Friday, 27 September 2013

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Benefit's They're Real mascara has been hugely hyped since it's release and I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. This is my second purchase of this baby and it is definitely one of my favourite mascaras. It's a little more on the pricey side and retails for $23 on the Benefit website (minus postage). Australians, this is available at Myer for $38. The above photo is two coats of They're Real.

They're Real has a plastic wand with stiff bristles which provides amazing length and a decent amount of volume too. It coats each individual lash with it's clump free black formula, however if you apply too many coats it can be a little thick and clump prone. The wand also has a little spiky ball on the end (that you can't see all that well in my photo) which allows you to get all the tiny lashes in the corners of your eye. If you're willing to spend a little extra and are after a mascara that will really pop- this is definitely the one!

Have you tried Benefit's They're Real? What do you think of it?

Ash xx

Monday, 9 September 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
l-r: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S
l-r: Crave, Faint, Naked 2

One of the newest products in my extensive make up collection is Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette which contains six shades, despite it's small size. The shades include:

Soft, creamy, slightly off-white with shimmer
A very sheer, matte light yellow/beige
W.O.S (Walk of Shame)
Matte, light pink/nude
Naked 2
Matte, pink toned taupe
Warm toned, medium brown (matte)
Deep, dark brown/black (matte)

I was so excited when Urban Decay released this palette due to the abundance of neutral, matte shades. The texture of all of these is great like all other Urban Decay shades I have tried. They all have soft, smooth and buttery textures with medium to high pigmentation (except Foxy which I really dislike due to pigmentation). The shades last for roughly 8 hours before they begin to fade. The physical palette is small, very manageable and is perfect for travelling due to it's small size and lightweight feel.

Overall while there is nothing wrong with this palette, I do slightly regret purchasing it due to the lack of unique shades. I own the Naked 2 palette which already has Foxy and has another shade, Bootycall , which is very similar to Venus. None of the shades within this palette are particularly worth it in my opinion and dupes could easily be found. Hopefully I will get some use out of it anyway!

Have you tried the Urban Decay Basic's Palette?

Ash xx

Sunday, 1 September 2013

My Spring Nail Polish Picks

Spring is here! The start of a new season provides a perfect excuse for me to get out the bright and colourful products to share with you guys. I apologize for anyone that lives in the US or anyone that is actually going into Autumn but a few pastel shades never hurt anyone. Hope you guys enjoy my picks!

Kate Moss for Rimmel Salon Pro: Reggae Splash
Reggae Splash is a gorgeous light orange/apricot shade with a flaw proof formula. It applies easily and smoothly and the gel-like formula allows this gorgeous colour to last between 6-10 days. You can see my review here.

Essie Lilacism
Essie's Lilacism is one of my absolute favourite nail polishes ever. It is a beautiful blue toned lilac, although there are two different versions of this, the other being a pale lavender. The formula is quite streaky and requires around 3 coats but it is very easy to work so this doesn't bother me. It is also very fast drying and last for a rather long while.

Revlon ColorStay in Cafe Pink
Cafe Pink is a lovely shade of baby pink that is absolutely perfect for Spring. The Revlon ColorStay polishes usually last quite a while due to their gel formula. This one only needed two coats but I did three for good measure.

Essie Mint Candy Apple
A definite cult product, this gorgeous minty, aqua blue shade is one of my favourites and is also a must have for Spring/Summer. The formula isn't amazing as it is a bit streaky and can be a bit thick but it's nothing impossible to work with. It stays on without chipping for around 4-5 days and dries quickly. Definitely on my recommendation list!

Essie Playdate 
While I don't tend to wear purple very often, I thought I'd include this one for all the purple lovers out there. Playdate is a bright purple with a glossy, creme formula. Like all Essie polishes, it dries quickly and lasts for a good 4-5 days.

What are your must have colours for spring?

Ash xx