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About Me Kia Ora my name on here is Macs short for Maccine. I came about Beauty review through my sister in law. When I first started here I had no knowledge about beauty. Since being a member here I've learned about products, application and women's issues. I enjoy being apart of a site where I can learn more and be with fellow Beauty enthusiasts.

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Overall rating:
5.0/5
9th September, 2017 at 3:36 pm
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review
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Keeps my pores clear and balances oil production

Niacinamide is known to even out skin pigmentation, fade dark spots, control sebum production. It also strengthens the skin's barrier. Zinc is added as an acne-fighting ingredient.

I don't get pimples but I do have large sebaceous filaments on my nose, and tend to get oily on my T-zone. My skin also tends to become dehydrated easily around my mouth area.

This serum has softened my skin and balanced out the oil production so I no longer have oily and dry areas. Because of this my sebaceous filaments and pores on my nose now appear smaller and less visible. I get less clogged pores overall as my skin is more elastic and sebum does not get trapped in my pores so easily.

The serum is a sticky gel-like consistency. I apply 4 drops after cleansing and patting my skin dry (directly onto my forehead, nose and both cheeks). It massages in beautifully and leaves my face feeling plump and hydrated. I don't find it sticky but have read that some people do. After applying this serum I follow with my other skincare or sometimes just apply a nice, thick moisturiser to seal everything in.

Amazing results, quality ingredients, low price. I will keep buying and using this, it is a staple in my skincare routine.

Tips: If your face is very dry the serum may be hard to spread evenly. You can use this serum as a "booster" and add a couple of drops into another serum or in your moisturiser to help it spread better.

DON'T USE TOGETHER WITH VITAMIN C AS IT CAN PRODUCE A FLUSHING REACTION!

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Sounds perfect for my skin type. Great review

Overall rating:
5.0/5
11th June, 2017 at 11:46 am
Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks Review
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Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick - Review

A while after Christmas I decided to pick one of these up from a Beauty Bliss pop-up store, and I wasn't disappointed! I chose the shade Mannequin, which is in between his classic shades I'm Nude and Celebrity Skin. It's the perfect nude for me, as I'm pale but didn't want too light a colour.

This comes in a plastic tube, with a pink cap. The writing is in rose gold, which I love. I've never seen a lipstick that looks like these, making it easily distinguishable. The applicator is a fluffy doe foot brush, with a curve that conforms to your lips and holds product. I love this applicator, it does such a good job of applying product smoothly and allows me to outline my lips easily. One of the things I like the most about this product is the smell - it is heavenly. This is meant to smell like root beer float, but I think it smells like candy and sometimes I even find myself opening the tube just to smell it. The consistency of this lipstick is quite thin, but the colour is opaque in one swipe and I only need one dip to cover my entire mouth. They dry down within a couple of minutes to a matte finish and are pretty much transfer-proof (I've worn this out and eaten a burger and they've stayed on fine!). One thing I would recommend is not to press your lips together while applying, I've found that this ensures the lipstick does not transfer once dried down. These lipsticks last all day for me and don't dry my lips out like other liquid lipsticks, which is a plus.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these lipsticks. There is a huge shade range, so there will be something for everyone including those of different skin tones, and the lipsticks are so high quality! Definitely a holy grail for me.

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I recently purchased one. I have to agree that the formula is phenomenal. I'll be buying more of them .

Awesome review eringracem.

Overall rating:
4.3/5
28th September, 2017 at 5:58 pm
L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Purity Regime Review
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L'Oreal Pure Clay Purity Regime - Review

I was lucky enough to be picked to trial this regime by BR, so big thanks as always to them! I was really excited. Anyway, this regime retails for $14.99 for the wash and $24.99 for the mask I believe. For the price, you get a great amount of product in either. You can find it at supermarkets, Farmers, The Warehouse and other similar stores nationwide.

I did like this range, as I have oily combination skin, however, I would be wary if you are susceptible to dry patches. I sometimes do get them, and I found that these products sometimes made them worse. If you have dry skin, definitely steer clear of this range because I can only imagine how dry your skin would feel after it. The packaging of these products is also great - the wash is just an average tube however the mask comes in a hefty glass tub which feels very premium for the price. I will definitely be keeping these products out on display!

Overall, I definitely wouldn't say this is a miracle skincare regime, I didn't notice any huge improvements in the things I care about most (blackheads, huge amounts of oil) but this regime did perform a bit better than other face washes and masks I have tried. If you have to get one product from this range, I'd say get the mask, the smell is quite strong but it smells of gorgeous eucalyptus and my face felt nice and fresh after use.

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Great review

I have dry skin damn it!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
11th September, 2017 at 8:06 pm
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette, Dulce De Leche Review
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I have cheekbones!

This was my first contouring palette, I've always been a bit scared to try contouring, but I thought that it was a great price to start experimenting! The formulation goes on quite sheer which is good if you've made a mistake, and it's easy enough to intensify. It has a very powdered finish, so if you're not a fan of the floury look, use a dewy setting spray afterwards. I use the lighter shade a lot, to set eyelid concealer as well as a subtle highlighter. It's an easy buy for the price!

Tips: Use a creamy foundation first and a setting spray afterwards to help minimise the dusty finish

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sounds like one I should try

Overall rating:
5.0/5
18th July, 2017 at 9:11 pm
Ecoya Natural Soy Fragranced Candle Vanilla Bean mini Review
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Devine scent

I really love the Ecoya Vanilla Bean candles. Vanilla is one of my favourite scents, and Ecoya does it well - delicious and warm smelling. The candle also manages to make the room smell lovely even when it is not burning.

The next best part about these candles is that they are made from soy wax rather than petroleum based paraffin (so the candles last longer and are burn cleaner) and have lead-free cotton wicks.

The candles come in a very simple classy looking white glass container, with a removable glass lid. I have read accounts online of the glass exploding and shattering - but this can be prevented if you trim the wick and ensure there is at least 10mm wax in your candle.

Tips: Ensure you trim the wick of your candle every time you burn it. Otherwise the flame will create a bigger flame and therefore, more heat, which in turn burns through the wax quicker.

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I love the subtle fragrance of this candle.

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5.0/5
5th August, 2017 at 9:12 am
Lush Scrubee Review
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Holy Grail Shower/Massage Combo

When everyone was raving about Scrubee I was like 'It looks cute' but was put off by the scent as quite a few described the scent as being similar to Pot of Gold I think it was. I can't stand that smell but it was super cute and wanted to try it anyway (such a sucker for Lush and cute things).

When it arrived, I was actually a bit disappointed as it wasn't as big as the picture looked, so not a great start.

But wow, the smell is sooooo good. I can't really explain the scent, but I think you can smell a hint of honey along with cocoa butter. You can't really smell the almonds until you get down to the scrubby exfoliation part when the heat releases the scent. If you like Gold Fun, then you will love this as it is more similar to that than Pot Of Gold which actually makes me feel sick whenever I smell it. I also love the fact that you can still smell it on your skin for ages afterwards, even into the next day.

I was going to use it as a massage bar as that is what I thought it was (thats what happens when you don't read the instructions properly lol) however was told you use it in the shower. I was like WHAT?? lol

The shape is genious because it is actually quite easy to hold and apply. You get in the shower, and apply hot water to your skin before applying the Scrubee. I applied it in circular movements all over my body and my skin felt amazing, and left me feeling not only super hydrated but extremely relaxed.

The downside to Scrubee is that it doesn't last that long. If using all over your body, you will get about 2 uses, 3 if you are lucky. Or you can choose to target certain parts of your body like legs or arms, whichever you want to use it on which will make it last a lot longer.

The price tag is a bit high for such a small product but the after feeling is so worth it.

Tips: Before using Scrubee, if you have it, use Lush Twilight Shower Gel for an even more relaxing experience and do this before you go to bed. You have the most amazing sleep xx

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wow only 3 uses for you? I've used mine at least 4 times now and I still have half left lmao

He he he I love it so much. I have 3 on the way to me and a friend just picked me up another 2 - oops major obsessed lol. I just wish it was bigger and not as pricey. But its definitely one that will never go to waste :-)

I bought three when it first came out but actually it's not my favourite. I find it too scratchy so will go back to Buffy once I've used them all.

The price tag is high. I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a small bar that might not last long. It smells wonderful and I can see they hype with it. I'm tempted to try it once my current scrubs have been panned.

He he he I've just become recently obsessed with it and had it fresh in my mind when I wrote the review lol. I've just used up my second, have 3 more on the way and going to order another couple. I'm obsessed with Scrubee lmao.

I need to review it too but it takes me forever to get around to review. So I thought you'd beat me to it lol.

Ha ha ha what can I say, I'm addicted lol

How did I guess you would be the first person to review this!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
27th June, 2017 at 8:08 am
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Review
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Hello Brows!

I struggled really badly to fill my eyebrows nicely and evenly with a pencil I had so when I was given samples of this product I was super keen to try it and see how much of an improvement it'd make.

An improvement it made! In fact I just recently bought a full sized pottle in dark brown.

Using an angled brush I lightly dipped it into the cream and out lined my eyebrows. 1 noticeable difference from the samples to the full sized product was it was much much much more creamier. And a lot more easier to apply.

I find outlining the bottom line then filling them out with the remaining product left on the brush and the product initially put on the brush the perfect amount of product to line and fill the brows. However I do need to dip into it again to fill in spots as I finish.

The consistencey is like butter! It's so creamy so it's fairly easy to use to much product so be careful with that.

The packaging is a glass pottle where you can see the whopping 4g of product in. Black lid with the ABH logo on top.

This product was worth every penny. It changed how I did my eyebrows!

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Sounds awesome. Im tossing up between this and the mellow.

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5.0/5
6th August, 2017 at 4:55 pm
Mellow Brow Pomades Review
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Woweeee

I got this amazing brow pomade from the BR beauty vault this time. I didn't really know what a brow pomade was, but considered it likely to be a product like a gel that hold brows in place. It is, but it's much more

The product comes firstly in a cool little black box, and inside it a gorgeous little glass pot with a black plastic screw top. It looks like a small solid perfume container.

The product shade that i got is caramel, and is a good shade to complement my dark eye brows. It is a darkish brown.

I've been applying it with various different brushes to try and get the width right, and I'm getting more adept at using it.After applying it a rub around the edges with tissue to remove any excess and it doesn't remove any more than I intend it to, so it works very well. I love the result. It looks the way my eye brows look when they are freshly dyed. It does last all day.

It washes off with whatever I'm cleaning my face with at the end of the day.

$19.50 seems like a good price considering you use so little of the product each time. I do recommend trying it.

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I hope she loves it Keri :)

Good review I'm having to buy one for my daughter so based on your review I'm sure it'll be what needed and the price is fair.

I wouldn't have tried it if I hadn't have been lucky enough to get it from the beauty vault Macs, but I'm glad I did. You'd do well with it because you have great makeup skills. I'm a bit wobbly but I'm slowly getting better at it.

I've been waiting for a review to determine whether or not I should buy this. I haven't tried promade yet.

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4.0/5
29th June, 2015 at 5:13 pm
Paco Rabanne Lady Million Review
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It's one in a million

Where to start with this beauty? Well my friend worked in a pharmacy and every time i would visit her i would spray this on myself.. and that how i feel in love. Sounds dramatic, but its true.

Firstly, this bottle is quite a unique design. It just reminds my of a diamond because of the way the glass in cut, and the shape of the bottle. It makes it feel very glamorous and expensive. Plus, through the glass you can see the gold colored perfume, and the bottle itself it topped with a beautiful gold top. Another thing i really like about the design is because of the shape, the bottle can sit on pretty much any angle, so its easy to store, and looks good anywhere. Plus, the spray nozzle is designed into the golden cap, so it doesn't stick out awkwardly, but just works seaming-less with the design.

Now before i try to describe how it smells, bear in mind i am not good at describing scents. To me, this perfume is warm, with floral notes, but it does not smell like a nanery perfume at all, so get that stereotype out of your mind. Its sweet, but sexy as well. It smells amazing. Its rich, and has this lovely depth that just smells so good on the skin!

I spray this perfume twice on myself in the morning, and when i get home i can still smell this perfume on my skin, which is a surprise because normally i cant smell perfume on myself. I really like the perfume. Its not my favourite, but its pretty high up on the list!

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I never go for scents like this. But I love wearing it during winter

Overall rating:
2.0/5
16th October, 2016 at 8:26 pm
Rimmel 60 Second Nail Colour Review
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Great Fast Colour

I was given a bottle of this nail polish as a gift in a facebook group that I used to be apart of. I had not used this brand before and I was excited to give this a try. The only other fast drying nail polish brand I have used is Revlon.

This bottle is clear so that you can visually see this nail colour within it. The colour I was given is Coral. This shade is a bright orange colour. It's vibrant and fresh. I instantly fell in love with this colour. This brush has full bristles slightly curved tip . It performs beautifully when applying nail colour. Consistency of this polish is unusually uneven in thickness.

On first application it dries within sixty seconds leaving a streaky backdrop. Second application it left quite a streaky mess. Third layer of polish I managed to get a good even coat. This polish lasted on me for about a day and it began to chip easily.

It's affordably priced. One bottle lasted me up to six months . I wasn't happy with how long it lasted on my nails. I like it to last me at least a weeks wear.

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Yeah a top coat might make it hold a bit longer .

I just got this in the vault Macs, hopefully with a top coat it might last longer