WHAT! May’s Over!

I can’t believe how FAST this month has past right by. Here are my May Favorites

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  • Makeup: Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion: I’ve been wearing this more over this month because it’s drastically easier to take off because it’s not waterproof and it coats my lashes lightly and evenly.
  • Skincare (Face): Origins VitaZing Moisturizer: I’ve honestly never been into wearing things with spf in it because I’m slightly allergic but this one is so good and it just works with me so well. I love the fact that it has a sheer tint release too.
  • Skincare (Body): Happy Hippy Shower Gel: it’s such a refreshing smell and I just love how it works.
  • Hair: Moroccan Oil: there are many reasons why I like this but there are also quite a few against this, but I’ve just been putting it in my ends to make it seem a lot glossier and nicer.
  • Nail: OPI NYC Ballet Collection Care to Danse: I love this lilac color. Even though it is sheer, it don’t go on streaky and is just a really amazing color.
  • Fragrance: Paco Rabanne Black XS: again with this but I got one and a body moisturizer for my bday so I decided to get crackin on it.
  • Fashion: my burgundy jeans: the add some color but it isn’t bright so it’s in keeping with the autumn feel.
  • Accessory: Scarves! It’s getting chilly now so out come the scarves!
  • Book: The Handmaid’s Tale: I’m actually studying this so… I actually haven’t read anything else this month (naughty me).
  • Movie: Not a movie but the Sherlock BBC series. I love it so so SO much. It’s made amazingly well.
  • Youtuber: lilcammo93 it’s nice to find an Australian youtuber
  • Blogger: Extra Petite i love her. 😛
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That is all for this month’s favorites.

I hope you enjoyed it.

What were your favorites?

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Make Up Starter Kit

Hey guys. To continue this whole lineage of “10 wardrobe must haves” and “10 accessory must have” and stuff with a makeup post with the same idea. This is basically a list of the most basic elements needed in a makeup kit for any sort of everyday look. I’m basically making this post for those of us who haven’t used makeup before or are just starting a collection and hopefully this list will help you out. Not every element is “necessary” but these are the basic ones. The ones with (*) next to it are completely optional but are nice to have. 

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When starting off a makeup kit, you might want to go for some more drugstore ones if you just want to try it out yourself but if you’re willing to go and spend some money and hit a good pot the first time round, maybe go to a makeup counter and get the MUA to help you. Personally, I recommend researching the products before getting them. I know how daunting that is but that’s okay. Maybe separate them into chunks to make it less scary.

I know the first time I started my makeup collection was when I got into a performance group that require us to have a whole set of makeup that I needed so I honestly went into the makeup store and bought stuff blindly and to be honest, I was so overwhelmed and so… ignorant of makeup then that whatever the MUA said I was like “yeah okay” but now I realised I probably should have done some research.

Hopefully this will break down the makeup counter for you. And remember, blogs and youtube are you best friend in these situations

Face:

  • Primer (*): this is to keep the makeup on your face. this is more necessary with those of us with rather oily skin (like me) or the makeup might slide right of your face.
  • Foundation: This is for evening out your skin tone and prepare if for whatever goes on top. This is so essential for face makeup however if you have rather flawless skin and you don’t want to go straight for the foundation, try tinted moisturizer.
  • Concealer: this is for covering up blemishes, discoloration and under eye circles. This usually should be well matched to your skin tone.
  • Setting Powder (*): to set your foundation and concealer afterwards.
  • Blush and bronzer: Blush is to add color back to your face and bronzer is what I use to give my face shape (contour) and definition.
  • Translucent Powder (*): powder to help set your makeup throughout the day.

Eyes: 

  • Eyeshadow base (*): again to keep makeup on your eyes and may not be 100% necessary for those of us starting off who don’t have oily skin.
  • Basic neutral eye palette: so crucial to any eye look and so easy
  • Black eyeliner: to define the eye
  • Black mascara: to define the lashes
  • Eye lash curler (*): to give your eyes and lashes a lift. this is essential to me but not everyone
  • Eyebrow pencil: to define your eyebrows to frame your face (I’m so naughty with this one)

Lips:

  • Lip balm: moisturize the lips
  • Lip gloss (*): enough said?
  • Lip stick (*): I recommend a neutral pink to nude color to begin with.

That is all for this post. Tell me what your essentials are down below

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Discoveries: Laura Mercier

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Over the years I’ve heard amazing things about Laura Mercier, their foundation, their lipgloss, etc. But I’ve never actually tried it but I’m planning to grab some things soon. Please tell me in the comments what your favorite Laura Mercier products are and what I should get.

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Lash BLAST! DiorShow Waterproof Mascara Review.

Hey guys. I know I kinda said yesterday that I’ll do the rest of that post today but it turns out that people aren’t exactly loving that one so maybe we’ll switch it up. If you do want me to continue it, please tell me in the comment section below. Also, if you have any posts you’d like me to do, please put that underneath too.

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Now today calls for the review of my all time favorite mascara. And honestly, I’ve tried WAY too many mascaras (!) and honestly every time I try to venture away from this, I just keep on returning to it. Something about the way it can just hold a curl so so perfectly, the way it doesn’t smudge, everything about it is so perfect for me (and do keep in mind that this is completely a personal thing so this may not work for you).

Anyways. Because I have really stick straight and really stubborn eyelashes, it’s very difficult to get it to behave. I’ve honestly used so many things that are all amazing in their own ways but none of them have the combined effect like this one does.

The plump round brush means that it works the product into your lashes really well as well as building volume and holds a curl so perfectly. This is honestly a really deeply pigmented mascara that is said to be the “cult favorite of makeup artists and lovers of thick glamorous lashes”. And I honestly can’t agree more. After all of the mascaras I’ve tried, this one is the best.

Just as one example, I applied this mascara at around 10 o’clock this morning and my lashes were still looking curled and full (for me anyways) by about 8 pm. I didn’t have to touch up today at all! In 10 hours, it didn’t budge! Not a tiny bit! That is so amazing. 

The only problem I find with this is that because the brush is just so big, it catches my eyelid quite often so I get this very… interesting… looking line above my lashes. But I suspect that’s only because of the way my eyes are shaped. It’s also hard to remove because I use the waterproof version. I haven’t used the non-waterproof version but I’d suspect it’d work just as well.

Some people would find fault in that it retails for $US 24.50 but honestly speaking, all high end mascaras pretty much retail the same.

One thing really do support about this mascara  that is not about the product itself is that (as far as I’m concerned), it’s cruelty free. I honestly am so so SO against animal testing and to know that this product is cruelty free gives me even more reason to love it.

I’ve also heard that this product is comparable to Smashbox’s Bionic Mascara so you may want to go and check that out.

My other favourites are: 

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Anna Sui Super Mascara: product itself it really amazing BUT it clumps so easily.

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Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion: it doesn’t hold curls as nicely

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Benefit BADgal: it doesn’t hold curls as well

 

That is the end of my post. I highly recommend this mascara for anyone who would like to try out a new mascara.

Tell me in the comments below what your favorite mascara is.

 

Thank you so much for reading and see you tomorrow.

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Off With The Makeup: How to Remove Makeup Properly

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You know the number one makeup rule is never to sleep with your makeup on, right? Well, it’s not an easy job. The make-up-removing process is always on that requires that little extra effort that some so many just cannot be bothered to exert at the end of a really long and tiresome day but I can guarantee that removing all your makeup at the end of the day will be so unbelievably beneficial for your skin.

Face

  • Face Wipes. These easy and magical things are not as evil as so many people claim. Just make sure that when you use them, you’re using a good and effective one and use more than one sheet. Also make sure that you purchase one for a good skincare brand that actually dissolves the makeup. I recommending using 1 for your cheeks, 1 for your forehead and then all over your face again, and 1 final one for your eye makeup. It’s so quick and easy. However, there are so many ways to remove makeup.
  • Cleansing Milks/Oils. These are considered far far better because they’re believed to have a better formula. Because everyone’s skin is different, I find it difficult to recommend one but I do love the MAC removing oils/milks. Just try your favorite skin care brand and the sales lady will usually refer you to a pretty good one. When buying it for the first time, try and get a sample or a smaller bottle just in case. Once you found one that doesnt leave an oily film, make you break out or leave residue on your face, you’ve found the perfect one.
  • Now in comparison: I personally can’t say which one I ultimately prefer up for the face wipes the MAC Makeup Remover wipes are amazing because they actually have the same formula as their bottled product. I just like these more because I then don’t have to use a separate cotton pad/wipes (annoying…) or my fingers (which are potentially dirty).
  • Double cleansing. Always double cleanse when removing makeup. There’ll always be something that could potentially cause problems, especially to people with problem skin like me.  

Eyes, Lips and Cheeks

  • Waterproof makeup. I find waterproof makeup so hard to remove. It gets to be SUCH a hassle. I honestly don’t know what else to recommend but waterproof makeup removers. When removing eye makeup, just rest it on the eyes for a few seconds, and then pull downwards and outwards. This will help your lashes grow longer and healthier.
  • Non-waterproof makeup. For non waterproof makeup, any makeup remover will do, to be honest. 

My Recommendations

For both waterproof and non-waterproof makeup, I honestly think that the MAC makeup removers are the best ones I’ve used. Because I have very sensitive eyes and acne-prone oily skin, it’s hard for me to find something that works so well.  The MAC Cleanse-Off Oil is an amazing product that you can just use to wash off your whole face and even though it is an oil, it does not break me out and it does not affect my eyes. It removes everything so so well. 

Another very cheap and easy alternative is baby oil. Maybe makeup gurus (like the MakeUpChair on YouTube) holds the baby oil as their chief method. Personally, I don’t trust it as much because it feels as if it’s not as good as the brand ones.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and I am in no way a professional. This is not a sponsored post and all products mentioned were tried and bought by myself.

Does anyone else have something to add, or want to share their makeup removing experiences and tips? What is your holy grail remover?

So that is all for this post.

Thanks so much for reading and see you tomorrow

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I’m such a HAULER!!!

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Today, I’m going to do a haul for you because this weekend has been a get-out-and-buy-too-much-stuff type of weekend.

I also have a favour to ask! Please put in the comment section what is your favourite make-up brand, do you like hauls and recommend any post you want me to do.

Okay, I’m going to start with the kit essential stuff.

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How cute is that sponge?!?! It’s the Pro-Performance Sponge from Mac and it’s really good for foundation (which is what I’ll use it for) and the strange shape allows it to get into the nooks and crannies of the face.

I have MAC’s full eye-lash curler and I was entranced by the idea of the half eyelash curler. I will get back to you on how it’s going.

The thing of the right is the Green Gel Cleanser/Makeup remover. This stuff is really amazing. It’s like a face wash cleanser because it removes the makeup perfectly (however, the mascara doesn’t like to come off with just this so I use some eye makeup remover) and it also gets rid of the excess oil on my face with out stripping it.

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This is my new concealer which works SO SO SO much better then my previous one. It is (I think) the Studio Sculpt one in NC30. I’m not 100% sure because I don’t have it next to me right now

And then a Pencil/bullet brush (219) and a Lash Brush (204)

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Here are the eye stuff: starting top to bottom, left to right

Haux (a lovely browny-red colour), Kid (a neutral cream-ish colour), Summer Haze (mineralize eye shadow): an amazing all over the lid colour, Bare Study Paint Pot: another amazing all over the lid colour and also used as a high light, Satin taupe the famous and Pink Venus: an amazing shimmery pink

New Lip Tints! Yummy smell!!!

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Here are the swatches from the 2 lip tints I got from lush today. The top one is Latte wish is a nice golden brownish nude colour that looks really nice and sophisticated on the lip. Someone actually complimented me on it today so that made me happy.

The second one is It Started With A Kiss which looks like a hot pink in the pot but it’s a really beautiful colour.

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They both smell absolutely divine!!!

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