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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.


Makeup Revolution’s Treat, MUA’s Shade 4, Freedom’s Angelic, MUA’s Shade 1.


Swatches: Treat, Shade 4, Angelic and Shade 1.


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!


Blushing Heart in Peachy Pink Kisses, Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights, Blushing Heart in Iced Hearts.


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.


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.


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.


Makeup Revolution’s New-trals vs Neutrals


E.L.F’s Prism Palette in Sunset


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.


ColourPop’s super shock shadows in Shark Attack, Flipper and Cheeky.


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 🙂

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: Sequin, I Heart This and Hammered

Welcome to instalment six of Super Shock Sunday.  If you missed the previous posts, you can find all the blogs from this ColourPop series under the category tab labelled Super Shock Sunday on the right side of this page.

Today the shadows in focus are Sequin, I Heart This and Hammered.


ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Sequin, I Heart This and Hammered.

Now, lets just all take a moment to take in the metallic gorgeousness of these three shadows.  Sequin, I Heart This and Hammered are all extremely pigmented and just so lush in all their shiny goodness.


Swatch: Sequin (metallic)

Sequin is a really beautiful copper shade with silver and gold glitter.  This one really is glittery so it may give a bit of fallout if you try to blend it out too much but generally I tap this onto the lid and blend gently with my finger and it is just perfect.


Swatch: I Heart This (metallic)

I Heart This is a really pretty lid shade.  This is a cool-toned silvery taupe with a tone of glitter.  I use this often with a matte taupe in the crease and not much else because it is just so lovely on its own.  This one really catches the light on the eyes.  Stunning.


Swatch: Hammered (metallic)

And finally we have Hammered.  I think this one is a really unique colour: olive with gold glitter in a metallic finish.  Sometimes with olive shades I find that they just end up looking black on the eye but I find that Hammered maintains its beautiful olive colour on the eye.  This looks great paired with other brown and gold shadows.  I wondered when I purchased this if I would get much wear out of it but I actually wear it regularly and very much enjoy how it looks.

So that brings another Super Shock Sunday to a close.  Have a look at the ColourPop website if you dare… but be prepared to be extremely tempted!!

Have a fantastic day!!

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: Coconut and Etiquette

Welcome to instalment four of Super Shock Sunday.  If you missed the previous posts, you can find all the blogs from this ColourPop series under the category tab labelled Super Shock Sunday on the right side of this page.

Today the shadows in focus are Coconut and Etiquette.


ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Coconut and Etiquette

I know that blue eyeshadows are a bit 70’s really but I am loving these eyeshadows at the moment.  I am rocking blue eyeshadow with everything at the moment and loving it.  I have been particularly sneaking it in on the lower lash line with more neutral eye looks for a pop of colour.


Swatch: Coconut (pearlized)

I love Coconut.  This colour is just so beautiful.  It is the most stunning peacock teal and I love the pearled finish for this colour.  If you are going to buy a blue from ColourPop I can’t recommend this one enough.


Swatch: Etiquette (pearlized)

Next up is Etiquette which is another pearlized finish shadow.  This is a true royal blue and is very pretty.  I feel like this colour is more of a ‘going out’ shade when compared to Coconut which just feels really summery and fun and casual.  I enjoy Etiquette with dark browns in the crease for a dramatic look.


If you own Baby T from the Forever Freshman collection that was released in the ColourPop Autumn collection you may have thought (like I did) that it is very similar to Etiquette.  Baby is supposedly a matte shadow but I think it looks more like a satin and the colours of these two is actually very close when on the eye (more than the photo above suggests).  If you own one, you probably don’t need the other although both are stunning.

So, that is it for this blog 🙂

If you are interested in having a look at the ColourPop website for yourself you can find it here

Have a fantastic day!

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: Cheeky, Flipper and Animal!

Welcome to instalment three of Super Shock Sunday.  If you missed the previous posts, you can find all the blogs from this ColourPop series under the category tab labelled Super Shock Sunday on the right side of this page.

Today the shadows in focus are Cheeky, Flipper and Animal!


ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Cheeky, Flipper and Animal.

If you read my blogs you know that I am on a bit of a coral kick at the moment and these three shades were ordered with that passion in mind.  I have a bit of a theme going 🙂


Swatch: Cheeky (Satin)

Cheeky is a very beautiful and wearable shadow.  I really enjoy the satin formula, it has some shine without heavy shimmer or glitter, but, it is certainly not as pigmented as the other formulations in the ColourPop range.  This colour is a mid-toned coral with a pink duo-chrome flash and I think it is really pretty on the lid.


Swatch: Flipper (metallic)

Now if you like glitter and shimmer then Flipper is your perfect shade.  ColourPop describes this one as being a soft tangerine sprinkled with silver and pink glitter.  I use Flipper over other shades to add some sparkle – it looks very pretty tapped on the centre of the lid.  I think this is such a unique shadow!


Swatch: Animal (pressed pigment)

In continuation of the coral love affair here we have Animal which is a BRIGHT coral colour with flashes of golden glitter.  Honestly, if you love coral colours, then you will adore this.  ColourPop says that Animal is ‘coralicious eye candy’ and I have to agree.

It is coralicious 🙂

I really like Animal all over the lids with a bright blue ColourPop shadow called ‘coconut’ on the lower lash line for a super summery look.

If you are interested in having a look at ColourPop for yourself you can find their website here.  They are a great cruelty-free and budget-friendly brand.

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Have a wonderful day!

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: Hanky Panky, Shop and Drift

Welcome to instalment two of Super Shock Sunday.  In instalment 1 I discussed the ColourPop shadows in general and gave some tips for their use.  If you missed the first post, you can find all the blogs from this series under the category tab labelled Super Shock Sunday on the right side of this page.  Now, onto the exciting stuff.  Today the ColourPop shadows in focus are Hanky Panky, Shop and Drift.


ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Hanky Panky, Shop and Drift.

In these three shades we have a real workhorse matte, a festive jewel tone and (my current favourite) a pop of coral!


Swatch: Hanky Panky (matte)

Hanky Panky is a much used matte shade in my collection.  I enjoy this soft, cool brown as a transition shade in and above the crease.  This is the shade I often apply while I’m think about what I’m actually going to do on my eyes for the day – it is just so versatile.  I often overlook these kinds of shades because they aren’t very exciting, but boy do they get some use day-to-day in my collection!


Swatch: Shop (matte)

Shop is another matte shade in a gorgeous rusty coral colour.  This is a lovely shadow to warm up the crease on its own but I also like to add it lightly to blend out a darker crease colour.  I am having a love affair with all things coral at the moment 🙂


Swatch: Drift (pearlized)

Finally, we have the colour Drift which is a pearlized finished.  If you read my Festive Holiday Makeup blog you will have seen this shade in action already, but Drift is a stunning cranberry colour that is just beautiful.  This shade has had a lot of use from me this holiday season.

So, that brings this Super Shock Sunday to an end.  If you would like to check out the ColourPop website for yourself you can find it here.

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Have a fantastic day!

ColourPop Super Shock Sunday: So Quiche, 3 and Mittens

As I am currently having a love affair with ColourPop I have decided to start a Sunday series where I swatch and briefly review ColourPop Super Shock shadows that you can currently purchase individually from their website.  If you are unfamiliar with ColourPop their eyeshadows are a unique formula that feels like a satin, dense but bouncy mousse.  I very much enjoy the texture.  ColourPop are also cruelty-free and each shadow costs US$5.

ColourPop ships directly to Australia and New Zealand from the USA and I have recently heard that Lustre Cosmetics is going to be a ColourPop distributor in the UK as of January 2016, which is exciting for my UK friends!

So welcome to the first instalment of the Super Shock Sunday series!

Today we are going to have an up-close look at the super shock shadows in So Quiche, 3 and Mittens.


ColourPop shadows: So Quiche, 3 and Mittens

I find that these three colours do work quite well together, but what I particularly like about these particular shadows is that they all function extremely well for a single shadow eye look.  Generally I find the ColourPop shadows to be quite dimensional.


Swatch: So Quiche

So Quiche is a soft brown/olive shadow with gold glitters with a pink violet glittery duo chrome.  It is extremely pretty on the eye and works well with other brown shadows as well as softer pink-toned shadows.  So Quiche is in a metallic finish.


Swatch: 3

3 is also a metallic finish and is one of my most reached-for shades.  It is a chocolatey brown colour with multi-coloured glitters.  This one is excellent for a single shadow look when you pack it on the lid and blend it out into the crease.


Swatch: Mittens

Mittens is another shade that I use often.  It is a lush deep, warm brown but it is so dimensional.  ColourPop describe it as having a red violet undertone and I can see where they are coming from.  This one also works really well when packed on the lid and then blended out into the crease for a single shadow look, but mostly I used Mittens to darken up the crease of eye looks.

To finish here are some general points reviewing the super shock shadows:

  • I use a dense, fluffy, synthetic brush when blending out ColourPop shades and that works well for me.  Otherwise I use my fingers to pack on the colour.
  • Sometimes when you are blending out shades that are really glittery you may get some glitter fallout so be aware of that, but if I am packing on the glitter colours with my finger I never get fallout which is great.
  • One last point that has become an issue for me as we move into summer is that these ColourPop shadows set really quickly in the heat so if you are wanting to blend them out I suggest working on one eye at a time to avoid the colour setting before you have finished.
  • The good news is that once they are set, these shadows don’t budge on me AT ALL, even when it is super humid and hot.  (N.B. I don’t have oily lids though).

I don’t foresee future Super Shock Sunday blogs being so wordy but there were a few general points I wanted to review here – I promise upcoming blogs in this series will be much more succinct 🙂

Have a glorious day!!

ColourPop 2015 Autumn Collection – Individual Shades

This is my final blog post about the ColourPop 2015 Autumn collection and this time we are looking at shades that were released individually this season.

I picked colours that I thought I would love rather than just purchasing everything in the collection, but turns out there were quite a few colours I really wanted to try.  ColourPop is an extremely interesting texture which takes some experimentation when you first apply them.  I use a synthetic, dense, fluffy brush for buffing out matte shades in the crease and then I use my fingers to pat on colours on the lid.  I really enjoy these shadows and, as I have said in other reviews I’ve done on this brand, these LAST on my eyes despite humidity and heat.  Awesome.

So, lets have a look at the colours I purchased from this collection.



Supermodel: pearlized - swatch

Supermodel: pearlized – swatch

Supermodel is a really beautiful, soft golden/champagne colour.  Love at first sight!

I Spy

I Spy

I Spy: Matte - swatch

I Spy: Matte – swatch

I Spy is a matte shade and is a camel type colour.  ColourPop describe this as a soft, yellow peach… and I suppose it is, but this feels more brown toned to me.  Either way, I really enjoy this colour for warming up the crease.

Boy Band

Boy Band

Boy Band: Pearlized - swatch

Boy Band: Pearlized – swatch

Boy Band is such a wearable, chocolate colour.  The texture is so smooth and it is so pigmented.  I knew I would like this but actually, this really is a perfect colour.  I have worn it so often already!

Mixed Tape

Mixed Tape

Mixed Tape: Pearlized - swatch

Mixed Tape: Pearlized – swatch

Mixed Tape was a surprise gem.  I nearly didn’t pick this up because it is such a cool-toned grey and such colours don’t always suit me (because they can accentuate the black chasms that are my under-eye area!), but I’m glad that I didn’t follow my instincts this time.  This colour is beautiful.  It has a mauve undertone on my skin and it is so pretty.  It looks quite matte online, but it is shimmery goodness in person.

Party Time

Party Time

Party Time: matte - swatch

Party Time: matte – swatch

Party time is the perfect partner to Mixed Tape.  It is a dusty, mauve grey with a matte finish and it is really pigmented.  This is perfect for a smokey eye or for any cool-toned eye looks as a soft crease colour.  This does really lean mauve on my skin which is perfect.



Stereo: Metallic - swatch

Stereo: Metallic – swatch

I haven’t worn Stereo yet, but not because I don’t want to, its just that this is such a glamorous shadow… and I am yet to have an occasion to warrant it.  This shadow has a blackened burgundy base with lots of purple/pink glitter.  The picture of the pan online makes this look like a lighter tone than it is in person but the swatch is much truer to colour.

Central Perk

Central Perk

Central Perk: Matte - swatch

Central Perk: Matte – swatch

Lastly, for the super shock shadows we have Central Perk.  This is a rich, maroon matte.  I love this colour and have loved it so far to deepen up the outer corner in looks.  Pretty!  It is very similar to Hustle from the permanent range but it is a little more brown toned and Hustle is a little more purple toned.

Never Been Kissed: matte

Never Been Kissed: matte

The last product that I purchased from the Autumn collection is a matte blush called Never Been Kissed.  I love coral blush.  I just think that it gives such a nice, natural flush on my pale, freckled skin.  This blush from ColourPop doesn’t disappoint.

Never Been Kissed swatch

Never Been Kissed swatch

This blush is pigmented but I find that it blends well.  I hear people saying they apply these with their fingers but I find that really hard to do.  I use a small stipple brush and it works really nicely to blend out the colour.

I have really enjoyed all the releases from ColourPop for Autumn this year.  If you have purchased anything from the Autumn collection I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Have a great day!

Colourpop: Super Shock Shadows from the permanent collection

So I am a ColourPop addict.  They are so unique in texture and so pigmented and they wear really well on long, hot days.  ColourPop ships internationally and orders over US$50 are free globally.

I purchased eight shadows from the permanent collection.  When I made my purchase I tried to buy the shadows in groups that I felt I could wear together.

The first group of four shadows were more rosey tones.

Bill, Cricket, Hustle, Partridge.

Bill, Cricket, Hustle, Partridge.

Swatches of Bill, Cricket, Hustle, Partridge.

Swatches of Bill, Cricket, Hustle, Partridge.

Bill is a great transition matte shade.  Cricket is a lovely mauve, metallic shade.  This is quite similar to Prickly Pear from the Monday’s in Malibu collection, but the shimmer is a different colour and the tone is just slightly different.  It is one of my favourites for all over the lid.  Next is Hustle which is also a matte but I feel like it has a slight sheen to it.  This is a very pigmented colour and I tend to use it to darken the outer V of the eyelid.  Lastly, Partridge is a duo chrome finish with a pearlized formula.  The undertone is brown with a green reflective colour.  Partridge reminds me a little of MAC’s ‘Club’ shadow.  It is gorgeous and works surprisingly well as a single colour eye look when you blend it out into the crease.

Next I purchased some warm coppery tones.  I am always drawn to these kinds of colours and ColourPop doesn’t disappoint

Shark Attack, La La, On the Rocks, Game Face.

Shark Attack, La La, On the Rocks, Game Face.

Swatches of Shark Attack, La La, On the Rocks, Game Face.

Swatches of Shark Attack, La La, On the Rocks, Game Face.

Shark Attack is a really beautiful coral shade with a subtle gold duo chrome.  This is a pearlized finish and it is probably one of my favourite eyeshadows ever.  (I know that is a big call, but I will hit pan on this one FOR SURE).  Next is La La which is a really stunning ultra metallic shadow in rose gold.  Oh… it is beautiful.  I mean seriously.  I am swooning here.

Next is On the Rocks, a metallic bronze with gold and violet glitter.  And lastly we have Game Face.  Every time I wear this shadow I get complements.  This is an ultra metallic formula and it is an intense copper colour.  I adore this for a really bold eye look.

Look, I am not sure what else to say here.  The swatches above are a single swipe of colour.  No building up, no mucking around just BAM – pigmentation.  These transfer really well from the finger to the lid when you are packing on colour but I always use a synthetic blending brush to apply the matte shades and that works really well too.  The quality of these is wonderful.

If you haven’t tried the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows yet then you are honestly missing out.  At US$5 each your order quickly adds up but they really are worth the price.  They also have some great powder eyeshadows in their range now too which are also really worth a go.

Have a great day!