What’s On My Face: Spring Edition

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Over the last few weeks I’ve found that I’ve been reaching for these items over and over again. This combination of products has become my go-to look for work and general life really!

Chi Chi BB Cream:

I used to keep my BB cream for summer or for when I only wanted a light coverage. However I’ve been trying to wear a little less make-up these days and I’ve found that this BB cream has worked really well for me. You can definitely still achieve medium coverage with this when combined with a concealer and powder and I love the colour of this one as it seems to match my skin colour perfectly. It also gives you a nice dewy look, just what I need on early Monday mornings!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer:

This concealer was a blogger inspired purchase, I feel that it has been reviewed plenty of times over the years so I won’t go in to too much detail as I don’t feel much more can be said really. Except that I am so glad I purchased it, it covers up any redness or spots well and is definitely worth the hype!

Collection 5-in-1 Mascara:

I picked this mascara up at the same time as my concealer as I’d seen Shaanxo rave about it in a video. I can be quite fussy when it comes to mascara as I have quite a few eyelashes and they can clump easily, so I’m always a bit nervous when it comes to straying away from my old faves! I do like this mascara though, it gives me a lot of length and when applied carefully it won’t clump. My tip would be to make sure you don’t get any left behind on your eyelids (I’m prone to doing this!) as it doesn’t come off very easily!

Sephora Collection Blush in Romantic Rose
This blush has been a staple in my make-up for most of this year. It’s a really nice natural pink shade that is great to add just a touch of colour to your cheeks! You don’t need a lot of product with blush which makes it stand out against other ‘cheaper’ brands.

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup
I’ve only had this lipstick for about a month but I can quickly see it becoming my go-to choice. It gives a light nude-pink colour, making it a great everyday lipstick that will go with so many looks. Just by building up the colour, you can achieve a really nice creamy, shimmery look and it almost becomes gloss-like! It also smells delicious #addedbonus.

L’Oreal Infalible Powder:
I’ve been loving this powder on top of my BB Cream to set my look and make it more durable during a long days work. I’m not sure if it lives up to it’s 24hour selling point, but it does offer great coverage for the working day, which is really all I need it for as I’m happy to touch up my make up if I’m heading out after work.

 

What products have you been loving lately, I’d love to know!

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Nude Nails

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I’m loving all things nude lately, nails included. I’m blaming Kylie Jenner and her popular nude lips. (Check out my mood board dedicated to her style). 

My favourite nude shade at the moment would have to be this one from Kate Moss’ range for Rimmel. It’s called Soul Sessions and it definitely lives up to its name. It’s a classic beige colour with a hint of blush in it to give you that little bit of soul that everyone needs in their life. The nail polish glides on easily with a nice wide brush, and you only need about two coats to create this look.

What do you think of nude nails?

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Vo5 Refresh me Quick Dry Shampoo

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Vo5 Refresh me Quick Dry Shampoo
$9 from Countdown.

Dry shampoos are have made quite the buzz in the haircare scene, and especially in the bloggersphere. So of course, I’ve tried my fair share of them!

Like a lot of people, I’ve mainly stuck to the Batiste range but as I’m going to the UK later in the year I’ve become quite the ‘babe on a budget’ so I decided to try out Vo5’s dry shampoo as it was cheaper to start off it, and it was on special. Need I say more?

I’m super happy I decided to give this a go, it may just even be better than Batiste (did I just say that?!). In terms of giving greasy roots a pick me up, I think this product is just about on par with other dry shampoos. The only downside is that I feel it doesn’t last quite as long or you need a bit more product.

But the major bonus for me is that I reckon v05’s version doesn’t leave as much ‘whiteness’ in your hair -you know what I’m talking about! No one likes to look like a granny with white streaks, and many dry shampoos do this but I’ve found this not to be as much of a big deal when using V05. It can still happen, just not as much!

It smells delicious, maybe not quite as good as Batiste’s cherry one but if you’re after a cheaper dry shampoo I’d definitely give V05 ago!

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September Favourites

September has honestly gone by so fast! Unfortunately it has consisted mostly of university work for me, I’ve only got about a month left to go and then I’ll finish my degree. Scary! But here are the things that I have loved during September.

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Australis Pressed Powder:
As I’ve been fairly busy this past month, my daily make up routine has become very rushed. There have been many mornings that I have quickly applied my foundation, but I have found that it has still stayed on the whole day with the help of this little beauty! It helps with coverage, controls any shine and can easily be worn alone or over BB cream.

Tangle Teezer:
This is probably my ultimate favourite. Seriously, if you don’t have a tangle teaser, go get one now! I constantly have knotty hair and this has really done the trick with trying to keep my hair tangle free. I always used to forget to brush my hair (not good, I know) but now I have something that works I’ve been much better at using it! 

I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Body Butter:
Even though September saw the arrival of spring, my hands still felt like it was winter. This body butter has been living beside my bed and it has really helped my dry hands. It also smells soooo delicious! Think berry smoothie and you’re right on track.

What are your September favourites? Comment below!

Spring Nail Art

Spring is officially in full bloom so here is some nail art inspiration on how to update your nails this spring!

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I opted to go for a lime green base so used Maebelline Mini Colo Rama in ‘Green Park’. It has a really lovely mint green tone to it and was the first nail polish that caught my eye when I went hunting through my collection for spring colours.

This nail polish is also really easy to put on, it only needs about a couple of coats to get this shade. I’ve got a few colours from this range so would definitely recommend them!

I then used two Orly nail polishes to the spotted nail art. The yellow shade is called ‘Lemonade’ and the lavender is called ‘Lollipop.’ Both of them are really lovely pastel shades that are just perfect for spring!

In terms of the application of the nail art, all I did was get a little of the polish on the brush and just dot my nail. It’s as easy as that!

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L-R: Orly in ‘Lemonade’, Maybelline Mini Colo Rama in ‘Green Park’, Orly in ‘Lollipop’

What do you love about spring? Do you like to change up your nails for the seasons?

Boa: Detoxifying Mask

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Boa (Botanics of Australia) is a brand that I has just discovered at Kmart. I picked up this face mask as I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and it was only $3 (yes, thats right, $3!) The mask is said to revive your skin and the “extracts of Tasmanian kelp help nourish and stimulate the micro-polish in the skin helping to restore the skins balance”. Basically it is a good general mask that will give your skin a nice clean. After using it I do notice that my skin feels a lot softer and my complexion is much ‘brighter’ which I believe is from the kelp as it is high in vitamins as well as amino acids. I wouldn’t say I’ve noticed any dramatic benefits from using this product but I wasn’t really expecting to. It is a good mask that can put some extra vitamins in your skin and would be great to go in between the days/weeks of maybe using a more intense or specified mask. I am a big fan of masks as I think they are fun to put on especially when you’re having a girly beauty night and this one is a good face mask for general use that is so cheap it is definitely worth giving a go.

Have you tied any other Boa products? What are your favourite face masks? 

Mae x

Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched

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I’ve had this product for a couple of months now so I thought it was time I reviewed it. First of all, the colour is a peachy-nude which I really love as the other blush I mainly wear is a lot more pinky so I think this a great alternative if you want something a little more subtle. It goes great if you are wearing red lipstick and just want a bit of colour on your cheeks. As it is a cream blush it is very easy to blend it in with your make-up and the colour is definitely build-able. The swatch above was achieved with a couple of ‘coats’ (not really the right word, i know!)

The only downside to it is the fat that it is a cream blush, personally I’m just not a huge fan of cream blush. I prefer powder ones but decided to try out this as I had been looking for a colour like this one for so long! However in saying this, the Revlon cream blush may have won me over as I’m now keen to try some more cream blushes. If you are looking for a soft peachy blush, definitely give this one a go.

Are you a fan of cream blushes? Let me know your tips and tricks! 

Mae x


Rimmel 9-in1 BB Cream

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When I first got this product I wan’t a fan, however after using it for about a month I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks and now I’ve started using it as a foundation alternative. I have really loved using it during the summer when I want to cover up a few things but don’t want a full face of make up.
The main thing I have found with this BB cream is that it goes on much better and lasts longer when applied with a foundation brush. The formula is much more creamy and a little thicker and when I use my fingers to apply it I find it just doesn’t blend well and sit right on my skin. It does only come in light medium and dark which may be a bit annoying for some, however the shade is pretty good for me compared to other bb creams. When you first apply it, it may look a little dark but I find that by blending it in with a foundation brush really helps, and the colour does settle down after a few minutes.
The nine ‘results’ that it is supposed to achieve are to prime, moisturise, minimise pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and help protect (it’s spf 25). And after reading through that list I believe it almost does all of them! It works well to conceal, cover any imperfections and even out our skin tone. I also have really liked that it does brighten up my skin and makes me feel like I have a healthy glow. I haven’t really used it as a primer but I think I’d prefer to use a product that is specifically a primer.
Overall I’m sold on this BB cream and would definitely recommend it
*Im not sure how much this was but around $15-20 from Farmers and Kmart*
 
Mae x

MAX Factor ‘Pretty in Pink’

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Maxfactor Max Effect nail polish in ‘Pretty in Pink’
$10.50

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I saw the new MaxFactor nail polishes in Famers a while a go and have been wanting to try them out for a while as they have some gorgeous colours. After work yesterday I popped in and found this little beauty ❤

It is in the mini range, which is only $10.50 so it’s a great deal! I really like the shade, it’s a nice nude-pink with a hint of coral which is perfect for summer (which is hopefully coming soon!) It has good coverage and only needs 1-2 coats, which is another bonus. Think I may have to go back and buy some more!

Mae xx

(p.s I painted my nails late at night in not so great lighting, which is why they are not painted the best!)

Has anyone else tried any of the MaxFactor nail polishes, what do you think?