Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Rediscovering Dandelions & Duo Fibres

In the midst of any beauty buying enthusiast, there comes a time when along with the excitement of purchasing new products, results in the forgetting of ol' treasures that get stashed in the backs of the drawer. The recent rearrangement of my makeup 'collection' has brought a bout of rediscovering of some old friends that hadn't been receiving enough love over time. The first two beauty bits on the agenda are a killer combo used together and have been gracing my face for the last couples of weeks nonstop.
The Blush: Benefit's Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
This boxed blush was featured on this blog when it first started towards the conclusion of 2012, in a 'What I Got For Christmas' post. Although it received a lot of love in the first month or so of possession, curiosity caused me to try new blushes and alas it has been sitting untouched in my drawers, for the better part of a year. Sad, but true. When bringing it back to life I can only think that I've been blind for the past year because this blush is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Because it isn't to pink or orange, and lies somewhere in the dusty mauve scale. Thus, this blush compliments so many skin tones without clashing with lip colours or attempting to steal the show. It adds a light layer of colour which seeks adds a natural amount of colour, never looking to obvious or patchy/streaky. As the name would suggest it contains brightening properties, which come in the form of a smooth sheen resulting in a healthy glow (please remove the image of glitter in any form from your mind). When applied on the cheekbones it acts to lift the whole face enhancing your natural beauty. All in all I highly recommend this blush as it is the perfect every day flush of colour, it would work particularly well of paled skinned pals or gals who love a loud lip.

The Brush: MAC 187
There came a time in the beauty YouTube community (think 2010/11) when MAC was all the rage from the foundations to the eyeshadows to the lipsticks and to of course, the brushes. When my eldest brother was going a trip to the USA it was unquestionable that I required him to buy me the 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush I had been lusting after,  as $85 in Australia for one brush was a bit out of my reach at the time, appose to the less the half American price tag. Admittedly when I first got this brush into my hands, I tried to love it, I really did, but I was left disappointed because it had bought it on the recommendation as a liquid foundation brush. Please don't make the same mistake I did, as the bristles are no where near dense enough to effectively blend any liquid formulation, it almost sends shivers down my spine thinking about it. ANYWAY, I opted for using my beautiful Real Technique Brushes which are still the love of my life, but a few weeks ago when I saw this sitting in my wardrobe untouched as it had been for closer to TWO YEARS I thought, enough is enough. I experimented with it until I found its true calling- the perfect blush brush for lightweight and even product placement. The bristles are the softest of any brush I own and the duo fibre element leaves a well blended, natural finish- perfect alongside Dandelion. Now I want to be clear here, I am not recommending this specific brush to anyone, because in my eyes $85 for one brush, or even $40 for one brush is ridiculous and if I could go back in time I probably wouldn't have asked for it. BUT I am recommending duo fibre brushes for blush application as well as encouraging anyone who has this brush lying around to give it another go like I did. 

I hope after reading this you have the urge to 'shop your stash' and rediscover some old beauty favourites and if you do, I would LOVE to hear you findings in the comments!
Love Ashleigh

Thursday, 19 September 2013

What's in my Makeup Bag!

Hey there! I am so terribly sorry, it has been absolutely forever since I last postedand really I don't have an excuse other than school. Exam are only six weeks away eeeek! Anywho enough about school, I am here to show you what has been living in my makeup bag these past few months. I would also just like to mention some of you may recall my 'Makeup Confession' post a few months back, if you haven't then your can check it out here. It basically entailed my want/desire to reduce how materialistic I was being and stop buying excessive amounts of makeup and use the perfectly great products I already own. As I think you will be able to see from this post, I have actually made a lot of progress on this and many of these products are on their last legs- fortunately/unfortunately.

This is my actual makeup bag, it was a gift a year or so ago. The brand its Trina & Co. which you can buy from Myer and I'm sure somewhere online. It came in a two pack with other cause that is perfect for travelling brushes, I loooooove it. 

 Garnier BB Cream (Combination to Oily Skin)- I wear this in Light/Clair but when I am tanned I mix it with my other tube of Medium. I really like this BB Cream, I tend to only wear it in the warmer months and I feel like it actually improves my skin for when I don't wear makeup.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation- I wear this in Beige Ivory and I really dig this foundation (for want of a better word). It has excellent pigmentation so you only use a small amount of product thus it lasts a long time. I think I will do a full review on the foundation soon because it really does deserve it's own post.

Maybelline Dream LUMItouch- I use this all the time under my eyes to cover my dark circles, infact I prefer it over my Bobbi Brown Corrector to do the job because it is a lot thinner and great for everyday wear. I am nearly out of this so I will definitely be repurchasing this when the time comes. Did I mention how cheap it is?

Topshop Glaze 'Laid Back'- I was never much of a lipgloss wearer until I met this! I love the formulation, although it doesn't have the longest lasting power, but that doesn't bother me. It just  is the finishing touch to my everyday makeup and just a nice easy to wear colour.

Nars Laguna Bronzer- Do you see what I mean when I say a lot of these products are on their last legs! I love this bronzer so much, its the first bronzer I've owned and used and used and used. Just get it, you need it in your life I promise!

Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder- I wear this in the shade Natural, typically on days/nights where I need a heavier coverage. This is actually a rather new discovery for me, I was looking into buying the MAC Studio Fix powder but I read everywhere that was just as good for a very small fraction of the price. I love it and I know I will be repurchasing this again and again.

MAC Fleur Power- EVERYONE GRIEVE WITH ME! This is my favourite blush and I know ill be terrible sad when its completely finish. I know I will do a whole sad post on it when it's finally gone, but at the moment I am rationing it out sparingly. It's just the perfect-medium-pink-natural-cool blush!

Napoleon Coral Blush Duo- This is my (very close) second favourite blush in the world, more specifically the bottom shade. It is a lovely sheen-y but not glitterly, coral-ly but not too bright, blush. You don't have to wear a highligher with this blush because it like a two-in-one and it just looks gorgeous on the skin! I think it might be limited edition so I know ill be grieving for this blush too but hopefully not for a while!
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact- I have done a whole post on this powder which you can check out here, but in a quick summary I love it but it's expensive!

MAC Studio Finish Concealer- I wear this in NW20, it has excellent coverage and I don't know how I lived before owning this. You need to set it with a powder because its lasting power isn't incredible but I think this is definitely worth checking out.

Maybelline The Falsies- Oh wow! A Maybelline mascara, what a surprise! I don't have too much to say about this mascara it's great but I am in dire need of a new tube, but I will have to use up some of my other mascaras first. I use it in conjunction with the Maybelline 'Illegal Length' mascara which happily decided to disappear when I needed it.

Carmex- Lucky last, this is an old but trust worthy favourite. It does it job well and keeps my chapped lips at bay but I just don't understand how one little tub can last me so long- I swear it's never ending. I also use the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Ointment sometimes to mix things up a little.

Anddddddd that my lovely friends is everything. I really wanted to do this post as a sort of time capsule so I can look back on this a year or however long and see what I loved. I'll stop talking now but I recently got bloglovin' so make sure you folllow me there! ADIOS!
Ashleigh xo

Sunday, 14 July 2013

YSL #13 Peach Passion Rouge Volupte Lipstick Review

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick
#13 Peach Passion

Hey there! I'm going to just come out and say it I SPLURGED! I spent more money than I thought I ever could impulse spend on a lipstick. But, you know what? I don't regret it one bit, because this is the most gorgeous and luxurious lipstick of my collection. So beautiful in fact, that I went out and bought one of my best friends one for her eighteenth birthday too.

Now I don't want to spend too much time reflecting on the the digits ($55, okay lets not mention it again) but I promise you it's worth every penny. I could blab on for hours about this lipstick, so I've limited myself to three subcategories below, and I'll let the half a dozen pictures speak for themselves!
Packaging- I really don't need to even mention this because it's so obvious, but the packaging is GORGEOUS, I am in love with it! It also great that the middle band colour shows you what shade the lipstick is, it makes it  everything a lot easier, appose to rummaging through a bunch of identical black tubes trying to read the little names of the lipsticks (sorry MAC, I still love you anyway).

Shade: Although the name of this lipstick is Peach Passion, I would call it a coral more than anything. It is the preeettiest pinky-coral (okay, slightly peachy I gueeess), that would suit a multitude of skintones. It never fails to look gorgeous on the lips, although looks even more amazing with a tan (just saying), and compliments pretty much all of my regular eye looks, which is a big tick in my books. It is a very vibrant colour but it isn't 'in your face' kind of bright, if you know what I mean. Just look at swatches and you'll see for yourself have pretty it is! Overall it is a very easy lipstick to wear, that makes you look effortlessly polished.

Formulation: My heavens is this creamy, probably the smoothest/creamiest/most moisturising lipstick I own. But in saying that it is so incredibly opaque at the same time. Word of warning, I find that can sometimes settle in the cracks on dry lips, so it's best to do a quick exfoliate before applying if you're in that boat! I terms of longevity, it doesn't last forever unfortunately. Particularly when eating or drinking it doesn't hold up too well, but I think that's mainly because it is so creamy. Oh well, sacrifices must be made I suppose, it last 3 to 4 hours-ish, nothing that a quick little reapplication can't fix (but besides, I'll take any excuse to whip this gorgeous thing out it public).

All in all; I HIGHLY recommend these lipsticks, I know I'll be picking another one in the very near future! We all deserve to treat ourselves every once in a while don't we?

Ashleigh xo

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Beauty Tag Mash Up

Hey there! A blogger I recently started following Maine Lyn (bananachocolatemaine), posted this mix n' mash of beauty tags. I looked like fun so I thought I might jump on the bandwagon too! (It's a bit of a long one, so you might want to grab a cup of tea)

Would You Rather: Makeup Edition Tag
1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
I'd rather loose all my palettes and eyeshadows, there is something about mascara and lipstick that I can't give up!

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?Even though I've been trying to grow my hair long for five-ish years, I'd rather chop it all off, as it would grow back eventually :)

 3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Coral cheek please!

4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or make-up?Well, I definitely spend much more money on makeup, butttt I'm pretty content with my current makeup stash so I'd have to say buy clothes 

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as lipstick (note: have done in the past)

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
MAC is definitely the dominant makeup brand in my collection, but I'm tryingt o widen my horizons a bit and try new things so I'd have to lean towards Sephora!

7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

Definitely one eyeshadow and if I had to choose one, I'd go with MAC's Naked Lunch :)

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Hmmmm I kinda do both already, but I guess summer clothes in winter.

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Probably bright, like pastels and whites, but to be honest I don't wear a lot of nailpolish anyway.

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?
This is tough, probably favourite eye product, because I have like three other similar shades in my stash :)

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
These questions are really diggin deep into the soul, ummm probably messy bun, people always seem to compliment me when I wear them, which make me happy

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss? 
Never wear lipgloss?

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

Who doesn't love a sharpied eyebrow? ;)

14. Would you rather live without make-up or nail polish?
DEFINITELY nailpolish, 100%. I need ma makeup!

Beauty Brands Tag:
1. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand?
Thats tough, its a tie between Maybelline and Rimmel, with Australis as an honourable mention! 

2.What is your favourite high end brand?
 Probably MAC (so original I know), as well as YSL and NARS!

3. A product that's raved about but you've never tried?
Ummmm Limecrime lipsticks, I want one so bad!

4. A product not worth the hype?
(This isn't so much a product, but a brush) MAC's 187 Stippling Brush, I barely use mine

5. Favorite hair brand?
hahah I don't know the first thin about hair! Probably ORGANIX

6.Favorite Nail Varnish brand?
I'm a Revlon gal :)

7. Favorite fashion brands/shops?
I'm a bigggggg fan of Glassons and Myer, plus a bit of Asos on the side. On top of that I like the actual fashion side of Zara and Topshop, but have only made a couple of purchases there.

Makeup History
1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
This might sound young for most of you, but I would have to say 12-13, mind you it was some mineral powder to cover up my acne and the occasional swish of mascara :) 

2. How did you get into makeup?
I bought my first makeup item on the recommendation of my best friend, but getting the hardcore makeup addiction I have now was definitely triggered by YouTube! Sidenote: I first subscribed a british girl called BigBeautyBox!

3. What are some of your favorite brands?
Like I said before; MAC, NARS, YSL, Rimmel London and Maybelline

4. What does makeup mean to you?
I don't really know how to go about answering this question, its definitely a big part of my life like, if you asked any of my friends 'whats one thing Ash loves?' they would all roll their eyes and say makeup. Its a hobby / borderline addiciton and something that I loveeee.

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be?
This is getting tough, um foundation (either MAC Studio Fix Fluid or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation), Bronzer (Nars Laguna), Blush (MAC Fleur Power or Napoleon Perdis Coral) and finaaaally Mascara (I'm yet to find the golden one).

6. What is your favourite thing about makeup?

It gives you the opportunity to shape the way you are viewed by others and can demonstrate your personality or self image.  

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
Look, by no means do you need to buy high end makeup, but you don't really need drugstore makeup either. Some drugstore products match the standard of high end and with others you get what you pay for, but all in all with high end makeup I think you are 50% paying for the quality of the product and 50% for the brand name. 

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Focus on finding a foundation that suits your skin shade, including getting the right undertone (cool/neutral/warm) and type (oily/dry/combination, then slowly you can build upon a simple foundation and try eyeshadows and eyeliner ect. Also PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT!

9. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
 I've been an avid watcher of beauty videos for four and a bit years now I'd have say, it has definitely grown immensely over that time. I would love to one day be on the other side of the camera making videos, maaaybe one day! It just makes me sad to see when some of the guru's are conforming to this fictional image of the 'perfect pretty beauty guru', just to up their viewers and loosing individuality, but anywhoooo.

10. What is one makeup trend you never understood?

Ummmmm probably those stick on lipstick/lip art trend? I can't really think of anything else.

Thank you for sticking around until the endddd, please feel free to also do this collection of beauty tags, it was a multitude of fun!
Ashleigh xo

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Maybelline: Illegal Length Mascara Review

Hey there! It's finaaaaaally school holidays (woo!) so I've had a chance to catch my breath and I'm going to try and get a few more blog posts up. To get the ball rolling, today I am reviewing Maybelline's Illegal Length Fibre Extensions Mascara.  

This is the first ever fibre extension mascara I have used, appose to normal mascaras that just coat your lashes with black, this mascara also consists of small fibres which build up on your lashes to add physical length. In the beginning I wasn't too keen on this mascara as I was applying it too close to the lash bed so the fibres were irritating my eyes throughout the day. But I have since learnt to mainly focus this mascara on the ends of my lashes. It is definitley a lengthening mascara, so I like to use it in conjunction with other mascaras (at the moment I've been using it with Revlons Lash Finder) just for that added ompf of length!

 It looks very black on the lashes, doesn't flake and I don't have any problems with smudging wooo! But the only downfall is its doesn't hold a curl well, which is something that I really look for in a mascara. In terms of the brush it made of real bristles which I really like, so it does a good job of separating the lashes. To be honest, I probably won't buy it again, just because I am now keen to try more lengthening mascaras. I don't think it is the best of mascaras in the world, but for it's inexpensive price I would recommend it!

 Side note: I have completely moved away from using waterproof mascaras, and my lashes have loved me for it. They are no longer as dry as they were anddddd it makes removing eye makeup 100 times easier!
I hope you are all enjoying your holiday break and I shall have a new blog post up very soooooooon! 

Ashleigh xo

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Year Twelve Formal

Hey there! Last Friday was quite an memorable one, as it was my Year 12 Formal! The entire year level got dressed up, ate a delicious dinner and danced the night away. It was a great night seeing everyone all looking their best and there was a photo booth that printed out polaroids, a candy bar and top notch d-floor. Anywho, I just thought I might share what I wore, it was only a semi-formal event, so no silk gowns were necessary (and I believe this is the first photo I've posted of myself on my blog, which is exciting)!

Dress: Blesse'd Are The Meek 'Holey Smoke' Black Maxi Dress
I really love this dress, it was a really soft material and as you can see it has a reverse razor back with a huge slit  and some key hole cut outs. I really like maxi dresses, I wish I wore them more and this one you can dress up or down!

Shoes: ALDO 'Servedio' Coral Wedges
These were a little hard to find, as in Australia we are heading into winter so open toes shoes and coral in general is getting a bit scarce, but luckily about a week before the night I got my hands on these bad boys. It was a good decision wearing wedges I feel, because they were so easy to walk in and were comfortable so I could enjoy the night without sooking about sore feet

Clutch: ALDO 'Landaverde' Clutch
This clutch was just staring at me when I was trying on the shoes in ALDO and then when the shop assistant told me it was 50% off, I knew I had to get it.

Nails: Shellac Tropix (fingers) & Black Pool (toes)

Make Up: Napoleon
My make up was done by my brother's girlfriend, who is a Napoleon Makeup artist, I wish I had a close up of the look but of coooourse I forgot. The eyeshadows she used were absolutely gorgeous, she used the Swan Lake Prismatic Quad, which I am seriously considering purchasing it myself!

The very last thing I wanted to mention was I got my first ever spray tan! I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! Some tips I have are to make sure you exfoliate a boat load everywhere the night before and in terms of timing, I got mine done on the Wednesday afternoon for a Friday night event.

I think that's just about everything, overall it was an excellent night! It really made me realise what an excellent year level I have and how much I am going to miss every single person next year! I love every so much and before I get too emotional I think I'm going to end it here! Enjooooy your weekend!
Ashleigh xo 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Empties #1

Hey there! This post is a little bit exciting for me because its my first ever 'Empties' post. I think they are a great idea, because you get to read a well informed opinion of a series of products, appose to just being presented with a haul or something where you don't actually hear about the quality of the products. If you do like this style of post, I highhhhly recommended you go check out Miss Heather Lauren, as she has done quite of few of these Empty Product posts and they are all reaally great! Anywho, let's get the ball rolling!

1. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub- I reeeeeeeeeaaaally love this daily scrub, I've gone through two bottles and my daily routine doesn't feel complete with out it. It's really refreshing and a little but tingling so you feel like it really is doing your skin some good. As well as the exfloliating beads which the skin feeling super soft! I have really oily skin with a boatload of black heads particulary on and near my nose, I wouldn't say it removed all of my blackheads, although it did dramatically reduce their prevalence and it is probably the best scrub I've found that does so. Conclusion: highly recommend!

2. Olay Enriched Night Cream- this was the first night cream I have ever tried so I can't really give well informed review as I don't have a point of reference, you get me? I will say that I did like this night cream, it was one of the cheapest ones and the morning after using it my skin always looked and felt better. I would recommend this to girls like me who are just starting out in the night cream business, I would buy it again but on the same hand I want to try something new.

3. Maybelline Makeup Remover- to be honest this make up remover wasn't the best, but it was cheap and I don't regret buying it. I would use it of a night and it would looook like all my eye make up was removed, but then when I woke up in the morning I still has black residue under my eyes. Buttt in saying that, I always wore water proof mascara, so it is never the easiest thing to remove in the first place. Overall, There is no harm in buying this product, but I personally wont be doing it again.
4. Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer- Natio is only available in Australia and New Zealand, so I apologise to all my international readers (which is most of you haha), but for the record I really like the brand and have used many of their products in the past. This primer was just a oversized sample and I think some people would really like it but because I have oily skin I don't think its the best primer for me. It assists with giving a dewy glow thus promoting a youthful look. The consistency was a little but watery for my liking, it was like you were applying a moisturiser to a degree and it didn't have that silicone-y feel which everyone seems to have a love/hate relationship with. I wont be buying the full size.

5. NP Set Pasarella Mascara- I really like Napoleon Perdis products and I really like the concept of NP Set, but to be be honest this mascara was just OK. I dont really have anything bad to say about it, but nor do I have anything good to say about it. Looook I just think you can get better quality mascaras for the same price.  (Worst product  review ever hahaha)

6. Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Liner- I reeeeally like this eye liner, I'm sorry that all the writing has rubbed off the packaging, but I guess that just goes to show how much used it. Its a great liner for those just starting out in liquid liner, or who have a little trouble, as the felt tip liner makes it a pretty smooth process. I will just say that it does tend to wear as the day goes on, but nothing too terrible and I dont think this is the best liner for those who like a good clean wing, atleast I found it a bit hard to achieve. All in all I really like this liquid and have already repurchased as new one!

7. Chanel No 5 Eau De Toilette 50mL- this empty bottle has be hanging around for a while but I really wanted to include in my Empties post. I love this perfume, its expensive as anything, but I think its worth it. I love ittttttt, i love it, i love it and have already got another 100mL bottle!

Alrighttt, I think thats all from me! I know I have a picture of a face mask but I used it so long ago I couldn't summon up a review, I'm sorryyyy. And, I'm sorry for being terrible and hardly posting last month, YEAR TWELVE... it's quite a time consuming thing. Have a great weekend! 
Ashleigh xo