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Strong fragrance is my number one pet peeve in skincare and makeup. I tried to use both these oils and while they were average in other aspects, the scent was too overpowering to the point where I dreaded to use them on a regular basis. . Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil – Hazelnut and orchid oils are the main ingredients and fragrance rounds out the top four on the inky list. It has a very strong floral fragrance which I don't like. The oil itself sinks in nicely and has an elegant texture, if only it didn't have that fragrance. . . Omorovicza Miracle Face Oil – I bought this mainly because of the inclusion of bakuchiol. It hovers around the top half of the inky list but the problem is fragrance isn't far behind. This oil has so many different plant seed oils so you would think it would smell more natural but it doesn't. It smells like straight up makeup. It was very expensive and totally not worth it. It felt oily and never seemed to sink in. The amount of bakuchiol was probably too minimal to make an obvious difference anyway. I just didn't feel comfortable whenever I had it on my face. #review #skincare #declutter #oils #omorovicza #clarins #beauty #beautyblogger #instabeauty @clarinsaus @omorovicza
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[Review] Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen has become a must in my daily AM skincare routine for the past couple of years. And yes I am kicking myself for starting so late in life. It’s such a simple inexpensive thing to do to prevent ageing from the sun and skin cancer. I live in Sydney Australia where it’s hot for the majority of the year. Due to Australia’s geographic location, the ozone layer is very thin, and as a result UV ray penetration is stronger more-so than anywhere else.
My preference has remained with chemical sunscreen. It has never caused me any issues and I don’t buy into the myths that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Physical sunscreen high in zinc and titanium dioxide haven’t worked for me and since I’m applying it on my face daily I want it to not only be effective and protect my skin but also for it to be cosmetically elegant.
For the longest time, I’ve been mainly using sunscreens made in Korea. Once I tried Mecca’s To Save Face 50+ sunscreen, I started to develop a liking to Aussie sunscreens. When I saw that Ultra Violette had released a range of sunscreens I knew I had to try one. I’ve been using the Supreme Screen for about 8 months daily and since it’s almost out, I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
About Ultra Violette
Created by two Aussie beauty industry alumni, Ava Matthews and Bec Jefferd, who wanted a better standard for sunscreen. Bored of hunting for a sunscreen that didn’t suck, they decided to take matters into their own hands. It was time for something awesome. After years of work, Ulta Violette was born.
Ultraviolette’s products are free of parabens and oxybenzone, cruelty, and any trace of a sticky white grease.
Supreme Screen is a three-in-one that combines the protection of a sunscreen, with the hydration of a moisturiser, and the makeup-readiness of a primer. It’s hydrating enough that you need one less skincare step in the morning.
On many mornings, I only use this for the three purposes listed. Sometimes I apply moisturiser underneath like in winter, but when it’s warmer you 100% don’t need to (if you have combo skin like me). Which suits me fine since I’m always in a rush in the mornings to go to work. All for the multitaskers!
$45 AUD from adorebeauty.com.au, 50ml
Active ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (10%), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (3%), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (2.5%)
Inactives: Aqua, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Nylon 6/12, Ceteareth-20, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Silica, Saccharide Isomerate, Decyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Parfum, Triethanolamine, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, l-carnosine, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499
The sunscreen is housed in a thin squeezy tube with a pump for easy distribution. No complaints here whatsoever.
It’s on the thicker side so it’s mess free to dispense and apply. I can best describe it to having a similiar consistency to a hydrating moisturiser but with a bit more body.
It smells like ginseng to me, even though it doesn’t contain any. There is kakadu plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract) in it so it might be from that. Nonetheless the smell is pleasant and subtle which I don’t mind.
How to use
Ultra Violette’s website recommends to use 5 pumps but I normally use 3 for my face and 1 for my neck. I don’t have time to do more than one layer. I apply it how I would usually apply sunscreen or moisturiser, making sure my entire face and neck is covered and ensuring that all the sunscreen is rubbed in. It’s really easy to spread around and since it makes my face noticeably more dewy, I can easily tell if I’ve missed any areas.
Rating: 4/5 (really liked it, would repurchase)
The Supreme Screen hydrating facial sunscreen is a really good sunscreen. It meets its claims about it being hydrating, has no white cast and serves well as a moisturiser and primer hybrid.
I really liked it when I first started using it last winter. It also served me well during December in which I spent in Japan and Korea (winter there). When it started to really heat up in Sydney in January, my combo skin became oilier and since it doesn’t like the humidity, I felt really dewy after I applied this. Generally it would be ok since I would apply foundation but on the weekends, I don’t always do that. I felt like wearing this alone made me look shiny/sweaty and when it’s hot the last thing I would want to do is powder my face. I think it’s a great one for dry/normal skin types all year round but for me, it was too much in the hotter months in Sydney.
However when I do apply foundation or skin tint over it, it sits nicely underneath and has never caused any problems with pilling or anything.
Would recommend and repurchase but not in a great hurry since I have a couple more waiting for me to try. I bought the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel and the Anessa Perfect UV Mild Milk sunscreen from Japan which I’m keen to try. Keep an eye out for reviews on those a bit later.
What sunscreen are you using or have loved recently? Let me know!
Top 4 mascaras which I can always rely on!
Mascara is one of those makeup items which I’ve constantly switched up and tested. They can be affordable enough to do so and with their shorter than usual life span, repurchasing or trying out a new one is typically a normal thing to do.
I’ve used my fair share of mascaras, from drug store to luxury and I can tell you that I have had more flops than good discoveries. When you wear makeup, you want it to last, you don’t want to keep checking your face just in case something has gone out of whack. I find that eyeliners and mascaras are the biggest culprits of disrupting your look and it’s a real hassle to have to keep on wiping smudges above or under your eyes or picking off flecks of mascara off your face. I adore pandas but I do not want my eyes to look like theirs!
For these reasons and more, I wanted to share four mascaras which are tried and tested and which I can always rely on, even through sweat, exercise and humidity. I also look for length, volume and lift (yes I want it all!) with mascaras so you will notice that some of these brushes have a similar shape. If you’re interested in hearing about which ones they are, please keep on reading!
Please note: links in this post marked with an * are affiliate links. They provide me with a small commission, if you should choose to use them for a purchase, without any extra cost to you 🙂
Milk Makeup Kush Mascara
$11.44 USD from ebay* (4ml travel size). Milk makeup isn’t available for direct purchase in Australia but it’s sold in Sephora in the US and their website.
It claims to nourish the lashes with the addition of cannabis oil and create a strong curl and intense volume with it’s heart shaped fibres.
Why I like it:
- Doesn’t smudge
- Doesn’t flake
- Adds significant volume and curl
- Lasts through moderate exercise and sweat
The brush is a bit large for my eye and the since the wand is shorter on this mini size, it requires a bit more care in application. Other than that, I really like it and would consider purchasing the full size if I had direct access to it. With the conversion and ebay, it would get pretty pricey. Something else to note is that the packaging is sleek but is also quite weighty.
ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara – Super Waterproof
$14.66 AUD from yesstyle.com*
Waterproof mascara coats eyelashes thoroughly for a volumizing effect that truly mesmerizes. Curl lasts all day and without smudging.
Why I like it:
- Doesn’t smudge
- Doesn’t flake
- Adds significant volume and curl + some lengthening
- Totally bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
The cone shape of the brush makes it quick and easy to coat the lashes. It never clumps up, making it easy to apply a second coat. This is the most bulletproof mascara out of the four and is also the cheapest. I’ve tried the line’s Long & Curl Mascara (reviewed here), which I enjoyed for lengthening, but I think I like this one more because of the volume. Overall been very impressed with the brand’s mascaras. Even though it claims to be super waterproof, it still comes off with an oil cleanser with no dramas.
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash
$35 from Mac Cosmetics (Myer)
Sweat- and humidity-resistant
Safe for contact lens wearers
Safe for sensitive eyes
Features a lightweight formula
Flake-proof and smudge-proof
Long-wearing, 16 hours
Features a carbon black formula
Why I like it:
- Doesn’t smudge
- Doesn’t flake
- Separates and defines lashes, the effect is more natural but still makes an impact
- Totally bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
The slim brush is just right for my short lashes, it coats every lash evenly quickly and easily. I wear contact lenses on a daily basis and true to its claims, it never irritates my eyes. It truly is a reliable mascara if I wanted a more natural but still “put together” look.
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
This was free in my Mecca Beauty Loop 3 box but the travel size can be purchased from Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica for $20 AUD or the full size for $42 AUD.
- This unique and gentle formula delivers length, volume and sky-high lift for extreme lashes in an instant
- The innovative 4DAmplifier™ brush features two sides: a dense bristled side to give volume, and a shorter bristled side to coat bottom lashes without smudging
- The ultra black formula is smooth and buildable, delivering 400% more volume in 1 stroke
Why I like it:
- Doesn’t smudge
- Doesn’t flake
- Adds volume, lifts and lengthens lashes. Nothing intense but the result is fluttery and defined lashes.
- Bulletproof – Lasts through intense exercise and sweat
This is another fuss free mascara (I’m sounding like a broken record I know!) which I can quickly apply and know that it will last and not give me any issues. There was lots of hype when this launched so I was skeptical but proven wrong. The effect I would say is similar to the Mac Extended Play but a little more lifting. Spending $42 is a bit much for something you would throw out in 3-4 months so if you are looking to try it, I recommend buying the travel size first.
Have you tried any of these mascaras? What are your go-to’s when it comes to reliable/bulletproof mascaras? I’m always looking to try more 🙂
[Review] Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – is it really worth all the hype?!
Cleansers are something that you will know pretty quickly whether it’s effective or not or even if you like it. It’s also a skincare product that can be used up fast so even if it’s just meh, you can still use it up and not buy it again.
I haven’t liked a cleanser enough to repurchase since I enjoy trying new stuff (and reviewing them). During the Sephora Black sale (equivalent to VIB) a couple of months ago, I bought the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser in a mini size (the checkout isle of temptation got me once again!) and I have thoughts so if you’re interested to hear whether this much hyped product is REALLY worth it, please keep on reading.
Fresh was founded by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg in 1991 where they first opened a store in Boston. Their oval soap was their iconic product and this was wrapped in pretty paper and was popular as a gift. The creation of their Soy Skincare line, which included the Soy Face Cleanser, was their first foray into skin care in 1999. More about the company here.
$20 AUD, 50ml, purchased from Sephora.
Also sold in a 150ml size for $54 AUD.
AQUA (WATER), COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE, XANTHAN GUM, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, BORAGO OFFICINALIS SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) FLOWER EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PEG-120 METHYL GLUCOSE DIOLEATE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POLYSORBATE 20, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, BENZOIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, LECITHIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, CARAMEL, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PHENOXYETHANOL
DISCLAIMER: FRESH PRODUCT INGREDIENT LISTINGS ARE UPDATED PERIODICALLY. BEFORE USING A FRESH PRODUCT, PLEASE READ THE INGREDIENT LIST ON THE PACKAGING OF YOUR PRODUCT TO BE SURE THAT THE INGREDIENTS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE.
Soybean extract GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL is 7th on their ingredient list even though this is supposed to be the heart and hero ingredient of their soy line. There are a two more types of soy listed here as well, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS and HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN. There are some really nice plant extracts and oils as well such as PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) FLOWER EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA EXTRACT, just to name a few.
The disclaimer is a bit odd but good that they did include it especially if they do tend to change up their ingredients.
Soy Face Cleanser for all skin types is an extra-gentle gel cleanser that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup-even mascara-without stripping the skin of essential moisture. The multi-tasking formula also works to tone, soothe, and soften the skin for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.
I would usually go into how to use, consistency and scent but I’ll roll it all up in my final thoughts below.
My final thoughts
Rating: 4 out of 5 (I really like it!)
I do really like this cleanser. It has some nice ingredients and is pleasant to use. I like its scent of cucumber. It makes my face feel soft and bouncy and its low ph of 5.5 is a big plus.
It’s important to note that I like to use this as a second cleanser, so after my first oil cleanser. I keep this in the shower so right after I’m done with my first cleanse, I hop into the shower and do my second cleanse with this product. After both steps I generally don’t see remnants of makeup on my face but it doesn’t feel squeaky clean either (which I actually prefer).
I would however argue its claims of being an effective makeup remover. If you wear really light makeup or just skincare, this might work as a first cleanser for you, but if you’re like me and wear a moderate (reasonable) amount (layers of skincare followed by sunscreen/primer/foundation/powder/bronzer/blush/mascara/mascara/eyeliner), this will not suffice to remove all of this.
I have tried to use this as a first cleanser, followed their instructions: from fresh.com
“Wet the skin, and massage over the face and eyes, then rinse.”
And when I used a tissue to pat my face dry like I usually do, low and behold I can see foundation on the tissue…. There is also traces of eyeliner and mascara (I don’t even use waterproof) left on my eyes. I’ve had to use a makeup wipe to remove the rest of it.
I would take that claim with a grain of salt and advise you to be wary of any residue it may leave behind. It has a gel consistency which doesn’t really foam so that MIGHT be why it can’t get everything off in the first instance.
If this hadn’t been marketed to it being a makeup remover, then I guess you’d assume that it wasn’t and just use it as a second cleanser to clean the skin. But the fact that it does… I also find the price a bit steep, especially compared to some of my k-beauty favs. It also claims to work as a multi-tasker, to also “tone” the skin, but I always still follow up with my toner as per usual.
Aside from these factors, it was worth a try and in my opinion, worth the hype.
Let me know if you’ve tried this cleanser and what you thought of it.
[Review] Dolce Garden EDP – new fragrance by Dolce and Gabbana
I wouldn’t consider myself to be much of an avid perfume wearer but it is nice to have something on hand when you are in the mood or in my case, whenever I remember to 🙂
I have dabbled in various types of scents since my teenage years. It’s interesting to discover how much my preferences have changed over the years. I used to love Harajuku Lovers Fragrances by Gwen Stefani, my favourite was Little Angel which had top notes of pineapple and berries. I remember it being a very fresh and fun fragrance.
Today I will be talking about a new fragrance that I recently discovered. It’s from Dolce and Gabbana and it’s their new fragrance called Dolce Garden. Their promo ad made me smile and I really liked how down to earth and “normal” it is. It’s of people just enjoying themselves and dancing in a beautiful garden amongst its sprinklers to a fun song. Many fragrance ads are just over the top with airbrushed and beautiful people flying through the air and being all dramatic with their hair, you know the ones I’m talking about ;).
If you’re interested in hearing more about this new fragrance and my thoughts on it, just keep on reading.
Top: In the sun-kissed top notes, juicy mandarin, bright neroli and airy magnolia express its radiance.
Heart: The coconut essence, a unique natural extract of the fruit’s white flesh, accents the creamy freshness of the frangipani blossoming petals.
Base: A silky almond milk accord evokes the traditional sweets of Sicily. Enriched with vanilla absolute and sandalwood, it extends the exquisite sensuality of the frangipani note into the dry down.
50ml $112.00 AUD from myer.com.au.
Also available in 30ml ($84 AUD) and 75ml ($146 AUD) also from myer.com.au.
The two things I look for in a perfume are whether I can see myself wearing the scent on a daily basis and if it will last all day on my body. I’m happy to say that this scent really does fulfil both requirements. The lovely packaging is also a nice bonus and I am in love!
I was looking for something that smelt like coconuts and summer, I’ve been on a coconut fix lately for some reason, and this smells like exactly both those things. It smells like a pina colada to be exact. There are hints of floral to it, with the neroli and magnolia but the awesome thing is that the coconut essence shines through giving it a fresh but creamy scent of a pina colada (probably contributed from the almond milk base too). It smells feminine and sweet and makes me feel just… great.
The promo video really does resonate because the people look like they’re feeling great and are having a fab time. I know it’s an odd thing to say, that something like a perfume can evoke such feelings, but they can and this one definitely does this for me.
Best of all, it lasts on my skin all day which is remarkable, unlike Chloe which lasted 1 hour :(.
The SA mentioned that this was a fragrance I could wear all year round and it was only then that I learnt that fragrances can also be seasonal with wear. To show me the difference, she gave me a whiff of a “summer” scent which was citrusy and almost bitey which almost made me sneeze. But yes after that I did understand the difference. Even though Dolce Garden does smell like coconuts, its very understated and when mixed in with all other lovely ingredients, just smells creamy, fresh, feminine, elegant and just perfect.
Let me know if you have tried this delightful fragrance and whether you love it as much as I do!
[Brand spotlight] RMS Beauty
RMS beauty was founded by Rose Marie Swift. She is a renowned makeup artist who after having health problems due to toxic ingredients in makeup wanted to find to find a healthier approach to beauty.
Her line is organic and the primary ingredient she likes to use is coconut oil. In an interview with Wendy Rowe (also a makeup artist) in the Beauty Truth, Rose Marie Swift describes the benefits of coconut oil:
This natural antioxidant is 100% organic, raw and unrefined, aiding in its protective powers against free radical damage—otherwise known as premature ageing. Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, making it suitable for even the most blemish-prone skin.
Please note that not just any store-bought oil is equal to ours. RMS Beauty is superior over most coconut oils.
Since being first intrigued by the famous Living Luminizer, I have since added some more RMS products to my little collection. The aesthetics of the brand is clean, modern and minimalistic which resonates with the brand’s purpose of simple beauty.
If you’ve been interested in trying out products from this brand, please keep on reading.
What is it?
This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. An ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. This highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product.
Ingredients (from mecca.com.au)
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Best to apply with clean fingers. I swirl my index finger in the pot to get the product out, then I lightly pat it onto my cheekbones or wherever I normally apply highlighter. If you have oily skin, you may want to set it lightly with translucent powder. This is also a multi-use product, you can also use it on your eyelids as well as lips.
Packaging and size
The balm is housed in a frosted glass pot with a white lid. It feels weighty and sturdy. There is 4.82g/.17oz of product which doesn’t seem like much but it will last you a very long time since you only need a small amount.
$55.00 AUD (from Mecca)
Rating: 5/5 (love it, HG status!)
This is one of my favourite highlighters in my collection. It was the very first product I had bought from the brand and I love the effect it gives me. It can be built up, from subtle lit-from-within look to a strong glossy glow which still looks natural. Since it’s a cream product, it’s usually criminal to apply cream over powder but you can with this product. It doesn’t mess with the foundation or powder underneath if you use the soft patting technique with your finger. I don’t normally set it with powder because I have combo skin with dry U zone. I usually just set my face with a setting spray like Fix+. This helps to melt the highlighter into all the other layers on the face. It generally lasts around 6 hours and because it looks like one with the skin, the fading isn’t noticeable.
Would highly recommend if you are looking for a natural looking highlight. If you’re like me and you hate chunky glitters or frost in your highlight, you’ll like this! On the RMS beauty website it says this can be used by all skin tones. I don’t think it’s a universal shade (but I also could be wrong) but I think that this highlighter is best suited to fair-to-light-medium skin tones because it has a slightly pale pearly sheen to it. If you are medium-deep, you may want to try out the Magic Luminizer which has a more of a champagne tone to it. On rmsbeauty.com there are also two more variations, Peach and Champagne Rose Luminizers.
Lip2Cheek – Shade #Illusive
What is it?
Fusing a blend of nourishing oils and pure mineral pigments, this creamy emollient can be used on the lips and cheeks for a subtle tint of colour.
Ingredients (from rmsbeauty.com)
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Cire d’abeille), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, **Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol(non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract , *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
I apply this the same way as with the Luminizer, with my fingers. I swirl my index finger in the pot and use this and my middle finger to pat it onto my cheeks, slowly building it up to the desired level of opacity. When applying it onto my lips or eyelids, I use my index finger. It’s also buildable and dries down nicely. You could use a small duo fibre brush as well.
Packaging and size
Same size and packaging as the Luminizer, 4.82g/0.17oz of product. I really like the frosted look of the weighted pot.
$52.00 AUD (from Mecca)
Rating: 4/5 (really like it!)
I love anything that I can use for more than one purpose, largely because I’m lazy. I really like the texture of it and how I have some play time before it dries down. Since I have light-medium skin, the shade Illusive works nicely on the cheeks, eyes and lips. Because of its nourishing ingredients, it leaves my cheeks looking fresh and hydrated. It isn’t long lasting on the lips (nothing ever is on my lips!), bit longer on the eyes (3-4 hours) and the longest (6 hours) on the cheeks. Even though it’s not that long lasting, it tends to fade evenly which is a plus.
With any cream product, it always takes a bit more time in application, but the payoff is always more natural and worth it. Since I don’t always have too much time in the mornings, I generally opt for powders and use this on the weekends.
Definitely recommend this, it’s great for touchups and to just throw in the handbag. I’ll be looking to add more shades of Lip2Cheek to my collection since I’m hooked 🙂 Promise and Paradise look divine!
Tinted Un Powder – Shade #2-3
What is it?
This tinted powder contains light reflective particles that work to minimise the look of pores, soften the skin and absorb excess oil. Providing subtle coverage to the skin, the powder can be used to set liquid foundation or be worn with ‘Un Cover-Up’.
Talc, silicone, perfume and paraben free.
Ingredients (from mecca.com)
T2-3: Silica, Iron Oxides: CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77500
Like with all loose powders, I tip some into the cap then swirl a powder brush into it. I then tap off the excess on the side of the cap and lightly press it onto my face. I stupidly threw the puff it came with away so using a brush works best for me.
Packaging and size
Clear plastic tub with white lid and has 9g/0.32oz of product. Smaller more compact than other loose powders I own such as the famed Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.
$49.00 AUD from Mecca
Rating: 4/5 (really like it!)
This powder does what it says it does. It sets my foundation nicely and the 2-3 shade matches my skin tone perfectly. The powder is so finely milled which makes application a breeze. It never looks cakey and just melts into the skin, leaving my face with a healthy glow. It does minimise the pores around my nose and controls oil in my t-zone for around 8 hours.
It’s not something I reach for everyday since it’s a loose powder and takes a bit more time to apply then a pressed powder. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m quite time poor in the mornings but I do like to use this whenever I remember to.
Would definitely recommend this powder because it doesn’t have talc like most powders and performs just as well or even better than most powders I have tried.
Wild With Desire Lipstick – Shade #Brain teaser
What is it?
This luxurious natural satin-finish lipstick is enriched with the signature rms beauty oil. Rich and powerful in anti-oxidants, this lipstick offers ultimate hydration and maximum color pay-off.
Ingredients (from rmsbeauty.com)
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)(Cire d’abeille), Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Kaolin, *Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax) (Cire de candelilla), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, *Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) (Cire de carnauba), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Tocopherol, Isostearyl Palmitate, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Hypericum Perforatum Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Extract, *Hemidesmus Indicus Root Extract, *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Leaf Extract, *Withania Somnifera Root Powder, *Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Propanediol, Pentylene glycol, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, **Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil. May Contain [-/+]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 (CI 45410), Mica, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
I apply it directly from the bullet onto my lips. Because it’s formula is a bit stiff, I tend to dab it onto my lips rather than using a swiping motion.
Packaging and size
The lipstick is housed in a sleek, silver tube. There is a slight weight to it and like her other products, has a clean and modern aesthetic to it. It contains 4.5g/0.15oz of product. The cap is very secure and gives a satisfying click when you close it.
$41.00 AUD (from Mecca)
I love the formula of this lipstick. It’s a satin formula which is comfortable to wear and I love the shade Brainteaser. It is a soft peachy pink brown (more peach than pink on me), which is generally the type of colour that I’m usually drawn to. I can’t speak for its lasting power because not many lipsticks last on me after my morning coffee. I like how it contains nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and oils as well as antioxidants like turmeric and liquorice root. Quite rare to even get antioxidants in a lip product, let alone in an actual opaque lipstick.
I would highly recommend this for people who are looking for a lipstick which has nourishing ingredients as well as great colour payoff. Definitely will be purchasing more shades, the shade “Rapture” is calling my name!
Where can I buy it?
If you’re in Australia, you can purchase RMS Beauty from Mecca Cosmetica (mecca.com.au), Beautylish (beautylish.com) as well as from the brand’s website (rmsbeauty.com).
I purchased these products myself from Mecca Cosmetica and Beautylish.
Nothing from this range has disappointed me so far and I’m excited to try more from the brand. Taking care of your skin shouldn’t just stop at skincare. If there are cleaner options which perform just well or better, I will definitely take it! The products might seem expensive for their quantity but because a little does go a long way, especially with the potted products, you won’t be hitting pan for a long while.
Since coconut oil is a key ingredient in a lot of the cream products, I was a bit wary since I’ve heard that it is or can be comedogenic to certain skin types. I actually had nothing to worry about because I never broke out from it. For reference I have combo skin/oily t-zone/prone to hormonal acne. There is also no scent in any of the products which is a plus because I hate most scents in makeup. The products are also a joy to use, both in application and aesthetics. The un-cover up concealer, eye polish and raw coconut cream cleanser are definitely on my wishlist!
Let me know if you’ve tried any products from RMS beauty and which has been your favourite 🙂
Mecca Beauty Loop Box – Level 3 – April 2018
If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, you may not know about Mecca. Mecca is a beauty store based in various locations around Australia and New Zealand. I would best describe them to be equivalent to Sephora. As well as selling their own house brands, Mecca Max and Mecca Cosmetica, the range of brands (both makeup and skincare) housed within Mecca is HUGE. High end brands like Urban Decay, Hourglass, Too Faced, Tatcha, Nars, Smashbox, just to name a few. There are more Mecca stores around Sydney compared to Sephora. It’s always easy to get good service at Mecca too which is a key differentiator, not only compared to Sephora, but to other brand counters in department stores like Myer and David Jones. Sometimes you are really hard pressed to get any service at all which is a bit of a letdown 😦
Anyway, Mecca has a loyalty program called the Beauty Loop and depending on how much you spend a year, you are placed in a particular level. It’s free to join and points are earned with every purchase. Along with a great host of other member benefits (free makeovers, sneak peak with brand new releases etc), the main treat I look forward to the most, is the release of Mecca Beauty Loop boxes each quarter.
This box is complimentary and is available for a short window. I picked mine up yesterday (Friday) after getting the email on Thursday. Since I’m a Level 3 member, this quarters box contains four items and the curation theme is “a luminous complexion”. Very excited to share the contents of this box with you. Something to note is that all the items in this box are in travel sizes.
This isn’t going to be a review on each product since I just got them. I will just be showing you what is in the L3 beauty loop box in this quarter. Also, this post is not sponsored whatsoever.
Products in the box
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (7.5ml)
Description: (from mecca.com.au)
Clarify and polish skin to reveal a glowing, fresh-from-the-Clinic complexion. Microbeads and Fruit Enzymes are intended to clean pores, while salicylic acid is formulated to balance hydration, without over-drying.
Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Fusion – (7.5 ml)
Description: (from mecca.com.au)
The first of its kind, SkinLongevity combines the weightlessness and absorption of an essence with the efficacy and potency of a serum for the ultimate hybrid formulation. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened, moisture is restored and skin is adorned with a youthful radiance.
Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick – Champagne Flash (1.4g)
Description: (from mecca.com.au)
Create an instant flash of glow with these cream highlighter sticks in a smooth, weightless texture designed to give you an instant seamless highlight.
Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss – Naked (1.0ml)
Description: (from mecca.com.au)
Prepare your pout for high shine without the sticky finish. These ultra-shiny plumping glosses glide over the lips with precise ease, delivering long-lasting, bold shine.
If you are eligible for a beauty box this quarter, I would encourage you to get to your nearest Mecca asap before they run out!!! These boxes are such a great way to try different beauty products without breaking the bank 🙂 Well technically I have already broken the bank in order to be eligible but meh, details
I’ll be reviewing the products once I’ve used them for awhile so stay tuned!
[Review] Bobbi Brown – Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
I recently hauled a few things from Bobbi Brown this year and it included this liquid foundation. Up until this point I had only tried one other thing from this brand, her pressed powder foundation, which was ages ago.
After seeing an interview with Bobbi herself and hearing her philosophy around minimal and natural looking makeup, I was intrigued to try more of her products. The models on the website had such fresh and modern looks that I knew I needed to try some products.
“Women want to look and feel exactly like themselves, only prettier and more confident,” – Bobbi Brown, 1991
I have been using the foundation for a couple of weeks now so I thought it was time to share my thoughts on it.
Claims: from bobbibrown.com.au
A 16-hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable and weightless.
I generally enjoy a demi-matte leaning to dewy/radiant finish since I use korean cushion foundations. What made me gravitate to this particular foundation was that even though it had a matte finish, it was described as natural matte, skin-like and weightless. I feel like the claims are true, it feels lightweight on the skin and it doesn’t give me a flat matte or dry look. It contains marine sugar cane which is known for balancing your skin’s oils as well as glycerin, which is an humectant that helps to retain moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and comfortable. I would disagree from the claims that it is full coverage though because its more like a medium. Maybe if you went heavy with a brush it could be buildable to full. I feel like since it sets so quickly, building it up might cause some caking. I haven’t tried it yet though so let me know if you’ve tried to build it up.
I had been matched at David Jones (Australian department store) but it was off. The sales assistant wasn’t overly enthused to begin with and applied Golden Natural 4.75, which ended up being too golden borderline orange for my NC30-35 skin tone. I hate department store lighting because its generally not realistic as well as getting mediocre service. So instead of purchasing that day, I gave it some thought and bought it online. I settled on Warm Natural 4.5 (warm undertone). It suits me a lot better than Golden Natural but still isn’t quite an exact match. Natural Tan 4.25 (neutral/olive undertone) might have been more suitable but this still works for me.
I usually prep my skin really well with a few steps (cleanse, tone, essence, moisturise) and apply this after sunscreen and primer. I’ve used three methods of application, fingers, damp beauty sponge and buffing brush. Since I tend to like more of a lightweight application, I tend to like using a damp sponge the most. I use two pumps for my face and an extra half a pump for my neck. The consistency is a bit thick but I can still easily spread it around my face and blend it in with the sponge without an hassles. If you like heavier coverage, a buffing brush works well too. It sets quickly too so you need to be quick or apply sections of the face at a time.
I dust powder on my t-zone since my skin is combination and it last for around 8 hours if its not too humid. Some oil does come through in the afternoon around 3 or 4pm but not enough to cause me blot or worry about it too much. If I use setting spray in the center of the face, this doesn’t happen.
I don’t think its completely transfer and sweat proof though because some of it comes off when I tap my tissue to absorb any sweat. The foundation is recommended for normal to oily skin types and I would agree with that. For oily skin types, I would powder the whole face and use setting spray for extra insurance especially if you live in humid climates.
I purchased it from bobbibrown.com.au for $70 AUD. When you buy online, depending on how much you spend, you get some complimentary goodies with your purchase. I received my products within a few days, beautifully boxed and packaged. I have bought something else from the David Jones counter and didn’t receive anything else besides mediocre service.
I really like this foundation. It is reliable in terms of wear time and the colour match, even though its not 100%, its pretty close. I like how my skin looks, it has decent coverage but still looks like skin. I could probably even get away with not powdering in autumn/winter since it sets quite quickly.
If you are looking to try a foundation from this brand and have normal – oily skin, I would recommend this product.
I’ll be writing some more posts on the other products I bought from Bobbi Brown as well so if you’re interested to see more, keep an eye out for more reviews.
[Mini haul] Mecca 2017 Holiday new releases! Limited edition Hourglass and Nars
Today was a monumental day (9/11/17). It was the day where Mecca released a massive holiday collection from loads (and loads) of brands. I had this day marked in my calendar so of course I had to rush over there during my lunch break.
If you live outside of Australia and New Zealand, Mecca is a beauty powerhouse, like Sephora. They sell loads of beauty products (makeup and skincare). Brands such as Nars, Hourglass, Too Faced, Smashbox, La Mer, Drunk Elephant + many more. They also have their own house brands as well, much like Sephora.
I bought two products, one which I have been lusting over for months (we get stuff so much later than the US and UK) and the other which I’ve just discovered and knew I hadtohaveit!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3
I have been lusting over this palette for months now. Ever since it was first released in the US, I just knew I had to have it. Until this purchase I only owned one Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light which I love. I realise that this same powder is also in this palette but I don’t mind since I am already a fan of it. This palette contains 3 existing best selling powders, two new blush shades as well as a new strobing shade. It cost $117 AUD.
Ambient® Lighting Powders
– Diffused Light
– Dim Light
Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder
– Hypnotic Strobe Light (NEW)
Ambient® Lighting Bronzer
– Luminous Bronze Light
Ambient® Lighting Blush
– Surreal Halo (NEW)
– Pure Effect (NEW)
The sales assistant applied a couple of powders to my face, Dim Light all over and Surreal Halo to my cheeks and in my crease. I loved this blush so much!
Can’t wait to try the rest of it! It looks like a great one for travelling too. Detailed review to follow shortly.
Nars Man Ray Les Amoureux Audacious Lipstick Coffret #8459 (nude)
This holiday makeup collection was inspired by photographer Man Ray which makes the packaging very unique and “old worldly”.
There were two sets to choose from, this nude one in Les Amoureux and Noire Et Blanche which contains shades that are more on the red side of the spectrum.
I love nudes and I love the colors contained in this collection (Ady, Ardon, Jane, Barbara). I haven’t owned any Audacious lipsticks yet but I have swatched them in the past in store and they feel really nice. At $49 AUD a pop, its pretty steep. Being able to own four great colors for $80 AUD is good value in my eyes. Mind you they aren’t full sized but they aren’t tiny either like the Boys and Girls Lipsticks from Tom Ford 😦
I have not gone through an entire tube of lipstick either so this works well for me.
The nicest surprise about this product was the round globe it came in. Its made of heavy duty plastic with the four lipsticks perfectly housed in a matching black round base.
The lipsticks are laid out with Nars spelt out which was pretty cool. Very sleek.
Swatches and detailed review to follow shortly!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out these Mecca’s new releases, I would highly recommend that you do! Its not everyday that so many brands drop so many new products.
Let me know what you have picked up or are planning on picking up from the holiday collection!
[Review] Liquid eyeliner: Korean vs American
Today I will be reviewing two liquid eyeliners which I think are good dupes. The American eyeliner is the Tattoo Liner from Kat Von D and the Korean eyeliner is Waterproof Pen Liner from Macqueen New York.
Macqueen New York products are made in Korea so I don’t know what “New York” represents in their name. There isn’t a whole lot of information or background on the company online.
Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist who created her own makeup line. Her products are exclusively sold at Sephora.
Ease of application and longevity is what I generally look for in liners. Since I have hooded eyes, eyeliners and mascaras tend to smudge on me. I think I have found my HG liner! Keep reading to find out which one it is.
Both liners claim to be waterproof and budge proof, lasting all day.
Tattoo liner – From sephora.com.au
Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray.
Waterproof Pen Liner – From Yesstyle.com
Keeps a long-lasting vivid line without smearing for a whole day.
Create a line from beginning to end along the lash line. Fine-tipped eyeliner makes it easy to contour and control eye definition. The waterproof liquid formula creates thin, smooth strokes that can be layered for more emphasis.
Macqueen liner – $6.19 AUD from yesstyle.com
Tattoo liner – $28 AUD from sephora.com.au
Both liners have the same brush tip which is awesome for precision lining around the lid. Great for creating wings.
They look exactly the same here.
Both are black and the colour and pigmentation looks exactly the same. The left is Macqueen and on the right is Kat Von D. Please excuse the wobbly Macqueen swatch.
Application on the lids is exactly the same. You need to shake them both a couple of times before applying.
Really easy to draw a line with no bleeding and opaque in just one go.
I don’t line my waterline so I can’t tell you how easy or difficult it would be.
Both are waterproof and smudge proof.
Both have matte finishes.
With all the similarities you might be wondering what differs between the two. And its the staying power.
The Macqueen liner lasts all day on me. By the end of the day I can still see it on my eyes.
However, the Tattoo liner does not last all day. It fades throughout and by the end of the day, it’s completely gone!
I had swatched both liners on my hand for one of the photos. Its only been a couple of hours and I can already see the Tattoo liner fading slightly. I have slightly oily lids so the fading is more apparent when I have it on my eyes.
Since they are similar in many ways I would consider them to be good dupes for one another. But like all dupes, not everything is exactly the same.
I love the Macqueen liner. Its so budget friendly and fulfils all the requirements I have from a liquid liner. It’s opaque, easy to use and budge proof. Though it still is easily removed using my oil cleanser.
Rating: 5/5 (holy grail!)
I tried out the Tattoo liner maybe a year before I dabbled in k-beauty so that was my first love. I even repurchased it once more (a full size) since I had liked the travel size one so much. The issue with it fading on my lids is minor in my opinion as you can easily touch up but I prefer not to. It’s also more than 4x the price of the Macqueen.
Rating: 4/5 (really liked it)
What’s your favourite budge proof liquid liner? Have you tried these out yet?