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Saturday, December 31, 2011

THE 2012 MAC GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)



Lets kick off the new year with my first giveaway!
There are 5 prizes available.

Because it's the most important part, lets start with the prizes:

1st Prize:
A MAC Eye Kit!
  • 4 x MAC Eyeshadows of your choice 
  • 1 x MAC 4 Slot Compact
  • 1 x MAC Eyeliner. Your choice of Kohl Pencil (Smolder or Teddy) OR 1 x MAC Black Liquid Liner
  • 1 x MAC Opulash Mascara
Total prize value of $178 (Australian)




2nd Prize:
A MAC Lip Kit!

  • 1 x MAC Original Lipstick of your choice
  • 1 x MAC Lipglass of your choice
Total prize value of $71 (Australian)




That's not all though, for refering a friend to this competition you will go into the draw to win 1 x MAC Original Lipstick of your choice. You will receive one entry for each friend you refer (to a maximum of 10) and there will be 3 Refer-A-Friend winners! (Each lipstick is valued at $36 Australian dollars)



Winners will be announced on my blog, if you would like your blog to be promoted when you win please leave the link in the comments box at the bottom of the survey :)

You must follow my blog before entering the competition.
Just click on 'Join This Site' to the left of the screen, under the 'About Me' section. 
There are no exceptions to this rule, you must be a follower to be a winner.


Of course there are rules and requirements:
  1. You must follow my blog, just click on 'Join This Site' to the left of the screen, under the 'About Me' section. There are no exceptions to this rule, you must be a follower to be a winner.
  2. Follow me on Twitter HERE, as I know that some people don't have Twitter this is not a requirement. I will be hosting several Twitter giveaways this year so if you do have twitter it will pay to follow me :)
  3. When you have completed the survey, leave me a comment on this blog post to let me know.
  4. You must fill in the survey found HERE. There are 10 questions in total.
  5. MAC Viva Glam and Limited Edition lipsticks and lipglasses are unavailable for this competition due to varying availability. 
  6. Only enter if you agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy policy found HERE.
  7. Winners will be chosen at random.
  8. There will be 1x First Prize winner, 1x Second Prize winner and 3x Refer-A-Friend winner.
  9. The total prize value is $357 Australian dollars.
  10. The giveaway will be open until 11.59pm AusEST on the 9th of January, 2012.
  11. The winners will be announced on the 10th of January, 2012.
  12. Winners will have 24 hours to contact me with their shade requests once I have sent them an email notifying them that they are the winner. Failure to do so may result in another winner being chosen.

It's all very simple and fun! 
Good luck!

Rebecca

Friday, December 30, 2011

40 Beauty Questions



So, I this is my third attempt at a new post today but I keep getting distracted by the blazing heat outside and the make up melting off my face.

I have been quietly been working on my 'Something Big Is Coming' post for the 1st of January and really can't quite grab the motivation to review any of the products I'm wearing today.

I stumbled across this little 40 question Beauty Quiz and thought it would be a good way to get to know more about my readers and their beauty habits. I'd love for you to copy and paste the quiz with your own answers either in the comments section, to your own blog or even email it to me at rebecca@easydress.org

So, here we go (I've altered some of the questions I didn't like):


SKINCARE
1. How many times do you wash your face daily?
Two or three times. Always morning and night, sometimes in the evening as well.

2. What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combination)
Combination skin

3. What is your current facial wash?
I use Neutragena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser and ProActiv Cleanser

4. Do you use an exfoliator?
I use a mild exfoliator and the Clarisonic brush each night, I do an enzyme peel each week for added exfoliation.

5. What brand do you use?
I mix it up, I am not loyal to any one brand.

6. What moisturizer do you use?
I change it up, I haven't found one that I am really happy with.
At the moment I'm using Biore SPF Moisturiser.

7. Do you have freckles?
I have light freckles on my face.

8. Do you use eye cream?
Every morning and night.

9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I didn't have any acne at all until I turned 22.
Now I have to be extra careful when cleaning and taking care of my skin.

10. Did you ever have to use ProActiv?
Yes, I still use it.

MAKE-UP

11. What foundation do you use?
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory.

12. How about concealer?
Yes, different concealers for different areas.
Bobbi Brown under my eyes, MAC on my face if I need it.

13. Do you know your undertone color?
Neutral. Which isn't good because I'm light skinned and they don't tend to make neutral foundations for light skin.

14. What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them, I wear them sometimes.
I don't like fake lashes that look like fake lashes though.

15. Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
I certainly did. I go through mascaras faster than that anyway.

16. What brand of mascara do you use?
Depends on what is working for me that day. At the moment I will reach for either Benefit 'They're Real', Tarte 'Lights Camera Lashes', or MAC 'Opulash'.

17. Sephora or MAC?
I like both but wouldn't want to just stick with MAC, so I'd pick Sephora for the variety.

18. Which brand do you have the most items from?
MAC, too much MAC.

19. What tools do you use to apply your make up?
Brushes, fingers, sponges.

20. Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes, always. I like MAC Bare Study Paint Pot.

21. For the face?
Yes, always.

22. What is your favorite eyeshadow (colour)?
If I had to pick one to wear for the rest of my life then it would probably be MAC Satin Taupe or the taupe colour in the Chanel 'Topkapi' quad. Taupe's are versatile and can be used with a variety of looks.

23. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Liquid/gel on my lid, pencil on the waterline.

24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Never.

25. What do you think of pigment eye shadows?
I love them, I'm wearing them now.

26. Do you use mineral makeup?
Only if I'm testing it for a review. I haven't found any mineral make up that I really like.

27. What is your favorite lipstick?
I don't have just one, MAC Lovelorn is a current favourite though.

28. How about lipgloss?
Chanel Blossom.

29. What is your favorite blush to use?
MAC Well Dressed, Illamasqua Hussy or NARS Orgasm.

30. Do you buy your makeup on eBay?
I will occasionally but I do not recommend doing it.
Most of what you find on eBay is a fake replica, unless you know exactly how to spot fakes do not buy it.

31. Do you like drugstore makeup?
I like some drugstore make up.

32. Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
We don't have any in Australia.


33. Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I have.

34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
No, not at all.

35. Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Too much make up. Especially too much foundation.
If you don't use too much you really can't go wrong.

36. Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Generally neutral eyes. If I am going to wear anything colourful it will be lipstick.

37. Which celebrity always has great make up?
Oh, there are a lot. That's the benefit of having a make up artist on hand.
Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum - just to name a few.

38. If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Probably concealer. But I wouldn't leave the house using just one make up item.

39. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I could, but I wouldn't.

40. Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I look fine without make up on.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clarisonic Mia (Review)

I have a very strict skin care routine. I used the same products every day, in the same order, at the same time. I have been wanting to add a Clarisonic to my routine for quite some time now but didn't actually purchase one until a few months ago. Since then, the Clarisonic has become a staple item in my skin care routine. 

I opted for the Clarisonic Mia rather than the Clarisonic Classic.
My reasoning was pretty simple - it was cheaper.
I did to quite a lot of research into what the differences between the Classic Clarisonic and the Mia are and here is what I found:


  • The Classic has a base charger that you can stand the wand up in. The Mia has a magnetic charger that just clicks onto the wand, you will need to lay it down on your bench.
  • The Classic beeps when you need to move to the next section of your face, the Mia doesn’t, it comes with a booklet telling you how long you should spend on each area of your face and will turn itself off when you should be finished.
  • The Classic has a bigger handle and is heavier, the Mia is made for travel so it is smaller and a lot lighter.
  • The Classic has three speed settings, the Mia only has one which is the middle speed on the Classic. This isn’t a downfall in my opinion, the different speeds on the Classic really don’t make a noticeable difference in how it works.
  • They both use the exact same brush heads, there is no difference at all.
  • The Mia holds it's battery charge longer than the Classic does, which makes sense, since it's made for travel.


But here's the big difference, while you can pay up to $220 for a Classic, you can find a Mia for as little as $120.

But on with the review:

My skin is smoother, softer and more vibrant. My skin feels smooth and fresh every night when I take off my make up and I have had no problems with blemishes since I started using it. The Clarisonic is designed to deep clean while removing your make-up. I wet my face and apply Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser (you can find a review here). I rinse the brush head under warm water, shake off any excess and proceed to clean my face. Once I have gone through a full cycle (the Clarisonic will turn itself off when your face is clean) I will turn it back on and do a little more over my chin and jaw. I rinse off my face and follow with my regular cleanser.

It's imporant to remember that the Clarisonic is something you add to your skin care routine, it is not designed to replace your regular cleansing routine. It is a deep cleaning tool to remove dirt, oil and make up and prep your skin for cleansing.

I highly, highly, highly recommend the Clarisonic. I love it.

Butter London - Teddy Girl Nail Polish



I am a new lover of Butter London nail polishes. They have a smooth, creamy application and the colours are always identical to what you see in the bottle.

Teddy Girl is a pale pink cream with no glitter/shimmer or frost.
It is opaque on two coats and lasts for a decent amount of time with a top coat. I love this colour for all seasons and on all skin tones. The contrast against all skin tones is violent and shocking while still being completely wearable on a day-to-day basis.

The only fault I can find with this nail polish is that the formula might be a little too thin. The reason I say this is because I find it hard to keep a neat line near my cuticles. The edges often look a little rough and can take a while with a cuticle pusher or a cotton bud with nail polish remover to make them even. I have left my edges untouched for the purpose of this review but it is not difficult to clean up the edges if you like a flawless application.

I have tried finding a lower cost dupe for this colour but it is proving to be incredibly difficult. The closest I could find is Sephora by OPI's 'Dear Diary' which is a pale pink but not quite as bright as Teddy Girl.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MAC Lipstick Textures and Finishes - Explained.



If you have ever been to a MAC store or counter you have no doubt seen the array of lipsticks in every wearable shade you can imagine.
While trying to pick out just one is a task in itself, it is made even more difficult because of the different groups they are sorted into.

If you have ever wondered exactly what 'Lustre' or 'Cremesheen' actually mean you can wonder no further.

MAC has 10 different finishes in their permanent collection. Occasionally they will create a new limited edition finish. Some are easy to figure out, others are just random MAC words that need explaining.


Matte

A matte finish is one with no gloss or shine, it's a very flat shade.
Common characteristics of matte lipsticks are that they are very long wearing, this is because they are dry and are less likely to rub off. They are usually also heavily pigmented which can stain your lips. Coming with that though is their tendency to be quite drying after a few hours wear. Applying a lip balm before application can help but it will alter the true matte look into something with a bit more gloss.
Removing the lipstick, applying lip balm, letting the lip balm sink in and then reapplying the lipstick is a common way of keeping lips hydrated through the day. Matte lipsticks will show off every imperfection your have on your lips, just as they will from any other brand. You will see lines, you will see if your lips are dry. It's best to prep your lips with a lip scrub before applying (or just run your tooth brush over your lips a few times while brushing).


Satin

A Satin finish is semi-matte. It isn't completely flat but it doesn't have a whole lot of shine to it either. It is a good alternative to to a matte lipstick if your lips are dryer or have more lines than others. Satin lipsticks have a good wear to them, they will generally last a while on the lips and won't be too drying. You can easily apply a lip balm over a Satin lipstick without altering the finish of it.


Mattene

These are similar to a Satin finish with a little bit of a Cremesheen to them also. They're long wearing, have great colour pay off and aren't too drying for a matte lipstick. The formula is a little thicker than a Satin finish, which is why they aren't as drying. They do tend to settle into lines throughout the day.


Lustre

Lustre just happens to be my favourite MAC lipstick finish. They are very lightweight and are very easy to wear. They feel like a lip balm rather than a lipstick. They keep lips hydrated and smooth. They have a nice gloss and shine. The downfall with this is that the more gloss in the lipstick, the faster it will wear off. I can get a couple of hours wear if it's not interrupted by eating. Lustre's aren't incredibly pigmented but they're not sheer either. They work very well on dry lips and always look great.


Cremesheen

Cremesheens are the most popular MAC lipstick finish. They're glossy, opaque and long wearing. The colour pay off is always really strong and they wear for a really good amount of time. They are quite a thick lipstick so you can easily apply too much and have the constant feeling like you need to wipe your mouth. They're incredibly creamy and flattering. The colour selection of Cremesheens is really good.


Amplified Creme

I cannot see a big difference between Amplified Creme and Cremesheen.
Amplified Creme might have a little bit more shine but it is still the same thick, opaque formula of a Cremesheen.


Glaze

Glaze lipsticks are mostly quite sheer but are incredibly flattering on. They don't settle into lines and they colour your lips while still looking fresh and natural. If you prefer lipgloss over lipstick you will probably love the Glaze finish (and the Lustre finish). It's not sticky and it really hydrating to the lips.


Frost

Now I have to be honest, I only own 3-4 Frost lipsticks. Not because I don't like the formula but because the shade range isn't really there for this finish. From the shades that I own, I don't really see 'Frost' as being a correct word to describe these. They're more of a Satin finish than anything else. Not a lot of sheen but not at all drying or dull. They're a bold colour with good pay-off but I wouldn't describe them as being a 'Frost'. I like them, they last a long time when on the lips and don't come off too glossy or over-powering.


Sheen Supreme

These lipsticks are as glossy as lipsticks can get. They're my favourite alternative to a lipgloss when I don't want to have to deal with gloss that day (for example: wind + long hair = I hate lipgloss). They actually have a great colour pay off for something that describes itself as 'Sheen'. They don't wear for a great amount of time but they're easy to apply without a mirror throughout the day. They're really smooth wearing and hydrating, great for dry lips.


Pro Longwear Lip Creme

These are MAC's answer to a long wearing lipstick and I have to say, they got it pretty spot on. I swatched
These lipsticks are obviously very long wearing, they're a little drying but you're safe to put a lip balm over the top throughout the day without harming the colour. They have a great shade range and are definitely worth the purchase if you don't like reapplying your lipstick through the day.


Disclaimer: I have worked with MAC on a professional level for many years and received a lot of my professional training from MAC. However I have never been employed by MAC and this product was paid for with my own money. I am not being paid for this review, all opinions are my own. 


Animal Testing: MAC has always maintained cruelty-free production of products and is against animal testing. There has been some controversy over the past few months but MAC is still maintaining that they do not test on animals. 
Some MAC brushes do contain animal hair. MAC maintains that the hair is is farmed ethically and cruelty-free. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Something big is coming...

Top 10 MAC Eyeshadows



I'm often asked by readers or friends to recommend good 'starter' or 'must-have' products, especially from MAC.

MAC have an amazing range of eye and lip products which is fantastic because of the variety but also a little overwhelming. It can be a daunting task trying to find just one eyeshadow you love in a sea of hundreds.

I thought I would list off my Top 10 must-have MAC eyeshadows for you, including the reasons why I love them. I have picked these colours from a collection of my most-loved and have tried to stick to colours that will suit most skin tones.



Blanc Type

Blanc Type is a ivory white, it's a Matte2 finish.
Matte2's are smooth and creamy, unlike regular Matte Shades which can be quite hard with little colour pay-off.
It's a perfect colour for all over the lid or works well as a brow and inner corner high-light. If you have fair skin it can also be used to blend out colours.



Sable

This is a perfect warm colour for those 'in a rush' looks. It can be swept all over the lid and has enough dimention to look amazing on it's own. It is an opaque colour that you can still build darker in the crease if you wanted to stick with just one colour.
It's a plum brown, a staple colour for me and one I use often.



Satin Taupe

Satin Taupe is another one of those 'all over the lid' colours. It's a perfect taupe with just at a hint of lilac when it catches the lights. It's really flattering and is great for day-wear, especially in winter.
I love this all over my lid with a brown colour blended through the crease (such as MAC Sable).



Expensive Pink

This is a fantastic layering colour. It looks amazing in the crease, especially if you use a darker colour in your outer corner and blend it through Expensive Pink. It's an incredibly flattering colour, great for day or night. It also makes an amazing cheek highlight if you like products that you can use for more than one thing.



Mystery

This is a perfect outer corner colour for both day and night. It's bold enough for night time but still not too crazy for day wear. It's a dark taupe-brown and creates fantastic definition, especially for those trying to change the shape of the eye. It can also be used as a liner for a suttle, smokey look.



All That Glitters

All That Glitters is iconic in the MAC world. It's a neutral rose gold peach colour that works on every skin tone. Despite it's name, it's not incredibly glittery, it's just the perfect combination of shimmer and sheen. It looks amazing over the eyelid and can easily be worn on it's own. This is a must have colour, I've gone through multiple pans of it.



Fig. 1.

This is also a Matte2 finish, incredibly pigmented and creamy. This has to be one of my favourite eyeshadows, out of every brand. It's an outstanding colour and the pigmentation is to die for. It adds a pop of colour to any neutral look and is the perfect shade for casual wear. I personally perfer to wear neutral shades and this colour fits right in without looking bright or out of place.



Typographic

One thing that MAC don't do well is black eyeshadows. Typographic is a Matte2 finish (you've probably gathered how much I love those) and is a slightly dark grey black. It's not pure black but it gets pretty close. It's bold, strong, pigmented and amazing. One of my all time favourite shades.




Twinks

Twinks is incredibly flattering on every skin tone. It's a deep copper plum that is completely wearable. It blends incredibly well and looks amazing with neutral and peach colours. It warms up the face and brightens the eyes. It looks especially good with brown and green eyes.




 Crystal Avalanche

It would be a crime for me to not mention Crystal Avalanche. It may not be the most practical colour, nor is it the most pigmented or smooth colour but it has an amazing finish and is incredibly universal. I use this colour as my inner corner and brow high-light, it can be used as a cheek highlight also. It's perfect to lighten up darker colours and is great for layering if you accidently go a little too dark with your eyeshadow. I love placing it on the ball of my moving eyelid to make my eyes look brighter. It's truely an amazing shade and I believe it's a must have in any collection.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lust Have It - December 2011 Box


  Lust Have It is a subscription service that send you a selection of deluxe samples from vaious brands each month. The subscription fee is $14.95 and it promises at least 5 samples in each box. They are also creating an online store so that you can purchase full size versions of the products you love. You never know what will arrive in each box, but that's all part of the fun. 

This was my first Lust Have It box and I have to say that I am pretty impressed so far. I ordered it mid-December one night and received postage notification the next day. I received it four days after that (taking into account the busy christmas mail season). 





The little box was very well packaged and presented, I opened it to find all the products neatly placed with no risk of anything breaking in transit.

(Spot the Glasshouse logo, that definitely put a smile on my face)




The first item I pulled out was The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask from Evo.
The bottle reads 'This product is like a patient friend, gently combing out the knots in your hair with a thousand strokes of a brush while another friend lays petals upon the ground to soften your walk to the morning bus', cute right?
It's a hydrating hair treatment to moisturise and smooth colour damaged, dry, course, frizzy hair. You use it on wet hair and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. RRP $29.95/150ml.


The next was a Purifying Cream Cleanser from Kosmea.
The cleanser says it's for all skin types and is made with organic rose hip oil and Australian avocado oil. 
It is a gentle skin-nourishing cream cleanser developed to replace skin with oils that it also takes away. It claims to remove make-up, including waterproof eye make-up and nourish the skin. RRP $34.95/100ml.


Glasshouse fragrances make the most amazing candles so I was excited to see a Glasshouse Body Bar in the box. It is a triple milled pure vegetable soap containing Vitamin E, Shea butter and Almost oil to nourish and moisturise the skin. The scent is Gardenia which is okay but not a personal preference. RRP $12.95/250g


The next was a tin of Moxie regular tampons. They have a silken glaze coating for easy insertion and come in a very cute, handbag friendly tin. RRP $4.39/per 16.


The next item was a Lime Lilly Waterproof Eye Pencil in Jet. It claims to be a highly pigmented and smooth black pencil. It's not tested on animals and is paraben free, always two great things to look for. RRP $18.00/Full Size


Lastly, a set of false eyelashes from Lash Republic. These babies are made from 100% human hair and each lash is designed to enhance, volumise and lengthen varying eyeshapes. They're re-usable, hypo-allergenic and lightweight for maximum comfort. There were four different lashes sent out, I received 'Catwalk' which is designed as a night lash. 


I am quite pleased with the box and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

One of my lovely readers nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award!
Thanks to The Beaute Buzz!



It is a fantastic award that supports and encourages bloggers with less than 200 followers

The rules are :
 1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you
 2. Reveal the five blogs you have chosen and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
 3. Copy and paste the award onto your blog
 4. Request that people you have sent the award to forward it on to their favourite bloggers

I have had a hard time finding blogs with less than 200 followers so the following are my first three nominations, I am going to leave the last two spaces open for a few days and have a look around for some new and/or upcoming blogs that really spark my interest. 
I nominate the following bloggers:


Two more nominations will be posted in the next couple of days, if you would like me to check out your blog, leave a comment below.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Nail Polish: Illamasqua - Lament


Lament is a really creamy coral pink shade that really bursts with colour, even in dull lighting. It's definitely a unique shade that I really haven't seen before.

It's a cream nail polish that applys almost like a gel.

Illamasqua nail polish is incredibly shiny and wears like iron, I can go 7-10 days without a single chip (in comparison to OPI which will last 4-5 days without a chip).

This is an incredible forumula, I highly recommend the splurge.
You can find it on Illamasqua.com

(Please excuse my horrible nail beds! I'm due for a manicure.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mario Badescu Silver Powder



I have been wanting to try the Mario Badescu Silver Powder for such a long time. I have pretty tame, forgiving skin but have always had a real problem with blackheads.

I spend hours a week with pore strips, toners, different types of acids and peroxides, face brushes, heck even tooth brushes, just trying to keep my pores clean.

It is commonly believed that blackheads are a build up of dirt inside your pore but this isn't true. Blackheads will build up on even the cleanest skin. A blackhead is basically solidified oil created by your skin. If you have oily skin (like most of us do) it is likely that you find pesky little blackheads appearing inside your pores on and around your nose, or even on your forhead and chin. They're not raised like a blemish is, they don't swell or cause any pain, they just sit there all annoying. A blackhead isn't dirt or grease, it's just your skins natural oils getting trapped inside a pore.

The unfortunate thing is that if you have normal/combination/oily skin, you're going to spend the rest of your young adult life trying to get rid of them.

I have always been a firm advocate for Biore Pore Strips (and I still am) but even they won't get rid of all of them. Those stupid exfoliators and gels that they say 'disolve blackheads' don't work, and believe me, I've got 30 half empty bottles in my bathroom to prove I've tried them all. Steam cleaning doesn't work either. Those pesky sons of witches just love their little pore-caves.

Back on topic, on my first try of the Mario Badesku Silver Powder I was incredibly impressed. I stopped treating my pores for about a week prior to using the powder to see how it actually works. I saw a dramatic reduction in blackheads, about the same result as using a pore strip but a lot less pain. I waited two days and tried the powder again and still saw a greater reduction, almost to the point of no blackheads. After what is now the third attempt I have almost no blackheads and am incredibly pleased with the result.

I have come to expect nothing to be easy in skin care, I expect only half of what a product claims to do and never get my hopes up. The Silver Powder was a pleasent surprise and I will continue using it.

Speaking of using it, here's how you do it.

  • Open up the cute little pot of Silver Powder
  • Don't spill it, open with caution.
  • Take a cotton pad or cotton ball and wet it under warm water.
  • Dip the cotton into the silver powder and apply it gently over any blackhead areas (for me it's just my nose)
  • The powder will turn into a paste on the cotton and apply like a thick cream.
  • Let the cream dry for 10 minutes and remove with a facial toner (or witch hazel).
Alas! Cleaner pores.


The Negative:

The powder does claim to also reduce the amount of oil your skin produces but I haven't really seen that effect. Keeping in mind that I have only been using the powder for a short time, I will update if this changes.


Other than that, all positive and a high recommendation from me.


10/10

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MAC Opulash Mascara



I am one among many who have been consistently disappointed with the quality of high-end mascaras.
Most seem to coat the lashes with watery black fluid and stop there. I think it's because a lot of high-end brands expect that you will wear false lashes because, you know, we all have time to mess around with that in the morning..

I have tried many high end mascaras and after continued disappointment I just gave up. I chose to stay with my lower cost mascaras and I was perfectly content with doing so.

Then along came MAC, proving once again that it knows exactly what we want.

MAC released Opulash about six months ago and like all other high end mascara releases I didn't even think about purchasing it.

I was standing at a checkout at Priceline and I heard two girls talking about Opulash, one of whom claimed that she had never tried a better mascara. The girl eventually convinced her friend to put down the Revlon mascara that she was about to purchase and go to MAC to buy Opulash.

I followed, I purchased, they thought I was stalking them. Oh well.

The first time I tried it I was impressed but not thrilled. It still didn't compare to my regular mascaras. The second time I tried it, I was in love.

If you just want some length, one coat is fine. If you want that dramatic volume, two coats is a must.

I had great volume, perfectly separated lashes and a little extra length. The mascara wore all day, didn't flake and is very black.

The downside is that it dried up in about three months. I know that you are 'supposed' to change your mascara every three months but I find that I can go for about six without any problems at all.

The mascara retails for $34 and I personally think that it is worth the cost.


(note: my natural lashes are quite long with minimal volume)

Disclaimer: I have worked with MAC on a professional level for many years and received a lot of my professional training from MAC. However I have never been employed by MAC and this product was paid for with my own money. I am not being paid for this review, all opinions are my own. 


Animal Testing: MAC has always maintained cruelty-free production of products and is against animal testing. There has been some controversy over the past few months but MAC is still maintaining that they do not test on animals. 
Some MAC brushes do contain animal hair. MAC maintains that the hair is is farmed ethically and cruelty-free. 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation




It's been a long time since I first started my search for the perfect foundation.
I have very fair skin which makes it hard to find a colour that matches me, I also have light freckles which don't seem to like to be covered up.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme claims to be a full-coverage, long wearing foundation. They also claim to have a variety of shades to suit every one including a large selection of shades with pink undertones which are hard to find in full coverage foundations.

My first instinct to when choosing foundations is to pick up the lightest shade and hope that it's light enough. The lightest shade in the Laura Mercier Silk Creme range is 'Cream Ivory' which was far too yellow for me. So I threw that one in the drawer and went back to by 'Rose Ivory' which was the shade darker.

The foundation has the perfect pink undertone, it applies very smooth, it wears for 8-9 hours (when set with powder, 6-7 hours when worn alone) and I can see how this could be called a full coverage foundation.

The problem I have the the foundation is the same that I have with all full coverage foundations.

When they say 'Full Coverage' they mean 'Full Coverage - as long as you don't have ANY freckles'.
The foundation leaves a flawless coverage, my skin tone is even, there is no red peeking through and it leaves skin looking dewy and fresh - almost like you're not wearing any make-up - but alas, there are the freckles, refusing to be covered and standing loud.

All in all, this foundation is fantastic. It's light as air and has a fantastic finish - it just shouldn't claim to be full coverage.

I do recommend this foundation to anyone. It would suit both dry and oily skin because it is water based and light. The shade variety is average but the undertones are spot-on perfect.

RRP $68

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chanel Base Lumiere - Illuminating Makeup Base

 
Chanel describes the Chanel Base Lumiere Illuminating Makeup Base as a fresh, oil-free gel that evens out and illuminates the complexion.

Mmm I'd have to disagree. I swear by face primers, I have a lot of them and I like a lot of them but I definitely would not put this one at the top of the list. It does leave a nice soft feeling to the skin but as far as I can tell, that's all it does.

It does hold my make-up on for a little bit longer than if I wasn't wearing a primer at all but it's nothing fantastic. Without primer I usually get about 4 hours of make-up wear, with a good primer I can get up to 14 hours of make-up wear. With this primer I'll get about 6 hours.

Illuminating? I can't see any form of illuminating at all, especially not once I have make-up on over the top of the primer.

Other than having a Chanel logo on it, this primer is really just a semi-mattifying gel (and not a very good one at that).

30ml costs $78 at Chanel counters in Australia and will last you a few months.

I won't repurchase, I doubt I'll even finish the bottle, it just doesn't work.

Chanel make some fantastic products, this just isn't one of them, sorry.