Saturday, 29 March 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush: Peach Pop

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who nearly died upon seeing the new Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes. Seriously, isn't this one of the most beautiful blushes you've ever seen?! I didn't even do any research concerning the quality of these blushes because I knew that even if they were terrible I'd probably still buy one just because of how gorgeous they are (is that sad? I don't even know anymore). Luckily the quality has also lived up to my expectations so this little beauty was definitely worth it!

The Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes are described as vibrant yet natural looking cheek colours that look virtually powderless. They apply really smoothly, sit perfectly on your cheeks without enhancing the look of pores and last all day. While they are decently pigmented, not a lot of product is picked up on the brush, meaning it's easy to achieve a wash of colour or to build up a more prominent colour. I purchased the shade Peach Pop as I always gravitate toward peachy/coral colours, despite the fact that I have way too many similar shades already. It really is a beautiful shade and I can't recommend these blushes enough, although if you do have a fair few blushes you probably don't need one, but come on- who could resist?!

Overall, I'm really impressed with these and it's taking all of my willpower not to go running back to David Jones to pick up another couple.

Do you plan on getting one of these blushes or are you resisting the urge to grab one?!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeliner isn't something that I tend to use on an everyday basis. In fact, it's something that I really struggle with. Now, I'm still not sure if it's just my lack of skill or whether it's the actual eyeliners I own, but I'm never completely content with how it looks (and don't even get me started on winged eyeliner!). While trawling through Tarazz I came across this baby, the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I've heard a few people raving about this recently and on a whim decided to give it a go and I'm certainly glad I did.

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is a super tiny, super precise felt tip liquid liner that glides on with ease and honestly does stay on all day. It's super pigmented and can be used to create a number of different looks depending on the way you angle it.  As you can see in the pictures, the actual product itself is really small meaning that it's really easy to hold and allows for a lot of control compared to other eyeliners I've tried. It stays on all day without smudging or fading and actually takes quite a bit of effort to get off at the end of the day (unless you use Bioderma, of course!).

I usually tend to skip the eyeliner step in my make up routine because I always mess it up and then end up having to take it off, messing up the rest of my make up in the process, but I honestly think I've found my perfect, holy grail eyeliner. I've been using this non stop since it arrived and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon!

If you're in Australia you can get the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner on Tarazz for $25.64 or at Mecca for $32. 

Ash xx
Monday, 24 March 2014

A Very Expensive Haul

It's haul time again! So quickly?! I know, I've been shopping way too much, I definitely need to go on a spending ban for at least a month. This lot of stuff is from a couple of online orders and a trip to the city so there is quite a bit. As there are so many products, I won't go into much depth but don't worry there will be posts on most of the items eventually!

Firstly from the Book Depository I ordered the Lauren Conrad Beauty book as well as It by Alexa Chung. I wanted the Lauren Conrad book as I just genuinely like her and also because I thought it would look pretty in my room. The Alexa Chung one was purely because of hype so when I eventually  get around to it, hopefully it will be good!

Secondly, my order from Tarazz finally arrived! If you don't know Tarazz is a website where you can order products that are stocked by Sephora in Australia. I'm not sure if it was just my order but I am definitely not impressed! After my order didn't arrive a couple of months later I got onto them about it and they resent the package and included a bit of rudeness too! The second order did arrive, a little later than I was told and one of the products was in the wrong scent but at least I actually got this one. However onto the actual products. I finally got my hands on a Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless- yay! I've only used it once so far but I can already see myself really loving it and purchasing a whole lot more in the near future. I also purchased the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, the Stila Stay All Day liquid liner (aka the best eyeliner ever- more on that later!) and the Josie Maran Bear Naked nail wipes in Grapefruit (even though I ordered Peppermint). I also got four Deborah Lippmann nail polishes and oh my god. I am in love. I got Mermaid's Dream, Stronger, Across The Universe and Shake Your Money Maker.

About a week ago I had to spend a few days in court for uni so while I was waiting to be picked up from the city I thought a bit of shopping was 100% necessary. I quickly popped into Mecca in search of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes and ended up picking one up in Diffused Heat. I was also hoping to get Radiant Magenta but it was the one they didn't have. This is another oh my god moment for me. Obviously these blushes are gorgeous in the pan and the packaging is stunning but they also look so beautiful on! I'm completely obsessed with Diffused Heat and I definitely recommend you all go check them out!

I then ran into Myer and thought that it was about time I tried some Soap and Glory products. I bought the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and Hand Food. I'm yet to use the scrub but the hand cream has been used a fair few times already for those rough after work hands. I can't say I've noticed anything particularly amazing yet, it just seems like any old hand cream but I will let you know soon! I also grabbed one of the Korres Lip Butters in Jasmine after seeing them on Tenneil's blog. I honestly didn't think I would like the Jasmine scent but it was actually one of my more preferred ones when I finally had a look at them in person. I also really wanted the plum one but they were out of stock!

Lastly, I pretty much ran to David Jones in search of the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes as my mom was waiting for me but I just had to have one! I got the shade Peach Pop and it is the most beautiful blush I've ever seen. I haven't used it yet as I had to wait until I'd taken all my photos (blogger probs) but I will certainly be using it soon.

So that is the end of another haul! I hope you're all not sick of them yet but I really enjoy them so I hope you do too!

Have a good week! 

Ash xx
Sunday, 23 March 2014

Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette

One of my more recent purchases and a product I've been dying to try for such a long time- The Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone palette. I've seen this featured in numerous reviews and make up looks so I thought it would be the perfect palette to spice things up a bit in my make up collection. All of my eyeshadows and palettes are quite similar in the fact that they are neutral (I have so many champagne colours it's not even funny) and while this is also neutral, it does have a few more daring and exciting colours to it.
All of the colours in this palette are super pigmented, with the exception of the first one however it is more of a shimmery highlight shade which doesn't need a huge amount of pigmentation. The formulation is super soft, buttery and easy to blend out. For a palette that's as cheap as this one, I was definitely impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows. 

The palette is divided into two columns, each a separate look and each containing four shades- a browbone shade, an eyelid shade, a crease shade and a definer. The first column in the Comfort Zone palette includes a pretty shimmery beige highlight, a frosty orange toned copper, a gold toned brown and a dark burgundy brown as the definer. The second column includes a grey toned highlight, a bright frosty green, a dark olive and a red/brown shade with blue duo-chrome. Please note that I was a bit stupid with my swatches and swatched left to right so every second shade belongs to the one column.

Overall I'm really enjoying this palette. All of the shades are gorgeous, especially the two eyelid shades and the duo-chrome, and they're all nicely pigmented and are so nice and smooth. These are definitely value for money and I'd recommend trying them out any day! These palettes retail for $14.95 on CrushCosmetics however I do believe they are cheaper in the U.S.

Have you tried any of these Wet 'n' Wild palettes?

Ash xx

P.S: I'm getting very close to my next Bloglovin' milestone- 300 followers! So obviously I'm planning a giveaway for when I hit this milestone but I'd love a few suggestions as to what to include. I'm thinking of doing a a collection of a few of my favourites but leave me any product suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter!
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Crush Cosmetics Haul

It's not very often that I don't spend at least some of my day trawling through online shopping websites, dreaming of things I can't have (well shouldn't have, anyway). Then, occasionally I give in and just place an order. This week was one of those times, and along with this order, I still have 4 other packages on the way. Anyway, the first of the five to arrive, Crush Cosmetics. I'd never used Crush Cosmetics before so I was, of course skeptical but I'm surprisingly pleased. The package arrived relatively quickly and everything was wrapped up and packaged really nicely. Now, on to the exciting stuff!

First on my list was the ever so raved about Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. Whenever I see anyone talking about one of the Milani blushes, it's always Luminoso. I will admit, when I opened the package,  it was a bit of an anti climax as I was expecting the actual blush in the pan to be a bit more 'wow'. However, in saying that it is a really pretty colour on and I can definitely see it becoming one of my favourite daily colours. I must've been on a serious blush kick on the day I made this order as I also ordered two other blushes, Rose Gold by Sleek and Marshmallow by MUA. Rose Gold is a pretty shimmery pink with gold glitter, which looks suspiciously similar (or exactly the same) as Guipure from Sleeks Blush by 3 palette in Lace, while Marshmallow is a vibrant hot pink shade.

Like always, most of my purchases were influenced by other bloggers/Youtubers, especially the Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara which Lauren Curtis swears by. I can now safely say that it is fast on it's way to becoming my favourite mascara. Yes, even replacing Covergirl's Clump Crusher. It is very similar to the Clump Crusher but is just somehow better. It makes my lashes look super long and volumizes as well, while lasting the whole day. I also decided to try a bit of Wet N Wild considering I haven't ever tried anything from them. I opted for the Comfort Zone eyeshadow palette, which I think will be perfect for neutral looks as well as adding a bit of colour when I'm feeling daring. The lighter green and the blue-grey shade are both stunning!

Last but not least, Lime Crime. After trying some of the Lime Crime Opaque lipsticks, I knew I had to get my hands on some of the other products that they offer and the Velvetines were definitely my first choice. I debated between Red Velvet and Suede Berry but considering they are kind of on the pricey side, I decided to stick to one and chose Suede Berry, a gorgeous strawberry like pinkish-red. The Velvetines apply as a liquid and then dry to a matte. I'm yet to give this a proper try but I will definitely blog about it when I have!

Hope you enjoyed reading about my newest additions to my make up collection? Which product are you most interested in?

Ash xx
Saturday, 8 March 2014

Lush Ocean Salt Facial Scrub

Over the past couple of months, Lush has without a doubt been one of my favourite brands for haircare and skincare products. I'm sure you've all seen my numerous posts raving about the Big Sea Salt Shampoo, but today I'm here to talk to you about another favourite of mine, the Ocean Salt facial scrub.

Ocean Salt is a one of the more talked about Lush products and after a long time debating, I finally gave in and purchased the smaller tub just to give it a whirl. While Ocean Salt is described as a facial scrub, it can also be used all over the body, and has a lovely invigorating scent containing lime, coconut, sea salt and grapefruit, along with a vodka base. I'm very bad at describing scents so I'll just say that it's very fresh and uplifting and has a very ocean-y scent (you know what I'm talking about right?!). Personally, I don't find Ocean Salt too effective as a body scrub as it isn't as harsh as most considering it has to be mild enough to use on your face, however if you're after a more gentle body scrub, this would be a good choice.

Along with Big, Ocean Salt is also a little bit awkward to use as the salt crystals do fall all over the place so you just need to pay a little bit of attention so that you don't drop all of the crystals which would essentially just make it a cleanser. Ocean Salt really does work wonders and leaves your skin feeling so smooth and clear which is why this has definitely become one of my favourite Lush products. It removes any patches of dry or dead skin and leaves your face feeling lovely and clean. If you have dry skin and feel that your face is in need of a lil TLC, I'd definitely recommend Ocean Salt.

Ocean Salt can be purchased in store at Lush or online for $22.50 (120g) or $34.95 (250g).

Have you tried Ocean Salt? What do you think?

Ash xx
Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review

Despite their usual gorgeousness in the pan, highlighters aren't something that I typically tend to buy all that often. I was quite content with my two MAC highlighters, I mean, they do the job, right? That was until I saw the Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm. 

Mary-Lou Manizer is to put it simply, the most beautiful highlighter I've ever seen. Sure, MAC's Soft & Gentle is very beautiful in the pan, perhaps more than this one, but once swatched, Mary-Lou Manizer is absolutely stunning. Other than being the most gorgeous, slightly yellow toned, champagne colour, it has a soft, smooth, buttery texture and is also extremely pigmented. When I say extremely pigmented, I really do mean it. You only need the tiniest amount of product for a serious highlight. This is definitely not a subtle highlighter so if that's what you're after, this may not be the one for you. In saying that, I do recommend starting with a very small amount as it is very easy to over do it.

After trying this, I'm definitely eager to get my hands on some more products from The Balm, especially if they're all of a similar quality to Mary-Lou Manizer!

Mary-Lou Manizer is available at David Jones for $34.95.

Have you tried any products from The Balm? What do you think of them?

Ash xx