ASOS haul

I love receiving packages in the mail, especially if it’s something I ordered a few weeks ago and forgot about! Today, I came home to a small ASOS package, which brightened up my day.

Here’s what I got:

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Beauty Wishlist: February 2014

beauty wishlist 2014My beauty wishlist for this month mainly consists of new releases I’ve seen on the market and am excited to try. Spring 2014 collections – which are my favourite releases of the year – have just hit the shelves in gorgeous pastel hues. Here’s my roundup:

Quick Review: Hourglass Ambient Blush in Dim Infusion

The newest offering from Hourglass is its Ambient Lighting Blush, which retails for $50 at Mecca Cosmetica and comes in 6 shades. If you’re familiar with the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass, which were a huge hit last year, you’ll like these blushes which are pretty much each of the ambient powders mixed in with blush pigment.

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I purchased the shade Dim Infusion. It is much smaller than the ambient powders and come packaged in a stylish copper compact with a mirror while the Ambient Powders come in a darker greyed bronze compact.

Dim Infusion is described as a “subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth”, and I¬†already have Dim Light on its own so I knew I would like Dim Infusion.

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What’s in my shower?

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to share with you what’s in my shower and the products I use daily to get myself squeaky clean. When it comes to body and hair care, I’m by no means a high maintenance gal so don’t expect too many high end products! When it comes to skincare and makeup, however, I’m a very different person…
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Sephora Haul: NAKED3, Becca and Tarte

It’s been a long time since I last posted, but here I am again with a fresh new haul from Sephora, courtesy of HopShopGo, a US parcel forwarding service. Sephora, when are you going to listen to your international customers and start offering shipping to Australia??

Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick haul and first impressions of 3 things that I purchased (note: all prices in USD):

  • Tarte Eye-ssentials Amazonian Clay Discovery Kit, $33
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $52
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Pressed Perfector in Moonstone, $38

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Best of 2013: Face products

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Here’s my roundup of the makeup and beauty products I personally thought were the best this year, as well as the new kids on the block that I thought were high performing products. How often I use the product as well as the longevity and texture of the product qualifies it for my Best of 2013 list. By the way, I use the word ‘newcomer’ loosely as these may be products that have been around for years but I’ve just discovered or acquired.

So, here we go!

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New Year Beauty Resolutions

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely time ushering in the New Year, I sure did with fireworks and champagne!

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Mecca haul: Christmas is here!

Though expensive, Mecca is pretty much the only alternative we have to Sephora here, so whenever I go past the store I can’t help but take a peek inside. Yes, it can be all too much for a makeup junkie to resist so I inevitably buy something each time.

I LOVE seeing all the new products especially around this time of the year when there are so many Christmas themed products and Secret Santa gift ideas! And, I love the festive paper bag.

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What I purchased (with some restraint):

  • Kit Cosmetics Multipurpose Wonder Balm, $22
  • NARS The Multiple in G Spot, $58 (so it says on the website, though I think I only paid $40+ for it?)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Cream lipstick in Nocturnal, $45

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First up, the Kit Multipurpose Wonder Balm. I was looking for something that would alleviate my dry, cracked lips, since I found that nothing has worked!! Even in summer, my lips are always chapped and I’ve tried most balms from Bobbi Brown to EOS and Carmex, so I thought I’d give this one a shot since it has no petroleum jelly and is packed with essential oils. Plus, it’s certified organic, made in Australia and travel friendly. What’s not to like?

It is actually pretty good! I’ve used it nearly everyday for a week now and while I haven’t seen a marked improvement in the condition of my lips, I noticed that when I do use it, they’re softer and more moisturised. The balm also stays on for quite a long time compared to my EOS balms, yet isn’t too thick like the Bobbi one is. I keep it next to my bed and use it on my cuticles and any scratches as well.

Note: Do not leave this in direct sunlight as the product will separate and become runnier! I forgot today and left it by the window…

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The NARS Multiple is something I’ve been eyeing for a while, but hesitated to get it as I do have a lot of cream blushes. But when I tried it on at Mecca I realised that it’s a cream-to-powder finish which I LOVE since it has longer staying power. I tried on a couple of shades including Orgasm but I wasn’t a fan of the way the colours worked with my skin tone (too light, too shimmery, too pink) but when I tried G Spot I really liked it!

I was surprised at how light the tube was and how easy it is to carry in your bag – apart from the smudges the matte black tube can get from your fingers, it’s quite a travel friendly product especially for quick touchups. Plus, The Multiple is intended for use on the cheek and lips so it’s perfect!

It does try to a powder finish on the cheeks but on the lips, it stays creamy.

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G Spot slightly darker and more of a dusty rose shade than how it looks in these pictures, with gold shimmer. The shimmer is not noticeable when applied, and though it looks dark in the ¬†tube it can be applied sheer. I’ve always looked best in berry/earthy tones so I wasn’t surprised when I gravitated towards this shade.

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It’s also nice to match your lippie to your blush as it ties the whole makeup look together and makes everything coordinate, no matter what eyeshadow you are wearing.

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The Hourglass lippie in Nocturnal is also in my favourite shade, berry. I can’t help it! They’re just so pretty and look really festive for this time of the year. Nocturnal is a purple toned berry shade that is a few shades darker than the natural colour of my lips.

The tube is weighty and not something I’d tote around on a daily basis but it does make me feel glamorous when I’m applying it at my vanity!

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Nocturnal is not a unique shade but it’s flattering and feels really comfortable on the lips, like a balm. It’s extremely hydrating and pretty much erases any lip lines/dryness/flakiness, as you can see from the photo above. It also has a slight sheen to it and it’s super easy to apply as it just glides on!

I love the formula, to me it’s much smoother and more moisturising than the Laura Mercier Creme Lip Colours or the Chanel Coco Rouge Shines.

Well, that concludes it for today’s haul and mini review! More hauls and reviews to come, particularly of my recent trip to the USA.