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~Aussie/Kiwi Brands FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It was harder than I thought it would be to find products for this challenge. I searched through my stash and I managed to find enough to come up with a FOTD but it did make me realise I have to support Aussie brands more. It would of course be a lot easier to support them if they catered for my skin tone but since they don’t, I tend to have to go outside of Australian brands to find what I need but that’s a rant for another day!

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For the face I used a combination of Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Bamboo and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold.  On the cheeks I used Becca Songbird blush which is one of my favourites. I love a lot of what Becca comes out with because they make high quality products with chic packaging, cater for darker skin tones and make effortless and easy to wear colour choices in their product range.

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I used an NP set palette (Party Set Palette) I was given by a friend to do the eye shadow and the Modelco Fibrelash mascara for my lashes. I can’t say that I loved the NP eyeshadow’s because they were very hard to work with and the pigmentation was not very good.

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I finished up the eye look with my favourite Aussie liquid liner, the Savvy by DB liner in Navy. I have this in the Dark Brown as well and it’s one of my staples. This says a lot coming from me since I am a liquid liner addict and have tried many over the years!

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I also used the Face of Australian lip gloss crayon in Macaron on my lips but changed that out for Lanolips lip ointment in Dark Honey later in the day because my lips were very dry. If you haven’t already tried them, Lanolips make great tinted lip products for super dry lips and dark honey is one of my favourite my lips but better shades.

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So what are your favourite Aussie/Kiwi brands?

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Mini Makeup Haul Courtesy of the Magazine Rack…

I shouldn’t admit this but whether I buy a magazine in any given month is directly related to what the free gift is. Some times I can go a few months in a row without buying a single magazine but other months I end up buying 4 magazines. Case in point, this month was big on the free gifts!

First up was the September Madison which I ended up buying 2 of so I could get the 2 available shades of Becca eye tints in Vicuna and Gilt. Gilt is a gorgeous warm bronze shade and Vicuna is a champagne shade. Both of these colour’s are beautiful and look great on the lids but these cream shadows excel as bases for any eye look. I usually have to layer a cream shadow over my Urban Decay Primer Potion to prevent creasing but I’ve been using these as a base on their own and they are exceptional! I wear these the whole day and not a single crease!

The October issue of Instyle comes with 2 different shades of Butter London nail polish. I picked up the peachy nude shade called Pink Ribbon. Pillar Box Red is the other available shade but I have way too many reds and not many nudes so that’s why I went for Pink Ribbon. This free gift coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Last but not least was this Avon Extra Lasting lipstick that came with the September issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly. Now AWW isn’t something I usually reach for because I’m a bit younger than their target audience but a free gift is a free gift! There’s three available shades and I picked up Vintage Pink. I thought this was going to be a mauve toned pink but this shade is actually a bright mid tone pinky coral. I usually avoid shade’s like this but the lack of frost or shimmer made this quite easy to pull off. The formula was also lovely and I can’t wait to try more from this range!

Oh how I wanted to love you: Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit and Watermelon

I love Becca and their whole makeup philosophy and the way their makeup is made to blend with the skin rather than just sit on top. I’ve got quite a few of their products and love them all and that’s why I was so excited when I found out that the cult favourite Beach Tint was a free gift with this month’s issue of Madison. I went out searching for the two colours available like many other Aussie beauty addicts and I came home with my spoils. Unfortunately I was less than impressed when I started playing around with these. First off they are so tiny! I wouldn’t have been surprised if someone had told me these were sample sizes, but no these are full sized products!

Secondly, these are so sheer! I know they’re a tint but I was still expecting a bit more pigmentation. I’m sure these would look lovely on people with a lighter skin tone than mine but on my NC42 skin, I just really don’t think they’re worth the hype! I do love the colours though and I think they’re perfectly named because Watermelon is a gorgeous pinky red and Grapefruit is a lovely peachy shade. Check out these swatches:

The Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon is on the left and in Grapefruit on the right.

You can see why I don’t really like them on me right? I can get them to show up if I pat these on but I won’t be repurchasing because I don’t think they’re worth the $42 they retail for. If you’re of my skin tone or darker or just want a more pigmented blush then I’d recommend the Make Up For Ever HD blushes (original review here). I have them in shade number 3-Truth or Dare and shade number 12- First Kiss. Look how pigmented they are and this is when I use the exact same amount of product as the Becca Beach Tint swatches above!

MUFE HD Blushes in Truth or Dare on the left and First Kiss on the right:

The MUFE Blushes contain a similar amount of product to the Becca blushes (10ml vs 7ml) but for 3ml of extra product and the crazy intense pigmentation, I’d rather pay the $45 the HD blushes will run you $45 in Australia than purchase the beach tints.

This isn’t really meant to be a negative review because I like the Beach Tints and the colours they’re available in and I do love the concept but I just don’t like them on my skin tone. I know these are meant to be wearable on the lips as well so I’m going to try them out and see if I like them as lip tints but otherwise these will become something I layer under my powder blushes. If you haven’t tried these yet and you live in Australia then hurry to your closest supermarket or newsagents and pick up a copy of this months Madison because it’ll save you $30.

So what do you think? Have you tried the Becca Beach Tints? Do you think they deserve to be a cult favourite or are they not worth the hype? Leave me a comment below!

Perfect Glow: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Gold and Topaz

Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector has to be my absolute favorite highlighter because it has a beautiful texture that sits really well on the skin and it contains a very fine shimmer. It comes in a few different colours that suit many skin tones and the creamy texture means that you can easily increase the amount of colour and shimmer you want by either patting the product on thicker or by blending it in well.

The shade names for this product are named after different metals and gem stones and it’s available in the colours Pearl, Rose Quartz, Opal, Gold and Topaz. The first two are the lightest shades and have a cool tone and the last 3 are more warm toned. The colour Opal is the one that I think is the most versatile and it’s useable on all skin tones. I’ve had this product in the colour Gold for a while and I thought that I was set but then I had the chance to swatch some of the other colours in person and I just had to get the colour Topaz as well.

The shade Gold is exactly what it sounds like and is a gold coloured highlighter that is very warm toned. Topaz also looks exactly like what it sounds like and is the colour of a topaz stone so it’s a really beautiful bronzey colour. These two are the most suited to darker skin tones but I think Topaz would work really nicely as a subtle illuminating bronzer on fairer skin tones.

Here are some swatches. Gold is swatched first and Topaz is next to it.

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

How beautiful are they? I use Gold when I want a more obvious highlight as it pops more against my skin tone but it’s still very natural looking. I like Topaz for during the day or as the perfect compliment for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look. Don’t be put off by how dark these are if you’re of a lighter skin tone because they honestly work across all skin tones depending on the look you’re going for but if you’re very fair and cool toned then I’d probably go for a different shade.

I like using these on the top of my cheekbones and sometime down my nose and above my lip. They work really well when applied with your fingers and you can either lightly tap them on to your skin or blend them in using circular motions. I like applying them under my foundation when I’m wearing a high coverage, matte or cream foundation and over my foundation if I’m using something sheer. I haven’t found the perfect brush to use with these yet but something synthetic is better so it doesn’t eat up to much product. A duo fibre brush would work well as would a foundation brush like the MAC 190.

I took some pictures of the Becca illuminators compared with the NARS Orgasm Illuminator. The NARS is in the middle and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the Gold is on the left and in Topaz on the right.

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

From Bug’s Beauty Blog

The texture of the NARS Orgasm illuminator is more watery than the Becca ones and I find that the Becca ones works much better for targeted highlighting where as the NARS is better to mix in with foundation. I think that the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal is the one that’s the closest shade to the NARS Orgasm Illuminator but I much prefer the colour and texture of Opal and it’s next on my wish list.

I warn you that these illuminators are quite pricey and usually run about $42 AUD but they come in a really good sized bottle and you get 50ml worth of product versus the 30ml or less that you usually get with other brands. The bottle itself has a pump but unfortunately one full pump is too much product so you might want to decant some into a small pot or just try and push the pump down as little as possible. Although I find that even after I push the pump down as little as I can, I still end up with too much product.

The bottle is made out of rubberised plastic rather than the glass that I initially thought it was made out of. I was disappointed at first but now I can see that it’s actually better because I can throw it in my makeup drawer without worrying about it breaking. It’s also relatively spill proof because it has a double lid. There’s the big dark brown lid on the outside that has the usual silver Becca disc on the top and underneath this cap there’s also a smaller clear pastic lid that sits right over the pump mechanism.

If you have a Becca counter near you then it’s worth swatching these on your skin because they’re definitely a cult favourite for a reason! If you’ve tried these before then I’d love to hear your thoughts on them so leave a comment below.