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Things I don’t love: Australis lip liners

Welcome back to my ‘things I don’t Love’ series where I discuss products I didn’t like, or that just didn’t work for me.  This week’s focus is pencil lip liners.  Now, I was initially excited to try these lip liners from Australis, as I enjoy my Australis face base products so much and was keen to try other things in their range. As soon as I swatches these lip liners though, I knew they weren’t going to be my thing.

In a nutshell these are hard and waxy.  Boo!


swatches: Lady in Red (top) and Kiss Me Quick (bottom)

Yes, they can be pigmented and the colours are super pretty but they just aren’t the sort of formula that I prefer in a lip liner.  I don’t like to have to really push a pencil with pressure across my lips to line them.  I just don’t.  I’m looking for a creamy formula that is matte and lasts well.  And that is just not what you get with these.  I tried them a couple of times but to be honest I just didn’t enjoy them, never reached for them and now I am decluttering them basically unused.

If you like a firmer, waxy lip liner then you may really enjoy these but if you are looking for something a bit creamer and smoother to apply then I recommend trying the Essence lip liners (which are cheaper and infinitely better!) or the ColourPop lip liners which also have a really nice formula (full review coming on the ColourPop liners!).

So that’s it!  Have a great day 🙂

Things I Don’t Love – Australis: Powder Cream 3-IN-1

I was tempted by this 3-IN-1 product from Australis because I liked the idea that this could be a good, quick product for days when I am in a real rush and don’t have time for three steps but want that look regardless.  Unfortunately, this product fails on all levels for me and I just don’t love this at all.


Firstly, I purchased this online and the colour is way too dark for me, but it is the lightest shade available in the range.  The cream itself is very thick and I found it kind of hard to blend it out.  It is extremely cakey and catches on every bit of texture on the face.  It sets quite quickly too and I find it hard blend it in before ‘sets’  and dries to a powdery texture so for this reason I don’t think it functions as a foundation (and therefore, neither as a powder).  I have combination skin, but I find this very drying.  Every time I have tried this all over the face my skin has looked terrible!


My next attempt to make this work was to use it just as a concealer, but again, it is just SO cakey and because of the cream to powder formula, it is so hard to blend out smoothly.

I have tried this is few times and it has been such a fail for me that I am already decluttering it.  I really like the idea of this product, but its execution has left me wanting.  While this product hasn’t worked for me, my favourite foundation combination and face powder do come from Australis, so if you would like to read that review you can find it here.

Have a wonderful day!

Face Base Favourites – Australis for the win!

I have had a lot of trouble finding a cruelty-free, budget-friendly face base combination that works for me and this year my typical face base routine has become a celebration of Australis!

Foundations are certainly a product that are going to be specific to each person based on their personal skin type, colouring and the climate in which they live – so what works for me may most likely not work for you, so here are some face facts for you so you can contextualise this review:

  • I have combination skin
  • I am very fair
  • At 34 years old, I do have some fine lines 😦
  • I live in the tropics, so my face base needs to combat heat and humidity

My current holy grail involves three products:

  1. Oh 2 Glow Light-diffusing Foundation in the shade Nude.
  2. Stay put 16 hr foundation in the shade Nude.
  3. Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in the shade Natural.

Australis – Oh 2 Glow Light-diffusing Foundation in the shade Nude.

The Oh 2 Glow Foundation is a very fluid formula which means you can apply a very thin layer and avoid caking on the face.  It is illuminating, but not too glowy, so as to emphasise the dewiness already created by the hot weather.  A single layer gives sheer coverage but you can build this up somewhat.


The shade is Nude.

This works really well for me in combination with the Stayput Longwear Foundation. I use one pump of each to do my entire face.  It is an added bonus that both are Vegan Friendly!!   


Australis – Stayput Longwear Foundation in Nude.

I wear the Stayput foundation in the shade Nude and it purports to be longer wearing and has the added bonus of SPF 15 protection.  This foundation is thicker in formula and has more of a medium coverage.  The colour is a shade or two darker than Oh 2 Glow but together they make my perfect match both in terms of coverage, wear and colour.


The shade is Nude

With the foundation partnership sorted all that is left is to set the face.  In the heat of summer I find this step essential and I can totally recommend the Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder for this step.  It is very finely milled and doesn’t get cakey.  I carry this in my bag for touchups during the day if I am going to be out in the heat.  It is a great basic powder.


Australis – Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder in Natural

As a final general point can I just say that the packaging of all these products is super practical.  The foundations are both in lovely glass bottles and each come with an excellent pump.  The powder comes with a mirror and puff in the base.  Great!

I know that this reads like an advert for Australis but if you have read my other reviews of Australis products then you know that I haven’t had a lot of success with their coloured face products… but these base products have REALLY worked for me.

If you would like to try these for yourself you can find all three on the Australis website.  They do ship internationally!

Have a great day!

Australis – Highlights: Mineral Liquid Face Highlighter

I ordered the Australis Mineral Liquid Highlighter in Pearl during a 50% off sale.  It is the first liquid highlighter in my collection, so I can’t compare it to other liquid highlighters on the market, but here are my thoughts on this product in particular.

Firstly, the illumination is quite subtle.  I apply this in one of two ways 1) mixed into my foundation or 2) dabbed on my cheekbones after foundation but prior to setting with a translucent powder.  I really like this for everyday wear.


Pearl Liquid Highlight – heavy swatch.

As a point-specific highlighter this is so pretty.  It is subtle enough for everyday wear but it gives such a pretty glow.  I get quite oily in my t-zone but I haven’t found that this liquid adds to the problem at all when just dabbed lightly onto the skin.


Pearl – blended swatch.  This gives a lovely, sheer glow.

When I use the Mineral Liquid Highlighter mixed into my foundation I just add one pump of the highlighter and mix it into two pumps of my foundation and combine.  It is so pretty worn this way!  It adds a lovely illumination to the skin which I adore.  My skin can be quite dull at the moment and this works well to counteract that.  My only criticism would be that at times, I find that adding this to my foundation can make my foundation feel a bit more oily and/or tacky to the touch towards the end of the day (particularly around my T-zone).  This may not be an issue for those of you not predisposed to T-zone oil issues.  Saying that – I still love the finish and am happy to touch-up with a little bit of powder if/when require.


The highlighter comes with a pump which is great for hygienic application.  I just pump a small amount onto the back of my hand.

I have very much enjoyed this Mineral Liquid Highlighter.  I had wondered when I purchased this whether or not I would get much use out of it as I tend to preference powder products over creams and liquids, but I have used this SO much and will definitely repurchase it in the future.

In fact, the next time there is a sale, I will happily purchase the other shade in the range called Gold too!

I purchased this highlighter online from the Australis website, and they do ship internationally.  If you live in Australia, you can also buy Australis products at Priceline.

Have a fantastic day!

Makeup Declutter: Round 1!

If you have a large makeup collection then you know how easy it is to end up with products that you have purchased that you simply never reach for.  Even with the best of intentions I don’t think any of us can honestly say that we are happy with EVERY purchase we make.

I am trying to move some such products on from my own collections and (where appropriate) give them to others who might love them more than I do.  So here are the products that I am decluttering this time round.


The first product is this tinted moisturiser from E.L.F.  and as you can see from the swatch… I totally ordered the wrong colour by accident.  This is WAY too dark for me and needs to find a new home.

DSC02842And here we have another online shopping fail.  The Matte Perfect Foundation from MUA.  It says ‘fair’, but it is not fair enough for my pale skin.  This is the lightest colour in the range though so fair ladies, be warned!

DSC02836Take three on the online shopping fails.  This is the Makeup Revolution Liquid Concealer in the colour ‘Natural’.  This has quite a thick formula and I have  tried to make this work on my very dark under eye circles but to be honest, this is too dark for me too.

DSC02826 Now these three eyeshadows make me sad.  All three are cream, metallic, foiled eyeshades; one from Makeup Revolution and two from Australis.  I wanted to love these so much but I just couldn’t make them work for me at all – or at least I didn’t enjoy the way they looked on the eye even though they are SO beautiful in the pot.  If you want to read my full review on these eye foils you can find it here.

DSC02844Now this ‘Mix it – Colour Correcting Foundation’ simply didn’t work for me.  I found that on my skin, this broke down very quickly and just didn’t work for me.  I have also reviewed this one in detail and if you are interested you can find it here.

Although I do make an effort to really make everything I buy work for me, sometimes I think it is better to gift things to others that are only going to collect dust in your own collection.

I hope you are having a fantastic day!


Things I don’t Love: Australis, Mix it – Colour Correcting Foundation

Welcome to another instalment of the ‘Things I don’t Love’ series 🙂  It is time for a chat about foundation.

I purchased this Mix it: Colour Correcting Foundation during a site wide 50% off sale that Australis held towards the end of last year.  I was drawn to this product as it claimed to colour correct the complexion as well as nourish and hydrate the skin with Argan oil, pomegranate, vitamin E and pink grapefruit essential oil as well as helping to clear acne with Licorice Root.  Plus, it has SPF 25 sunscreen!

Great, right?

wish this product worked for me.  Really, I do, because it sounds like a dream.  It smells really nice (faintly of sweet citrus) and is quite a good colour match but this is one of the worst foundations I have ever used.


Mix it – Colour Correcting Foundation in the colour Nude.

I find that this foundation is SUPER greasy on my skin.  It sits on my skin and immediately looks cakey because it falls into all the pores and creases – any of the texture of my skin is amplified.  I would describe the coverage of this foundation as light to medium at best.  It can be layered but when I have attempted that it turns into an oil slick.  I think the part about this foundation that I really don’t love is that it stays very tacky.  It doesn’t set.  Even when I try to set it with a powder it stays kind of wet and if you touch your face it comes away on your hand.


One layer of the foundation blended out with a beauty blender – the coverage is light.

So.  When all those powers combine this foundation breaks down really quickly on me.  Like, really quickly.  When I applied this, this morning, by the time I finished leisurely applying my makeup it had already started to break down around my nose and around my chin! (N.B. it is summer here and it was warm this morning).

I always use a face primer and I have tried to apply this with various brushes, a beauty blender and my fingers and it really doesn’t make any difference to the look and wear of this foundation.  My personal experience is that this sits on the face unnaturally and then melts off 😦

I would not purchase this foundation again, but, I can say that Australis also makes one of my favourite foundations (the Stayput 16hr foundation), so the fact that this foundation hasn’t worked for me is not a reflection on the brand as a whole.  And just because the Mix it – Colour Correcting Foundation didn’t work for me, doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work for you.

Have a fantastic day!



Festive Holiday Makeup

Festive Holiday Makeup.

Tis’ the season for parties and celebrations and even for those of us who may wear makeup infrequently, this is the time of year where you might just be tempted to drag out an old blush and slap on some foundation.  I went out to dinner with some girlfriends last night (the sisterhood!) and decided to get in the spirit with a green and red eye look.  If you are interested in the products I used to create my festive holiday makeup please read on!

Now before we begin, lets be clear: makeup artist…I am not.  But I do love playing with makeup.  This is in no way a tutorial, but hopefully it might inspire you to pull out some sparkles from your own collection for your next party look 🙂

So lets start at the very beginning – face primer.


Primers: Makeup Revolution Aqua Priming Base and Ultra Face Base Primer.

At the moment I am trying out the Aqua Priming Base from Makeup Revolution which I sprayed on my moisturised skin and then when dry I added a little of the Ultra Face Base Primer to my T-zone.  I need all the help I can get with makeup longevity in the hot, humid summer weather!

foundation and concealer

Foundation: Australis ‘Stay put! Longwear Foundation’; Concealer: E.L.F. under eye concealer and highlighter.

Next I applied the Australis Stay Put! Longwear Foundation in ‘Nude’ using my Real Techniques sponge and then I added a little of the E.L.F. under eye concealer in ‘light’ in a (vain) attempt to hide my dark undereye circles.


Bronzer: Makeup Revolution – The One Blush Stick in Malibu.

The last of my cream base products is also new to my collection from Makeup Revolution and it is The One Blush Stick in ‘Malibu.’  This is not a matte bronzer but I am enjoying the, quite natural, bronze glow that it gives my skin.  It looks super orange in the tube but, surprisingly, I am enjoying it on the face to warm up my complexion.

Setting Powders

Setting Powders: Australis – fresh & flawless pressed powder; E.L.F. – HD undereye setting powder.

To help mattify my face and set everything in place I used the E.L.F. HD Undereye Setting Powder in ‘light’ followed by a dusting of the Australis Fresh & Flawless pressed powder in ‘Natural,’ over my face.

Coloured Face Products

Coloured Face Products: Makeup Revolution – Radiant Lights and Powder blush.


Radiant Lights: Exahale and Blush: Love.

Because I intended to do something quite dramatic on the eyes I kept the coloured face products quite subtle.  I did some soft highlighting on the tops of the cheeks with Exhale from the Makeup Revolution ‘Radiant Lights’ range.  I then added a touch of nude blush with the colour Love.

E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara

Eyebrows: E.L.F. brow kit in medium and clear brow mascara.

Next up I used the E.L.F. brow kit in medium to lightly fill in my brows and then set them with the clear brow mascara.


Eyeshadow: ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, Essence Matte Effect shadow in ‘Blockbuster’ and the E.L.F. eyeshadow primer.

So – onto the exciting stuff: eyeshadow!  I started with the E.L.F. eyeshadow primer and then put the Essence matte effect eyeshadow in Blockbuster onto the brow bone.


ColourPop shadows: Bill (matte) and Party Time (matte)


Swatches: Bill and Party Time.

I used the ColourPop matte Super Shock Shadow called Bill as a transition shade all through the crease and blended it out towards the brow bone.  I then put Party Time more precisely into the crease and outer V of the eyelid to darken things up and smoke it out.


ColourPop Shadows: Drift, Partridge & Mirage (all pearlized finish).


Swatches: Drift, Partridge & Mirage.

Next I put Partridge, a gorgeous brown/green duo chrome, across the inner and middle sections of the eyelid with Drift on the outer third of the lid.  I also blended a mix of these two colours on the lower lash line.  Finally, I placed Mirage in the inner corner to brighten things up before lining my water line with the Essence eye pencil Berry Merry.  (I forgot to take a picture of Berry Merry but you can see it in a previous review here).


Lashes: E.L.F. mascara primer and mineral infused mascara.

To finish off the eyes I used my E.L.F mascara primer and their mineral infused mascara.

eyelid shot

I was pretty happy with the finished eye look.

So, to wrap up this festive holiday makeup a red matte lip seemed like the only logical option.


Lips: Essence lipliner and Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix.


Swatches: lippie stix – Dazed (top) and lipliner – Red Blush.

I selected the Essence lipliner in Red Blush topped with the matte ColourPop lippie stix in Dazed.  Apologies for the lipliner swatch… it isn’t normally so thick but I stupidly left it on my table and softened it in the sun!


Finishing Spray: Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray.

And because my makeup will melt off in the heat given half a chance, I complete the look with the Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray.  If you live in a humid climate this is a great product!

So – there you have it.  A red and green festive holiday makeup look using all budget-friendly and cruelty-free makeup.

head shot

Not a very flattering picture in the harsh natural light, but you get the idea!

Have a wonderful festive season beautiful people!