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Lip of the Day – L’Oreal Shine Caresse in Milady

I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to shop my stash so I decided to pull out my L’Oreal Shine Caresse glosses ( or L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain as they’re known in the US) and give them another go. I’ve been stuck on my matte shades for quite some time so it’s going to take a few tries before I can get back into the gloss!

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I decided to wear the shade Milady over the NYX lip liner in Prune. Milady is a beautiful plummy purple shade with blue iridescence through it. It’s really vampy but has a brightness to it that I love.

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I think it has a nice brightening effect on my complexion. One of my personal makeup rules is that I pair dark lips with more radiant skin to keep the look from getting too dark. I also always add a blush in a similar tone to keep from looking too washed out. I really liked the whole look and how everything paired together.

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I’ve been asked before what I wear in these quick posts so I made sure to photograph my products this time! If you’re interested, the products I used are: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, By Terry Eclat de Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in No 4 Tan, Dior Golden Savannah 5 colour palette, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown, Revlon Bold Lacquer by Grow Luscious mascara, Savvy by DB blush in Glamourama and Dior Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond (old formula).

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2013 Favourites- Eyes & Brows

I’m working my way through these favourites posts a lot slower than I’d expected but there’s only one more to go after this one. Today I’m looking at my favourite products for the eye and brow area so let’s get into it.

Favourite Eyebrow Definer- MAC Brow Crayon in Stud

I’ve been using the MAC Brow Crayon for years because it’s easy to buy, relatively cheap and the shade Stud is the perfect dark cool brown for my colouring.  I’ve tried brow markers, pens, pencils and gel products in the past but this is the one that I keep going back to. It’s just really easy to use and if I get a little carried away with it and over apply, I just brush through my brows quickly with a spoolie brush and it’s fine.

Favourite Eyebrow Gel- Laura Mercier Eye Brow Gel

I did a bit of a mini rave about Laura Mercier Products in my last favourites posts so it’s not going to surprise you that I’ve got another one of her products in this post. I used to favour coloured brow gels but have stuck to clear brow gels since discovering this one. I like it because it goes on well without getting that dry, crunchy texture that some brow gels have and it keeps my brows in place all day. If you’re like me and have brow hairs that grow in every direction, you need this in your life.

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Favourite Eyeshadow Primer- NARS Smudgeproof Base

I was a die hard Urban Decay Primer Potion fan but I started to get a rash from it (still haven’t worked out why, maybe a silicone allergy?) so I switched to the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. I loved that but the product kept separating which I found really frustrating. I’d heard lots of rave reviews about the NARS one so I decided to give it a go and haven’t looked back since. This primer lets me do what the others couldn’t and that’s using shadow or concealer directly on top of it and have no creasing even after a really hot day. I must have really oily lids because with the other two the only way I could avoid any creasing at all was if I put primer down first, a paint pot on top of that and then the eyeshadow. My eyelids have also stopped reacting so whatever is in here is working really well for me.

Favourite Mascara- Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

I used to use this mascara for years but stopped to go see what else was out there but I came back to it in a big way this last year. I love everything about this product and the way it lengthens and thickens my lashes. It also holds a curl really well and I like it just as much with dramatic eye makeup as I do with a very bare eye look.

Favourite Liquid Eyeliner- Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

This liquid liner by Stila has become my favourite because it’s very black and long lasting which is a necessity for me since my lids are so oily. I also really like the brush and the product comes out really easily and gives a lovely smooth line.

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Favourite Eyeshadow Palette- Stila ‘In the Light’ palette

Stila has been one of my stand out brands in 2013 because their products have been really high quality with great colour choices and the prices are also quite reasonable. I have a lot of palettes but the ‘In the Light’ palette has been a constant go-to for every day looks because the colours just work well together. You can tell from the picture above that Bubbly, the gold shade, has been my most used but you’ll find  that the gold shade is always the first to go in any palette I own. What can I say, I love me some gold lids!

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Swatched above from left to right is the top row of the palette: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset and Sandstone. The other two shades I use the most are Kitten for an inner corner highlight and Sandstone to blend out the crease. I also mix in a little Bliss with the Sandstone if I want something a little more subtle in the crease. Sunset is also really pretty on the lid and it’s the shade I wish I’d remember to use more.

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Swatched above from left to right is the bottom row of the palette: Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony. Gilded Gold is probably the most disappointing shade in the palette because it’s not very pigmented, has a lot of fallout and just seems unnecessary. The palette would have been better if this shade had been replaced with a mid-tone taupe that could be used on the lid. I don’t tend to use this row much, apart from the gold shade, because I like more brown toned neutral looks. The last three shades are perfect for a cooler toned smokey eye look though.

Have you tried any of the products in this post? What are some of your favourites in this category?

Mascara Showdown: Loreal Telescopic Explosion vs Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Effet Extension

I’m sure you’ve all seen the new(ish) wave of mascaras the ball type brush heads. I was really curious about how they’d perform so I purchased the Givenchy one a while ago. I didn’t love it at first because it took me a while to get the hang of it but once I did, I was obsessed with it! When I saw the Loreal version I decided to pick it up too because I wanted to see if a drug store brand could pull off what Givenchy had.

Packaging wise, there’s just no comparing Givenchy to Loreal. Givenchy’s is so sleek and compact and beautiful to look at while Loreal’s is… well, a bit tacky in my opinion with its bright red telescope type design. I try not to judge a book by it’s cover or a makeup product by it’s packaging though so I held my judgment.

The Givenchy looks a lot smaller but despite its size, it contains a pretty similar amount of product as the Loreal version at .24oz versus .27oz of product in the Loreal.

The length of the wands is really different with the Loreal wand standing at almost double the length of the Givenchy mascara. I found this to be a bit of a problem at first since I prefer a shorter handle for a small brush head but I think you learn to control the Loreal wand after a few uses. I still think the shorter handle is much better for controlling application to the bottom and inner and outer corner lashes though.

The brush heads themselves are quite different with the Givency (on the left) resembling a ball shape whereas the Loreal has more of an oval shape.

The differences are a lot more noticeable when you view the mascaras from the top. You can see that the bristles on the  Loreal brush form a pin wheel type shape while the Givency is more haphazard with spikes sticking out all over the place

At first I was a Givenchy girl all the way but after a few goes with the Loreal mascara, I have to say that my loyalty may be turning. That’s mainly because the Loreal mascara seems to give a smoother look to the lashes, probably due to the fact that the bristles form a more uniform shape. The Givenchy on the other hand seems to excel more at seperation since it has so many more bristles. Both mascaras do a pretty good job at lengthening the lashes but I feel like the Loreal helps more with volume.

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One coat:

I think the way the two mascaras apply is really most noticeable with 2 or more coats. The Givenchy gets a bit spidery looking while the Loreal stays quite smooth.

Two coats:

I still like and use both mascaras and I prefer the Givenchy for my bottom lashes but I have to say that I’d probably recommend the Loreal one because of the huge difference in the prices. The Givenchy mascara sells for $29.50 US and the Loreal sells for $9.49 US. If you feel like splurging and want to try the original then go for the Givenchy but you’ll still get a great mascara even if you decide to go for the budget Loreal version.

Have you tried either of these mascaras? What are your thoughts? Also, do you think mascara’s are worth splurging on? Let me know below!

My lips but better

No matter how much I try to avoid it I keep buying the same lip colours but I know I can’t be the only one. My absolute favourite colours to get are those that look like my natural lip colour but just better. I thought I’d share a few of my faves.

Lips with nothing on for a comparison

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in Golden Praline
This gloss is so pretty. It has a gold shimmer in it so it’s great for a night out. The only problem I have with it is the smell which I think is supposed to be YSL’s trademark mango scent. I usually don’t really like scented lip glosses but for a colour this pretty, I can deal with it!

MAC Viva Glam Lip Gloss in V
This is very similar to the YSL one but I think the colour is acutally more opaque than the YSL gloss. It’s a nice gloss but it’s just a bit stickier than I would like but that’s true of most MAC glosses.
Loreal Color Riche Lipstick in 708
This is a lipstick but still a fave. I think I like this lipstick because it goes on quite sheer and is really moisturising so the end product is quite close to a gloss anyway! It does have shimmer in it as you can see. I know some people don’t like shimmer in their lip colour but I think it livens up the colour.

Lanolips Lip Ointment in Dark Honey
This is one of those products I walked past many times without taking another look at until I actually saw a swatch of it on someone’s lips. It looked so creamy and moisturising that I had to give it a go and I think it was less than $15 for 2 from memory. It does have a bit of a weird after taste because it is an ointment rather than just a gloss but I still love it and it’s great for those days when your lips are really dry.

Clarins Color Quench Lip Gloss in 12


I actually forgot all about this gloss until my friend reminded me that I had a few Clarins glosses that I should start using again. I put this on and I couldn’t remember why I stopped using it. It’s really soft and not sticky at all and this range has a really pretty fruity scent to it.