Face

Powder Foundation Reviews.

Hello pretties. 🙂

So today I am going to review all the powder foundations I own which is basically all I use foundation wise. I find that powder foundation tends to be more long wearing, doesn’t come off unevenly and doesn’t enlarge the look pores of pores like liquids do, though everyone’s skin is different. I also have quite oily skin so most liquids tend to create too much shine and make me break out. Though I do love the lovely, glowy finish that some liquid foundations have and the feel of putting them on. Anyway here are some reviews the powder foundations I currently use.

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Foundations

Maybelline Mineral Power Foundation in Classic Ivory.

This foundation is great for everyday use and is a pretty good colour match though maybe just a touch too light for me personally. They don’t have many colours to choose from (literally just two- the other option is Nude 2) but if you’re quite fair the shade Classic Ivory should work. I find that this is a good, inexpensive foundation (around $17 AUD) for those no fuss days when you just want light- medium coverage (depending how much you put on). It lasts quite a long time (around 6- 7 hours). I couldn’t really see myself using it for dramatic, night time makeup or when contouring though.

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Rating: 7/10

Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation in Light Yellow 02. 

This foundation has such a smooth, silky finish and gives a subtle glow similar to the kind you get with liquid foundations. This is because of the nutrient rich minerals in it. It is around $40 AUD so is in the mid price range. I got the colour Light Yellow 02 which is actually a bit dark for me and really wish I got Pale Pink 01 instead which is their lightest colour. Though it still looks ok if I blend it right down to my neck and use bronzer with it. There isn’t a great amount of colours in the range- 4, but these would suit many fair- medium skin tones. It has SPF 17 in it which is great to know you’re protected, and it is quite long wearing (about 8-9 hours without needing to touch up). There is no mirror inside it but the actual top of the case with the writing is like a mirror itself, though does get smudged.  It is 100% organic.

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Rating: 8.5/10

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder in B53 (Light) 

I love this foundation. I have been using this foundation for years as it gives me the right amount of coverage, is very long wearing, has such a beautiful texture/ consistency and is a good colour match. This is in the high end of price range at around $50/60 (AUD) but is worth it due to its ability to control shine, hide pores and blend evenly with your skin tone. It works perfectly for day/ night time makeup and I love using it when I contour. It doesn’t come off unevenly and leave you with patches when you blow your nose or rub your face like some liquid foundation does and  once again is very long wearing (hence the name double wear). There are 14 colours in the range which suit very fair- dark skinned people. It has a separate compartment for the sponge and mirror so you don’t have to worry about the loose powder getting all on the mirror. This is a great full coverage, matte foundation It has SPF 12 in it so provides protection against the sun. This is the loose powder version which they no longer sell but they do sell a pressed powder version currently.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer (2 in 1) in 2 Alabaster.

This weightless foundation won’t clog pores and gives you a natural, matte, full coverage finish which lasts all day. The compact case is perfect to carry in your bag and is a pressed powder so it wont go everywhere. The sponge it comes with also provides really good application though I tend to stay away from sponges and use buffing brushes. There are 12 colours to choose from which suite very fair- dark skinned people. What I love about it is that it provides full coverage while still looking very natural and is just as good for both night and day time makeup. It is the most long wearing powder foundaton in the Clinique range. It is good for those with sensitive skin/ allergies as it is fragrance free. I like how there is a button to open and close it snap shut which makes it very easy to pop open. It says it is a 2 in 1 concealer and it does work well with concealing though if you have very noticeable scars or pimples I’d suggest using a concealer as well. I also still use concealer when I contour to create highlights in different areas. This is in the high end of the price range at $55 AUD but you won’t regret buying it as it is extremely good and ticks all the boxes.

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Rating: 9.5/10

Thank you for reading. 🙂

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Hair

Current Hair Obsession: Pigtail Braids

Hello. 🙂

Just thought I’d share some photos of my current hair obsession which is pigtail braids. Though I can’t do the french braid type which are my absolute favourite I love them so much right now and think they are such a cute way to dress up any look. It doesn’t matter what age you are pigtail braids are in and if you’re lucky enough to have a knack with french braids then they’re definitely definitely the way to go. Here is some hair inspo of pigtail braids people are rocking right now.

Megan. X

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Face, Uncategorized

My Favourite Moisturiser: Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream.

Hi Guys.

So I thought I would share with you my favourite moisturiser right now. It is called Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream. Antipodes is a New Zealand brand which uses 100% organic ingredients. Initially I was hesitant about using this as I have oily skin and was worried the nutrient rich ingredients would cause me to break out but I had nothing to worry about! It did not cause me to break out at all and if anything the blemishes on my skin cleared up more and my skin looked overall healthier. My fine lines were decreased and everything was more plumped and supple. The packaging is really nice and I love the black writing against the cream background. You definitely feel like you are treating yourself when you use it. The ingredients include avocado oil, manuka bloom and sweet almond and it smells almost good enough to eat. I would recommend this to anyone with oily/ sensitive skin and even people with dry skin though there are more richer moisturisers in their range for people with dry skin. This costs $49 AU and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with oily, sensitive skin who is worried about small, fine lines.

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Rating: 9/10

Megan xx

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Eyes, Uncategorized

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 Review

Hi Guys!

So today I am going to do a review of the Urban Decay Naked Palette 1. This palette has been around for ages and has been used by many celebrities and makeup artists. I had been putting off getting it due to the price and the fact I already had a similar palette but decided it was time to give in.

So firstly the packaging is great. The box is dark brown with with gold writing and displays all the colours in this sort of crushed up way on the front. The actual palette itself comes in a velvet case which exudes luxury and is just the right size- not too big not too small. Inside the case is a mirror and a double sided makeup brush. Though eye shadow is around the same size as most eye shadow palettes and will last you a fairly long time. The eye shadow brush is great and feels very high quality.

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The colours from left are: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gunmetal (excuse the silly tablecloth in the photo).

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Buck and Naked are suitable colours to use just above the crease. They have the ability to really pull together the whole look as they help make the colours used on the crease and brow bone look as if the are fading out instead of just appearing as block colours (which is not ideal haha).

Creep, Hustle and Darkhorse  look great on the crease and outer lid as they are the darkest colours and this helps create a greater shadow and make the eyes look larger by doing so. Darkhorse is ideal for bronze smokey eyes and hustle is perfect for a sort of mauve twist on this.

Half baked, Smog and Toasted are perfect colours to use on the middle lid. Smog is particularly glamorous and toasted is is very feminine and beautiful and perfect for a rose gold smokey eye.

Virgin is the best colour to use just below the brow bone as it is the lightest and creates a highlight and Sin is gorgeous on the inner lid as a way to blend the mid colour and once again to create a rose- gold eye shadow look.

 This palette has a lot of great colours which can be used for really toned down, neutral looks but also sexy, smouldering looks. It is suitable for both night time and day time. 🙂

Instead of having a selection of dark browns which you would expect from this kind of palette it has a dark mauve, greeny-gold and a dark blue. This is great if you already own a kind of neutral, goldy- brown eye shadow palette like me. The blues in this palette are perfect as they are glam but not too over the top.

All the colours compliment one another beautifully and blend quite easily. Though I did find myself having to re-dip the brush in the pan quite a few times to get the vibrance I wanted. Personally I prefer the Too Faced Chocolate Bar which is a little cheaper and has similar colours. This is because I found the colours to be slightly more pigmented. Regardless I am still really happy with.

Here is a look I did using this image from Google. I found this really helpful when first using the palette as I find new eye shadow palettes a bit like driving a new car- it takes a while to get a feel for it and figure out which colours look best together.

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It’s not perfect but this was my first go so time using the palette so go easy on me. 😛

I should also mention that their is 4 free eye primer potion samples you get with the palette as everyone loves a good freebie. I’ve only used the nude matte one called Eden so far but I love it as it goes on so smoothly and definitely helps eye shadow looks last longer.

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Verdict: This palette is great for beginners as it has a lot of light colours which you can use first and then work your way up to the darker colours. It has great colours for both night time and day time and you will be satisfied by the looks you can create. The Urban Decay Naked Palette its pricey at $81 AU dollars from Mecca Maxima and while I love it I do feel that there are other palettes out there which are slightly better (only slightly!) and cheaper.

Rating: 8.5/10

Megan. X

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Lips

How To Turn Glossy Lipstick Matte And Make It Last Longer.

Hey guys.

So I have learnt this trick recently and was amazed at how well it worked. I don’t know if any of you have heard it before and I’m just really behind with the times but I will share it with you anyway as I certainly hadn’t.

This trick will turn glossy lipstick matte and make it last longer on your lips. It is really easy, all you have to do is put on your lipstick then dab on some baby powder over the top in the way you would a lipgloss then press your lips together so it sinks in. The baby powder absorbs the glossiness and sets the lipstick so it will not come off when you have a drink or after a short time. This is really good for those of you who maybe don’t have enough money to buy high end long lasting matte lipsticks and just want to make the lipsticks you already have last longer and look matte. If you love glossy lipstick but just want to make it last longer you can put baby powder over the top of your lipstick then some lip gloss. I am always on the hunt for tips and tricks like these which genuinely work and save money so if any of you have any good ones please post them below! 🙂

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Wearing: Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Sloane’s Plum.

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General Beauty Advice

10 Makeup Tips And Tricks.

1. Consider your eye colour when choosing a red lipstick. Wear true red if you have blue eyes, orange-red if your eyes are light brown or green and a berry shade of red if your eyes are dark brown.

2. Look down at a mirror when applying false lashes as you will be able to see what you are doing much better when putting them on.

3. Sweep loose or pressed powder just beneath the eye liner of your bottom lid to create a barrier so it won’t drip down as the day goes on.

4. Do a process known as “tightlining” when applying eye liner onto your eyes for a more natural effect. Dab eye liner right in between your lashes so there are no harsh lines and the look is more subtle.

5. Draw an arch directly above your eyebrow with highlighter and blend to make the arch look raised and make the whole area look more lifted.

6. For more precision and less wastage use an eye liner brush to apply concealer on to your face then blend using your finger.

7. Decrease the harshness of your liquid eye liner look by sweeping metallic brown eye shadow with a small eye shadow brush over where the liquid eye liner has been applied.

8. Make your glossy lips look matte by sweeping a touch of baby powder on them with the help of a tissue after applying your lipstick. This will also help seal the lipstick in and make it last longer.

9. Get clear, brush on eye lash adhesive to make applying eye lashes much easier and less fiddly.

10. Did you know makeup has an expiry date? Mascara should be chucked after 4 months, foundation after 12 months, blush, bronzer and lip products after 18 months and eye liner and nail polish after 2 years.

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Face

Dewy And Matte Skin Explained.

If you’re like me you might get confused sometimes with some of the beauty terms out there. “Dewy” and “matte” are two terms I was constantly hearing about when I first got into beauty but which were not explained enough. Knowing this I decided to do a post which explains the difference between the two and what each means for your skin. How can you create a dewy or matte makeup look? Read on to find out…

Dewy skin

Dewy skin is glowy, youthful, soft, supple and fresh. It has a subtle, luminous shimmer and is usually associated with spring time and people like Miranda Kerr. People with dry skin are lucky in a sense because they get to use dewy foundations and other makeup products. Dewy makeup products usually come in cream or liquid form though there are some powder dewy products out there. People with oily skin should refrain from using dewy products as the moisture in these products can cause them to break out. This certainly won’t happen to every person who has oily skin and many people will be fine using dewy makeup but if you break out often and want to play it safe it is best not to use these. Instead you can use a powder foundation (mineral foundation is best) with an illuminator or highlighter. These will be your best friend for achieving that dewy, fresh look and can be used regardless of your skin type. It should be used along the top of the nose, around the eyes, on top of the cheekbones, beneath the brows and in the cupid’s bow (this is the part just above the top lip and between the nose- another term which is constantly thrown around in the beauty world). You can also use it across the forehead and around the chin for an even dewier look, though if you find shine gathers in these areas already it’s best not to. If you have dry skin and find that your liquid or cream foundation and illuminator is not enough you can use dewy primers and setting sprays as well.

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Matte skin

Matte skin is that flawless, polished, airbrushed, doll- like makeup look that you often see on the red carpet. Think Dita Von Teese and old school Hollywood movie stars. Matte skin is typically achieved with powdery makeup products. So if you have oily skin the best way to achieve a matte look is to use powdered makeup products with shine control properties in them along with a suitable skin care regime. There are also matte primers and setting sprays available if you want to mattify your skin further and find that your shine won’t go away. If you are prone to dry skin and want a matte look but still moisturizing properties with your makeup you can use an oil- free tinted moisturizer with a matte foundation powder on top as well as a matte setting spray. Under eye concealer will also help for both skin types in achieving that flawless, matte look.

Dita Von Teese at Cannes 2007 by Mireille Amphillac. CC by SA 2.0

Dita Von Teese at Cannes 2007 by Mireille Amphillac. CC License by 2.0

Which one do you like better, matte or dewy? comment below 🙂

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