Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Dabbling in Essence

I've never really been drawn to Essence before (mainly because stores don't seem to look after the selection they have of Essence so testers are either stolen or it's just a hot mess) but more recently I've been looking out for products I'd like to try and going to multiple stores if testers are missing.
(Swatches Below)
For Christmas my sister bought me the Beauty Beats blush in Groupie at Heart. It was limited edition and no I don't like Justin Bieber but y'know, the blush is nice! What I will say about this blush is that it's terrifying to use. It's so pigmented I only have to slightly dab my brush into the pan, any more than that and I look like a clown. It's a really really pink colour as you can see from the Swatch I did but I think you could use this as an eye-shadow if you really wanted to. 
This blush has made me want to buy a few more Essence blushes, I'm just looking for more colours that I like. It's a really nice formula and I would recommend Essence blushes in general, since you can't buy this one any more. I believe that this blush costed $4.50 but I'm not certain because I didn't buy it for myself. 

A few days ago I purchased the Lipstick (Cotton Candy) and Lipliner (Cute Pink) just to kind of test the formulas of these products as well and I really like the colours although I will say they're both quite drying I think. Honestly I'm not irritated by lip products that kind of dry out the lips but I know a lot of people are. I really like the combination of these colours together. The lipliner kind of darkens the lipstick so it's not too bright and I love them worn together.
The downfall in Essence I feel like is that they have these really good lipliners but in very few colours. For $1.75 they're amazing quality and colour I just wish there was more to choose from! The lipstick costed around $4.50 I think which is an amazing price for lipstick as well. 

What Essence products have you tried and which ones would you recommend I try? 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

MAC Studio Fix Fluid + Powder | Review

Last night I changed my blog from wordpress to blogger because I felt like this website gives me more options and it's easier in my opinion to connect to other blogs as most of them are on blogger! My bloglovin is still the same I just changed the url for it. I'm also still figuring out this whole picture editing thang. 

At the end of last year I decided I would try the MAC studio fix fluid and powder (fluid in NC15 and powder in CW20 I believe) because I had 20% off at Myer so I thought - why the hell not? I've been using the foundation and powder for about a month now I have to say I do love it. It stays on my face for the majority of the day (due to summer and sweatage most foundations don't last at all on my face - my old one used to be completely missing from my face after about 7 hours.) Although it's expensive I've found that I don't need to use a whole lot of the fluid to cover my face which is a bonus because that means it will last a little bit longer. I think this has got to be one of the best foundations I have used - and so it should be considering I paid $40 for each product, they're usually $49. 

I still have my Covergirl foundation to use if I'm just running down to the shop for an hour or two or if I want to play around with my make up and I still do love it and will always repurchase but... for staying power and colours available I think MAC wins but it should be better because of the price difference. 

How do you feel about high end products and have you tried any MAC products? 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Life Update

The entire of January has been a weird month. I haven't  used a lot of make up so I can't review a lot of my new stuff because with the heat it'll just melt right off my face. I've spent most of this month sleeping and freaking out about University but a few days ago I received my offer into my first-choice university and first choice course. Which is really exciting but also really terrifying. I'm kind of trying to relieve a lot of the anxiety by focussing on getting a laptop backpack and a new tote handbag to use for all of my stuff, it's really hard for me to shop for bags and a lot of the laptop backpacks are kinda ugly. I found a nice one from Harvey Norman I just have to actually find a Harvey Norman. So that has been my life update I guess, it's kinda boring but I really wanted to do a post because I haven't in a million years and I hate neglecting my blog! 

What have you been up to lately? 


Saturday, 4 January 2014

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunrise | Review

Image (Sorry about my pretty crappy photos, I'm trying to set up a place in my room to take pictures so that I can use natural light and a nice background, although I have tinted windows so it's pretty hard. Darn Queensland!)
In the Priceline 40% off cosmetics sale I bought the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunrise. I'd been wanting a red colour that isn't too "in your face" kinda red. So I thought this colour was really nice and glossy, I've also been a fan of the lip crayon things lately.
It's a very pigmented and glossy lip product, I admit, I'm not that into lipglosses because I have a lot of  hair so it tends to get tuck on my lips (kinda gross) but because it's summer I have my hair up most of the time so I don't have that problem. The staying power on this product isn't the greatest, the Covergirl Lip Crayon thing stays a bit longer than this. It claims to stay for 10 hours but I completely disagree with that, it stays for 1.5 hours - 2 hours if that. Although I do love the colour so much that I'm kind of willing to put up with constantly reapplying it.
I wouldn't repurchase this and I won't be buying any of the additional colours but I don't regret buying this. Bourjois is one of my favourite brands so even if they have a few misses in their line, their hits really make up for it.
What do you think of the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon?