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Hanami – Cosmetics with Conscience: Mineral Lipstick and Cream Blush review

I like everything that the Hanami brand represents.  Hanami is a Japanese word for their traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.  How perfect is that for a cosmetic company name?!  Hanami are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, Australian Made and Owned and they are focused on natural ingredients and being kind to the planet.  I love these ideals and wish every brand could be like this.

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I have tried two products from the range including one of their vegan mineral lipsticks and also one of their vegan cream blushes and to be honest we have one hit and one miss here for me.

Lets start with the product that hasn’t worked for me.  The Mineral lipstick that I have is in the shade Valley of the Dolls which retails for $31.95 AUD.  It is a baby pink shade and is a semi matte formula.  There are a few issues here for me.  One is that this shade really doens’t suit me 😦  but more importantly the scent of this lipstick is sickly for me.  It contains Citrus Aurantium Duulcis Peel oil (sweet orange) and the scent is quite strong and it lingers on the lips for me.  I imagine that this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for most people but it bothers me.  They also claim it is really long wearing, but I can’t comment on that as every time I have put this lipstick on I have ended up removing it within the hour due to the scent.

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Mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls

The other issue is that this formula is quite streaky.  I find it really sinks into the lines on my lips, even if I totally fill in my lips with a liner first.  The formula contains Jojoba oil and shea butter so it feels balmy and moisturising, but it doesn’t look flattering on my lips at all.  It may just be an issue specific to this colour, I don’t know, but at AU$32 I won’t be trying another shade to find out.  To be honest I desperately wanted to love this as I love the ideals of the brand but this lipstick didn’t work for me.

On to a product that I do love and that is the cream blush which retails for AU$29.95.  I have the shade Sunset Boulevard which they describe as being a deep rose with orange undertones and best suited to dark skin tones.  I actually have fair skin but I find this works perfectly when applied with a light hand.

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Cream Blush in Sunset Boulevard

This blush comes in a very small, screw top compact (smaller than I expected to be honest – around the size of a AUD 50cent coin).  The formula is quite dry but it does blend out easily with a small stipple brush.  (I use the small stipple brush from E.L.F.).  I layer this on top of my foundation and before powder.  I live in the tropics and even in the hot, humid summer months this wears really well for me, particularly when layered with a powder blush.

Overall, I am intrigued by the Hanami brand.  I received both of these products in “Flora and Fauna” beauty subscription boxes so I’m not sure I would have purchased them otherwise as they are quite pricey.  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to test them out though as I love everything about Hanami’s ideology and out of the two products I have tried one has been a fantastic addition to my collection.

Have you tried anything from this vegan brand?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations if you have.

Have a glorious day!

 

Things I don’t love – E.L.F. Studio Blush

These Studio blushes from E.L.F. have been in my collection for a long time and I am only now coming to review them as the truth is, I really don’t reach for these.  It is a shame really, as I had read quite good reviews and seen lots of good things about them on youtube, but I was really unimpressed by this formula, as it is represented in the two shades I have tried: mellow mauve and candid coral.

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E.L.F. studio blushes in Mellow Mauve and Candid Coral

Firstly, the texture of these is pretty dry and dusty.  You can see in the pan that as you start to use these powders they become kind of grainy too which isn’t really an issue but it is a bit odd.  These will kick up product when you dip your brush in so be gentle.

Both of these shades are very wearable.  I would say that these colours would only suit fair complected people as they really aren’t that pigmented.  Saying that, as I am fair, I am happy to work with a blush that isn’t too pigmented because then I don’t need to worry about looking like a clown when I slap it on in a rush … they are pretty fool proof.  But even on my fair skin, I find I have to build these up a lot to get much pigmentation.

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Candid Coral

I initially thought that these powders were matte but actually they are more of a satin formula.  Candid Coral in particular has quite a pronounced golden/coral glow when you sheer it out on the cheek.  Although I normally love a glowy blush, I don’t find this shade very flattering on me which is odd because I normally love coral colours on myself.

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Mellow Mauve

I really wanted to love Mellow Mauve but it just doesn’t show up that well on me.  I had to do a very heavy swatch for this image, but it is much more sheer with a brush.  It also has a bit of a glow, but it is much less pronounced than the Candid Coral shade.

The greatest disappointment though is actually the wear time of these.  I can handle needing to pile on the product as long as it lasts, but I find that these blushes fade VERY quickly on my skin even though I use a primer and fixing spray!  Sometimes I feel like Mellow Mauve has disappeared before I have even left the house for work!

Overall, I just don’t love these individual studio blushes.  They aren’t terrible, but I don’t reach for them.  If you want to try a good blush formula from E.L.F. I can highly recommend the Blush Palette in Light.  I will be decluttering these singles and just using my palette from now on as it really is so much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

E.L.F.: Blush Palette – Light

I purchased this blush palette from E.L.F. after hearing lots of good things about it on Youtube, and it does not disappoint.  I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the E.L.F individual studio blushes (detailed review to come), so I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but the quality of these blushes is so much better in my opinion.

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I really like the packaging of this palette.  It has a good quality mirror and the pans are removable.  Although you can’t buy individual pans, you can customise a palette by mixing and matching across the range which also includes a contour palette and illuminating palette.

The powders themselves are really lovely.  They are smooth, pigmented and quite finely milled, particularly when compared to the E.L.F. studio blush singles which I think are quite grainy and powdery.  These blushes are also really nicely pigmented!

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Swatches run bottom to top = top to bottom and left to right on the palette.

In terms of shade selection we have a cool baby pink, a peachy-nude, a rose and a brighter coral.  The coral shade (bottom, right pan) does contain some shimmer particles but as you can see from the swatch (top swatch) I don’t find that these transfer when applied to the skin.  The other shades are matte.  These also blend nicely and wear quite well for me lasting throughout my 8 hour work day without too much fading.

I really enjoy these blushes.

I paid AU$8 for this palette and I think it is an EXCELLENT purchase for that price.  I have now put the ‘dark’ version of this blush palette on my wish list 🙂

If you would like to read my review of the E.L.F. contour palette, also from this range, you can find it here.

Have a great 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 🙂

 

Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips – All-in-1 Custom Warm Nude Palette

This is the first product I have tried from Physician’s Formula.  They are cruelty-free and you can find them on the PETA list.  We can buy them at Priceline in Australia but they are much cheaper to buy online from iHerb.  Saying that, Physician’s Formula is quite expensive for a ‘chemist’ sold brand so I am not convinced they are budget-friendly BUT I certainly would recommend the Shimmer Strips, even for the more expensive price.

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The back of the Shimmer Strips palette opens to reveal a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.  It closes with a magnetic closure.

I was attracted to this little palette as it claimed to be an all-in-1 system for the face and eyes.  The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a lace design in gold and black.  The palette opens with a magnetic closure at the front and the back.  The front contains the shimmer strip products and the back contains a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.

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Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips in Warm Nude

Physician’s Formula has broken this palette into four rows and suggests that row 1 be used to highlight, row 2 as blush and row 3 and 4 be used as bronzer.  They have also broken down the rows with suggestions for use on the eyes.

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rows 1 and 2

I haven’t really tried to use this product as a bronzer but the top two rows really does make a stunning highlighter which can shift more champagne or pink depending on where you direct your brush.  I have tried to use the pinks as blush but they aren’t really pigmented enough to work that way for me.

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rows 3 and 4

The powders are so soft, finely milled and easy to blend.  They do make a lovely subtle eye look and I have used them that way often on quick makeup days where I put some matte bronzer in the crease and then a selections of these shades on the lid and outer V.  For this reason I do think the palette is very versatile.

If you are looking for a truly beautiful highlighter which has the flexibility to take on many tones depending on your mood and enough pigmentation variation to make a pretty eye look too – then I can totally recommend the Shimmer Strips – Warm Nude palette.

Have a fantastic day 🙂

Makeup Revolution: Vivid Baked Blush

Makeup Revolution has a number of products in their ‘Vivid Baked’ range.  Over the next few weeks I am going to review these products which include blushes, bronzers and highlighters.  I am going to start this series by spotlighting the Vivd Baked Blush range.

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Makeup Revolution: Vivid Baked Blushes

There are six blush colours in this range and I own four of those colours.  I tried to pick a range of tones but I feel that the pictures on the website aren’t quite true to colour.  The packaging of these blushes is quite solid and domed in shape.  The blushes themselves are very soft to the touch and are all quite pigmented.  Each of these blushes has shimmer.

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Left to Right: Hard Day, All I Think About is You, Make Love Instead, Loved me the Best

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Swatches left to right: Hard Day, All I Think About is You, Make Love Instead, Loved me the Best.

My favourite shade of these four blushes if Hard Day.  It is such a beautiful, soft, mauve-rose colour.  This really looks lovely on my pale skin and is perfect on a day where you are doing a quick look sans highlighter and bronzer.  It is so pretty on the cheek.

All four of these blushes blend beautifully and give a lovely glow to the skin.  Although they have a shimmer to them they don’t contain glitter, which I love.  I would say that across the range the colours are pigmented but are soft in tone.  You don’t need to apply a lot of this blush to get a nice flush.  To be honest, if you get too heavy handed it can start to look a bit shiny, but I have found that these are super easy to use.  In my experience these wear really nicely through the day.

I can definitely recommend these Vivid Baked Blushes from Makeup Revolution and at GBP2.5o, which is about AU$5, they are a very affordable, cruelty-free purchase!  These really are so pretty.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Things I don’t Love: Australis – Pretty Pastels 4 in 1 Palette

I purchased this Pretty Pastels Palette from Australis during a sale on their online store.  The packaging of this palette is really nice.  The outer palette is black matte with bright pink, metallic embossing.  It also has a nice mirror which would be good for travel.

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I really like the idea of palettes that contain all the powders you would need to do a quick makeup look so when I saw this on their site during the sale I thought it was worth a try.

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This palette is a little bit of a mixed bag for me.  It contains three eyeshadows, a blush, bronzer and face powder.  I love one of the powders in this palette and I don’t love the other five, which is a bit of a bummer.  So lets discuss the details.

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Eyeshadow swatches

I’m going to start with the eyeshadows.  The colour range is very neutral and very soft in colour.  I don’t enjoy the formula of these shadows at all.  The texture is very loose, dry and chalky.  The pigmentation of the two lighter shades is quite poor and ends up looking a bit sparkly without any specific colour pigmentation.  The darkest shade is more pigmented but the formula doesn’t allow for easy blending and you really need to tap off the brush otherwise it is fall-out central!

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matte blush, shimmer bronzer and pressed face powder

Next up we have the three face products.  I like the pink shade of the blush but again, the formula is SO powdery and it literally doesn’t matter how gently you tap into this product it kicks up heaps of dust.  I tap off the brush and the run it over the back of my hand to remove excess product and THEN I apply to the cheeks, otherwise it can be a bit clownish.

The bronzer also has a similar formula and the shimmer seems to break up the formula so that it is quite loose and the pigmentation on the skin isn’t long lasting.  Also, this is quite orange for my complexion so I don’t ever use this as a bronzer.  Today I used it as an eyeshadow, but it lacks pigmentation and is too chalky to work well on the eyes either.

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This photo was taken after using the palette to complete my makeup today.  As you can see – lots of powder kicks up!

Lastly, (drum roll please) we have the pressed face powder.  This is LOVELY.  It is soft, smooth and finely milled.  It applies beautifully to the face and sets my foundation perfectly.  The texture and formulation is so markedly different it is hard to believe that this came from the same lab as the other products in this palette.  I will keep this palette just for this powder.

Overall, I don’t love the Pretty Pastels Palette from Australis.  The quality is lacking in the majority of the contents which is such a shame as the packaging, pressed powder and overall concept are really great.

I only paid AU$5 for this in the sale, and despite being disappointed overall, I think the pressed powder alone is worth that money 🙂

Have a wonderful day!