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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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Beauty on a Budget: Savvy by DB 9 Color Eyeshadow Warm Palette

I’m travelling overseas in a few days and when I was doing some travel item shopping at my local drugstore (Priceline for all you Aussies), I came across this palette by Savvy by DB. It was only about $5 AUD and seemed like it had a good assortment of neutrals so I picked it up. I justified this unecessary purchase of yet more eyeshadow by convincing myself it was a good palette for travelling as I wouldn’t care if I lost it or broke it in transit.

It comes in black plastic packaging which, though not the prettiest packaging, doesn’t scream cheap like some other palettes I’ve seen.

It comes with the typical cheapo sponge tip applicator which I really wish brands would just ditch. It cheapens the look of any palette it comes with and I swear no one uses them!

The colours can be mixed and matched but I think there are definitely 3 distinct groupings happening in each of the rows and even though it’s labelled as a warm palette, it has a good mix of cool and warm toned shadows.

I found that at least one shade in each row lacked pigmentation and was hard to work with. Here are the swatches:

The last shade in this first row was very sheer and almost impossible to build up.

The first shade in the second row had the same problem which may have something to do with the fact that they’re both in the same colour family.

I also had issues with the first and last shades in the last row which applied relatively sheerly.

The whole palette is shimmery which is a shame as I think a good palette is one which combines both shimmery and matte shades but I guess you can’t ask for much at $5.

As I wasn’t too impressed by the swatches, I thought I’d reserve judgment until I’d actually used the palette so I tried out a look using the colours in the third row.

I managed to get an ok look out of the palette but I struggled to build the colour up in areas where the eyeshadow wasn’t directly touching the primer I used underneath. I’m not planning on wearing any complicated looks while I’m overseas so I’m sure this palette will suit my needs just fine but I don’t think I’d really recommend it.

Maybe the colours would show up better if you’re of a fairer skin tone but a palette where 3 out of the 9 shadows aren’t that great is a pass in my books no matter how cheap it is unless there’s a particular shade in there that you absolutely love.

I haven’t tried any of the other palettes and I actually love the liquid liners by this brand so I’m willing to give Savvy by DB the benefit of the doubt for now and assume that this palette isn’t representative of the rest of the palettes by this brand.

Have you tried this or other palette’s by this brand before? Am I being too harsh and expecting too much considering the price or do you expect more regardless of how much you’re paying?

Beauty on a Budget: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

I purchased 3 of the Coastal Scents palettes a month ago and I’ve been holding off on posting on them because I wanted to get a feel for how they perform first so that my reviews are accurate. The first palette I’m reviewing/swatching is the original 88 palette which is a mixture of matte and satin finish eyeshadows.

This type of palette is available from many sites and also on ebay but I purchased from the Coastal Scents website for $18.95. The shipping was quite pricey and I paid $31.74 for express shipping to Australia for an order that was $73.02 and which included 3 palettes and a few other little odds and ends. The package did arrive really quickly (about 5 days) and it was very well packaged.

It comes in a black plastic case that attracts fingerprints like no tomorrow!

There’s a mirror attached to the inside cover of the palette and there are two double-sided sponge tip applicators included.

The colours range from an off-white all the way through to a true black.

The thing that surprised me about this palette is just how small the shadows are! I thought each shadow was the size of a standard MAC eyeshadow pan but it’s less than half the size of one.

Here’s a comparison between MAC Electra eyeshadow on the left and a silver from the Coastal Scents palette on the right:

And for all you Aussies, here’s a comparison with a 5 cent coin so you can see how tiny it is:

You might be thinking at this stage that the eyeshadow pans are removeable since I seem to have pulled one out but they’re not. This just happened to happen to mine:

The eyeshadow pans don’t seem to be glued in to the palette using the strongest adhesive so after I dropped this palette once on to my carpet (from a not very high distance), this shadow just happened to pop out. It’s easily fixable but I haven’t glued it back in just yet because I wanted to take pictures for you all.

This also happened to my palette:

If you can’t tell, that’s the opening of the palette and it was a bit stiff so when I finally managed to get it open, a part of the clasp just fell off. I will say that the two other palettes I purchased have a different, sturdier clasp so maybe this is a design flaw that has been recognised and is being fixed.

Here are the swatches. I swatched them column by column (vertically from the top left hand shadow) and all of the eyeshadows are swatched over a primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the reason I didn’t swatch these without a primer is because the pigmentation isn’t fantastic when you don’t use a primer so a primer is a must. I should also say that I was cleaning my brush in between colours so my brush was a bit damp which could also have affected pigmentation.

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With a primer these shadows are fantastic but without a primer the mattes tend to be a bit chalky and the lighter coloured satin finish shadows are a bit sheer. The darker shades, matte or satin finish are quite pigmented even without a primer.

The colour selection is fantastic and this is a great beginner palette. It would be much better if there was a true pigmented white shadow and if they got rid of some of the shadows from the first column as they’re quite chalky and useless.

The shadow pans are small but I won’t be getting through any of these any time soon. I have a lot of eye shadows but I still think this was a good addition to my collection. There are colours in here that I don’t have and which will come in handy for certain looks but which I don’t need full size versions of such as a lot of the brighter shades.

Here’s a look I came up with to show you all how these shadows work together. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base and then used some NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk over that.

I circled the colours I used in red so just click the picture to view bigger.

These shadows are best used when patted on so the intensity is maintained. I find that these colours blend ok together but not as well as my higher end shadows such as MAC, Inglot, Sugarpill etc. When I need to blend these shades together I tend to use a patting motion over the edges where colours meet rather than a true blending technique.

All in all, this palette is great and I’m glad I actually swatched all the colours since alot of these shades look different swatched than in the pan. I definitely recommend purchasing this palette whether it’s from the Coastal Scents site or from Ebay.

Do any of you have this palette? How do you feel about it?

UPDATE 1/06/2011
I just wanted to clarify that I highly recommend this for purchase for beginners who don’t have many eye shadow’s and are trying to build their collection. To those who have alot of eye-shadows, I think this is a good palette if you need brighter shades but if neutrals are your thing then look elsewhere because I don’t think the neutral selection is the greatest.
Also apparently these palettes are cheaper on Ebay than Coastal Scents so save yourself the shipping and check out Ebay.

Beauty on a Budget: NYX Round Lipsticks Part 2

The rest of the shades I have in the NYX Round Lipsticks are (from left to right): Heredes, Snow White, Milan, Louisiana and Tea Rose.

Heredes: This is a gorgeous coral/terracotta shade and I am in love with it! It looks so gorgeous against a warmer skin tone and I think it works well as an autumn or spring shade.

Snow White: I’ll admit that I bought this for the name alone but I really like it. It’s a slightly deeper red than I usually buy but it looks lovely and luscious on the lips.

Milan: This is what I would class as a true mauve shade. It’s relatively easy to pull off but it’s not my favourite.

Louisiana: I bought this shade on a whim and I’m glad I did because it is gorgeous! It’s a lovely bright pink that leans warm.

Tea Rose: This is one of those shades that gets recommended alot which is why I picked it up and it’s nice but not my favourite with my skin tone. I’ve seen lots of girl who are of a fairer skin tone rock this and it looks awesome on them!

Beauty on a Budget: NYX Round Lipsticks Part 1

I’ve bought a few of NYX’s Round Lipsticks and I thought it was time I swatched them.

From left to right: Creamy Beige, Champagne, Cocoa and B52

Creamy Beige: Concealer Lips alert! Not the most flattering shade on me so I definitely need to pair it with a darker lipliner.

Champagne: This shade looks a bit strange on me and I haven’t figured out why. It has a slight purple irridesence to it and is more of a frost shade.

Cocoa: I love this shade! I think it’s a gorgeous neutral lip colour that’s really easy to wear. I think it’s also very work friendly.

B52: This shade is slightly pinker than the above shade but still quite pretty.

The NYX Round Lipsticks have a cult following mainly because they’re cheap but still quite pigmented. These products are super creamy and go on really well but my major pet peeve with these is the smell. They all have a really strong artificial smell which I haven’t been able to pinpoint but I do find it quite offensive. Luckily it does wear off after a while but I still wish NYX would just make these without a scent!

Since these are really creamy, the wear time isn’t very long but I can still usually get about 2 or 3 hours of wear if I don’t drink or eat. I purchased mine from cherryculture.com. They’re usually $2.50 on this site but I sometime wait till there’s a 50% off sale on NYX and then buy them.

Beauty on a Budget: Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Classy Nude and Modern Mauve

I’ve been lemming the Dior Serum De Rouge lipsticks for ages but I could never justify spending the money on a product that makes no claims to longevity and contains less lipstick than usual. That’s why I was really excited when I saw these suspiciously similar looking lipsticks by Milani and decided to give them a try.

The packaging looks very similar to the Dior one and is a long skinny tube that clicks product up as you twist the bottom. It also makes the same clicking noise when you twist the product down.

I decided to buy the colours (left to right) Classy Nude and Modern Mauve.

Classy nude is a very sheer nude colour that tones down the pigmentation on my lips slightly but for the most part just makes my lips look glossy.

Modern Mauve is a raspberry pink colour that is also relatively sheer but more pigmented than the nude shade. This is a great summer shade and an easy way to wear a brighter lip that isn’t too much effort.

I don’t know what the ‘HD’ aspect of these lipsticks is but they feel very moisturising on the lips. The glossy/moisturising properties means that they don’t last long which is a shame since they contain quite a bit less product than normal (1.8g versus 3.4g in a standard Milani lipstick). I find myself reapplying these quite often and use these in the same way I’d use a lip balm or gloss rather than how I use a lipstick.

The product has a really strong watermelon smell that reminds me of lipsmackers which I actually really like! It’s not a scent that makes me feel nauseous like some other brands (I’m talking to you NYX Round Lipsticks!). All in all I really like these lipsticks and think they’re a good summer product since they’re easy to wear and keep your lips hydrated.

I purchased mine from cherryculture.com for $8.99 US each.

Have you tried these or the Dior version? What do you think of them?