Monday, 20 January 2014

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

After hearing so many rave reviews on the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I was desperate to get my hands on it and I am so glad I did!

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($35 at Mecca) is described as having a full coverage, creaseless and long wearing formula and I can 100% vouch for this. The packaging is similar to a lipgloss tube with a doe foot applicator which makes applying the concealer a breeze. The only downside of the packaging is the rubber lid which gets dirty quite quickly, however that is the case with all Nars products.

It has quite a thick, creamy texture that is very easy to use and blend. Once applied, a little does go a long way however I would say that the coverage is more of a medium coverage compared to full coverage like the MAC Studio Finish concealer. I haven't yet used this under my eyes, as I always use the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer for that however over the past few weeks it has quickly become my go to spot and redness concealer. It seems to have overtaken my MAC concealer, simply because I find it easier to apply liquid concealers rather than pot ones.  I've seen a few reviews were people don't seem to be very happy with the fact that it isn't completely full coverage, but the coverage is more than enough for me as my skin has definitely cleared up over the last few months. 

I purchased the shade Vanilla and it is pretty perfect for my pale skin. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer covers everything that I need it to without being cakey, even after layering! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and will definitely be repurchasing!

Overall, I really do love this concealer and the price isn't that bad compared to some other Nars products!

Have you tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer? Thoughts?

Ash xx
Saturday, 18 January 2014

Lime Crime Lipsticks: Babette, Geradium & Countessa Fluorescent

After months of debating whether I needed the hugely raved about Lime Crime lipsticks, I caved. I mean, who wouldn't? Look at that beyond beautiful packaging. Here are my thoughts:

The Lime Crime lipsticks are extremely pigmented (opaque in one or two swipes) and creamy lipsticks which have a gorgeous but not over the top glossy finish. They have a vanilla scent to them similar to the scent of the MAC lipsticks which is one of my favourite things about MAC lipsticks. Most of the colours are all very bright, bold colours so they do have a tendency to leave a stain behind, however that is something that I don't mind. Okay, the packaging. I can understand why some people don't like the packaging as it is very over the top, but I love it. I was a bit weary that the packaging, fuchsia-purple tube with holographic silver unicorns, was going to look cheap but they have really surprised me! The lipsticks are heavier and more solid than I expected, maybe not as luxurious and high quality as some other brands, but I'm still happy with them! The price is quite steep at $22 a pop(via Princess Polly) but the packaging alone is worth it in my opinion!

I bought three shades in Babette, Geradium and Countessa Fluorescent, all relatively 'normal' shades compared to other Lime Crime shades. Babette is a slightly orange toned coral, which looked gorgeous online but I'm not quite sure yet whether I like it on me- it may be a little too nude for my skin tone. Geradium, my favourite of the bunch, is a bright coral pink, similar to Shocking Coral by Maybelline,  and lastly, Countessa Fluorescent is a bright blue-toned pinky-purple. This one is the most out there of the three I got, so I'm not quite sure where I'm going to wear it but I'm sure I'll figure it out!

What do you think of the colours? The Lime Crime lipsticks in general?

Ash xx
Monday, 13 January 2014

Topshop Lip Crayon in Royal

After hearing countless bloggers rave about the Topshop Lip Crayons and Topshop make up in general, I knew it was time to get my hands on a few more shades and give them a whirl. I own one other Lip Crayon in Powder Room but don't tend to use it as it's a bit too pink for me and I find it doesn't suit my complexion so needless to say I was very keen to try some other shades.

New to my ever growing collection, the Topshop Lip Crayon in Royal is creamy, highly pigmented and easy to apply with its small, pencil like tip. Royal is very much up my alley in terms of colour and finish, a slightly orange toned cherry red with a matte finish. While it is still very bold, it's perfect for an everyday red lip as it doesn't appear over the top. Unlike some other versions of the infamous lip crayons, the Topshop Lip Crayon in Royal is smooth, creamy and non drying on the lips which is why I can't recommend it enough!

Have you tried any products from Topshops make up line? What did you think of them?

Ash xx
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Melbourne: Part Two

I'm back! So my little Melbourne trip has come to an end and while I am sad to leave, I'm more than excited to be back home with my babies (my dogs, of course). Anyway, here are some photos from the last few days of our trip!

The third day in Melbourne was spent walking around the city, doing a bit of shopping and a lot of eating. Most of the stores that are in the city, we also have back in Perth, so it wasn't really anything new but everything is a lot bigger and more diverse, especially the Myer! I did a fair bit of damage (don't worry, Melbourne haul coming soon!) in shops such as Myer and Lush and then we went for a bit of a walk past Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and along the Yarra River where we settled for lunch at Grill'd. We then headed to DFO which stands for something to do with factory outlets where we also did a bit of shopping!

The next day we had a bit of a sleep in before heading to the Langham hotel for a chocolate themed high tea. Everything was so beautiful to look at to the point that I almost didn't want to eat anything (but I did anyway!).

We then went for a boat cruise along the Yarra River which started off sunny but soon turned very bad weather wise! We ended up being caught in a pretty bad storm to the point where they had difficulty docking the boat because the water level had risen so much! Eventually we got off safely, thank god! Later that night we went to the movies at Crown to see American Hustle followed by dinner at a little Asian place.

The next day I unfortunately didn't take many pictures but we went to Chadstone Shopping Centre which is apparently the fashion capitol of Melbourne. We walked around for a bit, bought a few more things and had the best hot chocolate ever at Lindt. We then headed back to the hotel for a bit and then went out for dinner at some modern little place on Southbank followed by a bit of roulette and a couple of drinks at the casino! 

It was a great trip, probably my favourite of the few times I've been to Melbourne, and I simply can't wait to get back soon! 

Hope you all have a great day!

Ash xx
Monday, 6 January 2014

Melbourne: Part One

Four days ago, as a sort of 18th/graduation celebration, I set off to the other side of Australia to one of my favourite cities in the world, Melbourne. This is my third time in Melbourne and each time it's just as beautiful as the last. While I do love Perth, it's always nice to get away to a city that has a little bit more going on (I love you Perth, but you're pretty boring). I am still in Melbourne but I thought I'd share some bits and pieces from the first couple of days in this wonderful city! We decided to stay at the Crowne Plaza as it is within walking distance to the Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex but is also close to the city centre. While there are definitely better hotels out there, it has proven just fine and has a much lower price tag than some such as the hotels within the Crown complex.

On the first day we arrived at the hotel around late afternoon so after a much needed nap we headed down to Crown along the Yarra River to grab some dinner at a little Italian place which was then followed by gelato and bed.

On the second day we headed to Chapel Street, one of the main (and most expensive) shopping areas in Melbourne. I managed to spend quite a bit of money at shops along the likes of Topshop, Sportsgirl and Bardot and a trip to Chapel Street would never be complete without some macarons (which if you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you would have seen).

After a few hours of shopping we decided to hunt down the recently opened Adriano Zumbo Patisserie  where I decided to be boring and buy more macarons (Zumbarons) instead of something from the gorgeous but very fancy cake selection.

To finish the day off we made our way to Her Majesty's Theatre to see the theatre production of Grease. I'm completely obsessed with concerts and shows in general so I'm always very quick to get tickets to things like this. The show was amazing and while I'm not sure if it's overtaken Jersey Boys (which was the best thing ever), it definitely gave it a run for it's money. There was also a very, very attractive T-Bird so thanks for that Grease. I may have already bought more tickets for when the show comes to Perth because it was so good!

Hope you all have a great day and stay tuned for part two of Melbourne!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013 Favourites: Makeup Part One

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic New Years Eve! I can't believe it's 2014 but for now here's a look at some of my favourite beauty products for 2013.

Throughout 2013, I basically only used two foundations: The Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum and the Revlon ColorStay Foundation (which I've used for years). Both are amazing foundations which provide a flawless finish. The Revlon one does give a tiny bit more coverage so I tend to use it more often but the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is excellent for a subtle coverage. I also became addicted to two cult products- the Nars Laguna Bronzer, which I can safely say I've used everyday for the last few months, and the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose which gives a gorgeous peachy-pink glow to the cheeks.

My all time favourite mascara, the Covergirl Clump Crusher, was discovered in 2013 and I am oh so happy that I found it! It gives amazing length and volume without leaving any clumps at all- the perfect mascara! I also fell in love with the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, specifically in the shade Bad to the Bronze, as well as MAC's All That Glitters eyeshadow. Both are the perfect shade to just sweep over the lid for a simple look but can also be built up to give amazing colour.

I think it's safe to say that my ultimate lip colour in 2013 was the Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush. I've worn this so many times it's not even funny- it's just the perfect, subtle pink. However I did also love the Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It which is another gorgeous light pink.

Make sure to let me know what your favourite make up products have been this year and stay tuned for part two!

Ash xx