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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Review: Essence Me and My Ice Cream Collection

Hello everyone! Last week I picked up a couple of items from the new Me and My Ice Cream collection from Essence, which is one of my fave drugstore brands. It’s just so affordably priced and the quality is not too bad, either! The only downside is the packaging, but with rock bottom prices who can really complain?

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Here’s what I purchased:

Essence me and my ice cream shimmer pearl and eyeshadow

Essence me and my ice cream shimmer pearl and eyeshadow

Essence me and my ice cream shimmer pearl and eyeshadow (open)

Essence me and my ice cream shimmer pearl and eyeshadow (open)

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Haul: Becca Cosmetics

BECCA Cosmetics is one of my favourite higher end makeup brands. I just love everything about it, from its sleek aesthetic to the models they pick for their campaigns and the way their makeup looks on the skin – natural, polished and classy.

Plus, it’s an Australian brand :)

So when I saw they had sale a couple of weeks ago, how could I resist? (The sale is still on – check it out here) My only gripe with the products I received is that they weren’t in tip top condition – e.g. the creme blush was dented in one area and the lip glosses in the palette had moisture beads on them which I found quite odd.

But anyway, here’s what I bought:

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Sorry about the poor image quality! I’m looking at investing in better lighting equipment at the moment because nothing annoys me more than poorly lit/fuzzy photos! Read on for my haul…

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Top 10 under $20

I LOVE doing tags, especially makeup ones! I’ve been a longtime follower of Beauty Broadcast on Youtube, and noticed that she uploaded a video on her top 10 makeup items under $10.

While I think it’s awesome that you can get products at such a low price point these days in America, it’s not so much the case down under, where a Maybelline mascara can cost $20. That’s why I’ve changed the tag slightly to Top 10 under $20 to fit our market here :)

I’ll still be profiling products that are as cheap as possible without compromising on quality – so here goes!

10 for under $20

 

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Winter style updates

Cold weather doesn’t have to mean dowdy layers, baggy jumpers and a makeup-free face. You can still be stylish with a few key pieces this winter by adding a twist to basics.

That means amping up basics such as the trench coat, the leather boots and the grey scarf. It means bringing some colour to the face by way of a rosy blush, wine-coloured lipstick and season-appropriate eyeshadows.

Of course, winter is the only time when you can eat your fill without remorse (and without the extra pounds showing, too) but that’s another story!

winter style updates

Oasis skater skirt, 74 AUD / French Connection , 95 AUD / Jigsaw peter pan collar sweater, 145 AUD / DKNY leather trenchcoat, 1 170 AUD / J.Crew long skirt, 64 AUD / Mid calf leather boots, 145 AUD / Zara handbag, 21 AUD / Kate Spade scarve, 72 AUD / Jigsaw beret hat, 48 AUD / NARS Cosmetics , 31 AUD / Stila eyeshadow, 21 AUD / Bare Escentuals , 19 AUD

Trend: Eyeshadow sticks

I’ve been seeing a lot of brands come up with eyeshadow sticks or eyeshadow pencils these days, and while it’s not a new concept, this trend has certainly come back into vogue. I’m glad to say that while the packaging looks identical to the eyeshadow sticks that were so popular in the early to mid 2000’s, they are now MUCH longer wearing :)

I think the appeal lies in its convenience and portability. These eyeshadows are perfect for the girl on the go – just twist up and swipe in the morning and blend quickly with a finger. Eyeshadow sticks are also much more travel-friendly than bulkier eye palettes or individual pan eyeshadows. They’re called a variety of names depending on how creative the brand wants to get – sticks, crayons, jumbo pencils… the list goes on.

Today, I’ll show you some of my favourites and some I haven’t tried but want to try:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (A$44)

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These were some of the first eyeshadow sticks I tried this year, and I absolutely adore them. They come in a small but well-edited range of colours. What I like most about the shade range is that they’re all wearable, even the purples, greens and blues – because they’re not too bright.  That’s not to say they’re not pigmented though, as they definitely have a great colour payoff. They’re just more subdued shades.

As for the texture, some are metallic finishes and some are matte, which really surprised me as I’ve not seen any matte eyeshadow sticks so far on the market.

Think of this product as their long-wear cream eyeshadows in a stick version – equally as long-wearing and dries to a powder texture, except the sticks are slightly more emollient than the pot version. I think you have around 20 seconds longer to ‘play’ around with the eyeshadow before it sets.

My favourite shades are: Golden Pink (shimmering pink-peach) and Shadow (smokey blue-gray)

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Review: Urban Decay NAKED basics

Today I’m going to review Urban Decay’s NAKED basics palette, which retails for US$27 at Sephora. My mum kindly bought this for me on her recent trip to the States (along with some other makeup goodies I’ll be reviewing later on as well).

This compact palette of 6 neutral shades is Urban Decay’s first matte palette, four of which have not been released before. Foxy and Walk of Shame (WOS) are the two previously released shades. It comes in a sturdy plastic brown case that fits into the palm of my hand. Inside there is a wide mirror that takes up all of the cover side of the palette. However, this palette doesn’t come with a brush.

Read on for my review!

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Review: Jouer Cosmetics

Finally, my Jouer Cosmetics delivery is here! It’s a relatively niche brand in my opinion that has only recently become semi-mainstream. I first heard of the brand when Lisa Eldridge used it in a few of her videos and from then on I was seeing the brand everywhere online! Their most popular product is the Luminizing Moisture Tint, which I picked up in a couple of sample tubes (I’m generally wary about colour matching myself online so I don’t tend to purchase face products).

I bought:

  • Mini Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden, US$20 for 4 tubes
  • Blushing Beauty Collection, US$58 for: Sheer Matte Touch Powder & Bronzer Duo, Chocolat and Peach Eyeshadow Duo, Whisper Tint and Feather Highlighter Duo, and Cherish Lip Gloss
  • Mineral powder blush in Peach Bouquet

Anyway, read on for the haul/mini-review!
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