Review: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

This new nude collection released by Rimmel London in collaboration with Kate Moss includes five nude lipsticks with shades designed to be flattering options for all skin tones. You’re bound to find a nude shade that matches your skin tone, with the shades varying from the subtle apricots to cashmere beiges and rich toffees.

After trialling the lipstick over a week, I have concluded that they are moisturising, comfortable to wear and reaches opacity in a swipe or two. The finish is semi-matte, and despite the “up to 8 hours” wear claim, I found that they only lasted about 4 hours until I needed to reapply.

Packaging-wise, they come in a peachy nude plastic tube, with silver reflective detailing. The cap features the ‘Kate’ signature logo and the Rimmel crown embossed on top.

The shades are:-

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

#40 Pale Nude – cool peachy nude

#42 Apricot Nude – cool pink nude

#43 Tan Nude – yellow beige nude

#45 Rose Nude – warm peachy yellow nude

#48 Dark Nude – rose pink warm brown nude

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss $12.95

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate Moss swatches $12.95 (#40, #42, #43, #45, #48)

My two favourite shades for my olive skin, pigmented lips are #45 and #48. The other three shades were just too light for my tanned skin and made me look like a corpse. The first three shades would definitely suit paler girls better.

You can purchase these shades from Priceline, Target, Kmart, Big W, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies, selected Coles and selected Woolworths for $12.95.

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My Summer 2016 Essentials

My Summer Essentials

My Summer Essentials

With the weather warming up, and Summer just around the corner, I have compiled this guide of beauty products to get your body ready for Summer!

Eco Sonya Foaming Body Wash $21.95 – buy
This foaming body wash is lemongrass and pink grapefruit scented, it is a great fruity and zesty body wash for summer days. If I forget to moisturise after my shower, my skin is still quite moisturised from the body wash itself.
Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Scrub $14.99 – buy
Another zesty one but this has small granules for light body exfoliation – great for getting your body beach ready. The granules are not too big or rough making it really gentle for exfoliating the body and the scent is very fresh and calming!
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser $9.99 – available at major supermarkets and pharmacies
I get lazy during the Summer to stand in the heat and moisturise. It’s just simply too hot and stuffy to be spending 10-15 minutes moisturising. Well, Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser to the rescue! It sprays on and covers your body in seconds, is absorbed quickly allowing you to get dressed almost immediately.
1000 Hour Softsole Express (not pictured) $8.99 – buy
A convenient and quick at home treatment to remove rough skin on your feet. It doesn’t require any scrubbing – you simply rinse your feet, apply the booties and soak for 90 minutes before washing it off. It peels the dead skin off your feet completely over 7 days. I was a bit hesitant using this not being sure whether it would work or not but it does work!
Beyonce Heat Kissed 50ml $49 – available at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
A warm seductive scent with a hint of vanilla, and top notes of lychee and dragon fruit makes this my new favourite PM summer scent. It’s sweet to begin with but then the sandalwood and patchouli comes through and makes it a sultry scent.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black rollerball $32 – available at Sephora
To me, this is a sensual boozy vanilla scent. It goes so well with my skin chemistry and one I like to apply for those warm Summer evenings.
Natralus Paw Paw ointment $5.50-$14.95 – stockists
After the big fiasco involving Vaseline and Lucas Paw Paw ointment a few years back, I steered clear of basically all paw paw ointments. This one by Natralus is free from petroleum jelly and other petrochemicals, parabens and mineral oils. Its versatility has seen it make a permanent home in my handbag. For uses such as dry, cracked skin to sunburns and itchy skin, this has been a great quick fix for my heat rashes. It comes in a number of sizes – from a small 7g tube to a 75g tube.
Revo lip balms $4.99 – available at Priceline
Packaged like the infamous EOS balms, these Revo balms have been making a home in my handbag, car and desk. They come in a variety of colours matching to their respective scents – my favourite is the watermelon one. They’re moisturising and very easy to apply.
Gliders Non-Slip Sports Band Pony Tail Holders $4.49 – available at Priceline
Waterproof and great for those with an active lifestyle, these hair ties are a lifesaver. They do not budge! Great for when you’re swimming or hiking.
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Super Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Despite telling myself every year to get my act together and start my Christmas shopping early, I never do. I always tend to leave it until the last minute so here’s a gift guide for the beauty lovers in your life :)

The first stop for any beauty lovers is Sephora, located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Some great gifts are available, like:-

Sephora Christmas Gift Guide

Sephora Christmas Gift Guide

Sephora Color Around The World 4 x Eye and Face Palettes $49*
Each palette features four matte and iridescent eye shadows, one blush, a mirror, and a tutorial with exclusive tips and tricks. There’s a neutral, bright, night time and everyday palette – perfect for all occasions. Reasonably priced at $49 for four palettes, that only works out to be $12.25

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set $24*

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick Set

A travel size pack of four of Tarte’s Amazonian butter lipsticks. These are hydrating and sheer making them great for Summer beach days which are just around the corner! Comes in four wearable shades – Punch, a mauve-pink, Bellini, a pinky-peach, Mimosa, a warm peach-brown and Sangria, muted berry. At only $6 a pop, these are great value for money. You could even buy the set then divvy it up as stocking stuffers.

Beautyblender Original and Mini Solid Kit $33*
The beautyblender really is the ultimate make up sponge applicator. It allows for flawless application of liquid concealers, foundations, BB creams e.t.c. and this comes with the mini sold cleanser to ensure your beautyblender is in great shape all the time, after every use.

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $69*

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $62

NudeStix 3 piece Magnetic Eye Colour in Moon, Spirit and Angel $62

Make up crayons and pencils are a lazy girl’s best friend. This limited edition set by NudeStix includes 3 mini eye pencils in a matte off-white (Moon), bronze taupe (Spirit) and a shimmery peach tone (Angel). As with all NudeStix pencils, these come in a pencil case with a sharpener – great for throwing in your bag.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette $78*

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics palette

Containing 14 gorgeous silky matte shadows, one transforming pearl shadow and a double ended brush, it is a palette that contains an interesting range of colours. The varying shades and the transforming pearl allows for endless creations of looks!

Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick $43*
I love the Le Marc lip creme lipsticks from Marc Jacobs. They are long-lasting and hydrating and are luxe! I have Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, deep rose and Infamous, a medium-rose pink. The colours in this range are so wearable – you can’t go wrong!

Kat von D Studded Kiss lipstick $31*
For another great range of lipsticks, you can’t go past the Kat von D Studded Kiss. The packaging is so bad ass! The two shades I have, La Femme, which is a bright coral and Lolita, a matte, muted rosy-brown. Both long-lasting, lightweight and wearable shades.

Formula X $17*

Formula X

Formula X

Pictured here are Euphora, from the Quartz collection, a shimmery pink on a black base, and Extreme, a copper red from the Classics collection. These are cheap and there’s so many shades to choose from. Great as stocking stuffers or have a look at their kits as a gift!

Sephora Let It Snow bubble bath and shower gel*
This year, Sephora’s Holiday offering is this snowflake themed. The range includes a My Fragrance to Roll, this bubble bath and shower gel, fizzing bath balls, moisturiser, hand creams e.t.c, these are also great for stocking stuffers :)

And here are my picks for a non-Sephora gift:-


Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99* – available at Priceline

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set $79.99

This gorgeous gift set comes with 4 brushes: a multi-tasking brush, tapered foundation brush, angled highlighter brush, base shadow brush and fine line brush and a white clutch – great for the party season!

Furless Cosmetics Couture Body Contour Kit $99.99* – online at Furless Cosmetics
If you’re in no rush to have presents under the tree by Christmas Day, these may be an option. There’s also currently a 20% off promotion before Boxing Day! These brushes feel so SO soft. The sleek black handles and gold writing just screams luxury and looks great on any vanity. Whilst it says it’s a body contour kit, I am able to use all brushes for my face. I can see how useful the biggest brush would come in handy for an all over body shimmer application though.

Sleek i-Lust palette and Solstice highlighting palette* – Target, online ($11.49USD for the eyeshadow palette and $14.99USD for the highlighting palette)
Just in time for Summer, where my make up goes straight to glowy looks, this i-Lust palette contains four shimmery shades and two cream shadows which can help you create day and night time looks.
The Solstice highlighting palette contains four different shades of highlight, two baked powders, one cream and one shimmer powder. The shades range from a warm rose-gold to a warm orange, all to help you achieve that glow of your life.

Glasshouse Mini Christmas Candle trio $46.95online, stockists here

 

Glasshouse Miniature Candle Trio $46.95

Glasshouse Miniature Candle Trio $46.95


My default product for any female are candles. You just cannot go wrong! Glasshouse has released a limited edition trio of three mini Christmas candles for the price of one large candle. These have the best throw, lasts as long as it says it does and smells amazing.

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Review: Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen Lipstick

 

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Jumping onto the Pantone Colour of the Year bandwagon, Innoxa has released a limited edition lipstick in the shade, Marsala. When the Pantone Colour of the year was announced, I gotta admit, I kind of thought “Yeah, definitely not a colour I can pull off cosmetics wise!” Well, oops. This interpretation by Innoxa has made it a wearable, earthy tone which is perfect for the cooler weather. This is a nice mix of red and brown. It’s not too muddy on but has enough red to just brighten up your face.

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

It glides on smoothly, with no pulling at all, thanks to ingredients like jojoba oil and avocado oil. It feels comfortable and light on the lips and lasts about 4 hours until eating and/or drinking. See that swatch there? That’s just one swipe!

I love this shade; it wears so well against my skin tone and has made its way into my “work appropriate” lip stash.

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

Innoxa Marsala Satin Sheen lipstick $14.95

This limited edition lipstick is available at selected Myer, Priceline and pharmacies nationally for $14.95!

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Review: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

Dermalogica recently launched a 0.5% retinol treatment with the ability to customise the strength of the retinol depending on the individual customer’s skin.

Upon opening the box, you will notice there are two products – buffer cream and the Oovernight Retinol Repair.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair $105.30

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair $105.30

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair promises to, amongst other things,  increase collagen production, improve wrinkle appearance, increase skin hydration and improve skin’s firmness.

I’ve always been quite apprehensive of retinol treatments as I am scared as to how my skin will react. By having the ability to reduce or increase the retinol and giving my skin time to acclimatise to the ingredients, this was the perfect retinol starter product for me.

The first week that I used it, I followed the instructions and applied it with a ratio of 3 parts buffer cream and 1 part Overnight Retinol Repair. This was a chance to get my skin used to the retinol product and to slowly ease my skin into it. This first week, I noticed that my skin looked a lot  more plump.

The second week, I went 2:1 and noticed not only the plumping of my skin but also, there was a noticeable lack of dry skin flakes. You definitely notice how hydrated you skin is even after just applying it.

Third and fourth week, I decided I was going to skip the buffer cream and just use the Overnight Retinol Repair. I felt no tingling sensation (my skin is quite tough…or it’s numb…) but was left with less redness in my cheeks, plump-looking and brighter looking skin.

I had to be mindful and wear a hardcore sunscreen whilst using this product. I usually opt for SPF15+ but using the Overnight Retinol Repair, I broke out the SPF50+. I noticed no scent from the creams and they were absorbed quickly into my skin leaving no grease face behind.

You can purchase this from Ry for $105.30 which includes a 30ml tube of the Overnight Retinol Repair and a 15ml tube of the Buffer Cream. Whilst this may seem like a high price tag, compared to other retinol products available in the market, this is actually on the lower end of the spectrum.

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Review: Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care

I first heard of Arcona skin care when I attended the Sephora beauty brand showcase back in April. A relatively new brand to Australia, Arcona is a holistic skin care brand based in LA. Their goal is to contain as much active ingredients as possible and decrease the number of “filler” ingredients in their products. In order to achieve this goal, their ingredients are cold-pressed in small batches.

When their brand representative tried the Cranberry Gommage, a 2011 Allure Best of Beauty winner, on my hand, I was instantly sucked in. My hand felt so smooth and soft afterwards!

I was kindly sent a skin care regimen from Arcona based on my oily skin. Here are the products I have been trialling over the last few months:

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care (Gentle Solution, Toner Tea Bar, Cranberry Grommage, Magic White Ice, Eye Dew)

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care (Gentle Solution, Toner Tea Bar, Cranberry Grommage, Magic White Ice, Eye Dew)

Cranberry Gommage (AM) $60AUD – This is a grape flavoured (smells like Hubba Bubba!) chemical and physical exfoliant. I found this exfoliant to have pretty rough exfoliating grains meaning I had to be gentle. I couldn’t just go to town with this on my face! It was very much like rubbing sandpaper on your skin. Despite all this, the results were great. Gentle, light, upward and outward circles and I was left with skin that was instantly brighter, felt smoother and dry skin sloughed off. This was alternated with the Toner Tea Bar and used the morning after having used the Gentle Solution.

Magic White Ice (AM/PM) $54AUD – Used as a daily moisturiser, this gel was a lightweight and non-greasy moisturiser that’s absorbed immediately. Skin was left feeling hydrated and smooth. This has a very light floral scent.

Eye Dew (PM) $52AUD – I used this only at night as I found it left a greasy ring around my eyes. The texture is thick and I felt that it was not absorbed quickly. It remained sticky even after letting it sit for a while so  I definitely recommend this only as a night time product.

Toner Tea Bar (AM/PM) $46AUD – This comes in the form of a soap bar. Definitely not the usual form my cleansers come in. It comes in its own jar for storage with raised bits on the bottom (like an inbuilt drip tray) to aerate the bar and keep the bad germs away. To use this, I wet my face with some water first then I apply the toner tea bar to my face in circular motions. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you get it, it works great. The Toner Tea Bar contains antioxidants from the green and black tea and has a very “earthy” scent. It didn’t foam up as I went over my face with the Toner Tea Bar but it foamed up really well when I went over it again with water to cleanse off. It does a great job at tightening the pores and leaves your skin feeling clean but not dried out.

Gentle Solution (PM) $68AUD - I alternated this with the Magic White Ice. Gentle Solution is a night time serum aimed at repairing your skin while you sleep. It is to be used alone. Don’t apply any other serums or creams on top of this! When first applied, it feels sticky and tacky. Wait five minutes after application and it’s absorbed into your skin and leaves no trace. The next morning, I am faced with plumper skin, reduced redness, minimised pores and less oily skin. The morning after, it is recommended to wash the serum off with an exfoliator so I use the Cranberry Gommage.

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care (Triad Pads, Raspberry Resurfacing Peel, Tea Tree Mask)

Arcona Los Angeles Skin Care (Triad Pads, Raspberry Resurfacing Peel, Tea Tree Mask)

Triad Pads $14AUD – These smell so yummy thanks to the cranberry extract. These pads can be used at any time to: cleanse, tone and/or remove makeup. So versatile making it a great product to bring along on short trips, in your handbag, keep at the work desk etc The Triad Pads are moist, have one smooth and one bumpy side, and removes makeup really well. I love that it is a multipurpose product and on my lazy days it steps up as my makeup remover, cleanser and toner. BAM!

Raspberry Resurfacing Peel $60AUD - I rarely use peels as I am scared of how my skin will react. This Raspberry Resurfacing Peel has a light fruity scent, reminiscent of a raspberry smoothie; and feels like jam. I like to think that my skin is pretty tough so when my skin was tingling after application, I just thought “Wow. This Raspberry Resurfacing Peel must be very potent!” I left this on for the recommended 3-5 minutes and the results? My skin was radiant, glowing, pores minimised, no dry flakes and very smooth!

Tea Tree Mask $46AUD – I think this is my first sulfur mask..anyway. This mask is great if you are having an attack of the pimples. This is a clay-based mask but feels much thinner than my other clay-based masks. You’ll first notice the scent – a mix of flowers, tea tree and mint. Due to its light and thin texture, it’s easy to apply and cover all the crevices on your face. When applied, there’s a cooling sensation – not to be confused with a tingly, burning sensation. The mask dries but does not harden. I remove it with a warm face cloth and my skin is left feeling so refreshed, clean, smooth and balanced. Definitely becoming one of my favourite face masks to use!

After using exclusively Arcona skin care products over the last few months, my skin has had minimal breakouts, feels smooth and hydrated and not as oily. The texture of my skin has definitely improved going from patchy dry and flaky skin to healthy looking skin!

Yes, the prices are a big high for those on a tight budget but as Arcona products are natural, I would consider Arcona’s products to be an investment on your path towards great, trouble-free skin.  Arcona is available at Sephora – located at Pitt St Mall, Sydney; Macquarie Centre, Sydney and coming soon, Melbourne Central, Melbourne.

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Review: Fusion By Pelactiv French Pear Candle

Fusion by Pelactiv French Pear Candle

Fusion by Pelactiv French Pear Candle

Fusion by Pelactiv candles are 100% pure soy, hand-poured into glass jars with double wicks for an even burn and are triple scented.

When I first saw these at Beauty Expo Australia, they immediately reminded me of the infamous Glasshouse candles. The thing with Glasshouse candles is that you know you’re paying for quality as Glasshouse has had years to build its brand and reputation which I think justifies their $40 price tag.

On the other hand, I am always very wary when I consider forking out the same price for a candle from a brand I do not know. Is the ‘throw’ of the scent going to be as strong as Glasshouse’s? Is it going to last?

As these were available at Beauty Expo Australia for the wholesale price, I decided I had nothing to lose and grabbed the French Pear candle.

Firstly, packaging. It’s a frosted glass jar with a lid featuring a black tassel on the lid making it stand out a little more!

Fusion by Pelactiv French Pear Candle

Fusion by Pelactiv French Pear Candle

Now, onto the important bit – the scent. I was AMAZED when I burnt the candle. The ‘throw’ was just as good as Glasshouse’s! I had this burning in my bedroom and you could smell it 10 metres away in the living room. It promises up to 50 hours burn time versus Glasshouse’s 80 hours. I find that the Fusion by Pelactiv candle does burn evenly, thanks to the double wick.

French Pear smells divine! It’s got a mix of a light pear scent mixed with very light cinnamon. It’s a nice fresh and light scent great for the whole house.

You can purchase these Fusion by Pelactiv candles for $34.95AUD; for your nearest stockists and/or to check out the scent range, check out their website here.

Review: OPI Venice Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

To coincide with the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall/Autumn, OPI released a nail polish collection capturing the essence of Venice. The collection features the addition of 12 different shades to OPI’s current permanent line and I received the Little Bambinos Mini Pack ($24.95) from the collection for review. The mini pack includes four 3.75ml polishes to help add a little bit of Venice in your life.

The shades include:

A Great Opera-tunity - a great neutral melon-peach creme

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

Worth A Pretty Penne – pretty rose gold flecked with bits of silver copper

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

Amore At The Grand Canal – classic blue-red creme that doesn’t stain the nails!

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

My Gondola or Yours? – smoky black

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

As always, the formula is on point with OPI. With the exception of My Gondola or Yours, you could almost get away with just one coat. My Gondola or Yours required a little more work in the application but with all of them, by coat 2, you’ve achieved full opacity. Regarding wear time, I got an average of about a week before they polish started chipping.

You can check out the collection in selected Myer and David Jones stores, and selected salons nationally. Full size bottles are $19.95AUD each and the Little Bambinos Mini Pack is $24.95AUD.

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Review: Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb

I first heard of Sleek MakeUP on the Makeup Alley forums about 8 years back. This was when my make up addiction was just beginning and Sleek’s eyeshadow palettes were all the rage.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks

Sleek MakeUP prides themselves on the fact that their colour range caters to women of all colours, from fair skin to women of colour and not charge a fortune for it!

I was very fortunate to have been sent a few stand out products from the brand to have a play with. As a lipstick addict, I instantly gravitated towards the lipsticks first. The True Colour Lipsticks come in about 31 different shades, and two finishes – matte and sheen. These lipsticks are infused with vitamin E to help hydrate and protect your lips.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks - Cherry, Succumb and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks – Cherry, Succumb and Papaya Punch

Here are my thoughts on the Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb.

Papaya Punch, I would describe as a nice coral shade, leaning towards the orange end of the coral spectrum with a matte finish. Ensure your lips have been well exfoliated prior to apply this as the matte finish means that the colour does cling onto the dry flakes on your lips.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch – Swatch

Cherry is a deep berry red, perfect for gloomy Autumn days with a satin finish.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry – Swatch

Succumb is a nude mauvey pink, depending on your natural lip colour, again with a satin finish. On my lips, Succumb sits closer to the brown nude spectrum making it an essential work appropriate shade for me.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succumb - Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succumb – Swatch

In terms of wear time: being a matte finish, Papaya Punch lasted a bit longer than Succumb, which has a sheen finish. Cherry also has a sheen finish but due to the intensity of the shade, it lasted just about as long as Papaya Punch, being about 4 hours with no touch ups.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb - Natural Light Swatch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch, Cherry and Succumb – Natural Light Swatch

Even though it’s a matte finish, Papaya Punch felt very comfortable on my lips and they did not feel dry at all. Succumb and Cherry also felt nice and comfortable on my lips. Felt like I was wearing nothing at all! In terms of scent, here’s the big surprise – no discernible scent at all! Wait. What? Yes, that’s correct. Cheap lipsticks with no scent. Score!

You can purchase these Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipsticks from their website for $7.49USD or $10.95AUD from Lipstick Republic.

Details:

Nails – OPI Worth A Pretty Penne
Face – Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, TheBalm Frat Boy blush, NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard, Australis ACONTOUR palette, MAC Brow Shader in Porcelaine/Browning, TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Lashes – Glam by Manicare Bahamas

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Event: Beauty Expo Australia 2015, Sydney Exhibition Centre

A few weeks ago, I attended the yearly Beauty Expo Australia held at Sydney Exhibition Centre. Having missed out on attending the previous years due to other commitments, I was super excited to finally get this opportunity as it’s Australia’s largest spa and beauty event. I found that the Beauty Expo was a great experience. There were masterclasses and educational seminars held throughout the day for those wanting to grab some great tips. As for me, I decided to browse through all the exhibitors that were there; one word – wow! I was blown away by the number of new products I was introduced to! They had products ranging from beauty products to cosmeceuticals to beauty tools manufacturers to furniture for your salon. At the end of the day, I walked away with a modest haul – talk about self control!

Beauty Expo Australia 2015

Photography by Oneill Photographics

Being Australia’s largest spa and beauty event, it is clear the event organisers knew what they were doing. The layout was easy to guide and it was spacious so you’re not constantly bumping into the other 7,000 attendees! Prices at Beauty Expo were wholesale prices and I really had to stop myself from buying ALL THE THINGS!

Beauty Expo Australia 2015 - OPI

Beauty Expo Australia 2015 – OPI

I picked up some OPI polishes – mostly nudes as I definitely have way too many brights in my collection which just aren’t work appropriate enough; some lashes from Model Rock and replenished my brush collection with some buys from Crown Brushes. Their prices are reasonable and the quality is amazing. Also purchased a mauve-nude lipstick from Montana Bliss, a relatively new brand who are coming out with matte lip glosses soon!; and a Mind to Body Facial Treatment Oil - essentially a soy candle which you light up during treatment and then using the melted candle, it becomes a facial oil! It’s formulated to reach about 2 degrees above your body temperature so there’s no risk of burning your skin. So excited to use this.

Beauty Expo Australia 2015 Haul

Beauty Expo Australia 2015 Haul

I think those in the beauty industry should definitely attend at least once as the knowledge you gain from it is priceless. Also, everything that you could ever need for your salon is available in the one place – efficiency, tick!

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