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Thursday, May 31, 2012

MAC - Plumful Lipstick Review/Swatch

MAC Plumful Lipstick is a washed out medium pink with a deep plum undertone. It's much darker than your average pink lipstick but isn't vampy or too dark. It has a lustre finish and has a brilliant colour pay off. (To read more on different MAC lipstick finishes, click HERE)

Plumful is a very wearable shade for both cooler and warmer skin tones, it sits comfortably on the lips and because it's a little darker it has a great staying power.

I purchased Plumful at the end of winter last year and was using it almost every day until the weather started to change into summer. It's the perfect winter colour, it brightens the face and amps up your lips for a super sultry pout.

Plumful is my absolute favourite winter shade, I highly recommend purchasing!

RRP - Australia-$36  US-$14.50

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. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

EVO Icon Welder Heat Protectant

There are a few things you probably don't know about me. Little things like the fact that I enjoy stevia in my coffee, that I only wear OPI Strawberry Margarita polish on my toenails or that broccoli is among my favourite foods. You probably also don't know that Evo is my favourite hair care brand. Just let me say it again really quickly:


I could give you a whole list of all the Evo products I love but that would be so unfair to not detail each of the products specifically. One at a time it is!

I'm starting off with the product that brought me to the Evo brand:

Icon Welder Heat Protectant

To know why I love this product you need a little bit of a back story. 
I buy heat protectants like most people buy bread.

I use a lot of heat on my very fine hair and am always searching for the best ways to protect it. Would you like a list of all the heat protectant sprays I've tried in the past year? Okay, here it is:

Redken Iron Guard
Chi Iron Silk
Crystali Heat Tamer
Tigi Catwalk Heat Smoother
De Lorenzo Extinguish Protectant
GHD Thermal Protectant
Toni&Guy Thermal Spray
L'Oreal Professional Tecni.Art Thermal Spray
MUK Hot Muk Thermal Spray
Rusk Shine Thermal Spray
NAK Heat Beat Thermal Protectant
Macadamia Oil Thermal Defence
Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Protectant
Keracare Strengthening Thermal Protector
Matrix Iron In Thermal Styling Mist
Paul Mitchell Heat Seal

I think that's about it, you know, just a couple..

I think the above qualifies me to say that Evo Icon Welder is THE BEST HEAT PROTECTANT IN THE WORLD.

Icon Welder leaves hair impossibly soft and silky with an amazing shine. There is not even a hint of sticky or greasy residue after use (something no other heat protectant sprays have managed to do) and it doesn't feel like you have any product in your hair at all. AT ALL! (sorry, I'm excited)

It's designed for straightening but I have found it to be just as brilliant for curling and waving hair. It is amazing with straightening though, it locks in straight and will even hold it during humidity.

The bottle says that it has a Level 3 from 5 hold (a little higher than a medium hold) but I don't find that it has any sort of motion control at all which is another reason why I love it.

My hair is left soft, glowing and perfectly healthy. My hair doesn't burn or dry out and it is simply amazing.

It's $26.95 for 200ml which is an average cost for a salon product. The bottle lasts me about a month with every day use on long hair. You can purchase at selected salons (search for your local stockist HERE) or you can buy online HERE. If you use hot tools, this will be the best purchase you'll ever make.

I don't like to oversell products because every one's hair, skin, taste is different but it would be a crime of me to not express exactly how amazing this product is.

You have no idea how exciting this is for me. My mission to find the best heat protectant has been on going for years. This is it, this one wins. Mission complete.

Animal Testing: Evo does not test on animals.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A couple of things..

First off, good morning! Long time no chat!
There are a few reasons why Easy Dress has been empty over this past week:

1. It's so typical of me to say that I have been 'so busy'. But it's true, I have. Kind of. I've been pretty busy but not all of it's bad. I've been working on a few new projects for Easy Dress that I'm hoping will come to light in the next few weeks.

2. The new blogger editor. I don't think it will come as a shock to you that I really dislike it, you probably do too. I don't know why they changed it but it's absolutely horrible. As someone who has studied environmental productivity, a white cast background and a scattered full screen editor doesn't inspire any productivity. It's cold and annoying. I no longer write in blogger, I type everything out and edit the HTML in word and just copy and paste into blogger at the end. It's definitely impacted the frequency that I blog because writing a post in HTML from scratch takes longer than being able to click buttons that do it for you. Bad move, blogger.

3. I've been injured and on bed rest. While I tried using my iPad to write out a few posts I just ended up angry and my iPad was banished to the floor. I've hurt my lower back quite severely and it's taking it's time to heal.

Stick around, I have so much planned for the next few months 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Great Online Stores! (that ship to Australia)

I am always asked how I manage to purchase cosmetics overseas from places like Sephora and Nordstrom who don't ship to Australia, most of you probably know by not that I use a mail forwarding service called Parcel It On, you can find a full review on the service HERE.

I know that mail forwarding services can be kind of scary and tricky to figure out the first time you use them and also that some people just aren't comfortable putting a large amount of money into someone elses hands. So just for you I have put together a list of my favourite online stores that do ship to Australia.

These are stores that I have purchase from many times, that I know sell authentic products and that have proven themselves to be great online stores. 


HQHair sells hair products, obviously, but they also have nail polish, make up and skin care to boot! They stock a huge variety of products and ship from the UK, you also pay in GBP so be aware of that when looking at prices. Not only do they sell great brands at low prices but they also have free international shipping at all times - amazing! Also be aware that all electronics will come with British power plugs, you'll need

Favourites from this store:


I've purchased from Beauty Bay a few times when they have offered free international shipping but it seems that they have made this feature a permanent promotion, nothing beats free shipping! They stock a huge variety of brands, especially hair and skin care but the reason I love them is because of their variety of hot tools. Their prices are slightly higher than American prices but still have a lot of savings when compared to the Australian prices. BeautyBay also charges in GBP and is shipped from the UK, you'll need adaptors for electronic devices.

Favourites from this store:
Babyliss Pro
Too Faced
Urban Decay
Peter Thomas Roth


Great for all those bargain brands at even more bargain prices, you can get your NYX fix here at a great prices and they have a pretty good loyalty system also, you collect points as you spend and receive vouchers throughout the year. Shipping starts at $9.95 and builds depending on the weight of your purchase. I have purchased 50+ items (for myself and friends) and only paid about $30 shipping.

Favourites from this store:


This is your make up warehouse, stock is constantly changing and they stock cheap brands such as Maybelline and L'Oreal up to high end brands such as Chanel and YSL. You can find many discontinued items and shades here from a HUGE variety of brands (they have MAC bursting at the seams!) and you can find some absolute bargains on amazing products. I have purchased from this store countless times and never had a bad experience. Shipping starts at a hefty $14 and builds from their depending on weight.

Favourites from this store:
Bobbi Brown


This store is very similar to All Cosmetics Wholesale except it's not quite as packed with items. They sell cheaper than US prices and stock is constantly changing around. Shipping varied depending on weight but everything in the store is a bargain.

Favourites from this store:


I'm sure you all know who Marlena 'Make Up Geek' is but did you know she has a store? She stocks a few lesser known brands but also sells MAC pigment samples at super cheap prices ($2-$5). Samples are only a few grams each but this is enough to give you many applications. Much more affordable than buying full sized pigments that you are likely to never use up. Shipping starts at a super cheap $4 and builds on weight but still stays low.

Favourites from this store:
MAC Pigment Samples
Beauty Blender


I'm hesitant to put this store into the list but technically they do ship to Australia so I feel it deserves a place. They problem is that it is up to each brand whether they will ship to Australia or not. Some brands do, some brands don't. Either way, they sell some great brands at super discounted products and you can usually always find an extra 20% discount code. Shipping is $14.95 no matter how much you buy.

Favourites from this store:
Dr Brandt
Peter Thomas Roth

Tips for online shopping

  • When shipping isn't free, try and get a few friends who would like to place orders together to split the postal cost, you could end up having your items shipped for only a few dollars each.
  • Bulky items such as shampoo and conditioner will add weight too your order. If your shipping cost is based on weight, maybe think about whether you're impacting your savings too much with the cost of postage.
  • Don't break the bank! If postage is free, just buy a few things at a time.
  • Keep an eye on exchange rates and buy when the Australian dollar is a higher value for even more savings. 

This is just a list of a few of my favourite online shopping websites, I'll be making a few of these posts with more stores in the next few weeks, keep an eye out!

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Repairing Hand Cream + GIVEAWAY (open)

I don't have dry skin but I hate that 'tight' feeling after using soap. Hand cream is a staple for me and I have never really branched out into the types I use. I'm addicted to Shea butter and have loved L'Occitane hand creams for a while now. Due to the price, I buy it overseas ($26 a tube rather than $60 a tube in Australia). While I was in between tubes I picked up this Garnier hand cream from the supermarket.

If you read my review on the Garnier Gradual Tanner HERE, you would know how impressed I was with the soft skin it left behind. I figured that the hand cream would at least have to compete in the 'soft scale'.

So I pretty much fell in love instantly. I have never felt a hand cream emulsify (turn from cream to liquid) so quickly in my hands and create such a smooth barrier over my skin. It's charged with Shea butter (yay!) and a tricky little ingredient that Garnier is calling 'L-Bifidus'.

What is L-Bifidus?

Good question, it's taken a bit of research but I've managed to pull a few sources to tell me what L-Bifidus is exactly.

Better known as Lysate of Bifidus, L-Bifidus is a plant extract the Garnier claims is inspired by probiotics found in yogurts. They claim that it acts as a moisture shield, which would mean that your hands would stay soft even after washing them.

Information on L-Bifidus is very sketchy, some sources claim it is a fictional chemical designed to look like a natural substance, others claim that it is an ingestible vitamin the helps with immunity.

My opinion on L-Bifidus is that Garnier found a largely unknown substance that may have a moisturising property and claimed it as their own. This is a common throughout all skin care brands that claim to find something innovative.

Because I can't find too much information on L-Bifidus I can't tell you if it is helpful in the product or not, but I would personally choose to ignore the claims and just blame the Shea butter for the moisture you feel when you use it.


Lasting hydration, even after washing?
Mmm not really but I don't really mind, I'm happy to apply more.

Yes, definitely. I've noticed no harsh side effects from using the hand cream.

Non-greasy, non-sticky, fast absorbing?
Yes, yes and yes.

Suitable for Extra-Dry, Cracked hands?
I can't really answer this one because I don't have extra dry or cracked hands, but it is definitely a deep hydration and I can see it working on even the driest of hands.

There are five different types of the hand cream
Honey: for sensitive skin
Aloe Vera: for normal skin
Mango: for dry skin
Cocoa Butter: for dry, rough skin
Shea Butter: for dry to extra dry skin

(however I could only find Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Honey - I'd be all over that mango one..)

I love this hand cream, it lives in my handbag now and I highly, highly recommend purchasing it. I found it at Coles for around $4 (only $4!!), I'm about halfway through the tube and have been using it for 2 months. It has no parabens or sulfates and is a deep nourishing hand conditioner.


Because I love both you and this product, I'm going to pick up a couple extras to giveaway. Open to all readers, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you'd like to enter the giveaway. Winners will be drawn at random and announced in the next few days. 

Animal Testing: Garnier does not test on animals.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chanel Haul!

While this is definitely not a practical or affordable obsession, I am falling more and more in love with Chanel cosmetics. Slap me now because I feel this is about to get crazy.

So, I went shopping and bought some things..

(Please remember that this is a haul, not a review. Reviews of all products will be posted in the coming weeks)

Chanel have boasted about the fact that they cater to all skin shades in all of their products, including bronzers. If you're fair to the point of being almost clear like I am, you know how much of a struggle it is to find a bronzer that doesn't make you look dirty. Chanel makes a few that I've liked so far but none that have been effortless too apply. I love their Bronze Universal cream bronzer but I have to be really careful when using it to avoid harsh lines and orange cheeks. I was looking for something that I could just brush onto my face and be done with it for every day use.

I found this bronzer on the hunt (and it's actually what prompted the haul) and thought I'd give it a go. It's the Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturising Bronzing Powder in shade 61 - Desert Corail

I know - looks like a blush, right? It's a lot deeper than it looks in the pan and gives a subtle bronze glow to my skin - so far I'm really loving it but I'll post a proper review when I've used it more.

I enjoy Chanel lipsticks but they're definitely not the most amazing formula that you'll find on the market and due to the fact that you're looking at around $50 a piece, I would only suggest buying one if it is in a shade that you can't find anywhere else and absolutely must have.

This shade is the Rouge Coco Shine Moisturising Sheer Lipstick in the shade Chance. I like the Rouge Coco Shine formula because it is a moisturising lipstick that is actually moisturising, not just shiny. I can wear them all day and not have to apply a lip balm (which is a huge plus for me) but due to the cost, I will generally slap on some lip balm and put a different lipstick over the top.

I've been looking for a bubblegum pink lipstick that didn't have any purple tint too it - not such an easy thing to find. I also wanted it to be semi-opaque but still shiny. Chance was all of those things and really, really like it.

Next, powder. I bought this only because I've wanted to try it for so long, not because I really need another powder. I've heard such good things about it that I needed to be in the game. It's the Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in shade 01 - Clair.

The reason that this powder is so loved is because it leaves the skin incredibly smooth and finished but the powder doesn't contain silicone like most finishing powders do. I've been loving it, I am using far less powder on my face for a far better finish. I press it into my foundation with the powder puff provided and then go over it with a fluffy brush to make sure it's all blended and there is no loose powder left on my face.

Next, Les Quatre Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in shade 20 - Regard Perle.
The quad has four beautiful, complimentary colours that you can mix and match to make several looks. I've been loving quads recently because I don't have time in the morning to sort through palettes to find eyeshadow combinations. The shades are super pigmented and last all day, like all Chanel eyeshadows.

And lastly, Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Shadow in shade 83 - Illusiore. I am so late jumping onto the band wagon with these but I am so, so glad I did. I wore this shadow the day after I bought it and (after a few minutes of trying to figure out how I was going to apply it) it was the first time in YEARS that I have only worn one colour of eyeshadow at one time. I smoked this out from the outer eyelid and buffed it into the crease with little effort. The shade, the pigmentation, the iridescence, it's all amazing and I can't wait to put a few more of these into my collection.

If you do your make up in a rush, this is the product for you.

So, after spending half of my life savings, I'm going to be spending the next few months rummaging through bargain bins and haggling at Priceline. 

Reviews on all products coming soon!

Animal Testing: Chanel Cosmetics and Fragrances are not tested on animals. 

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection - 2012 / Review

I am a sucker for a metallic and perlescent eyeshadows but I am also a hater of eyeshadows with ANY fallout, I don't want glitter on my face.
I was excited about this collection because it's 'liquid based powder' claims and was incredibly interested to know just how 'dimensional' these eyeshadows would be, and if the fall out would be something to scream about.

In Extra Dimension was launched as a new liquid-powder formula with prismatic reflections that 'sculpts, highlights and models the face'.

I purchased five of the eyeshadows from the collection and one highlighter.


Young Venus - A frosted, pearlescent pink with a white metallic base

Rich Core - A deep purple eggplant shade with a copper pearl base

Modern Pewter - An olive toned gold with a white metallic base

Warm Thunder - A dirty metallic grey with a silver pearl and white metallic base

Dark Dare - A flat charcoal black

The eyeshadows are a fantastic formula, very smooth with a velvet touch and a strong iridescence. There is no fall out from the eyeshadows at all and the shadows are glitter-free. They do shimmer and glow but there is no chunky glitter. They are similar to a veluxe pearl formula.

They're bigger than a standard MAC Eyeshadow, weighing in at 2g of product per pan (compared to 1.5g in a standard MAC shadow). The pans are sized about half way between a standard eyeshadow and a blush from MAC.

The intensity varies with application methods and the colour is extreme when used wet. I find that a patting motion with a flat eyeshader brush works the best with dry use. They wear very well, I had a full day of wear with primer and only very slight fading without primer.

I purchased the colours at random, just selected the shades that appealed to me, and they all really compliment each other due to the running white glow they're all sporting - this is also the reason I had to take both flash and non-flash photographs. I would assume that the rest of the shades in the collection would follow that trend.

All in all, some of the best eyeshadows MAC have released in a very long time.

Highlighter/Skin Finish

The collection launched with three Skin Finishes, I chose the one that I knew was going to be the sell out, the most popular of them all - Superb!

Superb is a peach nude shade with a multi dimensional shimmer and glow. There is no chunky glitter, just a slight iridescence.

I love this highlighter, just like I knew I would. It would work on any skin tone at all, it's not really a colour, just a glow - which is what you want from a highlighter anyway.

I've also used this as an eyeshadow and you can build up the intensity just as much as you can sheer it out, see swatches below:

The glow that Superb gives is incredible, I love-love it.

This was a fantastic collection from MAC and after a few recent failures in the pigmentation department, this collection was much appreciated and highly recommended. 

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.