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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!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Butters and Pro Melts

Freedom Makeup London is a brand which I have been really enjoying since it launched earlier this year.  When I last ordered from Freedom I picked up one each of their lip lacquers in the Pro Butters and Pro Melts formulas just to try them out.

Firstly, lets just take a moment to appreciate that gorgeous silver box.  Cute packaging!!  The tube itself is very simple with a sleek white cap, doe foot applicator and silver writing.

The texture of the two products is very different but I actually don’t have a favourite.

Top - Pro Butter in 'Cats Whiskers.'  Bottom - Pro Melt in 'Jammy Dodger.'

Top – Pro Butter in ‘Cats Whiskers.’ Bottom – Pro Melt in ‘Jammy Dodger.’

The Pro Butters are thinner in texture and less opaque than that Pro Melts but the colours are still vibrant.  I purchased the colour called ‘Cats Whiskers.’  I love this kind of coral colour but mainly I bought this because the name is so stinkin’ cute!  The Pro Butters apply quite easily and you can build them a bit.  The texture is very smooth and kind of velvety and then they dry down to quite a matte feel and look.  These last really well.

The Pro Melts are thick, pigmented and glossy without being sticky.  These are really a liquid lipstick.  The colour I purchased is ‘Jammy Dodger’ and it is so beautiful.  Again, super cute name – it takes me back to when I lived in the UK and was eating those jam cookies all the time!  This has a surprisingly long wear time too and it is stunning, STUNNING on the lips.

I really like both these formulas.  If you are up for a more subtle, matte look then I recommend the Pro Butters formular, but if you want a vibrant, glossy liquid lipstick then the Pro Melts are for you.

These sell for GBP3 which is about AU$6 on the Freedom Website.  I will certainly order more of these if I purchase from Freedom again.  If you have tried either of these formulas of the Freedom Lip Lacquers I’d love to know what colours you recommend.

Have a fantastic day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes – Dreamcatcher and Chasing Rainbows

This is the third instalment in my series of blogs exploring the Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes.  This post will be dedicated to the two palettes that contain particularly bright, fun colours.  I encourage you to go and have a read of my other articles if you prefer neutral shades or are interested in these palettes generally and would like to see swatches from across the range.  You can find article 1 and article 2 here.

I am always drawn to the bright coloured palettes but I must say, I am never quite sure what to do once I have them.  If you are in a similar situation then the Dreamcatcher palette may be a nice compromise.

Pro 12 Dreamcatcher

Pro 12 Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Swatches - top row

Dreamcatcher Swatches – top row

The top row of this palette is very soft, pretty and neutral.  I see these as being the base onto which a pop of colour can be applied.  The first shade, which looks champagne in the swatch above actually has a lovely, subtle lavender duo chrome to it.

Dreamcatcher Swatches - middle row

Dreamcatcher Swatches – middle row

The third row offers the most vibrant colours.  While they certainly offer a pop of colour, I consider these very wearable colours.  The dark purple, royal blue and dark green here are VERY similar to a purple, blue and green that appear in a number of Makeup Revolution palettes, so if you own any of those you may well already have these colours in your collection.

Dreamcatcher Swatches - bottom row

Dreamcatcher Swatches – bottom row

The bottom row contains my favourite colour from this palette which is that really pretty lavender colour seen in the first swatch above.

The only negative aspect of this palette for me is that all the colours are satins or shimmers and the only matte shade is the black.  I own the Pro 12 Audacious Mattes palette so obviously this isn’t a real issue but my preference is to be able to grab for a single palette and get my whole look from that one place.

If you are a bit braver, a bit more adventurous or (like me), hope to be one day, then the Chasing Rainbows palette is really beautiful.  This palette is for unicorn lovers 🙂  I mean LOOK at those colours!  This palette contains two mattes (shades 1 and 12), five satin/shimmer shades (shade 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10) and five satin shades with silver micro glitter (shades 2, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

Pro 12 Chasing Rainbows

Pro 12 Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: top row

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: top row

The top row begins with a fluorescent yellow matte colour.  This isn’t that pigmented on the first swatch, but it is buildable.  The first green shade contains silver micro glitter  Then you have soft shimmery green and a bright fuchsia pink shade that REALLY pops and is so pigmented.

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: middle row

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: middle row

The middle row has a shimmery blue followed by a slightly lighter blue with micro glitter, a dark purple (which is identical to the dark purple in the Dreamcatcher palette!!) and a dark pink with micro glitter.

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: bottom row

Chasing Rainbows Swatches: bottom row

Lastly, the bottom row has a bright, pastel purple with micro glitter, a royal blue (which again, is identical to the blue from the Dreamcatcher palette – colour double-ups like this really bug me!) and then a fluorescent matte pink.  Again, the pigmentation of the matte pink isn’t great, but it is buildable.

There are some very pretty colours in the Chasing Rainbows palette, but I have to admit that I don’t love the micro glitter shades.  These really are too sparkly for my personal taste although they work well.

Overall, these are lovely palettes.  They sit well within the Pro 12 range by offering a pop of colour to what is generally a neutral range of eyeshadow palettes.  My only complaint is that there are definitely two colours here that appear in both palettes which makes me wonder how many of the neutral colours are doubled-up across the Pro 12 range.  BUT if you own a more reasonable amount of makeup, this probably isn’t going to be an issue for you because you won’t own every palette 🙂  To be honest I probably wouldn’t have purchase the Chasing Rainbows palette if I had realised that five of the shades were glittery but, let’s get real, this palette only cost me AU$8, which is less than what I would pay for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at a cafe SO I have hardly broken the bank.  If you like glittery, colourful eyeshadow then this is the perfect palette for you!

The compulsive part of my personality is tempted to buy the Audacious 3 palette because it is the only one from the range that I don’t own, but I am fighting the urge because I DON’T NEED MORE EYESHADOW!!  And I believe that it is very similar to the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 which I do own.  If you do own both those palettes I’d be interested to hear how you think they compare.

Do you own any of the Pro 12 palettes?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Have a fantastic day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palettes – Le Fabuleux, Stunning Smokes and Audacious Mattes

When I did my very first order of Freedom Makeup London I ordered two palettes, Romance and Jewels and Secret Rose, from the Pro 12 Eyeshadow range and I really liked them.  The quality is excellent, particularly the matte shades, and I thought the colours were just beautiful.  I did quite a comprehensive review of those first two palettes so I won’t repeat myself too much, but if you would like to read more about the quality of these palette you can find my first review here.  Needless to say that I was so impressed by these palettes that when I decided to make a second order I went back and purchased a heap more.  There is one palette that I don’t own from the Pro 12 range called Audacious 3, as it was extremely similar to the Iconic 3 palette from Makeup Revolution, but I do own the rest of the range so I though I would do a couple of posts of swatches for those of you who might be interested in making a purchase as there aren’t swatches for all of these palettes available on the website yet.

So – brace yourself for a lot of photos 🙂

I will start with the more neutral palettes in this post and work my way out of my comfort zone and into the brighter palettes in my next blog.

First we have Le Fabuleux.  This palette offers a really nice mix of colours and finishes with both warm and cool tones.

Pro 12 Le Fabuleux

Pro 12 Le Fabuleux

Le Fabuleux Swatches - top row

Le Fabuleux Swatches – top row

Le Fabuleux Swatches -  middle row

Le Fabuleux Swatches – middle row

Le Fabuleux Swatches - bottom row

Le Fabuleux Swatches – bottom row

The next neutral palette in this range is the Stunning Smokes palette.  This palette provides colours for a rich brown smokey eye, a cranberry smokey eye as well as for a traditional grey or black smoky eye BUT there is enough here for a very neutral, everyday look too.  I love the matte camel colour, second along in the top row for a crease colour and find myself pulling this palette out just for that shade.

Pro 12 Stunning Smokes

Pro 12 Stunning Smokes

I took the images for this post on different days, so please excuse the inconsistency in how I approached the swatches.  Here I have divided the palette in half.

Stunning Smokes: Left of palette

Stunning Smokes: Left of palette

Stunning Smokes: Left of palette  swatches

Stunning Smokes: Left of palette swatches

Stunning Smokes: Right of palette

Stunning Smokes: Right of palette

Stunning Smokes: Right of palette  swatches

Stunning Smokes: Right of palette swatches

And finally for the more neutral palettes in the Pro 12 range we have the Audacious Mattes.  These are so soft and velvety to the touch and work really well on the eye.  I feel like the pigmentation is much more easy to build on the eye than the swatches on my arm might suggest.

Pro 12 Audacious Mattes

Pro 12 Audacious Mattes

Interestingly there is actually one shimmer shade in this palette, which is second along in the top row.  I love the thought behind this because it gives you a really beautiful inner corner highlight even though you may only want mattes for the rest of the eye look.  A very practical inclusion for those of us who like to get our whole eye look from the one place.

Audacious Mattes: left of palette

Audacious Mattes: left of palette

Audacious Mattes: left of palette swatches

Audacious Mattes: left of palette swatches

Audacious Mattes: right of palette

Audacious Mattes: right of palette

Audacious Mattes: right of palette swatches

Audacious Mattes: right of palette swatches

I really do like these palettes.  They are priced at GPB4 on the Freedom Makeup Website which is just over AU$8 with the current exchange rate and that is excellent value for the quality in my opinion.  Do I really need to own all these neutral palettes?  NO!  But I do use them and I do love them.

Look out for my next swatch post looking at the Pro 12 Dreamcatcher and Pro 12 Chasing Rainbows palettes for some really fun, bright colours.

Have a wonderful day!

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

I am all about a budget lipstick.  What I am not about is prefacing my descriptions of budget lipsticks with the statement ‘they are good for the price.’  In my opinion something is either good, or its not and if its not good, it doesn’t really matter how little you paid for it, you probably won’t use it.  These lipsticks from Freedom are certainly good for the price – at just one pound or AU$2 it would be hard not to be good for the price.  But are they GOOD?

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Lipsticks

I have ten of the Pro Lipsticks.  Some of these I paid for and some of them I received as part of a Freedom deal.  It has actually taken me a while to make a decision about these lipsticks because the formula is unusual in my opinion, but I have decided that I do like them.  In general I would describe these lipsticks as being balmy in texture; almost waxy.  This has the positive effect of making these very comfortable to wear but it does mean they can be sheer and also a bit patchy, particularly if you purse your lips together.  You really do need to exfoliate your lips with these guys because otherwise they will accentuate every dry spot and line.  They are also quite sheer, even though the pigmentation is quite good.  I have found the wear time on these to be hit and miss.  The lighter shades can fade quite quickly, but the bolder shades have a surprisingly long wear time!  I was impressed.

So lets have a look at the Pro Lipsticks in more detail.

Pro Lipsticks: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipsticks: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Space Luxe, Mannequin, Sooner or Later, Whispers, Game On!

‘Space Luxe’ is a colour that I would never have selected, but I was interested to receive it free just out of curiosity and I must say I am impressed.  If you are looking for a gold lipstick this is really pretty opaque and super metallic.  I can’t speak for the staying power, but it is very bold.  ‘Mannequin’ and ‘Sooner or Later’ are very neutral shades and are both particularly sheer.  They are ‘your lips but better’ colours if you have a fair complexion like me.  ‘Whispers’ is a super wearable, neutral pink and I really like this colour.  It wears well and has good staying power.  The really disappointing shade for me out of all the ten Pro Lipsticks that I own is ‘Game On!’ and I am so bummed because I love this peachy colour but it swatches so much better than it wears on the lips.  It is streaky, gathers in the lines of my lips and goes patchy if you purse your lips together.  Its such a shame, because it is a beautiful colour 😦

Pro Lipsticks: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipsticks: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Pro Lipstick Swatches: Juicy, Pink Lust, Flushed, Adorn, Red Wine.

Next we move to the more vibrant colours that I own from the Pro Lipsticks and these are much more pigmented.  Juicy is a lovely colour.  It is sheer, but I love this colour of coral.  ‘Pink Lust’ and ‘Flushed’ are both really lovely pink shades and they last quite well on the lips.  Adorn is a lovely berry colour.  It is not as pigmented on the lips as in the swatch above, but I really like the fact that it is muted in tone.  And lastly we come to ‘Red Wine.’  This is my favourite colour and makes me wish that I had purchased the ‘5 for 4 – Pro Lipstick Red Collection’ because I suspect that these bright shades are the best.  This red is perfect.  It is vibrant, it is comfortable to wear, it lasts really well and it does stain the lips slightly so that as it wears it doesn’t look too patchy.  I really like this one.

So – overall, these Pro Lipsticks aren’t my favourite formula but I do like them.  The only shade that has really disappointed is ‘Game On!”  The formula of these is quite different from other lipsticks in my collection, but I do like the balmy feel of them and the fact that they are a bit more sheer and glossy for days where I just want something I can throw on and then touch-up without a mirror.

But hey – they are cruelty-free and at just AU$2, don’t trust my opinion, give them a go for yourself!  You can buy Freedom Makeup online here.

Freedom Makeup London: Pro Blush & Highlight Palette – Pinks and Fair Contour.

I received this beautiful, six-pan contour palette from Freedom Makeup London as part of one of their special deals.  I was really impressed when it arrived because it is such a nice, small size palette and  I immediately thought how great it would be for travel.  With four blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter there is plenty of colour selection – plus a nice big mirror in the lid!

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

Pro Blush and Highlight Palette in Pinks and Fair Contour.

These blushes are really soft to the touch and very pigmented.  I use these with a very light touch but I have to say they do blend beautifully.  All of these products have a satin finish, which I really do love – no glitter in sight!

Pinks and Fair Contour - swatches.

Pinks and Fair Contour – swatches.

I really like the selection of colours in this palette.  I feel like there is one of every pink you could need here including a mauve, a bright pink and a coral pink across the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Closeup swatches of the top row.

Then across the second row you have your bronzer/contour colour which is, as the name of this palette suggests, most appropriate for people with a fair complexion.  Then you have a lovely soft rose-toned blush and a pink toned highlighter.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

Closeup swatches of the bottom row.

I have worn these blushes to work for the past week and they last really well.  Although a couple of the colours do look very bright in the pan, I have found them to be really wearable colours, even on my pale, freckled skin.

I have looked on the Freedom Website and this palette isn’t available to be purchase just yet, but I did read that it was going to be released into their range soon.  I am excited to see what different palettes may be available when these are released, and I would certainly recommend them!

Have a fantastic day!

Freedom Makeup London: Mono Eyeshadows

I have made two orders from Freedom Makeup London since they opened this year and in each order I purchased a few of their mono eyeshadows.  They came beautifully packaged and when they arrived in the post to Australia from the UK they have been consistently well protected by layers of bubble wrap.

Freedom Makeup Mono Eyeshadow

Freedom Makeup Mono Eyeshadow

The range is characterised into seven categories including Bases, Nudes, Smokes, Smoulders, Gildeds and Brights.  They don’t have names, but rather shade numbers. The nine shades I own come from the Gilded, Smoulder and Brights categories.

Gilded mono eyeshadows: 218, 219, 216, 217, 220.

Gilded mono eyeshadows: 218, 219, 216, 217, 220.

Gilded swatches: 218, 219, 216, 217, 220.

Gilded swatches: 218, 219, 216, 217, 220.

The Gilded shades are really beautiful and are all very pigmented.  218, 219 and 220 are smooth in texture and shimmery.  217 which is a gold/cooper colour and is so metallic it is almost foiled.  The texture of this shadow is smooth and thick (for want of a better description) and works best when patted onto the eyelid.  It also responds really well to a damp brush wetted with a little makeup fixing spray.  The weakest shadow in this bunch for me is 216 which is a pale pink shade.  It has the same thick, foiled metallic texture of 217 but isn’t as smooth so it can be patchy upon application.

Smoulder mono eyeshadows: 212, 213, 214.

Smoulder mono eyeshadows: 212, 213, 214.

Smoulder swatches: 212, 213, 214.

Smoulder swatches: 212, 213, 214.

The Smoulder shades are darker in tone and more sultry.  These are very pigmented and quite unique colours I think.  I adore 212 which is a silvery, brown duo chrome shade.  212 is a very deep blue and 214, although it is not clear in the pan at first glance, is actually the darkest green.

Bright mono eyeshadow: 230

Bright mono eyeshadow: 230

Bright swatch: 230

Bright swatch: 230

The last shade that I own is 230 from the Brights range.  It is a gorgeous purple with blue duo chrome reflects.  This is a favourite shade for me too!

Overall, I think these mono eyeshadows are really lovely quality.  You get a good amount of product and they are only GBP1 which is approximately AU$2 each.  I am not a makeup artist, so I selected the individual colours from the collection that I really liked, but if you are a professional you might like to buy the whole collection of 30 shadows and Freedom offers the whole set for a discounted price which is a good deal.

I am so excited to have another cruelty-free brand on the market selling good quality products.  I would definitely recommend these mono eyeshadows.  If you have tried any of the mono eyeshadows from Freedom I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Have a fantastic day!