Nars All Day Luminous Foundation…

After finally caving in and purchasing the newish Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation I have to say this product is good. Good, not great not terrible.

This new foundation looks so sleek and beautiful in a frosted glass bottle and Hallelujah, Nars has finally included a pump and lid that fits over the pump with this bottle! In the bottle you get 1 Fluid Ounce which is the same as the Sheer Glow.

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Le Tan Gradual Tan [Product Feature]

In my first of three mini product features yesterday I mentioned that Australia is currently going into Autumn, however this still means we have random days when the  sun peeps out and it’s a glorious day. For that reason and also the fact that I’m not quite ready to fully submit myself to the ghost like colour I turn over winter, a staple product over the past few weeks has been the Le Tan Gradual tan.

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Le Tan Gradual Tan $8.99

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil review [Product feature]

Hello Everyone,

I’m so sorry for my absence, over the past two weeks my university course and life has been slightly crazy and so posting has taken a back seat in my list of priorities, however, I’m back! To make up for my disappearance I will be uploading 3 new blog posts over the next 2 days (hopefully) all about the major products in my life right now.

Todays product feature is about the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil for hair. This product has really been saving my hair lately. In Australia we are currently changing seasons to Autumn (bring out the 107 lippy!), meaning colder dryer weather. The weather has major effects on my face, hair and body. My hair always goes so dry and dead in this season so I thought it was time I invested in a new hair oil. I’ve tried argan oil products before and to be honest none of them have had the same effect as this one.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil For Hair- $19.99

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil For Hair- $19.99

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My favourite face mask..

One of my favourite things to do during relaxation, me time, is a good old face mask. Although I have tried many different types of face masks the one that I have repurchased multiple times is the NATIO Aromatherapy Clay and Plant Face Mask Purifier. 

This mask is incredible, it solves a range of skin problems that I regularly go through. Dryness, oiliness, spots and scars are all diminished significantly after using this. I also find it super refreshing and brightening for my skin. If my skin is looking red and patchy it instantly cools it down and evens out the skin tone.

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Bobbi Brown Face Review

During my many trips to and from England and various other places, or for my birthdays/special events, I have always sought out Bobbi Brown products. I now have a collection of 2 face products and 2 lip products, this post is about the face products but let me know if you want a lip product review.

My first ever Bobbi Brown product was hugely influenced by Tanya Burr and icovetthee (alex) through Youtube. After much begging I convinced my mum to buy me the creamy concealer kit, with the sheer finish pressed powder. Over the years of owning this product I have to say that I have been somewhat let down, I found the concealer too thick and heavy for under my eyes. It creased majorly after a while even with my favourite mattifying/setting powder (Rimmel London Stay Matte). I also struggled knowing how to apply this product, with my finger the product doesn’t transfer well and so it’s either too thick or too thin. When using a brush it doesn’t quite reach enough of the area that I like to have covered and it’s a pain to blend out.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit $52

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit $52

Although yes it is an incredibly luxurious product, the packaging is also wonderful, I didn’t fall in love with this product as much as I would have liked to after what everyone said about it.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer $52

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer $52

Swatch of Creamy Concealer and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Swatch of Creamy Concealer and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

The third product I managed to get my hands on was the Skin Foundation Stick. Now both of these products were purchased quickly in airport terminals and so by fault of the staff or their inexperience I was never given the correct shade for either of these products. The Creamy Concealer is in the shade Cool Sand and Pale Yellow and the Foundation Stick is in the shade Warm Beige. The concealer is too yellow for me and the foundation is too orange for me! Of course this may be why the products have never really wowed me but even after trying out testers of these products, in the right colour, I’m still not itching to re-purchase them.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $65

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $65

The Foundation Stick is another tricky product to apply. Dabbing on bits of it around the face and then blending it in, is the best way compared to fingers, but even then a faint outline of where it was first applied is visible and the product appears cakey and patchy.  I find that I struggle to use this and so very rarely do which is a shame because it’s got a beautifully creamy consistency, it just doesn’t perform well on the skin. Overall the packaging and promotion of these products does not match up to the product itself in action, for me personally anyway.

Swatch of Skin Foundation Stick

Swatch of Skin Foundation Stick

These are also high end makeup products and so their effect is expected to be worth the money but unfortunately these are products that I’ve regretted forking out so much for. If you are looking for a new high end products to try, still consider these because for all I know, I could just be doing it all wrong! They are both available from makeup counters in places like Myer and David Jones. The creamy concealer is around $52, and the foundation stick is around $65.

Links below to where you can find out more and buy these products.

http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/skin-foundation-stick-607207410-213909400-1

http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/bobbi-brown-creamy-concealer-kit

Let me know what you think of these products!

Hope this helped you all,

Love Bee ❤

The creamy concealer is in Cool Sand and Pale Yellow and the Foundation Stick is inWarm Beige

What’s in my makeup bag..

It’s Wednesday again and time to blog! As I am saving for my, now confirmed, holiday to Europe in June, I have not been spending money on new beauty products unless they are staples in my collection that need replacing. This has led me to write today about the essential pieces that I take with me no matter where I go.

There are 3 items that never change, my favourite powder that I have honestly never deviated from; Rimmel Londons Stay Matte Powder. I have talked about this before in many other posts but once again I’ll quickly say that this powder is amazing for giving a powder finish that allows dewy foundations to still look incredible under. It also helps to keep my makeup on all day which is a godsend when I have University days like today, 9am till 5pm, then my part time job 5:30pm till 9pm! Ugh! I do touch up in the middle of the day just in my T zone to keep shine and oiliness under control. The powder is usually about $10-15 from places like Chemist Warehouse and Priceline. I use a mixture of fluffy brushes and makeup sponges to apply this powder.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Power- a well loved everyday essential!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Power- a well loved everyday essential!

Now we’ve all had moments out and about when we’ve spilt some form of liquid down our faces and it’s managed to affect the finish of our foundation or powder. For these emergencies and also touch ups, I carry with me at all time the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer. I trust this concealer with my life! It does miracles with the dark circles under my eyes, any spots I have and also any blemishes I just want to cover up. I use the shade 15 Fair and I really can’t stress to you all how incredible it is as blending in over other foundations for touch ups and highlights. This is usually again around $10-15 from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer- another item used everyday

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer- another item used everyday

The third regular staple in my makeup bag is the Rimmel London ScandalEyes Rockin’Curves Mascara. I have also been using this mascara for over 6 months now, I feel it’s the best one of its kind (massive brush) in applying thick coats of mascara without making my lashes look clumpy and gross! I love the lift an volume this gives my eyelashes along with the added length I can achieve if I spend some time applying it. Once again this product is about $10-15 from Priceline or Chemist Warehouse.

Rimmel London Rockin'Curves Mascara

Rimmel London Rockin’Curves Mascara

This next product is one that varies depending on what I’m wearing that day but I’ll usually have some form of lipstick/lip product. For that matter I’m not going to include a lipstick product in this blog but instead something that never changes, my Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter. My boyfriend seriously thinks I have a major problem when it comes to this product, I have to buy about 3 every time we go shopping because I am addicted to it! If my lips need hydration and care this is the lip balm I reach for instantly! It’s incredible, it has such a moisturising formula with beautiful mango butter in it that smells and taste amazing! I always seem to loose the product as well so Burt’s Bees if your listening, please create a bigger version of this that will be harder for me to loose! This is usually about $5-10 depending on where you get it from, I try to restock my supplies at Big W because it’s only about $7 there.

Burt's Bees Nourishing Mango Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mango Lip Balm

If I know that I am going to be out for the whole day then because of my oily skin I will need to powder my entire face at around about 5:00pm again. This then ruins all my work with bronzer, blush etc. Therefore I always make sure to chuck in my favourite bronzer/contour and brush so that I am never to pale or chubby looking! As I’m definitely more of a bronzer and contour girl over blush, I never really worry about taking extra blush or highlight with me. The bronzer I take with me is my beloved Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder. I will now refer to it as the chocolate bronzer because that is basically what it is. I love the sweet smell of this powder although I don’t think it stays when actually applied onto my face, however, I use this everyday for a contour and bronze. It gives me such a natural looking healthy glow with a bit of highlight in it but not too much that I sparkle. It’s also a great contour which is definitely what I love it for. This can only be found from Priceline for about $30. I apply this with my Avon All Over Face Brush. This brush is incredible actually, it’s very similar to the Real Techniques new Metallic Brush range, it features the pointed triangular handle thats weighted and has the same ombre detailing in the brush head. It’s shape it very unusual as it can fan out to be used as a powder brush and then be shaped into a thinner contour brush. This is why it’s such a great multi-tool and I got this in an Avon sale for $4.99!

Bourjois Delice de Poudre

Bourjois Delice de Poudre

Avon All Over Face Brush

Avon All Over Face Brush

I then also keep a few makeup kit essentials in there as well for when I’m out including a mini Avon perfume in the fragrance Only Imagine… which I adore! I was also really surprised with this products staying power, the scent is quite strong and lasts and good while! I also have an Avon Naturals Vanilla Antibacterial Hand Gel. These are so handy and also smell really good! I high recommend the Pomegranate one as well! I then also keep a mini L’Occitane En Provence Creme Mains Delightful Rose Hand Cream handy (ha) to help hydrate my hands if they get worn during the day which is often. I love the smell of this hand cream, it’s a very sweet scent of rose not like an overpowering old lady kind of rose scent which is preferable! I can’t tell you how much this mini version is because it was a freebie with a magazine once but I do know that a bigger version of these hand creams are around $17 from Strawberry net.com.

Avon Only Imagine... Perfume

Avon Only Imagine… Perfume

L'Occitanne Delightful Rose Hand Cream

L’Occitane Delightful Rose Hand Cream

Avon All Naturals Vanilla Hand Sanitiser

Avon All Naturals Vanilla Hand Sanitiser

Well there you have it, you all now know whats in my makeup bag, I hope you enjoyed this and that it will help you decide what you need in your own bags!

I’ll leave links to all the products mentioned in this post and where you can buy them below

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/face/powder/stay-matte-pressed-powder-1.0-ea

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/face/concealer/fit-me-concealer-1.0-ea

https://www.priceline.com.au/index.php/cosmetics/eyes/mascara/scandal-eyes-rockin-curves-mascara-12.0-ml

http://www.burtsbees.com.au/natural-products/lips-lip-care-lip-balm/

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/cheeks/bronzer/maxi-delight-bronzer-18.0-g

http://avonshop.co.uk/product/make-up/concealer/avon-all-over-face-brush.html

http://avonshop.co.uk/beauty/b/bath-and-body/naturals.html

http://au.strawberrynet.com/skincare/l-occitane/delightful-rose-hand-cream/176678/?langBox=au

Please comment below and let me know what is in your makeup bags! I’m interested to hear everyone else’s essentials and needs!

Thank you Everybody!

Love Bee ❤

When Rimmel met Mac…

Welcome back!

A few posts ago I blogged about my top 3 foundations, whilst deciding which foundations to blog about I tossed and turned over my choices and in the end did not include my Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation. As it is also one of my most reached for foundations I thought today I would talk about why I use it and how.

Rimmel’s “older” version of the Stay Matte foundation (shown below), which is also part of my makeup collection, did not impress me at all, I found it didn’t give much coverage, easily rubbed off and did not do much to control shine. When I saw that a new version of this foundation had been produced I wearily bought it thinking I could try it.

The "old" version of Rimmel Londons Stay Matte Foundation

The “old” version of Rimmel Londons Stay Matte Foundation

Honestly it’s the best long wear foundation I’ve ever used. I can put it on at 8:00am in the morning and it will last all the way through until 10:00pm. I do touch up slightly at midday but that’s a personal choice. As I have oily skin the shine control is always incredibly good with this foundation, it has a thick mousse like formula. When I put it on the back of my hand before applying it, it doesn’t run like a liquid foundation. I did find when I started using this foundation it was slightly drying on my skin and the intense thickness of the mousse meant it sometimes looked a little bit “cakey” on my skin. That’s where Mac comes in. Before application I mix in a little bit of the Mac Strobe cream, this is an illuminating moisturiser. Not only does this stop the foundation from looking too thick, it stops the foundation from drying out my skin without making it go oily, as the shine control is still effective. This is why the foundation did not make the top 3 cut as I do have to make a small alteration to it.

The "new" Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation $14.95

The “new” Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation $14.95

Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation is also so so cheap, given that the packaging is not quite as classy as some other foundations, it has so many applications from the one bottle. This makes it the perfect budget every day foundation. Even when aiming to get medium-heavy coverage you only need a small amount of foundation mixed in with an even smaller amount of strobe cream. The foundation can be bought from Priceline for $14.95 although I always try and get it from Chemist Warehouse as it is only around $12 on special there. Mac Strobe cream is of course on the more expensive side, you can find it in places like Myer and David Jones along with the Mac Stores. It does cost a hefty $55 which is a lot, I know, for a moisturiser but I love the effect it has on my skin and think it is extremely worth it.

Mac Strobe Cream $55

Mac Strobe Cream $55

I’m sure that many people love the Stay Matte foundation by itself so try it out without the strobe cream first to be certain the Mac purchase is worth it for you personally. I love the effect these products together have on my skin, I get a natural dewy finish but without a disgusting oily shine. I have a fairly pale skin complexion so the shade of foundation I get is 100-Ivory. To mix the products together I use a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, swirling it all on the back of my hand. I then apply strips or dabs of the mixed products all over my face and switch to the Buffing Brush to blend it all in. If you would like me to do a review on my Real Techniques brushes, let me know in the comments. I also find that pairing this foundation with the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder helps to control the shine during the day.

Thank you so much for reading this and I really hope it has helped you fall in love with your own Stay Matte foundation or shown you which foundation you want next! Also I’d just like to apologise for the photos in this post, I’m having to upload this from my university and I didn’t get to photograph the products before making this post. All opinions expressed and products mentioned are my own and have been bought by me.

Here are the links to websites from which you can buy these products for if you are interested in finding out more:

http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/178/364/Products/Skincare/Moisturizers/Strobe-Cream/index.tmpl

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/face/foundation/stay-matte-liquid-mousse-foundation-30.0-ml

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/cosmetic-gift-sets/cosmetic-gift-sets/your-base-flawless-core-collection-1.0-pack

Let me know in the comments if you use this foundation and if you like it or not?

Love Bee ❤

Do you think it needs the Strobe cream?

Love Bee ❤