Kat Von D – Creme Concealer Review

I’ve been scraping out the bottom of my ‘Covergirl: Ready Set Gorgeous’ concealer for so long, AND i’ve been meaning to take a visit to Sephora which is literally a five minute walk from my house. So yesterday morning, I put two and two together and thought, why not buy myself a really good concealer from Sephora?! Treat yo’self, right?

I did some research online and was tossing up between the ‘Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer,‘ the ‘Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer,‘ the ‘BECCA Creme concealer‘ and of course, the ‘Kat Von D Lock-it Creme Concealer.‘ Three guesses what I bought! [see-title if you still dont know]

The Tarte concealer, despite the raving reviews, didn’t really sit right on my skin, It was a little shinier and oilier than I was hoping. The Sephora I went to didn’t have the BECCA concealer in stock but at $50+ a pop, it seemed a little excessive (seeing as i’m a daily make-up wearer). And for SOME reason, I can’t explain why, I thought the Make Up For Ever one just looked cheap and seemed overpriced – I feel a little guilty for saying that.

ANYWAY so heres the concealer I purchased…

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It’s just perfect. It’s creamy, thick and matte, and blends so flawlessly into my skin. It doesn’t crease in the heat and lasts until you choose to take your make-up off!

10/10 recommend. Was $37 AUD at Sephora.

 

 

 

Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer

I just had to share how much I adore the newest addition to my wardrobe. Only Carrie Bickmore could produce something so cute, stylish and practical while also raising ten’s of thousands of dollars for charity. Carries Beanies for Brain cancer is a charity that was started by Carrie herself, in honour of her late husband Greg Lange, who passed away in 2010 from the disease.

The $35 it costs to purchase the beanie seems pretty irrelevant given the destination of the money. There are dusty pink women’s beanies, with a little pom pom (pictured), blue and grey mens’ beanies which say ‘C B 4 B’ on them, and two children’s options too (both are fairly reminiscent of their older counterparts). I must say I actually love the pink children’s one as it has two pom poms in place of Mickey-Mouse like ears. Unfortunately I think it might’ve been a little small for my head!

I definitely recommend buying one of these beauties!

Also – I’m sure this beanie will be perfect for the freezing Sydney weather!

Teeth Whitening: Home Kit

So as any young slightly vain female, I have often envied the perfect pearly whites of celebrities. A small number of my friends have had their teeth professionally whitened and about the same amount use at-home teeth whitening kits and there’s one thing i’ve always noticed… the at-home-jobs look much more successful!

Yes, yes I know that its not exactly the safest option and to have a dentist oversee the process is obviously preferable. But as a poor student you can’t always do things ‘right.’ So recently I had a little Ebay surf to see what products are out there.

This is what I ended up landing on. Now I absolutely do NOT condone just buying and trusting anything you purchase from the internet. But hey, I took the risk. This product has no brand name on Ebay but I found a similar product on Amazon under the name ‘Hallicare.’ At 44% Carbamide Peroxide, its pretty potent and has numerous warnings urging consumers to not get the product on their gums.

What you get:

  • 5 x Whitening gel-filled syringes (they legitimately look like drugs see below)
  • 2 x Clear Thermoform trays (to mould into mouthguard)
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • 1 x UV-Light to speed up the treatments

Creating the mouthguards was very easy. You simply submerge them one at a time into 80-90 degree (celcius) water for less than a minute and then slide them into your top/bottom teeth like you would a mouthguard, pressing the slightly melted rubber to your teeth to create a mould.

So far I have had some awesome results. My canine teeth have always been a little more yellow than my other teeth (who knows why) and my teeth really are beginning to all be the same bright white after just 3 treatments. I have been using a minimal amount of the whitening gel as it is so strong. In three treatments I have used less than one quarter of one syringe.

10/10 recommend! Just don’t go overboard without consulting a dentist.

 

 

 

 

A Lush-ious Lip Service

Here I am again…  with another product I absolutely swear by!

web_lip_serviceChanging temperatures as the seasons tick over really confuse my lips. In the summertime when I’m constantly going from boiling heat to freezing air-conditioners they do not adapt well. That horrible feeling where every time you lick them even by accident they just enter this overdrive where they become as parched as the Sahara Desert’s even drier sibling. To be honest,  keeping my lips soft and smooth has always been a bit of a problem for me. I don’t wear lipsticks as they generally start to crack and many lip-balms just seem to further dry out my lips in the long-term. But… Lush’s Lip Service changed all of this for the better.

Lush’s Lip Service is the only lip balm i’ve ever had that truly heals my lips. It moisturises, softens and has a natural citrusy scent. It contains a blend of mandarin and tangerine oil, and with the addition of shea and cocoa butter has a beautiful creamy smooth texture. Its quite a thick lip balm so it lasts for a long period of time and you don’t feel like you go through the whole thing in a day (definitely been a culprit of this). At $13 its a little more pricey than your regular $3 drug-store balms, but with all natural and fair-trade ingredients (GO LUSH!), it definitely feels worth it! Another lush-ious product for the collection!

NB: I keep mine in the cup-holder in my car and like to put it on at the traffic lights or just before I head to work/dinner/to see friends.

Check it out on their website!

Silicone Sponge Blender Review

Have you seen the Instagram advert for the silicone make-up sponge? Like in all advertisements, this little rubber disc looks as though it provides a seamless, perfectly blended look whilst not wasting any precious product. But i’ll give you a more honest review.

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I’m a big fan of the beauty blender – whether you have the original Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques blending sponge, or just your budget Chi Chi blender – they’re great at making a smooth flawless foundation base for your makeup. However, there’s no denying that these brightly coloured sponges soak up half the product and are a bloody b**ch to clean properly.

I can confidently tell you that the silicone sponge blender will not waste a single drop of your product – but that’s kinda the problem. I’d say its a big lie to actually call the product a ‘sponge’

Sponge [definition]: A soft porous body that is typically supported by a framework of fibres or calcareous or glassy spicules. Sponges draw in a current of water to extract nutrients and oxygen.

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This so-called ‘sponge’, is not porous and does not ‘draw in’ anything whatsoever. So while it doesn’t waste your product, it doesn’t really blend very well. I have found the silicone sponge really great for putting foundation on my face and covering everything, then I use my ‘Beauty Blender’ (copycat) to blend everything together. I do use less product, but only by about a millilitre i’d say. But hey, at less than $3 a pop it’s definitely joined the make-up kit brigade!

I got the blue one (pictured) but they come in clear, pink and some pretty cute patterns!

Calling My Pale Friends

Every Christmas my Mum loves to buy me things that either alter my appearance or help with personal hygiene. I get fake tans, perfumes moisturisers, hair vouchers, hell she even bought me a magnifying mirror (as if seeing a pimple in a normal mirror wasn’t bad enough!). But I love my darling mother and honestly some of the stuff she’s got me I now SWEAR by.

EXHIBIT A: Nutrimetics Luxe Bronze gradual tanner. 

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Luxe Bronze is a cream tanning lotion that goes on relatively clear and improves and develops over the next 48 hours. You can build it up over time or just apply once and it’s always streak free, natural and actually smells great!

At $32 it’s not exactly the cheapest tanning product – but it lasts ages and I think its TOTALLY worth it!

 

The highlight of my trip

On my recent adventure to Singapore I bought the best highlighter on the market. Well I truly think it is. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Powder in Opal. On my OBVIOUS Sephora haul I just had to include it in my basket – and with a 10% tourist discount it would be rude not to!

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At $53 (Singapore) – around $50 AUD and $38 USD – I thought… as I do so often… that its an overpriced make-up product and a drug-store brand would do the same thing. But please do not be a skeptic on this one! It’s creamy and pigmented and so beautiful and shimmery and just finishes off any look perfectly!Highlighter 4

I apply mine with a short semi-blunt ended blush-brush to the tops of my cheek bones, the top of my eye socket – just underneath the eyebrow and just above the eyebrows toward the sides of my face.

Check it out online!