade 110 Matte

For actual cheek contouring I prefer the Matte Bronzer, shade 110.  It is a lovely cool tone and perfect for my pale skin.  Again, this is soft and finely milled and it blends beautifully on the skin.  I wrote a complete review of this product and if you are interested you can read it here.

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Pro Highlight – Brighten

Finally, although I like to highlight the face with a matte powder first, there is something very satisfying about adding a bit of shimmer to the high points of the cheek bones.  The Pro Highlight in Brighten is a lovely choice for my fair complexion.  Firstly, this is a beautiful looking powder with its elegant swirl embossing, but is is also a lovely soft texture.  This is a pigmented highlighter but not so pigmented that you end up with a line of shimmer that you then have to blend out in a panic.  I like coloured face products that you can build slowly 🙂

I think that these three products together allow for really natural face contouring that is pretty fool proof.  I can’t fault the quality of these powders, particularly for the price.  And the fact that Freedom Makeup London is cruelty-free makes these a great buy.

You can find the Freedom online store here, if you would like to try out their products for yourself.

Have a glorious 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 🙂

Freedom Makeup London: Professional Pro Blushes

I purchased these Professional Pro Blushes from Freedom Makeup when I made my first order from them months ago.  There are six colours currently in the range and the colours are beautiful.    I have been using these for a while now and think they are really excellent.  I find the powders to be very soft to the touch as they are quite finely milled.  Because they are so soft they do kick up a bit of powder if you don’t tap your brush in gently, but they are wonderfully pigmented and they blend nicely on my skin.  I also find that they last really well throughout the day.

So, lets have a closer look.

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Freedom blushes (from left to right): Banish, Angelic and True Love.

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Swatches: Banish, Angelic and True Love

Banish is a soft, pink blush in a matte formula.  This is probably the least pigmented blush out of the range, making it a little more ‘fool proof’ and the colour is perfect for everyday wear.  I find this one neutral enough for any makeup look.

Angelic is a peach coloured blush with golden micro-shimmers.  As you can see from the swatch it doesn’t come off as ‘glittery’ on the skin but it does have a lovely glow.

Next is True Love which is a deeper, rose coloured blush in a matte finish.  This is a lovely autumnal blush that is very flattering on the cheeks.

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Freedom blushes (from left to right): Lethal Weapon, Rare and Beyond.

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Swatches: Lethal Weapon, Rare and Beyond.

The next three blushes are much more bold in colour, but still very wearable.

First up is Lethal Weapon which is a bright, blue-toned pink colour in a satin finish.  I feel like this blush has almost a silvery glow to it which is very pretty.

Rare is a gorgeous coral coloured blush with golden micro-shimmers.  This is one of my favourite colours of the six.  I have very much enjoyed this colour for summer this year.

Finally, we have the blush called Beyond.  This blush is very shimmery and gives a very bright glow to the cheeks.  I would describe it as a coral base packed with golden shimmer.  This is a nice blush for days when you are in a rush because it has so much glow to it that you really don’t need to add highlighter.  Again, I think this is a great blush for summer when I am a little more tanned.  (To be honest I don’t really tan… I just burn and freckle – but a girl can dream).

I really enjoy these blushes from Freedom.  I think the range of colours is excellent and these apply very nicely, plus, the price point, at just GBP1 – about Au$2, is hard to refuse!  And of course, these are cruelty-free 🙂  If you want to have a look at these for yourself, you can find these blushes online here.

Have a wonderful day!

Freedom Matte bronzer

Freedom Makeup London: Matte Bronzer – Shade 110

I received this bronzer from Freedom as part of a free gift when the company first launched.  It has simple packaging and a very beautiful swirl pattern imprinted into the product.  I was impressed with the size and colour, but, as I had so many other bronzers ‘on the go’ I decided to put it aside rather than opening another new product into my already ridiculously large makeup collection.

This attitude lasted for a good couple of months or so before my nagging sense of curiosity convinced me that really, there was no reason to wait to open this product.

“Its a bronzer Megan, not a mascara… it isn’t going to dry out, (I said to myself),  just open it and try it out!”

So, two weeks later and I have been using this every day and I am pleased to report that I really am enjoying this product.  The powder is finely milled and although the colour looked quite deep in the pan, (and I worried it might be a bit orange), I actually think the tone is more neutral and it works really nicely on my skin.

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Matte Bronzer: A heavy swatch on the bottom and then a blended swatch above.

Freedom states that this matte bronzer ‘shade 110’ compliments all skin tones.  I just can’t help but think that those kinds of assertions are a bit ridiculous.  I am pretty pale and you can see that this bronzer actually provides a good depth of colour for me without being too muddy.  If I had a skin tone with more depth of colour I can imagine that this would quickly become too light.  I am hoping the fact that this bronzer has an allocated shade number may mean that they intend to add other colours to the range.  We can hope!

The other point I want to mention is that I feel like this bronzer has a bit of glow too it.  I don’t mean glitter – there is certainly no glitter.  But I feel like it has a bit of dimension to it, certainly more so than other matte bronzers in my collection.  I actually think that is a good thing though – sometimes when bronzers are matte they get a bit tricky to blend nicely, but this one from Freedom blends like a dream.

Close up of swatches.

Here you can see more of a close-up of the swatches. The colour looks quite dark on the inside of my arm, but on the face it works well.  If feel like you can see the ‘glow’ of the product in this image too!

This bronzer hasn’t been tested on animals, and at GBP2 (about Au$4) it is nicely priced.  I would certainly buy this bronzer again in the future and have very much appreciated getting it as part of a ‘free-gift with purchase’ deal.

Now that summer is well and truly on its way, I am happy to embrace any product that will help me to  look like a bronzed beauty  (as I huddle in the air conditioning… desperate to escape the terrible heat.  It was 29 degrees celsius at 8am this morning!)

Anyway.  I digress 🙂

If you are interested in having a look at the Freedom range for yourself, you can find it here.

Have a great day!

 

 

Five great cruelty-free products under AU$5!

Makeup is expensive at the best of times but makeup is REALLY expensive in Australia.  I don’t really understand why that is, but I am presuming it has something to do with the way our government taxes cosmetic products.  Whatever the explanation it is a serious bummer.  My point is that there aren’t that many really good makeup products that we can access from Australia that are good quality, cruelty-free and less than AU$5 but I am determined to find all the good ones that I can and share them with you.

So here are five great products that are under AU$5!!

5 under $5 – Product Number 1:

Makeup Revolution 'amazing' lipstick

Makeup Revolution ‘amazing’ lipstick

Amazing Lipstick swatches: 'The One' (top), 'Treat' (bottom)

Amazing Lipstick swatches: ‘The One’ (top), ‘Treat’ (bottom)

First up on the list are the Makeup Revolution ‘amazing’ lipsticks.  These retail for about AU$2 (depending on the exchange rate).  These are great, easy-wear lipsticks.  They are moisturising and creamy and the pigmentation is quite good.  These don’t have a long-wearing formula but they are perfect to throw on as you walk out the door to the shops and if you are happy to reapply within an hour or two they are just fine.  If you want them to last longer a lipliner really helps.  I have two lipsticks from this range and love both these colours.  My only tip is to make sure you exfoliate your lips to get a really smooth application.  These two shades are glossy but NOT frosted which I prefer.

5 under $5 – Product Number 2:

E.L.F. eyebrow kit

E.L.F. eyebrow kit

E.L.F. eyebrow kit - medium brown

E.L.F. eyebrow kit – medium brown

My second excellent budget product is the E.L.F. eyebrow kit.  I have reviewed this product here before as one of my holy-grail brow products and I continue to use this a number of times a week.  It is just so easy and gives a nature look and at about AU$4 from iHerb.com these are a steal.

5 under $5 – Product Number 3:

Essence Lipliners

Essence Lipliners

Next up on the list are the Essence Lipliners.  I can’t say enough good things about these little bargains.  I have a review and swatches of the range here but these really are great quality and super value for money at just AU$2!

5 under $5 – Product Number 4: 

Makeup Revolution Powder Blushes

Makeup Revolution Powder Blushes

My next bargain buy are the Makeup Revolution powder blushes.  I have reviewed these in more detail here, but these guys are a GREAT buy at just AU$2.  I love these shades and they last so well on the skin and blend really nicely upon application.  Such a deal!

5 under $5 – Product Number 5:

Freedom Makeup London Mono eyeshadows

Freedom Makeup London Mono eyeshadows

Lastly we have the Freedom Makeup London Mono Eyeshadows.  Oh my goodness.  These little guys are good and more than worth the AU$2 you will spend on them.  I love all the colours that I own from this range and have another handful of these in my wish list on the Freedom website.  If you want to see some swatches I have previously reviewed these eyeshadows here.

A final word on international shipping…

Now, to be fair, if you order from Makeup Revolution or Freedom Makeup from Australia you are going to pay shipping which obviously adds to the cost of the products.  The good news is that the shipping cost is fixed for both websites so it doesn’t matter how much you order you will pay the same.  For both stores the international shipping from the UK to Australia costs about AU$16.  So I suppose the bad news is that if you go onto either of these online stores and only want to buy one AU$2 blush you are going to pay through the roof to get that shipped to you!  I feel like this situation acts as a real enabler to me as I want to make the shipping ‘worth it’ and thus order more than I probably need.  But seriously, if you can get on and off the Freedom or Makeup Revolutions online stores without ordering a tone of things, well then, the force is strong with you!

Have you tried any of these awesome budget-friendly, cruelty-free products?  If you have other products under $5 to recommend then PLEASE share in the comments below 🙂

Have a great day!