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Jesse

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Overall rating:
5.0/5
15th July, 2015 at 9:08 pm
MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil Review
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Best brow pencil I have tried to date!

I purchased my MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil through MAC's US website and received it a couple of weeks ago, since then it has become a staple in my daily makeup routine.

I have it in the shade 'Deep Brunette', which is a great colour match for my black brows. I find that if I use anything darker than a dark brown it looks too harsh as my brows are quite thick so Deep Brunette suits me well.

The pencil is long so you get plenty of product and is double-ended, with a spooly on the end you can use to groom your brows or brush the product through them. The pencil itself I found quite 'chalky' in texture, creating an almost powdery finish as opposed to the waxy feel of some brow pencils. It was very pigmented and soft enough so that you didn't have to press hard when using it. As mentioned I have quit thick brows so I like to use a pencil to define the edges of them, and a tweezing mishap quite awhile ago means one of my eyebrows is a tad far back from the centre. This pencil makes it easy to fill in anywhere you need and define your brow without looking harsh or overdone, creating a more natural, groomed effect. I normally like to finish my brow using my MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme for a more bold look but this pencil alone can be used to create anything from a subtle enhancement to a more dramatic effect, depending on how you use it.

This is probably the best brow pencil I have used to date and I'm very impressed by it, recommend for anyone either starting out with brow products or just wanting a good pencil to add to their collection.

Tips: I found that if I hold the pencil vertically, running the tip along my brow I can use the pencil to quickly shade my entire brow as I normally would a brow powder, perfect if you're wanting a natural look or are in a rush and don't have time to go over your brow with another product.

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Thanks Lutece! I really love it, it doesn't look like much but so handy!

Amazing detailed review! I didn't know Mac sold pencils like this, and now I want one!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
14th October, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation Review
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A Breath of Fresh ... foundation.

Hi my name's Kellie and I'm addicted to lightweight foundation. I discovered it when I was 14 and have never looked back. I have looked in the mirror sometimes though and wished I could brave a thicker foundation, but I love that dewy look, the hint of real skin. Also I have a real fear of thicker foundations, the fear that if I wore one and you whacked me on the back of my head, my face would fall off. Likely to happen? No! Crazy? Yes.

But I'm at the age now where I need more. I have uneven skin tone, pimples and just old skin that doesn't need to see the light of day. But could a lightweight foundation give me that? Could Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow? I really really hoped so ...

The consistency is really quite liquidy (I have a CC Cream that's thicker), and a little goes a very long way. More than once I've done a bit more than half a pump and had foundation to spare. (I do love the pump method of getting your hands on your foundation, especially as Benefit's pump pushes the product up, ensuring you get to use all of it). I really enjoy the coverage this gives. It does cover everything nicely, without making you look mask-like. I must say though, that by itself it's not great for covering blemishes. You definitely need concealer and a dusting of powder foundation over the top doesn't go astray either.

Interestingly enough, I don't know that I find it very dewy. In fact if I just whack it on over my usual moisturiser it ends up being quite dry, resulting in scaly dry looking patches - usually on my cheeks. However as long as I take the time to prime, it goes on and stays on well.

Overall, I think this foundation is really quite good. Good for all ages too, though I believe priming is a must. But alas, if you really want that flawless look, you probably do need flawless skin to start with.

Tips: As BR have drummed into us - it's a crime not to prime. So prime, prime, prime :)

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Thanks for the review, I was very tempted to try this but it sounds like it isn't for me!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
16th June, 2014 at 9:40 pm
LOreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Cellular Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner Review
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Absolute repair for your hair!

I love L'oreal products for haircare products, they have such high quality products that i find really work to repair dry, damaged hair. I've been using this range on and off for so many years after a recommendation from a hairdresser friend - the masque is also fantastic.

To explain the condition of my hair, over 10 years has been highlighted blonde- - i swap and change abit, sometimes platinum blonde, other times light blonde and medium blonde. The consequences of this are brittle, dry and weak hair that can tend to be frizzy. I brought this whole range (shampoo, conditioner and masque) hoping that it would help repair my damaged hair. I can gladly say that it worked!

The packaging for the shampoo and conditioner is stylish with its yellow tub, with silver trim. I find most of my Loreal products look high end and look great sitting in my bathroom.

The fragrance is lovely and slightly fruity and fresh smelling. I never get tired of the smell of this!

The shampoo is a good consistency and lathers up well, my hair feels clean and fresh after using it. The conditioner is very moisturising and makes my normally tangled hair feel smooth and tangle-free.

I love this shampoo and conditioner, they really works to give much needed tlc to my battered hair. The duo works to lock in moisture and hydrate my hair, turning dry, rough hair into silky smooth locks. It really does what it says and 'absolute repair' is such a fitting name.

I would recommend this range to anyone with coloured hair that needs some tlc- such an awesome shampoo and conditioner!

Tips: The masque is also great!

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Thanks Jesse, this range really is! definitely some of my favourite haircare products x

This range sounds fantastic, thanks for the great review!

Overall rating:
2.7/5
7th September, 2014 at 9:44 pm
Phoenix Custom Blend Foundation Review
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Phoenix custom blend foundation

I really really love the idea of having a foundation custom blended to perfectly suit my skin. I have three custom blend foundations to suit different seasons/skin colours and to be honest I'm over the novelty of custom as the formula just isn't holding up. The foundations can be mixed to a dewy or matte formula from what I remember and are very thin and liquidy. They dry very quickly so you best have your buffing brush ready to go. I found that the staying power was just not up to par. I used Phoenix pressed powder on top and for the first wee while it was fine and looked good, after a couple of hours of wear it was literally sliding off my face, the smallest touch or accidental brush of my face would end up with bald patches where the foundation was gone. It didn't hold up on my t-zone either which was disappointing as I consider myself to have relatively normal/combo skin. Parking at kingsland was a complete hassle too although once inside the make up shop was so pretty and peaceful and the staff were lovely.

Tips: Have the foundation applied and wear it for a day, see how it wears on your ski before purchasing.

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Thanks, I was tempted to try this out as custom matching really appeals to me but the formula does sound terrible.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
20th April, 2015 at 7:05 pm
Benefit Watts Up highlighter Review
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This can be seen from the moon!

My recent obsession? Anything that glows and sparkles and did I say glow? I've been on a journey of treatments for my acne and horrible scarring and the results have been amazing. Now that my skin (far from perfect let add) is looking much better its easier to wear pretty products that attract attention to your face cause I dont mind the attention.

I bought the Benefit - Bronze of Champions and the Watts Up highlighter is included. The packaging is sleek and beautiful which a metalic finish. The product is a chubby stick and twists up and down in the tube.

The highlighter rubs on your skin like a cream but then turns into the most beautiful champagne shade! I thought I wouldnt like it because on first glance its looks yellow but its definitely isnt. Think of the kind of highlighter a princess would wear to be glowy and beautiful then imagine this highlighter. I just die alittle everytime I use it!

Appliation - With my ring finger I run the chubby stick twice down the point of my finger and this is more than enough product. With my ring finger I gently pat the highlighter on the high points of my cheek bone and just a touch under my brow bone. I use in 2 in 1 motion where i gently pat but as I'm patting, I blend the highlighter in the blusher that I'm wearing. C'mon, we dont want to be walking around with highlight line on our faces do we? So pat and blend properly.

Everytime I have worn this highlighter (using it since last year September) I have received the most beautiful compliments about glowing and looking healthy and alive, and let me tell you this highlighter makes you feel healthy and alive. People across the room will notice this on my face and want to know why you're glowing.

It makes me emotional that I can now wear products like this and no longer hiding behind my acne scars and just wearing dull makeup that nobody notices. Wearing high end products like this make me feel "normal" again and that brings me the greatest joy.

This highlighter will forever and always be in my collection for nostalgic reasons and as well being in love with it as it is the first highlighter I've ever owned. If you want your highlighter to be seen from the moon but look beautiful and glowy then this is the highlighter for you!

Tips: Dont use the highlighter straight from the stick otherwise you will use too much. Its best to use your fingers and then build up the colour to your desired intensity.

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oooh i have two minis of this to try so your review makes me suuuuuuper happy xx

We can finally celebrate our skin Jesse!

Great review Colleen! I feel exactly the same way about highlighters since my skin has started behaving the last month or so, time to finally play with all the pretties!

Overall rating:
4.3/5
13th June, 2015 at 10:20 pm
The Balm Down Boy Blush
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The Balm Down Boy

I've been enticed by many The Balm products for some time, I'm a sucker for cute packaging and they do it so well. The pretty pink of Down Boy really drew me in and I haven't been disappointed.

The packaging - cute, functional, quirky and compact. I like my blush packaging to be sturdy so I can travel with it and this fits the bill to a tee. We all know it's what's inside that really counts though! The powder is incredibly pigmented and finely milled, a light stroke picks up just the right amount of product to create a rosy flush of colour. It's described as a baby pink but on my medium skintones it comes across as more a cool, medium pink.

For everyday wear I use a light dusting of this swept across my cheeks, but you can apply it heavier for more of an impact. I'd suggest building it up slowly to avoid overdosing on colour though!

This is a really wearable blush and I'd recommend it for fair to olive skintones.

Tips: Build the colour up to get the depth you want instead of picking up a lot of product first go.

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I've ordered through Beauty.com before who are great, I only have this and Bahama Mama which was a gift though. I really want to try Mary Lou manizer but I still have a few highlighters.

Where do you pick up your 'The Balm' products from? I've been interested in picking up a few.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
29th May, 2015 at 1:32 pm
Lush Rose Jam shower Gel Review
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MY FAVE!

I LOVE this shower gel. Anyone who knows me knows that this is my absolute favourite shower gel! I've been buying this for two years now and always have a back up bottle.

This product is scented just like Turkish Delight which is super delicious. It's sweet and a little bit spicy and the scent lasts after the shower which is great. It's a dark pink colour and is quite thick so you don't have to worry about pouring too much out of the bottle.

I've bought all 3 sizes of this before - 100ml, 250ml and 500ml. They all have the same standard packaging - the clear bottle with the black cap and black label. The shelf life of this product is roughly a year which is great because I always use it faster than that! It is a little expensive for a shower gel but it's so worth it (especially if you can get it for 50% off on Boxing Day).

This product lathers up really well and I like to use it with a shower lilly. It makes me feel nice and clean after my shower and I always smell really good! The whole bathroom smells like rosewater too which is pretty nice.

This is limited edition and is available around Christmas and during July when Lush does its Christmas in July collection. I eagerly await the times when I can buy this product, and I will be very very sad if it ever gets discontinued!

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Oooh I missed some of the Christmas products so I'll look out for them in July! I really want a dashing Santa. Why? no idea, I just want one.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY??!!! I am so very excited to hear that :D

Overall rating:
5.0/5
6th October, 2014 at 11:04 am
fLash Amplifying Lash Serum
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Best beauty purchase I have ever made.

Naturally I have the most underwhelming lashes - short, stubby, resistant to curling. I've always been envious of long lush lashes so when I heard about lash serums my ears pricked up. Most of them are quite expensive, but I saw some rave reviews on fLash which was a much more affordable $69 ($49 with Farmers rewards voucher woo!) so off to Farmers I trotted.

Packaged in a silver and frosted green tube similar to liquid eyeliner, the product itself is a clear serum. I applied it to my clean top lashes as part of my night time routine, using the brush applicator tip to run it along my lash line. You really only need a small amount of product, dip the wand in, wipe off any excess and I found the remaining amount was enough to do both eyes. I didn't bother using this on my lower lashes but that was personal preference.

WARNING: I did find the first two weeks using this my eyes felt very red and irritated, I wanted to immediately rub it off and I thought it might be an allergic reaction. Perservere though! This reaction disapeered after a couple of weeks, and after three weeks I could see results.

I've now been using fLash for ten weeks and I'm so impressed by the results I have received. It definately delivers on naturally long and beautiful lashes, mine look thicker and with mascara they even have a curl to them which even lash perming didn't seem to achieve!

This is hands down the best beauty purchase I have ever made and I highly, highly recommend it, and will keep on purchasing it.

Tips: Applu this at night to avoid putting product on it and red eyes in the day.

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Yeah happened to me too!

I have been using it for two days and my eyelids are a little red. I was worried bit sounds like I just need to persevere!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
9th April, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powder Wardrobe Review
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Lovely product but a bit over hyped?

This was another one of those products I just had to try after hearing about it everywhere online! I was always deterred by the hefty price tag, but, eventually caved after hearing such amazing reviews. Now I have tried it, I have to say it isn't as life changing as I thought it would be and not a must have in my books.

First of all, the packaging is absolutely stunning! This is to me what luxury beauty looks and feels like. Hourglass really hit the mark with the packaging of this product . It is sleek, feminine and quality inside and out. It has a large mirror inside which is never a bad thing and three smoothed cubes of finely milled powders.

I am impressed by the smoothness of the powders and find they really do go on the face undetectably, never cakey or powdery looking once applied.

The three powders included in the palette are:

- Dim light which is the all over setting powder, is great all over the face and especially useful for setting under eye concealer as it is finely milled so doesn't leave me with as much creasing. I do like this powder, but, In all honesty I have drugstore face powders which I find set my face just as well...maybe it's just me but I don't find this hides imperfections any more or has any special powers over other setting powders.

- Incandescent light which is a highlight shade and is my favourite of the three. This highlighter is stunning on the cheekbones (and on the lid/brow bone as a shimmery eye shadow) and leaves you with a lit from within glow. The shimmer is subtle not chunky or overdone and is exactly how I like my highlight to be.

- Radiant light is the least used powder in my palette and is a pale bronzer with a subtle shimmer. It is gorgeous too, just a product I would only use as a bronze highlight in summer on my ghostly skin.

Overall, I really like this palette, but don't think it is anything amazing (especially for the price) in comparison to other products I have tried.

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Thanks for the review, I've been eyeing this up but it's price has been deterrent and after reading this while it seems like a great product it doesn't sound like good value.

@kirstyj - For highlight I love Mac lightscapade MSF and for setting powder I truly find my australis fresh and flawless works just as well. I also love the bourjois healthy mix powder and both of @Chelseaadelaide's recommendations!

I totally agree! Beautiful product but not 'life changing' as it has been described by many. Kirstyj I personally prefer Stila Kitten or The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer for a more affordable but equally as lovely option. xx

What other products do you have that you like? Would love some other recommendations :)

Overall rating:
5.0/5
23rd March, 2015 at 10:25 pm
Benefit Marjorette Booster Blush Review
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Blush baby!

It's not often that I will get some serious and long-lived lust over a beauty product, but when I first saw Benefit's Majorette Booster Blush boy did I perk up and cheer 'I MUST have it!'.

Many months of lusting passed, unfortunately miss Majorette isn't a girl that's readily available to me, but after some patient waiting this beautiful blush found it's way into my wanting hands.

Majorette has cute, feminine style, dressed in a round cardboard compact with a pretty metallic patterning. Where the compact opens is skirted with bright orange plastic hiding a magnetic closure which matches well with the blush itself and makes it easy to open and close the compact. The inside mirror is perfect for on-the-go application and the plastic dome protects the cream blush from damage.

I've never been a huge fan of cream blushes but the colour of this one was enough to sway me alone, a vibrant coral peach which smells delicious and fruity, like a tropical cocktail. The texture is a soft cream which once applied dries to a powder finish. I've applied this both by patting on with my fingers and by using a stipple blush to blend it in, both work equally as well so personal preference here. The formula is sooo incredibly pigmented, a quick blending with my fingers gives the perfect peppy pop of colour which is perfect for an everyday glow. When wanting a more intense flush of colour like on a night out I set this with a light sweep of my Benefit Coralista blush for an added colour boost!

I'm so happy with this purchase, it's one of the ones where it lived up and beyond all my expectations. Pricewise it's a bit more than some blushes but this one is well worth it for the glow that it provides.

Tips: Apply with a light hand and build the colour up slowly to achieve a gorgeous glow instead of clown-face.

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Yeah it does! I've always avoided powder blushes for the same reason but this lasts really well on me, I just apply then set with setting spray.

Jesse does it dry nicely into a powder finish? I hate cream based blushes because I have oily skin but I can't ignore this "coral" color the beauties are raving about.

Mine was gifted but I think if I had to buy it again I'd go direct through the website, if you wanted other items it'd end up better value.

A friend was wearing this a few weeks ago and I fell in love with the colour. I've been debating whether or not I need it and after this review I want to say yes...but I didn't realise it was $51! Eek.