Tuesday, 10 October 2017

RCK: Red Carpet Kolour Review




First off, I got this product awhile back and only tried once. I wore it all over the parts
of my body that would be showing for a Halloween event. The product did give me 
an amazing glow and lasted all night long (despite sweating and clothing contact).  
I didn't know you could also use it on your face if done correctly. I've noticed a 
couple reviews that are out there from people who are either sponsored or have a 
PR relationship with the brand itself. When I see reviews like that I think twice
  about 
believing their opinion which may be a bit biased. 




So, I grabbed a new brush intent on testing it on my face, something I have seen
in a blog or two from makeup artists recommending this product as a 'must-have'.
My skin is fairly pale and I was concerned that even the 'light' version of this product
would be vastly noticeable after drying. I washed, dried my skin, and applied some 
drug store primer before testing this product. My skin has been VERY dry as we are 
just coming out of a brutal winter here in Australia, therefor I recommend exfoliating
 and cleansing any dry dead skin away before application of this product. RCK Body 
Glow takes up to 5 minutes to dry. With a brush you have to be very careful how
hard you brush it in so that you don't leave lines or streaks (blend away!). 

Small Amount of Product Not Yet Blended In 


After blending product without Primer into my hand
With Flash it has a gorgeous golden undertone
and covers any uneven tones in your skin.



I applied the product to my face and made sure to blend it out as much as 
I possibly could with a foundation brush before it dried. It dries fairly quick,  
and if you ad additional product over the area you have blended some in already  
it will just build up and become darker as you can see on my left cheek above.  
My usually pale skin looked tanned and when the light is on my skin it has a  
almost pale golden shine to it (as pictured below). I am not wearing any blush, 
bronzer or using a contour palette.


The overall results were amazing! My skin looks sun-kissed  and relatively even.The only
two negatives I could find is;  One, that it dries quickly and if not blended out will leave
streaks. Two, you will feel it on your skin throughout the day as it is fairly thick after being
applied. I won't be using it as an everyday product, but it is nice to have if I want to use on
my body to even out skin tone or cover scarring. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award


            I want to start off by saying that being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger 
            Award is such an unexpected honour. It is flattering for Abby Clare (who has 
            such an amazing blog herself) to consider me as one of her nominations. 
            Click here to see how she answered the Q & A portion of the SBA. 


    
        For me, blogging didn't start until after I began my Youtube Channel over two 

            years ago. It was a social experiment for me to grow, learn and become a part 
            of the beauty/lifestyle community. I've networked with some of the loveliest 
            people from all over the world, and share these interests together. To me blogging and
          being a part of this amazing community 
isn't just about followers or views.
          It's about supporting each others endeavours, giving 
advice, and hones    

          feedback in a positively structured way. 



      Q & A

          1. What or who was your biggest inspiration for starting your blog?
               Originally, I wanted to create this blog to support my Youtube channel.
               To have a place where I could post more in-depth reviews than I was
               able to convey on my channel. Presently, I am even more committed to 
               blogging than I am to my channel. Inspiration comes from my need to
               give open and honest reviews of beauty products, as well as giving readers
               insight into my life experiences.

            2.  How long have you been blogging for?
      
                 I've been blogging for a little over two years.

    
        3. If you could be any animal, what would you be? And why?
          
                 I would be an American Eagle. They are graceful, rare and 
                 can fly free. 

     
      4. What is your go-to comfort food?
          
                 Hmmm, this is a hard one ...probably a grilled cheese sand which.

     
      5. What is your favourite holiday or celebration during the year?
           
                 I would have to say New Years. It's a fresh start and the 
                 fireworks don't are not bad either.
                
            6. What is your main goal for the end of the year? (Socially or personally).
           
                 Focus on health and being the best version of myself possible.

     
      7. What is your earliest memory?
           
                 My 4th birthday party. My dad was holding me up on his shoulders at my 
                 party where all my family and friends were. There were heaps of balloons 
                 and I wore a pretty plum coloured dress.

           8. When you were younger what was your dream job?

                Being a Makeup artist for Mac or a Social Media Manager for one of my  
                favourite brands (Tarte, Urban Decay, Black Moon Cosmetics, Rimmel, Nars).

     
      9. What is your favourite holiday destination?
                Lorne, Australia. Has the most stunning little town and beach.

     
      10. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
                  I enjoy reviewing products, then seeing that my blogs and insight help others
                  find the right products for them.

      
      11. If you were stuck on an Island for 24 hours, what five things would you want 
                  with you?
                    Water, Sunscreen, Tent, Moisteriser, and two weeks worth of YouFoodz 
                    (health prepared meals). 


     

         Nominees

   

        Questions

  1. Do you have any techniques to get in the mood for writing posts?
  2. What inspired you to start blogging?
  3. What is your favourite season?
  4. Have you travelled internationally? If so, where?
  5. What are your two holy grail beauty products?
  6. Are you named after anyone?
  7. What is your favourite YouTube Channel?
  8. What is the last book you've read?
  9. What is the last movie you've seen?
  10. Coffee or Tea?
  11. What would be your advice to new bloggers?      



        Rules

  • Write a blog post thanking the person that nominated you, tag them in your post.
    and also link the questions they answered in their post.
  • In your post answer the 11 questions that were given to you.
  • Nominate blogs who you think deserve the award and come up with 11 questions
    for them to answer.
  • Let them know that you nominated them by either social media or commenting on
    their blog.
  • Make sure to list the rules on your blog and display a Sunshine Blogger Award
    Logo in your post.
  • Have fun and get creative.




Thursday, 24 August 2017

Review of Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlight Palette




      When I first heard about the this highlighting palette I knew I needed to try it 
       out for myself. The reviews I came across seemed almost too good for such an 
       affordable palette ($15-40 AUD depending on the seller). They are pretty hard to
       find in Australia so I ordered 
it from the UK and waited a little over 2 weeks to
       receive it. 


      The packaging is very nice, and almost reminds me of some Tarte Palettes I've
      come across. The amount of product you get in this palette seems very generous.
      I don't think I'll be using the type of brush provided as I have some decent highlight
      brushes to apply it with, but it is nice to have a brush provided either way. 






With Flash 
Without Flash

      As you can see from the swatches above and swipes with my finger 
      below it is fairly pigmented. Each shade is stunning and unique in its
      own way.
I knew that this little palette had good reviews, but it is incredible
      value 
for the price. I've seen Too Faced highlighters with less pigmentation
      than 
this amazing little palette. For 1,2 & 4 I swiped three times to get the
      swatch 
above. For 3 It is thicker and more of a cream texture so it took
      between 
1-2 swipes to the swatch above. 





      Any doubts about this product have certainly been put to rest as far as
      
I am concerned. I am still blown away by how amazing these four shades
      look after being thoroughly swatched. I can't argue with the overall quality  
      in this product in any way. I'd love to hear from anyone who has used this
      palette and what your 
experience with it has been like.

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
favourite 
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
shades. 







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
diverse 
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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          Please do not 
use without expressed permission.

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 
also
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
actual 
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 
while
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. 

Credit: Lululemon.com






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




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