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ColourPop: Lip liners

Now that I am a mum, I don’t wear lipstick as regularly as I used to, but when I do wear lipstick, I routinely wear lip liner too.  My lips are quite heavily lined and I find that a lip liner seems to help all lipsticks look smoother when applied, last longer and reduce the colour running outside my lip line.

I do have a specific preference when it comes to lip liner formula though.  It needs to be creamy and pigmented.  While I appreciate that I am in fact drawing onto my mouth with a pencil, I don’t want it to feel that harsh!  The ColourPop lip liners really fit the bill for me.

These lip liners are in pencil form with the plasticky outer covering that seems like you may not be able to sharpen it… but you can!  All the pencils in this range are packaged in white with the colour marked on the tip.  These are beautifully pigmented and nice and creamy.  You could certainly wear these on their own or, as I often do, just topped off with a gloss.  They last really well and are super comfortable.  Under a lipstick they make any formula appear more opache and certainly increase the longevity of anything you wear over the top.

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Swatches (from top to bottom): BFF, Chi, Oh Snap

I have two qualms about this product though.  One is that the pencil caps can be a little loose and often fall off which is annoying as becuase the colour is marked on the pencil end, you inevitably want to store them cap end down.  The other complaint is that as these pencils age and dry out slightly the product shrinks a little and the whole pencil centre can slide out.  This isn’t a disaster for me, but it is annoying, particularly if you are storing them cap side down!!

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Do either of these issues impact on the functionality of the product on your lips?  No.  But they aren’t problems I have with other lip liners in my collection so are worth mentioning.

As far as lip liners go, I think I still prefer my Essence lip liners – they are cheaper and equally as good quality without any of the minor packaging concerns.  Plus, I can buy them at my local chemist so can swatch colours before purchase which is convenient for me.  But, ColourPop has a large range of colours so if you are placing an order, I would certainly say it is worth giving these a go.

Have a glorious day!

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!

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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 🙂

ColourPop: You Had Me At Hello – eyeshadow palette

I’m not going to lie.   I am really enjoying the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes. They are budget friendly and cruelty free and a lot of fun.  I actually received the ‘You had me at hello’ palette for free as part of one of the ColourPop holiday sales and I am so glad that I did.  This is a great little palette.

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First row swatches: The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram

Firstly, there are equal numbers of mattes and shimmers.  Woot!  Secondly there are two really great transition shades in ‘Two Peas’ (warm tan brown) and ‘Winning Ticket’ (cool mauve brown).  And then a nice selection of mid-toned mattes for deepening up the crease in both warm and cool tones as well as a pigmented, dark neutral brown if you really want to smoke things out for a more dramatic look.

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Second row swatches: Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s rush

I very much enjoy the berry vibes of some of these colours which I think are complemented well by the warmer shades provided.  Plus, the shimmers are really lovely and in such a nice range of colours!  There is a great taupe, a berry, bronze, copper, gold and champagne, all of which are pigmented and reflective and apply beautifully with your finger or with a little fixing spray on your brush for a stunning result.  You really can get multiple very different looks from this one little palette.  I also want to note that this palette doesn’t have any glitter shades which I personally appreciate.  It is well curated in my opinion.

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Third row swatches: Pulling Strings, Want U Back, DTR, Sparks Fly

These shadows wear really well for me without creasing or fading.  I have been impressed.

Oh – and this palette has a mirror!  If that is important to you – then score!! (You do pay extra for the privilege though.  Their standard palettes are $16 and this one retails for $18)

I think my only word of warning in regards to this palette is that the matte shades really do give a LOT of kick up when you dip your brush in.  A LOT.  This isn’t a deal breaker for me as they blend really nicely and as long as I tap off my brush I haven’t had any issues with fallout.  But if loose powder in the pan drives you nuts then you won’t like this.  (To be fair, this can be an issue across the whole ColourPop matte eyeshadow range but I noticed it more in this palette than others I have tried).

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I love the novelty of being able to rearrange the shades in these magnetic palettes – this is how I placed my shadows so they made more sense for me.  I think that option is such a cool feature!

If I was to change one thing in this palette I would swap ‘Pulling Strings’ which is a medium mustard brown matte, for a light cream matte as this would make this an all-in-one perfect travel palette for me BUT that is based on my fair skin preferences. The good news is that these palettes are magnetic so I can always swap out a pale matte from another of my ColourPop palettes if I want to take this one travelling. Bonus.

Overall: great little palette.  If you like these shade colours then I would definitely say it is worth the money.

Have a great day!

 

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadows

Since becoming a mother I have found myself more and more attracted to liquid and cream eyeshadows that you can throw onto your lid, blend with your finger and then run out the door.  Some days no one has time for makeup, let alone powder shadows that need brushes and time to blend.  As such, I have been trialling a few new products including these Molten Liquid Eyeshadows from E.L.F.

I own the colours ‘brushed copper’, ‘rose gold’ and ‘liquid gold’, from the range of six shadows and each eyeshadow contains a total of 2.6g of product.  The packaging is a practical lipgloss style tube with a doe foot applicator which I find practical and easy to use.

In terms of formula, these eyeshadows are a very thin texture so ‘molten liquid’ is an accurate description, although it is not so liquid that it will drip from the applicator.  These do dry down completely and in good time too so I would recommend applying to one eye at a time and blending the edges before moving to the next eye.  To be honest, I actually find that these are much easier to blend with a shader brush than my finger.

I think the key observation for me is that these are sheer.  You can build them up some, but I would say that two layers is about the limit before the product starts to lift as you apply it.  I would describe these as a base liquid pigment with lots of micro, micro glitters suspended in it.  While they are shimmery, they lack opacity so they aren’t going to give you blinding shine.

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Molten Liquid Eyeshadow swatches (top to bottom): Liquid Gold, Brushed Copper and Rose Gold

I find that these do wear quite well for me.  It isn’t the longest wearing eyeshadow I have in my collection, but it certainly functions to get me through the day looking a bit put together.  They don’t crease on me but I would say the base pigment does fade so if you have them on for a long day by the time you remove them mainly the glittery shimmer remains.

Of the three shades I own I think that ‘Liquid Gold’ is probably the most streaky when first applied and definitely needs to be built up.  My favourite colour for tone and opacity is definitely the ‘Rose Gold’ shade.  Very pretty.

Overall, these are a handy little product for a quick look.  This is ‘pop to the shop’ sort of makeup for me.  Life changing? No.  Must have?  No.  Do I regret buying them?? NO.  They are cheap and handy but nothing special.

If I was going to recommend a cream shadow I would still say the ColourPop Super Shock shadows are a better buy in the same price range or if you want to try something else from E.L.F. their smudge pots are also a cream shadow and a superior formula in my opinion.

Have a great day!

Comparing ‘Naked’ dupe eyeshadow palettes: MUA vs Makeup Revolution

The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette is a cult favourite and for good reason.  It offers a nice ranged of colours with a combination of matte and shimmer formulas.  I don’t own the Urban Decay original ‘Naked’ palette so I can’t comment on the quality of the Urban Decay formula but it has been successful enough that HEAPS of rival companies have duped them.  Today I’m going to be comparing two such affordable dupes from the companies MUA (Makeup Academy) and Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty).  The two companies offer similar dupe palettes for the same budge price of 4GPB (approximately AU$8) – but which one is better for the price?

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MUA – undressed palette

I originally purchased the ‘Undressed’ palette from MUA as it was a firm favourite with good reviews.  It comes in basic plastic packaging with a clear front window and contains 9.6grams of product presented in round pans.  The shades are named and these are provided on the back of the palette (for what that is worth to the average consumer).

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Undressed swatches – top row

I don’t love the formula of these shadows.  The first ingredient in these shadows is talc, followed by Mica.  They are really dusty and kick up heaps of product when you dip your brush in – particularly the mattes.

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Undressed swatches – bottom row

These blend ok but if you over work them they blend away to nothing.  The shimmers are quite dry and I find they perform infinitely better with some fixing spray.  I won’t say they totally lack pigment but they aren’t fantastic.  I really wasn’t that impressed with this palette.

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Makeup Revolution – Redemption Palette: Iconic 1

When Makeup Revolution released their ‘Naked’ dupe, the ‘Redemption Palette – Iconic 1’ I was tempted to give it a go because the MUA version had been underwhelming.

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Iconic 1 swatches – first 6 shades

The ‘Iconic 1’ is a slightly larger palette with similar basic plastic packaging and a clear front window.  The pans are rectangular (and a little narrow to be honest!), but you get quite a bit more product for your money with a total of 14grams of eyeshadow.  The first ingredient in these shadows is Mica followed by talc.  These shadows will also kick up when you dip your brush in but they are nowhere near as dry and dusty as the MUA version.  Overall I find them to be creamier and more pigmented in comparison and much easier to work with.  They are better quality shadows by far in my opinion. The Makeup Revolution shadows also last longer on my eyes which is great.

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Iconic 1 swatches – final 6 shades

Both of these palettes are budget products so, to be fair, you aren’t really investing much to try either of them BUT I would argue that the ‘Iconic 1’ palette from Makeup Revolution is not only better value in terms of quantity of eyeshadow, but in my opinion it is also much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!

ColourPop: Double Entendre Eyeshadow Palette

I stalled for the longest time before ordering any of the ColourPop pressed shadows.  It seemed like making a first purchase could have the potential to release an avalanche of future buys so I put it off, and I was right to do so.  I really enjoy the formula so when ColourPop held a number of site wide 20% off sales before christmas 2017 suddenly I found myself putting in a second order!  Oh man.

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First row swatches: Locked & Loaded, Uninhibited, Hot Bod, Flasher

I have enjoyed all the palettes that I have purchased from ColourPop so far, but by far the one that I have enjoyed the most for everyday wear is the ‘Double Entendre’.  It has a combination of shadow formulas including 7 mattes, 3 metallic shades, 1 satin shade and one glitter shadow.  It is a warm colour palette for sure and reminds me very much of the vibes coming from the Tarte Toasted palette which has been really popular.

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Second Row swatches: Nekkid, Extra Curricular, Hard, Draft

So lets review the pros and cons of this little guy:

Pros:

  •  Cruelty-free.
  •  Compact and travel friendly.
  •  12 x 0.85g shadows.
  • Sturdy cardboard packaging (which I prefer to plastic)
  • The mattes blend beautifully – so easy to use!
  • The metallics are really pigmented and apply beautifully with a finger or some fixing spray for a very reflective look.
  • These last well on the eye.
  • Budget friendly!! These retail for US$16
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Third Row Swatches: Keep it PG, Nip Slip, Send Noodles, Teddy Bare

Cons:

  • The matte shades will kick up a lot of product when you dip into them.  Take a light touch and tap off your brush well.
  • The satin shade ‘Flasher’ lacks pigmentation and is very firmly pressed.  I find it picks up better with a brush than on my finger.  It is a pretty brow highlight or inner corner highlight but it is more glossy than metallic. It is a bit of a dud in my opinion.
  • I don’t dig glitter shades so I’m not about ‘hot bod’ BUT the glitter does transfer well when applied so if that is your jam you may love this shade.
  • Two of the three metallic shades, ‘Uninhibited’ and ‘Draft,’ are really quite similar.  I would have preferred two really distinct metallic colours here.
  • The shade names are pretty tragic…
  • This palette has identical packaging to the ‘I think I love you’ palette: a bit annoying if you own both.
  • There is no mirror included in this palette – totally not an issue for me but worth mentioning.

As a final note, these palettes are magnetic which means you can easily rearrange the shades to your own order preference OR if you own multiple 12 pan palettes you can mix and match between them.  I decided to reorganise my Double Entendre palette in terms of formula and tone and it now looks like this 🙂  Just a bit more user friendly for a novice like me!

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Overall, I think this is a great little palette.  Excellent quality at a great price and ethically produced.  If you haven’t tried the ColourPop pressed shadows I would say give them a go for sure but just know that they release new things all the time so you might be opening the door to a new addiction!!

Have a glorious day!

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!