Thursday, 10 August 2017

My Fav Swatches Coastal Scents 120 Five Palette

As you probably already know from this blog, I like to test products before fully
reviewing them. This palette was no different, and I wanted to give it the time

and respect it deserves by testing out a variety of colours. Coastal Scents put
out quality 
products that are also pretty damn affordable. So here some of my
swatches from the 120 Five Palette.

The formulas vary from Matte shades that need building up. The foiled shades
are pigmented and go on so smoothly. 
Shimmery shades that have a buttery
formula which barely needs to be touched 
for a decent swatch. I did not apply
primer before swatching these shades. Each swatch 
took between 2-3 swipes,
but the matte shades needed to be blended more 
than the foiled and shimmery

Number 3, 14 and 18 are comparable in quality to some of the shades/formulas
I have found in Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette. Yes, that is a big claim and huge

price difference between these two products. You get quite a bit out of this
Coastal Scents Palette. They give you quality eye shadows that can
almost be 
compared to larger premium brands for just 1/4 of the price tag. 
If you want a wide variety of colours to play with without having to commit 
to buying an $80 (AUD) eye shadow palette...I highly recommend this one or

any of Coastal Scents range of products. 

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Colourpop Matte Lip Gloss Tried and Tested

I didn't know exactly what to expect when I bought Colourpop lip products
having never used them in the past. 
There are so many beauty gurus who
have used their products, and I wanted to test them out thoroughly myself. 

I picked two colours that I wanted to add to my collection.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip In Lumiere 2

This was the first colour I picked to try from Colourpop's Ultra Matte
Lip range. One of the reasons I chose it was because it is 
recommended as a dupe for Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K liquid lipstick.
This colour took a few minutes to fully dry and become matte without
transferring or smudging. The image above is a bit lighter than the
shade as you can see from my photos below. 

Wearing Lumiere 2

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip In Teeny Tiny

A helpful tip on spotting fake Colourpop lip gloss would be the lack of
bright lime green on the inside of the packing (not pictured). There are
so many fakes online I encourage you to do your research like I did to
be able to weed out which ones are not the real thing. 

Wearing Teeny Tiny 

The second colour I wanted to try is Colourpop's Teeny Tiny. This
was a suggested dupe of 
Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K liquid lipstick.
This colour dried fairly quicker than Lumiere 2, not sure exactly why
that would be. This colour is so bold and deep. I was worried it would
be too dark 
for me when it arrived but after drying I was happy to pair
it with 
cool-toned earthy colours.  

Immediately after swatching

24 hours after swatching

I wanted to put this swatch through a 24 hour wear test on my hand
to see how much it faded. As you can see above, even after washing
my hands several times and sleeping with it on it it's staying power is
impressive. The only problem I ran into is when you eat oily foods  it
will remove the lip gloss fairly easily. 
All in all these have become my
favourite long-lasting lip glosses. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Lululemon Athletica Clothing Haul

I recently got a bunch of new clothes from Lululemon Athletica. Some of
you will probably be unfamiliar with the brand,which in its last year earned
between 2 and 2.4 Billion dollars in revenue worldwide. They have just
recently tapped in to social media advertising and are pushing their brand
more. Hard to believe based on their previous earnings. Especially given
most sales were inspired by word-of-mouth or brand ambassadors in the
fitness community.

The quality of their clothing is amazing, and they have a great policies in
place if your item's quality is not up to par (such as: piling, running seams,
broken zipper, ect). These are a few of the reasons on why I highly
recommend their clothing/sportswear.

The first item I picked up I *believe* is the...

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Shirt.
I wanted something loose fitting
and fresh looking for winter. This shirt is perfect for 
layering with tank tops or
sports bras. It is very sheer as you can see in the close-up.
I love the little lace
pattern on the sides near the sheer portion of the shirt. It adds a 
bit of femininity
to the shirt itself.Thumb holes are handy for keeping your hands warm 
adding functionality.

Lululemon Yogini 5 Year Long Sleeve Striped Tee has to become
my current favourite shirt. It is incredibly soft and stretchy. Another
good shirt for layering underneath as it is fairly sheer, but if you wear
a nude bra you could probably get away with not wearing one. 


Wunder Under Pant Hi-Rise (Full Luon) is something one of favourite
pieces from 
Lululemon.  Luon is Lululemon's signature four-way stretch
fabric is sweat-wicking and cottony soft with 
performance fabric for its
serious stretch and recovery. It's so comfortable and quite breathable.

Scuba Hoodie Terry III in Heathered Space Dye has become my new
favourite light zip hoodie. Normally, I don't get heaps of grey clothing, but
this jacket goes with almost any colour. It's very soft as well as light weight.

Goose Down Hooded Vest  (I didn't catch the name on this one)
This is such a unique piece, and best of all it is reversible! The 
outside is a deep green with a scale pattern which is emphasised
by light, while the inside is in black. It hangs loosely on my frame
and is so comfortable to wear with many layers on. 

The sides of this jacket have two buttons on each side that detach, making this a very expensive poncho :)

Large zip pockets on the inside that can hold almost any mobile phone

Love the brand badges that are always put somewhere visibly on the clothing

Even buttons have Lululemon on them

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Making My Own Pressed Glitter Palette

I'm sure many of you are familiar with pressed glitter palettes 
and single pans. If you're in the beauty community and you love 
DIY projects this is a must for you! I have read several different
methods of making your own Pressed Glitters

To be clear this is the how I made my pressed glitters, and I don't 

consider this a tutorial. I am simply documenting my first experience
making them. 

I had ordered a mixing tray and batch of isopropyl alcohol for this DIY,
it was lost in the mail during my move/change of address. 

Therefore, I had to improvise on a couple things.

As you can see I'm using cupcake wrappers instead of a mixing tray
mix the glitter together to make the specific colour that I want. I
my palette, empty pans, mixing bowl, syringe (no needle
Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Assorted glitter, tooth picks
and a Citrus note based Perfume 
(80% Alcohol). 

I mixed the Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and 80% Alcohol together by
using the 
syringe to suck it up and plunge it repeatedly until the solution
is a cloudy colour.

These are the three colours I used to make 'Unicorn Horn'

Colour combination: Matte white, Shimmery white and baby
pink iridescent sparkle. I ended up adding a larger amount 
than pictured, but it was easy to mix together with enough
of the solution (I filled the pan with solution before hand). 

I filled the syringe pretty much around the '1' mark but I added a
few drops 
while mixing if the glitter seemed a bit clumpy/dry. I put 
the pans in the palette, and the palette went into the refrigerator
for 24 hours

Here are the results

Here are all the finished pans inside the palette. After fully drying they are even more
vibrant than in the single pan photos above. Swatches on the right were done after the
24 hour drying period.

I was very pleased with the results. It is much easier than I originally thought
it would be. 
The biggest issue you might have is the glittery mess that is left
over. If you intend to try this, I would highly recommend that you wait the
24 hours for your pressed glitters to fully dry. Some of mine dried quicker
and some were still moist. Either way, I am glad to have to have successfully
my own palette.

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